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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'.

August 8, 2012

It’s just two weeks to go to the international LGBT Pink Lake festival in Austria’s beautiful mountains – and the last chance to book

Gay Star News is getting ready for the fifth annual Pink Lake and we are hoping the promise of non-stop parties, sunshine and crystal clear waters will make you want to join us.

We’ll be heading into the mountains of southern Austria from 23 to 26 August for an extended weekend by the 17km long Lake Woerthersee, next to the borders of Italy and Slovenia.

Weather forecasters promise sun-fueled 30C temperatures on land and, even more surprisingly, 26C warmth in the water.

August 7, 2012

Gay pop star George Michael to join One Direction and Spice Girls at Olympic Closing Ceremony

British gay pop star George Michael is to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on Sunday (12 August).

Michael has just confirmed the rumors that he will take part in the ceremony, which sees the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, on Twitter.

He told Twitter followers: ‘Spending most of the next week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic Closing Ceremony.’

July 24, 2012

Theme park in Klagenfurt refuses lesbian couple with two kids discounted ticket because not a straight family

A lesbian couple with two kids were refused a discounted ticket to a theme park in Austria because they weren't considered a family.

The Minimundus miniature world in Klagenfurt refused to sell the two women a family ticket despite the couple showing sellers the necessary proof that they lived together.

The couple instead had to buy two full price adult tickets and two children's tickets, reported the Austrian Times.

July 18, 2012

The hills will be alive with the sound of LGBT travellers as Austria’s picturesque town of Velden hosts the international Pink Lake festival this August

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers and their friends will be painting an Austrian lake pink this summer in a unique four-day summer holiday event.

Pink Lake, which is supported by Gay Star News this year, is a long weekend of costume balls and boat parties on the stunning Lake Woerthersee, nestled between Slovakia and Italy.

We asked Jeff Wahl, one of the organizers, to tell us all about it.

June 27, 2012

Soccer executive confirms commitment to battling homophobia at gay ‘pride’ reception in Donetsk, Ukraine as country hosts Euro 2012

A UEFA chief has emphasized the organizations commitment to tackling homophobia at a gay reception hosted in the Ukraine.

He was joined by soccer fans from France, Spain, Portugal and Austria at the party hosted by British lesbian activist Claire Dimyon where he met members of the LGBT community in Donetsk.

Together they toasted gay pride and Ukrainian Constitution Day, which is on 28 June, at the party last night (26 June).

June 19, 2012

The Pink Lake Gay Festival promises a weekend of costume balls and boat parties on Lake Woerthersee

Nestled between the borders of Italy and Slovenia lies Lake Woerthersee.

The snow-capped Alpine peaks over the sun-warmed Lake Woerthersee provide a picturesque backdrop for the annual Pink Lake International Gay Festival.

From 23 to 26 August, the Austrian center of Velden will host a slew of events and activities to celebrate the international LGBT community, supported this year by Gay Star News.

June 19, 2012

The Pink Lake Gay Festival promises a weekend of costume balls and boat parties on Lake Woerthersee

Nestled between the borders of Italy and Slovenia lies Lake Woerthersee.

The snow-capped Alpine peaks over the sun-warmed Lake Woerthersee provide a picturesque backdrop for the annual Pink Lake International Gay Festival.

From 23 to 26 August, the Austrian center of Velden will host a slew of events and activities to celebrate the international LGBT community, supported this year by Gay Star News.

April 8, 2012

A family mini-break to Vienna, Austria delivers plenty of gourmet treats, grandiose sights and genteel culture

My parents are in the UK visiting from Australia so I offered to take them to Vienna for the Easter weekend.

They're quite easy travelers, relaxed, mobile, happy to just go with the flow. Me? Not so much. Lord knows how they manage to cope with day-to-day life without me there to bossily organize and supervise them.

December 23, 2011

Openly gay singer says Austrian doctors spent three weeks trying to save his life due to pneumonia

George Michael has revealed it was ‘touch and go’ as to whether he would survive his battle with pneumonia.

The openly gay 48-year-old singer is back in the UK after overcoming the life-threatening illness and held a press conference outside his north London home today (23 December) admitting he came close to death while at the AKH hospital in Vienna, Austria, and revealing doctors spent ‘three weeks keeping him alive’.

December 22, 2011

Gay singer back in England for Christmas after pneumonia treatment in Vienna

George Michael has been released from hospital and is flying back to England today (22 December).

The 48-year-old pop star has been receiving treatment for pneumonia at the AKH clinic in Vienna, Austria, for weeks but after making a recovery from the illness he was discharged from the medical centre at 8am and was taken straight to the airport so he can be at home for Christmas.

A hospital staff member told Austrian newspaper Osterreich: ‘He’s feeling a lot better. He’s doing so well, he’s able to fly again.’

December 21, 2011

George Michael recovering from pneumonia but he may not be home for Christmas

George Michael is recovering well from a serious bout with pneumonia but it is not yet known if he will be released from a hospital in Austria in time to celebrate Christmas at home.

The 48-year-old star has been at the AKH clinic since Nov. 20 when he arrived with a chest infection.  He was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and had to cancel the final 14 European dates of his Symphonica concert tour.