Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Copacabana Panorama, Rio de Janeiro

Author: , November 28th, 2011

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

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

Copacabana Panorama, BrazilThis beachfront condominium offers one of Rio’s – and the world’s – most famous and spectacular views.

You’ll have a stunning vista — including all of Copacabana Beach, with islands jutting up from the sea, and Sugarloaf Mountain.

The sands of world-renowned Copacabana Beach are at your feet. Or you may prefer a five minute walk to Ipanema, with perhaps the best gay beach on the planet.

Within two blocks you’ll find some of Rio’s most exciting gay bars, and nightclubs, including Le Boy, and Le Girl!

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TripOut Calls Rio 2011’s Hottest Gay Travel Destination

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gay TravelRio de Janeiro has been selected as the hottest gay destination in the world for the second time in a contest sponsored by TripOutGayTravel.com and MTV.

With 48% of the votes, Rio beat out Madrid, Spain; Portland, Oregon; St. Tropez, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Stockholm, Sweden. The candidate cities were chosen by a group of writers and journalists specializing in global travel.

The beaches and nightclubs available in Rio were specifically noted as a result of this recognition. Here’s a list of some of Rio’s hottest beaches and gay nightclubs.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Planning a Trip to Brazil

Author: , November 4th, 2011

Carnaval in Rio De Janerio is legendary and the city’s gay beach at Ipanema is increasingly drawing a global, jet-setting crowd. Soon you will be hearing a lot more about Brazil as the South American country will host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association convention in 2012, the Olympics 2016 and the World Cup 2014.

Brazilians speak Portuguese not Spanish. So before you visit, you will want to learn a few words to get by, especially when traveling outside of urban centers like Rio De Janeiro to ocean resort destinations such as to the picturesque island of gay-friendly Florianopolis.

Here are three tips to plan your visit to Brazil:

1. Visas and exit cards: Traveling to Brazil requires you to obtain a tourist visa in advance. Some South American countries, such as Argentina, provide an instant visa at the airport when you arrive-for a fee-but this is not the case with Brazil. Allow for at least three weeks to obtain your visa to Brazil. To simplify your trip, consider IGLTA member visas & Passports 2 Go ( http:// www.vp2go.com ) based in Washington, D.C. You need to fill out an application and send your U.S. passport to this experienced company who then takes care of the process for you. You will receive your Passport back via FedEx. A 10-year Brazilian visa costs $160. Additional fees apply.

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Brazil: 700,000 Attend Rio Gay Pride

Author: , October 10th, 2011

Rio de Janeiro Gay PrideAn estimated 700,000 people joined Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Pride on Sunday.

Revellers with rainbow flags and fancy dress costumes congregated at Copacabana beach to call for stronger laws against homophobia.

Organisers had hoped that 1.5 million people would join the festivities but police said 700,000 attended. Sunday’s event was the 16th Rio de Janeiro Pride.

Full Story from Pink News

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Brazil: Sao Paulo’s Red Light District

Author: , August 5th, 2011

As with red-light districts in many big cities (think Soho in London and Hamburg’s Reeperbahn), the Baixo Augusta area of Sao Paulo has been appropriated by the in crowd and transformed into a playground for a different kind of pleasure seeker.

Sex workers and curb crawlers have been replaced with dressed-down kids and glammed-up clubbers looking for new nocturnal diversions. Baixo Augusta has also become a major draw for Sao Paulo’s gay community, one of the biggest in Latin America.

Snapping at the heels of the smart, middle-class districts in the southwest of the city, Baixo Augusta (roughly the neighborhoods ringed by Rua Augusta, Rua Frei Caneca and Rua Bela Cintra) is closer to the center of town, not far from the famed Avenida Paulista or the Itaim Bibi district.

Full Story from Time

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Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Plans to Become a Gay Tourism Mecca

Author: , July 15th, 2011

The theatre lights dim and a Brazilian supermodel takes to the stage, tanned legs emerging from a skintight miniskirt.

In the audience, an A to Z of Rio de Janeiro’s great and good: pop stars, sports stars, soap stars and would-be stars, flanked by an army of local paparazzi. Clutching a microphone, the model addresses the crowd. “My name is Lea and I am a transsexual,” she says, triggering a frenzy of applause and whistles.

The model in question is Lea T, Brazil’s first transsexual supermodel. And this is the champagne-soaked launch party for Rio’s inaugural diversity week – a celebration of the city’s cultural and ethnic differences and an attempt to position Rio as the global capital of gay tourism.

Full Story from The Guardian

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Brazil: Gay Pride on Parade Tomorrow

Author: , June 25th, 2011

Brazil Gay PrideSeveral thousand people are expected to party under the rainbow flag in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, on Sunday in the 15th Gay Pride March.

Participants have a lot to celebrate, including a ruling in May by the Supreme Court that recognised the rights of same-sex couples regarding their rights to visit each other in hospital and jointly own property in the same way married couples do.

But despite the partying set to take place in Brazil’s cosmopolitan metropolis, the march has not been without controversy. Leaflets given out by City Hall advised participants to avoid “scandalous” clothes – a move criticised by the march’s organisers who said they were not consulted.

Full Story from BBC News

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Gay Travel: Brazil is a Paradise for Gay Tourists

Author: , May 6th, 2011

gay brazilBrazil is paradise for the gay tourist. Beautiful people, nice beaches, good weather, amazing parties … you’ll find it all here. As in any large country, you’ll find many terrific parties on any given weekend. Hell & Heaven is one of the must-attend events. It’s a concept-party that integrates different nightclubs in a luxury resort and runs from May 13th through May 15th in Angra dos Reis. This is a party like no other and combines the best Brazil has to offer.

Angra dos Reis is a city located a few hours from Rio de Janeiro. It’s archipelago is formed by 365 different islands. One island for each day of the year! It’s the city where the rich and famous buy their weekend houses, go diving, or simply spend the day at their yacht.

The Atlantic Sea there is famous for its greenish color, or in some places almost crystal clear water, perfect for diving. Native forest (Mata Atlantica) can be found easily and yet almost untouched. This scenario given, Hell & Heaven seems to go strong this year as an option for gay tourism in this part of the globe during this weekend.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Rio de Janeiro’s Diversity in Animation Festival in May

Author: , April 22nd, 2011

Diversity in Animation, Rio de JaneiroIf the animated feature Rio got animation fans thinking about a trip to Brazil, then the lineup for the third annual Diversity in Animation festival may be the perfect reason to go.

The festival features a line up full of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender animated films and will be held May 6-13 in Rio de Janerio at the Cine Cultural Justica Federal.

The three best animation festival, chosen by the Popular Jury, Technical Jury and Festival Jury will be awarded and shown on the last day of the festival in a special program.

Full Story from Animation Magazine

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Clubbing in Gay Florianopolis: “The Week”

Author: , March 26th, 2011

"The Week" in Florianopolis, BrazilA few years after its debut in Florianopolis, “The Week” – the largest gay friendly club in town – shows they set up shop to make sure everyone’s gonna have a blast while they’re there.

Florianopolis is famously one of the gayest cities in Brazil, and every year you can find an increasing number of gay travelers from all over the world (specially Americans and Europeans) in town celebrating carnival. It’s just bad that the “The Week,” with clubs also in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – is only open during summer.

The club located across the famous “Lagoa da Conceicao” (Conceicao Lagoon) can comfortably accommodate up to 3000 people every night, and for this year’s Carnival celebration, the club owner – Andre Almada – made sure the line-up was filled with international DJs who rock the gay scene.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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