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April 15, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says he will help Crimea to rid their region of 'evil' like he did in Russia

A Russia lawmaker has called for the banning of gay clubs and social media pages in order to ‘rid the country of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the gay propaganda bill that was made law, has said bars and dance venues for the LGBTI community are ‘destroying Russia’.

The politician who represents St Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly is currently in Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.

Authorities in the crisis zone peninsula told LGBTIs gay pride parades would be banned on the basis of the Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 15, 2014

In an effort to stop LGBTI elderly people ‘returning to the closet’, Spain is building a special retirement home

Spain is opening its first gay retirement home in Madrid.

The 26 December Foundation, a Spanish organisation for the LGBT society, started the retirement home project because ‘as far as society is concerned, elderly LGBT don’t exist’.

The project is an attempt at stopping Spain’s elderly LGBT population from returning to the ‘closet’ in old age.

‘They don’t have children and grandchildren they can talk about and often they conceal their sexual orientation to avoid rejection,’ Federico Armenteros, president of 26 December Foundation, said.

April 14, 2014

'I want to publicly apologize to Chelsea Manning and her supporters on behalf of SF Pride, and we look forward to a proper honor this year'

The organizers of San Francisco Pride have apologized to WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning for not naming her as last year's grand marshal.

In 2013 April Manning was picked as one of the several grand marshals for the end of June event. Approximately 24 hours after the choice was made public Lisa L. Williams, San Francisco Pride board president, rescinded it.

April 13, 2014

Cox praises the organization for making 'sure that the "T" is not silent in the LGBT community"

Ellen Page, who came out publicly on Valentine's Day, presented Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox with GLAAD's highest honor at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday (12 April) night.

Page called trans actress an 'LGBT icon' is presenting Cox with The Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is given to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in moving equality forward.

April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.

April 10, 2014

Blue star believes because he has sex with men, he is gay, but still considers himself to be attracted to women

British singer Duncan James calls himself gay, but says he could still have sex with a woman.

The boyband member came out as bisexual back in 2009, and later identified as gay.

Speaking exclusively to Gay Star News, the Blue member said he realises people like people like him to be ‘put in a box’.

He said: ‘I think to myself, I sleep with men, so that makes me gay.

‘Regardless of whether I sleep with women or not, I’m still sleeping with men so I’m gay.

April 6, 2014

The four – among other 28 other candidates – signed a protocol prepared by a gay rights group to undertake to protect and improve gay rights, and partner with LGBT associations and promote anti-discrimination measures

Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul and its southern port city of Mersin now have four 'LGBT-friendly' mayors between them.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, the four elected were among 32 candidates who ran during the elections on March 30 and signed the LGBT Friendly Municipality Protocol.

April 5, 2014

Brendan Eich's abrupt departure from Mozilla has stirred debate in the international media about how far corporate leaders are allowed to go in expressing their political views

Prominent gay blogger and author Andrew Sullivan has hit out at members of the LGBT community for bullying Brendan Eich into quitting his chief executive officer job at Mozilla just two weeks into the role.

Eich, who is also the co-founder of Mozilla, announced his resignation on Thursday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for California’s Prop 8 campaign. The referendum, which passed in 2008, banned same-sex couples from getting married until it was overturned by the Supreme Court in June 2013.

April 4, 2014

Spokesman for 'gay cure' group claims through therapy he was able to change behaviors, such as his 'mincing walk', that meant his orientation somehow also changed

A British man who claims to have slept with over 200 men has declared he is ‘straight’.

James Parker has claimed, through therapy, he was able to marry a woman and have a child.

The 46-year-old, who is now part of a British Christian ‘gay cure’ group People Can Change, has now written about how he was able to ‘convert’.

When he was 18, and he moved to London, he believed he had over 200 sexual partners while he was on the gay scene.

April 2, 2014

S Club 7, Stooshe and Foxes also to perform at the two-day event in the West Midlands

A star studded line-up of headline acts for this year’s Birmingham Pride have been announced ahead of the festival next month.

Conor Maynard, and ‘90s legend Gabrielle will be headlining the two day bank holiday festival alongside acts like S Club 7, Ms Dynamite, Stooshe and heartthrob Elyar Fox.

This year’s parade will start in Birmingham’s Victoria Square on 24 May, and will follow the theme of Equality and Freedom around the world.

April 2, 2014

As winter gives way to spring, the month of April heats up with the world’s biggest lesbian party in California, a bear weekend in Spain and a pride celebration in the Caribbean

Whether you’re looking for a weekend road trip or want to circle the globe for the LGBTI festival of the year, we look at what prides and parties are buzzing this month.

If you have an event you want to put on our radar, not matter how big or small, email Gay Star Travel with your suggestions and preferred places to boogie or be with your LGBTI family.

April 1, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival will showcase the best British and international LGBTI films

What would it be like for James Bond to be gay? Well, audiences at the Iris Festival will get an idea this year as it opens with a gay British secret agent film.

The full-length feature film, Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, will be an appropriate opening screening as the festival marks a new phase in its development with a strand deidcated to the 'Best of British' LGBT short films.

