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November 25, 2014

Unlock the ancient, enigmatic glamour of the Turkish metropolis with our guide

Pushed and pulled by the eastern and western worlds for centuries, absorbing influences and attitudes from both Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is astoundingly resilient.

And Istanbul, with 14 million people, has been the cosmopolitan centre of the region since it was founded as Constantinople in 330 AD. The Bosphorus Strait, a shipping lane that links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea dividing Istanbul in two, is one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia.

November 25, 2014

Unlock the ancient, enigmatic glamour of the Turkish metropolis with our guide

Pushed and pulled by the eastern and western worlds for centuries, absorbing influences and attitudes from both Europe and the Middle East, Turkey is astoundingly resilient.

And Istanbul, with 14 million people, has been the cosmopolitan centre of the region since it was founded as Constantinople in 330 AD. The Bosphorus Strait, a shipping lane that links the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea dividing Istanbul in two, is one of the boundaries between Europe and Asia.

January 29, 2015

The momondo PR manager on his achingly cool hometown

I've lived here since... November 2005.

I've stayed because... Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.

January 28, 2015

Welsh politician is under investigation for a comment on the BNP website

A Welsh UKIP politician is under party investigation for endorsing an anti-gay statement on the British National Party website.

Donald Grewar, parliamentary candidate for Newport East, left an approving comment under a statement that described gay people as 'fascist perverts' and 'pedophiles.'

'Well said... sadly this will all come to fruition in the very near future. We need to resist and stand our ground,' he wrote.

A UKIP spokesperson said the party was investigating the matter.

January 27, 2015

UKIP satire helps us relive our childhood

Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub – they will all be there for sure. And Mrs Cobbit the florist is bound to do a roaring trade.

Yes – LGBTI Pride is coming to the most unlikely place in fiction, the ever-so-proper English town of Trumpton.

Trumpton, a stop-motion animation, was first shown on the BBC in the 1960s but repeats meant it entertained and delighted generations of British children.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

January 21, 2015

Parliamentarians voted 72 to 4

The Republic of Macedonia has voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a 'life union solely of one woman and one man' in the south eastern European country.

The amendment also makes it extremely difficult for it to be overturned in the future, making clear that any changes to the law in marriage, family or civil unions must be adopted by a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The amendment was passed by a majority of 72-4.

January 21, 2015

Parliamentarians voted 72 to 4

The Republic of Macedonia has voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

Parliament has approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a 'life union solely of one woman and one man' in the south eastern European country.

The amendment also makes it extremely difficult for it to be overturned in the future, making clear that any changes to the law in marriage, family or civil unions must be adopted by a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The amendment was passed by a majority of 72-4.

January 20, 2015

'Expect dead bodies if you continue to provocate', the politician warns

A Lithuanian politician has warned a gay group that it is 'playing with fire' and its activities could lead to a massacre similar to what happened in Paris.

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, previously of the Way of Courage political party, told the leader of gay rights group LGL to expect 'dead bodies' if they continue to 'provocate'.

He was referring to the tragic killings in France earlier this month, where 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the most influential worldwide names in gay activism had to say

World leaders in LGBTI rights debated the biggest LGBTI issues at the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi and Ugandan gay rights campaigner Edwin Sesange discussed the question: ‘Are we winning or losing the fight for LGBTI rights worldwide.

National Aids Trust CEO Deborah Gold chaired the debate.

Alimi began by questioning what ‘success’ is, saying 14% of young LGBTI people are homeless in the UK.

January 15, 2015

Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out publicly as gay in February of 2014 at the height of his career to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia and he has now been named Sports Role Model of the Year

Finland has recognized its most prominent openly gay athlete as a national sporting role model during an annual sports gala recognizing the best sporting achievements for 2014.

25-year-old Finnish swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out as gay in February to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics in what many said was a brave mood for an athlete at the top of their career.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

January 13, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 January) – and just one of the special guests at this one-stop travel shop will be Austrian Airlines.

Austria's largest carrier, the organisation transports nearly 11 million passengers a year.

It operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, with those routes particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe, with about 40 cities being served.

January 11, 2015

Talon Windwalker blogs as 1Dad1Kid. After adopting his son in 2008, the two have spent the past four years travelling the world, but recently decided to settle in Romania, where Windwalker believes they will enjoy a better quality of life. He spoke to GSN about their travels and the decision to relocate

On his blog, Talon Windwalker describes himself as a ‘single parent, author, writer, former hospice chaplain, Zen monk, ultra runner, snowshoer, endurance cyclist, certified endurance running coach, scuba instructor, photographer, and lover of travelling, languages, and cultures.’

Windwalker, who is gay, was 39 and living in Denver, Colorado, when he adopted his son; referred to on his blog as ‘Tigger’.

That was in February 2008, and Tigger – who has a learning disability – was aged six.

January 9, 2015

Now that's something worth praising

A Dublin priest decided to risk everything by choosing to come out in front of his congregation in order to fight for same-sex marriage.

But it was worth taking, for he received a standing ovation from his parishioners.

Father Martin Dolan, a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Dublin's city center, led Mass last weekend by calling on his flock to support same-sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum.

'I'm gay myself,' he revealed.

January 9, 2015

Proposal was made in Rome

Michael Sam is engaged to his long-term boyfriend Vito Cammisano – the man he famously kissed when he became the first openly gay footballer to be drafted into the NFL.

The proposal was made in Rome, a source confirmed to Page Six, but it is unclear who popped the question.

Sam, 25, and swimmer Cammisano have been traveling in Europe since December 30, ringing in the new year in Spain and seeing the sights in Italy.

In an Oprah special aired last month, Cammisano said their relationship was just like anyone else's.

January 9, 2015

To be in with a chance of winning, register your attendance at the Expo (taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on 17 January 2015 – and attendees at the event could be in with a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Vienna in May, to experience the Eurovision Song Contest.

The prize includes Economy Class tickets for two people from London Heathrow to Vienna and back again (winner and guest must travel together), valid on and courtesy of Austrian Airlines.

January 7, 2015

GSN's one stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven night club on Jan 17

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Gibraltar.

This tiny British overseas territory – characterised by its jagged 430m promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea – forms the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, bordering Spain. It has a land mass of just 6.8 km².

January 6, 2015

Rise like a phoenix for GSN's travel event – taking place at London's Heaven nightclub on 17 Jan

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Vienna.

The Austrian capital – which is also the host of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, following Conchita Wurst's triumphant win at last year's show in Copenhagen – will be just one of the exhibitors at the expo.

January 6, 2015

He also thinks same-sex marriage is just for 'old queens who want to dance like the Village People'

UKIP's most senior gay politician David Coburn has claimed other political parties want to ban sex.

A Scottish MEP, he made the claim during BBC Scotland's 2014 retrospective The Rory Review hosted by comic Rory Bremner.

He said: 'If you want an authoritarian party, there's nobody more authoritarian than the Lib Dems or Labour party.

'They'll tell you eat your five a day, no smoking, no drinking, no sex, no nothing.

December 30, 2014

Diran Lin says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has been shown by the people of Montreal during his son’s murderer’s trial but he still wants to know why Luka Magnotta killed him

The father of murdered Chinese student Jun Lin has spoken of the support that he has been shown by ordinary Montrealers following his son’s killer’s murder trial.

Luka Magnotta was found guilty of the 2012 murder of Jun Lin this month and of dismembering the body of Diran Lin’s son before fleeing to Europe to try to avoid justice.

He was eventually caught at a Berlin internet café where he had been reading stories about himself online.

December 24, 2014

The annual conference for gay men who may be considering surrogacy returns to San Francisco on 10 January 2015

Interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy? Live on or near the west coast of the USA?

Men Having Babies have teamed up with Our Family Coalition to host a joint parenthood conference on Saturday 10 January in San Francisco.

The Men Having Babies expos – which take place regularly in the US, Israel and Europe – offer unbiased and comprehensive information for gay men, and anyone else, who is considering surrogacy as a route to parenthood.

December 23, 2014

From Spanish bears and Swedish sportsman to gay girls of the Med – who will you be partying with next year?

Party around the globe with our round up of 2015's biggest and best gay events, from parties and prides to festivals to games!

Sydney Mardi Gras – 20 Feb-8 March
An undoubed queer rite of passage, Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the most well-attended LGBTI events in the world. So much so, at last year's event, 4000 revelers were turned away from the parade to keep it under its 4-hour allotted time slot. Next year's is the 37th anniversary: the parade takes place on Sunday 22 February.