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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.'

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

July 22, 2014

Former X Factor judge Simon Cowell has released a statement saying that he is not gay and if he was he would be out about it after receiving legal advice that he should not speak publicly on the issue until pop star Tulisa’s drug trial had concluded

Simon Cowell has now addressed an accusation he is gay that came up during British pop star Tulisa’s drug trial, saying that he is not and if he were gay he would be out about it.

Cowell’s name came up during the trial because Tulisa’s former manager Gareth Varey had been recorded by a Sun on Sunday journalist saying that he wanted to sleep with Cowell and claiming that he knew of other unnamed men who had.

July 15, 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.