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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.

November 19, 2014

Travels of Adam blogger reveals city's best queer bars, cheapest eats and where he'd take a Berlin virgin...

This week, blogger by trade and Berliner by choice Adam Groffman shows us around the German capital…

I moved here in…
...2011 as a backpacker for the gay pride parade. I spent a week here and then left to continue my Eurotrip to Prague and Vienna. But as I was planning where to go from Vienna, I realised I missed Berlin. So I got the next bus here and haven't looked back yet!

November 18, 2014

Titan hotspots London, Berlin and San Francisco battle it out to be named top LGBTI havens

We've brought you numbers 20 to 16 and 15 to 11 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 10 to six; check back tomorrow for the final five!

10. Berlin

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 2, 2014

In the latest in a line of closures on the London gay scene, Hackney pub the Joiners Arms will shut its doors in January 2015. Its managements tell GSN that they are seeking new premises

A well-loved and long-running London gay bar has been told that it must find itself a new home.

The management of the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, has been informed that its current lease, which expires on 15 January 2015, will not be renewed.

David Pollard, the publican who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997 and has run it ever since, told GSN that a development company is planning to demolish the venue and build flats on the site.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.