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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Travel: Loving Philly's LGBT Nightlife

LGBT revelers of every stripe meet their nightlife matches among the buzz-worthy bars, restaurants and nightclubs in and beyond Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. After dark, partying patrons enjoy laid-back vibes and delicious cocktails at recent additions Toasted Walnut and Writers’ Block Rehab, atthewell-rounded club scenes of Woody’s and Voyeur and at bar-nightclub hybrids—venues with bars on the first floors and dancing on the second—Franky Bradley’s and Tavern on Camac. Then, there’s the late-night food scene, featuring stylish go-tos like Bud & Marilyn’s and Zavino along the restaurant row that is 13th Street, plus quick noshes in the wee hours.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Travel: Savannah Pride is Coming Up October 28

Grammy Award-winning singer, producer, songwriter and actress ESTELLE will headline the entertainment at Pride in Savannah: Downtown Takeover on Saturday, October 28 in Ellis Square, downtown Savannah, running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.
 
“I am so excited to be sharing my music with my darlings in Savannah,” said Estelle.
 
Estelle has come a long way from local West London MC to being a successful Grammy Award-winning artist. Her international recognition came with the debut of her second album Shine, released under John Legend’s Homeschool label, in partnership with Atlantic Records. Her hit single “American Boy,” in collaboration with rapper Kanye West, won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Song Collaboration, in addition to being nominated for Song of the Year and many other awards worldwide.
 
Taking full creative control of all her music endeavors Estelle launched her independent label, Established 1980 Records. The first project released under the label was her fourth album True Romance. The album features the inspirational anthem “Conqueror,” which skyrocketed even further after a special duet version aired during an episode of FOX’s hit show Empire. Performed by Estelle and Jussie Smollett, “Conqueror” became a Gold single and was one of the highest-charting songs from Empire to date, helping to spur The Original Soundtrack from Season One of Empire to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 as well as a Grammy nomination.
 
With the release of Estelle’s fifth album, her musical career journeys back to some of its original influences. Partnered with VP Records, her latest album is set for an early 2018 release.
 
“We are overjoyed that Estelle will be headlining here in Savannah,” says festival director Dusty Church. “Her music is passionate, seductive, bold and, most of all, fun. She’ll have all of Savannah on its feet.  We can’t wait.”
 
In addition to the appearance by Estelle, Pride In Savannah: Downtown Takeover will include a street fair, a self-guided pub crawl and educational workshops.   A special Pride wristband, providing discounts on drinks and more at participating businesses, is currently on sale.
 
Pride in Savannah: Downtown Takeover is a highlight of the three-day Savannah Pride event, which begins Thursday, October 26 with the Masqueerade Ball at The Mansion at Forsyth Park and ends Saturday night with Bootleg Spirits: The Official Pride After Party at Ghost Coast Distillery.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Travel: Savannah Pride

Savannah Pride has announced that, for the first time, Savannah’s Pride Festival will be held in downtown Savannah and will be free to the public. The four-day event, which has been organized by a newly-selected Board of Directors, will be highlighted by a street fair and musical performances in Savannah’s Ellis Square, an urban public square adjacent to the city’s major tourist and shopping district.

The festival will also include a series of parties, community get-togethers and films as well as educational workshops and presentations. As is only appropriate for “America’s Most Haunted City,” the festival will take place over Halloween weekend, October 26 – 29.

“This year, it is particularly important to bring the Savannah Pride Festival front-and-center,” says Dusty Church, new Festival Director. “Historically, the festival has taken place in a beautiful but not central part of town, isolated by a fence and an admission fee. As the government chips away at LGBT rights, from the move to ban transgender Americans for serving in the armed forces to the recent news of the Department of Justice throwing its support behind a wedding vendor who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple, we felt it was time to come out of the shadows. By bringing it downtown and making it free, we encourage the community to join in this celebration of diversity.”

