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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 14, 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 14, 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.

March 5, 2013

GSN hits the mat with Wrestlers WithOut Borders – the guys that make a lycra onesy look tough

With the announcement by the International Olympic Committee that the iconic sport of wrestling would no longer be included within their core list of sports, we spoke with Gene Dermody – founder of  Wrestlers WithOut Borders (WWB).

We tracked down Dermody in Sydney where local team Harbour City Wrestling Club were holding its first tournament.

When was WWB established?

January 30, 2013

An amateur hockey goaltender from Canada, who is an open trans advocate, met his hero on the ice rink

A 16-year-old trans teenager from Canada always dreamed of meeting Vancouver Canucks hockey star Cory Schneider, but it always felt like he would never get there.

But for Cory Oskham, his dreams became reality when he met the star and shared the ice with his hero.

On 21 January, the teen and advocate was preparing to give one of his speeches on homophobia and transphobia in schools at the Dare to Stand Out Vancouver conference.

January 26, 2013

GSN meets LGBT aquatics club Team Auckland Masters Swimming

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Damien Strogen - president of Team Auckland Masters Swimming (TAMS).

When was the TAMS club established?

We were formally set up in 1992. Ron Judd initiated the creation of TAMS. The idea germinated in 1990 at the Vancouver Gay Games and came into being 1992 with poolside coaching two times per week and registration as a masters club.

January 19, 2013

Two brothers have been acquitted of an alleged 2010 beating of a gay couple outside their Vancouver home despite the testimony of six people who said they were the men who did it

Two Canadian men have been acquitted over the 2010 beating of a Vancouver gay couple in a controversial verdict that reportedly lead to gasps from the public gallery.

Brothers Parminder Bassi and Ravinder Bassi had been accused of beating gay men David Holtzman and Peter Regier outside their apartment building near Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on June 12, 2010.

January 7, 2013

The annual LGBT aquatics championships will be drenching the state of Washington in 2013

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) is the organization that brings the world’s LGBT aquatics clubs together, sharing information and knowledge as well as staging an annual championships for LGBT competitors in swimming, diving, open water, synchronized swimming, and water polo.

We caught up with Jason Stone, head of the organizing committee for IGLA2013 to take a look at plans for this year’s event which will be held in the US city of Seattle.

December 3, 2012

GSN meets one of the world’s first LGBT aquatics clubs

With major events such as the Gay Games and the World Out Games now well established fixtures on the sporting calendar, and a growing number of LGBT sports clubs in countries around the world, GSN catches up with one of the teams that started it all - San Francisco Tsunami Aquatics.

November 5, 2012

Gay Anglican reverend tells St Paul's Cathedral in Dunedin that gay marriage has increased respect and tolerance in Canada

An Anglican leader told the congregation at St Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin yesterday that gay marriage has strengthened Canadian society.

The Very Rev Dr Peter Elliot, Rector of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Vancouver was visiting New Zealand from Canada, where same-sex marriage was legalized in 2005.

Dr Elliot, who is gay, told Otago Daily Times that respect and tolerance for gay people had increased since the legalization of gay marriage.