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December 19, 2014

'Nine ladies dancing'

The cast of the drama Orange Is The New Black have given the world the best Christmas present in the world.

No. It's not a decrease in police brutality cases (an issue  close to the hearts of the OITNB thespians).

However, it is the next best thing. A remaking of the holiday chestnut The Twelve Days of Christmas.

December 18, 2014

Winter warmers in Stockholm, Bath, Lille and Hamburg

Wooden chalets, green furs, the scent of steaming, spiced red wine, the sound of a brass band and a thousand fairy lights in your eyes – is there anything lovelier (or more camp?) than a Christmas market?

Here, we count down seven of Europe's best, from Vienna and Hamburg to Munich and Lille…

Stockholm [right]

December 18, 2014

Winter warmers in Stockholm, Bath, Lille and Hamburg

Wooden chalets, green furs, the scent of steaming, spiced red wine, the sound of a brass band and a thousand fairy lights in your eyes – is there anything lovelier (or more camp?) than a Christmas market?

Here, we count down seven of Europe's best, from Vienna and Hamburg to Munich and Lille…

Stockholm [right]

December 18, 2014

Adorable

So not only has Neil Patrick Harris, partner David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon taken over Halloween, they're now on a mission to make us feel festive.

The 'How I Met Your Mother' star recorded his four-year-olds having a sing-song around the Christmas tree, and it is adorable.

Harris posted the video on Instagram, saying: 'Yay! David is back home, and the family all together! Time to trim us a tree! #trim #carols #JingleFeels.'

December 18, 2014

Adorable

So not only has Neil Patrick Harris, partner David Burtka and their twins Harper and Gideon taken over Halloween, they're now on a mission to make us feel festive.

The 'How I Met Your Mother' star recorded his four-year-olds having a sing-song around the Christmas tree, and it is adorable.

Harris posted the video on Instagram, saying: 'Yay! David is back home, and the family all together! Time to trim us a tree! #trim #carols #JingleFeels.'

December 17, 2014

If so, it’s never been who you think

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words — Happy Holidays!

For the past decade now, when this season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle concerning this holiday.

Last year ‘The Kelly File’, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white.

December 17, 2014

If so, it’s never been who you think

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words — Happy Holidays!

For the past decade now, when this season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle concerning this holiday.

Last year ‘The Kelly File’, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white.

December 16, 2014

Some Christians aren't exactly pleased

Gay designer Tom Ford is being targeted online after launching a new range of penis shaped crucifix necklaces in time for Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, some Christians believe the $790 (£505, €635) charms available in silver and gold are somewhat offensive.

Touted as an alternative kinky gift, they are advertised as 'penis pendant necklaces' available in small, medium and large.

Taking to social media, angry religious people told the designer he is 'sick', he will 'rot in hell' and questioned his sanity.

December 16, 2014

Over two thirds of Irish people support same-sex marriage

Ireland has set a month for a referendum on marriage equality.

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet.

The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas.

It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

December 15, 2014

GSN talks to Craig Pomranz, author of the enchanting children’s book, Made by Raffi – about a young boy who enjoys knitting and sewing

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a young child? Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz is a charming book about a young boy who enjoys knitting and sewing.

A shy boy, Raffi doesn’t enjoy noisy, rough-and-tumble games but takes to needlework when he hits upon the idea of knitting a scarf for his dad – prompting teasing from other children.

The story skillfully demonstrates that different people enjoy different things, and that sometimes boys like to do things normally associated with girls, and vice versa.

December 11, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, is pleading with the world to help send messages of hope to persecuted LGBTIs

Gay Ugandans are being promised a gift this Christmas, and it is definitely worse than coal.

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Ugandan parliament, has promised once again to wrap up a legislation so horrific that it'll give the population of what is essentially a license to persecute, discriminate, torture, engage in mob violence and worse of all kill LGBTIs with impunity.

With the Anti-Homosexuality Act dead, lawmakers are hoping to pass the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill before the end of this year.

December 9, 2014

Blossom Hill, Moët and more

Christmas is around the corner – which means Dry January is barely three weeks away! Fill your boots in the meantime with our whip round of the festive season's most fabulous beverages.

