Gay Panama City – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 2nd, 2018

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Panama City is often nicknamed The Dubai of Latin America because of its immense economic growth in recent years and impressive dense skyline. But unlike Dubai, this mighty Latin American metropolis has a far more welcoming gay life, in a country where although culturally conservative, is pushing towards civil union equality for gay couples.

Most will associate Panama City with the famous canal, which is a reason alone to visit. The city is also the gateway to some gorgeous tropical beaches within Panama, like San Blas and further afield – Bocas del Toro.

We stayed in Panama City for a week and found it to be a lot of fun, full of things to do, plenty of trendy bars, but most importantly, we left with a thirst to return. This is our gay guide to Panama City following our experience here during our big Latin America trip.

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Panama a very conservative Catholic country, with a strong influence from Opus Dei. As such, the gay scene in the country is pretty underground in quite dodgy neighbourhoods, with places frequently closing down/changing. When we visited, there were no gay bars and only one official gay club (see below) in Panama City.

Warning: when going out to a gay club in Panama City, doormen are very strict and will only admit you if you have your original ID, preferably your passport. Most LGBTQ locals we met preferred to have private parties, or attend one of the the monthly gay rooftop parties hosted at venues like the Hard Rock Hotel.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Out of Office Boys: Provincetown, Mass.

Author: , September 20th, 2017

When you travel, you know instantly if you want to go back. When my partner and I arrived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, we knew for sure we’d be back.

Provincetown is located at the end of Cape Cod in Mass.

More affectionately called P-town, the coastal city sits on the north end of Cape Cod and is easily accessed by what I hear is a beautiful drive through the Cape, by air, or as we did take the 90-minute ferry ride from Boston to P-Town. I can recommend the ferry option. It’s nice and relaxing, and adult beverages are available on board.

Since moving to Washington, D.C., I have always heard stories of P-town. Everyone talked highly of the fishermen’s village-turned-gay destination, but it’s hard to describe until you arrive.

When you set foot off the ferry, you know you are somewhere different. People are welcoming. The main street following the bay is busy. And you’ll even see people in their speedos and have to take a double take.

A few tips:

  • Bring shorts and flip-flops for summer. Outside of summer, review the forecast to plan out your fashion options.Check out the calendar of events and see what’s happening in town. Each weekend during the summer months has a theme. So dress and pack accordingly.
  • Go to Tea Dance at the Boatslip Beach Club. It’s where people congregate in the afternoons before heading to dinner or out for round two of libations.
  • Rent a bike and explore Cape Code National Sea Shore. It’s also the surest way to get to the beach. More on that coming!
  • Run in the morning along Commercial Street and enjoy the sites and sounds of P-town. Hit it early though. The streets get busy by 11 a.m.
  • Take an excursion. Kind of cloudy? Go whale watching!
  • Check out all of the wonderful LGBT accommodations recommended on Purple Roofs. We stayed at the Tucker Inn and loved it. The homemade breakfast pastries are a must.

A few things to avoid:

  • Do not come to P-town and be in a hurry. You are on vacation so get in the mood. In fact, stop by one of the many street side bars and drink your cosmo.
  • Do not just stay at the pool. Trek out to the Herring Cove Beach in the Cape Code National Seashore. Yes, it is a hike, a hike through the marshes on low tide and water in high tide but it will be worth it. Think of it as a gay pilgrimage. Bring your food and drinks with you because there is no cabana man here.
  • Do not miss all of the wonderful local shops and restaurant along Commercial Street. I like to leave a place thinking I helped stimulate the economy during my visit.

Whether you are looking for a laid-back beach vacation or one with some excitement, P-town has something for everyone. I am already planning an out of office return to P-town!

Out of Office Boys live in Washington, D.C. and their passions are good food and wine. Mick writes; Justin edits. Follow Mick on Instagram @mbullock80. 

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Naked Boys Singing Tour – Six guys. Sixteen songs. No clothes!

Author: , November 27th, 2016

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Six guys. Sixteen songs. No clothes!

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Since 1998, people everywhere have been laughing and cheering their way through every moment of the off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing. Orlando, Florida producer Tim Evanicki is overseeing a national tour of the international hit musical revue.

We asked Tim Evanicki, Producer of Naked Boys Singing, about the show.

How would you describe, in one sentence, Naked Boys Singing?

A fun escape that pokes fun and celebrates the powers and insecurities that come along with being naked.

What can we expect to see in Naked Boys Singing?

Six guys, sixteen songs, and no clothes – a winning combination!

Who comes to see Naked Boys Singing?

Everyone. Some of our best audiences have been full of straight women. We even had a special performance for a 90th Birthday Celebration for the most wonderful lady in Orlando. So much fun!

