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December 18, 2014

Gay superstar and his partner will convert their civil partnership into marriage at the weekend

Elton John and David Furnish are to officially be a married couple this month after 21 years together.

The pop superstar and his partner are set to marry at their Windsor estate on 21 December, a private and intimate ceremony.

Back on 21 December, 2005, they were among the first British gay couples to enter into a civil partnership.

While nine years ago it was a lavish affair with over 600 guests, this time it will just be 50 family and friends celebrating the occasion.

A rep for the singer confirmed the news to People magazine.

December 17, 2014

LGBTI military veterans group OUTVETS will be the first ever gay or lesbian group to be allowed to march openly in South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day Parade celebrating the Irish American experience

The organizers of South Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade have voted to allow the first ever LGBTI group to participate openly in the event despite having a Supreme Court validated right to exclude LGBTI groups if they choose.

The United States Supreme Court found in favor of the march's organizers in a 1995 case brought by the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, ruling the parade could exclude groups they felt ran contrary to its message.

December 17, 2014

See in the New Year in style from Philadelphia and New York to Washington DC

Yet to lock down your NYE? Fear not – check out our handy party guide for the biggest and best bashes in the US this December 31…

1. DRAGULA NEW YEAR'S EVE W/ MILK – LA
Taking over leather bar Faultline, this anything-goes drag show will feature muscle daddy dancers, beauty pageants and lavish PAs from the likes of Milk (from RuPaul's Drag Race).
From $20
4216 Melrose Avenue

December 16, 2014

Some Christians aren't exactly pleased

Gay designer Tom Ford is being targeted online after launching a new range of penis shaped crucifix necklaces in time for Christmas.

Unsurprisingly, some Christians believe the $790 (£505, €635) charms available in silver and gold are somewhat offensive.

Touted as an alternative kinky gift, they are advertised as 'penis pendant necklaces' available in small, medium and large.

Taking to social media, angry religious people told the designer he is 'sick', he will 'rot in hell' and questioned his sanity.

December 16, 2014

Michael Martin: 'If I can come out in a small town in West Virginia and be accepted, and dance with the homecoming king, it shows things are changing'

High school soccer player Michael Martin decided to stop hiding when he went to his school's homecoming dance this fall.

The All-State goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, was on the homecoming court. When the Alan Jackson song Remember When played, Martin took to the dance floor for a slow dance with Jem, his boyfriend of two weeks.

December 16, 2014

A Melbourne gay couple have married in their city’s United Kingdom consulate, making them the first same-sex couple in the world to be legally married under Scottish law

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today.

Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership which allowed them to take advantage of the new law today.

December 15, 2014

Benjy the gay bull, saved from an end in an Irish slaughterhouse, is settling in at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich, England and is already making new friends

A same-sex attracted Charlolais breed bull from Ireland who made headlines around the world after a campaign was started to save his life has made it to his new home in the UK and is settling in just fine.

Dubbed ‘Benjy the Gay Bull,’ he arrived at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich yesterday and was greeted on arrival by a bullock named Alex in what some are calling his first kiss.

Benjy will soon be castrated to settle his temperament, which is the usual practice for bulls who are not going to be bred.

December 15, 2014

GSN talks to Craig Pomranz, author of the enchanting children’s book, Made by Raffi – about a young boy who enjoys knitting and sewing

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a young child? Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz is a charming book about a young boy who enjoys knitting and sewing.

A shy boy, Raffi doesn’t enjoy noisy, rough-and-tumble games but takes to needlework when he hits upon the idea of knitting a scarf for his dad – prompting teasing from other children.

The story skillfully demonstrates that different people enjoy different things, and that sometimes boys like to do things normally associated with girls, and vice versa.

December 15, 2014

Gay-friendly city marks 20 years of pride in the country

More than 4,000 members and supporters of the LGBTI community took to the streets of Quezon City on Saturday (13 December) for the city's first pride parade.

The event commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first pride in the Philippines and was a 'pet project' of the recently formed Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC).

December 13, 2014

For wearing his organizer-provided underwear on his head instead of his groin during the underwear segment

Stavros Louca is an obese gay man who has been mocked all his life in school by his schoolmates, and straight and gay people as an adult.

'I got bullied when I first came out at school... Because of my size, they all reacted, "He's gay because he's so fat he can't get himself a woman."' He said in a video produced by the Guardian which was released this week.

And when he went to gay bars, he was picked on and insulted.

December 11, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, is pleading with the world to help send messages of hope to persecuted LGBTIs

Gay Ugandans are being promised a gift this Christmas, and it is definitely worse than coal.