Having begun in 1999, Savannah Pride is one of Georgia’s largest and longest-running pride events. Throughout its 18-year history, it has celebrated a region known for its unique Southern charm as well as its unmatched natural, historic and architectural beauty.

Last year Savannah celebrated its designation by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the top three travel destinations in the U.S. and one of the top ten in the world.

“Savannah is an enchanting town where eccentrics, artists, new transplants, students and a vibrant LGBT community mingle with ease with traditional Southerners and people whose roots run deep in the Georgia soil,” says Church. “More than anything else, Savannah Pride gives us a chance to share our beautiful, accepting, fun and quirky home with visitors from all over the world.”

Friday, August 18, 2017

Travel: Key West Fantasy Fest

Attendees at Key West's renowned annual Fantasy Fest can anticipate creative costuming, offbeat artistry and a blend of colorful new events and longtime favorites for masked and costumed revelers.

Themed "Time Travel Unravels" and scheduled Friday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 29, the 2017 festival features several dozen masquerade balls, costume contests, exotic parties and showcases for quirky creativity, all climaxing in a lavish grand parade.

Event organizers encourage participants to "time-travel" to any past or future era to find inspiration for their costume finery and float designs. The most imaginative are to be rewarded with prizes and enthusiastic acclaim from Fantasy Fest crowds.

The extravaganza begins with the family-friendly Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village, a celebration of Key West's Caribbean roots set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21. Friday night brings the Royal Coronation Ball, where a king and queen are crowned to preside over the festivities.

New to the festival schedule is Sunday evening's Zombie Bike Ride, a procession of oddly lively "undead" in tattered zombie garb, pedaling past Key West's Atlantic Ocean beaches to prowl historic Duval Street.

Subsequent events include Tuesday's tutu party, a culture crawl, themed soirees for costumed characters and Wednesday's wacky Pet Masquerade. The "animal antics" feature dressed-up dogs, cats and other domestic species competing for costume prizes alongside their human companions.

Thursday brings another festival newcomer, the Smallest Parade in the Universe, providing a "tiny" foretaste of the glittering Duval Street parade that highlights Fantasy Fest. A miniature procession of artist-made 18-inch floats is to traverse a make-believe Duval, while audiences view the creative constructions both live and via large-screen video.

Thursday's enticing events also include two traditional favorites: the "over the top" Headdress Ball, to be held at the new Key West Amphitheater at Truman Waterfront Park, and the tantalizing Toga Party at Sloppy Joe's Bar on Duval Street.

The following day, Duval becomes a carnival of creativity as vendors offer colorful costumes, arts and crafts, food and libations in the mile-long Fantasy Fest Street Fair.

Friday's festivities also include the Masquerade March, a zany walking parade that begins at the local cemetery. It typically features thousands of revelers dressed in masks and costumes that range from brilliant to bizarre.

The madcap merriment is to culminate Saturday night, Oct. 28, during the Bud Light Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West's historic downtown. Tens of thousands of spectators converge to cheer the parade's elaborately costumed marching groups, dancers in bright feathered costumes and dazzling motorized floats.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Travel: OutRVA Celebrates Pride

OutRVA, Richmond’s LGBTQ tourism campaign, is pleased to announce a lively lineup of events and offerings to celebrate LGBTQ Pride this fall. Below is a sampling of what is on tap in Richmond, Virginia next month.

VA Pridefest on Brown’s Island - September 23, 2017 12-8pm
The city of Richmond is host to VA Pridefest, the largest annual celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) community in the Commonwealth. Planned and implemented by Virginia Pride, this family-friendly day of festivities is free to the public and will feature a variety of vendors, local eats, activities, and entertainment. Over 30,000 people are expected to attend Pridefest.

