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March 6, 2014

The Grammy-grabbing salsa queen and the Dirty Dancing choreographer will lead the 13 April parade, expected to attract nearly 100,000 attendees

Gloria Estefan and multi-hyphenate Kenny Ortega have been named Grand Marshals for this year’s Miami Beach Gay Pride.

Ortega, who’s choreographed the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Elton John, will join the Miami resident Estefan in a vintage Rolls Royce to lead the parade of floats, charities and pride-goers.

This is the sixth annual Miami Beach Gay Pride, and over 80,000 fans and supporters are expected to turn out to join the festivities.

February 20, 2014

Joe Simpson: 'The guy in the pics is my modeling Client ... That's it!!'

The father of Jessica Simpson says photos taken of him and a good looking young male model have been blown out of proportion.

Joe Simpson, 56, has taken to Twitter to respond to the gay rumor chatter that surfaced over Valentine's Day weekend when numerous photos of him and a 21-year-old model on the beach in Florida surfaced.

January 22, 2014

Four of the plaintiffs are raising children together and want legal protections

Florida's ban on gay marriage is being challenged in court by six same-sex couples who want to tie the not.

The couples and the Equality Florida Institute filed a lawsuit in state court in Miami on Tuesday (21 January) in Miami seeking the freedom to marry.

Theor lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the US Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

September 27, 2013

 Julie Bru ends her five-year tenure as Miami's city attorney with accolades from officials and a marriage proposal to her partner, police officer Suzy Izaguirre

Since 2008, Julie Bru has been the city attorney for Miami. Yesterday (26 September) was her last official day, so she decided to do something different.

During a meeting she walked up the City Hall dais. In her hand was a small black box, with a wedding ring. She asked Miami Police Officer Suzy Izaguirre to be her wife.

September 27, 2013

 Julie Bru ends her five-year tenure as Miami's city attorney with accolades from officials and a marriage proposal to her partner, police officer Suzy Izaguirre

Since 2008, Julie Bru has been the city attorney for Miami. Yesterday (26 September) was her last official day, so she decided to do something different.

During a meeting she walked up the City Hall dais. In her hand was a small black box, with a wedding ring. She asked Miami Police Officer Suzy Izaguirre to be her wife.

September 24, 2013

Gay Star News speaks to Turkey's first openly gay mayoral candidate Can Çavuşoğlu to learn about the 43-year-old's motivations, campaign platforms and chances at winning the mayoral seat

Last week Gay Star News reported 43-year-old Can Çavuşoğlu announced he was running for mayor of Bulancak, Turkey.

The Istanbul native could become the country's first openly gay mayor in office.

Though homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, the LGBT community has no legal protections against discrimination in the Muslim-majority country.

August 21, 2013

'That would be an amazing, amazing time'

Will the members of ‘NSYNC reunite at this Sunday's MTV Music Video Awards?

Lance Bass addressed the rampant rumors on his radio show this morning and did not confirm or deny that it would happen.

'That would be an amazing, amazing time,' he said of a reunion.

June 29, 2013

San Francisco and Seattle will also celebrate gay pride and political victories on the last Sunday of June

There will be much to celebrate this upcoming weekend in New York City.

The Big Apple is ready for its annual gay pride parade. The 30 June (Sunday) march and fair will be the highlights of two days of celebrating, starting with the Rapture on the River.

May 27, 2013

Cuba’s first daughter responds to the ‘hostile’ decision of World Outgames organizers, who revoked their invitation that she be co-chair of the human rights chapter

Mariela Castro, a vocal advocate for LGBT rights in Cuba and niece of former dictator Fidel Castro, has pulled the Cuban team from participating in July’s World Outgames.

According to Mexican sports magazine Esto, Castro said that Outgames organizers revoked their offer to make her co-chair of the human rights chapter for the games, later saying she is only allowed to attend as a speaker.

April 4, 2013

Owner says Rhyms screamed: 'F*** you, fag! I'm not leaving until I get ketchup, mayo, salt and pepper on my burger'

The owner of a Cheeseburger Baby franchise in Miami Beach says rapper Busta Rhymes verbally attacked she and her staff over condiments and being made to wait in line to place an order.

Owner Stephanie Vitori said things got off to a rocky start early Wednesday (3 April) when the rapper and his group complained about not being able to order ahead of the rest of the line. They then escalated when condiments were placed in the bag with his instead of being put on the food.

March 22, 2013

Tracey Emin’s ‘bloody brilliant’ bonus auction lot helps raise £375,000 for Terrence Higgins Trust at 30th anniversary celebration

A packed auction room at Christie’s was stunned into silence last night (21 March) as artist Tracey Emin spontaneously auctioned one of her famous neons at HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th Anniversary Auction.

Emin – who had flown from Miami to London to attend – upped the ante with the surprise auction lot. The winning bidder forked out £58,000 ($88,000 €68,000) to get their hands the neon sign, which will be made in a color of the buyer’s choosing and will read ‘now love is for you’.

February 28, 2013

World Out Games 2017 has been awarded to Miami Beach

Reykjavík or Miami Beach? It’s a tough choice but that’s the decision that the World Out Games have been grappling with today at their meeting in Antwerp.

After site visits to both cities, delegates from as far afield as Los Angeles, Mexico, Manchester, Australia and Tonga gathered together for final presentations, deliberations, and a vote - which has ultimately gone the way of Miami Beach.

February 28, 2013

World Out Games 2017 has been awarded to Miami Beach

Reykjavík or Miami Beach? It’s a tough choice but that’s the decision that the World Out Games have been grappling with today at their meeting in Antwerp.

After site visits to both cities, delegates from as far afield as Los Angeles, Mexico, Manchester, Australia and Tonga gathered together for final presentations, deliberations, and a vote - which has ultimately gone the way of Miami Beach.

February 9, 2013

A judge in Florida has approved three names, from a gay man and a lesbian couple, to be included on their baby's birth certificate
 

A gay man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple will be included in their child's birth certificate.

A judge in the Miami-Dade circuit ruled that while the lesbian married couple will have sole responsibility over the two year-old child, the sperm donor Massimiliano Gerina will also be listed as the biological father on the birth certificate.

The trio had been embroiled in a legal battle over the past two years when Gerina sued the lesbian couple, Maria Italiano and her partner Cher Filippazzo, after they asked him to relinquish parental rights.

February 4, 2013

Rubem Robierb: 'When Sam and I began hanging out, I didn’t know anything about him'

Millions of television viewers may know Sam Champion as the longtime weather anchor on ABC's Good Morning America but new husband Rubem Robierb was not among them.

'When Sam and I began hanging out, I didn’t know anything about him - his world was not part of my universe,' Robierb says in the 'Love Issue' of Out Magazine. 'I don’t watch TV and I wake up at 9:30 every day.'

February 3, 2013

GSN is no longer neutral on the party city of Switzerland

I’m not good with early morning flights - I seem to spend most of the night wondering what the time is, worrying that I’ve slept through my alarm.

My Swiss flight was departing from London City - my favorite airport in London. It was a fairly subdued bunch of passengers that scuttled from the shelter of the terminal through the grey, steady rain and onto the small and nifty Avro RJ100 jet.

January 30, 2013

Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev, who set the world alight with their 'intimate' pictures, have denied they are gay

A Russian footballer has denied he is gay after pictures of him kissing, cuddling and sharing a bath with a male friend went viral.

When Gay Star News reported the pictures back in December, social networks were set alight by the idea two top-level professional footballers could be gay.

December 27, 2012

Miami ceremony to be performed by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts

Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, officially married Rubem Robierb in New York City last Friday (21 December) but that was only the first step in the wedding march for the couple.

They have headed down to Miami, Florida, where they will have a New Year's Eve ceremony with a more festive, party atmosphere.

Miami is Robierb's hometown and it was at a New Year's Eve party that the couple first met.

The ceremony will be conducted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, a fellow newlywed.

December 4, 2012

The race to host major LGBT sports, human rights and culture event heats up

Openly gay Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo will today host a press conference which will announce the two cities that have been shortlisted to bid to host World Out Games 2017.

Gay Star News can reveal that the shortlisted cities are Miami Beach and Reykjavik.

November 28, 2012

America's secret service holds 'first ever' LGBT recruitment evening in Miami's South Beach

The day we see a gay James Bond or Jason Bourne may not be as far off as we thought after the CIA announced it is actively recruiting LGBT spies in Miami, Florida.

America's secret service has teamed up with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a networking event at the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach tonight (28 November).

November 21, 2012

A new video is going viral on YouTube. It shows American militaries dancing and singing like the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders

American soldiers in Afghanistan have been taking a break from conflict by recreating the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders’ Call Me Maybe.

Without fear of the Taliban, the group of soldiers shoot missiles and show off their guns, while imitating the cheerleading squad of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins.

The cheerleaders covered Carly Ray Jepsen’s gay anthem this year and clearly won a few American soldiers as fans.

October 10, 2012

Swinging Richards argued that city ordinance was not being enforced at female strip clubs

Male nude dancing will live on at Swinging Richards, a gay strip club in North Miami Beach that had sued the city for the right to continue to have its dancers perform in the buff.

The club agreed to drop its lawsuit which challenged a city ordinance that prohibited the mix of nudity and alcohol. In exchange, Swinging Richards and the straight strip clubs Dean’s Gold and G5 are no longer restricted by the 1994 ordinance.

Swinging Richards had argued that the ordinance was not being enforced against straight clubs in North Miami.

October 10, 2012

Art Deco elegance provides the perfect frosting for SoBe's moreish cake of glam, glitz and hedonistic silliness

You know that image you’ve got in your head when you think of Miami? Sun, sand, bright, shiny sports cars and Margheritas so big they have a gravitational force of their own? Yup, it really is like that.

It’s not often a city lives up to expectations, but Florida’s southeastern metropolis really does do what it says on the tin.