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April 27, 2015

Swedish capital recognized for reaching out to LGBTI travellers

Stockholm was the big winner in the 'Destination' category at the LGBT Awards over the weekend.

Fighting off strong competition, Stockholm inched ahead of cities including Key West, Vancouver and Naples to take home the prize.

April 21, 2015

Don't You Want Me Baby? Yes, we do!

The Human League have been confirmed for this year's Brighton Pride.

The Mirror Man singers now feature on a killer line-up that also boasts local DJ Fatboy Slim, former X Factor judge Tulisa and Real Love singer Jess Glynne.

Katy B, Hercules and the Love Affair and Ms. Dynamite are also confirmed.

The Human League will perform at Pridel in Preston Park on Saturday 1 August 2015.

The band – comprised of Phil Oakley, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley – have sold 20 million records worldwide.

April 13, 2015

Pop divas to perform at LGBTI festival alongside Fatboy Slim

Former X Factor judge Tulisa is to perform at this year's Brighton Pride, as well as Mercury Music Prize-winning star Ms. Dynamite, it has been announced.

Tulisa, formally of band N-Dubz, is known for hits including Young and Live It Up.

She and It Takes More singer Ms. Dynamite will join stars including indie artist Foxes and DJ Wayne G at the popular LGBTI festival this summer.

Jess Glynne – who is currently at number one in the singles charts with her song Hold My Hand – will also appear.

April 9, 2015

Other performers include Fatboy Slim, Jess Glynne and Hercules & Love Affair

Grammy-winning pop star Foxes and Wayne G will be joining the star-studded lineup at this year's Brighton Pride.

The Clarity singer and international DJ will be performing at the festival's main stage in Preston Park for the celebration, which takes place on 1 August.

Foxes, known for her hits Youth, Let Go For Tonight and Holding Onto Heaven, will be joining an array of performers slated for this year's festival in the UK's seaside gay capital.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 17, 2015

Disco pop trio join Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne on this year's bill

Hercules & Love Affair have been added to the line up for this year's Brighton Pride.

The American band, fronted by Andy Butler, are known for songs such as Liberty and My Offense.

They are the latest additions to a lineup that already includes Real Love singer and Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne, as well as Right Here, Right Now icon Fatboy Slim.

Fatboy Slim, also known by his real name of Norman Cook, previously performed at Brighton Pride in 2012.

March 5, 2015

 Dance music icon just one of the huge names performing at festival

Dance music icon Fatboy Slim will perform at this year's Brighton Pride, for the LGBTI festival's 25th anniversary, it's been confirmed.

The Brighton-residing DJ, also known as Norman Cook, is just one of the big names lined up for this year's installment, with another to be released tomorrow.

The star, known for hits such as Praise You and Right Here, Right Now, will take to the stage in the Wild Fruit Dance Big Top tent in Preston Park on the Saturday. 

March 5, 2015

Real Love singer and Fatboy Slim slated for LGBTI festival

Pop star of the moment Jess Glynne has been confirmed as a performer at this year's Brighton Pride.

The Real Love singer will be performing at the festival's main stage in Preston Park for the celebration, which takes place on Saturday 1 August.

Jess won a Grammy earlier this year for work on the Clean Bandit number one single Rather Be. Her other hits include Right Here and My Love.

She joins an array of performers slated for this year's festival – including the iconic Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook).

March 3, 2015

Beachside town braces itself for an influx of flesh

The Brighton Bear Weekender will be returning to the famous UK beachside town this summer, from 19-21 June 2015.

November 14, 2014

UK’s biggest LGBTI park event has secured the right to use its home for the next six years

The organizers of Brighton Pride have been given official permission to run the park festival, parade and party in the gay village all the way up to 2020.

The new license from Brighton and Hove City Council means the future home and organizing group of LGBTI Britain’s favorite day by the seaside is secure.

The event, early each August, will see a parade through the city’s streets, a festival in Preston Park and a street party over two days in the gay village.

October 28, 2014

Monk moves beyond messages of hate to contacting the LGBTI community directly

Concerned locals have called on Leicester Police to hunt a mystery monk who was circulating anti-gay leaflets in the UK city.

It’s the latest incident in the sinister monk saga. A man matching that description has previously been reported circulating anti-LGBTI material in cities around Britain from Brighton to Preston.

Now, for the first time, he has moved beyond pushing messages of hate through the postboxes of random houses to communicating directly with the LGBTI community.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

September 1, 2014

Police has faced complaints over the alleged use of illegal drugs and high-risk sex happening in a public place

Brighton is reportedly allowing its bushes to grow in public parks so gay couples can have sex outside.

The greenery in Dukes Mound park in Brighton, a cruising spot in the gay capital of the UK, have been allowed to grow between 15ft and 20ft tall.

One cruising website describes the area as 'popular 24 hours a day'.

A Cityparks worker from Brighton and Hove City Council, who asked not to be named, revealed: 'We always err on the side of caution when pruning due to the sensitivity of the area.

July 30, 2014

When bullies attacked Liam Hackett he thought he was going to die – and was secretly relieved. Now his charity is fixing the problem for other kids

You know that awkward feeling you get when you go to a party with your friend without knowing anybody else there and your friend disappears?

Without even realizing, fears of rejection quickly set in and you’re left feeling incredibly self-conscious. As a safety barrier, you subtly pull out your mobile and act nonchalant whilst frantically trying to figure out where your mate went.

Maybe it doesn’t happen to you anymore, but we can all relate to that distinctive feeling of dread mixed with heightened self-awareness.

July 21, 2014

George Montague, in his 90s, was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride

David Cameron has written a letter to congratulate the ‘oldest gay in the village’.

The affectionate moniker is George Montague’s, who was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride.

In his 90s, he is one of the UK city’s most famous and loved citizens.

Montague sent the Prime Minister a copy of his new book, The Oldest Gay In The Village, to read.

July 12, 2014

UK city prepares for pride celebrations as special wristbands go on sale for their legendary street celebrations at the heart of the weekend

As Brighton Pride 2014 draws nearer, organizers are encouraging people to buy their new pledgebands to ensure they can enjoy the celebrations.

Due the popularity of Brighton Pride, as the UK seaside town is not only a LGBTI hotspot but also a cultural melting pot and summer destination, organizers have introduced a pledgeband, like a wristband, for revellers to buy for the weekend.

June 19, 2014

Fuzzies and their lovers head to the UK’s gay mecca on the coast for a weekend of boogies in the disco and picnics in the park

It’s only 'Fursday', but we’ve already got the weekend on the mind, and this one in particular.

In the British coastal town of Brighton, a slew of parties and events will be hosted for bears, cubs, otters, wolves and whatever other animal classification are out there for furry, burly gay men (and their admirers).

They’re calling it the Brighton Bear Weekender.

This year’s Bear Weekender will run from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 June 2014.

The events will include:

June 9, 2014

Heather Peace, who opened the crossing, said she wanted it to be a 'beautiful symbol during LGBT Pride month'

Brighton is being given a bold makeover as Europe’s first official ‘rainbow crossing’ was unveiled to celebrate Pride.

Created by local artists overnight, the rainbow stretches across the road at the artists’ quarter of Madeira Drive.

Hundreds are expected to visit the crossing. Even though the council supported the rainbow walk, it will be closed within a week.

Brighton Pride will take place on 2 August.

Due to government regulations, the police have also warned the public that it should not be considered an official road crossing.

May 23, 2014

We promise to not make a weak 'Brighton up your weekend' pun. Oops

Summer is coming, and many British people are packing their bags to head to the seaside.

And for LGBTI Brits, the best option is going down south to Brighton.

Not only is it known as the gay capital of Europe, it is a great place for a weekend away.

It’s open-minded, relaxed, and just a little bit eccentric.

Take a look at what is quite possibly the perfect gay weekend in Brighton.

May 23, 2014

We will be giving away the limited-edition bags, boasting an illustration from the world’s favorite gay fashion designer

Gay Star News can now unveil our Pride tote bags, boasting an exclusive design by Jean Paul Gaultier.

One of the world’s top fashion designers, Gaultier has illustrated the bags with a 3D image reflecting Gay Star News’ red star logo.

And one of the bags could be yours for free – all you have to do is find us at one of the four UK pride events we will be supporting this summer – London, Manchester, Brighton and Birmingham.

May 22, 2014

Non-LGBTI crowd, heavy drinking and vast numbers caused problems for police. If community doesn’t back plan, whole festival could be shut down

The UK’s Brighton Pride is planning to charge for its street party for the first time to stop a ‘rough’ free-for-all with out of control drinking.

The change has been forced on organizers of the LGBTI festival on the south coast of England, which is a highlight of the British summer.

And if the community doesn’t agree to the new plan, the whole festival could be shut down for safety reasons.

April 10, 2014

With a rich gay history and exciting culinary offerings, not even gray British weather is enough to dampen Brighton's bright light

One thing can be said about British people and seaside cities: Inevitable bad weather will not stop them from having a good time. This is especially true in Brighton.

My weekend in the gay capital of the UK on the southern coast of England truly lived up to the British expectations of weather. It was grey, and it was windy.

However, my weekend could not have been any sunnier as I was treated to a weekend sampling of Brighton’s best bars and restaurants, and learning about its surprising history.

April 9, 2014

London-born Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom

A top soccer player who made a homophobic gesture at a football game was found guilty, it was reported today (9 April).

Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

The 27-year-old, who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, claimed he was just having a ‘bit of banter’ with fans.

But he was convicted of using abusive or insulting behavior.

April 2, 2014

Ever been to a dog pride show? If you answered no, you’ll be barking mad to miss this… *warning terrible puns oncoming*

They’ve been brushed, clipped and covered in glitter… It’s the Brighton and Hove Dog Pride Show 2014!

The event will be held to give a new leash of life to the Brighton Pride 2014 event series, featuring awards for the best categories and even a glamorous catwalk for the dogs to strut down.

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