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TRAVEL Las Vegas: Something old, a lot that's new - "Welcome to the city of Lost Wages." These were the words from a flight attendant during a recent excursion to Las Vegas, Nevada. However, this statement was also an anachronism of sorts—as Vegas now has a whole lot more to offer than gambling ( despite the numerous opportunities throughout the city ). And there's probably no better place to start ...


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Breaking out of the same ol' NYC routine - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Do you find that when you travel to New York City that you go to familiar places and maybe do the same old thing? I visit NYC several times a month for business. I realized that it is time to break away from my familiar routines and try new things in one of the world's greatest cities. Just in time ...


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DIVERSIONS: TILT at 360 Chicago; ROOF Sundays at theWit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - First, let me state that I have a genuine fear of heights—or, as I sometimes say, falling from heights. However, I have been pushing boundaries recently, including a three-hour zip-lining tour in Ohio last year that included a short walk across a rope bridge. So when I heard about TILT at 360 Chicago—an enclosed glass-and-steel moveable platform that puts up ...


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Sand Blast, other fun events in Atlantic City this summer - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am an Atlantic City ( AC ) insider. I work for the Atlantic City Alliance, so I am an AC expert of sorts, which makes this column perfect for those interested in AC this summer. Our big news is that Sand Blast, the popular LGBT beach dance event, is debuting in Atlantic City this July. Events are planned throughout ...


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South Dakota: Go where the buffalo roam - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ever wonder where the name South Dakota comes from? The state was named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, and is still a part of the Midwest. Downtown Rapid City is a unique place to visit. First of all, there are statues of all the presidents on each street corner. Pick your favorite one and make it ...


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Travel expo showcases LGBT-friendly destinations - About 40 vendors participated in the Chicago LGBT travel expo produced by Steven Levenberg Productions at the Center on Halsted May 4. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Travel-expo-showcases-LGBT-friendly-destinations/47326.html . "I've been producing special events for the LGBT community for about 20 years and have produced these travel expos for a number of years," CEO Steven Levenberg told Windy City Times. ...


Ptown-to-celebrate-marriage-equality-in-May

P'town to celebrate marriage equality in May - The gay mecca of Provincetown, Mass., will commemorate 10 years of marriage equality with a number of celebrations throughout the month of May. People will be able to, among other things, join one of the couples that filed for a same-sex marriage license in Provincetown in 2004 as they renew their vows on their 10th anniversary on May 17; or ...


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TRAVEL Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. By Pamela Sitmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The five-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly reinvented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risque" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


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IPW's 'pow wow' has Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Powered by U.S. Travel, the IPW kicked off its annual roaming event on April 6 at Cinespace Film Studio in Chicago this year. A massive amount of attendees estimated at over 6,000 dined on Blue Plate buffets along with over 20 local restaurants represented in sampling booths around the space such as Zed 451, Joe's Seafood, and Adobo Grill. Broadway ...


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Atlantic City reps unveil 'Do AC' campaign - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 2 at the River North spot SUB 51, The Atlantic City Alliance ( ACA ) unveiled its "Do AC" campaign for media reps at an event that included everything from "Liza Minnelli" and "Lady Gaga" performers to a meal that featured sushi, salads, mini-cheeseburgers and desserts. Among those in attendance was the city's out gay Republican mayor, Don ...


TRAVEL-Say-hola-to-Madrid

TRAVEL Say 'hola' to Madrid - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madrid is elegant. It's visually stunning and walkable European city with a royal palace, impressive architecture and inspiring art collections. Madrid is a big, vibrant and sexy. The charming gay neighborhood is Chueca, in the heart of downtown Madrid located just off the Gran Via, Madrid's grand street with government buildings and major European retailers. Stop at Mama Ines, the ...


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Guesthouse Hotel features apartment living, local atmosphere - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Imagine staying at a hotel that looks like an apartment. That's what people find at The Guesthouse Hotel located on Clark Street in Uptown/Andersonville. Originally conceived as luxury condos in 2008, The Guesthouse Hotel morphed into a vacation rental property and is in the process of transforming into a boutique hotel. That construction will be complete this summer. When asked ...


