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March 30, 2015

The adult film star on his life on the road – from London to Toronto

Where is home for you?
The British West Indies. My mum and dad live here. Home is where the family is. It has the most beautiful beaches ever – it's what it's known for. I also live part-time in Toronto, and San Diego is where all my friends are!

Give us some Toronto tips…
Definitely go to The Village, and Church Street. It's basically the gay village. There are lots of great restaurants and clubs. My favourite club there is Fly – Queer As Folk was filmed there.

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 26, 2015

Region is home to blockbuster gay destination Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands Tourism Board has won two awards at the recent Travel Marketing Awards.

The organization was awarded bronze at the UK-based competition for its LGBTI photographic advertising campaign – an example of which you can see to the right – named 'Bring your holidays out of the closet.'

The award was in the category of 'Advertising in newspapers directed at the public.'

March 26, 2015

Speaking out at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism

A travel researcher has spoken out against the same-sex marriage ban in Michigan, saying it is harming tourism to the state.

Speaking at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism, Thomas Roth said: 'Whatever percentage of Michigan's business now is weddings, it could be increased by including LGBTIs. Certainly within the state but those who have family here, etc. I think that there's a lot of opportunity.'

March 26, 2015

 Event recognized as one of the leading UK events in the LGBTI community

GSN readers have until midnight tomorrow to vote for the Gay Star Travel Expo for the Best Event Award at the British LGBT Awards.

The one-stop travel shop took place at London's Heaven nightclub in January, and featured exhibitors from around the world such as Vienna and Gibraltor.

March 25, 2015

LGBTI families 'waiting for someone to invite them' to destinations, he adds

A travel expert has implored destinations in the US state of Michigan to reach out to LGBTI families – saying 'they are waiting for someone to invite them.'

Thomas Roth, founder of Community Marketing Inc. (CMI) – a company that researches LGBTI marketplace intelligence – was speaking at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism earlier this week, about his company's survey of 45,000 LGBTI people.

It found that 39% of respondents spend more at LGBTI-friendly destinations.

March 25, 2015

29 March marks 12 months since the first same-sex wedding in Britain

Believe it or not, it's almost been a year since same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales – and since then, Scotland's followed suit, with Ireland hopefully next in April (fingers crossed!).

March 25, 2015

Link will help promote travel between Brazil and the US

Delta Air Lines has signed a partnership deal with the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS), it has been announced.

The link between the Atlanta-based airline and Brazil's largest LGBTI group aims to promote travel opportunities between Brazil and the US.

Delta's Brazilian director Luciano Macagno commented: 'Delta recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and is committed to seeking out and building mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT community.'

March 24, 2015

This, despite introduction of gay marriage last year

A survey has found that 90% of gay couples would be afraid to be romantic in public if they were to honeymoon in the UK.

Gay-friendly accommodation website Further Afield conducted the research ahead of the one-year anniversary of gay marriage in the UK, on the 29 March.

They asked their customers 'whether gay couples feel more able to be romantic in public on a honeymoon in the UK' since the change in law – with the overwhelming majority answering that they do not.

March 24, 2015

Lounge by the pool at this ‘straight-friendly’ gay hotel and make the most of Gran Canaria’s gay scene

Looking for the ultimate gay holiday in Gran Canaria? The AxelBeach Maspalomas Apartments and Lounge Club in Maspalomas are the obvious choice.
 
This Spanish holiday island in the Atlantic Ocean draws gay travellers year-round, seeking guaranteed sunshine and shirt-off heat, even in winter.
 
Axel Beach is just a couple of minute’s walk away from the Yumbo Center, the heart of the gay action.
 

March 24, 2015

LGBTI festival has faced setbacks, but puts up a good fight

The organizers of EuroPride 2015 in Latvia have launched a crowdfunding campaign to 'help ensure a successful event.'

In a statement, the group said corporate support for EuroPride 2015 has been 'very limited'.

March 23, 2015

From hot air balooning to ziplining, enjoy these breathtaking vistas from above

Once you’ve scoured the markets in Asia, floated in its warm, salty seas and traipsed through its ancient ruins, you’ll no doubt be looking for a more…elevated experience. 

March 23, 2015

Last chance to catch 'Beard' at Somerset House

Pogonophiles, listen up!

