LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Iceland

February 17, 2014

Leave convention behind with these two intimate weekend tours in Iceland full of adventure, comfort and rare sights. One tour is just for gay men and the other specifically for lesbian travelers

Iceland’s Kvosin Hotel in downtown Reykjavik calls their smallest room ‘normal’.

The queen-sized bed, Aveda grooming products and compact living room presented in eye-catching Icelandic design are anything but ordinary. Then again, for the foreign traveler, much of Iceland can seem anything but ordinary.

Whether you’re hunting for Northern Lights, pouring yourself into the milky warm waters of the Blue Lagoon or embracing Iceland’s distinctive nature through bird watching or glacier climbing, you’ll soon discover Iceland truly is out of this world.

February 17, 2014

Leave convention behind with these two intimate weekend tours in Iceland full of adventure, comfort and rare sights. One tour is just for gay men and the other specifically for lesbian travelers

Iceland’s Kvosin Hotel in downtown Reykjavik calls their smallest room ‘normal’.

The queen-sized bed, Aveda grooming products and compact living room presented in eye-catching Icelandic design are anything but ordinary. Then again, for the foreign traveler, much of Iceland can seem anything but ordinary.

Whether you’re hunting for Northern Lights, pouring yourself into the milky warm waters of the Blue Lagoon or embracing Iceland’s distinctive nature through bird watching or glacier climbing, you’ll soon discover Iceland truly is out of this world.

February 10, 2014

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s winter pride festival, lived up to its name by showing me Iceland’s gayer side of life

The whale’s penis is taller than me.

At 5’6” tall, I am living proof of the adage 'great things come in small packages,’ but standing next to the 5'7" whale penis I knew there was no adage that would save me from a few jokes.

Even the polar bear chained to one of Reykjavik’s most popular shops seemed to snicker at me as I struggled to take a selfie with him/her.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum isn’t specifically gay, but bring in the 65 gay men and lesbians attending Rainbow Reykjavik, and the puns are just too easy to pass up.

February 10, 2014

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s winter pride festival, lived up to its name by showing me Iceland’s gayer side of life

The whale’s penis is taller than me.

At 5’6” tall, I am living proof of the adage 'great things come in small packages,’ but standing next to the 5'7" whale penis I knew there was no adage that would save me from a few jokes.

Even the polar bear chained to one of Reykjavik’s most popular shops seemed to snicker at me as I struggled to take a selfie with him/her.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum isn’t specifically gay, but bring in the 65 gay men and lesbians attending Rainbow Reykjavik, and the puns are just too easy to pass up.

January 22, 2014

One of the world’s most gay-friendly countries also happens to have some of the most creative musical talent of this (and last) century

There’s something to be said for a country with a population of 320,000 that churns out so much creative talent.

In Iceland, one in 10 people will publish a book in their lifetime. There’s a local saying that goes: ‘Ad ganga med bok I maganum.’

‘Everyone has a book in their stomach.’

If everyone in Iceland has a book in their stomach, it’s also easy to believe everyone is an artist at heart.

From fashion to architecture, graphics to design, the country is teeming with creative talent that’s been on the global radar for some time.

January 22, 2014

One of the world’s most gay-friendly countries also happens to have some of the most creative musical talent of this (and last) century

There’s something to be said for a country with a population of 320,000 that churns out so much creative talent.

In Iceland, one in 10 people will publish a book in their lifetime. There’s a local saying that goes: ‘Ad ganga med bok I maganum.’

‘Everyone has a book in their stomach.’

If everyone in Iceland has a book in their stomach, it’s also easy to believe everyone is an artist at heart.

From fashion to architecture, graphics to design, the country is teeming with creative talent that’s been on the global radar for some time.

January 13, 2014

With temperatures warmer than New York (thanks polar vortex), conditions ideal for Northern Lights and the fact you can swim outside everyday, rain or shine, Iceland is the place to go during the winter

Winter in Iceland means magical snowfalls and crisp breezes, but the season is also ideal for appreciating the country’s iconic waterfalls, geysers, hot springs to the fullest.

The rugged and novel geography make Iceland one of the most unique destinations to travel to, offering a beautifully serene respite in nature other tourist hot spots wish they could achieve.

January 13, 2014

With temperatures warmer than New York (thanks polar vortex), conditions ideal for Northern Lights and the fact you can swim outside everyday, rain or shine, Iceland is the place to go during the winter

Winter in Iceland means magical snowfalls and crisp breezes, but the season is also ideal for appreciating the country’s iconic waterfalls, geysers, hot springs to the fullest.

The rugged and novel geography make Iceland one of the most unique destinations to travel to, offering a beautifully serene respite in nature other tourist hot spots wish they could achieve.

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

December 10, 2013

Rainbow Reykjavik turns up the heat in January with a Blue Lagoon pool party, a Golden Circle tour and a Masquerade Ball in celebration of the global LGBTI community

There’s a reason Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and the producers of hit TV series Game of Thrones come to Iceland.

With its rugged terrain shaped by geothermal activity, progressive LGBTI laws like marriage and adoption thanks to the people’s emphasis on family, an internationally renowned pop/folk music scene claiming the likes of Bjork and Sigur Ros… Iceland is a world all it’s own.

December 10, 2013

Rainbow Reykjavik turns up the heat in January with a Blue Lagoon pool party, a Golden Circle tour and a Masquerade Ball in celebration of the global LGBTI community

There’s a reason Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and the producers of hit TV series Game of Thrones come to Iceland.

With its rugged terrain shaped by geothermal activity, progressive LGBTI laws like marriage and adoption thanks to the people’s emphasis on family, an internationally renowned pop/folk music scene claiming the likes of Bjork and Sigur Ros… Iceland is a world all it’s own.

November 14, 2013

Gay Star News today announces (14 November 2013) our media partnership with Pink Icelandand Rainbow Reykjavik

Icelandair and Pink Iceland, with the support of the City of Reykjavik and Reykjavik Excursions are staging the 3rd annual Winter Pride Festival from 30 January – 2 February 2014 and we’re thrilled to be involved.

Rainbow Reykjavik offers a great mixture of nature, activities, culture, music and nightlife – what more could you ask for?

August 16, 2013

Two free events by US evangelist Franklin Graham have sold out in Iceland – but not for the reasons he would have hoped for

Pro-LGBT Icelanders have booked hundreds of tickets to see anti-gay US evangelist Franklin Graham – but few have any intention of actually going to see him.

Graham will be in Iceland for events on 28 and 29 September for the evangelical Christian Festival of Hope but many Icelanders have expressed concern about his homophobic views.

In May of 2012 Graham released a statement accusing US President Barack Obama of shaking ‘his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage.’

August 16, 2013

Two free events by US evangelist Franklin Graham have sold out in Iceland – but not for the reasons he would have hoped for

Pro-LGBT Icelanders have booked hundreds of tickets to see anti-gay US evangelist Franklin Graham – but few have any intention of actually going to see him.

Graham will be in Iceland for events on 28 and 29 September for the evangelical Christian Festival of Hope but many Icelanders have expressed concern about his homophobic views.

In May of 2012 Graham released a statement accusing US President Barack Obama of shaking ‘his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage.’

July 15, 2013

Reykjavik mayor says he does not want to share political and cultural ties with Moscow, a capital that disregards the rights of LGBT people

Iceland is to cut ties with Russia after President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law banning ‘gay propaganda’.

Jón Gnarr, the mayor of the capital Reykjavik, says he wishes to formally revise or break off the capital’s political and cultural relations with Moscow.

While the European Union has spoken out against the law, cutting the ties could be the first real international consequence of Russia being able to fine and arrest any gay protest.

