Munich have good times to offer for gay travelers

Munich, Germany – is often overlooked by gay travelers because of Berlin’s infamous decadence. They love leather pants and closeted 19th-century Bavarian monarch Ludwig II. Munich has a throwback charm unique from artistic Berlin.

 

Dietmar Holzapfel, and his husband Josef Sattler, says hospitality in Munich has long extended to members of the LGBT community.

 

“Our former mayor Christian Ude was the patron of Pride 22 years ago, when other politicians didn’t dare do this. Munich was also the first city in Europe to host the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Alliance) convention.” He explained.

 

With an LGBT festivals almost every month, Munich is a party that never stops. Even Oktoberfest turns one massive tent over to gay brew enthusiasts.

 

You can find gay quarter, Glockenbachviertel, located not far from old city Altstadt, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants.

 

Holzapfel and Sattler’s joint are boasting sophisticated, modern rooms at reasonable prices and a fashionable bar/restaurant. Hotel Deutsche Eiche is overcrowded with LGBT travelers.

 

Sunbathing at the Isar River in warm weather is like a tradition in Munich, and also a good time for travelers. The Flaucher area is especially popular within gay community.

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Boy George: ‘I slept with Prince’

Boy George has said he has slept with Prince.

During the show’s live audition stage the Voice coach made the claim in front of a studio audience, bringing production to a halt.

‘[It] sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming,’ an insider told The Sun.

Boy George talked with the other UK Voice coaches Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and singer Paloma Faith on the subject of who they’d all duetted with in the past.

The gay singer-songwriter said: ‘I have duetted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.’

Paloma responded: ‘Well OK, if we’re throwing big soul names out there I’ve performed with Prince.’

To which Boy George replied: ‘Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince.’

The crowd went wild, the source said: ‘Production staff had to come up on stage and speak to them.

‘After that, Boy George started backtracking saying that he hadn’t really slept with Prince and that, he just had his poster on his wall in reality.

‘But as far as the crowd were concerned the cat was already out of the bag.’

The Voice UK returns in January on BBC 1.

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Fired Priest: No ‘Gay Lobby’ in Vatican

“I met homosexual priests, often isolated like me … but no gay lobby,” Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa (pictured above) told an Italian TV station in an interview broadcast Sunday, reports Agence France-Presse. Charamsa was fired from the Vatican press office just weeks ago after speaking to an Italian newspaper about his identity and his relationship.

 

Earlier in 2013, Pope Francis told a group of Latin American church leaders that there is indeed a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. A report commissioned by the previous pope, Benedict XVI, alleged there was a Vatican-connected gay network that met in and around Rome.

 

“There exists a convent where priests who manifest inappropriate sexual tendencies are sent to reflect,” 44-year-old Mario Bonfanti told the newspaper. “It’s a place where they help you to rediscover the straight and narrow. They wanted to ‘cure’ me but I refused to go.”

 

Catholic officials acknowledged the existence of the convent outside Milan, but would not address the specific nature of the issues addressed at the Venturini Convent.

 

“Priests come to us for a period of formation and personal reflection. At the moment we have neither gay priests nor pedophile priests here,” Father Gianluigi Pasto, 71, the head of the convent, told U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. “Certainly our job is to welcome everybody.”

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Obama rips Republican candidates on gay marriage

President Obama on Sunday dismissed Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage as living in another era, saying the national conversation had moved beyond whether gays and lesbians deserve equal marriage rights.

“One of their leading candidates argued that going to prison turns you gay,” Obama said, an apparent reference to Ben Carson, who had claimed that homosexuality in prison is proof that being gay is a choice.

“I’m just stating the facts,” Obama continued. “Another candidate boasts that he introduced an amendment to end nationwide marriage equality. One said he loves the Constitution except for Article 3.”

The President said that “America has left the leaders of the Republican Party behind.”

“We need to reject politicians who are supporting new forms of discrimination as a way to scare up votes,” he added. “That’s not how we move America forward.”

During the event at Gotham Hall, which Democratic donors paid upwards of $33,400 to attend, Obama claimed Republican presidential contenders were pining for an era of economic failure.

“In their world, everything was terrific back in 2008 when we were in the midst of a spiral into the worst financial crisis and economic crisis since the Great Depression, when unemployment and uninsured rates were rising and when our economy was shedding jobs each month, and we were mired in two wars, hopelessly addicted to foreign oil, and bin Laden was still at large,” he said.

“Those were the Golden Years, apparently.

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Heavy Security For Pride In Belgrade

Several hundred gay rights supporters marched through the Serbian capital after riot police shut down the city centre to ensure security and senior officials warned that violence would not be tolerated.

Around 300 people marched through Belgrade from the government building to the Serbian parliament on Sunday after riot police closed off the city centre to ensure the safety of the Pride parade, which has been attacked by right-wingers in previous years.

The gay rights supporters marched behind a truck decked with balloons and blasting music from a sound system, waving rainbow Gay Pride flags and carrying banners with slogans like  “My rights, my demands” and “Let me love the one I want to, not the one I have to”.

“This is a great day for the LGBT community and for human rights,” said one of the marchers, the well-known Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanovic.

The first ever Belgrade Pride Parade in 2001 was disrupted by a large group of far-right nationalists who attacked and beat up the participants.

Belgrade Pride Week 2015 ran from September 14 and ended with the parade on Sunday.

During the week, activities including debates, cultural and entertainment programmes were held with the aim of making the general public more aware of the situation for LGBT people in Serbia.

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Dallas police is searching for hate crime perpetrator after gay pride parade

According to the police reports, a man was attacked and robbed after the gay pride parade, on Sunday night. They are in active search for any valid information about the perpetrator, which attack was classified as a hate crime.

 

The incident occurred after the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, which crowded thousands to Oak Lawn’s Cedar Springs neighborhood on Sunday to provide support to the LGBT people.

 

The victim of dreadful attack, who is 29 year old, was walking to his friend’s place when he was attacked by group of four men at the intersection of Sylvester Street and Wycliff Avenue, after the gay pride parade, at about 9:15 p.m.

 

Police reported that the group of attackers used baseball bat, and their hands and feet, and stole his belongings.

 

The victim was later hospitalized with life-threatening injuries of fractured skull, a lot of cuts, bruises and abrasions. The doctors are saying that the victim is in stable condition at the moment.

 

Police reported that during the horrific assault, suspects were yelling “numerous derogatory statements referencing the victim’s perceived sexual orientation”, and that they are considering this to be a hate crime.

 

Anyone who hold any informations about the attack, or have any video evidence, is asked to report to Detective Arredondo at 214-671-3638.

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Ukraine Getting Closer to Visa-Free EU Travel as Gay Rights Bill Passes

Ukraine’s parliament failed for the second time to adopt a ban on anti-gay discrimination in the workplace, though it did vote in five other laws needed to secure visa-free travel to most EU nations.

 

The European Union in 2010 demanded that Ukraine clearly define the rights of gay people, who were viewed by the country’s former Soviet rulers as criminals who should either be sent to prisons or mental wards, at work.

Though Ukraine is now run by a pro-EU administration, it remains a deeply religious and conservative country.

Kiev decriminalised gay relationships a year after the Soviet Union’s 1991 breakup but it still takes a grim view of same-sex couples.

A gay pride parade held near Kiev in June lasted just minutes before a far-right group attacked it without any apparent intervention from the police.

Brussels wants Ukraine, which overthrew its former Moscow-backed leadership last year, to adopt a raft of legislation that takes a tougher approach on corruption and ensures broader basic rights.

Time is running out because an EU commission will review in mid-December whether Kiev has done enough to merit visa-free travel by the middle of next year.

Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko has made joining the Schengen zone, a club of EU countries that allows visa and passport-free travel to more than 400 million people, one of his priorities since his election last year.

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GOP Candidates Joining Anti-Gay Rally

GOP candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal were among the bold-faced names present at the two-day event, held last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Still, most headlines focused on Pastor Kevin Swanson, the conference’s chief organizer, who linked a same-sex kiss to devastating wildfires in his home state of Colorado and condemned Harry Potter because author J.K. Rowling specified that a principal character was a gay man.

 

“This is a political event. This is a Republican presidential candidates’ event,” Maddow emphasized. “It really was a ‘kill-the-gays’ call to arms. This was a conference about the necessity of the death penalty as a punishment for homosexuality.”

 

The event, dubbed the National Religious Liberties Conference, was hosted by pastor Kevin Swanson, who delivered a fiery speech in which he said Biblical law calls for “homosexuals” to be executed.

 

“Yes, Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals,” he said. Swanson said he was “willing to go to jail for standing on the truth of the word of God.”

 

When the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in June, Cruz urged states to ignore the legislation in an interview with NPR. “[On] a great many issues, others have largely acquiesced, even if they were not parties to the case”

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‘Drop the T’ in the LGBT

An anonymous gay man has started a petition that aims to exclude trans men and women from the LGBT rights movement. Using the phrase “Drop the T,” the petition’s author demands that transgender rights be henceforth considered a separate issue from the rights of gays, lesbians and bisexual people.

In an interview with the right-leaning magazine The Federalist, the man — who the piece identified as “Clayton” — said that transgender individuals should no longer be considered a part of the LGBT movement.

In a Change.org petition addressed to U.S. LGBT rights organizations, Clayton wrote, “We are a group of gay/bisexual men and women who have come to the conclusion that the transgender community needs to be disassociated from the larger LGB community.”

Clayton — who asked to remain anonymous because he fears reprisal from the trans community — complained that the LGBT community at large heartily rejected director Roland Emmerich’s film Stonewall because it cast white, “straight-acting” fictitious characters in place of the trans women and people of color who actually participated in the historic 1969 Stonewall riot.

Clayton repeatedly asserted to the Federalist that the “majority of rioters were young, gay white men,” but offered no historical evidence to support his claims, while LGBT activists who have done extensive research on the riots are in agreement that Emmerich “whitewashed” the events of June, 1969.

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Hate Crime: Senior Gay Couple Attacked in Palm Springs

An LGBT rights activist, George Zander (71), a field manager for Equality California, suffered a fractured hip during an unprovoked attack Sunday, as he and his husband walked down the street holding hands.

 

The couple was holding hands and leaving a nightclub, when the suspect, described as a white male, started yelling anti-gay slurs and attacking them. Chris Zander told the man he didn’t want to fight. The suspect left and came back with two friends who sneaked up on the Zanders and attacked them again, the station reports.

 

“It was complete anger, it was just anger. I don’t understand why somebody would push a 71-year-old man over. It makes me want to cry every time I talk about it.”

 

Police arrived around 8:40 and an ambulance took the couple to Desert Regional Medical Center, where Chris received staples in the back of his head and stitches in his lip before being released. George is expected to make a full recovery in two months.

 

Police investigators described the two suspects as a white male adult with a stocky build and red hair and a white male adult who fled in a sedan-type vehicle. “PSPD believes both victims were battered because they were gay,” says the statement.

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