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January 26, 2015

Writer/Director Ira Sachs tells a delicate love story with a stellar cast

'Delicate' was a word that seemed to be frequently used by the distributor's representative as he introduced the screening of Love Is Strange at the Odeon cinema in London's Covent Garden.

Delicate is exactly what this movie is - from the subtle, nuanced performances, to the slowly revealed, if sometimes obtuse, storyline.

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 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 exhibitors at this one-stop queer travel shop will be Gaydio.

Gaydio is a 24-hour radio station catering exclusively for the LGBTI community – reportedly tbe biggest of its kind in the world. It is the second year running the station has supported the Expo, and the team have urged GSN readers to pop along and say hello if they have any questions.

January 5, 2015

In 2014 October, the congressman said gay soldiers would not be prepared to fight because they require massages

An anti-gay congressman wants to be Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Louis Gohmert, a representative from Texas since 2004, made his announcement on the Sunday News program Fox and Friends.

'I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,' the Republican said, as reported by The Hill.

The present Speaker is John Boehner, a fellow Republican from Ohio.

January 3, 2015

An online petition is calling on Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from the conversion therapy which is suspected to have contributed to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide

Over 240,000 people are calling on US president Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from conversion therapy.

The petition on Change.org is called ‘Enact Leelah's Law to Ban Transgender Conversion Therapy,’ and is addressed to Obama, senator Harry Reid and representative Nancy Pelosi.

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 12, 2014

Quebec’s Bill 20 could force anyone who wishes to use donated sperm or eggs as part of an IVF cycle to undergo a ‘psychosocial assessment’ – a law change that some believe would unfairly impact on same-sex couples

A representative for Dr Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister for Health, has strongly denied to GSN that a bill that the Liberal Party minister has sponsored will unfairly target same-sex couples.

Bill 20 was introduced to the Quebec Parliament on 28 November. The controversial legislation is designed to, ‘promote access to family medicine and … amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation’.

December 5, 2014

Survey finds 21% of respondents know someone who is LGBTI

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals' first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from 21 November 26 November with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

November 13, 2014

Label says the anti-gay slur was ‘used in a musical sense'

Korean rapper Zico has apologized for using a homophobic slur in his debut solo single, which topped several digital music charts on the day of its release (7 November).

The member of boyband Block B rhymes several lines of Tough Cookie in English, including the last line of the following lyrics:

'Rappers these days don't have the skills so they all have a snapback fetish, You’re such a faggot bitch’

After a backlash from Kpop fans, Zico, 22, issued an apology through his record label Seven Seasons.

November 10, 2014

'Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person’s values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side'

Marcus Bachmann is defending himself and conversion therapy.

The husband of retiring Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann faced severe criticism a few years back when it was revealed a clinic he ran supported 'ex-gay' therapy.

November 6, 2014

'I'm grateful that it happened the way it did'

Gay actor Ben Whishaw has opened up about coming out, saying it was very hard to do it in public with 'dignity'.

The 34-year-old Brit, who starred as Q in the James Bond movie Skyfall, says he is very proud and grateful the way it happened.

Last year due to ongoing speculation, Whishaw's representative confirmed the actor was in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw.

November 6, 2014

'Same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft law in 2012

LGBTI activists delivered a letter to Macanese government headquarters yesterday demanding domestic violence laws include gay couples.

The city's first LGBTI rights group, Rainbow of Macau, was founded after 'same-sex cohabitants' were dropped from the draft domestic violence law in November 2012.

October 30, 2014

They say the law is urgent after the murder of a transgender woman by a US marine

Two Philippine lawmakers have expressed their intent to file a bill to curb anti-gay hate crimes following the murder of a transgender woman by a US marine.

Akbayan Party List Representative Barry Gutierrez and Dinagat Islands Representative Kaka Bag-ao have called for a nationwide protection of LGBTI people.

Several cities and states, including Quezon City, have passed local anti-discrimination laws but there is now national.

October 26, 2014

‘What was my crime? I loved. I was loved’ replies the gay man who was told his homosexual lifestyle was not welcome at the Presbyterian Church of America

A gay man from the US was shocked to find a letter from his Church telling him they had found out he is gay.

‘Regretfully it has come to our attention that you have been engaging in a homosexual lifestyle,’ reads the letter.

What follows in the letter only gets worse. A private conversation had been leaked to the Church leaders, meaning the man in question had been effectively outed.

The letter informed the Church goer he must attend a meeting to defend himself.

October 17, 2014

Legislator Yu Mei-nu called the meeting before she submits her plans to legalize same-sex unions to the government

Christian groups yesterday protested a public hearing on gay marriage and adoption at the Taiwanese parliament in Taipei.

Democratic People's Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu consulted government official, academics and civic groups on both sides of the debate at the Legislative Yuan before preliminary plans to legalize gay marriage are submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

She said the hearing was 'an equal approach to encompass everybody into the constitution.'

October 6, 2014

Same-sex couples in all 64 Colorado counties are now allowed to get married

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday (6 October) ordered that all 64 counties in his state begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

His actions came shortly after the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a 10th Circuit Court's ruling granting marriage equality.

The high court denied a hearing for cases in both Oklahoma and Utah which, like Colorado, are also in the 10th Circuit.

September 27, 2014

'We don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody?'

A US congressman's office insists he does not support discrimination against LGBTI employees, although there's a recording of him saying otherwise.

At a early September town hall meeting, a Think Progress reporter asked Representative Robert Pittenger if he supported the Employee Non-Discrimination Act.

September 24, 2014

Sushant Divgikar is a housemate in the country's version of Big Brother

Mr Gay India has said he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people while on the country's biggest reality TV show.

Bigg Boss is the Indian version of Big Brother and always has a representative from the LGBTI community.

Model Sushant Divgikar placed in the top 10 at this year's Mr Gay World in Rome.

He told the Indo-Asian News Service before entering the house, 'I think I can sensitize the people about my community by being the face of LGBT community in Bigg Boss.'

September 18, 2014

Report says tourism authority promotes the country as a gay-friendly destination but LGBTI acceptance is low

Thai LGBTI people face stigma and limited job opportunities despite high visibility in a generally tolerant society, according to a new report.

The report, conducted by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), found that while the tourism authority actively promotes Thailand as a gay-friendly destination, acceptance of LGBTI people in society is still low.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 10, 2014

The computer game does not allow characters to be named 'gay' or 'queer'

The makers of The Sims 4 have said they will release a fix for a filter that prevents players naming their characters 'gay' or 'queer.'

Gamers complained they could not name or describe their Sims with the words 'gay,' 'queer,' or 'homosexual.' Doing so brings up an error message saying the character 'contains a forbidden word.'

The words 'straight' and 'heterosexual' do not elicit the same response.

August 29, 2014

On the eve of the first ever meeting held between Stonewall and the trans community, Jane Fae reflects on the past, present and possible future

I am shocked...shocked I tell you...to discover that the best that Stonewall has to offer at tomorrow’s grand trans jamboree breakfast is pastries! I mean, how’s a girl to engage with the big issues of the day on a diet of croissant and cafetiered coffee. Where’s the bacon? Where’s the eggs?

Where, I ask you, is the smoked fish?

August 19, 2014

67% of Republican voters would be happy to vote for an openly gay candidate but most still wouldn’t want to find out someone in their family was gay, according to new polling

New polling by researchers at McClatchy and Marist College has found that only 30% of Republican voters would have a big problem with their party selecting an openly gay or lesbian candidate to be their representative, with 67% saying a candidate’s sexuality would have no baring as long as they had good qualifications.

August 7, 2014

Openly gay Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe will perform 13 August at Forum Karlin in support of LGBT communities in eastern countries

The British electro pop duo will be headlining a historic concert at this year’s Prague Pride.

Considered the most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys will be performing in the newly built Forum Karlin on 13 August in the midst of Prague Pride, marked by over 100 social and political events taking place from 11 to 17 August

The theme for the fourth annual Prague Pride has been decided: East Meets West.