Poland – Kolobrzeg

Kolobrzeg is a city in Middle Pomerania in north-western Poland with some 55,000 inhabitants. The city was founded in the 9th century and was pounded in World War II and has been fully restored. Today it’s a popular tourist destination for both Poles and the Germans. It provides a unique combination of a seaside resort,

Spain – Toledo

Toledo (population about 80,000) is a picturesque city located on a hill nearly surrounded by the River Tajo. It is layered with past civilizations from the early Romans through the Visigoths, Muslims, Christians to today’s invading tourists. The entire old city is walled into one great plien-air museum of ancient palaces, churches and fortresses mixed

Turkey – Cappacodia

In the Cappadocia region, the rocks of near the town of Göreme have over millions of years eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. The volcanic deposits are soft rocks that the people of the villages carved out to form houses, churches, snd monasteries. Göreme became a monastic center between 300-1200 AD. The

Croatia – Istria Peninsula

The Istrian peninsula, part of the scenic Dalmatian Coast, has been settled for hundreds of thousands of years and has seen empires come and go. Beautiful vistas, rocky shores, fertile farms and a magnificent intact Roman amphitheatre in Pula attacts visitors worldwide. Pula is the largest city in Istria County, Croatia, situated at the southern

Holland – Amsterdam City

Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands with a population of 750,000. It is not the seat of government (in The Hague) which is one of the most liberal in the world. Marijuana and prostitution are both legal here. The city is one of the gay capitals of Europe with marriage rights

Italy – Sicily: Hill Towns

Scattered around Sicily are numerous charming hill towns such as Enna and Ragusa with old stone buildings, churches or forts and panoramaic views of the undulating land. South of Enna town is the ancient Roman villa del Casale with some of the most extensive and beautiful floor mosaics to be seen anywhere. In Ragusa is

Italy – Ruins of Pompeii

The ancient city of Pompeii was very impressive and beautiful before it was smothered by the dust and mud of Mt.Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today, even in ruin, the beauty of the city is still visible in the many mosaics, frescoes, architectural varieties, gardens, fountains, temples and a huge colosseum. Read the stories about gay

Poland – Krakow: Gay Venues

There is no central LGBT organization or venue, no publication, no gay café or restaurant in Krakow. There’s not much of a ‘community’ here. “There is not even a cruising area now–it was busted by the police last year,” my host lamented. But scattered around town are low-key watering holes where like-minded folks gather for

Croatia – Plitvice Lake

In Plitvice Lakes Park sixteen lakes at descending elevations tumble into one another via countless waterfalls creating a scenic wonder.A wooden nature trail follows the course of the lakes.The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 m to 503 m

Holland – Gay Pride Parade 1998

Amsterdam is home to one of Europe’s largest annual Gay Pride parades. It is the only city in the world to route the parade on a canal, which is lined with thousands of spectators– from grandmothers to small children. It is a visual feast for all. In 1998 the parade was held in conjuction with

Italy – Sicily: Palermo

Palermo is the bustling main port of Sicily on the north coast. It is replete with an opera house, concert hall, fountains, statuary, ornate churches adorned with intricate ceiling frescos and crowned by an enormous cathedral. The famous 12th century Capella Palatina, inside the enormous Normanni Palace, is a stunning gold-mosaic-lined chapel of great intricacy

Spain – Madrid: Chueca District

The Chueca District is home to much of the LGBT community in Madrid, but not all. There are boutique clothing stores with the usual erotic displays, many cafes and pubs and shops. The Berkana Bookstore is a landmark venue with literature, videos, small cafe and gifts. The COGAM gay center is also in this area

Croatia – Bosnia (Bihac City)

Bosnia is not far from any border crossing with Croatia. This one, near the Plitvice Lakes Park, led to a short visit to the Bosnian provincial capitol of Bihac. It’s a university city with many students and a somewhat lively downtown. But the feeling of recovery is still present especially with many bullet holes in

Gay Sweden: Rights and Respect and Coming Out

Intro: Compared to virtually any other country on the planet, being born gay, lesbian or bi in Sweden is a stroke of good luck. The issue of alternative sexuality that evokes hysteria, hatred and bigotry in so many other cultures is, in Sweden, a non-issue. Homosexual behavior was legalized in 1944. and the first LGBT organization started in 1950–a time when the rest of the world hardly knew that homosexuality existed. Today, of course, Sweden has some of the most progressive laws and leadership regarding LGBT affairs. (See story #1 below.) This is not to say that all gay Swedes have smooth-sailing on this; there is ignorance everywhere in the world and rural Sweden is no exception. And not every gay youth flies out of the closet fully self-identified. (See stories #2 and #3 below) But once out, he or she is well protected by the law and is surrounded by a wide variety of rainbow organizations. Gay loving and living is mostly relaxed and safe here–about as good as it gets anywhere.

Holland – Amersfoort & The Hague

With over 130,000 citizens Amersfoort is one of the 20 largest cities of the Netherlands.
It is a versatile city with a variety of architecture, history, art, culture and nature.
In 1998 it was host to the swimming events of the the Gay Games
where over a thousand swimmers competed for medals in over 100 racing events.
(Not surprising, the swimming pool, Sportfondsenbad, has an annual nudist day in March.)
Photos #1-11 are of Amersfoort . For swimming photos see the GayGames gallery.

Italy – Sicily: Agrigento Ruins

Along the south coast of Sicily are the city of Agrigento and the vast ruins of ancient Greece in the Valley of the Temples. Here are temples similar in design to the Acropolis in Athens. The temple of Olympian Zeus (photos #36-40 below) was the largest ever designed and was still incomplete after 70 years.

A Brief History of Gay Poland

A scholar who specializes in Polish history offers a convenient summary of Poland, Warsaw and the erratic history of homosexual life in this often-invaded and defiant country. Also see: Gay Poland Stories Gay Poland News & Reports 2001 to present Gay Poland Photo Galleries This report is taken mostly from: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian,

Poland – Krakow City (1)

Kraków is one of the largest and oldest cities in Poland, with a population of 756,336 in 2007. It has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish scientific, cultural and artistic life. As the former national capital with a history encompassing more than a thousand years, the city remains the spiritual heart of