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The Best Party Weekend for Memorial Day

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I've decided - despite its location in the deep south - that may be what helps ensure this hidden jem stays fun. Pensacola's Memorial Day Pride weekend is the best LGBTIQ party in the US this weekend. If you haven't been, start planning for next year!
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Best Memorial Weekend in the US
It's true - Pensacola Pride is the best party weekend for (yes indeed) the full LGBTIQ community. So y'all get organized - I'm planning to return every year if I can - that's how special this place is to me already! From the perfect beaches to perfect guys - it's the best combination of fun, sun and food for Memorial Day weekend in the US. Who wants to go next year?
LGBTIQ Realities in the Age of ISIS
Friends in San Francisco! I hope you'll join our guest Iraqi refugee Alex Brochu and OutRight Executive Director Jessica Stern next week. She will be discussing her recent trip to Iraq and the difficulties faced by OutRight's partners there - RSVP here today!
Gay Days RipTide Party
Today I fly BACK to Florida - to Orlando for Gay Days and tomorrow's RipTide Party at Typhoon Lagoon. Please be in touch - as I am planning an exclusive GAYography party at the DoubleTree on Saturday evening. I hope you'll be there! This weekend is also Pride in Tel Aviv - read about my incredible time there. Sunday is Queens Pride - Hope I can get back for it!

Female world news reporter  World News

According to the Kremlin, condoms are spreading HIV - crazy conservatives in Russia are telling people they need a hetero family to prevent AIDS. Cases of HIV & AIDS are increasing at an alarming rate.

Neo-nazis - backed by the Orthodox Church - in Ukraine warned Pride organizers that there would be a bloodbath if Pride goes on as scheduled on June 12th - it remains planned at this point.


Massachusetts is likely to pass pro-transgender bill, protecting individuals who use bathrooms that match their gender identity. President Obama also weighed in to support transgender kids on the issue on the News Hour.

One tiny island at a time! - The tiny island-nation of Nauru (about 2,800 miles northeast of Australia) has decriminalized homosexuality.

For a great source of twice weekly LGBTIQ news, subscribe to Alturi!

  Travel

Planning for Pride in Wales this year? You'll get to see Years & Years perform at Pride Cymru - at the Party in the Parc.

Globetrotter Girls explores Pride off the beaten track - in St. Louis, plus you can win a trip there!


The Washington Blade exposes more about how Cuba is continuing to be the new popular tourist destination for gay & straight Americans.

Learn more about Montreal in this lengthy exposé in Passport - I still have only seen the city in the winter!

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Orlando. If you'll be in Orlando for Gay Days this weekend, email me now - I'll be holding an exclusive party at the DoubleTree in support of GAYography on Saturday. Tomorrow is the one-of-a-kind party at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon!

Pines. If you're out in Fire Island this weekend, Sage is holding it's annual celebration at 225 Bay Walk on Saturday. Be there and support your elder LGBT americans.

NYC. This weekend is the best borough pride, Queens Pride in Jackson Heights, join in supporting Grand Marshall Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International. If you're interested in joining the group, email me!

Upcoming! SF. Next Thursday, join Guest Iraqi refugee Alexander Brochu and OutRight's Executive Director Jessica Stern who recently returned from Iraq as they discuss the dangerous challenges for LGBTIQ people under ISIS.
 

  Featured Tours & Trips

Get $200 off a gay history and art tour of London and Paris! - August 20-28, 2016. Visit Europe's two great cities, and learn about their gay side, from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, and Yves Saint Laurent, with Professor Andrew Lear, world-renowned scholar of gay history and art. Mention 'Gayography' to get $200 off!

Join Oscar Wilde's Andrew Lear at the Met for his Shady Ladies tour! Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek 'hetaerae' to Sargent's Madame X and beyond.  These sexy women—often also intelligent, educated, wealthy, or even powerful—were key members of the political and cultural elites of their time, fascinating patrons and artists alike...

Join me in Orlando for Gay Day's 2016 - stay tuned for more promotions around Gay Days and One Magical Weekend over the coming months and let me know if you're coming now by emailing in.
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