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Connextions Magazine Issue #22: Travel Heels takes a closer look at The World’s Top LGBTQ Travel Experts share their secrets: David Duran, High Heels Abroad, Globe Trotter Girls, David Perry, My Normal Gay Life, Nomadic Boys, Travels of Adam, Manny Velasquez-Paredes, Out And About, The Scruffy Italian Traveller & H.Luiz Martinez.
Take a closer look at Gran Canaria in Spain. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, it has become a great vacation place for LGBTQ travelers, because of its scenery, culture, beauty, and food. The island had no clue what to expect when 11 Gay Travel Writers and Bloggers were invited by the gay bungalows resort, Paso Chico, to spend a week there and experience all they have to offer. Our LGBTQ Family participates in one of the most popular getaways for people of all ages.
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Connextions Magazine Issue #21: #Proud2BMe analyses freedom of religion and the so-called bathroom-laws. While travelling through Baltimore, we tour a #NOH8 photo shoot, featuring Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley.
Our Featured Gay Travel Expert, David Duran takes us to Ibiza to experience the world’s most expensive restaurant, and Gay Polo in The Palm Beaches. 4 hotels in Los Angeles that will make you want to experience for yourself!
Our Travel Lite Expert, Ross Christianson, takes us on a New York State of Mind tour. We take a tour of H.Luiz Presents kitchen in The Food Trail column and we have a special Editorial of Pride events from around the world.
Read Issue #21: #Proud2BMe
THE PALM BEACHES ARE CALLING
After check-in, I headed to The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa because who doesn’t need a welcome massage after flying in? This place was over the top, and the spa here is all about indulgences, which was evident by pre-massage champagne and brownies. I didn’t want to leave afterwards, but alas, dinner at The Farmer’s Table was calling, and it was great. The farm to table concept has been overdone now and it’s becoming the standard everywhere, but this place did it better than anywhere I had been lately, and the cocktails that accompanied dinner were just as amazing.
NY THROUGH INNOCENT EYES
I had a knot in my stomach all morning because I realized earlier that day that I didn’t have any plans whatsoever. I sat in my seat on the plane stressing and regretting my lack of preparation. Then seemingly out of nowhere, the skyline of Skyscraper National Park faded into view. It was a foggy morning, and the sun was glowing through the mist as the skyline poked through the mist to stand defiant, strong, confident, and unfazed. This view struck a chord and started a never-ending process in my mind, body, and soul that screamed, “I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME AND I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE.”
We went, we saw, we spun in circles drifting in an airboat and then we returned back to the park. Our guide wanted to show us a few of the animals up close and when I saw the big yellow Britney Spears boa constrictor, I knew that this was my opportunity to recreate a classic music video.
When he took out the boa, I stood back and watched little children run up and pet the snake while I cowered behind the crowds. Missed opportunity, yes, but one less freak death by Britney-boa, averted. I did hold a baby alligator though…
MOST EXPENSIVE RESTAURANT
Hidden inside the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is Sublimotion, an experiential dining option that seat 12 guests each night. It truly is a production from start to finish beginning with a cocktail at renowned Chef Paco Roncero Estado Puro restaurant, located within the hotel. The private entrance looked like the exit of a stage door at a Broadway theater. It was bizarre but it fit perfectly into the evening of theatrics that would ensue. When we entered, we were greeted with a personal invitation of sorts, a ticket sealed inside an envelope. When we were instructed to eat said ticket, I knew I was in for something I could have never imagined.
4 LA HOTELS
With so many hotel options in Los Angeles, which one is the one to visit? In LA, it’s all about location and being in the midst of everything. When we travel to LA, we imagine sophistication, a hip vibe and a fun scene to take in. There are a ton of hotels in LA to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites. From an iconic landmark property quickly becoming the new gay hotspot, to a smaller international boutique property that steps up the game for boutiques by providing guests with a space they will surely miss when checking into another hotel elsewhere. We’ve also included the original G of lifestyle brand hotels and a property with a history that’s sure to cause a riot.
NOH8 IN BALTIMORE
While we were in Baltimore, The Monaco, aside from hosting “The Modern Family Trip,” was also hosting celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley, creators of The NOH8 Campaign, who were there to photograph the people of Baltimore. So, we were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time and were able to attend a behind-the-scenes NOH8 photo shoot!
As you may be familiar, The NOH8 Campaign features people from all walks of life and from across the globe, where the subjects appear with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced and “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
Forks, Corks & Cocktails is a community event that gathers the LGBT community for a night of fun, dancing and culinary overload from all over New York and even the world.
Connextions Magazine was invited to take part of the event this past May, and our team experienced the promised “culinary overload!”
For special and romantic days, I like to create “The 5 Fishes” menu. The best-quality seafood costs around $75 and while that may sound costly to some, think about how much an evening out may cost a couple, add the cost of champagne, wine, or cocktails and your total really adds up. We bypass all that and create this amazing tasting menu for half the price!
Tom Verni is an open gay man and a Law Enforcement Consultant, Trainer & Community Relations Strategist. While working as a detective in the NYPD, Verni made real, tangible, positive change in people’s lives. Verni worked as a police academy instructor, supervising and teaching recruit officers and as the citywide liaison to the LGBT Community in New York City for the Chief of Community Affairs. He is often seen on Fox News and CNN as a Professional Commentator, and in this editorial, he examines the bathroom-laws and the right to pee!
PRIDE EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Why do we celebrate PRIDE? Simply because if we hadn’t shown PRIDE back in 1969 during the Stonewall Riots - then we wouldn’t have achieved ALL of the things we have as a community. Last year, the United States Supreme Court reached the decision that Marriage Equality is now the LAW OF THE LAND. Yaaaay for us!
But what happened afterwards was a monsoon of states trying and sometimes succeeding in passing so-called “religious laws,” which aim to defend hatred in the name of religion.
Our special Deluxe Issue features the most Luxurious Destinations in the world! The hotel/resort you choose determines how luxurious your trip will be, this is why this issue focuses on places that scream Deluxe Life! We traveled all over the world and had lots of fun photo shoots from Oslo in Norway, to California, Maui, Connecticut and Florida where Connextions Magazine visited the Diplomat Resort & Spa for an unforgettable photo shoot with Lithuanian Model Paulius Paražinskas. We also take you to the DANDI Awards ceremony, where Connextions Magazine was the winner in the Media category; and introduce you to Starlight Charter, an LGBT owned and operated sailing experience providing you with unique and private adventures, which served as the location for this issue’s cover photo shoot with French Model William Rootpeter. The Connextions team has chosen Peru as the "Top Luxury Destination."
Read Issue #20: Deluxe Life
The Westin KOR hosted the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival’s Moscow Mule Maui Style event, a mixology pairing lunch, located at the award winning Pulehu, an Italian Grill. I was able to learn about the history of the Moscow Mule, but then was able to taste variations of this classic cocktail, prepared by a panel, including Jason Vendrell from Monkeypod Kitchen Wailea, who demonstrated how to make your own ginger beer, the staple ingredient in a Moscow Mule.
Read: Maui A Foodie’s Dream Destination
Norway is a very liberal region in regards to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights. It became the first country in the world to enact anti-discrimination laws protecting homosexuals in certain areas. Same-sex marriage, adoption, and IVF/assisted insemination treatments have been legal since 2009. Oslo is Norway’s capital, and is considered to be a city where nature meets urban pleasures. The Grand Hotel in Oslo is Norway’s best-known and most prestigious hotel.
Read: The Grand Trip
Nestled in the heart of Barranco and just a block away from the Malecón is one of the most stunning mansions, the Hotel B, which was restored to its magnificent architectural masterpiece without altering the essence of the original house. Acclaimed French architect Claude Sahut, who had remodeled portions of the Government Palace, and many of Lima’s main avenues, parks, theaters and other public buildings and spaces, was originally commissioned to design the property and construction was completed in 1914.
Read: Hotel B - The B Is For Beauty
In the last 5 years Lima Peru, has become the center of dining experiences in Latin America winning several culinary awards, including “The World’s Leading Culinary Destination 2015” by the World Travel Awards. Peru has actually won this category for the past 4 years, something that no other country has achieved.
Read: Lima The World's Culinary Capital
Located on a barrier island just thirty minutes from Jacksonville International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, is the perfect excuse for a vacation! With its oceanfront setting on 26 acres and 1.5 miles of dune lined beaches bordered by state parks, the setting immediately offers a relaxing and gay atmosphere.
