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April 15, 2014

No Parking, the first gay bar in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, closed this past weekend to make way for a Planet Fitness gym

Latino and black gay men and their admirers in New York City were dealt a blow on Sunday (13 April) when their bar was closed down.

The venue, No Parking, provided a unique watering spot for gay guys in a traditionally non-gay-friendly neighborhood.

Now it will re-open in the fall as a Planet Fitness, a gym chain seen throughout Manhattan’s boroughs.

April 15, 2014

Married same-sex couples in the United States are celebrating this year’s tax filing deadline as the first time they can file joint tax returns - and they can even refile for past years when they were denied benefits

US gay married couples have celebrated this year’s tax filing deadline as the first where they can file joint tax returns and they can even refile their returns for previous years where they were denied recognition.

The occasion was celebrated at a Monday press conference in New York with Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney and Village People cowboy Randy Jones.

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 10, 2014

An Italian court has ruled that the 2012 New York same-sex marriage of an Italian gay couple must be legally recognized in a legal first

An Italian court has recognized the marriage of an Italian same-sex couple in a legal first – finding that there is no reference to the genders of who can marry in Italy’s civil code.

The couple took the municipality of Grosseto to court after its registrar refused to register their overseas marriage in New York in December of 2012 – finding that Italian jurisdictions should recognize any marriage that was legally conducted abroad.

April 9, 2014

Girls star says she is so thankful she has a gay sister so 'someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions'

Creator and star of TV hit Girls Lena Dunham has said it was a ‘huge disappointment’ to her when she realised she was straight.

The actress and writer spoke out about her difficulties at the Point Honors Gala in New York, an event that helps LGBTI teens with questions about their sexuality and gender identity.

Her speech also addressed her younger sister Grace, who recently came out as gay.

April 7, 2014

But so far there 'hasn't even been a conversation at all' with CBS

Once David Letterman announced that he plans to step down as host of The Late Show on CBS, names of possible successors immediately began to be floated.

One of those names is Neil Patrick Harris who would make history as the first openly gay late night host.

'But I'm a big fan of CBS and [CBS's chairman and chief executive officer Les Moonves], so who knows?' Harris tells the New York Observer.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

April 1, 2014

CNN anchor relaxed and candid in wide-ranging interview

Anderson Cooper gave a candid, wide-ranging interview to radio host Howard Stern this week during which the CNN anchor revealed more personal details about his life than ever before.

Cooper talked about his days as a child model - a profession he entered at the age of 10 because he was worried about an impending financial collapse.

Between the ages of 10 and 13, he modeled for such brands as Macy's and Calvin Klein.

But that early career ended abruptly when he got propositioned by a male photographer who offered him $2,500 for sex.

March 26, 2014

Pastor James David Manning is certain the suspect was 'motivated by pure and simple hate'

The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism of the anti-gay ATLAH World Missionary Church as a hate crime.

'That’s exactly what it is,'  ATLAH Pastor James David Manning said to the Daily News. 'It was motivated by pure and simple hate.'

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.

March 11, 2014

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer

Later this month, Neil Patrick Harris will make his final appearance as skirt chasing Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

But his new life has already began.

The actor, partner David Burtka and their two children have already moved from Los Angeles to New York City where Harris is deep into rehearsals for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

March 9, 2014

'He didn’t come right out and say he was for them'

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan warned that Pope Francis' recent comments about civil unions does not mean the pontiff has decided to change church doctrine.

In a 9 March interview on the NBC News program Meet the Press, Dolan pointed out the pope was asking an open ended question.

March 8, 2014

'Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya'

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Catholic Church in New York, has nothing but praise for Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect.

In an interview that will air tomorrow, 9 March, on the NBC show Meet the Press Dolan was asked to respond to Sam's coming out.

March 7, 2014

After being punched three times, the victim fell down sustaining injuries to his face

The New York Police Department is looking for a suspect in a possible hate crime.

On 2 March, two men were at the West 4th Street Subway Station in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. They were approached by a third man.

'Are you Polish? Are you faggots,' the suspect allegedly asked, as reported by the Daily News.

The men ignored the suspect.

'I hate faggots,' the suspect allegedly said, before punching, one of the men, three times in the face.

March 4, 2014

Mexican journalist and activist Enrique Torre Molina tells us where to go for the capital city’s best eats and introduces us to the best party put on by Anal Magazine 

Don’t let the name fool you. Mexico’s Anal Magazine is an intellectual publication and has a highbrow following.

‘With a unique design, this magazine is dedicated to spread any kind of cultural expression of erotic nature or general interest to men who are not afraid to show their fascination for other men.’

March 4, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the St Pat’s For All parade in Queens on Sunday but will not be marching in the city’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade over its exclusion of visibly LGBTI participants]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the LGBTI inclusive St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens on Sunday in the event’s 15th year since being started as an alternative to New York’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2000 over its exclusion of visibly gay marchers.

De Blasio was continuing a tradition as mayor in marching in the St Pat’s For All Parade that he began as a public advocate.

March 4, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the St Pat’s For All parade in Queens on Sunday but will not be marching in the city’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade over its exclusion of visibly LGBTI participants]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the LGBTI inclusive St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens on Sunday in the event’s 15th year since being started as an alternative to New York’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2000 over its exclusion of visibly gay marchers.

De Blasio was continuing a tradition as mayor in marching in the St Pat’s For All Parade that he began as a public advocate.

March 4, 2014

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the St Pat’s For All parade in Queens on Sunday but will not be marching in the city’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade over its exclusion of visibly LGBTI participants]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in the LGBTI inclusive St Pat’s For All Parade in Queens on Sunday in the event’s 15th year since being started as an alternative to New York’s main St Patrick’s Day Parade in 2000 over its exclusion of visibly gay marchers.

De Blasio was continuing a tradition as mayor in marching in the St Pat’s For All Parade that he began as a public advocate.

March 3, 2014

John Travolta messed up the Broadway star's name in his introduction, accidentally calling her 'Adele Dazeem'

Ladies and gentlemen, ‘Adele Dazeem’!

While John Travolta may have mangled her name in the introduction, Idina Menzel delivered a powerhouse performance of Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ last night (2 March).

The Broadway singer and actress tore through the performance from Disney’s Oscar-winning film, with the crowd giving her a standing ovation at the end.

‘Let It Go’ won Best Original Song, beating ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2, ‘Ordinary Love’ from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and ‘The Moon Song’ from Her.

February 27, 2014

Jake Biondi’s Boystown books, a Queer As Folk-type series set in Chicago, explore living on the down-low, awful ex-boyfriends, coming out issues and more, all with a Windy City flavor

Chicago’s Boystown was voted the globe’s most incomparable neighborhood last year.

Out Traveler readers chose Chicago’s gay ghetto over those of Madrid, New York and San Francisco.

February 27, 2014

Jake Biondi’s Boystown books, a Queer As Folk-type series set in Chicago, explore living on the down-low, awful ex-boyfriends, coming out issues and more, all with a Windy City flavor

Chicago’s Boystown was voted the globe’s most incomparable neighborhood last year.

Out Traveler readers chose Chicago’s gay ghetto over those of Madrid, New York and San Francisco.

February 26, 2014

New York City Council will have no official involvement in this year’s St Patrick’s Parade as organizers continue to refuse to allow gay Irish Americans to march openly

New York City Council will have no official presence at this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade to protest the event’s continued refusal to allow LGBTI Irish American groups to take part in the event.

Individual Council members will still be allowed to march in the parade – as will city employees - but the event has been denied the use of a City Council banner, sergeant at arms, or any other official presence.