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February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

January 29, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

January 9, 2015

Erasure frontman on his travel heaven and hell – from sexy skiing holidays to being robbed in the Canaries...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
I would have to say Japan but it was a long time ago. It's bizarre not being able to read or write or ask for directions to anywhere.

Where has been your best holiday and why?
My best holiday is just going to my house in Mallorca and chilling. Whenever I'm in Tampa, it's always very laid back and the food is great.

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 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
.

‘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.