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November 30, 2014

South Africa's multicultural melting pot is also the gayest city on the continent

‘You have to be kidding me!’ he says, a confident smile spreading across his Latino face
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‘Why?’ I reply, a touch surprised.


‘You’ve come to the most beautiful city in the world and you’re only staying for a week? Change your plans. Give her two weeks at least. Let her work her magic with you…’


November 19, 2014

The top gay travel destinations for 2015 revealed – including New York, Sydney and Amsterdam

We've already brought you numbers 15-6 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, count down the final five, with New York, Sydney and Amsterdam battling it out to be crowned destination king...

Click here for part one

August 4, 2014

Umbrellas and waterproof mascara were a'plenty as parade goers faced the expected storm with aplomb

80 pride boat floats...

Hundreds of thousands of people...

One fast and furious thunderstorm...

Nary a wig hair out of place.

Over 300,000 people did not let a little rain get in the way of celebrating the 19th annual Amsterdam Gay Pride flotilla this weekend, taking to the canals in the early afternoon with families, pride paraphernalia and umbrellas in tow.

The weather forecast predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon, just when the floating parade procession through Amsterdam’s canals was meant to be reaching its high point.

August 4, 2014

Umbrellas and waterproof mascara were a'plenty as parade goers faced the expected storm with aplomb

80 pride boat floats...

Hundreds of thousands of people...

One fast and furious thunderstorm...

Nary a wig hair out of place.

Over 300,000 people did not let a little rain get in the way of celebrating the 19th annual Amsterdam Gay Pride flotilla this weekend, taking to the canals in the early afternoon with families, pride paraphernalia and umbrellas in tow.

The weather forecast predicted thunderstorms in the afternoon, just when the floating parade procession through Amsterdam’s canals was meant to be reaching its high point.

July 25, 2014

Let this be the last year you don’t experience the glitter fabulosity that is Amsterdam’s most open festival

Three (and a half) words don’t do justice to this year’s Milkshake music and dance festival in Amsterdam.

The annual party bash that welcomes DJs from around the world (this year saw Boy George, Jonny Woo and Ulta Naté spin some tunes) is so much more than just a dance rave: It’s a celebration ‘For all those who love’.

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 17, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata is an Amsterdam virgin. May these translations be his guide

As a teenager growing up in the US, Amsterdam has always been one of those magical places so many of my fellow countrymen and women obsessed about.

Mostly for the legalized marijuana, but also for the canal systems, cycling culture and various iconic museums, Amsterdam was the place to go.

Amsterdam continues to top the travel charts and this weekend I get my first taste of the Dutch city as I travel for Milkshake festival.

July 17, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata is an Amsterdam virgin. May these translations be his guide

As a teenager growing up in the US, Amsterdam has always been one of those magical places so many of my fellow countrymen and women obsessed about.

Mostly for the legalized marijuana, but also for the canal systems, cycling culture and various iconic museums, Amsterdam was the place to go.

Amsterdam continues to top the travel charts and this weekend I get my first taste of the Dutch city as I travel for Milkshake festival.

July 10, 2014

Heat up this winter with LGBT cruises to Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Europe

If you’ve fantasized of having a boogie and a beer with a burly German man, sharing a sunset dance with a beautiful Tahitian woman, or partying with DOZENS of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants at once, your dreams are about to come true.

The season’s hottest gay and lesbian cruises prove a winter holiday need not be frigid.

From steamy pool parties to adventures in the sweltering Mexican jungle, these five cruises turn up the heat for guests no matter what their preferred scene.

Lesbians in leiderhosen? Check.

July 3, 2014

From Marseilles to Miami, Porto to Provincetown, here’s a growing and ever-changing list of what’s going on in the world of LGBTI parties this month

No lie, we’re still recovering from New York, Barcelona and London Pride... but we’re already ready and hungry for this month’s servings of Gay Pride Parades, festivals and parties.

This month, there’s a European gay party cruise (La Demence), a celebration of LGBTI communities of color (LA Black Pride and Miami Bruthaz) and a music festival in Amsterdam ‘For All Those Who Love (Milkshake), just to name a few.

June 18, 2014

The British gay pop icon joins Q-Boy, Jonny Woo, Ultra Naté and more who will be turning it out at one of the summer's hottest festivals

There's no denying. Boy George is a trailblazer.

The musician who made a name for himself in the 1980s with an envelope-pushing appearance (the sickest eye make up since RuPaul) and global pop hits (Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?) is scoring yet again on the music scene.

This time, be ready Amsterdam!

On the heels of his latest album This Is What I Do, Boy George has been confirmed as a DJ for Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival, taking over the city on 20 July.

June 18, 2014

The British gay pop icon joins Q-Boy, Jonny Woo, Ultra Naté and more who will be turning it out at one of the summer's hottest festivals

There's no denying. Boy George is a trailblazer.

The musician who made a name for himself in the 1980s with an envelope-pushing appearance (the sickest eye make up since RuPaul) and global pop hits (Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?) is scoring yet again on the music scene.

This time, be ready Amsterdam!

On the heels of his latest album This Is What I Do, Boy George has been confirmed as a DJ for Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival, taking over the city on 20 July.

June 17, 2014

Even though the Netherlands is renowned for being legally gay-friendly, the victim believes his attack was 'inevitable'

A gay man has lost his hearing after being beaten up in Amsterdam.

Ronald, 25, who has asked to be anonymous, was walking with his boyfriend along the canal with his boyfriend on 12.30am on Sunday (15 June).

