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April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

April 14, 2014

The religious holiday brings out some unique customs and traditions from all over the globe

Different countries celebrate Easter in different ways.

The religious holiday marks the end of Lent, the beginning of spring and an onslaught of Easter bunnies and dip-dyed eggs.

Easter also means extra days off work to join family and friends in the celebrations.

While Easter Island isn't the go-do destination during this time (the island was named because it was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722), many travelers take advantage of the extra time off to depart on a new adventure.

April 14, 2014

The religious holiday brings out some unique customs and traditions from all over the globe

Different countries celebrate Easter in different ways.

The religious holiday marks the end of Lent, the beginning of spring and an onslaught of Easter bunnies and dip-dyed eggs.

Easter also means extra days off work to join family and friends in the celebrations.

While Easter Island isn't the go-do destination during this time (the island was named because it was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722), many travelers take advantage of the extra time off to depart on a new adventure.

March 5, 2014

The island of Madeira comes alive during carnival season, an annual event celebrating the last days before Lent with typical drinks and dances that last for days on end 

I'm back to the British coldness after heating up with dancers at the Madeiran 'Carnaval'. I'm still reeling from the colors and the perfumes of one of the best carnivals in Europe, held on the quasi-tropical island of Madeira.

Vibrant flowers, fragrant papayas, bananas and mangos from the tallest trees I have ever seen took me on a Caribbean trip in the Mediterranean. Madeira is a piece of Europe in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a gentle land with a friendly people.

April 19, 2013

Our culinary adventurer scours the globe to bring you the latest food treats – and there’s not a chocolate in sight

I’m expecting pretty much everyone is still lying on their couches as a result of serious chocolate overdose (aka eating one too many Easter eggs). But don’t worry, I’ve been off scouring the globe for the latest foodie news.

UK

Norfolk Cordial Redcurrant and Grapefruit Cordial

Award winning Norfolk producer Norfolk Cordial has launched a new addition to its range.

April 16, 2013

GSN travels to Portugal’s northern city and discovers how a Portugese bookstore inspired the author of the Harry Potter franchise

I'd only been to Portugal once before, and that was an Easter weekend in Lisbon a couple of years ago. On that trip I was traveling with my ex-boyfriend, another of his ex-boyfriends, and his new boyfriend at the time – a strange combination but it worked surprisingly well.

This expedition was to Porto in the country’s north and I was on my own.

April 13, 2013

People who attended Palm Springs’ annual White Party in California this year have been urged to get vaccinated against meningitis after a young gay West Hollywood lawyer died of meningococcal disease just weeks after attending the party

West Hollywood city councilor John Duran is urging people who attended California's Palm Springs’ White Party over the Easter weekend to get vaccinated against meningitis after one of his constituents died from the disease.

Gay lawyer Brett Shaad, 31, (pictured) died at around 4.45pm yesterday after being taken off life support.

Shaad had fallen into a coma and become brain dead from the disease earlier in the week.

He had been one of around 10,000 people who had attended the popular gay circuit party which attracts party goers from across the US.

April 7, 2013

Traditional leaders in Zambia have called for a crackdown on gays after four couples sought to register their same-sex marriages with a registrar

Tribal chiefs in Zambia have called for a crackdown on gays in the Southern African nation after four gay couples sought to have their marriages recognized by a state registrar – calling for them to ‘be caged.’

Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni and Chief Shakumbila of Mumbwa wrote to the Zambia Daily Mail to condemn LGBT people after it reported that four mixed national same-sex couples had sought to have their marriages recognized by a state registrar earlier this month.

April 3, 2013

Amy and Lucio are on an Easter Cake high!

Amy and Lucio are on an Easter Cake high!

Excitement as we learn that Princess Di visited our favourite local gay bar and we talk to performance legend Peggy Shaw of Spilt Britches about her new show and surviving a stroke.

Plus all the news from Gay Star News.

April 3, 2013

Nolan Cranford made headlines when he was videoed shouting at gay-friendly churchgoers on Easter morning. Now a gay dad digs down into his home life

My 10-year-old son Jesse had big plans Easter morning. He had set his alarm for 6am. He wasn’t getting up early to search for the Easter basket the mystical bunny was likely to have left him, it was to make French toast as a surprise for me, his dad.

That special dad bond is an important one for many young boys. Jesse was not alone in that objective.

April 3, 2013

GSN is unmoved by the industrious prostitutes but gets passionate about one of the great port cities of Spain

Prostitution is a resourceful and adaptable industry. I don’t know why I’m surprised – for any profession to survive and thrive within the economic booms and busts of our world, there is almost a chaos-theory inevitability that where there is a need someone will find a way to make money satisfying it.

April 2, 2013

British mystery drama is being called offensive after lead character made several jokes about trans people

British mystery drama Jonathan Creek is being accused of transphobia.

The BBC series, which returned for an Easter special last night (1 April), featured a trans character.

During the episode, Creek played by Alan Davies referred to the character Jacqueline using male pronouns and made comments about her genitalia.

Jacqueline forgives Creek's crass comments, and later helps to solve the final piece of the puzzle.

April 1, 2013

'The Bible talks about the homosexuals - they're worthy of death!'

