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January 28, 2014

On her ump-teenth gay cruise but first trip to Europe, upstate New York native Jamie Watt proves you don’t need to be a gay man to enjoy a gay cruise. Just remember to keep flip flops and stilettos handy in one bag and enjoy the hell out being one of few women surrounded by gorgeous gay men

This is not my first time at the gay cruise rodeo, but there’s so much to do before I leave, and so little time.

I need luggage that will work on cobblestone streets, an adapter, I should purchase a texting plan, pick my outfits for the themed parties, finish projects at work so that I can rest on the cruise… I am exhausted and I have not even packed.

December 2, 2013

From discovering a 1970s photo booth to sniffing out the best waffles in town, Gay Star Travel found out some handy insights into this quirky city

Having never graced Germany with my presence I wasn't sure what to expect when I planned a trip to Berlin.

Regular responses from friends who had visited would always remain the same…‘You're going to love it’- with no further explanation needed.

So with that handy bit of knowledge I dived right in for a long weekend with an open mind and heart.

Below are the six things I discovered about this unique city.

January 30, 2013

Italian city's city council voted unanimously to break ties, saying they cannot 'ignore' what is happening in the Russian city

The Italian city of Venice has broken off cultural ties with St Petersburg, because of the Russian city’s anti-gay law.

The city council voted unanimously to refrain from ‘cultural exchanges’ as long as laws known to supposedly prevent ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors.

It invoked Venice’s ‘history, international prestige and conscience’ in the motion last Monday (28 January).

It states ‘the city of Venice cannot ignore what is happening in the institutions’ and asked officials to communicate the reason for the unilateral action.

January 30, 2013

Italian city's city council voted unanimously to break ties, saying they cannot 'ignore' what is happening in the Russian city

The Italian city of Venice has broken off cultural ties with St Petersburg, because of the Russian city’s anti-gay law.

The city council voted unanimously to refrain from ‘cultural exchanges’ as long as laws known to supposedly prevent ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors.

It invoked Venice’s ‘history, international prestige and conscience’ in the motion last Monday (28 January).

It states ‘the city of Venice cannot ignore what is happening in the institutions’ and asked officials to communicate the reason for the unilateral action.

January 22, 2013

High school teacher's comments are slammed as 'Nazism' after they are posted by students on Facebook

A high school teacher in Venice has made the headlines after telling his class of 14 to 16 year-olds that 'gays can be cured'.

The Italian teacher also claimed ‘recognizing homosexuality could lead to the normalization of pedophilia’.

The news spread after a student at the Liceo Marco Foscarini high school published the 49-year-old teacher's comments on Facebook.

Students had requested the religious studies teacher, Enrico Pavanello, give them a lecture on homosexuality because they wanted to learn about LGBT rights.

November 29, 2012

Venice, Milan and Turin cut symbolic ties with Russian city over its homosexual 'propaganda' law

Cities in Italy are cancelling their 'twin' status with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws.

While Milan's city hall has already passed a bill with a majority vote, officials in Venice and Turin are in the process of cutting ties with the Russian city which passed legislation that imposes fines for spreading homosexual 'propaganda'.

July 18, 2012

The hills will be alive with the sound of LGBT travellers as Austria’s picturesque town of Velden hosts the international Pink Lake festival this August

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers and their friends will be painting an Austrian lake pink this summer in a unique four-day summer holiday event.

Pink Lake, which is supported by Gay Star News this year, is a long weekend of costume balls and boat parties on the stunning Lake Woerthersee, nestled between Slovakia and Italy.

We asked Jeff Wahl, one of the organizers, to tell us all about it.

May 11, 2012

Italy's gay capital is home to hundreds of restaurants, but spaghetti bolognese is not a local recipe

In Bologna, north of Italy, everybody knows that spaghetti bolognese is not an Italian recipe. Tourists who ask for it at the local restaurants have to be told it's not on the menu.

But, with its hundreds and hundreds of restaurants and trattorias, this medieval city in the route from Florence to Venice is certainly the food capital of Italy.

Our two-day trip in Bologna starts from Piazza Maggiore, the main square, home of the San Petronio church, the Town Hall, the statue of the Neptune and palaces dating back to the Rinascimento.

April 23, 2012

Bologna's Pride march will start from the museum of the Holy Mary, once home of the LGBT movement. But the Catholic hierarchy has attacked the organizers

The city of Bologna, northern Italy, is in the center of a struggle between the Church and the rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.

The next national Italian gay pride will be held in this medieval city, between Florence and Venice, on 9 June. But the Catholic hierarchy is trying to make the gay activists change the starting point of the march.

April 16, 2012

From a sea scooter ride in Venice to the Battle of the Oranges, this country is not only fun in the sun

Italy has more to offer than just sun, sea and cultural treasures. The Mediterranean country holds many secrets and we take a trip through the weirdest things our readers can experience there.

Eat at Cencio La Parolaccia in Rome

This traditional Roman ‘osteria’ is one of the weirdest places to visit in the Italian capital. The food is great, of course, but the waiters swear at you.

January 6, 2012

Gay Shakespearean actor McKellen backs common belief the bard had sex with men and women

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen says there’s ‘no doubt’ that William Shakespeare was bisexual.

The 72 year-old openly gay actor told a New York newspaper that he believes the famous playwright and poet had sexual relations with other men as well as women and says it is evident in his work.

McKellen said: ‘I’d say Shakespeare slept with men. The Merchant of Venice, centring on how the world treats gays as well as Jews, has a love triangle between an older man, younger man and a woman.