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June 9, 2015

These footballers are paving the way for equality in sport

The world of sport may still be a hostile place for many LGBTI athletes.

With its long history of homophobia, there are precious few openly gay men in the entire football industry, despite efforts to encourage tolerance and equality in sport.

But this year, there are at least 14 openly gay or bisexual women playing in the Canada World Cup - that's exactly 14 more than the men's World Cup last year.

Meet some of the footballers who are scoring a goal for LGBTI rights:

May 2, 2015

News of Knox's death broke on Twitter with friends and colleagues expressing their grief over his death

A gay porn perfomer has taken his own life, it has been reported today.

Florida-based performer Rylan Knox died ‘after hanging himself in his boyfriend’s apartment’ at around 7.30pm on 29 April, according to Edge Boston.

NSFW-website Str8UpGayPorn called Knox a ‘relative newcomer’ who had performed in scenes for GayCastings and Hot House, amongst others.

They described him as ‘extremely well-liked among fans, directors and co-stars.’

April 26, 2015

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.

Riding high on the success of their recent promotional video – a celebration of gay sport in all its glory – the Toronto Triggerfish, reportedly the largest LGBTI water polo club in the world, have delivered their biggest ever annual tournament.

Ten teams and over 100 players desceneded on the University of Toronto's impressive swimming pool complex to thrash it out.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

March 20, 2015

Read our review of the eagerly awaited LGBTI documentary The Year We Thought About Love

'Uh...what does it feel like to kiss your own gender?' a middle-schooler asks a Boston LGBTQ theater group.

'It's the way it feels kissing someone who isn't of the same sex,' the cast member replies. 'It doesn't burn. It isn't poisonous. Love is love!'

This is what happens when a diverse group of youths dares to be 'out' on stage to reveal their lives, their struggles, and their loves.

March 16, 2015

Gays groups take part for the first time

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Boston just got a fabulous makeover.

For the first time LGBTI groups were officially able to join in the parade, after a ban against the participating was overturned.

Two gay groups officially joined in the march for the first time in the event's 114-year history – Boston Pride and OutVets, an organisation comprised of gay veterans and their supporters.

March 6, 2015

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry shows The Women’s Movement were in no way united, with races and sexualities clashing

March is Women’s History Month and Mary Dore’s documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry helps us celebrate, remember, and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century, The Women’s Movement.

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

December 24, 2014

The ManAboutWorld founder on cruising at the Christopher Street Pier and shopping at Barneys with his boyfriend...

I've lived here since…
...January 1, 2003. I moved from LA for a job and with my man. I’ve since switched both but I’ve had a fantastic life in NYC.

I've stayed because…
…I love this city and its energy matches mine! Besides LA, I've also lived in Paris and Boston and, while I love every place I’ve lived, this is the right city for me.

December 19, 2014

We're dreaming of a white – and largely Scandinavian – Christmas

Spending Christmas in your mother country is generally a given – but who wouldn't hop in Santa's sleigh for the chance to enjoy Christmas among one of these lovely landscapes? From ice-skating in Boston to dog-sledding in Sweden, we count down 7 of the most Christmassy places on earth…

December 17, 2014

LGBTI military veterans group OUTVETS will be the first ever gay or lesbian group to be allowed to march openly in South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade celebrating the Irish American experience

The organizers of South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade have voted to allow the first ever LGBTI group to participate openly in the event despite having a Supreme Court validated right to exclude LGBTI groups if they choose.

The United States Supreme Court found in favor of the march's organizers in a 1995 case brought by the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, ruling the parade could exclude groups they felt ran contrary to its message.

November 21, 2014

She wishes she could turn back time

Cher has cancelled her Dressed to Kill Tour on doctors' orders.

The legendary gay icon said she was 'devastated' and has pledged to finish it next year.

The 68-year-old Dark Lady singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection.

A total of 29 dates were cancelled, including shows in New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. Refunds will be given.

The singer began her 'D2K' tour in March, with a scheduled break in July. It was described as her 'farewell' tour.

