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May 18, 2015

Straffe Ketten R.F.C. play hosts as the Union Cup comes to the capital of Belgium in 2015

The Union Cup is a gay rugby tournament that was first held in May 2005 in Montpellier in France.

Since then the tournament has been hosted by the cities of Copenhagen (2007), London 2009, Amsterdam 2011, and Bristol 2013.

Seven teams competed in the first Union Cup, but in the 2015 tournament to be held in Brussels, 24 teams will be competing – bringing 700 players, fans, and officials to the city.

May 11, 2015

M People frontwoman set to perform at 'green' LGBTI event in July

Heather Small, star of the M People, will be performing at this year's Bristol Pride, it has been revealed.

The soul singer – known for her hit solo song 'Proud' – will join a line up that includes Soul II Soul singer Kym Mazella, Mysterious Times singer Tina Cousins and former X Factor star Amelia Lily, with more acts yet to be announced.

Bristol Pride takes place from 4-12 July, with the main Pride Day event taking place on Saturday 11 July in the City Centre's Castle Park.

May 11, 2015

M People frontwoman set to perform at 'green' LGBTI event in July

Heather Small, star of the M People, will be performing at this year's Bristol Pride, it has been revealed.

The soul singer – known for her hit solo song 'Proud' – will join a line up that includes Soul II Soul singer Kym Mazella, Mysterious Times singer Tina Cousins and former X Factor star Amelia Lily, with more acts yet to be announced.

Bristol Pride takes place from 4-12 July, with the main Pride Day event taking place on Saturday 11 July in the City Centre's Castle Park.

April 14, 2015

 LGBTI festival takes place from 4-12 July

Bristol Pride has launched a Crowdfunder campaign, with the aim of raising £5,000 in public donations by 7 May 2015.

Taking to the official Crowdfunder website, organizers explained: 'Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on (the toilets alone cost £2500!) and every year we have to raise all the money to pay for Pride from scratch.'

April 14, 2015

 LGBTI festival takes place from 4-12 July

Bristol Pride has launched a Crowdfunder campaign, with the aim of raising £5,000 in public donations by 7 May 2015.

Taking to the official Crowdfunder website, organizers explained: 'Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on (the toilets alone cost £2500!) and every year we have to raise all the money to pay for Pride from scratch.'

March 24, 2015

Homophobic preacher claims he is following Jesus and refuses to 'tone it down'

A British street preacher was ordered to pay a fine to a gay man he called a 'sinner' and 'sodomite' or go to jail.

Michael Overd has regularly been preaching his homophobic beliefs in town centres across the UK, but especially in his hometown of Taunton, Somerset.

When a gay man, Darren Chambers, challenged his views, they clashed.

Overd told him he was an 'abomination', and used the old homophobic favorite 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.'

March 10, 2015

Classic and classy university town offers the perfect weekend getaway

Think of Cambridge and the obvious clichés come up. Punting along the famous River Cam, or the notorious university, full of the cleverest people from around the world.
 
As such, as a place to spend a weekend, it has long been shunned in favour of perhaps Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol or Newcastle.
 
Now it’s time to redress the balance, because Cambridge is not only beautiful, but fun too.
 

December 24, 2014

Bristol Rovers' Lee Mansell says kissing Gateshead's JJ O’Donnell was a ‘daft’ thing he did to avoid doing anything ‘silly’

We quite like seeing men showing affection to one another; including when said affection is used to defuse a potentially explosive altercation.

Last Friday, a soccer player with the UK’s Bristol Rovers team found himself in a head-to-head confrontation with an opposing teammate.

Midfielder Lee Mansell clashed with Gateshead’s JJ O’Donnell in the second half of Rovers' 3-2 win over the northern side.

October 22, 2014

If you love Steel Magnolias, BBQ and cowboys, check out these recommendations from a Tennessee native

Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute.

Dolly Parton. Check!

Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check!

Stunning scenery. Check!

Moonshine. Check!

Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

August 27, 2014

From red carpet welcomes to dreamy locations, Marriott Hotels has dozens of ways to turn your special day into an event you and your loved ones will never forget

The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

Who’s inspiration, then, takes the lead when two women, or two men, are planning their dream wedding?

April 28, 2014

The biggest European veggie event arrives in Bristol, UK next month and promises a three-day festival of disco, punk and reggae for vegan food lovers

Europe’s biggest and most glamorous food and music festival is coming to Bristol, UK next month.

Promising a mix of music legends and delicious vegan food, VegFest 2014 will be in Bristol from 23-25 May.

Over the three day extravaganza, visitors will not only be treated to over 140 stalls crammed with 100% vegan food but will also enjoy three different genres of live music at the Amphitheatre in central Bristol.

The festival will embark on a musical transformation from disco to punk and finally to reggae over the foodie weekend.

April 28, 2014

The biggest European veggie event arrives in Bristol, UK next month and promises a three-day festival of disco, punk and reggae for vegan food lovers

Europe’s biggest and most glamorous food and music festival is coming to Bristol, UK next month.

Promising a mix of music legends and delicious vegan food, VegFest 2014 will be in Bristol from 23-25 May.

Over the three day extravaganza, visitors will not only be treated to over 140 stalls crammed with 100% vegan food but will also enjoy three different genres of live music at the Amphitheatre in central Bristol.

The festival will embark on a musical transformation from disco to punk and finally to reggae over the foodie weekend.

April 24, 2014

Man pleaded guilty to stabbing his love rival several times

A jealous lover dressed up in a bunny costume in order to stab his ex’s new boyfriend in the neck.

Mark Pritchard, 46, arrived at the home of his former boyfriend Lee Corbin in Bristol, England wearing the theatrical animal outfit in October last year.

He held roses and love letters for his ex’s new boyfriend, Martin Williams, and said he had a ‘special delivery’ from Corbin who was away on holiday.

After reading out the love letters he had written himself, Pritchard persuaded Williams to blindfold himself and wait in bed for ‘some treasure’.

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 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.