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February 7, 2014

Book with gay-friendly accommodations Further Afield for Valentine’s Day specials, or just to spend time basking in the most sensual beds, tubs and spas around

Butter up your special someone this Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year, with these gay-friendly stays exuding sensuality and calm.

Further Afield, who specializes in hand picking gay-friendly hotels and B&Bs around the world, also locates accommodations with deals just for two.

Ahead of Valentine’s day, some hotels offer complimentary drinks upon arrival while others pamper you and a guest in candle-lit massages.

February 6, 2014

After spending two and half years studying and working in Barcelona, Gay Star News intern Liam Johnson shares his tips for escaping tourist spots to find a new side to the beach city

I had planned to spend just a month in Barcelona but two years later I was still there and realized the Spanish city had become my second home.

My time spent there working and studying meant I grew to know a completely different side of Barcelona that remains hidden from the majority of tourists.

Popular as ever with LGBTI travellers, Barcelona is not only a great destination for those wanting their first taste of a Mediterranean city but also attracts returning visitors who can’t get enough of what it has to offer.

February 6, 2014

After spending two and half years studying and working in Barcelona, Gay Star News intern Liam Johnson shares his tips for escaping tourist spots to find a new side to the beach city

I had planned to spend just a month in Barcelona but two years later I was still there and realized the Spanish city had become my second home.

My time spent there working and studying meant I grew to know a completely different side of Barcelona that remains hidden from the majority of tourists.

Popular as ever with LGBTI travellers, Barcelona is not only a great destination for those wanting their first taste of a Mediterranean city but also attracts returning visitors who can’t get enough of what it has to offer.

January 3, 2014

Chicago’s iconic Boystown gay precinct has been voted the world best gay neighborhood – beating out gay districts in other cities in the US and Spain

Boystown, in Chicago, has been voted the worlds most ‘incomparable’ gay neighborhood by the readers of Out Traveler, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid to be named the world’s best gay neighborhood.

Chicago beat other cities nominated by Out Traveler’s staff including West Hollywood’s similarly named Boystown, Madrid’s Chueca district, Barcelona’s Eixample district and San Francisco’s The Mission district, receiving the most votes from readers.

December 24, 2013

Local media report the leader of anti-gay Occupy Pedophilia movement, notorious for posting Youtube videos where he subjects gay men to various forms of torture, could be one of the arrested

Catalan police have arrested four individuals associated with an online gay bashing ring.

According to El Economista, police in the city of Granollers, close to Barcelona, have arrested four individuals aged between 19 and 24 who are reportedly part of a neo-Nazi group inspired by Russia’s Occupy Pedophilia.

December 10, 2013

Soccer bosses tell England fan she is banned from playing in competitive matches until her transition is 'complete' for two years

A British trans women has been told by the Football Association she can only play on a men’s team.

Despite her teammates and players from opposing teams having no problem with her, Aeris Houlihan faces a gruelling two year wait before she can compete.

The 32-year-old’s passport and driving license confirms her gender, and has provided medical proof her hormone levels are exactly the same as any other woman.

November 11, 2013

To fight homophobia in sport and raise funds for a local HIV organization experiencing budget cuts, Barcelona’s Panthers don their speedos for the world to enjoy

A Spanish gay sport group got creative to fight homophobia in sport and raise money for a local HIV charity.

Barcelona’s gay swim team the Panthers decided to shoot a 2014 swimsuit calendar to help raise funds for BCN Checkpoint Centre, a local HIV testing, treatment and prevention center.

Group coordinator Mano Ventura told Gay Star Travel: ‘Checkpoint Centre does some great work with Barcelona’s gay community with regards to HIV treatment and prevention.

October 4, 2013

GSN Travel Editor Jean Paul Zapata celebrated his birthday with a hedonistic weekend soaking in sangria, post-modernist architecture and Barcelona’s nude beach

Barcelona has some of the Mediterranean’s most underrated beaches, one of which is the clothing-optional beach of Mar Bella.

There must be something about the open and accepting environment of a nude beach that prompts members of the LGBT community to gravitate to Mar Bella’s soft sand and warm waters.

Of course, seeing nude bodies basking in the sun as nature intended probably doesn’t hurt either.

October 4, 2013

GSN Travel Editor Jean Paul Zapata celebrated his birthday with a hedonistic weekend soaking in sangria, post-modernist architecture and Barcelona’s nude beach

Barcelona has some of the Mediterranean’s most underrated beaches, one of which is the clothing-optional beach of Mar Bella.

There must be something about the open and accepting environment of a nude beach that prompts members of the LGBT community to gravitate to Mar Bella’s soft sand and warm waters.

Of course, seeing nude bodies basking in the sun as nature intended probably doesn’t hurt either.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

September 6, 2013

Sunday 8 September will see protests for LGBT equality in cities all over the world

Gay, trans and straight people have been urged to snog each others faces of to raise awareness of LGBT rights abuses all around the world.

The International Day of Solidarity for LGBT Equality on Sunday (8 September) will highlight abuses via kissing sessions, marches, speeches and other actions.

Organizers said: ‘The time has come, where we send a message to countries like Russia, Uganda, Iran and every anti-LGBT nation, that all humans are created equal and deserve freedom. We must take a stand.’

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.

