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March 25, 2015

'Hen' can refer to a transgender person or someone whose gender is unknown or irrelevant.

The gender-neutral pronoun 'hen' will be included in the official Swedish dictionary, the language's regulator said on Tuesday (24 March).

'Hen' will be added to 'han' (he) and 'hon' (she) in the new edition of the Svenska Akademiens ordlista, or SAOL, which goes on sale on 15 April.

The pronoun can be used to refer to a transgender person or someone whose gender is unknown or irrelevant.

'For those who use the pronoun, it's obviously a strength that it is now in the dictionary,' an editor at the Swedish Academy, Sture Berg, told AFP.

March 19, 2015

Mel Spencer joins the GSN team to lead on coverage of all aspects of family and parenting.

The editorial team at Gay Star News continues to grow with the appointment of Mel Spencer as the new editor for the family and parenting section.

Launched in May 2014, the family and parenting section of Gay Star News has quickly grown to produce some of the most widely read articles and updates.

'I'm thrilled to be part of such a dynamic team of journalists' said Spencer.

March 4, 2015

Silent T is winning awards, and one of its creators Harry Taylor speaks to Gay Star News about the heartbreaking video

What is it like to grow up as a transgender teen?

This short film, Silent T, is an incredibly inspirational, heartfelt film about the struggle and social injustice some trans people face.

It has recently won Best Drama at the world's largest student film festival, Campus Moviefest.

GSN spoke to Harry Taylor, one of the two Westminster University students, to find out more about the film and what it meant to him to create and star in it.

What inspired you to make the film?

March 2, 2015

The latest LGBTI business news, interviews and analysis from a global team of reporters and expert analysts

Gay Star News has today launched a new Business Section, to complement its existing, extensive coverage of the LGBTI world.

The website, which scored its best ever monthly traffic at the beginning of 2015 with over 5 million unique visitors in the month of January, has teamed up with The Glass Closet to produce the section; helmed by Gay Star News’ new Business Editor, David Hudson.

February 25, 2015

The freelance writer and journalist says that negative stereotypes can still lead to gay people being regarded as frivolous, lightweight or not serious enough for certain 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

Share your thoughts and opinions with the world and contribute to the Comment section of Gay Star News

We are always interested in what our readers are thinking and feeling. 

If you are passionate about a particular issue or subject, you can share your thoughts with the world by contributing to our Comment section.

You don't have to be a journalist to write a Comment piece for Gay Star News, we are happy to accept submissions on any subject. What we are looking for are well-written pieces that are interesting to read and will engage with our audience.

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.

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 3, 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.'