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March 4, 2015

A trawl of Indian social media shows a darker side to our demands for equality

As gay men living in the Indian subcontinent, we often complain about the discrimination we face at the hands of society.

Our complaints are obviously justified. There is no doubt that the conditions gay men face are bad. We are physically attacked, emotionally abused and treated in every way as second-class citizens.

February 6, 2015

Sluts or social pariahs searching for something more?

Why does every gay chat conversation on social media start with the topic of sex?

That’s the question someone put to me a few days ago.

After all, my friend reasoned, it doesn’t happen that way when a straight guy and girl start to chat.

They do not ask each other in their first conversation, let alone the first line of their conversation, ‘What do you like in bed? What is the size of your cock? How long can you go for? Top? Bottom? Versatile?’ or any one of the many other, sometimes much stranger, questions gay guys fire out or get quizzed on.

December 29, 2014

The Republican Attorney General has consistently opposed the ban on same-sex marriage being lifted in the state

The Tampa Bay Times has awarded Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, its ‘Loser of the Year 2014’ award, labeling the Republican legal advisor a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant’.

June 10, 2014

Rob Watson has written an open letter to HLN host Nancy Grace about her defending a woman who described gay men as pedophiles

A few months ago, I appreciated Nancy Grace’s perspective.  News media were reporting that a woman named Jessica Dutro had killed her little boy because she thought he might be gay.  As a gay dad, I hurt for the little boy, but found that in much of the reporting, he had been ignored.  The reporting was around the mother and it was her picture that was plastered in public view.

June 3, 2014

TV personality appears to have no idea about the reasons why Bryant famously got a pie in the face in 1977

Inexplicably, TV host Nancy Grace chose to defend one of the most infamous foes of gay and lesbian equality in history in a recent segment on her HLN show.

Grace tackled the topic of celebrity stalkers after Brad Pitt was attacked at a Hollywood premiere last week.

In doing so, she dragged out a 37 year old clip of Anita Bryant getting a pie shoved in her face and wondered why anybody would want to do this to such a 'sweet lady.'

November 6, 2013

Gay Star News readers were asked what the most common or ridiculous questions lesbians get asked, and the results are a must-see

Last night I went out near Soho in London with some gay friends, and sat down in a straight club.

A young guy came up to us and sat down next to me, and out of all the questions in the world started asking us about our sexuality.

‘You’re gay?’ asked the man as I nodded, said yes, while stuffing a chocolate egg into my mouth (I am wild on a night out).

He replied, looking alarmed: 'But you’re eating chocolate!? You cannot be gay.’

October 24, 2013

Media and public visibility will change hearts and minds so black and other UK ethnic minority LGBT people are respected for everything they are

I have always know I am gay, and there was no pivotal moment of ‘coming out’ as the closet doors did not be needed to be opened. It happened the day I was born.

I thought and believed, in my naivety, that everyone accepted the fact some people are born gay.

So my family’s reaction came as a surprise but I think it was due to our social standing, strong religious background in the community and military associations.

October 22, 2013

In new film 20MALEGAYNYC, gay New Yorkers explain why they don’t identify with other gay men – here the director examines the top seven reasons

My new short film 20MALEGAYNYC examines why many gay men are no longer identifying with gay culture in New York. So here’s my take on their top seven complaints.

‘Lady Gaga is a straight woman who has co-opted gay culture because it works for her.’

A lot of gay men look to strong women as role models. This is great. Women are great role models. I’d be nothing without Beyoncé (except $220 richer come this December’s concert). But we also need more strong gay male role models – and not necessarily famous ones.

June 3, 2013

Marriage equality supporters make certain the British House of Lords hear their voices

Around 500 supporters of equal marriage attended a rally outside the UK parliament tonight (3 June) to show their support for marriage equality and to let peers debating and voting know how important the issue is to them.

The House of Lords is debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales today ahead of a crucial, although not final, vote tomorrow afternoon.

The 500 pro equal marriage supporters far outnumbered a very small handful of anti equal marriage Christians.  

February 5, 2013

LGBT people and their supporters have held a rally as the British parliament prepares to vote on same-sex marriage in England and Wales

Gay rights campaigners have rallied outside the UK parliament ahead of a vote on same-sex marriage this evening (5 February).

The rally saw about 60 campaigners brave light rain and bitterly cold winter winds to encourage Members of Parliament (MPs) to back their cause.

Meanwhile Gay Star News could only find two people picketing parliament against gay marriage.

The majority of MPs are expected to back the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill when it comes to a vote this evening, despite vociferous opposition from some of their colleagues.

February 5, 2013

Mike Freer, Ben Bradshaw, and Margot James are among the few making their voices heard as gay people in the House of Commons

Gay members of parliament have spoken out on equal marriage in the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today (5 February).

Put forward by culture secretary and equalities minister Maria Miller, the House of Commons is debating the bill before the vote later tonight.

Stephen Williams, a Liberal Democrat who was the first openly gay MP to serve Bristol, said: ‘I was born when homosexuality was still a criminal offense.

January 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day is coming so it’s time to whisk the love of your life away for a romantic break. Here are six of the world’s best gay choices

I entered the world of romantic mini-breaks many moons ago when I first met my partner, Andrew. Like Bridget Jones, we headed for the British countryside in search of log-burning fires, long walks and romantic meals in quaint pubs.

Our relationship survived and we have long since deleted the memory of the awkward owner of the bijou hotel whose discomfort with us as two gay men was never communicated but clear for us to feel.