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TRAVEL Hawaii: Big island, big fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Hawaii is the biggest—and the youngest—of the Hawaiian Islands. The climate on this island ranges from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts to snow capped mountains to stunning black sand beaches. You will need many days on this island to get the full experience, so don't rush and don't stay too long in the hotel. You can choose to fly ...


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Ft. Lauderdale brings 'Sunny' campaign to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - On Feb. 19, the Greater Fort Lauderdale ( Fla. ) Convention & Visitors Bureau gave winter-weary Chicagoans a boost by bringing a beach-chic vibe to Chicago—specifically, 401 N. Michigan Ave., near Tribune Tower. The one-day "Beach Looks Good on You" event featured items such as bathing suit-clad models, a lifeguard stand, vending machines with "Hello Sunny" shades, and Chicago Blackhawks ...


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TRAVEL One couple's adventures in progressive Stockholm - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 20, 2013 at 7:50 a.m., my wife ( Stephanie Brusig ) and I arrived to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in the heart of Scandinavia for a whirlwind weekend. The overnight journey on Scandinavian Airlines ( SAS ) could not have been more quaint and comfortable. Time seemed to float by effortlessly while we caught up on movies we had ...


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TRAVEL Super Bowl meets Broadway - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by JEFF GUARACINO - The Super Bowl kicks off in New Jersey and close to New York City on Sunday, Feb. 2. More than 1 billon people will tune in to the see the Super Bowl. Don't have tickets to the game? New York will be hosting dozens of parties at city bars, hotels and restaurants. There is a series of official weeklong events ...


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The 15 gayest cities; Connecticut's pro-trans move - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Advocate has compiled its list of the United States' 15 gayest cities. Among the municipalities listed are Pittsburgh; Orlando, Fla.; Arlington, Va.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Atlanta, Ga.; and Seattle, with Washington, D.C., taking the top spot. Despite Out Traveler voting Chicago's Boystown as the "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood," the city didn't make this list. As mentioned, Chicago's Boystown was ...


-Cancun-resort-hits-the-pleasure-spot-

Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Pamela Dittmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The 5-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly re-invented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risqué" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


Boystown-wins-tops-in-gay-neighborhoods

Boystown wins tops in gay neighborhoods - Out Traveler has named Chicago's Boystown area as top "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood" in an annual rating by the magazine. The runner-up is The Mission in San Francisco. Here is what Out Traveler noted about Boystown, which is centered around Halsted between Belmont and Waveland: "Are you surprised? Chicago's sizeable and friendly LGBT neighborhood, referred to as'Boystown' ( and sometimes 'Wrigleyville' ...


Update-Out-Chicago-Hotel-still-in-the-works

Update: Out Chicago Hotel still "in the works" - There has been little news recently on the Out Chicago hotel project, proposed in 2013 for Halsted Street, but the developer said Jan. 2 that the Lakeview project is still on the table for now. When reached for comment on the project's status, Ian Reisner of NYC-based Parkview Developers said he was traveling but that the project was "still in ...


The-peaks-of-visiting-Switzerland

The peaks of visiting Switzerland - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Switzerland is a land divided, which makes traveling to various regions of it essential to truly experience a marvelous country. [Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2013-12-31&AGALLERY=SwitzerlandJerryNunn .] Among the countries that border it are Germany, France and Italy, along with Austria and Liechtenstein. These bordering countries influence the local dialect, with many speaking Italian, French, German and Romansh, which is ...


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RSVP cruises with new energy, more women and less cost - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jeff Guaracino - Since 1985, more than 100,000 guests have discovered RSVP Vacations. Now owned by Atlantis Events—among the best brand names in gay vacations—RSVP Vacations has a new president: Randel Roper. Formerly of Starwood Hotels, Roper brings a new energy to RSVP. RSVP is drawing a diverse group of passengers aboard their trips. According to Roper, women are now 10 percent of ...


