2008 pride guide: your definitive list of this year's celebrations. We've also chosen four not-so-expected destinations overseas and told you just how to create your own exotic pride. Enjoy!
MAY 24-JUNE 15
Highlights: Eric Himan
LONG BEACH, CALIF.
Highlights: Sheena Easton, KC and the Sunshine Band, Deborah Cox, the Bangles, Ivy Queen, Kat DeLuna
CENTRAL ALABAMA PRIDE
MAY 30-JUNE 8
Highlights: Ultra Nate, Pepper Mashay
KANSAS CITY, MO.
MAY 30-JUNE 1
Highligths: Martha Wash, 2 Unlimited, Deborah Cox, DC Cowboys dance company
MAY 30-JUNE 8
DETROIT (FERNDALE, MICH.)
Highlights: Eric Himan; Where's Betty?; screening of Kiss the Bride in Royal Oak; doggy drag show
Highlights: Ultra Nate, Kristine W
Highlights: Bitch and Ferron, the Hamiltons, Melissa Ferrick, Josh Zuckerman; Bat-N-Rouge drag softball game; Fore!
Pride Golf Classic
Highlights: Olivia Newton-John, Joss Stone, Frenchie Davis, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Michelle Penn, Kimberley Locke;
dyke march; "Carnal Carnival"
Highlights: Wanda Sykes, Indigo Girls, Natasha Bedingfield; Wisconsin Pride Idol
SALT LAKE CITY
Highlights: Meshell Ndegeocello
Highlights: Celebrity grand marshal Leslie Jordan
CENTRAL HEW YORK PRIDE
KEY WEST, FLA.
NEW ENGLAND TRANSGENDER PRIDE
Highlights: Rally speakers Leslie Feinberg and Jill Meredith Berlin; Joe Stevens of Coyote Grace; Boston's All the
Kings Men drag troupe
Highlights: Boise Queer Idol; rally speakers Robert Ryan and Ralph Martinelli, who made national news when they lost
their domestic-partner benefits after they moved to Idaho from New Jersey
Highlights: Amber, God-des and She, Deep Dickollective, Frenchie Davis, Josh Zuckerman
Highlights: Kristine W
DES MOINES, IOWA
Highlights: Thea Austin, Paris Bennett
SAN JOSE, CALIF.
Highlights: Ari Gold, Frenchie Davis; Family Day; Dance in the Park; women's concert
Highlights: Frank DeCaro, Eddie Sarfaty, the Cliks, Raina, Kimberley Locke
Highlights: Sandra Bernhard, Ari Gold, Kristine W, DJ Escape; Girl4Girl night; evening Pride cruise aboard the Spirit of Seattle
JUNE 20-22 and 27-29
Highlights: En Vogue, Deborah Cox
Highlights: Kristine W, Guy B, Christine O'Leary, Brian Kent
Highlights: CeCe Peniston, Frenchie Davis, Momma, Chris Pureka, Jason and deMarco
Highlights: Mel C, Dragonette, Uh Huh Her, the Hidden Cameras
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Highlights: Crystal Waters, Tammy Wright, DJ Joe Bermudez
Highlights: Pope Jane, Josh Zuckerman
Highlights: Grand marshal Joe McDermott, gay state senator; and a doggy marching section, Pooches for Pride
NEW YORK CITY
Highlights: Dance at the Pier with DJ Tracey Young and DJ Joe Gauthreaux; women's dance, Rapture on the River; grand marshals Candis Cayne (trans actress, Dirty Sexy Money) and Gilbert Baker (the rainbow flag creator)
Highlights: God-des and She, Sista Otis and the Wholly Rollers, Gregory Douglass, Julie Loyd, Bridgewater, Kung Fu
Highlights: Martha Wash, God-des and She, Jen Foster, Eric Himan, Jason and deMarco; pet parade; mass commitment
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Highlights: Comedy festival with Ant and Christine O'Leary
Highlights: Celebrity grand marshal Charo
Highlights: YouthPride Prom; mass commitment ceremony: AIDS Memorial Quilt display; children's show featuring
storytelling and musical entertainment; and a Lambda car show for homo autophiles
CHESAPEAKE BAY AREA, MD.
Highlights: Josh Zuckerman, Rodie Ray, Melissa Reaves
JERSEY CITY, N.J.
REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL.
