Thinking about moving? Is one criteria a decent-sized LGBT community? If so, you might want to consider heading to Fort Lauderdale. The Floridian city has the biggest growing gay and lesbian population in the US between 2000 and 2010. I’ve visited Fort Lauderdale and I can understand why people are migrating there. It’s gorgeous, sunny and has a vibrant gay community, plus, it’s close to Miami.
If you’re wondering how the city beat out major metropolises such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, there are a couple of theories. One is a cheaper housing market and the other is proximity to another major LGBT-friendly city. That line of thinking explains how Portland and Long Beach landed in the Top 3. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
The annual main event, Broadway Bares 23: The United Strips of America, isn’t until June 23, but the boys gave a little preview last week at XL Nightclub in NYC. Broadway Bares: Solo Strips sees a dozen chorus boys from Broadway’s hottest shows to perform scorching hot solo routines. A few of the men featured include Matt Anctil (La Cage Aux Folles), Patrick Boyd (Grease), Peter Nelson (Cinderella), Matthew Rossoff (Jesus Christ Superstar), Dennis Stowe (Annie) and Sheldon Tucker (Bring It On: The Musical). About $13,177 was raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway Bares: Solo Strips is a sexy tease for Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events. This year’s racy, road trip-themed edition, Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America, will feature 200 of New York’s most desirable dancers discovering — and uncovering — amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares could find. Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America will be held Sunday, June 23 with two performances only at 9:30 pm & midnight at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Check out the highlights from the Solo Strips show below.
The third season of the hottest summer event in Las Vegas is back. Heaven returns and has a brand new home- Hard Rock Hotel’s Breathe Pool Lounge. If you’ve experienced it before, I’m sure you’re excited.
The new Friday night hot spot has an amazing lineup of DJ’s, the hottest dancers, and special performances you won’t see anywhere else in Sin City. If I didn’t have major family and friend obligations this weekend, I would’ve definitely booked a weekend party getaway. If you’re in the area this weekend or any of the following ones, be sure to check it out. For guest list and specials text VEGAS to 88202. VIP Reservations 702.677.1740.
I simply had to share the news with you. Not only because I love Vegas (I really do) but it’s being put on by one of my favorite party promoters, Eduardo Cordova. The guy knows how to stage an event.
White Party Palm Springs 2013 was everything we wanted. Period.
Patrick and I attended WPPS (as the “kids” in the know quickly informed me is what White Party Palm Springs is referred to as) over this past Easter long weekend and barely survived we had that much fun. Stepping from 55 Fahrenheit and overcast in Vancouver to blue skies and 85-90 degrees in beautiful Palm Springs, California, we knew things were on track the second we got off our plane. Patrick had been working his contacts and even I got into the mix setting up meet and greets, interview and events for our 5 day trip and the payoff was one hell of a time. WPPS is an annual event that takes place in the desert town of Palm Springs and attracts tens of thousands of gay men (sorry ladies, while you’re certainly allowed you will by FAR be in the minority) with its promise of perfect weather, lavish events and exciting performances: and this year had them all in spades. We took our time getting in a day early and staying a day late to fully prepare and decompress after the bang out weekend and boy were our bodies and minds happier for it. No matter what the liver damage or how many shirts we sweat through- it was worth it.
While I won’t give away the details of the performances before the click through- yes, you’re going to have to actually read my review to get to the highs and see the Avicii “I Could Be the One” music video remake that Patrick has been diligently working at this past week of filming to prepare for- I will mention the bigger names and sights to wet your appetite. I had my arms around a 9 foot tall draggin’ Willam who took one look at my Harley Davidson shirt and said: “Bitch, you a queen- you ain’t go no Haaaaarley!”; Patrick is currently sporting a profile picture with the new love of his life Carmen Electra; I may have offered to sleep with Icona Pop‘s impossibly beautiful Aino Jawo; and, Patrick has discovered the newest and greatest thing to come out of the LA music scene. And, that was only the beginning…
Well I woke up an absolute gem this morning thanks to the Denny’s Lounge in Nampa, but woke up nonetheless, which is really what matters. We knew we had a short five and a half hour drive today and still managed to get some food and coffee in our guts before taking off at the prime time of 10:00am.
I will say this much: the road signs that say “Scenic Idaho” are lying a whole lot, but with a lot of flat, dry land behind us we arrived alive and well surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains in Utah at 3:30 in the afternoon, to check into the gorgeous Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Salt Lake, close to every theatre, shopping, and city attraction you would look for.
So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been back from Buenos Aires, Argentina and I am missing the amazing weather & wearing summer clothing. The trip in summary was fun, filled with sight seeing, eating, shopping & some night life. There were lots of great things about Buenos Aires but there were also some things that were a bit annoying.
Food was very affordable and amazing. I could not get enough of the empanadas! Argentina is known for their beef and there was no shortage of that. Everyone you turn is a parilla serving various amazing cuts of meat cooked on the grill. Palermo Hollywood has the best assortment of restaurants. Be careful though, specially if you have a sensitive stomach, the organisms in the food may upset your digestive system.
Since 1970, the Spartacus International Gay Guide has given the low down on popular travel destinations. Instead of just focusing on nightlife, their index covers local laws relating to gay marriage, death penalty for homosexuals, HIV travel restrictions and more. All in all, there are 14 categories the publication considers to determine the LGBT friendliness of all 138 destinations they cover.
Coming in at the top slot is Sweden. The land of IKEA scored well for its anti-discrimination laws, gay unions and marketing specifically aimed at the LGBT community. Most of the Top 10 is comprised of European countries. The only exceptions are Canada and Uruguay which placed sixth and ninth respectively.
For our American readers, you didn’t fare very well. The United States landed in the middle of the pack at No. 38- tied with Aruba, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Curacao, Hungary, Italy, Mexico and Thailand. Anti-gay laws and lack of marriage equality in several parts of the country contributed to its low ranking. At the very bottom of the list is Iran which probably isn’t a surprise to most of you. Check out the Top 10 and Bottom 10 below.
This past weekend, a bunch of the Homorazzi crew headed up to Whistler, B.C. for our annual adventure at WinterPRIDE. This was the 21st Annual WinterPRIDE and was as always was a ton of fun.
Skiing & snowboarding during the day, attending to the daily apres events that follow, and finishing off each night with one or more of the many insanely fun parties that were put on was how we spent our time. Whether making a splash at the pool party, meeting the new Mr. Gay Canada (from Saskatchewan), chatting with porn star Brent Everett, or dancing up a (snow)storm on the dancefloor, good times were had by all. It was so awesome to spend time with friends and also meet so many of our readers from all over the world!
Check out the video montage of our experience this year, as well as our album of photos from the events. We’ve also included our videos from the last two years as well… just in case you aren’t convinced that you should be there next year. Enjoy!