LGBTQ Pride Package at Quirk Hotel - Through September 30, 2017Visitors traveling to Richmond now through September can stay at Quirk hotel and book the special LGBTQ Pride Package. In celebration of PRIDE, Quirk is offering guests 10% off the best available rate for two, a complimentary bar snack or beverage at the barista bar and an RVA Pride in-room welcome amenity. Guests will also receive VIP Access to RVA Pride (if booked during the festival on September 23rd), two tickets to The Valentine Museum and guaranteed entrance into the hotel’s popular Q Rooftop Bar.

Tropic Like It's Hot - Through September 30, 2017
Known for its thriving craft beer scene, Richmond is inviting travelers to experience a craft beer collaboration created in celebration of Pride. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Ardent Craft Ales, and Center of the Universe Brewing have teamed up to create a special beer celebrating the LGBTQ community, Tropic Like It’s Hot. Tropic Like It's Hot is a hefeweizen, brewed with passion fruit, pineapple, and lime. The specially crafted beer will be sold at VA Pridefest on September 23rd and will also be featured at local Richmond restaurants and the other partner breweries now through September.

Richmond Triangle Players, a local theatre group that delivers adventurous and entertaining theater as the leading voice in the community’s explorations of equality, identity, affection and family, across sexual orientation and gender spectrums, will be celebrating LGBTQ Pride with a special programming arc. The scheduled programming will celebrate some of the most influential works in LGBTQ theater and shine a light on the positive impact of the diversity and inclusion that Richmond Triangle Players embodies in all its productions as one of the area's most acclaimed theater companies. The fall lineup includes, Cloud 9, The View Upstairs and The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Travel: Intrepid Journeys Into Colorado's Ghost Towns

Colorado’s history runs as deep as the silver and gold veins that once lured a surge of fortune seekers here during the late-1800’s mining boom. 
 
But when those rich resources went bust, dozens of towns were abandoned—leaving behind saloons, mercantiles and other hallmarks of Wild West life. Catch glimpses of this bygone era in the remains of ghost towns tucked amid high peaks and remote wilderness. Though you’ll have to drive a portion of the way to these deserted destinations, take an intrepid approach for the final leg.
 
1.  ATV/OFF-ROAD VEHICLE
 
Ghost towns in Colorado range from mere ruins to surprisingly intact hamlets—for the latter, venture St. Elmo, where a few lingering residents run a general store and a guesthouse. Seek the help of Buena Vista’s ATV Mountain Adventure Rentals, which will drop you and your rented ride off trailside (and pick you up later), leaving you to explore the dusty, straight-out-of-a-movie set streets on your own. An ATV also comes in handy for a bonus trip to nearby Tin Cup.
 
Set your sights on Animas Forks, located high in the San Juan Mountains. Just 12 miles away in SilvertonRock Pirates Backcountry Adventures can hook you up with one of its rugged Tomcar OHVs for a bumpy-yet-scenic excursion up the Alpine Loop Scenic & Historic Byway. Check out nine remaining structures, including the two-story Duncan House with its impressive bay window.
 
2.  HIKE
 
The North Park area is home to Teller City, a former silver-mining camp that at one time boasted 27 saloons, hundreds of log cabins and more than 1,500 residents—not too shabby given its dense-forest location. Head southeast of Walden to the Teller City Interpretive Site, then hit the .75-mil loop trail that winds arounds scattered remains of cabins and other artifacts.
 
The high-altitude setting of Carson (almost 12,000 feet) makes it all the more rewarding for its views of massive peaks. Lake City, situated near the Continental Divide, is your base for this adventure. Hop on the Alpine Loop Scenic & Historic Byway to Wager Gulch Trailhead. The moderate-to-difficult hike is a steady, 3.4-mile climb leading through open meadows and aspen stands to the Carson site.
 
3.  BIKE
 
Eleven miles south of AspenAshcroft is one of a few ghost towns that can be visited year-round. But it would be a shame to miss the vivid colors of wildflower season in late summer or fall’s brilliant foliage—both ideal times for a two-wheeled ride along Castle Creek Road. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, Ashcroft is currently maintained by the Aspen Historical Society, and highlights include the still-standing post office, Blue Mirror Saloon and town jail.
 
Central City escaped a boom-to-bust fate, but hidden just up the hill is Nevadaville, which bustled with some 4,000 people in its heyday. Several original buildings and a few gravesites are left, in addition to the Nevada Lodge No.4, still used by Freemasons for monthly meetings. The route up gravelly County Road 1-S is just over a mile and makes for a nice mountain-bike jaunt.
 
4.  SNOWSHOE/CROSS-COUNTRY SKI
 
Wintertime doesn’t always mean you can’t visit—in fact the scene might have a more ethereal vibe blanketed in snow. South of Ouray lies Ironton Park, home to the slumbering remnants of the Ironton townsite. A local group maintains and grooms Nordic trails after fresh snows, including the roughly 2-mile Townsite Loop, which passes by a two-story Victorian house and the Larson Brother’s Mine.
 
Close to Summit County’s popular ski resorts is Mayflower Gulch Trail. Go six miles south of Copper Mountain to the trailhead, then strap on your showshoes for a four-mile round trip to Boston Mine. Your path follows a gently sloped wagon road through forest before opening up to a bowl peppered with old mining cabins and an ore chute at the base of Fletcher Mountain.
 
5.  JEEP TOUR
 
Sometimes it’s easier—but no less thrilling—to let the pros take the wheel. Telluride Outside guide service is happy to oblige with its 4WD tours in beefed-up Chevy trucks. The Imogene Pass itinerary departs from Telluride toward Tomboy on an intermediate road, meaning the tour is suited to all ages, but you’ll still get your kicks. Amenities like tennis courts and a bowling alley once graced the area where a collection of collapsed remains and foundations now exist.
 
Strike out from Marble on an expedition to Crystal City, courtesy of Crystal River Jeep Tours. Your guide will navigate the terrain while you enjoy dramatic landscapes. Just before the town entrance is the exceptionally picturesque Crystal Mill, perched above the river. Two shops and a dozen cabins are reminders of the once-thriving community, but a few friendly summer residents also carry on.
  
 
PIT STOP: HISTORIC COLORADO WATERING HOLES
 
Detour from the ghost-town quest and relive the Old West at some of Colorado’s oldest places to quench your thirst
  • The Centennial State’s longest-surviving gold-rush-era business, Buffalo Rose Saloon in Golden, got its start as the international Bowling Saloon in 1859.
  • Though established in 1862, the original building of The Mint in Silverthorne has been taken apart and moved three times.
  • Inside Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome, J-Bar has been slinging boozy concoctions to the likes of John Wayne and Hunter S Thompson since 1889.
  • Not much has changed at the New Sheridan Bar in Telluride since its 1895 construction within a hotel of the same name, from the mahogany wood paneling to stiff pours.
 
*Exercise caution around all sites and be mindful of rapidly changing weather conditions, especially at high altitude. Taking souvenirs is strictly prohibited, but snap all the photos you like.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Travel: Palm Springs Does Pride Right

Palm Springs Pride will host a diverse group of artists including, dancers, singers, musicians, activists, and DJs gathering under the theme of Solidarity through Pride to celebrate diversity, equality, and solidarity. The November 4-6 Pride Celebration will take place in downtown Palm Springs, CA. The lineup was announced today by the organizers of the annual celebration Greater Palm Springs Pride.

This year’s all-inclusive Palm Springs Pride Festival lineup will be headlined by ska legends and iconic '80s band The English Beat, Book of Love who is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a USA reunion tour. Chicago-based rock ‘n’ roll band, Jinx Titanic and the Ladykillers, queer rock band Pansy Division, and the high energy The Gand Band. The free two-day Pride Festival features all-girl Americana style rock ‘n’ roll band Ashleigh Flynn and the Riveters, East Nashville's Amelia White and the musical, and romantic duo Branden & James.

GayC/DC the world’s only all-gay tribute to AC/DC and the four-piece all female rock band from Los Angeles No Girlfriends, along with electropop band Devin Tait and the Traitors will help highlight the unique musical styles that celebrate diversity in our community. The Trans Rally on Sunday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. will feature performances by Allison Annalora, Lindsey Deaton, and Paulina Angel.

An assortment of electronic, pop, hip hop, and rock ‘n’ roll artists will perform, including singer and guitarist Shea Freedom, Young Jibwe, an Ojibwa hip-hop artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ciscofoya, and a hot new artist on the rise Yaysh. Popular southern California singer and Rock ‘n’ roll band Tomasina round out the list of stellar performers.
DJ KinkyLoop, DJ Aaron C, and DJ Waide will join over 100 artists scheduled to perform throughout the festival weekend including the DJ Baz “Cuban Nights” show. Festival Emcees include the desert’s hostess, social ambassador and Walk of Stars recipient Bella da Ball?, Pauly and Monks, Ruba Wilson, and KJ as Joan Rivers.


With 100 performances, the diverse lineup of artists will offer something for everyone including special appearances by the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, Modern Men and Harmonic Voices. All performances take place outdoors on the US Bank stage, Tahquitz stage, Pride Palm Canyon Stage sponsored by Desert AIDS Project, and the Hyatt Palm Springs stage. ASL will be provided for the deaf community at the Arenas, Tahquitz, and Palm Canyon stages.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Travel: As The Weather Cools Down, Philly’s LGBT Scene Heats Up

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Fall in Philadelphia is always a thrill: Theaters debut productions. Festivals invigorate city streets. Charitable events unite the city. This year, autumn’s arrival offers even more for LGBT visitors. The season begins with it the Fringe Festival, a 17-day citywide bonanza of cutting-edge contemporary live arts—many of whichspotlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. From September to December, Bearded Ladies Cabaret artistic director John Jarboe resurrects his irreverent and bawdy cabaret series Get Pegged. And that’s just on the stages. Come October, Philadelphia will host the nation’s largest coming out party in OutFest and put on the city’s 30th annual AIDS Walk. Here’s a look at what to expect from Philadelphia’s LGBT scene this fall:

Festivals & Outdoor Events:
Haunted attractions are always more fun when experienced with friends—and LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls is no exception. Eastern State Penitentiary’s terrifying Halloween-time tradition features six attractions inside the cellblock of a real, abandoned prison, September 16-November 5. For one evening, the crumbling venue hosts brave members of the LGBT community in all six of its scary spaces, followed by cocktails in Al Capone’s cell. October 12. 2027 Fairmount Avenue, (215) 236-3300, easternstate.org


A half dozen beer gardens, three stages, vast sidewalk sales, tons of fantastic food and loads of family fun show off the vibrant neighborhood also known as the Gayborhood during the Midtown Village Fall Festival. The rain-or-shine street party closes off nine blocks to car traffic in order to welcome person traffic, and lots of it. October 1. Between 12th & Broad Streets and Locust & Chestnut Streets, midtownvillagephilly.org


Held annually around National Coming Out Day, the Gayborhood’s OutFest isthe world’s largest coming-out event in the form of an old-fashioned block party. Restaurants and bars throw open their doors to host street-side cookouts and dance parties. There are special areas for children and pets, a mechanical bull, rock-climbing wall, flea market, hula-hoop contest, high-heel race and risqué bagel-eating contest. October 9. (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org


This fall’s AIDS Walk Philly marks the 30th year the event is helping those with HIV disease in the Greater Philadelphia area. The theme for 2016: Getting to zero. Now a walk-run—including the 5K AIDS Run Philly—the event starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and continues along scenic Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. October 16. (215) 731-WALK, aidswalkphilly.org

Show-stopping Performances:

The Wilma Theater begins its 2016/2017 season with Notes of a Native Song,co-presented by FringeArts and created by the duo behind the Tony Award-winning Passing Strange. The multimedia drama delves into the complicated legacy of mid-century queer writer and activist James Baldwin with music, video and spoken word. September 8-11. 265 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-7824, wilmatheater.org


LGBT theater takes a prominent role in this year’s Fringe Festival. Forward-thinking, ever-physical dance troupe Brian Sanders JUNK uses aerial acrobatics and punk and disco music in Carried Away, a performance that evokes scenes from a gay leather bar in the 1970s. Philadelphia choreographer and performance artist Gunnar Montana offers twisted fairytale Wroughtland, featuring sexy versions of familiar characters and exotic sets. For the festival’s traditional (except not at all traditional) finale, Martha Graham Cracker returns for her annual cabaret of pop tunes and impromptu lap dances. September 9-24. Carried Away,2040 Christian Street; Wroughtland, The Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street; Martha Graham Cracker, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-1318, fringearts.com


In In My Body showing at the Prince Theater, real-life couple and Old City gallery owners Michael Biello and Dan Martin use song, spoken word and dance to explore some of the more befuddling aspects of embracing body image. A series of poignant vignettes follow characters grappling with all-too-familiar issues, including sexuality, gender identity, pride and aging. November 9-13. 1412 Chestnut Street, (215) 422-4580, inmybodythemusical.com


John Jarboe, artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, reprises his Get Pegged Cabaret series on Penn’s Landing at FringeArts. From September through December, Jarboe invites LGBT artists from Philly and beyond to the stage for impassioned—and often times irreverent—musical performances invoking early-19th-century French cabarets. September 14, October 21, November 18, December 16. 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-1318, fringearts.com


As if the gay dating scene weren’t already tough, actor Ryan J. Haddad explores what it’s like to be gay and on the prowl when you have cerebral palsy in Hi, Are You Single? The one-man show, playing this fall during the First Person Arts Festival, tackles the whole gamut—from Grindr to navigating the gay bar scene—on a disabled man’s journey to find Mr. Right. November 12. Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater, 20 N. American Street, (267) 402-2055, firstpersonarts.org


BalletX kicks off its 2016-2017 season this fall with choreographer and co-founder Matthew Neenan and composer Rosie Langabeer’s Sunset, o639 Hours. Live music from The Sunset Club helps transport this mesmerizing, full-length ballet to 1938, when pilot Edwin Musick made his pivotal flight across the Pacific Ocean. November 16-20. The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-7824, balletx.org


Those who miss Martha Graham Cracker at the Fringe have no need to fret. The towering diva croons every second Thursday of each month at L’Etage in Bella Vista. Set in the intimate, second-story confines of a French-inspired bar, the popular show includes special guest performances and a full set of Martha reprising tunes by artists from David Bowie to Whitney Houston. 624 S. 6th Street, (215) 592-0656, creperie-beaumonde.com

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Travel: LGBT Travelers Can Revel in 2016 Lineup of Fabulous Las Vegas Events

Travelers looking for an exciting and colorful array of LGBT events can look no further than the Entertainment Capital of the World. This year ushers in a blending of events that offer an incredible variety of opportunities for only-in-Vegas moments, including daylife, nightlife, entertainment, sporting events, festivals, conventions and more. With celebrated events returning for another fantastic year, and new events making their debut, this year will truly be extraordinary in Las Vegas.

For the first time in National Gay Basketball Association (NGBA) history, the NGBA will host their National LGBT Basketball Championships April 22-24 in Las Vegas. The Coady Roundball Classic brings 36 LGBT and Ally teams from across the U.S. and Canada to Las Vegas and is the longest running LGBT basketball tournament in the world.

