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Rich Gay Men Wanted: Spain’s Conservatives Make Tourist Appeal

Spain is winning the battle for gay tourists. Gay and lesbian visitors contribute about $6.8 billion to the Spanish economy, according to a report by LGBT Capital last month, edging out France as Europe s top destination. Gay people spend about 30 percent more on average than mainstream tourists in Spain, according to government estimates, boosting an economy where tourism accounts for 12 percent of jobs. While a growing number of countries like France and the U.K.1 are introducing equal-rights legislation and promoting themselves to gay visitors, Spain is out in front. Even the conservative leadership of Madrid is embracing the phenomenon.

Spain in 2005 became the third European nation to legalize gay marriage — after Belgium and the Netherlands — emerging from the shadow of the Roman Catholic dictatorship of General Francisco Franco who died in 1975. That move established Spain s credentials as a Discount Holidays © holiday destination where people can feel relaxed about their sexuality, sometimes in a way they can t back home.

It s very tolerant and it s fun, said Fabiano Ribeiro, a 32-year-old Brazilian visiting Barcelona with two male friends. You hold hands and that s no problem. Each August, Spain s second city hosts Europe s largest gay festival, attracting 71,000 visitors this year. During the two-week party Barcelona is plastered in posters featuring male models advertising parties aimed at gay visitors and stores carry signs with special offers, from sun-beds to free gym passes as the city is taken over by non-stop clubbing and pool parties.

Year-Round Travelers

With full-access tickets selling for 360 euros ($406), organizers say the events generates 150 million euros for the local economy. After eight years, the festival is expanding to Ibiza this year and the Canaries in 2016, catering to increasing demand for gay and lesbian events.

This influx of visitors trickles down to local bars, gyms, even taxi drivers want to be involved, said organizer Tes Cuadreny in an interview from his office in Barcelona. They know this benefits everyone. Such initiatives have made Spain Europe s market leader ahead of France which generates $6.6 billion of revenue, according to LGBT Capital, an investment firm based in the British Virgin Islands that focuses on gay-themed assets. The U.S.

is the global leader with $21.5 billion of revenue. In Madrid, even the conservative regional government is jumping on the bandwagon. Regional President Cristina Cifuentes flew the rainbow flag, symbolizing support for gay people, from institutional buildings for the first time following her election victory in May. In 2005, her colleagues from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy s People s Party led 100,000 protesters in a march against legalizing gay marriage. The Spanish capital generated about 120 million euros from Europe s biggest gay-pride parade at the start of the summer, according to nightlife organization Noche Madrid.

This is a high-income travel market that is not tied down by school holidays and is generally more adventurous, said Carlos Kytka, executive director at the Gay European Tourism Association, which works with more than 4,000 industry members, mainly hotels in Europe.

It s easy to fill up hotels in Barcelona in summer, what makes us different is that we travel all year round and spend the money, and that keeps the cash flow going.

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  1. ^ U.K. (lovewall.visitbritain.com)

American Horror Story: Hotel teaser stars man with flesh-covered eyes

By Mike Larkin For Dailymail.com1

Published: 21:40 GMT, 31 August 2015 | Updated: 23:21 GMT, 31 August 2015

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Fans are eagerly awaiting every sneak peek they can get of the forthcoming American Horror Story: Hotel. Ironically the latest teaser features what appears to be a victim of an evil character dubbed The Addiction Demon. A man is shown with skin entirely covering his eyes and nose as he lashes around wildly in a hostelry hallway.

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Terror vision: A man with flesh covered eyes and nose features in an American Horror Story: Hotel teaser

The bizarre image certainly gives weight to the FX show’s creator Ryan Murphy’s claim the coming season will include ‘the most disturbing scene we ve ever done.’

In the creepy short clip, the distressed man, who is seen standing in underpants in the hallway, is seen pawing at his face and banging on the wall in despair. The Addiction Demon itself is also said to have a face covered in skin. Bizarrely however it also wears an enormous metal dildo which looks like a drillbit. And it seems this bizarre feature could be used in the scene show’s head honcho Ryan claimed at a recent TCA meeting was the show’s most disturbing yet.

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Looks normal enough: At first it is unclear the man actually has no facial features

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Feeling the strain: Appropriately enough the character’s head looks much like a stress squeeze toy

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Victim: The man’s face is much like that of the show’s terrifying Addiction Demon character

He said: ‘He is a representation of that and what people go through fighting addiction. It s not done lightly or blithely. I think it s very powerful and strong.’

Max Greenfield, who is a newcomer to the anthology series, plays the drug addict character Gabriel who is involved in the rather vicious love scene.

Also appearing is Sarah Paulson’s Hypodermic Sally character, as well as the Addiction Demon itself.

Talking about the scene, Sarah told EW: ‘None of it’s crazy to me. I walk in and I’m like “Hello conical dildo demon person.” I don’t even think twice.

‘I had two heads last year, I don’t know what you want me to say. Like there’s nothing anybody can do on the show to shock me anymore.’

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Thrashing around: The character is shown pawing at his face in despair in the short clip

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Locked out: It also appears the man may have left his hotel keys in his trousers

Max added: ‘Ryan gets real pleasure out of how far, I think, he can push it. And when we were doing that stuff, he was happy and he was scared. We all were.

‘And it was a good vibe on set because of that. I think we were like, “F*** yeah, man.

Let s push this and let s see how far we can go.'”

It appears the show’s maker may be attempting to up the scare factor to make up for the shortcomings of the disappointing fourth season Freak Show.

Earlier this month it was revealed Lady Gaga would be appearing as a guest star on the show.

The pop star admitted she was thrilled to play the bisexual vampiric socialite character The Countess, who just happens to own the hotel.

She said: ‘I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness.’

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Going Gaga: The hand of the pop singer’s vampiric socialite character The Countess is shown in another clip

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

How touching: The bisexual character seems to have made a new friend in the Beauty Rest teaser

American Horror Story: Hotel Teaser Stars Man With Flesh-covered Eyes

Chokes away: However she ends up throttling the powerless victim in the short scene

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By Mike Larkin For Dailymail.com1

Published: 21:40 GMT, 31 August 2015 | Updated: 23:21 GMT, 31 August 2015

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Fans are eagerly awaiting every sneak peek they can get of the forthcoming American Horror Story: Hotel. Ironically the latest teaser features what appears to be a victim of an evil character dubbed The Addiction Demon. A man is shown with skin entirely covering his eyes and nose as he lashes around wildly in a hostelry hallway.

EW: ‘None of it’s crazy to me. I walk in and I’m like “Hello conical dildo demon person.” I don’t even think twice.

‘I had two heads last year, I don’t know what you want me to say. Like there’s nothing anybody can do on the show to shock me anymore.’

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