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July 21, 2014

To coincide with Pride season, the baking brand has unveiled a ‘Rainbow desserts’ section on its website

As committed cake-a-holics, we need little encouragement to sing the praises of home baking brand, Betty Crocker. However, were any extra reason needed, then it’s the fact that this most traditional of companies has been quite vocal in its support of gay marriage.

Now owned by General Mills, the company last year provided cakes to same-sex couples that married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay marriage.

July 18, 2014

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’

A drag queen is speaking out after being banned from a Scottish TV show, being told a man dressed as a woman was ‘inappropriate’ for kids.

Pride Glasgow was due to appear on The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow this week to promote the event, but when they suggested a drag queen appear, the show’s producers refused.

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’.

July 8, 2014

Ashers Baking Company refused the order, saying it was 'at odds with our beliefs'

A Christian-run bakery that refused to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake could be facing court.

Ashers Baking Company, based in Northern Ireland, declined an order from a gay rights activist that wanted to support same-sex marriage with dessert.

Customer Gareth Lee wanted the cake to also feature the slogan, ‘Support Gay Marriage’ and the logo ‘Queerspace’, a Belfast-based campaigning group for equal marriage.

Daniel McArthur, the general manager, said the cake was refused because it is ‘at odds with our beliefs’.

July 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts won their first match in a professional event against a side from Macquarie University on Sunday as Sydney prepares to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby

The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

June 4, 2014

Robert Garcia achieves a trio of historic firsts in California city election

Robert Garcia made all kinds of history when he was elected mayor of Long Beach, California on Tuesday (3 June).

At 36, he's the youngest mayor ever and he's the first Hispanic elected to the city's top job.

Garcia is also the first openly gay mayor in the coastal city just south of Los Angeles. He had the high-profile endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

'Thank you, Long Beach!' Garcia wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday morning.

June 1, 2014

A Colorado court has ruled anti-gay baker Jack Philips cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples, ‘I will stand by my convictions until somebody shuts me down’ he says

A US bakery owner must serve wedding cakes to same-sex couples, a court has ruled.

In 2012, Jack Philips, the owner of Masterpiece Cake shop in Lakewood, Colorado, refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig.

This week (30 May), Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission ruled the move was discriminatory and he must serve wedding cakes to all customers in his shop regardless of their sexual orientation.

May 30, 2014

Anger Management cast member tells GSN: 'I've like never been in the closet. I like open shelving'

On the TV sitcom Anger Management, Michael Arden plays a guy who is gay and happens to be passive-aggressive.

The character, named Patrick, is also the patient of an anger management therapist played by Charlie Sheen.

'I get to play a gay character which I love and get to be a guy who is bit of an asshole, a self-centered asshole,' Arden tells Gay Star News.

'I get to exercise that part of my make-up at work then my boyfriend doesn't have to deal with it at home.

May 23, 2014

Grandson says rumors US’s top anti-gay hater Fred Phelps supported the rainbow equality house across the road from the WBC

Fred Phelps reportedly supported gay rights and was then excommunicated from the Westboro Baptist Church before he died, his grandson has claimed.

New information is emerging about one of the most famous homophobic monsters in the world, who called for LGBTI people to be stoned to death.

His grandson 23-year-old Zachary Phelps-Roper, who left the church in February, has spoken out following his grandfather’s passing in March. 

May 23, 2014

We will be giving away the limited-edition bags, boasting an illustration from the world’s favorite gay fashion designer

Gay Star News can now unveil our Pride tote bags, boasting an exclusive design by Jean Paul Gaultier.

One of the world’s top fashion designers, Gaultier has illustrated the bags with a 3D image reflecting Gay Star News’ red star logo.

And one of the bags could be yours for free – all you have to do is find us at one of the four UK pride events we will be supporting this summer – London, Manchester, Brighton and Birmingham.

May 10, 2014

CEO defends hotel saying it has done 'nothing wrong' and asks if consumers will boycott other hotels and businesses with links to countries that have similar laws

The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California says boycotts led by celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen Fry, Jay Leno and Virgin CEO Richard Branson have resulted in cancellations of several major events worth US$1.5 million, according to NBC News.