Created for lesbians by lesbians, the fun-filled Dinah Vegas returns for its fifth year in Las Vegas. Guests of the weekend-long event can revel cocktail parties, sunshine, poolside fun and more, April 28 – May 1. Caesars Entertainment welcomes the ladies in style with live entertainment from a top-tier line up of Lesbian DJs including Dawna Montell, Dirty Kurty, Whitney Day and DJ Du Jour. Event highlights include a headlining performance by former Pussycat Doll Kaya at the Infinity Pool Party inside Flamingo Las Vegas and the always anticipated Vegas White party at Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas.

Poolside summer fun continues with Las Vegas’ longest running LGBT pool party, Temptation Sundays which makes its triumphant return for its seventh season at Luxor Hotel & Casino on May 15. This celebrated poolside party takes place every Sunday afternoon May – Sept and features the hottest DJs spinning top tracks, specialty beverages and celebrations.

Las Vegas welcomes the Prime Timers Western Regional Gathering, May 1-5 at The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino. The gathering is arriving in Las Vegas for its seventh year and brings mature gay and bisexual men together for four days of tours, workshops, activities, friendship, support and personal growth.

Las Vegas welcomes the largest gay dance festival of the summer, Matinee Las Vegas, May 27– 30. The festival is celebrating its sixth year and the festivities will take over Rumor Hotel for four exciting days of revelry. Plus, the Water Park event is back for a new all-day and night edition at Cowabunga Bay May 28. Matinee Las Vegas features sizzling parties, bumping DJs and welcomes thousands of LGBT partiers from coast to coast.

Another first, Las Vegas welcome the Big Gay Men Organization’s Western Coast Conference taking place at Luxor Hotel & Casino July 7–11.  This year’s event offers a vendor hall, hospitality suites, evening entertainment options and concludes with the Temptation Sundays pool party.
                              

                                                                 
The Las Vegas Showgirl Invitational bowling tournament is Sept. 2-4. The event takes place at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall and includes team competition, as well as singles and doubles tournaments all weekend long. Join local bowlers and teams from across the U.S. in this fun LGBT bowling tournament.
 
Las Vegas PRIDE takes place Oct. 22 and 23 with a lineup of events that celebrate the diversity and uniqueness within the Las Vegas LGBT community. Events include the annual PRIDE Night Parade on Oct. 22 in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. The PRIDE Festival is in a new, larger location at Sunset Park Oct. 22-23, providing additional space for entertainment. The two-day long event encourages attendees to celebrate their pride with members of the Las Vegas LGBT community and straight allies and enjoy an exciting weekend of events, entertainment and nightlife.
 
World Gay Rodeo Finals trots into Las Vegas Oct. 20-23, celebrating their 30th anniversary. Spectators can enjoy a multitude of events from bull riding and roping to barrel racing and steer decorating as well as the crowning of the TGRA royal court. The annual three-day event will be held at South Point Hotel, Arena & Equestrian Center.

New Horizons Nevada will host their annual May Fun Festival May 1-5 at the Tuscany Suites hotel. This festival brings together adult gay men for five days of social activities, banquets, pub crawls and more while benefiting the Senior Affordable LGBT Housing project.

To learn more about how LGBT special events or how to book a fabulous vacation, visit www.LasVegas.com/GayTravel

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Travel: 39 reasons Philly is a LGBT destination hotspot in 2016

Since holding the first major U.S. protest for LGBT rights some 50 years ago, Philadelphia has continued to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.
 
The city offers a full calendar of events—annual gay pride celebrations, weekly parties and eye-popping performing arts. Here’s a look at the best events by the night, week, month and year in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Find out more after the jump. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Las Vegas: Satisfy Your Appetite

If you're in the mood for the dining experience of a lifetime, look no further than the incredible restaurants of Las Vegas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gay Star Travel Reviews The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Gay Star Travel has posted a lovely little review of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, the nation's oldest five star hotel. Who's up for watching some Golden Girls on a TV built into the bathroom mirror?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Travel: Temptation Sundays at Luxor

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? The hottest gay pool party in Vegas hits Luxor this summer every Sunday from 1pm -7pm through September 27. Now in its 6th season at Luxor, Temptation is the place to see and be seen this summer.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Travel: A hot, hot, hot summer for LGBT travelers to Philly

Photo by A. Sinagoga for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Earning a perfect score on the Human Right Campaign’s Municipality Index for three years running, Philadelphia continues to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.

