Welcome to the 'Gay Kingdom' Island Paradise

  Planning a fab vacation this summer? Why settle for a gay resort when you can take a trip to a gay island nation.

The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands resides right off the coast of Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef. The stunningly beautiful territory was established as the only independent nation in the world to serve as a homeland for all LGBTs. Commonly known as the Gay Kingdom, this micro-nation is not recognized by any other governments as a sovereign state, but that's no reason to ban a gay old time on the beach.

In 2004, Gay Kingdom's founders sailed to the capital on Cato Island and declared independence from Australia on the basis that international law allows for "oppressed people of overseas territories have a right to self government and self determination."

Since the islands are recognized as an external overseas territory of Australia, the Gay Kingdom's founders believe that the international law applies, particularly since gays and lesbians are oppressed by Australia’s homophobic laws.

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Gay rights activist Dale Parker Anderson was elected emperor. The fab founders named the capital Heaven after the famous gay nightclub in London. The kingdom's official flag is the rainbow flag, of course, and the pink triangle is the nation's coat of arms. And as for the national anthem, it's Gloria Gaynor's "I Am What I Am," written by out gay songwriter Jerry Herman.

In case you were wondering, yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the gayest place on earth. Merry on.