Shop: TeePublic’s Queer-made Designs + Pride Selects

While looking for new Pride styles this summer, I came across the colorful wonderland of TeePublic. An online marketplace for artists to display and sell their designs on t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and more, TeePublic has a dedicated page on their site to highlight LGBTQIA artists. 

I looked through the highlighted artists and picked out my favorite designs below, and also found a few other designs that would be perfect to wear during your next Pride event. 

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Outfit: Pride is Every Day

Just because the official June Pride month is over doesn’t mean Pride is done. With so much left to do for everyone to be equal and safe, both here at home and around the world, Pride is year-round! It was lovely to see so many brands reaffirm their support for the community and towards causes the past month with new launches and efforts, and hope it continues and that more join.

Among the brands were Mavi Jeans, UGG and Skagen Denmark, each of which released fantastic new styles this season and donated towards LGBTQ causes and organizations. I was already of fan of them, and now more so!

Styled some of their Pride pieces below, a couple new favorite summer styles as well:

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8 Pride Shoes and Sandals to Get Now

Pride may officially be just the month of June, but in reality it is all year-round for members of the community and our allies. There are tons of Pride styles this year that you can still get, but the range of footwear styles has been the most fun to look through. Here are eight styles to get and add to your wardrobe:

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Win a Year-Long Vacation with IHG

IHG Hotels & Resorts is hosting a contest that will give one lucky US-based traveler the chance to win back a year of missed adventures! Literally, the winner will get 365 days worth of epic hotel experiences at various IHG locations; including InterContinental, Kimpton and Holiday Inn Express.

According to a release from IHG, the contest aims to give guests back the time, memories and travel experiences lost in 2020. It is part of IHG’s new Department of Epic – a program which will help guests bring their travel dreams to life. 

Contest details below:

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Amazon Prime Day’s Best Travel Accessories

Prime Day is among us and there’s so much to choose from! To help fellow travelers shopping for deals today, I’ve picked out some of the best accessories on sale to bring on upcoming travels this summer:

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Playlist: Queer Anthems and Pride Hits

As summer kicks off and the Pride 2021 season continues, keep dancing with 50 songs that have been part of the LGBTQ community over the years.

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E.U. Lifts Travel Restrictions for American Visitors

Photo of Barcelona by Aleksandar Pasaric on Pexels.com

After over a year of barred entry, the European Union has recommended its member countries to start lifting their travel restrictions on visitors from the United States.

Countries such as Spain and France have already started opening their borders prior to this announcement, but it opens the doors – no pun intended – for Americans to enter all 27 countries of the European Union.

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SHOP: Jean Paul Gaultier Pride Le Male

Jean Paul Gaultier has relaunched their limited edition Pride Le Male to celebrate the community and Pride 2021.

A colorful collector’s edition, the Pride Le Male features the iconic fragrance bottle with a rainbow makeover. Along with the relaunch, JPG has also partnered again with The Center, the NYC nonprofit organization providing programs for health, wellness and togetherness to city’s LGBTQ+ community, by making a donation to support their amazing work.

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Music Download: Marina “Venus Fly Trap”

As one commenter on YouTube said, “When you’re obsessed and haven’t even heard it yet.” These were my thoughts exactly when Marina released a snippet of her latest single the other night. “Venus Fly Trap” comes from her forthcoming album, Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land, which comes out on June 11th, and I for one can’t wait for it! I’ve had her three other singles on repeat, and “Venus Fly Trap” is joining that playlist.

Listen below:

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Amtrak Buy One Get One Northeast Sale

With the first day of fall officially here, there’s no place like the Northeast to explore for the foliage. Kicking off the season with a new sale, Amtrak has released a Buy One Get One Free deal on all Acela and Northeast Regional trains throughout the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Virginia). Whether you’re in the Mid-Atlantic and want to escape north to Providence or Boston, or are in New York and want to make a short trip out before the holiday season, check out fare options below to help plan a journey to take advantage of this deal.

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