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January 29, 2015

Ethan Regal, a gay man living in Nigeria, writes about his experiences growing up and living in one of the worst places in the world to be gay

When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a girl deep down. That seemed like the only explanation for my attraction.

I kept thinking that perhaps God made a mistake. Perhaps I was meant to be a girl. I never had issues with my body. I wasn’t interested in getting rid of my penis or growing breasts. I just thought that in order to be with a boy I have to be a girl.

January 28, 2015

Hint: because they are Republican

A recent Pew Center survey has found that 7% of LGBTI Americans are opposed to gay marriage.

While 58% of respondents said gay marriage should be the top priority for LGBTI people right now, 39% said the issue was taking too much focus away from other issues important to them.

The strongest opposition to gay marriage within the LGBTI community came from Republicans – with one in five opposed to same-sex marriage. In contrast, 96% of Democrats supported marriage equality.

January 27, 2015

Most of them were teenagers and could be possibly put to death

12 men were arrested for holding a 'gay wedding' in Nigeria yesterday (26 January).

Fariq Maidguri, 18, and Abba Mohammed, 25, who was not caught, are accused of attempting to hold a ceremony for their relationship.

The suspects, most of them teenagers, were arrested by the Islamic state police Hisbah on the outskirts on the northern city of Kano.

In the northern Nigerian states, under Sharia law, homosexuality is punishable by death.

January 27, 2015

'I will not allow legislators to talk about "family values" when they have affairs'

An openly gay Alabama state representative has said she will expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage.

Patricia Todd made the declaration in response to comments from fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage.

January 27, 2015

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes about the horrors gay people faced during World War 2

'We must exterminate these [homosexuals] root and branch...We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.'

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race.

January 27, 2015

'I think there is far too much football on TV. But I’m not going around saying they should take football off the air'

Out actor Michael Urie, who played gay on Ugly Betty and on the short-lived sitcom Partners, has a few things to say about gay sex scenes on television.

Urie (pictured with Partners co-star Brandon Routh) says: 'I don’t think it’s overexposed. If gay sex on TV is too much for you, change the channel and don’t watch it, it’s not for you.'

January 27, 2015

The man opened up about his life on an online forum ahead of proposed legislative changes in Ireland around gay adoption and the country's planned marriage equality referendum

Ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum planned to take place in Ireland in early May, LGBT issues are being widely discussed in this traditionally Roman Catholic country.

Last week, the Irish government also announced that it was pushing ahead with legislative changes to allow gay couples to adopt.

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 25, 2015

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.

24 year-old Sam Hawli was born and raised in Sydney. We caught up with him for his tips on how to get the most out of your visit...

What are some of the best things about living in Sydney?

January 25, 2015

The general, who is married to a woman, says he knows of others senior military who are similarly fearful of discussing their sexuality

A senior general in the British Army has revealed to a newspaper that he is gay and is deciding whether to publicly out himself. The man in question is married to a woman and has children.

January 24, 2015

'Some friends had fun lampooning "My Husband's Not Gay" on TLC, which showcases gays in Salt Lake who are married to women. What if straight men tried the same in a gay world, hmmm?', he wonders

'My Husband's Not Gay,' a TLC special which explores unconventional marriages between male Mormons who are attracted to men but also claim to be happily married to women, sparked outrage since it was aired earlier this month.

LGBT media watch group GLAAD has called the show 'downright irresponsible.'

January 24, 2015

More than 27,000 people sign online petition demanding Google remove slurs

More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition as of Friday (23 January) demanding Google remove anti-gay slurs from their Google Translate site.

January 23, 2015

'There was never a moment where I made an intellectual choice that I would be a supporter of gay civil rights'

Patrick Stewart, who plays a bisexual Juilliard dance teacher in the new film Match, was misidentified as a gay man by a British newspaper last year.

While some straight men might go into a bit of a panic over such a thing, Stewart insists he was 'utterly flattered' and told close friend Ian McKellen 'this is a very distinctive honor that I’ve been awarded.'

It's no surprise Stewart would be so enthusiastic about it all since he has long been a staunch supporter of equality for gays and lesbians.

January 23, 2015

As a famed atheist who has written extensively about his disbelief in God, Richard Dawkins receives plenty of hate mail, including plenty that questions his sexuality

A video has appeared of the evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, reading out some of the hate mail that he regularly receives.

Dawkins' well-documented opposition to creationism has earned him the wrath of some religious fundamentalists; all the more so since the best-selling success of his 2006 book, The God Delusion.

Despite the fact that he has been married three times to women, some think his opposition to religious belief must mean that he is gay.

The video was shot last April but has only just appeared this week on the internet.

January 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.

January 22, 2015

Proposed Manchester school would help support bullied and outcast LGBTIA kids

A campaign is being launched against plans to build the UK's first 'gay school' in Manchester.

LGBT Youth North West, based in the city centre, wish to take around 40 full time and 20 part-time LGBTI pupils and their allies.

It is hoped the school will help bullied and outcast kids that need additional support. It is currently in the 'consultation' stages of the planning.

January 22, 2015

Japanese author's latest novel features a same-sex relationship

Japan's best-known living author Haruki Murakami has said he supports gay marriage.

The Nobel Prize favorite made the declaration yesterday (21 January) on Mr Murakami's Place, a temporary website he set up to answer readers' questions.

One reader asked his view on gay marriage as his latest novel features a same-sex relationship.

'I have very many gay friends and acquaintances,' the author said.

Murakami said that he knew many gay married couples in the US.

January 22, 2015

Three LGBT business leaders, in Davos for the World Economic Forum, have taken part in a live, online discussion about LGBT workplace issues and the importance of senior-ranking role models

In a live discussion this afternoon from Davos, Switzerland, hosted by CNN’s Richard Quest, three senior business figures have voiced their thoughts on LGBT issues in the workplace, and offered an insight into their own personal journeys in the business world.

January 21, 2015

Promoting new Russell T Davies shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu

London will host the world's first ever 'night rainbow' to celebrate a new gay drama tonight (21 January).

A 30-metre long rainbow will be projected onto the spray of the Trafalgar Square to promote the release of Russell T Davies' new gay shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. 

Commissioned by greyworld, it will shine from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Cucumber, Banana & Tofu launch on 22 January on 9pm on Channel 4, 10pm on E4, and 10.30pm on 4oD respectively.

January 21, 2015

'Just change it'

When comic Sarah Silverman starts ranting, be prepared to have a good time.

Yesterday, 20 January, the funny lady was a guest on the Late Late Show. During her interview she complained about the Washington Redskins, a National Football League team.

She was shocked a term, with such a troubled past, was still in common usage.

January 21, 2015

'I'm under strict instructions to take my boyfriend!' says winner Eamonn Clarke

Gay Star News reader Eamonn Clarke is the winner of the Gay Star Travel Expo grand prize, we can reveal.

Eamonn and his partner will be heading to Vienna in May for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Eurovision Song Contest Final, after Gay Star News teamed up with Visit Vienna and Austrian Airlines for the giveaway.

In order to enter the competition, attendees had to 'pin the beard on Conchita' [see right].

Vienna

January 20, 2015

Gratuitous nudity sent temperatures soaring at GSN's one-stop travel shop

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop travel shop featured indoor beaches, hot tubs and star performances. Not to mention male models in nothing but their underwear, who performed two fashion shows hosted by the acerbic La Voix...