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During a recent stay at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, we mentioned to a local how we were looking to explore the local nightlife scene. He rattled off a few nearby bars, none of them too appealing, and then casually mentioned a male strip club about five miles away in North Miami Beach.
He even had a car, he said, and could give us a ride.
Four hours later, we were zipping down Biscayne Boulevard on our way to Swinging Richards.
In just the last year, America has made some great strides in LGBT communities with the advancement of multiple states' marriage equality laws and the 'Big O' announcing his support for all gay Americans. Now it's the State Department's turn to get in on the gay ol' fun.
When it comes to gay rights, there are places way better at it than the USwe're looking at you Tel Avivand on the flip side, there are nations who fail miserably. The folks we elected into office have opened up an info portal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers to visit, to ensure that international travels are smooth.
Dodging a glitter bullet, Carnival Cruises have given a boatload of performers reason to keep a smile on their faces. Even if it's with a lot of makeup.
After some back and forth about the appropriateness of having a cruise ship filled with drag queens and female-impersonator performers, the cruise line finally came to its senses and allowed the ship to set sail for the Largest Gathering of Drag Queens at Sea. Originally, the execs decided to threaten the Queens that if they were to dress in costume aboard, they would be "disembarked at their own expense and no refund will be given." That's pretty discriminatory, not to mention way harsh.
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After (probably) staying up late last night and biting off all of your fingernails, Election 2012 finally came to an end with the result that there won't be any packing up going on in the White House.
Here at Jaunted, we always look at the travel angle and, of course, there was a huge issue to watch: that of gay marriage. Four states Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washingtonhad a proposal on the ballot for the legalization of same-sex marriage. In all four states it passed and now happy couples of all sorts can say their "I dos" in each (not to mention a few others). This ultimately opens up the possibility of gay marriage travel and honeymoon travel. And voila, you have the travel angle.
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Ever just started crying in an airport? Until this week, we'd have answered "no"and even this week, it wasn't anything to do with our flight.
No, it was the sheer power of the blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt currently on display at Washington Dulles, and in particular this block, "Sewn with love by the flight attendants of Continental Airlines."
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Most cities across the country set aside summer time to play host to a myriad of events celebrating Pride Month. But just because the major parades are over and the glitter has been swept up doesn't mean that the fun is at an end. Here is are a few recommendations to keep the Pride going all season:
· San Diego Pride: There is no competing with other cities for this Pride. July 20-22 is the time to head to the Californian city to celebrate all things gay. This is not your typical event, since the entire celebration is highlighted by a massive dance party in the zoo. Party with the boys and wild animals at the Zoo Party or hangout on picturesque beaches. Perfect weather is almost guaranteed, so it's up to you to bring the fun.
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Around this time of year, most talk of Mardi Gras parties primarily in The Big Easy. If you are lucky enough to travel a bit further south and take part in Carnival celebrations in Brazil, we will happily admit our envy. Either way, you're pretty much assured to have experiences of a lifetime...plus brags all over Facebook.
On the other hand. Let's just say you have some frequent flyer miles to burn and desire to celebrate Mardi Gras in an English-speaking country. Australia is the answer to your travel conundrum. More specifically, Sydney. The city plays host to a full month-long schedule of events culminating in a colorful parade and high energy dance parties.
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Israel tourism has been in an upward spiral over the last few years. Every year brings a new crop of travelers to the Jewish Statereflected in now-routine "this was the best tourism year ever" headlinesand they go home and tell their friends. That's how you end up with niche surveys about the popularity of Israel travel, like Israel being the number two destination for Russians.
Obviously part of Israel's tourism revolves around the country being a destination for religion travel. Jerusalem is and will remain by far Israel's most-visited destination (see our insidery tips for making the most of a Jerusalem visit here and here). But other parts of Israel are becoming famous for appealing to other demographics.
Forest-filled Haifa recently got the nod of being Israel's cleanest tourism city, part of a campaign to bolster green travel to and around Israel (El Al passengers flying from LHR to TLV can even purchase carbon off-sets).
And then there's Tel Aviv, which has just been voted the world's single best gay travel destination.
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Latin America's largest air carrier has expanded their horizons by tapping the lucrative LGBT travel market and launching a full travel website devoted to gay travel in South America. LAN Airlines' fresh site is an extension of the main page for the airline, but has features to celebrate the diversity that the continent offers to gay and lesbian travelers.
Believe it or not, LAN isn't the first airline to be as open online as they are open-minded; they join the ranks of Delta, Virgin America and Southwest in their commitment to inclusion. The carrier also will be a competitor for American Airlines, which consistently takes top honors as "Best Airline" to the gay community.
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Happy New Year! Also, happy year that more same-sex couples will achieve equal (or at least equal-er) rights. Just yesterday, January 1, two more US states switched to legally recognizing and performing civil unions. These are Delaware and Hawaii. For the moment, let's focus on the latter.
Hawaii is the only US state west of the Mississippi River to allow same-sex civil unions. None have gone so far as marriage (the California Prop 8 debacle came closest) and what this means for gay couples is that their unionnot just the honeymooncan also happen in the Aloha State.
According to The Baltimore Sun/KTLA, the turning of the calendar immediately coincided with the law going in effect:
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We're going to give it to you straight. There once was a timenot too long ago at allthat the north side Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville was known as an area where girls who like girls settled down and raised their kids and altogether made the area a desirable and safe place to stay forever. We're happy to report that the spirit of inclusiveness prevails, but a bloom of craft beer bars and brunch-happy restaurants have brought in a more mixed crowd anddare we say ittourists way tired of the Michigan Avenue crap.
Andersonville is where to come if you want to leisurely stroll while window shopping, sipping some excellent coffee and reminiscing about college with a friend you haven't seen in years. There will be occasional breaks to coo at babies in their strollers, pet Dachshunds in quilted tartan coats and impulse buy entire pieces of vintage furniture. God it's just so great when you really need to be in or are already in a warm and fuzzy mood, no matter the season.
Without further ado, our personally picked top spots to hit in Andersonville:
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It was as we were in San Francisco the week before last, strolling the Castro, chuckling at the names of places like Rock Hard the shop, the Sausage Factory restaurant and Hand Job (the nail salon) that we got ourselves a little jolt of history.
At 575 Castro Street (next to Hand Job, in fact) is the center for the Human Rights Campaign of San Francisco. It also happens to be the former premises of Castro Camera, the shop belonging to Harvey Milk.
Milk, of course, was assassinated in 1978, having being elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors as America’s first openly gay man in public office.
The HRC center has a little bit of everything – from striking campaign stats by the front door of state by state views of same-sex marriage, adoption, and housing laws, and a timeline of gay rights in San Francisco, to various items of clothing and souvenirs of San Francisco – all to a jaunty soundtrack of Madonna.