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October 11, 2014

The German city of Cologne is gearing up to host to the annual German Bear Pride festival between 26-30 November 2014 - marking the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group

Although the annual Bear Week in Sitges, Spain, may now surpass it in terms of numbers, Cologne’s annual Bear Pride week remains one of Europe’s biggest gatherings of husky gay men.

Organizers are confident that this year’s event, which will run from 26 November until 30 November 2014, should be particularly busy as they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group, which began way back in 1984. 

October 11, 2014

The German city of Cologne is gearing up to host to the annual German Bear Pride festival between 26-30 November 2014 - marking the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group

Although the annual Bear Week in Sitges, Spain, may now surpass it in terms of numbers, Cologne’s annual Bear Pride week remains one of Europe’s biggest gatherings of husky gay men.

Organizers are confident that this year’s event, which will run from 26 November until 30 November 2014, should be particularly busy as they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group, which began way back in 1984. 

October 8, 2014

Married couple of 57 years is leading the fight for the Vatican to open its arms to the LGBTI community

Straight Catholics are fighting for gay people to be welcomed into the church.

Ron and Mavis Pirola, a couple who have been married for 57 years, is hoping Pope Francis will agree that loving all members of the family is more important than centuries-old doctrine.

They believe that welcoming gay couples into the church would serve as a 'model of evangelization'.

'Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too,' the Pirolas during a statement inside Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

September 1, 2014

He takes his clothes off and jumps in to Lake Superior after a show

Steve Grand, who gained fame last year with his viral hit All-American Boy, has made a lot of fans happy without singing a note.

He simply took all of his clothes off.

Grand decided to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - but he did it his way.

'I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause,' he explained to his Facebook followers over the weekend.

'I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. '

August 11, 2014

Rebecca Kadaga has said the bill will be re-tabled this month and parliament will vote as soon as possible

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament has said the anti-gay law will return.

Rebecca Kadaga, who previously called the passed law to be a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, has said the bill will be re-tabled this month.

Over 200 lawmakers have signed a petition demanding a swift vote to undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

‘Now that we have the 207 signatures, the rest is going to be smooth,’ Kadaga said.

April 30, 2014

Ian Ross, one of Australia’s best-loved television newsreaders, has died from pancreatic cancer just a few years after he went public about being in a gay relationship

Legendary Australian newsman Ian Ross (left) has passed away from complications from pancreatic cancer aged 73.

News of his death broke this morning though he had been sick for some time.

Ross had a career in the Australian news media spanning 50 years, with 38 of those reading the news for the Nine Network and another six at Network Seven.

He came out as gay after retiring in 2009, revealing his 22 year relationship with same-sex partner Gray Bolte (right).

He is also survived by an ex-wife, three children and eight grandchildren.

January 10, 2014

Parliamentary speaker has told Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and other Western countries to mind their own business

Uganda’s speaker Rebecca Kadaga has told Western countries to back off and stop ‘bullying’ them on anti-gay laws.

The parliament speaker, who once promised to pass a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill as a Christmas present to Ugandans, has said their country can make its own decisions.

She referenced President Barack Obama, who visited Senegal last year, claiming the president Macky Sall ‘kept him quiet’

Kadaga also slammed British billionaire Richard Branson, who urged for a boycott of Uganda.

December 30, 2013

A boyfriend known as Volleyball and a rabbit named Oreo added to the festive cheer of a family holiday on Margaret River and the beaches of Perth

It was the weekend before Christmas and I was watching a television in Heathrow airport’s Terminal 4, just near my departure gate.

The weather forecast looked bleak - so far it had been a fairly mild December in the UK, but it seemed things were set to deteriorate with high winds, heavy rain, and stormy skies predicted.

It was with some relief I boarded my flight. I was heading to Australia for a family Christmas.

December 29, 2013

Anti-gay African leader Yahya Jammeh launches fresh attacks on homosexuality and warns Gambians not to expose children to ‘alien cultures’ in annual broadcast

Yahya Jammeh, president of the Gambia, used his annual Christmas message to renew his attacks against homosexuality calling it an ‘evil and strange social cancer’.

He encouraged Gambians to reflect on the ‘pristine values’ and teachings of Christianity at this time of year, having previously warned the UN General Assembly that gay people are a threat to human existence.

December 27, 2013

Liz Harris was told: 'You're VERY pregnant' after she and wife Nadia had nine unsuccessful attempts

Liz and Nadia Harris had a full house in New Orleans for Christmas with five new additions to their family.

The couple, married for four-and-a-half years, are now the parents of quintuplets - four boys named Michael, David, Maxwell and Joseph and a girl named Elizabeth.

'I think our gifts are the five babies,' Liz Harris tells the ABC affiliate WGNO.

December 27, 2013

A 46-year-old Connecticut man admitted he planned to ruin his sister's holiday by throwing a smoke bomb at her wife's home, making them think they were being shot at and 'freak out'

A man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill his gay sister on Wednesday (25 December).

Gordon Bissonnette, 46, from Plainville, Connecticut, was reported to police by his terrified mother Clelie in the early hours of Christmas morning.

She claimed her son had threatened to murder her if she invited her daughter Corinne to the festivities.

Her other son, Brian, also went to the police station and played eight voicemails from Gordon for investigators to hear.

