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May 5, 2015

Denmark should apologize for shielding the man who experimented on gays in Nazi concentration camps

The Danish government is being asked to apologize for protecting a Nazi doctor who experimented on gays during the Holocaust in an attempt to turn them straight.

Danish Nazi SS Dr Carl Vaernet conducted the medical experiments on gay concentration camp prisoners.

But unlike other Holocaust criminals he was never prosecuted.

In fact Denmark and Britain conspired to protect him and he was allowed to escape to Argentina to continue his research into eradicating homosexuality.

May 1, 2015

The newly-engaged Mad Men star reveals all about his life on the road with fiancee John Halbach, from a gay cruise in Mexico to pool-hanging in Palm Springs

What's the most random destination you've visited?
We've driven across America twice and we took some interesting detours. I loved stopping in Deadwood and seeing the Badlands, and Route 66 is really fascinating and full of history. There are so many random corners of the country to explore.  

April 29, 2015

Amnesty International says the country is 'being left behind as a discriminatory backwater for gay and lesbian people'

Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Monday (27 April) voted down a gay marriage bill for the fourth time.

Politicians at Stormont narrowly rejected the motion put forward by the left-wing Sinn Féin party by 49 votes to 47.

Sinn Féin MLA Catriona Ruane said they wanted to 'drown out the bile' put forward by opponents of gay marriage.

'Together we will build a society that includes and embraces,' she said.

April 23, 2015

We put new app Momondo Places to the test in the capital of Denmark

If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember a time when you wouldn’t dream of embarking on a vacation or city break without buying or borrowing the relevant guide book.

Whether it was Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or one of the many other authoritative travel publishers, the reviews and advice that you found in your trusty guidebook influenced where you stayed, where you ate, and what you did at each destination – and for a lot of people, they of course still do.

April 23, 2015

We share some insider tips on how to get the most out of your visit to Denmark's capital

Copenhagen is one of those cities that can take a little while to reveal its secrets to you. It's beautiful, and everyone is very friendly, but unless you get a bit of local knowledge you can feel a little like you are only just scratching the surface and not really discovering the best of this destination.

Here are five things to do while you're there.

1. Icecream

April 23, 2015

Pope Francis reportedly met with openly gay French diplomat Laurent Stefanini over the weekend to tell him that he could not accept his appointment to become an ambassador to the Vatican City

France’s openly gay pick to become its next ambassador to the Holy See has met with Pope Francis only to be told he is unacceptable for the job, according to new reports.

Laurent Stefanini met with Pope Francis for a 15 minute audience over the weekend, according to the Le Canard Enchâiné newspaper, and was told that France’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2013 was part of the reason he could not accept him into the Vatican’s diplomatic community.

April 23, 2015

The ideal place to sample a modern version of Denmark's traditional open sandwiches

Smørrebrød is the traditional open sandwich of Denmark. Dark, rye bread, topped with herring, shrimp, or anything else that takes your fancy.

Throughout Copenhagen there are numerous cafes and restaurants selling Smørrebrød – locals will quickly point out that some are better than others.

April 23, 2015

Tivoli's newest restaurant offers a huge selection of gourmet Smørrebrød sandwiches

Smørrebrød is one of the traditional foods that the people of Denmark proudly claim as one of their own.

Essentially it is an open sandwich, a slice of dark rye bread – most often topped with herring but increasingly served with all sorts of meat and vegetable combinations.

April 21, 2015

He calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’. Find out why here

In one of Cakes Da Killa's new tracks, he calls himself ‘the most clinically insane cunt bitch up in the game’.

This is apparently accurate, according to him.

Otherwise known as Rashard Bradshaw, this 23-year-old New York City rapper and artist is ambitious. So ambitious, he says, he's going to take on the world.

