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Palm Springs HOT Winter Deals!

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BEST European Countries for Food and Drink

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While Italy is NOT the gayest European city, it did rank as the best food and drink in Europe – not surprisingly.

THRILLIST  recently ranked all 48 European countries  by food and drink. Italy, France and Spain  were on top. Followed next  by  Germany, Belgium and Croatia.  – At the bottom of the list were countries like Andorra, Monaco and  Montenegro. Check it out HERE.

 

Gay pride in Vermont

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PRIDE WEEK September 7-14
Burlington, Vermont

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7    – 

2 pm Annual High Heel Race on Church Street, Church St.


This exciting race will provide a colorful and competitive start to the festivi- ties. The event is open to all who are brave enough to don high heels. Dress- ing in drag is highly encouraged, but not required.

Extra shoes will be avail- able to accommodate spectators wanting to sign up on site.

Register by email

highheelrace@pridevermont.com.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

5:30-6:30 pm Interfaith Prayer Service, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St.
Designed by Deacon Stan Baker, rabbis, ministers and priests and from the greater Burlington area’s several welcoming and affirming congregations all take part in this service. Join us for a PRIDE Vermont tradition, sharing our spiritual traditions together, with fellow LGBTQIA family and friends, both locals and visitors. All are welcome.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

7 pm Gender PRIDE Event, Contois Auditorium, City Hall
Model and transgender activist Geena Rocero will make a special guest appearance to discuss her work on gaining transgender rights throughout the globe. She has become one of the country’s leading voices for the transgender community.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

All Day OUT On Church Street, Church Street Marketplace
Special wristbands will be available for $10 each, and will provide discounts at participating shops, restaurants and department stores on the popular Church Street Marketplace. For a list of places to purchase wristbands, visit
PRIDEVermont.com.

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

4-4:30 pm Brick-Laying Ceremony in Memory of Wayne Beam, Upper Church St.

4-6 pm Generations of PRIDE History Exhibition and Reception,
Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St.
This exhibit traces the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community PRIDE celebrations in Vermont from 1983 to the present. Through 9/27/14.

5 -7:15 pm Stride To Pride 5K Walk/Run, Battery Park

7 pm Burly Bear’s Pre-PRIDE Party, Red Square, 136 Church St.

7 pm Wild and Precious, The Black Box Theatre, Main Street Landing
Vermont raised, Steven Cadwell performs his one man show Wild and Pre- cious, a theatrical memoir that chronicles one man’s journey through sexual awakening, mental breakdown, and acceptance. Tickets $10 available at the Flynn Box Office.

9 pm-1 am Pop-Up! Queer PRIDE Party, Arts Riot
18 and up. $5 cover.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

8 pm “Risque” PRIDE Ball,   Higher Ground Ballroom
This 18+ multimedia event features two of Vermont’s best DJ’s, Manny Ward and Man Machine, playing the hottest club music.

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

12-5 pm Northern Decadence Vermont Food & Travel Expo, Battery Park
Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association (VGTA),NDVT showcases LGBT-friendly businesses from across Vermont, includes food and drink samples and a silent auction. $5 for adults; children 12 and under free. Some alcoholic samples may have additional fees. For more information, visit
northerndecadence.com.

12:45 pm PRIDE Parade, Church St.
The PRIDE Vermont Parade will start at at the bottom of Church Street and wind all the way to the Festival site at Battery Park.

1-5 pm PRIDE Festival, Battery Park
The festival will include music and entertainment in the Battery Park band- shell, vendors, family, youth activities, games, and community resources. Other highlights of the family-friendly PRIDE Vermont festival include:
Gender Fun Lawn Games and Scavenger Hunt. Play lawn “gaymes,” make craft projects, and get information on gender diversity, rights, and resources.
Live Entertainment hosted by drag artist Major Face featuring local and regional performers.
Dancing on the Lawn with music by DJ John Martin of Superior Sounds.

 

5 pm Screening of THE PARADE (PARADA),
North End Studios – Studio A, 294 N. Winooski Ave.
Turning transgression into a comedic principle, this turbulent farce that toys with cliches and stereotypes turned out to be an unexpected hit in Serbia and other ex-Yugoslavian countries. FREE.
http://vtiff.org/events/4380/

5 pm Burly Bear’s Tea Dance at Red Square, 136 Church St.

