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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

We need a talented journalist and editor who can deliver first-class online content to our readers and understands the LGBTI world and the travel industry

Gay Star News is seeking a new travel editor.

Our last travel editor helped steer the re-launch of Gay Star Travel and established it as a market leader. He was a big part of the team who took us from a new company to an award-winning LGBTI brand, read by 3million people a month in over 200 countries.

Now he’s leaving for a fantastic new job and we need someone to help us reach even greater success.

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 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.

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.’