Gay Movie Review – Free Fall

Author: , October 10th, 2013

Free FallThere’s a scene in the new German gay film Free Fall that really stuck in my mind.

The film tells the story of a Policeman, Marc, who is forced to come to terms with his own sexuality. He’s got a loving wife who is pregnant with their first child, and parents who dote on him, as well as a promising career as a police officer.

Then one day, while training at the academy, he meets Kay, another male police officer. The two have a volatile chemistry, beginning with a fight that sends them both to their superior’s office for a dressing down.

But they start to bond, and Kay offers to help Marc run better – his one big issue in training.

In the pivotal scene, Kay finds Marc on a quiet wooded trail, and proceeds to show him, in a profoundly public manner, where his true desires lie.

It’s then that you can see for the first time the deep anguish Marc is in – the sudden, unexpected release of all the demons he’s been holding inside – and his crushing shame immediately after.

The film progresses as Kay shows up to join Marc’s unit back home, and Marc’s true nature struggles with his responsibilities, and with the obvious love he still feels for his wife.

To its credit, it’s unclear until the very end where the characters will end up, and the film closes with a satisfying metaphor.

Of all the films we’ve seen tis week, this one was one of the most professionally done, and ultimately satisfying.

Gay Travel Event Review: World OutGames Belgium

Author: , September 14th, 2013

World Outgames 2013 Antwerp BelgiumMy husband and I had the opportunity to visit Belgium for the 2013 World Outgames (WOGA) this summer. We love visiting cities specifically during special events because it’s a chance to see the city in a unique way. During these big events, cities will go all out to make sure the influx of travelers feel welcomed and enjoy their stay. There are added items on the to-do list that involve more than just typical historic sightseeing, which offer a glimpse of a different perspective of city. In addition to this, traveling for special events can often take you to a place that may not have originally been at the top of your travel list.

When I heard the 2013 World Outgames were in Belgium, I thought, “Fantastic. I’ve always wanted to visit Brussels.” As I learned the specific details of the event location, my follow-up thought was, “Antwerp, where’s that?”

Yes, like any foolish American tourist in Europe, my European geography is a bit lacking. Thankfully, a visit to Belgium during the World Outgames was going to change that. While Brussels has long been on my travel list, Antwerp wasn’t even in my head. But that’s exactly why I love to travel for events because it enlightens me to new destinations. I really didn’t have any expectations of Antwerp except that I had to have Belgian fries, or frituur as it’s known locally, and a Belgian waffle.

See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

Click here for gay travel resources in Belgium.

Gay Travel Event Review: Ascension at Fire Island Pines

Author: , August 22nd, 2013

Ascension - Fire Island

Photo by Evan Mulvihill

Gaycities reviews this last weekends’ party at Fire Island Pines:

How do you get 2,500 gay men on the beach in overcast weather? Throw a circuit party! The yearly Ascension Party owned the Fire Island Pines this weekend, bringing in throngs upon throngs of gay men — a few in actual thongs. The marquee event was Sunday’s Beach Party, where DJ Hector Fonseca and DJ Theresa spun alongside a surprise performance from Natascha Bessez.

See more photos over at GayCities.

Click here for gay travel resources on Long island.

Gay Travel Review – Dallas’s Purple Party

Author: , August 8th, 2013

Purple Party - DallasThis past spring, I spent a few days hanging out with Bryan Kosarek, GayTravel.com’s 2013 “travel guru” as he checked out the Purple Party — and the rest of Dallas gay life, for that matter.

Well, Bryan has now posted his video detailing his experience here. It’s always interesting to see your city portrayed by an outsider.

See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

Click here for gay travel resources in Dallas.

Gay Pride Season in Review

Author: , July 5th, 2013

Gay Pride FlagAs Pride Season reaches a fever pitch, we have more recaps from gay pride celebrations around the world.

Chicago Pride 2013

At the Advocate, they have some photos from Chicago Pride:

A special thanks to Stephanie Vaughn and Patric Butler of Flickr for contributing photos.

Fire Island Invasion of the Pines 2013

Over at Joe.My.God, Joe has some photos from the Fire Island Drag Invasion:

Yesterday my pal Jerry accompanied me to the Invasion Of The Pines, the 37th annual marking of the day in 1976 when a drag queen was denied service at a restaurant in Fire Island Pines. Every Fourth of July since then, hundreds of drag queens board a chartered ferry in Cherry Grove and “invade” the Pines for a day exploding with glitter, feathers, and lots and lots of drinking.

San Francisco Pride 2013

And Queerty brings you “The Celebrities, Characters And Shirtless Men Of San Francisco Pride”:

With an estimated 1.6 million queers and their fans overwhelming two square miles of the already pint-sized city to celebrate Pride and marriage equality, San Francisco was more fabulous than ever. We caught Dustin Lance Black (above, center) on camera while out with friends, musicians Kimberly Caldwell hanging out with Peaches & Herb, and the usual plentiful supply of shirtless people to boot.

Gay Pride Season in Review

Author: , July 4th, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoAs we move into the tail end of the 2013 gay pride season, we’re getting lots of reviews and photos from recent pride events. We’ll share some of them with you here:

London Pride 2013

Gay Web Source reviews London Pride, with photos:

Well, Pride in London finally arrived, and after last year’s damp squib (World Pride, too, if you remember), it can only be accounted a huge success for the new team in charge. The theme of the parade this year was, rightly, love and marriage, for it won’t be long now before gay men and women will be able to marry their partners, whatever delaying tactics our opponents use. The tide is surely in our favour.

They’ve also got photos of the Main Stage at London Pride:

We sent our roving photographer Monty McKinnen to Pride In London’s Trafalgar Square main stage event to snap the stars, who performed to thousands of spectators.

New York Pride 2013

Over at Gay City News, they have a bunch of NY Pride photos:

With many hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators, the June 30 LGBT Pride March was not only an exuberant show of community strength and personal courage but also a celebration of the previous week’s victories over the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 at the US Supreme Court.

And there are even more photos at The Washington Blade

The New York City Pride Parade wound through the streets of Manhattan on Sunday.

And The Washington Blade has pics from the Dance on the Pier, too:

New York City Pride continued with a Dance on the Pier following the Pride Parade on Sunday. Performers included Deborah Cox and Cher with a special guest appearance by Whoopi Goldberg.

Seattle Pride 2013

Over at Seattle Pride, The Advocate has photos too:

Thanks to Nate Gowdy and Seattle Gay News for some of the happiest Pride parade photos we have seen this year.

Toronto Pride 2013

And finally, Towleroad.com reports on the Trans March in Toronto:

The 2013 Trans March as part of Pride Toronto, was finally ‘permitted’ to march down Yonge Street, having been relegated to Church Street in past years leaving many in the community feeling sidelined by the Pride Toronto organization. This years theme for the Trans March was “Celebration, Commemoration, Demonstration by and for the Trans Community” and there was plenty to celebrate. The march which had been relegated to march down Church Street in the past was finally ‘permitted’ by Pride Toronto to march down Yonge. The other two major parades over the Pride weekend, including the Dyke March and main Sunday parade, both have their routes on Yonge Street.