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September 19, 2014

16 people are in hospital after Vitaly Milonov, as well as some anti-gay thugs, ruined the opening day of a LGBTI event in St Petersburg

Sixteen people have been hospitalized after the opening of an LGBTI arts festival in St Petersburg yesterday (18 September).

Thugs are alleged to have sprayed 'green paint' and to have released gas which forced those who breathed it in to seek medical help.

Vitaly Milonov, the co-author of the 'gay propaganda' ban in the Russian city, stormed the art gallery with other homophobic activists to help shut down the event.

September 17, 2014

Troy Jónsson has never spoken about being raped by one of his brother’s friends. Now he shares his story with Gay Star News

Troy Jónsson stepped on to the Mr Gay World stage as a perfect pin up; handsome, athletic, intelligent, caring, confident. Nobody knew his secret.

He was raped as a 12-year-old boy by one of his brother’s friends.

Now he’s spoken to Gay Star News about that terrible day. It’s a story he has never even hinted about to anyone else in the world – not his friends, his brothers, his parents or his boyfriend.

Jónsson, 27 now lives in Iceland, the country he represented in Mr Gay World.

September 17, 2014

Gay Star News chats with stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light and creator Jill Soloway

A star-sudded crowd got an early look this week at the first two episodes of the new series Transparent, a dramedy about an LA man with three grown children who is transitioning to female.

Series lead Jeffrey Tambor told Gay Star News on the red carpet of a premiere screening at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA that he has had a lot help from the LGBT community in learning and in preparing for his role.

‘This is important, this is a part of a lifetime,’ he said. ‘This is why you went into acting.’

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.

September 4, 2014

From early AIDS fundraisers to marrying couples in the last year of her life, Rivers was a staunch LGBT ally

Like a lot of gays, Joan Rivers considered herself an outsider and an underdog.

But she never let that stop her. In fact, it fueled her.

From her rise to stardom in the 1960s through her final episode of Fashion Police which aired just last week, Rivers kept her legions of loyal gay fans entertained and inspired.

She told Gay Star News in 2012: 'They were the first ones to laugh at me.'

September 3, 2014

LGBTIs are planning to flee the country if Islamic State fighters get in. Those who can’t get out will be targeted for execution, they warn

LGBTI people in Lebanon fear they will be massacred if ISIS troops penetrate the country.

While the Islamic State fighters (also called ISIS) are currently focused on Syria and Iraq, they have already had skirmishes with Lebanese troops on the border.

And LGBTI people in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, are living in fear they will be targeted if ISIS does make a concerted attack on Lebanon.

Their eyes are now on the Bekaa Valley, a Christian-dominated area in the east of Lebanon where ISIS could break through.

August 24, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

August 23, 2014

One of the UK’s longest-running gay pride parades kicked off with thousands of friends and families lining Manchester’s streets to welcome the Orange is the New Black actress

Manchester saw young activists, straight allies, families and furry companions celebrate gay pride today (23 August).

The ever-fabulous Lea DeLaria, of Orange is the New Black fame, lead the pride procession through Manchester’s city streets to roaring screams, whistle-blowing and applause from fans and pride-goers.

‘The fact that a Hollywood star is Grand Marshal for our pride is just amazing,’ one young woman told Gay Star News.

August 20, 2014

A 22-year-old fears rape, jail or even death if she is forced to leave the UK to return to her country

The last time a 22-year-old Ugandan saw her girlfriend was when, naked and afraid, she fled her home after a mob caught them having sex.

Joan Ayebare Tumewine has called her girlfriend, who we will call Grace to protect her anonymity, every single day for over a year.

Fearing Grace is dead, her desperate search feels hopeless. Adding to her despair is the prospect of being deported from the UK back to Uganda, where she could meet a similar fate.

August 15, 2014

Up to 28 people could face jail or expulsion from Lebanon after two raids on hammams believed by police to be meeting spaces for gay and bisexual men

Police have raided a second bathhouse in Beirut, believing it to be popular with gay people, and arrested all the staff.
 
The raid of the Shehrazad Hammam or ‘Turkish bath’ in Burj Hammoud, a Christian suburb of Beirut, took place around noon yesterday.
 

August 14, 2014

Parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests

Kenya’s dreaded bill, threatening to ‘stone gay people to death’, was reportedly found unconstitutional today (14 August).

According to unconfirmed reports, parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests.

The Uganda-style bill was introduced by the Republican Liberty Party who sought to ‘protect the family’ by banning any form of same-sex relations or promotion of homosexuality.

August 8, 2014

Ahead of a secret gay pride celebration in Uganda, lawmakers refuse to let the Anti-Homosexuality Act die and push the case to the Supreme Court

Uganda’s attorney general will appeal the Constitutional Court’s decision last week to nullify the country’s anti-gay law.

Even though the Constitutional Court agreed with gay rights activists that parliament did not follow the proper procedure when passing the anti-Homosexuality Act, the attorney general has pushed for the Constitutional Court to revisit its latest decision.

August 7, 2014

Openly gay Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe will perform 13 August at Forum Karlin in support of LGBT communities in eastern countries

The British electro pop duo will be headlining a historic concert at this year’s Prague Pride.

