Gay Life in Austria

Austria has a dramatic history in Europe . During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria became one of the great powers of Europe. In response to the coronation of Napoleon I as the Emperor of the French, the Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804. In 1867, the Austrian Empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary. In 1938 Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany. This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945 after which a Provisional Austrian Government was set up and legally recognized by the Western Allies in the following months. It was not until 1955 that Austria regained full sovereignty. Since then “Gay Life in Austria” has vigorously emerged and celebrates the truth and beauty of same-sex love including gay marriage.

Gay Life in Estonia 2017

In 2014 the Estonian parliament passed a gender-neutral Civil Partnership Act on a close vote of 40 to 38. It was a major achievement that resulted from much lobbying and persuasion of the congress. It was a gain for LGBT citizens and for the country itself as it continued its growth away from half a century of brutish control by the Soviet bear next door. The Civil Partnership Act came into effect on January 1, 2016. This was a milestone event also as Estonia became the first ex-Soviet country to legalize same-sex partnerships. The new law acknowledges civil unions for all couples, regardless of the gender of the partners, and grants same-sex couples rights and responsibilities similar to marriage between heterosexuals.

Gay Life in Lithuania 2017

Lithuania is a mostly rural country, sparsely populated with 2.8 million people (yet, the most populous of the three Baltics countries) with hundreds of tiny villages some only a handful of wood and stucco houses, perhaps a store or two, maybe a rail depot surrounded by sprawling crop lands, pine forests and lakes all criss-crossed

Gay Life in Latvia 2017

My introduction to gay Latvian affairs happened one afternoon in the office of LGBT organization Mozaika (Mosaic) the only LGBT organization in Latvia working for the protection of LGBT rights and human rights in Latvia. In 2005 following public homophobic expressions toward Riga Pride that year, some members of the LGBT community, their friends and

Piraeus and Athens Photo Gallery 2016

Piraeus is the port city adjacent to Athens from which hundreds of cruise and commercial and cargo ships arrive and depart weekly. It was the location for many of the Olympic Games 2004. A new subway was built for the Games and is now used by thousands of passengers a day between Athens and Piraeus.

Mykonos and Delos Islands 2016

  These two small islands 120 miles (190 kms) off the coast of mainland Greece are famous for being famous. Mykonos has about 11,000 year-round residents, most of whom live in and around the main town of Chora.  The tiny neighboring island of Delos has no permanent inhabitants; it is an outdoor museum of antiquities.

Piraeus and The New Athens Museum

Ancient Athens draws more visitors than modern Athens. The antiquities have a magical draw for people; here the distant past civilization is tangible and visible. It was opened in 2009, five years (late) after the 2004 Athens Olympics. Read about the drama behind the construction: http://www.parthenon.newmentor.net/museum.htm      

Slovakia, Bratislava Photo Gallery (2016)

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle

Austria, Graz City Photo Gallery

Austria, Graz City Photo Gallery Graz is the capital city of the southern Austrian province of Styria. At its heart is Hauptplatz, the medieval old town’s main square. Shops and restaurants line the narrow surrounding streets, which blend Renaissance and baroque architecture. A funicular leads up Schlossberg, the town hill, to the Uhrturm, a centuries-old

Austria, Graz – Eggenberg Palace Photo Gallery

Graz Eggenberg Palace photo gallery Graz is the capital city of the southern Austrian province of Styria. At its heart is Hauptplatz, the medieval old town’s main square. Shops and restaurants line the narrow surrounding streets, which blend Renaissance and baroque architecture. Just outside the downtown is the former royal Eggenberg Palace which is today

Gay Life in Austria–Graz City 2016

  By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com May 2016 Also see: Austria Photo Galleries Austria News & Reports Archive   This trip I visited Vienna and Graz (the second largest city in Austria) where LGBT life thrives not in abundant quantity but in quiet quality. A week in Graz is a walk through a wonderland of picturesque

Vienna, Austria Gallery 1

Vienna in Austria is one of the most historic, dramatic and beautiful cities in Europe. It was once the political capital of the civilized world under the Hapsburg Austrian-Hungarian Empire for 400 years.  It was also the supreme cultural capital of Europe with great composers, writers and artists. Beethoven,, Mozart, and Mahler head the long

Vienna Austria Gallery 2

Vienna in Austria is one of the most historic, dramatic and beautiful cities in Europe. It was once the political capital of the civilized world under the Hapsburg Austrian-Hungarian Empire for 400 years.  It was also the supreme cultural capital of Europe with great composers, writers and artists. Beethoven,, Mozart, and Mahler head the long