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December 16, 2014

Rainbow Barcelona marketing guru on his hometown treasures

Allan Acho, marketing guru for queer tour operators Rainbow Barcelona, shows us around his blazingly cool home city – including the city's friendliest gay bar and the Spanish square unspoiled by tourists...

I've lived here since…
…2007. I moved here with my family when I was 17 years old. My dad was offered a job in the city after finishing his PhD. So it wasn’t really my choice, but I’m happy it was Barcelona. I think it's one of the best cities to land in!

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

October 4, 2014

The person accused of homophobic acts will have to prove his or her innocence, rather than being presumed innocent until proven guilty as is usually the case

Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital city, on Thursday passed a controversial law to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGTB) from homophobic attacks.

October 2, 2014

Horseback rides, foodie markets and private wine cellar parties are just a few ways Winerist takes wine tasting to the next level

The only thing more delicious than wine, is pairing a wine tasting experience with local food and culture from the region.

Whether you’re into deep, robust reds or sparkling bubbles, wine tasting should be a fun and approachable experience.

Winerist, founded by two wine-loving women from Moldova, elevates the wine-tasting experience by putting guests in the hands of the coolest wine-related guides, restaurants and hotels, and putting together exciting packages for oenophiles (aka lovers of wine).

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

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

Last year, Matinée Group’s Circuit Party saw 71,000 people join the fun from around the world. Will 2014 be the year to top it all?

Music lovers from over 50 countries have one big thing in common: A lust for Barcelona's annual Circuit Party by Matinée Group.

From 6 to 17 August this year, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

July 23, 2014

Last year, Matinée Group’s Circuit Party saw 71,000 people join the fun from around the world. Will 2014 be the year to top it all?

Music lovers from over 50 countries have one big thing in common: A lust for Barcelona's annual Circuit Party by Matinée Group.

From 6 to 17 August this year, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

July 11, 2014

From glass-walled showers to panoramic views overlooking the harbor, Barcelona has no shortage of places to see and be seen

With 260 days of sun, 300,000 motor scooters and 11,000 taxis in the city, Barcelona seems to do all the work for you whether you’re a visiting foodie, shopaholic, culture fiend or sun seeker.

Barcelona is a travel paradise with enough shopping, dining and cultural attractions to keep one occupied all year round.

While the tourist-laden avenue Las Ramblas and other attractions are not to be missed, we offer the LGBT traveler a few lesser-known suggestions, combined with tourist essentials, that offer truly iconic views of the Spanish city by the sea.

July 11, 2014

From glass-walled showers to panoramic views overlooking the harbor, Barcelona has no shortage of places to see and be seen

With 260 days of sun, 300,000 motor scooters and 11,000 taxis in the city, Barcelona seems to do all the work for you whether you’re a visiting foodie, shopaholic, culture fiend or sun seeker.

Barcelona is a travel paradise with enough shopping, dining and cultural attractions to keep one occupied all year round.

While the tourist-laden avenue Las Ramblas and other attractions are not to be missed, we offer the LGBT traveler a few lesser-known suggestions, combined with tourist essentials, that offer truly iconic views of the Spanish city by the sea.

July 8, 2014

Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, in London inspires us to ditch thrifty at-home shenanigans and how to do a proper date, day out or dinner that will impress the pants off anyone

Yes times are tough. And yes, travel is expensive.

But I'm sure your home city has some amazing places you don’t know about, or have seen online, but have been too lazy to step away from Netflix to plan a visit.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles, New York, and now London, and I know there are millions of bars, restaurants and cool places to visit I never had the pleasure of taking a selfie in.

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 26, 2014

As Gay Star News heads to Barcelona for Gay Pride this weekend, we brush up on our Spanish skills, to be used anywhere in the world

Spanish is not the same in every country.

That’s the beauty of the language. Spain’s Spanish is different to Spanish spoken in Central and South America Every country has a different accent, a different slang, a different flavor.

This guide is going to be based on Latin American Spanish, but the terms are quite basic and are so understandable in most, if not all countries.

June 18, 2014

As part of EuroGames 2015, the Swedish capital will also welcome gay and lesbian pro swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics championship

LGBT athletes will be using their skills to combat homophobia and anti-gay politics next year at the EuroGames held in Stockholm.

Held about three times per decade, and previously hosted in Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp, The EuroGames will be hosted in Stockholm.

As part of the 5 to 9 August program, the city has announced it will also host the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics Championships.

May 27, 2014

From Fire Island to Costa Rica, let us tickle you with a roundup of the sands, decks and shores you should plan to see and be seen

Budgets and diets are planned around summer's beach holidays.

Nothing beats the prospect of sunbathing with old friends or new acquaintances, enjoying some local refreshment and taking in the scenery, hopefully inclusive of some attractive fellow sun-worshippers.

Every year thousands of LGBTI travelers flock to the gay and lesbian beaches of the world. What makes them gay or lesbian?

March 27, 2014

Ola Girls was cancelled days before tickets were to start selling. Organizers say the authorities are freezing out lesbian events in favor of gay men's parties

A Sitges government official has allegedly cancelled a lesbian party saying there’s no room for any more gay events in the LGBTI paradise.

The seaside town of Sitges, 22 miles southwest of Barcelona on the Spanish coast, was slated to host Ola Girls, a new Mediterranean-themed lesbian festival from 6 to 8 June 2014.

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.