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December 12, 2014

Take Me To Church has been streamed more than 87 million times

A protest song against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws is Spotify's most streamed single in 2014.

Take Me To Church by Irish singer Hozier has had more than 87 million streams to date on the music platform.

Also nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys, the gay rights anthem has also logged more than 40 million views for the video version on YouTube.

The video shows a young gay couple fleeing an angry mob in Russia.

December 10, 2014

Jaymi Hensley reveals the funny story of how he came out

Gay star Jaymi Hensley has said he was forced to come out to his dad as his boyfriend at the time was so camp.

The 24-year-old British singer, who competed on The X Factor in 2012, revealed the way he came out to his family on BBC Three's Sweat The Small Stuff.

He said: 'I started dating this guy and we went for dinner in this restaurant.

'I wasn't out then, so I was just trying to be like we're just friends, sit next to me, don't sit opposite me. Then my dad came to the restaurant with his girlfriend and sat on the table next to us.

December 9, 2014

Singer seems to be uninjured as he is helped to his feet by tennis legend John McEnroe

All Elton John wanted to do was congratulate Martina Hingis and John McEnroe for their stellar play during a charity tennis in London on Sunday.

The singer got out of his courtside chair to greet the player and when he returned to sit down, he fell backward in the chair all the way to the ground.

John did not appear to be injured and video of the mishap at Royal Albert Hall has gone viral.

He was quickly helped to his feet by McEnroe.

It was still a good night for the pop icon, however.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 5, 2014

Harris and Jackson up for Broadway cast albums and Waters nominated for Best Spoken Word Album

Neil Patrick Harris has won a Tony and four Emmys.

Now he has a change to add a Grammy to his collection of the biggest awards in showbiz.

He is among the openly gay artists who scored Grammy nominations on Friday (5 December) besides British singer Sam Smith.

Smith earned five nominations including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

December 5, 2014

Openly gay singer will compete for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and more

Sam Smith's year just got even more amazing as the openly gay British singer has received five Grammy nominations.

Smith will compete for Record of the Year and Song of the Year with Stay With Me, for Best New Artist as well as Best Pop Vocal Album (In the Lonely Hour) and Best Pop Solo Performance (Stay With Me).

Smith tweeted: '4 Grammy Nominations and I haven't even got out of bed yet - fucking hell.'

December 4, 2014

We speak to brand owner and designer Hoss Salimian about his dapper brand

Known for his zesty colour palette and eccentric prints (from flowers to fish to cars), Iran-born businessman and designer Hoss Salimian launched his affordable luxury brand Claudio Lugli in the early 90s.

December 2, 2014

Singer previously said being an LGBTI role model would be 'awful'

Sam Smith yesterday said he does want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, a role he previously said would be 'awful.'

'People say, he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,' he said on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

'Ya know straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.'

November 29, 2014

'The public adores her. And it's all ages. It's not just a young group'

Tony Bennett loves the Mother Monster. And he's certain you do also.

'The public adores her,' the legendary singer said in a Time magazine interview. 'And it's all ages. It's not just a young group.'

Bennett and Lady Gaga  released a collaboration, in September, called Cheek to Cheek. The album is a collection of jazz standards, from Gershwin to Porter.

November 26, 2014

'It feels ... like the weight of the world's been lifted off my shoulders'

After years of hiding in the closet, Country music singer Ty Herndon is enjoying being an openly gay man.

Herndon came out publicly last week and says the support he has received since then 'just blew my mind.'

November 21, 2014

She wishes she could turn back time

Cher has cancelled her Dressed to Kill Tour on doctors' orders.

The legendary gay icon said she was 'devastated' and has pledged to finish it next year.

The 68-year-old Dark Lady singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Refunds will be given.

The singer began her 'D2K' tour in March, with a scheduled break in July. It was described as her 'farewell' tour.

November 21, 2014

Jin Tai has a girlfriend of four years

Jin Tai has become the first Taiwanese singer to publicly come out as gay after years of interest in her sexuality.

The androgynous artist told the China Times that since turning 32 at the beginning of the month, she 'wanted to honestly face her past and future, including her relationship status.'

Tai said she only found the courage to come out to her military father a few days ago but his response brought tears to her eyes.

'I hope you will be blessed and happy in the second half of your life,' he said.

November 20, 2014

After reaching stardom, singer went on personal and professional slide

After years of struggle, country music singer Ty Herndon has come out publicly as a gay man at the age of 51.

Herndon made the revelation to People Magazine this week: 'My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation.'

Country music has not been seen as welcoming to openly gay artists and Herndon kept his secret when he first hit the charts in 1995 with the single What Mattered Most.

November 20, 2014

Became youngest country artist to land a top 40 hit when he was just 12

Feeling it was time 'to be honest and be truthful,' country music singer Billy Gilman came out publicly Thursday (20 November) in a YouTube video to his fans.

'It's been a crazy day,' he says in the video. 'I can honestly say I'm scared to death.'

November 20, 2014

Steal My Girl singer makes saucy revelation in new interview

Former X Factor stars One Direction have all seen each other naked, according to handsome band member Louis Tomlinson.

The cheeky Night Changes singer, who recently shut down unfounded rumours that he is gay, made the good-humored confession in a recent interview with OK! magazine.

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 13, 2014

'To say I'm devastated barely touches how I feel'

A 'devastated' Boy George announced on Facebook today that 'serious issues' with his throat have forced Culture Club to cancel both its US and UK tours.

The singer says he's been having trouble with his voice for a few months now but had attributed it to tiredness and pressed on with his commitments.

When he finally saw a top throat doctor in Los Angeles, it was discovered that he has a polyp on one of his vocal chords which has hemorrhaged. Another vocal chord is 'unusually enlarged' and won't close properly when he sings.

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 13, 2014

Singer drives talk show host's audience wild

Nick Jonas has got it and he's going to flaunt it.

The singer, doing a publicity blitz for his new self-titled album, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and pulled down his pants for her screaming audience.

DeGeneres set the mood when she began to show the audience photos of a shirtless Jonas from a shoot he did for Flaunt magazine.

When the talk show host remarked that Jonas had put on a lot of muscle weight for his role on the TV series Kingdom and that she wanted to ask him to take his shirt off, Jonas drew the line.

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 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

November 7, 2014

But did she scare any of them off?

Spice Girls singer Mel B has reveals she's had sex with women but says she's not a lesbian.

The British singer, now a judge on The X Factor, revealed that she had sexual relationships with women in the past but now she's 'happily married' it no longer matters.

She was speaking with Alan Carr on his Chatty Man talk show, due to air tonight (7 November).

When asked about straight women who had become lesbians, she said: 'Yeah. I was one of those for a few years.'

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 5, 2014

As his debut album nears completion, singer shares new song Time and cover of Elton John classic Bennie and the Jets

It's been 16 months since Steve Grand burst onto the scene with All American Boy, his ballad of unrequited gay love.

The song went viral YouTube and will be featured on the singer's debut album which was funded by more than $300,000 raised on Kickstarter.

The album was originally scheduled to be out by late summer or early fall but has been pushed back to January to avoid the crowded holiday season.