New Lesbian Travel Blog: What’s a Lesbian to Do With Herself?

Author: , May 29th, 2011

What's a Lesbian to Do With Herself?Hi! Welcome to the very first What’s a Lesbian to Do With Herself, in which we inform you what you should be doing if, G-d forbid, you leave this website and head out into the world. We get a lot of people asking us to talk about their events so HERE WE ARE, putting them all into one little post! This isn’t nightlife listings (check GO! Magazine for that) , just a compilation of things you’ve told us about or asked us to talk about on Autostraddle.

Are you hosting an Autostraddle Meet-Up you’d like added to this? Email grace [at] Autostraddle [dot] com with the details of your very special specialness. Also welcome are information about pride parties, poetry readings, craft fairs and Harry Potter movie premieres. To Grace!

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Gays, Lesbians Will Travel This Summer, Family Equality Council Says

Author: , May 29th, 2011

The Family Equality Council, America’s foremost advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families, today predicted LGBT families will continue to travel in robust numbers during the summer season despite the rising cost of airfare and gas prices as well as current economic conditions. The traditional summer travel season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend.

Brent Wright, Director of Programming for Family Equality Council, said LGBT families see their summer travel experiences as more than just discretionary vacations.

“Our families tell us that they place a high value on the opportunity to take their children to destinations they consider life-affirming and culturally enriching as well as fun,” said Wright. “This is the one time of year where some LGBT families feel free to celebrate their diversity and make connections with other parts of their community.”

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After Gay Pride Moves to Detroit, Volunteers Keep it Alive in Ferndale

Author: , May 29th, 2011

Ferndale Gay PrideAlthough the annual Motor City Pride Festival has moved to Detroit’s Hart Plaza this year, local Ferndale businesses, residents and friends of Ferndale have come together to sponsor and to support Ferndale Pride, a complementary gay pride festival for Motor City Pride, affirming once more that you just can’t hide Ferndale’s pride.

“We got together about 30 individuals, all volunteers, plus four co-chairs, and in 90 days pulled off a number of pretty neat and entertaining events all across Ferndale,” Oakland County Commissioner Craig Covey said at Monday night’s Ferndale City Council meeting.

Shortly after Covey had found out that Motor City Pride was moving the state’s largest gay pride festival to Detroit’s Hart Plaza, he quickly began planning an event here in Ferndale that could complement – before and after – the Motor City Pride.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina del Rey

Author: , May 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 Los Angeles County Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Jamaica Bay Inn, Marina del ReyCome to Southern California and discover the Jamaica Bay Inn, a Marina del Rey hotel ideal for both corporate and leisure travelers. We invite you to experience a refined, renovated waterfront retreat, with elegant rooms and suites, upgraded amenities, dining at our own Vu Restaurant & Bar, room service, lovely outdoor spaces, banquet facilities and an unparalleled location that looks over the beautiful blue waters of the marina, filled with sailboats and yachts

We’re working to make the Jamaica Bay Inn more eco-friendly – our Marina del Rey hotel exclusively offers Hybrid taxi services for our guests.

Each guestroom and suite offers a peaceful, West Indies-inspired atmosphere with great amenities perfect for corporate travelers and vacationing visitors.

Enjoy our comfortable, signature bedding, private balconies (in most accommodations), providing amazing views of the marina, wifi Internet, flat screen TV’s, granite countertops and a big work space complete with ergonomic chairs.

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Gay Days to Add Las Vegas Event in September, 2012

Author: , May 28th, 2011

Gay Days Las vegasThrongs of gay and lesbian tourists arrive in Orlando next week for their annual Gay Days celebration at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, but starting next year, those travelers will have a second option come summer’s end: Las Vegas.

The organizers of Orlando’s Gay Days said this week they’re expanding and will host a Gay Days Las Vegas starting in September 2012. The event is designed to complement the annual expo and party in Orlando.

