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February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

Over 30,000 of the signatures come from Northern Ireland residents

Almost 150,000 people have signed a petition against Northern Ireland's proposed 'Freedom of Conscience' bill. 

In December, DUP minister Paul Given introduced the bill to the Northern Ireland legislative assembly, which would allow people with strongly held religious views to deny access to goods, facilities and services on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

February 23, 2015

The annual event took place over the weekend

Lapland's LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region's annual Pride celebrations. 

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland's commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe's most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle. 

February 4, 2015

The Eurodance act from the 90s are still touring and still travelling

Formed in 1987 by Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti, Cappella were of the Eurodance wave that defined the 90s. Their biggest hit was 'U Got 2 Let the Music' (which reached number two on the UK charts in 1993); other hits included 'U Got 2 Know' and 'Move On Baby'.

After many line up changes, it's husband and wife team Lis Birks and Marcus Birks belting out Capella's tracks today, and we caught up with them recently to share some travel stories. 

January 29, 2015

Court deems the 'eccentric' kiss provacative

A gay couple who posted a picture of them kissing on Facebook is being told to not complain about death threats as they were asking for it.

A Lithuania court has dismissed a formal complaint after a series of online comments threatened two students who posted the same-sex kiss picture.

The District Court of Klaipėda City claims a person who posts a photo such as this 'has to anticipate that such an eccentric act would clearly discourage the common understanding and tolerance amongst people in our society who have different views and opinions.'

January 29, 2015

The momondo PR manager on his achingly cool hometown

I've lived here since... November 2005.

I've stayed because... Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

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.

January 7, 2015

GSN's one stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven night club on Jan 17

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub on January 17 – and one of the special guests at this one stop travel shop will be the tourist board of Gibraltar.

This tiny British overseas territory – characterised by its jagged 430m promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea – forms the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula, bordering Spain. It has a land mass of just 6.8 km².

December 15, 2014

Couple are 'living in fear' after nine men and one woman wearing Nazi attire attacked them

A gay teen was hospitalized after he and his boyfriend were attacked by Neo-Nazis in Madrid last Friday (12 December).

The pair, aged 17 and 23, were attacked by nine men and a woman all dressed in black Neo-Nazi attire including military-style boots.

The gay couple were sitting on a bench in front of the Temple of Debod with a friend, holding hands, when they were approached by the group at around 9pm.

They were asked whether they were 'fags' or 'facists'.

December 9, 2014

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Warsaw Sunday morning after setting fire to a rainbow arch built by Polish artist Julita Wojcik as a symbol of tolerance for the LGBTI community

Warsaw’s Tolerance Rainbow in Savior Square has been torched again in the latest arson attack on the symbol of LGBTI tolerance in the city.

A drunk 25-year-old set fire to the rainbow arch, near the Church of the Holiest Savior, around 1am on Sunday.

However police quickly intervened and put out the fire, so only a small section of the installation, which is made of artificial flowers, was damaged this time.

This incident is only the latest attempt to burn the installation since it was erected in Warsaw in 2012.

November 28, 2014

Same-sex marriage was legalized in the Nordic region earlier today – we celebrate by gazing at 11 pictures of Finnish storybook beauty

As you've probably heard, gay marriage was legalized in the Nordic country of Finland earlier today by a narrow margin of 105 votes to 92. And what better way than to celebrate than by reminding ourselves of the region's outstanding natural beauty?

From frozen lakes and dense forests to igloo villages and the Northern Lights, here are ten reasons to visit (and even get married in!) fabulous Finland…

1. [Above] The breathtaking Northern Lights over a lake in Oulu

November 24, 2014

Pink Iceland founder and local DJ reveals she'd take a Reykjavik virgin to a geothermal pool!

This week Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir Lange, founder of LGBTI travel specialists and wedding planners Pink Iceland, takes us on a tour of her one-of-a-kind hometown – from outdoor art galleries to humbling natural beauty...

I moved here in…
…1996, when I moved from Naples, Italy. So I went from one volcano to a more active one!

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

Gay travel operators Pink Iceland share their clients' awe-inspiring wedding snaps

As Iceland's go-to gay travel and event specialists, Pink Iceland have organised more than their fair share of heart-swellingly romantic same-sex weddings – and they have the pictures to prove it. Here, the founder of this fab organisation – the lovely Eva María Thorarinsdottir Lange – shares some of the most beautiful nuptial moments ever caught on camera. Probably. Tissues at the ready...

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

November 8, 2014

The city has approved a budget of 370,000 kroner for the project, including the training of nursing staff

The Danish capital will set up its first elderly home for LGBTI people.

The Politiken newspaper reports that the Health and Care Committee of Copenhagen has agreed to set aside 370,000 kroner (£39,000) to set up the regnbueplejehjem (rainbow elderly home).

October 31, 2014

Unknown man threw a smoke grenade into the audience

The oldest cinema in the Ukranian capital went up in flames on Wednesday night during the screening of a LGBTI film after a smoke grenade was thrown into the audience.

The fire broke out at 21:41 and raged for five hours until it was put out by 22 fire department units, according to the State Emergency Service.

None of the 100 people at the screening were hurt, but the Zhovten cinema, built in 1931, was badly damaged.

September 28, 2014

An estimated 7,000 members of the police will provide the security for the Pride Parade after ultra-nationalists and far-right groups threaten to protest

Belgrade will host a Gay Pride parade today for the first time in four years after being banned for security reasons as ultra-nationalists attacked marchers and fought running battles with police in Belgrade in 2010. More than 100 people were injured in serious clashes.

Serbia Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said yesterday, 'Despite disagreements, the bureau coordinating security services did not ban the pride parade on Sunday.'

September 18, 2014

From yes to no to plain too horny to answer, the gay men of Scotland answer the big question in a somewhat unconventional survey

Today is the day. Scotland is voting on whether to become an independent country, and the polls are closer than ever.

So a Tumblr user, MachoTrouts, curious to know how the gays of Scotland will vote, took to Grindr for his own survey.

The responses range from reasoned to passionate, indifferent to horny. Well, mainly just horny.

Read the hilarious responses below:

September 15, 2014

The men attacked a German activist after he attended an LGBTI rights conference

Three men arrested in connection to an attack on a gay rights activist in Belgrade have been caught on CCTV.

The 26-year-old German man, who has only been identified as DH, was hit over the head with a glass ashtray early on Saturday morning after he attended an LGBTI rights conference in the Serbian capital organised by lesbian group Labris.

His attackers shouted, 'We don't want foreigners in Belgrade!' 

September 8, 2014

One of the world’s smallest but most unusual gay festivals, Bears on Ice took place in Iceland over the weekend 4-7 September

The Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, saw an influx of hairy and hunky men over the past weekend. The reason? The tenth, annual Bears of Ice festival, which, besides evening parties and discos, also includes sight-seeing tours of this fascinating and unique country.

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

August 27, 2014

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced that he will quit in December after more than 13 years leading the city’s government

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job.

Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.

The Willy Brandt airport was scheduled to open in 2010. However construction costs on the project blew out to double and it is still not clear when the airport will be ready to open.