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By @ 07/05/12 in

Kenny Porpora has been a writer for The New York Times, New York Daily News, Newsday, and has been an editor for The Huffington Post. He joined Man About World as an editor in 2012. He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where he studied journalism and philosophy, and holds an M.S. from Columbia in investigative journalism, where he wrote his master’s thesis on professional wrestling.

He’s reported on some of the biggest national news stories of the last decade, including the New York Yankees’ World Series win, the 2008 presidential primaries, the John Gotti, Jr. trial, and the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ plane crash. He plays the guitar and loves long-distance running. He was born in New York City and currently resides in San Francisco.

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By @ 30/07/19 in Canada, Europe, Gay cruise, Gay pride, Gay travel, Travel

Some gays plan their gay getaways far in advance. Some plan last minute. Some go both ways. We’re those gays. But no matter which you are, we’ve got awesome recommendations for gay getaways to go to now. Next year. Or both!

Gay Getaways: GO NOW!

Atlantis Events takes on Europe with the Oasis of the Seas for the biggest European gay cruise ever. Meet guys from all over the world as this gorgeous Royal Caribbean ship sets sail for a trip of a lifetime. Amazing parties by night, and incredible ports by day. Enjoy bike rides in Mallorca, snorkeling in Capri, wine tasting in Provence and art walks in Florence. The ship departs on Saturday, August 25 and returns September 1.

Don’t miss this epic European journey. Book now and GO!

Join ManAboutWorld’s Billy Kolber (and up to 2,000 of our closest friends!) for the first full-ship LGBTQ+ charter with VACAYA aboard the five-star Celebrity Summit.

The ship will depart NYC on Sunday, August 11 and sail to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Then, it’s a day in quaint Bar Harbor, Maine, and then two full days in fabulous Provincetown.

Kristin Chenoweth kicks off the departure from Cape Liberty, with lots of entertainment onboard and off — including an overnight call in Ptown to kick off their crazy Carnival week. Vacaya’s maiden voyage, promises a new kind of LGBT+ experience. Book now and GO!
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Morocco should be at the top of any queer travelers bucket list! Take the journey with OUT Adventures from Casablanca to Marrakech.

The epic experience kicks off September 13 and lasts for 10 unforgettable days. Travel with a pack of gay travelers through desert landscapes and moody villages. Sleep in a hotel made of Saharan sand, picnic in mountain gorges, cook classic North African cuisine, and share memories that will last a lifetime. Book now and GO!

GAY GETAWAYS: GO LATER

Two continents. 35 countries. Five languages. One love. No matter who you who are, Greater Fort Lauderdale invites you to celebrate LGBT+ advocacy on the beach at the first-ever Pride of the Americas in 2020. All are welcome to fly their flag high, make an impact and radiate life. Join the ManAboutWorld team for this first ever Pride uniting our community from Arctic Canada down to Tierra del Fuego! Book your flights and accommodations today! 

Atlantis and Virgin Voyages will make history in 2020 when they embark on the first gay charter of the Scarlet Lady. The ship will set sail on May 31 – June 7, 2020 from Miami and traverse the Mexican Caribbean. Be one of the first to discover Virgin Voyages adult-only by design experience that will transform the cruise industry.

The Atlantis charter isn’t on sale yet – it’s not even listed on the Atlantis website. But trust us, you’ll want to be on this first gay charter of the Scarlet Lady, the revolutionary new cruising experience from Virgin. Mark your calendar and reserve your vacation days now.

Gay Wine Weekend 2019 just happened, and it was epic. If you missed it, mark your calendar now for next year. Called “One of the best events of the summer season,” Gay Wine Weekend takes over Sonoma Valley from July 18-21 for a 3+ day celebration of food and wine in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley!

Check out the 2019 details, and mark your calendar now.

The hosts of this super fun event look forward to meeting you Out In The Vineyard of “our” Wine Country!

The boys at OUT Adventures have an incredible safari planned for 2020! Their brand new gay tour of Kenya kicks off outside Nairobi – Safari Capital of the World – before venturing into the savannah. Here, authentic yet luxurious tents and lodges will provide shelter in Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. All meals are included on this excursion, including a fab Bush Barbecue. OUT Adventure trips sell out far in advance … so Book now and GO! 

Our very own Kenny Porpora will experience this fabulous OUT Adventures Kenya safari this August 2019. Follow his safari on Instagram at @wozels1102 and get a sneak peek at everything that awaits you in 2020.



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By @ 21/03/18 in Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gay-Friendly, Hotels, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

Gay travel experts Ed Salvato and Kenny Porpora at the Travel Show for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineMingle with LGBTQ travel businesses at the first-ever LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show, March 24-25. For FREE tickets, click here and enter code MANVIP18. You’ll meet the ManAboutWorld team (pictured above) along with representatives of the following awesome businesses which offer tours, cruises, experiences or insurance catering to LGBTQ travelers and their family and friends.

  • Wild Rainbow African Safaris: Owned and operated by Jody Cole, the business runs under one simple philosophy—ensure every traveler has the time of their life.
  • HE Travel: Adventure, culture, leisure or luxury, HE Travel is the leader in gay travel tours and gay adventure travel today and for the last 40 years. .
  • AIG Travel: Whether you’re planning a two-day getaway, a cruise, an adventure vacation, or a month-long international holiday, Travel Guard is designed to fit every traveler and budget.
  • Depart SmartDepart Smart is on a mission to make travel awesome in life-saving ways with online tools and safety certification.
LGBTQ TRAVEL PAVILION AT THE DENVER TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW

All are welcome at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show  first-ever LGBTQ travel pavilion! Learn about hot destinations and events as well as tours, cruises and experiences right here in the U.S .and to the farthest corners of all seven continents and on the high seas — for gay, lesbian, transgender and queer travelers and their straight friends and family. All brought to you by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

New Free Guide to Same-sex Weddings, Honeymoons and Celebration Travel by ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Ask questions. Gather information. Book travel

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or straight, you are welcome here. Find travel information tailored for you and those you love.

FACEBOOK LIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT 2 P.M. MDT/4 P.M. EDT

If you can’t join us at the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the Denver Travel & Adventure Show tune into our Facebook Live Q&A Sunday, Saturday, February 24 at 2 P.M. MDT/4 EDT P.M Meet the travel experts at the booth and ask your travel questions!

FOLLOW THE RAINBOW

Find us under the rainbow in booth number 405.

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By @ 14/03/18 in Gay travel, HospitableMe, LGBTQ training, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Every year, Community Marketing, Inc (CMI), the trusted leader in LGBTQ research, organizes a series of LGBTQ marketing and diversity training webinars for their clients. CMI asked HospitableMe, ManAboutWorld’s LGBTQ sensitivity and sales training division to create a webinar about their services. Above is a video recording with audio of their presentation entitled:

Engaging Service: How Brands Fail LGBTQ Guests

Presented by: Ed Salvato, Billy Kolber & Kenny Porpora
Founders, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Hospitality brands (and some destinations) were among the first to implement diversity training for their customer-facing employees, but often still fail to provide personalized, connected, authentic service. Click on the video above to learn what’s next for brands who strive to fully and warmly engage LGBTQ customers. Learn more about HospitableMe below.

More about Hospitable.Me

With a deep background in consumer-facing LGBTQ travel, the Hospitable.Me team provides bespoke training for hospitality-focused businesses. We improve service for all of your customers, by helping people look beyond gender identity, sexual orientation and relationship status to focus on individual customers, their needs and preferences.

HospitableMe provides LGBTQ sensitivity and sales training for hospitality and tourism organizationsServices

Our training programs empower service providers to deliver inclusive, welcoming, personal service to ALL customers, with an understanding and appreciation of diversity. We provide real-world experience-driven skills and tools to ensure that your people can comfortably serve LGBTQ customers with dignity and respect. We work with sales teams to identify the products, services and benefits that will resonate for LGBTQ audiences, and the strategies to reach them.

Contact us

We’re always happy to talk about your business and how Diversity + Inclusion training might benefit it. Contact Ed.

