Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Laughing Horse Lodge, Swan Lake, Montana

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Laughing Horse Lodge

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

Cozy log cabin style mountain getaway with intimate gourmet restaurant and pub. Spectacular scenery, hiking, fishing, kayaking. Non-smoking dogs welcome.

See the Laughing Horse Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Kashish: Mumbai’s Queer Film Festival

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Kashish Film Festival Director

One of the most eagerly awaited events in the city’s (and indeed, the country’s) queer calendar is the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which will take place from May 27, simultaneously at the capacious art deco Liberty Cinema at Marine Lines, and the cosier Alliance Francaise headquarters at Theosophy Hall, barely a stone’s throw away.

Spanning five days, the sixth edition adds the Max Mueller Bhavan in Kala Ghoda as its latest venue, in part to accommodate a ‘biggest ever’ haul of 180 films from 44 countries that fill up an expansive itinerary of films that promises to keep even the most inveterate festival-goers on their toes.

While cinema remains the primary focus, there will be some intriguing sidelights. For instance, the limited programme at the Max Mueller Bhavan will be flagged off with a reading (on May 29) of Don’t Let Him Know, the compelling first novel by Sandip Roy, released by Bloomsbury Publishing in January this year.

By Vikram Phukan – Full Story at Mid-Day | India Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Globetrotter Girls – Street Art in Tucson

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Tucson art - Dany

When I came to Tucson the first time back in 2010, I went downtown one or two times. That’s it. Why? Because there just wasn’t anything to do there. Barely any eateries, no good coffee shops, no stores – like in so many cities, the downtown retailers had shut down after more and more malls had opened closer to the ever growing suburbs.

By the late 70s, downtown Tucson was basically abandoned. Only in the mid-2000s plans were made to revive the city center, and I am impressed about the successful revival this part of Tucson has seen over the past few years.

Every time I came back, more coffee shops, bars and restaurants had opened, buildings had received a facelift, a couple of years the tram route was reintroduced. This year, I’ve been to the city’s core more times than ever before – maybe even more often than all my previous visits combined! There are now more restaurants that sound like they are worth a visit that I could fit in my stay, breweries that serve local craft beer and a pizzeria serving craft pizza that rivals New York City pizza. Nearly 50 eateries and bars have opened downtown in the past five years!

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls |

Forty Eight Hours in Cardiff

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Image via Visit Wales

Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).

But during my three-night stay in the Welsh capital, I discovered one of the most livable British cities I’ve ever visited.

With its beautiful gardens, historic sights, stunning bay and newer attractions, this 330,000 person-strong mini metropolis is definitely worth a city break.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Wales Gay Travel Resources

Image via Visit Wales

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 29th

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Gay Pride Flag San Francisco

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
Fitness Tips for Vacations (The Washington Blade)
Just by scrolling through your Facebook feed you can see that it’s traveling time. Whether it’s off to the beach, hitting Europe or taking a weekend trip to New York or L.A., people are getting out of town fast.
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IRELAND:
Belmond and Ashford Castle Aim To Attract LGBT Travelers (Travel Pulse)
The destination wedding market will surely be heavily catalyzed by Ireland’s decision as it encourages other destinations to make the same step. Ashford Castle has already leaped into LGBT weddings with both feet and Belmond made a surprise decision to focus more intently on LGBT travelers.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
SF Panel Grants Permits to Pink Party and Trans, Dyke Marches (BAR)
A city panel that oversees street closures has granted permits to the organizers of this year’s Pink Party in the Castro the Saturday of Pride weekend as well as to the Trans and Dyke marches.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Key West Gets Rainbow Crosswalks (Joe.My.God)
Key West on Thursday installed permanent rainbow crosswalks in the heart of the city’s LGBT entertainment district, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets.
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USA, PACIFIC NW:
Eat, Drink and Be Prideful
in the Pacific Northwest (BAR)
The Pacific Northwest is brimming with festivals, making a trip up the coast well worth the adventure this summer.
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USA, TEXAS:
Texas Pride Events (The Dallas Voice)
June is National Pride month, but in Texas we spread our celebrations out from now until October for a number of reasons.
Dallas celebrates in September to commemorate a court ruling by U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer that declared the Texas sodomy law unconstitutional in 1982.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 28th

Author: , May 28th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

MEDITERRANEAN:
Can You Find These Hidden Beaches in the Mediterranean? (Sherman’s Travel)
Is there anything worse than a crowded beach? In some of the most popular summer hot spots, seemingly hour-long waits for the toilet, bursting restaurants, and gelato lines that wrap around the block are all common sights. To combat these irritating predicaments, we’re taking you on a tour to some of the more “hidden” beaches in the Mediterranean — all largely inaccessible by ferries, cars, or cruise ships. You’ll find these sunny stunners via hikes, unmarked trails, and perhaps a local fisherman’s boat (with a small fee).
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
San Diego Breakfast Spots: 5 Yummy Places to Rise and Shine (Sherman’s Travel)

