Gay Couple Turned Away By Christian-Owned B&B in Canada

Author: , March 11th, 2010

Does freedom of religion trump the right not to be discriminated against due to sexual orientation? This question is at the core of a complaint before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. It involves a Christian couple, two gay lovers, and the use of a home-based bed-and-breakfast. In a March 3, 2010, written decision that paves the way for a hearing by denying an application for dismissal, tribunal member Murray Geiger-Adams recounted the background of the dispute based on the submissions made by the parties.

Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas wanted to book the Swan Room of the Riverbend Bed and Breakfast. The B & B is at the home of Les and Susan Molnar in Grand Forks, a community in the southern Interior. The Molnars are Protestants and evangelical Christians. On June 18, 2009, Eadie reserved the room through a telephone conversation with Susan Molnar. A few minutes later, Les Molnar called Eadie and asked whether or not he and Thomas were a couple.

In their complaint, Eadie and Thomas stated that after hearing Eadie confirm that they were together, Les told him: “Then this is not going to work out.” Les claimed that he said: “I’m sorry, I don’t think it’s going to work out.”

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Political Victories Can Draw Gay/Lesbian Travelers

Author: , March 10th, 2010

Houston’s election late last year of its first openly gay mayor – Annise Parker – coincided serendipitously with a renewed effort to attract gay and lesbian visitors to the fourth-largest city in the nation.

In the eyes of the city’s tourism office, Parker’s election was not only an important political win, but also presented a marketing opportunity. The city launched a campaign titled “My Gay Houston,” featuring gay Houstonians in print advertisements and on a newly-revamped website, as their latest effort in a years-old gay campaign.

As other destinations have also elected openly gay lawmakers or the passage of pro-gay legislation, many have followed Houston’s suit in ramping up their LGBT promotional efforts. So does it matter if the mayor of your long-awaited getaway is a proponent for gay causes? Or if their city council recently enacted domestic partner benefits?

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Valerie Harper in Looped On Broadway

Author: , March 7th, 2010
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As if there were not already enough reasons to go to New York City, now there is yet another major reason to go. The theatrical production of LOOPED, an outstanding comedy just opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre at 149 West 45th Street.

Starring Valerie Harper as the late fabulously wonderful Tallulah Bankhead along with Brian Hutchison and Michael Mulheren, this is such a witty, catty and entertaining production.

Written by the noted New York City playwright , Mathew Lombardo who brought us “Tea at Five” the one-woman play which told the story of Katharine Hepburn in a monologue. It was based on Hepburn’s book “Me: Stories of My Life.”.

Kate Mulgrew was the star and it played to large audiences in New York City and then later at different cities around the country. We saw it at the Pasadena Theatre when we were in Palm Springs a few years ago where we and Matthew was staying at the Terrazzo Resort.

We first saw LOOPED at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts in West Palm Beach when it was in its previews. The audience roared with laughter! Director Rob Ruggiero has accomplished a remarkable job in casting the perfect actors for this production.

Based on a real event, LOOPED takes place in the summer of 1965, when an inebriated Tallulah Bankhead stumbles into a sound studio to re-record (or ‘loop’) one line of dialogue for her last movie “Die, Die, My Darling”. Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that surpassed even today’s celebrity bad girls. Given her intoxicated state and inability to loop the line properly what ensures is an uproarious showdown between an uptight film editor and an outrageous legend.

Valerie Harper IS Tallulah! She has Tallulah down perfect in her voice, her mannerisms and everything. She is the perfect Tallulah. Ms. Harper is such a joy to see in this production. She takes the “bull by the horn” and never gives an inch.

We have all seen Ms. Harper over the years and she is one of the finest actors today. She is so multi-talented. And of course she is a four time Emmy winner. This production is NOT for the faint at heart. You may be shocked, you may be surprised but you will also be in for one of the most exciting evenings of your life. You will take home with you memories that you will cherish for years to come. For those of you who well remember Tallulah Bankhead, this will be a wonderful trip down memory lane and for the younger audiences, this will be a very informative and hilarious reminder of what life used to be.

Tallulah Bankhead came up with so many witty and remarkable quotes. Two of our favorites are, “I;ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I;m late start without me…” and “Nobody can be exactly me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.”

Before seeing LOOPED, be sure and dine at Chez Josephine’s Restaurant, 414 West 42nd Street and call 212.594.1925 for reservations. Dining there will certainly put you right in the mood to see LOOPED. Owner, Jean-Claude Baker is the perfect host and a fabulously wonderful person. You will end your day by having not just one fabulous experience, but TWO! Dining at Chez Josephine’s is a rare treat and one that you will never forget!

Matthew Lombardo certainly has a major hit on his hands and thanks to the talented and fabulously wonderful Valerie Harper and her co-stars, LOOPED is bound for greatness!

Should you see LOOPED? Why of course Daaaahling! and be sure and savor every minute of it. Matthew Lombardo has visited Palm Springs time in the past. Life is just way too short NOT to see Broadway shows.

However if you can’t get to Broadway, by all means visit your local theatre productions every chance you get.

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Visiting Gay Mykonos: The New Greek Party Resort

Author: , March 6th, 2010

Mykonos has become an iconic Greek Island globally. Among the postcard picturesque whitewash buildings and blue roofed churches is a chic and vibrant culture that has led to it being dubbed the Greek St Tropez.

Popular with the gay community, Mykonos is fast becoming a leading party resort in the already saturated Europe market. With competition from the hedonistic Ibiza and the young and lively Greek resorts such as Malia and Kardemena, Mykonos is keeping ahead of the game with international DJ’s playing and regular beach parties.

The party scene is headed by a chic atmosphere with an almost exclusive vibe. Dominated primarily by bars as opposed to clubs, many of the establishments are sea facing offering fantastic sunset views and amazing wind down sunrise parties. Caprice Bar offers an upmarket party atmosphere with stunningly beautiful views over the calm waters and the famous windmills. For many party lovers the party begins late afternoon with many getting swept up in the atmosphere and staying in Tropicana Beach Bar throughout the night instead of going back to the hotel for that all important power nap and something to eat.

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From Athens to Singapore Part 1 of 12: Greece

Author: , March 5th, 2010
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Purple Roofs is happy to welcome back an old friend. Last time, Mike regaled us with tales of his trip through South America. This time, he brings us details from his two month trip from Greece to Singapore. Enjoy!


This city was my first stop for three day visit before boarding the cruise ship. I left home for San Francisco airport noon Fri 23 OCT and arrived Athens 7:30pm Sat 24 OCT for the beginning of this two month journey.

The Lufthansa check-in lady suggested I also check my handbag in addition to my one roller bag so that I could travel hands-free. So I hesitantly handed her the small leather handbag to check with my one suitcase, as she said, two bags can be checked for free. The flight was smooth including meals and drinks, only a minor irritation of many hours delay of the connecting flight in Frankfurt due to bad weather in Germany.

Upon Athens arrival I navigated in the dark without a single misstep all the way from Athens airport, stopping at airport info for transport and city maps, the ATM for Euros, riding the new ultra modern clean metro to city center and then walking about three blocks to my reserved hotel.

After a refreshing shower I slept very well. Sunday morning the hotel-included breakfast was huge and wonderful and counted as two meals for me each day. The only major problem came when I unpacked and discovered that my Sony digital camera, its charger, spare battery and three camera memory sticks, all packaged together, had been lifted out of my handbag in airport operations somewhere between San Francisco, Frankfurt and Athens.

On Sunday most everything is closed in Athens but this gave me time to explore on foot and make plans. My first time in Athens was in 1970 as part of my seven month drive tour of 14 countries in Europe that year, right after my discharge from the Army. The second time in Athens was about 1985 as a couple day stop over on my way to Mykonos Island vacation, so this is my third visit.

Some observations: Athens is still a crowded city where one third of Greece’s population lives, I guess about 5 million people; there are still mostly dirty ugly architecture buildings but the millions of Euros from the recent 2004 Olympics has brought some new buildings, very clean streets and parks, a marvelous clean and safe new metro system, and thankfully all signs now are not only in the Greek language but also in English. This is now fall, the cooler rainy season with temps in the 60-72 range, there were thunder and rain showers off and on the first two days.

The ancient, narrow cobbled winding streets of the old Plaka neighborhood near the Acropolis (walking distance from my hotel) are a favorite place to stroll by millions of locals and tourists alike until the wee hours of the mornings. Something California did decades ago, in July of this year Athens implemented a no smoking law inside all public buildings, restaurants and hotels. Most but not all people have fallen into line and go outside to smoke.

In addition to the must-see Acropolis ruins on the hill, there is the National Archaeological Museum, the Herod Atticus Theater, the ancient Agora (marketplace) and just opened in June this year the huge Acropolis Museum built to house 4,000 statues and artwork from the Acropolis. In addition to the commercial ever-present hop-on hop-off $30 open top tourist sightseeing bus that has now sprouted in every major world city, Athens operates its own public “tourist bus” line #400 which for a single 5 Euro ticket good for 24 hours covers more sites than you can see with its 20 scheduled stops.

A big part of the educational ‘fun’ in traveling is learning new cultures and customs of your new friends. In general the Greeks love and take great pride in their history. Fresh fish is a big part of their diet (you can see the ocean from atop the Acropolis hill).

Being 30 minutes late to an agreed upon meeting time is considered being ‘on time’ – after all Athens has one of the world’s worst traffic conditions – but with ever-present cell phones, if more than 30 minutes over, you should phone.

Dinner typically starts at 9pm, not 10pm which is customary in Spain. But best not to make any after-dinner plans as dinner will likely take all night. Sharing each other’s food at dinner is normal.

Most shops and businesses close up between 2:30pm to 5:30pm and therefore it is considered rude to phone someone at home between 3pm and 5pm, but after 5pm until 11pm is OK.

Then there are the Greek normal cultural non-verbal gestures; men friends may kiss on each cheek when greeting one another, similar to our handshake; a raising of t
he eyebrows means ‘no’; a tilt of the head down and to the side means ‘yes’; a raising of your palm pointed outward does not mean stop, it means ‘go to hell’. How would you know?

Athens has won the war on wires; there are no visible wires hanging anywhere on the streets but just as spectacularly, Athens totally lost the war on graffiti; ugly graffiti covers most everything everywhere.

Walking back to my hotel one evening I ventured off the main path and accidentally happened upon the corner full of night ‘working girls’; they were very aggressive coming right up and touching you.

I bought an integrated three-day transportation ticket good on all types of trams, busses and trains; but found I did not use it much in favor of just walking most places. The roof top bar of my hotel has a great view of the Acropolis.

Departing Athens was as easy as arrival from the airport, only this time after walking a few blocks from the hotel back to the subway station I took a different Metro line which in 20 minutes time dropped me right off at Pireas where the cruise ships dock.

I board the Oceania Nautica, my home to the Greek Islands, Turkey and many more countries to come in the next seven weeks.

PS: Right in Athens main Syntagma Square there is a large electronics shop selling everything from TVs, video games, computers and … digital cameras. Some more of my Athens photos are at:


There are over 2,000 Greek Islands but only about 200 of them are inhabited. I am visiting six of the 20 or so “major well known” Greek Islands on this world wind trip. These are the touristy islands, if you want pure relaxation it would be better to go to one of the lesser known smaller islands for peace and quite.

Crete: The first one I visited this trip is also the largest Greek Island; Crete, docking at the port city of Aghios Nikolaos (St. Nickolas). During Ancient Greece the continental land of Greece was much larger than today extending up to parts of France, Spain, Italy and North Africa all contained colonies of Greece. In those early 1,000 years BC ancient Greeks believed in their many mythological Gods. There was a god of fertility, a god of agriculture, and so on. The supreme God or father of all the Gods though was Zeus. The ancient Greeks believed that Zeus was born in a limestone cave on the island of Crete. Many Greeks would spend a year on a pilgrimage to reach that island cave site to make an offering to Zeus. In today’s Christian world the city of Bethlehem and the manger would be the equivalent of this limestone cave birthplace of Zeus. The Island of Crete has 5% of Greece’s population, 6% of its land mass, and produces 32% of its olive oil. One of the US military bases here was one of those shut down during the Clinton years. Cousin Peggy told me that her husband, Dwight, spent 18 months on Crete when he was in the air force.

Corfu: When I first arrived on Corfu the winds were blowing and torrential rains were pouring. The forecast was for the same all day. Fortunately a couple of hours later the rain stopped, the sun came out and it was a pleasant day for a stroll around the historical city of Corfu on this Island of Corfu. While walking around the historical city my mind jumped back to hints of old Havana Cuba… because of the lack of maintenance on the old buildings that were falling apart, in various states of disrepair much like in Cuba. The island of Corfu is one of the most popular with summer vacationers, considered the greenest and prettiest of the Greek islands. The island was ruled for 400 years by the Venetians, then by the French until the British took control of it and finally was ceded back to be part of the country of Greece. It is the most northern of all the islands.

Katakolon-Olympia: Technically this is not an island. It is part of continental Greece. The cutting of the Corinth Canal sort of makes this a man-made island but one you can drive to over the canal bridge. Ancient Olympia of course was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, first held in 776 BC. At that time the Olympic Games were open only to honorable Greek men and were performed in the nude, once every four years. Initially it was only a foot race, later boxing, chariot racing, discuss throwing and other sports were added. It also involved rituals to the Gods, primarily Zeus, in the various temples which were also on the site. It is estimated that the ivory and gold statue of Zeus here was about 40 feet tall. The games came to an end about a thousand years later around 400 AD when kill-sport Emperor Theodosius banned them. The site of Olympia, just like all the other major ancient Greek structures, was eventually destroyed by massive earthquakes. All of Greece is a very seismic active area. The modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece in 1896 to promote a more peaceful world. It was just ten days ago that the Olympic torch was lit here via the sun and began its journey to Vancouver Canada, the site of
the next games.

Santorini: This island is the site of an old volcano and Santorini is likely the island visited by the largest number of tourists in the summer season, which has already ended by now. It is a crescent shaped island as one side of the volcano fell off in a massive explosion allowing the center cauldron to fill with ocean water. The inside vertical cliff of the cauldron extends about one thousand feet straight up out of the ocean. The high rim of the crater is topped with many bright white-washed homes giving the appearance from a distance of snow capped mountains. There are three ways to get from the ocean up to the village at the top of the rim: walk 580 steps up, rent a donkey to ride up, or ride the new cable car and be there in three minutes. Either a donkey or the cable car each cost 4 Euro. The first major eruption of this volcano, considered the largest in the last 10,000 years, was in 1,650 BC and some speculate it might have covered the lost city of Atlantis. The most recent eruption, much smaller, was in 1956.

Delos: This small island is no longer inhabited. Today it is just one huge pile of rocks, lots of ruins from magnificent buildings of long ago when it was both the religious and political center of Aegean. Today this island is basically one big open air museum of ruins. It is located just a few miles from the port of Mykonos Island.

Mykonos: One of the most famous islands of Greece was made so by Jackie O. Mykonos town is a colorful maze of narrow paved with white washed stone path ways with side to side white washed homes usually with bright blue doors and blue painted shuttered windows. It is a reflection of the Greek flag which consists only of blue and white colors. On the hill above the village is the five wind mills and along one edge of the port the cluster of restaurants, bars and shops referred to as little Venice. The locals have a healthy understanding of how to have a good time and this is the island where you can party until dawn in one of the several clubs. All buildings are no more than two stories tall by law on all the islands, because of the earthquakes. If you build more than two stories the state has the right to tear down your home. Mykonos Island also has some of the best sandy beaches. It sort of strikes me that many of the villagers on the Greek Islands share one existence similar to San Franciscans: living every day with the knowledge that sooner or later the next big earthquake will send their little white cube houses tumbling into the sea.

Rhodes: One of the seven ancient wonders of the world (all are now totally gone except for the pyramids) was the Colossus of Rhodes. They are quite sure that the Colossus of Rhodes existed as a massive 105 foot tall statue but they cannot agree on where this huge statue stood on Rhodes or what it even looked like. Most agree that it certainly did NOT straddle the entrance to the harbor with one leg on each side of the harbor entrance, this version of its location is pure fiction, but not much else is agreed upon. Rhodes struck me as one of the more beautiful islands with its massive walled old town. Many of the ruins and castle here were rebuilt by the Italians during the years of their occupation. Rhodes, in Greek Rodos, means the flower rose. It is a UNESCO cultural heritage location. In mythology Rhodes was the island of the Sun God Helios. There is also some Turkish influence since this Greek Island lies only a few miles from the coast of Turkey.

Check back next month for Mike’s visit to Turkey!

Gay Park City, Utah

Author: , March 4th, 2010

You may have missed Sundance Film Festival in January – and if you love cinema and celebrity spotting, it’s a must-go event – but there’s still a huge variety of reasons to visit this winter.

It’s not simply thanks to its postcard-like setting amidst snow-covered mountains soaring up to 10,000 feet into deep blue skies. Nor is it solely thanks to the incredible skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities available at its three principle ski resorts – Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and The Canyons Resort. It’s not just due to its status as a liberal blue island in a sea of red, making it a natural choice for gay and lesbian travelers looking for some queer-friendly outdoor fun this winter.

It’s for all these reasons plus the genuinely friendly welcome you’ll receive whether whizzing down the slopes, sipping an après-ski drink at the lodge, or enjoying some up-and-coming rock band at a bar on Main Street downtown. If this isn’t enough, here are another seven reasons to put Park City on your travel gaydar this winter.

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Moseying Through History: Santa Fe's Museums

Author: , March 4th, 2010
by Linda, La Casa Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Ask five different people what’s great about visiting Santa Fe, and you will get way more than five answers. People enthuse about the food, the inclusive community, the unique shopping opportunities, the sunshine 325 days a year, the rich tri-cultural history, the vibrant arts scene, and much more.

They may forget to mention that the heart of the city is very compact. A multi-faceted Santa Fe experience is available on foot, while saving your automobile rental dollars for something more gratifying. This is especially true for museum buffs. Between the art galleries and the historical buildings, half the town looks like a museum, but eleven museum collections reside within five blocks of the central Plaza.

Start at the New Mexico State Capitol Building to see a sample of paintings, sculpture, photographs, lithographs, pottery, weaving, and just about every other New Mexico art form that doesn’t require live performance. There is no charge for admission to the Capitol building, which is interesting in itself as the only round U.S. state capitol. The surrounding grounds have sculptures representing many of New Mexico’s outstanding artists, as well as landscaping with a variety of native plants. You may take a self-guided tour, or arrange for a guided tour by appointment:

When were you last asked to touch the sculptures in an art exhibit? Just north of the state capitol, the Bataan Memorial Building Atrium Gallery features the Touching Beauty exhibit. Sculptor Michael Naranjo lost his sight, the use of one arm, and most of the use his other hand in the Vietnam War. Nevertheless, he pursued his sculpture. Follow the artist’s vision, as you touch and explore the bronzes with your hands as well as with your eyes:

Located in the newly developed Railyard District, SITE Santa Fe does not hold permanent collections, but rather presents exhibitions of contemporary arts. Biennial exhibitions, developed around particular themes, provide a showcase for internationally recognized artists. They open in even-numbered years, usually in midsummer. Additional, shorter exhibitions and lecture series vary throughout the year:

Also in the Railyard District, you find El Museo Cultural. El Museo was developed to showcase and promote Hispanic culture and learning. Although Northern New Mexico traditions are featured, the art, history, and culture of the larger Hispanic community are celebrated as well. The museum also hosts community-oriented events, classes and workshops.

Moving to the north, locate the Santuario de Guadalupe. This large, adobe structure has a somewhat mysterious history – some sources suggest it was built in the late 1600’s, others cite early 1700s or even 1800s. Clearly, there has been rebuilding and remodeling at various periods, and the Santuario now serves as a museum and a popular site for weddings and community oriented activities. You can visit to see a collection of Mexican baroque and Italian Renaissance paintings, and New Mexican santos (carved images of saints.) A large statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe graces the patio to the north, and rose gardens glorify the image.

Onward to the five museums closest to the Plaza, in the heart of the city:

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated entirely to the works of a woman artist, and is the most-visited museum in New Mexico. O’Keeffe’s works rotate through the museum throughout the year, with approximately 50 selections on view at any given time. In addition, the Museum presents special exhibitions either devoted entirely to O’Keeffe’s work or combining examples of her art with works by her American modernist contemporaries:

Founded in 1917, the New Mexico Museum of Art focuses on work produced in or related to New Mexico. Long-term exhibits are augmented by special projects devoted to a particular artist or New Mexico theme. The west wing of the museum houses St. Francis Auditorium, one of Santa Fe’s premier performance spaces.

The Spanish colonial government built the adobe Palace of the Governors in the 1600s to house its representatives. In this, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States, exhibitions draw on the museum’s collection to highlight New Mexico history. An additional attraction is the Portal Program, where over 900 Native American artists rotate to sell authentic arts and crafts from New Mexico, the Navajo Nation, and parts of Arizona:

Step through the Palace of the Governors courtyard, and enter the New Mexico History Museum. Initially opened in 2009, the core exhibit tells New Mexico history from the pre-colonial era to the present. Although tangible artifacts are generously displayed, the emphasis is upon the interweaving of peoples and events which developed present-day New Mexico:

A block from the east side of the Plaza, you’ll find the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum. The Institute is a multi-tribal four-year fine arts college, and the Museum provides exhibit space for work by contemporary Native American artists, including IAIA students. It also serves as a resource for training the students in skills which prepare them to work as museum professionals:

Those who wish to venture a bit farther afield can catch a ride on the city Museum Bus route to Museum Hill, with four more extraordinary offerings:

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art:

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and Laboratory of Anthropology:

Museum of International Folk Art:

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian:

Lastly, the city hosts two additional museums eight blocks from the Plaza, on the Old Santa Fe Trail:

=”font-family: Verdana, sans-serif”>The Santa Fe Children’s Museum
provides hands-on educational exhibits, and a climbing wall helps kids burn off some energy in a safe environment.

The Bataan Memorial Military Museum tells the tale of the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery Regiments, who were captured on Bataan when the Japanese overran the island in 1942. They endured captivity for one and a half years, losing half their members in the ordeal. The collection of artifacts and memorabilia from World War II is steadily growing.

Make your stay in Santa Fe special by staying in the fully-furnished, historic José D Sena House. We have been happy to live in Santa Fe for over thirty years, and would like to help you have a happy stay in our historic dwelling. Here in the Guadalupe district, you will be near the Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Sanbusco Center, the Railyard District, and the Santa Fe River, as well as downtown museums and a bus link to Museum Hill.

You will be staying in rooms with 12 foot ceilings, in which you can still see hand-hewn boards and vigas, along with bits of the adobe that originally served for the roof. But never fear, there are modern touches such as electricity and indoor plumbing! See our home page at for our rates, and for clickable links to information about nearby restaurants, shopping, museums, outdoor activities, and more. You can contact us at 505-231-6670, or