India’s Gay Travel Market Growing

Author: , July 27th, 2011

An increasing number of homosexual tourists are considering flights to Goa and other Indian destinations, according to an industry source.

Speaking to the Times of India, gay travel expert Sanjay Malhotra claimed the city is popular with both domestic and international visitors, alongside Khujaraho, Varanasi and Kerala.

The publication noted that more companies are offering packages that pledge homosexual tourists will not suffer any negative incidents in the traditionally conservative country.

Full Story from Southall Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Lighthouse Inn B&B, Rehoboth Beach

Author: , July 23rd, 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 Delaware Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Lighthouse Inn - Rehoboth BeachOur Inn is noted for nautical decor, romantic escape and business travel. Come take it easy and enjoy the ambiance and hospitality of our bed and breakfast. We have four rooms with central air conditioning and heat, a private cottage, all equipped with amenities to meet your comfort and accommodation needs.

We are only one-half block to the beach and within walking distance to the many wonderful boutiques and restaurants of the town. Begin your day with a supreme continental breakfast on our enclosed wrap-around front porch or by our turn-of-the-century fireplace and relax with friends there at day’s end.

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BC: 2011 Outgames Starts Monday in Vancouver

Author: , July 23rd, 2011

When Vancouver hosts the 2011 North American Outgames this month, there is one qualification for competition that won’t be required. “We won’t be checking anyone’s gay card at the door,” said John Boychuk, event chair.

You don’t have to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, out, in or even curious to join in. You just have to want to play the game. Or dance the two-step.

This is the “out” games, so yes — Texas hold ’em and dance sport will have pride of place alongside track and field, volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis.

Full Story from the Vancouver Sun

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BC: Corporate Sponsorship Now a Big Part of Vancouver Gay Pride Parade

Author: , July 23rd, 2011

For years now archivist Ron Dutton has collected and carefully preserved about three-quarters of a million items documenting gay and lesbian history in British Columbia. But nowhere in that impressive library is there an image of the earliest days of what’s now known as the Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival. The omission doesn’t surprise him.

In 1972, the year the first gay pride event quietly took place in Stanley Park, homosexuality had only recently been decriminalized in Canada. No other civil rights or protections for the country’s gay population existed, and those who were “out” ran the risk of losing their family, children or job. “I don’t think people who went to [that first event] were willing to have their pictures taken. It would not have been smart to have had something published,” the retired librarian said.

It’s a far cry from the huge public celebration that is the pride festival today. The evolution of social attitudes toward the gay community has helped to make the annual parade one of the most-anticipated social events of the summer. Last year, close to 600,000 people packed into the city’s West End to enjoy the wild spectacle of dancers in drag, neon spandex, bikinis and boas.

Full Story from the Vancouver Sun

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New York’s Gay Honeymooners to Face the Hotel Check-In Dance

Author: , July 23rd, 2011

NEW YORK’s first gay newlyweds are about to engage in a time-honored ritual: the honeymoon. So it’s no surprise that hotels eager for the anticipated influx of business in the wake of last month’s hard-won marriage equality legislation are getting ready. But for those of us who routinely travel with our same-sex partners (legal or otherwise), the law, which goes into effect today, won’t automatically eradicate awkward moments on those occasions when you’d hope to be treated just like every other married couple.

One of those moments came a few weeks ago when my partner, Barney, and I arrived at the Ocean House hotel in Watch Hill, R.I. By my thinking, check in should always be a nonevent, but over the 17 years we’ve traveled, Barney and I have discovered that the process is not always as smooth as it could be when two men arrive together at a hotel registration desk.

On this particular weekend I thought I’d done everything to avoid the awkward moment that awaited us. “Welcome to Ocean House, Mr. Marcus,” the desk clerk said with a smile. Then she looked blankly at my partner. She had no idea who he was, so she said nothing to acknowledge him. What was she thinking, I wondered? He’s clearly not my brother. He’s not my escort. Business colleagues or just friends? Not likely since we’d booked a room with a king-size bed. From the time I’d made the reservation in our names and reconfirmed before arriving, our relationship was lost. However seemingly small the oversight, it made us uncomfortable.

Full Story from The New York Times

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Parker Guest House, San Francisco

Author: , July 22nd, 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 Castro District, San Francisco Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Parker Guest House, San FranciscoThank you for your interest in the Parker House San Francisco. The Parker House is a 21 guest room Edwardian mini-mansion with gardens perfectly located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Castro District. We are just steps from the Castro’s excellent transportation, parks, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Guest services include extended continental breakfast and use of the properties extensive public rooms, gardens, computer station, sun decks and steamspa area. All rooms come equipped with down comforters, terry cloth robes, private phone, voicemail, second line data ports (many with DSL), cable TV, new all-tile baths, and top of the line amenities.

