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April 1, 2014

Describes himself in spot as 'actor, celebrity and ... magician!'

It's well known that Neil Patrick Harris as razor sharp comedy chops and can sing and dance with the best of them.

What might not be as well known are his skills as a magician.

The actor, who ended his nine-year run on How I Met Your Mother this week, gets to display some magic in a brand-new commercial for YoCrunch Yogurt that he has posted on his Twitter account.

He magically shows up in an office and announces to the workers there he is about to transform their workplace 'from boring to fun!'

March 28, 2014

The US religious right is boycotting Girl Scout cookie sales, costing the organization millions of dollars

The one place you’d hope the abortion battle would not be waged is with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Girl Scout cookies are a ubiquitous symbol of the organization and an American staple like apple pie. They have made nearly $700million (€500million) in sales since 1999.

So the idea they have helped fund abortions at Planned Parenthood is unfathomable.

But with religious right activists fishing for another fallacious assertion to try on the American public, this one unfortunately has legs.

March 23, 2014

The company defends its ad saying that 'the reality of family has changed, but the wholesome connections that all families share will endure'

In Nabisco's new ad for its Honey Maid / Teddy Grahams snack line, a variety of families with including one with two dads are being featured with the tagline: 'This Is Wholesome'.

The 30-sec commercial opens with a gay male couple bottle-feeding their child before viewers are shown a tattooed dad laughing with his daughter, and an interracial couple and their three kids holding hands.

The voiceover says: 'No matter how things change, what makes us wholesome never will. Honey Maid – everyday wholesome snacks for every wholesome family. This is wholesome.'

March 14, 2014

111 Cakery responds to backlash on Facebook: 'We are just a small family business trying to bring happiness with cake'

Indiana bakery owners Randy and Trish McGath are facing online backlash for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

The couple, owners of 111 Cakery in Indianapolis, posted a lengthy Facebook message on Thursday (13 March) explaining they have 'zero hate' but that their Christian beliefs led them to decline to make a cake for Mike Stephens and Shane Laney.

The reaction on Facebook has been harsh with such messages being posted as 'Hate is hate, even if you cover it with frosting!' and 'Jesus would bake a cake for everyone.'

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.

March 4, 2014

He doesn’t even make a good cup of tea, but this LGBTI activist has cooked a rainbow pancake for Russia’s senators and is posting it to them

One 23-year-old is so flipping mad at Russia for passing anti-gay laws, he’s turned Pancake Day into a protest.

Luke Trevaskis, who works as a media professional in Liverpool, northwest England, used a Betty Crocker recipe to make this impressive rainbow pancake – even though he says he’s a ‘hopeless cook’.

But he’s not tucking into the colorful creation on Shrove Tuesday today (4 March).

Instead his pancake is packaged up and will soon be dropping through the letterbox of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament.

February 27, 2014

The capital of the Netherlands caters to all tastes, from the educational to the hedonistic

I wanted to get a taste for Amsterdam's wild side, so naturally the first thing I did was visit the red light district.

I went down a cramped alleyway and found a little bar with flashing arrow lights and went in. After paying a few euros to a towering bouncer, I timidly walked down the stairs into what looked like a dungeon. Once turning the corner I was pleasantly surprised to see a very rammed and lit-up bar, run by naked girls.

I could not complain. They were dressed in nothing but impressively high stilettos, strutting up and down the bar.

February 27, 2014

'(Michael Sam) said, "I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player." I know exactly what he’s saying'

As she launches a comeback attempt after scandal, Paula Deen is comparing her situation with that of Michael Sam who hopes to become the NFL's first openly gay player.

Deen tells People magazine in a story out today: 'I feel like "embattled" or "disgraced" will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out.'

February 25, 2014

A California resident sends Gay Star Travel a postcard from the capital city of Ljubljana where he took a boozy tour with his best friend

Take Slovenia’s breathtaking landscapes, add a dash of holiday spirit, mix in a gay man travelling with his best friend and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable holiday.

Tyler Renner, the LGBTQ Program Coordinator at Pacific Pride Foundation, an LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS non-profit advocacy organization in Santa Barbra, California, flew all the way to Slovenia with his bestie Meredith.

February 3, 2014

Drinks giant, currently under fire for sponsoring the Sochi Olympics in Russia, is now facing outrage from conservatives for their commercial

Coca-Cola has responded to protests over their support of Sochi Winter Olympics by releasing the first Super Bowl ad to feature gay parents.

The ad, titled ‘It’s Beautiful’, showed classic scenes of American life while ‘America The Beautiful’ played in the background.

But with a twist, the song was sung in different languages and included a gay couple with their daughter.

While some appreciated the drinks giant’s love letter to the patriotic spirit of immigrants, others accused Coke of committing ‘corporate suicide’.

January 28, 2014

Sochi Olympics sponsor came under fire after a social media campaign allowing you to personalize a Coke can - as long as it wasn't 'Gay'

Coca-Cola has apologized for a South Africa social media campaign that banned the word ‘gay’.

The Sochi Olympics sponsor set up a new marketing campaign in South Africa encouraging fans to share a virtual can of Coke personalized with a friend’s name or message.

But when it was discovered they had banned the word ‘gay’, by itself, then it caused an outrage.

Coca Cola has now apologized for what they call an ‘unintended outcome’.

January 27, 2014

Coca-Cola declines chance to comment after being pulled from awards. Gay advocates say they should condemn Russian homophobia

Gay awards bosses have chucked Coca-Cola off their shortlist after it refused to use its sponsorship of Sochi to speak out on LGBTI rights in Russia.

The Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards had nominated Coca-Cola in its Brand of the Year category for what are dubbed ‘Britain’s gay Oscars’.

But the brand’s sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has sparked criticism.

January 26, 2014

1970s commercial selling love and Coca-Cola gets remade into protest about the Winter Olympics

Queer Nation New York continues to push against companies sponsoring the upcoming Sochi Games.

The activist group took on a  Coca-Cola commercial from the 1970's and spliced the song, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, with clips of anti-gay violence in Russia.

January 26, 2014

Coca-Cola's marketing campaign website wants fans to personalise virtual Coke cans to be shared on social media but bans the word "gay"

Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola’s new social media marketing campaign in South Africa wants fans to share on social media a virtual can of Coke personalised with a friend’s name or message but has banned the word "gay".

Should a user attempt to personalise the can with “gay” on the Share a Coke website, the error message will read: “Oops. Let’s pretend you didn’t just type that.”

Other banned words include sex, fuck, homo and dyke. The website does not, however, ban the word “straight.”

January 7, 2014

Gay star of US hit show How I Met Your mother jokes about his drunken trip to Mexico on Instagram

US actor Neil Patrick Harris delighted fans with a series of shows following his shirtless advertures drinking margarita in Mexico.

The gay How I Met Your Mother star showed the world Barney Stinson is not a patch on the awesome real actor.

January 5, 2014

CeCe McDonald, who was convinced of manslaughter, is to be released 19 months into a 41 month prison sentence

A trans woman who was imprisoned for manslaughter is to be released early.

CeCe McDonald, who was found guilty of second degree manslaughter, stabbed Dean Schmitz in an apparent case of self defence in June 2011. After pleading guilty, she was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

According to the Minnesota Department Of Corrections, McDonald will be freed on 13 January - just 19 months into her sentence.

Trans activists have always maintained McDonald had acted in self defence.

December 30, 2013

Drinks giant, currently under fire for sponsoring the Sochi Olympics in Russia, included a gay wedding scene in most European countries with marriage equality

Coca-Cola is under fire for cutting a gay wedding scene from their latest advert to air in Ireland.

The new campaign, Reasons To Believe, shows familiar scenes intended to inspire viewers such as charity runners, cakes being baked and child choirs.

In one part of the advert, the line reads ‘For every display of hatred’ – showing a gang breaking into a car – ‘there are 5000 celebrations of love’ – which shows, in many countries, a gay couple getting married.

December 10, 2013

Cinq & Sept, in the traditional winemaking village of Roujan, is the ideal base to discover the local naturist beaches, oyster beds and traditional southern French cuisine

The south of France evokes images of sun-kissed vineyards, Mediterranean beaches and a charming isolation the rest of Europe travels hours to reach.

Less than a 30 minute drive from the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea and less than an hour away from the ‘San Francisco of France’, the region’s capital Montpellier, you will find the exclusively gay guesthouse Cinq & Sept.

November 23, 2013

'I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned'

A woman who ordered a surprise anniversary cake for her girlfriend doesn't feel much like celebrating now.

When she picked up the cake from a bakery in Arlington, Virginia, she says she discovered a homophobic message on it instead of the words 'Happy Anniversary Lindsey! Love, Sarah.'

Sarah told her story to and asked that her last name not be used.

November 21, 2013

Now LGBTI activists get ready to turn Coca-Cola’s headline sponsorship of the Sochi games into an embarrassing failure

Coca-Cola has indicated it will not be taking a stance against Russia’s anti-gay laws at the Sochi Winter Olympics where it is a headline sponsor.

The soft drinks firm has also backed the International Olympic Committee’s response to Russian human rights abuses.

October 30, 2013

The Daily Show segment blows hole in anti-gay stereotype of people in the southern US states

It would seem like waffle houses in Alabama and Mississippi might not be the best place for a gay couple to announce their engagement.

At least that's what folks from Comedy Central's The Daily Show initially thought when they sent two actors to the southern states to test pundit Nate Silver's conclusion that Alabama and Mississippi are the least tolerant when it comes to LGBT equality.

Silver, who correctly predicted the results of the 2012 US presidential election, had not visited the state personally he admitted.

October 30, 2013

Herman Rowland Sr. has given $5,000 to campaign to repeal new California law

Leaders of several LGBTI groups want to meet and have a word with the chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company.

Herman Rowland Sr. has thrown his support behind those who want to repeal a new California law designed to give equal access to transgender students.

The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Equality California hope to change Rowland's heart and mind after it was learned he donated $5,000 to the Privacy for All Students initiative campaign.

October 28, 2013

Gay Star Travel chases late summer vibes in London’s Soho, home to a Cuban salsa club nestled a floor above an Indian eatery

As we sadly wave goodbye to wonderfully mild weather, we thought it would be an ideal time to seek out some London hot spots with one foot still firmly in the tropics.

Carom and Floridita, conveniently situated one atop another, strive to bring a piece of India and Cuba respectively to London's multicultural barscape.

Stepping into Carom's hidden botanical garden, you are struck by the lush greenery of the plants and herbs surrounding you.

October 26, 2013

Herman Rowland Sr. has donated $5,000 to ballot initiative effort so far; law due to take effect in January

The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company is among those trying to block a new California law from going into effect designed to protect transgender students.

Under the law, students will also have access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity.