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September 8, 2014

One of the world’s smallest but most unusual gay festivals, Bears on Ice took place in Iceland over the weekend 4-7 September

The Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, saw an influx of hairy and hunky men over the past weekend. The reason? The tenth, annual Bears of Ice festival, which, besides evening parties and discos, also includes sight-seeing tours of this fascinating and unique country.

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

September 1, 2014

The Zimbabwean president made the comment while visiting China but left without a single yuan in aid or soft loans

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has said he prefers aid from China because Beijing did not force Africa to 'embrace homosexuality' like the West.

'Whereas Europe and America, when they give little funding assistance to countries they always attach conditions,' he told a Chinese TV interviewer. 'And that is our objection.'

He continued, ‘We know they are negative because the approach of China is quite different from their own approach. As I said, they want to use aid to control. China uses aid to promote the African personality.’

August 29, 2014

Greek lawmaker has reacted to a gay politician's engagement by saying it will lead to the end of Europe

A Greek lawmaker has accused gay Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel of leading a 'Europe of faggots'.

Nikos Nikopoulos, the president of the conservative Christian-Democratic party in Greece, was reacting to the Luxembourg prime minister's engagement to his partner.

'From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of...faggots!!' he said on Twitter. 'The prime minister of Luxembourg is engaged with his darling!!'

While Nikopoulos received some support, he was in the minority.

August 28, 2014

A new poll by the Gallup research group has found that people in the Netherlands think their country is the friendliest to gays and lesbians but Pakistanis and Senegalese people thought their countries were the most hostile

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians.

Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians.

People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was 'a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement.

August 24, 2014

Maria Walsh, winner of the competition celebrating Irish heritage, says she is not ashamed of her sexuality

The winner of a competition celebrating Irish heritage has come out as gay.

Maria Walsh, 27, was crowned winner of the Rose of Tralee festival on the 19 August, and revealed her sexuality in an interview with Irish newspaper The Irish Sun on Sunday today (24 August).

‘I'm not ashamed of my sexuality by any means,’ she said.

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 14, 2014

Northern Lights. Geothermal spas. Icelandic horses. We dare you to find a better winter holiday

You know you’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. Now’s your chance.

Icelandair Hotels is offering a trip to Iceland for two with flights, accommodation and exciting tours.

Meet the nation’s iconic horses and pour yourself into a famed geothermal spa (or test your resolve with a dip in the frigid neighboring lake) by filling out four lines of your information on the Icelandair Hotels sweepstakes page.

August 9, 2014

Thinking of starting a family? This year’s show for would-be LGBT parents returns to the UK capital in September

Europe’s biggest event for prospective gay parents, the annual Alternative Parenting Show is set to take place again in London on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Returning to the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London, the event is aimed at anyone – including LGBT singles and couples – who wish to explore today’s different routes to parenthood.
There will be exhibitors from agencies from all over the world, including international surrogacy providers, legal advisors and adoption/fostering agencies.

August 7, 2014

Openly gay Neil Tennant and band partner Chris Lowe will perform 13 August at Forum Karlin in support of LGBT communities in eastern countries

The British electro pop duo will be headlining a historic concert at this year’s Prague Pride.

Considered the most successful duo in UK music history, the Pet Shop Boys will be performing in the newly built Forum Karlin on 13 August in the midst of Prague Pride, marked by over 100 social and political events taking place from 11 to 17 August

The theme for the fourth annual Prague Pride has been decided: East Meets West.

August 3, 2014

Baer and his partner Brian Walsh have been in Vienna since 2013 September

Daniel Baer, the out US ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe, married his partner Brian Walsh.

According to a post by the Human Rights Campaign, the ceremony was held on 2 August in Vienna.

Baer is the seventh openly LGBTI person nominated by President Barack Obama.

July 28, 2014

One-in-ten people in the Danish dependency of the Faroe Islands marched in the Faroe Pride March on Sunday as lawmakers continue to oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage despite wide public support for the reform

Police in the Faroe Islands estimate that one-in-ten people in the country marched for LGBTI equality on Sunday at Faroe Pride.

The Faroe Islands are an autonomous country and a dependency of Denmark and it remains the only Nordic country other than Finland that does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

There are approximately 50,000 people living in the Faroe Islands and police say 5,000 of them were at the march in the capital Torshavn.

Recent polls have shown support for same-sex marriage among Faroe Islanders is as high as 68%.

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…