Complementary FAX service is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. All rooms are non-smoking but, smoking is allowed on the front and rear porches and the gardens. On-site secure parking is available for $15 per night. We accept AMEX, Mastercard, Visa and Discover Cards.

The Parker House is the most highly rated gay and lesbian guest house in San Francisco receiving top mention from OUT & ABOUT, Damron Guides and Fodors Gay Guide. Our complete business facilities make us an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travelers.

Thank you for your initial interest and we look forward to having you as our guest at the Parker House.

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Five US Cities in Need of Gay Bars

Author: , July 22nd, 2011

These five cities have natural beauty, open-minded denizens and an endless stream of tourists. The only thing lacking is gay nightlife!

5. Lake Tahoe, CA: Located on the California – Nevada border not too far from Reno, Nevada, Tahoe offers world class skiing in the winter and a plethora of outdoor fun in the summer – but no gay or lesbian bars! A shame since the city is a playground for outdoor and sport enthusiasts.

4. Napa, CA: Napa Valley is the second most popular tourist destination in California, second only to Disneyland, but LGBT nightlife is desperately lacking. Still, a trip to wine country is always AMAZING and the rolling hills dotted with vineyards are magnificent. A great view to share with that special someone!

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Gay Friendly Destinations Compete for New York’s Gay Honeymooners

Author: , July 22nd, 2011

ALL newlyweds need a honeymoon — a fact that has the travel industry salivating.. The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York State has set off a race among resorts and hotels around the world to become the next honeymoon hot spot for gay and lesbian couples.

Kura Hulanda Resorts on the Caribbean island of Curacao has said it will give the first gay couple to marry in New York State a honeymoon at its expense, including airfare. (Other same-sex couples with a valid New York marriage license will get a free upgrade and dinner for two when staying four nights.)

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island along the Great Barrier Reef has introduced a $6,270 seven-night honeymoon package including a dinner for two and sunset cruise to “celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in New York.”

Full Story from The New York Times

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Orchid House B&B, Guadalajara

Author: , July 21st, 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 Jalisco, Mexico Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Orchid House B&B - Guadalajara, MexicoWelcome to Orchid House B&B, an Elegant Guadalajara Bed & Breakfast in the Colonia Americana (Zona Rosa) neighborhood of Guadalajara, just a couple blocks from the US Consulate and a short walk from the historical center of downtown Guadalajara.

We’re also close to many of Guadalajara’s restaurants, bars and clubs that define the nightlife of Mexico’s second largest city.

Our Guadalajara B&B is a three story, totally renovated, elegantly furnished townhome on a quiet side street in one of Guadalajara’s best neighborhoods.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a private terrace which opens onto the main floor of the bed and breakfast. This floor includes the formal living and dining rooms, as well as an ultra modern kitchen. There’s also a TV room with many English channels, including HBO and International News, so you can keep up with the world back home.

As you climb the stairs, you’ll find the three guest rooms on the second floor, as well as the media room where you can surf the Internet on our provided computer, and a guest sitting area. There’s also wifi access available throughout the house.

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Dolly Travels: Back Home Again

Author: , July 21st, 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!

Yes, I am home again, back to work, although I cannot complain about working too much, as it is slow now, so I have had more days off than I wanted, but jet lag is fierce, and I needed the rest.

Today, Frank helped me with some yard work, then we went to the movies. We saw “Midnight in Paris”, a wonderful new movie. I highly recommend it. We sat there, saying, OOh, we’ve been there….OOh. My favorite bridge…nobody asked us to be quiet, so I guess we weren’t too obnoxious. The scenery is beautiful, of course! The movie was shot in Paris, after all.

I will just add a few of my pictures to this blog and encourage you to see the movie.

Now I can concentrate on getting ready for my next trip. At the end of August, I am going with my grandson, Patrick, and his charming girlfriend, Kiri, to Switzerland and Italy, concentrating on the northern part of Italy, the Dolomites, Cinque Terre, Lake Como, then on to Florence and ending in Rome.

I am looking forward to this trip, as I always look forward to being in that beautiful area. But today, I remembered Paris, with love.

Frank and I discussed the movie over lunch, and we both want to go see it again….

Happy travels, and do go see that great movie.

Au revoir, Ciao for now.

Dolly

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