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May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 21, 2015

The Portugal-based chefs and boyfriends share their travellers' tales, from their secret nude beach in Portugal to a loved-up trek through Africa…

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
Pedro: Last year we did a raffle for our fans, giving them the permission to come and spend two weeks with us as guests in our home. After less than seven days in Portugal we decided to do a very random trip, and drove from Lisbon to Morocco, from the south of Portugal to Spain to Marrakesh. It was pretty random but amazing!

Where has been your best holiday and why?

May 18, 2015

Herman Kelly, a communications director at the eurosceptic group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy – who works largely with UKIP MEPs and Nigel Farage – posts anti-gay parenting rant on Twitter

Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman was embroiled in a vitriolic Twitter spat with Director of Communications for EFDD Group (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy) Hermann Kelly this evening, as Kelly posted a series of anti-gay parenting messages.

The EFDD is a Eurosceptic grouping within the European Parliament. Just under half of its 47 members are UKIP MEPs, and its co-President is Nigel Farage.

May 12, 2015

Luxury villas and VIP treatment, if you can this is an amazing way to spend time on this Spanish island

I am really glad that I can still remember my trip to Ibiza.

To be perfectly honest, when I set off to the Spanish island for three days, I was fully expecting to have that first sip of vodka and then as I’d get on the plane back home 72 hours later I’d get sudden memory flashes of sun, dance music, and inevitable regret.

But I was being treated to a five star experience. This wasn’t any old trip to San Antonio along with the beach-sleepers and Inbetweeners, this was unforgettable.

May 6, 2015

Rojas and Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español present a knock-out fusion of flamenco and hip hop

The team of Ángel Rojas and Carlos Rodríguez of Nuevo Ballet Español are one of the driving forces of modern dance in Spain.

Their latest show, Titanium, brings together the flair of flamenco with the raw energy of hip hop and urban street dance.

May 5, 2015

We're lost for words

The Gay European Tourism Association [GETA] has partnered with Sign Up, a Seville-based language school, to create language courses specially tailored for LGBTIs.

The big question is, will they teach Polari?

The two and four-week courses will be taught by a gay teacher in Seville [the city's Plaza de España is pictured, right], the capital of the Spanish region of Andalusia, and will be open to all ages. 

April 29, 2015

Taste local delicacies, journey into the mountains and splash out at the waterpark

Gay tourists to Gran Canaria are loyal – a fact that will soon be illustrated with Maspalomas Pride around the corner (it takes place from 8-17 May).

But how many of said tourists miss out on the best this sun-kissed Atlantic island has to offer?

I asked every gay tourist I met there how often they visited – ‘every year’, ‘seven times in three years’ and even ‘11 times in four years’, they said.

But few have ever left the gay holiday area of Maspalomas.

April 23, 2015

Rooftop bar manager on club tips, culture and getting away from the madness

Ibiza is a little different from Dumfries, the town where 25-year-old Scott Dempster is from.

When he originally came to the Spanish island at the age of 17, it was the typical go out in San Antonio with friends and go crazy.

But then when he returned the next year, he saw the other side of Ibiza - the beautiful side.

The following year after that, he was calling Ibiza home.

Now 25, he manages the rooftop bar of Hotel Es Vivé, one of Ibiza's hottest spots for chilled out drinks and stunning views.

April 1, 2015

Visage also reveals which Celebrity Big Brother housemates will be attending

RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons is coming to many European locations for the first time.

Drag Race stars like Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon and Manila Luzon will be sashaying to places like Spain, Iceland and France in April.

GSN spoke to stars Michelle Visage and Alaska about crossing the waters and werking it in front of a completely new crowd.

'The show is a two hour theatre production. It’s not just a bar queen drag show,' Visage said.

March 19, 2015

Originally from Argentina, the actor/model now calls West Hollywood his home

Actor and model Pablo Hernandez is best known as one of the faces of the Andrew Christian underwear campaigns.

Born in Argentina and with a family heritage that traces back to Spain and Lebanon, Hernandez is now a firm fixture of West Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Hernandez loves the camera, and clearly enjoys sharing his travels and adventures through the Vines that he posts to his social media channels.

We recently caught up with this frequent flyer to share some travel stories.

March 13, 2015

An oasis for gourmets, sports lovers, pampering and gay beach fans in Maspalomas

Warm seas, mountains of golden sand, and one of the gayest places on earth – it can only be the Dunes at Maspalomas.

At the tip of the island of Gran Canaria in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the enormous dunes stretch as far as your eye can see. Lawrence of Arabia could ride into sight on a camel at any moment without feeling like an idiot.

Where better to sunbathe? Particularly the gay beach where rows of tea-tanned bodies lie on loungers and beach towels, in swim costumes or nothing, drinking from the beach bar under a rainbow flag.

February 19, 2015

Investigation being conducted into authorship of document

Spanish authorities have opened an investigation to discover the author of an internal memo circulated to Madrid's metro staff identifying gay people as a 'problem group in need of extra vigilance'.

The document advised employees on particular groups to check for valid tickets at stations along on the line. Between two stops, Sol and Las Rosas, the memo instructs workers to keep an eye on 'musicians, beggars and gays'.

The revelation drew criticism from Teodoro Peñuelas, of UGT, the trade union representing metro staff.

January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 15, 2015

We've lived here since…
…2013. Our original plan was to move to Madrid for just 3-6 months to improve our Spanish, but we’ve been here ever since [David and Auston both grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, before moving to Chicago in 2008].

We've stayed because...
…we love big cities and Madrid has a big city vibe with a relaxed and laid back lifestyle. Spanish culture emphasizes 'working to live instead of living to work'. We love this approach to life and fit right in with our surroundings.

January 9, 2015

Proposal was made in Rome

Michael Sam is engaged to his long-term boyfriend Vito Cammisano – the man he famously kissed when he became the first openly gay footballer to be drafted into the NFL.

The proposal was made in Rome, a source confirmed to Page Six, but it is unclear who popped the question.

Sam, 25, and swimmer Cammisano have been traveling in Europe since December 30, ringing in the new year in Spain and seeing the sights in Italy.

In an Oprah special aired last month, Cammisano said their relationship was just like anyone else's.

December 16, 2014

Rainbow Barcelona marketing guru on his hometown treasures

Allan Acho, marketing guru for queer tour operators Rainbow Barcelona, shows us around his blazingly cool home city – including the city's friendliest gay bar and the Spanish square unspoiled by tourists...

I've lived here since…
…2007. I moved here with my family when I was 17 years old. My dad was offered a job in the city after finishing his PhD. So it wasn’t really my choice, but I’m happy it was Barcelona. I think it's one of the best cities to land in!

November 28, 2014

Activists say the country's anti-gay laws are scaring tourists away

Uganda's president accused tourism authorities of not marketing the country properly and said the east African nation was a better holiday destination than Spain.

President Yoweri Museveni said the Tourism Promotion Board should be renamed the 'tourism suppression board' as it touted 'only some chimpanzees and so on,' in an opinion piece published in the New Vision newspaper on Wednesday (26 November).

'The biggest problem with tourism is poor promotion,' he said.

October 21, 2014

If prosciutto factories and wine lofts are your idea of heaven, check out the nine best up and coming wine destinations to experience in the New Year

There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren't on your radar before.

Whether you prefer the taste of a robust red or enjoy a dry white vintage, the selection of wines available for purchasing these days is magnificent.

While specialty stores and super markets try to out do each other with sales and deals on the cheapest bottles, surely the best place to try your favorite wine is the source.

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.