Tom Mulhall: Beat The Summer Heat: How To Celebrate Nude Recreation Week, July 9-15

I’ve heard many creative suggestions on how to stay cool this summer. You can dig up your back yard and create your own private mud bath. Or, put a fan in front of your freezer and have it blow on you. Speaking of freezers, chill a wet t-shirt, and wear it right before it freezes. Or put ice cubes in your pants pockets. The most interesting one yet is fill your bathtub with orange popsicles and get in. That way, besides cooling off, you’ll look like you got a sunless tan too.

However, there is one sound piece of advice that you should seriously consider. It comes from America’s experts on staying cool on these hot summer days. Nude sunbathers all say:

Take your clothes off and get NAKED!
While people are making plans for taking off on their summer vacations, this smart group of Americans will literally be taking off this summer. They’ll be taking off their clothes while on a fun nude vacation which are also called nakations.

Not a nudist? Always wanted to try skinny dipping, but didn’t know how to find a nice nudist resort? No problem. AANR, The American Association for Nude Recreation and TNS, The Naturist Society, celebrate an annual event every year. Created by The Naturist Society 37 years ago, it’s called Nude Recreation Week. This year it runs July 9-15.

via Tom Mulhall: Beat The Summer Heat: How To Celebrate Nude Recreation Week, July 9-15.

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PHOTOS: The 10 Best Gay Beaches In The World | GayCities Blog

If Pride has got you all worked up, there is good news, boys: shirtless season in the Northern Hemisphere has just begun!

So whether you look good in tank tops, mankinis or no clothes at all (brag about it), this is time to start planning your beach gaycation 2012. Get away to the nearest body of water, strip down and soak up the sun amid the topless hotties.

To make your search for the perfect beach town and perfect vacation easier and much more, well, visual, we’ve updated the GayCities annual list of the 10 best gay beaches with tons of fresh photos. Now you will never get lost in the dunes–unless you desire to.

via PHOTOS: The 10 Best Gay Beaches In The World | GayCities Blog.

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Maiden gay cruise to Muslim land hits Morocco snag | Reuters


RABAT (Reuters) – Organisers of an all-gay cruise on Saturday blamed Moroccan officials for the cancellation of what would have been the first visit of its kind to a Muslim country, but the tourism minister denied the ship was banned and said its passengers were welcome.

Cruise liner Holland America Line and trip organiser RSVP Vacations told the 2,100 holiday-makers aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam ship that the July 1 visit to Casablanca had been cancelled.

“Our port agent in Casablanca has advised us that authorities in Morocco have — despite previous confirmations — now denied our scheduled visit,” the two companies said in a letter tweeted to news organizations by passengers of the ship.

“For all of us, this is a very disappointing development,” they added. “It was ultimately the decision by local authorities in Morocco that has necessitated us to adjust our plans.”

The Casablanca visit was supposed to be the first and the only non-European leg of a week-long journey for the cruise liner, which sailed from Barcelona on Friday with mostly American and European passengers.

Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco.

“We don’t ban cruise ships here and we never ask our visitors about their sexual preferences,” he told Reuters. Asked if the MS Nieuw Amsterdam could still visit Morocco, he said: “They can if the organisers want to”.

Haddad is from the secular Popular Movement Party, a junior partner in Morocco’s ruling coalition led by moderate Islamists of the Justice and Development Party PJD.L.

PJD came to power in December, riding a regional wave of support for Islamist movements amid Arab revolts but saying it would not impose a strict moral code. The tourism sector accounts for 10 percent of Morocco’s GDP and 450,000 jobs.

The cruise ship’s visit had caught the attention of local media in this generally conservative society where the law deems same-gender sexual relationships “lewd or unnatural” and punishes them with six months to three years in jail. No political parties call for ending laws against homosexuality.

Morocco has an Islamic-inspired penal code that bans sex outside marriage and Moroccans buying alcohol, but authorities favour a tolerant brand of Islam in which young urban couples display affection in the street and locals often outnumber tourists in bars and night clubs.

That has partly helped Morocco to attract large numbers of tourists, especially from western Europe, providing much-needed foreign currency and jobs to an economy that lacks the oil riches of neighbouring states. (Reporting By Souhail Karam; Editing by Roger Atwood)

via Maiden gay cruise to Muslim land hits Morocco snag | Reuters.

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Pentagon to hold its first Gay Pride event –

Washington (CNN) — The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.

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“The Defense Department is planning an LGBT Pride Month event for later this month,” Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Laniez said in a statement issued Thursday.

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Gay Travel Curacao | What’s New In | Passport Magazine

The essence of what makes Curaçao so unique and wonderful is its postcard-perfect capital of Willemstad, its array of local/international dining, isolated beaches, and is reflexive gay-friendliness.

On the GLBT front, the Get Wet weekend, the year’s big gay/lesbian event, has undergone a major increase in visibility, and what began seven years ago as a little party on a boat has become eight days of fun, with revelers from the Caribbean and beyond. While not geared toward the tourists like such events often are, Get Wet is attracting more and more of them, while maintaining its very Curaçaoan flair.

“Like a little village that grows into a city,” remarks Jared Sprock of Gay Plasa, the local GLBT group that organizes Get Wet, “it maintains its local core.” Get Wet, held in late September/early October, is now a series of events, from dance gatherings, meet-and-greet evenings, and films at the local help center Pink House to the famous Madame Janette party.

via Gay Travel Curacao | What’s New In | Passport Magazine.

