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April 27, 2015

Swedish capital recognized for reaching out to LGBTI travellers

Stockholm was the big winner in the 'Destination' category at the LGBT Awards over the weekend.

Fighting off strong competition, Stockholm inched ahead of cities including Key West, Vancouver and Naples to take home the prize.

April 23, 2015

Boy-on-boy boat cruises, girl-on-girl tandem bike rides – the Netherlands capital boasts a plethora of out-of-the-box date ideas 

Amsterdam is known for a lot of things. Hedonism. Its unparalleled art scene. The moving Anne Frank House and the rousing Van Gogh Museum. For being a cyclist's paradise. For raining a lot.

But I for one never saw it as a particularly romantic destination.

However, a recent springtime visit (arriving on Valentine's Day no less) put paid to that...

April 23, 2015

Tivoli's newest restaurant offers a huge selection of gourmet Smørrebrød sandwiches

Smørrebrød is one of the traditional foods that the people of Denmark proudly claim as one of their own.

Essentially it is an open sandwich, a slice of dark rye bread – most often topped with herring but increasingly served with all sorts of meat and vegetable combinations.

April 24, 2015

150 x 150m sand art in Morecambe Bay took five people ten hours to complete

Barefoot Wine have created a huge 22,500m² SOS signal on a beach in Morecambe Bay, as part of a campaign to keep Britain's beaches 'barefoot-friendly.'

The sand art, which precedes the eighth Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project kicking off on 16 May in Edinburgh, measures 150 x 150m, and took five people 10 hours to complete.

The campaign will travel the length of the UK, visiting six locations, in a bid to get litter removed from Britain's beaches; last year over 800 volunteers helped remove almost 1,500kg of litter.

April 24, 2015

Tik Tok singer leads a stellar line up that also includes Fifth Harmony

Kesha has been revealed as the headliner of this year's L.A. Pride, which takes place from June 12-14.

Former X Factor stars Fifth Harmony are also performing; the girl band are known for hits including Sledgehammer and Miss Movin' On.

Tamar Braxton and Ana Barbara will also be appearing. More acts are yet to be revealed.

The performers will take to the stage across the Saturday and Sunday at West Hollywood Park; access to the park is $20 per day.

April 23, 2015

Rooftop bar manager on club tips, culture and getting away from the madness

Ibiza is a little different from Dumfries, the town where 25-year-old Scott Dempster is from.

When he originally came to the Spanish island at the age of 17, it was the typical go out in San Antonio with friends and go crazy.

But then when he returned the next year, he saw the other side of Ibiza - the beautiful side.

The following year after that, he was calling Ibiza home.

Now 25, he manages the rooftop bar of Hotel Es Vivé, one of Ibiza's hottest spots for chilled out drinks and stunning views.

April 23, 2015

Iconic club night gearing up for bank holiday special on Sunday 3 May

Cream returns to Nation in Liverpool on Sunday 3 May for a bank holiday special – and we've got our hands on two pairs of tickets to give away.

The famous clubnight will be warming us up for festival season with a tantalising line-up featuring some exciting Cream debuts and some of the biggest names performing at this year's Creamfields.

Two lucky winners and their plus ones will be chosen by Wednesday 29 April. To enter, email your name and phone number to jamiet[@]gaystarnews.com.

April 23, 2015

Food, nature and the quiet life in the greenest of valleys

Staring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused. ‘What's behind that door? Why do they sell tobacco in a restaurant?’ Finally, after a moment’s deliberation I had the opportunity to ask one of their waiters and discovered that ‘Ty Bach’ was the toilet.

April 22, 2015

Which guy's swimwear's the skimpiest?

With Maspalomas Pride around the corner (it kicks off on the 8 May), yesterday we took a peak at 10 red hot shots of gay girls holidaying in the Canary Islands – part of the destination's recently award-winning ad campaign.

April 22, 2015

Rugby star teams up with British airline for first foray into nail care

Rugby icon Ben Cohen has launched a grooming kit with British airline Jet2.com.

April 22, 2015

Town turning into 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks – it should be a family vacation destination' he adds

A reverend in Arkansas has claimed LGBTI visitors to Eureka Springs are bad for business – in what he describes as a destination for Christians and those on a 'family vacation.'

The clergyman is quoted in the New York Times as saying Christian visitors are driven away because of efforts to promote the town as the 'Gay Capital of the Ozarks.'

April 21, 2015

The Airbnb user on on life in the Scottish capital

I've lived here since… I started university in 1995. I stayed because the city is a magical mix of old and new.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Street, on 2b Picardy Place in the east of the city. All are welcome any time of the day.

