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November 27, 2014

The finalists in the inaugural Great Rainbow Bake-off Competition have been chosen

The competition was launched by Educate & Celebrate, a UK-based organisation that helps to make schools LGBT-friendly.

The contest was open during the UK’s anti-bullying week (17-21 November), and was run with support from Gay Star News.

Organisers asked schools and pupils to send in pictures of home-baked rainbow cakes during the course of this week. The initiative received messages of support from comedienne Jo Brand, presenter of The Great British Bake-off: An Extra Slice, and famous chef and writer, Allegra McEvedy.

November 27, 2014

Senior sexual health nurse tells it like it is

There are many reasons why people put off having an HIV test, from fear of stigma and rejection, denial, misconceptions about life with HIV to a lack of awareness of how it can be transmitted.

This World AIDS Day (1 December) take the opportunity to test and take control of your health and your future.

Here are my five reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to have an HIV test:

1 Knowing your status can save your life

As many as one in 4 people living with HIV do not know they are infected.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 22, 2014

The organizers of the biggest LGBTI pride event in Australia, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, have announced the key dates for the festival’s biggest parties and parade in 2015

The 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.

The first big event of the festival will be the popular Fair Day on Sunday 22 February which will see Sydney’s Victoria Park transformed into a massive gay pride picnic and markets with music stages and DJs scattered around the park.

Then on Friday 27 February female voices and experiences will be celebrated at Women Say Something, an annual panel discussion and forum where women role models and thinkers speak.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 20, 2014

The Andes, the Sacred Valley – breathtaking vistas abound on Detours Travel's new route

Gay and adventure tour operator Detours Travel has announced its latest boutique trip for LGBTI travellers – the gorgeous Peru.

The travel specialists – who already host group trips for queer travellers to Greece, Thailand and Costa Rica – will begin visiting the destination, known for its abundance of exotic natural beauty, from June 2015.

November 19, 2014

Cruise specialist woos pink passengers with exclusive offers – and routes to Copenhagen, Key West and Gran Canaria

'My husband had never even entertained the idea of taking a holiday on a cruise until we met,' laughs Scott Anderson, General Manager of the Luxury Cruise Company. 'But since then that's the only type of holiday he wants to do!'

November 18, 2014

Actor-model-singer also started a non-profit after his brother was killed by an impaired driver

Ellen DeGeneres has found someone to temporarily mow her lawn and trim her bushes.

He's model/actor/singer Derek Yates who submitted an audition video featuring him doing yard wearing only a pair of sexy underwear. It has amassed more than 45,000 views on YouTube so far.

Derek will be announced as the winner of the Ellen's well-publicized search on today's show which was taped on Monday (17 November).

So why does Ellen need a temporary new gardener?

November 17, 2014

Two artists have been left 'devastated' after work valued at £6000 was stolen by three men who posed as volunteers

Two artists have been left devastated after their artwork was snatched from the walls at a gay event in London in the early hours of Sunday morning (16 November).

Eight pieces were taken from the exhibition wall at the Winter Pride Art Awards, an event celebrating diversity, sexuality and artistry, held on Saturday at Tobacco Dock. Around 1500 people attended the event.

The culprits are believed to have posed as volunteers, removing the artwork at around 2-3am when the only people left at the end of the evening were the curating team, security and bar staff.

November 17, 2014

To coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK, a celebrity-endorsed baking competition will be running from now until Friday night (21 November)

As previously reported, the first Great Rainbow Bake-Off Competition launches today (17 November), to coincide with anti-bullying week in the UK (17-21 November 2014).

November 14, 2014

Take Romas Zabarauskas’ test and see how you score

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).

November 13, 2014

Police do not know if it was murder or suicide

The body of a gay man who went missing on Halloween has finally been found recovered from the San Francisco Bay.

Grieving family members of 26-year-old Dan Ha have confirmed the Coast Guard recovered the body on Tuesday after recieving a call regarding something floating near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials believe the person had been dead for approximately a week.

