As in-the-know members of the gay and lesbian community, we all form part of different travel tribes. Some of us are foodies, others of us are party-animals – but in general, there is one thing that groups us together, and that is our love for all things cultural.

Something that the sophisticated city of Stockholm certainly has in abundance is culture. From the historical, to the avant garde, to dare we say it, “hipster” – Stockholm has something to whet every cultural palette. Here are some of our personal favourites:

The Stockholm City Museum


The Stockholm City Museum covers the city’s cultural past and present. The Museum is responsible for preserving some 300,000 items of historical interest; 20,000 works of art, 3,000 oil paintings, 3 million photographs and a comprehensive library and archive. A wonderful place to get to know the city.

You may explore the photographs at digitala Stadsmuseet, a digital database (in Swedish). The museum has been collecting photographs with Stockholm connections since the 1930s. The oldest photographs date back to the 1840s. 

Other things to do at the Stockholm City Museum: Pose with Rose the Poodle, the museum’s bright pink mascot, then grab a guide for a “Millennium Walking Tour” to catch highlights of Stieg Larson’s world from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or sign-up for frequent gay heritage city walks and boat trips. 


The Royal Opera House


Kungliga Operan has been the Swedish national venue for opera and ballet since January 18, 1773. You can visit Kungliga Operan as a member of the audience at one of the performances or take a guided tour. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to look backstage, visit the royal rooms, and peer down into the orchestra pit. Learn about the fascinating history of Kungliga Operan and get a glimpse of what backstage life is like today. Read more at


Meanwhile, at the Vasa Museum


"Meanwhile" is an exhibition that sheds light on events around the globe in the first half of the 17th century. In 1628, when Vasa is built and sinks, the world is a place where large ships sail across the oceans and the world map takes shape. People travel and connect both willingly and unwillingly. Contacts are formed over continents. Ideas, goods and diseases spread. Conflicts arise. Meanwhile – in another place, shows fragments of events from this world. Beneath a tree in the Chinese capital city, the Emperor takes his life. An Indian princess dies after having delivered her 14th child. In the midst of the burning war at La Rochelle, a soldier remembers the scent of his newborn daughter. In the Russian Taiga, a serf has run away to escape his master. A widow crosses a yard on the Westman Islands, her keys dangling from her hip. 

The stories are small pieces of a great mosaic from times characterised by the meetings of civilisations. Meetings that change the world.

Read more about the exhibition at


Stockholm Syndrome


Even our hotels are steeped in cultural and historical significance. Did you know that the term Stockholm Syndrome comes from a bank robbery in Stockholm in 1973 when the hostages sided with the hostage takers? The drama took place at the bank Kreditbanken, which today is the Nobis Hotel.

Nobis Hotel is a contemporary luxury hotel and its understated modern elegance is spread over two 19th century buildings. Just steps from some of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment options, it’s an excellent choice for discerning travelers of both the business and pleasure ilk.

Nobis Hotel

Norrmalmstorg 2-4, +46 8 566 322 00


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GiFi™, the next-generation social app for gay men now available to download on iPhone and Android 

Built on a disruptive technology platform, GiFi™ aims to change forever the way guys who like guys (and their friends) interact

Cambridge, February 28th, 2014 – Available for download today, GiFi is the next-generation social app that aims to change forever the way gay men chat, network and meet-up. 

The GiFi mantra is one of inclusivity, community and non-judgment which it achieves via a mobile app that allows members to: build a support network, find new friends, stay-in-touch with existing friends, look for a job, arrange a date or hook-up, all with unparalleled ease.

The app delivers a user experience that combines the best functionality of social networking and dating websites with the freedom of real-time identification, location and communication afforded by the latest mobile and geo-spatial location technology. 

GiFi members can browse, filter, sort and display (in grid, map, carousel & history views) the 500 nearest guys, to any defined location, who match their interests, preferences and current mood. The app also introduces members based upon their mutual declared interest and, in a future release, by the learning of on-app behaviours. A range of social networking tools enable members to locate interesting places, create private groups and communicate via 1-on-1 chat, multi-way chat or group messaging. Finally, off-line working means members can continue to browse, tag members and create groups even when out of range of a mobile signal.

GiFi will run on any iPhone operating iOS 6.0 or later and any Android phone operating 3.0 and can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Android outlets. The first 10,000 users of the app will receive a free life-time GiFi premium membership and all subsequent users will receive at least one month premium membership free.

GiFi membership is free: users can access all the premium functions without being annoyed by advertising but are limited in the number of searches, profile views and messages they can send in a day. GiFi premium memberships can be purchased on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and yearly basis at subscription prices ranging from £1.49 to £29.99 and gives users access to all functions in an unlimited manner.  At either service level, member profiles are securely stored in the GiFi cloud meaning they can be recovered in the event of a lost or factory reset phone or even after a member leaves the community and later decides to re-join.

GiFi is committed to re-investing revenues into the development of new functionality and improvements to the app as prioritised by members of the community. This includes expansion of the community web-site where members can review dynamically updated content including: city, top bar, club and hotel reviews as well as create new content and post comment on trending topics. GiFi has hired a dedicated community team whose role is to ensure members are happy and reach-out to the businesses, charities, and community organisers that serve the community. GiFi will donate a percentage of all profits derived from the app to its preferred charities, including the London Lesbian & Gay Switch Board.

GiFi is built on a massively scalable, real-time, geo-spatial mobile technology platform developed by Cambridge based Technology Company GeoSpock Ltd. Dr Michael Murphy, Operations Director says “Our platform seeks to address the scalability problems that plague current mobile social networking and dating apps. The resulting limited functionality, increasing app instability and data loss as user numbers increase combined with rapid battery drain can result in a frustrating user experience. This is especially true when considered in the context of the high-subscription prices charged by app providers”.

Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal, GiFi Community Manager says “the purpose of the app is to disrupt the status quo. We have launched GiFi to give the community we are proud to be a part of the app it has been waiting for and at a price that all levels of income can afford. The community is well known to be an early adopter of new ideas, brands and technology often out of the desire to project a united identity and build strength through a common connectivity. We hope that it will embrace the app and work with us to make it the best out there. The GiFi team will be reaching out to community organisers and businesses to ensure that the app always delivers value for money and does not exploit the very members who fund its existence”.




For further information about GiFi or would like to schedule an interview then please contact:

Kristian Tangen-Sorgendal

GiFi Community Manager


Mob: 07780 115499




About GeoSpock Limited

GeoSpockTM is an über geeky technology company whose aim is to forever change the way people interact with their world. They are developing a platform for support of extreme-scale, proximity-based mobile applications.

If you would like further information about GeoSpock Limited please contact:

Dr Michael Murphy

Operations Director


Mob: 07885 588965



Disclaimer: the image content used within this press release is being used under license for illustrative purposes only and that any person depicted in our images is a model and not a user of the app.   




ELOP is looking forward to its 2nd Annual Comedy Fundraiser next week on Thursday 20th February 2014. The event will be held at the same venue as last year, at State Street's offices in Canary Wharf - courtesy of State Street Global Pride UK. 

The event starts with a drink reception starting at 6pm, followed by a fabulous line-up of comedy and camp entertainment at its best. 

Shazia "you might win sushi in the ghetto" (you had to be there last year to get that) Mirza returns as the event's compere. Other acts include Rosie Lugosi, Mo Younger and Jen Brister. The event will also be hosted by ELOP's patron, Michael Cashman MEP.

The reasonable £50 (minimum donation) ticket price includes free wine, beer and soft drinks all evening, plus finger food sharing plates. The event will also feature a charity auction.

For tickets, please email or call ELOP on 020 8509 3898.

All money donated & raised on the evening will go directly to support the work of ELOP winner of the Stonewall Community Group of the Year Award 2012


ELOP is a holistic lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities, and our core services include counselling and young people’s services. We can also offer training and consultancy for fellow professionals and those seeking to enhance their understanding of issues facing LGBTcommunities.



THOUSANDS OF SWEDES SING RUSSIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, in support of Russian LGBT people. A film project, called LIVE AND LET LOVE, is a Swedish contribution to the debate concerning LGBT, human rights and the winter games in Sochi, Russia.

Director and conductor of the project, Sean Kelly, is in London, UK, Jan 30th through Feb 1st, to premier the film and interview with CNN.

In summer 2013, newspapers and TV news programs, more and more frequently, told the stories of how the situation for LGBT people in Russia had become increasingly frightening, dangerous and desperate. Young teens had been abducted, forced to perform fellatio on bottles, being filmed and then published on YouTube, to be ridiculed and laughed at publically. Even though their perpetrators were showing their faces in the videos, the Police did nothing. The public opinion in Russia is moving towards more discriminating for LGBT people, and the Russian legislators are too. A law that prohibits “gay propaganda” was passed in the Duma. In effect this means that schools are not allowed to teach about homosexuality, gay couples can’t even hold hands publically without facing the police enforcement or being abused by citizens. Freedom of speech is gone. People are being forced to live in the closet.

Other laws were planned, but not passed yet, such as the one where the Russian state is given the right to remove a child from its home, if the parents are not straight. We who made the film LIVE AND LET LOVE were all saddened and upset about what was happening and decided to protest. The Russian Anthem is one of the world’s most beautiful anthems, filled with pride, melancholy and strength to show the true sentiment of the Russian people. Although not every Russian feels proud when they hear it.

For many Russians the song has been a symbol of oppression. However, the lyrics of the song were changed in year 2000 and in 2009 a poll showed that 56% of respondents felt proud when hearing the anthem, and that 81% liked it. Still there are many people of Russia, who are not able to sing the song with pride, among them many millions of LGBT people. It is their anthem too, but the state is criminalizing their lives.

Being a singer as well as a choir conductor Sean Kelly, the initiator of the project, suggested protesting using the Russian National Anthem, making it a proud song for people of all colour and orientation. Singing for those who can’t.

A website was set up with lyrics, sheet music and mp3-files for people to practice to. Choirs of Stockholm were contacted and asked to join. A Facebook event was created that thousands of people liked and shared, ending up with 2000 people joining in the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm on the 6th of October 2013. (Where the Olympic summer games were held in 1912). The song was filmed and has been edited to a short film of 4 min.

In the film, people of all colours and orientation are gathering. We see gay couples, straight couples, best friends and rainbow families. And the thousands of allies to the idea that being LGBT is perfectly normal and should be embraced fully by the people.

The rainbow flag is not forbidden in the Olympic Stadium of Stockholm; on the contrary, and we were more than welcomedby the City of Stockholm, owner of the Stadium. The LGBT issue has finally become an issue of human right and since the LGBT community percent wise is so small, it is absolutely necessary to have allies who will fight for the human rights for LGBT. This is happening in many countries, which is great news, however many countries are moving in the opposite direction. Russia being one of them.

People around the world are encouraged to create their own rainbow version of the Russian National Anthem and publish on YouTube. The anthem becomes a rainbow anthem.

For more information, visit Press login: let love
CONTACT and interviews:, Sean Kelly phone: +46 73 642 71 00


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VisitSweden UK launches LGBT specific pages on Facebook and Twitter

To celebrate the UK’s Marriage (Same-sex) Act finally coming into law in 2014, ICEHOTEL in partnership with Discover-the-World and VisitSweden UK are offering same-sex couples a once in a lifetime, truly intimate, personalised wedding at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden. 

This fantastic giveaway coincides with the launch of VisitSweden’s LGBT tourism presence on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The pages aim to provide fans and followers with up to date information on what’s hot for LGBT tourists to Stockholm, Gothenburg, West Sweden, Malmo, Skane and Swedish Lapland. 

The prize, sponsored by Swedish Lapland specialists Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL includes charter-flights for 2, 3 complimentary nights at ICEHOTEL (including one night’s stay in a unique ice room), a personalised wedding consultation with ICEHOTEL’s wedding concierge and some amazing added extras to make your celebration truly special. Discover-the-World will arrange your flight on their special charter and can also help book in any guests that you want to share your special day with at preferential rates.

Couples from all over the world come to Jukkasjärvi to pledge their love for each other. Already married or civil-partnered couples come to ICEHOTEL to have their union blessed in the celestially beautiful ‘ice church’ rebuilt each year (as is the hotel itself) by a different artist in the icy landscape. The serenity, purity and on-off design beauty of this setting make wedding vows and memories all the more lasting.

The wedding night can also be something truly special. Couples can spend the night surrounded by artwork made of ice and snow, by artists from all over the world who are not professional ice sculptors, but architects, graphic designers and film-directors. In the morning you will be awakened with a cup of hot lingonberry juice.

At the ICEHOTEL it never gets colder than –5 to -8ºC, regardless of the fact that the outdoor temperature sometimes drops down to -30º. You sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a bed built by ice blocks, a wooden frame, mattress and it is topped with reindeer skins. It is rebuilt each winter from scratch, reincarnated into a new design by a different creator.

To enter, link to

The VisitSweden twitter page is @visitswedenlgbt

More about Discover-the-World and ICEHOTEL at



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