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Ugandan parliament, has promised once again to wrap up a legislation so horrific that it'll give the population of what is essentially a license to persecute, discriminate, torture, engage in mob violence and worse of all kill LGBTIs with impunity.

With the Anti-Homosexuality Act dead, lawmakers are hoping to pass the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill before the end of this year.

December 11, 2014

Sales fall in the last 11 quarters of Mike Jeffries' controversial leadership

The controversial CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries has retired after 11 consecutive quarters of falling sales.

The clothing brand Monday (9 December) announced his departure, 'effective immediately,' without a successor in place. He also stepped down from the board of directors.

Openly gay Jeffries, 70, helmed the company for more than 20 years.

In the 90s, he successfully turned the drab sportswear retailer into an sexualized teen brand with nightclub-like stores and topless male sales assistants.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 9, 2014

Where are you going to be making your New Year’s resolutions?

Wherever you are in the world, there are lots of different ways in which you can celebrate New Year’s Eve – reflecting on the year that has come to an end and making some resolutions as you look forward to the year ahead.

Whether you are having a quiet dinner with friends or planning a big night out, this is an occasion where you need to put a bit of thought into your celebrations to make sure that you start the new year feeling good and looking great.

December 9, 2014

She has a matter of days before she could go back to the country where her family and teachers sent her to witch doctors to 'cure' her

A Ugandan woman has a matter of days to prove she is a lesbian and was tortured over her sexuality.

Judith Twikirize, 23, was told she would be forced to return home to Uganda, flying home yesterday evening (8 December), after the UK government ruled she was lying over her sexuality.

Due to the case being fast-tracked, after she had claimed asylum on 29 September, the young woman could not compile the necessary evidence in time.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

December 8, 2014

Mayor indefintely postpones the anti-gay hate law after a Christian backlash

About 70 LGBTI activists staged a sit-in at Seoul city hall to protest the mayor's indefinite delay of a human rights charter banning anti-gay discrimination.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups Saturday (6 December) occupied the lobby of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) holding a banner reading, 'To sexual minorities, human rights mean life.'

They said Mayor Park Won-soon had not responded to repeated requests for a meeting and demanded he proclaim the charter, which was supposed to be enacted on Human Rights Day on 10 December.

December 6, 2014

'We were inspired by Brendan after seeing his fearless act of spontaneity and applaud his efforts with the LGBTQ community'

Brendan Jordan is not leaving the stage until he's ready.

The viral video star who won over hearts by working the camera, and making like Joan Crawford when others thought they had his star power, is now an American Apparel model.

December 6, 2014

Two protestors threatened to chop off the head off Reverend Jackie Carter and put it on a stake

Threatening voicemail messages, rocks thrown at her door and a gruesome message from someone who wanted to behead her. These are all the things Reverend Jackie Carter has had to deal with since she has started performing gay marriages.

Carter is a minister at First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, Kansas where gay marriage has been legal for less than a month.

December 5, 2014

Former boating and leisure businesswoman on how she started her killer fashion brand

When it came to launching Wizard Jeans, Sally Allen-Gerard's wealth of expertise and experience has helped her make some very wise business decisions. 'Funnily enough, there are actually a lot of transferable skills in moving across many diverse industries – certainly more than one would think,' says Sally.

'Every business has the same common denominators: hard work, determination and common sense – oh, and in my case, a financial and banking background didn’t go astray either!'

December 5, 2014

LGBTI activist responds to President Yoweri Museveni's assertion that the country is a better holiday destination than Spain

Ever imagined being branded a criminal for being gay in your own motherland? Well, if you think this sounds like a joke, then think no further.

December 4, 2014

Catholic church launches a 16-page pastoral statement against gay marriage

The Irish church has said the legalization of gay marriage would be a 'grave injustice' in a 16-page pastoral statement it is distributing ahead of a referendum on the issue early next year.

The pamphlet, titled The Meaning of Marriage, was launched yesterday (3 December) at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in Maynooth, and is currently being distributed to more than 1,300 parishes across the country.

The statement said that 'to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.'

December 4, 2014

UK consumers of pornography clearly enjoy their S&M – prompting the government to introduce new regulations for video-on-demand material

The UK government have banned UK porn producers from producing certain types of online pornographic material, specifically anything that depicts ‘the infliction of pain’ and ‘verbal and physical abuse’.

The aim of the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations Act is to impose greater scrutiny on producers of video-on-demand online porn, in the similar way to how those who produce DVDs are regulated by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

Until now, video-on-demand porn has not been scrutinized by the BBFC in the same way as DVD.