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May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 19, 2015

The UK premier of French choreographer's new work: Manger

French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz is the focus of a collaboration between Sadler's Wells theatre and Tate Modern museum in London.

Charmatz is director of the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France. He specialises in creating or using different physical spaces to present and redefine choreography and dance.

May 18, 2015

Straffe Ketten R.F.C. play hosts as the Union Cup comes to the capital of Belgium in 2015

The Union Cup is a gay rugby tournament that was first held in May 2005 in Montpellier in France.

Since then the tournament has been hosted by the cities of Copenhagen (2007), London 2009, Amsterdam 2011, and Bristol 2013.

Seven teams competed in the first Union Cup, but in the 2015 tournament to be held in Brussels, 24 teams will be competing – bringing 700 players, fans, and officials to the city.

May 17, 2015

94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will

The largest Protestant Christian denomination in France has approved church blessings for same-sex couples when they marry just two years to the month after France legalized same-sex marriage.

The United Protestant Church of France is the fourth largest religious denomination in France after Catholicism, Islam and Judaism and the largest group representing Protestants and has around 400,000 members.

May 12, 2015

MyGwork is open to professionals, students and companies looking to promote their diversity and inclusiveness

A new website is touting itself as ‘a LinkedIn for LGBT professionals’.

MyGWork was launched last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert.

The Gauberts grew up in Montpellier in France, but relocated to London around four years ago to study for their Masters degrees; Adrien at Kings College and Pierre at London School of Economics (LSE).

May 5, 2015

Diplomat's boyfriend is told to wait in car instead of greeting PM

Australia's openly gay ambassador to France offered his resignation after Prime Minister Tony Abbott snubbed his partner in Paris.

Stephen Brady and his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, were waiting to receive the PM on the airport tarmac at around 7pm on Anzac Day (25 April).

But prime minister's traveling party sent instruction that Stephens should not take part in the greeting but wait in the car. No explanation was given and the diplomat refused to comply.

May 2, 2015

The international festival of hip hop dance theatre continues to demonstrate the power of dance.

'Our manifesto is peace, love, unity and having fun' declared artistic director Jonzi D, launching the annual Breakin' Convention dance festival at Sadler's Wells theatre in London.

Sadler's Wells is a theatre renowned for its support and celebration of contemporary dance, but it's events like Breakin' Convention where you really feel the power of contemporary dance to connect to a young audience from right across the city.

April 24, 2015

But they don’t want to win elections, they just want a tax break

Manif Pour Tous, a group that came to fame protesting same-sex marriage in France, is becoming a political party.

But the group doesn’t actually want to win elections. They won’t even be fielding any candidates.

Instead, they admit that their new status will mean they benefit from tax breaks, reports leading French newspaper Le Monde.

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 1, 2015

Visage also reveals which Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be attending

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to many European locations for the first time.

Drag Race stars like Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Manila Luzon will be sashaying to places like Spain, Iceland and France in April.

GSN spoke to stars Michelle Visage and Alaska about crossing the waters and werking it in front of a completely new crowd.

'The show is a two hour theatre production. It’s not just a bar queen drag show,' Visage said.

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

March 2, 2015

High school students found their victim on a dating site

Four teens have been charged with an anti-gay attack on a 63-year-old man in northeastern France.

The assault took place at around 7.40pm on 2 February in a parking lot in Nancy.

The victim went there expecting a rendez-vous with a young man he met on a dating site but instead walked straight into an ambush.

The four boys beat him with an iron bar and stole his mobile phone and car.

The attackers, aged 15 to 17, attend the same high school. They admitted to the crime but denied any homophobic intent.

February 26, 2015

Forbidden words also include 'obese,' 'palm oil' and 'Muslim'

Nutella on Tuesday (24 February) launched an online marketing campaign in France inviting consumers to customize a jar of the chocolate spread with a personalized message.

'Here you can create your custom messages and share them with those you love!' the campaign website reads.

That is, as long as the person you love is not a 'lesbian.'

Internet users quickly discovered that they were not allowed to certain words in their messages, including the word 'lesbienne.'

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 13, 2015

State media attacks the openly gay chair of a human rights report on the hermit kingdom

North Korea has gone on another homophobic rant against the openly gay chair of a 2013 report condemning Pyongyang’s human rights record.

The Korean Central News Agency last month published an editorial demanding the US retract and apologize for the UN Commission Of Inquiry.

It claimed that a North Korean defector gave false testimony and the report 'is now being ridiculed and censured by the international community.'

February 8, 2015

The two year prison sentence is being appealed

A Swedish man will be in jail for two years in Tunisia for 'homosexual acts', authorities said this weekend.

The man in his 50s, who has been living in France for years, was imprisoned on 4 February.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has protested the arrest, with the sentence being appealed.

'[Sweden] has highlighted its belief in equal rights regardless of sexual orientation as a fundamental principle of democracy,' said Victoria Bell, a Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

January 30, 2015

Top court breaks a long-standing agreement between the two countries

France's highest appeals court Wednesday (28 January) allowed a gay man to marry his Moroccan partner, despite the North African kingdom's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013. However, a 1981 agreement said marriages between French and Moroccan nationals were subject to the laws of their respective countries.

Dominique and Mohammed first took the case to court after a city hall in France had refused to wed them, citing the 1981 convention.

January 22, 2015

First time a French court convicts over anti-gay abuse on the social network

Three Parisians were fined this week for inciting violence against LGBTI people on Twitter, the first time a French court has convicted for anti-gay abuse on the social network.

One was fined €300 ($348) while the other two were forced to pay €500 ($579) for using the hashtag 'let’s burn the gays on...' (#brûlonslesgayssurdu).

January 20, 2015

'Expect dead bodies if you continue to provocate', the politician warns

A Lithuanian politician has warned a gay group that it is 'playing with fire' and its activities could lead to a massacre similar to what happened in Paris.

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, previously of the Way of Courage political party, told the leader of gay rights group LGL to expect 'dead bodies' if they continue to 'provocate'.

He was referring to the tragic killings in France earlier this month, where 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists.

December 26, 2014

Judge says the politician is entitled to privacy as his private life was not widely known and he never intended to publicly reveal his sexual orientaton

A court in Paris on Wednesday ordered French gossip magazine Closer to pay €20,000 (US$24,400)  in damages for 'invasion of privacy' for outing the far-right National Front party's Vice-President Florian Philippot as gay.

The magazine was also ordered to publish the court's verdict on its front page and pay Philippot €3,500 for his legal fees.

Earlier this month, the magazine published four pages of photographs taken in Vienna showing Philippot and an unnamed man whose face was blurred out and alledged to be his boyfriend.

December 3, 2014

Dust down your sequins – France's first gay carnival slated for February 2015

Fluff up your feathers, stock up on glitter and get that headdress sorted – a new gay and lesbian carnival, or 'Queernaval,' is to launch in Nice, France next year.

The free event will take place in the sunshine city on the 27 February, with a burlesque procession passing through the streets of Nice Old Town.

Its organizers – including Jean-Louis Longo of July's Pink Parade, the city's annual gay pride event – promise an evening of 'feathers, sequins and extravagant make-up.'