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March 16, 2015

Gay Star Business talks to Samuel Rensing, an MBA student at London Business School and a co-leader of the institute’s Out in Business club

The London Business School (LBS) is widely acclaimed as one of the top educational institutions in the world. Earlier this month, for the second year in a row, it ranked in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2015.

The School has around 800 students enrolled in its acclaimed MBA program, with a further 400 students in various Masters programs.

March 6, 2015

National Award-winner says he 'will go to any extent' to get his film about a gay professor past censors

An acclaimed Indian actor, who is playing a university professor who was suspended for being gay in an upcoming film, has said he 'accepts homosexuals the way they are.'

The first photo of Manoj Bajpayee as the professor was released earlier this week amid speculation over whether the film will pass censors.

Aligarh, directed by Hansal Mehta, is based on the true story of a 64-year-old professor who was suspended after a TV crew secretly filmed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

February 15, 2015

'It’s crystal clear that the motivation for this bill is to stifle local efforts to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans'

Arkansas is one step closer to prohibiting towns and cities from passing laws blocking discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 4, 2015

More than 80% of calls are from men

More than 80% of calls to India's first lesbian helpline in Chennai are from men – but why?

Aksam, a 24-year-old boxing coach who volunteers at the helpline, said some men called to try and get contact numbers for lesbians while others were curious about lesbianism and relationships between women.

November 10, 2014

Marchers were banned from dressing indecently, dancing and smoking in the conservative Indian city

About 300 LGBTI activists marched through India's eighth largest city for the fourth Pune pride, double last year's turnout.

'This time we are specifically looking at youngsters who are petrified of coming out in the open about their sexual orientation,' Bindumadhav Khire, president of organizers Samapathik Trust, told the Times of India.

'We want to help them in accepting their sexuality and being comfortable about it.'

September 19, 2014

Her hiring comes come five months after India's Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a legal third gender

Transgender female Padmini Prakash has made history by being hired as a news anchor at Lotus News in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Prakash is the first openly trans anchor in India - ever.

'I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me,' Prakash tells the Times of India.

September 8, 2014

Chetan Bhagat says Section 377 is a relic of India's colonial past

Bestselling Indian author Chetan Bhagat has blasted his country's anti-gay law as 'sinful' in a blog post published on the Times of India website.

He wrote, 'We make 100 million Indians criminals and go about our daily lives as if their concerns are irrelevant to us. To me, this is nothing short of a collective sin.

August 29, 2014

Canadian singer-songwriter says he is not bothered about having a LGBTI following, saying 'gay men have terrible taste in music'

Gay singer Rufus Wainwright has said he fears, if he had a son, he would find him sexy.

We really hoping he's joking.

Speaking to The Times (£), the Canadian singer-songwriter said he is grateful to have recently fathered a daughter rather than a son because he would 'hate to be attracted' to a son.

August 29, 2014

Canadian singer-songwriter says he is not bothered about having a LGBTI following, saying 'gay men have terrible taste in music'

Gay singer Rufus Wainwright has said he fears, if he had a son, he would find him sexy.

We really hoping he's joking.

Speaking to The Times (£), the Canadian singer-songwriter said he is grateful to have recently fathered a daughter rather than a son because he would 'hate to be attracted' to a son.

April 21, 2014

India’s Naz Foundation is appealing to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India over the criminalization of homosexuality - hoping a recent court ruling that recognized transgender people as a third legal gender will make their case stronger

India’s Supreme Court may rule on the legality of gay sex after HIV non-government organization the Naz Foundation applied this morning for the Chief Justice of the court to review the matter.

The Naz Foundation’s lawyers hope that the Chief Justice will take into account the recent Indian Supreme Court ruling that created a legal third gender status for transgender Indians.

April 16, 2014

A powerful in-state conservative Christian lobby sent a letter to all legislators arguing the law's repeal would place teenagers at risk

The Louisiana House of Representatives turned down a bill that would have removed the southern US state's anti-sodomy law.

Last week a committee passed the legislation in a 9-6 vote, but on 15 April the proposal was easily defeated in the full House 27-67; 11 representatives did not vote.

In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled in the criminal case Lawrence v. Texas that all anti-sodomy laws in the US are unconstitutional.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

February 8, 2014

The former chief justice responsible for the landmark judgement in 2009 says the criminalization of gay sex in effect 'offend(s) the dignity of a person'

Homosexuality is neither a disease, nor is it punishable under any penal laws, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who authored the judgment that decriminalized homosexuality as chief justice of the Delhi High Court in 2009, said on Friday.

