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April 16, 2014

Northern Ireland politicians are making a third bid to legalize same-sex marriage, following England, Wales and Scotland

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

It is the only nation in the UK to have not already passed same-sex marriage.

But now six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have filed a motion calling for marriage equality.

The private members motion is due to be debated on 29 April.

The motion notes that England, Wales and Scotland have ‘moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples’.

April 14, 2014

It is 10th consecutive ruling by a federal judge invalidating state bans since US Supreme Court ruling on Doma last June

A federal judge in Ohio officially issued a ruling today declaring Ohio's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Black gave advance notice last week of his intentions in order to give the state time to prepare its appeal. He also placed a stay on his ruling pending appeals meaning same-sex marriages cannot yet begin in the state.

Still, it marks the 10th consecutive ruling invalidating such a ban since the US Supreme Court gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

April 9, 2014

British pop star has claimed in a lengthy response on Twitter that she never lied about her sexuality

Jessie J has denied ever lying about her sexuality in a lengthy statement on Twitter.

The 'Who You Are' British pop star revealed this week she no longer identifies as bisexual, and says she dates 'only men'.

She first came out in 2011 when she said: 'Yes, I've dated girls and I've dated boys - get over it.'

April 4, 2014

'Let's let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it'

With the enormous success of the Netflix series House of Cards, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has never been a bigger star.

But he remains one of the most private when it comes to his life off-screen.

In a new Hollywood Reporter cover story, it is reported that Spacey so fiercely guards his private life that 'his affable demeanor shuts off the moment he is asked about it.'

April 3, 2014

Singer-songwriter told his fans on Twitter about his upcoming album while calling on those who described his sexual orientation as 'sad'

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has spoken out against people who call his homosexuality a 'disability'.

The flamboyant singer said he has received comments and tweets such as ‘it’s so sad to be gay’ and he finds the statements ‘indirectly offensive’.

‘It ain't a DISABILITY!! It's just a disposition ya'll. the only thing that makes it "hard to deal with" is when folks be ignant bout it. Ha’, Lambert tweeted.

April 1, 2014

Oenophiles rejoice! LGBT event company Out In The Vineyard is taking a select few on the ultimate South Africa wine safari

Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT wine, travel and event company is welcoming oenophiles to join an exclusive wine and food safari October 13 – 26, 2014.

For guests taking the intimate 14-day adventure through South Africa’s LGBT-owned wineries and private estates, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate.

March 31, 2014

The director of a school in Texas refused to enroll a toddler because he has two moms and ‘we don’t live that way’

A couple claims their son was turned away from a Texas school because he has lesbian parents.

Tracy and Dawn Keller were assured they could enroll their three-year-old son into the Bedford, Texas school but after touring the school were phoned by the director saying there son would not be welcome.

March 30, 2014

2 security guards at call center company charged for violating city ordinance which prohibits 'all discriminatory acts against homosexuals in the workplace'

A transgender woman working at a call center company in Quezon City has filed a criminal complaint against two security guards for prohibiting her to use the company’s female restroom.

March 21, 2014

Top off your wedding celebrations with these out-of-this-world honeymoon venues, specially selected by gay-friendly stay service Further Afield

From secret villas to hotels atop dormant volcanoes, these unforgettable honeymoon destinations are in some of the world’s most romantic cities and desirable travel destinations.

These fairy-tale getaways are ideal for kicking off your new life with your partner, isolated enough to enjoy some privacy yet close enough to city centers to enjoy the local culture.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

March 6, 2014

WARNING: Graphic details. Newcastle Crown Court hears how a former government vet indulged in 'inflicting pain on others' in sex session that allegedly went too far

WARNING: This article contains graphic details that some readers may find distressing

A British man is being accused of killing his gay lover in a crystal meth S&M extreme sex session.

Kirk Thompson, 46, is alleged of causing severe internal injuries to David Kochs, 43, during the session at his home in Newcastle.

Thompson, who previously worked as an animal welfare adviser for the government, invited Kochs over after meeting him online.

February 25, 2014

The future in hotels has arrived. From button-activated fish feeders to private coral gardens, we look at four stays showing people a whole new world

Breakfast in bed should always be enjoyed hundreds of feet under the ocean surface.

Enough of penthouse suites and lobby check-ins - the most stylish accommodations these days are found under the sea.

Sleeping with fish might have sounded crazy in the past, but the technology needed to build these underwater hotels is not only safe, but quickly becoming popular.

We take a look at some of the world's most amazing underwater hotels, visions of the future that you can book and enjoy today.

February 17, 2014

Leave convention behind with these two intimate weekend tours in Iceland full of adventure, comfort and rare sights. One tour is just for gay men and the other specifically for lesbian travelers

Iceland’s Kvosin Hotel in downtown Reykjavik calls their smallest room ‘normal’.

The queen-sized bed, Aveda grooming products and compact living room presented in eye-catching Icelandic design are anything but ordinary. Then again, for the foreign traveler, much of Iceland can seem anything but ordinary.

Whether you’re hunting for Northern Lights, pouring yourself into the milky warm waters of the Blue Lagoon or embracing Iceland’s distinctive nature through bird watching or glacier climbing, you’ll soon discover Iceland truly is out of this world.

February 12, 2014

From Frank Ocean to Freddie Mercury, RuPaul to Josephine Baker, we celebrate our favorite gay, lesbian, bisexual and pansexual chart-toppers

It's the end of Britain's LGBT History Month which has been celebrating musicians and music this year.

So we've compiled this list of some of our favorites. Who would make your list of best LGBTI musicians? Tweet us @GayStarNews. Enjoy the dance breaks!

Frank Ocean

US singer and rapper Frank Ocean published an open letter online in 2012, revealing a teenage love affair with another boy. He gained even more fans, both straight and gay, for coming out in the notoriously homophobic world of hip hop.

February 7, 2014

Book with gay-friendly accommodations Further Afield for Valentine’s Day specials, or just to spend time basking in the most sensual beds, tubs and spas around

Butter up your special someone this Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, with these gay-friendly stays exuding sensuality and calm.

Further Afield, who specializes in hand picking gay-friendly hotels and B&Bs around the world, also locates accommodations with deals just for two.

Ahead of Valentine’s day, some hotels offer complimentary drinks upon arrival while others pamper you and a guest in candle-lit massages.

January 24, 2014

Headmaster asks teachers to promise not to have gay sex or show gender non-conforming behavior, even in private

In order to make Christian examples out of its staff both on and off campus, an international school in Hong Kong has asked them to endorse ethical codes that allegedly give it the right to fire or even sue violators.

The International Christian School’s draconian policy against gays and trans peoples is uncovered today (24 Jan) after local newspaper Ming Pao received complaints about the private institute from readers.

January 24, 2014

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera, outed by Wikileaks, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa is out to get him and that the government is using a man accused of stealing from his house to frame him for breaking the country’s sodomy law

Sri Lankan MP Mangala Samaraweera says the ruling party is out to get him for splitting from the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and says they are using false accusations of sodomy by a thief who robbed his home to try to destroy him.

The man accused of burglarizing Samaraweera’s home was arrested last week but was soon out on bail and President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, a former ambassador and political appointee of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been hired to defend him.

January 13, 2014

'I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation'

US talk show host Katie Couric is calling the controversy over her asking transgender guests about their private parts 'a teachable moment.'

Couric is under fire for asking model Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race) and actress Laverne (Orange is the New Black) about their genitalia during a show that aired last week (6 January).

January 8, 2014

Model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox tell talk show host such things are personal

Katie Couric wanted model Carmen Carrera and actress Laverne Cox, both transgender, to tell her audience about their private parts during a show that aired this week.

They refused.

Couric asked Victoria Secret model Carrera: 'Your private parts are different now, aren't they?'

Responded Carrera: 'I don't want to talk about it, it's really personal.'

She added: 'After the transition there's still life to live. I still have my career goals, I still have my family goals.'

January 6, 2014

With Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Princess Beatrice slated to become the first ‘celebronauts’ in space, who will be the first openly LGBTI person to take a commercial space flight?

To date, we know of only one person from the LGBTI community who's been in space.

We didn't learn the first woman in space Sally Ride was a lesbian until decades after her death.

An estimated 500 people have already traveled into outer space, so statistically speaking at least a few of them must have been closeted.

December 24, 2013

GSN looks at 11 individuals, from A-list celebrities to high school students,  who stepped out of the closet and into the spotlight in 2013

The increasing visibility of openly gay politicians, actors and public figures speaks volumes for the progress the LGBTI community and allies have made in the past few decades.

This year saw beloved celebrities, athletes and young students come forward and share with the world one of the most important and intimate aspects of their lives.

Whether they came out at school, on the Golden Globes stage or in a Youtube video - GSN applauds the message these 11 individuals shared when they came out of the closet.

December 24, 2013

A two-story ‘pride house’ steals the show in Irvine, California

Hate mails asked Dr Mary Pham to keep sexuality private after the Vietnamese American put up a pride flag at the house she built in Irvine, California in June.

The single mother of three children did not back down then, and now she is standing even straighter and taller.

Pham put her Christmas lights on last week. Now her pride flag with the Italian word for ‘peace’ stood atop a two-story ‘pride house’ at nights, reports the Orange County Register.

December 12, 2013

Parliament ministers in India are considering their options on how to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that a colonial era law banning gay sex is legal

India Supreme Court banning gay sex has violated international law, according to United Nations’ human rights chief.

Navi Pillay has made her comments as the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to make the sex lives of 17.5% of the world’s gay population illegal.

The action affects an estimated 40 million people.

‘Criminalizing private, consensual same-sex sexual conduct violates the rights to privacy and to non-discrimination enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which India has ratified,’ Pillay said.

December 11, 2013

The ultimate villa dinner party and a Michelin-star picnic are just a few of the social functions you can design for you and your friends at Cinq & Sept, a sumptuous gay guesthouse in the South of France

House-shares on Fire Island and the Hamptons have nothing on Cinq & Sept, an 1800s Italian-style villa reimagined by a British gay couple to create an attractive and convivial haven for the LGBTI community to truly feel at home.

As the opening credits to Golden Girls and Friends prove, sometimes, life is better with a group of your best mates around.

With Cinq & Sept you can book out a private home in the Mediterranean with your friends, or just book one of the six suites and mingle with a new group of people.