July 15, 2013

Reykjavik mayor says he does not want to share political and cultural ties with Moscow, a capital that disregards the rights of LGBT people

Iceland is to cut ties with Russia after President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law banning ‘gay propaganda’.

Jón Gnarr, the mayor of the capital Reykjavik, says he wishes to formally revise or break off the capital’s political and cultural relations with Moscow.

While the European Union has spoken out against the law, cutting the ties could be the first real international consequence of Russia being able to fine and arrest any gay protest.

May 30, 2013

GSN discovers six gyms around the world offering gay travelers a different kind of cultural experience

Working out is not on every gay traveler’s itinerary, but hitting the gym can offer a cultural experience of a different kind.

GSN brings you six fitness clubs around the world that no gym fan should miss.

World Class, Iceland

A giant phallic statue made up of naked bodies embracing stands out the front of this colossal gym, fitting considering Iceland’s liberal attitudes towards sexuality and nudity.

May 29, 2013

Top 10 happiest nations in the world, based on the Better Life Index, are all countries inspiring equality and the non-discrimination of gay citizens  

Countries who are highly accepting of gay people, and have very liberal societal attitudes towards homosexuality rank highest in a list of the happiest nations in the world.

The Better Life Index compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks 36 countries according to 11 equally weighted criteria including income levels, health, safety and housing.

May 29, 2013

Top 10 happiest nations in the world, based on the Better Life Index, are all countries inspiring equality and the non-discrimination of gay citizens  

Countries who are highly accepting of gay people, and have very liberal societal attitudes towards homosexuality rank highest in a list of the happiest nations in the world.

The Better Life Index compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranks 36 countries according to 11 equally weighted criteria including income levels, health, safety and housing.

April 27, 2013

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has stepped down after four years in power as the world’s first openly gay or lesbian leader of a country

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir retired from politics yesterday ahead of general elections today.

Sigurdardottir became the world’s first openly gay or lesbian head of state in February of 2009 when she was appointed Prime Minister of Iceland after Independence Party leader Geir Haarde resigned over his handling of the country’s then financial crisis.

Iceland’s voters gave her appointment the seal of approval two month later, giving her the task of fixing the country’s financial crisis.

April 27, 2013

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has stepped down after four years in power as the world’s first openly gay or lesbian leader of a country

Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir retired from politics yesterday ahead of general elections today.

Sigurdardottir became the world’s first openly gay or lesbian head of state in February of 2009 when she was appointed Prime Minister of Iceland after Independence Party leader Geir Haarde resigned over his handling of the country’s then financial crisis.

Iceland’s voters gave her appointment the seal of approval two month later, giving her the task of fixing the country’s financial crisis.

April 20, 2013

Many passers-by don’t know how to respond but a few approach the ‘newly-weds’ for photos and to show support

A lesbian couple has held a ‘wedding’ in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to welcome Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir and her wife.

The couple identified as Xiaoyang and Xiaoxiao went to Guangzhou’s High Street Wednesday morning (17 April) in white wedding gowns holding hands and kissing, Yang Cheng Evening News reports.

April 16, 2013

Wife of the world leader, Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, is not mentioned in reports of her Beijing visit

Chinese state media has not mentioned the wife of Iceland's prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir during her official state visit.

Sigurdardottir is in Beijing for talks on a trade agreement between the most populous country in the world and the tiny island nation of 320,000 people. She is accompanied by her wife of 13 years Jonina Leosdottir, but China's media has not mentioned her by name or published photographs of her.

April 16, 2013

Wife of the world leader, Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, is not mentioned in reports of her Beijing visit

Chinese state media has not mentioned the wife of Iceland's prime minister Johanna Sigurdardottir during her official state visit.

Sigurdardottir is in Beijing for talks on a trade agreement between the most populous country in the world and the tiny island nation of 320,000 people. She is accompanied by her wife of 13 years Jonina Leosdottir, but China's media has not mentioned her by name or published photographs of her.