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May 15, 2015

 Louis Virtel: 'I hate, hate, hate that I didn't just say "I'm gay" on air'

Journalist Louis Virtel has no doubt that anyone who saw his recent appearance as a contestant on TV's Jeopardy! figured out pretty quickly he is gay.

'If you watch the show, I'm slamming around on the buzzer with a wrist flicked up to heaven. I'm coltish in my feminine movements. I gush about meeting Jane Fonda, my favorite movie star of all time, during my contestant interview,' he writes in a column for HitFix.

And there's more.

May 6, 2015

Would you ever consider relocating to the Middle East for work purposes? And is the situation different for gay people who move there as opposed to nationals?

Countries in the Middle East are among the worst in the world when it comes to laws relating to LGBTI people.

If you’re gay, what might it be like to relocate to the region for work purposes?

The Middle East is a large and diverse area. While being gay can result in capital punishment and imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, the situation if very different in Israel, where same-sex sexual activity is legal and gay people go about their lives without too much fear of persecution.

April 8, 2015

A unique opportunity to join our growing London team.

We are looking for a full-time reporter to help establish our new homes and interiors section.

You will need to be an experienced and qualified journalist with a good understanding of property, real estate, and design. You will also need a strong network of contacts in the sector.

Role requirements:

March 9, 2015

Australia’s SBS public broadcaster put together a highlights show of the best of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and you can watch it here

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival ended with a bang on the weekend but for those who couldn’t make it, SBS TV have put together a highlights show of the best of the parade.

Hosted by journalist Patrick Abboud, comedian Tom Ballard and veteran Australian film and television actress Magda Szubanski, the show provides a 2 hour commentated rundown of the best of the parade as well as the stories behind many of the entries.

February 25, 2015

Mona Iraqi is charged with defamation and spreading false news

An Egyptian TV journalist will face trial for defamation and spreading false news after she orchestrated a raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo.

Mona Iraqi tipped off police before entering 'the den of male sex' on the night of 7 December.

Iraqi filmed as 33 men were arrested and paraded naked out of the bathhouse. The footage was then broadcast on al-Qahira wal Nas news and made international headlines.

February 18, 2015

Continent's first openly gay parliamentarian is surprised by the fuss

A South African MP made history last week by holding his boyfriend's hand at the State of the Nation Address.

Ian Ollis was photographed outside parliament Thursday (12 February) walking proudly hand-in-hand with his partner, Adriaan Roets, a lifestyle and entertainment journalist.

Ollis came out as Africa's first openly gay MP in 2009 and is a vocal supporter of LGBTI rights on the continent.

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

Reporting from Hong Kong for Gay Star News

Derek Yiu is a Hong Kong-based journalist who has helped cover East Asia for Gay Star News since its launch.

He has written on a wide range of niche topics as a features reporter, from business cards to private museums.

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 16, 2015

Twitter reacts hilariously to Tom Utley's rant about Stephen Fry's engagement to a man 30 years his junior

A Daily Mail columnist has compared opposing Stephen Fry's engagement to another man with the Charlie Hebdo killings.

Tom Utley, a 61-year-old journalist, criticized other newspapers for not being as homophobic as he expected about the forthcoming nuptials of the gay QI host.

He said, as the father of a straight 27-year-old, he would be displeased if his son had announced he was going to marry the 'gargantuan, shambling form of our national treasure, 57-year-old Stephen Fry'.

January 16, 2015

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Celebrities such as gay host Paul O'Grady and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley have been named as patrons of a gay and human rights founsation.

The two British names have been joined by nine others from politics, TV, film and music to become patrons of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Helena Kennedy QC, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lords Waheed All and Michael Cashman as well as Baroness Barker have become patrons.

January 13, 2015

'I'm actually the only one in the world who can make these jokes. The rest are in labor camps'

Margaret Cho is defending herself on social media against critics who found her running gag as a North Korean journalist at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards to be racist.

