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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.

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’.