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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.'

August 22, 2014

The brief video was taken from a taxi cam

The police in San Francisco released a video of a person of interest in the homicide of Bryan Higgins/Feather Lynn.

The clip, posted on the site The Castro Biscuit, shows an unidentified man in a hoodie and baseball cap. The outside hoodie appears to be gray, and the inside garment red.

August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

August 14, 2014

Victim Bryan Higgins was known to friends and family as Feather Lynn

A 31-year-old gay man brutally beaten over the weekend in San Francisco's Castro District has been taken off of life support and police are searching for his attacker.

Bryan Higgins, called Feather Lynn by those who know him, was found early Sunday morning outside of a church without identification. The attack resulted in a brain anyeurism that left him on life support.

June 24, 2014

The 33-year-old said it’s ‘sad’ to see Beverly Hills hotel workers suffering because of anti-gay laws in effect halfway across the world

Celebrity personality Kim Kardashian claims there must be ‘another solution’ to boycotting the anti-gay Sultan of Brunei’s Beverly Hills Hotel.

Last month celebrities from the US to UK announced a very public boycott against the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the Beverly Hills hotel and other Dorchester Hotels, because he approved Islamic Sharia law that will eventually see gay people stoned to death.

June 13, 2014

The Dominican Republic’s national chief of police and defense minister have reiterated this week that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces

The head of the Dominican Republic’s national police force has reiterated that homosexuals will not be allowed to serve in its ranks.

National Police Chief Manuel Castro made the comments in response to a journalist’s question about the United States allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in its armed forces.

In response, Castro said ‘those types of people,’ are barred by law from joining the police, according to Dominican Today.

June 4, 2014

Robert Garcia achieves a trio of historic firsts in California city election

Robert Garcia made all kinds of history when he was elected mayor of Long Beach, California on Tuesday (3 June).

At 36, he's the youngest mayor ever and he's the first Hispanic elected to the city's top job.

Garcia is also the first openly gay mayor in the coastal city just south of Los Angeles. He had the high-profile endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

'Thank you, Long Beach!' Garcia wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday morning.

June 3, 2014

This weekend, I hope you enjoy my hometown’s impeccable weather, proximity to beaches, killer eateries and one hell of a gay scene

I envy every single person in LA this summer.

After living in London for over two years, I appreciate what London has that LA doesn’t, like proximity to Mediterranean beaches and an abundance of cider on tap.

That being said, we’re having trouble taking the LA out of the boy long after the boy has left LA.

Namely, we’re missing In-N-Out burgers, midnight drives to the beach and bars open past midnight.

May 5, 2014

Despite series of bungled decisions by Pasadena City College officials, the Oscar winner takes high road back to alma mater

Oscar winning screenwriter and LGBTI activist Dustin Lance Black will speak to graduates Pasadena City College this week after all.

This follows a series of embarrassments for the school which badly bungled its treatment of one of its most famous graduates.

May 5, 2014

Famed hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is beginning to lose events like tonight's Global Women's Rights Awards

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno stepped back into the limelight Monday (5 May) to join a demonstration across from The Beverly Hills Hotel protesting human rights violations the Sultan of Brunei.

The landmark hotel, home to many high-profile events each year, is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who has imposed a series of Islamic criminal punishments that include stoning gay people to death.

'What year is this? 1814? Come on people, it’s 2014,' Leno said.

April 30, 2014

With just nine days until graduation, Pasadena City College still has no commencement speaker

Instead of an Academy Award winning alumnus delivering the commencement speech at Pasadena City College next month, the Southern California school has no one at all.

With nine days until graduation, the school is dealing with a second fiasco involving its scheduled commencement speaker.

Black's invitation was rescinded earlier this month because of long ago leaked sex photos and now Dr. Eric Walsh, Pasadena’s director of public health, has also not panned out.

April 27, 2014

Protesters gathered outside the hotel in Los Angeles to campaign against the Sultan of Brunei’s plan to make gay sex punishable by stoning

Protests against Brunei’s proposed anti-gay policies continued on Saturday (26 April) when a small group of campaigners picketed outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, US.

In light of the Sultanate of Brunei’s plans to make homosexuality a crime punishable by stoning, several equality groups and campaigners have called for people to boycott the chain of hotels owned by him.

April 23, 2014

Discover the deliciousness that is the LGBTI wine event of the summer, set in Northern California’s luxurious wine country

‘Think Aspen Gay Ski Week, but with wine.’

Out In The Vineyard founder Mark Vogler is in the business of quenching people’s thirst, particularly LGBTI people, and particularly with wine.

Vogler gave Gay Star Travel the low-down on what is due to be this year’s most respectably boozy event: Gay Wine Weekend taking place from 13 to 15 June.

Now in it’s fifth year, Gay Wine Weekend is so much more than what is says on the tin.