Jayson Bend is the story of a charming gay secret agent who uncovers a sinister plot that reveals a billionaire hair dressing tycoon owns the largest global chain of hair salons.

March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

March 31, 2014

‘What would you do if you found out your child was gay?’ A Jamaica Observer article yields a mix of homophobic and positive responses

Parents in Jamaica responded to an article asking what they would do if they discovered their son or daughter was gay.

An online article published by the Jamaica Observer today (31 March) included a series of responses that reflected how many people in the Caribbean island continue to perceive homosexuality in a negative light.

March 22, 2014

Bigot Bill Donohue asked to march in New York's Heritage of Pride Parade, but now charges organizers are forcing him to follow rules he rejects

Anti-gay marriage advocate Bill Donohue is declining to march in the New York City Gay Pride Parade, after he charging he would never be invited.

The president of the Catholic League fumed when Guinness stopped sponsoring the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade because of its exclusion of gay organizations.

He demanded to march in June's Heritage of Pride parade with a banner 'Straight is great.'

March 14, 2014

Bosses hint ticketing might be introduced for the UK capital's festivities similar to the model currently used in Brighton

London Pride will be raising money for this year’s festival by crowd-funding, it was announced today (14 March).

Organizers have announced they need more than £25,000 ($41k, €30k) to be able to put on a Pride people expect.

With sponsors becoming harder to find, the planners are hoping the London LGBTI community will take a ‘personal stake in Pride’s success’.

They say it costs over £70,000 ($116k, €87k) to put on the parade each year, and they need help.

March 11, 2014

Moral questions raised over BAE Systems walking in the parade, with the firm's LGBT group saying they have every right to be there

Manchester Pride is to review whether a British firm that provides arms to anti-gay countries should take part in its annual march.

BAE System's LGBTI group participated in the parade in 2013 and intends to do so again. But Manchester Pride's new director, Mark Fletcher, has told GSN he will 'seriously' look at whether they should be allowed.

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has campaigned for arms industry giant BAE Systems to be excluded from future pride festivals, LGBTI awards and events, having been involved amid some controversy in the past.

March 4, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, is receiving backlash after calling on saunas to be closed as it 'feeds the haters'

A gay British former soldier has said if LGBT people want equality and respect, gay saunas should be shut down.

James Wharton, a former army pal of Prince Harry's, have said saunas promote homophobia and undermine gains in equality.

Writing in Winq magazine, he said: ‘Sex saunas need to be history. The time has come to close them down.’

Wharton said if gay people want to be respected and accepted as ‘the new normal’, the community must stop supporting establishments that encourage promiscuity and sex.

March 4, 2014

James Wharton’s demand gay saunas should be shut down sparked a social media storm today but he says his main argument – public health – has been overlooked

My argument that gay saunas should be shut down, first published by Winq magazine, has generated a massive argument today.

I find it unfathomable that people do not comprehend the danger associated with engaging in sexual activity with strangers, often under the influence of alcohol and drugs – saunas are major culprits for all three of these risk factors.

March 3, 2014

Get a front-row seat to the goings-on of Australia’s biggest pride celebration, with photos thanks to SameSame.com.au

Variety is an understatement when it comes to pride parades.

From the politically outspoken to the scantily clad, every community and organization is sure to find their place in the now iconic gay pride events that take place throughout the globe.

Weeks of revelry and pride celebrations wrapped up this weekend in Australia with the closing party of the season: Sydney Mardi Gras.

March 2, 2014

A provisional deal has been made to allow a gay group to participate in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in over 20 years, but only if members make no reference to their sexual orientation
 

A tentative deal has been struck to allow a gay rights group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, after a two decade ban.

Gay rights groups haven’t been able to march in the annual parade since 1993, and in 1995 the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that organizers could exclude anyone they wanted.

Although details of the deal are not yet clarified, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was ‘optimistic that a solution can be reached that will work for all parties involved’.

February 25, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft to appear as part of 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

The three children of gay icon Judy Garland will make a rare joint public appearance together on Sunday (2 March) during an Oscar tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

Liza Minnelli, herself an Oscar winner, will appear with her younger siblings Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

February 25, 2014

Don your cha-cha heels for 2014 Brighton Pride in Preston Park, where organizers have planned for extended opening times, unlimited entertainment and the comeback of the acclaimed main stage

This year, Pride Brighton & Hove promises to return louder and prouder with ‘The World is a Disco’ parade.

Taking place on Saturday 2 of August, 2014’s LGBTI community pride march will celebrate music and dance from around the world, as well as bring attention to global LGBTI communities whose basic rights to party and live freely are denied.

Paul Kemp, Pride Festival Director said: ‘This year we have much to celebrate around the UK, with same sex marriage equality and our freedom to live.’

February 22, 2014

Student Pride sees British LGBTI students come together for a weekend of debates and parties

Gay television exec turned millionaire, Lord Waheed Alli, has called on our community to get more bisexual and transgender people on TV.

Member of the British House of Lords, Alli, who started TV production company Planet 24 and was a chief executive at Carlton Television Productions, was speaking at Student Pride today (22 February).

The weekend for LGBTI students from around Britain is being hosted by London for the first time this year.