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May 4, 2014

All the news from Eurovision's red carpet! Last year's winner speaks to Gay Star News about what Denmark has to offer as we prepare for our biggest ever Eurovision

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest was officially opened at a star-packed opening gala at the City Hall in Copenhagen.

Thanks to last year's winning song, Only Teardrops by Danish singer Emmelie de Forest, this year's competition is being held in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

All the entrants from the 37 competing countries attended the red-carpet event as Copenhagen opens it's doors for the week-long celebration of music and glitz. 

April 2, 2014

First stamp to feature an openly gay elected official will be issued in May on Harvey Milk Day

It has been known since last fall that slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk was going to be honored with a US postage stamp.

What was not known until this week was what it would look like.

The stamp is to be issued on 22 May - Harvey Milk Day - and will feature a black and white photo of the late San Francisco Supervisor who will be the first openly gay elected public official to be featured on a stamp.

January 15, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

November 27, 2013

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, murdered on same day, to also be remembered

It was 35 years ago today that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the city's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, were gunned down at City Hall.

The murderous actions of disgruntled former supervisor Dan White broke a lot of hearts that day and tonight (27 November) the city will pay tribute to the two men tonight at a candlelight vigil.

Among those marching will be Dustin Lance Black who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk which starred Sean Penn as the late supervisor. Victor Garber played Moscone in the film.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.

November 12, 2013

Jonathan Moscone, son of San Francisco mayor George Moscone who was assassinated in 1978 alongside Harvey Milk, has married partner Darryl Carbonaro at the city hall where his father served and died

The openly gay son of the San Francisco mayor murdered alongside gay political pioneer Harvey Milk has been married at the City Hall where they were slain by another former mayor of the city - Willie Brown.

Brown is a family friend of Jonathan Moscone – the son of murdered San Francisco mayor George Moscone – and was married Friday to partner of one year Darryl Carbonaro.

Moscone, 49, is the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley and Carbonaro, 46, is the associate general counsel for Clean Power Finance.

September 27, 2013

 Julie Bru ends her five-year tenure as Miami's city attorney with accolades from officials and a marriage proposal to her partner, police officer Suzy Izaguirre

Since 2008, Julie Bru has been the city attorney for Miami. Yesterday (26 September) was her last official day, so she decided to do something different.

During a meeting she walked up the City Hall dais. In her hand was a small black box, with a wedding ring. She asked Miami Police Officer Suzy Izaguirre to be her wife.

June 28, 2013

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier to be married by state's attorney general

Same-sex couples resumed getting married in California late Friday afternoon.

First in line were Kris Perry and Sandy Stier (pictured getting their license), one of the two couples who were the plaintiffs in the successful challenge to Proposition 8.

The wedding was to be officiated by Attorney General Kamala Harris on the mayor's balcony at City Hall in San Francisco and carried live on some local TV stations in the state.

June 27, 2013

GSN visits Oslo to improve our Nordic history and embrace the tall, blond warriors of the future

You might need to find it online, but lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with the television series Vikings. It’s a bloody and violent depiction of life at that time, I’m guessing it’s not too far from the truth.

June 6, 2013

Near Copenhagen's City Hall, a trans woman suffered serious head trauma after an unprovoked attack

A trans woman was attacked with a hammer in broad daylight in Denmark last night (5 June).

In the unprovoked attack, the victim had been walking past City Hall at around 6pm when she was brutally attacked on the head.

The woman, yet to be named, suffered serious head truma. She is in a stable condition in hospital.

Mads Helios, from Copenhagen Police, told local news sites the authorities had been working intensively on the matter.

May 17, 2013

GSN teams up with London Gay Men’s Chorus and London Gay Big Band to spread the word about fighting homophobia and transphobia

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital’s talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

While reports out for IDAHO today (17 May) again show the shocking levels of abuse, harassment, discrimination, violence and even murder faced by the world’s LGBT citizens, the GSN video tries to bring some hope.

May 17, 2013

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital's talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

The GSN flashmob was filmed on Saturday 11 May, at The Scoop – an open-air performance space by City Hall, London.

It is being released for IDAHO today (17 May) – an event bringing together the LGBT community and their friends to promote equality worldwide.  

Luckily the rain held off to allow the musicians to perform the popular song ‘Bring me Sunshine’ - a tune we keep humming since rehearsals.

April 16, 2013

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The Events:

1. Pride in Brighton & Hove / Saturday 3rd August:

Quite simply the most spectacular, diverse, flamboyant and life affirming alfresco festival, Pride in Brighton & Hove is rightly seen as a highlight of the local, national and European Pride Calendar. The park event brings people together for an unforgettable celebration that the community plans for all year round.

April 4, 2013

The Swedish capital is world center for design and style spread across 14 stunning islands, as well as ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’

Love them or loathe them, ABBA remain one of Sweden’s most successful exports with a special place in the heart of many a dancing queen. And ABBA fans are again beating a path to the new ABBA museum opening in May in Stockholm.

But there is a lot more you can do in what they call ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’.

March 10, 2013

GSN escapes to Northern Ireland to experience some culture

I’d had one of those weeks where nothing seemed to be going my way. In a classic example of ‘fight or flight’, the only thing keeping me going was the prospect of a weekend away and a bit of distance from any potential aggravation. ‘Flight’ never really solves anything but it is at least a distraction.

January 18, 2013

Community-based group chosen to run festival in UK capital for the next five years. Only 115 days remain to put event together

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (18 January) chosen a community interest company to run the city’s pride festival for the next five years.

But the decision has come so late that organizers now only have 115 days to put together a festival which usually takes a year to organize.

It comes after the previous organization running pride collapsed following 2012’s event. London had been hosting World Pride but it had to be drastically scaled back at the last minute due to a funding crisis.

January 1, 2013

London mayor’s chief of staff admits they almost pulled out of 2012 gay festival. Community-based group likely to win bid to run pride until 2017

Mayor Boris Johnson considered pulling out of supporting London’s World Pride event altogether when it became clear organizers were struggling.

The World Pride LGBT festival in the UK capital in 2012 became a major headache for City Hall when it had to be drastically scaled back with just 10 days to go.

A funding shortfall and other organizational problems saw the event scaled back with floats and other vehicles banned from the march.

December 10, 2012

Same-sex couples begin marrying across Washington in many public ceremonies that in which crowds celebrated and cheered the newly weds

Well over a hundred of same-sex couples celebrated their marriages in front of Seattle city hall for during the first day they could marry in Washington State, USA.

The gay marriage law came into effect on Sunday (9 December) after the state's voter-approved gay marriage law in a referendum last month.

Seattle city hall arranged a large public event with 159 couples taking part in celebrating their same-sex marriages.

November 19, 2012

Johnson pledges support for THT campaign encouraging gay and bisexual men to test more regularly for HIV

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is backing England's first ever national HIV testing week.

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, which marked its 30th anniversary at the UK capital's City Hall last night (19 November), launched the campaign to encourage gay and bisexual men to test more regularly for the virus.

October 31, 2012

People interested in running LGBT pride in London have just three days for the deadline for bids closes

There are only three days left until the deadline closes for bids to run gay pride in the British capital.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced last Wednesday (24 October) that his team will review bids from non-profit, community-based organizations to run and develop pride in London over the next five years from 2013.

The deadline for interested parties closes on Friday (2 November).

The winning tender could be given grants by City Hall of up to £500,000 ($800,000 €619,000) with free use of Trafalgar Square in central London chucked into the deal.

October 24, 2012

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants bidders to tender to run LGBT pride in the capital for the next five years

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today (24 October) said he wants people to bid to run LGBT pride in the British capital.

It confirms a report by Gay Star News on 6 September, which City Hall officials refused to confirm.

Johnson’s team will review bids from non-profit, community-based organizations to run and develop pride in the capital over the next five years from 2013.

September 6, 2012

Confusion continues over the future of London’s biggest LGBT event with pride bosses, City Hall and potential organizers pursuing different ways forward

London Mayor Boris Johnson wants people to bid to run the city’s LGBT pride as confusion over the future of the event continues.

Johnson’s City Hall, which was criticized after the UK capital had to scale back World Pride it hosted in July, is apparently planning to call for tenders from potential pride organizers.

While LGBT pride in the city is independent and not technically ‘owned’ by the mayor, City Hall has traditionally put in £100,000 ($159,000 €126,000) to help make it happen, as well as donating Trafalgar Square in the heart of London for free.

July 24, 2012

Ahead of tomorrow’s public meeting into the future of pride in London, we look at some of the major issues on the agenda

Pride is quarreled about around the world. But for Londoners this week it is at a turning point.

First, came humiliation. Britain’s capital asked to host World Pride in the same year as it was hosting the Olympics and the Queen’s diamond jubilee and was granted its wish. But despite years to prepare, the event on 7 July almost collapsed. In the end it had to be scaled down with floats taken out of the parade and the street party cancelled.

July 9, 2012

Eight campaigners are still in police detention after holding pickets for LGBT rights in Russian city

Eight activists were arrested in St Petersburg on ‘homosexual propaganda’ charges after holding a protest in defiance of the city’s gay pride ban.

Organizers of St Petersburg’s third pride parade ignored authorities’ decision to forbid a rally for the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on Saturday (7 July), holding two pickets.

However, police broke up the protests, arresting three in a park to the north of the city and later five more outside the City Hall, where they unfurled a rainbow flag.