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March 2, 2015

'It's just a reminder that hate is still out there'

A 23-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly burning down a rainbow flag on fire in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cameron Mayfield, 23, stole a rainbow flag from his neighbors, set it on fire, and ran through the neighborhood, according to police.

It comes as Nebraska has lifted the ban on same-sex couples from becoming foster parents last week.

Ariann Anderson and Jess Meadows-Anderson, a married couple who live next door, said it went 'beyond vandalism or a threat' as it was a 'direct attack'.

February 21, 2015

Baton Rouge police chief issues issues memo to all officers telling them to stop enforcing the invalidated and unconstitutional law that prompted the arrests of the two men

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie has 'finally' issued a 'department-wide memo to remind officers not to arrest people using that statute,' reported The Advocate, a local Baton Rouge newspaper.

The memo came after the chief also apologized after two Louisiana men were arrested on Friday using an unconstitutional and unenforceable anti-sodomy law after they were seen having sex in a car in a park.

February 13, 2015

'Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country like Abu Dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars'

Darren Young has criticized the WWE for its three-day tour of the United Arab Emirates, where gay sex is illegal.

WWE decided not to take the openly gay wrestler to Abu Dhabi for his own safety.

'Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country [sic] like Abu Dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars,' he tweeted on Tuesday (10 February) night.

Within minutes, Young deleted the tweets, seemingly at the behest of WWE, and replaced them with the following posts:

February 11, 2015

New Orleans woman is shot multiple times and misgendered by police

Penny Proud is the fifth transgender woman of color to be murdered in the US so far this year.

Proud, 21, was shot multiples around 1.30am yesterday (10 February) at an intersection in New Orleans and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement that misgendered the victim.

LGBTI youth of color organization BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement on the recent murders when the news broke.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 2, 2015

Karma Nightclub & Cabaret burned to the ground on Saturday night and authorities are yet to determine the cause of the blaze

A popular gay nightclub in Lincoln, Nebraska was destroyed by fire on Saturday night and authorities will have to wait weeks to determine the cause because of freezing weather.

More than a dozen fire crews attended the scene of the fire at Karma Nightclub & Cabaret and had to deal with water freezing on their equipment and the ground while they fought to try to contain the huge fire – one of the largest they have had to battle in recent memory.

The fire is believed to have started on or near the club’s stage around 7.45pm on Saturday night.

February 2, 2015

On the road with the RuPaul's Drag Race alumni, from Texas to Puerto Rico

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, entertainer Alexis Mateo's big break came in 2011 as a cast member of season three of RuPaul's Drag Race. One of the final three competitors in that season, Alexis also returned to Drag Race for the All Stars season in 2012.

Now living in Florida, Alexis is constantly on the road performing across the United States and around the world. We recently caught up with the hard-working drag queen to hear her traveller's tales...

January 20, 2015

'Expect dead bodies if you continue to provocate', the politician warns

A Lithuanian politician has warned a gay group that it is 'playing with fire' and its activities could lead to a massacre similar to what happened in Paris.

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, previously of the Way of Courage political party, told the leader of gay rights group LGL to expect 'dead bodies' if they continue to 'provocate'.

He was referring to the tragic killings in France earlier this month, where 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists.

January 9, 2015

City's fire chief was sacked for writing a book equating gay sex to bestiality

Conservative radio host Erick Erickson has compared the killing of 12 French journalists for publishing cartoons of Mohammed to the sacking of Atlanta's fire chief.

Kelvin Cochran was ousted Tuesday (6 January) for distributing a self-published book that equated gay sex with bestiality.

'In light of the events, we've got to talk about the terrorism situation,' Erickson said Wednesday (7 January) to open his eponymous radio show on Atlanta-based WBS station.

'The terrorists were offended by a publication,' he said.

January 7, 2015

'Devout Christian' says he is unapologetic

Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has been ousted for self-publishing a book in which he equates homosexuality to pederasty and bestiality.

He was fired yesterday (6 January) on return to work after a 30-day suspension without pay.

Cochran distributed his faith-based book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? to his subordinates without of the city's permission.

In it, he identifies himself as a 'devout Christian man' and lists gay sex as one of several 'vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body-temple and dishonor God.'

December 26, 2014

Tweets that government must 'have courage to set policies based on science'

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is blasting The US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to lift its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men as long as they abstain from sex for at least a year.

'The FDA must commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screening & have courage to set policies based on science,' the powerful senator from Massachusetts stated via Twitter.

December 19, 2014

We're dreaming of a white – and largely Scandinavian – Christmas

Spending Christmas in your mother country is generally a given – but who wouldn't hop in Santa's sleigh for the chance to enjoy Christmas among one of these lovely landscapes? From ice-skating in Boston to dog-sledding in Sweden, we count down 7 of the most Christmassy places on earth…

December 19, 2014

'To Chileans, this is perversion'

A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that gives legal protections to gay couples.

Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouted, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'

'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'

December 9, 2014

Blossom Hill, Moët and more

Christmas is around the corner – which means Dry January is barely three weeks away! Fill your boots in the meantime with our whip round of the festive season's most fabulous beverages.

Bottoms up!

December 9, 2014

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Warsaw Sunday morning after setting fire to a rainbow arch built by Polish artist Julita Wojcik as a symbol of tolerance for the LGBTI community

Warsaw’s Tolerance Rainbow in Savior Square has been torched again in the latest arson attack on the symbol of LGBTI tolerance in the city.

A drunk 25-year-old set fire to the rainbow arch, near the Church of the Holiest Savior, around 1am on Sunday.

However police quickly intervened and put out the fire, so only a small section of the installation, which is made of artificial flowers, was damaged this time.

This incident is only the latest attempt to burn the installation since it was erected in Warsaw in 2012.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

November 19, 2014

One was just eight years old, murdered by her father after she told him she was trans

Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says.

It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger.

But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Brazil and Mexico, once again, lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

November 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

November 9, 2014

The mayor of the Ukranian capital was asked to support the fight for human rights after a man threw a smoke grenade into a theatre that was screening a LGBT film last month

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and who is described as a 'dedicated social activist' by the Eurocities2014 website, has said that he considers human rights to be a good thing but he is not going to speak up for the rights of gays and lesbians, according to a statement by UPO Gay Aliance Ukraine.

October 25, 2014

Two people were reportedly injured as masked attackers stormed the cafe, and threw rocks and bottles at party attendees

A mob attacked attendees celebrating the second anniversary of the LGBTI Support Centre at the Damar cafe in the Old Bazaar area of Skopje, the capital of the East European country, on Friday.

Media reports say some 20 to 30 people in masks and hoods entered the cafe, and threw rocks and bottles at the people inside. Two were wounded, according to an AFP report. Details of their injuries were not reported.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 20, 2014

The wave of US states with marriage equality could spread across the entirety of the country in one go

President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution.

The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.

October 16, 2014

'This horrible act has two reasons: the animalistic bestiality of an obviously sick and retarded bloodthirsty American soldier and your own society and corrupt politics'

The German fiancé of transgender murder victim Jennifer Laude has broken his silence.

ABS-CBN News published a statement from Marc Suselbeck, who said he had been engaged to Laude since December 2012 and was trying to move her to his home country.

Laude was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo, northwest of Manila.

October 5, 2014

Founder of mosque says petrol and oil were used, claims vandals are to blame for the attack

A gay-friendly mosque, which opened in South Africa's Cape Town two weeks ago amid fierce criticism from the local Muslim community, was damaged by a fire shortly after midnight on Saturday.