Lend Me a Tenor

Author: , June 17th, 2015

Lend Me a Tenor! In September 1934 at  the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the glynnhse wintergreatest tenor of his generation, arrives late to appear for his one-night-only performance as Otello.  When he becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, the staff scrambles to find a convincing enough replacement to fool the audience.  When the real Il Stupendo is ready and able to assume his role, events begin to unfold disastrously and hilariously. Lend Me a Tenor http://glynnhouse.com/events is a show you won’t want to miss- July 2 – 11 at Jean’s Playhouse in nearby Lincoln

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.

Nomadic Boys – How to Get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Author: , June 17th, 2015

Nomadic BoysMost visitors to Cambodia will focus their stay in the capital city of Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap as a base to visit the famous Angkor Wat. We visited Cambodia in early April during the Khmer New Year when all Cambodians were rushing to leave the capital and return to their home towns.

The crazy traffic from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap as people rush to get home in time for the Khmer New Years holiday week. Here are the various options we discovered for travelling from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

#1 Bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

The bus is probably the cheapest way to travel in Cambodia. However, finding a good, reliable company is not easy. Most private vans will have crazy drivers, so because of this we do not recommend them. The road between Phnom penh and Siem reap is still being built and is not a smooth rode, so with a careless driver, this is dangerous.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

World Naked Bike Ride Day in Manchester

Author: , June 17th, 2015

World Naked Bike Ride day - Manchester

Hundreds of nude bikers rode through the gayborhood of Manchester, UK this past Friday celebrating World Naked Bike Ride Day (yes, that’s a thing).

The international holiday was established to not only raise awareness for cyclist safety on city roads, but also body positivity. Revelers in Manchester gleefully took to the streets in droves, unabashedly baring it all for the world to see.

By Carey O’Donnell – Full Story at New Now Next | Northwestern England Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Carlos Melia – My Two Latest Favorite Lunch Options in Hong Kong

Author: , June 17th, 2015

Hong Kong - 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.

Hing Kong - 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.

Fofo, comes from the Spanish “fat” or “Flabby”, hence why the decoration is full of penguins with big bellies and pigs. And I think that after our lunch experience, I was pretty much looking and walking like one of them… ” I meant the Penguins, of course…”

Having tried many restaurants in Hong Kong, one of the things I truly appreciated from Fofo, was the view. Most of the times in Hong Kong, you will face to the water, in this case, they feature quite an understated face of Hong Kong, facing to the mountains, and that was quite a lovely surprise and a side of Hong Kong to discover. To be matched by a creative interior design and tranquil atmosphere.

Our degustation consisted on: Oyster Chilli Granita – HK$105 for 3 pcs. Salmon Explosive Air Bag – HK$30 per pc. Scallop Ceviche – HK$98. Spanish Crystal Bread with Tomato – HK$45. Spring French Sea Bream with Green Pea Puree & Spanish Red Prawn – HK$288. Lobster Mollette – HK$144 for 3 pcs. Spanish Coca with Anchovies – HK$30 per pc. Chipriones – HK$110. And we also tried a new dish off the current many. New Summer Menu RAF Tomato Salad – HK$155 ( which was together with the Oysters, the highlight of my lunch). As for desserts, Chef Alex Martinez Fargas chose for us: FoFo Apple Tart – HK$78 and of course… Churros – HK$75. During our degustation, we went through several pitches of refreshing and tasteful Sangria.

Prices at FoFo are certainly not cheap, but trust me whatever your bill costs, it’s definitely worth it. Spanish restaurants in Hong Kong, are quite popular, but Fofo is indeed one of the best.

Fofo by el Willy, is located in Central Hong Kong. It took us a while to find, since it is located on the rooftop (20/F) of the LKF building, which just offers a hidden corridor to the lift and has a small badge of FoFo’s name downstairs. So do not give up, it is worth each minute of your time.

Youka was our second experience. This time in Wan Chai, and from its exterior, you would never guess what you would find inside. A very intimate, simple yet sophisticated true Japanese Washoku restaurant experience, on Johnston Road open both for lunch and dinner. The most fresh ingredients, flown daily from Japan. The name “YOUKA” translates to the 8th day. A famous Japanese writer once wrote about a cicada that lived for eight days. Cicadas usually only live for seven days but the writer imagined the world as it would be witnessed one day after, free from the noise and hustle of all the other cicadas. Another interpretation of its name can be through the story of Genesis where God created the world with the basic elements in seven days, at YOUKA, we believe the other beautiful elements like arts, culture and a taste of cuisine were subsequently developed by mankind – on the eighth day.

Washoku, is a social practice based on a set of skills, knowledge, practice and traditions related to the production, processing, preparation and consumption of food. It is associated with an essential spirit of respect for nature that is closely related to the sustainable use of natural resources. The basic knowledge and skills related to Washoku, such as the proper seasoning of home cooking, are passed down in the home at shared mealtimes. Transmitted from generation to generation, Washoku plays an important role in strengthening social cohesion among the Japanese people while providing them a sense of identity and belonging.

Our degustation consisted of only the most authentic Japanese dishes expertly prepared by Chef Ito Katsuhiro, one of Hong Kong’s most seasoned veteran Japanese Chefs: Tuna Intestines with Cream Cheese & Crackers – HK$90. (Seasonal) FireFly Squid with Special Mustard Sauce – HK$90. Deluxe Sashimi Platter (Chu Toro, Japanese Half Beak, Giant Scallop, SeaBream, Spanish Mackerel – seasonal price). Sake Steamed Big Clams – HK$210. Sakura Shrimp (Aji) Tempura – H120. Grilled Japanese Chicken – HK$160. Grilled Miso Eggplant with Prawns – HK$120.

YOUKA’s interior design takes inspiration from Hokkaido’s coastal location with maritime motifs and ocean accents. The intimate setting is sophisticated but comfortable with an open atmosphere for diners to witness Chef Ito Katsuhiro in action.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | China Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cliff Cottage Inn, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Author: , June 17th, 2015

Cliff Cottage

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

Named “Most Romantic Inn of the South”, only B&B with a fairy who delivers a full-gourmet breakfast right to your door. All double-Jacuzzi suites and cottages with private hottubs. Fireplaces. Complimentary champagne/wine. Private balconies overlook town. Off-street parking. Be prepared to be pampered!

See the Cliff Cottage Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 17th

Author: , June 17th, 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!

COMMENTARY:
How the Gay Games Went Wrong (Advocate)
The daughter of the Gay Games’ founder says the international sporting event is being diluted because of a merger with the OutGames.
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POP CULTURE:
America Airlines Gives Brilliant Response to Twitter Critic of Rainbow Logo (Gay Star News)
Whoever operates the American Airlines Twitter account was in an unapologetic mood with a Twitter user who questioned the firm’s use of a rainbow logo for Pride month.
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POP CULTURE:
Chipotle Asks – Which Way do You Sway? (Joe.My.God)
Handed out at Philadelphia Pride.
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Chipotle Pride

GREECE:
Taking a Stand at Athens Pride 2015 (Travels of Adam)
The smiles were infectious. I arrived at Athens Pride, which took place this past Saturday, June 13, at just past 6pm after a day of sightseeing. The sun was still blazing down—this is Greece, after all. The sun wouldn’t set for another three or four hours, but it was clear that the party had already started.
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LATVIA:
Latvia Urged to Protect EuroPride Participants Against Violence (Pink News)
Amnesty International has urged the Latvian government to commit to protect the participants of this year’s EuroPride.
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SOUTH KOREA:
Court Rules Police Cannot Ban Pride (Gay Star News)
A court in Seoul on Tuesday (16 June) ruled police violated the law when they banned a Pride parade scheduled for 28 June.
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USA, ARIZONA:
Horseshoe Bend is Breathtaking (The Sojourner)
I’ve seen stunning photos of Horseshoe Bend before and I thought, “I’ll be here one day.”
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Alain The Sojourner - Horseshoe Bend

USA, CALIFORNIA:
Exploring San Jose, CA for Less Than $75 a Day (Shermans Travel)
San Jose is synonymous with technology and startups, but it’s much more than an IT hub.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
Las Vegas Hot Pants At Los Angeles Pride (Joe.my.God)
In an unusual promotion, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority posted the above billboard at Los Angeles Pride yesterday, where attendees were invited to snag rainbow-hued metallic hot pants. The shorts, of course, were branded with the Las Vegas logo.
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Las Vegas Hot Pants

USA, CALIFORNIA:
13 Frameline Films You Can’t Miss (Advocate)
Frameline39: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival opens Thursday and runs through June 28, with a dizzying variety of films screening in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Photos: Key West Pride Is Party Pride (Advocate)
Key West, Fla., proves it is an ultimate go-to place for a tropical and laid-back Pride Week. We are making our plans for next year.
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Key West Pride

USA, GEORGIA:
Westin Atlanta Hotel disputes anti-gay bias allegation (Washington Blade)
The general manager of the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel has apologized to a group of five gay and lesbian guests who say a hotel security officer asked them to leave the hotel’s cocktail lounge in April because it was “reserved for families and others.”
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USA, OREGON:
Photos: Portland’s Trans Pride Parade Is More Relevant Than Ever Before (Advocate)
The Portland Trans Pride March welcomed the trans, gender-variant, genderqueer, gender-fabulous, and allied communities to a beautiful event Saturday. The procession from Northwest Flanders Avenue toward Tom McCall Waterfront Park honored the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and celebrated the resiliency of trans and gender-variant people.
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Portland Trans Pride

USA, OREGON:
Photos: Portland Pride Feels the Beat (Advocate)
Portland Pride — where politics, the Boy Scouts, happy families, and go-go boys all exist peaceably together. Keep your eyes peeled for Parade Grand Marshal Gov. Kate Brown, representing the B in LGBT.
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Portland Pride

Partying at Athens Pride

Author: , June 16th, 2015

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand BedfordOn 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 - Briand BedfordAthens 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. Additionally, Athens Pride produces cultural, social, and political events during the year, alone or in partnership with other organizations. Athens Pride also hosts a number of health organizations that offer vital information as well as free on-site HIV/STD testing.

