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July 16, 2014

Jose Antonio Vargas is a former Washington Post reporter who has lived in the US since he was 12

Jose Antonio Vargas, one of the best-known undocumented immigrants in the US, was detained by Border Patrol agents in Texas on Tuesday (15 July) in an incident that qickly made headlines.

A photo of Vargas in handcuffs was posted on Twitter sparking outrage among supporters. He was later released.

Vargas, who is Filipino and gay, is an outspoken activist for immigration reform in the US. He had been attempting to board a flight to Los Angeles when he was detained at McAllen-Miller International Airport.

July 12, 2014

British journalist Michael Parkinson's interview with Thorpe will air on Sunday night, 13 July, on Australian television

In a soon to be aired television conversation, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe will disclose he's gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the winner of nine Olympic medals (five gold) will make the confession in an interview with British  journalist Michael Parkinson.

July 6, 2014

In an interview with British journalist Michael Parkinson, Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe is asked whether he has lied about being gay

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe will be quizzed about his sexuality, in a frank interview with British journalist Michael Parkinson.

In his typically frank manner, Parkinson asks Thorpe if he is gay, a rumor he has repeatedly denied throughout his career.

In a preview for the interview, Parkinson asks Thorpe: ‘You've always said that you're not gay... is all of that true?'

Viewers will have to wait until the interview is shown on Australian TV channel TEN on 13 July called Ian Thorpe: The Parkinson Interview.

July 4, 2014

Author claims the reason why many LGB people believe homosexuality and bisexuality is not a choice is because they have 'internalised doctrine'

British lesbian writer and campaigner Julie Bindel has defended her assertion that being gay is a choice.

The 52-year-old journalist believes she made a ‘conscious and happy choice to be a lesbian’ more than 30 years ago because she had ‘better taste than other young women’.

She claims in an Independent interview when she ‘fell in’ with the feminist crowd, she became more open to lesbian experiences.

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

June 24, 2014

If you live in the UK capital, see where your area fits in and whether there has been more or less crime

Shocking figures have revealed the levels of homophobic crime for each London borough.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

And a 23-year-old fashion journalist was left unconscious after he and his partner were beaten up at a cashpoint in Whitechapel.

There were 1,185 crimes across London from May 2013 to May 2014, compared to 1,109 from the previous year.

City hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks.

June 13, 2014

The Dominican Republic’s national chief of police and defense minister have reiterated this week that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces

The head of the Dominican Republic’s national police force has reiterated that homosexuals will not be allowed to serve in its ranks.

National Police Chief Manuel Castro made the comments in response to a journalist’s question about the United States allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in its armed forces.

In response, Castro said ‘those types of people,’ are barred by law from joining the police, according to Dominican Today.

June 5, 2014

Says person serving him 'looked at me like I was the loneliest, most pathetic person on the planet'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper may be rich and famous but he's still a hard-working journalist who was on the job on his 47th birthday this week.

After doing a broadcast from Boston, he did the five-hour drive back to New York City and decided to duck into a McDonald's for a late-night birthday meal.

He ordered a Big Mac meal and 'I super-sized it because it was my birthday,' the CNN anchor told David Letterman Wednesday (4 June).

Then things got a little sad.

May 23, 2014

'I felt it was best for me to be away at that point in time until I sort of finished the project and could start eating again'

Matt Bomer's shockingly frail appearance in the second half of The Normal Heart not only required tremendous physical deprivation, but emotional sacrifice as well.

The actor, who plays journalist Felix Turner in  the film which premieres Sunday (25 May) on HBO, lost at least 40 pounds for the role (he has not given an exact figure beyond that) to realistically portray a man dying of AIDS.

May 21, 2014

'They were nervous but they were game. They knew it was an important part of the story. They went for it'

The Normal Heart director Ryan Murphy reveals that the intense sex scenes between the characters played by Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer came to fruition with the help of an on-set 'sex choreographer.'

In the movie, which premieres on HBO on Sunday (25 May), Ruffalo plays AIDS activist Ned Weeks while Bomer plays his lover Felix Turner, a journalist.

May 13, 2014

Join our award-winning 24-7 global news, entertainment and information team

We are looking for a full-time, permanent reporter to cover Asia and Australia timezone shifts.

You will need to be an experienced and qualified journalist with a good understanding of LGBTI lives and ideally contacts in Asia and Australasia.

Ideally you will be located in China or South East Asia and have a proven track record in digital journalism. Excellent written and spoken English is obviously a must but if you are bilingual or multilingual with Chinese, you will really stand out.

May 13, 2014

Our new section for LGBTI families needs an experienced journalist with innovative ideas

Gay Star News is planning a new website channel covering LGBTI families and parenting.

We are looking for a part-time reporter, located anywhere in the world, to work on this section.

You will have a feel for the subject matter and may have personal experience to bring to it. But you will certainly be a trained, experienced journalist with a clear understanding of the LGBTI world overall and good online reporting and editing skills.

May 7, 2014

Aussie Matthew Mitcham hits out at a columnist who wrote an article defending homophobia

A gay Olympic diver has called a journalist a ‘fucking gay cunt’ today (7 May).

Matthew Mitcham, a gold medallist at the 2008 Olympics, hit out at an Australian Daily Telegraph columnist for an article she wrote defending homophobia.

In the piece, Miranda Devine criticizes the National Rugby League for punishing a 19-year-old Wests Tigers player with a two-week ban for using an anti-gay slur.

April 5, 2014

Bill Maher discussed the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich during on online segment of his HBO talk show Real Time, saying ‘I think there is a gay mafia. I think if you cross them, you do get whacked’

Bill Maher, host of US talk show Real Time, suggested a ‘gay mafia’ was responsible for Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation on Thursday (3 April).

The subject was discussed during an online segment of the show, featuring Forbes journalist Carrie Sheffield and former Republican Tom Davis.

Eich’s resignation came after he was found to have donated $1,000 (€725) to California’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, which aimed to ban equal marriage in the state.

March 17, 2014

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister has warned that efforts to impose equal rights for LGBTI people in Africa may fail if imposed from outside

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Mbembe has advised that the Commonwealth should only try to make progress on LGBTI rights in member countries slowly as trying to impose them from outside may fail.

Mbembe made the comments Friday during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which Membe chairs.

Mbembe had been responding to a question from a journalist who had asked him what the Commonwealth’s position was on the European Union and World Bank threatening Uganda with sanctions over its draconian anti-gay laws.

February 21, 2014

Elena Klimova, who ran the Children 404 social media page, was accused of breaking the law by encouraging gay teens to believe homosexuality is normal

Good news might be scarce for Russian LGBTIs, but the founder of a gay teen online help group was released from propaganda charges today (21 February).

Elena Klimova, the founder of the group Children-404 which operates on Russian social network VK, was accused of breaking the law by encouraging teens to believe being gay is normal.

February 18, 2014

Neil Francis says the point he was trying to make was clumsily and poorly expressed, after saying gay people are more likely to be interested in hairdressing and ballet

A former Ireland rugby player has said he is sorry for saying gay people have no interest in sport.

Neil Francis, now a broadcaster and sports journalist, said gay people were far more likely to be interested in hairdressing and ballet in a radio interview.

When asked if he was engaging in unfair stereotypes, he said: ‘I don’t think I'm generalising, I really don't, and I'm entitled to my opinion.’

February 17, 2014

Neil Francis was asked for his comments on Michael Sam's coming out, said gay people were more likely to be interested in hairdressing

A former Ireland rugby star has caused outrage after saying gay people have no interest in sport.

Neil Francis, who played for the national team between 1987 and 1996, is now a sports journalist and broadcaster.

He was asked for his comments following US football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out as gay before entering the NFL draft.

Speaking on Newstalk radio’s ‘Off The Ball’ show, he compared it to the interest straight men have towards hairdressing.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 12, 2014

'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy'

Josh Elliott, news anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, got personal while guest hosting on The View this week.

Elliott told viewers about how his father's coming out as gay when the journalist was 13 immediately made him wonder about his own sexuality.

'My first feeling when my father told me was loyalty - thinking "I guess I have to be gay too. Maybe I'm gay,"' Elliott said. 'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy.'

Since his father died just two years after coming out to his son, Elliott will be forever grateful for his honesty.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 30, 2014

'I have much respect for homosexuals, but I like women'

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, the Manchester United footballer commonly known as Anderson, was not phased this week when an Italian journalist asked him during a press conference if he is gay.

The question came during a press conference announcing that the 25-year-old midfielder from Brazil is going to be on loan to Italian football club Fiorentina.

January 26, 2014

Presently there are no suspects in the attack that left gay journalist Randy Gener unconscious, blocks away from his New York City home

Police are investigating an attack of gay New York City journalist as a possible hate crime.

On 18 January Randy Gener, a writer and editor, was a block away from his midtown Manhattan apartment (approximately 10 blocks from Times Square). He was attacked by a number of unknown suspects, left unconscious in the street.

When police arrived, the victim was lying in a pool of his blood with his head bashed in.

January 19, 2014

Golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt killed herself shortly after Caleb Hannan threatened to out her in article

A journalist who threatened to out a transwoman shortly before she committed suicide has faced a backlash on social media.

Caleb Hannan, who wrote an article on golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt, had discovered her gender history whilst digging into her past when he was unable to confirm her claims of studying at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania.