Las Vegas has grown to be a favorite of mine over the last couple of years since it offers so much and has become a top gay destination over the years. Its annual Pride is happening this week, and below see different events to choose from each day if you plan on being in Sin City this week or take a last minute getaway: Read the rest of this entry
If you’re visiting New York this Pride week, or thinking of making a last minute trip, here’s what you should check out:
The official kick-off for the weekend is the NYC Pride Rally, which is in its second year and will be at Pier 26 in Tribeca. Rupaul’s Drag Race alum Michelle Visage will host, with a performance with fellow Drag Race star, Sharon Needles, and Australian pop singer Betty Who. Free to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m.
BoiParty’s Penthaus Pride Mega Kick-Off Party (above) will take place at the Copacabana Rooftop. The weekly party has become one of the largest gay Thursday night parties since it started up last year. Hosted by boys from CockyBoys, with DJs Ray Isaac (London), Johnny Dynell (New York), and Philippe Lemot (Germany). $10 cover at the door, no cover with table reservation (which is free to do, with bottles starting at $100). Read the rest of this entry
Recently down in Curacao for South Caribbean Pride, it felt like no better time for a grooming essentials post on what you’ll need to be ready for summer, and also for what to bring if you’re planning a trip around any pride events or day/pool parties:
- Trim – Have a travel friendly trimmer with you for any rogue hairs. The Micro Touch Max Personal Hair Trimmer is an inexpensive trimmer that can take care of any unwanted facial, eyebrow, body or nose hairs, and has a built in light if needed. ($15)
- Be Fresh – ManCave Natural Grooming’s Deodorant is an eco-friendly, aluminum-free liquid deodorant that is easily applied and controlled by an on/off switch and will keep you fresh for a full day. ($13)
- Treat Yo Self – Feel good and get some lovely skin to turn heads with GlamGlow’s ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. Use overnight or just 20 minutes during the day, the hydration mask mositurizes and replenishes your skin, and leaves you with a silky, reenergized feeling. ($69)
- To Keep The Hair In Check – Star Wax Premium Pomade in Clay uses a blend of jojoba, borage, primrose and Dead Sea mud for a strong hold with a matte finish that is easy to rinse off when your day/night is done. ($40)
- For The Sun – Epicuren’s Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen helps fight off sunburn and sun poisoning with it is SPF 27 level and zinc oxide property. It’s also fragrance free, leaving you to add a nice scent. ($50)
- A Sexy Scent – Top it all off with a scent others will love. Giorgio Armani’s Armani Code brought me complements from all over with its combo of bergamot and lemon with hints of orange tree blossom, warmed wood and tonka bean. ($65)
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.
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).
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.
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!
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!
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
Read more about the weekend on Out.com.