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April 25, 2015
Activist challenged columnist on views about refugees; former star of The Apprentice tells Gay Star News she doesn’t differentiate between straight and LGBT asylum seekers
Campaigner Peter Tatchell publicly confronted controversial columnist Katie Hopkins on her views on refugees at last night’s LGBT Awards in London – asking her ‘What about the people who are fleeing persecution because of their ethnicity, faith or sexuality?’
April 23, 2015

Food, nature and the quiet life in the greenest of valleys

Staring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused. ‘What's behind that door? Why do they sell tobacco in a restaurant?’ Finally, after a moment’s deliberation I had the opportunity to ask one of their waiters and discovered that ‘Ty Bach’ was the toilet.

April 22, 2015

The global banking group will support this year’s week-long festival and use the tie-up to promote its new Pingit payment app

The organizer's of Pride in London have confirmed that global banking group Barclays will again be the festival's headline sponsor for 2015.

This year’s festival will run from 21 to 28 June, with the headline parade taking place on Saturday 27 June. Last year’s event attracted around 30,000 for its parade, while organizers estimated that around 750,000 attended the overall festival.

Barclays has supported Pride in London since its inception two years ago, when the event was taken over by an entirely new organization and management team.

April 20, 2015

Mike Carducci believes gay people are 'under demonic control'

A US 'gay cure' leader was stopped from speaking at a UK Butlins, it was announced today (20 April).

Mike Carducci, of the Coming Out Ministries, was invited to speak at a British holiday camp by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in June.

He was scheduled to appear at the Strong Families event at Butlins in Skegness where he could possibly use this platform in order to explain how he believes gay people are 'under demonic control' and are 'addicted to evil'.

But thanks to a gay activist, his invitation is now revoked.

April 17, 2015

'I wept more than I had in years. I think about her every single day'

Alan Cumming was a triple threat last year with successes on Broadway (Cabaret), on television (The Good Wife) and in bookstores (Not My Father’s Son).

But he was also grieving over two big losses: the death of his beloved dog Honey and his native Scotland voting down an independence referendum.

Cumming admits that he enjoyed 'my longest and most successful adult relationship' with his collie-shepherd mix who was diagnosed with cancer.

April 15, 2015

Get to know the ins and outs of UK adoption laws, explained by specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates

There has been a revolution of law in England and Wales for same-sex families over the past decade.

Adoption law changes have been a key part of that, and England now has one of the most supportive legal frameworks in the world for gay and lesbian adopters.

In fact, UK law has never barred gay and lesbian parents from adopting, and there have been cases of gay adoptions going back many years.

But until 2005, couples could not adopt jointly which meant that, when same-sex couples adopted, only one partner could become the legal parent.

April 15, 2015

UK fashion brand Matalan are celebrating families in all genders, colors and sizes with a new ad campaign

A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign showcasing the modern family in Britain.

The campaign, created by fashion brand Matalan, celebrates the shift from the 'traditional' family of a husband, wife, and 2.4 children, to the wonderfully diverse combinations in modern arrangements today - often including step-parents, in-laws, partners, and pets.

April 14, 2015

Gay mathematician's hidden notebook dates from the time he cracked the Nazi's Enigma code

Alan Turing's hidden wartime manuscript Monday (13 April) sold for more than $1 million at Bonhams auction house in New York.

An anonymous buyer paid $1,025,000 for the 56-page notebook, part of which will be donated to charity.

The handwritten notes date from 1942 when the gay mathematician was working at the UK government code and cypher school in Bletchley Park, where he led the team that cracked the code used by the Nazi Enigma machines.

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

April 8, 2015

Graham Norton is hosting the British TV awards show for the ninth time

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical is nominated for a BAFTA TV award.

The documentary, which featured the marriage of Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor, was announced as part of the nominations for the Specialist Factual trophy today (8 April).

It has tough competition, with it facing David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies, Grayson Perry: Who Are You? and The Great War: The People's Story.

Shown shortly after the first same-sex weddings began in England and Wales last year, it featured the grooms marrying in song.

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 5, 2015

The Nigerian activist submitted private pictures and a DVD of her sex life to prove she is a lesbian

A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated.

 Aderonke Apata came to Britain in 2004; she felt she was in danger because of her religion and sexuality and, for the last eleven years, tried to be granted refugee status.

Her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, to whom Apata is engaged, is also from Nigeria and has already been granted asylum because of her sexuality.

April 1, 2015

UK prime minister says Alan Turing is 'amazing' but that's not his choice

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most.

The Conservative leader said while World War Two code breaker Alan Turing was 'an amazing man,' he chose the BBC sports presenter because of 'her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.'

April 1, 2015

UK prime minister says Alan Turing is 'amazing' but that's not his choice

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has named Clare Balding as the LGBTI person he admires most.

The Conservative leader said while World War Two code breaker Alan Turing was 'an amazing man,' he chose the BBC sports presenter because of 'her enthusiasm [and] zest for life.'

April 1, 2015

Paul Cons made his name as brand manager of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club, but is now the CEO of '21st century cake shop' Konditor & Cook. He talked to Gay Star Business about his journey and the brand’s growth

Recent news stories focusing on bakers refusing to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples – in the US and Ireland – obscure the fact that there are many, many businesses out there only too happy to serve gay customers.

March 31, 2015

Lord Browne of Madingley delivers an inspirtational lecture at the Workplace Pride Conference in The Hague

John Browne – Lord Browne of Madingley – delivered a lecture at the Workplace Pride Conference in The Hague on 20 June 2014.

Among other things, he discussed the importance of translating diversity into the language of business, the importance of teams and role models, and why leaders must speak with authenticity.

‘Leaders have to spend a lot of time being unremittingly committed to all dimensions of inclusion.

‘I don’t want people to repeat what I did … it’s not a good idea.’

Watch the lecture below:

March 30, 2015

Prepare to be moved by this child’s insightful poem: ‘Love has no labels, No matter who you are. Love has no race or gender, Love has no limits.’

Millions of people from around the world watched the Love Has No Labels video that went online earlier this month, sharing its uplifting story of diversity and inclusion on social media.

But a UK primary school pupil was so moved by the campaign, featuring kissing skeleton couples of all ages, races, sexualities and genders, that he went one step further - and wrote a powerful poem to explain his emotions.

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.