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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.

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...

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

December 4, 2014

Gang of 15 beat one man unconscious in the anti-gay attack

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to what police describe as a 'homophobically aggravated assault' in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was beaten unconscious by a gang of 15 people after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the city's tram system on 1 November.

His friend, Jake Heaton, was also punched in the back of the head but managed to run for help.

December 1, 2014

Queer writer wins LGBTI literary award

Anneliese Mackintosh has been announced as the winner of the Green Carnation Prize 2014 – which celebrates LGBTI writing in any form.

The Manchester-based talent won the award for her book Any Other Mouth; a part-novel, part-memoir, part-short story collection.

Other nominees for the prize, sponsored by Foyles, included Laurie Penny for her manifesto Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution and Kerry Hudson's novel Thirst.

November 26, 2014

There have been 300 violent homophobic attacks in London alone from January to October this year alone

Recorded instances of violent homophobic crimes have risen in the UK this year, according to new figures.

Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police in 2014, including more than 300 in London alone.

Gay rights charities believe LGBTI people feel more encouraged to speak out if they have been victims of hate crime.

Some of the UK's biggest police forces reported the following to Press Association:

November 22, 2014

Mark Carter, former Mr Gay UK, has been suspended from duty in West Yorkshire after the attack on another gay man in the toilets of a popular bar in Manchester 

A former Mr Gay UK turned police officer has been suspended after being convicted of attacking a man in a gay club.

Mark Carter, a police constable for West Yorkshire Police, was convicted of assault by beating by Manchester Magistrates court.

Carter attacked another man in the toilets of The Thompsons Arms in Manchester’s gay village.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to his victim.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

November 18, 2014

Watch a stunning rendition of Defying Gravity here

Commuters and other passersby have joined with a LGBT choir to sing against violence in Manchester after two young men were attacked for singing on a tram.

The Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus held the 'Safe to Sing' event on the city's trams in response to the 'vicious attack'.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 2, 2014

'It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again'

Two friends were the victims of anti-gay violence because they were singing a song from Wicked.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this weekend Jean Claude Manseau and Jake Heaton were passengers on the Metrolink from Bury to Manchester.

They were singing songs from Wicked, when an unnamed passenger heckled them with anti-gay epithets.

November 2, 2014

'It will be a while before I go anywhere on my own. I don’t know when I’ll feel safe to go into Manchester again'

Two friends were the victims of anti-gay violence because they were singing a song from Wicked.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this weekend Jean Claude Manseau and Jake Heaton were passengers on the Metrolink from Bury to Manchester.

They were singing songs from Wicked, when an unnamed passenger heckled them with anti-gay epithets.

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 22, 2014

The couple joined the ‘Poker Face’ singer on stage at last night’s Manchester’s performance of her ArtRave: Art Pop Ball. She told the audience that those uncomfortable with the proposal were on 'the wrong side of history'

Lady Gaga performed in Manchester, England, last night, and the evening was a particularly memorable one for two members of the audience

Midway during the show, Gaga invited boyfriends Jay and Sean to join her on stage. She described Jay as ‘family’: ‘an incredible man and incredible friend’.

She then lets the boys take the spotlight, and to Sean’s apparent surprise, Jay gets on his knees and proposes.

They couple then kissed, the crowd went wild and Gaga jumped with joy.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

September 17, 2014

Vine video appeared to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof'

England international rugby player Zak Hardaker will not be charged over an alleged homophobic remark made at a recent Super League match.

The 22-year-old Leeds fallback got in trouble earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game, forcing him to be suspended for five games.

When he was accused of calling another player a 'fucking poof' last month, after a Vine video surfaced on social media, it was suggested he could have faced even worse consequences.

September 3, 2014

Vine video seems to show him calling other player a 'fucking poof' - alleged incident being investigated by league

The Rugby Football League has launched an investigation into whether or not British rugby star Zak Hardaker used an anti-gay slur during a game over the weekend.

Hardaker, 22, was suspended for five games earlier this year after calling a player a 'fucking fag' during a game.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 26, 2014

Antony Cotton and Kym Marsh also seen on show's float at Manchester pride with GSN's Jean Paul Gaultier tote bags

The cast and crew of Coronation Street, the longest running soap on British TV, are showing their Manchester Pride in a lively new music video.

They can be seen busting moves all around the indoor and outdoor sets and even in the dressing rooms of the popular show about the lives of people who live on a street in Manchester.

The video has the message of 'Love is Love No Matter Who You Love and has been shared on Facebook with the tags ‪#‎ImAlive‬ ‪#‎ManchesterPride‬ ‪#‎CorriePride2014‬ ‪#‎feelthelove‬.

August 23, 2014

One of the UK’s longest-running gay pride parades kicked off with thousands of friends and families lining Manchester’s streets to welcome the Orange is the New Black actress

Manchester saw young activists, straight allies, families and furry companions celebrate gay pride today (23 August).

The ever-fabulous Lea DeLaria, of Orange is the New Black fame, lead the pride procession through Manchester’s city streets to roaring screams, whistle-blowing and applause from fans and pride-goers.

‘The fact that a Hollywood star is Grand Marshal for our pride is just amazing,’ one young woman told Gay Star News.

August 22, 2014

GiFi guys will be giving out free shots at a party at Belinda Scandal’s Show Bar

A gay dating app has announced they will be giving out free shots a party tonight at Manchester Pride.

GiFi, the UK-only gay dating app for men, will be providing the complimentary shooters at Show Bar from 10.30pm on 22 August.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?