Tel Aviv Games for gay athletes slated for late March

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A singular experience can sometimes change your life path. One lone swimmer from Israel traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to compete in the 2014 Gay Games. He was part of a group of eight Israeli athletes who made the trip halfway around the world to participate.

Exhilarated and wanting to share his experience, he returned to Tel Aviv and became involved in creating an organized LGBT sports community. When the Washington Blade caught up with Sagi Krispin in 2016, the TLV LGBT Sports Club was already a thriving entity.

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Women tie the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage

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BERLIN (AP) | Two women have tied the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage, months after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled to legalize it.

Vienna’s city government said the wedding took place Oct. 12 at a registry office in the capital. Austrian media reported that the women who married at a private ceremony were one of the couples whose case prompted the court ruling in December.

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Salute to Vienna

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Party like it’s 1899 in Vienna, the city of dreams! Celebrate the start of the New Year with an all-star cast of European singers, dancers, and full orchestra. Returning to Clearwater for another season, this magnificent concert features uplifting melodies from famous operettas including Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow, as well as polkas and Strauss waltzes. Don’t miss the Blue Danube waltz! Discover the beauty of Salute to Vienna for the first time or all over again!

Vienna’s gay-themed traffic signals to stay permanently

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VIENNA (AP) – Vienna’s gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights are here to stay.

Instead of the usual stick man, the lights show couples – a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after the end of several gay-friendly events.

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Vienna hosts Europe’s biggest AIDS research charity event

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VIENNA (AP) – Vienna’s central City Hall Square was transformed May 16 into a mythical world of pagan rites and fantastic spectacle as the city hosted its biggest annual party of the year.

The occasion, Europe’s biggest charity event, was serious: raising money for AIDS and HIV research. But as in previous years, the 23rd Life Ball was also a free-for all gala with an emphasis on diversity.

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Gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna in mood to sing

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VIENNA – Gay-themed traffic lights are getting a lot of attention in Vienna as they prepare for an annual multinational singing competition being held in the city on May 23.

Traffic lights in the Austrian capitol have been changed over to reflect images of same-sex couples holding hands and hugging – replacing the usual lone standing figure – as a way to celebrate Vienna’s open-minded attitudes leading up to the Eurovision Song contest.

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