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April 1, 2015

Paul Cons made his name as brand manager of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club, but is now the CEO of '21st century cake shop' Konditor & Cook. He talked to Gay Star Business about his journey and the brand’s growth

Recent news stories focusing on bakers refusing to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples – in the US and Ireland – obscure the fact that there are many, many businesses out there only too happy to serve gay customers.

April 1, 2015

Visage also reveals which Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be attending

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to many European locations for the first time.

Drag Race stars like Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Manila Luzon will be sashaying to places like Spain, Iceland and France in April.

GSN spoke to stars Michelle Visage and Alaska about crossing the waters and werking it in front of a completely new crowd.

'The show is a two hour theatre production. It’s not just a bar queen drag show,' Visage said.

March 10, 2015

Classic and classy university town offers the perfect weekend getaway

Think of Cambridge and the obvious clichés come up. Punting along the famous River Cam, or the notorious university, full of the cleverest people from around the world.
 
As such, as a place to spend a weekend, it has long been shunned in favour of perhaps Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol or Newcastle.
 
Now it’s time to redress the balance, because Cambridge is not only beautiful, but fun too.
 

March 3, 2015

Soul singer Dionne Bromfield will also be performing at event on 14 May

Details of this year's Manchester Spring Benefit have been revealed – and the line up includes boyband Jack Pack and soul singer Dionne Bromfield, with actor Andrew Hayden-Smith hosting.

Jack Pack came to national attention after their appearance on last year's series of Britain's Got Talent before being signed to Syco; meanwhile Andrew Hayden-Smith was recently seen on gay E4 drama Banana.

The Benefit, which raises money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund, will be held on Thursday 14 May at The Monastery.

March 3, 2015

Soul singer Dionne Bromfield will also be performing at event on 14 May

Details of this year's Manchester Spring Benefit have been revealed – and the line up includes boyband Jack Pack and soul singer Dionne Bromfield, with actor Andrew Hayden-Smith hosting.

Jack Pack came to national attention after their appearance on last year's series of Britain's Got Talent before being signed to Syco; meanwhile Andrew Hayden-Smith was recently seen on gay E4 drama Banana.

The Benefit, which raises money for the Manchester Pride Community Fund, will be held on Thursday 14 May at The Monastery.

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

February 23, 2015

'The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feel that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene'

The director of The Imitation Game has defended the lack of gay sex scenes in the film about British codebreaker Alan Turing.

Morten Tyldum said seeing Turing with another man would 'not really' have enriched the character ahead of Sunday's (February 22) Academy Awards.

February 20, 2015

Both are serving life for killing gay men

Two convicted murderers will tie the knot next month in the UK's first gay marriage behind bars.

Psychopath Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40, and gay-basher Marc Goodwin, 31, have been given permission to wed at Full Sutton Prison, East Yorkshire.

A notice of their marriage was posted at the register office in nearby Beverley, according to the Daily Mirror.

February 10, 2015

Police are investigating and appealing for information

A British gay couple are furious after a pink triangle was spray-painted on their pub.

Gareth Bentham, 36, and fiancé Iain discovered the graffiti on their pub The Old Roebuck in Altrincham, Greater Manchester around noon on Sunday (8 February).

Considering they have been running a 'straight' pub for the past six years, and they say they are not openly affectionate together in public, the couple is finding it 'very odd' and want to know why they are being targeted in this way.

Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

February 9, 2015

If chosen, Gaydio's new UK-wide platform will launch in the first half of 2016

The UK's only LGBTI radio station is hoping to launch nationwide.

Gaydio has bid to be part of DAB Digital Radio, allowing people to listen on their home and car radios nationwide.

Currently only available online, London and Sussex on DAB Digital Radio, on 88.4fm in Manchester, it is hoping to reach more listeners if it is picked by Ofcom.

Station Director Toby Whitehouse said: 'We know that people already listen online from Penzance up to Inverness, so making the station accessible via their home and car radios is hugely exciting.'

February 6, 2015

Sharleen Spiteri and co confirmed to perform at four-day party

Texas have been confirmed to perform at this year's Manchester Pride Festival.

The hit band – known for songs such as I Don't Want a Lover, Once in Lifetime and In Demand – will be the headliners at the 'Big Weekend' festival in the city's gay village, spanning 28-31 August.

The Pride parade will take place on August 29.

February 3, 2015

But is it gone for good?

An iconic LGBTI-friendly bar at the heart of Manchester's Gay Village has closed down.

Eden Bar, famous for allowing guests to eat and drink on a barge moored on the canal, has shut leading to a loss of 18 jobs.

But the new owners have claimed it is not gone for good, saying its downfall was not a part of gentrification of the area.

Steven Wiseglass, insolvency practitioner for Inquesta, has been appointed liquidator of SDB bars who took over Eden Bar in 2012.

February 3, 2015

But is it gone for good?

An iconic LGBTI-friendly bar at the heart of Manchester's Gay Village has closed down.

Eden Bar, famous for allowing guests to eat and drink on a barge moored on the canal, has shut leading to a loss of 18 jobs.

But the new owners have claimed it is not gone for good, saying its downfall was not a part of gentrification of the area.

Steven Wiseglass, insolvency practitioner for Inquesta, has been appointed liquidator of SDB bars who took over Eden Bar in 2012.

January 29, 2015

Claims ‘computers can’t discriminate’

‘Computer says no’ is not discrimination: so if you have been discriminated against by a computer system, it doesn’t count.

That is the astonishing claim made by leading mobile phone operator, Vodafone, attempting to explain why their software appeared to have blocked access to Gay Star News itself.

January 22, 2015

Proposed Manchester school would help support bullied and outcast LGBTIA kids

A campaign is being launched against plans to build the UK's first 'gay school' in Manchester.

LGBT Youth North West, based in the city centre, wish to take around 40 full time and 20 part-time LGBTI pupils and their allies.

It is hoped the school will help bullied and outcast kids that need additional support. It is currently in the 'consultation' stages of the planning.

January 16, 2015

Government grants funding for the Manchester academy

Plans have been unveiled for the UK's first school for LGBTI youth struggling in mainstream education.

The school will be located in the center of Manchester and initially take around 40 full-time pupils.

A feasibility study is underway after LGBT Youth North West, the group behind the initiative, was granted £63,000 in government funding to convert the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre into a school.

Amelia Lee, strategic director for the charity, said she hoped that the school would act as a 'trailblazer' for other areas to replicate.

January 16, 2015

Government grants funding for the Manchester academy

Plans have been unveiled for the UK's first school for LGBTI youth struggling in mainstream education.

The school will be located in the center of Manchester and initially take around 40 full-time pupils.

A feasibility study is underway after LGBT Youth North West, the group behind the initiative, was granted £63,000 in government funding to convert the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre into a school.

Amelia Lee, strategic director for the charity, said she hoped that the school would act as a 'trailblazer' for other areas to replicate.

January 12, 2015

London Collections: Men comes to an end and we bring you the highlights of the final day.

We’re feeling our oats, Coco Chanel style, as London Collections: Men, comes to an end.

This is an event that is, without doubt, a bit of a fashion marathon - there are a lot of presentations to attend, events to be at, and people to see (and hopefully be seen by).

January 12, 2015

Birmingham University professor Craig Jackson fears a serial killer may be on the loose after 61 bodies were found in Manchester’s canals in just six years

A leading British psychologist has aired his fears that a serial killer may be operating in and around Manchester’s gay district and using the city’s canals to conceal the evidence of his crimes.

Birmingham University psychology professor Craig Jackson told the tabloid newspaper Daily Star this week that he found it hard to fathom how 61 people’s bodies had been found in the city’s canals in the space of just six years without the involvement of a serial killer.

January 6, 2015

'Mixed couples only'

A couple has said they were refused entry from a Manchester Wetherspoons pub because they are gay.

Joshua Fox, 23, say him and his boyfriend were turned away from The Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate by doormen after they had been for a meal in the northern English city's centre.

'Mixed couples only', they were told when they tried to enter the venue for a quick drink.

On Twitter, Fox said: 'My 6 year love of Wetherspoons ended last night after being refused entry bc I wasn't in a 'mixed couple' I'll take my gay elsewhere thnx'

January 6, 2015

'Mixed couples only'

A couple has said they were refused entry from a Manchester Wetherspoons pub because they are gay.

Joshua Fox, 23, say him and his boyfriend were turned away from The Moon Under Water pub on Deansgate by doormen after they had been for a meal in the northern English city's centre.

'Mixed couples only', they were told when they tried to enter the venue for a quick drink.

On Twitter, Fox said: 'My 6 year love of Wetherspoons ended last night after being refused entry bc I wasn't in a 'mixed couple' I'll take my gay elsewhere thnx'

December 17, 2014

Father says her fears were 'misplaced'

A British girl who was found dead in September hung herself rather than come out as gay to her parents, an inquest has heard.

Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, was discovered in Fletcher Moss Park in Manchester at around 11.15pm on 10 September.

In the months before her death, she confided to friends that she thought she was a lesbian but was scared to tell her Christian parents.

Her friends told the coroner that Lizzie, 14, self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, and was 'finding it hard to connect with God as she thought she was lying to him.'

December 15, 2014

Russell T Davies, who created Queer As Folk, is back in Manchester to celebrate gay life

More than a decade after Queer As Folk, the UK is set to air another huge gay drama.

And this time, there are three of them - Cucumber, Banana and Tofu.

Created by the creator of Queer As Folk, Russell T Davies, it will follow the loves and lives of the gay community in Manchester.

The video shows many of the characters and what we'll see them getting up in January 2015.