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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 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

Couple, who got engaged a year ago, exchange vows at sunset overlooking ocean

Talk show host Sara Gilbert and musician Linda Perry were married over the weekend in a sunset ceremony overlooking the ocean.

The couple, who became engaged last April, invited some of their famous friends to the wedding including Gilbert's co-hosts on the daytime's The Talk.

Oscar nominated actress Juliette Lewis was among those who tweeted about the wedding and called the brides 'one of my fave couples in the universe.'

March 28, 2014

As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding

On 29 March, the first gay couples in England and Wales will be able to marry legally.
As lovers wanting to be part of history make the biggest commitment to each other, we thought we would give you a few tips for planning your own perfect wedding.


1 Who proposes?

‘Tradition’ states a man proposes to a woman, but when it’s a same-sex couple that tradition goes out the window.

March 28, 2014

The notion that gay people have bigger disposable incomes than their heterosexual counterparts has been debunked by a new study that shows LGBTI Americans are actually more likely to need food stamps to get by in life

A new study of food insecurity among LGBTI Americans by the Williams Institute at UCLA has debunked the myth that people in the gay community are more wealthy than the straight community – finding instead that, on average, they are more likely to rely on food stamps to keep food on the table.

The researchers found that LGBTI adults are 1.7 times more likely than non-LGBTI adults to not have had enough money to feed themselves or their family at some point in the past year.

March 17, 2014

' ... You learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it'

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy now wishes he hadn't dragged his fast food restaurant chain into the debate over gay marriage even though he remains opposed to it.

'Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,' Cathy says in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

March 17, 2014

Texas police are still deliberating on who could have killed a 24-year-old lesbian couple. But one of the women's mothers is convinced its her ex, who she left over his violent tendencies

A Texas dad is being accused of murdering his own daughter and her partner because he disagreed with their ‘lifestyle’.

Police believe James Cosby, 46, bludgeoned daughter Britney Cosby to death and shot her girlfriend Crystal Jackson on 6 March.

The bodies were found the next day near a dumpster around 7.30am the next day outside a Fisherman’s Cove food mart.

Both women were only 24.

Britney’s mother has told police that Cosby was angry his daughter was gay.

March 11, 2014

Mexican food chain sued Grammy-winning singer after he backed out of singing on ad he had received advance for

Frank Ocean paid up in the end - but he wasn't happy about it.

The Grammy-winning singer had been sued by Mexican food chain Chipotle for $212,500 after it had paid him that much as an advance for singing a song for an ad.

Ocean was to perform a remake of Pure Imagination for an animated ad titled The Scarecrow which is the companion film for Chipotle's new app-based game (see video below).

March 7, 2014

Man was left with a broken lip and nine missing teeth after a brutal attack during gay pride week in Austin, Texas in October 2012

‘It’s just been hard on the inside more for me than the outside, not because of how people see me, but how I feel about myself.’

A victim of a gay hate crime has received a six-figure oral reconstruction surgery for free after nine of his teeth were knocked out.

In October 2012, during gay pride week in Austin, Texas, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were severely beaten while waiting for a slice of pizza at a food truck.

February 23, 2014

UK charity Terrence Higgins Trust has reported a 15% rise in people with HIV seeking financial help for living essentials such as food and clothing due to disposable income being hit by austerity measures

Increasing numbers of HIV patients are struggling to afford basic costs of living due to a lack of government support, says UK sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.

According to a new report released today (23 February), there has been a 15% increase in the number of people with HIV seeking financial help from the charity over the past year.

The charity says the findings ‘should act as a warning sign at all levels of government that people with HIV are not receiving the level of support needed to meet the most basic of costs’.

February 22, 2014

A new study has found that LGBT people in America are more likely to struggle with hunger issues than the general population

A new report from American think tank The Williams Institute reveals LGBT people are more likely to have experienced ‘food insecurity’ than straight counterparts.

The study defines ‘food insecurity’ as ‘having limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways’.

February 8, 2014

GSN visits Kyoto in search of the elusive entertainers still practicing Japan’s ancient profession

For visitors to Kyoto one of the points of interest that will be pointed out to you is the neighborhood of Gion.

It’s quite central and easy to get to - a bustling precinct of restaurants, bars, cafes, and street food. Gion is intrinsically associated with the women known as Geisha - women schooled from a very young age in the arts of entertaining.

February 4, 2014

Have you ever wanted to ditch your current life and start somewhere new? Say hello to the two gay men who left their city lives to set up award-winning hotels in their dream destinations of Italy and Spain

We all have that vacation spot.

The one we left and said to ourselves: ‘I could leave everything and move here tomorrow.’

Further Afield, the company that handpicks gay-owned places to stay, meets people everyday who have done just that: Left their cities and jobs to live in their very own paradise.

The move is never easy, and it does not happen overnight, but after much work and dedication these individuals set up their own hotels.

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.

January 24, 2014

Day one in Mexico City and Gay Star Travel editor Jean Paul Zapata has done two things he’s never done before, but would gladly repeat

Her downward dog was perfect.

The backpacker doing yoga on top of the world’s third-largest pyramid seemed a little out of place. Her exhale as she stretched into her pose smacked me right in my puffy face, sweating from the climb up the 200-odd stone steps.

January 23, 2014

For Gareth Johnson, shifting countries is all in a day's work. He bids farewell to London as he kicks off a new life adventure with a new job in Japan

This week I flew from London to Japan. I’ve signed up to work with a travel company there.

An Emirates flight takes me from Gatwick Airport's North Terminal to Kansai Airport, just outside of Osaka and a short train journey from Kyoto where I'm going to be based for much of 2014. I'm a pretty efficient traveller, but preparing for this trip has been a bit weird as I've been trying to 'put my affairs in order,' I guess.

January 17, 2014

From suicides to shock therapy, survivors of the horrific practices done in the name of 'cures' share their experiences

Victims of 'pray the gay away' camps have shared disturbing accounts of their experiences.

Users of Reddit revealed what had happened to them and their family members and friends on the social website.

'I have an older friend who went to one because his father was disappointed in him for not being "normal",' one said.

January 13, 2014

With temperatures warmer than New York (thanks polar vortex), conditions ideal for Northern Lights and the fact you can swim outside everyday, rain or shine, Iceland is the place to go during the winter

Winter in Iceland means magical snowfalls and crisp breezes, but the season is also ideal for appreciating the country’s iconic waterfalls, geysers, hot springs to the fullest.

The rugged and novel geography make Iceland one of the most unique destinations to travel to, offering a beautifully serene respite in nature other tourist hot spots wish they could achieve.

January 9, 2014

Gay Star Travel embraces the capital of Western Australia with its bronzed bodies, nature attractions and local culinary delights

Perth, the capital and largest city of West Australia state, is one of the most isolated cities in the world.

Located on the southwest tip of Australia and framed by the Indian Ocean, Perth's temperate climate makes visiting local scenic caves, rivers and beaches a daily way of life.

The relaxed pace of life is felt through the shopping and eating hot-spots, where the region's warm weather helps produce some of the best wine, coffee and food in the world.

Perth is definitely worth the journey. Here’s eight reasons why.

January 6, 2014

From Lake Bled to Lipica, from the Skocjan caves to Medieval castles, Gay Star Travel explores the world away from the capital's buzzing life

The countryside of Slovenia, a small state nested between Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia, stuns with its beauty and diverse attractions: Exploring a cave, swimming in an Alpine lake, eating some of the best food central Europe can offer.

The best part is, you don’t need to be an ‘outdoor lad’ to live this year-round countryside destination. While the rugged landscape is a favorite among spelunkers and white water rafters, there's plenty for those looking to take it easy.

December 31, 2013

Homofin is even encouraging mothers to mix the drug secretly in their suspected gay sons’ food

A pill claiming to ‘cure’ you of being gay in just eight months is being openly marketed online, Gay Star News can reveal.

Marketed online in Turkey, Homofin claims the ‘herbal’ treatment influences your hormones saying: ‘It is now up to you to be or not to be a homosexual.’

Homofin’s site even encourages a mother, who is worried her son may be gay but does not want to raise the issue with him, to buy the capsules and secretly dissolve the drug in his food.

December 30, 2013

A boyfriend known as Volleyball and a rabbit named Oreo added to the festive cheer of a family holiday on Margaret River and the beaches of Perth

It was the weekend before Christmas and I was watching a television in Heathrow airport’s Terminal 4, just near my departure gate.

The weather forecast looked bleak - so far it had been a fairly mild December in the UK, but it seemed things were set to deteriorate with high winds, heavy rain, and stormy skies predicted.

It was with some relief I boarded my flight. I was heading to Australia for a family Christmas.

December 20, 2013

To promote good sexual health at home and while travelling abroad, sexual health group Terrence Higgins Trust has joined as charity partner for London’s Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show in January

‘Holiday protection doesn’t stop at sunscreen and travel insurance.’

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), one of the UK’s leading sexual health organizations, wants to remind LGBTI travellers responsible sex doesn’t stop at immigration check.

THT has become charity partners with the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show, where a selection of the world’s most popular travel destinations with LGBTI travelers will celebrate together under one roof.

December 19, 2013

These Preferred Hotel Group stays are more than hotels… they are homes away from home and represent the top in gay-friendly luxury

For some LGBTI people, checking into a hotel with their partner could be considered a luxury.

The most scandal one should face when arriving to a hotel is learning a 1800’s pyramid scheme helped pay for the room you are booking.

While LGBTI travellers may expect the money they are spending on accommodation will also include fair and appropriate treatment, the sad truth is not all hotels and staff are trained to ensure a flawless experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender guests from check-in to check-out.