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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.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

Aimed at ‘the complete lesbian community’, women’s app Dattch has rebranded itself Her – and secured funding from the founders of Bebo and Reddit

The women’s dating app Dattch, launched by London entrepreneur Robyn Exton, has announced that it has rebranded itself under a new name, Her, and secured $1million in seed funding.

It’s believed that the branding change came about after both users and potential investors expressed confusion over the meaning of the previous name.

Exton, who formerly worked for a brand strategy agency in London, taught herself coding in her spare time before launching Dattch in September 2013.

March 10, 2015

The annual LGBTI gala dinner – which will be paying tribute to the ground breaking Amazon show – marks the culmination of the annual Out & Equal Executive Forum

The final preparations are being made for this year’s Out & Equal Executive Forum – due to take place in San Francisco from 24-26 March.

Organized by LGBT business advocate organization Out & Equal, the forum will draw together 50 out LGBTI executives for what its website describes as ‘an intensive experience designed to build leadership skills, strengthen business connections and discuss how to achieve LGBT equality and advancement in the workplace.’

March 3, 2015

Airline will double flights between blockbuster gay cities from October

Virgin Atlantic is to offer a twice-daily service from London Heathrow to San Francisco from late October.

In news that will surely please UK fans of the hit HBO show Looking, the second daily flight between the super-cities will commence on 24 October.

Virgin Atlantic will be putting its newest aircraft on the route, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will be running seven days a week.

February 27, 2015

'His body is flawless so it's hard not to feel a little self-conscious around him'

Russell Tovey was the only main cast member who was unable to participate in this week's An Evening With HBO's Looking in Beverly Hills but that doesn't mean he wasn't discussed.

The 33-year-old English actor plays video-game wunderkind Kevin Matheson on the show and his nude buff body was seen in the second season premiere of the show about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco.

Jonathan Groff, who has had many steamy sex scenes with Tovey over the past two seasons, admitted Tovey's nakedness can be a little intimidating.

February 17, 2015

'I think he gave and gave and gave a lot of his soul energy away'

If Scott Bakula looks a bit tired in his scenes on HBO's Looking this season, he's got a good reason.

The 60-year-old actor juggled the shooting of his scenes with the filming of his new CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

February 16, 2015

New proposals pay homage to area's cultural ties to LGBTI and leather communities

A 'gay leather' park is being planned for San Francisco.

 

The new mixed-use housing and retail development could be gracing the streets to pay homage to the area’s historic ties to both the LGBTI and leather communities.

 

February 12, 2015

Protesters voice their demand for help to end 'systematic violence' against the trans community

Members of San Francisco’s trans community staged a 'die-in' in front of the city hall this week.

More than 20 trans women, dressed in red and black, laid down on the sidewalk and acted dead in a bid to bring attention to the six trans women of color murdered already in 2015.

Hundreds of people - trans and their allies - took part in the rally following the murder of Taja deJesus, a trans woman stabbed to death on the steps outside a Bayview apartment on 1 February.

February 6, 2015

This is the fourth killing of a trans woman in the US in 2015 

A trans woman has been stabbed to death in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Sunday morning (

Taja DeJesus, 36, was found on the steps of a building block of McKinnon Avenue, near Lane Street around 9am on Sunday by police officers responding to a report about a stabbing.

This is the fourth killing of a trans woman in the US in 2015.

Paramedics pronounced the woman, suffering from multiple stab wounds, as dead on the scene.

February 5, 2015

Memorable, romantic, and disastrous - we swap travel stories with the man whose stage-name was inspired by a Swedish tennis player.

Born in London, Kristen Bjorn seems to have lived and worked in many of our favourite countries around the world.

It was in the late 1970s in San Francisco where Bjorn began his career as a model, actor, photographer, and film-maker, with locations such as Brazil and Australia shaping his work.

We recently caught up with Bjorn and asked him to share some travel stories.

February 5, 2015

'When you're playing a role, your own personal experience that's similar to a character's can really help'

Murray Bartlett, who plays Dom on HBO's Looking, says being gay makes it easier to portray a gay man on screen.

'I think definitely, when you're playing a role, your own personal experience that's similar to a character's can really help,' he tells MetroSource Magazine.

While he and co-stars Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey are openly gay, several other cast members on the show about a group of gay friends in modern day San Francisco are not.

February 2, 2015

From the role of lesbians to the vanishing of whole neighborhoods, real LGBTI people share their experiences

Survivors of the 1980s AIDS crisis have shared accounts of their experiences.

As the UK celebrates LGBT History Month, users of Reddit revealed what it was like to be living in what felt like a constant state of tragedy.

Real LGBTI people remember the confusion, the lack of information, the lack of support from the government because of the suffering from the virus known only at the time as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 5, 2015

How will you be celebrating LGBTI Pride in 2015?

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

January 5, 2015

'I was afraid I was going to die. I thought I was going to pass out on that floor and never wake up again.'

A 24-year-old trans woman said she thought 'she was going to die' after being stabbed in the chest in San Francisco on Saturday (3 January).

Samantha Hulsey, 24, was on a date with her 52-year-old partner Rae Raucci where they met their attacker.

Boarding a bus, they saw the man who they believed to be drunk or on drugs.

'He started saying a lot of hateful things and messing with us,' Hulsey said. 'He was threatening to hurt us.'

December 24, 2014

The annual conference for gay men who may be considering surrogacy returns to San Francisco on 10 January 2015

Interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy? Live on or near the west coast of the USA?

Men Having Babies have teamed up with Our Family Coalition to host a joint parenthood conference on Saturday 10 January in San Francisco.

The Men Having Babies expos – which take place regularly in the US, Israel and Europe – offer unbiased and comprehensive information for gay men, and anyone else, who is considering surrogacy as a route to parenthood.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

December 5, 2014

But at least he's still showing off his pretty face in new modeling shots

Remember San Francisco's Hot Cop of Castro? The adorable officer Chris Kohrs who drove the gay internet wild?

Well, it turns out, he has revealed that his superiors have told him he is officially too hot to patrol the gayborhood.

'They prefer to keep me out of the Castro area just because it gets kind of crazy sometimes when I go down there,' he has revealed in a new video.

November 28, 2014

Former Polish president says 'queers are ill as a result of their own wishes'

A street in San Francisco named after a homophobic Polish politician has been rechristened after a local gay hero.

The street sign was replaced on 20 November and now reads Dr Tom Waddell Place, after the man who founded the Gay Games in 1982.

The street already had a transgender clinic in his name.

November 25, 2014

Openly gay Emmerdale actress on loving California and the Lake District

She recently won Entertainer of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, for her role as Ruby Haswell in Emmerdale. And here the out and proud Alicya Eyo – who also made her directing debut last year with the queer short Brace – shares her travel tales, from experiencing discrimination in Egypt to the gay rite of passage which is San Francisco...

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!