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March 7, 2014

Introducing the Dylan and Jack gay podcast, the newest take on LGBTI London from the eyes of two young freelance journalists

The Dylan and Jack gay podcast is not just latest, but also the freshest, take on London’s gay scene.

While the cast of characters may not mean much to LGBTI people outside the British capital, their take on life resonates far further.

As they released their third episode yesterday (6 March), the pair of young freelance journalists spoke to Gay Star News about their audio venture.

February 5, 2014

Protests will take place in 19 cities around the world including London, New York and St Petersburg

A call is being sent out around the world to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws today (5 February).

Held two days before the Winter Olympics begins in Sochi, the protestors will call on sponsors to speak out over Russia’s gay propaganda ban.

Protests are expected to take place in 19 cities around the globe, including London, New York, Paris and St Petersburg.

Sponsors of the Olympic Games include Coca Cola, McDonalds and Visa.

December 19, 2013

These Preferred Hotel Group stays are more than hotels… they are homes away from home and represent the top in gay-friendly luxury

For some LGBTI people, checking into a hotel with their partner could be considered a luxury.

The most scandal one should face when arriving to a hotel is learning a 1800’s pyramid scheme helped pay for the room you are booking.

While LGBTI travellers may expect the money they are spending on accommodation will also include fair and appropriate treatment, the sad truth is not all hotels and staff are trained to ensure a flawless experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests from check-in to check-out.

November 30, 2013

Representatives from a group of of Russian LGBTI rights organizations meet with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach

In a Paris meeting with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, representatives from Russian gay rights organizations asked Bach to seek specific answers on how Russian authorities will enforce 'gay propaganda' laws during the 2014 Winter Games.

November 23, 2013

The owner of the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, TN was found by police badly bruised with an anti-gay slur written across his forehead

Three suspects remain at large following an anti-gay hate crime in a Tennessee city after a business owner was savagely attacked and his store badly damaged.

 

Joe Williams, who owns the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, Tennessee, was closing his store on Wednesday (20 November) when he was approached by a man asking for something to help his sick daughter.

 

November 19, 2013

To mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, Paris Lees will speak at an event with musicians, poets and mourners

London is to pay tribute to murdered trans victims this year from around the world on Wednesday (20 November).

Trans activist, journalist and broadcaster Paris Lees, who topped The Independent’s Pink List, will be delivering the key note address.

While the first half will be a period to mourn, as the attendees remember the 238 trans people murdered in 2013, the second half will be a celebration of trans lives.

Trans musicians, poets and others will be entertaining the crowd, including Yui Karlberg and Naechané Valantino.

November 14, 2013

In this week's Around the World in 7 Questions feature we turn lemons into travel-friendly lemonade and talk beaches with George Carrancho, who serves as the LGBT and ethnic minority champion for American Airlines

Caring for LGBT employees and their families has increasingly become an integral part of the way the biggest companies do business.

For years, American Airlines has been named one of the best companies to work for by leading LGBT rights and minority organizations, showing to the global travel industry the importance and benefits of not only ensuring, but also promoting diversity.

November 1, 2013

Check out these interesting facts about some of the world’s most popular casinos, along with playing tips from online gaming site Jackpotjoy on how to play the tables 

Most casino gamble is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.

October 13, 2013

The trans rights campaigner and journalist awarded for making a 'real difference' for trans rights

Paris Lees has topped the list of the UK's most powerful LGBT people.

The transgender journalist and broadcaster beat the likes of Clare Balding, Peter Tatchell and Jessie J to be voted number one on the Independent on Sunday's Pink List 2013. By doing so, Lees has become the first trans person to top the list.

October 11, 2013

Lebanon’s capital is famous for the Middle East’s most handsome men, inspiring cuisine and open, yet discrete, gay life

When the topic of travel destinations arises amongst travellers, Beirut may as well stop the conversation in its tracks.

However, don’t let anyone dismay you- Lebanon is a complex nation that refuses to be reduced to an evening news sound bite.

To those fortunate enough to see this indomitable city, a knowing smile will be your reward from fellow travellers who have reveled in its nightlife, been wrapped warm by the hospitality of its people, and tasted the rich tapestry of its food.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 1, 2013

Irish leader has written to the Gay Games organizers saying potential host city Limerick is a testament to the country's greenery and song

Prime Minister Enda Kenny has backed Ireland’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018.

The Irish leader has written a letter to the Federation of Gay Games.

While Limerick is competing against Paris and London to host the athletic events, Kenny guaranteed a traditional welcome.

‘The beauty of Ireland’s lush green landscape has been immortalized in paint and in song and Limerick City and its surrounds are testament to that legacy,’ he said.

