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September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

August 29, 2014

You can be amongst the first to see the acclaimed new British movie Pride at special preview screenings on 9 September

A new, gay-themed movie is shaping up to be one of this autumn’s most eagerly anticipated film releases in the UK. Nationwide cinema chain Vue has just announced that it will be offering film-goers the first opportunity to catch the movie at a number of exclusive preview screenings on 9 September, ahead of the film’s general release on 12 September 2014.

Based on a true story, Pride is set during the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is Prime Minister and her government is at loggerheads with the National Union of Mineworkers over proposed coal pit closures.

August 29, 2014

On the eve of the first ever meeting held between Stonewall and the trans community, Jane Fae reflects on the past, present and possible future

I am shocked...shocked I tell you...to discover that the best that Stonewall has to offer at tomorrow’s grand trans jamboree breakfast is pastries! I mean, how’s a girl to engage with the big issues of the day on a diet of croissant and cafetiered coffee. Where’s the bacon? Where’s the eggs?

Where, I ask you, is the smoked fish?

August 28, 2014

Judge said while the attack was 'vile and vicious', the attack was not motivated by homophobia

A man will be jailed for two years and four months after spraying six people with a 'noxious substance' in a homophobic attack.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, London.

Several of the victims reported feeling like their 'faces were melting', they thought they were going to die, and it caused ulcers on their eyes and mouths. One victim could have very easily had his vision permanently damaged.

August 28, 2014

Did you know that some gay women may receive free IVF treatment if they are prepared to donate some of their own eggs for the use of others?

Lesbians will typically need some form of fertility treatment if they want to have their own baby, and this is usually through donor sperm supplied anonymously through a sperm bank. However, at the London Women’s Clinic there is also growing interest in egg sharing among lesbian couples.

In return for giving up some of their own eggs they can receive free IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment – and that’s good for them and those who receive their eggs.

August 27, 2014

From red carpet welcomes to dreamy locations, Marriott Hotels has dozens of ways to turn your special day into an event you and your loved ones will never forget

The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

Who’s inspiration, then, takes the lead when two women, or two men, are planning their dream wedding?

August 27, 2014

A 31-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of ABH, two counts of common assault and possessing a weapon for discharge of noxious liquid

A man who sprayed six people with a 'noxious substance in a homophobic attack' is facing jail.

Jonathan Lynn, 31, sprayed a man in the face outside Lightbox, a gay club in Vauxhall, South London.

The victim Parish Frith spoke to two women who he alleged yelled homophobic abuse at him. When Lynn approached the group and said he was with the two women, he told Frith to 'go away, we don't like gays'.

When Frith retorted, Lynn sprayed the liquid in his face causing burns and ulcers on his eyes.

August 26, 2014

Some Brits were furious over the science fiction show's 'weird lesbian-lizard perv trip'

Several complaints have been made to the TV watchdog Ofcom over the gay kiss on Doctor Who.

The British science fiction drama came under fire after Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny locked lips in front of 7 million viewers in the UK.

The Victorian London couple, played by Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart, have been together for years - but this is the first time they have kissed on screen.

August 22, 2014

A 29-year-old is urging everyone to speak out against hate crime after getting attacked in Shoreditch

A gay man has spoken out after being attacked for holding hands with his boyfriend in London.

Timothy Rumney, 29, was walking along Old Street in Shoreditch with his partner after a night out at gay club East Block during the early hours of Sunday morning (17 August).

As they were waiting for a bus, they overheard a man with his girlfriend refer to them as ‘batty men’.

Rumney challenged the man, and then the man asked why they were holding hands.

Minutes later, the same man approached the pair and hit Rumney around the face.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 22, 2014

Why I founded rucomingout and what I’ve learned after 250 inspiring and moving coming out stories

I launched rucomingout.com in March 2012 when I was working as a youth worker for Britain’s National Health Service.

I was working with a 17-year-old called Jay and he told me he was gay. He had so many questions about coming out and what it was like to be gay. He regularly heard his parents use homophobic language and never heard any of his friends speak positively about being gay.

He feared he would be excluded from his group of friends and disowned by his parents.

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 19, 2014

Former soap stars take lead roles in a new play exploring sperm donation and gay parenting

Breeders, by playwright Ben Ockrent, will premiere for a month-long run at London’s St James Theatre from 3 September 2014.

August 16, 2014

The former boxing promoter, who recently came out as a trans woman, has a history of anti-gay views

Former boxing promoter Kellie Maloney, who recently came out as a trans woman, does not believe same-sex families should raise children.

 

August 13, 2014

Season six favorite opens up about the hardships about filming the reality show, Drag Race in the UK and taking risks

Not everyone was expecting insult queen Bianca Del Rio to warm our hearts in the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

But then she walked away with the crown, being named the winner of the drag race competition.

While she was in London, we grabbed a few minutes with her at The Meth Lab at The Black Cap to talk Drag Race in the UK, her experiences and taking major risks.

August 13, 2014

GSN was asked to try out a Skinbreeze facial, a new treatment that claims to give the best results for your skin

Looking into a mirror is not the easiest thing in the world for me.

I spent years battling acne and scarring. Each morning as I looked at my face it was as if an army wearing red and white helmets had spent the night waging war.

So now I’m older, when I was told about a new facial, I was hopeful. After all, if anything can help - go for it. 

I was told the treatment, which combines orbital microdermabrasion with LED Light Therapy and an O2 infusion to deliver the results, would help.

August 13, 2014

We explore the opulence of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, a Downton Abbey-style treat with a magical Spice Girls twist

What unites the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Victorian engineering and one of Britain’s greatest poets?

The answer is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

Like stepping through a time warp into Downton Abbey, this hotel offers all the splendor of the golden ages of British rail travel and stately living but with en-suite bathrooms replacing the chamber pots.

This gothic revival pile first opened as the Midland Grand Hotel in 1873 as a showpiece for the Midland Railway Company, offering the height of luxury to its travelers.

August 12, 2014

The late gay designer Yves Saint Laurent loved the Marjorelle gardens so much he and his partner saved the grounds from being converted into a hotel, breathing new life into the spectacularly-designed grounds

The bright blue walls of the garden were a surprise in London’s dreary real estate market, a welcome sight after a slew of despondent and pathetic flats I was looking to rent.

‘I modeled the space after the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakech,’ the landlord told me.

Obviously, I took the flat, but I also took to the Internet to learn more about this garden I had known nothing about, and was already in love with.

It might seem weird to have an obsession with a garden, but I’ve been there.

August 11, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man was punched and kicked by a fellow passenger

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered a homophobic assault on a London train.

The victim boarded the train from Charing Cross, an area popular with the LGBT community, to Bexleyheath at around 5.30am on 15 July. This was only the second train to run that Tuesday morning.

Investigating officer Michael Willoughby said: ‘During the journey a man sat opposite him and began making homophobic comments to him and began taking pictures of the victim on his phone.

‘The victim challenged the man, but was punched and kicked in return.’

August 10, 2014

Charlie Condou will take lead role in Southwark Playhouse production of Next Fall

Former Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou has been confirmed as one of the lead roles in the London production of Next Fall. The Tony-nominated Broadway comedy, which premiered in 2009, is about a gay couple with opposing religious views; one is a devout Christian and the other is an atheist.

August 10, 2014

Former Lennox Lewis manager is now living life as Kellie Maloney after years of hiding her true self

The legendary boxing manager previously known as Frank Maloney has revealed that she is now living life as a woman.

Maloney became famous in the boxing world for helping to guide Lennox Lewis to world heavyweight success. After boxing in her youth, she become a trainer in the late 1970s and moved into management in the 1980s. Her working relationship with Lewis ran between 1989 and 2001.

August 9, 2014

Thinking of starting a family? This year’s show for would-be LGBT parents returns to the UK capital in September

Europe’s biggest event for prospective gay parents, the annual Alternative Parenting Show is set to take place again in London on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Returning to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the event is aimed at anyone – including LGBT singles and couples – who wish to explore today’s different routes to parenthood.
There will be exhibitors from agencies from all over the world, including international surrogacy providers, legal advisors and adoption/fostering agencies.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 8, 2014

The famous pair, friends for 41 years, have raised more than $12 million for AIDS charities

Elton John and Billie Jean King met in 1973 and the peak of their rock star and tennis playing fame.

She sang back-up at several of his concerts and he wrote the 1975 hit Philadelphia Freedom about her.

To say they have kept in touch would be an understatement.

The famous pair announced this week that they are once again teaming up for a World TeamTennis Smash Hits event to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

It will take place on 7 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.