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November 5, 2014

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Legendary gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has some words of advice for students.

Well, at least one of his most famous characters does.

Speaking at Oxford University, he was saying what would happen to the students if they didn't revise for their exams.

'You shall not pass!'

A quote from McKellen's character Gandalf in the first Lord of the Rings film, he says it in the original as he battles a Balrog.

McKellen recently paid tribute to Pride in the UK and around the world in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

September 23, 2014

Cape Town’s progressive Open Mosque, which welcomes LGBTI people and allows men and women to worship and preach together, has been labelled a ‘cult’ and un-Islamic by a coalition of 14 conservative Muslim groups from across South Africa

A coalition of conservative South African Muslim groups have condemned the opening of a mosque that welcomes gay and lesbian worshipers and allows women to participate in prayers on an equal standing with men.

14 groups lead by the United Ulama Council of South Africa, the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, the Sunni United Ulama Council of South Africa and the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa released a group statement against the so-called Open Mosque after it held its first prayer service on Friday.

September 23, 2014

Cape Town’s progressive Open Mosque, which welcomes LGBTI people and allows men and women to worship and preach together, has been labelled a ‘cult’ and un-Islamic by a coalition of 14 conservative Muslim groups from across South Africa

A coalition of conservative South African Muslim groups have condemned the opening of a mosque that welcomes gay and lesbian worshipers and allows women to participate in prayers on an equal standing with men.

14 groups lead by the United Ulama Council of South Africa, the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, the Sunni United Ulama Council of South Africa and the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa released a group statement against the so-called Open Mosque after it held its first prayer service on Friday.

September 16, 2014

A so-called ‘open mosque’ where male and female Muslims will worship together and where LGBTI people will be welcome will open its doors on Friday in the South African city of Cape Town

South Africa is to get its first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial mosque, with its doors to open to the public this Friday.

The so-called ‘Open Mosque’ will see men and women worship side by side and will welcome both Sunni and Shia Muslims.

In a move that has been controversial with more traditional Muslims, the mosque will allow women to lead prayers when there are men present and marry interfaith couples without both converting to Islam.

September 16, 2014

A so-called ‘open mosque’ where male and female Muslims will worship together and where LGBTI people will be welcome will open its doors on Friday in the South African city of Cape Town

South Africa is to get its first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial mosque, with its doors to open to the public this Friday.

The so-called ‘Open Mosque’ will see men and women worship side by side and will welcome both Sunni and Shia Muslims.

In a move that has been controversial with more traditional Muslims, the mosque will allow women to lead prayers when there are men present and marry interfaith couples without both converting to Islam.

December 26, 2013

Whether you’re after eye candy or inspiring representations of same-sex couples, these calendars are a mix of the steamiest, cutest and most fun for next year

To keep track of our increasingly hectic and electronic lives in the New Year, we’ve put together a list of the best wall calendars for 2014.

What makes them the best?

Is it the the charitable causes, like HIV prevention and combatting transphobia, some calendar producers are encouraging you to support?

Or could it be the fact that some models are straight people in support of the LGBTI community?

Perhaps it's the rippling, sinewy muscles and homoerotic undertones of some calendars that makes them worthy of our attention.

December 26, 2013

Whether you’re after eye candy or inspiring representations of same-sex couples, these calendars are a mix of the steamiest, cutest and most fun for next year

To keep track of our increasingly hectic and electronic lives in the New Year, we’ve put together a list of the best wall calendars for 2014.

What makes them the best?

Is it the the charitable causes, like HIV prevention and combatting transphobia, some calendar producers are encouraging you to support?

Or could it be the fact that some models are straight people in support of the LGBTI community?

Perhaps it's the rippling, sinewy muscles and homoerotic undertones of some calendars that makes them worthy of our attention.

September 2, 2013

Cambridge University has just rewritten their ancient rules on graduation dress. Uni trans rep Sarah Gibson explains why it's a step in the right direction

Starting in the coming academic year Cambridge University has relaxed its regulations for the dress code of graduating students following a campaign by CUSU LGBT+.

All students will now be able to choose what style of dress they wish to wear and no longer are confined to subsets based upon whether they identify as male or female.

September 2, 2013

Cambridge University has just rewritten their ancient rules on graduation dress. Uni trans rep Sarah Gibson explains why it's a step in the right direction

Starting in the coming academic year Cambridge University has relaxed its regulations for the dress code of graduating students following a campaign by CUSU LGBT+.

All students will now be able to choose what style of dress they wish to wear and no longer are confined to subsets based upon whether they identify as male or female.

