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March 25, 2015

Gay icon and clubbing legend Eliad Cohen on keeping fit whilst travelling the world and why Spain and Brazil are his top party countries

PAPA Party is notoriously known as one of the biggest and best gay clubbing parties to have ever graced international shores, taking its creator Eliad Cohen around the world spreading PAPA realness.

We caught up with the now gay icon (who takes the hottest selfies known to man!) to talk all things Eliad – from his on-the-go workout regime to why Thailand is his idea of heaven.

You travel the world for the PAPA WORLD TOUR. Where’s your favorite place to party?

March 27, 2015

Trans former boxing promoter, Big Brother celebrity and UKIP politician previously opposed gay families and marriage

UKIP trans politician Kellie Maloney has u-turned to support same-sex marriage and families and says her party must do the same or they are ‘cavemen’.

Before she transitioned, the former boxing manager and promoter stood for the right-wing British party in the London mayoral elections but refused to campaign in the borough of Camden because there are ‘too many gays’.

She told the BBC: ‘I don’t want to campaign around gays... I don’t think they do a lot for society... what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.’

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 25, 2015

fiveFilms4freedom LGBT film festival finds audience in over 125 countries.

The BFI Flare film festival is popular enough that even if you live in London you have to be lucky to get a ticket to watch the LGBT themed films being shown.

If you are LGBT and live in countries such as India, Poland, or the Ukraine, your opportunities of being able to watch movies that reflect your sexuality and your experiences will be even more remote.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 24, 2015

Does it matter if people still think of certain jobs as ‘gay’? And do the people in those professions mind?

If you met a man and he told you that he was an air steward, would you wonder if he was gay?

Nowadays, most people appreciate that gay people are found in every walk of life and in every place of work.

In fact, in Pride festivals around the world, people sometimes make a point of marching in their work outfit to drive the point home. Certainly, in the UK, the sight of LGBT police, army and navy is not uncommon at the bigger Pride parades.

March 23, 2015

Last chance to catch 'Beard' at Somerset House

Pogonophiles, listen up!

Hit exhibit 'Beard' is entering its final week at London's Somerset House. Which means locals and visitors alike have just seven more days to enjoy this entirely free celebration of rugged handsomeness!

The collection of 80 stirring portraits are the work of photographer Mr Elbank, and depict gorgeous subjects of all ages and races, displaying an array of facial stylings. From the combed to the unkempt and the bushy to the dreaded. And no, the subjects aren't exclusively male...

March 23, 2015

The 67-year-old priest entered into the 'marriage' with a Pakistani immigrant

A Catholic priest is allowed to preach again after dissolving his civil partnership.

Father Donald Minchew, 67, was suspended after it was found he entered into a union with a man in 2008.

The religious leader was preaching St Mary's Catholic Church in Croydon, south London, before it was found he had entered into a 'gay marriage' of sorts.

In a letter to parishioners last week, prelate Monsignor Keith Newton said Minchew was allowed to return to work 'after much prayer and discussion'.

March 23, 2015

Justin Simien delivers a sharp and fearless debut with his take on race relations today's world.

The one-liners and snappy come-backs are so quick and constant throughout Dear White People that this is the kind of movie that you could easily watch again just to make sure you got all the jokes and jabs of this tightly written debut feature from Justin Simien.

Set on a college campus, the story follows a group of undergraduates trying to work out exactly where they fit in when the world around them seems full of contradictions and complexity.

March 21, 2015

An exercise in internalized homophobia or finding an authentic identity? The jury is out on David Thorpe's documentary.

I think that Do I Sound Gay? caught me just at the wrong moment.

Writer/director David Thorpe seemed excited to be presenting the European premiere of this documentary at the BFI Flare festival in London, and it was a full-house at the British Film Institute screening on the Southbank.

Thorpe described the inspiration for this documentary as being his 'gay mid-life crisis', finding himself single and the 'wrong side of forty', Thorpe began to question his identity and in particular hating the way that his voice sounded.

March 21, 2015

Fashion

Wherever you are in the world and whatever season you are in, what you are wearing says more about you than you might imagine.

To help you stay on top of what's hot and what's not, here is a round up of some of our recent coverage from the world of fashion and style.

AW15 London Fashion Week

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 21, 2015

François Ozon's fascination with human sexuality continues

Adapted from a short-story by crime-writer Ruth Rendell, François Ozon's latest feature continues his fascination with human sexuality.

The New Girlfriend is an intriguing tale of obsession, secrets, and identity.

Typically of Ozon, this is a movie that looks beautiful. Stunning Autumnal colors that emphasise and amplify the themes of change, rebirth and renewal.

March 21, 2015

The BFI Flare festival in London opens a window to gay sexuality around the world.

In years gone by, one of the few ways in which you used to be able to see short films or non-mainstream films of any kind was to go to a film festival.

March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 20, 2015

Lord Browne speaks with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook

Organized in June 2014 by professional networking group, Outstanding, and hosted at the London headquarters of Facebook, Lord Browne of Madingley had a lengthy discussion with Maxine Williams, the global head of diversity at Facebook.

He talked about his career, why he had chosen to write his groundbreaking book, The Glass Closet, and what he had learned about coming out at work and being authentic with colleagues. He also took questions from the invited audience.

March 19, 2015

Ginger, spicy and hitting Germany next month – it's the RED HOT 100

It's already toured London, New York and Sydney – and now RED HOT 100, a trailblazing photographic exhibition of hot ginger guys courtesy of Thomas Knights, is taking residency in Berlin.

This follows the success of the RED HOT 100 book, published by BRUNO GMÜNDER, which is already in its third run.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be over Easter weekend, on Saturday 4 April from 4-8pm at the Bikini Concept Mall. It will last until 3 May, open seven days a week; 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays.

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 19, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered to call for a boycott against the brand

Dolce and Gabbana have learned an important lesson on what happens when you take on the LGBTI community -- you lose.

About a hundred London gay rights activists protested today (19 March) outside the flagship store on Old Bond Street, calling for a proper apology over the fashion duo's offensive comments about children of gay parents.

The gay fashion duo said the only family they believed in was a 'traditional' one, with a mother and a father, and that children of IVF are 'synthetic'.

March 19, 2015

The 20 were all included in this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

The UK’s LGBT advocacy group, Stonewall, has celebrated what it regards to be the 20 most inclusive law firms for LGB staff in 2015

The list follows the publication in January of Stonewall's annual Workplace Equality Index, which ranks organizations by their gay-friendly credentials in terms of diversity and inclusion polices and practice and the measures they may have taken to promote LGBT awareness.