Visiting India After the Decriminalization of Gay Sex – Gay Star News

Author: , September 6th, 2018

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India made history by becoming the next country to decriminalize gay sex. The seventh largest state’s supreme court overturned Section 337 today (6 September 2018) after hearing petitions from lawyers representing LGBTI activists. The ban dates back to colonial times and outlawed sexual activities ‘outside the order of nature’. This included homosexual sex.

But its repeal is a landmark in civil rights for the LGBTI community in India. 1.35 billion people live in the country, making it the largest decriminalization in history. So to celebrate, let’s look at just how beautiful India is.

1 Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

Also known as the Valley of Flowers, this beautiful spot is filled with hot springs, yaks, and meadows, centered on a river and surrounded by the Himalayas.

2 Tea Gardens, Munnar

If you can’t think about starting your day without a cup of tea, then you need to visit these Tea Gardens. Rolling hills of green make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in India.

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Queer Versailles: A Secret Sexy History – Gay Star News

Author: , March 8th, 2018

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From Marie Antoinette’s lesbian affairs to the Sun King’s gay brother, Versailles bristled with sexual intrigue while the grounds were a hotbed of raunchy encounters.

Homosexuality and lesbianism is woven into the history of the Palace of Versailles and into the lives of its most famous residents. The magnificent palace on the outskirts of Paris is a camp baroque masterpiece that defined elite tastes for a hundred years and still influences them today. But look a little closer, and you will see homosexual history hidden in plain sight in its art and artefacts.

The Falcon-Loving Founder, Louis XIII

Louis XIII became king of France at just nine years old. And from his teenage years he preferred the company of male courtiers to women. Charles d’Albert, the young Duke of Luyens, was his particular favorite. While it’s not certain the two had a sexual relationship, it is widely rumored. We do know they shared another passion – hunting. Among the titles Louis granted Charles was Grand Falconer of France. Caring for the king’s hunting birds was a great honor.

Luyens died of a fever while fighting Protestants in 1621. But the king kept hunting. And in 1624, that was to change the shape of a small village 20kms southwest of Paris – Versailles. Louis, then in his early 20s, decided to build his hunting lodge there.

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Canadian Tourist Arrested in Morocco for Gay Sex

Author: , April 5th, 2015

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Two men are being held in custody in a Moroccan jail after they were charged with allegedly engaging in sex acts with each other.

According to the Al Sabah newspaper the Agadir public prosecutor’s office has charged an unnamed 35-year-old Canadian tourist and a security guard at the resort he was staying at after the security guard made an alleged false rape allegation to police.

According to the newspaper the 25-year-old security guard made the allegation after panicking that photos and videos that the Canadian man had taken while they were having sex together would end up on the internet.

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Gay Travel Warning: Brunei

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Brunei - Apple MapsBrunei has a new law that mandates stoning to death of anyone who has gay sex in the country. Now a boycott has been called against hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

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Last February, activists called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA due to the hotel’s ownership by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, the leader of a country where homosexuality is illegal. Recently, the situation in Brunei has become even more dire, with a UN-condemned (and Sultan-sponsored) law that would make gay sex punishable by stoning to death. According to a report by FrontiersLA.com, Gay activist Cleve Jones and others are asking the public to boycott any of the hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, including the entire Dorchester Collection which is under his control.

So if you are gay, or know anyone who is, cross Brunei off your travel list.

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Gay Travelers Still Planning Trips to India Despite Gay Sex Ban

Author: , December 19th, 2013

IndiaThe Supreme Court which turned the clock back with a gay sex ban didn’t send out a welcoming message, but American gay tourists are not letting it put a wrinkle in their vacation plans.

US companies which cater to gay tourists say their clients see India as a fascinating travel destination well stocked with palaces, tombs, Hindu temples, beaches and ordinary village life. Joel Cabrera, co-owner of Zoom Vacations which caters to gay tourists.

“None of our guests have called to cancel their trip to India,” Joel Cabrera, chief travel officer and co-owner of Chicago-based Zoom Vacations, which caters to gays, lesbians and their family and friends, told Firstpost.

Authored By Uttara Choudhury- See the Full Story at Firstpost

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