LGBTQ summer road trips across the Southeast

Sometimes all it takes is a short drive to feel a world away, and summer is just the time to take advantage of nearby LGBTQ and destinations that won’t break the bank.

LGBT tourists ready for gay Mardi Gras trips

Mardi Gras is more than a party; it’s a state of mind, defining the cultural traditions of its host city. New Orleans is the most familiar, but LGBT celebrations draw LGBT travelers worldwide.

LGBT travel: Do something outrageous

We can all feel it coming on – the fresh start, new beginning adrenaline that propels us into a new year. Make your first trip of 2011 something physical to fire your imagination.

Female Hot Flash Dances: Pun and fun intended

Not living on the West Coast, it has taken me a while to become familiar with the wildly popular Hot Flash Dances for women. I was drawn to the name, wondering about any intended double meaning.

Get out of town: Extraordinary LGBT holidays

You don’t feel like doing a family Thanksgiving dinner this year, and Christmas has no appeal. Let everyone else deal with these emotionally loaded holidays while you take off on an adventure.

Indianapolis: the next hip LGBT destination? has boldly proclaimed Indianapolis, Ind., the Most Sexually Satisfied City in the U.S. What’s the deal with the Midwest? Could gay Indianapolis be the next gay mecca in the U.S.?

How to open your eyes to international travel

You know the phrase: Just do it. It’s a marketing catchall, but it’s never more important than now if you’re considering travel to one of the many international LGBT events that always fill the calendar.

Doug Sturgess finds beauty through camera lens

The beauty of the world through a camera lens attracted Doug Sturgess to his craft and now the gay photographer is showcasing his work–Atlanta landmarks to muscled torsos–in an exhibit this weekend.

Dykes on bikes roar through Pride parade

Dykes on bikes–the motorcycle variety–and a few men, too, provided the traditional start to the Pride Parade Nov. 1. They roared through Midtown with police choppers and even a scooter or two.

Lambert, Tatum, Mackenroth, raid, rabbi

image Nation's largest Lutheran denomination considers lifting ban on monogamous LGBT clergy. ACLU reaches partial settlement with Florida school district over gay-straight alliance. U.S. attorney says he won't investigate gay bar raid in Texas. Gay news anchor Charles Perez speaks out about firing. Iconic Canadian coffee shop withdraws donation to anti-gay event. Adam Lambert (photo) focused on singing, not changing "moral opinions on anything." New Yorkers get taste of Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Former "Project Runway" contestant Jack Mackenroth celebrates World Outgames medals. Before the big screen, Channing Tatum danced in all-male revue. Chief rabbi of the Israeli Defense Forces criticizes magazine profile about gay military officers.

Day Trip: Hidden Lake’s LGBT open house

imageThe folks at Hidden Lake at Lookout Mountain are throwing open the gates of the LGBT community and inviting you to take a peek inside. Better than just a peek, they've put together a day of activities on Saturday to experience the serene community being developed on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, about a two-hour drive from the ATL. More after the jump.

AJC offers details on warm, gay travel spots

imageThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution's web site got a little gay today. The daily newspaper, long a gay-friendly destination, offered up some gay travel and Pride news on its home page today, teasing it just below its coverage of the winter weather slamming the region. On a cold and snowy day like this, it provides nice thoughts of warm locales including Miami and New Orleans. More after the jump.

Know the gay factor when renting autos

Last summer, my partner and I flew to North Carolina for a friend’s wedding. When we arrived at the Avis counter to pick up our rental car, I asked if I could add her as an additional driver, and was told it would cost $35. As the woman behind the counter ran my credit card, she casually drawled, “Yep. It’s thirty-five dollars unless you’re co-workers, spouses or domestic partners.” My partner and I exchanged a look and I knew we were both thinking the same thing: “Is it worth thirty-five dollars to convince someone that we’re gay? In public? In a red state?” Thriftiness got the best of me and I blurted out, “We’re a couple!” “Okay, then,” the woman smiled, “let me cancel that charge.” While my awkward self-outing saved me $35 (and brought my relationship with the Avis woman to whole new level of honesty), it probably would have been easier for me to know the company’s policy before I arrived. Not interested in having your own Very Special Episode of Blossom at a rental car counter? Check out our list for details on the additional driver policies at some of the nation’s largest rental car companies.

There’s gay in Australia beyond Sydney

If you love a big gay Aussie parade (you know, the one that adds a little color to the mainstream media each year) and a crushing number of near naked guys out for fun, Sydney has what you’re looking for. However, if you’ve “been there, done that,” or are looking for a different kind of Aussie adventure, head south, and take a chance on the States of Victoria and Tasmania. If Sydney is Marsha, Melbourne is Jan (but we all know the later was really the cool Brady girl, right?). Australia’s “second city” is expected to steal the spotlight from its big sister when it becomes the country’s most populous city within the next 20 years. It is already considered by many to be the arts and culture center of the country. It’s an urban hub with cool clubs, top restaurants, historic architecture, museums, and fantastic shopping. The locals are so friendly I felt like Brad Pitt walking the streets with all the smiles and g’days (take a shot every time you hear “no worries” and you’ll be drunk in about five minutes). Oh, and a river runs through it. Read the full story from

Gay adults go to ‘Camp Camp’

imageForrest Clift can’t wait for summer camp. For one week this summer, he’ll live in a cabin, sing songs in a dining hall and swim in a lake. It’ll pretty much be like every kid’s experience at summer camp. The difference? Forrest Clift isn’t a kid – he’s 41. And he isn’t going to just any summer camp – he’s going to “Camp” Camp. Founded in 1997, “Camp” Camp is a week-long summer camp for GLBT adults. And when they say “summer camp,” they mean it. “The purpose we serve is to allow grown ups to be kids for a week,” says Associate Director Susan Clinkenbeard. “Camp” Camp’s location in southwestern Maine is complete with bunks, a mess hall and a camp store. Campers sign up for activities like pottery, hiking and “Yarn Time.” They also spend the week preparing acts for the Talent/No Talent Show because, let’s face it, camp wouldn’t be camp without skits. And at night? Campers attend dances, of course. In fact, in addition to insect repellent and seven pairs of underwear, the packing list encourages campers to bring “flashy outfits and costumes” to wear to the evening festivities. There are a few differences between “Camp” Camp and your regular summer camp, though. For starters, you have to be at least 18 years old to attend. And, unlike the summer camps you remember from childhood, “Camp” Camp doesn’t require campers to participate in activities. You can fill your time with structured events, or spend all day lounging by the lake. And “Camp” Camp prides itself on serving non-camp-like (i.e. good) food. More importantly, though, the camp provides GLBT adults with an opportunity to socialize outside of the traditional gay scene. For the full story from, go here.