New Map of New York City’s Historic Queer Sites

Author: , May 26th, 2017

New York City Queer History

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project has produced an interactive map featuring their work to exhaustively identify and document sites in New York City pivotal to LGBT history. The project’s founders, Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley, have spent 25 years in research and advocacy and sought to contextualize events and places that had an impact on LGBT lives and progress.

Including sites such as Christine Jorgensen‘s childhood home to Julio Rivera Corner to pre-Stonewall activist gathering spaces, the Project officially began in August 2015 and actively seeks input from members of the community for suggestions and feedback. They described their mission to local NYC site DNAInfo:

Of the 92,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, about a dozen are listed for their association with LGBT history.

The historic sites project hopes to change that.

Full Story at Towleroad.com

Planning a Safe Trip as a Queer Traveler

Author: , February 28th, 2017

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Andy Hicks, owner of HIX Inc., a small health care technology consulting business in Denver, travels frequently. And as a gay man, he said, he’s enjoyed acceptance in many destinations — even in Cuba, where he traveled this year with his partner. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Mr. Hicks said. “We had zero problems.”

The travel industry offers gay travelers everything from special cruises and tours to gay-friendly hotels. But there are still many places in the world, including many countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, as well as Russia, where laws or social customs create an unwelcoming and unsafe environment for travelers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. More than 75 countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, and in about 10 countries a person could be put to death for being gay, according to the United States State Department.

“Today, it is important for a L.G.B.T. person to understand the laws and how they are enforced and the culture of the countries and even cities where they visit,” said Bruce McIndoe, chief executive of iJet International, a travel risk management company. In an environment of religious extremism, he said, “individuals are more likely to lash out or take unilateral action against assumed members of the L.G.B.T. community.” IJet, he said, has seen increased requests from clients to help prepare and protect their gay and transgender travelers after the mass shooting at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub last June and other episodes.

By Tanya Mohn – Full Story at The New York Times

Eureka Springs, Arkansas – We spent six days exploring the Ozarks and what we found was amazing!

Author: , October 9th, 2016
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Eureka SpringsArkansas – We spent six days exploring the Ozarks and what we found was amazing!

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

We had no idea what to expect when we were invited to visit Arkansas and Missouri. We spent six days exploring Eureka Springs and the Ozarks and what we found was amazing!

* Famous natural springs, lakes and rivers – check! (www.EurekaSprings.org or Eureka Springs Waterways)
* Beautiful rolling hills – check! (www.EurekaSprings.org or Eureka Springs Visitors Guide)
* Artists and art galore – check! (www.EurekaSprings.org or Eureka Springs Gallery Association)
* Pioneering citizens for equal rights – check! (www.EurekaSprings.org or Diversity Weekend)
* Historic and picturesque downtown – check! (www.EurekaSprings.org or Eureka Springs Chamber)
* LGBT relocation and business hotspot – check! (www.EurekaSprings.org or Out In Eureka)
* Spooky historic hotel – check! (1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa)
* Significant architecture – check! (Thorncrown Chapel)
* Mayor with a cool nickname – check! (Butch Berry)

We spent the night in a spooky hotel complete with a ghost tour. We strolled the historic streets and spoke with award winning artists. We enjoyed delicious meals ranging from upscale to something called ArkMex.

We had dinner with Eureka Springs Mayor Robert Dale “Butch” Berry. This is what he told us about Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

In one sentence, how would you describe Eureka Springs?

Eureka Springs, clinging to limestone walls, nestled in the mountains and surrounded by water, is a vibrant, authentic and historic cultural “island” in Northwest Arkansas known for its arts, architecture and culinary uniqueness.

How is Eureka Springs unique in architecture, dining and lodging?

Eureka Springs is the only town which has been listed in its entirety by its (1969) city limits on the National Register of Historic Places with National Significance.

Area restaurants can satisfy anyone’s appetite with everything from down-home Southern classics to romantic, candlelit dinners. With over 80 restaurants in the area that has award-winning restaurants serving savory Czech-German dishes, authentic Italian cuisine and spicy East Indian fare. You’ll find Mediterranean, Chinese, Irish, Mexican, Cajun, and Thai as well. You can also enjoy lunch or dinner on a dining car at Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.

When it comes to lodging, cozy up in a downtown B&B, historic hotels, modern motel, a romantic private suite or cottage, or a cabin in the woods. And if you want to spend the night in a treehouse or with a lion or tiger in your backyard, we have that too!

How has Eureka Springs become such a home for talented artists and a destination for art lovers?

Artists have been flocking to Eureka Springs since the early 1920’s to live in naturally creative setting free from distraction and rich with inspiration.

Louis and Elsie Freund started the ‘art colony’ phenomenon in the 40’s when they opened an art school in Eureka. As nationally known WPA muralists and artists, the Freund’s attracted folks from around the country. They also organized some of the first art fairs and artisan workshops in the area.

Quickly, galleries opened downtown, art festivals were born. The May Festival of the Arts will celebrate 30 years in 2017!

Today, we have over 48 galleries, more than 350 working artists,  the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, Opera in the Ozarks, Melonlight Dance Theater, Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival and the Eureka Springs Artist Studio Tour, to name a few.

Artists like to live where other artists live and visitors appreciate their craft – Eureka Springs is that place.

How is Eureka Springs a destination for family travel?

Deep in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is a family paradise just brimming with activities – The Great Passion Play, one of the nation’s largest large cat sanctuaries, Turpentine Creek, and a Zipline over our valleys.

The city has over 63 springs and is surrounded by two rivers and three lakes with great fishing, smooth water for canoe or kayak floats, boating, jet skiing and paddle boarding.

Plus a 1600-acre city park, one of the largest city parks in the US, twice as large as Central Park, that is crisscrossed with 25 miles of hiking and biking trails and then there are several caves in the area available for touring.

Over 1.3 million visitors a year agree!

How is Eureka Springs a destination for LGBT travel?

Eureka Springs is the only city in Arkansas with a full non-discrimination ordinance clearly stating that Eureka Springs embraces equality, diversity and welcomes EVERYBODY.

Eureka Springs celebrates the LGBT community several times a year with Diversity Weekends.

Many of the galleries, restaurants, lodging and shops are LGBT owned.

Eureka Springs understands that equality and diversity are good for business, quality of life and essential for the arts, culture and entrepreneurial growth of Eureka Springs

Conclusion:

If the word eureka means “I’ve found it,” then Eureka Springs, Arkansas may be the most perfectly named city in the USA.

For more information about Eureka Springs, Arkansas, visit www.EurekaSprings.org or www.arkansas.com/Eureka-Springs

Check our www.GayTravelersMagazine.com USA Spotlight for more of our articles about Eureka Springs, the Ozarks, and Branson, Missouri.


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The Real Queer Phoenix

Author: , November 28th, 2015

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Phoenix is all open desert, dry, triple-digit heat, and beautiful sunsets or at least, that’s what Instagram would lead you to believe.

The origin story of the city’s moniker, a mythical bird that burns to ashes, only to rise again, is all too familiar to Beatrice Velzquez, a youth center program coordinator at One n Ten, a nonprofit in Phoenix that serves LGBT youth. Seeking that kind of cleansing resurrection is what drove Velzquez to create Veme: Queering Phoenix, a photography project that seeks to lift up positive representations of young LGBT people of color in Phoenix.

“Veme” in Spanish is a command an order to be seen and to be present. Velzquez says they picked Veme, which translates directly as “See me,” because it represents the concept that I was trying to make sure was portrayed in the work, which is the necessity to create visibility for queer youth of color and not be apologetic about it.

By Yesmin Villareal – Full Story at The Advocate

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Featured Gay Friendly Tour Operator: New Zealand Awaits

Author: , September 5th, 2015

New Zealand Awaits

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

New Zealand Awaits is the only New Zealand and lesbian owned and operated tour company offering New Zealand tours for gay and lesbian travellers and their straight friends. Join a small group (no more than 8) of like-minded travellers for the trip of a lifetime on one of our tours. Whether you’re a foodie, a nature lover, or love active vacations, we have a tour for you. If you prefer to drive yourself, let us do all the planning to create your dream vacation, just show up and drive! Or maybe you’d prefer a private guide to take care of every last detail for you and guide you around our amazing country. Let us know how you want to experience New Zealand and we’ll make it happen.

See the New Zealand Awaits Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in New Zealand

Same sex marriage in Iceland

Author: , April 15th, 2015

Same sex marriage has been legal in Iceland since June, 2010. Parliament passed the bill providing a gender-neutral with no resistance. The majority of Icelanders are pro gay marriage and there are numerous ministers and other celebrants that welcome LGBT couples with open arms. The first couple to turn their civil union into a marriage was Iceland’s openly lesbian Prime Minister at the time, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and her partner, writer Jónína Leósdóttir.

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Pink Iceland, a gay owned travel & wedding planner, specializes in planning weddings in Iceland and offers wedding planning all year round. Pink Iceland can come into the planning process at any given moment. The services provided include preparation, consultation, helping with paperwork, arranging the ceremony, planning the honeymoon and pretty much everything that concerns getting married. And yes, everyone who wants to get married, regardless of sexual orientation can get married in Iceland with the help of Pink Iceland – as long as their not queerphobic, racist, sexist or mean.

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Pink Iceland loves weddings set in nature as there are so many beautiful spots in Iceland to choose from. Ceremonies can be arranged by a waterfall, in a cave, on a glacier, on a small island or by a geothermal area. Other options are on board a boat or a helicopter. Then there are the options of getting married in a church, having a nordic mythology theme or a simple civil ceremony. ​

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Pink Iceland has been a wedding planner in Iceland for 4 years and have helped many happy couples tie the know in amazing natural settings and have received rave reviews from their couples.

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Contact Pink Iceland if you are planning a wedding or an elopement in Iceland and start planning for your dream day!

All photos in article taken by the amazing Kristín María

Four LGBT Friendly Island Paradises Close to Miami

Author: , April 3rd, 2015

CaribbbeanWhen it comes to easy getaways from South Florida, the Caribbean is a quick flight off the grid to islands where the water’s just a little bit bluer and the sun shines just a little bit brighter. And for those ready to bask in that sun — be it for a simple springtime escape or a long-awaited honeymoon — the Caribbean is calling. Whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan retreat, the Caribbean’s largest gay pride festival, island hopping in the lap of luxury or the relaxation of an all-encompassing resort, we’ve got four distinct destinations to tempt every type of traveler.

Puerto Rico – An Urbanite’s Paradise

With splashy hotels lining the beach, a burgeoning arts district, sizzling culinary delights and a nightlife scene that goes strong into the wee hours, Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan is one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the Caribbean, especially in trendy neighborhoods Condado and Santurce.

The oceanfront Condado is packed with resorts, like the Atlantic Beach Hotel (atlanticbeachhotel.com) on Calle Vendig, site of a popular gay beach, weekly drag shows and plenty of cafes and restaurants, like the chic, gay-owned Oceano (oceanopr.com), perfect for sunset drinks and dinner to the beats of a live DJ.

By Thiery Dehove – Full Story at the Miami Herald | Caribbean Gay Travel Resources

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaytravelclub
Lesbian Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenstravelclub
Trans Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transtravelclub
Bisexual Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bitravelclub

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 http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, 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.
Full Story

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?
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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).
Full Story

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.
Full Story


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 – PurpleRoofs.com 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!
Full Story

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.
Full Story

Gay Travel Events – The List:


Check out our brand new events list, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html.

Sign Up for Our Gay Travel Sweepstakes


Caribbean Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with Gaycation Magazone and the beautiful Floris Suite Hotel in Curacao (http://www.florissuitehotel.com/default-en.html) to give away 5 nights in Curacao.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/contest.html

Check Out Our Special Offer Section


Our innkeepers and travel agents offer exclusive specials to travelers who find them on Purple Roofs. This month, we have 99 Accommodation/Tour offers listed in 15 countries and regions around the world! No membership required.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/lateavailability.html

Visit Our Other Websites:


Gayapolis: Personals, daily news, and a great gay and lesbian directory.
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Gay Realty Network: Real estate professionals around the world.
http://www.gayrealtynetwork.com

Purple Unions: Gay friendly wedding vendors around the world.
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LGBT Cruising: Something for Everyone

Author: , February 10th, 2015

Gay CruiseIf you are wondering about taking a cruise as a vacation I highly recommend it.

I always tell people that a cruise is like a vacation smorgasbord; it takes you to several different destinations – and often countries – and allows you to taste test each. The one downside is that you have limited time in each port, usually only a day or so. However, to me, experiencing several new cities is part of the fun, and it gives me a short look at a city that I might like to return to on a future trip.

Another great reason to take a cruise is that you unpack once, always have the same room, and wake up each morning in a new location. It’s like staying at an all-inclusive resort that moves while you sleep. When you awake there is a brand new view out your window and as you sail away each night into the sunset you dine with a new view. Some itineraries do include an overnight in a port so that you can explore and dine in that city. I have had overnight ports in Barcelona, Ibiza, Puerto Rico and Key West, all of which offered a party and some fun dining experiences.

By Fred Palmer – Full Story at Edge Boston

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter 1/31/15

Author: , January 31st, 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 gay Madrid, gay Barcelona, and Dolly’s back maiking one of her Italian specialties! 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 – 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaytravelclub
Lesbian Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenstravelclub
Trans Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transtravelclub
Bisexual Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bitravelclub

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – more than 500 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:


Carlos Melia - Madrid by BikeSPAIN: Biking Madrid
by Carlos Melia
The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond. A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza Espana. From my last stops, I move on along Gran Via and La Castellana, to Paseo del Prado, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Atocha Train Station and Chueca. Make sure to park your bike every 28 minutes to avoid any extra charges.
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Madrid Restaurant - Carlos MeliaSPAIN: My Favorite Restaurants in Madrid
by Carlos Melia
I have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year. After biking around the city for the entire day, I made a technical stop at one of the main landmarks of Madrid, Plaza Mayor. I know, you will say ” How Touristic ” but over the years, this has always been my spot to enjoy a fantastic local lunch over a few Canas (beer).
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Sagrada Familia BarcelonaSPAIN: Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia
by Carlos Melia
This was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona. Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudi. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026. Construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882 and Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.
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Carlos Melia - BarcelonaSPAIN: Barcelona’s Modernist Facades and Architecture
by Carlos Melia
A morning exploring the Modernist facades, architecture and interior design of iconic on and off the beaten path of Barcelona by friends and colleagues at Rainbow Barcelona. From my hotel the Majestic Hotel & Spa all the way to Sagrada Familia by Paseo de Gracia and the Diagonal. A path I could have done by taxi or metro, I chose by their expert advise to do walking. Paying attention to unknown facts and details, I would have totally missed, if it would have been by their local perspective.
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Dolly's CakeBaking an Italian Specialty
by Dolly Goolsby
It is mid-winter. Cold, foggy, depressing. I had to think of something better to do with my days than going to bed, covering my head, and wait for nicer weather. Fortunately, I have a pretty busy schedule now, so that going to bed thing wasn’t going to happen, anyway. I wanted to try an Italian dessert recipe, cannoli cake, so my good friend, Susan, suggested we make one, just to see how it turned out. So often, I find recipes that intrigue me, with no idea of how these dishes are supposed to taste. In these cases, sometimes ignorance is bliss…the dish might taste really good to me, but bears no resemblance to what others, who are familiar to the dish, think it should be. Therefore, today Susan and I made a cannoli cake. Susan had told me, that growing up in Chicago, for her birthday each year, her family would order a cannoli cake from their favorite Italian bakery. So she knew what the cake should be.
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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 http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

ARGENTINA: Passport Magazine’s Favorite Buenos Aires Neighborhoods
I’m going to take you on a tour of several places, places with names like Recoleta, San Telmo, Palermo, and La Boca.
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paANTIGUA: Lesbian Travel – Dickenson Bay Beach, Antigua
Dickenson Bay is the most accessible and conveniently located beach on the island and if you’re hunting for the fully loaded resort beach experience, it’s the perfect choice.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Sydney Like a Local
Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.
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CHINA
I finally visited Hong Kong! Hong Kong is one of the places I’ve been wanting to visit for years, and now one of the places where I am asking myself ‘Why didn’t I come here sooner?!’.
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DENMARK: Copenhagen Like a Local
I’ve stayed because… Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.
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GERMANY: Berlin by Boat
Recently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree.
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GERMANY: New Gay Tour Will Go to Auschwitz
The image is a little jarring. On the left, a bearded, shirtless guy in sunglasses stands on a beach, the Israeli flag reflected in his mirrored aviators. On the right, a pink Star of David hovers over an ancient building in Prague.
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SWEDEN: Lesbian Travel: Surprising Stockholm
Having traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities over the past five years, it is getting harder and harder to find places that surprise me.
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UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: On a Budget
Northern Ireland teems with castles, ancient sites, and natural beauty.
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USA: What’s the Kinkiest US City?
How exactly does one measure the kink-factor of a major metropolitan area?
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Six Awesome Los Angeles Neighborhoods
Los Angeles has so many unique neighborhoods — or, as we who are in the know like to call them, “enclaves” — that you could spend years getting to know each one. But where to begin?
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Gay Los Angeles Getaways
And here’s a history question for you: Why did the movie industry settle in Los Angeles? If you’ve spent any time in and around the City of Angels, you probably know the answer.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Mardi Gras in New Orleans
The city of New Orleans is known for its delicious food, world-famous cocktails, and, of course, wild Mardi Gras celebrations.
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USA, NEW YORK: Audrey Hepburn Mural in New York’s Little Italy
The Audrey Hepburn mural in Little Italy, New York is something that you won’t pass without pausing or stopping by to admire it’s bold play of colours that attracts pedestrians to take a picture or two.
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USA, NEW YORK: When to Visit the 911 Memorial
The only place in New York City where taking a selfie with a smile on your face is absurd (or frowned upon by me) is the 9/11 Memorial, former site of the city’s World Trade Center Twin Towers.
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USA, NEW YORK: Central Park in the Snow
Before I left New York, I had the chance to visit its Central Park one early morning on snowy day.
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General Interest Stories:

