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September 19, 2014

A former GSN intern sends us some postcards from her autumn getaway

A year ago Anisa Easterbrook, while interning for Gay Star News, sent us a postcard from her trip to Malaysia.

Now an independent reporter, on London’s lesbian scene and more, she sends us some more postcards, from an enviable trip on Egypt’s coast.

'I have traveled around the world, but I've found Egypt knows how to take luxury to a new level.

September 18, 2014

Whoever you are, whomever you love, you will forever be fabulous in W Hong Kong’s eyes!

What makes a hotel fabulous?

A sexy bellhop? Michelin-star meals? A take-home moisturizer you will never be able to buy back home?

W Hotel Hong Kong is redefining what it means to have a fabulous hotel stay with its DARE TO BE FABULOUS package for couples.

‘W Hong Kong has always been supportive to all communities. This time, we’ll be taking our support even further with the DARE TO BE FABULOUS room package. Everything from rooms, food, romantic surprises and even spa treatments will be covered.’

September 18, 2014

From gay culture to hotels in Germany’s major cities, here’s a website to spark your imagination and wanderlust

The lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have re-launched a brand new website just for LGBTI readers to learn more about Germany and everything the country has to offer.

The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany.

September 17, 2014

We headed out of San Francisco to Sonoma County to discover three of the most LGBTI-friendly wineries with Out in the Vineyard

It’s harvest time among the vines of Sonoma County, just outside San Francisco.

And ripening alongside the grapes is a new concept that embraces the LGBTI loves of fine living, travel and, to be honest, drinking – Out in the Vineyard.

Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler are drawing tourists and locals out of gay mecca and over the Golden Gate Bridge to spend some time in the birthplace of the Californian wine industry.

September 11, 2014

From Chinatown and Little India to a gay village and Asia’s foremost shopping district, we discover Singapore’s unmissable neighborhoods

Singapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west.

And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out:

September 11, 2014

It’s not about beauty, it’s about transformation. And on 18 October absolutely anything goes at London’s Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Why would you settle for being a man, or a woman, when there’s so much in between you could do?

The inimitable Andrew Logan, sculptural artist turned cultural icon, argues it shows a ‘lack of imagination’ to think within typical binary gender terms.

This year, he once again gives gender-benders and performance artists of all peruasions the chance to display their creativity through a beauty pageant that is anything but.

September 8, 2014

The biggest gay ski week in the Southern Hemisphere closes with a bang, but the fun doesn't stop there in New Zealand

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

September 8, 2014

One of the world’s smallest but most unusual gay festivals, Bears on Ice took place in Iceland over the weekend 4-7 September

The Icelandic capital, Reykjavík, saw an influx of hairy and hunky men over the past weekend. The reason? The tenth, annual Bears of Ice festival, which, besides evening parties and discos, also includes sight-seeing tours of this fascinating and unique country.

September 3, 2014

Bears on Ice, Gay Oktoberfest and a Portuguese gay film festival are just a few of the September LGBTI events you should know about

September promises to be red hot with LGBTI events, and we’re not just talking about the ginger paradise that is to be the after-party for Thomas Knight’s RED HOT photo exhibit on red-headed men.

The photos are equally popular with straight women as they are with gay men, but there’s a few family members like Seth Fornea who are proudly representing both the ginger and LGBTI communities.

August 30, 2014

The annual winter sports festival is ideal for an introduction into New Zealand's unique culture and topography

Winter isn’t a lot of fun unless you are properly equipped with some skis and a hip flask.

On this Saturday in late August, Sydney was cold and grey.

It was only a short flight to Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand but it felt like a world away from the dreariness of Sydney.

Fresh deep snow, blue skies, and the streets teeming with attractive men in expensive winter wear: Gay Ski Week, such a genius concept.

August 27, 2014

From red carpet welcomes to dreamy locations, Marriott Hotels has dozens of ways to turn your special day into an event you and your loved ones will never forget

The saying goes women have been planning their weddings since they were little girls.

Who’s inspiration, then, takes the lead when two women, or two men, are planning their dream wedding?

August 27, 2014

International Fund for Animal Welfare highlights their work with dolphins at LGBTI carnival in Provincetown

The summer Pride season has left millions of us with photos to share and happy memories to treasure.

And the team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are no different.

They were proud to join in Provincetown’s Carnival Pride Parade in Massachusetts, USA last week (21 August).

As the theme was Comicbook Capers, IFAW staff dressed as Justice League superheroes alongside their dolphin-decorated emergency response vehicle.

August 22, 2014

GiFi guys will be giving out free shots at a party at Belinda Scandal’s Show Bar

A gay dating app has announced they will be giving out free shots a party tonight at Manchester Pride.

GiFi, the UK-only gay dating app for men, will be providing the complimentary shooters at Show Bar from 10.30pm on 22 August.

August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

August 18, 2014

Grab your leather jacket and riding gloves for a trip down ‘America’s favorite drive’ for a mountain vacation that is everything but boring

We'd confuse a land of treehouses and fairy-inhabited parks for something out of a movie, if it weren't for the BBQ restaurants and music events that left us hungry for more.

With such spectacular nature views and cultural points of interest, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a travel destination in a league of its own.

Known as the longest linear park in the US, the federal parkland running from North Carolina to Northern Virginia took over 52 years to build 469 miles of tree-lined highway.

August 18, 2014

Whether you are in Manchester’s world famous Gay Village for Pride, a business trip or just a weekend away, you’ll get a warm welcome

There’s nowhere in the LGBTI world quite like Manchester’s Gay Village and there’s no time better to visit it than during Pride.

Yes, some argue the Village hasn’t innovated like the trendy Northern Quarter neighboring it. And on some weekday nights, tumbleweed blows through a few venues.

But there is always somewhere busy, chatty, friendly and often very intimate. And during Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend this weekend (22 to 25 August) it comes alive.

August 15, 2014

We’re hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John, who has just been announced as the headline act for one of four amazing Olivia Cruises next year

Olivia Cruises, one of the leading women's cruise lines, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

To commemorate the occasion, Grease legend Olivia Newton-John will be joining nearly 2,000 women on a 12-day cruise through Australia and New Zealand, Olivia Cruise’s first ever journey to the land down under.

‘We are living through a historic moment where the walls of prejudice are finally coming down,’ said the British-born Australian four-time Grammy Award winner.

August 14, 2014

Northern Lights. Geothermal spas. Icelandic horses. We dare you to find a better winter holiday

You know you’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. Now’s your chance.

Icelandair Hotels is offering a trip to Iceland for two with flights, accommodation and exciting tours.

Meet the nation’s iconic horses and pour yourself into a famed geothermal spa (or test your resolve with a dip in the frigid neighboring lake) by filling out four lines of your information on the Icelandair Hotels sweepstakes page.

August 13, 2014

We explore the opulence of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, a Downton Abbey-style treat with a magical Spice Girls twist

What unites the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Victorian engineering and one of Britain’s greatest poets?

The answer is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

Like stepping through a time warp into Downton Abbey, this hotel offers all the splendor of the golden ages of British rail travel and stately living but with en-suite bathrooms replacing the chamber pots.

This gothic revival pile first opened as the Midland Grand Hotel in 1873 as a showpiece for the Midland Railway Company, offering the height of luxury to its travelers.

August 12, 2014

The late gay designer Yves Saint Laurent loved the Marjorelle gardens so much he and his partner saved the grounds from being converted into a hotel, breathing new life into the spectacularly-designed grounds

The bright blue walls of the garden were a surprise in London’s dreary real estate market, a welcome sight after a slew of despondent and pathetic flats I was looking to rent.

‘I modeled the space after the Yves Saint Laurent gardens in Marrakech,’ the landlord told me.

Obviously, I took the flat, but I also took to the Internet to learn more about this garden I had known nothing about, and was already in love with.

It might seem weird to have an obsession with a garden, but I’ve been there.

August 12, 2014

Colorado’s capital is a hot spot for lesbian and gay nightlife, national history and a greener approach to life

To be fair, there was no hay-rolling.

There was, however, some thigh-slappin’ and ally-ooping after meeting the adorable Kevin.

Kevin is a real-life cowboy, part of the growing LGBT international rodeo movement and resident of Denver, where gay rodeos have a presence at least four times a year.

Gay rodeos are getting popular in the US, and in the summer are a welcome tradition that is changing the Americans’ attitude towards LGBTI people.

August 7, 2014

Gay priests, leather men and bearded ladies: What you missed from the European gay cruise La Demence

What do you take to wear on a cruise when you have to pack for: A white party; a uniform party; a sportswear party; a ‘Where Are You From’ party; a Glow In The Dark party; a Drag party and a fetish night?

And that’s not even including the daytime poolside outfits and what to wear when you're exploring the port cities.

Personally, we’re in favor of whip cream canisters (complete with holsters) for any ensemble.

August 7, 2014

Pink Lake, an international LGBT summer festival, proves you can get a taste of the Mediterranean anywhere, even at the base of the Austrian Alps

It’s the end of August.

You’re splashing around in 82-degree turquoise green water.

You smile on as drag queens saunter through crowds of bronzing bodies sunning on the sand and showing off the goods.

You bop your head to some lounge music as you catch the eye of a cutie who’s recharging their batteries for the party later tonight.

This isn’t Mykonos or Barcelona.

It’s the Pink Lake Beach Club in Austria, welcoming guests from all over the world for a weekend of fun from 28 to 31 August.

August 6, 2014

The global hotel chain is pampering lesbian and gay travelers with complimentary drinks, inclusive spa treatments and more

Marriott Hotels is celebrating Gay Pride in the UK with two packages just for LGBT travelers.

When booking a stay at participating Marriott Hotels, use the promo code 8LG for the Out and About package or 4LG for the Pride and Joy package to enjoy the best in service and some freebies just for being you.

Whether you are looking to a weekend away on the shores of Bournemouth or craving a shopping spree in London, Marriott Hotels across the UK combine the best in service and accommodation.