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October 1, 2014

GSN social media guru Dan Beeson learns the ropes of Copenhagen during Gay Pride weekend

Gay Pride is a huge deal in Copenhagen.

Denmark was the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex unions, and this year the city by the sea was still buzzing from its Eurovision high a few weeks earlier.

Conchita Wurst won the coveted competition on Danish soil, a testament to the open arms and open minds of the nation.

When locals and visitors alike aren’t gathering in the city center to celebrate Gay Pride in August, the city is proudly home to a number of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses.

July 8, 2014

Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, in London inspires us to ditch thrifty at-home shenanigans and how to do a proper date, day out or dinner that will impress the pants off anyone

Yes times are tough. And yes, travel is expensive.

But I'm sure your home city has some amazing places you don’t know about, or have seen online, but have been too lazy to step away from Netflix to plan a visit.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles, New York, and now London, and I know there are millions of bars, restaurants and cool places to visit I never had the pleasure of taking a selfie in.

July 8, 2014

Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, in London inspires us to ditch thrifty at-home shenanigans and how to do a proper date, day out or dinner that will impress the pants off anyone

Yes times are tough. And yes, travel is expensive.

But I'm sure your home city has some amazing places you don’t know about, or have seen online, but have been too lazy to step away from Netflix to plan a visit.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles, New York, and now London, and I know there are millions of bars, restaurants and cool places to visit I never had the pleasure of taking a selfie in.

May 23, 2014

All hail Conchita Wurst, but you'll never guess how these lucky London girls also became Eurovision competition winners

Thanks to Visit Denmark, Gay Star News, and G-A-Y, two girls came to Charing Cross in London to party one night, and woke up in Copenhagen to see the Eurovision finale and tour the city.

Catheriya and Jordan came to G-A-Y on 9 May to join Visit Denmark’s Eurovision party, where guests were encouraged to show up with their passports to enter to win a VIP weekend in Copenhagen.

May 20, 2014

One of the world’s most gay-friendly nations counts castles, beach houses and chic city spaces as its coolest and most unique hotels

Copenhagen might be a European hub for Michelin-star restaurants, Nordic design and everything Eurovision 2014, but the rest of Denmark has as many culinary and visual delights for the LGBTI traveler.

The world’s oldest kingdom offers decadent beds in historic castles, refurbished beach houses and sea-view spas, all with unique design and history inherent to the region.

From the seaside towns of North Sealand and Jutland to Copenhagen’s sister city Aarhus, we look at some of the best luxury, boutique and pampering accommodations outside Copenhagen.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

May 10, 2014

It’s all about Conchita, the drag hero representing Austria tonight in the even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest

Copenhagen in Denmark is getting ready to host an even more LGBTI inclusive Eurovision Song Contest final tonight.

Every year the Eurovision Song Contest throws up controversies whether it is neighborly voting, outrageous performances or same-sex kisses. This year is proving no different after the loud booing that Russia received when being announced as a finalist and the reaction to drag star Conchita Wurst.

This year the result is far from certain with at least 10 countries in with a realistic chance of victory. Here's our look at some of the main contenders.

May 10, 2014

Two girls have won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to be there for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest

When two of Eurovision’s biggest fans decided to go out to a London gay club tonight, they thought they would end the night with a kebab and taxi home.

They had no idea they would instead be taking that cab to the airport and flying to Copenhagen with two front row tickets to the final in their hands.

This once in a lifetime trip was won by 24-year-old Catarina and 23-year-old Jordan.

The ‘very close friends’ arrived at G-A-Y Heaven nightclub for the Visit Denmark party organized by Gay Star News earlier that night.

May 10, 2014

Two girls have won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to be there for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest

When two of Eurovision’s biggest fans decided to go out to a London gay club tonight, they thought they would end the night with a kebab and taxi home.

They had no idea they would instead be taking that cab to the airport and flying to Copenhagen with two front row tickets to the final in their hands.

This once in a lifetime trip was won by 24-year-old Catarina and 23-year-old Jordan.

The ‘very close friends’ arrived at G-A-Y Heaven nightclub for the Visit Denmark party organized by Gay Star News earlier that night.

May 9, 2014

Hundreds puckered up and kissed each other on the cheek to celebrate diversity and combat hatred about HIV

Eurovision fans have set a new world record in order to fight prejudice.

As one of the many events taking part in Copenhagen during Eurovision week, the AIDS Foundation held a Kiss Chain from the Eurovision Village along the streets of Copenhagen with the message of Kiss Prejudice Goodbye.

367 people joined the Kiss Chain to set a new world record.

Danish AIDS Foundation Director, Henriette Laursen, said: 'Our goal is to kiss prejudices about HIV thoroughly goodbye, and we must succeed in that.'

Check out the video below:

May 9, 2014

Moustache singers are asked by GSN about their views on gay rights and the last resort if you can't grow any facial hair

Eurovision stars Twin Twin have said Eurovision should be for everybody, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The French trio have been entertaining Copenhagen all week with their crazy antics and offbeat interviews.

Moustache, one of the most untraditional traditional songs up to win the crown, may at first glance to be a joke.

But it is actually about consumerism.

May 9, 2014

Make Your Mind Up to win the best ever Eurovision Song Contest prize tonight at G-A-Y with Jay Aston, thanks to Visit Denmark and Gay Star News

While most Eurovision contestants are quickly forgotten, some stay lodged in the public’s mind.

For most British fans, Bucks Fizz is at the top of that list. While Jay Aston lost the legal right to perform under that name, she was one of the foursome who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981.

People who weren’t even alive then still know their bright outfits with the rip-off skirts and can sing the lyrics to their winning song, Making Your Mind Up.

