The World’s Top Ten Nude Beaches

Author: , October 30th, 2014

beachARE you a fan of getting an all-over tan? Then you need to put these best nude beaches from around the world on your bucket list. According to Fiona Hunt, managing director of Adventure World, getting buff in the buff is a hot travel trend, with many of the beaches below offering opportunities to work out via activities such as beach volleyball or fitness classes.

Don’t giggle. The Greek word “gymnos”, which coined the term gymnasium, means “naked.” In Ancient Greece athletes competed nude because it encouraged aesthetic appreciation of the human body. So there!

Here are the world’s top sandy spots to indulge in the latest exercise craze …

1. Playa las Suecas — Contadora Island, Panama: Located on Contadora Island, Playa de las Suecas is the only place in Panama you are officially allowed to be completely nude. Perfect for buff beach walks.

By Alana House – Full Story at the Daily Telegraph

Tips for Gay and Lesbian Travelers in Egypt

Author: , October 30th, 2014

EgyptEGYPTIANS have a somewhat schizophrenic attitude toward homosexuality. On the one hand, homosexuality is considered deviant and gay men are discriminated against; on the other hand, sexual relations between men are often ignored as harmless. The upside of the situation is that gay men can enjoy a variety of casual sexual encounters with relative ease. The downside is that, once identified as a homosexual, a visitor may experience discrimination and face problems with the police.

Lesbians, meanwhile, have no public profile as a group, and there is no “scene” as such. Because of this, couples can hold hands in public — this is what friends do in Egypt — but any further display of affection is not recommended.

You should also be aware that the security services actively work against the gay community. Cases of entrapment followed by detention and torture are regularly documented by human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch. Websites such as www.gayegypt.com are routinely monitored by the security services, and chat groups are used to set up fake meetings.

Full Story at the Mindanao Examiner | Egypt Gay Travel Resources

Shaping Sound: Nov 6

Author: , October 29th, 2014

Shaping Sound http://glynnhouse.com/events, a new contemporary dance company, is a collaboration of diverse artists who Capitol Centershare a common motif of being visual musicians. Audiences of all ages can expect explosive choreography showcasing the dynamic rhythm, speed and physical strength of these visionaries. Join Shaping Sound for an unpredictable journey of dance and love.

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 website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

All Shook Up: Nov 7 – 9

Author: , October 27th, 2014

We are shaking things up with this lively musical set in the 1950’s. See what happens when a Midwestern town gets All Shook Up Palace Theatrehttp://glynnhouse.com/events by a mysterious, leather-jacketed stranger. The songs of Elvis Presley create and inspire the backdrops for librettist Joe DiPietro’s tale of mistaken identity, cross-dressing and romance.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “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.

Steven Wright – Nov 7

Author: , October 27th, 2014

A comedian noted for his deadpan delivery, Steven Wright http://glynnhouse.com/events/ has built up a following, and while he has not Capitol Centerfollowed many of his contemporaries into sitcom or big screen stardom, he did win an Academy Award for the short “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” (1988). He co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in the film, playing a man who goes to a psychotherapist and meets with unexpected results.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “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.

Lesbian Travel: Istanbul

Author: , October 27th, 2014

Istanbul, TurkeyTurkey has long been a destination popular with gays and lesbians due to its sunshine, history, picturesque ruins and architecture, gorgeous coastline and delicious food. However, it is an Islamic country and has therefor raised safety questions for women and lesbian travelers, and especially transgender people.

Now, however, a new umbrella organization has been established to help fight homophobia and transphobia in Turkey, reports GayAsiaNews.com. It’s good news for those of us who like to sample the ancient comforts of this country that sits between Europe and Asia, whether that takes the form of a Turkish bath or a pillowy piece of Turkish delight!

While Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city of 18-million, it can be an intimidating experience for a lesbian traveler. To help cushion your travel experience you can seek an accommodation provider through The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which recommends booking Istanbul-area tours or travel deals with select LGBT-friendly companies. But outside of this, a new Turkish LGBT organization is helping to change things across the board.

By Melanie Barker – Full Story at Curve Magazine | Turkey Gay Travel Resources

Kansas City is Pretty Darn Gay

Author: , October 27th, 2014

The American Restaurant - Kansas City

Batter up, boys, it’s World Series season here in America, in case you didn’t know. This is the 110th World Series, with the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals fighting for the title. Baseball non-fans may be tempted to throw their casual support behind San Francisco simply because of the city’s reputation as a mecca. How unfortunate, however, it is to so easily turn one’s nose up at the thought of Kansas City.

