Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – June 20th, 2015

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Featured Articles:

The Great Wall of China


Great Wall of China - Carlos Meliaby Carlos Melia
After several weeks of being away traveling across China and then France, today I resume my postings and blogging. So much to catch up. I’ve recently spent over 20 days traveling in China and Hong Kong. My first post is about one of the absolute highlights of our trip, The Great Wall of China. The Wall snakes its way up and down mountains and stretches, in total, for 5,400 miles. Built in numerous sections, work on the Wall started as early as BC 500 though it was only in about BC 215, when China became the country that we know today, did various sections start getting linked and the Wall take on its current form. Meant as a defence against the invading Mongols it was never a success, as the Mongol Invasion in 1211 proved. The Ming Dynasty Emperors once again set about rebuilding the Wall though it was never again used as a defence mechanism, instead slowly eroding and in parts, completely crumbling away.

Following the Emperor’s Steps at The Forbidden City


Carlos Melia - Forbidden Cityby Carlos Melia
One of the main highlights of my recent trip to China, was other than visiting The Great Wall of China, spending a full morning following the Emperor’s steps at The Forbidden City in Beijing. This was a Half-Day Private walking morning tour, which also included Tiananmen Square. We were picked up at our hotel, Rosewood Beijing, and driven to main gates of The Forbidden City or also known as Imperial Palace. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City was designed to be the centre of the ancient, walled city of Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lies the Outer City.The complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

My Two Latest Favorite Lunch Options in Hong Kong


Hong Kong - Carlos Meliaby Carlos Melia
I have been to Hong Kong a few times, and I am very outspoken about the fact, that it is one of my top five favorite cities in the world. Every time I visit I discover new options, and of course repeat over and over my favorites. During this visit, I truly enjoyed two gourmet experiences, introduced to us by local expert Food and Lifestyle Consultant Geoffrey Wu with The Forks and Spoons. Oddly enough, none of them are Chinese, but trust me we covered that during our time there, for our dinners. Both restaurants are totally different and both true hidden gems. Both restaurants can be booked online prior your arrival to Hong Kong, and I strongly advise it. Carlos MeliaThe first one was Fofo by el Willy – Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Cuisine with the menu designed by the award-winning Chef of “el Willy” and executed by Catalan Chef Alex Martinez Fargas.(see photo below with the Chef). Including the from the traditional tapas, rice and Iberian Ham, to new innovative dishes like Scallops Ceviche, and some off the menu item that the Chef premiered with us before including them to the new summer menu.

Partying at Athens Pride


Athens Pride - Briand Bedfordby Briand Bedford
On Saturday the 13th June the 11th the largest Gay Pride Parade in Greece took place in Athens. With officially 32 000 participants this was the largest gay parade that has ever taken place in Greece. Important sponsors of the parade include Shark Energy Drink, the Greek gay publication antivirus, the Hilton Hotel Athens and the Greek airline Aegean. The first Athens Pride took place in June 2005. Although various “pride” events had been held in the city since the mid-1980s, Athens Pride 2005 marked the first Pride Parade through the city center and past the Hellenic Parliament during daylight hours. Approximately 500 people took part in that event. Athens Pride is an all-volunteer, non-profit registered partnership operating under the Greek Civil Code since 2006. Its primary function is to organize the annual Athens Pride festival and parade.

Tel Aviv Pride – What We Love About Pride


Boys Tel Aviv Prideby Wani Azahar
On Friday June 12, 2015, the culmination of Tel Aviv Pride Week, upwards of 180,00 people took part in the record-breaking Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 2015, which featured creative parade floats, amazing musical performances, plenty of dancing, daring outfits and the absolute freedom for every person in attendance to be him/herself. In search of the true essence of pride parade, we scoured through the ocean of hot bodies, vibrant costumes and talented performances to find out what Tel Aviv Pride goers truly love about the parade and what Pride means to them. One thing we can tell you ahead of time is that, predictably, love is a common theme. “My absolute favorite was the amazing party at Charles Close Park at the end of the road. It was filled with fun people, crazy outfits and most importantly – a lot of love,” Shira from Israel (right) recalled. “Not only that, I also loved the difference performance trucks lining the road. The dancers are very talented and it was so nice to see other parade-goers join in the fun as they formed little circles to dance.

Dolly Travels: Orvieto


Orvieto - Dollyby Dolly Goolsby
We arrived in Orvieto about lunch time yesterday. Once we got settled into our rooms at Villa Mercede, we set out to find some lunch. The weather is great, the city is just as beautiful as the last time I was here. For those of you who have never been here, I will tell you that Orvieto is one of the first hill towns that you will see, going north from Rome towards Florence. This town sits 1,000 feet above the valley floor. The best way for me to describe it, is for you to imagine a giant flat-topped mushroom with a big, thick stem, sitting in the most lovely green valley. I hope that when I post some pictures, you will see the resemblance. This town is centuries old. There are churches from the 13th and 14th Centuries A.D. With all the little rabbit-warren streets, winding around the city, one might be afraid of getting lost. You might get lost, but not for long. Similar to being on an island, you will be on this mushroom cap…eventually, you will see the Torre de Moro, with its clock face, or a spire from the Duomo, and find your way back to your hotel or to your friends.

Dolly Travels – Bagnoregio and Civita, Orvieto

Civita - Dolly Goolsbyby by Dolly Goolsby
Today is our last day in Orvieto. Early this morning we caught a bus which took us to the nearby town of Bagnoregio, another Umbrian hill town. This was an hour’s ride on a very twisty road, but through beautiful country. Once we arrived in Bagnoregio, we had to walk a little over a mile to get to the ancient, almost isolated village of Civita. That is Civita, sitting up on a hill. We had to walk on that footbridge you see in the foreground to get to Civita. This little village is really very old. Its origins go back to Etruscan times. It is very small now. One can walk across the city in about 5 minutes. However, the structures – the houses, the church, some other buildings – are kept in pretty good condition. Of course, over the centuries, some structures have fallen down, walls have eroded, and the village suffered a major earthquake in 1695.

Dolly Travels – The Cinque Terre


Cinque Terre - Dolly Goolsbyby Dolly Goolsby
We have been so busy, I haven’t been blogging. Please forgive me, and I will try to get you up to date on our travels. We went from Orvieto to Vernazza, by train last Thursday. That was a new experience for some. Although it seemed like it took forever, in fact, the trip was only about 6 hours. However, we started our day by leaving Orvieto by funicular to get down to the train station. Susan helped everyone get on the little car with their luggage, then the doors closed and Susan was left behind. We got to the train station, and when the next funicular arrived, thankfully Susan was on that one. But she was not a happy person. Once we got on the train, we travelled to Florence, changed trains, on to Pisa, changed trains, on to La Spezia, changed trains again and on to Vernazza. By then, it was 2:30 in the afternoon and we were all hot, hungry and tired.

Dolly Travels – We Are in Florence Now


Florence - Dolly Goolsbyby Dolly Goolsby
I want to send a little bit of news. From Florence, before we get too busy again. We arrived here Sunday afternoon. We are staying a bit further away from the center of activity than we usually stay, but we are still only 10 minutes away from the Duomo, and in a very nice neighborhood. I couldn’t believe it when the taxi pulled up to this lovely building, and a very nice Italian gentleman introduced himself, as he was there to get us into the apartment and oriented to the apartment and the neighborhood. We had to converse entirely in Italian, as Marcello did not speak English, and I must say, Janis and I did very well getting all the information straight. We are on the ground floor. Those windows are our living room windows. This is a beautiful apartment, I am almost sorry I am only staying here for a week.

Dolly Travels – Venice


Veniceby Dolly Goolsby
Wow! How time flies. It seems like jus a few days ago we started our Italy trip in Rome, now here we are in Venice, with only one more day left for our group travel. What adventures we have had, though. I last posted from Florence, and as usual, since Florence is my favorite Italian city, I enjoyed that week the most..going to the museums, to the mercato, walking through Florence, sharing meals in the apartment… all are lovely memories. When we got to Venice Sunday afternoon, we were met by the apartment owner, who walked us to our apartment. About the time we got settled in, down came the rain. It had been raining off and on all morning, but now it came down in buckets. I had been so excited to get this apartment with the terrace on the top floor, but with the rain, we still haven’t been able to sit out there and enjoy being outdoors, looking over the roof tops.

MEXICO: Puerto Vallarta Mexico for LGBT Families


puerto-vallarta-203218da-lby Tim Wilson
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has done an outstanding job attracting the family to the destination, Huge all-inclusive resorts with large pools, family friendly activities, family beaches, and kid’s clubs abound. But, what about the LGBT family? This is a relatively new niche in LGBT tourism that presents a great opportunity for Puerto Vallarta. Olivia Travel and R Family Vacations, two of the largest players in LGBT travel, recently announced a partnership to produce an LGBT family vacation at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Puerto Vallarta has everything to attract the LGBT family. Let’s see what and why! LGBT parents state they are more interested in choosing a family friendly vacation destination than an LGBT friendly destination. Puerto Vallarta is a very family friendly destination. Large, all-inclusive resorts exist throughout the city. Large gay friendly chains like Costa Sur, Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt are reaching out to the LGBT market, and eventually to the LGBT family. Gay properties in the romantic zone like Hacienda Escondida attract the LGBT Family also.