Read: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
The award-winning luxurious place to stay while visiting Greenwich is The Delamar Hotel, which is surrounded by the harbor and nearby shops. The picturesque views and easy access to beaches, shopping and local attractions offered are perfect for a romantic getaway, family retreat, business meeting, elegant wedding, or savory sojourn for foodies. Delamar Greenwich Harbor and Delamar Southport are a family-owned business that provides a superior experience with first-class service and extremely LGBTQ-friendly, family and event pet-friendly.
Read: LGBT Family Travel Weekend Getaway
Returning to Lima, Peru, my birthplace, for the first time in 25 years of living abroad was an extremely scary and exciting idea. As a young child, after my birth father’s death, my mother decided she needed a change and she took my sister and me to live in the United States. I left Peru at such a young age that I did not even realize then that I was gay. So returning to see my birthplace and experience life there after 25 years was an extremely scary and exciting experience. I have family in Peru, and they had advised me on how to navigate my arrival, so I will share those tips with you.
Read: JW Marriott The Crown's Jewel
Award Winning Connextions Magazine The LGBTQ Travel & Lifestyle Magazine
On November 13, 2015, the Fourth Annual DANDI Awards heralded individuals and organizations for demonstrating outstanding commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive world. Connextions Magazine, the Travel and Lifestyle Magazine for LGBTQ Travelers was honored with the DANDI for Media and Communications. Connextions Magazine was the only gay media to be nominated this year .
Read: Award Winner Connextions Magazine
With so many choices for travelers, even the most classics need a facelift every once in a while. La Valencia Hotel, affectionately referred to as the “Pink Lady” or “La V” by many who have stayed there, is located in the heart of La Jolla, overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean in California.
Read: The Pink Lady's Facelift
Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood is a top of the line luxury brand, award winning resort and part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton. It has received top honors from Conde Nast Traveler and Trip Advisor, along with being named a top 100 Meeting Hotel by Cvent. Opening in 1959, the ritzy and opulent retreat quickly made Hollywood, Florida a popular destination for the rich, famous and anyone seeking a little glamour with their surf and sun.
Read: Diplomat Resort & Spa
Proud to be an LGBT owned company, Captain Toby and Captain Will, welcome all guests, from couples, to all types of families and groups. Appropriate ages range from eight months to the young at heart. Chef/Steward yachting professionals can be hired upon request.
Starlight Sailing Charters provides private day charters and sailing vacations in Sag Harbor and the Virgin Islands that are surely to excite and relax even the most stressed, while providing a unique and private vacation experience.
Read: Starlight Charter Cruising Through Life
Interview with: Actor, Model, Entrepreneur, Student & World Traveler William Rootpeter: Under The Spotlight. Cover model for this issue, William, sits down with Connextions Magazine for an in-depth interview following his photo shoot.
Read: William Rootpeter Under The Spotlight
Connextions Magazine Issue #19: “Travel Lite” provides you with resources to create your perfect LGBTQ trips even when on a budget! In this issue, we take you on a gay journey to places like New Orleans and Las Vegas, where the parties never stop. We also take you on a budget-friendly European adventure through Barcelona and London. Walk through Las Ramblas, and take a ride on the London Eye, all are at your fingertips and your wallet will thank you with the “15 Vacation on a Budget Tips!” Our LGBT Family takes you on an eco-friendly and completely unplugged trip to the Poconos. Photographer Steven Rosen uses his camera to capture your passion and has photographed tons of same-sex couples. Dalton Maldonado, a Kentucky high school gay basketball player who was pushed to come out sits down with us in New York for an in-depth interview and photo shoot.
Read Issue #19: Travel Lite
As he entered the locker room, Dalton lost it and his Coach and teammates unaware of his situation, rallied around him. He had no choice, and the only way to explain his desperate tears was by shouting “I’m gay, I’m gay.” Dalton was forced to come out during a basketball game and he has been fighting since.
Read: The Man Who Is Not Afraid to Fight Back
London is the capital and most populous city of England. Standing on the River Thames, London is a leading global city, and some consider it to be a cultural mecca. It is among the top of the world’s most-visited cities.
London can be an expensive city to visit, but, here’s a list of free or very cheap things to do while on a London trip!
Read: The Lure of London: 5 Things To Do for Free or Cheap!
What happens when one of our staff writers, Lilly, spends the day on a photo shoot aboard a luxury yacht? She meets lots of women in the Hamptons and has a great time!
