Paris Gay Games – Summer 2018

Author: , January 18th, 2018

Paris Gay Games 2018

The world’s LGBTQ communities will come together this August in beautiful Paris, for the 10th iteration of the Gay Games. Already, Paris has 5,000 athletes registered—a higher amount than previous hosts have reported this early in the process. Athletics and aquatics are the most popular sports, and golf is already sold out.

Organizers say they have more than 800 volunteers and a large number of organizational partners helping with Gay Games 10. They are confident in attracting more participants than previous hosts. The maximum capacity is 15,000 participants, and Paris officials say they expect 40,000 visitors—and some 300,000 spectators.

We spoke with Manuel Picaud, the co-président of Paris 2018, to get the scoop on the event.

TP: How will the Paris Gay Games differ from past iterations of the Games?

MP: Paris 2018 will host the first Gay Games in a French-speaking country—the same country where the Olympics were born. France is very passionate about sports. It will also be the site of the Olympics in 2024, the Rugby World Cup in 2023, the Golf Ryder Cup in 2018 and the Women’s World Championship of Soccer or Handball in 2019.

Gay Games in Paris will also be for the first time in a real capital city, in a city of culture and of art de vivre. Paris 2018–Gay Games 10 is also organized by a federation of organizations that has never been seen before. That means organizers have huge experience with organizing large sporting and cultural events like the International Tournament of Paris for 15 years.

And many national sports federations are committed to the success of the Gay Games. Finally, never has a city had such institutional support even from the President of the Republic (high patronage), the national and regional governments and, of course, the City of Paris.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Hang Out With Scruffy Gios for an Italian Bike Tour – Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , February 28th, 2017

Sergio Scardia - Puglia

I am so excited to announce that Kendall (the blond hair chap in the picture with me) and I have started up a business of gay travels to Italy, aptly named Italy Gay Travels.

This Gay Bike Tour around the heel of the boot, Puglia, is our first love child :) Many more will come, I promise! If you don’t have any plans yet for the first week of June (4-11 June 2017) or September (3-10 September 2017) take a look at our holiday program. Don’t think twice: spaces are limited. Fill in this form and book your place for the Gay Bike Tour now!

As you know I am originally from a beautiful part of the world: the heel of the boot of Italy, Puglia! We have designed this All Gay Bike Tour to let you discover the southernmost tip of Puglia, known as Salento. Fast becoming the gay destination of South Italy, this area is rich in culture, food, awe inspiring landscapes, white sandy beaches and gay nightlife for good measure!

Our all gay bike tour is set at an easy level that suits any level of biking skills. Furthermore you will have the opportunity to discover the beautiful countryside of Puglia, from one coast to the other.

Gay Bike Tour with Gios and Italy Gay Travels

You will spend  5 nights with us in Lecce, the great Baroque capital of Southern Italy, also known as the Florence of the South. Lecce is strategically located right in the heart of Salento, the southern area of Puglia, just a few kilometers away (or an easy gay bike ride) to many beautiful small towns and hidden gems. Every morning we will get on the bike and have unforgettable adventures. Think sunsets over beautiful towns (including Otranto), wine tasting in the countryside and swimming in beautiful sandy beaches.

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at the Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Gay Surf Camp

Author: , September 23rd, 2016

Gay Surf Camp

Summers are about sun, fun and hopefully, beaches. And as the sun slips away for those of us above the equator, it’s key to remember one thing: many amazing destinations are warm all year-round…

One such example is Brazil. It may’ve recently hosted the Summer Olympics 2016 as well as the Paralympics, but Brazil’s (endless) summer actually takes place from December to February. What’s more, the most temperate time to visit this vast, diverse, and famously LGBTI-friendly country is between March and May.

Which makes the country’s next gay surf camp – forget the Olympics – perfectly-timed.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Breakaway Backpacker: Biking Circuito Chico in Bariloche, Argentina

Author: , March 8th, 2015

Jaime Davila - ArgentinaI’ll be honest with you I had never actually heard of Bariloche until I got there. Even then I had no clue what I was going to do when I got there. I just knew that I needed to get there because it was a nice town/city with a lot of hikes to do and it’s a perfect place to get to El Chalten from.

My goal was to make my way down to the Ushuaia “FIN DEL MUNDO” (“END OF THE WORLD”) the southernmost city in the world overland. I was already slowly making my way down there. I had gone from Santiago to Pucon to Puerto Varas and now crossed the border to Argentina to get to Bariloche and from there would carry on.

When I arrived to Bariloche I did what I normally do when I arrive in a place I have no clue what I am going to do. I asked the receptionist for a map and what she recommend for me to see and do. She let me know that I had to go hike Cerro Campanario and also rent a bike and do the Circuito Chico. I thought okay I will start with that. I had a arrived late in the afternoon so decided to leave those two things for the following day. The next morning I woke up went to the grocery store to buy my lunch and went directly to the bus to get down there.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Argentina Gay Travel Resources

Cleveland Gay Games Brought in Huge Revenue

Author: , February 21st, 2015

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Organizers say last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history.

Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe says the August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000.

Nobbe said at a forum held by the City Club of Cleveland Feb. 19 that $120,000 of the profits will go toward creating a fund at the Cleveland Foundation to continue to push for an inclusive and diverse northeast Ohio community. Another $27,000 will go to the Akron Community Foundation’s existing Gay Community Endowment Fund.

Full Story at Watermark | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

How About Dogsledding?

Author: , February 18th, 2015

Dogsledding - Yellowstone Dog Sled AdventuresFor the ultimate winter adventure, take to the backwoods on a sled, driven by your very own team of Alaskan Huskies. Best suited for the physically active, these top five dogsledding trips guarantee thrills over frozen lakes, deeply wooded trails, and endless horizons of snow and sky.

White Wilderness (Ely, Minnesota)

Northern Minnesota’s many lakes and remote forests are idyllic for a dogsled adventure. Based in Ely, White Wilderness offers sled dog adventures that range from day trips to four nights spent exploring the deep woods of the Gabbro Lakes area within the Boundary Waters Wilderness. A stone’s throw from the Canadian border, snow blankets the area throughout the winter months, keeping White Wilderness in operation from December through March. White Wilderness prides itself on offering a truly immersive experience with its multi-day trips, providing accommodations in a cozy yurt and serving fine cuisine such as fresh fish and chicken grilled on site.

By Zachary Laks – Full Story at Shermans Travel

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016

Author: , January 21st, 2015

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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. Up to 1,000 participants plus several hundred partners, friends and officials are expected for the festival Aug. 8-14, 2016, co-chairman Mike Stansberry says.

It’s a sanctioned masters competition, featuring swimming, water polo, diving, synchro, open water races, and the maybe-not-so-official Pink Flamingo.

The Pink Flamingo? “The best way to describe it is a drag aqua-follies synchro show in water … done in the dive tank,” Stansberry says. “It can be a mix of swimming, choreography on the deck, diving off the platform, costumes — although no glitter or feathers, because they clog the pool filters.”

By Gordon Kent – Full Story at the Edmonton Journal | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

The Gay Games Brought $52 Million to Northeastern Ohio

Author: , December 7th, 2014

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The 2014 Gay Games, which attracted nearly 8,000 athletes to Northeast Ohio in August, added $52 million to the local economy during the eight-day event, according to a new study by two economics professors at Kent State University.

The Plain Dealer reports that spending far exceeded the estimated $36 million that was spent in the area during the 2013 National Senior Games, held in Cleveland in July 2013 – despite the fact that the Senior Games drew 25,000 visitors, while the Gay Games attracted 20,000.

Shawn M. Rohlin, an assistant professor of economics at Kent State, speculated that Gay Games visitors came from farther away – the event is an international draw – stayed longer and spent more.

Full Story at LGBTQ Nation | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Cleveland Welcomes Gay Games With Open Arms

Author: , August 16th, 2014

Gay Games 9Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week.

“He was telling us horror stories about growing up here,” Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games with nearby Akron.

Gill said his teammate, who was raised in Cleveland, has been “humbled” by the progress the city has made and by the warm reception Gay Games participants have received. “People are just so thankful we’re here,” Gill said. “It’s exceeded all of my expectations.”

Other Games participants also praised Cleveland and Akron and called the host cities friendly and hospitable.

By Mark Gillispie – Full Story at the Star Tribune | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay Games Day One

Author: , August 11th, 2014

Gay Games - Michael KeyThe International Gay Games began on Saturday in Cleveland with several events culminating in the Opening Ceremony.

In the morning, a memorial quilt panel was unfurled as speakers remembered the early days of the Games and those who contributed to its founding. Following remarks and a musical performance, athletes kicked off the games with the Memorial International Rainbow Run.

In the early afternoon, Olympic legend Greg Louganis gave a talk at the City Club with Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard.

By Michael Key – Full Story at the Washington Blade | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image by Michael Key