Gay Star News

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Gay Star News
Private
IndustryInternet News
Founded2011
FounderTris Reid-Smith (Director, Editor-in-Chief)
Scott Nunn (Director of Sales and Marketing)[citation needed]
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Websitewww.gaystarnews.com

Gay Star News is a news website focused on events related to and concerning the global LGBTI community. All the articles cover events and issues affecting the world's lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex [1] people, published continuously and daily. This includes discussing which important figures in history were gay.[2][unreliable source?].

Headquartered in the UK, it is privately owned and was founded by Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn in December, 2011.[citation needed]

The site reports on breaking news in international politics, religion, business, crime, entertainment and lifestyle, presenting the information without offering analyses or opinions on events and interviews. The site also features interviews with members of the LGBTI community.[3] A permanent staff of internationally based professional reporters handles day-to-day story coverage[citation needed] but the site also includes articles by LGBTI activists, freelancers, bloggers, academics, historians, celebrities and people of prominence.

The site features 'top stories', 'entertainment', 'features', 'travel', 'GSN loves' and 'comment', 'Business', 'Family, 'Support' and 'Prides and Festivals' sections. Readers can post comments, share and like stories to display on online social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Weibo and LinkedIn.

History[edit]

Gay Star News went live with the backing of investors: Goldman Sachs, PwC and National Australia Bank[4] on 16 January 2012. Stephen Fry then tweeted his support to his 3.7 million followers, and is credited by Gay Star News for publicising their site regularly.[5]

In 2012 the site won the Stonewall UK Award for Publication of the Year.[6][not in citation given][verification needed]

The editorial policy of Gay Star News is to publish pro-LGBTI media without activism. Commonly seen advertisers on the site are: International Fund for Animal Welfare, Direct Line insurance, Lufthansa Airways,[5] Travelex, Lloyds Bank, Smirnoff, Blued, Manchester United, late night rooms, Alfa Romeo, Heathrow, Snickers, Hoseasons, naked wines, npower, Fujitsu, the co-operative, the London Women's Clinic, Knight Frank, DigitasLBI and several pride support groups.[citation needed]

In 2016 Gay Star News launched Digital Pride[7] - an annual, week-long program of online discussions, articles and video events to promote LGBTI Pride around the world - particularly to those in countries facing oppression.

In 2017, it ran a hard-hitting series of articles on ‘chemsex’ - a slang reference for the way some gay and bisexual men indulge in drug taking and sexual activity[8]. This included research into the prevalence of the practice and the negative impact on some men’s lives[9].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Intersex in Australia". oiiaustralia.com. 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Da Vinci Gay". southfloridagaynews.com. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  3. ^ "GSN Profiles Wayne Besen". truthwinsout.org. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ Reid-Smith, Tris (5 October 2012). "The story of GayStarNews". GayStarNews.com. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Stephen Fry tweet on day one". BlueDropAwards.org. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Stonewall Awards Winners". stonewall.org.uk. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Digital Pride launches in April 2016 - Out News Global". outnewsglobal.com. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  8. ^ "Men being raped at chemsex parties are too afraid to go to the police". Metro. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  9. ^ "Survey of gay and bi men reveals the shocking truth about chemsex - winq". winq. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2018-06-16.

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