Japan’s First Lady Attends Gay Pride

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoJapan’s first lady joined the festivities of Tokyo’s LGBT pride parade on Sunday.

Akie Abe, wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stood on a float amid a sea of 3,000 participants marching though the Shibuya district. Abe said she was particularly drawn to participate through her work related to HIV. She joined a commission set up by UNAIDS and the Lancet medical journal last year, according to Agence France Presse.

“I want to help build a society where anyone can conduct happy, enriched lives without facing discrimination,” she wrote on her Facebook page before heading off to the parade.

By Michelle Garcia – The Advocate | Other Gay Travel Events

Lesbian Travel: Enchanting New Mexico

Author: , April 28th, 2014

New Mexico ruinsAs we drove along the Rio Grande I looked up at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and was mesmerized by how the rays of the sun fell upon the jutting rocks, providing a fantastic vision right out of one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings.

New Mexico’s breathtaking, raw natural beauty and the independent spirit of its people is what enchanted O’Keeffe, who put the state on the nation’s cultural map. Today, many other artists and collectors continue to find their way to the Southwestern corner of the country.

The Land of Enchantment remains a haven for artists and independent thinkers to create and for their followers to support them, but it is also so much more as my girlfriend and I found out during a recent trip to New Mexico, where we explored Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. The Wild West never left, and that rugged past remains close to the surface in modern New Mexico, which allows visitors a glimpse into history through architecture and traditions that are centuries old and deeply rooted in the state.

By Heather Cassell – Edge Boston | New Mexico Gay Travel Resources

The Purple Party Returns to Dallas in May

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Dallas Purple PartyOne man’s dream of a party that would bring Dallas’ gay community together has blossomed into the Purple Party, one of the Southeast’s major dance events – and one of the largest non-profit, all-volunteer dance fundraisers in the entire country. Since 2001, the Purple Foundation has taken over the Big D for a spring danceathon that brings revelers from all over the country. This is Texas, y’all, so everything is bigger here: The parties, the venues and the smiles on the dance floor. Dallasites are proud of their big event, and they relish being able to show off their out-and-proud gay community.

“It’s not like any of the other big parties you go to,” foundation president Blake Baker told noiZe. “Everybody has a very down-home, very welcoming feeling. We really enjoy all of the people who come from different parts of the country!”

The fun begins on Friday night, May 9, when Ignite sets the town on fire, with one of the most popular DJs on the Circuit. Taking place in one of Dallas’ biggest megaclubs, Ignite has grown exponentially from a cocktail party into a Texas-sized dance party, with more than 1,500 attendees. All those (need we say it?) big men dancing to a state-of-the-art sound and light system need a lot of room – and a lot of time. This party starts early and goes late into the wee hours, so rest up before you head for the man-corral to lasso some stallion of your own.

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The Return of Folsom Street East

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Folsom Street Eact NYCFolsom Street East didn’t happen last year due to the massive apartment building that is nearing completion on West 28th Street. The event returns this year, one block away. Via press release:

Folsom Street East (FSE) today announced that it will hold its 16th annual Street Fair on Sunday, June 22nd. In anticipation of final approval from the City of New York’s Street Activity Permit Office, FSE also announced that this year’s Street Fair will take place on 27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, one block south of its previous venue.

“We’re thrilled to bring Folsom Street East back to the streets of New York City,” said FSE Board President and Street Fair coordinator Gary Martin. “We believe that 27th Street will be a great new venue for our event and are confident that our final permit will be approved in light of Community Board 4’s unanimous recommendation to SAPO earlier this month that it go forward.”

via Joe.My.God | NYC Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Pension Bellavista, Port de Pollenca, Balearic Islands, Spain

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Pension Bellavista - Balearic IslandsPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Time is Art, Relax with Art!: Bellavista is a charismatic place with a great atmosphere. We are in the town center, very near the harbour and the beaches with a very good bus connection. In our beautiful garden we have a very nice onganic and vegetarian cafe where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner or just a glass of wine at the end of the day.

See the Pension Bellavista Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Transgender Cruise Planned for December

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Transgender CruiseTravel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”

Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns. “I’m hoping to book 40-50 people,” she said.

The cruise is on the Navigator of the Seas that leaves from Galveston on Dec. 14 for a week. Three ports of call on the trip include Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. “In Belize, people should stay together, but it’s gay-friendly,” Land said. “Honduras and Cozumel are both very gay friendly.”

