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September 10, 2014

The Halpa-Halli chain of department stores says that they will not be stocking the stamps as they do not wish to offend customers

Despite the Finnish Postal Service, Itella, revealing that its new Tom of Finland stamps have been the best-selling in its history – with advance orders from people in 178 different countries ahead of the stamps going on sale this week – not everyone in Finland has embraced them.

August 30, 2014

A transgender refugee who tried and failed to gain asylum in several countries, has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’ where her gender identity is accepted

A transgender woman has spoken about her happiness at finally being allowed to live in a country where her female identity is accepted.

Eliana Rubashkyn, 26, from Bogota, Colombia, was granted asylum in New Zealand, where her certificate of identification has her gender stated as ‘female’.

She has described New Zealand as a ‘paradise’.

Rubashkyn has spoken about the ordeals suffered as a refugee seeking entry into countries such as France, Norway and Finland. She was consistently rejected because of regulations on gender reassignment surgery.

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

Legal committee rejected the motion supported by over 166,000 people

Finland once again has proven to be the hold out among the Nordic countries, voting against same-sex marriage for the second time.

The parliament’s legal affairs committee has rejected a bid to legislate for equal marriage.

The vote was 10 against and six in support. This means the bill will now go to be discussed by the whole legislature.

February 20, 2014

Members of parliament will discuss same-sex marriage in its initial stages today after 166,000 people called for marriage equality laws

Finland’s parliament will begin debating a bill to allow same-sex marriage today (20 February).

Despite same-sex marriage legislation being defeated before, gay rights activists are hoping politicians will do the right thing on their second chance.

But unlike last time, politicians are discussing the bill on the will of the people.

Under Finnish law, petitions can be started to force parliament to discuss bills that matter – called a ‘citizen’s initiative’.

September 20, 2013

A citizen’s initiative to have the Finnish Parliament consider passing equal marriage laws has collected the most signatures in Finnish history, forcing lawmakers to look at the issue again

Finland’s Parliament will consider the issue of same-sex marriage after supporters gathered 162,000 signatures in favor of it in the Scandinavian nation of 5.4 million people.

The figure represents the largest number of signatures collected in favor of a citizen’s initiative in Finland and only 50,000 signatures, or less than a third of 162,000, were needed for the Parliament to have to consider the initiative.

The same-sex marriage citizens initiative beat the 50,000 signatures in its first day in March last year.

June 26, 2013

Russian President says despite a 'gay gag' bill is set to become law, it does not infringe on the rights of LGBT people

Vladimir Putin has warned Western countries not to interfere on Russia’s plan to ban ‘gay propaganda’.

Speaking in Finland yesterday (25 June), the president said he does not instruct other countries on their position on homosexuality therefore they should not interfere in Russia.

May 18, 2013

Finland’s Krista Siegfrids kisses one of her female dancers after performance of her song Marry Me

An estimated 100 million TV viewers have seen Finland’s Krista Siegfrids kiss one of her female dancers at the end of her Eurovision performance.

Siegfrids was performing her song Marry Me as one of 26 acts in the finals of the camp annual European Song Contest which this year is being held in Malmö, Sweden.

As the show goes out live across the world, it is believed all audiences would have seen the kiss.

May 18, 2013

Emmelie De Forest from Denmark wins Eurovision Song Contest with Only Teardrops. Gay male kiss and marriage in Sweden’s musical tribute. Finland’s Krista Siegfrids kisses female dancer

Denmark has won the gayest ever Eurovision Song Contest, held this year in Malmö, Sweden.

Their song Only Teardrops, performed by Emmelie De Forest had been widely tipped for success.

The contest has long had an enthusiastic gay fan base. But this year there was a new reason for LGBT people to celebrate.

The event saw not one, but two same-sex kisses – the first in its 57 year history.

Swedish comedienne, dancer and television presenter Petra Mede – who hosted the show – ‘married’ two men during her interval act musical tribute.

May 16, 2013

Finland's Krista Siegfrids kisses one of her female dancers after semifinal performance

With a single lesbian kiss, Finland has made history by fighting for equal marriage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden.

Krista Siegfrids, who sang ‘Marry Me’, ended her semi-final performance by kissing one of her female dancers.

It is the first time there has ever been a gay kiss on a Eurovision stage in its 59-year history.

Speaking to Gay Star News in Malmo, she told critics her kiss was about spreading love and not politics. Political gestures or lyrics are strictly forbidden under Eurovision rules.

May 16, 2013

Gay activists are claiming Turkey's official television channel will not show the annual competition over Finland's entry standing up for marriage equality

Turkey will not be showing Eurovision Song Contest 2013 over alleged fears there will be a lesbian kiss shown this week.

