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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.

October 6, 2013

Police underwater team is being called to search Manchester canal for what a witness thought was a body in a bag

The police are searching for a possible body bag in Manchester's canal.

According to the Manchester Evening News, a witness called the police saying there could be a body in a bag in Manchester's city center.

'Detectives are currently on Canal Street in Manchester's Gay Village where the object was spotted in the water,' the newspaper wrote.

October 4, 2013

Winners of the Homo Heroes Awards 2013 announced at ceremony in Manchester, North West England

There are lots of LGBT awards now, but still not enough celebration of grassroots heroes who dedicate their lives to helping us all, often with little or no reward.

That’s why we love the Homo Heroes Awards, run by the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) in Manchester and celebrating the best of North West England.

The awards were handed out at a party last night, sponsored by LGBT-friendly bank Barclays, so here are the champions, selected from 6,000 votes and 450 different nominations.

August 28, 2013

At least 34 people are under investigation for being illegal parking wardens. Four in the gang tried to beat up an undercover cop dressed as a beggar

Rome’s Gay Village has been targeted by a local mafia gang, Italian police have revealed.

It's nothing to do, however, with Sicilian ‘padrini’, Al Capone, guns or bombs. Instead the criminals were involved in a massive fraud.

The commercial area in the city suburbs, where gay clubs and LGBT shops and associations open every summer, was being targeted by illegal parking wardens.

They used to offer parking spaces, which are supposed to be free, and demand money which was not due.

August 23, 2013

After being on a ventilator for a few days after being punched by a group of boys, transgendered woman Islan Nettles dies from injuries

The death of a New York City transgendered woman is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Today (22 August) Islan Nettles died after being on a ventilator for less than a week. Last week, 17 August, the 21-year-old was walking with a transgendered  female friend in Harlem, the traditional African-American neighborhood in the city.

August 17, 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn calls the suspects in the latest anti-gay hate crime in New York City 'cowardly individuals'

Two gay men were punched and kicked in New York City's historically gay neighborhood Chelsea.

Michael Felenchak and his partner, Peter Notman, were walking away from a movie theater early 14 August (Wednesday). They were arm and arm, when the suspects approached them.

'What are you looking at, faggot,' one of the suspects said, as reported by the website DNAInfo.

August 12, 2013

Let them eat cake – star studded line up revealed for Manchester’s Great Village Bake Off

Flour, eggs and milk at the ready! As part of the fringe events taking place in August, Manchester Pride and The Village Bakers have created their own take on BBC 2’s hit TV show ‘The Great British Bake Off.’

August 12, 2013

A 35-year-old is in critical condition and two are being held in police after incident outside gay-friendly club in the English Midlands

A man is fighting for his life after he was shot outside a Birmingham nightclub.

The 35-year-old was shot in the abdomen outside the Rainbow Warehouse at around 11.45pm on Saturday (10 August).

Two men, aged 34 and 29, were held by police and then bailed with strict conditions while enquiries continue.

West Midlands Detective Inspector Justin Spanner said the shooting ‘must have been very frightening for clubbers to witness’ but the motive was unclear.

August 7, 2013

There's more to Manchester Pride than the Big Weekend, discover a host of LGBT events across the city in August

The city of Manchester is gearing up for gay pride and there is a lot more on offer than just the notorious Big Weekend.

Throughout August the city is playing host to over 40 fringe events with the works of emerging LGBT talent being put on display across the city center.

August 1, 2013

Local mayor ‘flabbergasted’ to find new village for over 50s is being targeted at gay people

A British man building a new village for gay people aged over 50 in France has told GSN they will be welcome despite the local mayor’s objections – and he may build more.

The Villages Group has created the 107 eco-friendly homes at Salleles-d’Aude but the local mayor, Yves Bastie, has said he was ‘flabbergasted’ to find they are being marketed to LGBT people.

Despite this Danny Silver, Villages Group managing director, told GSN he has been overwhelmed by inquiries since announcing he was turning the development gay.

May 8, 2013

Is the City by the Bay still a queer travel rite of passage in 2013? The short answer: of course!

Forget LA – for a certain type of traveller, San Francisco IS California. And by ‘certain type of traveller’, we don’t just mean the gay ones. Consider the top three activities on any respectable San Francisco to-do list: they aren't exactly sexuality-specific.

April 25, 2013

The Feeling among headliners at this year’s August bank holiday gay celebration

Excitement is starting to build for Manchester Pride 2013, one of the most popular LGBT celebrations in Britain, after the event's launch.

Patrons, friends, trustees and media supporters of the organisation gathered for an exclusive look at what can be expected from this year’s Manchester Pride, which begins on 16 August. 

It has been announced the theme for this year’s parade is Acceptable in the 80s. 

April 16, 2013

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The Events:

1. Pride in Brighton & Hove / Saturday 3rd August:

Quite simply the most spectacular, diverse, flamboyant and life affirming alfresco festival, Pride in Brighton & Hove is rightly seen as a highlight of the local, national and European Pride Calendar. The park event brings people together for an unforgettable celebration that the community plans for all year round.

April 9, 2013

In a video posted by a French anti-gay group, it shows them vandalizing an Inter-LGBT fair in the gay district of Marais

Anti-gay bigots decided to film themselves vandalizing and wrecking the outside of a LGBT center in Paris, as seen in a video posted on 7 April.

It shows ‘Le Printemps Francais’ (French spring), a collective made up of hard line Catholics and royalists who have split from the mainstream ‘Manif Pour Tous’ anti-marriage equality movement.

The group published the video showing them vandalizing the annual Inter-LGBT fair in the gay district of Marais, but later deleted it. A pro-gay activist republished it on YouTube later.