Thailand: 10th Annual Phuket Gay Pride Next Month

Author: , January 27th, 2011

Phuket Gay PrideGay tourists are expected to arrive in Patong in great numbers next month for the 10th Phuket Gay Pride Celebration, an annual event organized by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Activities kick off on the night of February 23, when there will be a pre-opening White Party on Soi Paradise, center of the town’s gay nightlife scene.

Proceeds from the various events each year go to organizations and foundations that assist the local LGBT community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s recipients will be the Andaman Power organization.

Full Story from The Phuket Gazette

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Gay Bars of the Castro

Author: , January 27th, 2011

Castro Gay BarsTourist Trapped is a weekly Culture Blog post in which Beth Spotswood visits San Francisco’s popular tourist destinations and reports back. This week: Bars of the Castro.

“I need a new tourist spot.” I said to Brock, as I do every weekend. “Where do you want to go tonight?”

“Oh God.” He replied. “You know where we should go…”

15 minutes later, we were sitting along the edge of the Midnight Sun, a mildly popular gay bar in the Castro. Whether you like it or not, the Castro is absolutely a tourist destination, just as much an icon as the Golden Gate Bridge or cable cars. And when friends come to town, the Castro is just as good a nightspot as any.

Full Story from SFGate

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UK: Isle of Jersey Lukewarm to Gay Tourism

Author: , January 26th, 2011

Gay Jersey IslandThe head of Jersey tourism said the island does not target gay tourists specifically or advertise in specialist magazines.

David de Carteret said Jersey is neutral when it comes to attracting the so-called “pink pound”.

There are a few guest houses in the island which are recommended on websites as being “gay friendly”.

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Tell Trinity: What’s a Circuit Party, and Should I Go?

Author: , January 26th, 2011

Hello Trinity, What are circuit parties and would you recommend them? –Circuit Queries, Philadelphia, PA

Hello Circuit Queries, Circuit parties, typically benefiting AIDS organizations, started in Atlanta, Ga., in the 70s at the Hotlanta River Expo where so many people showed up that the organizers had to create smaller parties to accommodate the crowds, thus a circuit of parties.

Events like Montreal’s Black & Blue fill sports arenas, sporting famous DJ’s and entertainers. For $75 to $150 you too can dance next to gorgeous, muscular gay men on drugs (how else do you think they stay up). So, once in your life, down a Red Bull, remove your shirt and dance all night, but, darling, skip the drugs because some people also overdose.

Full Story from QNotes

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Big Gay Ski Events This Winter

Author: , January 26th, 2011

Ski events are popular with gay and lesbian travellers, and there are several big ones to choose from this winter.

In Canada, the premier event is WinterPRIDE, the gay and lesbian ski week at Whistler, B.C. This year’s version is the 19th annual and it takes place Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. It is expected to attract about 2,500 people, who come for a mix of outdoor activities and partying.

Spokesman Dean Nelson says about 60 per cent of people either ski or snowboard, while the remainder come for social, culinary or other events, or to take part in non-ski activities such as snowmobiling and dogsledding. “We work with Whistler Blackcomb on stay/ski packages that people can buy, as well as Canadian Snowmobile to provide some non-ski activities guests can purchase a la carte,” he says. See gaywhistler.com/index.php for more.

Full Story from The Ottawa Citizenhttp://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Going+places/4149403/story.html

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Even for Texans, San Francisco is Queertopia

Author: , January 25th, 2011

Gay San Francisco TravelSan Francisco is regularly recognized as one of the world’s most visited cities, and equally as often is dubbed the most European city in America. The Bay Area boasts a live-and-let-live ethos that has attracted a population with equal parts creativity and quirk (it’s the fictional homes of Marvel’s X-Men and Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets).

It’s also just about the gayest city in the world, a veritable Capital of the Queers — some estimates put 30 percent of the population as LGBT-identified. And despite their baseball team trouncing the Rangers in last year’s World Series, it’s still a desirable travel destination for gay Texans.

The city has welcomed the weary, the weird and the wacky for more than a century. The first wave was during the Gold Rush of the 1800s. The prospectors had no prospects — and no women. So they made do, and are said to be the ones who invented the Hanky Code to organize their newfound homo desires.

Full Story from the Dallas Voice

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ALSO Boat People Gay Party Friday at Melbourne’s Midsumma

Author: , January 25th, 2011

ALSO Boat People party at Melbourne's MidsummaALSO’s Boat People party is about to sail into Midsumma. Kaye Sera has a chat with the captains of the ship.

Q: It seems ALSO are getting back into the business of producing parties. What’s the thinking behind this?

A: ALSO’s ability to reach, challenge and engage people has been very tied to its ability to entertain people; whether people want us to be back in the community dance party game, we’re still testing the waters. So if you want us to be putting on parties for the whole community, BUY A TICKET!

Q: ALSO are no strangers to the party scene – care to share a potted history of the golden days down on the docks?

A: It should be widely known that ALSO held the first dance party in Australia (Rawhide 1981) and it steadily grew from there. By the end of the 80s, ALSO’s Red Raw was only rivalled by New York’s Big Gay Dance Party as one of the two best parties in world.

Mardi Gras started to take over in numbers in the early 90s, with ALSO’s numbers peaking at over 8,000 at the docklands in 96. At this stage it was also presenting ALSO’s NYE Party, Resurrection (Easter) and Winterdaze (Queens Birthday). These parties had budgets of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Full Story from MCV

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The Angry Traveler in Ten Countries

Author: , January 25th, 2011

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Tourism Turns to Gay Travelers in Hard Economic Times

Author: , January 24th, 2011

Travel groups are targeting gay and lesbian travellers as a way out of the current economic crisis, according to industry experts.

Same-sex weddings and honeymoon breaks in countries that allow gay marriage, and gay family breaks are just a number of ways operators are targeting the ‘pink pound’ to help them get out of the red and into the black.

Experts claim the industry is now waking up to the potential of gay travellers, particularly off-season, as the majority are not parents and therefore often have more disposable income. According to marketing group Out Now, which targets gay travellers, queer tourists contribute six percent of worldwide tourist numbers.

Full Story from The Pink Paper

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GayTravel.com’s Winter 2011 Events Guide

Author: , January 24th, 2011

Got the Winter blues? Well snap out of it! Whether you like scantily clad, sun-kissed boys on the beach or sipping cocoa after a day on the slopes, this is your one-stop guide for where to be seen this season!

Whistler, BC, Canada
Jan 30-Feb 6, 2011
GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE Gay & Lesbian Ski Week

Have yourself a very gay winter in Whistler, B.C. during WinterPRIDE. For 8 days, you’ll be able to down a cocktail, dance for hours, eat delicious treats, and get some much needed r&r as you connect with old and new friends from around the world. If you’re looking for a place where the mountains snow and the drinks flow(heavily), WinterPRIDE has you covered. This year’s host hotel is the Hitlon Whistler Resort and Spa. Tickets are on sale NOW. For more information, visit http://www.gaywhistler.com.

San Francisco, California
Thursday Feb 17, 2011
Close Encounters of the Bear Kind IBR 17

International Bear Rendezvous is an annual gathering of bears and bear-lovers held in San Francisco. It is hosted by the Bears of San Francisco, who conceived of Rendezvous as a weekend of fun and fundraising. The event fosters a sense of community among participants while at the same time raising money for agencies serving gay and HIV communities at local, state, and national levels. Fundraising is accomplished through sales of registration packages, raffles, auctions, and direct donations from participants and the community. Since the first Rendezvous in 1995, net proceeds have resulted in donations totaling over $500,000 to many non-profit organizations.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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