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May 22, 2015

Haters using police admin to stop Pride parade

Hate-filled Christians are camping outside police stations for weeks to block LGBTI events in Korea.

Now the country’s largest LGBTI celebration, Korea Queer Culture Festival and its parade, is under threat.

The Christians are using an administrative loophole to stop it.

Police will grant permission to hold rallies and events on a first-come, first served basis after applications are submitted one month in advance.

May 22, 2015

Censors say the song promotes same-sex marriage and therefore contravenes the city's anti-gay law

Singapore has banned the song We're All Different, Yet The Same by gay icon Jolin Tsai.

The song is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. But when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner was unable to give consent because she was not her legal spouse or family member.

In the accompanying video, Tsai marries actress Ruby Lin and the two share a kiss.

May 19, 2015

'We wanted it to be like a pride parade gone rogue'

Gaymers, rejoice! The world's first LGBTI fighting game has come out more than a year after it was first announced.

The beat 'em up is like Street Fighter but with cast of RuPaul's Drag Race and is now available on iTunes, Windows and Google Play.

May 19, 2015

Wait, what?!

Gay and bisexual teens are about twice as likely to become or get someone pregnant than their straight peers, according to a new study reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

Previous studies found an increased risk of pregnancy among LGBTI youth but the statistics were old and mostly only for girls.

For the new study, researchers used data from nearly 10,000 New York City high school students from 2005, 2007 and 2009.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 15, 2015

Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong's first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors

Community Business, a not-for-profit organization focusing on diversity and inclusion in the corporate world, has today revealed the results of its inaugural Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index.

Earlier this year, companies were invited to make submissions for the Index, which follows the success of similar indexes in the US, UK and Australia.

However, compared with those countries, LGBT diversity and inclusion remains a more controversial subject in Hong Kong and wider Chinese society.

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 we are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

May 10, 2015

Queer Lisboa presents a comprehensive celebration of 18 years of its International Queer Film Festival

2015 will be the 19th International Queer Film Festival presented by Queer Lisboa and to mark the occasion they have published a comprehensive guide to Queer Film And Culture.

The publication, edited by António Fernando Cascais and João Ferreira, brings together a set of academic essays, reviews, and discussions, all exploring the queer film and culture that has been showcased during the 18 years of Festival.

All content is presented in both Portuguese and English.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 7, 2015

‘I hate everything Hopkins stands for, I think it’s disgusting'

Michelle Visage has called Katie Hopkins’ views ‘gross’ and ‘disgusting’ in a new interview but insisted she can separate the person and what she does for a living.

Appearing on RuPaul’s ‘What’s the Tee?’ podcast, the reality star commented on the close friendship Katie Hopkins and Visage formed during this year’s Celebrity Big Brother.

‘I hate everything Hopkins stands for, I think it’s disgusting, but I went in there with a clean slate,’ she told her host.

May 7, 2015

Union J already confirmed

X Factor alumni Stereo Kicks are to perform at this year's Birmingham Pride, it has been revealed.

They join a killer line up that already includes another boyband who found fame on the ITV show, Union J.

This year's Birmingham Pride takes place across the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, from Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 May.

Other stars performing at the event include Real Love star Jess Glynne and Say Nothing singer Example.

May 6, 2015

One of Europe's biggest LGBT pride events is celebrating a major milestone in style

Brussels has always been a city where you get a real sense of the world coming together, a place where anything is possible, that sparks could fly with the tremendous mix of ideas, identities, and cultures.

In just a few days time the city will host a massive parade and party to close out the 2015 Pride.be, and it promises to be an event to remember.

May 3, 2015

'I would like to lead the world to a point where it is not essential to even have a coming out,' says the 21-year-old winner

Twenty-one-year-old Mr Gay Germany Klaus Burkart has beaten 20 other men to take home the Mr Gay World title.

The 1.83m tall milk technician from Wangen im Allgäu was presented with the Mr Gay World sash and trophy by 2014 winner Stuart Hatton in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday night.

May 1, 2015

From flattering to...not so flattering, everyone from Madonna to RuPaul gets the age-defining treatment

How old do you actually look? Microsoft, with its new website, thinks it can tell you.

Using 'state-of-the-art, cloud-based algorithms' to recognize human faces, the new site How Do I Look attempts to guess your age and gender from a photo alone.

These results range from flattering, if you care what age you look like, to decades away from what it says on your birth certificate.

April 29, 2015

'Society has fallen to such a low level that most people wouldn't even bat an eyelid at two men or two women walking hand in hand in the street'

An independent parliamentary candidate in Northern Ireland has said she would criminalize ban gay pride and recriminalize homosexuality if elected.

Susan-Anne White, 55, who is standing in Fermanagh and Omagh, also wants to make adultery and rock music illegal.

In her 'biblically correct' manifesto, she pledges to:

'Oppose the LGBT agenda, whilst showing compassion to those who struggle with gender confusion.

'Oppose the redefinition of marriage and uphold Biblical man/woman marriage.

April 28, 2015

Says business never asked sexual orientation of customer who ordered pride T-shirts, so was not discriminatory

A Kentucky judge Monday (27 April) upheld the right of a printer to refuse business from LGBTI groups and individuals – the first decision of its kind.

Citing freedom of speech and religion, Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturned a decision by Lexington's Human Rights Commission, which last year ruled that Hands On Originals had violated a city law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

April 27, 2015

New York’s gay hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, face a continuing backlash, and a protest rally this evening, for hosting an intimate party with Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

The hoteliers who own New York’s Out NYC hotel and a commercial strip on Fire Island, among other ventures, have faced widespread calls for a boycott after hosting an intimate evening function at their home with Ted Cruz.

Cruz is a Republican Senator who has been very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Human Rights Campaign, Cruz ‘has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans … attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.’

April 27, 2015

The Shanghai event attracted several Fortune 500 companies and around 400 LGBT job seekers

What is believed to have been China’s first LGBT job fair took place on Saturday.

The event was organized by WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals as part of its second, annual LGBT Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Conference.

Both the conference and job fair – held in conjunction with Kanzhun.com – took place at the Langham Xintiandi Shanghai.

Organizers say that around 200 HR leaders and LGBT employees attended the conference, and around 400 LGBT Chinese job-seekers attended the job fair, which featured 17 Fortune 500 companies.

April 24, 2015

The ultimate gay icons from Hollywood’s Golden Age

Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean on the cover of a magazine...

It’s 25 years since Madonna gave us the ultimate line-up of style icons in her hit song Vogue.

To mark the anniversary, openly gay artist Jody Little’s new exhibition ‘Vague’ is a collection of portraits that celebrate the Hollywood legends from the song.
‘From Bette Davis to Marlene Dietrich the stars are the ultimate gay icons,’ he says.

So strike a pose.

April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

April 19, 2015

By supporting the anti-gay pastor who has been actively campaigning against LGBT equality, what message is Ikea sending to its LGBT customers and others who support equality?

Update (April 20, 2014): The Singapore Straits Times has picked up this story on Monday and reported that Ikea Singapore is reviewing its support for the pastor-magican's magic show.

Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong's upcoming Vision magic show in July.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 16, 2015

Lorna Luft: 'She was incredibly warm and amazingly funny. She was smart and so gifted'

Lorna Luft, now 62, was still a teenager when her legendary mother died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose.

But she doesn't want anyone to think of Judy Garland as a tragic figure.

April 15, 2015

'Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar'

Gay author Larry Kramer has claimed that Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon all had affairs with men in his controversial new history of the United States.

His 775-page The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart took nearly 40 years to write and is billed as a novel – so the lawyers will leave him alone – but the author says it is all based on fact.