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May 30, 2015

The True Face filmmaker on the gay capital's cabaret calander, ethical shopping scene and 'pay as you feel' restaurants

I've lived here since… I was born. I've lived in many suburbs in Sydney including Redfern, Parramatta, Ashfield,  Kingswood and Newtown.

I've stayed because… I found a home in Newtown. It's the perfect combination of culture where you can op shop [charity shop], dine out or chill at a pub and no one judges you for how you look or where you're from.

May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

May 9, 2015

Some men can buy their freedom by paying a ransom, but most face death by being thrown off a roof

ISIS and other extremist Islamic groups are using honey trap methods to lure in and capture allegedly gay men.

A source inside ISIS-controlled territory told the Daily Star: ‘They set up dates to coax them into being arrested and executed.’

ISIS’ religious police, the Hisbah, have a special squad of young fighters whose task it is to trick gay men into going on dates with them, according to the Daily Mail.

May 5, 2015

Mx is already used by government departments, councils and universities throughout the UK

The gender-neutral title Mx may be added to the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary after it is already in use throughout British public services.

Mx is used throughout the country by high street banks, government departments, councils and some universities; it is also accepted on driving licenses and by the Royal Mail.

Now the Oxford English Dictionary is considering the inclusion of the gender-neutral honorific in the dictionary’s new edition, alongside the traditional Mr, Mrs and Miss.

January 17, 2015

Another photograph shows a man falling in mid-air with a crowd watching in the background

The Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS, has released graphic photographs purportedly showing a man being thrown off a roof in Mosul, Iraq, for being gay. The images were reportedly shared by ISIS-affiliated social media accounts and by mainstream media outlets.

An image shows a man being pushed off of the ledge of a tall building by two masked men while another photograph shows a man falling in mid-air with a crowd watching in the background.

October 21, 2014

He told clients to pretend they were gay to qualify for protection visas

An immigration agent has been banned from practicing for five years for coaching clients to be gay in order to  an Australia protection visa.

Issam Sam Issa advised two clients to tell an immigration tribunal they were gay and took them to Sydney's gay areas, Oxford Street and Kings Cross.

The Migration Agents Registration Authority found Issa encouraged and assisted clients to protection visas 'based on fabricated claims of being homosexual.'

Protection visa holders can live and work in Australia if they face persecution in their home countries.

July 11, 2014

An article railing against gay white men ‘stealing’ black women’s culture misleads on an important point – gay guys can’t hide either, and shouldn’t have to

On Wednesday, Time Magazine published an article Sierra Mannie originally wrote for her student newspaper, telling white gay guys to stop stealing black culture.

At first, I wasn’t sure how to respond, as a mixture of randomized white guy guilt and distance from the subject at hand made it feel a little awkward. But the more I read the more I felt something needed to be said and a balance redressed.

June 25, 2014

Gay Star News will be live streaming the London Gay Pride parade from a terrace party overlooking Oxford Street, featuring free food, art shows and live musical performances

Don’t miss any of London Gay Pride this year... Join the Arts Pride terrace party overlooking the parade route in central London.

£7.50 ($13, €9) gets you entry into this year’s Arts Pride party where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the parade procession, a free drink upon entry, hot food with a veggie option, Krispy Kreme donuts and best of all for Pride: Access to toilets.

January 29, 2014

Jason Smith sent us a postcard from Sydney, and we're desperate to meet this drag queen because... SHOES!

From the characters of Priscilla Queen of the Desert to the delectable Courtney Act, we love us some Australian drag queens.

We can’t get enough of the accents to top off the wigs and the legs.

If photos of Sydney Mardi Gras are anything to go by, life is anything but a drag when it comes to Australia’s LGBTI scene.

Gay Star News reader Jason Smith and his partner sent us a postcard from Sydney as they sped past a gay bar.

January 28, 2014

Daily Telegraph publishes rant by UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini claiming there is no such word as 'homophobic'

A British newspaper has printed a ‘bizarre’ advert attacking a columnist for her pro-gay views.

The Daily Telegraph published the open letter from UKIP donor Demetri Marchessini about Times writer Libby Purves, who discussed her views about Russia’s gay propaganda laws in a recent column.

‘What Miss Purves and many others cannot grasp is the fact that when our government made homosexuality legal, it did not make it moral,’ Marchessini argues.

‘How can anybody, less alone Miss Purvis (sic), tell people what they should think about homosexuality?’

December 11, 2013

'Muggle' version of fictional sport is gaining traction, and is LGBTI-inclusive

‘Brooms up!’ the referee cries, and the game begins.

This is not exactly the beginning of a regular sports match, as people weave past each other trying to avoid the smack of a hard ball into their back, or a wooden pole into their chest as they get tackled. This is a real-life quidditch match, straight out of Harry Potter.

The teams are not flying, but running around with brooms between their legs, playing what is essentially a combination of rugby, dodgeball and lacrosse.

November 25, 2013

Taylor Square, in the heart of Sydney’s Oxford Street gay precinct, will host a HIV rapid testing clinic this week from Wednesday in the lead up to World AIDS Day to help more people know their status

People will be able to find out their HIV status for free in under 30 minutes this week in Sydney’s iconic gay precinct thanks to a pop-up clinic in Taylor Square.

Taylor Square lies at the heart of Sydney’s Oxford Street and is surrounded by some of its most popular gay venues and this week Wednesday until Sunday it will host LGBTI community health organization ACON’s (formerly the state AIDS Council of New South Wales) a[TEST] rapid HIV testing service.

