Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – August 13th

Author: , August 13th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

BELGIUM:
Photos – Antwerp Pride (The Advocate)
“Gay Pride is too restrictive,” the organizers of Antwerp Pride told Gazet Van Antwerpen in an interview Saturday. “Everyone is invited. We pride ourselves in our open, diverse, vibrant city.” And that sentiment played out in the variety of cultures participating in and observing the festivities. Photo by Indra Wibisono (courtesy of Conchita Wurst)
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Conchita Wurst - Antwerp Pride

CUBA:
Is Cuba Safe for Gay Travelers? What You Need to Know (Yahoo Travel)
The word on the street is that Cuba has gone gay-friendly. Yes, the same Cuba that once imprisoned the gay poet Reinaldo Arenas and others just like him is reportedly opening their doors to the gay community. With that said, if I were a gay traveler, I’d be wary. The Caribbean is not exactly known for its hospitality toward the gays, with Jamaica frequently topping the list for most unfriendly gay destinations. With that said, both Santo Domingo and San Juan have made major strides in reaching the gay community.
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ITALY:
3 Gorgeous Places for Wine Tasting in Sicily (Shermans Travel)
Sicily, the largest of the Mediterranean islands, has something for everyone. With sandy beaches, ancient ruins, a still-active volcano, and ultra-fresh cuisine, it’s no wonder people flock to this most southern part of Italy. And lately there’s a new reason: Sicily’s becoming a wine lover’s paradise.
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UK, NORTHERN IRELAND:
5 Things to Do in Belfast: A Beginner’s Guide (Shermans Travel)
Belfast has risen from the ashes of the troubles ever since the historic Good Friday Peace accord in 1998. Today, it brims with boutique hotels, elegant eateries, and new museums — and, yes, all those stunning landscapes featured in Game of Thrones are a few miles from the city. Locals have waited a long time to see tourists come back, and the welcome here is warm and heartfelt. Wherever you go in the city and through the countryside around it, you’ll be met with genuine friendliness and lots of Irish hospitality.
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USA, ARIZONA:
The Majestic Superstition Mountain (Keep Calm and Wander)
Superstition Mountain is a huge mountain located on the Northeastern side of Phoenix. It’s grand and majestic, especially if you see it from afar. As clouds hover above it, I’m not sure if it’s black or brown or something reddish. As soon as you’re out of the Highway 88, you’ll be heading towards Superstition Mountain that’s so beautiful you can’t ignore its magnificence.
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Superstition Mountain - Keep Calm and Wander

USA, CALIFORNIA:
Best California Cities Beyond San Francisco For LGBT Travelers (SFGate)
San Francisco, sharing with New York the distinction of being the country’s standard-bearers in the fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights, not surprisingly launched the starting volley for legal same-sex marriage in California — but the city had staunch, longtime allies throughout the state.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
First Ever Pride Night Comes to Petco Park (SDGLN)
For the first time ever Petco Park will host Pride Night on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 pm. The Padres will take on the Texas Rangers.
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USA, NEW JERSEY:
Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival 2015 marks 15th year (nj.com)
The 15th annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 20, continue with events each night the following week and end with the pride festival on Saturday, Aug. 29.
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Jersey City Pride

USA, NEW YORK:
The Proud One World Trade Center (Keep Calm and Wander)
I was a surprised that there were only few people / tourists on the streets of New York City on July 4th. It’s not the scene of New York that I am used to. A friend and I walked around Tribeca and other touristy spots but we were relieved to see only few people around.
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World Trade Center

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 18th

Author: , June 18th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
10 Major Differences Between River & Ocean Cruises (Shermans Travel)
River cruising has been the fastest growing segment of travel for several years — but is it the perfect fit for you? Before you board a river cruise to sail through Europe, Asia, or other destinations with smaller ports that are well-suited for river cruising, consider these ten differences between small ship and mega-ship sailing.
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CHINA:
Photo Tour: A Perfect Day in Suzhou, China (Shermans Travel)
Our CEO David Steward recently visited China on a 14-day adventure, journeying for the most part with Gate1 Travel to hotspots like Shanghai, the Yangtze River, Xi’an, and Beijing.
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ISRAEL:
Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Fest 2015 Award Winners (LGBT Weekly)
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
Golden State Warriors President Named SF Pride Celebrity Grandf Marshall (Watermark)
Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts has been named the celebrity grand marshal of San Francisco’s gay pride parade.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
It Was Raining Nearly-Nude Men At Los Angeles Pride (Queerty)
Thousands of people turned out for the Pride parade and festival in West Hollywood last weekend, which included performances by headliners Wilson Phillips, Tinashe, Ke$ha, Ty Herndon, and Fifth Harmony.
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Los Angeles Pride photos - Larry Geller

USA, CALIFORNIA:
Pink Party Returns to Castro (Gay Today)
Into every Pride Weekend a little PINK must fall! PINK PARTY returns to the Castro on Saturday, June 27th with a NEW TIME – 3PM to 8PM.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Gay Days Engulfs Orlando As It Celebrates 25 Years Wearing Red (Watermark)
Gay Days 2015 brought thousands of travelers and locals to Orlando’s most well-known LGBT gathering, and one of the highest attended gay events in the world, with dozens of parties to suit every ones needs.
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Gay Days Orlando

USA, NEW YORK:
New York On a Near-Zero Budget (Gay Star News)
From Brooklyn food markets to bike rides around Governor’s Island – the Big Apple offers plenty of free or affordable tourist options this summer.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC:
Photos – Capital Pride Celebrates 40 Years (Advocate)
Capital Pride in Washington, D.C., presented its 40th celebration of pride in the nation’s capital. More than 150,000 people attended, including grand marshal Wilson Cruz (who doesn’t look anywhere near 40). Photography by Dimitrios Manis.
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Capital Pride - Dimitrios Manis

USA, WISCONSIN:
Photos – Milwaukee Pridefest Turns Up the Volume (Advocate)
Milwaukee Pridefest, an extravaganza of music and entertainment, kept Wisconsin on its feet and dancing for three days with Ty Herndon, En Vogue, and Ani DiFranco, just to mention a few of the headliners. Thanks to Michail Takach and the photographers of Milwaukee Pridefest for the images here.
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Milwaukee Pride - Michail Takach