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Landmark Events in Palm Springs

Landmark Events in Palm Springs | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Throw on your favorite superhero costume or rub elbows with A-list celebrities
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White Party - With Palm Springs’ solid reputation as a gay-friendly destination (not to mention more than half the locals identify as LGBT), it’s no surprise reputable gay event promoter Jeffrey Sanker throws the annual, LGBT-themed White Party in Palm Springs. The wild circuit party takes over the oasis for a weekend in August, where gay visitors mingle and party hardy at various unique events, pool parties and late-night soirees. Pack your swimsuit for one of the most buzzing LGBT events in the country!
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Announcing LGBTQTampaBay.com

Announcing LGBTQTampaBay.com | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

LGBTQTampaBay.com - Tampa Bay's premier online portal uniting LGBTQ and LGBTQ friendly business, events, education, awareness, activism, travel, housing (rentals, sales, shares), sports, transportation, health care, entertainment, DATING and so much MORE.​ Serving the community since December 2016.

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6 reasons to take gay vacations in Malta

6 reasons to take gay vacations in Malta | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Malta’s main industry is tourism and with good reason. It has forever been drawing all kinds of visitors, who are after any of its many attractions. It has only recently made it to the gay travel destinations map, yet it certainly deserves to be up there, somewhere at the top of the list. Find out why Malta is ideal for gay vacations.
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San Francisco in 24 Hours - an Instagram Travel Diary for a Day

San Francisco in 24 Hours - an Instagram Travel Diary for a Day | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Photos from a day trip to San Francisco - a practical timeline on how to spend 24 hours in SF with burritos in Mission, LGBT history in Castro & more
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A few weeks ago I was surprised with a last-minute trip to San Francisco. With just a single night in the city and all-total about 24 hours to explore, I didn’t waste my time. I packed nothing more than a backpack with a change of clothes, my toothbrush, my iPhone and an extra battery pack. Armed with my phone and a handful of recommendations I picked up on Twitter and Instagram, I was ready for a quick 24-hour trip to San Francisco.

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Dallas: Trekking Across Texas, Part 1

Dallas: Trekking Across Texas, Part 1 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
When I set out to discover Texas with partner-in-crime, YouTube personality Davey Wavey, I discovered the Lone Star State more diverse than I had reckoned.
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Carnival Pro Tip: Attend a Fabulous Gay Ball

Carnival Pro Tip: Attend a Fabulous Gay Ball | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Learn the fascinating history behind the Mardi Gras gay ball, plus all the details on how to attend.
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Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Last year, Ben Schlappig walked into the Seattle airport and took the next flight to anywhere — and he hasn't come down since
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"We were like brothers," says Pourazari, who now lives in Seattle. "It was more like we were best friends than anything. Then we both realized that we were gay. And we grew up together."

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2016 Gay Travel Award Winners Revealed

2016 Gay Travel Award Winners Revealed | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

GayTravel.com — a trusted resource for LGBT travelers across the globe — today announced the winners of the inaugural Gay Travel Awards

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Sunny South Florida is a great LGBT winter getaway

Sunny South Florida is a great LGBT winter getaway | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Gay South Florida will take center stage this weekend when Key West's famed drag queen Sushi will descend from a balcony in a giant high-heel shoe as a cheering crowd counts down the new year.

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7 Reasons to Take Your LGBT Family on a Disney Cruise

7 Reasons to Take Your LGBT Family on a Disney Cruise | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Disney Cruise Line unveils the revamped Wonder, including a Frozen musical.
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While my partner and I love to travel with our two kids, we also enjoy some adult time on vacation too. While “Disney Cruise” might not come to mind when you think of a best-of-both-worlds kind of trip, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we could all get into our happy places on the ship. Here are seven highlights from our recent cruise on the Disney Wonder, which just returned to the seas after a 6-week dry dock makeover.

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36 Hours in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

36 Hours in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
With its inventive food scene, excellent beaches and “Night of the Iguana” mystique, the city makes the perfect weekend getaway.
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PHOTOS: And the winners of the 2016 ‘Best Of GayCities’ awards are…

PHOTOS: And the winners of the 2016 ‘Best Of GayCities’ awards are… | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
The winners of the 2016 ‘Best of GayCities’ travel awards were announced on Monday night at a special reception hosted in the hip living room at the newly opened W Las Vegas. Over 150 VIP attendees, comprised of worldwide destination,…
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Five Questions: Exclusive Interview with Richard Gray, Fort Lauderdale’s pied piper for LGBT travelers

Five Questions: Exclusive Interview with Richard Gray, Fort Lauderdale’s pied piper for LGBT travelers | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
When Richard Gray, managing director of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, presented at the 17th Annual Community Marketing LGBT Tourism
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Top LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Conferences for 2017

Top LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Conferences for 2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Every year, the number of hotels, destinations, tour operators and other folks in the travel & hospitality field who attend LGBT tourism conferences around the world continues to grow
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Do Travel Bans Really Advance LGBT Equality?

Do Travel Bans Really Advance LGBT Equality? | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
When states like California ban non-essential state-funded travel to states that have passed anti-LGBT legislation, the impact may be beneficial, rather than dramatic.
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6 LGBTQ events worth traveling for in 2017

6 LGBTQ events worth traveling for in 2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
From Miami to Sydney, there's no shortage of travel-worthy LGBTQ events to choose from in 2017.

Via Fabrice Tasendo
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Madrid's already phenomenal annual Pride event—attended by a million and half people in 2016—kicks things up exponentially for 2017 as it becomes both the fifth-ever World Pride and the 24th continent-wide EuroPride.

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Madrid's already phenomenal annual Pride event—attended by a million and half people in 2016—kicks things up exponentially for 2017 as it becomes both the fifth-ever World Pride and the 24th continent-wide EuroPride.

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VIDEO: Day That We Will Miss | Hawaii Vlog Day 42 | Gay Family Daily Fun

Join our gay family on our 47 days Hawaiian vacation! Follow us as we enjoy beach time, explore and enjoy various activities, events and great food Hawaii has to offer :-)

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The top five spots for weekend breaks for LGBTQ travellers

The top five spots for weekend breaks for LGBTQ travellers | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
The two guys from the Two Bad Tourists website pick their top five spots for weekend breaks for LGBTQ travellers to visit
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Come Out To Amador - March 24-26, 2017

Come Out To Amador - March 24-26, 2017 | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

What better cure for a holiday hangover than a country escape? Warm up your winter with an intimate weekend for the LGBT community, among friends, historic towns, and rolling vineyards. Hike, sip, cook, and eat your way through Amador County alongside our favorite chefs, artisans, and wine makers in their kitchens, vineyards, and barrel rooms. We're keeping the weekend close-knit with just 75 people so you get the chance to connect. If you've never enjoyed Amador, know you'll be well taken care of, well fed, and leaving with more friends than you came in with. 

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Fort Lauderdale Welcomes 2017 With Ads Featuring Transgender Models

Fort Lauderdale Welcomes 2017 With Ads Featuring Transgender Models | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Fort Lauderdale tourism—which has been courting lesbian and gay visitors for decades—on New Year's Eve will roll out a new campaign that could be a first in the travel category, with transgender models starring in mainstream media ads.
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Matt Skallerud's curator insight, December 31, 2016 7:15 AM

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau advertising campaign, created by Fort Lauderdale-based Starmark International, is kicking off with two new videos on twin billboards at 1515 Broadway and on a bowtie billboard at 1500 Broadway, both in New York's Times Square. 

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The world’s 12 gayest hot spots to ring in the New Year

The world’s 12 gayest hot spots to ring in the New Year | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
With the holidays approaching and millions of LGBT Americans donning their gay apparel, the time has come to give thought to ringing in the New Year. With Donald Trump poised to take the White House as the most anti-LGBT president…
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My Mexico City Is Everyone’s Now

My Mexico City Is Everyone’s Now | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it
Places that live on in the author’s memories have been wholly transformed as tourists discover her hometown.
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La Zona Rosa... the neighborhood is now a hive of gay night life, clubs and shops. Those markers of my childhood were erased from the real world and exist now only in my mind. I made my way back to Roma.

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15 Reasons Why You Should Attend WorldPride Madrid

15 Reasons Why You Should Attend WorldPride Madrid | LGBT Destinations | Scoop.it

Madrid is without a doubt our favorite place in the world. We’ve been living here for 3 years and we couldn’t be happier to call the Spanish capital home. On a recent trip back to the states, we had the pleasure to attend a World Pride Madrid pre-party with amazing hosts (yes drag queens!), fabulous guests and a particularly Spanish flare not often found in New York City. The event was intended to introduce Madrid and World Pride to the US audience, who for reasons we can’t quite figure out, don’t fully know about Madrid and it’s reputation as a gay friendly destination.

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