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March 5, 2014

But head of Catholic church reiterates ;marriage is between a man and a woman'

Pope Francis has told an Italian newspaper that the Catholic church might find civil unions between same-sex couples acceptable.

The Pope was sure to reiterate to the large Italian daily, Corriere della Sera that 'marriage is between a man and a woman.'

January 9, 2014

Openly gay ex-West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa player doubts Premier League will see gay player in near future

Retired footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has spoken out about the fear of negative reaction holding gay players back from coming out in the Premier League.

After coming out publicly yesterday (8 January), he said on BBC Today: 'I can't imagine playing football and doing this at the same time.'

The ex-Germany international revealed he chose to continue playing without coming out towards the end of his career.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.

December 17, 2013

Magazine calls the Catholic pointiff the 'single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people'

The Advocate, the oldest LGBTI publication in the US, named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Monday (16 December).

The magazine placed a NoH8 campaign tattoo on the cheek of the head of the Catholic Church for its cover illustration along with the quote 'If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge.'

Such sentiments are a dramatic reversal from the anti-gay rhetoric of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI who had once written that homosexuality was 'intrinsically evil.'

December 15, 2013

French official offers no reason why President Francois Hollande will be absent from Sochi

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the Sochi Olympics.

'There are no plans to attend,' Fabius said Europe 1 Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. 'Top French officials have no plans to be there.'

The foreign minister offered no reason for the decision.

December 11, 2013

Germany GQ has launched the 'Gentleman against Homophobia' campaign, aiming to spread love and stamp out intolerance across Europe and the world

Straight male celebs have kissed in order to fight homophobia in Russia, Germany and around the world.

In the brand new German campaign, titled #Mundpropaganda (a pun on ‘word of mouth’ and ‘kissing propaganda’), the hunks are hoping to stamp out intolerance and discrimination.

Lifestyle monthly GQ, generally known for advertising fast cars and hot women to its readers, launched the Gentlemen Against Homophobia campaign.

December 2, 2013

From discovering a 1970s photo booth to sniffing out the best waffles in town, Gay Star Travel found out some handy insights into this quirky city

Having never graced Germany with my presence I wasn't sure what to expect when I planned a trip to Berlin.

Regular responses from friends who had visited would always remain the same…‘You're going to love it’- with no further explanation needed.

So with that handy bit of knowledge I dived right in for a long weekend with an open mind and heart.

Below are the six things I discovered about this unique city.

October 31, 2013

Parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank in an important step forward for intersex births

Germany is to become the first country in the world to allow babies to have no gender.

In an important step forward for intersex rights, parents will have the option to leave the gender box blank from 1 November.

Babies are reportedly being born without clearly determinable genitalia, at a rate of one in every 1,500.

There are some occasions in countries where doctors ‘choose’ a gender for the parents or force the parents to make a decision minutes after birth.

October 30, 2013

'Anyone that wants to twist this into "she says she's bisexual for marketing" this is a f***inng lie'

Lady Gaga is upset that anyone would think she would claim to be bisexual just for promotion.

During an appearance in Germany this week, she set the record straight.

'You know what? It's not a lie that I am bisexual and I like women, and anyone that wants to twist this into "she says she's bisexual for marketing," this is a f***ing lie.'

The singer added: 'This is who I am and who I have always been.'

October 24, 2013

While same-sex couples have now been given equal state child benefits, many are hoping recent coalition talks will pave way for same-sex marriage and adoption

Despite still being banned from adoption, same-sex couples in Germany were given equal state child benefits yesterday (23 October).

A lesbian couple in a civil union, with two children each, were victorious in a legal case at the Federal Fiscal Court in Munich.

The AFP reports the plaintiff, not identified by the court, argued she and her civil partner were entitled to the higher rate of €215 ($296) per month given to families of four children.

October 7, 2013

LGBT short films from around the world are to compete in Cardiff, Wales this week for a cash prize to make another movie

Guests from India, USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Norway and Germany are arriving in Cardiff, Wales as the city hosts the world’s leading LGBT short film festival.

Five days of events will see 30 films compete for the Iris Prize and £25,000 ($40,000 €29,600), the world’s largest short film prize.

Audiences in the Welsh capital will see sexy gay vampires, horny Mormons and stories of first love.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

September 25, 2013

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s first openly gay Foreign Minister, has failed to retain his seat in parliament, forcing him out of that role

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has lost that job after his party failed to gain enough of the vote to retain his seat in parliament.

Westerwelle’s Free Democratic Party only received 4.8% of the vote when 5% was needed to retain his seat.

The Free Democratic Party’s vote has slumped rapidly from a peak of 14.6% in 2009.