True, not every neighborhood of the city is glamorous. Carol Burnett created her famous “Mama’s Family” sketch when her tour bus broke down in the Kansas City suburb of Raytown, and she met some of the locals. However, every city has its ups and downs. Ever been to the the Marina in San Francisco? Probably not, and there are many reasons why.

So wipe that furrowed, judgmental brow off your faces right now. It may be easy to dismiss places like Kansas City as fly-over country before you get to an exciting city like San Francisco. Those who take time to get to know Kansas City may find some delightful surprises that would even impress the most jaded urbanite.

Full Story at Queerty | Kansas Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter 10/24/14

Author: , October 24th, 2014

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs LGBT travel newsletter.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this time, too – including some great feature articles: Italian Cooking Class; Sorrento, Italy; Phuket Pride; and Hermann, Missouri. And our articles section has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news, and sweepstakes and contests.

Check out our brand new Facebook Travel Clubs – discussion groups where you can ask questions and meet other travelers. Everyone’s welcome in each group, but the discussions should be related to the group topic:

Gay Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaytravelclub
Lesbian Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenstravelclub
Trans Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transtravelclub
Bisexual Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bitravelclub

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – more than 500 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


My Gay Friendly Italy

My Gay Friendly Italy

My Hidden Italy offers private travel experiences in hidden and unique areas of Italy, combining adventure travel with quality and comfort. Our “Off the Beaten Track” itineraries focus on the Puglia/Basilicata, Sicily, Piedmont and Amalfi Coast regions.

The hotels we include are mostly historic homes or small regional hotels. Restaurants are usually family owned with local, fresh food and offer regional cuisine. We arrange for private licensed guides allowing us to explore each town with knowledge and flexibility.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:


Italian Cooking Class - Dolly GoolsbyITALY: Dolly Goes to an Italian Cooking School
by Dolly Goolsby
I am so enjoying this southern Italy city of Sorrento. The food is so fresh and wonderful. I decided it would be a good thing for me to learn to cook like the people do here. There are many schools, and deciding which one to attend was not an easy task. I finally went to the information center in town, and they found a place for me for the following day. As with many things in Italy, I came out of the information center with just a promise that someone would pick me up at my hotel the next morning and take me to the class. I did not even know the name of the school, but is did know how much it was cost, and the price was reasonable. Sure enough, Friday morning, almost on time, this young man drove up to the hotel to get me. He had 2 others people in the car already, so we set off for the class. (Actually, the drive there was so entertaining, that it is worth a blog post on its own.)
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Sorrento - Dolly GoolsbyITALY: My Last Day in Sorrento
by Dolly Goolsby
Oh, I have such a bundle of mixed feelings: in one part of my heart there is joy that I am going home, and will see my friends and family once again. I have one great-granddaughter, Natalee, that I haven’t met yet, so that will be a happy experience to be able to meet her. Then another great-granddaughter, Aurielle, who must have grown so much since I last saw her, it will be fun to get re-acquainted. Plus all the other family members, and Frank, who has the patience of a saint, to encourage my travels, and is always there for me. Yes, I will be happy to be home, for these reasons. However, the biggest part of my heart always remains in Italy. I am sad to leave, as there are still so many places I haven’t been, and so many places where I want to return. Yes, I admit it. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel like I do, and I suppose I am a bit spoiled. I know I will come back to Italy, so I will try not to be too sad.
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Phuket PrideTHAILAND: Phuket Pride Coming 10/21/14
On 19th October 2014 – 6 months before the week begins, The Phuket Loves You Club (PLU) officially launched Phuket Pride week 2015. Although the dates have been published since the end of Pride week 2014, the PLU have now launched two web banners and announced the 2015 theme ‘Freedom to Live’ the full explanation is shown on their web site which contains the following extracts: “In Thailand, individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) experience many daily challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. They are often labelled as being promiscuous, self-indulgent and deserving of little respect. So we hope that during Phuket Pride week 2015, all LGBT residents and tourists of Phuket can come and celebrate their right to live their lives as they wish and to be proud of being who they were born to be.
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Hermannhof BuildingUSA, MISSOURI: Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World: Hermann, Missouri: A Very Interesting Town, Part Two
by Donald & Ray
Hermann, Mo. has several wineries in the area. Here is some very important history on Hermann and the wineries: Hermann BarrelsIn 1837 a band of German settlers from Philadelphia arrived at the site of their new colony expecting a land of milk and honey. Instead, they stepped off the last steamboat of the season into a howling wilderness. Inspired by the tangles of wild vines that covered the craggy hillsides, the resourceful Germans planted grapes and began making wine. This golden era came to an abrupt and bitter end in 1919 with passage of the Volstead Act. Prohibition was an unmitigated disaster for Hermann, which like the rest of Missouri felt the full fury of the temperance movement. Hatchet-wielding Carry Nation was from neighboring Kansas, where Civil War animosity still ran high. Local lore has it that the streets ran red as wine barrels were emptied and then destroyed. Even the vineyards were uprooted. A renaissance began in 1965 when Stone Hill Winery reopened 30 years after the repeal of Prohibition. Today, Missouri is home to dozens of
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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:

CHINA: Exploring Shanghai’s Gayborhood
Hey there, queermosexuals! If the number of housewarming parties in the past month or so is any indication, it’s time to upgrade your place of residence.
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CHINA: Community Marketing Releases First China LGBT Travel Survey
Community Marketing and Insights has released their results of the 1st China LGBT Community Survey. The survey tacked demographics, the concept of being ‘out’, travel and communications in the largest LGBT market currently in the world. Here are some of their findings.
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COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA: Costa Rica and Nicaragua in One Trip
Long known as a mecca for surfers and sun-seekers, Costa Rica is, has been, and always will be a hotspot.
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FRANCE: Inflatable Christmas Tree Art Draws Protest in Paris
Anti-gay activists in Paris are protesting a giant inflatable Christmas tree – because it looks too much like a butt plug. The 80ft (24m) high inflatable sculpture was erected this week by LA-based artist Paul McCarthy, in Place Vendome, near Paris city centre.
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GERMANY: Visiting Berlin’s Lesbians-Only Cemetery
If lesbians can go through hell together, they should be allowed to share heaven, too.
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ITALY: Attend Gelato University in Bologna
The mention of Bologna and food typically conjures images of spaghetti – Spaghetti Bolognese to be precise.
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ITALY: The World’s Most Beautiful Man Is In Italy
Earlier this year there was either a law passed or a minister in Italy who said photographs could be taken in the country’s many museums, including the Accademia Gallery — home of Michelangelo’s David.
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ITALY: Tuscany’s Most Picturesque Hilltop Town: Volterra
Last year I spent a few days traveling around Tuscany but I realize I didn’t share much from the journey.
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KOREA: Gay Seoul
As my partner John and I settle into a dining room at The Plaza in Seoul, Korea, the hotel’s public relations manager, Nayhe Kim, leans into the table and says, sotto voce: “I have to admit, I’m a little surprised. Do Americans really come to Seoul on vacation?”
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MOROCCO: How to Visit Morocco as a Gay Man
I can only feel sympathy and solidarity with Ray Cole and his partner.
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MONTENEGRO: Second Pride Celebration Will Be Held in Secret
Montenegro’s second ever Pride is set to be held in secret this year after the last event ended with 60 injured in violent anti-gay attacks.
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SWEDEN: Twelve Romantic Places in Stockholm
Whether you’re a Stockholm local, or heading to the Swedish capital for a weekend trip, follow these tips and you’re sure to get some.
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TAIWAN: Bubble Tea
In Taiwan, where bubble tea was invented, making this beverage is much more complicated than simply adding tapioca pearls, sugar, and ice to a glass of tea.
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UK, ENGLAND: The Magic of London
London, one of my favorite cities in the world. I lived there briefly in 2006 and these days, living in Europe, I visit it frequently.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Murals in San Francisco’s Mission District
The murals in Mission District in San Francisco are one of the things you shouldn’t miss to explore when you’re visiting the city. These murals are larger than life and many of them are labors of love from the artist to the community.
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USA, TENNESSEE: As a Gay Travel Destination
Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute. Dolly Parton. Check!
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General Interest Stories:

Nine Options for Your 2015 Wine Bucket List
There’s nothing wrong with booking a holiday solely for the sake of soaking up some booze, especially if it means exposing yourself to new wines and new destinations that weren’t on your radar before.
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Ten Things to Know About Gay Bars
As a Castro bartender at establishments ranging from Badlands to Blackbird for nearly a decade, Yuri Kagan has seen and heard just about everything.
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The Top Ten Gay Friendly Travel Destinations Worldwide
In an extract from Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’, Chris Zeiher makes his selection.
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At the Seaside…
I’ve been struggling to write this post for too long. But today, while sitting on a park bench in Cesenatico, Italy, the words finally came.
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Upcoming Event News:

AUSTRALIA, NSW: Got New Year’s Plans Yet? How About Tropical Fruits?
(Dec 21-Jan 1) If the glitz and glamour of Sydney are all just a bit too much for you on New Year’s Eve, look no further than the beautiful Northern Rivers region of New South Wales!
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BURMA: Country Launches First LGBT Film Festival
(Nov 12-14) Burma’s first LGBTI film festival will be held next month in Rangoon to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity of the region.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Toronto WorldPride Chooses Vancouver Artist’s Work
Jun 22-Nov 15) Vancouver’s Pablo Munoz is one of six Canadians whose work will be shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario during a special exhibition marking WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.
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CARIBBEAN: Transgender Cruise Planned for December
(Dec 14-21) Travel 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.”
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COSTA RICA: Gay Surf Week in November
(Nov 8-15) We’re not going to ask what you like to ride, but if it includes waves, consider Gay Surf Week 2014, which promises to offer a week of sun, fun and waves for gay and lesbian surfers and beach lovers in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Celebrates Gay Pride in November
(Nov 7-9) “I am Pride: Stonewall” is the theme for the 2014 Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for November 7-9, ending with the parade.
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USA, FLORIDA: New: Gay Days Fort Lauderdale
(Nov 25-Dec 1) According to Gay Days president Chris Alexander-Manley, the event is expanding into Fort Lauderdale.
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USA, NEVADA: Evolve Returns to Vegas for New Year’s Eve
(Dec 31) Evolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party – it’s a 3-day experience attracting men from more than 30 countries to Las Vegas.
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Contests and Sweepstakes:

CURACAO: Win Five Nights in the Caribbean at the Floris Suite Hotel
(Enter by 4/1) We have some exciting news for the next sweepstakes – PurpleRoofs.com is teaming up with Gaycation Magazine to bring you our first contest prize from Curacao in the Caribbean, at the Floris Suite Hotel.Full Story

ITALY: Win a Wine Getaway in Puglia, Italy
How would you like to spend three days/two nights being pampered on an Italian farmhouse, treated to the best wines of the region?
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USA, WASHINGTON: Win a Dream Gay Wedding in Seattle
(Nov 1) Seattle is proud to announce Marry Me in Seattle, a celebration of marriage equality that includes special year-round, customized hotel packages and offerings for gay and lesbian couples.
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Korea’s Gay Seoul

Author: , October 23rd, 2014

Seoul South Korea

As my partner John and I settle into a dining room at The Plaza in Seoul, Korea, the hotel’s public relations manager, Nayhe Kim, leans into the table and says, sotto voce: “I have to admit, I’m a little surprised. Do Americans really come to Seoul on vacation?”

It’s a fair question. With the exception of those Korean-Americans who visit to keep in touch with their families and heritage, most US visitors to Seoul over the past two decades have been military and business travelers. The tourism trade has focused on attracting leisure guests from within Korea and from other Asian countries. That helps explain the fine dining options at The Plaza: Shanghainese, Japanese, and remarkable Italian at Tuscany (of all Western cuisines, Koreans have the strongest affinity for Italian–the noodle is a culinary common denominator).

Kim laughs delightedly when we sheepishly confess we’d been expecting to find Korean food here. “Business travelers expect things that are very cosmopolitan in Seoul hotels,” says the University of Hawaii-educated Kim. “And many of our Korean guests have Korean food all the time, so they want something different here,” she insists.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Tennessee as a Gay Travel Destination

Author: , October 23rd, 2014

Tennessee - Debbie Pippin Photography.Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute. Dolly Parton. Check! Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check! Stunning scenery. Check! Moonshine. Check! Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

First off, Tennessee is a big ole’ state, kinda like a parallelogram, so if you are in Memphis at the west end of the state, you are a full day’s drive and a different time zone away from the Great Smoky Mountains in the East end of the state.

There are plenty of resources out there for visiting the big cities like Memphis (Elvis! Scream!!) and Nashville (Rayna James!! Double Scream!!) but I’m from the other end of the state so let’s see what goes on around there.

By Baylen Leonard – Full Story at Gay Star News | Tennessee Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Debbie Pippin Photography