The motto of the parade was “Take a Stand” which was taken up by several embassies in the city, including the Netherlands, Canada and France. Many high-level embassy employees joined the parade with billboards calling for the “Diplomats to take a stand”. According to the Gay Pride organisers “The Athens Pride Festival focuses on the concepts of equality and freedom of choice from the perspective of family life as defined by every LGBT person and specifically on the legal recognition of all LGBT families”.

Athens Pride - Briand BedfordImportant and prominent speakers at the rally which took place at the Klafthmonos Square, close to the Greek Parliament Building included Ambassadors, the president of the Greek Parliament, the ministry of Justice and the major of Athens, Mr. Giorgos Kaminis, who spoke to the crowd prior to the parade. He informed the gay community in Greece that the new government aims to introduce a Civil Partnership Law within the next few months. This new law, which will be part of broader legislation introduced, includes rights on insurance, taxation, inheritance and other privileges afforded to other Greek citizens. A vote in the Greek parliament is expected to take place in early July 2015.

Athens Pride - Briand BedfordThe Greek State continues to deny us this right, even after the European Court of Human Rights decided on 11/2013 that “Greece has violated the European Convention on Human Rights by excluding same-sex couples from its Civil Partnership Law.”

The rally at the Klafthmonos Square in Athens started in the early afternoon with stands from local LGBT groups and organisations. A stage with local aerobic groups, energetic music and animation for the crowd created a fantastic atmosphere, despite the sweltering 32 degrees and relentless sunshine.

Athens Pride - Briand BedfordAfter the speeches from the major and members of the Greek parliament the parade set off at 7pm with 5 floats on the traditional route through the centre of Athens. It was almost dark when going past the Parliament building. The parade ended back at around 9pm at Klafthmonos Square where the party carried on until the early hours of the morning with eight DJs as well as famous local singers and bands, including Ted Rogers & Orange Gina.

Athens Pride - Briand BedfordThe Greeks certainly know how to have a party. Despite, or probably due to the economic crisis in Greece the crowd forgot their problems for a while and enjoyed a fantastic, violent-free parade. It was a true celebration of Pride, strengthened by the prospect of new legislation and new gay rights. The general attitude in Greece is that the locals believe that things can’t get worse than they already are – so stop worrying and enjoy life for a short time.

By Briand Bedford, Spartacus | Greece Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events
Images by Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Athens Pride - Briand Bedford

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Author: , June 16th, 2015

Lynyrd Skynrd  http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is an American rock band best known for Glynn House Evening-cpopularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. The band rose to worldwide recognition on the basis of its driving live performances and signature tunes “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird” At the peak of their success, three members died in an airplane crash in 1977, putting an abrupt end to the band’s most popular incarnation. The surviving band members re-formed in 1988 for a reunion tour. Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the group No. 95 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In October 2008, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song “Free Bird”‘s solo was named the 3rd greatest guitar solo by Guitar World. In September 2010, Lynyrd Skynyrd was named No. 77 VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Join other fans for a terrific evening of music at the Meadowbrook Pavilion June 27.

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.

Breakaway Backpacker – Dying in Rio

Author: , June 16th, 2015

Jaime DavilaI rolled out of bed and looked at my clock it was 3am. I felt exhausted and weak. I needed to go pee though really bad. I sat there a moment and finally found the energy to get up and walk to the toilet down the hall from my dorm. I went in and instead of peeing ended up throwing up. I had no clue what I was throwing up because I had not eaten in the past 3 days. I then peed and walked back.

As I was walking back I felt my eyes roll back and I hit the floor hard. I had fainted and for a brief second had no clue what was happening. I got up and could barely walk. Then I heard someone ask if I was okay. I said, “no I just fainted”. He jumped out of bed to help me to bed. It was the German who has been on the bunk above me the past few days. I don’t know his name or much about him. He knows I’m sick and ask me how I’m doing every time he comes and goes from the room. He’s only seen me in bed sick. I’m glad he got up.

He told me I had to go to the hospital. I told him yes please. While he searched for the nearest hospital I gathered my things. I put all the medicine I was taking in my backpack along with my passports and credit cards and cash. I didn’t have insurance so knew this wasn’t going to be cheap. I didn’t care though I had been sick long enough and wasn’t getting better. I honestly thought I was dying. Lucky for us the hospital was a few blocks away. He helped me walk outside and we took a cab and arrived at the hospital.

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

Miami Beach Like a Local

Author: , June 16th, 2015

Facundo YebneTravel company CEO Facundo Yebne on gay beaches, cabaret clubs and glorious sunsets.

I’ve lived here since… 2009. I moved to Miami Beach from Argentina so I could start developing my business, but the fun nightlife, amazing people, and the unique atmosphere that permeates Miami Beach were all factors that made it easier to call this incredible place my new home.

I’ve stayed because… I loved the idea of developing my business in a country were the conditions for a young entrepreneur were so much easier that in Argentina. The United States truly is a great place to plan, project, and grow.

My favorite queer bar has to be… The Palace South Beach, where I spend most of my Sundays for brunch. I LOVE watching the drag show there, as it is one of the most unique shows in the world.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Miami Beach Gay Travel Resources