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July 25, 2014

A suicidal Orashia Edwards was suddenly detained earlier today, with no warning given to him or his family

A mother says the UK government is giving her bisexual son a ‘death sentence just for being who he is’.

Vienna Brown, mom to 32-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears about her son’s fate now he has been refused asylum in Britain.

He is to be sent back to Jamaica – where he has been vilified in the national press making him a target for anti-gay thugs.

Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

July 19, 2014

'He asked for the biggest, baddest adventure and it was an honor to oblige'

It seems Zac Efron likes to be shirtless. Not that anyone here plans on protesting that.

The actor's most recent no shirt required stint is a clip from the upcoming show Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

In the reality show, the adventurer and host takes the famous through some difficult outdoor adventures. Efron, who will appear on the program's 28 July premiere, went rappelling in the Catskill Mountains.

July 18, 2014

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’

A drag queen is speaking out after being banned from a Scottish TV show, being told a man dressed as a woman was ‘inappropriate’ for kids.

Pride Glasgow was due to appear on The Riverside Show on STV Glasgow this week to promote the event, but when they suggested a drag queen appear, the show’s producers refused.

Bee Fiarse said he is ‘totally and utterly flabbergasted’ by what happened, describing the producers as ‘prejudiced’.

July 17, 2014

Three gay friends spending a long weekend in Naples found, among many things, humid streets, attractive architecture and oddly erotic statues

An Italian, a German and a London gay man found themselves in the streets of Naples for the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The biggest city in southern Italy gets quite hot in the summer, but our travelers were keen to scope out the tastes and sights of Napoli.

Before and after the parade, the three men (including our GSN team member Marcus James) took to the streets of Naples in search of some legendary pasta (or pizza) and to check out the tourism spots.

So what was Naples like for our three amigos?

July 11, 2014

A 16 and 18-year-old were among five men given anal examinations after being arrested in Pader, northern Uganda

Five men, one as young as 16, were tortured with an anal probe test after being arrested by Uganda cops.

That’s according to activists who investigated the arrests in Pader district, northern Uganda, which GSN first reported yesterday.

Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum Uganda (HRAPF), said:

‘The background to the case is that one of the arrested persons, the now 18-year-old (who was a minor at the time the case was first reported) was arrested on 10 October 2013 for attempted suicide.

July 11, 2014

The shock advice that every man who has sex with men in the world should be taking medicine – and why it wasn’t what it seemed

Every gay and bisexual man on the planet was told to start taking drugs today – for as long as they are sexually active, even if it is the rest of their lives.

That was the message on Twitter from no lesser body than the World Health Organization (WHO).

And they meant it.

By getting gay and trans people who have sex with men to take Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – a drug regimen for people who don’t have HIV – they hoped to cut the number of people worldwide who contract the virus by 1million over the next 10 years.

July 11, 2014

Politicians have delayed equal marriage on the little island of Jersey, even though 81% support it. Anger has sparked biggest ever LGBTI event

The little island of Jersey is set to see it’s biggest ever LGBTI event this weekend – a rally to demand same-sex marriage.

It comes after the island – which is part of the British Crown but has its own laws – delayed a decision to allow gay and lesbian marriage.

A poll by the Jersey Evening Post shows 81% of Jersey islanders support marriage equality.

July 10, 2014

A bisexual teen, who had not yet come out to her mom, came home to find a colourful surprise waiting for her

Coming out is notoriously difficult to do.

Whatever aspect of the LGBTI community you identify as, eveyone has a story about how they came out.

Uplifting stories about coming out experiences can help people to pluck up the courage to tell their friends, family and colleagues about their sexuality.

For some, their nearest and dearest not only accept their coming out with open arms, but find their own unique way of showing their approval.

July 10, 2014

A lesbian couple in Ohio are hopeful that their city council will re-write its definition of ‘family’ in order to allow them and their children reduced-price access to a local swimming pool

A same-sex family in Ohio have been left stunned and disappointed after they were declined a request for a family pass for their local swimming pool.

For the past nine years, Melody Mohn and her children have made regular use of the Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio. This year, in an effort to save money, she applied for a family pass – to cover herself, her four children and same-sex partner, Hela Young.

July 9, 2014

Launched by a pair of gay moms, clothing label Little Figs offers kid's wear that celebrates alternative families

Ohio-based company, Little Figs, was launched by wives Mary Robinett and Arrin Turnmire, who say that they were inspired by their twin boys, Finn and Graham, to create high-quality, handmade children’s clothing. Most of the range is made from 100% organic cotton and printed with environmentally friendly inks.

July 7, 2014

South African mom Michele Macfarlane has written a book about how she split from her husband after falling in love with the couple’s female au pair. She talked to GSN about the backlash she has received to the memoir’s publication…

Michele Macfarlane is not the first woman to split from her husband after falling in love with another women, but she is one of the few to write a detailed, brutally honest account of this turbulent period of her life.

I Left My Husband for the Au Pair details how Macfarlane fell for her nanny and her subsequent family break-up.

