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April 24, 2015

Gender-fluid deities, gay sex in temples and much more

Think all religion is anti-LGBTI? Think again.

While many know the arguments for and against equality from Christians, Muslims and Jews, have you considered the world’s other major religions?

In my last article for Gay Star News I was struck by the number of readers who commented that religion was our enemy.

If you think that, much of what follows will surprise you.

Hinduism

Hindu views of LGBTI issues are diverse and different Hindu groups have distinct views.

April 23, 2015

But who is his replacement?

Gay dancer Robin Windsor will not be returning to this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The fan favorite, who was ruled out of the last series after undergoing back surgery, confirmed he will not appear on the upcoming BBC One series.

'Sadly I will not be returning to @bbcstrictly this year,' he tweeted. 'I have had a fantastic five years and wish everyone the best of luck!'

The BBC confirmed the professional dance line-up for the 13th series, but made no mention of Windsor's departure.

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 20, 2015

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Gay Star News had a massively successful 2014 Pride season. We distributed thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, and delivered millions of page impressions for our clients' ads on Gay Star News which is now one of the world's biggest LGBTI news, entertainment, travel and lifestyle sites.

We are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News enjoys a taste of the LGBTI travel concept before its return from 28-30 May

Please don’t book any appointments for the end of May: Matej and Mattej, a lovely and fascinating Slovenian couple who run www.luxuryslovenia.eu, are waiting for you in the greenest, warmest and friendliest country in Europe.

April 20, 2015

Humble, mature, and surprising words from a former school bully: 'I'm here for you now, and want to know that you're perfect just the way you are.'

An ex-homophobe has offered up an apology to his former classmate - after coming out as gay himself.

Unsure of his sexuality at the age of 14, James was afraid of disappointing his father, who used to display anti-gay and anti-Democrat images in the family home.

As a result, James began to bully another boy at school, 'Nate'.

'He did nothing wrong to me, and yet I still felt so afraid of him that I resorted to insults,' James explained on Reddit.

April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

April 18, 2015

The Black Cap in Camden was closed without warning last week, and is significant for its drag and queer history

LGBTI people from across London came out in full force today (18 April 2015) to protest the closure of one of London’s most iconic queer venues.

The Black Cap, in Camden, was closed without warning on Sunday 12 April by pub company Faucet Inn.

It is currently unknown who purchased the venue, or for what reason. However, Faucet Inn had previously applied for planning permission to turn the famous drag club into luxury flats.

April 8, 2015

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We are looking for a full-time reporter to help establish our new homes and interiors section.

You will need to be an experienced and qualified journalist with a good understanding of property, real estate, and design. You will also need a strong network of contacts in the sector.

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April 8, 2015

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph will give a runners’ eye view for first time with his live stream hosted on Gay Star News

What does it take to run a marathon? Now you can find out from anywhere in the world – without having to even put on a pair of running shoes.

G-A-Y club owner Jeremy Joseph is going to be running his sixth London Marathon this year and filming it all on a camera mounted on his chest.

And Gay Star News is streaming the video live, so you can follow his progress past the London’s greatest landmarks and see every water stop and mile marker until the final agonizing steps on the Mall.

April 7, 2015

Claudetteia Love's principal had said: 'Girls wear dresses and boys wear tuxes, and that's the way it is'

Claudetteia Love will be wearing a tuxedo to her high school prom after all.

The honor student at Carroll High School in Monroe, Louisiana, had been told she would be violating the school’s dress code if she turned up in a tux at the dance on 24 April.

But after The National Center for Lesbian Rights got involved, the teen's story went public and school officials have backed down.

April 2, 2015

Tells GSN he wants to see law student Connor Walsh 'vacationing on a sailboat in The Mediterranean'

Gay law student Connor Walsh must be exhausted.

During the first season of the breakout ABC hit How to Get Away With Murder, Connor participated in covering up the killing of his law professor's husband, had some steamy hook-ups with various hot guys, and found out the one guy he has actual feelings for is HIV-positive.

So what does actor Jack Falahee, whose portrayal of Connor has made him an instant star, want for his character next season?

April 1, 2015

Pussies galore!

A new lesbian dating app has released a new version, and it turns out to be just pictures of cats. 

For April Fools' Day HER joked they were rebranding as HER CAT, an app for lesbians and cats.

On the social and dating app, which you can download on the iPhone App store, every user's photo is of their cat.

For those who are without a whiskered friend, don't worry, as your photo will be replaced with someone else's cat (this is potentially false feline advertising, so just let them know.)

April 1, 2015

Will dance for first time with partner, X Factor star Marcus Collins, at his new event

Gay Strictly Come Dancing Star Robin Windsor has said he would love the BBC show to feature a same-sex pairing.

But he doesn’t think it will happen any time soon because Britain is not yet ready.

That hasn’t stopped him starting his own scheme to get a new generation of gays and lesbians couples into ballroom.

His same-sex ballroom classes will see him dance with his boyfriend – X Factor star Marcus Collins – for the first time.

March 31, 2015

'It was 1961 and nobody had done that'

It's been 54 years since Shirley MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children's Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

March 27, 2015

Two years on, Craig and Glen tell Gay Star News how their hearing/deaf relationship works

It's often said that communication is the key to a relationship.

But what if your partner is deaf?

That is the case for Craig Maslin.

The 22-year-old 'gay geek' joined the dating app Growlr shortly after coming out of his first relationship. After a week of chatting to 'pic-swapping whores,' he started talking to 23-year-old student Glen Fellows.

'His Growlr name was "deaf guy,"' Craig told Gay Star News. 'At the time I thought, "Is he joking? Is he really deaf?"'

March 26, 2015

Who fancies a night out at the opera?

Gay Star News has teamed up with London's Royal Opera House to give one lucky reader the chance to win two top price tickets to King Size, which will be performed at the venue's Linbury Studio Theatre, and runs from April 14-18.

The production by Swiss director Christoph Marthaler explores one night in the life of a sleeping, dreaming couple, and features music from the likes of the The Kinks, The Jackson 5, Schumann and Michael Polnareff.

March 25, 2015

Spoilers for season 7: Straight-talking judge believes angry fans should understand 'it's just a TV show'

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage has defended the decision to send the queen home in the fourth episode of season seven.

The internet has been up in arms ever since Trixie Mattel was sent home following a lip sync with other fan favorite Pearl.

Petitions have been started and several past contestants of the show have criticized the decision to send the comedy Barbie doll queen home.

'Listen, I was there, I saw what I saw. I stand by it,' Visage said in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

March 23, 2015

ABC Family show about lesbian couple and their large brood has season finale tonight

When the characters of Jude and Connor shared a kiss on an episode of ABC Family's The Fosters earlier this month, they made television history.

Theirs is believed to have been the youngest same-sex kiss on the small screen and these two best friends continue to explore their feelings for each other.

The series follows the lives of the Foster family which is headed by an interracial lesbian couple who are raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 19, 2015

'When my rigid, churchy friends say something bad about gay people, I tell them what I think'

A grandma of eight, 74, has written a song to call for an end of shaming LGBTI people who want to feel comfortable with their partners in public.

Sherri Gray, from Nashville, Tennessee, took to a piano and poured her heart out. She was inspired by going to a church service for LGBTI people and realising that this place, apart from bars, was one of the only places they could feel safe to hold their partner's hand in public.

March 19, 2015

Betty DeGeneres: 'She's not putting on an act'

Betty DeGeneres knows where she is going to be just about every weekday.

The 84-year-old mother of Ellen DeGeneres is on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank watching her daughter tape her wildly popular daytime talk show.

'I watch it every day. I go to the show and the next day I'll watch the show that I was at,' she told Gay Star News at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend.

'I don't miss it. Are you kidding? And then when it's reruns all summer I'll watch that too.'

March 19, 2015

Mel Spencer joins the GSN team to lead on coverage of all aspects of family and parenting.

The editorial team at Gay Star News continues to grow with the appointment of Mel Spencer as the new editor for the family and parenting section.

Launched in May 2014, the family and parenting section of Gay Star News has quickly grown to produce some of the most widely read articles and updates.

'I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team of journalists' said Spencer.