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April 21, 2015

United Ramen on London's Upper Street will satisfy your hunger for quality Japanese food

I was in Islington to see a show at the King's Head Theatre. I needed some easy food but wasn't sure what I felt like – it had been a while since I'd been in this part of town so I wandered around to see what was new, what looked good, and what was taking my fancy.

April 17, 2015

Reactions include: 'Are you trying to die?'

How does a straight guy react when he's with his buds and a gay stereotype walks up to him and talks about their 'chats' on Grindr?

Well, pretty much like you'd expect.

The hidden camera prank video features Kevin Brueck as Gaybriel. The prank is two hot girls get a guy's info on the beach and then it gets sent over radio to the 'gay guy'.

Gaybriel then goes over to the guy, says 'Hey! It's me, Gaybriel! You know, from Grindr?' and uses a variety of info he's found out from the girls to trick the guy's friends into thinking it's for real.

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 1, 2015

Author spent part of his childhood in the state

Author Stephen King has the best response to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law yet.

The law, which was signed last week, allows businesses to turn away LGBTI people on religious grounds and has been met with sharp criticism and state boycotts.

The King of horror took to Twitter on Monday (30 March) night to blast the law.

'Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration act is gay discrimination, pure and simple,' he wrote.

'You can frost a dog turd, but it's still a dog turd.'

March 31, 2015

The sequel to the Rocky Horror Picture Show finally gets its stage debut

It is a general rule that the sequel is never as good as the original.

The Rocky Horror Show was a huge, if somewhat unlikely, worldwide smash hit. The original stage musical premiered in London in 1973, and was then made into a movie in 1975. Created by Richard O'Brien, it's hard to believe that this surreal cross-dressing re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend has become such a cult classic.

March 26, 2015

Who fancies a night out at the opera?

Gay Star News has teamed up with London's Royal Opera House to give one lucky reader the chance to win two top price tickets to King Size, which will be performed at the venue's Linbury Studio Theatre, and runs from April 14-18.

The production by Swiss director Christoph Marthaler explores one night in the life of a sleeping, dreaming couple, and features music from the likes of the The Kinks, The Jackson 5, Schumann and Michael Polnareff.

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 9, 2015

Lads get kit off to save LGBTI domestic abuse charity Broken Rainbow, and we've got exclusive pics
 

King’s College London’s Men’s rugby team have released a naked calendar in an effort to help Broken Rainbow UK, a leading LGBTI and domestic violence charity.

The lads get their kits off and bear the cold in and around the famous campus on The Strand. Endorsed by King’s College London, all proceeds raised from the calendar go to Broken Rainbow UK.

A spokesperson from Broken Rainbow UK said: 'Domestic violence and abuse within LGBT communities is often overlooked and made hidden even within the LGBT community itself.

February 12, 2015

'That's the first thing I do in the morning. I check out my Twitter, my HeyHey account, Facebook and Instagram'

Ricky Martin has nothing to hide anymore.

The openly gay superstar who once dodged questions about his sexuality is now very open with his fans which he proves each day on social media.

Part of his way of connecting is posting selfies that sometimes have him wearing very little clothes.

'I laugh so much at the reaction of the people; it's so funny. It really is amazing,' he tells PrideSource.

What led to his selfie habit?

February 9, 2015

His Hedwig cast album loses to the musical Beautiful and NPH jokes: 'I hate Carole King'

Neil Patrick Harris, already the winner of a Tony Award and four Emmys, missed out on adding a Grammy to his major showbiz honors on Sunday.

Nominated in the Best Cast Recording category for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris lost to the cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Doing red carpet interviews with husband David Burtka, Harris broke news of the loss on live TV while chatting with Entertainment Tonight: 'We just found out we didn't win. The amazing musical Beautiful did. So I hate Carole King.'

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 21, 2015

Generations and races come together to share the lessons of the civil rights film

If Bayard Rustin were alive today he certainly would have been proud on Monday as the LGBTI communities held discussions on the Oscar-nominated civil right movie Selma.

Flashback Sunday, a social group for LGBTQ Elders of Color and their friends, and the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) convened the event between generations of LGBTI activists. Folks who were active during 1960’s civil rights era and today’s Black Lives Matter activists met at Emmanuel Church in Boston on Monday, as a way of honoring the 29th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day.

January 16, 2015

Podcaster is charged with apostasy

A promiment Mormon critic and pocaster faces excommunication from the church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) for supporting of gay marriage.

John Dehlin yesterday (15 January) said he had been summoned to appear before a disciplinary council on January 25.

'The charge is apostasy, and I have been informed that the likely
outcome of the disciplinary council will be either disfellowshipment (ie, official
censure) or excommunication (ie, termination of my membership),' he said in a statement.

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 3, 2015

British singer strikes iconic Titanic pose with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel

Six-time Grammy nominee Sam Smith went Down Under to usher the new year in with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel.

The British singer shared some photos of their Australian holiday on social media including one in which they channel the iconic 'I'm king of the world scene' with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 1997's The Titanic.

December 16, 2014

Michael Martin: 'If I can come out in a small town in West Virginia and be accepted, and dance with the homecoming king, it shows things are changing'

High school soccer player Michael Martin decided to stop hiding when he went to his school's homecoming dance this fall.

The All-State goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, was on the homecoming court. When the Alan Jackson song Remember When played, Martin took to the dance floor for a slow dance with Jem, his boyfriend of two weeks.

December 16, 2014

Has rid himself of voice inside saying: 'You're a fag. You're a queen. You're undeserving of love'

When Tom Luchsinger won the 200m Butterly at the US National Championships in June of 2013, the pressure of being a closeted gay man multiplied.

All of a sudden he was projected to make the 2016 Olympic Team and was getting attention from fans, had a sponsor, and felt a new responsibility to keep the swimming community updated on the majority of his life.

It was a life that was dominated by something other than swimming: a fear of being outed.

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

December 8, 2014

Proceeds from London event benefit Elton John AIDS Foundation

The 41-year friendship between Elton John and Billie Jean King continues to thrive and to raise funds in the fight against AIDS.

Their annual event WTT Smash Hits (WTT stands for World Team Tennis which was founded by King) was held over the weekend in London and raised more than $1 million dollars for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It was only the second time in the event's history that Smash Hits surpassed $1 million. It has now raised more the $13 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.

November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 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, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

November 15, 2014

In an interview with US talk show host Larry King, 2016 GOP candidate Ben Carson warns gays want to ‘redefine everything for anybody else’

One US conservative pundit is worried gay people are trying to ‘redefine’ everything by demanding marriage equality.

US neurosurgeon Ben Carson was being interviewed by TV chat show host Larry King about his stance on gay marriage, amongst other things.

‘Why isn’t same-sex marriage a civil rights issue?’ asks King.

‘For me, it’s not a big issue,’ replied Carson.

October 19, 2014

The UK’s first gay rugby team celebrate post-match by belting out a Disney classic

Most rugby teams celebrate post-match by hitting the showers or going for a few drinks, but this kind of celebration is definitely far more flamboyant.

For gay rugby team Machester Village Spartans from the UK, the way they chose to celebrate after their match was by belting out a group rendition of one of their favourite Disney songs.

In this video, we see members of the team singing along to ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King’ from The Lion King.

The Manchester Village Spartans were the UK’s first gay rugby team, and the second in the world.

October 15, 2014

'I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the response, because suddenly you get a hell of a lot of interest'

Reality TV star Charlie King came out as gay live on TV last week and has quickly found his popularity with guys to be skyrocketing.

'I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the response, because suddenly you get a hell of a lot of interest,' the TOWIE star tells Attitude.