What can you tell us about the Naked Boys Singing tour?

The tour is just part of several productions of Naked Boys Singing that will be produced around the country by Tim Evanicki Productions and Ronnie Larsen Presents. The tour cast is soon traveling to Atlanta and Rochester, NY, while we open a sit-down production in Orlando, FL.

Other sit-down (non-touring) productions are being planned for Chicago and Boston.

All in all, there will be 3-4 casts of Naked Boys Singing!

What surprises people the most about Naked Boys Singing?

After the first song, the nudity is no longer shocking. No one believes us when we say that until they see the show. People buy their first ticket for the nudity. They come back for the spectacular singing and dancing!

Conclusion:

We enjoyed the 2007 film of Naked Boys Singing and we are looking forward to seeing this version in person in Orlando.

For more information about Naked Boys Singing, visit http://www.evanickiproductions.com/nakedboyssinging/
or
https://www.facebook.com/NkdBoysTour/?pnref=story

For more information about Orlando, visit http://www.visitorlando.com/

For LGBT travelers, visit the LGBT Guide to Orlando at http://www.visitorlando.com/lgbtq/

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Puerto Vallarta a Romantic and Charming LGBT destination

Author: , March 11th, 2015

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In the early 1960’s, Puerto Vallarta was a typical Mexican fishing village which burst into prominence fueled by the tempestuous love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  Hollywood discovered Puerto Vallarta and many creative gay Hollywood elite soon discovered the romance and charm of our city. You might say the filming of The Night of the Iguana was the first step in making Puerto Vallarta a gay mecca  See bit.ly/gaypv024. Our city offers the LGBT community a truly romantic destination. Think of intimate boutique hotels, quaint inns, and cozy, bed and breakfasts overlooking a tropical, gay beach. Imagine how perfect this setting would be for the celebration of your relationship. The Sierra Madre Mountains rise from the sea and nearby jungles team with exotic animals and fragrant flowers. Imagine how perfect such a place where would be for your next tropical adventure. Think about candlelight dining overlooking the endless Pacific and imagine the joy you will see in your beloved’s face. It’s all here in Puerto Vallarta, a Mexican gay friendly destination where misty blue mountains, lush jungles, and the endless sea meet.

It is no coincidence that the gay area of Puerto Vallarta’s old town is called the Romantic Zone. Our cobblestone streets are narrower; massive rubber trees form a canopy over the streets; and scents of bougainvillea and jasmine fill the air. The setting is intimate Mexican colonial and everything you might wish for is within easy walking distance. Zona Romantica is the center of our LGBT community and home to many full time, LGBT residents. From the Rio Cuale and south to the seahorse at Almar Resort , LGBT life unfolds in one of the most beautiful places on earth. By day, gay life is centered on the beach which stretches from Mantamar to Sapphire Ocean Club. Watch the pelicans swoop and scoop up lunch and the dolphins and whales (in season) in the bay, while you sip and snack. Relax on the sand and enjoy our gorgeous sunsets which welcome the romance of night.

At night in the Romantic Zone, the city’s twenty-plus gay bars and clubs come alive. (We boast more LGBT action than most large international destinations.)  Most of the gay bars in Puerto Vallarta, like Sama, Anónimo, Apaches, and La Margarita, are intimate spaces where it is easy to talk and carry on a conversation. Add the host of clothing shops which cater to our needs; toss in gay and gay-friendly art galleries; and season it with activities such as Diana’s Gay and Lesbian Cruise and you will taste the flavors of our LGBT life. Top-up your night with gay cabaret and late night disco clubs like CC Slaughter’s  or hot go go dancers from La Noche and relish our life which offers something for every LGBT traveler. See for yourself how “Beyond gay friendly Puerto Vallarta can be.”

Tim Wilson, owner of www.GAYPV.com is a member of NATJA and submits articles and press releases about Puerto Vallarta as Mexico’s #1 Gay beach destination. GayPV travel magazine highlights the gay and friendly scene of Puerto Vallarta with photos, what to do, where to stay and a complete activities and events listing.

Celebrating Winter Pride in Reykjavik

Author: , January 16th, 2014

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Celebrating winter in style and pride with the locals of Reykjavik and LGBT travellers from around the world is what Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride festival is all about. Going on its third year  January 30th – February 2nd 2014 Rainbow Reykjavik is such a success that guests who joined in for the first year are coming back for the third time. But what is so special about Iceland and Reykjavik? And Iceland in winter – “that must be cold?” is commonly asked question. We wouldn’t lie to you, it gets cold but not so cold that a stylish warm winter coat and a hipster cap can save you from – so get your gear on to experience all the great things the festival has to offer.

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Rainbow Reykjavik starts with a soak in the dreamy Blue Lagoon where you’ll get to know fellow guests of Rainbow Reykjavik, after the refreshing time in the lagoon dinner will be served at a restaurant over looking the Blue Lagoon. On the drive back to Reykjavik your gay guide will tell you about the days to come and once in Reykjavik we’ll throw a welcome party at the Slippbar – very trendy hotel bar of Icelandair Marina hotel.

The second day will be all about Reykjavik and Divas! Start the day with a Pink City Tour ending in a penis museum visit (no you’re eyes aren’t lying, you just read that) followed by lunch where a Glíma show will keep you entertained. What is Glíma you ask – it’s Icelandic wrestling – see picture below:

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After a free afternoon in Reykjavik guests gather again for a night to remember – Dinner & Divas show specially created for the Winter Pride festival as some of the best diva voices in Iceland will entertain guests over dinner, afterwards – a Northern Lights Hunt! We will all cross our fingers for some bright lights dancing in the sky. After some light hunting we’ll head to Reykjavik’s only queer bar Kiki for some drinks and dancing.

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Hope everybody didn’t stay up too late because the Saturday of Rainbow Reykjavik is a long and exciting day as we venture out into nature to explore the famous Golden Circle with geothermal areas, wonderful waterfall Gullfoss and the historic Thingvellir national park with all its natural wonders, the site where the tectonic plates are pulling apart! Lunch will be served at Efstidalur farm and it wouldn’t be a day complete without another geothermal dip, this time in Laugarvatn Fontana Spa.

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Get ready for the Queerest club night in Iceland as you are about to take part in a Pink Iceland PINK PARTY – this time with Iceland’s brighest shining pop star Páll Óskar as dj and performer of the night and the theme is Masquerade!

Make sure you dance into the night as it’s your last – Sunday it’s time to say good bye! See you next year!

Birna Hrönn is a guest blogger for Purple Roofs, owner of LGBT travel, wedding & event company Pink Iceland and organizer of Rainbow Reykjavik.

 

Pride Vermont 2013

Author: , September 8th, 2013

Pride Vermont LogoJust when you thought it was safe to put your pride flags away, Vermont has different plans for you. While the Pride Festivities of New York, Boston and other Northeast cities are a distant memory, every September, Burlington holds it’s annual Pride Parade, celebrating the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Pride Vermont 2013 will take place Sunday, September 15th from 12:30 pm – 5 pm. It begins with the Parade, which starts at the south end of Church Street and ends in Battery Park overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

The Parade may finish in Battery Park, but that’s where the next festivities begin. The Vermont Pride Festival, best described as one big party, embraces the whole LGBT community (including our beloved allies). True to its Vermont heritage, expect to see people of all ages and backgrounds, from drag queens to the curious. The Festival runs from 1pm – 5pm and includes musical performances, booths featuring local LGBT organizations and other vendors, a children’s activity tent, and of course a beer tent.

A first for Pride Vermont this year is “OUT on Church Street.” On Friday, September 13th, from 6pm – midnight purchase a Street medallion, sold at participating businesses or through Pride Vermont. With the medallion (which costs $10 and benefits PRIDE Vermont), get 10% off at participating restaurants, shops, and stores, including Macy’s.

If you’re a foodie and looking to get your fill of local Vermont favorites, you’re in luck. Running concurrently with Vermont Pride in Battery Park is Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo brought to you by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association. Northern Decadence features a wide array of events, including a tent filled with Vermont-based food vendors, cooking demos, and beer and wine tastings. There will be a Silent Auction with offerings such as ski passes, retail gift certificates and stays at Vermont Inns. Northern Decadence is $5 to enter (free for children) and runs from noon – 5pm.

For a full list of events for the week leading up to Pride and the weekend itself, visit Pride Vermont.

See you there!

Steven Sharp’s Guide to London’s Hot Summer Club Scene

Author: , July 4th, 2013

LondonDJ, promoter and producer Steven Sharp gives his take on the essential Summer hangouts and deck spinners you would be mad to overlook over the next few sunshine filled months!

01: HOT 2 TROT – Every Sunday Night from 11pm – 6am at Club Aquarium, Old Street London, EC1

Something brand new and fresh in the East End! At the incredible Club Aquarium in Old Street which boasts 3 rooms of music plus a swimming pool and even a Jacuzzi! This mew party is really making some large waves across London every Sunday night as London club heads look for an underground alternative to Vauxhall! It’s first few weeks have gone incredibly well with a music savvy cool crowd who have been waiting for something different for too long! With the music directed by resident Pagano and special guests including Tom Stephan and Smokin’ Jo – you can see the appeal!

Authored By Steven Sharp – See the Full Story at Gay Web Source

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