USA, HAWAII: Win a Trip to Maui Pride


Maui Sunseeker sweepstakesby the Maui Sunseeker
Imagine jetting off on one of Virgin America’s new flights to Maui to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun on a white sugar beach, just steps away from your well-appointed Maui Sunseeker Penthouse Suite. Now imagine doing this FREE! Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Virgin America and KOFY TV present our “Maui FlyAway with Pride” Sweepstakes! One lucky sweepstakes winner will receive TWO ROUNDTRIP TICKETS from San Francisco to Maui on Virgin America plus a FIVE NIGHT STAY in one of Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort’s luxurious Penthouse suites. Entries may be submitted online at www.mauiflyaway.com between June 1 and June 30, 2015. Entries may also be submitted at the KOFY TV booth at Civic Center Plaza during the SF Pride Festival on June 28. The winner will be randomly drawn on July 4th, 2015.

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 20th

Author: , June 20th, 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!

POP CULTURE:
Here’s Who’s Been Celebrating Pride On Social Media (MEDIA)
Pride Month is an opportunity for the LGBT community to remember its rebellious roots and remind the world that LGBT people are everywhere and refuse to be ashamed of who they are. Recognizing that they have LGBT customers and constituents, many businesses and organizations join in the Pride celebration through clever special edition products and social media campaigns — i.e. lots of rainbows.
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US Department of the Interior

POP CULTURE:
These Unlikely Couples Pucker Up For Pride (Queerty)
We’ve asked online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi to create a new meme each week for Queerty readers. This week he celebrates national Pride month with the work of gay Mexican artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, who shows that love can happen between even the most unlikely couples.
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Disney Pride

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:
Increased Tourism “Good” for LGBT Dominicans (Washington Blade)
A cross-dressing Dominican activist this week said increased LGBT tourism to his country will benefit him and other community members. – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/06/20/increased-tourism-good-for-lgbt-dominicans/#sthash.DJziT3Kv.dpuf
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LATIVA:
EuroPride Riga Draws 5,000, Protestors Burn Rainbow Flag (Gay Star News)
EuroPride took place in Riga, Latvia today – with 5000 people flying in from around the world to take part.
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Euro Pride Riga

UK:
Photos – KiKi Club Throws Alice in Wonderland Themed Bash (Queerty)
Located in the heart of Manchester‘s gay village is KiKi’s, a popular nightclub for the under 30 crowd that hosts weekly parties, theme nights, and special events. The club recently threw an Alice in Wonderland-themed weekend bash that included a sexy Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and others, along with big beats, drink specials, and games that lasted well into the wee hours of the morn.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
“Sex and the City” Reborn in San Francisco as Hit Drag Performance (Dot 429)
Three men sit at a bar in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood talking about work, relationships and sex, when a fourth returns from the bathroom, looking nervous and embarrassed. When the group asks what’s wrong, it’s the usual: his diaphragm is stuck and he either needs one of the guys help getting it out, or he’s going to have to ruin the day by taking an emergency trip to the gynecologist.
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Oasis Sex And The City June 2015 New Bridge

USA, NEVADA:
10 Hot Places to Eat, Drink and Play in Fabulous Las Vegas (Towleroad)
as Vegas is known not only for its spectacular hotels and one-of-a-kind weddings, but also for its world class dining and unparalleled nightlife. Both on and off the Strip, renowned chefs and restaurateurs are constantly bringing new concepts to life, making this one of the best places to explore fresh and innovative dining.
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Vegas Eats

Levi Lowrey

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Levi Lowrey http://glynnhouse.com/events/ has reached the top of Country Music’s charts byGlynn House Evening-c penning “Colder Weather”, graced the stages of the Ryman, Red Rocks, and Madison Square Garden. He also toured internationally with Country Music’s premier acts, and released 2 stellar albums. In late 2014, Levi Lowrey took several month leave from the spotlight to tend to family, build some calluses back driving nails, and concentrate on his craft and approach to the music industry, in general. Lowrey returns to the music scene with a much anticipated new album My Crazy Head released March 10th, 2015. Don’t miss the show at nearby Pittman’s Freight Room on July 2.

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.

Def Leppard

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Def Leppard! With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, EventsDef Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) – continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name. For the past thirty years the Def Leppard’s http://glynnhouse.com/events/ concerts have become must-see events and have quickly made them an institution in the touring industry, as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide. Plan on enjoying a dazzling evening of music at the nearby Meadowbrook Pavilion July 7.

