Amsterdam Pride – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , September 28th, 2018

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There’s no time to rest, as the next Pride celebrations are already here! After a fantastic Pride weekend in Berlin, we fly back to Amsterdam. We rest and work for two days in Eemnes before the exciting new things are happening. Amsterdam Pride is a lot about partying but we also have some meetings coming up. Somehow, now that we are back in the Netherlands we get opportunities to connect with people we couldn’t connect anywhere else before (read: networking!).

The highlight of Amsterdam Pride is the canal parade on the first Saturday of August. This year will be the first time we will go on a boat of the parade. Normally we see all the boats passing by from the streets so it’s going to be a whole different experience this time. Thanks to our new Berlin-slash-gay-friend Haroon Ali we connect with some great people from Amsterdam Marketing and that’s how we get the opportunity to be on the NYC-Amsterdam boat. Why an NYC-Amsterdam boat? Next year, 2019, NYC will host World Pride. Something we are already insanely excited for. Mark June 2019 in your agenda: World Pride time! See you there?!

Amsterdam Pride is a lot different than most Prides worldwide. In Amsterdam, it started as a celebration of freedom and diversity instead of a demonstration. Prides elsewhere are usually inspired by the Stonewall riots, but in the Netherlands, that’s continued by Pink Saturday. In 1996 Amsterdam Pride started. The canal parade grew the past years till a parade of 80 boats and over 500.000 visitors! To make our boat even more special we learn a choreography. Together we will dance on the song Go West from the Pet Shop Boys, the entire boat ride.

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Gay Whistler – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 5th, 2018

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What do you get when you mix together a bunch of gay boys, a giant rainbow flag and a huge pile of Canadian snow? The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival of course!

We were very excited to attend the 26th annual Whistler Pride week in January 2018. We love skiing, especially gay ski festivals as they always have the best parties.

Where is Whistler?

Whistler is a small town north of Vancouver in the British Columbia province of Canada. It’s famous for having one of the largest ski resorts in North America and for hosting some of the events of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The town is surrounded by two mountains: Whistler (2,184m/7,165ft) and Blackcomb (2,436m/7992ft). There are over 200 marked ski trails in between the two mountains, catering to all difficulty levels: green for beginners, blue for intermediate, black for advanced and double blacks for people who are just plain mad!

The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is one of the biggest and best LGBTQ ski events in North America. We absolutely loved it and highly recommend it to all gay travellers seeking out a gay ski event to attend. To show you just how awesome it was, here are our 5 amazing things to do during the Whistler Pride week.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Whistler Gay Travel Resources

Transgender Crosswalk Hits the Streets of Calgary

Author: , September 17th, 2017

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Two new crosswalks have appeared in Calgary in time for pride, one rainbow and one with the transgender pride colors.

It is the first time that the city has painted a trans pride crosswalk, and becomes the third Canadian city to do so, after after Whitehorse and Lethbridge. The one in Lethbridge is the first permanent transgender crosswalk.

The crosswalks in Calgary can be found at 4 St. and 17 Ave. S.W.

“It’s quite a positive and supportive statement for our city to have that done,” Jason Kingsley, president and executive producer of Calgary Pride, said.

By Jeff Taylor – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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4th annual Winter Pride festival – Rainbow Reykjavik

Author: , November 18th, 2014

Rainbow Reykjavik, Winter Pride festival in Iceland will be celebrated for the 4th time January 29th – February 1st 2015. LGBT visitors are expected from all over the world to enjoy together dips into thermal pools, Northern Lights viewing, amazing nature & Icelandic culture, cuisine and nightlife.

The programme is a long weekend from Thursday – Sunday and the LGBT travel agency Pink Iceland has organized the festival to make sure the guests experience the best Iceland has to offer.

Check out the official programme of Rainbow Reykjavík and the extended programme and join us in Reykjavik 2015.

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Montenegro’s Second Pride Celebration Will Be Held in Secret

Author: , October 13th, 2014

Montenegro - Google MapsMontenegro’s second ever Pride is set to be held in secret this year after the last event ended with 60 injured in violent anti-gay attacks. Last July, rocks and bottles were thrown by dozens of anti-gay protesters at Montenegro’s first ever pride event.

Extremists chanted “Kill the gays” as 60 were left injured following the attacks.

This year, both the date and location of Montenegro Pride are to be kept private until the day itself. Queer Montenegro, the group behind Montenegro Pride 2014, said the march is expected to take place this month.

Full Story at Pink News

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Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride in Iceland coming up next week

Author: , January 24th, 2014

Reykjavik is anxiously waiting for the third annual winter pride festival Rainbow Reykjavik. Guests from over 13 countries are currently deciding what to pack and looking forward visiting the Blue Lagoon, experiencing Icelandic night life and cuisine, see the world famous Geysir  & Gullfoss and the Icelandic national sport Glíma wrestling.

The programme is a long weekend from Thursday – Sunday and the LGBT travel agency Pink Iceland has organized the festival to make sure the guests experience the best Iceland has to offer.

Check out the official programme of Rainbow Reykjavík and the extended programme and don’t worry if you can’t make it this year, there is always next year!

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Huddersfield, Yorkshire’s Pink Picnic to Relaunch in 2014

Author: , October 19th, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoVolunteers are being sought to help bring back Huddersfield’s popular Pink Picnic in 2014. This year’s event failed to go ahead after the organising committee collapsed and police were called in.

It was alleged that money had gone missing and former chairman Paul Johnson was arrested. Mr Johnson was cleared after a police investigation but is no longer involved in the Pink Picnic organisation.

Now Ashley Ryan, part of a three-man committee in 2012, wants a fresh start with a new committee. Ashley, 27, of Moldgreen, said: “We want to put the past behind us and start again. “The Pink Picnic has been going for 27 years and it would be a shame to see it just drift away.

See the Full Story at the Examiner

Click here for gay travel resources in Yorkshire.

Oklahoma City Pride to Raise Funds for Gay Clinic

Author: , June 1st, 2011

Kirk Martin’s doctor knew a lot of things about him, but there was one thing Martin kept a secret: His sexuality. “For many years,” Martin said, “I didn’t think it was any of my doctor’s business. That was a piece of information I was keeping secret. It still is not a comfortable thing for many people.”

That’s why Martin and other leaders in the gay community are turning the annual OKC Pride festivities into a fundraiser they hope will lead to a new health care center in the gay district.

“There are a lot of people in Oklahoma without health care insurance,” said Martin, president of OKC Pride. “Those in the gay community who do have access to care, many times don’t feel comfortable telling their doctor that they’re gay.”

Full Story from NewsOK

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Helsinki Pride Coming June 27th

Author: , May 12th, 2011

The 2011 Helsinki Gay Pride weekend will be held on the last weekend of June; this year it will be held from the 27th June to the 3rd of July.

Helsinki Pride Weekend is Finland’s biggest GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) event and will as usual attract more than 19,000 visitors to the city.

The event will consist of meetings, discussions and of course exciting parties, all of which will finish spectacularly with the Pride Parade.

Full Story from Online PR news

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Key West Pride 2011 to Salure Diversity

Author: , April 29th, 2011

Key West Pride 2011Diversity and openness are to take center stage Wednesday through Sunday, June 8-12, during Key West Pride 2011. The festival features parties, comedy performances, drag shows, water excursions and much more in the island city whose spirit of acceptance has made it an internationally renowned gay and lesbian resort destination.

Highlights are to include performances by comedians Michele Balan and Jason Stuart. Balan is a former A”Last Comic StandingA” finalist whose credits include appearances on Comedy Central and Logo. Stuart, a veteran of more than 150 film and television appearances, has been hailed as one of the United StatesA’ most successful openly gay male comics. Together they take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St.

The festival’s packed schedule begins with an all-welcome kick-off party at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Island House, 1129 Fleming St.

Full Story from TravelVideo.tv

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