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June 22, 2015

It is believed none of the 48 citizens are gay couples wanting to marry

The Pitcairn Group of Islands, a British overseas territory in the Pacific, has officially passed gay marriage.

The law came into effect on May 15, according to the Telegraph, but due to technical problems the change was not made public on the government website until now.

Weddings will likely have to be officiated by the island administrator, a resident told the Guardian, as the island’s only preacher is a Seventh-Day Adventist, a religion opposing same-sex marriage.

June 16, 2015

'I'm happy that this is the face that God gave me, and it's imperfect'

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has said she is happy with her 'imperfect' face and does not want facial feminization surgery.

Cox, 31, who plays hairdresser Sophia Burset in the Netflix prison drama Orange is the New Black, started a Twitter hashtag, #transisbeautiful, after Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover was released last month.

June 16, 2015

'I'm happy that this is the face that God gave me, and it's imperfect'

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has said she is happy with her 'imperfect' face and does not want facial feminization surgery.

Cox, 31, who plays hairdresser Sophia Burset in the Netflix prison drama Orange is the New Black, started a Twitter hashtag, #transisbeautiful, after Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover was released last month.

June 8, 2015

Tribunal says employer's policy to prohibit employees expressing adverse views on homosexuality would have a 'disparate' impact as 'many evangelical Christians feel their faith compels them to share it'

A Christian nursery worker, who filed a discrimination claim against her former employer after being dismissed for telling a lesbian colleague that being gay is a sin, has won her case.

Sarah Mbuyi, 31, was sacked by Newpark Childcare in Shepherd's Bush, west London, for gross misconduct.

June 8, 2015

Tribunal says employer's policy to prohibit employees expressing adverse views on homosexuality would have a 'disparate' impact as 'many evangelical Christians feel their faith compels them to share it'

A Christian nursery worker, who filed a discrimination claim against her former employer after being dismissed for telling a lesbian colleague that being gay is a sin, has won her case.

Sarah Mbuyi, 31, was sacked by Newpark Childcare in Shepherd's Bush, west London, for gross misconduct.

June 4, 2015

'Drag is dangerous. We are making fun of everything'

RuPaul has said he would not have dropped the word 'she-mail' from his reality competition show RuPaul's Drag Race – but it was not his choice to make.

Last year, the drag queen came under fire from the transgender community – including several former Drag Racers – for his use of the phrase, ‘You’ve got she-mail’ following a challenge called Female or 'She-male?'

The show's US network, Logo, then stepped in and dropped the line from the new season after receiving complaints.

June 4, 2015

'Drag is dangerous. We are making fun of everything'

RuPaul has said he would not have dropped the word 'she-mail' from his reality competition show RuPaul's Drag Race – but it was not his choice to make.

Last year, the drag queen came under fire from the transgender community – including several former Drag Racers – for his use of the phrase, ‘You’ve got she-mail’ following a challenge called Female or 'She-male?'

The show's US network, Logo, then stepped in and dropped the line from the new season after receiving complaints.

May 6, 2015

Men are also prohibited from plucking their eyebrows

Men in Iran have been banned from wearing 'homosexual' spiky hairstyles and plucking their eyebrows. 

Tattoos and tanning beds were also deemed un-Islamic and prohibited in the annual pre-summer crackdown on western fashions.

Mostafa Govahi, head of Iran’s barbers’ union, Monday (4 April) said barbers across the country had been given a list of appropriate men's hairstyles, the Guardian reported.

May 6, 2015

Men are also prohibited from plucking their eyebrows

Men in Iran have been banned from wearing 'homosexual' spiky hairstyles and plucking their eyebrows. 

Tattoos and tanning beds were also deemed un-Islamic and prohibited in the annual pre-summer crackdown on western fashions.

Mostafa Govahi, head of Iran’s barbers’ union, Monday (4 April) said barbers across the country had been given a list of appropriate men's hairstyles, the Guardian reported.

May 5, 2015

Denmark should apologize for shielding the man who experimented on gays in Nazi concentration camps

The Danish government is being asked to apologize for protecting a Nazi doctor who experimented on gays during the Holocaust in an attempt to turn them straight.

Danish Nazi SS Dr Carl Vaernet conducted the medical experiments on gay concentration camp prisoners.

But unlike other Holocaust criminals he was never prosecuted.

In fact Denmark and Britain conspired to protect him and he was allowed to escape to Argentina to continue his research into eradicating homosexuality.

May 5, 2015

Denmark should apologize for shielding the man who experimented on gays in Nazi concentration camps

The Danish government is being asked to apologize for protecting a Nazi doctor who experimented on gays during the Holocaust in an attempt to turn them straight.

Danish Nazi SS Dr Carl Vaernet conducted the medical experiments on gay concentration camp prisoners.

But unlike other Holocaust criminals he was never prosecuted.

In fact Denmark and Britain conspired to protect him and he was allowed to escape to Argentina to continue his research into eradicating homosexuality.

April 2, 2015

She also has the best message to those who thought she would have sex with a male judge to get ahead

The Great British Bake Off's Ruby Tandoh has come out.

The food writer for The Guardian took to Twitter to tell her followers that she was out to her parents.

She linked to a video of Diana Ross' 'I'm Coming Out', and said: 'Me to my parents today. feeling lucky and joyful and f r e e. over and Out.'

'& to all the bros who hate social media, who pit it against "real life",' she added. 'i never would've had courage to be me w/out twitter's queer queens.'

April 2, 2015

She also has the best message to those who thought she would have sex with a male judge to get ahead

The Great British Bake Off's Ruby Tandoh has come out.

The food writer for The Guardian took to Twitter to tell her followers that she was out to her parents.

She linked to a video of Diana Ross' 'I'm Coming Out', and said: 'Me to my parents today. feeling lucky and joyful and f r e e. over and Out.'

'& to all the bros who hate social media, who pit it against "real life",' she added. 'i never would've had courage to be me w/out twitter's queer queens.'

March 3, 2015

Actor Alec Mapa among his critics: 'He's glad he's not effeminate? Well the feeling is mutual lady, I'm glad I'm not you

Looking star Russell Tovey is suffering backlash for comments he made about why he is masculine enough to play both gay and straight roles.

The openly gay actor told The Guardian he's grateful his father didn't allow him to attend theater school because 'I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. ... where I felt like I had to toughen up.

March 3, 2015

Actor Alec Mapa among his critics: 'He's glad he's not effeminate? Well the feeling is mutual lady, I'm glad I'm not you

Looking star Russell Tovey is suffering backlash for comments he made about why he is masculine enough to play both gay and straight roles.

The openly gay actor told The Guardian he's grateful his father didn't allow him to attend theater school because 'I feel like I could have been really effeminate, if I hadn’t gone to the school I went to. ... where I felt like I had to toughen up.

March 2, 2015

UK singer will play a series of fundraising concerts in summer

Sam Smith has revealed plans to set up a global charity to help gay men struggling with their sexuality.

The UK singer said he was annoyed by the negative reaction he received in September after saying he did not want to be a gay spokesperson, and that he was trying to play his part for LGBTI rights – but in his own way.

March 2, 2015

UK singer will play a series of fundraising concerts in summer

Sam Smith has revealed plans to set up a global charity to help gay men struggling with their sexuality.

The UK singer said he was annoyed by the negative reaction he received in September after saying he did not want to be a gay spokesperson, and that he was trying to play his part for LGBTI rights – but in his own way.

March 1, 2015

British star of HBO’s Looking also talks about how he thinks he would have been more ‘effeminate’ if he had gone to stage school

British actor Russell Tovey has opened up about events which he feels shaped him as a gay man.

As one of the stars of HBO gay drama Looking, Tovey has spoken about his unique position as an actor who can convincingly play both gay and straight roles.

The actor also attributes his upbringing in Billericay, Essex as having a significant effect on him and the fact that he couldn’t go to Sylvia Young Theatre school, a very famous stage school in London with a great deal of famous alumni.

March 1, 2015

British star of HBO’s Looking also talks about how he thinks he would have been more ‘effeminate’ if he had gone to stage school

British actor Russell Tovey has opened up about events which he feels shaped him as a gay man.

As one of the stars of HBO gay drama Looking, Tovey has spoken about his unique position as an actor who can convincingly play both gay and straight roles.

The actor also attributes his upbringing in Billericay, Essex as having a significant effect on him and the fact that he couldn’t go to Sylvia Young Theatre school, a very famous stage school in London with a great deal of famous alumni.

February 3, 2015

David Hudson steps up to drive the launch of GSN's new business section

Experienced journalist David Hudson has been appointed as the business editor for Gay Star News.

Hudson has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years, specialising in the stories that matter to the world's LGBTI community.

February 3, 2015

David Hudson steps up to drive the launch of GSN's new business section

Experienced journalist David Hudson has been appointed as the business editor for Gay Star News.

Hudson has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years, specialising in the stories that matter to the world's LGBTI community.

February 3, 2015

Chief Reporter – Gay Star News

Joe Morgan is a writer and journalist who has been with Gay Star News for the past three years.

After completing the top UK journalism course in 2012, he has written extensively on LGBTI rights, issues and news in the UK and around the world. He has had work published in titles such as The Guardian, Metro and The Stage.

He has also written about theatre, TV, film, music, relationships, education and travel.

Follow him on Twitter at @nottherealjoe.

January 31, 2015

The LGBT community has however protested against the slapstick comedy's camp central character for humiliating and smearing gay people through overacted actions and expressions

De Mai Tinh 2 (Let Hoi Decide), a slapstick comedy with a self-identified transgender woman in the central role, has become the top grossing film in the country.

It earned US$3.85 million – a huge sum for a Vietnamese feature – in over two weeks since it was released on December 12 and on 70 screens across the Southeast Asian country.

January 31, 2015

The LGBT community has however protested against the slapstick comedy's camp central character for humiliating and smearing gay people through overacted actions and expressions

De Mai Tinh 2 (Let Hoi Decide), a slapstick comedy with a self-identified transgender woman in the central role, has become the top grossing film in the country.

It earned US$3.85 million – a huge sum for a Vietnamese feature – in over two weeks since it was released on December 12 and on 70 screens across the Southeast Asian country.