Eco-Friendly Costa Rica is Gay Friendly Too

Author: , February 9th, 2019

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If there’s one thing Costa Ricans value above all else, it’s community. Pura vida is more than a friendly motto written on hats or T-shirts for tourists to buy at souvenir shops. Directly translated as “pure life,” it is closer to American ideas of the “simple life.” And in Costa Rica, the concept is part of their heritage and runs deep in the soil. The phrase is a reminder to not sweat the small stuff and instead focus on things that matter: friends, family, and most importantly, love.

In a country that’s home to five million people and nearly a thousand species of birds—including two of my favorites, the keelbilled toucan and the scarlet macaw — pura vida permeates through every experience you have. Whether you’re staying at a fancy resort or hiking on a crowded trail, you’ll find pura vida is a shared human language that transcends differences and unites those who embrace it.

For many LGBTQ people living in Costa Rica, social norms have noticeably shifted in recent years, thanks to wider visibility in smaller communities. While the country is widely known for its environmental efforts (embracing eco-tourism early) and lack of an army (the nation instead chooses to invest its money in agriculture) and Catholic traditions, citizens are still hungry for social progress.

By David Artavia – Full Story at the Advocate

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Is Salt Lake City Really That Gay?

Author: , January 13th, 2012

Gay Salt Lake CityWe’re pretty danged gay, according to venerable LGBT news and entertainment magazine The Advocate. A recent article in The Advocate’s travel section ranks Salt Lake City at No. 1 among the “gayest” cities in the U.S. And, needless to say, we are all of us duly flattered.

Undoubtedly, the convention & visitors bureau must be eager to start printing up “Most Fabulous Snow on Earth!” bumper stickers.

We were somehow ranked well ahead of such gay-magnet communities as Atlanta and Seattle based on criteria the author Matthew Breed admits are “decidedly subjective.” SLC received scores for our nude yoga classes, softball teams, International Mr. Leather semifinalists and certain music events. These were tallied up and the resulting score divided by the city’s population.

In fact, SLC’s gay quotient may have been underestimated: As Rosemary Winters pointed out in The Trib, the existence of Councilman Stan Penfold (in America, politicians are never just gay, but “openly gay” — in other words, he isn’t only merely gay, but really quite sincerely gay), as well as a city ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, should have earned us extra points.

Full Story from City Weekly

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The Advocate Calls Nashville, Tennessee 8th Gayest City in the USA

Author: , January 13th, 2012

Knoxville, TennesseeSo: It’s officially official. Knoxville is more gay-friendly than Atlanta. And Denver, Long Beach, Austin, Portland, Little Rock, and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Leading LGBT magazine The Advocate released its Gayest Cities in America list on Monday, and Knoxville landed a surprising #8, with Salt Lake City coming in at #1. But before bragging to friends in bigger cities or threatening to boycott Gay Street, there are a few caveats to keep in mind: While the list purposely focuses on “the per capita queerness of some less expected locales” rather than the usual suspects, the survey’s criteria is often decidedly tongue in cheek. Balancing straightforward ratings like “LGBT elected city officials” and “Transgender protection” are things like “Nude yoga” and “International Mr. Leather competition semifinalists.”

Lists like these can’t possibly be 100 percent “accurate,” so having fun with it seems like a reasonable route to take.

Full Story from Metro Pulse

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The Advocate Calls Salt Lake City the Top Gay City for 2012

Author: , January 12th, 2012

Gay Salt Lake CityThe truth can now be told — despite annual legislative skirmishes, entrenched LDS views (and a state constitutional amendment) against same-sex marriage, and church-endorsed programs to change gay men into straight ones — Salt Lake City is still a great place to be gay. It is so great, in fact, that the nation’s oldest continuing LGBT publication, The Advocate, ranked Salt Lake No. 1 in its recent “Gayest Cities in America 2012” list, beating out Seattle and San Francisco, for Pete’s sake.

The article acknowledges that few American cities can beat out established big-city hot spots. This is a list where a great scene exists in “less-expected” locales. And it’s not scientific, like these findings of The Gay and Lesbian Atlas are, (which excludes Salt Lake City and Utah).

But we’ll take The Advocate’s word for it. Of Salt Lake City, the article states: “While those unfamiliar with the Beehive State are likely to conjure images of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, far-less-oppressive-than-it-used-to-be Salt Lake City has earned its queer cred.

Full Story from City Weekly

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The Advocate’s Guide to New York’s Gay Theater Scene

Author: , November 16th, 2011

New York Gay TheaterOur man on the New York theater scene has alone time with Hugh Jackman, gets caught in a bad bromance with Jesse Eisenberg, worships Hunter Parrish, sobers up with Judith Light, and more.

Shadow Boxing: One of three British solo shows performed in rep as part of the 2011 Brits Off Broadway festival, James Gaddas’s lean and muscular monologue is a knockout under Donald Pulford’s punchy direction.

The appealing Jonny Collis-Scurll stars as Flynn, a dedicated boxer and son of a much less successful fighter. As he does push-ups and pummels unseen opponents, we also learn that Flynn is also a gay man who overcame childhood bullying.
59E59 Theatres, through November 20.

Full Story from The Advocate

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The Daily Show Takes On The Advocate’s Choice of Top Gay Cities

Author: , May 13th, 2011

Daily Show - MinneapolisMany were shocked when The Advocate’s tabulation concluded that San Francisco was not the gayest city in America, prompting Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones to investigate.

Jones ventured to San Francisco, trying to figure out why the iconic city did not crack the top 10 spots. After a trip to a local sex shop, a walk with local activist Tim Seelig, and a performance by the acclaimed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Jones was still unimpressed.

Full Story from The Advocate

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The Gayest International Getaways

Author: , March 2nd, 2011

Gay Toronto Pride ParadeThe Advocate goes international to find the best gay vacation spots. From Stockholm to Curacao, find out where to spend your next trip abroad.

Stockholm — Europe’s undiscovered gem is truly one of the world’s most distinctive cities, perched on 14 islands on the southeast coast of Sweden. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo craze may have put Stockholm on the map, but gay tourists would be wise to move Stockholm to the top of their list of must-visit destinations in Europe. The first country in the world to deem that homosexuality is not an illness (way back in 1944), Sweden has become a pioneering force for gay rights throughout Europe. In fact, being gay is such a nonissue in Sweden, Stockholm doesn’t really have a gay area – the gay clubs are everywhere, and gay restaurants and coffee shops dispersed throughout downtown, old town and even the burbs. For a truly unique experience, party on the Lady Patricia, a gay dance club built on a boat. And for some uniquely gay culture, check out Millesgarden, a sculpture garden named for Carl Milles that boasts a number of homoerotic (and some downright gay) pieces.

Toronto — First-time visitors to this eclectic, gay-friendly metropolitan melting pot often remark on its cleanliness, comparing it to a tidier New York or London. Besides its famed film festival each fall, first-rate theatrical productions, and world-class museums, Toronto is noted for its all-embracing Gay Village, located at Church and Wellesley streets, full of bustling bars and bistros plus LGBT-owned restaurants and shops.

Full Story from The Advocate

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The Advocate Names the Top 15 Gayest Cities in America (You’ll Be Surprised)

Author: , January 13th, 2011

Minneapolis - The Advocate's Gayest City in AmericaThere’s never been a census of the gay and lesbian population, so it’s up to us. Welcome to The Advocate’s second annual look at our country’s queerest burgs.

Gay issues have never been more of a lightning rod. Pop culture has never been so gleefully gay. And politicians have never been more gay-accepting – or at least gay-aware. But no matter how visible LGBT people seem to be, there are some folks who still think we all live in Chelsea, West Hollywood, and the Castro. But, of course, that’s far from the case.

Using a completely unscientific – but still strangely accurate – statistical equation, The Advocate has come up with a diverse and surprising list of where gay people are living, loving, voting, and creating communities. This list demonstrates that the homosexual agenda is spreading across the 50 states – from Washington, D.C., to Vancouver, Wash. – and especially, it seems, in the heartland. Like it or not, America, LGBT is more a part of the USA than ever before.

Full Story from The Advocate

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