Globetrotter Girls – Brighton Pride, A Carnival of Diversity

Author: , September 9th, 2015

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A gorgeous seaside location, a community known for their tolerance and diversity, and celebrating a quarter of a century of Pride Marches, which is a huge milestone – what could possibly go wrong at this year’s Brighton Pride?

Well, with the infamous British summers, Pride can be hit or miss. I went to Pride events in England where it poured down on us, and then there were years when I went to Pride events and got sun burnt. In England, it can go either way, and when my plane touched down in the middle of a rain storm on a chilly summer morning, I was worried. Would the epic Pride weekend I was hoping for get rained out?brighton pride parade 2015 colors.

But I didn’t have anything to worry about: I woke up to bright blue skies on Friday morning and it seemed all of Brighton was already in a festive spirit, even though the main festivities wouldn’t start until Saturday.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Sussex Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – February 21st

Author: , February 21st, 2015

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs LGBT travel newsletter.

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this time – including feature articles on the Traveling Red Chair, Brazil’s Lesbian Surf Camp, Traveling With Friends, and Dolly! And our articles section has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news, and sweepstakes and contests.

Check out our Facebook Travel Clubs – discussion groups where you can ask questions and meet other travelers and we have a new topic to talk about daily – there are hundreds of LGBT travelers there already. Everyone’s welcome in each group, but the discussions should be related to the group topic:

Gay Travelers:
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Trans Travelers:
Bisexual Travelers:

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – almost 600 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

Gay_surf_camp_brazil_eco_journeys_brazilBRAZIL: Women’s Surf Camp 2015
by Birna Hronn Bjornsdottir
Praia do Rosa, the only bay in Brazil to be recognized as one of the 38 “Most Beautiful Bays in the World”, is famous for its perfect waves, laid-back atmosphere, rustic-chic guesthouses and great restaurants. Thanks to the half-moon shape of the bay of Rosa, it is considered a “Disneyland” for surfers- you will always find great surfing there, no matter the direction of the winds or swells. Winter months (June-August) often bring major waves that lure the world’s pro-surfers, but year-round Praia do Rosa it offers great conditions for all levels of ability.
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RedChairWildSpringUSA, OREGON:
by OregonBlogger
The Red Chair’s story started on Cape Cod in the spring of 2012. This lucky chair has surfed the waves off Nantucket, explored the cranberry bogs of Chatham, enjoyed the view from Nobska Light in Falmouth, watched the grist mill turn at Stony Brook in Brewster and the sun set over Menemsha. The chair has traveled all over New England, from Maine to Rhode Island all on the kindness of America’s friendly B&B’s. At each stop, the Red Chair is introduced to all that is memorable and beautiful about the local area, with a B&B owner as the chair’s concierge.
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Marco Fabry Scott MarkTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling With Friends
by Don and Ray
Traveling with friends can either make a friendship better or in some cases, can completely ruin a friendship. We had some neighbors who had never traveled with anyone before. They had some good friends that they would get together with for dinner and cocktails usually once a month for the past 10 or so years. They seemed to enjoy many of the same things in life. Then one day they decided to take a two week trip to Ireland together. From day 3, they got so that they were not even talking with each other and needless to say, it ruined the complete trip for both couples. And now they do not even speak to each other.
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Dolly GoolsbyA Great Evening with Travel Friends
by Dolly Goolsby
It will be four months before I get to return to Italy, so to stave off some of the January doldrums, I decided to have a dinner party here at my house, and invited the guests to help prepare part of their dinner. I invited fellow travel lovers…specifically people who had traveled with me before, on a Dolly Travels tour, people who are going to be traveling with me this year, and next year, and people like me, who just love to travel and talk about travel. Since Italy is my primary destination, I felt it appropriate to make an Italian dinner. Some of the guests arrived in the afternoon and we made gnocchi..those nice little puffy Italian dumplings. When we had the little gnocchi all cut and ready to cook, they needed to rest a bit, so that we could socialize.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

AFRICA: Out in Africa Ride Takes on Homophobia
When the Blade caught up with American lawyer Nate Freeman, he was just returning from a long weekend of canoeing on the Orange River in Namibia.
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ARUBA: Visiting Gay Aruba
Recently airline companies added flights to Aruba from the United States at discount rates, so we decided to take a trip to Aruba which is one of the three ABC Islands just north of Venezuela. Bonaire, and Curacao are known for sun, scuba diving, and snorkeling but we decided to try Aruba first and took a chance that there would be decent diving and snorkeling there as well.
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BARBADOS: Lesbian Travel – Rockley Beach in Barbados
Cozy on in at Rockley Beach as you soak up Rockley’s renowned Barbadian style. Conveniently located and garnished with a long list of amenities, everything you desire is at your fingertips.
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CANADA: Quebec City’s Winter Carnival
Last weekend, I went to Quebec City for the last weekend of its annual Winter Carnaval. I’m glad I did-despite the freezing winter that almost made my cheeks as hard as a stone.
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CHINA: How Not to Visit Hong Kong
I had it all planned out so well: three full days as a teaser in Hong Kong (I knew I’d be returning in the spring and wanted to see more of the city in warmer weather).
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COLOMBIA: Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Tayrona National Park, located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, is any adventurer’s dream escape as an ocean-rainforest combination.
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DENMARK: Eating Out – Copenhagen
When considering Copenhagen’s food scene, your gaze may be blinded by the 17 Michelin stars bestowed on 15 of the world’s most notable restaurants that reside in Denmark’s capital.
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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Campaign to Welcome LGBT Tourists
A Dominican advocacy group is working with government officials and travel industry representatives on a campaign designed to promote LGBT tourism and gay rights in the Caribbean country.
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FRANCE: What’s New in Paris?
If you’re visiting Paris for the first time, you’ve got to check off a few things on the list: the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs-Elysees. But after hitting up the City of Light’s landmarks, make your way to the new happenings in town that are less for the tourists, and more for the locals.
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GERMANY: Carnival in Cologne, Germany
DJ Yabis is a travel writer and trip planner who has traveled to more than 100 European cities in the last three years.
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ICELAND: Driving Around Ireland
It is hard to believe, but despite taking numerous trips to the UK and Europe, I had never been to Ireland — and that needed to change.
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ISRAEL: Eilat – Israel’s Underwater Paradise
After trekking through the Negev Desert, doing a whirlwind tour of Jerusalem, wandering across the Lower Gallilee in northern Israel, road tripping to the Dead Sea and the Ein Gedi oasis hike plus my sunrise climb to Masada and a day of desert fun in Timna Park, I was ready for a vacation.
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JAMAICA: Lesbian Travel – Boston Beach, Jamaica
Famous for jerk pork and other jerk dishes, Boston Beach is perfect for the swim and taste-test type of beach-goer.
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JAMAICA: Gay Travel in Jamaica
Never mind the One Love thing or the fact that Noel Coward lived there for years.
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NEW ZEALAND: Forget Rainbow Crosswalks. Wellington Has Gay ATMs!
Sedate inner-city banking has been transformed with ANZ unveiling four fabulous “GAYTMs” in Auckland and Wellington to celebrate diversity and inclusion for New Zealand’s rainbow community.
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PHILIPPINES: Lesbian Travel – The Chocolate Hills
I came to Bohol for exactly two reasons: tarsiers and chocolate hills.
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PHILIPPINES: White Beach in Boracay
Aaah, the Philippines… I don’t even know where to start! So far, I’ve had an amazing time here – much better even than I expected.
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TAIWAN: Exploring Gay Taiwan
In Taiwan today, gay travelers don’t have to go to gay-specific spots to meet cute guys or restrict themselves to cities in order to travel openly with their partners.
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THAILAND: Andaman Sea
Stefan and Sebastien are currently “eating their way through Asia,” scuba diving around Koh Lipe and Koh Hin Sorn Islands off the west coast of southern Thailand in the Malacca Strait.
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SRI LANKA: Lesbian Travel – My First Impressions
I have lots of articles about Sri Lanka coming up, from the beautiful palm-fringed beaches to the cultural heritage sites; from the luscious green hills of the tea country to the charming Dutch-Portuguese colonial town of Galle, from wildlife and scrumptious Sri Lankan food to more practical information like how much it costs to travel in Sri Lanka and the best places to stay.
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UK, ENGLAND: UK Town in Devon May Get Rainbow Crosswalk
The town of Totnes in Devon might be on course to get the first permanent rainbow crossing in the UK.
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UK, ENGLAND: London Like a Local
Journalist and author Paul Burston was born in York and grew up in South Wales, but he has called London home since 1984.
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UK, ENGLAND: Brighton Beach, England
Artsy, liberal, laid-back Brighton is London’s coolest cousin. It’s an hour train ride from Victoria Station, and it won me over in just one weekend.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Off the Beaten Path Wineries in Northern California
As darling as the wine regions in Napa, Sonoma, and even Santa Barbara are, their acclaim has led to high lodging prices and steep tasting-room fees.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Off-The Beaten-Path Gems in Los Angeles
Home to beautiful beaches and mountains, not to mention major sightseeing attractions (Universal Studios, anyone?) and amazing shopping and eateries, there are plenty of things to do and see during your trip to Los Angeles.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: New Leather-Themed Park Planned for San Francisco
The city of San Francisco is in early talks about the creation of a small park located near the site of city’s old Eagle Tavern that would be inspired by and dedicated to the queer leather community.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Sonoma Like a Local
I’ve lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Visiting Napa / Sonoma in the Off Season
My favorite time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma are the months of January, February and March.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Eating Out – How About a Little S&M for Lunch?
S&M is all about experimentation. That’s what Justin Frank, director of operations for Sausage and Meat (S&M), told me.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Three Day Weekends From Los Angeles
Who doesn’t love a three-day weekend?
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USA, FLORIDA: Five Things to See in St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg doesn’t really feel like Florida. It’s more like a city you’d find in the Pacific Northwest, with artists’ lofts, mountain bikers and cute barista boys.
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USA, FLORIDA: Great Roadside Attractions in the Everglades
Florida has always been a great place for offbeat road trip stops — and the area outside of the Everglades National Park is no exception.
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USA, FLORIDA: Orlando – Theme Park Capital of the World
Remember that kid in your class at school, who was always perpetually jetting off to, or returning from, Orlando?
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USA, NEVADA: The Best Burgers in Vegas
Las Vegas restauranteurs, who have long built a mecca of elite eateries, have taken notice of the culinary renaissance of casual burger joints that has swept the U.S. in recent years.
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USA, NEVADA: Five Shows to See in Vegas
As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, no other place knows how to stage a spectacle like Sin City.
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USA, NEVADA: LGBT Guide to Las Vegas
There’s no denying that Las Vegas is one of the top LGBT friendly destinations that the US has to offer.
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USA, NEW MEXICO: Roswell, New Mexico: Beyond the UFO’s
Perhaps you’re just passing through en route from Albuquerque to one of southern New Mexico’s must-hit natural wonders (like the superlative Carlsbad Caverns).
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paUSA, NEW YORK: New York’s Museum of Sex
Museum of Sex in New York is the second one of its kind I’ve been to–and I’m not impressed.
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USA, NEW YORK: New York City Like a Local
What’s life like for Michael Massetti, a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.
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USA, NEW YORK: Weekend Getaway in Ithaca, New York
A cultural hub of the Finger Lakes region, Ithaca, NY, has always marched to the beat of its own drum.
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USA, NEW YORK: What to expect in SOHO
Soho New York is synonymous to branded little shops. Or equally synonymous to cobblestoned streets, too.
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USA, NEW YORK: Five TV Show Tapings to See in New York City – For Free
One of New York City’s best in-the-know entertainment offerings won’t cost you even a cent.
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USA, NEW YORK: Strolling in New York’s Little Italy
Visiting New York? Don’t miss the city’s Little Italy.
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USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh Like a Local
Author Alexander Rigby has lived in Pittsburgh since 2008 when he began college in the city.
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USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Eating Out: Charlerston
Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its rich culinary history and dozens of award-winning restaurants.
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USA, VIRGINIA: To Richmond, With Love
My belle, you had me at hello. I first visited Virginia’s capital in 1989, for a whirlwind weekend wedding that was mostly a blur, save the beguiling sense, once back in New York, of having just been seduced.
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USA, VIRGINIA: Richmond, Virginia Exudes Historic Charm
How things have changed. The slogan “Virginia is for lovers” has been in use as the slogan of the state since 1969.
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USA, VIRGINIA: Virginia Launches New LGBT Tourism Drive
The US State of Virginia has revealed a major new LGBTI tourism drive – with Governor Terry McAuliffe recruiting a 21-person strong gay task force to get the job done.
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General Interest Stories:

Gaycation Buys Rainbow Tourism
Gaycation Magazine, the premier LGBTQ travel magazine, shows it is serious about becoming a global LGBTQ travel and news powerhouse with the acquisition this week of Sydney, Australia-based Rainbow Tourism
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How About Dogsledding?
For the ultimate winter adventure, take to the backwoods on a sled, driven by your very own team of Alaskan Huskies.
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Travel for Food – The Importance of Food in Tourism
Let’s talk about food. It’s pretty much my favorite thing in the world (that’s like only a 20% exaggeration).
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Six Exciting New Amusement Park Rides
Along with April showers, May flowers, and non-bone-chilling temperatures, spring brings exciting new attractions to many amusement parks in the U.S.
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IGLTA Travel Honors Announced
The 32nd Annual Global Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in Los Angeles (April 8-11) is the LGBT tourism industry’s premier networking and educational event, and also an opportunity to acknowledge the work of individuals and businesses that have improved the landscape of gay and lesbian travel.
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Gaycation Magazine Acquires “The Word” LGBT Paper
Gaycation Magazine announced today that it has agreed to acquire “The Word” Newspaper and its sister publication “Up Downtown” from Ted Fleischaker and Word Publications.
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LGBT Cruising: Something for Everyone
If you are wondering about taking a cruise as a vacation I highly recommend it.
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My Year in Travel: The Best Places for Gay Holidays
Sorry for the radio silence here, but after having returned home to the USA for the holidays, I’ve had a lot of time to think and to reflect — mostly about the past year and a bit about the future.
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You Can’t Take a Selfie Here
People have strong opinions about selfies. Usually it’s just an annoyance with the proliferation of them in our social media feeds.
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Best Places to Vacation Naked
Face it. The staycation is not for you. An island paradise or mountain getaway, sipping cocktails while wiggling your toes in the surf and basking in the sunset and, oh, what the hell, slipping off your clothes off – that’s more your style.
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Five Years Ago I Quit My Job to Travel the World
Last month I was talking to another blogger about our travels, our round-the-world trips and our travel blogging story, and during that conversation I realized that my five year anniversary of quitting my job would come up on 1 February.
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Life Lately And Upcoming Travels
January had me on the verge of a burn out. Six countries in one month, four of them new, might just have been a tad too ambitious, I guess.
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Past Events:

USA, CALIFORNIA: Bears Take Over Palm Springs
Over two thousand bears have descended on Palm Springs in California for a huge party – namely, the second International Bear Convergence.
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USA, LOUISIANA: New Orleans for Mardi Gras
Today’s dispatch is culled from the stunning Instagram feed of John d’Addario, writer, photographer, and chronicler of things “mostly” New Orleans.
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USA, OHIO: Cleveland Gay Games Brought in Huge Revenue
Organizers say last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history.
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Upcoming Event News:

WORLDWIDE: Gay Ski Weeks Around the Globe
With much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.
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USA: Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015
You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Dates Announced for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras
(Feb 20-Mar 8) The 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces First 10 Films for 2015
(Feb 19-Mar 5) A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up
(Feb 19-Mar 5) From ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.
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BRAZIL: Lesbian Surf Camp Coming to Brazil
(May 9-16) The first ever lesbian surf camp in South American will get girls sharing their uniqueness in Santa Catarina, Brazil, between May 9th-16th.
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CANADA, ALBERTA: Wicked White Winter in Jasper, Alberta
(Mar 19-22) The theme of the 6th annual Jasper Pride Festival will be Wicked White Winter, standing for the “Wicked White Winter Wonderland” that is Jasper.
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CANADA, ALBERTA: International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016
(Aug 8-14) Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships.
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FRANCE: Queernaval to Launch in Nice, France in February
(Feb 27) Fluff up your feathers, stock up on glitter and get that headdress sorted – a new gay and lesbian carnival, or ‘Queernaval,’ is to launch in Nice, France next year.
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UK, ENGLAND: Brighton Pride Announces 2015 Theme
(Aug) Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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USA: Snowmosexuals – Your Season is Here
The cliche is that gay folks have great bodies they love to show off in the summer with skimpy bikinis. That’s false. Many, many gays also have great bodies they like to cover in ugly sweaters while showing their prowess shushing down the slopes.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Gets Ready for the Dinah
(Apr 1-5) The legendary Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is turning twenty-five and taking the event to a new zenith.
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paUSA, CALIFORNIA: Pink Saturday Before San Francisco Pride Has Been Canceled
(Jun 27) San Francisco’s often tumultuous Pink Saturday street party, held on the day before the Pride parade, has been canceled for this year.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015
(Jan-Dec 2015) When southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Women in Travel Summit Planned for Boston in March
(Mar 27-29) Go Girl Travel Network has officially launched its preliminary schedule for the second annual Women in Travel Summit (WITS).
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USA, NEW YORK: New Gay ComiCon Coming to NYC in June
(Jun 13) Geeks OUT is excited to announce that NYC’s first-ever queer-focused comic con, FLAME CON, will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.
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USA, UTAH: Gay Ski Week Comes to Park City
(Feb 26-Mar 2) A large group of gay skiers plans to arrive on Thursday for Park City Gay Ski Week, an annual event that organizers say grows each year even in one of the nation’s battlegrounds for gay rights.
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Contests and Sweepstakes:

CURACAO: Win Five Nights in the Caribbean at the Floris Suite Hotel
(Enter by Apr 1) We have some exciting news for the next sweepstakes – is teaming up with Gaycation Magazine to bring you our first contest prize from Curacao in the Caribbean, at the Floris Suite Hotel.Full Story

Win a Trip to LA!
(Feb 8) Snow? What’s that? There’s no place like L.A. in the winter, and we’re ready to give you a trip!
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USA, California: Win a Dream Trip to Palm Springs
(Enter by Jun 30) GRAND PRIZE: Choice of: Three-night stay at POSH Palm Springs, Three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or Three-night stay at Queen of Hearts Resort.
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Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015

Author: , January 26th, 2015

New Orleans - Bourbon StreetWhen southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in. The only dilemma a North Texan faces is exactly when to visit New Orleans to maximize the sensory overload. Fortunately, there are dozens of annual events that are either primarily LGBT or extremely welcoming of our community, all just a 90-minute plane ride away. (Or an eight-hour drive if you’re feeling road-trippy.)

With more than a dozen recent visits to the city between us, we’ve created a monthly guide for indulgent ways to spend a long weekend letting those bon temps roll.

February: Some big event with beads & parades. Even though Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the Dallas area in various ways, there’s nothing like the real deal in NOLA. Leading up to the fattest of Tuesdays are a variety of LGBT events, including the dog-themed Krewe of Barkus Parade (Feb. 8), which was conceived at gay bar Good Friends. Three LGBT masquerade spectaculars — Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Ball (13), Armeinius (15) and Lords of Leather (15) — are great places to show off your feathery masks before celebrating the big day at the Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss (17) on Bourbon Street.

March: Four-leaf clovers. Get your fill of green beer and shamrock-festooned strippers as the gay bars join the rest of the city in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (17). Two days before in nearby Metairie, the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (15) features floats handing out cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, packaged seasonings and other ingredients for Irish stew. It’s worth seeing, but best to skip on hauling veggies back to your hotel.

Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

Fifteen LGBT Travel Must-Do’s for 2015

Author: , January 8th, 2015

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

The ball has dropped, the champagne has popped and the partygoers have kissed. It’s a new year. Now, it’s time to think about your travel calendar. Before you know it Phil will be prognosticating, resolutions will be neglected, the planet will tilt and then you’ll be roasting turkey and you don’t want to think, “I never got to wear that harness.” That would be tragic.

So here are my picks, arranged by date, for the 15 events and things to do in 2015:

1. Challenge your fetish tolerance. Be ready to push, pull and stretch your boundaries for an entire weekend in Washington, D.C. at Mid-Atlantic Leather, January 16 to 19.

2. Run West Hollywood. Pack your sneakers and go for a run with LA Frontrunners, Los Angeles’s LGBT running and walking club. Running will not only help rid that holiday weight it can help you shed the frustrations that come along with Grindr drama.

By Jim Werner – Full Story at the Huffington Post | Other Gay Travel Events

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia™

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.

Full Story at Gay Star News | Las Vegas Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Images via Evolve

Baltimore Pride Moving to July

Author: , December 26th, 2014

Gay Pride FlagOrganizers of Baltimore Pride announced this week that the 40th annual event will be moved to July next year. The block party will be held Saturday, July 25 in Mount Vernon, marking a return to its traditional location after a controversial move this year to an area farther north.

The festival moves to Sunday, July 26, returning to Druid Hill Park. The location change for 2014 proved unpopular with many attendees, some of whom complained at a town hall event held by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore.

Full Story at The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources

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

Full Story at Gay Star News | Other Gay Travel Events

Where to Party During Next Month’s London Men’s Fashion Week

Author: , December 17th, 2014

Joseph SS15 (Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council) (3)January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

There are three key venues where the presentations and shows will be held: The Hospital Club in Covent Garden; The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street and Victoria House on Bloomsbury Square. As well as four days of catwalk shows from the UK’s biggest names and emerging talents in men’s fashion, there are also some hot-ticket parties, exclusive dinners, and open-house viewings.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | London Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Photo courtesy of British Fashion Council. Photographer Shaun James Cox

Dates Announced for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Sydney Gay Mardi GrasThe 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.

The first big event of the festival will be the popular Fair Day on Sunday 22 February which will see Sydney’s Victoria Park transformed into a massive gay pride picnic and markets with music stages and DJs scattered around the park.

Then on Friday 27 February female voices and experiences will be celebrated at Women Say Something, an annual panel discussion and forum where women role models and thinkers speak. The following day sees one of Sydney’s most popular day parties come to the picturesque Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens on the edge of Sydney Harbor – the annual Harbor Party.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Evolve Returns to Vegas for New Year’s Eve

Author: , April 20th, 2014

Evolve 2015 Las VegasEvolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party – it’s a 3-day experience attracting men from more than 30 countries to Las Vegas

The event takes place December 30 to January 2, 2015 in the Favorite American City to Visit by gay travelers.

There are so many things that set Evolve apart from any other gay New Year’s Eve event, starting with the location. For first-time Vegas visitors, there’s always the very pleasant surprise of finding so much more than slot machines and gaming tables. Las Vegas is home to some of the finest dining in the world, including restaurants by Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali, Nobu Matsuhisa and Michael Mina. There are also amazing stage shows for all tastes, such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion and Elton John.

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