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February 24, 2015

Michalak is the Global Director of Social Mission at ice cream giant, Ben & Jerry’s –  one of the world's first companies to provide same sex benefits to its LGBT staff

Ben & Jerry's, the Vermont-based ice cream company, has a long and proud history supporting LGBT rights. In 1989 it became one of the first publicly traded companies to extend benefits to same-sex partners.

Since 2001, its leadership has vocally supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and it has even allowed same-sex marriage ceremonies to take place in Ben & Jerry's stores. It's fitting that one of the company's mottos is "love comes in all flavors."

February 23, 2015

Jacobsen Solutions’ Chief of Operations in Europe came out to his boss after he was questioned about having an affair with a member of staff

In 1985, I was responsible for all of our consulting projects in Europe when the Chairman (my boss) asked me to meet him at Heathrow. All the projects were in great shape, so this was unusual.

He said, ‘Let's go for a walk.’ We walked to what was then a mezzanine in Terminal 1. Very quickly he came to the point. He said, ‘Mr. Jacobson, Senior Management has told me that you are having an affair with one of your Project Directors?’ My response was, ‘Really, who would that be?’

February 20, 2015

Rob Stevens, the Asia Pacific Sales Manager for a global engineering firm, has seen the business world change greatly since entering the workplace in the late-90s

I always knew I was gay, but I also knew I was an engineer at heart. I was always fascinated with domestic technology. Apparently the first word I said wasn’t ‘Mama’ or ‘Dada’ but “Hooha” (Hoover!).

I was born into a Jewish family in 1975 and throughout my childhood, I didn’t experience any direct homophobia. It was simply that homosexuality didn’t exist. I had no role models in any walk of life.

February 17, 2015

It's being described as the 'best and most diverse' screening

Student Pride is getting ready to host gay short film screening event Queer As Film in London this month.

The popular film showcase for aspiring LGBTI filmmakers is due to take place at legendary London club Heaven on 28 February.

Film topics include a drag mother dreaming of self mutilation to a Canadian movie star’s bum.

'The line up of short films are some of the best and most diverse we've ever screened,' Robert Gershinson, co-founder of the Queer As Film, said.

February 17, 2015

Tom Daley, Ellen DeGeneres, Graham Norton and Sue Perkins are all up for major awards

Will Sam Smith add to his list of awards?

Will Nicola Adams knock out Tom Daley for best sports personality?

And how exactly can you choose between Hillary Clinton, Joan Collins and Kylie Minogue for Global Gay Icon?

These are the questions that will be asked as the UK gets ready for the British LGBT awards that will be handed out at the Landmark Hotel in  London on 24 April.

Among the nominees for Best Event includes the Gay Star Travel Expo. 

February 13, 2015

For treating your loved one – or drowning your sorrows

It's that time again of year again...

That is, the time of the year when forgetful boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives (and beyond) find themselves rushing to their local florists/supermarket/stinking horrible garage to pick up some last minute V Day surprises.

But with our handy guide of five of the loveliest drinks on the market this Feast of St Valentine, you're already halfway there. And if you're single, might we suggest a night in or out with friends after a few of these tipples…

 

February 13, 2015

Sepideh Jodeyri translated famous graphic novel 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' into Persian

An Iranian poet could face 100 lashes or even death for 'supporting homosexuality.'

Sepideh Jodeyri translated Julie Maroh’s prize-winning graphic novel Blue Is The Warmest Color, about the romance between two French gay women, into Persian.

Now the poet claims she is being targeted by a smear campaign, led by hardline Iranian news websites trying to discredit her.

February 11, 2015

Well-known event promoter was lured into the attack by the man he loved

A well-known event promoter was brutally beaten by a mob in Ghana over the weekend for being gay.

Kinto Rothmans was lured into the ambush by a man named Salim, whom he had told he loved.

During the attack, Rothmans was forced to confess his desire to 'chop' (have sex with) Salim in a video, which has since gone viral in the west African country along with a photo of him dripping in blood.

Rothmans is the CEO of Get Familiar GH, which organizes the popular Friday Friends club night in the capital Accra.

February 3, 2015

The activist, journalist and author on his cosmopolitan hometown

Journalist and author Paul Burston was born in York and grew up in South Wales, but he has called London home since 1984. An activist in ACT UP for many years before becoming a journalist, Burston was the long-term editor of Time Out's gay and lesbian section.

January 30, 2015

Survey finds coming out to family remains difficult

Nearly 80% of LGBTI Vietnamese say society had changed positively toward them over the last five years, according to a new survey.

The survey released Tuesday (27 January) found that 44% of respondents had witnessed 'much' positive change from 2009 to 2013.

The most voted changes were confidence to be themselves, government recognition and LGBTI activities.

ICS Center surveyed 3,214 LGBTI Vietnamese citizens aged 16 and above in online forums between July and August 2014
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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 28, 2015

GSN's reporter in Los Angeles

​Los Angeles-based Greg Hernandez has been a US correspondent for Gay Star News since its launch.

He began covering LGBTI news in 2003 as a contributing writer for The Advocate while also working full time as an entertainment reporter for The Daily News of Los Angeles.

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

January 9, 2015

To be in with a chance of winning, register your attendance at the Expo (taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on 17 January 2015 – and attendees at the event could be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Vienna in May, to experience the Eurovision Song Contest.

The prize includes Economy Class tickets for two people from London Heathrow to Vienna and back again (winner and guest must travel together), valid on and courtesy of Austrian Airlines.

January 4, 2015

GSN takes a look at some of the major sporting competitions around the world – it’s time to get into training!

If you play any kind of sport, you’ll appreciate that it’s a great way to keep fit, have fun, and meet people. But sport is also becoming an increasingly popular way of seeing the world as well. Major sporting events designed to include (and appeal to) LGBTI travellers are popping up all over the world.

In this article we take a look at some of the big ones that you are going to want to pencil into your diary.

December 9, 2014

Madrid restaurant staff applauded the protestors

A gay couple was told to leave a Burger King in Madrid after a father eating there with his children had complained they were bothering him.

So, in response, gay couples and allies gathered together to kiss in protest against the incident.

It was particularly embarrassing for the company as the fast food giant after they made a 'gay burger' in celebration of Pride this year.

The action was applauded by the Burger King staff.

December 4, 2014

He now says that he is likely to change his judgment, which would leave the women married to one another again

A judge in Athens, Ohio, approved a couple’s divorce last week… only realizing afterwards that the couple were both women.

Currently, Ohio has a ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling becomes the state’s first same-sex divorce.

December 3, 2014

Victim's mother and others believe he was murdered because he was gay and his killer wasn’t sure if he wanted to be

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has dominated the news in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, another shooting death on the other side of the state, in Kansas City, has gotten scant attention beyond the local news.

The victim was a 22-year-old gay, black man named Dionte Greene.

Greene was shot in the face while sitting in the front seat of his car, the engine still running, on the morning of Halloween.

November 23, 2014

A Tasmanian couple who were trying to rent out a room to straight couples only through accommodation website Airbnb have had their listing removed for discriminating against same-sex couples

Popular accommodation website Airbnb that connects ordinary people who want to rent out a room to strangers has removed a listing by a Hobart, Australia couple which stated, ‘We prefer not to host GLB couples.’

Complaints were made to the company about the listing’s exclusionary policy and the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) made a public call for Airbnb to delete it as it contravened the state’s anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTI people.

November 14, 2014

During the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the victim hopefully 'he learned his lesson'

Authorities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in a late October anti-gay attack.

According to a press release, on 28 October deputies were called to Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, California (located approximately 2 hours away from Los Angeles).

October 28, 2014

The foster son who nominated them for the UK award said: ‘They always think of my needs first and are such caring and loving people.’

Two gay men from Bradford have won the inaugural New Foster Carers Award at the UK’s FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards.

Mark Moorhouse and Nick Dennison were nominated for the award by their foster son, Luke.

‘My dads have done everything to help me,’ said the 18-year-old.

‘They have even moved house so that I can stay with them long term. They always think of my needs first and are such caring and loving people.

October 22, 2014

From veggie baskets fitted for the roof of your car, to loincloth-inspired fashion and a brand new Forest Route, South Africa’s design industry is making waves around the world

South Africa is a country of firsts.

It was the first country in the continent to legalize same-sex marriage; the first in Africa to host the World Cup; and now the Rainbow Nation is the first in Africa to enjoy the biennial award of World Design Capital in Cape Town.

Awarded to capital cities around the world for using design for social, cultural and economic development, Cape Town’s World Design Capital accolade further strengthens South Africa’s position as an economic and cultural power to watch.

October 22, 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage

Hotel Hyatt Canberra has come under fire for hosting the national conference of a notoriously anti-gay group.

The Australia Christian Lobby's (ACL) two-day event will take place this weekend.

The ACL has said gay marriage would produce another 'stolen generation' - a reference to the aboriginal children who were forcibly placed in white homes, many of whom were physically and sexually abused.

October 14, 2014

The 10th annual event will feature a wealth of exhibitors and opportunities to ask questions of experts and gay men who have already become parents

Gay men in New York or the surrounding areas who are thinking about starting a family should mark Sunday 2 November 2014 down in their diaries.

That’s the date that the tenth, annual NY Men Having Babies expo returns to the Big Apple.

The event is organized by the New York-based nonprofit group Men Having Babies and it is being co-sponsored and hosted by the the JCC in Manhattan.