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April 9, 2014

Meanwhile British parliamentary meeting hears about the real problems facing European sex workers

British LGBTI organizations have been challenged to speak up for sex workers at a meeting organized by the English Collective of Prostitutes.

But when a group called Queer Strike ‘named and shamed’ LGBTI organizations who they said were refusing to help decriminalize sex work in the country, the picture they gave was misleading.

April 9, 2014

For every mile he runs on the London Marathon this weekend, a new person will be tested for HIV

The boss of Britain’s top gay bar and club chain is just £719 ($1,205 €873) away from reaching a mammoth fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Jeremy Joseph who runs the G-A-Y bars and club in London and Manchester is running the London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) and has set himself two additional challenges.

The first is to top a £250,000 ($419,000 €304,000) fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation – an aim he’s worked towards over four years.

April 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Sherlock's co-creator says the UK should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Gay actor Mark Gatiss has compared gay discrimination in Russia to Nazi Germany, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The Sherlock co-creator and writer has reflected on the Sochi Winter Olympics that took place last month, saying we need to ‘keep the flag flying’ and pressurizing anti-gay countries.

Citing the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, Gatiss said the UK and other pro-gay countries should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights.

April 2, 2014

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism

A Russia lawmaker has called for a ‘moral police’ to be instated to ‘deal’ with gay people.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, has said a new division in the police force would help improve stamping out ‘gay propaganda’.

The moral police squads are being proposed to combat propaganda of homosexuality, as well as stopping prostitution and gambling.

They would also ‘strike down’ those who offend religious believers for whatever reason.

April 1, 2014

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March 28, 2014

With the first same-sex couple is wed in Brighton, history is made as gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to marry legally

As the clock struck 12, history was made as the first gay couples in the UK married moments ago.

Gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to wed, giving them all the same legal benefits as straight unions.

GSN was there in the middle of the media storm in the seaside British gay capital, Brighton, to witness the first official same-sex wedding.

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard, a couple of seven years, had their first married kiss in front of the world’s press in Brighton’s historical Royal Pavilion.

March 27, 2014

Ola Girls was cancelled days before tickets were to start selling. Organizers say the authorities are freezing out lesbian events in favor of gay men's parties

A Sitges government official has allegedly cancelled a lesbian party saying there’s no room for any more gay events in the LGBTI paradise.

The seaside town of Sitges, 22 miles southwest of Barcelona on the Spanish coast, was slated to host Ola Girls, a new Mediterranean-themed lesbian festival from 6 to 8 June 2014.

March 25, 2014

At least 17 gay people, with the majority of them being under the age of 25, have attempted to kill themselves over Uganda parliament introducing the anti-gay law

A Uganda gay teen has attempted to commit suicide after politicians enacted one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

Gay rights activists have told GSN they are very concerned about how some feel like their life is now over, especially if they live in rural areas of the east African country.

One young man, who we will call Mikhail in order to protect his identity, overdosed on pills and swallowed rat poison two weeks ago.

For the past 12 days, he has been coming in and out of consciousness and shows no sign as of yet of recovery.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 13, 2014

'People everywhere from politicians down to the lowliest person in our society... are terrified'

Ben Carson, a well respected figure in the US conservative movement, is certain people against same-sex marriage don't have free speech rights.

The neurosurgeon was a guest yesterday (11 March) on the anti-gay Family Research Council show Washington Watch.

lost Tony Perkins

Host Tony Perkins asked Carson if the 'PC police' kept 'many politicians' from discussing 'core value issues like marriage.'

March 11, 2014

Moral questions raised over BAE Systems walking in the parade, with the firm's LGBT group saying they have every right to be there

Manchester Pride is to review whether a British firm that provides arms to anti-gay countries should take part in its annual march.

BAE System's LGBTI group participated in the parade in 2013 and intends to do so again. But Manchester Pride's new director, Mark Fletcher, has told GSN he will 'seriously' look at whether they should be allowed.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has campaigned for arms industry giant BAE Systems to be excluded from future pride festivals, LGBTI awards and events, having been involved amid some controversy in the past.

March 8, 2014

'There has never been a state in this country that has ever banned gay marriage. That is a liberal lie'

Opponents to same-sex marriage in the US have given up on rationality.

Take Michel Medved. He's a conservative radio host and today, 7 March, was on a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a yearly confab where conservatives meet and greet. Think of it as the political equivalent to a Star Trek convention.

Medved's panel was Can Libertarians and Social Conservatives Ever Get Along? and he made this passionate statement:

February 27, 2014

Gay soldier James Wharton has withdrawn from a gay awards shortlist saying an openly gay Army major should be honored instead

A gay former soldier who chronicled his army career in best selling memoir Out In The Army has quit the shortlist of a glitzy awards ceremony.

James Wharton was hotly tipped to pick up the Diversity Champion of the Year accolade at the Out In The City Magazine Awards in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel on 25 April.

But now he has pulled out and thrown his support to British Army Major Damian Jenkins.

February 25, 2014

A gay Russian couple has reportedley entered in matrimony in Buenos Aires, and plans to apply for refugee status to escape Russia’s anti-gay laws

A gay couple from Sochi has fled to Argentina to marry and escape Russia's homophobic rule.

Alexander (47) and Dimitri (35) were reportedly married today (25 February) at 11:30 am in the Buenos Aires civil registry on the street Uruguay 753.

