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April 13, 2014

Chris Windows’ anti-gay comments drew 1,500 signatures to stop him becoming Lord Mayor of Bristol

Bristol councillor Chris Windows has withdrawn his bid to become Lord Mayor of the UK city, after a petition to stop his campaign because of his anti-gay comments gathered over 1,500 signatures.

In November 2010, Conservative councillor Windows was highly critical of gay actor Sir Ian McKellen when he visited two Bristol schools to talk about what it means to be gay, on behalf of LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

March 19, 2014

The Madeiran city of Funchal is not a typical capital: Cable cars and gay nightclubs mix with charming hotels and banana tree plantations in the middle of the city

I must admit I had never seen a papaya tree before.

So, a quick stop in Arco da Calheta, on the southern coast of this wonderful island surpassed years of press trips and adventures.

I've had plenty of memorable travel experiences but without a papaya tree. And when I saw it, my heart started to beat faster.

January 21, 2014

30-year-old Charles Franklin claims he had consensual sex with a lesbian who was inebriated after leaving a wedding in Bristol

A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for raping a lesbian woman in a Bristol bar where he worked.

Charles Franklin, 30, claims he met the woman, who’s name has been withheld because of legal reasons, on the street and offered to charge her phone at his bar.

According to him ‘one thing led to another’ on the bar floor.

The woman, who had left a wedding at around 1am, had three times the amount of alcohol legal for driving and did not remember leaving the wedding. The woman told the court she woke up to Franklin raping her.

December 22, 2013

Bristol Palin wants the world to know that being against homosexuality and same-sex marriage does not equal homophobia

Bristol Palin is joining the many US conservatives coming to the defense of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the A&E reality show Duck Dynasty.

October 8, 2013

Saga of the Cornwall couple continues as they deny being homophobic, and say they would have refused a double room to a straight unmarried couple

The British Christian owners of a bed and breakfast who refused a gay couple are now preparing to take their case to the Supreme Court

In a case of failing to pick your battles well, Peter and Hazemary Bull are taking their battle to their highest court in the land tomorrow (9 October).

Back in September 2008, the couple had to pay £3,600 ($5.8k, €4.2k) in damages to civil partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy from Bristol after they were refused a double room at the Cornwall hotel on religious grounds.

August 17, 2013

At least seven schools are found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Many more UK schools are found to have banned the promotion of ‘gay’ issues in schools, an echo of Section 28 from the 1980s.

Gay Star News revealed earlier today academies are using Sex and Relationships Education policies to ban the promotion of homosexuality. Since the article was published, more schools have been found with anti-gay policies.

August 17, 2013

Gay students and teachers in three British academies are facing Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ 

Two UK academies have stepped back to the 1980s by banning teachers from saying anything positive about gay life.

Gay Star News can reveal Colston Girl's School in Bristol and Swindon Academy have re-introduced anti-gay language from Section 28, which banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, into their Sex and Relationships Policy.

July 16, 2013

Over 150 acts were at the 'biggest ever' Pride in the south-west of England, with Little Boots, Ronika and Ruth Lorenzo also performing

Top British singers headlined the biggest ever Bristol Gay Pride yet on 13 July. 

Over 25,000 people attended this weekend’s festival that had over 150 acts and performers taking part in the day.

The main stage was headlined by ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who said she had ‘lots of fun’ at the event.

Blue, with bisexual singer Duncan James, also performed their brand new single Break My Heart.

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.

April 17, 2013

Bristol Pride bosses announce plans for party on 13 July and call for financial support from the community

LGBT people in Bristol, south-west England, can look forward to a week-long festival followed by a park-based party for pride this year.

The festival of comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance from 6 July will culminate in a festival on 13 July at the Castle Park – within easy reach of the train and bus stations and close to the city’s main shopping center.

April 17, 2013

Bristol Pride bosses announce plans for party on 13 July and call for financial support from the community

LGBT people in Bristol, south-west England, can look forward to a week-long festival followed by a park-based party for pride this year.

The festival of comedy, dance, theatre, film and performance from 6 July will culminate in a festival on 13 July at the Castle Park – within easy reach of the train and bus stations and close to the city’s main shopping center.

