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January 6, 2014

From Lake Bled to Lipica, from the Skocjan caves to Medieval castles, Gay Star Travel explores the world away from the capital's buzzing life

The countryside of Slovenia, a small state nested between Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, stuns with its beauty and diverse attractions: Exploring a cave, swimming in an Alpine lake, eating some of the best food central Europe can offer.

The best part is, you don’t need to be an ‘outdoor lad’ to live this year-round countryside destination. While the rugged landscape is a favorite among spelunkers and white water rafters, there's plenty for those looking to take it easy.

August 19, 2013

Politicians in the former Soviet state want to follow in Mother Russia's footsteps in banning Gay Pride, LGBT-friendly clubs and 'disgusting relations'

Kazakhstan could be following in the footsteps of Russia and planning ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

According to local media, members of parliament (MPs) believe the former Soviet country needs a law to ban gay clubs and pride festivals.

Aldan Smaiyl, a member of the Majilis (lower chamber of parliament), has filed a request to ban ‘gay propaganda’.

July 14, 2013

Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon, anniversary or a hot couple’s getaway, the Rainbow Nation has some of the craziest, most unique and relaxing ideas for couples

With marriage equality laws moving forward all over the world (albeit at different paces), we have more reasons than ever to celebrate life with a civil partner, spouse or newly-found arm candy.

South Africa has breath-taking travel ideas to satisfy any couple, no matter what you’re into.

The first country in Africa, and the fifth country in the world, to legalize same-sex marriage, South Africa offers affordable excursions that are out of this world.

May 23, 2013

The European Parliament have advised countries joining the EU to adopt legislation against discrimination of LGBT citizens

Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been told they should improve LGBT rights ahed of joining the European Union.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favour of reports encouraging Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina to enforce legislation defending the rights of LGBT citizens.

April 23, 2013

Horacio Cartes, described as having potential to give South American country a ‘fresh start', apologizes to those who were offended

The newly elected president of Paraguay has apologized for the anti-gay remarks that plagued his campaign.

At a press conference on Monday, Horacio Cartes said: ‘I have no shame in apologizing to those who felt offended for an expression of mine with respect to same-sex marriage.’

The millionaire businessman has previously said being gay is ‘not normal’, comparing gay people to ‘monkeys’, and saying marriage equality would usher in ‘the end of the world’.

January 31, 2013

Australian radio show investigates how gay marriage law will affect French overseas collectivity, French Polynesia

Australia's ABC radio asked this morning how gay marriage law in France, if it gets passed, affect the overseas collectivity of French Polynesia.

The host of the Pacific Beat program asked Tahitian politician Sabrina Birk, about how marriage equality will affect the local gay community and 'rae rae' (transgender women).

October 23, 2012

Members of the European Parliament have responded after GSN highlighted an attack on a leading gay activist in Macedonia

Following a homophobic attack on a leading Macedonian LGBT activist on Sunday (20 October), Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have condemned the incident and crtizied Macedonia for fostering anti-gay hate.

Gay Star News broke the news yesterday that on Sunday two individuals violently attacked Alen Shakiri, the president of LGBT United Macedonia, abusing him verbally and punching him in the stomach on his way home in Skopje, the country’s capital.

August 21, 2012

Two men assault three women who spent the night in the same bed after saying they wanted to 'teach them a lesson' for acting like men

Three lesbian women were brutally assaulted and sexually molested in downtown Nariobi, the capital of Kenya.

Identity Kenya reported and independently verified the three women spent the night together in the same bed and were attacked by two men last Thursday (16 August).

The assailants, known as ‘Herb’ working at a local bar, and ‘Blacki’, a khat (stimulant drug) dealer reportedly knew the women.

August 20, 2012

'It’s something, actually, we have spent a significant amount of time on'

It's been two months since Chad Griffin began his job as president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group in the US with more than one million members and supporters.

August 17, 2012

Fernanda Milan, who was placed in a male accommodation center and raped ‘many’ times when she first arrived in Denmark, is due to be deported back to Guatamala

A campaign has been launched to save transwoman Fernanda Milan from deportation back to Guatamala from Denmark.

Guatamala has a shocking reputation for transgender hate crimes. A 2010 report showed that 13 transwomen were murdered over one year.

Milan came to Denmark in search of a better life, but her treatment when she first arrived was far from what she hoped. She was placed in the men’s wing of an accommodation center for asylum seekers, where she was raped by several men.

August 17, 2012

Human rights campaigners slam sentencing of Russian punk band, calling it a 'bitter blow for freedom of expression'

Three members of Russian female punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years for staging an anti-Putin protest which spoke out for gay rights.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were found guilty today (17 August) of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred' for singing a protest song in Moscow’s central Orthodox cathedral.

August 16, 2012

Hacktivist groups TheEliteSociety and Anonymous launch a joint operation to hack any African country that imprisons or kills LGBT people

The Anonymous and TheEliteSociety hacking groups have launched a joint all-out attack against countries in Africa that kill or imprison LGBT people in an operation dubbed #OpFuckAfrica.

So far websites in Botswana, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda have been taken down or their databases have been leaked.

The groups promise more websites will be hacked in African states that oppress LGBT rights.

August 14, 2012

Bisi Alimi looks back at the first LGBT Uganda Pride with admiration for the activists who made it happen

Five years ago, in a state of panic I packed my bags, grabbing everything I could carry and made my way to the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria. I was running for my life. I was in dire need of a place of safety; just the night before I had experienced what could have been the end of my life.

