Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Planetdwellers, Australia

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

Planetdwellers - Australia Gay Tour OperatorWe are a proudly gay-owned and operated Australian tour and travel company who would like to show you our piece of paradise, and the opportunity to make several new friends along the way!

We’re unique not only in crafting the perfect holiday for you, but in providing escorted tours with regularly scheduled departures. Our organised tours are worry-free: they include accommodation, guided ground transportation, domestic flights, sightseeing attractions, many meals, and plenty of free time!

We also specialise in organising privately escorted tours in Australia whether you are needing a day or weeks, let us make it a fabulous trip for you.

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Liverpool’s Homotopia 2011 Begins November 1st

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Homotopia 2011Liverpool’s gay arts festival Homotopia kicks off next week with the theme of ‘Cruising For Art’. The festival will showcase an “array of the queer, the extravagant, the bold, the unexpected and the daring” with theatre, dance, film, cabaret and discussions.

Visitors will be able to admire exhibitions including ‘Savage Style’, a collection of Lily Savage’s dresses, and ‘Pin Ups’, a selection of portraits by Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling.

Dance highlights include the premier of ‘Cruising, Clubbing, F**king’ and ‘The Male Species’, a dance trilogy.

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Amtrak Addresses Blocking of Gay News Sites

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Amtrak confirmed today that it is conducting a soft launch of free WiFi service on its Northeast Regional trains, which include those serving Washington, DC. WiFi is already available on its Acela trains, some regional trains on the west coast and at select stations. Amtrak is expect to provide a formal update next week about its expansion efforts.

Christina Leeds, a media representative for Amrak, also acknowledged reports that some websites, such as the one for the Seattle Gay News, were being blocked by the third-party automated system that is employed by the organization to filter inapproriate content. However, Leeds explained that the system is not perfect and that passengers are given the option – and “encouraged” – to report a site that they believe is being incorrectly blocked.

In the case of the Seattle Gay News’s website, www.sgn.org, Amtrak did receive notices that that particular site was being filtered, the site was reviewed and is now available.

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Manchester Pride: Eat, Drink, Love

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Manchester Gay PrideThe people of Manchester really like Manchester. Like — they really, really, really, really REALLY like Manchester. In our mid-morning walking tour on Thursday our tour guide paused, between narrations about this or that cotton mill becoming a mall or a cute shopping center somewhere, to apologetically enthuse: “I’m just obsessed with Manchester!”, which inspired Emma, Our Fearless Leader, to declare that she also is obsessed with Manchester.

I could write this off as enthusiastic humans in the travel/tourism profession doing their job convincingly, and maybe I should, but I don’t want to.

Besides, it’s not just them, it’s everybody. It’s not like in New York where we all love New York but would prefer it if nobody from anywhere besides New York (New Jersey especially) ever visited New York.

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Safety is Key for Women Travelers

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Lesbian TravelersA few months ago I wrote about “gay business travel” and the fact that it is a substantial enough demographic for the hospitality industry to track it. Little wonder, then, that there also are people mulling “female business travel.”

Judi Brownell, a professor in the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, published a paper over the summer in which she concluded that men and women travel for business differently – different wants, goals and expectations – especially when it comes to hotels.

“Managers should focus on how best to generate key emotional responses through a holistic approach rather than seeking to identify any one specific service, amenity or facility that all women business travellers prefer,” Brownell wrote.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Thirteen Palms, Palm Springs

Author: , October 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 Palm Springs Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Thirteen Palms, Palm SpringsThirteen Palms is a unique renovation of a classic mid century five-plex. An intimate and private resort, Thirteen Palms offers five fully furnished flats. Each can be rented separately or the whole property can be reserved for an ideal event space. All together Thirteen Palms sleeps 14-20.

Distinctive Thirteen Palms furnishings, flat screen TVs, fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms leave nothing to be desired. Inside the gates, privacy is the norm at Thirteen Palms. However, privacy doesn’t hide the magnificent views of the San Jacinto mountains.

Thirteen Palms was inspired by the rich materials of Mexican haciendas providing warm and modern furnishings. Situated in the central Warm Sands neighborhood, Thirteen Palms is a short walk into downtown Palm Springs.

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Want to Be a Part of Palm Springs Gay Pride?

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Palm Springs Gay PrideSan Francisco enjoyed Palm Springs sunny and warm weather over the weekend but there are already predictions that this winter will be unseasonably warm and even wetter than usual.

If you are a Palm Springs fan, you can be part of the city’s gay pride parade. On Monday, October 24, Palm Springs’ tourism board announced details about how you can participate in Palm Sprigs Pride parade on Sunday, November 6.

Palm Springs Pride is teaming up with the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, city officials and community leaders to gather in the spirit of pride and raise awareness of equal rights for all individuals.

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Gay Travel: Kauai’s Grove Farm Sweeter Than Sugar

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Grove Farm, Kauaiby Eyal Feldman, owner and creator of Boy Butter Lubricants.

While in Kauai I was treated to a special tour of the first sugar plantation homes in Hawaii, Grove Farm. This hundred acre plantation site preserves the earliest surviving set of domestic, agricultural, and sugar plantation buildings, furnishings, collections, surrounding orchards and pasturelands in Hawaii.

The historic homestead was the center of operations for the developing sugar plantation and involved the relationship of family life, plantation activity, household work, gardening and farming which developed the modern Hawaii that we know today and one of the reasons we have that all important sweetener of life, sugar.

As the American Civil War was raging between the North and the South, a young American, George N. Wilcox took a lease on a struggling farm located on the outskirts of Lihue, on the island of Kauai, in what was then the kingdom of Hawaii.

The farm had been chopped out of a large grove of kukui trees and was therefore called Grove Farm. His vision combined with his education resulted in his ability to change this arid farm into a thriving sugar plantation. As the Civil War destroyed the agriculture in the South, it helped sugar become a successful venture in Hawaii. Sugar’s success was also favored by the Hawaiian monarchy as it was an additional source of income for it’s kingdom.

As the Wilcox family grew rich from sugar they bought property, built homes, a hospital, schools, and other infrastructure around the island. With the help of buyers from all over the world the Wilcox family built a private collection of treasures that is one of the most impressive I have ever seen in my life.

Among these treasures are 18th century ledgers and journals that belonged to the world famous English explorer, Captain James Cook. James Cook, was the first European to explore the Antarctic, Alaska, and New Zealand, he also discovered Australia, Easter Islands, and even Hawaii itself (then called the Sandwich Islands) where he was killed in a scuffle with natives over a stolen boat.

My lovely new friend and Grove Farm museum director, Bob Schleck, took me and a handful of friends on this private tour of the plantation, the house and it’s illustrious library where we were lucky to gaze upon one of Captain Cook’s own journals of expeditions and discoveries, which is only one of five journals still existing in the world today. If you go to Kauai, make sure to visit this museum, it is sweet, sweet, sweet.

Gay Pride in Moab, Utah

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Moab Gay PrideThe event started after Amy Stocks saw a video from The Onion about a small town throwing a pride festival for its only gay man, and she shared it on Facebook asking when her hometown would do the same.

After Amy Stocks and her partner Ali Lingel watched a satiric video from The Onion about a small town throwing a pride festival for its only gay man, she posted the video on her Facebook page with a note asking when her own hometown, Moab, Utah, was going to throw a party for her. The response eventually turned into the city’s first ever LGBT Pride parade and festival, an event that attracted a full 10% of its citizens.

For Moab — a small town nestled between Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, in rural conservative southern Utah — last month’s Pride was more than just a party and a parade. It was a political statement heard far beyond the city’s borders, in part because the state’s predominant religion — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the official name of the Mormon faith) — has been in the national spotlight all year and in LGBT crosshairs for several more.

Full Story from The Advocate

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GPS Carlos Melia with one foot on the plane to Bangkok

Author: , October 22nd, 2011


GPS Carlos Melia with one foot on the plane to Bangkok
 |  Thailand  |  Just checked in at British Airways in Heathrow – London,  flight BA09 with final destination to Bangkok.  Only 11 hours away to a full month exploring Thailand and all its wonders. I will be covering and reviewing Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Krabi, Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi. Stay tuned for a full month of luxury, adventure, culture and tradition by carlosmeliablog.com.  Thank you everyone for the concern and comment regarding the floods in Thailand, I will know more about. Anyhow, I am beginning my trip to South East Asia, with this simple phrase which sums up life in Thailand and the attitude there in general – Mai Pen Rai –  which literally means “no worries” or “its nothing“. More tomorrow from Bangkok. CM

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