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September 22, 2014

Their transgender classmate was fined for breaking the school's dress code

A group of boys at São Cristóvão do Colégio Pedro II high school in Rio de Janeiro wore skirts to class after a transgender student was fined for breaking the school's dress code.

Seventeen-year-old Maria Munez, born Mario Munez, recently came out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school but was fined for not wearing trousers.

School authorities said their code of ethics did not allow 'male' students to wear female uniforms.

She complied but her classmates did not.

September 18, 2014

Parcels marked with commemorative Tom of Finland stamps baring homoerotic images have reached their destinations in Russia with no apparent issues despite the country’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors

Finnish stamps featuring the artwork of gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have successfully passed into Russia and reached their destination, with the Russian postal service apparently having no problems with them.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.

August 14, 2014

John Cameron Mitchell says Rannells is 'so ebullient and he's so sweet' while Harris performed role as 'mean goth girl'

Neil Patrick Harris will complete his Tony Award winning run as a transgender rocker in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Sunday (17 August) with Andrew Rannells stepping into the role three days later.

Will there be a big difference?

The author of the show's book, John Cameron Mitchell, thinks there might be.

Mitchell, who played the title role in the film version that he also wrote and directed, describes Rannells as 'so ebullient and he's so sweet, everyone loves working with him.

August 1, 2014

Baby sunglasses, swimming poncho towels, picnic playmats and ride-on luggage – Wauwaa has you and your tot covered this summer

Looking for the best essentials for your baby or toddler? Or maybe want some amazing baby gift ideas? You need to discover Wauwaa.

They’ve scoured the world for outstanding products – many of them not available in the shops.

Here are the highlights of their awesome summer range for baby, toddler and kids (and you can get 30% off by entering ‘GSN’ at checkout):

June 23, 2014

#raisethepride by tweeting a positive message to Toronto World Pride

Tweeters can help the Pride flag at Toronto World Pride fly high this year, using the hash-tag #raisethepride.

Toronto PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has launched a virtual Pride Flag that will go up or down the pole depending on positive or negative tweets. So go tweet something nice!

June 13, 2014

To mark gay pride in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy is flying the gay pride flag to show their support

The British Embassy in Israel is flying the gay pride flag to celebrate gay pride today (13 June).

On their official Facebook page, The British Embassy in Israel shared a photo of a rainbow flag flying proudly outside their Tel Aviv headquarters.

‘We are proud that the rainbow flag is flying from the British Embassy, in celebration of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade. #tlv #Gaypride #TelAviv,’ read their post.

In addition, they also changed their cover photo to a picture of the British flag in rainbow colours.

April 17, 2014

Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, and it is expected many fans will be showing up to matches wearing tops with homophobic slogans

Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’.

Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season.

The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot).

The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive.

February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

January 15, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

January 10, 2014

The original New York City event has gone global. Brits: for you the event is No Trousers. Everyone keep your underwear on, and please send photos.

‘What would happen if, in the middle of January, a guy got on the Subway with only his underwear on?’

That’s the question that launched the No Pants Subway Ride 12 years ago.

This Sunday, the annual event will see people in over 60 cities step onto their public transportation system in everything but their pants (trousers in the UK).

The No Pants Subway Ride was re-named the No Trousers Tube Ride for the UK, because no pants means no underwear, and that could get you in trouble.

December 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.

December 8, 2013

To placate the far-right's anger over Rome dedicating their Christmas lights to a dead gay man, the tribute has now been changed to Nelson Mandela

A Christmas tribute to an Italian gay student who killed himself has sparked a row in Rome.

The gay rainbow flag lights sparkling over one of the Italian capital’s most bustling streets Via del Corso has been described as ‘provocative’ and ‘ideological’ by right-wing politicians.

City assemblywoman Imma Battaglia, a leftist Sel party member who also leads a LGBTI campaigning group, said the lights were intended to be against homophobia.

December 4, 2013

Alain sent Gay Star Travel some of his 'Postcards' from the trips he's taken with most-cherished travel possession

What's the one thing you will never travel without?

Some people might insist on bringing along their lucky underwear or favorite pair of eyelashes, but Alain doesn't go anywhere without his rainbow wig.

What started off as a Halloween costume in 2006 has now become a global movement, with Alain taking the wig to 11 countries and countless cities.

He's even started a photo collection of friends and strangers wearing the rainbow.

November 22, 2013

Sportswear firm Nike has set up a Political Action Committee fighting fund with seed funding of $280,000 to push for marriage equality in the company’s home state of Oregon

US sportswear firm Nike has entered the political fight over whether to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Oregon, establishing a Political Action Committee (PAC) fund to fight for reform on the issue.

The company itself gave $100,000 towards the fund, while a group of its top executives donated a pool of $180,000 in funding.

November 14, 2013

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one (or more) memorable photo.

Sarah and Laura sent us this photo from their visit to Russia.

'We went to Moscow a few years ago, and it was beautiful,' said the girls.

'It was really interesting being in a country that was SO different from where we are from - there were guards everywhere!

November 13, 2013

A new poll has found that more Americans feel it is acceptable for teenagers to wear clothing with the flag of the side that lost the Civil War to school than the gay rainbow pride flag

Americans find the public display of the Confederate Civil War rebel flag more appropriate than the rainbow gay pride flag according to a recent poll.

A Public Policy Polling robocall telephone poll reported last week that 43% of those surveyed thought that high school students should be allowed to wear Confederate flags while at school, whereas only 28% thought it was appropriate for students to wear the rainbow gay pride flag in school.

Only 9% of Americans thought it was more appropriate to wear the rainbow gay pride flag to school than the Confederate flag.

November 6, 2013

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel readers John Petersen and his partner Leonard Niedbalski send us this photo from their underwater explorations of Caribbean island Saint Maarten.

'We have been blessed with our traveling,' said the couple.

October 30, 2013

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel reader Travis Lofland sent us this postcard from his holidays in Mexico.

Travis told us: 'My boyfriend and I travelled to Oaxaca this summer. It's a beautiful tropical part of Mexico with amazing beaches and friendly people.

October 22, 2013

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata sends us this photo from New York.

'This was one of my favorite moments of my last summer in New York before moving to London,' he writes.

October 16, 2013

An anonymous objector contacted a Kremlin flag expert in order to see whether the seven colored symbol was offensive to Russian sensibilities

Russia has ruled a Jewish rainbow flag, which bears a very similar resemblance to a gay pride flag, does not violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

An anonymous objector consulted the Kremlin’s top flag expert concerned the Jewish Autonomous Region’s seven-colored flag was breaking federal rules.

‘Regarding the similarity of this flag with the symbol of the gay movement, we explain that not every rainbow image is linked to sexual orientation,’ official Kremlin advisor Georgy Vilinbakhov said.

October 12, 2013

Students wore Confederate flag after fellow student wore rainbow flag for LGBT history month

Two students in a Washington high school have been suspended after wearing the Confederate flag in an alleged anti-gay statement.

The students, who attend Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, Washington, reportedly wore the Confederate flag in protest after a fellow student wore a rainbow flag for two weeks during LGBT History Month.

Tahoma High School officials have not released the names of the boys involved, but have confirmed they have been suspended until Monday (14 October) for violating the dress code and causing a disruption.

October 10, 2013

Will the first stamp to feature an openly gay elected official

Even in death, Harvey Milk is still achieving firsts.

The slain LGBT rights icon will become the first openly gay person to be featured on a US postage stamp.

The US Postal Service confirmed Thursday (10 October) that the stamp will be issued sometime next year.

'Another first!' the honoree's nephew, Stuart Milk, stated on the Facebook page of The Harvey Milk Foundation. 'My deep gratitude to everyone that supported this effort!'

October 8, 2013

An LGBT group at Middle Tennessee State University have been accused of desecrating the American flag after they displayed a version with rainbow stripes to mark LGBT History Month but the US Government feels otherwise

A decision to display a rainbow striped version of the American flag to mark LGBT History Month at Middle Tennessee State University has been branded an act of desecration by a graduate of the school but the US Government feels otherwise.

Members of LGBT on-campus support group MT Lamda didn’t think they were doing anything wrong when they put the flag up as part of a display in the university’s Walker Library marking the group’s 25th year at the university but Middle Tennessee graduate Ralph Dye was so incensed by it he decided to go to the media.