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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.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 2, 2014

League's first openly gay player will have to pass physical this week before being signed

After a weekend during which it seemed that Michael Sam was being completely rejected by the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (2 September) have invited him to be a part of their practice squad.

Should he pass a physical this week, as expected, Sam would become the first openly gay player in the NFL during the regular season.

'Culturally, this signing would be an earthquake,' Outsports editor Cyd Zeigler writes.

August 29, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe reflects on how the LGBTI community saved a remote part of Massachusetts, allowing it to become the carnival hub it is today

The best week to be in Provincetown, Massachusetts is the week of Carnival. The parade is its signature extravaganza.

While many would contest that any week in P’town during the summer months is a carnival, the official date is always week 33—this year it was from August 16th - August 22nd.

The 2014 Carnival theme was 'Comic Book Capers', and what the theme evoked for revelers and tourists alike varied widely and wildly.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 10, 2014

'Vito was really the person who showed me I had to do it. I wanted us to be comfortable'

Their kiss had been seen by millions on live television on NFL draft day.

But what viewers did not know was that on the day Michael Sam met boyfriend Vito Cammisano years earlier, Cammisano was dressed as a bunny.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. and Cammisano met at one of the first big parties he attended in his freshman year at the University of Missouri.

It was a lingerie party and Cammisano, a star swimmer at the school, was dressed as a rabbit with a bushy white tail.

June 27, 2014

Gay Star News brings you content about all aspects of LGBTI family life and how to start your own

Gay Star News has a new baby – a dedicated LGBTI Family section.

It’s already packed with information and advice about pregnancy, surrogacy, fostering, adoption, babies, children, teens and everyday family life.

And as Gay Star Family grows in the weeks, months and years to come, it will become a go-to resource for anyone in or interested in ‘alternative’ families.

May 13, 2014

Our new section shares the stories of LGBTI families around the world

Gay Star News has launched a new website channel covering LGBTI families and parenting.

Leading this section is our Families and Parenting editor, David Hudson.

David is a highly experienced journalist with a clear understanding of the LGBTI world overall and the issues that are important to LGBTI families.

Gay Star News is ranked by Alexa as one of the world's top five websites for LGBTI news. Each month we reach an audience of over three million unique users.

May 3, 2014

South Dakota representative Steve Hickey launched into a vile Facebook rant demonizing gay sex and asked doctors to testify homosexuality is bad for you

A US state legislator wrote a vile, anti-gay open letter on Facebook crudely comparing gay sex to a garbage truck.

Steve Hickey, a pastor and a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives, posted the lengthy rant on his Facebook page on 28 April.

He called for doctors to demonize gay sex, attacked transgender children and said gay-sex is a ‘one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down.’

Hickey started his post by telling his followers he sent the article to local news source the Argus Leader.

April 21, 2014

'It was as if there'd just been a referendum on me in network television, and the vote was a resounding no'

Kenneth M. Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? begins and ends with New York City dreaming.

April 7, 2014

Bristol Post editor has complained that his choice for a front page picture resulted in disappointing sales - and he asked the internet for help

March 2, 2014

'If you get to the facts of this, the law was the subject of a tsunami of poorly informed indignation'

The editor of a conservative political magazine is defending Arizona's controversial 'turn away the gays' bill.

The National Review's Rich Lowry was one of the guests  on today's (2 March) ABC News program This Week.

He argued the debate about SB 1062 was littered with half-truths and the legislation was not anti-gay.