Lesbian Cleveland – Go Girlfriend

Author: , March 19th, 2018

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There’s a world-class city in Ohio on the southern shores of Lake Erie that blend the best of local hospitality, with some world-class facilities that allow some great weekend getaway possibilities. It’s no surprise with Cleveland’s uber-famous Rock & Roll Hall of fame that the music scene will be a vibrant bonanza! With a great music scene goes great drink and great food – perfect pairings for a night on the town.

Balancing the toe-tapping musical excitement are the quieter time activities for some conversation and simple relaxation – a picnic, the beaches, a spa, or an activity together. Our earlier post looked at some of the hotspots in Cleveland – Where to Eat, Sleep and Play. Pairing these together will open a world of weekend getaway possibilities.

The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland’s greatest venue for catching some of the best up-and-coming indie rockers is the Beachland Ballroom’s specialty. Located in the artsy Waterloo Arts district, the space was once a Croatian Liberty Home, a social center for the large Slavic community in the area. While the space has remained largely the same with original design elements, signage and images from the 1950’s, the venue has become one of Cleveland’s most diverse live music venues with numerous shows throughout the week.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Cleveland Rocks

Author: , January 21st, 2017
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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: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Author: , September 26th, 2016

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Rock and Roll Hall Of FameWe were in Cleveland, Ohio last month and toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We have toured museums from coast to coast and except for some of the major art museums, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the finest anywhere in the country. I. M. Pei was the architect for the building and it is an unbelievable structure set in the downtown area of the city and is right on the coast of Lake Erie. The building houses more than 55,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as offices, a cafe and gift shop.

Even though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation started in 1983 without a building or museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opened in 1995 and since then, over 10 Million visitors have toured the Museum. It is a very large museum to tour. We were there nearly 5 hours and could have stayed longer. There are seven floors to the Museum each with it’s own uniqueness. It includes exhibits on the roots of rock and includes country, bluegrass, folk, rhythm and blues and gospel.

This museum and exhibits is a true history of the United States during the 50’s thru the 80’s and more ! They deal with many of the issues of the day including this country’s involvement in wars, the racial issues, women’s issues and Gay issues. In the main exhibit downstairs you can see dozens and dozens of original costumes worn by entertainers. Also in the exhibit are instruments that the entertainers used.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Annex

Photo by Robert Caplin

There is one special room for Elvis that has a seated area and memorabilia and an ongoing movie for visitors to see. There are several short movies in theatres for visitors to learn about the history of Rock and Roll as well. Room after room after room, visitors are amazed at all the different items on display. All of the visitors felt a real sense of comradery as we were all there to visit history. In addition to their regular exhibits they have special exhibits that are featured throughout the year. This is simply a MUST SEE MUSUEM !

Rock and Roll Hall Of FameFor the LGBT Community there are dozens of exhibits and artifacts on display. Rock and Roll DID change American concerning the LGBT community. There are dozens of original posters announcing and promoting an up coming event. We were quite amused seeing one for Little Richard who was performing in concert many years ago and it says “Admission: $2.50, Colored Spectators: $1.50” And to that we say THANK YOU Little Richard! Of course the Village People are featured as well. Many LGBT entertainers are featured. And yes, Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out’ which still stands as an anthem for the LGBT community is there as well as Stonewall and one great quote which reads in part, ” and a certificate on paper Isn’t going to solve it all, but it’s a damn good start.” from the song by Macklemore and Lewis. There is also a special large sign that reads:

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“ROCK CELEBRATES DIVERSITY: Many well-known artists came out as gay during the 1990’s including singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Queen’s Freddie Mercury and metal god Rob Halford of Judas Priest. In November 1991, Mercury revealed that he was infected with HIV. He died a day later, becoming the first major rock star to die of AIDS. The success of and controversy generated by gay-friendly artists such as Lady gaga with her stand on the military’s policy on LGBT service members and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s ‘Same Love’ – a song in support of same-sex marriage – shows that rock and the LGBT community have a vibrant and vital relationship.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Museum’s Library and archives is the world’s largest repository of materials related to the history of rock and roll. Upon exiting the Museum, be sure and visit the tour bus owned by Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located at 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, which is East 9th Street. (note: when driving there downtown go to EAST 9th Street and not West 9th Street as we did). Their website is: www.rockhall.com and their phone number is: 216.781.7625. They are open every day from 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

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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Featured Gay Accommodations: Stone Gables Bed & Breakfast, Cleveland, Ohio

Author: , February 24th, 2015

Stone Gables Bed & Breakfast – Cleveland, OhioPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay owned b&b in Cleveland, Ohio – 1883 stone mansion lovingly restored to a five room bed and breakfast.

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The Gay Games Brought $52 Million to Northeastern Ohio

Author: , December 7th, 2014

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The 2014 Gay Games, which attracted nearly 8,000 athletes to Northeast Ohio in August, added $52 million to the local economy during the eight-day event, according to a new study by two economics professors at Kent State University.

The Plain Dealer reports that spending far exceeded the estimated $36 million that was spent in the area during the 2013 National Senior Games, held in Cleveland in July 2013 – despite the fact that the Senior Games drew 25,000 visitors, while the Gay Games attracted 20,000.

