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Lady Bunny in London

LADY BUNNY

      IN  LONDON!

Cover “girl” on the latest issue of Boyz magazine to promote her run at Soho Theatre from Feb 14-Feb 26.     Fasten  your seat belts!

Interview here and hers’ a snippet:

Have you come to terms with your new president yet? What do you think of him so far?

There was an election? My God! Why was I not informed? Oh, never mind. I’m sure it turned out OK. America would never do anything silly like electing a belligerent, narcissistic sociopath. I mean, we’re not Russia! I just hate that now Melania is our First Lady; we’ll lose one of our most brilliant jewellery designers. I have a bracelet she designed in 2015. I bought it in 2013 from Macy’s.

Tell us about your new show Trans-Jester!

It’s just like Les Miserables, except get rid of all the dreary and depressing French stuff and replace it with me singing and dancing for 90 minutes. Oh, and my usual fart jokes. This show actually combines the raunchy and sometimes offensive humour I’m known for, but in the context of this question: with political correctness gone wild, what are we still allowed to laugh at?

What specific areas of gender politics wind you up?

Pretty much all of it, but especially the L’s, the G’s, the B’s. The T’s, The I’s and the A’s. Did I forget any letters? I wouldn’t want to seem non-inclusive. Trans-Jester! also discusses how puzzled I am by the fairly recent rift between the drag and trans community. For me personally, I feel closer to drag and trans people than any other segment of our community. I’m thrilled that the NYC run of this show really struck a chord with both older gays who remember fighting for medicines for AIDS instead of the endless list of names for new gender variations and the younger folks, some of whom agree with me and some who don’t. But most seem to have been entertained by it. I have a unique perspective and am not afraid to express it. And peppering my more serious points with jokes prevent the show from ever being preachy.

Do you ever worry about offending people with your material?

I’m pretty sure that everyone in the audience will be offended by something in the show – especially sticklers for personal hygiene and good grammar. I actually asked on the ticket sales site that people do not attend this particular performance if they are prudish, overly PC or who don’t like offensive humour. Trans-Jester! is for those who enjoy an unabashedly twisted laugh.

MORE: http://boyz.co.uk/lady-bunny-in-trans-jester-at-the-soho-theatre/

GET  TICKETS  NOW!   Selling out quickly!!

Chicago Hotel Deals and Savings

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EVERYONE  loves  Chicago!

People are friendly. MOST Chicagoans still say hello, smile at strangers, help you out if you need it, etc.

GREAT neighborhoods.  DID YOU KNOW ? The first officially recognized gay village in the United States, Boystown in Chicago, Illinois is the commonly accepted nickname for the eclectic East Lakeview neighborhood that is home to Chicago’s visible and active gay and lesbian community.

Boystown Chicago is situated just southeast of Wrigleyville in Lakeview. The area is bordered by Lake Michigan on the east and Clark Street on the west, Irving Park Road to the north and Diversey Avenue to the south. In Chicago, you can indeed tell a lot about a person by their neighborhood – we judge them by it for better or worse. And with each neighborhood comes stereotypes. Example: Wriglleyville, which we affectionately term “America’s frat house,” is home to the historic Wrigley field stadium. As well as the best “bros” the city has to offer.

 

The city is beautiful. A fact that often goes underappreciated by those who live here. (And no, it’s not Paris or Prague but it is something.) Between the architecture, monuments, museums, and street art, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

 The city is clean! Well, it’s cleaner than a lot of big cities. Make no mistake, you’ll hear the scurry of rats sometimes, the smell on the Red Line leaves much to be desired, and there are neighborhoods that don’t get as much attention as others. But for the most part, I’d say the streets are manageable, and the air is reasonably clean.

Food and Drinks. Chicago has  places like bacon bars, Nutella bars, cupcake ATMs, Harold’s Chicken, and they are coming out with a cider pub. But most importantly, Chicago has the best pizza. Sorry I’m not sorry New York City, even our thin crust is better than yours. Google: Piece Pizza.

