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December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 13, 2014

Planning your winter ski trip? Grab your mates and do it in style

With much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.

December 19, 2014

Trailblazing activists reach out to queer community in Southeastern Europe

It has been called the most anti-gay country in Europe – after last year's European Social Survey (ESS) indicated that over 53% of people there opposed homosexuality.

However, a gay rights group in Albania has broken boundaries by opening the first LGBTI shelter in the country.

The project, founded by queer gay rights groups Alenaca LGBT and ProLGBT, will help queer victims of violence, domestic abuse and homelessness.

December 18, 2014

Winter warmers in Stockholm, Bath, Lille and Hamburg

Wooden chalets, green furs, the scent of steaming, spiced red wine, the sound of a brass band and a thousand fairy lights in your eyes – is there anything lovelier (or more camp?) than a Christmas market?

Here, we count down seven of Europe's best, from Vienna and Hamburg to Munich and Lille…

Stockholm [right]

December 17, 2014

The OUT Adventures founder on life in Canada's supercity – from Woofstock to nude beaches...

Robert Sharp, founder of gay tour operator Out Adventures, shares his favourite things to do in Toronto; from dog festivals to abseiling down major landmarks!

I moved here in…
2003, and I stayed because I found love! We are no longer together, but remain great friends, and own our business OUT Adventures together.

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 17, 2014

From tarmac to hotel – walk through Terminal 4 into the arms of sanctuary

An air of style and calm neighboring the world’s third busiest airport – the Hilton hotel at Heathrow’s Terminal 4 leaves no stone unturned in providing its guests a home away from home.

The 398-room hotel blends the impression of a high-class, Central London landmark hotel with the hot modern chic highly desired by those appreciative of unique contemporary structures and style – the only difference is it’s adjacent to Heathrow Airport, which is actually one of its unique selling points.

December 16, 2014

Gay marriage came into effect in one third of Great Britain today – and we want to marry in one of these amazing locations immediately

It's official. Gay guys and girls can now say their 'I do's' in Scotland, as today, the UK's most charismatic country becomes the 17th in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

From fantastical castles to remote beaches, here, we count down seven of the most magical places to get married Scottish style…

December 16, 2014

Coincides with travel-themed issue from gay men's magazine

Attitude magazine has been confirmed as a special guest at the Gay Star Travel Expo in January 2015.

The trailblazing gay men's magazine will be bringing along special goodie bags for guests at the show, containing their new travel-themed issue as well as the second edition of its Love and Marriage special.

The magazine will also be providing fun and frolics for its readers with an Attitude-branded photobooth.

December 16, 2014

Rainbow Barcelona marketing guru on his hometown treasures

Allan Acho, marketing guru for queer tour operators Rainbow Barcelona, shows us around his blazingly cool home city – including the city's friendliest gay bar and the Spanish square unspoiled by tourists...

I've lived here since…
…2007. I moved here with my family when I was 17 years old. My dad was offered a job in the city after finishing his PhD. So it wasn’t really my choice, but I’m happy it was Barcelona. I think it's one of the best cities to land in!

December 14, 2014

The perfect Soho location for a quintessential London weekend

My friend Andreas from Copenhagen was in town so I booked us into the Z Hotel in Soho to ensure that we were in the heart of the action for the fairly frenetic itinerary that we had planned – shop; drink; party; sleep; repeat.

Soho in London is the city’s recognised gay village, a dense network of small streets, awash with cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, independent stores and sex shops.

December 9, 2014

Berlin's handsome little brother town is a Christmas gift all its own

The most cosmopolitan city in Germany is waiting for you between the Elbe and Alster Rivers, where hospitality and liberality make for a gay and lesbian paradise.

And in the weeks leading up to December 25, it's a festive paradise too. Hamburg's Christmas markets are sprawling and diverse, from the elegant market on Jungfernstieg to the traditional Gänsemarkt in the Old Town. The market in HafenCity, meanwhile, is ethereal and smart, while the St. Pauli market has a frivolous flair.

December 9, 2014

Menswear will be in the spotlight as the fashion world parties in the UK capital

January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

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

The openly gay front man of The Feeling shares his traveller tales – from old American diners to wet weekends in Ireland...

Where were you going the last time you got on a plane?
My last flight was quite a while ago! It's unlike me to spend so long on the ground but I've been working on album five with the band. I took a flight to Edinburgh in August for the Fringe Festival.

What were your family holidays like as a child?
In a caravan travelling around a wet Ireland, with lots of music and lots of appalling weather – never a sun tan to be seen! It was perfect. We didn't have a lot of money, but we enjoyed our childhood a lot.

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...

December 4, 2014

Stunning retreat in Pembrokeshire, West Wales offers exclusive prize for GSN readers

Bluestone National Park Resort has teamed up with Gay Star News to offer readers a luxury 4-night midweek getaway at their gorgeous 500-acre grounds in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

The holiday village is populated with cosy, picturesque wooden lodges, all with stellar views of the surrounding countryside.

They also come fully-equipped with all the mod cons and many are eco-friendly, boasting sustainable materials and solar panels.

December 3, 2014

DJ extraordinaire shares her holiday memories – from LA and Tokyo to Moscow and Majorca

What has been your best holiday ever?
I always have a really good time in Los Angeles, but my best holiday ever was St. Lucia – although I didn't feel it was the most accepting place. I feel like if I had gone with a boyfriend it would've felt a bit weird.

I went by myself to DJ – the rest of the time I just lay on the beach. But it was a stunning place. I stayed at the [Boucan by] Hotel Chocolat, and the view was the best in the world.

December 3, 2014

The secret lives of He-Man and Captain Jack revealed in Austin, Texas

From Batman to Wonderwoman, Ripley to Captain Jack and He-Man to She-Ra – who hasn't had a bit of a crush on one or all of the above?

Indeed, the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, video games and comic books are filled with homoerotic hotties (give or take Super Mario) – and Haven Con, a new LGBTI convention in Austin, Texas, is to celebrate them all.

December 3, 2014

Dust down your sequins – France's first gay carnival slated for February 2015

Fluff up your feathers, stock up on glitter and get that headdress sorted – a new gay and lesbian carnival, or 'Queernaval,' is to launch in Nice, France next year.

The free event will take place in the sunshine city on the 27 February, with a burlesque procession passing through the streets of Nice Old Town.

Its organizers – including Jean-Louis Longo of July's Pink Parade, the city's annual gay pride event – promise an evening of 'feathers, sequins and extravagant make-up.'

December 2, 2014

Spectacular vistas and foodie heaven in the South African capital

For part one, click here.

The unrivaled star attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, little can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of this flat-topped icon.

It forms part of the Table Mountain National Park – a craggy spine, stretching from Cape Town’s city centre along the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, where it plunges into the Atlantic’s surf. 

December 2, 2014

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share your holiday pics

Sometimes the cliché is true: a single picture can say a thousand words.

In our 'Postcards' feature, Gay Star Travel shares readers' favorite travel experiences through one memorable photo.

Gay Star Travel reader Arturo Mora sent us his postcards from his holidays in Australia.

He told us: 'My husband Xavier and I visited beautiful Australia last week – where we found great people and handsome guys in abundance! Plus we found deserts, rainforests, coral barrier reefs, exotic fauna and plenty of great beaches.'

December 2, 2014

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Rupert Street Bar and more in our countdown of London's gayest watering holes

December 1, 2014

Hot guys celebrating Thanksgiving, New York style

The annual clubbing bonanza that is Thanksgiving swept the US last week, with gay parties covering the length and breadth of the country.

Here, scene photographer Chris Harder, also known as NIGHT MOVES, shares some of his favourite shots of last Saturday's Brüt Thanksgiving Weekend party at Santos Party House in New York City.

Enjoy!