Looking for Adventure

Author: , August 30th, 2013

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Looking for high adventure, unique architecture and dramatic views? EDGE Contributor Richard Frisbie traveled to four countries on three continents to find enough death-defying stunts to satisfy the most jaded thrill-seekers. For everyone else, the breath-taking views and award-winning architecture he discovers are worth the price of admission.

Macau Tower: Macau is a former Portuguese colony on the South China Sea that is now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, similar to Hong Kong. As one of the most visited gambling destinations in the world, some say Macau trumps Vegas! But money is not the only currency when gambling in Macau. You can also take a leap at the highest freefall in the world.

When it was built more than a decade ago, Macau Tower was one of the ten tallest freestanding buildings in the world. Rising from its needle base to the flying saucer-style, glass-enclosed observation deck at the top, the tower offers spectacular day and nighttime views of the surrounding city. On a clear day you can see all the way to Hong Kong — 50 miles away.

Authored By Richard Frisbie – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Roanoke’s Pride in the Park Coming September 21st

Author: , August 30th, 2013

Roanoke Gay Pride 2013To promote acceptance, visibility, and a sense of community in the Southwestern Virginia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community by organizing educational and social events and providing opportunities for outreach.

Roanoke Pride, Inc. is the guiding force behind the season-long series of activities and events known collectively as Pride.

The center piece of our Pride celebration is the Festival “Pride In the Park”. Since its inception in 1989, this gathering is the largest LGBTQA event in southwestern Virginia.

See the Full Story at Gay Web Source

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Manchester Pride in Photos

Author: , August 30th, 2013

The Advocate has the photos from Manchester’s Gay Pride this last weekend:

Manchester, England, pulled out all the stops for a month-long schedule of Pride festivities that culminated in an enormously fun parade Saturday. Even the Fire Department joined in!

See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Southern Decadence in New Orleans This Weekend

Author: , August 30th, 2013

Southern Decadence LogoIn 1972, a few dozen men gathered together in New Orleans to dress as their favorite Southern decadent belle.

There was Belle Watling, the overdressed whore with a heart of gold who reluctantly sends Rhett Butler back to Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone With the Wind”; the notoriously oversexed bisexual Broadway actress Tallulah Bankhead, who casually greeted visitors to her apartment stark naked with a full-on orgy going on in back of her; and Blanche Dubois, the schoolteacher who goes mad after her “many meetings with strangers” is exposed in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

The party began on the afternoon before Labor Day. The next year, they decided that that those costumes were entirely too fabulous not to be enjoyed by everyone. Naturally, they did what any respectable citizen of New Orleans would do under the circumstances: They formed an impromptu parade and marched through the French Quarter.

Authored By Steve Weinstein – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Lee’s Mills Steamboat Rally Sep 6th – 15th

Author: , August 29th, 2013

If you’re visiting New Hampshire during September, you must attend the Lee’s Mills SteamboatSteamboat Meet Rally http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#september_2013. Over 50 steamboats will be in attendance. Steamboat rides are available. Just ask the Captain. For visitors who want to enjoy a very special New England experience, the Lee’s Mills Steamboat Rally is a ‘must see’ event.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn – less than 15 minutes from the Steamboat Rally – as your Lakes Region getaway base. 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. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

 

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Spindrift Inn, Manzanita, Oregon

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Spindrift Inn - Manzanita, OregonPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Quaint Rooms a Block from the Beach!: Only one block from the 6 mile Manzanita Beach, Spindrift Inn retains the quaint charm of yesteryear while providing all the modern conveniences. Family owned and operated since 1946, the cozy atmosphere, private hidden garden and affordable rooms are within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants.

