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May 11, 2015

The Embarrassing Bodies star on his life in travel – from horseback riding in Costa Rica to a gay cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 plus his traumatic experience inside an African jail at age 19...

Where's the most random destination you've visited?
I've spent a lot of time in east Africa – it's incredible. You cross over the border from Kenya into Uganda and they're completely different countries; even the soil's a different color.

How did you feel as a gay traveler in those countries – did you feel safe?

May 6, 2015

The lawsuit was brought after the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association wouldn’t let the same-sex partner of one of their members use the group’s recreational facilities because they weren’t married

The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships.

The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica’s Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association for the benefit of their members and their families.

May 6, 2015

The lawsuit was brought after the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association wouldn’t let the same-sex partner of one of their members use the group’s recreational facilities because they weren’t married

The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships.

The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica’s Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association for the benefit of their members and their families.

March 5, 2015

Australia, USA and Israel among countries asked to clarify rights of traveling British wedded same sex couples
 

British married gay couples hoping to travel will soon know their rights abroad in more than 70 countries, following a request from the UK government.

Equalities minister Jo Swinson has requested that countries including Australia, Israel and the US make clear how safe it is for married gay tourists.

More than 70 government authorities have been questioned to clarify the rights of gay people while working, travelling or living abroad- which has been a grey area.

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

February 6, 2015

The author of the Vampire's Angel series shares his travel stories with Gay Star News.

Author Damian Serbu and his husband Paul are passionate travellers. From exploring the 13th century Castle Poenari in Romania to family celebrations in Costa Rica. We caught up with them recently to swap travel stories.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

Narrowing it to one place is impossible!

January 30, 2015

Received the news while he was in small town in Costa Rica he didn't even know had cell service

Thre's no one who was more surprised than Ezra Miller when he found out he had been cast as The Flash on the big screen.

Miller was in a small town in Costa Rica where he didn't even know there was cell service.

Then his phone rang and it was his agent on the line with the big news.

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

January 12, 2015

Trip to paradise up for grabs with tour operator's exclusive giveaway

Intrepid travellers could win a trip to Peru, Thailand, Costa Rica or Greece with a new giveaway from gay tour operators Detours Travel.

The organisation is giving away the $2000 experience to its lucky grand prize winner, as well as three $500 gift certificates for three runner ups.

The travel experts – who specialize in hosting LGBTI groups to destinations such as Costa Rica, known for its sloth population [see picture] – added Peru to its list of destinations late last year.

January 12, 2015

Trip to paradise up for grabs with tour operator's exclusive giveaway

Intrepid travellers could win a trip to Peru, Thailand, Costa Rica or Greece with a new giveaway from gay tour operators Detours Travel.

The organisation is giving away the $2000 experience to its lucky grand prize winner, as well as three $500 gift certificates for three runner ups.

The travel experts – who specialize in hosting LGBTI groups to destinations such as Costa Rica, known for its sloth population [see picture] – added Peru to its list of destinations late last year.

November 20, 2014

The Andes, the Sacred Valley – breathtaking vistas abound on Detours Travel's new route

Gay and adventure tour operator Detours Travel has announced its latest boutique trip for LGBTI travellers – the gorgeous Peru.

The travel specialists – who already host group trips for queer travellers to Greece, Thailand and Costa Rica – will begin visiting the destination, known for its abundance of exotic natural beauty, from June 2015.

May 27, 2014

From Fire Island to Costa Rica, let us tickle you with a roundup of the sands, decks and shores you should plan to see and be seen

Budgets and diets are planned around summer's beach holidays.

Nothing beats the prospect of sunbathing with old friends or new acquaintances, enjoying some local refreshment and taking in the scenery, hopefully inclusive of some attractive fellow sun-worshippers.

Every year thousands of LGBTI travelers flock to the gay and lesbian beaches of the world. What makes them gay or lesbian?

May 19, 2014

Newly elected Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis had the gay pride flag hoisted over his official residence to celebrate IDAHO over the weekend

Costa Rica’s newly elected President Luis Guillermo Solis paid tribute to his country’s LGBTI community over the weekend, hoisting a gay pride flag over his official residence for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, but he has stopped short of supporting same-sex marriage.

Solis took office only a week ago and turned to Twitter to explain that he had raised the gay pride flag to tell the world that the presidential palace is, ‘the house of all Costa Ricans, male or female, with equality and without discrimination.’

May 13, 2014

Book a trip in the month of May and Detours adventure group will not only discount $100 off your trip, but will also donate $100 to your preferred charity

Detours is far from your typical clipboard-toting, flag waving tour group.

