Key West Pride 2011 to Salure Diversity

Author: , April 29th, 2011

Key West Pride 2011Diversity and openness are to take center stage Wednesday through Sunday, June 8-12, during Key West Pride 2011. The festival features parties, comedy performances, drag shows, water excursions and much more in the island city whose spirit of acceptance has made it an internationally renowned gay and lesbian resort destination.

Highlights are to include performances by comedians Michele Balan and Jason Stuart. Balan is a former A”Last Comic StandingA” finalist whose credits include appearances on Comedy Central and Logo. Stuart, a veteran of more than 150 film and television appearances, has been hailed as one of the United StatesA’ most successful openly gay male comics. Together they take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.

The festival’s packed schedule begins with an all-welcome kick-off party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Island House, 1129 Fleming St.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Crystal Palace, Bristol, VT

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Central Vermont Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Crystal Palace - Bristol, VTCome visit us in Bristol, Vermont, where the love story of William Lawrence and Minnie Peet began. Our Vermont Bed & Breakfast is a beautifully maintained century–old Queen Anne-style Victorian, beautifully built with hardwood floors throughout, eleven lovely stained glass windows and a grand staircase. At the Crystal Palace, you’ll enjoy elegance, great food and a wonderful vacation experience.

The Crystal Palace Bed & Breakfast is in Addison County, and is registered with the Vermont State Register of Historic Places. This beautiful, historic mansion, now owned by Stacie and Stephen, has been restored to its original splendor: white and red cherry, butternut, ash, and quarter oak, finished to a grand sheen by the owners. The house is just two blocks from Bristol’s village green. The home includes a lovely piazza which wraps around the side of the house, and is furnished with wicker furniture, and we;comes guests to come and relax at this very special place.

The first floor entrance hall contains a unique quarter-sawn oak, cut to look like wood blocks or brick, an unusual decorative effect. The entrance leads to the two parlors on the first floor, one for guests, and one for the hosts. The guest parlor is a grand, romantic room with curved wall and windows, rich oriental carpet and period antiques.

The house is creatively decorated by Stacie with antiques the couple have collected together, many lovingly restored by Stephen. Stephen also loves plants, and they add life throughout this historic home.

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New Gay Travel App Bump Covers Gay Cities Around the World

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Antwerp BumpFrom the producers of the world’s most watched gay and lesbian travel series and Canada’s most successful gay TV show export along with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, comes a spunky new multimedia app series for smart phones: Bump! Travel Guides.

Download a Bump! Travel Guide and you’re good to go to any one of 13 gay-friendly destinations: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Miami, Montreal, Mykonos, Paris, Puerto Vallarta, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Tel Aviv. The Guides feature saucy videos, top travel tips and big pride events, all packaged in a sleek and sexy design for Blackberry, iPhone and iTouch.

“Our mobile guides stand out because they offer a visually rich experience, are wickedly fun and can get you into all sorts of trouble, if that’s what you’re looking for,” says Les Tomlin, Executive Producer of Bumper2Bumper Media, the company behind the Bump! television series and mobile guides.

Bump! Travel Guides promise to keep people updated and connected to the local scene. “Keeping things fresh and current is critical, because in the gay market businesses tend to come and go more quickly than in the straight market,” notes Tomlin. And with a handy feature for rating local hot-spots, travelers can also share their experiences and shout out their favorites.

“People on the road don’t want a hundred choices for what to do, where to go or when to party. They want the top 10 choices and that’s what we offer – a chic and crisply edited selection, based on destinations we know best,” says Tomlin. And for tourists who may want to support GLBT establishments, the Bump! Travel Guides specifically identify International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association member businesses.

Packed with multimedia, Bump! Travel Guides offer video clips from Bump! TV, pictures, GPS maps, one-click phone numbers and links for the best places to eat, shop and party, average temperature and currency info – and a “Play” feature for more fun. The apps will also provide contests, promotions, prizes and sponsorship opportunities.

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Finland: Where to Dance in Helsinki

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Gay Clubs in HelsinkiBallroom Dancing in Helsinki: The centrally located in Wanhan Tanssikellari (Kaivopiha, Mannerheimintie 3) has a restaurant and offers ballroom dancing with DJs or live orchestras. From Tuesdays to Saturdays, you can waltz to live music or try the very popular (and very unique) Finnish tango.

Helsinki Nightclubs: Many Helsinki nightclubs have several dance floors and most clubs stay open until 4 in the morning. Club YK (Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu 21) has two floors and some of the best DJs in Helsinki. DTM, or Don’t Tell Mama (Iso Roobertinkatu 28), is a hugely popular gay club but accepts straight clients too. There are two dance floors and on Saturday nights the second floor is for ladies only.

