Gaycation Magazine Pride Issue 7 June-July 2014

gaycation magazine pride issue with a rainbow flag on the cover

Join us as we discover Gay Key West, our feature story for our debut issue. You will get an inside peek at what it's like to live on that little Florida island by a local. We'll explore all of the favorites, as well as discover some new places to visit. You won't want to miss what Duvall Street has to offer and the uniqueness of the Conch Republic.

Gay Key West

By Guy A Ross

There is a subtle rhythm to this little island in the stream. If you don’t live here or if you’ve not been born here you might miss it. But it’s definitely here. You can feel it, sense it, and sometimes even taste it. A gentle cadence that impels you to breathe deeply, lower your shoulders, chill. One of the bestselling bumper stickers in Key West warns: “Slow Down! This Ain’t the Mainland!” ...

Diversity in Gay Travel: An Interview with Laurence Pinckney of Zenbiz Travel

GM: What are cruise lines, resorts, and airlines doing, if anything to attract more ethnic LGBT travelers?

ZB: Well, I see that cruise lines like Norwegian, are doing more as far as putting ethnic images in their advertisements. But, there is so much more that can be done with regard to niche marketing to people-of-color. This market is ripe with potential clients who have expendable income and are ready to travel now. But they are looking for options that speak to them, their family, and their friends. The big mistake many of these companies make, is they don't understand the power of groupthink within our disparate communities.

Ogunquit Maine, Beautiful Place by the Sea

By Rick Barber

The year was 1988, probably before many of you were even born. I was a grad student in Boston. Many friends had been talking about this little town in Maine where lots of gay people hang out. It was only an hour or so north of the city. I decided to pull together a few dollars and take a mini-vacation. I broke out my gay guide (remember kids, Al Gore had not invented the internet yet), called a couple of B&B's, found a room, and into my Suzuki Samurai I went and drove to Ogunquit Maine...

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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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