Category Archives: Gay California

Gay Travel to Palm Springs

San Francisco get’s a Light Show for their Bridge

San Francisco’s OTHER BRIDGE, gets a make-over.
The project is the brainchild of Ben Davis, chairman of the nonprofit group Illuminate the
Arts. Davis admitted a fondness for San Francisco’s often-overlooked
bridge — which opened six months earlier than its famous sister, the Golden Gate — and
said the span’s 75th anniversary provided a good opportunity to do something
special.
It cost about $8 million and only costs $15 a night to run. 
But the city is hoping, over the next 2 years, the bridge lights will help generate $97 million to the local economy.  Read more and watch the video at LA Times

Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Festival

Get your Laguna Beach Uncorked tickets for $40 OFF the full price

Ticket prices rise after January 31!

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau is proud to announce the second annual Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest to be held Saturday, March 9, 2013. The ever popular Laguna Beach Uncorked! features an afternoon of tastings from 20 renowned Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 top wineries from around the world.

Hundreds of food and wine
enthusiasts will converge at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna
Beach from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, at a special
Early Bird price through Thursday, Jan. 31 of just $75. A portion of
ticket proceeds will benefit the CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange
County.

Wine lovers may
opt for a limited number of VIP Tickets to the morning wine seminar with
Michael A. Jordan, MS, CWE, held at 9:30 a.m. Widely known as the
“Sommelier for the People,” Jordan is one of only 15 people in the world
to hold both the Master Sommelier and the Certified Wine Educator
Diplomas. VIP ticket holders will also get early access to the private
tasting portion of the event at 11:30 a.m., before the gates open to
general admission ticket holders (only 200 VIP tickets will be sold). 

               Commenting on Laguna Beach Uncorked!,
Karyn Philippsen, event chair said, “This is a special event that has
been gaining popularity as each year we strive to make it more memorable
and fun than the last. At this year’s event, on March 9, guests will
enjoy food tastings from twenty world-class Laguna Beach restaurants,
wines from 30 wineries globally to include Italy, Spain, New Zealand,
and of course the USA, as well as a fun mix of live music and
socializing with a friendly crowd of like-minded food and wine
aficionados. Devoted and aspiring wine connoisseurs will be able to
attend a special morning seminar with Michael A. Jordan, one of the
world’s foremost wine experts.”

“The Laguna Beach Festival of
Arts grounds is a terrific venue, and we expect a record turnout,”
Philippsen added, saying she encourages guests to purchase their tickets
early. “In addition to the large selection of gourmet food and wine
tastings, our guests’ hearts will be further warmed knowing a portion of
ticket sales will benefit the CHOC Children’s Hospital.”

Laguna Beach Uncorked! is the signature event of
Laguna Beach A La Carte – a four day wine and food experience filled
with special restaurant offers, daily events, cooking demonstrations,
prix fixe menus and more. Hotel packages are available at select hotels.
Visit www.LagunaBeachAlaCarte.com for details on the four-day celebration.

Laguna Beach Uncorked! Details

What: Second Annual Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Where: Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 

Event Details: http://lagunabeachuncorked.com/
To Purchase Tickets: http://lagunabeachuncorked.eventbrite.com/#
More about Laguna Beach A La Carte: www.LagunaBeachAlaCarte.com

West Hollywood and Los Angeles Restaurant Deals

dineLA’s Restaurant Week is a 12-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles
as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary
experiences LA has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity
to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe lunch and dinner
menus from some of LA’s best restaurants.

Some of West Hollywood’s best restaurants are participating with specially priced prix-fixe menus. See the list of confirmed WeHo restaurants including Lucques, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, Gorge, Comme Ca, Petrossian Paris, The Palm and many more.

see also  VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD to see what else is happening!

Winter Blues? Don’t Worry! $99 Will Make you Smile in Palm Springs


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Pamper, pleasure, gratify yourself  @ INNdulge

Atherton Twins in IRIS in Los Angeles

I first saw the Atherton Twins in Cirque du Soliels Varekai around 2003.  I knew they stayed with the show, a number of years. And while in California last week, discovered  they are now in Cirque show called  IRIS!

Andrew and Kevin were born in the UK, but now live in Los Angeles, California.

Both
were members of the Great Britain gymnastics team until their
retirement from competition at the age of twenty-four years old.

In
2000 Andrew and Kevin joined the world renowned Cirque du Soleil to
develop and create an aerial straps number for their touring show Varekai. They went on to perform 3,034 shows with Varekai.  Never missing a single performance.