Read Have You Seen HER?
We were recently in Las Vegas and during our first night, we dined in the hotel’s restaurant because it was convenient. The food was extraordinary but when the check came, the “taste” was literally knocked out of my mouth. So we are publishing a travel writer's secrets to Las Vegas Money Saving Tips for the Budget-Conscious Traveler!
Steven Rosen is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Although he works with different types of couples, he is particularly proud of the fact that he has worked with almost ninety same-sex couples.
Read: Capturing Your Love is His Passion
New Orleans was extremely fun. In just two days, we went to a blues festival, checked out the music and art scenes on Frenchmen Street, survived Bourbon Street, explored the Jackson Square area, delighted our taste buds with some amazing local cuisine, and toured Celebration Distillation. New Orleans definitely offered an endless stream of delights for pleasing all of the senses.
Read: New Orleans, New Adventures
Everybody is thrilled when a sweet or savory tart is in the room – I know I am! My fruit tarts remind me of the baked goods in French Patisseries and Peruvian Panaderias.
Read: The Food Trail, Buen Provecho
The best way to unplug is to plug into nature and if you don’t mind hiking and climbing, then Bushkill Falls, which is known as the Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania, is really the place to visit! It opened to the public in 1904, and is located on about 300 acres of land in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our LGBTQ Family travels to the Poconos.
Read: Plug Into the Poconos
Gay Barcelona combines the old with the new in a stunning array of architecture, museums, parks, markets, beaches, and more. Visiting this city should be on everyone’s Gay Bucket lists who wish to see the greatest cities of the world. Whether you want to experience the art, enjoy the food and drinks, soak up the sun, or witness the majestic spirituality the city has to offer, you will leave as a satisfied traveler.
But how can you afford such a trip?
Read: A Budget-Friendly Vacation in Beautiful Barcelona
“Love Together” by Tim Clausen embarks on a voyeuristic exploration of how love, relationships, respect, emotional and sexual fulfillment play a role among same-sex male couples by asking them 26 very personal questions.
Read: In Review
The psychological journey of Father Tony’s internal battle between his purpose in life to serve his community and his sexual desires, which can probably be traced to his male cousin, make this novel a wicked journey that readers, although they may disagree with his actions, might allow themselves to feel pity for him.
Read: In Review
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Connextions Magazine, the LGBT Travel & Lifestyle Magazine celebrates Summer & Pride with Issue #18: Shine Up & Out, highlighting summer vacation spots and Pride Festivals from around the world titled: "A World Without Color - A World Without Pride." Special "40 Years of Pride" in Tel Aviv, Israel. Plus a budget travel mission in Colorado, New York City's newest miracle, Paris like a Gay Local, Punta Mita Sexy Beach Tasty Secrets, a Hawaiian mythological & cultural trip and more.
Read: Issue #18: Shine Up & Out
After 911, New York started the healing and rebuilding process almost instantaneously, however, change doesn’t occur over night. Change and progress take time and miracles happen all the time. One of those miracles is getting ready unveil its brand new observatory. Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building, the One World Observatory provides guests three floors of innovation, pride, inspiration and unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from above 1,250 feet.
Read A View From Above One World Observatory
Spend a day in Paris, France with the Gay Locals, the aroma of fresh baguettes, the waiters flittering among café tables, the all-but-too-attractive locals, you know you are in Gay Paris. And what better way to experience it than with the Gay Locals, the first LGBT tour guide company in Paris.
Read Travel Paris Like a Gay Local
Connextions Magazine, Featured Writer, David Duran takes us on a tasty Sexy Beach adventure through the exclusive gated community in Punta Mita, located in the city of Punta de Mita in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Read Sexy Beach Tasty Secrets
2 hitchhikers who have never been to Colorado, decide to follow the road. Next thing you know, they are on their way to Colorado and hiking the Rocky Mountains. Their budget trip is documented, hoping to inspire your own no-excuses-allowed travel-lite getaway!
Read Travel Lite - 2 Hitchhikers on a Colorado Mission
Meet Christine Chen, Emmy award-winning news anchor and reporter, health writer and editor, multi-certified yoga teacher, former Athletasponsored athlete, and author of newly released Happy-Go-Yoga.
Christine picked two simple poses from her book to relieve pain, reduce stress and add joy for our readers!