SUMMER TIME CHI! Welcome to the good life. Probably the best thing about Chicago is Chicago summers. Between the lakefront runs and bike rides, weekend festivals, beach bumming, boat parties, rooftop parties, yoga at the park, concerts until your body can’t take any more music, there is no better city for summer.

GAY BEACH – The gay beach is Hollywood Beach. (AKA Kathy Osterman Beach) The gays and gay friendly people hang out at the southern end of the beach. ( or what some say is the east side – to the right). If you are driving out Lake Shore Drive, exit at Bryn Mar and start looking for parking, and the beach is a short walk.

THERE  ARE  3  HOTELS  in the Boystown  area.  The boutique group of :

City Suites,  The Willows, and the Majestic

 

And if you are regular  Chicago  visitor,  the hotel  group  is  now offering  points  and perks!

Check it out and earn FREE nights!

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Gay Travel to Belize…and El Secreto

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Explore unspoiled Caribbean islands, reefs and tropical rainforests with world-class scuba diving, sailing, fishing, hiking, Maya sites.

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. PARADISE! With daily flights from many cities across North America, getting here is easier than you would imagine.

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.

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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! From Cerros Maya in the north to the stone walls of Lubaantun in the south, Belize is truly the heart of this once great and mysterious culture.

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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.

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El Secreto nestles 13 exclusive individual thatched roof villas with a smart combination of contemporary and traditional elements. This beautiful gay friendly, secluded Boutique Resort sits on the Caribbean beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Paradise, privacy and beauty surround you!

(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. Ambergris Caye is the largest and most northern of Belize’s islands. It is twenty five miles long and parallels Belize’s barrier reef. Ambergris Caye, once claimed by Mexico, is separated from Mexico only by a narrow channel. Ambergris Caye is located east of the Corozal District. Its main town of San Pedro is about 36 miles from Belize City. Like Caye Caulker, Ambergris is a limestone coral island. It has cool tropical breezes and is literally a stones throw from the Barrier Reef in some places. )

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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!

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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!

 

GET PAMPERED

 

with Spa services. Ikal meaning “spirit” in Maya, will reconnect you to the essence of life. A wonderful natural setting where you will indulge to a peaceful atmosphere enjoying Island rituals with the benefits of the sea, bamboo, tropical fruits, spices and aromatherapy.

 

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A member of Design Hotels.

Award Winning El Secreto.

LIKE them on Facebook!

TOP RATED on Trip Advisor!~

Browse rooms and pricing today for your luxurious getaway!

GETTING TO BELIZE is outlined on this page.

 

Grabby Awards in Chicago May 2016

grabby-awards-chicago-hotel-dealsGay Male porn stars invade Chicago! The  Grabby Awards (better known as The Grabbys) are presented annually in   Chicago to honor work done in the gay adult erotic video industry. The event takes place Saturday night, May 28th.  Parties surrounding the stars start Thursday and run through Sunday.  What better reason to come to Chicago!   Grabbys.com.  Hotel  info  HERE.

Puerto Vallarta Was NOT Touched by Hurricane

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Puerto Vallarta is fully operational with 100% of its hotel and restaurant facilities open, as well as its International Airport (PVR), marina, cruise port and Convention Center. All domestic and international airlines as well as buses, taxis and other ground transport companies resumed their normal service schedule within  2  days  of the hurricane  scare.

I just got back from Puerto Vallarta  to celebrate  HALLOWEEN  and  take part in their  DAY OF THE DEAD festivities!   EVERYTHING IS TOTALLY  FINE THERE.  The  experienced  no damage  or problems  from the hurricane – because it missed them. Everything  is open  just like  business as usual!

 

Beautiful Beliz! and El Secreto

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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.

gay-travel-belize-central-america

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!

gay-lgbt-belize

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-beach-resort

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.)

belize-gay-travel-places-to-stay

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!

gay belize Lake Villa night

best-gay-belize

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!

