What Are The Top Five Gay Pride Events Worldwide?

Author: , June 7th, 2014

San Francisco Gay PrideJune is pride month in many cities around the world, and so we focus on the Top 5 gay pride events in the world:

1) Sao Paulo: Easily the world’s biggest gay pride parade, with millions participating (4 million at last count!), Sao Paulo’s parade has to take pride of place. And it’s really not all about size since the energy levels are also off the charts, being stoked by the music and the rhythm of the dancers on the 20-25 themed floats or trio electricos. While the parade garners the most attention, the pride event spans the whole weekend and has interesting debates, concerts, and offshoot festivals associated with it. Starting at Avenida Paulista, the parade traverses 4.2 km down Rua da Consolacao, finishing at Roosevelt Square. But that’s not the end of the party… Book one of the Sao Paulo hotels and you’ll see the rest.

2) New York: Not the biggest or the brashest, but certainly the oldest. And for many, the big granddaddy of them all. Birthplace of the modern LGBT movement, this is where the gay parades started, after all – on June 28, 1970, the first anniversary commemorating the riots following the police raid on Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street. Apart from its historical significance, New York’s place at the very forefront of the great cities of the world must mean that its LGBT community, and the city’s parade, has to be right up there!

By Donna Welch – Full Story at Venere | Other Gay Travel Events

The shOUT Film Festival is All Over New South Wales in May

Author: , April 29th, 2014

shOUT! Film Festival

When Newcastle’s own LGBTI film festival returns this weekend for a third year of on-screen adventures, it’s bringing many more cities and towns along for the ride.

Kicking off next week, the shOUT Film Festival has expanded to include Canberra, Western Sydney, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast whilst still staying firmly put in its home town of Newcastle, NSW.

The festival started in Newcastle in 2012 as a way of raising awareness for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO, on 17 May each year).

By Matt Akersten – Same Same | New South Wales Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Dingley Dell, Annangrove, New South Wales, Australia

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Dingley Dell - Annangrive, New South Wales, AustraliaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Country Life in the City: Why travel for hours when you could escape to the country, only 1 hour from the city. Nestled on 10 secluded acres in a park like setting. Enjoy the peace and serenity of the native flora & fauna, & of course not forgetting the cows. Tariff is room rate.

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Lesbian Travel: Australia’s Blue Mountains

Author: , April 18th, 2014

Australia Gay TravelA treehouse with a spa? 90 minutes from Sydney? Think craftsman-built treesort in the Blue Mountains.

If you seek a private escape where you can relax and enjoy the easy pace of this World Heritage wilderness, then try these alternative accommodation called Wollemi Wilderness Love Cabins. Situated on a stunning 600 acres of pristine bushland, six wilderness cabins are available for rent, including an exotic Tee Pee studio.

So tell me more

Wollemi’s eco cabins are premium self-contained accommodation for couples, families, creative workshops and corporate groups. The retreat encompasses two properties near the northern Blue Mountains communities of Bilpin and Mt. Tomah. In addition to the TeePee, there are traditional timber slab cabins and deluxe sandstone and timber bush houses. All of the dwellings are architectually unique and utilise eco-friendly waste management systems.

See the Full Story at Rainbow Tourism

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Event Review – Outback Mardi Gras

Author: , March 17th, 2014

Outback Mardi GrasBroken Hill is an isolated mining town surrounded mostly by desert in far west New South Wales. Of it’s 20,000 people – most are miners, health workers and there is also a strong indigenous community too. But there’s a growing push for more people to recognise the outback’s LGBTI community.

Brad Scanlon is the local Police Sergeant and Prosecutor in Broken Hill. He also happens to be gay and has called the outback home for the past three years.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming out here,” says Brad. “I came out here with my partner, and there was no sign of a gay community out here.”

“The outback isn’t going to change for you… it’s uncompromising.”

But Brad and his mates are working to change that by hosting their very own mardi gras.

Authored By Patrick Abboud – See the Full Story at sbs.com.au

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10,000 March in Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , March 2nd, 2014

SydneyThis year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was one the largest ever, with over 10,000 attendees joining to celebrate in the march.