Andrew and Kevin left Varekai in August 2010 to begin working on IRIS.  A new resident show created by Cirque du Soleil, exclusively performing at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

 IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema. This large-scale production – created exclusively for its permanent home at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles – offers a new take on the art of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it. IRIS is an inventive spectacle that combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images.

IRIS explores the different techniques of cinema, as it evolves from black and white to colour in a world of shadows and light. The story unfolds as our two young heroes venture through a universe that brings to life a succession of cinematic genres, reawakening the limitless potential of this art form.

 Join acclaimed Choreographer/Director Philippe Decouflé and Oscar-nominated Composer Danny Elfman on this fantastic voyage, breathtakingly unfurled with 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of performance floor, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors and 160,000 watts of sound.

The are some gorgeous images of the guys on their site! 
Look  under Promotional 1 & 2, headings.

Gay Days at Disneyland in Anaheim California Oct 5-7, 2012

MORE THAN 30,000 gays and lesbians from California and all over the country, many wearing red shirts! attend  Gay Days Anaheim will be held this year, October 5 through 7th, 2012.

Gay
Days Anaheim is a “mix-in” with straight park-goers. –  Gays and
lesbians are encouraged to wear red shirts to the parks to identify one
another and show strong numbers. Official T-shirts are available at the
official Gay Day at Disneyland Web site. –  or be creative and design your own!

 

Both days in the park will have
gathering times for specific groups including gay youth (sponsored by
The Trevor Project), families, women, singles, and bears. THERE IS
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! This is not just a bunch  of big dance parties featuring shirtless muscle boys. There will be scavenger hunts, lots of various entertainments and a group photo
inside the park. A complete schedule is available at the web site.

How to find out more about Gay Days?

Sign up for the private Gay Days email list. You will get updates
about everything from the parties and hotel rooms to T-shirts and other
Gay Day-related events.

There is still time to grab a plane and get a room!

Rainbow Streets will Stay in West Hollywood

LA’s  WEST HOLLYWOOD has decided it will permanently
keep this year’s Pride month rainbow crosswalks.

The walks span San Vicente
Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard,  and was voted by the West Hollywood City
Council earlier this week to keep them on permanently. Initially after Gay Pride month,  the bricks were to be restored the to their original red color,
but they have proved so popular, they will now be a permanent part of
the popular LGBT destination of the city, in the heart of WeHo  Boystown.

Patch
reported that Councilmember John Duran said the crosswalks, as well as
the rainbow flags along Santa Monica Boulevard, are important for the
soul of the city. He said while locals may take such things for granted,
visitors do not. “[The crosswalks] are critical to the tourists and
young gay and lesbian people and not-so-young gay and lesbian people who
are passing through … They cannot believe that they actually see a
municipality where the rainbow colors are on display all year long. It
tells them it is a sanctuary. It tells them there is a safe place in
America where the LGBT community is celebrated,” he said.

San Diego Gay Pride July 21

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Carl DeMaio invites community to reception, march with him in San Diego Pride Parade

This November, San Diego has a strong chance of electing its first
LGBT mayor – an amazing development that reflects the diversity and
acceptance that we’re proud of in San Diego.

I’m hoping you will help Carl make history in America’s Finest City!

Yes, my friends, I have a personal interest in this mayoral election.
Carl is my partner, and we’ve been together for nearly four years. He
has been nothing but loving and supportive of me, encouraging me in my
business efforts as publisher of Hale Media, the parent company of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and SDPIX magazine.

Carl has also supported me in the many causes that I care so deeply
about in our LGBT community. He shares in my financial commitment to
Hillcrest Pride Flag project, for example, which will be unveiled in a
public ceremony on Friday, July 20.

Carl has stood proudly with me at so many LGBT community events in
San Diego, so it puzzles me that some people in our community try to
label him unfairly.

Let me make this one point clear. My Letter to the Community today is
NOT an endorsement by SDGLN, … just me speaking from the heart about
the person closest to his heart: I know where Carl stands, and I stand
with him.

Let me share a few things you may not know about Carl:

— As the first openly gay man elected to City Council, he made representing the LGBT community a priority.

— He helped lead the City Council resolution to ask the Pentagon to repeal its discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

— He supported the City’s first Equal Benefits Ordinance, which will provide equality in benefits for domestic partners.

— He is on the record for supporting marriage equality.