The Delhi High Court’s historic judgement which decriminalized gay sex was overturned by the Supreme Court on December 11, 2013. The bench ruled that it is for Parliament and not the court to repeal section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

January 24, 2014

David Hanson's impersonation of Sushi the drag queen at the Gay Star Beach Party won him a tour for two around Florida's Key West and accommodations in the Waldorf Astoria Casa Marina Resort

Every New Year's Eve in Key West, Sushi the drag queen dons a fabulous gown, one she's been preparing all year, as she settles into a life-size, glittery red high heel.

The drag queen version of the Times Square midnight ball drop, Sushi is lowered from the top floor of the Bourbon Street Pub as the crowd below counts down to the New Year. At midnight, Sushi kicks off the celebrations by popping a bottle of champagne all over the revelers.

January 7, 2014

Peter Maxwell Davies was honored as one of the Queen's Companions in the New Year Honours list

The openly gay composer to Queen Elizabeth II has opened up about being told he only had six weeks left to live after being diagnosed with leukemia.  

Peter Maxwell Davies, who was honored as a Companion in the New Year’s Honours, is reflecting on his 10 year career as the Queen’s Master of Music.

In an interview with The Times, he said: ‘I’d been feeling unwell for a while and actually passed out on the Tube,

January 7, 2014

Peter Maxwell Davies was honored as one of the Queen's Companions in the New Year Honours list

The openly gay composer to Queen Elizabeth II has opened up about being told he only had six weeks left to live after being diagnosed with leukemia.  

Peter Maxwell Davies, who was honored as a Companion in the New Year’s Honours, is reflecting on his 10 year career as the Queen’s Master of Music.

In an interview with The Times, he said: ‘I’d been feeling unwell for a while and actually passed out on the Tube,

January 5, 2014

Soccer star David Beckham is proud of his 2002 Attitude magazine spread

David Beckham is more than ready to shed some clothes for a gay magazine if asked.

The 38-year-old retired soccer star was reminiscing about his semi-naked cover shot for Attitude magazine, a gay publication, in 2002.

‘I know that some people thought it was controversial, but I was just being myself...', he said to The Times Magazine, according to Now Daily.

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

November 11, 2013

Gay rights campaigners are furious as a British man and his Ugandan lover go on trial for filming an home-made porn video

A British man on trial for gay sex in Uganda has said he is living in constant fear.

Ex-pat Bernard Randall, 65, is facing up to seven years in prison for gross indecency and allegedly trafficking obscene material after police found a video on his laptop of him having sex with a Moroccan.

His 30-year-old Ugandan live-in partner Albert Cheptoyet is also being charged.

The retired banker’s picture was splashed across the front page of notoriously homophobic tabloid Red Pepper, beneath the headline ‘Exposed’.

November 11, 2013

Gay rights campaigners are furious as a British man and his Ugandan lover go on trial for filming an home-made porn video

A British man on trial for gay sex in Uganda has said he is living in constant fear.

Ex-pat Bernard Randall, 65, is facing up to seven years in prison for gross indecency and allegedly trafficking obscene material after police found a video on his laptop of him having sex with a Moroccan.

His 30-year-old Ugandan live-in partner Albert Cheptoyet is also being charged.

The retired banker’s picture was splashed across the front page of notoriously homophobic tabloid Red Pepper, beneath the headline ‘Exposed’.

October 14, 2013

Scotland for Marriage is considering legal action against the government after 4000 responses to the gay marriage consultation went missing after a technical error on their website

A legal challenge to stop same-sex marriage from being made law in Scotland is likely to fail, gay rights campaigners have said.

Scotland for Marriage (SFM) have accused the government of acting 'unlawfully' to bring forward the legislation without a full consultation. 

After a technical error on their website, they said 4000 responses to the consultation on gay marriage was lost. They said the consultation was 'botched' and their voices were not heard.

October 14, 2013

Scotland for Marriage is considering legal action against the government after 4000 responses to the gay marriage consultation went missing after a technical error on their website

A legal challenge to stop same-sex marriage from being made law in Scotland is likely to fail, gay rights campaigners have said.

Scotland for Marriage (SFM) have accused the government of acting 'unlawfully' to bring forward the legislation without a full consultation. 

After a technical error on their website, they said 4000 responses to the consultation on gay marriage was lost. They said the consultation was 'botched' and their voices were not heard.