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May 24, 2015

 'Sometimes I think that really the problem is the concept of motherhood, which we can't give any real structure to'

Writer Germaine Greer is troubled that David Furnish, Elton John's husband, is listed as 'mother' on the birth certificates of their two sons.

May 20, 2015

'I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but...'

'I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but maybe it is the will of God.'

That is what a lesbian journalist from Ireland was told in a letter days before the country holds a referendum on gay marriage.

Una Mullally, who writes for the Irish Times, shared the letter dated 14 May on Twitter.

'More hate mail from No voters today. My cancer is the will of God for campaigning for equality, apparently,' she wrote.

May 13, 2015

Emmy winner came out publicly the day in 2013 when the US Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act

The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart has married television writer Robert Sudduth.

Rikaart broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning by posting a photo of the beachside vows in Maui with the simple two-word caption: 'Holy matrimony.'

After a flood of well wishes, Rikaart took to Twitter again with this message: 'So much love today. Thanks for it all. Rob and I have enjoyed reading your kind wishes. Mahalo, as they say here on Maui.'

April 28, 2015

The drag star of TV's Mrs Brown’s Boys has posted a moving ‘message from mammy about marriage equality’ video ahead of the upcoming referendum in Ireland

Irish writer and performer Brendan O’Carroll, the star of the BBC’s hit TV sitcom, Mrs Brown’s Boys, has posted a typically funny video – under the guise of female alter ego Agnes Brown – to voice support for marriage equality.

In the two-minute short, Brown first thinks that she is filming a prepared speech about ‘midget equality’. When she is told that it’s about marriage equality, she queries why it should even be regarded as an issue.

‘What about it? Any two people who feel in love enough should be allowed to get married!’

April 23, 2015

Fans have accused the comic book writers of biphobia

Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief and top writer has defended the outing of Bobby Drake/Iceman.

In the new issue of All New X-Men, the young time-travelling version of the ice-wielding mutant is outed as gay by psychic Jean Grey.

In the comic, Iceman thinks he could be bisexual. Grey, on the other hand, tells him she knows he is 'full gay'.

Some fans have accused the Marvel writers of biphobia or bisexual erasure.

April 16, 2015

Historic iconic venue, which featured in the film Pride, is at risk of closing

London gay bar Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at risk of closing due to its recent sale to property developers.

But celebs and stalwarts of the scene have come together to launch a campaign to help save the iconic venue.

It comes as the Black Cap in Camden, another notable London LGBTI venue, closed without notice last week.

Writer of Bafta-winning film Pride Stephen Beresford, who featured the RVT in his 2014 hit film, is calling on people to help save the bar. 

April 3, 2015

'Would you want an ex-porn star who has tried to commit suicide by HIV representing you?'

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has questioned HIV positive Lib Dem candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett's credibility. 

During an interview with Buzzfeed this week, Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, revealed how his clinical depression as a student led him down a self-destructive path to become purposefully infected with HIV. 

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 25, 2015

'Hen' can refer to a transgender person or someone whose gender is unknown or irrelevant.

The gender-neutral pronoun 'hen' will be included in the official Swedish dictionary, the language's regulator said on Tuesday (24 March).

'Hen' will be added to 'han' (he) and 'hon' (she) in the new edition of the Svenska Akademiens ordlista, or SAOL, which goes on sale on 15 April.

The pronoun can be used to refer to a transgender person or someone whose gender is unknown or irrelevant.

'For those who use the pronoun, it's obviously a strength that it is now in the dictionary,' an editor at the Swedish Academy, Sture Berg, told AFP.

March 23, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company tackles some relatively modern history in a new play from Tom Morton-Smith.

Oppenheimer is an ambitious play.

As the name suggests, Oppenheimer – written by Tom Morton-Smith and directed by Angus Jackson – takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project, the war of science, when the United States raced to be the first to create the weapon that would end World War II.

After premiering this new work in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred this production to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.

March 21, 2015

François Ozon's fascination with human sexuality continues

Adapted from a short-story by crime-writer Ruth Rendell, François Ozon's latest feature continues his fascination with human sexuality.

The New Girlfriend is an intriguing tale of obsession, secrets, and identity.

Typically of Ozon, this is a movie that looks beautiful. Stunning Autumnal colors that emphasise and amplify the themes of change, rebirth and renewal.

March 15, 2015

A tough, edgy film about a tough and edgy part of London

Invariably, British gangster movies are set in London's east end. Throughout the centuries, the east end of London has been a tough, gritty area of the city. The borough of Hackney is right in the heart of the east end action.