August 7, 2012

Gay Star News have got some great photographs of last Friday’s Pride march in Pokhara City, Nepal

Gay Star News have been sent some great photos of the Gaijatra Pride Festival in Pokhara City, Nepal, where thousands marched for LGBT equality last Friday (3 August).

The photos show grey skies and plenty of umbrellas, but high spirits.

Nepalese LGBT rights activist and organizer of the festival, Sunil Pant, told Gay Star News he was ‘extremely pleased’ with how it went and that it was ‘a lot of fun’.

August 7, 2012

Campaign group present legal and economic argument for bringing marriage equality to the Australian state of Tasmania

Campaign group Australian Marriage Equality have launched a website specifically for the state of Tasmania to support efforts to legalize gay marriage there.

On Saturday (4 August) state Premier Lara Giddings said at that she is pushing for Tasmania to become the first state in Australia to allow people of the same gender to marry.

August 6, 2012

The Bulgarian ambassador to the Holy Seat, Kiril Maritchkov, has been banned from Rome for having written a novel with a gay plot

The Vatican has refused to formally welcome the Bulgarian ambassador because of a row over a book he wrote which includes a gay story line.

Kiril Maritchkov, 37, has been ‘banned’ from being ambassador to the Vatican for having written a novel set in Italy including a gay plot. One of the main characters in the book pays another man for sex.

Tension is growing between the Vatican and Bulgaria as negotiations continue on the issue.

August 4, 2012

Nepalese LGBTs have marched through the country’s second largest city to demand that the government deliver on its commitments to recognize a third-gender in government documents and outlaw discrimination against LGBTs

Over two thousand Nepalese LGBTs and their supporters have marched in the lakeside city of Pokhara to demand that the government deliver on its promises to them.

Pokhara is the country’s second largest city and around 2,500 protestors marched along a two mile route through the city’s Lakeside district overlooking Phewa Lake, as part of the annual Gaijatra folk festival.

Protestors called on the government to deliver on a promise to include a third-gender option in official documents.

July 31, 2012

National security police chief calls ‘LGBT culture’ extremist, in unabashedly politically motivated speech to graduates

A top Malaysian police assistant director in national security warned graduates in Kuching, in the eastern state of Sarawak, about the ‘threat’ of LGBT influence at a talk on Sunday.

Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin, during a talk titled ‘1Voice, 1Destiny, 1Malaysia’ organized by Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association, said:

‘Now we are facing the threats of certain quarters who hide behind NGOs and use religion, race and society as their tools to influence the people.’

July 27, 2012

Gay man brutally murdered with an axe in the city of Liège following a string of homophobic attacks across the country

A 60-year-old gay man has been chopped to death in the city of Liège. The murder comes after a series of homophobic attacks across Belgium last week, including in Ghent and Aalst.

On Wednesday morning (25 July) Belgian police arrested Raphaël Wargnies, from Malmedy who confessed to hacking to death a 60-year-old man with an axe.

July 25, 2012

Tribunal court of Toulouse ordered a gay asylum seeker from Senegal to be deported to his home country despite facing death threats and imprisonment

A 25-year-old gay man who fled homophobic persecution in Senegal has been denied an asylum application and is likely to be deported.

Lamine, not his real name, was arrested upon landing in Toulouse airport on Saturday for possession of false documentation. He may be deported back to Senegal as early as tomorrow 26 July.

The court's decisions and procedures are being criticised by local aslym associations.

July 25, 2012

Jerusalem police arrest a man who attempted an anti-gay attack at screening of a gay documentary in a café

Jerusalem police arrested a 58-year-old man after he hurled homophobic abuse and made violent threats against people watching a screening of a gay documentary.

The incident took place at the Hasalon Beshabazi café in the Nahlaot neighbourhood of Israel's capital city on Monday evening (23 July), where about 40 people gathered to watch a documentary entitled From Jerusalem with Pride.

The screening of the film was organized by the Israeli LGBT rights NGO Jerusalem Open House (JOH) ahead of Jerusalem Pride which will take place next Thursday (2 August).

July 24, 2012

Judge rules the police acted lawfully when they disrupted an IDAHO event in Hong Kong in 2011

A judge in Hong Kong ruled in favor of the police in a controversial case concerning the disruption of an IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) event in 2011.

Police disrupted a peaceful anti-homophobia rally on 15 May 2011 when a group began to dance, despite previously issuing a Notice of No Objection to the demonstration. The police claimed the dancing meant the event required an entertainment license.

July 20, 2012

Don’t let partisan political squabbles get in the way of the bigger picture – delivering same-sex marriage equality, says Stewart McDonald

Keep calm and carry on: Equal marriage will happen in Scotland – of that I am confident. Like many people across Scotland and on the twitter-sphere I was disappointed that The Scottish government wasn’t able to make an announcement on Tuesday (17 July) that it would be pressing ahead with a same-sex marriage bill. However it’s important that we look at the bigger picture here and remember who the real enemy is.

July 18, 2012

The hills will be alive with the sound of LGBT travellers as Austria’s picturesque town of Velden hosts the international Pink Lake festival this August

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers and their friends will be painting an Austrian lake pink this summer in a unique four-day summer holiday event.

Pink Lake, which is supported by Gay Star News this year, is a long weekend of costume balls and boat parties on the stunning Lake Woerthersee, nestled between Slovakia and Italy.

We asked Jeff Wahl, one of the organizers, to tell us all about it.