Lost & Found (Annankatu 6) used to be a hetero-friendly gay club but is now more a gay-friendly hetero club, and has a busy dance floor. Manala and Botta (Dagmarinkatu 2/Museokatu 10) have several dance floors and bars and are popular with students and a young crowd.

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UK: Big Gay Camp Trip Planned for Staffordshire in June

Author: , April 28th, 2011

UP TO 200 people will be pitching their tents and enjoying the festival atmosphere at this summer’s Big Gay Camp Trip. It is the second time the social event has been staged in North Staffordshire and is set to feature music, camp fire tales, games and a dance-off.

There will also be a sexual health zone so NHS workers can offer advice to the wider gay, lesbian and bisexual community.

The event is at Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre, near Endon, on June 4 and 5.

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New Green Travel Site Focuses on Eco-Friendly Lodging

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Green TravelAre you looking to be more environmentally friendly with your travel but don’t know where to start? If that’s the case, you should check out the website, which was created to connect green-minded travelers with travel companies that share eco-friendly values.

The great thing about the site is that it doesn’t just evaluate hotels, tour operators, or activities, but provides helpful recommendations on all aspects of your trip.

While providing a thorough directory of sustainable travel companies from all over the world, it also uses a “Five-Green-Suitcase Rating System” to rate companies based on the progress they’re making to incorporate sustainable principles into their operations and policies.

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Charleston’s Big Gay Beach Day Date Announced

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Charleston's Big Gay Beach DayThe Charleston Area Mpowerment Project has announced that the eighth annual Big Gay Beach Day will be taking over Folly Beach on June 4th.

From 12 to 5 p.m., Folly Beach will be the place to mix, mingle and party. The afternoon will be filled with all kinds of fun including a DJ, volleyball games, a guys versus girls tug of war battle, a slip ‘n’ slide, and much more.

This event is free and open to the public. All you have to do is show up with your crew on the 1600 block of East Ashley Avenue. For additional details and a peek at who is planning to attend, be sure to check out the Facebook invite.

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Nevada Tourism Officials Target Gay Market

Author: , April 27th, 2011

Nevada Gay TourismListening to Mya Lake Reyes, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s director of diversity marketing and an expert on the LGBT travel market, talk about her compelling visual in her presentation about how to attract more gay and lesbian customers to a destination.

In the slide is a picture of six $100 bills.

“This is what’s important to you,” Reyes told her audience. “When you look at these hundreds, you don’t know whether they came from a black man, an Asian woman or a gay traveler. The important thing to you is that you get it. It all spends the same way, no matter who gave it to you.”

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Gay Travel: Berlin’s Pergamon Museum

Author: , April 27th, 2011

Berlin's Pergamon MuseumIf you ever find yourself in Berlin, a definite must see is the famous Pergamon Museum built from 1910 and opened in 1930 it is located on Museum Island in Berlin which houses five large museums that are worth a visit. When you walk into the Pergamon you enter into the classical antiquities department and the first and largest exhibit is the Zeus Altar (180-160 BC).

The altar is so large that it has a huge room all to itself and it the first row of a reassembled acropolis (ancient Greek religious temple) with an amazing frieze (sculpted band) around the base. The frieze depicts the battle between the Olympian gods against the Titans which is called Giantomachy, which the many gods led by Zeus won.

Directly after the Zeus Altar you move onto the massive and gorgeous Market Gate of Miletus the entrance way to an ancient mall in Miletus, which was a Greek colony then Roman city in what is modern day western Turkey along the Aegean coast. The gate was destroyed during a earthquake in 1100 AD and was reassembled bit by bit in the Pergamon. The Altar and Market gate took twenty years to assemble and the department holds many impressive sculptures from many Greek and Roman cities of that era.

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Hawaii Should Market Itself to the Gay Community

Author: , April 27th, 2011

Tourism remains one of the top industries in Hawaii. Studies released in 2006 by the National Tourism Association (NTA) and in 2007 by Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI) indicate the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (GLBT) population takes two to three times as many vacation trips as other segments of the population.

The annual economic impact of GLBT travelers as identified by the US Department of Commerce in 2006 was approximately US$64.5 billion in the USA alone. 84.8% of gay males and 83.6% of lesbian consumers traveled in the last year and spent US$500 or more according to CMI, and yet the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has no marketing efforts targeting this important market.

Juergen Steinmetz, president of the private Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) has been pushing HTA for 3 years to look at the GLBT market. Steinmetz voiced his disappointment about Hawaii abandoning this opportunity. A dedicated website for GLBT travel to Hawaii was introduced by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Center several years ago and quietly disappeared.

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