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May 25, 2015

Live like a local in the neighborhood of Republique

Each year in Paris the Federation Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne hosts the Tournoi International de Paris. This is a massive multi-sports tournament that brings together LGBTI sportspeople and participants from across Europe and beyond.

May 21, 2015

Gay Star News goes front row for the graduation show from the design students of London's University of Westminster.

It was a big, excited crowd that gathered in a cavernous basement carpark beneath London's University of Westminster  for the graduation show from its Fashion Design students.

Seventeen young designers presenting their collections in one fast-paced, slick, and professional show.

Here's how we saw it.

Chloe McGeehan

A womenswear collection that featured bold colours; loose structure; and lots of volume.

May 20, 2015

Gay Star News is looking good and feeling great after these non-surgical fat-burning procedures

Having an older boyfriend does have one downside. He is only four and half years ahead of me but when we meet new people the dreaded age question often comes up – and not in the way you’d expect.

With my boyfriend’s naturally blond, surfer boy hair and bright blue eyes, everyone is amazed he is 40. ‘No, you can’t be,’ they say, their eyes darting all over his face, ‘you look 29 or 30.’

Then they look me up and down and invariably add: ‘You look much older than him.’

My inner diva is screaming and wanting to throw my drink over them.

May 19, 2015

The UK premier of French choreographer's new work: Manger

French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz is the focus of a collaboration between Sadler's Wells theatre and Tate Modern museum in London.

Charmatz is director of the Musée de la danse in Rennes, France. He specialises in creating or using different physical spaces to present and redefine choreography and dance.

May 18, 2015

A beautiful city that is embracing its past and creating its own future

In the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 13, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Arthur Miller's classic American play

Widely acknowledged as one of the best American plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman has been revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the centenary celebrations of Miller's birth.

Written in 1949 and set in Brooklyn, Death of a Salesman is an extraordinary exploration of the 'American dream', a period piece that captures the rapidly changing nature of family and society in the post-war period.

May 12, 2015

The ideal spot for a meeting in mid-town

The Delaunay is a beautiful brasserie restaurant in the style and tradition of old Europe, but if you're looking for something a bit quicker and more informal then The Counter is hard to beat.

Great coffee, great selection of food, and free wifi – this is a great place for a relaxed meeting over coffee and the mid-town location (a short walk from Holborn tube) makes it central and convenient.

I was there recently and grabbed a schnitzel sandwich to keep me going in between appointments. 

May 11, 2015

Gay Star News will be reporting live from pride events in London, Brighton, Manchester, and Birmingham

Gay Star News loves UK Pride season. Every year we distribute thousands of branded tote bags full of goodies for our clients, report live on all of the action and ensure that our readers are always up to date with what's happening.

In 2015 we are again working as media partners with the UK's four biggest LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) events happening over the summer of 2015.

May 11, 2015

Manhattan style in London's inner-east

The Ace Hotel is one of the coolest spots to stay in London's hipster-ville neighborhood of Shoreditch, and its restaurant – Hoi Polloi – is one of the city's best brunch options.

A big, open space; relaxed and friendly service that is still professional and efficient, and a menu so good that it makes it hard to choose what to have.

May 11, 2015

A small but perfectly formed cafe on the edge of the old market

On the edge of the old Spitalfields Market in London you'll find the small but perfectly formed cafe that is Verde & Company Ltd.

In a city that sometimes seems awash with generic coffee chains and bland cafes, Verde & Company Ltd is small, quirky, unique, and (most importantly) really good.

We sat outside in the sun and drank really good coffee while snacking on a homemade Bakewell tart.

Perfection.

May 10, 2015

Queer Lisboa presents a comprehensive celebration of 18 years of its International Queer Film Festival

2015 will be the 19th International Queer Film Festival presented by Queer Lisboa and to mark the occasion they have published a comprehensive guide to Queer Film And Culture.

The publication, edited by António Fernando Cascais and João Ferreira, brings together a set of academic essays, reviews, and discussions, all exploring the queer film and culture that has been showcased during the 18 years of Festival.

All content is presented in both Portuguese and English.

May 10, 2015

Raw fish done right.

I was meeting my cousin Nick for a quick bite to eat before seeing a show at The Barbican.

Pham Sushi in nearby Whitecross Street is an old favorite.

A simple restaurant where the focus is firmly on the food.

We feasted on sashimi and sushi and drank too much sake. I kept forgetting the rule that you should never pour your own sake.

A great pre-theatre option. A great post-work option. A great option any time.

May 8, 2015

New video for single Rush serves a slice of Golden State sunshine

Singer/songwriter Kali Uchis describes her sound as 'lowrider soul', and her latest – Rush – is a track full of feel-good grooves and retro bliss.

Uchis has recently hit the stage at the Coachella festival in the United States and will soon be performing several gigs in London.

May 6, 2015

Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español present a knock-out fusion of flamenco and hip hop

The team of Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español are one of the driving forces of modern dance in Spain.

Their latest show, Titanium, brings together the flair of flamenco with the raw energy of hip hop and urban street dance.

May 4, 2015

Marvel's ultimate super-group bursts back into life on the big screen.

Since the 2009 puchase of Marvel by Disney, we seem to be seeing an acceleration in the production of movies drawing from the characters and stories of the Marvel Universe.

The Marvel Universe is the fictional shared universe where most of the stories (created by Stan Lee and the Marvel team) take place. While there are a few parallel realities within the Marvel Universe, simplistically it is because the Marvel stories have all been set within this common continuity that you can have a group of characters coming together to form a super-group such as the Avengers.

May 2, 2015

The US comedian and writer shares his travel stories and details of his new documentary: A Tough Act To Follow.

Sampson McCormick is a writer and comedian who travels the world making people laugh but also spreading a message of love and equality.

Although he makes light of it in his show, McCormick is quick to point out that being a black, gay comedian is not easy.

To explore the challenge of 'bringing people together with laughter', McCormick has produced a documentary titled A Tough Act To Follow.

May 9, 2012

This week bone up on your wine knowledge with That Crazy French Woman aka Isabelle Legeron, Wine Master and founder of the The Raw Wine Fair.

This week bone up on your wine knowledge with That Crazy French Woman aka Isabelle Legeron, Wine Master and founder of the The Raw Wine Fair.

Plus the team discuss London's new/old Mayor, the French elections, John Travolta getting grabby (allegedly) with a masseuse, a trans Miss England, and Gaga on The Simpsons.