Cho took to social media to say to her critics: 'Oh I think they don't understand I'm of mixed North and South Korean descent. I'm actually the only one in the world who can make these jokes. The rest are in labor camps. Sorry - you imprison my people - you get made fun of by me. ‪#‎freespeech‬'

January 9, 2015

He thinks Stephen Fry and his fiancé having sex is a 'disgusting reality'

A former BNP officer has ranted about Stephen Fry and his fiancé, purely because the idea of them having sex is a 'disgusting reality' to him.

Dr Stuart Russell reportedly emailed Guardian journalist Hannah Jane Parkinson after she wrote a thinkpiece about why people have a problem with age gaps in relationships. In the article, she talks about her previous relationships with older men and women.

He said: 'Your piece failed to mention the most salient point re Fry and his boyfriend - ie the disgusting reality of men having sex together.

January 2, 2015

The Irish Taoisceach has vowed to campaign strongly for marriage equality – while some in his government now warn that complacency could result in a victory for the ‘no’ campaign

The Irish Taoisceach (the equivalent of Prime Minister) has been speaking about the forthcoming referendum in Ireland on same-sex marriage – due to take place in May.

Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny, who has previously been viewed as conservative, told journalists in a briefing that he would be happy to ‘campaign strongly’ for a 'yes' vote in the referendum, and has confirmed that he will take part in a live debate on the issue ahead of the vote.

December 29, 2014

A scene suggesting depicting James Franco’s character and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waking up in bed together was one of those reportedly cut from the ‘redacted’ film version released on Christmas Day

A scene in controversial movie, The Interview, which depicted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participating in a group sex session with a male journalist and four women, was reportedly cut from the final film.

The Daily Mail says that the ‘gay-orgy’ scene was described in a leaked version of the movie’s screenplay but did not make the final filmed version.

December 28, 2014

He infamously told an alleged rape victim on air, 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?'

It's a dubious honor for CNN's Don Lemon, one of the news network's most recognizable anchors.

The highly regarded Columbia Journalism Review recapped the year's 'most cringe-worthy news blunders' which included the out 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight because of a series of controversial or inane questions and comments that made headlines this year.

David Uberti, the Review's fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year.

December 22, 2014

After being paraded in front of film cameras during the nighttime raid earlier this month, many of the men wept as they were led into court to face charges of ‘debauchery’

A court in Egypt has proceeded with a case against 26 men accused of ‘debauchery’ – a term commonly used by the country’s legal system for any form of of homosexual activity.

The men were arrested in a traditional hammam bathhouse in Cairo’s Azbakeya district on 7 December.

Although homosexual activity is not explicitly illegal in Egypt, gay men have often been prosecuted under a sub-section of the laws governing prostitution relating to ‘debauchery’.

December 20, 2014

Meanwhile, a Swiss film festival, which is represented in Egypt by the same journalist who filmed and broadcasted the raid, has come to her defense backing her claim that she was investigating sex trafficking

Several well-known organizations in the Middle East and North Africa have issued a joint statement to condemn the raid of a gay bathhouse in Cairo on Dec 7 in which 26 or 33 men, according to various media reports, have been arrested.

The men were arrested for the alleged 'group practice of deviance' in exchange for money inside the bathhouse.

December 18, 2014

Prosecutors refer the case to trial unusually quickly

Twenty-six men arrested in a much publicized raid on an alleged gay bathhouse in Cairo will stand trial for 'debauchery' on Sunday.

Prosecutors refered the case to trial yesterday, less than two weeks after the raid. This is unusually quick as some wait up to a year to go to trial in Egypt's backlogged judicial system.

Police raided the bathhouse on 7 December after a tip-off from a journalist.

December 13, 2014

Magazine editor defends the controversial move, which has sparked outrage across the political spectrum, saying it's in the public's interest

French tabloid Closer on Friday ran photographs of Florian Philippot, vice president of far right group Front National (FN), and his alleged boyfriend, an unnamed TV journalist, on a trip to Vienna last week.

A photograph of the pair – with the unnamed man's face has been blurred out – is seen on the front page next to the headline 'Yes to love for everyone' (Oui a l'amour pour tous), a play on words with the anti-same-sex marriage movement’s slogan 'Demo for all' (Le Manif pour tous).

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.