Gay Baltimore: Pride, Heels, Parties and Shakespeare

16 07 2015

 

Gay Baltimore in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOur friends in Gay Baltimore sent this update on the gay goings on coming to Charm City later this month. If you feel like you still need a little bump of Pride, Baltimore’s is really fun, homey and, like a lot of events here, queer in a good way.

Kicking off this July, Baltimore (July 25-26) will celebrate Pride for its 40th year.  This momentous anniversary will feature the best of Baltimore Pride including a garden dinner partyhigh heel racethe annual pride paradeblock party, and festival.  Baltimore will welcome travelers with LGBT events through September including performances at the renowned Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

July 24-26 is packed with perks for travelers looking to experience a destination well-versed in LGBTQ

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entertainment.  Saturday’s Block Party performances will include the iconic voice from hit song “It’s Raining Men,” Martha Wash, Cazwell from the hilarious hip hop song sensation “No Selfie Control,” and youtube star TS Madison.  The celebration continues on Sunday in Druid Hill Park with a full day festival featuring country-crooner Steve Grand, regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, and a Family Zone.

For more information on Baltimore’s LGBT events click here or visit http://baltimorepride.org/.

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Gay Pride Montreal: 5 Things Not To Miss

6 07 2015

Gay Pride Montreal

Gay Pride Montreal (Fierté gai, à la française) unfurls its giant rainbow flag, fabulous (and talented) drag queens, hot hot go-go boys and a whole lot of amour August 10-16. It’s one of our favorite Prides on the continent and combines the je ne sais quoi we love about French-speaking Canada with a friendly and enthusiastic (not to mention well-organized) British/North American vibe. Pride includes a week of activities and culminates with a parade on the 16th — the city’s largest.

It’s a great reason to visit but not the only one. Montreal hosts a fantastic annual international fireworks competition which features pyrotechnics companies from around the world displaying their best and most explosive effects. If you don’t get enough of our own fireworks over the July 4th weekend, the Montreal events take place every Wednesday and Saturday from now through August 1.

Visit this site for more information about the event and to see the schedule, times and featured countries. Locals argue over the best viewing spots; in reality there are many. One of our readers swears the best is from the roof top of the Auberge Hotel in the old port though we prefer the Sky Club rooftop (below) since it’ll have the added benefit of being packed with gay boys.

Whether you come for the fireworks or to make your own during Montreal Gay Pride, take note of a few of our things not to miss:

Gay Pride Montreal1. Stay fabulous or stay gay: The contemporary Hotel Gault stands behind an 18th-century stone facade in the heart of Montréal’s historic district, our first-choice lodging recommendation in the city. If you prefer to stay gay, The 352-room Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis at the edge of the Gay Village is perfectly located for exploring the city and crawling home from the bars. Service is friendly, though the rooms and public areas are tired, and in need of renovation.

2. Take a selfie with Pink Balls: It’s art and it’s definitely kinda gay. Over 170,000 illuminated pink bulbs stretch along Ste-Catherine East (the heart of the gay village) and just beg to be included in your Instagram feed.

3. Party like a French rock star: This French-accented town knows how to party and entertain. You don’t even have to travel far with some of our favorites clustered in the Village: Code (great music and vibe); Sky (amazing terrace); and Black Eagle/Aigle Noir (for the leather and bear set and their admirers);

4. Catch a show. If you haven’t seen Mado and her talented troupe of performing cabaret queens, you haven’t really seen drag. Many of them actually sing, with great voices, and choreograph intricate dance routines. You can visit the club or find out where they’re performing during Montreal Gay Pride.

5. Video tour. If you can’t get there in person, check out gay-friendly Tourism Montreal’s web series, “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” and enjoy a virtual French-Canadian romance à trois.

We published this in Towleroad and re-post it here for our readers who may have missed it.

This weekly Towleroad travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy KolberEd SalvatoKenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.

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Gay Vietnam: Discovering Gay Saigon With the NomadicBoys

19 06 2015

Gay Vietnam: Quan showing the NomadicBoys the yummy street food of Saigon

This blog post on Gay Vietnam was originally published by the peripateticNomadicBoys on their blog; it’s reproduced in part here. Click here to read the entire blog post on their site.

Vietnam was one of the gay friendlier countries we visited in Asia:

  • it has never had any anti gay laws (unlike the US and UK)
  • on 1st January 2015, the Law on Marriage and Family came into effect, outlawing the ban on gay weddings
  • it held its first (peaceful!) pride parade on 5 August 2012 in Hanoi and has been going strong since
  • This year Viet Pride takes place July 31-August 2 in Hanoi.Info here.

Although we found Vietnam to be a relaxed and tolerant country towards us as gay tourists, Vietnamese society still remains very conservative towards homosexuality. For example, The Law on Marriage and Family only allows gay weddings but doesn’t actually recognise them, and many of the gay guys we met were very careful and secretive about their orientation.

To read the rest of the post on gay Vietnam, click here.





Get Your Tickets For Munich’s Gay Pride Bubble Duck Party

15 06 2015
Munich Pride

Munich Pride

This year’s Gay Pride Bubble Duck Party takes places at Kunsthalle München on July 11.  It’s a pride party that takes place in an exhibition space, which currently features a Keith Haring exhibit. The main post-pride party is at city hall, but tickets are all but impossible to get. This is a great alternative, and a unique venue, given the Haring exhibit.

Click or tap here for tickets. For more information about Pride, the party and other Munich Pride events, click or tap here. And here to subscribe to ManAboutWorld and download information about  Munich and 100 other destinations around the globe.

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Celebrate A Decade Of Marriage Equality With Pride in Vancouver

14 06 2015

14853144744_88a2cd3f7e_zWe haven’t covered gay Vancouver in a while (sorry!), and it’s the 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage equality in Canada. Congrats to the progressive people of Canada. And for now here’s a listing of upcoming events of interest to LGBTQ locals and visitors. For more information visit GayVan.com. To enter a sweepstakes celebrating a decade of legal same-sex marriage, click here.

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival (downtown Vancouver, July 25-August 2): Leading up to the famous Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival on August 2 are a series of events including a fun run, picnic and the Davie Street Dance Party.

East Side Pride Festival (Grandview Park, June 27): Located in Vancouver’s funky Commercial Drive neighbourhood this festival features local artisans and community groups doing important work in the LGBTQ+ community in Vancouver.

Surrey Pride Festival (Holland Park, June 28): Family event with live music, lots of vendors,  and great food.

New West Pride Week (New Westminster, August 8-15): Now nine days long, don’t miss the Columbia Street Party on August 15.

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Los Angeles Dodgers To Host LGBT Pride NIght

9 06 2015
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LA Dodgers gay pride night as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

 

On June 19, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host LGBT night, featuring a first pitch by Lisa Vanderpump, a special appearance by Lance Bass and the National Anthem will be performed by Ty Herndon. Show your pride and come out to celebrate. Each ticket PACKAGE includes a ticket to the game and a VOUCHER redeemable for a commemorative LGBT night t-shirt. Tickets range from $38-$73.

 

 





Voila Montreal Gay Pride & A Whole Lot More LGBT Fun This Summer

5 06 2015
Montreal Gay Pride as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Montreal Gay Pride courtesy of Tourisme Montréal

In our current issue, we cover Montreal Pride (along with a couple of other more offbeat Pride celebrations). Pride (or la Fierté as its known locally) takes place August 10-16. We provide everything you need to plan the perfect trip. Clickhere for a FREE three-month trial subscription to our magazine available on iPad, Android tablets, iPhones and now Android phones.

As you ponder that, take note of all the other LGBT festivals, activities and events that will take place in one of the most fun North American cities to visit in the summer courtesy of Tourisme Montréal.

The summer kicks off with Montréal drag legend Mado Lamotte’s 15th annual Drag Race (yes, it predates RuPaul’s Drag Race) at the Montreal Fringe Festival, whose 2015 edition runs from June 1 to 21. Several professional Montréal drag queens team up with their amateur counterparts for a side-splitting outdoor afternoon competition on June 20 in Parc des Amériques. Free admission.

The McCord Museum has two major summertime exhibitions of particular interest to the LGBT community:

The Camp Fires: the queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette show features 70 pieces by three renowned Canadian ceramists whose works have for over 30 years explored “’camp”’ themes and the gay male experience with an aesthetically powerful body of work rooted in the history of ceramics and contemporary culture. Runs from April 10 to August 16.

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