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Curacao’s South Caribbean Pride 2014: Photo Diary

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The Dutch island of Curacao is one of the most gay-friendly escapes in all of the Caribbean, and that’s not just because of the colorful architecture that’s all over the island. Though there’s only one gay bar on the island, G-Lounge in the popular neighborhood of Punda in Willemstad, that doesn’t stop the community from having a good time, as they can be found through all the clubs and bars in Curacao. The island even now has two pride events, which the gay-friendly and gay managed Floris Sutie Hotel in the Otra Banda neighborhood recently hosted both. The former Get Wet weekend has transformed to Curacao Pride in September, while a new Pride week event just debuted.

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This past week, from April 30th to May 4th, the Floris, Pink House (a local LGBT organization) and other members of the community on the island held the first South Caribbean Pride, which brought visitors from all over the Caribbean, the Netherlands, South America, Canada and the U.S. I attend all the events as I was visiting to work on a story for Passport Magazine, and the first night featured a welcome party at the Floris, which got an extra rainbow makeover (though they do have one rainbow flag out everyday in their front gates).

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A drag cabaret dinner went down the next night, with local drag queens and others from New York and Florida performed favorite American and Latin hits (plus a French number thrown in). Other drag queens were walking around serving face and a delicious, artistically presented meal.

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Contest: Win One Of Four Trips To Britain During Pride

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In celebration of same-sex marriage becoming legal in England and Wales over the weekend, VisitBritain is hosting a contest to attend Britain Pride events across the country.

Enter here once until April 30th for a chance to win a trip to either Brighton, Cardiff, Manchester or Birmingham for pride events in 2014 or 2015, depending on which is won. Prizes include round trip flights with Virgin Atlantic (with connections with Delta if needed), pride tickets and three night stays in either at the Grove, Wales, from Further Afield, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester or the Staying Cool Apartments, Birmingham. Good luck!


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New York Gay Pride Guide 2013

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If you’re visiting New York this Pride week, or thinking of making a last minute trip this weekend, we’ve got your events covered for a glitterfic good time!

Thursday (6/27)

Pride Thursday marks the grand opening of Marquee Q Thursdays from a team gay nightlife pros (Brandon Voss, Patrick Crough, Alan Picus, and Justin Luke), and will feature the New York Pride headliner and mega diva, Cher!

Starts at 10:00 p.m. at Marquee, 289 Tenth Ave

Friday (6/28)

Start your weekend officially, since it is an official New York Pride event, at The Pride Kickoff Rally. Hosts this year include Pandora Boxx and KeithPrice, with performacnes by Pam Ann and The Voice‘s Vicci Martinez. Oh, and Lady Gaga will be speaking at the event; added in last minute.

From 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Pier 26 Hudson River, at North Moore St

When the sunsets, and after some pre drinks or dinner in Hell’s Kitchen several gay bars and gay-owned eateries, waddle your way down to XL Nightclub (if you aren’t already staying at The OUT) for PAPA vs. Forever Tel Aviv—a sure to be mega party from the two international entertainment groups. Watch the artfully, sexy trailer below:

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Playlist: Gay Anthems & Pride Hits Remixed

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With the heart of Pride Month among us, and the two biggest Pride events coming up (New York and San Francisco), get your groove on with our playlist featuring remixes of legendary and new age gay anthems:

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Rainbow Trainers: Nike’s #BETRUE Collection

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Nike’s 2013 #BETRUE collection has been revealed, in celebration of its partnership and support of the LGBT community. In its second year,  Nike has stuck with an obvious rainbow theme for this year’s campaign, and they look pretty awesome!

Its driving shoe, the Nike Free 5.0 #BETRUE sneaker are colorful kicks that offer runners “increased foot strength” and a “barefoot-like feel.” Nike Flywire technology is used for a dynamic, snug fit, and the insoles have a funky tribal design.

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Head Across The Pond For London Pride 2013

Left: Logo of Pride in London. Right: Photo of hugh rainbow flag of London Pride 2011 via  Flickr

Logo of Pride in London; Huge rainbow flag of London Pride 2011 (via Flickr)

The annual London gay Pride event is officially back on for 2013! New organizers of the festival, London LGBT+ Community Pride, announced Pride in London‘s official, week-long events this year and its theme, ‘Love and Marriage’.

“As the Equal Marriage Bill continues to be debated in Parliament, the organizers of Pride in London believe the event offers the LGBT+ community a unique chance to be seen and heard with [a theme] uniting the community,” stated the organizers in today’s announcement.

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Get Your Kink On Amsterdam

Fetishes will be taking over gay Amsterdam this weekend for oh-so-pleasureful parties and events. Amsterdam is famous for events such as Gay Pride in August and the leather scene favorite Get Ruff Leather Pride in October, but Fetish Pride‘s organizer Michael Roks (manager of the Eagle Amsterdam and Dirty Dicks bar) says that this is unique and takes place during a holiday weekend. A highlight is the first Mr. Leather Amsterdam contest that will have five different men competing for the title. Below are a few of the contenders:

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Read more about the weekend on Out.com.

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