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May 21, 2015

Lithuania in historic Eurovision first

Tonight at the Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final in Vienna, the performers from Lithuania scored a Eurovision first with not one, but two same-sex couples sharing a kiss on stage.

Watched by millions of television across the world, singers Vaidas and Monika opened the show with their song called “This Time” supported by two male and two female backing singers and dancers.

May 19, 2015

Cops, punk and disco divas... let the fun begin!

It's the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

May 12, 2015

GSN teams up with online hotel booking site, with special giveaways planned around 4 UK pride festivals

LateRooms.com and Gay Star News are pleased to announce their official partnership for 2015.

As part of the partnership, the online hotel booking site is set to feature at pride weekends throughout the country over the summer, and intends to work with GSN to bring even more fun to each of the events, with some tongue-in-cheek giveaways and an exciting golden ticket competition.

May 11, 2015

'We are now walking targets. Our lives are at risk'

Kenya's 'top homos' are fearing for their lives after a newspaper published their names and pictures on its front page today (11 May).

Citizen Weekly has exposed 12 LGBTI activists and leaders. Several were previously in the closet.

While some are known internationally as proud spokespeople for the community, others include a senator and a gospel singer.

May 10, 2015

'Your first relationship starts with yourself. Know who you are and cultivate that'

Tonight, May 9, is all about the LGBTI media that portrays our humanity.

LGBTI stars, and their glitterati allies, walked GLAAD's red carpet for the group's 26th annual award show.

GSN's camera was clicking away so check our Facebook page to see some of the pictures.

May 9, 2015

Angela Eagle is serious contender for deputy’s job

One of Britain’s top lesbian Members of Parliament, Angela Eagle, is considering standing for the Labour leadership, Gay Star News can reveal.

Eagle has long spoken privately about her desire to be deputy leader, GSN understands. Whether she throws her hat in the ring for the leadership is likely to depend on which other candidates step forward.

The job opened up when Ed Miliband stood down after disastrous election results for Labour.

May 8, 2015

Big hitters lost but some new victories

It has been a night of new victories and some surprising losses for LGBTI politicians in the UK general election.

While the results are still being counted, GSN can confirm at least 24 LGBTI Members of Parliament have been elected, with a few other candidates likely to win.

It is still possible there will be over 26 openly gay, lesbian, bi or trans MPs, beating the previous number.

In line with their general disastrous performance, the Liberal Democrats lost its LGBTI giants.

May 7, 2015

Teachers in trouble for saying ‘trans’ was like ‘gay’ on official form

A college of higher education is in trouble for not knowing what transgender is.

Henley College in Coventry, England has already hit the headlines this year for having an illegal block on their computer system, so students couldn’t see LGBTI content online.

Now they have confused gender with sexuality.

All new students have to fill in a form that asks what their sexuality is.

The options given are ‘heterosexual’, ‘gay/lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, ‘I do not wish to disclose’ – or ‘transgender’.

April 25, 2015

'I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

When Bey came out as trans to her dads, she hoped they would accept her for who she really is.

But the 22-year-old was shocked to discover that, despite both parents struggling to come out as gay when they were younger, they refused to accept her coming out as trans.

Now, she’s sharing her story in the hope her parents will see she’s serious about her transition.

'I'm hurt,’ she explained, speaking to GSN.

'I feel as though they should understand. I feel like they've gone through their struggle. They should be helping me through mine.'

April 24, 2015

British boyfriend: 'When people complain about immigration, this is not someone you need to worry about'

A Jamaican bisexual asylum seeker could be deported at any moment after being detained by the UK government today (24 April).

Orashia Edwards, 32, was ruled to be lying about his sexuality in the final judgment of his asylum case earlier this month.

This is in despite of a man in the UK saying he has been in a relationship with Edwards for the past two years and his entire family being British citizens. Two specialists living in Jamaica have also written on Edwards' behalf to the UK, saying it is not safe for him to return.

April 21, 2015

He calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’. Find out why here

In one of Cakes Da Killa's new tracks, he calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’.

This is apparently accurate, according to him.

Otherwise known as Rashard Bradshaw, this 23-year-old New York City rapper and artist is ambitious. So ambitious, he says, he's going to take on the world.

His second mixtape, The Eulogy, was a massive hit. He's been compared to acts like Lil' Kim, Cam'ron and Mykki Blanco.

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 20, 2015

Mike Carducci believes gay people are 'under demonic control'

A US 'gay cure' leader was stopped from speaking at a UK Butlins, it was announced today (20 April).

Mike Carducci, of the Coming Out Ministries, was invited to speak at a British holiday camp by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in June.

He was scheduled to appear at the Strong Families event at Butlins in Skegness where he could possibly use this platform in order to explain how he believes gay people are 'under demonic control' and are 'addicted to evil'.

But thanks to a gay activist, his invitation is now revoked.

April 15, 2015

One of the hottest UK comics chats to Gay Star News ahead of her run at the Soho Theatre, London

Catriona Knox is one of the most hilarious LGBTI comics working in the UK today.

She's battled the streets of Edinburgh for the fringe festival for years, leading to a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of her show Thinks She's Hard Enough in August 2014.

A character comedian, she is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable among others, and is now bringing the show back for a short run in London.

GSN: Tell me about your shows at the Soho Theatre.

April 14, 2015

Over 30,000 people called for visas to be denied to the 'gay cure' preachers invited to speak at the summit

A 'gay cure' convention scheduled to take place in London later this month is now cancelled.

Thousands protested over the Holy Sexuality Conference that was scheduled from 21-25 April, with three of the biggest 'ex-gay' advocates invited to come and preach dangerous 'therapies'.

Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison of the Coming Out Ministries were invited to speak by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, a conservative Christian organization.

Gay people had been specifically invited in order for them to 'overcome their sexual habits'.

April 7, 2015

This talented musical family are sharing their love with the world - with a little help from a fabulous Broadway-style show

A San Francisco family are taking on the critics of same-sex marriage with a personal cabaret about their lives.

Sonny Vukic, Frank Silletti, and their 11-year-old daughter Ava have produced a new cabaret show, titled 'The Book of Ava', to celebrate the modern family.

The show, which stars both Frank and Ava, features popular songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook that reflect how Frank and Sonny met and decided to adopt their daughter.

April 7, 2015

Claudetteia Love and her family are standing up to her school’s position that 'girls wear dresses and that’s just the way it is'

An openly gay student is protesting against her school’s dress code rules by boycotting her prom.

Claudetteia Love, an honor student at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, planned to celebrate the end of her senior year with her classmates, but was told she would be violating the school’s dress code if she turned up in a tux.

'The principal said that girls wear dresses and that is just the way it is,’ she said, speaking to GSN.

'I normally wear pants and shorts to school and it has never been a problem.’

April 7, 2015

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March 26, 2015

 Event recognized as one of the leading UK events in the LGBTI community

GSN readers have until midnight tomorrow to vote for the Gay Star Travel Expo for the Best Event Award at the British LGBT Awards.

The one-stop travel shop took place at London's Heaven nightclub in January, and featured exhibitors from around the world such as Vienna and Gibraltor.

March 25, 2015

29 March marks 12 months since the first same-sex wedding in Britain

Believe it or not, it's almost been a year since same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales – and since then, Scotland's followed suit, with Ireland hopefully next in April (fingers crossed!).

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 15, 2015

'…Here’s a guy that’s responsible for the coarsening of civil discussion and conversation being celebrated…'

We at GSN get why some conservatives don't like Dan Savage.

The columnist ruthlessly mocks public figures who go out of their way to utter anti-gay bigotry.

For example: he recently asked famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson to 'suck his dick' to prove the doctor's theory homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice.

It's not strange those against LGBTI rights, and visibility, are not Savage groupies.

March 11, 2015

Mother of Orashia Edwards, the bisexual Jamaican asylum seeker in the UK, is terrified her son will be stoned to death

A mother has said the UK government is driving her bisexual son to the brink of a mental breakdown as they prepare to send him back to Jamaica.

Vienna Brown, the mother of 33-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears as she prepares to hear the final judgment of her son's asylum case on 15 April.

She is not optimistic. In previous judgments, courts have ruled Edwards is 'dishonest' about his sexuality.

March 10, 2015

She is 'going to be running to the tape' until end of her third and final term

Houston Mayor Annise Parker can't run for a fourth term next year due to term limits but she is making clear that she intends to make the most of her time left in office.

'I'm going to be running to the tape as mayor. Cities are 24-7 operations and I have a lot left to do,' Parker told Gay Star News during a chat at the recent Family Equality Council dinner in Los Angeles where Parker was an honoree.