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April 1, 2015

Visage also reveals which Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be attending

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to many European locations for the first time.

Drag Race stars like Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Manila Luzon will be sashaying to places like Spain, Iceland and France in April.

GSN spoke to stars Michelle Visage and Alaska about crossing the waters and werking it in front of a completely new crowd.

'The show is a two hour theatre production. It’s not just a bar queen drag show,' Visage said.

March 18, 2015

Rainbow Reykjavik is quickly making a winter-stopover in Iceland essential for the LGBTI traveller – but why should you touchdown during this unique festival?

It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s annual Winter Pride Festival, hosted by tour operators Pink Iceland, kicked off its four-day tour with this unforgettable and enviable memory – and there were many more to come, from ATV (all-terrain vehicle) off-roading to a real Icelandic masquerade party!

March 18, 2015

Rainbow Reykjavik is quickly making a winter-stopover in Iceland essential for the LGBTI traveller – but why should you touchdown during this unique festival?

It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s annual Winter Pride Festival, hosted by tour operators Pink Iceland, kicked off its four-day tour with this unforgettable and enviable memory – and there were many more to come, from ATV (all-terrain vehicle) off-roading to a real Icelandic masquerade party!

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...

October 1, 2014

Meet the gay campaigner who is working to end commercial whale hunting in Iceland

For over a decade, openly gay former TV presenter Sigursteinn Másson has been at the forefront of attempts to rid Iceland of whaling.

While his work for gay human rights was applauded, his attempts to save some of the world’s most magnificent creatures from a grizzly death initially saw him dubbed a traitor and even a terrorist by some in his home country.

Másson, 47, who works for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) didn’t start out as a whales campaigner.

September 23, 2014

New partnership with IFAW will raise animal welfare awareness to Gay Star News readers across the globe during Animal Month and beyond

Take a walk on the wild side in October as Gay Star News teams up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for Animal Month.

Throughout October and beyond, we will be exploring some of the various issues that IFAW is tackling around the world in order to protect wildlife and domestic animals, from elephant poaching in Africa to whaling in Iceland and working with impoverished communities to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

September 17, 2014

Troy Jónsson has never spoken about being raped by one of his brother’s friends. Now he shares his story with Gay Star News

Troy Jónsson stepped on to the Mr Gay World stage as a perfect pin up; handsome, athletic, intelligent, caring, confident. Nobody knew his secret.

He was raped as a 12-year-old boy by one of his brother’s friends.

Now he’s spoken to Gay Star News about that terrible day. It’s a story he has never even hinted about to anyone else in the world – not his friends, his brothers, his parents or his boyfriend.

Jónsson, 27 now lives in Iceland, the country he represented in Mr Gay World.

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.

August 14, 2014

Northern Lights. Geothermal spas. Icelandic horses. We dare you to find a better winter holiday

You know you’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. Now’s your chance.

Icelandair Hotels is offering a trip to Iceland for two with flights, accommodation and exciting tours.

Meet the nation’s iconic horses and pour yourself into a famed geothermal spa (or test your resolve with a dip in the frigid neighboring lake) by filling out four lines of your information on the Icelandair Hotels sweepstakes page.

August 5, 2014

She puts the ‘tuck’ in ‘fierce mother tucker,’ takes the ‘I’ out of ‘William’ and is about to drop it like it’s hot in front of one of the world’s most gay-friendly countries

Can you imagine if one third of Brazil’s population or one third of New York’s citizens came out for the annual Pride Parade?

That amount of support and sheer human mass is something Iceland Pride has been counting on for some time.

This year, for the 16th annual Reykjavik Pride kicking off 5 August and culminating 9 August with the Pride March, more than one third of Iceland’s population (100,000 people) is expected to turn up.

After almost two decades of celebrating LGBTI Pride, Iceland is showing zero chances of slowing down.

May 5, 2014

Iceland's Eurovision song aims to point out injustice

With a theme of 'Join Us', the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place this week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Iceland's representative Pollapönk are certainly among the most colorful of the artists as they can be seen all around Copenhagen wearing their now traditional bright track suits.

They qualified for Eurovision by winning the Icelandic national final with their song Enga Fordóma, which has been translated into English as No Prejudice, a song championing equality for all.

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.’