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January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

January 19, 2015

Newly appointed member of the House of Lords Michael Cashman: 'Unless we set ourselves a goal, we cannot hope to achieve it.’

Lord Michael Cashman has said, if Labour is elected in the next UK government, the party will set itself a goal to achieve decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide by 2020.

Speaking at the Gay Star Travel Expo on Saturday (17 January), the newly-appointed member of the House of Lords said he is determined to help end inequality for LGBTI people.

January 19, 2015

Queer travel event featured packed political debates and killer performances from La Voix and London Gay Big Band

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop-travel-shop proved a huge success, with LGBTI travellers filling the venue throughout the day.

The event featured two packed afternoon debates, the first featuring political figures Lord Cashman, Baroness Barker and Crispin Blunt.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the biggest gay political names in the UK said about huge issues

The UK’s first big political debate of 2015 was on gay rights as the three big parties faced off during the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Labour’s Lord Michael Cashman, Liberal Democrat’s Baroness Liz Barker and Conservative’s Crispin Blunt MP answered a variety of questions from the engaged and curious British public.

It was chaired by Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith.

They were asked, in overview, what is Britain’s role in global LGBTI rights.

January 16, 2015

A Colorado Christian is claiming that he was discriminated against because of his beliefs because a baker wouldn’t decorate a cake with a homophobic message for him in what appears to be a tit-for-tat complaint

A Colorado baker has been slapped with a religious discrimination complaint for refusing to decorate one of their cakes with a homophobic message for a customer.

Azucar Bakery in Denver is known for being a business that is welcoming of LGBTI people and has made wedding cakes for same-sex couples in the past but also make cakes with religious themes so staff were not suspicious when a customer came in to ask if they would make a cake in the shape of a Bible for him.

January 16, 2015

Nominated for British Male Solo Artist and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour

The nominations for the BRIT Awards 2015 are out and Sam Smith leads the way with nominations in five categories.

Smith is a contender for British Male Solo Artist, British Single, British Artist Video Of The Year, British Breakthrough Act and the MasterCard British Album trophy for his album In The Lonely Hour.

The gay 2014 Critics Choice winner has gone from strength to strength since winning his first BRIT, with a string of hit singles including Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.

January 16, 2015

Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative politicians will face off on the issue of Britain's role in global gay rights on Saturday

The UK will have its first big political debate of 2015 at the Gay Star Travel Expo tomorrow (17 January), just a few months before May's General Election.

Labour's Lord Cashman, Liberal Democrat's Baroness Barker and Conservative's Crispin Blunt MP will face off on the topic of Britain's role in global LGBTI rights.

The politicians will also be there at Heaven in Charing Cross, central London, at 12pm to answer questions from the public.

January 14, 2015

His film Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas is up for Worst Picture

Former Growing Pains actor and anti-gay activist Kirk Cameron is nominated for a Razzie 'award'.

The 80s sitcom star turned religious mouthpiece is up for three accolades: Worst Picture for Saving Christmas, Worst Actor for the same film, and Worst Screen Combo where he and his ego have been nominated together.

Cameron has previously described homosexuality as 'unnatural', 'detrimental', and 'ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization'.

January 12, 2015

Neither bride wears a dress

New Zealand singer Ladyhawke and girlfriend Madeleine Sami tied the knot over the weekend.

Ladyhawke, real name Pip Brown, married the actress just outside her hometown Masterton on a sunny Saturday (10 January) afternoon.

Up to 200 guests attended the wedding, including Academy Award-nominated director Taika Waititi.

Over the years, Pip Brown has been tight-lipped about her relationship with Sami, whom she lives with in in Los Angeles.

January 12, 2015

Free Question Time-style panel asks what is Britain's role in global LGBTI rights: London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January)

A trio of Britain's biggest names in gay politics are to debate global LGBTI rights at the Gay Star Travel Expo this Saturday (17 January).

And you can join the discussion and even fire your own questions at them – for free.

The event at Heaven in Charing Cross, central London, is titled Global LGBTI rights: What is Britain's Role? It will help set the agenda on the issue ahead of the 2015 general election.

January 9, 2015

He thinks Stephen Fry and his fiancé having sex is a 'disgusting reality'

A former BNP officer has ranted about Stephen Fry and his fiancé, purely because the idea of them having sex is a 'disgusting reality' to him.

