Queer Phoenix – New Now Next

Author: , August 10th, 2017

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Phoenix gets more than 330 days of sunshine per year. I live in Pittsburgh, which is officially one of the most overcast cities in America. So when I was presented with an opportunity to spend six days in Phoenix at the start of spring, I jumped at the chance.

The Phoenix area also sees highs of well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer — but it’s that delicious, famously “dry heat” that evaporates the sweat right off your skin. Coming off the end of a long, snowy winter, the desert heat was nothing short of transformative for me — it offered the perfect excuse to wear as little clothing as possible, find my way to a pool during the day, and keep an ice cold drink in my hand after dark.

This queer, sunshine-loving traveler’s guide covers when to go, where to stay, where to eat and drink, and what to do to make the most of your adventure in greater Phoenix.

Go to Queer Phoenix

The Sonoran Desert offers sun and heat most of the year, but November through April generally offer the most temperate weather — clear skies and average temperatures in the high 60s, 70s, and low 80s. That said, you may want to avoid going in March — there’s a huge spring training baseball event, so airfare and hotel prices skyrocket and everything is more crowded than usual. April is LGBT Pride month in Phoenix, and the city’s Pride organization goes all out with events, including a festival, parade, and pageant.

Stay in Queer Phoenix

Both Scottsdale and Phoenix (including downtown Phoenix, for those who prefer to be amid the hustle and bustle) have no shortage of LGBT-friendly accommodations in every price range. Scottsdale, Phoenix’s immediate neighbor, reportedly has more spas per capita than any other US city—and many of them are among the most scenic in the world, thanks in large part to the stunning desert views available from their picture windows and soaking tubs.

By Kristina Marusic – Full Story at New Now Next

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Arizona Sunburst Inn – Phoenix, Arizona

Author: , January 2nd, 2017

Arizona Sunburst Inn

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

Arizona Sunburst Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a private desert oasis in the middle of Phoenix – it’s like you’re ot in the countryside.

Our Phoenix B&B features a welcoming, heated pool in a tropical setting – surrounded by magnificent palm trees. The grounds have wide, shady patios cooled by a mist system, and there’s also a hot tub where you can let the cares of the day evaporate away.

For the adventurous and outdoor lovers, there’s some great mountain hiking just a couple blocks away.

Each of our guestrooms is individually decorated, and includes beautifully remodelled bathrooms.

Arizona Sunburst Inn Bed & Breakfast is in one of Phoenix’s best neighborhoods, and is a great place to stay.

  • Five guest rooms include four queen beds and one double
  • An expanded continental breakfast served daily
  • Enjoy clothing-optional sunbathing.
  • Fax and computer avail – perfect for business travelers
  • Come stay with us on your next visit to Phoenix and Central Arizona!

See the Arizona Sunburst Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

PowWow in Phoenix – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 4th, 2016

Pow Wow - Dani

After spending my first weekend in Tucson with Katie, I had a surprise visitor in town for my second weekend, and VisitArizona had listed an event online that piqued our interest: a PowWow in Phoenix.

A PowWow is a gathering of several Native American communities who perform their traditional dances and showcase their communities’ costumes, and not knowing much about Native American culture at all, despite several visits to the Southwest, including various Indian reservations, I decided that it was time to learn more about their culture and so we headed to Phoenix for the day.

A PowWow is traditional held so that Native Americans of different communities can meet, dance and sing together, make new friendships, and of course: preserve their heritage and culture. But there is usually a dancing and/or singing competition, in the case of the PowWow we went to, there were competitions for both.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Tempe, Arizona – Perfect for LGBT Vacations?

Author: , February 11th, 2016


The Tempe Tourism Office has been promoting vacations for the LGBTQ community long before the term “gaycation” was even coined. On Jan. 16, the tourism office was honored for its efforts, by receiving the first-ever Founding Client Award from Pride Guide, a statewide LGBT total travel, wedding and business resource guide.

Pride Guide was first founded in Arizona and has since expanded to California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico. “The Tempe Tourism Office has been a great supporter of the Pride Guide and the LGBT Community from the very start of the Pride Guide concept,” Pride Guide Publisher Michael McFall said. “This award is not just presented to a client who has been with us from the beginning but also a client who used their talents and connections to push the Pride Guide to become what is today.”

Tempe’s efforts first began in 2003, when it joined the Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Each year its efforts have grown through initiatives like specific targeting of LGBTQ vacationers through advertising and partnerships as well as LGBTQ-friendly events.

By Steven Tottan – Full Story at BizJournals.com

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The Real Queer Phoenix

Author: , November 28th, 2015

veme Phoenix

Phoenix is all open desert, dry, triple-digit heat, and beautiful sunsets or at least, that’s what Instagram would lead you to believe.

The origin story of the city’s moniker, a mythical bird that burns to ashes, only to rise again, is all too familiar to Beatrice Velzquez, a youth center program coordinator at One n Ten, a nonprofit in Phoenix that serves LGBT youth. Seeking that kind of cleansing resurrection is what drove Velzquez to create Veme: Queering Phoenix, a photography project that seeks to lift up positive representations of young LGBT people of color in Phoenix.

“Veme” in Spanish is a command an order to be seen and to be present. Velzquez says they picked Veme, which translates directly as “See me,” because it represents the concept that I was trying to make sure was portrayed in the work, which is the necessity to create visibility for queer youth of color and not be apologetic about it.

By Yesmin Villareal – Full Story at The Advocate

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City Sundays: Phoenix

Author: , November 15th, 2015


Hey all,

Welcome to City Sunday. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Today it’s Phoenix. I know, I know – it’s in the heart of bright red Arizona. But the city of Phoenix, like many major metro areas, is actually very LGBT friendly, and has a number of gay bars and LGBT-owned businesses. It’s also a great winter-time destination. Not so much in the summer, when temperatures can top out at 117 degrees. And nearby Scottsdale has some amazing shopping and dining options

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

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And our Phoenix articles on the blog here:


Affordable Phoenix, Arizona

Author: , January 3rd, 2015

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Phoenix has always been a popular winter destination, but this year it will be even more so as it hosts Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl. While you’ll probably need a small fortune to attend either event, Phoenix is one of the most affordable large cities in the nation. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck in Phoenix, whenever you go.

Before You Book

You definitely pay a premium to enjoy Phoenix’s mild winter climate, so if budget is your primary concern, consider booking a vacation in late spring or summer. Room rates can be half of what you would pay during high season, plus many of the resorts and hotels offer resort credits, 2-for-1 dinners, and other perks. And, even though it will be hot from May through mid-September, if you are planning to lounge by the pool and take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, the weather shouldn’t be much of an issue.

On the other hand, if the whole point of your visit is to escape your chilly hometown in winter, you can still get a good deal if you pick your dates wisely. Avoid the last weekend of January when car enthusiasts descend on the Barrett Jackson Auction and golf fans flock to the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the entire month of March when spring training baseball comes to the Valley. Resorts offer fewer deals during these peak times.

By Teresa Bitler – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Phoenix Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Out Destinations, Phoenix, Arizona

Author: , May 25th, 2014

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

Out Destinations is a full-service travel agency serving the travel needs of the gay community.

See the Out Destinations Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Phoenix, Arizona

Gay Days Comes to Phoenix in May

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Gay Days ArizonaThe heat is on in Arizona as Gay Days arrives in Phoenix, May 8-12, 2014. The Gay Days brand has come a long way since it first launched more than 24 years ago. Orlando’s Gay Days has grown to an astounding 160,000 attendees. Organizers of Arizona’s inaugural year anticipate upwards of 10,000 participants at 15 different events throughout the long weekend.

The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, located at South Mountain Park and Preserve will serve as home base, offering daily pool parties and happy hours, nightly “diversity dinners,” drag queen bingo, pool volleyball, an ’80s-theme SplashDance party at the resort’s 7-acre Oasis Water Park, and a masquerade-style, high-energy dance party in the 20,000-square-foot pavilion – all located on the resort property.

In addition, 40 LGBT-friendly vendors will present a community expo as well as a “Taste of Gay Days” event, offering samples from some of the best dining venues in Phoenix. For those that want to hit the golf course, the Diversity Cup Golf Tournament will include 18 holes of golf for 20 teams, benefitting the local nonprofit Phoenix Pride Foundation.

Story via Edge Boston | Phoenix Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Phoenix Gay Pride Coming in April

Author: , March 9th, 2014

Phoenix PridePhoenix Pride educates the metropolitan Phoenix community about LGBTQ persons and their families and celebrates their lives by producing an annual Gay Pride festival, parade and pageant, in addition to administering other educational and charitable programs serving the LGBTQ community.


In 1981, a group of gay & lesbian activists organized the first Pride march thru the streets of downtown Phoenix to the state Capitol building. It was a politically focused march to bring awareness to gay rights issues in Phoenix.

Nearly ten years later, a group of volunteers joined together to coordinate the annual Pride festival. This committee, best known as the Phoenix Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, Inc. helped establish a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization known today as Phoenix Pride.

See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

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