New in Queer Boston – Passport Magazine

Author: , September 15th, 2018

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There’s a lot of action to be found in Boston these days…and certainly of the Lights! Camera!…Hollywood sort. “Amy Schumer shot I Feel Pretty here and was just dragging people into scenes off the street,” a guide for On Location Tours (www.onlocationtours.com/tour/boston-tv-movie) tells me during a Boston movie locations tour. Openly gay director Gus Van Sant also shot Good Will Hunting in the area, while Boston has also been a location for LGBT faves Legally Blonde and Ally McBeal. In fact, early 2018 saw Kevin Bacon, Jill Hennessy, Cathy Moriarty, and Aldis Hodge around for a new Showtime pilot, crime drama City on a Hill.

Location shooting aside, Boston is also seeing vibrant programs, festivals, and initiatives that promote movies, including those about and by LGBTQ folks. Besides the annual LGBT Film Festival, Wicked Queer(www.wicked queer.org), celebrating its 35th anniversary in March 2019, Autograph Collection’s 136-room The Envoy Hotel (70 Sleeper St. Tel: 617-338-3030. www.theenvoyhotel.com) launched a film-centric program in September2017 with a special screening and appearance by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The Autograph Collection initiative includes a library of indie films for hotels’ guests to stream on their TVs or iPads, and partnership/residency program with screenplay resource The Black List (www.blcklst.com), whose annual survey of the best unproduced screenplays has seen writers get launched into the Hollywood stratosphere. First time screenwriter Elizabeth Hannah’s The Post, turned into a Best Picture Oscar nominee by director Stephen Spielberg, was once on the list, while Jared Frieder, with a 2015 Black List script about a gay teenager, Three Months, went on to land a writing gig on MTV’s series Sweet/Vicious.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Boston Gay Bars and Clubs

Author: , August 30th, 2017

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Boston’s acceptance of sexuality (of any orientation) has come a long way since the Puritans founded the city in 1630. Massachusetts was the first state to recognize gay marriage — a full decade before the country as a whole did — and its capital city quite fittingly has a host of bars catering to the LGBT community.

Whether you’re seeking a low-key dive bar or an in-your-face cocktail bar with drag brunches, these six LGBT-friendly Boston gay bars and clubs in Boston will make you feel right at home.

For the Cocktails: Trophy Room

Drag brunches and regular screenings of RuPaul make visiting Trophy Room in the South End a weekly occurrence for some Bostonians — especially those looking for more than just a standard drink. Here, bartenders serve 13 signature craft cocktails with a heavy pour. Order the namesake Trophy Husband: a smooth blend of Grey Goose cherry noir vodka, ginger liqueur, and lemon juice.

By Peter Schlesinger – Full Story at Travel+Leisure

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Rudy’s B&B – Gay Boston Bed & Breakfast

Author: , August 5th, 2017

Rudy's B&B

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

Welcome to Rudy’s B&B – a cozy, gay owned bed and breakfast in the Shawmut Hill area of Boston.

Our Boston B&B is in our beautiful, historic home, and is furnished in a distinct European style.

We have a great location near the Shawmut Hill subway station with easy access to many great local restaurants and beaches and museums.

Our Boston bed and breakfast offers three guest rooms, each with antique furnishings and TV/sitting area. One room also offers a private half bathroom, with extra room for kids; the other rooms share a bathroom.

There’s also lots of parking on our quiet Boston street.

Each morning, we serve a solid Dutch breakfast at Rudy’s B&B to get you started for a day exploring the greater Boston area.

Your host speaks English, German, French and Dutch.

Looking for a great, gay friendly place to stay in Boston, Massachusetts? Come stay with us at Rudy’s B&B!

See the Rudy’s B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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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Eleven Things to Do in Boston

Author: , June 19th, 2016

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One of the enjoyable things about visiting a major city in the US is that most enable you to see the country through a slightly different prism: New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami… all offer a very different perspective and experience. Boston, in Massachusetts, may not be one of the country’s biggest cities, but the viewpoint it brings is one of history. Massachusetts is the state where the Pilgrim Fathers landed in the Mayflower in 1620 and it’s where the US War of Independence began in the mid-1770s.

Whereas some US cities can be dated back to the turn of the 20th Century, and the arrival of the local railroad, Boston – which in the late 1600s was the third biggest port in the world after London and Bristol – has a history going back well over 300 years. It’s also the heart of New England, regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of the US. For visitors from the UK, the city has recently become a little more accessible. Norwegian Airlines launched another of its low-cost routes from Gatwick at Easter. Book enough in advance and flights to Logan Airport cost as low as #149 each way.

I flew on a 787 Dreamliner, one of the most modern and greenest planes in the air. It features windows with dimmer controls, hours of entertainment via its Android Inflight Entertainment System, plus plug-in points for phone and laptop chargers. If, like me, you fly Premium, you can also access the brand new Number One lounge at Gatwick, to kick start your trip in style. Once there, here are some suggestions for how to make the most of your trip – whether it’s just an extended weekend or longer.

1. Boston’s Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5km walking route in downtown Boston that includes 16 historical points of interest. It takes in the Old State House, the Granary Burial Ground (which although small, actually contains well over 5,000 bodies!), and the sites of the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party.

By David Hudson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Taylor House Bed & Breakfast, Boston, Massachusetts

Author: , February 17th, 2015

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

Gay Bed & Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts – Taylor House, a gracious sixteen room Victorian home in Boston’s Jamaica Plain section, was built around 1855. It lies in an area known as Pondside near Jamaica Pond, which contains some of the area’s finest suburban architecture.

See the Taylor House Bed & Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Did You Miss the Boston Santa Speedo Run?

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Boston Santa Speedo RunBoston’s annual Santa Speedo Run, which started back in 2000, took place over the weekend as hundreds of scantily clad holiday revelers braved icy temperatures (and shrinkage) to have some fun and raise some cash for a good cause.

By Kyler Geoffrey – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Boston Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Women in Travel Summit Planned for Boston in March

Author: , November 19th, 2014

Women in Travel SummitGo Girl Travel Network has officially launched its preliminary schedule for the second annual Women in Travel Summit (WITS). The schedule features 22 workshops conducted over the weekend of March 27-29, 2015 that fit under one of three tracks: The Traveler, The Blogger and The Entrepreneur. The weekend also includes a number of networking events, official parties, press trips, and more.

Speakers include Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel, the Emmy award-winning Grannies on Safari, Tanya Churchmurch of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), and more. The two keynote speakers at the summit are entrepreneur Dina Yuen of Asian Fusion and blogger Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate.

WITS is offering two ticket options. General Admission tickets (offered at $199) are for empowered travelers and travel companies. Blogger tickets (offered at $159) are available for published bloggers and media representatives who will be covering WITS on social media and their websites throughout the weekend.

Full Story at PR.com | Massachusetts Gay Travel Resources

Gay Boston and Beyond

Author: , July 4th, 2014

Boston - Apple MapsFoodies, art lovers, sports fans, and history and architecture buffs have more than enough reason to visit Boston, its neighboring nest of academia, Cambridge, and the nearby town of Salem which is a a fantastic daytrip destination with its own annual Pride celebration, slate of yearlong social events, a world-class art museum (the Peabody Essex), and a wealth of witchy kitsch.

Logan International Airport, which added international carriers Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Hainan to its lineup in 2014, is accessible via Boston’s T (the subway’s Silver Line) and it is free for arriving passengers) and bus services, that take about 30-40 minutes to or from downtown Boston or Cambridge.

Taxis, including eco-friendly hybrid cars, take about 20 minutes and fares range between $25-$45. Smartphone app GobiCab can be used to arrange shared taxi rides for those seeking to minimize their carbon footprint or save a few dollars. Amtrak, meanwhile, offers comfortable, quick, and Wi-Fi-enabled rail service from Washington D.C., New York, and other East Coast hubs.

Getting around Boston and Cambridge is a breeze thanks to subway and buses. Good news for night owls: on March 28th, 2014, late-night service was added on Fridays and Saturdays to key lines, so last trains now leave their stations at around 2:30 A.M. Hubway, a public bike-share program with stations throughout the Metro-Boston area, offers 24- and 72-hour passes ($6/$12, respectively). You can ride for unlimited 30-minute periods, but you need to return and dock the bike for a short period before taking one out again or you’ll pay an additional fee.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Boston Gay Travel Resources

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Eating Out – Boston

Author: , June 9th, 2014

Boston SkylineSame-sex marriage bells are ringing in a growing number of U.S. states and forward-thinking countries. But where should queers-in-the-know head for forthcoming nuptials or fabulously memorable honeymoons? EDGE suggests letting your five senses make the call.

It’s a city famous for sports, education, history (including a storied LGBT past) and tea – but restaurants? One must assume the nickname “Beantown” suggests a conspicuously bland culinary culture. But Boston has proven in recent years that its gastronomic delights can heartily compete with fellow fine-dining capitals like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Boston has been a prime destination for gay men and women to get hitched since Massachusetts broke the legal same-sex-marriage barrier in 2004. This friendly, photogenic city is home to dedicated gay-wedding-planning services like 14 Stories and romantic gay-owned venues like Jamaica Plain’s charming Taylor House Bed & Breakfast. For those seeking a more spiritual venue, the “open-hearted” and rainbow-proud First Church Boston welcomes gay nuptials. Or roll your way into a truly memorable wedding by renting out Milky Way Lounge and Lanes for ceremonies and celebrations in a decked-out bowling alley.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Edge Boston | Boston Gay Travel Resources