December 26, 2013

After former rugby star and gay pin-up Ben Cohen poses in ‘Gay Icon’ apron, newly out bisexual Olympic diver Tom Daley goes one better

Newly out Olympic diver Tom Daley has posted a Christmas picture wearing a rainbow ‘Gay Icon’ apron, rainbow socks and nothing else.

He posed alongside his best friend and former schoolmate, Sophie Lee – they very first person he came out to – who also stripped off to be pictured in an apron decorated with the British flag.

December 26, 2013

President Yoweri Museveni’s is all that stands in the way of the most viciously anti-gay bill written in the world for years becoming law

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not just sign the new Anti-Homosexuality Bill without checking it carefully.

The bill, passed by parliament in a shock move last week, no longer has the death penalty for gays, but does offer life in prison for repeat homosexuals.

December 25, 2013

Adam Shankman's special tree, Cheyenne Jackson snowed in, and Alex Newell with his dad

Adam Shankman may be the director of such splashy movies as Hairspray and Rock of Ages but one of his favorite Christmas memories is a simple one involving just him and the man in his life.

'My fiance (Frank Meli) and I, in our apartment in New York, put together just an incredibly beautiful tree,' Shankman told Gay Star News earlier this month.

'It was just by ourselves,' said the So You Think You Can Dance judge. 'We had already done the family thing and this was us by ourselves and that was a very special time for me.'

December 25, 2013

Adam Shankman's special tree, Cheyenne Jackson snowed in, and Alex Newell with his dad

Adam Shankman may be the director of such splashy movies as Hairspray and Rock of Ages but one of his favorite Christmas memories is a simple one involving just him and the man in his life.

'My fiance (Frank Meli) and I, in our apartment in New York, put together just an incredibly beautiful tree,' Shankman told Gay Star News earlier this month.

'It was just by ourselves,' said the So You Think You Can Dance judge. 'We had already done the family thing and this was us by ourselves and that was a very special time for me.'

December 25, 2013

Tweets Ellen: 'I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you'

A happy Ellen DeGeneres woke up on Christmas Day and shared this upbeat message with her 24.2 million followers on Twitter: 'It's Christmas! I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you.'

The popular talk show host was among the LGBTI celebrities who shared holiday greetings on social media.

Alan Cumming, one of the stars of TV's The Good Wife, is suffering from a cold in style. He tweeted a photo of a gorgeous view with this message: 'Happy everything to everyone! I'm in the bath with a cold and a glass of champagne.'

December 25, 2013

Tweets Ellen: 'I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you'

A happy Ellen DeGeneres woke up on Christmas Day and shared this upbeat message with her 24.2 million followers on Twitter: 'It's Christmas! I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you.'

The popular talk show host was among the LGBTI celebrities who shared holiday greetings on social media.

Alan Cumming, one of the stars of TV's The Good Wife, is suffering from a cold in style. He tweeted a photo of a gorgeous view with this message: 'Happy everything to everyone! I'm in the bath with a cold and a glass of champagne.'

December 25, 2013

More than 700 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses since last Friday

The 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday (24 December) rejected the state of Utah's request to halt the same-sex marriage ceremonies that have been taking place at a rapid pace since last Friday.

The federal appeals court was the last legal option for the government before requesting an emergency stay from the US Supreme Court.

The Utah Attorney General's Office tells the Associated Press that it is prepared to file with the high court.

December 25, 2013

Straight ally and former rugby star Cohen posts picture on Twitter as he prepares his festive feast

Former rugby star and anti-gay bullying champion Ben Cohen has been showing a bit of gay pride while cooking his Christmas dinner.

The 35-year-old pin-up, while straight, has become an LGBTI activist, founding the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation in 2011 to fight bullying.

He tweeted this picture this afternoon (25 December) with the caption: ‘Wearing my apron with Pride whilst cooking Christmas dinner!’

The apron declares his ‘Gay Icon’ status.

December 25, 2013

Thank you all for your support for GSN in 2013, from the whole team

Gay Star News would like to wish all our readers, sponsors, clients, contacts and friends a very happy Christmas.

We would also like to thank you for reading GSN in 2013.

Your outpouring of support has spurred us on to build the site so now, just two years after launching, we are reaching around 2million readers a month. And your occasional criticism has helped us keep our standards up.

December 25, 2013

Olympic swimmer and Oscar winner both post photos of their unique gifts

Hot new couple Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black both got some fancy footwear for Christmas.

Both have posted photos on social media of their feet in rainbow pride socks.

Black posted his photo on Facebook with the message 'Thanks mom!' on it.

Daley's sock photo on Instagram simply said: 'Ha!'

December 24, 2013

A parent’s dilemma about Santa Claus leads to the heartwarming realization his 11-year-old sons are now old enough to be the next St Nicks

My sons, who I have had since they were babies, adopted from foster care, are both 11 years old. They both still believe in Santa Claus.

I take full responsibility for this. One skill those of us who have spent any time in a closet learn is how to create the illusion of life as those around us want it to be, rather than what it necessarily is.

December 24, 2013

A parent’s dilemma about Santa Claus leads to the heartwarming realization his 11-year-old sons are now old enough to be the next St Nicks

My sons, who I have had since they were babies, adopted from foster care, are both 11 years old. They both still believe in Santa Claus.

I take full responsibility for this. One skill those of us who have spent any time in a closet learn is how to create the illusion of life as those around us want it to be, rather than what it necessarily is.

December 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.