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May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

May 12, 2015

GSN teams up with online hotel booking site, with special giveaways planned around 4 UK pride festivals

LateRooms.com and Gay Star News are pleased to announce their official partnership for 2015.

As part of the partnership, the online hotel booking site is set to feature at pride weekends throughout the country over the summer, and intends to work with GSN to bring even more fun to each of the events, with some tongue-in-cheek giveaways and an exciting golden ticket competition.

May 11, 2015

Whole Again singers to headline LGBTI event's Big Weekend

British girl band Atomic Kitten will be performing at this year's Manchester Pride Big Weekend, it has been announced.

The band – made up of Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton – will join the likes of previously announced performers Texas, Lucy Spraggan and Stooshe.

Other artists include DJ Fresh and former X Factor stars Union J.

Atomic Kitten, known for hits including Whole Again and Last Goodbye, have sold an estimated 8 million records worldwide.

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 we are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

May 8, 2015

They'll be joined by DJ Graeme Park

X Factor alumni Lucy Spraggan, girl band Stooshe and DJ Graeme Park have been added to the Manchester Pride Big Weekend line up.

They will be performing at Graeme Park alongside previously announced acts including boy band Union J and pop veterans Texas. DJ Fresh and Andy Butler will also appear.

The Manchester Pride Big Weekend takes place from Friday 28 Monday 31 August.

May 6, 2015

 X Factor boyband join pop veterans Texas for LGBTI festival's Big Weekend in August

Union J have been added to the Manchester Pride line up, as well as DJ Fresh and Hercules and the Love Affair's Andy Butler.

They will join the mighty Texas for The Big Weekend', the centerpiece of the LGBT festival. The performances will takes place on the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28 to Monday 31.

Former X Factor act Union J are known for hits such as Carry You and You Got It All.

May 1, 2015

Sports May will be funded by Manchester City Council

Registration is open for a new LGBTI summer sports festival in Manchester called Sports May.

Supported and funded by Manchester City Council, as well as LGBT sports development and equity organization Pride Sports, the festival will provide countless free sessions for LGBTIs interested in sport.

This will include women's basketball, volleyball, rugby union, water polo and running.

April 28, 2015

The Mancunian on the city's prettiest sights, cheapest eats and most homo-electric bars

I've lived here since…
1988! With an 11 year hiatus in Leeds, Brighton and London. (I moved back in October last year, and have no plans to ever leave again!). I stayed because Manchester is my home. My oldest friends are here, and it pretty much has everything I want and need.

My favorite queer bar has to be…

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News can deliver amazing ROI through our tailored packages at major Pride events – targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people with active presence at the events and fully-rounded digital marketing

Gay Star News had a massively successful 2014 Pride season. We distributed thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, and delivered millions of page impressions for our clients' ads on Gay Star News which is now one of the world's biggest LGBTI news, entertainment, travel and lifestyle sites.

We are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

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.