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August 22, 2014

'In this new (media) environment, you can no longer say 'That's private, that's not for discussion'

It was just a few months ago that CNN anchor and reporter Richard Quest talked for the first time with viewers about his being a gay man in the context of a story about being out at work.

'I decided it was time to come out,' Quest told a crowd on Thursday (21 August) at a gathering of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in Chicago.

Quest said his 'worst fears' about the disclosure hurting his career 'never materialized' and believes his work is better now 'because I'm honest about who I am.'

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

August 14, 2014

The X-Men and Lord of the Rings star has spoken out in support of one of his chosen charities

Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video to encourage people to support the UK’s Albert Kennedy Trust by holding a fundraising party in their own home.

The Albert Kennedy Trust supports homeless LGBT youth – many of whom find themselves on the streets after being turned out from their family homes. The AKT operates a safe house (the Purple Door Project) and also coordinates a network of foster carers. Many of these are LGBT people who are willing to offer a desperately needed home to an LGBTI teenager.

August 14, 2014

Northern Lights. Geothermal spas. Icelandic horses. We dare you to find a better winter holiday

You know you’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. Now’s your chance.

Icelandair Hotels is offering a trip to Iceland for two with flights, accommodation and exciting tours.

Meet the nation’s iconic horses and pour yourself into a famed geothermal spa (or test your resolve with a dip in the frigid neighboring lake) by filling out four lines of your information on the Icelandair Hotels sweepstakes page.

August 11, 2014

'Hi, British here, why do you guys hate cigarettes so much?'

The Westboro Baptist Church are known for taking popular culture that people like, from Panic! At The Disco to Lady Gaga, and making it horrific.

And so when they sat down to Reddit, which was founded by bisexual hacktivist Aaron Swartz, they expected to do the same.

But when you ask the internet to ask you anything, you better be prepared.

Before the AMA, they announced they would picket Reddit headquarters in San Francisco tomorrow (12 August).

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

August 7, 2014

Adam Joseph is popular with viewers of ABC affilate in Philadelphia and has appeared on Good Morning America

Adam Joseph, a weatherman for the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia since 2005, shared some big news on his Facebook page Wednesday (6 August): He's a new father - and he's gay.

He wrote: 'The action news team has grown again! I am ecstatic to introduce Jacob, the newest love of our lives. My partner Karl and I welcomed him into our world on August 5th at 1:41am.

'He tipped the scales at 9lbs 1oz and was over 21 inches long! He was a bit stubborn to arrive, but once he did he's been mellow, attentive, and constantly looking around.

July 29, 2014

Bobi Wine, who uses his songs to encourage fellow Ugandans to burn gay people, has been dropped from two upcoming shows for discriminatory lyrics

A theater in London and one in Birmingham have refused to host a Ugandan rapper for his homophobic lyrics.

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

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.