 

 

Gay Las Vegas New Years Eve

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Count down to midnight with Gay men from around the world at Evolve Vegas NYE. It’s more than a Party, it’s an Experience!

  • Enjoy three days in Las Vegas, voted Favorite American City by OutTraveler!
  • Meet Gay men from Amsterdam to Australia and everywhere in between!
  • Participate in Shows, Special Events, Parties, Receptions, Shopping and Dining, Gambling and more!
  • Stay at the newly renovated MGM Grand Hotel!

You may even find that special midnight kiss at our New Years Eve Blowout

 

The newly-renovated
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino!

The world renown MGM Grand Hotel will host Evolve Vegas NYE and is home to some of Las Vegas’ hottest new clubs, restaurants and shops. The recent $175 million renovation features hi-tech guest rooms of 450 sq. ft. and amenities that will make your stay a real delight. Best of all, it’s located at one of the most exciting corners on the Las Vegas Strip and the fun will be right outside your front door!

3 days of nonstop fun!  December 30th – January 1st.

Call  David  and find out about exciting packages!   1-800-942-1280

HEATWAVE in Chicago November 15-16

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To our knowledge this has never been done before!  a 24 hour private party/event  in an INDOOR  waterpark / hotel  resort. You check in around 3pm Saturday November 15th and you check out around 3pm Sunday November 16th! No kids, no families, 21+

And most rooms  are   $100  pp  based on double occupancy!

From the producers of Six Flags OUT IN THE PARK, comes this very exciting event.  HEATWAVE!
“We’re taking over Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Resort, for 24 hours!”   says  Derrick  Sorles of BestGayChicago.com.  “Like our OUT IN THE PARK event at Six Flags, this will be a totally private event and it will benefit a local charity.”

Imagine 24 Hours     of LGBT Paradise at

Key Lime Cove INDOOR Water Park Resort!

 

Be a part of the country’s first-ever  24-hour PRIVATE LGBT Indoor Poolside Dance Party and Water Park Celebration Benefiting a different charity every year.  Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus will be the beneficiary for 2014!

Saturday, November 15th, 2014  3pm  –  Sunday, November 16th, 2014   3pm!

Room/Party Packages $98 Per Person/double occupancy,

includes ROOM + PARTY TICKETS! 

4 person rooms as low as $85 per person.

PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR!  Suites  can accommodate 6-8  for   $100 – $160 pp

*414 Resort-Style Key West Guest Rooms and LUXE Suites

  • *Seven Room/Suite Options Sleeping/Connecting 2 to 12 Or More Guests
  • * 12-Hour Indoor Water Park Dance Party Admission Included In Your Room Price
  • *  4 Amazing DJ Sets and Poolside Dance Party from 3PM – 3AM
  • * 45 Minutes Away from Chicago, Across From Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Illinois
  • *65,000 Square Feet of INDOOR Water Park FUN – Always tropically-inspired, 84 degrees and Humid
  • *10,000 Square Foot State-Of-The-Art Gaming Arcade
  • *Restaurants, Bars, Confectionery Center, Convenience Store, Souvenirs

EVERYTHING A Guest Needs- Just bring your swim suit!

 

BOOK  NOW!   Call  877-360-0403  and tell them code  HEAT WAVE!

(as of  July 20th, this event is 55%  sold out!)  HEATWAVE CHICAGO

 

 

 

Gay Palm Springs $99! with INNdulge

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The ultimate desert playground for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment. Whether you are planning a family vacation, couple who wants a romantic retreat, or want a girlfriend’s getaway…Palm Springs is “Fun in the Sun” year-round.

INNdulge corners the market on comfortable and casual. One section of the structure has the requisite pool and hot tub, and features rooms that are spacious and pampered without being stuffy, with nicely preserved ’50’s style kitchenettes (PS loves its retro history!) There is a poolside social hour (which most inns offer) and INNdulge probably boasts the most spectacular mountain-range view. Practically every Palm Springs Locale is outfitted with misters to combat the desert heat, but INNdulge has the only pool chiller which, when the heat soars to skin-melting temperatures, is quite a draw.

Where to stay in Las Vegas to be close to the gay scene?

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Las Vegas is a city targeted to, well, everybody and the LGBT scene in Las Vegas is one that is continually growing. While you are holiday in Sin City it is important to know where to stay, especially if you want to be close to the gay scene and more importantly, close to the famous Las Vegas strip.

The Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore are ideal places to stay while in Vegas, especially if you feel a little embarrassed asking the front desk where the gay scene is located as they have their own Pride Concierge service. This is designed to make everyone, both gay and non-gay feel welcomed by the hotel. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is another good place to stay while you are in Vegas as it’s located near the Fruit Loop, the gay area in Las Vegas. Staying here you’ll not only feel like a celebrity but you’ll not need to rent a car as everything should be in walking distance.

Places like the Luxor Hotel and Casino are definitely worth a visit if you chose not to spend your time staying in their hotel. All the staff are both welcoming and friendly to everyone who crosses into their resort and who knows,  the casino games on offer may have you wishing you stayed there in the end . If you chose to try your hand at anything, try roulette. It’s a game that’s based solely on chance so you will really be able to find out if it is really your lucky night. If you are into more skilled games you should try something like poker where you can really test your skills, but watch out for sharks! You don’t want to gamble away all your holiday money, especially when Las Vegas is such a great shopping spot.

Casinos Around The World

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I am really not much of a gambler, but I enjoy the opulence and beauty of so many of the new casinos. And I do like slots!

If you’ve driven the Las Vegas Strip lately, you may have noticed some major construction going on just below the Stratosphere, near the northern end of the Strip.  Which previously has been a neglected area for new construction, but Las Vegas is running out of room!  Eventually downtown and the strip will connect.

There are two major projects here, the first of which is the SLS Las Vegas, a 1,600-room luxury ($400  million  rebuild) casino resort from growing hospitality company sbe. This will be the fourth SLS property in the US (New York, South Beach and LA, while sbe also operates Redbury Hotels and the Raleigh in South Beach).

Macau, one of the hottest new international gambling locations, is known worldwide as “the Monte Carlo of China.” However, don’t expect any draconian rules here – Macau is home to some of the biggest, most exciting casinos and casino hotels in the world. Hotel Lisboa – The Lisbon Hotel in Macau is renowned as a symbol of Macau. It looks like a cross between a Western luxury five-star hotel and a traditional Chinese lantern, all 15+ stories lit up like a beacon in the middle of Macau.

MONACO – Monte Carlo, the Hotel de Paris; Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion.

So we all kind travel the world this year?! You can still gamble from the comfort of your home. CasinoSpesialisten offers  everything from blackjack to roulette, plus mobile casino for your phone or tabletSo until you can get to Macau or Monaco, stay home and get online!

Gay Pride Around the World 2014

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GAY PRIDE IS COMING! Over the next 6 months, gay prides will be happening coast to coast!

PHOENIX PRIDE April 5-6, 2014

MIAMI PRIDE April 11-13

TOKYO PRIDE April 27rh

SAO PAULO PRIDE May 4th, 2014 – the BIGGEST in the WORLD

 

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NEW JERSEY PRIDE June 1st, 2014

LOS ANGELES PRIDE June 6th-8th

MILWAUKEE WI Pride June 6th-8th

CAPITAL PRIDE DC June 6th-8th

DETROIT PRIDE June 7th-8th

HONOLULU PRIDE June 7th

PHILADELPHIA PRIDE June 8th

BOSTON PRIDE June 8th-16th

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KEY WEST PRIDE June 11th-15th 2014

NASHVILLE PRIDE June 12th-14th

SITGES SPAIN PRIDE June 12th-16th

PITTSBURGH PRIDE June 14th-15th

BERLIN PRIDE June 14th-15th

OSLO PRIDE June 20th-29th

HOUSTON GAY PRIDE June 20th-29th

TORONTO PRIDE June 20th-29th – BIGGEST in NORTH AMERICA!
PLUS in 2014, Toronto will actually be WORLD PRIDE with even BIGGER crowds

RHODE ISLAND / PROVIDENCE PRIDE June 21st

NEW YORK CITY PRIDE June 24th-29th

TAMPA FL PRIDE June 27th-29th

PARIS PRIDE June 28th

LONDON PRIDE June 28th

MINNEAPOLIS PRIDE June 28th-29th

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST June 21st – 22nd

(they are trying to fill in the days in between to make a full week of pride)

CHICAGO PRIDE June 29th

SEATTLE GAY PRIDE June 29th

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MADRID PRIDE July 2nd-6th

COLOGNE GERMANY PRIDE July 6th

SAN DIEGO PRIDE July 18th-20th

STOCKHOLM PRIDE July 28th – Aug. 2nd

MONTREAL PRIDE July July 28th-Aug. 3rd

AMSTERDAM PRIDE August 1st-3rd – with floats on the canal!

ANTWERP PRIDE August 4th-11th

REYKJAVIK PRIDE August 5th-10th

CHICAGO MARKET DAYS – August 9th-10th (not really pride – but a big party!)

OTTAWA PRIDE August 15th-24th

PRAGUE PRIDE August 11th-17th

COPENHAGEN PRIDE August 26th-31st

ATLANTA PRIDE August 27th-Sept. 1st

SOUTHERN DECADENCE – August 27th-September 1 (not really pride – but a big party)

LAS VEGAS PRIDE September 2nd-8th

AUSTIN TX PRIDE September 20th

DALLAS PRIDE September 21st

MAUI HAWAII October 4th-5th

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GAY PRIDE is a time of celebration and with that, usually comes some drinking. MAKE SURE YOU DRINK WATER AS WELL! Keep yourself hydrated! You don’t want to go to the hospital with your boa and go go shorts on! (poor guy!)

AQUA GIRL presents THE LARGEST GAY WOMEN’S CHARITY Event in the Country

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Aqua Girl® traces its beginnings to the year 1999. That year, Alison Burgos and NYC’s legendary women’s producer, Shescape, gathered a committee of like-minded women from around South Florida to produce an exciting one-night event to benefit breast cancer. The event, Sweet Charity, was an extraordinary dance event bringing together over 800 women and raising over $15,000 for two local breast cancer organizations, Cancer Link and Gilda’s Club.

We can’t believe how time flies. Now in its fourteenth fabulous year, Aqua Girl® continues to attract women from all corners of the country, the Americas and around the globe. The week continues to grow with an ever-expanding variety of events that enhance its appeal and have created what is now the hottest women’s festivals in the country.

As the largest charity women’s week in the country, your participation in Aqua Girl® contributes to a very good cause. In fact, 100% of the proceeds from Aqua Girl® benefit the Aqua Foundation for Women, a not-for-profit foundation whose primary mission is to serve as the funding catalyst for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender wellness and equality in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives.

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Best Hotels in Chicago Boystown Area

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Summer is just around the corner! (I think!)  and  summer in Chicago is amazing!

You have got IML and the GRABBY  AWARDS  in May over Memorial Day weekend

PRIDEFEST  will happen   June  22nd  &  23rd, 2014

Pride Day   is  June 29th, 2014

North Halsted Market Days will be August 9th and 10th, 2014

OUT IN THE PARK at Six Flags  will be  September 13th, 2014

SO BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW stay right in Boystown!

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 BroughtonHotels recently completed renovations on  three historic Chicago boutique hotels, The Majestic Hotel (528 West Brompton), The Willows Hotel (555 West Surf), and City Suites Chicago (933 West Belmont). All have undergone stunning top-to-bottom transformations.

Originally built in the 1920s in Chicago’s Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, each property features a renewed grandeur that includes sophisticated new guestroom and lobby furnishings, enhanced lighting, window treatments, linens, carpeting and beautiful custom artwork throughout. iHome docks are now in all guestrooms, and fiber optic internet has been installed in every hotel. California-based design firm AF Canta created the concept for the renovation.

“We are thrilled to introduce a stunning renovation that retains the charm that travelers have embraced at broughtonHotels. We look forward to welcoming guests to ‘live like a local’ and experience a stay in the unique neighborhood settings offered at these three special Chicago properties,” says CEO Larry Broughton.