Dr Stuart Russell reportedly emailed Guardian journalist Hannah Jane Parkinson after she wrote a thinkpiece about why people have a problem with age gaps in relationships. In the article, she talks about her previous relationships with older men and women.

He said: 'Your piece failed to mention the most salient point re Fry and his boyfriend - ie the disgusting reality of men having sex together.

January 9, 2015

Alan Turing biopic received nine nominations

The Imitation Game is nominated to win Best Film at the BAFTA awards, it was announced today (9 January). 

The movie follows the life of Alan Turing, a gay icon and war hero who was credited with cracking what was previously thought to be the unbreakable code of the German WWII Enigma machine.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Turing, is a contender for Leading Actor award while Keira Knightley has been nominated for Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the mathmatician's wife Joan Clarke.

December 30, 2014

Jack Plotnick didn't care who was gay or straight when casting Space Station 76

When it came time to cast the feature film Space Station 76, writer-director Jack Plotnick says he did not even think about real-life sexual orientation when casting straight Patrick Wilson as gay and gay Matt Bomer as straight.

'I was just focused totally on my incredible respect and admiration for Patrick Wilson and Matt Bomer as actors,' Plotnick told The Backlot in an interview posted Tuesday (30 December).

December 29, 2014

The Eurovision winner and drag performer says he would like to try and better understand the Russian leader

Conchita Wurst – the bearded drag queen who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year – has said that he wants to visit Russia and meet with President Vladimir Putin.

Wurst is the creation of 26-year-old, Austrian performer Thomas Neuwirth. In an interview with the German-language Kurier, Neuwirth, who is gay, said that he felt sure that he could find common ground with Putin if the two spent time together.

December 27, 2014

'I think one of the sexiest things in a person is their acceptance of all people, so I’m thrilled to play him'

When it comes to playing a gay character, Nick Jonas is all in.

The about to end year has been all about the pop singer turned actor. From hanging out in gay clubs, releasing a solo album, and appearing in a TV drama the youngest Jonas seems to have put aside the purity ring.

December 22, 2014

But only Congress can legalize gay marriage

The Philippine presidential palace yesterday (21 December) said it 'respects' the rights of gay couples to marry but any plans to legalize same-sex marriage had to come from Congress.

During a radio interview, Malacañang Palace communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr was asked to comment on the recent marriage of transgender singer Aiza Seguerra to his actress girlfriend, Liza Dino, in California.

December 19, 2014

'To Chileans, this is perversion'

A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that gives legal protections to gay couples.

Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouted, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'

'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'

December 18, 2014

'For the first time in a divorce case, a judge has ruled that the state laws banning same-sex marriage and the recognition of those marriages is void and unenforceable...'

While Florida fights against marriage equality, one lesbian couple is able to have their marriage recognized so they could be divorced. At least for now.

Today, 17 December, Broward County Circuit Judge Dale Cohen granted a divorce between Heather Brassner and Megan Lade.

December 17, 2014

R&B artist punched a fan in the face, and reportedly said he was not up for 'gay shit'

R&B artist Chris Brown will not face jail time after pleading guilty to an assault where he punched a fan and allegedly called him a 'faggot'.

A Washington DC superior court has ruled Brown, as well as his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, will not serve any time behind bars for the assault in October 2013.

On 16 December, judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Hollosy to 90 days in jail - suspending the sentence unless he violated his one-year probation.

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

If so, it’s never been who you think

One would think that an all-inclusive seasonal greeting emblematic of our nation’s religious diversity would be embraced by us all with two simple words — Happy Holidays!

For the past decade now, when this season rolls around we can always count on a yearly kerfuffle concerning this holiday.

Last year ‘The Kelly File’, Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly ignited a conflagration when she stated that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white.

December 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

December 16, 2014

Kiss took an hour to shoot

The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai locks lips with actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same.

The clip is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years.

However, when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner could not sign the consent form because she was not a legal spouse or family member.

When medical staff asked, 'What is your relationship with the patient?' she could only answer, 'A good friend.'

December 15, 2014

Jennifer Laude was found naked with her head in a toilet

Philippine prosecutors today filed murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipina transgender woman.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, had 'probable cause' and used 'treachery, abuse of superior authority and cruelty' against his victim, lead prosecutor Emilie Fe delos Santos told a televised briefing.

'You can see the kind of cruelty she endured, the injuries she sustained,' she said.

'We believe we have a strong case.'

Pemberton will not be allowed to post bail.