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April 2, 2015

The Arctic destinations of Narvik and Tromsø offer unique opportunities to experience the indigenous Sami culture of the region.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the Arctic region that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Traditionally, the Sami have been masters of coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding, but they are best known as the reindeer herders of these lands.

The Sami trace their history in this region for at least 5,000 years.

March 3, 2015

CPPCC member says measure would help prevent the spread of HIV

A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country's annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow (4 March).

Professor Sun Jianfang from the Institute of Dermatology at Peking Union Medical College said the measure would help prevent the spread of HIV.

The member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said current laws on prostitution and group sex were limited to heterosexuals and should be amended to explicitly criminalize gay sex, the state-run Xinhua Daily reported.

February 26, 2015

Jihadi John unmasked as former Westminster University student 48 hours before it hosts LGBTI Student Pride

Westminster University has ‘postponed’ a talk with an anti-gay Islamic preacher after it emerged IS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ was once one of their students.
 
Jihadi John has become infamous as the masked executioner depicted in Islamic State propaganda videos. He was named today as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, 27, who once studied computer programing at the University of Westminster.
 
The university has responded by postponing a talk, scheduled for tomorrow, by anti-gay preacher Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, Gay Star News can reveal.

February 20, 2015

He has described LGBTI people as 'evil' and akin to burglars, thieves and sexual abusers

A homophobic preacher will speak at the University of Westminster a day before Student Pride.

Sheikh Haitham Al Haddad, a UK broadcaster, imam and advisor of the Islamic Sharia Council, is confirmed to speak at the London unversity on 26 February.

January 28, 2015

Buzz around TV's Cucumber, Banana, Tofu has raised the sensitive issue of male erection problems

When you stop and think about it, erections are fairly fascinating things. When a guy is sexually aroused, blood flows into the chambers within his penis, engorging it, making it hard.

When you’re in the mood, ready for action, the clothes have come off and it’s go-time, getting an erection shouldn’t really be something you’re consciously thinking about – your body knows what to do.

However, for a lot of guys it’s not that simple.

January 3, 2015

'My office will not stand in the way as clerks of court determine how to proceed'

It looks like Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will not block LGBTI couples from marrying.

The southern state's legal advisor issued a statement in response to federal district Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling all Florida clerks must provide same-sex marriage certificates come 6 January.

December 29, 2014

The Republican Attorney General has consistently opposed the ban on same-sex marriage being lifted in the state

The Tampa Bay Times has awarded Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, its ‘Loser of the Year 2014’ award, labeling the Republican legal advisor a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant’.

December 13, 2014

It pays to do your research when considering a fertility clinic and surrogacy agency; finding out about the experiences of those who have already undertaken the surrogacy journey is a good place to start

Thinking about surrogacy but have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing an agency that will help you achieve your dreams of parenthood?

Choosing a country where surrogacy is legal and gay individuals or same-sex couples are welcome as prospective parents is always advisable.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

January 19, 2014

Five of the biggest names in advocacy have come to the Gay Star Beach Party to discuss the ethics of LGBTI travel

Globally renowned LGBTI leaders have spoken out on Nigeria, travel and the problem of boycotting homophobic countries today (19 January).

Attended by an intelligent, opinionated audience, the debate was held at the LGBTI Travel Show in London organized by Gay Star News.

The panelists were:

January 15, 2014

Stonewall has revealed their top 100 gay-friendly employer list of the UK. Check out the full list here

A list of the top 100 gay-friendly employers in the UK has revealed several have changed their homophobic ways and improved for the better.

The Ministry of Defence was named as the most improved company to work for in the UK.

Gay campaigning charity Stonewall chose the MoD because it had shown a ‘real commitment’ to build a gay-friendly workplace.

Until 2000, men and women were automatically dismissed if found to be gay or lesbian.

October 16, 2013

An anonymous objector contacted a Kremlin flag expert in order to see whether the seven colored symbol was offensive to Russian sensibilities

Russia has ruled a Jewish rainbow flag, which bears a very similar resemblance to a gay pride flag, does not violate the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

An anonymous objector consulted the Kremlin’s top flag expert concerned the Jewish Autonomous Region’s seven-colored flag was breaking federal rules.

‘Regarding the similarity of this flag with the symbol of the gay movement, we explain that not every rainbow image is linked to sexual orientation,’ official Kremlin advisor Georgy Vilinbakhov said.

