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July 25, 2014

A pride procession through town caused a welcome break from daily life, bringing out families into the streets to celebrate LGBT pride

Thousands of people participated in this year’s Gay Pride procession in the Dominican Republic on 13 July.

The Gay Pride festivities in the Caribbean island (between Haiti and Puerto Rico) re-launched in 2007 with just three cars in the procession.

This year an estimated 300 cars joined the caravan through some of the island’s main avenues as well as residential areas ‘for greater impact’ said photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 24, 2014

The Eurovision winner joins a line-up of artists including famous gay and lesbian singers, a straight girl group and gender-bending performers

Manchester Pride’s entertainment line-up is so massive it needs to be split over three days.

Manchester’s Big Weekend, from 22 to 25 August, takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village and this year features a line-up of emerging artists and seasoned chart-toppers known the world over.

This year pride-goers get the chance to watch and dance along to:

July 23, 2014

The iconic Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (think militant gay rights activists in flawless makeup) made their mark this year in a nation with many LGBTI rights challenges

Last month, a delegation of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence from San Francisco, Paris and Berlin pinched into their stilettos and sauntered onto Chinese soil for the very first time in the Sisterhood’s history.

July 23, 2014

Last year, Matinée Group’s Circuit Party saw 71,000 people join the fun from around the world. Will 2014 be the year to top it all?

Music lovers from over 50 countries have one big thing in common: A lust for Barcelona's annual Circuit Party by Matinée Group.

From 6 to 17 August this year, Barcelona is set to sizzle with what is being called the world’s biggest gay and lesbian festival (outside of Gay Pride celebrations), as last year’s celebrations attracted over 70,000 party people from around the globe.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 22, 2014

Upload a photo of your #ProudatPride tattoo available at select UK Gay Prides, and you could win a weekend packaged with champagne, accommodation, breakfast and more with Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels is Proud at Pride, and showing it by offering Brighton and Manchester Pride guests the chance to win an amazing weekend package at one of their selected hotels.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Marriott Hotels to offer pride-goers the chance to celebrate their pride after the parties.

Here’s how you win a luxury weekend package at a London or Manchester and Marriott hotel:

We’ll be handing out bespoke Jean Paul Gaultier goodie bags with free and fun items, one of which is a Marriott #ProudatPride tattoo.

July 19, 2014

In need of some star-gazing and wallaby-watching, Gareth Johnson leaves the world behind for a slower pace of life in Australia's idyllic beach town Port Douglas

In The Lego Movie, when the main character Emmet orders an over-priced coffee to start the day, it’s 'Awesome!' because everything is awesome in the world of Lego.

However as I collected my over-priced coffee at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, things around the world felt far from awesome...

July 17, 2014

Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata is an Amsterdam virgin. May these translations be his guide

As a teenager growing up in the US, Amsterdam has always been one of those magical places so many of my fellow countrymen and women obsessed about.

Mostly for the legalized marijuana, but also for the canal systems, cycling culture and various iconic museums, Amsterdam was the place to go.

Amsterdam continues to top the travel charts and this weekend I get my first taste of the Dutch city as I travel for Milkshake festival.

July 17, 2014

Three gay friends spending a long weekend in Naples found, among many things, humid streets, attractive architecture and oddly erotic statues

An Italian, a German and a London gay man found themselves in the streets of Naples for the annual Gay Pride celebration.

The biggest city in southern Italy gets quite hot in the summer, but our travelers were keen to scope out the tastes and sights of Napoli.

Before and after the parade, the three men (including our GSN team member Marcus James) took to the streets of Naples in search of some legendary pasta (or pizza) and to check out the tourism spots.

So what was Naples like for our three amigos?

July 16, 2014

From Garbage Plates to foot-long subs, and from sassy queens to hot college boys, there’s nothing not to love about Rochester

As Rochester celebrates another year of Gay Pride, we look to what we know you love, and what we know you will love about the upstate New York City.

Foodies and flower lovers have plenty to celebrate, with Rochester’s selection of culinary indulgences and parks that reflect the region’s seasonal changes.

July 16, 2014

Hanoi will host its signature LGBTI pride bicycle ride 3 August for the third year in a row and organizers are hoping to see double the number of participants this year

While the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Vietnam may have stalled for the moment, organizers of the third annual Viet Pride festival remain enthusiastic about the event.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Together’ and it will take place over five days from 1-5 August with its signature Viet Pride LGBTI bicycle rally on Sunday 3 August through the streets of Hanoi.

July 12, 2014

UK city prepares for pride celebrations as special wristbands go on sale for their legendary street celebrations at the heart of the weekend

As Brighton Pride 2014 draws nearer, organizers are encouraging people to buy their new pledgebands to ensure they can enjoy the celebrations.

Due the popularity of Brighton Pride, as the UK seaside town is not only a LGBTI hotspot but also a cultural melting pot and summer destination, organizers have introduced a pledgeband, like a wristband, for revellers to buy for the weekend.

July 11, 2014

From glass-walled showers to panoramic views overlooking the harbor, Barcelona has no shortage of places to see and be seen

With 260 days of sun, 300,000 motor scooters and 11,000 taxis in the city, Barcelona seems to do all the work for you whether you’re a visiting foodie, shopaholic, culture fiend or sun seeker.

Barcelona is a travel paradise with enough shopping, dining and cultural attractions to keep one occupied all year round.

While the tourist-laden avenue Las Ramblas and other attractions are not to be missed, we offer the LGBT traveler a few lesser-known suggestions, combined with tourist essentials, that offer truly iconic views of the Spanish city by the sea.

July 11, 2014

Florida doesn’t recognize any form of same-sex unions. Fort Lauderdale wants to change that

Tourism officials in Fort Lauderdale, a popular LGBT destination in Florida, want to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Fort Lauderdale’s reputation as the city with the highest number of same-sex couples in the US could be bolstered this year as two separate same-sex union lawsuits are debated in state and federal courts.

July 11, 2014

Two years ago police tried to shut down the Gay Pride parade. Will the 2014 event go down without a hitch?

Next week Gay Star News readers will see exclusive pictures from this year’s Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic, thanks to photographer Carlos Rodriguez.

While previous processions were marked with colorful outfits, splashes of rainbow and flag waving typical of global Gay Pride parades, Gay Pride in the Dominican Republic is not without controversy.

July 10, 2014

Heat up this winter with LGBT cruises to Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Europe

If you’ve fantasized of having a boogie and a beer with a burly German man, sharing a sunset dance with a beautiful Tahitian woman, or partying with DOZENS of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants at once, your dreams are about to come true.

The season’s hottest gay and lesbian cruises prove a winter holiday need not be frigid.

From steamy pool parties to adventures in the sweltering Mexican jungle, these five cruises turn up the heat for guests no matter what their preferred scene.

Lesbians in leiderhosen? Check.

July 9, 2014

In order to ‘keep up with the competition’, Atlantic City’s openly gay mayor Don Guardian is trying to reclaim a gay-friendly image

From re-naming an official gay beach to three summertime LGBTI events, Atlantic City officials seem hungry for the pink dollar.

In a beachside resort known more for gambling than for its gay scene (most recently the town's gay venue Pro Bar closed after three years), politicians are doing a big PR push to court LGBTI travelers.

July 8, 2014

Who knew you could get the beauty of Holland’s windmills, the aroma of France’s lavender fields and a view of the ocean-version of the prehistoric Stonehenge, just two hours train ride from London?

For those coming to London from afar, there’s an endless array of city breaks ripe for the picking.

While London (when the weather is nice) is arguably one of the best cities in the world, the English countryside is a stunning region not to be missed for its lush green landscapes adding a charming allure to surrounding cities and towns of various sizes.

July 8, 2014

Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, in London inspires us to ditch thrifty at-home shenanigans and how to do a proper date, day out or dinner that will impress the pants off anyone

Yes times are tough. And yes, travel is expensive.

But I'm sure your home city has some amazing places you don’t know about, or have seen online, but have been too lazy to step away from Netflix to plan a visit.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles, New York, and now London, and I know there are millions of bars, restaurants and cool places to visit I never had the pleasure of taking a selfie in.

July 7, 2014

Do you dream of Turkey's cool buildings, amazing beaches and hot oil wrestling? The country voted as the world’s most popular destination by TripAdvisor readers is changing its visa entry rules starting 1 January 2015

This year Turkey’s largest city and cultural heart Istanbul was voted as the top travel destination in the world by TripAdvisor users.

The reasons are hardly surprising.

Turkey is just one of those places that has everything.

Amazing food bazaars, stunning architecture like the Hagia Sophia, natural attractions like beaches and mud baths…

July 4, 2014

‘Clearly I need to hit the gym more, because I’m winded... after 100 steps’

People work out on holiday right?

Whether it’s the hotel gym, or an extreme mountain biking trip, there are plenty opportunities to stay active while trying to get away from it all.

But Mexico City’s Teotihuacan pyramids certainly gave me a run for my money.

The ancient ruins, over 2,000 years old, are some of the most beautiful Mexico has to offer, and being so close to Mexico City are one of the country’s most visited ruins.

July 3, 2014

From Marseilles to Miami, Porto to Provincetown, here’s a growing and ever-changing list of what’s going on in the world of LGBTI parties this month

No lie, we’re still recovering from New York, Barcelona and London Pride... but we’re already ready and hungry for this month’s servings of Gay Pride Parades, festivals and parties.

This month, there’s a European gay party cruise (La Demence), a celebration of LGBTI communities of color (LA Black Pride and Miami Bruthaz) and a music festival in Amsterdam ‘For All Those Who Love (Milkshake), just to name a few.

July 3, 2014

Poor exchange rates and fees could mean you’re losing out when you send money back home

Working overseas can be a great experience. It's a chance to live in a new culture and make money at the same time.

If you're sending this money back home to your savings account or family, you should make sure that you're not losing out with unfavorable exchange rates or unnecessary charges.

Using the traditional method of a bank could prove costly when compared to using a specialist foreign exchange service.