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August 6, 2014

The Le Couvent d’Hérépian, a boutique spa hotel in a former convent, is the ultimate gateway to enjoy the stunning countryside and delicious food of the High Languedoc

Hidden in the stunning countryside of High Languedoc, France, the little town of Hérépian is so secluded most people in the region haven’t heard of it.

Guidebooks and mass tourism have passed it by.

At the center of its muddle of narrow streets, Le Couvent d’Hérépian (the old convent) is even more of a secret. It’s so elegantly understated we had to ask a local to point it out to us even when we were in the small square right next to it.

June 27, 2014

Egypt and Sierra Leone put forward a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on the ‘protection of the family’ which was passed without language inclusive of LGBTI families with the help of Russia

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the ‘protection of the family,’ but attempts to have it amended to recognize there are a variety of family structures – including those headed by LGBTI people – were blocked.

The resolution was put forward by diplomats from Egypt and Sierra Leone during the Human Rights Council’s 26th Session yesterday and calls for a plenary panel on the protection of the family and its members at the Human Rights Council’s September Council session.

June 20, 2014

As the world focuses on the south of France for the Spandex-filled cycling competition, a local gay guesthouse has some freeing options to stop and smell the vineyards

Any day now all those Lycra-clad athletes cycling in the Tour de France will be be getting on their bikes for the annual cross-country extravaganza.

Just why it starts in Yorkshire, England, isn’t clear. But soon they’ll be sweating their way through one of the most stunning regions in Europe: The south of France.

France’s southern enclaves, known colloquially as le Midi, have become a popular destination with LGBTI travelers looking for luxurious activities, in beautiful surroundings, serious about switching off completely and chilling.

June 3, 2014

For over a year, the man known as the Dutchman known as the 'Face of Homophobia' has longed to see his attackers behind bars

Last year, there was one face that summed up the growing hatred and homophobia in France as the country debated gay marriage.

That face was Wilfred de Bruijn.

On 6 April, he and his boyfriend Olivier were beaten up in Paris. The next day he posted a picture of his broken face and it went viral.

And after waiting for over a year, their attackers have finally come to justice.

Three men were found guilty and handed their sentences in a Parisian court today (3 June).

May 29, 2014

If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you? We give you some of the most popular places around the world for taking a dive into the deep end

Apart from travel costs, cliff diving is probably the cheapest way to get an adrenaline rush.

There’s no need for safety gears or training, although you should talk to locals before attempting the jump.

It is important to know the waters, after all you wouldn´t want to end up on the only rock sticking around underneath the surface.

However, if your partner is not into tomb stoning (another word for the cliff dive) or extreme sports in general, jump locations are also amazing for relaxing and swimming, basically doing the traditional holiday stuff.

May 26, 2014

Justin Bieber was one of a number of celebrities that helped raise $35 million at the amfAR gala ball in Cannes on Thursday

Justin Bieber has donated $545,000 towards HIV research, matching another donor’s donation at the amfAR gala charity ball in Cannes on Thursday.

Organizers were floored by the offer and double-checked with Bieber to make sure he was serious about the donation, which he confirmed he was.

However Bieber couldn’t wait to take part in a lavish banquet that was part of the event and reportedly ordered a meal off the hotel’s kids menu before the banquet was served.

May 14, 2014

France’s LGBTI community may be seeing a backlash against the legalization of same-sex marriage with a 78% increase in homophobic incidents reported to the SOS Homophobie campaign last year

There was an upsurge of violence against the LGBTI community in France during 2013 – the same year it legalized same-sex marriage.

Figures from the SOS Homophobie anti-violence campaign found there had been a 78% increase in homophobic incidents being reported to it in 2013 compared to 2012.

Around 3,500 incidents of homophobic harassment or violence were reported to the group in 2013 – with verbal abuse making up 39% of cases.

April 9, 2014

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon lock lips and roll around the sand and water for nearly 5 minutes in ad for Florida/France Festival

Pioneer Winter and Jared Sharon might have needed some chapstick after filming a very affectionate spot for an ad promoting this month's Florida/France Festival.

As moody music plays, the two hunks begin to kiss passionately while at the beach and they do not stop until 4 minutes and 45 seconds later.

And this is no stationery kiss.

The two, intertwined horizontally, roll off of their towel and onto the sand and keep rolling over seaweed and into the water.

April 1, 2014

Lesbian coming of age movie Blue is the Warmest Color has been accused of being pornographic gay propaganda in Russia and a group is seeking to have the film banned

Russia’s League of Safe Internet is seeking to have the Palme d’Or winning lesbian coming of age film Blue is the Warmest Color banned – claiming it constitutes child pornography.

The film depicts a relationship between Adèle a 15-year-old girl, and Emma, an art school student, but both actresses were over 18 when the film was shot.

March 21, 2014

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament says it will tell its heads of states to stay away from an upcoming diplomatic summit with the EU if the West goes ahead with sanctions against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTIs

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP) of countries that have signed the Cotonou Agreement with the European Union (EU) has threatened to tell the heads of its member states to boycott the upcoming ACP-EU Summit in May if sanctions are laid against Nigeria and Uganda over their treatment of LGBTI people.

February 13, 2014

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has introduced measures to ensure gay and unmarried straight couples from countries with equal marriage are banned from adopting Russian children

Russia has introduced measures to enforce the ban on adoptions of children to people in countries that recognize same-sex marriage.

A decree published on the government’s website today (13 February) states a ban on adoptions will apply to gay and unmarried straight couples.

Affected countries that often traditionally adopt from Russia includes Spain, France and Canada.

England and Wales will be on the list once same-sex weddings begin to be carried out on 29 March.

