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January 16, 2015

Explicit sex and naked honesty abound in Russell T Davies's fruity new gay drama trio

[Spoliers alert]

Remember that scene in Queer As Folk, when the predatory Stuart rims wide-eyed schoolboy Nathan? TV writer extraordinaire Russell T Davies shocked a nation with his seminal Channel 4 show, and its boundary-pushing depiction of gay sex.

And now, the man responsible for a million teenage sexual awakenings (including mine) is back with a queer televisual menage a trios: Cucumber, Banana, Tofu. And we're pleased to report he's lost none of his confrontational spirit. The shows are aggresively, unapologetically sexual.

January 16, 2015

Doctor Who and Queer As Folk writer returns with new gay drama trio

TV writer Russell T Davies has said of Cucumber Banana Tofu, his new gay drama trio for Channel 4: 'I wanted to look at sex without being sexy.'

January 8, 2015

Comedian also crashed his partner's £150,000 Bentley

Stephen Fry's new fiancé Elliott Spencer yesterday (5 January) was banned from driving for speeding at 101mph in a £130,000 Aston Martin.

A day after news of their engagement broke, the 27-year-old comedian appeared in a South Wales court to receive his sentence – a seven-day driving ban and a £205 fine.

Fry, 57, supported his husband-to-be at the 30-minute hearing. 

January 8, 2015

Right wing US Christian writer Gina Miller claims transgender people are possessed by demons in a column about the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – blaming the high rate of suicide among transgender people not on prejudice against them but on their ‘open rebellion against God’

A US Christian writer and broadcaster has used the death of Leelah Alcorn to attack the LGBTI community and ‘radical homosexual activists’ in a column that claims the teen’s suicide ‘shows [the] tragic folly of “transgender" delusion [sic].’

Miller made the comments in an article published on right wing ‘alternative media’ website RenewAmerica in which she claimed that transgender people had themselves to blame for the high rate of suicide in their community.

January 6, 2015

'I’m very very happy but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!'

Stephen Fry has said he is 'very very happy' after news broke of his plans to marry his younger boyfriend.

The QI presenter, 57, and comedian Elliott Spencer, 27, formally gave notice at Fry's local registry in Dereham, Norfolk, according to documents dated 23 December.

The couple were first photographed together in November and they are believed to struck up a relationship over the summer.

'Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I’m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!, Fry tweeted.

December 28, 2014

Black has no reason to complain about Santa Claus this year

Dustin Lance Black's Christmas 'gift' was perfect.

Tom Daley, the boyfriend of the Oscar winner, posted Facebook photos.

The Olympic medalist was dressed all red, and seemed to be 'tumbling' out of a chimney.

December 20, 2014

The respected sexologist and sociologist for the first time revealed details of her female-to-male transgender partner of 17 years in her blog

In what has been described as a surprise revelation and which has sparked a rare public discussion about China's largely overlooked transgender community, prominent LGBT rights activist and sexologist on Thursday revealed that she is in a long-term relationship with a transgender man.

December 12, 2014

Gay broadcaster calls himself a 'fool' for the way he acted in his early career

Stephen Fry has said he has used drugs such as cocaine 'like pudding after work'.

The gay broadcaster, writer and wit has said he 'overdid' it in his early career, detailed in his new autobiography More Fool Me.

Speaking to Alan Carr on Chatty Man, Fry said: 'This is a particular period of my life which saw me kind of having achieved a certain amount of success, and therefore one would expect enjoying life to the full, and I somewhat overdid it.

November 17, 2014

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture

Can a queen be as sweet as marzipan, as romantic as an old ship moored in a harbour, or as elegant and smart as an old and superb medieval church? Of course she can, and you’ll discover this 'queen' is Lübeck.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Actress stands by her point that gay men do not fight for women's rights

Rose McGowan has taken to Twitter to apologize for saying that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

However, she said she stood by her point that the gay community did not 'pay it forward' by fighting for the human rights of others, specifically women.

The Charmed actress made the comments in a recent podcast with gay writer Bret Easton Ellis.

November 5, 2014

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA]'

Charmed's Rose McGowan has claimed gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

The US actress and singer, who was taken in by drag queens as a 13-year-old, has said she has an 'indictment' with the gay community.

'[Gay misogyny] is a huge problem,' she said on a recent podcast with controversial writer Bret Easton Ellis.

'I see now people who have basically fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange speedo and take molly [MDMA].'

November 4, 2014

'My hope is to inspire conversations that will continue outside of the blogosphere, creating change in religious spaces to welcome the voices of the LGBT members that sit quietly in the pews'

The site Religion News Service has a new writer. Eliel Cruz will blog a column called Faithfully LGBT.

'We’re thrilled to have Eliel join the RNS blogger line-up,' RNS Publisher Heidi Thompson said in a statement.

October 28, 2014

A dad gives anti-gay Christians a six-point plan to help them deal with their fears over same-sex marriage equality

Many of us have been in the marriage equality war for a long, long time.

I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San José Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with ‘Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked: ‘Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.’ She was wrong.

As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States the foes tend to call themselves ‘Christians’ and root their obsessive opposition in their particular interpretation of the Bible.

October 22, 2014

A Catholic high school in New York has reversed its decision for a fact-based drama about a lesbian couple, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, to shoot scenes on its premises

A Catholic boy’s school that had previously granted permission for a film shoot to take place within its walls has now reversed its decision – allegedly after finding out that the film featured Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple.

Director Peter Sollett’s film, Freeheld, is currently filming in New York State, and will also star Steve Carrell.

The civil rights drama is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, and has been adapted by Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

October 6, 2014

Lena Dunham has told The Howard Stern Show that she considers her boyfriend Jack Antonoff to be her life partner but they won’t be getting married until her lesbian sister Grace can as well throughout the United States

Creator, writer and star of the hit HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham has spoken about how she won’t be getting married until all Americans have the right to marry out of respect for her lesbian younger sister.

Lena, 28, has been in a relationship with Fun lead guitarist Jack Antonoff since 2012 and she told Howard Stern that she considers him her ‘life partner’ - but they will not be getting married before that right is also available to younger sister Grace Dunham, 22.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

September 13, 2014

Morelli was married to fellow television writer Steve Basilone for two years

Lauren Morelli, one of the head writers for the popular drama Orange is the New Black, is leaving her husband because she's a lesbian.

September 8, 2014

It's never smart to show bigotry toward headmaster Albus Dumbledore's sexuality, especially to the writer who loves him most
 

If you must hate on Albus Dumbledore because he's gay, never share the thought with JK Rowling.

The Harry Potter writer took a Twitter follower to task for his issues with the sexuality of the headmaster. According to the New Civil Rights, on 6 September Georgia resident Frank Fraticelli responded to a tweet Rowling wrote in 2014 May honoring the characters lost in the Battle of Hogwarts.

September 8, 2014

After dating only women for 365 days, Brooke Hemphill suggests people should have more same-sex experiences in order to have an educated dialogue on sexuality

In 2010, Brooke Hemphill kissed a girl, and she liked it.

The Sydney-based dating columnist and sex author has released a book titled Lesbian For a Year, in which the 35-year-old shares her experiences during her year of ‘sexual exploration’ with women.

September 2, 2014

Playwright Ben Ockrent explains how his new show, Breeders – about a same-sex couple’s attempts to have a child – came about after friends asked him to act as a sperm donor

Until he was approached by a lesbian friend and her female partner, writer Ben Ockrent had not given much serious thought to fathering a child. The couple wanted to sound him out on the idea of donating sperm, to help them in their quest to become parents. For a while, he seriously considered it.

September 2, 2014

Gay celebrity blogger has apologized after posting the leaked photos onto his website

Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is being accused of being a 'sex offender' after posting leaked naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

The gossip writer published the nude images, believed to have been stolen or hacked from the Oscar-winning actress' iCloud, on his site shortly after they surfaced online.

Numerous people on social media called him out for publishing the private images, with some calling him a 'sex offender', 'a rapist' and a 'desperate faggot' for his decision. None of these accusations are true.

August 26, 2014

Think Cucumber will be another UK show ripe for the remaking in the US like Queer As Folk? According to the producers, it might be too hot for US tastes.. 

Channel 4 are preparing to bring back gay drama to the UK 15 years after Queer As Folk.

Cucumber, created by Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, will be broadcast next year and is promised to be 'too hot for US tastes'.

Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as 'channel-defining', the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters. The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people.

July 31, 2014

Boss fired language writer because he thought his article about homophones was about promoting homosexuality

A writer is speaking out about being fired for writing an article about homophones after his boss thought it could be linked to homosexuals.

Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.

His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.