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April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

March 28, 2014

With the first same-sex couple is wed in Brighton, history is made as gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to marry legally

As the clock struck 12, history was made as the first gay couples in the UK married moments ago.

Gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to wed, giving them all the same legal benefits as straight unions.

GSN was there in the middle of the media storm in the seaside British gay capital, Brighton, to witness the first official same-sex wedding.

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard, a couple of seven years, had their first married kiss in front of the world’s press in Brighton’s historical Royal Pavilion.

March 20, 2014

'God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions'

A Illinois Republican who thinks gay equality and abortion cause God to place dementia and autism on earth won a primary election this week.

Susanne Atanus beat David Earl Williams III yesterday, 18 March, in the GOP primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District.

The district includes most of Chicago, President Barack Obama's hometown.

This past January Atanus lost the support of state Republican party because of anti-gay comments made in an interview.

March 14, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has written an open letter calling for sport to do more to welcome open LGBTI athletes

A gay prime minister would be accepted in the UK, according to Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat leader have said they were confident the British public would be able to judge him or her on their abilities, not their sexual orientation.

In an open letter, Prime Minister David Cameron also said more gay role models were needed in the world of sport.

Asked by readers of a British gay publication, Clegg replied: ‘Yes and why not?

March 12, 2014

After Robert Mugabe hinted to a further crackdown of LGBTIs in his country, police have accused a gay rights group of holding meetings without permission

Zimbabwe police stormed a hotel to arrest two gay group leaders today (12 March).

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) were holding a media training course for around 20 human rights defenders in Bronte Hotel in the city of Harare.

Authorities arrived at the hotel and demanded to see the organizers of the meeting.

The officers insisted on seeing the IDs of participants, and wrote down their names and addresses.

March 5, 2014

The island of Madeira comes alive during carnival season, an annual event celebrating the last days before Lent with typical drinks and dances that last for days on end 

I'm back to the British coldness after heating up with dancers at the Madeiran 'Carnaval'. I'm still reeling from the colors and the perfumes of one of the best carnivals in Europe, held on the quasi-tropical island of Madeira.

Vibrant flowers, fragrant papayas, bananas and mangos from the tallest trees I have ever seen took me on a Caribbean trip in the Mediterranean. Madeira is a piece of Europe in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a gentle land with a friendly people.

March 5, 2014

While disagreeing with a colleague who believed Britain's floods should be blamed on gay marriage, a European Parliament hopeful thinks business owners should be able to turn away LGBTs and women

A UKIP politician believes business owners should be allowed to refuse to serve gay people.

Donna Edmunds, a Lewis district councillor and European Parliament hopeful, said all business owners should be allowed to refuse service to anyone they want for whatever reason they want.

Under UK law, the Equality Act 2010 protects people who access services from direct discrimination. This applies to disability, pregnancy, race, religion, or if they are LGBT.

February 17, 2014

Gangs have attempted to burn down a house, have thrown stones and excrement and stolen from Alternative, an organization for gay and bi men

A 200-strong mob have stormed the offices of Alternative, the Ivory Coast’s leading organization for men who have sex with men, stealing equipment and smashing windows.

The attack on 27 January has just been reported from people on the ground and can be exclusively revealed by GSN.

Claver Touré, Alternative’s executive director, said: ‘They broke windows with stones and stole computers. They left signs bearing anti-gay slurs all over the office. Everything they could take was taken, and the rest was broken.’

February 17, 2014

Nick Grimshaw will be joined by several other radio presenters who will together cycle 25,000 miles - the circumference of the world

A gay radio DJ will be cycling 1,000 miles for a BBC Sport Relief challenge.

Nick Grimshaw will be taking part in BBC Radio Around The World, where several presenters will attempt to run, swim and cycle 25,000 miles – the circumference of the world.

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ will be tackling a 12-hour cycle, completing 1,000 miles.

It will be roughly the equivalent of cycling from London, England to Madrid, Spain.

February 11, 2014

A woman has written a perfect letter to parody homophobic opinions in Ireland

An Irish woman has penned a hilarious perfect letter to show why being anti-gay is stupid.

Kay Chambers decided to write to the Irish Times as a response to Catholic writer Breda O’Brien who believes gay people should not be able to marry.

The full letter reads:

‘Like Breda O’Brien, I too think that not everybody should be allowed to marry.

‘As a Cork woman I think that Dubliners should not be afforded this right.

February 5, 2014

David Silvester was kicked out of the UK Independence Party. Now he wants gays to ‘repent’ and has bizarrely voted for a town council motion against him

Local councilor David Silvester who said floods across Britain were caused by same-sex marriage equality has called on gays ‘to repent’ at a council meeting.

Silvester remains part of Henley Town Council, a prosperous town in southern England and home to the world-famous rowing regatta, despite being kicked out of the UK Independence Party because of his comments.

February 3, 2014

The men from OutdoorLads take a walk on the wild side along one of England's most scenic coastlines

I’m a sucker for a sexy headline.

So when I saw the ‘Jurassic Coast’ weekend advertised on OutdoorLads.com I signed up straight away. I’m no dinosaur fanatic, but giving southwest England's Dorset Coast a prehistoric flair did it for me.

February 2, 2014

Three people were injured after hooligans wearing hoods and balaclavas stormed a movie theatre hosting a gay film festival in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Saturday

A police official, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP that “several” hooligans entered the Art Cinema Kriterion on the second day of the 3-day Merlinka festival, which opened on Friday.

