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March 26, 2014

Culture vultures look no further than Sweden’s capital for a fun romp into Scandinavian art, photography, dance and of course the plushest places to lay your head

No animals were harmed in the writing of this article.

The pink poodle referenced goes by the name of Rose, and she’s not been dyed pink. She’s a bubble-gum colored plastic rubbish bin sitting outside the Stockholm City Museum.

If the trash bins are anything to go by, Sweden’s capital is a hot bed of creativity, and the museum itself along with other cultural institutions promise the coolest of intercontinental art from photography to dance.

November 27, 2013

A holiday discount at the chic Hotel Rival (owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame) is one of the many ways to enjoy the city’s best Christmas markets, designer shops and foodie stops

The style capital of Stockholm is one of the world’s most LGBTI friendly cities.

With Christmas markets galore, December is the perfect time to visit for holiday shopping and a spot of indulgence.

Stockholm is a beautiful city of 14 islands connected by bridges, and winter transforms the region into a true wonderland - the city takes on a romantic feel as the the water ices over around the city, announcing the season's arrival.

November 27, 2013

A holiday discount at the chic Hotel Rival (owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA fame) is one of the many ways to enjoy the city’s best Christmas markets, designer shops and foodie stops

The style capital of Stockholm is one of the world’s most LGBTI friendly cities.

With Christmas markets galore, December is the perfect time to visit for holiday shopping and a spot of indulgence.

Stockholm is a beautiful city of 14 islands connected by bridges, and winter transforms the region into a true wonderland - the city takes on a romantic feel as the the water ices over around the city, announcing the season's arrival.

November 26, 2013

The LGBT event will attract 200,000 visitors to the Swedish capital

Stockholm was announced as the host of LGBT sporting event EuroGames in 2015 today (26 November).

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Swedish capital for one of the biggest LGBT events in the world.

Held between 5-9 August 2015, the event will offer exhibitions, activities, attractions and lectures alongside its sporting events, many of which will be free.

‘Stockholm is known worldwide as an open, welcoming destination,’ Regina Kevius, Stockholm’s Sport Commissioner, said.

November 26, 2013

The LGBT event will attract 200,000 visitors to the Swedish capital

Stockholm was announced as the host of LGBT sporting event EuroGames in 2015 today (26 November).

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Swedish capital for one of the biggest LGBT events in the world.

Held between 5-9 August 2015, the event will offer exhibitions, activities, attractions and lectures alongside its sporting events, many of which will be free.

‘Stockholm is known worldwide as an open, welcoming destination,’ Regina Kevius, Stockholm’s Sport Commissioner, said.

November 22, 2013

Two members of a gang of young people in Sweden are facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing a gay man to death over less than $800

Swedish prosecutors have laid murder charges against two Stockholm men over their role in the alleged murder of a man who was stabbed and left to die in a suburban woodland in September.

The men, aged 25 and 26, are accused of being part of a gang of young people who had allegedly been luring gay men to meet them on dating websites and then mugging them.

Two women, 16 and 18, have been accused of aiding the pair, as has a 29-year-old man accused of accessory to aggravated robbery.

November 22, 2013

This ‘may be Sweden's first gay-friendly retirement home, it likely won't be the last’ – says vice chair of organization Lars Mononen

Sweden is opening its first ever retirement home specifically for the LGBT community in Stockholm.

After years of work, the future residents and supporters are meeting this afternoon to celebrate the official opening.

The retirement home, Regnbågen, translates as ‘rainbow’.

Lars Mononen, resident and association vice-chair, told The Local: ‘People have worked hard on this for several years and now it's finally a reality’.

November 13, 2013

It doesn’t get more Christmas than markets, carols and crowning the Queen of Lights in Sweden’s capital. A contest for a free three-night stay for two ends 19 November

Stockholm has been dreaming of a pink Christmas, and wants to share that dream with you.

Until 19 November 2013, LGBTI travellers have the chance to win a three-night stay for two in one of the world’s most gay-friendly and serious-about-Christmas destinations.

The competition coincides with the upcoming Pink Christmas in Stockholm, a special celebration for LGBTI locals and visitors that includes Christmas markets, concerts and specials at gay and lesbian clubs in the area.

October 18, 2013

Gay Star News heads to Stockholm for Pride and wonders how a city so close to St Petersburg could be so different

It only takes an hour to fly from Stockholm in Sweden to St Petersburg in Russia, and the two countries couldn't be more different.

In one, sexuality is so free and open that public masturbation just became legal.

In the other, having a 'non-traditional' orientation can condemn you for life.

As I prepared to join the tens of thousands flocking to the Swedish capital for Pride back in August I began to realize why Stockholm could challenge for the right to call itself the LGBT capital of the world.

October 18, 2013

Gay Star News heads to Stockholm for Pride and wonders how a city so close to St Petersburg could be so different

It only takes an hour to fly from Stockholm in Sweden to St Petersburg in Russia, and the two countries couldn't be more different.

In one, sexuality is so free and open that public masturbation just became legal.

In the other, having a 'non-traditional' orientation can condemn you for life.

As I prepared to join the tens of thousands flocking to the Swedish capital for Pride back in August I began to realize why Stockholm could challenge for the right to call itself the LGBT capital of the world.

September 19, 2013

The first QueerFest since Russia banned 'homosexual propaganda' will see over 1500 visitors attend the 10 day event to take a stand against gay hate

Risking fines and arrests, the fifth annual international QueerFest launched in St Petersburg today.

Attracting nearly 2000 visitors every year, Russia's 'queer pride and culture festival' comprises seminars, discussions, photo exhibits and concerts to make a statement against homophobia.

It will be the first festival to take place under the country's law banning 'homosexual propaganda' where individuals and organizations can face fines and jail time for promoting LGBT rights.

August 12, 2013

Australia's LGBT community have gathered to chalk the streets with rainbow colors to protest Russia's rising homophobia

Somewhere over the chalk-drawn rainbow, way up high, there’s a sense of gay pride doodling its way across Australia and the world.

DIY Rainbow, an Australian protest movement, have chalked up another achievement by drawing a rainbow flag outside Sydney's Russian embassy.

In the quiet suburb of Woollahra, gay rights activists spoke out by creating the new road-art feature outside the building in protest of Putin’s anti-gay laws.

August 3, 2013

‘I wanted to come here so I could be who I am,' a 22-year-old gay Russian says, ‘I hope Russia will have a day like this one day’

It takes about an hour to fly from Stockholm in Sweden to St Petersburg in Russia.

In one city, Pride is the biggest festival of the year with half a million lining the streets to celebrate diversity, equality and love.

And in another, it is illegal to hold a Gay Pride event in fear it would be ‘propaganda’ to children.

This year’s Stockholm Pride is special because it is the first to explicitly invite LGBT Russians to Sweden, giving them a safe haven from the anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws signed by President Vladimir Putin in June.

August 3, 2013

‘I wanted to come here so I could be who I am,' a 22-year-old gay Russian says, ‘I hope Russia will have a day like this one day’

It takes about an hour to fly from Stockholm in Sweden to St Petersburg in Russia.

In one city, Pride is the biggest festival of the year with half a million lining the streets to celebrate diversity, equality and love.

And in another, it is illegal to hold a Gay Pride event in fear it would be ‘propaganda’ to children.

This year’s Stockholm Pride is special because it is the first to explicitly invite LGBT Russians to Sweden, giving them a safe haven from the anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws signed by President Vladimir Putin in June.

July 16, 2013

Eurovision Song Contest winners and legends join line-up for gay pride in the Swedish capital

Eurovision's hottest stars, including reigning winner Emelie de Forest, are set to perform in Stockholm Pride's biggest night.

The traditional Eurovision night, held on 1 August, will feature de Forest along with previous champions Helena Paparizou and Lys Assia.

De Forest, who won this year's contest for Denmark with her song Only Teardrops, said: 'I really look forward to Stockholm Pride, to meet the audience and sing Only Teardrops and a brand new song too.'

May 27, 2013

Stockholm Pride organizers have launched an advocacy campaign inviting Russians to celebrate Pride in the Swedish capital

Stockholm Pride organizers have launched the #GOWEST campaign this week to raise awareness of homophobia in Russia, particularly the century-long ban on Pride events.

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.

April 4, 2013

The Swedish capital is world center for design and style spread across 14 stunning islands, as well as ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’

Love them or loathe them, ABBA remain one of Sweden’s most successful exports with a special place in the heart of many a dancing queen. And ABBA fans are again beating a path to the new ABBA museum opening in May in Stockholm.

But there is a lot more you can do in what they call ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’.

April 4, 2013

The Swedish capital is world center for design and style spread across 14 stunning islands, as well as ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’

Love them or loathe them, ABBA remain one of Sweden’s most successful exports with a special place in the heart of many a dancing queen. And ABBA fans are again beating a path to the new ABBA museum opening in May in Stockholm.

But there is a lot more you can do in what they call ‘the world’s most gay-friendly city’.

February 7, 2013

The family of a Ugandan gay man married in Sweden in what is believed to be the first legal union between two same-sex Ugandans has been harassed after the news was published back home

A Ugandan gay couple that married in Sweden in what is believed to be the first legal union of two same-sex Ugandans have had family members harassed back home after the news got out there.

Lawrence Kaala and Jimmy Sserwadda exchanged vows in a crowded church in Stockholm in January.

January 21, 2013

Valentine’s Day is coming so it’s time to whisk the love of your life away for a romantic break. Here are six of the world’s best gay choices

I entered the world of romantic mini-breaks many moons ago when I first met my partner, Andrew. Like Bridget Jones, we headed for the British countryside in search of log-burning fires, long walks and romantic meals in quaint pubs.

Our relationship survived and we have long since deleted the memory of the awkward owner of the bijou hotel whose discomfort with us as two gay men was never communicated but clear for us to feel.

January 15, 2013

GSN meets the Stockholm Dolphins, the city's LGBT swimming club

Continuing our series profiling the world’s LGBT sports clubs, we meet Mats Grindal, one of the founders of the Stockholm Dolphins Swim Club.

When was the Stockholm Dolphins swim club established?

We founded the club in December 1999.

January 15, 2013

GSN meets the Stockholm Dolphins, the city's LGBT swimming club

Continuing our series profiling the world’s LGBT sports clubs, we meet Mats Grindal, one of the founders of the Stockholm Dolphins Swim Club.

When was the Stockholm Dolphins swim club established?

We founded the club in December 1999.

January 11, 2013

Sweden repeals law which meant a trans person must be sterilized to have their gender change recognized legally

Sweden has officially ended the forced sterilization of transgender people after tens of thousands of Europeans fought to have the law repealed.

The legislation, which has been in effect in the Scandanavian country since 1972, meant a trans person must be sterilized or else their gender change is not recognized legally.

However, the practice was officially banned yesterday (10 January) after a ruling by the Stockholm administrative court of appeal on 19 December which said the law was unconstitutional and in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.