The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA)
has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.
GETA’s new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.
Using countries like Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Russia as case studies of how society and laws might treat LGBTI people differently, GETA advises: ‘It is for individual LGBT travelers to decide what countries they wish to visit but as a rule, the further east you travel in Europe, the more careful you need to be about public displays of your sexuality.’
‘Most countries in Europe welcome LGBT tourists,’ said GETA’s Executive Director Carlos Kytka, ‘but there are a few simple tips to make sure your trip is safe.’
- Check the legal position of the countries you are planning to visit using ILGA’s Rainbow Europe guide.
- Remember that legal recognition and social acceptance may not be at the same level, particularly as you move east.
- Be particularly careful in the former Soviet Union states where actions that could be construed as being overtly homosexual (like holding hands, kissing in public, and insisting on double beds in a hotel) may bring you to the attention of the authorities and anti-gay vigilantes.
- Be careful when using social media hook-up sites which may be used for entrapment.
- Cities tend to be more gay friendly than the countryside so adapt your behaviour accordingly.
The GETA website also includes a European map from the International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (IGLTA) ranking countries by their respect of human rights.
– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/5-travel-tips-lgbtis-touring-europe230914#sthash.taLuQOds.dpuf
This is EXACTLY why I will not travel
to anti-gay destinations!
People say I should see Dubai and just act very straight. That me and my partner should see Russia and get separate rooms. We were recently invited on an African Safari in Tanzania. When they found out we were gay writers, she said as long as we acted straight, and did not kiss or touch each other, everything “should be ok“. Should be?? I will not step foot on soil that would put my life in jeopardy.
A Brit has been locked up in a filthy Moroccan prison – for being GAY.
Ray Cole, 69, from Deal in Kent, was on holiday in Marrakesh last month to visit a Moroccan man, Jamal Jam Wald Nass.
But the pair were approached at a bus stop by police officers, and were arrested under suspicion of homosexuality, Pinknews.co.uk reported.
Retired magazine publisher Ray has been locked up since September 18 while his desperate family have pleaded with the Moroccan authorities to free him.
His distraught son Adrian Cole claims the authorities failed to notify his family or the British Consulate of the arrest, and Mr Cole was feared missing for nearly a week before he was eventually able to get in contact.
Both Mr Cole and Mr Jam Wald Nass were sentenced to four months in prison on October 2.
When police searched Mr Cole’s mobile phone and found a photograph of the two men together, it was used in court as ‘proof’ of homosexual acts.
Adrian Cole said: “The trial was a complete farce, it was just farcical.”
Homosexuality is still a crime in Morocco, with a maximum possible sentence of three years, with Adrian Cole noting “it could have been a lot worse”.
is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. It lies 5 km (3 mi) from the border with Italy.
The western and central areas of Val d’Isère are most recognizable by their “chalet” architecture, while in the eastern part of the town high-rise architecture dominates the landscape. Along with nearby Tignes the area forms part of the “l’Espace Killy“, the self-titled “Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World”.
The Pissaillas Glacier offers summer skiing, as well as the usual winter fare. Snow cannon are placed on certain slopes to accommodate heavy skiing. The ski slopes themselves are equipped with a high-volume gondola, able to transport standing skiers, the funicular Funival from La Daille via a tunnel to the top of Bellevarde, traditional chair lifts—some with windshields and many detachable, button/disc-pulls and tow-ropes. There are both groomed slopes and backcountry (off-piste) skiing. The slopes’ difficulty levels are particularly high. However, as in Tignes there are wide, easily navigable pistes for those of the beginner-intermediate level as well. Its extensive off-piste facilities include guides for safety reasons; reviews are generally favourable.
Tignes possesses more of the same, with a funicular shuttling skiers up through one of the mountains to the Grande Motte glacier. A free shuttle bus runs between the villages in the valley, providing free transport throughout the towns of Val d’Isère and La Daille.
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AFTER A 4 YEAR ABSENCE -
GAY PRIDE RETURNS TO SERBIA
Pride returned to Serbia this week, taking place in the capital city of Belgrade. The BBC reports that the march transpired almost completely without incident.
Participants marched through the centre of the city to the National Assembly, where ambassadors from numerous European countries addressed the crowd. “I feel phenomenal. Our efforts of the past three years have borne fruit,” organiser Boban Stojanovic told Reuters news agency.
On Saturday evening, anti-gay rights campaigners demonstrated in the capital in anticipation of the Gay Pride march on Sunday. But the influence of the far right has declined in recent years, our correspondent says, and several government ministers have spoken in favour of the march.
Waving rainbow-colored flags, several hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown Belgrade on Sunday thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police.
The march advanced for only several hundred meters through the empty Belgrade streets where shops were closed and public transport was stopped. Still, it was important symbolically as a rare public event staged by gays in this highly conservative Balkan country.
Skirmishes were reported between small groups of extremists and police during and after the march, with soccer hooligans attacking liberal B-92 radio and TV station with flares and smoke bombs. Two policemen were injured, the station said. Also, the hooligans set one public bus on fire with flares, police said.
Water cannons, armored vehicles and riot police blocked traffic on the route of the march amid threats of attacks from extreme nationalists, as Serbia tried to show it respects human rights of all of its citizens as it seeks European Union membership.
“This is a very positive and strong message,” Michael Davenport, head of the EU mission in Serbia, told the pride rally. “It is also a strong message to those using the hate language.”
Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali who joined the march together with several foreign diplomats, government members and Serbian party leaders, said it was a chance to show that Belgrade is a world capital “where all of its citizens are equal.”
From Gay Star News…
Ugandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law.
The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country’s reputation among both gay and straight tourists.
John Tanzella, president and CEO of IGLTA, told the SoSoGay website that the board felt Western media had portrayed Uganda in a particularly negative light since the country passed a law that would punish gay sex with life imprisonment in December last year.
Tanzella said, ‘The delegation said that gay people are welcome.
‘They were very concerned about the perception of Uganda in Western Europe and North America, and claimed that the backlash caught them by surprise.
‘No-one thought it would pass. The delegates all pointed out that they have friends and family who are gay.’
He said Uganda was a long way off from joining IGLTA and first would have to go through a ‘process of education.’
In a statement released in March the UTB said, ‘The controversy currently surrounding the Anti Homosexuality Act 2014 is exaggerated.
‘No gay person will be killed in Uganda.
‘The law was based on the majority support for it in the Parliament of Uganda and the majority ordinary Ugandans whose cultural and religious beliefs are not agreeable to some habits such as homosexuality.
‘However, Uganda is a very hospitable, friendly, warm and loving country of diverse culture, religion and beliefs which welcomes all visitors of all backgrounds regardless of their sexual orientation, beliefs and skin color.’
Not for me! No thank you!
– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uganda-tourism-board-gays-are-welcome150914#sthash.yBHqG57K.dpuf
Brazilian Gay Sauna and Hotel was included in Louis Vuitton Travel Guide.
The top French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has included Hotel and Sauna 269 Chilli Pepper in its new edition of the tour guides.
The Louis Vuitton travel guides offer tips for those who want to know the 15 hottest destinations in the world, including Sao Paulo.
269 Chilli Pepper is the biggest and the best hotel for single men in Latin America. Created by businessman Douglas Drumond, the enterprise has 2,3 thousand square meters and is located at Largo do Arouche, downtown São Paulo, brazilian largest city.
The place offers 5 suites, 124 single rooms at its three floors, as well as 369 lockers for local visitors. Showers and jacuzzis working with filtered water, two ofuros, a winter swimming pool with waterfall, and a summer pool, ionized with sand filter.
There is also a 60 square meters steam room and cooled indoor pool (with filtered water) and a dry sauna designed with ergonomic benches. Chilli also counts on a L-shaped lounge bar with seven square meters, furnished by acclaimed designer Philippe Starck, where several drinks and snacks are served. The second floor houses Mini Cine Cabaret, with a special selection of gay-themed movies. This is the hotel’s sexiest floor, where glory alleys, “Love Corner” lounge and “Surprise Surprise” space are located.
Still at the first floor, the hotel has a charming boutique which offers products by sex shop Alizée, books, E.S Collection speedos and shorts, in addition to exclusive clothes from 269 brand, designed by stylist Rafael Vicente. Besides that, Chilli Pepper’s first floor gains party atmosphere with setlist signed by top DJ Anderson Noise. Sporadically parties take place, and encounters among different tribes happen daily.
Single rooms have soft siliconized-fiber pillows, which guarantees guests a wonderful night sleep. Probel mattresses are very confortable and made in 100% cotton fabric. Sheets, bedspreads and towels are by Topázio brand, an assurance of sophistication.
At 269 Chilli Pepper, single men can definitely find what they look for, at any time and with confort, safety and hygiene. All areas have been developed for the better service to goers, ensuring intense moments of rest and leisure. The hotel can be found at Louis Vuitton’s City Guide SP.
269 Chilli Pepper Single Hotel
Largo do Arouche, 610 (Corner with Jaguaribe Street) Santa Cecília – São Paulo/SP
Phone: (11) 3331-3336
Website : www.hotelchillipepper.com.br
PRIDE WEEK September 7-14
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 –
2 pm Annual High Heel Race on Church Street, Church St.
This exciting race will provide a colorful and competitive start to the festivi- ties. The event is open to all who are brave enough to don high heels. Dress- ing in drag is highly encouraged, but not required.
Extra shoes will be avail- able to accommodate spectators wanting to sign up on site.
Register by email
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
5:30-6:30 pm Interfaith Prayer Service, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St.
Designed by Deacon Stan Baker, rabbis, ministers and priests and from the greater Burlington areas several welcoming and affirming congregations all take part in this service. Join us for a PRIDE Vermont tradition, sharing our spiritual traditions together, with fellow LGBTQIA family and friends, both locals and visitors. All are welcome.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
7 pm Gender PRIDE Event, Contois Auditorium, City Hall
Model and transgender activist Geena Rocero will make a special guest appearance to discuss her work on gaining transgender rights throughout the globe. She has become one of the countrys leading voices for the transgender community.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
All Day OUT On Church Street, Church Street Marketplace
Special wristbands will be available for $10 each, and will provide discounts at participating shops, restaurants and department stores on the popular Church Street Marketplace. For a list of places to purchase wristbands, visit PRIDEVermont.com.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
4-4:30 pm Brick-Laying Ceremony in Memory of Wayne Beam, Upper Church St.
4-6 pm Generations of PRIDE History Exhibition and Reception,
Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St.
This exhibit traces the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community PRIDE celebrations in Vermont from 1983 to the present. Through 9/27/14.
5 -7:15 pm Stride To Pride 5K Walk/Run, Battery Park
7 pm Burly Bears Pre-PRIDE Party, Red Square, 136 Church St.
7 pm Wild and Precious, The Black Box Theatre, Main Street Landing
Vermont raised, Steven Cadwell performs his one man show Wild and Pre- cious, a theatrical memoir that chronicles one mans journey through sexual awakening, mental breakdown, and acceptance. Tickets $10 available at the Flynn Box Office.
9 pm-1 am Pop-Up! Queer PRIDE Party, Arts Riot
18 and up. $5 cover.popupqueerdanceparty.com
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
8 pm Risque PRIDE Ball, Higher Ground Ballroom
This 18+ multimedia event features two of Vermonts best DJs, Manny Ward and Man Machine, playing the hottest club music.
12-5 pm Northern Decadence Vermont Food & Travel Expo, Battery Park
Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA),NDVT showcases LGBT-friendly businesses from across Vermont, includes food and drink samples and a silent auction. $5 for adults; children 12 and under free. Some alcoholic samples may have additional fees. For more information, visit northerndecadence.com.
12:45 pm PRIDE Parade, Church St.
The PRIDE Vermont Parade will start at at the bottom of Church Street and wind all the way to the Festival site at Battery Park.
1-5 pm PRIDE Festival, Battery Park
The festival will include music and entertainment in the Battery Park band- shell, vendors, family, youth activities, games, and community resources. Other highlights of the family-friendly PRIDE Vermont festival include:
Gender Fun Lawn Games and Scavenger Hunt. Play lawn gaymes, make craft projects, and get information on gender diversity, rights, and resources.
Live Entertainment hosted by drag artist Major Face featuring local and regional performers.
Dancing on the Lawn with music by DJ John Martin of Superior Sounds.
5 pm Screening of THE PARADE (PARADA),
North End Studios Studio A, 294 N. Winooski Ave.
Turning transgression into a comedic principle, this turbulent farce that toys with cliches and stereotypes turned out to be an unexpected hit in Serbia and other ex-Yugoslavian countries. FREE. http://vtiff.org/events/4380/
5 pm Burly Bears Tea Dance at Red Square, 136 Church St.
Gay Marriage in Denmark celebrates
Twenty-five years ago the first same-sex couple was lawfully married under the Danish registered partnership law, the first of it kind and an inspiration for same-sex marriages, partnerships, civil unions and family laws in countries all over the world.
On the occasion of the ”Silver Anniversary”, an exhibition: ”Equal Love Silver Anniversary, Copenhagen 1989-2014” will be held September/October 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall where the first couple said yes to each other 25 years ago.
In connection with the exhibition we want to collect wedding pictures and rainbow family photos from all over the world. To that end we hope that you will mention the Equal Love Silver Anniversary in your magazine so that your readers may send us their photos by uploading them to Twitter and hashtag them with #equallove25 or send them by mail to email@example.com – You can read more about the Equal Love – Silver Anniversary celebrations on www.lgbt.dk/equallove25.
We want to show everybody that it was not the end of the world when the first same-sex couple was married 25 years ago. Life goes on. For better. For worse. And for all, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Danish National Organisation for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons
While Sao Paulo has the BIGGEST GAY PRIDE in the world – I think SITGES has the BEST GAY PRIDE in the world!
Sitges is a fantastic gay-friendly beach town less than an hour away from Barcelona. The city’s seafront promenade, (often called Spains answer to the French Riviera) art deco architecture and nightlife make it a popular tourist spot, especially in the summer, where it is often hard to book a room.
THIS is what PRIDE is supposed to be. Thousands of people having fun, dressing up and partying.
This 10 minutes of fantastic footage will make Sitges the #1 Pride in the world!
Official Video Coverage of the International Gay Sitges Pride 2014 – Including all of the parades, tribute acts, pool parties, events and more. Come Join us in 2015 – June 18th to 23rd.
I know it’s still summer in the US – But December is not far away!
I guess since I was born in December, I have this thing for Christmas and shiny objects! And many of the best decorations and celebrations come from Europe. Poland, Germany and Italy are hubs for glass blowing and ornament making.
Some of Europe’s Christmas markets have been around since the Middle Ages, so it’s no surprise that Cologne Germany, which has five markets, is a seasonal popular hot spot.
Cathedral Market, Angels Market, Harbour Market, Old Market Christmas and the Market of Fairy Tales! Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the weeks leading up to Christmas. When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates on the last Monday before Advent, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale at the quaintly designed huts (or “Buden”).
Some say you haven’t experienced Christmas lights until you’ve seen nearly four miles of them artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany’s head designer in Copenhagen’s (Denmark) famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens — and that’s not counting the 1,800+ strands dramatically draped on the lakeside willows. They say there are EVEN MORE LIGHTS added this year!
Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in “yuletide”) in high style, with its famed Christmas market the centerpiece. Over 50 stalls are stocked with fine handmade crafts, including traditional figurines of clog-clad elves in pointy red caps, while vendors are selling iced doughnuts slathered with black currant jam and hefty cups of gløgg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which are steeped in aquavit or schnapps.
Vienna is another magical place for the holiday season. At the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent, the Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land. The 150 or so stands offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, delicious sweet treats and wonderful warming drinks.
You see a sea of lights in the trees around City Hall park.
Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz. Over 60 stands offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent. The romantic Christmas village in the Old AKH is also a popular meeting point during the season.
Not too many European cities have such a rich gay history as the Austrian capital. You can get up-to-the-minute information on the Facebook page “Gayfriendly Vienna”.
Christmas in Europe is a time for elaborate pastries, for lyrical midnight masses in Gothic churches, and for the upholding of quirky local traditions—in many countries, Christmas just isn’t complete without mischievous pixies (Copenhagen), kindly witches (Rome), treacherous demons (Salzburg), or an 8,000-pound fruitcake (Dresden)!
Count down to midnight with Gay men from around the world at Evolve Vegas NYE. It’s more than a Party, it’s an Experience!
- Enjoy three days in Las Vegas, voted Favorite American City by OutTraveler!
- Meet Gay men from Amsterdam to Australia and everywhere in between!
- Participate in Shows, Special Events, Parties, Receptions, Shopping and Dining, Gambling and more!
- Stay at the newly renovated MGM Grand Hotel!
