Gaycation Magazine Issue 18 August 2015

gaycation magazine cover with a photo of cover of gaycation magazine with the nomadic boys Stefan Arestis in India

This month we're taking you Off the Beaten Path to destinations exotic and unknown. First, let's visit The Golden Triangle in India. Follow along with Nomadic Boys, Stefan and Sebastien, as they tour Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. They discover the gay nightlife and what it's like to live as a gay man in India.

Uncovering India: Nomadic Boys Stefan and Sebastien rub up against the Eastern country’s very different way of life

by Stefan Arestis,

Last year, my boyfriend Sebastien and I quit our London jobs to eat our way through Asia. One of the places we were really geared up for was India, a country full of extremes from the slums to the Taj Mahal, loads of colour (those saris!), tasty yummy curries and some very pretty boys—holding hands—everywhere.

Yup, you read that right.

Backstage Bali, Dig a little deeper around the backroads of Bali and you'll find unique places to stay, play and eat in the hidden corners of the island.

by Dee Farrell

Bali—and the 999 other islands of Indonesia—is one of the best places to visit while the U.S. dollar is strong. This is a great time for Americans to travel internationally if affordability has been holding you back from travelling to the Island of the Gods. Your Yankee bucks have greater buying power—up more than 50 percent and rising fast—particularly in Bali where tourism revenues are highly prized by the government and travel operators.

The Old and New Haunts of Gay L.A.

by Kelsy Chauvin

The City of Angels has a long history as the City of Gays too. From the “pansy” and “nance” craze of the 1940s to the little-known 1959 gay revolt at Cooper’s Donuts, Los Angeles was a hotbed of full-on LGBTQ pride years before New York’s Stonewall riots. And the curious part is that much of the past century’s gay notoriety happened in neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Downtown L.A.—not West Hollywood, a.k.a. the Southern California capital of queer.

But what’s come of La La Land’s rainbow-colored past? And where are gays, lesbians, and trans folks spending their time outside of WeHo nowadays?

Yesteryear’s Pride

A good place to start answering those and more questions is with Out & About Tours ( Run by the enthusiastic and amazingly knowledgeable Jim Anzide, Out & About delivers gay L.A. in a nutshell...

Read Gaycation Magazine's Off the Beaten Path Issue

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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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, 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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