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November 13, 2014

Auckland and Chicago are surprise new entries of most-desired hotspots, according to new research

Following the release of a new study from Out Now Business Class (ONBC) of 2015's top gay travel trends, we count down the 20 cities set to cause a stir in the (£200b a year) LGBTI tourism industry in 2015 – from long-established meccas to curveball newcomers…

October 30, 2014

A city rich in many ways, Jo’burg is home to many an architectural masterpiece and is an LGBT enclave worth checking out

Jo’burg is South Africa’s largest city population-wise, and that’s not even counting the 6 million trees.

As the biggest economy in Africa, Johannesburg is also a booming powerhouse for culture and entertainment.

Yes, sister Cape Town is Design Capital 2014, but not only does Jo’burg (as it’s affectionately called) have its own Beefcakes (see below), but it is a beautifully landscaped city with design merits all its own.

September 30, 2014

To celebrate Animal Month at GSN, we’re looking at the natural habitats of the world’s cutest, scariest and rarest animals.

Safari may mean ‘we go’ in Swahili, but Africa is not the only continent where safaris are a major tourist attraction.

From the frozen tundra of Antarctica to remote islands off South America, nature lovers and adventure travelers are making the long journey to come face-to-face with nature’s most wondrous animals.

And what could be better than seeing animals in their natural habitat?

We traverse all seven continents for animal sanctuaries and adventure tours that bring you within touching (and sometimes biting) distance of your favorite animals.

September 19, 2014

From a a boogie-down in Bogota's biggest gay club to a Segway tour through the streets of Cartagena, here are some tips for enjoying two of Colombia's most popular destinations

When it comes to reputations Bogota - the capital of Colombia – used to be right up there with Bagdad, Mogadishu and Pyongyang as a holiday destination.

Bogota was as notorious for kidnappings as Ibiza still is for a night of debauched clubbing. Years of being the cocaine capital of the world had left the city as a no-go area for all but the brave or mad.

But times have changed and in the space of just a few years Bogota has turned itself around and it’s now one of the safer cities in Latin America.

August 11, 2014

Uruguayans celebrated the one year anniversary of same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry this month, with over 200 couples marrying in the first 12 months they have been able to

Over 200 same-sex couples have married in Uruguay in the 12 months since it legalized gay marriage in the small South American nation of 3.3 million people.

According to the civil registry of Montevideo, which covers half the country’s population, 134 same-sex couples have married since same-sex marriage became legal in Uruguay on 5 August last year.

June 26, 2014

As Gay Star News heads to Barcelona for Gay Pride this weekend, we brush up on our Spanish skills, to be used anywhere in the world

Spanish is not the same in every country.

That’s the beauty of the language. Spain’s Spanish is different to Spanish spoken in Central and South America Every country has a different accent, a different slang, a different flavor.

This guide is going to be based on Latin American Spanish, but the terms are quite basic and are so understandable in most, if not all countries.

June 3, 2014

Whether you believe it was aliens or the Incas, there’s no denying Peru is home to some of the world’s most impressive ancient ruins

Every year millions of tourists flock to Peru’s most well known attractions, from the magical mountain scape of Machu Picchu to the eerily captivating Nazca lines in the Peruvian desert.

Yet Peru has a near limit-less selection of historical and adventure sites to explore for indigenous crafts, regional cuisine and amazing photo opportunities.

Peru is home to some of the oldest living wonders of the world, many at risk of destruction because of changing global weather patterns or growing tourism.

April 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espín will welcome hundreds of delegates for International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) this May to champion LGBTI rights, including legal same-sex partnerships, on the island

Amidst global celebrations of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 17 May, Cuba’s LGBTI community is holding a quiet revolution.

And Mariela Castro Espín, daughter of president Raul Castro, is so proud she’s welcoming over 400 delegates from London, South America and the Caribbean to look at the best strategies to eradicate discrimination and pave the way for gender equality in Cuba.

April 3, 2014

Peruvian lawmaker Carlos Bruce has received a 10,000 signature petition collected by a coalition who are trying to drum up support for his plan to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions

Peru’s Lima Homosexual Movement and other groups trying to drum up support for the introduction of same-sex civil unions in Peru have presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to the lawmaker trying to spearhead the proposal.

October 4, 2013

Suriname, the only Dutch speaking country in South America, is to hold its third LGBT pride festival in October

Suriname, the smallest country in South America, is to hold its third annual LGBT OUT@SU pride march and festival this month, with a launch event tonight in the city of Paramaribo at Lounge One and Club Nightfever.

This year’s theme is Sexual Diversity in the Workplace and the launch will be followed by an outreach event in Commewijne on Saturday and a forum on sexuality in the workplace on Sunday which will be attended by representatives of unions, business leaders and the Suriname Ministry of Labour.

September 25, 2013

From cruising with money expert Suze Orman to sunning with a nudist community, GSN breaks down some of the most exciting LGBT cruises slated to make a splash next year

GSN is getting a head-start on next year's best-looking gay and lesbian cruises.

We've sifted through a selection of cruises scheduled for 2014 to give you the need-to-know details on a variety of oceanic adventures ranging from Latin American treks to Pacific island getaways.

There's even a nude cruise! Although we're certain the clothing-optional option is only available on the ship... make sure to bring clothes for when you dock.

June 2, 2013

São Paulo's 17th pride parade, the world's largest, kicks off with a more political message

Despite heavy rain showers and cold temperatures millions participate in São Paulo’s gay parade, the world’s largest.

The march started today (2 June) at 1pm local time next to São Paulo’s Museum of Arts (MASP) winding its way through the city’s main avenue, Avinda Paulista.