Considered the most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys will be performing in the newly built Forum Karlin on 13 August in the midst of Prague Pride, marked by over 100 social and political events taking place from 11 to 17 August

The theme for the fourth annual Prague Pride has been decided: East Meets West.

August 7, 2014

Pink Lake, an international LGBT summer festival, proves you can get a taste of the Mediterranean anywhere, even at the base of the Austrian Alps

It’s the end of August.

You’re splashing around in 82-degree turquoise green water.

You smile on as drag queens saunter through crowds of bronzing bodies sunning on the sand and showing off the goods.

You bop your head to some lounge music as you catch the eye of a cutie who’s recharging their batteries for the party later tonight.

This isn’t Mykonos or Barcelona.

It’s the Pink Lake Beach Club in Austria, welcoming guests from all over the world for a weekend of fun from 28 to 31 August.

August 6, 2014

A young man has gone on social media and threatened to murder gay people 'one by one' as that is what the Bible says

Mass attacks and gay murders are being threatened in Uganda following the repeal of the anti-gay law.

With fears escalating as the homophobic rhetoric soars, gay activists are expecting the worst. Several lawmakers are hoping to reinstate the law as quickly as possible.

Since the Anti-Homosexuality Act was found to have been passed illegally last week:

August 5, 2014

She puts the ‘tuck’ in ‘fierce mother tucker,’ takes the ‘I’ out of ‘William’ and is about to drop it like it’s hot in front of one of the world’s most gay-friendly countries

Can you imagine if one third of Brazil’s population or one third of New York’s citizens came out for the annual Pride Parade?

That amount of support and sheer human mass is something Iceland Pride has been counting on for some time.

This year, for the 16th annual Reykjavik Pride kicking off 5 August and culminating 9 August with the Pride March, more than one third of Iceland’s population (100,000 people) is expected to turn up.

After almost two decades of celebrating LGBTI Pride, Iceland is showing zero chances of slowing down.

August 5, 2014

Gay film director Chris Mason Johnson talks to GSN about why a film about AIDS which isn’t depressing was difficult to market

There are many films documenting the effect of the AIDS crisis in the 80s, but almost none of them have done so like new film Test.

A group of young dancers deal with the competitive, erotic world of dance and the then unknown dangers of AIDS simultaneously.

Director Chris Mason Johnson sat down with Gay Star News to discuss his dance background which inspired the film, and why it was so hard to make.

Johnson revealed to GSN his film about AIDS is actually a very uplifting one, something audiences have learned not to expect.

August 3, 2014

The UNDP, which is known to be a supporter of LGBT rights worldwide, had provided funding for the original two committees that drafted the codes but did not monitor their outcome, Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay politician, tells Gay Star News

It’s a dramatic reversal for a country whose Supreme Court ruled in 2007 to ensure broad protections for LGBTI people and whose government was looking into legalizing same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court decision in 2008.

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.

August 3, 2014

The fact that the UK is to get a national sperm bank appears to have upset The Daily Mail – leading to a front page headline that has prompted outrage

Last weekend, Gay Star News reported on the opening of the world’s first national sperm bank: a new initiative that will be run as a joint venture between the UK’s National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital. The bank will recruit sperm donors and help women and couples experiencing fertility problems or who may need donor sperm to extend a family.

July 31, 2014

‘In 2014, I wouldn’t want this to be perceived as an event just more for minorities. I’d like to make this as an opportunity for everyone’

Browsing through photos from the Miami Beach Bruthaz party shows crowds of black and Latino partygoers jumping into pools and enjoying the festivities.

But founder Ian Smith told Gay Star News the weekend is more than a party, and it’s not just an event for minorities.

This year, from 17 to 20 July, Miami played host to the 8th annual Bruthaz party.

In under a decade the event has grown to welcome international travelers all while keeping a family-oriented vibe.

July 31, 2014

Victory: Harriet Nakigudde has a new life ahead of her, thanks Gay Star News readers for helping to save her

A Uganda woman who was raped by her uncle to ‘cure’ her sexuality has won the right to asylum in the UK.

Harriet Nakigudde, 30, is now a free woman after a traumatic two months at the mercy of the Home Office.

They refused to believe she was a lesbian despite the evidence and were going to send her back – possibly to her death.

That’s when campaigners rallied to rescue her and Gay Star News shared the truth about her story.

And a little less than an hour ago (31 July), her solicitor rang her to tell her she had won her appeal.

July 31, 2014

The Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson as 'pandering to the homosexual agenda’

A ‘gay cure’ group has lost its battle to put its adverts on London buses.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson 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 30, 2014

Straight-talking judge talks to Gay Star News about the 'T' word debate, raising the bar for equality and Drag Race in the UK

Infighting in the LGBTI community makes us look ‘weak and pathetic’, according to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.

Speaking to Gay Star News shortly before season six airs on Netflix UK, the straight-talking judge has reflected on the controversy.

Earlier this year, some were outraged by the use of the term ‘shemale’ in the ‘Female or She-male’ mini challenge of episode four.

Logo removed the challenge from the episode in later airings and the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro heard in all episodes was also taken out.