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March 31, 2014

Five men reportedly raped a 20-year-old gay man in an abandoned house before setting the bed and the room on fire

South Africa police are investigating an anti-gay rape and arson case.

A 20-year-old from Schmidtsdrift, in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, was reportedly gang-raped in an empty housing development in Lerato Park. According to IOL News, the attackers then sit fire to the bed where they allegedly raped the young man.

March 28, 2014

A 21-year-old was tied up with wire, beaten, tortured and left for dead in Western Cape

A young gay man was tortured, beaten, set on fire in South Africa as teens watched on, it was reported this week.

David Olyn, 21, from Ceres was killed over the weekend in front of six people who did nothing.

On Saturday evening (22 March), the youths aged 14 to 18 were invited by a man to watch how he was ‘going to kill a moffie [a gay slang term, similar to fag]’.

They arrived near a dam where they saw the victim was already covered in blood and tied up with wire.

March 26, 2014

Transphobic health workers mock their patients and even put their lives at risk through their negligence, report says

Transphobia is so endemic in India’s heathcare system that one train accident victim died because officials couldn’t decide whether to admit them to a male or female ward.

That’s just one story from a new report examining the corrosive mix of ignorance and transphobic attitudes leaving India’s trans population unsupported and at risk of developing serious illness.

It impacts not just the trans community but also – because disease is not limited by gender – on the wider non-trans community.

March 19, 2014

A 29-year-old is alleged to have strangled his 24-year-old wife before putting her into an incinerator

A gay British Indian bank worker who wanted to hide his sexuality strangled his wife, a court has heard.

Jasvir Ram Ginday, 29, is alleged to have strangled Varkha Rani, 24, at their home with a metal pipe from a vacuum cleaner.

He burnt her body in a garden incinerator but told a neighbor he had set fire to ‘general rubbish’, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

March 12, 2014

'The hate-mongers in America who have been repudiated here have found a place where they can bring their message'

Barney Frank, the first openly gay man to serve in the US House of Representatives, is blasting anti-gay Americans for spreading their message in Uganda.

'These people have been repudiated in America, they’re very unhappy,' Frank said in a radio interview this week.

'The American people have moved and are moving, every day toward the position that, if two people want to show attention to each other, two adults, that’s their business.'

March 1, 2014

This year saw one of the largest Sydney Mardi Gras parades ever, with massive crowds turning out to watch the event despite the threat of rain

This years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was one of the largest ever – with so many marching this year that over a thousand people who wanted to were told by organizers that they couldn’t to try to keep the event under its 4 hour allotted length.

The parade began in its traditional way with Sydney’s Dykes on Bikes roaring up the parade route, followed by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a First Australians group of indigenous Australians.

February 24, 2014

Have you met the GlamCocks? Australian bombshell Courtney Act introduces us to the gay family that takes on Burning Man every year

Not that I needed much convincing, but after hearing Courtney Act describe what goes on at Burning Man, I ache to go.

Maybe it was the Australian accent (which I love).

Maybe it was the GlamCocks, the group of gay men who travel from all corners of the globe for the annual event in Nevada (whom I could totally see myself joining, code name pending).

Maybe it was the ‘the rules are there are no rules, except for the Golden Rule’ credo of Burning Man, ‘an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance’.

February 11, 2014

Married to a man, she adds:  ‘Nope I didn’t just come out – you just late to the party. But I have drinks for all y’all'

Monica Raymund, one of the stars of the NBC drama Chicago Fire, tweeted about a Norwegian artist’s protest against Russia’s anti-LGBT policies the other day.

But it is her follow-up tweet that is getting all the attention.

'So proud to be Bi and excited about this movement during Olympics,' she wrote.

When asked by a followers if this was her public coming out the actress replied: ‘Nope I didn’t just come out – you just late to the party. But I have drinks for all y’all.'

February 4, 2014

Have you ever wanted to ditch your current life and start somewhere new? Say hello to the two gay men who left their city lives to set up award-winning hotels in their dream destinations of Italy and Spain

We all have that vacation spot.

The one we left and said to ourselves: ‘I could leave everything and move here tomorrow.’

Further Afield, the company that handpicks gay-owned places to stay, meets people everyday who have done just that: Left their cities and jobs to live in their very own paradise.

The move is never easy, and it does not happen overnight, but after much work and dedication these individuals set up their own hotels.

February 2, 2014

On New Year's Eve, staff discovered a carpeted stairwell in Neighbours nightclub doused with gasoline and set ablaze

A suspect has been arrested for the New Year's Even arson attack of Neighbours nightclub, one of Seattle's most popular gay bars.

Musab Masmari was on his way to the airport when police took him into custody.

According to King, the suspect was interviewed by detectives then booked for investigation of arson. The bar released a surveillance video that police claim shows the suspect entering the club.

February 1, 2014

'A Sochi is a hole at the bottom of a boy'

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be inviting Potpourri of Pearls to headline a Moscow concert. The pop group has released a new song called Sochi and it's cheekily delightful.

The tune gives a new definition to the Winter Olympic city. Sochi now is either a verb or a noun, meaning 'a delightful anus' or 'to do butt sex' (according to the group's website).

January 22, 2014

Gays told singer they received threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up

Russian President Vladimir Putin described openly gay singer Elton John as 'an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician.'

