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May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why those who condemn PrEP medication need to appreciate the valuable role it can play in preventing HIV infections

How do you feel about the sex that you have? Is it all good fun, or is it something that, deep down, you still feel bad about?

Is the sex that we enjoy something to be celebrated or something to be ashamed of? And how do you feel about the sex that other gay men have?

It may seem odd to even ask these questions but really, there’s nothing more central to improving sexual health than to consider how we, as gay men, feel about the sex that we’re having.

May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

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When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 8, 2015

It's the second biggest city on the shores of Lake Geneva. It's also a foodie wonderland of exquisite alpine beauty. What's more, Lausanne boasts a thriving gay scene – complete with its own 'Pink Beach'. What's not to love?

I love cheese. No, I’m not talking about a night out at G-A-Y. I’m on about a bit of brie. Or maybe a chunk of cheddar. I’ve also always wanted to try a fondue. Hot melted Swiss cheese, laced with kirsh and wine, making for a tempting drippy treat.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 7, 2015

25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn't stay in Vegas...

The decision to go to Dinah Vegas 2015 with my girlfriend days after she turned 30 was, like all the best Vegas decisions, a last-minute one.

We weren't planning on going, but a few days before the hedonism began I decided we should make a dash for it – scoring major girlfriend points in the process.

May 5, 2015

The submission survey for this year’s Workplace Pride Global Benchmark – which evaluates organization’s on their gay-friendly credentials – is now available to complete online

Workplace Pride, a non-profit LGBTI workplace advocacy group based in Amsterdam, has now opened up submissions for its 2015 Global Benchmark.

The organization was formed in 2012. Its broadest aim is to ensure that ‘lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) are fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.’

Its 43 members employ more than two million people worldwide.

April 29, 2015

Character will be mentor to trans fashion model Maya Avant

Trans actor Scott Turner Schofield has joined the cast of the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

Schofield will makes his first appearance on the show on 8 May and will make television history as the first transgender actor will play major, recurring role on a daytime drama.

The role will mark the television debut of Schofield who has extensive theater credits.

April 24, 2015

Gender-fluid deities, gay sex in temples and much more

Think all religion is anti-LGBTI? Think again.

While many know the arguments for and against equality from Christians, Muslims and Jews, have you considered the world’s other major religions?

In my last article for Gay Star News I was struck by the number of readers who commented that religion was our enemy.

If you think that, much of what follows will surprise you.

Hinduism

Hindu views of LGBTI issues are diverse and different Hindu groups have distinct views.

April 23, 2015

Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and white evangelicals are the least supportive

Buddhists and Jews are two the major religious groups most supportive of gay marriage, according to a recent survey.

Some 84% of Buddhists and 77% of Jews support gay marriage, as well as 77% of the religiously unaffiliated and 75% of Americans who selected 'other religion' also support gay marriage.

The findings from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans.

April 16, 2015

Mickey Rourke will star in the film now called Irish Thunder

A biopic about the life of Gareth Thomas, the top Welsh rugby player who came out as gay, has been in the pipeline for years.

And it appears it is finally happening, but with a few major changes.

First, the lead character played by Mickey Rourke will now be called Mick 'The Blade' Collins. Second, he'll be Irish and not Welsh. Because of this, the film is now called Irish Thunder.

It is unknown why Rourke, who is of Irish descent, chose to move the film's location but some have their theories.

April 15, 2015

One of the hottest UK comics chats to Gay Star News ahead of her run at the Soho Theatre, London

Catriona Knox is one of the most hilarious LGBTI comics working in the UK today.

She's battled the streets of Edinburgh for the fringe festival for years, leading to a sell-out, critically acclaimed run of her show Thinks She's Hard Enough in August 2014.

A character comedian, she is the star of BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and Mission Improbable among others, and is now bringing the show back for a short run in London.

GSN: Tell me about your shows at the Soho Theatre.

April 15, 2015

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report

LGBTI characters in film are as male and white as ever, according to a new report from GLAAD.

The annual Studio Responsibility Index, which surveys the seven major studios, has found a very small improvement on last year.

20 of the 114 movies (17.5%) had characters who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, up from 2013 when that percentage was 16.7%.

None of these films included a transgender character.

But while it is still technically an improvement, GLAAD said this means a larger breadth of LGBTI stories are still not being told.

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 5, 2015

The state governments of Washington, Connecticut and New York banned state-funded travel to Indiana to boycott the passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill but they have now lifted the sanction after Governor Mike Pence relented

State government employees from New York State, Washington and Connecticut can once again travel to the state of Indiana after it relented over its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill which would have allowed people of faith to discriminate against pretty much anyone they wanted to.

The travel ban included all state agency employees as well as public colleges and universities so the ban covered state sponsored trips by students and teachers as well.

April 3, 2015

Experience first hand why this harbor in northern Norway was a strategic World War II battleground.

The recent history of World War II can sometimes take you by surprise.

I had come to Narvik as part of my exploration of the north of Norway, experiencing a Nordic winter, chasing the northern lights.

I was staying at the Scandic Hotel, and across from the hotel was Narvik’s World War II museum.

While I’m not a huge military history buff, I like exploring museums so it was a bit of a no-brainer to check it out.

March 29, 2015

After signing the act into law, Governor Mike Pence says he is now seeking clarification that the new law does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians

Thousands in Saturday marched in the state capital of Indianapolis while several hundred others rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse as a campaign by major businesses to boycott the state over its anti-gay religious freedom gains traction.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 25, 2015

Link will help promote travel between Brazil and the US

Delta Air Lines has signed a partnership deal with the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS), it has been announced.

The link between the Atlanta-based airline and Brazil's largest LGBTI group aims to promote travel opportunities between Brazil and the US.

Delta's Brazilian director Luciano Macagno commented: 'Delta recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and is committed to seeking out and building mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT community.'

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 11, 2015

A workplace LGBT advocacy and networking group based in the Netherlands

A non-profit LGBTI workplace advocacy group based in Amsterdam, Workplace Pride’s vision is to ensure that ‘lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) are fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society, leading the way for others.’

Workplace Pride was formed in 2012, as an evolution and re-branding of the Company Pride Platform (formed in 2008).

It works to stimulate the formation of LGBT employee networks, connect and empower those networks, and increase awareness of issues facing LGBT employees.

March 4, 2015

Second baseman Daniel Murphy makes comment after former gay pro Billy Bean spends day with the team

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy says he 'disagrees 100 percent' with the gay 'lifestyle.'

He shared the opinion this week after a visit to training camp by Billy Bean, a former major league pro who came out as gay after his retirement. Bean is now Major League Baseball's Ambassador for Inclusion.

'I disagree with his lifestyle,' Murphy said when asked about Bean's visit. 'I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.

March 2, 2015

 Lake Wörthersee goes gay for the 8th edition of the festival

Austria's Pink Lake International LGBT Festival will take place at the gorgeous Lake Wörthersee in Velden this September, from 3-6.

The 8th edition of the four-day party goes against the grain of other gay events commonly held in blockbuster cities, with its beautiful, intimate, unspoiled location.