New App Showcases LGBT History, Day By Day

Author: , July 31st, 2013

Quist LogoA new mobile app called Quist is now available worldwide to engage the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community in their shared history and help isolated LGBT youth feel less alone.

“Presenting LGBTQ history through this interactive medium is one of the most engaging ways these stories have been shared with the world,” says the creator of the project, Sarah Prager, 26.

Each day when a user opens the app on their smartphone or tablet, they will see the events from LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS world history that occurred on that date. Each event entry contains a brief description and an image, links to websites, videos, and products like DVDs or books, and a cited source. Events are searchable by date, year, country, and U.S. state. A Baltimore-based firm,Natural Fusion, did the coding and design of the app, while a team of volunteers from Massachusetts to Belgium collected the historical content.

Events range from LGBTQ individuals’ contributions to the arts and sciences, watershed moments in the LGBTQ liberation movements, milestones of the HIV epidemic, specific love stories from the last several hundred years, significant court cases and executions, and worldwide “firsts” from the first transgender member of parliament’s election to the first time a same-sex wedding aired on a sitcom. Examples of stories in the app can be found at Quist’s website.

There are currently over 750 historical events in the app and new events are being added every day. Quist’s research team aims to curate 1,000 events by October 2013, which is LGBT History Month in the United States. February 2014 is LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom and much of Europe.

Quist’s mission is to educate the world about the roots of the LGBTQ community, make LGBTQ history more engaging and relevant, let LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle, and promote organizations that make LGBTQ history today and every day. The name Quist is a combination of the words “queer history.” The app is free for both iOS and Android.

Editor’s note: We’e supporting Quist with an ad for Purple Roofs on the app.

Oceanfront Getaways for the Summer

Author: , July 31st, 2013

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Looking for a gay friendly beachfront getaway this summer? The Dallas Voice has some options:

Tybee Island, Georgia: Every bit as quirky, laid-back and personable as nearby historic Savannah, just a 20-minute drive inland, Tybee Island (VisitTybee.com) is one of Georgia’s famed barrier islands, an idyllic locale for beach-bumming, fishing or boating. In May 2013, this colorful beachside community hosted its first Tybee Gay Days, a weekend of parties and events that organizers plan as an annual gathering.

Camden and Rockland, Maine: To experience a ruggedly scenic part of New England, a two-hour drive north of Portland, Maine, lies the historic seaside communities along western Penobscot Bay, including Rockland and Camden. Maine’s Mid-Coast is a place for quiet vacations, ideal if you’re a hiker, photographer, fisherman or sailor. (MainesMidcoast.com). Camden is home to a fleet of Windjammer sailing ships, which can be booked not only on multiple-day excursions throughout the region but also for afternoon jaunts along Penobscot Bay.

Hit the link above for more details.

Click here for gay travel resources in Georgia.

Click here for gay travel resources on Maine’s Midcoast.

Cayman Islands to Get Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , July 31st, 2013

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Kimpton Hotels plans to bring a gay friendly hotel to the Cayman Islands. Cayman27.com reports:

With more than 50 hotels dotted around America, the Kimpton group is coming to Cayman, planning to move into a new hotel built at the site of the old Courtyard Marriott on Seven Mile Beach. As Cayman 27′s Paul Kennedy finds out, the hotel has a reputation for attracting one particular type of traveler. John Tanzella of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association said: “I think it’s exciting. I mean, i think i’m hopeful by now attitudes have changed a little bit where there won’t be such an outcry if a gay couple where staying on the island but i guess that remains to be seen.”

Kimpton has a reputation for being very gay friendly.

Click here for gay travel resources in the Caribbean.

Gay Travel in Peru

Author: , July 31st, 2013

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Peru is one of South America’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Famed for the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu on the edge of the Amazon Jungle, Peru is an inviting destination that offers something for all types of travellers.

The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (4 hours from Cusco) is one of Peru’s most famous attractions. Voted as a New Wonder of the World in 2007 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983, the ancient untouched citadel received hundreds of thousands of international visitors each year. The City of Cusco, isolated by the Andes is the main stopping point for traveller’s en-route to Machu Picchu. The city itself was once the most important city in the Inca Empire, and boasts incredible Inca and Colonial Spanish attractions of its own.

For adventure travellers, the Amazon Jungle, which spans the entire eastern side of the Peruvian Andes, offers an insight into one of the most important regions on the planet. Covering some two-thirds of Peru, the Jungle has some of the richest and most bio-diverse ecology in the world. The national parks of Manu and Tambopata are the most visited, but luxury Amazon River cruises from Iquitos in the north of Peru are also growing in popularity.

