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March 3, 2015

The former Britain's Got Talent star on her life in travel – from cruising around Fort Lauderdale to a holiday romance with a sexy Frenchman...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

March 3, 2015

Airline will double flights between blockbuster gay cities from October

Virgin Atlantic is to offer a twice-daily service from London Heathrow to San Francisco from late October.

In news that will surely please UK fans of the hit HBO show Looking, the second daily flight between the super-cities will commence on 24 October.

Virgin Atlantic will be putting its newest aircraft on the route, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will be running seven days a week.

March 2, 2015

 Lake Wörthersee goes gay for the 8th edition of the festival

Austria's Pink Lake International LGBT Festival will take place at the gorgeous Lake Wörthersee in Velden this September, from 3-6.

The 8th edition of the four-day party goes against the grain of other gay events commonly held in blockbuster cities, with its beautiful, intimate, unspoiled location.

March 2, 2015

Thousands partied at the event including Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters, Keisza and Samantha Jade

Three thousand people partied as the sun set over Sydney on Saturday nights in front of the visual backdrop of Sydney Harbor and its iconic sky line.

Nestled in the heart of the lush Royal Botanic Gardens the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ Harbor Party returned with a bang on 28 February in 2015.

Headlining act Kiesza performed her smash hit ‘Hideaway’ and kept hands in the air throughout her set. The Canadian songstress was a definite highlight with party goers and provided a much anticipated high-energy performance.

February 26, 2015

IGLTA praises Caribbean island's efforts to embrace LGBTI tourists

Curaçao is to be given a 'Destination Pioneer' award by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). 

February 26, 2015

 How Do I Live singer comments 'I'm a proud supporter of the LGBT community'

Country music singer LeAnn Rimes has been confirmed for the White Party Palm Springs 2015 Sunday T Dance in April.

The How Do I Live Singer, who has sold 44 million records, will take to the stage on Sunday April 26, it has been announced.

The gay music festival, slated as 'nine parties in three days', spans the 24-27 April, and takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

February 26, 2015

Student event returns to London this weekend

Former X Factor star Lucy Spraggan will judge the 'Voice X Talent Competition' at National Student Pride this weekend.

The star – who made her name on the 2011 series of the ITV show – will judge the singing competition, in association with Gaydio, alongside Mary Mac and Gaydio DJ Matt Crab.

The winner will get the chance to sing on the Gaydio airwaves, as well as Pride London this summer. Aspiring entrants can register online.

February 25, 2015

The Scotland-born traveller on her adopted hometown and its treasures

I've lived here since… 2011. I stayed because I love the tropical climate, and for my job as General Manager of Asia tour operators Backyard Travel.

For culture, you can't miss… the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Then Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple and the Old City area. There are so many parts to Thai culture, that there’s not one single place where you can really comprehend all aspects of it, but this area is a good starting point.

February 25, 2015

Owner of LA Jock Sport closes store to make way for queer meeting space

The world's first privately-owned LGBTI centre will open its doors in West Hollywood tomorrow [26 February].

The owner of Santa Monica Boulevard's LA Jock Sport has closed the doors of the hit clothes shop to make way for the new venture.

February 23, 2015

The annual event took place over the weekend

Lapland's LGBTI community took to the streets over the weekend for the region's annual Pride celebrations. 

Arctic Pride, which takes place in Lapland's commercial centre, Rovaniemi, was set up to provide a safe place for sexual and gender minorities to meet in one of Europe's most northern cities, which lies just six miles from the Arctic Circle. 

February 21, 2015

Super-fan's collection includes $3,850 tour outfit worn by Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell

A 5,000-item Spice Girls merchandise collection, belonging to pop super-fan Liz West, is to go on display in London later this year.

The hoard – including a $3,850 stage outfit worn by Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell during the band's 1998 SpiceWorld Tour – will go on display in Ripley's Believe It Or Not on 28 March.

The exhibit will include rare CDs, posters and memorabilia relating to the world's biggest-selling girl band ever – comprised of Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown and Halliwell.

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 17, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Pandora Boxx has undoubtedly been one of the stars to emerge from the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 17, 2015

The event held in January 2015 has recognised as one of the leading UK events for the LGBTI community

The British LGBT awards that will be celebrated at the Landmark Hotel in London on 24 April 2015.

Gay Star News are honored that our Gay Star Travel Expo has been nominated for Best Event. 

The Gay Star Travel Expo showcased a range of industry-leading travel options for the LGBTI community. Thousands of people attended the central London venue where the event was held, with entertainment provided by La Voix and the Gay Big Band.

February 16, 2015

California just got hairy

Over two thousand bears have descended on Palm Springs in California for a huge party – namely, the second International Bear Convergence.

The sunshine-drenched blowout – which must be a contender as one of the best-named LGBTI events ever – took over Renaissance Palm Springs across Valentine's weekend.

The get-together, which featured pool parties, concerts and fashion shows, has seen attendance shoot up 200 percent since last year's debut, according to head organizer Steve Harris.

February 13, 2015

Inspired by Nicki Minaj and a fan of Dolly Parton, this is one twerker who is looking for travel companions.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 12, 2015

Sitges Carnival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Fetish Pride Rome and more

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – until 21 February
The jewel in the crown of this year's Gran Can Carnival – already in full swing – will undoubtedly be the Drag Queen Gala at the Parque de Santa Catalina – think RuPaul's Drag Race with Spanish stylings.
www.grancanaria.com

February 10, 2015

Winter sports festival in Queenstown takes place from August 29 until September 5

DNA Gay Ski Week organizers have revealed a special speed-dating event at this year's queer winter sport festival in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The planners will team up with the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell for the 'Highlands Hook Up' adventure day on September 1.

February 9, 2015

You'll always have Paris – so what about somewhere else?

Paris, Venice, Rome – the list of archetypal romantic locations is well-worn. This year, why not treat your loved one to something a little different? 

From Scotland to Sweden, we count down seven of the world's most surprisingly romantic getaways, for Valentine's Day and beyond…

February 9, 2015

Gorgeous lodgings, exquisite dining and a compellingly huge wine selection – The Vineyard is an oenophile's paradise

Found in the charming market town of Newbury, Berkshire, and less than an hour from London, The Vineyard offers a no-nonsense brand of 5-star luxury and indulgence, summed up in the stopover's simple motto: 'Eat. Sleep. And Drink Wine.'

Famous for its futuristic, two-storey glass cellar, and its 30,000-strong wine selection from both the Old and New Worlds – from England and Germany, South Africa and Chile; plus 800 Californian wines – The Vineyard competes with the very best of the world's wine hotels.

February 6, 2015

LGBTIs are flocking to California

Over 400 gay pilots have united for a massive convention in Palm Springs.

Members of the National Gay Pilots Association from around the world decided to mark the organisation's 25-year anniversary with the meeting in California this week – the biggest event in its history.

The convention at the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort included a performance by drag act, Miss Coco Peru.

The event was supported by a whopping 21 airlines, including CommutAir, Envoy and Horizon Air.

February 6, 2015

Sharleen Spiteri and co confirmed to perform at four-day party

Texas have been confirmed to perform at this year's Manchester Pride Festival.

The hit band – known for songs such as I Don't Want a Lover, Once in Lifetime and In Demand – will be the headliners at the 'Big Weekend' festival in the city's gay village, spanning 28-31 August.

The Pride parade will take place on August 29.

February 5, 2015

The London-based singer shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Born in Zambia, Rozalla Miller began pursuing a musical career when she moved to Zimbabwe as a teenager.

It was 1991 when Rozalla stormed the world's music charts with her massive hit 'Everybody's Free'.

'Everybody's Free' has become a dance anthem, remixed and re-released on a regular basis across the decades.

Now living in London, Rozalla continues to make music and continues to tour and perform around the world.

We caught up with her recently to share some feel-good travel stories.