Should Gay Honeymooners Stop Avoiding Anti Gay Countries?

Author: , July 30th, 2015

Gay Travel

With the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, a new crop of honeymooners has entered the market. The travel industry has positioned itself to capitalize, having recently launched several targeted marketing campaigns featuring gay couples, including Hotwire’s “Lucky Me” commercial, Airbnb’s #HostWithPride film, and Marriottt’s Love Travels campaign.

But with gay marriage fully legal in just 20 countries – and homosexuality illegal in 75 — gay newlyweds face extra hurdles in deciding where to celebrate their nuptials. Many feel compelled to research discrimination laws before making overseas travel plans. In fact, four out of 10 U.S. LGBT travelers said local discriminatory laws and homophobic sentiments affect where they decide to fly “to a great extent,” according to a survey by LGBT marketing group Out Now. As one lesbian couple expressed in Airbnb’s #HostWithPride film, “For our honeymoon, I don’t want to be attacked. We want to be able to express our love, and be able to be affectionate, and feel comfortable and safe.”

But are such fears founded? Certainly, in some nations around the world, including popular honeymoon destinations, local LGBT people are harassed, arrested and even killed with impunity. But for Americans, these threats are minimal. Both the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the International Gay and Lesbian Alliance have no reports of gay American honeymooners being assaulted during international travel. Even the U.S. State Department, which posts warnings for LGBT travelers, has little evidence of such incidents.

By Michael Luongo – Full Story at The Washington Post | Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Beaufort House Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

Author: , July 30th, 2015

Beaufort Inn

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

Beaufort House Inn offers a boutique hotel experience in beautiful, progressive Asheville, North Carolina. We provide a fun, friendly atmosphere on our historic 1894 property – the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway.

See the Beaufort House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Accidental Death of An Anarchist

Author: , July 29th, 2015

Glynn House Evening-cAccidental Death of an Anarchist! Accidental Death of an Anarchist http://glynnhouse.com/events/ was
written by Italy’s Nobel-winning master playwright Dario Fo. The show is criminally Funny. A bank gets bombed, a suspect dies in custody, and the police inquiry turns into…a masterpiece of comedy?  The fast moving action takes place in a police station where an absurd re-enactment of events takes place to determine if the anarchist’s plummet to the street was accident or foul-play. Experience this high-spirited farce at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse August 12 – 22.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Dream Euro Trip – Amalfi and Cilento Are The Most Beautiful Coasts in Italy

Author: , July 29th, 2015

Salerno - DJ Yabis

If there is one place that keeps surprising me with its beauty, cuisine, culture and history, it’s Italy. As much as I hate to admit it because it is so cliche and predictable even: I love Italy. No no no no. This is not coming from a tourist visiting for a week for the first time. I have visited Italy hundreds of times, ruined my waistline (all the time) and pretty much abandoned my Paleo diet which I worked so hard for to tell you a fact: I REALLY LOVE ITALY.

I love its big historical cities and its smaller, unknown – sometimes abandoned – towns equally. And my favorite coastline to date? It has to be the famous Amalfi coast and my recent discovery, the lesser known Cilento coast next to it.

The Amalfi coast and Cilento coast are both part of the province of Salerno in the Campania region. I visited Positano, the most famous town along the Amalfi coast, in 2011 and immediately fell in love. I vowed to come back and explore the area more so I am happy to make that dream a reality this summer.

By DJ Yabis – Full Story at Dream Euro Trip | Italy Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – July 29th

Author: , July 29th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
Nomadic Boys in the top 50 travel bloggers by Travelocafe (Nomadic Boys)
Sebastien and Stefan are really pleased to announce that after our first year of travel blogging, the Travelocafe has recognised us as one of their top 50 travel bloggers at #40 for March-May 2015.
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Nomadic Boys

GENERAL:
Almost 50% of All Pride-goers Are Straight (SDGLN)
A European poll gives some interesting insight into people who attend gay pride parades. Last year, at the Stockholm Pride event, people were asked some questions about their gender, age and sexual preference.
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CUBA:
How to Book a Flight to Cuba (Shermans Travel)
If you’re among the thousands of U.S. Americans who have flocked to Kayak and similar sites to check prices for Cuba flights, you were probably surprised to discover that, well, they’re not there.
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GERMANY:
Berlin’s Love Parade Returns with the Zug der Liebe (Travels of Adam)
I still remember that first summer I arrived in Berlin. It was 2011 and there were already murmurs of Berlin being “over.” It was a wild, crazy summer with nights drinking outside the Spätis in Neukölln, beers along the canal, skipping dinner for late-night dates and more than a few strangers found in my bed on weekday mornings. I was broke most of that summer, making a few hundred Euros per month and spending recklessly. To be honest, I can’t remember a time since then when I had so much fun.
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Adam Groffman

