Oscar Wilde Tours – New York Gay Tour Operator

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Oscar Wilde Tours

Luxury guided tours focused on gay history. Exclusive experiences, including visits to places normally closed to the public and lectures by prominent gay authors and performers. Our 2014 tour follows Oscar Wilde’s life from Dublin to Paris. Gay Italy in 2015, Greece in 2016.

Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris 2018 – England, London: The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles St.

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This 9 day tour includes 4 nights in each city. See London and Paris a whole new way: these are not only Europe’s two great metropolises, they are also its two great *gay* metropolises. From Shakespeare to Stephen Fry, King Henri III to Yves St.-Laurent, gay people have had a huge role in both cities’ histories and cultures.
Let gay historian Dr. Andrew Lear and his staff of gay guides show you both cities from the gay perspective. We will have walking tours of neighborhoods with key roles in gay history, such as Bloomsbury and the Marais; gay tours of monuments and museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Louvre; and excursions to places with fascinating gay histories, such as the Castle of Chenonceau and Bletchley Park, where gay hero Alan Turing broke the Nazi’s secret codes, helping to save the Western World.

A trip which combines fun, learning, and pride. Top-level 4 star hotels, excellent (often historic) restaurants: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 tea, 1 dinner.

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Queer Versailles: A Secret Sexy History – Gay Star News

Author: , March 8th, 2018

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From Marie Antoinette’s lesbian affairs to the Sun King’s gay brother, Versailles bristled with sexual intrigue while the grounds were a hotbed of raunchy encounters.

Homosexuality and lesbianism is woven into the history of the Palace of Versailles and into the lives of its most famous residents. The magnificent palace on the outskirts of Paris is a camp baroque masterpiece that defined elite tastes for a hundred years and still influences them today. But look a little closer, and you will see homosexual history hidden in plain sight in its art and artefacts.

The Falcon-Loving Founder, Louis XIII

Louis XIII became king of France at just nine years old. And from his teenage years he preferred the company of male courtiers to women. Charles d’Albert, the young Duke of Luyens, was his particular favorite. While it’s not certain the two had a sexual relationship, it is widely rumored. We do know they shared another passion – hunting. Among the titles Louis granted Charles was Grand Falconer of France. Caring for the king’s hunting birds was a great honor.

Luyens died of a fever while fighting Protestants in 1621. But the king kept hunting. And in 1624, that was to change the shape of a small village 20kms southwest of Paris – Versailles. Louis, then in his early 20s, decided to build his hunting lodge there.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Los Angeles Gay History Around Every Corner

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Garden of AllahHistory! Like radon, it’s all around us, even though you can’t see it. But unlike radon, absorbing it makes you a better person with a more informed future. Fortunately, in L.A. at least, it can also be fun.

The city is particularly effervescent with LGBT history, with countless little fragments of the past hidden here and there. We’ve gathered together a listing of some of our favorite hotspots where you can see what made us the amazing community of equality and diversity we are today. Learn, enlighten your friends, and pay homage to those whose sacrifices made us who we are today.
You can walk to most of these destinations, or bike, or take the bus. Or you could even drive, if you’re that kind of person.

1. Garden of Allah: Originally built as a palatial residence, the Garden of Allah was built just before World War I. It went through several owners, including lesbian actress Alla Nazimova, before landing in the hands of Dorothy Parker.

By Matt Baume – Full Story at Queerty | Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources

San Francisco Gay History Around Every Corner

Author: , June 25th, 2014

San FranciscoThe reputation of San Francisco as a gay Mecca goes back to the Gold Rush days of 1849, when there were an estimated 40,000 men and 700 women. All those men… alone… together… what to do? Often, sex with another man was the only outlet available. World War II saw another influx of men, away from home for the first time, and discovering sex with other men in the process. Many decided to settle in the Bay Area after the war, and the roots of what would become the now powerful LGBT community were planted.

While many assume that New York was the epicenter of the LGBT rights movement because of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, San Francisco can arguably lay claim to locations and events that led to the worldwide Pride celebrations. With this coming weekend’s Pride festival and parade (June 28-29), it’s the ideal time to learn San Francisco has history around every corner, and that many locations that played a part in LGBT history are hidden in plain sight.

Compton’s Cafeteria (Corner of Taylor and Turk Streets): While many assume that the modern LGBT rights movement began at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, San Franciscans know that the first time LGBT people fought back was in August of 1966 (no one agrees on the exact date), when the Compton Cafeteria tried to ban trans-people from the establishment. A picket line turned into a full-fledged riot when the cafeteria’s window was smashed. Look for the commemorative plaque in the sidewalk.

By Joseph Amster – Full Story at Queerty | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Looking for St. Louis’s Gay History

Author: , March 28th, 2011

St. Louis Gay HistoryThe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in St. Louis has a storied history — are you holding on to any of it? The St. Louis Gay History Project wants to know.

The project is brainchild of blogger Steven Brawley, a longtime history buff. It seeks to find and preserve pieces of LGBT history in St. Louis. That can be anything from old bar posters and matchbooks to photos to pins to scrapbooks and diaries.

“There wasn’t a good, well-rounded, thorough review of gay life,” Brawley tells Daily RFT. “What was life like? Where would you go to socialize?” Tidbits and word of mouth kept reaching him through his blog. So he got the idea to ask people about what they might have stored away in the attic.

Full Story from The Riverfront Times

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Sydney: Free Gay History Walk Tomorrow

Author: , February 19th, 2011

Sydney Gay History WalkEver wondered why Oxford St is the best known gay and lesbian precinct in Australia? Want to get all the goss on the history of this world renowned area?

Join other young GLBT people on an amazing walk through the historical heart of queer Sydney and hear the forbidden stories and dusty secrets of Oxford St from local GLBT historian Robert French. This drug- and alcohol-free event is open to GLBT people aged 26 and under. Light refreshments will be provided.

info: The free walk is on Sunday, February 20 from noon. Meet at Paddington Town Hall. Bookings at (02) 9206 2076 or youth@acon.org.au

Full Story from the Star Observer

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Chicago History Museum Plans Gay History Exhibit

Author: , January 30th, 2011

Gay ChicagoThe Chicago History Museum is planning an expansive exhibit on the city’s LGBT-related milestones — possibly the first ever gay history project produced by an urban museum.

The “Out in Chicago” exhibit opens May 21 and will include pictures and stories of gay life in the Windy City, including the rise of gay voters as a political force.

Chicago has been a magnet for LGBT Americans, even in the 19th-century — the city enacted an ordinance in 1851 prohibiting cross-dressing, which bureaucrats viewed as a growing problem.

Full Story from the Advocate

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