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May 13, 2015

Tribute to the trans Wikileaks soldier will tour Europe

A statue made in tribute to Chelsea Manning has been erected in Berlin.

Alongside Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the trans Wikileaks soldier were revealed last week in the Alexanderplatz public square in the heart of the German capital city.

Created by Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the life-size bronze statues are part of an art project entitled Anything To Say.

The three figures stand on chairs, while a fourth stays empty. This is intended to represent the viewer of the piece.

May 7, 2015

Unusual chanting session on eve of UK election

Activists, artists and others gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square to chant they wanted a ‘dyke for prime minister’ yesterday (6 May).

Part protest, part performance – the mass chanting on the eve of the UK’s general election, highlighted those left out of the political system.

They demanded ‘an immigrant for prime minister… someone with AIDS for prime minister… someone who has debt’.

April 23, 2015

We put new app Momondo Places to the test in the capital of Denmark

If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember a time when you wouldn’t dream of embarking on a vacation or city break without buying or borrowing the relevant guide book.

Whether it was Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or one of the many other authoritative travel publishers, the reviews and advice that you found in your trusty guidebook influenced where you stayed, where you ate, and what you did at each destination – and for a lot of people, they of course still do.

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

March 30, 2015

The adult film star on his life on the road – from London to Toronto

Where is home for you?
The British West Indies. My mum and dad live here. Home is where the family is. It has the most beautiful beaches ever – it's what it's known for. I also live part-time in Toronto, and San Diego is where all my friends are!

Give us some Toronto tips…
Definitely go to The Village, and Church Street. It's basically the gay village. There are lots of great restaurants and clubs. My favourite club there is Fly – Queer As Folk was filmed there.

March 20, 2015

Travel Massive founder Ian Cumming is using social media to create value through grassroots collaboration.

Ian Cumming left his home in the Australian state of Tasmania in 2008. He was 28 and had already created his first business - a software consultancy company.

Since then, Cumming has pursued his passion for travel. First backpacking through Thailand and Laos while building (and then selling) a travel information sharing platform. Cumming then moved to Sydney from where he established Travel Massive which has grown to become the world's largest travel community.

March 19, 2015

Ginger, spicy and hitting Germany next month – it's the RED HOT 100

It's already toured London, New York and Sydney – and now RED HOT 100, a trailblazing photographic exhibition of hot ginger guys courtesy of Thomas Knights, is taking residency in Berlin.

This follows the success of the RED HOT 100 book, published by BRUNO GMÜNDER, which is already in its third run.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be over Easter weekend, on Saturday 4 April from 4-8pm at the Bikini Concept Mall. It will last until 3 May, open seven days a week; 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays.

March 19, 2015

BFI Flare festival in London continues – presenting LGBTI movies from around the world

It is movies like Futuro Beach that make film festivals exciting.

Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz, Futuro Beach is a Brazilian/German co-production and in many ways reflects the creative journey of Brazilian-born Aïnouz who now lives in Berlin.

Telling the story of German tourist Konrad (Clemens Schick) who is rescued by Brazilian life-guard Donato (Wagner Mouro), this is an exploration of love, passion, and family – acknowledging and embracing the excitement, uncertainty, and confusion that inevitably comes with all of that.

March 14, 2015

Here is the full list of places that we have been recently.

So many places, so little time. We love to travel and we love to write about travel – sharing our experiences and stories, hopefully inspiring our readers to travel more and also share their travel stories with us.

March 13, 2015

Lebanese father living in Berlin beat his 'pansy' son with cables and threatened to 'ram a knife' into his throat

When 15-year-old Nasser El-Ahmed came out as gay to his parents, he never expected how his father would respond.

The teen's father beat him, poured boiling water over him and threatened to ram a knife into his throat.

The uncle of the Lebanese teen born in Berlin also doused him in petrol and threatened to set him on fire.

He called the teen several homophobic slurs, including 'pansy', and would beat him with cables.

Speaking to Bild newspaper, the now 18-year-old El-Ahmed said he 'paralyzed' with fear after coming out.

March 4, 2015

LGBTI travel is booming

An array of tourist boards and travel organisations have converged on Berlin for the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, or ITB) – with a record number joining the event's Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion.

The 'Pink Pavilion', as it's known, now showcases the largest range of LGBTI tourism products at any trade fair in the world.

March 4, 2015

LGBTI travel is booming

An array of tourist boards and travel organisations have converged on Berlin for the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, or ITB) – with a record number joining the event's Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion.

The 'Pink Pavilion', as it's known, now showcases the largest range of LGBTI tourism products at any trade fair in the world.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

February 10, 2015

Heidi Klum hosted show has never had a trans woman compete before

Germany's Next Top Model's next cycle will feature a transgender model.

Pari, a 25-year-old from Berlin is the first trans contestant on German reality TV television and will take to the runway under the watchful eyes of model Heidi Klum and the judging panel.

Born to Iranian parents, Pari grew up in the Netherlands but is now living in Germany.

Her boyfriend has always been supportive and reacted more than positively to Pari coming out as transgender.

February 5, 2015

Mr Holmes sees the world’s greatest detective attempting to unravel his only unsolved mystery 

A new trailer for Ian McKellen’s latest on-screen adventure Mr Holmes was released yesterday (4 February). 

Released just in time for its first screenings at the Berlinale, Berlin’s international film festival, producers have teased fans with a 90 second excerpt.

Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate), the film is based on Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it sees Sherlock revisiting his last case, left unsolved, which made him quit the profession and retreat to the south of England.

February 5, 2015

Lesbians are the Nazis' forgotten victims, Stefanie Gerdes writes, but their stories of torture, lucky escapes and determination have to be told

In all recollections of the Holocaust horror of Nazi Germany, full of cruelty and inhumanity, the stories of the Third Reich’s homosexual women are frequently left out or overlooked.

Famously the pink triangle was the very visible symbol gay men had to wear under Hitler's regime and its concentration camps. The tale of gay women's lives in the Holocaust is distinct from this and almost untold.

January 31, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 27, 2015

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell writes about the horrors gay people faced during World War 2

'We must exterminate these [homosexuals] root and branch...We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated.'

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race.

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

January 8, 2015

Gay travel has a superstar – and its name is Destsetters 

Sponsored content: It started three years ago and now Destsetters stands out as one of the fastest developing travel projects around the world. Two guys from Greece and Cyprus decided to create a new travel platform that would help gay travelers around the world change the way they plan their holidays.

December 30, 2014

Diran Lin says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has been shown by the people of Montreal during his son’s murderer’s trial but he still wants to know why Luka Magnotta killed him

The father of murdered Chinese student Jun Lin has spoken of the support that he has been shown by ordinary Montrealers following his son’s killer’s murder trial.

Luka Magnotta was found guilty of the 2012 murder of Jun Lin this month and of dismembering the body of Diran Lin’s son before fleeing to Europe to try to avoid justice.

He was eventually caught at a Berlin internet café where he had been reading stories about himself online.

December 30, 2014

The ruling came about after a Berlin couple had a son born via the use of a Californian surrogate mom and wanted to both be recognised as the child's parents

In a judgment that will provide legal recognition to some of Germany's gay parents, a ruling by the Bundesgerichtshof (the German Federal Court of Justice) has decreed that the male partner of any man with a surrogate child may also be regarded as the child’s parent.

Surrogacy is currently illegal in Germany. However, an increasing number of gay couples are exploring surrogacy as a route to parenthood, typically using surrogate moms abroad.

However, until now, only the biological father of any children born was recognized as the parent.

December 27, 2014

So many parties, so little time – GSN takes a look at some of the sexiest events to pencil in your diary for 2015.

You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?

December 27, 2014

So many parties, so little time – GSN takes a look at some of the sexiest events to pencil in your diary for 2015.

You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?