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  • 13th May 2012

    UK is the ‘best place in Europe’ to be gay 96

    The ILGA index rated 49 countries on more than 40 countries

    2:40 PM — For all the anti-equality campaigns by some politicians and right-wing religious groups, United Kingdom has been chosen as the best place in Europe for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in terms of legal rights, according to a study by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe.

  • 12th April 2012

    Transport for London bans ‘Some People are Ex-Gay! Get Over It’ adverts after Mayor Boris Johnson intervenes 160

    Alight here for controversy - the adverts are a direct response to Stonewall's iconic 'Get over it!' messages

    6:47 PM — Transport for London has said that the 'Some People are Ex-Gay! Get Over it!' bus advertisements booked by religious groups will not be allowed to be displayed anywhere on London transport's network.

  • 22nd March 2012

    Travel: Architectural wonders of Europe 6

    The majestic Parthenon is Greece's most famous temple

    5:51 PM — Heading off to to Europe over Spring? If you are, don't forget to do some sightseeing. Here are our five top architectural picks to look out for. Europe's great ruins and cities are mighty testament to the ancient and modern world. These are cities of legendary proportions, each with its unique charm, history and works of classical and modern art. Europe is on your doorstep: take a journey through its wondrous history.

  • 8th February 2012

    Travel: Getting sexy in Salt Lake City 14

    Salt Late City, Utah (Photo: Adam Barker)

    9:31 AM — Ushered onto the global stage by the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Salt Lake City might still be best known as the base of the Latter-day Saints Church. But JD van Zyl found underneath its perfectly pristine Mormon veneer hides a surprisingly rewarding and gay-friendly destination.

  • 6th February 2012

    Lost man ‘jumped’ from gay cruise 15

    At 1,181ft, the Allure of the Seas is the world's largest passenger boat

    10:59 AM — A man is feared dead after reportedly jumping from a gay cruise near Mexico.

  • 31st January 2012

    Comment: The Canadian rule which bans transgender flight 39

    Passengers must 'appear to be of the gender indicated on their identification' to fly (Photo: Simon Grubb)

    11:48 AM — Jane Fae examines the rules, introduced last July but only now coming to light, which state that an air carrier “shall not transport a passenger if [...] the passenger does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification he or she presents”.

  • 25th January 2012

    Reykjavik prepares for February gay festival 8

    The new Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik

    12:46 PM — Iceland's capital city is inviting gay people from around the world to attend its International LGBT Festival from 16-19 February.

  • 23rd January 2012

    BMI ‘batty’ ad defended 123

    bmi had meant their prices were "crazy" (Photo: Duncan Brown)

    9:58 AM — UK airline bmi has defended a reference to "batty" prices in a new radio ad. The airline said it meant the word to mean "crazy", its original English definition, and had not intended to use an anti-gay Jamaican term.

  • 12th January 2012

    Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49

    Tel Aviv pride events are generally more peaceful than in Jerusalem (Photo: Guy Yitzhaki)

    3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".

  • 21st December 2011

    Lesbian couple sues Hawaii B&B which turned them away for being gay 19

    The couple were turned away from the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu

    12:37 PM — A gay couple from the US are suing a hotel for discrimination, saying the owner denied them a room because of their sexuality. The case bears several similarities to the ongoing dispute in the UK regarding two Christian private hotel owners who refused a gay couple a room because they were unmarried.

  • 19th December 2011

    Danish MP’s gay Hans Christian Andersen festival dubbed a ‘silly suggestion’ 9

    Critics pointed out that there is no evidence Andersen was gay

    12:12 PM — An MP in Denmark has prompted debate after suggesting the country organise a week-long festival aimed at gay couples in honour of the writer Hans Christian Andersen.

  • 16th December 2011

    Christopher Hitchens dies after cancer battle, aged 62 38

    Christopher Hitchens before his diagnoses with oesophageal cancer (Photo: Densceptico)

    1:21 PM — Atheist author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died last night, aged 62, at a hospital in Texas after suffering from pneumonia brought on by oesophageal cancer. In 2009, Hitchens, a vocal supporter of gay rights, revealed in his memoirs he had gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.

  • 16th November 2011

    Judge pulls out of “confusing” Bahamas wedding competition 35

    The rules referred to civil parnterships instead of civil marriages

    8:46 AM — The competition was open to those who could enter into a "civil partnership in the UK and in the Bahamas", but the second country does not recognise them.

  • 9th November 2011

    QC argues Christian hotel owners are “entitled to outdated beliefs” 174

    The Bulls say they will have to "stop operating" if forced to give rooms to unmarried couples

    3:48 PM — Arguments are put forward in appeal of private hotel owners who denied "unmarried" gay couple a shared room.

  • 8th November 2011

    Travel: New York for the gay traveller (part one) 2

    New York is one of the world's top gay tourism destinations

    3:42 PM — New York, New York, the city that's so good they named it twice and the one that doesn't sleep. We've all heard it before but what’s NYC like for a gay traveller? Here's the PinkNews quick fire guide.

  • Christian hotel owners’ appeal reaches court today 267

    The Chymorvah Private Hotel did not allow any unwed couples to share a bed

    9:00 AM — Private hoteliers hope to prove their business can legally be run in line with their religious beliefs.

  • 3rd October 2011

    UK passport forms to accommodate gay parents 31

    Gay parents currently have to be 'mother' or 'father'

    10:13 AM — From December, gay parents applying for passports for their children will not have to list themselves as 'mother' and 'father'. The Identity and Passport Service said the amendments would be made to accommodate gay and lesbian parents applying for passports on behalf of the children.

  • 20th September 2011

    Lesbian couple accuse Thomson of honeymoon discrimination 104

    The couple say Thomson discriminated against them

    1:39 PM — A lesbian couple claim that one of Britain's largest travel companies discriminated against them on their honeymoon. Gemma Harman, 24, and Tamsin Harper, 36, from Brighouse, Yorkshire, flew to the Dominican Republican with Thomson following their civil partnership earlier this year.

  • 19th September 2011

    UK Home Office considering gender-neutral passports 27

    The government is considering gender-neutral passports

    10:52 AM — The Home Office has said it is considering the possibility of not displaying gender on passports. The proposals follow changes to Australian passport rules, which mean that intersex people who identify as neither gender can be listed as 'X', rather than having to choose between male or female.

  • 16th September 2011

    Travel: Dazzlin’ Dallas — not your average Western Cowtown 6

    Dallas lives large, thinks big (Photo: Clay Coleman)

    2:44 PM — Live Large. Think Big. That’s the Dallas marketing slogan and one on which the metropolis delivers in true Texan style. But there is also a very different side to Dallas, as JD van Zyl found – one which boasts a buzzing gay scene, a rich cultural experience and unrivalled Texas hospitality.


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