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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 24, 2015

Tik Tok singer leads a stellar line up that also includes Fifth Harmony

Kesha has been revealed as the headliner of this year's L.A. Pride, which takes place from June 12-14.

Former X Factor stars Fifth Harmony are also performing; the girl band are known for hits including Sledgehammer and Miss Movin' On.

Tamar Braxton and Ana Barbara will also be appearing. More acts are yet to be revealed.

The performers will take to the stage across the Saturday and Sunday at West Hollywood Park; access to the park is $20 per day.

April 23, 2015

Iconic club night gearing up for bank holiday special on Sunday 3 May

Cream returns to Nation in Liverpool on Sunday 3 May for a bank holiday special – and we've got our hands on two pairs of tickets to give away.

The famous clubnight will be warming us up for festival season with a tantalising line-up featuring some exciting Cream debuts and some of the biggest names performing at this year's Creamfields.

Two lucky winners and their plus ones will be chosen by Wednesday 29 April. To enter, email your name and phone number to jamiet[@]gaystarnews.com.

April 23, 2015

Food, nature and the quiet life in the greenest of valleys

Staring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused. ‘What's behind that door? Why do they sell tobacco in a restaurant?’ Finally, after a moment’s deliberation I had the opportunity to ask one of their waiters and discovered that ‘Ty Bach’ was the toilet.

April 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News enjoys a taste of the LGBTI travel concept before its return from 28-30 May

Please don’t book any appointments for the end of May: Matej and Mattej, a lovely and fascinating Slovenian couple who run www.luxuryslovenia.eu, are waiting for you in the greenest, warmest and friendliest country in Europe.

April 18, 2015

The Black Cap in Camden was closed without warning last week, and is significant for its drag and queer history

LGBTI people from across London came out in full force today (18 April 2015) to protest the closure of one of London’s most iconic queer venues.

The Black Cap, in Camden, was closed without warning on Sunday 12 April by pub company Faucet Inn.

It is currently unknown who purchased the venue, or for what reason. However, Faucet Inn had previously applied for planning permission to turn the famous drag club into luxury flats.

April 16, 2015

Bill Scott's second feature uses innovative techniques and a micro-budget to translate a stage production to the screen.

Tin is an intriguing project – the second feature from writer/director Bill Scott.

Filmed over a 15-day period in a pop-up green-screen studio in Cornwall, with the use of model backgrounds to create the scenery, this is a film that strongly reflects its original theatrical development.

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

April 15, 2015

Get to know the ins and outs of UK adoption laws, explained by specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

There has been a revolution of law in England and Wales for same-sex families over the past decade.

Adoption law changes have been a key part of that, and England now has one of the most supportive legal frameworks in the world for gay and lesbian adopters.

In fact, UK law has never barred gay and lesbian parents from adopting, and there have been cases of gay adoptions going back many years.

But until 2005, couples could not adopt jointly which meant that, when same-sex couples adopted, only one partner could become the legal parent.

April 14, 2015

Glee alum latest big name set to play transgender punk rocker in hit musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss was tweeted out the first photo of his transformed into a transgender punk rocker for his upcoming role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The transformation involved taming Criss' famously thick eyebrows.

He's not telling how this was accomplished.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

 Soho is under siege – but this renowned French restaurant, with its opulent menu and spirited crowd, isn't going anywhere

L'Escargot, London's oldest French restaurant located in the heart of Soho, is a desert oasis; a fountain of fabulousness and class amid a sea of impersonal, overpriced fast food joints and dodgy Chinese restaurants.

Here, you'll find buzzing pre and post-theatre-goers dining in excellent spirits, tended to by gorgeously cute cocktail waiters (some of them occasional actors, and maybe future stars), while charismatic managers circulate, greeting this agent or that showbiz stalwart.

April 13, 2015

Exploring Greece with Destsetters

You've always dreamed of visiting Greece for your summer holidays. You already know that Mykonos is the one of the most popular destinations for the gay audience and that Santorini is probably one of the most romantic places on earth.

April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

April 13, 2015

World Bank is investigating one of its employees for an alleged leak of information. Fabrice Houdart, who was the president of the bank’s LGBT employee organization, denies any wrongdoing

A leading advocate for LGBTI global rights within the World Bank is under investigation for allegedly leaking documents.

But Fabrice Houdart denies wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by his bosses because he criticised the organization’s president and his senior management team for awarding bonuses at a time of cut-backs in the bank.

Houdart has hired lawyers who specialise in working with whistle-blowers to represent him but currently remains employed and working at the bank.

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

April 13, 2015

Pop divas to perform at LGBTI festival alongside Fatboy Slim

Former X Factor judge Tulisa is to perform at this year's Brighton Pride, as well as Mercury Music Prize-winning star Ms. Dynamite, it has been announced.

Tulisa, formally of band N-Dubz, is known for hits including Young and Live It Up.

She and It Takes More singer Ms. Dynamite will join stars including indie artist Foxes and DJ Wayne G at the popular LGBTI festival this summer.

Jess Glynne – who is currently at number one in the singles charts with her song Hold My Hand – will also appear.

April 13, 2015

 X Factor alumni just one of the big names at this year's festival

Former X Factor stars Union J will perform at this year's Birmingham Pride, it has been announced.

The boyband came fourth on the 2012 series of the hit ITV show, and are known for hits including Carry You and You Got It All.

Jess Glynne – who is currently number one in the singles charts – will be headlining this year's event.

April 11, 2015

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as 'sex slaves' and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day

A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

April 10, 2015

'I feel at the end of the day, if you come from a place of love you can’t go wrong'

This weekend's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will have as its grand marshal a Catholic guy with great abs named Mario Lopez.

The host of TV's Extra says he has no trouble reconciling his Catholic faith with his support of the LGBTI community and for its equality.

'Like the pope said, "Who am I to judge?"' Lopez tells The Miami Herald.

April 8, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years. In that time I’ve had my share of sexual and romantic rejections on the basis of my HIV status.

While these don’t make up any of my happiest memories, I’ve tried to take it on the chin.

I’ve always been a firm believer that individuals have a right to work out the sexual strategy that is right for them – and that included rejecting people on the basis of their HIV status. But, you know what – I’ve had a change of heart. It’s bullshit.

Firstly, as a safer sex strategy, it just doesn’t work.

April 7, 2015

Activists are raising money and funds for food for homeless LGBTI kids

Did learning a homophobic family-owned pizzeria has received over $800,000 leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Well some gay activists are hoping to fill it with goodness once again as a campaign has been launched to help raise money for LGBTI homeless kids.

The campaign, called #Pizza4Equality, is hoping to beat the $842,000 given to Indiana restaurant Memories Pizza after the owners said they would use the 'religious freedom' law to turn away LGBTI business.

April 7, 2015

Police are calling for anyone who might have spoken to a 33-year-old trans woman visiting the UK from Miami, Florida

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 33-year-old trans woman was killed in London.

The body of Vanessa Santillan, originally from Miami, Florida, was found in a flat in Fulham, an area of south-west London, on 28 March.

Officers were called to a flat in Romily Court at around 9.30pm where Santillan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as injuries to the head and neck.