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December 8, 2014

The openly gay front man of The Feeling shares his traveller tales – from old American diners to wet weekends in Ireland...

Where were you going the last time you got on a plane?
My last flight was quite a while ago! It's unlike me to spend so long on the ground but I've been working on album five with the band. I took a flight to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival.

What were your family holidays like as a child?
In a caravan travelling around a wet Ireland, with lots of music and lots of appalling weather – never a sun tan to be seen! It was perfect. We didn't have a lot of money, but we enjoyed our childhood a lot.

November 26, 2014

I swear I saw it fall out of my bag and I just didn’t pick it up.

So. It’s happened. You’re days away from that big vacation. You’ve waited all year for this, but something has stirred you from your sleep.

Where is it? It’s not been seen since you put it in that ‘safe place’ that you now can’t remember the location of. Is it at work? WHERE is my passport?!

In the minutes following this tragic realisation irrational thoughts on life begin to take hold followed by illogical plans to get out of this impossible situation and safely to the beach – here are 10 of those:

October 9, 2014

Actor details the years of physical and emotional abuse his family endured at the hands of his late father

Alan Cumming has, for the first time, gone public about growing up with a physically and emotionally abusive father who left him living in fear and shame.

'When he was abusing me, it was the only time he really noticed me,' Cumming tells dot429. 'So there’s that whole weirdness that was going on. My whole life has been imbued with the fact that my father didn’t love me. It’s a huge thing in my life.'

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.

June 11, 2014

Able seaman Rod McKenzie, 27, shares his story of life in the UK’s Royal Navy and his proudest moment at sea

HMS Illustrious was in the Mediterranean north of the Suez Canal in early November last year when a message came through from the British government.

Typhoon Haiyan had just whipped through the Philippines, the deadliest on record, killing over 6,000 people.

They turned the ship around and steamed towards the South China Sea.

On board was an openly gay former make-up artist – once the least likely person to find on a Royal Navy ship – now a highly-trained sailor.

May 30, 2014

Anger Management cast member tells GSN: 'I've like never been in the closet. I like open shelving'

On the TV sitcom Anger Management, Michael Arden plays a guy who is gay and happens to be passive-aggressive.

The character, named Patrick, is also the patient of an anger management therapist played by Charlie Sheen.

'I get to play a gay character which I love and get to be a guy who is bit of an asshole, a self-centered asshole,' Arden tells Gay Star News.

'I get to exercise that part of my make-up at work then my boyfriend doesn't have to deal with it at home.

May 26, 2014

The revelation came along with 'basically a declaration of love attached to it'

The Normal Heart's Mark Ruffalo remembers his best friend in high school being so agitated and upset for weeks because he had something difficult to tell him.

Ruffalo wondered if he had killed somebody.

He hadn't. It turns out he was gay.

May 3, 2014

Amy Brosnahan almost wasn’t allowed to compete in the Battle of the Babes, but took the case to the Human Rights Commission and competed in the national finals

A New Zealand trans teen made history when she became the first trans competitor in a national beauty pageant.

Amy Brosnahan, 18, almost did not get to compete in the finals because she was not born female.

Brosnahan, who has not transitioned, was one of the nine finalists from Auckland to make it through to the national finals.

However, when it was revealed she was not born female, it looked like her future in the competition was in jeopardy.

February 14, 2014

On Valentine’s Day, a gay dad of two tells his 11-year-old sons how they have made him into a superhero

The other day, my friend John linked me onto a tweet from a gentleman in Utah. The man was Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank.

Mero’s organization had just submitted an amicus brief in the pending same-sex marriage case in Utah, one of which, he is very proud. ‘A brilliant articulation of the state interest in marriage. Can’t wait for the plaintiffs’ non-response,’ were his exact words.

January 17, 2014

She is portrayed by Judi Dench in film Philomena which has been nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award

Philomena Lee kept a secret for 50 years but now the entire world knows her story.

The story of her search for the son she was forced to give up was made into the film Philomena which was nominated this week for an Academy Award for best picture.

Judi Dench, who plays Lee in the movie, was also nominated for an Oscar as was her co-star Steve Coogan for his screenplay adaptation of the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.

October 16, 2013

In this week's 'Around the World in 7 Questions' feature, openly gay British actor and TV presenter Andrew-Hayden Smith reveals to Gay Star Travel he's a New York virgin and one time, he unkowingly ate shark and zebra meat in the dark

This week we go Around the World in 7 Questions with Geordie-born Andrew Hayden-Smith, the British actor and presenter who kicked off his career at the age of 12 on children's serial drama Byker Grove before moving on as a presenter on BBC1 for just under four years.

His acting accolades include (our personal favorite) three episodes of the world's longest-running sci-fi series Doctor Who.

October 9, 2013

We prepare for Coming Out Day on Friday by asking Gay Star News readers who they came out to first – and what happened next

From dogs to dads and from girlfriends to best friends, GSN readers chose a host of different people to come out to first.

But whoever they talked to about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, some amazing things seem to have happened afterwards.

So there’s no better way to prepare to celebrate Coming Out Day around the world on Friday (11 October) than with these heartwarming and inspirational stories.

Friends:

A GSN straw poll showed 63% of you came out to a friend first. They were incredible:

May 31, 2013

GSN brings you a voice from World War II. Lesbian author Linda Wilkinson writes as Diamond Lil, a true character from the London Blitz, originally called Harry Young who, at the tender age of 14, decided to dress solely as a woman

The night of the bombing at the Black Buildings was one of the worst I can recall. Fancy a 500 kilogram bomb going down and air vent! The shelter underneath the buildings is one of the biggest and a wedding party with piano and all was in full swing.

Can’t tell you what the carnage was like, especially as the vent was a glass chute from Victorian times. The only bit of protection around it was a bit of corrugated iron.

May 8, 2013

Gay Star News talks to Miyuki Baker about her world travels in search of queer artists and activists

What are the queer communities like in South America compared to Australia? Singapore compared to India? South Korea to Turkey? Recent college graduate Miyuki Baker is finding out by traveling the world in search of queer artists and activists, like herself.

After graduating from Pennsylvania-based liberal arts college Swarthmore, Baker won a $25,000 (US dollars, €19,000) Watson Fellowship that allows her to travel the world pursuing a particular project.

April 25, 2013

Ahead of his coverage on Eurovision for BBC3, gay Radio One DJ Scott Mills tells GSN he wants to see former Sun glamor model Samantha Fox, sing in the competition for the UK in 2014

For the uninitiated, the Eurovision Song Contest is the continent’s most baffling contribution to culture. Some countries take it super-seriously, others (step forward the UK) treat it as a bit of a joke and, as a result, tend to lose. Embarrassingly. For Europe’s gays meanwhile, Eurovision – good or bad – is the perfect excuse for a party.

April 18, 2013

GSN meets an Ibiza-based brand strategist, our new dream job

Continuing our series devoted to meeting LGBT people around the world that are launching businesses, growing brands, leading their communities, or just doing interesting things, in this issue we catch up with Ibiza-based brand strategist Ryan James Lock.

What does a brand strategist do?

April 5, 2013

Sunil Pant has come along way from not even knowing the word for gay before he was twenty to getting LGBTI rights recognized by the Supreme Court in Nepal, and he's not going to let current troubles hold him back

It's not an easy time for Sunil Pant, founder of the largest LGBT rights group in Nepal, Blue Diamond Society (BDS). A government office has sat on the renewal of BDS's license, holding-up funding so that staff haven't been paid for months. LGBTI activists are also being harassed, which Pant links to the same government officer.

February 13, 2013

After ten intense years of human rights work in London and Hong Kong, Mark Allison now runs a healing and coaching practice in Pai, a small town in the mountains of northern Thailand

During a break from a career in human rights work, Mark Allison made the spontaneous decision to buy a restaurant in Pai, a small town in the mountains in northern Thailand, with his partner. That decision led him to Reiki healing, a greater sense of fulfillment and and a new career as a personal coach.

January 11, 2013

Originally from Liverpool, Bobby Seven now lives permanently on a beach in Thailand and earns a living from tarot card reading

Last year Bobby Seven, 34, left his life in Britain to live on a beach in Thailand permanently, earning a living as a transformational tarot card reader, online and in person. He lives on Had Tien beach on Koh Phangnan island, next to hippy holiday resort The Sanctuary.

As part of a series on alternative gay lifestyles, Gay Star News asks him about his life and what messages he has for the gay community back home.

Did you feel you had a 'sixth sense' from a young age?

December 20, 2012

A Mayan prophecy predicts the world will end tomorrow but who cares when Santa's on his way?

I don't know what I feel most upset about? The Mayan prophecy that the end of the world is nigh at the exact time of year when we can all be excused for greed, gluttony and excess or the fact that if it really does all end in hellfire and brimstone, then I've wasted a shed load of money on Peppa Pig and Spider Man action figures (not for me, but for my nephews and nieces).

December 2, 2012

After two days in San Francisco, GSN falls in love all over again

I first fell in love with the idea of San Francisco while reading Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series.

Originally serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle, the first of the Tales of the City novels was published in 1978 and, through the portrayal of characters such as Mary Ann Singleton, Anna Madrigal, and Michael Tolliver, captured a time, a world, and a sprit that was so far removed from my experience that it seemed almost magical.

October 4, 2012

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, the gay Radio 1 DJ talks about future documentaries and sending drunken tweets to Rihanna

Gay DJ Scott Mills has spoken frankly in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

Sat on a sofa in London’s West End, we chatted to the Radio 1 DJ about the worst place in the world to be gay, sending drunken tweets to Rihanna, and Tom Daley in his swimsuit.

You haven’t talked about your sexuality very much in the past, is your book a departure from that?

September 28, 2012

Gay Star News interviews Australian author Benjamin Law about his book, Adventures in Gaysia, that explores different aspects of queer life in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, India, Malaysia and Burma

With vivid depictions of a transexual beauty pageant in Thailand, a gay nudist hotel in Bali, the ugly forefront of the fight against the HIV epidemic in Burma and a happy-clappy Sunday service at a ‘gay cure’ church in Malaysia, Adventures in Gaysia has more color than a Pride march in Mumbai. It’s also hilarious and serious.

Gay Star News talks to Australian magazine journalist and author Benjamin Law about the inspiration, the ups and downs and why there’s no need to take notes on penises.

Why did you decide to write this book?

September 24, 2012

GSN pays a visit to Munich’s world famous festival celebrating beer and lederhosen

I always get a bit distracted at airports, searching for a decent coffee, trying on aftershaves... I was pretty sure that my Lufthansa flight to Munich was departing from Gate 19 in London Heathrow’s Terminal 1, but maybe I’d read the sign wrong? I looked around and there was a reassuring number of young guys in lederhosen (the traditional Bavarian leather shorts). Oktoberfest here we come!