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I became an Eagle Scout in 2000, but 15 years later I can finlly be an out & proud Scout & Leader (if I choose to)! The Boy Scouts voted to end the ban against LGBT leaders after ending the ban on gay scouts earlier last year.
New York Harbor Cruise for Global LGBT rights
The International LGBT event of the decade! Celebrate the 25th anniversary for the Int'l Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission on a New York Harbor cruise with new honorary hosts, Fun Home author Alison Bechdel & journalist Ed Williams. Join on Facebook!
This week follow Pride events from where I was last year in Vancouver 
to Vietnam! In Europe 
Belfast & Hamburg CSD are overshadowed by 
Amsterdam's canal parade & blond boys in Stockholm! In the US check-out Charleston or Pride in the OC.

Female world news reporter  World News

Russian courts fined the founder of the Russian LGBT youth website, Deti-404 $50,000 rubles ($840) - plus Russia state media plans to ban gay emojis!

Jamaica will hold its first LGBT pride celebration next week!

In Istanbul another (perhaps subtle?) jab at the LGBT community as the city's "rainbow stairs" are destroyed - but they plan to repaint them!


Human Rights Watch released a report attacking anti-gay Kazakhstan as it bids for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Sir Ian McKellan will apparently narrate a documentary about Muslim drag queens (in the UK) - take a look at this NYT Op-Ed on what Islam says about being gay; in stark contrast to what's espoused in ISIS-controlled Syria & Iraq.

US religious and LGBT groups urge Pope Francis to meet with LGBT groups when he visits in September.

  Travel

Take an in-depth look at visiting Porto with Two Bad Tourists gay guide to Portugal's cultural capital.

Find out why I went to the super hip Milkshake festival in Amsterdam from gay hipster Travels of Adam.

Traveling to Greece in August for the many traditional Paniyiri celebrations or much more secular gay parties on Mykonos? Read my 2 blog pieces about the most beautiful place in the world.

Thinking about how life is in Africa - take a look at my blog from last year about my exciting experience in Ethiopia (and how it got me into trouble!).

Headed out of this world? One of Pluto's craters will be named for George Takei's character on Star Trek - along with many others from the show.

Champagne Icon  Events

DC. Learn from prolific travel bloggers and White House travel expert at this event "From the White House to Istanbul" hosted by Hostelling International on Wednesday.

Chicago. Support LGBT equality abroad with a cocktail on a rooftop above Boystown in this pre-Market Days soirée for the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission next Thursday.

Chicago. LGBT Lawyers out there - you can attend Market Days & enjoy the annual Lavender Law Conference next week.

Upcoming! San Fran. If Out in Tech SF is anything like the NYC group, this is going to be one incredible kick-off event. Be there & be square at this techie (and techie-lovers) launch on August 16th.

Upcoming! NYC. The International LGBT event of the decade - the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission celebrates 25 years with a New York Harbor hybrid yacht cruise September 28th!

  Featured Trips

NEW!! $400 Discount Gay Italy, from Caesar to Michelangelo & Beyond, October 9-18. 
Oscar Wilde Tours: Learn about Italy's fascinating LGBT history, while experiencing its (super gay) artistic heritage and fab cuisine. Led by gay historian Dr. Andrew Lear, with local guides from Quiiky, Italy's only LGBT travel agency. Mention 'Gayography' to get $400 off.

Costa Rica, Cartagena  the Panama Canal Cruise - Brand G - December 2-11, 2015
Join Brand G Vacations for a 10-day adventure starting in the charming old world city of Cartagena, Colombia and featuring the best of Central America including a daytime passage through the Panama Canal and several stunningly beautiful destinations in Costa Rica. Free Airfare from US cities, complimentary open bar & excursions & included port charges!
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