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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CORRECTED-Family watches as gay rights battle hits world theaters in “Freeheld”

“It’s overwhelming, it’s painful, but overall it brought relief to know that everything that she fought for is going out to a wider audience,” said her sister Lynda Hester D’Orio.

Had Hester not died at age 49, her legacy would have been a “quiet, personal one” helping others, her sister said.

Now “Freeheld” has been turned into a feature film, with Oscar-winning actress Moore as Hester, the police officer reluctant to be in the limelight but set on getting justice for her partner, played by Page.

“She did not want to be the poster woman for gay marriage. She did not want to be the person out in front of the gay pride parade,” said her brother Jim Hester. “She was about doing what was right and what was fair.”

“It’s going to change some minds… but it also is going to make some people dig in their heels a little more deeply and become a little more mean-spirited and say bad things about Laurel and Stacie,” he said.

The fight over Hester’s pension seems almost antiquated given the advances in gay rights, said Wade, who made the “Freeheld” documentary.

“The country is really different than it was 10 years ago when she was fighting this, and it’s because of people like Laurel,” she said.

 

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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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Zimbabwe Activist Vows to Fight for Gay Rights Despite Mugabe Broadside

 

“Despite all these challenges and the speech by President Mugabe on Monday at the United Nations against gays, I will continue to fight for the rights of all our members,” said Samba.

 

“I feel honoured to be recognized for the work we are doing in Zimbabwe, although the road has not been easy but like any other person in the country we also want our basic human rights respected,” said Samba.

 

He said his father confronted him asking why he was a member of that organisation prompting him to share his secret and come out.

 

“After I came out my family was very supportive and have been ever since. I feel free to live the life I have always wanted to without fear of rejection or condemnation from those close to me. I no longer get questioned about why I prefer men or am not married yet,” said Samba

Transgender community.

 

Samba said he would be in the U.S capitol Washington, Wednesday to conduct meetings with organisations fighting for gay rights and other officials, before returning to Zimbabwe.

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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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‘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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Civil Unions in Chile: Gay Couples Are Celebrating New Law For First Time

Civil Union law was passed and signed in Chile, by the president, in April, but the law went into effect recently. Same-sex couples began celebrating civil unions for the first time in a country that is one of Latin America’s most socially conservative.

 

Virginia Gomez registered her union with Roxana Ortiz, and told reporters: “It was beautiful. It was such a nice ceremony. It was all very emotional. Our families were here, everyone was shedding tears.”

 

“History changes today. Now we can make decisions together like a couple. We’re thrilled.” said Roxana Ortiz, showing off the blue passport-like document that validates their union.

 

They have married in Spain, but their union was not validated in Chile until now.

 

Civil union law is giving same-sex and unmarried couples many of the rights that married couples have. They can join one another’s health plans, inherit each other’s property and receive pension benefits.

 

Rolando Jimenez, president of the Gay Liberation and Integration Movement, stated: “The civil union doesn’t end our struggle. We’re demanding same-sex marriage. We’re going to request for the measures stuck in congress to be revived.”

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Brevard’s first ever gay parade organized by Space Coast Pride

A historic year for the local LGBT community in Brevard County, where first ever gay pride parade was organized by Space Coast Pride, on Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie.

 

Lexi Wright, president of Space Coast Pride said that in the march, more than 40 businesses and organizations joined the parade between Montreal Avenue and St. Clair Street. A 100-foot section of the “sea-to-sea” rainbow flag that debuted in 2003 in Key West, will be unveiled by organizers.

 

This enormous 1.25 mile banner stretched the length of Duval Street, extending from Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

She said: “We’ve got marriage equality in Florida. And the Supreme Court actually announced the decision about marriage equality on the same day that we were having our first fundraiser at Cold Keg. It was perfect. Everybody wanted to come out and celebrate, and we had an amazing time,”

 

Lexi added: “It gives me goosebumps. It’s one of those deals where you almost feel something else is going on. The universe is providing, that’s for sure,”

 

On Saturday’s six-hour festival, more than 100 businesses booked, and some of them will set up shop indoors at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, where a stage will be set, featuring drag queens and live music. Outdoor stage will also include musical acts.

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First ever gay parade in Brevard organizes by Space Coast Pride

President of Space Coast Pride, Lexi Wright, said that more than 40 businesses and organizations will join the parade between Montreal Avenue and St. Clair Street. Also, a 100-foot section of the “sea-to-sea” rainbow flag will be unveiled, the one that debuted in Key West, 2003.

The huge 1.25 mile banner stretched the length of Duval Street, extending from Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Brevard County hosted its first ever gay pride parade on Highland Avenue in Eau Gallie, that was organized by Space Coast Pride. It is described as a historic year for the local LGBT community.

Lexi Wright stated: “We’ve got marriage equality in Florida. And the Supreme Court actually announced the decision about marriage equality on the same day that we were having our first fundraiser at Cold Keg. It was perfect. Everybody wanted to come out and celebrate, and we had an amazing time,”

“It gives me goosebumps. It’s one of those deals where you almost feel something else is going on. The universe is providing, that’s for sure,” – She added.

Six-hour festival at the Eau Gallie Civic Center was booked by more than 100 business, and some of them will set up shop indoors, where the main stage will be featuring drag queens and live music. Live music and musical acts will be also included on outdoor stage too.

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