Pink Saturday Party Back On – With an 8PM Curfew

Author: , March 10th, 2015

CastroSan Francisco City Hall is expected to pay for this year’s Pink Saturday party but will end the event in the Castro at 8 p.m. and is likely to ban music stages.

Last month the Bay Area Reporter broke the news that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence had decided to end their oversight of the street party they had managed for nearly two decades.

The charitable drag nun group made the decision due to escalating violence in recent years, including an attack on one of its members and his husband last year and the shooting death of attendee Stephen Powell, 19, in 2010.

Adam Taylor, an aide to gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, informed Castro merchants at their monthly meeting this morning (Thursday, March 5), that city leaders had determined the party must continue, despite the Sisters’ withdrawal, in order to deal with the tens of thousands of people expected to stream into the Castro the evening of Saturday, June 27 on the eve of the city’s Pride parade and celebration Sunday, June 28.

By Matthew S. Bajko – Full Story at the BAR | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

New York City Like a Local

Author: , February 20th, 2015

Michael MassettiWhat’s life like for Michael Massetti, a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local’s guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I’ve lived here since august 2011 and I’ve stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

My favorite gay bar has to be Boxers HK. I love when the rooftop opens and we are able to enjoy the beautiful weather during the day.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | New York City Gay Travel Resources

Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

Author: , August 10th, 2014

Doi Suthep in Chiang MaiBoy am I glad that I give destinations a second chance! Back when I visited Chiang Mai, Thailand for the first time in 2011, I came away from that holiday unimpressed. The city was swelteringly hot when I visited and a lack of tourist attractions made it an incredibly uninteresting destination for my lofty travel plans. But when revisiting this summer during an OUT Adventures group trip through Thailand, I had the chance to rediscover the city and see things I’d previously missed out on.

And my favorite tourist experience in Chiang Mai was the few hours we spent atop Chiang Mai’s nearby mountain: Doi Suthep. The national park and mountain, just outside of the city, offers incredible views of the surrounding areas (so long as the skies are clear!). But besides the scenic viewpoint, it’s the temple that sits atop the mountain which is the real attraction.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (its official name) is an impressive, gold-colored Buddhist temple. It’s a holy site for many Thai people, though it’s also a very popular tourist attraction (ranked #3 on TripAdvisor’s list of things to do). Arriving at the temple via Songthaew, there’s then a large staircase up to the top of the mountain where the Wat (temple) sits.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Big Fun on Hawaii’s Big Island

Author: , February 27th, 2014

Big Island of HawaiiHawaii is the biggest—and the youngest—of the Hawaiian Islands. The climate on this island ranges from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts to snow capped mountains to stunning black sand beaches. You will need many days on this island to get the full experience, so don’t rush and don’t stay too long in the hotel.
You can choose to fly into two sides of the island: the sunny Kona district accessible from Kona International Airport to Kealakekua Bay. On this side of the island, you will find coffee farms, historic Hawaiian landmarks and several gay-friendly hotels and businesses. There are no active volcanoes on this side of the island.

To see a great eruption, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the rainy side of the island ( which is an easy drive from Kona ) or fly directly into Hilo International Airport. Hilo is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. It is the most popular visitor attraction in Hawaii and a sacred place for Native Hawaiians.

Authored By Jeff Guaracino – See the Full Story at the Windy City Times

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Edge Boston’s 2014 Gay Travel Itinerary

Author: , January 9th, 2014

Gay Ski Week

Matthew Wexler at Edge Boston reveals his month-by-month pics for gay travel destinations in 2014:

Part one in a four-part series, EDGE’s travel editor Matthew Wexler scopes out 12 months of adventure, relaxation and surprises for the LGBT jet setter.

JANUARY — COLORADO

The air may be thin in much of Colorado, but there was enough sense to pass a law allowing same-sex civil unions in May 2013. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before the weed-smoking Boulder State gets on board for full-on marriage rights. In the meantime, hit the slopes at the season’s premier LGBT ski weekend or travel off-season for great deals, cultural happenings and mountain adventures.

