Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter 4/19/14

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs gay travel newsletter.

Our articles section now has five parts – local news, general interest, reviews of past events, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including some great feature articles: Daytrips from Tel Aviv; a Gay Friendly restaurant in Old San Juan; and Getting Married in Maui.

We’ve also recently launching our revamped Gay Travel Events section – more than 550 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


My Gay Friendly Italy

My Gay Friendly Italy

My Hidden Italy offers private travel experiences in hidden and unique areas of Italy, combining adventure travel with quality and comfort. Our “Off the Beaten Track” itineraries focus on the Puglia/Basilicata, Sicily, Piedmont and Amalfi Coast regions.

The hotels we include are mostly historic homes or small regional hotels. Restaurants are usually family owned with local, fresh food and offer regional cuisine. We arrange for private licensed guides allowing us to explore each town with knowledge and flexibility.

Visit the My Gay Friendly Italy Website

Email My Gay Friendly Italy

Our Featured Articles This Month:


Tel Aviv Excursions - Tami BibringISRAEL: Outside of Gay Tel Aviv
by Tami Bibring
Usually, a vacation in Gay Israel consists of visiting only Tel Aviv. It’s true that Tel Aviv is by far the most Gay friendly, open minded, liberal and hedonistic city in Israel, and that all major Gay events, including Gay Pride Tel Aviv, the annual Gay film festival – TLV Fest, the Lesbian film festival – Lethal Lesbian 3, countless parties and after parties and almost any other Gay event which comes to mind, take place in the city, but still, there are some worth seeing spots outside of the vivid city. If time is on your side, take it and use it to visit at least one or two unforgettable spots, which will give a deeper angle to your Gay Israel vacation, The first spot you really should visit is, obviously, the holy city of Jerusalem. The controversial, beautiful, hypnotizing city, on which so many words were written and tears were shed, is waiting for you within an hour drive from Gay Tel Aviv’s center.
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Verde Mesa Restaurant - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico - Carlos MeliaPUERTO RICO: Old San Juan’s Verde Mesa Restaurant
by Carlos Melia
Without a doubt, the best dinner I had during my last visit to Puerto Rico and Old San Juan, invited by La Terrasa de San Juan Hotel. Space, location, atmosphere, food and drinks were just perfect, in balance and compliment to Old San Juan. Located on Calle Tetuan #107, perched on the wall of the Old San Juan, along the Paseo De La Princesa. Verde Mesa is a fish and vegetarian restaurant, featuring great dishes including traditional Puerto Rican ones, which will even captivate the meat lovers.
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MauiUSA, HAWAII: Why So Many Same-Sex Couples Say “I Do” on Maui
Did you know that Hawaii was the first state in the USA to attempt to pass same-sex marriage laws all the way back in 1993? While it took 20 years to evolve into full marriage equality in the state, it is no coincidence that Hawaii led the country in defining commitments of love to one another regardless of sexual orientation. Indeed, Hawaiians are one of the most peaceful and loving people in the entire world and hold no judgments on anyone. That is what makes marriages so special on Maui, the presence of spirituality and living in harmony with each other and with the universe is just so powerful here. The Hawaiian culture intertwines the beliefs with the physical sharing during these ceremonies, making them the most unique and memorable experiences.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Lesbian Travel – Australia’s Blue Mountains
A treehouse with a spa 90 minutes from Sydney? Think craftsman-built treesort in the Blue Mountains.
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BRUNEI: Gay Travel Warning
Brunei has a new law that mandates stoning to death of anyone who has gay sex in the country. Now a boycott has been called against hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
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CUBA: Planning Your Visit to Cuba
For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum.
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DENMARK: Denmark Does These Six Things Better Than Anyone Else
Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.
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EUROPE: Best Cities for Clubbing
C is for Clubbing! For some of you guys, traveling is a non-stop party. I should know: almost 20% of my email subscribers answered they are going on a euro party trip on my eurotrip calculator, that nifty little thing.
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GERMANY: Berlin’s Modernist Architecture
If you remember…one of my goals before turning 30 is to explore more of my own (adopted) hometown. So the other weekend I hopped on the u-bahn and made me way to Neukoelln to do some urban exploring.
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GERMANY: My Berlin Story – How I Became an Ex-Pat
Recently I rediscovered my love for Berlin. If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll have seen about a gazillion photos of springtime (Fruehling) in Berlin. In today’s blog entry though, I want to share my story as a Berlin expat…
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GERMANY: Five Reasons to Travel in Germany
This past weekend you may have noticed on my Instagram @travelsofadam that I’ve been traveling around Germany.
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ISRAEL: Daytrips from Tel Aviv
With its small land mass and relatively easy public transportation system, Israel lends itself to quick, mad-dash side-trips for those intent on seeing as much of the country as possible in a short amount of time.
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ISRAEL: Daytrips from Tel Aviv
With its small land mass and relatively easy public transportation system, Israel lends itself to quick, mad-dash side-trips for those intent on seeing as much of the country as possible in a short amount of time.
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MEXICO, QUINTANA ROO: Isla Mujeres, The Isle of Women
Cancun gets all the attention in Mexico. She’s the sophisticated older cousin with the glitziest hotels, name-brand malls and an over-abundance of casinos. Isla Mujeres is quieter, less mature when it comes to glitz but older and wiser when it comes to gracious hospitality.
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NETHERLANDS: Instagramming Amsterdam
I spent the other weekend running around Amsterdam with Shoshannah, Amber and the STA Travel Insider crew. If you haven’t already, check out the videos from the weekend in the YouTube playlist below. They’re a lot of fun!
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NORWAY: Looking for Fjord Norway
My bare feet are trying to solidly cling to a cold wooden dock. The snowcapped-mountain wind whips through the fjord as if the mountains are collectively sighing, and the gale hits my pale skin turning it cheek-pinched pink.
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paPUERTO RICO: Eating Out – Old San Juan’s Verde Mesa Restaurant
Without a doubt, the best dinner I had during my last visit to Puerto Rico and Old San Juan, invited by La Terrasa de San Juan Hotel. Space, location, atmosphere, food and drinks were just perfect, in balance and compliment to Old San Juan. Located on Calle Tetuan #107, perched on the wall of the Old San Juan, along the Paseo De La Princesa.
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SWEDEN: Stockholm on the Cheap
Sweden’s capital may have a reputation for being expensive (restaurant prices are 15 percent higher than in New York), but those who live in the city full-time know how to hang onto their Krona. Here are some tips on low prices go, straight from the mouths of in-the-know locals…
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VIETNAM: Discovering Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City
I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in Vietnam. Both friends and family spanning several generations brought up the war, one of the only things they identified with Saigon.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Visiting Gay L.A.
I’m sitting in the basement of a Mexican restaurant. Upstairs, the rumble of families munching on enchiladas smothered in refried beans and sipping head-sized margaritas under red neon lights is only slightly audible.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: A Desert Adventure in Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a great little desert city among eight cities in the Coachella Valley region two hours east of Los Angeles.
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USA, HAWAII: Five Oahu Hikes – From Easy to Exhausting
When on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, you just have to get outdoors. But if sunning yourself on a beach all day isn’t challenging enough, you can choose from the many hiking trails across the island, which are suitable for all fitness levels – and free.
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paUSA, NEVADA: New Gay Tourism Ad Promotes Las Vegas
Continuing in its pursuit to draw LGBT visitors, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority premiered on Monday its first national television ad campaign geared toward that community.
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USA, NEVADA: Las Vegas – Go for the Food
You might not expect to find farm-to-table dining in Las Vegas. But that’s exactly why tourists are lining up at a rundown corner a few blocks near the old casinos in the town’s seedy core.
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USA, OREGON: Blossoms in the Hood River Valley
We get this question a lot in the spring. Because who wouldn’t want to celebrate spring in one of the largest fruit growing regions in our Nation?
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USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Eating Out – Philadelphia
Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village, but that moniker hasn’t entirely caught on with the locals.
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Musement App – Skip the Museum Lines
If you love art and you’ve travelled to Europe before, I’m sure you’re very familiar with this scenario: waiting in long lines just to get into some of the best attractions and museums in the world, probably even waking up really early just to try to avoid the queue. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
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Traveling With Kids – My Vacation From Hell
I absolutely love to travel. Everything about it appeals to me. My day-to-day life is extremely routine, and truthfully it drives me crazy. Nothing is better than packing up for a week and getting the hell out of Dodge.
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Airbnb Has a Gay Twin
You’ve probably heard the buzz about the web service Airbnb–a cursory glance at Google News will show that the website is a hot topic.
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Past Events:

USA, FLORIDA: Miami Beach Gay Pride in Review
Some photos in from Miami Beach Gay Pride.
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Upcoming Event News:

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA: Frosty Fruits – Gay Skiing Down Under
(Aug 21-26) FOR Daniel Lehrer, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip is all about one thing: having an enjoyable time. “It’s a fun, relaxed vibe,” the Melbourne resident said. “It’s a nice way to have a relaxing trip and meet like-minded people while skiing.
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CYPRUS: Cyprus to Celebrate Gay Pride for the First Time
Cyprus will be holding their first ever Gay Pride this year.Full Story

GERMANY: These Photos Will Make You Want to Go to Cologne Pride
(Jul 4-6) After visiting Cologne a few times in the past six months, it’s quickly climbed up my list of favorite German cities.
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GREECE: Xlsior Dance Festival Returns to Mykonos and Santorini(Aug 20-29) XLSior – the International Dance Festival that has taken over Greece for the last 5 years – is back again and coming to Mykonos this 20-24 August and Santorini this 27-29 August.Full Story

ISRAEL: Gay Tel Aviv Pride 2014
(Jun 12) One of the major events in Gay Tel Aviv’s life is the annual pride parade, taking place every year at mid- June, right in the middle of the hot Israeli summer.
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MEXICO, JALISCO: Dates for Pride Vallarta Announced
(May 22-26) Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 22 to 26, 2014.Full Story

NEW ZEALAND: Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week to Be Bigger Than Ever
(Aug 30-Sept 6) Hot on the heels of Queenstown becoming a gay wedding hotspot, the organisers of the resort’s Gay Ski Week have organised international travel prizes bound to grow the event’s global profile.
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SLOVENIA: Slovenia Celebrates its First Pink Week in May
(May 4-11) With gay weddings abound, gay honeymoons are sure to follow and Slovenia is amongst one of the most sought after places to visit on your honeymoon, thanks to its incredible strives towards full equality and safety for LGBT travellers.
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SPAIN: IGLTA’s Annual Conference Comes to Madrid in May
(May 8-10) Registration is live for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 31st Annual Global Convention, set for May 8-10 in Madrid.Full Story

THAILAND: Phuket Pride Announces 2014 Pride Line-Up
(Apr 20-27) The Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) has just announced its line up of events for Phuket Pride Week 2014.
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THAILAND: Record Numbers Expected for Phuket Pride
(Apr 20-27) Asia’s most picturesque resort is set to embrace the LGBT community during the upcoming Phuket Pride Week in what is likely to be a record for Thailand tourism.
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UK: Upcoming Pride Events
(Various) While England may be filled with glorious pomp and circumstance, it also has its fair share of glitz, glamour and gay.
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UK, ENGLAND: London Pride 2014 to Be Crowdfunded
(Jul 19-27) London Pride will be raising money for this year’s festival by crowd-funding, it was announced today (14 March).
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UK, ENGLAND: Bears Come Out to London
(May 18-26) The first London Bearfest, a week-long festival celebrating the ever growing international bear scene. Taking place across the capital between 18 – 26 May, it will bring together bears, cubs, otters & admirers from all over the world to enjoy a week of furry and chunky fun in this cosmopolitan city.
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UK, SCOTLAND: 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Will Include a Pride House
(Jul 23-Aug 3) Ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow organisers have announced a Pride House event for LGBT athletes and fans.Full Story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Long Beach Pride to Welcome Tens of Thousands in Mid May
(May 17-18) Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Celebrates the White Party Next Weekend
(Apr 25-28) In keeping with his tradition of presenting the hottest new breakout talent and artists poised for super stardom, White Party Palm Springs founder and producer Jeffrey Sanker unveiled initial names for this year’s 25th anniversary celebration.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Celebrates Gay Pride in November
(Nov 7-9) “I am Pride: Stonewall” is the theme for the 2014 Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for November 7-9, ending with the parade.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Out at the Park Returns to San Diego in April
(Apr 19) Take me OUT to the ball game! Grab your friends and family because one San Diego’s most fabulously fun outing is about to return.
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USA, FLORIDA: Aqua Girl Returns to Miami in May
(May 14-18) It sounds like a pool party for women who love women, but it’s actually 8 days of events in Miami Beach hotels, restaurants and nightclubs, from 10-18 May.
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USA, FLORIDA: Disney Signs On to Orlando Gay Themed Week
This summer, Walt Disney Co. is signing on with a major event aimed toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families.Full Story

