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Hersey Taylor used to carry apples on the way to school to feed the deer that flocked around Pilgrim Monument.

Rachel White liked to squish the orange capsule into the lard that would pass for margarine during World War II when real butter was rationed.

And Lewis Reis’ father was an illegal immigrant, along with many in the Provincetown of his childhood, Reis said.

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The Frivolist: 5 Gaycations With a Purpose to Plan This Year

I’ve never been interested in an all-gay getaway. The idea of making the annual 4th of July pilgrimage to Fire Island, New York, or boarding an Atlantis cruise, the only escape from which is to jump overboard (which has happened), just doesn’t appeal to me. My lack of interest in spending days on end with thousands of drunk, oversexed gay folk, however, doesn’t mean I can’t have a memorable gaycay. If you’re in the same boat (or dangling from its side), here are a few getaway ideas with an LGBT agenda to plan this year.

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D.C.’s Best Gay Bars and Hangouts

For decades, Dupont Circle was one of the centers of D.C.’s LGBTQ community. “Dupont Circle was like a little island where people would come and have a good time,” a longtime District resident told the Washington City Paper last year.

Today Dupont Circle and 17th Street institutions such as JR’s, The Fireplace, Cobalt, Duplex Diner and Larry’s Lounge are still going strong. But D.C.’s evolving gayborhood has shifted towards Logan Circle and U Street. In February 2016, the Washington Blade noted an “unusual flurry of activity” with the opening of four new gay bars, the majority of which landed in the U Street/Shaw/Logan Circle area. Those new hangouts include Dirty Goose, Trade andUproar.

There have also been losses: Iconic Barracks Row lesbian bar Phase 1 shuttered its doors last year. But another historic bar, DC Eagle, recently made a big move to a gigantic space on Benning Road NE. Those spots and more sports bars, dance clubs, and cocktail havens are all included in Eater’s round up of the District’s gay-friendliest bars and hangouts.

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Owners of LGBT eatery site seek landmark status

The owners of a property in North Beach that once housed several LGBT restaurants, the first of which was known as the Paper Doll, are seeking city landmark status for the site.

Should their request for 524 Union Street be approved later this year, it would be the first landmark in the country to focus on an early queer restaurant, according to a local preservationist assisting with the application process. The Paper Doll is believed to be San Francisco’s first restaurant and nightclub catering to the gay community.

The building would be the fourth property in the city to be designated a landmark for its LGBT historical significance and the first located outside of the gay Castro district. The last site to be added, in 2013, was the gay bar Twin Peaks (401 Castro Street), famous for being the first gay bar in the city to have clear glass windows at a time when people could be fired based on their sexual orientation.

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Los Angeles Calls, We Listen.

When looking into planning one of my first gay adult trips to Los Angeles, I could not decide where to stay.  Do I stay within spitting distance of West Hollywood (WeHo) home of a larger concentration of gay bars and nightlife or do I go more toward Silver Lake and closer the very fun bars like Eagle LA and Faultline?  When in doubt, split the difference and stay in the heart of it all and Hollywood and book a room at Mama Shelter.

My first thought was … hmmm … shelter … hostel?  Is this going to be a good place?  If I didn’t like it both WeHo and Silver Lake were just a 4 mile Uber ride away. The pictures I saw did not do this place justice.  From the ease of dropping off my AVIS LAX rental car with the valet, to checking in to getting to my room with a unobstructed view of the HOLLYWOOD sign, all was thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!  This was going to be my home for a couple of days and it felt like I needed to stay longer, all just after being there for the initial 10 minutes.

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The Hornet Guide to Gay Provincetown

Every gay man should visit Provincetown at least once in his life to explore this quaint New England town. Sitting on the very tip of Cape Cod, P-Town’s gay presence can be traced all the way back to the beginning of the 20th century, as Provincetown was an artist’s haven and was home to some of the first experimental theaters.

Summer months are the best time to visit this resort town. Few people live in Provincetown year-round, and people begin to filter in late spring, eventually taking off before snow covers the entire town. Most weeks during the summer are themed weeklong parties, including Bear Week, Carnival Week and others.

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Big LGBT Ascension Party headed to Asbury Park in August

Kuersteiner, who launched  the Ascension Party on Fire Island in 2006, in a statement.  “Ascension is going to bring thousands of visitors from all over the tri-state area as well as the world to Asbury. It will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the local businesses to thousands of new visitors.”

Ascension is a charity event, according to press release, and 100 percent of proceeds raised this year will be donated to Asbury Park LGBT charities.

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What to Eat in Key West

OUT sent newlyweds Kit Williamson and John Halbach, from the acclaimed series, Eastsiders, to our favorite gay mecca, Key West. From breakfast pineapple pancakes to poolside margaritas, and from private tours of the Hemingway Home to nude snorkeling off the Florida coast, these guys experienced and discovered all that Gay Key West has to offer. Follow along as Kit and John take you OUT in Key West. 

Whether you’re looking for a great meal on the go, or a dinner to remember for a special occasion, the dining scene in Key West has got you covered. Here are some of the most memorable dining experiences from our stay.

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Why Miami is The Greatest Gay Destination in America

South Florida is one of the great gay havens in America. Hell, it’s one of the great gay havens of the world. But it’s easy to miss the good stuff.

Understand: South Florida — by which I mean Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties — is basically one big city. From the red-roofed housing developments in south Homestead to the prefab luxury ‘hoods north of Jupiter, SoFla is 130 miles of unbroken urban sprawl. Each town is a universe unto itself. Some of the burgs are full of what used to be called Florida crackers — folks with sawgrass scars and intimate knowledge of gator behavior, who make their livings in and around the primeval Everglades swamp. Those burgs do not incubate much in the way of gay life. Another of the burgs might in fact be the gayest place in the whole world — and if you’re not from here, you probably have never heard of it.

My parents moved to Florida in 1990, when I was 7 years old. Back then, the center of Florida’s licit gay life and nightlife was South Beach. (The illicit center, I’ve heard, was in the darker corners of Alice C. Wainwright Park, in the shadows of the seagrape and palm trees.) South Beach — the glittering, pastel-Deco apotheosis of Miami Beach flash, known ’round the world as the setting for so many excellent late-’90s music videos — had long been a prime destination for sin and decadence because of its weather and its distance from the respectable rest of America. South Beach is still full of debauched nightlife, much of it gay or lavender-tinged. But gentrification, which so often follows gayfolk to their ghettos, nudged much of the gay population out of Miami Beach in the 1990s.

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This Is the Gayest AND Most Trans Place in America

You logically guess that San Francisco, with its queer life centered around the Castro, is the gayest place in the United States. Or that the world below 14th street in rainbow flag-waving New York City is the most trans place in the 50 states.

But the gayest and most trans place in America is neither a city nor a state. It’s Washington, D.C

According to perhaps the most definitive study on such matters, Washington, D.C., has more LGBTQ residents by percentage of its total population than all other famously progressive U.S. territories, including California, Oregon or Hawaii.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that 10.8% of D.C. residents identify as LGBT in some way. That makes the District almost twice as gay, queer, bi, or lesbian as the next state or territory (Vermont at 5.8%) and almost three times the Institute’s estimated national average of 3.8%. A Gallup poll seems to support these findings. 

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