Gay Life in Ecuador – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 26th, 2017

Gay Ecuador

The gay scene in Quito is a lot of fun with a handful of gay bars and discos. But compared to other cities across Latin America like Buenos Aires and Montevideo, we noticed the crowd was largely quite young in comparison. No bear culture here for example…where do all the over 40s hang out?

Ecuador has this weird extreme mix of the very conservative older generation versus the more forward thinking, confident and liberal minded millennials.

It makes sense when you look at the dramatic change in LGBT legislation over the last 20 years. Until 1997, gay life in Ecuador was tough: it was an extremely conservative country, on par with places like Sri Lanka, India or Indonesia where just being caught in a gay bar could get you in trouble with the police.

In 1997, the constitution was changed introducing some of the most progressive gay friendly legislation in the world. For example, full anti-discrimination laws on grounds of sexual orientation were introduced. In the UK we had to wait until 2003 when the equivalent law was passed and in the USA, there is still no federal law outlawing discrimination nationwide.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Win A Week in Finland For Two

Author: , January 26th, 2017

Exodus Travels

Snowshoeing through frozen landscapes. Dogsledding through stunning National Parks. Skiing, snowmobiling and igloo building in a winter wonderland. Truly, the Finnish Wilderness Week trip from adventure specialists Exodus Travels has it all.

What’s more, the travel experts are giving away the chance to enjoy this unforgettable seven-night experience to one lucky Gay Star News reader and a guest.

You’ll be staying at the magical and remote Basecamp Oulanka in Northeast Finland. This self-sustained complex of wooden buildings is found in the the heart of Oulanka National Park.

What’s more, you’ll be teaming up with huskies to explore the silent snow-caked forests of the nearby Riisitunturi National Park. Plus, you’ll get to go ice-climbing across stunning terrain before going off in search of the astonishing Northern Lights.

Enter to Win at Gay Star News

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Events: Valerie Hird

Author: , January 25th, 2017

Events: Valerie Hird http://glynnhouse.com/events/ The Capitol Center for the Arts welcomes Vermont native Valerie Hird as part of its 2016-17 Salon Series. This series brings artists and audiences together for thought-provoking discussions and performances in our intimate, Victorian-era Kimball House mansion. Hird has close creative ties to the people and countries of the Middle East and Central Asia where she has worked and traveled for 25 years. Her work explores cultural mythologies and the roles they play in Eastern and Western societies. Experience a fascinating evening with Valerie Hird at the Capitol Center for the Arts February 10.

Reserve terrific Capitol Center for the Arts accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, ski and snow play plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific winter activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Valerie Hird’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

London’s Tower Bridge – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 23rd, 2017

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is not The London Bridge We Learned in Nursery School.

Remember that nursery rhyme we used to sing when we were young – London Bridge is Falling Down? Well, I thought that the bridge the song is talking about is the one below – the Tower Bridge. Why? Because it’s the most iconic bridge in London and I couldn’t imagine any other bridge to be worthy of the famed nursery song. 😀

Obviously, I was so naive to believe that for ages. You see, if I hadn’t gone to this marvellous city, I wouldn’t have known that. And no one have corrected me. I blame my British friends.

And yes, there’s a London Bridge but it’s not grand in scale and style. It looks just like any other bridge in the world.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Winter Holidays – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , January 23rd, 2017

Scruffy Gios - Sergio Scardia

Yes we are at the start of the cold season in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is so freezing that a getaway to the warm countries is in order soon… where should we go?

To welcome 2017 in the way it deserves, I prepared a selection of my favorite hot spots to visit this long gay winter season: 5 places around 3 continents. Plenty of options for everybody!

Here are the Scruffy suggestions for the best holidays in this very happy new Gay Year!

Gay Winter Holidays: Gran Canaria

There is only one place in Europe, very convenient and affordable, where is Summer all year around: it is Gran Canaria!

You know I love Maspalomas Beach very much: the perfect place for a dip in the Ocean any time of the year. The Yumbo Center oganizes a great New Year’s Party, and in general all winter is packed with people escaping the cold season from Northern Europe.

If you are looking for a bit of gay winter action Gran Canaria is definitely the best option. Between February and March the island of Gran Canaria is the stage of a few big events: The Carnival of the city capital of the island, Las Palmas Carnival, Maspalomas EuroCarnival which takes place in the Yumbo Center, Maspalomas Bear Carnival Immediately after… so many events, so much fun! Check out the Scruffy Guide to Maspalomas to find out more about Gran Canaria and its gay life!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveller

Le Petit Chateau Inn – Hyde Park, New York

Author: , January 22nd, 2017

Le Petit Chateau Inn - Hyde Park

When you reserve a room at le Petit Chateau you will enjoy our incredible breakfast prepared by professional chefs. Most important, you will be supporting our area farmers when you stay with us. For twelve years we have been serving all local farm products to our guests. Our farm fresh eggs are delivered weekly, all of our dairy is from Ronnybrook & Hudson Valley Fresh, our honey is local, maple syrup and yogurt.

Charming and beautifully appointed, located on a rural 40 acre property in Hyde Park, NY this circa 1900 renovated farmhouse is a country Inn with a touch of France. The property is situated on a two acre pristine pond. The Bed & Breakfast was completely renovated yet the home maintains period moldings and hardwood floors. Modern amenities throughout the four bedrooms. Bathrooms en-suite, working fireplaces (propane), two sitting rooms, a half bath, French doors. Large Gourmet modern kitchen. State-of-the-art HVAC, electric and plumbing.

  • Circa 1900 Farmhouse style, completely renovated
  • Overlooks
  • pristine two acre pond
  • 4 bedrooms, all full baths
  • ensuite, half bath downstairs
  • Two sitting rooms
  • 4 propane
  • fireplaces, 1 electric fireplace
  • State of the art HVAC
  • New plumbing and electric
  • Great room design
  • Open design kitchen, granite counter, all new appliances
  • Hardwood floors throughout the house

Come stay with us at Le Petit Chateau Inn!

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A GPS-Powered Travel Encyclopedia & Giveaway – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 22nd, 2017

GPS-My-City-App

Most of us spend quite some time reading about our next destination. We have to read through tons of articles before we find the right information. Then you finally discover some great tips and exciting suggestions, only to end up totally blanking out when you reach your destination. Don’t you wish you had your favorite articles or blog posts along? You can, of course, bookmark them, but what if you can’t find even the faintest bar of wifi anywhere in range? What if your mobile connection comes with a pocket draining data plan or, worse yet, you have no roaming at all? Sometimes you can afford to spend hours or days doing your homework, printing out your articles or blog posts and maps. When you finally get there, you realize finding your way is still too hard and time-consuming. Don’t you wish there were a simple solution to your problem? Well, there is one! It’s called GPSmyCity.

What is GPSmyCity, you ask? It is a travel encyclopedia app that offers not just a huge amount of travel information, but also GPS navigation. The travel articles available through the GPSmyCity app have been transformed to include the coordinates of the attractions mentioned by the authors, offline digital maps, and GPS navigation. So, if you want to visit a hidden gem mentioned in a travel article, by simply tapping a button, you get the detailed travel route from where you are to the destination plotted on an offline map.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

London’s Millennium Bridge – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 22nd, 2017

Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge is right in front of Tate Modern. Yes, it’s a just bridge. But if you’re into photographing gorgeous places in London at night, don’t skip this. Millennium Bridge is a photogenic place to be – even if you only have a point and shoot camera. It’s all about the right angle to capture the bridge in all its perfect moment and light.

I’d suggest to go there after 8 in the evening. If you go there before that, there’ll be a lot people passing by and your shots won’t be as dramatic as mine below.

For the locals, the Millennium Bridge is also known as the “Wobbly Bridge” because pedestrians felt the swaying motion.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Cleveland Rocks

Author: , January 21st, 2017
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Stone Gables B&BWe recently visited Cleveland and it was our first time there. We were very pleasantly surprised by the city. We stayed at the STONE GABLES Bed and Breakfast at 3806 Franklin Blvd. Richard and Jim are great hosts.
They have owned the B and B for several years and really know what their guests want and how to treat their guests. The house is a stone mansion that has been completely restored and each guest room has it’s own distinct decor. They have a very nice breakfast each morning in the dining room.
Stone Gables B&BThey have fenced off-street parking for their guests. Wi-Fi is located throughout the entire house. Each guest room has it’s own private bath. They are conveniently located just a few blocks from Lake Erie and transportation to everywhere in the city. They are located in the old Ohio City historic center in west Cleveland.
Cleveland’s famous Market Center is within walking distance plus many restaurants and shops They are about a mile from downtown Cleveland. We highly suggest this Bed and Breakfast. Their toll free number is 877.215.4326 and their website is www.stonegables.net and email them at stonegablesbnb@yahoo.com
 Cleveland’s downtown is a very dynamic place. They really have it together downtown. We were quite impressed with it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is right downtown and it truly is amazing. Even if you are not into Rock and Roll, this is a MUST SEE museum, www.rockhall.com
cleveland christmas houseAnother museum we took in was the house for the movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY movie, www.achristmasstoryhouse.com It brought back a lot of memories the movie of course is a classic. For a smaller museum they have done it extremely professional. Their staff is very friendly.
Check out our travel columns on these two museums, http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2016/09/traveling-fabulous-gay-world-rock-roll-hall-fame.html and http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2016/09/traveling-fabulous-gay-world-christmas-story-house-museum.html
Before going to Cleveland be sure and check out the Visitors and Convention’s website to get a complete listing of museums, galleries, shopping and other things to do.http://www.thisiscleveland.com/ .
Also check out http://cleveland.gaycities.com/ for what Gay activities are going on. In our travels from coast to coast we find that bars come and go and they have an updated list of bars. The LGBT Community Service Center has been serving the community since 1975 and they have lots of information for travelers. http://lgbtcleveland.org/index.html

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Kansas City Rally/Protest

Author: , January 21st, 2017

Kansas City Protest

Kansas City ProtestOver a thousand people in greater Kansas City, MO attended a special Anti Prez Trump Inauguration Day protest today. The Rally began at the World War I Museum which is across the street from the Union Station.

Several speakers spoke and then the parade went through the streets of Kansas City began and everyone walked about a mile to City Hall. A VERY heavy Police presence was on high alert on horseback, on foot and patrol cars. They even had a couple of drones to check things out. Fortunately the rally and parade were a peaceful one and without any problems at all.

Kansas City ProtestThere was a very large variety of people at the rally… Mothers and Fathers with their babies, Gays and Lesbians, Jews, Blacks, Muslims and hundreds of United States citizens who are simply fed up with the new direction that the country is going. They ranged in ages from toddlers to people in their 80’s. At City Hall more speakers addressed the audience.

Kansas City ProtestIt was an event that everyone was thrilled with and very glad that they attended. They had pallbearers that carried a casket in the parade representing the death of America.

At some point in life, being quiet is simply NOT an option. Each of us needs to stand up and be counted. There needs to be a place at the table for EVERYONE ! Be safe and sane, but we all have to stand up for our rights.

Kansas City Protest

Kansas City Protest

Kansas City Protest

Kansas City Protest

Kansas City Protest

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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