May 17, 2013

New figures claim 78 trans people have already been killed in 13 countries this year and 1,233 in 59 countries since January 2008

New figures published today show 78 trans people were murdered in 13 countries from 1 January to 30 April this year.

There were 1,233 reported murders of trans people in 59 countries worldwide from 1 January 2008 to 30 April 2013.

The new figures were collected as part of the Trans Murder Monitoring project by Transgender Europe (TGEU) and published on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

TGEU says the murders are often particularly violent, including mutilation and torture.

May 8, 2013

Gay Star News talks to Miyuki Baker about her world travels in search of queer artists and activists

What are the queer communities like in South America compared to Australia? Singapore compared to India? South Korea to Turkey? Recent college graduate Miyuki Baker is finding out by traveling the world in search of queer artists and activists, like herself.

After graduating from Pennsylvania-based liberal arts college Swarthmore, Baker won a $25,000 (US dollars, €19,000) Watson Fellowship that allows her to travel the world pursuing a particular project.

April 17, 2013

Brent Hardt, the US ambassador to Guyana, has called upon the country’s leaders to progress on the issue of LGBT rights

The US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt said that country’s government take action and repeal anti-gay laws and introduce LGBT rights.

Hardt told a media workshop held over the weekend in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, that he believes there could be more cooperation to increase support for LGBT rights in the country, reported the portal News Source.

March 10, 2013

GSN meets the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association to find out about its clubs and tournaments across six continents

Do you want your chance to serve a ball or two on the same tennis courts that host the US Open? Or perhaps you just fancy a knockabout with some friends. Wherever you are in the world, there is a good chance there will be a Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA) club for you.

We met up with Daniel Merrithew, commissioner of the (GLTA) to find out more about the association and the opportunities it gives its members.

What is GLTA's background?

February 7, 2013

If elected, the 30 year-old LGBT rights activist and psychology student could become the first transgender individual in Ecuador's Congress, and South America's first trans lawmaker

Ecuador could receive its first transgender lawmaker this month.

Diane Rodriguez, a psychology student and trans rights activist in her home town of Guayaquil, is vying for a Congressional seat in the leftist Ruptura 25 party during the presidential and parliamentary elections held on 17 February (Sunday).

If elected, it is believed Rodriguez would be the first transgender individual to hold public office in Ecuador, where 85% of the population identifies as Catholic. It is thought she would also be the first openly transgender lawmaker in South America.

January 23, 2013

Valentina Verbal wants to represent center-right party RN in congress

South America could have its first transgender legislator if Valentina Verbal wins a seat in congress in next November's election.

Verbal announced her candidacy last week and said in an interview with Santiago Times that she intends to lobby for a change in the laws that affect transgender people in Chile.

January 1, 2013

Australian Marriage Equality convener Rodney Croome predicts wedding bells for gay couples under state law in 2013

Same-sex couples will likely be able to marry in Australia under a state or territory law in 2013, gay marriage advocates have predicted.

It comes after a year of great progress for same-sex marriage in Europe, the US and South America. And 2013 looks set to be even more significant.

December 20, 2012

Queen of Pop retains her crown to take over $228 million in ticket sales this year

Madonna's MDNA was the highest grossing tour of 2012, beating pop rival Lady Gaga.

The Material Girl made more than $228 million in ticket sales, performing over 80 sell-out shows around the world, reports Billboard.

Her tour, which started in Israel in May and ends in South America this weekend, trounced nemesis and fellow gay icon Lady Gaga to the top spot.

The 26-year-old singer lagged behind in sixth place, raking in $125 million.

October 10, 2012

The ninth Gay Games will be held in the US state of Ohio

Planning holidays is definitely one of my top three hobbies, so I was excited to learn that the ninth Gay Games had been awarded to the US city of Cleveland in the state of Ohio.

Excited or intrigued? To be honest Cleveland hasn't really been featuring in my list of holiday hotspots (making lists is also one of my top three hobbies), so I caught up with Tom Nobbe - executive director of the 2014 Gay Games - to get the low-down on Cleveland.

October 9, 2012

Bisi Alimi challenges us to remember all victims of hate crime this October – particularly murdered LGBT people

Thapelo Makutle, Noxolo Nkosana, Jody Dobrowski, David Kato, Harvey Milk, Matthew Sheppard, Craig Gee, Alexis Frumin, Brendan Courtney, Fanny Ann Eddy, Lauren Harries, Angie Zapata and many more.

These names represent the reality of the world we live in. From Africa to Asia, Caribbean to Europe, North America to South America, Oceania to the Pacific. These names bring tears to the eyes of the many people who understand they are connected.

All of them were victims of homophobic murders.

July 19, 2012

Ricky Martin wasn't impressed with the recent homophobic statements by Cindy Mejia, labelling her foolish and ignorant on twitter

Recently Miss Peru Cindy Mejia, stated in an interview that God wouldn't allow her to have a gay son, because you turn gay when your dad’s away, and she’s firmly going to raise children with a father. Alternatively, according to her, children become gay through being raped or being too close to mother and sisters from which they pick up ‘mannerisms’.

July 13, 2012

Miss Peru 2012 makes a public apology for declaring she won't have a gay son because god wouldn't allow that to happen

Miss Peru Universe 2012 has made a public apology to the Peruvian gay rights movement for a series of anti-gay jibes.

Beauty queen Cindy Mejia, Miss Peru 2012, recently stated that god wouldn't allow her to have a gay son.

She also stated that boys only turn gay because of their father being absent, or because they have been raped or are too close to their mother and sisters.