Gay Antarctica

Intro: An intrepid lesbian adventurer braves the cold shoulders of the white continent.   By Lucy Jane Bledsoe January/February 2005 issue of The Out Traveler “Antarctica is a place that demands all of you,” says longtime polar explorer Ann Bancroft. “You can’t fake it out. You have to be willing to back off. It’s a… Read more »

Book About Gay Life in New Zealand–by Aaron Allbright

Book review: THE LAND NEAR OZ: TWO GAY YANKEES MOVE TO NEW ZEALAND In this book, memoirist and humorist Aaron Allbright examines the mystical fringes of life with a side of love and a little hash. Filled with great affection, indescribable moments of serendipity, and a few cattle calls, this debut is a raucous spot… Read more »

Land Near Oz

Gay New Zealand

Intro: A drive across the breadth and length of this adventure-land reveals a biodiversity of nature, from ancient forests to dense glaciers, from ragged fjords to calm penguin beaches, from postcard villages to boiling volcanoes. Among the population another sort of diversity exists: age-old Maori tribal ways, conservative British traditionalists and a colorful, out-proud Lesbigay… Read more »

  Tasmania – North Coast

Tasmania’s north coast is rich in history and offers fine landscape and coastal areas. There are pretty towns such as Penguin and Stanley where life seems tidy and peaceful. The rocky and sandy coastline also has places of natural beauty to visit. The Bass Highway runs along the north coast allowing access to all areas.… Read more »

  Tasmania – West and Central

Tasmania West and Central Central and western Tasmani is mostly wilderness. The main city is Queenstown which is in the center of a large mining area. Great swaths of forest were mowed down for fuel for the mineral smelters (mostly copper) leaving the land looking like a moonscape. But most of western Tasmania is quite… Read more »

  Tasmania – East Coast

Tasmania East Coast Australia has six states and two terrtories. The southernmost is Tasmania, an island state about the size of Switzerland, Ireland or the U.S. state of Maine. It’s located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the mailand, Most of the urban and social life is along the east coast, with smaller towns along… Read more »

Paradise for All – New Caledonia (Nouvelle Caledonie)

Intro: New Caledonia comprises a main island of Grande Terre and the Loyalty Islands, and several smaller islands. It has a land area of 18,575.5 square kilometres (7,172 sq mi). The population was estimated in January 2009 to be 249,000. The capital and largest city of the territory is Noumea . The territory is set… Read more »

Gay Australia 2009: Sydney Cares

  Sydney has an energy as vibrant as any world-class city and the LGBT gay energy is equally vital as life moves along the famous Oxford Street lined with its gay cafes, clubs, bars, discos, fashion shops, organizations and restaurants (including Betty’s Soup Kitchen). The popular LGBT venues are easy to find in this city… Read more »

Another Gay Ambassador Appointed

Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.com Laguna Beach California Now for some good news among the waves of homophobia swirling around these days, especially from Africa. The new USA ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa was sworn in the other day. Not a major political jolt or international flap but a decidedly moving event considering that the new… Read more »

Gay Tasmania, Australia, 2009

  Distant and remote as Tasmania may be, 150 miles off the south coast of Australia, it still has a full story to tell about gay life, from a sad and tormented beginning to fulfilling and modern LGBT scene.  There is much to tell about this picturesque state (Australia has six states and two terrtories).… Read more »

Farewell to Gay Sydney–For Now

Sydney, Australia Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz November 21, 2009 Saying good-by to this remarkably intelligent city is tinged with sadness for me. For a gay person to live or visit, it doesn’t get much better than here. The LGBT community is vitally alive in virtually every fabric of daily life, from the highest reaches of government… Read more »

Gay Life Way Down Under – Tasmania

Richard Ammon – GlobalGayz.com Hobart, Tasmania, November 9, 2009 Gay life is everywhere, as we know, even here in Tasmania. Some people think of this place as some remote Africa country hardly worth mentioning. But they couldn’t be more wrong. Tasmania is Australia’s southernmost state, off the south coast of the continent and separated by… Read more »

Love Among the Ruins: USA, an Indian Prince, Love & HIV

Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com November 4, 2009 Sydney, Australia While America was limping from the loss of two important marriage-rights elections (New Jersey and Maine), across the globe in India there was a cause for celebration of sorts. Prince Manvendra Gohil, the famous ‘gay Prince’ from Rajpipla state in the western Gujarat area of India announced… Read more »

A Princely Gay Man – Manvendra Singh Gohil of India Comes Out

October 29, 2009 Richard Ammon,  GlobalGayz.com No question that rank carries privilege and privilege carries fame. This time it belongs to an Indian prince who came out as gay in 2005 and shocked his family and fascinated the Indian public. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the Rajpipla region in the state of Gujarat, the westernmost… Read more »

  Australia – Gay Games VI 2002

Sydney was host to the sixth Gay Games in 2002 which was attended by about 11,000 athletes participating in more than 25 sports. GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon was a participant swimmer for Team Orange County, California, which accounts for the swimming-only photos. (It is difficult for athletes in one sport to see other sports because… Read more »

  New Zealand – North Island

New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Ma¯ori named New Zealand Aotearoa, which is commonly translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud.… Read more »

  Australia – Sydney City

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.28 million. It is noted for the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and its beaches. To gay people it is one of Asia/Pacific’s premier LGBT destinations with great festivals including the famous Mardi Gras every year. It was host… Read more »

  New Zealand – South Island

New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Ma¯ori named New Zealand Aotearoa, which is commonly translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud.… Read more »

  Australia – Sydney to Melbourne

By train from Sydney to Melbourne is a comfortable way to see the rural lanscapes of southern Australia. 
It’s only 442 miles / 712 km and passes through green agricultural land. Read the gay Australia story

  Australia – Melbourne to Warrnambool

By car and ferry from Melbourne to Warrnambool along the south coast of Victoria state. Warrnambool is a regional city with a population of about 31,000 people. It is at the western end of the Great Ocean Road, 265 kilometres and 3 hours from Melbourne. Read the gay Australia story

  Australia – Warrnambool to Adelaide

By way of car along the Prince’s Highway skirting pastoral farms and rugged coastal scenes. The beautiful ride passes through the town of Mount Gambier with its various quirky landmarks. Read the gay Australia story

  Australia – Adelaide City

Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1.1 million. Each year it has a spirited Pride March and diverse LGBT Feast Festival (photos #24-34) that includes artistic performances (photos #29-30) and seminars– including one… Read more »

  Australia – Perth City

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia, and the fourth-largest city in Australia, with a population of about 1.5 million. (2045 miles/3290 kms from Sydney) It’s a handsome city on the coast with a modest-sized gay community. Just south of Perth is the resort coast town of Freemantle,… Read more »

Homosexuality in Fiji: Three Views

Enclosed here are three stories from three different perspectives about gay life in Fiji.  The first (2009) is a recent commentary from a cheerful gay Fijian who has experienced a mostly pleasant life being ‘out’ in the capital city of Suva and living with a boyfriend. “Being brought up all my life in Suva city, I really don’t see any problems with being gay.”

The second story (2007)  is not cheerful: “I don’t recommend anyone gay visit Fiji. I’m living in Australia now and have sold my business there. Rabid homophobia drove me out. Fiji is a very religious country and this controls everything that happens there, especially how they feel and act towards gays.”

The third story regards a notorious event that happened in 2002 when a prominent male couple were murdered. Because the men were gay, rumors swirled around the tragic and bloody episode about sex and drugs and intrigue. The story was posted worldwide and left Fiji, for a while, with a tarnished reputation as a tourist paradise.

Gay Australia and Gay Games VI 2002

Intro: Sydney Australia was the host city for the fabulous sixth Gay Games and Cultural Festival held November 2-9, 2002. For a week the city was indeed at the end of the rainbow as athletes and spectators flooded stadiums and cafes with excitement and color. Following the competitions, I traveled across this great continent-country all the way to Perth on the Indian Ocean interviewing lesbigay folks in the major cities along the way: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, as well as some Aboriginal gays I met along the way.