April 22, 2014

Blatino Oasis, a weekend retreat for gay men of color and their admirers, welcomes controversial rappers Fly Young Red and Trina for a weekend of debauchery in the dessert

‘It’s a retreat, not a pride event.’

Blatino Oasis organizers want to make a few things clear about their 8th annual Palm Springs party.

From the clothing-optional host hotels to expletive-spitting rappers Trina and Fly Young Red making up this year’s entertainment acts, Blatino Oasis is not your standard LGBTI event.

March 24, 2014

Two California women in a domestic partnership have been accused of starving and beating their children - who have since been placed in foster homes

Three children have been removed from the Monterey, California, home of lesbian couple Eraca Dwan Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deana, 44, after they were charged with felony child cruelty, false imprisonment and other charges over allegations they neglected and abused their kids.

Craig and Deana had been raising three and five year old boys and an eight year old girl and allegedly had chained the girl to the floor to restrict her movements.

March 4, 2014

An open-air jeep takes you to the Palm Spring domiciles of your favorite gay icons, from the steps of Liberace’s estates to Cher’s former getaway palace

Unless you’re comedian Kathy Griffin, chances are slim Cher’s going to invite to into her house to raid her wig closet.

However, Palm Springs tour guides are giving travelers the ultimate tease with the Gay Icons Tour, a historical journey on an open-air Jeep where you are led to the desert homes of you favorite gay idols.

Old Hollywood glamour had a strong hand in shaping Palms Springs thanks to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and more Tinsel-Town divas who made their home in the desert city.

January 23, 2014

Toni Atkins succeeds John Perez who was the first openly gay man in the powerful leadership role

The leadership of the California Assembly will be handed off from a gay man to a lesbian at the end of 2014.

Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who is currently Assembly Majority Leader, has been chosen by her colleagues to succeed current speaker John Perez who has been termed out.

I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,' Atkins said in a statement Wednesday (22 January).

January 14, 2014

25-year-old gay prisoner Jonathan Franco Hector Martinez had both eyes gouged out by a cell mate at a Puerto Vallarta prison but it is alleged he was left untreated for over an hour by prison staff

A gay prisoner at a Puerto Vallarta, Mexico remand prison has had both his eyes gouged out by a cell mate who was high on drugs on 23 December and there are allegations he was left untreated for over an hour.

Jonathan Franco Hector Martinez had been locked in with cell mate José Francisco Aguilar Hernandez, also known as 'Pancho,’ after being accused of robbing a taxi driver when Pancho attacked him for allegedly masturbating in their cell.

January 7, 2014

LGBTI wine travel company Out in The Vineyard arranges some of the most fun and unique events for wine aficionados, available year-round from Northern California to Southern Africa

You may ask: ‘Why is there a need for an LGBTI-specific wine group?’

Northern California’s wine country is a short drive from the gay mecca of San Francisco, a relaxed and joyous city that helped spark the gay rights movement in the United States. As such, it’s long-been a haven for LGBTI residents and travelers.

Out in The Vineyard gives the LGBTI community direct access to the best of the region’s wine country because, as co-founder Mark Vogler told Gay Star Travel: ‘It’s not about making a statement… some people are just more comfortable being themselves.’

December 27, 2013

'I literally thought I was going to die ... they were beating me that bad'

Dwayne Wynn feels lucky to be alive.

The San Diego man was beaten with a baseball bat by a group of men who he says randomly attacked him because he is gay.

The attack on Sunday (22 December) occurred in the city's gay neighborhood of Hillcrest and left Wynn with a broken eye socket, three cracked ribs and fractured fingers.

November 27, 2013

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, murdered on same day, to also be remembered

It was 35 years ago today that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the city's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, were gunned down at City Hall.

The murderous actions of disgruntled former supervisor Dan White broke a lot of hearts that day and tonight (27 November) the city will pay tribute to the two men tonight at a candlelight vigil.

Among those marching will be Dustin Lance Black who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk which starred Sean Penn as the late supervisor. Victor Garber played Moscone in the film.

November 4, 2013

TV's Ross Mathews headlined parade at weekend event in California desert

Singer Steve Grand was one of the main attractions at Palm Springs Pride, a two-day event in the California desert city that included an official festival, several block parties and scores of unofficial celebrations.

The singer, whose All-American Boy video became a viral hit on YouTube last summer, did a handful of songs for hundreds of fans who crowded around an outdoor stage - many recording his every move for YouTube videos of their own.

September 21, 2013

Cassidy Lynn Campbell makes history in Huntington Beach, California

Transgender student Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history Friday (20 September) when she was crowned homecoming queen of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California.

Campbell, 16, is believed to be the first transgender student in US history to win such a title at a public high school.

Campbell said running for homecoming queen was initially all about her but that changed as she began to see the bigger picture.