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April 29, 2015

Between EuroGames and Stockholm Pride, this stylish city is having its gayest year yet – from smorgasbords to schlager rooms, GSN finds out how the Scandi capital took on the world of LGBT travel and won

If ever there is a time to visit Stockholm, it's the summer of 2015. Already there's a palpable buzz around what will be an almost month-long LGBTI party, beginning with Stockholm Pride (from 27 July to 1 August) and concluding with EuroGames (from 5-9 August).

April 14, 2015

Gay Star News goes in search of artistic freedom in a gorgeous town of old-world elegance

Welcome to Bremen – a small but fierce city on the Weser River that's an arts and culture capital, with a special warrior protecting its inhabitants.

We're talking about the magnificent Bremen Roland statue [below], part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just in front of the City Hall, which dates back to 1404 and is a proud symbol of Bremen’s freedom.

Roland stares intensely at Bremen Cathedral, or 'The Dom'; here in Bremen, the merchants and businessmen have always been free to talk and think with their own minds.

March 24, 2015

Doctors say he could have died if he had gone without food much longer

A 20-year-old Chinese man was imprisoned and nearly starved to death by his sugar daddy who did not want any hassle after he left the younger man.

The younger man, surnamed Liu, was locked in the apartment his lover rented for him in Chongqing for five days.

The term 'sugar daddy' started trending on Chinese social media after Chinanews.com broke the story.

Neighbors reported Liu to police after they saw him lying on the balcony, initially mistaking him for a thief.

Police arrived at the scene and rushed Liu to hospital.

February 25, 2015

London mayor hopeful claims gay men are ‘obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right’

In an interview in this month’s edition of UK gay magazine Attitude, Ivan Massow, out gay businessman and hopeful Conservative candidate for Mayor of London said:

‘Gay males don’t realize it, but when you start to dissemble, and ask them the questions that are multiple choice, they’re Tory [Conservative]. But you were obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right.’

I have a few issues with that statement.

February 14, 2015

The couple said their wedding vows and exchanged rings onboard a Vietjet flight on Valentine's Day, according to an advertorial on a local news website

Lesbian couple Tang Ai Linh and her partner Pham Thi Thanh Phuong celebrated their wedding onboard a Vietjet flight today – Valentine's Day – from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand.

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

November 1, 2014

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper has had to apologize after publishing a scathing attack on Apple CEO Tim Cook for saying he’s proud to be gay

A Swiss daily newspaper has had to apologize after criticizing US Apple CEO Tim Cook for coming out as gay this week.

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung is a Swiss, German-language newspaper which is published in Zurich.

On Thursday 30 November the paper published an article entitled: ‘The coming out of Tim cook: missions, power and abuse.’

October 23, 2014

They had been accused of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

Charges against a gay man and a trans woman in Uganda accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’ have been dismissed.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, had faced a potential life sentence in jail.

They were charged under Section 145 of the Penal Code that bans consensual same-sex relations, according to Sexual Minorities Uganda.

August 14, 2014

Victim Kelly Phillips and suspect Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman had broken up but remained business partners until recently

A well-known businessman in Minnesota was shot execution style outside a gas station in Minnesota this week (12 August) and police suspect his ex-boyfriend and former business partner is the killer.

Kelly Phillips, 48, was killed after being shot in the back then in the head and the gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the gas station in the city of Arden Hills.

May 6, 2014

Two Ugandans have been held in prison since January charged with the crime of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

A gay man and a trans woman are to go on trial in Uganda tomorrow (7 May).

The couple, who live together, are accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, face a potential life sentence in jail.

The couple will not be facing charges under the newly enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act, 76 Crimes reports.

February 7, 2014

Openly gay artist IDa4 sends his message of love and support with a new mural in LGBTI district

Millions have fought the Russian anti-gay laws with placards, petitions, pride marches and more – now one gay man has fought them with a spray can.

IDa4 is a street artist with murals all over Europe and his latest piece is now gracing his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

One of the few openly-gay street artists in Britain, he created this protest artwork in the city’s gay village, with the support of Adrian Gadd, a prominent businessman in the LGBTI district.

August 27, 2013

A Northern Ireland business owner allegedly attempted to sleep with a lesbian manager and referred to his LGBT staff as 'poofs'

A Northern Ireland man is paying out thousands after groping a gay male employee’s groin and asking a young lesbian manager for sex.

Bryan West, a 66-year-old businessman, is the focus of a sexual harassment employment tribunal.

The owner of a LGBT-themed restaurant in Belfast, he is accused of being homophobic, harassing staff and making sexual advances.

