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April 13, 2015

'The goal is a once-a-year shot for prevention and a combination for cure'

A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found.

Their work was published in the journal Nature on 8 April and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans.

'We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for HIV-1 prevention, therapy and cure,' wrote the study's lead author, Michel Nussenzweig.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 1, 2015

Author spent part of his childhood in the state

Author Stephen King has the best response to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law yet.

The law, which was signed last week, allows businesses to turn away LGBTI people on religious grounds and has been met with sharp criticism and state boycotts.

The King of horror took to Twitter on Monday (30 March) night to blast the law.

'Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple,' he wrote.

'You can frost a dog turd, but it's still a dog turd.'

March 30, 2015

State Democrats and LGBTI groups want law fixed before more damage is done to state's economy and image

If Indiana Governor Mike Pence thought giving a defiant TV interview over the weekend would head off mounting criticism of his recent signing of a 'religious freedom' bill, he was very wrong.

On Monday, backlash against SB101 - which gives private businesses and organizations the right to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs - picked up even more momentum.

March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 24, 2015

Harry Potter author has the best answer to a question about Dumbledore's sexuality

JK Rowling has responded in the best way possible after a Harry Potter fan asked her a pointed question about Dumbledore's sexuality.

The author has repeatedly defended her decision to made the headteacher of Hogwarts gay, engaging in discussions over why she made that choice.

Earlier today (24 March), she was forced to do so again when a fan admitted Dumbledore didn't 'appear' to be gay in the books or films.

'Maybe because gay people just look like... people?' the author replied.

March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 3, 2015

'4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action'

Someone has written a gay erotic novella about the now infamous color-changing dress.

Chuck Tingle self-published the 'hard-hitting news tingler' on 27 February which has so far only received five-star reviews.

Pounded By The Gay Color Changing Dress 'is 4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and color changing dress love,' the book description on Amazon reads.

March 3, 2015

One trans woman was raped by 14 soldiers and performed sex acts for food

The first in-depth study on the treatment of LGBTI Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge has uncovered widespread sexual and emotional abuse.

All 48 interviewees for the study, which was released on Friday (27 February), reported having to hide their sexuality for fear of being killed, while many said they were subjected to forced marriage, rape and sexual abuse by Khmer Rouge soldiers and officials.

All the gay men and most of the transgender women surveyed said they had experienced sexual violence.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 25, 2015

'This is symptomatic of what happens in the broader Evangelical community'

A Christian publisher has dropped a young Evangelical author after he came out as gay.

Brandan Robertson, 22, was told his contract was canceled out of concern that Christian retailers would not buy his book because of his LGBTI advocacy.

The Evangelicals for Marriage Equality spokesperson signed a deal with Destiny Images before he publicly came out in January.

Within hours of submitting his manuscript later that month, he received an email from a communications specialist at Destiny, Mykela Krieg.

February 20, 2015

This video will give you all the feels

This video of straight Aussie dads reading from an adorable new book and talking about their gay sons will give you all the feels.

I Am a Poof is a new adult-children's book and one dads in the video is the father of the author, Samuel Leighton-Dore.

'One of the fathers is my own, and the others are those of friends,' he told Gay Star News.

'It was really touching to watch them all open up and discuss something so personal.'

February 19, 2015

Investigation being conducted into authorship of document

Spanish authorities have opened an investigation to discover the author of an internal memo circulated to Madrid's metro staff identifying gay people as a 'problem group in need of extra vigilance'.

The document advised employees on particular groups to check for valid tickets at stations along on the line. Between two stops, Sol and Las Rosas, the memo instructs workers to keep an eye on 'musicians, beggars and gays'.

The revelation drew criticism from Teodoro Peñuelas, of UGT, the trade union representing metro staff.

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 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

February 11, 2015

'Kids need supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'

LGBTI people have better self esteem and less depression as young adults if they are open about their sexual orientation or gender identity, a study has revealed.

Researchers have claimed if you are going to hide your identity to the world, it is far more likely to lead to abuse and depression.

Stephen Russell, the study's lead author, says kids need 'supportive environments so they can figure out and be as true to themselves as they can be'.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 3, 2015

Author of the country's gay 'propaganda' law hides behind his tablet

Photos of two lesbian activists kissing in front of the author of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law have gone viral in the country after they were posted on social media Sunday (1 February).

One of the women, only identified as Kseniya, explained that they were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

'Who’s that in the background??? MILONOV! And we don’t give a fuck! We’re flying to our favorite club, Infinity,' she wrote on Instagram, referring to the lesbian club she heads.

February 2, 2015

The author of 'What Happened to Marilyn' shares some tips on where to find the best margarita and more

Author Alexander Rigby has lived in Pittsburgh since 2008 when he began college in the city. We caught up with the writer extraordinaire recently for some inside tips on what makes Pittsburgh a great place to live.

What kept you in Pittsburgh after you graduated?
I stayed because it's a beautiful city that has a lot to offer – in terms of job opportunities, great dining options, fun nightlife, culture, entertainment venues. And it is relatively LGBT friendly.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

January 23, 2015

Perhaps the first ‘ex-ex-gay’ activist, Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded the Love In Action ex-gay ministry in 1973 but became one of the movements biggest critics a few years later after the suicide of a close gay friend

One of the earliest members of the ex-gay movement in the United States to leave it and campaign against it has died this week, aged 80.

Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded what has been called the earliest ex-gay ministry, Love In Action, in 1973 with a heterosexual Christian preacher named Kent Philpott, and another gay man, Frank Worthen, in San Raphael, California.

Two years later Philpott released the book ‘The Third Sex?’ in which he claimed his ministry had successfully converted people from being gay to straight.

January 22, 2015

Japanese author's latest novel features a same-sex relationship

Japan's best-known living author Haruki Murakami has said he supports gay marriage.

The Nobel Prize favorite made the declaration yesterday (21 January) on Mr Murakami's Place, a temporary website he set up to answer readers' questions.

One reader asked his view on gay marriage as his latest novel features a same-sex relationship.

'I have very many gay friends and acquaintances,' the author said.

Murakami said that he knew many gay married couples in the US.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.