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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

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 gamble 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.

July 29, 2013

Dr Patrick Williams, the former boss of Pride London was paying rent with charitable money but denies using office as home

The former chairman of Pride London has continued to use the failed charity’s old office himself for a year – and paid for it with LGBT charitable money.

The organization effectively collapsed last year amid public anger after World Pride, hosted by London in 2012, had to be scaled back.

Now an entirely new body is running LGBT pride in the city and many thought the saga was over.

July 6, 2013

No matter what you say, 'you look like a d--k'

Neil Patrick Harris hosted The Tony Awards for the fourth times last month and in September, he will host the Emmy Awards for the second time.

So, will he ever host the Academy Awards for a first time?

Don't ask him. No really, please don't ask him.

May 24, 2013

Movie icon was close friends  with the entertainer and plays his mother in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra

Debbie Reynolds, who plays Liberace’s mother in the HBO film Behind the Candelabra, socialized a lot with the late entertainer when both were doing stage shows in Las Vegas in the 70s and 80s.

Reynolds, 81, turned to the stage after her movie career starring in such films as Singin in the Rain and Yhe Unsinkable Molly Brown had cooled a bit. But like Liberace, she found Vegas audiences more than welcoming.

May 23, 2013

Scott Thorson says Liberace told him: 'I can’t admit a thing'

Liberace, who died in 1987 from complications from AIDS, never publicly admitted to being gay during his lifetime.

His former lover Scott Thorson - whose memoir the film Behind the Candelabra is based - is sharing details of some of the lengths the late entertainer went through to remain closeted.

March 6, 2013

GSN pulls on our posing pouch and oils up for an encounter with our latest LGBT sports organization

As part of our continuing series profiling the world’s LGBT sports clubs and organizations, in this issue we catch up with Richard Cavaler, co-chair of the Body Building Guild.

When was the BBG established?

Prior to Gay Games Three in 1990, the bodybuilding judges for the Gay Games were a group that knew one another from the mainstream competitions. Then this became more formalized by my predecessor as the bodybuilding and physique sports co-ordinator at the Gay Games.  

January 2, 2013

Scott Norton snogs husband after winning bowling title in what may be one of first gay athlete kisses shown on TV channel

A gay kiss between a professional bowler and his husband is being hailed as one of the first times an out athlete has locked lips on live TV.

Scott Norton was filmed snogging his partner Craig Woodward by sports channel ESPN after winning the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas.

Although the event happened in November, the footage was only shown by the TV network on 30 December.

October 1, 2012

River Viiperi cited for misdemeanor battery after punching the woman's boyfriend

Paris Hilton, whose comments about gay men and AIDS have caused a backlash against the heiress in recent weeks, was seen heavily making out with another woman in Las Vegas early Monday (1 October).

August 27, 2012

Craig Revel Horwood wants the cheeky prince to take part in Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has set his sights on Prince Harry.

The British TV personality is yearning for the cheeky royal to be his boyfriend after his recent naked headline-grabbing pictures from Las Vegas.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Horwood said: ‘I met Prince Harry at Westminster and I want him to be my new boyfriend, but unfortunately I don't think it is going to happen.’

August 16, 2012

Gay Star News speaks to the writers and creators of beloved new marriage equality comedy Husbands

Gay web series Husbands has officially premiered the long awaited season two.

The series, headed up by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Jane Espenson and actor Brad Bell, describes itself as the world’s first marriage equality comedy.

Set in a fictional America where every state has legalized gay marriage, two celebrities accidentally do a ‘Britney’ and get drunkenly hitched in Las Vegas.

One is an out-and-proud actor, and the other is a baseball player who has just come out as gay, and they have only been dating six weeks.

June 30, 2012

Director of The Avengers and creator of Buffy Joss Whedon is supporting the show

Gay web series Husbands will be back for another season, premiering 15 August. 

The series, headed up by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Jane Espenson and Brad Bell, describes itself as the world’s first marriage equality comedy.

Set in a fictional America where every state has legalized gay marriage, two celebrities accidentally do a ‘Britney’ and get drunkenly hitched in Las Vegas.

One is an out-and-proud actor, and the other is a baseball player who has just come out as gay, and they have only been dating six weeks.

May 30, 2012

After canceling Vegas concerts, singer will perform for Queen Elizabeth

Elton John, who was forced to cancel four performances of his The Million Dollar Piano show in Las Vegas due to illness, is still planning to perform for Queen Elizabeth next Monday 4 June.

John had checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last week where he was treated for a serious respiratory infection that he had developed while performing at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

May 22, 2012

King's Speech actor is set to star in biopics of Noël Coward and Oscar Wilde

Oscar winner Colin Firth will play gay playwright, actor and composer Noël Coward and the best friend and confidant of Oscar Wilde in forthcoming biopics.

In details announced at the Cannes Film Festival, the King's Speech actor is due to star as Oscar Wilde's gay friend Reginald 'Reggie' Turner in the upcoming Oscar Wilde biopic, This Happy Prince.