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October 6, 2014

Organizers claim 500,000 protesters took to the streets of Paris

Tens of thousands of anti-gay marriage protesters yesterday marched against IVF and surrogacy for gay couples in Paris and Bordeaux.

Organizers Manif Pour Tous (Protest for All) estimated 500,000 attended the rally in the captial but police put the number at 70,000.

Police said 7,500 people took to the streets of Bordeaux while organizers claimed 30,000 attendance.

In an attempt to calm protestors ahead of the rally, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said surrogacy ‘is and will remain banned in France.’

October 2, 2014

Horseback rides, foodie markets and private wine cellar parties are just a few ways Winerist takes wine tasting to the next level

The only thing more delicious than wine, is pairing a wine tasting experience with local food and culture from the region.

Whether you’re into deep, robust reds or sparkling bubbles, wine tasting should be a fun and approachable experience.

Winerist, founded by two wine-loving women from Moldova, elevates the wine-tasting experience by putting guests in the hands of the coolest wine-related guides, restaurants and hotels, and putting together exciting packages for oenophiles (aka lovers of wine).

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

August 21, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the Newsnight situation, when they invited two trans guests along to debate with a 'gender critical' trans feminist, and how the show got it wrong

August 12, 2014

'I’m not prepared to enter into a fabricated debate about trans people’s right to exist/express themselves.'

Paris Lees, one of UK’s most famous trans rights activists, walked out of a BBC Newsnight recording yesterday (11 August).

She was invited on to BBC Newsnight, Britain’s leading political review and debate news show, to discuss Kellie Maloney, the former boxing legend, and the impact of her coming out as a trans woman.

But then suddenly, she tweeted: ‘I’ve turned down BBC Newsnight down as I’m not prepared to enter into a fabricated debate about trans people’s right to exist/express themselves.

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 10, 2014

Drag star Conchita Wurst becomes fashion royalty after closing Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture fashion show in Paris

Austrian drag star Conchita Wurst was given one of the biggest ever honours in the fashion world, when she closed Jean Paul Gaultier’s Paris couture runway show yesterday (9 July).

Conchita Wurst, who famously won the Eurovision Song Contest in May this year, was chosen by the legendary French designer to close his Autumn/Winter 2014 couture show in Paris.

July 8, 2014

CEO Tim Cook is in the video showing Apple employees showing their Pride in San Francisco

Apple has become the latest company to flaunt their pro-gay views with a new video celebrating Pride.

It shows its employees, including CEO Tim Cook, at San Francisco Pride on 29 June.

The company says thousands of employees from around the world marched in the parade, from cities including Munich, Paris and Hong Kong.

‘We believe that inclusion inspires innovation,’ Apple said in a statement.

During the parade, Apple handed out free music gift cards and set up an LGBT station on iTunes Radio.

June 27, 2014

Come to New York to learn about the start of the modern gay freedom movement and LGBTI artists
 

London, Toronto, Paris, and San Francisco are well known for their Gay Pride celebrations.

June 26, 2014

2014's theme for Pride In London is #FreedomTo, celebrating the new-found rights and protections given to us this year

Three months ago, gay couples in England and Wales were allowed to walk down the aisle and get married.

But while LGBTI Londoners may have more rights than ever, this is not the time to get lazy.

After all, reports of homophobic crime are up since last year.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

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.

June 3, 2014

For over a year, the man known as the Dutchman known as the 'Face of Homophobia' has longed to see his attackers behind bars

Last year, there was one face that summed up the growing hatred and homophobia in France as the country debated gay marriage.

That face was Wilfred de Bruijn.

On 6 April, he and his boyfriend Olivier were beaten up in Paris. The next day he posted a picture of his broken face and it went viral.

And after waiting for over a year, their attackers have finally come to justice.

Three men were found guilty and handed their sentences in a Parisian court today (3 June).

May 23, 2014

Money On My Mind singer's new video has an unexpected ending in which he reveals he is singing a love song to another man

British singer Sam Smith has ‘come out’ in a new music video.

The 22-year-old has revealed the video for his new single Leave Your Lover.

In the clip, Smith is seen walking around Paris with model Daisy Lowe and another man.

‘Set my midnight terror free, I will give you all of me,’ he sings over the strumming guitar.

‘Just leave your lover, leave him for me.’

As its title suggests, the song is a passionate plea for Smith’s crush to leave their love and be with him instead.

May 22, 2014

From Tel Aviv to Texas, San Francisco to Sitges, June has more Gay Pride parades and parties than you know what to do with... and let's not forget the pride performances by Jennifer Hudson, Tegan and Sara, Rita Ora, Steve Grand and more!