August 19, 2013

The United Nations' human rights office has rejected Kremlin's controversial anti-gay laws, urging President Putin to consider welfare of LGBT community

The human rights office of the United Nations has rejected Russia’s controversial ban on the promotion of ‘gay propaganda’, instead urging the Kremlin to repeal the law.

Speaking in Kiev in Ukraine, human rights advisor Claude Cahn from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has called the anti-gay laws ‘inherently discriminatory in both intent and effect’.

August 13, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF predicted to toughen anti-gay laws with President Mugabe threatening ‘hell for gays’ and LGBTs saying violence is getting worse

LGBT people in Zimbabwe are warning President Robert Mugabe may change the constitution to further criminalize gay people.

The new constitution, overwhelmingly backed in a March 2013 referendum, already states: ‘Persons of the same sex are prohibited from marrying each other.’

But now Mugabe has won the election his Zanu PF party has the power and desire to make more changes.

May 10, 2013

A group of community leaders meet in South London’s clubbing district Vauxhall to discuss the drug GHB, and its relationship to clubbing and the gay community

In 2012, Gay Star News reported at least three separate deaths in the months of July, August and October where gay men died of suspected drug overdose in clubs and sex saunas.

April 26, 2013

The founder of Mongolia's first LGBT rights organization, Mongolian LGBT Centre, talks to Gay Star News

Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel, executive director of Mongolia LGBT Centre talks to Gay Star News about the struggle to get the organization established, achievements and plans for the first ever Mongolian Pride this year.

When did Mongolian LGBT Centre open? How did it come about? 

In 2007, the mandate to register non-governmental organizations (NGOs) belonged to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs (MoJHA). At the time, MoJHA refused to register LGBT Centre, given the name of the organization was not recognized.

April 15, 2013

Andrew Cooper, who made gay marriage a top issue for the British government has resigned over a power dispute

The British government’s advisor on gay marriage has left his job after losing a power battle with a fellow strategist.

Andrew Cooper, founder of UK polling company Populus Ltd, resigned from his position as director of government strategy yesterday (14 April), the Daily Mail reports.

April 4, 2013

Moral running low at Nepal's biggest LGBTI rights organization, Blue Diamond Society, where staff haven't been paid for seven months

Nepal's biggest LGBT rights organization, Blue Diamond Society (BDS), is battling against low morale after wages have not been paid for seven months.

Founded in 2001, BDS successfully lobbied the government for recognition of a third gender and recently got LGBTI issues on the school curriculum.

It has achieved significant gains for LGBTI rights in the country but now their work is being thwarted by a government office.

February 20, 2013

A 22-year-old said he was humiliated when he was told by an advisor he would have to disclose his HIV to any staff he met

A gay man has said he was ‘humiliated’ when he was forced to reveal his positive HIV status at a job center.

Jayce Carberry, 22, said staff in Maidstone, Kent, made him declare his condition in front of other jobseekers.

An advisor even said he would have to seek legal advice about what sort of contact Carberry could have with other staff.

‘His [the advisor’s] reply was I’ll have to speak to my legal team to see if we have to disclose your HIV status to any members of the staff you come into contact with in this building,’ he told the BBC.

January 21, 2013

Social media backlash after Australian LGBT support campaign Twenty10 made to leave Rediscover the River event

Australians are accusing a New South Wales council of homophobia after a local gay support group were asked to remove their sign from a family fun day event.

Twenty10 were allegedly asked by Parramatta City Council to remove the 'offensive' sign, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The text of the banner read: 'Support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people, their families and communities.

January 7, 2013

Hagel remains under fire for anti-gay comments made in the past

President Barack Obama on Monday (7 January) formally nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the US Defense Department.

Hagel has come under for in recent weeks for anti-gay comments he's made in the past but Obama has said he believes his appointee's apology is sincere and has stood by him.

January 2, 2013

Franklin Graham says gay marriage is 'far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns'

The son of Billy Graham, the famed evangelist who has been spiritual adviser to several US presidents, put his own spin on the US fiscal cliff story by writing that gay marriage is placing the country on a 'moral cliff.'

December 19, 2012

A gay Jamaican activist is suing the government of Belize over its entry ban against homosexuals

Maurice Tomlinson, an LGBT advocate is to challenge Belize’s entry ban on gays in an international court.

Tomilnson, a Jamaican national and legal advisor for the NGO AIDS-Free World has been invited to conduct training and sensitization sessions regarding the rights of individuals infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.