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October 24, 2014

A thriving gayborhood, east-facing beaches, the World AIDS museum and LGBTI-specific retirement homes are just a few reasons Fort Lauderdale deserves your attention

As we clutch our imaginary pearls every time we hear of a favorite gay bar closing in New York and Los Angeles, we also have reasons to throw our handbags in the air: New gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses are opening up in Fort Lauderdale every day, and with good reason.

Fort Lauderdale, a popular destination with LGBTI visitors since the 1970s for the region’s tropical climate and laid-back locals, is a city where the demand for LGBTI business is booming.

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 21, 2014

'When my brother was told that God didn't love him I was like, "OK, that's not cool."'

Ariana Grande has revealed she renounced Catholicism in order to support her gay brother.

Her sibling, Frankie Grande, who recently appeared on Big Brother, was told by the Church that 'God didn't love him'.

The 21-year-old singer then decided to turn to Kabbalah.

'When my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, "OK, that’s not cool,"' she said in an interview with Sunday Telegraph magazine.

'They were building a Kabbalah center in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it.'

October 17, 2014

'Guys who are aroused by my situation are very aroused'

A South Florida man says he was always embarrassed by the size of his penis so he did something to 'fit his personality'.

He had it removed.

The man, who uses the name Gelding, describes himself as a 'submissive bear' and says he has great sex.

It all began when he was in high school, a bully on the football team teased him for having a 'baby face'.

October 7, 2014

The men were forced to have sex with customers and each other for up to 20 hours a day

Three Hungarian men face trafficking charges after they lured three young gay men to work as ‘sex slaves’ for up to 20 hours a day in New York and Miami since 2012.

Gabor Acs, 31, Viktor Berki, 28, and Andras Janos Vass, 24, were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking, racketeering and deriving support from prostitution on Friday.

They recruited two of the men on the Gay Romeo dating site and the third was a male prostitute they found on Facebook.

October 6, 2014

Talk show host finds out couple has been together only a year and jokes: 'That's fast!'

For the second time this year, a Florida couple traveled to the Los Angeles area to be in the audience for a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

What one of the men did not know was that his boyfriend of one year was going to propose marriage to him in front of Ellen's studio audience with the talk show host in on the plan.

After her show was through taping for the day, Ellen - seemingly at random - called a couple named Benjamin and Justin down to the stage just to see if they had anything to say.

Benjamin had plenty.

October 3, 2014

Circus Rainbow is aiming to offer family-friendly entertainment to children and adults alike when it makes its debut in Florida later this month

Roll up, roll up… for the US’s first touring LGBTI circus.

Circus Rainbow will launch on 22 October 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida – with shows running twice daily until 2 November. These will include an afternoon performance aimed at kids and families, and an evening dinner show aimed at adults.

The concept was created by show business veteran, Philip Anthony, a Florida- based producer, promoter and entertainment manager whose career in the circus world stretches back over four decades.

October 1, 2014

Floating pool lounges, award-winning cuisine and the longest white sand beach on the island: The luxury Long Beach resort proves heaven might be a place one earth

At the edge of the world, in the Indian Ocean, is a land so beautiful it has been named not just one of the best islands in the world, but also the world’s best beach in 2012

Mauritius, a Dutch, then French, then British colony, sits off the coast of Madagascar, not only housing some of the rarest plants and animals in the world, but also luring travelers from around the world with first-class resorts.

September 25, 2014

Gay film festivals in Sweden and Scotland, a pride parade in Japan and a few prides for LGBTI people of color in the US are just some of the October events you should know about

October is a great month for the global LGBTI movement.

In the USA, communities and allies will be celebrating LGBTI History Month, and marking 11 October as National Coming Out Day.

The states will also celebrate over a dozen gay pride parades, from pride events for LGBTI people of color in Texas to a gay wine event, a Gay Grape Stomp, in Napa Valley just outside San Francisco.

In Asia, we celebrate gay pride in Taiwan and Japan, and Europe sees the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest parties in Belgium.

September 3, 2014

Bears on Ice, Gay Oktoberfest and a Portuguese gay film festival are just a few of the September LGBTI events you should know about

September promises to be red hot with LGBTI events, and we’re not just talking about the ginger paradise that is to be the after-party for Thomas Knight’s RED HOT photo exhibit on red-headed men.