August 23, 2013

World's most renowned dictionary of the English language and several other British dictionaries have changed their definition after England and Wales made same-sex marriage law

The world’s most renowned dictionary of the English language has officially changed the definition of ‘marriage’ to include gay people.

Oxford English Dictionary online now acknowledges marriage is no longer defined as being between a man and a woman.

Future paper editions published of the dictionary will have the new, updated definition of the word.

Compilers for the OED have added ‘the relation between persons married to each other’ to its definition ‘the condition of being a husband or wife.’

July 24, 2013

World's most renowned dictionary of the English language has said they are looking into how same-sex couples marrying in England and Wales will affect the word

The world’s most renowned dictionary of the English language has said the definition of ‘marriage’ will change to include gay people.  

The home of the Oxford English Dictionary, England, has recently passed a law allowing same-sex couples to get married.

While the definition and the law did not change simultaneously, the brains behind the words say they will monitor how the word marriage changes over the next year.

March 26, 2013

Mark Govier asks why the Royal Society, Britain’s national scientific organization, hides its great gay roots from Francis Bacon to Isaac Newton

Almost everyone has heard of the Royal Society, the UK’s national scientific organization. Founded in 1660, it continues on to this very day. What most people don’t know – it’s a well-kept secret – is that the Royal Society happens to be the creation of some very clever 17th century gays.

Bizarrely, the Royal Society thinks this is ‘inappropriate’ to recognize this, let alone discuss it. But without the input of these gays, the Royal Society would have never been.

March 26, 2013

Mark Govier asks why the Royal Society, Britain’s national scientific organization, hides its great gay roots from Francis Bacon to Isaac Newton

Almost everyone has heard of the Royal Society, the UK’s national scientific organization. Founded in 1660, it continues on to this very day. What most people don’t know – it’s a well-kept secret – is that the Royal Society happens to be the creation of some very clever 17th century gays.

Bizarrely, the Royal Society thinks this is ‘inappropriate’ to recognize this, let alone discuss it. But without the input of these gays, the Royal Society would have never been.

January 15, 2013

Oxford University debating society invited three hate speakers to discuss gay parenting, while dropping far-right politician, Nick Griffin, who they claimed was invited ‘by mistake’

World-famous debating society, The Oxford Union, has invited three gay hate camapigners to promote their views on gay parenting.

The debate at Oxford University in southern England, one of the world's most famous educational establishments, will take place on Thursday (17 January) with well-known homophobes Scott Lively, Winston McKenzie and Peter D Williams invited to take part.

January 15, 2013

Oxford University debating society invited three hate speakers to discuss gay parenting, while dropping far-right politician, Nick Griffin, who they claimed was invited ‘by mistake’

World-famous debating society, The Oxford Union, has invited three gay hate camapigners to promote their views on gay parenting.

The debate at Oxford University in southern England, one of the world's most famous educational establishments, will take place on Thursday (17 January) with well-known homophobes Scott Lively, Winston McKenzie and Peter D Williams invited to take part.

July 29, 2012

Students will now be allowed to wear the ceremonial dress code of either gender to exams breaking a centuries old tradition

Oxford University has rewritten their ancient academic dress code following concerns it was unfair for transgender students.

Under the new regulations, students taking exams or attending formal occasions will now be allowed to wear ceremonial clothing appropriate for either gender.

As of 4 August, candidates at the top British university can choose whether to wear a suit and white bow tie, or a skirt, white blouse and stockings for their exam.

July 29, 2012

Students will now be allowed to wear the ceremonial dress code of either gender to exams breaking a centuries old tradition

Oxford University has rewritten their ancient academic dress code following concerns it was unfair for transgender students.

Under the new regulations, students taking exams or attending formal occasions will now be allowed to wear ceremonial clothing appropriate for either gender.

As of 4 August, candidates at the top British university can choose whether to wear a suit and white bow tie, or a skirt, white blouse and stockings for their exam.

July 3, 2012

The London arts festival for the over 60s returns with a play concerning the troubles of being gay in 1950s Britain

The Capital Age Festival returns for its tenth year with a performance of gay drama The Real Me.

The play follows the life of Oxford University student Albert, who looks back on his life in 1950s Britain when homosexuality was a criminal offence. The climax of the play involves Albert’s first crush, Jimmy, walking back into his life after 60 years.

July 3, 2012

The London arts festival for the over 60s returns with a play concerning the troubles of being gay in 1950s Britain

The Capital Age Festival returns for its tenth year with a performance of gay drama The Real Me.

The play follows the life of Oxford University student Albert, who looks back on his life in 1950s Britain when homosexuality was a criminal offence. The climax of the play involves Albert’s first crush, Jimmy, walking back into his life after 60 years.