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October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 15, 2014

Find out how people in the UK, from Queen guitarist Brian May to concerned locals, are taking a stand against the controversial killing of hundreds of badgers this year

There’s a battle between those that care about animal welfare and some farmers and politicians in the UK who support a controversial badger cull.

At the center of that battle are hundreds of badgers that are being killed as part of a pilot cull this month in an effort to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

For years, some farmers have blamed badgers for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), a disease which mainly affects cattle. Although humans can contract it from eating infected meat or drinking infected milk, the risk of human infection is low.

October 13, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, refutes claims the disease outbreak has anything to do with homosexuality

The Ebola virus doesn't care who it kills. Many straight and gay people have died, many have been orphaned, and others have had their lives ruined over this outbreak.

And even though this should be the last thing anyone should be thinking about, some church leaders like the ones in Liberia have chosen to blame the deadly disease on gay people.

October 11, 2014

A pair of gay flamingos at Edinburgh Zoo has adopted the chick after its biological parents knocked it out of the nest

A pair of salmon-pink male Chilean Flamingos has adopted a fluffy grey newborn chick after it was knocked out of the nest by its parents.

The newborn is one of five Chilean Flamingos babies to Edinburgh Zoo's flock of 33 adult birds this year, following successful breeding for the first time since 2010, reported the Mirror.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 2, 2014

It’s thought that someone at the Ohio sperm bank misread the label on the vial, resulting in the white woman receiving sperm from an African-American donor despite having requested a Caucasian sample

A white woman in Ohio is suing a sperm bank because she says staff mistakenly gave her vials of semen from an African-American donor after she had requested samples from a white man.

Jennifer Cramblett used the services of the Downers Grove-based Midwest Sperm Bank in 2011 and successfully became pregnant.

She is now raising her two-year-old mixed-race daughter with her same-sex partner, Amanda Zinkon, in Uniontown, Ohio.

October 1, 2014

Meet the gay campaigner who is working to end commercial whale hunting in Iceland

For over a decade, openly gay former TV presenter Sigursteinn Másson has been at the forefront of attempts to rid Iceland of whaling.

While his work for gay human rights was applauded, his attempts to save some of the world’s most magnificent creatures from a grizzly death initially saw him dubbed a traitor and even a terrorist by some in his home country.

Másson, 47, who works for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) didn’t start out as a whales campaigner.

September 30, 2014

Irish researchers have found that nearly half of HIV positive gay men would still benefit from receiving the HPV vaccine while 77% of HIV negative gay men would benefit

A study of men who have sex with men in Ireland has suggested that vaccinating men who are already sexually active against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may still be beneficial in protecting them against the cancer causing strains of the virus.

Previously cost-benefit analyses around the vaccine have suggested that it is only worth vaccinating children against HPV before they become sexually active.

September 23, 2014

New partnership with IFAW will raise animal welfare awareness to Gay Star News readers across the globe during Animal Month and beyond

Take a walk on the wild side in October as Gay Star News teams up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for Animal Month.

Throughout October and beyond, we will be exploring some of the various issues that IFAW is tackling around the world in order to protect wildlife and domestic animals, from elephant poaching in Africa to whaling in Iceland and working with impoverished communities to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

September 22, 2014

Gay rights campaigners are calling for the gay and bisexual men to receive a vaccine for HPV, claiming current policy is 'homophobic'

Thousands of gay and bisexual men could be saved from cancer if British scientists decide to offer them a simple vaccine today (22 September).

The panel will discuss whether to offer men who have sex with men a vaccine for HPV, the infection which causes 5% of all cancers worldwide. While most known to be a cause of cervical cancer, the often sexually transmitted virus can also cause cancer in the throat, anus and penis.

Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of being infected with the virus, and therefore more at risk of developing cancer.

September 6, 2014

Accused of knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend and potentially dozens of other men to HIV, a 29-year-old San Diego gay man has been ordered by a judge to stop using Internet dating sites

Thomas Miguel Guerra, aka Ashton Chavez, who currently faces one misdemeanor count of spreading HIV, has been ordered by a judge to stop using all Internet dating sites specifically Grindr.

The LA Times reports that officials from the city attorney's office said the investigation is continuing and more victims may be added.

August 23, 2014

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint locked lips in a climactic scene in the first episode of the eighth season of British science fiction series

Doctor Who’s first episode of the new season featured a show-stopping lesbian kiss.

In the opener called Deep Breath, the Time Lord reunited with lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

Late in the episode as the couple, the Sontaran Strax and companion Clara are under threat, the couple locked lips.

While it has always been made clear the two are together (and married), this is the first time we have seen the characters kiss.

The moment received a lot of praise on social media:

August 7, 2014

Host of TruNews hopes the Ebola outbreak will be a good 'attitude adjustment' to those people who do not believe in God

A radio host is hoping Ebola will solve America’s ‘problem’ with homosexuality.

Rick Wiles, the radio host of TruNews, has said an outbreak of the deadly virus could be a good thing.

Nearly 900 people have died from the outbreak that began in Guinea earlier this year.

July 2, 2014

Slip alongside ‘water unicorns’, watch polar bear cubs emerge in the world for the first time, join 300 elephants at a watering hole, or see a real-life march of the penguins

The official name for ‘water unicorns’ is narwhal, and while they are more wales than magical horse, they are no less extraordinary to see up close and personal.

This is just one of the ridiculously incredible safari experiences on offer from Natural World Safaris, who have just launched a Nature’s Events collection of safaris around the world to witness some of the world’s coolest natural occurrences.

June 17, 2014

No bears, animals or gay men alike, were harmed in the making of this article

Lurking in the woods at night, looking for bears, is a common enough activity for many a gay man.

But in this case we’re looking for bears of another kind – the real deal - brown, with claws and hopefully not too grizzly.

We’re deep in the Carpathian Mountains on an organized Transylvanian Backwaters tour and are hopeful of a sighting – but will the bears come out to play?

June 17, 2014

Researchers have documented a pair of male brown bears in a Croatian wildlife sanctuary who have been over heels for each other for six years

A study of two male Croatian brown bears in a wildlife sactuary by Polish researchers has revealed a six year sexual relationship between the two.

Researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences Department of Wildlife Conservation spent 116 hours observing the two bears and discovered what they are terming ‘the first observations of long‐term, recurrent fellatio in captive brown bears kept in proper conditions.’

During their observations they recorded 28 sexual encounters between the two bears.

June 11, 2014

Make your way to your nearest feline-dominated eatery and treat yourself to a little Purr Therapy and Cat-puccinos

There’s an adorable trend from Taiwan (not Japan!) that’s been sweeping over Europe: Cats, coffee and cake, all in one. Beautiful!

Finding it very difficult to avoid feline puns, we combed through a selection of Europe’s most popular cat cafes for some do’s and don’ts. We were unable to visit, as many have waiting lists up to two months! But don't let that deter you from getting some face time with these furry friendlies.

June 4, 2014

With British scientists saying they could create 'three parent' babies, it has raised hopes lesbian couples could use the techniques to raise a child of their own with genetic links to both parents

A new DNA breakthrough that could lead to ‘three parent babies’ will not lead to lesbians being able to have children together, GSN can reveal.

A British scientific expert panel have given their backing to allow babies with 'three parents' to be created in laboratories within two years.

Currently illegal in the UK, the fertility regulator says they have found no evidence the technique would be unsafe.

May 27, 2014

Researchers recorded the brain activity of 48 gay fathers when they could see their kids and compared that to the brain activity of heterosexual mothers and fathers and found they displayed similarities to both

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) this week has shown parenthood changes the brain activity of gay fathers in ways that mimic the brains of heterosexual mothers and fathers.

May 14, 2014

Further Afield, specializing in gay-friendly stays, has the perfect hotels from Europe to the US where you can pamper yourself and Fido

There’s no need to leave your pooch behind when so many hotels are pet-friendly.

Take the money you’d spend on a dog-sitter or kennel and put it toward a weekend break with your loyal companion.

Further Afield, who picks through the world’s best hotels and screens them for quality and service to the LGBTI community, has also teamed up with a great group of hotels that are as happy to welcome your pet as they are to welcome you.

May 7, 2014

'If I were I would be the first one running out of the closet'

Dolly Parton has come out strongly in recent years in support of LGBTI equality but the country music legend is having to set the record straight once again about her own sexuality.

Parton, 68, has been married to Carl Dean since 1966 but the lesbian rumors persist.

So the tired Dolly lesbian rumors. She was a good sport when she was asked about them, yet again, by

April 17, 2014

Sydney man Paul Armstrong pleaded guilty to killing Felipe Flores 23 years ago after his blood was found under the victim’s fingernails but says he did it because Flores told him he had AIDS after they had sex

An Australian man who had previously been found guilty of male rape in 1992 has been found guilty of killing of a gay man the year before.

Sydney man Paul Armstrong had been found guilty of murdering Felipe Flores in 1991 by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 after DNA evidence revealed blood found under Flores’ fingernails belonged to him.

However an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial.

April 16, 2014

PETA have welcomed the controversy over their advert accused of being homophobic, saying they are just like Marmite

PETA are used to controversy, but this time some have accused them of going too far with their new campaign featuring British comic Alan Carr.

The gay Chatty Man host is starring in the latest advert urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

When it was revealed yesterday (17 April), several people took to social media to voice their outrage.

March 6, 2014

Researchers have found that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs prevented the spread of HIV between infected and uninfected monkeys and are hopeful a similar approach will work in humans

New research by scientists at Rockerfeller University and the Centers for Disease Control has suggested that a person could be effectively inoculated against the HIV virus if given injections of long lasting antiretroviral medicines only four times a year.

It has been known since 2010 that the spread of HIV can be reduced by over 90% by a healthy person taking antiretroviral drugs orally daily but this is the first time research has shown that monthly or less than monthly injections could contain the virus.