September 25, 2013

'It's male beauty in all its glory' said Musée d'Orsay curator of the exhibit that explores pain, temptation, desire and idealization through two centuries' worth of naked men

The naked male is 'no longer possible to ignore,' said president of Paris' Musée d'Orsay Guy Cogeval, referring to the Masculin/Masculin exhibit opening this week.

September 10, 2013

Police believe they may have found a second person responsible for the death of anti-fascist student Clément Méric

Police have a charged a skinhead over the death of a gay rights activist.

Back in June, the anti-fascist student Cleménet Méric was left braindead after an attack in Paris.

Samuel Dufour, a 19-year-old anti-gay extremist, is being charged with violence leading to the death of Méric, but without the intention of killing him.

September 8, 2013

Following on from his test in the outgoing RR Sport, Chris Thomas jumps into a very new RR Evoque

Unless you have been in an automotive black hole for the last year you can't have failed to notice the new baby of the Range Rover family prancing around our countryside and urban sprawls.

It has fast become the darling of the suburban set, maybe due to the amount of press it has received, the very well publicised 'design' involvement of Victoria 'don't call me posh' Beckham or maybe, as I think, because it is gorgeous.

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.

August 30, 2013

A group describing themselves as 'The Watchmen', mostly made-up of anti-gay university students, will have their 500km walk to the capital come to a halt

A group of anti-gay pilgrims are vowing to defy Paris law and protest against same-sex marriage this weekend.

French police are stopping a group of hardcore anti-gay protestors from gathering, and say they are now being forced to resort to social networking sites to discover the group’s plans.

Calling themselves ‘The Watchmen’ (Les Veilleurs), they had planned to assemble at the Place de Concorde, one of the biggest public squares, on Saturday evening (31 August).

August 30, 2013

Konstantin Altunin says he is now living 'day by day' in France

Konstantin Altunin's painting of Russian President Vladimir Putin in women's underwear brushing the hair of a lingerie clad Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev got an art gallery in St. Petersburg shut down this week.

Now Altunin has fled Russia and is now in France.

'I am forced to request political asylum because I fled very quickly without luggage or money,' he said a telephone interview with RFE/RL.

August 30, 2013

We check into the coolest boutique hotel in one of France’s most dynamic cities – Mama Shelter in Marseille

There’s nothing more exciting than arriving in a city by train. Particularly when that city is Marseille.

We had arrived from Paris by TGV – the superfast train makes the journey between the capital and France’s second city in just three hours, zipping through beautiful countryside without a stop. Before we knew it, we were out of the station doors to see this incredible port town sprawling in front of us.

For me it was love at first sight.

August 21, 2013

The organizers of the annual World Dog Show have said they are considering moving the 2016 event out of Russia after the American Kennel Club said it would boycott the event over Russia’s treatment of LGBTs

The President of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which puts on the annual World Dog Show has written to the American Kennel Club (AKC) to say that it is considering moving 2016 installment of the event out of Russia after the AKC urged it be held elsewhere because of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.

August 15, 2013

Les Hommen, famous for their shirtless homoerotic homophobic protests, have taken revenge on Act Up

Anti-gay protestors have taken revenge on a charity by painting fake blood on their offices in Paris, France.

Les Hommen, known for their homoerotic shirtless homophobic protests, have shown they are no laughing matter after vandalizing the Act Up’s office.

August 12, 2013

Australia's LGBT community have gathered to chalk the streets with rainbow colors to protest Russia's rising homophobia

Somewhere over the chalk-drawn rainbow, way up high, there’s a sense of gay pride doodling its way across Australia and the world.

DIY Rainbow, an Australian protest movement, have chalked up another achievement by drawing a rainbow flag outside Sydney's Russian embassy.

In the quiet suburb of Woollahra, gay rights activists spoke out by creating the new road-art feature outside the building in protest of Putin’s anti-gay laws.

August 11, 2013

As host of World Outgames the city of Antwerp proves a lively destination for the world’s LGBT sports teams

Destination: Antwerp. The largest city in Flanders in the heart of Europe.

I love the Eurostar service that connects the UK to mainland Europe. Getting to Antwerp was a breeze, from London St Pancras to Brussels and then an easy connection to Antwerp. There are plans in place to upgrade the fleet of Eurostar trains – personally I’d suggest power sockets at every seat and wifi throughout the train. And perhaps no children under 16 – is that selfish?

July 23, 2013

Topless band of female protestors' Paris offices are hit by fire, and they think it could be something to do with the stamp controversy

Feminist group FEMEN’s HQ in Paris went up in flames at the weekend, with some activists suggesting it could have been a homophobic attack.

Although police are treating the blaze as an accident, it comes after a recent death threat that said the women should ‘burn like witches’.

In the early hours of Sunday morning (21 July), a fire broke out at 5am in a room where FEMEN’s leader Inna Shevchenko had been staying.