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July 28, 2014

Hunt is likely to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations. She has tried to support transgender people and develop international work

Stonewall has chosen Ruth Hunt – who has pledged to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations – as its new chief executive.

Hunt has been acting CEO of Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, since the departure of Ben Summerskill in February this year.

She originally joined the charity in 2005 as a senior policy officer and became deputy chief executive under Summerskill.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 24, 2014

She initially wondered: 'I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens'

Edie Windsor was far from the activist she would become at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which marked the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement.

'When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said "I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens,"' Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday (24 July) by Marriage Equality USA.

But the woman whose lawsuit brought down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) soon realized how heroic the drag queens who took a stand against police raids were.

July 17, 2014

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study

A shocking number of gay people face bigotry at funerals, new research has revealed.

YouGov polling has discovered one in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced discrimination when saying goodbye to a loved one.

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study.

There are many fears as well that comes with getting older, with nearly half (48%) believing they could face bigotry when they deal with bereavement.

July 17, 2014

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study

A shocking number of gay people face bigotry at funerals, new research has revealed.

YouGov polling has discovered one in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced discrimination when saying goodbye to a loved one.

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study.

There are many fears as well that comes with getting older, with nearly half (48%) believing they could face bigotry when they deal with bereavement.

July 10, 2014

Lesbian couple’s stunning display tells a story about breaking down ignorance at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

A green-fingered lesbian couple have won a prestigious Gold prize for their Stonewall Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The annual celebration in south-west London is the largest flower show in the world.

But it’s the first time Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has had a garden created in their honor.

It was created by garden designer Amanda Miller and her partner Emma Harvey.

Miller was inspired by the difficulties she faced growing up as a lesbian in a small country town.

July 4, 2014

Fewer than one in five secondary school teachers have received training on tackling homophobic bullying

Schoolteachers in the UK think they are banned from talking about homosexuality, a new report has revealed.

Two in five (37%) primary school teachers, and three in 10 (29%) think they are banned from teaching about lesbian, gay and bisexual people and issues.

This very well may be an echo of Section 28, a law instated by Margaret Thatcher’s government that banned the discussion of LGBTI topics. It was repealed in 2000.

July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

June 28, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen tells Gay Star News events like this prove the future is safe for generations of LGBTI people to come

Defiant against torrential rain and recent homophobic attacks, London has put on one of the biggest and best Gay Prides in years.

With an estimated half a million LGBTI people and their allies braving the summer downpour, the UK capital marched to fight for freedom today (28 June).

The British capital is celebrating a few months after the first gay couples have got married in England and Wales, with Scotland not too far behind.

June 28, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen tells Gay Star News events like this prove the future is safe for generations of LGBTI people to come

Defiant against torrential rain and recent homophobic attacks, London has put on one of the biggest and best Gay Prides in years.

With an estimated half a million LGBTI people and their allies braving the summer downpour, the UK capital marched to fight for freedom today (28 June).

The British capital is celebrating a few months after the first gay couples have got married in England and Wales, with Scotland not too far behind.

June 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

June 12, 2014

UK’s leading gay campaign organization to discuss how better to include trans issues after 25 years of being LGB only

Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has invited transgender activists to ‘initial’ talks about the future of trans campaigning.

Some trans activists have previously criticized Stonewall for excluding them. Others have argued that independent trans activism would be destroyed by Stonewall becoming fully ‘LGBT’.

The move appears to be spearheaded by Ruth Hunt, acting CEO of Stonewall, who has adopted a policy of greater communication and coordination with the wider LGBTI community since starting her new role earlier this year.

June 12, 2014

UK’s leading gay campaign organization to discuss how better to include trans issues after 25 years of being LGB only

Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has invited transgender activists to ‘initial’ talks about the future of trans campaigning.

Some trans activists have previously criticized Stonewall for excluding them. Others have argued that independent trans activism would be destroyed by Stonewall becoming fully ‘LGBT’.

The move appears to be spearheaded by Ruth Hunt, acting CEO of Stonewall, who has adopted a policy of greater communication and coordination with the wider LGBTI community since starting her new role earlier this year.

June 4, 2014

Dracula and The Tudors star will be a part of the cast for Roland Emmerich's passion project on the riots that kicked off the modern gay rights movement

Dracula star Jonathan Rhys Meyers has joined the cast for Stonewall, a film about the riots that kickstarted the modern LGBTI rights movement.

Ron Perlman, known for his role in Hellboy, and teen actress Joey King, will also be a part of the drama.

Jonny Beauchamp, Caleb Landry Jones, Karl Glusman, Vladimir Alexis and Alexandre Nachi complete the main cast.

A passion project for the openly gay Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, it will be written by Brothers and Sisters’ Jon Robin Baitz.

June 2, 2014

Other stars to support Stonewall's 25th anniversary include Sam Smith, Alan Carr and Paloma Faith

Harry Styles, Rita Ora and Alan Carr are among the stars taking selfies to support Stonewall’s 25th anniversary.

The gay equality charity group reaches its milestone this week, with many celebrities taking part in the celebrations.

Teaming up with SNOG Frozen Yogurt and designer Carry Munden, Stonewall is also asking fans to take part in the campaign.

Other celebrities involved include Alan Cumming, Calvin Klein, Carmen Carrera, Jack Whitehall, Katy B, Melanie C, Naomi Campbell, Noomi Rapace, Paloma Faith, Russell Brand and Sam Smith.

June 2, 2014

Other stars to support Stonewall's 25th anniversary include Sam Smith, Alan Carr and Paloma Faith

Harry Styles, Rita Ora and Alan Carr are among the stars taking selfies to support Stonewall’s 25th anniversary.

The gay equality charity group reaches its milestone this week, with many celebrities taking part in the celebrations.

Teaming up with SNOG Frozen Yogurt and designer Carry Munden, Stonewall is also asking fans to take part in the campaign.

Other celebrities involved include Alan Cumming, Calvin Klein, Carmen Carrera, Jack Whitehall, Katy B, Melanie C, Naomi Campbell, Noomi Rapace, Paloma Faith, Russell Brand and Sam Smith.

May 28, 2014

Lesbian former drag king Storme DeLarverie has passed away in her New York nursing home aged 93, 45 years after she took part in the Stonewall Riots that put America on notice about LGBTI rights

Storme DeLarverie, one of the oldest veterans of the Stonewall Riots, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning.

DeLarverie, 93, was already 49 in 1969 when the riots took place after New York police officers tried to raid the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village – prompting its LGBTI patrons to fight back.

When the police raided the bar her scuffle with them spurred patrons to fight back.

May 27, 2014

There are only two openly gay soccer stars playing professionally, Robbie Rogers and Anton Hysén

The world would be supportive of an openly gay footballer, according to a new poll.

In the largest survey of football fans on this issue, the new research has found the majority would be happy to have a soccer star that is open about his sexuality.

Around 30,000 fans in 29 countries responded to the poll, organized by gay campaigning charity Stonewall and Swedish app designers Football Addicts.

Fans were asked if they would be comfortable if a player on their national team came out as gay.

April 23, 2014

Caleb Landry Jones will star in the new Roland Emmerich film about the 1969 riots that kick-started the LGBTI rights movement

X-Men star Caleb Landry Jones has entered talks for Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement.

The 24-year-old American actor and musician is in line to join Jeremy Irvine in the historical drama, Deadline reports.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, best known for Brothers and Sisters, and directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich.

April 11, 2014

LGBTI diversity and inclusion is behind race and gender in workplaces, but is making strong progress says Barclaycard CEO

The CEO of Barclaycard says not just hiring people who are like you is vital to the future of a business.

She shared the advice with more than 600 delegates at the 2014 Workplace Conference of leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall today.

In her speech Val Soranno Keating reflected comments she had made to Gay Star News in an exclusive interview published earlier this year.

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.