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The producers of the Gay Talk segment of the Charlie Spice Show is looking for interesting personalities from the Gay/Lesbian community to be guests on the show.

Guest must have interesting stories and experiences to share and discuss with the host, other guests and the audience.

For information on becoming a guest on the show, please go to http://charliespice.ning.com
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The Gay Talk segment of the Charlie Spice Show was launched successfully on 13th Feb 2011.

Gay Talk is a show where the hosts engages the guests and the audience in open, lively and compelling discussion on the challenges faced by the members of gay and lesbian communities around the world.

The Charlie Spice Show is a weekly radio broadcast on the Internet. The show is a forum for the audience to address delicate, sensitive, controversial or taboo topics, which tend to be marginalized, ignored and swept under the carpet as a result of moralistic views, political expedience and hypocrisy.

The objective of the show is to offer an in-depth, unbiased look at the difficult issues as we seek to uncover the truth and take the audience beyond the speculations, misconceptions, lies, myths, stereotypes and hypocrisy about these taboo subjects, which continue to intrigue the masses on all sides of the fence.


The show is the brainchild of its host Charlie Spice, who is a former sex worker and sex trade operator with over 26 years experience in the Sex Industry. During his tenure,Charlie worked all sectors of the industry in the USA, UK, Europe and the Caribbean, before retiring in 2006/7 to pursue other ambitions such as his own Radio and TV talk shows.

Since retiring, Charlie has been using his knowledge and expertise to offer services as a Sex Industry Consultant, Guest Lecturer and Engagement Speaker on topics and issues related to the sex trade. He has done work with NGOs, Government Organisations, Health Organisations, HIV/AIDS Organisations and Universities. More bio information at http://charliespice.ning.com.

Charlie stated, "Launching my own radio talk show has been a compelling ambition for many years. But it was extremely difficult for me to achieve this goal with mainstream media because of my background in the sex industry.The decision makers of media organisations were always concerned about their audience's hypocritical conservativeness."

"My intention was to produce a show that was unbiased and tackled the difficult issues head on, without being marginalized by moralistic views, political expedience and hypocrisy."

With obvious passion and conviction, Charlie further emphasized, "It was also important that my show was produced to uncover the truth and take the audience beyond the speculations, misconceptions, lies, myths, stereotypes and hypocrisy about these taboo subjects, which continue to intrigue the masses on all sides of the fence.

"Therefore it became necessary for me to produce and launch my own show on the Internet, where I am able to set my own boundaries."

Even without prior experience in media production, the pilot episode "Gay Talk" was a success and has now set the stage for what promises to become a powerful voice for the Gay and Lesbian communities around the world. Charlie Spice has made their mark in the media arena and certainly in the minds of the gay and lesbian communities.

Gay Talk episodes can be heard at http://BlogTalkRadio.com/charliespice
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Ian Brookes-Howells (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for gay lesbian bisexual straight readers on 18/06/2010 tagged with tourism, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, illegality of male to male relationships +5
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My partner and I visited Barbados and made friends with a gay couple who openly live together on the island. It would seem that although the law has not been changed regarding particularly male homosexual activitiy, it is not enforced. There is a gay community and my partner and I had no issues booking into a hotel where we shared a bed. The Leader of the current Opposition Party in Paliament also supports equal treatment for all including gay people. The island also seems to welcome LGBT tourists.

However, it is a social conservative with Protestant Christian values, which means that only openly affectionate or sexual acts in public, whether straight (and certainly not gay) are frowned upon.

So as a gay tourist, provided you are not demonstrative in public, you should have a great holiday.
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