Contrary to popular belief, gay life does not end in your 30s. Just look at Aspen Gay Ski Week, celebrating its 37th anniversary January 12-19 with a special appearance by comedian Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City,” “Laugh Whore”) as well as requisite hot tub parties and mountain antics. Proceeds benefit the Roaring Fork Gay and Lesbian Community Fund, which distributes funds to such notable organizations as the Trevor Project and the Human Rights Campaign.

Authored By Matthew Wexler – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Edge Boston Names Their Top Lesbian Travel Destinations for 2014

Author: , January 7th, 2014

Gay TravelFrom flannel-fabulous Halifax to an epic 21-day adventure throughout New Zealand and Austrialia, EDGE gives a shout out to the ultimate lesbian travel experiences for 2014.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

It’s cold. It’s far away. There can’t be much queer stuff going on there. Oh, such preconceived notions of charming Halifax, Canada’s hidden gem. Nova Scotia’s humble capital city, just east of Maine, is not so distant. It has four distinct seasons, though yes, the chill vibe exists year-round. Plus it’s so down-and-dirty gay, Halifax could be called the New Orleans of the north.

Stay: The Lord Nelson is Halifax’s most historic hotel. Built in 1928, it’s perfectly located in the heart of town across from the idyllic Public Gardens; walking distance from the city’s lively waterfront; and a cab ride from the up and coming North End neighborhood.

Eat: Brooklyn Warehouse has served some of Halifax’s best food and drinks since it opened in 2007. It focuses on the obvious ingredients – local, seasonal and seafood – with inventiveness worthy of its namesake New York borough.

Authored By Kelsy Chauvin – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Provincetown’s Sleepy Side

Author: , November 15th, 2013

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For a century or more before Pilgrims dropped anchor off what is now Provincetown, roving seamen sought refuge in the natural harbor at the curled tip of Cape Cod. The would-be colonists tarried only long enough to do some laundry (and damage to the native population) before moving on in search of greener pastures.

The untamed outland (Thoreau, wearing his curmudgeonly travel writer hat, would later laud it as “this wild rank place”) was left to observe its own customs and laws – the foremost being lawlessness. For a time, the makeshift community went by the name of “Helltown,” and the uptight colonists of the mainland knew better than to meddle. In a sense, their grudging tolerance set the stage for what remains a community in a state of constant creative anarchy – and, seemingly, permanent party.

Except in the off-season, when the revelers head home to resume their regular lives, and the wintering-over population – about one-tenth the summer norm – hunker down to attend to their own.

Authored By Sandy MacDonald – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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The Straight Scoop on Gay and Lesbian Adventures in Hawaii

Author: , November 4th, 2013

HonoluluYes, my dear, there is a wealth of fun for Gays and Lesbians to partake in Hawaii. From clubs to tours…They don’t call Oahu the meeting place for nothing! Sure, the Aloha spirit flows through the pulsating dance floors of some very friendly nightclubs. But what do you do during the daylight hours, other than work on a gorgeous tan?

Oh those Frisky Dolphins

Hawaii is the home to the fun and frolic of Spinner Dolphins. These are smaller than your Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins of “Flipper” fame. These little creatures are known for eating and fun–all sorts of fun. Yes, that sort of fun. And before you think that the male of the species are only attracted to the females of our species, think again! You can take a tour that let’s you swim with these creatures of the deep.

Lust at the Luau

There is a LGFL (Lesbian Gay Friendly Luau) on Oahu. They say that Las Vegas is the ninth island of Hawaii and this show mixes Vegas glitz and skin with Hawaiian tradition. The show is amazing and the bodies, both male and female will make your heart race with the dances. Add to that a decent menu, drinks with umbrellas and the one you love …and you’ve got a great evening. This Sunday night Luau is open to the family-toting public, so if you have kids of your own it’s a great place to bring them, too.

Tours

One very fun thing to do is take a tour. OMG! There is one very friendly tour company called Discover Hawaii Tours that offers just about every kind of sight seeing and bust- your- butt adventure you can imagine. If you like to snap photos, go on a circle island tour that takes you to some incredibly beautiful beaches and sights. I prefer the Eco Tour on the Safari Bus. This open air fun bus is sans window glass bringing all the wonderful sights, sounds and scents to your senses. With the Eco Tour you get to see Wiamea Valley and the amazing flowers and plants. I swear the gods of green thumbs must live here. One my favorites is the Clitoria fairchildiana, which has this amazing flower you must see.

If you are a fan of workouts, take the Discover Hawaii Tours new sunrise Koko head climb. The climb isn’t for the weak hearted, but the sunrise is awesome. I’ve done it just to stop, rest and enjoy the scenery when I took my breaks. Or you can even go take Pearl Harbor tours and take in a history lesson…even go down below decks of the battleship Missouri. Each of the gun barrels weighs more than a 747 jumbo jet! I’ve never said “It’s so big” and meant it more!

What list of things to do wouldn’t include a couple night spots? Waikiki has a few:

Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand has male go go dancers. Is it true what they say about these exotic types? I’ll never tell! Located at 134 Kapahulu Ave. (2nd Floor Waikiki Grand) (Seaside) Honolulu, HI 96815.

Fusion. A Oahu tradition with lots of events. 2260 Kuhio Ave. (2nd floor) (Seaside Ave.)
Honolulu, HI 96815

In Between.
Gay friendly dive bar with Karaoke and friendly people.
2155 Lauula St (Lewers (down walkway by Prada on Kalakaua. Honolulu, HI 96815

There you have it. And I’ve only touched the surface. Hawaii is simply a gay friendly place with lots to see and do…besides people watching (and lusting) at the beach.

Santa Barbara on a Budget

Author: , November 3rd, 2013

California MapThere’s no denying that Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful towns on California’s central coast (and perhaps the entire United States), comes at a cost. But while you might not be able to stay in Montecito, or dine at San Ysidro Ranch, it’s still possible to experience the charm of this Pacific Ocean coastal town without depleting your travel budget in a single day. Of course, beaches are always a good option to while away an afternoon, but here are five other cheap activities to help you stay in motion:

Hike to Inspiration Point: The trailhead is located just a 5-minute drive from downtown, which means there are no excuses for skipping out on this 3.5-mile roundtrip hike that puts you atop a scenic overlook and gives you a panoramic view of downtown all the way north to the airport and beyond. While short, the hike gains 800 feet in elevation rather quickly, so be sure to bring plenty of water. And don’t forget your camera – the hike didn’t get the name “Inspiration Point” by accident.

Paddle Board in the Harbor: Regardless of whether you’ve tried stand up paddle boarding before, it’s unlikely you’ve done it in a setting as epic as the Santa Barbara waterfront. Beautiful views of the boats, beaches, and palm trees are framed by the mountains that hug the coast, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot a seal or two. Boards and tours are available from the Santa Barbara Sailing Center and start at $15/hour.

Authored By Will McGough – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Stowe, Vermont’s Winter Rendezvous Coming in January

Author: , October 19th, 2013

Gay Ski WeekWinter Rendezvous, a gay and lesbian ski week, returns to Stowe on Jan. 22 to 26. The Rendezvous first came to town 30 years ago, with about 75 people attending. Rendezvous director Michael Wilson is expecting close to 500 people this year.

“We have worked hard at marketing this event,” says Wilson. “There are gay ski weeks in other towns out west, such as Aspen and Bozeman that draw 5,000 people. We chose Stowe because we want Winter Rendezvous to continue to grow and become a world-class event. We are incorporating all the best that Stowe has to offer, such as our host hotel, Stoweflake Resort and Spa, the world-class Nordic ski trails at the Trapp Family Lodge, and one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the country, Stowe Mountain Resort.”

Rendezvous attendance comes primarily from the northeast and Canada, with a few people coming from as far away as London and Germany. About 80 percent are men, 20 percent are women, and a few families attend as well. Some have been coming since Winter Rendezvous’ inception 30 years ago.

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