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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 30, 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?

December 18, 2014

Winter warmers in Stockholm, Bath, Lille and Hamburg

Wooden chalets, green furs, the scent of steaming, spiced red wine, the sound of a brass band and a thousand fairy lights in your eyes – is there anything lovelier (or more camp?) than a Christmas market?

Here, we count down seven of Europe's best, from Vienna and Hamburg to Munich and Lille…

Stockholm [right]

November 26, 2014

German capital looks to entice LGBT travellers in 2015

The city of Munich has reached out to the world's queer community by launching a survey to help it better understand the needs of LGBTI tourists.

The German capital is conducting the online study with a view to analyzing the international draw of queer and queer-friendly events.

These include the famous Christopher Street Day parade (the biggest annual gay event in the city), plus the city's annual funfair, Oktoberfest.

The results will then help experts devise marketing strategies to better cater for queer tourists over the next year.

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.