Montreal’s Divers/Cité

Author: , January 18th, 2015

Image via Divers/Cite websiteThe night air had cooled, a contrast from earlier in the day when the summer sun soared high and bright overhead. Around me, a crowd (mostly gay, mostly male, mostly shirtless) undulated to a deep, rolling bass line heaved at us from onstage by European house duo Chus & Ceballos. As it tapered into a distant storm of drumbeats, the lights faded to a glow and highlighted the twinkling cityscape on one side and the glimmering waterfront on the other.

A young woman wearing a backpack and sparkly makeup pranced toward us, cackled something in French, and vanished back into the sea of bodies. I wiped the sweat off my brow and chugged some water as a flash of light anticipated the return of the drums. The beat hung overhead a brief moment, then opened into a downpour of synth, bass, and melodic vocals. The words sung in Spanish flooded the quay and washed us away.

What European electronic dance music hotspot is this? Paris? Mykonos? Ibiza? Au contraire, mon frere. It’s Divers/Cite, a weeklong international arts and culture festival that has taken place each summer in Montreal for over 20 years. In fact, in 1993 Divers/Cite organized the first Montreal LGBT pride celebration, which included a parade, a community fair, and an arts and music festival. In 2006, Divers/Cite organizers decided to create two distinct LGBT events: one focused on community development, and the other a full-fledged arts and music festival.

By Bryan van Gorder – Full Story at The Advocate | Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Image via Divers/Cite website

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

Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015

Author: , January 1st, 2015

antwerp_leatherpride-728x1024You 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?

Here at Gay Star Travel we love all sorts of holidays and all sorts of travel adventures. What’s clear is that different holidays suit different people, and also that you need to ensure a bit of variety when planning your travels for the year. Beach resort holidays are lovely, but if that’s the only type of holiday that you do it could start to feel a bit repetitive. City breaks are fun, but low-cost flights and airport delays eventually start to take their toll. You need to mix it up a bit, give yourself some variety in how you experience the world.

Whatever your schedule for 2015, you are probably going to want to throw at least one amazing gay party in there. The kind of trip where you get to show off all of your hard work in the gym, or test out the new leather harness that you’ve invested in. The kind of parties where things get a bit sexy and a lot of fun.

Let’s take a look at some of events around the world that we’re warming up for in the year ahead…

Hard On: Antwerp – 15th February 2015

London’s leading fetish night Hard On heads to Antwerp to host the official closing party for Antwerp Leather Pride. This is going to be a big event – with over 3,000 fetish-lovers descending on Antwerp for the weekend, the closing party is going to be busy. If you’ve never been to Antwerp you’ll be surprised at what a beautiful and liveable city this is – definitely worth exploring. A strict dress code will be enforced for the closing party so start buffing your leather now.

By Gar