GayCities Announces Its Winners for 2014

Author: , January 12th, 2015

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This year Toronto claimed the coveted title of “City of the Year.” Savannah won for “Hidden Gem,” while Tel Aviv won the distinction of best pride parade in a country lacking marriage equality.

Here’s the complete list of categories, winners and nominees…

City of the Year: Toronto bested Berlin, London, Rio, Philadelphia, Bangkok
Pride Without Marriage: Tel Aviv finished in the lead over Austin, Rome, Tokyo, Prague, Dallas
Sultriest City: Barcelona beat out Bali, Miami, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Mexico City
Foodie Paradise: Paris narrowly beat out New Orleans, followed closely by Chicago, Austin, Lima, San Francisco
Fun in the Sun: Puerto Vallarta triumphed over San Diego, Montego Bay, Miami, Cancun, Key West
Culture Experience: Artifacts in Athens won over Street Art in Melbourne, Ballet in New York, Opera in Vienna, Theatre in Chicago, Jazz in New Orleans

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Evolve New Year’s Eve Party – The Photos

Author: , January 5th, 2015

Evolve Vegas 2014-15Is it just us, or does the festive period suddenly seem like a distant memory?

But if you are feeling the Monday morning, back-to-work blues, then never fear. We have a little something to soften the blow: seven pictures of fabulous, queer, sequin-filled excess at the Evolve Vegas NYE party. If it doesn’t get you thinking about next December 31, nothing will.

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Images via Evolve

Ybor City’s Santa Speedo Run

Author: , December 23rd, 2014

Ybor Santa Speedo Run 2014 - Watermark

Watermark has photos from the Santa Speedo Run in Ybor City, Florida on 12/14:

Men and women in skimpy attire returned to Ybor Citys Centennial Park for The Santa Speedo Run and Mrs. Claus in Bras on Dec. 14. This is the fifth year for the event and the contingent of runners was slightly larger than last year. The new female-directed aspect of the charity run brought out some new, more feminine faces this year.

By Bruce Hardin – Full Story at Watermark | Florida Gay Travel Resources

Image via Watermark

The Seven Best New Year’s Eve Parties

Author: , December 22nd, 2014

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoWe’ve already brought you our run down of the best gay New Year’s Eve parties in the UK and the US to finish off, here are our pick of seven more of the best from around the world

1. WE Party Gods of the Olympus @ La Riviera, Madrid: Hot guys with the bodies of Grecian gods will be encouraged to strip down to their smalls as the WE New Year Festival reaches its epic climax. Featuring special guests Manuel De Diego, Danny Verde and Lucas Flamefly.

2. SCREAM @ Gibus, Paris: A 12-hour, one-stop-shop gay dance marathon in the French capital. Room one is house and progressive; room two is pop, dance and R&B; room 3 is for cruising or unwind in the VIP or outdoor terrace area. Happy clubbing.
From $20

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Taiwan Goes Big With Gay Films – 60 Movies, Two Weekends, Two Cities

Author: , September 27th, 2014

Night FlightWhile Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

By Sylvia Tan – Full Story at Gay Star News

Pride Las Vegas

Author: , September 13th, 2014

Pride Las VegasAs most of the rest of the country’s Pride festivals faded into summer memories, Las Vegas Pride 2014 roared to life like an MGM lion last weekend. MGM Resorts International–a major sponsor of the city’s annual festivites, represented by an enormous float and hundreds of employees marching Friday night’s parade–invited PASSPORT to check out the celebration.

Here’s the skinny: Where many big cities’ pride parades have become heartfelt but snooze-inducing hours-long affairs, Las Vegas’ is tighter, brighter, and far more eccentrically entertaining–a nighttime blast of day-glo color under streetlights and spotlights in old downtown.

The off-Strip location allows the participants to be the stars, and gives the whole affair a tight-knit community feeling, rather than a sense of being yet another glitzy tourist attraction. There’s a genuine enthusiasm among the participants, onlookers, and grandstand commentators.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport | Nevada Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Photos from San Francisco Pride 2014

Author: , July 2nd, 2014

We just got back from a weekend in San Francisco for San Francisco Pride 2014. This was our umpteenth SF Pride, and we spent it with Mark’s brother and his husband.

We had a great time in The City – Saturday we checked out the Castro and the crazy Pride celebration at Civic Center. We also caught a very funny play at the New Conservatory Theatre – The Devil Boys from Beyond.

And we took a tour with one of our favorite people in The City – Kathy Amandola at Cruisin’ the Castro. Did you know there’s a link between the eccentric Emperor Norton of the mid 1800’s in SF and the Imperial Court system of drag queens across the country today? Kathy will tell you all about it.

But of course, the LGBT Pride Parade is always the highlight of the weekend. Here are photos (mostly from the parade) capturing the celebration last weekend.

Enjoy!

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The First Cyprus Gay Pride Coming on May 31st – Church is Upset

Author: , May 18th, 2014

Cyprus Gay Pride 2014Cyprus’ Orthodox Christian Church lashed out against homosexuality Thursday after activists announced the country’s first ever LGBT pride festival. The Holy Synod, the Church’s highest decision-making body, said it looks upon efforts to give homosexuality social and legal acceptance with “concern and grief.”

“The Church and science consider homosexuality to be the human being’s fall from grace and an illness and not a natural way of life or choice,” the Holy Synod said in a statement. It said although the Church condemns homosexuality, it loves and supports the “fallen” and prays that they seek God’s mercy.

The statement came after activists said a two-week Cyprus gay pride festival would culminate in a May 31 parade in the capital, Nicosia.

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China Celebrates Shanghai Pride Next Month

Author: , May 18th, 2014

Shanghai Pride 2014This year’s Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride6 in recognition of its sixth anniversary, will take place from 13th to 22nd June. A week-long string of events has been planned to boost the LGBT’s community position in China and raise awareness around LGBT themes including marriage equality, sexual health and societal acceptance. Run by volunteers from the not-for-profit group, ShanghaiLGBT and other NGOs, Pride6 is expected to bring thousands of people together at a multitude of fun social and advocacy events.

While retaining many of the activities that have made Pride Week a synonym for ‘Party Week’ among the LGBT and friends community, organisers are determined to incorporate more serious elements into this year’s Pride. Marriage equality will be one of these elements; with support for gay marriage hovering at around 30% in Beijing and Shanghai,Pride5 will discuss ways to raise and promote the issue among the wider public and politicians. To that end Pride5 will feature two panel discussions on workplace discrimination and gay marriage.

Organisers are also hoping to boost interest in Shanghai’s Gay Film Festival which will be held during Pride Week.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | China Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Baltimore Pride – Changes Are Coming

Author: , May 13th, 2014

Baltimore Pride 2014The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) firmed up the dates for Baltimore Pride—an enterprise run by the GLCCB. This year’s Baltimore Pride will take place on Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15.

The Pride Parade and Block Party will take place on Saturday, June 14, with the Pride Festival taking place on Sunday, June 15. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Eager and Charles streets and continue on Charles Street up to Mount Royal Avenue. All Pride weekend events will then take place at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral St. (No events will take place in Druid Hill Park, as in years past).

By Steve Charing – The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events