Cleveland on the Rise

Author: , July 22nd, 2014

Cleveland - Apple MapsSurely, not enough people. Like many Rust Belt cities, Cleveland’s associated with joblessness, dilapidation, and general unsavoriness. But contrary to these common views, the city’s been slowly transforming into an affordable enclave for the trendy, the foodies, and cost-conscious travelers of all kinds. The Tremont district, for example, is filling up with boutiques and quality restaurants — even Iron Chefs love the famous West Side Market. The next time you have a weekend to spare, here’s what you should include on your Cleveland itinerary:

Where to eat: New York has pizza. Philly has cheesesteaks. Cleveland has… grilled cheese. Melt, located in the cozy Lakewood neighborhood, serves up generous portions of pimped out sandwiches like grilled pierogies and cheese, or grilled chorizo and potatoes and cheese. The sandwiches, all served with a wall of fries, isn’t the cheapest at roughly $12 each, but they’re so worth every cent. Bonus: Tomato soup comes with a side of Goldfish crackers, as homey as it comes.

If you’re in the downtown neighborhood, Great Lakes Brewing Company dives into a taste of the Great Lakes. When ordering a hearty meal with German flair — the bratwurst is highly recommended ($14) — it’s essential to sip a beer like the chocolatey Edmund Fitzgerald Porter or a classic Dortmund Lager. For late night revelry, Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street offers a fantastic rooftop, while West 6th is the street of choice for bar hopping.

By Tommy Burson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

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United Church of Christ to Sponsor Gay Games 9

Author: , June 28th, 2014

Gay Games 9

The UCC is going to sponsor the Gay Games 9 this year in Cleveland.

Towleroad.com reports:

This year, the United Church of Christ is set to become the first religious denomination to serve as a major sponsor of the Gay Games, The New York Times reports: The denomination, the United Church of Christ, has its headquarters in Cleveland, which, along with Akron, is one of two cities that will play host to the more than 35 sporting and cultural events scheduled to be part of Gay Games 9. Geography, however, is only one reason the church agreed to become a major sponsor; ideology loomed larger.

The UCC has really stepped up on LGBT rights this year, including the lawsuit in North Carolina for marriage equality. My mom is a UCC member, So proud.

By Kyler Geoffrey – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Costa Rica Gay Surf Week in November

Author: , June 5th, 2014

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We’re not going to ask what you like to ride, but if it includes waves, consider Gay Surf Week 2014 (November 8-15), which promises to offer a week of sun, fun and waves for gay and lesbian surfers and beach lovers in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Known for its endless beach, multiple breaks and bustling nightlife, Tamarindo is the leading tropical beach and surf destination in the country.

“We see an increasing number of LGBTQ visitors in Costa Rica and Tamarindo in particular to ride the waves, relax and enjoy its natural beauty. Following last years’ successful soft launch, we are now back with Gay Surf Week 2014.” says Aleksandar Bulatovic one of the co-founders, who has been running a successful tourism and surf business in Costa Rica together with his partner.

“Gay Surf Week is not just for the gay and lesbian surfers out there, but also for those who want to ride their first wave or the beach bums who just want to enjoy the beach, sun and beauty of Costa Rica. This unique event has loads to offer to all of them.”

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Counting Down to the Gay Games

Author: , May 22nd, 2014

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When Todd Harvey was living in Austin, Texas, he was looking to get back into the sport of swimming but was unable to find a team that was a good match for him.

At the end of 2012, his job in public health administration at the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors moved him to Washington and he was still itching to get back in the water. “I didn’t know many people here,” says Harvey, 34.

“Besides wanting to get back into swimming, I wanted to expand my friendship base in a healthy way.” He joined the District of Columbia Aquatics Club within a few months of moving to D.C. and has already proven himself a valuable asset to the team winning nine medals at the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships in Seattle last August.

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Counting Down to the Cleveland Gay Games

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Gay Games 2014 LogoLeading up to the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Gerard Burley was traveling through Europe working as a model and competing in a low-level professional basketball league.

Burley met up with his basketball teammates from the D.C. Sentinels in Cologne and together, they won a bronze medal. It was Burley’s first Gay Games and looking back on it, he says all his focus was on winning. The D.C. Sentinels just wrapped up season two of the Washington, D.C. Gay Basketball League and used that momentum to claim the tournament title at the Coady Roundball Classic in Chicago earlier this month.

A Baltimore native, Burley’s sports background includes football, baseball and basketball. After competing on his high school’s baseball and basketball teams, he went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he played on the scrimmage team against the varsity players.

By Kevin Majoros – The Washington Blade | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Headliners Announced for the Gay Games in Cleveland in August

Author: , April 25th, 2014

Gay Games 9The 2014 Gay Games announced the entertainers who will headline the Opening Ceremony on August 9, which include Lance Bass, Andrea McArdle and the Pointe Sisters.

The Opening Ceremony is in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena, where it will feature a cast of more than 400 performers and a Parade of Athletes who are participating in the 2014 Gay Games.

LANCE BASS

Best known for being a member of ‘N Sync, he is a well-known gay rights advocate for the LGBT community. He also was the winner of the Humans Rights Campaign Visibility Role award.

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Gay Mud Run Returns to NYC, Launches Other Events Across USA

Author: , April 23rd, 2014

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Out-Fit Challenge, (http://out-fitchallenge.com), following last year’s successful debut, has announced they will be expanding their 5K cross-country trail Mud Run to other cities including Reno, San Francisco, Boston, New York City.

This year, the event in NYC will take place on June 21, 2014 at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center in Tuxedo Park; the Reno, Nevada event on September 20, 2014 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park; the Boston, Massachusetts event on October 11, 2014 at Amesbury Sports Park; and the San Francisco, California event on December 13, 2014 at Solano County Fair.

These cities were selected based on Out-Fit Challenge’s voting contest, where the public received a chance to choose the city of their next major sporting event. Tickets to participate in the events begin at $55 per person with group discounts provided. Registrants can sign up to participate at http://goo.gl/gYBHgC.

“It’s amazing to watch Out-Fit Challenge and our mission begins to branch out,” begins Founder and CEO of Out-Fit Challenge, Tory Fitzgerald. “I created this organization in the hopes that it could bring together people from opposite ends of the spectrum for one cause, and Out-Fit Challenge has definitely accomplished this. It has grown to extraordinary levels of participation, and we can’t wait to see the turnout in other cities as well. ”

The sport event features over 15 military style obstacles such as the “Cherry Picker,” “Is that Mud in Your Pants,” and “Hello Sailor”. To celebrate the victory of finishing the course, there will be an after party at the finish line that will be hosted by local drag queens with varied selection of dance beats by local DJs, as well as a wide selection of delicious food and drinks.

Apart from putting on race events, the organization aims to aid national and local charities that are making a significant difference in the lives of LGBT individuals across the US. This event has grown to be a state to state national event open to all supporters of the LGBT community to bring awareness to Family Equality Council.

Out-Fit Challenge’s mission is to create a competitive experience that people will love, while also giving everyone an opportunity to feel a sense of community through fun challenges.

For more information or to register for The Out-Fit Challenge please visit http://out-fitchallenge.com/. For information on Sponsorship for the event, media access and media inquiries email info@beautifulplanning.com or call 877-841-7244.

About Out-Fit Challenge

Out-Fit Challenge is designed by and for members and friends of the LGBT community who aspire to compete, make new connections, and celebrate community via outdoor endurance sports. The company provides proceeds from every event to a national and local organization that strives to make a difference for LGBT individuals.

Tickets on Sale for Cleveland Gay Games in August

Author: , April 4th, 2014

Gay Games 9The 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation is one of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world and comes to Cleveland+Akron, Aug. 9-16.

The Games are open to all adults – regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability. With more than 35 sports (from darts to triathlon, bowling to softball) and 2 cultural events (band and chorus), there’s something for everybody.
Reserve your room today for best rates. Make sure to save the most dollars with the special Gay Games rates at Cleveland+Akron hotels by reserving your room through the exclusive Gay Games 9 lodging reservation site here.

More than two dozen hotels in close proximity to the events have partnered with the Games to offer their lowest rates available. To book through the Gay Games lodging site, click here. Want to reserve 10 or more rooms for your team? Contact housing@positivelycleveland.com or call +1.216.875.6621 or +1.800.321.1001 ext. 6621.

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This Year’s Dinah – Bigger and Better Than Ever

Author: , March 28th, 2014

Dinah Shore WeekendThis April more than 15,000 women from all over the world will descend on the town of Palm Springs, Calif., for the biggest lesbian event on the planet, The Dinah Shore Weekend slated for April 2 to April 6 (thedinah.com).

The epic annual world-renowned weekend is a five-day affair packed with, not just non-stop activities, spectacular comedy shows, live concerts, philanthropy and legendary pool parties, but also premier talent in music, fashion, arts, film and television.

Created and produced by Mariah Hanson under the Club Skirts marquee, The Dinah originally began as a weekend of merriment aligned with the Kraft Nabisco Championship (formerly known as the Dinah Shore Golf Championship).

Authored By Michele Khordoc – See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Visiting Belgium for the Outgames

Author: , March 15th, 2014

World Outgames 2013 Antwerp BelgiumIt’s midday in Antwerp, Belgium when dreary skies and spotty rain showers finally give way to blues that make the flagstone pedestrian mall shine with a vibrancy reflecting the Flemish-style row houses and the rainbow flags that line the street Wapper. It’s a much-needed relief to the Flemings who squint and emerge from shopping arcades to reclaim the streets. Without a passing glance, fashionable students strut past the home of Peter Paul Rubens, holding their Galeria INNO bags, and peel off their rain gear to reveal a head-to-toe style that the Antwerp Six would surely admire. Blue-haired women with their wet plastic headscarves wipe benches dry with newspapers and resume their daily gossip.

I too am relieved that the rain stopped, as my first day in Antwerp is a formal affair. While the World Outgames 2013 are already in full swing, I’m here to catch the tail end of the festivities that will also coincide with the city’s Pride. After quickly changing in Hotel Leopold, I walk to Antwerp’s most picturesque square, Grote Markt. The City Hall (Stadhuis) stands on the east side of the square, which is surrounded by stunning Guild Houses built in the over-the-top Flemish Renaissance style. A bronze fountain in front depicts the etymology of Antwerp (a Roman soldier named Silvius Brabo chopped off a giant’s hand and threw it into the river: hence the name of the city is derived from hantwerpen or “hand throwing”).

In Stadhuis, media, event organizers, and friends gather for a Pride welcoming reception and Vice Mayor Philip Heylen is on hand to officially start the celebration. Dressed in a tie-to-sock matching outfit, he quickly uses his time to show his support for the LGBT community. “Tolerance is not about being different, but about dealing with others being different,” Heylen says quoting Ghandi. Heylen is not just a figurehead mouthing off things that a group of LGBT journalists want to hear. The city (and country) has a track record to back up its claims.

Authored By Joseph Pedro – See the Full Story at Passport

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