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January 30, 2015

Four-time Emmy winner returns to Broadway to star in play An Act of God

Jim Parsons, who plays a theoretical physicist at Caltech on TV each week, is getting a promotion.

He will be playing God.

The four-time Emmy winner is set to return to Broadway in An Act of God based on the 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God written by David Javerbaum of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Javerbaum runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and sent out a statement released from 'God.'

January 30, 2015

He was also fined £15,000

Soccer star Robert Huth will serve a two match ban after posting transphobic messages on Twitter.

The Stoke City defender admitted he breached Football Association rules after comments he made on social media.

In January earlier this year, he responded to a Twitter account 'Cock Or No Cock' which posts sexual images of individuals and asks users to guess their gender.

The 30-year-old German apologized, saying: 'Clearly no offence was meant or directed to anyone, but apologies if I've offended anyone.'

January 29, 2015

New marketing director role would have run campaign on tolerance

A newly appointed head of marketing for a Belarus soccer club was fired after fans told the club they didn't want 'fags' as part of the team.

Valentin Sereda, a radio host in the former Soviet republic, was sacked from Dinamo Minsk FC over 'unprofessional' actions that damaged the 'reputation' of the club.

When press reported he was hired, homophobic fans started a campaign calling on the club to have him fired.

They released screenshots of pictures he had posted on dating websites, even though he did not appear nude or even shirtless in them.

January 29, 2015

Daily Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced his retirement from blogging, saying he wants to concentrate on writing books and essays and spending more time with his husband and family

Openly gay conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday he will retire from blogging to concentrate on other forms of writing.

A former editor of The New Republic, Sullivan founded his The Daily Dish blog in 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular political blogs in the United States.

Sullivan moved the blog between a number of websites including Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast before switching to an independent, subscription-based format in 2013.

January 29, 2015

They're going to use it for LGBTI advocacy instead

A gay bear couple own JebBushForPresident.com, and they're not giving it up without a fight.

Domain owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, from Oregon, purchased the site name in 2008, ready for the former Florida governor to enter the race.

Instead of promoting the Republican politician, however, they're planning on using it for LGBTI advocacy.

'This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice,' they said.

January 29, 2015

Olympic Gold Medalist and Kardashian stepdad widely expected to reveal he is transgender

Bruce Jenner, no stranger to reality television, is about to embark on a TV project far different from his years on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

A series documenting Jenner's 'journey' is in development at E! Entertainment, according to Variety.

Although the network or Jenner has not confirmed the theme, it is widely believed the show will follow the 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist transitioning from male to female.

January 29, 2015

Claims ‘computers can’t discriminate’

‘Computer says no’ is not discrimination: so if you have been discriminated against by a computer system, it doesn’t count.

That is the astonishing claim made by leading mobile phone operator, Vodafone, attempting to explain why their software appeared to have blocked access to Gay Star News itself.

January 28, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has called for legislation protecting LGBTI people from discrimination in housing and employment across the United States so long as ‘religious rights’ are not compromised

The leadership of the US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made its most accommodating statement on LGBTI issues to date on Tuesday this week in a televised press conference and online statements published on the church’s official website.

However in the same breath the Mormons accused LGBTI activists of seeking to take away the same freedom of expression for religious people that they had fought so hard to win for themselves.

January 28, 2015

Welsh politician is under investigation for a comment on the BNP website

A Welsh UKIP politician is under party investigation for endorsing an anti-gay statement on the British National Party website.

Donald Grewar, parliamentary candidate for Newport East, left an approving comment under a statement that described gay people as 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.'

'Well said... sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground,' he wrote.

A UKIP spokesperson said the party was investigating the matter.

January 27, 2015

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes about the horrors gay people faced during World War 2

'We must exterminate these [homosexuals] root and branch...We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.'

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race.

January 27, 2015

He'll be joined by Cucumber star Beth Black at queer student event

Newspaper columnist Owen Jones, Cucumber star Beth Black have been announced as speakers at this year's National Student Pride.

They will be joined by the BBC's Evan Davis, presenter of Newsnight and Dragons' Den.

The popular events returns for its 10th anniversary from 27 February to 1 March, with activities centered around the University of Westminister's Marylebone campus, as well as club nights at London's Heaven nightclub.

The event will also feature a careers fair, attended by the like of Google, the Royal Navy and Barclays.

January 27, 2015

Historic city passes the country's broadest anti-discrimination ordinance yet

Historic Vigan has become the lastest city in the Philippines to ban anti-gay hate.

The anti-discrimination ordinance (ADO) covering sexual orientation and gender identity was passed in November but was embargoed until last week pending further study.

Like similar laws in other parts of the southeast Asian country, Vigan's ADO bans discrimination in employment, education, access to goods and services, accommodation, access to public places/facilities/meeting places, and access to commercial establishments.

January 26, 2015

We delve into the back catalogue of landscape and travel photographer Weerapong Chaipuck

Bangkok-based photographer Weerapong Chaipuck has been making waves for years with his incredibly moving, intensely colourful snapshots of Asia.

For more information about Chaipuck, and to see more images that'll make you want to quit your job, up sticks and see the world, visit his 500px.com website by clicking here.

Right: Cemara Indah Village at sunrise

January 26, 2015

With over 4 million unique readers, January 2015 has been GSN's biggest month ever.

January 2015 has become a big month for Gay Star News - we have celebrated our third anniversary and also recorded our biggest ever month of traffic.

Tris Reid-Smith, co-founder and editor-in-chief of GSN, confirmed that the team quietly celebrated both milestones:

'January has been such a busy month for us, with a Travel Expo to deliver and lots of exciting plans for the year ahead, but it's been really pleasing to be able to recognise both our third birthday and hitting four million readers.'

January 26, 2015

The truth about drugs, addiction and decriminalization will surprise you, writes Hari

A few weeks ago, somebody asked me a strange question, about how my sexuality informs my attitude to drugs, and at first I was a little bit offended.

It is now a century since drugs were first banned in the US and Britain, and as this anniversary approached, I set off on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to try to understand what the War on Drugs is really all about.

January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

January 26, 2015

Ringleader owns the Vietnamese edition of UK publication Attitude

Vietnamese police Friday (23 January) arrested a gay magazine owner in Ho Chi Minh City for running an online gambling ring worth 1 trillion Vietnamese dong ($46.88m).

Nine others were arrested in connection to the Philippines-based website 12bet.com.

To Cong Hung, 33, allegedly managed operations in the south east Asian country for several months and is also the owner of the Vietnamese edition of Attitude, the leading gay magazine in the UK.

January 25, 2015

The health minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay last week, is reviewing options presented to him by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, who recently came out as gay, has indicated that the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood may be relaxed.

Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood – a measure introduced in 1985 following the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

January 25, 2015

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.

24 year-old Sam Hawli was born and raised in Sydney. We caught up with him for his tips on how to get the most out of your visit...

What are some of the best things about living in Sydney?

January 25, 2015

The actor, along with theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and designer Paul Smith, has put his name to an open letter saying that Soho is being changed beyond recognition because of London’s rising real estate prices

Stephen Fry is among those who have signed an open letter to the British Government imploring them to save Soho – the historic district in the heart of London’s West End.

Soho has undergone increasing changes in recent years, chiefly fuelled by the escalating cost of London property prices.

January 24, 2015

Radical group uses document to ‘clarify’ sick rules, to be imposed in areas of Iraq and Syria

The Islamic State has released a list of punishments to be enforced in the areas of Iraq and Syria under its control – and the punishment for gay sex is death.

Those who have committed blasphemy or adultery, or are found spying for 'non-believers’, will also be sentenced to death, according to the terrifying document which has now become widely available.

Other punishments include amputation for stealing, and 80 lashes for slandering or drinking alcohol.

January 24, 2015

The married men, one of whom is a pastor, were seeking a faith-based school in which to enroll their son and daughter

A non-denomination private school in Tennessee has declined to accept two children who are being raised by a married same-sex couple.

Brian Copeland and Greg Bullard [pictured], who married in California in 2013, have been searching for a school in which to enroll their children – a son of pre-kindergarten age and a daughter, who is eight months old, reports USA Today.

January 24, 2015

Attention-seeking gossip blogger stripped to his underwear to celebrate

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton has survived the latest Celebrity Big Brother eviction – despite widespread uproar at his bizarre antics.

The dad-of-one escaped the boot despite being one of the favorites to leave, with former glamor model Alicia Douvall getting the boot instead.

Host Emma Willis said it was a very close eviction, with 1% separating the bottom three contestants on the UK reality TV show.

January 24, 2015

Conviction of Children-404’s Lena Klimova proves hideous law is alive and well

Lena Klimova, the founder of LGBTI kids’ support group Children-404 in Russia, is the latest victim of the country’s controversial ‘anti-gay propaganda law’.

The social worker has been fined 50,000 rubles ($780, €700) by the Russian courts for creating the online community group in March 2013.

The website encourages young people to share experiences of how it feels to grow up as an LGBTI person. It’s said Klimova, who was previously acquitted of the same charge, did not have access to legal counsel before her conviction.