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By @ 07/17/18 in Barry Joy, Canada, Gay pride, Gay travel, Montreal, Party, Travel

Our correspondent, Barry Hoy, left (and his partner) in Montreal's Gay VillageWe all know Montreal has a reputation for being a place of acceptance and inclusion, especially in Montreal’s Gay Village, which is is just east of downtown around Beaudry Metro station, running along Saint Catherine Street. Montreal’s Gay Village is where most of this year’s Pride activities will happen. Whether you are visiting for the parties or shows, you still need to know the best spots to get yummy cocktails and, of course, where to fill up. We got your covered! Here are the village’s top bars and restaurants:

Top bars in Montreal's Gay VillageTop 5 bars in Montreal’s Gay Village

Sky Complex – This is the city’s most popular gay club/bar and it has several spaces, from a dance clue to a male strip bar, to a cabaret. The rooftop terrace is also amazing.

Bar Renard – This sexy cocktail bar and lounge has a great selection of spirits and happy hour.

Bar Aigle Noir – Traditionally, the Black Eagle bar for the leather enthusiast. The crowd is now getting more diverse serving up beer and drinks in a classic setup with guest DJs and a buzzy patio.

Stock Bar – One of the more popular male strip bars in Montreal where you can grab a drink and watch hot buff men dance around you!

Le Stud – Le Stud is more of a dive bar with cheap drinks and great happy hour.

Our correspondent, Barry Hoy in Montreal's Gay VillageTop 5 restaurants in Montreal’s Gay Village

O’ThymAsophisticated French bistro that uses seasonal ingredients and has a relaxed, yet cute ambiance. You can also BYOB!

Saloon – This campy restaurant has a great outdoor terrace so that you can people watch. They also serve amazing martinis!

Kitchenette – Located just outside the village, in case you want to escape for a more intimate dining experience. They offer a great 5 course tasting menu where you choose 2 starters, 2 main dishes, and a shared dessert!

Bato Thai – A casual BYOB setting with the best Thai food in the area. This is a great place for a quick bite if you want something yummy but not too formal.

Le Red Tiger – Le Red Tiger offers Vietnamese affordable street food that is both delicious and unique. Portions are small but shareable, so order at least a few items per person.

Add a few, or all, of these spots to your list and you are bound to have an amazing trip. For more things to do and places to visit in Montreal, stop by


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By @ 06/18/18 in Dane Steele, David Perry, Gay pride, Gay travel, Manchester, Travel
Manchester in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

When it stops being a wig and starts being a triumph of architecture

It’s the gayest city in the United Kingdom, and it is not London. Gather round, dear readers, and find out how an itty-bitty backwater named Manchester became one of the outright gay capitals of Europe.

Gay Manchester: story and photos by travel writer David Perry.

Most histories will give the quick version of Manchester’s rise; that it was born out of the Industrial Revolution. Not true; the city traces its lineage back to the Romans, circa 79 AD, when it was known as Mancunium, a name that lives on in “Mancunian,” what people from Manchester call themselves. But it is also true that during Roman rule and for centuries after, it remained a pastoral, rather backwoodsy community living in the particularly long shadow of nearby Liverpool. Nevertheless, by 1520, Manchester earned a rep for its weavers, and that is key.

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Manchester Town Hall welcomes the world

Because by 1600, Manchester’s looms were throwing sparks thanks to cotton from the New World. Canals were dug. Warehouses, mills, and factories thrown up. A commodities exchange established. By the Victorian Era, it was “Liverpool where?” But something else was happening, something that blue-blooded London or stodgy Oxford could not have predicted: Manchester, having been built by common men (nicknamed “worker bees,”) became an incandescent hotbed of common-men ideas. Abolitionism, free trade, Marxism, women’s rights, workers’ rights, immigration, child labor, republicanism, parliamentary reform, and yes, discussions on the inherent rights and liberties for “Urianians” and “homogenic love” — early terms for gay men and same-sex affection — found fertile soil, often for the first time, in Manchester’s unions and trade halls.

Manchester in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Nice cock in the Northern Quarter

Skip to 2018, and very gay Manchester still has a decidedly anti-snooty vibe, bees are the ubiquitous city emblem, and the gay life is off the charts. Manchester Pride (August 24 – 28) is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK, and one of the biggest events on the city’s calendar. This is the city that inspired “Queer as Folk,” after all. Mancunians particularly embrace the LGBTQ heritage; you may see a few rainbow flags flying year-round in the form of small mosaics in sidewalks and facades. These are stations along the famous Manchester LGBT Heritage Trail, a historic stroll through the seminal events and places that made gay rights a “thing.” Advertisers, from mega-companies like Thomas Cook Airlines to modest self-storage warehouses, fall over themselves getting a float in the Pride Parade. It’s all very chummy. And gives “God Save the Queen” a whole new dimension.

It is also homo-concentrate! (KEEP READING… 🙂

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By @ 08/31/16 in Dallas, Gay pride, Gay travel
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Dallas skyline at night

What better way to beat the ‘back to school’ blues than heading out of town to celebrate Dallas Gay Pride, September 18. And you thought Pride season was a wrap till next June. No Sirree! Dallas Gay Pride is one of the largest outside of the more expected June-July pride season. We covered it in the most recent issue of ManAboutWorld along with a number of other tours, events and destinations:

Now’s the time to get out there and celebrate Pride in the biggest, gayest way you can. Make a weekend of it during Dallas Pride. The community will be even more fun, friendly and welcoming than it normally is given the tragic event that unfolded in Orlando. Produced by the Dallas Tavern Guild, Dallas Pride consists of a series of events culminating in a boisterous parade on Sunday, September 18. Don’t miss the headliner, Erika Jayne from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills boasting 10 Billboard number-one dance hits.

The Dallas CVB offers specific trip-planning recommendations for your visit for Pride.

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To read all our event suggestions and loads more download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for smart phones and tablets only. Find the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Photo by Daxis via Flickr Creative Commons

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By @ 06/10/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

Sylvains, New Orleans, ManAboutWorld gay travel guide

New Orleans teems with gay boys from all around the country: some come to party, some to meet new friends, and some to fall in love. And while the French Quarter may be crazed with parties and celebrations, the rest of the city swells with love and romance. Our friends at asked us to share some of our favorite romantic places, since there’s no better backdrop for romance than NOLA. Sultry, scenic, and sexy, there’s no city where courtly gestures and couple moments come as naturally or frequently. It’s not as if anyone needs an itinerary for love here, but we want to make sure the logistics don’t get in the way. 

For some artsy, daytime romance, get an early start and head uptown to Morning Call Coffee Stand, an adorable little coffee shop where you and your boyfriend can enjoy authentic beignets and cafe au lait with views overlooking the green and beautiful City Park. Once you’re fueled up, it’s just a quick stroll through the park, around the New Orleans Museum of Art, and into the adjacent Sculpture Garden, a treasure of world class sculptures, each of them landscaped, placed, and named, and the area’s aura brought to life with romantic bridges, hidden groves, massive trees, colorful flower patches, and stunning Iris specimens. (We especially enjoyed the giant Mardi Gras beads in the branches of one tree.) The garden is free and an idyllic landscape to walk hand-in-hand enjoying thought-provoking, engaging works of art. There is no food allowed in the park.

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, ManAboutWorld gay travel guide

It could be argued that Bacchanal Wine is the quintessential date spot in all of New Orleans. A local favorite, you’ll see this cute backyard space on the edges of the Bywater on the corner to an industrial canal.  Lit with Christmas lights and warmed with a fire pit, live music, and the chatter of locals, we love the casual romantic vibe. Buy a bottle of wine and take it into the backyard, snag a table (if you can!) order some delicious food, and enjoy a cool New Orleans evening. Simple, classic, romantic. Sometimes it’s the little things.

For something a bit more elegant, treat your beau to a glimpse of old-world New Orleans, where the European influences bring a certain magic and charm. Begin your evening with a romantic dinner at the quaint Cafe Degas, an intimate French country bistro named after the impressionist Edgar Degas who briefly lived nearby. After dinner, take a quick Uber ride up Esplanade Avenue to City Park, where you’ll surprise him with Champagne and a Venetian gondola ride with Nola Gondola through the gorgeous park. Be sure to stop briefly under the bridge to write your names along with the other lovers who have passed through. 

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By @ 12/23/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

What a year it was! Looking back on 2015 there were plenty of gay travel stories that got us excited. Here are a few that we enjoyed. Happy holidays to our subscribers, blog visitors, friends and followers. We hope you come back and visit our blog frequently and consider becoming a subscriber if you aren’t already. iPhone/iPad users tap here. Android users here.

Thawing of relations between Cuba and the United States

The thawing of relations between Cuba and the USA


Marriage busted out all over

This was before the legalization of same-sex marriage across the U.S. but it was a taste of thing to come and one of the top gay travel stories


Marriage busted out all over

Gay cruises are hotter than ever

This is from an Atlantis cruise

A hot couple on an Atlantis cruise as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A very hot couple on an Atlantis Caribbean cruise.


The NomadicBoys served up a year of amazing (and fun) gay travel stories

If you don’t know these bloggers, go follow them now. They traveled throughout Asia and shared many memorable experiences.

NomadicBoys top 10 favorite foods in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine in top gay travel stories


Gracious sexually fluid winner

Conchita even helped put Vienna back on the gay travel map.

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine and in top gay travel stories

The other lady in Gold

It was fun reviewing our photos. We only reposted a handful here. Please feel free to go back in our post.

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By @ 08/20/15 in Auston Matta, Barcelona, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Jumping for MyGayPride with Two Bad Tourists in Barcelona, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Jumping for MyGayPride

Our very own ManAboutWorld correspondents and gay blogger duo Two Bad Tourists want to send you to Barcelona as part of their MyGayPride promotion. This gay blogger pair is so excited about it they are jumping for joy in Barcelona (above). Read more about Auston Matta (above left who makes up one half of these two handsome, hard-working and informative blogger couple) here. Read below for information on participating in the MyGayPride promotion and start practicing your Catalan.

One lucky winner will receive a free trip to Barcelona including two round trip tickets on Norwegian, a $350 credit with misterbnb plus airport pickup and LGBT city tours provided by Rainbow Barcelona Tours. Barcelona welcomes 1.3 million LGBT visitors each year and travelers can enjoy the popular ‘Gay-xample’ neighborhood, beaches, famous monuments, unique architecture and feel comfortable in one of the most gay-friendly destinations in Europe.

The giveaway is part of Two Bad Tourists’ successful #mygaypride summer campaign where 17 LGBT and straight-allied bloggers visited 8 European cities during gay pride. Still going strong until the end of September, the campaign has already generated 30 million impressions on Twitter and 2,500 photos on Instagram. The campaign was created by David and Auston of Two Bad Tourists, two gay bloggers who left their lives in the US to travel the world. Inspired by the diversity of gay pride celebrations they’ve seen during their travels, they want others to share their pride using the hashtag and be part of the experience.

Handsome man on beach in Barcelona for MyGayPride with Two Bad Tourists, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 07/16/15 in Baltimore, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Gay Baltimore in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOur friends in Gay Baltimore sent this update on the gay goings on coming to Charm City later this month. If you feel like you still need a little bump of Pride, Baltimore’s is really fun, homey and, like a lot of events here, queer in a good way.

Kicking off this July, Baltimore (July 25-26) will celebrate Pride for its 40th year.  This momentous anniversary will feature the best of Baltimore Pride including a garden dinner partyhigh heel racethe annual pride paradeblock party, and festival.  Baltimore will welcome travelers with LGBT events through September including performances at the renowned Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

July 24-26 is packed with perks for travelers looking to experience a destination well-versed in LGBTQ

Gay Baltimore in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The sexy high-heel winner

entertainment.  Saturday’s Block Party performances will include the iconic voice from hit song “It’s Raining Men,” Martha Wash, Cazwell from the hilarious hip hop song sensation “No Selfie Control,” and youtube star TS Madison.  The celebration continues on Sunday in Druid Hill Park with a full day festival featuring country-crooner Steve Grand, regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, and a Family Zone.

For more information on Baltimore’s LGBT events click here or visit

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. We’ve covered Baltimore in depth. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 06/25/15 in Billy Kolber, Gay pride, Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, London, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

16061907243_28142df2fd_zGay Pride is simply bursting around the world as you can see in these photos:

  • Rainbow-wrapped double-decker bus in London (above)
  •  Our very own publisher Billy Kolber on a rainbow bedecked Citi Bike (below top)
  • A gay crosswalk in West Hollywood (below middle)
  • The London Eye bathed in gay lights  (bottom)

And just imagine how much pride is really going to gush in the event of a favorable ruling on marriage equality in the U.S. by the Supreme Court expected tomorrow or Monday.

Gay pride rainbow wrapped Citi Bike in London as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine


rainbow eye

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 06/14/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Vancouver

14853144744_88a2cd3f7e_zWe haven’t covered gay Vancouver in a while (sorry!), and it’s the 10th anniversary of same-sex marriage equality in Canada. Congrats to the progressive people of Canada. And for now, here’s a listing of upcoming events of interest to LGBTQ locals and visitors. For more information visit To enter a sweepstakes celebrating a decade of legal same-sex marriage, click here.

Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival (downtown Vancouver, July 25-August 2): Leading up to the famous Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival on August 2 are a series of events including a fun run, picnic and the Davie Street Dance Party.

East Side Pride Festival (Grandview Park, June 27): Located in Vancouver’s funky Commercial Drive neighbourhood this festival features local artisans and community groups doing important work in the LGBTQ+ community in Vancouver.

Surrey Pride Festival (Holland Park, June 28): Family event with live music, lots of vendors,  and great food.

New West Pride Week (New Westminster, August 8-15): Now nine days long, don’t miss the Columbia Street Party on August 15.

Photo: Robert Ashworth

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By @ 06/12/15 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Well, actually not gay but surprisingly LGBT friendly because, well, you don’t normally associate the words gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender with our national parks system, which is witnessing increased visitation in the run up to its centennial anniversary in August 2016.

It turns out that on May 30, 2014 the National Park Service announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. Fittingly the announcement was made outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City. For more information on what is included in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage Initiative click on this link.

Summer is super high season for the parks and a lot of them are just uncomfortably crowded. Many lesser known ones are not. Here’s a recent New York Times piece on how to get the most out of our national parks this summer.  Why not celebrate both gay pride and pride in our beautiful national parks this pride season?

Photo: Arches National Park by Stephen Oachs 


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By @ 06/11/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, ManAboutWorld, Travel
That's our Ashton in the center with Pride suspenders

That’s our Ashton in the center with Pride suspenders

This column is brought to you by Ashton Giese, ManAboutWorld correspondent and editor of the GAYography newsbrief.

Exciting week with the onset of Pride around the world! Plus, on Broadway a musical based on the life story of lesbian and her closeted gay father took home Best Musical at the Tony Awards. Meanwhile abroad elections in Turkey highlighted a new pro-LGBT party but trouble persisted against Pride in Moscow and Kiev, where police sustained injuries protecting the “March for Equality.”

Also, check out the story of a North Korean defector – and gay life in a dictatorship. See you at Pride in Brooklyn and EuroPride in Riga!

Click here here for this week’s GAYography brief.

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published each Thursday. Subscribe here & like!

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By @ 05/21/15 in Gay travel, Travel
Cocktails aboard a Delta flight

Cocktails aboard a Delta flight

Finally, an airline that knows what a boy really wants in his Pride Package: Cocktails and Upgrades!

Delta is offering First Class flight deals to the six Pride Festivals they’re sponsoring this year: Utah Pride Festival in Salt Lake City; Motor City Pride in Detroit; LA Pride; NYC Pride; Seattle PrideFest; and Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis.

So, what are you waiting for fellas (and ladies)? Grab a flight, down a cocktail, and show your (first class) pride … for less!

Photo: Sarah Ackerman

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By @ 04/22/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Steve Roth, Travel
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Photo from a recent Riga Pride celebration

From our global correspondent Steve Roth who is also a co-founder of Alturi, check out a fun gay party that will also support some worthy causes. The party is co-sponsored by GAYography which is the brainchild of another of our global correspondents, Ashton Giese.

On Wednesday, April 22, the fast-growing LGBT travel weekly news-update, GAYography brief will host an event to introduce Alturi, a new online platform that enables people to take a stand against the violence and oppression facing the international LGBT community. The event, taking place at Therapy, will also be a kickoff for EuroPride 2015 Riga and will feature great travel-related raffle prizes, two-for-one drink specials and music by VJ ohRicky, who will spin EuroVision hits all evening.

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By @ 06/28/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, James Adelman, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

nycSo many prides so little time. Earlier today we posted about World Pride Toronto. Post and photo submitted by ManAboutWorld Correspondent James Adelman.

New York City Pride (or as we like to call it, Gay New Year!) officially launched last night at BPM Nightclub at 516 West 42nd Street.  With so many parties to choose from this weekend, our advice is to pick one event each day and stick it out.  Club jumping through New York City during Gay Pride weekend can be both exhausting and expensive.  Friday night alone, there were at least three massive parties from which to choose: Room Service America in in the Flatiron neighborhood, PAPA near Columbus Circle, and Click, the “Official” NYC Pride event, at BPM Nightclub in Hell’s Kitchen.  With the lights of Times Square and Broadway in distance, BPM was calling our names and did not disappoint.

When only half-filled, BPM can lack energy, but this massive venue really shines during Pride when it’s packed with an international crowd of shirtless muscle boys.  We have always been impressed with BPM’s huge dance floor, pulsating lights, and, of course, its gorgeous bathroom (always a scene!).  This venue is custom made for large crowds of sweaty men getting down to EDM so this weekend really is the best time to check it out.  

If you are visiting New York City from out of town, there are few better places to make new friends than in the chatty “smoking section” that pours out of the club onto 42nd Street.  If you need to cool off after dancing, cruise down 9th Avenue between 42nd and 57th street.  This part of Hell’s Kitchen is quintessential New York, lined with restaurants, pizzerias, corner bodegas, and many of the city’s most popular gay watering holes.  Happy Pride!  

Download the guide for free here but hurry! This special only lasts till Monday.

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By @ 05/20/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

6870746593_37eb94cfb9_zJune is a big month for Pride around the world but one of the biggest and best celebrations is right in New York. Let’s not forget it all started here back in June 1969, too, with the Stonewall Riots, which kicked off a global LGBT movement that keeps growing. ManAboutWorld’s soon-to-be-released May issue has an insider’s guide to NYC Pride as well as five others we think you’ll love. If you’re a subscriber stay tuned for a notification in your iPad or Android tablet. If you don’t subscribe, click here for a special all-access offer.

For a line up of NYC pride events, visit the Heritage of Pride website.

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By @ 04/15/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Marrriott Central PK BLDG2_810 Reflect LOThe ManAboutWorld team has been very busy this month working on our (almost) “all New  York City” issue, a deep dive into the best of the Big Apple. We discovered some fabulous and surprising venues, including drop-dead views from the new Courtyard Marriott/Residence Inn located between Central Park and Hell’s Kitchen, pictured above. Almost all units have some sort of cool NYC view sweeping from the George Washington Bridge to the World Trade Center. For more of our discoveries just download the latest issue and swipe your way to your best NYC trip ever. If you don’t subscribe, what are you waiting for? Click here for a special offer.

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By @ 07/30/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

_MG_2731It ain’t easy being gay in Eastern Europe, that’s for sure. (See Russia and its anti gay laws.)

So it’s important to support expressions of pro-gay behavior. Prague is in the Czech Republic, not in Russia. But still only 11% of Czech gays and lesbians are out in their workspace. The them is “coming out.”

If you’ve got some vacation time and money to burn, why not head to Prague August 12-18 and enjoy some Czech Pride? More info below from the event sponsors.

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By @ 06/29/13 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, iPad, ManAboutWorld, New York, San Francisco
This was our inaugural cover: NYC!

This was our inaugural cover: NYC!

Happy Pride to all from the staff of ManAboutWorld.

If you need travel tips for New York, San Francisco or any of the many other destinations we’ve covered, be sure to subscribe to our magazine using this link (and get an extra two months free!).

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By @ 04/11/13 in Event, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mexico, Party, Puerto Vallarta, Travel
I'll go if they're there!

I’ll go if they’re there!

Puerto Vallarta’s annual LGBT event “Vallarta Pride” will take place this year on the weekend of May 24th, 2013.

Events will start with a cocktail kick-off at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Cupula Hotel Boutique and continue for three days, celebrating LGBT culture and Puerto Vallarta’s welcoming community with music festivals, beach parties, fashion shows, mass commitment ceremony and activities in participating bars and clubs.

To get your planning going, download our iPad app here and purchase the October 2012 issue.

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