USA, ILLINOIS: Belleville, Illinois to Celebrate Gay Pride, Marriage Equality
(Jun 21) While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois’ Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014.Full Story

USA, ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Reeling LGBT Film Festival Moves to September
(Sept 18-25) Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, has announced dates for the 2014 festival.
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USA, MARYLAND: Leslie Jordan Will Kick Off Baltimore’s Gay Film Festival
(Jun 10-11) B’More QFest announced that it will kick off its inaugural year with Leslie Jordan, well known for his Emmy-winning role as Beverly Leslie on the hit show “Will & Grace.”Full Story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Women’s Week Returns to Ptown in October
(Oct 13-19) For the past thirty years, Provincetown has hosted a festival in October like no other.
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USA, NEVADA: Saturday Gay Beach Club Party at Tropicana Las Vegas This Summer
(Saturdays, Mar 9-Labor Day) The first-ever Saturday LGBTQ beach party at a resort on the Vegas Strip, Xposed!, celebrates its grand opening Saturday, March 29, at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas.Full Story

USA, NEW YORK: Promo Video for New York City Pride 2014
(Jun 29) NYC Pride has released a new promo video for 2014.Full Story

USA, NEW YORK: Check Out Boylesque in NYC This Month
(Apr 25-26) Is that a peacock prop or are you just happy to see us? Either way, the New York Boylesque Festival is coming back — bigger and ballsier than ever.
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USA, NEW YORK: New York City Pride Announces Details for the Pier Dance
(Jun 29) NYC Pride announced today that the 28th annual Dance on the Pier would be returning to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26.
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USA, NEVADA: The Bighorn Rodeo Comes to Vegas in May
(May 9-10) Las Vegas is a party-goers haven! With clubs and casinos, there is always some sort of trouble to get yourself into.Full Story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: New Hope Celebrates Gay Pride in May
(May 17) Discover LGBT New Hope, Bucks County, Pa. and we are proud to announce our continued partnership with our sister city just over the bridge in Lambertville, New Jersey.
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USA, TEXAS: Gay Music Festival Coming to Austin in September
(Sept 12-14) Couldn’t snatch a ticket to Coachella this year? Save your dollars and your feathered earrings for the biggest queer music festival in the country.
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USA, TEXAS: Erasure’s Andy Bell to Headline Razzle Dazzle Dallas
(Jun 6) Andy Bell will headline the ninth annual Metroball fundraiser that benefits the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, organizers announced.
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THAILAND: Win a Honeymoon in Thailand
A lot of my friends have been getting married lately, but I’ve noticed that many of them seem less enthusiastic about their honeymoons than they do about their weddings.
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USVI: Win Five Nights in Maui at the Maui Sunseeker(Apr 1) Step off the plane and the first thing you notice is the warm tropical breeze, full of the scent of plumeria, jasmine and tuberose, wrapping you in a wonderful feeling you’ve really arrived in paradise. And that’s just the first few moments of your escape from the normal. It gets better.Full Story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Win Passes to Outfest Los Angeles
(June 16) If attending a 10-day festival packed with films, discussions, and parties sounds like a good start to your July, then go ahead and enter this contest.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Dingley Dell, Annangrove, New South Wales, Australia

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Dingley Dell - Annangrive, New South Wales, AustraliaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Country Life in the City: Why travel for hours when you could escape to the country, only 1 hour from the city. Nestled on 10 secluded acres in a park like setting. Enjoy the peace and serenity of the native flora & fauna, & of course not forgetting the cows. Tariff is room rate.

See the Dingley Dell Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Greater Sydney

Gay Travel Warning: Brunei

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Brunei - Apple MapsBrunei has a new law that mandates stoning to death of anyone who has gay sex in the country. Now a boycott has been called against hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

Passport reports:

Last February, activists called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA due to the hotel’s ownership by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, the leader of a country where homosexuality is illegal. Recently, the situation in Brunei has become even more dire, with a UN-condemned (and Sultan-sponsored) law that would make gay sex punishable by stoning to death. According to a report by FrontiersLA.com, Gay activist Cleve Jones and others are asking the public to boycott any of the hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, including the entire Dorchester Collection which is under his control.

So if you are gay, or know anyone who is, cross Brunei off your travel list.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources.

Eating Out: Old San Juan’s Verde Mesa Restaurant

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Verde Mesa Restaurant - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico - Carlos MeliaWithout a doubt, the best dinner I had during my last visit to Puerto Rico and Old San Juan, invited by La Terrasa de San Juan Hotel. Space, location, atmosphere, food and drinks were just perfect, in balance and compliment to Old San Juan. Located on Calle Tetuan #107, perched on the wall of the Old San Juan, along the Paseo De La Princesa.

Verde Mesa is a fish and vegetarian restaurant, featuring great dishes including traditional Puerto Rican ones, which will even captivate the meat lovers.

My choices for the night were: (drink) Rum Green Infusion with refreshing basil, lemon, cucumber, and little of brown sugar – USD 10. (appetizer) Boquerones – USD 14 (main course) CousCous Nicoise with fresh seared market tuna steak with a special vinaigrette, resting on top of couscous infused with honey marinated greek olives and cumin marinated mango. Served in a platter with sauteed asparagus and fresh tomato salad with goat cheese – USD 26 (dessert) Vegetarian Curry Custard.

My only comment and recommendation to this restaurant, would be to lower the lights for dinner to create more intimate and private environment, allowing the many lights having from the ceiling to create a magical atmosphere, maybe along with some candelabras.

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

Win Passes to Outfest Los Angeles

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Outfest Los Angeles

photo via Outfest LA

If attending a 10-day festival packed with films, discussions, and parties sounds like a good start to your July, then go ahead and enter this contest.

Five questions, an email, and your address is all it takes. It’s so simple, we think even Dorothy and Morgan from RKOBH could handle it. Hashtag: What are you waiting for?

Answer the five questions about LGBT history correctly and you’ll be entered to win two VIP All-Access Festival and Opening Night Gala passes, a three-night stay at the Hilton Checkers Hotel, two “Day in LA” Bike Tours by Bikes & Hikes LA, and two 72-hour Hop-On, Hop-Off Passes from Starline Tours. Tally that up Rich Kids-style and you end up with an $1,800 value. Did we mention we’re giving away four of these packages?

The contest ends on 6/16, and the film festival runs from July 10th-20th.

By Tyler Neasloney – Passport | Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Looking for Fjord Norway

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Norway - Google Maps

from Google Maps

My bare feet are trying to solidly cling to a cold wooden dock. The snowcapped-mountain wind whips through the fjord as if the mountains are collectively sighing, and the gale hits my pale skin turning it cheek-pinched pink. I clutch the hand of my friend, Laura, creating such pressure it’s as if we’re gripping a knuckleball. Moody dark skies serve as the backdrop to floating ghost-like clouds that shield the mountaintops as their shadows dance against the uneven terrain. “We can do this,” Laura utters. A circus-crowd gasp is heard from a group of onlookers. “Ready?” I ask looking out at the foreboding scene as we take a step toward the ice-cold water. Another collective gasp gives us that extra push off the dock.

Like taking a terrible tumble, time slows down: I see the sun burst through layers of cloud coverage and light up the choppy waters that begin to glisten like a tear. And then, I hit the water and a sharp, needle-like cold shoots through my body faster than panic. Underwater quiet is quickly interrupted by above-water fighting for breath. It’s as if I’ve stepped into a million too cold showers. “Ahhh,” we yell as tourists snap photos from their balconies at the Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus.

After moments of prickly numbness, a beautiful calm overcomes us both. It’s no longer panic, it’s no longer fear, it’s no longer just a silly I-bet-you-can’t-jump-in-the-water dare; it’s a connection and a sense of belonging. The wind gusts bob the waves that gently rock my warming body, and I admire the soft clouds that hug the mountains blanket their rough edges. We dove in and became part of the Hardangerfjord, part of Lofthus, and part of Norway. Like the creation myth, we’re every bit as much a part of the world as the world is a part of us.

Authored By Joseph pedro – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Berlin’s Modernist Architecture

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Berlin's Modernist Architecture - Adam GroffmanIf you remember…one of my goals before turning 30 is to explore more of my own (adopted) hometown. So the other weekend I hopped on the u-bahn and made me way to Neukoelln to do some urban exploring. At the Parchimer Allee u-bahn station, there’s a small sign signaling the exit toward the Hufeisensiedlung (Horseshoe Estate — named after its horseshoe layout of buildings). This massive housing estate in southern Berlin was built in the 1920s by modernist architect Bruno Taut and was named part of a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008 celebrating Berlin’s six modernist housing estates.

The housing estate is notable for its modernist architecture (hence it’s UNESCO World Heritage designation) of which it’s one of the first places employing modern thinking in architecture. Following WWI, Berlin had a serious housing shortage and needed nearly 100,000 apartments built to accommodate newly unemployed soldiers and others who flocked to the liberal city of Berlin.

During that period, city planner Martin Wagner enlisted Bruno Taut to design the Hufeisensiedlung in an undeveloped area of Neukoelln (not far from the Schloss Britz). Whether because there was an immediate need to get the housing estates built, because of Martin Wagner’s foresight or because of the newly formed Social Democratic Weimar Republic, Taut was given quite a bit of flexibility in the design and construction of the new housing estate. Today Taut is considered a forerunner of Bauhaus architecture and it’s easy to see in this Berlin modernist housing estate why.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

See Adam’s full blog here.

Click here for gay travel resources in Germany.

Long Beach Pride to Welcome Tens of Thousands in Mid May

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Long Beach Gay PrideOver the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists such as Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Maya, India.Arie., and Village People.

Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. (LBLGP, Inc.) was established in October 1983 and produced the first annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade in June of 1984. The Board Directors felt that, with such a large gay & lesbian population, there was a need to increase awareness and to promote PRIDE and a greater sense of self-worth within the community.

Additionally, the Board felt it important to facilitate greater cooperation, mutual respect and understanding between the lesbian & gay community and the community of Long Beach.

Authored By Kelly Riker – See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

Click here for gay travel resources in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Find this and hundreds of other gay travel events here.

Frosty Fruits – Gay Skiing Down Under

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Frosty Fruits - Victoria, AustraliaFOR Daniel Lehrer, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip is all about one thing: having an enjoyable time. “It’s a fun, relaxed vibe,” the Melbourne resident said. “It’s a nice way to have a relaxing trip and meet like-minded people while skiing.”

Daniel has skied extensively elsewhere in Australia and overseas, including gay ski events such as the one in Aspen, Colorado — but there there was one thing about Frosty Fruits that made it different. “Aspen gets about 5000 people attending but we don’t have that number in Australia,” he said. “I think Frosty Fruits is different because it’s a boutique event, it’s intimate. It’s not just a huge gaggle of gay guys judging each other, it’s a friendly event with everyone just having a good time.”

Now in its sixth year, Frosty Fruits has fast become Australia’s premium gay and lesbian ski week held at Hotham Alpine Resort in the Victorian Alps over six days. Organised by Points of Difference Events, events producer Adam Bold said Mt Hotham had some of Australia’s best natural snowfalls and stunning on-mountain accommodation — and some of the most hospitable, LGBTI-friendly staff around.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: SeaBreeze Vacation Rentals, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Author: , April 18th, 2014

SeaBreeze - St. Croix, USVIPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Right on the Best Beach on St Croix: This vacation condo is on one the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Wake up to the beautiful blue water and watch the post card sunsets from your private spacious balcony. Enjoy a walk on the beach, treasure hunting or relax with your favorite beverage and a book on the gorgeous sandy beach just steps away from your door.

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