Drag Festival in Austin Texas

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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

THE DRAG CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!”

Truly and Humbly Yours,
Jamie Steward Bancroft

President/CEO
Austin International Drag Foundation Inc.
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Chicago Hotels in Boystown

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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.

 

When you book,  mention  Code BGC   for a special gift!
Chicago is an amazing city year round! And during the week, many of the clubs and bars run specials, so it’s  a great time to save money, and make new friends!
Visit  Best Gay Chicago for the latest information!

 

Atlantic City Attracting more Gays

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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.

READ MORE HERE

 

Prague Pride 2015

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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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Anaheim Packing District CITRUSFEST

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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

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If you are nearby  March  28th – check  out  Citrus Fest!

 

  • When: March 28, 2015      Citrus festival Noon-5pm @ Farmers park

    Citrus car parade, citrus cook off contest, citrus label coloring for kids, hayride, free lemonade, hard lemonade garden, live music, and kids games.

     

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    OCTOBER  2-4  2015  will be the dates  for this years  GAY DAYS  ANAHEIM!

 

Gays March in Boston’s St Patricks Parade

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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.

Read  more  @  TIME

Houston Texas Gayborhood Montrose

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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.

MATINEE Las Vegas Dance Party Weekend

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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!

Reserve your passes NOW and save 25%! A LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE DISCOUNT TICKETS ARE LEFT!! DON’T WAIT!

 

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Andrew Christian at Puerto Vallarta Pride 2015

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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.

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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.

For more information, please visit http://vallartapride.com/ or the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride.

Para mayores informes, por favor visita el sitio web http://vallartapride.com/ o la página oficial de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orgullovallartapride.

 

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MIAMI’S Winter Party 2015!

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Chef Art Smith 101 Gay Weddings Miami

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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.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 21, 2015           1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:
The James Royal Palm
1545 Collins Avenue     Miami Beach, FL 33139        (305) 604-5700

San Francisco LGBT Leather Park

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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.

 

Alabama Lesbian Couple Seeks Dollars

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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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GAY TRAVEL DEALS: Montreal and Amsterdam

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Two of my Favorite cities!

SPRING AND SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON AHEAD

Days are getting longer already!

59 days until SPRING!

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Here are 2 GREAT GETAWAYS to add to your spring/summer calendar

 

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – JULY 3-6

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AMSTERDAM PRIDE – JUL 28- AUG 3

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Amsterdam’s most popular festival

 

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Xcaret Mexico

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You have more than likely been to the very gay Puerto Vallarta….but on the other side of the country is a Mexico very rich in Mayan history. And a truly remarkable area  called  Xcaret, near Playa del Carmen.

The Mayan Riviera or Riviera Maya stretches along 87 miles of Mexican Caribbean coastline in the southeastern section of the Yucatán Peninsula. Warm weather conditions, endless white sandy beaches, and the region’s network of underground rivers, lagoons and cenotes (sinkholes) with mangroves and jungle vegetation, provide the ideal surroundings in which to experience nature at its purest. And you will find this part of Mexico to embrace LGBT people.

In 1984 Architect and visionary Miguel Quintana Pali purchased 12 acres in the Mayan Riviera in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo with the idea of building his dream house.

However, when he began to clear the land he started uncovering ancient Mayan cenotes, sinkholes and beautiful underground rivers. Awed by this magnificent sight he felt that so much beauty should not be accessible only to a privileged few and began to formulate the idea of a park open to the public. THIS PLACE  IS  MAGNIFICENT! He is a true visionary, like Walt Disney.

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He soon joined forces with Constandse brothers Oscar, Marcos and Carlos, and they began transforming this park into a dream come true called Xcaret. Since its opening in December 1990, Xcaret Park is one of the most famous attractions in the Cancun-Riviera Maya destination, an eco-archaeological park where you can experience the natural and cultural richness of Mexico.

At present, Xcaret group has established itself as a great leader in sustainable tourist recreation and socially responsible, capable of responding to the needs of more than 6 million tourists that visit each year the Mexican Caribbean. This new integration scheme features a complete selection of products which complement each other and will offer the best entertainment and unique experiences surrounded by the natural, cultural and archaeological richness of Mexico.

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Mexican Government Recognizes Experiencias Xcaret for its Wildlife Care.
For the last 10 years, at the request of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Xcaret has looked after 168 specimens of 45 different species.“Xcaret has been a major ally in the care of wild fauna,” says Ludivina Menchaca, federal environmental representative in Quintana Roo.

Mexican environmental authorities acknowledged the contribution of Xcaret Park of Cancún and the Riviera Maya to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals which have been stranded, injured or confiscated from their owners for violations to environmental legislation.

Among the species that have been entrusted to Xcaret are the ocellated turkey and the Yucatan black howler monkey, as well as species of crocodile, deer, pumas, jaguars, falcons, turtles, and ocelots, among many others.

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Mexico is the country of sea turtles. In 2010, Xcaret was authorized by the Wildlife Department to operate as Rescue and Rehabilitation Center for Sea Turtles. Here, Xcaret caters to all turtles that come to rehabilitate and release. WATCH.

In Xcaret each year we witness the miracle of life through collaborations park and Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico Civil Association. Children from all over the world who visit Xcaret and children from public schools that are free in the Schools program, get to know and learn about the protection of this species. (Remember that the hatchlings in the nest will be visiting Xcaret only from July to November).

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In a little over a year, the scarlet macaw population flying free in the jungles of Mexico has increased 41% thanks to Xcaret. “The alliances that have been built are the new path toward the preservation of our natural heritage,” says Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, from Experiencias Xcaret. WATCH

The scarlet macaw reproduction program contributes to the dream of preserving this endangered species. Xcaret will continue working through the next years, so that the scarlet macaws keep coloring the skies of Mexico and Central America. In 2013, the park was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for rescuing this endangered species.

Xcaret  is characterized by a constant effort in promoting and preserving the culture of Mexico.

The Ecological Park Xcaret Mexico is located just 6 km from Playa del Carmen (15 min) and 57 Km north of Tulum (50 min).

Xcaret is a majestic park by the sea where you can relive the history of Mexico through colorful traditions and shows, endless activities and beautiful native flora and fauna. . Truly an amazing MUST-SEE park and experience! Plan to spend at least 2 days here!  OVER 40 ATTRACTIONS!

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Booking from the US? Call Dave @ 1-800-942-1280 and find out about the all-inclusive resort, next door to the park!

Ru Pauls Drag Race Tour

 

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 IT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL BITCHES!

RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The SeasonsCondragulations” Tour in a city near YOU, featuring a night of show-stopping performances by the world’s most talented drag performers, including winners and fan favorites from Logo TV’s hit series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Over 40 cities in the US, Canada and Europe. The largest drag tour in history!

Adore Delano, Alaska 5000, Ben Dela Crème, Bianca Del Rio, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Detox, Ivy Winters, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Raja and Sharon Needles. Plus Special Guest Cary NoKey and host Michelle Visage. (Lineup varies by city and is subject to change.)

February 1-April 13, 2015.  CHECK  CITIES  AND TICKETS!

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Winter Party 2015 Miami BOOK NOW

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Gay New Years Eve in Key West

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Los Angeles Gay Mens Chorus

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A clever idea for a holiday flash mob!

Some of the men of GMCLA take to the underground to spread some holiday cheer with subway carols!   WATCH