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June 13, 2014

The Nevada State Republican party has selected the first transgender Republican candidate to run against a Democrat in United States history

Military veteran and transgender woman Lauren Scott has become the first transgender person to be chosen to run against a Democrat after her party selected her to stand in Nevada Assembly District 30.

Scott received 58% of the vote over rival Republican primary candidate Adam Khan who only received the support of 42% of party members.

Khan had been endorsed by the Nevada Republican Assembly but Scott received endorsement from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in her bid to be the candidate.

May 15, 2014

A Nevada seventh grader who brought a pistol to school and shot a teacher and two other students revealed in his suicide note that he was angry about being labeled as gay and ‘retarded’ by bullies

Nevada state authorities have released the details of why they think 12-year-old Jose Reyes brought a gun to school and fired on classmates before shooting himself on 21 October last year.

Reyes wounded two other students and killed a teacher before shooting himself just 10 minutes after being dropped at Sparks Middle School by his mother.

A 1,300 page report into the shooting was made public on Tuesday and reveals that Reyes left behind two suicide notes – one for his parents and one for his teachers and classmates.

April 14, 2014

Republicans in the US state of Nevada have dropped opposing same-sex couple’s right to wed from their platform in an effort to create a more inclusive party

Nevada state Republicans have voted to remove opposition to same-sex marriage from their party platform as a US Court of Appeals considers a legal challenge to the state’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to wed.

The vote was held on Saturday at a Nevada state Republican convention and passed on a show of hands by the 520 delegates present.

The new platform removes references to marriage being only between a man and a woman.

February 24, 2014

Have you met the GlamCocks? Australian bombshell Courtney Act introduces us to the gay family that takes on Burning Man every year

Not that I needed much convincing, but after hearing Courtney Act describe what goes on at Burning Man, I ache to go.

Maybe it was the Australian accent (which I love).

Maybe it was the GlamCocks, the group of gay men who travel from all corners of the globe for the annual event in Nevada (whom I could totally see myself joining, code name pending).

Maybe it was the ‘the rules are there are no rules, except for the Golden Rule’ credo of Burning Man, ‘an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance’.

February 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

January 24, 2014

After repeatedly failing drug tests, the pianist's most famous gay lover is facing jail time of up to two decades

Liberace’s most famous gay lover is to face up to 20 years in jail after repeatedly failing drug tests.

Scott Thorson, 54, spent five years with the pianist and wrote about his experiences in the book Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada jail yesterday (23 January) for failing a string of drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.

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.

November 21, 2013

Portrayed by Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra, Thorson arrested for violating probation and failure to appear in court

Scott Thorson, the one-time romantic partner of the late Liberace, is back in jail.

Thorton was arrested by deputies in Washoe County in Nevada for allegedly violating his probation and for failing to appear in court, according to

November 1, 2013

Promotional feature: Check out these interesting facts about some of the world’s most popular casinos, along with playing tips from online gaming site Jackpotjoy on how to play the tables 

Most casino gambling is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.

November 1, 2013

Promotional feature: Check out these interesting facts about some of the world’s most popular casinos, along with playing tips from online gaming site Jackpotjoy on how to play the tables 

Most casino gambling is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.

October 5, 2013

Emmy winner had a strong defender though: Helen Mirren, the director's wife

Openly gay actor Leslie Jordan has made a career out of playing over-the-top gay men.

He won an Emmy as Karen Walker's pretentious, sexually ambiguous arch-nemesis - Beverly Leslie - on TV's Will & Grace. Jordan is also well-known for his cross-dressing character of Brother Boy in the stage, feature film and television series versions of Sordid Lives.

No one has ever accused the actor, whose memoir is called My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, of being particularly butch.

August 16, 2013

Myles and his husband, David, have done what many of us just talk about. They have not just moved to Spain but opened a small, personal and stylish boutique hotel – Almohalla 51 –in Andalucía

There is a word in Spanish, ‘Duende’. To different people and situations it means different things and it is not a word that translates easily; from goblin to charm, a magical creature to a spirit… when something or someone has a certain magic or mystery.

July 24, 2013

A Nevada political observer believes a Supreme Court challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage has the potential to spread marriage equality to all 50 states

Slash/Politics blogger and Las Vegas Review-Journal political watcher Steve Sebelius believes a Supreme Court challenge to Nevada’s ban on gay couples marrying could legalize same-sex marriage across the United States.

July 15, 2013

On Bastille Day, millions watched as the iconic building lit up with the rainbow colors to signify an end of the fight for marriage equality in France

One of the most iconic buildings in Europe has gone gay to celebrate marriage equality in France.

