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June 22, 2015

It’s part of the tech giant’s wide #AndProud campaign

To coincide with Pride season, Google have launched a new campaign entitled #AndProud.

The tech giant is aiming to run an ‘online Pride parade’ this weekend (27-28 June), and is inviting service users to create digital characters with its Androidify service to take part in the parade.

Celebrities who have mentioned the #AndProud campaign on their social media include Tom Daley, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue and Ian McKellen. Perhaps surprisingly, also included in the promotional video is Jessie J.

June 21, 2015

'Be your true self!' urges singer in open letter to his twins

Ricky Martin has written a touching open letter to his 6-year-old twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, encouraging them to be themselves, no matter what.

The singer wrote the letter as part of the Time 'Letters from Dad' series, published in time for Father's Day, where influential dads write letters to their children.

June 17, 2015

The 26-year-old star speaks to Gay Star News about her LGBTI fans

English singer-songwriter Foxes has said she cannot wait to share the stage with gay icons like Kylie Minogue and Grace Jones.

The Clarity singer will be taking to the stage at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park on Sunday (21 June).

'I think to be doing Hyde Park, with all the females like Kylie and Grace Jones who are massive gay icons, it’s really, really exciting,' she said to Gay Star News at the festival launch.

June 14, 2015

What is your drag q? Brendan Jordan wants to know

Students? Class is in session and teacher Brendan Jordan wants to know if you're ready for a test.

The video star who we like to call diva boy (check this story if you're not up on Jordan's wonderfulness), held a drag queen language quiz with two other video stars: Davey Wavey and Raymond Braun.

June 13, 2015

Northern Ireland is the last part of the UK which has not yet legalised gay marriage

More than 20,000 people marched on Saturday through the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland in support of marriage equality.

The march began at Writer’s Square at 2.30pm, and moved through the streets to finish outside City Hall.

The march was endorsed by major Irish political parties, including Sinn Féin, and a number of Irish celebrities: singer Brian Kennedy, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, actor Nuala McKeever, and others.

It was organised by Amnesty International, the Rainbow Project and Irish Congress of Trade Union (ICTU).

June 12, 2015

'I don’t want to get in drag for eight shows a week'

It's a role that in the past 14 months has been played by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell and Darren Criss and will next be played by Taye Diggs.

But we could have also have seen Adam Lambert somewhere along the way as the title character in the current run of Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

All he had to do was say yes.

June 9, 2015

Seven-figure settlement paid to the two high-profile Hollywood executives, but no apology to Bryan Singer

The former attorneys for Michael Egan, who accused several Hollywood figures including X-Men director Bryan Singer of sex abuse last year, have issued apologies to two of the accused, David A Neuman and Garth Ancier, and paid a seven-figure settlement to both.

Neuman is a former Disney executive and Garth Ancier is a former president of NBC Entertainment.

June 9, 2015

Bruce Kraus, the city's first openly gay elected official, and several LGBTI(-friendly) groups have vowed to boycott the concert and parade in protest over her appearance

Controversial rap artist Iggy Azalea, who was booked to headline a fundraising concert at next weekend's Pride in the Street event in downtown Pittsburgh, has cancelled her performance.

The Delta Foundation, organiser of the June 13 event, announced the news on Monday.

The Foundation had faced criticism for choosing the Australia-born singer despite her past remarks on social media which were widely criticized as being homophobic and racist, to headline the event.

June 9, 2015

'We Can't Stop' singer speaks candidly about sexuality and gender identification

Miley Cyrus has opened up about her sexuality and gender identity, revealing she told her mom she was bisexual at age 14.

When she was known to all back then as Hannah Montana, the 'We Can't Stop' singer has revealed she was aware of her emotions at a young age.

Speaking to Paper magazine, she told her mom Tish as a teen she 'admire[s] women in a different way'. When asked what she meant, Miley said: 'I love them. I love them like I love boys.' 

June 9, 2015

The Iranian-born singer says he wants to raise awareness of what's going on in Iran and that religion is guilty of legitimizing violence against LGBT people

Norwegian Eurovision star Tooji on Monday released a controversial music video shot inside an Oslo church which has since attracted criticism by the Bishop of Oslo, Ole Christian Kvarme.

The video for the track Father features the singer having sex with a male priest in front of a shocked congregation.

The bishop has condemned the video saying it is 'totally unacceptable' and 'a gross misuse of the church,' according to The Local.

He added that the video’s producers had misinformed the church about the video's contents.

June 8, 2015

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word...appears to be right

Elton John is a diva, and we were reminded of that when he called a steward a 'fucking cunt' yesterday at a concert.

The 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word' singer was performing at the Kingshold Stadium in Gloucester on 7 June when he spotted a young blonde woman appearing to stop fans from waving their arms in the air.

According to ITV News, he shouted from the stage: 'You fucking stewards, who do you think you are? This is my fucking concert, who are you?'

June 8, 2015

Site claimed R&B singer was 'inspired to come out by Caitlyn Jenner'

R&B singer Ne-Yo has denied he's gay after a satirical website claimed he was inspired to come out by Caitlyn Jenner.

