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February 21, 2014

Despite the Constitutional Court ruling last year that gay couples could adopt together on a technicality, they have thrown out a referral asking them to rule on joint same-sex adoptions

Germany’s top court has ruled gay couples are banned from joint adoption today (21 February), despite being allowed to on a technicality.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe threw out a request from a Berlin district court to rule on whether same-sex couples living in a registered civil partnership could adopt children together.

But gay rights activists have said the ruling is effectively meaningless, as same-sex couples are allowed to use a system called ‘successive adoption’.

February 19, 2014

Berlin’s guardians of the Rainbow Flame appeal for people to show solidarity to the LGBTI protestors in Russia

One brave trans woman has stood up to Russia’s gay hate in Sochi, and it’s time to say thank you.

Vladimir Luxuria’s story has spread worldwide after she defied the Russian authorities at the Olympics and openly spoke out for LGBTI people.

February 10, 2014

Preparing for Broadway production of Hedwig and Angry Inch, star doesn't want to appear awkward as a transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin

When Neil Patrick Harris begins previews on Broadway in the musical Hedwig and Angry Inch on 29 March, he wants to be believable as a transsexual punk rock girl from East Berlin.

It is taking some hard work.

'I've deemed it very important to make sure that I don't seem uncomfortable in Hedwig's skin and it's a skin that's very unknown to me,' Harris said over the weekend after being feted at Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

February 7, 2014

Read the amazing speech from the ‘gay Olympic opening ceremony’ condemning Russian hate and the IOC

An alternative Olympic ceremony has seen a Rainbow Flame lit in Berlin to be tended day and night throughout the games, as a symbol of hope for LGBTI rights in Russia.

Here is an exclusive translation of the speech made by Alfonso Pantisano at the lighting ceremony:

Dear friends, welcome to Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

February 5, 2014

A new pop anthem will be performed live at the lighting of Berlin’s alternative gay Olympic flame

Berliners have created a new pop anthem to fight Russia’s anti-gay law and champion the Rainbow Flame they will be lighting during the Olympics.

The song, Love Is Not For Propaganda, is now available for purchase from the iTunes store. All proceeds will be donated to LGBTI projects in Russia.

February 5, 2014

A new pop anthem will be performed live at the lighting of Berlin’s alternative gay Olympic flame

Berliners have created a new pop anthem to fight Russia’s anti-gay law and champion the Rainbow Flame they will be lighting during the Olympics.

The song, Love Is Not For Propaganda, is now available for purchase from the iTunes store. All proceeds will be donated to LGBTI projects in Russia.

January 31, 2014

Berlin’s Rainbow Flame is set to be a focus for worldwide opposition to Russia’s anti-LGBTI laws during the Sochi Olympics but is dangerously short of cash

The dream of an LGBTI flame to burn through the Winter Olympics and challenge Russian hate could be extinguished before it has even been lit.

The Rainbow Flame will be lit on 7 February in the world famous Potsdamer Platz, Berlin – at the same time as the Olympic flame.

It will be tended by volunteers day and night until the Olympics ends on 23 February – braving temperatures which may drop as low as -23C (-9F)

January 27, 2014

The Rainbow Flame will be light up Potsdamer Platz as a direct challenge to homophobic hatred in Russia and around the world

When the Olympic Flame is being lit during the opening ceremonies in Sochi on 7 February, another flame will light up the skies: The Rainbow Flame will keep burning for everyone to see during the entire two weeks of the Winter Games – right in the heart of Berlin, at Potsdamer Platz.

The German based LGBTI activist group Enough is Enough has already caused a most welcome worldwide havoc as they – in cooperation with Germany’s GQ magazine – started the much seen and applauded #mundpropaganda campaign.

January 27, 2014

The Rainbow Flame will be light up Potsdamer Platz as a direct challenge to homophobic hatred in Russia and around the world

When the Olympic Flame is being lit during the opening ceremonies in Sochi on 7 February, another flame will light up the skies: The Rainbow Flame will keep burning for everyone to see during the entire two weeks of the Winter Games – right in the heart of Berlin, at Potsdamer Platz.

The German based LGBTI activist group Enough is Enough has already caused a most welcome worldwide havoc as they – in cooperation with Germany’s GQ magazine – started the much seen and applauded #mundpropaganda campaign.

January 3, 2014

Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks publicly acknowledges her sexual orientation for the first time, becoming the country’s first openly lesbian prime minister

Germany’s Environment Minister has come out as a lesbian.

While some maintain Barbara Hendrick’s sexuality was an ‘open secret,’ the 61-year-old minister officially came out in a recent interview with Rheinische Post.

When asked what she had planned for New Year’s Eve, Hendrick revealed she would be celebrating with her partner in Berlin.

December 24, 2013

The Way He Looks will show the relationships of a blind boy with his best friend Giovana and new neighbor Gabriel

The Berlin International Film Festival has revealed the first list of movies for its Panorama 2014.

Along with new works from big names such as Michel Gondry of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Brazil’s Daniel Ribeiro will premier his first feature movie around Valentine’s Day in Berlin.

December 3, 2013

The Pansy Project, a British street artist's global campaign to raise awareness of homophobia by planting pansies in cities around the world, comes to Hong Kong

If you happen to be walking through the streets of Hong Kong this week and come by a pretty pansy, it might be marking a place where a homophobic attack took place.

