Category Archives: Gay Pride

Sitges Spain Gay Pride BEST IN THE WORLD

BIGGER is not always better.

While Sao Paulo has the BIGGEST  GAY PRIDE in the world – I think  SITGES has the BEST GAY PRIDE in the world!

 

 

Sitges is a fantastic gay-friendly beach town less than an hour away from Barcelona. The city’s seafront promenade, (often called Spains answer to the French Riviera) art deco architecture and nightlife make it a popular tourist spot, especially in the summer, where it is often hard to book a room.

THIS is what PRIDE is supposed to be.  Thousands of people having fun, dressing up and partying.

This 10 minutes of fantastic footage  will make Sitges  the #1  Pride in the world!

Official Video Coverage of the International Gay Sitges Pride 2014 – Including all of the parades, tribute acts, pool parties, events and more. Come Join us in 2015 – June 18th to 23rd.

 

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Prague pride August 2014

PRAGUE – one of my favorite places to visit!    is getting ready for PRIDE.

The 4th edition of the Prague Pride festival will take place from Monday 11 until Sunday 17 August, with the Parade and main concert & outdoor party on Saturday 16 August. The main theme will focus on Prague being a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe.

The Czech Republic remains the most tolerant country of the former Eastern Bloc, which is reflected by its Pride event, which is the biggest and most open LGBT festival of the region. However further East many gays and lesbians face persecution by their government and extremist groups in their societies. This is why Prague Pride decided to support them by giving them an opportunity to attend this year’s Prague Pride parade virtually. They will be able to connect to a secured website www.LGBTavatars.cz, which will be launched shortly. Here people can choose a person physically present in Prague, who will represent them in the Parade. These „live avatars“ will join the Parade on their behalf and share messages, photos and short videos from the Prague Pride Parade through an easy mobile application. Those who do not enter the interaction with a concrete avatar can still access the public contents on the website.
„People cannot organise festivals similar to Prague Pride to the East of our country. In Moscow, such parades have been banned until 2112 and attendees in neighbouring countries risk attacks from the police or extremists,“ said Czeslaw Walek, the president of Prague Pride.
The main theme of Prague Pride 2014 is also reflected by the festival poster in the style of propaganda posters from the 1950’s and will be visible in several events during the week, such as a debate on LGBT in diplomacy and the Pride Talks, where people from different kind of societies from all over the world will talk about LGBT life in their respective countries.
Overall Prague Pride will provide a week-long cutting edge program, with almost a 100 different kind of cultural and social events, parties, debates and much more. Many of those  events are catered especially to tourists and will be held in English. There will be a week-long festival village on the banks of the river, where people can join in various activities, see exhibitions, watch movie screenings, enjoy concerts and get all the information about Prague and its gay community. It will be a place of to meet participants, guests and the organisers of the festival. Other highlights of the program include a concert by the famous British duo the Pet Shop Boys, the election of Mr Bear Czech Republic and the annual Business Forum.
The main event of the week, the Prague Pride Parade, will take place on Saturday 16 August and will start at the world-famous Wenceslas Square. This year more organisations than ever before will participate. The route of the parade will lead through the beautiful historical city centre to Letná Park, where a free concert with several DJ stages and an information fair will be held until late in the evening. The Saturday will conclude with several parties all over town, showing the many facets of Prague’s gay scene.
The full programme will be released at www.praguepride.com shortly.
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*Southern Decadence is an annual six-day event held in New Orleans by the gay and lesbian community during Labor Day Weekend, climaxing with a parade through the French Quarter on the Sunday before Labor Day.

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Gay Travel China : Shanghai Pride 2014

6th annual Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride6  will take place from 13th to 22nd June. A week-long string of events has been planned to boost the LGBT’s community position in China and raise awareness around LGBT themes including marriage equality, sexual health and societal acceptance.

Shanghai Pride Mixes Advocacy with Fun at this year’s week-long event.

Organisers are also hoping to boost interest in Shanghai’s Gay Film Festival which will be held during Pride Week. Their aim is to make it the largest gay film festival in the region within a few years and they are already reviewing locally produced films to screen. Sandwiching the week at both the beginning and end will be LGBT-themed theatre performances and then towards the end of the week there will be an art exhibition featuring work by local up-and-coming LGBT artists. As usual, the opening and closing parties are expected to draw the biggest crowds; last year over 800 people attended the closing party which was held at Mi Tierra and organisers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

“We’re very optimistic that this year will be the biggest and most fun Pride yet, but more importantly it will be the most significant in terms of content,” said Dylan Chen. “With a greater focus on equality, advocacy and sexual health we hope that we can bring together people in a more meaningful way than we have done in the past. It’s time to stop being afraid of confronting the issues that seemed daunting to us before, it’s time for us to come together as a community and share our experiences and knowledge for the benefit of our society.”

Run by volunteers from the not-for-profit group, ShanghaiLGBT and other NGOs, Pride6 is expected to bring thousands of people together at a multitude of fun social and advocacy events.

More info  at  SHPRIDE

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Gay Pride Around the World 2014

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

 

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

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

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

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!)

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Gay Travel with Alain and his Rainbow Wig

  WHAT is the one thing you CAN NOT travel without?

For some
people  it me  be something as simple and small as an iPod. For others, they  might insist on bringing along their favorite pillow. I travel with my lucky underwear!!

But  for Alain, The Sojourner, he doesn’t go anywhere without his rainbow
wig.

What started off as a Halloween costume in 2006 has now become a global
movement, with Alain taking the wig to 11 countries and countless
cities.

He’s even started a photo collection of friends and strangers wearing the rainbow.

‘I pose with it in every country I’m going to. I did it in the Great Wall of China, in Angkor Wat in Cambodia, in front of the Statue of Liberty in New York and some other places.

‘Why am I doing this? It’s because travel is supposed to be fun. It’s not just about the exciting places you’re gonna land on, not only about the incredible people you’ll be meeting or the unscripted lessons you’ll learn – but also about how you make the best out of it!

‘As a couch-surfer, I’ve met hundreds of people and hosted some of them. And the good thing is, they’re ALL willing to wear the rainbow wig, without really thinking about my sexuality.

Follow him on Facebook or his blog!

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Out and About Gay Travel with Joey and DJ

GAY COUPLE DEPARTS
CHICAGO FOR YEARLONG EXPLORATION OF THE USA.

 

DJ Doran and Joe
Morales embark on a year long trek across the USA aboard their 33’ vintage 1979
Bluebird Wanderlodge Motor home named “Priscilla” to discover Gay America and
write and film about their experiences for their web show The Adventures of
Joey & DJ

Chicago, October 1st, 2013- DJ Doran and Joe
Morales the stars of the web based travel and adventure show “The Adventures of
Joey & DJ” and seen on Out n About TV have departed Chicago on their 52
week journey to discover and explore Gay America aboard their 33’ vintage 1979 Bluebird
Wanderlodge. The first part of their route will take them across the northern
part of the country to Buffalo New York and Niagara Falls.  

The second leg will be through Vermont and New
Hampshire and then down the eastern coastline to Washington DC.  From there they will head west to intersect the
infamous Route 66 and follow its legendary path to LA before heading north on
The Pacific Coast Highway to Oregon and Washington State.  The final legs of their adventure will have
them zigzagging their way to down from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf Coast
and Florida.

“We will have the chance to experience the USA aboard
“Priscilla” in a way that allows us to take our time exploring the places we
visit and get to know the Gay and Straight people that we meet during our
adventure in a much more personal way ” says Doran. 

http://www.outnabout.tv

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First Ever Gay Pride on southern Caribbean island of Curaçao

Everyone got into the spirit of Curaçao Pride week and looks forward to next year’s events.

 

Hundreds of Curaçao visitors and
residents celebrated the island’s very first Pride Week, September 25-29th,
2013. The Caribbean island of Curaçao has always been welcoming to the
LGBT community with great accommodations, events and attitude, but Gay
Pride Week took the island’s commitment to the LGBT community to another
level.

 

Hundreds of people showed up at The White Affair event at the Floris Suite Hotel,
host property of Curaçao’s first Pride Week, transforming the hotel
into “Pride City” for the week. In addition, hotels and restaurants
contributed with gourmet food and drinks in support of Pride Week. They
included the Hilton Curaçao, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Santa
Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Kyoto Restaurant, Tempo Doeloe
Restaurant, Pirate Bay, Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel and others. There
were also events at the Rainbow Lounge, neighborhood bar, Williwood, and
after parties at The Gallery Lounge in Punda, with almost 700 people in
attendance across all events. Parties, street fairs and educational
seminars rounded out what organizers called a very successful Pride
Week. Curaçao encourages travelers to save the date and start planning
for the South Caribbean Pride Week in Curaçao, Wednesday, April 30 to Monday, May 5, 2014. It is expected to be one of the biggest LGBT celebrations in the region. Please visit www.GayCuracao.com for more information.

 

About Curaçao
Selected as one of The 10 Best Caribbean Snorkeling Spots’ for 2013 by Frommers, Favorite Caribbean Destination’ for 2012 and 2013 in About.com Reader’s Choice Awards and a2012 Honeymoon Hot Spot’ by Condé Nast Traveler,
Curaçao is a unique Caribbean island paradise, boasting 35 uncrowded
beaches, and an eclectic mix of history and culture. Explore the
vibrant, culturally diverse capital city of Willemstad – a UNESCO World
Heritage site – with its distinctive architecture, museums, monuments
and world-class shopping. Indulge in Curaçao’s vast selection of
flavorful restaurants, with a mix of sophisticated international and
tasty local cuisines. Discover Curaçao’s abundant natural beauty,
pristine dive sites and spectacular snorkeling at secluded beaches.
Curaçao offers idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the
Hurricane Belt. To learn more about Curaçao please visit www.curacao.com, call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or download our newest information brochure at www.Curacao.com/brochure

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Gay Pride in Maui Hawaii

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Prague Pride 2013 – Keep on Growing!

Prague Pride returns for year 3! It all started with a vision – Prague Pride Civic Association is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-political, non-profit organizations.
Its aims are mainly promoting tolerant civil society, the fight against
homophobia and increase public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender community in the country.

The association was founded in 2010 and its main activity is organizing a warm human rights Prague Pride festival in August.  August 12-18, 2013  this year.

In just 2 years Prague Pride has grown into the
biggest LGBT festival of the former communist countries of central and eastern
Europe
, with 40.000 visitors in 2012. It has
shown that Prague is the most liberal capital of the region, so it was no
surprise when Lonely Planet listed Prague among the top 10 of friendliest
cities to gays and that Prague Pride has recently been listed among Europe’s 10
best prides on gaycities.com.
Prague
Pride is proud to act as an exemplary beacon of openness and tolerance for its
neighbours in the region.

Passport Magazine wrote, “Indeed, the rainbow people are now more visible than they’ve ever been
in picturesque Prague. The city’s first two LGBT Pride events in 2011
and 2012 have done wonders to turn what was previously a rather
scattered and underground gay community into a vibrant and cohesive
whole. “Before Pride 2011, there were basically just numerous bars and clubs concentrating only on their own businesses,” explains Prokopík, founder of a local tour operator, Prague4Gay.
“Alongside them were a few ‘islands’ of projects and organizations
struggling for recognition and support from the community. The
organizers of Prague Pride managed to bring them together. During Pride
the individual ‘islands’ merged into one community, recognizing and
supporting each other for the first time.”


Prague is very affordable since they still are NOT on the euro. 

Read more at passport.


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Attention Lesbian Travelers! EDEN 2013 Eve, Chef K, AzMarie to name a few!

This is by far the most spectacular year yet  for  EDEN  PRIDE and  we can’t wait
to show you what we got in store for you.  Each night is gaymazing and
YOU will have a most excellent experience!  Here is an update on all the
events going on during EDEN Weekend.  If you have any questions just
let us know and we will try to answer them in a timely fashion.  We
heart you and look forward to seeing each and every one of you!

Thursday, June 27th 2013 

EDEN Kickoff Event, Fashion Show and Afterparty 

w/ AzMarie of America’s Next Top Model

The Supperclub
657 Harrison, SF
9pm-2am  

Friday, June 28th, 2013
EDEN Foodie Brunch w/Chef K of ABC’s The Taste
Bisou Bistro
2367 Market St, SF
11am-3pm

http://edenfoodie.eventbrite.com


Friday, June 28th, 2013
EDEN Comedy Show
Brava Theater
2781 24th Street, SF

7pm-9pm


Friday, June 28th, 2013
EDEN All White Everything Block Party
The Factory
525 Harrison St, SF

9pm-3am



Saturday, June 29th, 2013
EDEN Signature Party feat. EVE
Mezzanine
444 Jessie St., SF

9pm-3am


Sunday June 30th, 2013
EDEN After Pride Party
Salle
1632 C Market Street, SF

6pm-midnight


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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.
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Tokyo Japan Holds First Gay Pride Rainbow Week

Thousands of people joined a parade Sunday to kick off “Tokyo Rainbow
Week,” a series of events aimed at supporting sexual minorities.

Organizers said about 12,000 people took part in the inaugural parade, which
has been held for several years around the Harajuku district as a gay
pride event. The week of special events runs until May 6.

“This is our first attempt to link up with many groups” of sexual
minorities, said one of the organizers, Hiroko Masuhara, 35. “The parade
is a symbolic event in the Tokyo Rainbow Week program.”

  Several corporations were at the event, including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Phillips, and UBS.

Kenji, from IBM, joined the parade and told us: ‘IBM would like to
improve the environment and the workplace for people who are LGBT.’

Kentaro, co-head of the Goldman Sachs LGBT Network in Japan, was also
at the event.: ‘We are here not just for our employees, but for the gay
community to help their visibility.

‘We want to make a difference to people who don’t really know what LGBT is.’

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Summer Fun with Gay Pride in Barcelona Spain

For the fifth year running, Barcelona is well into the preparations
to welcome you to the most important LGBT pride festival in the
Mediterranean – Pride Barcelona’13. The main celebrations will be on the
weekend of the 28th, 29th and 30th of June , but entire festival
includes a program that runs from the 20th to the 30th of June!

30 charitable associations,
many local businesses and the entire LBGT community have again united
to organise a new pride for the city – offering ten days of culture,
sport, debate, entertainment and parties. Pride Barcelona is a major
free not-for-profit event that both celebrates the best of the Catalan
capital.

Spain is a shining example of LGBT Rights, and is already on the
global map for pride celebrations in Madrid and Maspalomas – always
reaffirming our open, respectful and tolerant character. Barcelona is
now firmly placed on that map – growing bigger and better every year.

Come and experience Pride Barcelona 2013. See for yourself why this
new event is now among the greatest pride celebrations in the world!

Pride Barcelona

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Maui Hawaii Gay Pride 2013

MAUI PRIDE is just one reason to visit Hawaii!

But there are MANY REASONS!
GET OUT OF THOSE FRIGID TEMPERATURES WITH  CHEAP AIRFARES FROM ALL U.S. MAINLAND CITIES

 

The weather here is 82 and Sunny with Tropical Breezes!

 

The US weather forecasts for the mainland
that predicted a prolonged cold winter through April have been accurate
so far, so we thought we’d give you incentive to come to Maui and warm
up!
We can’t believe how low airfares still are.  
These are sample fares for MID APRIL!!
New York to Maui           $476   ROUNDTRIP 
San Francisco to Maui      $343   ROUNDTRIP
LAX to Maui                    $446   ROUNDTRIP 
Bellingham, WA to Maui   $338   ROUNDTRIP
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Gay Pride Kicks off April 6 in Phoenix Arizona

GAY PRIDE kicks off this year in April in Phoenix Arizona!
Gay Pride is typically in June in many states, but some of the warmer weather cities have now chosen to celebrate on alternate days. 

THE HISTORY OF PHOENIX PRIDE In 1981, a group of gay & lesbian
activists organized the first Pride march thru the streets of downtown
Phoenix to the state Capitol building. It was a politically focused
march to bring awareness to gay rights issues in Phoenix.

Nearly ten years later, a group of volunteers joined together to
coordinate the annual Pride festival. This committee, best known as the
Phoenix Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, Inc. helped establish a 501(c) 3
non-profit organization known today as Phoenix Pride.

The organization was created as an educational non-profit to continue
to educate and promote issues that affect the LGBTQ community in metro
Phoenix. Under the leadership of Phoenix Pride, there has been an annual
march, festival, parade or celebration in metro Phoenix for more than
30 years.

The organization is a leader in the metro Phoenix LGBTQ community.
During the past several years, the organization has been able to make
significant contributions to other LGBTQ focused non-profit
organizations and has awarded scholarships to deserving LGBTQ
individuals continuing their education. It is the goal of the
organization to continue developing community programs to benefit the
LGBTQ focused non-profit community and to continue to raise public
awareness about the LGBTQ community in hopes to eliminate homophobia,
transphobia and discrimination still very much prevalent some 30 years
later.

In 2011, the LGBTQ community celebrated the 31st Anniversary of the
first LGBTQ march in Phoenix. Phoenix Pride will continue to honor and
celebrate our community by promoting April as “Pride Month” in Phoenix,
Arizona and by continuing the “10 Days of Pride” started in celebration
of our 30th Anniversary in 2010.

PHOENIX ARIZONA PRIDE

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Matthew Mitcham Autographed Books

WE LOVE AUSTRALIA!  

And we love Matthew Mitcham!
 Sydney Mardis Gras is heating up this month, with an explosion of parties happening March 2, 2013. 
In 2009, Matthew Mitcham was the Chief of Parade of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras after being declared the 2008 Australian Sports Performer of the Year.
I just finished reading his book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its packed full of photographs as well!
Despite his diving achievements, Mitcham struggled to attract
corporate sponsorship. In the The Advocate, an editor said, “What’s a
guy to do when he’s got the gold, the fame, the man – but no big-time
endorsements?” In 2009, Mitcham secured financial support from the
Australian telecommunications provider Telstra. In 2010, he was
announced as the new face of Funky Trunks and has appeared on
advertising campaigns across Australia, Europe and the United States. He
is also a spokesman and “swimwear ambassador” for the brand.

“People kept remarking on how they were surprised that a gold
medal and fame hadn’t changed me. I always responded, ‘Why would I
change? Being me is the easiest person to be.’ I was lying. It wasn’t.”


THE BOOK SHOP has a limited number of the books right now, autographed, and at a special price!! ORDER YOURS TODAY!!
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Gay Travel to Amsterdam Pride and Boats on the Canal

   

Gay Pride festivals exist all over the world, but the Amsterdam Gay
Pride festival is among the best on the planet. 

Since early days,
Amsterdam has been at the forefront in striving for
equality for the gay & lesbian communities. Amsterdam is famous for
it’s liberal mindset and by organising a yearly Gay Pride the city
welcomes a safe environment for gays, lesbians
and transgenders to both visit and live in Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam
and it’s gay and straight citizens really know how to party and turn the
Amsterdam’s historic centre into one big Gay Pride celebration for a
weekend in August. The entire city joins in the fun, with the the famous
Canal Parade being highlight of Amsterdam’s Gay Pride event.

The hugely
popular Canal Parade is a floating event involving up to 100
spectacularly decorated barges, floating through Amsterdam’s
Prinsengracht (the canal of the Prinses) . The Gay Pride Canal Pride is a
celebration of devotion towards equality of the gay and lesbian
communities and as such many large Dutch institutions such as the City
Council including the mayor of Amsterdam, the Fire Brigade, the
Amsterdam police force and large Dutch corporates and employers such as
the ING insurances, ABN AMRO and Rabobank have their own boats in the
Canal Parade.

The festivities starts on a Friday night with two large outdoor
parties. On at the Gay & Lesbian Reguliersdwarsstraat street and the
other party at the Gay & Lesbian monument on the Westermarket in
the centre of town.

Gay Pride and the Canal Parade is the
biggest recurring event held in the city and takes place over the first
weekend of August
every year. On Saturday afternoon, the highlight of the Gay Pride
festivities is the Canal Parade which begins at 14.00 and goes on
until around 18.00.

The Canal Parade begins outside the Central Station,
sails along the entire Prinsengracht, the Amstel River
and finishes at the Eastern Dock. The participating boats are
spectacularly decorated and put on a show with their onboard DJs and lavish parties, guaranteeing unbeatable entertainment.

The
Canal Parade is open to all possible organisations, companies and even
private individuals. One needs to apply for a license from the city
council and one needs to rent a boat from one of the Amsterdam based
boat rental companies such as the Amsterdam Boot Huren boat rental agency. A quick look at this website shows the Ivan Frank open boat as pretty much ideal or one could consider the Avanti barge for it’s beautiful feminine curves. Another boat rental agency worthwhile looking at is Canal Cruise Amsterdam.
Both websites are in Dutch, but if you call the contact numbers, they
will answer in English, as nearly everybody in Amsterdam speaks fluent
English.

The event still grows in size and in 2012 a total of
188 organisations and companies applied for a licence in the official
Canal Parade. 2012 also had a Turkish boat participated
in the Canal Parade for the first time. The Turkish boat  represents the
20,000 odd gay and lesbian people living in the
Netherlands who are of Turkish descent.

The Gay Pride Canal Parade draws more than 500,000 gay and straight participants and
visitors to Amsterdam. The city gets very busy and most of
the Amsterdam hotels are fully occupied and may ask ridiculous prices
for their accommodation. as an alternative, one might also consider
renting an apartment in the city centre from Apartment Amsterdam.

Most of the apartments very high quality and are located on one of the
famous canals or in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. If you do decide to
stay in an apartment in the Jordaan, don’t forget to visit the Anne Frank house or to have dinner in one of the many little restaurants close to the Noordermarket.

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Gay Travel to Iceland – Reykjavik and More!

Iceland is a great destination for LGBT travelers, gay people are equal in the eyes of the law and have enjoyed marriage rights, in churches from the year 2010.

 Iceland is proud to have the worlds first openly lesbian primeminister and to show support in action one third of the population shows up for Reykjavík Gay Pride.

The gay scene and society in Iceland is small but active and open, it exists mostly in the capital Reykjavík but the northern branch in Akureyri is getting stronger each year. Iceland as a gay friendly destination has gotten great reviews, it has landed on various top ten lists and gotten 5 pink stars by Diva magazine.

 With its gay friendly atmosphere Iceland has come a long way since the Gay rights association, Samtökin’78  were founded in 1978 by brave, but few people. Now in the year 2012 we stand equal to straight people in the eyes of the law. The Reykjavík Gay Pride   has become one of the biggest celebrations of the nation with 100.000 people attending the parade and the down town festivities and prejudice towards lgbt people are on retreat.

Ask someone in Iceland: Do you know any gay people; we can almost guarantee that the answer will be positive, this has helped the progression of gay rights in Iceland. As soon as someone you know and love has come out, gay rights are also yours to protect because they protect someone you love. Regarding transgender rights Iceland has a long way to go but we are hopeful that we can celebrate equality in the year 2012. 

Check out these events!  

Reykjavik Gay Pride
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Death Threats in Croatia for Gay Pride

I have always wanted to see Croatia.

 Croatia has a double ‘personality’ with its thousand Adriatic islands adjacent to picturesque mountains
and lakes. But it’s also a survivor of the bloody Balkan wars where massacres and ethnic cleansing ravaged
the land in the 1990’s. Narrow-minded socialist thinking still expresses some sharp intolerance toward gays  and lesbians. But time, peace and prosperity have helped in the healing of war scars while new national  legislation has given first-time recognition of LGBT partnerships. (from 2006).


THIS WEEK, Several government ministers in Croatia announced they  will join a gay pride march
set for this weekend amid threats of violence from opponents, saying it
was a test of democracy for a country due to join the European Union
next year. 

Last year’s event, held in the Adriatic city of Split,
plunged into violence as police failed to protect the marchers from
angry locals who pelted them with eggs and rocks. Several people were
injured and at least 30 arrested. 

Several nationalist and war veteran groups have issued warnings
against this year’s June 9 march in Split, calling it a “shameful
provocation by sick people to which we will respond.”

I can tell you, we were in Budapest last year, 2011,  for Gay Pride, and nearly 1500  police tried to protect the 1500  marchers. And it was kind of scary. This year Police said they would NOT do it again and tried to cancel Pride – but Parliament overruled, and said they MUST protect the marchers again this year!

But back to Croatia.

Croatian Gay Pride revelers are being threatened with violence by members of a rightwing Facebook group, according to reports.

B92 notes that over 400 Facebook users joined the now-defunct group,
which has been dubbed, “Blood will flow in the streets of Split, there
will be no gay parade.”
–  the group even threatened.


The group says its goal
is to point out to the public that it was unacceptable to hold the
“immoral manifestation” which should be held on June 9 in Split.
According to the group, the manifestation is “poisoning children”.

“What
are they proud of, their disease?”, “Every normal person is sick of
parades of mentally ill people (gays). They don’t care about the fact
that someone’s child has to watch the sick people”, “Gay bashing June 9,
2012”, “Don’t parade, go get some treatment!” are just some of the
comments posted on the group.

An investigation of the group and its origins is reportedly underway.
“We will try to determine who the author of the group was and we will
act in accordance with the law,” Split-Dalmatia Police Spokeswoman
Marina Kraljević-Gudelj told the site. “After that we will inform the
state prosecution.”

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