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December 16, 2014

'We found 20 teenagers there that were practically having sex on the stage'

A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg on Saturday night after complaints from parents that their underage children were 'trapped' in the venue.

Vitaly Milonov stormed a fetish party at Central Station club with a film crew from a local news site, the Moscow Times reported.

October 28, 2014

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says there is no way it can pay the 34 million tenge ($186,000, €146,000) and plans to appeal

A Kazakhstan advertizing agency is being fined an astromonical amount for creating a poster featuring two men kissing.

Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan says there is no way it can pay the 34 million tenge ($186,000, €146,000) and plans to appeal.

The agency has also been ordered to issue an apology in the national media.

Dariya Khamitzhanova, Havas' general director, told the ruling was 'nonsense'.

'Not one of the 34 plaintiffs appeared in court,' she said. 'The whole hearing was marred by procedural violations'.

October 21, 2014

The Ukranian boyband performs shirtless and in stilettos

An anti-gay youth group has stopped boyband Kazaky performing in Kyrgyzstan in order to defend 'traditional values.'

About 300 members of Kalys blocked the entrance to Guns'n'Roses nightclub in Bishkek, where the Ukrainian four-piece Kazaky were due to perform.

None of the current members are gay but they perform shirtless and in stilettos.

The club's management said they had no choice but to cancel the concert.

'We incurred heavy losses over the cancelation,' organizer Danil Mishin told the Kloop news portal.

October 8, 2014

The team said it would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery'

The London School of Economics has disbanded its men’s rugby club after members distributed leaflets containing anti-gay and sexist slurs that 'brought shame' on the university.

LSE Men's Rugby Club handed out leaflets at freshers' fair that said the team would not tolerate 'outright homosexual debauchery' and referred to women as 'mingers,' 'trollops' and 'slags.'

September 26, 2014

The company was found guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan'

A Kazakh advertising agency has been fined for creating a poster for a gay club that sparked outrage last month.

A court in Almaty found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan.'

The court on Wednesday ordered director Daria Khamitzhanova pay a $700 fine and her company a $1,000 fine.

The case was filed by Almaty youth authorities.

The ad, created for the Studio 69 club in the largest city Almaty, shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

September 19, 2014

From a a boogie-down in Bogota's biggest gay club to a Segway tour through the streets of Cartagena, here are some tips for enjoying two of Colombia's most popular destinations

When it comes to reputations Bogota - the capital of Colombia – used to be right up there with Bagdad, Mogadishu and Pyongyang as a holiday destination.

Bogota was as notorious for kidnappings as Ibiza still is for a night of debauched clubbing. Years of being the cocaine capital of the world had left the city as a no-go area for all but the brave or mad.

But times have changed and in the space of just a few years Bogota has turned itself around and it’s now one of the safer cities in Latin America.

May 29, 2014

After a series of attacks on patrons and the venue, Moscow’s Central Station gay night club is reopening in a new location after being driven out of its original building

The owners of Moscow’s Central Station nightclub have announced they are moving the business to a new building after closing its doors in March.

November 18, 2013

The patrons of one of Russia’s best known gay nightclubs were subjected to a shooting attack on Saturday in what the club owners say is just the latest in a series of provocations

Two men shot up Moscow’s Central Station gay night club on Saturday but nobody was injured during the attack.

The men reportedly first began harassing patrons outside the club around 5am and then attempted to gain entry to the club.

When security refused them entry to the night club they produced a fire arm and shots were fired.

The club’s owners told Russia’s Life News that they believed the attack was an ‘extremist act of hate or hostility towards persons belonging to a particular social group.’

June 10, 2013

Reps claims singer cancelled appearance at The Factory before a contract was finalized

Ciara got an unexpected interruption while performing at the LA Pride festival on Saturday night: she got served with a lawsuit.

The singer was in the middle of a number at West Hollywood Park when a woman standing in front of the stage handed her some papers. Ciara, not breaking from her song, appears to look at the papers for a few seconds before tossing them back.

The woman can be seen on video of the incident, obtained by TMZ, saying: 'She got served.'

May 17, 2013

GSN meet Australian LGBT swimming club the Wett Ones

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports organizations of the world, we meet Ryan Bennett from Sydney’s LGBT swimming club the Wett Ones.

When was the Wett Ones club established?

We were established in October 1991 making us the oldest LGBT swim club in Australia. The club was very proud to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2011.
Who established the club?

May 15, 2013

Austria's premier gay festival returns equipped with after-parties and boat rides

Pink Lake festival is back for all European gay festival lovers from 29 August - 1 September.

The beautiful Lake Woerthersee will once again be decked out with pride events from all around the world – bringing members of all LGBT communities together for a weekend of fun and frolics to end the long hot European summer.

May 12, 2013

GSN tests the waters of Helsinki and dives into the restaurants, the bars, the history, and the culture

First time flying Finnair. First time to Helsinki. First time to Finland.

As I stepped off the plane and down on to the tarmac I regretted forgetting to pack my sunglasses – the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Spring had arrived in Helsinki.

I was here to investigate whether Helsinki is Europe’s next gay travel hotspot. People need to know.

May 2, 2013

LGBT soccer club in Philadelphia takes a leading role in the fight against HIV

Established in 1989 with a team of 12, the Philadelphia Falcons soccer club has now grown to become a powerhouse club with over 150 members.

We spoke to club president Ed Argothy to find out about the club and its important outreach work in the local community.

What are the main things that the Philadelphia Falcons delivers for its members?

March 19, 2013

'You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags'

Singer Michelle Shocked is suffering backlash after going on an anti-gay tirade in, of all places, San Francisco.

On Sunday (17 March), the singer was performing at a club called Yoshi’s when she went into a rant against gay marriage saying: 'I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.'

She then said to the crowd: 'You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.’”

February 3, 2013

GSN visits Zurich and meets the local LGBT sports organization

As part of our continuing series profiling LGBT sports clubs around the world, I’d travelled to Zürich to meet the team from Gay Sport Zurich – the multi-sports umbrella organization that coordinates sporting life for the gays and lesbians of this vibrant city.

January 24, 2013

The boss of Britain’s world famous gay nightclub chain, G-A-Y, announces he is risking his fortune to buy out his partner, the failing music and DVD retailer HMV

Jeremy Joseph, the face of London’s world famous gay nightclub, G-A-Y, has announced he has raised millions to buy out his business partner, HMV.

The news comes after HMV, a music, games and DVD retailer, announced it was going into administration on 15 January.

Now Joseph says he has decided to ‘take biggest risk of my life, borrow millions of pounds, put my home and company up as a guarantee’ and buy HMV out of the G-A-Y chain.

January 16, 2013

GSN meets the French sports club who are into much more than just water sports

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Olivier Garcia Adan, president of the Aquahomo sports club in Paris.

When was the Aquahomo club established?

The club was officially launched in 1996. We had a big party last December to celebrate the 15th anniversary with our members and their friends. 

Who established Aquahomo?

January 15, 2013

We meet Amsterdam’s LGBT aquatics club

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Remco Kobus - president of Gay Swim Amsterdam.

When was the Gay Swim Amsterdam club established?

The club was established in 1995 by Bob van Schijndel.

Is it just a swimming club or do you include other activities?

January 9, 2013

GSN meets the team from Wellington’s LGBT aquatics club in New Zealand

Continuing our series of getting to know the world’s LGBT sports clubs, in this issue we head to New Zealand to meet Martin Kaulback, Club Captain of Different Strokes - the LGBT aquatics club from Wellington.

How did Different Strokes start?

Different Strokes was established in 2008 by three swimmers - Hamish Allardice, David Huxford and myself.

Is Different Strokes just a swimming club or does it include other activities?

January 7, 2013

GSN meets the team behind Cologne’s SC Janus sports club with around 1,600 members

As part of our continuing series profiling the world’s LGBT sports clubs, we spoke with Elisabeth Klois – vice chair of SC Janus, the LGBT sports club of Cologne in Germany.

When was the SC Janus club established?

Our club’s history dates back to 1980. It was first established by a group of gay volleyball-players.

What sports and activities does SC Janus offer its members?

We currently offer 45 different kind of sports, these include:

December 17, 2012

GSN learns how gay swim team the Melbourne Glamourhead Sharks have become a terror of the competitive pool and a welcoming club for all LGBT people

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water... But the Melbourne Glamourhead Sharks aren't anything to be afraid of – particularly if you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans swimmer.

We caught up with Sean Gallie from the Australian aquatics club to find out more:

When was the club established?

The club was established in 2001 years ago by a group of swimmers who wanted to compete in the Gay Games in Sydney in 2002.

October 10, 2012

Swinging Richards argued that city ordinance was not being enforced at female strip clubs

Male nude dancing will live on at Swinging Richards, a gay strip club in North Miami Beach that had sued the city for the right to continue to have its dancers perform in the buff.

The club agreed to drop its lawsuit which challenged a city ordinance that prohibited the mix of nudity and alcohol. In exchange, Swinging Richards and the straight strip clubs Dean’s Gold and G5 are no longer restricted by the 1994 ordinance.

Swinging Richards had argued that the ordinance was not being enforced against straight clubs in North Miami.

September 20, 2012

The powerhouse that is Team New York Aquatics are reigning world champions in swimming, diving and water polo

It was in a Starbucks in midtown Manhattan that I met two of the key leaders of Team New York Aquatics (TYNA) - officially the world’s largest LGBT aquatics club.

Elisabeth Turnbull-Brown (TNYA co-chair) and Scott Jordan (TNYA head coach) make a dynamic duo. Both young, articulate and engaging - Jordan, the quintessential gay American; Turnbull-Brown a straight-talking (and straight) Australian.

September 18, 2012

Blue Jays shortstep had 'Tu ere maricon' on his cheeks, which can be translated in English as 'You are a faggot'

A Canadian baseball star could face disciplinary action after photographs were revealed of the shortstop with an anti-gay slur written under his eyes.

Yunel Escobar, who has played for the Blue Jays since 2010, played a game with the Spanish words ‘Tu Ere Maricon’ written on an eyeblack sticker.

The phrase’s most common English translation is ‘You are a faggot.’

The team released a statement late last night (17 September), saying they do not support discrimination ‘nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday’s game.’