July 6, 2014

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today, a feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

July 6, 2014

Businessman Gianluca Vacchi posts a video of him and Zac Efron jumping in the water

Zac Efron. Shirtless. Water. Backflip.

Granted those words are not that important in the LGBTI news cycle, but they are critical enough to get love here at GSN.

According to the site Just Jared actor Zac Efron is enjoying a holiday with bisexual thespian Michelle Rodriguez and businessman Gianluca Vacchi.

July 3, 2014

Poor exchange rates and fees could mean you’re losing out when you send money back home

Working overseas can be a great experience. It's a chance to live in a new culture and make money at the same time.

If you're sending this money back home to your savings account or family, you should make sure that you're not losing out with unfavorable exchange rates or unnecessary charges.

Using the traditional method of a bank could prove costly when compared to using a specialist foreign exchange service.

June 30, 2014

Following the sometimes slow and challenging process of being approved for adoption and waiting to be matched with a child, what’s it like when your new son or daughter joins your home?

Ian MacMillan (48) and Andy Hitchman (49) are a London-based couple who have been together for 13 years. In April of 2014, they became fathers to a five-year-old adopted son. MacMillan explained to GSN how they’d found the process and first few months as new gay dads.

When did you decide to adopt?

June 29, 2014

Gay pride in New York City gets a rousing start with the annual Dyke March

When the drums started, the crowd cheered. The beats started the New York City Dyke March.

In 1993, the Lesbian Avengers sponsored the first such march in Washington, DC.

The tradition moved to New York City and for 22 years women have taken the streets of Manhattan, the day before the official gay pride parade.

It all starts at Bryant Park, near Times Square, and heads down Fifth Avenue. The procession ends in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, the neighborhood of the Stonewall Riots.

June 28, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen tells Gay Star News events like this prove the future is safe for generations of LGBTI people to come

Defiant against torrential rain and recent homophobic attacks, London has put on one of the biggest and best Gay Prides in years.

With an estimated half a million LGBTI people and their allies braving the summer downpour, the UK capital marched to fight for freedom today (28 June).

The British capital is celebrating a few months after the first gay couples have got married in England and Wales, with Scotland not too far behind.

June 27, 2014

Gay Star News brings you content about all aspects of LGBTI family life and how to start your own

Gay Star News has a new baby – a dedicated LGBTI Family section.

It’s already packed with information and advice about pregnancy, surrogacy, fostering, adoption, babies, children, teens and everyday family life.

And as Gay Star Family grows in the weeks, months and years to come, it will become a go-to resource for anyone in or interested in ‘alternative’ families.

June 26, 2014

Enjoy some fruity drinks that won't break the bank with our guide

Not everyone wants to head out and spend a long, sweaty day partying away at a Pride parade.

Some want to stay in, have friends round, and enjoy some drinks that won’t break the bank.

So that’s what the GSN London team did one day, heading back to the bosses’ house for dinner and drinking.

Thanks to one of sponsors of our Jean Paul Gaultier designed Pride bags, we had plenty of choice from the many flavours of Cactus Jacks’ Schnapps.

Here’s what we had as well as how we made them:

June 24, 2014

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June 14, 2014

GSN was there in Switzerland's largest city to talk to lesbian mayor Corine Mauch and many others about the 'unstoppable' march to equality

Europe is a continent divided.

With the west and north generally in support of gays, and the south and the east mostly not, countries in the middle like Switzerland are a battleground for civil rights.

Fighting for equal marriage, and for gay couples to adopt children, the LGBTI Swiss are hoping to sway public opinion to their side.

And if events like Zurich Pride continue to be held, then equality cannot be too far away.

June 13, 2014

Leading surgeon leaves NHS, increasing gender surgery wait times. Even patients with complications after their operation face delays

Activists have claimed the time for trans people to get male to female gender reassignment surgery has skyrocketed in England from seven months to three years.

And campaigners warning the trauma of ever increasing delays may push some trans people to suicide.

They say it’s because the one expert surgeon in London conducting most of the operations in the country, James Bellringer, has left the National Health Service (NHS).

June 10, 2014

Due to be deported from the UK today, a 30-year-old fears she will be beaten, imprisoned and killed if she is forced to go back to Uganda

A Uganda lesbian, who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her, has been given a chance to have her life saved.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, was hours away from being deported from the UK where she feared she would be beaten, imprisoned, or even killed.

She was scheduled to leave today (10 June).

June 5, 2014

The Commonwealth Games are inviting 41 countries which criminalize homosexuality to Scotland. We ask bosses if LGBTI issues will be on the agenda

When 70 teams descend on Glasgow on 23 July to compete in sports from athletics to weightlifting there will be an elephant in the room.

A shocking 41 of the 53 countries they will be representing at the 20th Commonwealth Games criminalize homosexuality. Some of them have some of the most draconian anti-LGBTI laws in the world.

Jamaica, Nigeria and Uganda will all be flying the flag and even Brunei, which is introducing stoning to death for gay sex, is invited.