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October 15, 2014

Eight Pacific nations still have anti-gay laws

The Pacific island nation of Palau has decriminalized gay sex in a revision of its penal code.

The new criminal laws came into force at the end of July but were only announced today.

At Palau’s last Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, France, Norway and Spain all made recommendations that the country repeal its anti-gay laws, which were accepted by the government.

This new criminal code was passed by the Palau National Congress and signed into law by President Tommy Remengesau Jr in April.

October 11, 2014

The German city of Cologne is gearing up to host to the annual German Bear Pride festival between 26-30 November 2014 - marking the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group

Although the annual Bear Week in Sitges, Spain, may now surpass it in terms of numbers, Cologne’s annual Bear Pride week remains one of Europe’s biggest gatherings of husky gay men.

Organizers are confident that this year’s event, which will run from 26 November until 30 November 2014, should be particularly busy as they will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Cologne Bears group, which began way back in 1984. 

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 23, 2014

Female same-sex couples will now be allowed to adopt babies born of IVF and other medically assisted procedures

France's highest civil court has given married lesbians more adoption rights.

The Court of Cassation has said even though gay couples are still banned from using IVF and other medical ways to assist with reproduction, that is not enough to prevent gay women their legal right to adopt their married partner's child.

As these female same-sex couples are stopped from accessing fertility treatment in France, it has sent many of them to Belgium or Spain.

September 3, 2014

Bears on Ice, Gay Oktoberfest and a Portuguese gay film festival are just a few of the September LGBTI events you should know about

September promises to be red hot with LGBTI events, and we’re not just talking about the ginger paradise that is to be the after-party for Thomas Knight’s RED HOT photo exhibit on red-headed men.

The photos are equally popular with straight women as they are with gay men, but there’s a few family members like Seth Fornea who are proudly representing both the ginger and LGBTI communities.

September 3, 2014

Bears on Ice, Gay Oktoberfest and a Portuguese gay film festival are just a few of the September LGBTI events you should know about

September promises to be red hot with LGBTI events, and we’re not just talking about the ginger paradise that is to be the after-party for Thomas Knight’s RED HOT photo exhibit on red-headed men.

The photos are equally popular with straight women as they are with gay men, but there’s a few family members like Seth Fornea who are proudly representing both the ginger and LGBTI communities.

August 22, 2014

People’s Party senator Luz Elena Sanín is facing calls for her resignation after she blamed Spain’s $1.3 trillion national debt on previous Socialist governments’ ‘subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals’

A ruling party Spanish senator has come under fire after she tried to blame Spain’s national debt on past Socialist governments cosying up to gay groups and NGOs.

Spain is experiencing an economic emergency which has left one-in-four Spaniards out of work and People’s Party Senator Luz Elena Sanin blamed spending on the LGBTI community for her country’s ‘gaping economic hole.’

Sanin said that former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero had put the country into debt by lavishing ‘his favors’ on ‘NGOs and homosexuals.’

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 23, 2014

Last year, Matinée Group’s Circuit Party saw 71,000 people join the fun from around the world. Will 2014 be the year to top it all?

Music lovers from over 50 countries have one big thing in common: A lust for Barcelona's annual Circuit Party by Matinée Group.

From 6 to 17 August this year, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

April 29, 2014

Getting married overseas might seem like something of a dream, but with specialist help it's as simple as saying 'I do'

With ever more countries legalizing same sex marriage there are now more exotic wedding destinations than ever before for LGBTI couples to choose from.

So if you want your wedding to be something special why not look at getting married overseas?

As of April 2014, 16 countries around the world have legalized same-sex marriage.

April 15, 2014

In an effort to stop LGBTI elderly people ‘returning to the closet’, Spain is building a special retirement home

Spain is opening its first gay retirement home in Madrid.

The 26 December Foundation, a Spanish organisation for the LGBT society, started the retirement home project because ‘as far as society is concerned, elderly LGBT don’t exist’.

The project is an attempt at stopping Spain’s elderly LGBT population from returning to the ‘closet’ in old age.

‘They don’t have children and grandchildren they can talk about and often they conceal their sexual orientation to avoid rejection,’ Federico Armenteros, president of 26 December Foundation, said.

March 27, 2014

Ola Girls was cancelled days before tickets were to start selling. Organizers say the authorities are freezing out lesbian events in favor of gay men's parties

A Sitges government official has allegedly cancelled a lesbian party saying there’s no room for any more gay events in the LGBTI paradise.

The seaside town of Sitges, 22 miles southwest of Barcelona on the Spanish coast, was slated to host Ola Girls, a new Mediterranean-themed lesbian festival from 6 to 8 June 2014.

March 21, 2014

Top off your wedding celebrations with these out-of-this-world honeymoon venues, specially selected by gay-friendly stay service Further Afield

From secret villas to hotels atop dormant volcanoes, these unforgettable honeymoon destinations are in some of the world’s most romantic cities and desirable travel destinations.

These fairy-tale getaways are ideal for kicking off your new life with your partner, isolated enough to enjoy some privacy yet close enough to city centers to enjoy the local culture.

