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January 25, 2015

Do you have an amazing photo from your adventures? Gay Star Travel wants to share holiday pics from LGBT people and allies

Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.

24 year-old Sam Hawli was born and raised in Sydney. We caught up with him for his tips on how to get the most out of your visit...

What are some of the best things about living in Sydney?

January 24, 2015

But openly gay Bop Bop Baby singer hasn’t given up on music completely

Mark Feehily, the openly gay member of Irish mega-selling boyband Westlife, has embarked on a second career as the owner of a catering van business.

The handsome star now travels around festivals serving hot food and drinks with his new venture, and by the sounds of things, he couldn’t be happier, saying: ‘It’s my business and I love it, anything I get involved in I get involved in 110%.’

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 9, 2015

Erasure frontman on his travel heaven and hell – from sexy skiing holidays to being robbed in the Canaries...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
I would have to say Japan but it was a long time ago. It's bizarre not being able to read or write or ask for directions to anywhere.

Where has been your best holiday and why?
My best holiday is just going to my house in Mallorca and chilling. Whenever I'm in Tampa, it's always very laid back and the food is great.

December 30, 2014

'We are impressed with their work and would be open to meeting with them'

Taco Bell says a commercial featuring a gay couple is a fake but that doesn't mean they don't like it.

The commercial recently surfaced on YouTube and features two guys having breakfast at Taco Bell.

They then wonder what else they can do before work and embark on a series of activities that includes a visit to an arcade, cuddling at a park, water skiing, looking for buried treasure and even getting married.

December 28, 2014

A gay couple in Toronto spreads some Christmas cheer and positivity, along with some food to the city's homeless

Graeme Coleman and Grant Beaton wrapped up pastries, cakes and chocolates donated by local bakeries on plates which they have written a quote so the recipient 'feels a little more empowered and have a more positive mindset.'

December 26, 2014

If you’re not a fan of ‘food porn’, you might want to look away now…

When Michael Zee made breakfast for his boyfriend, Mark van Beek, in April of last year, he didn’t think that it would lead to them having over 113,000 followers on Instagram.

Michael, 29, works in London’s V&A museum in the Learning Department. Mark, 39, is a Design Director with clothing company. The two have been together almost three years; Mark moved in to Michael’s home in Hackney, east London, full time in April 2013.

December 22, 2014

Gay Star News' Gareth Johnson heads to Echuca for a parrot and cockatoo-filled Christmas Down Under

The build up to Christmas is always a great time to be in London – the street decorations are spectacular, and the weather is crisp and cold, perfect for mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas markets.

December 21, 2014

One victim, who had five teeth knocked out on gay pride weekend, had to undergo dental reconstruction over an 18-month period

Lambert Borgardt,who attacked two men in 2012 – one of whom made the news for receiving a six-figure dental reconstruction surgery for free by a local dentist after five of his teeth were knocked out, received 10 years probation sentence and must complete 200 hours of community service.

December 18, 2014

The first lady of Irish drag Panti Bliss, also known as Rory O'Neil, on her life in travel – from camping with cowboys at the Grand Canyon to interrogation by a 'giant man-child' on the Mongolian border...

Do you typically take lots of luggage when you go away for all of your fabulous outfits?
Being a travelling drag queen means you are packing for two people and one of those people likes big hair, big dresses, big jewellery, shoes the size of boats, and enough makeup to warrant it's own pack mule. Thankfully a teenage addiction to Tetris has equipped me with excellent packing skills.

Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Thankfully nothing very serious, but I've been called a faggot in a few different languages!

December 17, 2014

The OUT Adventures founder on life in Canada's supercity – from Woofstock to nude beaches...

Robert Sharp, founder of gay tour operator Out Adventures, shares his favourite things to do in Toronto; from dog festivals to abseiling down major landmarks!

I moved here in…
2003, and I stayed because I found love! We are no longer together, but remain great friends, and own our business OUT Adventures together.

December 9, 2014

Madrid restaurant staff applauded the protestors

A gay couple was told to leave a Burger King in Madrid after a father eating there with his children had complained they were bothering him.

So, in response, gay couples and allies gathered together to kiss in protest against the incident.

It was particularly embarrassing for the company as the fast food giant after they made a 'gay burger' in celebration of Pride this year.

The action was applauded by the Burger King staff.

December 8, 2014

'Fag free zone,' 'White power,' 'Fags die, God laughs'

A gay couple has reported a homophobic vandal attack on their house and car in Alaska, several weeks after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

Adam Jacobson found frozen soup inside their mailbox, egg shells on their porch and three half-empty pickle jars strewn about their backyard after arriving at their home in Anchorage early Saturday morning (6 December).

He dismissed the food as a prank until his husband found on their car a collage of anti-gay signs and drawings containing homophobic, racist and religious language as well as a Nazi swastika.

November 18, 2014

Kansas City Union Mission says it will refuse shelter to homeless married same-sex couples who want to stay together, even though same-sex marriage isn’t yet legal in the state

The owners of a privately owned Christian homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, have announced there will be no room in the inn for homeless married gay couples under their roof.

For 90 years Kansas City’s City Union Mission has provided shelter and food for individuals and families who are down on their luck, helping around 500 people each night, but the shelter has now announced that same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay there as couples.

October 14, 2014

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson return to Coronado where town pulls out all the stops

Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson had a wedding to remember over the weekend - and this time for all the right reasons.

The Arizona couple returned to Coronado Island near San Diego where they had a lavish wedding hosted by a town that wanted to erase the memory of an August ceremony marred by anti-gay hecklers.

'This has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as you can well imagine and the outpouring of love and support after what happened I think shows that this touches something,' Jackson told the crowd at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

October 3, 2014

There’s a gelato university where students learn the art behind the Italian dessert, and guests can experiment with their own flavors (and eat to their heart’s content)

The mention of Bologna and food typically conjures images of spaghetti – Spaghetti Bolognese to be precise.

A family favorite since the 1970s, and a staple of today’s student diet, it’s an adopted favorite of us Brits. But what about Spaghetti Bolognese in Bologna itself?

That’s something different.

There is no shortage of tratorrias serving up all manner of pasta treats in the city. Dishing up some of the best food from the region, it’s difficult to go wrong when dining out in Bologna.

But Bologna also has a foodie secret.

October 2, 2014

Horseback rides, foodie markets and private wine cellar parties are just a few ways Winerist takes wine tasting to the next level

The only thing more delicious than wine, is pairing a wine tasting experience with local food and culture from the region.

Whether you’re into deep, robust reds or sparkling bubbles, wine tasting should be a fun and approachable experience.

Winerist, founded by two wine-loving women from Moldova, elevates the wine-tasting experience by putting guests in the hands of the coolest wine-related guides, restaurants and hotels, and putting together exciting packages for oenophiles (aka lovers of wine).

October 2, 2014

Italian drinking partners not included (yet)

How would you like to spend three days/two nights being pampered on an Italian farmhouse, treated to the best wines of the region?

Winerist, who makes wine, food and travel simple with wine tasting packages all over the world, is offering one lucky Gay Star News reader the chance to spend a few days wine tasting in Puglia.

September 26, 2014

The Lady Gaga darling takes GSN readers around the world in seven questions, and on one epic sky dive in the music video for her new single Glitter in the Sky

Kitty Brucknell may not have made it to the finals of X Factor, but the bubbly singer did end on a high note.

Lady Gaga came out on stage during Brucknell's elimination, gave her a huge hug and escorted her off the stage for some post-performance drinks.

Brucknell was always connected to Lady Gaga. Her audition number for X Factor was Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory, and many drew comparisons between the contestant's 'Diva Glam Pop' style to the Bad Romance singer's flamboyant persona.

September 25, 2014

A 16-year-old from South Dakota says he was so terrified of being fired for being gay he would do anything to keep his job

A gay teenage fast food worker has claimed he was forced ‘Gaytard’ on his nametag.

Tyler Brandt, 16, from Yankton, South Dakota, was working in a Taco John’s restaurant earlier this year and said he had a very difficult relationship with his manager.

‘I’ve been very vulnerable and I’ve been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn’t be said, and after a while I was jut worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John’s,’ the teen said.

September 18, 2014

Whoever you are, whomever you love, you will forever be fabulous in W Hong Kong’s eyes!

What makes a hotel fabulous?

A sexy bellhop? Michelin-star meals? A take-home moisturizer you will never be able to buy back home?

W Hotel Hong Kong is redefining what it means to have a fabulous hotel stay with its DARE TO BE FABULOUS package for couples.

‘W Hong Kong has always been supportive to all communities. This time, we’ll be taking our support even further with the DARE TO BE FABULOUS room package. Everything from rooms, food, romantic surprises and even spa treatments will be covered.’

September 13, 2014

'With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus'

A California high school principal prohibited a booster club from selling Chik-fil-A sandwiches  because of the company's stance on gay marriage.

According to CBS 2 Los Angeles Val Wyatt, principal of Ventura High School, argued the food could not be sold at a back to school program because some parents and students might be offended.

September 11, 2014

From Chinatown and Little India to a gay village and Asia’s foremost shopping district, we discover Singapore’s unmissable neighborhoods

Singapore is often presented as a serious, business city. But as a bustling commercial port, and major airport hub, it has soaked up cultures from east and west.

And while its skyscrapers are growing at record pace to deal with its demand as a business center, they also show Singapore’s sense of humor – like the triple tower block, topped with a ship, topped with a garden, at Marina Bay Sands.

Here are the neighborhoods every visitor should check out: