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November 14, 2014

New survey reveals dog-friendly hotels of Great Britain

We’re used to wondering whether a hotel is gay-friendly when we're planning our holidays.

But with a believed nine million dogs residing in the UK, it seems over half of us are just as likely to question whether a hotel is dog-friendly, according to new research.

A new survey from Best Western has shown that over half of holidaymakers plan their trip around their canine counterparts.

The results also indicated that 40% of respondents avoid pubs and 30% avoid hotels where dogs aren’t welcome.

October 24, 2014

And meet the other selfless animal heroes who picked up IFAW awards this week

Imagine sharing your home with 20 dogs, many of them maimed by horrific injuries. That’s daily life for a lesbian couple from Manchester, north-west England, who save dogs from Bulgaria and Cyprus who would otherwise be killed.

Emma Billington (pictured below) started as a dog walker and set up her dog crèche, Daycare4dogs, seven years ago.

Her dream was to use the profits to rescue and rehome injured and cruelly-treated dogs from overseas.

October 23, 2014

Go tête-à-tête with a great white shark or overcome your fear of heights zip-lining across the canopy of a forest… just a few thrills in the Rainbow Nation

What’s the craziest thing you can say you’ve done on holiday?

If you’ve ridden atop a racing ostrich or fed a white shark whilst inside a cage, then you’ve earned our jealousy and Gay Star News would love to see photos.

For those who want a vacation where they can scratch that adventure itch, buckle in tight for these death-defying, nature loving, high-five-when-you’re-done worthy type things available in a destination that is a world its own: South Africa.

October 15, 2014

We feel like experts after playing with the dogs and talking to the dog sledding champs at the ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

I’ve never heard dogs howl like that.

They were barking, yelping, hopping over each other and getting tangled in their harnesses tied to the sleigh.

‘They’re excited, and they’re ready to go,’ said our guide, a dog sledding expert who loves and trains these huskies to take her across the frozen tundra days at a time.

Sure enough, the moment we strapped ourselves into the dog sled, all we could hear was the wind and the sled sliding in the snow.

October 15, 2014

Find out how people in the UK, from Queen guitarist Brian May to concerned locals, are taking a stand against the controversial killing of hundreds of badgers this year

There’s a battle between those that care about animal welfare and some farmers and politicians in the UK who support a controversial badger cull.

At the center of that battle are hundreds of badgers that are being killed as part of a pilot cull this month in an effort to stem the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

For years, some farmers have blamed badgers for the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB), a disease which mainly affects cattle. Although humans can contract it from eating infected meat or drinking infected milk, the risk of human infection is low.

October 11, 2014

A pair of gay flamingos at Edinburgh Zoo has adopted the chick after its biological parents knocked it out of the nest

A pair of salmon-pink male Chilean Flamingos has adopted a fluffy grey newborn chick after it was knocked out of the nest by its parents.

The newborn is one of five Chilean Flamingos babies to Edinburgh Zoo's flock of 33 adult birds this year, following successful breeding for the first time since 2010, reported the Mirror.

October 1, 2014

Meet the gay campaigner who is working to end commercial whale hunting in Iceland

For over a decade, openly gay former TV presenter Sigursteinn Másson has been at the forefront of attempts to rid Iceland of whaling.

While his work for gay human rights was applauded, his attempts to save some of the world’s most magnificent creatures from a grizzly death initially saw him dubbed a traitor and even a terrorist by some in his home country.

Másson, 47, who works for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) didn’t start out as a whales campaigner.

September 23, 2014

New partnership with IFAW will raise animal welfare awareness to Gay Star News readers across the globe during Animal Month and beyond

Take a walk on the wild side in October as Gay Star News teams up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for Animal Month.

Throughout October and beyond, we will be exploring some of the various issues that IFAW is tackling around the world in order to protect wildlife and domestic animals, from elephant poaching in Africa to whaling in Iceland and working with impoverished communities to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

July 31, 2014

Boss fired language writer because he thought his article about homophones was about promoting homosexuality

A writer is speaking out about being fired for writing an article about homophones after his boss thought it could be linked to homosexuals.

Tim Torkildson, a former employee at the Nomen Global Language Center based in Utah, says he was removed from his role as head of social media because of the mistake.

His boss claimed his article, which explained homophones means words that sound the same but have different meanings (such as their and there), could give off the impression the school promoted homosexuality.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 2, 2014

Slip alongside ‘water unicorns’, watch polar bear cubs emerge in the world for the first time, join 300 elephants at a watering hole, or see a real-life march of the penguins

The official name for ‘water unicorns’ is narwhal, and while they are more wales than magical horse, they are no less extraordinary to see up close and personal.

This is just one of the ridiculously incredible safari experiences on offer from Natural World Safaris, who have just launched a Nature’s Events collection of safaris around the world to witness some of the world’s coolest natural occurrences.

June 17, 2014

No bears, animals or gay men alike, were harmed in the making of this article

Lurking in the woods at night, looking for bears, is a common enough activity for many a gay man.

But in this case we’re looking for bears of another kind – the real deal - brown, with claws and hopefully not too grizzly.

