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The history of Gay Pride events in New Jersey

Asbury Park Jersey LGBTI Pride Parade in 2015 photo by Steve Dovidio

sbury Park has long been synonymous with New Jersey’s largest yearly LGBT celebration. This June marks the 26th year of the celebration, which takes place across the street from Asbury’s historic Convention Hall. The celebration is just one of many celebrations of gay pride taking place throughout the month of June and beyond.

The concept of Pride started as an act of revolt and defiance in 1970, following the Stonewall Riots in New York City. On June 28, 1969, a group of patrons at the Greenwich Village bar took a stand against police harassment and intimidation. The patrons were joined by men, women, and drag queens from all over the city, shouting “gay power” as the police did their best to disperse the crowd.

After that night, other demonstrations popped up throughout the city. On the first-year anniversary, they marched in what would become the first gay pride parade in United States history. Members of the LGBT community in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco had their own parades in a show of solidarity.

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5 fabulous Chicago summer festivals perfect for gay travelers

The beautiful Millennium Park in the center of Chicago

Chicago, the largest city in Illinois, attracted a record 54.1 million tourists last year, thanks in part to its vibrant summer festival calendar.

The epic Chicago Gay Pride is of course on every LGBTQs’ radar, this year culminating on 25 June, the day of the parade.

But Pride’s pioneering spirit can be found in numerous other Chicago events and festivals.

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Ready For Vacation? Here Are 6 Gay-Friendly US Destinations

Ready For Vacation? Here Are 6 Gay-Friendly US Destinations

Summer is almost upon us, and with warm weather beckoning, it’s time to start planning the most anticipated event of the year – summer vacation.

For those looking to stay in the US and looking for a gay-friendly destination, there are numerous options.

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) is a treasure trove of information on where to go and what to do, but in the meantime we offer the following suggestions:

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A Newbie To Nudity? My First Visit To INNdulge Palm Springs, A Clothing Optional Resort

I’m not a Palm Springs newbie–far from it. My friends and I take at least one annual group vacation to Palm Springs to enjoy a long weekend of sun, fun, and frolic—generally from the comfort of our pool in one of the massive  houses we rent for the occasion. Based on that, I think I have a pretty solid idea of what to expect. We’ll grab drinks at Hunter’s Video Bar or Toucan’s. I’ll inevitably grab a massive pastrami sandwich from Sherman’s Deli (with or without the knowledge of my comrades), and we’ll likely have a nice dinner out.  Steak Diane at Melvyn’s, anyone??

But that’s not all Palm Springs has to offer. Palm Springs, long a haven for the gays, also happens to be the site of various clothing optional resorts that specifically attract gay male clientele.  Now, I don’t consider myself to be particularly prudish or modest, but I’d never visited a clothing optional resort.  That all changed with my weekend stay at INNdulge Palm Springs.

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2017 Summer Travel: LGBT travelers rave about riding the rails

LGBT train travelers rave about the scenic views and calming rides.

There was a time when travel was romantic; those about to embark on a trip often donned their best clothing while service providers pulled out all the stops with freshly prepared meals, cocktails and entertainment. Those days are long gone now that airlines have turned their focus to simply moving as many bodies packed in as tightly as they can, but if you have time on your side, the romance of travel can return this summer.

There are many who argue the romance of train travel never fully disappeared. We don’t have hoop-skirted women waving handkerchiefs on smoke-filled platforms anymore, but the promise of vast swaths of beautiful countryside still remains.

Vidalia resident Holly James has been traveling cross country by train with her wife four or five times a year since 2007. For her, train travel is all about the relaxation of a slower pace.

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NYC’s Hidden LGBT Historic Sites Get Illuminated on Interactive Map

Just after the 1969 Stonewall riots — largely considered a seminal moment in the quest for LGBT rights — many gay rights groups were still organizing in the shadows, quietly meeting in neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights to lay the groundwork for the movement.

The historic preservationists working on the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project are now trying to determine through interviews and archival materials where groups met in Brooklyn Heights are still around (which they may be since much of the neighborhood is landmarked) as they continue working to identify, document and preserve hundreds of significant LGBT historic sites across the city.

Of the 92,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, about a dozen are listed for their association with LGBT history.

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Gay Bars Can be Mind-Bogglingly Racist

Last weekend, Rebar went from being one of New York City’s most promising new gay clubs to a glaring personification of the lack of intersectionality that exists within broader gay culture. When the bar opened its doors in Chelsea, partygoers across New York were pretty excited to check it out. But one Facebook post by a patron named Ian Alexis shifted the conversation away from the club’s new digs to the way the venue allegedly mistreats people of color.

In the post, Alexis detailed how he and his friends had been denied entry over the weekend by an employee who told them the bar was at capacity. Alexis said his group prepared to leave before another employee allowed them to come inside. Once they stepped in, they saw that “it was pretty dead and empty,” as his post had it, while other black patrons overwhelmed the line outside, unable to enter. After Alexis’s story caught wind, similar complaints began to flood Rebar’s social media pages and review sites.

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Allure of a Palm Springs mid-century

Tourists come from all over the world to gaze at the distinctive midcentury modern architecture, historical monuments, and the former homes of movie stars in Palm Springs. But what about a driving tour of places gay celebrities once lived and played? We thought we’d highlight a few.

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Las Vegas ranks high with LGBT travelers

According to the 2016 LGBT Tourism & Hospitality report published by Community Marketing & Insights (CMI), Las Vegas was one of the top U.S. destinations for LGBT travelers last year.

The report, now in its 21st year, was published in December and pulled from surveys filled out by 3,723 respondents who self-identified as members of the LGBT community. The report covers the types of trips taken, reasons for travel, price point and hotel booking motivations. It also polled respondents on the destinations they visited in the previous year.

New York took the top spot for both gay and bisexual men and lesbian and bisexual women, but Las Vegas ranked second among men, tied with Los Angeles and San Francisco, and was third among women, sharing the spot with Los Angeles and Chicago. On the overall “power rankings,” Las Vegas took the fourth spot in the survey, behind New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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