“When we decided to start researching Vegas, … the feedback was just tremendous,” said Chris Alexander-Manley, president of Gay Days Inc., who noted the expansion will coincide with Gay Days 21st anniversary. “We say, ‘We’re 21, we’re legal, we’re going to Las Vegas.'”

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Orbitz Responds to Fox News Ad Controversy

Author: , May 28th, 2011

Yesterday, we reported on the ongoing DropFox campaign that has been targeting Orbitz for their advertising on generally anti-gay Fox News. It has become quite the issue, fueled by pundits on both sides of the political spectrum, as well as banner ads purchased by Media Matters across the Internet.

I weighed in, calling on Orbitz to realize that their position as a leader in LGBT marketing and gay rights holds them to a higher standard than other companies that also advertise on Fox News – such as Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Walgreens and others.

The visibility of being a leader is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, you are creating goodwill by being a vanguard, but on the other, you are more vulnerable to critics from every angle.

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Dolly Travels: Pitti Palace, Viareggio, and Cinque Terra

Author: , May 28th, 2011

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time starting in Paris. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!
Monterosso Beach

Buongiorno, Everyone,

While we are taking our afternoon rest, I will try to fill you in on our activities of the past week. Although we have been walking miles every day, the stairs will probably do me in.

Why is it, that I can walk forever, on level ground, even hilly ground, and the stairs are going to be my undoing? And believe me, if you even think about telling me I am a year older than I was last year, I will not listen to you!!

Boboli GardensLast Thursday, Sharon and I toured the Boboli Gardens and the Pitti Palace. The gardens were beautiful, of course, but everything in the gardens is just up another hill, or a flight of stairs. The visit was well worth the energy expended getting to the top.

On Saturday, we took the train to Viareggio. Massimo picked us up at the station, then took us to our apartment. The Carli’s had given us thebuse of the Oberdan apartment for the weekend, which was quite lovely.

As the Carli’s had commitments to other functions, we were on our own for Saturday. First we walked to the marina, looked at the enormously expensive yachts, trying to decide which one we liked best.

Then we walked the Passiagata, the pedestrian area that parallels the sea. We were fortunate that the weather was good, so eventually we found a little ristorante where we each ordered what we thought was a sandwich but when our lunch arrived, the sandwiches were the size of a small pizza, made on fresh focaccia and delicious, but impossible to finish. Here is Sharon taking a picture of our lunch (at right).

After that we waddled our way a few more blocks down the Passiagata, then returned to our apartment to rest up from all the walking and eating. Later that night we had a nice little grilled sole with potatoes, and that was quite enough.

The next day we had lunch with Massimo and Magda, and Massimo’s mother, who will be 106 years old this August. She is delightful, and we enjoyed the meal and the company very much. Later, after his mother had gone back to her own apartment, the four of us went for a walk, and got caught in a rainstorm.

PassagiataHere is a photo of the Passiagata (at left).

The following day we took the train up to the Cinque Terre, staying in the village of Vernazza. We were very lucky with the weather for our two night stay there.

We did not hike the trail, but walked along the road out of the village, coming across little cottages, with gardens, a little river. It was so pretty.

Afternoon SpritzWe managed to get back to Vernazza in time for cocktail hour. At five o’clock, the church bells chimed the hour, then the carillon played the Italian National Anthem. I love that song anyway, but it was especially nice to hear it there, and see and hear many people singing the anthem. I must learn the words to that song. Our afternoon Aperol spritz is pictured at right.

Vernazza's HarborOn Tuesday, we spent most of the day in Monterosso (beach photo at the top of this post), the village further north west of Vernazza. Again, the weather was beautiful, many people were enjoying the beach. We walked into the Old Town, then down the Promenade, had a lovely seafood lunch, finally getting the train back to Vernazza about six o’clock. Vernazza’s harbor is at left.

Sadly, Wednesday, we had to leave the seaside, but we were happy to be back “home” in Florence. We were able to have dinner in our apartment with enough food for leftovers tonight.

Life is good! We enjoyed a nice walk today, in Florence, but did not get to go into the Medici chapel, or Santa Maria Novella church, as we had planned, because of the long lines of tourists waiting to get into those places.

I think the cruise ships had brought tons of visitors today, so we went to the bookstore and the ceramic store, where I saw my friend, Regina, in the Lorezacchio Ceramiche.

She has made some beautiful ceramics, many of which reside in my home already. We had a nice visit. This is one of the good things about travel, meeting some very nice people who remain friends forever.

Now I must close, and get this blog post sent. By the way, although I am having a good time, I still want to hear from my friends and family. Write to me, OK?

Ciao for now.


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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Alexander’s Country Inn, Ashford, Washington

Author: , May 27th, 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 Puget Sound, Washington Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Alexander's Country Inn, Ashford, WashinghtonWelcome to Alexander’s Country Inn bed & Breakfast, in Ashford, Washington, close to Mt. Ranier and just one mile from the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.
Alexander’s Country Inn offers some of the best lodging in the Mount Rainier area. Originally built in 1912, our Mount Ranier B&B is a romantic Victorian hotel with twelve guest rooms.

The inn offers historic charm along with modern amenities – stay in either our Tower Suite or in a Queen Room.

Our Mt. Ranier accommodations include breakfast, evening wine, a media room, a WiFi hot spot, and a hot tub.

Our two vacation rentals are ideal for families or groups.
We’re just 1 hour from Tacoma or Olympia, and 2.hours from Seattle or Portland. Alexander’s Country Inn is open for accommodations every day of the year.

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Gay Travel’s Ten Favorite Gay Pride Events

Author: , May 27th, 2011

Gay Pride10. Pensacola Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30: The local scene this weekend is like no other, thousands of sexy, half-naked and bronzed guys and girls of all ages and types. Find a nice spot for yourself on the beach and enjoy the scenery. The best part of Pensacola Pride is meeting new people (alcohol and themed-tents help to this end). From drag-queens to rehab stations, you’ll find miles of entertainment.

9. Montreal, Aug 4-11: The city of Mary knows how to throw a party and gay bride is one of the best! The parade will start on the corner of Guy Street and travel east on Rene-Levesque Boulevard, culminating on Sanguinet Street and the Village. The crowd will march to Place Emilie-Gamelin where everyone is invited to continue the celebrations during the MEGA T-DANCE until the closing show.

8. Madrid, July 1-3: The parade on Saturday is by far the largest gay parade in Spain and one of the biggest parades throughout Europe, with thousands of international visitors. Known as Madrid Orgullo (abbreviated Mado, orgullo is the Spanish word for pride). In this city long characterized by its formality, Chueca has emerged into a place where people feel free to let their hair down. The gay community turned Chueca into a safe zone for cutting loose, expressing creativity and having a good time.

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Gay Days Coming to Orlando on May 31st

Author: , May 27th, 2011

Orlando Gay Days 2011What started 21 years ago has grown into a week, May 31 – June 6, 2011, of park hopping, pool parties, shopping, and sunning. There’s something for everyone. Gay Days has evolved from a one-day walk in the park to one of the top 3 GLBT vacation events in the world with over 150,000 attending. We’re proud that this year Gay Days was named one of the top 100 events in Florida, and one of the top 7 in Orange County. Attend some of the Gay Days events listed below, and you’ll know why.

Start the week off Tuesday, May 31 at the Gay Days Kick-Off Party at Mr. Sisters, Orlando’s newest club.

On Wednesday, June 1 starts five days of pool parties. We have 11 daytime pool parties between the main pool, women’s pool and the Bear pool and 8 evening pool parties. The pool parties bring in the world’s hottest DJ’s, courtesy of! Visit one of the day and/or evening parties at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, Gay Days Host Hotel.

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