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October 24, 2014

A thriving gayborhood, east-facing beaches, the World AIDS museum and LGBTI-specific retirement homes are just a few reasons Fort Lauderdale deserves your attention

As we clutch our imaginary pearls every time we hear of a favorite gay bar closing in New York and Los Angeles, we also have reasons to throw our handbags in the air: New gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses are opening up in Fort Lauderdale every day, and with good reason.

Fort Lauderdale, a popular destination with LGBTI visitors since the 1970s for the region’s tropical climate and laid-back locals, is a city where the demand for LGBTI business is booming.

October 24, 2014

Hotel Hyatt Canberra was slammed for hosting the anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby

LGBTI activists will ‘gaycrash’ an anti-gay marriage event tonight after the venue came under for hosting the Christian group.

A new LGBTI group, the Australian People's Party, and Canberra GayCrash, which regularly holds events at straight venues, have invited both members to the party.

Hotel Hyatt Canberra came under sharp criticism this week for hosting the national conference of the anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby.

October 24, 2014

Holy homosexuality!

After 75 years of caped crusading, you would have thought someone would have asked Batman about his close-knit relationship with Robin.

But finally, in a new comics series, he answers the question that has been on everyone's lips for three quarters of a century.

Multiversity: The Just #1, by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver, was released on 22 October.

It features the offspring of the world's most famous DC Comics superheroes (Chris Kent, for example, the foster son of Clark Kent, Superman).

October 24, 2014

'These queers is what I'm upset about, this faggot right here'

A man physically attacked a male bystander at an airport is Dallas on Thursday (23 October) and hurled anti-gay slurs before being subdued.

On a video posted on YouTube by an onlooker, the man is near a ticket counter and can be heard saying 'I'm upset about this faggot right here.'

He then attacks the man and calls him a 'fucking queer' before he is taken down to the ground by several bystanders.

A policeman soon arrives and the attacker can be heard saying, 'This is America!' and 'When I get up, I'm going to beat the shit out of him.'

October 24, 2014

Dangdang is the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people

The CEO of a Chinese e-commerce company has posted a banned gay advert on social media that has since gone viral.

The poster did not pass censors but Li Guoqing on Tuesday uploaded the advert to his Weibo account - the Chinese version of Twitter - anyway, making Dangdang the first mainland company to openly support LGBTI people.

The poster shows two men walking hand in hand above the words: ‘I fear prejudice but I dare to love.’

The poster was for the 'Dare to Do, Dare to Be' campaign, which celebrates the company's fifteenth anniversary.

October 24, 2014

Roy Hodgson says he 'suspects' a professional footballer could be gay, but admits he has never met one

England men's football manager Roy Hodgson has said he has no idea what the acronym 'LGBT' stands for.

The 67-year-old has admitted to being 'naive' on the subject of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in football.

Speaking to Cambridge University Union, Hodgson was reportedly asked by a student where he stood on LGBT players in the game.

He then asked the student what 'LGBT' meant', and when he was told, he shrugged and said: 'It's not my world'.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook baned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 24, 2014

Police say their 'long and passionate' kisses 'disgusted' passersby

Six LGBTI rights activists have been charged with disturbing the peace because they kissed at an anti-gay protest in March.

The public prosecutor’s office notified the six of the charges earlier this month.

The three men and three women held a spontaneous, uncoordinated protest against an anti-gay group Sentinelle in Piedi, Standing Sentries, in Perugia, central Italy.

The Sentinelle stage demonstrations against gay marriage and efforts to extend hate crime protections to LGBTI people. Members stand silently in plazas, holding books or praying.

October 24, 2014

Churches blame the deadly virus on 'homosexualism'

LGBTI Liberians have gone into hiding after church leaders said Ebola was a punishment from God for homosexuality.

LGBTI people in the capital Monrovia have been harassed, beaten and a few have had their cars smashed.

‘Since church ministers declared Ebola was a plague sent by God to punish sodomy in Liberia, the violence toward gays has escalated. They're even asking for the death penalty. We're living in fear,’ LGBTI activist Leroy Ponpon told Reuters.

