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March 24, 2015

Doctors say he could have died if he had gone without food much longer

A 20-year-old Chinese man was imprisoned and nearly starved to death by his sugar daddy who did not want any hassle after he left the younger man.

The younger man, surnamed Liu, was locked in the apartment his lover rented for him in Chongqing for five days.

The term 'sugar daddy' started trending on Chinese social media after Chinanews.com broke the story.

Neighbors reported Liu to police after they saw him lying on the balcony, initially mistaking him for a thief.

Police arrived at the scene and rushed Liu to hospital.

March 24, 2015

Lounge by the pool at this ‘straight-friendly’ gay hotel and make the most of Gran Canaria’s gay scene

Looking for the ultimate gay holiday in Gran Canaria? The AxelBeach Maspalomas Apartments and Lounge Club in Maspalomas are the obvious choice.
 
This Spanish holiday island in the Atlantic Ocean draws gay travellers year-round, seeking guaranteed sunshine and shirt-off heat, even in winter.
 
Axel Beach is just a couple of minute’s walk away from the Yumbo Center, the heart of the gay action.
 

March 20, 2015

Singer credits celebrity nutritionist for his dramatic weight loss

If you think Sam Smith is looking different these days, you're right.

The openly gay singer revealed that he had shed 14 pounds in two weeks.

And Smith puts his rapid weight loss down to nutritional therapist Amelia Freer and her book Eat. Nourish. Glow.

'Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life. Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food,' he wrote on Instagram.

March 18, 2015

The musician shares his love of the American capital, from gay neighbourhoods to phallic-looking buildings!

I've lived here since… 2009, when I moved here to go to Georgetown University.
 
I've stayed because… I got back into music, and because of all the changes I’ve seen since I first moved here. The vibe of the city as a whole has changed a lot. It's become a lot more cultural and artsy – and it’s a really gay-friendly city.
 

March 14, 2015

One of London's busiest train stations has some great restaurants right on its doorstep.

One of the dilemmas of living in London is that the city is so big that you can never know it all. You get to know the area where you live, the area where you work, your favorite hangouts in different places, but if for some reason you find yourself in a part of town where you don't normally go, it's almost being dropped in a completely different city with no point of reference and no familiar landmarks.

March 12, 2015

The Austrian-born Eurovision icon shares her top tips on her glorious home city

Singer Conchita Wurst was the triumphant winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held last May in Copenhagen.

Here, she shares her personal Vienna tips, from her favourite place to eat to her favourite place to shop, ahead of this year's contest in the splendid city.

The Eurovision Song Contest will takes place at the Wiener Stadthalle indoor arena from the 19-23 May 2015.

March 12, 2015

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime

A lesbian woman is 'appalled' and 'upset' by the anti-gay response she received from a restaurant she reviewed negatively online.

Jeannie, who only wanted to be identified by her first name due to her job, visited Your Gourmet Burger in Hull, England with her ex-partner and daughter on 10 January.

The social worker said that she sent her food back because it was raw and suggested the chef, who 'had long greasy hair,' be provided with a hair net. She later left a one-star review on the restaurant's Facebook page.

March 3, 2015

The former Britain's Got Talent star on her life in travel – from cruising around Fort Lauderdale to a holiday romance with a sexy Frenchman...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 26, 2015

Two men pushed the students to the ground then kneed and kicked them

A young lesbian couple were left bleeding and unconscious after a homophobic attack in Ireland.

Roisin Prendergast, 20, and Ciara Murphy, 17, were walking to a food outlet in Limerick at 2am on 9 February when two men started 'firing homophobic slurs' at the couple.

February 25, 2015

The Scotland-born traveller on her adopted hometown and its treasures

I've lived here since… 2011. I stayed because I love the tropical climate, and for my job as General Manager of Asia tour operators Backyard Travel.

For culture, you can't miss… the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Then Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple and the Old City area. There are so many parts to Thai culture, that there’s not one single place where you can really comprehend all aspects of it, but this area is a good starting point.

February 16, 2015

Ordinance is first of its kind outside Metro Manila

A comprehensive anti-gay discrimination ordinance Wednesday (11 February) passed it first reading in Mandaue City without opposition. 

The diversity code was introduced by councilor Nenita Layese and is the first of its kind in the Philippines outside Metro Manila.

The ordinance would create a diversity affairs commission to implement comprehensive anti-discrimination laws as well as sexual and transgender health, welfare and inclusivity programs.

February 13, 2015

Inspired by Nicki Minaj and a fan of Dolly Parton, this is one twerker who is looking for travel companions.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 5, 2015

How to find the best dumplings and other insider secrets from the Australian football enthusiast.

Born and raised in the city's western suburbs, Brian Peel is a presenter on JOY 94.9 – Melbourne's LGBTI radio station.

We caught up with him recently to share some travel stories.

How would you describe Melbourne's western suburbs.
They breed them tough out our way! The area has such a great cultural mix of nationalities. I am of the Maltese kind, born here but speak the language and absolutely adore the food.

February 3, 2015

But is it gone for good?

An iconic LGBTI-friendly bar at the heart of Manchester's Gay Village has closed down.

Eden Bar, famous for allowing guests to eat and drink on a barge moored on the canal, has shut leading to a loss of 18 jobs.

But the new owners have claimed it is not gone for good, saying its downfall was not a part of gentrification of the area.

Steven Wiseglass, insolvency practitioner for Inquesta, has been appointed liquidator of SDB bars who took over Eden Bar in 2012.

January 29, 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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Eli Lieb – singer/songwriter

January 26, 2015

On the road with the Chatty Man star, from caravanning in Devon to slumming it in the Costa Rican jungle with his boyfriend...

Last night, we caught up with Chatty Man host Alan Carr at the InterLaw Diversity Forum Winter Carnival to benefit the Albert Kennedy Trust, where he hosted an auction to help raise money for homeless LGBTI teens.

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.