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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 10, 2014

The Circle is a new film that dramatically recreates the lives of two gay men who met through a gay group in Switzerland in 1958 and have been a couple ever since

A new documentary is finally telling the story of a Swiss gay group that survived through World War II and a couple who met through the group after the war in 1958.

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine that began publishing in neutral Switzerland in 1932 under the name Swiss Friendship Banner and under the name The Circle from 1942.

July 10, 2014

The Circle is a new film that dramatically recreates the lives of two gay men who met through a gay group in Switzerland in 1958 and have been a couple ever since

A new documentary is finally telling the story of a Swiss gay group that survived through World War II and a couple who met through the group after the war in 1958.

The Circle (Der Kreis) was a gay magazine that began publishing in neutral Switzerland in 1932 under the name Swiss Friendship Banner and under the name The Circle from 1942.

May 27, 2014

Do you think Gay Pride is unnecessary? Zürich shows us why we need pride parades ‘now more than ever’

In Switzerland, there’s a city where a Greek statue signifies the love between Zeus and his male lover.

The same city, since 2009, has also proudly been home to the first openly lesbian mayor in national history.

Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland, the wealthiest city in Europe and one of the most gay-friendly in the world, has a history dating back 2,000 years to Roman settlement.

The city borders Lake Zürich, just miles away from the Swiss Alps, and has repeatedly been named the city with the best quality of life in the world.

March 25, 2014

Break up your holiday with an adventure down some rapids, or plan an entire vacation around the most fun river bends in the world from Arizona to Nepal

No prior experience necessary: White water rafting is as doable for parents with young kids as it is for daredevil adventure seekers, you just need to find the right tide.

Depending on your desired level of difficulty you can choose a multi-person raft to navigate some choppier waters, or opt for a cruising kayak ideal for taking in the scenery.

January 24, 2014

Actress has since deleted photo with Jonathan who she called 'wonderful'

Actress Goldie Hawn tweeted a photo of herself meeting Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and gushed to her more than 515,000 followers that the anti-gay leader was 'wonderful.'

Hawn met Jonathan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

It was quickly pointed out to the star of such films as Private Benjamin, Foul Play, The First Wives Club and Cactus Flower that Jonathan is deeply anti-gay.

December 10, 2013

IOC chief sends letter to all prospective Olympians to avoid causing 'controversy' while competing in Russia

Athletes have now been expressly warned against protesting against the anti-gay laws in Russia while they compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has told athletes they should avoid being involved in any ‘controversy’.

The IOC will draw up a letter to send to athletes when it meets in Lausanne, Switzerland today (10 December).

‘As an athlete, you do not want to be confronted with any kind of political controversies at the Games,’ he said, according to the BBC.

October 22, 2013

They may be cold blooded, but up to 85% of spiders and insects are getting hot under the exoskeleton when it comes to 'gay' sex

Some bugs are gay, get over it!

That's what some are claiming as scientists have revealed billions and billions of bugs are having gay sex by 'mistake'.

While it has long been observed many species of insects and spiders have gay sex, researchers have now claimed this is almost always ‘accidental’.

Scientists from Israel and Switzerland have proposed an answer to the question why nature has evolved to where many bugs court, mount and try to mate with members of the same sex.

In some species, up to 85% of males engage in homosexual behavior.

September 28, 2013

Donations from Swinton and generous people around the world have helped cover the cost of funeral for inspirational gay activist

British actress Tilda Swinton has donated over £1000 ($1603) to the funeral of Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov.

The actress, a prominent supporter of gay rights, sent the donation to help cover the cost of Davydov's funeral.

The organisers needed to raise over $2000 (£1247) to cover the cost of the funeral, which they have now surpassed.

Nikolai Alekseev, one of the organisers of Moscow Pride, confirmed they had received the donation from Swinton.

August 7, 2013

Urges Russia to repeal anti-gay laws in advance of 2014 Sochi Olympics

The outcry against Russia's anti-gay propaganda law got louder today when a petition with the signatures of 300,000 people was delivered to the International Olympic Committee's headquarters in Switzerland.

July 5, 2013

We are still turning LGBT asylum seekers away from safe havens to face persecution and death, says Stuart Hanson

The UK is one of the toughest places to claim asylum in Europe, according to the most recent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) figures.

Approximately 75% of all asylum seekers were initially not recognized by the UK Border Agency as having protection needs and were refused asylum. In countries like Finland and Switzerland over 70% of asylum seekers were granted protection.

This is a 45% difference and suggests Britain is not the soft touch that is constantly broadcast in the tabloids and media.

May 12, 2013

On Saturday (18 May) approximately 100 million people around the world will watch the Eurovision Song Contest. But what if you have no idea what's going on?

On Saturday (18 May) approximately 100 million people around the world will watch the Eurovision Song Contest. First launched in Switzerland in 1956, Eurovision is not just a musical fixture but a continent-wide institution Europeans love and sometimes love to mock. 

For those who have never heard of the competition – think of it as a hybrid of American Idol with original songs and the World Cup or Olympics. 

February 25, 2013

Roy Hodgson, manager of the English national football team, has supported the Football v Homophobia campaign

The England football club manager has come out against homophobia in the sport.

Roy Hodgson was speaking to support the Football v Homophobia community campaign in 2013.

‘I’ve been lucky enough to manage clubs and countries across the globe,’ said Hodgson, who has taken charge of top teams like Inter Milan and Switzerland in his 40 year career.

February 3, 2013

GSN is no longer neutral on the party city of Switzerland

I’m not good with early morning flights - I seem to spend most of the night wondering what the time is, worrying that I’ve slept through my alarm.

My Swiss flight was departing from London City - my favorite airport in London. It was a fairly subdued bunch of passengers that scuttled from the shelter of the terminal through the grey, steady rain and onto the small and nifty Avro RJ100 jet.

December 14, 2012

Switzerland’s National Council backs rights for gay couples to adopt ­– but only their partners’ pre-existing children after parliamentarians argue it ‘goes against nature’

Switzerland’s National Council has voted to allow gay couples to adopt each other’s children.

However the motion passed in the lower house of the Swiss parliament yesterday (13 December) is much more limited than the original version approved by the Council of States, or senate.

The Council of States in the Federal Assembly, or parliament, had backed giving adoption rights based on the best interest of the child in question – regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

October 16, 2012

Australian film The Wilding wins £25,000 Iris Prize after being showered with plaudits from critics

Australian film The Wilding came out on top at this year's Iris Prize, Cardiff's international gay and lesbian short film festival.

The story of two inmates falling in love in a juvenile detention center beat over 30 entries from countries including Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Australia and the United States for the £25,000 ($40,255) prize amid a torrent of praise from critics.

Jury chair, Lisa Power, called it 'wonderfully self-assured' and 'a special film which demanded attention'.

September 26, 2012

Elections have changed Bienne council's political composition. Now, three members out of five are openly gay or lesbian

Bienne, the 10th largest city in Switzerland, has become the first place in the world to be ruled by an openly gay and lesbian majority.

Sunday’s (23 September) elections for the city cabinet started a new era in Switzerland. Now, in Bienne, called Biel for German-language speakers, three members out of five in the cabinet are LGBT campaigners.

Barbara Schwickert (Greens), Cédric Némitz (Socialist Party) and Beat Feurer (Uniondémocratique du Centre) are set to put LGBT issues in the cabinet’s agenda.

September 26, 2012

Elections have changed Bienne council's political composition. Now, three members out of five are openly gay or lesbian

Bienne, the 10th largest city in Switzerland, has become the first place in the world to be ruled by an openly gay and lesbian majority.

Sunday’s (23 September) elections for the city cabinet started a new era in Switzerland. Now, in Bienne, called Biel for German-language speakers, three members out of five in the cabinet are LGBT campaigners.

Barbara Schwickert (Greens), Cédric Némitz (Socialist Party) and Beat Feurer (Uniondémocratique du Centre) are set to put LGBT issues in the cabinet’s agenda.

August 31, 2012

Hepatitis C rates among HIV positive gay men in Switzerland have jumped by eighteen hundred percent over 14 years and researchers are calling for better education campaigns targeting men who have sex with men

Hepatitis C infections have increased eighteen fold among HIV positive Swiss men over a 14 year period, according to a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, with half of those infections occurring since 2008.

In comparison infections decreased among injecting drug users and remained stable among heterosexuals.

Troublingly, over 80 percent of the Hepatitis C infections among gay men were of the hardest strains of the virus to treat.

August 17, 2012

A dictionary of gay and bisexual presidents and kings includes former king Umberto II in a long list of personalities of the past

Italy’s Prince Emanuele Filiberto wants to sue a writer for having included his grandfather, former King Umberto II, in a list of gay and bisexual presidents and kings.

Didier Godard, writer of the ‘Dictionnaire des Chefs d’Etat homosexuel ou bisexuel', wrote that Umberto II was gay and had an affair with film director and artist Luchino Visconti.

Italy had a monarchy until the end of World War II, but they were exiled after the war due to their support of Fascism.

June 23, 2012

Father of computer science who was prosecuted for being gay is honored across the world

Alan Turing, known as the father of computer science, the codebreaker that helped win World War 2, and the man tortured by the state for being gay, is being celebrated today (23 June).

The British born mathematician and cryptanalyst’s birthday is being honored across the world, with events planned in the UK, USA, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, the Philippines, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Portugal and Germany.

His centenary is also being celebrated with a Google doodle, a functional Turing machine that predated the modern computer.

April 2, 2012

Competition to be hosted by cabaret star and South African entertainer

A multi award winning South African entertainer and a cabaret star have been announced as hosts of the Mr Gay World (MGW) grand finale.

Taking place on 8 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, the event will also see performances from a number of acts including a Russian pop star and former Mrs World, a South African soap star and a local performance troupe.

Founded in 2009, the MGW contest is held annually and claims it allows gay men representing their nation to compete to become ambassadors for equality.

March 8, 2012

UN panel discussion on LGBT rights hailed as 'milestone' but activists say public opinion must change as well as laws

Human rights groups have welcomed yesterday's historic UN debate on LGBT rights, despite walk-outs from several nations.

The panel discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, on discrimination and violence against LGBT people, marked the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused on gender identity and sexual orientation.

March 6, 2012

Gay rights campaigners hope the UN's landmark discussion on LGBT rights will send a 'strong signal' to anti-gay governments

Activists around the world are excited about a UN debate on LGBT rights, calling the event a ‘historic development’.

Tomorrow’s panel discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, on discrimination and violence against LGBT people marks the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Campaigners have applauded the event, which includes panelists from the US, Europe, Brazil and Pakistan.