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June 17, 2015

Michael Fabricant and Chris Bryant got into an altercation over the gay blood ban

It's not often when a straight politician calls a gay politician a homophobe, but that's what happened in the Twitter spat earlier this morning (17 June).

Michael Fabricant, a Conservative MP, called Labour MP Chris Bryant a 'gay homophobe' for not supporting his campaign to get rid of the ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.

Gay and bisexual men are not allowed to give blood unless they are celibate for a year in England, Scotland and Wales. They are not allowed to give blood at all in Northern Ireland.

June 16, 2015

The TV worker and Airbnb user on fish and chips, Glasgow's bustling arts scene and evenings in with his boyfriend

I've lived here since… September 2001. Can't Get You Out of My Head by Kylie was number one. Nobody had even heard of Facebook. I wore incredibly baggy jeans. You could still smoke inside and 3.5 inch floppy discs were still a thing.

Now I make television programmes and live with my boyfriend in our flat in the Southside.

June 11, 2015

Statistics from the National Records of Scotland show high demand for same-sex marriage

One in eight new marriages in Scotland are now same-sex, according to new figures from the National Records of Scotland. 

Of the 3,889 unions recorded since same-sex marriage came into effect in December 2014, 462 of them were between people of the same sex. 

Meanwhile, the total number of marriages - gay or straight - was 340 more than in the same period of last year - that's a rise of 9.6%. 

There were also 20 civil partnerships, 12 male and eight female, which was 57 fewer than the same period last year.

June 9, 2015

As NHS struggles to find new donors, former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas tells Gay Star News why she wants gay and bisexual men to be allowed to give blood

The UK is in need of new blood donors, but they are ignoring one of the largest groups of prospective donors - gay and bisexual men.

With 74% of Gay Star News readers in our poll willing to donate blood if they were allowed to, politicians have renewed calls to lift the 'outdated' ban.

In England, Wales and Scotland, gay and bisexual men must be celibate for a year before they are allowed to donate. In Northern Ireland, largely due to the anti-gay marriage DUP, the ban remains indefinitely.

June 6, 2015

The Russian Orthodox Church says it will reconsider its relations with 'churches and associations which trample upon the principles of traditional Christian morality'

The Russian Orthodox Church this week announced its decision to severe its ties with the main protestant churches of France and Scotland over the issue of same-sex unions.

The Moscow Patriarchate said 'formal contacts' with the two institutions were pointless after the Presbyterian Church of Scotland’s decision to ordain clergy who are in same-sex civil unions and the United Protestant Church of France’s move to allow clergy to bless same-sex marriages.

May 29, 2015

In a move welcomed by those working in the field of gay men’s health, HIV home-testing kits are now available in the UK. The kit’s producers say that demand has exceeded their expectations

The makers of the first home-testing HIV test to go on sale in the UK have told Gay Star News that the kits have been met with an ‘overwhelming’ response since their launch last month.

In the US, over-the-counter rapid home-testing HIV kits were approved by the FDA in 2012  – a move believed to have helped nudge UK authorities in following suit.

May 24, 2015

Amnesty International say Northern Ireland is the 'last bastion of discrimination' and its laws are a 'badge of shame'

Northern Ireland is facing increasing pressure over its stance on same-sex marriage after Ireland voted Yes in Friday’s (22 May) referendum.

Unlike in the rest of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland still prohibits same-sex marriage;  England, Wales and Scotland legalized it last year.

Last month was the fourth time the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected a motion, initiated by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness, to hold a referendum for same-sex marriage - with 47 votes in support and 49 against.

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 10, 2015

Scotland leaves the rest of the UK and Europe behind while Azerbaijan scores even lower than Russia when it comes to LGBTI equality and human rights

Scotland has been named the most progressive country in Europe when it comes to LGBTI equality.

Following the legalization of same-sex marriage and because of its more progressive policies on intersex equality, ILGA-Europe’s Rainbow Europe Index 2015 places Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK and Europe on LGBTI equality and human rights legislation.

May 7, 2015

General election will see tight races with some LGBTI champions at risk of losing their seats

The UK may be about to elect the largest number of LGBTI MPs of any country in the world, according to analysis by a leading expert.

If the prediction is correct, there will be 29 openly LGBTI Members of Parliament in the 650-seat House of Commons following today’s general election.

That’s 5% of the total – particularly significant as the UK government estimates 6% of the population is LGBTI – so the country would be the most representative of our community of anywhere in the world.

