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March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 25, 2015

Material Girl managed to complete her set despite what appeared to be painful mishap

It was not meant to be a part of her choreography.

Madonna took the stage to perform at the Brit Awards Wednesday evening and ended up taking a hard fall during her performance - on live television.

The gay icon was unable to undo her long cape and when some of her dancers pulled it backwards, the Material Girl ended up on the ground.

But ever the trouper, Madonna quickly collected herself and got on with her performance.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

February 23, 2015

Host, who had gotten gaunt for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, displays impressive physique

Neil Patrick Harris has been hitting the gym since ending his run as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Sunday night's Academy Awards, this year's host stripped down to his underwear and displayed an impressively muscular physique.

So what was he doing in his skivvies?

Harris re-enacted one of the more memorable scenes from Best Picture nominee Birdman in which Michael Keaton's actor character gets locked out of a theater mid-play and must walk through New York's Times Square in his underwear to re-enter.

February 21, 2015

The cold never bothered me anyway...

For London Fashion Week AW15, Fashion Scout has taken over the Freemason's Hall on Great Queen Street in Covent Garden.

It's an imposing building but its grand interior makes it the perfect venue for runway shows. Fashion always requires a stage. Fashion needs to be seen.

The conditions were cold for day two of London Fashion Week AW15 and the sleet was beginning to fall as were ushered inside for the Soojin Lee presentation.

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 20, 2015

Aussie pop star Dannii Minogue is the latest big name act to be announced for the party that follows Sydney’s biggest parade of the year

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced the next big star to perform at the Mardi Gras party that follows the parade.

Legendary Australian pop princess Dannii Minogue will be jetting into town for the 7 March party which will also see Nick Jonas, Jessica Mauboy, Destiny Haz Arrived, Betty Who, Courtney Act and Jake Shears perform.

It’s been sixteen years since Minogue last performed at the Mardi Gras Party and she’s promising a spectacle of stellar proportions.

February 20, 2015

You can never have too many hats, gloves, and shoes.

It was Coco Chanel who said:

'Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.' 

AW15 Fashion Week has hit London. This is a massive event that is defined by the collections, created by talented designers, and presented by an army of unsmiling models. But Fashion Week is also so much more than that.

February 16, 2015

New proposals pay homage to area's cultural ties to LGBTI and leather communities

A 'gay leather' park is being planned for San Francisco.

 

The new mixed-use housing and retail development could be gracing the streets to pay homage to the area’s historic ties to both the LGBTI and leather communities.

 

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 13, 2015

Local authorities in Munich refused refugees asylum because 'Uganda's government does enough to protect gays'

German local authorities refused two gay refugees asylum because they consider Uganda a safe place to live for LGBTI people.

Kyabangi and Sekulima (their last names have been omitted for their safety) fled Uganda because they were threatened and fell victim to homophobic attacks.

They met in a detention centre in Munich in 2011 and became close friends, and are now fighting together to stay safe.

February 12, 2015

The Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and former boy band member Nick Jonas will join Jessica Mauboy and drag sensations Courtney Act and Destiny Haz Arrived in performing at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party following the parade

The organizers of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced that ex-boy band heart throb Nick Jonas and Jake Shears will be heading downunder to perform at the party that follows the parade.

Taking place on Saturday 7 March, 2015 from 10pm, directly after Australia’s biggest and most iconic parade, the Mardi Gras Party will showcase a host of other top performers, drag stars and DJs as tens of thousands of gays and lesbians take over Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter.

February 12, 2015

Sitges Carnival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Fetish Pride Rome and more

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – until 21 February
The jewel in the crown of this year's Gran Can Carnival – already in full swing – will undoubtedly be the Drag Queen Gala at the Parque de Santa Catalina – think RuPaul's Drag Race with Spanish stylings.
www.grancanaria.com

February 11, 2015

Woman kneels in protest of a judge who refuses to wed same-sex couples

An Alabama minister yesterday (10 February) was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after trying to perform a gay marriage.

Deputies found Anne Diprizio, 43, kneeling on the floor of Autauga County Probate Office in protest of judge Al Booth. 

The dispute occurred after two women, Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, obtained a marriage license and Diprizio offered to wed them right then and there.

However, Booth said the office stopped performing all ceremonies on Friday – when gay marriage became legal in Alabama.

February 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

February 8, 2015

'Niki spent the last year of her life on earth very publicly fighting for her family and doing everything she could to make sure that her wife and daughters were protected'

Niki Quasney, the US lesbian who sued Indiana to recognize her marriage, died from ovarian cancer on 5 February.

The 38-year-old was surrounded by her wife, Amy Sandler, her mother, and 5 siblings.

In 2014 April, the couple asked a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because of Quasney's terminal illness.

February 6, 2015

Gay people 'have less discipline' than straight people, according to the BBC Newsnight presenter

Gay people are more likely to take drugs because they are more likely to not have kids, Newsnight presenter Evan Davis has said.

The gay broadcaster has claimed LGBTI people are not necessarily constrained by 'things that discipline straight men and women'.

'The gay community has less discipline because it doesn’t have kids to go home to, and slightly more disposable income, and then add to that that when these things catch on they tend to have a momentum,' Davis told Attitude.

February 5, 2015

The London-based singer shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Born in Zambia, Rozalla Miller began pursuing a musical career when she moved to Zimbabwe as a teenager.

It was 1991 when Rozalla stormed the world's music charts with her massive hit 'Everybody's Free'.

'Everybody's Free' has become a dance anthem, remixed and re-released on a regular basis across the decades.

Now living in London, Rozalla continues to make music and continues to tour and perform around the world.

We caught up with her recently to share some feel-good travel stories. 

February 5, 2015

Mr Holmes sees the world’s greatest detective attempting to unravel his only unsolved mystery 

A new trailer for Ian McKellen’s latest on-screen adventure Mr Holmes was released yesterday (4 February). 

Released just in time for its first screenings at the Berlinale, Berlin’s international film festival, producers have teased fans with a 90 second excerpt.

Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate), the film is based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it sees Sherlock revisiting his last case, left unsolved, which made him quit the profession and retreat to the south of England.

February 4, 2015

Family is handed 10 pages of anti-gay scripture and a sympathy card

Several churches in a small town in Arkansas refused to hold a funeral for a gay man, then gave hateful Bible verse to his grieving husband.

Even the local firehouse, which was built by the man's father, would not open its doors for a fellowship after the funeral, as is the custom in Clarkridge.

James Stone, 32, died of a genetic autoimmune disease on January 19, according to a short post on the Dallas Voice website.

February 2, 2015

Host Vincent Browne is in stitches

A video of an Irish man who completely messed up his rant on same-sex marriage is going viral.

The equal marriage debate on TV3, in preparation for the referendum in May, was a part of Vincent Browne's public forum debate in Cork.

One slightly angry-looking man from the audience grabbed the microphone, and slightly confused his words when opposing gay people getting married.

'We want family values,' he said, 'and we don't want to see men and woman getting married! And that's the holy all of it.'

January 30, 2015

Top court breaks a long-standing agreement between the two countries

France's highest appeals court Wednesday (28 January) allowed a gay man to marry his Moroccan partner, despite the North African kingdom's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013. However, a 1981 agreement said marriages between French and Moroccan nationals were subject to the laws of their respective countries.

Dominique and Mohammed first took the case to court after a city hall in France had refused to wed them, citing the 1981 convention.

January 30, 2015

Running as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, theatrical production Gaybies draws on real interviews with the children of LGBTI parents

At a time when some territories in Australia continue to deny gay couples the right to adopt and foster children, a new play coming to Sydney next week is set to shine an illuminating light on the issue of LGBTI parenthood.

Gaybies will be coming to the Eternity Playhouse in Sydney as part of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.