While some have argued the Bastille Day celebrations that lit up the Eiffel Tower in gay pride colors was a tribute to South Africa’s Rainbow Nation, many say it was clearly about the end of the fight for same-sex marriage.

This year, the theme of the Paris fireworks was France’s motto: ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’.

June 24, 2013

Nevada marine veteran has won the American beauty pageant and will go on to represent the United States

A Marine has taken the title of Mr Gay World USA, a last final stamp on the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Matthew Simmons, from Nevada, won the beauty pageant contest and will go on to compete for the title of Mr Gay World.

During the competition, he stripped down to his speedos and posed in his uniform.

Simmons said: ‘I dream to inspire my peers to overcome the tough obstacles in their life and strive to be the best person they can, never giving up on their dreams and never losing sight of who they are.

May 24, 2013

An 18-year-old Nevada's testimony is going viral a day after the US state voted in favor of equal marriage

A Nevada teen has given a heartbreaking testimony on why his two mothers deserve equality in the eyes of the law.

Riley Roberts, 18, sat in front of the Nevada assembly to deliver his tearful speech.

Yesterday (23 May), the Nevada Assembly voted 27-14 to pass a resolution advancing efforts towards equal marriage in the US state.

In the video, Roberts says: ‘I was born in Reno, Nevada 18 years ago, and guess who was there? My mom Pamela Roberts and Gretchen Miller, my loving parents.

May 12, 2013

Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson talks about their relationship while he faces prison for burglary and identity theft

The man whose book is the basis for the upcoming HBO film on entertainer Liberace will not be able to watch it. His prison doesn't have the channel.

Scott Thorson, Liberace's ex-lover, has been in a Nevada jail since this past February. He is charged with buying a computer and cell phone with a credit card that wasn't his. Last Wednesday (8 May) he pleaded guilty and asked to be placed in a rehabilitation program. Punishment could range from probation to 2 to 30 years in prison.

April 23, 2013

Nevada state Senate repealed a ban on gay marriage and passed a marriage equality resolution during which the impassioned debate Senator Kelvin Atkinson came out as a gay man

The Nevada state Senate passed a same-sex marriage resolution, by a vote of 12-9.

The resolution passed today (23 April) repeals the state text defining marriage as between a man and a woman, replacing it with ‘the state shall recognize marriages and issue marriage licenses, regardless of gender’.

Same-sex marriage was banned in 2002 when voters passed a constitutional amendment, Nevada Question 2.

April 11, 2013

Republican National Committee member in Michigan ratchets up anti-gay rhetoric

Dave Agema, who serves as a Michigan Republican National Committeeman, is stepping up his anti-gay comments and continuing to ignore demands from party members that he resign.

Agema, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives, let loose in an interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

December 21, 2012

Gay friendly travel company Further Afield are offering a trip to the world's most romantic city

Close your eyes and picture the most romantic city in the world. Chances are that image in your head features the Eiffel Tower, shopping down the Champs Elysees and drinking fine wine, people watching in Montmatre.

They don't call France's capital gay Paris for nothing and Gay Star News is champing at the bit to go there immediately.

October 1, 2012

River Viiperi cited for misdemeanor battery after punching the woman's boyfriend

Paris Hilton, whose comments about gay men and AIDS have caused a backlash against the heiress in recent weeks, was seen heavily making out with another woman in Las Vegas early Monday (1 October).

August 30, 2012

Incident prompts host Sean Savoy to come out publicly as gay man

During the 11 months that he had hosted his Sunday night radio show on the FOX News Radio affiliate KKFT 99.1 FM in Reno, Nevada, Sean Savoy had not mentioned that he is gay.

But he got fired anyway after having a LGBT advocate Will Kolb on as a guest to talk about marriage equality, the Chick-fil-A controversy and other LGBT topics on his August 12 show.

May 4, 2012

Drink & Drag is set to become largest employer of drag queens in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is opening what owners claim will be the United States' first bar and gaming venue staffed solely by drag queens tomorrow (5 May).

Glamour will be taking centre stage as the bar Drink & Drag opens in the Nevada gambling capital employing over 24 full-time drag artistes.

It is set to become the largest employer of drag queens in the US.

The 22,000-square-foot venue is the brainchild of leading US nightclub Krave.

It will feature 12 bowling lanes, billiards and a 100-inch projector HD console lit by jewel-encrusted chandeliers.

April 10, 2012

Lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal in federal court comes after success in California

Lambda Legal has filed a federal lawsuit in Nevada on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging Nevada’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday (10 April) in the U.S. District Court for Nevada, argues that the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.