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Gay Rio? Shooting in Rio Being Investigated

RIO DE JANEIRO — The shooting of a gay youth by men in military uniforms after a mammoth gay pride parade is raising alarm about continuing homophobic violence in a city widely seen as a global oasis of tolerance.

Douglas Igor Marques Luiz told police he was hanging out with friends at the Arpoador, a rocky outcrop between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches Sunday when three men in military uniforms approached. The 19-year-old said they told everyone to leave, but held him back and started verbally abusing him. The aggression escalated, and eventually he was shot.

The shooting created particular attention because it came at a moment when Brazil’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual community was holding its biggest celebration in a city voted the “Sexiest Place on Earth” by the popular LGBT travel site TripOut Gay Travel in 2010.

LGBT tourists make up one quarter of its approximately 3 million international visitors every year, and Sunday’s gay pride march drew nearly a million participants, organizers estimated.

Yet despite Rio’s reputation as a gay-friendly and sexually uninhibited place where anything goes, there have been 600 complaints of anti-LGBT violence in the last year just in Rio state, according to the government-run program Rio Sem Homofobia, established in 2009 to help fight discrimination.


LOGOs “TripOut Gay Travel Awards” Honors Gay-Friendly Destinations and Travel

Los Angeles’ “The Abbey”,
American Airlines and
Madrid Gay Pride
Return as Reigning Champions

Logo, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announces today that , its comprehensive travel site dedicated to the LGBT traveler and MTV Network’s first stand-alone, travel-focused site, will reveal its second annual “TripOut Gay Travel Awards” at London’s World Travel Market – the premier global event for the travel industry.
Logo and IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, will co-sponsor “The TripOut Gay Travel Awards, co-hosted by IGLTA”where Editor-in-Chief, John Polly, will announce this year’s winners at the World Travel Market. The awards once again honor the most stylish, exciting and hottest destinations and services that attract, pamper and market to the LGBT traveler.

“Our participation in the World Travel Market proves that is a highly-regarded resource for gay-friendly travel,” said John Polly, Editor-in-Chief, “This recognition, in addition to our partnership with the IGLTA, showcases us as one of the premier sources for gay travel planning.”

This year’s winners reveal valuable news for the travel industry and the traveler looking for “gay approved” travel destinations and businesses. recruited an academy of seasoned writers, editors and travel experts covering the LGBT travel market to comprise this year’s list of nominations. However, it is up to the site’s readers and fans to determine who deserves the title for the best gay destination, tour operator or hospitality service.

Some highlights include:

New York City reigns supreme as the premier LGBT global travel destination for 2010 by winning “Best Global Destination.”

Returning favorites won for a second year in a row including: American Airlines for “Best Airline,” “The Abbey” in Los Angeles for “Best Gay Bar in the World” and Madrid Pride for Best Annual Gay Destination (Party or Event).

Canada solidifiesits position as a well-known “gay approved” travel destination winning “Best Breakout Destination” for Toronto. In addition, Charles Lapointe of Tourisme Montréal receives “The Gay+ Award for Achievement in Making Our World Gayer.” Lapointe can aptly be described as a forefather and architect of Canadian and Montréal LGBT travel.

Rio De Janiero won the popular vote of “Sexiest Place on Earth” destination by a staggering 58% of the user-generated votes.
In addition, recognizes Charles Lapointe of Tourisme Montréal with the “The Gay+ Award for Achievement in Making Our World Gayer.” The award goes to an organization or travel professional who has increased awareness of the LGBT consumer in the world of travel, tourism and hospitality.

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Gay Marriage Around the World – Iceland and Portugal

The small island nation of Iceland (pop. 320,000) is preparing to legalize gay marriage.

The government introduced its gender-neutral marriage bill on March 23, reported.

The bill has the backing of Prime Minister Johanna Siguroardottir, the world’s first openly lesbian politician to be elected to helm a country. Iceland was one of the first nations to recognize gay unions in 1996 with registered partnerships. The law has been expanded over the years to grant gay and lesbian couples all the rights, benefits and obligations of marriage, including adoption.

Siguroardottir originally took over the reins of Iceland’s government as interim prime minister on February 1; results of the special election secured her post.

Siguroardottir entered a registered partnership with writer-playwright Jonina Leosdottir in 2002. She has two adult sons from a previous marriage. Previous expansions of registered partnerships sailed easily through Iceland’s Parliament, which suggests that the gay marriage bill will likely see an easy adoption. If approved, gay couples could marry as early as June 27.

The Icelandic gay society  is small but very active and a ‘gay scene’ exists only in Reykjavík.


Portugal might soon become the sixth European country to allow same-sex marriage. Back in January, their Parliament passed a gay marriage bill with the support from their left-of-center parties.

And in even better news, this past Thursday, Portugal’s highest court ruled that the proposed law should be enacted! This now leaves only their conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva, who has the power to ratify or veto, to decide within the next 20 days.
The president’s signature is the final step before their country can be free to have the equal rights they all deserve.

LISBON is the current hotspot  in  Portugal!

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Final Weeks to See Matthew Bourne’s All Male Swan Lake in London

Matthew Bourne’s
legendary all-male Swan Lake
is back in London – but only until January 24, and this production, at Sadler’s Wells, has been garnering reviews to equal – or better, those it received at its premiere there in 1995.

The longest running ballet in the history of the West End or Broadway, Bourne’s Swan Lake is based loosely on the romantic Russian original, including its Tchaikovsky music and plot outline, but with stylistic inspiration from Hitchcock’s The Birds, and most startlingly of all, with the traditional female corps de ballet replaced with a menacing male ensemble. At its Broadway premiere, Time Out New York called it “a miracle”.

Touring companies have played to sold-out houses throughout the world,  but now it’s back where it all began, and with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston.

Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE has collected over thirty international theatre awards including three Tonys for the Broadway production and has been widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a landmark production on the international stage.



Walk With Pride – A Straight Couple Promoting LGBT Gay Pride Around The World

“Walk with Pride” is a planned 2010-11 project to photograph and document gay pride parades around the globe. Our aim is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride on an international level, while highlighting the similarities and differences in gay rights and gay culture around the world.

Charles “Chad” Meacham (Project Photographer)

Charles was born just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and began traveling immediately after high school.  He picked up a camera at the age of 30, and has since been privileged to win over 20 international awards including those from National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and PDN magazines.  The idea for this project was sparked after months of following the recent debates in America on gay rights issues in the news, and photographing the 2009Taipei Pride event, one of the largest pride parades in Asia.

Sarah Baxter (Project Coordinator)

Sarah Baxter is the blogger for this project, and contact person/organizer.  Born in Athens, Ohio, Sarah enjoys traveling, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, NE Thailand, North Africa, and most recently in Taipei, Taiwan.


Fourteen months, over 30 high intensity parades, and one straight couple with the ambitious aim of using photography to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all sorts of pride on an international level.  Through social media they aspire to highlight the similarities and differences in gay rights and gay culture around the world, while surrounded by the frequently “mardi-gras” like atmosphere of the celebrations.

This is a gay issue.
This is a straight issue.
This is a human rights issue.

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Wishing You A Gay Christmas and Happy Holiday Season from Cities Around The World!


Above  – The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments
that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens
in the ‘Pathway of Peace’ represent the 50 U.S. states.

Below – A token of gratitude for Britain’s aid during World War II,
the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square has been the
 annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.

Above – Simple and quaint. Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague’s Old Town Square,
and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market,
is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.

Below – Gay Paris – Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette!
In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic. With its monumental, baroque dome,
 plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it’s no surprise this show-stopping
department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

Above – The world’s largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes
of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy’s Umbria region. Composed of about
 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the ‘tree’ is a modern marvel for an ancient city.

Below – The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall)
can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal.  Thousands
of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special
enchantment of the city during the holiday season.

Above – Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox
calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in
anticipation of Father Frost’s arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. 
He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree,
or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

Below – A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo’s nighttime neon display
 is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

Above – Leave it those crazy glass blowing Italians!
Venice ‘s Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality
glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree in the world. Sculpted by master
glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a
modern reflection of the holiday season.

Below – Not the gayest place on Earth!
In addition to the Vatican’s heavenly evergreen, St. Peter’s Square
in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.

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Does Dr. Paul Have a Cure For HIV?

Researchers in Texas say they may have found a way to kill the HIV virus. The idea would be used, not only to control the disease for people already infected, but actually prevent infection for anybody who might be at risk!

There is going to be  a  HUGE piece of news released  on  December 1st – World  Aids  Day!

And check this out – Actors, performers, comedians, HIV activists, and scientists come together for this  PSA  to show support for Covalent Immunology, and Dr. Sudhir Paul. The Cast includes Lady Bunny, Justin Bond, Ben Andrews, Angie Pontani, Kristen Renton, Thea Gill, Wilson Cruz, The Pixie Harlots, and Hydeia Broadbent.  

$5 is all it takes – lets face it, a cure and vaccine isn’t gonna come from the big pharma, its gonna come from a brilliant scholar/researcher…DR. PAUL!!


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Additional Commentary by Lyndon Evans – Focus on the Rainbow