We’re deep in the Carpathian Mountains on an organized Transylvanian Backwaters tour and are hopeful of a sighting – but will the bears come out to play?

June 17, 2014

Researchers have documented a pair of male brown bears in a Croatian wildlife sanctuary who have been over heels for each other for six years

A study of two male Croatian brown bears in a wildlife sactuary by Polish researchers has revealed a six year sexual relationship between the two.

Researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences Department of Wildlife Conservation spent 116 hours observing the two bears and discovered what they are terming ‘the first observations of long‐term, recurrent fellatio in captive brown bears kept in proper conditions.’

During their observations they recorded 28 sexual encounters between the two bears.

June 11, 2014

Make your way to your nearest feline-dominated eatery and treat yourself to a little Purr Therapy and Cat-puccinos

There’s an adorable trend from Taiwan (not Japan!) that’s been sweeping over Europe: Cats, coffee and cake, all in one. Beautiful!

Finding it very difficult to avoid feline puns, we combed through a selection of Europe’s most popular cat cafes for some do’s and don’ts. We were unable to visit, as many have waiting lists up to two months! But don't let that deter you from getting some face time with these furry friendlies.

May 14, 2014

Further Afield, specializing in gay-friendly stays, has the perfect hotels from Europe to the US where you can pamper yourself and Fido

There’s no need to leave your pooch behind when so many hotels are pet-friendly.

Take the money you’d spend on a dog-sitter or kennel and put it toward a weekend break with your loyal companion.

Further Afield, who picks through the world’s best hotels and screens them for quality and service to the LGBTI community, has also teamed up with a great group of hotels that are as happy to welcome your pet as they are to welcome you.

May 14, 2014

With an eats, shoots and leaves father and a mother who couldn't cope, a baby penguin could have died without the help of a committed, loving penguin couple

Gay penguins have proved to be better for a chick than its straight, biological parents.

Jumbs and Kermit, two male Humboldt penguins in a zoo in Kent, England, stepped in to help raise a baby in need of a loving home.

A female called Isobel laid an egg, but left it after her partner Hurricane refused care for it.

Hurricane, described as that type of male penguin is happy to get his partner pregnant but refuses to be a father, was described by the park owners as ‘very inconsiderate’.

April 16, 2014

PETA have welcomed the controversy over their advert accused of being homophobic, saying they are just like Marmite

PETA are used to controversy, but this time some have accused them of going too far with their new campaign featuring British comic Alan Carr.

The gay Chatty Man host is starring in the latest advert urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

When it was revealed yesterday (17 April), several people took to social media to voice their outrage.

April 2, 2014

Two female penguins have paired up for the mating season in a South Pole exhibition at Dingle Oceanworld in County Kerry, Ireland

Two female penguins have become nesting partners at Dingle Oceanworld in the Republic of Ireland – showing all the signs that they are in love with each other.

The two Gentoo penguins are part of a group of 12 at the sea life park and aquarium in Ireland’s County Kerry so if they had wanted to pair with a male penguin there were plenty of options for them.

December 19, 2013

A pair of Black Footed Penguins at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center have been revealed to be a female same-sex couple after they were blood tested by a veterinary student

Zookeepers at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center have been surprised to learn that two of their Black Footed Penguins, also known as African or Jackass Penguins, are a same-sex couple after assuming they were in a heterosexual pairing.

Jackass Penguins mate for life and penguins Suki and Chupchikoni had begun collecting nesting material together when a veterinary student researching avian malaria took blood samples from the birds.

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.

August 21, 2013

The organizers of the annual World Dog Show have said they are considering moving the 2016 event out of Russia after the American Kennel Club said it would boycott the event over Russia’s treatment of LGBTs

The President of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which puts on the annual World Dog Show has written to the American Kennel Club (AKC) to say that it is considering moving 2016 installment of the event out of Russia after the AKC urged it be held elsewhere because of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.

February 3, 2013

The president of a Catholic group aimed at defending religious liberties has claimed that the rescue of a dog that was due to be put down because its owner thought he was gay shows anti-straight bias

The president of America’s Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has claimed that a dog being saved from being put down after its owner refused to care for him because he thought he was gay is evidence of pro-gay and anti-straight bias.

January 31, 2013

A Tennessee owner left their dog in a high-kill animal control center because his pet 'hunched over' another male dog

A Tennessee dog owner left their pet in a high-kill animal shelter because he believed it was ‘gay’.

The shelter urged people to save the dog, whose name is unknown, and adopt it before it was due to be put down.

According to the owner of the shelter Jackson Rabies Control, the dog's master noticed him 'hunched over' another male dog, which led him to assume he was gay.

November 13, 2012

Broody birds at Odense Zoo believed to be first gay King penguins in captivity to become proud dads

A pair of gay penguins in Denmark have become the proud adoptive parents of an orphaned chick.

It's believed to be the first time two male King penguins living in captivity have become dads together and keepers at Odense Zoo claim the broody birds are 'naturals' at raising a child.

Zoologist Nina Christensen told the Toronto Star that the animals, who have been an item for about a year now, were given an egg to incumbate together after its mother abandoned it.