Travel – Thank you for the music, Brighton!

April 15, 2014 by  
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Voulez vous? And does your mother know? Bent’s own little dancing queen, Adrian Gillan, takes a chance on the UK’s queerest seaside resort, where – where else? – ABBA won Eurovision almost exactly 40 years ago, their undoubted springboard to pop mega-stardom! On one fateful night in April 1974, 40 years ago this month, an […]

Travel – Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakesqueer hits 450!

April 14, 2014 by  
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Adrian Gillan visits Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. But was the Bard really bent? 450 years after his birth (23 April 1564) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the sheer humanity, scale and scope of William Shakespeare’s work continues to ensure a fame-beyond-words – and without so much as a twitter or tweet! Ironic then, that his private […]

Addicted to – Wet

April 4, 2014 by  
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WET ME UP! Is the first instalment of a wonderful trilogy in which the Addicted 2014 Spring/Summer Collection will be presented – swimwear, underwear, sportswear/streetwear. “The combination of beauty eroticism and desire makes the temperature rise to unexpected levels and this is the exact intention of the new Addicted Swimwear Campaign for summer 2014″, affirms […]

London Set To Be Crawling With Gays

A tour of London’s gay scene will soon become a reality for gay men visiting the city with the launch of Gay Bar Crawls, a new night-out led by gay locals every Saturday from the 3rd May for just £30.00. With reservations made online, Gay Bar Crawls delivers a fun, friendly and hassle-free way to […]

Bent Travel – Disneyland Paris

March 17, 2014 by  
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With a cheery giant Mickey (and friends) parading beneath fairytale castles… all set amidst white-knuckle rides… us gays have long high-indexed on the legendary Disney scale – doubly so if you’re one of the increasing number of gays with kids! Every day’s a “Gay Day” at Disney! Getting there: Eurostar For the smoothest, most stress-free way to travel […]

Travel – The lowdown on H-Town

March 4, 2014 by  
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From downtown high-rises to laid-back districts: Adrian Gillan flies United to land in Houston!  America’s fourth largest – and number one fastest-growing – city, Houston (a.k.a. H-Town), was founded back in the 1830s in a Texas region that has flown six flags since the European invasion: French, Spanish, Mexican, Texan, Confederate and now USA! Oil […]

Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2014 lists the gay-friendliest travel destinations worldwide!

February 28, 2014 by  
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 The international travel guide for the gay community, which has been published on an annual basis for the last 40 years, informs its readers about the legal situation for gays and lesbians in each of the 138 countries listed in the guide. The editorial staff stands in regular contact with the Foreign Office, the foreign […]

Travel – New York, New York

Sights, lights, nights! Adrian Gillan flies Virgin Atlantic to get Bent’s gay guide to the Big Apple! So good, you just have to name it twice, this former Native American homeland and Dutch colony is the most sung-about place on Earth – from Porter, Bernstein and Sinatra to Pet Shop Boys, U2 and Madge! WHEN […]

SOCHI OLYMPICS ANTI-GAY LAWS : GLOBAL OUTCRY

January 22, 2014 by  
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All Out – the global movement for love and equality – has  announced a series of online and offline actions to support Russian gays and lesbians and call for the end of Russia’s anti-gay laws violating the spirit of Olympics Charter non-discrimination principle, Principle 6. Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter states that discrimination is […]

The ethics of LGBT tourism

January 21, 2014 by  
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“The question of tourist boycotts is an ethical consideration for everyone, not just LBGT people. Boycott decisions should be based on a country’s broad human rights record, not just on where it stands on LGBT issues. If we expect straight people to support LGBT equality, we should be prepared to support other people’s human rights, […]

GREENS CALL FOR EU ACTION AGAINST ANTI-GAY LAWS IN AFRICA AND INDIA

January 15, 2014 by  
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GREENS in the European Parliament have condemned moves in India and three African states to criminalise homosexuality. They are calling for the presidents of Uganda and Nigeria and the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of Congo and India to refuse to pass laws criminalising LGBTI people. They also backed the Indian Government’s attempts to overturn […]

THE GAY NAKED PLAY

The Gay Naked Play is a delicious satire on artistic compromise. With their classic plays, lofty ambitions and their own mid-town theatre, the Integrity Players have it all – except an audience! Performing to ten souls a night, the money’s running out, fast. Enter New York’s most successful gay theatre team, and a young male […]

Bent Fiction – Dune Dream by Les Lea

January 10, 2014 by  
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The sand dunes at Maspalomas were all they were cracked up to be. I’d  read all about them before I booked my holiday to Gran Canaria and loved the horny description of what went on in those sandy peaks. I’d been lazily walking naked as the day I was born, up and down and between […]

Touchdown with Pam Ann

January 8, 2014 by  
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Arm the doors, cross check and buckle the f**k up, the inimitable world-class air bitch, Pam Ann jets into the UK from 21st March with her brand new show, FLY. Regional dates include Bournemouth, Salford, Glasgow and Belfast before landing in London’s West-End for a five week run at the Leicester Square Theatre, beginning on […]

Travel – Turn it up, in Tenerife!

December 22, 2013 by  
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Adrian Gillan feels winter heat in and around Playa de las Americas in south western Tenerife! Tenerife is the largest of the seven isles that make up the Canary Islands: home to banana plantations and tropical groves, all dominated by Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak; Earth’s third largest volcano! Enjoy winter sun around the […]

HOMEGROWN LUXURY: THE EBRINGTON ARMS

December 17, 2013 by  
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Words by Adam Lowe      Images by Drew Wilby      The Ebrington Arms dates back to  the 17th century. The 1640 farmhouse became a pub shortly after, and has been the centre of country life in Chipping Camden ever since.  In 2007, current owners Claire and Jim Alexander took over The Ebrington Arms. Since then they […]

Confession – The Gap Year

November 23, 2013 by  
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Our confession is; we took advantage of a young guy far from home. He was a bored student in his gap year working in a foreign country and he made straight for me and my mate the moment he saw us walk onto the ancient site. Having a young, hunky 6 footer paying two older […]

Snow fun? Hell Yer – European Gay Ski Week

November 16, 2013 by  
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Last year, the 5th Anniversary of the European Gay Ski Week, in excess of 1000 people attended, representing 39 different nations.  European Gay Ski Week 2014, now has a line up bigger and stronger than many international gay festivals held every summer across Europe. EGSW – Europe’s Gay Winter Sports and Music Festival, continues as […]

Travel – Plastered in Paris

November 6, 2013 by  
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Adrian Gillan gets Gallic, and perhaps just a teeny bit phallic, in the glorious French capital.  The French capital truly reeks of romance. Moreover, rest assured, few places on earth can be gayer than the roads of the intimate Marais and neon-lit Les Halles districts just north of Notre Dames. And there’s obviously no faster, […]

Linz: The Bent City

October 24, 2013 by  
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Linz in Austria is a charming blend of class and sass reports Adam Lowe. Its name comes from the word ‘Lentos’ which, appropriately enough, means ‘bent’. This isn’t because of a particularly high proportion of LGBT people in the city, but refers instead to the shape of the Danube that runs through the city. Linz […]

LGBT Groups Demand Olympics Sponsor Coca-Cola Oppose Russia’s Gay Propaganda Ban

October 23, 2013 by  
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In a viral new petition, over 250,000 people in the United Kingdom and around the world are demanding that Coca-Cola, a major sponsor of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, immediately condemn Russia’s brutal and draconian anti-LGBT laws that sanction violence and discrimination against gay people, and criminalize a large swath of other behaviours […]

European Snow Pride 2014

October 23, 2013 by  
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Tignes, Espace Killy (Tignes+Val d’Isère), 22nd – 29th March 2014 Two hundred guests have already booked their European Snow Pride 2014 holiday, 5 months before the event! With such great news, European Snow Pride 2104 in Tignes promises to be the biggest truly European gay winter sport and music festival this winter. An XXL, worldclass and […]

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