You may even find that special midnight kiss at our New Years Eve Blowout
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino!
The world renown MGM Grand Hotel will host Evolve Vegas NYE and is home to some of Las Vegas’ hottest new clubs, restaurants and shops. The recent $175 million renovation features hi-tech guest rooms of 450 sq. ft. and amenities that will make your stay a real delight. Best of all, it’s located at one of the most exciting corners on the Las Vegas Strip and the fun will be right outside your front door!
3 days of nonstop fun! December 30th – January 1st.
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To our knowledge this has never been done before! a 24 hour private party/event in an INDOOR waterpark / hotel resort. You check in around 3pm Saturday November 15th and you check out around 3pm Sunday November 16th! No kids, no families, 21+
And most rooms are $100 pp based on double occupancy!
From the producers of Six Flags OUT IN THE PARK, comes this very exciting event. HEATWAVE!
“We’re taking over Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Resort, for 24 hours!” says Derrick Sorles of BestGayChicago.com. “Like our OUT IN THE PARK event at Six Flags, this will be a totally private event and it will benefit a local charity.”
Imagine 24 Hours of LGBT Paradise at
Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort!
Be a part of the country’s first-ever 24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration Benefiting a different charity every year. Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus will be the beneficiary for 2014!
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 3pm – Sunday, November 16th, 2014 3pm!
Room/Party Packages $98 Per Person/double occupancy,
includes ROOM + PARTY TICKETS!
4 person rooms as low as $85 per person.
PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR! Suites can accommodate 6-8 for $100 – $160 pp
*414 Resort-Style Key West Guest Rooms and LUXE Suites
- *Seven Room/Suite Options Sleeping/Connecting 2 to 12 Or More Guests
- * 12-Hour Indoor Water Park Dance Party Admission Included In Your Room Price
- * 4 Amazing DJ Sets and Poolside Dance Party from 3PM – 3AM
- * 45 Minutes Away from Chicago, Across From Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Illinois
- *65,000 Square Feet of INDOOR Water Park FUN – Always tropically-inspired, 84 degrees and Humid
- *10,000 Square Foot State-Of-The-Art Gaming Arcade
- *Restaurants, Bars, Confectionery Center, Convenience Store, Souvenirs
EVERYTHING A Guest Needs- Just bring your swim suit!
BOOK NOW! Call 877-360-0403 and tell them code HEAT WAVE!
(as of July 20th, this event is 55% sold out!) HEATWAVE CHICAGO
The ultimate desert playground for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. Whether you are planning a family vacation, couple who wants a romantic retreat, or want a girlfriend’s getaway…Palm Springs is “Fun in the Sun” year-round.
INNdulge corners the market on comfortable and casual. One section of the structure has the requisite pool and hot tub, and features rooms that are spacious and pampered without being stuffy, with nicely preserved ’50’s style kitchenettes (PS loves its retro history!) There is a poolside social hour (which most inns offer) and INNdulge probably boasts the most spectacular mountain-range view. Practically every Palm Springs Locale is outfitted with misters to combat the desert heat, but INNdulge has the only pool chiller which, when the heat soars to skin-melting temperatures, is quite a draw.
I had a friend recently say he was going to Jamaica with some girl friends because it was a cheap get away. FOR ME, you could not pay me to go there!
A “very frightening” mass of about 25,000 protesters rallied in support of Jamaica’s so-called “buggery law” — a colonial leftover in the civil code that criminalizes sodomy — in a demonstration organized by religious leaders in Kingston on Sunday, according to BuzzFeed.
Sunday’s rally comes less than a month after pro-LGBT organization Human Rights First embarked on a new effort to make the island nation a safer place for its LGBT residents, and as Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has reportedly been working with the government to introduce legislation to repeal the colonial-era antisodomy law. It’s unclear what impact — if any — the rally will have on those efforts.
PRAGUE – one of my favorite places to visit! is getting ready for PRIDE.
The 4th edition of the Prague Pride festival will take place from Monday 11 until Sunday 17 August, with the Parade and main concert & outdoor party on Saturday 16 August. The main theme will focus on Prague being a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe.
*Southern Decadence is an annual six-day event held in New Orleans by the gay and lesbian community during Labor Day Weekend, climaxing with a parade through the French Quarter on the Sunday before Labor Day.