Copenhagen This Summer

Author: , April 30th, 2014

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen is gearing up to host the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest from May 5 – 10, but that’s not the only honor bestowed upon the Danish capital this year. The renowned environmentally friendly city has also been named European Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission. Here’s why that matters to visitors.

A Greener Eurovision

This year, Copenhagen’s green aspirations will play a major role in its hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. The city claims that all aspects of the event production will be carried out in an eco-friendly way, from food and beverages provision, to transportation.

The city has constructed new bicycle paths connecting the Eurovision Island (the area surrounding Refshaleoen, an abandoned shipyard) to the city center, making it as easy as possible for visitors to join in with local bicycle culture and choose an eco-friendly (and cheap) mode of transport.

By Karen Gardiner Dion – Shermans Travel | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

A World of Gay Travel Options for the Spring and Summer

Author: , March 15th, 2014

BeachIn 1983, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) began with just a handful of LGBT travel agents and hotel owners. Their goal then was to provide community members with information about friendly and affirming travel destinations and options. A testament to their work is the dramatic increase they’ve seen in LGBT-friendly travel across the globe. Today, they have partners and connections in more than 75 countries.

“The growth has really been tremendous,” says LoAnn Halden, IGLTA’s media relations director. “Certainly, there’s been more focus on LGBT travel in the last 10 years and in the last five years it has increased dramatically. We are finding many more LGBT-friendly destinations. We’ve been having conversations with more than 100 tourism boards, either at the country level or city level.”

Concerns about safe and friendly travel are particularly important for LGBT people. And, that’s as much true for international travel as it is domestically. “For LGBT travelers, the most important thing is you want to be traveling in a way that makes you feel safe and welcome, whether choice of travel that might be,” says Halden.

Authored By Matt Comer – See the Full Story at QNotes

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Oceanfront Getaways for the Summer

Author: , July 31st, 2013

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Looking for a gay friendly beachfront getaway this summer? The Dallas Voice has some options:

Tybee Island, Georgia: Every bit as quirky, laid-back and personable as nearby historic Savannah, just a 20-minute drive inland, Tybee Island (VisitTybee.com) is one of Georgia’s famed barrier islands, an idyllic locale for beach-bumming, fishing or boating. In May 2013, this colorful beachside community hosted its first Tybee Gay Days, a weekend of parties and events that organizers plan as an annual gathering.

Camden and Rockland, Maine: To experience a ruggedly scenic part of New England, a two-hour drive north of Portland, Maine, lies the historic seaside communities along western Penobscot Bay, including Rockland and Camden. Maine’s Mid-Coast is a place for quiet vacations, ideal if you’re a hiker, photographer, fisherman or sailor. (MainesMidcoast.com). Camden is home to a fleet of Windjammer sailing ships, which can be booked not only on multiple-day excursions throughout the region but also for afternoon jaunts along Penobscot Bay.

Hit the link above for more details.

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Coolest LGBT Party Destinations This Summer

Author: , July 31st, 2013

August is the month for record summer heat, endless pool parties, and global LGBT parties. I hope you’ve asked for the entire month off from work, because these parties couldn’t get any hotter — without a doubt, you won’t want to miss any of them.

Some of them support charitable environmental causes, while others raise money for LGBT not-for-profit groups. All are hosted at year-round gay-friendly locations. Get your tickets now and choose one of these eight places to enjoy some of the summer’s best gay parties.

Carnival Provincetown, MA

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Aug. 17-22

New England welcomes gays into its harbor as Provincetown throws its annual Carnival celebration. This week-long Mardi Gras style party lets boaters, and land-lovers alike party on this coastal town in Massachusetts. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas,” where sinful play never leaves the Carnival.

With an overabundance of events like pool parties, the “Carnivals Original Costume Party: Don’t be Yourself” party, boat parties, and dance parties, you’re sure to find a shindig that fits your style. The Carnival Parade gathers all party-goers to Commercial Street 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22nd. Enjoy colorful floats, bartering for beads, and outrageous costumes during this fun parade.

Tropical Heat Key West, FL

Aug. 18-21

This all men’s party heats up during the sticky summer month of August at Florida’s most Southern Tip, Key West. From clothing-optional pool parties (along with every event), to party cruises, there’s everything a man could dream of available for this sizzling vacation. All of the bars, restaurants, and cheap hotels of Key West are working with Tropical Heat to make this event as welcoming and sexy as possible. If you like the heat of the dance floor, or the coolness of the pools, you’ll find your perfect temperature in this tropical setting.

Gay Nights Las Vegas, Nevada

Aug. 4-7

Hosted by MGM Resorts in the steamy sin city, Gay Nights Las Vegas is the party destination for gay people who love flashing lights and glitter. Pool parties during the days will give you a break from gambling, while the wild dance parties at night will let you make memories you’ll soon forget.

If you already love Las Vegas, then find your perfect party at Gay Nights. If you’ve never been, then get your ticket now to experience Las Vegas the best way, surrounded by sexy people and bright lights. Don’t expect to get too much sleep, because Gay Nights events don’t pause during the day.

Ascension Fire Island, NY

Aug. 16-18

Swim, float, or cruise over to New York’s Fire Island for this heavenly weekend party. If you love the salt, the pool, or just want to dance all weekend, Ascension will have any style of party you desire. Popular Djs will keep your booty moving all day and night.

Have you ever danced for a cause? Well, now you can because Ascension benefits The Fund in the Sun Foundation. They support the environment and the pines of Fire Island. Ascension also supports many other LGBT not-for-profit groups, making it a party you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Pride Amsterdam, Holland

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July 27 – Aug. 4

The heart of Amsterdam thumps to the beat of pulsing euro-house music as the gay community gathers in celebration for Pride Amsterdam. You won’t want to miss the famous canal parade where 80 boats cruise down the canal beginning at Westerdok harbour.

This unique parade lets onlookers anchor up along the parade path, or catch beads from the land. A one-of-a-kind parade, Amsterdam (per usual) throws down a party to remember. Partiers will get to access all of the clubs, bars, restaurants, and of course infamous street parties with the purchase of tickets.

Pride Stockholm, Sweden

July 29-Aug. 4

As the largest LGBT party in Scandinavia, Pride Stockholm celebrates its 15th year. Speakers and bands gather to perform to honor the accomplishments of the gay movement in Sweden. The theme of this year’s party is, “Reflect,” as attendees are encouraged to reflect on their own personal accomplishments as well as those of the gay community.

Some people party to remember, others party to forget, but this party encourages those people to remember how important Pride is in the gay community. Combining activism with celebration, Pride Stockholm knows how to throw a party with a positive impact.

Rainbow Festival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aug. 8-11

More than 3,000 travelers unite for this LGBT celebration in one of Brazil’s greatest cities, Rio de Janeiro. If exotic, tropical, and proud are all your style, then this party is the perfect destination for you.

Brazilian colors and flare sparkle the city, while tropical trees and vegetation offer you the Brazilian setting you’ve been craving. Don’t let the language barrier discourage you; whether you’re Brazilian or international, everyone will find a welcoming home in this Brazilian city during the Rainbow Festival.

Southern Decadence New Orleans, Louisiana

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Aug. 28 – Sept. 2

This 42-year-old party is known as the “Gay Mardi Gras.” In the most magical southern city, New Orleans invites gays, lesbians, and transsexuals all to celebrate. Always falling on Labor Day weekend, this party always tops out at about 120,000 partiers. With 24-hour parties in the French Quarter, and a Parade, this party is probably even wilder than Mardi Gras. The theme of the 2013 Southern Decadence party is “Live, Laugh and Love” while the colors are fuchsia pink, tangerine orange, and a New Orleans classic, gold. This year’s party donates to the Belle Reve organization who support families and patients of AIDS and HIV.

LGBT parties are about more than summer hook-ups and wild costumes, though neither are discouraged, they are also about uniting as a community to celebrate the progress and pride of the gay community. These parties are also about supporting communities, restaurants, hotels, and other venues that year-round support the gay community. Many of them donate to charities, as well, which gives you even more reason to party. Which one of these destinations are you planning to attend? 

Summer Beach Getaways – Homer and Mendocino

Author: , July 14th, 2013

Andrew Collins over at the Dallas Voice clues us into a few less-traveled beach destinations for your summertime getaway:

Homer, Alaska: You may not think of Alaska when you’re planning a beach vacation, but the offbeat fishing town of Homer (HomerAlaska.com) is an endearingly funky and gay-friendly coastal getaway popular both with residents and visitors to the Last Frontier. On the Kenai Peninsula and reached from Anchorage either by a stunning 220-mile drive or an easy 40-minute flight, the town is situated at the mouth of Kachemak Bay and affords dramatic views of the glacier-capped Kenai Mountains.

Mendocino, California: Among the many jewels of the rugged California coastline, the beautiful little town of Mendocino (VisitMendocino.com) stands out for its rugged sea cliffs, charming New England-inspired cottages and serene seclusion. The town is just 150 miles up the coast from San Francisco, and 80 miles via the lovely Anderson Valley from the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country.

For more details on both locations, hit the link above.

Click here for gay travel resources in Alaska.

Click here for gay travel resources on California’s Northern Coast.

Get Away to Providence, Rhode Island

Author: , July 11th, 2013

Rhode Island MapWith same-sex marriage now legal in Rhode Island, it’s the perfect destination for your summer getaway. The small, friendly city of Providence, Rhode Island is full of history and culture, and a great place to tie the knot, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, or just to experience a new vibe.

Be prepared to enjoy the picturesque views, breathtaking scenery, and friendly ambiance with family, friends, or your partner.

Providence, RI offers several activities until the end of the summer:\0x2028\0x2028 It’s Water Fire\0x2028 Saturdays from now through October\0x2028, with a salute to veterans on November 9. An up-to-date schedule can be viewed a www.waterfire.org.

Authored By Trudy Knockless – See the Full Story at Passport

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Steven Sharp’s Guide to London’s Hot Summer Club Scene

Author: , July 4th, 2013

LondonDJ, promoter and producer Steven Sharp gives his take on the essential Summer hangouts and deck spinners you would be mad to overlook over the next few sunshine filled months!

01: HOT 2 TROT – Every Sunday Night from 11pm – 6am at Club Aquarium, Old Street London, EC1

Something brand new and fresh in the East End! At the incredible Club Aquarium in Old Street which boasts 3 rooms of music plus a swimming pool and even a Jacuzzi! This mew party is really making some large waves across London every Sunday night as London club heads look for an underground alternative to Vauxhall! It’s first few weeks have gone incredibly well with a music savvy cool crowd who have been waiting for something different for too long! With the music directed by resident Pagano and special guests including Tom Stephan and Smokin’ Jo – you can see the appeal!

Authored By Steven Sharp – See the Full Story at Gay Web Source

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Visiting Seattle in the Summertime

Author: , May 23rd, 2013

Space Needle ViewThis city – sculpted by Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and crowned with leafy hills – abounds with lively diversions, both indoor and outside. A sunny and mild climate from June through well into October makes it one of the country’s most enchanting summer destinations.

It’s actually a cool getaway with year-round popularity – yes, even during the grayer, wetter winter months – with superb restaurants, offbeat shops and a mix of accommodations for all budgets. Downtown, with its dashing, postmodern skyline, contains a mix of enticing museums, historic blocks and trendy retail-entertainment strips.

The city’s many visitors are often drawn to Seattle’s LGBT hub, Capitol Hill. Students, dot-comers, latter-day hippies and young families of all persuasions live in this lofty neighborhood, a 20-minute walk or short cab ride east of Downtown.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at Gay San Diego

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Summer in Rehoboth Beach

Author: , May 18th, 2013

Gay Rehoboth Beach Patio BarsSummer is coming quickly, and many gay travelers will pass a part of it in Rehoboth Beach. The Washington Blade reports:

Virtually unscathed by the effects of Hurricane Sandy, all indications are this summer will be a busy one in Rehoboth Beach, Del. And with the arrival of marriage equality in the state, locals are also expecting a busy summer of beach weddings. Beach replenishment and flood control projects should be concluded by Memorial Day. The Chamber of Commerce reports that summer rentals to date are running at least 30 percent above last year and businesses are preparing for an influx of new visitors headed farther south this year following the damage to some New York and New Jersey-area beaches.

Peter Rosenstein reminisces about thirty years of Rehoboth Beach summers:

For more than 30 years, Rehoboth has been my choice for summer vacation and for the last 15, I’ve owned a small home there. The town has grown up in that time and is now a year-round place to live. But summer is still the time when business owners have to make their year. This will be a good year for them. Like many, I spend a great deal of my time in Rehoboth on Baltimore Avenue, the gayest block in town. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner; do your shopping; and go to happy hour and late night dancing all on the same block. As always there are new places opening and one of note this year is Frank and Louie’s Italian Specialties at 58 Baltimore Ave. Frank and Louie are known to many as the nice guys from Touch of Italy but they are now on their own.

We’ve never been to Rehoboth Beach – it’s a bit out of the way for those of us on the West Coast. But maybe one of these days…

Click here for gay travel resources in Delaware.

Fun This Summertime

Author: , May 9th, 2013

Grand CanyonNot sure what to do this summer? The folks over at Edge Boston have some great ideas for gay summer fun:

“Summertime, summertime, sum-sum summertime…” The clouds are gone, the sun is high and the urge to escape has reached a fevered pitch (or maybe it’s just a case of sun-stroke). Most of us are well-past the “summer’s out – I’m free” school-age ecstasies, but the joys of freedom from a daily routine are no less present in adulthood when the temperature heats up.

We all need a break now and then, in order to balance the daily grind and avoid the “life sucks” doldrums. Believe me when I say; your family, friends and coworkers will thank you for doing it. Here are a few options for you to consider, some short, some long: on a boat, on a bike, one with a river running through it, one that’s a splash of a different kind, a summer pilgrimage to mecca (a gay one at least), another that’s a geek’s dream, one that requires a spanking and one with things best left behind.

Make a splash this summer doing something a little “outside the box”-or at the very least-outside your backyard pool. Join other gay and lesbian thrill-seekers for a whitewater rafting adventure through America’s greatest natural wonder, The Grand Canyon. Alyson Adventures, a leader in adventure travel for the gay community, takes care of all the details for this eight-day excursion through a 100 whitewater rapids along the entire 280-mile stretch of the Colorado River, in Grand Canyon National Park.

Click here for gay travel resources.