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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.

March 9, 2015

Horrific video appears on social media

An angry mob stoned a young, allegedly gay man to death in Jamaica and filmed themselves hurling rocks at his head.

The video of the murder of the alleged gay youth, believed to be aged around 19 to 21, has gone viral on social media after being posted last week.

It shows the young man dressed effeminately with long hair, appearing to be tied up in ropes or wire, laying in a pool of his own blood. A large stone is thrown at the boy's head, blood gushes out.

It's not clear whether he is still alive or conscious as the rocks break his skull.

March 9, 2015

A Managing Director with Boston Consulting Group, Nick Goad spoke to GSN Business about his work, the value of good mentors, and how a supportive partner has helped make him happy in his career

Nick Goad is a Partner and Managing Director in the Washington, DC office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he has been a management consultant for over eleven years.

Boston Consulting Group has approximately 9,700 staff in 81 offices across 45 countries.

As an active member of the global leadership team for BCG’s LGBT Network, Nick heads the People Development Initiative; the initiative received The Human Rights Campaign’s 2011 Award for Workplace Equality Innovation.

March 7, 2015

Thick crowds stretched almost the entire length of the parade route and almost to the site of tonight’s Mardi Gras Party after party and this year top Australian military leaders took part in the parade

Hundreds of thousands of people have packed the streets of Sydney’s gay village tonight to watch the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras take place for the 37th year in a row.

There were thick crowds all the way to Moore Park which meant that participants had to give their best along the entire parade route to wow the crowd and many were visibly exhausted by the end.

February 25, 2015

A demonstration is set to take place in London tonight outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Tonight marks a pivotal moment in the battle to save London gay bar the Joiners Arms from demolition.

The management of the bar on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, were informed last year that its lease – which came to an end on 15 January – would not be renewed. David Pollard, who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997, told GSN at the time that a development company is planning to build flats on the site.

February 23, 2015

The bag is being given away at a number of GSN's bespoke events

Andy Bell has personally designed an exclusive tote bag for Gay Star News – and it is a design that will feature at a number of bespoke events that Gay Star News is hosting for clients.

Following on from the success of the GSN tote bags designed by Jean Paul Gaultier last year, the design from Andy Bell is already providing to be a crowd-pleaser.

February 16, 2015

The Gay and Lesbian Network (GLEN) say that its has had a promising response to its call out for submissions. It will announce Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Ranking in the autumn

Following the success of similar rankings in other countries, GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) have announced details of a survey to discover the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in Ireland.

The group announced the launch of the GLEN Workplace Equality Index last week with a press event in Dublin.

The organization’s Eimear O’Reilly, Programme Officer Workplace Diversity, told to GSN that GLEN had received interest from, ‘a range of leading public and private sector employers’, since the announcement.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 12, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best female/female romances

It's nearly Valentine's Day (or that Saturday which happens to be 14 February if you'd prefer to think of it that way), so what better time to sit on the couch, grab some ice cream, and watch some lesbian love?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite lesbian kisses from TV and film, and they did not disappoint.

February 9, 2015

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February 4, 2015

News reporter for Gay Star News

Darren Wee is the Asia and Australasia correspondent at Gay Star News based in Hong Kong.

Before joining in GSN September 2014, he was a reporter at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the China Post in Taipei.

He has also written for Vice, the Financial Times and the Guardian.

Darren manages GSN's Chinese Weibo account

February 3, 2015

Originally from Australia, Gareth now lives in London.

Part of the GSN team since the very beginning, Gareth brings his organisational skills to the day-to-day operations of Gay Star News, as well as contributing features on:

February 2, 2015

Global traffic rank service helps Gay Star News understand our audience

Founded in 1996, Alexa offers a service that analyses a website's traffic delivers insights into a site's users.

Alexa's global traffic rank is a measure of how a website is doing relative to all other sites on the web - performance can be analysed at a global level or at a country-specific level.

A recent audit by Alexa of the Gay Star News website has given us the following insights: