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March 28, 2015

The two met while incarcerated in Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire

Two gay men, both serving life sentences for murder, have become England's first same-sex couple to marry while in prison.

Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin (pictured) exchanged vows in the visiting center of Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire.

According to The Independent, the newlyweds fell in love during the time they spent in prison.

March 25, 2015

fiveFilms4freedom LGBT film festival finds audience in over 125 countries.

The BFI Flare film festival is popular enough that even if you live in London you have to be lucky to get a ticket to watch the LGBT themed films being shown.

If you are LGBT and live in countries such as India, Poland, or the Ukraine, your opportunities of being able to watch movies that reflect your sexuality and your experiences will be even more remote.

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 24, 2015

Harry Potter author has the best answer to a question about Dumbledore's sexuality

JK Rowling has responded in the best way possible after a Harry Potter fan asked her a pointed question about Dumbledore's sexuality.

The author has repeatedly defended her decision to made the headteacher of Hogwarts gay, engaging in discussions over why she made that choice.

Earlier today (24 March), she was forced to do so again when a fan admitted Dumbledore didn't 'appear' to be gay in the books or films.

'Maybe because gay people just look like... people?' the author replied.

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 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 17, 2015

UK Prime Minister also said we need to 'take a look' at the problems trans people face

David Cameron has said bullying of LGBTI pupils changed his mind about same-sex marriage.

The UK Prime Minister currently campaigning for re-election has said he is 'very proud' of legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales during his time in power.

The first gay couples walked down the aisle in England and Wales in March 2014, with Scotland quickly following on 31 December.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Cameron was asked about trans rights as the possible next battleground for LGBTI people.

March 17, 2015

UK Prime Minister also said we need to 'take a look' at the problems trans people face

David Cameron has said bullying of LGBTI pupils changed his mind about same-sex marriage.

The UK Prime Minister currently campaigning for re-election has said he is 'very proud' of legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales during his time in power.

The first gay couples walked down the aisle in England and Wales in March 2014, with Scotland quickly following on 31 December.

During an interview with Buzzfeed, Cameron was asked about trans rights as the possible next battleground for LGBTI people.

March 17, 2015

He will continue to wear the 'Nobody Knows I'm Gay' T-shirt as an act of protest

An unemployed gay man has claimed he was discriminated against by staff at a job centre after he wore a 'Nobody Knows I'm Gay' T-shirt.

Shaun Clark, 28, claims staff were unhappy by the slogan and told him he should not wear it at the JobCentre Plus in Burnley, Lancashire.

'I am proud to be gay and I don't think there is anything wrong with the T-shirt,' he told SWNS.

‘I have always worn a shirt and tie to an interview but I feel there is nothing wrong in wearing the T-shirt to the Jobcentre.

‘It is discrimination.’

March 13, 2015

British campaigning group Stonewall has turned its attention towards improving attitudes within the construction industry

Following the success of its ‘rainbow laces’ campaign to raise awareness of homophobic attitudes in football, UK LGBT advocacy group Stonewall has widened the campaign to target the property and construction industry.

March 12, 2015

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime

A lesbian woman is 'appalled' and 'upset' by the anti-gay response she received from a restaurant she reviewed negatively online.

Jeannie, who only wanted to be identified by her first name due to her job, visited Your Gourmet Burger in Hull, England with her ex-partner and daughter on 10 January.

The social worker said that she sent her food back because it was raw and suggested the chef, who 'had long greasy hair,' be provided with a hair net. She later left a one-star review on the restaurant's Facebook page.

March 12, 2015

English man tricked two married men for money

A man has been sent to prison for seven years after pleading guilty to blackmailing two men after he had sex with them separately in a park in the West-Midlands, England.

Lee Taylor, 24, waited for his victims (who have not been named) in a public toilet in Worcester.

After they had sex, he demanded £100 ($149, €140) from them, threatening he would tell their employers and families they had tried to rape him.

Taylor met first a married man on 12 November 2014 in Gheluvelt Park. Taylor asked to be taken home in the man’s car, to which he agreed.

March 9, 2015

One in five say they have been bullied by a teacher or another adult at the school

Gay students are not receiving any information about same-sex relationships or even about their sexual health.

In a new UK study, it found three quarters of 14 to 19-year-old gay students have not been given any advice about navigating adult same-sex relationships.

A third have also said they have not been taught about HIV and safer sex, with many unaware of how the virus is actually transmitted.

The National Aids Trust, who surveyed 1,000 teens, said the lack of proper education was likely fueling the rise in young men contracting HIV.

March 6, 2015

Cruisers in their 80s shock a passing family

Three elderly men in tennis skirts shocked a young family who caught them having sex in a public park in England.

Dean Smallhatch stumbled across the trio in Desborough Island, Surrey on 1 February while out for a Sunday afternoon stroll with his children aged four, five and seven.

March 4, 2015

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG, reflects on his role at the Olympic games in London in 2012, and how being an out gay man in a senior position encouraged others to be themselves

Growing up as a country boy in Yorkshire, England, I had always been fascinated by the Olympics. One of my earliest memories was watching Seb Coe win gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow on my parents black and white television set.

I didn’t realize that I would end up working for Seb 27 years later, when he became chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

March 3, 2015

Labour leader on the 49,000 men convicted of homosexuality: 'It’s a stain on our society, frankly'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed if his party wins the UK election, all gay men convicted under historic laws will be pardoned.

He suggested 'Turing's Law', named in honor of Alan Turing, the World War 2 genius that broke the Enigma Code and has been immortalized in the recent film The Imitation Game.

Convicted of gross indecency in 1952, he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning two years later.

While he received a Royal Pardon in 2013, politicians are being urged to pardon all 49,000 men convicted under the law.

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 3, 2015

Airline will double flights between blockbuster gay cities from October

Virgin Atlantic is to offer a twice-daily service from London Heathrow to San Francisco from late October.

In news that will surely please UK fans of the hit HBO show Looking, the second daily flight between the super-cities will commence on 24 October.

Virgin Atlantic will be putting its newest aircraft on the route, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will be running seven days a week.

March 2, 2015

The bus, celebrating diversity and the organization’s LGBTI staff network, will operate for a year on London’s streets. The initiative has been sponsored by Stagecoach

Transport for London (TfL) has today unveiled a rainbow-adorned double-decker bus to commemorate the tenth anniversary of TfL’s LGBTI staff network, OUTbound.

Emblazoned with the slogan, ‘Ride with Pride’, the initiative follows others that TfL have taken to celebrate LGBT issues, including the creation last year of a rainbow zebra crossing to mark Pride in London.

February 28, 2015

Alan Turing-style pardon will be for men who had consensual sex when homosexuality was still illegal will be pardoned

Thousands of men who had consensual gay sex when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK are closer to being officially pardoned today.

Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he is hoping the government will pass the necessary legislation before the May General Election.

If not, he announced it will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. The party may still hold the balance of power after May and enter another coalition government.

February 27, 2015

UK companies ranked on their diversity and inclusion credentials

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index sets out to find the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

Campaigning charity Stonewall believes that people perform better when they can be themselves – a motto that guides much of the work that it carries out with businesses through its Diversity Champions Program.

Its annual Workplace Equality Index is an extension of this, pushing businesses to measure the efforts they are taking to tackle discrimination.

February 26, 2015

UK charity fundraiser slated for 13 March

He's known for his fabulous spectacle collection – but Gok Wan's outdone himself with his latest understated eyewearm, sure to make even Elton John green (or red) with envy.

The openly gay TV star has teamed up with Comic Relief to launch these bright red comedy specs to support the charitable cause Comic Relief, available at Specsavers store around the country.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase the garish glasses and upload pictures of themselves making funny faces on social media.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.