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April 19, 2014

The 27 April performance was scheduled for an 11,000-seat arena in Springfield, Missouri

The planned musical extravaganza from the stars of reality show Duck Dynasty has been canceled because of low ticket sales.

The Robertson family was to bring a concert, called Faith, Family & Ducks, to Springfield, Missouri (a midwestern US state).

The presentation was to be a mixture of songs, and speeches, on how the family lives the American dream and keeps 'family values.'

April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

April 18, 2014

Says Oscar winning screenwriter and activist: 'I did nothing wrong and I refuse to be shamed for this any longer'

Not many months after he won the Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk in 2009, Dustin Lance Black's newfound fame quickly showed its downside.

Old photos of him having unprotected sex with an ex-boyfriend were leaked onto the internet. Black quickly issued a statement saying he wanted to emphasize the importance of responsible sexual practices and moved on with his life.

April 17, 2014

If your idea of heaven is hundreds of gay and bisexual men meeting in the Welsh countryside for a weekend of adventurous activities, sign up for the biggest gay camping event around

450 men will descend upon a Welsh town this end May bank holiday for Big Spring Camp.

Organized by OutdoorLads, the most social group for gay and bi men who like to get out more, Big Spring Camp brings men from all over the UK and beyond for a weekend of action in the great outdoors.

This year’s Big Spring Camp will be held in Llanrwst, pronounced Thlanroost for non-Welsh speakers, from 23 to 26 May.

All are welcome, even novice OutdoorLads who don’t already own the necessary camping equipment.

April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 14, 2014

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Stories project is seeking the personal stories of gay and lesbian Australians of all ages to put together the picture of how gay life has changed in Australia from the 1940’s to today

Researchers from the National Library of Australia and three Australian universities are seeking the personal stories of ordinary gay and lesbians to document the gay experience in Australia since the 1940’s until today.

The researchers want to plot the course of gay and lesbian Australians lives and how they have changed since attitudes towards LGBTI issues shifted so dramatically in the last few decades.

April 11, 2014

Police are appealing to the gay community in Cornwall  for information about the dead man's 'lifestyle' - despite no evidence the man was gay

A dead body was found on a beach in south-west England, leading to police asking for help from the gay community.

With a sock in his mouth, Alan Jeal’s body was found naked on a Cornwall beach Perranporth, which is locally known as a ‘gay cruising site’.

Witnesses are asked to come forward if they have any information about Jeal, or how he died. 

Detectives are ‘particularly appealing to the gay community’ for information, despite having no evidence that Jeal was gay.

April 11, 2014

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art being held in Dakar from May to July this year will showcase a number of African artists exploring LGBTI themes despite the host country criminalizing homosexuality

The 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art will bring an LGBTI themed art exhibition to the Senegalese capital Dakar from May when it hosts the exhibition ‘Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness.’

The exhibition is being held at Dakar’s Raw Material Company center and will feature works by artists Kader Attia, Andrew Esiebo, Zanele Muholi, Amanda Kerdahi M and Jim Chuchu.

Muholi, a South African photographer, will show her series of portraits of black African lesbians and transgender women which she has been collecting since 2007.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

April 8, 2014

Up and coming US gay rapper and viral internet star Fly Young Red has been signed up by one of hip hop’s biggest stars for his record label

Gay rapper Fly Young Red has been signed to the record label of one of hip hop’s biggest stars in a sign of growing acceptance of gays and lesbians participating in the genre.

Fly Young Red has signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) label after releasing his debut single Throw That Boy ‘P*ssy.’

The song exploded on the internet, going viral, with over 650,000 people watching the video clip for it on YouTube in the weeks since its 18 March release.

April 7, 2014

New Thai HIV campaign TestBKK is targeting men who have sex with men to get more gay Thai men to know their HIV status in the capital Bangkok

Community organizations in Bangkok, Thailand have joined forces to launch the ‘TestBKK’ campaign targeting gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to increase HIV testing in Bangkok.