— He supported the designation of Harvey Milk Street in our Hillcrest neighborhood.

— He supported the Pride Flag Project in Hillcrest.

— He has raised thousands of dollars to support LGBT organizations
that provide essential care to our community such as Stepping Stone,
Being Alive and Mama’s Kitchen.

— He helped to bring the Trevor Project to San Diego – to provide
support for LGBT youth in our schools, including the establishment of a
suicide hotline.

I’d be honored to have your support of Carl’s historic campaign for
San Diego mayor. I know that Carl will be proud to represent the LGBT
community as Mayor – and all San Diegans as well — but he needs the
help of the LGBT community to get elected.

Please join Carl and myself for a champagne reception right before
the San Diego Pride Parade! We’ll be gathering at 10 am Saturday, July
21, at the SDGLN office in Hillcrest, which is along the parade route.

Find out more details or RSVP to the champagne reception HERE.

Those who wish can join Carl and myself and other supporters as we march in the Pride Parade. See you Saturday!

 Johnathan Hale, PUBLISHER,

 SDGLN


Star maps with Josh Flagg in Los Angeles

so I don’t know about this app……is it an invasion of privacy?
 
A new iPhone tool from “Million Dollar Listing’s” Josh Flagg includes a directory of hundreds of Los Angeles-area celebrity homes.

The Huffington Post got the scoop on this in  May,  and was quickly followed KEN WILLIAMS  (of SDGLN)  interview with Josh that was published on May 25.

Hollywood stars, take note: There’s now an easier way for gawkers and stalkers to figure out where you live.

Josh Flagg, the real estate agent made famous by Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, has launched an iPhone app that includes a directory of hundreds of Los Angeles-area properties associated with celebrities. The app, called Star Maps, differentiates itself from its traditional paper brethren by using the phone’s GPS function to direct users to properties they’d like to see.

The stargazing gawkers reportedly add lots of $$$  to the  Los Angeles’ tourism business. It is estimated  millions of dollars in revenue annually are made off this sector.  Competition is tough.  Starline Tours and newer fly-by-night tour and map purveyors are all competing.

“It is cutthroat out there,” notes Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “They yell at each other; they yell at tourists.

The app is 99 cents. = Create your own customized guided tour to see the homes of your favorite
Hollywood stars. Josh Flagg, star of Bravo’s hit TV series “Million
Dollar Listing,” takes the star maps sold on Los Angeles street corners
and brings them to your iPhone. Star Maps includes an extensive database
of stars’ homes, top-notch GPS technology, and tons of interesting
facts and photos. All information is backed by years of public records,
which guarantees that all the information is accurate.   Search by name – or most popular. More names added soon!


WeHo West Hollywood Los Angeles Gay Pride News for June 8 – 10, 2012

The City of West Hollywood and Christopher Street West will host the annual LA PRIDE celebration from
Friday, June 8, 2012 through Sunday, June 10, 2012. With this year’s
message, “…and Proud of it!”, celebration highlight’s include the WeHo
Dyke March and PRIDE Purple Party, a two-day Festival, and the 42nd
annual LA PRIDE Parade.

The Annual WeHo Dyke March will take place on Friday at 7:30
p.m. starting on San Vicente Boulevard, south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The march will proceed east on Santa Monica Boulevard to La Cienega
Boulevard and then return to West Hollywood Park

The 2nd annual PRIDE Purple Party – A Celebration of Women runs Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hosted
by Fortune Feimster and Jennie McNulty this event features live
entertainment, dancing, gourmet food trucks and community outreach
organizations booths. This event is free.

The two-day LA PRIDE Festival will take place on
Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in
West Hollywood Park. A highlight of the festival will be a one-hour
live performance on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. by rap artist Lil’ Kim as
well as other live entertainment on multiple stages. The festival
includes dance venues, a water park (a first for the festival) and
hundreds of exhibitors and food vendors. Admission is $20. Tickets can
be purchased online at www.lapride.org and at the main entrance on San Vicente Boulevard or the new south entrance on Robertson Boulevard at El Tovar.

The LA PRIDE Parade is Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The parade
will travel west on Santa Monica Boulevard, starting at Crescent
Heights Boulevard and ending at Robertson Boulevard. The parade
generally lasts two to three hours.

Street closures, parking information and all that good stuff  is online at  LA PRIDE  and  WeHo  Patch


Mariela Castro to Visit San Francisco

Anticipation over a multiday San Francisco visit by the niece of
Fidel Castro has thrust The City into U.S. presidential election
politics while stirring up some classic fears of communist infiltration.

Sexologist and gay rights activist Mariela Castro — the daughter of
Cuban President Raúl Castro — was granted an exception to strict
international travel restrictions by U.S. officials and obtained a visa
for her trip. She plans to participate in panels on LGBT issues in
health and culture at San Francisco General Hospital and the downtown
Marriott Marquis, where the Latin American Studies Association is
holding a conference.

Castro is not expected to grant interviews during her visit, but she
will also appear at the LGBT Center on Market Street tonight for a
discussion slated to include audience questions. And while Cuba hasn’t
always been known for its support of gay rights — with the 1959
communist revolution leading to persecution of homosexuals with
imprisonment and “re-education camps” — local LGBT leaders are pointing
to Mariela Castro as
someone who is helping to change the legacy her family helped establish.

“She has a unique position as the president’s daughter, and she has a
lot of influence in the country,” said Jeff Cotter, the executive
director of the San Francisco-based Rainbow World Fund. “That sends a
really fantastic message to everybody that it’s time for change.”

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/05/castro-kin-s-visit-stirs-politics#ixzz1wriG5mPj

San Diego May Be First City to get Harvey Milk Street

Today, the San Diego City Planning Commission
approved a proposal to rename a street after LGBT civil rights leader Harvey
Milk.  The proposal will now be sent to
the full city council for approval.  If
approved, San Diego will become the first city in the nation to have a street
named for the LGBT rights pioneer.

The proposal is
particularly significant as Harvey Milk was stationed in San Diego while he
served in the US Navy as a diving instructor.

If successful,
Blaine Avenue, the street leading up to The San Diego LGBT Community Center
will be renamed Harvey Milk Street in time for the anniversary of his birthday;
May 22. – You would think San Francisco would have already done this!

To make a donation
supporting the Harvey Milk Street renaming project go to sdpride.org/harveymilk

Gay Travel to Santa Monica – Just 10 Minutes from WeHo

Yes, most LGBT travelers know West Hollywood is the focal point of gay and lesbian life in the greater Los Angeles area. WeHo offers great clubs, restaurants and boutiques, making it a bona fide queer mecca.

What’s the one thing you won’t find in this metropolitan gayborhood? The beach. If you’re not interested in going on an expedition through the concrete jungle, head west to Santa Monica. Very fab, very gay.

Santa Monica is known for its laid-back atmosphere, world class hotels and beautiful beach area. What gay tourists might not realize is that there are several activities geared toward LGBT travelers. First and foremost you must find a great hotel located close to the beach. Loews Santa Monica is a luxurious, gay-friendly property that hosts same-sex commitment ceremonies on-site.

After you’ve checked in, strip down, throw on your bathing suit and head to the beach. Less than two miles from Santa Monica you’ll find the most well-known gay beach in the Los Angeles area, Will Rogers Beach in Pacific Palisades. Admittedly, Will Rogers is a little disappointing compared to Black’s in San Diego and other gay beaches. It’s a small, nondescript area but fine if you want to get a tan or play a game of volleyball with some bronzed hotties. Getting to the beach can be a pain if you’re driving, so your best bet is to rent a bike from one of the beachfront shops and get a little exercise before you tan. When you’re tired of hanging out in the sand, take part in an outdoor yoga class. The point is to take advantage of the sunshine, the biggest draw for out-of-towners.

Feeling a bit peckish after a long day at the beach? Head to Ocean Street, Third Street Promenade or Mid-City for a fantastic meal. Whether you’re looking for a great steakhouse, sushi or amazing Thai, there’s a venue for every taste and preference. Seafood lovers will definitely want to experience The Lobster located next to the iconic Santa Monica Pier. The surf and turf is just as incredible as the view.

I’m not a huge fan of tourist traps but even I must admit the Santa Monica Pier is fabulous! Once you get past the gaudiness of the amusement park, you’ll find that the Heal the Bay Aquarium is phenomenal and the street performers are a sight each visitor must experience at least once. What sets the Pier apart from other over the top iconic landmarks is the breathtaking view of the ocean.

Looking for LGBT nightlife in the Santa Monica area? You could drive to West Hollywood. It’s only 10 miles away but depending on traffic it might take an hour to get there. The hassle is definitely worth it but if you’re looking for something more low-key, consider a short trip into neighboring Venice. The city is a haven for artists, surfers and anyone who enjoys the wafting scent of Marijuana on every corner. Abbot Kinney Boulevard is the heart and soul of the Venice community, lined with coffee shops, eclectic boutiques and restaurants serving exotic cuisine. This is also where you’ll find the area’s only gay bar, Rooster Fish.

For more than three decades Rooster Fish has been the only game in town for the gay and lesbian Westside. When you first walk in, you feel like you’re in a straight college bar, not a beach city gay bar. It’s a small venue with two rooms but it’s a popular spot that attracts a wide variety of patrons, straight, gay, male and female.

Rooster Fish offers a great Domestic Bliss Happy Hour all week long with drink specials starting at just $3.50 from 5-7pm. There’s also an outdoor patio BBQ each Sunday from 1-6pm, where burgers and hot dogs are served.

If you’re in the Venice area at the beginning of the Month, check out First Friday. This is an incredible event where a slew of restaurants, galleries and boutiques stay open until 10pm, allowing locals and tourists to meet shop owners in a festive setting.

Santa Monica, Venice and the rest of the communities located on the Westside of Los Angeles offer gay visitors a vibe that can’t be found in any other area. This beachfront area attracts Hollywood celebrities, college students, artists, executives and musicians. Whether you live in Minneapolis or Downtown Los Angeles, you instantly feel like you’re on vacation when you arrive in town.

So what’s the most important thing each and every visitor must do in Santa Monica, gay or straight? Nothing! Whether you’re hanging out on the beach, lounging by a hotel pool or sipping espresso on a café patio, take time to rest, relax and soak up the sun. Just make sure you tweet lots of pictures to make your friends jealous.

By  GAY TRAVEL.com

La Cage Aux Folles National Tour Dates

New Winner of 3 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is ON THE MOST ‘TOP 10’ LISTS OF ANY MUSICAL THIS SEASON!

With George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber.  George Hamilton is everything Hollywood we know and love—dashing, debonair, and full of tenacity as Georges. The talented Tony Nominated Christopher Sieber played  Georges on Broadway, opposite Harvey Fierstein. Now he plays the role of Albin/Zaza.

They are joined on stage by Billy Harringtan
Tighe as Jean-Michel, Bernard Burak Sheredy as M. Renaud/M. Dindon,
Cathy Newman as Mme. Dindon/ Mme. Renaud, Jeigh Madjus as Jacob, Gay
Marshall as Jacqueline, Allison Blair McDowell as Anne, Dale Hensley as
Francis, Ashley Kate Adams as Colette, Danny Vaccaro as Tabarro, Matt
Anctil as Angelique, Mark Roland as Hanna, Donald Shorter, Jr. as
Chantal, Trevor Downey as Phaedra, Logan Keslar as Bitelle, Terry Lavell
as Mercedes, Todd Thurston as Male Ensemble (waiter), SuEllen Estey as
Female Ensemble Adult, Todd Lattimore as Male Swing, Christophe
Caballero as Male Swing and Rylyn Juliano as Female Swing.


LA CAGE tells the story of Georges, the
owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner
Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges’ son
brings his fiancée’s conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair,
the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! LA CAGE
is a tuneful and touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay
together… stay fabulous… and above all else, stay true to
themselves!

With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a
dynamite cast featuring the “notorious and dangerous Cagelles,” LA CAGE
is an indisputable musical comedy classic… and this extraordinary new
version shows you why!

The national tour  launched this past  October in Des Moines, IA.  We saw the show in Chicago , this past week.  It runs through Jan. 1st then off to

     St Louis    Jan 3-15th. 

   Washington DC   Jan 17-Feb 12th

  West Palm Beach, FL  Feb 14-19th

    Tampa, FL   Feb  21st-26th

    Naples, FL     Feb  28th-March 4th

    Wilmington, DE  March   6th-11th

    Pittsburgh, PA   March 13th-18th

    Memphis, TN  March 20th-25th

    Dallas, TX  April 10th-22nd

    Houston, TX  April 24th-May 6th

    San Antonio, TX  May 8th-13th

    Tempe, AZ   May 15th-20th

    Charlotte, NC  May 29th-June 3rd

    Orlando, FL   June 5th-June 10th

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL  June 12th – June 24th

     Los Angeles, CA  July 10th-July 22nd

     Costa Mesa, CA   July 24th-Aug 5th

MORE DATES  AND  CITIES To Be Announced!    GET TICKETS  ONLINE  NOW!

San Francisco Site Highlights LGBT Daily Events WSUP NOW

There are lots of gay and queer events always going on San Francisco – and not one real
place that categorizes it in a easy and quick, digestible way. So  Stuart Leung came up with a site that readers can quickly scan and see whats happening in San Francisco.

I found that even after 7 years in San Francisco, I still didn’t
know what was going on at all the gay establishments in the city. I am
not a party animal or scenester that goes out five days a week, but I
am not a shut-in either.

And when I do want to go out, I want to be able to make the right
decisions. And not knowing what’s going on at 75% of the bars on any
given night, I’ll find myself relying on what is familiar and what I
am comfortable with. Sometimes I do like the tried and true, sometimes
I want to experience something different, and other times I like going
to check out other scenes.
”  says  Stuart.

“The site has been live for about four months now, so it’s still in
its infancy. We’ve consciously made the decision to fly under the
radar and grow slowly while we continued to tweak the site, improve on
the features, functionality and user experience
.”  he adds.

WSUPNOW.com

Pacifica California Waterfront Lodging Just Minutes South of San Francisco

 CALIFORNIA
is perhaps the most beautiful state we have in the US – at least in my opinion.

You can travel from Northern to Southern and see so many spectacular areas. San Francisco is often rated one of the most popular tourist destinations for both straight and gay travelers. And one of my favorite trips is fly into SF, stay a couple days, then rent a car and drive down the coast stopping in various cities along the way!


Courtney Conlon, CEO of the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce announced today the launch of the new Visit Pacifica website (Visitpacifica.com), as the seaside community embarks on a marketing plan to promote Pacifica as a destination for travelers. 



Seeking to increase tourism, business and residential opportunities, Pacifica provides the only waterfront lodging opportunities in the immediate San Francisco area and a plethora of affordable and outdoor activities suited to visitors near and far. 




“We are so pleased to get the word out to a broader audience about Pacifica, said Conlon.  “We are a true coastal gem located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco and the airport, yet our visitors say they feel worlds away and right at home when they are here.  We like to think of ourselves as the first doorway to serenity from San Francisco, with so many outdoor adventures – from hiking and biking to surfing, and golfing, making us a destination for visitors of all ages and interests.” 




With the “staycation” trend in travel and tourism continuing to rise, Pacifica provides a home away from home for Bay Area residents and visitors alike.  Its rich cultural heritage and bohemian-esque personality make it an original destination worth uncovering.  Pacifica’s vibrant and unique offerings and natural beauty make it a haven for locals and travelers alike.  Its diverse and affordable lodging, dining and entertaining options offer a wonderful opportunity to travelers considering a serene locale to relax and spend time with family and friends.



“We are really pleased to share Pacifica’s message with the larger community, and let more people know about our wonderful city,” said Mayor Mary Ann Nihart.  “We hope to share the natural beauty and our wonderful community with many visitors and potential businesses and residents.”




The new branding campaign will promote all the elements that make Pacifica a special destination for visitors near and far.  Along with the launch of the Visit Pacifica website, the Chamber employed Mana Brand Marketing to create the unique personification of a mermaid as its new logo, beckoning travelers to this ethereal enclave.  The logo reflects Pacifica’s historic identity and calls travelers to enjoy the beauty of its seaside location.  The mermaid has been utilized since the 1950’s to promote the town’s local Fog Festival, and throughout its history. 


 



Pacifica’s rich history began

during the same 1769 expedition that founded the entire San Francisco Bay.  Led by Gaspar de Portol of Balaguer, Catalonia, Spain, the expedition came across the same Mediterranean climate and fertile farmland that later beckoned immigrants from Ireland and Italy.  A thriving vegetable farming area soon produced the largest artichoke crop in the country in the 1890s.  Today, Portol remains Pacifica’s Sister City.   The very name Pacifica means “peace” in Spanish, and lends itself to the ethereal natural surroundings of hills and beaches.


 



Whether taking in the view from an oceanfront room in Pacifica’s beachside hotels, watching the sun set over a candlelit dinner or experiencing the vast beauty of the area from atop one of Pacifica’s many cliffs, there are many unforgettable experiences, historical treasures and spectacular walking and hiking trails to explore.  With delicious restaurants and cafes, comfortable hotels and unique shops, there is something for everyone in Pacifica.