Hit exhibit 'Beard' is entering its final week at London's Somerset House. Which means locals and visitors alike have just seven more days to enjoy this entirely free celebration of rugged handsomeness!

The collection of 80 stirring portraits are the work of photographer Mr Elbank, and depict gorgeous subjects of all ages and races, displaying an array of facial stylings. From the combed to the unkempt and the bushy to the dreaded. And no, the subjects aren't exclusively male...

March 19, 2015

Ginger, spicy and hitting Germany next month – it's the RED HOT 100

It's already toured London, New York and Sydney – and now RED HOT 100, a trailblazing photographic exhibition of hot ginger guys courtesy of Thomas Knights, is taking residency in Berlin.

This follows the success of the RED HOT 100 book, published by BRUNO GMÜNDER, which is already in its third run.

The grand opening of the exhibit will be over Easter weekend, on Saturday 4 April from 4-8pm at the Bikini Concept Mall. It will last until 3 May, open seven days a week; 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays.

March 19, 2015

From China and Malaysia to Thailand and Indonesia – travel an entire continent in 2 minutes

Earlier this year we delved into the back catalogue of trailblazing travel photographer Weerapong Chaipuck, whose gorgeous shots of Asia in a near-perpetual state of sunrise/sunset immediately had us plotting our 2015 movements across the globe.

March 19, 2015

The biggest international gay club brands head to London this Easter for ten epic parties in eight unique venues across four spectacular days – it’s going to be insane

Hailed as Europe’s biggest new circuit-style festival, the ‘As One’Easter festival launches for the first time in London with a stand-out line-up of top international gay clubbing brands and DJ’s ready to blow your mind.

Spanning across four days (April 2 – 5) and hosted by eight of the most renowned venues in London, including Ministry of Sound, ten epic parties bring the world’s hottest parties together, from Ibiza to LA, for an unforgettable holiday weekend.

March 19, 2015

For a change of pace on party island

In just 12 short weeks, we'll be half way into June and summer will be in full swing; and for the Europeans among us at least, it can only be a matter of time before the keyboard jingle of a certain Vengaboys song starts ringing true...

March 18, 2015

Pride celebrations are heating up – where will you be flying the flag?

Prides often follow tried-and-tested formats (parade, party, etc.) – but each host city inevitably adds its own flavor.

Therefore, it's essential you experience one outside your home country at least once – so we've rounded up some of the best to look forward to in the months ahead. Passports at the ready!

Miami Gay Beach Pride: 10-12 April 2015

March 18, 2015

Gay-hosted trip to the Caribbean island revealed for 2016

Cruise specialists Aquafest are to host 'one of the first' LGBTI group programs in Cuba in January 2016.

According to a message on the organization's Facebook page, on the cruise 'you will step back in time to the late 1950s yet experience a vibrant, safe, and LGBT friendly environment,' adding that the itinerary has been 'approved by the US government.'

March 18, 2015

Rainbow Reykjavik is quickly making a winter-stopover in Iceland essential for the LGBTI traveller – but why should you touchdown during this unique festival?

It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s annual Winter Pride Festival, hosted by tour operators Pink Iceland, kicked off its four-day tour with this unforgettable and enviable memory – and there were many more to come, from ATV (all-terrain vehicle) off-roading to a real Icelandic masquerade party!

March 18, 2015

The musician shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I've lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.
 
I've stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It's become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.
 

March 17, 2015

Disco pop trio join Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne on this year's bill

Hercules & Love Affair have been added to the line up for this year's Brighton Pride.

The American band, fronted by Andy Butler, are known for songs such as Liberty and My Offense.

They are the latest additions to a lineup that already includes Real Love singer and Brit Award nominee Jess Glynne, as well as Right Here, Right Now icon Fatboy Slim.

Fatboy Slim, also known by his real name of Norman Cook, previously performed at Brighton Pride in 2012.

March 17, 2015

Iconic LGBTI group inspired last year's hit film Pride; 'their involvement will help re-politicize our festival', says organizer

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) will lead this year's Birmingham Pride parade – in support of the festival's 'Freedom – Together United' theme.

The iconic LGBTI group – who inspired last year's comedy-drama Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus – recently reunited with the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Miners' Support Group for the first time in 30 years.

March 17, 2015

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown

I've lived here since… I was born – I'm a true 'Dub'!