LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about London

January 27, 2015

He'll be joined by Cucumber star Beth Black at queer student event

Newspaper columnist Owen Jones, Cucumber star Beth Black have been announced as speakers at this year's National Student Pride.

They will be joined by the BBC's Evan Davis, presenter of Newsnight and Dragons' Den.

The popular events returns for its 10th anniversary from 27 February to 1 March, with activities centered around the University of Westminister's Marylebone campus, as well as club nights at London's Heaven nightclub.

The event will also feature a careers fair, attended by the like of Google, the Royal Navy and Barclays.

January 27, 2015

The man opened up about his life on an online forum ahead of proposed legislative changes in Ireland around gay adoption and the country's planned marriage equality referendum

Ahead of the same-sex marriage referendum planned to take place in Ireland in early May, LGBT issues are being widely discussed in this traditionally Roman Catholic country.

Last week, the Irish government also announced that it was pushing ahead with legislative changes to allow gay couples to adopt.

January 26, 2015

80-year-old ballet dancer and LGBTI and indigenous rights activist Noel Tovey received the Australian equivalent of a knighthood at yesterday’s Australia Day honors for his contribution to the community and the arts

One of Australia’s most prominent indigenous gay performing artists was honored this weekend by being named a Member of the Order of Australia – the Australian equivalent of receiving a knighthood.

Noel Tovey, 80, was a leading figure in the campaign to have historical convictions for homosexual acts expunged from people’s permanent records in the state of Victoria, having himself been convicted and jailed for consensual gay sex aged 17, and has contributed to the arts in Australia and abroad over 6 decades.

January 26, 2015

It's going to get gaymazing

Kylie Minogue is among the music legends set to perform in London's Hyde Park this summer.

Performing at the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time 2015 event, the singer will be supported by Grace Jones and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers on 21 June.

'I'm so excited to perform at Hyde Park this summer,' Minogue said. 'I have great memories of playing shows there and am looking forward to doing it all again!

'Given the amazing artists performing and that it will be the longest day of the year, I can't wait!'

January 26, 2015

Writer/Director Ira Sachs tells a delicate love story with a stellar cast

'Delicate' was a word that seemed to be frequently used by the distributor's representative as he introduced the screening of Love Is Strange at the Odeon cinema in London's Covent Garden.

Delicate is exactly what this movie is - from the subtle, nuanced performances, to the slowly revealed, if sometimes obtuse, storyline.

January 25, 2015

The actor, along with theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and designer Paul Smith, has put his name to an open letter saying that Soho is being changed beyond recognition because of London’s rising real estate prices

Stephen Fry is among those who have signed an open letter to the British Government imploring them to save Soho – the historic district in the heart of London’s West End.

Soho has undergone increasing changes in recent years, chiefly fuelled by the escalating cost of London property prices.

January 24, 2015

But openly gay Bop Bop Baby singer hasn’t given up on music completely

Mark Feehily, the openly gay member of Irish mega-selling boyband Westlife, has embarked on a second career as the owner of a catering van business.

The handsome star now travels around festivals serving hot food and drinks with his new venture, and by the sounds of things, he couldn’t be happier, saying: ‘It’s my business and I love it, anything I get involved in I get involved in 110%.’

January 23, 2015

Planning permission is being sought by the company that own the building that houses The Yard to build a roof over the venue's historic courtyard

Long-running London gay bar, The Yard, in the heart of Soho, is fighting redevelopment plans.

News of the site’s potential redevelopment follows recent announcements about the closure of The Green Carnation on Frith Street and the closure of famed cabaret club, Madame Jo Jo’s on Brewer Street.

The Yard is independently run and managed, but the building’s freehold owners are in talk with developers to build a new basement and roof over the historic courtyard.

January 23, 2015

Planning permission is being sought by the company that own the building that houses The Yard to build a roof over the venue's historic courtyard

Long-running London gay bar, The Yard, in the heart of Soho, is fighting redevelopment plans.

News of the site’s potential redevelopment follows recent announcements about the closure of The Green Carnation on Frith Street and the closure of famed cabaret club, Madame Jo Jo’s on Brewer Street.

The Yard is independently run and managed, but the building’s freehold owners are in talk with developers to build a new basement and roof over the historic courtyard.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.

January 21, 2015

Promoting new Russell T Davies shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu

London will host the world's first ever 'night rainbow' to celebrate a new gay drama tonight (21 January).

A 30-metre long rainbow will be projected onto the spray of the Trafalgar Square to promote the release of Russell T Davies' new gay shows Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. 

Commissioned by greyworld, it will shine from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Cucumber, Banana & Tofu launch on 22 January on 9pm on Channel 4, 10pm on E4, and 10.30pm on 4oD respectively.

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

January 20, 2015

Gratuitous nudity sent temperatures soaring at GSN's one-stop travel shop

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop travel shop featured indoor beaches, hot tubs and star performances. Not to mention male models in nothing but their underwear, who performed two fashion shows hosted by the acerbic La Voix...

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

January 19, 2015

Head of UK banking says professionals have a 'personal duty to come out' 

The chief executive of HSBC UK has said that being gay helped him climb the career ladder at the world's second largest bank.

António Simões took the helm of the bank's UK division in 2012 and last week he topped the Out at Work list of the most influential LGBTI people in business.

Praising the City's tolerance, he joked that being gay was less likely to have held him back than being a '39-year-old, short, bald, Portuguese.'

January 19, 2015

Queer travel event featured packed political debates and killer performances from La Voix and London Gay Big Band

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop-travel-shop proved a huge success, with LGBTI travellers filling the venue throughout the day.

The event featured two packed afternoon debates, the first featuring political figures Lord Cashman, Baroness Barker and Crispin Blunt.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 16, 2015

Doctor Who and Queer As Folk writer returns with new gay drama trio

TV writer Russell T Davies has said of Cucumber Banana Tofu, his new gay drama trio for Channel 4: 'I wanted to look at sex without being sexy.'

January 16, 2015

Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative politicians will face off on the issue of Britain's role in global gay rights on Saturday

The UK will have its first big political debate of 2015 at the Gay Star Travel Expo tomorrow (17 January), just a few months before May's General Election.

Labour's Lord Cashman, Liberal Democrat's Baroness Barker and Conservative's Crispin Blunt MP will face off on the topic of Britain's role in global LGBTI rights.

The politicians will also be there at Heaven in Charing Cross, central London, at 12pm to answer questions from the public.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

------------------------------

Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 15, 2015

  One-stop travel shop returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and these are just some of the experts, organisations and friends of Gay Star News who will be on hand to make the event a day to remember...

Atlantic Pride – the gay cruise line specialists will be offering GSN readers a special discount on their 2016 cruise from the Caribbean to the Canaries.

January 15, 2015

A 24-year-old woman fighting for gay rights in a place where it is illegal to be gay will receive the award

Queen Elizabeth II is to give an award to a young gay woman for her activism work.

Donnya Piggott, a 24-year-old from Barbados, was chosen among hundreds as one of the 60 inspiring people inducted into inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Programme.

The founder of Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (BGLAD)  will fly to London in June where she will be given a medal by the monarch of the Commonwealth.

January 15, 2015

Cotswolds-style farmhouse meets French-style chateau in South West England stopover

Author Sinclair Lewis famously once described winter as less of a season and more of an ‘occupation’. Unfortunately that occupation – at least in January once the warm glow of Christmas has faded – often involves nothing more than willing longer, warmer days to arrive as quickly as possible. An ideal time, then, for a warming post-Christmas retreat – and the Old Manor Hotel in Wiltshire was the perfect place to escape.