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June 22, 2015

Madrid Pride takes place from July 1 to July 5

It's official: pride season is in full swing. To celebrate, we've teamed up with Airbnb to take a closer look at a different gaybourhood in a different city every day this week.

Today, we chat to English teacher Lloyd Weston about the jewel in the crown of openminded Madrid: the vibrant and fashionable Chueca, found within the Justicia district.

How long have you lived in Chueca?
I have lived in Chueca for two years.

June 5, 2015

Police are calling for people to consider this a cautionary tale

A gay man was seen running naked through the main gay street in Manchester after his clothes were stolen during a hookup.

Greater Manchester Police have said it is believed the victim met a man at a nearby gay bar and walked together to the towpath near Canal Street, the centre of the gay village in the English city.

By the canal, the victim willingly removed his suit and underwear and left his wallet, phone and keys at the waterside.

But then, his date grabbed his belongings and fled.

June 1, 2015

Victim was left suicidal by the incident

A Manchester gay bar manager was jailed after he was caught on CCTV sexually assaulting a straight male teen who fell asleep.

Robert Ashton, a 37-year-old who ran the Centre Stage bar in the Gay Village, was found guilty of molesting the passed out victim at Manchester's Crown Court.

The footage showed the manager taking off the victim's clothes, smoking a cigarette as he molested him, as well as shaking, slapping, prodding and pinching him to check whether he was asleep.

May 7, 2015

Where to party in Sweden's capital

Planning your visit to Stockholm and wondering where to go out?

There are a number of LGBTI venues dotted across the city – there’s no specific ‘gay district’ and most venues are very mixed and welcoming of everyone. The city’s QX magazine is a good guide to what’s on and where to go, or ask your hotel concierge for advice.

February 3, 2015

But is it gone for good?

An iconic LGBTI-friendly bar at the heart of Manchester's Gay Village has closed down.

Eden Bar, famous for allowing guests to eat and drink on a barge moored on the canal, has shut leading to a loss of 18 jobs.

But the new owners have claimed it is not gone for good, saying its downfall was not a part of gentrification of the area.

Steven Wiseglass, insolvency practitioner for Inquesta, has been appointed liquidator of SDB bars who took over Eden Bar in 2012.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

December 17, 2014

Free app launches next week

A new 'mind-blowing' dating app for lesbians is set to launch next week.

Scissr was 'designed by lesbians for lesbians [and] is tailor-made for all – dyke, queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and bi-curious.'

Creator Allison Ullrich, 36, said the free app was location-based gay like Grindr – 'only classier.'

The general manager of an indoor climbing facility said the app was borne out of her frustrations with dating after moving to Chicago one and a half years ago.

December 5, 2014

But at least he's still showing off his pretty face in new modeling shots

Remember San Francisco's Hot Cop of Castro? The adorable officer Chris Kohrs who drove the gay internet wild?

Well, it turns out, he has revealed that his superiors have told him he is officially too hot to patrol the gayborhood.

'They prefer to keep me out of the Castro area just because it gets kind of crazy sometimes when I go down there,' he has revealed in a new video.

November 21, 2014

A 24-year-old needed a metal plate inserted into his face to fix his broken jaw

Manchester police are looking for a man in connection with an anti-gay attack at the weekend.

A gay rugby player suffered a broken jaw while he was promoting his team in the northern English city's main gay village, Canal Street.

At around 9pm, four men shouted homophobic abuse at the 24-year-old player. One of them then punched him in the face.

Police have released a CCTV image, hoping people will come forward with more information about the attack.

The victim needed surgery to repair a broken jaw.

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 13, 2014

Auckland and Chicago are surprise new entries of most-desired hotspots, according to new research

Following the release of a new study from Out Now Business Class (ONBC) of 2015's top gay travel trends, we count down the 20 cities set to cause a stir in the (£200b a year) LGBTI tourism industry in 2015 – from long-established meccas to curveball newcomers…

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

October 24, 2014

A thriving gayborhood, east-facing beaches, the World AIDS museum and LGBTI-specific retirement homes are just a few reasons Fort Lauderdale deserves your attention

As we clutch our imaginary pearls every time we hear of a favorite gay bar closing in New York and Los Angeles, we also have reasons to throw our handbags in the air: New gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses are opening up in Fort Lauderdale every day, and with good reason.