The photos are equally popular with straight women as they are with gay men, but there’s a few family members like Seth Fornea who are proudly representing both the ginger and LGBTI communities.

September 2, 2014

'Reply to all' claims another victim as a lawyer cites the Bible slamming a judge's decision to rule in favor of gay rights

A lawyer is regretting hitting that 'reply all' button after he sent out an offensive email calling AIDS the 'gay plague' to his entire company.

Now he is in 'severe' trouble after rallying against same sex marriage, spouting off religious bile in the name of opposing equality.

Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff, was angry a federal court recently found Florida's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

August 21, 2014

US District Judge Robert L Hinkle thinks such bans will be looked upon in history the same as interracial marriage bans

In the most significant ruling to date on Florida's gay marriage ban, a federal judge on Thursday (21 August) has declared that the ban violates the US Constitution.

The ruling by Tallahassee-based US District Judge Robert L Hinkle comes after four state judges reached the same legal conclusion earlier this year.

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 9, 2014

Mother told by pastor that it would be 'blasphemous' to hold the funeral at his church given that the deceased was gay and married to a man

The family of Julion Evan had to scramble and make alternative arrangements after the church, where the funeral service was to be held, abruptly canceled it after learning that the deceased was gay and married.

August 7, 2014

Vision America and Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough believes God would be ‘perfectly just and vindicated’ if he allowed half of America to be destroyed by nuclear weapons over its support for LGBTI rights

Southern Baptist pastor Rick Scarborough has told an audience in Florida that God would be right to destroy America over its support for LGBTI rights and has claimed that this is why the Muslim world views it as ‘the great Satan.’

Scarborough, who is the founder of the organizations Tea Party Unity and Vision America made the comments in a video posted to YouTube by Right Wing Watch at the end of July.

August 5, 2014

Judge in Palm Beach County case rules state cannot stop man from inheriting late husband's estate

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage suffered its second legal setback in two days on Tuesday (5 August) and fourth in the past three weeks.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Diana Lewis ruled that the marriage ban is unconstitutional in a case involving a gay man seeking to inherit his late husband's estate.

The ruling applies only to the case involving plaintiff W. Jason Simpson who married his late spouse in another state. Simpson now cannot be blocked from claiming the estate.

August 4, 2014

Ruling only applies to Broward County and judge issued immediate stay

Florida's ban in same-sex marriages suffered another blow today when a state judge - the third in three weeks - ruled that the ban violates that US constitution.

The ruling by Broward County state Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen applies only to that particular county and the judge issues an immediate stay pending the expected appeal.

Cohen ruled in a lawsuit filed by Heather Brassner who had entered into a civil union with Megan Lade in Vermont and is seeking a divorce in Florida. 

July 31, 2014

‘In 2014, I wouldn’t want this to be perceived as an event just more for minorities. I’d like to make this as an opportunity for everyone’

Browsing through photos from the Miami Beach Bruthaz party shows crowds of black and Latino partygoers jumping into pools and enjoying the festivities.

But founder Ian Smith told Gay Star News the weekend is more than a party, and it’s not just an event for minorities.

This year, from 17 to 20 July, Miami played host to the 8th annual Bruthaz party.

In under a decade the event has grown to welcome international travelers all while keeping a family-oriented vibe.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

July 23, 2014

Republican Senator from Florida insists support for definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman is not anti-gay

US Senator Marco Rubio went on the offensive against gay marriage advocates on Wednesday (24 July) accusing them of being 'intolerant.'

Rubio, a Republican from Florida, spoke to an audience at Catholic University of America in Washington DC and said: 'I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

July 17, 2014

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Thursday (17 July) declaring it unconstitutional.

The judge said the soonest same-sex marriages could take place in Monroe County (located in the Florida Keys) would be Tuesday (22 July). This is the only county in the state over which Garcia has jurisdiction.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed an appeal and stated: 'Finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court.'

July 17, 2014

Three gay friends spending a long weekend in Naples found, among many things, humid streets, attractive architecture and oddly erotic statues

An Italian, a German and a London gay man found themselves in the streets of Naples for the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The biggest city in southern Italy gets quite hot in the summer, but our travelers were keen to scope out the tastes and sights of Napoli.

Before and after the parade, the three men (including our GSN team member Marcus James) took to the streets of Naples in search of some legendary pasta (or pizza) and to check out the tourism spots.

So what was Naples like for our three amigos?