His second mixtape, The Eulogy, was a massive hit. He's been compared to acts like Lil' Kim, Cam'ron and Mykki Blanco.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News enjoys a taste of the LGBTI travel concept before its return from 28-30 May

Please don’t book any appointments for the end of May: Matej and Mattej, a lovely and fascinating Slovenian couple who run www.luxuryslovenia.eu, are waiting for you in the greenest, warmest and friendliest country in Europe.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News enjoys a taste of the LGBTI travel concept before its return from 28-30 May

Please don’t book any appointments for the end of May: Matej and Mattej, a lovely and fascinating Slovenian couple who run www.luxuryslovenia.eu, are waiting for you in the greenest, warmest and friendliest country in Europe.

April 19, 2015

An ideal day-trip from London offers castles, markets, and coastal villages.

A short drive from London is the English county of Kent.

Known as 'the garden of England' due to its concentration of orchards and crops, Kent is also an important gateway to Europe from the port of Dover. Due to its coastal position and strategic importance, the history of this region is fascinating.

Our first point of call was the village of Eastry.

Eastry was the location of one of the palaces of the Saxon kings when they ruled these lands in the 5th century, following the withdrawal of the Romans.

April 18, 2015

Life is too short for bad food

Nothing beats good food and we love trying out restaurants and bars around the world. Here are a few of our recent reviews:

April 16, 2015

The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment

Vatican City is continuing to refuse the appointment of an openly gay man as the French ambassador to the world’s smallest country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 15, 2015

Speaking out on Brussels’ booming LGBTI tourism industry ahead of Pride on 16 May

A consultant for the Belgium tourist office has said gay clubbing in the capital, Brussels, is worth over $5m a year.

 

According to Expatica.com, visit.brussels gay consultant Mr Boutry added that LGBTI tourism continues to rise in the city.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 7, 2015

The Holy See is to receive its first ever openly gay ambassador in the form of France’s Laurent Stefanini and not everybody’s sure they’re too thrilled about that

The smallest country in Europe and its only remaining absolute monarchy is about to get its first ever openly gay ambassador from another country.

Vatican City, home of the Holy See and headquarters of the global Catholic Church, is only 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of 842 is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

April 3, 2015

The perfect place to begin your northern Norwegian adventure.

The snow lay thick on the mountains that surround the small city of Narvik as I emerged from the hotel, ready to take on the day.

My only previous experience of Norway had been a city break to Oslo a few years ago. This was a different trip altogether – heading to the north of the country to experience a Nordic winter.

April 2, 2015

'To say this is groundbreaking is an understatement'

Malta is now leading with one of the most comprehensive laws protecting trans and intersex people in the world.

They will no longer need to have surgery, sterilization and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed yesterday (1 April).

It will also ban medically unnecessary surgery on the genitals of intersex infants.

‘To say that this Act is a groundbreaking human rights milestone is almost an understatement.’ Paulo Paulo Côrte-Real, co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board,said.

April 2, 2015

The Arctic destinations of Narvik and Tromsø offer unique opportunities to experience the indigenous Sami culture of the region.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the Arctic region that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Traditionally, the Sami have been masters of coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding, but they are best known as the reindeer herders of these lands.

The Sami trace their history in this region for at least 5,000 years.

March 31, 2015

Arkansas is expected to move ahead with its anti-gay bill

'Religious freedom' bills in both Georgie and North Carolina have stalled amid a national backlash over a similar law that was passed in Indiana last week.

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

Georgia's Senate passed the bill earlier this month within minutes of being introduced with no advance notice.

But the draft law stalled at the committee stage after a lawmaker added anti-discrimination language to stop it from being using against LGBTI people.

March 30, 2015

The 'EuroPride 2015 – Riga' organizer on life in the Latvian capital

I've lived here since…
1999. I moved to Riga with my family. Riga is the most vibrant city in the Baltic countries. Even though I consider Riga my own home city, I often find many new things to love about it. It's the great mix of history and fun that keeps me here.

March 30, 2015

The 'EuroPride 2015 – Riga' organizer on life in the Latvian capital

I've lived here since…
1999. I moved to Riga with my family. Riga is the most vibrant city in the Baltic countries. Even though I consider Riga my own home city, I often find many new things to love about it. It's the great mix of history and fun that keeps me here.

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.