Fort Lauderdale, a popular destination with LGBTI visitors since the 1970s for the region’s tropical climate and laid-back locals, is a city where the demand for LGBTI business is booming.

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.

August 18, 2014

Whether you are in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village for Pride, a business trip or just a weekend away, you’ll get a warm welcome

There’s nowhere in the LGBTI world quite like Manchester’s Gay Village and there’s no time better to visit it than during Pride.

Yes, some argue the Village hasn’t innovated like the trendy Northern Quarter neighboring it. And on some weekday nights, tumbleweed blows through a few venues.

But there is always somewhere busy, chatty, friendly and often very intimate. And during Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend this weekend (22 to 25 August) it comes alive.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

June 6, 2014

The City of Toronto has painted two rainbow LGBTI pride crossings on the road in its gay district to celebrate the city hosting WorldPride and unlike a similar crossing in Sydney they will be left on the road surface as a permanent reminder of the event

The streets of Toronto’s gay village has been given a permanent makeover in time for the city hosting WorldPride from 20-29 June this year with two rainbow crossing painted on its roadway in the LGBTI pride colors.

The crossings were installed by the City of Toronto, which also erected 250 WorldPride 2014 banners across the center of the city’s downtown in partnership with a number of local Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups.

March 20, 2014

The gas explosion in Harlem highlights an underlying tension between poorer black residents and ‘white homos’ gentrifying the area

Building 1644 on Park Avenue is gone. So, too, is building 1646.

On 12 March witnesses and residents of the area all reported hearing an explosion before the buildings leveled leaving plumes of dust where they once stood. Tremors from the fiery blast were felt more than a mile away.

The night before the conflagration, the smell of gas was detectable. These two buildings, like many surrounding ones, housed New York City’s poor and low-income families on 116th Street in an enclave known as Spanish Harlem.

March 11, 2014

Manchester Gay and Lesbian Choir will be premiering 'Canal Street' at their Mother's Day show at the end of March

A brand new version of Petula Clark’s classic hit ‘Downtown’'s lyrics have been reworked for a famous gay village in the UK.

Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Chorus will be premiering the song, ‘Canal Street’, at their performance at the end of March to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

You can listen to the song here before the official debut.

Steve Green, of Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Chorus, said: ‘Our wonderful choral master Laurence Kaye has developed our own version of the Petula Clark classic “Downtown” and it’s been retitled “Canal Street”.

February 27, 2014

Jake Biondi’s Boystown books, a Queer As Folk-type series set in Chicago, explore living on the down-low, awful ex-boyfriends, coming out issues and more, all with a Windy City flavor

Chicago’s Boystown was voted the globe’s most incomparable neighborhood last year.

Out Traveler readers chose Chicago’s gay ghetto over those of Madrid, New York and San Francisco.

January 3, 2014

Chicago’s iconic Boystown gay precinct has been voted the world best gay neighborhood – beating out gay districts in other cities in the US and Spain

Boystown, in Chicago, has been voted the worlds most ‘incomparable’ gay neighborhood by the readers of Out Traveler, beating areas in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Madrid to be named the world’s best gay neighborhood.

Chicago beat other cities nominated by Out Traveler’s staff including West Hollywood’s similarly named Boystown, Madrid’s Chueca district, Barcelona’s Eixample district and San Francisco’s The Mission district, receiving the most votes from readers.

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.

November 27, 2013

Authorities arrested a woman on suspicion of a public order offence, but did not charge her for refusing service

Three British men were refused service and called ‘queers’ by staff at a pub yesterday (26 November).

At a Wetherspoons in Manchester, staff told the three they could not have any food or drinks.

The three apparently all work in Manchester's world famous gay Village.

The men reported it to the police but the member of staff in question was not charged.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed the incident.

November 18, 2013

Manchester’s Gay Village in northwest England is to host a rival Olympics opening ceremony to support LGBTI Russians

Openly gay athletes will parade proudly at a rival event to the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony to highlight LGBTI rights in Russia.

The alternative ceremony is being planned by Manchester’s world famous Gay Village in northwest England.

It will bring together performance artists, athletes, gay bars, activists and others to send a message of solidarity with LGBTI Russians.

Manchester, twinned with St Petersburg in Russia, has fought the Russian law banning gay propaganda from the start.