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July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 17, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata is an Amsterdam virgin. May these translations be his guide

As a teenager growing up in the US, Amsterdam has always been one of those magical places so many of my fellow countrymen and women obsessed about.

Mostly for the legalized marijuana, but also for the canal systems, cycling culture and various iconic museums, Amsterdam was the place to go.

Amsterdam continues to top the travel charts and this weekend I get my first taste of the Dutch city as I travel for Milkshake festival.

July 17, 2014

Lawmakers in the Macedonian Parliament have begun the process of moving an amendment to ban gay couples from marrying in the country’s constitution and the government should have the votes to do so

The Macedonian Parliament has begun the process of approving a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, with lawmakers agreeing Wednesday to consider amendments put forward by government MPs.

The ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity coalition of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his allies received a landslide win in elections in April of this year and it is believed they have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to change Macedonia’s constitution.

July 10, 2014

The Circle is a new film that dramatically recreates the lives of two gay men who met through a gay group in Switzerland in 1958 and have been a couple ever since

A new documentary is finally telling the story of a Swiss gay group that survived through World War II and a couple who met through the group after the war in 1958.

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine that began publishing in neutral Switzerland in 1932 under the name Swiss Friendship Banner and under the name The Circle from 1942.

July 10, 2014

The Circle is a new film that dramatically recreates the lives of two gay men who met through a gay group in Switzerland in 1958 and have been a couple ever since

A new documentary is finally telling the story of a Swiss gay group that survived through World War II and a couple who met through the group after the war in 1958.

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine that began publishing in neutral Switzerland in 1932 under the name Swiss Friendship Banner and under the name The Circle from 1942.

July 8, 2014

Authorities say as many as 700,000 people took pat in Sunday’s Cologne Gay Pride parade – making it one of the largest shows of LGBTI solidarity in the world

700,000 people marched in the Cologne Gay Pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the largest LGBTI pride events in Germany and Europe.

That figure was arrived at by police supervising the event which originally began as a Christopher Street Day event commemorating the Stonewall Riots at the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street.

This year’s Cologne Gay Pride march was also notable as a contingent from local pro-football side FC Köln marched in the parade including club vice-president Toni Schumacher.

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 7, 2014

An LGBTI pride march was held in the Bulgarian capital on Saturday with the support of foreign diplomats but had to be diverted after nationalists stopped it approaching the city’s Vasil Levski independence monument

LGBTI rights protesters took to the streets of the Bulgarian capital Sophia for a seventh time on Saturday, calling on lawmakers and churches to respect their rights.

Reports say around a hundred people marched, protected by hundreds more police officers.

The march had originally been scheduled for 21 June, during international Pride Month, but organizers postponed the event out of respect for people who had died during deadly floods that week along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.

July 7, 2014

Do you dream of Turkey's cool buildings, amazing beaches and hot oil wrestling? The country voted as the world’s most popular destination by TripAdvisor readers is changing its visa entry rules starting 1 January 2015

This year Turkey’s largest city and cultural heart Istanbul was voted as the top travel destination in the world by TripAdvisor users.

The reasons are hardly surprising.

Turkey is just one of those places that has everything.

Amazing food bazaars, stunning architecture like the Hagia Sophia, natural attractions like beaches and mud baths…

July 6, 2014

An estimated 1 million people turned out for Madrid Pride on Saturday evening under the slogan 'We march for those who can not' to remember LGBTIs who are persecuted and oppressed worldwide

Hundreds of thousands lined Paseo del Prado in the Spanish capital of Madrid on Saturday evening for the gay pride parade that comprised more than 50 organizations and 30 floats.

The parade is a culmination of festivities held over five days since the kickoff on Wednesday night which included an open air appearance by Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian drag queen who won the Eurovision song contest in May.

July 5, 2014

As the police could not guarantee the safety of those celebrating LGBTI pride, today’s event had to be cancelled

The capital of Ukraine was ready to celebrate LGBTI pride today (5 July), but because police cannot guarantee the safety of participants against homophobes it has been cancelled.

Kyiv Pride 2014 was scheduled to happen today, but instead, no official LGBTI pride celebrations will be taking place.

Anti-gay homophobes were expected to arrive at the celebrations with intent to disrupt them and potentially attack participants, so police told organizers they must cancel their event.

July 1, 2014

All Irish political parties have already indicated support of marriage equality

A referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland will be held in the spring of 2015, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

Kenny made the confirmation when asked about marriage equality in Ireland during Order of Business by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

July 1, 2014

Sweden’s Kiruna IF ice hockey team will wear the gay pride colors on their uniforms for their 2014-2015 season as they seek to become the first Swedish sports club to be certified as an LGBTI welcoming organization

Players from Sweden’s Kiruna IF ice hockey club will wear uniforms decked out in the colors of the gay pride flag for the next 12 months as part of a bid to become the first sporting association to receive certification by the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights has certified businesses and organizations since 2008 that are committed to providing a good working environment and respectful treatment of LGBTI people and Kiruna IF’s certification process began in June.

June 26, 2014

Meet the two dads, Ivan Lopez and Sam Laakkonen, scouring the world for the best products and thought-provoking advice for parents

Your baby deserves the best products and you need the best advice in the world as a new parent.

So step forward the two dads behind new website Wauwaa – Sam Laakkonen from Finland and Ivan Lopez from the US.

From funky giraffe bibs to shark swimsuits, their online shop has it all.

Just as importantly their videos and blogs give parents new and surprising insights into raising their kids.

What is Wauwaa?

June 25, 2014

On a visit to Vienna, the Russian president said he will look at the homophobic legislation and 'improve' it in the future

Vladimir Putin has said he will look at the homophobic laws in Russia and ‘improve’ them in the future.

The Russian president was in Vienna to meet with Austrian President Heinz Fischer to make a deal on a pipeline that will reportedly pump half of Russia’s gas supply to Europe from 2016.

At a press conference, he was forced to answer questions on human rights abuses in Russia.

‘There are stereotypes that exist regarding Russia, including on issues of sexual minorities, to a large extent…[are] a fictional idea,’ he said.

June 22, 2014

With shows opening in Australia next month, singer now claims 'very religious' husband who has a 'tough attitude' towards gays is responsible for posting the anti-gay rant last year

A Georgia-born opera singer is under fire for an anti-gay rant in which she referred to gay people as 'fecal masses', and welcomed violent attacks against a pride parade.

Tamar Iveri, who is currently in Sydney for rehearsals for Opera Australia’s Otello, has denied responsibility for a viciously anti-gay letter which made the news headlines in Australia on Friday.

June 20, 2014

As the world focuses on the south of France for the Spandex-filled cycling competition, a local gay guesthouse has some freeing options to stop and smell the vineyards

Any day now all those Lycra-clad athletes cycling in the Tour de France will be be getting on their bikes for the annual cross-country extravaganza.

Just why it starts in Yorkshire, England, isn’t clear. But soon they’ll be sweating their way through one of the most stunning regions in Europe: The south of France.

France’s southern enclaves, known colloquially as le Midi, have become a popular destination with LGBTI travelers looking for luxurious activities, in beautiful surroundings, serious about switching off completely and chilling.

June 19, 2014

A 20-year-old Swedish blond hunk won the hearts of the judges with his winning smile

Meet Mr Gay Europe, a 20-year-old Swede named Jack Johansson.

A ballet student and performer, he was the youngest competitor of the 15 delegates vying for the crown of (young, male, hairless from the neck down) gay Europe.

The competition took place in Vienna during the weekend, with Johansson taking on the different talent, modelling, and sports challenges.

Austrian Robert Prolic was first runner-up, with Brit Stuart Hatton Jr and Dane Christian Sebastian rounding out the top four.

June 17, 2014

No bears, animals or gay men alike, were harmed in the making of this article

Lurking in the woods at night, looking for bears, is a common enough activity for many a gay man.

But in this case we’re looking for bears of another kind – the real deal - brown, with claws and hopefully not too grizzly.

We’re deep in the Carpathian Mountains on an organized Transylvanian Backwaters tour and are hopeful of a sighting – but will the bears come out to play?

June 14, 2014

GSN was there in Switzerland's largest city to talk to lesbian mayor Corine Mauch and many others about the 'unstoppable' march to equality

Europe is a continent divided.

With the west and north generally in support of gays, and the south and the east mostly not, countries in the middle like Switzerland are a battleground for civil rights.

Fighting for equal marriage, and for gay couples to adopt children, the LGBTI Swiss are hoping to sway public opinion to their side.

And if events like Zurich Pride continue to be held, then equality cannot be too far away.

June 13, 2014

Stuart Hatton Jr is in the running for Mr Gay Europe, and his hometown has given him some surprise support

Staurt Hatton Jr, who is in the running to take the crown of Mr Gay Europe, has had some unexpected support from his home town in the UK.

29-year-old Hatton Jr, from South Shields, UK, was shocked to see a road sign light up with a message of support for him.

Right next to a busy motorway, the sign urges people to vote for Hatton Jr to help him take home the title of Mr Gay Europe.

June 11, 2014

Make your way to your nearest feline-dominated eatery and treat yourself to a little Purr Therapy and Cat-puccinos

There’s an adorable trend from Taiwan (not Japan!) that’s been sweeping over Europe: Cats, coffee and cake, all in one. Beautiful!

Finding it very difficult to avoid feline puns, we combed through a selection of Europe’s most popular cat cafes for some do’s and don’ts. We were unable to visit, as many have waiting lists up to two months! But don't let that deter you from getting some face time with these furry friendlies.