Gaycation Magazine Issue 15 April 2015

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This month we're going to take you to Thailand to visit an elephant sanctuary. Visiting animal-based tourist attractions are very controversial. However, some developing countries rely on the tourist dollar and so they cater to the visitors. Elephant Nature Park is an elephant sanctuary rescue organization for abused, neglected, and abandoned elephants. Read more on how this sanctuary is changing the face of animal rights.

Local Living: Tips for Exploring Oakland, Denver, and Fort Lauderdale

by Kelsy Chauvin

Traveling can make a city feel like it has two faces: one for tourists, and one for locals. But diving deeper into a destination is as easy as a good chat with the right person. Most residents are glad to point eager visitors in the right direction and share secrets that may be off the radar even to the home team. Here’s what local tipsters shared about three gay-friendly U.S. cities worth a closer look.


California knows how to party, claimed Tupac in “California Love”—but it also knows how to eat. This other lovely “city by the Bay” is compared to a lot of places, even earning a rep as “Brooklyn West.” But on a warm August visit to Oak Town, I saw why natives Gertrude Stein and Jack London traveled the world, yet still always called themselves Oaklanders...

How to Make Pad Thai Like a Local

by Meg Ten Eyck

I knew I needed to buy spices, but I wasn’t sure where to go or what to buy. I approached the bamboo gates of the local Chiang Mai market nervous and excited. There was a tiny Thai grandmother sitting behind a desk in a small wooden office. She was surrounded by fruit, nuts, and piles of multicolored packages. I hoped she’d be able to point me in the right direction. I approached her and uttered my best, punctuated, “Sa. Wat. Dee. Kah.”

She smiled and rolled her eyes in a friendly “oh, tourists” manner. Feeling self-congratulatory, I asked where to find the cooking class. She waved to the side of the building and said “400 Baht” in accented English. She handed me a bundle of soft handwoven taffeta with small packages of spices inside. I walked away as she gave me a side eye look that I interpreted as, “Do you know what you’re doing, lady?”...

Lingering Along London's Regent's Canal

by Ben Lambert

It’s a beautiful day; glorious in fact. The sun’s rays reach deep into the city, taking the edge off the slight chill. The sky is a brilliant shade of blue with only the odd cloud here and there. The air feels and smells fresh and crisp—perfect weather for a light sweater or blazer. My favorite.

I sit silently on the terrace of the little canalside café, sipping my espresso, watching families stroll by as a boat floats slowly down the canals. In the distance, a dog barks and a child squeals in delight. It is a perfect, tranquil Saturday morning: in London...

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National Pride Grant money

The LGBTQIA+ National Grant allows eligible small businesses to receive one of 25 grants totaling $25,000. Founders First is committed to increasing the number of diverse founder-led companies generating over $1 million in revenue and creating premium-wage jobs. To be eligible, the company's founder must identify as LGBTQIA+, have an active U.S.-based business, be the CEO, President, or owner, and employ between 2 and 50 employees

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) May 06, 2023 -- Founders First CDC (Founders First), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers the expansion of diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses alongside TurningPoint Executive Search, is pleased to announce that the inaugural National Pride Grant, a grant fund to support U.S. based LGBTQIA+ small business owners, is now open for pre-registration.

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The Perfect Jean

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I don’t know what it is with men’s jeans that make it so difficult to find the right pair. It takes time to go through all these denim brands and try styles like straight-legged, boot-cut, and then the disco favorite, flared jeans. Thanks to popular metal bands back in the day, acid-washed and stone-washed jeans were a thing–pair those with a biker jacket and some big hair, and you were set.

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The Best Cannabis Edibles for 2023

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I think we’ve all been there back in the day when we smoked our first joint, and then some, (sorry mom)–hacking, coughing, and choking on the herbaceous weed. Nowadays, there are several products on the market that produces the same effects but without a sore throat like the popular cannabis edibles.

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