Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter 10/12/13

Published Date Author: , October 11th, 2013

Mark and ScottWelcome to the Purple Roofs gay travel newsletter.

Our articles section now has four parts – local news,
general interest, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including a bunch of feature articles on our visit to the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (lots of movie reviews), gay golf and tennis, Seattle’s downtoen, Mexico’s cenotes, and more.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

Gay TennisTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Gay Tennis or Golf, Anyone?
by Don & Ray
Things keep changing all the time and usually always for the better ! In today’s world, gays can participate in all kinds of sports and be very out and proud about it. No longer must we hide in the closet while participating in sports. In our travels from coast to coast we often get asked if we know any gay golfers or any gay tennis players or where they can find some other gays who like those sports. Sure we can “golf and tennis” with the best of the straights however sometimes we want to be in a league or own and enjoy gays when are in the sporting world.
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Free FallGay Movie Review – “Free Fall”
by Scott & Mark
There’s a scene in the new German gay film Free Fall that really stuck in my mind. The film tells the story of a Policeman, Marc, who is forced to come to terms with his own sexuality. He’s got a loving wife who is pregnant with their first child, and parents who dote on him, as well as a promising career as a police officer. Then one day, while training at the academy, he meets Kay, another male police officer. The two have a volatile chemistry, beginning with a fight that sends them both to their superior’s office for a dressing down.
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Breaking ThroughGay Movie Review – “Breaking Through”
by Scott & Mark
We went to this film expecting a biopic about Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who is openly lesbian. What we got, instead, was a wide-ranging documentary about politicians who are proudly out all around the country. Here in Oregon, the story focused on two out Supreme Court justices – Virginia Linder and Rives Kistler – who, along with Kate Brown were both in attendance. Brown dodged a question from the audience about whether she would seek the Governorship, asying it was probably time to end the questions.
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Gay Film FestivalGay Movie Review – “Pit Stop” and “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf”
by Scott & Mark
Another night in Portland, another couple films at the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. This time, there was a decidedly girls vs. boys theme. First up, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf. Think My Big Fat Greek Wedding with lesbians. The protagonist, Anna, celebrates her 40th birthday with no career and no one to love her, except for a couple wacky friends, one of which is played by the divine Carrie Preston (Wonderfalls, True Blood). She shows up to her birthday party in a homemade vagina suit – seriously – and ries to hit on girls there with a variety of issues.
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Transgender FlagGay Movie Review: Transgender Films Hilighted at the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
by Scott & Mark
We just finished the second of two film nights about transgender issues. The first film, What’s the T, is a new documentary that focuses on the lives of five transgender women – from some who have just recently transitioned to a woman who has become comfortable in her own skin. The women work in different professions – from nurse to exotic dancer – but all of them share a journey. In the film, each one tells her “T” – her truth, that she has discovered as a transgender woman.
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BridegroomGay Movie Review: “Bridegroom” is All About Love
by Scott & Mark
There’s a scene in the new documentary film Bridegroom that touched us with its simple grace. For those who haven’t yet heard of the movie, it’s the follow-up to a short YouTube video about a gay man, Shane Bitney Crone, whose partner Tom Bridegroom dies in a tragic fall. The video went viral. In the scene, Shane has just lost his partner of 6 years, and Tom’s mother has flown the body back home to Indiana from California. On the way to the funeral, Shane gets a call from one of Tom’s family members telling him he’s not invited.
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The Falls - Testament of LoveGay Movie Review: “The Falls: Testament of Love” Stands Out
by Scott & Mark
For our second night at the Portland Film Festival. we saw one of the movies we were anticipating the most – the world premiere of the sequel to The Falls, a story about a pair of gay mormon missionaries, RJ and Chris, who fall in love while on a mission. The first story was a sweet and fairly straightforward love story; the two guys meet, fall in love, go through some trials and tribulations, and end up together at the end.
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Five DancesGay Movie Review – “Five Dances”
by Scott & Mark
Just saw a beautiful film last night called Five Dances – a coming of age story set in New York City. Chip is barely an adult, and came to New York from a small town in Kentucky for a class at the Joffrey. Now he has no place to live, and not a lot of money, as he faces the city alone and has to deal with his single, alcoholic mother back home, who is being evicted. The film opens with Chip joining a dance group – three men and two women – that’s preparing for an upcoming show. The movie’s title refers to five sequentially numbered dances that are performed inside the practice studio by the troupe – each in its own way shedding a little light on the relationships between the characters.
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Carlos MeliaMEXICO, YUCATAN: Swimming in Mexico’s Cenotes
by Carlos Melia
Cenotes are a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes ground water underneath. Used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings. There are many of them all over Riviera Maya, but we visited one of the three located in the area of COBA only minutes away from the archeological site. There you can swim, enjoy the lovely caves and if you dear, try some jumps.
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Kathy Amendola, Cruisin' the Castro Walking Tours, San FranciscoUSA, CALIFORNIA: Celebrating San Francisco’s LGBT & Castro History!
by Kathy Amendola
Celebrating its “24th” birthday, Cruisin’ The Castro Walking Tours remains one of San Francisco’s premier tour companies. Having educated thousands of worldwide visitors over the decades, Cruisin’ The Castro Walking Tours continues to not only embellish the history, but the future of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community. It all began in 1989, when the company was created by local historian, Trevor Hailey. Trevor a Mississippi native and ex-Navy nurse, came to San Francisco in 1972. By the late 1980s, she had started the walking tours that led tourists visiting San Francisco’s Castro District on an amazing trek through gay history.
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Seattle ScenicUSA, WASHINGTON: Visiting Gay Seattle: Downtown
by Scott & Mark
Seattle’s city center is just a $2.25 ride on the monorail away from the Seattle Center, and of course, it’s packed with things to do, starting with shopping – visit Westlake Center for your Macy’s or Nordstrom’s fix, or to check out the big food court there. Marvel the blue trees in the plaza (and yes, most of them are still very blue a year after the first time we saw them), and take in a game of chess (giant chess) with a cup of bubble tea in hand. Next door, you’ll find Pacific Place, a small but beautiful four story mall, and just south, there’s City Centre, another beautiful little mall (but with fewer interesting stores).
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

ARGENTINA: Axel Hotels Closing Buenos Aires Location
It is with some sadness that we report that the hetero-friendly hotel company Axel Hotels has closed its Buenos Aires location.
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CANADA, BRITISH COLUMBIA: Vancouver Like a Local
Barb Snelgrove is a true Vancouverite (second generation, to be specific) and she loves her hometown!
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DENMARK: What to Do on a Four Hour Layover in Copenhagen
If you are planning to take advantage of Norwegian Air’s low-cost flights to Europe, chances are you’ll find yourself with a layover in a Scandinavian airport some time soon.
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EUROPE: Five Best Gay Scenes
It’s totally fabulous to explore different gay scenes when traveling. You can dance the night away to some truly camp-tastic tunes, or cruise the darkrooms for Mr Right Now.
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INDIA: Jaipur – Judging India
It’s to the north west of the country, in Rajasthan, Jaipur is the capital – a large city. Rajasthan was the last state to agree to be part of India.
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INDIA: A World of Contradictions
I’m full of contradictions – I know it! I like to travel to discover new places, but really there’s no place like home.
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INDIA: Visiting Gay India
ndia is a large country, 120 million people, even taking just the basic 6% that those are gay make a total of 6.12miillon to 12 million gay people.
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RUSSIA: Sochi’s Gay Scene Thriving
A man named Ravil catapults onto the dance floor and starts stomping out the lezginka, the arrogant rooster strut of the Chechen national dance.
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TAIWAN: Exploring Gay Taiwan
In Taiwan today, gay travelers don’t have to go to gay-specific spots to meet cute guys or restrict themselves to cities in order to travel openly with their partners.
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UK: Gay Guide to the Southeastern United Kingdom
The South East of the UK is often seen as crowded and not as beautiful as northern hotspots like the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District.
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USA, ARIZONA: Gay Flagstaff – Cowboy Heaven
The laid-back, cultured and pine-studded college town of Flagstaff has plenty going for it and makes a terrific base for exploring northern Arizona.
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USA, FLORIDA: Discovering Gay Orlando
The city of Orlando was founded in 1857, after three centuries of European influence on Central Florida.
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USA, FLORIDA: The Top Ten Gay Beaches in Florida
Florida’s fantastic beaches welcome all, but some are friendlier than others to the LGBT community.
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USA, FLORIDA: Discovering Gay Tampa, Florida
Tampa has been one of the largest cities in Florida ever since the railroad reached town in the 1880s and businessmen such as Henry B. Plant made their mark on the city with their contributions to the city via land and architecture.
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USA, GEORGIA/SOUTH CAROLINA: Savannah and Charleston – Southern Charm
In “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara, comparing Savannah and Charleston to the much younger city of Atlanta, called the older locales “aged grandmothers fanning themselves placidly in the sun.”
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USA, OREGON: Portland – Go for the Food
etting a great meal in Portland is harder than you’d think. Not for lack of talented chefs creating world-class food. Rather, too many of them.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC: What to Do in DC During the Shutdown
Did you touch down in DC just as Congress managed to shut down the entire city?
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General Gay Travel News:

UK: New Poll Says 57% Believe B&B Owners Shouldn’t Discriminate Against Gays
In the wake of several high profile ncidents where gay couples were refused lodging in the UK, a new poll shows the public is on our side.
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Honest Omissions’ Favorite Gay Travel Bloggers
Gay travel blogger Ryan C. Haynes of Honest Omissions offers his list of other great gay travel bloggers.
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Gay Star News Launches New Travel Section
Gay Star News has launched a new mini-site Gay Star Travel to become the leading resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel content.
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Lesbian Travelers Spread Goodwill One Vacation at a Time
Heads up, ladies looking to book travel plans over the next year.
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Upcoming Event News:

October LGBT Film Festivals
If you’re looking for an LGBT film festival this month, you’re in luck – Seasons of Pride has a great list, including:
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FRANCE: Paris Chosen to Host 2018 Gay Games
(2018) Paris was just chosen from three finalists (which also inclided London and Limerick) to host the 2018 Gay Games.
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USA, FLORIDA: Fort Worth Pride Month Kicks Off This Weekend
(Oct) October has become Pride month in Fort Worth as a number of events have moved to coincide with the parade and popular picnic staged by the nonprofit Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Win a Trip to Toronto World Pride 2014
(Dec 31) Win a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Toronto for WorldPride in 2014. Join us in June 2014 for the world’s largest international celebration of LGBTQ culture and human rights.
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SWITZERLAND: Win a Gay Swiss Vacation
Passport magazine and SWISS are tickled to announce The Ultimate Swiss Gaycation giveaway, and your chance to hit the slopes in style at Arosa Gay Ski Week (January 12-19)–on us! The contest launches today (now!) online.
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USVI: Win Five Nights in the US Virgin Islands at Sand Castle on the Beach
(Oct 1) Sand Castle On The Beach Resort welcomes you and your loved ones to vacation in a beautiful, tropical environment. Beachfront on the Caribbean Sea, enjoy the newly added amenities on this special property. There are two pools on site – one beachfront, the other clothing optional.
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Gay Travel Events – The List:

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Maryland Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with the beautiful Sand Castle on the Beach in the US Virgin Islands (http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/) to give away 5 nights in the Caribbean.

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