The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC: Nightlife

Author: , October 30th, 2011

Washington DC Gay Nightlife“We pride ourselves on our diverse crowd and we welcome all,” says Scott Eustace, general manager of Tattoo. “We have no specific demographic night, basically it is come one come all.”

Tattoo Bar is an edgy, hip, rock ‘n’ roll entertainment venue with an intimate and accepting feel. Tattoo Bar beckons the rock lover to come enjoy an evening of great music, good company and excellent customer service. A diversity of musical genres makes it a true pioneer of the “Party Rock” theme in the D.C. nightlife scene.

Tattoo Bar also provides a place to release your creative side. During Halloween weekend, for example, Friday is Rehab: Triage, a sexy nurse costume contest and Saturday, a True Blood costume contest. “We are getting ready to start a retro ’80s and ’90s night,” Eustace says. “Our main promoter is gay and is he doing a great job getting the word out to everyone.”

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Tenuta Savorgnano, Subbiano, Tuscany, Italy

Author: , October 29th, 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 Tuscany Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Tenuta Savorgnano, Sabbiano, TuscanyWelcome to Tenuta Savorgnano Vegetarian B&B and self-catering apartments in two three hundred year old farmhouses in a quiet rural location near the medieval hill town of Anghiari.

A perfect location to enjoy walking, horse riding & cycling. Restaurants, cafes and shops are a short drive away in Anghiari. The Arezzo province has many historic towns, churches and galleries and is centrally located for visiting the main sites of Tuscany & Umbria.

The two 18th century traditional stone farmhouses of Tenuta Savorgnano are set in large grounds amongst peaceful wooded hills in the small hamlet of Savorgnano, between Anghiari & Subbiano.

With its central location near the Tuscany-Umbria border Tenuta Savorgnano is also a good base for exploring a little further afield. Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Cortona, Gubbio, Urbino, Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno and the Chianti region all make great days out. Even Rome can be reached in 1h 9mins from Arezzo on the Freccia Rossa fast train.

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Taiwan’s Gay Pride Parade Calls for End to Discrimination

Author: , October 29th, 2011

Taiwan Gay PrideMore than 50,000 people shouted “LGBT fight back! Discrimination get out!” to voice their support for gay and lesbian rights at a parade in Taipei Saturday, one of the largest of its kind in Asia.

Members of over 100 student, human rights, and gay and lesbian groups marched and chanted the parade’s slogan “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people fight back! Discrimination get out!” to call for an end to gender and sexuality discrimination.

Colorful flags, expressive signs and people dressed in fanciful costumes dominated the streets as the annual carnival event kicked off. The groups were divided into seven teams to represent the seven colors of a rainbow, a symbol of diversity and acceptance in the LGBT community.

Full Story from Taiwan News

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CO: Vail’s Up and Coming Gay Ski Week

Author: , October 29th, 2011

Colorado’s most famous gay ski weeks are held in Aspen and Telluride, in mid-January and late February respectively, but over the past few years, Vail Gay Ski Week has begun drawing serious crowds. The gathering takes place in late March and includes the usual mix of fun on the slopes and hobnobbing back around the fireplaces and hot tubs. In winter, skiing and snowboarding may be the region’s big draws, but it would be unfair to describe Vail and nearby Beaver Creek as mere ski towns. These scenic communities in the heart of the Colorado Rockies offer plenty of diversions.

Another misconception about Vail (www.vail.com) is that it’s a crowded, freeway-side ski park. True, the resort’s Front Side can get busy on weekends and does overlook Vail’s bustling villages and I-70, and this facility is one of the largest in North America, with some 5,300 skiable acres and nearly 200 runs. But there are many places on Vail Mountain to escape from the crowds, and skiers of all abilities will find challenging, varied terrain.

For more solitude, ascend to the upper slopes of Vail’s Front Side to access the fabled Back Bowls, a glorious — and vast — swath of less-trammeled runs that descend down the back of the mountain. From there, additional lifts carry those seeking truly secluded terrain into Blue Sky Basin, a stunning patch of wilderness developed by the resort in 2000. In reality, from the majority of Vail’s ski runs, you can’t see a single mile of freeway or village infrastructure. Just avoid the Front Side, which is possible as long as you’re comfortable with intermediate terrain.

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The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC: Community

Author: , October 29th, 2011

Washington DC Gay Community“When people think comedy club, they think: dark, cramped, confined and fried food. We’re none of those things,” says Riot Act Comedy Theater’s comic liaison and brand ambassador Mike Farfel.

“We offer a comedy experience that’s like no other.” Located in trendy Penn Quarter, Riot Act boasts two bar areas and a spacious, modern theater with cabaret seating for 300 patrons. Since opening in August, the club has booked big name comedians like Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney, but equally important, Farfel says, the club’s owner John Xereas has reached out to sometimes-underserved comedy audiences with theme nights like “Allah Made Me Funny” (Muslim comics), and “Gaylarious,” a night of comedy tailored specifically for LGBT audiences.

Conceived and hosted by gay comics Zach Toczynski and Chris Doucette, “Gaylarious” happens on the first Wednesday of every month and features gay and gay-friendly headliners from all over the world.

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The Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina & Camp Lejeune

Author: , October 28th, 2011
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Marine CorpWell, where to start about the Southern Outer Banks/Swansboro/Emerald Isle/Camp Lejeune. Well, let’s start at Camp Lejeune. It is one of the largest Marine Corp Bases in the world. It is filled with some of the best men and women in the world. Now that DADT is over it brings new opportunities for the men and women that are looking for partners to meet freely in the area now without fear.

For decades females made their moves to this area to find their man. It has been told for generations to bring your most unattractive daughter sister or cousin here and they will definitely find their man.

Beaufort Port, North Carolina

Today a man can now come to the area if they want a Marine Husband and find one and the same for the lesbian community. The military has even given permission to military ministers to conduct same sex marriages. Wow, that is a change! This is an area of the country where men always address one another as Sir!

While you are examining and getting to know the fine men of the area there are some of the most incredible small businesses bistros antique venues and entertainment scattered along the water front and historic areas of Swansboro, Morehead, Beaufort and New Bern.

These areas represent some of the oldest towns in the country. These communities are loaded with history natural beauty historic architecture and store fronts from days gone by offering up wonderful romantic and fun opportunities. All of these towns are within 5 to 45 minutes of The White House on Freedom Way. Wilmington which can take days in itself to explore is just an hour away.

The area also has National Forests, National Seashores, Forts and some of the finest kayaking and hiking experiences you can find in the USA. We even have Bear Island here. Bear Island is the last of the islands that make the Outer Banks of America! It is untouched for the most part by man.

Dolphins in North Carolina

There are nearly 4 miles of dunes and beaches and no buildings only dolphins – and sunsets, sunrises, peace and quiet, green space, fresh air and clean waterways. These incredible features surely will help set the stage for your courtship or exploration with an existing buddy or new!

Just check out Craigslist.com, or Adam 4 Adam Jacksonville or Eastern North Carolina if you want to meet some of the locals.

You can kayak or canoe alongside the dolphins in the White Oak river where you can actually catch and eat the fish and not have to worry about heavy metals or pollution. The White Oak is rated one of the last clean bodies of water in the country.

North Carolina FishingThe fishing is incredible fresh brackish and salt water. Some of the record marlins have been caught just off shore here. The fishing is incredible. The Big Rock Tournament is an annual event that has a purse of one million dollars.

If you don’t want to catch and clean there are nearly century old fish houses around where you can buy them fresh and filleted or just visit one of the many eateries in the area that prepare fresh catch from the local waters. The fruits and vegetables are also mostly local when in season with great local farmer’s markets and stands.

There is always a festival a fair or an event at one of these historic towns especially in the spring and fall. Lots of arts and crafts food cook offs and more. There are wineries and farms that are open to the public offering up great food and drink.

Eastern North Carolina was nothing to me until I started visiting and realizing that it is rich in just about everything anyone could want or do for the outdoor enthusiast antique collector history buff or romantic. Truly inspiring water and forest vistas sunsets and sunrises!

Shackleford Wild HorsesIt certainly is a break from the typical circuit of Fort Lauderdale Key West NYC LA Chicago and the likes of the urban centers! I believe it is time for our community to reach out and explore the area. It is similar but better than the Russian River area of California for natural beauty and scenic indulgence.

It really doesn’t get better than this. No there aren’t any night clubs gay bars bath houses etc. It is only a natural and beauty filled vacation. I think gay men and women should check this area out. The possibilities here are endless. The economy is one of the strongest in the world like the men here. This is a place that should be pioneered and visited by gay Americans and Internationals too.

The cold months of January and February are great months for exploring the great forests and woods as the reptiles and insects are fast asleep along with the poison ivy. It really is warmer in the forests and woods especially with the right buddy to share it with.

White House on Freedom - Outer Banks, NCThe White House on Freedom Way has been in my partner’s family for 10 generations. It is an estate of multiple guest houses, cottages and RV slips as well as some primitive camping areas all incorporated on a private 22 acre enclave. It is located five minutes to Camp Lejeune, Swansboro and Hammocks Beach State Park. I am certainly happy that he introduced me to this incredible neck of the woods! You can check us out at WWW.StayAtTheWhiteHouse.com. The road Freedom Way is actually a 4 lane highway to the beaches and historic towns around us. Freedom Way is also known as Highway 24. It was named that in 1991 when we first started shipping our men and women to Iraq. They leave the base and go to the Port at Morehead to travel to the Mid East.