See the Spindrift Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals on the Northern Oregon Coast

Win Five Nights at the Tilghman Island’s Beautiful Black Walnut Point Inn

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Black Walnut Point Inn - Tilghman Island, MarylandIf you’re looking for a romantic getaway for you and your other half, or just a fun trip in a beautiful locale for yourself, sign up for our sweepstakes to win 5 nights at Maryland’s Black Walnut Point Inn:

By any measure, Tilghman Island’s Black Walnut Point is unique. A private gate secures the half-mile drive through fifty seven acres of bird sanctuary before it emerges at our six-acre island of lawn. When the sun rises over the broad mouth of the Choptank River and sets over the length of Chesapeake Bay, guests enjoy wind, waves and endless water views.

We even have a pair of nesting eagles, osprey and black ducks, as well as migrating butterflies, water fowl and song birds. You might even see bay dolphins, skates and schools of bluefish, and the back dock overlooking the cove is an ideal location for watching the herons fish.

At night the sky is full of stars, another surprise of nature, making Black Walnut Point a quiet, secret, peaceful place – just an hour’s drive from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

You can sign up for the sweepstakes here, and visit our Maryland page here.

Gay Games Coming to Cleveland in 2014 – Better Than the Russian Olympics

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Gay Games 9 ClevelandThe two quadrennial international sports competitions taking place in 2014 — the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the Gay Games in Cleveland — couldn’t be setting more dissimilar tones.

Though it hasn’t been without its own controversies, next August, organizers of the Cleveland Gay Games are prepared to welcome the LGBT athletes that Russia vows to muzzle.

Rob Smitherman, sports and operations director for Cleveland’s Gay Games 9, said that, even as much of the western world begins to embrace LGBT rights, the continued need for the Gay Games couldn’t be more obvious since Russia and the IOC have begun warning athletes not to attempt to test the nation’s new anti-gay “propaganda” law.

“People need a place to come to feel that they are safe and to express themselves fully,” Smitherman said. “To be who they are, not feel like they have to hide in any way. And it’s still important.”

Authored By Phil Reese – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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New York City’s NewFest Film Festival Begins September 6th

Author: , August 29th, 2013

NewFest 2013 LogoOkay, the most important thing you need to know is that there’s a bedazzled plush vagina costume in the first two minutes of Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? Anyways, now that you know that.

NewFest, New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Film Festival, holds a special place in my heart, and not just because it was the very first event I ever covered in my Autostraddle career. It also holds a special place in my heart because it’s consistently wonderful. NewFest showcases amazing films by queer film-makers with LGBT representation in their characters and plots, and this year is definitely no different.

In partnership with OutFest in Los Angeles and Film Society Lincoln Center, the festival will run Friday, September 6th through Wednesday, September 11th, with a lineup of 15 narrative features, 4 documentaries, 31 shorts and other special events.

Authored By Ali – See the Full Story at Autostraddle

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Kayaking Arizona’s Salt River

Author: , August 29th, 2013

Carlos Melia KayakingThis morning at 8AM I was picked up by John my expert outback guide by AOA – Arizona Outback Adventures, and we drove for almost 45 minutes East from Phoenix along McDowell and Superstition Mountains and the stream of the Salt River and the Sonoran Desert as the background, to reach Salt River Park, starting point of our Kayaking in Arizona experience.

Float down the Lower Salt River on a guided kayak tour or guided rafting trip and discover a scenic and relaxing desert oasis. While drifting on this class 1 river you are surrounded by spectacular, unobstructed 70-mile views into 4 different mountain ranges. Flowing from the mountains in Northern Arizona, the Salt River is captured by four dams and released for use by Phoenicians and farmers year-round.

A reliable source of water, the Salt River attracts a variety of wild life, making it common to enjoy close encounters with animals enjoying their natural habitat. Some favorites include; groups of wild horses ambling along the riverbanks, Great Blue Herons and the majestic Bald Eagle hunting for prey.

Such a relaxing and rewarding morning, learning about the Sonoran Desert, local native Americans, the desert ecosystem, while floating and paddling along the Salt River.

Won’t take you longer than a full morning, and if you choose booking the option which includes transfers in/out, you will be back at your hotel before lunch, unless you really enjoy the outdoors and opt for the full day option. Josh, my guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I went for the private tour option, but prices for the regular tours start at USD 100 per person on.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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