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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.

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.