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.

Dolly Travels – Venice

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Venice

Wow! How time flies. It seems like jus a few days ago we started our Italy trip in Rome, now here we are in Venice, with only one more day left for our group travel. What adventures we have had, though.

VeniceI last posted from Florence, and as usual, since Florence is my favorite Italian city, I enjoyed that week the most..going to the museums, to the mercato, walking through Florence, sharing meals in the apartment… all are lovely memories.

When we got to Venice Sunday afternoon, we were met by the apartment owner, who walked us to our apartment. About the time we got settled in, down came the rain. It had been raining off and on all morning, but now it came down in buckets. I had been so excited to get this apartment with the terrace on the top floor, but with the rain, we still haven’t been able to sit out there and enjoy being outdoors, looking over the roof tops.

Yesterday we went to San Marco church. I told the group that we would get there early, before all the crowds, so we wouldn’t have to wait in line so long. We did…we were the first ones in line. I couldn’t believe it! Of course, some girl came up there, and got in front of us, so we then were second in line. We had a leisurely walk through the church, with time to enjoy the beauty.

After visiting the church, some of us went up into the bell tower. We had a 360 degree view of Venice.

Later, I took a walk through the city. It is like walking through a maze. I had my map handy, and made it back to the apartment without getting TOO lost. We were going to go out to dinner at a restaurant I had found, but here came the rain again. So we went out to a place closer to us, and had a light dinner.

Today, the sun was out, so we got on the vaporetto and went to the islands of Burano and Murano. Burano is known for its lace making, but I love it for its colorful houses. To me, coming into the island from the sea, the village looks like someone went wild with tempura paints.

I like this little area. I looked up at the sky, and oh, boy! We knew we were going to get some rain again.

I gathered my “ducklings” and we quickly headed for the vaporetto stop. Luck was with us. A boat was just loading to go back to Venice, and we made it onto the boat, not a minute too soon, it started raining, raining hard. We had about an hour trip back, and the rain was so heavy, sometimes it was hard to see boats near us. We all had taken umbrellas, so we were OK on the short walk back to the apartment. Within the hour, the sun was out again.

Tonight we had salad, fruit, cheese and wine for dinner here in the apartment, and now, at 9:30 p.m., we are bring treated to a brilliant lightning show, with thunder accompaniment.

In the morning, we shall decide what to do on our last day here. Whatever we decide to do, we know it will be fun.

I shall probably not post again for a few days. Thursday will be busy getting everyone to trains or planes, to leave our tour. I will leave by myself, and go to Verona. I have a ticket for the opera in the Arena for Friday night, so I will keep my fingers crossed for no rain that night.

Traveling is such a good learning experience. I learn something new each time I visit here, even if it is a place I have been many times before. I still love being a temporary Italian, and pleased that I have been able to converse better in Italian this trip.

More adventures to come. Stay tuned!

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Venice Gay Travel Resources

Gay Glasgow Like a Local

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David MacNicolTV worker and Airbnb user David MacNicol on fish and chips, Glasgow’s bustling arts scene and evenings in with his boyfriend.

I’ve lived here since… September 2001. Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie was number one. Nobody had even heard of Facebook. I wore incredibly baggy jeans. You could still smoke inside and 3.5 inch floppy discs were still a thing.

Now I make television programmes and live with my boyfriend in our flat in the Southside.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Polo Lounge is the most popular gay club in Scotland. A thorn in the side of many the discerning and culturally savvy queer, but you all know that when push comes to shove, that every LGBT person harbours a secret soft spot for it and no trip to Glasgow would be complete without a visit.

Here in Glasgow, I always look forward to… Menergy, which is a regular club night at AXM hosted by my fabulous friend Lady Guillotina Munter, featuring the hottest drag acts from the States and all over the world. It’s a fantastic place to let your synthetic (and/or otherwise) hair down and maybe don a beaded lash. Should you so desire.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources

Souvenirs to Buy at Guatemala’s Chichicastenango Market

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Guatemala Market

Guatemala is famous for the vividly colored handwoven textiles that locals expertly craft into everything from hammocks to purses. And there’s no better place to shop for these fashion finds than at Central America’s largest indigenous market in Chichicastenango, a highland community two hours north of Guatemala City. Rivaling the most extensive of malls and unfolding on the cobblestone streets of the central plaza Thursdays and Sundays, the market draws more than 300 vendors from all over the country. A vast array of wares — including handcrafted instruments, baskets, ceramics, blankets, and produce — fill the stalls from every angle. But what to buy? For those shoppers keen on souvenirs that reflect Guatemala’s rich Mayan heritage, here are our five key picks.

