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Author, Sex-Advice Columnist, Podcaster, Pundit, and Public Speaker - Dan Savage
DAN SAVAGE is a writer, TV personality, and activist best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.
Savage’s sex advice column, “Savage Love,” is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and on Salon.com.
"Savage Love," Dan's sex-advice column, first appeared in the The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly, in 1991. The column is now syndicated to more than 50 papers across the United States and Canada. Dan has published six books. His newest book, American Savage, will be published in May of 2013.
In 2010 Dan and his husband Terry Miller founded the It Gets Better Project. The IGBP has gathered tens of thousands of videos from people all over the world offering hope to LGBT kids. The book--It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living—was a New York Times best seller. In 2012 the It Gets Better Project was awarded an Emmy.
Dan is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life. He is a also a frequent guest on The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and other television programs. In the fall of 2011 MTV filmed Dan as he toured colleges performing "Savage Love Live," the live version of his sex-advice column. That tour became the basis for the 2012 MTV program "Savage U."
In 1996 Dan launched the Savage Lovecast, a weekly, call-in advice podcast. It is now one of iTunes top 50 podcasts.
Dan’s graphic, pragmatic, and humorous advice has changed the cultural conversation about monogamy, gay rights, religiosity, and politics.
Dan lives in Seattle with his husband, their son, and a one-eyed, deaf poodle named Stinker.
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Picture the resort atmosphere in the Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey movie Dirty Dancing, then you can imagine the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Cape Cod. If golf, private stunning white-sand beaches, legendary seafood and famous clam chowder, countless kid and family-friendly activities are on your list of vacation must-haves, then the Sea Crest Beach Hotel is the place to visit.
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, set on a private beach in Cape Cod’s legendary North Falmouth has recently completed a 15 million dollar renovation. Surrounded by traditional New England cottages, the Sea Crest has 264 guest rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and private water-view balconies, and a three-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight of your favorite family members or friends. This resort-style hotel is ideal for families seeking a fun beachfront setting and couples looking to experience the
romance of the Cape. Do yourself a favor and request a room with a view of the beach, the sunsets are simply breathtaking.
What began as a summer playhouse in the 1930s, hosted, at the time, aspiring actors such as Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, was destroyed by a fire in 1936 and a hurricane just two years later, but the locals did not give up. In 1942, Lou Walters opened the Latin Quarter, a hotel and dinner theater, paying homage to the original summer stage. Lou's daughter, Barbara Walters, grew up here and by 1971, the venue was converted to a year-round family resort.
Today, the Sea Crest continues to welcome new and returning visitors from around the world with the beauty, hospitality and magic of Cape Cod. The Sea Crest offers the largest Cape Cod conference facilities under one roof, with over 30,000 square feet of flexible function space to choose from, with magical beach views. Red’s restaurant, named for legendary Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, serves a delightful menu including their world famous clam chowder.
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BOSTON CHILLS OUT: FROST ICE BAR DEBUTS AS THE WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR ICE BAR
Year-Round Indoor Ice Bar and Lounge Offers a First-of-its-Kind Attraction for New England
The first of its kind in New England and the world’s largest permanent indoor ice bar, Frost Ice Bar opens its doors to the public today. Located in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Frost Ice Bar is constructed and furnished entirely of ice and kept at a cool 21 degrees Fahrenheit, offering a truly unique experience for adventurous guests.
Visitors to Frost Ice Bar will don custom-designed insulated capes and gloves to keep warm while exploring the venue’s dramatic interiors. The space, designed in partnership with Ontario-based Icecultures Inc., with artistic carvings from Brookline Ice Company, features an elaborately carved bar, chandelier, sculptures, lounge seating and paintings, all made of ice. The venue’s centerpiece bar and large-scale sculptures feature iconic Boston landmarks and historical figures,
such as the city’s cherished Swan Boats, The Zakim Memorial Bridge and Paul Revere.
“For Frost Ice Bar, we enhanced the popular ice bar concept and created an experience that puts Boston on the map and showcases the city in an imaginative way,” stated Frost Ice Bar CEO Cindy Brown. “We’re thrilled to call Boston home to the region’s first ice bar, welcoming New England residents and visitors to enjoy this unforgettable attraction.”
While the venue itself is the true attention-getter, Frost’s bar menu was carefully created to also deliver a wow factor for guests. The bar offers a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with a focus on local and artisanal producers, fresh seasonal flavors
and inventive combinations. All beverages are presented and enjoyed in specialty glasses made of ice.