The gay adventure tour operator offers group tours to the LGBTI-favorite destinations of Greece, Costa Rica and Thailand, but this is more than going from stop to stop with strangers.

Detours turns unacquainted travelers into accomplices ravenously exploring Santorini's hot springs, Costa Rica's volcanoes and Thailand's open-air markets.

May 13, 2014

Book a trip in the month of May and Detours adventure group will not only discount $100 off your trip, but will also donate $100 to your preferred charity

Detours is far from your typical clipboard-toting, flag waving tour group.

The gay adventure tour operator offers group tours to the LGBTI-favorite destinations of Greece, Costa Rica and Thailand, but this is more than going from stop to stop with strangers.

Detours turns unacquainted travelers into accomplices ravenously exploring Santorini's hot springs, Costa Rica's volcanoes and Thailand's open-air markets.

February 5, 2014

Gay people live in and travel to places that may not have the best LGBTI rights record. Should that stop us from traveling to these destinations?

Last month, some of the LGBTI community’s leading activists met in London to debate the ethics of LGBTI travel.

Should individuals travel to a country hostile to the gay, bi and trans community?

Should travelers boycott these countries in attempts to influence them by hurting their travel industry, or should we go anyway to engage with the locals and support the local LGBTI movement?

September 23, 2013

Fight continues for same-sex unions in the Latin American country as a court sets a legal precedent

Costa Rica has closed its gay marriage loophole after it was ‘accidentally’ approved in July.

Earlier this year, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill that some said was a legal gateway to recognizing same-sex unions.

When the Conservative lawmakers realized their mistake, they demanded President Laura Chinchilla to veto the bill.

September 23, 2013

Fight continues for same-sex unions in the Latin American country as a court sets a legal precedent

Costa Rica has closed its gay marriage loophole after it was ‘accidentally’ approved in July.

Earlier this year, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill that some said was a legal gateway to recognizing same-sex unions.

When the Conservative lawmakers realized their mistake, they demanded President Laura Chinchilla to veto the bill.

July 10, 2013

Archbishop of San José, Hugo Barrantes, has called the union of gay people ‘unnatural’ and accused minority groups of ‘imposing’ themselves on the majority

Three gay couples are fighting for their right to be married after they were ‘accidentally’ legalized by conservative lawmakers in Costa Rica.

Marco Castillo, president of the Diversity Movement, confirmed they would appear in family court to apply for legal recognition of their relationships today (10 July).

One of the couples, Fiorella Bruno and Ana Cristina Binsa, said they were applying in order to have hospital visitation rights, partner benefits for public health insurance and inheritance rights for their son.

July 10, 2013

Archbishop of San José, Hugo Barrantes, has called the union of gay people ‘unnatural’ and accused minority groups of ‘imposing’ themselves on the majority

Three gay couples are fighting for their right to be married after they were ‘accidentally’ legalized by conservative lawmakers in Costa Rica.

Marco Castillo, president of the Diversity Movement, confirmed they would appear in family court to apply for legal recognition of their relationships today (10 July).

One of the couples, Fiorella Bruno and Ana Cristina Binsa, said they were applying in order to have hospital visitation rights, partner benefits for public health insurance and inheritance rights for their son.

July 6, 2013

Constitutional lawyers say that same-sex couples still lack the ‘legal capacity’ to enter into any type of civil unions.

Experts claim Costa Rica is no closer to allowing same-sex unions.

In a landmark ‘mistake’ this week, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill some believe could be a legal gateway to same-sex partnerships.

July 6, 2013

Constitutional lawyers say that same-sex couples still lack the ‘legal capacity’ to enter into any type of civil unions.

Experts claim Costa Rica is no closer to allowing same-sex unions.

In a landmark ‘mistake’ this week, 45 Costa Rican politicians unknowingly approved a bill some believe could be a legal gateway to same-sex partnerships.

July 5, 2013

President Laura Chinchilla says the anti-gay lawmakers who are furious they accidentally approved of gay rights is not enough of a reason to veto the bill

Costa Rica gay couples will have same-sex unions as the president says she will legalize a bill that was ‘accidentally’ approved by lawmakers.

The Costa Rica president has said she will sign a bill where gay couples may have accidentally been giving the right to form same-sex unions.

July 5, 2013

President Laura Chinchilla says the anti-gay lawmakers who are furious they accidentally approved of gay rights is not enough of a reason to veto the bill

Costa Rica gay couples will have same-sex unions as the president says she will legalize a bill that was ‘accidentally’ approved by lawmakers.

The Costa Rica president has said she will sign a bill where gay couples may have accidentally been giving the right to form same-sex unions.