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FOR GAYS & LESBIANS
A gay-friendly vacation can mean a same-sex couple need not endure being quizzed at check-in about their request for a double bed. Or it can mean a resort that caters exclusively to gays and lesbians. Knowing this demographic is more likely than the overall US population to have a passport and actually use it, mainstream companies from Delta to DoubleTree have launched programs to attract these vacationers. “We’ve seen a huge increase in both gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly accommodations,” says J. Scott Coatsworth of the San Francisco-based website PurpleRoofs.com. “We’re closing in on 5,000 listings now — and they’re popping up in unexpected places, including China, India, Russia, Zambia, Kenya, and more.”
Small towns and more
You’d expect to find hotels catering to gay vacationers in Palm Springs and P-town. But how about Eureka Springs, Arkansas? In fact, this tiny Ozarks hamlet boasts a sizable gay community and the Magnetic Valley Resort (479-253-0200; magneticvalleyresort.com), a clothing-optional getaway for men. Also off the beaten track: New Hope, Pennsylvania, which marks its 10th annual Pride Week & Parade in May with a mile-long rainbow flag borrowed from sister city Key West. Stay and play at The Raven (215-862-2081; theravennewhope.com), a 10-room inn whose Oak Room bar offers male revues and a Lipstick Mondays drag show and where a Sunday afternoon Tea Dance is held on the deck. If an all-inclusive mega-resort is more your scene, Atlantis Events (800-628-5268; atlantisevents.com) has reserved Club Med Cancun for its gay and lesbian vacationers the last week in April.
New York may now have THE OUT NYC (212-947-2999; theoutnyc.com), the city’s first hotel catering to same-sex travelers, as well as established gay-friendly attractions, but Las Vegas is nipping at the Big Apple’s heels. This fall, Sin City saw its first Gay Days (888-942-9329; gaydays.com), a collection of parties and outings that has been held annually in Orlando for years. In December, an 80,000-square-foot disco called Krave Massive (702-836-0830; kravemassive.com) and touted as the world’s biggest gay nightclub should open in Las Vegas; it joins Drink & Drag (702-489-3724; drinkanddrag.com), a bowling alley staffed by drag queens that launched this year.
In February, Atlantis Events (800-628-5268; atlantisevents.com) will take over Royal Caribbean’s 3,700-passenger Independence of the Seas for an eight-night Caribbean cruise catering to gay men. Meanwhile, Olivia (800-631-6277; olivia.com) serves the female market, with two southern Caribbean trips in January and February marking its 40th anniversary.
The party/festival circuit can keep your calendar hopping. Around Thanksgiving is Miami’s long-running White Party Week (305-576-1234; whiteparty.org), offering pool parties, dances, and other events. Then head to the slopes in January for Aspen Gay Ski Week (866-564-8398; gayskiweek.com), featuring hot tub parties, costume races, and more. In February, go down under when Sydney’s Mardi Gras (mardigras.org.au) celebrates its 35th year with an entire month of festivities.
With a fifth of same-sex couples now braving parenthood, savvy vacation outlets are starting to cater to the kiddie crowd. New York-based trip operator R Family Vacations (917-522-0985; rfamilyvacations.com) organizes summer camp experiences at Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut, and Wonder Valley Ranch Resort in Sanger, California. Or, how about the Happiest Place on Earth? Though not sanctioned by Walt’s people, Gay Days (888-942-9329; gaydays.com) at Orlando’s Disney World is one of the country’s largest pride events, attracting more than 160,000 guests. It will be held May 28 to June 3 in 2013; expect to see a sea of participants’ red shirts at the Main Street USA parade and beyond.
BY THE NUMBERS
> Top US destinations for LGBT travelers
1. New York City
2. San Francisco
3. Las Vegas
That ringing isn’t just the sound of wedding bells since gay marriage became legal in New York — it’s also the sound of cash registers.
In the first year since gay marriage was passed into law in New York state, same-sex weddings have generated a $259 million economic bonanza for the city, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.
“Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free,” said the mayor outside the city’s Marriage Bureau.
“And it has done that while also creating jobs and supporting our economy. In other words, it’s a win for everybody.”
The City Clerk said 7,184 of the 75,000 couples issued marriage licenses between July 25, 2011, and July 16, 2012, identified themselves as same-sex; 58,136 registered as opposite-sex; and 9,809 did not specify.
Using data from a survey of the newlyweds, officials estimated that the actual number of same-sex couples was closer to 8,200.
NYC & Co., which commissioned the survey, said same-sex couples spent an average of $9,039 on each wedding and generated $259 million in economic activity as well as $16 million in tax revenues.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gay_matri_money_qQhKpnterCytpuTT15t30L#ixzz21vNFjtRD
Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta and New York City Clerk Michael McSweeney today announced that one year after the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act, same sex-marriages in New York City have generated an estimated $259 million in economic impact and $16 million in City revenues.
At least 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses were issued in the first year, accounting for more than 10 percent of the 75,000 marriage licenses issued in New York City since July 24 last year. The economic impact survey was conducted by NYC & Company and the City Clerk’s Office and found same-sex marriages generated significant additional revenue for New York City’s tourism industry with more than half of same-sex couples holding wedding celebrations in venues across the five boroughs. More than 200,000 guests traveled from outside of the City to same-sex marriage events and more than 235,000 hotel room nights were booked at an average daily room rate of $275. The announcement was made at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, where the Mayor and Speaker also were joined by Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry, and Nic Faitos, Senior Partner of Starbright Floral Design, a small business that has seen a rise in revenue the last year.
“Marriage equality has made our City more open, inclusive and free – and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “New York has always been a great place to get married and since the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, we’re welcoming more and more couples, their families and friends from around the country and the world.
The Marriage Equality Act was reaffirmed Friday, July 6th by the New York Supreme Court in by a unanimous 5 – 0 decision. It was a definitive blow to those who oppose equality and who now find themselves on the wrong side of history.
The decision came down from The Appellate Division of The Supreme Court in Rochester after a challenge by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an extreme Christian right wing fundamentalist group.
NYCF’s challenge was unusual in the way it attempted to craft its argument. Rather than claiming their individual rights were being encroached on by homosexual people being allowed to marry, which is the typical line of attack, they attempted to prove that a meeting between NY Governor Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, and various state senators was a violation of state law. NYCF’s attorneys claimed that because meetings were held in private it violated state laws that require meetings to be held in public.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are joining together against the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The two are planning to file an amicus brief in support of Edith Windsor’s ongoing DOMA challenge, according to the Advocate.
The pair made the announcement at the mayor’s LGBT Pride Month reception earlier this week. Bloomberg said of DOMA: “We believe that DOMA is unconstitutional because it deprives married gay New Yorkers of equal protection of the laws, and we are filing a brief to support the case against it.”
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — One by one, courts around the country are deciding it’s no longer slander to falsely call someone gay — a measure of how attitudes are changing in the era of same-sex marriage and gays in uniform.
While “gay” is still widely wielded as an insult, some judges have concluded that it is not damaging to anyone’s reputation, just as calling a white man black is no longer grounds for legal action as it was a generation ago. The latest ruling came from a midlevel New York state appeals court Thursday and was hailed by gay-rights activists as a small but meaningful victory.
New York State offers superlative homegrown accoutrements for joyous nuptial celebrations: champagne from the Finger Lakes region … ethical Herkimer diamonds from the Mohawk Valley for couples’ engagement rings … Niagara Falls–of course–for traditional honeymoons …. And now comes a native New York eau de parfum that celebrates our state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. I LOVE NEW YORK for Marriage Equality, as the scent is known, is the seventh collaboration between the I LOVE NEW YORK brand–a state agency–and Bond No. 9, the Manhattan-based perfumery specializing in New York-centric fragrances.
Soft and sensual, this modern-day woody-spicy, gender free scent opens with enticing gustatory notes–mandarin, nutmeg, plum, and cinnamon bark. These segue into a contemporary wedding-bouquet heart of classic rose and jasmine laced with ginger lily. Then, just as a great marriage gradually evolves over time, this one endures with deeper, rich forest base-notes–cashmere wood, sandalwood, and that seductive tree resin, amber.
Bond No. 9’s superstar bottle, rendered here in bridal white, displays the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK logo with the also-iconic gay rainbow on its heart–a speak-for-itself dual image that debuted in July of 2011 to celebrate New York State’s progressive spirit.
Gayest U.S. City: New York
Gayest International City: London
Best U.S. Gay Beach: Miami
Best International Gay Beach: Rio de Janeiro
Best U.S. Gay Resort: Palm Springs, Calif.
U.S. City With the Best Gay Festivals: San Francisco
International City With the Best Gay Festivals: Sydney
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