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October 11, 2014

The chat show star recounts his love affair with alcohol and remembers attending AA meetings with Carrie Fisher

British TV chat show host Graham Norton has spoken candidly about his love of alcohol in his soon-to-be-published memoir, The Lives and Loves of a He Devil.

The book, which is published on 23 October, explores Norton’s notion that it is the things we love that make us who we are; and one of the things Norton clearly enjoys his liquor.

May 5, 2013

US group Faith 2 Action has produced a video mocking the book Heather Has Two Mommies which compares teaching kids about same-sex parented families to teaching them how to smoke

A US Christian group campaigning against LGBT rights has produced a video mocking the book Heather Has Two Mommies in which a woman reads a book called ‘Heather Has Two Cigarettes’ to a group of children she has given cigarettes to.

The woman is Janet Porter, founder of the anti-abortion rights, anti-gay Faith 2 Action group.

‘Heather has two cigarettes – should she smoke them herself or share them with you?’ she says, to which the children cheer.

Porter then gives packets of cigarettes to the children.

May 2, 2013

Host of WEtv's My Fair Wedding accused to addiction to prostitutes - he denies it

David Tutera, the host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, is embroiled in a nasty split from his longtime partner with whom he is currently expecting twins.

The couple, together as domestic partners for a decade, split in January and are due to become parents in July. Both have filed legal papers seeking full custody of the babies.

Tutera filed documents seeking to end his domestic partnership with Ryan Jurica this week. Two days earlier, Jurica filed papers of his own in Connecticut seeking to do the same.

July 16, 2012

How to differentiate between a healthy sex life and a sex addiction that is out of control

Gay men have a fairly well-deserved reputation for generally being pre-occupied with sex. While saunas, sex-on-premises venues and sex parties are still the go-to option for many guys looking for a sexual release, the rapid growth of location-based dating apps such as Grindr have, for some guys, elevated the search for sex to a 24-7 occupation.

For some people, a constant need for sex can become a compulsion, an all-consuming obsession that health professionals describe as a ‘sex addiction’.

April 1, 2012

‘Chems’ are highly addictive - GSN investigates the dark side of pleasure

On Caledonia Road, in the heart of London’s Kings Cross, there is a small shopfront painted bright purple and a discreet sign that confirms that this is the home of London Friend.

This nondescript, unassuming premises is the frontline in an ongoing campaign to educate gay men in Britain's capital about the risks that they’re taking and the harm that they’re doing to themselves.

March 14, 2012

Why gay men and women in particular should pledge to stub out their smoking habit on 14 March 2012

You may know that 14 March is No Smoking Day in Britain. But what is far less well known is that the average gay man or lesbian is far more likely to smoke, and to suffer the consequences, than straight people.

The British Heart Foundation launched the UK-wide charity No Smoking Day in 1983 to tackle the UK’s addiction to tobacco, which has proven to be more addictive than heroin. In fact, cigarettes are the only product that kills 50% of its consumers when they follow manufacturer directions.

March 14, 2012

How e-cigarettes could be an easier way to quit your smoking habit

Smoking – everyone knows it’s bad for them and a habit that fast becomes a potential life-time addiction. Smoking a cigarette isn't just about that addictive nicotine hit, it’s a tactile experience, bound up with emotions and surroundings.

Studies show that gay men and women are particularly at risk of smoking. So we are keen to highlight ways of cutting down smoking or quitting the habit altogether.

February 29, 2012

Figures show LGBT people smoke more than straights

British gay, lesbian, bi and trans smokers are being urged to quit for No Smoking Day by health charity British Heart Foundation.

Every year on 14 March, the campaign is responsible for helping thousands of smokers to quit. It is hoped the solidarity of quitting together can help smokers to finally kick the bad habit.

According to the charity, smoking rates are often higher in LGBT communities. For example, 36% of gay men in the UK smoke, much higher than the national average of 21%.