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December 6, 2013

Event in June will mark the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with the theme of ‘Freedom to…’

Pride in London 2014 will pay tribute to the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, a turning point for the LGBTI liberation movement.

Organizers have set the theme as ‘Freedom to…’ and are holding a public meeting on 10 December to report back on 2013’s event and look forward to next summer.

The British capital saw a new team take over in 2013 after facing a cash crisis which almost saw it cancelled in 2012.

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 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.

October 3, 2013

Lorna Luft: 'I know that my mother would've said that everybody at Stonewall did the right thing: they stood up for themselves'

Lorna Luft thinks her mother would have been proud.

The younger daughter of Judy Garland talked this week about her mother's connection to her gay male fanbase and about the Stonewall riots which began in the days after Garland's death in 1969.

The riots at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City are widely considered as the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight in the US for LGBT equality.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

August 28, 2013

Stonewall reveals LGB worries despite progress in gay rights

Gay people in the UK still expect to face discrimination in their day to day lives.

A new study published by UK gay rights charity Stonewall has shown that despite advances in legal equality, lesbians, gays and bisexuals still fear discrimination from schools, hospitals, the workplace and police forces because of their sexual orientation.

August 28, 2013

Irene Monroe offers ways forward for a dialogue about race and sexual orientation

When Sue O’Connell, the publisher and editor of the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper Bay Windows, which I also write for, penned her piece ‘Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think’ a firestorm erupted. Evidence of the conflagration was not only seen on the paper’s website but it was also buzzed around town.

June 30, 2013

Women of all colors and ages take over New York City streets in a joyous tradition that comes the day before the Gay Pride parade

For some New Yorkers, Gay Pride weekend doesn't start until the first drum beat of Dyke March.

For 21 years, women have gathered in Manhattan's Bryant Park, near Times Square, and marched down Fifth Avenue.

Unlike the Gay Pride parade, this march of women of all types is sponsor free. No floats or corporate dollars. Just homemade signs and approximately 30 drummers who kept the beat.

June 29, 2013

San Francisco and Seattle will also celebrate gay pride and political victories on the last Sunday of June

There will be much to celebrate this upcoming weekend in New York City.

The Big Apple is ready for its annual gay pride parade. The 30 June (Sunday) march and fair will be the highlights of two days of celebrating, starting with the Rapture on the River.

May 24, 2013

Writer fears the LGBT community is 'in danger of losing this important touchstone of our cultural history'

A new comic book is being planned to illustrate the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

Bluewater Productions is currently raising money on Indiegogo in order to publish a book remembering the 1969 Stonewall riots.

The goal is to raise $9,000 (€6.9k) by 11 July in order to produce the book. Depending on how much you donate, you can receive gifts including winning limited edition copies or being drawn into the book.

May 17, 2013

Assistant Chief Constable Steph Morgan says the British police have changed and now want to encourage LGBT teens to trust them

The culture of the Police Service in Britain is developing into one where you can be as comfortable at work as you are at home – that is the strategic aim. It is worth noting that there are eight local police forces listed in the Stonewall Top 100 Index of gay-friendly employers and LGBT officers are included in the majority of UK police forces. It hasn’t always been this way.

April 22, 2013

From disaster movies to the triumph of Stonewall: Independence Day author is going to film a new movie on the pivotal moment for the LGBT American community

German film director Roland Emmerich is going to work on a new movie on the Stonewall’s riots of 1969.

The author of 2012, Stargate and The Day After Tomorrow will spend about $14 million (€11 million) to film the story of a gay homeless teen who comes to New York and joins the Stonewall’s community.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.

January 24, 2013

African American lesbian Rev Irene Monroe examines at Barack Obama’s historic support for LGBTs in his inaugural address and the reactions to it

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr Day, and the President honored King's legacy when he eloquently spoke of how the many US liberation movements, both current and historic, are interconnected.

‘We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.’

