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April 24, 2015

150 x 150m sand art in Morecambe Bay took five people ten hours to complete

Barefoot Wine have created a huge 22,500m² SOS signal on a beach in Morecambe Bay, as part of a campaign to keep Britain's beaches 'barefoot-friendly.'

The sand art, which precedes the eighth Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project kicking off on 16 May in Edinburgh, measures 150 x 150m, and took five people 10 hours to complete.

The campaign will travel the length of the UK, visiting six locations, in a bid to get litter removed from Britain's beaches; last year over 800 volunteers helped remove almost 1,500kg of litter.

April 16, 2015

His attacker is now in jail

A man who slashed the throat of his Grindr date and left him for dead is now jailed.

Shane Dunn, 25, was found guilty of attacking Ian Garrod, 55, with a kitchen knife last year.

The court heard how Dunn had brought crystal meth for them both to take before sex with Garrod on 8 September 2014.

When the pair fell asleep, Dunn got up during the night and told Garrod he was going for a glass of water.

But instead, he removed a knife from the kitchen and returned to the bedroom before slicing the victim's neck.

April 15, 2015

Rounding out top five are Rachel Maddow, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Anderson Cooper

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has become increasingly vocal on LGBTI issues in the past year, tops this years' Annual Power 50 list unveiled Wednesday by Out Magazine.

The list ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture and looks at how the on the list have power, how they wield it, and who it affects.

Cook, second last year, is the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500. He knocked Ellen DeGeneres down one space after the talk show host headed last year's list.

April 15, 2015

Apple's voice-activated assistant refuses to discuss anything gay

Siri learned to speak Russian earlier this year but it seems Apple's voice-activated assistant learned more than just the language from the notoriously anti-gay country.

A Russian-speaking Londoner has accused Siri of homophobia in a video to YouTube – in which the assistant outright refuses to discuss anything gay.

'Now you are using obscenities and then you are going to eat bread with the same hands,' the female voice says when the word 'gay' is mentioned.

When asked about gay marriage, the Siri says, 'Alex, you are so rude!'

April 14, 2015

'If Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless on a horse then I think we can hold hands'

Engaged couple Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were thrilled to be among the Americans featured in the official video kicking off Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.

But the couple, together since 2008, were not thrilled when they found out they are the reason why the video has been slapped with a warning label in Russia.

Russia's Dozhd TV channel put an age 18 and over label on the video because of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to anyone under 18.

April 8, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley gives a speech at the 2014 Performance Theatre event in Oslo about leading with authenticity

John Browne, Lord Browne of Madingley, opens The Performance Theatre 2014 in Oslo, featuring keynote addresses from education activist Malala Yousafzai, Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon.

April 4, 2015

Transgender Wikileaks whistleblower must dictate her tweets by phone from military prison

Under the handle @xychelsea, imprisoned Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning made her debut on Twitter on Friday (3 April).

In one of her 15 tweets, Manning explained to 22,000-plus followers how she tweets without access to the Internet.

'Tweeting from prison reqs a lot of effort and using a voice phone to dictate,' she wrote.

April 2, 2015

'It’s completely unacceptable to me that, in the 21st century, such a discriminatory law would be in place'

Ontario's openly gay premier Wednesday (1 April) slammed Indiana's 'religious freedom' law as 'completely unacceptable' and 'discriminatory.'

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law last week, allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

April 2, 2015

The Arctic destinations of Narvik and Tromsø offer unique opportunities to experience the indigenous Sami culture of the region.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the Arctic region that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Traditionally, the Sami have been masters of coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding, but they are best known as the reindeer herders of these lands.

The Sami trace their history in this region for at least 5,000 years.

March 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 24, 2015

Here's what happens when you let your parents loose on your Grindr account

‘Mother knows best’, or so the saying goes.

But does she really know best when you unleash your Grindr account on her?

One fearless son put the theory to the test by setting his mom the ultimate challenge: reading three weeks’ of unread Grindr messages aloud, on camera.

March 24, 2015

'Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom'

A wife has turned to parenting forum Mumsnet after she found her husband on Grindr.

In a post titled 'My husband is on grindr. I need some hugs and advice,' bonniescot123 said she recognized her husband, who she referred to as DH, because his profile picture was taken in their bathroom.

'Hands shaking. Today I found my DH on Grindr. Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom,' she wrote.

March 23, 2015

Picture was widely shared on social media, with many applauding the furniture giant

IKEA has confirmed the picture of a rainbow pillow case PUTIN is a fake.

