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April 10, 2014

Roland Emmerich, a gay filmmaker best known for movies like Independence Day, considers the film to be a passion project

War Horse star Jeremy Irvine will be starring in Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement.

The 24-year-old English actor will play a homeless gay teen who gets caught up in the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, Deadline reports.

It will be written by Jon Robin Baitz, best known for Brothers and Sisters, and directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich.

April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

March 28, 2014

With the first same-sex couple is wed in Brighton, history is made as gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to marry legally

As the clock struck 12, history was made as the first gay couples in the UK married moments ago.

Gay couples in England and Wales now have the right to wed, giving them all the same legal benefits as straight unions.

GSN was there in the middle of the media storm in the seaside British gay capital, Brighton, to witness the first official same-sex wedding.

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard, a couple of seven years, had their first married kiss in front of the world’s press in Brighton’s historical Royal Pavilion.

March 21, 2014

Gay Star News, Stonewall, G-A-Y and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up for Britain’s biggest same-sex marriage party

Lovers and those looking for love can come celebrate at Britain’s biggest gay marriage party.

Taking place at Heaven nightclub in London on 28 March, the party will be one you won’t be able to forget as the first lesbian and couples become legally married in England and Wales.

Not only that, Ben & Jerry’s will be joining the celebrations where they will be showing off their new marriage equality ice cream, Apple-y Ever After.

March 21, 2014

Gay Star News, Stonewall, G-A-Y and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up for Britain’s biggest same-sex marriage party

Lovers and those looking for love can come celebrate at Britain’s biggest gay marriage party.

Taking place at Heaven nightclub in London on 28 March, the party will be one you won’t be able to forget as the first lesbian and couples become legally married in England and Wales.

Not only that, Ben & Jerry’s will be joining the celebrations where they will be showing off their new marriage equality ice cream, Apple-y Ever After.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

March 16, 2014

'It's time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family'

The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The reason for the boycott is because New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Inc, the organizer of the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the US, bans gay organizations from marching.

The Stonewall Riots, the start of the modern gay rights movement, started at the bar in 1969 June.

March 6, 2014

You can help choose the 2014 European Diversity Awards as nominations open at a reception in Madrid

The search for Europe’s most deserving diversity champions is underway after the 2014 European Diversity Awards were launched in Madrid last night (6 March).

Business leaders, media professionals and representatives of cultural and charitable organizations joined a glitzy reception at Google’s Spanish HQ to mark the start of the nomination process.

February 10, 2014

New research in association with 02 and Childline reveals worrying statistics about the online activity of LGB youth

Nearly three quarters of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people use the internet to meet others like themselves. For many, it is their only source of information and support on gay issues, or contact with other LGB youth.

However, it can also put young people at great risk of things such as cyberbulling, grooming and sexual exploitation.

In partnership with o2, Stonewall is releasing guidance for parents and teachers to help young LGB people stay safe online.

February 1, 2014

Actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart had some fun with tomorrow's (2 February) Super Bowl.

The game is the last, and most important, in the National Football League season.

On Twitter, Stewart  posted a photo of him and McKellen wearing the uniforms of the two teams. Stewart represents the Seattle Seahawks and his fellow 'sir'  the Denver Broncos.

January 27, 2014

London’s High Court is examining a newly-released email pointing to mayor Boris Johnson as the driving force behind a ban on anti-gay bus adverts. The Christian group behind the ads alleges Johnson used the ban to secure gay votes for re-election

High Court judges are examining whether London mayor Boris Johnson banned an anti-gay bus adverts to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

A previously unreleased email suggests it was Johnson, not Transport for London’s (TfL) managing director of marketing and communications Vernon Everitt, who authorized a ban on anti-gay bus adverts from 2012.

January 23, 2014

Leading LGB advocate, known for his sharp wit and tireless work ethic, will be stepping down as Chief Executive of British gay lobbying charity Stonewall

Ben Summerskill will be stepping down as Chief Executive of UK gay, bisexual and lesbian charity Stonewall, it was announced today (23 January).

After 11 years at the helm, he has seen gay rights change in this country from the repeal of Section 28 to same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

He will be leaving to enjoy some time off and to take a breather from his tireless work over the past decade.

January 21, 2014

The UK's Winter Pride awards are now open to the public for voting on the most loved in the LGBTI community, from Britain's best gay venue to most popular film

Voting is now open to decide on the UK's biggest and brightest stars of the LGBTI community, honored next month at the Winter Pride Awards.

On 8 February, the Winter Pride Awards will recognize the achievements of the LGBTI community and the straight allies that support it with a luxurious ceremony in London.

Smirnoff will sponsor the Garden of Eden-themed event which boasts live performances, an art exhibition and music from some of the best DJs around.

January 15, 2014

Grab your flip-flops and join the amazing volunteers from the UK’s leading gay, bisexual and lesbian rights organization who'll be toasting the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show

The only thing better than a party is a party with a cause.

Join Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual equality group, at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show this weekend.

The free party celebrates Gay Star News’ second birthday as a leading LGBTI news organization, and Stonewall will be on hand in flip flops, shorts and Stonewall t-shirts talking about their international work.

January 13, 2014

Stonewall's figures claim over a quarter of gay, lesbian and bisexual people are not open to their colleagues and 20% have been verbally bullied in the last five years

Millions witness homophobic bullying at work in the UK, a gay campaigning charity has found.

In the past five years, 2.4 million people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work with 800,000 people seeing physical attacks.

Stonewall’s figures also show over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

December 28, 2013

Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities, will visit games following announcement that UK Prime Minister David Cameron will not travel to Sochi

Conservative MP Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, Tourism & Equalities, will visit Russia during the Winter Olympic Games in February 2014.

The news comes after UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced last week he has no plans to travel to host city Sochi during the event.

Downing Street officials said Cameron’s absence should not be interpreted as a statement about Russia’s recent anti-gay laws.

November 19, 2013

As it is revealed 99% of all gay teens hear homophobic language in schools, Anglican chiefs admit they must do more to curb homophobia in the playground

The Church of England has announced it will be aiming to tackle homophobic bullying in Church schools.

It will be working with gay rights group Stonewall in order to tackle the suffering many young gay teens face while they are at a religious school.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard, the Bishop of Oxford, revealed the collaboration yesterday (18 November) on day one of a three-day meeting of the ruling general synod.

November 19, 2013

As Scotland prepares for a crucial vote on same-sex marriage equality tomorrow, Stonewall’s Colin Macfarlane explains why the country needs to say I Do

Several months ago, Sam and Pipa, were kind enough to share their personal story with us and explain why marriage equality matters to them.

‘For us marriage means a loving commitment. It is a union recognised both legally and by society. To us, equal marriage would mean we wouldn’t feel like second-class citizens.

‘Love is love and marriage will show that we are normal, not different and we are just as committed as a straight couple.’

November 18, 2013

Gay pop star Will Young: 'It's clear from the shocking levels of self-harm and suicide among gay young people that we're failing an entire generation'

A new British school campaign has launched as 99% of gay teens reveal they have heard homophobic language.

Nearly every single young LGB person spoken to by gay campaigning charity Stonewall said they had heard phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ at school.

Polling by Mumsnet also shows 68% of parents are unaware of any school policies to tackle homophobic bullying and language.

Fronted by gay pop star Will Young, the new campaign is urging schools and students to tackle the derogatory use of the word gay.

November 7, 2013

Politicians fighting for gay marriage as evangelists claim gays pass on HIV using 'special rings', Stonewall names their winners

Several names were nominated, but only one is the biggest bigot of them all.

At the seventh annual UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall held tonight (7 November), US TV evangelist Pat Robertson was named 2013’s Bigot of the Year.

In August, he made international headlines when he claimed gay men viciously spread HIV while shaking hands using ‘special rings’.

He ‘won’ the award over Scott Lively, on trial for crimes against humanity against Ugandan LGBT people, British vicar George Gabauer, UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie and historian Niall Ferguson.

October 24, 2013

Best friend British acting legend duo sit on a bench with a lesbian couple scuplture while on a break from performing on Broadway

British acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and best friend Patrick Stewart has posed with a lesbian couple sculpture paying tribute to the Stonewall Riots.

The best friend duo is seen in New York City's Christopher Park wearing black top hats. 

They were taking a break from rehearsing No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot in Broadway.

Stewart linked to the picture, with the caption 'Stonewall!'

The sculpture is by George Segal to honor the gay rights movement and commemorates the events at the Stonewall Inn.

October 17, 2013

Core Issues Trust, who was banned from promoting their 'gay cure' counselling, has lodged papers at High Court

A Christian group has lodged a legal challenge against London bus ads featuring ‘Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!’

Core Issues Trust, a ‘gay cure’ organization, has lodged papers at the High Court attempting to force Transport for London to take down the billboards.

They claim the transport chiefs are deliberately ignoring a ruling by High Court, which judged the posters from gay rights group Stonewall to be ‘highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians’ who believe ‘gay sex is a sin’.

October 17, 2013

Core Issues Trust, who was banned from promoting their 'gay cure' counselling, has lodged papers at High Court

A Christian group has lodged a legal challenge against London bus ads featuring ‘Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!’

Core Issues Trust, a ‘gay cure’ organization, has lodged papers at the High Court attempting to force Transport for London to take down the billboards.

They claim the transport chiefs are deliberately ignoring a ruling by High Court, which judged the posters from gay rights group Stonewall to be ‘highly offensive to fundamentalist Christians’ who believe ‘gay sex is a sin’.