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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.

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 12, 2015

London Collections: Men comes to an end and we bring you the highlights of the final day.

We’re feeling our oats, Coco Chanel style, as London Collections: Men, comes to an end.

This is an event that is, without doubt, a bit of a fashion marathon - there are a lot of presentations to attend, events to be at, and people to see (and hopefully be seen by).

January 11, 2015

We tackle the hard questions and bring you the highlights of day 3 of London Collections: Men

The sun was shining for the start of day three of London Collections: Men. Fuelled up on coffee, I was channelling my inner Miranda Priestly and ready to be impressed by what AW15 had waiting for the fashion world.

January 10, 2015

London Collections: Men continues and we bring you the highlights of day two.

It was cold, wet, and grey with a blustery wind as the city’s followers of fashion faced into day two of London Collections: Men.

January 9, 2015

Think Stephen Fry is 'creepy'? Think again as we look back on the gay couples who definitely don't mind the (age) gap

So people appear to be a little upset about Stephen Fry, for he is about to marry a man who is 30 years younger than him.

He's been accused of 'cradle snatching' and being 'creepy' while his fiancé Elliott Spencer has been labeled a 'gold digger' and 'fake'.

But who's to say what their relationship is like?

Other gay couples have proved that you can form a real, loving relationship that proves age is just a number.

Some have lasted, and some have not.

January 9, 2015

Men’s fashion hits the catwalk in London

In the dark depths of a London winter, it is easy to get excited by AW15 at London Collections: Men as the UK’s menswear designers reveal their vision of what we will all be wearing in the seasons ahead.

The challenge with any major fashion event is that, despite your best intentions, it is impossible to see everything. But armed with a pair of sensible shoes and a willingness to dash madly between venues, I am doing my best to squeeze as much as possible into each day.

January 8, 2015

Katie Hopkins, you're about to receive an EDUCATION

She's just walked into the Celebrity Big Brother house, but already Michelle Visage is winning the hearts of the British public.

A lover of reality shows and the UK, the RuPaul's Drag Race judge is competing against such 'luminary' names like Perez Hilton, Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson (don't ask) and tattoo model Cami Li (we don't know either).

So in case you need a quick reminder of how ridonkulous she is, we've compiled a list of the many reasons why she should win.

December 30, 2014

One of our 'honorees,' the Rev. James David Manning, explains why he's certain Starbucks puts male semen in its drinks

It's been a rough year for people who obsess over gay families and couples.

Especially those who profess love for a deity and disgust at everything L,G,B,T,and I.

Their poster boy was called home, RIP Mr Fred Phelps, and the marriage revolution made their arguments punier with each passing day.

Instead of coming up with better ideas, many took steps beyond the real.

December 30, 2014

The bright, brilliant boys shaping online gay culture, including Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan and Connor Franta

Gay public figures – they come out so rarely that, when they do, the world could be forgiven for overreacting a little. There's a culture of fear that permeates to this very day.

But a new breed of fearless gay spokesperson has been quietly growing online. A community of so-say 'normal guys', who, between them, reach a daily audience in the hundreds of millions.

Here, we count down seven of the loudest and most passionate gay voices making waves today – and the reasons why you need to follow them too. BAES.

December 29, 2014

From The Imitation Game to The Normal Heart, it's been quite a year for queer cinema

What constitutes a gay movie? What constitutes a queer movie? Should a film starring a straight man, directed by a straight man, be defined as either?

What about a film starring a straight man as a trans woman? Do films about gay men matter to lesbians, and vice versa? And, perhaps most crucially, is a film featuring homosexual characters, that shies away from same-sex sex, intended for anything but heterosexual consumption?

December 19, 2014

Poachers kill one elephant every 15 minutes

Two of the largest animals that walk on land – elephants and rhinos – are in crisis. Their very existence in the latter part of the 21st century is in doubt.

In the past three years alone, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed. That’s an average of one dead elephant every 15 minutes due to poaching. This figure is in addition to unprecedented habitat loss due to increased human development. In the last century alone, elephants have completely disappeared from three countries in Africa.

December 19, 2014

Remind yourself of the biggest stories of the year

Brick by brick, it feels like the wall of LGBTI rights across the world is becoming stronger.

For those who believe in equality, rights for LGBTI people is moving at a lightning speed. And for those who don't, it's becoming worse.

But because there are more places that believe gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people deserve rights, the spotlight is on these homophobic and transphobic places like never before.

If no one cared about the community, the world would never have acted in several ways that could only have happened in 2014.

December 18, 2014

Praise these people

The golden rule of Christianity is ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.

Even though Jesus said absolutely nothing about gay people (seriously), and was far more interested in people being good to one another, a lot of people forget that.

Some religious people still continue to use the Bible as a way of propagating their hate, their unease, their ignorance.

But there are some who have realised that you can be both religious and support LGBTI rights.

December 18, 2014

Coolsculpting – or freezing away fat – got one dancer back on his feet

From an early age, all I wanted to do was perform. I began doing Youth Theatre for a couple of years and then one day I tried my luck at dance. I was completely won over and never looked back.

The challenges for my body and the feeling of music surging through me opened my eyes to a whole new way of living. I enjoyed everything about it and never took a moment to see it as exercise. It just felt right.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 10, 2014

Australia House hosts the launch of a new work examining the wartime career of Sir Robert Menzies

As you walk down the Strand in London, Australia House is a major landmark. Construction began in 1913 and it was officially opened in 1918 – an incredibly ambitious building project that cost around £1 million – a huge investment and logistical challenge during the international upheaval of World War I.

December 8, 2014

Come on season seven, let's get sickening!

Realness just got realer, as the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 have been revealed.

Polished, tucked and beaten for life, these divas are gunning for that crown.

Who will follow last year's champion Bianca Del Rio? Who will be who for this year's Snatch Game? And will all the girls have finally taken at least one sewing lesson?

From what we can tell from the trailer, it's going to be one shady and sickening season.

See what you make of the girls below:

December 4, 2014

Gay Star News catches up with naked calendar boys during whirlwind three weeks in US promoting campaign against homophobia

Los Angeles has been uncharacteristically wet and rainy this week but that hasn't dampened the spirits of the Warwick Rowers from the United Kingdom.

The British club famous for taking off their clothes to fight homophobia arrived in the US over the weekend for a three week promotional tour for their best selling calendar.