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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 27, 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?

August 21, 2014

Five men were arrested in an incident rumored to be motivated by homophobia

Police are investigating after five people were arrested in what is believed to be an anti-gay attack in Manchester’s Canal Street.

The incident has come in the days leading up to Manchester Pride, one of the last biggest gay events in the UK this year.

Police were called to Canal Street, the area most popular with the city’s LGBTI community, on 17 August on 11.10pm.

Officers arrested five men who were fighting in the street. Two have been released without charge and three others have been bailed pending further enquiries.

August 18, 2014

Take a break from the Pride festival fun, and bring your friends (or make new ones) to Manchester Pride’s new community hub

Have you ever been in the middle of a Pride event, and just wanted to find somewhere to relax for a few minutes before jumping back in to the party?

Manchester Pride organizers have teamed up with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation to offer a relaxing space in the middle of Pride madness.

August 18, 2014

Whether you are in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village for Pride, a business trip or just a weekend away, you’ll get a warm welcome

There’s nowhere in the LGBTI world quite like Manchester’s Gay Village and there’s no time better to visit it than during Pride.

Yes, some argue the Village hasn’t innovated like the trendy Northern Quarter neighboring it. And on some weekday nights, tumbleweed blows through a few venues.

But there is always somewhere busy, chatty, friendly and often very intimate. And during Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend this weekend (22 to 25 August) it comes alive.

August 11, 2014

Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, is excited to come back to Manchester. ‘The girls there are really hot!’

Manchester Pride has announced a celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014: Lea DeLaria from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Most recently known for her role as Big Boo in the prison drama, DeLaria said: ‘It’s an honor to be invited to marshal the Manchester Pride parade. I can’t wait to return to Manchester. The girls there are really hot!’

Prior to Orange is the New Glack, DeLaria became the first openly gay comic to perform on television in America in 1993.

August 11, 2014

Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, is excited to come back to Manchester. ‘The girls there are really hot!’

Manchester Pride has announced a celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014: Lea DeLaria from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Most recently known for her role as Big Boo in the prison drama, DeLaria said: ‘It’s an honor to be invited to marshal the Manchester Pride parade. I can’t wait to return to Manchester. The girls there are really hot!’

Prior to Orange is the New Glack, DeLaria became the first openly gay comic to perform on television in America in 1993.

August 6, 2014

The global hotel chain is pampering lesbian and gay travelers with complimentary drinks, inclusive spa treatments and more

Marriott Hotels is celebrating Gay Pride in the UK with two packages just for LGBT travelers.

When booking a stay at participating Marriott Hotels, use the promo code 8LG for the Out and About package or 4LG for the Pride and Joy package to enjoy the best in service and some freebies just for being you.

Whether you are looking to a weekend away on the shores of Bournemouth or craving a shopping spree in London, Marriott Hotels across the UK combine the best in service and accommodation.

August 1, 2014

Free gay social networking app GiFi has launched new features and is using Brighton Pride in the UK this weekend to share them with you

GiFi, the free, inclusive app on iPhone and Android has launched a range of new functions.

And the guys are going to be strutting their stuff at Brighton Pride on Saturday so you can find out what GiFi is all about.

GiFi is a next-generation free gay social networking app changing the way gay men chat, network and meet-up.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

July 21, 2014

Showrunner behind new Doctor Who and Queer As Folk is hoping to hear people's best 'sexcapade' for his new web series Tofu

Russell T Davies, the gay writer and showrunner behind Queer As Folk and new Doctor Who, wants to hear your gay sex stories for his new project.

He is looking for volunteers to take part in the eight-part web series Tofu, featuring real-life sex stories from members of the public.

It will be an online companion to Channel 4’s upcoming drama Cucumber and E4 sister series Banana – both from Davies.

July 19, 2014

The comedian will be playing a love interest in new drama 'Cucumber'

Actor and comedian Rufus Hound has joined the cast of Russel T Davies’ latest gay drama series, Cucumber.

