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May 5, 2015

Thomas Miguel Guerra, who is thought to have had unprotected sex with at least 24 other men, says:  'I am not a monster'

A judge has sentenced a gay man to six months in jail for knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his ex-boyfriend.

'I am not a monster,' Thomas Miguel Guerra said in court. 'I would never ever do something like what I'm accused of.'

Guerra received the maximum sentence from an angry judge who was frustrated that she could not give him more time behind bars.

May 1, 2015

The weekend wine festival returns to Northern California’s Sonoma Valley this summer

The organizers of Gay Wine Weekend 2015 have announced that this year’s event, due to take place 19-21 June in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley, will include an LGBTI Business Expo.

Gay Wine Weekend 2015 will offer world-class wine, awe-inspiring food, music, dancing and networking.

Events will include a welcome reception at host hotel, Macarthur Place Hotel and Spa, several dinners and winery visits, cookery demonstrations and poolside dance parties. A wine auction will raise money for Face2Face – a local HIV network.

April 27, 2015

Sun's out, guns out at White Party Palm Springs

Organizers are surely toasting another super successful White Party Palm Springs today, after more than 30,000 gay guys descended on the California destination for a weekend of fun and frolicking.

Amid the countless pool parties and club nights, the gay dance music festival also featured performances from LeAnne Rimes and Jordin Sparks.

Reservations are already open for the Jeffrey Sanker-produced White Party 2016, which is set for April 22-25, 2016.

April 22, 2015

Town turning into 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks – it should be a family vacation destination' he adds

A reverend in Arkansas has claimed LGBTI visitors to Eureka Springs are bad for business – in what he describes as a destination for Christians and those on a 'family vacation.'

The clergyman is quoted in the New York Times as saying Christian visitors are driven away because of efforts to promote the town as the 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks.'

March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 12, 2015

The co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it's not LA!)

I've lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.
 

March 12, 2015

At Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, the openly gay CEO of Apple responded to comments that there should be more people of color in top management positions

A day after launching the Apple Watch, Tim Cook took to the stage again on Tuesday at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California.

One of the guests as the event was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke about the lack of color diversity in the upper echelons of the company.

‘We urge you to put more people of color in top management ... and look like America,’ he said.

Jackson has praised Apple for attempting to tackle a lack of diversity in the tech industries, but indicated that more needs to be done.

March 9, 2015

The man behind America's first privately-owned LGBT center, based in WeHo, shares his love of the gayest of gay districts

I've lived here since… 1981. I moved here from Israel.

I've stayed because... the people are wonderful and there are endless opportunities here.

My favorite queer bar has to be… FUBAR, because it's always entertaining, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t drink. In my 51 years, I have never had alcohol.

March 6, 2015

Costumer. Couturier. Corsetiere. Knitting boy next door.

How long have you lived in LA?

I'm a native! I grew up in Glendale, work in downtown, and go to school at UCLA, so I travel all around the city and see a great deal of different neighborhoods, climates, and interesting locales each day.

What's some of the best things about living in LA?

The culture is incredible. There are so many interesting examples of art, architecture, style, fashion, and design. The variety of people makes for a unique environment and exciting gastro-adventure. And of course there's the weather!

February 25, 2015

Owner of LA Jock Sport closes store to make way for queer meeting space

The world's first privately-owned LGBTI centre will open its doors in West Hollywood tomorrow [26 February].

The owner of Santa Monica Boulevard's LA Jock Sport has closed the doors of the hit clothes shop to make way for the new venture.

February 16, 2015

California just got hairy

Over two thousand bears have descended on Palm Springs in California for a huge party – namely, the second International Bear Convergence.

The sunshine-drenched blowout – which must be a contender as one of the best-named LGBTI events ever – took over Renaissance Palm Springs across Valentine's weekend.

The get-together, which featured pool parties, concerts and fashion shows, has seen attendance shoot up 200 percent since last year's debut, according to head organizer Steve Harris.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 6, 2015

LGBTIs are flocking to California

Over 400 gay pilots have united for a massive convention in Palm Springs.

Members of the National Gay Pilots Association from around the world decided to mark the organisation's 25-year anniversary with the meeting in California this week – the biggest event in its history.