Putin, interviewed by a small group of journalists over the weekend also said of the pop icon: 'Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation.'

John, who performed concerts in Russia last month, has responded to Putin's remarks with a blistering indictment of the controversial anti-gay laws the leader has championed.

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

Corey Johnson wants firefighters to be able to communicate with and advise residents of high rise buildings

Daniel McClung lost his life in a smoke-filled emergency stairwell during a fire in his apartment building on 5 January.

His husband of less than a year, Michael Todd Cohen, was hospitalized in critical condition from smoke inhalation and is still recovering. He was found in the same stairwell as were the couples two dogs who also died.

January 9, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin accuses Governor Gary Herbert of 'planting himself firmly on the side of discrimination'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is accusing Utah Governor Gary Herbert of discrimination for declaring that same-sex couples in the state are not legally married.

'Governor Herbert has once again planted himself firmly on the side of discrimination by preserving the second-class status he believes gay and lesbian Utahans merit,' Griffin said in a strongly-worded statement.

January 8, 2014

Michael Todd Cohen, whose husband died trying to escape blaze, remains hospitalized

The family of surviving New York City fire victim Michael Todd Cohen issued a statement of gratitude late Tuesday (7 January) during what they describe as an 'impossibly difficult time.'

Cohen, a television producer, remains hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Burn Center.

A high-rise fire on Sunday killed Cohen's husband of less than a year, playwright Daniel McClung.

January 7, 2014

More than $20,000 raised in less than 24 hours for Michael Todd Cohen

In less than 24 hours, more than $20,000 has been raised for Michael Todd Cohen who is hospitalized after surviving a Manhattan high-rise fire that killed his new husband.

'What's really been amazing is the amount of support,' Jenni Powell, the friend of Cohen's who launched the campaign, tells Gay Star News.

'People are saying, "Thank you for giving me a way to help."'

January 7, 2014

Daniel McClung, a 27-year-old playwright, was trying to escape flames by taking smoke-filled stairwell

A fire in their high-rise apartment building in New York City caused a young gay couple to flee for their lives down a smoke-filled stairwell on Sunday.

One died while trying to escape and the other is in the hospital recovering from smoke inhalation.

Daniel McClung, 27, died in the hospital after being found in the stairwell with his husband, 32-year-old Michael Cohen.

December 21, 2013

Pastor Kuo Mei-jiang claims homosexuality can be transferred and God has given her dozens of diamonds

An anti-gay pastor in Taiwan has become the most ridiculed public face there for her exaggerated views on homosexuality and bizarre experiences

December 7, 2013

18-year-old gay Peruvian Joel Molero Sanchez was murdered and his body dismembered and burned but his killer claims it was an act of self defense

A gay Peruvian teen was murdered and his body dismembered and burned in the Amazonian city of Chachapoyas in late November, but his killer claims this was an act of self defense and his accomplices are still on the run.

Jorge Luis Sanchez Davila met 18-year-old Joel Molero Sanchez at a nightclub in late November and a security camera captured them leaving together around 3am.

Sanchez’ body was later found dismembered and burned and with what police believe are signs of torture but Davila is claiming he killed Sanchez in an act of self defense.

November 29, 2013

Clark Turner continues his guided tour through the Balkans, finding a mix of natural beauty and a growing gay rights movement in the aftermath of war

Monday morning and we are back on the road. We head deep into the mountains. The area is breathtaking.

Peaks reach for the sky, while valleys plummet to oblivion, cradling local villages. The autumnal forest is a patchwork, in full glory with leaves from seasonal golden yellows to rich reds.

We arrive outside the town Konjic and are reaquainted with the Neretva River for a spot of white water rafting. We’re all eager to get going but are treated first to a traditional breakfast of breads, eggs and ajvar, a delicious homemade smoked garlic and red pepper spread.

November 20, 2013

For Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the horrific tragedies that led to the deaths of trans victims worldwide

When you hear that 238 trans people have been killed this year, including 11 children, it’s a horrific number.

But it’s more than a number. It is 238 people just like you who have lost their lives to intolerance, to hatred, and to fear.

When we sit and remember these victims on Transgender Day of Remembrance today (20 November), we must remember these people had hopes and dreams.

And most importantly, they had futures.

Below is a list of the men and women identified by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project.

November 19, 2013

The milky white sands and clear waters of Koh Lipe's beaches give way to a sunken ship now covered in marine plantlife and supporting new ecosystems

Just over 20 years ago, Thailand had the world's fastest-growing economy.

Now, the country remains one of Asia's biggest tourism destinations. Over 16 million annual visitors come to try the flavorful cuisine and see the influences of Buddhism in the natives' daily life.

In spite of its reputation as a metropolitan melting pot, Thailand's unsung heroes (the further-to-reach destinations) are equally if not more impressive as holiday getaways.

November 8, 2013

'It allows people to abuse and hurt and vilify the LGBT community under the guise of some propaganda law that's just ridiculous'

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, one of the most high-profile gay newsmen in the US, had some blunt criticism for Russia and its anti-gay propaganda law.

'The Russian laws obviously are a dark time and a dark chapter in LGBT history here,' says Roberts who is in Moscow this week to co-host the Miss Universe pageant for NBC.