Hackney's Finest is a story about the heroin scene in Hackney in the late 1990s. Written by Thorin Seex and directed by Chris Bouchard, this is a movie that has all the hallmarks of some of Britian's best gangster movie - drugs, corruption, violence, and a dark sense of humor.

March 10, 2015

Lesbian will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the sci-fi franchise

Star Wars will have its first ever lesbian character in the canon.

Moff Mors will make an appearance in writer Paul S Kemp's upcoming novel, ‘Lords of the Sith’, due to be released 28 April this year.

Kemp has said the character adds a 'rich diversity' to the series, intended to be inclusive but not a statement.

It’s not clear what role she will play in the books but the editor, Shelley Shapiro, thinks it’s about time Star Wars diversified.

March 9, 2015

'Before the damned plague hit it was absolutely party central ... I lost friends like everybody'

British actor Maxwell Caulfield gained scores of gay fans in 1982 who were seduced by his handsome looks in the film Grease 2.

The film may not have been the smash Grease was four years earlier, but it has endured as a cult hit and Caulfield has enjoyed a busy career on stage and screen.

Before that movie breakthrough, Caulfield was an unknown actor living in New York City. He was working in theater and having the time of his life with his many gay friends.

March 3, 2015

'4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action'

Someone has written a gay erotic novella about the now infamous color-changing dress.

Chuck Tingle self-published the 'hard-hitting news tingler' on 27 February which has so far only received five-star reviews.

Pounded By The Gay Color Changing Dress 'is 4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and color changing dress love,' the book description on Amazon reads.

February 28, 2015

Batman's feline enemy comes out in latest issue of DC Comic

Holy furballs Batman, Catwoman is bisexual!

The feline villain, the alter-ego of Selina Kyle, comes out in the latest issue of DC Comics' Catwoman #39, writer Genevieve Valentine confirms on her blog.

'She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,' Valentine writes.

February 25, 2015

The freelance writer and journalist says that negative stereotypes can still lead to gay people being regarded as frivolous, lightweight or not serious enough for certain jobs

Starting in the 1990s, programs such as MTV’s ‘The Real World’ and NBC’s ‘Will and Grace’ helped portray gay men in a non-threatening light, and normalized the reality of being gay for millions.

At the same time, however, shows like these, and those that have followed, portrayed gay men as frivolous, irresponsible and more likely to party hard than work.

Yes, we make the masses laugh, but at our own expense.

February 22, 2015

Shocking leaflets urge people to vote against gay marriage because gays are more likely to get cancer, be promiscuous and abuse children

Vile anti-gay leaflets being circulated in Dublin, Ireland are urging people to vote against gay marriage because gay people are ‘more likely to get cancer.’

Yesterday (21 February), images of anti-gay leaflets began to circulate on Twitter from people who were shocked they had been handed to them at an event.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 9, 2015

Both lose Best British Film to The Theory of Everything

The writer and producer of Pride won the award for best debut at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night (8 February). 

However, the Imitation Game walked away empty handed despite nine nominations.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone took the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pride.

February 7, 2015

Beautiful stories told without words, we meet the writer who is continuing the tradition of gay art and literature.

Writer and editor Dale Lazarov has been publishing gay literature since the 1980s. In 2005 he made the move into graphic art with Sticky – a collaboration with artist Steve MacIsaac.

Now focusing primarily on this genre, Lazarov researches and develops the story and then collaborates with an artist to draw the scenes.

Simplistically you could describe these works as gay erotica, and there is an undoubtedly sexual edge to Lazarov's work, but these are also unique and compelling stories that explore modern gay life.

February 4, 2015

Journalist – Gay Star News

Andrew M Potts is a former editor of Australia’s The Pink Broad and Sydney Star Observer newspapers and a former writer for DNA Magazine.

He has over a decade’s experience as a journalist, opinion columnist and feature writer covering LGBTI issues online, in print and on the airwaves.

February 3, 2015

Buddhist teacher compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who is known for his wit and sense of humor, made the comments in a YouTube video uploaded on 22 January 22, although it is not clear when the clip was recorded.

The filmmaker and writer said he wanted to talk about the 'interesting question of sexual orientation' and how it fits into Bhutan's Buddhist way of life.

February 2, 2015

The author of 'What Happened to Marilyn' shares some tips on where to find the best margarita and more

Author Alexander Rigby has lived in Pittsburgh since 2008 when he began college in the city. We caught up with the writer extraordinaire recently for some inside tips on what makes Pittsburgh a great place to live.

What kept you in Pittsburgh after you graduated?
I stayed because it's a beautiful city that has a lot to offer – in terms of job opportunities, great dining options, fun nightlife, culture, entertainment venues. And it is relatively LGBT friendly.