The clinic will act as a drop-in testing service and no appointments are necessary to get tested.

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

November 7, 2013

Organizers cancel talks by Mufti Ismail Menk at leading British universities

Organizers have cancelled a UK university tour by a Muslim cleric who says gays are ‘worse than those animals’.

Ismail Menk was due to visit nine venues around Britain next week, including the universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow.

While often viewed as a moderate, he has been criticized for calling lesbian, gay and bisexual people ‘filthy’.

As a mufti, or religious legal expert, he is authorized to give definitive rulings, called fatwas, based on Islamic law.

September 25, 2013

Police in Sydney, Australia have warned men who have sex with men to be wary when using online dating websites and apps after a man was allegedly seriously assaulted and robbed by two men who lured him to a hotel room

Surry Hills Police Local Area Command (LAC) is warning Sydney men who have sex with men who use online gay dating websites and apps to be wary of becoming victims of assault and robbery by criminals who use them to find potential targets

On Monday, 16 September, Police say a 34-year-old man met with another man at a hotel on Sydney’s Oxford Street gay entertainment precinct after arranging to meet on a gay dating website.

August 29, 2013

A NSW Police officer who was captured throwing a handcuffed teen to the ground during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night

The police officer who was captured on video throwing 18-year-old Jamie Jackson to the ground during the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been one of the officers involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night.

Sydney LGBT rights activist Bryn Hutchinson was charged by police with assault when they arrested him for crossing Oxford Street in disobeyance of their instructions after the parade had finished.

August 7, 2013

The New South Wales state Administrative Decisions Tribunal has ruled that the bashing of an LGBT activist by a man who had previously harassed him over his sexuality was not an act of vilification

A court in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has ruled that a man who had yelled ‘I am going to eradicate all gays from Oxford Street,’ at a gay activist had vilified him but not when he subsequently bashed the man – leaving him with serious facial injuries.

July 12, 2013

The Labor Party Opposition leader in the Australian state of New South Wales has backed plans for a permanent giant rainbow flag to fly over Sydney’s Taylor Square to mark the area’s connection to the LGBT community

New South Wales (NSW) Opposition leader John Robertson has backed plans for a permanent symbol of LGBT equality to be erected in Taylor Square in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst to mark the area’s connection to the LGBT community.

Labor City of Sydney councilor Linda Scott put forward the proposal after a rainbow crossing that had been painted on the road for the Sydney Mardi Gras was removed by the NSW Government.

June 25, 2013

As transphobia enters the Oxford English Dictionary, Helen Belcher asks if it’s hate, ignorance or government stubbornness that is the real problem

Scrabble players have the benefit of some new words thanks to the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Transphobia and transphobic are two of them. Judicious placing of tiles on pink squares may see scores just about reaching three figures.

In the interests of assisting Scrabble aficionados, let me help by supplying a definition: Transphobic – hostile towards transsexual or transgender people.

June 10, 2013

Organizers say an attack on a gay man in the southern English university city proves why gay pride needs to exist

Oxford Pride marched on and was called a ‘success’ despite a homophobic attack during the week.

Police are investigating after two men beat up a 29-year-old man in the southern English university city last Tuesday (4 June).

Dave Legg, chair of Oxford Pride, told Gay Star News how an attack like this proves why we need Pride.

‘I was very surprised as Oxford is a very friendly city. We sometimes get homophobic comments, but an attack is very rare,’ he said.

The attack happened after a LGBT equality event at a music venue.

June 5, 2013

A lecture in Perth, Western Australia against same-sex marriage by University College Oxford law professor John Finnis was disrupted by protesters who drowned out most of his speech

Dozens of LGBT rights supporters disrupted a lecture by University College Oxford law professor John Finnis last night, drowning out most of his speech.

Finnis had been at the conservative Catholic Notre Dame University in Perth to deliver the lecture ‘Opposing death with dignity and same sex marriage: faith or reason?’ but a group of protesters organized by Equal Love WA (Western Australia) managed to render most of his speech unintelligible by banging on walls and chanting outside the lecture theater.

June 4, 2013

Students and supporters of LGBT rights in Perth, Western Australia will picket a speech by controversial University College Oxford law professor and LGBT rights opponent John Finnis

A lecture by a controversial anti-gay scholar will be picketed by students and supporters of LGBT rights tonight in Perth, Australia.

University College Oxford law professor John Finnis has written a series of articles opposing LGBT rights and same-sex marriage throughout his academic career and was scheduled to speak at the Perth Notre Dame University tonight.

Finnis will present a lecture entitled, ‘Opposing death with dignity and same sex marriage: faith or reason?’

May 25, 2013

Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby has announced he will vote for marriage equality on the same day that hundreds of LGBTs and their supporters marched in Sydney

Around 500 people participated in rallies and a march for marriage equality today in Sydney.

The marchers assembled next to Sydney’s town hall and then marched through the city past Hyde Park and up Oxford Street to assemble at Taylor Square where they used chalk to remark a ‘rainbow crossing’ which had been controversially removed by the New South Wales state government.

April 14, 2013

Local residents have created their own rainbow crossings all over Sydney in chalk to protest the removal of a rainbow crossing from Oxford Street that was torn up by the state government

Local residents across Sydney have created their own rainbow crossings in chalk after the New South Wales (NSW) State Government dismissed public pressure and had a rainbow pride crossing installed for the Sydney Mardi Gras torn up in the dead of night on Wednesday.

Not even Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore had been told that road workers would be blocking off Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street to tear up the rainbow section of the road and replace it with black bitumen.