Norman & RobbyWe are located within an hour of 3 airports of which have regular and very affordable flights on USAIR and Delta Airlines. The airports are OAJ Jacksonville, NC, EWN in New Bern, birthplace of Pepsi are 45 minutes away and ILM Wilmington about an hour. It is a 12 hour drive from Fort Lauderdale and about 6 hours to DC and 10 to NYC. The drive is beautiful too. You have to get off of 95 and drive through cotton tobacco soy corn and livestock fields and farms. Some of the old barns are as picturesque and beautiful as you can find in the country. It takes you back to a time that really wasn’t long ago but that our time seems to have forgotten. The men here are very much into keeping themselves fit minus steroids and all hard work. The White House has gazebos, old world porches with rocking chairs old world barns with wrap around roofs and swings underneath. The goats chickens guineas ducks and barn cats are entertaining. The abundant wildlife brings beautiful deer into our back yard along with raptors, foxes, coyotes, turkeys and some bear. The bear usually never show up unless they are hit on the road by a passerby. How anyone could not see or get out of the way of a 700 pound big black critter on a 4 lane highway is surprising. The gardens which have been planted around the property over generations bring colorful and fragrant flowers to life from late February through to the first frost usually during the first half of December.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Le Real de Luxe B&B, Rome

Author: , October 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 Rome Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Le Real de Luxe B&B - RomeExclusive and unique. That’s what distinguishes Le Real de Luxe, a unique accommodation in the heart of Rome.

For sophisticated business and leisure travelers, Le Real de Luxe will be your ideal home away from home, where the concept of the traditional hotel is overturned. Le Real de Luxe is not typical hotel… affordable with a limited range of services (reduced reception hours, additional services on request and payment). But don’t worry – we still offer the essential services.

At Le Real de Luxe, you’ll get much more than a simple hotel offers: alluring charm and luxurious comfort in our unique rooms.

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The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC: Dining

Author: , October 28th, 2011

Washington Blade - Best DC DiningAfter 63 years of proudly serving D.C.’s gay and lesbian community, Annie’s Paramount Steak House is still going strong (especially with a little help from a recent makeover).

When Clark Smith, late night manager at Annie’s, heard that Annie’s was again selected Best Late Night by Blade readers, his response was simple. He shouted, “Score!” Annie’s is a staple in our annual awards and is second only to JR.’s for most wins. This is Annie’s 17th win. It won in this category in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010.

That enthusiasm explains why people keep coming back. Smith says there are three reasons for the venerable institution’s success: “Good food, good service and good friends.” Smith adds, “It’s home. People come back every week. Customers get surprised when there are staff changes and they demand to know where I was when I take a week off. There’s a lot of laughter and a lot of fun”

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Tips for Gay Travelers

Author: , October 28th, 2011

As a gay man myself, I am more than thrilled to learn of new advancements, strides and political reform surrounding the LGBT sphere. Marriage equality has just now spread to New York City, the world’s capital, in my opinion, which will set the stage for other states, countries and nations to follow. I now have a greater sense of pride both in my Manhattan cubicle living space and when I travel abroad. When traveling to foreign lands, it may or may not be appropriate to work those DSquared2 daisy dukes or waive our vibrant rainbow flags.

Gay travelers are widely accepted around the world. Hotels, restaurants and most of the travel industry, for that matter, promote the acceptance of the “Pink Travel Dollar,” the gay travel currency, if you will, which does not fluctuate during conservative economic times. Hoteliers and travel proprietors have noticed this trend, yielding gay-friendly or LGBT-exclusive properties and services. As all destinations differ by culture, when is it appropriate to share your feelings, and when is it best to keep it hush-hush? A few simple rules and travel tips will help the LGBT traveler remain comfortable, confident and, most of all, safe on your highly anticipated international jaunt.

Tip 1: R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to the country you are visiting. Although you may truly enjoy your public displays of affection in your local city, the residents of New Delhi, India, or Dubai in the UAE, may find it insulting, as homosexuality is basically illegal. Don’t be confused when two men in Delhi walk arm and arm — it’s a brotherly thing, not a gay thing. A quick Google search on gay life in your destination will yield the code of conduct that you should adhere to on your journey. Treat the destination and its people as if they were the hosts of the most glamorous social gathering in your own city.

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How to Pick the Best Economy Seat

Author: , October 28th, 2011

Economy SeatsHate sitting in economy class? Do you ever wonder what it may be like to fly up front? Sure, but what are tips and tricks into getting an enormous discount on Business and First Class ticket as well as cracking those sly techniques into getting your tush bumped to the front.

However, first class travel is not always an option. How then does a traveler fare it out in economy? Here are some tips into getting the best seat on your next coach class flight. I’ll divulge some of our top secret tips into the world of upgrades and discount front class flying!

When first class is sold out or your precious elite status did not work out in your favor on your upcoming flight, flying economy class may be your only option. Don’t fret; there are ways to make your economy class travel experience somewhat of a pleasure.

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