Prism Toronto Gets Ready for Gay Pride Toronto in June

Author: , May 30th, 2012

Prism Toronto at Gay PridePrism Toronto announced its ninth festival season, which will run from June 28 to July 1, 2012. “Prism 2012 promises to be the festival’s biggest and most exciting year to date. With over 30 Djs and performers, a posh hotel theme and larger, more lavish productions, we’re planning for the most extensive roster of international and local talent ever in Toronto,” said Gairy Brown, owner of Prism Toronto.

This year’s Prism festival kicks off the Toronto Pride 2012 weekend with Prism College on Thursday, June 28 at Fly Nightclub. This varsity-themed event will teach you a lesson or two as you move to the sounds of Dj Micke Hi.

On Friday, June 29, Prism presents Bootcamp, a military-themed event in the Main Room of The Guvernment featuring the turntable talents of Djs Tony Moran and Hector Foneseca. Brace yourself for sexy soldiers at full attention and get ready to battle the beats on the dance floor.

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Rome Day Two, Part Two: Trevi Fountain & The City of Water

Author: , May 30th, 2012

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Marco Fabry Trevi FountainAfter lunch, we walked over to the Trevi Fountain – the place was packed, as it probably always is, with tourists groups and individuals vying for the best shots of the fountain.

It’s a beautiful place from almost any angle – we took shots from up above, off to the side, and below looking up. I’m always thrilled at places like this to see such a great variety of people – of every race, nationality, and sexuality.

The fountain’s also a great place to cool off, but don’t put your feet in it – or in any of the other beautiful fountains you see – the price can be a hefty “multa” (ticket) for messing with one of Italy’s national monuments.

Legend says if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you will come back to Rome again, so Marco and Fabry gave it a try.

David PantsWe headed off down another street leading away from the Trevi Fountain, and ran across a sign for “La Città dell’Acqua”, the city of water.

At the same intersection, BTWQ, we found some must-have pairs of shorts. 🙂  Wanna look like the statue of David?

The City of Water, RomeIntrigued by the sign, we followed it down a little “vicolo” (alley) to a cinema where, about ten years ago, they were digging to add another theater, and hit gold – several layers of ancient Rome beneath the ancient building.

City of Water Theater, RomeThey excavated it, and built the theater in a glassed room above it, and for 3 Euro (one more if you want an English or Italian audio tour) you can go downstairs and see the ruins. They’re fascinating, and include the remais of a roman home and an old water cistern. The water system, built 19 years before the birth of Christ, is still in use today for the Trevi Fountain.

There’s still running water down there, and the underground museum includes a number of statues, vases, coins, and other things unearthed at the site. It’s “vale la pena” – worth it for the price.

More to come in Day Two, Part Three

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Oaks Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast, Christiansburg, Virginia

Author: , May 29th, 2012

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

Oaks Victorian Inn B&B - Christiansburg, VirginiaWelcome to the Oaks Victorian Inn, the only Select Registry Bed & Breakfast in the Mid Atlantic Region with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award – seventeen consecutive years!

Our award-winning historic Queen Anne Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn is in the cute historic town of Christiansburg, Virginia, close to Roanoke, and only two miles from I-81 in the heart of the New River Valley. We’re also just minutes away from Blacksburg, the home of Virginia Tech’s “hokies”, and Radford University.

Our Christiansburg bed and breakfast was originally built in 1889, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oaks Victorian Inn combines a gracious warmth with Victorian elegance and all the modern comforts.

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Gay Days Orlando Starts Today

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Disney World Gay DaysDress up as your favorite childhood character or just enjoy the show and activities at Disney Gay Days where anyone can be a princess. Happening May 29-June 4, this weeklong extravaganza features many events, so you can pick and choose your favorites.

With options like the Main Lagoon Pool Parties that happen day and night at the Doubletree SeaWorld, great packages for special days at all Disney parks, and the Taste of Gay Days wine, beer, and spirits tasting, you’ll have a hard time choosing. The Doubletree Hotel will play host for the event, and it will include Park Hopper tickets for the Gay Day at Magic Kingdom and other parks.

Disney-themed parties not your style? Check out the 2012 Wonder World, Orlando’s international dance music weekend happening through May 31-June 4.

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Davey Wavey Does the Bathhouse

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Davey Wavey at the BathhouseI’m always up for an adventure. And I rarely say no to an experience that will provide good material for my blog or YouTube channel. So when my friend Matt suggested that we “lose our bathhouse virginity” in New York City, I was sold.

Bathhouses, like libraries and newspapers, are a dying breed in this part of the world. The Internet is killing them. It’s not a quick and easy death; instead, it’s slow, painful and drawn out. Indeed, it’s much easier to browse profiles of eligible men from the comfort of your own home–or even on your iPhone or iPad. And so, as more and more gay men turn to the Internet for dating and fun, time is running out for the bathhouses.

