Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America. The weather is mild, the beaches are spectacular, the history is rich, and yes, it is a land of swaying palm trees, azure waters and colorful sunsets.
This is an absolutely fascinating country and the only English and Spanish speaking nation immediately south of Mexico with which it shares a land border.
I have some dear friends that have been going to Belize for over 20 years. In recent years Belize has been garnering major international buzz and for sure there is no signs of it slowing down. With its amazing flora, fauna; breath taking natural resources; the quick accessibility to both a rain forest and a Caribbean beach complete with palms and white sandy beaches are all reasons why people return to these shores year after year.
While the country is experiencing more tourists, and thus more diversity in recent years, it’s still very much a conservative democracy. Public displays of affection of all kinds are generally discouraged. Some people will be shocked by gay PDA, so be discreet and mindful of the country’s attitudes. Just be respectful and enjoy the natural scenery; you’re sure to have a wonderful time.
Belize is a romantic and adventuresome destination where you can lounge in luxurious accommodations with a lover, or explore caves and go deep-sea diving with friends. The beautiful tranquility of the natural Belizean geographical features will leave you breathless though, so don’t let that small setback keep you from visiting this idyllic land!
WHEN TO GO? Anytime! The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect all year round.
WHERE TO STAY? There are more than 200 islands in Belize that are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”) that are easy accessible and can serve as ideal bases for fishing, snorkeling and diving. For me personally, I don’t care for the big international hotel chains – I prefer smaller, quaint and romantic places to stay.
El Secreto nestles 13 exclusive individual thatched roof villas with a smart combination of contemporary and traditional elements. This beautiful gay friendly, Boutique Resort sits on the Caribbean beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize.
(Temptation Island was filmed nearby on Ambergris, 36 miles north of Belize City, and the caye is the country’s liveliest, with open-air bars and restaurants spilling into the white sand in the main town, San Pedro.)
Appointed with fine Belizean tropical woods, marble finished bathrooms with a tandem bathtub, outdoor private jacuzzi and shower patio. All the villas are equipped with a King size bed, a state of the art led lighting system, air conditioning, iPod dock station, LCD TV, mini bar, safe, hair dryer, Melita coffee maker, 400 thread Egyptian cotton Vivenda linens and Malin & Goetz amenities. They have made many TOP 10 lists and won many awards for luxury experiences!
Enjoy a unique dining experience at El Secreto Restaurant. A romantic setting where you can “feel” the breeze and admire a beautiful ocean view. It doesn’t get much better than this!
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What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence.
Hosted every Labor Weekend, Southern Decadence is the 5th largest event in the city following Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest. 2014 brought in over 160,000 participants.
Nicknamed the “Gay Mardi Gras,” Southern Decadence is one of those quintessential New Orleans occasions in which participants get to strut their stuff in elaborate costumes and high fashion or barely anything at all, the day of the Parade! Everyone gets in on the action and all the bars will have their own drag shows, contests, DJs, music and events.
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The same technology used by Google Maps to allow users to experience 360º street views of locations around the world is now being used to bring people closer to previously unavailable places. Many of us have seen Google’s conspicuous vehicles traveling through the city, collecting imagery that can be incorporated into their mapping system.
Advances in their equipment now allows for a portable version of the same camera system. Worn like a backpack, Google Maps in now able to open our eyes to places we couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago.
In recent months, Google staff has visited our destination, creating beautiful images of the Marietas Islands, Marina La Cruz, Vallarta Adventures’ Dolphin Center, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and Las Caletas, among others. These locations now form part of Google’s Special Collections-Mexico, an increasing collection of landmarks located throughout the country.
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From the producers of OUT IN THE PARK @ Six Flags Great America, comes a brand new exclusive LGBTQ Event;
OUT IN THE HARBOR @ Hurricane Harbor!
MONDAY JUNE 22nd 2015 5pm-10pm
Hosted by Andrew Christian!
SPLASH, DRINK AND DANCE!
$33 and FREE Parking! (TAXES INCLUDED) PrideSplashChicago.com
The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to diversity and values the benefits and advantages of a diverse workforce. One of its core values is Diversity, valuing differences and the respectful involvement of all people, employing and leveraging the gifts, talents, and experience from each person’s culture, perspective, and background to create value for the organization and help make it even more successful.
Now they are stepping forward to launch an officially sanctioned Celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Zoo! There will be LGBTQ Day& Night events! This is only the 2nd Zoo in the country to celebrate Pride in a big way!
DAYTIME EVENT INFORMATION
During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be entertainment and a presentation in the afternoon! $15 advance tickets.
During the day, there will be will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and/or products. There will also be a program with speakers and entertainment.
NIGHTTIME EVENT INFORMATION
Then From 7-10 p.m., a very special evening LGBTQ cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area. 21+ over.
TALK TO THE ANIMALS!
A portion of the zoo will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including camels, zebras, addax, giraffes, African painted dogs, bison, lions, tigers, (no bears unless you bring one), leopards, and dolphins.
Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.
Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions area! We’ll be able to sip cocktails (open bar) and enjoy delicious outdoor fare food and sweets.
Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to the Animals! Curators create a very special experience, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them.
Lounge music will set the tone as the Dj’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago
There will also be a silent auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses.
Tickets are $60 includes drinks, food and a phenomenal experience.
Limited Number of VIP Tickets $100 – you will get a personalized PRIVATE VIP TOUR of The Living Coast, where you can get up close and touch PENGUINS! The leader penguins love to come out and mingle with small groups and show off. How cool is that? A professional photographer will be on hand to capture your experience.
All the details at ZooPrideChicago.com
Summer Off Season Deals in Ft Lauderdale!
Travelers now have twice as many reasons to kick off their summer in Greater Fort Lauderdale with the destination-wide 2-for-1 Summer Savings program. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades, dive into 70 BOGO (buy one, get one) offers representing more than $2,000 in savings. Back by popular demand, the destination’s value-packed summer program has been extended through October 12, 2015.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Summer Savings 2-for-1 card includes special offers on land, sand and sea at more than 70 attractions, including options for watersports, spa, dining, museums, tours, and more. Highlights for the 2-for-1 Summer Savings include an airboat ride through the Everglades at Billie Swamp Safari, scuba diving and snorkeling excursions, strolling among thousands of butterflies at Butterfly World, catamaran cruises and Water Taxi rides, shopping at the world’s largest luxury discount mall, Sawgrass Mills, rejuvenating spa treatments, deals at popular restaurants including Mai Kai Restaurant & Polynesian Revue, Shula Burger and 15th Street Fisheries plus visits to area museums and historic sites including the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and the Museum of Discovery & Science.
“Everyone loves a deal,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “And Greater Fort Lauderdale is a GREAT deal this summer, for visitors’ wallets, sense of adventure, and general well-being that comes with a summer vacation.”
Make the most of 2-for-1 fun when you combine it with the summer 2015 Vacation Like a VIP promotion, which runs now through October 12. The Vacation Like a VIP package includes a two-night minimum stay, a room upgrade, $100 resort credit, a $25 American Express Gift Card, complimentary resort valet parking, plus additional savings. Add to these deals the ease and accessibility of the area with 600 flights daily to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, South Florida’s low fare airport, 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, 300+ miles of inland waterways and travelers get so much more out of their summer getaways in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Events not to miss when visiting this summer include Lauderdale Live, a three-day waterfront music festival with headliners Phillip Phillips and O.A.R. (June 19-21) and Jon Lovitz’s stand-up comedy show at Improv Fort Lauderdale (June 26-27). Concerts at BB&T Center include New Kids On The Block with special guests TLC and Nelly (June 4), Imagine Dragons “Smoke + Mirrors” Tour (July 11) and South Florida native Ariana Grande’s “Honeymoon Tour” (July 18). At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the events line-up includes Bette Midler (May 8-9), Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (May 21) and The Gipsy Kings (June 13), while Charli XCX (June 15) takes to Fort Lauderdale’s hot downtown venue, Revolution Live.
For a complete listing of deals and to print free 2 For 1 Summer Savings cards, or sign up to receive up to two cards by mail, visit www.sunny.org/summer.
200 performers on 7 stages in 3 nights!
The mission of Austin International Drag Foundation Inc. is to educate, support and promote the drag artist community. We do this by providing resources and opportunities for individuals seeking to further their careers through showcases, festivals, and various other mediums. As a result of this mission, the general public is further educated about the drag community.
“I am creating the Austin International Drag Festival because I absolutely adore the Drag community. Drag artists play such an important part in our lives, whether you know it or not. They raise millions of dollars for charity. They expand our view of art through amazing creative performances. They also create conversation about gender roles in society. The world would be a pretty boring place without our Queens and Kings.
I am creating the Austin International Drag Festival because it is the right thing to do and the right time to do it. The world is ready for a festival of this magnitude. I want to make sure that those drag performers that work hard at their art everyday are given the chance to be seen by the largest possible audience that I can bring to them.
For 3 days in May of 2015, Austin, Texas will become
Truly and Humbly Yours,
Jamie Steward Bancroft
If you are gay and visiting Chicago, chances are you want to stay in Boystown, so you are not paying for cabs to go back and fourth from downtown!
Hotels In Boystown Chicago and Things to Do
Celebrate Chicago pride when you stay with hotels near Boystown, Chicago. Enjoy all of the fabulous things to do – just a few blocks from The Majestic Hotel.
PrideFest kicks off June 19-21, On June 22nd will be a Pride Splash at Six Flags, June 25th is Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo, June 26th and 27th gay pride parties all over the city and the BIG Parade, which attracts almost 1 Million people on Sunday June 28th.
The area along North Halsted features the best in Boystown, Chicago bars, dining, entertainment and more. After a night on the town, rest easy in your choice of 3 locations, close to everything! City Suites, The Majestic or The Willows.
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Boystown is the US’s first officially recognized gay village and still stands as a national hub of our nation’s LGBT community. Explore a host of delightful boutiques, unique eateries and entertainment hot-spots or, if your timing is right, check out the famed Northalsted Market Days in August or Chicago Pride Fest close to hotels near Boystown, Chicago. And now, OUT IN THE PARK at Six Flags in September.
IS IT time to resurrect Atlantic City’s old tourism slogan — the Queen of Resorts — and give it a new twist?
With a bevy of cross-dressing beauties strutting around Boardwalk Hall, a drag queen serving as a new tourism ambassador and contests for lavish gay weddings at the casinos, the resort town has a message for the LGBT crowd: Come “out” and see us for a good time.
“The LGBT market is a good business market for Atlantic City,” Guaracino said.
Atlantic City’s expanding outreach to the LGBT market includes a recent partnership with internationally known drag queen Miss Richfield 1981 to serve as the resort’s gay ambassador. The hope is that Miss Richfield, the alter ego of entertainer Russ King, will draw a big following of LGBT customers to town.
This summer will see a number of major events catering to the LGBT market. They include Sand Blast AC, billed as the largest Mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. Sand Blast moved from Asbury Park to Atlantic City in 2014 and is scheduled for July 17-20 this year.
FIBO, one of the largest events catering to LGBT African-Americans, is coming to Atlantic City Aug. 7 to 9 after being held the last 12 years at Fire Island, New York.
Atlantic City’s casinos and noncasino hotels have been aligning themselves with Miss’d America, Sand Blast and other LGBT events, but they have also been launching their own gay-themed promotions. Caesars Entertainment Corp., owner of the Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s Resort casinos, was a leader in the gay-travel trend by starting the “Out in Atlantic” LGBT party series in 2009.
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The 5th edition of the Prague Pride festival will take place from Monday, August 10th through Sunday the 16th, with the Parade, main concert and outdoor party on Saturday the 15th. This year the festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a full program to be released soon. The Facebook event of the Prague Pride Parade can be found here.
The Czech Republic is the most LGBT tolerant country of the former Eastern Bloc, with Prague being one of Europe’s top gay destinations. This is reflected by the Prague Pride festival, the biggest and most open LGBT festival in the region. The leading American online newspaper The Huffington Post mentioned Prague as one of the top eight gay destinations in the world and Prague Pride made it to the top ten best Pride festivals in Europe.
The 2014 edition of Prague Pride attracted thousands of visitors every day during the week and more than 20,000 people attended the Gay Pride Parade on Saturday.