The convention at the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort included a performance by drag act, Miss Coco Peru.

The event was supported by a whopping 21 airlines, including CommutAir, Envoy and Horizon Air.

February 4, 2015

'The next time you feel like saying "my gays" replace it with "my blacks" and see how that turns out!'

Andy Cohen had to share with the viewers of Bravo's What Happens Live Tuesday (3 February) 'something that's been bugging the hell out of me.'

It seems several of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, whose show Cohen produces, have a habit of referring to their gay male friends as 'my gays.'

Cohen decided to show footage of Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna and others committing the offense and decided to make it a 'teachable moment.'

December 5, 2014

But at least he's still showing off his pretty face in new modeling shots

Remember San Francisco's Hot Cop of Castro? The adorable officer Chris Kohrs who drove the gay internet wild?

Well, it turns out, he has revealed that his superiors have told him he is officially too hot to patrol the gayborhood.

'They prefer to keep me out of the Castro area just because it gets kind of crazy sometimes when I go down there,' he has revealed in a new video.

November 20, 2014

Fleshy and juicy with a full-bodied density – and that's just the vintners

What happens when a bunch of queer wine-lovers board a train through Napa Valley to taste the region's gayest, sun-sweet grape juices? We're not entirely sure, but we'd love to find out!

The Big Gay Wine Train has announced details of its all-gay winemaker dinner event next spring: taking place on Saturday, March 28, oenophiles will be able to taste the fruit of four of California's most delectable gay wine merchants.

November 15, 2014

During the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the victim hopefully 'he learned his lesson'

Authorities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in a late October anti-gay attack.

According to a press release, on 28 October deputies were called to Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, California (located approximately 2 hours away from Los Angeles).

October 16, 2014

In 2015 Dinah Shore celebrates a quarter century uniting women from around the world

Next year we celebrate 25 years of Dinah Shore, one of the world's leading lesbian parties.

Organizers have already kicked off celebrations six months in advance of star-studded pool parties and entertainment.

Officially known as the Club Skirt’s Dinah Shore weekend, or just Dinah, this weeklong festival has helped put Palm Spring on the map of LGBTI society and helped inspire many lesbian events around the globe.

October 14, 2014

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson return to Coronado where town pulls out all the stops

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had a wedding to remember over the weekend - and this time for all the right reasons.

The Arizona couple returned to Coronado Island near San Diego where they had a lavish wedding hosted by a town that wanted to erase the memory of an August ceremony marred by anti-gay hecklers.

'This has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as you can well imagine and the outpouring of love and support after what happened I think shows that this touches something,' Jackson told the crowd at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

October 3, 2014

Residents and merchants of Coronado have banded together for event with mayor officiating

Arizona couple Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson are returning to the resort town of Coronado in California to get married - again.

But this time, they don't that expect any anonymous anti-gay hecklers will try and disrupt things.

That's because residents, merchants and leaders of the San Diego-area tourist destination have banded together for the 11 October event and they are footing the bill $15,000 - 20,000 bill.

October 1, 2014

Floating pool lounges, award-winning cuisine and the longest white sand beach on the island: The luxury Long Beach resort proves heaven might be a place one earth

At the edge of the world, in the Indian Ocean, is a land so beautiful it has been named not just one of the best islands in the world, but also the world’s best beach in 2012

Mauritius, a Dutch, then French, then British colony, sits off the coast of Madagascar, not only housing some of the rarest plants and animals in the world, but also luring travelers from around the world with first-class resorts.

September 17, 2014

We headed out of San Francisco to Sonoma County to discover three of the most LGBTI-friendly wineries with Out in the Vineyard

It’s harvest time among the vines of Sonoma County, just outside San Francisco.

And ripening alongside the grapes is a new concept that embraces the LGBTI loves of fine living, travel and, to be honest, drinking – Out in the Vineyard.

Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler are drawing tourists and locals out of gay mecca and over the Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the birthplace of the Californian wine industry.

September 13, 2014

'With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus'

A California high school principal prohibited a booster club from selling Chik-fil-A sandwiches  because of the company's stance on gay marriage.

According to CBS 2 Los Angeles Val Wyatt, principal of Ventura High School, argued the food could not be sold at a back to school program because some parents and students might be offended.

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.'