February 12, 2014

Venezuelan film ‘Blue and not so Pink,’ which tells the story of a gay father reconciling with his teenage son, has won best Latin American film at the Spanish language equivalent of the Oscars

Venezuela has won its first ever Goya Award for Best Latin American Film over the weekend, with a gay themed entry bagging the coveted prize.

‘Blue and not so Pink,’ by director Michael Ferrari tells the story of a photographer who moves in with his boyfriend - but then has to look after his teenage son who has been living away from him in Spain for many years and their process of rebuilding their relationship to one another.

February 12, 2014

Venezuelan film ‘Blue and not so Pink,’ which tells the story of a gay father reconciling with his teenage son, has won best Latin American film at the Spanish language equivalent of the Oscars

Venezuela has won its first ever Goya Award for Best Latin American Film over the weekend, with a gay themed entry bagging the coveted prize.

‘Blue and not so Pink,’ by director Michael Ferrari tells the story of a photographer who moves in with his boyfriend - but then has to look after his teenage son who has been living away from him in Spain for many years and their process of rebuilding their relationship to one another.

February 6, 2014

After spending two and half years studying and working in Barcelona, Gay Star News intern Liam Johnson shares his tips for escaping tourist spots to find a new side to the beach city

I had planned to spend just a month in Barcelona but two years later I was still there and realized the Spanish city had become my second home.

My time spent there working and studying meant I grew to know a completely different side of Barcelona that remains hidden from the majority of tourists.

Popular as ever with LGBTI travellers, Barcelona is not only a great destination for those wanting their first taste of a Mediterranean city but also attracts returning visitors who can’t get enough of what it has to offer.

February 4, 2014

Have you ever wanted to ditch your current life and start somewhere new? Say hello to the two gay men who left their city lives to set up award-winning hotels in their dream destinations of Italy and Spain

We all have that vacation spot.

The one we left and said to ourselves: ‘I could leave everything and move here tomorrow.’

Further Afield, the company that handpicks gay-owned places to stay, meets people everyday who have done just that: Left their cities and jobs to live in their very own paradise.

The move is never easy, and it does not happen overnight, but after much work and dedication these individuals set up their own hotels.

January 27, 2014

A production based on the tragic love story between two cowboys, played by actors Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, opens this week in Madrid

The gay cowboy love film Brokeback Mountain gets its own musical production, debuting this week in Madrid, Spain.

The English-language opera is based on the 2005 Oscar-winning film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath ledger as two cowboys who fall in love in 1960s Wyoming.

The tragic love story of Jack and Ennis will be portrayed in this opera by Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and American tenor Tom Randle, according to a AFP.

January 26, 2014

Protesters in Malaga staged a kiss-in to protest comments made by new Spanish Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar who said that homosexuality is a 'defect' which can be treated

Almost 30 protesters gathered for a kiss-in at the gates of Malaga Cathedral in the southern Spanish city last Thursday to protest newly chosen Spanish cardinal Fernando Sebastián's recent remarks that homosexuality is a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment.

Earlier this week, he made the international headlines when he told Diario Sur, a newspaper in Malaga, his views on homosexuality.

December 29, 2013

Same-sex unions ‘have laid the groundwork for the destruction of marriage and the family’ writes Roman Catholic Bishop Casimiro López Llorente in end-of-year letter

A Spanish Roman Catholic bishop has claimed same-sex marriage is responsible for ‘the destruction of the family’ and ‘the significant increase in children with severe disturbances of personality’.

Casimiro López Llorente, bishop of the Segorbe-Castellón diocese in Spain, attacked marriage equality in his final pastoral letter of the year.

In the letter, titled The Good News of Marriage and the Family, Lopez says ‘with the exclusion of any reference to the difference between men and women, free rein is given to unions between persons of the same sex’.

November 26, 2013

The mayor of Madrid has been accused of trying to destroy the city’s annual LGBTI pride week after the city fined the event’s organizer hundreds of thousands of dollars over noise code violations

The conservative Mayor of Madrid has been accused of trying to shut down Europe’s largest LGBTI pride event after the organizers of the Madrid Pride Week were slugged with noise code violation fines worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ana Botella, the wife of former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, passed a new public noise code in 2011 under which the event has been fined four years in a row, forcing organizers of the annual event to go to court to try to have them dismissed.

October 4, 2013

GSN Travel Editor Jean Paul Zapata celebrated his birthday with a hedonistic weekend soaking in sangria, post-modernist architecture and Barcelona’s nude beach

Barcelona has some of the Mediterranean’s most underrated beaches, one of which is the clothing-optional beach of Mar Bella.

There must be something about the open and accepting environment of a nude beach that prompts members of the LGBT community to gravitate to Mar Bella’s soft sand and warm waters.

Of course, seeing nude bodies basking in the sun as nature intended probably doesn’t hurt either.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

September 26, 2013

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Brits are saving hundreds by booking holiday getaways later than ever before, according to a study by Travelex.

After seeing a surge of last-minute currency orders through its online service, the leading foreign exchange provider interviewed customers and found on average Brits in 2013 book a holiday just 14 days in advance – down from the typical two to four months seen in 2008.

The study also revealed 25% of holiday makers get their currency the day before traveling, with 11% of last-second bookers not ordering until less than 12 hours before traveling.