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April 6, 2015

The drag kings and queens were out in force in New Orleans on Sunday to raise money for people with HIV through the city’s annual Gay Easter Parade

Hundreds took part in the 16th annual New Orleans Gay Easter Parade on Sunday – one of the largest pride events to take place each year in the state of Louisiana.

The parade featured entries transported by 29 carriages, wagons and trolleys and 10 vehicles including limousines and featured marching bands and seven marching groups.

Participants dressed up for the event, wearing tuxedos, summer suits and dresses with Easter hats.

April 2, 2015

The Dinah Vegas founder shares her top tips on the jazz capital of the world

I've lived here since… August of 2010. I stayed because New Orleans is in my blood. I went to College here at Tulane University and this is the town I came out in.

My favorite queer bar has to be… None other than The Bourbon Pub & Parade which is the first gay bar I had ever been to…and now I own it!

Here in New Orleans, we always look forward to… NOLA folks bring new meaning to the acronym TGIF…they really know how to celebrate.

April 2, 2015

The Dinah Vegas founder shares her top tips on the jazz capital of the world

I've lived here since… August of 2010. I stayed because New Orleans is in my blood. I went to College here at Tulane University and this is the town I came out in.

My favorite queer bar has to be… None other than The Bourbon Pub & Parade which is the first gay bar I had ever been to…and now I own it!

Here in New Orleans, we always look forward to… NOLA folks bring new meaning to the acronym TGIF…they really know how to celebrate.

March 13, 2015

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked'

Partrons of a gay club in New Orleans are fighting for their right to drink and smoke naked.

Clientele of The Country Club launched a petition calling for the reinstatement its clothing-optional policy, which was scrapped after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted there last summer.

But patron Dillon Henderson said the reasons why the policy went away were 'irrelevant' to him.

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked,' he told WGNO TV station.

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 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 5, 2015

No T, No Shade, No Pink Lemonade... Gay Star News speaks with the first contestant to leave Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

We are off and racing as Season 7 of RuPaul's smash-hit drag queen reality show gets away. We caught up with the first contestant to leave the show – Tempest DuJour from Tucson, Arizona.

What did it feel like to watch the first episode of RPDR S.7?

February 17, 2015

'I think he gave and gave and gave a lot of his soul energy away'

If Scott Bakula looks a bit tired in his scenes on HBO's Looking this season, he's got a good reason.

The 60-year-old actor juggled the shooting of his scenes with the filming of his new CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

February 11, 2015

New Orleans woman is shot multiple times and misgendered by police

Penny Proud is the fifth transgender woman of color to be murdered in the US so far this year.

Proud, 21, was shot multiples around 1.30am yesterday (10 February) at an intersection in New Orleans and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement that misgendered the victim.

LGBTI youth of color organization BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement on the recent murders when the news broke.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

January 7, 2015

Over 900 people have called for the honor to be removed

The politician awarded a MBE despite his homophobic views has said he welcomes the 'scrutiny' from celebrities such as Ellen Page.

Maurice Mills, a Northern Irish councillor, has said it is a 'silly' idea that his honor be removed and then repeated his claim that God punishes the world for homosexuality.

Mills has blamed the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy' and also blamed Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBTI pride festival held in New Orleans.

December 20, 2014

'Playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill on Broadway was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career...'

Singer, actress, and LGBTI ally Audra McDonald will soon appear on HBO in a portrayal of jazz great Billie Holiday.

The six-time Tony winner will reprise her role in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill  for the premium cable and satellite television network

June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

June 13, 2014

Says federal amendment banning same-sex marriage needed and plans to attend opposition march

San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is ratcheting up his opposition to gay marriage as a string of legal victories for marriage equality continues to grow.

Cordileone, chair of the US bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said at a meeting of bishops in New Orleans this week that the country is at a 'critical point.'

His solution?

May 12, 2014

In our latest Around The World feature, Seth Fornea turns us on to New Orleans and gives us a few reasons to visit Brazil

Whoever said beauty and brains don’t come in the same package, never had the pleasure of meeting Seth Fornea.

