Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – February 8th

Gay Couple Seek Revenge on Homophobic B&B Owner in New Thriller (Pink News)
A film about a gay couple who plot against a b&b owner who turns them away has found funding.
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Trailer for Gaycation (Joe.My.God)
VICELAND, VICE’s new TV network, launched the first trailer for GAYCATION, a brand new series hosted by Ellen Page and Ian Daniel.
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The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi (Keep Calm and Wander)
The Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is where you should stay—if you have the cash to burn. This hotel spells luxury and opulence of the Emirati world. “Everywhere around”, as my brother said, “is pure magnificent!”
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Hot Aussies Having Fun In The Sun At Midsumma Festival In Melbourne (Gay Star News)
Midsumma Festival is officially back with a bang.
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Desert Sunset (Keep Calm and Wander)
Desert sunset is breathtakingly magical. Behind the sea of sand, the orange ball goes down like a ball of fire, leaving an impression that makes us all sigh, hoping to see again the next day.
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8 Best LGBT Events & Festivals in Europe 2016 (Travels of Adam)
February is traditionally the UK’s LGBT History Month. Over the past few years as LGBT individuals have gained more and more equal rights, there’s been a shift in traditional gay culture.
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Three reasons to visit Paris in 2016 (Gay Star News)
If you’ve never been to Paris before there is an enormous list of must-do tourist essentials that will easily fill your time during your stay – climb the Eiffel Tower, wander around the Louvre, stroll along the Seine, sit in cafe and look intellectual.
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10 Reasons Not to Miss Rainbow Reykjavik (Gay Star News)
It started as an experiment by then-new LGBTI travel company Pink Iceland – with support from Icelandic industry heavy-hitters, including national carrier Icelandair.
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Gus Kenworthy and His Boyfriend Weren’t Allowed to Share a Bed in Russia (Towleroad.com)
Gus Kenworthy says that while attending a competition in Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics he and his then-boyfriend were denied a room with a double bed by a Russian hotel. Hotel staff reportedly told Kenworthy, “Two guys can’t be in the same bed.”
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Dinah’ 2016 Lineup Revealed (LGBT Weekly)
Club Skirts has revealed its entertainment line-up for The Dinah 2016. The Palm Springs, California-based all girl party and music festival will again take place over the span of five days (March 30 through April 3, 2016) at the Hilton Hotel, the PS Convention Center and Zeldaz Nightclub.
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Inside Starbucks’ Massive Seattle Roasting Facility (Shermans Travel)
Less than two miles away from Starbucks’ original Pike Place Market store sits its latest Seattle location: a 15,000-square-foot-plus café, roastery, and packaging facility perched on Capitol Hill.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – January 13th

King Fahd Causeway – Connecting Saudi and Bahrain (Keep Calm and Wander)
King Fahd Causeway in Manama is a structure that connects two countries by the Arabian Gulf—Saudi and Bahrain.
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Caribbean Beaches Guide – Bathsheba Beach, Barbados (Go Girlfriend)
Northeast of Barbados’s Capital City, Bridgetown. Home to the international surfing sweet spot known as the “Soup Bowl,” you’ll find this beach on the bucket list of any competitive surfer, whether from Barbados or afar.
full story CUBA:
Is Cuba Safe for Gay Travellers? (Daily Xtra)
This year, the country’s tourism offices began offering LGBT-focused press trips, flying in journalists from mainstream gay travel magazines so they could see for themselves just how welcoming the country had become.
full story [caption id="attachment_39871" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Cuba - Sydney Photo by Sydney Coatsworth[/caption] EUROPE:
Calling All Snow Bunnies: Get Your European Gay Ski Week 2016 Deets Here (Gay Star News)
Better get your skates (or skis) on – this year’s European Gay Ski Week is just four months away.
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Smart & Sexy Locals Tell You Where To Hang Out In Madrid & Barcelona (Queerty)
Planning a trip to Spain in the new year? Let these savvy local experts guide you to their favorite hangouts in Madrid and Barcelona.
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Photos: Beards Are An Absolute MUST At Madrid’s Biggest Bear Party (Gay Vities)
Bearbie is a weekly bear party that takes place every weekend in the heart of Plaza de Pedro Zerolo in Madrid.
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Miami to Host First-Ever Gay8 Festival (Watermark)
On Jan. 17, Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood will host the first annual Gay8 (pronounced “GayOcho”) Festival, a Latino LGBT event with art, music and food.
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Experience Albuquerque & Santa Fe in One Trip (Sherman’s Travel)
It’s been a slow start to winter this year, but the temperatures are bound to dip at some point. When it does, it’ll be the perfect time to escape to the Southwestern U.S. and experience the region’s classics: beautiful red rocks and outdoor adventure, mountain cuisine and handmade crafts, Native American heritage, and organic Adobe architecture.
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