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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.

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).

May 18, 2014

Taiwanese IT heavyweight Asus’ micro film for its ZenFone has been watched online millions of times in less than a week

Everyone knows how the competitive the Chinese smartphone market is. To stand out from the crowd, Asus from Taiwan apparently thinks a bit of humor won’t hurt.

The 3-minute commercial for the ZenFone first appeared in late April, but it’s from last Monday (12 May) that it has really caught on and appeared on just about every major online forum in Greater China.

The ad starts with a ‘boy-meets-girl’ scene that is way too typical for viewers to expect much out of it.

May 13, 2014

Other performers included Margaret Cho, Evan Rachel Wood, Milla Jovovich and Rumer Willis

Linda Perry did it again - and this time she had her old band with her.

The rocker once again spearheaded An Evening With Women - one of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center's two biggest annual fundraisers - and raised more than $600,000 for the organization.

Gay Star News attended Saturday's event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where such stars as Perry's wife Sara Gilbert and celebs including Sia, Natasha Bedingfield, Michelle Rodriguez and Joely Fisher chowed on vegan food, bid on big ticket live auction items and enjoyed a live concert.

May 12, 2014

'Maybe by me opening my big fat mouth like I usually do and stepping up and owning who I am, maybe it might inspire somebody else to do the same'

It was in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last fall that Michelle Rodriguez publicly – and quite casually – confirmed that she is bisexual.

The actress who came to fame in 2000 in the film Girl Fight made her first public appearance at an LGBTI event since that confirmation at a benefit for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

Rodriguez was the celebrity DJ at the after-party for the annual An Evening With Women event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel organized by rocker Linda Perry.

April 21, 2014

'It was as if there'd just been a referendum on me in network television, and the vote was a resounding no'

Kenneth M. Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? begins and ends with New York City dreaming.

February 21, 2014

Find us at National Student Pride on Saturday (22 February), sign up to our free GSN newsletter and get yourself a special edition of the anagram game

We are giving free stuff away at this year's Student Pride.

300 lucky students will go bananas with GSN’s giveaway of Bananagrams – the fast and fun anagram game.

National Student Pride is starting today (21 February), and will be bigger and better than ever.

Hosted for the first time in the London, this time it is back with great events, glamorous parties and celeb guest appearances.

February 19, 2014

Mike Lannan tells Gay Star News: 'We're thinking about (stories) in preparation of getting picked up but we can't really work on it until we get that signal'

HBO's Looking, a dramedy about three gay best friends nagivating life and love in present day San Francisco, will air the sixth of its eight episodes on Sunday (23 February).

The show's creator, Mike Lannan, tells Gay Star News he's very hopeful there will be a second season of the show which has had far lower ratings than its lead-in show, Girls.

February 6, 2014

To support the LGBTI community and continue to provide international coverage, we partner with numerous global brands throughout the year

GSN is the largest LGBTI news, entertainment and travel source, with an international team working 24-7. We are the go-to-source for information, so a well-respected platform for brand association.

Partnerships we have acquired include:

February 1, 2014

The hunky diver visited the world's biggest cruise ship and treated guests to a special performance

Cruise line Royal Caribbean invited GSN favorite Tom Daley to test out the facilities on the world's biggest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas.

While he was there, Tom had a go at rock-climbing and dodgeball, and then stripped to have a go on the ship’s surf machine. From the looks of it he had an ab-solutely fantastic time!

And of course, he treated holidaying guests to a few dives in the Aquatheater pool.

January 20, 2014

Gay dramedy set in San Francisco turns up on YouTube

The new gay-themed dramedy Looking premiered on HBO last night.

You don’t have HBO you say? No problem!

The debut episode is being offered by HBO for FREE right now on YouTube.

Just click on this link to see it.

Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett star as a trio of gay friends navigating life in modern-day San Francisco.

December 25, 2013

Thank you all for your support for GSN in 2013, from the whole team

Gay Star News would like to wish all our readers, sponsors, clients, contacts and friends a very happy Christmas.

We would also like to thank you for reading GSN in 2013.

Your outpouring of support has spurred us on to build the site so now, just two years after launching, we are reaching around 2million readers a month. And your occasional criticism has helped us keep our standards up.

December 24, 2013

Some want snow, some want sunshine - all want family

Cheyenne Jackson has had plenty of snow on Christmas. So this year, the Tony Award nominated star is hoping for plenty of sunshine.

'I just moved to LA so I'll be spending it with my family in Laguna Beach,' Jackson tells Gay Star News. 'It will be my first time without snow - I'm excited. Me and my boyfriend are going to go out there.'

It's Jackson's first Christmas with new boyfriend, actor Jason Landau. He split from husband Monte Lapka this summer after less than two years of marriage and a decade together.

December 20, 2013

Gay Star News (GSN) welcomes HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) as a charity partner at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show 2014

Gay Star Beach Party is a two-day travel show held on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January. THT’s health promotion team will be joining the holiday theme as safer sex lifeguards, offering some helpful advice to all attendees.

Sunday 19 January will be their official fundraising day with bucket collections to donate anything you can and ‘help stop HIV in its tracks.’

December 16, 2013

Unconfirmed reports claim two Nigerian men were beaten to death as a crowd watched and did nothing

A video has surfaced online appearing to show two gay men being beaten with sticks and wooden planks.

In the short two-and-a-half minute video, a crowd is gathered around the two broken half-naked men on the ground.

And in further horrific scenes from the film, one man’s head is split open and his brains pour out of his skull.

With the mob’s weapons, they appear to brutally murder them. It is impossible to say whether the men are dead but they stop moving and the injuries appear to be life threatening.

October 15, 2013

'I never really considered myself a star - to have that label is kind of eye-opening'

Until he began competing last month on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, Brant Daugherty was sort of famous only to the people who watched Army Wives, Pretty Little Liars or Days of Our Lives.

That has changed.

'It's a new world, it's been crazy,' the 28-year-old actor told Gay Star News after surviving another round of the celebrity dance competition on Monday (14 October).

'People follow you with cameras - it's the most fun I've ever had.'

October 7, 2013

Gay Star News is thrilled to launch its dedicated travel ‘mini site’today (8 October 2013) to become the market leader for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel content

Gay Star Travel, supported by global currency experts Moneycorp, will have a dedicated travel editor working with contributors from around the globe to bring you the latest travel news, events, features and more.

The launch of Gay Star Travel comes ahead of London’s first ever LGBT travel show.

September 26, 2013

The Language of Love sees Charlie's struggle over whether to tell his best friend he loves him. It has now been nominated for a major LGBT film prize

A film by a 17-year-old about a schoolboy coming to terms with his sexuality while in the middle of a French exam has been moving audiences and celebrities.

The Language of Love sees Charlie wake up to his feelings when tasked in the exam to ‘describe your best friend… write your response as a letter to your friend, in French.’

Charlie talks viewers through what is going on in his head as he struggles with the question.

The truth is, he is in love with his best friend Sam.