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March 18, 2015

There is always a reason to travel.

 

Seasonal Features

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

February 25, 2015

'This is symptomatic of what happens in the broader Evangelical community'

A Christian publisher has dropped a young Evangelical author after he came out as gay.

Brandan Robertson, 22, was told his contract was canceled out of concern that Christian retailers would not buy his book because of his LGBTI advocacy.

The Evangelicals for Marriage Equality spokesperson signed a deal with Destiny Images before he publicly came out in January.

Within hours of submitting his manuscript later that month, he received an email from a communications specialist at Destiny, Mykela Krieg.

January 1, 2015

Later tweets: 'Anyone know how to get red dye out of hair?'

Anderson Cooper never knows quite what to expect when he co-hosts CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from New York's Times Square with Kathy Griffin.

This year - their eighth together - was no exception. Among the more memorable moments came towards the end when Griffin brought some hair dye out.

'Just lean your head down a little bit, close your eyes, and we're gonna have a little bit of fun, shall we?' she said to her white=haired pal. 'Just trust me.'

December 31, 2014

A cheap flight. A low-key celebration. A new year begins

Gay Star News's Gareth Johnson wraps up his festive Australian adventure (read part one here); a kiss goodbye to his hometown of Echuca, Melbourne and a New Year's hello to London.

December 22, 2014

Glitz, glamour, and go-go boys from Paris and Madrid to Bangkok

We've already brought you our run down of the best gay New Year's Eve parties in the UK and the US – to finish off, here are our pick of seven more of the best from around the world…

December 17, 2014

See in the New Year in style from Philadelphia and New York to Washington DC

Yet to lock down your NYE? Fear not – check out our handy party guide for the biggest and best bashes in the US this December 31…

1. DRAGULA NEW YEAR'S EVE W/ MILK – LA
Taking over leather bar Faultline, this anything-goes drag show will feature muscle daddy dancers, beauty pageants and lavish PAs from the likes of Milk (from RuPaul's Drag Race).
From $20
4216 Melrose Avenue

December 9, 2014

Where are you going to be making your New Year’s resolutions?

Wherever you are in the world, there are lots of different ways in which you can celebrate New Year’s Eve – reflecting on the year that has come to an end and making some resolutions as you look forward to the year ahead.

Whether you are having a quiet dinner with friends or planning a big night out, this is an occasion where you need to put a bit of thought into your celebrations to make sure that you start the new year feeling good and looking great.

December 8, 2014

Whether it's glamour in Glasgow or dirt in Dalston – welcome 2015 in style...

New Year's Eve may be falling on a weekday this month but that's no reason to hold back on the biggest party night of the year.

Here, we count down seven of the best gay and gay-friendly parties to check out this December 31...

February 4, 2013

Rubem Robierb: 'When Sam and I began hanging out, I didn’t know anything about him'

Millions of television viewers may know Sam Champion as the longtime weather anchor on ABC's Good Morning America but new husband Rubem Robierb was not among them.

'When Sam and I began hanging out, I didn’t know anything about him - his world was not part of my universe,' Robierb says in the 'Love Issue' of Out Magazine. 'I don’t watch TV and I wake up at 9:30 every day.'

December 28, 2012

Griffin tells a giggling Cooper: 'This year the mask is coming off'

Anderson Cooper has one of his easiest television gigs all year when he co-hosts CNN's New Year's Eve coverage with Kathy Griffin from Times Square in New York.

All he has to do is giggle.

The cable network has paired Cooper up with comedienne Griffin for the sixth consecutive year and the pair chatted about their plans for the evening on Cooper's nightly CNN show on Thursday (27 December).

'We are gonna break it down this year,' Griffin warned Cooper. 'This year the mask is coming off - the secrets that you've been keeping.'

December 28, 2012

Gay Star News travels the world to find the best places to ring in the New Year

If you're looking for somewhere a little more exciting to spend New Year's Eve than your local boozer, then take a look at the celebrations the rest of the world has to offer.

There are concerts, fireworks and parties going on all over the world, each one with its own unique and exciting selling points.

August 23, 2012

A cowardly attack with a taser gun on an American gay couple has been condemned by hip hop fans  – with even some self confessed homophobes condemning the attack

A hate crime against an American gay couple posted on a music website has been roundly condemned by hip hop fans in what may be another sign of a growing shift away from homophobia in the genre.

The video, posted to the World Star Hip Hop website on August 21 shows a mixed race gay couple standing at a convenience store service window when a man fires a taser gun into one of the man’s back and electrocutes him.

August 12, 2012

How a geeky gay boy became a sports hero and is now spearheading the bid to provide an LGBT legacy from the London 2012 Olympics

I'm in my mid-40s. School sports on the rugby fields of Wales was not inspiring for a young gay boy, slightly geeky and the shortest in the class. Games lessons would start with the humiliating ceremony of the two sportiest jocks being selected by the PE teacher, and they would pick off, one by one, the fittest lads for their teams. I would always be left until last – which meant I wasn't even chosen at all.

July 9, 2012

To promote World Pride in Toronto, 2014, a number of London taxis will be painted in the colors of the rainbow.

London's taxis will go from black to rainbow in a bid to bring the UK capital's gay community to Toronto for the next World Pride in 2014.

The city in Canada won the bid against Stockholm to host the global LGBT event and the colorful adverts will be printed on the taxis, complete with studded leather seats mimicking fetish wear and one with a fur effect. The tagline for the taxis is: ‘Ride with Toronto Pride’.

For four weeks the taxis will run through the UK capital, with Soho becoming a target spot.

June 5, 2012

Tells Gay Star News: 'This is the last frontier of civil rights'

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed thousands of LGBT people and their allies to his official residence Sunday afternoon for a star-studded garden party kicking off a week of Pride events that culminates in a two-day festival next weekend.

Chaz Bono, one of this year's LA Pride honorees, was at the party as was actress Molly Ringwald who will be grand marshal of next Sunday's Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

Villaraigosa, mayor since 2005, took some time during the event to speak with Gay Star News about his longtime commitment to LGBT equality.

May 30, 2012

Welsh composer takes influence from Sydney's Mardi Gras to create a piece for world's largest gay short film festival

A new piece of music commissioned especially for a Welsh film festival takes influence from Sydney's Mardi Gras.

Cardiff's Iris International Gay and Lesbian Film Prize Festival features one of the world’s largest short film awards categories.

Valued at £25,000 ($39,221 €31,267), the Iris Prize offers the winning filmmaker the chance to make a new short film by offering them funding, support and guidance.

April 3, 2012

As brothers, pair powers through Gotye hit Somebody That I Used to Know

Matt Bomer will leave his regular TV character of Neal Lafferty on White Collar far behind when he guest stars on Glee next week as the estranged older brother of Blaine Anderson (played by Darren Criss).

The Fox hit, which has been on hiatus since late February, returns to the air April 8 with Bomer and Criss performing some powerful duets including the Gotye hit Somebody That I Used to Know.

February 27, 2012

Only days to go until one of the world’s biggest gay pride celebrations

Our flight from London to Sydney seemed to be carrying a disproportionately high number of gays and we were all a bit excited. This is the 34th anniversary of one of the iconic events of the gay world and they are pulling out all the stops.
The locals have all been complaining about Sydney’s lackluster summer, but this week the sun is shining and the heat is shimmering across the city which is perfect for the laid pack holiday vibe that Sydney does so well.

February 14, 2012

Free outdoor music festival raises record-breaking funds for the festival

Sydney Mardi Gras kicked off at the weekend with Fair Day, the free outdoor festival opener for the LGBT festival that runs until the world famous Sydney Mardi Gras parade on 3 March.

The organisers of the festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, said this year's Fair Day was record-breaking with 70,000 people enjoying music and entertainment in Victoria Park and more funds raised to support the free carnival than ever before.

February 10, 2012

We interview the ‘power gays’ shaping global firms from the inside to make them better employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff

February 1, 2012

Kylie Minogue, theme park and fair scheduled for 3 week LGBTQI festival

The 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras kicks off in just 10 days time and the festival looks set to be one of the best yet!

The event will begin on 12 February with a special Fair Day to celebrate the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Australian community.

Held in Victoria Park, Camperdown the free event will have live entertainment, a boys versus girls tug-of-war and even a Doggywood pet pageant.

February 1, 2012

Activists are campaigning to save an 11-year-old child in Germany from being institutionalized for being transgender

A child in Germany may be commited to a mental institution for being transgender.

Alex, 11, currently lives with her mother, who supports her gender identification as transsexual.

But according to German lifestyle magazine Taz, her divorced father objects to his child's decision and, after the advice of a new nurse working on the case, the Youth Welfare Office in Berlin have obtained a court order, allowing them to hospitalize Alex at any time.

January 30, 2012

Achievements of LGBT people to be celebrated in eighth annual event

February 2012 marks the eighth annual British LGBT History Month. First initiated in 2005, LGBT History Month is a time to celebrate the lives and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.