The hottest fixture on America’s gay party circuit, not to mention the latest erotica icon from media moguls COLT Studios, Fornea set himself apart from the saturated pool of virtual man-candy as the smoking ginger with boy-next-door-charm.

Before you start drooling over the pecs you can crack walnuts on and the baby blue eyes we want to get lost in, we’re happy to offer a look into the man behind the muscle.

February 12, 2014

Suit claims couples are instructed by state to lie on their federal tax returns by stating they are single

Four couples filed a federal lawsuit today challenging Lousiana's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The suit was filed on the same day as a federal judge in Kentucky struck down a similar ban in that state which co-plaintiff Forum for Equality Louisiana looks at as a major plus.

February 4, 2014

Oscar nominated actress tweets:  'I don't realize that it was a slur. I'm very sorry for my poor choice of words'

Gabourey Sidibe says she did not know the world 'tranny' is a slur and has apologized for using it repeatedly during a recent appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show.

The actress, nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film Precious, came under fire for an anecdote she told about being in New Orleans filming the FX series American Horror Story: Coven.

January 9, 2014

Glee star Chris Colfer also represents gays with a win for Favorite TV Comedy Actor

The people have spoken and they love Ellen DeGeneres - they really love her.

The stand-up comic who became a sitcom star then one of the most successful talk show hosts of all time won a record 14th People's Choice Award in Los Angeles on Wednesday (8 January) night.

'As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People's Choice Awards, I ... I mean 12, yes. Thirteen? Maybe. But 14?' DeGeneres joked as she accepted her award.

December 27, 2013

Liz Harris was told: 'You're VERY pregnant' after she and wife Nadia had nine unsuccessful attempts

Liz and Nadia Harris had a full house in New Orleans for Christmas with five new additions to their family.

The couple, married for four-and-a-half years, are now the parents of quintuplets - four boys named Michael, David, Maxwell and Joseph and a girl named Elizabeth.

'I think our gifts are the five babies,' Liz Harris tells the ABC affiliate WGNO.

September 20, 2013

Danny Roberts: 'Can’t say because he’s straight and married now'

Andy Cohen asked and Danny Roberts told - sort of.

During a reunion of MTV reality show stars this week on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, Cohen asked a group that included Roberts if they had ever hooked up with any of their fellow castmates.

All said no except for Roberts who appeared on The Real World: New Orleans in 2000 and on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons in 2002.

So who was it everyone wanted to know.

'Can’t say because he’s straight and married now,' Roberts answered.

August 4, 2013

Rainbow flag that was torn down from John Hill's New Orleans home had been put up the day the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI are investigating a possible hate crime against the leader of a gay rights organization in the US southern state Louisiana.

John Hill is the chairman of Forum for Equality and a resident of the Crescent City. An early morning 3 August surveillance videotape, from an art gallery near Hill's home,  shows an unidentified man stopping a van and getting out with a step ladder.

August 4, 2013

Rainbow flag that was torn down from John Hill's New Orleans home had been put up the day the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down

The New Orleans Police Department and FBI are investigating a possible hate crime against the leader of a gay rights organization in the US southern state Louisiana.

John Hill is the chairman of Forum for Equality and a resident of the Crescent City. An early morning 3 August surveillance videotape, from an art gallery near Hill's home,  shows an unidentified man stopping a van and getting out with a step ladder.

June 23, 2013

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has apologized for its lack of sympathy 40 years ago over the Upstairs Lounge bar fire that killed 32, while the city’s mayor has marked the anniversary with an official certificate

New Orleans Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond has apologized for his church’s silence 40 years ago when 32 people were burnt to death in the Upstairs Lounge bar fire.

On 24 June, 1973, staff at the Upstairs Lounge bar answered the door only to find it engulfed with flames.

Staff managed to evacuate 30 people from the building while the fire spread but 29 people died in the 16 minute blaze and three died later from their injuries. A further 15 people were injured in the blaze.