Bottoms up!

December 9, 2014

Berlin's handsome little brother town is a Christmas gift all its own

The most cosmopolitan city in Germany is waiting for you between the Elbe and Alster Rivers, where hospitality and liberality make for a gay and lesbian paradise.

And in the weeks leading up to December 25, it's a festive paradise too. Hamburg's Christmas markets are sprawling and diverse, from the elegant market on Jungfernstieg to the traditional Gänsemarkt in the Old Town. The market in HafenCity, meanwhile, is ethereal and smart, while the St. Pauli market has a frivolous flair.

December 9, 2014

Menswear will be in the spotlight as the fashion world parties in the UK capital

January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

December 9, 2014

Charity says 'genitally expressed' same-sex relationships are unacceptable

The Salvation Army is trying to rebrand itself as a gay-friendly charity ahead of its annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

The Christian homeless charity said accusations of anti-gay discrimination were a 'myth' despite reports to the contrary.

'For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that the Salvation Army does not serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,' it said in a statement.

'These accusations simply aren't true.'

December 7, 2014

One customer wanted to check he isn’t going to a gay bar for his Christmas party and the response he receives is brilliant

What is one guaranteed way to get your Christmas staff party cancelled? Send a homophobic email to the venue.

Alex Proud, London-based restaurant owner, knows the perfect way to respond to homophobic emails from customers.

On his Twitter account, Proud tweeted screenshots of an exchange with a customer who wanted to know if his restaurant in Camden was a gay bar.

‘We have our Christmas staff party booked for next Friday at Proud,’ read the email.

December 5, 2014

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to send coal for Christmas to Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson after he said ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’ and donations are pouring in in their thousands

The same group who bought and painted a house in the rainbow pride colors across the road from the Westboro Baptist Church has a new target in their crosshairs.

Nonprofit humanitarian organization Planting Peace has launched a crowdfunding campaign through the website CrowdRise.com to send coal for Christmas to Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson after he said executing all gay people could eliminate AIDS before Christmas.

December 5, 2014

LGBTI activist responds to President Yoweri Museveni's assertion that the country is a better holiday destination than Spain

Ever imagined being branded a criminal for being gay in your own motherland? Well, if you think this sounds like a joke, then think no further.

December 3, 2014

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Taoiseach and leader of the Fine Gael party, reportedly visited Pantibar for a pre-Christmas drink with his party’s LGBT group

Ireland’s Taoiseach – the country's equivalent to a Prime Minister – has been photographed enjoying a drink in a gay bar.

The photo was taken and posted on social media by gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, better known by his drag name, Panti Bliss.

December 1, 2014

They think he can't be a 'real' Santa

Shopping mall Santas are gathering their lumps of coal and readying to wrap them up and send them to the director of a new documentary for featuring a gay Santa.

The new film, I Am Santa Claus, shows what four professional Santas do for the rest of the year when they're not allowing kids to sit on their lamps and gifting them with candy canes.

We meet Jim Stevenson, a 73-year-old gay man who struggled with his sexuality for years. Now happily out and living with a partner in Dallas, he gets paid to say 'ho, ho, ho' during the holiday period.

November 26, 2014

And he didn't even need to unwrap it

The rainbow could be seen as a representing two main concepts: the gay rights movement and a 'blessing' from God.

So one lesbian politician thought of the perfect gift to give to Pope Francis: a rainbow scarf.

Austrian Green MP Ulrike Lunacek, the gay Vice President of the European Parliament, gave the leader of the Catholic Church his early Christmas present yesterday (25 November).

'Today I handed Pope Francis a rainbow scarf for gays, lesbians, and for peace,' Lunacek proudly said.

November 25, 2014

EastEnders actor Nina Wadia will introduce the London Gay Symphony Orchestra’s first Family Concert this December

The London Gay Symphony Orchestra (LGSO) always throws an annual Christmas concert, but this year’s event will be a little different as it will be the company’s first ever Family Concert.

The concert will take place on Sunday 14 December at 5pm at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate on Holborn Viaduct in central London.

November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.