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October 7, 2014

Drinks at the Opera House, mouth-watering Asian cuisine and our favorite gay club in town… you’re guaranteed a repeat date for being so savvy in Stockholm

Whether you’re a Stockholm local, or heading to the Swedish capital for a weekend trip, follow these tips and you’re sure to get some...

We’re talking about culture (and a repeat date) of course.

Stockholm, made up of thousands of little islands, is bursting with venues and activities ranging from romantic to rowdy that are ideal for taking that special someone (even if its just yourself) on a date.

LGBTI couples have little to worry about in Stockholm.

October 7, 2014

Drinks at the Opera House, mouth-watering Asian cuisine and our favorite gay club in town… you’re guaranteed a repeat date for being so savvy in Stockholm

Whether you’re a Stockholm local, or heading to the Swedish capital for a weekend trip, follow these tips and you’re sure to get some...

We’re talking about culture (and a repeat date) of course.

Stockholm, made up of thousands of little islands, is bursting with venues and activities ranging from romantic to rowdy that are ideal for taking that special someone (even if its just yourself) on a date.

LGBTI couples have little to worry about in Stockholm.

August 20, 2014

Two Iranian Muslim women have done what would be unthinkable in their homeland by entering into a same-sex marriage, and the ceremony was performed by an openly gay Imam

Iranian Muslim women Sahar Mosleh and Maryam Iranfar married in Stockholm on 2 August during the city’s annual LGBTI pride festival – perhaps the first Iranian women to marry each other in a religious ceremony in the world, and the first in Sweden.

The couple married in a ceremony performed by Algerian born South African based Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed who was in Stockholm as the festival’s nominated Imam.

The wedding was filmed by Swedish television news and has made headlines as far a field as Afghanistan.

August 19, 2014

Watch a video in which a Swedish Police officer busts his move with a participant in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade

A Swedish Police officer has found internet fame after he was captured getting his groove on with a reveler in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade.

The police officer couldn’t resist getting into the spirit of the event and challenged a marcher to a dance off, tapping him on the shoulder to let him know the dance gauntlet had been thrown down.

Marchers cheered the police officer as he attempted to outdo his dance partner with his audacious moves.

August 19, 2014

Watch a video in which a Swedish Police officer busts his move with a participant in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade

A Swedish Police officer has found internet fame after he was captured getting his groove on with a reveler in the 2014 Stockholm Pride Parade.

The police officer couldn’t resist getting into the spirit of the event and challenged a marcher to a dance off, tapping him on the shoulder to let him know the dance gauntlet had been thrown down.

Marchers cheered the police officer as he attempted to outdo his dance partner with his audacious moves.

August 4, 2014

Playstation has gone gay for for Stockholm Pride, with a rainbow-designed console auctioned off to raise money for LGBTI asylum seekers

A custom-made rainbow Playstation 4, dubbed the ‘Gaystation’, has sold for over 10 times its normal asking price in a charity auction.

WebHallen teamed up with RFSL, Stockholm’s network for LGBTI refugees, to auction of the special issue system Playstation 4: The Gaystation edition.

After more than 180 bids, it sold for 28,300 Swedish kroner ($4100, €3050).

A standard PS4 sells for $400 in the US, £349 in the UK and €399 in Europe.

The package included:

July 30, 2014

What would you do with 48 hours in the Swedish capital? Share your story and your dreams could come true with a two-day trip to the multi-island city of Stockholm

What do you love about Stockholm?

Or what have you always wanted to go to Stockholm to see?

LGBTI travelers love Stockholm for ABBA, gay marriage and 14 islands full of designer boutiques, eateries serving cutting-edge cuisine and of course the trendiest bars and restaurants.

July 28, 2014

Playstation has gone gay for for Stockholm Pride, with a rainbow-designed console auctioned off to raise money for LGBTI asylum seekers

A Swedish retailer is auctioning off a rainbow console under a campaign #thisisforthegaymers.

WebHallen has teamed up RFSL, Stockholm’s network for LGBTI refugees, to auction off a charity special edition Playstation 4: The Gaystation edition.

June 18, 2014

As part of EuroGames 2015, the Swedish capital will also welcome gay and lesbian pro swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics championship

LGBT athletes will be using their skills to combat homophobia and anti-gay politics next year at the EuroGames held in Stockholm.

Held about three times per decade, and previously hosted in Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp, The EuroGames will be hosted in Stockholm.

As part of the 5 to 9 August program, the city has announced it will also host the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics Championships.

June 18, 2014

As part of EuroGames 2015, the Swedish capital will also welcome gay and lesbian pro swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics championship

LGBT athletes will be using their skills to combat homophobia and anti-gay politics next year at the EuroGames held in Stockholm.

Held about three times per decade, and previously hosted in Barcelona, Paris, London and Antwerp, The EuroGames will be hosted in Stockholm.

As part of the 5 to 9 August program, the city has announced it will also host the 2015 IGLA World Aquatics Championships.

June 16, 2014

Straight-friendly bars, specialty cocktails and free goodies from the most fashionable streets in Gothenburg make this Swedish city’s Gay Pride festivities one for the books

Stockholm, sure. Lapland, naturally. Malmo, of course, who doesn’t love The Bridge?!

But if you are thinking of Sweden and you haven’t thought of Gothenburg, then you’re missing a trick. A beautiful, perfectly formed, walk able, friendly, delicious trick!

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city, home to two universities, and ranked 12th Most Innovative City in The World by Forbes Magazine. Considering you can walk from one end of Gothenburg to the other in 20mins, there is a lot packed into this perfectly formed city on the west coast of Sweden.

June 12, 2014

What’s going on in the world of global gay print? From Budgie Smugglers to Bare Necessities, international glossy Dorian serves up some delicious fashion inspiration

At Gay Star News we’re huge fans of LGBTI magazines.

When Wi-Fi lets you down, there’s sometimes no better way to learn about a gay enclave than by flipping through the pages of a local ‘queer-zine’.

This month, straight out of Stockholm, the fabulous and fashionable Dorian magazine served us a cover with the flawless Daniel Garofali that sent us into overdrive.

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.

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.