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September 19, 2014

Unless dads Chad and Wayne strictly monitor everything that their son eats, they run the risk of him developing irreversible brain damage. They’ve now made a video to raise awareness about children with rare diseases

When husbands Chad Farquharson, age 39, and Wayne McGill, 48, decided to adopt a baby boy, they knew that being a parent would present them with challenges.

However, they had no idea quite what lay in store when they welcomed their son, Grayson, into the world.

Farquharson and McGill are both Canadian, and are based just outside of Vancouver. They met in 1998 and married in 2001.

August 24, 2014

Arrow’s John Barrowman took the ice bucket challenge with his husband Scott Gill wearing only a jock strap, and he then challenged hunky co-star Colton Haynes who accepted

Openly gay actor John Barrowman and Arrow co-star Colton Haynes are the latest celebrities to take the ice bucket challenge sweeping the internet, aimed at raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Barrowman posted a video of him taking the challenge on 16 August, sitting on a deck chair wearing a Deathstroke t-shirt in Vancouver, getting his jock strap clad husband Scott Gill to dumb a bucket full of ice and water over him – though it took two attempts to empty the bucket.

August 9, 2014

The Christian activist admitted to creating a fake organization and website to dupe parade organizers and Trojan condoms to get condom sponsorship

Bill Whatcott, who was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada last year of promoting hatred against gays and lesbians by distributing hateful pamphlets, boasted that his marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend to be 'unorthodox evangelism.'

Whatcott, who is the executive director of anti-gay group Christian Truth Activists, applied to march in the parade using a pseudonym and a fake society called the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside four other evangelical Christians.

August 6, 2014

'Your sport is what makes up who you are more than your sexuality'

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, reminds closeted athletes that they need to keep their eye on the prize until they are ready to come out.

The 29 year old came out himself four months after he competed in the Olympics and finished 16th. He is one of the official ambassadors for the Gay Games which begin on Friday (8 August) in Cleveland, Ohio.

July 20, 2014

The trans-inclusive policy is the first of it's kind in North America

A Catholic school district in Vancouver, Canada, has approved a policy to protect transgender and intersex children in school.

 

May 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

November 20, 2013

From relishing overnights in trendy suites to not minding early mornings in bayside jacuzzis, Gay Star Travel settles into three of Canada's most attractive and accommodating hotels

Sleeping in British Columbia, Canada, is like sleeping in a home away from home (with a few chic embellishments).

November 20, 2013

From relishing overnights in trendy suites to not minding early mornings in bayside jacuzzis, Gay Star Travel settles into three of Canada's most attractive and accommodating hotels

Sleeping in British Columbia, Canada, is like sleeping in a home away from home (with a few chic embellishments).

October 30, 2013

The western part of Canada is home to sweeping forests, skiing resorts, the best aquarium in the country and a Japan-like spring that will seduce you with its 37,000 blossoming cherry trees

A visit to Britsh Columbia means you can enjoy the mildest climate in Canada and get a chance to see a whale swimming in the sea.

You can also discover a park with the oldest trees you have ever seen and breathe the fresh air these wonderful forests give you for free.

Say ‘hello’ to a beluga at the Vancouver aquarium or rent a bike to explore Victoria, ‘the cycling capital of Canada’ as it is known, catch the sun on a Vancouver beach or try the best salmon ever.

October 30, 2013

The western part of Canada is home to sweeping forests, skiing resorts, the best aquarium in the country and a Japan-like spring that will seduce you with its 37,000 blossoming cherry trees

A visit to Britsh Columbia means you can enjoy the mildest climate in Canada and get a chance to see a whale swimming in the sea.

You can also discover a park with the oldest trees you have ever seen and breathe the fresh air these wonderful forests give you for free.

Say ‘hello’ to a beluga at the Vancouver aquarium or rent a bike to explore Victoria, ‘the cycling capital of Canada’ as it is known, catch the sun on a Vancouver beach or try the best salmon ever.

October 25, 2013

A boy carried a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his Vancouver, Washington school claiming he was hearing 'voices in his head'

An 11-year-old boy planned to shoot a classmate for calling a friend ‘gay’.

He had taken a semi-automatic .22 caliber handgun with 400 rounds of ammunition to his school in Vancouver, Washington.

Police say the boy had heard voices telling him to shoot another student, and then turn the gun on himself.

The boy is facing charges of attempted assault and is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.

October 23, 2013

Fashion impresario Christopher Lee Sauvé loves his home town of Canada and poking loving fun at Anna Wintour, Britney Spears and Betty White with his part-homage, part-satire clothing line

This self-proclaimed momma’s boy is taking fashion police to a whole new level.

Featured everywhere from the pages of Vogue to the lamp posts of New York City, Canadian-born Christopher Lee Sauvé is no stranger to ruffling some feathers of the world’s most notorious fashion figures.

After he produced a T-shirt mimicking fashion stylist Rachel Zoe’s catchphrase ‘I Die. Bananas’ Sauvé received a cease-and-desist letter from Zoe’s lawyer saying she had trademarked ‘I Die’ and ‘bananas’.

October 18, 2013

The welcoming capital of British Columbia, Canada, is home to whale watching, buzzing nightclubs, British food and a craft beer-tasting cycling tour

Welcome to the edge of the world, welcome to Vancouver Island, welcome to Victoria.