 

July 14, 2014

Given a five-match ban for calling another player a ‘fucking fag,’ Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker comes to Manchester’s Canal Street to meet with LGBT locals

Rugby star Zak Hardaker will meet with members of the LGBT community tomorrow night as part of his 'personal and professional development' after being suspended for using a homophobic slur during a game.

In June the 22-year-old player called Warrington captain Michael Monaghan a ‘fucking fag’ at , for which he received a Charge E offense and a £300 fine ($514, €377).

Hardaker was banned for five games (a Charge E offense means a four to eight game ban), during which time he agreed to work with gay rugby group the Manchester Canalsiders.

May 23, 2014

We will be giving away the limited-edition bags, boasting an illustration from the world’s favorite gay fashion designer

Gay Star News can now unveil our Pride tote bags, boasting an exclusive design by Jean Paul Gaultier.

One of the world’s top fashion designers, Gaultier has illustrated the bags with a 3D image reflecting Gay Star News’ red star logo.

And one of the bags could be yours for free – all you have to do is find us at one of the four UK pride events we will be supporting this summer – London, Manchester, Brighton and Birmingham.

May 14, 2014

Filthy. Funny. Frank. Jump into the newest gay comedic drama, set in the Windy City

We’ve had The L Word in Los Angeles, Queer As Folk in Manchester and Pittsburgh and most recently Looking in San Francisco.

In each of these groundbreaking LGBTI series, the city in which they are set plays as pivotal a role as the main characters.

Now, get ready for Dudes, the latest gay-themed web series that follows the trials and tribulations of three friends in Chicago, Illinois.

May 8, 2014

QX magazine celebrates 1000 weeks of covers. Which is your favorite?

One of the UK’s biggest and most popular gay weekly magazines celebrated 1000 covers this month.

Available digitally from London to Brighton, Manchester to Birmingham, QX serves up a weekly dose of gay parties, homo trends, social issues, shows, gifts and of course, men.

Londoners, we’ve all been there: Drinking with friends, making side-eyes at passersby as we stir with our straws, and then someone points out how great (hopefully) you look photographed in QX.

April 30, 2014

Homeless gay teen Albert Kennedy died after being chased by a homophobic gang 25 years ago but his death has helped change the UK

Gay 16-year-old Albert Kennedy’s life ended in tragedy – falling to his death from a multi-story car park.

But exactly 25 years on today (30 April), his gay brother Billy has paid a moving tribute to the changes inspired by Albert’s life and death – including his right to marry his same-sex partner.

Albert Kennedy was much loved by his family but was put into a children’s home in Salford, north west England. Homophobic kids there rejected him.

He ran away, seeking solace in the nearby Manchester Gay Village.

April 17, 2014

Gay Star News speaks to the reigning X Factor UK champion about getting pregnant in gay bars, growing willies in your belly and the perils of short hair

The reason why people love Sam Bailey is because she’s normal.

The 36-year-old reigning X Factor UK champ may not be your average pop star, but she’s got a voice that can slay all the teenage pretenders to her crown.

Gay Star News had a chance to speak to the British singer at Supersonic, a fundraising event for Manchester Pride.

She reveals to us how everyone thought she was a lesbian years ago because she used to ‘dress in tracksuits all the time’.

April 10, 2014

The prison guard turned songstress will headline this year’s red carpet, celebrity-studded fundraiser for LGBTI and HIV charities in Manchester

If you’ve not heard 2013’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey sing live, now is your chance.

On 11 April, under the wings of the world’s fastest plane the Concorde Jet, Bailey will be wowing a VIP crowd at Manchester Pride’s Supersonic fundraiser.

The red-carpet gathering will include a sparkling drinks reception, a VIP tour of the Concorde airline, celebrity guests and a four-course dinner with complimentary wine, all to help raise funds for local LGBTI and HIV charities.

April 9, 2014

For every mile he runs on the London Marathon this weekend, a new person will be tested for HIV

The boss of Britain’s top gay bar and club chain is just £719 ($1,205 €873) away from reaching a mammoth fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Jeremy Joseph who runs the G-A-Y bars and club in London and Manchester is running the London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) and has set himself two additional challenges.

The first is to top a £250,000 ($419,000 €304,000) fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation – an aim he’s worked towards over four years.