February 2, 2014

The hit Weather Girls song took the number 31 spot in the charts this week following a successful Facebook campaign set up in response to UKIP councillor David Silvester’s comments about gay marriage causing recent flooding

The Weather Girls’ camp classic It’s Raining Men has re-entered the UK’s official charts today (2 February) after making waves following an online campaign in response to the gay floods row sparked by a UKIP councilor in January.

Thousands of copies of the song were bought as part of an anti-bigotry campaign launched after UK Independence Party councilor David Silvester blamed the recent flooding on the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

January 29, 2014

US singer and Christian Martha Wash dismisses UKIP member David Silvester’s biblical theories

Original Weather Girl Martha Wash has some news for the politician who blamed gay people for God bringing floods to Britain, saying God loves 'all people'.

In response to the media storm surrounding the homophobic remarks made by UKIP politician David Silvester, a campaign was launched to get gay anthem Weather Girls' 'It's Raining Men' to the top of the UK charts.

The 61-year-old Wash, enjoying her comeback in the charts, called the British suspended councilor 'daft' and 'out of touch with reality'.

January 28, 2014

David Silvester, who blamed Britain's recent floods on gay marriage, has refused to apologize or step down as town councilor

David Silvester, the former UK politician who blamed gay people for flooding, has said he has no plans to resign.

The 73-year-old UKIP councilor was suspended from the party following his offensive comments about gay people earlier this month.

While he says he has had 70 messages of support from fellow Christians and UKIP members, more than 12,000 people in Henley have signed a petition calling for him to resign.

However, Silvester has refused to apologize.

January 28, 2014

Hallelujah! Weather Girls gay anthem could be topping the charts to fight against bigotry and celebrate England and Wales' gay marriage law

Hallelujah! It’s Raining Men is set to storm the UK charts following a protest from pro-gay music fans.

After UKIP councillor David Silvester blamed floods on gay marriage, thousands signed up to a Facebook campaign to get the Weather Girls’ track to number one.

With only a few downloads left to get the song into the top 20, the track currently sits at number 21 on day one.

‘We believe that that show of strength to get a song to Number 1 will create a huge spotlight on our campaign for equality as a whole,’ the Facebook group explained.

January 26, 2014

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, presented a spoof weather forecast on BBC One pointing out other political parties also have members with similarly unorthodox beliefs

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage responded to the recent ‘gay floods’ controversy on BBC One’s Sunday Politics show this morning (Sunday 26 January) by presenting his own weather forecast.

UKIP councilor David Silvester sparked the row last week when he claimed recent flooding in the UK was caused by the legalisation of gay marriage, quoting parts of the Bible. He was suspended shortly after he made the claim.

January 20, 2014

UKIP leader calls the Conservative defector to his party an 'embarrassment' after the widespread coverage of his remarks blaming recent storms on gay marriage

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has called the recent media storm after one of the party’s councilors blamed floods on gay marriage to be ‘not news’.

He said it proved the media and the main political parties were ‘scared witless’ of the far-right political party.

Councillor David Silvester had said last week Britain was ‘beset by storms’ after David Cameron acted ‘arrogantly against the gospel’.

He was suspended from UKIP following his comments.

January 16, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

January 10, 2014

The National Hockey League (NHL) has becomes the first professional sport league in the US to have pro-LGBT representation from each of its teams

Every Northern American professional ice hockey league team has at least one pro-gay player.

The National Hockey League (NHL), the world’s most popular leaguge of its kind,  has secured pro-LGBT representation from every single team.

It comes as Colorado Avalanches player Gabriel Landeskog announced his support of the campaign in an advertisement launched on Tuesday (7 January).

A You Can Play spokesperson said: ‘Today’s NHL milestone is a step.

January 7, 2014

A gay Pakistani man who was due to be deported from Australia on his birthday despite having a long term Australian partner has been given a reprieve while a migration tribunal reviews whether he should be allowed to stay or not

Pakistan born gay man Ali Choudhry’s deportation from Australia has been put on hold while its Migration Review Tribunal considers his case.

Choudhry had been due to be deported on 8 January, which is also his birthday, but the tribunal has given him a reprieve while it decides whether to overturn Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to reject his appeal to his deportation order.

January 3, 2014

Amidst the Twitter storm that erupted when Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) and Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) kissed, Carter will come out his dad tonight on the show

Social media hate isn’t stopping EastEnders writers from moving forward with their gay storylines.

Johny Carter (Sam Strike) will come out to his father on tonight’s episode on BBC1 at 8pm.

Carter’s character was in the middle of a social media storm this week when his gay kiss with Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) aired to 7.4 million viewers.

January 3, 2014

A gay man who was born in Pakistan but who has lived most of his life in North America is being deported to Pakistan by the Australian Government despite his four year relationship with an Australian man

Ali Choudhry expects to be deported by the Australian Government on 8 January after it determined that his four year relationship with Brisbane doctor Matthew Hynd did not constitute a ‘longstanding relationship.’

‘[We] do not consider that you are in a long-standing relationship with your sponsor,’ the Immigration Department wrote to Choudhry in response to the couple's attempt to obtain a partnership visa.

Choudhry was born in Pakistan but has lived most of his life in North America and originally came to Australia on a student visa to study Zoology.