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February 20, 2014

'It appears you would be happier in a less integrated neighborhood surrounded by people who think the way you do'

Syndicated advice columnist Dear Abby, long known for common sense answers and support of gays, let a reader signed 'Unhappy in Tampa' have it this week for being a homophobe.

A woman explained that she and her husband had relocated to Florida and after being quickly welcomed into the neighborhood social scene, they quickly found themselves on the outside looking in.

November 20, 2013

Minister says while he is not aware of public money being spent on conversion therapy, he was happy to look into investigating the NHS

The UK government has decided to crackdown on ‘gay cure’ therapy but has ruled out legislation for now.

The House of Commons has met to discuss a ban on conversion therapy.

Described as ‘voodoo treatments’, the majority of the members of parliament (MPs) at the Westminster Hall meeting backed a ban.

Sandra Osbourne, the Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cunmock who began the call, said: ‘Conversion therapy is a very real problem in this country.

‘This isn’t a simplistic debate about the freedom to choose.

October 19, 2013

Stop Trans Pathologization’s global rally to get American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization revise their manuals gathers steam in Manila

While Fleur Rose is asking people to sign a global petition that is urging World Health Organization to stop treating transpeople as mentally ill, Dindi Tan is getting ready for a “convergence for fun” in Manila Saturday to strengthen transgender health.

February 1, 2013

'I was trying to do everything to end it'

The man pretending to be a woman in a bizarre online hoax involving college football star Manti Te'o said he was desperate to end the ruse so he decided to kill his online alter-ego off with cancer.

'I was trying to do everything to end it,' Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw in part one of an interview that aired Thursday (31 January). 'People say it was a cruel joke. Cruel true, joke never.'

January 31, 2013

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo says he's gay but 'confused'

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man behind an elaborate online hoax involving college football star Manti Te'o, says in a new television interview that he is gay and was in love with Te'o who thought Tuiasopo was a woman.

'Here we have a young man who fell deeply, romantically in love,' says television personality Dr. Phil McGraw whose two-part interview with Tuiasosopo begins airing Thursday (31 January).

October 4, 2012

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has banned the 'treatments' for minors

A college student who claims he had same-sex attractions but was 'cured' after conversion therapy has filed a lawsuit against California, which has enacted a law that bans the so-called 'treatments' for under 18s.

Aaron Blitzer, who is studying to be a therapist in that field, believes the banning of the therapy intrudes on First Amendment protections of free speech, privacy and freedom of religion.

September 4, 2012

Iconic advice columnist points out that it's sexual harassment and a hostile work environment

The advice columnist known as Dear Abby is getting praise for pointing out to a closeted gay man being pressured to date a female co-worker that he is a victim of sexual harassment and is working in a hostile work environment.

Columnist Abigail Van Buren is really Jeanne Phillips who several years ago took over for the column's founder, her mother Pauline Phillips. The column is the most widely syndicated in the world.

August 29, 2012

Movement to support LGBT youth founded by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

It Gets Better, the viral campaign launched by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, will receive the Governors Award from the Television Academy, it was announced Wednesday (29 August).

August 6, 2012

American Psychiatric Association removes transgender from mental illness category after years of LGTB lobbying

Transgender people are no longer considered 'mentally ill' by the American Psychiatric Association.

The mental health organization's decision to replace the term 'gender identity disorder' with 'gender dysphoria' means transgender is no longer categorized as a mental illness and comes after years of campaigning by activists.

July 23, 2012

Transgender pupil in UK forced to cite Equality Act before school allowed her to sit GCSE paper

A transgender teenager banned from taking an exam unless she went home and changed into boys' clothing used UK equality laws to slam the school's bigoted headteacher.

Ashlyn Parram was told she wasn't allowed to take her first GCSE exam at Giles Academy, Boston, Lincolnshire, because she was wearing tights, skirt and a blazer, The Sun reported.

July 16, 2012

Australia’s largest LGBT community health organization has developed a new education program that aims to reduce the impact of mental distress in the LGBT community by helping people improve their understanding of mental health.

Beginning later this month, ACON’s Peace of Mind program is a series of free workshops being delivered in Sydney and throughout the state of New South Wales (NSW) which will help LGBT people identify when their family and friends are experiencing mental distress and how they can offer support.

The program has been developed by ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW), in partnership with Australia’s Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and in collaboration with the Australian National LGBTI Health Alliance and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria.

July 5, 2012

Lesbian MSNBC host has been dealing with condition since the age of 12

Rachel Maddow may be the energetic face of the MSNBC cable news channel, but the lesbian television personality has suffered from bouts of depression since before she was a teenager.

'One of the manifestations of depression for me is that I lose my will,' Maddow tells Rolling Stone. 'And I thereby lose my ability to focus.'

June 29, 2012

Three French activists have had only water and no food for five days to force François Hollande to act on gay rights at UN

Three activists are on their fifth day without food in a bid to force French President François Hollande to act on gay rights in the UN.

The activists from the French committee for International Day Against Homophobia include IDAHO’s global founder, Louis-Georges Tin.

Tin says newly elected President Hollande promised him in May that he would bring a resolution to the UN, demanding the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide.

June 26, 2012

Singer wants Forty to None Project to help kids and educate the public

Cyndi Lauper wants everyone to know that of the approximately 1.6 million youth in the US who are homeless each year, 40 percent of them identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

The singer and longtime LGBT activist wants to reduce that percentage from 40 percent to none.

May 10, 2012

Gay Star News quizzes a leading relationship counselor to the low-down on what to do when things start going wrong

Hindsight is a beautiful thing. As I sat chatting with relationship counsellor Nicholas Rose, slurping on black coffee in London’s leafy suburban Chiswick, I couldn’t help wishing that I had been researching this story in my early 20s - but then I guess I wouldn’t have had the experience of numerous failed relationships to make me fully appreciate the pearls of wisdom that Rose was sharing.

April 25, 2012

Want to get lean and strong? It’s time to embrace all things Italian

I have spent too many years of my life miserably scanning restaurant menus for low-carb, low-fat and, inevitably, low-fun meal options.

What I’ve never understood is that when you travel through Mediterranean countries, and it was Italy where it particularly hit me, the men are generally lean and athletic and they are happily chowing into big bowls of pasta. Some bread with that? Sure! Wash it down with some wine at lunch? No problem!

As I contemplate a dry chicken salad, the injustice is infuriating.

April 1, 2012

‘Chems’ are highly addictive - GSN investigates the dark side of pleasure

On Caledonia Road, in the heart of London’s Kings Cross, there is a small shopfront painted bright purple and a discreet sign that confirms that this is the home of London Friend.

This nondescript, unassuming premises is the frontline in an ongoing campaign to educate gay men in Britain's capital about the risks that they’re taking and the harm that they’re doing to themselves.

March 5, 2012

Gay Star News grabs a few minutes with Chris Parnham, managing director of event management company Zibrant

Zibrant is a provider of venue-finding, event production, and incentive management services. The company places over 25,000 events annually in more than 50 countries and employ 230 staff across Europe.

Managing director Chris Parnham’s eyes sparkle with wit and humour, but he makes no attempt to hide the drive and ambition that have seen him become one of the power gays shaping the business world of today.

February 3, 2012

Experts are calling on the Australian government to legalize gay marriage because of its health benefits

Legalizing gay marriage will reduce drug and alcohol abuse in the LGBT community, say experts in Australia.

In a newly released paper, researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales cite studies which shows a direct link between marriage equality and reduced alcohol and drug consumption.

January 30, 2012

A Christian therapist who was found guilty of professional misconduct for using 'gay cure' method has found support from the Church

Church of England bishops have supported a Christian counsellor who tried to 'cure' an undercover journalist who asked to be treated for his homosexuality.

Former archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, Bishop of Chester the Rt Rev Peter Forster and Bishop of Lewes the Rt Rev Wallace Benn are among senior church figures who have signed a letter of support for the 60-year-old psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington.

December 16, 2011

Gay singer doesn’t want a future boyfriend to do everything for him

Will Young is trying to improve his household skills so a future boyfriend doesn’t have to look after him.

The openly gay singer-songwriter and actor, who is currently single, came to fame after winning the first series of British TV talent contest Pop Idol.

Young said: ‘I'm not domesticated at all but I want to be. I'm embracing that side of things. I'm too independent to have a boyfriend do it for me. I have to be in control of everything.