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March 29, 2014

Equality campaigners gather to support gay marriage as couple ties the knot 

One of the UK’s first gay couples got married at the stroke of midnight tonight ( 29 March), marking the historic date for LGBT couples to legally get married in England and Wales.

Supported by a crowd of well wishers and equality campaigners, Peter McGraith and David Cabreza said their vows at Islington Town Hall, London.

The couple, who have been together for 17 years, spoke about how they felt an hour before the wedding.

March 29, 2014

David Cameron tweeted his congratulations to first gay couples making history today

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated newly married gay couples in England and Wales today (29 March).

The leader of the Conservative party took to his Twitter account to voice his support for those at the forefront of this historic occasion.

‘Congratulations to all same-sex couples getting married today – I wish you every possible happiness for the future #equalmarriage’ he said.

The world’s media has been focused on those lucky couples who will make history as the first gay people to become legally married.

March 19, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay law earlier this year, punishing homosexuality with up to life in prison

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay law today (19 March).

Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange, who will be leading the protest, believes this is one of the best ways those who live in countries with gay rights can help those living under homophobic regimes.

The new Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes homosexuality with up to life in prison.

February 20, 2014

LGBTI students are welcoming film lovers of any age to two screenings; the amazing documentary Call Me Kuchu and a sing-along Rocky Horror Show

Britain’s Student Pride is heading to the cinema for the first time – and is inviting you to enjoy two special screenings at a bargain rate.

Film lovers of any age can camp it up at a sing-along screening of the Rocky Horror Show on Sunday (23 February) at 1pm at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, central London.

Tickets cost just £3 ($5 €3.60).

And there’s an even bigger bargain tomorrow (21 February).

February 5, 2014

O’Grady says he believes Putin is gay as he joins a global day of action against Russia anti-gay hate

Popular gay TV star Paul O’Grady has said he is boycotting Coca-Cola but supporting lesbian BBC Olympics anchor Clare Balding over Sochi.

O’Grady, who made his name as drag queen Lily Savage and is now a TV host, was fronting a protest in London as part of a day of action today (5 February) before the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Around 300 showed up for the protest in London, outside the Prime Minister’s Downing Street home, in the last hour – despite rain and a strike crippling the Tube network.

February 5, 2014

Protests will take place in 19 cities around the world including London, New York and St Petersburg

A call is being sent out around the world to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws today (5 February).

Held two days before the Winter Olympics begins in Sochi, the protestors will call on sponsors to speak out over Russia’s gay propaganda ban.

Protests are expected to take place in 19 cities around the globe, including London, New York, Paris and St Petersburg.

Sponsors of the Olympic Games include Coca Cola, McDonalds and Visa.

February 4, 2014

After its first event in 2005 Student Pride comes to the Uk's capital in hopes for a bigger and better turnout

National Student Pride is coming to London, with promises to be bigger and better than before.

Having grown every year since its beginning at Oxford Brookes University in 2005, the 2014’s Student Pride has come to the UK capital to celebrate on 21-23 February.

‘More than anything, our move to London is a sign of our growth and a tribute to all the students, sponsors, supporters and friends who have helped us develop from a one-off event to an essential part of the UK’s LGBT calendar,’ said Tom Guy, National Student Pride President.

January 26, 2014

New Valentine’s Day campaign from ethical cosmetics company Lush promotes equal love in response to Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law

Global cosmetics chain Lush is launching a new campaign for equal love tomorrow (27 January) in the run up to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The campaign, which protests Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law, will be run in the lead up to Valentine’s Day (14 February) in more than 700 Lush branches in over 40 countries.

January 23, 2014

British gay rights campaigner and House of Commons speaker will be honored for their fight for worldwide LGBTI equality

British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell will be awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK at a ceremony today (23 January).

Tatchell, 62, will be honored because of his political activism and commitment to human rights, especially his campaigns for LGBTI equality, throughout his life.

John Bercow, House of Commons speaker and chairman of international LGBTI rights charity Kaleidoscope, will also be honored at the ceremony.

January 19, 2014

Five of the biggest names in advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss the ethics of LGBTI travel

Globally renowned LGBTI leaders have spoken out on Nigeria, travel and the problem of boycotting homophobic countries today (19 January).

Attended by an intelligent, opinionated audience, the debate was held at the LGBTI Travel Show in London organized by Gay Star News.

The panelists were:

January 18, 2014

Five of the biggest names in LGBTI advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss how to improve gay rights around the globe

Globally renowned activists came to London to discuss LGBTI rights today (18 January).

Dozens witnessed the debate held at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show in Heaven club.

The hot topics were on the subject of international aid, the correlation between gay rights in the West and homophobia in other countries, and the evangelism of the past.

Speaking at the Gay Star Beach Party, the panelists were:

January 16, 2014

LGBTI Travel Show debate will ask experts and visitors: Should you refuse to visit homophobic and transphobic countries for business and leisure?

Should you boycott homophobic and transphobic countries on your holidays? Would you refuse to travel to them for business?

That’s the question facing a panel of experts and the audience on Sunday (19 January) in a debate on ‘The ethics of LGBTI travel’ at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.

January 9, 2014

At the upcoming Gay Star Beach Party on 18 and 19 January, LGBTI community leaders debate the pros and cons of activism and the ethics of traveling to anti-LGBTI destinations

As members of the LGBTI community, how do we best help our ‘family’ in countries where anti-LGBTI laws exist?

With protests against Uganda and Russia’s anti-gay laws making global headlines, Gay Star News wants to discuss if there’s something different we could be doing to fight anti-LGBTI legislation.

January 7, 2014

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is being urged to not sign a bill criminalizing homosexuality in the African country

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay bill tomorrow (8 January).

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed in Ugandan parliament on 20 December last year.

But it is not law yet. Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has declared the vote invalid because it was passed without quorum - with not enough politicians attending to make it valid.

January 7, 2014

Liverpool’s Homotopia takes on London and Manchester’s pride parties for Best Event. Stonewall and THT nominated as top charities

The LGBTI British public is being urged to vote for the charities, brands and business people who support them.

Voting is already underway in the Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards, dubbed Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’.

The glitzy award ceremony will pay tribute to high profile LGBTI people who have won the hearts of nation’s gay community over the past 12 months.

‘The awards are not just about the celebrity nominees,’ says organizer Sarah Garrett.

December 22, 2013

Peter Tatchell and other gay rights activists attempted to climb a Coca-Cola truck giving out free soft drinks in London's Covent Garden today, to protest the brands sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics

Protestors gate-crashed a Coca-Cola Christmas PR stunt in London's Covent Garden today, in opposition to the global brand's sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics.

The gay rights activists, including Peter Tatchell, tried to climb on the roof of the Coca-Cola truck parked in the center of London on one of the busiest Christmas shopping days. They were pulled down by security guards.

December 18, 2013

The controversial penal code 377 was reinstated in India last week and protestors worldwide came out in force to show their disapproval on Sunday

It is a week since India's Supreme Court reinstated section 377 of the penal code.

Overnight they made 17% of the world's gay population into criminals again. And, because it punishes 'unnatural' sex, they forced even straight people to only have intercourse in the missionary position or risk a jail term.

The court's decision has been met with outrage around the world, with LGBTI equality groups and public figures gay and straight lining up to condemn it.

And on Sunday (15 December) protests took place worldwide under the name ‘Global Day of Rage.’

December 13, 2013

Protests around the globe are being organized to raise awareness over the Supreme Court bringing back a British colonial era law banning homosexuality

India and the world will be uniting for a global protest against the Supreme Court ruling to bring back a law banning gay sex.

Described as the ‘worst event to happen in gay rights’ in recent memory, the ruling means an estimated 40 million people’s lives have been made illegal by the Supreme Court’s actions in bringing back Section 377 on Wednesday (11 December).

Indian LGBTI activists have called on the world to help support them in their time of need.

December 5, 2013

He's facing demands for a ban but Irish Muslim cleric Yusuf Chambers says he has never called for gays to be executed and wants to talk

An Irish Muslim cleric, accused of wanting homosexuals killed, is now saying he would like to create a dialogue with the LGBTI community.

Yusuf Chambers, speaking to Gay Star News in a very rare interview, Chambers says he has never called for gays to be executed.

Chambers is a member of extremely controversial group Islamic Education and Research Academy, and the focus of several campaigns to stop any event where he is involved.

November 29, 2013

Dance and drama consultant for leading London college claimed teachers can turn pupils gay through indoctrination

One of London’s leading colleges has suspended its head of dance and drama after he was caught ranting about ‘gayism’.

The incident has also seen the principal go on a leave of absence.

In his 50 minute speech Dr Mark Walcott, of Newham College in East London, suggested having Elton John as a headteacher would turn children gay.

He said LGBTI people indoctrinate children, like the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis.

He told colleagues he had investigated a school leading to the dismissal of a teacher because of his sexuality.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

November 5, 2013

Gay rights campaigners are asking people to bring torches to pierce the darkness of Russia's anti-gay oppression in a rally against conductor Valery Gergiev

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against an anti-gay Putin ally on Thursday (7 November).

Valery Gergiev, a Russian performer, will be conducting the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on that date.

A peaceful protest is being planned to pierce the darkness and shadow of LGBT oppression in Russia with light.

Peter Tatchell, director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, is asking anyone who can to come down in front of the Barbican and bring sparklers, glow sticks and torches.

November 1, 2013

Concert audience thought they were about to witness a conservative evening of classical music and instead saw a solo rally against Putin

The world’s homophobes are used to facing off with a Peter Tatchell in his signature shirt and tie.

But at the opening night of a Russian conductor Valery Gergiev’s concert season at The Barbican in London, the veteran gay rights campaigner came out and disrupted the show wearing full tuxedo and black tie.

As the orchestra assembled on the stage, Tatchell strode out and addressed the confused audience.

October 28, 2013

From fighting the Vietnam war as a young activist to reporting on the executions of gay Iranians, Ireland was a veteran advocate and champion for LGBTI people

Leading gay American journalist and activist Doug Ireland has died aged 67 at his home in East Village, New York.

He died after a long period of illness on Saturday (26 October).

The leading LGBT US publication he worked for, Gay City News, reports he had suffered from the after-effects of childhood polio, diabetes and severe sciatica and had at least two major strokes.

Ireland wrote particularly on politics, power, media, and also LGBTI issues.