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November 19, 2014

Travels of Adam blogger reveals city's best queer bars, cheapest eats and where he'd take a Berlin virgin...

This week, blogger by trade and Berliner by choice Adam Groffman shows us around the German capital…

I moved here in…
...2011 as a backpacker for the gay pride parade. I spent a week here and then left to continue my Eurotrip to Prague and Vienna. But as I was planning where to go from Vienna, I realised I missed Berlin. So I got the next bus here and haven't looked back yet!

November 19, 2014

Travels of Adam blogger reveals city's best queer bars, cheapest eats and where he'd take a Berlin virgin...

This week, blogger by trade and Berliner by choice Adam Groffman shows us around the German capital…

I moved here in…
...2011 as a backpacker for the gay pride parade. I spent a week here and then left to continue my Eurotrip to Prague and Vienna. But as I was planning where to go from Vienna, I realised I missed Berlin. So I got the next bus here and haven't looked back yet!

November 18, 2014

Titan hotspots London, Berlin and San Francisco battle it out to be named top LGBTI havens

We've brought you numbers 20 to 16 and 15 to 11 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 10 to six; check back tomorrow for the final five!

10. Berlin

November 17, 2014

Germany's hidden star is an architectural marvel, rich in food, history and culture

Can a queen be as sweet as marzipan, as romantic as an old ship moored in a harbour, or as elegant and smart as an old and superb medieval church? Of course she can, and you’ll discover this 'queen' is Lübeck.

October 3, 2014

Some angry gay men feel like their privacy has been violated and are seeking legal action

Angry Grindr users in Berlin are seeking legal action over an 'art' project taking place in the centre of a busy square.

For the next two weeks, Dutch gay artist Dries Verhoeven is sitting in a glass-walled container and is airing his Grindr conversations - live and unedited - on screens and online.

His intention is to recruit a steady flow of men into his box for various non-sexual activities such as playing chess, having breakfast or shaving each other's beards.

The project is called Wanna Play?

September 18, 2014

From gay culture to hotels in Germany’s major cities, here’s a website to spark your imagination and wanderlust

The lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have re-launched a brand new website just for LGBTI readers to learn more about Germany and everything the country has to offer.

The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany.

August 27, 2014

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced that he will quit in December after more than 13 years leading the city’s government

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job.

Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.

The Willy Brandt airport was scheduled to open in 2010. However construction costs on the project blew out to double and it is still not clear when the airport will be ready to open.

August 27, 2014

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced that he will quit in December after more than 13 years leading the city’s government

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job.

Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.

The Willy Brandt airport was scheduled to open in 2010. However construction costs on the project blew out to double and it is still not clear when the airport will be ready to open.

August 14, 2014

Artist will use hookup apps like Grindr and Scruff to ask men to meet up with him in public spaces as part of a performance art piece

A gay man is to have sex with someone new everyday for a year as part of an art piece.

Mischa Badasyan, a 26-year-old performance artist born in Russia but based in Berlin, hopes the ‘performance’ will challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the age of dating apps.

But while you may think his project, entitled ‘Save The Date’, is just an extreme way of getting some action, it was apparently inspired by the ‘gay condition’, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

June 2, 2014

From Sound of Music panoramas to Kylie Minogue lip-syncs, Gay Star Travel brings you footage and fables from the first-ever Pink Week in Slovenia

Slovenia? Er, where is it?

The capital is Ljubljana? Say that again. One more time? No, never heard of it.

Former Yugoslavia, you say? Right. What does that mean? Oh, really? But they’re not communist anymore? Are you sure?

Can you say Ljubljana again?

They’re in the EU? They use Euros?

Jeez, where have I been?

April 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Sherlock's co-creator says the UK should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Gay actor Mark Gatiss has compared gay discrimination in Russia to Nazi Germany, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The Sherlock co-creator and writer has reflected on the Sochi Winter Olympics that took place last month, saying we need to ‘keep the flag flying’ and pressurizing anti-gay countries.

Citing the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, Gatiss said the UK and other pro-gay countries should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights.

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.