Bald Eagle Nature Adventure: June

Author: , May 31st, 2014

Join an experienced naturalist for a special Bald Eagle Adventure http://glynnhouse.com/events/ to view these magnificent lunapic_136948986252720_4birds in their natural habitat. The cruise focuses on the recovery of Bald Eagles as a nesting species in the state, with particular focus on a pair of Bald Eagles that have nested on a Squam Island since 2003 and fledged 18 chicks.

Take your partner to the romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region. The Inn offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Panoramica, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Author: , May 31st, 2014

Casa Panoramica - Puerto Vallarta

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

Quaint Friendly BnB in Vallarta: Casa Panoramica BnB is located within walking distance to many restaurants, cafes, galleries and the gay beach. Bars are all within and easy walk or taxi ride home.

See the Casa Panoramica Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Jalisco

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai

Author: , May 31st, 2014

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai - Adam GroffmanHave you ever had a deja vu while traveling? A moment where you think, I’ve been here! It’s a strange moment — standing in a foreign country, thinking you’ve been here before. Of course, sometimes that’s because, in fact, you have been there before. That was my case when I showed up at Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai last month.

I first visited Chiang Mai in 2011 on my one month trip through Thailand. I spent five full days in the city then and came away with a less-than-stellar impression. Despite its relative affordability (an appeal at the time), I just couldn’t find much to enjoy the city. Massages and street food were (and still are) cheaper than in Bangkok, but there’s only so much affordable luxury you can enjoy before you lose that special oomph.

However, of the handful of positive memories I left Chiang Mai with, the cultural standout was a visit to one of the many temples in the Old City. I went on a particularly hot afternoon and remember walking through the Buddhist temples at the time. But it was in the nearby garden where my fondest memories come from. To hide from the sun I sat down at a somewhat shady bench where I was soon joined by a young Buddhist monk.

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Seoul Pride to Go On After Government Revokes Permission

Author: , May 31st, 2014

Seoul PrideThe organisers of Seoul Pride have announced the event will go ahead next week in defiance of government orders, after official permission was revoked.

Permission for the 15th Korea Queer Festival, known as Seoul Pride, was granted months ago, but was revoked following the MV Sewol ferry tragedy last month, which took the lives of 290 people.

A district-office spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that the cancellation was because the parade was inappropriate given national sentiment, but organisers allege Christian lobbying groups, who have long objected to the event, filed complaints deliberately in order to get it cancelled.

By Nick Duffy – Pink News

The Evolving World of Gay Travel

Author: , May 31st, 2014

Gay Travel EvolvingIn the 1970s gay tours took men rafting in the Grand Canyon and to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. Gay hotels began opening in Key West, Fla. And destinations like Provincetown, Mass., were creating some of the first marketing to gay and lesbian travelers.

Today, there are tours spanning the globe not only for gay men, but also for lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers and their children. Major hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott have dedicated L.G.B.T. microsites and vacation packages. And same-sex marriage laws are transforming cities into travel destinations, with tourism boards and hotels sponsoring L.G.B.T. events and funding advertising campaigns with taglines like Las Vegas’s “Everyone’s welcome. Even straight people.”

Most of these changes have come in the aftermath of the recession — when hospitality brands began ramping up ways to lure a niche market that studies said prioritized travel and spent accordingly — and when more and more states are legalizing same-sex marriage.

By Stephanie Rosenblum – The New York Times

Braga Gay Pride The Second Time Around

Author: , May 31st, 2014

Braga Gay Pride

Photo via: Braga Fora do Armario

While some cities are celebrating decades of Gay Pride parades and parties this June, others are only just embarking on their pride parade journey.

Pride organizer Janison Santana, a Brazilian native fighting for LGBTI rights in Portugal, paints a picture of what the northwestern city of Braga is like now that they’ve had their first Gay Pride. ‘This year we are more organized, with the hope we get noticed more.’

Last year’s inaugural Gay Pride was the impetus to start the city’s first LGBTI rights group: Braga Fora do Armario (Braga Out of the Closet). According to Santana, half of the group’s members are gay, lesbian and bisexual, and the other half are heterosexual, signifying an important shift in the mind-set of some locals.

