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February 23, 2015

Unable to compete in NFL last season, Sam will compete for Mirror Ball Trophy

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

February 21, 2015

Tim Miller describes himself as 'thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message'

Jeb Bush, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide.

Tim Miller, 33, is currently executive director of the America Rising Political Action Committee (PAC) and wrote on Twitter Friday (20 February): 'Thrilled and honored to work for a great person with the right message.'

Bush has not formally announced his candidacy so Miller would, for now, be senior adviser for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC.

February 18, 2015

HIV strain CRF19 can progress to AIDS in less than 3 years, meaning anti-retroviral drugs may come too late to control it, but Cuban and Belgian scientists are working together to study the virus

Scientists in Cuba are dealing with an aggressive new strain of HIV that progresses so fast to AIDS that many patients do not even realize they are infected before their immune system is seriously compromised.

The strain has been named CRF19 and is a combination of HIV sub-types A, D and G.

CRF19 has been observed before in Africa but only in isolated cases and it is unknown why or how the strain is now appearing in Cuba.

February 17, 2015

Scott Lively is currently on trial for crimes against humanity

Abiding Truth Ministries pastor and author of The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively, is upset that the media label him ‘anti-gay’ because of his years of actively campaigning against the rights of LGBTI people.

Lively is currently being sued in the US Federal Court by Ugandan LGBTI activists over his role in convincing Ugandans to pass strict laws further criminalizing gays and lesbians and he has praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin over his regime’s laws against so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

February 16, 2015

Footballer credits his fiancé for giving him the self-confidence to come out

Michael Sam said he knew 'damn sure' he was gay after his first sexual experience and credited his fiancé with giving him the self-confidence to come out.

The first openly gay NFL footballer Friday (February) received an Upstander Award at the Time to THRIVE gay youth conference in Portland, organized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

In his acceptance speech, Sam paid tribute to his fiancé Vito Cammisano.

'Vito has been with me for a long time and actually it is because of Vito that I am here tonight to talk to you guys,' he said.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

February 3, 2015

Sports ministry 4 Winds warns the broadcasting of Jenner's story is 'promoting sin'

An anti-LGBTI sports ministry group claims Olympian-turned-reality show star Bruce Jenner is 'promoting sin' by transitioning to female.

The 4 Winds sports ministry has issued a press release warning of what they say are the ramifications of such a public journey by the winner of the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Gsmes.

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 28, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has called for legislation protecting LGBTI people from discrimination in housing and employment across the United States so long as ‘religious rights’ are not compromised

The leadership of the US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made its most accommodating statement on LGBTI issues to date on Tuesday this week in a televised press conference and online statements published on the church’s official website.

However in the same breath the Mormons accused LGBTI activists of seeking to take away the same freedom of expression for religious people that they had fought so hard to win for themselves.

January 28, 2015

Universal Studios Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and beyond: welcome to adrenaline junkies' paradise

Remember that kid in your class at school, who was always perpetually jetting off to, or returning from, Orlando? And the sweet, sweet envy you felt upon their return, hearing all about their sun-drenched, fun-infused escapades?

January 27, 2015

Says he is 'horrified' by how transphobic he was when he made that statement

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's top aide and secretary general Matthew Richardson has apologized unreservedly for calling trans woman 'she-males' today (27 January).

But while saying sorry for the language used, he has not retracted suggestions that a future UKIP administration would put an end to gender reassignment within the NHS.

January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

January 25, 2015

For now, Smith is believed to tweeted two messages in response saying: 'Can't believe what I've just read', and 'Ignore'

In an astonishing verbal on air attack, Howard Stern, a veteran US radio show host and judge on America's Got Talent, said of UK singer Sam Smith: 'Do you know what I love about that guy? He’s an ugly motherf***er.'

'He’s fat. And I love it. You know what, he looks gay to me. Not that anybody looks gay but he does seem effeminate,' he added.

January 24, 2015

In 1996, California's Supreme Court banned state judges from associating with groups that discriminate due to sexual orientation

California's Supreme Court voted to ban state judges from affiliating with the Boy Scouts of America.

As reported by the Associated Press, the seven judge court unanimously approved the decision on 23 January.

The justices are following a 2014 February recommendation by its ethics advisory committee.

In 1996, the state's highest court ruled judges could not belong to groups that discriminate due to sexual orientation.

January 24, 2015

The lawmaker is taking aim at the state's decision to legalize gay marriage, and is seeking to allow parents to obtain reparative therapy for their children and for businesses to refuse service to LGBTs

Oklahoma State Represenative Sally Kern, who is known for her consistent stance against same-sex marriage, has introduced a series of bills that targets same-sex marriage and LGBTs.

The Republican lawmaker, who made the headlines when she said the 'homosexual agenda' is a bigger threat to America than terrorism, is now taking aim at the state's decision to legalize gay marriage last year.

January 23, 2015

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people'

Grammy nominee Miley Cyrus paid a surprise visit to homeless youth this week at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people,' the singer told Good Morning America which accompanied her on the visit.

Center CEO Lorri L. Jean met with Cyrus and was impressed with the young star.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 20, 2015

On the road with the star of E4's new gay drama Cucumber

With Cucumber, the new queer TV series from Russell T. Davies, hitting UK screens this Thursday, we caught up with one of the stars of the show, Miles Higson – who plays Beanie, the best friend of 15-year-old Adam, and who also played Hollyoaks' Seth Costello – to talk all things travel...

January 18, 2015

The US singer voluntarily left the Celebrity Big Brother UK house after being warned by bosses for directing a homophobic slur at Perez Hilton

US singer Alexander O’Neal has reportedly left the Celebrity Big Brother house in the UK after clashing with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

Viewers saw the 61-year-old use a homophobic slur against Hilton in Saturday’s coverage (17 January).

A spokesperson for the show has said O’Neal has walked out of the house.

Hilton, famous for his blog on Hollywood gossip and outing closeted celebrities, has been involved in several altercations with other members of the house.

Last night, viewers saw O’Neal call Hilton a ‘faggot.’

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 11, 2015

The infamously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church met their match on Saturday night when they were overwhelmed by pro-gay supporters at their picket 

Westboro Baptist Church is known for turning up at funerals, events and concerts to protest what they call ‘Fag America.’

They often succeed in tarnishing whichever event they are protesting at by displaying their homophobic signs and chanting abuse at attendees.

However, on Saturday night in Portland, US the church met their match when they were driven away from one of their protests by pro-gay supporters. Their protest lasted for only 15 minutes.

December 31, 2014

'If we conjured Kim Kardashian out of nothing can't we do the same with a gay badass who fights crime?'

Tuc Watkins, best known for playing straight on the daytime soap One Life to Live and gay on the primetime soap Desperate Housewives, wants to see Hollywood create a wider array of gay characters.

'Yes, different gay characters are trickling in,' Watkins writes in a Facebook post Tuesday (30 December). 'But Hollywood is the gatekeeper of the cultural lexicon. We set the pace. Let's step it up. America can handle it.

December 31, 2014

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share your holiday pics

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through memorable photos.

Gay Star Travel reader Jay Horne, also editor of glossy gay magazine FNQ, sent us his postcards from Cairns sister city, Scottsdale in the United State of America.