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March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

Celebrating LGBTI Pride around the world

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

March 14, 2015

Here is the full list of places that we have been recently.

Travel Reports

March 13, 2015

Father doubled over in tears, clutched stomach and heart then began rolling around on floor  - but today they are close

The therapist knew the college student's devout Muslim father and had this advice: Don't tell him.

'You have to think of it from a risk-rewards standpoint,' the therapist told Khalid el Khatib. 'If he cuts you off completely and cuts you out of his life, is it really worth it to you?'

So Khatib waited.

He graduated, moved from Iowa to New York City and entered into his first relationship. After that ended, he slipped into a depression.

March 13, 2015

Presented as part of the BFI's Flare Festival, 54 has been vastly improved in this restored version

Studio 54 remains culturally iconic as a symbol of 80s glamor and decadence. This was the club in New York City where the world came to party.

It's a period of time that is rich with stories to be told, and it is easy to see why writer/director Mark Christopher was drawn to this era. Christopher conducted extensive research over a number of years, producing two short films before securing funding from Miramax to produce a full-length feature that was released in 1998.

March 9, 2015

'Before the damned plague hit it was absolutely party central ... I lost friends like everybody'

British actor Maxwell Caulfield gained scores of gay fans in 1982 who were seduced by his handsome looks in the film Grease 2.

The film may not have been the smash Grease was four years earlier, but it has endured as a cult hit and Caulfield has enjoyed a busy career on stage and screen.

Before that movie breakthrough, Caulfield was an unknown actor living in New York City. He was working in theater and having the time of his life with his many gay friends.

March 6, 2015

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry shows The Women’s Movement were in no way united, with races and sexualities clashing

March is Women’s History Month and Mary Dore’s documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry helps us celebrate, remember, and cheer one of our most vilified sheroes of the last century, The Women’s Movement.

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

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?

March 4, 2015

Reverend Ann Kansfield was sworn in as the New York City Fire Department’s newest religious chaplain after complaints about a lack of diversity inside the organization

New York City’s Fire Department has appointed its first ever woman chaplain and she is also the first ever openly lesbian person to serve in that role.

The Reverend Ann Kansfield was sworn into the role on Tuesday and joins six other chaplains on the force that are Christian and one that is Jewish.

New York Fire Commissioner Daniel A Nigro praised Kansfield for her community work around her Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn and welcomed her as the first ever female fire chaplain in New York.

March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 24, 2015

Colfer: 'What I think is groundbreaking is the response that our characters got'

They met in high school, fell in love, moved to New York City then back home to Ohio.

Along the way, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson lost their virginity to each other, broke up, made up, broke up, dated others then got locked into a fake elevator together.

Last Friday on TV's Glee, the fictional gay couple widely known as Klaine got married.

They surprised everyone - including viewers - when they exchanged vows during a double same-sex wedding where fellow high school sweethearts Santana and Brittany also got married.

February 24, 2015

Cristhian Escobar travels to Mexico and follows in the footsteps of the Mayan kings

The sacred Tulum Maya ruins rest majestically on top of a 39 foot (12 metres) bluff overlooking the emerald and sapphire waters of the Caribbean Sea. This is where Mayan kings worshipped the dawning sun, Zama.

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 20, 2015

'One day I just walked into the office and I quit ...  I had just reached a point where I was like, "I can't fucking do this anymore"'

On HBO's Girls this season, Andrew Rannells' character of Elijah does something very impulsive when he decides to follow Hannah (Lena Dunham) from New York City to Iowa.

So has Rannells, in real life, every done something similarly impulsive?

It turns out he did back in 2004 when he was an unknown and working for a company that made Pokemon and other anime cartoons.

February 17, 2015

Follows Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell in current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss will next play the title character in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It was announced today that the Glee star will replace John Cameron Mitchell beginning 29 April for a limited 12-week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

Criss will be the latest in a growing list of high-profile performers to tackle the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

February 11, 2015

Writer/director Ira Sachs talks exclusively with Gay Star News about his inspirations and influences that shaped this delicate story.

With his latest movie, Love Is Strange, about to open across the UK, we spoke by telephone with writer/director Ira Sachs to get beneath the skin of this delicate exploration of love, relationships, and family.

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.

February 10, 2015

Centenary of the bisexual singer celebrated in song

It was 1915 when Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a troubled childhood, including an arrest and imprisonment for prostitution at the age of 14, it was in New York City's Harlem in around 1929 when she first took to the stage and began performing as Billie Holiday.

Holiday's successful career and troubled personal life are well documented, ending with her early death in 1959.

February 9, 2015

But co-host cited health concerns during weekend appearance at film festival

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Monday without mentioning that this is expected to be her final week as a regular co-host.

News of O'Donnell's impending departure broke late Friday when her rep and ABC both confirmed that she would be leaving the show to focus on her family. It was also confirmed that O'Donnell had split from wife Michelle Rounds.

O'Donnell was given an opening to address the developments when moderator Whoopi Goldberg noted that she had had a big weekend.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

January 26, 2015

'The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible'

Melissa Rivers has filed a lawsuit against the New York City endoscopy clinic where her mother, legendary comic Joan Rivers, stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, never regained consciousness and died last September 4. She had been in good health and performed a comedy show the night before she went in for the procedure.

The daughter made some scathing remarks about Yorkville Endoscopy in a statement about the lawsuit.

January 26, 2015

Writer/Director Ira Sachs tells a delicate love story with a stellar cast

'Delicate' was a word that seemed to be frequently used by the distributor's representative as he introduced the screening of Love Is Strange at the Odeon cinema in London's Covent Garden.

Delicate is exactly what this movie is - from the subtle, nuanced performances, to the slowly revealed, if sometimes obtuse, storyline.