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August 7, 2014

Pink Lake, an international LGBT summer festival, proves you can get a taste of the Mediterranean anywhere, even at the base of the Austrian Alps

It’s the end of August.

You’re splashing around in 82-degree turquoise green water.

You smile on as drag queens saunter through crowds of bronzing bodies sunning on the sand and showing off the goods.

You bop your head to some lounge music as you catch the eye of a cutie who’s recharging their batteries for the party later tonight.

This isn’t Mykonos or Barcelona.

It’s the Pink Lake Beach Club in Austria, welcoming guests from all over the world for a weekend of fun from 28 to 31 August.

July 23, 2014

Two lesbian couples are challenging the country's laws on joint child support benefits

Austria’s High Court has been asked to decide whether two parents in a same-sex relationship should both receive childcare benefits.

The case has been raised by two separate lesbian couples: one based in Upper Austria and the other in Tyrol. In the latter case, the couple’s claim was rejected by the Tyrolean Regional Health Insurance, who stated that the right to shared childcare was limited to heterosexual partners, "connected together by the bond of biological parenthood, foster care, or adoptive parenting."

June 30, 2014

Prepare to gird your loins against resident drag queen Mataina, and move your body to the bossa nova and chill-out sounds of DJ James Munich at one of Europe’s most happening LGBT festivals

If it only takes two to tango, Mataina and DJ James Munich are the only two people you will ever need to put you in the groove. 

Gay Star News caught up with the self-described godmother of Pink Lake, Austria’s summer Alpine LGBT festival at Lake Woerthersee, and resident DJ James Munich, for a behind-the-scenes look into what Pink Lake is all about.

June 25, 2014

On a visit to Vienna, the Russian president said he will look at the homophobic legislation and 'improve' it in the future

Vladimir Putin has said he will look at the homophobic laws in Russia and ‘improve’ them in the future.

The Russian president was in Vienna to meet with Austrian President Heinz Fischer to make a deal on a pipeline that will reportedly pump half of Russia’s gas supply to Europe from 2016.

At a press conference, he was forced to answer questions on human rights abuses in Russia.

‘There are stereotypes that exist regarding Russia, including on issues of sexual minorities, to a large extent…[are] a fictional idea,’ he said.

June 17, 2014

The Austrian city of Salzburg is so much more than the birthplace of The Sound of Music, so let us share with you a few of our favorite things

The hills are alive with the sound of a city that is so picturesque and gay-friendly, it had to be the birthplace of one of the most popular musicals in history.

Salzburg is where the exciting story of Maria von Trapp’s aristocratic Austrian family took place.

It is one of the coolest destinations in central Europe, and not just for its pop culture credentials.

June 9, 2014

Austria's Pink Lake LGBTI summer festival program includes boat cruise parties, a lakeside beach club, a very hip Club Night and lederhosen-clad hotties so fabulous, you’ll be spinning a la Julie Andrews

Picture this: A lake laps at your feet as you soak in the late summer sun.

You glance up and see an oiled-up beauty temporarily blocking your view of the Austrian Alps. As you follow that body you take in the gorgeous lake and charming villas, and you just roll over to top up your tan.

Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

That’s just one of the many daytime visions you’re sure to have at Pink Lake in Austria, taking over the must-see-to-believe quant town of Velden this year from 28 to 31 August.

May 28, 2014

From balls celebrating the medicinal properties of weed to waltzs followed by ingesting tons of candy, we look at Vienna for some of the year’s most elegant and unique fancy dress events

Traditional waltz balls don’t only exist in Disney movies.

The capital of Austria, Vienna, has been doing fancy dress balls for centuries, and every year the city is host to over 400 balls ranging in themes from career-specific parties, like a Doctor’s Ball or Coffee Maker’s Ball, to flower-themed events, like the Rose Ball and Red Clove Ball.

May 10, 2014

It’s all about Conchita, the drag hero representing Austria tonight in the even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here's our look at some of the main contenders.

May 10, 2014

Conchita's win gives Austria its second Eurovision Song Contest victory

Conchita Wurst, Austria's drag queen star, won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the Associated Press, her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix was a hit with the juries and European viewers.

Wurst is renowned for her ‘bearded lady’ look.

May 2, 2014

So much pride! So little time! Let’s run through the globe’s LGBTI parties taking place in May

It’s happening. Summer is coming.

We know what that means: Gay Pride season takes over the northern hemisphere with parties, marches and events.

This month we’re reminded being out and proud is more important than ever.

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) celebrated on 17 May, has grown to a globally recognized event where some LGBTI communities celebrate their freedoms, while others meet in secret to continue fighting for basic rights.

April 15, 2014

Don your lederhosen for a boat cruise, ride a bull on the beach in your bikini or wear your Sunday best for an Austrian day tour during Pink Lake Festival 28 to 31 August

Austria’s Pink Lake Festival on the beautiful Lake Wörthersee can only mean one thing: Start packing your outfits.

The 7th annual party for LGBTI travelers and allies returns from 28 to 31 August 2014.

If previous years’ festivities are anything to go by, you can get away with as little as a bikini, but you may want to bring along your disco-ball tiara and high-heeled flippers for the weekend.

As organizer Jeff Wahl tells us: ‘There is something for everyone.’