Trending Places To Visit 2015
Contemplating over how to use those frequent flyer miles this year? After compiling our popular list of incredible Out Adventures to experience before you die, we thought we’d come up some ideas of where to get started on that goal, this year.
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The Top Gay Friendly Pools in the US
Considering gay travel is an annual $200 billion industry, hotels are vying for our “pink dollars” with dedicated marketing initiatives, partnering with gay travel organizations like IGLTA, and reaching out to the community with gay-themed events and packages.
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Seven LGBT Holocaust Memorials
For Holocaust Memorial Day , PinkNews looks at some of the monuments for gay and lesbian victims of the Holocaust that are in place across the world.
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Sunny Destinations for LGBT Seniors
Even more than in the mainstream world, most ads and visuals that promote LGBT travel feature a bevy of fresh, youthful faces.
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Gay Mardi Gras
Gay Mardi Gras is conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It’s also a little elusive.
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Venere Travel Map Ranks Safety Risks for LGBT Travelers
Openly gay visitors are being made far from welcome in many up-and-coming holiday destinations, including Morocco – where in 2015, tourists still risk imprisonment.
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The Accidental Expat
One of the most popular questions (here’s the full list, if you’re curious) I get from followers and friends is about my choice for staying in Berlin long-term. How did I choose Berlin? Why did I want to stay? Why haven’t I returned to the USA?
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Nine Dino Destinations to Whet Your “Jurassic Park” Appetite
Can’t wait for the Jurassic Park sequel, “Jurassic World,” to hit theaters in June? Have your own prehistoric adventure at one of these fun-packed dinosaur destinations.
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Past Events:

CANADA, QUEBEC: Montreal’s Divers/Cite
The 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.
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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.
Full Story

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?
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Dinah Celebrates 25 Years
(Apr 1-5) Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is turning twenty-five and taking the event to a new zenith.
Full Story

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.
Full Story

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).
Full Story


Contests and Sweepstakes:

Win a Trip With Detours Travel
(Enter by Jan 31) Intrepid travellers could win a trip to Peru, Thailand, Costa Rica or Greece with a new giveaway from gay tour operators Detours Travel.
Full Story

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 – PurpleRoofs.com 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

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.
Full Story

Gay Travel Events – The List:


Check out our brand new events list, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html.

Sign Up for Our Gay Travel Sweepstakes


Caribbean Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with Gaycation Magazone and the beautiful Floris Suite Hotel in Curacao (http://www.florissuitehotel.com/default-en.html) to give away 5 nights in Curacao.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/contest.html

Check Out Our Special Offer Section


Our innkeepers and travel agents offer exclusive specials to travelers who find them on Purple Roofs. This month, we have 99 Accommodation/Tour offers listed in 15 countries and regions around the world! No membership required.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/lateavailability.html

Visit Our Other Websites:


Gayapolis: Personals, daily news, and a great gay and lesbian directory.
http://www.gayapolis.com

Gay Realty Network: Real estate professionals around the world.
http://www.gayrealtynetwork.com

Purple Unions: Gay friendly wedding vendors around the world.
http://www.purpleunions.com

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We have a Twitter account – follow us at http://twitter.com/purpleroofs.

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Marriage Equality News:


Also check out Gay Marriage Watch, our daily news blog about gay marriage: We bring you all the news on the fight for gay marriage daily. Join our blog email list by sending a subscription request to info@purpleunions.com. Find the full blog at http://www.purpleunions.com/blog/index.html. You can now also find us on Twitter with regular updates every day at http://www.twitter.com/gaymarriagewatc.

That’s it for this issue – enjoy the newsletter!

Mark & Scott

PurpleRoofs – http://www.purpleroofs.com

PO Box 4666, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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