Providence, Rhode Island Gay Pride Month Activities

Author: , May 31st, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A dynamic city known for its eclectic art, music and culinary offerings, Providence was founded on the visionary principles of tolerance, liberty and free will. This foundation can be seen in the city’s vibrant celebration of Gay Pride Month. This year’s theme is “Pride – Like It, Share It, Live It!” Below is a sampling of festivities being offered in The Creative Capital throughout the month of June.

. The 36th annual RI PrideFest is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at South Water Street along the Providence River. The weekend-long celebration will feature an eclectic mix of entertainment, a beer, wine and spirits garden, and much more. The Illuminated Night Parade, the culmination of PrideFest, begins at 8:30 p.m. Starting at Dorrance and Fountain Streets, the parade is a dazzling display of floats, performers and musicians winding through the streets of downtown Providence. A Hangover Drag Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, June 17 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.prideri.com.

. The Flickers: GLBT Film Festival Preview is a celebration of films made by, for, and about the GLBT community. This year’s festival is scheduled for Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, and will feature cutting-edge short films as well as previews of new feature films. Each ticket is $10 per person and for every ticket sold Flickers will donate $1 to Marriage Equality RI. For more information, visit www.film-festival.org.

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What I Learned on Spring Break in Cancun

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Gay Travel: What I Learned on Spring Break in Cancun“Don’t drink the water.” “Don’t rent a car.” “Don’t go out at night.” “Don’t eat from street carts.” “Don’t put anything valuable in your luggage.” And so the list went on and on-from family and friends to colleagues and strangers following me on social media – warning me at all costs to avoid Mexico. It was as if an itinerary of two relaxing weeks exploring the Mayan Riviera was equivalent to donning a leisure suit with printed Tom of Finland images to travel in Pakistan.

I went anyway. And I am here to report that, not only am I safeand sound, but also I’m glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers. I took it all in and learned a few valuable travel (and life) lessons along the way.

Mexico’s easternmost gulf coast is easy to traverse via Highway 307 (in a rented car, if you dare the uneven roads). Cancun’s trendy Hotel Zone, Playa del Carmen’s shopping district, and Tulum’s Mayan ruins and hippy beachfront each capture a unique aspect of Mexico’s cultural heritage. The destinations are all within a three hours’ drive, in spite of the many topes – massive speed bumps installed to apparently assist los federales in thwarting the drug cartels.

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Gay Travel Ideas for 2012

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Gay TravelIt’s pretty clear when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered folks in our Desert that we are one third of a huge tourism movement of folks among three top LGBT travel destinations in the world – us, West Hollywood and San Diego. The magical rainbow triangle works in several ways.

First, the many folks visiting our area from around our nation and the world will typically spend time in all three destinations. Secondly, many LGBTers from each of the three places will visit the other two several times in the course of a year. Easy access, and better weather either in the Desert or on the Coast, depending on the season, allow this rainbow tourism flow to easily happen. Basically each point of the triangle is two hours or so away.

Most folks love the rocking, urban, edgy, let it all hang out there West Hollywood – aka, WEHO. Its restaurants, nightlife, hip shopping and street action are all fabulous, and very busy.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Moon Over Maine, Ogunquit, Maine

Author: , May 31st, 2012

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

Moone Over Maine, OgunquitCome stay with us at Ogunquit’s Moon Over Maine, an historic cape-style house originally built in 1839.

Each ouf our guest rooms is individually decorated in a modern-style, with high quality beds & linen, flat screen television, and a private bathroom. Some of our guest rooms even have private entrances with deck access.

Moon Over Maine Bed & Breakfast is located at 22 Berwick Road, in the heart of the village of Ogunquit, less than a half block from boutique shopping, restaurants, gay nightclubs, and just five minutes from the beach! You can leave your car here and walk everywhere.

Each morning, we serve our guests a delicious breakfast of fresh-baked scones and muffins, fruit, bagels, english muffins, yogurt, cereal, juice and coffee. Take your breakfast out onto the deck, or relax in our living room as you start a new day of exploration.

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Dolly Travels – Monterosso

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Monterosso, Liguria, ItalyYesterday we took the train over to Monterosso, visited the old town, that had been hit hard by the flood of October 25, 2011. The owner of an art shop, Mauro, told us of 200 businesses in the old town, 198 had suffered major damage. His entire shop had to be rebuilt.

He showed us a mark up near the ceiling, about 8 feet over our heads, that designated the high mud level. Again, he had pictures of the destruction. I told him it still made me want to cry when I saw the pictures of the damage. He looked at me, kind of shrugged a shoulder, and said, “Well, we, too, shed tears.

But then we said, Do we stand here and cry, or get to work? We got to work.”. And indeed they have. While some businesses are still under construction, most are up and running again, just 5 months after the flood. The streets were still covered with plywood in many spots, but the people have psuch a positive attitude.

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Singapore’s Gay Bars

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Singapore’s immaculate streets, filled with bustling citizens, epitomizes modern efficiency and is quite the sight to behold! The nightlife on this vibrant island is vibrant and thriving, with a growing following and never a lack of great people watching. To get your LGBT party fix during your next visit to Singapore, check out our top five Singapore gay bar picks!

Singapore’s immaculate streets, filled with bustling citizens, epitomizes modern efficiency and is quite the sight to behold! The nightlife on this vibrant island is vibrant and thriving, with a growing following and never a lack of great people watching. To get your LGBT party fix during your next visit to Singapore, check out our top five Singapore gay bar picks!

Tantric Bar: Probably the most popular gay bar in Singapore, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights with party boys who down a few cocktails before heading across the road to Taboo. This venue features a great mix of sights, sounds and reasonably-priced drinks- all of which makes the open air courtyard and indoor bar of Tantric Bar a great place to start any night out.

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Butch and Burlesque – Lesbian Ball in Auckland, New Zealand in July

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Butch and BurlesqueIf you’re planning on visiting New Zealand’s North Island in July, you’ll want to join the local women for the Lesbian Ball. Costumes and music around the theme Butch & Burlesque.

One of New Zealand’s most established covers bands, The Mermaids Dance Band, will perform music from every era with ballroom earlier in the evening through to disco, rock and recent pop. The three Mermaids female vocalists, Pauline Berry, Joe Cotton and Tammy D’Ath are known for their stunning costume changes and spontaneous on-stage personalities.

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Taiwan’s Exotic Outer Islands

Author: , May 31st, 2012

Taiwan's Outer IslandsTaiwan’s best kept secret from worldwide travelers is its unique small outer islands surrounding the mainland. Lonely Planet described them as “opportunities for those intrepid enough to make the trip.”

The four islands, Green, Guishan, Lanyu and Penghu, because of limited transportation, have remained exclusively private, well-preserved and almost unknown to the international travel spotlight for years. But with the recent discovery by foreign adventurers seeking for bold and fearless type of fun for their leisure, these islands are quickly becoming the best hidden gems of Asia.

Taiwan’s fourth largest island, Green (Ludao) Island, is located off-shore of Taitung, Southeast of Taiwan. The island is surrounded by coral reefs comprised of various colorful and vibrant species that makes it a snorkelers’ ultimate paradise.

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Ten Great Things to Do in Austin

Author: , May 31st, 2012

The most liberal city in Texas is home to a thriving gay community and provides several opportunities for fun for LGBT travelers. Here are 10 fabulous events and venues you have to check out the next time you’re in Austin!

10. Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (AGLIFF)L Each September, the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival honors the best Texas LGBTQI films with screenings, panel discussions and parties. If you’re hoping to experience a side of Austin gay life outside of bars, this is a great event.

9. Gay Rodeo: Giddy up and check out the steers and queers at Austin’s Gay Rodeo. Each September spectators have the chance to see the hottest gay cowboys and girls ride their horses and bulls. The popular event is sponsored by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: La Maison Marigny, New Orleans

Author: , May 31st, 2012

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

Marigny Manor, New OrleansWelcome to La Maison Marigny, New Orleans’ only bed and breakfast on the famous Bourbon Street – one of Travel and Leisure magazine’s “Top Ten B&Bs.” We’ve also been selected by users of bedandbreakfast.com as one of their “Top Ten” choices in the United States.

Our historic B&B is located on the quiet residential end of Bourbon Street, and our award-winning bed & breakfast combines the grace and charm of an historic home with the life and intrigue of New Orleans’ fabulous French Quarter. La Maison Marigny is the choice of savvy travelers year-round, especially travelers searching for elegant, comfortable accommodations at a reasonable rate.

La Maison Marigny is close to both the French Quarter and the jazz-heavy Frenchmen Street and the Faubourg Marigny, recently chosen by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of America’s “next great neighborhoods” and by the American Planning Association as one of “10 Great Neighborhoods for 2009” in APA’s Great Places in America program.

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