Berlin: A Year of LGBT Events

19 05 2015
Credit: © Guenther Steffen

Credit: © Guenther Steffen

We recently covered Berlin Pride (Christopher Street Day) and Folsom (below) but there are a lot more gay reasons to put Berlin on your travel radar this summer from exhibitions and street festivals to a queer night at the zoo.

EXHIBITIONS
 “Homosexuality_ies” on History of Homosexuality
June 26 until December 1, 2015

In cooperation with Berlin’s Gay Museum (Schwules Museum), the German National History Museum is planning interdisciplinary exhibitions in both museums on gay history, politics, culture and art. The culture-historical exhibition aims to contribute to a social recognition which goes beyond tolerance. It will show what political contributions the homosexual emancipation movement has made toward the development of a democratic civil society in which everyone is accorded equal rights and equal opportunities.www.dhm.de/en/ausstellungen/preview/homosexuality-ies.html 

 Gay Museum: New Location and Changing Exhibitions
Reopening June 25

Since its founding in 1985, Berlin’s Schwules Museum (Gay Museum) has grown into one of the world’s  largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of LGBTIQ communities. At its new location in a converted former printing house, the museum features four exhibition spaces and a café. Exhibition highlights in 2015 include a look at Berlin’s former – and openly gay – mayor, And that’s a good thing – 13 Years of Klaus Wowereit As Mayor Of Berlin (until  17 May 2015) and Homosexuality_ies, the double exhibition in cooperation with the German Historical Museum. (above and atwww.schwulesmuseum.de/en/exhibitions/view/homosexuality-ies/),www.schwulesmuseum.de/. Read the rest of this entry »

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We’ll Celebrate Gay Arts & Culture at Divers/Cité, Montreal. You?

27 07 2014

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We’re heading to Montreal next week for Divers/Cité, one of the two major gay celebrations that take place every summer. The other, Pride Montreal, takes place August 11-17. It’s a tad confusing for those of us in cities with one big Pride-oriented celebration but the net result is you get to spend twice as much time celebrating your queerness, dancing up a storm and soaking in a lot of amazing culture. Photo: david-romero

Divers/Cité (a clever play on words in two languages and described as a festival of music and arts) promises a jam-packed line up of parties as well as a highly curated selection of dance and music events. French-Canadians really know how to throw a fete. We’ll be there. Will you? Look for our posts on Instagram @ManAboutWorld, Twitter @MAWTravel and Facebook at ManAboutWorld.

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Montreal Launches 3rd Annual Queer of the Year Contest

25 06 2012

Competitors from last year’s Queer of the Year competition

Montreal Tourism and business partners announce the kick-off of their third annual Queer of the Year competition including online voting and in-person competitions among five lucky finalists flown into Montreal during their Pride celebration (August 13-19) to compete for the title of Queer of the Year.

For more information, prize info, rule:





Eventi Hotel Pride Special

17 06 2012

Happy pride participants enjoying a gorgeous day in NYC.

Lots of hotels offer NYC Pride specials, but since we particularly love the Kimpton Hotel Group, we are happy to include the Eventi Hotel‘s contribution: the I Swing for PRIDE package which includes the following:

  • A bottle of bubbly
  • A 2-hour trapeze class for two at The Trapeze School
  • PRIDE-only wine hour on the 5th floor terrace on the night before the parade
  • Sleep in and enjoy breakfast in bed and morning mimosas the day after the parade
  • Complimentary upgrade to next room type if available
  • 10% of your rate will be donated to Broadway Cares

Fine print:

  • Starting at $449, guests can book online or call 1-866-996-8396 and mention rate code PRIDE for travel now until July 31, 2012. Rates subject to availability. Taxes and gratuities not included. Blackout dates may apply.

From Kimpton:

  • Kimpton is proud to be the only hotel brand to score 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality index for four years in a row and has provided continual support to the LGBT community through KPride, the company’s employee resource center, along with many other initiatives.

 





Halifax, Nova Scotia: Atlantic Canada’s Gay Heart Celebrates Milestone

15 06 2012

One of the friendliest spots in Canada (and that’s saying something considering how amicable our northern neighbors are generally speaking) is Halifax, Canada.

It’s also beautiful, rich in history and into its gay and lesbian culture. To wit, they are unspooling their first annual OUTeast Queer Film Festival this weekend (through June 17). And they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Halifax Pride July 20-29.

From the organizers:

  • Halifax Pride is bound to be a crowd-pleasing festival that’s not to be missed; from the parade, the parties, and the cultural events like Queer Acts Theatre Festival and the Song Writer’s Circle, to sport events like the annual Dykes vs. Divas Softball Game, and symbolic events such as the vigil, flag-raising and inter-faith service.

There are LGBT-friendly and popular events all year round and great TAG-approved accommodations and terrific dining (seafood is a speciality, natch). Visit Rainbow Halifax for a few LGBT-specific and general travel planning tools.





Los Angeles: Mid-Summer Pride Fetish Ball

21 05 2012

I haven’t been to the Pride Fetish Ball, but trust me: These are not the most scandalous costumes you’ll see.

We love the new and ever-improving downtown L.A. area. What used to be a gritty, scary, urban wasteland is now transforming into a fabulous, must-go destination in its own right.

And what to the folks at TwistMyNight.com, creators of Unusual Earth Events, do? They decide to turn part of it back into a gritty, scary, event called PRIDE FETISH BALL. Though of course the difference is you’ll really want to check this out. Halloween is one of West Hollywood and L.A.’s most exciting time to visit with folks really dressing up (this is home to Hollywood, for heaven’s sake), especially with slutty, sexy, and fetish-type costumes.

This “scandalous masquerade,” is scheduled for Friday, June 8 from 9pm-2am at Infusion Lounge at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles.

Information:

  • Tickets: $20, available in advance at 665 Leather-West Hollywood, Stockroom-Hollywood and Rough Trade-L.A.; online atwww.twistmynight.com or at the door.
  • Recommended dress:  Tasteful fantasy/fetish.   Ages 21 & over.  I.D. required.  Infusion Lounge is located at: 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Ste 208 Universal City, CA  For more information, visit www.twistmynight.com




Deal of the Week: Kimpton Hotels Invites You to Get Your Pride On

17 05 2012

Looks like someone got a 15% Pride discount!

The incredibly gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels is offering a special Pride package (15% discount, cocktails, a welcome gift and more) at their hotels, approximately 50 properties across the U.S. (in many of the cities where you may be celebrating Pride).

Click here for more information including restrictions relating to their Pride packages.

Click here to explore their InTouch Loyalty Program, a frequent stay award program that grants free WiFi and other perks. Click “LGBT” to receive information and specials designed especially for us.








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