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April 15, 2014

A US hate-group activist is in rough weather as students unite against malicious propaganda 

A US anti-gay leader was arrested in Canada for distributing hate literature yesterday in University of Regina, Canada yesterday (14 April).

Peter LaBarbera was charged with mischief by Canadian police officers after he refused several requests from university officials to leave the campus area.

The Americans for Truth about Homosexuality preacher was less than thrilled with being escorted off the university campus in handcuffs.

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.

April 9, 2014

A bill that would have made it compulsory for all schools in the Canadian province of Alberta to have gay-straight alliance groups has failed to pass in the legislature in a vote of 19 to 31

A bill put forward by a lawmaker from Canada’s Liberal party that would have mandated all schools in Alberta province to have on campus gay-straight alliance (GSA) programs to support LGBTI young people was voted down on Tuesday.

Like similar laws already in place in Manitoba and Ontario provinces, the bill would have covered faith based non-government schools, which is largely why its opponents voted against it.

March 8, 2014

Two British lesbians, who lost a fight to have their Canadian marriage legalized in 2006, will finally be granted married couple status next week

A British lesbian couple are to have their marriage legally recognized, years after a High Court judge ruled against it.

Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger will be formally recognized as a married couple on Thursday (13 March), ahead of the new same-sex marriage act coming into place on 29 March in England and Wales.

The couple, who are university professors in the UK, got married in Canada in 2003 where Wilkinson was working and same-sex marriage had just become legal.

February 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 13, 2014

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has introduced measures to ensure gay and unmarried straight couples from countries with equal marriage are banned from adopting Russian children

Russia has introduced measures to enforce the ban on adoptions of children to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.

A decree published on the government’s website today (13 February) states a ban on adoptions will apply to gay and unmarried straight couples.

Affected countries that often traditionally adopt from Russia includes Spain, France and Canada.

England and Wales will be on the list once same-sex weddings begin to be carried out on 29 March.

January 30, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have promoted openly lesbian Marianne Ryan as commander of the Alberta province Mounties – making her the first LGBTI person to lead the province’s police force

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), affectionately known as the Mounties, have appointed the first openly lesbian woman to lead the police force for the province of Alberta

Assistant Commissioner Marianne Ryan assumed the command of the RCMP in Alberta on Wednesday after a handover of responsibilities from Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan.

‘I can’t think of a greater privilege than to lead such a dedicated team of employees who are truly committed to public safety in this dynamic and progressive province,’ Ryan said yesterday.

January 25, 2014

Get ready to root for Canada's four-man bobsled team at next month's Winter Olympics

There's much to hate about the upcoming Sochi Olympics, all of it involving Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws.

With that said, Canada's four-man bobsled team could be something to watch. On 21 January Justin Kripps, the team's captain, posted a picture of him and his mates.

'Double checking our race weight for the 4 man Sunday,' Kripps tweeted.

January 13, 2014

The lesbian twins from Canada and hip-hop’s Australian darling have been announced as the headline acts for one of the biggest lesbian festivals in the world: Dinah Shore Weekend

Lesbians of the world rejoice: Iggy Azalia and Tegan and Sara are set to dominate at Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs.

23-year-old Iggy Azalia has set the music charts on fire with her sharp tongue and smooth curves, earning her quick hip-hop cred in a male-dominated music genre.

Openly lesbian indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara are identical twins from Canada, who both play guitar and keyboards and write their own music.

December 31, 2013

Christopher Peloso had suffered from depression; he and Smitherman had three kids

Veteran Canadian politician George Smitherman took to Twitter Monday morning with some grim news.

His husband had been found dead.

Christopher Peloso, 40, had been missing since early Sunday (28 December) - the second time he had gone missing in recent months.

Peloso had been battling depression and in September, he was found alive but confused and dirty near some train tracks in Toronto.

This time, he was found dead. Police have released few details except to confirm the death.

December 30, 2013

Foreign affairs minister John Baird reveals he privately lobbied to stop the federal gay propaganda law from passing in Russia

Canada is making preparations for the worst to happen at the Sochi Olympics in Russia in February.

John Baird, the Canadian foreign minister, has warned he ‘remains concerned’ about the gay propaganda law passed this year.

Afraid any tourist or athlete could end up arrested, he has called for the Russians to work with him in case this occurs.

