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May 11, 2015

With a growing readership of our travel content, talk to us how best to reach this valuable audience.

Travel and leisure stories are hugely popular with our readers and our integrated marketing campaigns can help you maximise the opportunities available in this sector.

In the UK, LGBTI travellers consistently travel more and spend more than the national average.

Here are a few statistics to get you thinking:

May 11, 2015

With a growing readership of our travel content, talk to us how best to reach this valuable audience.

Travel and leisure stories are hugely popular with our readers and our integrated marketing campaigns can help you maximise the opportunities available in this sector.

In the UK, LGBTI travellers consistently travel more and spend more than the national average.

Here are a few statistics to get you thinking:

May 8, 2015

'It has become clear that Facebook’s apology was empty and their promise to make any real change to their policy was a lie.'

A group of drag queens and members of the LGBTI community have reignited the protest over Facebook’s ‘real name policy’ months after a public apology.

An online petition has been started by user Lil Miss Hot Mess, asking the organizers of San Francisco Pride and New York Pride to ban Facebook from participating in the events; as of today, roughly 1800 people have signed the petition.

On 1 June they are also planning to hold a protest outside Facebook’s headquarters.

May 8, 2015

Who is Hayden and why has he got a list? Gay Star News talks to the creators of the website Hayden’s List to find out how it can help you make smart business choices

The fight for LGBT equality has increasingly become intertwined with the world of business in recent months.

In March, 379 organizations – mainly large companies – wrote a letter to the US Supreme Court to explain why marriage equality is good for business.

On the other hand, there have been a number of small businesses that have refused to provide services for same-sex weddings – leading to a number of high-profile court cases.

May 5, 2015

The site, which allows people to find a room in the homes of LGBTI people around the world, has grown rapidly since its launch two years ago

A travel accommodation website that’s positioned itself as an LGBTI equivalent to airbnb has secured itself $2million in seed funding.

Misterbnb.com was launched in 2013 after Frenchman Matthieu Jost and his boyfriend booked themselves a rented room in an apartment in Barcelona, only to find out that their hosts didn’t like the idea of two men sharing the same bed.

May 4, 2015

The openly gay actor says he wishes the show could have continued for at least another full season

Jonathan Groff has admitted that he's 'bummed' that Looking wasn't renewed for a third season.

HBO confirmed in March that the series starring Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez and Russell Tovey will not return for a new season and will instead be wrapped up with a TV film.

In a new interview with Digital Spy, Groff shares his disappointment over HBO's decision and says that he wishes the show could have continued for more seasons.

April 22, 2015

A reverential documentation of San Francisco's landmark leather festival

I've never been to the Folsom Street Fair – San Francisco's leather-fest that has grown to become a global brand – but it's something that I've heard so much about that it's definitely on my list of iconic gay events that I want to get to someday.

Documentary-maker Mike Skiff is clearly a fan. Folsom Forever interviews community leaders, activists, and volunteers to chronicle the social, political, and community impacts and benefits of this annual celebration of kink.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 20, 2015

Andrew Haigh gets it right again with a clever slice of life in San Francisco

Simplistically, Looking (a television series produced by HBO) is Sex and the City for gay men.

Set in San Francisco, the show follows three friends as they make their way through life, with the inevitable ups and downs and love interests that you'd expect.

Without doubt, Looking is well-written, and has a strong, engaging cast. Written by Michael Lannan and directed by Andrew Haigh, this is quality television.

April 16, 2015

More than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members say he sets 'pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization'

In an open letter published Thursday (16 April), more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members are calling on San Francisco's anti-gay Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to be replaced.

The letter to Pope Francis accuses Cordileone of having 'a single issue agenda against gay marriage' and for setting a 'pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.'

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

April 14, 2015

'Bottoming demands trust, admiration, confidence, loyalty, respect, enthusiasm and hope. Those feelings we have toward Hillary'

A gay man from San Francisco has launched the Bottom for Hillary campaign, which he describes as a fun way for LGBTI people to show their support for the presidential candidate.

Ryan, 23, said the campaign started as a tipsy conversation between friends – all gay men who support Clinton – that quickly escalated into an Instagram account and T-shirts emblazoned with 'I'd Bottom For Hillary.'

April 9, 2015

Looking actor Frankie J Alvarez has revealed the finale of the acclaimed gay drama series will finish with the equivalent of four extra episodes of material but people are still signing a petition to get the show renewed

HBO will finish off its acclaimed drama series about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco with a 2 hour long telemovie, Looking actor Frankie J Alvarez has revealed.

That would be the equivalent of 4 more episodes of material but Alvarez told Vulture.com that fans of the show should expect a more cinematic format with the series finale.

April 7, 2015

This talented musical family are sharing their love with the world - with a little help from a fabulous Broadway-style show

A San Francisco family are taking on the critics of same-sex marriage with a personal cabaret about their lives.

Sonny Vukic, Frank Silletti, and their 11-year-old daughter Ava have produced a new cabaret show, titled 'The Book of Ava', to celebrate the modern family.

The show, which stars both Frank and Ava, features popular songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook that reflect how Frank and Sonny met and decided to adopt their daughter.

April 5, 2015

Louis Theroux’s documentary starring children and their families as they transition can teach us all a thing or two about self-acceptance

As she pours pretend tea into plastic cups and saucers, 5-year-old Camille sums up how she feels about being transgender: 'I was always a girl. I will always be a girl forever.’

Born Sebastian, Camille is one of the children from San Francisco who starred in Louis Theroux’s most recent documentary, Transgender Kids, which aired in the UK on Sunday night - sparking a range reactions on social media.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

April 1, 2015

Vietnamese street food reimagined as a chic banquet of taste and aroma in the heart of London’s famous Soho district – fused together by quirky top chef Bobby Chinn

Strolling in from the neon-lit streets of Soho, the House of Ho welcomes you to a contemporary den hidden away from the glow of this cosmopolitan thoroughfare renowned for its distinct nightlife, café culture and historical LGBTI watering holes.

A homely welcome and a swift coat-check later we were sitting at our table, swathed in low mood lighting and subtle elements of décor that indicated the traditional yet refined undertones of the culinary experience to come – and an experience it was.

March 30, 2015

‘On behalf of Apple, I’m standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges … This is about how we treat each other as human beings.’

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has written an op-ed column for the Washington Post  explaining why he regards so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws, and their ability to allow businesses to discriminate, as dangerous.

Cook is speaking out just days after one such law was passed in Indiana.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 25, 2015

Gay-themed show about group of friends in San Francisco will be wrapped up in a special

HBO confirmed today that its gay-themed series Looking will not return for a third season.

The series starring Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez and Russell Tovey will, however, get a special to wrap up its storylines.

The network said in a statement: 'After two years of following Patrick (Groff) and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.'

March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.