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March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

March 5, 2015

If you love simple cuts of meat cooked perfectly, then this restaurant in London's Soho is exactly what you are looking for.

It was Friday night in London and I'd arranged a catch up with Tristan, my oldest gaysian friend.

We opted for Blacklock in Soho, on Great Windmill Street.

Great Windmill used to be one of the seediest streets in Soho, but it's been cleaned up a lot in recent years. Blacklock is located in the basement of a building that used to be a brothel. The area still has a sense of being the place where people go for a night out.

March 4, 2015

Acting legend hopes to save The Joiners Arms

Gandalf may be coming to the rescue again, but this time to save one of the most infamous East London gay pubs.

Sir Ian McKellen has signed his name to a petition to save The Joiners Arms, which is at risk of being turned into apartments.

The Hackney Road melting point for drag queens and kings, youthful party goers and the rest of the LGBTI community was forced to close in January 2015 after the license was not renewed. 

March 4, 2015

Gay Star News checks out London’s original gay professionals networking group; Jake

Looking for an opportunity to mix and mingle with other gay business folk?

Launched in the early 00s, Jake was ground-breaking in being one of London’s first networking groups for professional gay men.

Created by financier Ivan Massow, it arrived at a time when the majority of gay men in the UK thought long and hard before coming out in their place of work, and opportunities to network with others were scant.

March 3, 2015

Young and looking for work? While the UK’s main political parties continue to argue over the growth in apprenticeship places, employers from a range of sectors will feature at the show at London’s Business Design Centre

The annual Diversity Apprenticeships Careers Show returns to London this Friday (6 March).

Aimed at those still in school or at the very beginning of their career, the show will host exhibitors who recognize the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 3, 2015

The former Britain's Got Talent star on her life in travel – from cruising around Fort Lauderdale to a holiday romance with a sexy Frenchman...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

March 3, 2015

Airline will double flights between blockbuster gay cities from October

Virgin Atlantic is to offer a twice-daily service from London Heathrow to San Francisco from late October.

In news that will surely please UK fans of the hit HBO show Looking, the second daily flight between the super-cities will commence on 24 October.

Virgin Atlantic will be putting its newest aircraft on the route, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will be running seven days a week.

March 2, 2015

The national event included a careers fair, panel discussions, performances, and a club night.

National Student Pride 2015 was held in central London on 28 February 2015.

2015 was the 10th National Student Pride event held and organizers have declared it as the biggest so far.

Thousands of students from universities across the UK attended the careers fair at the University of Westminster. There were also appearances from Oscar-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black, actress Alicya Eyo and singer Heather Peace. Also in attendance was TV boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins who revealed that EastEnders would soon be featuring a trans storyline.

March 2, 2015

The bus, celebrating diversity and the organization’s LGBTI staff network, will operate for a year on London’s streets. The initiative has been sponsored by Stagecoach

Transport for London (TfL) has today unveiled a rainbow-adorned double-decker bus to commemorate the tenth anniversary of TfL’s LGBTI staff network, OUTbound.

Emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Ride with Pride’, the initiative follows others that TfL have taken to celebrate LGBT issues, including the creation last year of a rainbow zebra crossing to mark Pride in London.

March 1, 2015

British star of HBO’s Looking also talks about how he thinks he would have been more ‘effeminate’ if he had gone to stage school

British actor Russell Tovey has opened up about events which he feels shaped him as a gay man.

As one of the stars of HBO gay drama Looking, Tovey has spoken about his unique position as an actor who can convincingly play both gay and straight roles.

The actor also attributes his upbringing in Billericay, Essex as having a significant effect on him and the fact that he couldn’t go to Sylvia Young Theatre school, a very famous stage school in London with a great deal of famous alumni.

February 28, 2015

Heather Peace and Alicya Eyo both admit they were scared to come out as they discuss LGBTI people in TV and film

Hollywood is packed with LGBTI people and the studios want to support them but agents and managers stop people coming out.

That’s according to Oscar-winning Milk writer – and Tom Daley’s boyfriend – Dustin Lance Black.

He was speaking at a Student Pride debate in central London today (28 February).

That also saw Alicya Eyo and Heather Peace talking about their struggle with coming out as actors and a teaser on trans representation on top British TV soap EastEnders.

February 27, 2015

Young people were the least likely to vote in the 2010 General Election

LGBTI students are being encouraged to use their vote at the UK General Election by the most unlikely person – Maggie Thatcher.

The message is being targeted at the attendees at Student Pride in central London tomorrow.

Only 52% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in the 2010 General Election, the lowest percentage of any age group and dwarfed by the 75% of those aged 65 or over who voted.

February 26, 2015

Will Tom Daley show?

Dustin Lance Black will lead a line up including Heather Peace, Alica Eyo and Lucy Spraggan at National Student Pride this Saturday (28 February).

The Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter’s appearance at the London event has sparked rumors that his boyfriend, Tom Daley, may also appear but even the organizers have no idea whether this will happen.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

February 26, 2015

UK singer gives a soulful performance of Lay Me Down

Sam Smith won two gongs at Wednesday (25 February) night's BRIT Awards in London, just weeks after winning four Grammys.

The UK singer picked up Best Breakthrough Act and the Global Success Award for most international sales. He was nominated in five categories.

But on the red carpet, the Stay With Me singer admitted he was looking for success in another area of his life.

'I’d like a boyfriend if I'm honest. That would be nice,' he told the BBC.

February 25, 2015

London mayor hopeful claims gay men are ‘obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right’

In an interview in this month’s edition of UK gay magazine Attitude, Ivan Massow, out gay businessman and hopeful Conservative candidate for Mayor of London said:

‘Gay males don’t realize it, but when you start to dissemble, and ask them the questions that are multiple choice, they’re Tory [Conservative]. But you were obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right.’

I have a few issues with that statement.

February 25, 2015

A demonstration is set to take place in London tonight outside Tower Hamlets Town Hall

Tonight marks a pivotal moment in the battle to save London gay bar the Joiners Arms from demolition.

The management of the bar on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, were informed last year that its lease – which came to an end on 15 January – would not be renewed. David Pollard, who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997, told GSN at the time that a development company is planning to build flats on the site.

February 25, 2015

Director, Capital Management - Finance

"When looking for a job, be aware of the company’s values and culture"

I want to preface this by saying to everyone: it does get better. The journey can be a challenge at times, but through it all you will be stronger. If you are unsure of how people will react, first tell the people who you know love you unconditionally. The people you want in your life are the people who will love you no matter what. There are lots of those people out there…keep those ones in your life.

February 25, 2015

The Head of Government Affairs for the professional business services firm, ARUP, on why he decided to set up a company LGBT network

‘You’re about to move from Westminster to the private sector, you might want to think about holding back a bit, you know...with your personal life.’

Such was the parting advice of a Government Minister with whom I had worked for a number of years, shouted loudly in my ear over the music of my leaving party.

February 25, 2015

Director Bertil Nilsson presents the sexy short True Bromance

Director Bertil Nilsson has directed True Bromance, a new short film that takes place in the streets of London.

It stars three very acrobatic male performers who through choreography and acrobatics explore the male bonding experience.

Nilsson is a photographer and filmmaker in London and made the video in collaboration with Barely Methodical Troupe.

February 24, 2015

'We shouldn’t demonize and dismiss and hate each other as that is so dangerous'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that he has 'a lot' of gay friends. 

The leader of The Church of England, Justin Welby, made the comments when asked about his views on the LGBTI community and gay marriage by a group of Muslim sixth form students during a visit to St. Alban's Academy in Highgate, Birmingham on Monday (23 February). 

February 23, 2015

The bag is being given away at a number of GSN's bespoke events

Andy Bell has personally designed an exclusive tote bag for Gay Star News – and it is a design that will feature at a number of bespoke events that Gay Star News is hosting for clients.

Following on from the success of the GSN tote bags designed by Jean Paul Gaultier last year, the design from Andy Bell is already providing to be a crowd-pleaser.

February 21, 2015

The cold never bothered me anyway...

For London Fashion Week AW15, Fashion Scout has taken over the Freemason's Hall on Great Queen Street in Covent Garden.

It's an imposing building but its grand interior makes it the perfect venue for runway shows. Fashion always requires a stage. Fashion needs to be seen.

The conditions were cold for day two of London Fashion Week AW15 and the sleet was beginning to fall as were ushered inside for the Soojin Lee presentation.