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Gay Friendly Cities Around the World

Great Overseas Places for LGBT Retirees

LGBT Leisure Resource List

 


Best US Vacation Spots for LGBT People
 

Travel+Leisure Magazine has named the following US cities as the best vacation spots for LGBT people in 2016: Atlanta, Minneapolis, Boston, Austin, Dallas, Washington DC, Tampa.  Among the best international locations: Hong Kong, Toronto.

 

For the all-time best summer destinations, they offer these suggestions:

 

Peurto Villarta, Mexico

Los Angeles, California

Tel Aviv, Israel

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Sao Paulo, Brazil

New Orleans, Louisiana

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

(From: Time Inc. Travel + Leisure)

 


LGBT Entertainment, Recreation and Leisure
 

"We do not while away our days drinking, dancing and being gay. LGBT cultural life and leisure interests are as diverse as those found in other communities."

-Brighton & Hove Community Website

 

What to do and where to go to have a good time?  When gay and lesbian people want to go out and have fun, they don't always go to drag shows, gay bars, and pride parades.

 

Gay and lesbian individuals, couples and families attend sports events, art shows, cultural festivals, and activities of all descriptions.  They go to movies, plays, concerts, and museums.  They go on trips and vacations.

 

There are gay softball leagues, gay tennis teams, gay rugby clubs, gay bowling leagues, and gay rodeos.  There are gay book clubs, gay supper clubs, gay choral groups, and gay film festivals.

 

 

LINKS:

 

Wikipedia: LGBT Sports Organizations
OutSports Gay Sports Fan Magazine

Compete: Gay Sports Magazine
Gay Outdoors
International Gay Rodeo Association
Wikipedia: Feast of Fun
Camp KC: Fun Gay Things to Do
Austin Chronicle: Gay Texas Fun Guide

LGBT Travel Directory

LGBT Travel Guides and Journals
LGBT Travel Books

LGBT Leisure Resource List

 


Birmingham LGBT Community Activities

Birmingham, Alabama is home to a number of noteworthy LGBT events and activities.  Each year, during Pride Week, Equality Alabama sponsors day-long free workshops featuring prominent speakers, an awards banquet, and a silent auction. 


Birmingham has hosted the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus in a concert presented at the Alys Stephens Center. Proceeds benefited Birmingham AIDS Outreach and Equality Alabama.
 

Birmingham hosted the Pride Town Hall Meeting, held at Birmingham Museum of Art.  It featured stellar guest speakers, including Joe Solmonese, HRC President; Chuck Wolfe, Victory Fund President; Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry Founder.

 



Pride Week, sponsored by Central Alabama Pride, takes place every June in Birmingham. Ten days of events and activities are presented, including a Mardi Gras style Pride Parade.

 

Other Pride Week activities have included concerts, pageants, cookouts, dances, roller disco, prayer services, bingo, poetry readings, and educational seminars.

 

Gay softball is played in Birmingham under the banner of the New South Softball League.

 

In the tradition of "Pearl Day" at Six Flags and "Gay Days" at Disney, Alabama's premiere amusement Park "Alabama Adventure" sponsors Pride Day. Attendees are encouraged to wear their "Pride Colors," including Pride bracelets and Pride t-shirts.

 

 

Gay clubs and bars are located in Birmingham: The Quest Club, The Phoenix, Joe's on Seventh, Our Place, Club Pulse Elevation, Lakeview Yacht Club, Club 729, Misconceptions Tavern, and Steele Urban Lounge

 

You can find a gay gift, card and novelty store: McNolia's at Five Points.

The annual celebration of gay and lesbian films in the Magic City is presented annually with the very successful Birmingham Shout Film Festival at WorkPlay in Birmingham’s Southside.  It showcases the best features, documentaries and short films exploring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes.

 

Local colleges regularly sponsor LGBT events and activities.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham brings a variety of guest speakers, discussion groups, and films to their campus.  Birmingham-Southern College presents a month-long series of events for LGBT Pride Month.  Both UAB And BSC have LGBT student organizations and support groups.

 

LINKS:


Gaybham
Rainbow Law: Alabama Directory of LGBT Businesses & Organizations
Gay Cities: Gay Birmingham
New South Gay Softball League
Gay Bar Maps

 


LGBT Leisure Info
 

Purple Roofs
Washington Blade: Leisure World

Skift: LGBT Leisure Travel is Untapped Market

Out Now Travel

Out Now Global Consulting

Out of Bounds: NYC LGBT Sports & Recreation

Travel Portland: LGBTQ Sports & Recreation

Big Apple Recreational Sports

Chicago LGBTQ
Gay City: Seattle

Leisure World LGBT

Out Traveler: Different for Girls

Gay Key West

LGBT Leisure Resource List

 


LGBT Pubs and Clubs in Alabama

 

Birmingham: The Quest Club, The Phoenix, Al's on Seventh, Our Place, Club Pulse Elevation, Lakeview Yacht Club, Club 729, Misconceptions Tavern, Steele Urban Lounge

Huntsville: Club Ozz, Club Upscale, Partners Bar & Grill, Albany Bistro, Vieux Carre, Matrix

Montgomery: Metro, The Oasis, Santa Barbara Trading Company, Club 322

Mobile: B Bob’s, Gabriel’s, Trooper’s, Midtown Pub, Bacchus, Vision’s Twist

Tuscaloosa: Michael’s Lounge

Gadsden: Three Dollar Bill

Dothan: The Bar, Club Imagination

 

LINKS:

 

Alabama Gay Bars

Alabama & Birmingham Gay Bars

Huntsville Gay Bars

Montgomery Gay Bars

Dothan Gay Bars

 


LGBT Vacation and Travel

Gay and lesbian people in search of vacation destinations are well served by an array of LGBT-friendly and LGBT-operated hotels, resorts, cruise lines, and tour operators worldwide.  Organizations like Alyson Adventures, Atlantis Events, Hanns Ebensten Travel, Olivia, R Family, and RSVP Vacations cater exclusively to gay and lesbian clients (and their families) seeking first-rate travel accommodations in an environment in which they can relax and be themselves.

 


Night Life: Top Five LGBT Cities

 

If a party is what you crave for your lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender holiday, there are some well-known hotspots where you will not be disappointed in the rich variety of LGBT fun. Here are some of the most popular and populated cities for you to see and be seen:

New York City – Host to over 50 gay bars and hot clubs, the Big Apple has something for every flavor of LGBT nightlife. The city that doesn’t sleep is available for entertainment seven nights per week at places such as Mr. Black for indie dance parties of the het-homo variety, and Sugarland for gritty hipster.

San Francisco – For a world-class range of LGBT nightlife options, San Francisco is the choice. From the upbeat The Bar on Church to the gay Latino club Esta Noche, this city will have something for everyone.

Los Angeles – For young and old, L. A. has the scene for your LGBT holiday. From the lesbian Normandie Room to the bohemian Funky Akbar, the nightlife sizzles. WeHo and Silver Lake are the destination venues.

Toronto – This Canadian jewel served as the film location for “Queer as Folk” and will not disappoint those in search of hot nightlife. Woody’s and Fly Niteclub, both of QAF fame, still garner large crowds of gay and lesbian patrons.

Chicago – For a more relaxed and less image conscious destination, Chicago will fit the bill. In Boystown and Andersonville, you can find the largest concentration of gay clubs. Sidetrack is the most popular and Circuit has the largest 3-D glitter dance floor.

 


R Family Vacations

March 2006

 

Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell take their family—and hundreds like theirs—on an R Family cruise to equal rights and a whole lotta love and fun.  It’s a nice surprise to walk into Rosie O’Donnell’s house. Located in a quiet town along the Hudson in upstate New York, the residence is discreetly set back from the street, but it’s no celebrity fortress. It’s a place to rake leaves and toss a football and eat ice cream—a real home for a real family.


It feels right that Rosie and Kelli have invited me here to talk about All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise, airing April 6 on HBO. The documentary, which follows 2004’s inaugural R Family cruise, is a family affair, with all four O’Donnell kids on deck beside their famous moms. Indeed, when Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell attended the world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, they took the kids as well. “We wanted them to have a full understanding of what it was and why we did it,” Rosie says. “Because it really meant a lot to them, this cruise, and the movie. They’re in it, and it’s gonna be forever, you know?”  Inside the O’Donnells’ house, light pours in from windows facing the river. Oversize chairs flank a massive coffee table neatly piled with picture books and playthings. Blond and gracious, Kelli O’Donnell blends right into the sunbeams. My eye shoots toward the dark knot of energy sitting quiet on the couch. Rosie O’Donnell, in sweatpants and socks, gives off major mojo.

