Travel Tips

Everything you need to gay up your vacation.

The Gay Guide to a Gay Ol’ Time at Walt Disney World

The happiest place on Earth can also be considered one of the gayest places on Earth. Especially after Tinkerbell sprinkles more fairy dust on the Magic Kingdom next week for Gay Days, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time to visit Micky and all of your favorite characters.

Running May 30 to June 5, Gay Days in Orlando is a great time to show your pride, party with other boys, and realize it is a small world after all. While not officially sanctioned, June 1 is the day to don your red shirt in any one of the Disney theme parks to show LGBTTQQIAAP solidarity.

If you are looking for a more immersive Disney experience, we recommend heading down to central Florida any time of the year since the theme park rolls out its pink carpet all year long. Check below for Disney must-sees.

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Five Things to do in New York City During Fleet Week

Ahoy there! Fleet Week is on the horizon, and we have some key events that keep you up close and personal with the thousands of sailors and marines let loose in New York City.

Coinciding with Memorial Day weekend, Fleet Week is an annual event in New York City, held since 1984 to celebrate, and honor, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. As you can imagine, this week has materialized into a huge party in which dress up, musical performances and an abundance of gay events take place to promote equality and diversity amongst a group that was traditionally at the center of homophobia. Fleet Week in New York City could not be more fun for the LGBTQ community, welcoming differences in everyone with open arms representing a culture of true liberty.

Usually timed around the end of May, this is the perfect event for gay travel if you are thinking of coming to New York. With so many events to choose from, it can be quite daunting if you aren’t an annual Fleet Week go-er, so we have listed the top five things to do.

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How to Find Your Culture With This Years Art Museum Day

The Getty Museum courtesy of LACVB

It seems like every day is new National <insert random food, activity, or movement> Day, so we can understand the eye roll that comes with reading this post.

However, today is Art Museum Day when the doors of many houses of art and culture swing open to welcome those seasoned art lovers and newbies looking to be awed and inspired by a new favorite piece of art.

We highly recommend that you pay a visit to your local museum today. Here are some thought-starters:

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Key West Pride to Celebrate Diversity in Paradise

Pageants, a cocktail competition and a parade featuring a segment of a 1.25-mile-long rainbow flag are among the attractions for visitors to Key West Pride 2017. The annual festivities, set for Wednesday through Sunday, June 7-11, celebrate diversity and equality in the southernmost city, a perennial favorite vacation destination for LGBT visitors.

The celebration also offers visitors a chance to experience Key West’s “One Human Family” atmosphere of inclusion and recognition that all people are created equal.

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Top Four Patriotic Cities for Memorial Day

To honor the nation’s fallen military men and women, Americans do what they do best: party. For some, Memorial Day means breaking out the BBQ grill and a box of sparklers. For others, it’s all about patriotic parades and concerts.

Here are four popular gay cities to have a patriotic experience this Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 29, 2017. As a bonus, listed are gay events happening that weekend so you can find the queer crowd.

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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate day-drinking (and Mexican culture). The day usually involves Mariachi music, colorful art, friendly faces, vivid decorations, parades and folkloric dancing all with tasty margaritas.

Well, if you think it can’t get better, plop into any Cinco de Mayo celebration in your local Gayborhood and you have an extra layer of rainbow and flamboyance with a potential of a glitter shower.

Check below on where to get cinco de drunko.

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The “Golden Girls” Miami Tour You Secretly Want to Do

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

The timeless Golden Girls are enjoying a popularity surge beyond the normal hum of adoration. You’ve probably started your GG binge on Hulu, which just began carrying all seven seasons, and at least one of your friends has posted the Rue La Rue Café on your Facebook timeline with a tempting “!!!”

While you’re on your Golden Girl kick, pay homage to Bea, Betty, Rue and Estelle with a trip to their show home, Miami. It has so much appeal.

Here’s where you can tap into your Golden obsession:

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Queer Film Festivals Across the USA

Now that awards season is over, you need to start picking your favorite films for 2017. You can do that and support your community by catching a Queer Film Festival in your hometown or better yet, travel to a new city to see one! Win-win.

Many have LGBT celebrity appearances and have the opportunity to find a new indie actor for your Mancrush Monday or share some emotions with your honey during a new queer tear-jerker.

Check below for some of the best Queer Film Festivals all over the country, arranged by date.

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Durham, A Different Side of North Carolina

Seven Stars Cycles photo courtesy of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB)

Remember when North Carolina passed a law limiting protections for LGBT people? Well, nobody told Durham. The Bull City is not only a liberal bohemia in a fairly conservative state, but it also has one of the most well-established LGBT scenes in the U.S.. Everything from the city’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival to NC Pride to decades old LGBT hangouts like The Bar, establishes Durham as a perfect LGBT destination, and, with hotel search trivago ranking it among the best “value destinations” in the U.S. for LGBTQ travelers, it’s also ideal for a cheap vacation.

So what all is there to do?

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Sports Leagues for Gays

Spring has finally fully sprung! Now, it’s time for you to put on those Under Armor shorts and hit the fields to play ball.

Whether you’re a novice or a few more practices away from heading to the Olympic trials, most cities have club leagues for all levels, even if you just want to be an athletic supporter. And if you’re like us, when you’re traveling it’s fun to just go watch the gays play — with picnic in tow.

Here is our round-up of the best queer-friendly sports leagues across the country. Keep in mind, some of these are just social teams, so regardless of interest, you can play kickball, volleyball, softball, flag football, bowling, or darts with like-minded folks. And hey, you have a strong chance of catching a trophy or at least a trophy husband. Win-win.

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