Summer 2011



Our preview of sizzling LGBT destinations.



Fire Island Frolics: End of an Era

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Sep 7, 2011
This season’s last issue of the Fire Island News marks the end of an era of sorts for this humble reporter.

Fire Island Frolics: All About Ascension!

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Aug 24, 2011
Mother Nature largely proved she loves the gays during Ascension weekend in Fire Island Pines.

Discover Gay Florida :: Daytona Beach

By Sheri Elfman | Saturday Aug 20, 2011
The famous (or infamous, depends on your experiences) Daytona Beach isn’t just a place for bikers (although if you are into that, you will be very pleased).

Fire Island Frolics: Cherry Grove Welcomes FIBO

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
Thousands of LGBT people of color descended upon Cherry Grove this weekend for the ninth annual Fire Island Black Out, but a long-time Grove resident’s tragic death cast a somber shadow upon the beach.

Stockholm Pride 2011 "Openness" Photo Album

By | Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
The biggest Pride festival in Scandinavia, Stockholm Pride 2011 celebrated "Openness" with an exuberant parade and a three-night party marked by a surfeit of extraordinary specimens from a city long heralded for its stunning beauty.

More Sand, More Surf, More Fun At California’s Beaches

By Joel Martens | Saturday Aug 13, 2011
SoCal is truly perfection when it comes to the outdoor lifestyle; you can surf, dive, boogey-board, swim, snorkel, body surf, play volleyball or just chill on your lounge chair, sip a drink with friends and watch the boys walk by-so de rigueur.

Fire Island Frolics: From Gillibrand to the Concerned Women of the Grove

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Aug 9, 2011
It was a busy Saturday on Fire Island for this reporter-even if a fight at High Tea capped off what was otherwise a good day.

Sexy Sin City Sizzles in Summer

By ED Walsh | Tuesday Aug 9, 2011
There’s something about the warm summer nights in Las Vegas that make Las Vegas just a little sexier. And the latest sexiest trend in Sin City is very much optimized in the summer.

We’ll Always Have Paris

By Mark Thompson | Tuesday Aug 2, 2011
Even with a weakened dollar, it’s still possible to vacation in Paris. Picnic on the banks of the Seine. Wander the Tuileries. Stroll through the Marais. A thousand quotidian pleasures will remind you why you’ll always love Paris best.

Summer in Paris

By | Tuesday Aug 2, 2011
As a phrase, "summer in Paris" has a kind of hypnotizing appeal - and to find oneself in the City of Light during the brightest season is to fall in love with the city’s charms all over again.

Kathie Lee and Hoda Take One for the Team

By Troy Petenbrink | Wednesday Jul 27, 2011
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb made an appearance at a drag queen volleyball game in Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Friday, July 22. The "Today" show is scheduled to air footage from the match on Thursday, July 28.

Fire Island Frolics: Eye Candy Amid a Calamity of Errors

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Jul 27, 2011
Some particularly sweet eye candy proved a bright spot during what can best be described as a calamitous weekend on Fire Island.

Top Seven Summer Places in the Six-Million Acre Adirondack Park

By | Saturday Jul 23, 2011
The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Explore historic, scenic and quirky sites throughout the Adirondack Region and experience this six-million acre park from a new perspective.

Summer Houseguest Rules 101

By Grace Corradino | Friday Jul 22, 2011
I love my friends. I love the idea of having my friends come to Fire Island and stay with us. Too often, at the end of the visit I am exhausted and cranky. Why is that?

Vermont’s Seductive Summer Swimming Holes

By JOHN CURRAN | Wednesday Jul 20, 2011
Vermont has no shortage of places to cool off: When summer’s heat settles in, people head to the countryside to cool off in old-fashioned swimming holes that dot the state’s rivers and streams.

Summer Fun - To Tent Or Not To Tent

By Joel Martens | Wednesday Jul 20, 2011
There are quite a few great options for gay-exclusive or gay-friendly camping within a minimal drive in California, and most can accommodate RV, trailer or tent stations and have numerous amenities-some even offer catering so you don’t even have to cook!

Fire Island Frolics: All About the Dance

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jul 19, 2011
This Fire Island Dance Festival weekend on the beach certainly kept this reporter busy, but at the end of the day it was all about the dance.

Biking to Versailles - to Beat the Crowds

By DAVID K. RANDALL | Monday Jul 18, 2011
I was riding along trails laid out for French monarchs, a bottle of wine and a day’s lunch on my back. But where Louis XIV rode a horse, I had a humble beach cruiser.

Pink and Blue Summer in the South of France

By Mark Thompson | Thursday Jul 14, 2011
With at least fifteen gay bars, three gay beaches, two major LGBT festivals, and as many rainbow flags as wave in le Marais in Paris, Nice has become the de facto gay resort of France.

Summer in the South of France: Nice and Toulouse

By | Thursday Jul 14, 2011
Ever since F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald landed in the south of France during the Twenties, the Cote d’Azur has been a haven for the beautiful and the gifted who are drawn to the azure waters of the Mediterranean and the pink villages of France.