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April 14, 2014

'I want to publicly apologize to Chelsea Manning and her supporters on behalf of SF Pride, and we look forward to a proper honor this year'

The organizers of San Francisco Pride have apologized to WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning for not naming her as last year's grand marshal.

In 2013 April Manning was picked as one of the several grand marshals for the end of June event. Approximately 24 hours after the choice was made public Lisa L. Williams, San Francisco Pride board president, rescinded it.

April 14, 2014

Postage stamp featuring slain gay civil rights leader debuts on 22 May

The White House announced today that it will have a dedication ceremony next month to celebrate the debut of the US postage stamp featuring slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

The stamp will become available to the public on 22 May which is Harvey Milk Day in California.

In announcing the ceremony, The White House described Milk as 'a visionary leader ... whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the (LGBTI) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.'

April 7, 2014

Notorious US anti-gay pastor Scott Lively has claimed the gay community dropped the pink triangle in favor of the rainbow pride flag because of his book the Pink Swastika which claims the Nazi Party was a homosexual organization

Notorious Holocaust revisionist and anti-gay Christian pastor Scott Lively is planning to release a new edition of his book The Pink Swastika in which he claims that the Nazi Party was at its core a homosexual organization and that the number of gay men it persecuted has been vastly overestimated.

The book was first published in 1995 and Lively now says he is working on a 5th edition of it in which he claims to show more evidence that the Nazis were gay despite mainstream historians rejecting its premise.

April 2, 2014

First stamp to feature an openly gay elected official will be issued in May on Harvey Milk Day

It has been known since last fall that slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk was going to be honored with a US postage stamp.

What was not known until this week was what it would look like.

The stamp is to be issued on 22 May - Harvey Milk Day - and will feature a black and white photo of the late San Francisco Supervisor who will be the first openly gay elected public official to be featured on a stamp.

March 13, 2014

Elevation: Mammoth sponsor Alaska Airlines is offering two round-trip tickets to some of the most popular LGBTI destinations. The 12th annual ski event is currently underway and will feature a performance by gay country singer Steve Grand

‘2,500 riders. 9 major parties. Zero attitude.’

That’s the mission statement for what has become one of the most popular gay and lesbian ski weeks in the US and beyond.

Hosted by promoter Tom Whitman, Elevation: Mammoth in California started 12 years ago and has since grown to an anticipated weekend full of killer slopes, hot bodies and hotter parties.

March 10, 2014

'We had been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, hopeful for a season two since the day we wrapped season one'

Jonathan Groff knew he had landed a dream job as one of the leads on HBO's Looking and he sure didn't want it to end with the season finale that aired last night (9 March).

Since ratings did not go through the roof, there was some question over whether the San Francisco gay-themed dramedy would return for a second season.

Late last month, the renewal was announced.

February 27, 2014

Jake Biondi’s Boystown books, a Queer As Folk-type series set in Chicago, explore living on the down-low, awful ex-boyfriends, coming out issues and more, all with a Windy City flavor

Chicago’s Boystown was voted the globe’s most incomparable neighborhood last year.

Out Traveler readers chose Chicago’s gay ghetto over those of Madrid, New York and San Francisco.

February 26, 2014

Show set in San Francisco had struggled for viewers at the start

With ratings on the rise, HBO confirmed today that it has renewed the gay dramedy Looking for a second season.

In addition, the pay cable channel has elevated recurring cast members Russell Tovey (Kevin) Lauren Weedman (Doris) and Raúl Castillo (Richie) to series regulars.

The series stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as three gay best friends navigating life and love in modern-day San Francisco.

February 19, 2014

Mike Lannan tells Gay Star News: 'We're thinking about (stories) in preparation of getting picked up but we can't really work on it until we get that signal'

HBO's Looking, a dramedy about three gay best friends nagivating life and love in present day San Francisco, will air the sixth of its eight episodes on Sunday (23 February).

The show's creator, Mike Lannan, tells Gay Star News he's very hopeful there will be a second season of the show which has had far lower ratings than its lead-in show, Girls.

January 18, 2014

Annise Parker says calls it 'a very happy day' for she and Kathy Hubbard who married on their 23rd anniversary as a couple

She's mayor of one of the biggest cities in Texas but Annise Parker had to leave the state this week to get married.

Parker and longtime partner Kathy Hubbard were married on Thursday (16 January) in the gay-friendly city of Palm Springs in California.

Same-sex marriage is banned in Texas but became legal in California last June following a US Supreme Court ruling.

The ceremony took place at sunset at a private home and was held on the Parker and Hubbard's 23rd anniversary as a couple.

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.

January 14, 2014

'I rode my bike every day to set. I was in heaven'

Jonathan Groff says he fell in love during the filming of HBO's Looking with San Francisco which he calls 'the gay Oz.'

'The street where I was staying smelled like jasmine,' he tells Out Magazine in an interview published Tuesday (14 January). 'I rode my bike every day to set. I was in heaven.'

January 7, 2014

LGBTI wine travel company Out in The Vineyard arranges some of the most fun and unique events for wine aficionados, available year-round from Northern California to Southern Africa

You may ask: ‘Why is there a need for an LGBTI-specific wine group?’