When Matt and I arrived at the bathhouse, we were quite certain that the address must be wrong. From the outside, the building was unassuming. But that’s the whole point; discretion is key. A security officer guarded the front entrance and directed us to the elevator.

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Ten Great Nude Beaches

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Nude BeachesThere are nude beaches in America? That’s a question I get asked all the time, and the answer I always reply with is: there’s more than you think actually. Sure they’re often hidden and hard to reach (thanks in part to the shame-based culture we live in), but the freedom to shimmy out of your Speedo on a hot summer day and splash around in the water au naturel makes the occasionally off-the-beaten-path trek well worth it. Thanks to the West Coast’s combination of endless, tucked-away shorelines and progressive politics, there’s an abundance of places to toss out your worries, workload, and swimsuit and indulge in endless summer. Just don’t forget the SPF50, the Pacific sun can spank your booty hard (trust me).

#10 Laguna Creek Beach, Santa Cruz, CA: When people fantasize about the Northern California coastline, it’s the scenery at Laguna Creek they’re picturing. The cliffs are jagged and expansive, the perfectly blue waters slam the shoreline resulting in a spectacular spray of ocean water, and you half expect a hawk to swoop down in front of you and pluck lunch straight out of the sea. Though there isn’t a ton of nudity. On my last visit (a balmy weekend no less), I spotted just one naked guy among maybe a dozen scattered sunbathers. Directions: Follow Hwy. 1 9.8 miles north of where it intersects with Hwy. 17. Park on the east side of the road and walk the trail on the west side of the highway until you hit the beach.

#9 San Gregorio State Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA: I walked and walked and walked almost all two miles of this extensive nude beach, enjoying tide pools, seashells, and an endless horizon along the way. There were maybe a dozen guys hanging out in the buff (and most were hidden by the large piles of driftwood they’d fashioned into makeshift forts), so this isn’t a social beach. If you’re looking to have a generous stretch of sand largely to yourself or take a naked stroll, you’ve found your nirvana. Directions: Drive north just past the intersection of Hwy. 1 and SR 84 (where you’ll likely see a bunch of cars) and turn left at the dirt road. Follow it past a pasture of grazing cows until you come to a makeshift parking lot. San Gregorio is privately owned, and a guy in a pickup will ask you for a couple bucks to use the beach. Follow the trail at the parking lot down to the beach.

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First “Gay Airline” Launched for Eurogames 2012 in Budapest

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Gay AirlineA ‘gay airline’ has been launched dedicated to delivering passengers to the EuroGames 2012 in Budapest.

According to its promotional materials, FreshAir was launched to “fill the gap left by traditional, boring airlines and to satisfy the increasing demand by all sorts of consumers – sporting a rainbow of tastes and sexual orientations – for services provided in a gay atmosphere.”

Lufthansa will operate the flights to the gay EuroGames in Budapest from 27 June to 1 July. FreshAir boasts a “strong grip or rather, a gentle, but firm massage” on participants and spectators’ travel options from 32 countries around Europe.

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Guide to NYC Pride in the Five Boroughs

Author: , May 29th, 2012

New York City Gay PrideCan you believe, it’s been nearly a year since New York State legalized gay marriage, effectively doubling the amount of U.S. citizens eligible to tie the knot? Neither can we, and neither can NYC & Company, NYC’s tourism organization, which just released it’s two-month game plan to welcome even more visitors from around the world to experience firsthand the diversity, excitement and history that comes with New York City’s LGBT heritage.

From the annual flagship Heritage of Pride events taking place June 16-24 in Manhattan to other celebratory events in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island throughout June and July, the City is brimming with gay pride activity. Highlights below:

Manhattan

NYC Pride put on by Heritage of Pride take place June 16-24 with a theme of “Share the Love”.

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Vienna Gay Pride Coming June 16th

Author: , May 29th, 2012

Since its first edition in 1996, the Rainbow Parade not only is the most important event of the lesbian, gay and transgender movement, but also an important symbol for a culture of solidarity, tolerance and equality.

The 17th Rainbow Parade as part of Vienna Pride is organized by the Vienna HOSI. The Pride Village at Town Hall Square in the four days before the parade and the Pride show following the parade will again be a special place to celebrate pride month.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Navutu Stars Resort, Fiji

Author: , May 29th, 2012

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

Navutu Stars, FijiWelcome to Navutu Stars, a small Boutique Resort spread across three bays in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands, where you can experience authentic Fiji in a comfortable, private and welcoming atmosphere.

Envisioned and created by its Italian owners to escape the hectic pace of modern life, Navutu Stars is a South Pacific barefoot paradise, a place where body and mind can be nourished. A place where you’ll enjoy excellent dining in one of the most stunning landscapes in the world.

Recommended by Conde Nast, Navutu Stars is also the winner of Expedia’s Insiders Select and Travelocity Travellers’ Choice awards, and has been voted among the Sexiest Resorts in the World. Vogue America even described us as “Rustic Chic”!

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