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April 23, 2015

Rooftop bar manager on club tips, culture and getting away from the madness

Ibiza is a little different from Dumfries, the town where 25-year-old Scott Dempster is from.

When he originally came to the Spanish island at the age of 17, it was the typical go out in San Antonio with friends and go crazy.

But then when he returned the next year, he saw the other side of Ibiza - the beautiful side.

The following year after that, he was calling Ibiza home.

Now 25, he manages the rooftop bar of Hotel Es Vivé, one of Ibiza's hottest spots for chilled out drinks and stunning views.

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.

April 21, 2015

The Airbnb user on on life in the Scottish capital

I've lived here since… I started university in 1995. I stayed because the city is a magical mix of old and new.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Street, on 2b Picardy Place in the east of the city. All are welcome any time of the day.

My favourite place to people-watch is… Princes Street – thousands of tourists staring in awe at the beauty of the city to the screech of bagpipes.

April 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 14, 2015

The Victorian Government has announced it will move to repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act which singles out the deliberate spreading of HIV as a separate crime to deliberately exposing people to other serious illnesses

Australia is to lose its last law singling out the deliberate transmission of HIV to another person or persons, 22 years after the Victorian state government decided that it needed to be treated separately to the deliberate transmission of other serious illnesses.

Section 19A of Victoria’s Crimes Act punishes the deliberate transmission of HIV with up to 25 years in prison and was originally intended to discourage the scenario where a person stabs another person with a syringe full of blood that they knew contains HIV.

April 9, 2015

All proceeds go to same-sex marriage advocates in Ireland

A company in Ireland is turning anti-gay marriage leaflets into beautiful confetti ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.

Daintree Paper in Dublin has received orders for the heart-shaped confetti from as far as the US and Australia, all proceeds for which will go to advocacy group Yes Equality.

April 6, 2015

Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon supports the criminalization of homosexuality but says the church’s battle is ‘not against homosexuals, our battle today is against those who say God’s standards are not good enough for us.’

A Nigerian bishop who supports the criminalization of LGBTI people has been appointed to be the next Secretary General of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Josiah Idowu-Fearon has been the Bishop of Kaduna since 1998 and has a reputation for his expertise in managing relations between the Christian and Muslim communities in Nigeria.

However he is adamant that homosexuality remain illegal in Nigeria

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.

April 2, 2015

The Dinah Vegas founder shares her top tips on the jazz capital of the world

I've lived here since… August of 2010. I stayed because New Orleans is in my blood. I went to College here at Tulane University and this is the town I came out in.

My favorite queer bar has to be… None other than The Bourbon Pub & Parade which is the first gay bar I had ever been to…and now I own it!

Here in New Orleans, we always look forward to… NOLA folks bring new meaning to the acronym TGIF…they really know how to celebrate.

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

March 31, 2015

Shibuya will issue certificates recognizing gay unions as 'equal to marriage'

Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first locale in Japan to recognize gay couples, a major step forward for LGBTI rights in the conservative country.

The district assembly Tuesday (31 March) voted overwhelmingly in favor of issuing certificates recognizing same-sex unions as 'equivalent to marriage' and granting them housing and hospital visitation rights.

March 30, 2015

Parents are now helping to prove how 'ridiculous' anti-trans laws are

Mothers of trans kids are taking on 'ridiculous' bathroom bills by vowing to pee in men's toilets.

Fran Forsberg, from Saskatoon, Canada, is one of several parents who who will be protesting an amendment of a bill that will ban trans women from using female bathrooms trans men from using male bathrooms.

Put forward by Senator Don Plett, he claims the amendment will stop 'pedophiles from taking advantage of legislation that we have in place.'

'There's nothing that's wrong with my daughter,' Forsberg told CBC News.

March 30, 2015

The 'EuroPride 2015 – Riga' organizer on life in the Latvian capital

I've lived here since…
1999. I moved to Riga with my family. Riga is the most vibrant city in the Baltic countries. Even though I consider Riga my own home city, I often find many new things to love about it. It's the great mix of history and fun that keeps me here.

March 30, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News - from growing up in California, to a layover in Helsinki, to romance in Florence.

Miss Fame is one of the stars of season seven of RuPaul's Drag Race.

With a brand and an aesthetic that epitomises modern drag glamor, Miss Fame gives the impression of being a high-maintenance traveler.

We caught up with Miss Fame recently to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 25, 2015

Country is accused of trying to export its domestic hostility to LGBTI rights

Russia has failed in its bid to block partner benefits for all gay UN staff.

The UN Budget Committee on Tuesday (24 March) voted against Russia's proposal by the by 80 to 43.

EU member countries and the US lobbied hard against the resolution while Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria voted in favor.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in July that the UN would recognize the marriages of all gay staff and extend benefits to their partners.

March 25, 2015

Cross-dressing and drag is banned as delegates use jazz hands instead of applause

UK's National Union of Students has passed a policy to stop gay men appropriating black female culture.

Delegates at the Women's Conference today, many of them self-identified feminists, have passed plenty of motions.

Just one of them was ensuring everyone at the conference understood that some behaviors were damaging.

On Twitter, they announced: 'Some delegates are requesting that we move to jazz hands rather than clapping as it's triggering anxiety. Please be mindful!'

March 24, 2015

Senate has already passed legislation - Governor Mike Pence plans to sign into law

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday (22 March) easily passed a bill that would allow anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

The bill was passed by the Indiana Senate last month and Republican Governor Mike Spence (pictured) has already vowed to sign it into law.

Spence said in a statement the bill 'is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.

March 23, 2015

Waratahs' Jacques Potgieter admits to calling two Brumbies players a 'faggot'

The Australia Rugby Union (ARU) has fined Jacques Potgieter A$20,000 ($15,560) for calling two opposing players a 'faggot.'

The New South Wales Waratahs forward admitted to using the anti-gay slur in Sunday's (22 March) match against the Australian Capital Territory Brumbies players in Sydney.

'I’m very sorry for any offense caused by what I said on the field during a heated encounter,' he said.

'It was an offhand remark made without thought for the hurt it could cause to those around me.'

March 23, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company tackles some relatively modern history in a new play from Tom Morton-Smith.

Oppenheimer is an ambitious play.

As the name suggests, Oppenheimer – written by Tom Morton-Smith and directed by Angus Jackson – takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project, the war of science, when the United States raced to be the first to create the weapon that would end World War II.

After premiering this new work in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred this production to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.

March 20, 2015

Pope Francis accepts Scottish cardinal's resignation

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien has officially resigned today (20 March).

Pope Francis accepted the cleric's resignation of the rights and privileges of a cardinal after he admitted to 'inappropriate sexual misconduct' with four priests.

Prior to the revelation, he had launched a 'war' on same-sex marriage in the UK. He likened it to slavery, child abuse and moral degradation.

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015