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March 30, 2015

The adult film star on his life on the road – from London to Toronto

Where is home for you?
The British West Indies. My mum and dad live here. Home is where the family is. It has the most beautiful beaches ever – it's what it's known for. I also live part-time in Toronto, and San Diego is where all my friends are!

Give us some Toronto tips…
Definitely go to The Village, and Church Street. It's basically the gay village. There are lots of great restaurants and clubs. My favourite club there is Fly – Queer As Folk was filmed there.

March 19, 2015

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, could now face a longer time in jail

A Russian man who was jailed after torturing gay teens and driving them to suicide is facing new charges.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, is being charged with robbery, hooliganism and causing property damage.

In addition the investigators have also charged the homophobic leader, also known as 'Machete', with 'inciting hatred'.

He was already carrying out a previous sentence in a labor camp, but will now be transported to a detention center until further notice.

March 4, 2015

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG, reflects on his role at the Olympic games in London in 2012, and how being an out gay man in a senior position encouraged others to be themselves

Growing up as a country boy in Yorkshire, England, I had always been fascinated by the Olympics. One of my earliest memories was watching Seb Coe win gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow on my parents black and white television set.

I didn’t realize that I would end up working for Seb 27 years later, when he became chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

February 27, 2015

The club's management are being investigated after an anti-LGBTI group sent complaints about them to the local prosecutor's office

A lesbian nightclub in Russia is under investigation after a picture of its owner kissing another woman went viral.

Last month, the owner of the club, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

Milonov, an outspoken critic of gay rights, was instrumental in the creation of Russia's infamous anti-gay propaganda law. 

February 17, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Pandora Boxx has undoubtedly been one of the stars to emerge from the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 5, 2015

'I will perhaps continue this joke by closing their gay club'

Russia's leading homophobe has lashed out at the lesbian club owner whose photos of her kissing another woman in front of him went viral.

The woman, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

February 3, 2015

Author of the country's gay 'propaganda' law hides behind his tablet

Photos of two lesbian activists kissing in front of the author of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law have gone viral in the country after they were posted on social media Sunday (1 February).

One of the women, only identified as Kseniya, explained that they were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

'Who’s that in the background??? MILONOV! And we don’t give a fuck! We’re flying to our favorite club, Infinity,' she wrote on Instagram, referring to the lesbian club she heads.

December 3, 2014

DJ extraordinaire shares her holiday memories – from LA and Tokyo to Moscow and Majorca

What has been your best holiday ever?
I always have a really good time in Los Angeles, but my best holiday ever was St. Lucia – although I didn't feel it was the most accepting place. I feel like if I had gone with a boyfriend it would've felt a bit weird.

I went by myself to DJ – the rest of the time I just lay on the beach. But it was a stunning place. I stayed at the [Boucan by] Hotel Chocolat, and the view was the best in the world.

November 18, 2014

'When I think of Russia I think of the secret gay house parties I have been to kissing boys drunk on vodka and caviar'

Transgender rapper Mykki Blanco has penned a love letter to Russia after she was forced to change venue due to a police raid.

Police closed the Solyanka club in Moscow on Friday (14 November), hours before she was scheduled to perform there.

Fans speculated that Blanco had fallen foul of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law but she said the timing was coincidental.

Blanco is the transgender stage persona of Michael Quattlebaum Jr but he identifies as a gay man.

November 12, 2014

Maxim Martsinkevich, known as 'Machete', will now be out of jail in under three years

A man who lured gay teens to a home, tortured them and reportedly drove several to suicide will now be free in under three years.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, had his sentence in a labor camp reduced by over two years yesterday at Moscow City Court.

He was not jailed for pioneering the horrific videos in which gay teens are 'punished for their sins', which have been imitated by several others across the country, but for 'hooliganism'.

November 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

October 14, 2014

Police dragged the protesters away even though they had permits

Eight LGBTI activists were detained for 'disobedience' on Sunday at a National Coming Out Day protest in Moscow.

The activists were dragged to the ground and into police cars near Sokolniki metro station even though they had the necessary permits.

The Queer Russia website reported that police started checking the documents of the activists 10-15 minutes after the protest started. They said the real purpose of the protest did not match their declared one. 

September 18, 2014

Parcels marked with commemorative Tom of Finland stamps baring homoerotic images have reached their destinations in Russia with no apparent issues despite the country’s ban on so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors

Finnish stamps featuring the artwork of gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have successfully passed into Russia and reached their destination, with the Russian postal service apparently having no problems with them.

