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February 7, 2014

Canadian cities including Ottawa and Vancouver have also raised pride flags support gay rights during the Olympics in Russia

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford, usually in the headlines for his drug and alcohol use, is now making a fuss over a rainbow pride flag that is flying over city hall.

He wants it taken down.

'It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,' he told reporters Friday (7 January) outside his office. 'No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.'

January 23, 2014

Leading LGBT rights advocate in Baku says in his suicide note: ‘This world is not colorful enough for my colors. Farewell.’

A 20-year-old gay man killed himself in Azerbaijan yesterday (22 January).

Isa Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan’s Free LGBT group, a Baku-based campaigning charity aiming to improve the lives of the community in the capital.

He was discovered dead after reportedly hanging himself using the rainbow-colored flag.

On his Facebook page, Shakhmarli wrote: ‘I am leaving you. God bless you. This country and this world are not for me.

‘I am going to be happy now. Tell my mother I loved her very much. I blame you all for my death.

January 16, 2014

John Duran: 'We all know the city is UBER gay with 40% of our residents being LGBT. But 60% of our residents are not'

The rainbow flag donated by a local business owner no longer flies over the entrance of West Hollywood City Hall.

This has led to a debate about whether the California city, where 40% of the 34,000 residents are gay men, is moving away from its LGBT identity.

Openly gay councilman John Duran took to Facebook this week to try and quiet the critics.

The five-member council, four of whom are gay men, voted in November to leave it up to City Manager Paul Arevalo to choose which unofficial flags to fly at City Hall.

December 25, 2013

Olympic swimmer and Oscar winner both post photos of their unique gifts

Hot new couple Olympic diver Tom Daley and Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black both got some fancy footwear for Christmas.

Both have posted photos on social media of their feet in rainbow pride socks.

Black posted his photo on Facebook with the message 'Thanks mom!' on it.

Daley's sock photo on Instagram simply said: 'Ha!'

December 10, 2013

Rainbow Reykjavik turns up the heat in January with a Blue Lagoon pool party, a Golden Circle tour and a Masquerade Ball in celebration of the global LGBTI community

There’s a reason Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and the producers of hit TV series Game of Thrones come to Iceland.

With its rugged terrain shaped by geothermal activity, progressive LGBTI laws like marriage and adoption thanks to the people’s emphasis on family, an internationally renowned pop/folk music scene claiming the likes of Bjork and Sigur Ros… Iceland is a world all it’s own.

December 8, 2013

To placate the far-right's anger over Rome dedicating their Christmas lights to a dead gay man, the tribute has now been changed to Nelson Mandela

A Christmas tribute to an Italian gay student who killed himself has sparked a row in Rome.

The gay rainbow flag lights sparkling over one of the Italian capital’s most bustling streets Via del Corso has been described as ‘provocative’ and ‘ideological’ by right-wing politicians.

City assemblywoman Imma Battaglia, a leftist Sel party member who also leads a LGBTI campaigning group, said the lights were intended to be against homophobia.

December 4, 2013

Alain sent Gay Star Travel some of his 'Postcards' from the trips he's taken with most-cherished travel possession

What's the one thing you will never travel without?

Some people might insist on bringing along their lucky underwear or favorite pair of eyelashes, but Alain doesn't go anywhere without his rainbow wig.

What started off as a Halloween costume in 2006 has now become a global movement, with Alain taking the wig to 11 countries and countless cities.

He's even started a photo collection of friends and strangers wearing the rainbow.

October 16, 2013

An anonymous objector contacted a Kremlin flag expert in order to see whether the seven colored symbol was offensive to Russian sensibilities

Russia has ruled a Jewish rainbow flag, which bears a very similar resemblance to a gay pride flag, does not violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

An anonymous objector consulted the Kremlin’s top flag expert concerned the Jewish Autonomous Region’s seven-colored flag was breaking federal rules.

‘Regarding the similarity of this flag with the symbol of the gay movement, we explain that not every rainbow image is linked to sexual orientation,’ official Kremlin advisor Georgy Vilinbakhov said.

September 25, 2013

Prosecutors in the Russian region of Chelyabinsk have reassured a concerned citizen that a lamp post painted with rainbow colors in the city of Magnitogorsk is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors

Chelyabinsk region prosecutors have reassured a concerned member of the public that a lamp post in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk that is painted like a rainbow is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

Yevgeny Dubrovsky told Russkaya Planeta that he asked prosecutors to look into whether the lamp post was now illegal due to the change in law to ‘see how the law works in practice,’ rather than having a homophobic motivation.

September 22, 2013

Labour MPs don the pro-gay laces in support of Stonewall's latest campaign

Labour MPs have come out in support of gays in football by wearing rainbow laces during their annual football match against the press.

The match, played every year at the Labour Party conference, brings journalists and MPs together for a light hearted game amidst the serious talks of politics.

This year, Labour MPs showed their support to gay rights charity Stonewall's latest campaign by donning rainbow laces onto their boots before the match.

However, the laces failed to provide the MPs any luck, as Labour lost 4-0.

September 20, 2013

Stonewall-backed rainbow lace campaign aims to back gay footballers and supporters

A campaign to back gay footballers by wearing rainbow laces this weekend is gathering support from gays and straights alike.

