We’ve got the Pope. We’ve got the millennials. We’ve got Top Chefs. You know what all that means? We don’t need to be frenemies with the Big Apple anymore; we can truly enjoy it for what it is — one of the best cities in the world that also happens to be Philly’s most convenient urban getaway. Read more »
I should start by saying that, by Philadelphia standards, I am perfectly nice.
When in my natural habitat, out there in the wild among you people, I’m somewhere between inconspicuous and pleasant. I have been known to save spots in grocery store lines, hold doors on the El and even, on occasion, nod good morning to the new couple in my apartment building.
Considering I grew up in the Great(est) Northeast, this makes me a downright snuggly Miss Congeniality. Read more »
Turn the chilling temps into something memorable by renting one of these postcard-perfect (totally luxe!) wooden cabins for a weekend this winter. Read more »
Just in time for your 2015 travel-planning, Lonely Planet has put together a list of 10 of the “most progressive, inclusive and accepting destinations that open their arms to the LGBTQ traveller.”
Unfortunately Philly didn’t make the cut, but there are lots of great options here, whether you want to go overseas or make a stateside sojourn. Check out the list below, and head over to Lonely Planet for a more-detailed explanation about their choices:
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- New Zealand
- Toronto, Canada
- Palm Springs, U.S.
- Sitges, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- Skiathos & Mykonos, Greece
- New York City, U.S.
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Montevideo, Uruguay
The Advocate has put together a roundup of 15 of America’s queerest cities, and it rather surprisingly includes Erie, Pennsylvania.
Before your mouth drops too far to the floor, the purpose of the list was to point out least-expected enclaves throughout the country that champion LGBT rights in their own, sometimes groundbreaking ways.
Erie gets major points for its array of LGBT-friendly establishments, but its trans-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance put it over the top:
Whether your holiday getaway is by way of SUV or commercial airliner, these gadgets guarantee a stress-free trip.
Visions of beaches, Speedos and cute girls in bikinis may be far, far away—but they don’t have to be. The Welcoming Committee (TWC), hosts of Philly’s popular Guerrilla Queer Bar, just announced that it’s taking a group of LGBTers from all six of its host cities on a trip to take over Puerto Rico! Here are the details from TWC’s site:
Although gay marriage is not yet legal in Japan, it doesn’t mean that couples can’t take part in a spectacular and unique gay wedding ceremony overseas. As a matter of fact, one Buddhist temple has teamed up with a luxury hotel to offer a special same-sex-marriage experience that is utterly unique and quite beautiful.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto is offering a four-day gay wedding package that includes a Buddhist “spiritual union” at a historic temple, traditional wedding attire, accommodations, and even a pink cake. The hotel claims that “gorgeous Japanese traditional kimono wedding attire, a customized floral bouquet with that special touch of Japanese elegance, and the mystique of exchanging vows at a historical Japanese temple…will be the most memorable and romantic day of your lives together.”
Couples will take their vows at Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan, which offers English-language Buddhist spiritual unions in traditionally-appointed ceremony rooms. Of note, the Temple’s website makes it clear that they “welcome all couples regardless of faith or sexual orientation.” I just love the pictures of the ceremony rooms and how peaceful and inviting the setting is:
Philadelphia offers much in the way of fall’s best offerings: seasonal street festivals, your pick of ripe autumn veggies at any number of local farmers markets, and there’s a pumpkin latte on just about every corner in town. But don’t short-change yourself with a stroll through Rittenhouse park to get your annual viewing of the changing leaves. We’ve got whole forests of trees right at our doorstep. Take off early one Friday from now through November to embark on a long weekend in the Poconos, where gorgeous scenery and a much-needed reprieve from the hustle-bustle of city life abound.