GET PAMPERED with Spa services. Ikal meaning “spirit” in Maya, will reconnect you to the essence of life. A wonderful natural setting where you will indulge to a peaceful atmosphere enjoying Island rituals with the benefits of the sea, bamboo, tropical fruits, spices and aromatherapy.

 

award-winning--LGBT-places-belize

A member of Design Hotels.

Award Winning El Secreto.

LIKE them on Facebook!

Browse rooms and pricing today for your luxurious getaway!

GETTING TO BELIZE is outlined on this page.

 

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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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!

START PLANNING NOW!

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

 

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – JULY 3-6

More than 500 concerts – most FREE

World’s Best Artists and Genres of Music
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AND …..

AMSTERDAM PRIDE – JUL 28- AUG 3

World Famous Canal Parade

Circuit Parties & Street Parties

Amsterdam’s most popular festival

 

JOIN ME! LET’S PARTY! I can arrange great pricing for you and provide helpful tour information in both cities! Dave @ Donovan Travel

401-942-7700 dave@donovantravel.com

Amsterdam Gay Pride August 1-7 2012

Join Dave for an unforgettable 7-day/5-night getaway to exciting and beautiful Amsterdam, a city that is easy to get around by bike, canal boat or your own two feet! You will be impressed with its eclectic architecture, excellent museums, and mazes of canals, great shopping, and its serious PARTY SCENE! The mix of people and cultures is like no other in Europe.


Come with me and be introduced to the unique history, PARTY SCENE and spirit of Amsterdam – from the historical city center to the heart of the famous RED LIGHT DISTRICT to the many “COFFEE SHOPS” to the Amsterdam PRIDE festivities and Canal parade – you will be amazed at its unique, laissez-faire attitude.

YOU Won’t be disappointed!

 

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:

 

  • round trip air – BASED ON LOWEST PUBLISHED FARES FROM BOSTON

SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AT TIME OF BOOKING

(AIRFARES FROM OTHER DEPARTURE CITIES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)

  • round trip airport to hotel transfers
  • five  nights hotel including taxes and service charges
  • hot buffet full breakfast daily
  • assistance services  BY travel leaders representative on location
  • red light district tour
  • canal boat cruise

$400 DEPOSIT to HOLD SPACE –  BALANCE DUE MAY 25, 2012

Call DAVE  at  1-800-942-1280

Gay Bears on Maui Hawaii




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It’s not news that the economy is difficult for everyone, particularly for those, like us, who depend upon vacation travel.  Vacation travel is one of the first things cut in a tough economy budget. So the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort is working with other LGBT owned businesses to provide special tours at a very attractive price.




First up,  Bears in Paradise Tours  have put together Bear Break: Maui !!  


Group tours are great for three reasons: 

1) Group tours allow the ‘economies of scale’ provide attractive pricing for our guests.  

2) They make the trip even more enjoyable for our guests as they can share vacation time with people that have similar interests.  

And 3) It removes the stress of vacation planning.  Tours make it so easy to have many of the activities already scheduled and booked for you. Plus you’ll make many new friends (or more) along the way!


 


 Hurry Book Now for 


Bear Break: Maui


March 24-31, 2012


 


10% Discount on All Bookings Made Before 11/15/11




Bears in Paradise is excited to bring you to: Maui.

The island is known for its lush tropical beauty, while the state of Hawaii is a leading jurisdiction for gay rights. In January 2012, Hawaii will register its first same-sex civil unions. A small but active gay community represented by Both Sides Now organizes social activities throughout the year.

Bear Break: Maui brings you an intimate experience with the destination. Activities are designed to move beyond the standard packed tourist offerings to find the authentic Hawaii.

Stroll miles a brown sugar beaches; explore the historic whaling town of Lahaina; wind your way along the breathtaking Hana Highway through lush tropical rainforest; climb Haleakala crater for a stunning view of neighbouring islands; go snorkelling along the coral reefs and view vividly coloured fish; search out your first – or perhaps twenty-first – Aloha shirt; sample a variety of Hawaiian delicacies, from the working man’s Plate Lunch and Loco Moco, through to locally sourced nouvelle cuisine.  

 Stay at the newly expanded and renovated Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, the only property of its kind in all of Hawaii. All rooms boast cooking facilities and California King beds. Rooms vary in size, with the largest sleeping six guests. There are clothing-optional hot tubs, sundeck and swimming pool. Amenities include complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, beach towels, local phone calls and much more. 


This is a GREAT DEAL for you.  Average cost for the entire week’s room booking and all tours/meals listed above is about $950/person, based on double occupancy. (Single occupancy, add about $600 on average)


Please visit the Bear Break: Maui page for rates, other details and information on how to book this exciting tour! Or feel free to call us at +1-808-879-1261 


REMEMBER BOOK BEFORE NOVEMBER 15 AND GET 10% OFF THE ROOM RATE!!


Gay Budapest Pride June 11 – 19, 2011

Budapest is unique, it has its own distinctive character and attractions. 

The  Danube river flows gracefully and the two city parts, Buda and Pest welcome it with a warm embrace. Rather than dividing the city the Danube is in full harmony with the two parts, presenting Budapest with striking vistas. 

The Hungarian capital is not too large and not too small. It has just the right size that makes it a pleasant place to live in and to discover. 2 million citizens it is the largest city in the country.

The city is often referred to as the Paris of the east, and deserves this name. It bears some resemblance to Prague, but is larger and friendlier.

Budapest has become a gay mecca in this part of Europe with many gay places. By day, you can visit museums, take a coffee in one of the cafes or visit gay sauna Magnum. By night you can have a dinner at either a cheap or a fancy restaurant and after go to the gay discos or bars.





Since the fall of the communist regime, a commercial gay infrastructure has grown up, though there is less of a sense of community than in other European countries. Nevertheless the very first gay youth group was founded recently and a Gay Pride Day in Budapest has been organized every year since 1997.

It is very exciting we will be there next month, covering the 16th Annual Budapest Gay Pride!  11-19 June @2011.  Earlier this year there were some legal problems that arose when the activities and routes had to be expanded – but everything has been worked out and things are moving along full speed ahead!



If you plan to visit, Budapest Pride site has a lot of information for visitors.

While gay life may not be quite the same as in Western Europe and North America, we may assure you that once you understand life the Magyar way, there is no limit to expressing who you are and can be in a tolerant, open and accepting Hungary.


So what exactly IS the Magyar way? Well…just as in the Hungarian language SZIA is hello and HELO can mean goodbye, things work in slightly different ways semantically in Hungary. So although in recent years new exclusively gay and lesbian venues have opened all over the city, there are places that have traditionally always attracted an alternative following, although they have never openly been advertised as such.




 Take the Turkish baths, for instance, on “men-only” days. While not officially gay, they have for decades attracted a huge following of admirers of men-only nudist culture, the homo-eroticism of which may be tangible even for casual outside observers. And in the traditional Magyar scheme of things, such places may be far more enjoyable and relaxing than the crude meat market cruising rituals at Western-style gay saunas. The same applies to mixed nightclubs and cafes, almost all of which in Budapest are known to be highly tolerant, accepting and easygoing. Thus Hungary is radically different from the gay circuit party scene of Western Europe and North America, which is precisely its greatest charm and attraction.

GAY PRIDE HISTORY –

The idea of organizing the first gay festival came in the years following the political transition. However, the announcement of Hungary’s first Gay Pride in 1992 was in vain: the event was canceled because of lack of interest.


But the organizers didn’t give up. They started thinking about other kinds of gatherings, and they invited lesbians and gays to a picnic! Over the years the events have grown. In 1993 they had a film festival. BY the 2008 the film festival had become HUGE!  Never before had so many non-LGBT individuals and organizations participated in the march, which strongly signified their support for rights. Public figures and organizations reacted to the situation as well, and in the aftermath of the attacks several civil initiatives were launched, whose slogan became: “We’ve had enough of violence against minorities!”