TRAVEL-Cleveland-does-indeed-rock-as-Gay-Games-approaches-

TRAVEL Cleveland does, indeed, rock, as Gay Games approaches - Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, will be ready for Gay Games 9 next August. That was the message delivered during a recent media trip to Cleveland that highlighted spots where Gay Games activities will take place—and that featured venues that show the cultural aspects of the city. Seeing the sites One of Cleveland's cultural highlights is PlayhouseSquare ( 1501 Euclid ...


TRAVEL-March-on-Springfield-For-Marriage-Equality

TRAVEL: March on Springfield For Marriage Equality - Nightspots friend Dougie Collins loaded up his gAy List bus and rolled on down to the state capital for the March on Springfield For Marriage Equality, Tues., Oct. 22. Nearly 50 folks ( on just this bus alone ) made the 3.5 hour trip and joined an estimated crowd of 5,000 to rally for equal marriage on the first day ...


MOMBIAN-Travelers-tales

MOMBIAN Travelers' tales - My 10-year-old son loves to travel. I'm not sure how my spouse and I got so lucky. Perhaps it was that we started early, with a trip from the East to the West Coast to visit in-laws when he was only five weeks old. Perhaps it's our own love of travel and the excitement we try to convey—or his innate ...


Where-Is-Your-Pride

Where Is Your Pride? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto, Ontario, is gearing up for World Pride from June 20 to 29 in 2014. To get things cooking, I took a trip there for this past Pride to taste a sampling of what the area has to offer. The good news is our sister city has a events and places that rival our celebrations that week. Only a little ...


Same-sex-weddings-and-honeymoons-boon-to-travel-industry

Same-sex weddings and honeymoons boon to travel industry - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jeff Guaracino - With 13 states in the United States ( as well as the District of Columbia ) now with legalized same-sex marriage, there are more and more choices for same-sex couples to choose for destination weddings and honeymoons. In the first year since same-sex weddings became legal in New York, NYC & Co found that more than 8,100 same-sex licenses were ...


International-Gay-Lesbian-Travel-group-to-convene-in-Africa

International Gay, Lesbian Travel group to convene in Africa - From a press release - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ( 8 October, 2013 )—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will host its 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. This marks the first time IGLTA will hold its premier educational and networking conference in an African country in its 30-year history. Convention bids were evaluated during the association's 4-5 October board ...


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Orbitz gay photo contest winners announced - Jeff Marsh received a phone call from his brother-in-law, a cruise travel agent in Atlanta, one day in 2000. Marsh was told that the airlines were coming together to form a new company, called Orbitz, that hopefully would revolutionize the online travel space. Marsh ultimately joined that upstart company in October, 2000, as the first marketing hire after the vice-president ...


Living-legend-still-performing-at-82

Living legend still performing at 82 - TRAVEL: PORTLAND Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - PORTLAND, Ore.—Darcelle is ready to go on stage, to entertain as only she can: a mix of humor, wit and wisdom. She look divine, as always: her hair, makeup, jewelry and dress look sparking. Truly, a diva. But under it all, Walter Cole is nervous. "Every audience is different; every night is different. I might do the same routine, but ...


Underrated-Portland-Gay-friendly-and-fun

Underrated Portland: Gay-friendly and fun - TRAVEL: PORTLAND Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - PORTLAND, Ore.—One of the biggest, most common questions around here is "Ducks or beavers?" This means, "Do you support and cheer for the University of Oregon Ducks or the Oregon State University Beavers?" "Even if people here didn't go to one of those two schools, they will form an allegiance, for whatever reason," said Bob Baskette, tourism coordinator for Travel ...


Jupiter-Hotel-Breaking-the-mold

Jupiter Hotel: Breaking the mold - TRAVEL: PORTLAND Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - PORTLAND, Ore.—The Jupiter Hotel still has that vintage, two-story motel look and feel, sort of a Travelodge circa 1990. But walk into the lobby or any room here at the Jupiter and you'll instantly break away from the old and outdated, into the trendy, contemporary, artsy property, run by management—including gay general manager Al Munguia—that certainly carries a think-outside-the-box attitude. ...


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TRAVEL Frau do you do?: Flying directly to Germany - There are so many places to visit in Germany. While Berlin is a must-stop, of course, cities like Dresden, Aachen, Cologne and Dusseldorf have their own unique personalities as well. This is the really time to visit this European destination from the Windy City. There are now nonstop flights offered from Chicago on Germany's second largest airline, airberlin. Without a ...


