Gaycation Magazine Issue 17 June 2015

cover of gaycation magazine with a drag queen performing at a pride event

The untouched beauty of El Nido on the island of Palawan in the Philippines is a sight to behold. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, go on a tour, or stroll the beaches and enjoy island life. While you're there, make sure to visit the Bacuit archipelago with it's towering island cliffs.


by Mark A Lee

After the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act fiasco, many people from around the world were left scratching their heads, wondering why anyone in the LGBT community would want to visit Indiana—let alone live there. Unfortunately for the few businesses who do want to discriminate based on the grounds of “religious freedom,” Indiana does have a large LGBT community and a very long list of LGBT-friendly spots and must-dos to experience throughout the state.

Little City, Big Pride

by Aaron Drake

During Pride season, there’s no shortage of festivals to be found in any of the 50 states—that alone is reason to celebrate. But for LGBT travelers who like to Pride hop this time of year, we know it’s all about choosing the right combination of an exciting Pride celebration and a visit-worthy destination.

Where to Stay

by Auston Matta

Traveling to a gay Pride event can be a great way to get to know a city and also experience the local LGBT scene in a place you’ve never been. Gay Pride festivals vary greatly around the world and each has its own, unique flare. From the massive and party-heavy prides like São Paulo and Madrid, to the more intimate and culturally-focused of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, traveling for a Pride event can be an exciting adventure. But before you book your plane ticket you should consider where to book a room. The days where hotels were the only accommodation option are long gone. Now you have numerous choices like apartment rentals or even sleeping on a stranger’s couch. Use these practical tips to help you decide which accommodation option is right for you during your next gay Pride trip.

Extreme Weddings

by Aaron Drake

For many couples their wedding day is already the beginning of a new adventure. For gays and lesbians who have a passion for travel (and a knack for creativity), it’s no surprise they would push the envelope even further with the how, when and where of getting hitched. Jeff Robertson and Jeremiah Pyant are the perfect example of one such couple. They celebrated their love and right to marry with an adventure wedding thousands of feet above the ground last year.

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WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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