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February 25, 2015

Freelance Writer - Journalism

"Sometimes if you don’t think you can change the environment, it’s easier just to change jobs"

Starting in the 1990s, programs such as MTV’s “The Real World” and NBC’s “Will and Grace” helped portray gay men in a non-threatening light, and normalized the reality of being gay for millions. At the same time, however, shows like these, and those that have followed, portrayed gay men as frivolous, irresponsible and more likely to party hard than work. Yes, we make the masses laugh, but at our own expense.

February 24, 2015

A senior editor in the advertising industry, Johnson reflects on coming out later in life

I grew up in the Deep South in a conservative family with an even more conservative faith.

I spent my life trying to be the woman everyone expected me to be and who the church taught me I had to be. For as far back as I can remember, I hated myself for being different and not being able to change.

I lived more than 50 years in hiding, filled with guilt and shame because of my sexuality. I was terrified that if I told the truth I would lose everyone I loved and everything that mattered most to me.

February 6, 2015

'Do gay men get a pass to say misogynist things because they like dick?'

Azealia Banks has argued that she should be allowed to use the word faggot because gay men often refer to women as bitches.

Her latest social media musings comes after the bisexual rapper slammed the 'evil' gay white media earlier this week following a Twitter spat with a gay journalist.

'You gay bloggers try waving the homophobia flag at me like women are not the original source of all things fabulous,' she tweeted at Vice editor Mitch Sunderland.

February 5, 2015

'Even if I am a homophobe, so what? I still make more money than you'

Azealia Banks has slammed the 'evil' gay white media after a Twitter spat with a gay journalist.

The bisexual rapper made the comments after a heated row over the weekend with Vice editor Mitch Sunderland, who questioned her use of the word twink.

'even if i am a homophobe… so wat? [sic] i still make more $ than you.. still have an extra hole.. and still own everything,' she wrote.

February 5, 2015

How to find the best dumplings and other insider secrets from the Australian football enthusiast.

Born and raised in the city's western suburbs, Brian Peel is a presenter on JOY 94.9 – Melbourne's LGBTI radio station.

We caught up with him recently to share some travel stories.

How would you describe Melbourne's western suburbs.
They breed them tough out our way! The area has such a great cultural mix of nationalities. I am of the Maltese kind, born here but speak the language and absolutely adore the food.

February 4, 2015

Journalist – Gay Star News

Andrew M Potts is a former editor of Australia’s The Pink Broad and Sydney Star Observer newspapers and a former writer for DNA Magazine.

He has over a decade’s experience as a journalist, opinion columnist and feature writer covering LGBTI issues online, in print and on the airwaves.

February 3, 2015

David Hudson steps up to drive the launch of GSN's new business section

Experienced journalist David Hudson has been appointed as the business editor for Gay Star News.

Hudson has been a writer and journalist for over 20 years, specialising in the stories that matter to the world's LGBTI community.

February 3, 2015

The activist, journalist and author on his cosmopolitan hometown

Journalist and author Paul Burston was born in York and grew up in South Wales, but he has called London home since 1984. An activist in ACT UP for many years before becoming a journalist, Burston was the long-term editor of Time Out's gay and lesbian section.

February 3, 2015

A rare chance to join our award-winning team

We are seeking an experienced journalist to lead on our coverage of family and parenting issues.

This is a part-time, freelance position and you will have the freedom to work from home or from our London office, when you wish.

Gay Star News is a fun, creative workplace where staff (and freelancers) are valued as our most important asset.

January 29, 2015

Daily Dish blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced his retirement from blogging, saying he wants to concentrate on writing books and essays and spending more time with his husband and family

Openly gay conservative political blogger Andrew Sullivan announced yesterday he will retire from blogging to concentrate on other forms of writing.

A former editor of The New Republic, Sullivan founded his The Daily Dish blog in 2000 and it quickly became one of the most popular political blogs in the United States.

Sullivan moved the blog between a number of websites including Time, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast before switching to an independent, subscription-based format in 2013.

January 22, 2015

Editor claims it is to distract from the government

Egypt's government is telling the media to boost its anti-gay coverage, an editor has claimed.

Ibrahim Monsour, the editor-in-chief of a leading liberal newspaper the Tahrir News, has said the government want coverage of arrests for homosexuality and other 'morality' charges in order to distract from politics.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was part of the revolution that ousted the previous government, with him gaining power in 2014.

'These are instructions from the state apparatus' to cover sex scandals and other 'silly' issues, Monsour said.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the biggest gay political names in the UK said about huge issues

The UK’s first big political debate of 2015 was on gay rights as the three big parties faced off during the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Labour’s Lord Michael Cashman, Liberal Democrat’s Baroness Liz Barker and Conservative’s Crispin Blunt MP answered a variety of questions from the engaged and curious British public.

It was chaired by Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith.

They were asked, in overview, what is Britain’s role in global LGBTI rights.

January 16, 2015

Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative politicians will face off on the issue of Britain's role in global gay rights on Saturday

The UK will have its first big political debate of 2015 at the Gay Star Travel Expo tomorrow (17 January), just a few months before May's General Election.

Labour's Lord Cashman, Liberal Democrat's Baroness Barker and Conservative's Crispin Blunt MP will face off on the topic of Britain's role in global LGBTI rights.

The politicians will also be there at Heaven in Charing Cross, central London, at 12pm to answer questions from the public.

January 9, 2015

City's fire chief was sacked for writing a book equating gay sex to bestiality

Conservative radio host Erick Erickson has compared the killing of 12 French journalists for publishing cartoons of Mohammed to the sacking of Atlanta's fire chief.

Kelvin Cochran was ousted Tuesday (6 January) for distributing a self-published book that equated gay sex with bestiality.

'In light of the events, we've got to talk about the terrorism situation,' Erickson said Wednesday (7 January) to open his eponymous radio show on Atlanta-based WBS station.

'The terrorists were offended by a publication,' he said.

January 1, 2015

Trans author got book published, got engaged, was hired by Marie Claire and launched show So POPular

It's hard to blame trans author and activist Janet Mock for being utterly pleased with her 2014.

She took to Twitter on New Year's Eve while drinking Prosecco wine and eating ribs with fiancee Aaron Tredwell to reflect on all that's happened in the past 12 months.

She warned: 'Feeling emo-reflective which is what one feels this time of year especially when Prosecco is pouring....so prepare for a flurry of tweets!'

Among the highlights:

December 31, 2014

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share your holiday pics

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through memorable photos.

Gay Star Travel reader Jay Horne, also editor of glossy gay magazine FNQ, sent us his postcards from Cairns sister city, Scottsdale in the United State of America.

December 17, 2014

Director Mark Christopher will present his original vision for 54 starring Ryan Phillippe at Berlin Film Festival

When the 1998 film 54 was released, writer-director Mark Christopher could not have been happy with what was on the screen.

In the film he originally delivered chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 - the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s - Ryan Phillippe’s character was bisexual and Breckin Meyer's character also seemed ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.

Miramax, the studio that released the film, ordered 20-plus minutes of additional scenes to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

December 2, 2014

'Let Glory diadem the mighty dead/Let monuments of brass and marble rise/To those who have upon our being shed/A golden halo, borrowed from the skies'

There is a new Walt Whitman poem to memorize.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln associate professor Wendy Katz was working her way through penny newspapers at the Library of Congress when she came across a work titled To Bryant, the Poet of Nature. The author was listed as W.W.

November 27, 2014

'In Europe, we're crawling; in America they're running' – GETA boss claims businesses aren't catering for queer travellers

Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith took part in a panel discussion on gay travel last night, hosted by Grayling and the Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) – and urged companies to directly market to queer tourists.

Attended by representatives of several high-profile travel organisations, talking points included how to be sensitive to the needs of LGBTI travellers and the benefits of working with them.

November 21, 2014

Editor says love is 'not limited to between men and women'

The new edition of a leading Japanese dictionary has removed 'unnecessary references to heterosexuality' in its definitions of 'love' and 'sex.'

Editor Hiroaki Ima said the changes were made because love, romantic chemistry and carnal desire 'are not limited to between men and women.'

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

October 21, 2014

His paper called for the 60 listed people to be fired

The editor-in-chief of Armenian newspaper the Iravnuk stood trial this week for publishing a blacklist of 60 LGBTI people and calling for them to be fired.

Hovhannes Galajyan wrote an online article in May that branded the listed individuals 'enemies of the nation' and said they 'serve the interests of international homosexual lobbying.'

The article also included links to the their Facebook accounts.

October 3, 2014

GSN's travel editor Jamie Tabberer continues to deliver first-class online content to our readers

As Gay Star News moves into its fourth year, our Travel content continues to be one of our most-read sections.

Gay Star Travel has now become a market leader in delivering travel content to the LGBTI market.

With an audience of three million unique readers each month (in over 200 countries around the world), GSN is now ranked by Alexa as one of the top five websites in the world for LGBTI news.

September 17, 2014

They were always there for each other. But were they there for you?

Friends is 20 years old. And it is still as popular as ever. On one TV channel, somewhere in the world, people are probably going commando, drinking coffee and asking 'How you doing?'

But while the hugely successful NBC sitcom is loved by many all over the world, it has its critics - especially LGBTI critics.

One video editor, Tijana Mamula, watched all 10 seasons of Friends to compile all of the gay jokes into one 50 minute video. And, to an extent, it does show how much homophobia and transphobia is in the show.