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May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 23, 2015

About 20 men disrupted an IDAHOT event last week shouting threats over the fence before breaking the lock on the gate and breaking through a door to enter the cafe

Transgender Europe (TGEU), a transgender advocacy group, has condemned the actions of the local police and anti-gay protesters who disrupted and threatened participants at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) event held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan last week.

May 22, 2015

Also jokes, deadpan, that he was drag queen in high school, 'experimented with ass play,' and was male prostitute

Taye Diggs will take over the title role in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in July and he says he is more than ready.

'I feel very honored and flattered and excited and committed,' Diggs told TMZ. 'It’s a lot of work.'

Then he said: 'I have a flaming homosexual inside me and I’m raring to let that out.'

May 22, 2015

Seattle's openly gay mayor said the city has 'no place for bigotry or harassment'

Seattle Police Department has teamed up with a local social justice organization to address anti-LGBTI bias and hate crimes.

Seattle’s openly gay mayor, Ed Murray, and Seattle PD’s Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, yesterday announced the launch of SPD Safe Place, a new campaign in partnership with Social Outreach Seattle.

Developed by Jim Ritter, Seattle PD’s LGBTI Liaison Officer, who worked with Social Outreach Seattle to improve the relationship between the police and the LGBTI community.

‘Seattle welcomes all people,’ Murray said.

May 21, 2015

Huge crowds expected to see Jess Glynne headline this weekend

The organizers of Birmingham Pride have revealed record-breaking ticket sales ahead of the festival this weekend, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

The LGBTI event launches on Saturday 23 May with a city center march, starting at Victoria Square at 12 noon. Last year, 50,000 people attended.

Performers at the festival include Hold My Hand singer Jess Glynne as well as former X Factor bands Union J, Stereo Kicks and Only the Young, over the Saturday and Sunday.

May 21, 2015

Matt Lister and David Hill are supporting UK athletes prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio

In a move to help raise the profile of elite athletes that are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, the British Athletes Commission (BAC) has appointed to ambassadors.

Matt Lister and David Hill are the athletes that have been appointed.

Lister is a World Championship medallist in the sport of canoe slalom; and Hill is a Paralympian in the sport of triathlon.

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 21, 2015

Bishop of Sion Jean-Marie Lovely says he now regrets saying homosexuals can be ‘cured’ of their sexual orientation through prayer, adding that he only meant people with a partial homosexual inclination

A Catholic bishop in a French speaking part of Switzerland says he regrets how comments he made about homosexuality have been ‘misunderstood’ after he said that sexual orientation could be ‘cured’ through prayer.

Last week Bishop of Sion Jean-Marie Lovely told La Nouvelliste newspaper that, ‘[some people are] like that in the beginning but that is not to say that it cannot be changed.’

‘Psychological cures exist … Homosexuality can be cured.’

He said that prayer could cure homosexuals like ‘sick’ people.

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

With all eyes on Austria for this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest Final, Mikey tells GSN about the country's other LGBTI calendar highlight

This year's Pink Lake festival takes place at Lake Worthersee and the town of Velden in southern Austria from 3-6 September.

May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 20, 2015

Russian entry told Gay Star News 'everyone is equal'

Pride flags flew clearly and proudly during Russia's Eurovision semi-final performance last night (19 May).

Polina Gagarina, the Russian act for this yearly camp song contest held in Vienna, Austria, sang A Million Voices.

At one point during the performance, the audience were shown and all you could see were rainbow flags. 

People were pretty happy about it.

'Loving all the gay flags during Russia's performance,' one said on Twitter.

'The pride flags are making me so so happy. #eurovision' another said.

May 20, 2015

NYPD is seeking Bayna El-Amin in beating caught on video by customer which then went viral

A suspect has been identified in the brutal attack of a gay couple earlier this month at the 'Dallas BBQ' restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

The attack, captured on video, shows Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams being hit over their heads with a chair on 5 May by a man New York City police have identified as Bayna El-Amin.

May 20, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why those who condemn PrEP medication need to appreciate the valuable role it can play in preventing HIV infections

How do you feel about the sex that you have? Is it all good fun, or is it something that, deep down, you still feel bad about?

Is the sex that we enjoy something to be celebrated or something to be ashamed of? And how do you feel about the sex that other gay men have?

It may seem odd to even ask these questions but really, there’s nothing more central to improving sexual health than to consider how we, as gay men, feel about the sex that we’re having.

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 19, 2015

You might think of Lanzarote as being an island of volcanic rubble and dust. But look and see how much there is to do

When I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’

To answer those reactions, now that I’ve been to the Canary island off the coast of Morocco, is again twofold: the first, I know what the Yumbo is like, enough already, and two, there is definitely stuff to do in Lanzarote.

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

Built in 1958, the Atomium remains a beacon of style for the capital of Belgium

Built as the Belgian pavilion for the World Expo in 1958, the futuristic spheres of the Atomium are today the most visited attraction in Brussels.

Synonymous with design and creativity, in December 2015 the Atomium will expand with the opening of the Art & Design Atomium Museum in a nearby building on the surrounding Heysel Plateau.

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 18, 2015

A beautiful city that is embracing its past and creating its own future

In the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.

May 18, 2015

A new accommodation option in the capital of Belgium

The latest addition to the Penta chain of hotels is in the uptown district of Brussels.

This hotel used to be run by the Mecure brand, but it has been renovated and refurbished to create a modern, contemporary feel.

The location is a good base from which to explore Brussels – walking distance from both the Midi train station and the downtown precinct, taxis are also readily available.

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 casual and fun Italian cafe

In the heart of downtown Brussels, Prego Bourse is the perfect option for a coffee or a quick bite to eat.

Tucked behind the old stock exchange building, we called in here for lunch on the day of the LGBTI pride parade.

The staff were enthusiastically embracing the fun of the day, but still managed to serve us professionally and efficiently.

The pizza and pasta on offer were good and this is clearly a favorite of the locals.