While the face was indistinguishable, the family said the clothes, wallet and phone matched Ha's personal belongings.

November 13, 2014

Benjy the bull hopes to see out his days in an English animal sanctuary

A same-sex attracted bull is being given a lifeline to save him from the slaughterhouse.

Animal lovers are hoping petitions and a crowdfunding campaign will be enough to make sure he lives the rest of his life in a sanctuary.

Benjy the bull was bought by a Mayo county farmer to breed with his cows but the farmer soon discovered that the Charlolais breed stud was not interested in the heifers.

The farmer initially thought that Benjy might just be shy about ‘doing the business in public.’

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 12, 2014

Police want to speak to a man in his early 20s in connection with a serious assault

London police have sent out a call to help find a man in connection with a vicious assault on a 51-year-old man.

Police in Camden, an area of central London popular with the LGBTI community, have now issued CCTV images for the assault which happened on 31 October.

A concerned Camden gay rights group will be extending their community outreach and is warning all LGBTI people in the area to remain vigilant.

November 11, 2014

What happened after Pastor John Pavlovitz told the world what he promised to do if his kids were gay

Love doesn’t always look like love.

When I published this blog a few weeks ago promising to love my kids if they were gay, I was fully prepared for waves of both support and hostility.

November 11, 2014

Hijras mark one year since the country recognized them as a third gender

More than 1,000 transgender women staged Bangladesh's first ever pride parade yesterday to mark one year since the government recognized them as a third gender.

The colorful hijras, as transgender women are known in the conservative Muslim country, brought the busy roads of Dhaka to a standstill with their singing and dancing.

They unfurled a huge Bangladeshi flag and carried banners, one of which read, ‘The days of stigma, discrimination and fear are over.’

‘I never dreamt that I would see this day in my life,’ Sonali, 25, told AFP.

November 9, 2014

Uganda pastor Martin Ssempa is notorious for the viral video in which he claims gays ‘eat the poo-poo’

An online petition wants an honorary degree given to a homophobic pastor revoked.

The petition is calling for support and wants the honorary degree given to Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa from Cairn University revoked because of his anti-gay views.

Cairn University, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, awarded the honorary doctorate to Ssempa in 2006 for his work with people with AIDS.

November 8, 2014

The song is distributed by the singer's new record company, Sony Music Austria

Conchita Wurst released a single today (8 November).

Heroes is the Austrian's first single since winning the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the site Directlyrics, the drag queen star's single is on iTunes and is distributed by Sony Music Austria.

Heroes is to be part of an unnamed upcoming album.

November 7, 2014

A 33-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital

A Ohio trans woman is to be discharged today after surviving a near death experience earlier this week.

On Monday, 33-year-old Candice Milligan was attacked in broad daylight in downtown Toledo by at least three men.

The men reportedly called her anti-gay trans slurs, punched her, kicked her and stole her cell phone. The assailants then fled the scene.

She was hospitalized in critical condition at Mercy St Vincent Medical Center.

Doctors performed at least two surgeries to save her life, including one to drain blood from her brain.

November 6, 2014

Malcolm and Joe are preparing to say their vows while making history

Meet Malcom Brown and Joe Schofield, they are the couple that will make history by becoming Scotland's first married gay couple.

The couple, both 42 from Britain's smallest historic county Clackmannanshire, met online and fell in love after sharing a mutual adoration of punk and alternative music.

Together nine years, they will say their 'I Dos', seconds after midnight on 31 December.

Brown is a former DJ and engineering student and Schofield has campaigned for gay rights since he was 16.

November 6, 2014

It's real love

We're an emotional wreck already here at GSN. It's officially the holiday season, as we've just seen the new John Lewis advert.

The now-traditional advert features Tom Odell covering John Lennon's Real Love.

It follows a young boy and his penguin Monty going to the park, playing football, watching TV, but his Antarctic friend wants more.

Seeing (straight) couples fall in love, Monty wants a partner of his very own.