October 24, 2014

'I wanted to make sure no one really, really saw my wang'

Neil Patrick Harris is very nude in a pivotal scene with Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl.

Talk show host Conan O'Brien wanted the scoop and told Harris on Thursday (23 October): 'It's my duty to ask about these things.'

Harris then proceeded to talk nudity.

'We shot that particular scene for two days - two days of that,' he said. 'It was disarming ... your butt is just out there. There's a camera crew and there's your butt. But that had to happen - you just deal with it.

October 24, 2014

Nails Justin Bieber but has some trouble with Harry Styles and Zac Efron

First he took his shirt off in a few gay dance clubs and now he's trying to guess which bulge belongs to which male celebrity.

Nick Jonas certainly seems to be stepping up his efforts to court gay fans.

The singer and actor agreed to play Guess the Bulge for Sugarscape and while he was able to guess Justin Bieber fairly easily, he needs some hints to get Zac Efron and is completely blank on Harry Styles.

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 24, 2014

A young lesbian was hospitalized

A teenage girl was hospitalized after getting attacked with stones by her classmates this week - just because she's  gay.

She was with a gay male friend as they were walking from home from school in Spain's Murcia region on Monday (19 October).

The teens were attacked by three schoolmates who followed them out of school grounds in the town of Caravaca de la Cruz.

They shouted 'poofter', 'dyke' and 'perverts' at the teens, as the two queer kids attempted to ignore it.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 23, 2014

Go tête-à-tête with a great white shark or overcome your fear of heights zip-lining across the canopy of a forest… just a few thrills in the Rainbow Nation

What’s the craziest thing you can say you’ve done on holiday?

If you’ve ridden atop a racing ostrich or fed a white shark whilst inside a cage, then you’ve earned our jealousy and Gay Star News would love to see photos.

For those who want a vacation where they can scratch that adventure itch, buckle in tight for these death-defying, nature loving, high-five-when-you’re-done worthy type things available in a destination that is a world its own: South Africa.

October 23, 2014

Clunie: 'We are very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family'

X-Men director Bryan Singer is going to be a father.

The mother of the child is actress Michelle Clunie, his ex-girlfriend.

Clunie, who played Melanie for five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk is seven-and-a-half months pregnant and wrote on Facebook Wednesday (22 October): 'We dated. We broke up. He came out to me. We still loved each other and so made a pact we would start a family together some day. We are now 7 1/2 months pregnant and very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family.

October 23, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.

October 23, 2014

Big Brother alum says of sister Ariana Grande: 'We champion each other - we always have each other's backs'

Frankie Grande was on the opening night red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of Pippin Wednesday (22 October) evening when he shared with Gay Star News that he himself would be in a musical soon.

The Big Brother alum said he will be stepping into the role of Franz in the current Broadway production of Rock of Ages starting 10 November through 19 January.

'I've been in for the role, I've had three final callbacks for this part. I've been auditioning for it for the past five years - everyone knows how passionate I am about it,' he said.

October 23, 2014

The current and former inmates claim that they are locked in their cells for longer than the general prison population, are denied access to rehab programs and are subject to derogatory comments from staff

A group of 15 current and former gay, bisexual and trans (GBT) inmates of the San Bernardino County Jail in California have filed a class action lawsuit against the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.

They accuse the department of discrimination, saying that they were kept locked up for over 22 hours of the day – sometimes only being allowed 30 minutes outside their cells – and denied access to rehabilitation programs.

October 23, 2014

A report has been published into a ground-breaking summit that has taken place between gay dating app owners, health leaders and HIV organizations

Representatives of seven of the most popular gay dating websites and apps have collaborated with leading US AIDS organizations to discuss strategies to help promote HIV/STI testing and to reduce the stigma associated with HIV infection.

The results of a San Francisco summit between representatives of the dating sites and health leaders – including San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research – have been published in a new report.

October 23, 2014

Legislators oppose a clause requiring transgender people have sex change surgery

Hong Kong lawmakers yesterday dismissed an amendment to marriage laws that would have recognized the status of transgender people who have had sex change surgery.

The Marriage (Amendment) Bill was voted down by 40 lawmakers to 11 at its second reading. Five Legislative Council members abstained.