Upon calling the civil registry, GSN was told details of the marriage could not be confirmed nor denied over the phone, but the desk did confirm media cameras present in the lobby.

February 25, 2014

The future in hotels has arrived. From button-activated fish feeders to private coral gardens, we look at four stays showing people a whole new world

Breakfast in bed should always be enjoyed hundreds of feet under the ocean surface.

Enough of penthouse suites and lobby check-ins - the most stylish accommodations these days are found under the sea.

Sleeping with fish might have sounded crazy in the past, but the technology needed to build these underwater hotels is not only safe, but quickly becoming popular.

We take a look at some of the world's most amazing underwater hotels, visions of the future that you can book and enjoy today.

February 24, 2014

While some have remained resolute and will continue to fight against homophobia, others have fled the country and have attempted suicide

Eight people have attempted suicide in the last two weeks over the anti-gay law, gay rights activists have told GSN.

President Yoweri Museveni has signed the anti-gay bill into law today (24 February), one of the most draconic legislations in the world.

Since the law was passed on 20 December, underground LGBT groups have reported that several have attempted suicide and others have left the country.

February 24, 2014

Have you met the GlamCocks? Australian bombshell Courtney Act introduces us to the gay family that takes on Burning Man every year

Not that I needed much convincing, but after hearing Courtney Act describe what goes on at Burning Man, I ache to go.

Maybe it was the Australian accent (which I love).

Maybe it was the GlamCocks, the group of gay men who travel from all corners of the globe for the annual event in Nevada (whom I could totally see myself joining, code name pending).

Maybe it was the ‘the rules are there are no rules, except for the Golden Rule’ credo of Burning Man, ‘an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance’.

February 24, 2014

'The Cosmo' podcast to be featured weekly with Gay Star News

RTÉ's radio show for the LGBT community, The Cosmo with Scott De Buitléir on RTÉ Pulse, is teaming up with global LGBTI news site, Gay Star News, to launch The Cosmo's new podcast for audiences in the United Kingdom, Ireland and further afield.

The new podcast of The Cosmo will feature LGBT news, interviews and discussion from the UK, Ireland and abroad, presented by Scott De Buitléir with regular updates from Gay Star News reporters. The podcast will be featured on GSN and various social media profiles every Friday, recorded from the RTÉ studios in Dublin.

February 24, 2014

Cher said no, and the world listened. From ballet demonstrations to national commercials, from tweets to open letters, here are the 14 ways the world came together for the Russian LGBTI community

Did you pour your Stoli vodka down a drain, or stop eating McDonald’s during the Winter Olympics?

In recent months Russia has been at the center of a civil rights firestorm, between president Putin signing anti-gay laws to politicians threatening LGBTI Olympic athletes and spectators.

Even though the Sochi Winter Olympics wrapped up this weekend, the reactions to Russia's anti-gay laws are still being seen, heard and felt around the world.

February 21, 2014

Find us at National Student Pride on Saturday (22 February), sign up to our free GSN newsletter and get yourself a special edition of the anagram game

We are giving free stuff away at this year's Student Pride.

300 lucky students will go bananas with GSN’s giveaway of Bananagrams – the fast and fun anagram game.

National Student Pride is starting today (21 February), and will be bigger and better than ever.

Hosted for the first time in the London, this time it is back with great events, glamorous parties and celeb guest appearances.

February 18, 2014

Camp in Kenya is no safe haven for LGBTI refugees, say men who have fled again after attacks and death threats

Gays fleeing Uganda are facing attacks and even murder in a refugee camp in Kenya.

That’s according to a group of men who contacted Gay Star News to plead for help from the international community.

They were all at the Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya – a desolate site whose name translates as ‘nowhere’ in Swahili.

When there they say they faced attack and death threats. One of their gay friends dropped dead in front of them – they believe he was poisoned.

February 18, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni is believed to have signed the anti-gay bill into law, punishing gay people with life imprisonment

Uganda’s president has signed the anti-gay bill into law, unconfirmed reports claim.

After President Yoweri Museveni has given his assent to the Anti-Pornography Bill, gay rights activists on the ground have said the Ugandan government is delaying the announcement of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The bill was previously dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’. The death penalty has now been dropped but it still punishes ‘aggravated’ homosexuality, including repeat offenders, with life-imprisonment.

February 17, 2014

Gangs have attempted to burn down a house, have thrown stones and excrement and stolen from Alternative, an organization for gay and bi men

A 200-strong mob have stormed the offices of Alternative, the Ivory Coast’s leading organization for men who have sex with men, stealing equipment and smashing windows.

The attack on 27 January has just been reported from people on the ground and can be exclusively revealed by GSN.

Claver Touré, Alternative’s executive director, said: ‘They broke windows with stones and stole computers. They left signs bearing anti-gay slurs all over the office. Everything they could take was taken, and the rest was broken.’

February 13, 2014

A 40-strong mob attacked around 12 gay men, smashed down doors to their homes, even continuing the beatings in front of the police station

A mob beat gay men with sticks spiked with nails, tried to burn down their homes and forced them to flee their village in Nigeria.

The attacks in the previously peaceful community of Gishiri, in the capital city of Abuja, come after a month of growing tension between LGBTI people and other villagers.

An LGBTI community leader has come to GSN to describe how a gang smashed in the doors to their shared homes, dragged gay men in the street and even beat one man in front of the police station while officers looked on.