In 2015, Philadelphia marks the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement with a year of commemorative exhibitions at major institutions and a Fourth of July weekend full of special events, including a re-enactment of the first “Annual Reminder,” which took place in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1965.

Add to that landmark celebration a calendar of weekly parties, annual gay pride events, eye-popping art exhibitions and celebrity-studded film and theater festivals. Take a look at some big events in May, June and July 2015 after the jump.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Travel: Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil

Melt into your hammock on the veranda of your bungalow, inhale, and almost taste the salty sea air as you find an inner calm in gay-friendly Santa Catarina, Brazil at Ponta Dos Ganchos.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Travel: Geranium Hotel, Mykonos

A stay at the cheerful, chilled-out Geranium Hotel in Mykonos, Greece comes complete with live entertainment in the form of Vassilis Maliotas and Mihalis Kavros, the bickering, bantering, and altogether adorable frontmen at this men-only oasis.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Travel: What's New In Gay Tokyo?

"What isn'’t new in Tokyo?"” Globetrotter Jimmy Im asks of this vast metropolis in Japan. Home to a population upward of 14 million, Tokyo is wildly progressive with emerging neighborhoods, a forward-thinking sensibility, and a gay scene that’'s more welcoming to visitors than in years past.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Travel: 77 LGBT Cruises!

Passport presents their annual Cruise Calendar, an expansive list of the world’s best gay and lesbian cruise voyages for 2015.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Travel: Uncovering Gay Havana, Cuba

An embargo has prevented Americans from visiting this Caribbean nation, but loosened travel restrictions means the possibility to explore a capital that’s resiliency can be seen in the extraordinary people that make up this vibrant city.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Brand g Vacations: A Whole New Way to See Cuba

LGBT tour operator Brand g Vacations today released an updated itinerary for its February 2015 trip to Cuba, expanding its unique People to People Exchange.

Founded in 2011 as “the next generation in gay travel,” Brand g Vacations aims to capture the growing numbers of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) travelers, along with straight allies, who enjoy innovative escorted vacations to international spots.

“It’s a whole new way to see Cuba” said Brand g’s Managing Partner, Jeff Gundvaldson. “This will be one of the first opportunities for US citizens to enjoy shipboard life not only to travel from city to city but also as a floating hotel.” Jeff added, “This allows ample time to see the very best Cuba has to offer, while ensuring high quality dining and comfortable lodging, and minimizing the time spent traveling by motor coach.”

The new itinerary contains many special attractions for LGBT passengers including an optional visit to Humbolt 52, Havana's first gay bar and Cabaret Las Vegas with its popular drag show. Visitors also will have the chance to meet with Dr. Alberto Roque, one of Cuba's best known advocates on gender issues and equality, take a visit to the National Sex Education Center, Cenesex, which is an educational organization and an advocate for LGBT rights in Cuba, and enjoy lunch with Norma Guillard, lesbian activist and professor at the University of Havana.

According to Gundvaldson “This will be a great opportunity for our enthusiastic passengers to connect face-to-face with Cuba’s leading LGBT citizens and allies, as well as a chance to learn about Cuban life, history and the progress they are making.”

The itinerary also allows for a special visit to the UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve region and the international/eco-community of “Las Terrazas,” a tour of ‘Old Havana” a walk through one of the country’s largest nature reserves and a turtle breeding center, and to take part in exchanges with artists, salsa dance lessons and much more. “We will offer a good cross section of activities across a wide range of interests,” said Gundvaldson, “We are sure that there is something to appeal to most everyone.”