My favourite place to people-watch is… Princes Street – thousands of tourists staring in awe at the beauty of the city to the screech of bagpipes.

April 21, 2015

Don't You Want Me Baby? Yes, we do!

The Human League have been confirmed for this year's Brighton Pride.

The Mirror Man singers now feature on a killer line-up that also boasts local DJ Fatboy Slim, former X Factor judge Tulisa and Real Love singer Jess Glynne.

Katy B, Hercules and the Love Affair and Ms. Dynamite are also confirmed.

The Human League will perform at Pridel in Preston Park on Saturday 1 August 2015.

The band – comprised of Phil Oakley, Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley – have sold 20 million records worldwide.

April 21, 2015

Simply sizzling on the Canary Islands

Last month we reported how the Canary Islands Tourism Board won a marketing award for its stunning 2014 LGBTI-focused ad campaign.

The organization was awarded bronze at the UK-based Travel Marketing Awards for its photography project named 'Bring your holidays out of the closet.'

April 20, 2015

The Fagabond.com gives us a tour of the gayborhoods of Philadelphia – birthplace of America

I’ve lived here since… I was born 34 years ago! I stayed because it’s home. And it’s an inspiring city. I mean, America was born here, and that independent streak runs deep. You just feel it and it keeps you here.

April 20, 2015

Gay Star News enjoys a taste of the LGBTI travel concept before its return from 28-30 May

Please don’t book any appointments for the end of May: Matej and Mattej, a lovely and fascinating Slovenian couple who run www.luxuryslovenia.eu, are waiting for you in the greenest, warmest and friendliest country in Europe.

April 15, 2015

Speaking out on Brussels’ booming LGBTI tourism industry ahead of Pride on 16 May

A consultant for the Belgium tourist office has said gay clubbing in the capital, Brussels, is worth over $5m a year.

 

According to Expatica.com, visit.brussels gay consultant Mr Boutry added that LGBTI tourism continues to rise in the city.

April 15, 2015

Human Rights Campaign and Mexican beach resort will make great bedfellows

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has revealed its partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's biggest LGBTI civil rights organization.

The famously gay-friendly Mexican beach destination will use the partnership to promote itself at HRC events in 20 cities including San Francisco, LA, New York and Chicacgo.

April 14, 2015

Gay Star News goes in search of artistic freedom in a gorgeous town of old-world elegance

Welcome to Bremen – a small but fierce city on the Weser River that's an arts and culture capital, with a special warrior protecting its inhabitants.

We're talking about the magnificent Bremen Roland statue [below], part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just in front of the City Hall, which dates back to 1404 and is a proud symbol of Bremen’s freedom.

Roland stares intensely at Bremen Cathedral, or 'The Dom'; here in Bremen, the merchants and businessmen have always been free to talk and think with their own minds.

April 14, 2015

 LGBTI festival takes place from 4-12 July

Bristol Pride has launched a Crowdfunder campaign, with the aim of raising £5,000 in public donations by 7 May 2015.

Taking to the official Crowdfunder website, organizers explained: 'Pride costs thousands of pounds to put on (the toilets alone cost £2500!) and every year we have to raise all the money to pay for Pride from scratch.'

April 13, 2015

Exploring Greece with Destsetters

You've always dreamed of visiting Greece for your summer holidays. You already know that Mykonos is the one of the most popular destinations for the gay audience and that Santorini is probably one of the most romantic places on earth.

April 13, 2015

Flight deals available for Disneyworld's Gay Day, LA Pride and more

Alaska Airlines has added an LGBTI section to its official website, offering discounted travel to various Pride festivals around the states.

Users can save between 7 and 10 percent on flights to Boston Pride, LA Pride and Utah Pride Festival, by booking via the specially-tailored webpage.

April 13, 2015

Pop divas to perform at LGBTI festival alongside Fatboy Slim

Former X Factor judge Tulisa is to perform at this year's Brighton Pride, as well as Mercury Music Prize-winning star Ms. Dynamite, it has been announced.

Tulisa, formally of band N-Dubz, is known for hits including Young and Live It Up.

She and It Takes More singer Ms. Dynamite will join stars including indie artist Foxes and DJ Wayne G at the popular LGBTI festival this summer.

Jess Glynne – who is currently at number one in the singles charts with her song Hold My Hand – will also appear.

April 13, 2015

 X Factor alumni just one of the big names at this year's festival

Former X Factor stars Union J will perform at this year's Birmingham Pride, it has been announced.

The boyband came fourth on the 2012 series of the hit ITV show, and are known for hits including Carry You and You Got It All.

Jess Glynne – who is currently number one in the singles charts – will be headlining this year's event.