January 22, 2013

Family Research Council spokesman says ‘homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else'

An anti-gay Christian group has slammed US President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech because ‘homosexuals already have all the same civil rights as anyone else.’

In Obama’s second inauguration speech, he said: ‘Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.’

January 22, 2013

Neil Patrick Harris tweets that he's 'proud to be an American'

US President Barack Obama's historic call for gay and lesbian equality during his inaugural address Monday (21 January) led to kudos from many gay celebrities.

Neil Patrick Harris, the openly gay star of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, proclaimed Obama's speech 'brilliant' in his Twitter account.

'Inspiring stuff,' Harris tweeted. 'I’m very proud to be an American.'

January 22, 2013

'It's just amazing how things have changed'

Richard Blanco had already made history as the first gay and first Latino inaugural poet in US history when he stepped onto the podium Monday (21 January) to deliver his poem One Today.

But he had no idea that day would be so history making in other ways in the fight for LGBT equality. President Barack Obama likened to the gay rights movement's Stonewall Riots to the civil rights milestones Seneca Falls (women's equality) and Selma (black equality).

January 21, 2013

'Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law'

Barack Obama became the first president in US history to call for equality for gays and lesbians in an inaugural speech on Monday (21 January).

'Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,' Obama said during a 19-minute speech. 'If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to each other is equal as well.'

January 21, 2013

Leon replaced Louie Giglio who had anti-gay sermon in his past

The most pro-gay presidential inauguration ceremony in history concluded Monday (21 January) concluded with a benediction from an Episcopalian priest who included gays as among those created in God's image.

The Rev. Luis Leon of St. John's Church, located across the street from the White House, prayed that 'with your blessing, we can see each other created in your image, a unit of God’s grace, unprecedented, irrepeatable and irreplaceable.'

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.

August 21, 2012

Bisi Alimi found the recent UK Black Pride event empowering and expensive

Last week, British gay organization Stonewall released a report titled ‘One minority at a time’ to highlight the challenges of black and minority ethnic lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK.

July 13, 2012

As we celebrate lesbian suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s 145th birthday, Debbie Gold reflects how the fight for Votes for Women in the UK reflects modern LGBT struggles

The suffragettes are often cited as an inspiration in campaigns for civil rights everywhere. Just a month or so ago Julian Clary compared the struggle for gay marriage to the suffragette campaign for Votes for Women in Britain. This weekend, as we commemorate Emmeline Pankhurst’s birthday, it’s worth reflecting on some of the lessons that we can learn from the suffragettes in our movement for LGBT civil rights.

July 12, 2012

Stonewall's new message to the UK government is 'some people are gay, get on with it' and bring in equal gay marriage

'Some people are gay. Get on with it!' is the new message from Stonewall to the UK government as Britain awaits same-sex marriage equality.

The charity, the country's leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization, had previously seen its messaging 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' go viral online and be turned into a series of products.

Now the subtly new message emphasizes that the time is right now to go ahead and give gay and lesbian couples the same marriage rights as straight people.

July 11, 2012

Gay Star News interviews Britain’s deputy prime minister and finds out why he’s confident religions who want to marry gay couples will be allowed to do so

As leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg is well versed in Britain’s LGBT political agenda.

And, while it’s clear that he hasn’t always found sharing a coalition government with the Conservatives comfortable, Deputy Prime Minister Clegg does seem determined to make the most of his position whenever he can.

Luckily, one priority – and a place where he shares common ground with Prime Minister David Cameron – is on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

July 9, 2012

GSN explores the outer borough of Queens for street meat, outdoor art and the gay rights struggle that came before Stonewall

New York is arguably one of the most popular cities in the world. Just try to count how many songs and libations are named after Manhattan.

However, New York City is technically made up of four other boroughs that are equally amazing as Manhattan: Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island.

Last month, hundreds of thousands of people around the world celebrated pride day, a global event celebrating the 1969 Stonewall riots of New York that ignited the state-side gay rights movement.