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April 11, 2014

Denmark will celebrate its third time hosting the Eurovision Song Contest by marrying three Russian gay couples as it also marks 25 years since it legalized same-sex civil unions

The City of Copenhagen will celebrate the Eurovision song contest being held in Denmark by marrying three gay Russian couples in what organizers say is an act to ‘strike a blow for diversity.’

This is the third time that Denmark will host the contest and this year is also the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to formally recognize same-sex couples with civil partnerships.

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 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

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 8, 2013

Film stars Channing Tatum, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson

If the trailer’s anything to go by, the LEGO Movie is going to be the campest film of 2014.

So even though we’re struggling to find any real gay angle, other than a lead who says ‘awesome’ a lot, we’re giving it some GSN Loving.

It’s a LEGO Movie! What’s not to love?

The story follows an ordinary LEGO minifigure – and inventor of the double-decker couch – who joins a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

Expect appearances from LEGO versions of Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, and Channing Tatum as LEGO Superman.

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 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.

July 9, 2013

A 22-year-old gay man from Denmark has accused a Canadian school of failing to appreciate his 'art', appearing in gay sex videos

An aspiring ballet star was kicked out of school after they discovered they had found another way he could plié, by doing gay porn.

Jeppe Hansen, 22, from Denmark, had danced on stages around the world before joining the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in September last year.

He decided to start doing porn earlier this year under the name Jett Black with the twink company Cocky Boys.

Beating out several others for a scholarship, when school officials discovered the videos, they told Hansen they no longer had a space for him.

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.

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 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 29, 2013

Top 10 happiest nations in the world, based on the Better Life Index, are all countries inspiring equality and the non-discrimination of gay citizens  

Countries who are highly accepting of gay people, and have very liberal societal attitudes towards homosexuality rank highest in a list of the happiest nations in the world.

The Better Life Index compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks 36 countries according to 11 equally weighted criteria including income levels, health, safety and housing.

May 29, 2013

Top 10 happiest nations in the world, based on the Better Life Index, are all countries inspiring equality and the non-discrimination of gay citizens  

Countries who are highly accepting of gay people, and have very liberal societal attitudes towards homosexuality rank highest in a list of the happiest nations in the world.

The Better Life Index compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks 36 countries according to 11 equally weighted criteria including income levels, health, safety and housing.

May 18, 2013

Emmelie De Forest from Denmark wins Eurovision Song Contest with Only Teardrops. Gay male kiss and marriage in Sweden’s musical tribute. Finland’s Krista Siegfrids kisses female dancer

Denmark has won the gayest ever Eurovision Song Contest, held this year in Malmö, Sweden.

Their song Only Teardrops, performed by Emmelie De Forest had been widely tipped for success.

The contest has long had an enthusiastic gay fan base. But this year there was a new reason for LGBT people to celebrate.

The event saw not one, but two same-sex kisses – the first in its 57 year history.

Swedish comedienne, dancer and television presenter Petra Mede – who hosted the show – ‘married’ two men during her interval act musical tribute.

May 17, 2013

GSN teams up with London Gay Men’s Chorus and London Gay Big Band to spread the word about fighting homophobia and transphobia

Gay Star News joined forces with the UK capital’s talented LGBT singers and musicians to make a video to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

While reports out for IDAHO today (17 May) again show the shocking levels of abuse, harassment, discrimination, violence and even murder faced by the world’s LGBT citizens, the GSN video tries to bring some hope.

May 15, 2013

Vampires, the Salvation Army and a lesbian kiss... it's the Eurovision semi-finals part two!

If you think there's a formula for Eurovision – the world's campest gay singing tournament – then this batch of semi-finalists may hold some suprises.

From leaping around the stage in sparkly suits to a laid back tune and from the oldest contestant in the European contest ever – a 95-year-old – to, possibly, the first lesbian kiss, there is plenty of variety.

March 13, 2013

While mortality rates for gay men has decreased since they introduced civil unions, it is the opposite case for women in same-sex unions

Getting married is apparently the key to help gay men to live longer, according to a new Danish study.

Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the study examined 6.5 million adults from 1982 to 2011.

The mortality rate for married gay men plummeted during the course of the study, now hovering slightly lower than the rate observed for unmarried or divorced heterosexual men.

‘Among men in Denmark, it is more dangerous to be unmarried or divorced than to be married to another man,’ lead author Morten Frisch said.

February 5, 2013

Fernanda Milan is finally told she is safe from deportation back to Guatemalan where her trans rights activism puts her life in danger

For the first time, Denmark has granted asylum to a transgender person due to risk of persecution in her home country.

Fernanda Milan, a trans rights activist, has finally been granted asylum after she was granted a last-minute reprieve last September when the Refugee Board decided to put her deportation on hold and re-open her case.

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 11, 2013

YouGov poll shows France remains divided on same-sex marriage as thousands prepare to rally in streets against President Hollande's bill

A poll shows a majority of people in several European countries believe gay couples should be allowed to get married and adopt children.

However, the YouGov survey found France was divided on the issue with a slim majority against allowing gay couples to adopt.

The findings come ahead of an expected rally this weekend in France against the Socialist government’s plans to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption.