10 Gay-Friendliest Places to Travel in 2015



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:

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. New Zealand
  3. Toronto, Canada
  4. Palm Springs, U.S.
  5. Sitges, Spain
  6. Berlin, Germany
  7. Skiathos & Mykonos, Greece
  8. New York City, U.S.
  9. Reykjavik, Iceland
  10. Montevideo, Uruguay

The Advocate Ranks Erie, PA, 7th Queerest City in America

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Presque Isle Lighthouse | Shutterstock.com

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:

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The Welcoming Committee Taking Over Puerto Rico

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Rawr | Shutterstock.com

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:

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Tie-the-Knot Tuesday: You Can Get Married at a Buddhist Temple in Japan

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:

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Field Guide: 5 Cozy, Luxe Log Cabins For a Winter Getaway


The private cottages of Winvian resort—including Beaver Lodge (left) and Log Cabin (above)—offer earthy charm at its most posh. | Photos courtesy of Winvian.

Turn the chilling temps into something memorable by renting one of these postcard-perfect (totally luxe!) wooden cabins for a weekend this winter.

Winvian // Connecticut
Eighteen of the most charming cottages you’ve ever seen are scattered throughout this 113-acre, five-star Relais & Châteaux resort, located three and a half hours from Philly. Choose to stay in the Beaver Lodge or Log Cabin, both textbook examples of woodland charm: twig furniture, smooth pebble floors, log exteriors that feel like something the Swiss Family Robinson would have built. But it’s not all whimsy: Those pebble floors are radiant-heated, the bathroom features a Jacuzzi and a rainfall steam shower, and the property boasts serious amenities like a top-notch spa and an AAA Diamond restaurant. From $975 a night.
Go Here For: A getaway with your sweetie. // Morris, Connecticut; Winvian.com.

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LONG WEEKEND: Go Leaf-Peeping at Lake Naomi in the Poconos

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. 

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10 Gay Things to Do on a Long Weekend in Los Angeles

I took a trip to L.A. recently. Before jetting off, I was overwhelmed trying to figure out the best ways to spend my three days in one of our biggest gay meccas. With the help of some local tour guides I cobbled together this list of 10 must-dos so you’ll know exactly what to do on your next long weekend to the city of movie stars and beach bods. From gay beaches to daddy-hunting to yummy bites, this list should have you covered.

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WATCH: Drone Offers Stunning Overhead Look at P-Town 2014

Videographer David Cox stuck an HD camera on a drone and let it coast over and around P-Town. The footage is quite stunning, featuring the coast, and lots of parties, like a tea-dance, and last week’s Comic Book Carnival Parade.

The footage serves two purposes: For those like me who haven’t been to P-Town, it’s the ultimate kick in the pants to start making plans for next year. For regulars who missed it this year … well, you’re probably kicking yourself in the pants that you missed it. Check out the video above.

Source: Instinct

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