 

The force field turns out to be a crackling intelligence. For the next hour, Kelli at her side, Rosie is candid, reflective, and realistic about her journey to date. The 44-year-old comedian who once wrote a memoir called Find Me now seems to be a happy woman who knows just where she’s going. Her millions of fans know all about Rosie’s turbulent life. (On her blog, they often write her about their own.) Devastated at age 10 when her mother died of breast cancer, Rosie learned early how to give back as good as she got. She struck gold as a grown-up with The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which ran from 1996 until she left in 2002. But she was clear that building her own family was more important. When she came out publicly in 2002, it was as a gay parent in support of adoption by gays. Even before Rosie’s bruising 2003 lawsuit with publisher Gruner + Jahr over the rights to Rosie magazine, the O’Donnells were brainstorming about a new travel company to serve gay families.


R Family may turn out to be Rosie O’Donnell’s biggest hit yet. But it’s not a solo show. In the next hour I’ll learn how Rosie came to build her nest with the former Miss Kelli Carpenter of Baton Rouge, La.—and how these two women from opposite points on the map found such strength together that they had enough left over to float the biggest cruise ship on the ocean.

 

 

Gregg Kaminsky has worked in the gay and lesbian travel industry for the past seven years developing and producing all-gay vacations for Atlantis Events in the Caribbean, Mexico, Australia, Europe and Africa.
Last year, Gregg and his partner Dan were featured on the Bravo television documentary, “Gay Weddings.”

 

Kelli O’Donnell is a former Nickelodeon marketing executive. She was
responsible for developing promotions and marketing materials targeting
children of all ages. She and her partner, Rosie O'Donnell, have four young children.


All Aboard follows a number of really personal, emotional stories. What was it like to have people filming this cruise?

Rosie: At first we were worried that it would taint the experience for the passengers. [When HBO’s John Hoffman and Sheila Nevins suggested making the film] we still didn’t know what the cruise would be. We didn’t even know if we were gonna sell a cabin!

Kelli: Also, it was our very first time to do this. To have cameras filming and boom mikes hanging over us, it was a little unnerving.
Rosie: But I’m thrilled that they did it, because I didn’t get to experience the cruise fully until I saw the documentary. When you see the movie you really realize the impact that this had for people, and it’s very touching.


How did you actually make this cruise happen?


Kelli: The idea’s been around for a long time, but it takes more than just an idea. There’s a lot of pieces that had to come together to make it work. It was really a group effort, wouldn’t you say?

Rosie: Yeah. It was as simple as we went to Provincetown [with Gregg Kaminsky, former executive with Atlantis Cruises] and we saw family week, and at dinner I was like, “It would be amazing if we could make a thing like this for gay people,” and Gregg said, “Well, you could. It would have to be a cruise, because you have to provide a safe environment.” I’m like, “Could it be a viable business?” “Yeah.” I said, “OK, let’s do it.”

, Advocate Magazine, 2006)

 


Gay Friendly Destinations

 

From a survey of gay travelers conducted by the Travel Industry Association, here are the top-21 gay-friendly U.S. destinations named by the panelists (in order) include: San Francisco, CA (76%), Key West, FL (57%), New York, NY (51%), Fire Island, NY (48%), Provincetown, MA (46%), Los Angeles, CA (38%), Miami/ South Beach, FL (37%), Las Vegas, NV (35%), New Orleans, LA(34%), Palm Springs/Palm Desert, CA (33%), Boston, MA (29%), Chicago, IL (29%), Fort Lauderdale/ Wilton Manors, FL (29%), San Diego, CA (29%), Seattle/ Bellevue, WA (27%), Washington, DC (23%), Honolulu, HI (22%), Palm Beach/ West Palm/Boca Raton, FL (20%), Portland, OR (18%), Philadelphia, PA (17%), and Providence, RI (6%) and Rehoboth Beach, DE (17%).
 

The top-10 gay-friendly Canadian destinations named by the U.S. respondents in the survey include: Montreal, QC (44%), Toronto, ON (39%), Vancouver, BC (38%), Quebec City, QB (20%), Victoria, BC (16%), Niagara Falls, ON (15%), Ottawa, ON (12%), Calgary, AB (9%), Halifax, NS (6%) and Prince Edward Island (6%).

 

LINKS:

 

Most Underrated Gay Friendly US Cities
Yahoo: Gay Friendly Cities in the South

Gay Friendly Cities Around the World

 


Olivia Company: Entrepreneurs of the Year

Olivia, The #1 Lesbian Lifestyle Company in the World, today announced that Judy Dlugacz, founder and president and Amy Errett, CEO, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 Award in the Consumer Services category in Northern California. According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. Dlugacz and Errett were selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 20th anniversary gala event at The Fairmont, San Francisco.
 


“For more than 30 years we have been evolving Olivia the company for the benefit of our extraordinary clients. This is an historic award, since we have been recognized by E&Y for doing what we love to do most, which is serving and empowering women, “said Judy Dlugacz, founder and president of Olivia. “Whether it is an Olivia cruise or part of our expanding lifestyle brand, Olivia is always looking for ways to empower, engage, embrace, unite and enrich the lives of lesbians and women of all ages and diverse backgrounds.”

“Being a part of a passionate team is the best part of the job,” said Amy Errett, CEO of Olivia. “It is that passion to provide our clients with countless outstanding services that motivated us to grow into a full services lifestyle brand. We will be launching Olivia.com, an online community, content and resource destination for lesbians, Olivia Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for lesbians, Olivia Membership, a program offering special benefits and resources for lesbians, including insurance and financial services, retail discounts, access to entertainment and heath and fitness resources, and Olivia Living, an active adult resort retirement community.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues to honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. “Ernst & Young is proud of its history in recognizing these outstanding leaders and their companies,” said Rick Fezell, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Northern California.

 

LINKS:

Olivia
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
QT Magazine

 


LGBT Tours and Hotels


TRAVEL & TOURS

 

Alyson Adventures / 1-800-825-9766 / http://alysonadventures.com

Atlantis Events / 1-800-628-5268 / http://atlantisevents.com

Hanns Ebensten Travel / 1-866-294-8174 / http://hetravel.com

Olivia / 1-800-631-6277 / http://olivia.com

R Family / 1-866-R-FAM-VAC / http://www.rfamilyvacations.com

RSVP Vacations / 1-800-328-RSVP / http://rsvpvacations.com

 

HOTELS

Blue Chairs / Malecon y Almendro #4, Playa Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico / 322-222-5040 / http://www.bluechairs.com

East Canyon Hotel and Spa / 288 E Camino Monte Vis, Palm Springs, CA / 760-320-1928 / http://www.eastcanyonps.com

The Hacienda / 586 Warm Sands Drive, Palm Springs, CA / 760-250-7791 / http://www.thehacienda.com

Parker Guest House / 520 Church St, San Francisco, CA / 1-888-520-7275 / http://parkerguesthouse.com

 


LGBT Travel and Leisure Resources

 

LGBT Leisure Resource List

Travel Channel Gay Getaways
Gay Travel News
International Gay & Lesbian Travel Organization
Gay Travel
Purple Roofs
Atlantis Events
World's Foremost Gay & Lesbian Hotels

RSVP Vacations
NaviGAYtion
Gay Travel Channel
Olivia
Zoom Vacations
R Family Vacations
Gay Journey
Gay First Travel

Rainbow Vacations
Out And About Travel
My Gay World
Orbitz Gay And Lesbian Travel
Edirp Travel
Global Gayz
LGBT Travel Guides
Navigaytor

Same Sex Living
New South Gay Softball League
Wikipedia: LGBT Sports Organizations
Compete: Gay Sports Magazine
Gay Outdoors
International Gay Rodeo Association
Wikipedia: Feast of Fun
Camp KC: Fun Gay Things to Do
Austin Chronicle: Gay Texas Fun Guide

 

 


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