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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 16, 2015

Historic iconic venue, which featured in the film Pride, is at risk of closing

London gay bar Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at risk of closing due to its recent sale to property developers.

But celebs and stalwarts of the scene have come together to launch a campaign to help save the iconic venue.

It comes as the Black Cap in Camden, another notable London LGBTI venue, closed without notice last week.

Writer of Bafta-winning film Pride Stephen Beresford, who featured the RVT in his 2014 hit film, is calling on people to help save the bar. 

April 9, 2015

14% of gay men met online in 2001

If you think apps for gay men were all about hookups, it turns out that 80% of gay men say they have met their long-term partner on one of them.

New research published in AIDS and Behavior has shown the number of gay men who have met their partners online has jumped dramatically, going from 14% in 2001 to 80% last year.

During the same time period, men who met partners at bars, sex-on-premises venues and through friends or other venues dropped.

April 3, 2015

Claims he suffered a fractured arm and dislocated shoulder

A retired lawyer is seeking $990,000 in damages from a gay bar which he claims violently threw him out in April 2012.

Michael Babcock is suing Stock Bar in Montreal for 'pain, suffering, inconvenience and psychological anxiety.'

A court heard earlier this week that while trying to buy a drink for the bartender and a nude dancer, an unidentified employee told him to get out.

According to the lawsuit, when Babcock asked what he had done, he was escorted to the door.

March 26, 2015

Man was asked to leave after he was kissed by a male friend

An expat in South Korea has claimed he was kicked out of a bar in Seoul for being gay.

Eric Michael said he was asked to leave Zen Bar in Hongdae area on Sunday (22 March) after he was kissed by a male friend.

'I know I was singled out because I am gay, and that’s the simple fact,' he told the Korean Observer.

Eric said he was dancing with a group of friends when one, another gay man, 'snuck a gentle kiss in on my neck area.'

March 25, 2015

CEO's email to bar owner states 'Sadly, homosexuals are not part of our target audience'

A German drinks start-up is at the center of a shitstorm after refusing to sell their new lemonade to a gay bar because homosexuals are ‘not their target audience.’

TMW Kern GmbH, looking to advertise their new lemonade called Phantasia, initially sent an offer to Boots Westernbar, a gay bar in the south German town of Stuttgart.

Boots placed an order, but when the start-up found out that they would be delivering their drink to a gay bar they retracted the offer.

March 13, 2015

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked'

Partrons of a gay club in New Orleans are fighting for their right to drink and smoke naked.

Clientele of The Country Club launched a petition calling for the reinstatement its clothing-optional policy, which was scrapped after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted there last summer.

But patron Dillon Henderson said the reasons why the policy went away were 'irrelevant' to him.

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked,' he told WGNO TV station.

March 11, 2015

Council refuses redevelopment of iconic Soho gay bar

London gay venue The Yard is saved, it was announced yesterday (10 March).

Westminster City Council (WCC) has agreed to keep the historic courtyard bar following a massive campaign to preserve the venue.

They vetoed the plans to redevelop the space into luxury apartments.

A petition to block the development gained over 2,800 signatures, coming amid mounting pressure to stop gentrification and save the cultural identity of the UK capital's gay hotspot.

March 4, 2015

Acting legend hopes to save The Joiners Arms

Gandalf may be coming to the rescue again, but this time to save one of the most infamous East London gay pubs.

Sir Ian McKellen has signed his name to a petition to save The Joiners Arms, which is at risk of being turned into apartments.

The Hackney Road melting point for drag queens and kings, youthful party goers and the rest of the LGBTI community was forced to close in January 2015 after the license was not renewed. 

March 4, 2015

Gay Star News checks out London’s original gay professionals networking group; Jake

Looking for an opportunity to mix and mingle with other gay business folk?

Launched in the early 00s, Jake was ground-breaking in being one of London’s first networking groups for professional gay men.

Created by financier Ivan Massow, it arrived at a time when the majority of gay men in the UK thought long and hard before coming out in their place of work, and opportunities to network with others were scant.

February 23, 2015

Tzipi Livni could become one of two rotating premiers if her coalition wins

An Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize gay marriage if she becomes prime minister in the March elections.

Tzipi Livni made the pledge at a weekly gay party called Dreck in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (21 February).

The Hatnuah party leader will become one of two rotating prime ministers if her coalition with Labor wins.

'Good evening Dreck. There's a chance that on March 20 we'll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and discrimination and we'll start a period of light, love and equality,' she said.

February 21, 2015

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the 'Dark Ages'? Discover and more

1. The world's oldest porn, which dates back over 3,000 years, features both male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

February 16, 2015

New proposals pay homage to area's cultural ties to LGBTI and leather communities

A 'gay leather' park is being planned for San Francisco.

 

The new mixed-use housing and retail development could be gracing the streets to pay homage to the area’s historic ties to both the LGBTI and leather communities.

 

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 6, 2015

The Hollywood local shares some insider tips on how to get the best out of his home town.

Here at Gay Star Travel we like to bring you a local perspective on cities and destinations around the world.

If you're thinking about visiting Los Angeles, then you'll probably need some of local-boy Anthony Duran's insider hints and tips on how to navigate your way around this spawling city.

Apart from three years living in Australia, Duran has lived his entire life in Hollywood. From his teenage years dancing the nights away in the clubs of LA to his weekend mini-breaks to Palm Springs.

February 2, 2015

Karma Nightclub & Cabaret burned to the ground on Saturday night and authorities are yet to determine the cause of the blaze

A popular gay nightclub in Lincoln, Nebraska was destroyed by fire on Saturday night and authorities will have to wait weeks to determine the cause because of freezing weather.

More than a dozen fire crews attended the scene of the fire at Karma Nightclub & Cabaret and had to deal with water freezing on their equipment and the ground while they fought to try to contain the huge fire – one of the largest they have had to battle in recent memory.

The fire is believed to have started on or near the club’s stage around 7.45pm on Saturday night.

January 27, 2015

Hardline Catholic group the Missionaries of Mercy have bought Toulon’s gay bar Texas in order to close it down as it sits next to the group’s church in the city, labeling it a ‘bar of Sodom’

Closeted Catholic priests will be the only gay men drinking in a gay bar in the French city of Toulon after a hardline Catholic group managed to purchase the building this month.

The Missionaries of Mercy took the opportunity to buy the bar when its owners filed for bankruptcy recently – meaning it would have to be sold to whoever was the highest bidder.

January 15, 2015

The death is not being treated as suspicious

Police have begun an investigation after a 36-year-old woman was found dead in one of London’s historic gay pubs.

Emergency services were called to the King William IV pub at 10am yesterday (14 January) to a report of an unconscious woman.

A Met spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at around 10:05am to a report on an unconscious female at an address in Hampstead High Street.

‘Police and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended. The 36-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene.

January 13, 2015

The Green Carnation is set to become a new venue

Another London gay bar has announced it is set to close its doors.

The Green Carnation in Soho is to give its final farewell this weekend to make way for a new venue to take its place.

It is unknown whether it will remain a gay bar, but owners have promised a 'new concept' that is 'aspirational to the Soho clientele'.

Numerous LGBTI-friendly venues have announced their closure in the last few years, including The Joiners Arms, Profile, Madame JoJo's, Manbar and Candy Bar.

December 23, 2014

Its owner says that escalating costs and the rise in popularity of hook-up apps have made it impossible to turn a profit

Urge in Auckland – which recently celebrated its 17th birthday – will be closing in the New Year.

According to stuff.co.nz, owner Paul Heard described the decision to close the venue as the ‘toughest day I've had’.

Heard bought the bar ten years ago with his business partner, Alan Granville. The two were formerly romantic partners, having met at the venue.

December 16, 2014

'We found 20 teenagers there that were practically having sex on the stage'

A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg on Saturday night after complaints from parents that their underage children were 'trapped' in the venue.

Vitaly Milonov stormed a fetish party at Central Station club with a film crew from a local news site, the Moscow Times reported.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

December 2, 2014

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Rupert Street Bar and more in our countdown of London's gayest watering holes

November 28, 2014

Shadow Lounge, East Bloc and more in our countdown of London's gayest watering holes

We're still struggling to come to terms with the tragic news that the fabulous Madame Jojo's is to close – reportedly in 'an attempt to gentrify' London's joyously seedy Soho.