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USA, CALIFORNIA:
SDGLN’s guide to FilmOut’s San Diego LGBT Film Festival (SDGLN)
Tab Hunter: Confidential – In the 1950s, Tab Hunter was #1 at the box office and on the music charts. He was Hollywood’s most sought-after star and America’s designated boy-next-door. Romantically linked to Natalie Wood, Debbie Reynolds and Sophia Loren, nothing could damage Tab Hunter’s career. Nothing, it seems, except for the fact that Tab Hunter is secretly gay. In TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL we meet, for the first time, the real Tab Hunter as he shares with us his whole story as a happy, healthy, survivor of the Hollywood roller coaster. Appearances by Debbie Reynolds, Lainie Kazan, John Waters, Connie Stevens, Clint Eastwood, Robert Wagner, George Takei and a multitude of archival interviews!
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USA, ILLINOIS:
PHOTOS: Leather Daddies, Rubbermen And Kinksters Take Over Chicago For International Mr. Leather (Queerty)
Thousands of leathermen, leatherwomen, gearheads, jocks, twinks, bears, rubbermen and other assorted kinksters came together this Memorial Day Weekend for the 37th annual International Mr. Leather Competition in Chicago. Over 50 men competed for the coveted top title, which ultimately went to Patrick Smith, Eagle L.A. Mr. Leather and Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015. We can hardly wait for next year!
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS:
Provincetown’s ‘Crown & Anchor’ Has a Hot Summer Line-Up For You (Towleroad.com)
Summer is preparing to kick into full gear and for many of you that means a trip to Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod where the salt air, sandy beaches, delicious cuisine, gay nightlife, and wealth of performers provides a vacation experience like no other.
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USA, NEVADA:
18 Highlights for Your Summer Las Vegas Itinerary (Towleroad.com)
With Memorial Day now in the rearview mirror, you may be suffering from an acute case of summeritis, itching to get away and let loose. While we’ll have to wait for the solstice on June 21 to officially cannonball into summer, there is another season that’s already underway, one you may have been waiting all year for: Vegas Season.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC:
Over 100 Photos Of DC Black Pride (The Advocate)
Thanks to the folks at the Center for Black Equity for these great photos by Rocky Ferguson for Rockzilla Productions. Learn more about this inspirational event that has spawned other Black Pride events around the world.
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DC Black Pride

The Avett Brothers

Author: , May 28th, 2015

The Avett Brothers! They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when Eventsthey play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That’s the commotion, that’s the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers http://glynnhouse.com/events/ are tonight, that’s what you’ll find. Experience a terrific evening of sound at the nearby Meadowbrook Pavilion June 12.

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 too. 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.

Avett Brothers

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Avett Brothers http://glynnhouse.com/events/ are a reality in a worldGlynn House Evening-c of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. The love is for a band.The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along. Get your Avett Brothers tickets for Meadow Brook in nearby Gilford and enjoy the show June 12.

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.

Breakaway Backpacker – First Time at a Nude Beach

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Jaime DavilaIt had been my 2nd visit to Praia Galheta (Praia is Playa or Beach in Portuguese) the gay/nude beach in Florianopolis when it finally happened. The first time I was there I couldn’t get the nerves to go nude. I thought long and hard about it, but just couldn’t do it. I looked around and it wasn’t a lot of people, but everyone was really nude everywhere I looked. It’s something I’m just not used to and was also scared to do.

I think the USA is a prude country compared to the rest of the world and going nude is just not something we do. I spent the first day just laying out and reading a book like I normally do at any beach. Sadly I didn’t see any cute guys on the beach so didn’t mind. A few hours later I left and went back to the hostel. I told myself as I was leaving that I will be back and when I do I will go nude.

The following two days it rained and didn’t do much. Finally on my last day in Florianopolis the sun came out. I woke up bright and early and took off. My plan was to go beach hoping a bit and let Praia Galheta the gay/nude beach be the last one I visit. So off I went on the bus to Barra da Lagoa beach, which is supposed to be one of the best beaches on the island. I arrived and it was beautiful but full of tourist and lots of people. I walked along further to be on my own and happened to bump into two guys I had met on one of my bus rides in Brazil. They let me know that from this beach you could hike to the gay/nude beach. I was intrigued.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Brazil Gay Travel Resources

Mons – Belgium’s Capital of Culture

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Mons, Belgium - Gareth JohnsonIn the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.

You could describe the activity associated with being a European Capital of Culture as kind of festival, but that is vastly under-stating it. Mons is not only playing host to a huge program of cultural events and performances, but has also embarked on massive investments in cultural infrastructure and exploring ways to create a sustainable legacy from this unique opportunity to embark on a cultural transformation.

The team behind the year of Capital of Culture activity in Mons has divided the program into four distinct seasons. We visited in May which was the middle of season two – categorized as The Metamorphosis.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Belgium Gay Travel Resources