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April 30, 2015

'I was there making this pilgrimage for the thousands of gay Muslims who were too scared to go to Saudi Arabia'

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma risked death by filming his pilgrimage to Mecca for his new documentary.

A Sinner in Mecca had its world premiere Wednesday night (28 April) at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

Security has been beefed up for the three sold-out screenings as Sharam has already received hate mail and death threats and the film was denounced by the Iranian state media as a 'Western conspiracy' to legitimize the 'despicable sin of homosexuality.'

April 30, 2015

'I was there making this pilgrimage for the thousands of gay Muslims who were too scared to go to Saudi Arabia'

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma risked death by filming his pilgrimage to Mecca for his new documentary.

A Sinner in Mecca had its world premiere Wednesday night (28 April) at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto.

Security has been beefed up for the three sold-out screenings as Sharam has already received hate mail and death threats and the film was denounced by the Iranian state media as a 'Western conspiracy' to legitimize the 'despicable sin of homosexuality.'

June 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia’s religious police raided a gay marriage party in Mecca, arresting five men

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) raided a gay marriage party with over 80 participants in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, arresting five men.

The religious police backed by policemen and detectives, stormed a house in Mecca that was said to have held a gay marriage ceremony, yesterday (12 June), reported Al-Saudeh daily.

Five men were detained while the rest managed to flee to nearby mountains.

November 21, 2012

Europe's first inclusive mosque which will welcome LGBT people and women on an equal footing to open in Paris, France

The association of Gay Muslims in France (HM2F) announced it will open an inclusive and progressive mosque which will be open for gays and women on an equal footing.

The new mosque which will be open on 30 November will enable women and men to perform their prayers together in the same space, not separately as is customary in traditional mosques settings.

November 2, 2012

'Come as you are' to America's southernmost point which is so liberated, clothes and hang-ups are optional

Checking in at Key West’s Island House gay resort was a bit like arriving at a fancy dress party without a costume. Only the suits being worn at this popular ‘clothing optional’ hotel were the ones the guests were born with.

I’d never considered myself reserved but being forced to make idle chatter about the weather with a fully nude gentleman’s crown jewels dangling pendulously within eyeshot turned out to be the perfect barometer for how prudishly British I really am.

July 25, 2012

Trans around the world join Chaz Bono in choosing Eastern European country for gender reassignment surgery

Serbia has become a Mecca for gender reassignment surgery with the help of subsidies from the country's national health insurance.

According to the Belgrade Center for Genital Reconstructive Surgery, nearly 100 foreigners and Serbs have undergone the procedure in the past year, reported the New York Times.

July 20, 2012

Sup on a chilled lager like a movie star in Tom Cruise’s favorite drinking spot or literally drink in beer history at the world’s oldest brewery

As temperatures sore and Bavarians feel the heat, there’s only one place locals like to loosen their lederhosen and unbutton their dirndls at – the beer garden.

But despite the occasional debauched binge, drinking in the southern German state is a relaxed social affair rather than a competition to see who hits the floor first.

May 19, 2012

Europe's political capital is proving there's more to Belgian food than waffles, chocolate, beer and sprouts

Paris is overrated. Sure, the French capital is internationally renowned as the fine dining center of the universe.

But the pendulous whiff of snobbery in the air which causes waiters to instantly turn their noses up at the very word ‘ketchup’, means even the piece de resistance of gourmet cooking can put a foodie off his meal.

Enter Brussels. A city better known as the capital of dull, grey European bureaucracy, Tin Tin and artery clogging guilty pleasures such as waffles, chocolate and beer.

January 12, 2012

Israeli city Tel Aviv won the Best City category in a gay travel website's online poll.

Tel Aviv has been voted the best gay city of 2011 because of its nightlife and 'free and easy' atmosphere.

The Israeli city garnered 43% of the vote in the Gaycities.com poll.

The website calls the coastal Mecca for gay tourists 'the city that never takes a break' and praises it for its vibrant scene.

'Huge parties' are held every weekend, Gaycities.com says, and the annual pride parade in June 'dominates the social scene of Tel Aviv'.