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June 30, 2014

Sikh parents Harcharan and Kamlesh Bagga have made a video for the Asian Pride Project in which they urge other Asian parents of LGBTI people to accept their children and fight for their right to equality

The North America based Asian Pride Project has released a video in which an Indian Sikh family talk about their support for their gay son and urge other Asian parents to support their LGBTI children and help fight for their rights.

The Asian Pride Project posted the video to video hosting website Vimeo last month.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

February 11, 2014

In revenge for CNN describing a Belarus statue as 'ugly', a state television broadcaster has taken his revenge at the Iwo Jima memorial

A Russian news anchor has accused a famous US army memorial to be a tribute to gay sex.

Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial news anchor on Rossiya state television, has struck back against a CNN article that described a Belarus war monument to be ‘ugly’.

The worldwide news organization posted an article intended to be amusing looking at architecture around the globe.

It described the Soviet soldier ‘emerging from a mountainous block of concrete looks as if he’s about to thump the West into submission before hurling North America at the sun.’

January 3, 2014

A gay man who was born in Pakistan but who has lived most of his life in North America is being deported to Pakistan by the Australian Government despite his four year relationship with an Australian man

Ali Choudhry expects to be deported by the Australian Government on 8 January after it determined that his four year relationship with Brisbane doctor Matthew Hynd did not constitute a ‘longstanding relationship.’

‘[We] do not consider that you are in a long-standing relationship with your sponsor,’ the Immigration Department wrote to Choudhry in response to the couple's attempt to obtain a partnership visa.

Choudhry was born in Pakistan but has lived most of his life in North America and originally came to Australia on a student visa to study Zoology.

October 30, 2013

The western part of Canada is home to sweeping forests, skiing resorts, the best aquarium in the country and a Japan-like spring that will seduce you with its 37,000 blossoming cherry trees

A visit to Britsh Columbia means you can enjoy the mildest climate in Canada and get a chance to see a whale swimming in the sea.

You can also discover a park with the oldest trees you have ever seen and breathe the fresh air these wonderful forests give you for free.

Say ‘hello’ to a beluga at the Vancouver aquarium or rent a bike to explore Victoria, ‘the cycling capital of Canada’ as it is known, catch the sun on a Vancouver beach or try the best salmon ever.

October 28, 2013

Gay Star Travel chases late summer vibes in London’s Soho, home to a Cuban salsa club nestled a floor above an Indian eatery

As we sadly wave goodbye to wonderfully mild weather, we thought it would be an ideal time to seek out some London hot spots with one foot still firmly in the tropics.

Carom and Floridita, conveniently situated one atop another, strive to bring a piece of India and Cuba respectively to London's multicultural barscape.

Stepping into Carom's hidden botanical garden, you are struck by the lush greenery of the plants and herbs surrounding you.

October 15, 2013

Ditch the turkey and Black Friday stampedes… come to a five-day gay and lesbian culture festival held on one of Mexico’s most beautiful beaches

Located on the same latitudes as Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta is one of the western hemisphere’s most popular destinations for LGBT tourists.

The white sands and turquoise ocean of Puerto Vallarta came under the international spotlight in the 1960s, after it became known American actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love in the Mexican coastal town.

October 14, 2013

British Columbia's biggest city is reminiscent of vibrant New York and lovely London, but sets itself apart with its own nature and architecture... and loads of nice men to be found in gay-borhood Davie Village

‘I first saw the Queen when I was 6,' says Angus Praught, my exclusive gay guide in Vancouver.

This is British Columbia: a piece of Europe in North America, where 'Lizzie' says 'hello' from every coin or every banknote.

I meet Angus in Vancouver’s gay area, Davie Village, where one can find most of LGBT bars, clubs, restaurants and venues. Angus, a renowned publisher in Vancouver, loves this area and that’s why he lives here with his Japanese partner.

October 10, 2013

Grieving father had been walking 5,000 miles across the US when he was hit by a driver believed to be asleep at the wheel

The father who was walking across America to raise awareness for his gay son who committed suicide has died.

Joe Bell, 48, from La Grande, Oregon was killed on his walk last night (9 October) when he was hit by a semi truck in eastern Colorado.

The walk across North America was in tribute to his gay 15-year-old son Jadin, who hanged himself in an elementary school playground in January.

September 3, 2013

Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make the most of fall at any of these Preferred Pride hotels around the world

Autumn is that magical time when cool breezes beckon you to take a leisurely stroll or to relax in a fireplace lounge with a drink in your hands.

Gay Star News brings you 15 gay-welcoming hotels across Europe, Asia and North America perfect for an autumn break.

Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection offers LGBT travelers exclusive deals and special amenities like complimentary champagne or daily breakfast at chic and exciting destinations worldwide.

September 1, 2013

Scott Lively wants President Vladimir Putin to lead a Russia and US alliance against gays and lesbians

Scott Lively, an anti-gay activist who has claimed gay men were responsible for the Holocaust, wrote an open letter to President Vladimir Putin praising him for Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws.

The 30 August missive applauded the president as 'an example of moral leadership that has shamed the governments of Western Europe and North America.'

However, he warned Russia should be prepared to do more.

June 28, 2013

GSN meets the team from North Coast Softball who are preparing for the Gay Softball World Series

Gay softball is a big deal and clubs across North America are in preparations for the Gay Softball World Series in which over 150 LGBT teams compete each year.

We caught up with Jason Buffa – commissioner of Cleveland’s North Coast Softball, to find out how the club is shaping up this year.

When was the North Coast Softball established?  

May 23, 2013

New policy will see gay men who have been celibate for five years eligible to give blood in Canada

Canada is lifting its strict lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, although restrictions will still be in place.