Over the weekend, the photo was widely shared on Twitter and Facebook as the epitome of the Swedish home improvement company's beliefs in equality for LGBTI people.

The rainbow pillow cases were reportedly found in a Stockholm branch, possibly a thinly veiled message after IKEA was forced to close its online magazine over Russia's gay propaganda laws.

March 21, 2015

Dad who described his son's coming out as 'worse than death' may reconsider after reading thousands of messages of support online

Strangers across the world have united in support of a gay teenager who was shunned by his father after coming out.

Tyler, a 15-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, came out to his father via Facebook messenger three months ago.

Screenshots of the hateful exchange, where Tyler's father spoke of his 'shame and embarrassment', and even addressed his son as 'You fuck!!!', hit the headlines earlier this week.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.

March 19, 2015

Mel Spencer joins the GSN team to lead on coverage of all aspects of family and parenting.

The editorial team at Gay Star News continues to grow with the appointment of Mel Spencer as the new editor for the family and parenting section.

Launched in May 2014, the family and parenting section of Gay Star News has quickly grown to produce some of the most widely read articles and updates.

'I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team of journalists' said Spencer.

March 18, 2015

Aimed at ‘the complete lesbian community’, women’s app Dattch has rebranded itself Her – and secured funding from the founders of Bebo and Reddit

The women’s dating app Dattch, launched by London entrepreneur Robyn Exton, has announced that it has rebranded itself under a new name, Her, and secured $1million in seed funding.

It’s believed that the branding change came about after both users and potential investors expressed confusion over the meaning of the previous name.

Exton, who formerly worked for a brand strategy agency in London, taught herself coding in her spare time before launching Dattch in September 2013.

March 17, 2015

Max Irons: 'I remember thinking, "You don't know what you're talking about, you're thinking about a problem out loud"'

As the cover subject of the latest issue of Out Magazine, Max Irons did not attempt to defend controversial comments previously made by his father about gay marriage.

Oscar winner Jeremy Irons told HuffPost Live in 2013, threw out a provocative question: 'Could a father not marry his son?'

When host Josh Zepps reminded the actor about incest laws, the elder Irons said that 'it's not incest between men' because 'incest is there to protect us from inbreeding, but men don't breed.'

March 14, 2015

The men and women who are shaping our world and shaping our future

They come from all walks of life and all sorts of professions.

They could be anywhere in the world.

They are the men and women who have a passion, a drive, a purpose.

They may be fighting for change or just quietly doing something quite amazing. 

Our Power Gays series profiles the the people who are making a difference.

March 13, 2015

Actress's gay nephew is a former student

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has slammed a former teacher of her gay nephew who published an homophobic rant on Facebook.

Patricia Jannuzzi, a teacher Immaculata High School in New Jersey, said the 'gay agenda' wanted to lead western civilization to a 'slow extinction.'

'We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!!' she wrote.

The theology teacher made the comments in reponse to Dan Savage's invitation to Ben Carson to 'suck my dick,' to prove that being gay is a choice.

March 12, 2015

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime

A lesbian woman is 'appalled' and 'upset' by the anti-gay response she received from a restaurant she reviewed negatively online.

Jeannie, who only wanted to be identified by her first name due to her job, visited Your Gourmet Burger in Hull, England with her ex-partner and daughter on 10 January.

The social worker said that she sent her food back because it was raw and suggested the chef, who 'had long greasy hair,' be provided with a hair net. She later left a one-star review on the restaurant's Facebook page.

March 11, 2015

Former team joined a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage

A former footbal player has said NFL support for gay marriage is the work of Satan.

Craig James made the claim on a Family Research Council radio show while discussing the decision of several sports teams to join a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The former New England Patriots running back warned that the brief could cause an 'implosion' in locker rooms.

'If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,' he said.

March 10, 2015

'How can I stay in Korea with the man I love? Where are my rights?'

A British expat took on the mayor of Seoul last Friday (6 March) over rights for gay couples.

It was a bold move by Simon Hunter-Williams in a country where homosexuality remains taboo.

'How can I stay in Korea with the man I love? Where are my rights please?' he asked.

'I also fell in love with a Korean like many people. The only difficulty is the person I fell in love with is a man.'

March 9, 2015

'So grateful to all of you for making my dream come true'

When it comes to his music, Steve Grand insists on doing things his way.

His self-financed video All-American Boy got 1 million views in eight days back in the summer of 2013.

That led to a stupendously successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $326,593 and allowed him to record his debut album without a record company.

That album, All-American Boy, comes out 24 March.

On Monday (9 March), Grand took to social media to post the first photo of him with his dream project.