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February 18, 2014

IOC spokesman says countries who do not abide by an anti-discrimination rule could factor in decisions on the bidding process

Russia, and other countries with homophobic laws, could be banned from hosting the Olympics under a proposed new rule.

The International Olympics Committee has responded to calls that countries must abide by a specific anti-discrimination decree modelled on the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6.

Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.

February 3, 2014

Brazilian TV show Amor à Vida has become the country’s first soap opera to include a kiss on the mouth between two gay characters after fans of the show campaigned for it

Brazilian soap Amor à Vida (Love Life) has become the first to depict a passionate kiss between two gay characters after fans campaigned for characters Felix and Niko have a proper kiss.

Previously Felix (played by actor Matthew Solano) and Niko (played by actor Thiago Fragoso) had only hugged or kissed each other on the cheek but that wasn’t enough for fans who turned to social media - making the hashtag #BeijaFélixeNiko (KissFelixAndNiko) the top trending hashtag in Brazil for a while.

January 30, 2014

'I have much respect for homosexuals, but I like women'

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, the Manchester United footballer commonly known as Anderson, was not phased this week when an Italian journalist asked him during a press conference if he is gay.

The question came during a press conference announcing that the 25-year-old midfielder from Brazil is going to be on loan to Italian football club Fiorentina.

January 17, 2014

Police are on the hunt for a gang of skinheads believed to have targeted a 16-year-old because of his sexuality and race

Police are on the hunt for a gang who pulled a gay teen’s teeth out, tortured and murdered him in Brazil.

Kaique Batista dos Santos, 16, was found in Sao Paulo battered, bruised with an iron bar still pierced in his leg.

It is alleged authorities originally believed the gay teen committed suicide.

His family fears he was targeted because of his sexuality and race.

Batista dos Santos’ sister Tayna has said: ‘These thugs enjoy beating and torturing with their bare hands and they are pleased to take the lives of homosexuals.

January 3, 2014

By legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013, Brazil, the US, France, England and Wales brought marriage equality to another 447.5 million people

Going into 2014, 1 in 10 people in the whole world are living with gay marriage.

With over 7 billion people living on Earth, the estimate was boosted in 2013 after countries like the US, Brazil, France, England and Wales legalized same-sex marriage.

With 201 million citizens, Brazil leads the population pack since the country’s courts began marrying same-sex couples in May 2013.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

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 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.

November 20, 2013

For Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the horrific tragedies that led to the deaths of trans victims worldwide

When you hear that 238 trans people have been killed this year, including 11 children, it’s a horrific number.

But it’s more than a number. It is 238 people just like you who have lost their lives to intolerance, to hatred, and to fear.

When we sit and remember these victims on Transgender Day of Remembrance today (20 November), we must remember these people had hopes and dreams.

And most importantly, they had futures.

Below is a list of the men and women identified by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project.

November 8, 2013

Countries that demonstrate a genuine commitment to the LGBT community are expected to benefit most from this record-breaking travel spend projection

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals will contribute $202 billion (€149 billion) to the travel industry next year, predicts LGBT marketing agency Out Now.

Out Now specializes in helping the global travel market understand the needs of the LGBT traveller, offering services like corporate training schemes for hotel staff and research studies with data from LGBT consumers around the world.

October 18, 2013

The Brazilian Congressional Commission on Human Rights and Minorities has approved an amendment that would allow churches to exclude same-sex families and their children from religious rites such as marriages, baptisms and other ceremonies

Brazil’s Congressional Commission on Human Rights and Minorities (CCHRM) has approved an amendment that would protect 'priests [from] being penalized if they refuse to carry out marriages, baptisms and other ceremonies between homosexuals or their children.’

If adopted by lawmakers the measure would allow churches to exclude those who ‘violate its values, doctrines and beliefs,’ potentially shutting them out of their faith communities.

September 30, 2013

A peaceful getaway often overlooked by international tourists, 'Floripa' is the secret destination Brazilians flock to for caipirinhas, oysters and island fun

'Floripa' offers a break from the city and crowds of Rio in a safe, chilled out European region of Brazil.

The denizens of São Paulo have been spending summers on the wide open beaches of Florianópolis their entire lives.

Overnighting is easy in a beachside pousada (a small B&B/ independent hotel). Or better yet, save money by renting a small lagoon side house with friends on Lagoa da Conceicao. The hotel rates tend to be highest during the popular Christmas/New Year’s season when the city is taken over by Brazilians from both Porte Alegre and Curitiba.

September 30, 2013

A peaceful getaway often overlooked by international tourists, 'Floripa' is the secret destination Brazilians flock to for caipirinhas, oysters and island fun

'Floripa' offers a break from the city and crowds of Rio in a safe, chilled out European region of Brazil.

The denizens of São Paulo have been spending summers on the wide open beaches of Florianópolis their entire lives.

Overnighting is easy in a beachside pousada (a small B&B/ independent hotel). Or better yet, save money by renting a small lagoon side house with friends on Lagoa da Conceicao. The hotel rates tend to be highest during the popular Christmas/New Year’s season when the city is taken over by Brazilians from both Porte Alegre and Curitiba.

September 27, 2013

A number of countries released a declaration against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination during the United Nations General Assembly

September 9, 2013

American Airlines, IBM, American Express and more showcased at the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara this week to encourage LGBT inclusion in business and tourism  

The spending power of the LGBT market united Fortune 500 companies and regional tourism operators under one roof this week for the International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico’s second-largest city welcomed speakers, exhibitors, and for the first time the general public to spark a dialogue on the value LGBT inclusion in Latin American travel, banking and consumer markets.

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 12, 2013

Cardiff’s International award festival highlights the high calibre of global gay cinema

From discovering what makes the ginger man a sexualised fantasy to shower-hopping and parental fears against a disabled child's homosexual awaking, the international Iris Prize tackles diversity in this year's shortlisted selection of gay short films.

With over 14 countries making the shortlist: Canada, Germany, Brazil, Israel, France, Norway, Austria, Ireland, India, Sweden, Australia, US, Thailand and the UK, the gay short film festival is attracting global talent.

August 1, 2013

Gay venues get a boost from Pope Francis’ visit to Brazil and Catholic youth event in Rio de Janeiro and hold tribute nights

Raunchy gay venues were heaving during the Pope’s visit to Brazil with crowds up to 50% bigger and extra nights put on in tribute to the pontiff.

Pope Francis’ tour of Brazil last week was timed to coincide with World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro for young Catholics, and he addressed millions on the famous Copacabana Beach.

At the spectacular and decadent Le Boy club in Copacabana, attendance was apparently up 30%.

The gay club is famous for its sexy male strip shows and Le Boy even has its own gay sauna.

July 29, 2013

Leader of the Catholic Church has stunned LGBT people around the world by saying he would not judge gay priests

Pope Francis has stunned LGBT people around the world by telling reporters he was not in a position to judge gay people today (29 July).

The leader of the Catholic Church has said he will not judge priests for their sexual orientation, making a stark contrast to his predecessors.

In an open and wide-ranging news conference as returns from his first foreign trip to Brazil, he said: 'If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?'

July 9, 2013

Ernst & Young must not have looked at Google Image when they rebranded as EY, the same name of a Spanish gay interest magazine

When one of the biggest accounting firms in the world decided to rebrand their image, they must not have realized exactly what they had done.

UK-based multinational professional services company Ernst & Young decided to change their name to EY, what they call a ‘strengthened and modernized’ image.

Unfortunately, EY Megateen is also the name of a magazine aimed at gay men based in Spain that frequently has plenty of young guys posing in their underwear.

July 3, 2013

A law that would have allowed a return to attempts to cure people of their sexuality has been withdrawn in Brazil after it became clear it would be voted down by lawmakers but the bill's author says it will return

An extremist anti-gay lawmaker and Christian pastor in Brazil is being forced to withdraw a 'gay cure' bill.

João Campos, who authored the ‘gay cure’ bill, requested a motion to bring the legislation for a vote at Chamber of Deputies, Brazil's lower house of Congress.

The bill was controversially approved by the Brazilian congressional human rights committee.

June 23, 2013

Gays join in their thousands Brazil protests saying no to corruption, a bill to ‘cure’ gays, asking instead for better education, health, and transport services

Thousands of gays joined the protests in Brazil demanding change and investment in real issues, people rather than in corrupt politicians and a ‘gay cure’ bill.

The bill, if passed, will allow psychologists to offer a ‘treatment’ to ‘cure’ gay people.

The ‘Cura Gay’ (gay cure) bill, was authored by Congressman João Campos and promoted by the president of Brazil’s parliamentary Commission for Human Rights (CDHM), Marco Feliciano, still needs to go through two House committees before being voted on.

June 2, 2013

São Paulo's 17th pride parade, the world's largest, kicks off with a more political message

Despite heavy rain showers and cold temperatures millions participate in São Paulo’s gay parade, the world’s largest.

The march started today (2 June) at 1pm local time next to São Paulo’s Museum of Arts (MASP) winding its way through the city’s main avenue, Avinda Paulista.