By Jean Paul Zapata – Gay Star News | Portugal Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Bald Eagle Adventure: Jun 3, 10, 17, 24

Author: , May 30th, 2014
Join an experienced naturalist for a special Bald Eagle Adventure http://glynnhouse.com/events/ to view these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. The cruise focuses on the recovery of Bald Eagles as a nesting species in the state, with particular focus on a pair of Bald Eagles that have nested on a Squam Island since 2003 and fledged 18 chicks.
The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House websitehttp://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Zurich Pride and Switzerland’s Gay Culture

Author: , May 30th, 2014

Zurich - Apple MapsOver the last few decades, the tolerant, liberal-minded city of Zurich has become home to a lively LGBT scene. Within the realm of late-night bars and clubs – the largest and most vibrant assortment in Switzerland – countless party labels and establishments create a nightlife that is more colorful than a rainbow. Homosexuality is not just addressed out in the open on the street, but also in the form of special libraries and colorful events, first and foremost the Zurich Pride Festival.

Situated on the shore of Lake Zurich, near Buerkliplatz, the sculpture”Ganymede”, portraying a young man and an eagle, is a lasting monument to the homosexuality of the ancient world. According to Greek mythology, Zeus took on the form of an eagle and abducted the handsome youth, Ganymede, to the top of Mount Olympus, where he took him as his lover.

As early as the end of the 1920s, Swiss legislators debated the decriminalization of homosexual acts between adults; following the referendum in 1938, this became firmly anchored in the Swiss Civil Code with effect from 1942. Consequently, at the time of the Second World War, Switzerland had one of the most progressive laws in Europe as regards gay and lesbian rights.

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Dallas Gay Pride – A Month of Events

Author: , May 30th, 2014

Dallas Gay PrideFor LGBT Dallasites, the options for social outings during National Pride Month in June only continue to grow.

The city’s LGBT Task Force has planned events over the month for the past two years. Last year the events focused more on social than educational as the year prior. A family zoo day was added, and will return this year, and more library gatherings for LGBT families made the calendar. Events are still being finalized

Dallas Gay Pride month kicks off at City Hall Wednesday, June 4, in the Flag Room for a city proclamation declaring it Pride Month and honoring individuals during a Spirit of Equality Award ceremony. Recipients will be selected in categories of leadership, ally and community.

An award ceremony was slated for last year but was derailed when former Councilwoman Delia Jasso removed her signature from the equality resolution memo, preventing a vote on the measure. Instead, the Task Force gave one award to former City Manager Mary Suhm before she retied to honor her longtime commitment to helping the group.

By Anna Waugh – The Dallas Voice | Dallas Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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Upcoming Gay Pride Events 5/30/14

Author: , May 30th, 2014

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2012Here’s our recap of the most recent LGBT pride events – articles posted over the last day or two.

Canada, British Columbia: Nanaimo Pride: Nanaimo (Canada 2011 Census population 83,810) is a city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. June 14th-21st. full story

Canada, Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Pride: The Saskatoon Pride Festival, hosted by the Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN), is an annual week-long festival providing an accessible space in which to celebrate queerness, fostering community pride, and raising awareness of queer culture within the larger community. June 15th-22nd. full story

Canada, Saskatchewan: Queen City Pride: The Queen City Pride Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, and Queer) community of Regina and the greater region of South Saskatchewan. June 16th-22nd. full story

Croatia: Zagreb Pride: The theme of this year’s Pride LGBT people and families Zagreb Pride 2014th is solidarity in the struggle for equality and dignity of all people in the Republic of Croatia. June 14th. full story

France: Biarritz Pride: Gay pride celebration put on by the LGBT organization in the Basque Country. June 21st. full story

Germany: Christopher Street Day Berlin: Around 500,000 protesters and spectators are expected this year and will provide you with their extravagant costumes, provocative posters and good humor of the capital a completely new paint. June 21st. full story

Germany: Fantasy Pride: Take Europe’s best amusement park, thousands of screaming and celebrating lesbians and gays, this garnish with a live program that has washed himself and give the icing a good shot Party Power at its best on top. June 21st. full story

Portugal: Lisbon Pride: The city’s LGBT community comes together to illustrate the need for unity at the Pride Parade in Lisbon 2014. June 21st. full story

UK, England: York Pride: The York Pride Parade is back for it’s third year; the 50m long rainbow flag will meander through York’s ancient streets; passing the mansion house, which will be flying the Rainbow Flag again. June 21st. full story

UK, Scotland: Pride Scotia: Pride Scotia is Scotland’s national LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) pride festival. Run entirely by volunteers, we organise both a pride march and a community based festival to celebrate diversity and personal identity. June 21st. full story

USA, Illinois: Chicago Pride: Chicago Pride Weekend consists of a two-day festival and our world-famous parade. June 21st-29th. full story

USAWashington DC: Capital Pride: Gay ally Chris Kluwe was named Grand Marshal of the DC pride parade. June 6th-8th. full story

USA: full story