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November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 13, 2014

Police do not know if it was murder or suicide

The body of a gay man who went missing on Halloween has finally been found recovered from the San Francisco Bay.

Grieving family members of 26-year-old Dan Ha have confirmed the Coast Guard recovered the body on Tuesday after recieving a call regarding something floating near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials believe the person had been dead for approximately a week.

While the face was indistinguishable, the family said the clothes, wallet and phone matched Ha's personal belongings.

October 23, 2014

A report has been published into a ground-breaking summit that has taken place between gay dating app owners, health leaders and HIV organizations

Representatives of seven of the most popular gay dating websites and apps have collaborated with leading US AIDS organizations to discuss strategies to help promote HIV/STI testing and to reduce the stigma associated with HIV infection.

The results of a San Francisco summit between representatives of the dating sites and health leaders – including San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research – have been published in a new report.

October 20, 2014

City government says his words were misinterpreted by foreign media

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon has backtracked on comments he made in support of gay marriage to foreign media after a backlash in his home country.

Park told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this month that he hoped Korea would be the first country in Asia to allow gay marriage, making him the first mainstream Korean politician to come out in support of same-sex unions.

He added that gay rights faced strong from the church.

October 13, 2014

Park Won-soon says the constitution permits same-sex unions

The liberal mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, has said he hopes South Korea becomes the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage.

While on a recent trip to the US, Park told the San Francisco Examiner, 'I personally agree with the rights of homosexuals.

'But the Protestant churches are very powerful in Korea. It isn't easy for politicians. It's in the hands of activists to expand the universal concept of human rights to include homosexuals. Once they persuade the people, the politicians will follow. It's in process now.'

October 12, 2014

Dana Contreras, once ranked 5th most important LGBT person in tech, gets three years of probation after agreeing to a plea deal

A transgender activist and senior Twitter engineer, who was hailed as one of the most important gay or transgender people in the tech industry, pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to one count of domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment.

Dana Contreras – also known as Dana McCallum – was sentenced to three years of probation, and undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and substance abuse counseling. As part of her plea deal, her sentence also includes community service, a stay away order, and other terms. The rape charges were dropped.

October 9, 2014

The 'accidental activist' tells GSN how changing her gender marker changed her life

It took Geena Rocero nearly a decade to come out publicly as transgender from the time she moved to New York to become a model. But when she did, she came out to an audience of 2 million and counting in a TED talk on March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

Rocero, 30, grew up in Manila and entered and won her first beauty pageant at the age of 15. She originally intended to follow her transgender friends to Japan, but she changed her plans when she found out she could change her gender marker in California - and in doing so change her life.

October 2, 2014

School officials cite size of rainbow flags on fliers among other quibbles

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!'

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 25, 2014

Gay film festivals in Sweden and Scotland, a pride parade in Japan and a few prides for LGBTI people of color in the US are just some of the October events you should know about

October is a great month for the global LGBTI movement.

In the USA, communities and allies will be celebrating LGBTI History Month, and marking 11 October as National Coming Out Day.

The states will also celebrate over a dozen gay pride parades, from pride events for LGBTI people of color in Texas to a gay wine event, a Gay Grape Stomp, in Napa Valley just outside San Francisco.

In Asia, we celebrate gay pride in Taiwan and Japan, and Europe sees the 25th anniversary of one of the biggest parties in Belgium.

September 17, 2014

We headed out of San Francisco to Sonoma County to discover three of the most LGBTI-friendly wineries with Out in the Vineyard

It’s harvest time among the vines of Sonoma County, just outside San Francisco.

And ripening alongside the grapes is a new concept that embraces the LGBTI loves of fine living, travel and, to be honest, drinking – Out in the Vineyard.

Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler are drawing tourists and locals out of gay mecca and over the Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the birthplace of the Californian wine industry.

September 15, 2014

Drag queens are demanding Facebook drops its policy of making them use their ‘legal names’ for their profiles – now the social network has responded

Facebook has responded to angry drag queens after insisting they use their ‘real’ or ‘legal’ names for their profiles.

The firm’s response, sent to Gay Star News, comes as the performers threaten to picket Facebook’s Seattle offices over the issue.

September 9, 2014

Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left gay marriage supporters optimistic after challenging arguments used to uphold same-sex marriage bans in three states

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments this week for and against gay marriage in three states.

Justices Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald Gould and Marsha Berzon listened as supporters and opponents of gay marriage in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada made their cases.

Even though same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2 December 2013, gay marriage supporters are seeking to ensure the state's Supreme Court doesn't overturn the law in the future.

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

September 4, 2014

From Oscar Wilde’s ‘bitting’ wit to praising ‘trangendered’ pioneer Christine Jorgensen, the new Rainbow Honor Walk has a few typos

A Hollywood Walk of Fame-style tribute to LGBT icons in San Francisco is making headlines, but not necessarily for the best reasons.

The new Rainbow Honor Walk, 20 plaques placed on the sidewalk near Harvey Milk Plaza, was created to honor LGBTI heroines and heroes.

August 22, 2014

The brief video was taken from a taxi cam

The police in San Francisco released a video of a person of interest in the homicide of Bryan Higgins/Feather Lynn.

The clip, posted on the site The Castro Biscuit, shows an unidentified man in a hoodie and baseball cap. The outside hoodie appears to be gray, and the inside garment red.

August 14, 2014

Victim Bryan Higgins was known to friends and family as Feather Lynn

A 31-year-old gay man brutally beaten over the weekend in San Francisco's Castro District has been taken off of life support and police are searching for his attacker.

Bryan Higgins, called Feather Lynn by those who know him, was found early Sunday morning outside of a church without identification. The attack resulted in a brain anyeurism that left him on life support.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 11, 2014

'...When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex'

US pundit Bryan Fischer is prepared to begin a boycott if Burger King sells its 'gay burger' nationwide.

The fast-food giant revealed The Proud Whopper, a limited edition product sold only in San Francisco for a week.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issue analysis for the anti-gay American Family Association denounced the product.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

July 8, 2014

CEO Tim Cook is in the video showing Apple employees showing their Pride in San Francisco

Apple has become the latest company to flaunt their pro-gay views with a new video celebrating Pride.

It shows its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, at San Francisco Pride on 29 June.

The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade, from cities including Munich, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘We believe that inclusion inspires innovation,’ Apple said in a statement.

During the parade, Apple handed out free music gift cards and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

July 4, 2014

Police officer Chris Kohrs has become local celebrity in gay neighborhood

More has been learned about the police officer in in San Francisco  previously known only as The Hot Cop of Castro Street.'

His name is Chris Kohrs and a Facebook page has been dedicated to his hunkiness.