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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.'

November 28, 2014

Magic anti-HIV pill or just an excuse for bareback sex?

PrEP is the new buzzword in HIV. It’s a pill to reduce your chance of getting the virus.

But the treatment is still in trials and public information is patchy at best.

So as we prepare for World AIDS Day on 1 December, here’s what every gay and bisexual man needs to know about PrEP.

What is PrEP?

It means ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ and is a medical term for providing ‘treatment’ to prevent you getting something.

November 27, 2014

French and Mediterranean styles collide in picturesque beachside town

It's one of the oldest cities in Europe – and one of the most vibrant on the Mediterranean coast. Welcome to Marseille, south of France, a city with 26 centuries of history, and still transforming.

A mix of cultures indeed, next to the harbour you'll find African markets, Italian communities (the border is not far), crowds of tourists and students from all over the world, Corsican, Spanish: all of them trying to preserve their traditions but also trying, at the same time, to hone Marseille's reputation as a truly multicultural tourist destination.

November 16, 2014

Same-sex marriage is a controversial issue in predominantly Catholic France and has drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets

In what is said to be his strongest comment on the issue, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday called for the country's same-sex marriage laws to be scrapped.

October 15, 2014

Eight Pacific nations still have anti-gay laws

The Pacific island nation of Palau has decriminalized gay sex in a revision of its penal code.

The new criminal laws came into force at the end of July but were only announced today.

At Palau’s last Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, France, Norway and Spain all made recommendations that the country repeal its anti-gay laws, which were accepted by the government.

This new criminal code was passed by the Palau National Congress and signed into law by President Tommy Remengesau Jr in April.

October 6, 2014

Organizers claim 500,000 protesters took to the streets of Paris

Tens of thousands of anti-gay marriage protesters yesterday marched against IVF and surrogacy for gay couples in Paris and Bordeaux.

Organizers Manif Pour Tous (Protest for All) estimated 500,000 attended the rally in the captial but police put the number at 70,000.

Police said 7,500 people took to the streets of Bordeaux while organizers claimed 30,000 attendance.

In an attempt to calm protestors ahead of the rally, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said surrogacy ‘is and will remain banned in France.’

October 2, 2014

Horseback rides, foodie markets and private wine cellar parties are just a few ways Winerist takes wine tasting to the next level

The only thing more delicious than wine, is pairing a wine tasting experience with local food and culture from the region.

Whether you’re into deep, robust reds or sparkling bubbles, wine tasting should be a fun and approachable experience.

Winerist, founded by two wine-loving women from Moldova, elevates the wine-tasting experience by putting guests in the hands of the coolest wine-related guides, restaurants and hotels, and putting together exciting packages for oenophiles (aka lovers of wine).

September 30, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival 2014 will feature the work of the world's best LGBTI filmmakers

LGBTI film lovers are excited as the Iris Prize is set to begin next week.

The world's finest LGBTI filmmakers will gather in Cardiff for the seventh time, welcoming guests from US, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Israel, France and many more.

'It is bigger and better than ever before, with the number of feature length movies doubled to 16,' festivla chair Andrew Pierce said.

'I always think of Iris as family. Granted a rather bigger family today than we knew back in 2007 when the world’s finest LGBT filmmakers gathered in Cardiff for the first time.

September 23, 2014

Female same-sex couples will now be allowed to adopt babies born of IVF and other medically assisted procedures

France's highest civil court has given married lesbians more adoption rights.

The Court of Cassation has said even though gay couples are still banned from using IVF and other medical ways to assist with reproduction, that is not enough to prevent gay women their legal right to adopt their married partner's child.

As these female same-sex couples are stopped from accessing fertility treatment in France, it has sent many of them to Belgium or Spain.

September 17, 2014

Grandmother demands libraries stock books that don’t exist to balance literature supporting LGBTI families

Laurie Higgins is a Christian grandmother with a limited professional background. She has worked as ‘cultural analyst’ for The Illinois ‘Family’ Institute for six years, and before that was employed in the ‘writing center’ for a high school. The Institute is one of 23 hate groups in Illinois tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

September 9, 2014

A commemorative set of stamps honoring Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have been pre-ordered by people in 178 countries – busting all sales records for the country’s postal service

Stamps commemorating Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, who published his drawings under the name Tom of Finland, have been the biggest sellers in the history of Finland’s Posti postal service, with people pre-ordering the stamps in 178 countries.

The stamps went on sale on Monday, with the biggest overseas orders coming from Sweden, Britain, the United States and France.

August 29, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have married after nine years together, breaking a longstanding pledge to not get married until same-sex couples can, though we suspect most will forgive them after years of speaking out for the LGBTI community

Long time Hollywood allies of the LGBTI community Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reneged on a 2006 pledge to not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized across America but we suspect most people will forgive them after years of advocacy by the couple for gay rights.

The couple were reported to have married in France on Saturday in a small private ceremony in a chateau near Nice.

The couple were married by a Californian judge who also provided their marriage license.

August 12, 2014

The late gay designer Yves Saint Laurent loved the Marjorelle gardens so much he and his partner saved the grounds from being converted into a hotel, breathing new life into the spectacularly-designed grounds

The bright blue walls of the garden were a surprise in London’s dreary real estate market, a welcome sight after a slew of despondent and pathetic flats I was looking to rent.

‘I modeled the space after the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakech,’ the landlord told me.

Obviously, I took the flat, but I also took to the Internet to learn more about this garden I had known nothing about, and was already in love with.

It might seem weird to have an obsession with a garden, but I’ve been there.

August 6, 2014

The Le Couvent d’Hérépian, a boutique spa hotel in a former convent, is the ultimate gateway to enjoy the stunning countryside and delicious food of the High Languedoc

Hidden in the stunning countryside of High Languedoc, France, the little town of Hérépian is so secluded most people in the region haven’t heard of it.

Guidebooks and mass tourism have passed it by.

At the center of its muddle of narrow streets, Le Couvent d’Hérépian (the old convent) is even more of a secret. It’s so elegantly understated we had to ask a local to point it out to us even when we were in the small square right next to it.

June 27, 2014

Egypt and Sierra Leone put forward a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on the ‘protection of the family’ which was passed without language inclusive of LGBTI families with the help of Russia

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the ‘protection of the family,’ but attempts to have it amended to recognize there are a variety of family structures – including those headed by LGBTI people – were blocked.

The resolution was put forward by diplomats from Egypt and Sierra Leone during the Human Rights Council’s 26th Session yesterday and calls for a plenary panel on the protection of the family and its members at the Human Rights Council’s September Council session.