The Capitol Steps – Nov 7

Author: , October 31st, 2014

The Capitol Steps begin in 1981, at a Christmas party in the office of former Senator Charles glynnhse winterPercy.  Like most things in Congress, they never knew when to stop.  Over the past twenty-six years, the Capitol Steps have recorded twenty-nine albums, and appeared on “Good Morning America,” the “Today Show,” “20/20,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Nightline,” CNN’s “Inside Politics,” and dozens of times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”  For the past nineteen years, they’ve produced quarterly specials for public radio and have been featured in three national specials for public television.   They’ve performed for five U.S. Presidents.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Modern World, Palm Beach, Aruba

Author: , October 31st, 2014

Modern World

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

We’re located just three minutes from palm beach. Adults only, and just a ten minute walk from the strip and night life – just a great location!

See the Modern World Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Aruba

The Last Lesbian Bar in San Francisco is Closing

Author: , October 31st, 2014

The Lex

The only bar dedicated to serving lesbians in San Francisco, the Lexington Club, announced that it is closing after 18 years. You may be shocked that the bar is closing and/or that there is only one lesbian bar in that gay metropolis. As a researcher of lesbian-queer spaces and economies, I am not surprised at all.

The bar’s sole, long-time owner, Lila Thirkield, shared the news on Facebook and cited the Mission District’s changing neighborhood demographics, increased rents, and the bar’s decline in sales as reasons for its demise. Women from around the world who’d visited the Lex noted their shock, outrage, and sadness at the event in blog posts and on all types of social media.

But how can anyone really be surprised? Sisters Restaurant & Nightclub in Philadelphia, T’s Bar & Restaurant in what was once the “Girl’s Town” area of Chicago, and the Egyptian Club in Portland, Oregon, all closed for similar reasons between 2010 and 2013. Rather than succumb to shock or a narrative that this is merely gentrification at work, it is time to recognize the difference that gender plays in the supposedly universal experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) spaces, and how gender shapes cities more broadly.

By Jen Jack Gieseking – Full Story at the Huffington Post | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Flying Surrounded By Sky

Author: , October 31st, 2014


Vague, over-wing cloud photos are a staple of vacation albums across the Internet, but a British technology incubator wants to do away with them completely. You’ll still be able to see the sky, though. The Centre for Process Innovation is proposing the elimination of airplane cabin windows to make room for floor to ceiling wraparound screens showing continuous footage from outside the plane.

The goal of the proposal is to reduce how much commercial aircraft bodies, or fuselages, weigh thereby also reducing fuel consumption, costs, and carbon emissions. Windows add weight to aircraft cabins because of both the materials used to make them, and the additional components that must be added to the hull to strengthen and secure it.

Jon Helliwell of CPI told the Guardian, “We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft. … Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out–that’s what they do in cargo aircraft.”

By Lily Hay Newman – Full Story at Slate

Paris on Instagram

Author: , October 31st, 2014

Paris on Instagram - Adam GroffmanLast month I visited Paris for the first time in seven years. What I found was a city as picture-perfect as it always was. I don’t think there’s ever been a city so picturesque!

But besides the obviously iconic images of Paris (looking at you Eiffel Tower), the city has plenty of hidden gems which provide equally beautiful backdrops. Visiting my sister in Paris, some of my favorite places for Instagramming were the following:

Latin Quarter – Lively at night, near Notre Dame Cathedral and books for sale EVERYWHERE. Along the river, booksellers have small wooden boxes that sit along the railing which are full of used books. I’m not sure if there are any studies on this or not, but Paris must be one of the world’s most literary cities.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: Paris on Instagram.

Paris Gay Travel Resources

Vancouver Selfie Spots for Gay Tourists

Author: , October 31st, 2014

Vancouver, BCGay photographer Randall Shirley set out to capture several of Vancouver’s gay-interest spots. A selfie at any of them could be a great way to say: look where I am!

His lens selected these iconic spots:

1. Permanent rainbow crosswalks are at the heart of Davie Village, intersection of Davie and Bute streets.

2. Vancouver AIDS Memorial, a ribbon of steel set into the hill at Sunset Beach, west of the intersection of Beach Avenue and Broughton Street.

3. A signpost marks Lee’s Trail, an area of Stanley Park historically popular with gay men.

Full Story at Rainbow Tourism | Vacouver Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , October 30th, 2014

Toronto, Ontario

I’ve just arrived in Toronto, my first time visiting the much-hyped Canadian city, and I begin walking from my hotel to the University of Toronto where a Human Rights Conference is about to kickoff as part of this year’s World Pride festivities. My hotel, the Four Seasons Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave. Tel: +1-416-964-0411., is located in Yorkville and my friends and I are surprised by the enormous amount of area establishments that are demonstrating their gay pride. During my walk along Avenue Road, I spot the Church of the Redeemer’s sign “Welcome the World, Happy Pride,” the Royal Ontario Museum’s massive rainbow banner that shows off their sponsorship of the events, HSBC’s rainbow flags, and the national chain Pizza Pizza’s advertisement for “Slice + Coke + Pride Bag” for $5.99. The city’s glass-heavy architecture reflects the street-level life as well as a near-constant ROYGBIV shimmer that glistens to the street, like the rainbow being cast from “The More You Know” star, and I’m beginning to think Toronto itself reflects a spirited, unique diversity.

As the street turns from towering glass to more brick and mortar, we hear a voice shout, “Hey girls.” We see a twinkish boy with a camo backpack equipped with a rainbow flag sticking up. Looking like an overly patriotic, gay-friendly Volkswagen Beetle he asks: “Want to come with me to check out this exhibit?” Our collective look of New York skepticism is obvious. “It’s right here,” he says as he points to The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park. Tel: +1-416-586-8080. The large banners advertise the exhibit Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Leopold L. Foulem, Paul Matheieu and Richard Milette, but we’re running late and pass up the opportunity and insist to one another that we may have only traveled one hour to get here from New York City, but must have landed on another planet.

We then enter Victoria Park. “Whew, I think my eyes are still seeing rainbows,” my friend laughs as we adjust to the greenscape. “I spoke too soon,” she says while pointing to a rainbow-hued dome creeping above the trees from the University’s quad. “This city really is so gay,” she coos. “I know, I love it,” I utter.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

Asheville Soars as a Gay Travel Destination

Author: , October 30th, 2014

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If you’ve been keeping up with the country’s most buzzed-about hipster destinations of late, you’ve probably heard of places like Austin, Brooklyn and Portland, Ore. Also mentioned in that mix is Asheville. This small mountain metropolis in western North Carolina has long been a relatively progressive island in one of the nation’s more socially conservative regions.

LGBT-owned businesses, art galleries and furniture studios, along with inviting Victorian and Arts and Crafts-style inns — and independently owned shops, clubs, theaters and cafes — have thrived here for decades. More recently, Asheville has cultivated an urbane, artisan-driven food and drink scene that’s particularly impressive for a city of about 85,000.

With a reasonable cost of living and a moderate climate, Asheville is becoming a popular place to relocate among not just hipsters but all sorts of professionals of all ages, many from larger and more crowded cities. Additionally, young college grads are moving in at a steady pace — something that seldom happened in Asheville before the city began to undergo a renaissance a couple of decades ago. This leafy, hilly community — two hours from Charlotte, 3.5 hours from Atlanta and 4.5 from Nashville — has become a top weekend destination, too, with a sizable gay following.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Asheville Gay Travel Resources

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The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC 2014

Author: , October 30th, 2014

Best of Gay DC 2014

Every year, the Washington Blade polls readers to choose its Best of Gay DC:

Welcome to the Washington Blade’s 13th annual Best of Gay D.C. readers’ poll. Last year we had 71 categories. This year, we’re up to 73. And we again broke a participation record having logged more than 20,000 votes in the past two months. Even if you’ve lived in Washington for decades, the fun of this contest is that there’s always something new to discover, from a tasty meal at Barcelona (if you can find a table!) to a show at Olney Theatre Company to many other entertainment options.

Here are the links to some of the 2014 Best of Gay DC categories:




DC Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Michael Key

Silver Series: Miss Tess and the Talkbacks – Nov 7

Author: , October 30th, 2014

By blending her knack for melodic and rhythmic improvisation and interplay with elements of honky-tonk, western swing and Silver Centergolden-era pop standards, Miss Tess and her multifaceted supporting band have arrived at a style simultaneously refreshing and hauntingly familiar.  Their newest album The Love I Have for You is an album of covers that match their unique style from a diverse roster of artists such as Neil Young, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, and Bonnie Raitt.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.