Finland’s entry, Krista Siegfrids, is expected to kiss one of her female dancers on stage during her performance at the semi-finals tonight (16 May) in Malmö, Sweden.

If Europe votes Finland through to the Grand Final (18 May), she will perform the same routine with an expected audience of over 60 million people.

May 13, 2013

Finland’s entry to this year’s European singing contest has created a storm with its catchy beat and open support for same-sex marriage

Krista Siegfrids may appear to be all sugar, sweetness, sunshine, but she is causing shockwaves.

Finland is used to sending ballad after ballad to the annual popfest extravaganza that is the Eurovision Song Contest.

They have broken the mold two times. The first, when they sent a band called Lordi wearing monster costumes and playing heavy rock, and now, when they have sent a pop princess fighting for equal marriage.

May 12, 2013

GSN tests the waters of Helsinki and dives into the restaurants, the bars, the history, and the culture

First time flying Finnair. First time to Helsinki. First time to Finland.

As I stepped off the plane and down on to the tarmac I regretted forgetting to pack my sunglasses – the sky was blue and the sun was shining. Spring had arrived in Helsinki.

I was here to investigate whether Helsinki is Europe’s next gay travel hotspot. People need to know.

May 10, 2013

GSN meets Helsinki’s gay power couple – from politics, to clubbing, to Mr Gay Finland

Ville Ylikahri and Karri Nieminen collected me from the Hotel Glo where I was staying in central Helsinki.

‘The journalists always stay here,’ they laughed to each other. I was still raving about a great dinner I’d had the previous night at nordic restaurant Spis: ‘Yes - they always send the journalists there’ they confirmed.

April 5, 2013

'We’ve had an amazing couple of years together. Things have just run their course'

Adam Lambert is a single man again.

The Grammy nominee and American Idol runner up says he and Sauli Koskinen, a Finnish entertainment reporter, television host and radio personality, have split up.

'It’s been kind of on its way out in the last couple of months,' Lambert tells South Florida Gay News.

March 1, 2013

Finland is the only Nordic country in Europe without same-sex marriage, which gay rights activists call 'frustrating' and 'disappointing'

Finland’s parliamentary legal committee has voted against same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday (27 February), a bill died on a vote with nine against and eight for, meaning it will not be proposed before the full parliament.

Under the bill, it would have widened marriage laws to include everyone regardless of gender.

At present, same-sex couples can register their partnerships but have limited rights and cannot adopt their partner’s children.

February 1, 2013

'It's not on the immediate horizon'

US recording star Adam Lambert, who has been in a relationship with Finnish television personality Sauli Eerik Koskinen since 2010, is trying to end speculation that the couple is busy planning their wedding.

'I haven't actually thought about marriage at this point,' Lambert said Thursday (31 January) at the We Are Family Foundation gala in New York City.

'I want everyone to have the right to get married, of course, and I believe in that and support that fully,' he added. 'But for me, personally, it's not on the immediate horizon.'

April 2, 2012

Competition to be hosted by cabaret star and South African entertainer

A multi award winning South African entertainer and a cabaret star have been announced as hosts of the Mr Gay World (MGW) grand finale.

Taking place on 8 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, the event will also see performances from a number of acts including a Russian pop star and former Mrs World, a South African soap star and a local performance troupe.

Founded in 2009, the MGW contest is held annually and claims it allows gay men representing their nation to compete to become ambassadors for equality.

February 6, 2012

Pro-Europe conservative Niinisto wins with 62% of the vote

Yesterday's presidential election in Finland resulted in defeat for the country's first openly gay candidate, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto. Sauli Niinisto, who is described as a pro-European conservative won with 63% of the vote.

February 6, 2012

Pro-Europe conservative Niinisto wins with 62% of the vote

Yesterday's presidential election in Finland resulted in defeat for the country's first openly gay candidate, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto. Sauli Niinisto, who is described as a pro-European conservative won with 63% of the vote.

January 23, 2012

 Pekka Haavisto won 18.8% in the presidential election's first round

Finland's first openly gay presidential candidate, Pekka Haavisto, is through to the second round of the election after coming second with 18.8% of the vote in the first round.

Now the Finnish electorate will chose between Haavisto, of the Green League and former finance minster Sauli Niinisto of the National Coalition Party, who got 37% of the vote in round one, at the second round of the presidential election on 5 February.

January 20, 2012

Says he and boyfriend 'screwed up' having drunken fight in Finland

Adam Lambert, out promoting his new single Better Than I Know Myself, is for the first time talking about why he and boyfriend Sauli Koskinen got arrested outside of a nightclub in Finland just before Christmas.

Lambert appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and shed light on the drunken fight the two had outside of a gay bar in Helsinki that resulted in international headlines.