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April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

February 13, 2014

Copenhagen will pay tribute to the first ever same-sex union, the first civil partnership, that took place in Copenhagen 25 years ago

Denmark is celebrating hosting the campest competition of the year by staging a series of massive Eurovision weddings.

Leading up to the grand final in May, the city of Copenhagen will be offering foreign gay and straight couples to marry.

‘Since 2010, we have had a lot of success marrying same-sex and opposite-sex pairs in the open air at selected locations in Copenhagen,’ Thomas Jakobsen, the director of Copenhagen’s Citizen Service, told DR.

December 18, 2013

The Danish city proves taking Christmas seriously need not be expensive or overbearing

December in London, and in other big cities I've been to, often feels like a suffocating vice grip to make you feel 'Christmassy'.

Songs are constantly wormed into your ear so you're sick of it, buying presents is like a court ordered service, and all of the parties and dinners feel like a never-ending battle to keep fit while simultaneously guzzling fizzy wine and munching on mince pies.

December 18, 2013

The Danish city proves taking Christmas seriously need not be expensive or overbearing

December in London, and in other big cities I've been to, often feels like a suffocating vice grip to make you feel 'Christmassy'.

Songs are constantly wormed into your ear so you're sick of it, buying presents is like a court ordered service, and all of the parties and dinners feel like a never-ending battle to keep fit while simultaneously guzzling fizzy wine and munching on mince pies.

November 18, 2013

Gay-friendly Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection shares their favorite markets and neighboring LGBTI-welcoming hotels. Take in the aroma of freshly baked sweets, the glow of sparkling lights and the tunes of holiday music you can only find at these popular seasonal markets

There is just something about Christmas that turns a city into a transformed, magical place.

While the winter holidays may be a hectic time to travel, they’re also the one time a year you can justify a weekend getaway with a trip to 'the market'.

Christmas markets, started in Europe but quickly adopted throughout the rest of the world, cast your favorite city in a different, holiday light and can expose you to some new customs you may end up adopting into your own holiday traditions.

November 4, 2013

GSN dives into the hardcore world of gay sport in the Netherlands

It was an early start on a Thursday morning and I dragged myself to London’s St Pancras train station to meet my friend Slutty Ian.

I know a couple guys called Ian, so for short-hand purposes you need to add a defining characteristic to be clear which one you’re talking about.

We were heading to Amsterdam and we met in the Patisserie Valerie next to the ticket office at the Eurostar entrance to the station.

'Look at my new Australian passport,' I showed him proudly, rifling through the crisp pages, as yet unmarked by border stamps or coffee stains.

September 3, 2013

Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make the most of fall at any of these Preferred Pride hotels around the world

Autumn is that magical time when cool breezes beckon you to take a leisurely stroll or to relax in a fireplace lounge with a drink in your hands.

Gay Star News brings you 15 gay-welcoming hotels across Europe, Asia and North America perfect for an autumn break.

Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection offers LGBT travelers exclusive deals and special amenities like complimentary champagne or daily breakfast at chic and exciting destinations worldwide.

August 11, 2013

As host of World Outgames the city of Antwerp proves a lively destination for the world’s LGBT sports teams

Destination: Antwerp. The largest city in Flanders in the heart of Europe.

I love the Eurostar service that connects the UK to mainland Europe. Getting to Antwerp was a breeze, from London St Pancras to Brussels and then an easy connection to Antwerp. There are plans in place to upgrade the fleet of Eurostar trains – personally I’d suggest power sockets at every seat and wifi throughout the train. And perhaps no children under 16 – is that selfish?

August 1, 2013

GSN meets Christian Vincent, the gay Danish actor speaking out against LGBT hate in Russia

Freedom of expression means everything to a performer – so when gay Danish actor Christian Vincent woke up to the problems facing LGBT Russians he knew he had to do something.

The introduction of a national law against the 'promotion' of homosexuality to minors has been used to start a general crackdown on LGBT people and has seen an increase in anti-gay violence in its wake.

June 6, 2013

Near Copenhagen's City Hall, a trans woman suffered serious head trauma after an unprovoked attack

A trans woman was attacked with a hammer in broad daylight in Denmark last night (5 June).

In the unprovoked attack, the victim had been walking past City Hall at around 6pm when she was brutally attacked on the head.

The woman, yet to be named, suffered serious head truma. She is in a stable condition in hospital.

Mads Helios, from Copenhagen Police, told local news sites the authorities had been working intensively on the matter.

May 31, 2013

Denmark’s capital city continues to surprise and impress with its nordic cool and relaxed charm

There was an enormous and slow-moving queue at the EasyJet bag-drop. I felt quite righteous as I breezed by with my carry-on luggage – channeling my inner-George Clooney (circa ‘Up In The Air’), streamlining my travel and my life to zen-like minimalism.

May 30, 2013

Debate rages as to which city will be selected to host the 2014 international song contest.

As the euphoric celebrations of Denmark’s 2013 Eurovision triumph begin to subside, debate is now intensifying as to where the country will host the 2014 event.

May 30, 2013

Debate rages as to which city will be selected to host the 2014 international song contest.

As the euphoric celebrations of Denmark’s 2013 Eurovision triumph begin to subside, debate is now intensifying as to where the country will host the 2014 event.

May 22, 2013

Multi-sport tournament Tournoi International de Paris celebrates its 10th year in style

In 2009 I joined a gay sports team. I’ve never been a particularly sporty person, but I wanted a fitness option that wasn’t the gym and I was wanting to widen my social circle a bit.

‘Why does it have to be a gay sports team?’ my then-boyfriend asked. I guess it didn’t have to be, but it just seemed the obvious starting point.

One of the top results on my Google search was a directory of gay sports clubs in London put together by GMFA – a UK charity that coordinates a range of services.

May 2, 2013

LGBT sports organizations around the world continue to play a key role in eliminating homophobia from sport

Continuing our mission to profile the LGBT sports organizations of the world, we meet graphic designer Ricardo Mendi Serrano, communications officer for Elaios LGBT sports club which is based in Spain’s fifth largest city – Zaragoza.

When was the organization established?

Elaios was created after some of us participated at the 2003 edition of Eurogames in Copenhagen.

We wanted to organize something similar in Zaragoza.

April 11, 2013

Cafe Funke in Copenhagen, Denmark, apologizes for throwing out two gay men and promises to re-educate security staff

Two gay men have caught the attention of the LGBT public in Copenhagen after being thrown out of a straight bar for kissing.

The doorman at Cafe Funke decided to throw out the two men on 29 March, saying they should go to a gay bar instead.

But one of them, Christoffer Jakshøj, is from the Danish LGBT Youth Organization and he reported the incident to the police as a hate crime.

January 31, 2013

The case sets a precedent for other gay asylum seekers, lawyer says

The refugee appeals board in Denmark has set a precedent by granting asylum to a gay man from Afghanistan because he is at risk of persecution if he returns home.

'People normally have to demonstrate they are being persecuted in their home country in order to be granted asylum,' said the man's lawyer, Kåre Traberg Smidt, The Copenhagen Post reports.

January 22, 2013

A crowd of young men allegedly attacked the openly gay DJ after he left a bar in central Copenhagen

An openly gay radio host was a victim of a homophobic attack in Denmark on Sunday (20 January).

Marcel Juul Østergreen, 38, was attacked after a night out with a friend in central Copenhagen.

Speaking to ekstrabladet.dk, the PopFM DJ said he had seen a guy alone in his car who was speaking on the phone.

After Østergreen’s friend asked him how he was, the man ‘flew out of the car’ and yelled ‘Now!’.

‘Then it just went quickly,’ Østergreen said. ‘Suddenly there were about 10 young guys around us.

January 7, 2013

The annual LGBT aquatics championships will be drenching the state of Washington in 2013

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) is the organization that brings the world’s LGBT aquatics clubs together, sharing information and knowledge as well as staging an annual championships for LGBT competitors in swimming, diving, open water, synchronized swimming, and water polo.

We caught up with Jason Stone, head of the organizing committee for IGLA2013 to take a look at plans for this year’s event which will be held in the US city of Seattle.

October 10, 2012

The Never Mind Bar's policy is still splitting the Danish LGBT community in Copenhagen

A gay bar which banned ‘straight kisses’ in Copenhagen, Denmark, is still splitting the LGBT community of the Danish capital.

Gay guide Homotropolis told GSN: ‘It’s not a written ban, it’s an unwritten rule, it’s always up to the owner to decide wether the customers are crossing the limits or not.

‘We haven't received any complaints from our readers.'

But the capital’s LGBT community is still split between those in favor and those against the rule.

October 5, 2012

Four cities are left in the running as World OutGames confirms that US city Denver has ruled itself out of consideration

Paul Brummitt, chairperson of selection committee of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA - the organization that runs the World Outgames every four years) has confirmed today that US city Denver has withdrawn its bid to host the 2017 World OutGames.

September 12, 2012

Delivering 17 different sports to the LGBT community of Copenhagen, Pan Idraet continues to plan for the future - its 30th anniversary is just around the corner

Gay Star News meets with Pan Idraet’s chairperson Paul Brummitt to get the low-down on one of Denmark’s leading community sports organizations.

You cover an enormous breadth of sports, 17 in all, what are some of the logistical challenges for Pan Idraet?

The main challenge is access to facilities. Like most other sports clubs in Denmark we have the status as a public education organization which means we can get free access to sports facilities from the City of Copenhagen.

September 7, 2012

Campaigners will march in Copenhagen to stop the deportation of Fernanda Milan who fears she will be attacked, tortured and killed if sent back to Guatemala

Campaigners will march through the streets of Copenhagen to protest the deportation of trans woman Fernanda Milán back to Guatemala, where she fears she will be attacked and killed.

Activists will demonstrate in the Danish capital's Kongens Nytorv square on Saturday (8 September) at noon, where there will also be political speeches and music.

Guatamala has a shocking reputation for transgender hate crimes. A 2010 report showed that 13 transwomen were murdered over one year.