The Let Me Love You performer responded to a report that went viral, claiming to quote the singer the Kardashian star had given him the 'inner strength' to embrace his 'gayness'.

NewsBuzzDaily.com, which calls itself an entertainment and satirical site, 'quoted' the star as saying: 'Bruce Jenner really gave me the inner strength to admit to my kids, my family, my friends, my fans and ultimately to myself that I am gay.

June 4, 2015

Rapper upset that Jenner's transition is getting more attention that Akon's plans to supply Africans with solar power

Rapper Snoop Dogg has made a transphobic dig at Caitlyn Jenner on social media.

Dogg is upset that Jenner's transition from male to female has been getting more attention than singer Akon's plans to bring solar energy to 600 million people living in rural Africa.

June 1, 2015

'But even if I was that's not an insult'

Justin Bieber has assured his fans that he is not gay after posting a video of him kissing a male friend.

The 21-year-old Baby-singer added: 'But even if I was that's not an insult.'

Bieber uploaded a video on Instagram of him skateboarding on a private jet on Monday (1 June).

In the clip, he spins in circles on a futuristic board before leaning down to plant a peck on the cheek of a male friend, then flashes a cheeky grin at the camera.

'I'm not gay but even if I was that's not an insult,' he wrote to his 28.7 million followers.

May 29, 2015

'I can come out as my own artist, and take my career where I want to'

It's been seven years since Adam Lambert burst on to the music scene with his runner-up finish on season eight of American Idol.

His subsequent stardom has eclipsed that of that year's winner Kris Allen as well as most of the winners of any season except perhaps Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

As he prepares to release his third solo album, Lambert is hoping he can finally leave his Idol image behind.

May 29, 2015

'We're all men. It's in our DNA to go for it'

Ricky Martin has opened up about how being single dad has affected his dating life.

The openly gay singer is the father of twins Valentino and Matteo, who were born by surrogate in 2008.

Martin, who split with businessman boyfriend Carlos Gonzalez Abella in January 2014, said he was dating again and would eventually like to get married.

'For me that paper is important. I also love the romanticism behind it,' he told the Sun.

May 24, 2015

But has Måns Zelmerlöw, the contestant from Sweden who won with a performance Heroes, had a change of heart since his controversial remarks?

Måns Zelmerlöw is the winner of this year's 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer from Sweden took top prize with his performance of Heroes.

Last year the 28-year-old found himself in hot water after saying LGBTI couples should not be parents.

May 22, 2015

His new album, The Original High, will be released on 16 June

Adam Lambert has released two more songs from his upcoming album which will be released in June.

The new songs follow the release of the album’s lead single Ghost Town, during which the openly gay singer said he ‘panicked’ when he learnt Madonna had released a song with the same name just days before him.

This time, there are no strange coincidences or releases of songs with the same name.

First to be released is the up-tempo pop number Evil in the Night, in which Lambert takes stock of his love life, much like in Ghost Town.

May 21, 2015

Lithuania in historic Eurovision first

Tonight at the Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final in Vienna, the performers from Lithuania scored a Eurovision first with not one, but two same-sex couples sharing a kiss on stage.

Watched by millions of television across the world, singers Vaidas and Monika opened the show with their song called “This Time” supported by two male and two female backing singers and dancers.

May 21, 2015

Hold My Hand hitmaker will be performing at Birmingham and Brighton Pride

Rather Be singer Jess Glynne has revealed she was left heartbroken after being in a relationship with a woman.

The British songwriter said while she doesn't define her sexuality, she was 'in love' with this girl.

'I was actually broken-hearted. She just fucked me over,' she told ES magazine, about the breakup in 2013.

'It was the first girl I'd ever fallen in love with. I've never said that to anyone. It was a relationship that was so new to me. Someone I met working.'

May 21, 2015

'They have no clue that I’m gay!'

Sam Smith has said he loves that there may be homophobes who listen to his music and don't know he's gay.

The 23-year-old British singer appears on the cover of French gay magazine Têtu's 20th anniversary edition this month.

'I like the idea that there may be homophobic guys who listen to my record and they have no clue that I’m gay!' he told the publication.

'I would like to become a voice for gay youth in difficulty around the world,' he continued.

'I just created a foundation.'

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 20, 2015

Ghost Town singer talks about 'momentary freak-out' over Madonna's song of the same name

Adam Lambert has revealed his ideal type of guy: otters.

The openly gay singer appeared on Monday (18 May) night’s Watch What Happens Live when a caller asked him what he looks for in a guy now.

'If I knew, I’d probably be dating somebody,' he replied.

'I think you get into your 30s and all the sudden you don’t know anything about anything and you’re okay with it.'

Gay host Andy Cohen then asked if he liked twinks.

'Sometimes,' Lambert replied. 'Not so much bear, more younger.'

Smooth or hairer? 

May 20, 2015

She has previously said she is against gay couples adopting children

ISIS have thrown gay people off buildings, beheaded and stoned them, but Loose Women's Coleen Nolan has implied supporting ISIS is akin to supporting LGBTI rights.

The former girl band singer was discussing the court case that saw a Northern Ireland Christian bakery being found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake.