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January 16, 2015

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Celebrities such as gay host Paul O'Grady and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley have been named as patrons of a gay and human rights founsation.

The two British names have been joined by nine others from politics, TV, film and music to become patrons of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Helena Kennedy QC, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lords Waheed All and Michael Cashman as well as Baroness Barker have become patrons.

January 13, 2015

'I'm actually the only one in the world who can make these jokes. The rest are in labor camps'

Margaret Cho is defending herself on social media against critics who found her running gag as a North Korean journalist at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards to be racist.

Cho took to social media to say to her critics: 'Oh I think they don't understand I'm of mixed North and South Korean descent. I'm actually the only one in the world who can make these jokes. The rest are in labor camps. Sorry - you imprison my people - you get made fun of by me. ‪#‎freespeech‬'

January 9, 2015

He thinks Stephen Fry and his fiancé having sex is a 'disgusting reality'

A former BNP officer has ranted about Stephen Fry and his fiancé, purely because the idea of them having sex is a 'disgusting reality' to him.

Dr Stuart Russell reportedly emailed Guardian journalist Hannah Jane Parkinson after she wrote a thinkpiece about why people have a problem with age gaps in relationships. In the article, she talks about her previous relationships with older men and women.

He said: 'Your piece failed to mention the most salient point re Fry and his boyfriend - ie the disgusting reality of men having sex together.

January 2, 2015

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign

The Irish Taoisceach (the equivalent of Prime Minister) has been speaking about the forthcoming referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage – due to take place in May.

Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, who has previously been viewed as conservative, told journalists in a briefing that he would be happy to ‘campaign strongly’ for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, and has confirmed that he will take part in a live debate on the issue ahead of the vote.

December 29, 2014

A scene suggesting depicting James Franco’s character and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waking up in bed together was one of those reportedly cut from the ‘redacted’ film version released on Christmas Day

A scene in controversial movie, The Interview, which depicted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participating in a group sex session with a male journalist and four women, was reportedly cut from the final film.

The Daily Mail says that the ‘gay-orgy’ scene was described in a leaked version of the movie’s screenplay but did not make the final filmed version.

December 28, 2014

He infamously told an alleged rape victim on air, 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?'

It's a dubious honor for CNN's Don Lemon, one of the news network's most recognizable anchors.

The highly regarded Columbia Journalism Review recapped the year's 'most cringe-worthy news blunders' which included the out 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight because of a series of controversial or inane questions and comments that made headlines this year.

David Uberti, the Review's fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year.

December 22, 2014

After being paraded in front of film cameras during the nighttime raid earlier this month, many of the men wept as they were led into court to face charges of ‘debauchery’

A court in Egypt has proceeded with a case against 26 men accused of ‘debauchery’ – a term commonly used by the country’s legal system for any form of of homosexual activity.

The men were arrested in a traditional hammam bathhouse in Cairo’s Azbakeya district on 7 December.

Although homosexual activity is not explicitly illegal in Egypt, gay men have often been prosecuted under a sub-section of the laws governing prostitution relating to ‘debauchery’.

December 20, 2014

Meanwhile, a Swiss film festival, which is represented in Egypt by the same journalist who filmed and broadcasted the raid, has come to her defense backing her claim that she was investigating sex trafficking

Several well-known organizations in the Middle East and North Africa have issued a joint statement to condemn the raid of a gay bathhouse in Cairo on Dec 7 in which 26 or 33 men, according to various media reports, have been arrested.

The men were arrested for the alleged 'group practice of deviance' in exchange for money inside the bathhouse.

December 18, 2014

Prosecutors refer the case to trial unusually quickly

Twenty-six men arrested in a much publicized raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo will stand trial for 'debauchery' on Sunday.

Prosecutors refered the case to trial yesterday, less than two weeks after the raid. This is unusually quick as some wait up to a year to go to trial in Egypt's backlogged judicial system.

Police raided the bathhouse on 7 December after a tip-off from a journalist.

December 13, 2014

Magazine editor defends the controversial move, which has sparked outrage across the political spectrum, saying it's in the public's interest

French tabloid Closer on Friday ran photographs of Florian Philippot, vice president of far right group Front National (FN), and his alleged boyfriend, an unnamed TV journalist, on a trip to Vienna last week.

A photograph of the pair – with the unnamed man's face has been blurred out – is seen on the front page next to the headline 'Yes to love for everyone' (Oui a l'amour pour tous), a play on words with the anti-same-sex marriage movement’s slogan 'Demo for all' (Le Manif pour tous).

November 27, 2014

'In Europe, we're crawling; in America they're running' – GETA boss claims businesses aren't catering for queer travellers

Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith took part in a panel discussion on gay travel last night, hosted by Grayling and the Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) – and urged companies to directly market to queer tourists.

Attended by representatives of several high-profile travel organisations, talking points included how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI travellers and the benefits of working with them.

November 22, 2014

Luis Pabon writes about his attitude towards his sexuality and the gay community saying: ‘it has outlived its usefulness’

A gay journalist has written an article detailing all negative aspects of being gay, entitled ‘Why I no longer want to be gay.’

Luis Pabon wrote the online piece for ThoughtCatalog.com on November 17.

Pabon describes the experiences and people he has met which has drawn him to the conclusion that he doesn’t want to be gay.

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.

November 11, 2014

He seems to be annoyed about the little things

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has called out a journalist for writing an article saying he appeared to be supporting Apple CEO Tim Cook who has just come out as gay.

The British singer, who because of being in the band is subject to rumors over his sexuality, responded to the article. He said: 'I am in fact straight.'

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

October 28, 2014

Trans activists say the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services

NHS Scotland has accidentally outed over 80 transgender patients, in a major data breach in what is being described as 'serious and potentially life-threatening'.

Leeze Lawrence, a transgender journalist, says the 'accident' was the inevitable result of underfunded gender identity services.

She believes it could have been caused in part of the 'arrogance' on the part of NHS managers who regard patient data as something they are entitled to use for commercial purposes rather than information they should be protecting at all costs.

October 28, 2014

Monk moves beyond messages of hate to contacting the LGBTI community directly

Concerned locals have called on Leicester Police to hunt a mystery monk who was circulating anti-gay leaflets in the UK city.

It’s the latest incident in the sinister monk saga. A man matching that description has previously been reported circulating anti-LGBTI material in cities around Britain from Brighton to Preston.

Now, for the first time, he has moved beyond pushing messages of hate through the postboxes of random houses to communicating directly with the LGBTI community.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

October 17, 2014

Mia Freedman said neither gay people nor pedophiles can change who they are attracted to

Australian journalist Mia Freedman has 'unreservedly apologized' for comparing gay people to pedophiles on national TV.

The founder of women’s website Mamamia made the comment yesterday night during a debate about the Northern Territory’s plan to set up a public sex offender register on Channel 10's Project TV.

'We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated,' she said.

October 2, 2014

April Ashley MBE, one of the UK’s first openly transgender people, wins Lifetime Achievement honor

Evan Davis, the openly gay presenter of the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, Newsnight, has been named Journalist of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.

Davis picked up his award at the ceremony in the Natural History Museum, London, tonight (2 October). He shared the honor with Paralympian turned broadcaster Ade Adepitan.

There was special recognition for April Ashley, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

September 30, 2014

Luka Magnotta dismembered his Chinese boyfriend and sent his limbs to political parties and elementary schools

Canadian porn star Luka Magnotta admitted yesterday to killing his Chinese boyfriend but pleaded not guilty to five charges related to his death including murder.

On the first day of his trial in Montreal, Magnotta's lawyers said he was mentally ill and jurors would have to determine his state of mind.

He faces life inprisonment if convicted of all charges.

Magnotta, 32, posted a video online of him killing Jun Lin, 33, a computer science student at Concordia University.

August 31, 2014

Paul Ross, UK journalist and presenter, has admitted to a tabloid newspaper he cheated on his wife with a gay former teacher for one year

A UK journalist and presenter has admitted to cheating on his wife with a gay man.

Paul Ross, a well-known TV and radio presenter in the UK, admitted to the gay affair in today’s The Sun newspaper (August 31).

In addition to the revelation about his gay lover, Ross, 58, also admits to now being addicted to the drug mephedrone. Ross is married with five children.

The tabloid newspaper reveals Ross was filmed with his lover.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'