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March 29, 2015

'There's been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and about its intention all over the Internet' 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence will vigorously defend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

He will not, however, state if the law now permits florists and bakers to refuse service to LGBTI customers.

The Republican was a guest on the ABC News' show This Week today (29 March).

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

March 28, 2015

Newspapers allege co-pilot was bullied as gay because he used to work as cabin crew

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was secretly gay, according to unproven rumors in the media.

British tabloid newspaper The Daily Star splashed the claims on its front page today.

It comes as further evidence emerges that Lubitz likely had serious psychological problems which he kept secret.

But the question of his true sexuality is far more speculative.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 27, 2015

In the same week that financial analysts predicted Apple may be valued at $1trillion before the end of the year, the company’s openly-gay CEO has said that he wants his personal wealth to be put to charitable use

Apple CEO Tim Cook has told Fortune magazine that he intends to give away his personal fortune to charity.

Reuters reports the 54-year-old as saying that, besides paying for his 10-year-old nephew’s education, his estimated $785 million fortune would go to charitable causes.

‘You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change,’ said Cook.

March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 26, 2015

Region is home to blockbuster gay destination Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands Tourism Board has won two awards at the recent Travel Marketing Awards.

The organization was awarded bronze at the UK-based competition for its LGBTI photographic advertising campaign – an example of which you can see to the right – named 'Bring your holidays out of the closet.'

The award was in the category of 'Advertising in newspapers directed at the public.'

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 26, 2015

 Event recognized as one of the leading UK events in the LGBTI community

GSN readers have until midnight tomorrow to vote for the Gay Star Travel Expo for the Best Event Award at the British LGBT Awards.

The one-stop travel shop took place at London's Heaven nightclub in January, and featured exhibitors from around the world such as Vienna and Gibraltor.

March 26, 2015

His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows

What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?

Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.

This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.

March 25, 2015

Former Trade Minister Lord Davies reveals that almost one in four UK board members are now female – but challenges remain to boost that number further

The number of female board members in FTSE 100 companies has nearly doubled since 2011 – rising from 12.5% then to 23.5% in early 2015.

The statistics were announced today by former Trade Minister, Mervyn Davies, Lord Davies of Abersoch.

Following the formation of the UK’s coalition government in 2010, a target was set by then Minister, Lord Davies, following a request from Business Secretary, Vince Cable.

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 25, 2015

Spoilers for season 7: Straight-talking judge believes angry fans should understand 'it's just a TV show'

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage has defended the decision to send the queen home in the fourth episode of season seven.

The internet has been up in arms ever since Trixie Mattel was sent home following a lip sync with other fan favorite Pearl.

Petitions have been started and several past contestants of the show have criticized the decision to send the comedy Barbie doll queen home.

'Listen, I was there, I saw what I saw. I stand by it,' Visage said in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

March 25, 2015

#HisNameWasBlake

A teenage activist committed suicide on Monday (23 March) night a year after becoming North Carolina's first transgender homecoming king.

Blake Brockington, 18, was named homecoming king at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte after winning a fundraising competition with an impressive $2,335.55.

His death was announced Tuesday morning by Time Out Youth Center, where he received support. Details of his passing are not yet known.

March 24, 2015

This, despite introduction of gay marriage last year

A survey has found that 90% of gay couples would be afraid to be romantic in public if they were to honeymoon in the UK.

Gay-friendly accommodation website Further Afield conducted the research ahead of the one-year anniversary of gay marriage in the UK, on the 29 March.

They asked their customers 'whether gay couples feel more able to be romantic in public on a honeymoon in the UK' since the change in law – with the overwhelming majority answering that they do not.

March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 24, 2015

Based in Washington, D.C., the NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses

The US-based National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) was founded in 2002 by co-founders Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, who wanted to highlight the fact that LGBT people were business owners, employers, taxpayers, providers of healthcare – and are a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run.

March 24, 2015

'Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom'

A wife has turned to parenting forum Mumsnet after she found her husband on Grindr.

In a post titled 'My husband is on grindr. I need some hugs and advice,' bonniescot123 said she recognized her husband, who she referred to as DH, because his profile picture was taken in their bathroom.

'Hands shaking. Today I found my DH on Grindr. Without a doubt it is him. Posing in our ensuite bathroom,' she wrote.

March 23, 2015

Last chance to catch 'Beard' at Somerset House

Pogonophiles, listen up!

Hit exhibit 'Beard' is entering its final week at London's Somerset House. Which means locals and visitors alike have just seven more days to enjoy this entirely free celebration of rugged handsomeness!

The collection of 80 stirring portraits are the work of photographer Mr Elbank, and depict gorgeous subjects of all ages and races, displaying an array of facial stylings. From the combed to the unkempt and the bushy to the dreaded. And no, the subjects aren't exclusively male...

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.

March 23, 2015

The online travel firm offered Twitter users the chance to win a ‘romantic getaway’ to Great Britain and illustrated their tweet with an interracial gay couple

Online travel booking company Expedia has prompted a storm of reaction on Twitter with a competition to win a trip to the United Kingdom.

The reason? The tweet advertising the compeition – ‘Win a romantic getaway to Great Britain’ – featured a photo of a gay male couple.

The tweet was posted last Thursday, since which time it has received hundreds of comments, with some Twitter users outraged by the imagery and others praising the company for its choice of models.

March 23, 2015

The culprit claims his phone was stolen before the message was sent

The rugby world is not letting Nigel Owens face any bigoted abuse.

According to Wales Online, the referee received a homophobic tweet after England's 55-35 win over France.

'Your a gay **** awful performance against france tonight, how did england top Wales,' was sent from Edryd James's Twitter.

Owens tweeted back.

March 21, 2015

Founder Lena Klimova said she would take proceedings to the European Court of Justice should the project be banned

Russian LGBTI youth support group Children-404 is facing the danger of being shut down for breaching the country’s ‘anti-gay propaganda’ laws.

Demands from the country’s media authority Roskomnadzor and the Kremlin-loyal youth organization Young Guard forced the General Prosecutor’s office into action, according to Russian newspaper Vedomosti and German news website queer.de.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.