The campaign, organised by UK gay rights charity Stonewall and bookmakers Paddy Power, has seen support from many of the UK’s top football teams, including Everton, Queens Park Rangers and Leyton Orient.

Players who have decided to wear the rainbow laces include Joey Barton from Queens Park Rangers, Peter Odemwingie from Cardiff City and Everton captain Phil Jagielka.

August 18, 2013

Told by Swedish officials to ‘please respect the rules’ high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro changed her nail color from the rainbow design she used to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws

By painting her nails rainbow, an athlete violated the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) code of conduct.

Emma Green-Tregaro donned multi-colored nail polish earlier this week at the Moscow Athletic World Championships as a discreet way of protesting the country’s anti-gay laws.

August 15, 2013

Emma Green-Tregaro, a high jumper, risks arrest by choosing a discreet way of protesting against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws

A Swedish athlete participating in the Moscow Athletics World Championships has painted her nails rainbow to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws.

High jumper Emma Green-Tregaro chose her own way to protest the federal laws banning ‘gay propaganda’.

‘It felt right,’ Green-Tregaro told journalists, and as reported by Reuters, showing off her nails painted red, yellow, gold, blue and purple.

‘I wouldn’t say it was a protest, more of a statement of what I think.’

August 13, 2013

'That would be pretty embarrassing for Putin'

US Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on athletes to wave rainbow flags during opening ceremonies at the Olympics in Russia next February.

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.

July 12, 2013

The Labor Party Opposition leader in the Australian state of New South Wales has backed plans for a permanent giant rainbow flag to fly over Sydney’s Taylor Square to mark the area’s connection to the LGBT community

New South Wales (NSW) Opposition leader John Robertson has backed plans for a permanent symbol of LGBT equality to be erected in Taylor Square in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst to mark the area’s connection to the LGBT community.

Labor City of Sydney councilor Linda Scott put forward the proposal after a rainbow crossing that had been painted on the road for the Sydney Mardi Gras was removed by the NSW Government.

July 4, 2013

Actress makes statement in country where LGBT rights are being restricted by government

Actress Tilda Swinton displayed her support of LGBT equality by holding a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, and urging that the photo go viral.

'In solidarity. From Russia with love,' Swinton said in a statement.

Swinton, who won the Academy Award for Michael Clayton in 2007, posed with the flag at a time when Russia's government is severely restricting the rights of LGBT people.

May 17, 2013

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital's talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

The GSN flashmob was filmed on Saturday 11 May, at The Scoop – an open-air performance space by City Hall, London.

It is being released for IDAHO today (17 May) – an event bringing together the LGBT community and their friends to promote equality worldwide.  

Luckily the rain held off to allow the musicians to perform the popular song ‘Bring me Sunshine’ - a tune we keep humming since rehearsals.

May 8, 2013

GSN to film music, dancing and singing to bring home the message of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Gay Star News is joining forces with the UK capital's talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

Our flashmob will be filmed on Saturday (11 May) so the video can be released on 17 May for IDAHO.

The London Gay Big Band and the London Gay Men’s Chorus will be headlining the event and providing the music. And we have teamed up with talented young video artists to make the film.

May 5, 2013

Comedian Randy Rainbow wonders  why the NBA's Jason Collins is getting more attention than him

Internet star and comic Randy Rainbow 'calls'  out basketball player Jason Collins to remind him he's not the only gay man in the sports world.

Famous for his YouTube videos where he 'talks' to everyone from movie stars to politicians, Rainbow isn't happy the media spotlight is on Collins.

'What am I? Chopped liver,' Rainbow wonders while watching a news segment.

May 5, 2013

Comedian Randy Rainbow wonders  why the NBA's Jason Collins is getting more attention than him

Internet star and comic Randy Rainbow 'calls'  out basketball player Jason Collins to remind him he's not the only gay man in the sports world.

Famous for his YouTube videos where he 'talks' to everyone from movie stars to politicians, Rainbow isn't happy the media spotlight is on Collins.

'What am I? Chopped liver,' Rainbow wonders while watching a news segment.

April 22, 2013

Liberal city councillor Christine Forster suggests a large rainbow flag in Taylor Square, independent MP Alex Greenwich says the idea should come from the community

Sydney city councillor Christine Forster is suggesting a large rainbow flag to replace a rainbow road crossing that was taken away by the state government due to safety concerns.

Forster, who is the lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, said to the Daily Telegraph:

March 20, 2013

'Equality House' has been painted in LGBT rainbow across street from church in Kansas

The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church claims to like the LGBT rainbow home that is now across the street from them in Topeka, Kansas.

'We thank God for the Sodomite Rainbow House,' the church said in a statement today. 'It is right across the street from the ONLY church that loves people enough to tell them the Bible truth about the filthy, soul-damning, nation-destroying sin of sodomy...The Sodomite Rainbow house helps shing a bright spotlight on this!'

February 25, 2013

Road crossings in Oxford Street, central Sydney will be painted rainbow colors to honor the LGBTI community

In time for the Mardi Gras festival, road crossings on Oxford Street, in the centre of Sydney have been painted rainbow colors.

The rainbow crossings were proposed by Mayor Clover Moore who got the idea from a similar initiative in West Hollywood.