Door-County-plans-Commit-with-Pride-weekend-in-September

Door County plans "Commit with Pride" weekend in September - From a press release - June 7, 2013. The autumn colors in Door County will be even brighter this fall during the inaugural "Commit with Pride" weekend celebration, scheduled for September 20-22. The centerpiece for Commit with Pride weekend festivities is a special waterfront commitment ceremony on Saturday afternoon Sept. 21 that will provide the perfect opportunity for partnered couples to show their love and ...


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TRAVEL Mixing business with pleasure - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Great trip ideas can come from travel columns like this one, from your favorite travel magazine or recommendations from friends and family. Business travel—if planned correctly—can be a perfect time to research your next pleasure trip. Yes, I know we are always in a rush to get to that next meeting, answer that pesky text or resolve the work emergency, ...


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History of LGBT travel presentation featured at IGLTA convention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Gay Travel/Gay Rights: A 50 Year History/A Bright Future" was among a number of educational sessions featured at the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) convention at the Hyatt Regency Chicago May 4. About 20 people gathered to hear Billy Kolber, founder of Man About World magazine, speak about the last 50 years of LGBT specific travel opportunities and ...


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Travel Association at Center on Halsted - As part of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's (ILGTA) 30th annual global convention, which took place last week in Chicago, a contingent from Pernambuco, Brazil, gives a presentation at Center on Halsted in hopes of bringing the a future convention to their city. See Kate Sosin and Tracy Baim's write-up on the convention here: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/International-LGBT-travel-confab-in-Chicago/42669.html . Photo by ...


International-LGBT-travel-confab-in-Chicago

International LGBT travel confab in Chicago - Celebrating its 30th year, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) convention was held in Chicago May 1-4. Hundreds of delegates from more than 20 countries attended workshops, celebratory events and expos at the Hyatt and Center on Halsted. At a May 1 opening press event at Willis Tower, speakers connected the growth of LGBT travel to advances for ...


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IGLTA: Celebrating three decades - TRAVEL - At the inaugural convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) in 1983, there were about 25 attendees, as the organization featured a group of gay guest house owners and travel agents who were helping each other with their clients, booking gay travel, and more. Flash-forward 30 years. The IGLTA's annual Global Convention comes to Chicago for the ...


Ohio-Land-of-Adventure-

Ohio: Land of ... Adventure! - TRAVEL - I'll be the first to admit it: I underestimated Ohio—again. Two years ago, I visited Columbus—not knowing what to expect—and was stunned by several aspects, including just how LGBT-friendly the city was. (I still remember the stat that LGBTs make up 10 percent of the city's population and control 20 percent of the economy.) However, this trip was a bit ...


Say-Si-to-Puerto-Vallarta-

Say Si to Puerto Vallarta - TRAVEL - Known as a resort city, Puerto Vallarta is located near the Pacific Ocean in Mexico and is the sixth largest city in the state of Jalisco. It makes a worthy tourist destination with direct flights from Chicago on airlines like AeroMexico. Keep in mind carry-on luggage has to be checked because the cabin space is limited and small. The valet ...


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IGLTA confab opens in Chicago - Celebrating its 30th year, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) convention opened in Chicago May 1. The conference, which will bring in attendees from more than 20 countries, runs through May 4 at the Hyatt. At a May 1 opening press event at Willis Tower, speakers connected the growth of LGBT travel to advances for LGBT rights. The ...


-Chicago-GLBT-Travel-Expo-May-3

Chicago GLBT Travel Expo May 3 - From a press release - The Chicago expo will be held in conjunction with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association's (IGLTA) 30th Annual Global Convention ( http://www.iglta.org ). More than 100 exhibitors are expected to be present from across the world in Chicago. Already, commitments have been made from exhibitors representing various regions in the U.S. as well as companies from Central and South ...


-Travel-group-to-mark-30th-anniv-in-Chicago

Travel group to mark 30th anniv. in Chicago - The 30th anniversary of the annual global convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will take place in Chicago May 2-4. Among the events slated are breakout sessions, an opening party (at the Field Museum), networking luncheons and an awards ceremony. Breakouts will include "Gay Travel/Gay Rights: A 30 Year History/A Bright Future" and "Marking your territory ...


Break-away-to-San-Diego

Break away to San Diego - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the seasons change in Chicago, sometimes it is just nice to get away to a place where temperatures are more consistent. San Diego offers sun and tons of fun to the West Coast visitor. California runs the gamut, from having kooky people to the snobby rich Hollywood elite—but this region seemed to have none of that. There was a ...


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March 23 event to help Sidetrack owners bring aide to Cuba - On Saturday, March 23, Johnston and Pena are co-hosts for Havana In Chicago, a four-hour fundraiser for First Hand Aid, starting at 4 p.m. The event will feature Cuban food from Paladar and Cuban music from Grupo Zye, winner of the 2012 Jammie Award (Best Jazz Album), plus door prizes and a silent auction. Advance tickets are $50 and organizers ...


A-Trip-to-Wilton-Manors-and-Stonewall-Museum

A Trip to Wilton Manors and Stonewall Museum - Wilton Manors is a 1.94-square-mile gay resort/retirement village in what Wikipedia calls the "Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area." I recently visited friends there, to look at the price of property, and to escape, albeit briefly, the Chicago winter. The price you pay for living in this Midwestern metropolis—in my opinion, Chicago is the most vibrant and beautiful city in ...


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IKEA Thailand apologizes; Vatican denies rumors - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - IKEA Thailand has apologized to Thai Transgender Alliance for "the unintended offense" that an advertisement featuring a transgender person caused, according to Gay Star News. The ad, shown on Bangkok's BTS Skytrain system and YouTube, features a transgender woman who is so shocked by a sale item she speaks in a masculine voice—causing the man she is with to run ...


Three-perfect-gay-days-in-Rome

Three perfect gay days in Rome - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Jeff Guaracino - Rome for the weekend? You bet! With the pope's stunning announcement of his retirement and with spring upon us, now is an exciting time for a quick weekend escape to the Eternal City. Here are my three tips for your three perfect days in Rome. 1. Plan ahead of time Of course, you can't see all of Rome in ...


IGLTA-30th-tourism-confab-in-Chicago-May-2-4

IGLTA 30th tourism confab in Chicago May 2-4 - The 30th anniversary of the annual global convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will take place in Chicago May 2-4. Among the events slated are breakout sessions, an opening party (at the Field Museum), networking luncheons and an awards ceremony. Breakouts will include "Gay Travel/Gay Rights: A 30 Year History/A Bright Future" and "Marking your territory ...


Some-LGBT-businesses-make-FourSquare-tops-list

Some LGBT businesses make FourSquare tops list - From a news release - Foursquare has crunched more than 3 billion check-ins and tens of millions of tips to create 'best of' guides for cities across the U.S. based on insights from the millions of people who actually were there. The Best of Foursquare celebrates the places people love most from burger joints and cocktail bars to museums and music venues. For example, The ...


Thailand-The-Land-of-Smiles-earns-its-rep

Thailand, 'The Land of Smiles,' earns its rep - TRAVEL by Kelsy Chauvin - There are clear universal truths about the Thai experience. Thailand is hot—very hot. In Thailand, it's easy to get used to paying just $1 to a street vendor for the best pad Thai ever. The massages are intense, incredibly inexpensive and never get old. And above all, the country is one of the world's friendliest places—proudly demonstrating its nickname "The ...


Destination-of-the-year-Key-West-Fla

Destination of the year: Key West, Fla. - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Jeff Guaracino - After all of these years and after so many destinations have "come out" as gay-friendly, Key West retains the title of the quintessential LGBT travel experience. Key West is simply fabulous—an island utopia that welcomes everyone and a destination where a bicycle and a sarong are all that you could need for a week of relaxation. To understand why Key ...


So-much-more-to-do-at-Out-NYC

So much more to do at Out NYC - TRAVEL/DINING Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Out NYC Hotel is still brand new to New York's Hell Kitchen. At less than a year old, the hotel is gaining ground at craving out a distinct personality among the crowded New York City hotel scene. Since its grand debut in March, the city's first straight-friendly urban resort is offering new amenities to complete your LGBT getaway to ...


TRAVEL-Vacationing-in-Vermont

TRAVEL Vacationing in Vermont - Vermont may be known for being the leading producer of maple syrup, but there is a lot more going on around there than watching tree sap drip. Lying in the New England region, The Green Mountain State is centrally located for tourism and travel. The state is so acclimated to the LGBT community that every bar has the possibility to ...


Atlantic-City-From-massages-to-Madonna

Atlantic City: From massages to Madonna - TRAVEL - Las Vegas and Atlantic City, N.J., are in the midst of necessary transitions. They're necessary because—well, let's face it—people don't need to go to these cities whose reputations were once built on gambling in order to get their dice on. Casinos have seemingly sprung up in multiple places overnight. Even in Illinois, there are 16 casinos (according to the World ...


On-the-Queen-Mary-2-An-essential-lifetime-trip

On the Queen Mary 2: An essential lifetime trip - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is a voyage, not a cruise. She is an ocean liner, not a cruise ship. Cunard ships draws international world travelers, not tourists. You know what to expect on a cruise, but Cunard is not a cruise company. These are just a few of the many differences that you will find ...


News-on-the-gay-travel-front

News on the gay travel front - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jeff Guaracino - Next year, Chicago will be host to the 30th anniversary convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). Hundreds of people from around the world will convene in Chicago to network, share ideas and to learn about the still rapidly changing world of LGBT travel. The world was a much different place three decades ago. Hotels didn't offer ...


TRAVEL-Mexico-City-One-dia-at-a-time

TRAVEL Mexico City: One dia at a time - El dia numero uno: The first day actually began en la noche as I departed to O'Hare for my 1 a.m. flight on Aeromexico. I was initially apprehensive about the flight's timing, until I realized—night owl that I tend to be—that getting there so early would afford me an entire day of leisure. And never has a complimentary cocktail on ...


Diana-Nyad-on-Olivia-Cruise

Diana Nyad on Olivia Cruise - From a news release - San Francisco, Calif., August 28, 2012 — Despite dangers from poisonous jellyfish stings, dehydration and storm squalls that pulled her miles off course, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad held firm in her resolve to complete a 103-mile open water swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. Her mental toughness to overcome these intense obstacles lasted for a record-breaking 51 hours ...


Wilde-Travels-offers-unique-options-for-LGBT-individuals

Wilde Travels offers unique options for LGBT individuals - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the former North American marketing manager for the Kenya Tourist Board, Jacob Marek spent a lot of time traveling in the very conservative country. "I couldn't help but think how fantastic it would be to take an unforgettable safari with my partner, holding hands in the safari vehicle, and sleeping in a tent under the stars, comfortably knowing I ...


iPad-gay-mens-travel-magazine-launched

iPad gay men's travel magazine launched - From a news release - On the 20th anniversary of OUT&ABOUT's 1992 debut, ManAboutWorld re-imagines the kind of travel information and inspiration that's relevant to gay travelers today. ManAboutWorld is powered by a team of Global Correspondents: travel writers, experts and world travelers who provide current, local knowledge about destinations and experiences all over the world. They are the super-connectors of the gay travel world, ...


Gay-while-traveling-Las-Vegas-thinks-so

Gay while traveling? Las Vegas thinks so! - TRAVEL Windy City Times online special by Jeff Guaracino - With same-sex marriages and civil unions legal in several states and cities, the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and an increasing public acceptance of our community, some have questioned if gay travel really still exists. At a the Global Gay and Lesbian think tank during the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association) conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., influential ...


Great-deals-for-summer-travel

Great deals for summer travel - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jeff Guaracino - Have you made your summer travel plans yet? Here are my favorite deals in some of the most popular summer travel destinations. The OUT NYC The new luxurious OUT NYC is the Big Apple's newest hotel built for our community. This Hell's Kitchen hotel and resort is a great value, super stylish and has among the friendliest staff in Manhattan. ...