May 8, 2014

From a bearded bond girl to Polish soft porn - it can only be Eurovision!

Followng Tuesday's Eurovision first semi-final where the Russia act was booed, tonight sees the next 15 countries take to the stage for a chance to be in the Grand Final on Saturday.

Gay Star News was at the rehearsal for tonight's show which promises many more unforgettable moments.

May 8, 2014

Drag queen who has outraged conservative countries like Russia, Ukraine and Belarus is one step closer to Eurovision Song Contest victory

Austria’s Conchita Wurst is through to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The drag queen was the final name announced, thousands of people in the Copenhagen stadium shouting her name.

Earlier in the evening today (8 May), Wurst performed the song Rise Like A Phoenix.

Her inclusion in the show received a backlash from some conservative countries, with several petitions calling for her removal.

Russian politician Vitaly Milonov said Wurst performing proved Eurovision was a ‘Sodom show’.

May 8, 2014

You and a friend could be zooming straight from a G-A-Y and Visit Denmark party organized by GSN tomorrow night to Copenhagen

Jay Aston from Bucks Fizz will be joining us on stage for our Visit Denmark Eurovision competition at London’s G-A-Y tomorrow night.

Gay Star News has worked with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y to turn Heaven nightclub into Denmark on 9 May and offer a special prize.

One lucky winner and their guest will be whisked straight from the venue to the airport and put on the next flight to Copenhagen for a VIP trip including front-row tickets at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News brings Denmark to London for a night of games, music and Vikings until two lucky winners get scooped off to see the Eurovision Song Contest finale live

Front-row seats to the Eurovision Song Contest finale are as easy as coming to Heaven nightclub in London this Friday.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y to offer a lucky pair a VIP weekend in Copenhagen for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The winners will fly straight out after their night out.

Before sending you jet setting off to a weekend of pampering, parties and paparazzi, Gay Star News brings the best of Denmark to Charing Cross Heaven nightclub to get everyone in the winning mood.

May 7, 2014

US superstar rumored to be planning to party at London's G-A-Y on Friday as part of the Visit Denmark Eurovision Song Contest night organized by GSN

A-list megastar Miley Cyrus is rumored to be performing at G-A-Y at a Gay Star News party for Visit Denmark on Friday (9 May).

One of the most famous women in the world, it is reported she will be playing some of her biggest hits at G-A-Y's Heaven nightclub in London.

If true, the performance will be one of her first since a setback with illness, a ‘severe allergic reaction’ that has heavily delayed her BANGERZ tour.

Last year, the 21-year-old singer said London was her favorite city in the world because she loved the gay scene.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News was on hand to witness rainbow flag moments on Danish TV, find Eurovision's Tallest Hair and capture other Eurovision highlights

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest has been welcoming contestants and fans from all over Europe for the televised competitions this week in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday night, Europe voted for ten countries to make it to the Eurovision grand final. Those through to the final are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Ukraine, and Gay Star News favorite Iceland

May 6, 2014

See-saws, swings and a giant hamster wheel! Gay Star News takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of this year's Eurovision Song Contest

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The first semi-final, to determine the first ten qualifiers, will be held on Tuesday evening.

GSN were at last night's rehearsal to give you a sneak preview of what to expect tonight as the competition intensifies.

The magnificent stage will ensure spectacular viewing for millions across the globe.

May 6, 2014

After you triumph at our G-A-Y contest to go from London to Copenhagen for the Eurovision Song Contest final, here’s what to expect for the high-octane weekend

You’ve just been named the winner.

The crowd is screaming, cameras are flashing: It’s your moment in the spotlight as our VIP Eurovision/ G-A-Y winner.

You and a lucky friend are about to be whisked off to Copenhagen for a VIP weekend to the Eurovision Song Contest finale.

But before you win, Gay Star News wants to share some tips and teasers about what to expect this weekend, where over 180 concerts, parties and fun happenings await you in Copenhagen, this year’s home for the Eurovision Song Contest.

May 5, 2014

Iceland's Eurovision song aims to point out injustice

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland's representative Pollapönk are certainly among the most colorful of the artists as they can be seen all around Copenhagen wearing their now traditional bright track suits.

They qualified for Eurovision by winning the Icelandic national final with their song Enga Fordóma, which has been translated into English as No Prejudice, a song championing equality for all.

May 4, 2014

All the news from Eurovision's red carpet! Last year's winner speaks to Gay Star News about what Denmark has to offer as we prepare for our biggest ever Eurovision

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest was officially opened at a star-packed opening gala at the City Hall in Copenhagen.

Thanks to last year's winning song, Only Teardrops by Danish singer Emmelie de Forest, this year's competition is being held in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

All the entrants from the 37 competing countries attended the red-carpet event as Copenhagen opens it's doors for the week-long celebration of music and glitz. 

May 4, 2014

All the news from Eurovision's red carpet! Last year's winner speaks to Gay Star News about what Denmark has to offer as we prepare for our biggest ever Eurovision

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest was officially opened at a star-packed opening gala at the City Hall in Copenhagen.

Thanks to last year's winning song, Only Teardrops by Danish singer Emmelie de Forest, this year's competition is being held in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

All the entrants from the 37 competing countries attended the red-carpet event as Copenhagen opens it's doors for the week-long celebration of music and glitz. 

May 2, 2014

So much pride! So little time! Let’s run through the globe’s LGBTI parties taking place in May

It’s happening. Summer is coming.

We know what that means: Gay Pride season takes over the northern hemisphere with parties, marches and events.

This month we’re reminded being out and proud is more important than ever.

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) celebrated on 17 May, has grown to a globally recognized event where some LGBTI communities celebrate their freedoms, while others meet in secret to continue fighting for basic rights.