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August 15, 2014

Gay Star News readers get into the groove and have voted for the number one Queen of Pop track

It's Madonna's 56th birthday on Saturday (16 August), and what better time to rank 55 of her best songs?

From Madonna to MDNA, the Queen of Pop has given us some of the best music moments in the world.

GSN readers were also asked to vote for their favorite track.

See what song won your hearts below:

55. Give Me All Your Luvin'

August 12, 2014

For a same-sex couple in Merseyside, adoption provided the answer to their dreams of motherhood

When gay male couples think about starting a family, the options most usually explored are adoption, surrogacy or an arrangement with a willing female friend. When a female couple or single woman wants to have children, then sperm donation or IVF treatment are the methods often utilised. However, not all women want – or are able – to give birth to their own kids, and for them, fostering and adoption are a more likely route to family life.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

August 5, 2014

Gay film director Chris Mason Johnson talks to GSN about why a film about AIDS which isn’t depressing was difficult to market

There are many films documenting the effect of the AIDS crisis in the 80s, but almost none of them have done so like new film Test.

A group of young dancers deal with the competitive, erotic world of dance and the then unknown dangers of AIDS simultaneously.

Director Chris Mason Johnson sat down with Gay Star News to discuss his dance background which inspired the film, and why it was so hard to make.

Johnson revealed to GSN his film about AIDS is actually a very uplifting one, something audiences have learned not to expect.

August 4, 2014

'It was a joy working with that cast'

We at GSN know a few things. 

August 3, 2014

The UNDP, which is known to be a supporter of LGBT rights worldwide, had provided funding for the original two committees that drafted the codes but did not monitor their outcome, Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay politician, tells Gay Star News

It’s a dramatic reversal for a country whose Supreme Court ruled in 2007 to ensure broad protections for LGBTI people and whose government was looking into legalizing same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court decision in 2008.

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.

August 2, 2014

The English seaside city will spend the weekend dancing, with a park festival and street party

A group of LGBTI Ugandans were the happiest people dancing in the Brighton Pride parade on the south coast of England today (2 August).

They were celebrating the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday.

While homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, the court’s decision removes one of the world’s most draconian pieces of anti-gay legislation.

August 1, 2014

Baby sunglasses, swimming poncho towels, picnic playmats and ride-on luggage – Wauwaa has you and your tot covered this summer

Looking for the best essentials for your baby or toddler? Or maybe want an amazing gift? You need to discover Wauwaa.

They’ve scoured the world for outstanding products – many of them not available in the shops.

Here are the highlights of their awesome summer range (and you can get 30% off by entering ‘GSN’ at checkout):

1 Splash About Swim Nappy (£9.99)

August 1, 2014

Free gay social networking app GiFi has launched new features and is using Brighton Pride in the UK this weekend to share them with you

GiFi, the free, inclusive app on iPhone and Android has launched a range of new functions.

And the guys are going to be strutting their stuff at Brighton Pride on Saturday so you can find out what GiFi is all about.

GiFi is a next-generation free gay social networking app changing the way gay men chat, network and meet-up.

July 31, 2014

Victory: Harriet Nakigudde has a new life ahead of her, thanks Gay Star News readers for helping to save her

A Uganda woman who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her sexuality has won the right to asylum in the UK.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, is now a free woman after a traumatic two months at the mercy of the Home Office.

They refused to believe she was a lesbian despite the evidence and were going to send her back – possibly to her death.

That’s when campaigners rallied to rescue her and Gay Star News shared the truth about her story.

And a little less than an hour ago (31 July), her solicitor rang her to tell her she had won her appeal.

July 30, 2014

UK charity Ditch the Label is turning Brighton tropical to fight bullying at its first fundraising party

A party to beat anti-gay and other types of bullying is the newest addition to the summer line-up and GSN is delighted to be getting behind it.

Ditch the Label tells young people its ok to be different and works with schools, colleges and online to offer support and create engaging ways to stop kids from being bullies.

Now the UK charity is hosting its first fundraising party on 15 August.

The team will be transforming a popular venue in the seaside town of Brighton into a beach paradise, complete with palm trees and leis.

July 29, 2014

'None of you "knew." Nobody can know until the person says so themselves'

Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Mitcham's comment that he was 'as surprised as anyone else' when fellow diver Tom Daley came out has been met with skepticism by some Gay Star News readers.

Among the comments posted on the GSN Facebook page today:

July 28, 2014

After threats of forced evacuation and complaints of ‘bad behavior’ for living in a sewer, a group of homeless LGBT Jamaicans could get a shelter for ‘skills training’ but not ‘to carry on homosexual activities’

Police and government authorities in Kingston, Jamaica are reportedly debating opening a new homeless shelter specifically for LGBT individuals.

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.