There is enough reason to celebrate this year, especially since the 2015 edition will be the fifth edition of Prague Pride.
“Prague Pride grew tremendously over the last five years. From a small, local pride festival we became one of the most interesting and inspiring Pride festivals in Europe. As we are heading to our small anniversary, obviously we are preparing the festival which once again will be full of interesting guests, fabulous parties and mind blowing events”, said Czeslaw Walek, president of Prague Pride.
The week-long program is now being prepared and will be officially released soon, but we are already proud to announce that the London Gay Men’s Chorus, the largest gay men’s chorus in Europe with more than 120 singers, will perform on Friday, August 14th for Prague Pride. The popular and unique Pride Village will make an appearance again this year which will be accessible during the entire festival, along with the Business Forum which brings together interesting and inspiring guests from the business world.
Prague Pride 2015 is also unique because attention is being paid to serious LGBT topics and human rights issues. This year the festival will focus on bullying. More details about this topic and the affiliated campaign will be released soon.
The full program will be released at www.praguepride.com shortly.
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WE LOVE Anaheim and Orange County! And the addition of the Packing District in Anaheim is FANTASTIC! Anaheim residents and visitors alike are enjoying this new communal gathering place in the heart of downtown, complete with refurbished historic structures and new exciting uses.
The Packing District, located at the intersection of Anaheim Blvd and Santa Ana Street, includes the restored Packard Building & former Car Showroom, Farmers Park and the restored citrus Packing House, including a community kitchen for private use, as well as an intimate backyard & outdoor venue with a fireplace and orange grove.
The Packing House features 20+ artisan eateries with live music on the Mezzanine Stage every weekend! For more information on the latest happenings at The Packing House, sign up via “Join Our Community” on our main page: www.anaheimpackingdistrict.com
If you are nearby March 28th – check out Citrus Fest!
- When: March 28, 2015 Citrus festival Noon-5pm @ Farmers park
Two gay groups participated, ending a two-decade ban
LGBT rights group Boston Pride and OutVets, an organization for gay veterans, joined in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, as did Mayor Marty Walsh, who opted out last year because it didn’t allow gay groups. No Boston mayor had participated in the parade since 1995, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Allied War Veterans Council’s ban on participants who identified as gay.
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After recent shootings and killings in the gay neighborhood MONTROSE, in Houston Texas, locals are fighting back.
The LGBT community has had enough. MyFoxHouston.com reports:
Their signs made the message clear. It’s time to “take back Montrose.” Brad Janacek organized dozens of concerned Montrose residents Friday night to peacefully protest at the intersection of Westheimer and Montrose. They’re asking The Houston Police Department for more police presence in the area. “We’re fed up as a community and I don’t live here anymore because of the crime,” said Janacek. …
Protester Bobby Lowe thinks the LGBTQ community should be worried and not just about these latest violent incidents, but about a perceived uptick in car burglaries and thefts.
“I think it’s about gay people being targeted. They’re coming here for a reason and the reason is because gay people, [criminals] feel like their easier targets,” said Lowe.
Police plan to increase their presence – while most of Houston does not seem to really care and no one has reported on the upswing of shootings, except Fox.
Las Vegas is drawing in more and more guys from around the country to the Matinee Las Vegas Festival!
The Biggest Gay Dance Festival of the Summer returns for a 5th Anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend: May 22-25, 2015. Plus, Barcelona’s Biggest Party makes its U.S. debut for our Saturday Night Main Event at America’s Newest Waterpark: Cowabunga Bay!
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• Vallarta Pride will take place from May 17 to 25 to pay tribute to the vibrant LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta Mexico!
• Andrew Christian, founder and head designer at Andrew Christian™, the internationally renowned brand, has confirmed his participation in the fashion show to be held on May 22 in Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill!
Puerto Vallarta will host the third gay pride festival “Vallarta Pride” from May 17 to 25, 2015 under the theme of “Unity”. This 9-day event will pay tribute to the LGBT community through a series of art and cultural activities, concerts, movies, beach parties, parades, fashion shows and lots of fun.
One of the first celebrities to confirm his participation in Vallarta Pride 2015 is Andrew Christian, founder and head designer of Andrew Christian, the internationally renowned brand of underwear, swimwear and sportswear for men with headquarters in Hollywood, California.
Andrew Christian has announced his participation at the fashion show scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9.00pm in Mantamar Beach Club Bar & Grill. He also confirmed that the international models TopherDimaggio, Pablo Hernández, Diego Sans y Cheddy O will be wearing some of his best creations and his recent designs to delight the audience.
This event will be complemented with the participation of Liquid Men and Amsterdam PV, two local boutiques, which will be presenting their own clothing lines and exclusive accessories during the catwalk.
General admission is $20USD ($ 290 pesos) and VIP admission, which includes preferred seating, a complimentary drink, waiter service and a meet & greet after the gateway, is $30USD ($435 pesos). Tickets can be purchased HERE.
The Vallarta Pride 2015 Organizing Committee is thrilled to have Andrew Christian at the Pride Festival and is pleased to confirm that the participation of other celebrities, as well as the tentative schedule and venues for all events will be announced in the upcoming days.
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Food Network’s Ted Allen To Co-host Chef Art Smith’s
#101GayWeddings at The James Royal Palm
Chef Art Smith just announced Food Network’s Chef Ted Allen will co-host his #101 Gay Weddings event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. For the past two years during The South Beach Wine & Food Festival The James Royal Palm has been home to Chef Art Smith’s and friends famous Big Gay Ice Cream Social. Now with the official beginning of gay marriage in the State of Florida, Chef Art is hosting a celebratory party– 101 Gay Weddings.
Couples are encouraged to tweet to @ChefArtSmith will receive a free wedding on February 21st during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival at The James Royal Palm. The big celebrations and all 101 weddings will be performed together in the beautiful James Breezeway. A celebrity minister will be there to officiate at the wedding ceremony.
Famed Celebrity Chef Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s reality show Ace of Cakes and one of the first to stand up against hate in food, will be creating a one-of-a-kind wedding cake to mark the special occasion. Also, joining the event will be several celebrated Miami chefs and restaurants including:
• Richard Hales, Black Brick
• Giorgio Rapicavoli, Eating House
• Dena Marino, MC Kitchen
• Jamie DaRosa, Tongue & Cheek
• Paula Dasilva, 3030 Ocean
• Rocco Carulli, R House
• Cesar Zapata, The Federal
• Todd Erickson, Haven Lounge
• Half Moon Empanada
The wedding celebration is free to couples who are tying the knot or want to renew their vows, they can bring two families members to the event. An after dance party is being planned with a Celebrity DJ, with all proceeds benefiting local LBGT charities. For more information please visit http://www.jameshotels.com/miami/florida-cookery/sobewff-the-james.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 1 – 4 p.m.
The James Royal Palm
1545 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 604-5700
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A plan is in the works for a parklet in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood that would celebrate the area’s historic ties to the LGBT and leather communities.
According to the Bay Area Reporter, a developer of a new mixed-use housing and retail development is backing a proposal to turn part of a 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice into a leather-themed pedestrian plaza.
Eagle Plaza, as it would be called in relation to the nearby former Eagle Tavern, would be a public space and is within an area designated by the city as an LGBT cultural heritage district. READ MORE HERE.
It is sad that we have to PAY to defend ourselves and what is right. There should be a reimbursement system in place. ALABAMA should be eating these court costs!
“The two women in Mobile are the bravest two women I’ve ever known,” [Alabama Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham] said. “They’ve been through a lot, and they will continue to go through a lot, and we can never forget them.”
Todd said Searcy and McKeand have “incurred a great debt over legal fees” in their eight-year fight to have their California marriage recognized. She urged attendees to donate to the couple at their website, IAmAParent.com.
[Living in Limbo Executive Director Lara] Embry said Searcy and McKeand are $40,000 in legal debt “because they fought this fight for a long time in Alabama while we were not considered low-hanging fruit to national organizations who would then pitch in and help with that fight.”
“If you want to send someone a wedding gift, maybe make it honor of Cari and Kim, and make a donation to help them, to help pay for marriage equality in Alabama,” Embry said. “Because they got the bill.”
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