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April 9, 2014

For every mile he runs on the London Marathon this weekend, a new person will be tested for HIV

The boss of Britain’s top gay bar and club chain is just £719 ($1,205 €873) away from reaching a mammoth fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Jeremy Joseph who runs the G-A-Y bars and club in London and Manchester is running the London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) and has set himself two additional challenges.

The first is to top a £250,000 ($419,000 €304,000) fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation – an aim he’s worked towards over four years.

March 24, 2014

Bar owner says he has been shocked over the homophobia he has faced since he opened up a business in the spiritual home of the Church of England, Canterbury

A British vicar went to a gay bar and offered to ‘cure’ the customers, the bar owner has claimed.

Tony Butcher, a 41-year-old who runs the Limes Lounge in Church of England’s spiritual home of Canterbury, said he has been shocked by the homophobia he has faced since he opened six months.

March 13, 2014

Elevation: Mammoth sponsor Alaska Airlines is offering two round-trip tickets to some of the most popular LGBTI destinations. The 12th annual ski event is currently underway and will feature a performance by gay country singer Steve Grand

‘2,500 riders. 9 major parties. Zero attitude.’

That’s the mission statement for what has become one of the most popular gay and lesbian ski weeks in the US and beyond.

Hosted by promoter Tom Whitman, Elevation: Mammoth in California started 12 years ago and has since grown to an anticipated weekend full of killer slopes, hot bodies and hotter parties.

February 27, 2014

The capital of the Netherlands caters to all tastes, from the educational to the hedonistic

I wanted to get a taste for Amsterdam's wild side, so naturally the first thing I did was visit the red light district.

I went down a cramped alleyway and found a little bar with flashing arrow lights and went in. After paying a few euros to a towering bouncer, I timidly walked down the stairs into what looked like a dungeon. Once turning the corner I was pleasantly surprised to see a very rammed and lit-up bar, run by naked girls.

I could not complain. They were dressed in nothing but impressively high stilettos, strutting up and down the bar.

February 6, 2014

South London puts the L back into LGBTI with the Bridge Girls lesbian party on Thursday nights

What’s a lesbian in London got to do to get a drink?

Thanks to the Bridge Bar, the answer is head to South London on Thursday nights.

After one of London’s only lesbian bars, CandyBar is Soho, closed in January because of increased rent, the city’s lesbian community lost an institution known the world over.

January 29, 2014

Jason Smith sent us a postcard from Sydney, and we're desperate to meet this drag queen because... SHOES!

From the characters of Priscilla Queen of the Desert to the delectable Courtney Act, we love us some Australian drag queens.

We can’t get enough of the accents to top off the wigs and the legs.

If photos of Sydney Mardi Gras are anything to go by, life is anything but a drag when it comes to Australia’s LGBTI scene.

Gay Star News reader Jason Smith and his partner sent us a postcard from Sydney as they sped past a gay bar.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

December 2, 2013

Amy and Lucio are joined by Jen in Soho to ask if it's ok for gay bars to turn away straight people?

Amy and Lucio are joined by Jen in Soho to ask if it's ok for gay bars to turn away straight people?

On Gay Star News, they find the world's top psychiatrist is challenging gay cures and a Wetherspoons in Manchester refused service to gay men.

Plus Amy's Cystitis, Jen entertaining 18 year old squaddies, and Lucio's secret.

November 25, 2013

Four attacks have been made on Russia's Central Station nightclub since the gay propaganda law was enforced this summer

A Moscow gay club was attacked with poisonous gas, forcing several people to seek medical attention.

On Saturday night (23 November), unknown attackers sprayed the chemical weapon inside club Central Station.

Around 500 clubbers were escorted outside of the building where some were told to go to hospital.

After the staff turned on a smoke removal machine, it eliminated the gas in a matter of minutes.

Police are investigating the attack and currently have no suspects.

November 18, 2013

Manchester’s Gay Village in northwest England is to host a rival Olympics opening ceremony to support LGBTI Russians

Openly gay athletes will parade proudly at a rival event to the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony to highlight LGBTI rights in Russia.

The alternative ceremony is being planned by Manchester’s world famous Gay Village in northwest England.

It will bring together performance artists, athletes, gay bars, activists and others to send a message of solidarity with LGBTI Russians.

Manchester, twinned with St Petersburg in Russia, has fought the Russian law banning gay propaganda from the start.

November 3, 2013

Frank Elliott, who owned the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, has been charged with arson and fraud

A former gay bar owner in Chicago has been accused of burning the nightclub down to collect the insurance money.

 

Frank Elliott, former owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, was arrested on Friday (1 November) and charged with two counts of arson and one count of insurance fraud.

 

The Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge was burned in the early hours of 3 June last year.

October 25, 2013

One of the most iconic clubs for the LGBT community is closing down after rent was forced up a whopping 50%

London's lesbian community are 'gutted' after the capital's only all girl bar has announced it will close down.

On 21 October, Candy Bar announced it will shut down for good in January 2014.

The iconic bar on Carlisle Street in Soho will be shutting down due to the landlord increasing the rent by 50%.

World famous for their blowjob shots, sexy staff, gigs and even a hit TV show, the bar is run by an all girls team, sticking to their motto ‘run by girls, for girls’.

October 18, 2013

The welcoming capital of British Columbia, Canada, is home to whale watching, buzzing nightclubs, British food and a craft beer-tasting cycling tour

Welcome to the edge of the world, welcome to Vancouver Island, welcome to Victoria.

The capital of British Columbia, Canada, is a scenic harbor and city in ‘Old English’ style. Here is where I found the popular British sausage and mash and fish and chips in a North American city. But I found a warm and welcoming LGBT community as well, represented by the Victoria Pride Society.

October 18, 2013

With drugs causing collapses and deaths in south London, GSN reveals how Lambeth council may end up destroying businesses in an effort to save lives

The council in Vauxhall is bringing in a new licensing policy to crack down on drugs, which may end up killing the gay scene.

Gay Star News can exclusively reveal the real story of the new policy that many have feared could be the death knell for the south London nightlife.

The area, popular with the mid-20s crowd, is one of the most visited in London for gay clubs and bars.

But with two gay clubs, Fire and Area, operating a 24-hour license the council is concerned about the ‘culture’ this creates.

September 26, 2013

Comptons of Soho have admitted to making a 'mistake' after telling a man with multiple scleroris it would be unsafe for him to enter the venue

A London gay bar has caused an outrage after refusing entry to a wheelchair user.

Chris Stapleton, who has multiple sclerosis, wanted to go for a drink in the England’s capital main gay area Soho last night (25 September).

But when he reached Comptons of Soho, he could not negotiate the high step into the bar using his power chair.

He said: ‘I asked the bar manager whether they had a ramp which could be deployed to let me in. He said no.

‘I said that he had a legal obligation to provide access.

September 17, 2013

Authorities seek help from the public after two men were attacked outside a gay bar in Picardy Place

Police have released the description of a man who attacked two gay men outside a bar in Edinburgh.

The attack occurred 14 September around 12:20am in the city center of Picardy Place.

According to The Edinburgh Reporter, two victims, age 26 and 27, were attacked outside Planet Out gay bar.

September 13, 2013

Cleveland officials say repeated calls place 'an undue and inappropriate burden on the taxpayers'

The city of Cleveland in Ohio - due to host the 2014 Gay Games next summer - has asked a gay bar where two recent homophobic attacks against customers took place to quit calling police so often.

The owner of Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge received a letter this week from the director of the Department of Public Safety complaining that in the span of 12 months, police had been called to the business nine times.

September 3, 2013

Jared Fox says he was called a 'faggot' and asked: 'Do you want to die?'

A New York man has made a nearly 10-minute YouTube video detailing what he says was a hate crime attack against him by a mob outside a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio.

'One of them said, "Do you want to die?" and I thought, "No."' Jared Fox said through tears.

Fox was visiting his hometown when the alleged incident occurred on 31 August. It is being investigated by Cleveland police as a robbery and possible hate crime. No arrests have been made but there is survelience footage .

August 21, 2013

Jeremy Joseph and Chris Jepson cycled through the night to complete the journey in 24 hours and raise money for Elton John AIDS Foundation

Two gay scene celebrities have just completed a 200 mile, 24 hour cycle ride from London to Manchester to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

Jeremy Joseph, owner of G-A-Y, Britain’s most famous gay bar and club brand, and Chris Jepson, a gay scene photographer, rode through the night having left G-A-Y bar in London at 7pm yesterday evening.

August 21, 2013

GLAAD report shows six major movie studios all but ignoring LGBT characters

Javier Bardem's bad guy bisexual in Skyfall and Alec Baldwin and gay club owner in Rock of Ages were two of a dwindling number of LGBT characters in movies released by Hollywood studios last year.

A report released by GLAAD today showed that out of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, only 14 of them contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Not a single one of the releases contained a transgender character, according to GLAAD's first annual Studio Responsibility Index.

August 14, 2013

London hotspot makes colorful statement against Russia's anti-gay law

Anti-gay Russian President Vladimir Putin popped up at the most unlikely of places Tuesday night: one of the most popular gay bars in London.

And not only that, he was shirtless, preening and wearing only a pair of skimpy pink hot pants.

It was actually an image of Putin - with an LGBT Pride rainbow behind him - projected up onto the side of G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street in Soho.

August 7, 2013

There's more to Manchester Pride than the Big Weekend, discover a host of LGBT events across the city in August

The city of Manchester is gearing up for gay pride and there is a lot more on offer than just the notorious Big Weekend.

Throughout August the city is playing host to over 40 fringe events with the works of emerging LGBT talent being put on display across the city center.