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November 5, 2014

Brazilian is the first transgender woman to front a global beauty brand

Lea T has been announced as the new muse of US hair care brand Redken, making her the the first transgender model to land a major contract in the conservative beauty industry.

'Lea T is a true pioneer for beauty,' said Leslie Marino, general manager of Redken US.

'She shares Redken's vision of global beauty, and has a unique sense of self and a beauty that is undeniably her own.'

The Brazilian was first discovered by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and became the face of the fashion house in 2010.

August 15, 2014

Gay Christian rock star says she wants to come out to help young people in the church who could be affected by extremist homophobic pastors

US pastor Scott Lively, who believes gay people can be ‘cured’, came to blows with lesbian Christian rock star Vicky Beeching yesterday (14 August).

He told her she had ‘given into a lie’ into believing there is any such thing as a ‘gay person’.

Beeching, a British theologian and musician who made her name in the US Bible Belt and came out this week, said she wants to become an advocate for gay rights within the church.

But Lively has called on Beeching to not succumb to the ‘temptations of the flesh’ and repent her ‘sins’.

August 14, 2014

Vicky Beeching has suffered an exorcism, years of loneliness and an illness that could have killed her. And now she's taking the ultimate step

While Vicky Beeching may be a star on the Christian rock scene in the US, she has decided to risk everything by coming out as gay.

The 35-year-old Brit is already being targeted by homophobes who feel ‘betrayed’ by her coming out.

But if she didn’t, as she revealed in her coming out interview with The Independent, it could have killed her.

August 6, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress praises Conan O'Brien for his bravery of being 'the first transgender talk show host'

Laverne Cox has revealed her identical twin brother gets mistaken for her while he is out in public.

The transgender actress was appearing on Conan’s special Orange Is The New Black themed episode.

Her brother, a musician named M Lamar, played her character pre-transition in one of the episodes of the first season.

Cox said: ‘[My brother] was on a radio show and he was doing an interview and he was telling this story about when he was on a subway and someone came up to him and asked, “Are you Laverne Cox from Orange Is The New Black?”

July 28, 2014

The electro-pop singer joins the Rocket Man singer on his North American tour this autumn

Bright Light Bright Light, aka Rod Thomas, will open for Elton John's US leg of his 2014 tour.

Already friends in addition to collaborators, the Welsh musician recently featured Elton John on his single I Wish We Were Leaving, part of his latest album Life Is Easy released on 8 July.

In an interview Thomas revealed he’s already done some UK tour dates with John, and is looking forward to opening for the gay icon in America.

‘[John] took me on the road for some July dates, because that was the time of the release of the album.

June 29, 2014

The UK music icon believes Jesus would be a supporter of gay equality, and talks about going to meet Putin later this year

UK musician Sir Elton John has said he thinks if Jesus was alive today he would be a supporter of gay rights and equal marriage.

The ‘Rocket Man’ singer also spoke about the Pope, Putin and his plans for a low-key wedding with his partner of over 20 years David Furnish.

Speaking about gay marriage, John believed Jesus would not have stopped gay clergy or congregation from marrying someone of the same sex.

June 28, 2014

The US actress took the top spot in the LGBTI awards, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Daley and Stephen Fry are also honoured

US trans actress and activist Laverne Cox was revealed as number one on the World Pride Power list last night (27 June).

The Orange is the New Black actress wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, but sent a video message instead.

‘I hope you can love each other more regardless of who you are or how you identify,’ said Cox. 

Cox has been hailed as one of the most recognizable and successful trans women in popular culture. She has appeared on talk shows with Wendy Williams and Katie Couric and was recently on the cover of Time magazine.

June 18, 2014

The British gay pop icon joins Q-Boy, Jonny Woo, Ultra Naté and more who will be turning it out at one of the summer's hottest festivals

There's no denying. Boy George is a trailblazer.

The musician who made a name for himself in the 1980s with an envelope-pushing appearance (the sickest eye make up since RuPaul) and global pop hits (Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?) is scoring yet again on the music scene.

This time, be ready Amsterdam!

On the heels of his latest album This Is What I Do, Boy George has been confirmed as a DJ for Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival, taking over the city on 20 July.

March 31, 2014

Couple, who got engaged a year ago, exchange vows at sunset overlooking ocean

Talk show host Sara Gilbert and musician Linda Perry were married over the weekend in a sunset ceremony overlooking the ocean.

The couple, who became engaged last April, invited some of their famous friends to the wedding including Gilbert's co-hosts on the daytime's The Talk.

Oscar nominated actress Juliette Lewis was among those who tweeted about the wedding and called the brides 'one of my fave couples in the universe.'

March 24, 2014

'I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely'

Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the American alternative rock band Neon Trees, has come out publicly as gay.

'I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely,' he tells Rolling Stone magazine in an issue out Friday (28 March).

January 22, 2014

Gays told singer they received threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up

Russian President Vladimir Putin described openly gay singer Elton John as 'an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician.'

Putin, interviewed by a small group of journalists over the weekend also said of the pop icon: 'Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation.'

John, who performed concerts in Russia last month, has responded to Putin's remarks with a blistering indictment of the controversial anti-gay laws the leader has championed.

January 14, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Against Me!'s new album, the first record since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity

US punk band Against Me! have unleashed their first album since lead singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity.

Their sixth album Transgender Dysphoria Blues will reveal Grace's struggles to come out, with song titles such as True Trans Soul Rebel.

In the May 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Grace spoke about her transition from male to female and experiencing gender dysphoria as a child.

January 8, 2014

Matt Damon and Dame Judi Dench have been nominated in the British film awards for their roles in LGBTI movies

Gay films Behind the Candelebra and Philomena are leading the BAFTA nominations announced today (8 January).

The film about the life of gay musician Liberace and his lover starring Matt Damon was nominated for five British film awards at a ceremony in London this morning.

As it struggled to receive financing in Hollywood because of the gay theme, it will not be eligible for an Academy Award (Oscars) as it was only shown on television in the US.

December 26, 2013

President Yoweri Museveni’s is all that stands in the way of the most viciously anti-gay bill written in the world for years becoming law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not just sign the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill without checking it carefully.

The bill, passed by parliament in a shock move last week, no longer has the death penalty for gays, but does offer life in prison for repeat homosexuals.

November 20, 2013

'As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table'

Described as seductive, cool and confident, Adam Levine has been named People magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' for 2013.

The star of NBC's The Voice could also have been described as a staunch LGBTI ally.

Levine, who has a gay brother, made headlines last year when he said that if he were US president for a day, the first thing he'd do is make gay marriage legal.

October 30, 2013

Chrisie Edkins had campaigned for transgender rights and performed at LGBTI pride events around the world

A transgender singer and parent who campaigned worldwide for trans equality was found hanged after struggling to decide whether to go through surgery.

A coroner heard today (30 October) how Chrisie Edkins was found dead, hanging for the hatch of a loft at her home, by her girlfriend.

Musician Chrisie Edkins had performed live at gay pride events around the globe.

The glamorous 33-year-old had been suffering from ‘severe depression’ in the months leading up to the tragedy. She had also taken a pill overdose just days before she died.

October 10, 2013

Titica has become a major Angolan star despite being ‘stoned’ and ‘beaten’ – her appointment shows how she has changed hearts and minds in the country

Titica, a 25-year-old transgender music star and dancer in Angola, has been made a goodwill ambassador by UNAIDS.

Titica has broken down prejudices to become a major star through her use of rap-techno music called Kuduro in the African country, which is Catholic dominated and still theoretically punishes homosexuality with hard labor.

According to Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), a non- governmental organization, her appointment is likely to be more controversial than any previous goodwill ambassador due to her gender identity.

September 24, 2013

Elton John hopes to make a difference by performing in Russia

Elton John says he knows there are plenty of people who do not believe he should be performing in Russia in December with the country's anti-gay laws still in place.

But he's going to do it anyway.

'On one hand, I want to say, "I'm not going and you can go to hell, you guys." But that's not helping anyone who's gay or transgendered over there,' he tells National Public Radio

September 13, 2013

A Russian film has been rejected from a major festival over gay propaganda laws in Russia

A Russian film depicting gay love was rejected by festival organizers out of fears they would break the 'propaganda laws'.

'Winter Journey’ is a story of a gay musician falling in love with a petty street criminal, and was pitched and subsequently rejected from Kinotavr, one of Russia’s main film festivals.

Director of the film Sergei Taramayev believes the rejection stems from controversial legislation banning the promotion of ‘gay propaganda’ to minors, despite the film being given an age rating of 18.

September 9, 2013

Roseanne alum now juggling being co-host on The Talk with new sitcom role

Sara Gilbert has done a whole lot of talking and not much acting since helping to create and being a co-host of the CBS talk show The Talk in 2011.

But the actress who came to fame as Darlene Connor on the sitcom Roseanne is carving out some time to return to her sitcom roots in the upcoming CBS sitcom Bad Teacher based on the feature film that starred Cameron Diaz.

How will Gilbert, who is engaged to musician Linda Perry, juggle it all?

July 19, 2013

Gay Star News meets the Iowa musician breaking the mould by creating authentic tunes for gay romance

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time fantasizing my pop music heroes were possibly singing about boys instead of the attractive women that dominated their music videos.

While it still seems not everyone in the music industry is able to be publicly open about their sexuality, it’s really encouraging to see a number of talented musicians releasing honest and authentic music that’s also, thankfully, really good.

My current gay music crush is singer Eli Lieb who I caught up with recently.

July 3, 2013

Works include Angels in America and Oscar-nominated screenplay for Lincoln

Tony Kushner may have lost the Oscar race this year for Lincoln but next week, he will be the recipient of a prestigious National Medal of the Arts.

The White House announced today that Kushner, the winner of a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for Angels in America, will be honored on 12 July along with director George Lucas, musician Herb Alpert and writer Elaine May.

Kushner will be honored for his contributions to the theater and films.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

April 8, 2013

Perry stages elaborate proposal during romantic picnic at a park

Former Roseanne star Sara Gilbert shared with viewers of the CBS daytime show The Talk that she is now engaged to rock musician Linda Perry.

Gilbert, one of the five co-hosts of the popular program, said the proposal from Perry came as a complete surprise and was done in elaborate fashion during a picnic the couple had in a park.

Here is her description of what happened: