Chicago History Museum Plans Gay History Exhibit

Author: , January 30th, 2011

Gay ChicagoThe Chicago History Museum is planning an expansive exhibit on the city’s LGBT-related milestones — possibly the first ever gay history project produced by an urban museum.

The “Out in Chicago” exhibit opens May 21 and will include pictures and stories of gay life in the Windy City, including the rise of gay voters as a political force.

Chicago has been a magnet for LGBT Americans, even in the 19th-century — the city enacted an ordinance in 1851 prohibiting cross-dressing, which bureaucrats viewed as a growing problem.

Full Story from the Advocate

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Thailand Airline Allows Transgender Flight Attendants

Author: , January 30th, 2011

Transgender Flight AttendantsIt’s one small step for a transsexual, but one giant leap for alternative sexuality-kind. Thailand’s PC Air (yeah, we’ve never heard of them either), has begun openly recruiting for transsexual flight attendants, hiring a former beauty pageant queen as one of their first “third sex” trolly dollies.

This comes at a time when US Passport forms have finally caught on to gay parenting by removing gender specifications and airlines are actively filling their flights–bringing on special performers or having a gay marriage in flight–with travelers paying with the “pink dollar.” Just don’t get us started on that term, one now being used by the travel industry to refer to the spending power of gay travelers. It’s all money! Ah, but we digress.

Full Story from Jaunted

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Gay Travel Expo Coming to Sydney March 2nd

Author: , January 30th, 2011

Out Gay Travel Expo SydneyOut Travel have now confirmed details for the 2011 Out Gay & Lesbian Travel Expo which will be held on Wednesday the 2nd March at Kinselas Exhibition Space in Taylors Square. Out Travel hosted a very successful Expo in 2010 held at the Sydney Marriott Hotel with over 600 attendees and 26 Exhibitors.

The Out Gay & Lesbian Travel Expo is an innovative travel exhibition dedicated to the GLBT consumer. This event is a stimulating opportunity where visitors can find out new travel destinations and GLBT friendly travel providers and useful information to plan a great holiday.

The expo will bring together airlines, hotels, cruise lines, resorts and car rental companies under one roof with Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Design Hotels, Adventure World and Bench International amongst many other to confirm early. The GLBT Travel Expo will provide an excellent platform for leading exhibitors to promote their business in front of a vast number of GLBT travellers. The Out Gay & Lesbian Travel Expo 2011 will be a great event to get the up-to-date travel information, travel packages and the finest deals. Everyone from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community is the target visitor at Sydney Gay Travel Expo.

Full Story from eTravelBlackboard

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Lesbian-Themed GOGO Festival Coming to London in June

Author: , January 29th, 2011

GOGO Festival LondonIt seems January is a good time to be a lesbian! Emily might get laid on Pretty Little Liars, you can now buy red-and-green candy really cheap at CVS, and there are parties left and right for some reason! (At least, parties that actually happen in June that you can buy tickets for now.) For instance, the GOGO Festival in London. I mean, listen, guys. I’m not saying you have to go to this. I’m just saying that if you don’t, you might REGRET IT FOREVER. There are HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES. Oh, and lesbian stuff too!

Heather Peace, aka cop D.I Sam from hit British lesbian series ‘Lip Service’ will be hanging up her uniform and picking up her guitar to perform a set on Sunday the 19th, having enjoyed sell-out success on her solo tour since starring in the BBC3 show.

She will also be doing a signing and meet and greet with her fans.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Gay Nightlife in Iceland’s Capital, Reykjavik

Author: , January 29th, 2011

Iceland is one of the best destination for gays and lesbians due to its gay-friendliness. There are several nightlife locations for GLBT in Iceland, most of them located in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.

The gay crowd in Iceland has a very strong connection to Laugavegur 22. In the years around 1980, there was a gay bar there and many stories have been told about that time — but people walking out the doors of Laugavegur 22 no longer have to fear being met with violence.

Laugavegur 22 is once again the gay palace of Reykjavik.

Full Story from About.com

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Auckland’s “Big Gay Out” Coming February 13th, Looking for Volunteers

Author: , January 29th, 2011

Big Gay Out, Auckland, New ZealandThousands of people fill Pt Chevalier’s Coyle Park every year for the day of entertainment, food, stalls and general revelry. This year Anika Moa will headline the entertainment, an attraction which is bound to pull in the crowds on February 13.

Get it On! Is still looking for volunteers, who a spokesperson says can expect a day as diverse and colourful as the crowds.

“The more volunteers we have, the more we can move people around so that they can experience: charming the gold out of punters as they walk in the gates, handing out condoms, staffing the Slip’n’Slide, distributing condoms, working the gaba/NZAF Hospitality Marquee and Information tent, promoting condoms, ensuring the dance beats are pumping steadily, rehydrating, feeding and applying sunblock to all the other volunteers, and making sure there are enough condoms so everyone can Get it On!”

Full Story from GayNZ

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UK: A Second Lawsuit Against Another Anti Gay B&B Owner

Author: , January 28th, 2011

Gay Couple Sues Christian B&B Owners in BerkshireA gay couple are suing a Christian bed and breakfast owner after she told them it was ‘against her convictions’ for them to share a bed.

Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, are claiming sexual discrimination after being turned away from Swiss B&B in Cookham, Berkshire, last March.

Their case follows that of Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, who won #3,600 damages from the owners of a Cornish guesthouse last week for refusing them a double room.

Full Story from The Daily Mail

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UK: Anti Gay Hotel Owners to Appeal Ruling Against Them

Author: , January 28th, 2011

The Christian owners of a Cornwall hotel are appealing the judgement which ordered them to pay costs to a gay couple who they refused a double room.

The Christian Institute is reported to be funding the appeal of Peter and Hazelmary Bull of the Chymorvah Hotel, who said they did not believe unmarried couples should share a room.

Martyn Hall and his civil partner Steven Preddy, from Bristol, said it was “direct discrimination” and the Bulls were ordered to pay them #1,800 each at Bristol County Court earlier this month.

Full Story from GayNZ

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Vermont to Get Its First Gay Ski Day

Author: , January 28th, 2011

Bolton Valley Gay Ski WeekBolton Valley had decided to come out with the state’s first ever Gay Ski Day. The event will take place on 1 March and is aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered skiers and boarders who can purchase discounted lift tickets for $34. Family and friends will also be allowed to purchase the discounted tickets. According to the promotional site:

“Vermont Gay Social Alternatives (VGSA) is organizing the first Gay Ski Day at Bolton Valley, Vermont on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. LGBT skiers, snowboarders and their friends and family are invited to join in the fun. Discounted lift tickets are $34 for Alpine, $12 for Nordic. Advanced reservations are required by Tuesday, February 22.”

Participants in the day can arrive at any time, and it should be noted that there are other fees involved for lessons, equipment rental and other services including the use of the Sports center’s pool, sauna and other amenities for those who choose to use them.

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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Seven Ways to Prevent a Gay Travel Disaster

Author: , January 27th, 2011

Gay Travel DisastersTravel is all about the unexpected: buses don’t show up, food isn’t what you ordered, that “boutique hotel” is actually a topless bed-bug Jacuzzi.

Unless you want to be miserable, you have to embrace the unknown and find the joy of the unexpected as you travel. It’s what makes travel so invigorating, real and alive. Travel is essentially a Choose Your Own Adventure book, and nobody turns to the right page every time.

Case in point: I’m sitting in the annoyingly calm baggage claim area at the Burlington, Vermont airport, waiting nervously. Every five seconds, I crane my head around and look for the blue-and-white stripes of the FedEx man that is over-night delivering me my salvation.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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