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The 52-room Majestic Hotel offers the refined tranquility of an old-world English country estate in the midst of the bustling East Lakeview neighborhood. Tucked amidst brownstones in a quiet upscale residential area one block from Lake Michigan, The Majestic Hotel is walking distance to Wrigley Field, minutes from downtown and steps from the eclectic attractions on Broadway, Halsted and Clark Streets. The elegant, re-designed lobby features sparkling Art Deco crystal chandeliers, comfortable furnishings, a wall-length vintage photograph of Wrigley Field on stretched canvas, and an expansive fireplace. The hotel’s guestrooms and suites now feature a color scheme with soothing neutral tones, luxurious new linens and window coverings, soft velvet throws, with plush new carpeting and tasteful wooden furniture. A renovated meetings and event space that can accommodate up to 25 guests provides the perfect setting for showers, parties and small business meetings.

The 55-room Willows Hotel, a storied landmark building that was a regular haunt of Al Capone, is a regal Parisian-inspired gem in the Lincoln Park area. Steps from the shops and restaurants on Clark and Diversey, and only two blocks from Lake Michigan, the Willows Hotel offers an enchanting retreat surrounded by stately Victorian greystone buildings. The highlight of the redesigned lobby is an exquisite fireplace, surrounded by communal gathering tables, rustic French country light fixtures and marble flooring. The redecorated guestrooms and suites include new furniture, carpeting, bed linens, and walls painted in a calming gray hue. The classic décor provides guests with a refined setting for business and leisure travel in one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods.

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The 45-room City Suites Chicago is an oasis of comfortable yet refined charm on Belmont Avenue near the nightlife, theaters and restaurants in the Boystown and Wrigleyville areas of Lakeview. The serene lobby is highlighted by neutral décor, a corridor lined with natural wood beams, an expansive fireplace and striking black and white photography. The tastefully redecorated guestrooms and suites offer the ambiance of a hip Chicago apartment and feature chic mid-Century modern touches with stunning light fixtures, black and white linens, new furniture and carpeting. City Suites Chicago is a two-minute walk to the Brown, Purple and Red Lines at the Belmont CTA stop, allowing guests convenient access to all of the attractions in Chicago.

 Book now and get the exclusive BGC 20% off rate!

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About The Majestic Hotel, The Willows and City Suites Chicago

Located in Chicago’s vibrant Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, The Majestic Hotel (528 West Brompton), The Willows Hotel (555 West Surf), and City Suites Chicago (933 W Belmont) offer guests luxurious comfort, timeless elegance and classic sophistication with first-class personalized service and amenities. Each broughtonHOTELS Chicago property offers a complimentary continental breakfast, 24-hour tea and coffee from local roaster Uncommon Ground, afternoon cookies, free wireless internet access, iHome docks in all guestrooms, luxury robes, and complimentary access to nearby upscale fitness centers.

 

About broughtonHotels
Newport Beach, California-based broughtonHOTELS was founded in January 2001 by Larry Broughton. With nearly twenty hotel properties located throughout California and the Chicago area, and an eye on national expansion, the broughtonHOTELS team specializes in creating boutique hotel experiences with a distinctive point-of-view; putting the guest experience first by developing a warm, inviting atmosphere with service being paramount, and appropriate, for each property. Their portfolio of hotel properties continues to grow with an emphasis on the human component of the hospitality industry and not just the atmosphere and accoutrements of each hotel. To learn more about broughtonHOTELS visit 
www.broughtonHOTELS.com.

Winter Party Miami MARCH 2014

Over 10,000 guests from around the world attend this annual
six-day extravaganza featuring the most spectacular venues, the most
unforgettable parties and receptions and the best international DJ
talent.

Launched in 1994 as a one-time charity dance event on the sands of
beautiful South Beach, Winter Party Festival has evolved into a
week-long series of events benefiting the LGBT community nationally and
locally.  A portion of the net proceeds of WPF support the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force‘s
efforts to take action, build power and create change for LGBT
people. The majority of the proceeds are donated to local service
organizations through a grant-making process administered by The Miami Foundation.

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Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offer breathtaking scenery and quirky lodging options

Antique train caboose, old school house, general store, yurts and more among Hocking Hills’ accommodations!