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By @ 14/02/17 in Gay tours, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Show

LGBT travel show at the LA Convention Center Feb 18-19Meet the ManAboutWorld team at an LA travel show and pick up free stuff(!) at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show February 18-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.

ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 19 at 2:45pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information (and free guides) for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

THE LGBT TRAVEL DREAM TEAM AT THE LA TRAVEL SHOW!

Travel experts include:

Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 01/02/17 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel, Travel Show

Meet the LGBT travel dream team at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Feb 11-12Meet the ManAboutWorld team and pick up free stuff(!) at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show February 11-12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 12 at 2:30pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families

THE LGBT TRAVEL DREAM TEAM!

Travel experts include:

 

Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 19/01/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 15/12/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Myanmar, Parting Shots, Travel
Myanmar as seen from a balloon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Myanmar

Myanmar, the mysterious and intriguing country formerly known as Burma will be featured in an upcoming issue. Enjoy this first look now! ManAboutWorld associate editor Kenny Porpora visited Myanmar and brought back this initial photo reportage and answered a few questions for us.

  1. What did you love about visiting Myanmar?

 

Meeting the people and learning their history and traditions. The country has a violent history and has endured a centuries-long struggle, and you can see the impact it’s had in the faces of the people and the landscapes. Seeing how they live, in all forms, from poor rural villages to urban flats, was an incredible experience. We also soared over the ancient temples of Bagan which was unforgettable.

  1. What surprised you most about the destination?

The friendliness and openness of the people surprised me most. I wasn’t sure what to expect — whether they would be welcoming — but there was this unexpected sense of safety that followed me wherever I went. And also, the food. I’m not the most adventurous eater so I was taken aback by how much I loved the local street food (though I didn’t eat it off the street, and neither should you.)

  1. What were the people that you met like?

The people I met were beyond warm and hospitable. They knew their country and its history, and they loved their country. They were Buddhists of all types, some strict, some not so, but always willing to share what they’ve learned and invite you into their life a little.

  1. What do you know now that you wish you knew before your first trip?

I knew it would be hot in late-October when I went, but I didn’t expect such extreme heat. I would recommend a wardrobe of light t-shirts and shorts, especially if planning to walk around. I also wish I had know how quickly Yangon was developing, as I would’ve spent more time in the city. I’m told it might look quite different in just a few years.

  1. Favorite moment was…

Meeting the little kids, seeing them with their faces painted with sunscreen, and how excited they were to chat and have their photos taken.

6. Best time to go…

Probably the autumn months. Definitely avoid summer but anytime October-March should be beautiful.

7. Gay factor.

In the traditional sense, there’s not much of a scene, but you’ll see gay boys on the street, and there’s even a local doughnut shop in Yangon where all the gay guys hang out. It’s quiet and very unpronounced but it’s there.

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Please check out Parting Shots and a lot more great content in our unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 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 @ 19/10/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Myanmar, Travel
Myanmar temple as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar temple

Our associate editor Kenny Porpora is traveling around Myanmar this week conducting research on a series of articles on  the country that we will publish early in 2016. For now, you can enjoy his updates on our Facebook page. Here are a few photos that he took.

DDTI* is your Daily Dose Of Travel Inspiration.

Children in Myanmar as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Children in Myanmar

Myanmar from a balloon as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar from a balloon

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Check out our digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. 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 @ 05/10/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Gay destintation update includes the new Whitney Museum in New York

The Whitney, New York

Every issue of ManAboutWorld is packed full of essential and inspiring travel information including City Seen, a round-up of new (or new to us) hotels, restaurants, attractions and events brought to us from global gay destinations by our correspondents.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
The first of a new Hyatt lifestyle brand that aims to be at the center of where you want to be, the 257-room hotel set in a historic building stakes its claim in Chicago’s premier business district. It couldn’t be more perfectly placed if we picked it ourselves. Oh, that’s right, we did. From museums and architecture boat tours to the Magnificent Mile and every kind of restaurant you can imagine — the Windy City is yours for the taking. The renovated 1920s-era Art Deco skyscraper (with some stunning views) offers bright, modern rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgrade for a city view room with separate sitting area. Hotel amenities include a decent fitness center, the Cochon Volant (flying pig) French restaurant, with a casual yet crisp air, a bakery and a rooftop bar with fab views.

— Rich Martino

DALLAS, TEXAS Cafe Momentum
For a unique dining experience that will also make you feel good about yourself, head over to Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant designed to provide troubled youth with valuable skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce and teach them responsibility, hopefully setting them on the right path for the future.  Under the guidance of Chef Eric Shelton, the “interns” here work as servers, dishwashers, cooks, and even do the laundry for the clothes worn here by the workers.  Not only is this place a great opportunity to see some terrific service to the community in action, but the food is good too!

Michael Verdirame

MIAMI, FLORIDA 1 Hotel South Beach 
Opened amid a flurry of new hotel brand launches around the world, 1 Hotel South Beach has been living up to its hype and has been garnering a lot of favorable press and attention among hotel critics and guests alike. This months-old oceanfront resort boasts spacious, light-drenched rooms (700 square feet on average) and an eco-consciousness baked into its DNA: the very comfortable mattresses are hemp-blend, there is a fleet of electric Teslas at your disposal (distance parameters apply), there are no bottled waters or disposable shampoo bottles and the entry key is made of wood! Also in tune with the major hotel trend of experiential travel, you’ll find a range of experiences on offer from kayaking in a nearby mangrove (which we did … it was amazing!) to stargazing and more. Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft restaurant is delicious and well worth visiting even if you don’t stay at the hotel. Hotel development plans call for an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and a spa.

Ed Salvato 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Whitney Museum of American Art
My god, where do we start? The Whitney is a triumph of art and architecture and it represents an emphatic exclamation point on the development of a part of town that was once best known for its slaughterhouses. The Meatpacking district’s cobblestone streets are now dotted by chic boutiques, tony bistros, camera-toting tourists and the starting point of the fabulous High Line elevated park. The industrial-looking Whitney sits at the very beginning of the High Line and offers views from every level of the museum both inside and outside. The art is, of course, simply stunning. The current exhibit, America Is Hard to See, includes a who’s who of modern American art works from the early 1900s through the present, opening with one of Marsden Hartley’s iconic images of gay love and war. Start on the 8th floor and make your way down to the 5th floor via the stairs to enjoy the unexpected views from each level. Check this link out for free tours.

Billy Kolber 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Cockscomb Restaurant
Open since December 2014 and set in a former shoe factory in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, the suggestively named restaurant is the brainchild of Top Chef winner and James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Cosentino along with partner Oliver Wharton (who’s known for his nightlife-related projects in Las Vegas). Bring your carnivore friends. You’ll find meat-centric fare with a Spanish accent and lots of pork dishes like crispy pig’s ear and wood oven-roasted pig’s head and more daring offerings like sweetbreads and bone marrow and offal. We love the exposed concrete walls and high ceilings and the local artwork though it can be a bit loud when it’s crowded, which is like every night. But that’s ok. Start with a Negroni aperitif and work your way through some of the fabulous Spanish wines on offer and you will become one with the joyful din. After, head over to one of the many gay bars clustered in the SoMa area including Powerhouse on the weekends (if you’re feeling naughty).

Kenny Porpora

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By @ 06/07/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Montreal, Travel

Gay Pride Montreal

Gay Pride Montreal (Fierté gai, à la française) unfurls its giant rainbow flag, fabulous (and talented) drag queens, hot hot go-go boys and a whole lot of amour August 10-16. It’s one of our favorite Prides on the continent and combines the je ne sais quoi we love about French-speaking Canada with a friendly and enthusiastic (not to mention well-organized) British/North American vibe. Pride includes a week of activities and culminates with a parade on the 16th — the city’s largest.

It’s a great reason to visit but not the only one. Montreal hosts a fantastic annual international fireworks competition which features pyrotechnics companies from around the world displaying their best and most explosive effects. If you don’t get enough of our own fireworks over the July 4th weekend, the Montreal events take place every Wednesday and Saturday from now through August 1.

Visit this site for more information about the event and to see the schedule, times and featured countries. Locals argue over the best viewing spots; in reality there are many. One of our readers swears the best is from the roof top of the Auberge Hotel in the old port though we prefer the Sky Club rooftop (below) since it’ll have the added benefit of being packed with gay boys.

Whether you come for the fireworks or to make your own during Montreal Gay Pride, take note of a few of our things not to miss:

Gay Pride Montreal1. Stay fabulous or stay gay: The contemporary Hotel Gault stands behind an 18th-century stone facade in the heart of Montréal’s historic district, our first-choice lodging recommendation in the city. If you prefer to stay gay, The 352-room Gouverneur Hotel Place Dupuis at the edge of the Gay Village is perfectly located for exploring the city and crawling home from the bars. Service is friendly, though the rooms and public areas are tired, and in need of renovation.

2. Take a selfie with Pink Balls: It’s art and it’s definitely kinda gay. Over 170,000 illuminated pink bulbs stretch along Ste-Catherine East (the heart of the gay village) and just beg to be included in your Instagram feed.

3. Party like a French rock star: This French-accented town knows how to party and entertain. You don’t even have to travel far with some of our favorites clustered in the Village: Code (great music and vibe); Sky(amazing terrace); and Black Eagle/Aigle Noir (for the leather and bear set and their admirers);

4. Catch a show. If you haven’t seen Mado and her talented troupe of performing cabaret queens, you haven’t really seen drag. Many of them actually sing, with great voices, and choreograph intricate dance routines. You can visit the club or find out where they’re performing during Montreal Gay Pride.

5. Video tour. If you can’t get there in person, check out gay-friendly Tourism Montreal’s web series, “Montreal Boy: Some Strings Attached” and enjoy a virtual French-Canadian romance à trois.

We published this in Towleroad and re-post it here for our readers who may have missed it. 

This weekly Towleroad travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy KolberEd SalvatoKenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.

Gay Pride Montreal as seen in Towleroad and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

For even more insider recommendations in Canada and other destinations in the U.S and around the globe, download ManAboutWorld Magazine on iTunes (iOS) or Google Play (Android). 

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By @ 30/06/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sonoma, Towleroad, Travel
Gay men enjoying wine during Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma as seen in gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld

Sonoma sips

Discover white, red, rosé …. and rainbow-tinged wine of gay-popular Sonoma County. From San Francisco drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and an hour through beautiful rolling hills to a darling little town called Healdsburg, a former farming village and the most charming of many lovely towns in the County.

As recently as 15 years ago, there wasn’t much to speak of around these parts but then the Hotel Healdsburg opened in 2001 and world-famous chef Charlie Palmer came to town; soon two Michelin stars followed, transforming this one-horse town into a two-Tesla vacation haven with fantastic wineries.

It’s but one hamlet in a county of charming inns, farm fresh food, boutique shops, plenty of wineries and a surprising number of LGBT residents, winemakers, chefs and business owners, without the tourist crowds of neighboring Napa.

If you plan a trip, here are five things not to miss, especially the number-one time for gay people to visit next year.

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 2.41.12 PM1. Hotel Les Mars: Healdsburg is centered around a main town square, while all around it you’ll find restaurants, bookstores, artisan crafts makers, boutique shops, and hotels. The Hotel Les Mars is the best hotel around, a Relais & Chateaux French maison-style hotel with ornate rooms full of dark wood armoires, antiques, 17th-century art, and shelves of tattered books along with a new restaurant, Chalkboard, a hip, rustic chic dining room that was once the Michelin-starred Cyprus.

2. SHED: In this progressive, sun-drenched, farm-to-table lunch spot next to Hotel Les Mars, market, and green space, the owners are lifelong farmers who’ve blended their philosophies on fresh produce with the simplistic virtues of California cooking. SHED has its own garden and also sources fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market across the street. It’s among the most innovative and artful lunch counters in the state with nice options.



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By @ 31/07/14 in Israel, Jordan

 

petraAmidst all the violence and blame in the middle east right now, this essay by Peter Schwartz in response to Brian Eno captures our sadness at the intractability and inhumanity of the situation. Just last year, ManAboutWorld founder Billy Kolber traveled throughout Petra (above) while associate editor Kenny Porpora made his way through Israel (below.) We pray for peace and freedom.

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By @ 19/05/14 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Key West, ManAboutWorld, Travel

keywestIt’s almost officially summer time and our associate editor Kenny Porpora landed in Key West to explore this beautiful gay mecca just 130 miles from the Miami coast. For the next few days, he’ll be exploring the island’s old town, famous for its charming Bohemian houses that line the main drag of Duval Street, and the off-the-beaten-path knick-knack shops, cafes, and gay bars that weave in and out, to report back some of the island’s best kept secrets.

ManAboutWorld covered Key West extensively in January 2013 and now we’re circling back to see what’s new and to find out who has the best Key Lime pie, which bar hosts the best cock contest, and who charters the best boat for a day of snorkeling in crystal blue water.

Two informative sites we like: Gay Key West and Keys Voices.

 

 

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By @ 30/07/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Photo du jour, Travel

Our Associate Editor Kenny Porpora is in Brazil on assignment and sent us a few photos from the beautiful Iguazu Falls.

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Here’s our Kenny with his new Brazil jacket.

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By @ 28/07/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Our Associate Editor Kenny Porpora is in Brazil on assignment and sent us a few photos from Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo.

The famous disco, "The Week."

The famous disco, “The Week.”

 

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By @ 09/08/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld’s beaming parents (from a page in the actual magazine available on the iPad.)

Launching a business inevitably takes longer and cost more than you expect it to.  So when Ed and I started planning the Inaugural Issue, we gave ourselves the broad goal of “Summer 2012,” and while we originally hoped to be out with a sneak peak issue in June, we soon realized it would become our August/September launch issue, which as of Tuesday, August 7th, went live on the App Store Newsstand.  Whenever I veered towards despondency over the delays and obstacles, I just googled the latest news on Citi Bike.  They also had the same launch goal… and Mayor Bloomberg behind them.  ManAboutWorld is just me, Ed and Kenny (who are both still working other jobs), with a supporting cast of Correspondents, contributors, contractors and cheerleaders, without whom we could not have done it.

It’s been a fascinating journey, which we will periodically write about here — in part to give much deserved credit to those people who helped us launch; in part to help others who might benefit from our experience, and in part to engage you, our members, in a dialog about how ManAboutWorld can best inform and inspire your own journeys.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of the inaugural issue yet, you can download it as a free trial from the App Store.  Please do, and let us know what you think.  We’re already hard at work on our next issue (October), and we’re eager to hear your feedback, suggestions, questions and criticisms.  Please share them in the comments here, and we’ll do our best to reply to each and every one of them.

 

 

 

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By @ 26/08/15 in Emilia-Romagna, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Una bella strada di Bologna in Italia

ManAboutWorld’s associate editor Kenny Porpora is visiting the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. Among the cities he’s visiting are Bologna and Parma. So, you can probably guess Emilia-Romagna is noted for its food products! It’s also gorgeous as you can see in the photo he sent us today. To follow more of his adventures check back here or visit our Facebook page.

Kenny will report on his findings in an upcoming issue (stay tuned) but our friends at Purple Roofs list a few gay marketed properties in the region.

Have you read ManAboutWorld yet? What … no?! Hows’ that possible. Now’s the time to check out a unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are several FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, get downloadin’!

 

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By @ 12/12/14 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld, Travel

????????ManAboutWorld spoke at the the 15th Annual Conference of Tourism and Hospitality hosted by CMI at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Speaking on press trips, our Publisher, Billy Kolber (center) and Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato (left) along with myself, discussed best practices to creating press trips, from abstract tips about themes and chemistry to considering the more fundamental needs of a writer, like WiFi and accommodations. If you’re in the industry and organize or attend press trips, this guide is for you. Download it now free!

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