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May 3, 2015

With new music on the way, the Canadian musician shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Eldon Thiele is a Canadian-American musician who records under the name of Zwerg.

His latest single – produced by John Philip Shenale – is called I'm A Joke To You and the video was filmed on an Atlantis cruise on the Baltic Sea.

We recently caught up with Thiele to swap some travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

April 30, 2015

Report officially rules transgender teen's death a suicide

The death of Leelah Alcorn, the 17-year-old transgender girl who walked into traffic on a Cincinnati highway in December, has been officially ruled a suicide.

Ohio State Highway Patrol released a 26-page report into her death Wednesday (29 April) after a four-month investigation.

The report said Alcorn left a handwritten suicide note on her bed that said: 'I’ve had enough.'

April 29, 2015

Some grow up, some leave religion and some just come out: Former homophobes reveal how their views evolved

You can educate, spread awareness and do as much as you can, but sometimes you can’t change a homophobe’s mind.

But sometimes you can, as the following people who posted on Reddit have shown.

Some have left religion, and some just realised how warped their views were. Some have just grown up. And some, well, they're gay now.

April 22, 2015

'Somebody undergoing a sex change to fully realize themselves is incredibly compelling for me'

Actress Amber Heard, now married to Johnny Depp, came out as bisexual back in 2010.

She's been a staunch advocate for the LGBTI community since which is one of the reasons why she wanted to star in the upcoming film The Danish Girl. In the film, Eddie Redmayne plays an artist famous for getting one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries.

Heard plays the artist's wife.

April 14, 2015

Gay Star News goes in search of artistic freedom in a gorgeous town of old-world elegance

Welcome to Bremen – a small but fierce city on the Weser River that's an arts and culture capital, with a special warrior protecting its inhabitants.

We're talking about the magnificent Bremen Roland statue [below], part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just in front of the City Hall, which dates back to 1404 and is a proud symbol of Bremen’s freedom.

Roland stares intensely at Bremen Cathedral, or 'The Dom'; here in Bremen, the merchants and businessmen have always been free to talk and think with their own minds.

March 18, 2015

There is always a reason to travel.

 

Seasonal Features

March 18, 2015

There is always a reason to travel.

 

Seasonal Features

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

February 26, 2015

A Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development in a healthcare organization, Glover came out when named Employee of the Year at an awards dinner

During my twenties I was keen to keep my sexuality hidden from colleagues at work.

At the time I was a junior manager within a multi-national company. Like many LGBT employees, I was not completely secure in shouting about my identity.

I always anticipated the company Christmas party with a mixture of fear and dread. I think there are a huge range of invisible 'give-away' signals that can stir the ‘Is he gay?’ gossip mill.

February 25, 2015

A director in the banking industry, Armario says he has got used to the fact that he will have to come out again and again; a process he has dubbed 'Groundhog Gay'

In December 2013, I'd been with my company for over five years, and had been in a new role for just over six months. I was thrilled to have recently been promoted.

My peer group team had gathered for a Christmas meal and drinks, and everyone was getting into the Christmas spirit.

One of my new colleagues was being welcoming, polite and inclusive, and sought to make me feel comfortable in an established group by asking me a series of personal, yet to him, unintrusive questions.

'What does your wife do?' he asked.

February 22, 2015

The box office flop also earned a Worst Screenplay honor and Cameron won Worst Actor

Want to bet he'll blame the gays?

Kirk Cameron was a big 'winner' at the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards, also called the Razzies.

His movie, Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, took home the Worst Picture prize.

That wasn't all for the 1980s sitcom star turned anti-gay activist. The movie was also 'won' Worst Screenplay

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 28, 2015

The classes were intended to create a more tolerant environment

A Dublin school has cancelled workshops to tackle homophobic bullying in order for 'both sides' of the issue to be represented.

Voluntary organization ShoutOut was booked to run four classes at the school Coláiste Eoin in Stillorgan, Co Dublin before Christmas.

On Tuesday (27 January), the day they were due to teach 80 students, they were told at 10.30am via email the workshop was cancelled.

January 26, 2015

90s boyband singer calls BBC Radio 1 a 'paedo-protecting poo bag station'. NSFW language

East 17's Brian Harvey has threatened to 'smash a lesbian's face in'.

The former British boyband star has left a foul-mouthed attack against BBC Radio 1, claiming it is a 'commercial poo bag station'.

Writing under a video of singer Rae Morris covering his band's 1994 Christmas number one single Stay Another Day.

'You will play anyone else as long as it's not me eh,' he said. 'Well done Rae Morris, but Radio 1 you suck fucking arse you bunch of wankers.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.

January 14, 2015

His film Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is up for Worst Picture

Former Growing Pains actor and anti-gay activist Kirk Cameron is nominated for a Razzie 'award'.

The 80s sitcom star turned religious mouthpiece is up for three accolades: Worst Picture for Saving Christmas, Worst Actor for the same film, and Worst Screen Combo where he and his ego have been nominated together.

Cameron has previously described homosexuality as 'unnatural', 'detrimental', and 'ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization'.

January 6, 2015

He's not a toy boy, that's for sure

You know Stephen Fry, the host of QI and the lover of all things witty and wonderful.

The 57-year-old said he is 'very happy' after announcing he will marry his 27-year-old boyfriend Elliott Spencer, registering to marry in Norfolk just before Christmas.

'Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!' Fry tweeted.

'Thank you all SO much for your kind congratulations. Deeply touched xxx'.

January 2, 2015

‘Love your children’, says Deacon Ray Dever of St Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The death last Sunday morning of Leelah Alcorn in Ohio has again led many to question the impact of religious doctrine upon the lives of LGBTI people.

‘We don't support that, religiously,’ said Carla Alcorn – Leelah’s mother – when asked by CNN reporter about her daughter’s desire to transition.

January 2, 2015

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign

The Irish Taoisceach (the equivalent of Prime Minister) has been speaking about the forthcoming referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage – due to take place in May.

Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, who has previously been viewed as conservative, told journalists in a briefing that he would be happy to ‘campaign strongly’ for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, and has confirmed that he will take part in a live debate on the issue ahead of the vote.

January 1, 2015

'She lived a long, lovely life'

Neil Patrick Harris paid tribute this week to his paternal grandmother, Martha Jeanne Harris, who died on Christmas night.

She was 92.

He shared the news on Instagram Tuesday (30 December): 'My grandma passed away on Thursday night, services are today. Martha Jeanne Harris was 92, lived a long, lovely life. We shared a birthday, 6/15. She’ll be missed.'

Harris is one of six grandchildren to survive her and his twins with husband David Burtka are two of her 13 great-grandchildren.

December 31, 2014

A cheap flight. A low-key celebration. A new year begins

Gay Star News's Gareth Johnson wraps up his festive Australian adventure (read part one here); a kiss goodbye to his hometown of Echuca, Melbourne and a New Year's hello to London.