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March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 2, 2015

The national event included a careers fair, panel discussions, performances, and a club night.

National Student Pride 2015 was held in central London on 28 February 2015.

2015 was the 10th National Student Pride event held and organizers have declared it as the biggest so far.

Thousands of students from universities across the UK attended the careers fair at the University of Westminster. There were also appearances from Oscar-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black, actress Alicya Eyo and singer Heather Peace. Also in attendance was TV boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins who revealed that EastEnders would soon be featuring a trans storyline.

March 2, 2015

Retailer claims it is to 'prevent gay being misused'

'Gay' is on a list of banned words by UK retail company Marks & Spencer and cannot be used in gift messages.

Customers who attempt to buy a product, from flowers to bedding, are allowed to enter a free message before they complete their order.

But if you were to put 'Best gay night ever', 'You're so gay', or 'Have a gay old time', then this would not be allowed.

An on-screen notification, which pops up if any blocked words are entered, reads: 'Sorry, there's something in your message we can't write.'

March 2, 2015

The latest LGBTI business news, interviews and analysis from a global team of reporters and expert analysts

Gay Star News has today launched a new Business Section, to complement its existing, extensive coverage of the LGBTI world.

The website, which scored its best ever monthly traffic at the beginning of 2015 with over 5 million unique visitors in the month of January, has teamed up with The Glass Closet to produce the section; helmed by Gay Star News’ new Business Editor, David Hudson.

February 27, 2015

Other more sensitive videos by the country's top gay filmmaker are left alone

As an online video about coming out to parents racks up more than 100 million views in China, the state censorship board has removed all traces of a similar documentary from the internet.

The country's leading queer filmmaker, Fan Popo, said he was puzzled as why to his 'harmonious' 2012 film, Mama Rainbow, was deleted from all Chinese video sharing sites.

February 26, 2015

Jihadi John unmasked as former Westminster University student 48 hours before it hosts LGBTI Student Pride

Westminster University has ‘postponed’ a talk with an anti-gay Islamic preacher after it emerged IS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ was once one of their students.
 
Jihadi John has become infamous as the masked executioner depicted in Islamic State propaganda videos. He was named today as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, 27, who once studied computer programing at the University of Westminster.
 
The university has responded by postponing a talk, scheduled for tomorrow, by anti-gay preacher Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, Gay Star News can reveal.

February 24, 2015

'PrEP is, quite simply, a game-changer'

New research released today has shown that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can lower the risk of contracting HIV by 86%.

The PROUD study, carried out by MRC CTU at UCL and Public Health England, aimed to find whether prescribing PrEP to men who have sex with men would lower their risk of becoming infected with HIV.

The 86% protection rate found with daily usage of PrEP (Truvada) is the highest ever seen in a randomized study with the drug.

February 23, 2015

The bag is being given away at a number of GSN's bespoke events

Andy Bell has personally designed an exclusive tote bag for Gay Star News – and it is a design that will feature at a number of bespoke events that Gay Star News is hosting for clients.

Following on from the success of the GSN tote bags designed by Jean Paul Gaultier last year, the design from Andy Bell is already providing to be a crowd-pleaser.

February 23, 2015

The Glass Closet – the book and website launched by Lord Browne of Madingley – has teamed up with Gay Star News to launch a new online resource on the world of business, workplace best practice and careers

Gay Star News is excited to announce that it will be uniting with The Glass Closet to produce a new, online LGBTI business section – to be launched next Monday (2 March).

The launch of the section is the latest development in the evolution of Gay Star News, which is now one of the top five LGBTI news websites in the world. In January it recorded its best ever month of traffic, with over 5 million unique visitors.

February 20, 2015

This is the first Finnish bill petitioned by the public and approved as a law

Finland's president has signed the same-sex marriage bill into law today, but couples will have to wait until 2017 to get married.

President Sauli Niinistö confirmed the new law that will make marriage gender neutral will come into force on 1 March 2017.

This is the first piece of legislation that has been brought to Parliament by the public, under the citizens' initiative, and approved as the law of the land.

LGBTI rights activists have hailed the change as not only historic, but a symbolic, move to equality.

February 20, 2015

This video will give you all the feels

This video of straight Aussie dads reading from an adorable new book and talking about their gay sons will give you all the feels.

I Am a Poof is a new adult-children's book and one dads in the video is the father of the author, Samuel Leighton-Dore.

'One of the fathers is my own, and the others are those of friends,' he told Gay Star News.

'It was really touching to watch them all open up and discuss something so personal.'

February 18, 2015

New instructions rule out 'sexually explicit' questioning of those fleeing persecution

Gay asylum seekers in the UK will no longer have to answer questions about their sex lives thanks to new guidance from the Home Office.

Caseworkers have received the new policies on how to deal with claims for asylum by gay, lesbian and bisexual people following the revelation that a man fleeing persecution was 'interrogated' and asked 'shockingly degrading' questions about his sexual history.

February 17, 2015

Parents will also have opt-out from LGBT sex and relationship education

All children in English state schools should get gay sex education, Members of Parliament have said – but over 580,000 kids are left out by the new policy.

The report was released to much fanfare today and recommends ‘Sex and Relationship Education’ (SRE) becomes a statutory duty on all state-funded schools.

The need to include LGBT sex and relationship education is highlighted, although few details of what will be taught are given.

The recommendation includes academies and ‘free’ schools as well as primary and secondary schools.

February 17, 2015

The event held in January 2015 has recognised as one of the leading UK events for the LGBTI community

The British LGBT awards that will be celebrated at the Landmark Hotel in London on 24 April 2015.

Gay Star News are honored that our Gay Star Travel Expo has been nominated for Best Event. 

The Gay Star Travel Expo showcased a range of industry-leading travel options for the LGBTI community. Thousands of people attended the central London venue where the event was held, with entertainment provided by La Voix and the Gay Big Band.

February 12, 2015

Former CEO of a multinational company wants to help improve the environment for LGBTI people in the business world

Gay Star News can announce Lord Browne of Madingley has become a shareholder in the business, taking a 12.5% stake, today (12 February).

Seven years after his resignation as CEO of BP, Lord Browne wrote The Glass Closet, a book about the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. He has since become a high-profile advocate for greater openness in the corporate world.

Lord Browne said: ‘When I wrote The Glass Closet, I always hoped that it would grow into something more than just a book. Gay Star News provides the perfect platform for that growth.

February 11, 2015

Well-known event promoter was lured into the attack by the man he loved

A well-known event promoter was brutally beaten by a mob in Ghana over the weekend for being gay.

Kinto Rothmans was lured into the ambush by a man named Salim, whom he had told he loved.

During the attack, Rothmans was forced to confess his desire to 'chop' (have sex with) Salim in a video, which has since gone viral in the west African country along with a photo of him dripping in blood.

Rothmans is the CEO of Get Familiar GH, which organizes the popular Friday Friends club night in the capital Accra.

February 11, 2015

Four government bodies reject the first LGBTI group to apply for incorporation

The first South Korean LGBTI group to apply for incorporation has said they were rejected by four government agencies because of anti-gay discrimination.

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation approached the Seoul Municipal Government, National Human Rights Commission and the ministry of justice between January 2014 to January 2015 but were rejected by them all.

February 10, 2015

'Nepal will have the marriage equality law, it's just a matter of time'

Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country.

The same-sex marriage study committee, led by former secretary of the ministry of health and population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report yesterday (9 February), more than four years after its formation.

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

February 9, 2015

Kiwi activist made international headlines in 2013 when he took on his McDonald's boss for telling him to 'stop acting so gay'

Sean Bailey became an accidental LGBTI activist in 2013 before he had even fully come out.

The former burger-flipper made international headlines when he was told to 'stop acting so gay' by his boss at the MacDonald's he worked at in Auckland.

Despite the protests and worldwide media coverage, Bailey said did not think his family see the news. However, his sisters messaged him asking what had happened.

February 5, 2015

Gay Star News

Derek Yiu is a Hong Kong-based journalist who has helped cover East Asia for Gay Star News since its launch.

He has written on a wide range of niche topics as a features reporter, from business cards to private museums.

February 3, 2015

Originally from Australia, Gareth now lives in London.

Part of the GSN team since the very beginning, Gareth contributes Travel, Fashion, and Lifestyle features, as well as bringing his organisational skills to the day-to-day operations of Gay Star News.

Gareth’s obsession is water polo and he is a member of the London Orca gay water polo team.

Follow Gareth on Twitter

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.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.