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October 16, 2014

Sashay, this way: A gay-owned London pizza restaurant will be experimenting with drag servers this weekend

Opened earlier this year, GB Pizza in London’s Exmouth Market is one of the UK capital’s funkiest new pizza restaurants.

October 15, 2014

London’s family-friendly disco, Big Fish Little Fish, is hosting a special Halloween bash this weekend, with support from Out With The Family, and cult DJ duo, the Readers Wifes

Big Fish Little Fish is one of London’s most unique club events.

Describing itself as a ‘creative and exciting music and dance party for the post-rave generation of parents and kids’, it aims to offer all the fun of a mini-festival in the space of one afternoon. Hence the team’s tagline: ‘2-4 Hour Party People’!

All its events are aimed at both parents and their young kids to enjoy (or grandparents/uncles/aunts/carers).

October 12, 2014

A campaigner for ‘psychic awareness’ has released video footage in which the husband and manager of British TV psychic Sally Morgan makes homophobic comments and threats of violence to him outside one of her shows

A well-known TV psychic has found herself at the center of another controversy this week.

Sally Morgan has had shows on ITV2 and Sky Living, and tours the UK extensively with her work as a psychic medium, usually accompanied by her husband and manager, John.

Now, footage has emerged of John Morgan making homophobic comments at a man, Mark Tilbrook, who was standing outside one of her shows and distributing leaflets questioning her psychic abilities.

October 11, 2014

The chat show star recounts his love affair with alcohol and remembers attending AA meetings with Carrie Fisher

British TV chat show host Graham Norton has spoken candidly about his love of alcohol in his soon-to-be-published memoir, The Lives and Loves of a He Devil.

The book, which is published on 23 October, explores Norton’s notion that it is the things we love that make us who we are; and one of the things Norton clearly enjoys his liquor.

October 11, 2014

We are seeking a talented and efficient PA and office manager to assist our directors and improve office efficiency in London

The directors of Gay Star News are seeking an office manager/ PA in London to further improve the efficient management of the company.

We can promise a fun, creative workplace where our team is valued as our most important asset.

GSN is a small but rapidly growing company. As we move into our fourth year and continue our expansion, this job is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference to their career and our brands.

October 9, 2014

Google, Sky, BP and BBC are among the exhibitors looking to hire LGBTI employees at a job fair in London

Google, the BBC and the Royal Air Force are among the employers looking to hire LGBTI jobseekers at a careers show next week.

Candidates hoping to be hired by a pro-gay employer can head to the Diversity Careers Show in London.

Aimed at graduates and the experienced, other world-leading companies such as Dell, Tesco, Virgin Media, Sky, the Telegraph Group are among the exhibitors looking to give advice and information to the expected 3,000 attendees.

October 9, 2014

British gay diver revealed he will not be making any political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when he travels there next year

Tom Daley believes any footballer would be surprised by the amount of support they would receive if they chose to come out.

The 20-year-old Olympic diver, who came out last December on YouTube, has said he believes soccer will be more accepting than people realise.

There are only two professional gay soccer players in the entire world. Anton Hysén, who is playing for Myrtle Beach FC, a fourth-tier level US team, and Robbie Rogers, who plays for major US club LA Galaxy.

October 8, 2014

Two filmmakers have drawn together a group of gay men in the UK to talk about their lives and help create an online archive

20MALEGAY is a new YouTube video project that explores what life is like today for 20-year-old gay men living in London.

The series has been created by director Blake Pruitt, who hails originally from Baltimore but moved to New York to study at NYU.

He is currently in London for three months, and 20MALEGAY took its inspiration from a documentary short he shot in NYC in 2012: 20MALEGAYNYC.

October 6, 2014

'Disgusted,' one student says. 'Can't believe I study with such sexist, homophobic, snobs'

Students are outraged after a London university men's rugby team gave out leaflets that say they ban 'outright homosexual debauchery'.

Scans of the London School of Economics (LSE) rugby team's pamphlets have been going viral on social media since they were handed out at the freshers' fair on 3 October.

Initiations, according to the leaflets, would not tolerate 'Poly activities that involve feces, genitalia and outright homosexual debauchery'.

October 6, 2014

Palace police believe the rise of dating apps could cause a security breach

Buckingham Palace police are cracking down on apps like Grindr, saying it could comprimise the security of Queen Elizabeth II.

They say the number of unexpected guests staying overnight at St James's Palace and the Royal Mews has got out of control, many of them appearing to online hookups.

Security are now believed to have had words with many of the Queen's 800+ staff, which include butlers, bodyguards and kitchen staff, about using the apps.

October 4, 2014

'I am over the moon and completely shocked'

Fans of romance and Star Trek better get out the handkerchiefs.

Jonathan Lilley and partner Tom Jenkins made a visit to a reproduction version of the Enterprise bridge London’s ExCel Centre.

October 3, 2014

London 2012 Olympian Greg Rutherford has spoken openly in support for his friend

A gay couple say they were turned away from a London property because they are not a 'regular couple'.

George Poole, 26, and boyfriend Matthew Greenaway were outraged after they received a homophobic text when they enquired about a house share in Clapham, south London.

'Hi guys, sorry but we are looking for a regular couple,' the text said. 'Thanks for understanding.'

Poole, in response, said: 'FYI we are a regular couple. Homosexuality is not irregular! Thanks for being ignorant.'

October 3, 2014

April Ashley MBE, one of the UK’s first openly transgender people, wins Lifetime Achievement honor

Evan Davis, the openly gay presenter of the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, Newsnight, has been named Journalist of the Year at the European Diversity Awards.

Davis picked up his award at the ceremony in the Natural History Museum, London, tonight (2 October). He shared the honor with Paralympian turned broadcaster Ade Adepitan.

There was special recognition for April Ashley, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.

September 30, 2014

UKIP is one of the only mainstream parties in the UK to be opposed to same-sex marriage

The former deputy mayor of London has defected to UKIP.

Richard Barnes, the gay former right-hand man of London Mayor Boris Johnson, announced he was renouncing his Conservative membership to join the Eurosceptic party headed by Nigel Farage.

He has claimed he has made this choice as the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems do not 'speak the language of normal people'.

In the past year alone, UKIP politicians have been revealed to have believed the following:

September 29, 2014

West End run also expected for Britain’s favorite gay play, telling the story of teens Jamie and Ste finding love on a London council estate

Britain’s favorite gay play, Beautiful Thing, will return in 2015 for an 18-week UK tour.

The urban love story of two London teens realizing their sexuality has won millions of hearts since it was written by Jonathan Harvey in the early 1990s and was turned into a film in 1996.

The comedy-drama remains relevant as ever as a story of first love and coming out as a gay teenager.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

September 29, 2014

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of the UK’s Educate & Celebrate organization, says that the decision whether the come out or not remains a pressing concern for LGBT teachers today

Despite Section 28 being repealed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, being ‘out’ is still an issue for many teachers today. A recent trainee of mine enthusiastically began to make their school LGBT-friendly only to be told by a senior leader that they couldn’t… because of Section 28!

That notorious piece of legislation, which barred local authorities from ‘promoting’ LGBT issues, was repealed in 2003. We had to wait a further seven years for the Equality Act in 2010, which ensured LGBT be treated ‘equally and fairly’.

September 25, 2014

Jane Fae takes on web filters, calling out the UK government for using a filtering system that does not comply with UK equality law

Pride, the film of how lesbian and gay activists gave support to the striking miners in 1984/5, may be a hit at the box office.

It is not quite such a hit with Hertfordshire Council, a county north of London, whose public Wi-Fi filters have deemed a Wikipedia page detailing the history of this campaign is 'adult content' and as such in breach of their conditions of use.

September 24, 2014

The London-based P3 is for LGBTI parents – and the heterosexual parents of LGBTI children – who work in the professional services

Tomorrow (25 September) will see the launch of a new LGBTI parenting network in London.

P3 aims to provide support to LGBT parents, and parents of LGBT children, who work in the professional services industry. The name, P3, comes from the three Ps that embody the group's unifying factors: Proud, Professional, Parents.

September 22, 2014

Authorities say fake gay couples are harder to detect

Gangs in the UK are selling sham gay marriages to illegal immigrants as fake same-sex couples are more difficult to detect.

One such gang organizes sham gay marriages for £10,000 ($16,326).

The gang's leaders, Peter and Ricardo, told an undercover BBC reporter that it was easy to 'fix' weddings and they had done so 'lots of times.'

They offered the female reporter two Romanian brides, both of whom said they were not lesbians but were willing to go through with a fake gay marriage for money.

September 19, 2014

Nearly 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the deal with the country's national airline to be dropped

The Australian Football League (AFL) has ended sponsorship from Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) due to the country's stone the gays law.

AFL Europe, the sport's governing body on the continent, touted the 12-month deal with the state-owned airline as its 'biggest ever sponsorship' when it was announced in July.

Under its first major sports sponsorship deal, RBA flew players between Melbourne and London while the AFL promoted the airline in Australia and 22 European countries.

September 19, 2014

A former GSN intern sends us some postcards from her autumn getaway

A year ago Anisa Easterbrook, while interning for Gay Star News, sent us a postcard from her trip to Malaysia.

Now an independent reporter, on London’s lesbian scene and more, she sends us some more postcards, from an enviable trip on Egypt’s coast.

'I have traveled around the world, but I've found Egypt knows how to take luxury to a new level.

September 18, 2014

Ben Whishaw will be starring in London Spy, penned by acclaimed gay writer Thomas Rob Smith

Gay actor Ben Whishaw knows one or two things about spies, having starred in James Bond film Skyfall.

But instead of playing around with gadgets as Q, he will lead the cast of BBC Two's new drama series London Spy.

And instead of playing a ladykiller, he will be playing a gay character that gets caught up in the world of espionage.

The five-part thriller, which comes from acclaimed gay author Tom Rob Smith, begins filming next month in London.

Whishaw will play Danny, a romantic, who falls for the antisocial Alex after a chance encounter.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.