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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.

February 14, 2014

Legendary Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown took out O'Donnell's confirmation that she is a lesbian

Rosie O'Donnell says she was about to come out publicly as a lesbian a full decade before she actually did so in 2002.

The funny lady, who had just become a big star in the film A League of Their Own, was being interviewed in 1992 by a writer for Cosmopolitan when she was asked if she was a lesbian.

'He said, "Are you gay?" and I said yes,' O'Donnell said this week on Mondays With Marlo, a web series hosted by Marlo Thomas.

She said the magazine's legendary editor, the late Helen Gurley Brown, took out that section of the interview.

February 10, 2014

Gay athletes and straight allies such as Jason Collins, Chris Kluwe, and Dave Kopay met with University of Missouri star

In just 24 hours, college football star Michael Sam has gone from largely unknown to the number one trending topic on Twitter.

The University of Missouri defensive end, considered a top NFL draft prospect, announced that he was gay in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times on Sunday (9 February).

It turns out his public announcement had been months in the making and he had the support of some of the most experienced people in this area.

January 30, 2014

A journalist had interviewed a gay geography teacher who had been fired from his position for his sexuality

A Russian editor was fined yesterday (29 January) for printing an interview with a gay teacher who said ‘being gay is normal’.

Alexander Suturin, chief editor of a Khabarovsk newspaper, is the fourth person to be officially charged with violating the federal gay propaganda ban.

He published an article where he printed a direct quote from a geography teacher who was fired from his job in September.

January 21, 2014

Bangladesh’s first magazine for LGBTI people was launched in Dhaka on Saturday in an event attended by the British High Commissioner

Bangladesh saw the launch of its very first magazine for the LGBTI community on Saturday at an invite only event.

The magazine is named Roopbaan – after a character from a Bangladeshi folk tale who will go to extraordinary lengths for love - and its first edition is 56 pages long and published in the Bangla language.

December 10, 2013

New Yorker Editor David Remnick is an expert on Russia

NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in will now include New Yorker editor David Remnick focusing on Russia's politics including the country's anti-gay propaganda law.

Remnick is an expert on Russia writing pieces for The New Yorker about Russian politics and culture. He is the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

'David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well, and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,' Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, said in a statement.

December 6, 2013

Mark Shenton claims The Sunday Express tabloid newspaper were 'embarrassed' that naked pictures of him were found on a paid-for gay website

A British national newspaper stage critic has claimed he was fired over naked pictures of him were discovered on a paid-for gay website.

Mark Shenton, who has written theatre reviews for The Sunday Express for the past 11 years, said he was accused of bringing the tabloid into ‘disrepute’.

But now he is fighting back, saying: ‘My sexuality is public knowledge and by revealing this information freely as I’m doing now, it is clear that I do not agree.’

November 12, 2013

A journalist had interviewed a gay geography teacher who had been fired from his position for his sexuality

A Russian journalist is being charged under propaganda laws after he published an interview with a gay teacher.

Alexander Suturin, chief editor of a Khabarovsk newspaper, is suspected of violating the ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ propaganda ban.

He published an article where he printed a direct quote from a geography teacher who was fired from his job in September.

The former educator had said: ‘My very existence is proof being gay is normal.’

October 28, 2013

The show mocked a scantily clad ‘gay’ Superman, but a real-life Superman gay dad is please his family is not going to be exposed to it

October 22, 2013

In honor of Bali’s biggest festival, the Galungan, Gay Star Travel recalls the highlights of two weeks spent in paradise

Last year, Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata spent two weeks biking, swimming, relaxing and eating his way through Bali.

The first week, he went swimming in Sanur, wandered through Ubud's monkey forest and stood in awe of the mountain-top temple Tanah Lot.

October 22, 2013

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

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 one memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata sends us this photo from New York.

'This was one of my favorite moments of my last summer in New York before moving to London,' he writes.

October 16, 2013

Whitstable Times receives a wave of criticism from readers and Stonewall after publishing a letter 'attacking homosexuals'

Readers of a local newspaper in Kent are furious after it published a letter quoting the Bible to say gays have 'brought evil upon themselves'.

And the Whitstable Times, in southern England, has been accused of making it worse by the readers and leading gay campaign organization Stonewall, by their headline for the letter: 'Take heed, all you homosexual sinners.'

In the letter a 'Mr D Bryson' criticizes Stonewall's campaign slogan, currently plastered on the sides of buses and coaches around the country saying 'Some people are gay. Get over it!'

October 8, 2013

New website Gay Star Travel will fuel our readers' passions for exploration, from adventure trips to luxury stays and from parties to culture

Gay Star News has launched a new mini-site Gay Star Travel to become the leading resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel content.

Gay Star Travel now features a slideshow where we share our readers’ most dynamic photos, along with stories about how the LGBT community can enjoy the best:

October 7, 2013

Seduction is imminent with these exciting and relaxing tubs nestled in chic city hotels, overlooking beaches and hidden at the ends of the earth

Gay Star News travel editor Jean Paul Zapata has travelled the world in search of the world’s best bathtubs, but what makes a bathing experience great?

The temperature? The view? The number of people you can fit in the tub?

From New York’s skyscrapers to the rice fields of Bali, bring your own bubbles and follow us through our picks of the world’s hottest bathtubs.

Feel like we missed one? Share your recommendations with us by emailing jeanpaulz@gaystarnews.com.

October 7, 2013

Gay Star News is thrilled to launch its dedicated travel ‘mini site’today (8 October 2013) to become the market leader for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel content

Gay Star Travel, supported by global currency experts Moneycorp, will have a dedicated travel editor working with contributors from around the globe to bring you the latest travel news, events, features and more.

The launch of Gay Star Travel comes ahead of London’s first ever LGBT travel show.

September 30, 2013

As the tale of a young trans journalist being humiliated at a Microsoft event goes viral, journalist Jane Fae asks whether the media needs a new attitude 

Have you read the one about the trans woman humiliated? Or the trans man excluded? Or the gay guy barred?

Chances are, if you read not just Gay Star News, but any LGBT press, you will come across such stories with depressing regularity.

Occasionally, they will creep into the mainstream. Though the formula is much the same. Person humiliated, discriminated against, wronged, because.

September 19, 2013

In a revealing interview, the Pope said he wants the Church to step outside of itself and reform its attitude

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church needs to find a 'new balance,' otherwise it will lose 'the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel'.

In an extensive 12,000-word interview with Antonio Spadaro, editor of Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope shared his vision of what he wants the Catholic Church to be like, now and for future generations.

September 17, 2013

Two gay couples join Prince William and Kate and the Beckhams in London Evening Standard’s list of most powerful pairings

Sir Elton John and David Furnish and Lord Guy Black and Mark Bolland are the most powerful gay couples in London.

That’s according to a new list by the British capital’s leading newspaper, The Evening Standard.

They join Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha and the Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the top 10 power couples list.

September 16, 2013

International Criminal Court is considering whether those behind Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda should be brought to justice

A campaigner in Uganda has launched a petition calling on the International Criminal Court to arrest the author of the country’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill.

Magembe Norman, a straight Ugandan gay rights activist, has been told the court in The Hague is considering taking action against three extremist anti-gay spokespeople.

September 15, 2013

In 1996, The Independent wrote an article about Stephen Crohn called The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS

Stephen Crohn, the gay man whose resistance to HIV helped researchers understand the workings of the virus, died on 23 August.  He was 66.

According to the New York Times, the cause was suicide.

In 1978, Crohn was caring for Jerry Green, his boyfriend. Green lost 30 pounds and went blind. He eventually was diagnosed as one of the first AIDS patients.

September 13, 2013

The International Criminal Court may arrest a Uganda MP who put forward the bill, a tabloid newspaper who called on the public to 'hang' gay people, and a pastor who shows gay porn to stir up hatrd

The International Criminal Court is considering arresting the author of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill.

Magembe Norman, a straight Ugandan gay rights activist, has received a response to his complaint calling for the arrest of three extremist anti-gay spokespeople.

The subjects of the complaint are Uganda MP David Bahati, pastor Martin Ssempa and Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhamel.

August 28, 2013

Irene Monroe offers ways forward for a dialogue about race and sexual orientation

When Sue O’Connell, the publisher and editor of the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper Bay Windows, which I also write for, penned her piece ‘Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think’ a firestorm erupted. Evidence of the conflagration was not only seen on the paper’s website but it was also buzzed around town.

August 13, 2013

Research into LGBT travelers sees horror stories including the couple who were asked to leave their double room and move into a single

Gay couples face embarrassment at hotel reception desks and are often given twin rooms even when they have booked a double, a study has found.

More than 40% of LGBT travelers have admitted to either feeling uncomfortable, or having experienced discomfort when booking into hotels or B&Bs as a couple.

One contributor stated: 'A couple of times we have had twin rooms allocated although we booked doubles, this [even] happened on our honeymoon.'

This revelation comes as part of new research of gay travelers from Europe and the US.

July 30, 2013

Andrew Creagh, editor of DNA, probably the world’s sexiest gay men’s magazine, worries about a new censorship crackdown and freedom of expression in the US, UK and Australia

I’m horrified to see UK magazine retailers censoring the covers of lads’ mags. I agree the way these magazines depict women is sexist, but if retailers are serious in this crusade they should take The Sun and The Daily Star, with their topless page-three girls, off their shelves as well.