An 11-year-old boy stood in front of North Carolina's Green Street United Methodist Church on Easter Sunday giving the congregation a piece of his mind as they exited the church.

'The Bible talks about the homosexuals - they're worthy of death!' the boy can be seen shouting at one point on video posted on the Good As You website.

March 30, 2013

Singer Marie Osmond wants gays and lesbians to have civil rights

Yesterday (29 March) ABC News named entertainer Marie Osmond as its  Person-of the-Week. According to reporter Diane Sawyer, Osmond was given title because of recent legal arguments about gay marriage and Easter.

March 30, 2013

The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury will use his Easter address tomorrow to launch yet another virulent attack on marriage equality

The Bishop Mark Davies will warn that the UK stands at a ‘crossroads’ over the issues of gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia during his Easter service at Shrewsbury.

He will say tomorrow (31 March) that the country risks ‘falling into darkness’, marginalize Christianity, leaving people unable to ‘distinguish between good and evil’, revealed a report by the Shropshire Star.

March 20, 2013

Head of the Anglican church worldwide says Tatchell’s letter to him urging better LGBT rights ‘requires much thought’ and raises ‘powerful’ points

The head of the Church of England Justin Welby will meet with gay activist Peter Tatchell to discuss gay marriage and LGBT rights in Africa.

Welby, who became Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican church worldwide this year, pledged to meet Tatchell today after the veteran campaigner sent him an open letter questioning the church’s attitudes on LGBT issues.

Welby described Tatchell’s letter as ‘thoughtful’ and said he would meet him after Easter.

February 22, 2013

The tranquil energy, ancient history and private beaches of this Mediterranean island will convince you to turn a day-trip into an overnight affair

A short 25-minute ferry ride from Malta, where GSN spent days exploring the architectual and gastronomic wonders of the island, lies the more rural and secluded island of this Mediterranean archipelago: Gozo.

February 11, 2013

After the Pope's resignation, LGBT activists in Italy and across the world are split on the future of the Roman Catholic Church

Gay groups in Italy and across the world have reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation today (11 February).

On 28 February, the Roman Catholic leader will leave his post and the Vatican will decide on his successor.

'After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,' Benedict said.

January 15, 2013

GSN previews the multi-sport event that will be held in Lyon over the Easter weekend

Kicking off on 29 March 2013, the LGBT sports event Tigaly will again be held in Lyon in France.

We caught up with Steve Mota from the organizing team to get an update on the final preparations.

This is the fifth year that the Tigaly event has been hosted in Lyon - will you be doing anything special to mark the occasion?

August 29, 2012

Baketique have launched their collection of mini cupcakes, and they are less than 49 calories each

With the Great British Bake Off now in it’s third week, baking fever has replaced Britain’s Olympic fever, with this season's Bake Off gaining an extra million viewers than last year.

And if all these baked goods are making you peckish then look no further than Mychelle's Baketique’s brand new bite-sized mini cupcakes.

The cakes comes in five delicious flavors: carrot cake, raspberry pie, rainbow vanilla, chocolate covered strawberry and that good old American classic, peanut butter & jelly.

April 13, 2012

He acknowledges his giggle resembles 13-year-old girl meeting Justin Beiber

Sometimes, Anderson Cooper just gets a bad case of the giggles - on national television.

The latest gigglefest occurred this week on his CNN show Anderson Cooper 360 during the nightly 'RidicuList' segment. He was talking about Dyngus Day, a Polish-American celebration marking the end of Lent.

One of the traditions is girls striking boys with a pussy willow branch and that is what got Cooper giggling. At first just a little bit as he tried to maintain his composure.

But it was soon clear that he was going to completely lose it.

April 8, 2012

A family mini-break to Vienna, Austria delivers plenty of gourmet treats, grandiose sights and genteel culture

My parents are in the UK visiting from Australia so I offered to take them to Vienna for the Easter weekend.

They're quite easy travelers, relaxed, mobile, happy to just go with the flow. Me? Not so much. Lord knows how they manage to cope with day-to-day life without me there to bossily organize and supervise them.

March 30, 2012

German-based supermarket chain Aldi has gone gay for Easter with a tongue-in-cheek advert for hot cross buns

 

German-based supermarket chain Aldi has gone gay for Easter with a tongue-in-cheek advert for hot cross buns.

The British TV ad, which is currently going viral on social media platforms, features two men sitting on a sofa, enjoying a pot of tea with two brands of buns on their coffee table.

Hot cross buns are a traditional British treat at Easter. The raisin-filled sweet rolls are topped with a cross which symbolizes Jesus' crucifixion.

March 30, 2012

German-based supermarket chain Aldi has gone gay for Easter with a tongue-in-cheek advert for hot cross buns

 

German-based supermarket chain Aldi has gone gay for Easter with a tongue-in-cheek advert for hot cross buns.

The British TV ad, which is currently going viral on social media platforms, features two men sitting on a sofa, enjoying a pot of tea with two brands of buns on their coffee table.

Hot cross buns are a traditional British treat at Easter. The raisin-filled sweet rolls are topped with a cross which symbolizes Jesus' crucifixion.