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April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 13, 2015

The pub owners did not give a reason for closing the long-serving venue

A historic drag pub in Camden has been closed down by its owners without any advance warning. 

The Black Cap, one of London’s longest-serving drag and gay venues, was closed last night by its owners, pub company Faucet Inn; their reason for closing the pub is currently unknown.

In Januaray, Faucet Inn applied for planning permission for to turn the building's first, second and third floor into residential flats, but the application is listed as withdrawn. 

April 13, 2015

Pop divas to perform at LGBTI festival alongside Fatboy Slim

Former X Factor judge Tulisa is to perform at this year's Brighton Pride, as well as Mercury Music Prize-winning star Ms. Dynamite, it has been announced.

Tulisa, formally of band N-Dubz, is known for hits including Young and Live It Up.

She and It Takes More singer Ms. Dynamite will join stars including indie artist Foxes and DJ Wayne G at the popular LGBTI festival this summer.

Jess Glynne – who is currently at number one in the singles charts with her song Hold My Hand – will also appear.

April 10, 2015

'I feel at the end of the day, if you come from a place of love you can’t go wrong'

This weekend's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will have as its grand marshal a Catholic guy with great abs named Mario Lopez.

The host of TV's Extra says he has no trouble reconciling his Catholic faith with his support of the LGBTI community and for its equality.

'Like the pope said, "Who am I to judge?"' Lopez tells The Miami Herald.

April 8, 2015

Sexually assaulted a lesbian as she was sleeping beside her girlfriend

A British paramedic who claimed he was gay and then raped three women - including one lesbian - has been jailed.

Christopher Bridger, 26, was found guilty of being a 'sexual predator' by a judge at Guildford Crown Court. He will be jailed for 12 years and will never be allowed to work in the health profession again.

He conned his way into bed with three young women, who were known to him as friends and colleagues.

April 5, 2015

The Nigerian activist submitted private pictures and a DVD of her sex life to prove she is a lesbian

A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated.

 Aderonke Apata came to Britain in 2004; she felt she was in danger because of her religion and sexuality and, for the last eleven years, tried to be granted refugee status.

Her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, to whom Apata is engaged, is also from Nigeria and has already been granted asylum because of her sexuality.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

March 26, 2015

What happens when you decide to donate your eggs? One woman tells her life-changing story

Recent reports show that the number of women registering as egg donors has risen every year since 2006 with numbers increasing to 1,103 in 2013. Similarly, there has been an increase of more than 50% in the last five years of women having treatment with donor eggs.

Following its launch in 2013, the UK's London Egg Bank has seen hundreds of women come through the doors looking to donate their eggs. Here one of them tells her story:

March 25, 2015

Spoilers for season 7: Straight-talking judge believes angry fans should understand 'it's just a TV show'

RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage has defended the decision to send the queen home in the fourth episode of season seven.

The internet has been up in arms ever since Trixie Mattel was sent home following a lip sync with other fan favorite Pearl.

Petitions have been started and several past contestants of the show have criticized the decision to send the comedy Barbie doll queen home.

'Listen, I was there, I saw what I saw. I stand by it,' Visage said in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 24, 2015

Homophobic preacher claims he is following Jesus and refuses to 'tone it down'

A British street preacher was ordered to pay a fine to a gay man he called a 'sinner' and 'sodomite' or go to jail.

Michael Overd has regularly been preaching his homophobic beliefs in town centres across the UK, but especially in his hometown of Taunton, Somerset.

When a gay man, Darren Chambers, challenged his views, they clashed.

Overd told him he was an 'abomination', and used the old homophobic favorite 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.'

March 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 19, 2015

'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything'

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have backtracked after calling IVF babies 'synthetic children.'

Their comments led to a social media spat with Elton John who is calling for a boycott of their brand.

Gabbana said he did support IVF and that his business partner and former lover had chosen 'the wrong words.'

'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything,' he told CNN on Wednesday (18 March).

March 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Equality is Out Business’ program was launched in the state this week

Following its arrival earlier this month in Nebraska and Arkansas, the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) ‘Equality is Our Business’ program was launched in Alabama this week.

Within the US, Alabama has a comparatively poor record in relation to LGBT rights.

It does not have laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, does not allow same-sex couples to adopt, and has no specific hate crime laws relating to gay or transgender people.

March 17, 2015

Football player and partner Peta Murgatroyd score 26 out of possible 40 dance the Cha-Cha to Uptown Funk

Michael Sam made his debut on ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday and scored in the middle of the pack of contenders.

While Sam's footwork was characterized as sloppy by the judges, he and partner Peta Murgatroyd scored 26 out of a possible 40 points for their Cha-Cha dance.

'That butt is a work of art,' openly gay judge Bruno Tonioli said to Sam after the dance.

Said judge Julianne Hough:'Your feet were a little sloppy but overall, you have a groove within you that is so fun to watch and infectious.'

March 16, 2015

Supporting #BoycottDolceGabbana

I have never bought D&G. That is a shame, because now Dolce and Gabbana’s rancid attack on gay and lesbian families has sparked a boycott, I would dearly love to take part.

Their tirade on LGBTI parents read: ‘The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.'

March 9, 2015

Natalie Gamble, the surrogacy lawyer who advised single gay dad Kyle Casson, who used his mom as a surrogate, explains the significance of the UK High Court's decision – and what it means for UK surrogacy

The Daily Mail near exploded with excitement with Saturday's front page headline about 'A Mum, her son and their baby'.

The story was about gay single dad Kyle Casson, whose mother, acting as a surrogate, carried a baby for him conceived with his sperm and a donor egg.

March 7, 2015

'Alabama couples deserve the security and protection that marriage provides'

Four US civil rights organizations are asking a federal judge to order all of Alabama's probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

March 7, 2015

The biological father is reported to be the first single man to have a child through surrogacy in the UK, and the first to do so using his own mother as a surrogate

Desperate to become a father and having been turned away by surrogacy clinics across the country, the then 24-year-old gay man decided to approach his mother to be a surrogate to carry his child after plans to have another female relative do so fell through.

Kyle Casson's mother Anne-Marie, then 45, gave birth to her grandson, Miles, eight months ago via C-section, according to media reports.

She became pregnant via IVF after an anonymous donor egg – arranged through a fertility clinic – was fertilized with sperm from her son, Kyle.

March 4, 2015

Republican Tony Tinderholt sent a handwritten complaint, but it was sent to the wrong judge

A Texas lawmaker who believes in 'traditional marriage' has said a gay couple of 30 years shouldn't be able to get married.

State Representative Tony Tinderholt, a 44-year-old Republican in Arlington who has been married five times, has filed a handwritten complaint against the judge that permitted the state's first - and so far only - same-sex marriage.

Somewhat embarrassingly, the Tea Party politician sent it to the wrong judge and showed he doesn't quite understand the law.

March 3, 2015

Now he’s suing management and colleagues at leisure center

A gay swimming instructor was forced to change in the disabled toilet at work and told he should not be teaching young children, a tribunal heard today.

The UK employment tribunal was told Paul Britton was also dubbed ‘faggot’ and ‘gay boy’ at work and called a ‘paedo’ by his manager because was a Conservative Party member.

Colleagues at High Wycombe Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire, southern England, also sent him a lewd photo of a workmate in a mankini.

March 3, 2015

Protestors from around the world gathered outside Royal Courts of Justice to fight for LGBTI rights activist Aderonke Apata, and Gay Star News was there

A judge has adjourned court following an intense hearing of the highly publicized case of Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK.

The 47-year-old gay rights advocate and award-winner came to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 seeking asylum on religious grounds.

Coming from a Christian family, she married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with a woman.

March 2, 2015

Could become the 38th US state with marriage equality

A federal judge has overturned Nebraska's state ban on same-sex marriage.

District Judge Joseph Bataillon has ruled the ban is unconstitutional, allowing county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on 9 March.

'All relevant state officials are ordered to treat same-sex couples the same as different sex couples in the context of processing a marriage license or determining the rights, protections, obligations or benefits of marriage,' he said.

Attorney General Doug Peterson is appealing the judge's order.

February 28, 2015

'Roy Moore is trying his best'

State Chief Justice Roy Moore has the support of a reality TV star.

Phil Robertson, the anti-gay patriarch of Duck Dynasty, not only hailed the marriage equality foe but compared terrorists to sexual minorities and their allies.