Gay Pride means different things to different people.

For many countries and cities, pride is no longer about walking a few hours in the street, worried about an impending attack for being out in public.

The sad reality is many LGBTI people around the world can not celebrate their lives openly... all the more reason to join the Gay Pride celebrations close to you, to show solidarity and support for your LGBTI family around the world.

May 6, 2014

South African performance artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty over a public performance in Paris in which he danced with a rooster that he had tied to his penis by a leash

South African born performance artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty by a Paris court over a September 2013 public performance in which he danced in platform shoes in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower with a rooster tied to his penis by a leash.

The 51-year-old Artist danced for around 10 minutes before being arrested by police but maintains the performance was not intended in any way to be sexual.

March 24, 2014

HRC honoree Paris Barclay jokes that during Roberts' nomination hearing 'you did not see one, single picture of (him) in that wig. But I have them.'

When Paris Barclay accepted the Visibility Award over the weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, he shared with the sold out crowd a high school memory that US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would probably want forgotten.

It seems the two were classmates at an all boys high school long before their paths went in separate directions. Roberts ended up heading the highest court in the US and Barclay an Emmy winning director who is the first black and first gay president of the Directors Guild of America.

March 7, 2014

Introducing the Dylan and Jack gay podcast, the newest take on LGBTI London from the eyes of two young freelance journalists

The Dylan and Jack gay podcast is not just latest, but also the freshest, take on London’s gay scene.

While the cast of characters may not mean much to LGBTI people outside the British capital, their take on life resonates far further.

As they released their third episode yesterday (6 March), the pair of young freelance journalists spoke to Gay Star News about their audio venture.

February 5, 2014

Protests will take place in 19 cities around the world including London, New York and St Petersburg

A call is being sent out around the world to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws today (5 February).

Held two days before the Winter Olympics begins in Sochi, the protestors will call on sponsors to speak out over Russia’s gay propaganda ban.

Protests are expected to take place in 19 cities around the globe, including London, New York, Paris and St Petersburg.

Sponsors of the Olympic Games include Coca Cola, McDonalds and Visa.

December 19, 2013

These Preferred Hotel Group stays are more than hotels… they are homes away from home and represent the top in gay-friendly luxury

For some LGBTI people, checking into a hotel with their partner could be considered a luxury.

The most scandal one should face when arriving to a hotel is learning a 1800’s pyramid scheme helped pay for the room you are booking.

While LGBTI travellers may expect the money they are spending on accommodation will also include fair and appropriate treatment, the sad truth is not all hotels and staff are trained to ensure a flawless experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests from check-in to check-out.

November 30, 2013

Representatives from a group of of Russian LGBTI rights organizations meet with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach

In a Paris meeting with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, representatives from Russian gay rights organizations asked Bach to seek specific answers on how Russian authorities will enforce 'gay propaganda' laws during the 2014 Winter Games.

November 23, 2013

The owner of the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, TN was found by police badly bruised with an anti-gay slur written across his forehead

Three suspects remain at large following an anti-gay hate crime in a Tennessee city after a business owner was savagely attacked and his store badly damaged.

 

Joe Williams, who owns the Healthy Thyme health food shop in Paris, Tennessee, was closing his store on Wednesday (20 November) when he was approached by a man asking for something to help his sick daughter.

 

November 19, 2013

To mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, Paris Lees will speak at an event with musicians, poets and mourners

London is to pay tribute to murdered trans victims this year from around the world on Wednesday (20 November).

Trans activist, journalist and broadcaster Paris Lees, who topped The Independent’s Pink List, will be delivering the key note address.

While the first half will be a period to mourn, as the attendees remember the 238 trans people murdered in 2013, the second half will be a celebration of trans lives.

Trans musicians, poets and others will be entertaining the crowd, including Yui Karlberg and Naechané Valantino.

November 14, 2013

In this week's Around the World in 7 Questions feature we turn lemons into travel-friendly lemonade and talk beaches with George Carrancho, who serves as the LGBT and ethnic minority champion for American Airlines

Caring for LGBT employees and their families has increasingly become an integral part of the way the biggest companies do business.

For years, American Airlines has been named one of the best companies to work for by leading LGBT rights and minority organizations, showing to the global travel industry the importance and benefits of not only ensuring, but also promoting diversity.

November 1, 2013

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Most casino gambling is a combination of chance and skill.

Whatever the case, we're certain no one would turn down a little extra money, and what better way to spend it than treating yourself to a guiltless splurge.

Gay Star Travel looks at some of the world's most popular casinos whose claims to fame include watering holes for James Bond to America's first gay bar in a casino.