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March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

January 27, 2015

Someone doesn't know the meaning of the word 'literally'

Bryan Fischer has come up with perhaps one of the most ridiculous statements an anti-gay pundit has ever given to the world.

He has claimed that when you meet gay people, you are 'literally staring' at the energy of Satan.

Somehow under the belief that all LGBTI people are the gay devil from South Park, the radio host was responding to Louisiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Bobby Jindal who held a prayer rally featuring some of the most far-right Republicans in US politics.

January 27, 2014

London’s High Court is examining a newly-released email pointing to mayor Boris Johnson as the driving force behind a ban on anti-gay bus adverts. The Christian group behind the ads alleges Johnson used the ban to secure gay votes for re-election

High Court judges are examining whether London mayor Boris Johnson banned an anti-gay bus adverts to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

A previously unreleased email suggests it was Johnson, not Transport for London’s (TfL) managing director of marketing and communications Vernon Everitt, who authorized a ban on anti-gay bus adverts from 2012.

November 16, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner's office maintains getting meeting space for an anti-gay group 'does not imply endorsement'

The anti-gay group World Congress of Families held a meeting in the US Capitol complex because of help from House Speaker John Boehner's office.

Allan Carlson, president of the organization, thanked the speaker for permitting an event meant to teach elected officials about what can be learned from Russia's gay propaganda laws.

October 28, 2013

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has promised Labour Youth members that he will push for a vote on marriage equality before 2015

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised the country will vote on same-sex marriage.

Eamon Gimore, the Tánaiste, said there will likely be a referendum on the issue after an overwhelming majority of the Constitutional Convention think-tank voted to recommend it.

But a spokesman for the Labour party politician has said he wants to push for legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children before Ireland votes on marriage equality.

‘Any referendum that takes place will have to be about marriage equality and not about other issues,’ he said.

January 22, 2013

Thai Transgender Alliance demand response from IKEA Global on 'negative and stereotypical' advert

Thai Transgender Alliance have sent an open letter to IKEA to complain about a 'negative and stereotypical' advert.

The offending advert, called Luem Aeb (meaning 'forget to deceive'), was broadcast on Bangkok's sky train system from 28 December 2012 to 13 January 2013 and on YouTube.

'The MTF transgender/transwomen character is openly mocked as being "deceitful",' read the open letter to IKEA from Thai Transgender Alliance.

October 23, 2012

Gatherings in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang to spread an anti-homophobic bullying message in Vietnam

The budding gay rights movement in Vietnam celebrated Spirt Day on Friday with activists wearing purple to protest homophobic bullying of young people.

Dozens gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang and the organizers, LGBT rights group ICS (Information, Connecting and Sharing), also spread the anti-bullying message through Facebook.

Research by Vietnam’s Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) in 2008 showed that 15% of LGBT people interviewed were beaten, locked-up or taken to a psychiatric hospital by their family.

October 12, 2012

Anti-gay forces have seized on the suspension of a deaf university diversity officer over her opposition to same-sex marriage to say that there is no room for compromise on the issue

American anti-LGBT rights group the American Family Association has declared that there is no room for dialogue or finding a ‘middle ground’ with LGBT rights campaigners following the suspension of a deaf university diversity officer that US LGBT rights advocates already say they want reinstated.

October 3, 2012

Camenker, a US family rights and pro-life activist said the FBI and CIA have 'gone gay' and that a 'terrorist movement' de-listed homosexuality as a mental illness 

According to Brian Camenker a family rights and pro-life activist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) became gay and a threat to the family.

He also said that an ‘extreme terrorist movement’ was behind the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses.

June 19, 2012

'Are we supposed to say, 'Thank you for helping us fight our civil rights, we're not going to help you with yours?' That's wrong'

Broadway and television star Audra McDonald says it is a 'wonderful thing' that President Barack Obama has come out in support of gay marriage in the US and believes other African Amercians should follow hos lead.

The five-time Tony winner sees little difference between the current fight for LGBT equality and the battle for civil rights in the 50s and 60s.

June 3, 2012

A district court has found it unlawful to ban peaceful LGBT demonstrations citing a ‘propaganda law’

A district court in St Petersburg has found it unlawful for authorities to ban peaceful LGBT demonstrations on the grounds of a ‘propaganda law’.

Smolninsky district court ruled on Thursday (31 May) that it was illegal for local authorities to cite the recent law against ‘propaganda of sodomy and lesbianism’ among minors to deny gay activists the right to hold peaceful LGBT rallies for Day of Silence (7 Mar) and the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

April 20, 2012

Poll in Russia reveals overwhelming support for anti-gay laws despite most people claiming to have never seen 'homosexual propaganda'

While the majority of Russians say they support a ban on 'gay propaganda', few have seen it, a public opinion poll shows.

The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), the country's state-owned and government-run polling agency, found that out of 1,600 respondents, 86% support laws prohibiting public discussion of LGBT issues.

However, the survey also found that only 6% of Russians have actually seen so-called 'propaganda'.

March 18, 2012

Bayard Rustin's 100th birthday celebrated

Yesterday was Bayard Rustin's 100th birthday. While not a household name, his organizing tenacity and political philosophies, brought about multiple civil rights victories in the United States. He did all of this while being out about his gay sexuality, a rarity for many LGBT men and women in the 20th century.

March 3, 2012

Sydney’s gay pride parade is underway as a posse of leathered up ladies tear up Oxford Street

It is bucketing it down with heavy rain, but Sydney’s Dykes on Bikes once again open the Mardi Gras parade in style. This is what the crowd have been waiting for and the deafening sounds of the big bikes is greeted with cheers by the expectant crowd - the 34th parade is officially underway!

Gay Star News is watching the parade from the Glamstand area, towards the end of the march route, so we’re going to get a great view of all the floats, the costumes and the 9,000 marchers that make this parade one of the world’s biggest celebrations of LGBT pride.

March 2, 2012

Election of transgender woman Heart Diño at University of Philippines is 'historic moment'

The election of a trans woman as chair of a university student council in the Philippines gives hope to LGBT people in mainstream politics.

Heart Diño was yesterday appointed chair of the student council at the University of the Philippines after gaining 3,290 votes and is the first transgender person to hold that post in the college's history.

LGBT political party Ladlad hailed the election of Diño and hopes it will signal a change in the country's mainstream politics.