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Gay Days weekend 2012 booms with capacity crowds

Gay Days 2012 was the event’s biggest year yet, with organizers and partners reporting record-breaking attendance and sales numbers.

“Our host hotel sold out two weeks earlier than last year and attendance at all of our events was up,” said Chris Manley, who is the co-owner of Gay Days along with his partner, Tommy. The Gay Days host hotel was the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld, which has 1,000 rooms. Manley said the hotel reserved 900 rooms for Gay Days visitors but because they sold out so quickly, they were able to secure an extra 50.

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“This is our third year with Doubletree and we’ve signed another three-year contract,” Manley said. “We’re their largest client and I think that finally reached up to Hilton, which owns Doubletree, so [Hilton] came on as a sponsor this year.”

Manley reported that they sold all 120 available spaces at the Gay Days Expo and those vendors reported bigger sales than previous years. The Expo is held on the ground floor of the Doubletree Hotel, but Manley said they also sell vendor spaces outdoors and in the women’s wing, and both locations had four times the number of vendors as last year. He said this is the first year they offered vendor space in the Bear wing, as well.

“I think the economy is improving little by little,” Manley said. “The power of our marketing we do around the country and around the world gets the message out to more and more people.”

via Gay Days weekend 2012 booms with capacity crowds.

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There’s plenty of new ways to experience Las Vegas this summer! | Gay Travel Las Vegas | Passport Magazine

There’s always a new experience awaiting you in Las Vegas, so come see Vegas like you never have before!

Start with an intimate evening at SHARE. Spanning two floors, the newest gay club in Las Vegas features an ultra modern and hip nightclub with a unique dance floor encased by couches, tables and cabanas. Upstairs, enjoy the SHARE Ultra Lounge and bar with open seating or VIP private rooms.

For some outrageous fun, head downtown and check out the new Drink & Drag. From the creators of Krave, Drink & Drag is staffed by drag queens and offers fun play lounge entertainment, including 12 lanes of bowling, pool tables, dart boards, a VIP area and an appetizing bar menu.

Temptation is back!

Pool season is here! Give in to Temptation every Sunday – the weekly LGBT pool party at Luxor hosted by J. Son! Temptation features themed weekly events complete with cool drink specials and more. There’s something unique every week!

via There’s plenty of new ways to experience Las Vegas this summer! | Gay Travel Las Vegas | Passport Magazine.

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Gay Pride 2012: 18 Surprising Facts

Did you know that the Mafia owned the Stonewall Inn when the famous riots took place in 1969? Or that there were originally eight stripes on the Rainbow Flag, not just the current six?

While you might consider yourself a veteran Pride partier, there are plenty of interesting tidbits surrounding the Pride movement that you might not know.

Before you hit the parade route this June, educate yourself with our slideshow of 18 LGBT Pride facts below.

And be sure to keep up-to-date with our ongoing Pride 2012 coverage

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Gay Days 2012: Orlando’s visitors bureau making more of an effort to reach gay travelers – Orlando Sentinel

Tens of thousands of visitors are in Central Florida this week for one of the biggest annual events on the gay community’s nationwide travel calendar, yetOrlando’s primary visitors bureau had little to do with their presence here.

After years of ignoring gay and lesbian travelers, however, Visit Orlando is starting to make more of an effort — some say an overdue effort — to promote the nation’s leading leisure-travel destination to this niche market.

For the first time in its history, the publicly subsidized convention-and-visitors bureau has a page on its website targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors. It is working with a gay-oriented marketing agency to attract more German tourists, and it recently spent $3,500 on a national print advertisement aimed at the LGBT market, in cooperation with other tourism-promotion groups.

“We have continued to grow our presence in that market,” said Danielle Courtenay, Visit Orlando’s chief marketing officer. “It is certainly a market out there that Orlando can continue to benefit from.”

Still, Visit Orlando doesn’t do nearly as much as many other destinations do to woo LGBT travelers, known for their above-average disposable income and propensity for travel.

via Gay Days 2012: Orlando’s visitors bureau making more of an effort to reach gay travelers – Orlando Sentinel.

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Key West Pride showcases ‘One Human Family’ –

Key West Pride, a five-day festival with films, late-night dance parties, a community-wide parade and street fair opens Wednesday, June 6.Erin Davies, the subject of a documentary “Fagbug: The Movie,” will be the kickoff speaker at the Pride luncheon, noon, June 6 at the Marriott Beachside.Co-sponsored by the Key West High School Gay Straight Alliance, Davies will also be the grand marshal for this year’s Key West Pride Parade, Sunday, June 10.

Tickets to the luncheon are available at, comic and film star Leslie Jordan will headline two performances June 8-9 at the Waterfront Playhouse.Jordon, perhaps best known for his comic turns on “Sordid Lives” and his appearances on the television series “Will and Grace,” is also a playwright and author (“My Trip Down the Pink Carpet”).”If Leslie Jordan didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him,” wrote Variety’s reviewer, who described the acting veteran as “this irrepressible, garrulous Chattanooga pixie who got through a Southern Baptist childhood and stirrings of Gay Lib and lived triumphantly to tell the tale.”Jordan explores the question “Do gay men become their mothers?” through comic yet poignant recollections. Tickets for his one-man show, “Fruit Fly,” cost $45. For more information, visit: www.wate

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