London, New York, Istanbul, Berlin and Pretoria are just some examples of dozens of cities where pink and purple pansies can be found marking scenes of gay hate.

Paul Harfleet, British street artist, started to plant flowers in 2005 at specific locations where homophobic abuses took place in Manchester.

December 2, 2013

From discovering a 1970s photo booth to sniffing out the best waffles in town, Gay Star Travel found out some handy insights into this quirky city

Having never graced Germany with my presence I wasn't sure what to expect when I planned a trip to Berlin.

Regular responses from friends who had visited would always remain the same…‘You're going to love it’- with no further explanation needed.

So with that handy bit of knowledge I dived right in for a long weekend with an open mind and heart.

Below are the six things I discovered about this unique city.

December 2, 2013

From discovering a 1970s photo booth to sniffing out the best waffles in town, Gay Star Travel found out some handy insights into this quirky city

Having never graced Germany with my presence I wasn't sure what to expect when I planned a trip to Berlin.

Regular responses from friends who had visited would always remain the same…‘You're going to love it’- with no further explanation needed.

So with that handy bit of knowledge I dived right in for a long weekend with an open mind and heart.

Below are the six things I discovered about this unique city.

November 11, 2013

Enter now to win a two-night’s stay for two, courtesy of Pink Pillow Berlin collection who vets hotels to ensure courtesy, dignity and respect for all LGBT travellers

Get up to your own adventures in Berlin with a free two-night stay in the German city, thanks to a competition brought to you by VisitBerlin and GermanWings.

Gay Star Travel has visited Berlin throughout the years for Berlin Fashion Week, a stay at a five-star hotel and a tour with DJ Lucio Buffone.

November 11, 2013

Enter now to win a two-night’s stay for two, courtesy of Pink Pillow Berlin collection who vets hotels to ensure courtesy, dignity and respect for all LGBT travellers

Get up to your own adventures in Berlin with a free two-night stay in the German city, thanks to a competition brought to you by VisitBerlin and GermanWings.

Gay Star Travel has visited Berlin throughout the years for Berlin Fashion Week, a stay at a five-star hotel and a tour with DJ Lucio Buffone.

September 17, 2013

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar will be honored for his life's work by the European Film Academy this December

The European Film Academy will honor gay film director Pedro Almodóvar this December.

Held in Berlin this December, the European Film Awards will see the Spanish director walk away with the European Achievement in World Cinema prize.

Previous recipients of the award include British actress Dame Helen Mirren, Spanish actor Antonio Banderas and Polish-French director Roman Polanski.

August 24, 2013

David Miranda, the gay partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald who published leaked confidential government information, was detained and his belongings confiscated under suspicion of terrorism

The UK government has been given a deadline to explain what it intends to do with the data seized from the gay partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Greenwald made international headlines in June when he published details about US and UK mass surveillance programs obtained from US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Greenwald’s partner David Miranda had been travelling from Berlin to his home in Brazil when he was detained under the pretext that his belongings could contain information that was a threat to national security.

August 21, 2013

Partner of journalist who exposed mass email surveillance was detained for over nine hours at Heathrow airport

A gay man who was held for nine hours under the Terrorism Act is to sue the UK government over 'unlawful' action.

Brazilian David Miranda, 28, the partner of UK journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained at Heathrow Airport on Sunday (18 August). 

He was held for the maximum time the law allows before officers must arrest or release an individual, while police interrogated him, confiscated his laptop, phone, memory sticks and games console.

August 18, 2013

Glenn Greenwald calls the nine hour detention of his partner at Heathrow 'a message of intimidation'

David Miranda, the partner of columnist and journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held by authorities at London Heathrow Airport.

'This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ,' Greenwald wrote in a column for The Guardian.

August 3, 2013

German drag queen Barbie Breakout released a graphic Youtube video where she runs a needle through her lips as a demonstration against Russia’s laws that criminalize ‘homosexual propaganda’

A video of a drag queen in Germany sewing her lips shut as a statement against Russia’s anti-gay laws has gone viral.

Barbie Breakout encourages LGBT people to ‘speak up, open your mouth’ after she takes a needle and sews her own mouth shut in front of a live camera.

June 19, 2013

On his first official visit to Berlin as US president, Obama has met with Chancellor Angela Merkel who opposes marriage equality

US president Barack Obama has called for gay equality in his speech in Berlin, Germany.

Speaking in front of thousands gathered at the Brandenburg Gate, he used his speech to call for a cut in one third of nuclear arsenals.

He said in order to defend our own freedom, he said he needed to fight for gay equality.

‘When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters...we defend our own liberty as well."

June 18, 2013

GSN talks to Imma Battaglia, just elected as a Rome city councillor, who angered Pope John Paul II in 2000 by hosting a 'weird' World Pride

For the first time in history, an openly lesbian activist has become a local councillor in Rome, the city of the Holy See.

And she wants to unite the LGBT population of the city to make the eternal city a gay capital in the style of London, New York or Berlin.

Imma Battaglia, 53, has been elected for the Sinistra, Ecologia e Libertà party, led by gay Puglia governor Nichi Vendola.

Battaglia organized the first official Italian pride in 1994. And she was also in charge of the World Pride 2000, organized in Rome in the year of the Catholic Jubilee.

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.