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May 7, 2015

'It was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS ...  I internalized that fear for a long time’

Famed interior designer and television personality Nate Berkus is now one of the most famous gay men in America.

But there was a time when he was a kid with a big secret and terrified of dying of AIDS.

'I remember kind of equating the AIDS crisis to not wanting to come out because ... it was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS,' Berkus says in this week's installment of the It Got Better series.

May 6, 2015

Gay couple reportedly thrown out of the venue because their kissing could offend other patrons – Balans vigorously denies claims

The management of the most famous 'gay' restaurant in London's Soho has been forced to deny claims they booted out a same-sex couple for kissing.

The allegations made last night are already creating a storm on social media.

A woman, who has asked not to be named, claims staff in Balans ‘hustled out’ her two gay friends because ‘they have been seen kissing and that was offensive to the general people at the bar’.

May 6, 2015

Gorgeous Lip Service star also performed at LGBTI event last year

Heather Peace will perform at this year's Pride Glasgow for the second year running, it has been announced.

May 1, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of particular interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

May 1, 2015

Iconic sportsman, committed family man, original Spice Boy and clothes-allergic friend of the gays – Becks, we salute you

It seems like only yesterday an awkward, red-shirted early-20-something started blazing a trail in British football.

Now, almost two decades, four kids and at least 50 hairstyles later, former England captain David Beckham today hits the big 4-0 (on 2 May).

To mark the occasion, David this morning joined Instagram, posting a sexy snap of himself in bed in Morocco where he's spending his special day – and at last glance he'd amassed over 1m followers in a matter of hours!

April 30, 2015

It's time to take action to help people struggling to survive amidst the devastation of the earthquake

With the immense devastation of the 25 April Nepal earthquake now becoming apparent, disaster response and aid organizations from around the world are rapidly trying to find the most effective ways to help.

Disasters such as this obviously impact the entire country and everyone within it, but minorities and people already marginalised are at risk of being completely overlooked amidst the chaos.

Particularly vulnerable at this time are the people within the LGBTI community of Nepal.

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

April 27, 2015

Israel will airlift 52 of its citizens out of earthquake ravaged Nepal who were in the country accessing commercial surrogacy and most are same-sex couples who cannot legally do so at home

A large group of gay and lesbian Israeli parents are being airlifted out of Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.

They were in the country to access commercial surrogacy that they are banned from using in their own country.

Surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples so singles and same-sex couples often travel overseas to access commercial surogacy.

With countries like Thailand cracking down on the practice, there has been a growth in the sector in Nepal.

April 6, 2015

36-year-old Ashley Diamond has been confined to a men's prison in Georgia for over two years and denied hormone therapy despite being a transgender woman and says she has been raped over seven times as a result

The US Department of Justice has joined a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections by a transgender woman who has been denied hormone therapy and been kept in a male prison since 2012.

Ashley Diamond was convicted of burglary and other charges in 2012 but when she arrived at a Georgia state prison intake center she was ordered to strip alongside male inmates.

April 4, 2015

'So pitch in for great food, to help a small business and because hate dressed-up as religion makes you sick'

Big Guys Sausage Stand is proud to take LGBTI dollars.

The Berwyn, Illinois (right out of Chicago) sandwich shop has started a GoFundMe campaign titled Non-Bigoted Restaurant Wants Cash.

Store owner Brendan O'Connor was shocked at the flood of donations Memories Pizza has received in the past week.

March 31, 2015

LGBTIs fleeing Uganda attacked and forced into sex work in world’s third largest refugee camp

Ugandan LGBTI asylum seekers are being stoned and poisoned in the world’s third largest refugee camp.

That’s the revelation in a new video about life in Kakuma camp in northern Kenya.

It has seen an influx of refugees fleeing Ugandan LGBTI hate and anti-gay legislation.

But life in the camp is often dangerous.

Jaw Desman fled his home after being exposed in the Ugandan press as a homosexual and having neighbors ‘storm’ his home.

March 27, 2015

One of the most popular LGBTI destinations is on fire

A blaze on Fire Island has destroyed several buildings in one of the most popular destinations for LGBTI travelers.

The Ice Palace, the Grove Hotel, Holly House and other buildings are completely destroyed.

The fire also damaged the boardwalk, officials said.

More than a dozen fire departments responded to the fire, which broke out around 1.30am today on Cherry Grove (27 March).

Two firefighters have been hurt. They are being treated on mainland hospitals for minor injuries.

March 23, 2015

Modern, stylish Nordic design makes this the perfect base from which to explore northern Norway

Sometimes journeys just don’t go as planned.

