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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

Sponsored feature: Travelex, the foreign exchange service, finds travelers are saving hundreds by booking their flights last minute and with Travelex 4-Hour Collection holiday makers can collect currency at the airport of their choice within four hours

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.

September 3, 2013

Before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make the most of fall at any of these Preferred Pride hotels around the world

Autumn is that magical time when cool breezes beckon you to take a leisurely stroll or to relax in a fireplace lounge with a drink in your hands.

Gay Star News brings you 15 gay-welcoming hotels across Europe, Asia and North America perfect for an autumn break.

Preferred Hotel Group’s Preferred Pride collection offers LGBT travelers exclusive deals and special amenities like complimentary champagne or daily breakfast at chic and exciting destinations worldwide.

August 16, 2013

Myles and his husband, David, have done what many of us just talk about. They have not just moved to Spain but opened a small, personal and stylish boutique hotel – Almohalla 51 –in Andalucía

There is a word in Spanish, ‘Duende’. To different people and situations it means different things and it is not a word that translates easily; from goblin to charm, a magical creature to a spirit… when something or someone has a certain magic or mystery.

August 16, 2013

Myles and his husband, David, have done what many of us just talk about. They have not just moved to Spain but opened a small, personal and stylish boutique hotel – Almohalla 51 –in Andalucía

There is a word in Spanish, ‘Duende’. To different people and situations it means different things and it is not a word that translates easily; from goblin to charm, a magical creature to a spirit… when something or someone has a certain magic or mystery.

July 15, 2013

Jen Brister joins Lucio and Baylen while Amy suns herself in Spain.

Jen Brister joins Lucio and Baylen while Amy suns herself in Spain.

This week the team meet on a mound in Central London and get more mound than they bargained for, plus loads of helicopters and guitars! Summer in London indeed.

Along the way, they discuss new anti-discrimination laws in Italy, hate preaching at Wimbledon, and might Spiderman have a gay side?

Amy interviews Travis Kong from the University of Hong Kong about his research into the lives of older gay men, and we get our teeth into all the GayStarNews.

July 9, 2013

Ernst & Young must not have looked at Google Image when they rebranded as EY, the same name of a Spanish gay interest magazine

When one of the biggest accounting firms in the world decided to rebrand their image, they must not have realized exactly what they had done.

UK-based multinational professional services company Ernst & Young decided to change their name to EY, what they call a ‘strengthened and modernized’ image.

Unfortunately, EY Megateen is also the name of a magazine aimed at gay men based in Spain that frequently has plenty of young guys posing in their underwear.

July 7, 2013

The Spanish capital’s gay pride celebrations started on Wednesday and conclude today with marches, festivals and more parties

Madrid Pride, dubbed by some as ‘Europe’s biggest party’ draws to a close today.

According to Spanish newspaper El País, two of the country’s leading LGBT rights groups Cogam and the Spanish LGBT Federation (FELGTB) estimated 1.2 million people from Spain, Europe and the world over took to Madrid’s streets in celebration of gay pride.

June 12, 2013

Lisbon is bursting with tradition, romance, culture, entertainment and amazing food. We jump in a bright yellow tour car to find out the best the city has to offer and unwind at an eco hotel

When I got the opportunity to visit Portugal, thanks to the chic, boutique gay travel firm Further Afield, I did wonder if it would be similar to my many trips to Spain. As well as sharing a border, I thought paella would be the main dish served and palm trees would line the streets.

To my surprise Lisbon offered me much more and it all started when I stepped off the plane.