The Canadian Blood Services are hoping to have the new policy in place by mid-summer 2013.

While there will no longer be a lifetime ban, men who have not had sex with other men in the last five years will be allowed to donate blood.

The new policy will replace the existing screening criteria, which excludes potential male donors who have had sex with another man since 1977 — the year HIV began spreading rapidly throughout North America.

April 22, 2013

Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old from Oregon, hanged himself on an elementary school playground after homophobic bullying

The father of a gay teen who hanged himself is walking across the United States to spread his message against bullying.

On 19 January, Joe Bell’s 15-year-old son Jadin was taken to Portland hospital in Oregon after he hanged himself on a playground at an elementary school.

The teen, who had gone to a counsellor to report homophobic bullying in the past, died two weeks later.

March 28, 2013

GSN’s beauty expert Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham shares her tips to a perfect tan without having to risk your skin on a sunbed

For many of us in northern Asia, Europe, and north America, it’s been a cold start to the year but we’re getting closer and closer to the summer.

That means only one thing. More flesh on show.

No matter what time of year it is, we all love a nice golden glow to the skin. But forget about frying your skin on the sun beds or paying a lot of dosh on spray tans.

Here’s my handy guide on how to fake tan guide that will leave you look like you have just come back from St Tropez.

March 10, 2013

GSN meets the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association to find out about its clubs and tournaments across six continents

Do you want your chance to serve a ball or two on the same tennis courts that host the US Open? Or perhaps you just fancy a knockabout with some friends. Wherever you are in the world, there is a good chance there will be a Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA) club for you.

We met up with Daniel Merrithew, commissioner of the (GLTA) to find out more about the association and the opportunities it gives its members.

What is GLTA's background?

March 3, 2013

A religious coalition including Jewish, Hindu and Sikh American groups have filed briefs in support of the repeal of the ban on same-sex marriage in California and the Defense of Marriage Act – stressing the dangers of having marriage defined in law according to a particular religion’s definition of marriage

Hindu and Sikh American groups have joined forces with a coalition of Jewish and other religious American groups to form a ‘broad coalition in support of marriage equality.’

The initiative, announced on Friday, has been spearheaded by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and includes the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Rabbis for Human Rights North America and the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.

March 3, 2013

A religious coalition including Jewish, Hindu and Sikh American groups have filed briefs in support of the repeal of the ban on same-sex marriage in California and the Defense of Marriage Act – stressing the dangers of having marriage defined in law according to a particular religion’s definition of marriage

Hindu and Sikh American groups have joined forces with a coalition of Jewish and other religious American groups to form a ‘broad coalition in support of marriage equality.’

The initiative, announced on Friday, has been spearheaded by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and includes the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Rabbis for Human Rights North America and the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism.

December 27, 2012

Mexico this week began accepting blood donations from gay and bisexual men – becoming the first North American nation to do so. From now on sexual behavior not sexual orientation will determine who can donate

New blood donation regulations screening donors based on sexual history rather than sexual orientation have been implemented in Mexico, making it the first country in North America to end its ban on men who have sex with men donating blood.

The new regulations came into effect December 25 and now means any HIV and Hepatitis negative gay or bisexual man who has a history of safe sex and is not a sex worker or injecting drug user may donate blood.

The rule was approved in August and then published in the Official Journal of the Mexican Federation on October 26.

December 21, 2012

Pop superstar to help fans at Lady Gaga's concerts talk about their problems to psychologists

Lady Gaga is taking her anti-bullying charity on tour in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues.

The US pop star's Born This Way Foundation has teamed up with the National Council for Behavioral Health to set up booths with psychologists for her fans to talk to at her upcoming concerts in North America.

The Born Brave Bus Tour will visit 27 cities in total, reported Digital Spy.

November 21, 2012

Europe's first inclusive mosque which will welcome LGBT people and women on an equal footing to open in Paris, France

The association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F) announced it will open an inclusive and progressive mosque which will be open for gays and women on an equal footing.

The new mosque which will be open on 30 November will enable women and men to perform their prayers together in the same space, not separately as is customary in traditional mosques settings.

October 9, 2012

Bisi Alimi challenges us to remember all victims of hate crime this October – particularly murdered LGBT people

Thapelo Makutle, Noxolo Nkosana, Jody Dobrowski, David Kato, Harvey Milk, Matthew Sheppard, Craig Gee, Alexis Frumin, Brendan Courtney, Fanny Ann Eddy, Lauren Harries, Angie Zapata and many more.

These names represent the reality of the world we live in. From Africa to Asia, Caribbean to Europe, North America to South America, Oceania to the Pacific. These names bring tears to the eyes of the many people who understand they are connected.

All of them were victims of homophobic murders.

August 29, 2012

As her Born This Way Ball world tour continues, Denmark’s little monsters are ready for their encounter with the one and only Lady Gaga

The Born This Way Ball is Lady Gaga’s third concert tour and her most ambitious yet. It's 110 shows in total - dates in Asia, New Zealand and Australia have already been completed, the European leg of the tour has just commenced and then it will be onwards to Latin America, South Africa and North America by January 2013.

August 2, 2012

My mission to bring better fitting, safer condoms to the world through crowd-funding

I'm sure I don't have to tell you that when people don't like condoms, they don't use them – certainly not every time they should.

However, while this may not have been true a few years ago, these days, if you don’t absolutely love your condom, you are simply wearing the wrong one. Let me explain why.

For far too long people have believed that all condoms are one-size-fits-all and that all condoms are created equal.

It is time to bust these widespread condom myths once and for all.