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September 30, 2014

Is a religious extremist group deliberately targeting LGBTI pride celebrations in the hope of inciting hatred and violence?

Hate groups hoping to incite violence against British LGBTI people may be targeting UK pride events.

That's what Gay Star News has discovered after investigating the distribution of homophobic leaflets last weekend in Lincoln, Preston and Chester – three regional English towns.

September 28, 2014

An estimated 7,000 members of the police will provide the security for the Pride Parade after ultra-nationalists and far-right groups threaten to protest

Belgrade will host a Gay Pride parade today for the first time in four years after being banned for security reasons as ultra-nationalists attacked marchers and fought running battles with police in Belgrade in 2010. More than 100 people were injured in serious clashes.

Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said yesterday, 'Despite disagreements, the bureau coordinating security services did not ban the pride parade on Sunday.'

September 28, 2014

'Belgrade is an open city, which means it is open to all and that everyone here is equal'

For the first time in four years, there was a gay pride parade in Belgrade.

The march for equality took place today, 28 September, after getting approval yesterday from Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic.

September 26, 2014

Activists scored the three candidates on their gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues

LGBTI rights groups said yesterday all three Taipei mayoral candidates lack concrete policies on gay rights.

The candidates were scored on gay marriage stance, policies and recognition of LGBTI issues, on a scale ranging from three to minus three points.

Independent candidate Neil Peng received the highest score with 1.5 points, followed by independent candidate Ko Wen-je with minus one.

Chinese Nationalist Party candidate Sean Lien came last with minus three points.

Neil Peng is the only candidate who openly supports gay marriage.

September 26, 2014

Former UK Prime Minister has been named among such people as Barbra Streisand

It is time for a former prime minister to don some gold hotpants, a conical bra and announce his 27th farewell tour, as Tony Blair has today been named a 'gay icon'.

The former UK PM has been listed among a list of the most influential figures to the LGBTI community of the last 30 years, together with such luminaries as Madonna, Cher, Joan Rivers and Leslie Jordan.

While he is a controversial figure today, his Labour government completely changed the legal landscape for LGBTI people.

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 23, 2014

Men and women who are attracted to both genders are found to disproportionate levels of poverty, violence, suicide, and discrimination

Bisexual people have it worse in life compared to gays and lesbians, a new report has found.

Even though they are estimated to make up more than half of the LGBT community, experts say they face disproportionate levels of discrimination, violence, poverty and suicide.

'Bisexual people are vulnerable to...poor physical and mental health outcomes - often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers,' the report states.

Around 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, in contrast to 20% of gay men and 23% of lesbians.

September 23, 2014

The world may never know, but advanced tickets are on sale for $15 to see the original Queen Bee at this year’s Orlando Gay Pride

The Notorious K-I-M will be performing at this year’s Orlando Pride, at 8:00 pm local time on 11 October.

The Parliament House in Orlando is selling advance tickets at $15 (€12), in addition to $100 VIP tickets (€78), which include admission, a meet-and-greet and photo-op with the rap diva.

The Brooklyn-born, Grammy award-winning rapper is no stranger to celebrating LGBTI pride.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 15, 2014

The national movement leader says young people in colored pants who hang out at malls should be tested

A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.'

Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military.

September 14, 2014

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through central Belgrade for the first time since 2010 in protest of the latest attack on Saturday

A German gay rights activist has been hospitalized with 'life-threatening' injuries after he was attacked by several assailants in downtown Belgrade early on Saturday morning, according to Deutsche Welle quoting AP and AFP.

The man is being hospitalized 'with severe head injuries and bleeding, so he has had surgery and been put in intensive care,' Dusan Jovanovic, of Belgrade's Emergency centre, was quoted by AFP as saying.

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 9, 2014

From Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe, Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen loves horsing around with some of the most beloved faces in pop culture

What would Dolly Parton say about a sculpture made of her with a big mouth and even bigger hair? We reckon she’d love it, even if the sculpture is of her as a horse.

Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has reimagined some of the world’s most beloved pop culture fixtures, many of them LGBT icons, as My Little Pony miniature figurines.

September 6, 2014

Principal says decision to have students march at the parade was to 'show solidarity with what is a marginalized group in our society, to show them compassion, dignity and respect'

The principal of St. Paul's High School in County Armagh – one of Ireland's largest Catholic secondary schools – has defended his decision to have a group of students represent the school at a gay pride parade in Newry last weekend.

The students were accompanied by their principal Jarlath Burns who is known to be a passionate defender of Catholic education.

September 4, 2014

But reaction from activists mixed since only one group - OUT at Universal - will be included

Organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced Wednesday (3 September) that an LGBT organization will be able to march in the event for the first time in its 253-year history.

Next March, OUT@NBCUniversal, an employee LGBT organization for NBCUniversal employees, will be allowed to participate under their own banner.

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.'

September 2, 2014

The first pride event in the English-speaking Caribbean was cut short after death threats

The first gay pride event in the Bahamas was cut short after no locals showed up and the organizer received death threats.

The event started on Thursday (28 August) and was meant to run until Tuesday.

Organizer Victor Rollins told the Nassau Guardian that only 11 people other than the organizers attended the event, all of whom were foreigners. No one from the local gay community turned up, even the people who were to be honored at the event.

‘Everyone is scared,’ Rollins said. ‘No Bahamian from the LGBT community showed up.’

September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

August 23, 2014

One of the UK’s longest-running gay pride parades kicked off with thousands of friends and families lining Manchester’s streets to welcome the Orange is the New Black actress

Manchester saw young activists, straight allies, families and furry companions celebrate gay pride today (23 August).

The ever-fabulous Lea DeLaria, of Orange is the New Black fame, lead the pride procession through Manchester’s city streets to roaring screams, whistle-blowing and applause from fans and pride-goers.

‘The fact that a Hollywood star is Grand Marshal for our pride is just amazing,’ one young woman told Gay Star News.

August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

August 18, 2014

Whether you are in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village for Pride, a business trip or just a weekend away, you’ll get a warm welcome

There’s nowhere in the LGBTI world quite like Manchester’s Gay Village and there’s no time better to visit it than during Pride.

Yes, some argue the Village hasn’t innovated like the trendy Northern Quarter neighboring it. And on some weekday nights, tumbleweed blows through a few venues.

But there is always somewhere busy, chatty, friendly and often very intimate. And during Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend this weekend (22 to 25 August) it comes alive.

August 16, 2014

Online petitioners and gay rights advocates want Facebook to speak out against bigotry and make an equal or greater contribution to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes's opponent, Charles Stormont

Facebook made a US$10,000 donation to the re-election campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who has been in the national spotlight for fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

August 14, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand has been named the host city for the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames, with the international LGBTI sporting competition to take place during that year’s Auckland Pride Festival

There’s now double the reasons to check out New Zealand’s Auckland Pride Festival in 2016 with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) Asia Pacific announcing the city will host the 2016 Asia Pacific Outgames during the festival.

‘Having now held three very successful and financially viable events, the Asia Pacific Outgames has established itself as a leading LGBTI event in the Asia Pacific region,’ GLISA Asia Pacific president Barry Taylor said in announcing Auckland as the host city.