Despite heavy rain on Saturday, the 36th annual parade got underway with so many attendees that organisers couldn’t keep the event under its 4 hour allotted length.

Sydney mayor Clover Moore said: “This is a global event, the biggest of its kind in the world, and it’s good to make those statements.”

See the Full Story at Pink News

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Ten Things to See at Sydney’s 2014 Gay Mardi Gras

Author: , February 7th, 2014

Sydney Mardi GrasSydney Mardi Gras is kicking off, and the Daily telegraph has a list of ten events to see this year:

1. THE MARDI GRAS DISCO CLIMB

Talk about getting high on life. If God is a DJ then this rainbow themed dancefloor atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge is surely heaven. Can you think of a better way to herald in Mardi Gras season than combining disco with bridge climb? Thought not.

The climb has limited departures and is only available during Mardi Gras. Book early to avoid disappointment.

2. THE 36TH ANNUAL SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE

Sydney is home to the loudest, proudest, largest and most-loved celebrations of the LGBTQI community on Earth. Join hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route along Oxford and Flinders streets on Saturday, March 1. Plant a smile on your face and simply enjoy the wild ride.

Authored By Jessica Clement – See the Full Story at the Daily Telegraph

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Bear Essentials 18 Coming to Sydney in February

Author: , December 5th, 2013

Bare Essentials 18Bear Essentials 18 Festival – Bear Essentials is an internationally recognized and respected bear festival organized and delivered by the Harbour City Bears. It brings together the best of our local bear culture and offers it to the world in one of the best cities in the world, Sydney. in 2014 Bear Essentials offers 18 fantastic events over 10 fun and furry days – visit the website for more details: www.bearessentials.com.au.

This is our 18th Bear Essentials and in 2014 it’s going to be packed full of 18 amazing events over 10 days. We are bringing back all the festival favourites that everyone loves plus many more that you’re sure to enjoy.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Beartropolis”. It’s a clever and fun take on the world of superheroes and villains. We have plenty of adventures for festival goers to have a blast with with over 10 days, and for the festival we have renamed our city of Sydney as Beartropolis.

See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

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Sydney Mardi Gras Announces 2014 Calendar

Author: , November 29th, 2013

Sydney Mardi Gras 2014The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival is poised to deliver a kaleidoscope of colorful experiences in 2014, with a jam-packed program of cultural and community events running from Sunday 9 February through to Sunday 2 March, 2014.

Tickets for the 2014 Mardi Gras program went on sale today as organizers unveiled the first round of talent, icons and events that will headline the Asia-Pacific region’s biggest and most spectacular, celebration of LGBTI pride and diversity.

Based around the theme of ‘kaleidoscope’, the three-week festival will offer up an array of both free and ticketed events including fabulous parties, world-class artistic performances, a film festival, community, social and youth events, panel discussions and art exhibitions.

Authored By Andrew Potts – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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The Insider’s Guide to Sydney

Author: , August 12th, 2013

Steven Hamilton“I’m originally from Scotland, and the thing that drew me to Sydney was the weather,” says, Manager on Duty Steven Hamilton at the Sheraton on the Park (161 Elizabeth St. Tel: 1-800-325-3535. www.sheratonontheparksydney.com), ironically lifting an eyebrow. On this particular morning in early March, the tail end of Australia’s summer, GLBT tourists from the Northern Hemisphere have flocked to Oz for its beaches packed with people in skimpy swimsuits and the world-renowned Sydney Mardi Gras.

“We definitely see some tropical weather systems here,” he says, “but the downpours usually don’t last for too long.”

Even as we chat over coffee in the privileged cocoon of the hotel’s comfortably appointed 21st-floor club lounge, the skies begin to clear. In the distance, we can see a cruise ship in Sydney’s Middle Harbour, and spread immediately below us is the lush green lawn of Hyde Park, where an impressive alley of fig trees and a giant Alice In Wonderland-style chess board beckon visitors to come make the most of this outdoor-oriented city.

Authored By Jim Gladstone – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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