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 ws the openly gay mayor of Paris.

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

Portugal, Mertola

The town of Mértola has around 2800 inhabitants. It is located on a hill by the Guadiana River and its strategic location made it an historic important fluvial commercial port from ancient antiquity through the period of Islamic domination (711-1238). Among the vestiges of its past, Mértola’s main church was the only medieval mosque to

Gay Life in Modern Portugal

A few days in Lisbon is enough to whet one’s appetite for more of this vibrant, stylish, culinary-dense, historic and trendy city. It’s also in the forefront of Gay Life in Europe.   By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com March 2015 (most photos by GlobalGayz.com)   Lisbon is alive with countless cafes serving up a thousand menus

Portugal – Sagres Town

Sagres is a town in the southwest coastal corner of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 1,909. The town overlooks some of the Algarve’s most beautiful scenery. There is an ‘end-of-the-world’ feel with its sea-carved cliffs and empty desolate fortress high above the ocean. It is historically associated to Portugal’s impressive nautical past, but today

Gay Life in Ukraine 2012-14

Introduction There are many fronts in the universal struggle for gay rights and LGBT equality. Some of these fronts are violent, some are passive, some are out and proud and colorful while others are underground. All of them involve courage, stealth, strategic planning, public relations, political lobbying and greater or lesser amounts of money. In

Gay Ukraine After the Revolution: Life is Dangerous

Activist Globa Bogdan, who had his hopes for Kiev Pride dashed this year, says the culture of machismo threatens LGBT Ukrainians.   By Thom Senzee July 09 2014 The Advocate (http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/07/09/kiev-activist-life-dangerous-lgbt-ukrainians) (Photo right: activist Globa Bogdan at Baltimore Pride 2013 ) For Bogdan Globa, founder and executive director of Tochka Opory|Fulcrum, an LGBT rights advocacy