When four men, roughly in their 20s, spotted the two had their arms around each other they started yelling homophobic slurs.

‘Dirty homos!’ one shouted, ‘Faggot cancer!’ another yelled, as Ronald replied: ‘Thank you, what a lovely compliment.’

May 21, 2014

If photos from last year's Milkshake are anything to go by, this summer we'll be having a gay ole' time

What do you call a party where gay and straight couples are walking around, holding hands, kissing and mingling with each other?

Other than amazing, this magical place is called Milkshake: A massive knees-up that takes over Amsterdam on 20 July.

That’s what we love about Milkshake: There’s something for everyone whether you’re gay or straight, bi or Thai (Last year’s event sold in 29 countries from Australia to New York, Mexico to Singapore).

May 8, 2014

Take the 'Free Love and Tolerance' policy from two of Amsterdam’s biggest clubs, add a dash of liberalism, then blend with art, culture and creativity. That’s the recipe for Milkshake, Amsterdam’s ultimate dance festival

On Sunday, July 20th, the third edition of the Milkshake festival takes place in the Westerpark in Amsterdam.

The party themed ‘For All Who Love’ is an ode to diversity, to the belief that gay, straight and everything in between is intertwined.

Milkshake festival shows that entertainment, music style, choice of clothing and status has nothing to do with sexuality.

Life is just a party, thanks to the great diversity of skin colors, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms.

May 8, 2014

Take the 'Free Love and Tolerance' policy from two of Amsterdam’s biggest clubs, add a dash of liberalism, then blend with art, culture and creativity. That’s the recipe for Milkshake, Amsterdam’s ultimate dance festival

On Sunday, July 20th, the third edition of the Milkshake festival takes place in the Westerpark in Amsterdam.

The party themed ‘For All Who Love’ is an ode to diversity, to the belief that gay, straight and everything in between is intertwined.

Milkshake festival shows that entertainment, music style, choice of clothing and status has nothing to do with sexuality.

Life is just a party, thanks to the great diversity of skin colors, religions, sexual preferences and male and female forms.

February 27, 2014

The capital of the Netherlands caters to all tastes, from the educational to the hedonistic

I wanted to get a taste for Amsterdam's wild side, so naturally the first thing I did was visit the red light district.

I went down a cramped alleyway and found a little bar with flashing arrow lights and went in. After paying a few euros to a towering bouncer, I timidly walked down the stairs into what looked like a dungeon. Once turning the corner I was pleasantly surprised to see a very rammed and lit-up bar, run by naked girls.

I could not complain. They were dressed in nothing but impressively high stilettos, strutting up and down the bar.

February 27, 2014

The capital of the Netherlands caters to all tastes, from the educational to the hedonistic

I wanted to get a taste for Amsterdam's wild side, so naturally the first thing I did was visit the red light district.

I went down a cramped alleyway and found a little bar with flashing arrow lights and went in. After paying a few euros to a towering bouncer, I timidly walked down the stairs into what looked like a dungeon. Once turning the corner I was pleasantly surprised to see a very rammed and lit-up bar, run by naked girls.

I could not complain. They were dressed in nothing but impressively high stilettos, strutting up and down the bar.

January 20, 2014

Neuroscientist suggests if women live a stressful life, take drugs or smoke while pregnant then it can lead to a child having a lower IQ and an 'influenced sexuality'

Smoking while pregnant can lead to a woman giving birth to a gay child, a scientist has claimed.

Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam Biology, claims a woman’s lifestyle while pregnant can have an impact on the development of their babies.

He suggested if they live a stressful life, take drugs, drink or smoke can lower a child’s IQ and ‘influence’ the sexuality.

‘Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,’ Swaab told the Sunday Times.

November 4, 2013

GSN dives into the hardcore world of gay sport in the Netherlands

It was an early start on a Thursday morning and I dragged myself to London’s St Pancras train station to meet my friend Slutty Ian.

I know a couple guys called Ian, so for short-hand purposes you need to add a defining characteristic to be clear which one you’re talking about.

We were heading to Amsterdam and we met in the Patisserie Valerie next to the ticket office at the Eurostar entrance to the station.

'Look at my new Australian passport,' I showed him proudly, rifling through the crisp pages, as yet unmarked by border stamps or coffee stains.

November 4, 2013

GSN dives into the hardcore world of gay sport in the Netherlands

It was an early start on a Thursday morning and I dragged myself to London’s St Pancras train station to meet my friend Slutty Ian.

I know a couple guys called Ian, so for short-hand purposes you need to add a defining characteristic to be clear which one you’re talking about.

We were heading to Amsterdam and we met in the Patisserie Valerie next to the ticket office at the Eurostar entrance to the station.

'Look at my new Australian passport,' I showed him proudly, rifling through the crisp pages, as yet unmarked by border stamps or coffee stains.

October 30, 2013

Free drinks, discounted entries and cash prizes are some of the perks for dressing freaky at this year's most anticipated Halloween bashes

Who knew there were so many perks to dressing up?

Apart from seeing the creativity, nudity and downright deranged tendencies of your fellow Halloween party-goers, clubs and pubs have gotten creative in rewarding you for coming as you aren't.

From winning cash prizes for best costumes, to getting free drinks for dressing up, you should take advantage of what your local watering holes are offering.

We look at parties in South Africa, Amsterdam, New York, Salem and more to see who's bringing the spook in 2013.