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October 7, 2014

The men were forced to have sex with customers and each other for up to 20 hours a day

Three Hungarian men face trafficking charges after they lured three young gay men to work as ‘sex slaves’ for up to 20 hours a day in New York and Miami since 2012.

Gabor Acs, 31, Viktor Berki, 28, and Andras Janos Vass, 24, were charged in Miami-Dade state court with human trafficking, racketeering and deriving support from prostitution on Friday.

They recruited two of the men on the Gay Romeo dating site and the third was a male prostitute they found on Facebook.

September 30, 2014

For Richard Blanco, coming out was 'just a slow sort of easing into'

Richard Blanco was chosen in 2013 to do what such celebrated American poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelo had done in the past: write an original poem and recite it at the inauguration of a US president.

Blanco made all kinds of history at the second inaugural of US President Barack Obama with his poem One Today. He was first openly gay man chosen as inaugural poet, the first Latino, and at 44, the youngest.

Blanco has written a new memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, in which he writes about how, growing up in Miami as part of a Cuban family, he hid being gay.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.

July 31, 2014

‘In 2014, I wouldn’t want this to be perceived as an event just more for minorities. I’d like to make this as an opportunity for everyone’

Browsing through photos from the Miami Beach Bruthaz party shows crowds of black and Latino partygoers jumping into pools and enjoying the festivities.

But founder Ian Smith told Gay Star News the weekend is more than a party, and it’s not just an event for minorities.

This year, from 17 to 20 July, Miami played host to the 8th annual Bruthaz party.

In under a decade the event has grown to welcome international travelers all while keeping a family-oriented vibe.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 10, 2014

Heat up this winter with LGBT cruises to Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Europe

If you’ve fantasized of having a boogie and a beer with a burly German man, sharing a sunset dance with a beautiful Tahitian woman, or partying with DOZENS of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants at once, your dreams are about to come true.

The season’s hottest gay and lesbian cruises prove a winter holiday need not be frigid.

From steamy pool parties to adventures in the sweltering Mexican jungle, these five cruises turn up the heat for guests no matter what their preferred scene.

Lesbians in leiderhosen? Check.

July 3, 2014

From Marseilles to Miami, Porto to Provincetown, here’s a growing and ever-changing list of what’s going on in the world of LGBTI parties this month

No lie, we’re still recovering from New York, Barcelona and London Pride... but we’re already ready and hungry for this month’s servings of Gay Pride Parades, festivals and parties.

This month, there’s a European gay party cruise (La Demence), a celebration of LGBTI communities of color (LA Black Pride and Miami Bruthaz) and a music festival in Amsterdam ‘For All Those Who Love (Milkshake), just to name a few.

June 25, 2014

An estimated 125,000 people are expected to descend on St Pete Pride from 27 to 29 June to join the sunset Pride parade, block party and family-friendly street fest

We knew Miami, Key West and Fort Lauderdale have serious LGBTI credentials.

But we were pleasantly surprised to learn Florida’s largest Gay Pride festivities take place in the city of St Petersburg (obviously not to be confused with the Russian city).

Sharing a peninsula on Florida’s western coast with the city of Clearwater, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay to the east, the sun-drenched city of St Petersburg packs a lot of pride into just one weekend.

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 11, 2014

Whether or not going nude is your thing, our guide on where to whet your palate and gay it up in Florida's island city is sure to get you excited

Visiting Key West feels like you’re in another world unto itself.

Maybe it's the mix of city life and island vibes, a balance so difficult to get right yet one Key West pulls off with poise.

Maybe it’s the inspiring tropical landscape, a mix of deep green foliage, shimmering blue waters and bursts of color from flowers and buildings that rivals the universal rainbow flags just about everywhere in sight.

April 5, 2014

Suspect allegedly set the home of the lesbians afire with them, and their eight children, sleeping inside

Police claim a Miami man tired to burn down the house of two lesbians, and their eight children, because he did not approve of the couple's sexuality.

Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, 73-years-old, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, arson, and committing a hate crime.

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.