Frost Ice Bar is open seven days a week from noon to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the on-premise ticketing kiosk. Entry times are every 15 minutes and the duration of each guest visit is 45 minutes. Tickets prices start at $18.99 for adults and $12.99 for children ages six to 12. All military, seniors, and students will receive a $2.00 discount with proper identification. Guests under 21 years of age are welcome to visit before 4:15 p.m.; however, children under six are not permitted in the bar.
Frost Ice Bar’s unique ambiance is ideal for groups and private events; discounts are available for corporate gatherings and parties of 15 people or more for all occasions.
For more information visit: www.FrostIceBar.com and keep up with Frost news and events on Facebook facebook.com/FrostIceBar) and Twitter (@FrostIceBar).
ABOUT FROST ICE BAR:
Frost Ice Bar, the first of its kind in New England and the world’s largest permanent indoor ice bar, is designed and furnished entirely of ice and kept at a cool 21 degrees Fahrenheit. Located at Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, guests enjoy a truly unique and invigorating visitor experience within the dramatic, artfully-sculpted lounge. Welcoming adventurous clientele year-round, Frost Ice Bar presents ever-changing offerings of specialty beverages, music and décor. For more information or to book your
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With almost 400 years of history, Boston is considered one of the most historic, wealthy and influential cities in the US, making it into the top ten most popular tourist locations in the Country. There’s a lot to see and do in Boston, so first and foremost… bring comfortable shoes since its known as ‘the walking city!’
Highlights include accommodations at Swank Properties and Revere Hotel Boston Common; Boston Pride 2013; Boston Harbor activities; Quincy Market excitement; and tours such as The Freedom Trail and Ghost Hunting!
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Hot Dance Parties, Wet Pool Parties, ABSOLUT® Inn Stroll, Comedians Karen Williams & Mimi Gonzalez, Bestselling Author Dorothy Randall Gray
The party is on! Provincetown hosts the 7th annual Women of Color & Friends (WOC) Weekend, May 17-19.
This one-of-a-kind, three-day event brings lesbians of color, their friends and supporters together from across the country.
Provincetown will roll out the red carpet with dance parties with hot beats, a pool party, the ABSOLUT®Inn Stroll, and a show-what-you’ve-got talent show hosted by comedians Karen Williams and Mimi Gonzalez. Celebrate culture with bestselling author Dorothy Randall Gray and top the weekend off with the always-popular Gospel & Blues Brunch.
The Crown & Anchor, 247 Commercial Street, is the weekend’s headquarters.
Bestselling author Dorothy Randall Gray, whose books Choices and Consequences topped independent bookstores’ must-read lists, joins the WOC celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, with a book reading and signing. Gray also is co-author of the best-selling book Soul Between the Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing, and author of numerous well-received books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Comedians Karen Williams and Mimi Gonzalez will bring down the house again this year and raise the roof as emcees of the back-by-popular-demand talent show.
The ABSOLUT® Inn Stroll takes the fun to the streets, and a pool party, dance parties, Gospel & Blues Brunch and other special events make this one of P-town’s hottest weekends of the year.
The event is organized by Provincetown For Women, a Provincetown-based production company, and a committee of leaders from women of color communities across the country. Major sponsors include ABSOLUT® and Olivia Cruises.
Advance registration is strongly encouraged and is available online at www.womenofcolorweekend.com. Tickets
to special events are available online as well.
For the schedule and more information visit www.womenofcolorweekend.com.
Summer 2013 Events for Women in Provincetown
Women of Color Weekend is part of Provincetown For Women’s series of four annual summer events: Single Women's Weekend (May 17-19); Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-27), featuring the wildly popular FOAM PARTY; Women of Color & Friends Weekend (May 30-June 2); and Girl Splash: The Summer Event for Women (July 23-27). Information about all these events is available atwww.ProvincetownForWomen.com
Combined, these four events are expected to draw more than 15,000 women, making P-town the most popular travel destination for lesbians. The non-stop programming specifically tailored to women ranges from all-lesbian cruises, whale watches, dances, beach
gatherings and pool parties to world-renowned lesbian entertainment, wine tasting and meet-up events.
Provincetown For Women & Lesbian Nightlife Present:
Memorial Day Weekend for Women in Provincetown, MA
May 23-27, 2013
Annual FREEDOM Party Cruise Anchors 3 Days of Fun in the Sun
Provincetown, MA – A party cruise for women and a classic beach clambake highlight the 2013 Memorial Day Weekend for Women in Provincetown May 23-27. Described as "Spring Break for young lesbians," this increasingly popular weekend draws thousands of women annually for an unrivalled series of sizzling events.
Hosted by Provincetown For Women and Lesbian Nightlife, this year’s festivities include the FREEDOM Party Cruise, back by popular demand, 1-3:30pm on Saturday, May 25. Dance a sultry summer afternoon away aboard the Bay State Cruise Company’s
Provincetown II (also known as “the slow ferry”). Enjoy DJs and special celebrity guests, sip delicious beverages, and take in
breath-taking views of the Cape Cod coastline and the shimmering waters of Provincetown Bay. This 2 ½-hour party cruise sets sail from MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown. Get tickets while they last!
This year also marks Provincetown’s first Memorial Day for Women New England Clambake by the sea at 6pm on May 25. Guest can choose an entree of a lobster, steak or chicken, served hot and delicious with clams, clam chowder, potatoes, a drink of your choice, and more. As the sun sets over Provincetown, fire pits will be lit for a festive beachside evening with friends. Join Provincetown for Women, Lesbian Night Life and The Crown & Anchor for an evening to remember.
Dance parties round out the weekend for revelers. LesbianNightlife.com will co-produce five of the weekend’s parties, including CRAVE Friday (9pm-1am, 5/24), REBEL Saturday (9pm-1am, 5/26) and REHAB Pool Party Sunday (12-5pm, 5/26) at The Crown & Anchor. The annual wet and wild FOAM PARTY, the weekend’s closing party, takes place Sunday evening (9pm-1am, 5/26).
For a complete schedule and tickets: http://www.provincetownforwomen.com/ptown-memorial-day-weekend
Summer 2013 with Provincetown For Women: Four popular summer events for lesbians and their friends taking place in
Provincetown again this year are expected to draw more than 15,000 women, making P-town the most popular travel destination for lesbians.
Single Women's Weekend, May 17-19: www.SingleWomensWeekend.com
Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-27:
National Women of Color & Friends Weekend, May 30-June 2:
Girl Splash: The Summer Event for Women, July 23-27: www.Girl-Splash.com
The non-stop Summer 2013 programming specifically tailored to women ranges from all-lesbian cruises, whale watches, dances, beach gatherings and pool parties to world-renowned lesbian entertainment, wine tasting and meet-up events.
Single Women’s Weekend, Women of Color & Friends Weekend, and Girl Splash are supported in part by the Provincetown Tourism Fund. All of the events are sponsored in part by The Provincetown Visitor Services Board, Olivia Cruises, The Crown & Anchor, ABSOLUT® Vodka and others.
About Lynette Molnar, Founder of Provincetown For Women: Single Women's Weekend, Women of Color Weekend and Girl Splash, along with Provincetown's December celebration Holly Folly, were dreamed up by Provincetown For Women’s founder Lynette Molnar, who devotes her professional life to creating unique events for women. “Lesbians sometimes wonder where to actually find the ‘community’ everyone talks about,” she said. “Especially for women living outside urban areas. Even in cities like Boston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco, it can be difficult to feel like you’re part of a larger whole. Provincetown For Women creates opportunities for women to come together and feel the power and energy of gatherings of large numbers of women, fueled by P-town’s trademark no-holds-barred approach to community and fun.”
A savvy entrepreneur, promoter, professional photographer and activist, Molnar has also contributed to the community through her volunteer work with The Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, NCLR, The Task Force, Fenway Community Health and many other important nonprofit LGBT organizations. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including NGLTF’s Community Service Award. Molnar has been named one of GO Magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love – an annual list of politicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs making a difference – along with such luminaries as Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, Cynthia Nixon, Cherry Jones, Portia de Rossi and Tammy Baldwin – as well as one of GO's Top 17 Entrepreneurs.
Our Country is well aware of the tragedy that took place during the 2013 Boston Marathon. During this tragic time, community members, Massachusetts locals, visitors, businesses and their employees, worked tirelessly to help one another and maintain the spirit of Boston, which today – still remains unbroken.
One business in particular deserves kudos for their hospitality, kindness and generosity. The independently owned, Lenox Hotel, which became command central, just after the bombings, went above and beyond the call of duty, to house and feed investigators and officials.
