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May 21, 2015

Gay Star News goes front row for the graduation show from the design students of London's University of Westminster.

It was a big, excited crowd that gathered in a cavernous basement carpark beneath London's University of Westminster  for the graduation show from its Fashion Design students.

Seventeen young designers presenting their collections in one fast-paced, slick, and professional show.

Here's how we saw it.

Chloe McGeehan

A womenswear collection that featured bold colours; loose structure; and lots of volume.

May 21, 2015

'Trannies, your families will never love you... Commit suicide now'

A troll has paid Twitter to promote a tweet urging transgender people to kill themselves.

The troll, impersonating Australian feminist Caitlin Roper, used Twitter’s paid-for native advertising service so the tweets would show up in the feeds of users who did not follow them.

'Trannies, your families will never love you. You are living a lie & you know it. End your miserable existence. Commit suicide now,' read one of the tweets.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 19, 2015

Reverend Matthew Makela is a married father of five

An associate pastor in Michigan who has preached against gay marriage and compared homosexuality to alcoholism has been found to have a profile on the gay hook-up site Grindr.

Reverend Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned from his position after his Grindr profile was made public via screenshots obtained by Queerty. He confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots but declined to comment.

May 19, 2015

The UK premier of French choreographer's new work: Manger

French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz is the focus of a collaboration between Sadler's Wells theatre and Tate Modern museum in London.

Charmatz is director of the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France. He specialises in creating or using different physical spaces to present and redefine choreography and dance.

May 18, 2015

Straffe Ketten R.F.C. play hosts as the Union Cup comes to the capital of Belgium in 2015

The Union Cup is a gay rugby tournament that was first held in May 2005 in Montpellier in France.

Since then the tournament has been hosted by the cities of Copenhagen (2007), London 2009, Amsterdam 2011, and Bristol 2013.

Seven teams competed in the first Union Cup, but in the 2015 tournament to be held in Brussels, 24 teams will be competing – bringing 700 players, fans, and officials to the city.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 17, 2015

A stylish restaurant serving up spectacular steaks

La Brasserie de Bruxelles is a classic brasserie style restaurant.

Located on Place Vieille Halle aux Blés in downtown Brussels, this is the ideal place to entertain clients or to impress someone with some classic French cooking.

Famous for their croquettes, which are great, this is also a restaurant that is serious about their steaks. Predictably their bearnaise sauce was a winner.

May 15, 2015

'People who have been misunderstood or mistreated … then intentionally misunderstand and mistreat others'

Singer Steve Grand of All-American Boy fame has enjoyed a lot of acceptance from fellow gays since bursting onto the scene nearly two years ago.

But that doesn't mean there haven't been some haters.

Grand, whose debut album reached number three on Billboard's independent albums chart, has been sad to see anonymous comments on gay blogs dismissing him as just another handsome face with a buff body.

May 14, 2015

If it is to be passed, HB 4105 has until midnight tonight to be discussed in the Texas House of Representatives – a deadline that has prompted businesses to step up and state their stance on the legislation

Following our story yesterday on how businesses were being urged by LGBT equality campaigners to speak out against anti-gay legislation being introduced in Texas, tech giant Dell has made a statement specifically opposing HIB 4105.

May 13, 2015

Refuses to believe Del LaGrace Volcano is their real name, despite it being on their US passport

Gender variant artist Del LaGrace Volcano has been deleted off Facebook because they refused to believe their real name.

It’s part of an ongoing war between the social network and a wide variety of its users, including non-binary, transgender people, drag queens and others.

Volcano, who lives as both male and female, is internationally famous for producing images, films and performance focusing on the masculine and feminine.

May 13, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Arthur Miller's classic American play

Widely acknowledged as one of the best American plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman has been revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the centenary celebrations of Miller's birth.

Written in 1949 and set in Brooklyn, Death of a Salesman is an extraordinary exploration of the 'American dream', a period piece that captures the rapidly changing nature of family and society in the post-war period.