I was heading to the north of Norway to try and spot the northern lights – a flight from London Gatwick to Evenes on Norwegian airlines, changing at Oslo.

Our departure was delayed due to a particularly heavy snowstorm in Oslo.

We eventually got to Oslo and it was clear that the airport was still trying to catch up after the unexpected disruption.

March 17, 2015

LGBTI activist says the cause is deforestation, not homosexuality

A prominent Muslim cleric has blamed the prolonged drought in Uganda on moral decay, such as homosexuality.

Speaking Monday (16 March) at Kibuli Mosque in the Kadhi district of Kampala, Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa told the faithful they must repent for their sins if the country was to see rain.

'Rain belongs to God,' he said. 'So as believers, we pray that God releases rain. But we have also to repent our sins.' 

March 10, 2015

Figure might surprise you

Tourism in New Orleans hit a record high last year, since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at least – and for the first time, the city has tracked the percentage of LGBTI visitors: just over 4 per cent.

Some 9.52 million people flocked to the city for some traditional Southern hospitality last year, spending $6.81 billion.

March 8, 2015

The incident comes a day after a group of 'suspected' lesbians in the same community were stoned and pelted with human faeces by an angry mob

A group of homophobic residents in a slum in Ghana’s capital of Accra have put up posters of 'suspected' lesbians living in the community

The Starr newspaper reported that the homophobic residents have 'vowed to hunt down and (are) bay(ing) for the blood of all lesbians' after flooding the shanty town of Teshie with posters of what is reported to be a 'private selfie of a tattooed girl kissing her partner in the privacy of their bedroom.'

February 18, 2015

Tatchell was among 130 who opposed the 'no platforming' of feminist speakers, some of whom have offensive views on trans people. Trans activists were not happy with Tatchell for appearing to support these people

Transgender issues have become the latest free speech battleground.

A letter to last Sunday’s Observer expressed alarm at attempts by some trans activists to ban their feminist critics from speaking at universities and other institutions.

It was signed by over 100 left-wing, feminist and human rights activists, including myself.

February 16, 2015

Robin Duff helped establish the first national LGBTI group

The first openly gay man to stand for parliament in New Zealand has died at 67.

Robin Duff was also involved in the beginnings of the first national LGBTI group, the National Gay Rights Coalition, and senior vice president of the Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA).

He passed away this morning (16 February) at Christchurch hospital surrounded by family and friends.

PPTA president Angela Roberts praised Duff’s commitment to supporting secondary teachers and the work he had done to make schools a better place for LGBTI students.

February 6, 2015

Anti-LGBTI activists have held a rally in Bishkek where they claimed gay people were linked to pedophiles as lawmakers prepare to debate the controversial piece of legislation again

A controversial bill that would ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ will be debated by the Kyrgyzstan parliament before the end of the month in the latest step in the former Soviet Central Asian nation to pass a similar law to the one passed by Russia in 2013.

The Kyrgyz bill would see people imprisoned for up to a year for disseminating ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,’ including journalists who cover LGBTI issues in a positive light.

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

February 2, 2015

Karma Nightclub & Cabaret burned to the ground on Saturday night and authorities are yet to determine the cause of the blaze

A popular gay nightclub in Lincoln, Nebraska was destroyed by fire on Saturday night and authorities will have to wait weeks to determine the cause because of freezing weather.

More than a dozen fire crews attended the scene of the fire at Karma Nightclub & Cabaret and had to deal with water freezing on their equipment and the ground while they fought to try to contain the huge fire – one of the largest they have had to battle in recent memory.

The fire is believed to have started on or near the club’s stage around 7.45pm on Saturday night.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 22, 2015

Lesbian couple finds 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted in their home

A lesbian couple from Australia were the targets of a hate crime justs days after they were forced out of their home by severe flooding.

Lavinia Pike Tuesday (20 January) found their house in Sandford, Tasmania vandalized with anti-gay graffiti when she returned to feed their pets.

Pike, who suffers from chronic asthma and an acquired brain injury, said she was stunned to find hate speech such as 'lesos,' 'sluts' and 'poofta' spray-painted throughout the home she shares with her partner Kelly Kluga and daughter Bella Kenworthy, 13.

January 9, 2015

He also suggests too many 'hunks' on TV are making being gay seem 'attractive'

Taylor Swift is turning kids gay, a pastor has claimed.

Larry Tomczak is now suggesting children are learning 'homosexuality is a beautiful way of life' because of the many pro-gay messages on television.

He suggests people like Ellen DeGeneres are exploiting the 'Shake It Off' singer into forcing girls into embracing an 'immoral', 'unnatural' and 'shameful' lifestyle.