For eight days, the hotel was forbidden to welcome guests, but that didn’t stop The Lenox from executing their world-class service. The Lenox team stepped up, volunteering to feed and host investigators around the clock with the same service they extend to their paying guests. The Lenox has been an example of grace, humility, and an unwavering commitment to hospitality.
The Boston Globe wrote a glowing article about The Lenox Hotel, and the generous support of their competitors, who united as a team in support of their community. Click here to read this article.
If travels to Boston this summer are in your plans, consider a stay at The Lenox Hotel. If not, feel free to visit their Facebook Page and just offer a thank you.
Side note: For those of you who are wondering about the gay-friendliness of The Lenox Hotel, I visited their facebook page to offer my appreciation and was elated to find a congratulatory post to Rhode Island as the 10th state to honor marriage equality!
Boston Pride and GLAD Support ‘OUI FOR EQUALITY’ Rally
LGBT organizations lend their support to French expatriates for Marriage Equality in France
Local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community organizations Boston Pride and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced today their sponsorship of “OUI FOR EQUALITY”, a rally to be held this Sunday, in support of marriage equality in France. They join the local chapters of Français du Monde - ADFE (an association for French expatriates) and of the French socialist party. The rally will be held outside the Consulate General of France in Boston, at 31 St James Avenue (T: Arlington), from 1-2pm, on Sunday January 27th.
“It is great to see such a coalition of organizations come together in Boston in support of global equality and international human rights. Marriage equality in France will have a resounding effect on the scores of French-American LGBT couples, so we are glad to have such a strong local community backing.” said Sylvain Bruni, a board member at Français du Monde and himself a French citizen.
The French government and parliament are currently working on a Marriage Equality bill which will allow LGBT couples the right to marry and adopt children. While anti-equality forces have shown great determination and have chosen to adopt a retrograde and homophobic discourse, marriage equality proponents will rally everywhere in France this Sunday, in support of the continuation of the French legislative work so that all couples may be granted the same rights: marriage, adoption, recognition of bi-national filiation etc… French expatriates around the world are expected to organize rallies as well.
“Massachusetts was a pioneer in being the first State in the Union to grant marriage equality to all couples in 2004. It is our duty to continue being at the forefront of the fight for equality, at a worldwide level, until all couples can marry.” said Linda DeMarco, president of Boston Pride.
Participants in Sunday’s rally are encouraged to wear red or pink for increased visibility at the event. Warm beverages will be available.
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Inexpensive and a short drive from Provincetown -- Horizons Beach Resort
Why is it that the spontaneous, unplanned trips end up being the most fun?
In early October, we received a call from a group of friends who were heading to Provincetown, Massachusetts for Women's Week. We thought about the idea of a quick getaway trip -- for about 30 seconds -- and quickly responded "we'll meet you there!"
Since 1984, the women innkeepers of Provincetown have been hosting what's known as "Women's Week," which is a week long celebration, including hundreds of social events, that cater to women but certainly don't exclude others. To read the full story behind Women's Week, click here.
With less than a week's notice, we now faced the issue of finding accommodations. I tried to call a few of my favorite B&B's, located in the heart of Provincetown, but everything was booked. Luckily, we planned to make the trip by car rather than bus, plane or train, which gave us the option of staying on the out-skirts of town.
In North Truro, a small tranquil town that sits less than 5 miles from Provincetown, we found Horizons Beach Resort. They offer newly remodeled efficiency units on the beach, ocean view units at Terrace Dunes, two bedroom poolside units, or a unit at the unique Pagoda complex. All accommodations feature kitchens, air conditioning and cable televisions; and most units offer a balcony with views overlooking the bay. The accommodations also offer a private beach, although campfires on the beach are not permitted. (We tried).
Room rates are approximately $150.00 per night, during off-season, which runs April 6 to June 22 and then from Sept. 3 to Oct. 28. During peak season, rates jump to $250 a night, which is comparable to the rates of most B&B's located directly in Provincetown.
Truthfully, Horizons Beach Resort is basically a motel that sits on the water, so please don't be confused by their title of "Resort." All-in-all, I would give them a fair review since our room was clean and we were able to save money by stopping at the local market to fill our in-room refrigerator. That, along with being less than 5 miles from all the action during Women's Week, gives no room for complaining.
Find Horizons Beach Resort online at: www.horizonsbeach.com
For important info on what to do when you get the late night munchies, click here.
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