May 13, 2015

Survey shows 6% increase in LGB Christians from two years ago

More gay Americans are identifying as Christian despite a sharp decline in overall numbers, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday (12 May).

The survey found that 70.6% of Americans identified as Christian, down from 78.4% in 2013. However, the proportion of LGB respondents who identify as Christian rose 6% during the same period to 48%.

The findings could reflect a culture shift, said Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian.

May 12, 2015

The ideal spot for a meeting in mid-town

The Delaunay is a beautiful brasserie restaurant in the style and tradition of old Europe, but if you're looking for something a bit quicker and more informal then The Counter is hard to beat.

Great coffee, great selection of food, and free wifi – this is a great place for a relaxed meeting over coffee and the mid-town location (a short walk from Holborn tube) makes it central and convenient.

I was there recently and grabbed a schnitzel sandwich to keep me going in between appointments. 

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 we are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

May 11, 2015

The hugely successful hookup app for gay men – which has 5million global users – is reportedly taking advice on finding a buyer

Grindr has declined to comment on rumors that it may be looking for a buyer.

According to Bloomberg, the hugely popular gay dating app has hired banking firm Raine Group LLC to provide it with advice on a possible sale.

Bloomberg said it had received its information from sources which wished to remain anonymous. The sources were unable to say what value might be placed on the company.

May 10, 2015

Queer Lisboa presents a comprehensive celebration of 18 years of its International Queer Film Festival

2015 will be the 19th International Queer Film Festival presented by Queer Lisboa and to mark the occasion they have published a comprehensive guide to Queer Film And Culture.

The publication, edited by António Fernando Cascais and João Ferreira, brings together a set of academic essays, reviews, and discussions, all exploring the queer film and culture that has been showcased during the 18 years of Festival.

All content is presented in both Portuguese and English.

May 8, 2015

The new movie from writer/director Jean-Claude La Marre

As the world waits in anticipation for the release of the Magic Mike sequel, Jean-Claude La Marre gets in there first with Chocolate City – his take on the world of the men who strip for women.

There's a lot to like about Chocolate City:

May 8, 2015

New video for single Rush serves a slice of Golden State sunshine

Singer/songwriter Kali Uchis describes her sound as 'lowrider soul', and her latest – Rush – is a track full of feel-good grooves and retro bliss.

Uchis has recently hit the stage at the Coachella festival in the United States and will soon be performing several gigs in London.

May 6, 2015

Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español present a knock-out fusion of flamenco and hip hop

The team of Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español are one of the driving forces of modern dance in Spain.

Their latest show, Titanium, brings together the flair of flamenco with the raw energy of hip hop and urban street dance.

May 6, 2015

Tibet ranks among the least accepting

Economically developed cities and China's southeastern coastal provinces are the most gay friendly, a new survey has found.

A WeChat user conducted the poll on attitudes towards homosexuality in different Chinese provinces on the mobile messaging.

Marvel Studios on 24 April posted a heat map of the results that showed places such as Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian and Hong Kong were the most gay friendly, while northwestern and inland provinces were more conservative.

May 5, 2015

‘Kill The Faggot’ is a shooting gallery style video game that awards points for the number of gay and transgender people players shoot dead while deducting points for any heterosexuals killed

Online gaming website Steam have removed a controversial video game from availability after complaints were made about it’s violent homophobic and transphobic content by users.

‘Kill The Faggot’ was created and uploaded by Skaldic Games to Steam’s Steam Greenlight section which allows game developers to showcase their games and let the Steam user community decide which ones they want to be made commercially available through Steam.

May 2, 2015

News of Knox's death broke on Twitter with friends and colleagues expressing their grief over his death

A gay porn perfomer has taken his own life, it has been reported today.

Florida-based performer Rylan Knox died ‘after hanging himself in his boyfriend’s apartment’ at around 7.30pm on 29 April, according to Edge Boston.

NSFW-website Str8UpGayPorn called Knox a ‘relative newcomer’ who had performed in scenes for GayCastings and Hot House, amongst others.

They described him as ‘extremely well-liked among fans, directors and co-stars.’