Gay Guatemala – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , April 9th, 2018

Gay Guatemala - The Globetrotter Guys

Gay Guatemala? We had not been able to find much about ‘gay Guatemala’ at all on Google. However, when we were in Flores, Guatemala, we received an Instagram message from a gay couple living in Guatemala City, Maikel and Jorge. They invited us to take a guided tour of the city and then offered to drive us to Antigua. At first, we were slightly wary as your parents tell you not to meet strangers off the Internet! However, we are very glad we did, and as a result we gained two new friends!

Maikel and Jorge were a lovely couple and we had a great day with them. We learnt a lot about Guatemala City and had a fun tour of the bars with them once we arrived in Antigua. We are very glad that they messaged us! During our day out we asked Maikel and Jorge if we could interview them to learn about being LGBT in Guatemala, here is what they had to say:

Firstly, would you like to introduce yourselves?

We are Jorge and Maikel. We are a gay couple and got married 10 months ago in México City. The marriage ceremony was great and we had all our friends and family there. We have been together for 2.5 years and it has been great so far!

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

Guatemala Gay Travel Resources

The Lodge at Butte La Rose – Louisiana Lesbian Owned B&B

Author: , April 7th, 2018

Lodge at Butte La Rose

The Lodge at Butte La Rose is a venue in the tradition of the South Louisiana “camp”. Conveniently located 5 miles south of I-10 and nestled in the community of Butte La Rose, the only community in the Atchafalaya Basin. The Basin is the largest wetland in the United States. The Lodge is your home base to launch your exploration of the Atchafalaya and the Acadiana region.

We here at The Lodge want your stay in the Basin to be memorable and relaxing. There are so many things to do and see here at The Lodge, or just sit on the screened in porch, read a book, and enjoy a glass of wine. You can also go sight seeing, shopping, hiking, kayaking, or nature hunting. We can accommodate up to 16 people so bring all your friends or family and pass a good time in the bayou! Make sure you ask Ms Gerri to tell you a Boudreaux and Thibodeaux joke. She’s got a million of them!!

See the Lodge at Butte La Rose Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Louisiana Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gay India – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 7th, 2018

Gay India - The Nomadic Boys

We spent several months travelling in India as a gay couple, from North to South, and absolutely loved it.

We visited world famous monuments like the Taj Mahal and stunning palaces across Rajasthan. We were in awe at the intense spirituality in Varanasi, chilled in the popular backwaters of Kerala, and loved all the delicious Indian food we tried. But our absolute highlight was the people. The Indians stole our heart. As well as being full of charm and character, they were very hospitable and never disrespectful to us. We found them to be welcoming, curious, very friendly, and eager to show off their country to these two foreigners.

On the face of it, India does not appear to be very gay friendly, particularly as the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 to uphold the colonial laws dating back to 1861 banning sex between two consenting men. Whilst this law was decriminalised by the High Court of Delhi in 2009, it was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court because the judges concluded that such an amendment should be left to parliament to decide, and not the judiciary. The law is thankfully being reviewed again in the Supreme Court – a testament to how strong the LGTBQ community is in India.

In practice, gay relationships do of course exist and thrive in India, as they do in any other country. However, social norms in India tend to discourage public display of affection no matter sexual orientation.

But do the maths – this is a country with a population of over 1.3 billion people, which means statistically there are around 130 million gay boys waiting to welcome you.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

India Gay Travel Resources

Red Means Danger

Author: , April 7th, 2018

queer travel risk map

Do you enjoy ‘non-traditional sexual relationships’? Then mind where you travel. Over the last two decades, same-sex marriage and legal protection for the LGBTI community has become commonplace throughout many countries. But that has only widened the gulf with other parts of the world, where homosexuality remains illegal, criminal and in some cases even punishable by death.

This map was published by the Australian company Travel Insurance Direct as a risk guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex tourists and travellers.

Coded in the colours of the rainbow flag, the map ranks countries from places with the broadest legal recognition and protection (purple) to those where the law is used to prosecute rather than protect LGBTI people (red).

By Frank Jacobs – Full Story at Big Think

The Evel Knievel Museum – Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World

Author: , April 6th, 2018

Evel Knievel Museum

Evel Knievel MuseumSmaller cities and towns can have the most interesting and unusual Museums. We recently visited the Evel Knievel at the Historic Harley- Davidson Complex in Topeka, Kansas. Was Evel Knievel born in Topeka, Kansas? He was not. Did he ever perform in Topeka, Kansas? He did not. Apparently the closest that he ever came to Topeka was when he flew over in an airplane flying from one coast to the other.

However that did not stop the Harley-Davidson Company from opening a museum for him there in one of the most iconic and historical Harley Davidson stores around and it is in the middle of the country. The museum is connected to the store.

Evel Knievel Museum

Evel Knievel was born in 1938 and was a stuntman and performer and made dozens of ‘jumps’ with his motorcycles all around the country. He had thousands of people who would pay to watch him make these historic jumps. He broke and fractured 433 bones in his body which was list in the World Book of Records. His last successful jump was in 1977. He died in 2007 after a lot of health issues.

Evel Knievel Museum

The Museum has a huge collection of memorabilia concerning Evel including his motorcycles, helmets, his jackets and costumes, photos, newspaper clippings, posters, etc. BIG RED was his semi-truck which was converted to a living quarters with a room in the rear for his motorcycles. His custom built 1974 Cadillac Pickup is there for all to view.

You can actually sit on a motorcycle and take a ‘virtual reality ride, wearing a helmet and letting the wind blow thru you with a movie screen directly in front of you as you jump over a lot of cars. It really is quite scary but worth the experience. His great quote was, “Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it. ”

Before visiting the Evel Knievel Museum be sure and visit their website at  http://evelknievelmuseum.com/  They are located at 2047 S.W. Topeka Blvd. in Topeka, Kansas, just a few blocks from downtown Topeka. Their phone number is 785.215.6205. Their hours are Tuesday -Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM , Saturdays from 9 AM to 5 PM and closed on Sunday and Monday. You can email them at hello@evelknievelmuseum.org.

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/

Kansas Gay Travel Resources

How to Be Gay and an Exchange Student Abroad

Author: , April 6th, 2018

gay student

There are many reasons why a lot of students want to study abroad.

For one, you get to see a world unbeknownst to you. This is especially true if you choose to study in a university halfway across the globe. While studying abroad, you’ll get to visit places, learn new languages, experience new cultures and traditions, and discover things that may not be available in your homeland.

The quality of education is also one of the top reasons many students prefer to study abroad. There may be programs that are not offered in any school in your home country, which is why it would be beneficial for you to choose to enroll in a study abroad program.

Being an international student also means that you’ll be living independently in student rooms abroad. You can choose to stay in a homestay or in an apartment run by student accommodation providers.

But living and studying in another country can be extra challenging if you’re gay. Although more and more countries are embracing the LGBT community nowadays, there are still cultures that see being queer as taboo. So, it helps to know a few important things before you fly to another country to study.

Useful Survival Tips

  1. Know the laws.

To avoid getting in trouble with the authorities, or worse, regretting going to a country where you’re not welcome, it’s a must that you read up about laws regarding homosexuality in their place. If there are certain prohibitions that a queer person is required to follow, it’s important that you are aware of them even before flying there.

  1. Find out how LGBT-friendly the country is.

It can be hard living in a place where being gay is not welcomed. It could also mean that your host family or most of the people you’ll be around with are not that accepting. You’ll be better off in living in student rooms in a place where LGBT people are openly accepted.

Knowing whether your host country is LGBT-friendly or not would also ensure your safety, which should be your top concern.

  1. Read up about support groups.

Having LGBT support systems in your host country would be great to ensure that you’ll have people who will help protect and defend your rights when the need arises. Aside from friendly and knowledgeable student accommodation providers, there should be organizations and associations that you can turn to for information, legal assistance, and the like.

Out and Proud

Sometimes, living in a small town and being gay can give you the blues. Everyone knows what everybody’s doing. Everyone is judging you for who you are. This is why, oftentimes, you’re better off studying and living in student rooms abroad, especially where being queer is equally respected.

There are so many countries you could go to live and study, be it in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. Some of the most popular places to study or travel to if you’re gay include Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, and Germany, to name a few.

You might want to travel to your host country first before enrolling in their study abroad program. Book your trip with us Purple Roofs. We have thousands of properties on our list. All of them have useful information for LGBT travelers.

Fireworks at the Yanbu Flower Festival – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , April 5th, 2018

Yanbu Flower Festival - Keep Calm and Wander

Yanbu Flower Festival is on from March 1 – April 7, 2018. Saudi Arabia isn’t really famous for its flowers because of its weather – and we’re all surprised to hear such an event like this.

Visiting Time: It opens right after the 4:00 o’clock prayer in the afternoon and closes at 11:00 PM.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Gay El Salvador – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , April 5th, 2018

Gay El Salvador - The Globetrotter Guys

Gay El Salvador. We had never heard anything about being LGBT in this part of the world. What we found out was very surprising, in a very positive way! We recently took a 9 day organised tour called ‘Guatemala and Beyond’ which we booked through ST FLY. This took us from Antigua in Guatemala, through Honduras, El Salvador and finished in Nicaragua.

We spent 4 nights in El Salvador and were lucky enough to meet a local gay couple called Pascal and Joaquin who run a successful (and beautiful) hotel called Los Almendros De San Lorenzo in Suchitoto. Pascal and Joaquin have been together for 35 years and have been running Los Almendros for 13. They got married 3 years ago in France as same sex marriage is not legal in El Salvador.

Pascal is originally from France and Joaquin from El Salvador. Joaquin was also the Ambassador for El Salvador in Europe. We found Joaquin and Pascal by typing ‘gay El Salvador’ into google and then ‘gay Suchitoto’. The results showed their hotel being listed on Spartacus and when we looked on the map it was 30 seconds walk from our hotel! We went across to the hotel and found Joaquin who made us feel very welcome. He invited us back later that evening to learn more about gay El Salvador.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

El Salvador Gay Travel Resources

Whidwood On Whidbey Island – Whidbey Island Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 4th, 2018

Whidwood On Whidbey Island - Whidbey Island Gay Bed & Breakfast

Come visit us at Whidwood on Whidbey Island, a log house hideaway near historic Coupeville on the Puget Sound’s beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. Explore island shops, art galleries, beautiful parks, gardens and beaches, or spend the afternoon at the inn in our hot tub, reading a book in our library, or relaxing in our sunroom. Everyone is welcome here.

Central Whidbey Island is in the “Olympic Rainshadow”, behind the Olympic Mountains where we only get about half as much rain as Seattle. Whidwood is a great base for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, whale watching, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and much more.

Whidbey Island is also a great place for people who enjoy gardens, with more than a dozen nurseries on the island, many with beautiful display gardens, including the renowned Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden.

See the Whidwood On Whidbey Island Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Puget Sound Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Tips for Gay Chinese Travelers Visiting the USA – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 4th, 2018

Gay Chinese Travelers - United States - The Nomadic Boys

The USA has some of the best gay destinations in the world. Despite the bad press it has received recently, there are many pink havens here ranging from San Francisco, New York, Key West and Fire Island. We always love visiting the States and always feel very comfortable travelling here as a gay couple.

Chinese travellers visiting the US has increased exponentially over the past few years, with more and more gay Chinese travellers also choosing the US for their vacation, with companies like Cuke Travel and Blue Ribbon servicing the Chinese LGBTQ travel community.

These are our 5 tips for gay Chinese travelers visiting the USA to make their travel easier and more enjoyable.

Getting A USA Visa for Gay Chinese Travelers

Chinese travellers heading to the US will need to complete the EVUS application form beforehand. If travelling to the US as a “visitor”, you will be eligible for a tourist visa. Tourist visas are the ideal category to apply for because they are processed much quicker than other visa types – around 24 hours, and no more than 72 hours. You’re visa is then emailed to you, which saves time.

To qualify for a tourist visa, you need to state that the reason for travelling to the US is tourism, you have Chinese citizenship, and all supporting documents requested in the application form are included.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys