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Now that we've shared all of the over-the-top festivities celebrating all things LGBT in North America, we can now profile the hottest international Gay Pride parties. If you are looking to get a few more passport stamps while still letting your rainbow shine, this is when you'll want to be paying attention.
Here are our picks of the must-do LGBT celebrations all throughout the Summer and, fortunately, a few more that extend well into autumn:
"Airplane!" the movie debuted in 1980. That means it's been a good 33 years since the world has had another good comedic film (let's not talk about 'Airplane! 2') which takes place mostly on an airplane, despite all the changes to air travel over those decades which have been ripe for parody.
Waitwe take that back. There has been one other comedy set onboard an airplane in recent yearsSoul Planebut a purple jumbo jet on spinners with Snoop Dogg in the captain's seat meant a very loose interpretation of...well, everything.
Solving this problem is Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almódovar, with his new "very light comedy," I'm So Excited.
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June not only marks the first full month of Summer, but it's also the month that many cities hang the rainbow bunting and celebrate their LGBT community. By the amount of marriage equality news already happening this year, 2013 is the best year yet to be out and proud.
Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit and Washington D.C may still be nursing their glitter hangovers from last weekend's celebrations, but we're looking forward to the rest of summer 2013's gay pride parades and events:
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.