Nick Carvell takes a look at attitudes, rights and regulations affecting LGBT communities around the world.
Australian budget airline Virgin Blue has decided to cash in on the pink pound ahead of Sydney’s annual gay and lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations. Virgin Blue will be running a special flight catering for those attending Mardi Gras in Sydney. The flight from, Melbourne to Sydney, which takes roughly one hour will set the party goers back A$199 (Roughly £100)
A survey of the worlds best gay-friendly cities has placed Sydney at the top of the list. The survey conducted by online travel agency Expedia.com.au, named Sydney for its plentiful gay bars and nightclubs in the Darlinghurst and Newtown areas, reports the Daily Telegraph.
A new iPhone app has been created in order to entice LGBT visitors to London by providing all relevant information to enjoy the experience to the max at the touch of a button, whilst on the move.
The Top LGBT Friendly Travel Spots!
Summer is upon us and everyone is clamouring for an ounce of that thing people in other countries enjoy, sunshine! For the LGBT community however, finding a wonderful destination that isn’t awash with bigotry and backwardness; granted, an action that is indeed today far, far easier than perhaps as recent as a decade ago; can sometimes induce a sense of anxiety.
Relax! Here’s the lowdown on some of the world’s most vibrant, interesting, engaging and LGBT friendly locations where one can while away all that blissful vacation time.
The quintessential British seaside town, Brighton is also one of the most liberal of British cities and is renowned for its substantial LGBT community; the UK’s ‘gay capital’.
Alongside pretty architecture, hundreds of independent stores, bars and restaurants and a exceptionally lively nightlife, Brighton Pride, the city’s lively annual LGBT summer festival (held in the first week of August each year) is a must for anyone wishing to get a taste of true Brighton.
You wouldn’t think Las Vegas as that much of a gay-friendly travel location, but it truly is! An excellent, huge variety of food and restaurants ensure the entire stay will be a culinary surprise whilst the shows; Cirque de Soleil in particular, where, despite playing in different casinos, the shows are always different; are a wonder to behold. Then of course there’s the fabled casinos; but be sure to practice over at possibly gamingclub’s most LGBT-infused slots game, Mermaids Millions
and win big in sin city!
Berlin is a mecca of art, design and culture, and a great destination for anyone, not just LGBT tourists, to visit. If you’re looking for electrifying nightlife, perhaps the Berghain & Panorama Bar (supposedly the ‘best club in the world’), Connection Club, SchwuZ or one of the hundreds of other LGBT friendly nightclubs and bars might take your fancy. Berlin is also home to many exceptional museums and galleries; for older works, visit the Gemaldegalerie, for newer, the Nationalgalerie.
Rio de Janeiro
If you haven’t been watching this year’s world cup, we don’t blame you however it has shown off Rio as the fabulously fun and vibrant travel destination it now is. Be sure to pack your speedo and sun cream if you’re hankering for Ipanema and its glorious beach, though don’t spend too much time on the sands, the area is also well known for its art galleries, theatres, cafes and street parades. Then of course, there’s carnival, where glittering costumes and ecstatic dancing rule supreme!
:Top Pic: Ipanema Beach- Rio
:Sub Pic: Brighton Pier
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