December 26, 2013

LGBTI rights leaders from around the world to speak at event as part of Toronto’s WorldPride celebrations in 2014

Former Prime Minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, the world’s first openly gay head of government, is to headline the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.

The event, organized as part of the WorldPride celebrations, which next year are in Toronto, Canada, will see presenters from 60 countries.

International LGBTI activists will debate human rights around the world at the event from 25 to 27 June.

December 25, 2013

More LGBTI Americans took leisure trips in 2013, survey says. Hawaii is top honeymoon destination. Free wifi emerges as major motivator for hotel bookings

New York is the top domestic destination and Canada the top international destination for US LGBTI travelers, a survey has found.

The study by Community Marketing Inc discovered that, while lesbian, gay and bi travelers chased the sun on their holidays, the desire for ‘rest and relaxation’ as well as ‘culture, art and heritage’ were bigger motivators.

And modern gay holidaymakers demand free wifi in their hotels with 70% of them saying this was significant.

December 20, 2013

Ugandan gay activist Edwin Sesange of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group calls for action as his country passes life in jail for homosexuality

The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has today fulfilled the promise she made a year ago in Canada.

Rebecca Kadaga has been a champion of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, now an act – a vicious crackdown on LGBTI people in the country.

By contrast Kadaga, while launching the human rights check list for parliamentarians, said: ‘The people of Uganda will not find comfort until the rights of all are observed.’

December 13, 2013

A group of gay Canadian Muslims plan to open an affirming mosque where people can be themselves in the city of Halifax in Nova Scotia

A group of Halifax gay Muslims have announced plans to open an LGBTI affirming ‘unity’ mosque in their city.

Group spokesperson Syed Adnan Hussein told CBC News that while LGBTIs were free to pray in more traditional mosques in the city, he wanted to create a space could be comfortable in their LGBTI identity while practicing their faith.

December 12, 2013

A Manitoba, Canada dollar store has pulled novelty pills that claim to cure gayness from shelves after parents complained

A dollar store in Gimli, Manitoba in Canada has pulled novelty ‘gay cure’ boxes of pills from its shelves after parents complained.

‘Gay Away’ pills, manufactured by Toronto based company Laughrat, were being sold alongside other novelty fake medicines sold by the company such as Nagotine ‘for people who nag smokers,’ and EgoManiax ‘medicine for enlarged egos.’

The packaging for the ‘new extra strength’ pills states that they ‘stop the craving for misbehaving,’ and that Gay Away ‘cures gayness’ and are ‘for real fruit cakes.’

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 23, 2013

Fashion impresario Christopher Lee Sauvé loves his home town of Canada and poking loving fun at Anna Wintour, Britney Spears and Betty White with his part-homage, part-satire clothing line

This self-proclaimed momma’s boy is taking fashion police to a whole new level.

Featured everywhere from the pages of Vogue to the lamp posts of New York City, Canadian-born Christopher Lee Sauvé is no stranger to ruffling some feathers of the world’s most notorious fashion figures.

After he produced a T-shirt mimicking fashion stylist Rachel Zoe’s catchphrase ‘I Die. Bananas’ Sauvé received a cease-and-desist letter from Zoe’s lawyer saying she had trademarked ‘I Die’ and ‘bananas’.

October 21, 2013

After giving Havana a proper whirl, pick up hitchhikers, stray dogs and photos on the A1 National Highway and its subsidiary roads to visit graceful Trinidad and remote Baracoa at the extreme western tip of Cuba

Cuba will always have its admirers.

It overwhelms with modest authenticity, a proud culture, and a recent revolutionary history in a Caribbean region often known best for ghetto beach chain hotel tourism.

That stated Cuba still suffers from its own Jim Crow-style tourism… mainly holiday makers holed up in high-rise structures in the Varadero area of the north Atlantic shore where locals and vacationers are not encouraged to mix (some hotels even bar resident Cubans from entering).

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 11, 2013

Out athletes Kirk Walker, William Bean and Jason Collins join forces to support Blake Skjellerup as he prepares for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia

In the LGBT community, we have four great athletes who represent our generation.

The ‘fantastic’ four are known as shining warriors who lead the charge into battle for gay rights in the world of sport.

This photo was taken at an OutSports event in LA to show support for openly gay athlete and human rights activist Blake Skejellerup as he trains for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

To the center-right is Blake Skjellerup, the speed skater from New Zealand who came out as gay in a May 2010 interview with Australian magazine DNA.