Ipanema: Rio’s LGBTIQA Hot Spot

Author: , August 22nd, 2016

ipanema - Gabriel Heusl

With the Olympic Games well under way and the first medals snapped up, the worlds eyes are on Rio de Janeiro. But despite the hustle and bustle around the venues and inside the athletes village, living in Rio follows its own pace and its a fairly relaxed one.The city is, by far, Brazils gay hub: apart from welcoming over one million visitors flocking to the city each year, Christ the Redeemer also casts a watchful eye over the citys own, home-grown community. After all, 14.3% of Rios citizens identify as part of the LGBTI community.

At a population of 12.3 million people in the metropolitan area, that accounts for about 1.7 million people and those who arent LGBTI themselves are often described as open minded and extending a warm welcome to people from every walk of life.

Brazils second-biggest city may not have a clearly defined gay quarter, but ask around and people will generally point you in the same direction: towards the Rua Farme de Amoedo, in the affluent South Zone neighbourhood, or bairro, of Ipanema.

By Stephanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Image from Wikipedia, by Gabriel Heusl

Gay Curacao – This Island Should Be on Your Radar

Author: , July 10th, 2014

CuracaoEvery year, countless travelers wound tighter than a clock are lured to the Caribbean with the promise of a getaway filled with nothingness. (We mean nothingness in all of its glory, which usually involves top-notch beaches, snorkeling, diving, great food and plenty of other nothings that of course amount to something pretty great.) It’s no surprise the Caribbean is so popular — the laid-back people, beautiful beaches and live and let live attitudes are positively infectious. We’re not sure about you, but we could get used to always smiling at strangers and never wearing anything more formal than Bermuda shorts.

Still, the Caribbean has not always had a reputation as an all-inclusive destination. Deeply-held cultural traditions and religious practices have meant that some islands are less accepting of same-sex couples than others. Enter Curacao, a teeny (and beautiful) island on the southern tip of the Caribbean just off the coast of Venezuela.

With an authenticity that can be hard to come by in the Caribbean, Curacao has the highest membership rate of businesses in the IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) and a tight-knit community of friendly, accepting locals. Here, we’re counting down 5 reasons to put this LGBT-friendly Dutch island on your travel radar.

By Amy Hubbard – Full Story at the Huffington Post | Netherlands Antilles Gay Travel Resources

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A Twenty-Something Discovers Gay Key West

Author: , June 12th, 2014

Gay Key West

Source: Key West Pride

After a quick 20-minute flight from Miami I touch down amid swaying palm trees and a balmy early summer breeze. I am greeted by a sign that practically screams at me: ‘Welcome to the Conch Republic.’ I’m nervous that I’ve caught the wrong flight, but my tour guide, Stephen Murray-Smith, assures me that I am indeed in the correct location.

The name was coined by the locals after Key West (in tongue-in-cheek fashion) seceded from the Union in the early ’80s. This is my first taste of Key West, and I’m already in love with its crazy charm and distinct local identity. It feels like nowhere else in the United States (technically, it isn’t), and as Steve reminds me, I am closer to Cuba than the contiguous 48 states.

After grabbing my luggage from an airport terminal smaller than my living room, I head to Equator Resort, which will be my home base for a long weekend. Equator Resort is one of the few remaining all-male, clothing-optional resorts in gay Key West, and as such, it offers a unique adult-only experience.

By Douglas Baulf – Full Story at Edge Boston | Key West Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Bath, England – 2,000 Years of History

Author: , July 4th, 2012

“How can you not get excited about something that was built 2,000 years ago?” my guide at the Roman Baths says as we stare out and try to visualize the expansive oh-my-God-how-did-they-think-of-this architecture of Bath, England.

The World Heritage City, about an hour’s train ride west of London, may not be considered a must-visit destination on your British itinerary, but the city of about 800,000 has an unmatched charm and history stretching back to the ancient Celts that has men and women craving the mineral-rich natural spas, the Georgian lifestyle, and a joie de vivre that brightens the drizzly weather.

We step through the cavernous underground ancient city filled with reminders of Rome’s sprawling empire. “Back then, if someone hurt you, you didn’t need to fight back, you could just write a curse,” our jovial guide laughs holding his popping-out belly.

Full Story from Passport Magazone

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