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May 28, 2015

An impressive multi-media exploration of identity, race, and belonging

Hetain Patel delivers a personal and humorous exploration of identity in his new show American Boy at Sadler's Wells theatre in London.

An accomplished impressionist, in this show Patel uses many voices but never his own.

May 22, 2015

Available at this weekend's Birmingham Pride

Today, Gay Star News can offer a sneak peek inside our 2015 pride tote bags, featuring a hand drawn illustration by iconic actor Sir Ian McKellen on the front.

Some bags will also include a LateRooms.com golden ticket, which could win you a luxury weekend in Barcelona.

May 21, 2015

Lithuania in historic Eurovision first

Tonight at the Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final in Vienna, the performers from Lithuania scored a Eurovision first with not one, but two same-sex couples sharing a kiss on stage.

Watched by millions of television across the world, singers Vaidas and Monika opened the show with their song called “This Time” supported by two male and two female backing singers and dancers.

May 19, 2015

The UK premier of French choreographer's new work: Manger

French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz is the focus of a collaboration between Sadler's Wells theatre and Tate Modern museum in London.

Charmatz is director of the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France. He specialises in creating or using different physical spaces to present and redefine choreography and dance.

May 19, 2015

Cops, punk and disco divas... let the fun begin!

It's the start of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 16 countries take to the stage in the first semi final to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

Here our top six to watch.

1 MOLDOVA

Eduard Romanyuta is Ukrainian but because of the current situation, his home country was unable to participate this year so he went to neighboring Moldova and won their ticket to Eurovision with I Want Your Love.

May 18, 2015

Politicians oppose it as LGBTI activists are encouraging people to attend

Only 2.5% of Latvians support EuroPride happening in Riga.

The European LGBTI rights festival is taking place across 15-21 June in the centre of the capital, but fears are rising over safety and the possibility of violence.

Riga won the right to hold EuroPride after Barcelona, Milan and Manchester.

Riga's Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks has also insisted the event should not happen, even though there is nothing the City Council can do to stop it.

He described it as a 'pretentious demonstration of oneself, which does not promote understanding.'

May 18, 2015

GSN speaks to artists from across Europe as they spread LGBTI love

Huge crowds watched as artists from 40 participating countries walked the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest yesterday.

They were entertained by a live orchestra as they saw the stars arrive, including last year's winner Conchita Wurst, at the Rathaus in Vienna, Austria.

Gay Star News was there and talked to the most fabulous performers as they arrived at the star-studded event.

Artists send a message of peace, love and hope to the LGBTI community through song. Yes, even from Russia.

May 18, 2015

Author says children should be allowed to read it while parents say definitely not

A picture book where gay penguins get in bondage gear with whips, handcuffs and leather is causing a bit of a flap in New Zealand.

Gus and Waldo's Book of Love found its way into a Kaiapoi preschool, exposing the three and four-year-olds to a slightly more adult form of relationship.

Written by London-based author and artist Massimo Fenati, it is intended for mature audiences.

May 17, 2015

Teacher told him he had 'AIDS like all of his friends'

A British trans man has reflected on when he was a teen and his mother backed him up in the best way possible when he was being bullied.

Leng Montgomery, now 31 from London, has gone back to when he identified as a lesbian when he was younger and how a teacher said horrific homophobic comments to him.

Even though Section 28, the law that banned the 'promotion of homosexuality', was in force at the time his mother stood up for him and supported him.

May 12, 2015

In a desperate attempt to prove he was telling the truth, Orashia Edwards said he was forced to take explicit pictures of him and his boyfriend

A Jamaican bisexual asylum seeker has said he is so desperate to stay in the UK, he felt like he was forced to show a photo of himself having sex with a man.

Orashia Edwards, 34, could be deported at any moment after losing his case with the UK government.

While he was once married to a woman in Jamaica, he is in a relationship with a man based in Leeds. He fears he will be murdered if he is sent back.

May 12, 2015

GSN teams up with online hotel booking site, with special giveaways planned around 4 UK pride festivals

LateRooms.com and Gay Star News are pleased to announce their official partnership for 2015.

As part of the partnership, the online hotel booking site is set to feature at pride weekends throughout the country over the summer, and intends to work with GSN to bring even more fun to each of the events, with some tongue-in-cheek giveaways and an exciting golden ticket competition.

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 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.

May 11, 2015

With a growing readership of our travel content, talk to us how best to reach this valuable audience.

Travel and leisure stories are hugely popular with our readers and our integrated marketing campaigns can help you maximise the opportunities available in this sector.

In the UK, LGBTI travellers consistently travel more and spend more than the national average.

Here are a few statistics to get you thinking:

May 9, 2015

Angela Eagle is serious contender for deputy’s job

One of Britain’s top lesbian Members of Parliament, Angela Eagle, is considering standing for the Labour leadership, Gay Star News can reveal.

Eagle has long spoken privately about her desire to be deputy leader, GSN understands. Whether she throws her hat in the ring for the leadership is likely to depend on which other candidates step forward.

The job opened up when Ed Miliband stood down after disastrous election results for Labour.

May 6, 2015

Gay couple reportedly thrown out of the venue because their kissing could offend other patrons – Balans vigorously denies claims

The management of the most famous 'gay' restaurant in London's Soho has been forced to deny claims they booted out a same-sex couple for kissing.

The allegations made last night are already creating a storm on social media.

A woman, who has asked not to be named, claims staff in Balans ‘hustled out’ her two gay friends because ‘they have been seen kissing and that was offensive to the general people at the bar’.

May 6, 2015

More than just news, we bring you the LGBTI world - 24/7!

Our team of reporters around the world are always on duty, bringing you the news stories that matter but also insights into the world around us and exploration of the things that matter.

Here's a quick summary of what you get from Gay Star News:

May 6, 2015

Our commitment to you.

We see every day that reporting the truth is the most powerful tool to eradicate hatred and prejudice and improve LGBTI lives around the world.

When we started Gay Star News we underestimated the incredible speed with which our audience would grow and how much impact that could have in delivering positive change.

May 2, 2015

'If there is an infection, we should try and cure it, not stigmatize it.'

An Austrian magazine has used ink infused with the blood of three HIV+ people to print a special edition of their current issue.

Vangardist magazine, usually only available online, release their third print issue, called the Heroes-issue, next week.

A special edition of 3.000 copies have been printed with ink containing blood donated by three HIV positive men; a further 15.000 copies have been printed using normal ink.

May 1, 2015

Actor speaks to Gay Star News ahead of upcoming nuptials with John Halbach

Mad Men's Kit Williamson was all set to propose to his longtime boyfriend John Halbach – that is, until John pipped him to the post.

'I was going to propose on our "manniversary" but he beat me to it!' Kit enthused after announcing his engagement in a statement earlier this week.

Speaking to Gay Star News, the loved-up star told us: 'The engagement feels right. Nothing's changed between us, and I don't think marriage will change our relationship either.

April 30, 2015

Emmy winner tells GSN:  'I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best'

Greg Rikaart has a wish for his character on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

'I want him to come out,' the actor told Gay Star News on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Rikaart, who came out publicly as gay in 2013, has played the role of Kevin for 11 years and won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal in 2005.

April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 27, 2015

'I don't want people to think I broke bread with that woman'

Graham Norton has slammed Katie Hopkins' decision to attend the LGBT Awards, telling Gay Star News: 'I'm truly embarrassed I was in a room with her.'
 
He added: 'She shouldn't be here, because tonight is about equality, inclusion, acceptance and allies. She does not fit into any of those categories.'
 
Norton, who won the LGBT broadcaster award, continued: 'If I'd known she was coming I wouldn't have been here. I don't want people to think I broke bread with that woman.'
 

April 27, 2015

#HerNameWasRachel

A young trans woman has killed herself after being attacked online.

Rachel Bryk, 23, jumped off the George Washington Bridge, the bridge between New York and New Jersey, on Thursday night (23 April)

An eyewitness is believed to have seen the young woman leave her purse on the bridge and jump off into the Hudson River.

Bryk's body has still not been recovered. A funeral will be planned when her body is found.

Her shocked mother Lisa Bryk, from New Jersey, found out on Friday morning.

April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
 
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’