Using the slogan ‘Suck. F*#k. Test. Repeat’, TestBKK will use its website www.testbkk.org, Facebook, popular websites and mobile applications used by gay men, to spread information and messages designed to encourage more gay men in Bangkok to test for HIV and to be more aware of HIV risks and the importance of using condoms.

April 7, 2014

The luxurious ‘Milan O Man’ package by the Principe di Savoia hotel includes fizzy on arrival, a masseur and a city guide for gay couples looking for a few unforgettable days in the fashion and design capital of the world

Gay couples looking for a sumptuous weekend of romance and excitement should look to the new Milan O Man.

Luxury hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan is offering the exciting package for gay couples to get more intimate with each other, and together explore the beautiful Italian city.

April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

April 3, 2014

Jury takes less than an hour to convict Jessica Dutro who had said of her child: 'He walks and talks like it. Ugh'

A jury took just over an hour to convict an Oregon woman in the murder of her 4 year old son who was killed because she thought he was gay.

Jessica Dutro showed little emotion when the verdict was read and she was found guilty of murder as well as five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

April 2, 2014

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has given African countries the strongest warning yet – calling laws that criminalize homosexuality a ‘disgrace’ and warning they will lead to cuts to development aid

The President of the European Parliament has given African leaders the strongest warning to date over their criminalization of homosexuality – suggesting Europe is not prepared to back down when it comes to the rights of LGBTI people in Africa.

European Parliament President Martin Shulz told a told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament on Monday that such laws were a ‘disgrace’ in response to Ethiopia making homosexuality an unpardonable offense.

Shulz called such laws ‘an unacceptable violation of the basic rights of individuals.’

April 1, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival will showcase the best British and international LGBTI films

What would it be like for James Bond to be gay? Well, audiences at the Iris Festival will get an idea this year as it opens with a gay British secret agent film.

The full-length feature film, Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, will be an appropriate opening screening as the festival marks a new phase in its development with a strand deidcated to the 'Best of British' LGBT short films.

Jayson Bend is the story of a charming gay secret agent who uncovers a sinister plot that reveals a billionaire hair dressing tycoon owns the largest global chain of hair salons.

April 1, 2014

Oenophiles rejoice! LGBT event company Out In The Vineyard is taking a select few on the ultimate South Africa wine safari

Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT wine, travel and event company is welcoming oenophiles to join an exclusive wine and food safari October 13 – 26, 2014.

For guests taking the intimate 14-day adventure through South Africa’s LGBT-owned wineries and private estates, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate.

April 1, 2014

Gay Star News seeks a talented digital sales expert

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March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

March 29, 2014

Franklin Graham: 'I believe in protecting children from exploitation - all exploitations'

The son of evangelist Billy Graham is questioning whether gay couples seeking to adopt children have more than pure parental intentions in mind.

'They can recruit,' Franklin Graham tells The Charlotte Observer.

'You can adopt a child into a marriage, but you can also recruit children into your cause,' he adds. 'I believe in protecting children from exploitation - all exploitations.'

March 28, 2014

Facebook post by Dave Elliott of WLOX in Biloxi goes viral - he thinks gays 'have been in the news too much lately'

An anchorman at a television station in Biloxi, Mississippi, took to Facebook this week to suggest that the LGBTI community go on 'gaycation.'

Dave Elliott of WLOX-TV wrote: 'I'm all for the LGBT community's ongoing fight for equality. I support their fight in every way. But it seems like they've been in the news too much lately. Maybe they should take a short break. Go on gaycation just for the weekend. Enjoy yourselves!'

March 28, 2014

An Oregon woman is on trial for the alleged murder of her own son and prosecutors say they believe she did it because she feared he would grow up to be gay

Prosecutors in the US state of Oregon have claimed that a woman on trial over the murder of her 4-year-old son killed him because she feared he would grow up to be gay.

Jessica Dutro is standing trial over the 2012 death of her son Zachary and alleged neglect and abuse of two other children with her boyfriend Brian Canady.

Canady pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter earlier this month and will serve 12 and a half years in prison as part of a plea deal for testifying against Dutro.