May 5, 2015

'Getting back with Captain Jack is like putting on an old pair of shoes or a very comfortable coat.'

John Barrowman is set to once again return to one of his best-known roles on British television when a new Torchwood audio drama is released later this year.  

The Scottish-born actor revealed in his radio show that he has already recorded the first audio drama, called The Conspiracy, which will focus on his time-travelling, omnisexual hero Captain Jack Harkness.

‘Getting back with Captain Jack is like putting on an old pair of shoes or a very comfortable coat,’ Barrowman told director Scott Handcock in the latest Big Finish podcast.

March 25, 2015

29 March marks 12 months since the first same-sex wedding in Britain

Believe it or not, it's almost been a year since same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales – and since then, Scotland's followed suit, with Ireland hopefully next in April (fingers crossed!).

March 21, 2015

Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson replied 'Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?' to twitter troll calling her 'miserable cunt'

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has taken a clear stance against homophobia following an SNP member tweeting abuse at the homosexual leader of another Scottish party.     

Marc Hughes sent what was described as ‘vile and offensive’ homophobic tweets to Ruth Davidson MSP, the openly lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

March 20, 2015

Pope Francis accepts Scottish cardinal's resignation

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien has officially resigned today (20 March).

Pope Francis accepted the cleric's resignation of the rights and privileges of a cardinal after he admitted to 'inappropriate sexual misconduct' with four priests.

Prior to the revelation, he had launched a 'war' on same-sex marriage in the UK. He likened it to slavery, child abuse and moral degradation.

March 2, 2015

The bus, celebrating diversity and the organization’s LGBTI staff network, will operate for a year on London’s streets. The initiative has been sponsored by Stagecoach

Transport for London (TfL) has today unveiled a rainbow-adorned double-decker bus to commemorate the tenth anniversary of TfL’s LGBTI staff network, OUTbound.

Emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Ride with Pride’, the initiative follows others that TfL have taken to celebrate LGBT issues, including the creation last year of a rainbow zebra crossing to mark Pride in London.

March 2, 2015

The bus, celebrating diversity and the organization’s LGBTI staff network, will operate for a year on London’s streets. The initiative has been sponsored by Stagecoach

Transport for London (TfL) has today unveiled a rainbow-adorned double-decker bus to commemorate the tenth anniversary of TfL’s LGBTI staff network, OUTbound.

Emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Ride with Pride’, the initiative follows others that TfL have taken to celebrate LGBT issues, including the creation last year of a rainbow zebra crossing to mark Pride in London.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

Research found that LGBTI homeless youths are significantly more likely to experience sexual exploitation than their non-LGBTI peers

A groundbreaking new study has found that almost one quarter of homeless youths in the UK are LGBTI. 

The research, carried out by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), aimed to explore the experiences of homeless youths – aged 16-25 – who identify as LGBTI living in the UK. 

A survey, consisting of 36 questions, was distributed to 473 housing providers across England, Scotland and Wales. 

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

January 29, 2015

A local's guide to a surprisingly gay-friendly destination

Jose Rollano lives in Medellín, Colombia. Having studied in Glasgow in Scotland for four years, he has recently returned to his home country with a new appreciation of the best that Colombia has to offer. We caught up with him recently and asked for his guide on how to get the most out of this destination that promises great weather, spectacular scenery, and hot guys.

 

Jose Rollano

 

December 31, 2014

Two couples celebrated the change in Scottish law by getting married just after the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in Scotland this morning.

The first couples to marry today were Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown, both 42, who married in a Humanist ceremony at 00.01 (31 December) at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.

Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott, 54 and 59 respectively, married at the same time in a civil ceremony at a private venue, also in Glasgow. The Douglas-Scotts, who have been together 18 years, had previously entered a civil partnership with one another in 2006 and have five grown-up children.

December 31, 2014

VisitScotland says change in law will enhance country's reputation as an LGBTI-friendly destination

As gay marriage comes into effect in Scotland today, the country's national tourism organisation has predicted a huge travel boost for the nation.

In a statement released today, VisitScotland said: 'The new legislation could see Scotland become a destination of choice for couples looking to get married, boosting tourism and presenting a new opportunity for the industry.'

December 31, 2014

VisitScotland says change in law will enhance country's reputation as an LGBTI-friendly destination

As gay marriage comes into effect in Scotland today, the country's national tourism organisation has predicted a huge travel boost for the nation.

In a statement released today, VisitScotland said: 'The new legislation could see Scotland become a destination of choice for couples looking to get married, boosting tourism and presenting a new opportunity for the industry.'