** San Francisco has a Gay Bowling League – and according to their Facebook page bowl at Sea Bowl in Pacifica, CA at 7:30 PM on Monday nights!

BestGayCities.com

Tales of the City…Walking Tour now in San Francisco


Few will deny the impact that
Armistead Maupin’s
Tales of the City
has had since they were
first published in the 1970′s. Eight novels that are such an important part of gay culture and history.


Last month we told you about  Tales of the City – The Musical, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco –  it previewed in May and opens today  Wednesday, 1st June .


The musical is a creative collaboration between the author, the people who brought us the brilliant Avenue Q and the musical minds behind the Scissor Sisters. The reviews have been wonderful.


Now comes  various hikes  around the city and see some of the Tales of the City landmarks

Tours of the Tales charts the exploits of the main characters as walking tours (though for some you’ll need a car) that you can download for free from the website.  There is also a program of free guided tours. The walks have even been endorsed by the author himself.


Here is an overview of what is covered…


Tour 1: In the Beginning:  Aquatic Park and Russian Hill
The one to do if you only have time to do one tour.


Tour 2: North Beach and Jackson Square
Why not also book tickets for Beach Blanket Babylon.


Tour 3A:  Telegraph Hill and Back to Fisherman’s Wharf


Tour 3B: Alcatraz


Tour 4: Chinatown, Nob Hill, The Tenderloin, Union Square


Tour 5: The Castro and Noe Valley

see more at TOURS OF THE TALES



SAN FRANCISCO Says NO to Male Circumcision





A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has been cleared to appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for the nation’s first public vote on what has long been considered a private family matter.


But even in a city with a long-held reputation for pushing boundaries, the measure is drawing heavy fire. Opponents are lining up against it, saying a ban on a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims is a blatant violation of constitutional rights.


If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.


The proposed ban appears to be the first in the country to make it this far, though a larger national debate over the health benefits of circumcision has been going on for many years. Banning circumcision would almost certainly prompt a flurry of legal challenges alleging violations of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs.


Supporters of the ban say male circumcision is a form of genital mutilation that is unnecessary, extremely painful and even dangerous. They say parents should not be able to force the decision on their young child.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/05/18/national/a130240D07.DTL#ixzz1Mqa36rh8

Police Chief’s Retirement Doesn’t Solve Big Gay Problem for Palm Springs

About two weeks ago, it was determined 
that Palm Springs police
Chief David Dominguez
 would keep his job.

That determination came after the city’s internal review of police procedure during the 2009 Warm Sands neighborhood public gay sex sting. Dominguez was among those accused of making offensive comments against the gay men arrested in the sting.

Though state law prevents city officials from releasing any details on their review, Ready said, “I don’t believe one comment in his 30-year history should result in his termination.“I’m convinced that his statement, although inappropriate … was not made in any discriminatory regard.”

Then this past week, Dominguez resigned/retired .

Palm Springs may be considered a gay Mecca, but its reputation has been tarnished and tarred by a 2009 undercover sex sting that went terribly wrong.

SDGLN reports The scandal has sent Police Chief David Dominguez into an early retirement and created a public relations nightmare for the city and for tourism officials. (SDGLN and Ken Williams first  broke the Palm Springs sex sting scandal and had access to  key documents from the case and direct insight from the Public Defender’s Office, where they have important sources).


Many have questioned why the Police Department would conduct such an “old school” sting, a relic of years gone by when gay men were regularly targeted for harassment and humiliation by local authorities. Think of the Stonewall riots of 1969, when the gay community fought back against blatant discrimination and persecution by police and city officials – launching the gay civil rights movement.


Many have wondered why the sting operation employed attractive and muscular young police officers who dressed provocatively in tight jeans and wife beaters, and who lured men through sexually charged invitations and by rubbing their crotches. Did nobody on the police force consider that entrapment would be a credible defense?


SDGLN has followed the case since the beginning and you can read all the details about what happened – and what could happen at the upcoming Jan. 20 hearing on the motion to dismiss. Writer Ken Williams points out, “Palm Springs has hit a crossroads. The old guard that is resisting the rapidly changing demographics – the LGBT community is growing and thriving, now making up about 40 percent of the population – must give up antiquated ideas that it is OK to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The Police Department must start hiring gays and lesbians to represent the many faces of Palm Springs, and the city must start the healing process by paving the way. After all, the mayor is openly gay and he must lead by example and make Palm Springs a shining beacon of tolerance and diversity.”

Read the full article at  SDGLN !



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