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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.

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

Chief Reporter – Gay Star News

Joe Morgan is a writer and journalist who has been with Gay Star News for the past three years.

After completing the top UK journalism course in 2012, he has written extensively on LGBTI rights, issues and news in the UK and around the world. He has had work published in titles such as The Guardian, Metro and The Stage.

He has also written about theatre, TV, film, music, relationships, education and travel.

Follow him on Twitter at @nottherealjoe.

January 26, 2015

With over 5 million unique readers, January 2015 has been GSN's biggest month ever.

January 2015 has become a big month for Gay Star News - we have celebrated our third anniversary and also recorded our biggest ever month of traffic.

Tris Reid-Smith, co-founder and editor-in-chief of GSN, confirmed that the team quietly celebrated both milestones:

'January has been such a busy month for us, with a Travel Expo to deliver and lots of exciting plans for the year ahead, but it's been really pleasing to be able to recognise both our third birthday and hitting five million readers.'

January 15, 2015

  One-stop travel shop returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and these are just some of the experts, organisations and friends of Gay Star News who will be on hand to make the event a day to remember...

Atlantic Pride – the gay cruise line specialists will be offering GSN readers a special discount on their 2016 cruise from the Caribbean to the Canaries.

January 4, 2015

From getting ready for Wimbledon to a chicken hat, 2014 was good to Tom Daley

Is there anyone who doesn't want to spend time with Tom Daley?

The Olympic diver seems to have a great time, all the time.

Can you blame him? Great athlete. Cuter than cute. High powered boyfriend. Supportive family and friends.

What isn't there to like?

December 30, 2014

One of our 'honorees,' the Rev. James David Manning, explains why he's certain Starbucks puts male semen in its drinks

It's been a rough year for people who obsess over gay families and couples.

Especially those who profess love for a deity and disgust at everything L,G,B,T,and I.

Their poster boy was called home, RIP Mr Fred Phelps, and the marriage revolution made their arguments punier with each passing day.

Instead of coming up with better ideas, many took steps beyond the real.

December 19, 2014

'I am a human. Not a gay'

Here at GSN, we don't understand anyone who doesn't clap for Brendan Jordan.

He's the lad from Las Vegas whose diva moves, during a news story, made him a bit of a star.

Or, at the very least, more famous than anyone at GSN because American Apparel hasn't put us in an ad like Brendan.

December 7, 2014

Don't you want to be Santa Claus in this photo?

Have to hand it to actors James Franco and Seth Rogen. They never tire of hyping their lovers and/or real close friends routine. And showing some skin.

Franco was the guest on last night's (6 December) comedy show Saturday Night Live. His opening monologue focused on the problems Sony faces with the company's information being hacked and shared.

November 24, 2014

Ass Hunter lets players shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you

Google has caused outrage for hosting a game that allows players to shoot dead naked gay men as they try to molest you.

Ass Hunter has been playable online 2002 but was uploaded to the Google Play app store yesterday (23 November).

The game description reads, 'Popular game hunting on gays is now on android! Play and do not be gay!

'Legendary game, where you are hunter and your mission is to kill gays as much as you can or escape between them to the next level. Gays may be hidden in bushes and unexpectedly catch you.

November 11, 2014

Closeted during his days starring in Damn Yankees and other films, Hunter came out publicly as gay in 2005

There was a time when Tab Hunter would not want to be seen at an event like the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

But there he was over the weekend, front and center, presenting an award to George Takei and enjoying a standing ovation from the audience.

The star of the classic movie musical Damn Yankees told Gay Star News he was attending his first high-profile LGBTI event even though he had come out publicly in his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

November 10, 2014

Star of new sitcom The McCarthys spent years trying to avoid the family business

Now that a few episodes of the CBS sitcom The McCarthys have aired, it's clear that lead Tyler Ritter is a chip off the old block.

The young actor not only looks very much like his late father, Three's Company star John Ritter, he also seems to have inherited some of his comic timing and onscreen charisma.

But the younger Ritter told Gay Star News Monday (10 October) that he fought for years against following in the footsteps of his dad and his older brother, Jason Ritter, who has starred in several TV series.

November 8, 2014

'My suspicion is that they're getting their semen from sodomites. Semen flavors up the coffee, and makes you thinks you're having a good time'

Pastor James David Manning is obsessed by two things: sodomites and Starbucks.

The anti-gay New York City preacher made news recently by claiming the coffee chain was 'ground zero' for Ebola.

The leader of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church is back with a more explosive charge. He insists Starbucks drinks are laced with male semen.

Guess who is offering the company the extra flavoring?

November 7, 2014

Michael Adam Hamilton appeared in this week's episode of ABC legal drama

Michael Adam Hamilton found himself in very tight quarters with Jack Falahee in this week's episode of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder.

Hamilton was cast as a gay young lawyer named Julian who the gay character of Connor (Falahee) runs into at the courthouse.

It seems the two had hooked up in the past but Julian did not remember the encounter right away.

November 6, 2014

It's real love

We're an emotional wreck already here at GSN. It's officially the holiday season, as we've just seen the new John Lewis advert.

The now-traditional advert features Tom Odell covering John Lennon's Real Love.

It follows a young boy and his penguin Monty going to the park, playing football, watching TV, but his Antarctic friend wants more.

Seeing (straight) couples fall in love, Monty wants a partner of his very own.

November 4, 2014

'You're part of the reason America's in trouble. Religious fanatics are the reason America's in trouble'

Big Boo was not in the mood.

Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of the popular drama Orange Is The New Black, was taking the M train, a line in the New York City subway system.

October 12, 2014

A fledging star shows he knows how to walk down the runway

Some divas are terrible at sharing the stage.

Take the upcoming star in this clip from Las Vegas news station KLAS. According to Gawker, the reporters were broadcasting live from a new shopping center.

Look for the little boy in the crowd, working it when the camera is on him. However, he turns all Joan Crawford when others try to get their camera time.

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.

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 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 8, 2014

One of the world’s smallest but most unusual gay festivals, Bears on Ice took place in Iceland over the weekend 4-7 September

The Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, saw an influx of hairy and hunky men over the past weekend. The reason? The tenth, annual Bears of Ice festival, which, besides evening parties and discos, also includes sight-seeing tours of this fascinating and unique country.

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 15, 2014

Hodor is great at many things, but keep him away from word games

There is much to love about Game of Thrones, the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin's novels.

However, Kristian Nairn's Hodor is the show's joy. The gay actor's character is loyal, strong as an ox, and has a limited vocabulary.

June 10, 2014

Zac Efron makes BuzzFeed's list of non-tall fellows whose sexiness is not in doubt

There are so many below average sexy men.

Let's take height. According to the people over at BuzzFeed, the average US male is 5ft 9.5in. For the rest of the world that's approximately 1.74m.

There's a list of 21 men who don't make the tall cut, but each one easily could get multiple phone numbers in any gay bar on planet Earth. Probably in other worlds also.