September 25, 2013

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s first openly gay Foreign Minister, has failed to retain his seat in parliament, forcing him out of that role

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has lost that job after his party failed to gain enough of the vote to retain his seat in parliament.

Westerwelle’s Free Democratic Party only received 4.8% of the vote when 5% was needed to retain his seat.

The Free Democratic Party’s vote has slumped rapidly from a peak of 14.6% in 2009.

September 18, 2013

Amnesty International has released a 16-page report condemning the European Union for failing to enforce laws that protect sexual orientation and gender identity in member states

Amnesty International has accused the European Union of failing to address homophobia and transphobia in member states.

The international human rights organization has released a 16-page report that names and shames EU member states  Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Latvia and neighboring non-EU states Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Macedonia and Montenegro, all of whose laws insufficiently protect against the discrimination, physical assault or of murder of LGBT people.

September 11, 2013

British artist Robbie Williams teases he swings both ways in potential album title

Take That star Robbie Williams has teased eager fans with a potential title for his new album, 'Robbie Swings Both Ways'.

Revealed with a new teaser poster, the new album is likely to be a follow up to his first swing album ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ released in 2001.

The first swing and jazz record hit number one in the UK, Germany and New Zealand and featured a duet with actress Nicole Kidman.

September 6, 2013

UPDATE: The Vatican categorically denies the Pope called a French 25-year-old student to reassure him over his sexuality

Pope Francis has stunned Catholics and gay people around the world alike by reportedly calling a gay student to tell him his sexuality does not matter.

Christophe Trutino, 25 from Toulouse in France, had written to the head of the Catholic Church as he was terrified he was going to hell for being gay.

He said, in the uproar over France’s battle over same-sex marriage, he was struggling to stay a believer in the Catholic faith.

On Thursday afternoon, he received a shocking response.

September 4, 2013

According to Bryan Fischer the start of the Nazi Party can be traced to a gay bar in Munich, Hitlers enforcers were homosexual and gays are 'thuggish'

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative American Family Association, went on his radio program to claim the Nazi Party started in a Munich gay bar.

Fischer is notorious for claiming  gays were essential to Hitler's Germany.

After claiming where the Nazi Party formed, Fischer repeated another discredited claim.

September 3, 2013

Hussiyen Adnan fled his homeland after being threatened for being gay

The Italian national Mr Gay contest has awarded an Iraqi refugee for his ‘bravery’.

The ‘Premio Coraggio’ (Bravery award) was given to Hussiyen Adnan, who fled his country after his family asked the local authorities to give him a death penalty sentence for his sexuality.

Adnan did not win the main award – which went to a former goalkeeper who still loves soccer – but the jury decided to give him another prize ‘for his choices in life.’

August 26, 2013

Ben & Jerry’s Germany has used social media to attack Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda, calling on it to ‘tear down this law!’

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Germany has taken to social media to attack Russia’s law banning so-called homosexual propaganda to minors which potentially bans any public expression of LGBT identity.

August 20, 2013

Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality has called for the Sochi Winter Olympics to be moved to another country while their homeland continues to persecute gays

A group of Russian heterosexual allies of LGBT people has written an open letter to the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and world leaders calling for the Winter Olympics to be moved to another country while Russia continues to persecute homosexuals.

The Straight Alliance for LGBT equality is a Russian social movement founded in May of 2012 in St Petersburg and has nearly 10,000 followers on the VK social media website.

August 17, 2013

Under the approaching law change, German citizens will be permitted to opt out of male or female classification

Come fall, Germany will be the first European country to offer three options on a child's birth certificate.

The change, as reported by Spiegel Online International, will be available on 1 November. Birth certificates will have three options: the traditional 'male' and 'female' and a 'blank' option.

August 12, 2013

Cardiff’s International award festival highlights the high calibre of global gay cinema

From discovering what makes the ginger man a sexualised fantasy to shower-hopping and parental fears against a disabled child's homosexual awaking, the international Iris Prize tackles diversity in this year's shortlisted selection of gay short films.

With over 14 countries making the shortlist: Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, France, Norway, Austria, Ireland, India, Sweden, Australia, US, Thailand and the UK, the gay short film festival is attracting global talent.

August 6, 2013

We discover the city of finance and banks has become a city of art galleries, gay clubs, paths along the river and very welcoming locals

Forget its reputation. Frankfurt, in summer (but we can guess in the rest of the year as well) is a vibrant and colorful city.

I have to admit that landing in Frankfurt Hahn was not the best choice. The Ryanair airport is very far from the German city's center and now very cheap flight companies serve the main airport as well – well linked to the city and with its multicultural atmosphere as well.