The Motion Picture & Television Fund thhis week announced it won't hold its annual Night Before the Oscar party at the hotel as it has for many years.

May 9, 2014

Moustache singers are asked by GSN about their views on gay rights and the last resort if you can't grow any facial hair

Eurovision stars Twin Twin have said Eurovision should be for everybody, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The French trio have been entertaining Copenhagen all week with their crazy antics and offbeat interviews.

Moustache, one of the most untraditional traditional songs up to win the crown, may at first glance to be a joke.

But it is actually about consumerism.

May 3, 2014

'Foreign companies here should not venture into public advocacy for causes that sow discord amongst Singaporeans,' a minister said in response to news that a company is hosting a recruitment dinner for LGBT students

A Singapore minister has admonished a multinational company in Singapore for its recruitment practice saying that foreign companies 'should not venture into public advocacy for causes that sow discord amongst Singaporeans.'

April 25, 2014

After diving into the Great Barrier Reef or partying all night in the capital of Brisbane, lay your body to rest in Queensland’s most unique hotels

These days, getting into nature doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort.

Today’s adventure accommodations are working wonders by pairing nature with man-made hotels, using local resources and complementing the natural landscape all to bring guests unique experiences they might not get in a typical city hotel.

From reef luxury to chic city escapes, the northeastern Australian state of Queensland is a traveler’s paradise.

April 25, 2014

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz to marry in Minnesota this weekend then return home and demand their union be recognized

South Dakota's gay marriage ban is poised to become the next such law to be challenged in court.

The plaintiffs will be a lesbian couple who have been together for 27 years.

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz, who have four children and six grandchildren, will travel of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this weekend to get married.

They will be married by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodge at the Community of Christ Church.

April 12, 2014

Sexually assaulted at gunpoint, then taken to five nearby ATMs to withdraw cash

A 34-year-old Canadian man was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed by a man he invited to his hotel room in Philadelphia, US after talking with him on the gay hookup app Grindr.

The victim, who did not want to be identified by NBC Philadelphia, was in the city to attend an education conference when he invited the suspect to his Hilton Home2 Suites hotel room around 1.30 pm on Wednesday.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

March 20, 2014

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March 14, 2014

Xiao Zhen was aroused and then electroshocked in a treatment recommended by Baidu

A 30-year-old Chinese man filed a case on Thursday (March 13) against US-listed Baidu for promoting gay conversion therapy offered by a psychological consultancy in its search engine.

A court in Beijing will decide in the next few days whether to proceed with the lawsuit against Baidu and Chongqing-based Xin Yu Piao Xiang (XYPX).

March 12, 2014

The University of Missouri defensive lineman promises proceeds from the sale of merchandise will be donated

Michael Sam, the out National Football League draft prospect, is selling merchandise on his website.

According to Outsports  T-shirts and buttons, with the phrase 'Stand with Sam', can be purchased michaelsam.com.

The athlete's agents, Joe Barkett and Cameron Weiss, told Outsports the decision to sell the products was  due to customer demand.

March 6, 2014

The study includes 'gene editing,' a treatment where a gene is focused on and disabled

A study shows gene modification could be useful in HIV treatment.

The research, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, involved the first ever 'gene editing' done in humans.

As reported by the New York Times, 'gene editing' is a procedure that focuses on a gene and disarms it.

February 21, 2014

Win over South African locals when you bust out with greetings and flirtations in this guttural, Dutch daughter language

What happens if you run out of sunblock while you're on the beautiful beaches of South Africa?

Use this cheat sheet you'll have already printed out (or on your smart phone) and use it to approach an attractive local. Even if you have sunblock, use this as an excuse to work on your pronunciation.

Start off by asking for help (make sure they speak Afrikaans first). Then move on to a smile, a bat of the eyelashes and hopefully your asking for help will turn into a fun story you can share with family and friends when you go back home.