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June 16, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond: 'The UK flag must always take priority'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has told British embassies not to fly the rainbow flag at this summer's Pride events, according to reports.

Last year numerous embassies flew the flag, including Paris, Oslo, Tel Aviv and Santiago, along with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London when William Hague was foreign secretary.

But this summer the UK flag must 'always take priority', a spokesperson for the office told the Daily Mail. 

June 13, 2015

Almost 200,000 revellers from around the world attended the Tel Aviv festival

Around 180,000 people from Israel and abroad attended the Tel Aviv Pride parade on Friday, in the nation's capital.

Pride parades began in the city in 1997.

The theme of this year’s pride was ‘Tel Aviv loves all genders’, in support of transgender people.

A number of streets were closed down, and traffic redirected along the march route. Police were deployed as security, but there were no outbreaks of violent, nor other incidents.

June 13, 2015

Almost 200,000 revellers from around the world attended the Tel Aviv festival

Around 180,000 people from Israel and abroad attended the Tel Aviv Pride parade on Friday, in the nation's capital.

Pride parades began in the city in 1997.

The theme of this year’s pride was ‘Tel Aviv loves all genders’, in support of transgender people.

A number of streets were closed down, and traffic redirected along the march route. Police were deployed as security, but there were no outbreaks of violent, nor other incidents.

April 28, 2015

Lesbian partner of woman who gave birth to twins recognized as second mother at birth

The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies' mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel this week.

Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as a parent, to speed up the official process of adoption.

The usual process would involve going through the complicated legal adoption process after the birth of the child - often taking months or even years to complete.

March 25, 2015

Gay icon and clubbing legend Eliad Cohen on keeping fit whilst travelling the world and why Spain and Brazil are his top party countries

PAPA Party is notoriously known as one of the biggest and best gay clubbing parties to have ever graced international shores, taking its creator Eliad Cohen around the world spreading PAPA realness.

We caught up with the now gay icon (who takes the hottest selfies known to man!) to talk all things Eliad – from his on-the-go workout regime to why Thailand is his idea of heaven.

You travel the world for the PAPA WORLD TOUR. Where’s your favorite place to party?

March 25, 2015

Gay icon and clubbing legend Eliad Cohen on keeping fit whilst travelling the world and why Spain and Brazil are his top party countries

PAPA Party is notoriously known as one of the biggest and best gay clubbing parties to have ever graced international shores, taking its creator Eliad Cohen around the world spreading PAPA realness.

We caught up with the now gay icon (who takes the hottest selfies known to man!) to talk all things Eliad – from his on-the-go workout regime to why Thailand is his idea of heaven.

You travel the world for the PAPA WORLD TOUR. Where’s your favorite place to party?

March 18, 2015

Celebrating LGBTI Pride around the world

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

February 25, 2015

Likely parliamentary candidate says LGBTI people can be ‘abnormal’ at home but should not make demands of the state

A likely parliamentary candidate in Israel has declared himself a 'proud homophobe.'

Bezalel Smotrich made the comment Sunday (22 February) during an anti-gay rant at a high school in Tel Aviv.

'At home, everyone can be abnormal and people can form whatever family unit they want,' he said. 'But they can’t make demands from me, as the state.'

In 2006, Smotrich organized an anti-gay Beast Parade in Jerusalem in response to the city’s annual pride march, which he said he regretted last month.

February 23, 2015

Tzipi Livni could become one of two rotating premiers if her coalition wins

An Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize gay marriage if she becomes prime minister in the March elections.

Tzipi Livni made the pledge at a weekly gay party called Dreck in Tel Aviv on Saturday night (21 February).

The Hatnuah party leader will become one of two rotating prime ministers if her coalition with Labor wins.

'Good evening Dreck. There's a chance that on March 20 we'll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and discrimination and we'll start a period of light, love and equality,' she said.

February 2, 2015

Israeli travel group Hebro Travel will visit WWII concentration camp in August

Israeli travel group Hebro Travel is to hold the first gay tour of WWII concentration camp Auschwitz, it's been revealed.

January 8, 2015

Stylist is barred from both the male and female sections of the holy site

A transgender woman Monday (5 January) was barred from both the male and female sections of the Western Wall in Israel, the country with the most progressive trans policies in the Middle East.

Stylist Kay Long from Tel Aviv visited Jerusalem with a friend from Madrid, but was refused entry to the female section of the wall by a 'modesty volunteer' who said she was not a woman. She was then yelled away from the men's area.

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is the only remaining part of the Temple Mount and is the holiest site in Judaism.

January 4, 2015

GSN takes a look at some of the major sporting competitions around the world – it’s time to get into training!

If you play any kind of sport, you’ll appreciate that it’s a great way to keep fit, have fun, and meet people. But sport is also becoming an increasingly popular way of seeing the world as well. Major sporting events designed to include (and appeal to) LGBTI travellers are popping up all over the world.

In this article we take a look at some of the big ones that you are going to want to pencil into your diary.

November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

November 24, 2014

Israeli city to host two-week queer party, launching next month

Tel Aviv has announced a two-week 'Pink Winter' Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January.

The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.

Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 19, 2014

Numbers were down but there were no anti-gay protests

Hundreds of people marched through the Israeli capital yesterday night for Jerusalem Pride despite two delays due to the war in Gaza.

Different media reports said 500-2,000 people took part in the 13th edition of the event, although numbers were down on previous years when several thousand people attended.

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

June 13, 2014

To mark gay pride in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy is flying the gay pride flag to show their support

The British Embassy in Israel is flying the gay pride flag to celebrate gay pride today (13 June).

On their official Facebook page, The British Embassy in Israel shared a photo of a rainbow flag flying proudly outside their Tel Aviv headquarters.

‘We are proud that the rainbow flag is flying from the British Embassy, in celebration of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade. #tlv #Gaypride #TelAviv,’ read their post.

In addition, they also changed their cover photo to a picture of the British flag in rainbow colours.

June 13, 2014

To mark gay pride in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy is flying the gay pride flag to show their support

The British Embassy in Israel is flying the gay pride flag to celebrate gay pride today (13 June).

On their official Facebook page, The British Embassy in Israel shared a photo of a rainbow flag flying proudly outside their Tel Aviv headquarters.

‘We are proud that the rainbow flag is flying from the British Embassy, in celebration of the Tel Aviv Pride Parade. #tlv #Gaypride #TelAviv,’ read their post.

In addition, they also changed their cover photo to a picture of the British flag in rainbow colours.

June 13, 2014

The UK capital is to get its first rainbow pedestrian crossing and its cycle hire scheme is also getting an LGBTI Pride makeover

London is to follow in the pedestrian footsteps of Tel Aviv and Sydney with its first rainbow crossing for Pride at the end of this month.

Pioneered in the Israeli beach city, the idea of rainbow crossings has now started to spread around the world.

London’s first will be at the junction of Pall Mall East and Suffolk Street, where the Pride in London parade will pass on 28 June.

But it will only last for the day.

The city is also giving 75 of its pay-as-you-go Barclay’s Cycle Hire bikes a ‘Ride with Pride’ logo during Pride week.

June 13, 2014

The LGBTI community, straight supporters and celebrities enjoy the climax of Tel Aviv’s gay pride celebrations

Tel Aviv today saw locals, tourists and even a few famous faces enjoy the sunshine and celebrations of their 2014 gay pride week parade (13 June).

Pride celebrations, which started on 8 June, reached their peak today as the sun came out, music played and people from all over the world came to enjoy Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade.

Road were closed off as the streets were filled with LGBTI people and their supporters celebrating equality and freedom. The parade set off at 12pm from Bograshov Street and ended up at Charles Clore beach, on the border with Jaffa.

June 13, 2014

The LGBTI community, straight supporters and celebrities enjoy the climax of Tel Aviv’s gay pride celebrations

Tel Aviv today saw locals, tourists and even a few famous faces enjoy the sunshine and celebrations of their 2014 gay pride week parade (13 June).

Pride celebrations, which started on 8 June, reached their peak today as the sun came out, music played and people from all over the world came to enjoy Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade.

Road were closed off as the streets were filled with LGBTI people and their supporters celebrating equality and freedom. The parade set off at 12pm from Bograshov Street and ended up at Charles Clore beach, on the border with Jaffa.

June 10, 2014

Tel Aviv’s municipality building has been lit up to create the world’s largest LGBTI pride flag to celebrate Gay Pride Month in Israel

An estimated 130,000 people will attend Gay Pride Month this month in Tel Aviv and the local municipality is welcoming them by turning their office building into the world’s largest gay pride flag.

The building will be lit up with rainbow colors from now until the night of Tel Aviv’s Gay Parade on 13 June between 8pm and 11pm each night.

Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor Ron Huldai will start the parade at 10am on 3 June at Me'ir Park which will then wind its way to Charles Clore Beach in front of the David International Hotel where a party on the beach will be held.