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March 4, 2015

LGBTI travel is booming

An array of tourist boards and travel organisations have converged on Berlin for the International Tourism Exchange (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, or ITB) – with a record number joining the event's Gay and Lesbian Travel Pavilion.

The 'Pink Pavilion', as it's known, now showcases the largest range of LGBTI tourism products at any trade fair in the world.

January 4, 2015

GSN takes a look at some of the major sporting competitions around the world – it’s time to get into training!

If you play any kind of sport, you’ll appreciate that it’s a great way to keep fit, have fun, and meet people. But sport is also becoming an increasingly popular way of seeing the world as well. Major sporting events designed to include (and appeal to) LGBTI travellers are popping up all over the world.

In this article we take a look at some of the big ones that you are going to want to pencil into your diary.

July 23, 2014

42 of 53 countries competing in the Commonwealth Games make gay sex illegal but they’ve just seen a gay kiss at the opening ceremony

Glasgow has defied Commonwealth gay hate by getting John Barrowman to kiss a man in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

A shocking 42 of the 53 countries competing in the games, the world’s third biggest multi-sports tournament, criminalize homosexuality.

Some, including Uganda, Nigeria, Brunei and Jamaica, are famous as some of the world’s most homophobic countries.

They are in sharp contrast to Scotland, the games’ host, where same-sex marriage is legal.

June 18, 2014

As part of EuroGames 2015, the Swedish capital will also welcome gay and lesbian pro swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics championship

LGBT athletes will be using their skills to combat homophobia and anti-gay politics next year at the EuroGames held in Stockholm.

Held about three times per decade, and previously hosted in Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp, The EuroGames will be hosted in Stockholm.

As part of the 5 to 9 August program, the city has announced it will also host the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics Championships.

November 26, 2013

The LGBT event will attract 200,000 visitors to the Swedish capital

Stockholm was announced as the host of LGBT sporting event EuroGames in 2015 today (26 November).

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Swedish capital for one of the biggest LGBT events in the world.

Held between 5-9 August 2015, the event will offer exhibitions, activities, attractions and lectures alongside its sporting events, many of which will be free.

‘Stockholm is known worldwide as an open, welcoming destination,’ Regina Kevius, Stockholm’s Sport Commissioner, said.

October 15, 2013

Equestrian Lee Pearson has claimed he will travel to Sochi and speak out against the 'gay propaganda' laws

A British gay Paralympic athlete is to risk jail and deportation at next year’s Winter Games held in Russia next year.

Lee Pearson MBE, a 39-year-old equestrian athlete who has won 10 Paralympic golds, has said he will travel to Sochi and hopes to ‘embarrass’ Russia.

After the introduction of ‘gay propaganda’ laws by Vladimir Putin’s government, last weekend alone there were 67 arrests in St Petersburg.

August 17, 2013

But USOC is asking that athletes abide by it anyway

The US Olympic Committee has publicly denounced Russia's anti-gay propaganda law but is asking athletes to abide by it anway at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told Russia’s R-Sport. on Friday (16 August) that the law is 'inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the Olympic and Paralympic movements.'

July 31, 2013

'We know that LGBT athletes are not alone in being revolted by these laws and the behavior of Russian authorities'

A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.

July 15, 2013

The UK’s deputy prime minister is backing London2018, but the race to hold the tenth Gay Games event remains too close to call.

2018 may seem a long way away, but the competition to host the Gay Games event in that year is now into its final stages.

The Gay Games were founded in 1982, and 2018 will see the tenth edition of this quadrennial event that brings together around 10,000 athletes, artists and activists from around the world to participate in over 30 sports and culture events.

June 2, 2013

The three European cities were voted over Amsterdam and Orlando as finalists to host the Gay Games X

London could host the Gay Games 2018, having been shortlisted with Paris and Limerick.

Not to be confused with outGames, the Gay Games, started in San Francisco in 1982, are hosted every four years and are open to people of any sexual orientation.

If London wins the Gay Games bid, the events will likely be hosted in the city’s Olympic Stadium.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘This is fantastic news and a testimony to the hard work of the London Gay Games bid team.

March 8, 2013

GSN meets the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation who are playing a leading role in fighting homophobia

We meet Klaus Heusslein – co-president of the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) and find out that the EGLSF are doing a lot more than just deliving the LGBT EuroGames.

When was the EGLSF established?

February 14, 2013

GSN profiles LGBT aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England and finds they are diving in to a range of events

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Donald Vaughan and Trevor Burchick MBE of Manchester’s aquatics club Northern Wave in north west England.

When was the Northern Wave club established?

Northern Wave was established in 1998. It started as an NHS [National Health Service] project to begin to tackle heart disease in Greater Manchester, the project was called Team Manchester.