January 13, 2013

Tens of thousands turned up to support an anti-gay rally in Hong Kong, to show they do not support a government consultation on an gay discrimination law

Campaigners opposed to gay rights rallied today (13 January) in Tamar Park, near government buildings in Hong Kong, against government consultation on a law to protect gays from discrimination.

In the next few days, the HK Chief Executive, Chun-Ying (CY) Leung is due to give his annual policy address. Two sets of rumors are circulating, one that he will – and the other that he won't –  include a consultation on a sexual orientation discrimination ordinance for Hong Kong. Vocal parties for and against the consultation have been trying to persuade CY.

January 9, 2013

Gay Star News interviews leading lesbian rights activist in Singapore, Jean Chong

The LGBT rights movement in Singapore has been mainly dominated by gay men, but Gay Star News met Jean Chong of lesbian group Sayoni and discovered that sisters are doing it for themselves.

Did you have any role models when you were growing up as a lesbian in Singapore?

No, I always wished there were lesbian role models when I was growing up. There were so much confusion, silence and questions.

December 31, 2012

From a Hong Kong tycoon promising millions to the man who can win the heart of his lesbian daughter to the first gay marriages in Maine and Washington, GSN counts down the best news of the year

In 2012, gay people and their rights have made international headlines like never before.

From the Hong Kong tycoon who promised millions to the man who could win the heart of his lesbian daughter, gay rights have come to the forefront.

We have had a look at the year and found the most important, shocking, hilarious and weird stories, and this is the best from September to December.

December 18, 2012

Gay Star News interviews the founder of the first LGBT rights group in Thailand

In most developing countries, gay men form LGBT rights groups first, encouraged by HIV and AIDS prevention funding. Thailand is unusual in that the first LGBT rights group, Anjaree, was formed by lesbians in 1987.

Anjana Suvarnananda, one of the founders of Anjaree tells Gay Star News why, when we meet her in Bangkok.

Why did lesbians form the first LGBT rights group in Thaliand?

December 9, 2012

John Schwartz's Oddly Normal chronicles the pitfalls and heights of raising a son who is gay

Parenting is the one job where doing everything right might never be enough. John and Jeanne Schwartz didn't fret when their youngest, Joe, would dress up Barbie or wanted to only play with 'prettiful' toys. 'Prettiful' was Joe's own created word. They assumed all of this might mean their son was gay, and were looking forward to the day when he was comfortable enough to come out.

November 23, 2012

As the most senior gay woman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Julia Hoggett has become a role model for others like her, despite her natural reticence

Julia Hoggett’s job title is a mouthful and you probably need to be a banker to know what it means. But this understated mom is also a role model for gay women as a senior executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

When she’s not spending time with her partner and kids in Ireland, she’s ‘Managing director, head of short term fixed income origination, EMEA, head of covered bonds and FIG flow financing, EMEA’ (we told you) for the bank.

And when she’s not doing that, she’s co-lead of the company’s LGBT employee network.

October 2, 2012

Gay Star News meets Steve Adkins, president of Miami’s Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

With over 600 members, the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in the Miami-Dade region is one of the few commercial LGBT organizations of its kind in the US.

Steve Adkins has been CEO and president since 2005, successfully steering the growth of the Chamber to become one of the leading business and tourism advocates in South Florida.

Originally from San Diego, Adkins moved to Miami in 1999 and now sees it as his adopted home.

July 27, 2012

We speak to Martina Navratilova the world’s most famous lesbian in sport about the Olympics, her marriage hopes and more

Martina Navratilova is much more than the world’s best ever female tennis player.

She is also a champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (as well as for animals and underprivileged children) and an icon and inspiration for millions of people around the world.

As London opens the 2012 Summer Olympics today (27 July) we reveal our exclusive interview with her, conducted at the Out and Equal Global Workplace Summit in the UK capital last month, where she was a keynote speaker.

July 8, 2012

GSN meets the founder of the Grindr dating app, to talk technology and how to change the world - one gay at a time

I was intrigued to meet Joel Simkhai - born in Tel Aviv, Simkhai has lived most of his life in the US. Now in his mid-30s and residing in Los Angeles, Simkhai is the man who in 2009 launched a new mobile dating service called Grindr.

I’d arranged to meet Simkhai at London’s Strand Palace Hotel where he was saying. I arrived at the scheduled time but reception advised that he wasn’t in his room. He soon sent me a message on Grindr and I tracked him down in a corner of the lobby, wolfing down sushi between appointments.

July 7, 2012

UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Clegg wants same-sex couples who wish to marry in church to be allowed to

British Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg has told lesbian and gay teenagers they should have the right to marry in church.

The Liberal Democrat leader made the comment at a brunch for LGBT youths ahead of World Pride in London today (7 July).

The event was hosted by Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaigning organization.

The Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government consulted the public over the last few months on introducing same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

May 30, 2012

Gay Star News talks to the photographer of a series of intimate portraits of families with same-sex parents currently showing in Sydney

Touching portraits of same-sex parent families are currently being exhibited at Sydney’s Index gallery.

Photographer Ginette Snow talks to Gay Star News about her own ‘gayby’ grandchildren who inspired her to capture these intimate family portraits.

What inspired you to do this project?

I have a gay son Tom who with his partner Brooke Horne decided to have children a bit over two years ago. In April last year their twins were born – Angus and Sybilla.