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May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

May 27, 2015

Speaking at a Sydney festival, the entrepreneur and publisher warned that excessive health and safety regulations were harming the city’s party image and the country’s global reputation

The gay businessman behind revered design and travel magazines has blasted authorities in Australia for the harm that he believes they are doing to the country’s image abroad.

Tyler Brûlé made his name as the creator of Wallpaper magazine, which he launched in 1996. He subsequently sold the title to Time, Inc in 1997 for a reported £1million ($1.54million/€1.4million).

In 2007, he launched global affairs and lifestyle publication and website, Monocle.

May 25, 2015

Surrogacy is in the news, and gay men looking to become parents should pay attention, says Natalie Gamble from law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

Earlier this month, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ruled that a UK gay couple should have main care of their 15 month old baby daughter after a ‘surrogacy dispute’ with the baby’s mother.

The decision followed a battle over what had been agreed, and a history of the mother breaching court orders and conducting a homophobic smear campaign against the father and his partner.

May 25, 2015

Live like a local in the neighborhood of Republique

Each year in Paris the Federation Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne hosts the Tournoi International de Paris. This is a massive multi-sports tournament that brings together LGBTI sportspeople and participants from across Europe and beyond.

May 21, 2015

Gay Star News goes front row for the graduation show from the design students of London's University of Westminster.

It was a big, excited crowd that gathered in a cavernous basement carpark beneath London's University of Westminster  for the graduation show from its Fashion Design students.

Seventeen young designers presenting their collections in one fast-paced, slick, and professional show.

Here's how we saw it.

Chloe McGeehan

A womenswear collection that featured bold colours; loose structure; and lots of volume.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 19, 2015

A free exhibition in London looks at the study of sex and sexuality over the last 150 years – from Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey to sex machines and questionable therapies

The Wellcome Collection in London is a ground-breaking exhibition space dedicated to medicine and human biology.

Until 20 September 2015, it is hosting The Institute of Sexology – a free exhibition looking at the study of sex and sexuality over the past 150 years and some of the scientific pioneers within this field.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts to take away from the exhibition.

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 19, 2015

The UK premier of French choreographer's new work: Manger

French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz is the focus of a collaboration between Sadler's Wells theatre and Tate Modern museum in London.

Charmatz is director of the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France. He specialises in creating or using different physical spaces to present and redefine choreography and dance.

May 19, 2015

Not all pubs are equal in the UK capital

There's lots of great pubs and cool bars in London. There's also plenty of mediocre ones too. 

I had been to theatre in London and wanted somewhere for a quiet drink while I wrote up my review.

I was walking and not in any particular hurry, so decided to wander through the streets until I found a pub that looked good.

May 18, 2015

Gay politician wants to take over from Boris Johnson

Gay tycoon Ivan Massow has launched his campaign to be London mayor in probably the most unusual way yet.

The entrepeneur, who wants to be London's next Conservative mayor, has released his campaign video.

It features Massow as a cartoon, giving a 'warts-and-all' approach to telling Londoners about himself.

'I’m gay, I’m an ex-alcoholic. I’m dyslexic. I’m adopted. I’m an activist. I’m a businessman. I’m a disrupter. I’m a do-er. I’m not your typical politician politician,' he says.

May 18, 2015

Straffe Ketten R.F.C. play hosts as the Union Cup comes to the capital of Belgium in 2015

The Union Cup is a gay rugby tournament that was first held in May 2005 in Montpellier in France.

Since then the tournament has been hosted by the cities of Copenhagen (2007), London 2009, Amsterdam 2011, and Bristol 2013.

Seven teams competed in the first Union Cup, but in the 2015 tournament to be held in Brussels, 24 teams will be competing – bringing 700 players, fans, and officials to the city.

May 18, 2015

Author says children should be allowed to read it while parents say definitely not

A picture book where gay penguins get in bondage gear with whips, handcuffs and leather is causing a bit of a flap in New Zealand.

Gus and Waldo's Book of Love found its way into a Kaiapoi preschool, exposing the three and four-year-olds to a slightly more adult form of relationship.

Written by London-based author and artist Massimo Fenati, it is intended for mature audiences.

May 17, 2015

Her parents are 'devastated' over the loss of their daughter

A man has been charged with the killing of a trans woman that was believed to be a US model and escort working in London.

Joaquin Gomez-Hernandez, 23, will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court today (17 May).

Vanessa Santillan, a 33-year-old originally from Miami, Florida, was found strangled and beaten on 28 March.

It was reported that she had come to London from Mexico. Her parents are said to have been left 'devastated' by the loss of their daughter.

May 17, 2015

Teacher told him he had 'AIDS like all of his friends'

A British trans man has reflected on when he was a teen and his mother backed him up in the best way possible when he was being bullied.

Leng Montgomery, now 31 from London, has gone back to when he identified as a lesbian when he was younger and how a teacher said horrific homophobic comments to him.

Even though Section 28, the law that banned the 'promotion of homosexuality', was in force at the time his mother stood up for him and supported him.

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 16, 2015

Boyfriends were left confused after receiving the bill from the London café

A British couple are upset after going to a café and being handed a bill with the word 'gays' written at the top.

Kevin Reeves, 27, and his boyfriend Tyrone Herlihy, 26, visited the café in Walthamstow, north east London last Thursday where they typically meet for lunch.

'We went in, ordered with the usual waitress. There were only three other men in the café and they were all sat alone,' Reeves told RUComingOut.

May 16, 2015

#IDAHOT

Londoners, Ugandans and Gambians came together this week to protest against Yayha Jammeh who has threatened to slit the throats of gay people.

As the world marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia tomorrow (17 May), activists have made clear how horrific it is to be LGBTI in certain countries.

May 15, 2015

'No gays allowed'

An London Uber driver could be fired after he allegedly ejected a pair of gay friends from his car for kissing, telling them 'no gays allowed'.

Neil Shah, 39, and his friend has claimed the driver told them to get out of his vehicle after picking them up after a night out at G-A-Y in Soho on 9 May.

Shocked by his comment, they immediately got out of the car and waited for a different Uber car. 

May 15, 2015

The country's second largest city after Lisbon proves the perfect base for exploring this wine-drenched region. Honey and orange peel-flavoured Port, anyone?

'Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?' This is a question I've been waiting to hear for years.

Having travelled around Portugal several times, I had never visited the north. The sunny south of the country had always been my first choice but there was something in Porto which was calling me, like the chant of a mermaid.
    

May 14, 2015

The transport company and a gay cab driver have united to create a ‘Ride with Pride’ black cab for the streets of London

Transport for London are commemorating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) by wrapping up one of their iconic London black cab taxis with a rainbow wrapping.

The initiative follows the success of a rainbow-wrapped double decker bus unveiled earlier in the year by the company – which operates the UK capital’s tubes, buses, licensed taxis and wider transport infrastructure.

May 13, 2015

Drinks, dinner and dancing on the Thames – affordable elegance epitomized

For many a jaded Londoner, there's comes a point where you feel you've seen it all before, that the city has nothing new to offer. (Which is almost NEVER the case – I've lived here for almost seven years and never seen Little Venice).

May 13, 2015

Drinks, dinner and dancing on the Thames – affordable elegance epitomized

For many a jaded Londoner, there's comes a point where you feel you've seen it all before, that the city has nothing new to offer. (Which is almost NEVER the case – I've lived here for almost seven years and never seen Little Venice).