Peru is largely a Catholic country, and although there is a strong gay community in just about all major cities, it is still somewhat a taboo subject for Peruvians. In a country where racism and sexism is notorious, maintaining a level of discretion about your personal choices is still best advised.

Authored By Paul Jones – See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

Click here for gay travel resources in Peru.

Coolest LGBT Party Destinations This Summer

Author: , July 31st, 2013

August is the month for record summer heat, endless pool parties, and global LGBT parties. I hope you’ve asked for the entire month off from work, because these parties couldn’t get any hotter — without a doubt, you won’t want to miss any of them.

Some of them support charitable environmental causes, while others raise money for LGBT not-for-profit groups. All are hosted at year-round gay-friendly locations. Get your tickets now and choose one of these eight places to enjoy some of the summer’s best gay parties.

Carnival Provincetown, MA

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Aug. 17-22

New England welcomes gays into its harbor as Provincetown throws its annual Carnival celebration. This week-long Mardi Gras style party lets boaters, and land-lovers alike party on this coastal town in Massachusetts. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas,” where sinful play never leaves the Carnival.

With an overabundance of events like pool parties, the “Carnivals Original Costume Party: Don’t be Yourself” party, boat parties, and dance parties, you’re sure to find a shindig that fits your style. The Carnival Parade gathers all party-goers to Commercial Street 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd. Enjoy colorful floats, bartering for beads, and outrageous costumes during this fun parade.

Tropical Heat Key West, FL

Aug. 18-21

This all men’s party heats up during the sticky summer month of August at Florida’s most Southern Tip, Key West. From clothing-optional pool parties (along with every event), to party cruises, there’s everything a man could dream of available for this sizzling vacation. All of the bars, restaurants, and cheap hotels of Key West are working with Tropical Heat to make this event as welcoming and sexy as possible. If you like the heat of the dance floor, or the coolness of the pools, you’ll find your perfect temperature in this tropical setting.

Gay Nights Las Vegas, Nevada

Aug. 4-7

Hosted by MGM Resorts in the steamy sin city, Gay Nights Las Vegas is the party destination for gay people who love flashing lights and glitter. Pool parties during the days will give you a break from gambling, while the wild dance parties at night will let you make memories you’ll soon forget.

If you already love Las Vegas, then find your perfect party at Gay Nights. If you’ve never been, then get your ticket now to experience Las Vegas the best way, surrounded by sexy people and bright lights. Don’t expect to get too much sleep, because Gay Nights events don’t pause during the day.

Ascension Fire Island, NY

Aug. 16-18

Swim, float, or cruise over to New York’s Fire Island for this heavenly weekend party. If you love the salt, the pool, or just want to dance all weekend, Ascension will have any style of party you desire. Popular Djs will keep your booty moving all day and night.

Have you ever danced for a cause? Well, now you can because Ascension benefits The Fund in the Sun Foundation. They support the environment and the pines of Fire Island. Ascension also supports many other LGBT not-for-profit groups, making it a party you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Pride Amsterdam, Holland

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July 27 – Aug. 4

The heart of Amsterdam thumps to the beat of pulsing euro-house music as the gay community gathers in celebration for Pride Amsterdam. You won’t want to miss the famous canal parade where 80 boats cruise down the canal beginning at Westerdok harbour.

This unique parade lets onlookers anchor up along the parade path, or catch beads from the land. A one-of-a-kind parade, Amsterdam (per usual) throws down a party to remember. Partiers will get to access all of the clubs, bars, restaurants, and of course infamous street parties with the purchase of tickets.

Pride Stockholm, Sweden

July 29-Aug. 4

As the largest LGBT party in Scandinavia, Pride Stockholm celebrates its 15th year. Speakers and bands gather to perform to honor the accomplishments of the gay movement in Sweden. The theme of this year’s party is, “Reflect,” as attendees are encouraged to reflect on their own personal accomplishments as well as those of the gay community.

Some people party to remember, others party to forget, but this party encourages those people to remember how important Pride is in the gay community. Combining activism with celebration, Pride Stockholm knows how to throw a party with a positive impact.

Rainbow Festival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug. 8-11

More than 3,000 travelers unite for this LGBT celebration in one of Brazil’s greatest cities, Rio de Janeiro. If exotic, tropical, and proud are all your style, then this party is the perfect destination for you.

Brazilian colors and flare sparkle the city, while tropical trees and vegetation offer you the Brazilian setting you’ve been craving. Don’t let the language barrier discourage you; whether you’re Brazilian or international, everyone will find a welcoming home in this Brazilian city during the Rainbow Festival.

Southern Decadence New Orleans, Louisiana

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Aug. 28 – Sept. 2

This 42-year-old party is known as the “Gay Mardi Gras.” In the most magical southern city, New Orleans invites gays, lesbians, and transsexuals all to celebrate. Always falling on Labor Day weekend, this party always tops out at about 120,000 partiers. With 24-hour parties in the French Quarter, and a Parade, this party is probably even wilder than Mardi Gras. The theme of the 2013 Southern Decadence party is “Live, Laugh and Love” while the colors are fuchsia pink, tangerine orange, and a New Orleans classic, gold. This year’s party donates to the Belle Reve organization who support families and patients of AIDS and HIV.

LGBT parties are about more than summer hook-ups and wild costumes, though neither are discouraged, they are also about uniting as a community to celebrate the progress and pride of the gay community. These parties are also about supporting communities, restaurants, hotels, and other venues that year-round support the gay community. Many of them donate to charities, as well, which gives you even more reason to party. Which one of these destinations are you planning to attend? 

Kiss in concert – Aug 7th

Author: , July 31st, 2013

To date KISS  www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#august_2013 has sold more than 100 million Meadowbrook NH Pavilionalbums and with a history spanning more than three decades, KISS’ impact on the consciousness of a generation of music fans, particularly in the USA, remains enormous.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as you’re getaway base. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com/ for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Steel Magnolias’ – Aug 6th to 10th

Author: , July 30th, 2013

Laughter, pathos, friendship and new hairdos bond a group of women as strong as steel, as Steel-magnolias-227x300fragrant as southern magnolias. Steel Magnolias’  www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#august_2013 is a magical theatrical treat.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as you’re getaway base. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com/ for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Summer Theatre at the Barnstormer’s

Author: , July 30th, 2013

New Hampshire’s Lakes Region comes alive with theatre each summer. Summer theatres Barnstormersinclude the Winnipesaukee Theatre in Meredith; Papermill Theatre in Lincoln; Interlakes Theatre in Meredith; and the Barnstormer’s Theatre in Tamworth http://www.glynnhouse.com/area/id10.htm. Three of the theatres offer classic New England summer stock with professional performers. The other theatre offers audiences a schedule of delightful performances throughout the year.

The Barnstormers Theatre is located in the center of picturesque Tamworth Village. Built in the 1820s as a store, in 1936 the building was remodeled as a theatre.  Following renovation in 1998-1999, it became a year-round facility. With a 28-foot proscenium stage, the auditorium has 282 comfortable seats in the orchestra and balcony, air-conditioning, and superb acoustics.

Plays include old favorites and less well-known gems of the American and British stage, with a slant towards comedy, and contemporary and occasional new plays. There is usually one musical each summer and one more serious drama and mystery. Summer 2013 is guaranteed to delight visitors and residents alike. This summer’s calendar http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/ includes The Full Monty, Boeing Boeing, Other People’s Money, Ten Nights in a Barroom, Steal Magnolias, Moon Over Buffalo, The Unexpected Guest and Spitfire Grill

Use the romantic Glynn House Innsituated less than 35 minutes from the Barnstormers Theatre – as your getaway entertainment base. Experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

The River You’ll Return To

Author: , July 28th, 2013

Rock River Stones

Photo courtesy of Rock River Preservation, Inc.

When my partner and I first moved to Vermont from New York City, I remember reading the slogan: “Vermont: Welcome to the West Coast of New England.” For me, it cemented that we had made the right choice to move to the Green Mountain State. Vermont, like California and the Pacific Northwest, has a legacy of embracing all types, while still retaining an identity all it’s own.

One of the communities that has benefitted from this attitude is the LGBT community. While we may not be to everyone’s liking, Vermonters seem to share a collective motto: do what you want, just as long as you don’t scare the horses! It’s a saying that expresses why Vermont is a safe and comfortable environment for everyone.

Case in point: gay swimming holes. Vermont’s beautiful mountains have shaped crystal-clear rivers that literally carve through dense green forests… Nature has produced a veritable playground for gay men! One well-known gay swimming hole, Rock River conveys this sentiment perfectly. True to its Vermont locale, a non-profit organization, known as Rock River Preservation, Inc. was founded, in part: “To protect access to a traditional gathering spot in Windham County for gay and bisexual men from across Vermont.” Gotta love Vermont!

Recently, I took a trip with my partner and our dog to Southern Vermont to visit this gay landmark. It was a beautiful day, hotter than you’d expect for July in Vermont, but perfect for a day at a swimming hole. The directions we’d gotten off the Internet were a bit convoluted, but we knew we’d arrived by the sight of shirtless gay men spraying each other with sunscreen on the side of the road. We parked the car and began the 30-minute hike to the swimming hole.

