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June 16, 2014

We know you have holiday selfies and travel Instagrams. Send them to Gay Star Travel and be the latest of our readers to be published in our Postcards series!

We’ve received postcards from girlfriends traveling through Russia and boyfriends surfing in Mexico.

Our latest Postcard comes to us from this year’s Athens Pride just gone by.

Hazel, her partner Thomais and their son Nikos were at Athens Pride ‘to raise awareness and try to pressurize lawmakers into giving us civil partnerships’.

June 2, 2014

From Sound of Music panoramas to Kylie Minogue lip-syncs, Gay Star Travel brings you footage and fables from the first-ever Pink Week in Slovenia

Slovenia? Er, where is it?

The capital is Ljubljana? Say that again. One more time? No, never heard of it.

Former Yugoslavia, you say? Right. What does that mean? Oh, really? But they’re not communist anymore? Are you sure?

Can you say Ljubljana again?

They’re in the EU? They use Euros?

Jeez, where have I been?

April 8, 2014

Jacuzzis on balconies overlooking ancient volcanoes and dinner tables on the shores of crystal blue waters, these hotels on the Greek island of Santorini must be seen to be believed

The views of Santorini's caldera are so perfect, you’ll feel like you’re walking around in Photoshop.

The island, ‘Thira’ in Greek, was home to an ancient culture, lost when the island was blown apart by a colossal volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. This makes Santorini one of the top candidates for the mystical Atlantis.

The main towns of Santorini cling to the edge of the cliff-face, overlooking the caldera far below.

October 18, 2013

Trans artist and prostitute Paola Revenioti shares photos of her former lovers and clients from 19 October to 3 November at East London’s George and Dragon gay bar

Paola Revenioti has been discussing transgender rights, a topic still highly taboo in Greece and other parts of the world, since the early 1980s.

The Greek artist, filmmaker and sex worker is making her UK premiere tonight (18 October) at 8pm in East London’s George and Dragon bar, where the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery will be showcasing photographs from her time as a sex worker in Greece in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

October 5, 2013

Peaceful protest in front of the Acropolis Museum as the Olympic Flame begins its journey to Sochi

Approximately 30 people had a peaceful protest during the Olympic torch ceremony in Athens.

The group stood on the steps of the Acropolis Museum during a Olympic torch ceremony. The flame was on its way to the Panathenaic Stadium, where it was officially handed to the organizers of the Winter Games in Sochi.

September 3, 2013

Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make the most of fall at any of these Preferred Pride hotels around the world

Autumn is that magical time when cool breezes beckon you to take a leisurely stroll or to relax in a fireplace lounge with a drink in your hands.

Gay Star News brings you 15 gay-welcoming hotels across Europe, Asia and North America perfect for an autumn break.

Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection offers LGBT travelers exclusive deals and special amenities like complimentary champagne or daily breakfast at chic and exciting destinations worldwide.

April 8, 2013

Tasso Stafilidis, the first openly gay man to be elected to the Swedish Parliament, has been the victim of a homophobic attack by masked men in Greece

The first openly gay man to be elected to Sweden’s Parliament has been the victim of a homophobic attack while holidaying in Greece and is concerned about the effect that European Union’s economic woes may be having on tolerance for minorities.

Tasso Stafilidis, 41, and a friend were confronted in an Athens street while walking home by three masked men who hurled homophobic slurs at them before kicking and punching them.

Stafilidis and his friend initially thought they were being robbed but the men left without taking anything after beating them up.

December 27, 2012

A movie which depicts Jesus and the Apostles as gay continues to draw complaints in UK, despite never existing

A film which depicts Jesus as gay has received more complaints this year, despite not even existing.

According to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), persistent rumors have been circulating that controversial American play Corpus Christi has been made into a movie.

The play which portrays Jesus and the Apostles as gay was dogged by religious and neo-Nazi protests in Athens this year and was forced to close last month.

November 16, 2012

Makers of Athens play Corpus Christi could be jailed for depicting Jesus and the Apostles as gay

A Greek play which depicts Jesus and the Apostles as gay faces blasphemy charges.

Written by American playwright Terrence McNally in 1998, a production of Corpus Christi in Athens was forced to close this month after it was dogged by religious and neo-Nazi protests.

The play's actors, director and producer now face charges of 'insulting religion' and 'malicious blasphemy', following a lawsuit by Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus.

November 16, 2012

Makers of Athens play Corpus Christi could be jailed for depicting Jesus and the Apostles as gay

A Greek play which depicts Jesus and the Apostles as gay faces blasphemy charges.

Written by American playwright Terrence McNally in 1998, a production of Corpus Christi in Athens was forced to close this month after it was dogged by religious and neo-Nazi protests.

The play's actors, director and producer now face charges of 'insulting religion' and 'malicious blasphemy', following a lawsuit by Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus.

November 8, 2012

Gay men celebrating wedding anniversary in Birmingham, England, claim restaurant worker hurled homophobic abuse and threatened to cut off their legs

A gay couple in Birmingham, England, claim they received death threats by a member of staff at a Greek restaurant where they were celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Police are investigating a complaint by 28-year-old Markus Busuttil and husband Steven, 24, who say an employee at Athens in the West Midlands city center hurled anti-gay abuse at them after a row started over the food.

The pair, who were marking one month since they married on 31 October, allegedly recorded the incident.

November 8, 2012

'Gays are the new Jews' in Greece, claim campaigners amid escalating violence against the LGBT community in Athens

Campaigners are warning of escalating violence against gays in Athens, after knife-wielding neo-Nazis attacked a group of LGBT activists.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups in the Greek capital are 'extremely alarmed' about the escalating number of homophobic incidents in the city.

The Network for Recording Incidents of Racist Violence claims gay people are the 'new Jews in Greece', with far right groups such as Golden Dawn fanning the flames of hatred against the LGBT community.

October 14, 2012

Premiere of Corpus Christi was cancelled after a violent protest by extremist right-wing group Golden Dawn

Greek neo-Nazis protested against a gay-themed religious play in Athens on Thursday (11 October).

Police detained 30 people during the violent protest by extreme right-wing group Golden Dawn, which aimed to stop the premiere of Corpus Christi, which features Jesus as a gay man.

In addition to blocking entry to the venue, the group also reportedly beat their opposition while the police had their backs turned.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog Outsports.com, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

July 11, 2012

GSN looks at how some of the greatest gay, lesbian and bisexual people in history have been remembered

With a gay rights activist having an asteroid named after him, GSN have been discussing what we’d like to have named after us. Call us grandiose, but for inspiration we’ve looked at gay people honored through history.

Here are the ones who stood out most in our gay family tree.

March 5, 2012

From the US to Japan, LGBT rights advocates urge the world to tune into the UN Human Rights Council’s panel discussion on LGBT discrimination on Wednesday

The first openly gay man to be elected in Japan, a Nigerian exile and human rights defender in London, a Chilean gay rights activist, an Australian local politician, an organiser of Athens Pride and Poland’s first gay elected official have all added their names to a letter congratulating the UN for holding a panel this Wednesday, 7 March, to discuss discrimination and violence against LGBT people.

The panel will be the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused on human rights, gender identity and sexual orientation.