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July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 22, 2014

Upload a photo of your #ProudatPride tattoo available at select UK Gay Prides, and you could win a weekend packaged with champagne, accommodation, breakfast and more with Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels is Proud at Pride, and showing it by offering Brighton and Manchester Pride guests the chance to win an amazing weekend package at one of their selected hotels.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Marriott Hotels to offer pride-goers the chance to celebrate their pride after the parties.

Here’s how you win a luxury weekend package at a London or Manchester and Marriott hotel:

We’ll be handing out bespoke Jean Paul Gaultier goodie bags with free and fun items, one of which is a Marriott #ProudatPride tattoo.

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 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 16, 2014

Tells GSN: 'There's no one else in my field who has done anything like this. This was my chance to break through and show 'em what I got'

He's billed as Frankie Valenti in the film Tiger Orange.

But from the first time his fans see him on screen, they will recognize him as porn star Johnny Hazzard whose titles include Wrong Side of the Tracks - parts 1 and 2.

While porn stars have generally been maligned for their lack of real acting chops, Hazzard has enjoyed solid reviews for his performance about two estranged gay brothers who struggle to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

July 14, 2014

Given a five-match ban for calling another player a ‘fucking fag,’ Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker comes to Manchester’s Canal Street to meet with LGBT locals

Rugby star Zak Hardaker will meet with members of the LGBT community tomorrow night as part of his 'personal and professional development' after being suspended for using a homophobic slur during a game.

In June the 22-year-old player called Warrington captain Michael Monaghan a ‘fucking fag’ at , for which he received a Charge E offense and a £300 fine ($514, €377).

Hardaker was banned for five games (a Charge E offense means a four to eight game ban), during which time he agreed to work with gay rugby group the Manchester Canalsiders.

July 11, 2014

Two years ago police tried to shut down the Gay Pride parade. Will the 2014 event go down without a hitch?

Next week Gay Star News readers will see exclusive pictures from this year’s Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic, thanks to photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

While previous processions were marked with colorful outfits, splashes of rainbow and flag waving typical of global Gay Pride parades, Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic is not without controversy.

July 10, 2014

Cash allotted for LGBTI fundraising efforts was stolen from the headquarters of the group responsible for Madrid Gay Pride

As one million people took to Madrid’s streets this past weekend for Gay Pride, an unknown number of thieves broke into the office of COGAM (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Madrid Collective).

Between 5 pm on 5 July and the morning of 7 July, locked cabinets were broken into, belongings were flung about the office and equipment and cash were taken from the LGBTI group's headquarters in Madrid.

July 8, 2014

Two books aimed at young children have been withdrawn following complaints from a member of an anti-LGBTI Facebook group

The National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore has apparently withdrawn two children’s books, both of which included depictions of LGBTI people and same-sex parenting.

The move came following a complaint to the board from a contributor to an anti-LGBTI Facebook group – ‘We are Against Pinkdot in Singapore’.

July 2, 2014

Out actor plays gay sidekick of 90210 alums on new ABC Family comedy Mystery Girls

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can't believe he's working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as 'Scooby Doo meets AbFab.'

Garth and Spelling, of course, starred on the original 90210 from 1990-2000 and have reunited on a new show which premiered last week and airs its second episode tonight (2 July).

July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 1, 2014

In a country with 'secret' anti-gay conversion therapy clinics and few legal protections for LGBTI individuals, activists and allies took to the streets this weekend to show their pride and demand equal rights

Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil celebrated its ninth Gay Pride parade and festival this weekend, with an estimated 9,000 to 11,000 people attending, according to local media sources.

The country’s capital city Quito also held a Gay Pride celebration on 28 June, and while for Guayaquil this was the ninth Gay Pride event, it was the first year the parade received official support from the mayor’s office, according to activist Diane Rodriguez.

June 30, 2014

Prepare to gird your loins against resident drag queen Mataina, and move your body to the bossa nova and chill-out sounds of DJ James Munich at one of Europe’s most happening LGBT festivals

If it only takes two to tango, Mataina and DJ James Munich are the only two people you will ever need to put you in the groove. 

Gay Star News caught up with the self-described godmother of Pink Lake, Austria’s summer Alpine LGBT festival at Lake Woerthersee, and resident DJ James Munich, for a behind-the-scenes look into what Pink Lake is all about.

June 28, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen tells Gay Star News events like this prove the future is safe for generations of LGBTI people to come

Defiant against torrential rain and recent homophobic attacks, London has put on one of the biggest and best Gay Prides in years.

With an estimated half a million LGBTI people and their allies braving the summer downpour, the UK capital marched to fight for freedom today (28 June).

The British capital is celebrating a few months after the first gay couples have got married in England and Wales, with Scotland not too far behind.

June 28, 2014

Gay Star News, ArtsPride and Student Pride have worked together to deliver live video of the London LGBTI Pride parade for the first time ever

UPDATE: The live stream is over but you can still watch a recorded version below.

Gay Star News is delighted to bring you an exclusive live stream of the Pride in London parade today.

We are able to deliver it thanks to a talented team from ArtsPride and the support of both Student Pride and Pride in London.

William King and Julia Rockwell will be providing commentary and interviewing special guests to share the story of pride.

June 27, 2014

The new bPay band is a fast and secure way to pay contactless, launching at London's LGBTI Pride this weekend

At Pride celebrations we all want to be as free as possible so Barclaycard have come up with a great way to get rid of the stress of carrying cash around with you, and Gay Star News is giving you the chance to use it.

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 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

June 25, 2014

Gay Star News will be live streaming the London Gay Pride parade from a terrace party overlooking Oxford Street, featuring free food, art shows and live musical performances

Don’t miss any of London Gay Pride this year... Join the Arts Pride terrace party overlooking the parade route in central London.

£7.50 ($13, €9) gets you entry into this year’s Arts Pride party where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the parade procession, a free drink upon entry, hot food with a veggie option, Krispy Kreme donuts and best of all for Pride: Access to toilets.

June 24, 2014

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GSN already has a reputation for amazing customer service and for offering unique, integrated campaigns across digital media, social media and real-world activities, including events.

The right candidate for us will be creative, driven and with strong media sales experience. They’ll have opportunities for rapid promotion and professional development, including management opportunities – there’s no limit on how far you could go within GSN.

June 23, 2014

Shocking polls have previously revealed that Russians are overwhelmingly in favor of the 'gay propaganda' law, with 5% even saying LGBT people should be 'exterminated'

Russians would prefer to see nudists in public than trans people, according to new research.

Only 8% of people were ‘sympathetic’ or ‘tolerant’ of seeing a trans person, polling organization the Levada Center told Gay Star News.

The highest support went up to 10% for people aged between 18 and 24.

With nudists, support was marginally higher with an average of 18% saying they were sympathetic or tolerant.

33% had no opinion on naturists, with only 23% having a neutral view on tran people.

June 20, 2014

Film drama My Last Round sees a prize-winning boxer begin another kind of fight when he falls in love with a young man

A prize-winning boxer finds out he has to fight in a different way when he falls in love with a young man in a small town in Chile.

Spanish language film My Last Round looks at the relationship between a boxing champion Octavio, who has to give up fighting, and the man he falls for, Hugo.

Gay Star News has gotten hold of a short clip of the film to share, where we see the intensity of the attraction between Octavio and Hugo as the pair kiss in the woods.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.