We started by walking a short way up Williamsville Rd. to what looked like a dirt driveway on the right side of the street. We hiked by a bunch of cabins, including a derelict one, until we got to the path, which trailed above the beautiful Rock River below – definitely scenic.

The couple we had seen earlier joined us on the walk and we had a nice conversation with them…they loved our dog, which meant I immediately liked them! One of them was wearing flip-flops, which proved to be a difficult choice. Like many Vermont Rivers, the Rock River suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene, so the trails are washed away at one point, forcing intrepid gays to climb over rocks and ledges before getting back onto the trail. Don’t worry though; this part is clearly marked by green markers to keep you on the right path. With a good pair of hiking boots, you will be just fine.

Soon after the washed away section, a sign posted to a tree indicated that it’s okay to disrobe – it is a gay swimming hole, after all. Be careful to wait until you see this sign, since the swimming areas leading up to it tend to be filled with families and children. Just a little further on, we arrived at what is referred to as the “second pool.”

With our new friends continuing on, we decided to take a moment to get cooled off. We happily swam with the dog in the cool, sweet water. There are some springs leading down the hill, which feed into this swimming hole. The water is extra cold in these areas, so keep an eye out. Beautiful as these mini waterfalls look, they are chilly!

After we had sufficiently cooled off, we headed up a set of wooden stairs to continue to the third and final swimming hole. We had to cross the river at one point to get to our destination. A second set of wooden stairs, which were clearly marked, lead to the water. This section of the river was very shallow, so people who aren’t strong swimmers won’t have anything to worry about – more like walking through a deep puddle than anything else.

While the previous swimming hole had basically been empty, this swimming hole was filled with naked men lounging and swimming. We were surprised by the number of people for a weekday, but as the Rock River Preservation website points out: “Swimmers and sunbathers…prize the cool, clean water and warm rocks for summertime recreation.”

We found our friends and settled in. The beach area was set up with towels, umbrellas, and even one tarp at one end. The environment was welcoming, which is always nice when you’re completely naked! We were careful to keep the dog near us, but everyone seemed to enjoy having him around. We spent a few hours swimming, laying out on the rocks and enjoying the warm sun. It was a picture perfect day.

Behind the beach, the woods are a perfect hideaway for those of you who are looking for (ahem…) a little extra fun, but we stayed by the river. No judgment here…it’s just that I’m a married man!

I will say that the Rock River is well named. Pebbles, water-worn rocks and boulders cover the entire riverbed and its banks. Those with sensitive feet (like me) may want to have some flip-flops to maneuver through the shore stones. Some of the most beautiful things at the river were the stacked rock sculptures people had created throughout the area. They certainly gave the place a magical quality.

After a few hours, we said goodbye to our friends and headed home, very relaxed. Rock River is absolutely worth the trip.

Where to Stay: Click here for a list of LGBT friendly lodgings near the Rock River.

Directions to Rock River:
From North: Take 91 South to Exit 4 for Rt. 5 to Putney. Go 2.4 miles on Rt. 5 onto Schoolhouse Road. Follow this road for 2 miles and make a slight left onto East-West Road. Got another 2.4 miles, then make a left turn on Dummerston Covered Bridge Rd. At the end of the road, turn right onto Rt. 30 (West River Rd). Go 2 miles to Williamsville Station. The turnoff is just before a large bridge over Rock River. Pull over and park on the east end of the bridge. Be careful crossing Rt. 30 – it’s a busy road!
From Brattleboro (From South): Take Rt. 30 north. After 7 or 8 miles, when you see the turnoff for Maple Valley Ski Area, continue north on Rt. 30 for another 1.5 miles, until you reach the Williamsville Road turnoff on the left. The turnoff is just before a large bridge over Rock River. Pull over and park on the east end of the bridge. Be careful crossing Rt. 30 – it’s a busy road!

Art: Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery

Author: , July 28th, 2013

The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery http://www.glynnhouse.com/area/id23.htm exhibits Patricia Ladd Gallerywork in all media by both established and emerging artists. Works on paper, sculpture, painting, monotypes, objects and installations are on exhibit. Artists are regional, national and international. The gallery endeavors to exhibit a refreshing, dynamic and energetic collection of contemporary art. The work is shown in a barn dating back to 1825. Situated in the charming village of Center Sandwich, the scenic drive is delightful.

Stay at the romantic Glynn House Inn during your NH summer getaway. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House http://www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.