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November 25, 2014

Openly gay Emmerdale actress on loving California and the Lake District

She recently won Entertainer of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, for her role as Ruby Haswell in Emmerdale. And here the out and proud Alicya Eyo – who also made her directing debut last year with the queer short Brace – shares her travel tales, from experiencing discrimination in Egypt to the gay rite of passage which is San Francisco...

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 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, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

October 17, 2014

'...When are we going to talk about the boy who did applause choreography in the background of a news report'

Remember the lad whose dance moves, and diva face, made a Las Vegas newscast more memorable?

Well, Mother Monster knows a fellow traveler when she sees one

According to NewNowNext, Lady Gaga tweeted words of praise to 15-year old Brendan Jordan.

October 12, 2014

A fledging star shows he knows how to walk down the runway

Some divas are terrible at sharing the stage.

Take the upcoming star in this clip from Las Vegas news station KLAS. According to Gawker, the reporters were broadcasting live from a new shopping center.

Look for the little boy in the crowd, working it when the camera is on him. However, he turns all Joan Crawford when others try to get their camera time.

October 10, 2014

The Nevada city’s Marriage License Bureau says that it issued 40 licenses on the first day it was legally allowed to do so – with many couples rushing to tie the knot

Following the decision taken earlier this week by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, same-sex weddings have begun to take place in Las Vegas.

October 8, 2014

One man asks on Facebook: 'Will they have drive thru weddings for guys? You know we are always in a hurry'

Las Vegas likes to think of itself as the marriage capitol of the world.

So it's no surprise that the city's tourism industry is celebrating the news that same-sex marriage is now legal in the state of Nevada.

The Las Vegas Convention & Tourism Authority has posted a photo on its Facebook page of the iconic Las Vegas sign altered to have the word fabulous appear in rainbow colors to match the LGBTI pride flag.

'Vegas just got more fabulous,' the caption states.

October 7, 2014

Decision comes a day after marriage equality comes to six additional US states

Same-sex weddings in Las Vegas?

It appears to be just a matter of time now that the Ninth District Court of Appeals has struck down gay marriage bans in the states of Nevada and Idaho.

The ruling comes a day after the US Supreme Court opted not to intervene in gay marriage appeals in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin making same-sex marriage legal in those states. Colorado also began issuing licenses to same-sex marriages this week.

June 27, 2014

Page came out as lesbian this year; Leto won Oscar for playing trans woman

An already been a big year for Ellen Page and Jared Leto just got better with the acclaimed film stars being named the sexiest vegetarians of 2014 by PETA.

PETA, which stands for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, hold an annual annual Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest and this year's winners both have LGBTI ties.

June 16, 2014

Straight-friendly bars, specialty cocktails and free goodies from the most fashionable streets in Gothenburg make this Swedish city’s Gay Pride festivities one for the books

Stockholm, sure. Lapland, naturally. Malmo, of course, who doesn’t love The Bridge?!

But if you are thinking of Sweden and you haven’t thought of Gothenburg, then you’re missing a trick. A beautiful, perfectly formed, walk able, friendly, delicious trick!

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city, home to two universities, and ranked 12th Most Innovative City in The World by Forbes Magazine. Considering you can walk from one end of Gothenburg to the other in 20mins, there is a lot packed into this perfectly formed city on the west coast of Sweden.

May 18, 2014

During her Las Vegas show, Britney Spears brought out a surprise guest from RuPaul’s Drag Race

Pop icon Britney Spears and RuPaul’s Drag Race came together very briefly this weekend during her Las Vegas show.

Drag Race star Adore Delano made a surprise appearance during the third leg of Britney Spears’ Las Vegas Show.

Womanizer singer Spears is currently holding her first Las Vegas residency show called Britney: Piece of Me and she sent social media into a spin when she revealed Drag Race finalist Delano onstage as part of her performance.

Delano reportedly came out during the song Freakshow and danced alongside Spears’ backup dancers.

May 2, 2014

'I'm so proud of you, so happy for you. I know what a scary thing that is'

For the second time this week, Ellen DeGeneres welcomed a newly out famous lesbian onto her daytime talk show and offered them public congratulations for coming out.

Just a few days after an appearance by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page dropped by to talk about her Valentine's Day revelation.

'I am so proud of you for coming out and I'm happy for you,' DeGeneres told her guest. 'I know what a scary thing that is. ... It's a scary thing to verbalize, to say it out loud.'

April 8, 2014

'They have been throughout my career. And I really appreciate that because they really are loyal to the artists that they love'

Olivia Newton-John kicks off her Summer Nights show at the Flamingo Las Vegas today.

It's one of those concert residency engagements that such fellow pop legends as Cher, Celine Dion, Elton John, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler have done in the past at other venues.

The Aussie singer whose hits include Physical, Magic, Xanadu, Have You Never Been Mellow and I Honestly Love You expects to see plenty of her gay fans in the audience throughout her Vegas run.

February 17, 2014

Former and possibly future First Daughter credited with helping father Bill Clinton evolve on gay marriage

The only child of Bill and Hillary Clinton calls the rights of LGBT people  'the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

Former and possibly future First Daughter Chelsea Clinton spoke at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas on Sunday (16 February) and adapted a line from her famous mother when making a point about LGBT equality.

'My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,' she said. 'That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.'

February 15, 2014

Canadian actress makes powerful coming out speech at LGBTI youth conference in the US: ‘I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission’

Canadian actress Ellen Page, 26, has come out as a lesbian in an emotional speech at a gay youth conference.  

The actress, most famous for her roles in films Juno and Inception, made the announcement at the ‘Time to THRIVE’ conference in Las Vegas ,US which is organized by the Human Rights Campaign and promotes LGBTI youth welfare (14 February).

In her speech, Page spoke to the audience about her personal struggle with coming out.

February 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

November 1, 2013

Promotional feature: Check out these interesting facts about some of the world’s most popular casinos, along with playing tips from online gaming site Jackpotjoy on how to play the tables 

Most casino gambling is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.

October 13, 2013

The Puerto Rican featherweight dedicated tonight's fight to Emile Griffith, a boxer from the 1960s

Orlando Cruz, the first out gay professional boxer, lost his bid for the featherweight crown.

According to The Guardian, it was a knock out in the seventh round.

'An overhead right to the head followed by a left uppercut knock Cruz down by the ropes,' the paper wrote.

October 11, 2013

Gay Star News takes a look at the world's only professional gay boxer as he is hours away from becoming one of the world's only LGBT solo sport champions

Orlando Cruz, the world’s only openly gay professional boxer, is hours away from making history.

The Puerto Rican featherweight will take to the ring to face former champ Orlando Salido at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas tonight (12 October).

The 32-year-old, ranked the number four featherweight by the World Boxing Organization, said when he came out in October last year.

‘I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.

October 10, 2013

Globally famous gay boxer Orlando Cruz wears rainbow themed colored shorts to highlight LGBT issues in his upcoming world featherweight title match

Orland Cruz, the first openly gay boxer to come out, will wear rainbow-colored shorts and pink gloves for the featherweight world title.

He squares off against Orlando Salido at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Cruz will carry the LGBT equality rights on his clothing with him into the ring on Saturday (12 October).

If he wins he will be the first openly-gay world champion in boxing history.

September 25, 2013

Out boxer will fight for featherweight title next month

Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz knows he isn't the only one.

The 32 year old, who came out publicly earlier this year and is engaged to be married, is the first professional boxer to be open about his sexuality during his career.

'Never have other fighters talked with me (about being gay). But I think there are other boxers who are gay but they are scared,' Cruz told reporters this week in Manhattan.

September 23, 2013

'My gay following has kept me alive when no one else came to see me'

At 67, Cher will once again turn back time and hit the road.

The gay icon announced today (23 September) that she will be kicking off her Dressed to Kill tour in March with a concert in Phoenix, Arizona, and will go on to perform in such cities as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and New York City.

The tour announcement comes in conjunction with the release on Tuesday (24 September) of Cher's first new album in 11 years titled Closer to the Truth.

Cher expects to see plenty of her gay fans at the various stops.

September 16, 2013

Whether you are gay, bisexual or straight – if you need help starting your family you’ll find it at the Alternative Parenting Show thanks to its seminars

The Alternative Parenting Show returns to London on Saturday (21 September), and organizers have released the full list of seminars taking place during the event.

This annual show, which will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, is aimed at anyone – gay, bisexual or heterosexual – who may be having trouble starting a family.

September 9, 2013

American Airlines, IBM, American Express and more showcased at the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara this week to encourage LGBT inclusion in business and tourism  

The spending power of the LGBT market united Fortune 500 companies and regional tourism operators under one roof this week for the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico’s second-largest city welcomed speakers, exhibitors, and for the first time the general public to spark a dialogue on the value LGBT inclusion in Latin American travel, banking and consumer markets.