Utah’s National Parks

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Utah National ParkEver heard of the “Mighty 5?” You will this year, if Utah’s tourism office has anything to say about it. This quintet of famous national parks – Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands, and Arches – is the focus of a massive new ad campaign run by the state. Whether you’re newly convinced to head to the rugged West, or you’ve had Utah on your travel bucket list for years, here’s our guide to help you choose where to go first…

For big groups or families…

Your kids may be glued to their iPhones throughout the flight (or car ride) to Utah, but once they spend a few minutes hiking the rose-orange dirt roads that criss-cross Capitol Reef National Park, they’ll change their tune. Mammoth, jagged-edged rock formations shoot up into the sky. These wrinkles in the earth’s surface developed tens of millions of years ago, and Google Maps doesn’t do the dazzling scene a bit of justice. Plus, if you’re on a budget, the cost of admission can’t be beat. (Admission: $5 per vehicle.)

For honeymooners or romantic types…

Pretty much every inch of Bryce Canyon’s perfectly chiseled landscape is a Kodak moment (or maybe an Instagram moment?) waiting to happen. Even if you’re not snapping photos at every turn, the vast ridges and valleys make the perfect backdrop while you inspect the indigenous plants and wildlife, or descend along narrow paths on a mule (rides $60-$80 per person). (Admission: $25 per vehicle.)

By Alex Schechter – Sherman’s Travel | Utah Gay Travel Resources

Exploring Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Puerto Rico - Carlos Melia

I arrived to Puerto Rico on the first flight of the morning, checked in at my beautiful suite at hotel La Terraza de San Juan, in the heart of Old San Juan, and got ready to explore the old courts and fortresses and secrets of this charming district.

I have been many times before to Puerto Rico, including Vieques, but this was my first time only focusing to the Old San Juan. My hotel made all the arrangements for an expert guide to take me on a private two-days tour of the entire district, including some great lunch and dinner options.

Carlos Melia - Old San Juan, Puerto RicoSo we headed out of the hotel and walk for over an hour along the colorful quaint cobble-stoned streets of Old San Juan. Stopped by the traditional Cafe Puerto Rico, located at the main square, across for the statue of Cristobal Colon (similar to the one in Barcelona) for a true local lunch, which consisted on Yuca Mero Mofongo and Red Sangria (YUMMMM). So not both heart and stomach were happy and full, ready to continue the Old San Juan experience.

After lunch and a few strong shots of coffee, we carried on to one of the main attractions the Fort San Felipe del Morro, but before that, we took a lovely stroll downhill towards the promenade Paseo de la Princesa, a restored 19th-century esplanade. Lovely views of the bay, stop by Cafe la Princesa, or like we did, just walk along and enjoy the panoramic views.

As you can see by my photos, I was totally OBSESSED with the garitas, iconic symbol of Puerto Rico and Old San Juan. Puerto Rico’s most picturesque military structure, El Morro took over 200 years to build.

Carlos Melia - Old San JuanDesignated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Along the green esplanade of the citadel, people come here to relax, picnic, and fly kites; the sky is full of them on a clear day.

Upon sunset, after contemplating the stunning views, I headed back to my hotel La Terraza de San Juan, to chill for an hour, take a shower and get ready for dinner at Verde Mesa Restaurant.

I was awake since 5 AM in the morning, for my flight from New York to Puerto Rico, so decided to have an early night, and be ready for an early morning the following day for my 02 DAY exploring Old San Juan. Stay tuned.

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

Gay Days Comes to Phoenix in May

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Gay Days ArizonaThe heat is on in Arizona as Gay Days arrives in Phoenix, May 8-12, 2014. The Gay Days brand has come a long way since it first launched more than 24 years ago. Orlando’s Gay Days has grown to an astounding 160,000 attendees. Organizers of Arizona’s inaugural year anticipate upwards of 10,000 participants at 15 different events throughout the long weekend.

The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, located at South Mountain Park and Preserve will serve as home base, offering daily pool parties and happy hours, nightly “diversity dinners,” drag queen bingo, pool volleyball, an ’80s-theme SplashDance party at the resort’s 7-acre Oasis Water Park, and a masquerade-style, high-energy dance party in the 20,000-square-foot pavilion – all located on the resort property.

In addition, 40 LGBT-friendly vendors will present a community expo as well as a “Taste of Gay Days” event, offering samples from some of the best dining venues in Phoenix. For those that want to hit the golf course, the Diversity Cup Golf Tournament will include 18 holes of golf for 20 teams, benefitting the local nonprofit Phoenix Pride Foundation.

Story via Edge Boston | Phoenix Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

The Week Ahead: April 20 – April 26

Author: , April 20th, 2014

Special Offersexterior spring

  • Stay 3 evenings in a luxurious suite and SAVE 20% OFF low season rates. Compliment your stay with a bottle of Chandon Brut and a plate of delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries – only $29.
  • Seniors & older enjoy 15% savings off low season rates when they stay two or more evenings Sunday through Thursday.

Recreation

  • Hikers are always spoiled for choice. Many trails can easily be accessed without specialized equipment.
  • Guided Rock Climbing trips are now available for experienced climbers and for those wanted to try a new sport. Advanced reservations are imperative.
  • Zipline Adventure Tours are fun for the entire family. Our partner Alpine Adventures offers three separate Zipline Treetop Tours. Every zipline tour includes an off-road Safari ride in a Pinzgauer to the top of the course.

Culture

  • Don’t ‘Sandra Bernhard’ April 25 at the Silver Center in nearby Plymouth.  Bernhard’s live performances are a thrilling hybrid of stand-up comedy and rock ‘n roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret.   Contains adult language and themes.
  • Head for the Palace Theatre in Manchester and enjoy a classic American musical – ‘A Chorus Line’. Performances can be booked April 25 – 27.
  • Pure Prairie League is a country rock band that creates sounds that capture the ears of their faithful fans. An exceptional evening of music can be anticipated April 26 at the Flying Monkey in nearby Plymouth.

Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com/ for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

 

Group Marches in Bangladesh New Year’s Parade for “Diversity”

Author: , April 20th, 2014
Diversity March - Bangladesh

Image via Facebook – The Fagazine

It was not a gay pride parade as reported by online media outlets, organizers of the rainbow contingent told Gay Star News today.

Several reports reported this week that Bangladesh’s LGBT community members had marched in Dhaka’s New Year festivities, ‘wearing the colors of the rainbow as an act of defiance and an appeal for the Muslim-majority country to change its law that considers same-sex relations as “unnatural” and a crime.’

The 100-strong human rainbow was held to ‘celebrate diversity and friendship,’ a spokesperson from Roopbaan, the country’s first LGBT magazine, told GSN. On Monday (April 14), the contingent walked from Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Art building to Ruposhi Bangla Hotel following the main trail of the Mongol Shobha Jatra procession which marks the first day of the Bengali New Year.

By Sylvia Tan – Gay Star News | Bangladesh Gay Travel Resources

Evolve Returns to Vegas for New Year’s Eve

Author: , April 20th, 2014

Evolve 2015 Las VegasEvolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party – it’s a 3-day experience attracting men from more than 30 countries to Las Vegas

The event takes place December 30 to January 2, 2015 in the Favorite American City to Visit by gay travelers.

There are so many things that set Evolve apart from any other gay New Year’s Eve event, starting with the location. For first-time Vegas visitors, there’s always the very pleasant surprise of finding so much more than slot machines and gaming tables. Las Vegas is home to some of the finest dining in the world, including restaurants by Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Nobu Matsuhisa and Michael Mina. There are also amazing stage shows for all tastes, such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion and Elton John.

Rainbow Tourism | in Nevada Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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

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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.

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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.

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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