JAMAICA:
Jamaica to Hold First LGBT Pride Celebration (The Advocate)
Jamaica is, sadly, a country renown for its violent homophobia, a place where the LGBT population the Human Rights Watch have said largely “live in constant fear.” Homosexuality between men is illegal (a holdover from British Colonial law), yet the Caribbean nation is nonetheless set to hold its first ever Pride celebration next week.
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MALAYSIA:
Back To The Future at the Time Capsule Hotel in Penang (Nomadic Boys)
The check in process is made very simple… get your card from reception, which will activate your pod and lockers, put your shoes in the shoe locker, take the lift, put your bag in the luggage locker, sleep in your capsule, and get out!
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Nomadic Boys

MALAYSIA:
Romance and Luxury at The Four Seasons Langkawi (Nomadic Boys)
The Four Seasons Langkawi is one of the most beautiful places we’ve encountered during our travels.
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Nomadic Boys

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: First Farm Inn, Petersburg, Kentucky

Author: , July 29th, 2015

First Farm Inn

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

At Kentucky’s First Farm Inn, you can Ride our happy, healthy horses, stretch out on the hammock under our 200-year old maples, or relax in a rocking chair on the veranda. We’re close to Cincinnati – take a trip into town for big city events, or just stay with us here on the farm.

See the First Farm Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

The Kingston Trio

Author: , July 28th, 2015

The Kingston Trio http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is a musical and cultural phenomenon Glynn House Evening-cunmatched by any other. Through changing times, the Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple reason… great songs that sound as good today as the first time you heard them.  A three-time Grammy Award winner and holder of no less than ten gold records, The Kingston Trio has sold more than twenty million recordings and continues to perform at some of this country’s most famous venues. And, in a feat yet to be surpassed, Billboard Magazine listed four Kingston Trio albums in their Top 10 at the same time.  The Kingston Trio legacy continues entertaining sold out crowds today with their trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound. Truly a crowd pleasing event, an evening with The Kingston Trio is pure fun. Exuding charisma, energy and charm, their performances are jam-packed with jokes, history, fabulous memories, and, of course, all of their classic hits. Experience legendary musicians and exceptional music at the nearby Flying Monkey August 8.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Mellon Patch Inn, Fort Pierce, Florida

Author: , July 28th, 2015

Mellon Patch Inn

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

The Mellon Patch Inn is just a short walk from one of the most beautiful beaches on Florida’s Treasure Coast, on beautiful North Hutchinson Island. Our gay friendly Fort Pierce inn serves as a charming, cozy bed and breakfast – hospitality is our prime objective.

See the Mellon Patch Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in East Central Florida

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – July 28th

Author: , July 28th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
“There is no return to normalcy after that.” (Dream Euro Trip)
This sentence sums up my life since that day 6 years ago – has it been that long? – when I quit my job to move to Europe and study for 2 years as a scholar of the European Commission. I wanted to chase and live my dreams. – See more at: http://www.dreameurotrip.com/there-is-no-return-to-normalcy-after-that/#sthash.PdOX7eaj.dpuf
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DJ Yabis

MALAYSIA
Bon Ton Resort: Chic and Gay Friendly Boutique Hotel in Langkawi (Nomadic Boys)
The Bon Ton and Temple Tree resorts are very popular and well known institutions on Langkawi island.
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Nomadic Boys

MALAYSIA:
Luxury in the Green at the Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa (Nomadic Boys)
The Frangipani Langkawi is a luxury, eco friendly resort ideal for couples and families.
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Nomadic Boys

MALAYSIA:
Ambong Ambong: A Gay Friendly Romantic Stay on Langkawi (Nomadic Boys)
The Ambong Ambong resort in Langkawi is situated in the middle of a lush green rainforest and makes the perfect romantic retreat for gay couples, nature lovers and honeymooners.
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Nomadic Boys

USA, CALIFORNIA:
Photos: Leather Daddies Rule The Streets At Up Your Alley (Queerty)
Nearly 15,000 enthusiasts turned out for this year’s Up Your Alley in San Francisco, with leather daddies, cubs, otters, jock strapped twinks and the like dominating for a day the streets of San Francisco’s South of Market district.
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Dore Alley

USA, MARYLAND:
Thousands Celebrate Baltimore Pride (The Washington Blade)
Any concerns about the shift of dates for Baltimore Pride from its customary June event to the weekend of July 25-26 were put to rest as thousands descended on Mount Vernon on a sun-baked Saturday to cheer on the Pride parade and celebrate at the block party. – See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/07/28/thousands-celebrate-baltimore-pride/#sthash.ZWFVolqx.dpuf
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USA, MARYLAND:
Photos: Baltimore Pride Parade (The Washington Blade)
The 40th annual Baltimore Pride Parade was held on Saturday, July 25, 2015 along Cathedral Street.
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Baltimore Pride - The Washington Blade

The Ultimate Buddy Holly Tribute

Author: , July 27th, 2015

The Ultimate Buddy Holly Tribute http://glynnhouse.com/events/! Go back in time with at the Interlakes Glynn House Evening-cTheatre – August 11 – 16 – and experience Ultimate Buddy Holly Tribute. Celebrate the music of Buddy Holly including The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and more! This new, all rockin show will have you dancing in the aisles to your favorite classic hit songs “Peggy Sue”,”La Bamba”,“Shake, Rattle & Roll” & many more!

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.