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March 24, 2015

LGBTI festival has faced setbacks, but puts up a good fight

The organizers of EuroPride 2015 in Latvia have launched a crowdfunding campaign to 'help ensure a successful event.'

In a statement, the group said corporate support for EuroPride 2015 has been 'very limited'.

March 21, 2015

Out@NBC Universal was the first LGBT organization permitted to march in the parade's 254-year history

Two men have been charged with disorderly conduct for throwing  toilet paper at the only LGBTI organization participating in New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

According to the Daily News, Daniel Kaul and Daniel Dimirco, both 19,were a arrested this past Tuesday (17 March) after hurling toilet paper 'into the crowd,' specifically at the 'at the Out@NBC marchers.'

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

Says designers should stick to designing clothes

The editorial director of Dolce and Gabbana's magazine has resigned over controversial comments the designers made about gay parenting.

Earlier this week, the fashion duo said they opposed gay adoption, 'synthetic children' and non-traditional families. Their remarks angered celebrities such as Elton John, who is leading a boycott of the brand.

And now Giuliano Federico has left Swide.com after seven years at the magazine.

March 18, 2015

Rainbow Reykjavik is quickly making a winter-stopover in Iceland essential for the LGBTI traveller – but why should you touchdown during this unique festival?

It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s annual Winter Pride Festival, hosted by tour operators Pink Iceland, kicked off its four-day tour with this unforgettable and enviable memory – and there were many more to come, from ATV (all-terrain vehicle) off-roading to a real Icelandic masquerade party!

March 18, 2015

There is always a reason to travel.

 

Seasonal Features

March 17, 2015

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown

I've lived here since… I was born – I'm a true 'Dub'!

March 16, 2015

Gays groups take part for the first time

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Boston just got a fabulous makeover.

For the first time LGBTI groups were officially able to join in the parade, after a ban against the participating was overturned.

Two gay groups officially joined in the march for the first time in the event's 114-year history – Boston Pride and OutVets, an organisation comprised of gay veterans and their supporters.

March 16, 2015

Drag shows, foam parties, a lesbian pirate cruise – and of course a pride parade

There’s no better time of year to visit Gran Canaria as an LGBTI tourist than Maspalomas Pride.

The 14 pride in the gay holiday resort from 8 to 17 May will see visitors and international performers fly in from all over Europe and beyond.

The week of events will feature pool and foam parties, drag performances, boat trips, fundraisers and even a cowboy dance off.

March 13, 2015

Vitaly Milonov has called the camp contest a 'blatant propaganda of homosexuality and spiritual decay'

A Russian lawmaker has condmned the Eurovision Song Contest after he failed to get enough support for a boycott of what he calls a 'Sodom show'.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ban on 'gay propaganda', called for Russia's Eurovision selection committee to boycott this year's contest held in Vienna in May.

He has described the contest as a 'Europe-wide gay parade'.

March 10, 2015

21 European countries have laws such as this including France, Italy and Turkey

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled a law requiring trans people be permanently infertile before they undergo treatment is incompatible with human rights.

The judges in Strasbourg made the judgment after a transgender man, 'YY', in Turkey was told he would have to be sterile if he wished to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 2005.

Three years later, he turned to the ECHR saying his right to respect for privacy and a family life was violated by Turkey's 'absurd' laws.

March 9, 2015

More women are being promoted to the boardroom level, but not enough to hit a 25% Government target set back in 2011

The UK government’s target for women to hold a quarter of FTSE 100 board directorships looks unlikely to be achieved before May’s General Election, reports the Financial Times.

The target was set in February 2011 by former trade minister Lord Davies, who had been asked by business secretary, Vince Cable, in 2010 to look at ways to boost the number of women on corporate boards.

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

March 5, 2015

The European wide LGBTI celebration could be cancelled as a result

A group of 'no-homo' activists is trying to kill off EuroPride 2015, due to be held in Riga, Latvia.

Calling themselves 'Anti-Globalists' (Antiglobālisti), the homophobic activists appear to have found a way to ensure the Pride event for Europe will not happen on its scheduled date of 20 June and may not happen at all.

When Mozaika, the gay rights group planning this year's EuroPride, turned up to Riga City Council first thing on 20 February - they got a shock.

March 5, 2015

First former communist country to do so

Slovenia has announced the legalisation of same-sex marriage, ahead of the country's growing 'Pink Week' travel concept in May.

Slovenian parliament voted in favor of gay marriage on Tuesday 3 March, making it the first former Yugoslavian/Balkan country to do so.

This is timely for Pink Week, a four-day LGBTI travel experience which welcomes travellers from around the world, and takes place for the second time this 28-31 May.

March 4, 2015

LGBTI travel is booming

An array of tourist boards and travel organisations have converged on Berlin for the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, or ITB) – with a record number joining the event's Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion.

The 'Pink Pavilion', as it's known, now showcases the largest range of LGBTI tourism products at any trade fair in the world.

March 4, 2015

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG, reflects on his role at the Olympic games in London in 2012, and how being an out gay man in a senior position encouraged others to be themselves

Growing up as a country boy in Yorkshire, England, I had always been fascinated by the Olympics. One of my earliest memories was watching Seb Coe win gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow on my parents black and white television set.

I didn’t realize that I would end up working for Seb 27 years later, when he became chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

March 1, 2015

'The parade is an important way for Guinness to support the Irish community, and we look forward to celebrating with millions of New Yorkers on March 17'

Guinness is returning as a sponsor of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

February 27, 2015

The film is the true tale of one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery – and what happened to her

The first picture of Eddie Redmayne playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe has been unveiled. 

Redmayne, who just won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will play Elbe in forthcoming drama, The Danish Girl. 

The film, set in the 1920s, tells the story of a painter named Wegener, who was persuaded by her wife, also a painter, to pose in women's clothing for her. 

This opened up a whole new world for Wegener, who later began her male-to-female transition and changed her name to Lili Elbe. 

February 27, 2015

'I couldn't defend the party or convincingly campaign for it any more'

The leader of UKIP LGBT group has quit and left the party 'due to the leadership's failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone.'

Tom Booker, who manages a hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough, led the group for three years.

'Last night I stepped down as Chairman of LGBT* in UKIP and gave up my membership of #ukip. I'll remain unaffiliated...for now,' he tweeted on 24 February.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

Over 30,000 of the signatures come from Northern Ireland residents

Almost 150,000 people have signed a petition against Northern Ireland's proposed 'Freedom of Conscience' bill. 

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced the bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 23, 2015

The annual event took place over the weekend

Lapland's LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region's annual Pride celebrations. 

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland's commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe's most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle.