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September 18, 2014

Norman Fowler apologizes for the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools

A long-serving member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet has apologized for the controversial Section 28 which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

Former health minister Lord Norman Fowler told the Evening Standard, ‘We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognized as a great mistake and I would apologize for it. It was totally misjudged.’

The law was repealed in 2003.

September 16, 2014

Are you Team Daley or Team Cumming in the debate over Scotland becoming its own independent country?

The battlelines are drawn, and it's time to decide on Scottish independence. And the question is, are you on Team Daley or Team Cumming?

Gay Olympic diver Tom Daley, from Plymouth, England, has revealed he wants the UK to stay as it is, believing the country is 'better together' as a whole.

But gay actor Alan Cumming, from Alberfeldy, Scotland says otherwise, describing it a chance for the country to have their destiny in their own hands.

September 16, 2014

Are you Team Daley or Team Cumming in the debate over Scotland becoming its own independent country?

The battlelines are drawn, and it's time to decide on Scottish independence. And the question is, are you on Team Daley or Team Cumming?

Gay Olympic diver Tom Daley, from Plymouth, England, has revealed he wants the UK to stay as it is, believing the country is 'better together' as a whole.

But gay actor Alan Cumming, from Alberfeldy, Scotland says otherwise, describing it a chance for the country to have their destiny in their own hands.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 12, 2014

The outspoken reverend and politician, who led a campaign to Save Ulster From Sodomy, has died aged 88

Ian Paisley, one of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics, has died at the age of 88.

Paisley’s political career lasted over 40 years. He led the Democratic Unionist Party for 37 of those years. He was known for his outspoken views on Northern Ireland politics, religion and morality.

September 11, 2014

Two male best friends are getting married to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England

Two best friends from New Zealand will get married tomorrow in order to win a trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

Engineering student Travis McIntosh, 23, and teacher Matt McCormick, 24, will say their rubgy-related vows in front of 60 family and friends in Auckland to win the radio competition.

McIntosh told the Otago Daily Times, 'We are not here to insult anyone. We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path.

'It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup.

September 10, 2014

Emma Boswell, one of the first lesbians to come out in the Royal Navy, is now one of the first women to serve on a British military submarine

Finding a lesbian role model can be difficult, particularly if she spends her life up to 300 meters (1,000ft) below the waves.

Meet Emma Boswell – the fourth woman ever to be allowed to serve on Britain’s nuclear powered submarine fleet.

Her 14-year long career with the Royal Navy started within weeks of it finally decriminalizing homosexuality.

In that time, she’s traveled to every corner of the earth and now she is plunging to the depths of the ocean for the first time.

September 9, 2014

The Sherlock actor talks about Alan Turing, gay ‘cures’ and why he believes the US should elect a gay president

September 9, 2014

When gays, lesbians and coal miners united 30 years ago, they changed Britain forever: GSN spoke with two of the ringleaders

The UK in 1984 was a divided country. But two very different groups of people were about to come together in one of the most unlikely alliances in political history. And in doing so, they would change hearts and minds around the nation and show the global LGBTI movement anything is possible.

This is the true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – a story which has just been turned into the critically acclaimed film, Pride, out in theaters in Britain on 12 September.

September 9, 2014

A commemorative set of stamps honoring Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, AKA Tom of Finland, have been pre-ordered by people in 178 countries – busting all sales records for the country’s postal service

Stamps commemorating Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, who published his drawings under the name Tom of Finland, have been the biggest sellers in the history of Finland’s Posti postal service, with people pre-ordering the stamps in 178 countries.

The stamps went on sale on Monday, with the biggest overseas orders coming from Sweden, Britain, the United States and France.

September 8, 2014

Conservative Judaism, also known as the Masorti Movement, has ordained its first openly gay rabbi, British born Mikie Goldstein, who will lead the Adat Shalom Emanuel synagogue in Israel

The Conservative Judaism Jewish denomination has ordained its first openly gay rabbi two years after clearing the way for gay and lesbian Jews to serve as religious leaders.

British born Mikie Goldstein, 49, became the first openly gay man to become a Conservative Jewish rabbi after finishing his studies for the rabbinate earlier this year at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Last week he was installed as rabbi at the Adat Shalom Emanuel Synagogue in the city of Rehovot in Israel.

September 8, 2014

It's never smart to show bigotry toward headmaster Albus Dumbledore's sexuality, especially to the writer who loves him most
 

If you must hate on Albus Dumbledore because he's gay, never share the thought with JK Rowling.

The Harry Potter writer took a Twitter follower to task for his issues with the sexuality of the headmaster. According to the New Civil Rights, on 6 September Georgia resident Frank Fraticelli responded to a tweet Rowling wrote in 2014 May honoring the characters lost in the Battle of Hogwarts.

September 8, 2014

The Queens Park Rangers player is the latest footballer to pledge support for Stonewall’s #RainbowLaces campaign in the UK – along with free morning newspaper, Metro

Queens Park Rangers soccer player Joey Barton is among the sportsmen to lend their vocal support to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces (#rainbowlaces) campaign.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Barton – who was also a high-profile supporter of the campaign last year – again spoke out against homophobia in soccer.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

September 8, 2014

The biggest gay ski week in the Southern Hemisphere closes with a bang, but the fun doesn't stop there in New Zealand

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

September 7, 2014

The marriage is said to the first high-profile same-sex marriage conducted by a foreign diplomatic mission in China

UK's consul-general in Shanghai, Brian Davidson, has married his same-sex partner, Scott Chang, an American citizen, in Beijing on Saturday.

The wedding was held at the official residence of the UK's ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood.

September 4, 2014

Study shows bisexuals are the worst affected group

Gay people in England are more likely to suffer health problems and have worse experiences with doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 25% of lesbians and 31% of bisexual women reported fair or poor general health, compared to 21% of heterosexual women. Among men, 22% of gay men and 26% of bisexual men reported fair or poor general health, compared to 20% of heterosexual men.

August 30, 2014

A UK lesbian was on holiday when her mother stole her passport and tried to 'cure her gayness', forcing her to flee and seek help

A UK lesbian received a shock on holiday, when her mother stole her passport and kept her captive to try and ‘cure her of her gayness’.

Christina Fonthes, from Manchester, UK, was on holiday with her mother and sister in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) when this happened.

August 29, 2014

TV watchdog believes complaints made over the British science fiction series does not 'warrant investigation'

Ofcom will be taking no further action over the gay kiss on Doctor Who.

In last Saturday's episode (23 August), the first in the new run of the British science fiction series, two openly gay characters kissed for the first time.

The lip lock, between green-skinned lesbian lizard Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny, was explained as a necessary - and passionate - form of CPR.

But others were less convinced, with half a dozen angry viewers writing to the TV regulator Ofcom to denounce the kiss as 'inappropriate' before 9pm.

August 26, 2014

Some Brits were furious over the science fiction show's 'weird lesbian-lizard perv trip'

Several complaints have been made to the TV watchdog Ofcom over the gay kiss on Doctor Who.

The British science fiction drama came under fire after Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny locked lips in front of 7 million viewers in the UK.

The Victorian London couple, played by Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart, have been together for years - but this is the first time they have kissed on screen.

August 24, 2014

Kerry Byrnes was set upon by two thugs while she was walking home alone at night, and the attack has left her scared to leave her home

A UK lesbian posted horrific photos online of injuries she received from anti-gay attackers who targeted her as she walked home.

Kerry Byrnes was left unconscious for over 15 minutes when the incident happened on 17 August in Oakland, Leicestershire, UK where she lives.

The 23-year-old, who works in a Tesco supermarket, claims the two men recognized her from her job and targeted her as she walked home in the early hours of the morning.

The men, believed to be in their 20s, hurled anti-gay slurs at her before attacking her from behind.

August 22, 2014

Could Rebecca Root become Britain's answer to Laverne Cox?

A transgender actress is to star in Britain’s first sitcom featuring a transgender character.

Rebecca Root has already filmed Boy Meets Girl's pilot, a romantic comedy that follows the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy.

And Judy, like Root, will be transgender.

Created by Elliott Kerrigan, the script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award.

The 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 ($8300, €6200) for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 21, 2014

Girls are getting married quicker than the boys, with a 56%-44% split between gay and lesbian couples

Official figures have revealed how many same-sex marriages have taken place in the UK.

A total of 1,409 marriages have taken place from 29 March, the first day gay couples could legally get married in England and Wales, and 30 June.

Of these, 56% were female couples (796 marriages) and 44% were male (613).

When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 was introduced in England and Wales, it triggered a rush of couples wanting to be among the first tie the knot.