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May 20, 2015

With all eyes on Austria for this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest Final, Mikey tells GSN about the country's other LGBTI calendar highlight

This year's Pink Lake festival takes place at Lake Worthersee and the town of Velden in southern Austria from 3-6 September.

March 5, 2015

First former communist country to do so

Slovenia has announced the legalisation of same-sex marriage, ahead of the country's growing 'Pink Week' travel concept in May.

Slovenian parliament voted in favor of gay marriage on Tuesday 3 March, making it the first former Yugoslavian/Balkan country to do so.

This is timely for Pink Week, a four-day LGBTI travel experience which welcomes travellers from around the world, and takes place for the second time this 28-31 May.

March 2, 2015

 Lake Wörthersee goes gay for the 8th edition of the festival

Austria's Pink Lake International LGBT Festival will take place at the gorgeous Lake Wörthersee in Velden this September, from 3-6.

The 8th edition of the four-day party goes against the grain of other gay events commonly held in blockbuster cities, with its beautiful, intimate, unspoiled location.

February 13, 2015

For treating your loved one – or drowning your sorrows

It's that time again of year again...

That is, the time of the year when forgetful boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives (and beyond) find themselves rushing to their local florists/supermarket/stinking horrible garage to pick up some last minute V Day surprises.

But with our handy guide of five of the loveliest drinks on the market this Feast of St Valentine, you're already halfway there. And if you're single, might we suggest a night in or out with friends after a few of these tipples…


November 3, 2014

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old were the victims

Thugs dressed as pink fairies hurled anti-gay slurs, kicked and punched two young men on 1 November.

An 18-year-old and 21-year-old, both male, were attacked near a KFC in Surbiton, a surburban area of south-west London, shortly after 1am on Halloween night.

It is believed the two were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women.

They were subjected to homophobic abuse by the men in the group.

June 30, 2014

Prepare to gird your loins against resident drag queen Mataina, and move your body to the bossa nova and chill-out sounds of DJ James Munich at one of Europe’s most happening LGBT festivals

If it only takes two to tango, Mataina and DJ James Munich are the only two people you will ever need to put you in the groove. 

Gay Star News caught up with the self-described godmother of Pink Lake, Austria’s summer Alpine LGBT festival at Lake Woerthersee, and resident DJ James Munich, for a behind-the-scenes look into what Pink Lake is all about.

June 9, 2014

Austria's Pink Lake LGBTI summer festival program includes boat cruise parties, a lakeside beach club, a very hip Club Night and lederhosen-clad hotties so fabulous, you’ll be spinning a la Julie Andrews

Picture this: A lake laps at your feet as you soak in the late summer sun.

You glance up and see an oiled-up beauty temporarily blocking your view of the Austrian Alps. As you follow that body you take in the gorgeous lake and charming villas, and you just roll over to top up your tan.

Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

That’s just one of the many daytime visions you’re sure to have at Pink Lake in Austria, taking over the must-see-to-believe quant town of Velden this year from 28 to 31 August.

May 24, 2014

A long-standing children's charity has been attacked by a conservative group for offering counseling to young people struggling with their sexuality, and supporting the inaugural Pink Dot Hong Kong rally to be held in June

A conservative group called the Justice Alliance has launched an attack on the Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong – a long-standing charity that was established in 1936 to work with children and youths – for 'siding with sexual minorities' and 'brainwashing' children by offering counselling to young people struggling with their sexuality, according to a South China Morning Post report on Friday.

April 7, 2014

Notorious US anti-gay pastor Scott Lively has claimed the gay community dropped the pink triangle in favor of the rainbow pride flag because of his book the Pink Swastika which claims the Nazi Party was a homosexual organization

Notorious Holocaust revisionist and anti-gay Christian pastor Scott Lively is planning to release a new edition of his book The Pink Swastika in which he claims that the Nazi Party was at its core a homosexual organization and that the number of gay men it persecuted has been vastly overestimated.

The book was first published in 1995 and Lively now says he is working on a 5th edition of it in which he claims to show more evidence that the Nazis were gay despite mainstream historians rejecting its premise.

November 15, 2013

Schools Out is encouraging everyone to wear pink clothes to celebrate 10th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.

Schools Out is asking UK schools to go pink on Monday (18 November) to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the repeal of Section 28.

Section 28, which became law in 1988 under Margaret Thatcher's leadership, stopped local authorities from 'promoting' homosexuality.

But it was widely interpreted as banning any discussion of lesbian, gay and bisexual issues in schools, even when LGBT pupils went to teachers to ask for help.

October 2, 2013

Segregating and color-coding girls' and boys' toys stunts their development and could be holding us all back

The ‘traditional marriage’ advocates have been obsessed since day one with listing the many things that same-sex couples ‘could not do’, which, clearly they not only can do but are already doing.

The underlying point all the irrational statements have in common is one foundational core its advocates desperately want to ‘protect’. That point is men and women hold mutually exclusive roles in the family and neither of those roles can or should be filled by a member of the opposite gender.

August 15, 2013

Hong Kong is hosting Asia’s largest LGBT pride event for the third year in a row which will run from September to November

The third annual Pink Season, Hong Kong’s LGBT festival, will kick off on 12 September 2013 and close on 10 November in 2013.

The two month festival will showcase collaboration between local LGBT organizations and artists as well as a bunch of fun dance parties.

The 2012 Pink Season schedule includes a Pink Season Picnic, the Mr Gay Hong Kong pageant, the Floatilla party cruise, the Out in the Open beach carnival, Gay Day Asia, the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and a series of outdoor and indoor Pink Season Sports events.

July 17, 2013

800 people have gathered for the first Pink Dot Okinawa LGBT pride event when organizers were only expecting around 100

Organizers of Pink Dot Okinawa have been overwhelmed by the turnout at the event, held Sunday, 14 July in Naha City, with eight times the number of people expected attending.

‘We're very happy to announce we had our first Pink Dot Okinawa successfully with 800 people,’ the Pink Dot Okinawa organizing committee said in a statement following the event.

‘Compared to pride events in other big cities, it's by far smaller, but for us in Okinawa we can say it's a big breakthrough and historical first step.’

June 29, 2013

Largest crowd ever show support for LGBT people in Singapore at Pink Dot

Singapore's LGBT rights festival Pink Dot has smashed previous records of attendants with 21,000 showing their support in Hong Lim Park on Saturday evening.

After 15,000 people showed-up last year organizers had wanted to move to a bigger venue, but that wasn't arranged in time so Pink Dot remained in Singapore's Speaker's Corner - the only place where citizens can legally protest.

June 25, 2013

The Japanese island of Okinawa will host a Pink Dot LGBT pride festival on 14 July after being inspired by the Singaporean event of the same name

The Japanese island of Okinawa will host its first ever Pink Dot LGBT pride festival on 14 July.

Organizers of Pink Dot Okinawa were inspired by the event of the same name in Singapore where instead of marching, because legal protests are restricted to a single park in the city, LGBTs and their allies gather to form a circle of pink in the park.

Pink Dot Okinawa is being billed as an event where people who want ‘a society in which sexual minorities' living is easy’ gather wearing something pink to represent that thought.

May 29, 2013

Asia Pink Awards 2013, from Singapore-based gay magazine Element, will honor the most LGBT-friendly brands in Asia

Singapore's first gay men's magazine, Element, is launching the Asia Pink Awards this year.

The award ceremony, which will be held towards the end of 2013, will honor the most LGBT-friendly brands in Asia in categories such as entertainment, travel and fashion. Individuals will be awarded in categories such as Favorite Style Icon and Favorite Bachelor.

May 23, 2013

Pink Dot 2013 is 'for a Singapore we can all call home', campaign video launched and JP Morgan join Google and Barclays as sponsors

The theme of this year's LGBT 'freedom to love' event in Singapore, Pink Dot, is 'home', as shown in the campaign video launched yesterday.

The video shows LGBT people searching for acceptance - an older gay man is prevented from visiting his partner in hospital, a transgender teen is bullied at school and a young woman's parents shut-down communication when they find out about her same-sex relationship.

The film ends with at Pink Dot, where LGBT people and allies have gathered for one day a year over the last five years to show their support by wearing pink.

May 15, 2013

Austria's premier gay festival returns equipped with after-parties and boat rides

Pink Lake festival is back for all European gay festival lovers from 29 August - 1 September.

The beautiful Lake Woerthersee will once again be decked out with pride events from all around the world – bringing members of all LGBT communities together for a weekend of fun and frolics to end the long hot European summer.

April 10, 2013

Gay Star News today announces (10 April 2013) our media partnership with the Pink Lake Festival 2013

LGBT people from across Europe and beyond will plunge into to the beautiful lake high in Austria’s mountains for the festival from 29 August to 1 September.

Talking place in Velden, at lake Woerthersee, the friendly festival attracts hundreds of guests in speedos and bikinis, swimming, relaxing and partying in the picturesque town.

Following the success of our partnership in 2012, Gay Star News has again dived into being a media partner this year, providing global coverage before, during and after the event.

January 25, 2013

The latest men's line by French fashion brand Mugler features the upside-down pink triangle used to identify homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps

This year's Paris Fashion Week saw a reappearance of a former Nazi symbol in a trendy fashion label's menswear presentation.

French fashion brand Bugler incorporated into its latest men's line the inverted pink triangle, a badge originally sewn onto the garments of convicted homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps.

Reclaimed as a symbol of gay pride since the 1970s, the pink triangle used in Mugler's latest men's collection was the only dash of color along highlighter green and neon blue in a predominantly monochromatic collection. 

December 24, 2012

As Easy-Bake Ovens finally market themselves at boys, Bob Witeck says marketers are starting to see the rewards, not the risks, in targeting LGBT consumers

Thanks, in part, to an online petition started this fall by a 13-year-old New Jersey girl, the global toymaker Hasbro recently discovered that many little boys like cooking and the always-popular Easy-Bake Ovens. Isn’t it time, she asked, that Hasbro started including boys like her little brother in their advertising and no longer limit their ovens to the colors pink and purple?

October 4, 2012

'I’ve had a lot of my gay boys around, but my gay girls are my rootstalk'

By the way she looks and acts, singer Pink says she 'should' be gay but just isn't. But her lesbian and bisexual female fans do mean the world to her.

'They’ve been the most loyal part of what I do,' she tells The Advocate in an interview out this week. 'They’ve been my most loyal friends, to be honest. I’ve had a lot of my gay boys around, but my gay girls are my rootstalk. They’re my honesty in an ocean of bullshit.'

September 26, 2012

From this Saturday and until the beginning of December, Hong Kong turns a rose hue with dozens of events celebrating ‘pink power’

Pink Season will have it all: Mr Gay Hong Kong, Asia’s largest LGBT film festival, art, theatre, parties and a gay day at Disneyland, but not, thanks to a break-down of co-operation within the community, a parade.

After some on-off years Hong Kong Pride Parade is scheduled back on for the 10 November, but parade organizers are not working with Pink Season any more. They recently announced that they did not want to be included in the listings for Pink Season, so what would have been a key event in the series is going it alone.

August 28, 2012

R&B singer is nominated for Best New Artist award alongside One Direction and Carly Rae Jepson

Newly out RnB star Frank Ocean will perform at next month’s MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV News has confirmed the musician will join performers including Pink, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

Ocean is also in contention for the Best New Artist award alongside One Direction, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepson, and fun.