November 6, 2014

Thousands attended the funeral of Boston’s greatest mayor and a powerful ally for LGBTI citizens of all ethnicities and backgrounds

Thousands attended the funeral of Thomas Menino on Sunday – one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had.

Menino was not just Boston’s longest-serving mayor but also a public servant of great integrity who served all his people.

He was possibly the most pro-LGBTI mayor in the country.

October 22, 2014

The new music video from jazz-pop act MRF features frontman, Mike Flanagan, in an 'art-imitating-life', tender love story with a fellow gay bear

As far as we’re concerned, we don’t see enough gay couples featured in music videos. We certainly don’t see enough musclebear couples, which is why #GSNLoves this new music clip from Boston-based jazz act, MRF.

MRF is songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Flanagan.

August 15, 2014

Group 'condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate' against an LGBT person

At its annual meeting in Boston this week, the American Bar Association officially adopted a policy recognizing the rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as basic human rights.

A four paragraph resolution passed by the association's 560-member House of Delegates condemns laws, regulations, rules and practices that discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of their status and encourages the US government to work to end this discrimination.

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

June 19, 2014

Boston has a rich history of celebrating LGBTI women, including those of color and others who are often overlooked

Pride parades will take place all over the US – and indeed all over the world – this month, and Boston’s was this weekend.

Race, unfortunately, continues to be one of the fault lines in many of our Pride festivals across the country. As is gender identity.

June 5, 2014

Says person serving him 'looked at me like I was the loneliest, most pathetic person on the planet'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper may be rich and famous but he's still a hard-working journalist who was on the job on his 47th birthday this week.

After doing a broadcast from Boston, he did the five-hour drive back to New York City and decided to duck into a McDonald's for a late-night birthday meal.

He ordered a Big Mac meal and 'I super-sized it because it was my birthday,' the CNN anchor told David Letterman Wednesday (4 June).

Then things got a little sad.

May 23, 2014

Irene Monroe looks back to a proud 10 year anniversary in Massachusetts and the quarrel which could have meant same-sex marriage didn’t happen

Marriage equality in Massachusetts hit its 10 year mark on 17 May.

With this 10th anniversary I’m proud of the indefatigable energy and genius that made it possible.

But, I didn’t always feel that way.

And my opinions, and those of LGBTI communities of color nationwide, were expressed weekly in my column The Religion Thang, for the now defunct Boston-based LGBTQ paper InNewsweekly.

March 14, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh will also refuse to march in the parade over the decision to ban any 'political' statements

It’s going to be a dry St Patrick’s Day in Boston as a brewery has pulled out over the decision to ban gay veterans from marching openly.

Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams brew, says they have attempted to negotiate but in the ‘current state’ it is no longer possible.

The parade sponsor has said veterans are allowed to march but any mention of being LGBTI would be seen as ‘political’ – which is banned.

This is in despite of, as seen in the picture used, mayoral election signs can be seen in the 2009 parade.

March 2, 2014

A provisional deal has been made to allow a gay group to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in over 20 years, but only if members make no reference to their sexual orientation
 

A tentative deal has been struck to allow a gay rights group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, after a two decade ban.

Gay rights groups haven’t been able to march in the annual parade since 1993, and in 1995 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that organizers could exclude anyone they wanted.

Although details of the deal are not yet clarified, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was ‘optimistic that a solution can be reached that will work for all parties involved’.

November 18, 2013

Actor Samuel L Jackson, who has said he would probably never take on an LGBTI role, has revealed that he did not know the character in the Steven King novel Cell that he is about to portray is a gay man

Samuel L Jackson, who has said that he would probably never portray a gay character, may be about to do so without knowing it.

Jackson, 64, has signed on to play the supporting role of Tom McCourt in the horror film adaptation of Steven King’s novel Cell.

McCourt in the novel is a gay middle aged engineer and army veteran who flees Boston after a cell phone transmitted signal causes most people on Earth to turn into bloodthirsty killers.

However apparently nobody told Jackson that.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.