 

 

Not only does Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offer breathtaking forests, waterfalls, scenery and
unforgettable experiences, but it also boasts a host of lodging options
that are truly one-of-a-kind.  Travelers can spend the night in a historic train caboose or an old-fashioned gypsy wagon as they experience first-hand just how special a visit to southeast
Ohio’s Hocking Hills can be.  Incredibly affordable, some of these offbeat options are available for as little as $50 per night. Complete accommodations booking and visitor information is
found at  ExploreHockingHills.com.

Intrepid travelers can “Sleep in History” — literally — thanks to the creative
preservationists at Historic Host Vacation Rentals. Among this unusual
lodging company’s offerings are a restored general store/post office, with its original scale, shelving and other vintage touches. The old Dunkle Schoolhouse, a 1926 B&O train caboose and an Ohio early farmhouse are also available for overnight accommodations. Historic Host’s
Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum, two historic B&Bs and several  charming little cottages and cabins in its Fiddlestix Village round out the offerings.  Each is lovingly restored so guests enjoy a
comfortable yet authentic overnight stay that carefully preserves the
rich history of not just the shelter, but the Hocking
Hills region itself.

At Boulders Edge Cabin and Tipi Retreatallows visitors to experience the magic and tranquility of
camping in traditional Sioux Native American tipis, reminiscent of
“Dances with Wolves.”  Each tipi sleeps 10 comfortably, sits on a wooden
deck and has a wood-burning stove inside.  Guests provide their own sleeping gear cot or mattress, sleeping bag and chairs.  But picnic tables, fire rings and a solar shower are provided.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina – Who is More Gay Friendly?

 

  An official in western North Carolina has accepted marriage license
requests from 10 same-sex couples, despite a 2012 amendment to the state
constitution forbidding such marriages.

North Carolina is among 29 U.S. states with
constitutional amendments defining marriage as between a man and a
woman. Six other states, including Pennsylvania, have laws that do so.

Local officials in Pennsylvania and New Mexico,
which has no law banning or approving same-sex nuptials, have begun
issuing marriage licenses to gay couples since the June 26 high court
ruling.

MEANWHILE….

A South Carolina mayor has sparked the ire of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after expressing her opposition to same-sex marriage in a Facebook status referencing “queers.”

As Fox Carolina is reporting, West Union Mayor Linda Oliver took to Facebook in response to a North Carolina county official’s decision to defy his state’s ban on same-sex marriage by accepting marriage applications from LGBT couples.

While the mayor’s controversial post has since been deleted, Towleroad quotes Oliver as having originally written:

What’s it gonna take to get these queers to realize they
don’t need a piece of paper. God will not bless their union because he
plainly speaks against queers in the Bible. Want to cover your queer
with insurance? Buy a policy. Want your queer to get your stuff when you
die? Make a will.

Trouble Brewing in Gay Pittsburgh

 Pittsburgh is usually a pretty gay friendly and tolerant place. But trouble struck this past weekend – Ben Stoviak and his boyfriend Aaron were attacked outside of Remedy
Bar on Butler Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday night after
being taunted by a group of men.

 Ben Stoviak wrote  on Facebook:

Last night, a group of men attacked me
and my boyfriend on Butler Street in Lawrenceville. After yelling, from
across the street, “Faggot!” at us, I replied, “yes, we’re faggots!”
Immediately after, the group of men ran across the street and began
hitting, kicking, and stomping me. The mark on my right cheek is a
bootprint. Aaron threw himself on top of me to discourage them from
continuing the assault, but they began kicking him in the head, as well.

To the women who saw the ordeal, wrote down their license plate number, and stayed to talk with the police, thank you.

Three
of these men have been arrested since the assault. Aaron and I were in
the hospital until almost 10 am so that the doctors could take MRI, CT
scans, and x-rays to make sure there was no internal bleeding.

So it surprised me to read about gay bashing there. 

Chicago Boystown Hotels – Boutique Flair and Classic Charm

3 hidden gems in the heart of Boystown, in Chicago!

The Majestic, The Willows, City Suites. Walking distance to the whole gay business district and a short distance to the gay beach, Osterman Hollywood Beach!

Immerse yourself in the eclectic energy of Boystown Chicago. Steps from all three locations – 
the Boystown area is the United States’ first officially recognized gay
village and a cultural center of our nation’s LGBT community. From
boutique shopping to unstoppable after-hours entertainment, Boystown
should definitely be at the top of your ‘Where to go in Chicago’ travel
plans.

Gay and Lesbian visitors will enjoy the trend-setting dining,
tantalizing spas, boutique shopping and bustling nightlife hotspots that
continue to re-invent the neighborhood.

Book now for your fun stay in Chicago!

The Majestic, The Willows, City Suites.   Mention  code  BGC!

Summer in Chicago – Great Hotels in Boystown

Spring was quick in Chicago!  Now summer is about here!
The Cubs are back and the beaches are set to officially open this weekend.
Chicago in summer is a sight to behold — the parks are lush, Lake
Michigan glimmers in the hot sun, boats in every marina and the streets bustle with tourists
and locals enjoying the warm weather and weekends of street festivals. 
Gay pride in Chicago expands to 2 WEEKENDS this year. 
PRIDE FEST is 2 full days this year June 22-23
Pride Fest features musical entertainment on two stages, food and drink
and more than 60 vendors offering fine arts, crafts, world market goods
and merchandise tailored to the gay community.

The event is hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, which also
sponsors the world-famous Northalsted Market Days in August.

Then on June 29th is  PROUD TO RUN followed by an afternoon Beach Party. 
Proud To Run is a 10K run and 5K run and walk that celebrates Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex/Inquiring, &
Allies (LGBTQI&A) pride.
To wrap it all is the famous Chicago Gay Pride Parade June 30th. It starts at noon  at Broadway &
Montrose. And then heads south. Last year over 750,000 people! Details online.
Come to Chicago this summer!
GET A ROOM NOW! 

Use CODE BGC When Booking!

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Big Gay Wine Tours at Out in the Vineyards

Out In The Vineyard is an experiential Wine Country Tour and Event
company promoting positive LGBT lifestyles and offering exclusive,
luxury itineraries and events to the discriminating gay and lesbian
traveler and our friends.

Itineraries are designed to provide intimate and exclusive wine
country experiences and are strictly limited to small groups of no more
than twenty guests.

Owned and operated by local gay community insiders, Out In The Vineyard
has the unique ability to offer our guests exclusive access to some of
the world’s best wineries, restaurants and accommodations catering to
the LGBT lifestyle and bringing you The Very Best of Our Wine Country.

Conceived by Mark Vogler, a former internet
executive and wine industry veteran & founded with Gary Saperstein, a
Sonoma local with over 25 years of experience in the high end wine
country hospitality, Out In The Vineyard promotes positive, social LGBT
lifestyles and offers the best of what the Valley has to offer through
exclusive, luxury Wine Country itineraries, featuring world-class
restaurants, exclusive winery tours, and dining experiences at private
estates. Out in the Vineyard tours are curated by local LGBT insiders,
creating personalized, exclusive experiences, conveniently pre-planned
to cancel out any stress and promote purely relaxing, entertaining
experiences for guests.

 

Out in the Vineyard also regularly hosts special events, including The Big Gay Wine Train, and the upcoming “Gay Wine Weekend
in the Sonoma Valley: 3 days of wine events for the LGBT community from
June 14-16, including winemaker dinners, tours and a spectacular
charity event, Twilight T Dance, to be held at the 150-acre vineyard of
Atwood Ranch in the heart of the Valley of the Moon, with 100% of the
funds raised benefitting Face to Face, the Sonoma County AIDS Network.
Gay Wine Weekend will feature the best of what the Valley has to offer,
including gourmet institutions like the girl & the fig, El Dorado
Kitchen, Joseph Phelps Winery, B Wise Winery and more. Find out more OUT IN THE VINEYARDS

2nd Annual Private Gay Six Flags Event Returns to Chicago




Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America


Returns in 2013 with a BANG!


 


A Spectacular Night of Amusement and Entertainment to Help Benefit Chicago House!


 


Out In The Park is an annual private LGBTQ Saturday night event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing rides and live music by an internationally sought after DJ who calls Chicago home, Matthew Harvat, delivering a complete 4 hour party-celebration dance area everyone can enjoy when taking a break from riding. New this year is a laser light show to dance above the crowd and some go-go gods to dance with the crowd. 

Plus live musical performance by national recording artists Eli LiebJess Godwin and Isaiah Grass.


 


In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited to be asked to present this event annually by the executives at Six Flags Great America based on last year’s success and their excitement in allowing us this unique fundraising opportunity at such an awesome private venue inside their park for our community” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. “We are proud to have Chicago House benefiting from this year’s event and we are so excited to have Mini Cooper of Chicago co-presenting with us!”


 


In 2012, over 3600 people came out to support this event and nearly $12,000 was raised for TPAN. For 2013, over 7000-8000 people are expected to come out and BestGayChicago.com hopes to raise close to $20,000 for Chicago House.




 


“What’s great about the event is that it is closed to the general public, ” explains Michael Snell. “The LGBTQ attendees and their friends and family can enjoy the park with little or no lines (no Flash Pass needed)  and no hassle’s from anyone. It will be like a fall gay pride celebration!”


 


Last year there were comments from the community that people who did not enjoy rides, had no reason to come. So this year, more entertainment has been added.  Singers Eli Lieb, Isaiah Grass  and Jess Godwin will  perform  on a stage, separate from the dance area.

The park will once again be serving beer and specialty drinks, at reduced drink prices, just for us! And  we will be planning events on Friday night, Saturday daytime, Saturday after the park, and Sunday recovery things to do! We’ll be announcing events at Scarlett, Taverna 750, Charlies and Hamburger Marys in Chicago and Milwaukee! Making a whole weekend of fun for everyone.




 


“The other thing that makes this event is so great, is the fact it is supported by everyone.” says Derrick Sorles. “We are so happy and humbled that our peers GRAB Magazine, Chicago Pride.com, and Wisconsin’s QUEST Magazine are also involved in helping to make this a huge success and special thanks to our other Community Partners Walgreens and Mini Cooper of Chicago.


 


 


 


 


Ticket Prices —-Advance ticket price is $38 for this private event.  There will be FREE parking! (A $22 savings!) Tickets are available now online   at GaySixFlagsChicago.com. 

Unfortunately, you can NOT use a smart phone to order tickets.
You will need to use a computer and printer. 


 


Doors  open at 9pm promptly. Ride and enjoy music until 1am.
Drinks are served until Midnight.

Hotels —if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of boystown!   More information below!







Chicago House
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are explicitly designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency.


The first HIV/AIDS housing provider in the Midwest, Chicago House has continuously evolved its services to meet the changing needs of those who are living with HIV and AIDS.


BestGayChicago.com


Since 2007, BestGayChicago.com has been providing the best of everything gay and gay-friendly in the greater Chicago area. Owned and operated by Best Gay Inc., their sites provide news, information, travel tips and entertainment for the LGBT community.




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Gay Days Disney Anaheim 2013

The
first Gay Days Anaheim California in 1998 attracted about 2,500 people.

Today the
event attracts over 30,000 guests to the Disneyland Resort each year!

Every October this event happens – and this year the dates will be October 4-6, 2013. People come in from all over to enjoy this awesome 3 day event!

Can’t wait for Gay Days Anaheim this October?  April 13 is sort of a  “Mini
Gay Day”
at Disneyland—a less formal event than the big October weekend – but still fun.  Schedule of activities will be posted soon on the Gay Days Anaheim website!

Anaheim and Orange County is amazing place to vacation. If you’re going to Disneyland, you MUST add on days at the beginning or the end to explore this beautiful area.

Popularly recognized as “The OC,” this world-class visitor destination
is the center of Southern California fun .  OC’s second largest city is Anaheim – the perfect
starting point for your OC adventures. 

Besides the amazing Disneyland and California Adventure park, the  Anaheim  Orange County area has so much to see and do. Arts and Culture, a variety of attractions, awesome restaurants and unbelievable shopping options. Not to mention romantic and  picturesque beaches. One after the other!

Gay Days – or any day! Anaheim Orange County!

PLUS – Read More Here about Anaheim.