Read In Review: Happy-Go-Yoga
Lizard Women and Vagina Mountains, Dungeons, Dragons, Ghosts and Warriors! Think you know Oahu? This mythological trip in Hawaii takes you on a wild ride.
Read In The Land of Mo'o
Tel Aviv, Israel has been lauded as one of the world’s top destinations for gay tourists. A Mediterranean coastline of beautiful sun-drenched beaches, a vibrant and eclectic cultural scene, great food, and gay nightlife. This June LGBTQ visitors coming to Tel Aviv for Pride Week will also be able to join the first ever global LGBTQ leadership conference to be held in Israel, “40 Years of Pride.”
Read 40 Years of Pride
We welcome the only LGBT trusted source for arts, entertainment and culture in New York City, NYC Up and OUT to the Connextions Family. For the past 10 years, NYC Up and OUT has been reporting on the local LGBT scene and the latest trends.
For all LGBT NYC visit NYCUpandOUT.com
Love Connextions anyone?LGBTQutie.com is not just a dating website. Members can actually interact with each other, build friendships, and then take it to the next level.
Read Love Connextions and find your special someone
The newest musical to debut on Broadway, It Shoulda Been You, tells the story of a Jewish Bride on her wedding day to her not-Jewish-but-tries-really-hard-to-fit-in-with-her-Jewish-family Groom. As the wedding day unfolds, the audience is treated to a roller coaster of emotions, which can only be expected from any wedding day. It Shoulda Been You is the funniest and gayest show on Broadway!
Read "It Shoulda Been You" review
Special Issue - LGBTQ Parents
Released: June 2015
Special Issue The Parent-HOOD is a great opportunity for LGBTQ parents and parents-to-be to find resources available to them, fun travel ideas and suggestions specifically geared to the LGBTQ community’s needs. Kid-friendly vacation ideas, Movies for the Non-Traditional Family, an Adoption story, and more!
Read The Parent-HOOD!
Issue 17 - Spring 2015
Released: February 2015
Love Around the World
Connextions Magazine, the LGBT Travel & Lifestyle Magazine celebrates "Love Around the World." Featuring: Exclusive Interview with Photographer Braden Summers, Brazil's Most Daring Hotel, a Chicago "Road Trippin' adventure, a New York City Scavenger Hunt/Proposal, a Mexican Honeymoon, Venice, Italy and more! Also, special report on HRC's Greater New York Gala.
Read: Issue #17: Love Around the World
The Foggy Bottoms Boys grew up on farms and they truly believe it is one of the greatest ways for a child to grow up and they want the same for their future children. The couple has a strong desire to build a familay, and are considering adoption.
Read Full Story: The Foggy Bottoms Boys: A Day in the Farm
The 269 Chilli Pepper in São Paulo, Brazil, has quickly earned the title of the biggest and the best hotel for gay men in Latin America and São Paulo's hottest spot for gay travel.
Read Full Story: Brazil's Most Daring Hotel
Exclusive Interview with Braden Summers, Photographer. "I came up with the idea for ALL LOVE IS EQUAL when I was living in Paris. I was shooting lots of romantic imagery when my boyfriend suggested that I shoot a gay version."
See more pics & read interview: All Love Is Equal
5 gay and lesbian couples in 4 different countries (US, Mexico, Italy & England) share their love stories with us. Take a road trip to Chicago, maybe a scavenger hunt in New York City, which ends up in a proposal, how about a honeymoon in Mexico, spend the day at a farm or perhaps a stroll through Venice!
Read Full Story: Love Around the World - 5 Couples
Sarah & Lauren's love affair with travel began with their first trip to Edinburgh’s 2004 New Years Eve celebrations. Since then they have visited Amsterdam, Paris, Wales, Barcelona, Scotland, Reykjavik, Marrakech, and Mexico where they honeymooned. Recently, they celebrated their first wedding anniversary with a road trip around the US.
Read Full Story: Sarah & Lauren's Anniversary Story
Special Issue - Marriage Equality Pride
Released: June 26, 2015
Shine Up & Out Pride Extra Photo Issue
June is Pride Month & the US Supreme Court ruled on the positive side on Marriage Equality! So we at Connextions Magazine created a Pride Extra Photo Issue, celebrating Pride Festivals from around the world! Make sure to take a look at it before traveling, who knows you might find one near you or better yet, take a trip to a new place and their Pride Festival!
Read A World Without Color, A World Without Pride
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