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November 19, 2014

Travels of Adam blogger reveals city's best queer bars, cheapest eats and where he'd take a Berlin virgin...

This week, blogger by trade and Berliner by choice Adam Groffman shows us around the German capital…

I moved here in…
...2011 as a backpacker for the gay pride parade. I spent a week here and then left to continue my Eurotrip to Prague and Vienna. But as I was planning where to go from Vienna, I realised I missed Berlin. So I got the next bus here and haven't looked back yet!

November 18, 2014

Titan hotspots London, Berlin and San Francisco battle it out to be named top LGBTI havens

We've brought you numbers 20 to 16 and 15 to 11 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 10 to six; check back tomorrow for the final five!

10. Berlin

November 17, 2014

The Bahamas are a surprise new entry on the hotlist, joining the likes of Tokyo and Las Vegas

Last week, we brought you numbers 20 to 16 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 15 to 11; check back tomorrow for numbers 10 to five!

November 2, 2014

In the latest in a line of closures on the London gay scene, Hackney pub the Joiners Arms will shut its doors in January 2015. Its managements tell GSN that they are seeking new premises

A well-loved and long-running London gay bar has been told that it must find itself a new home.

The management of the Joiners Arms on Hackney Road, Shoreditch, has been informed that its current lease, which expires on 15 January 2015, will not be renewed.

David Pollard, the publican who re-launched the venue as a gay bar in 1997 and has run it ever since, told GSN that a development company is planning to demolish the venue and build flats on the site.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

October 22, 2014

If you love Steel Magnolias, BBQ and cowboys, check out these recommendations from a Tennessee native

Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute.

Dolly Parton. Check!

Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check!

Stunning scenery. Check!

Moonshine. Check!

Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

October 1, 2014

GSN social media guru Dan Beeson learns the ropes of Copenhagen during Gay Pride weekend

Gay Pride is a huge deal in Copenhagen.

Denmark was the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex unions, and this year the city by the sea was still buzzing from its Eurovision high a few weeks earlier.

Conchita Wurst won the coveted competition on Danish soil, a testament to the open arms and open minds of the nation.

When locals and visitors alike aren’t gathering in the city center to celebrate Gay Pride in August, the city is proudly home to a number of gay bars and gay-friendly businesses.

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 29, 2014

Need a big gay night out? Check into these Marriott hotels before checking out 5 of the UK’s liveliest LGBTI enclaves

From London to Liverpool, the UK is home to a variety of LGBTI neighborhoods, each with their own character, climate and distinguishing accent.

Many people around the world might not know they’re already familiar with a few of them.

The opening to Kylie Minogue’s TimeBomb music video, as she irreverently stomps her way through back allies and secret clubs, was filmed on Wardour Street in London’s Soho.

July 20, 2014

The suspect allegedly used a gay dating smart phone app to arrange a meeting with one of the victims

The suspect in the double homicide of of gay men in Seattle has been arrested in New Jersey.

According to CBS New York, Ali Muhammad Brown was apprehended  in West Orange, New Jersey this past Friday (18 July). The 29-year-old is originally from East Orange.

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.’