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May 13, 2015

Because there's more to Blighty than London, Manchester and Brighton!

There's no doubt about it – the UK is a tourism titan.

Routinely attracting a staggering 34 million inbound visitors a year, the country's booming travel industry generated £21b ($33b) in 2013.

The fact that over half these visitors head straight to London – turning a blind eye to Britain's more manageably-sized but equally charismatic cities – is a crying shame. (Edinburgh is second, followed by Manchester)

May 22, 2015

But which is it? Grindr? Scruff? GROWLr? Manhunt?

Gay dating app Scruff is to add a new traveller alert for users entering countries where gay sex and homosexuality are illegal.

The step follows safety concerns after a man in Saudi Arabia claimed police had used the app to entrap and deport an friend.

Speaking to the New York Times, co-founder and chief executive of Scruff Eric Silverberg explained the move.

May 22, 2015

Available at this weekend's Birmingham Pride

Today, Gay Star News can offer a sneak peek inside our 2015 pride tote bags, featuring a hand drawn illustration by iconic actor Sir Ian McKellen on the front.

Some bags will also include a golden ticket, which could win you a luxury weekend in Barcelona.

May 21, 2015

Huge crowds expected to see Jess Glynne headline this weekend

The organizers of Birmingham Pride have revealed record-breaking ticket sales ahead of the festival this weekend, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend.

The LGBTI event launches on Saturday 23 May with a city center march, starting at Victoria Square at 12 noon. Last year, 50,000 people attended.

Performers at the festival include Hold My Hand singer Jess Glynne as well as former X Factor bands Union J, Stereo Kicks and Only the Young, over the Saturday and Sunday.

May 21, 2015

The Portugal-based chefs and boyfriends share their travellers' tales, from their secret nude beach in Portugal to a loved-up trek through Africa…

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
Pedro: Last year we did a raffle for our fans, giving them the permission to come and spend two weeks with us as guests in our home. After less than seven days in Portugal we decided to do a very random trip, and drove from Lisbon to Morocco, from the south of Portugal to Spain to Marrakesh. It was pretty random but amazing!

Where has been your best holiday and why?

May 20, 2015

With all eyes on Austria for this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest Final, Mikey tells GSN about the country's other LGBTI calendar highlight

This year's Pink Lake festival takes place at Lake Worthersee and the town of Velden in southern Austria from 3-6 September.

May 19, 2015

The UK's 10th largest city is a cultural goldmine – from medieval castles to Impressionism troves to chocolate and orange welsh cakes

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

Here, we share the five highlights of our recent trip to the charismatic 'Caerdydd'...

May 19, 2015

Return of the UK's last winning entry at Scotland's biggest LGBTI festival

Katrina and the Waves will perform at this year's Pride Glasgow, it has been announced.

The band were the last English entry to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997, with the hit song Love Shine A Light.

They are also known for their top ten single Walking on Sunshine, while lead singer Katrina Leskanich has also forged a solo career, even providing backing vocals on Natalie Imbruglia's iconic hit Torn.

May 19, 2015

You might think of Lanzarote as being an island of volcanic rubble and dust. But look and see how much there is to do

When I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’

To answer those reactions, now that I’ve been to the Canary island off the coast of Morocco, is again twofold: the first, I know what the Yumbo is like, enough already, and two, there is definitely stuff to do in Lanzarote.

May 17, 2015

80,000 turn out for climactic day of Belgian Pride

There are lots of reasons to visit Brussels – its architecture; its restaurants; its nightlife – but for this visit I was here to experience Belgian Pride 2015, the LGBTI festival known as Pride.Be.

It was clear that the city was enthusiastically embracing the event. The facades of the stunning buildings that surround the Grand Place were awash with rainbow light projections, and there were rainbow flags and banners at every turn.

May 15, 2015

LGBTI-friendly airline reveals price reductions to New York, LA, Seattle and more

Delta Air Lines has revealed it is offering discounted travel to six prides across America this summer.

The special First Class fare sale applies to flights from select US cities to Salt Lake City, Detroit, LA, New York, Seattle and Minneapolis, up to days prior and two days after the event weekends.

May 15, 2015

The country's second largest city after Lisbon proves the perfect base for exploring this wine-drenched region. Honey and orange peel-flavoured Port, anyone?

'Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?' This is a question I've been waiting to hear for years.

Having travelled around Portugal several times, I had never visited the north. The sunny south of the country had always been my first choice but there was something in Porto which was calling me, like the chant of a mermaid.

May 14, 2015

The Latvian capital will be playing host to the country's first Pride event in three years and the first Europride to take place in a former Soviet state

It’s not often that you get the chance to be part of history, but that’s exactly what you will be doing if book a trip to Riga, the capital city of Latvia, for the third week in June.

Between 15-21 June, the city will be playing host to this year’s Europride festival, with a Pride parade and park festival taking place Saturday 20 June.

May 13, 2015

Heading to the capital of Latvia? Add these things to your ‘to-do’ list…

Never made a trip to the Baltics? Latvian capital Riga will be the host for this year’s Europride festival in summer (15-22 June 2015) – which is reason enough alone to think about paying the city a visit.

Whether you venture there for that or at another time of year, here are 14 things to see, sample or experience…

May 13, 2015

Drinks, dinner and dancing on the Thames – affordable elegance epitomized

For many a jaded Londoner, there's comes a point where you feel you've seen it all before, that the city has nothing new to offer. (Which is almost NEVER the case – I've lived here for almost seven years and never seen Little Venice).

May 12, 2015

Get set for a splash of color at annual LGBTI party, taking place from 10-14 June

Key West is to reveal a special rainbow crosswalk at next month's Pride festival, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia Streets in the heart of the island's LGBTI village.

The crosswalk in the gorgeous tropical beach destination, found on the southernmost tip of Florida Keys, will be co-sponsored by the City of Key West and the Key West Business Guild.

May 12, 2015

GSN teams up with online hotel booking site, with special giveaways planned around 4 UK pride festivals and Gay Star News are pleased to announce their official partnership for 2015.

As part of the partnership, the online hotel booking site is set to feature at pride weekends throughout the country over the summer, and intends to work with GSN to bring even more fun to each of the events, with some tongue-in-cheek giveaways and an exciting golden ticket competition.

May 12, 2015

Luxury villas and VIP treatment, if you can this is an amazing way to spend time on this Spanish island

I am really glad that I can still remember my trip to Ibiza.

To be perfectly honest, when I set off to the Spanish island for three days, I was fully expecting to have that first sip of vodka and then as I’d get on the plane back home 72 hours later I’d get sudden memory flashes of sun, dance music, and inevitable regret.

But I was being treated to a five star experience. This wasn’t any old trip to San Antonio along with the beach-sleepers and Inbetweeners, this was unforgettable.

May 11, 2015

Whole Again singers to headline LGBTI event's Big Weekend

British girl band Atomic Kitten will be performing at this year's Manchester Pride Big Weekend, it has been announced.

The band – made up of Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton – will join the likes of previously announced performers Texas, Lucy Spraggan and Stooshe.

Other artists include DJ Fresh and former X Factor stars Union J.

Atomic Kitten, known for hits including Whole Again and Last Goodbye, have sold an estimated 8 million records worldwide.

May 11, 2015

M People frontwoman set to perform at 'green' LGBTI event in July

Heather Small, star of the M People, will be performing at this year's Bristol Pride, it has been revealed.

The soul singer – known for her hit solo song 'Proud' – will join a line up that includes Soul II Soul singer Kym Mazella, Mysterious Times singer Tina Cousins and former X Factor star Amelia Lily, with more acts yet to be announced.

Bristol Pride takes place from 4-12 July, with the main Pride Day event taking place on Saturday 11 July in the City Centre's Castle Park.

May 11, 2015

The Embarrassing Bodies star on his life in travel – from horseback riding in Costa Rica to a gay cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 plus his traumatic experience inside an African jail at age 19...

Where's the most random destination you've visited?
I've spent a lot of time in east Africa – it's incredible. You cross over the border from Kenya into Uganda and they're completely different countries; even the soil's a different color.

How did you feel as a gay traveler in those countries – did you feel safe?

May 8, 2015

It's the second biggest city on the shores of Lake Geneva. It's also a foodie wonderland of exquisite alpine beauty. What's more, Lausanne boasts a thriving gay scene – complete with its own 'Pink Beach'. What's not to love?

I love cheese. No, I’m not talking about a night out at G-A-Y. I’m on about a bit of brie. Or maybe a chunk of cheddar. I’ve also always wanted to try a fondue. Hot melted Swiss cheese, laced with kirsh and wine, making for a tempting drippy treat.

May 8, 2015

They'll be joined by DJ Graeme Park

X Factor alumni Lucy Spraggan, girl band Stooshe and DJ Graeme Park have been added to the Manchester Pride Big Weekend line up.

They will be performing at Graeme Park alongside previously announced acts including boy band Union J and pop veterans Texas. DJ Fresh and Andy Butler will also appear.

The Manchester Pride Big Weekend takes place from Friday 28 Monday 31 August.

May 7, 2015

25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn't stay in Vegas...

The decision to go to Dinah Vegas 2015 with my girlfriend days after she turned 30 was, like all the best Vegas decisions, a last-minute one.

We weren't planning on going, but a few days before the hedonism began I decided we should make a dash for it – scoring major girlfriend points in the process.