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February 24, 2015

Cristhian Escobar travels to Mexico and follows in the footsteps of the Mayan kings

The sacred Tulum Maya ruins rest majestically on top of a 39 foot (12 metres) bluff overlooking the emerald and sapphire waters of the Caribbean Sea. This is where Mayan kings worshipped the dawning sun, Zama.

February 23, 2015

Italians respond in the best possible way

Islamic State militants have threatened to take over Rome and throw gay people from the 'Leaning Tower of Pizza.'

The militant group made the threat Saturday (21 February) on Twitter, seemingly unaware of the glaring spelling mistake – or the fact that the tower is 200 miles outside of the Italian capital.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual,' the tweet reads.

'#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome with slaughter,' said a second.

February 13, 2015

For treating your loved one – or drowning your sorrows

It's that time again of year again...

That is, the time of the year when forgetful boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives (and beyond) find themselves rushing to their local florists/supermarket/stinking horrible garage to pick up some last minute V Day surprises.

But with our handy guide of five of the loveliest drinks on the market this Feast of St Valentine, you're already halfway there. And if you're single, might we suggest a night in or out with friends after a few of these tipples…

 

February 9, 2015

Gorgeous lodgings, exquisite dining and a compellingly huge wine selection – The Vineyard is an oenophile's paradise

Found in the charming market town of Newbury, Berkshire, and less than an hour from London, The Vineyard offers a no-nonsense brand of 5-star luxury and indulgence, summed up in the stopover's simple motto: 'Eat. Sleep. And Drink Wine.'

Famous for its futuristic, two-storey glass cellar, and its 30,000-strong wine selection from both the Old and New Worlds – from England and Germany, South Africa and Chile; plus 800 Californian wines – The Vineyard competes with the very best of the world's wine hotels.

February 7, 2015

The cakes were produced during the grand final of the ‘Ed-u-bake and Cel-a-cake’ Great Rainbow Bake Off: a nationwide competition for students to help tackle LGBT prejudice

The live final of the inaugural Great Rainbow Bake-off competition took place at Stoke Newington School yesterday (6 February). The nationwide competition was launched for school children last year during the UK’s annual anti-bullying week.

Students were invited to bake a rainbow-themed cake or cupcakes and to send photos of the resulting treats to competition organizers, Educate & Celebrate.

February 4, 2015

The Eurodance act from the 90s are still touring and still travelling

Formed in 1987 by Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti, Cappella were of the Eurodance wave that defined the 90s. Their biggest hit was 'U Got 2 Let the Music' (which reached number two on the UK charts in 1993); other hits included 'U Got 2 Know' and 'Move On Baby'.

After many line up changes, it's husband and wife team Lis Birks and Marcus Birks belting out Capella's tracks today, and we caught up with them recently to share some travel stories. 

February 3, 2015

Co-owner’s refusal, based on religious beliefs, will see the bakery pay up to $150,000 in compensation

A bakery in Gresham, Oregon will have to pay thousands to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake.

Laurel Bowman and her fiancée could get up to $150,000 (£99,300, €131,700) after being refused service in January 2013.

The exact amount of compensation will be determined in a hearing on 10 March, but the couple could receive up to $75,000 (£49,650, €65,550) per person from the shop owners, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced.

January 28, 2015

James David Manning praises the 'wisdom' of ISIS for stoning gay men

A New York City pastor who made the bizarre claim that Starbucks flavors its coffee with semen has said he was tempted by gay sex while in prison.

James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem made the admission in an interview with the Young Turks.

'Absolutely, no doubt about it. I spent three and a half years in prison,' he said.

'I saw a lot of that activity going on in prison. It was par for the course.

'I was tempted but I didn’t yield to temptation, by the way. You need to know that.

January 21, 2015

A man and a woman kissing would have apparently been acceptable

A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'.

Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips.

When he asked the bouncer if it was 'acceptable' if they were male and female, the doorman allegedly said 'yes'.

'It was horrific', Dummigan told the Leicester Mercury. 'He said it was making people feel uneasy. It was really upsetting for me.'

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

Explicit sex and naked honesty abound in Russell T Davies's fruity new gay drama trio

[Spoliers alert]

Remember that scene in Queer As Folk, when the predatory Stuart rims wide-eyed schoolboy Nathan? TV writer extraordinaire Russell T Davies shocked a nation with his seminal Channel 4 show, and its boundary-pushing depiction of gay sex.

And now, the man responsible for a million teenage sexual awakenings (including mine) is back with a queer televisual menage a trios: Cucumber, Banana, Tofu. And we're pleased to report he's lost none of his confrontational spirit. The shows are aggresively, unapologetically sexual.

January 16, 2015

Doctor Who and Queer As Folk writer returns with new gay drama trio

TV writer Russell T Davies has said of Cucumber Banana Tofu, his new gay drama trio for Channel 4: 'I wanted to look at sex without being sexy.'

January 15, 2015

'You could say I am oriented towards doughnuts'

A star of TLC's controversial My Husband's Not Gay has compared having sex with men to eating donuts, in an attempt to explain how he reconciles his same-sex attraction with his opposite-sex marriage.

The reality show followed four gay Mormon men married to women and one of the couples, Jeff and Tanya Bennion, appeared on Nightline last before the special aired.

'When I’m having sex with her, I don’t wish she were a man,' he said.

January 14, 2015

Emoticons include a fish taco, U-Haul truck and The L Word DVD

A Los Angeles advertising director has created a suite of nearly 50 lesbian emojis out of frustration with the lack of Sapphic emoticons for iPhone.

The Lesbian Emojis app launched two weeks ago on the Apple Store and includes a The L Word DVD cover, turkey baster and her personal favorite – a plaid shirt.

Kimberly Linn, associate creative director at Pitch ad agency, started Lesbian Emojis six months ago as a joke Instagram account that now has more than 10,000 followers.

January 13, 2015

The Green Carnation is set to become a new venue

Another London gay bar has announced it is set to close its doors.

The Green Carnation in Soho is to give its final farewell this weekend to make way for a new venue to take its place.

It is unknown whether it will remain a gay bar, but owners have promised a 'new concept' that is 'aspirational to the Soho clientele'.

Numerous LGBTI-friendly venues have announced their closure in the last few years, including The Joiners Arms, Profile, Madame JoJo's, Manbar and Candy Bar.

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

'We are impressed with their work and would be open to meeting with them'

Taco Bell says a commercial featuring a gay couple is a fake but that doesn't mean they don't like it.

The commercial recently surfaced on YouTube and features two guys having breakfast at Taco Bell.

They then wonder what else they can do before work and embark on a series of activities that includes a visit to an arcade, cuddling at a park, water skiing, looking for buried treasure and even getting married.

December 27, 2014

The ad, which features a gay couple getting married and the fast food chain's breakfast items, was mysteriously uploaded to YouTube last week

Praised for its high production values and with 'the accoutrements of any other Taco Bell commercial', the video uploaded on Youtube is still somewhat of a mystery although Taco Bell has reportedly confirmed that they aren't behind it.

The 30-second ad featured a gay couple eating at Taco Bell, cuddling in a park, marrying and 'Crunchwrap' breakfast tems has gone viral since it was uploaded on YouTube on Dec 17.

December 26, 2014

If you’re not a fan of ‘food porn’, you might want to look away now…

When Michael Zee made breakfast for his boyfriend, Mark van Beek, in April of last year, he didn’t think that it would lead to them having over 113,000 followers on Instagram.

Michael, 29, works in London’s V&A museum in the Learning Department. Mark, 39, is a Design Director with clothing company. The two have been together almost three years; Mark moved in to Michael’s home in Hackney, east London, full time in April 2013.

December 25, 2014

'To the individual who scrawled the word ‘’faggots’’ into our door: We regret to inform you that you completely failed to use glitter paint and/or sequins...'

During 2014, we’ve seen a great deal of homophobic incidents shared on the internet.

And some of the most inspiring moments come from when victims of homophobia find the perfect way to respond to them.

In this case, we see a gay couple find the classiest, and perhaps the most festive way, to put a homophobe in their place.

The couple reached their door to find the word ‘faggots’ scrawled underneath their Christmas wreath.

They responded like this:

December 15, 2014

Russell T Davies, who created Queer As Folk, is back in Manchester to celebrate gay life

More than a decade after Queer As Folk, the UK is set to air another huge gay drama.

And this time, there are three of them - Cucumber, Banana and Tofu.

Created by the creator of Queer As Folk, Russell T Davies, it will follow the loves and lives of the gay community in Manchester.

The video shows many of the characters and what we'll see them getting up in January 2015.

December 12, 2014

Former boyfriend of Marc Jacobs says he was 'humiliated'

Gay Brazilian model Harry Louis has claimed he was the target of discrimination in a Starbucks, when a worker told him to 'become a man'.

The former boyfriend of designer Marc Jacobs, he says he intends to sue the coffee company over the 'humiliating' incident.

Louis said he went to grab a hot drink while he was waiting for a connecting flight at the São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport on Wednesday morning (10 December).

But as the Starbucks wasn't open at 7am, the model asked a worker setting up when he would be able to get a coffee.

December 12, 2014

Donnie Romero is an acolyte of the Arizona preacher who wants all gay people killed for 'an AIDS-free Christmas'

A Texas pastor told Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth last Sunday that he loved the part of the Bible that says God wants gay people to be 'put to death.'

Donnie Romero said if he ever got 'soft on sin,' he hoped that his children would tell him to 'get up there and rip on these queers because it's only getting worse and worse.'

'I'm not going to let any of these dirty faggots inside my church,' he said.

'They are all pedophiles... They're always trying to rape and hurt other people. They're relentless. They are relentless.

December 9, 2014

Madrid restaurant staff applauded the protestors

A gay couple was told to leave a Burger King in Madrid after a father eating there with his children had complained they were bothering him.

So, in response, gay couples and allies gathered together to kiss in protest against the incident.

It was particularly embarrassing for the company as the fast food giant after they made a 'gay burger' in celebration of Pride this year.

The action was applauded by the Burger King staff.