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October 29, 2014

Eric and Grant Anderson tell GSN about how they became dads to their twins, Ryan and Garet, through the use of a surrogate mom, and what advice they’d offer to others considering the same route to parenthood

Eric and Grant Anderson are both originally from Orange County, California. Together for the past 17 years, they relocated in to the UK in 2005 and now live in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Both work as academics, with Eric, aged 46, a professor at the University of Winchester and Grant, 35, a lecturer at Brunel University.

October 27, 2014

Will the UK be forced to pay out or be forced to remove filters if they are found to be defying the Equality Act 2010?

Companies that buy in internet filters that ban LGBTI content could be in for a nasty – and expensive – shock.

Trans activist Helen Belcher is considering legal action against firms involved in blocking her website, and are failing to explain why they did so.

Belcher discovered the block when her son, who attends Reading College, a part of the Activiate Learning group, told her he was unable to access her business websites Aurum Solutions Ltd and Calcul-8 through the Wi-Fi or wired connections.

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

October 22, 2014

The new music video from jazz-pop act MRF features frontman, Mike Flanagan, in an 'art-imitating-life', tender love story with a fellow gay bear

As far as we’re concerned, we don’t see enough gay couples featured in music videos. We certainly don’t see enough musclebear couples, which is why #GSNLoves this new music clip from Boston-based jazz act, MRF.

MRF is songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Flanagan.

October 22, 2014

A comprehensive report by Human Rights Watch details how Jamaica’s LGBT community faces widespread discrimination and violence

A new report by the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch paints a damning portrait of the treatment of LGBT people in Jamaica.

The Human Rights Watch report – Not Safe at Home – follows five weeks of study on the Caribbean island country from April to June last year.

October 21, 2014

UK's Africa minister too sick to attend, but was going to refuse to speak to Yoweri Museveni anyway

The UK government is buying dinner for the anti-gay Uganda president Yoweri Museveni but have promised they have no plans to actually speak to him whatsoever this evening (21 October).

For the past two days, the Uganda president has been a high-profile speaker at the business forum The Global African Investment Summit in London.

To top it off, he is scheduled to appear at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial dinner and drinks reception at Lancaster House tonight.

October 14, 2014

Social media fans and followers now growing by up to 10,000 a week and has passed 450,000

September has seen GSN's readership boom to 3 million unique visitors per month, with 450,000 fans and followers on social media.

It further establishes Gay Star News as the fastest growing gay media company in UK history. In just over two-and-a-half years we have become one of the largest LGBTI news sources in the world and the biggest in the English language outside the US.

October 11, 2014

We are seeking a talented and efficient PA and office manager to assist our directors and improve office efficiency in London

The directors of Gay Star News are seeking an office manager/ PA in London to further improve the efficient management of the company.

We can promise a fun, creative workplace where our team is valued as our most important asset.

GSN is a small but rapidly growing company. As we move into our fourth year and continue our expansion, this job is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference to their career and our brands.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 8, 2014

The latest work from the best-selling author features beautiful illustrations and a strong female hero

We love the new book from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, entitled The Sleeper and the Spindle.

The novel, which features illustrations by Chris Riddell, features a description and image of a princess being awoken from sleep by a kiss from a queen.

October 7, 2014

Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia receives its US TV premiere on HBO following its screening in the UK earlier this year

A film exposing how gay teens are lured, kidnapped and tortured in Russia received its US TV premiere on HBO last night (6 October).

Hunted: The War Against Gays In Russia aired to critical acclaim following its showing on UK television earlier this year.

Last year, GSN revealed how fascist leaders were spearheading the campaign against LGBTI teens.

October 6, 2014

A number of parents were unhappy with measures that the school has taken to highlight diversity and equality at the school

A small number of teachers have had an angry confrontation with Jamie Barry, the head teacher of Welford Primary School in Birmingham, England, over his efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the school.

Around six police officers were called to attend the school on Friday morning (3 Oct) after a number of parents expressed anger at a parents forum meeting in the school hall.

According to the BBC, Mr Barry had to be escorted from the building for his own safety.

