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April 8, 2014

'They have been throughout my career. And I really appreciate that because they really are loyal to the artists that they love'

Olivia Newton-John kicks off her Summer Nights show at the Flamingo Las Vegas today.

It's one of those concert residency engagements that such fellow pop legends as Cher, Celine Dion, Elton John, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler have done in the past at other venues.

The Aussie singer whose hits include Physical, Magic, Xanadu, Have You Never Been Mellow and I Honestly Love You expects to see plenty of her gay fans in the audience throughout her Vegas run.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 26, 2014

US Christian broadcaster Michael Brown has called for Christians to boycott World Vision after it announced it would hire gay Christian married staff - but says it would not be his fault if any children are hurt as a result

American Christian broadcaster Michael Brown has accused World Vision America of ‘apostasy’ after the charity announced it would allow Christians who are gay and married to work for it, and has called for a boycott of the charity.

March 25, 2014

Says one infielder: 'There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, "So what?"'

A new poll of Major League Baseball players shows that a strong majority of those surveyed believe their sport is ready to have an openly gay player.

ESPN Magazine has surveyed 143 players on a variety of topics including this question: Do you agree or disagree with Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player?

A solid 81% of the players said yes while just 19% said no.

March 17, 2014

'I don't think a gay golfer is going to be that big of a deal. It's not going to affect my life in any way, shape or form'

With courageous athletes like Michael Sam (NFL prospect), Jason Collins (NBA) and Robbie Rogers (MLS) coming out as gay in the past year, it seems like only a matter of time when other major leagues also have openly gay male pros.

What about golf?

So far, the Professional Golf Association has never had someone come out as gay but straight player Brandt Snedeker knows they are already among him.

March 15, 2014

LA Galaxy player resembles 'something like the lovechild of James Bond and One Direction'

Robbie Rogers is into his second season for the LA Galaxy and seems to have settled into his place as the first openly gay player in Major Soccer League history.

During his off-season, Rogers did a few magazine shoots including a rather stunning one for Flaunt Magazine.

In chatting with Rogers on the porch of his LA home, the writer confesses to finding him 'impossible to look at.'

March 13, 2014

Elevation: Mammoth sponsor Alaska Airlines is offering two round-trip tickets to some of the most popular LGBTI destinations. The 12th annual ski event is currently underway and will feature a performance by gay country singer Steve Grand

‘2,500 riders. 9 major parties. Zero attitude.’

That’s the mission statement for what has become one of the most popular gay and lesbian ski weeks in the US and beyond.

Hosted by promoter Tom Whitman, Elevation: Mammoth in California started 12 years ago and has since grown to an anticipated weekend full of killer slopes, hot bodies and hotter parties.

March 12, 2014

Openly gay YouTube sensation has raised more than $183,000 - and counting - for dream project

Steve Grand had hoped to raise $81,000 on Kickstarter in order to complete his debut album.

Instead, the YouTube sensation ended up making history.

Grand announced to his fans today that their outpouring of financial support has resulted in his upcoming album becoming one of the top 10 most funded projects in Kickstarter history.

As of today, $183,500 has been raised with 17 days of the campaign remaining.

March 7, 2014

Forest-spas, igloo hotels and hammocks in the bedroom are some of the creative features helping Austria dominate the hospitality industry with these cool accommodations

Austria (not to be confused with Australia, there are no kangaroos here) is a commonly underrated holiday destination, especially for the LGBTI traveller.

March 4, 2014

James Wharton’s demand gay saunas should be shut down sparked a social media storm today but he says his main argument – public health – has been overlooked

My argument that gay saunas should be shut down, first published by Winq magazine, has generated a massive argument today.

I find it unfathomable that people do not comprehend the danger associated with engaging in sexual activity with strangers, often under the influence of alcohol and drugs – saunas are major culprits for all three of these risk factors.

March 1, 2014

Lucien Soulban, a writer for Ubisoft, says major video game franchises don’t include gay protagonists because of ‘fears that it’ll impact sales’

Canadian video game writer Lucien Soulban has said he doesn’t expect to see gay protagonists in major game franchises ‘for a while … because of fears that it’ll impact sales’.

Soulban works for Ubisoft and made the comments on the company blog in an interview post published on Thursday (27 February).

February 28, 2014

Openly gay member of LA Galaxy who came out a year ago is first out player in Major League Soccer last year

The NBA's Jason Collins and NFL hopeful Michael Sam may be getting the attention in recent weeks but it was a year ago this month that soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out publicly as gay.

Rogers, 26, simultaneously announced his retirement from his sport but changed his mind by spring and was signed by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

He became the first openly gay player in MLS history.

February 27, 2014

Gay soldier James Wharton has withdrawn from a gay awards shortlist saying an openly gay Army major should be honored instead

A gay former soldier who chronicled his army career in best selling memoir Out In The Army has quit the shortlist of a glitzy awards ceremony.

James Wharton was hotly tipped to pick up the Diversity Champion of the Year accolade at the Out In The City Magazine Awards in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel on 25 April.

But now he has pulled out and thrown his support to British Army Major Damian Jenkins.

February 17, 2014

Founder of Tobi Hughes shares his favorite spots for enjoying this idyllic island

For a small island, Madeira has some major claims to fame.

The smallest of three islands off Portugal’s coast holds the record title for the world’s biggest fireworks show.

Madeira is also home to (arguably) the world’s most attractive football player: Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Atlantic island with a Mediterranean climate is a short hour and a half flight from Lisbon, and with a reputation for world-renowned wines and out of this world landscapes, Madeira has plenty to offer the LGBTI traveler.

February 14, 2014

The case of Avery Edison, placed in a men’s prison in Canada, and Piers Morgan’s interview with Janet Mock shows how trans people are finding their voice

Canadian immigration officials caused outrage earlier this week when they placed a woman in a men’s prison. When stated that way, their action is simply incomprehensible. Yet that is what Avery Edison is – a woman. Her British passport confirmed that fact.

February 7, 2014

Betty Moffitt's declining health forced her lesbian icon daughter to drop out of official US delegation in Sochi

Instead of being at today's opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, tennis legend Billie Jean King was at the side of her 91-year-old mother when Betty Moffitt died.

King, 70, announced earlier this week that she would not be able to fulfill her role as an official US delegate at Sochi because of her mother's declining health.

Both King and her younger brother, retired Major League Baseball pitcher Randy Moffitt, traveled to Arizona to be with their surviving parent. Their father, Bill Moffitt, died in 2006.

January 22, 2014

Group also gives prize to documentary Bridegroom while other selections including 12 Years a Slave mirror other recent awards

The lesbian-themed French film Blue is the Warmest Color may have been shutout at the Oscars but it was named Foreign Language Film of the Year and LGBT Film of the Year by the Gay and Lesbian Critics Association (GALECA).

GALECA unveiled the winners of its 2013 Dorian Awards on Tuesday (21 January). The group is comprised of over 80 professional entertainment journalists across the US and Europe, including Gay Star News, who write or report for media outlets easily accessible in America.

January 22, 2014

'Burger' was awarded a major accolade for its depiction of LGBTI characters in a Cardiff burger bar

A gay short film has won a major award at Sundance Film Festvial.

'Burger, directed by Magnus Mork, won the Special Jury Award for Direction and Ensemble Acting for its depiction of gay visitors to a late-night burger bar in Cardiff, UK.

The short drama was praised by the jury ‘for its uncanny observation of complex social dynamics and succeeding when it could have gone so wrong.’

The director was present at the ceremony in Parks City, Utah on 21 January to receive the accolade.

January 13, 2014

With temperatures warmer than New York (thanks polar vortex), conditions ideal for Northern Lights and the fact you can swim outside everyday, rain or shine, Iceland is the place to go during the winter

Winter in Iceland means magical snowfalls and crisp breezes, but the season is also ideal for appreciating the country’s iconic waterfalls, geysers, hot springs to the fullest.

The rugged and novel geography make Iceland one of the most unique destinations to travel to, offering a beautifully serene respite in nature other tourist hot spots wish they could achieve.

January 13, 2014

The state of Tasmania will follow Victoria in becoming the second Australian state to wipe records of convictions for consensual adult gay sex from before its decriminalization

All of Australia’s major political parties have united behind a proposal to expunge the criminal records of men convicted of adult consensual gay sex prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state of Tasmania and an apology for the state's former anti-gay laws.

Liberal leader, Will Hodgman, who polls show is likely to be state premier after the upcoming state election told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier today he supports the proposal in principle.

December 26, 2013

These nine companies launched and operated by LGBTI individuals are brands we think should be on your radar if they aren't already

We’re all for taking action against anti-gay brands, but in 2014 let’s put some power into the positive and spend our money with some gay-owned businesses.

These nine companies represent some of the world’s trendiest brands, loved not just by the LGBTI family but adored as well by mainstream media and customers.

Some, like Nasty Pig in New York, have teamed up with celebrities like Scissor Sister’s Jake Shears to raise money for the Ali Forney Project, a New York-based LGBTI homeless charity.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 19, 2013

These Preferred Hotel Group stays are more than hotels… they are homes away from home and represent the top in gay-friendly luxury

For some LGBTI people, checking into a hotel with their partner could be considered a luxury.

The most scandal one should face when arriving to a hotel is learning a 1800’s pyramid scheme helped pay for the room you are booking.

While LGBTI travellers may expect the money they are spending on accommodation will also include fair and appropriate treatment, the sad truth is not all hotels and staff are trained to ensure a flawless experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests from check-in to check-out.

December 19, 2013

Israel’s first elected gay Member of the Knesset, Nitzan Horowitz, has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using Iran’s persecution of homosexuals to attack it on the world stage while doing nothing to advance gay rights at home

Merertz party Member of the Knesset (MK) Nitan Horowitz has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using gay rights to attack Iran but says there has been no progress on LGBTI rights under his leadership.

‘In almost every major speech he’s given overseas in the last few years, he has used the LGTB community in Israel as a means to attack Iran,’ Horowitz, Israel’s first openly gay lawmaker, said yesterday according to Haaretz.