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A Landmark Bill Could Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Adults AND Kids

“We don’t let convenience stores sell fake lottery tickets. We shouldn’t let a handful of sham therapists tell Californians that they can change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.” California may soon become the first state to ban conversion therapy for people of all ages. On April 19, lawmakers…

Teacher Says School Reprimanded Him After His Husband Sent Flowers

A parent reportedly felt Nathan Etter used Valentine’s Day “to celebrate his lifestyle choices.”   Parents and students at an Illinois school are rallying in support of a music teacher who says Valentine’s Day flowers from his husband sparked a monthslong controversy. Nathan Etter, who teaches at Prairie View Grade…

True Love And Romance Can Be Found Though Online Gay Dating

Being open-minded and putting yourself out there can be daunting at first. But here you’re doing it in a safe environment where everyone is after the same thing: finding true love. Online gay dating has lost the stigma it once had – today millions of people are using it and it’s one of…

This Powerful Visual Poem Shows The Horror of Homophobia and Power of Love

‘Have you ever wondered how to say goodbye?’   Get those tissue boxes out. This beautiful, heartbreaking visual poem shows both homophobia and love in a modern age. And it’s a stunner. BBC’s The Social is a content channel telling the stories of young people in Scotland, by young people…

Ram Dass Shares Golden Wisdom For LGBTQ Elders in Going Home

The new Netflix doc about the bisexual guru is a meditative look at mortality.   “I am one of the strange people that absolutely delights and enjoys being with people as they’re dying,” says spiritual teacher and former acid-tripping Harvard professor Ram Dass, “because I know I’m going to have…

Gay Men Taken by Authorities in Chechnya Have ‘Never Been Found’

A year after the horrific abuse against LGBTQ people in Chechnya was first reported, two new first-person accounts recall the appalling treatment they were subjected to during what has been described as “a big cleansing of gays”. Russian newspaper Novaya Gazetta broke the story that up to 26 men had been killed as…

Hospitals Make ‘Tremendous Strides’ Toward LGBTQ-Inclusive Care, Report Finds

“This year has ushered in a new high watermark in LGBTQ inclusion in health care,” according to Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.   Health care facilities across the U.S. are making “tremendous strides” toward LGBTQ-inclusive care, according to a new report by national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.…

We’re Closer To Getting Our First Gay President In 2020

Pete Buttigieg could be the Democratic party’s golden ticket.   Is America ready for Pete Buttigieg? The South Bend, Indiana mayor is reportedly preparing for the presidential race in 2020, which would make him the first major presidential candidate who’s openly gay. According to a new Politico profile, Buttigieg’s political action committee is…

Freshly Out Mark Foster Talks Being Single and Ready to Mingle, Sexting

Since coming out last fall, Olympic swimmer Mark Foster says “the response has been amazing.” The 47-year-old athlete-turned-TV-presenter was recently at the Stonewall Equality Dinner in London, where he connected with Gay Star News. “I’ve come to events like this celebrating the community before, but in the shadows. It’s much easier…

Disabled, Queer Man Goes Viral with Inspiring and Empowering Hashtag

He’s created the #disabledjoy hashtag to help challenge perceptions around disability   A tweet challenging people’s perceptions of disability has gone viral in the last 48 hours. Twitter user Andrew (@menajew) posted the following message on Sunday. ‘There’s a common misconception that you can’t be Disabled and happy. That you…

‘Love, Simon’ Delivers on Its Message and Then Some

It’s pretty incredible that after so many years of LGBT visibility in the media that we finally have a mainstream movie where the lead identifies as gay.  Even better, it’s not a film marketed towards mature adults (Brokeback Mountain, for instance), but works for several different audiences in the process.…

8 Tips To Make Your Next Relationship Last Longer

Being in a new relationship is always exciting and thrilling. Things seem to work out on their own accord in the beginning but the real problems tend to develop over time. Romantic gay relationships are tricky and confusing as one is often left wondering what he should or shouldn’t do.…

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