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July 7, 2014

'Monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear', the carvings include a boast from an ancient Greek couple about their active sex lives

The world’s oldest erotic graffiti has been found, and it is a carving of two penises and a boast from an ancient Greek gay couple.

Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, stumbled upon the artwork in the ruins of Astypalaia.

The inscriptions are reportedly ‘monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear’.

Found on the Vathy peninsula, the graffiti dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries B.C.

May 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

April 13, 2014

The Law Society of British Columbia debated but eventually voted down a motion that would have barred graduates of the new law school from practising law in the province because of the school's ban on gay sex

Trinity Western University, a private Christian university in British Columbia, Canada is on its way to admitting its first batch of students in September 2016 despite having a policy against students and staff in same-sex relationships.

On Friday, the Law Society of British Columbia's directors voted 20-6 in favor despite many of them using words like 'abhorrent,' 'discriminatory,' 'hateful,' 'anachronistic' and 'fundamentally wrong' to describe the evangelical Christian university's anti-gay policy that all students and staff must sign and help enforce.

November 20, 2013

From relishing overnights in trendy suites to not minding early mornings in bayside jacuzzis, Gay Star Travel settles into three of Canada's most attractive and accommodating hotels

Sleeping in British Columbia, Canada, is like sleeping in a home away from home (with a few chic embellishments).

November 20, 2013

From relishing overnights in trendy suites to not minding early mornings in bayside jacuzzis, Gay Star Travel settles into three of Canada's most attractive and accommodating hotels

Sleeping in British Columbia, Canada, is like sleeping in a home away from home (with a few chic embellishments).

October 30, 2013

The western part of Canada is home to sweeping forests, skiing resorts, the best aquarium in the country and a Japan-like spring that will seduce you with its 37,000 blossoming cherry trees

A visit to Britsh Columbia means you can enjoy the mildest climate in Canada and get a chance to see a whale swimming in the sea.

You can also discover a park with the oldest trees you have ever seen and breathe the fresh air these wonderful forests give you for free.

Say ‘hello’ to a beluga at the Vancouver aquarium or rent a bike to explore Victoria, ‘the cycling capital of Canada’ as it is known, catch the sun on a Vancouver beach or try the best salmon ever.

October 30, 2013

The western part of Canada is home to sweeping forests, skiing resorts, the best aquarium in the country and a Japan-like spring that will seduce you with its 37,000 blossoming cherry trees

A visit to Britsh Columbia means you can enjoy the mildest climate in Canada and get a chance to see a whale swimming in the sea.

You can also discover a park with the oldest trees you have ever seen and breathe the fresh air these wonderful forests give you for free.

Say ‘hello’ to a beluga at the Vancouver aquarium or rent a bike to explore Victoria, ‘the cycling capital of Canada’ as it is known, catch the sun on a Vancouver beach or try the best salmon ever.

October 18, 2013

The welcoming capital of British Columbia, Canada, is home to whale watching, buzzing nightclubs, British food and a craft beer-tasting cycling tour

Welcome to the edge of the world, welcome to Vancouver Island, welcome to Victoria.

The capital of British Columbia, Canada, is a scenic harbor and city in ‘Old English’ style. Here is where I found the popular British sausage and mash and fish and chips in a North American city. But I found a warm and welcoming LGBT community as well, represented by the Victoria Pride Society.

October 18, 2013

The welcoming capital of British Columbia, Canada, is home to whale watching, buzzing nightclubs, British food and a craft beer-tasting cycling tour

Welcome to the edge of the world, welcome to Vancouver Island, welcome to Victoria.

The capital of British Columbia, Canada, is a scenic harbor and city in ‘Old English’ style. Here is where I found the popular British sausage and mash and fish and chips in a North American city. But I found a warm and welcoming LGBT community as well, represented by the Victoria Pride Society.

October 14, 2013

British Columbia's biggest city is reminiscent of vibrant New York and lovely London, but sets itself apart with its own nature and architecture... and loads of nice men to be found in gay-borhood Davie Village

‘I first saw the Queen when I was 6,' says Angus Praught, my exclusive gay guide in Vancouver.

This is British Columbia: a piece of Europe in North America, where 'Lizzie' says 'hello' from every coin or every banknote.

I meet Angus in Vancouver’s gay area, Davie Village, where one can find most of LGBT bars, clubs, restaurants and venues. Angus, a renowned publisher in Vancouver, loves this area and that’s why he lives here with his Japanese partner.

October 14, 2013

British Columbia's biggest city is reminiscent of vibrant New York and lovely London, but sets itself apart with its own nature and architecture... and loads of nice men to be found in gay-borhood Davie Village

‘I first saw the Queen when I was 6,' says Angus Praught, my exclusive gay guide in Vancouver.

This is British Columbia: a piece of Europe in North America, where 'Lizzie' says 'hello' from every coin or every banknote.

I meet Angus in Vancouver’s gay area, Davie Village, where one can find most of LGBT bars, clubs, restaurants and venues. Angus, a renowned publisher in Vancouver, loves this area and that’s why he lives here with his Japanese partner.

October 10, 2013

Health officials in the Canadian province of British Columbia have announced they will begin using a new HIV test that can show if a person has been infected in less than a fortnight after exposure

The Canadian Province of British Columbia will be the first jurisdiction to introduce a new test for HIV after a successful 4 year study into its effectiveness.

Nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) greatly improves the diagnosis of early or acute HIV infection and can detect whether a person has contracted the virus in less than 14 days after they have been exposed.

October 2, 2013

Other details of actor's accidental overdose death revealed in coroner's report

Cory Monteith's death from a mixture of alcohol and heroin has officially been ruled an accident, according to a coroner's report released today (2 October).

The 31-year-old actor, who played gay-friendly teen Finn Hudson on the TV series Glee, died last July of 'intravenous heroin use in combination with ingestion of alcohol.'

The British Columbia Ministry of Justice has deemed Monteith's death accidental. Its coroner's report reveals that the actor had an ethyl alcohol limit of 0.13 percent which is consistent with a 'moderate level of intoxication.'

August 16, 2013

Kids in schools with Gay-Straight Alliance groups are less likely to abuse alcohol underage than other schools, new research show, pointing to wider benefits

New Research by the University of British Columbia (UBC) has suggested that Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) groups have a wider benefit for all students – with heterosexual students and same-sex attracted female students reporting less binge drinking in GSA schools.

July 16, 2013

The Glee star's death is believed to have been accidental

Glee star Cory Monteith died over weekend after using heroin and drinking alcohol, according to autopsy and toxicological analysis announced today.

'It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident,' stated the   British Columbia Coroners Service.

July 15, 2013

A psychology graduate and columnist for an independent Malaysian news website has called on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to reverse his government’s anti-gay agenda in an open letter

University of British Columbia (UBC) psychology graduate Tamil Selvan Ramis has used an opinion column to call on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to stop exploiting fear and hatred of LGBT people in the South East Asian nation.

Ramis wrote that the time he had spent in Canada on a Public Service Department of Malaysia scholarship studying psychology had brought him into contact with LGBT people and made him question what he had been brought up to believe about them.

July 3, 2013

Gay men have better rates of prostate cancer detection according to new research but may be undergoing surgery to treat the condition earlier than they need to be as a result

Australian and Canadian researchers have published a study that suggests that gay men have better rates of prostate cancer detection than their heterosexual counterparts, but may be having surgery earlier than what is necessary as a result.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia, Canada and the Australian Research Center in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne published their results in the journal Urology.

October 22, 2012

84-year-old Canadian 'moved' by plight of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr

A gay atheist from Canada has left $700 in his will to convicted war criminal Omar Khadr because his story 'moved' him.

Jack Hallam, of Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, said he wanted to leave the 26-year-old Canadian citizen the money after hearing how he was treated during his 10-years at US military prison Guantanamo Bay.

'I think the young man has been treated abominably,' the 84-year-old told The Canadian Press.

'His story just moved me. He was tortured, he was kept in solitary confinement, he had light deprivation.'

July 19, 2012

A Canadian gay couple have won their case against a Christian couple who denied them a room in their bed and breakfast and then tried to claim their home was a place of worship

A gay couple who were refused a room at a bed and breakfast in Grand Forks, British Columbia, have been awarded $4,500 in costs and damages.

Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas took bed and breakfast owners Susan and Les Molnar to court after Susan initially accepted their reservation before husband Les rang back to check if they were a gay couple.

When Eadie confirmed that they were he was told that it was ‘not going to work out’ and Les Molnar cancelled the booking.

Eadie and Thomas later made a human rights complaint.

July 11, 2012

GSN looks at how some of the greatest gay, lesbian and bisexual people in history have been remembered

With a gay rights activist having an asteroid named after him, GSN have been discussing what we’d like to have named after us. Call us grandiose, but for inspiration we’ve looked at gay people honored through history.

Here are the ones who stood out most in our gay family tree.

April 27, 2012

A court in British Columbia, Canada, ruled that a former lesbian couple must divide sperm which they had left in a fertility clinic

A separated lesbian couple in Canada have been ordered by a court to share leftover sperm.

Despite dividing their assets when they split in 2006, the British Columbia couple forgot about the 13 vials, known as straws, of semen which they had frozen in a sperm bank.

However, in 2009 one of the women, identified in court by the initials JCM, wanted to use the sperm to have a baby with her new partner, the Vancouver Sun reported.

December 20, 2011

Jerusalem Open House and New York rabbi give GSN readers their greetings for festival of lights

Jewish LGBT people across the world will be lighting their candles for the annual Hanukkah festival this month.

The eight day festival is also known as the festival of light because it centres around lighting nine candles on the Menorah candle holder.