January 30, 2014

Lesbian penned a heartfelt letter to her father pleading with her to recognize her wife as a human being

A Hong Kong tycoon has finally retracted his million dollar offer to the man who could marry his gay daughter.

Cecil Chao, an extremely wealthy real estate developer, offered HK$500 million to any man who could turn his daughter Gigi straight in 2012.

Despite over 20,000 men coming forward, his daughter unsurprisingly turned them all down.

This month, he doubled that offer to HK$1 billion ($130 million, €100 million).

January 23, 2014

Two years ago, Cecil Chao offered HK$500 million for the man who could win his daughter Gigi's heart. Now he's increased it to HK$1 billion

A Hong Kong tycoon is considering doubling his bounty to over a hundred million dollars to find a male suitor for his gay daughter to marry.

Despite his daughter is married to a woman in France, billionaire Cecil Chao is still convinced a man could win a lesbian’s heart.

January 9, 2014

A 25-year-old rising star of the National Front party has defended Russia's anti-gay laws saying any negative reports are 'complete nonsense'

A right-wing youth leader is calling for a gay propaganda ban in France.

Julien Rochedy, 25, of the National Front demanded a similar law to Russia be introduced.

‘What I know is that the law bans LGBT propaganda in schools. That is their priority, and yes I would like that,’ he said in a radio interview.

‘Why not have it? Why not have it in the streets as well?’

When told Russia has seen several arrests, suicides and murders since the law was introduced, Rochedy said that was ‘complete nonsense’.

January 3, 2014

By legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013, Brazil, the US, France, England and Wales brought marriage equality to another 447.5 million people

Going into 2014, 1 in 10 people in the whole world are living with gay marriage.

With over 7 billion people living on Earth, the estimate was boosted in 2013 after countries like the US, Brazil, France, England and Wales legalized same-sex marriage.

With 201 million citizens, Brazil leads the population pack since the country’s courts began marrying same-sex couples in May 2013.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

December 19, 2013

These Preferred Hotel Group stays are more than hotels… they are homes away from home and represent the top in gay-friendly luxury

For some LGBTI people, checking into a hotel with their partner could be considered a luxury.

The most scandal one should face when arriving to a hotel is learning a 1800’s pyramid scheme helped pay for the room you are booking.

While LGBTI travellers may expect the money they are spending on accommodation will also include fair and appropriate treatment, the sad truth is not all hotels and staff are trained to ensure a flawless experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests from check-in to check-out.

December 15, 2013

French official offers no reason why President Francois Hollande will be absent from Sochi

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the Sochi Olympics.

'There are no plans to attend,' Fabius said Europe 1 Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. 'Top French officials have no plans to be there.'

The foreign minister offered no reason for the decision.

December 10, 2013

Cinq & Sept, in the traditional winemaking village of Roujan, is the ideal base to discover the local naturist beaches, oyster beds and traditional southern French cuisine

The south of France evokes images of sun-kissed vineyards, Mediterranean beaches and a charming isolation the rest of Europe travels hours to reach.

Less than a 30 minute drive from the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea and less than an hour away from the ‘San Francisco of France’, the region’s capital Montpellier, you will find the exclusively gay guesthouse Cinq & Sept.

November 20, 2013

Some of Peru’s leading celebrities have posed together as if they were gay couples for a new tolerance campaign aimed at eliminating homophobia in the South American nation

A new billboard campaign in Lima, Peru hopes to help eliminate homophobia by showing famous Peruvians posing as if they were gay couples to show people that there is nothing wrong with being gay.

The billboards are part of the ‘Imaginary Couples’ campaign, which is modeled on a similar campaign from France by photographer Olivier Ciappa.

Each of the billboards thanks the pair of ‘heterosexual friends who agreed to be one of the ‘Imaginary Couples,’” featured in the photo and bare the slogan ‘Love is not a crime.’

November 13, 2013

As thousands of gay couples in England and Wales are frustrated over having to wait a year to get married, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has called on the government to speed up

The UK Government still doesn’t know when England and Wales will see the first gay weddings, despite the law passing four months ago.

A Gay Star News Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed the UK government is not even prepared to say why it is taking a year before gay couples can enjoy full marriage equality.

In France, marriages only took three months to implement after politicians passed the legislation.

October 30, 2013

The two women, who were originally married in the US, separated and remarried in Europe to avoid legal pitfalls

The first gay couple in France have divorced.

Six months after France celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage, the state has apparently received its first divorce papers.

Two young women, who have asked not to be named, were originally married in the United States in 2011 and had their marriage officially recognized by France during the summer of 2013.

According to France TV, the couple’s lawyer Rémy Rubaudo filed for divorce on the joint behalf of the couple earlier this month.

October 22, 2013

Binational couples are celebrating after a Court of Appeal overturns a decade old agreeement between France and Morocco allowing same-sex couples from those two countries to marry

A French-Moroccan gay couple have won the right to marry in France today (22 October).

Dominique, 55 and Mohammed, a younger visiting student, were victorious at the Court of Appeal in Chambery allowing them to stay married.

The couple, who obtained a PACS civil union in March and were originally married in September, had their marriage overturned by a local court.

October 18, 2013

Constitutional Court rules it is illegal for registrars to refuse to marry gay couples on the grounds of religious or moral opposition

France has banned mayors from opting out of same-sex marriage, it was ruled today (18 October).

The Constitutional Court ruled mayors cannot refuse to marry gay couples on the grounds of religious or moral objections.

‘The mayors and their deputies, who are registrars, are not eligible for a conscience clause and must therefore marry couples of the same sex,’ they said in a statement.