Rio Pride Draws Tens of Thousands

Author: , December 15th, 2016

Rio Pride

Tens of thousands gathered at Copacabana beach on Sunday to celebrate the 21st Rio Pride Parade.

Organizers said this year’s parade was focusing on passing legislation in Brazil that would allow adults to legally change their gender on identity documents and eliminate bureaucracy involved in gender confirmation surgery, reports the Associated Press.

They called on the public health system (SUS) and private health plans to pay for hormonal therapy and surgery.

By Jeff Taylor – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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NYC Gay Pride: Seven Things You Can’t Miss

Author: , May 21st, 2016

NYC Gay Pride

We’re already super stoked about this year’s NYC Gay Pride. The world’s biggest LGBTI festival takes place next month, from 19-26 June, with this year’s theme being ‘Equality Needs You.’ Managing Director Chris Frederick says the theme ‘serves as a reminder of the continuing fight for full equality and the effect a single individual can have on their world.’

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, adds: ‘Whether it’s in the West Village – the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement – Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, Williamsburg or Jackson Heights, we encourage visitors and residents to participate in the iconic and vibrant Pride events taking place throughout New York City this June and July.’

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, adds: ‘Whether it’s in the West Village – the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement – Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the East Village, Williamsburg or Jackson Heights, we encourage visitors and residents to participate in the iconic and vibrant Pride events taking place throughout New York City this June and July.’

Here, we look at seven parties, events and activities not to be missed from this year’s jam-packed lineup…

1 NYC Gay Pride March

The March on 26 June begins in Murray Hill at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and culminates at Christopher Street and Greenwich Street in the West Village. Led by grand marshals Jazz Jennings (the youngest grand marshal in NYC Gay Pride history), Subhi Nahas (co-founder of the first LGBTI magazine in Syria), and Cecilia Chung (an internationally-recognized LGBTI advocate), the NYC March is the largest pride march in the country and is expected to have more than 2 million people lining the route.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Miami Beach Gay Pride is Hot

Author: , April 16th, 2016

Miami Beach Gay Pride

Over 100,000 people came to Miami beach on Sunday (10 April) for the 8th annual Miami Beach Gay Pride to prove that the community is still alive and well and its historical legacy as one of the hottest gay destinations is going from strength to strength.

By Dan Beeson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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No Pink Party in the Castro This Year

Author: , March 21st, 2016

Castro Pink party

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener confirmed Thursday that there will be no Pink Party in the city’s gay Castro district the Saturday before the annual LGBT Pride parade.

Following a March 17 meeting with key stakeholders, Wiener told the Bay Area Reporter that there will be no street closures this year. In previous years, the streets were closed for the unofficial party.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence had produced what was known as Pink Saturday for nearly two decades. Last year, however, the Sisters decided to end their oversight of the street party due to escalating violence. A sister and his husband were attacked in 2014, while Stephen Powell, 19, died after being shot toward the end of the party in 2010.

By Cynthia Laird – Full Story at the BAR

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Sydney Mardi Gras: Flamboyant, Fabulous Fun

Author: , January 22nd, 2016

Sydney Mardi Gras

Half a tonne of glitter and 5 kilometres of fabric is needed to get Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade on the road, and it shows. The gigantic street parade is a dazzler. Dressing up in feathers or leathers isn’t just for those in the show – people in the huge crowd of onlookers also tog up in weird and wonderful ways such as their favourite comic character, movie star (Marilyn Monroe is a favourite), or even the Sphinx.

Anything goes in the circus-like event, which has grown way beyond its original platform for the gay community to express themselves in all their diversity, and display their love of putting on a show. It’s become a gigantic street party and a sea of happy faces that anyone can join.

Mardi Gras is a must-see for visitors to the city in early March. The loud, lurid, and licentious cross-dressers generally grab all the media attention but the parade is more than just a huge-scale drag performance.

By Philip Keating – Full Story at

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Shine at Pride in Burlington, Vermont’s Queen City

Author: , August 27th, 2015

Burlington PrideVermont has long held a special place in the hearts of the LGBT community as the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex marriage following the 1999 Supreme Court decision. And as the largest city in Vermont, lakefront Burlington is the state’s “crown jewel,” hence her moniker, “Queen City.”

PRIDE Vermont, Northern New England’s premiere LGBT PRIDE celebration will be held Sept. 6-13 in Burlington. This year’s theme, “SHINE,” celebrates the personal and collective triumphs of the LGBT community. The week-long, family-friendly event includes a high heel race, transgender events, a food and travel expo, and a special appearance by the girl group The Glamz. (More information at, or by calling the PRIDE Center of VT, 802-860-7812.)

Highlights, Heels, and Drag On ‘Til You Boogie

Sunday, Sept. 6

2 p.m. on Church Street: The pedestrian-only Church Street Marketplace welcomes over 1 million visitors per year, and heels will meet paving stones here for the annual High Heel Race emceed by perennial favorites, the House of LeMay. (*If you happen to be in town the day before, visit the Farmers Market in City Hall Park, adjacent to Church Street; it’s awash in delectable everything from ethnic foods to maple-tinged gin.)

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Burlington Pride7 p.m., Burlington City Hall auditorium: Noted author and activist Julia Serano will be the keynote speaker on “Making Transgender Activism More Inclusive.” She’ll be joined by a young speaker from Outright Vermont and a question and answer session will follow. (Admission is free; $5-10 donation suggested.)

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.: Interfaith Service, First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. LGBT people and allies from all faith traditions, or none, are invited. (For more information: call the church, 802-878-5745, or email Rev. Stannard Baker,

Saturday, Sept. 12

Burlington Pride1-5 p.m. The Women’s Afternoon Dance at Red Square, Church Street, Burlingon, 18+ only, with DJ Craig Mitchell spinning the best of the 80s and 90s. Indoor and outdoor dancing (weather permitting), free admission, cash bar, food welcome. (For more information, see: )

5:30 p.m.: Vermont premiere of the documentary film, “State of Marriage,” the inspirational story of how VT attorneys Beth Robinson and Susan Murray formed Vermont Freedom to Marry, partnered with legal pioneer Mary Bonauto of GLAD, and led a determined group of activists in a two-decade-long struggle for marriage equality in VT, that built the foundation for the national movement. Screening at the lakefront Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Admission is $25 and includes a reception and panel discussion. Advance tickets:

Sunday, Sept. 13

12 noon – 5 p.m.: Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, this “festival within a festival” showcases LGBT-friendly businesses from throughout VT, and includes food and drink samples, including IPA beers from internationally award-winning The Alchemist Brewery, and a silent auction. Tickets: $5 for adults, children 12 and under free. (Some alcoholic samples may have additional fees.) For more information:

12:45 p.m. It gets bigger every year, the PRIDE PARADE, Church Street, Burlington. Follow all the participants, students, families, and early “leaf peepers,” all the way to Battery Park (with a stunning view of Lake Champlain), where the festival continues.

1-5 p.m.: PRIDE Festival, Battery Park, Burlington. Music and entertainment by local performers, the aerial performance group Fierce Circus, curvy girl group from NYC, The Glamz, make-your-own button fun, arts & crafts, “Lawn Gaymes,” reading nook with onsite library, a Gender Fun Test, exhibitors and resource displays.

So, Where Are the Gay Bars?

Surprisingly, The Queen City hasn’t had an exclusively gay bar in many years, but no worries, there are numerous gay-friendly establishments. Among the best:
Oak45, just down the hill from Burlington, on Main Street in Winooski. Sleek, candlelit wine bar with long communal tables, couches, elegant cocktails, and a reputation for cute bartenders. See:

Drink, 135 St. Paul St., Burlington. See:
Halflounge Speakeasy, tiny and intimate, adjacent to its big sister, the popular Red Square, Church St., Burlington. See:
Three Needs Brewery & Taproom, Pearl Street, Burlington. Check them out on Facebook.
Zen Lounge, Church Street, Burlington. See:

What Do I Do if I’m Bored?

That’s not likely to happen in Burlington. From its music venues, to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, to ECHO Aquarium & Science Center, cruises on Lake Champlain, Shelburne Museum & Farms, there’s something going on around every corner. Our local, gay-founded, independent weekly Seven Days covers the entire scene with a thorough calendar of events:

Welcome to “Foodie Paradise”

One of the many reasons Burlington is ranked on numerous Top Ten lists of America’s best small cities is the plethora of eats, and it is truly farm-to-table heaven. You’ll find the top-rated restaurants here:

Now, for some insider tips: If you can’t book a table at #1 restaurant “Hen of the Wood” (named for a wild mushroom and located inside Hotel Vermont), sit at the bar, watch food being prepared, and order from their outstanding appetizers and craft cocktails. For imaginative vegetarian that impresses even carnivores, try “Revolution Kitchen.” And if you’re suffering late-night munchies, visit Kountry Kart Deli on Main Street, open until 3 a.m.

Dog-Darn It, I Can’t Find a Place to Stay!

Many of us can’t bear to travel without our “fur baby.” Burlington has major chain hotels, a few accept dogs, but if you’re looking for a Bed & Breakfast experience with your pooch, only one B&B in Burlington welcomes dogs, the totally eclectic, LGBT-friendly Made INN Vermont ( Owner/designer Linda Wolf took a small mansion in the historic Hill District, restored and retro-fitted it into an urban chic work of art with just four guestrooms.

Whether you’re coming to Burlington for PRIDE week, or for Vermont’s spectacular fall foliage season, all lodgings in the Lake Champlain region fill-up quickly, so it’s important to book early.

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 27th

Author: , June 27th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

Photos: Crowds Go Wild at Berlin Pride (Pink News)
One of the largest Pride celebrations in Europe took place in Berlin today.

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Here are the 18 best pictures from Pride in London (Gay Star News)
Thousands of people celebrated equality and the LGBTI community in the UK capital.
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London Pride

Liverpool Pride Cancels Most of Festival Over Funding Shortfall (Pink News)
Liverpool Pride is to face a drastic reduction in scale, after a funding shortfall led it to cancel most of the planned festivities.

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Boise Pride Celebrates Equality (The Advocate)
Boise, Idaho, celebrates its 25th Pride anniversary as well as marriage equality in the Gem State.
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Boise Pride

Photos – You’ve Got to Give Iowa Pride a Try (The Advocate)
The proud folks of Iowa City, Iowa celebrated the day with song, dance, flags, and “Cher.”
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Iowa Pride

PHOTOS: Boston, Strong and Proud (The Advocate)
Boston Pride is, of course, wicked. There’s no way around that.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 20th

Author: , June 20th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

Here’s Who’s Been Celebrating Pride On Social Media (MEDIA)
Pride Month is an opportunity for the LGBT community to remember its rebellious roots and remind the world that LGBT people are everywhere and refuse to be ashamed of who they are. Recognizing that they have LGBT customers and constituents, many businesses and organizations join in the Pride celebration through clever special edition products and social media campaigns — i.e. lots of rainbows.
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US Department of the Interior

These Unlikely Couples Pucker Up For Pride (Queerty)
We’ve asked online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi to create a new meme each week for Queerty readers. This week he celebrates national Pride month with the work of gay Mexican artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, who shows that love can happen between even the most unlikely couples.
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Disney Pride

Increased Tourism “Good” for LGBT Dominicans (Washington Blade)
A cross-dressing Dominican activist this week said increased LGBT tourism to his country will benefit him and other community members. – See more at:
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EuroPride Riga Draws 5,000, Protestors Burn Rainbow Flag (Gay Star News)
EuroPride took place in Riga, Latvia today – with 5000 people flying in from around the world to take part.
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Euro Pride Riga

Photos – KiKi Club Throws Alice in Wonderland Themed Bash (Queerty)
Located in the heart of Manchester‘s gay village is KiKi’s, a popular nightclub for the under 30 crowd that hosts weekly parties, theme nights, and special events. The club recently threw an Alice in Wonderland-themed weekend bash that included a sexy Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and others, along with big beats, drink specials, and games that lasted well into the wee hours of the morn.
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“Sex and the City” Reborn in San Francisco as Hit Drag Performance (Dot 429)
Three men sit at a bar in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood talking about work, relationships and sex, when a fourth returns from the bathroom, looking nervous and embarrassed. When the group asks what’s wrong, it’s the usual: his diaphragm is stuck and he either needs one of the guys help getting it out, or he’s going to have to ruin the day by taking an emergency trip to the gynecologist.
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Oasis Sex And The City June 2015 New Bridge

10 Hot Places to Eat, Drink and Play in Fabulous Las Vegas (Towleroad)
as Vegas is known not only for its spectacular hotels and one-of-a-kind weddings, but also for its world class dining and unparalleled nightlife. Both on and off the Strip, renowned chefs and restaurateurs are constantly bringing new concepts to life, making this one of the best places to explore fresh and innovative dining.
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Vegas Eats

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 18th

Author: , June 18th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

10 Major Differences Between River & Ocean Cruises (Shermans Travel)
River cruising has been the fastest growing segment of travel for several years — but is it the perfect fit for you? Before you board a river cruise to sail through Europe, Asia, or other destinations with smaller ports that are well-suited for river cruising, consider these ten differences between small ship and mega-ship sailing.
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Photo Tour: A Perfect Day in Suzhou, China (Shermans Travel)
Our CEO David Steward recently visited China on a 14-day adventure, journeying for the most part with Gate1 Travel to hotspots like Shanghai, the Yangtze River, Xi’an, and Beijing.
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Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Fest 2015 Award Winners (LGBT Weekly)
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Golden State Warriors President Named SF Pride Celebrity Grandf Marshall (Watermark)
Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts has been named the celebrity grand marshal of San Francisco’s gay pride parade.
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It Was Raining Nearly-Nude Men At Los Angeles Pride (Queerty)
Thousands of people turned out for the Pride parade and festival in West Hollywood last weekend, which included performances by headliners Wilson Phillips, Tinashe, Ke$ha, Ty Herndon, and Fifth Harmony.
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Los Angeles Pride photos - Larry Geller

Pink Party Returns to Castro (Gay Today)
Into every Pride Weekend a little PINK must fall! PINK PARTY returns to the Castro on Saturday, June 27th with a NEW TIME – 3PM to 8PM.
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Gay Days Engulfs Orlando As It Celebrates 25 Years Wearing Red (Watermark)
Gay Days 2015 brought thousands of travelers and locals to Orlando’s most well-known LGBT gathering, and one of the highest attended gay events in the world, with dozens of parties to suit every ones needs.
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Gay Days Orlando

New York On a Near-Zero Budget (Gay Star News)
From Brooklyn food markets to bike rides around Governor’s Island – the Big Apple offers plenty of free or affordable tourist options this summer.
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Photos – Capital Pride Celebrates 40 Years (Advocate)
Capital Pride in Washington, D.C., presented its 40th celebration of pride in the nation’s capital. More than 150,000 people attended, including grand marshal Wilson Cruz (who doesn’t look anywhere near 40). Photography by Dimitrios Manis.
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Capital Pride - Dimitrios Manis

Photos – Milwaukee Pridefest Turns Up the Volume (Advocate)
Milwaukee Pridefest, an extravaganza of music and entertainment, kept Wisconsin on its feet and dancing for three days with Ty Herndon, En Vogue, and Ani DiFranco, just to mention a few of the headliners. Thanks to Michail Takach and the photographers of Milwaukee Pridefest for the images here.
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Milwaukee Pride - Michail Takach

Win a Trip to Maui Pride With the Maui Sunseeker and Virgin America

Author: , June 13th, 2015

Maui Sunseeker sweepstakes

Imagine jetting off on one of Virgin America’s new flights to Maui to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun on a white sugar beach, just steps away from your well-appointed Maui Sunseeker Penthouse Suite. Now imagine doing this FREE!

Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Virgin America and KOFY TV present our “Maui FlyAway with Pride” Sweepstakes!

One lucky sweepstakes winner will receive TWO ROUNDTRIP TICKETS from San Francisco to Maui on Virgin America plus a FIVE NIGHT STAY in one of Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort’s luxurious Penthouse suites. Entries may be submitted online at between June 1 and June 30, 2015. Entries may also be submitted at the KOFY TV booth at Civic Center Plaza during the SF Pride Festival on June 28. The winner will be randomly drawn on July 4th, 2015.

MAUI SUNSEEKER has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years and is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars through guest reviews.

VIRGIN AMERICA brings mood lighting, fleetwide WiFi, and on-demand food and entertainment to the skies with its new San Francisco to Maui service beginning December 3, 2015 and San Francisco to Honolulu beginning November 2, 2015.

Come enjoy paradise with our warmest Aloha!


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