The capital of British Columbia, Canada, is a scenic harbor and city in ‘Old English’ style. Here is where I found the popular British sausage and mash and fish and chips in a North American city. But I found a warm and welcoming LGBT community as well, represented by the Victoria Pride Society.

October 18, 2013

The welcoming capital of British Columbia, Canada, is home to whale watching, buzzing nightclubs, British food and a craft beer-tasting cycling tour

Welcome to the edge of the world, welcome to Vancouver Island, welcome to Victoria.

The capital of British Columbia, Canada, is a scenic harbor and city in ‘Old English’ style. Here is where I found the popular British sausage and mash and fish and chips in a North American city. But I found a warm and welcoming LGBT community as well, represented by the Victoria Pride Society.

October 13, 2013

British Columbia's biggest city is reminiscent of vibrant New York and lovely London, but sets itself apart with its own nature and architecture... and loads of nice men to be found in gay-borhood Davie Village

‘I first saw the Queen when I was 6,' says Angus Praught, my exclusive gay guide in Vancouver.

This is British Columbia: a piece of Europe in North America, where 'Lizzie' says 'hello' from every coin or every banknote.

I meet Angus in Vancouver’s gay area, Davie Village, where one can find most of LGBT bars, clubs, restaurants and venues. Angus, a renowned publisher in Vancouver, loves this area and that’s why he lives here with his Japanese partner.

October 13, 2013

British Columbia's biggest city is reminiscent of vibrant New York and lovely London, but sets itself apart with its own nature and architecture... and loads of nice men to be found in gay-borhood Davie Village

‘I first saw the Queen when I was 6,' says Angus Praught, my exclusive gay guide in Vancouver.

This is British Columbia: a piece of Europe in North America, where 'Lizzie' says 'hello' from every coin or every banknote.

I meet Angus in Vancouver’s gay area, Davie Village, where one can find most of LGBT bars, clubs, restaurants and venues. Angus, a renowned publisher in Vancouver, loves this area and that’s why he lives here with his Japanese partner.

October 2, 2013

Other details of actor's accidental overdose death revealed in coroner's report

Cory Monteith's death from a mixture of alcohol and heroin has officially been ruled an accident, according to a coroner's report released today (2 October).

The 31-year-old actor, who played gay-friendly teen Finn Hudson on the TV series Glee, died last July of 'intravenous heroin use in combination with ingestion of alcohol.'

The British Columbia Ministry of Justice has deemed Monteith's death accidental. Its coroner's report reveals that the actor had an ethyl alcohol limit of 0.13 percent which is consistent with a 'moderate level of intoxication.'

September 18, 2013

Outspoken opponent of a boycott does not sign up for national championships

Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won 't be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Associated Press reports that Weir, a two-time Olympian, did not register to try and qualify for the national championship where the US Olympic team will be selected.

The nationals begin on 9 January in Boston and Weir would have had to perform well in them to qualify for a third Olympics. He finished sixth at the 2010 games in Vancouver.

September 12, 2013

Seth Wescott says gay athletes 'don't need to be the object of that kind of criticism and negativity'

American snowboarder Seth Wescott is speaking out against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law and defending those in hios sport who are gay.

Wescott, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, is critical of the International Olympic Committee for even choosing Sochi for the 2014 Games even though he hopes to compete there.

July 21, 2013

The third episode of Glee’s Season Five, starting 26 September, will be a special tribute to Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson

Glee producers confirmed a tribute episode to late actor Cory Monteith.

The show's creator Ryan Murphy told E! News that Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele decided the direction of the upcoming season, which after Monteith’s tribute episode will go on hiatus.

July 20, 2013

A lesbian couple in Kingston, Ontario, Canada received anonymous gay hate letters in their mailbox telling them to ‘MOVE, or else!’

An anonymous anti-gay group has threatened violence to a lesbian couple in Canada if they don’t move cities.

The authors of two letters, who write ‘in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, our savior,’ claim to have been watching Susan Belyea and Karen Dubinsky for the past few weeks.

The group behind the letter, who claim their head office is in the ‘Deep South’, says they were recently been energized by the Supreme Court’s decision that ruled gay marriage bans the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8 unconstitutional.

July 16, 2013

In series of homophobic tweets, late actor called a 'fag enabler' for his participation in Kurt Hummel gay storyline on Glee

Westboro Baptist Church tweeted Monday (15 July) that it plans to protest the funeral of Glee star Cory Monteith who was found dead on Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room.

The notoriously anti-gay group filled its Twitter page with a series of homophobic tweets about Monteith whose Glee character of Finn Hudson was supportive of his gay stepbrother, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer).

July 14, 2013

The 31-year-old actor who played Finn Hudson on the hit television show has been found dead in a Canada Hotel

Glee’s Cory Monteith has died from unknown causes.

Monteith had checked into Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Room hotel around noon last Saturday (6 July).

The television star’s body was found in his hotel room yesterday when he failed to check out as scheduled.

Doug LePard, the acting chief of Vancouver Police, said: ‘As was the case in countless homes, I watched Glee regularly with my daughters, and I know there will be shock and sadness in many households with the news of his tragic death.