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February 11, 2015

In a special event to mark LGBT History Month, author Peter Dobson discussed his new biography of one of London's iconic gay artists.

Stepney, in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, is perhaps not an obvious place to be marking LGBT History Month, but this is the neighbourhood where Cornelius McCarthy lived and worked.

Born in Stepney in 1935, McCarthy grew up here in East London. Although he travelled extensively and eventually moved to East Anglia, it was clear that he never forgot his links with Stepney, it's historic buildings, and its people.

July 6, 2014

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today, a feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

May 1, 2014

Film based on novel about Danish painter who was one of the first persons to undergo sex-change surgery

Eddie Redmayne has landed the lead role in the film version of the novel The Danish Girl, the story of an acclaimed transgender painter.

The film, inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, is about the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who was one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Such surgery was still experimental when Wegener had the first of five operations beginning in 1930 - something that caused a sensation in newspapers of Denmark and Germany.

March 7, 2014

These women have all been great contributors to art, poetry, literature, film, and culture

Undoubtedly, many gay, bisexual and trans women from the ages likely lived their lives miserable as they felt they had no other choice than to follow society's expectations.

But no woman ever made history by following all the rules, and that is true of all 11 women on this list.

From Hollywood starlets to artists and activists, these 11 women made a huge impact on thousands of lives by daring to follow their hearts.

January 7, 2014

Los Angeles, San Francisco and West Yorkshire are the three cities to visit and enjoy Hockney’s artwork for the last time this year until new exhibits are announced

The work of David Hockney, friend to Andy Warhol and considered the most famous British painter, continues to roll with the times of iPhones and iPads.

The 76-year-old artist has evolved the techniques he uses to to create timeless pieces, applying developing technologies available to contemporary artists.

Born in Bradford, England, Hockney also holds residences in Los Angeles, adding to his ability to capture a variety of landscapes and lifestyles particular to each city and translatable across the world of art.

September 16, 2013

Can Çavuşoğlu has received mixed reactions as he announced his candidacy to become the first openly gay mayor in the majority Muslim nation

43-year-old gay man Can Çavuşoğlu hopes to become the first openly gay mayor in Turkey.

The Istanbul-native announced this weekend his bid for mayor of Bulancak, a Black Sea town with a population of about 60,000 according to Agence France Presse. Local elections are scheduled to take place March 2014.

August 11, 2013

Actor George Takei puts photo of newly painted Russian Embassy crosswalk, in Stockholm, on his Facebook page

An anonymous painter changed the zebra colors colors of the crosswalk, in front of the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, to a rainbow.

Actor George Takei, known for his performances in the Star Trek franchise, posted the photo of the rainbow walk on his Facebook page.

'Protests against Russia's anti-gay laws gaining in momentum and creativity. This is now the crosswalk outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm,' the actor wrote.

May 7, 2013

Artist who lives nearby to where transgender primary school teacher Meadows lived and worked dedicates his exhibition to her memory and 'the message of acceptance' 

British Lancashire artist Chris Fittock has dedicated his latest show to Lucy Meadows, the transgender primary school teacher who was found dead after her transition was leaked to the media.

December 20, 2012

Italian LGBT associations are reacting angrily to a journalist who branded the Renaissance painter as 'normal, not homosexual'

Caravaggio painted male nudes, particularly handsome men and naked saints, but now his work has been classified as that of a ‘normal’ man. 

One of the most ‘homoerotic’ painters of all times is now at the center of a debate about his sexuality in Italy.

Italy’s best-selling newspaper, la Repubblica, has released a DVD on Caravaggio, the Renaissance painter, branding him ‘normal, not homosexual.’

‘Caravaggio was not homosexual. He was normal and he killed Ranuccio Tomassoni di Terni because of his love for a woman,’ it claims.

December 19, 2012

GSN loads up on the art history of Bruges (as well as its beer, waffles, chocolate, and fries) and falls in love with the picturesque city that should be the postcard for Europe

It’s an obvious statement, but traveling with a hangover is not pleasant.

Through some bad planning I’d had a late night at the Christmas party of my water polo team, so it was a huge struggle to drag myself to London’s St Pancras station for the early train to Belgium.

Thankfully Eurostar journeys are usually fairly painless and in a couple of hours I was waiting impatiently for a taxi outside the train station at Bruges, the icy drizzle blowing the last of the vodka from my system.

November 7, 2012

Dunfermline Sheriff court believes no 'reasonable person' would believe insult

A painter and decorator in Scotland has lost a legal battle against a friend who referred to him as a 'gay painter'.

The sheriff ruling in the defamation case brought by George Cowan, called the situation 'deeply regrettable' but did not think the victim defamed.

It was alleged that the accused, Mark Bennett, had left Cowan 'upset and embarrassed' after calling him 'the gay painter' at weekly meetings of a business network. The network was founded by Bennett.

October 8, 2012

For black history month in the UK, Gay Star News celebrate eight of history's most important black LGBT heroes

Pioneering and history-making, these eight black LGBT heroes need to be remembered. The sad truth is there have been many many more heroes whose stories have not been recorded for future generations. The stories we do tell here are those of remarkable individuals who overcame tremendous obstacles to clear the path for black and LGBT people to go further in the arts, politics and sport.

Richard Bruce Nugent (1906 to 1987)

May 19, 2012

Europe's political capital is proving there's more to Belgian food than waffles, chocolate, beer and sprouts

Paris is overrated. Sure, the French capital is internationally renowned as the fine dining center of the universe.

But the pendulous whiff of snobbery in the air which causes waiters to instantly turn their noses up at the very word ‘ketchup’, means even the piece de resistance of gourmet cooking can put a foodie off his meal.

Enter Brussels. A city better known as the capital of dull, grey European bureaucracy, Tin Tin and artery clogging guilty pleasures such as waffles, chocolate and beer.

April 20, 2012

Lucy Ash talks to Gay Star News about how the death of Ian Baynham affected her art and life

In 2009, British artist Lucy Ash’s friend Jenny was staying with her when Jenny’s brother Ian Baynham was killed in a homophobic attack in London’s Trafalgar Square.