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May 22, 2015

Ireland, we love you – vote yes!

Ireland will today make history as the first country in the world to put the legalization of gay marriage to public vote.

We won't find out the result of the ballot until tomorrow [23 May], but in anticipation and support of our LGBTI friends on the Emerald Isle, we've picked 9 of the most gorgeous landscapes the country has to offer.

Happy gay marriage day, Ireland – and fingers crossed!

1. Newgrange by Brian Morrison [above]

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 15, 2015

The country's second largest city after Lisbon proves the perfect base for exploring this wine-drenched region. Honey and orange peel-flavoured Port, anyone?

'Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?' This is a question I've been waiting to hear for years.

Having travelled around Portugal several times, I had never visited the north. The sunny south of the country had always been my first choice but there was something in Porto which was calling me, like the chant of a mermaid.
    

May 11, 2015

'He has turned down requests from celebrity magazines to cover the event'

Luxembourg's openly gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, will marry his partner later this week, according to sources.

Bettel has kept tight-lipped about his wedding plans in order to minimize press coverage in the conservative Catholic-majority duchy, which legalized gay marriage in June.

May 11, 2015

With a growing readership of our travel content, talk to us how best to reach this valuable audience.

Travel and leisure stories are hugely popular with our readers and our integrated marketing campaigns can help you maximise the opportunities available in this sector.

In the UK, LGBTI travellers consistently travel more and spend more than the national average.

Here are a few statistics to get you thinking:

May 9, 2015

A guide to some of the highlights you'll find in the capital of Sweden

The capital of Sweden is the perfect destination for a European weekend mini-break.

Constructed over 14 small islands, connected together by over 50 bridges, the low-rise nature of Stockholm means that it is a city that is defined by light and by water.

This is a beautiful city that you can get a lot out of just by wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere as you admire the cool, blond style of the local residents.

To help you get the most out of your visit to Stockholm here are some suggestions of things to do and see while you are there.

May 8, 2015

It's the second biggest city on the shores of Lake Geneva. It's also a foodie wonderland of exquisite alpine beauty. What's more, Lausanne boasts a thriving gay scene – complete with its own 'Pink Beach'. What's not to love?

I love cheese. No, I’m not talking about a night out at G-A-Y. I’m on about a bit of brie. Or maybe a chunk of cheddar. I’ve also always wanted to try a fondue. Hot melted Swiss cheese, laced with kirsh and wine, making for a tempting drippy treat.

May 8, 2015

A cool bar for clever cocktails

Stockholm is a city that seems to be blessed with a huge range of great restaurants and stylish bars.

We were there recently on for a mini-break weekend and one of the best we found was Hornstulls Bodega.

This is a proper, grown-up bar where they take their drinks very seriously.

A very good bar.

Gareth Johnson

May 8, 2015

One of the city's favorite gay clubs

Patricia has long been a favorite gay club for the people of Stockholm in Sweden. However it has recently had to move location and locals report that it is now a bit harder to get to so perhaps a little less popular than it used to be.

One of the reasons that the club had to move is because it is on a boat. Stockholm is redeveloping the wall that divides its lake from the harbour, and the boat of Patricia has had to make way for the development works.

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.

April 30, 2015

It is unknown whether he has ever heard of the Streisand effect

A former Irish political candidate is calling on Google to take down any published item that apparently wrongly branded him as a homophobe.

Mark Savage, of Lios Cian, Swords, said he is seeking judicial orders in the Circuit Civil Court against the Data Protection Commissioner and Google Ireland.

He claims that any time anyone searches for him on Google, he is labeled 'Mark Savage, North County Dublin's Homophobic Candidate'.

This may be to do with his 2014 local election manifesto, where Savage described himself as an 'advocate for family values'.

April 29, 2015

Amnesty International says the country is 'being left behind as a discriminatory backwater for gay and lesbian people'

Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Monday (27 April) voted down a gay marriage bill for the fourth time.

Politicians at Stormont narrowly rejected the motion put forward by the left-wing Sinn Féin party by 49 votes to 47.

Sinn Féin MLA Catriona Ruane said they wanted to 'drown out the bile' put forward by opponents of gay marriage.

'Together we will build a society that includes and embraces,' she said.

April 29, 2015

A charming, family-run hotel that sets the standard for Sweden

As suggested by its name, the impressive property now inhabited by the Hotel Diplomat used to be the home of a number of foreign embassies to Sweden, however it’s current incarnation is as a luxury hotel.

This is an independent, family-run hotel and the personal touch and attention to detail clearly shows.

The bar and restaurant were buzzing with locals; the rooms were spacious and well-appointed; and the location is ideal for exploring the best that Stockholm has to offer.

April 29, 2015

A floating oasis that is the best summer party in Sweden’s capital

Stockholm is a city that really comes alive in the summer.

A city of islands and bridges, wherever you are in Stockhom you seem to be surrounded by water and the low-rise skyline leaves the city basking in the bright light of the sun.

For a relatively small city, Stockholm seems to have a really vibrant LGBTI community with some fantastic bars and venues.

April 29, 2015

A classic, modern hotel in the heart of Sweden's capital

With spacious, well-appointed rooms, one of the best things about the Nordic Light hotel is its location – adjacent to the express train that is the best and easiest way to get to and from Stockholm airport.

With a vibrant lobby bar and an interesting food menu, the Nordic Light hotel gives you confidence that this would be a hassle free base from which to enjoy everything that Stockholm has to offer.

April 29, 2015

A unique hotel that offers an intimate and memorable place to stay in the capital of Sweden

The city of Stockholm is formed by 14 islands – water is ever-present and defines how the city functions and how its people live.

It that context, it seems fitting that one of the most impressive accommodation options for your visit to Sweden is found on a boat.

April 29, 2015

Taste local delicacies, journey into the mountains and splash out at the waterpark

Gay tourists to Gran Canaria are loyal – a fact that will soon be illustrated with Maspalomas Pride around the corner (it takes place from 8-17 May).

But how many of said tourists miss out on the best this sun-kissed Atlantic island has to offer?

I asked every gay tourist I met there how often they visited – ‘every year’, ‘seven times in three years’ and even ‘11 times in four years’, they said.

But few have ever left the gay holiday area of Maspalomas.

April 27, 2015

Swedish capital recognized for reaching out to LGBTI travellers

Stockholm was the big winner in the 'Destination' category at the LGBT Awards over the weekend.

Fighting off strong competition, Stockholm inched ahead of cities including Key West, Vancouver and Naples to take home the prize.

April 23, 2015

We put new app Momondo Places to the test in the capital of Denmark

If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember a time when you wouldn’t dream of embarking on a vacation or city break without buying or borrowing the relevant guide book.

Whether it was Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or one of the many other authoritative travel publishers, the reviews and advice that you found in your trusty guidebook influenced where you stayed, where you ate, and what you did at each destination – and for a lot of people, they of course still do.

April 23, 2015

We share some insider tips on how to get the most out of your visit to Denmark's capital

Copenhagen is one of those cities that can take a little while to reveal its secrets to you. It's beautiful, and everyone is very friendly, but unless you get a bit of local knowledge you can feel a little like you are only just scratching the surface and not really discovering the best of this destination.

Here are five things to do while you're there.

1. Icecream

April 23, 2015

Boy-on-boy boat cruises, girl-on-girl tandem bike rides – the Netherlands capital boasts a plethora of out-of-the-box date ideas 

Amsterdam is known for a lot of things. Hedonism. Its unparalleled art scene. The moving Anne Frank House and the rousing Van Gogh Museum. For being a cyclist's paradise. For raining a lot.

But I for one never saw it as a particularly romantic destination.

However, a recent springtime visit (arriving on Valentine's Day no less) put paid to that...

April 23, 2015

Tivoli's newest restaurant offers a huge selection of gourmet Smørrebrød sandwiches

Smørrebrød is one of the traditional foods that the people of Denmark proudly claim as one of their own.

Essentially it is an open sandwich, a slice of dark rye bread – most often topped with herring but increasingly served with all sorts of meat and vegetable combinations.

April 22, 2015

Which guy's swimwear's the skimpiest?

With Maspalomas Pride around the corner (it kicks off on the 8 May), yesterday we took a peak at 10 red hot shots of gay girls holidaying in the Canary Islands – part of the destination's recently award-winning ad campaign.

April 18, 2015

Life is too short for bad food

Nothing beats good food and we love trying out restaurants and bars around the world. Here are a few of our recent reviews: