Gay Events

ROYAL WEDDING AT A PRICE

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

If you’re thinking of heading to London to join in the royal wedding celebrations of Prince William and Kate Middleton, then you’d better book your accommodation sooner than later and be prepared to pay big time.

With the expected influx of royal groupies, the fact that the wedding day will be a national holiday and extend the May Day weekend to 4 work free days (well for some people) London newspapers are claiming that demand for hotel accommodation is already at an all time high.

Gay Travel to Nepal – Pink Mountain Travel and Tours

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Pink Mountain, which  is the first and only travel and tour agency for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers in Nepal  is now offering travel and tour packages for those wishing  to visit Nepal and explore the nature, adventure, pilgrimage, mediation, natural therapy, culture, food, and diversity of one of the most welcoming LGBT friendly countries in Asia. In addition to all the unique travel and tour features, Pink Mountain also offers gay wedding ceremonies, honeymoons and anniversaries for those committed couples and families who want to make these special events memorable forever.

Some of the packages Pink Mountain offers include:
· Wedding ceremonies, honeymoons or anniversaries. Clients can choose from a number of exotic places such as the Everest base camp, the Chitwan National Park with  an elephant Safari, Mustang with Yak and Buddhist Monasteries,  Pokhara with lakes and mountains, Kathmandu with temples, tradition and a techno party or somewhere in a remote village with rural people and traditional ethnic music!

· Rafting, trekking, yoga meditation, natural spa therapies, hot water springs, jungle safaris, volunteer opportunities, side scene, paragliding, mountain flights, cliff bee hunting, pilgrimages and acquaintance to shamanism are some of the activities offered.

The LGBT community in Nepal have legal status, and this was ratified by a Supreme Court decision in December 2007. Despite limited resources the
Blue Diamond Society, and other LGBT organizations in Nepal have been crucial in achieving all the rights that Nepal now enjoys. Pink Mountain works to ensure that all travelers are made welcome regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Pink Mountain works very closely with Blue Diamond Society and other LGBT organization in Nepal. Part of the company’s profit will be donated to the Blue Diamond Society or will be used to support other LGBT community needs.

Content provided by Pink Mountain’s Founder, Sunil Babu Pant

Toscana Saporita Cooking School for very gay-friendly cooking classes

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

The Toscana Saporita Cooking School

We recently had the privilege of spending a week with Sandra Lotti and her team at the Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, just north of Pisa, and very close to the mediaeval town of Lucca. We spent each morning for a week producing some of the dishes that have made Tuscan cuisine famous. Under the guidance and exuberance of Sandra, her assistant Anthony, and son Alessio we were guided through the creation of fresh pasta, including multicolored ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, stuffed turkey breast, tiramisu, open apple tarts, gnocchi, creme brulee, and a whole host of other goodies, including the preparation of squid and octopus dishes. After a morning of cooking, what better than to sit down and eat everything we had prepared, washed down with local wines, in the company of our fellow classmates!

Sandra Lotti in one of her cooking classes

Afternoons were spent on guided tours to local places of interested, all included in the week’s fee for the course, and then it was back for a three course dinner, with more local wine and a lot of great conversation and laughter.

The school runs weekly classes, catering for up to 16 people each week from May through October. The week we went we were the only gay couple in the group, but it was not an issue, and Sandra let us know that she favored gay groups as they were more fun!

The Toscana Saporita Cooking School would definitely win a Pink Choice Award if we had a category for cooking!

Arosa Gay Skiweek 2011

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Arosa is located in southeast of Switzerland, at the end of the Schanfigg-valley. With its extraordinary geographical location not far from St. Moritz and Davos, it boasts a maximum of sunny days whilst being protected by the winds. Since 1877 this traditional alpine ski resort has become a “must” for mountain and sun lovers. On it’s altitude of 1800m (6000 feet) you can be sure that there’s plenty of snow for all snow sports. Whether you like carving the slopes and skiing back to your hotel at the end of the day – you’ll be right in the center of the action. With easy access by train or by car you’re only two and a half hours away from Zürich and it’s international airport.

Since its launch in January 2005, the Arosa Gay Skiweek has become one of the most important events in Arosa. In Winter 2010 the organizers were able to welcome more than 350 participants who make the Arosa Gay Ski- week one of the biggest winter events in the gay/lesbian community and one of the highlights on the event calendar. Arosa welcomes guests from over 30 countries and alongside skiers and snowboarders there are also many non-skiers, après-skiers, party people, and others who simply want to sunbathe in the complimentary sun loungers at the Tschuggenhütte facing the Weisshorn and a breathtaking alpine panorama.

Next to the winter sports activities, the side events have become just as important. The organizers have surpassed themselves yet again this year with a fantastic lineup of cultural events, DJ’s and other international artists. As before, Arosa will host artists such as e.g. Michel Dalberto (F), world famous pianist, for a classical concert in the village church and La DivaLive (B), a high-class singer and entertainer, for a fabulous show on the Eden stage. Gourmet dinners, several single table dinners for people who wish to meet other friendly participants and champagne tasting are also on the list of events. The highlights of every year are still the Fondue Party on the mountain, sledging down at night and the horse-drawn sleigh ride to the Tschuggenhuette for the colorful DragQueen Fun Race.

The date for the next 7th Annual Gay Ski week is 8th-15th January 2011, and  more than 400 participants are expected, which will be another new participation record. Accommodation is available for every budget starting with a 5 star grand deluxe hotel (with it’s most amazing Spa of the Alps) to the typical traditional bread & breakfast. Pink Choice is anxious to hear from participants, so if you attend, please tell us about your experience and rate your accommodation by writing a review.

Gay travelers preparing for Provincetown’s Jungle Fantasy!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Carnival will soon be hitting the narrow streets of Provincetown when this year’s theme for the gay and lesbian business guild, ‘Jungle Fantasy’, kicks off with a week of celebrations on August 15Provincetown Gay Carnival 2010.

Here are some of the highlights of the week:

Sunday, August 15 ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Opening Party.

Monday, August 16 Carnival Jungle Jam Pier Dance and Jungle Fantasy Costume Contest

Tuesday, August 17 Carnival Jungle Heat Dance Party

Wednesday, August 18 Carnival ‘Forget Tarzan, Jane loves Jane Dance Party’ and ‘Latin Fever’ at Club Purgatory.

Thursday, August 19 Carnival Parade

Friday, August 20 Carnival Drag Brunch and Monkey Business Closing Party

Carnival week in Provincetown is the one event that packs the town to capacity with gay and lesbian travelers, and families who flock into town from other vacation spots on Cape Cod. Estimates have it that up to 80,000 people line Commercial St for the annual parade, and if you’ve seen the width of the street, that’s a lot of people! Many of the gay and lesbian guesthouses and other businesses in Provincetown enter floats in the parade which runs the full length of Commercial Street, and lasts several hours.

The Provincetown Business Guild lists all the events, but to whet the appetite, here are a few pictures from previous carnivals.

Provincetown Gay Carnival

Bear Week in Provincetown, July 10-18, 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Provincetown Bear Week

Photo courtesy of www.PhotoBearNE.com

Soon after the party boys drift home from Provincetown’s July 4th celebrations, the town will become host to a delightful group of like-minded men from around the world, when the 10th Bear Week kicks off on July 10, with events to suit all ‘fuzzy’ tastes. Since its inception 10 years ago,. Provincetown’s Bear Week has grown in popularity. This year’s schedule of events should keep everyone busy and entertained.

Many of the hotels and guesthouses listed on Pink Choice host members of the group. They include Christopher’s by the Bay, and the Black Pearl Inn.

Invite over 1 million people to your wedding!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Gay marriageOn July 4, 2010 Toronto’s annual Pride Parade celebrates 30 years. It is one of the longest running Pride celebrations, and North America’s largest. For the first time ever, ManCrunch.com has sponsored a ceremonial float, featuring 10 couples who will be married by an officient as the float progresses through the parade, witnessed by 1.3 million spectators.

If you and your partner would like to be considered as one of the 10 couples who will marry during the parade, send an email to marriage@mancrunch.com, and provide the following information:

  • A photo of you and your partner, or a link to a video including all the information below
  • Your contact information, including your telephone number
  • A summary of your relationship, including how, when and where you met
  • Why you think you should be one of the couples getting married at this great event

Submissions are welcomed from couples from around the world. Transportation and hotel accommodations will be provided.

If you are one of the lucky couples, or just happen to be at Toronto Pride, please tell us about your experience on the Pink Choice Gay Travel Forum.

Provincetown International Film Festival

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Tilda Swinton at the Provincetown Film FestivalFor gay and lesbian movie buffs, Provincetown MA from June 16 thru 20 is the place to be. The 12th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival will once again shine the spotlight on the best of gay and lesbian movies and documentaries over this 5 day film fest.

Besides screening over 40 movies,  15 documentaries, 9 special screenings and 35 shorts, the Festival also celebrates the silver screen achievements of Kevin Smith – Filmaker on the Edge Award, Tilda Swinton – Excellence in Acting Award and Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman – Faith Hubley Memorial Award. Film maker John Waters, critic B. Ruby Rich and director, writer, actor John Cameron Mitchell will be hosting conversations with the award winners.

Provincetown will be hopping to the movie beat over this mid June festival. Film lovers can enjoy back-to-back showings, relax in great accommodation, dine in world class restaurants and party the night away to the sounds of cutting edge music in some of the town’s clubs and bars. Pass on your accommodation experience for the benefit of other gay and lesbian travelers by posting a review on Pink Choice.

CaKe-A boutique nightclub experience for women and their friends

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

If you’re heading to Dublin, as well you might be for the Gay Pride celebrations, June 18-27, and fancy a girl’s night out while you’re there, then CaKe is the place for you. CaKe  happens on the second Friday of every month, and is the boutique  club night for women and their fabulous friends!!

A Gay ol’ Tea Dance at the Academy, Middle Abbey Street

What makes the perfect CaKe? Take a dollop of pop, a pinch of electro, a hint of alternative, and a dab of retro, and leave to dance til late…

CaKe is a night for women and their fabulous friends who want something a little less predictable from their night out.

Pink Choice is looking for  gay hotels in Dublin to list on the site, so please make sure you send us your gay and lesbian hotel reviews if you head to the Irish celebrations or anywhere else in Europe.

June is Gay Pride Worldwide!

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

All over the world, June is a great month for gay celebrations. In early June, Zurich Switzerland kicks off the Gay Pride festivities season followed by Milan, Italy; Athens, Greece; Bordeaux, France; Dresden, Germany; Lyon, France; Rome, Italy; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Tel Aviv, Israel.

From mid- to late June the pride continues in Barcelona, Spain; Berlin Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Ljubljana; Slovenia; Mexico City, Mexico; Tabor, Czech Republic.

In late June Antwerp, Belgium; Edinburgh, Scotland; Istanbul, Turkey; Oslo, Norway; Paris, France; Sheffield, England; Valencia, Spain; Zagreb, Croatia; Helsinki, Finland; London, England and Toronto, Canada.

If you’re lucky enough to be going to any (or all – we wish) of these, pass on your accommodation experiences by writing a hotel review, or add your photographs and experiences on the Pink Choice Gay Travel Forum. Share your pride, spread the word, and share your memories.