May 13, 2013

We check out the Picasso Museum, have cocktails and tapas, visit Barcelonetta Beach and breakfast at La Boqueria market on a short break to Barcelona

I think it is probably illegal to go to bed early with a good book in Barcelona. Something about an early night is just wrong in the land of flamenco, fiestas and nights out starting at midnight. But no fear, a little bit of sun and some Gypsy King music and I am back in my 20s – flinging caution to the wind, staying up all hours and quaffing too much red wine.

May 13, 2013

We check out the Picasso Museum, have cocktails and tapas, visit Barcelonetta Beach and breakfast at La Boqueria market on a short break to Barcelona

I think it is probably illegal to go to bed early with a good book in Barcelona. Something about an early night is just wrong in the land of flamenco, fiestas and nights out starting at midnight. But no fear, a little bit of sun and some Gypsy King music and I am back in my 20s – flinging caution to the wind, staying up all hours and quaffing too much red wine.

April 3, 2013

English soccer player, currently playing for Olympique de Marseille, has slammed Brazilian Thiago Silva

English footballer Joey Barton is being accused of transphobia after calling a fellow footballer a ‘transsexual ladyboy’.

The 30-year-old was talking about soccer player Thiago Silva, who said Barton was not respecting ‘Brazilian football’ in a press conference before the Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain game yesterday (2 April).

On Twitter today (3 April), he said: ‘2 questions for Thiago Silva. Firstly, Why are YOU talking about ME, in your press conference before PSG v Barca? Very strange.

January 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day is coming so it’s time to whisk the love of your life away for a romantic break. Here are six of the world’s best gay choices

I entered the world of romantic mini-breaks many moons ago when I first met my partner, Andrew. Like Bridget Jones, we headed for the British countryside in search of log-burning fires, long walks and romantic meals in quaint pubs.

Our relationship survived and we have long since deleted the memory of the awkward owner of the bijou hotel whose discomfort with us as two gay men was never communicated but clear for us to feel.

January 7, 2013

Spain’s beachside party town gears up for a major LGBT multi-sport event in 2013

As we look ahead to a big year of LGBT sport around the world, we catch up with Jacques Schoofs, president of Panteres Grogues - the Barcelona sports club that is organizing the multi-sport event known as Panteresports.

How many years has the Panteresports event been held?

January 4, 2013

Researchers have developed a vaccine therapy that temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients, a step forward towards a functional cure 

A therapeutic vaccine was developed that can temporarily brake growth of the HIV virus in infected patients, a possible step forwards towards a functional cure, say a team of Spanish scientists.

A group of 36 people recorded the best recorded therapeutic result for therapeutic jab, based on immune cells exposed to HIV virus inactivated with heat, the team stated to AFP.

October 22, 2012

Gay Homestays offer safe, comfortable and affordable accomodation in destinations around the world

While it's sweet that 'straight' hotels are making the effort to look after their gay guests, many still remain woefully clueless on what really makes a queer traveller tick.

Thankfully, now you can bed down in accomodation where the staff will not only point you to the nearest gay club, but also know Madonna's back catalogue better than the Material Girl herself.

October 6, 2012

Gay Star News brings you our readers’ guide to the world’s beaches for ‘gay beach time’ (also known as GBT)

Whether your hemisphere is about to descend into the depths of winter or if you’re basking in spring’s warm sunshine - it’s always important to have a plan as to when and where you’re going to get your next dose of GBT or gay beach time.

Gay beach time is about enjoying the best that summer has to offer, maybe you’ve got a new pair of swimmers to show off, you’re rocking a new pair of sunglasses, or you just fancy topping up your tan by promenading slowly up and down a busy foreshore.

September 18, 2012

GSN meets the man leading American Airlines LGBT community partnerships in the US

The offices of American Airlines on New York City’s Park Avenue are modern and design-conscious.

I felt a little under-dressed while I was waiting in the stylish reception area on the 11th floor, contemplating the wall that illustrates all of the cities that are serviced by the One World aviation alliance, trying to work out how many of them I’d been to.

September 5, 2012

Beaches, a medieval city centre, a marina and one of the best Italian grottos... but Alghero is also about food and the 'aragosta alla catalana', a celebrated lobster dish

It’s Catalan, it’s Italian. But, most of all, Alghero is Sardinian in every aspect. This coastal city in northern Sardinia, facing Spain, is an old seaside resort, once home to royals and dignitaires, now mainly to backpackers and cheap-flight travellers. But visiting Alghero is always ‘posh’, due to its glamorous allure, its vibrant nightlife and a lot of things to do.

September 4, 2012

Latvian capital wins bid to host Europride in 2015, coinciding with country's EU Presidency

Riga in Latvia has won a bid to host Europride 2015, with activists hoping the event will raise awareness of gay rights in the region.

The Baltic capital fought off stiff competition from cities including Barcelona, Milan and Manchester following a successful campaign by Latvian LGBT group Mozaika.

Latvian Europride is planning to emphasize EU affairs, human rights, health, support for LGBT activists, culture and sports, and entertainment. There will also be the pride march.

July 4, 2012

Looking for some ‘Gay Beach Time’? It’s hard to go past Spain’s beach-side party town

I’m pretty sure that I’m the last person in the world to have visited Barcelona.

Having spent a weekend there I can totally see why everyone raves about it.

After a fairly shaky start to summer in the UK, my house-mate and I decided that we needed some emergency GBT (Gay Beach Time) and after a bit of price-comparison on the most likely gay beach hotspots, we booked a reasonably priced flights-plus-accommodation package through Expedia.