March 7, 2014

Forest-spas, igloo hotels and hammocks in the bedroom are some of the creative features helping Austria dominate the hospitality industry with these cool accommodations

Austria (not to be confused with Australia, there are no kangaroos here) is a commonly underrated holiday destination, especially for the LGBTI traveller.

March 7, 2014

Forest-spas, igloo hotels and hammocks in the bedroom are some of the creative features helping Austria dominate the hospitality industry with these cool accommodations

Austria (not to be confused with Australia, there are no kangaroos here) is a commonly underrated holiday destination, especially for the LGBTI traveller.

January 21, 2014

Vienna Tourist Board and Austrian Airlines have awarded Sérgio Rebelo with a free trip and stay in Austria’s gay-friendly capital: Vienna

If only all selfies were rewarded with a free holiday.

As part of Gay Star News’ second birthday party this past weekend, Vienna Tourist Board and Austrian Airlines were offering party guests the chance to win a four-star holiday in Vienna.

All guests had to do was take a selfie and post it to Gayfriendly Vienna’s Facebook page.

January 10, 2014

All are welcome to club Heaven in Charing Cross on 18 and 19 January 12pm to 5pm, to celebrate our second birthday at our Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show

Free for our readers, the millions of you who have helped us become a leading global LGBTI news site in just over two years, our huge birthday bash is on Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 January, from 12pm to 5pm at Heaven club in central London.

We’re calling it the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show, because we want to do away with the January blues, and we wanted an excuse to take out our summer clothes from the back of the closet.

January 6, 2014

From Lake Bled to Lipica, from the Skocjan caves to Medieval castles, Gay Star Travel explores the world away from the capital's buzzing life

The countryside of Slovenia, a small state nested between Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, stuns with its beauty and diverse attractions: Exploring a cave, swimming in an Alpine lake, eating some of the best food central Europe can offer.

The best part is, you don’t need to be an ‘outdoor lad’ to live this year-round countryside destination. While the rugged landscape is a favorite among spelunkers and white water rafters, there's plenty for those looking to take it easy.

December 18, 2013

Unbound Expeditions, launching an LGBTI tour through Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in November 2014, will be sharing astounding adventures at the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show

Londoners wanting a beach in January can come to the Gay Star Beach Party for a taste of the Galapagos.

Gay Star News, the UK’s biggest LGBTI news website, is hosting a winter beach party and travel show in London 18 and 19 January 2014.

LGBTI travelers and allies will be mixing and mingling at the free beach party with representatives from popular destinations to get inspired and educated on where LGBTI travel will go in 2014.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.

August 12, 2013

Cardiff’s International award festival highlights the high calibre of global gay cinema

From discovering what makes the ginger man a sexualised fantasy to shower-hopping and parental fears against a disabled child's homosexual awaking, the international Iris Prize tackles diversity in this year's shortlisted selection of gay short films.

With over 14 countries making the shortlist: Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, France, Norway, Austria, Ireland, India, Sweden, Australia, US, Thailand and the UK, the gay short film festival is attracting global talent.

July 5, 2013

The picturesque Woerthersee lake in Austria, up in the mountains, is hosting a long LGBT weekend of entertainment, sunshine and relaxing

Parties, entertainment and relaxation are all on offer by the beautiful Lake Woerthersee in Austria for the LGBT Pink Lake festival.

TV stars, singers, entertainers and DJs will help the celebration make a big splash.

The event, from 29 August to 1 September, is designed to offer an alternative to big city LGBT prides – the spectacular lakeside town of Velden is high in the mountains and has a relaxed, very gay-friendly, feel.

May 15, 2013

Austria's premier gay festival returns equipped with after-parties and boat rides

Pink Lake festival is back for all European gay festival lovers from 29 August - 1 September.

The beautiful Lake Woerthersee will once again be decked out with pride events from all around the world – bringing members of all LGBT communities together for a weekend of fun and frolics to end the long hot European summer.

April 10, 2013

Gay Star News today announces (10 April 2013) our media partnership with the Pink Lake Festival 2013

LGBT people from across Europe and beyond will plunge into to the beautiful lake high in Austria’s mountains for the festival from 29 August to 1 September.

Talking place in Velden, at lake Woerthersee, the friendly festival attracts hundreds of guests in speedos and bikinis, swimming, relaxing and partying in the picturesque town.

Following the success of our partnership in 2012, Gay Star News has again dived into being a media partner this year, providing global coverage before, during and after the event.

February 2, 2013

We are die-hard romantics at GSN - what better way to express your love than a swim meet!

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day alternative to roses and chocolates, why not head to Vienna for a bit of hard core action in the pool at VIVA5.

We caught up with VIVA5 organizer Peter Novotny to preview what swimmers can look forward to at Vienna’s 2013 Valentine Swimming Meet on 15 February.

How many years has the event been held?

The first Vienna Valentine was held in 2005 and takes place only every second year. VIVA5 is the fifth edition.

October 16, 2012

Australian film The Wilding wins £25,000 Iris Prize after being showered with plaudits from critics

Australian film The Wilding came out on top at this year's Iris Prize, Cardiff's international gay and lesbian short film festival.

The story of two inmates falling in love in a juvenile detention center beat over 30 entries from countries including Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Australia and the United States for the £25,000 ($40,255) prize amid a torrent of praise from critics.

Jury chair, Lisa Power, called it 'wonderfully self-assured' and 'a special film which demanded attention'.