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

Gay Slovenia

Intro: Slovenia, a former Yugoslavia republic, is a small pretty country of mountains, fertile pastures and picturesque villages. Old town Ljubljana looks storybook. History stretches back to Roman times. Having escaped the horrors of the 90’s Balkan wars for the most part, the citizens here have moved forward with modest prosperity. Homophobia exists of course but it has not been violent or virulently religious. Gay activists work busily and quietly to push for more complete partnership recognition and registration.

Gay Hungary (Budapest)

Intro: Budapest is a ‘miracle’ city of world class cultural venues, orderly, efficient transportation, reliable peaceful (right-wing) governance, manicured parks, breezy free-thinking cafes, gourmet restaurants, palatial hotels, heroic monuments and palatial thermal baths. The miracle is that the freedom, independence, capitalism, and beauty of today have survived and grown far beyond the chaos and centuries

Gay Life in Slovakia

Introduction Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal, since 1962, in Slovakia. Predominantly Christian Slovakia (unlike its atheist and liberal neighbor the Czech Republic) is more conservative on issues dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights. The age of consent was equalized with the heterosexual age of 15 in 1990. An Anti-Discrimination Act

Portugal – Lisbon 1

Portugal, Lisbon 1 Lisbon is a huge open-air walking museum of history, culture, modern buildings, great monuments, beautiful harbor and exquisite food. It’s busy even in the shoulder seasons for good reason: prices are affordable. Renting a car is the only way to go to see the grand vistas, roadside flowers, the mountain snow, high

Portugal – Lisbon 2

Lisbon is a huge open-air walking museum of history, culture, modern buildings, great monuments, beautiful harbor and exquisite food. It’s busy even in the shoulder seasons for good reason: prices are affordable. Renting a car is the only way to go to see the grand vistas, roadside flowers, the mountain snow, high altitude stone houses,

Portugal – Porto City

Intro: Porto is an adventurous city of hills, rivers, bridges, old town pavements, many churches some with decorated with magnificent exterior blue and white tiles; it’s a city that makes port wine, of course. There is a medieval Ribeira (riverside) district with narrow cobbled streets that wind past old merchants’ houses and plenty of cafes. 

Gay France – Paris

Paris in the springtime is full of life, flowers, rainbow cafes and gay marriage. LGBT life here is high quality and well organized but not without some persistent opposition. From 2001-14 Bertrand Delanoë was happily the openly gay mayor of Paris. During his tenure gay marriage was approved by the government, in May 2013.

Gay in Putin’s Moscow: Why the City is Pinker Than You Think

LGBT nights are easy to find and Grindr reaches into the heart of the Kremlin itself. But two years after the law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’, can being gay in the Russian capital really be much fun? By Chris Michael, Judith Soal and Maeve Shearlaw The Guardian 13 June 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/13/gay-putin-moscow-life-nightlife-clubbing-law-lgbt “Moscow is like a small

Bosnia Activists Hope EU Bid Will Help End Anti-LGBT Violence

“Most people keep their sexuality a secret. There is lots of discrimination here.” Gay campaigners are hoping that Bosnia’s bid to join the European Union, which has put its human rights record under greater scrutiny, will lead to change.   By Morgan Meaker Associated Press Thomson Reuters Foundation December 1, 2015 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bosnia-lgbt-community_565dca9ae4b08e945fec99b3?ir=Gay%2BVoices%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003   Sarajevo, Bosnia

12-Year Old Boy Sings About His Two Gay Fathers

For those of us who had missing fathers when we were young, the ‘lost chord’ remains. As times have moved into a new age of family-making there are young boys and girls who are blessed to have two fathers or two moms. Last year a video came across the Net from Holland of a twelve year-old guy singing ‘Two Fathers’ at a youth concert, surrounded by hundreds of other kids who joined in the song of praise for his two dads.

Portugal – Coimbra University and Town

Coimbra was the capital of Portugal (from 1131 to 1255). Still visible today are Roman artifacts such as the aqueduct and the cryptoporticus (a semi-subterranean gallery with vaulted ceiling). The most outstanding feature in the city is the University of Coimbra founded in 1537. It is the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. The

Portugal – Obidos Town

Obidos is an ancient walled Roman town that was taken over by the Visigoths from the north in medieval times. These rulers fell to the Arab Moors in the 9th century and were in turn defeated by a Portuguese army led by the first king of Portugal Alfonso Henriques in 1148. It has been been

Gay Greenland–Past and Present

Intro: Greenland is a model of how the whole world could be if we removed politics and religion from human rights; peaceful and tolerant with no guns, no gay marriage bans, no ranting anti-gay clergy or politicians and no radical fairies. As for gay marriage Greenland was distinct among almost every other country in the world; there were no demands in the streets for marriage equality, no lengthy advocacy, very little governmental debate and virtually no media coverage. It quietly passed in the parliament.

Portugal – Sagres Town Photos

Sagres was founded in the 15th century. Other than its coastal location for a fort and a lighthouse it was of little importance. It remained an independent municipality until 1834 with barely 400 inhabitants. Its most famous resident was Prince Henry the Navigator who started a nautical school that supported Portuguese commercial explorations around the

Portugal – Estremoz

Estremoz is a modest town in central Portugal with a population of about 15,000. The area has seen human habitation since pre-historic times. Over the centuries various conquering armies and of  Romans, Visigoths , Moors and Muslims have occupied  the land at various time. All are gone now and a modern republic of Portugal has