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February 15, 2015

Ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays next week, PFLAG China has launched a short film to promote family reunions between parents and their gay children

A touching short film, which tells the story of a young gay man who became estranged from his parents after coming out, and eventually being accepted by them years later, has gone viral with over 100 million views.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 24, 2015

A borrowed dog and a new boyfriend result in a charming mini-break at canine-friendly stopover

Relationships are tricky. I always get tripped up by the labels that should be used at the beginning of a relationship. I usually refer to guys that I’m seeing as my ‘potential new boyfriend’ (or ‘PNB’ for short) – it’s a phase that sometimes lasts for years.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.

January 8, 2015

GSN's one-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub on Jan 17

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be the fabulous City Cruises.

Offering sightseeing London river cruises and boat tours from Westminster, Tower and Greenwich Piers, the organisation offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable party or a romantic date.

January 8, 2015

Giving up alcohol, takeaways and cigarettes could have a positive impact on your 2015 travel plans, according to research from Cheap Flights

Are you sticking to your New Year's Resolutions? If you do feel yourself flailing, print this article off and stick it on your fridge...

Giving up alcohol, takeaways and cigarettes for the month of January could save you £417 towards your next holiday, according to new research.

January 6, 2015

Swears in tweet because anti-gay Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills included in annual list of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page is not amused that Queen Elizabeth II has included an anti-gay politician in the New Year's Honours list.

The monarch has bestowed upon Northern Irish Councillor Maurice Mills an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

Among the homophobic opinions shared by Mills are blaming the spread of AIDS in Africa on gay people engaging in the 'filthy practice of sodomy.'

He also blamed 2005's Hurricane Katrina on Southern Decadence, the annual LGBT pride festival held in New Orleans.

January 3, 2015

British singer strikes iconic Titanic pose with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel

Six-time Grammy nominee Sam Smith went Down Under to usher the new year in with boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel.

The British singer shared some photos of their Australian holiday on social media including one in which they channel the iconic 'I'm king of the world scene' with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 1997's The Titanic.

January 2, 2015

'There should be no debate...on the question whether a clerk of court may follow the ruling, even for marriage-license applicants who are not parties to this case'

A US federal judge wiped away all the confusion. Come 6 January, every single  county clerk in Florida must provide marriage certificates to qualified LGBTI couples.

Federal district Judge Robert Hinkle released his decision on 1 January.

In late 2014 August, the judge ruled the southern US state's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional.

He put a hold on the finding to give the state time to appeal.

In the New Year's Day decree, Hinkle noted Florida had a number of appeals that were denied by higher courts.

January 1, 2015

Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Raven-Symonè and Adam Lambert among those sharing messages on social media

Ellen DeGeneres has kicked off the new year by taking to Twitter and making a bold prediction: 'Happy 2015! If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 is gonna be the year of baby goats on Instagram. I’m calling it early.'

DeGeneres, who caused Twitter to crash on Oscar night with her all-star selfie, was among the LGBTI celebrities who posted messages on social media on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Here is a sampling compiled by Gay Star News:

December 31, 2014

A cheap flight. A low-key celebration. A new year begins

Gay Star News's Gareth Johnson wraps up his festive Australian adventure (read part one here); a kiss goodbye to his hometown of Echuca, Melbourne and a New Year's hello to London.

December 31, 2014

Besides Carol Ann Duffy, the Queen has also honored several LGBT campaigners, and stars from the world of TV and film, including the former Dynasty actor, Joan Collins

Britain’s first female Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list. Duffy, aged 59, is a Scottish poet and playwright, and is openly gay.

She became Poet Laureate – an honorary position bestowed by the British monarch – in May 2009, since when she has penned poems to coincide with events of national significance.

December 30, 2014

War hero blasts her co-author and publisher in scathing Facebook post

Trans former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck survived wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia but wanted to end it all because of the book she co-wrote about her harrowing story.

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

December 23, 2014

Its owner says that escalating costs and the rise in popularity of hook-up apps have made it impossible to turn a profit

Urge in Auckland – which recently celebrated its 17th birthday – will be closing in the New Year.

According to stuff.co.nz, owner Paul Heard described the decision to close the venue as the ‘toughest day I've had’.

Heard bought the bar ten years ago with his business partner, Alan Granville. The two were formerly romantic partners, having met at the venue.

December 9, 2014

Where are you going to be making your New Year’s resolutions?

Wherever you are in the world, there are lots of different ways in which you can celebrate New Year’s Eve – reflecting on the year that has come to an end and making some resolutions as you look forward to the year ahead.

Whether you are having a quiet dinner with friends or planning a big night out, this is an occasion where you need to put a bit of thought into your celebrations to make sure that you start the new year feeling good and looking great.

December 9, 2014

Where are you going to be making your New Year’s resolutions?

Wherever you are in the world, there are lots of different ways in which you can celebrate New Year’s Eve – reflecting on the year that has come to an end and making some resolutions as you look forward to the year ahead.

Whether you are having a quiet dinner with friends or planning a big night out, this is an occasion where you need to put a bit of thought into your celebrations to make sure that you start the new year feeling good and looking great.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

December 4, 2014

'I wanted to be acknowledged for my work. I didn’t want to be that gay person who does comedy'

Lily Tomlin wants to make this much clear: 'I never did not come out.'

But she did turn down a Time Magazine cover in 1975 to announce she was gay - a step Ellen DeGeneres would take with the same magazine 22 years later.

It wasn't known publicly until recent years is that Tomlin, 75, and her frequent professional collaborator Jane Wagner have been a solid couple for more than four decades.

The couple got married last New Year's Eve.

June 4, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s LGBTI community two years before Stonewall

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque marking the location of the 1967 Black Cat Riots – one of the earliest examples of America’s LGBTI community standing up for themselves.

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 1967 a group of plain clothed police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, a newly established gay bar, and began arresting and beating patrons for kissing.

The violence spread to the nearby New Faces bar, where police beat two bartenders unconscious, and erupted into a riot in the surrounding area.

May 12, 2014

A TED speaker, scientist and renowned academic researcher is on the road to recovery after being gored by a stag in the Scottish Highlands

Six national British newspapers have been forced to admit their mistake after reporting on a trans woman who was attacked by a charging stag.

On New Year’s Eve last year in Scotland, Dr Kate Stone was gored in the neck by the animal and left her in a coma.

The antler had gone through Stone’s airway, fracturing her neck, smashing her throat and damaged the nerves to her vocal cords.

May 5, 2014

Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Seattle gay bar Neighbours on New Year’s Eve as part of a deal with federal prosecutors

30-year-old Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty over a New Year’s Eve arson attack on a Seattle gay bar that put the lives of 750 people at risk.

Prosecutors say Masmari entered Neighbours bar from a neighboring venue with looser security and used a one gallon can of gasoline to douse a stairway, leaving the can at the top of the stairs before lighting it.

April 29, 2014

'I know that thousands of people have used and cared about this store'

The oldest LGBT bookstore in the US will permanently shut its doors next month.

The owner of Giovanni’s Room, located in the US northeastern city Philadelphia, made the announcement today (28 April).