September 15, 2014

A conference attended by members of far-right family values groups from around the world has drafted a resolution calling on all countries to restrict the rights of LGBTI people – especially their free speech

The Large Families – the Future of Humanity International Forum was held in Moscow last week and delegates have put forward a resolution calling on world leaders to ban positive discussion of same-sex relationships all over the world.

The conference was organized after the World Congress of Families had to suspend its plans to hold a conference in Moscow in September after hostilities broke out between Russia and the Ukraine.

September 12, 2014

Russia’s Orthodox Christian Church has cancelled a planned doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church after it refused to condemn homosexuality before the two churches can meet

The archbishop of the Finnish Lutheran Church has said that he could not attend a doctrinal dialogue summit with Russian Patriarch Kiril after the Russian Orthodox Church demanded that he sign on to a statement condemning gays and lesbians before they meet.

Archbishop Kari Mäkinen was due to meet with the patriarch in Moscow for a summit on Christianity’s approach to anthropology – an area where the topic of human sexuality was bound to come up.

September 1, 2014

One of the most renowned lawyers fighting for LGBTI freedom in Russia was attacked by two men in black hoods in Kostroma

A gay rights activist in Russia is speaking out after being attacked by two hooded thugs.

Nikolai Alekseev, a lawyer behind many of the legal fights against the country's anti-gay laws, was targeted early this morning in the city of Kostroma - a city north of Moscow.

At around 6.50am, as he was leaving the platform of the train station when two men in black hoods ran up to him.

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 17, 2014

Australian government minister Kevin Andrews will open and close the World Congress of Families next month after it had to be moved from Russia after conflict broke out in the Ukraine

Leading Australian Government figures are endorsing a far-right anti-gay international conference of ‘family vales’ groups being held in Melbourne next month.

The 8th World Congress of Families had originally been scheduled to be held in Moscow but US and European sanctions against Russia over the crisis in the Ukraine forced organizers to hastily reschedule the event for Melbourne.

Conference organizers had praised the Russian government over its treatment of LGBTI people and ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

July 10, 2014

The US singer reveals she covered a song by lesbian singers T.A.T.U at a Moscow concert, the day before Putin was to come on the same stage to make a speech

US singer Tori Amos has said she chose to cover a song by a famous lesbian duo, as anti-gay Russian leader Putin was scheduled to make a speech on the same stage.

Amos covered the song ‘Not Gonna Get Us’ by Russian lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u at a concert in Moscow last month, during her tour.

May 29, 2014

After a series of attacks on patrons and the venue, Moscow’s Central Station gay night club is reopening in a new location after being driven out of its original building

The owners of Moscow’s Central Station nightclub have announced they are moving the business to a new building after closing its doors in March.

May 2, 2014

The religious right is on the move against LGBTI people and not just in Russia and Uganda but everywhere from Georgia to the UK, warns Garry Otton

At a time when churches are hemorrhaging members, there is a growth of new evangelical religious organizations filling their buckets with cash to oil the wheels of organizations ready to save the world from sexual degradation, permissiveness, and by default: homosexuality. And it’s going global.

April 24, 2014

Children 404, a documentary about the online support group that gives LGBTI teens hope in Russia, was accused of 'gay propaganda'

Police attempted to shut down the premiere of a documentary film about the horrors gay teens face in Russia last night (23 April) – and failed.

The film, Children-404, received its first showing at the Moscow ArtPlay Centre.

Children 404 is an online support group that publishes stories of LGBTI teens in Russia. The film interviews some of the teens in the group about their lives since the gay propaganda ban was enforced.

March 26, 2014

The 2014 World Congress of Families that was to see far-right anti-gay groups from around the world descend on Moscow has been cancelled due to tensions between the Russia and the Ukraine – with US and European sanctions cited as why it can’t go ahead

US and European sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea may have had unintended consequences for some of the world’s most virulent anti-gay groups as the organizers of the 2014 World Congress of Families cancel their conference which was to be held in Moscow.

The group announced the cancellation of the conference yesterday in a press release, writing, ‘Planning on World Congress of Families VIII - the Moscow Congress … has been suspended for the time being.

March 17, 2014

The Central Station was the haven for LGBTI Russians until a 'campaign' was allegedly launched to get the club to vacate the premises