May 29, 2013

David Cecil wants to return to Uganda to see his wife and two children, but is banned from the country because he staged a gay play

A British producer, who staged a gay play in Uganda last year, has challenged the decision to deport him to the United Kingdom.

David Cecil, currently in the UK, filed his suit through his lawyer David Mpanga in the Kampala High Court this week.

In the petition, he says the government did not give any reasons why he was branded an ‘undesirable’ person.

His wife and two children, aged two and three, are currently in Uganda.

May 27, 2013

Annual award ceremony brings attention to the worst examples of sexism and homophobia in Malaysia with irony 

The second annual Aiyoh... Wat Lah?! awards were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last night.

The annual awards 'celebrate' the worst examples of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia in Malaysian public life, and there is plenty to choose from.

April 23, 2013

Horacio Cartes, described as having potential to give South American country a ‘fresh start', apologizes to those who were offended

The newly elected president of Paraguay has apologized for the anti-gay remarks that plagued his campaign.

At a press conference on Monday, Horacio Cartes said: ‘I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage.’

The millionaire businessman has previously said being gay is ‘not normal’, comparing gay people to ‘monkeys’, and saying marriage equality would usher in ‘the end of the world’.

February 19, 2013

British gay play producer has said the pastors preaching hate is to blame for the extremist homophobic laws in Uganda

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has said the majority of Africans are not homophobic.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 14, 2013

David Cecil is appealing the decision but will likely be months before he sees his Ugandan girlfriend and two children again

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has called his situation ‘crazy’.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 12, 2013

David Cecil has been deported from Uganda, forcing him to leave his girlfriend and two children

Uganda has deported a David Cecil for producing and staging a play in August 2012, featuring a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees, a UK embassy spokesman has said.

David Cecil was arrested last September for ‘disobeying lawful orders’ as the play was performed without ‘authorisation’. The charges were subsequently dropped.

January 23, 2013

Ivan Massow announced his candidacy for the marginal Somerset seat within hours of Tory chairman resignation over gay marriage

A gay millionaire who left the British Conservative party over gay issues now wants to stand as a member of parliament.

Insurance businessman Ivan Massow applied to be the Tory candidate for the Somerset constituency he has 'lived in and loved' all his life.

But on the same day the chairman of Somerton and Frome Constituency Conservative Association resigned after 49 years, citing Prime Minister David Cameron's stance on gay marriage as the reason.

These two events have kicked off a constituency row about equal marriage.

November 23, 2012

David Cecil allowed to leave country until trial resumes in January, while Uganda debates 'kill the gays' bill

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has had his court case postponed.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.

November 2, 2012

Cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is the latest Malaysian politician to make an ignorant homophobic gaffe

The latest ignorant homophobic gaffe from a Malaysia politician came from cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz yesterday, when he responded to accusations of improper behaviour in a corruption case.

The comments came while Nazri was defending himself from claims that he acted dishonestly when he told parliament that his friend, businessman Michael Chia, had been cleared of corruption charges.

Rafizi Ramli of the opposing People’s Justice Party (PKR) announced yesterday that he has proof a black Hummer SUV driven by Nazri’s son Nedim is owned by Chia.

October 19, 2012

Simon Gage admits British gay networking club Jake may seem intimidating but can soon see you make friends and contacts you would never have otherwise met

I must admit that I used to think Jake events weren’t my kind of thing. I was never into that whole A-gay scene, as an interviewer of celebrities I wasn’t in what you’d call a proper professional-type job and, quite frankly, I didn’t own a suit. Not even a cheap one.

It’s funny because I knew Ivan Massow, the setter-upper of Jake, a British gay networking club now in its 11th year. And I knew that he wasn’t a suity, businessy kind of person – even as a highly successful businessman. But it somehow hadn’t occurred to me that Jake events might reflect that vibe.

October 12, 2012

Gay businessman Jerome Lau Ting-sing bailed after four months in prison for molesting male models

A Hong Kong businessman who was jailed for indecently assaulting male models broke down in tears when told he could be released on bail yesterday.

Jerome Lau Ting-sing was sentenced to 17 months in prison last June for indecent assault relating to an incident when Lau invited a male model to his apartment to photograph him.

Lau also threatened to publish naked photographs of the male models, leading to two convictions of criminal intimidation.

October 1, 2012

David Cecil faces two years imprisonment in Uganda for play which features a gay storyline

A British man in Uganda who faces two years in jail for producing a play about a gay businessman has slammed his case as 'crazy'.

Producer David Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.