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Visit Manchester for Pride - TRAVEL: ENGLAND Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A short two-hour, 18 British-pound train ride away from London is Manchester, England. It is a small big-town city, much like Philadelphia. It has charm, culture, a vibrant nightlife and this city's annual pride event, Manchester Pride's Big Weekend, shouldn't be missed. This year's festival kick's off Aug. 17 with the 'big weekend' ending Aug. 27. What's so different about ...


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Napa's and Sonoma's long and winery roads - TRAVEL - Many travelers are familiar with the wineries in Napa Valley, but if they head north they will discover a wine road that has much to offer without all of the busloads of tourists. Flying into San Francisco from Chicago was a breeze; then, it was a quick jaunt up Highway 101 over the Golden Gate Bridge to arrive at the ...


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Five extraordinary people, marriage pioneers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I always say that I travel to learn about myself and about other people. On a January trip, I met five extraordinary people. Here is their story. This is the first time their story has been told to the U.S. gay press. On Nov. 28, 2011, two couples joined by eight witnesses and one brave civil judge made Mexican history. ...


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Havruta: A home for Jerusalem LGBTs - JERUSALEM—Havruta, a social and cultural home for Jewish gay men from religious backgrounds, was started here about five years ago out of a need from and for those the group would serve. That's because, quite simply, it can be a challenge living within the religious community here and also being gay. Havruta was, at first, a project developed and run ...


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Jerusalem Open House: An LGBT community center - JERUSALEM—The rainbow flag that waves outside the second-story, multiple-room offices of the Jerusalem Open House (JOH) is one of the few—quite possibly, only—visible LGBT signs here in this diverse, ancient, highly religious city. The Jerusalem Open House, comparable to Chicago's Center On Halsted, is a 15 year-old organization, started in 1997 as a community center, focused on local social activities. ...


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Gay man part of Israel's tourism push, will receive award - SPECIAL ON ISRAEL - Russell Lord went on a summer trip in 1981 from his native New York to Europe and Israel—and never went back. He found a new life and new career—along with a life partner—and has grown into an award-winner as a marketing and tourism consultant for Kenes Tours, based in Tel Aviv, where he now lives. "My career in tourism has ...


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Chicago filmmaker working in Jerusalem - SPECIAL ON ISRAEL - JERUSALEM—Filmmaker Ronit Bezalel of Chicago spent two months here this year, visiting family that lives here and volunteering at the Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the local version of Center on Halsted in Chicago. "I just wanted something to do while I was here, so I reached out to the Jerusalem Open House," she said. Bezalel, who lives in Chicago's Edgewater ...


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Running the Jerusalem Marathon - JERUSALEM—Running through 3,000 years of history isn't just the slogan of the Jerusalem Marathon—it's fact. However, it also seemed as though there were about 3,000 inclines along the 26.2-mile course, which featured picturesque views, multiple emotional moments, a jaunt through the Old City and a truly amazing journey through the Holy City. The Jerusalem Marathon, held March 16, was my ...


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Bar is center of LGBT nightlife - SPECIAL ON ISRAEL - JERUSALEM—Monday nights here at Mikveh Bar are quite a drag—the drag show, that is. About 200 people cram the small LGBT bar for what has become a local drag-night tradition. This is the largest local LGBT bar, which features a small dance floor. It was the city's lone LGBT bar for several months until a second bar opened earlier this ...


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Lesbian couple starts LGBT congregation - SPECIAL ON ISRAEL - After five years together, lesbian partners Zehorit and Limor Sorek decided it was time to have a commitment ceremony. However, when Zehorit asked a few years ago to make a kiddush—a Jewish blessing with wine or grape juice—in her synagogue on Sabbath to honor their marriage, she encountered opposition. First, the rabbi hesitated, and then refused. Then, two days before ...


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Chicago helping push for LGBT tourism in Israel - SPECIAL ON ISRAEL - JERUSALEM—The push for LGBT tourism into Israel from North and South America comes, in part, from a straight, former Chicagoan who has participated in three recent Chicago Pride Parades—and is proud to say he has and calls the late June event "one of the most fun events in the city." Uri Steinberg, 36, served as director of the Chicago office ...







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