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February 20, 2015

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the 'Dark Ages'? Discover and more

1. The world's oldest porn, which dates back over 3,000 years, features both male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

February 19, 2015

Alan Turing film spurs on record number of signatures

A petition calling on the government to pardon tens of thousands of men convicted under anti-gay UK laws has reached a milestone almost half a million signatures.

Spurred on by the recent portrayal of war-time codebreaker and gay man Alan Turing, played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, 450,000 people have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

January 20, 2015

Gratuitous nudity sent temperatures soaring at GSN's one-stop travel shop

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop travel shop featured indoor beaches, hot tubs and star performances. Not to mention male models in nothing but their underwear, who performed two fashion shows hosted by the acerbic La Voix...

January 20, 2015

Gratuitous nudity sent temperatures soaring at GSN's one-stop travel shop

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop travel shop featured indoor beaches, hot tubs and star performances. Not to mention male models in nothing but their underwear, who performed two fashion shows hosted by the acerbic La Voix...

January 19, 2015

Queer travel event featured packed political debates and killer performances from La Voix and London Gay Big Band

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop-travel-shop proved a huge success, with LGBTI travellers filling the venue throughout the day.

The event featured two packed afternoon debates, the first featuring political figures Lord Cashman, Baroness Barker and Crispin Blunt.

January 19, 2015

Queer travel event featured packed political debates and killer performances from La Voix and London Gay Big Band

The Gay Star Travel Expo returned to London's Heaven nightclub for the second time last Saturday – and the one-stop-travel-shop proved a huge success, with LGBTI travellers filling the venue throughout the day.

The event featured two packed afternoon debates, the first featuring political figures Lord Cashman, Baroness Barker and Crispin Blunt.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the biggest gay political names in the UK said about huge issues

The UK’s first big political debate of 2015 was on gay rights as the three big parties faced off during the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Labour’s Lord Michael Cashman, Liberal Democrat’s Baroness Liz Barker and Conservative’s Crispin Blunt MP answered a variety of questions from the engaged and curious British public.

It was chaired by Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith.

They were asked, in overview, what is Britain’s role in global LGBTI rights.

January 16, 2015

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Celebrities such as gay host Paul O'Grady and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley have been named as patrons of a gay and human rights founsation.

The two British names have been joined by nine others from politics, TV, film and music to become patrons of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Helena Kennedy QC, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lords Waheed All and Michael Cashman as well as Baroness Barker have become patrons.

January 14, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan) for the second year – and the schedule for the day can now be revealed:

12pm - 1pm: Political debate featuring Lord Cashman, Crispin Blunt MP and Baroness Barker, titled Global LGBTI rights: What is Britain's Role?

January 12, 2015

One-of-a-kind travel show returns to London's Heaven nightclub on the 17 Jan

Human rights activist and legendary queer spokesperson Peter Tatchell will be among the speakers at the Gay Star Travel Expo's campaigners' debate at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17).

The founder of the Peter Tatchell Human Rights Foundation will be one of four panelists taking part in the debate titled: 'Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide?' It will take place at 3pm.

January 12, 2015

Tenth annual LGBTI event takes place in London; celebrations include a screening of Boy Meets Girl

The tenth Student Pride celebration is slated to take place next month from the 27 February to 1 March in London, it has been confirmed.

The festivities will centre around the University of Westminster's Marylebone campus, accompanied by club nights at Heaven, according to organizers.

The event will once again include a heavy focus on trans issues, and one of its centerpieces will be the screening of the Iris Prize Best Feature Film winner Boy Meets Girl.

For a further breakdown of the weekend's planned events, scroll to the bottom of this article.

January 6, 2015

'Straight-washing'?: Gay rights banner was removed from the American version of the DVD cover

Pride director Matthew Warchus has said he does not mind the removal of gay content from the US DVD cover of the film.

His Golden Globe-nominated film is about a group of London gay and lesbian activists in Margaret Thatcher's Britain who champion a group of striking miners.

On the back image of the DVD sleeve, 'London-based group of gay and lesbian activists' on the blurb was changed to 'London-based activists'. The gay rights banner was also removed.

December 23, 2014

An opposite-sex couple have gone to the High Court to challenge the UK’s civil partnership ban for straight people; they would prefer a civil partnership to marriage

A man and a woman have applied to the UK’s High Court today to challenge the ban on men and women entering into civil partnerships with one another.

Civil partnerships for same-sex couples were introduced in England and Wales in 2005. In 2013, the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which came into force earlier this year, meant that same-sex couples could enter into marriage, or, if they prefer, a civil partnership.

Those already in a civil partnership can change their relationship status to married by completing a form with a registrar.

December 17, 2014

Meet Charlie Kiss, Green Party, who wants to see Westminster change

Charlie Kiss is believed to be the first trans man to ever run for a seat in UK parliament.

The Green party politician says he wants to help change Westminster forever, starting with helping Britain to be better represented in the House of Commons.

He says his past experience of going through his transition, being homeless, working a variety of different jobs and his activism sets him apart from the millionaire MPs.

December 17, 2014

Meet Charlie Kiss, Green Party, who wants to see Westminster change

Charlie Kiss is believed to be the first trans man to ever run for a seat in UK parliament.

The Green party politician says he wants to help change Westminster forever, starting with helping Britain to be better represented in the House of Commons.

He says his past experience of going through his transition, being homeless, working a variety of different jobs and his activism sets him apart from the millionaire MPs.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

September 18, 2014

Norman Fowler apologizes for the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools

A long-serving member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet has apologized for the controversial Section 28 which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

Former health minister Lord Norman Fowler told the Evening Standard, ‘We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognized as a great mistake and I would apologize for it. It was totally misjudged.’

The law was repealed in 2003.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

July 28, 2014

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school

Over 5,000 people celebrated Gay Pride in the English county of Norfolk over the weekend.

Highlighting LGBTI diversity in schools and promoting acceptance in sport, particularly with regards to the current Commonwealth Games, Norwich Pride started by turning the entire city into a flurry of rainbows.

Rainbow flags were flown from some of the most prominent town buildings including police headquarters at Wymondham, hospitals, department stores, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Castle Museum and City Hall.

July 28, 2014

Leading her grandchildren down the town center, Poppy Rose sets the tone for a gay pride parade calling attention to homophobia in sport and school

Over 5,000 people celebrated Gay Pride in the English county of Norfolk over the weekend.

Highlighting LGBTI diversity in schools and promoting acceptance in sport, particularly with regards to the current Commonwealth Games, Norwich Pride started by turning the entire city into a flurry of rainbows.

Rainbow flags were flown from some of the most prominent town buildings including police headquarters at Wymondham, hospitals, department stores, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Castle Museum and City Hall.