By David Taffet – Dallas Voice | Other Gay Travel Events

Vallarta Pride Coming in May

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Vallarta Pride 2014Vallarta Pride is a 5-day annual event that pays tribute to the LGBT community with arts and cultural events, concerts, films, beach parties and a lot of fun to show the world the fabulous diversity of our destination.

The first Vallarta Pride was held in late May of 2013 in the famous Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. The city turned out in huge numbers to celebrate the lifestyle diversity of all our local, national and international LGBT community.

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event will take place this year on the weekend of May 22nd to 26th, 2014. Vallarta Pride is now a week-long cultural celebration including music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities in participating bars and clubs.

via Gay Web Source | Jalisco Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

12 Hour After Party Planned for San Diego Pride

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Overdrive Pride 2014San Diego Pride weekend is just under three months away, and already we have a Pride party on the horizon that people are talking about. Overdrive Pride is a joint production of DJ/promotor Tristan Jaxx and promoter Shaun Flak, and is slated for Saturday night of Pride weekend, July 19. What makes this party interesting are the hours of operation: 10 pm to 10 am. Yes, a 12-hour party.

Now, there have been long parties here in San Diego in the past. I recall some old Club Montage parties that went that long, but that was more by accident than design: A 10-to-6 party extended a few hours or so, because the crowd was still raging at 6 am and the owners decided spur-of-the-moment to keep things going. But this is the first San Diego Pride party, to my memory, that is set at 12 hours from the get go; a true marathon dance party at which those present will be making history.

The DJ line up is exciting as well, with San Francisco DJ Andrew Gibbons opening for none other than DJ Nina Flowers, of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame. Local favorite DJ Tristan Jaxx will take over and finish up during after-hours.

By Jim Winsor – SDGLN | San Diego Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Counting Down to the Cleveland Gay Games

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Gay Games 2014 LogoLeading up to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Gerard Burley was traveling through Europe working as a model and competing in a low-level professional basketball league.

Burley met up with his basketball teammates from the D.C. Sentinels in Cologne and together, they won a bronze medal. It was Burley’s first Gay Games and looking back on it, he says all his focus was on winning. The D.C. Sentinels just wrapped up season two of the Washington, D.C. Gay Basketball League and used that momentum to claim the tournament title at the Coady Roundball Classic in Chicago earlier this month.

A Baltimore native, Burley’s sports background includes football, baseball and basketball. After competing on his high school’s baseball and basketball teams, he went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he played on the scrimmage team against the varsity players.

By Kevin Majoros – The Washington Blade | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Out in Las Vegas

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Las Vegas from the High Roller

High Roller, LinQThis is our umpteenth trip to Las Vegas, but there’s something different this time. The recession is over, and the town is gearing up with a new growth spurt unlike any we’ve seen in 6 or 8 years. The theme? Everything old is new again.

Bally ConstructionThere’s so much new construction going on in Vegas right now, it’s hard to believe. From the new skyscrapers gracing City Center to the just-opened LinQ center – an outdoor pedestrian mall that straddles the gap between the Quad Hotel (formerly the Imperial – more on that later) and The Flamingo – to the brand-new Cromwell Casino, a luxury re-do of the creaky old Bill’s Casino at the heart of the strip, which was literally opening while we were here. It’s amazing to see how much is changing.

ZarkanaBut wait, there’s more! some of the older hotels are getting into the act too, including treasure Island, which is ripped out most of it’s waterfront “Pirates” area and is putting in new retail and restaurants right on the strip, including a Starbucks and a number of restaurants and other venues. Although from the looks of things, they should put some money into their interiors well – the old casino floor feels dark and dated.

View From BellagioThere’s also a new retail center being built in front of Bally’s, where that long people mover used to take you up to the casino from the strip. Right now it’s a big dirt lot, but expect this one by next year.

There’s been a real rush to build out to the Las Vegas Blvd. line – so much so that you can no longer even see some of the marque properties from the street – that’s the case with the Monte Carlo, which has been all but obliterated by a trashy street-side development. So much for the gorgeous upscale approach to the hotel’s front doors.

MastroSo far, most of the construction seems to be remodeling or infill, but we suspect it won’t be long before the new buildings start rising again.

Best guess – North of the strip, where there’s lots of open land and the projects were planned before but fell through, like the “Echelon” hotel next to Fashion Sow Mall.

So for this trip, we’ll share some of the new things we found in Vegas over the next week, including a few you shouldn’t miss.

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