February 3, 2013

GSN visits Zurich and meets the local LGBT sports organization

As part of our continuing series profiling LGBT sports clubs around the world, I’d travelled to Zürich to meet the team from Gay Sport Zurich – the multi-sports umbrella organization that coordinates sporting life for the gays and lesbians of this vibrant city.

January 16, 2013

GSN meets the French sports club who are into much more than just water sports

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we meet Olivier Garcia Adan, president of the Aquahomo sports club in Paris.

When was the Aquahomo club established?

The club was officially launched in 1996. We had a big party last December to celebrate the 15th anniversary with our members and their friends. 

Who established Aquahomo?

January 7, 2013

Spain’s beachside party town gears up for a major LGBT multi-sport event in 2013

As we look ahead to a big year of LGBT sport around the world, we catch up with Jacques Schoofs, president of Panteres Grogues - the Barcelona sports club that is organizing the multi-sport event known as Panteresports.

How many years has the Panteresports event been held?

October 5, 2012

Four cities are left in the running as World OutGames confirms that US city Denver has ruled itself out of consideration

Paul Brummitt, chairperson of selection committee of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association (GLISA - the organization that runs the World Outgames every four years) has confirmed today that US city Denver has withdrawn its bid to host the 2017 World OutGames.

September 12, 2012

Delivering 17 different sports to the LGBT community of Copenhagen, Pan Idraet continues to plan for the future - its 30th anniversary is just around the corner

Gay Star News meets with Pan Idraet’s chairperson Paul Brummitt to get the low-down on one of Denmark’s leading community sports organizations.

You cover an enormous breadth of sports, 17 in all, what are some of the logistical challenges for Pan Idraet?

The main challenge is access to facilities. Like most other sports clubs in Denmark we have the status as a public education organization which means we can get free access to sports facilities from the City of Copenhagen.

September 5, 2012

2013 is going to be a busy year for sporty gays and lesbians - one of the highlights will be the World Outgames that will be held in Antwerp

Antwerp in Belgium is getting ready to host it's own 'gay Olympics' next year - the World Outgames is a four-yearly LGBT sports event attracting competitors from around the globe.

Gay Star News recently caught up with Jerko Bozikovic, marketing and communications manager for the event, to get an update on what participants can look forward to from the worldOutgames experience.

How many athletes will be participating in the World Outgames in Antwerp?

We’re expecting between 8,000 and 10,000 athletes from all over the world.

August 27, 2012

Gay Star News meets Ivan Denis - archer, future Olympian and ambassador for Antwerp’s World Outgames 2013

The World Outgames is a four-yearly LGBT sports event - in 2013 the event will be hosted by the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

One of Antwerp’s smartest moves was to appoint Belgium’s champion archer Ivan Denis as an ambassador for the World Outgames. Young, small, dark and handsome, Denis is cute as a button but fiercely intelligent and articulate. An impressive advocate for his sport and country.

Gay Star News met up with Denis when he was in London promoting the World Outgames.

July 23, 2012

Demonstration outside IOC's hotel in London urges for ban on Olympics ban for countries which discriminate in sport

Protesters called on Olympics bosses to enforce its charter on discrimination and end homophobia in sport.

Yesterday (22 July), renowned gay rights activist Peter Tatchell led the demonstration outside the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, which is hosting the International Olympic Committee for the duration of the 2012 games.

'The IOC should disqualify from the Olympics countries that discriminate against athletes on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion/belief, sexual orientation or gender identity,' Tatchell said.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

June 29, 2012

LGBT sports and athletics teams are to hold taster sessions during the Olympics period to attract new members as part of Out For Sport Week

London’s LGBT sports and athletics teams are hoping to attract greater interest in sport through a series of ‘taster sessions’ between the Olympics closing ceremony and the Paralympic Games.

The event will run from 15 to 19 August.

Sports on offer to anyone include, football, hockey, kickboxing, martial arts, running, sailing, swimming, synchronised swimming, tennis and water polo. Out For Sport Week is also working to include teams of rugby, volleyball, softball and rowing.

May 11, 2012

Plans to hold joint Gay Games and World Outgames in 2018 suspended after organizers fail to reach an agreement

Hopes of two rival gay sporting events coming together for a collosal Olympics style tournament have been dashed after both sides failed to reach an agreement.

The Gay Games and World Outgames, two of the world's biggest gay sporting contests, were due to hold a joint event in 2018.

Representatives of the boards of the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA) met in Montreal, Canada, last week (5 - 6 May) to discuss the possibility of holding one global gay tournament every four years.

April 1, 2012

International Olympic Committee will unveil new flag at London closing ceremony for Russia and Brazil games to push LGBT sport

UPDATE: This was our 2012 April Fool's Day story. Whether we fooled you or not, we hope you enjoyed it.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to alter the Olympic flag for four years in a global drive to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

Gay Star News can exclusively reveal today (1 April) that a pink ring will be added to the Olympic flag to symbolize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex sportspeople.