Gay Star News

Gay Star News is a news website focused on events related to and concerning the global LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex[1]) community. Headquartered in the UK, it is privately owned and was founded by Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn in December 2011.[citation needed]

Gay Star News
IndustryInternet News
FounderTris Reid-Smith (Director, Editor-in-Chief)
Scott Nunn (Director of Sales and Marketing)[citation needed]
Area served

The site reports on breaking news in international politics, religion, business, crime, entertainment and lifestyle. The site also features interviews with members of the LGBTI community.[2] 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 could post comments, share and like stories to display on online social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Weibo and LinkedIn.

On 30 July 2019, Gay Star News announced that it would be shutting down after almost eight years because of falling revenues due to an inability to monetize.[3][4] However, following acquisition of the intellectual property of Gay Star News by Iconic Labs,[5] publication of Gay Star News has resumed.


Gay Star News went live with the backing of investors: Goldman Sachs, PwC and National Australia Bank[6] 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.[7]

In 2012 the site won the Stonewall UK Award for Publication of the Year.[8][failed verification][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,[7] 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[9] - 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.[10] This included research into the prevalence of the practice and the negative impact on some men’s lives.[11]


  1. ^ "Intersex in Australia". 21 October 2012. Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  2. ^ "GSN Profiles Wayne Besen". 5 October 2012. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  3. ^ Reid-Smith, Tris (30 July 2019). "Gay Star News is closing: You deserve the full story, all our thanks and love". Gay Star News. Archived from the original on 2019-08-04. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  4. ^ Gremore, Graham (2019-07-30). "Without any warning, major LGBTQ media site announces it's shutting down effective immediately". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  5. ^ Warrington, James (9 September 2019). "Media firm Iconic Labs buys Gay Star News for £1". City A.M. Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  6. ^ Reid-Smith, Tris (5 October 2012). "The story of GayStarNews". Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Stephen Fry tweet on day one". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Stonewall Awards Winners". 1 November 2012. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Digital Pride launches in April 2016 - Out News Global". Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  10. ^ "Men being raped at chemsex parties are too afraid to go to the police". Metro. 2017-09-15. Archived from the original on 2018-06-17. Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  11. ^ "Survey of gay and bi men reveals the shocking truth about chemsex - winq". winq. 2017-09-15. Archived from the original on 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2018-06-16.

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