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January 28, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has called for legislation protecting LGBTI people from discrimination in housing and employment across the United States so long as ‘religious rights’ are not compromised

The leadership of the US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made its most accommodating statement on LGBTI issues to date on Tuesday this week in a televised press conference and online statements published on the church’s official website.

However in the same breath the Mormons accused LGBTI activists of seeking to take away the same freedom of expression for religious people that they had fought so hard to win for themselves.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 19, 2015

Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group Equal Ground hope the incoming government of President Maithripala Sirisena will be more open minded to the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people

A leading Sri Lankan LGBTI rights group has expressed hope that Sri Lanka will move forward to protect the needs of sexual minorities and transgender people now that the New Democratic Front coalition have taken power.

President Maithripala Sirisena was swept into power at the start of this year with the backing of Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Tamil communities and rural Sinhalese voters that had become disenchanted after 10 years of government by outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 15, 2015

Bharatiya Janata Party takes a stance on homosexuality for the first time

India's ruling political party has come out in support of decriminalizing gay sex, the first time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken a stance on the issue.

Shaina NC, BJP spokesperson for Mumbai, said Tuesday (13 January) that while homosexuality may be seen as unnatural, it was not unacceptable.

'We are for decriminalizing homosexuality. That is the progressive way forward,' she said told NDTV.

In December last year, the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which punishes gay sex with up to life imprisonment.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

January 13, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January) – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be Austrian Airlines.

Austria's largest carrier, the organisation transports nearly 11 million passengers a year.

It operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, with those routes particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe, with about 40 cities being served.

January 7, 2015

A disciplinary hearing against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has ended with a ‘just resolution’ and no further action will be taken against him over his presiding over a same-sex wedding in 2013

The United Methodist Church of the United States has adopted a live-and-let-live attitude on a complaint against one of its retired bishops who married a gay couple in Alabama in 2013 with the church this week issuing a statement declaring the complaint resolved.

January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

December 24, 2014

The ManAboutWorld founder on cruising at the Christopher Street Pier and shopping at Barneys with his boyfriend...

I've lived here since…
...January 1, 2003. I moved from LA for a job and with my man. I’ve since switched both but I’ve had a fantastic life in NYC.

I've stayed because…
…I love this city and its energy matches mine! Besides LA, I've also lived in Paris and Boston and, while I love every place I’ve lived, this is the right city for me.

December 24, 2014

GSN is Dreaming of AW15 as we look forward to mens fashion week

By its very nature the world of fashion is constantly evolving, changing, gazing into the future and imagining what the world might look like in the months and years ahead.

While the Northern Hemisphere is currently in the grip of the winter of 2014, London’s fashion designers are putting the finishing touches to their collections that will aim to show the world what men will be wearing in Autumn/Winter 2015.

December 22, 2014

Gay Star News' Gareth Johnson heads to Echuca for a parrot and cockatoo-filled Christmas Down Under

The build up to Christmas is always a great time to be in London – the street decorations are spectacular, and the weather is crisp and cold, perfect for mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas markets.

December 22, 2014

From love letters in the sky to cheeky digs at Putin - this was 2014

It was a year of up's and down's, just like every year - but moments like these ones (which topped our best read story polls - thanks everyone!) showed us hope, gave us a laugh, brought unity and strength and made us come together throughout the year.

Highlights include the great Clare Balding throwing shade at Putin to a mother coming out to her son, while he is coming out to her!

With great stories like these we're looking forward to a flourishing 2015 - so, what's next?

December 19, 2014

Matt Mead believed an appeal would be futile

Two months after he decided not to appeal a judge's ruling which struck down a gay marriage ban in his state, Wyoming Governor Mark Mead is under fire from some of his fellow Republicans.

GOP leaders in Wyoming's Goshen County have sent a letter to the governor ripping 'for not strenuously supporting and defending our platform planks on family and marriage.'

December 17, 2014

The OUT Adventures founder on life in Canada's supercity – from Woofstock to nude beaches...

Robert Sharp, founder of gay tour operator Out Adventures, shares his favourite things to do in Toronto; from dog festivals to abseiling down major landmarks!

I moved here in…
2003, and I stayed because I found love! We are no longer together, but remain great friends, and own our business OUT Adventures together.

December 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

December 16, 2014

Government also proposes scholarships and pensions for transgender people

Low income families with transgender could soon receive child support and study allowances under a new scheme drawn up by the Indian government.

The draft plan also includes skill-development aid and pensions for transgender people from the ages of 40 to 60.

To receive the Rs1,000 ($15.8) a month subsidy, parents have to certify their child shows 'gender non-conforming behavior.'

December 16, 2014

A Melbourne gay couple have married in their city’s United Kingdom consulate, making them the first same-sex couple in the world to be legally married under Scottish law

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today.

Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership which allowed them to take advantage of the new law today.

December 15, 2014

See the best photos of the event inside

Hundreds of people on Saturday (13 December) celebrated sexual and gender diversity in Ho Chi Minh City.

About 1,000 LGBTI individuals and their allies gathered at the Labor Culture Palace in Saigon district for the Embrace Diversity Festival.

The annual event is organized by the ICS Center with the support of the Canadian embassy and also honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community in the last year.

December 14, 2014

Praised by city officials and students when he came out in June, the gay principal's contract will not be renewed next school year

Peter Cahall, principal of Wilson High School in Washington DC, made national headlines last year when he came out as gay to his students during a lunchtime Pride Day rally in June this year.

In a letter to city council members, he has called the decision by John Davis, the chief of schools, to not renew his contract 'purely capricious and arbitrary.'

December 11, 2014

Edwin Sesange, gay rights activist, is pleading with the world to help send messages of hope to persecuted LGBTIs

Gay Ugandans are being promised a gift this Christmas, and it is definitely worse than coal.

Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Ugandan parliament, has promised once again to wrap up a legislation so horrific that it'll give the population of what is essentially a license to persecute, discriminate, torture, engage in mob violence and worse of all kill LGBTIs with impunity.

With the Anti-Homosexuality Act dead, lawmakers are hoping to pass the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill before the end of this year.

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

December 11, 2014

Church members, including his mother and brother, have turned against the young gay man

A gay Christian has claimed he was kidnapped and attacked by five fellow churchgoers to rid him of 'demons'.

Matthew Fenner has accused a group, who belong to The Word of Faith Fellowship church in Spindale, North Carolina, of beating and strangling him for being gay last year.

Sarah Covington Anderson, Adam Christopher Bartley, Brooke McFadden Covington, Justin Brock Covington and Robert Louis Walker Jr. have been indicted on simple assault and kidnapping charges.

December 11, 2014

The LGBTI film festival that takes place during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced the first of the films that cinema-goers will be able to enjoy in 2015

A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.