Shawn M. Rohlin, an assistant professor of economics at Kent State, speculated that Gay Games visitors came from farther away – the event is an international draw – stayed longer and spent more.

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Cleveland Welcomes Gay Games With Open Arms

Author: , August 16th, 2014

Gay Games 9Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week.

“He was telling us horror stories about growing up here,” Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games with nearby Akron.

Gill said his teammate, who was raised in Cleveland, has been “humbled” by the progress the city has made and by the warm reception Gay Games participants have received. “People are just so thankful we’re here,” Gill said. “It’s exceeded all of my expectations.”

Other Games participants also praised Cleveland and Akron and called the host cities friendly and hospitable.

By Mark Gillispie – Full Story at the Star Tribune | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay Cleveland Culture, Art and Dining

Author: , August 12th, 2014

Cleveland - Apple MapsI grew up with a chip on my shoulder about Cleveland. Tired of defending my hometown from nomenclatures such as “the mistake on the lake,” I eventually gave up and rolled my eyes as if to say ‘It’s not that bad.’ Well the underdog of the Rust Belt has reinvented itself once again, this time poised to be an international destination for culture, dining, and innovation. Watch out world, Cleveland is back on the map.

Of course, ask any Clevelander and they will probably rattle off one of the city’s various claims to fame. Perhaps it is the prized collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which opened in 1916, or the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. Maybe it is Playhouse Square, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, or the Cleveland Indians, Browns, or Cavaliers–who no matter how much they win or lose, attract record-breaking crowds to sporting events year round.

What seems to be breaking the mold is not any singular institution or event, but rather a wide-eyed revelation–by locals and visitors alike–acknowledging that there is a hell of a lot happening in this town of less than 400,000 residents. For the LGBT community, the Gay Games next year is another feather in the cap of a city whose rainbow plumage is also gaining international recognition. Bisected by the curving Cuyahoga River, central Cleveland is home to several thriving neighborhoods where a new generation is choosing to live, work, and play.

By Matthew Wexler – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

Gay Games Day One

Author: , August 11th, 2014

Gay Games - Michael KeyThe International Gay Games began on Saturday in Cleveland with several events culminating in the Opening Ceremony.

In the morning, a memorial quilt panel was unfurled as speakers remembered the early days of the Games and those who contributed to its founding. Following remarks and a musical performance, athletes kicked off the games with the Memorial International Rainbow Run.

In the early afternoon, Olympic legend Greg Louganis gave a talk at the City Club with Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard.

By Michael Key – Full Story at the Washington Blade | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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Cleveland on the Rise

Author: , July 22nd, 2014

Cleveland - Apple MapsSurely, not enough people. Like many Rust Belt cities, Cleveland’s associated with joblessness, dilapidation, and general unsavoriness. But contrary to these common views, the city’s been slowly transforming into an affordable enclave for the trendy, the foodies, and cost-conscious travelers of all kinds. The Tremont district, for example, is filling up with boutiques and quality restaurants — even Iron Chefs love the famous West Side Market. The next time you have a weekend to spare, here’s what you should include on your Cleveland itinerary:

Where to eat: New York has pizza. Philly has cheesesteaks. Cleveland has… grilled cheese. Melt, located in the cozy Lakewood neighborhood, serves up generous portions of pimped out sandwiches like grilled pierogies and cheese, or grilled chorizo and potatoes and cheese. The sandwiches, all served with a wall of fries, isn’t the cheapest at roughly $12 each, but they’re so worth every cent. Bonus: Tomato soup comes with a side of Goldfish crackers, as homey as it comes.

If you’re in the downtown neighborhood, Great Lakes Brewing Company dives into a taste of the Great Lakes. When ordering a hearty meal with German flair — the bratwurst is highly recommended ($14) — it’s essential to sip a beer like the chocolatey Edmund Fitzgerald Porter or a classic Dortmund Lager. For late night revelry, Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street offers a fantastic rooftop, while West 6th is the street of choice for bar hopping.

By Tommy Burson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

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How Gay Friendly is Cleveland?

Author: , July 19th, 2014

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Two weeks ago in San Francisco, I walked past a couple of guys in my hotel lobby wearing tutus, and pretty much nothing else. No one – not me, not the hotel staff, not my kids — batted an eyelash. And so it goes in San Francisco, where my vacation last month coincided with the city’s Pride festival, a major rainbow-hued celebration of LGBT progress in a place that perhaps best defines what it means to be gay friendly.

Gay media takes a close look at Cleveland in advance of Gay Games, and likes what it sees
It got me thinking about next month’s major gathering in Cleveland, when up to 20,000 visitors will descend on Northeast Ohio for the 2014 Gay Games, an event that began (not surprisingly) in San Francisco in 1982.

I worry: Are we up to the task? Is Cleveland gay friendly enough? And what does that even mean in 2014?

“Cleveland doesn’t have to be San Francisco,” said John Tanzella, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based group that connects LGBT travelers to gay-friendly businesses around the world. All it has to be, he said, is safe and welcoming.

By Susan Glaser – Full Story at The Plain Dealer | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources