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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.

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.