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February 24, 2015

Their secret is to do less and not start too early, says top expert

Just how much plastic surgery work have the celebrities on the Oscar’s red carpet actually had?

Leading expert Dr Tracy Mountford of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic discusses this below.

Her advice? There is nothing wrong with a few lines, less is more and non-surgical treatments are increasingly popular to give a fresh look without the ‘weird’ over-worked feel of yesteryear.

And she also offers some advice to men and women to reduce the risk of non-surgical options too.

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 20, 2015

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the 'Dark Ages'? Discover and more

1. The world's oldest porn, which dates back over 3,000 years, features both male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

February 19, 2015

London playwright Dan Murphy draws on his hometown of Romford to tackle some big themes with his bold debut production.

The satellite town of Romford is where Dan Murphy grew up, and it is also the setting for his debut play A Local Boy.

For his debut work, Murphy has presented a play about identity, relationships, and the anger that smoulders when we feel like we don't belong.

February 18, 2015

Ten years since the Hunting Act came into force, the campaign to protect British wildlife continues

It is exactly 10 years since the Hunting Act - which banned the chasing or killing of foxes, stags and hares with a pack of hounds for so-called ‘sport’ - came into force in England and Wales.

A significant landmark in the calendar for anti-hunting groups, such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), there are certainly reasons to celebrate.

The Hunting Act is one of the most successful pieces of wild animal welfare legislations worldwide, with hundreds of successful prosecutions.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 12, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best female/female romances

It's nearly Valentine's Day (or that Saturday which happens to be 14 February if you'd prefer to think of it that way), so what better time to sit on the couch, grab some ice cream, and watch some lesbian love?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite lesbian kisses from TV and film, and they did not disappoint.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 12, 2015

Valentine's Day? Pah! Jonathan Groff, Sam Smith and more are blazing the singleton's trail

It's always great to see same sex-couples in the public eye who aren't afraid to show their love for each other – but we're always equally impressed by the free and single LGBTIs out there, who aren't afraid to go it alone.

So if you're flying solo this Valentine's Day, fear not. Put the Ben & Jerry's down and be empowered, as we count down ten of the strongest, most independent and gorgeous gay bachelors on the planet...enjoy!

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 11, 2015

Writer/director Ira Sachs talks exclusively with Gay Star News about his inspirations and influences that shaped this delicate story.

With his latest movie, Love Is Strange, about to open across the UK, we spoke by telephone with writer/director Ira Sachs to get beneath the skin of this delicate exploration of love, relationships, and family.

February 10, 2015

Centenary of the bisexual singer celebrated in song

It was 1915 when Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a troubled childhood, including an arrest and imprisonment for prostitution at the age of 14, it was in New York City's Harlem in around 1929 when she first took to the stage and began performing as Billie Holiday.

Holiday's successful career and troubled personal life are well documented, ending with her early death in 1959.

February 7, 2015

Beautiful stories told without words, we meet the writer who is continuing the tradition of gay art and literature.

Writer and editor Dale Lazarov has been publishing gay literature since the 1980s. In 2005 he made the move into graphic art with Sticky – a collaboration with artist Steve MacIsaac.

Now focusing primarily on this genre, Lazarov researches and develops the story and then collaborates with an artist to draw the scenes.

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

February 2, 2015

Powerful videos about whales, tigers and elephants

Hollywood’s celebrities have a lot to say about the threats facing wild animals including whales, tigers and elephants.

So it is fitting that with awards season under way the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which works to protect animals around the world, is releasing a series of video messages from the stars as part of its PROTECT campaign, which discusses the plight of endangered animals, as well as the importance of animal welfare education in conserving species.

February 2, 2015

From the role of lesbians to the vanishing of whole neighborhoods, real LGBTI people share their experiences

Survivors of the 1980s AIDS crisis have shared accounts of their experiences.

As the UK celebrates LGBT History Month, users of Reddit revealed what it was like to be living in what felt like a constant state of tragedy.

Real LGBTI people remember the confusion, the lack of information, the lack of support from the government because of the suffering from the virus known only at the time as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

February 2, 2015

Two lesbians ready and able to make your life easier

When we were both working full time and trying to juggle demands of family, friends and daily life without going completely mad, one of us said: ‘What we really need is a General Factotum.’

A factotum is a general servant or person who looks after a range of work or responsibilities. It derives from the Latin ‘fac totum’ or ‘do everything’.

We dreamt of someone we could trust being available for all kinds of different jobs – from waiting in for a plumber to arranging for a new bathroom to be put in!

January 29, 2015

The men of London are bunkering down for a long cold winter.

It had been a bleak, cold, January winter's day in London. There had been hail. There had been hints of sleet and snow. But it was a Thursday night and Japanese brand The Real McCoy's were launching their first retail store in the UK.

January 27, 2015

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes about the horrors gay people faced during World War 2

'We must exterminate these [homosexuals] root and branch...We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.'

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

January 19, 2015

Setting the agenda on LGBTs at the powerful World Economic Forum

Around 2,600 world leaders, CEOs, heads of NGOs, top academics and journalists are on their way to Davos – and this year LGBT issues will be firmly on the agenda.

The annual World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland brings together many of the world’s most powerful figures.

The fact lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people are now on the radar shows how far we’ve come.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.