October 3, 2014

Circus Rainbow is aiming to offer family-friendly entertainment to children and adults alike when it makes its debut in Florida later this month

Roll up, roll up… for the US’s first touring LGBTI circus.

Circus Rainbow will launch on 22 October 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida – with shows running twice daily until 2 November. These will include an afternoon performance aimed at kids and families, and an evening dinner show aimed at adults.

The concept was created by show business veteran, Philip Anthony, a Florida- based producer, promoter and entertainment manager whose career in the circus world stretches back over four decades.

October 2, 2014

Local police have now agreed to work together in order to try and put a stop to the hellish campaign

A 53-year-old man from Northamptonshire is in police custody over the leaflets branding gay people 'worthy of death' in Chester earlier this week.

The leaflets, distributed in several UK towns and cities about to host Pride events, describe homosexuality as 'not natural' and 'part of the same moral degradation as...pedophilia.'

Some eyewitnesses of the person or people giving out the leaflets say they are being handed out dressed in a 'mysterious monk' outfit.

October 1, 2014

‘The fight for democracy is a ladder to LGBT equality’

It is past 2am in Hong Kong but the fight for democracy politely goes on across the city.

Thousands of protesters sit peacefully on the streets of the Causeway Bay shopping district despite the earlier downpour. The chants of 'Leung Chun-ying, ha toi [step down]' quieten down as gay singer Anthony Wong starts to perform.

He shouts, 'We need to be in unity… it is not just Occupy Central or a student boycott anymore, it has become a citywide movement.'

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 25, 2014

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Wauwaa searches the world to find outstanding baby and child products – and here is their pick of seven favorites and bestsellers.

Whether you are buying them for your own little one or as a gift, you can get 30% off as a Gay Star News reader, just by entering ‘GSN’ at checkout.

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September 17, 2014

Gay Star News chats with stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light and creator Jill Soloway

A star-sudded crowd got an early look this week at the first two episodes of the new series Transparent, a dramedy about an LA man with three grown children who is transitioning to female.

Series lead Jeffrey Tambor told Gay Star News on the red carpet of a premiere screening at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA that he has had a lot help from the LGBT community in learning and in preparing for his role.

‘This is important, this is a part of a lifetime,’ he said. ‘This is why you went into acting.’

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.

September 9, 2014

Author Rupert Smith talks about the joy of becoming a dad later in life, and why he has no time for gay people who think he and his partner have been assimilated by mainstream society

British author Rupert Smith, 54, and his partner, Marcus Soanes, 49, live in London.

They’ve been together since 1992 and in a civil partnership since 2009 (‘we didn’t want to rush into anything!’). They adopted their son, a three-year-old boy, in the spring of 2013.

Smith talked to GSN about the process of becoming a dad, and why he thinks LGBTI people who bad-mouth other gay people for choosing parenthood need to ‘grow up’.

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 8, 2014

Authorities in homophobic countries have been using the app to hunt gay men

Grindr has disabled its show distance setting in countries that have a history of anti-gay violence, after reports that authorities were using the app to hunt gay men.

The setting no longer works in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe among others, and more will be added to the list.

Grindr told GSN, ‘In light of recent security allegations surrounding a user’s specific location, Grindr is taking measures and will be releasing updates to keep users secure in territories with anti-gay legislation.'

September 6, 2014

'But we’re just like any couple, really'

American football season has officially started and DirecTV is doing its part to make sure (LGBTI) fans watch every game.

In a new commercial hawking the NFL Sunday Ticket (a program that allows a viewer to see all National Football League games), a male couple explains why they need the package.

'Chris and I have a friendly rivalry: Giants-Cowboys. You know the deal,' a voiceover calmly explains.

September 4, 2014

It’s not uncommon for gay men and straight female friends to discuss the idea of having children together: it’s more unusual when those friends live an ocean apart

When New Yorker Ellen Capon decided that time was running out on her dreams of becoming a birth mother, it was to her gay friend, London-based PR consultant Stephen Ward, that she turned for assistance.