March 26, 2013

Transgender primary school teacher who was hounded by the press is remembered at a vigil outside the office of the Daily Mail in London

Around three hundred people attended a candle-lit vigil outside the office of the Daily Mail in London last night, to protest the newspaper's hounding of transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows, who was found dead a week ago today.

Campaigners Paris Lees, Jane Fae and Josephine Shaw and Labour MP for Bristol East Kerry McCarthy were at the vigil.

March 25, 2013

Transgender people need as many political allies as possible. Sophia Botha explains how she has developed a relationship with UK politician Kerry McCarthy

Kerry McCarthy, is not just an ordinary Labour Member of Parliament (MP). She is already established as an outspoken campaigner against the English Defence League. She has fought for the jailed all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot and is now a willing advocate in parliament for people who are transgender.

March 5, 2013

We meet Baylen Leonard, from Bristol, Tennessee, to discover how he is bringing country music to London’s gay scene

A gay bar in a wet mid-winter London may seem as far from Tennessee as you could get. But one proud Redneck is sparking a new trend in Britain’s LGBT scene by bringing country music and Southern hospitality to the UK capital.

The Tennessee many gay Brits imagine is the one that is currently debating a bill aimed at outing school kids and making it illegal for teachers to discuss LGBT issues. But that’s not what the South is really about – and Tennessee boy Baylen Leonard is determined to prove it.

February 5, 2013

Mike Freer, Ben Bradshaw, and Margot James are among the few making their voices heard as gay people in the House of Commons

Gay members of parliament have spoken out on equal marriage in the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today (5 February).

Put forward by culture secretary and equalities minister Maria Miller, the House of Commons is debating the bill before the vote later tonight.

Stephen Williams, a Liberal Democrat who was the first openly gay MP to serve Bristol, said: ‘I was born when homosexuality was still a criminal offense.

November 23, 2012

Derek Riordan, former player for Scotland's national football team, hurled homophobic abuse at nightclub staff in Edinburgh

Scottish footballer Derek Riordan has been fined £800 for hurling homophobic abuse at nightclub bouncers in Edinburgh.

The Bristol Rovers forward was found to have shouted 'poofs' at the staff of the Picture House, as he was thrown out of the Lothian Road night spot on 7 May.

The 29-year-old, who captained Scotland's national football team three times, pleaded guilty to breaching the peace at a hearing in the capital's sheriff court.

October 22, 2012

Ideal for a day trip from London, Britain's 'Western capital' also has a vibrant gay life

Bridges, boats, balloons, Brunel and Banksy. This is Bristol, the city of the five ‘B’s and an ideal city for a day trip from London.

The harbor is the new stage of the Western ‘capital’. Here you can find wonderful museums, an aquarium, a 19th century ship, nice promenades and tours on boat.

But Bristol is famous also for its tiny center, with historical markets, new malls, independent shops, a splendid cathedral and young people crowding every corner.

October 22, 2012

Ideal for a day trip from London, Britain's 'Western capital' also has a vibrant gay life

Bridges, boats, balloons, Brunel and Banksy. This is Bristol, the city of the five ‘B’s and an ideal city for a day trip from London.

The harbor is the new stage of the Western ‘capital’. Here you can find wonderful museums, an aquarium, a 19th century ship, nice promenades and tours on boat.

But Bristol is famous also for its tiny center, with historical markets, new malls, independent shops, a splendid cathedral and young people crowding every corner.

October 6, 2012

Court hears how Stephen Farrow killed a British priest, and surrounded the body with gay magazines and DVDs

A man is being accused of stabbing a vicar, and then surrounding the body with streamers, a Bible, and gay pornography.

Stephen Farrow, 48, admitted knifing Reverend John Suddards, 59, in a Bristol Crown Court hearing on Thursday (4 October).

The English religious leader from Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, was found lying in a pool of blood on Valentine’s Day.

August 7, 2012

'If I have a gay dance partner, we may have some interesting discussions'

While appearing before TV writers with fellow cast members of the all-star edition of ABC's Dancing With the Stars last month, Bristol Palin was asked if she would mind if she were paired with an openly gay male dancer in the competition.

Palin, star of the Lifetime reality show Life's a Tripp, said that just because she believes in 'traditional marriage,' does not mean that she's a 'homophobe.'