Northern California’s wine country is a short drive from the gay mecca of San Francisco, a relaxed and joyous city that helped spark the gay rights movement in the United States. As such, it’s long-been a haven for LGBTI residents and travelers.

Out in The Vineyard gives the LGBTI community direct access to the best of the region’s wine country because, as co-founder Mark Vogler told Gay Star Travel: ‘It’s not about making a statement… some people are just more comfortable being themselves.’

January 3, 2014

Chicago’s iconic Boystown gay precinct has been voted the world best gay neighborhood – beating out gay districts in other cities in the US and Spain

Boystown, in Chicago, has been voted the worlds most ‘incomparable’ gay neighborhood by the readers of Out Traveler, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid to be named the world’s best gay neighborhood.

Chicago beat other cities nominated by Out Traveler’s staff including West Hollywood’s similarly named Boystown, Madrid’s Chueca district, Barcelona’s Eixample district and San Francisco’s The Mission district, receiving the most votes from readers.

January 1, 2014

Episcopal bishop the Rev Otis Charles, who became the first Christian bishop to come out as gay to fight for LGBTI rights in 1993, passed away 26 December

The Rev Otis Charles, a prominent advocate for LGBTI rights from the US Episcopal Church has died following a brief illness.

Charles passed away 26 December in the company of family members at San Francisco’s Coming Home Hospice aged 87.

Charles became the first ever bishop to come out publicly as gay in 1993 soon after his retirement and became a vocal proponent for LGBTI equality from within the Episcopal Church.

December 19, 2013

Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp contemplates his future as he concludes a Thailand tour in the dreamscape that is Phuket

What story about travelling in Thailand would be complete without mentioning Phuket?

December 10, 2013

Cinq & Sept, in the traditional winemaking village of Roujan, is the ideal base to discover the local naturist beaches, oyster beds and traditional southern French cuisine

The south of France evokes images of sun-kissed vineyards, Mediterranean beaches and a charming isolation the rest of Europe travels hours to reach.

Less than a 30 minute drive from the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea and less than an hour away from the ‘San Francisco of France’, the region’s capital Montpellier, you will find the exclusively gay guesthouse Cinq & Sept.

November 27, 2013

As Hannukah begins, here is a countdown of celebrities, politicians, activists and comedians who have the best of both worlds

Hannukah, the eight day Jewish festival, began this week.

Every year Jewish communities around the world commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE.

At the time, Syrian King Antioch outlawed Judaism and converted the temple into a place of worship to Greek gods.

His actions sparked a revolt, and the temple was eventually taken back.

Hannukah was instituted to celebrate the success of the revolt.

November 27, 2013

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, murdered on same day, to also be remembered

It was 35 years ago today that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the city's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, were gunned down at City Hall.

The murderous actions of disgruntled former supervisor Dan White broke a lot of hearts that day and tonight (27 November) the city will pay tribute to the two men tonight at a candlelight vigil.

Among those marching will be Dustin Lance Black who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk which starred Sean Penn as the late supervisor. Victor Garber played Moscone in the film.

November 27, 2013

San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, murdered on same day, to also be remembered

It was 35 years ago today that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and the city's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, were gunned down at City Hall.

The murderous actions of disgruntled former supervisor Dan White broke a lot of hearts that day and tonight (27 November) the city will pay tribute to the two men tonight at a candlelight vigil.

Among those marching will be Dustin Lance Black who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay for the movie Milk which starred Sean Penn as the late supervisor. Victor Garber played Moscone in the film.

November 20, 2013

Show about lives of group of gay men in San Francisco

HBO's Looking, a show about a group of gay men in San Francisco, doesn't premiere until 19 January but it's already being compared to a few other shows about single people living in a city.

The show's creators, Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh, acknowledge 'the easiest way to define' Looking is to say it's a gay Sex and the City or a gay Girls.

Except it's really not.

November 12, 2013

Jonathan Moscone, son of San Francisco mayor George Moscone who was assassinated in 1978 alongside Harvey Milk, has married partner Darryl Carbonaro at the city hall where his father served and died

The openly gay son of the San Francisco mayor murdered alongside gay political pioneer Harvey Milk has been married at the City Hall where they were slain by another former mayor of the city - Willie Brown.

Brown is a family friend of Jonathan Moscone – the son of murdered San Francisco mayor George Moscone – and was married Friday to partner of one year Darryl Carbonaro.

Moscone, 49, is the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley and Carbonaro, 46, is the associate general counsel for Clean Power Finance.

November 12, 2013

Looking is about group of gay men living in San Francisco and premieres in January

The new HBO series Looking is described by its star, Jonathan Groff, as being about modern gay life and 'all the ins and outs of it.'

It premieres in January and focuses on a group of gay males friends living in San Francisco and their relationships.

Viewers can expect some sex - a wide array of it.

October 26, 2013

Miguel Inostroz had shot Lucie Parkin in September 2011 over a debt dispute

A man has been sentenced to112 years to life for the fatal shooting of a transgender woman over two years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area

 

Miguel Inostroz, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder after shooting dead Lucie Parkin, who he was collecting a debt from in a motel room in Hayward, California in September 2011.