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July 14, 2014

Given a five-match ban for calling another player a ‘fucking fag,’ Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker comes to Manchester’s Canal Street to meet with LGBT locals

Rugby star Zak Hardaker will meet with members of the LGBT community tomorrow night as part of his 'personal and professional development' after being suspended for using a homophobic slur during a game.

In June the 22-year-old player called Warrington captain Michael Monaghan a ‘fucking fag’ at , for which he received a Charge E offense and a £300 fine ($514, €377).

Hardaker was banned for five games (a Charge E offense means a four to eight game ban), during which time he agreed to work with gay rugby group the Manchester Canalsiders.

July 9, 2014

In order to ‘keep up with the competition’, Atlantic City’s openly gay mayor Don Guardian is trying to reclaim a gay-friendly image

From re-naming an official gay beach to three summertime LGBTI events, Atlantic City officials seem hungry for the pink dollar.

In a beachside resort known more for gambling than for its gay scene (most recently the town's gay venue Pro Bar closed after three years), politicians are doing a big PR push to court LGBTI travelers.

June 24, 2014

Former girlfriend of Brad Pitt and Simon Cowell, Sinitta will re-launch her singing career by performing her latest single at London Gay Pride on 28 June

Sinitta’s first new single in over 20 years will be performed at London Gay Pride.

The American-born singer, who rose to fame in the 1980s with her singles Toy Boy and So Macho, has her eyes set on the charts again as she’s re-released her mother Miquel Brown’s disco tune.

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 17, 2014

The Austrian city of Salzburg is so much more than the birthplace of The Sound of Music, so let us share with you a few of our favorite things

The hills are alive with the sound of a city that is so picturesque and gay-friendly, it had to be the birthplace of one of the most popular musicals in history.

Salzburg is where the exciting story of Maria von Trapp’s aristocratic Austrian family took place.

It is one of the coolest destinations in central Europe, and not just for its pop culture credentials.

June 10, 2014

Two women filmed on CCTV have come forward to speak with police about the incident

London police are a step closer to finding the man who threw ammonia into a man’s face for being gay.

The authorities believe one man may have attacked three men in Vauxhall, an area of London south of the River Thames popular with gay clubbers.

Two women seen on CCTV around the time of the attack outside Lightbox club have come forward since the high-profile appeal launched.

They were not arrested after speaking to police, Scotland Yard said today.

June 9, 2014

Police are appealing for help to find one man and two women in connection with a homophobic attack in Vauxhall

A London man who was sprayed with bleach in an anti-gay attack may never see again.

The clubber, 23, is one of three victims attacked by a concentrated ammonia solution in premeditated attacks at around 4am yesterday.

Police are asking for people to look at CCTV images of a bearded man and two younger women who they would like to identify in connection with the attacks.

It happened outside Lightbox club in South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames in the UK capital, popular with gay clubbers.

June 4, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s LGBTI community two years before Stonewall

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque marking the location of the 1967 Black Cat Riots – one of the earliest examples of America’s LGBTI community standing up for themselves.

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 1967 a group of plain clothed police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, a newly established gay bar, and began arresting and beating patrons for kissing.

The violence spread to the nearby New Faces bar, where police beat two bartenders unconscious, and erupted into a riot in the surrounding area.

May 29, 2014

After a series of attacks on patrons and the venue, Moscow’s Central Station gay night club is reopening in a new location after being driven out of its original building

The owners of Moscow’s Central Station nightclub have announced they are moving the business to a new building after closing its doors in March.

May 27, 2014

From Fire Island to Costa Rica, let us tickle you with a roundup of the sands, decks and shores you should plan to see and be seen

Budgets and diets are planned around summer's beach holidays.

Nothing beats the prospect of sunbathing with old friends or new acquaintances, enjoying some local refreshment and taking in the scenery, hopefully inclusive of some attractive fellow sun-worshippers.

Every year thousands of LGBTI travelers flock to the gay and lesbian beaches of the world. What makes them gay or lesbian?

May 10, 2014

Two girls have won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Copenhagen, Denmark to be there for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest

When two of Eurovision’s biggest fans decided to go out to a London gay club tonight, they thought they would end the night with a kebab and taxi home.

They had no idea they would instead be taking that cab to the airport and flying to Copenhagen with two front row tickets to the final in their hands.

This once in a lifetime trip was won by 24-year-old Catarina and 23-year-old Jordan.

The ‘very close friends’ arrived at G-A-Y Heaven nightclub for the Visit Denmark party organized by Gay Star News earlier that night.

May 8, 2014

Steve Wiles, the conservative Christian former drag queen who was hoping to become a Republican state senate candidate in North Carolina, has lost in a primary election

Conservative Christian Republican and former drag queen Steve Wiles has failed in his bid to be selected to become a candidate for the North Carolina state Senate.

Wiles received only 27.49% of votes from North Carolina Republican Party members, coming last in the race to become the GOP’s candidate for State Senate District 31.

May 1, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata spends 48 hours in Copenhagen getting caught up in the Eurovision excitement

Roaming the streets of Copenhagen, I felt like a kid again.

I did things I haven’t done since I was seven years old.

I fought other kids over LEGO pieces in the store. I got my entire face dirty with a messy and delicious hot dog. I spent an entire day riding my bike, not stopping until I was ready for a cocktail (when I was seven I would stop for ice cream, not cocktails).

I thought to myself: ‘Is this why Denmark is considered the happiest place on earth? Because adults never lose their sense of childhood?’

April 24, 2014

The owner of Brooklyn bar Lulu’s is taking his landlord to court over a condition in his lease that bars him from operating it as a gay bar

Lulu’s bar owner John McGillion wants to change his clientele to keep up with changing demographics in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to cater to a growing gay and lesbian presence in the area.

But a clause in his lease agreement stipulates he cannot operate as a gay bar.

McGillion’s lease includes a ‘use of premises’ clause that stipulates the bar ‘shall not be used for adult entertainment and shall not be operated as a gay or lesbian bar and/or restaurant.’

April 15, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says he will help Crimea to rid their region of 'evil' like he did in Russia

A Russia lawmaker has called for the banning of gay clubs and social media pages in order to ‘rid the country of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the gay propaganda bill that was made law, has said bars and dance venues for the LGBTI community are ‘destroying Russia’.

The politician who represents St Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly is currently in Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.

Authorities in the crisis zone peninsula told LGBTIs gay pride parades would be banned on the basis of the Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 9, 2014

For every mile he runs on the London Marathon this weekend, a new person will be tested for HIV

The boss of Britain’s top gay bar and club chain is just £719 ($1,205 €873) away from reaching a mammoth fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Jeremy Joseph who runs the G-A-Y bars and club in London and Manchester is running the London Marathon this Sunday (13 April) and has set himself two additional challenges.

The first is to top a £250,000 ($419,000 €304,000) fundraising target for the Elton John AIDS Foundation – an aim he’s worked towards over four years.

March 24, 2014

Bar owner says he has been shocked over the homophobia he has faced since he opened up a business in the spiritual home of the Church of England, Canterbury

A British vicar went to a gay bar and offered to ‘cure’ the customers, the bar owner has claimed.

Tony Butcher, a 41-year-old who runs the Limes Lounge in Church of England’s spiritual home of Canterbury, said he has been shocked by the homophobia he has faced since he opened six months.

March 13, 2014

Elevation: Mammoth sponsor Alaska Airlines is offering two round-trip tickets to some of the most popular LGBTI destinations. The 12th annual ski event is currently underway and will feature a performance by gay country singer Steve Grand

‘2,500 riders. 9 major parties. Zero attitude.’

That’s the mission statement for what has become one of the most popular gay and lesbian ski weeks in the US and beyond.

Hosted by promoter Tom Whitman, Elevation: Mammoth in California started 12 years ago and has since grown to an anticipated weekend full of killer slopes, hot bodies and hotter parties.

February 27, 2014

The capital of the Netherlands caters to all tastes, from the educational to the hedonistic

I wanted to get a taste for Amsterdam's wild side, so naturally the first thing I did was visit the red light district.

I went down a cramped alleyway and found a little bar with flashing arrow lights and went in. After paying a few euros to a towering bouncer, I timidly walked down the stairs into what looked like a dungeon. Once turning the corner I was pleasantly surprised to see a very rammed and lit-up bar, run by naked girls.

I could not complain. They were dressed in nothing but impressively high stilettos, strutting up and down the bar.

February 6, 2014

South London puts the L back into LGBTI with the Bridge Girls lesbian party on Thursday nights

What’s a lesbian in London got to do to get a drink?

Thanks to the Bridge Bar, the answer is head to South London on Thursday nights.

After one of London’s only lesbian bars, CandyBar is Soho, closed in January because of increased rent, the city’s lesbian community lost an institution known the world over.

January 29, 2014

Jason Smith sent us a postcard from Sydney, and we're desperate to meet this drag queen because... SHOES!

From the characters of Priscilla Queen of the Desert to the delectable Courtney Act, we love us some Australian drag queens.

We can’t get enough of the accents to top off the wigs and the legs.

If photos of Sydney Mardi Gras are anything to go by, life is anything but a drag when it comes to Australia’s LGBTI scene.

Gay Star News reader Jason Smith and his partner sent us a postcard from Sydney as they sped past a gay bar.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

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 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.