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April 17, 2014

Representing LGBTI allies on the West Coast and beyond, Valerie Uribe took her boyfriend and straight friends to the SF LGBT Center’s annual soiree for an evening of party and politics

Out of the 1,000 people at the San Francisco LGBT Center’s annual soiree this year, I was proud to be among the straight ally contingent.

The mission of the SF LGBT Community Center is to connect their diverse community to opportunities and each other to achieve a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTI people and their allies. I feel the ‘allies’ mention is crucial to achieving these goals.

April 16, 2014

Romance your way to the heart of a bello or bella with our English-to-Italian translations

Italians are infamous for succulent food and mouthwatering natives.

While religion and macho culture make the country less than gay-friendly, Italy has been a hugely popular destination for LGBTI travelers.

Whether you’re headed to the rolling hills of Florence, the stylish streets of Milan or the stunning coasts of the Amalfi, you’re certain to encounter that Italian hospitality and natural beauty, and we haven’t even gotten to the natives!

April 15, 2014

Don your lederhosen for a boat cruise, ride a bull on the beach in your bikini or wear your Sunday best for an Austrian day tour during Pink Lake Festival 28 to 31 August

Austria’s Pink Lake Festival on the beautiful Lake Wörthersee can only mean one thing: Start packing your outfits.

The 7th annual party for LGBTI travelers and allies returns from 28 to 31 August 2014.

If previous years’ festivities are anything to go by, you can get away with as little as a bikini, but you may want to bring along your disco-ball tiara and high-heeled flippers for the weekend.

As organizer Jeff Wahl tells us: ‘There is something for everyone.’

April 15, 2014

No Parking, the first gay bar in Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, closed this past weekend to make way for a Planet Fitness gym

Latino and black gay men and their admirers in New York City were dealt a blow on Sunday (13 April) when their bar was closed down.

The venue, No Parking, provided a unique watering spot for gay guys in a traditionally non-gay-friendly neighborhood.

Now it will re-open in the fall as a Planet Fitness, a gym chain seen throughout Manhattan’s boroughs.

April 14, 2014

Gay marriage isn’t legal in Italy, but Simona Tolisano recognizes the rising demand for same-sex weddings and honeymoons in the country of romance

‘We don’t care who you’re in love with.’

The new website Italy Gay Wedding wants to help you celebrate your love, but in a country where the legal celebration of that love is prohibited, how does it work?

Though Italy has long-been a favorite destination for romance, particularly weddings and honeymoons, the homo- and transphobic attacks that continue to occur within state borders mean Italy repeatedly ranks low with human rights organizations like Amnesty International.

April 14, 2014

The religious holiday brings out some unique customs and traditions from all over the globe

Different countries celebrate Easter in different ways.

The religious holiday marks the end of Lent, the beginning of spring and an onslaught of Easter bunnies and dip-dyed eggs.

Easter also means extra days off work to join family and friends in the celebrations.

While Easter Island isn't the go-do destination during this time (the island was named because it was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722), many travelers take advantage of the extra time off to depart on a new adventure.

April 10, 2014

With a rich gay history and exciting culinary offerings, not even gray British weather is enough to dampen Brighton's bright light

One thing can be said about British people and seaside cities: Inevitable bad weather will not stop them from having a good time. This is especially true in Brighton.

My weekend in the gay capital of the UK on the southern coast of England truly lived up to the British expectations of weather. It was grey, and it was windy.

However, my weekend could not have been any sunnier as I was treated to a weekend sampling of Brighton’s best bars and restaurants, and learning about its surprising history.

April 9, 2014

How well do you know this Northern European country sandwiched between Germany, Sweden and Norway? Home to the world’s best restaurant and cycling paths, we discuss why Denmark is topping the travel charts

Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

April 9, 2014

The Rainbow Nation’s sands go beyond tans and turf. From surfing to sunning we dive deep into the best South Africa’s coasts offer

Fun at the beach doesn’t have to stop at a killer tan.

South Africa’s beaches are world-renowned as epicenters for sport, nature and of course, socializing at the local restaurants and bars teeming with locals and travelers.

South Africa claims more than 40 Blue Flag beaches, a title given only to the world’s best beaches rated on water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services.

April 8, 2014

The fourth annual event is changing Latin America by putting the region’s LGBT businesses and consumers face-to-face with the world’s largest companies

This summer Puerto Vallarta opens its shores to some of the world’s most powerful companies, all seeking to promote LGBT diversity in Latin American business.

The beach destination of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, one of the most gay-friendly travel destinations in Latin America, will serve as the backdrop for the 4th International LGBT Business Expo.

April 8, 2014

Jacuzzis on balconies overlooking ancient volcanoes and dinner tables on the shores of crystal blue waters, these hotels on the Greek island of Santorini must be seen to be believed

The views of Santorini's caldera are so perfect, you’ll feel like you’re walking around in Photoshop.

The island, ‘Thira’ in Greek, was home to an ancient culture, lost when the island was blown apart by a colossal volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. This makes Santorini one of the top candidates for the mystical Atlantis.

The main towns of Santorini cling to the edge of the cliff-face, overlooking the caldera far below.

April 7, 2014

The luxurious ‘Milan O Man’ package by the Principe di Savoia hotel includes fizzy on arrival, a masseur and a city guide for gay couples looking for a few unforgettable days in the fashion and design capital of the world

Gay couples looking for a sumptuous weekend of romance and excitement should look to the new Milan O Man.

Luxury hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan is offering the exciting package for gay couples to get more intimate with each other, and together explore the beautiful Italian city.

April 4, 2014

Outside military service, where else can you run over 10 miles of wet and dirty obstacle courses designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie?

In less than a month, I’ll be doing what will quite possibly be the most physically challenging endeavor of my life: I'll be participating in the 2014 Tough Mudder in West London.

I’m not fearful of the pools of ice, scaling slippery walls, or charging into arenas with low-voltage cables that work like cattle prods pushing people on to the next obstacle.

I’m not worried about the mystery obstacle, or the dubiously named Balls to the Wall, Hangin’ Tough or Just The Tip courses.

April 2, 2014

The Sunshine Stampede sees men and women from all across North America come together for a weekend of bull riding, barrel racing and over $5000 in prizes

Grab your partner and do-si-do to the Sunshine State this weekend for the gay rodeo Sunshine Stampede.

Kicking off Thursday 3 April with a film showing of Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, the weekend will see rodeo experts, along with cowboy (and cowgirl) lovers, head to Fort Lauderdale for an event organized by the Florida Gay Rodeo Association (FGRA). Tickets for the documentary screening can be purchased online at fgra.org/stampede.

April 2, 2014

As winter gives way to spring, the month of April heats up with the world’s biggest lesbian party in California, a bear weekend in Spain and a pride celebration in the Caribbean

Whether you’re looking for a weekend road trip or want to circle the globe for the LGBTI festival of the year, we look at what prides and parties are buzzing this month.

If you have an event you want to put on our radar, not matter how big or small, email Gay Star Travel with your suggestions and preferred places to boogie or be with your LGBTI family.

April 1, 2014

Oenophiles rejoice! LGBT event company Out In The Vineyard is taking a select few on the ultimate South Africa wine safari

Out In The Vineyard, a luxury LGBT wine, travel and event company is welcoming oenophiles to join an exclusive wine and food safari October 13 – 26, 2014.

For guests taking the intimate 14-day adventure through South Africa’s LGBT-owned wineries and private estates, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to indulge in an itinerary that took over two years to curate.

March 31, 2014

Canada’s largest LGBTI festival takes over 25 blocks from 20 to 29 June

Pride Toronto has announced more acts will join this year’s WorldPride festival line up.

Disco group Hercules and Love Affair will join house singer Crystal Waters and British-born electro pop singer Neon Hitch in a line-up of music stars to play electronic, dance and house music as part of the WorldPride 2014 celebrations.

Also performing at the event will be soul diva Deborah Cox, who had a number one hit with Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, rock singer Melissa Etheridge and country music singer Chely Wright.

March 26, 2014

Culture vultures look no further than Sweden’s capital for a fun romp into Scandinavian art, photography, dance and of course the plushest places to lay your head

No animals were harmed in the writing of this article.

The pink poodle referenced goes by the name of Rose, and she’s not been dyed pink. She’s a bubble-gum colored plastic rubbish bin sitting outside the Stockholm City Museum.

If the trash bins are anything to go by, Sweden’s capital is a hot bed of creativity, and the museum itself along with other cultural institutions promise the coolest of intercontinental art from photography to dance.

March 25, 2014

Break up your holiday with an adventure down some rapids, or plan an entire vacation around the most fun river bends in the world from Arizona to Nepal

No prior experience necessary: White water rafting is as doable for parents with young kids as it is for daredevil adventure seekers, you just need to find the right tide.

Depending on your desired level of difficulty you can choose a multi-person raft to navigate some choppier waters, or opt for a cruising kayak ideal for taking in the scenery.

March 21, 2014

Top off your wedding celebrations with these out-of-this-world honeymoon venues, specially selected by gay-friendly stay service Further Afield

From secret villas to hotels atop dormant volcanoes, these unforgettable honeymoon destinations are in some of the world’s most romantic cities and desirable travel destinations.

These fairy-tale getaways are ideal for kicking off your new life with your partner, isolated enough to enjoy some privacy yet close enough to city centers to enjoy the local culture.

March 20, 2014

There’s a reason the Rainbow Nation is a choice location for shooting music videos, and it goes beyond cityscapes and sceneries

It’s not just local bands that have been showing South Africa pride in their music videos.

The country has made a name for itself as a hot bed of musical talent, an inspirational place where international styles fuse seamlessly with local flavors.

The local music scene has exploded with music festivals from Woodstock South Africa toOppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and Splashy Fen. Numerous international musical artists have also been drawn to film on South Africa’s scenes, from polished city streets to dusty safari roads.

March 19, 2014

Kyoto’s Hotel Granvia and the Shunkoin Temple are welcoming same-sex couples to exchange vows with a traditional Buddhist wedding ceremony in Kyoto

Draped in wedding kimonos, standing in a Zen temple built in the 1590s, gay and lesbian couples have a new option for a commitment ceremony in Japan.

The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is offering a full traditional Buddhist wedding at the Shunkoin Temple for same-sex couples.

March 19, 2014

The Madeiran city of Funchal is not a typical capital: Cable cars and gay nightclubs mix with charming hotels and banana tree plantations in the middle of the city

I must admit I had never seen a papaya tree before.

So, a quick stop in Arco da Calheta, on the southern coast of this wonderful island surpassed years of press trips and adventures.

I've had plenty of memorable travel experiences but without a papaya tree. And when I saw it, my heart started to beat faster.

March 19, 2014

More travel destinations are catering to the needs of gay and lesbian parents as same-sex families are becoming more normalized. Here are some things to consider prior to departure

Gay and lesbian parents may experience challenges other households do not, but a family is still a family, and families need to get away every once in a while.

Planning a trip abroad with your family is an awesome opportunity to show your kids something new, or refresh your view on local destinations.

But whether your child is a toddler or just about to turn 18, there are some precautions every rainbow family should consider before starting of a journey.