1. Handwoven Scarf

Scarfs are chic and versatile. In virtually anywhere in the world, anyone can wear them on their neck, around their shoulders, on their head — the options are endless. At the Chichicastenango market, you’ll want a handcrafted scarf. Be on the lookout for machine-made knockoffs by examining the sides and underside of the cloth; there should be telltale loops and threads that indicate that the scarf was created on a loom. Arrive early, before 10 a.m., for the best selection and fewer crowds. And haggling is expected, so don’t accept the first marked-up offer.

2. Tablecloth or Runner

A beautifully designed tablecloth — which can also double as a wall hanging — makes a lovely gift or the perfect souvenir. The pieces run from plain woven fabrics to fanciful embroidered motifs, and they’re of course typically priced much cheaper here than anything you’ll find stateside. Browse through the bold colors and designs, comparing the size of the cloths to make sure it’s a good fit for the table you’re considering.

By Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
– Full Story at Shermans Travel
| Guatemala Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 18th

Author: , June 18th, 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!

GENERAL:
10 Major Differences Between River & Ocean Cruises (Shermans Travel)
River cruising has been the fastest growing segment of travel for several years — but is it the perfect fit for you? Before you board a river cruise to sail through Europe, Asia, or other destinations with smaller ports that are well-suited for river cruising, consider these ten differences between small ship and mega-ship sailing.
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CHINA:
Photo Tour: A Perfect Day in Suzhou, China (Shermans Travel)
Our CEO David Steward recently visited China on a 14-day adventure, journeying for the most part with Gate1 Travel to hotspots like Shanghai, the Yangtze River, Xi’an, and Beijing.
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ISRAEL:
Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Fest 2015 Award Winners (LGBT Weekly)
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
Golden State Warriors President Named SF Pride Celebrity Grandf Marshall (Watermark)
Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts has been named the celebrity grand marshal of San Francisco’s gay pride parade.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
It Was Raining Nearly-Nude Men At Los Angeles Pride (Queerty)
Thousands of people turned out for the Pride parade and festival in West Hollywood last weekend, which included performances by headliners Wilson Phillips, Tinashe, Ke$ha, Ty Herndon, and Fifth Harmony.
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Los Angeles Pride photos - Larry Geller

USA, CALIFORNIA:
Pink Party Returns to Castro (Gay Today)
Into every Pride Weekend a little PINK must fall! PINK PARTY returns to the Castro on Saturday, June 27th with a NEW TIME – 3PM to 8PM.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Gay Days Engulfs Orlando As It Celebrates 25 Years Wearing Red (Watermark)
Gay Days 2015 brought thousands of travelers and locals to Orlando’s most well-known LGBT gathering, and one of the highest attended gay events in the world, with dozens of parties to suit every ones needs.
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Gay Days Orlando

USA, NEW YORK:
New York On a Near-Zero Budget (Gay Star News)
From Brooklyn food markets to bike rides around Governor’s Island – the Big Apple offers plenty of free or affordable tourist options this summer.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC:
Photos – Capital Pride Celebrates 40 Years (Advocate)
Capital Pride in Washington, D.C., presented its 40th celebration of pride in the nation’s capital. More than 150,000 people attended, including grand marshal Wilson Cruz (who doesn’t look anywhere near 40). Photography by Dimitrios Manis.
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Capital Pride - Dimitrios Manis

USA, WISCONSIN:
Photos – Milwaukee Pridefest Turns Up the Volume (Advocate)
Milwaukee Pridefest, an extravaganza of music and entertainment, kept Wisconsin on its feet and dancing for three days with Ty Herndon, En Vogue, and Ani DiFranco, just to mention a few of the headliners. Thanks to Michail Takach and the photographers of Milwaukee Pridefest for the images here.
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Milwaukee Pride - Michail Takach

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Greenville Inn, Greenville, Maine

Author: , June 18th, 2015

Greenville Inn

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

Historic Inn overlooking Moosehead Lake offering luxurious & ultra private suites, cottages & historic inn rooms. Full breakfast at private tables; full bar; seasonal fine dining with exceptional wine cellar; fabulous views & sunsets; just one block from town & lake. Seasonal packages available, all prices double occupancy.

See the Greenville Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Katahdin-Moosehead Region, Maine

Red Molly

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Red Molly! Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is Glynn House Evening-cknown for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Experience a dazzling evening of music at the Anderson Hall in nearby Wolfeboro on June 28.

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.