MAR
15

A Weekend in Bologna

A Weekend in Bologna
Bologna is one of those cities that is often overlooked when planning Italian itineraries. Yet its medieval heart is one of the best preserved in Italy and the culinary heritage of the city is known around the world. It is also one of Italy's most gay-friendly cities and fiercely proud of the libertarian and free-minded culture of its resident...
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MAR
08

Rome: The Curious Story of the Pincio Obelisk

Rome: The Curious Story of the Pincio Obelisk
Rome has several obelisks adorning squares and avenues. Many of them were shipped from Egypt by the Romans after conquering the land of the Nile. Others were actually sculpted by the Romans themselves, who were fascinated by Egyptian art. But there is one obelisk that has a peculiar story, one that tells us of a deep affection - some say love - bet...
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MAR
06

Wilde London

Wilde London
​Oscar Wilde's wit and talent are now fully recognised and celebrated the world over. Yet his judicial and personal ordeal reminds us of how homosexuality was not just frowned upon, but could cause immense damage and, in Wilde's case - imprisonment. In a way, it also remind us how much progress has been made in just over a century.  Although I...
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FEB
21

Gay History. Berlin in the 1920s-1930s: From Gold to Dust

Gay History. Berlin in the 1920s-1930s: From Gold to Dust
Preface If we asked a random sample of LGBT individuals to point out an event that in their opinion represents the beginning of the struggle for liberation and equality, most of them would probably mention the Stonewall riots of 1969. In fact we celebrate most Prides around the date of the riots themselves, in the early summer. But without taking a...
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JAN
27

How gay-friendly is Italy?

How gay-friendly is Italy?
​ With almost 50 million visitors every year, Italy ranks fifth among the most visited countries in the world. Its endless bounty of artistic treasures, romantic landscapes, literary and musical icons and world-renowned food makes it a destination without equals. Of those visitors, many are LGBT. What sort of welcome do they expect to receive in It...
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JAN
25

Kaiserbrundl - Bath house splendour

Kaiserbrundl - Bath house splendour
It is a known fact that Bath Houses have always been popular with gays. Even before the creation of exclusively gay establishments (in the early 70s), people have used these venues to meet and socialize more or less anonymously. The mere existence of men-only places, where people wearing little or no clothes congregated, coupled with the transient ...
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JAN
25

Why we love Brussels...

Why we love Brussels...
The recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, plus the previous alerts that have put the city in lockdown in November 2015 have had a massive impact on the Belgian capital and its tourism industry. And it's all very sad, because Brussels is a beautiful city, set in an extremely LGBT-friendly country. And it's time to go back to Belgium, suppo...
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JAN
25

A walk through Earls Court, London’s former “Gay Central”

A walk through Earls Court, London’s former “Gay Central”
London, as every metropolis, has always attracted gay and lesbian people. In the days before social media and the internet and even more in days when male homosexuality was still on the criminal books (lesbian relationships were never a crime in the UK, but male to male ones were so until 1967), there was an obvious need for the gay community to me...
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JAN
25

Celebrating the New Year in Gran Canaria

Celebrating the New Year in Gran Canaria
Choosing to fly to Gran Canaria for New Year's Eve 2016 came after a pretty long debate. We spent the previous one in Berlin; a truly memorable and enjoying event. However we wanted to do something a bit different for the next one. Almost every destination in Europe boasts a great party for New Year's Eve. Cities almost compete on who has the best ...
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