BLACK/LATINO GAY PRIDE EVENTS
DC BLACK PRIDE
ORLANDO BLACK PRIDE
Highlights: Comedy revue hosted by BET's Tight Mike; poetry slam contest; Independent Women's Football League's Orlando
PORTLAND LATINO GAY PRIDE
Highlights: "Fire & Ink" literary event with authors James Earl Hardy, Lisa C. Moore, and Jonathan Plummer
PORTLAND BLACK PRIDE
SOUTH CAROLINA BLACK PRIDE
CHICAGO WINDY CITY BLACK PRIDE
WINDY CITY BLACK PRIDE
LOS ANGELES BLACK PRIDE
CHARLOTTE GAY BLACK PRIDE
MIAMI BEACH BRUTHAZ
Highlights: Fashion show and male model competition; pool and bowling tournament; shopping spree
LITTLE ROCK BLACK PRIDE
DETROIT'S HOTTER THAN JULY
PRIDE IN THE CITY
JULY 31-AUGUST 3
ATLANTA BLACK GAY PRIDE
AUGUST 27-SEPTEMBER 2
Highlights: See Us in the Life Film Festival; fashion show; poetry slam
NASHVILLE BLACK PRIDE
FOREIGN DESTINATION: MEXICO CITY
MarchaLGBT.com (in Spanish)
Highlights: Fiery-hot DJ Offer Nissim will close the event.
* How to Get There Mexicana Airlines (Mexicana. com) has direct flights from New York, Los Angeles, and other U.S. cities.
* Where to Stay For nonstop queer energy and bars/clubs at your doorstep, Zona Rosa's Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers (StarwoodHotels.com/Sheraton). But if hip vibes and aesthetics are the air that you breathe, the Condesa DF (CondesaDF.com), Camino Real Mexico (CaminoReal.com/ Mexico), and W Mexico City (StarwoodHotels. com/WHotels) represent pure oxygen.
* Where to Eat The Condesa DF's El Patio for international fare and fab mixologist-created libations; care La Buena Tierra preps super-fresh organic brunch and lunch; Aguila y Sol's frozen margaritas, made from fresh fruit, rank among the city's best; and Pujol for deconstructed/nouveau twists on traditional Mexican dishes and a great wine selection.
* Where the Action Is Zona Rosa's ever-changing lineup of gay bars--Lipstick, Boy Bar, and Living--will be sure to hop, but trendy/alternative parties are found via word of mouth or on MySpace. (Check out the page Of gender-bending electronica artist Zemmoa (MySpace. com/Zemmoa and her friends.)
* You Should Know Young men working the emo Look--skinny jeans-fauxhawks-eyeliner--should take caution, as there has been a recent slate of bashings. "I don't think the emo bashings have to do with homophobia," opines Ali Gardoqui, an out electro-punk singer and DJ, "but they definitely have something to do with tolerance and identity. It's mostly heavy metal guys kicking the shit out of little boys, probably because they're jealous since emos are prettier and girls love them." You may also notice locals drinking bright red soft drinks made from hibiscus juice.
FOREIGN DESTINATION: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA
JUNE 29-JULY 6
Highlights: "I Have a Dream" drag show with Sri Lanka's leading gender-bending stars; a film festival; the Rainbow Kite festival on Mount Lavinia beach; and a performance by San Francisco's Sins Invalid troupe, composed of LGBTs with disabilities
* How to Get There No direct flights from the United States, so hit the Web and take your pick.
* Where to Stay Gorgeous boutique property Park Street (TaruVillas.com/ParkHotel.html) provides romantic getaway ambience within central Colombo, and it's run by a lesbian-owned company, according to Rosanna Flamer-Caldera of local Pride organization Equal Ground. Other recommendations include the Trans Asia (TransAsiaHotel.com), Hotel Renuka (RenukaHotel.com), and Cinnamon Grand (CinnamonHotels.com/Grand/ CinnamonGrand.htm).
* Where to Eat Lesbian-owned Number 48; the Gallery Cafe; the Bay Leaf, sometimes locally referred to as Gay Leaf; and for a fix of superb authentic Sri Lankan food. the Peninsula (which serves Jaffna cuisine of the Sri Lankan northern peninsula), and Hotel Renuka's Palmyrah restaurant.
* Where the Action Is July 4's Rainbow Pride party. And while there are no officially gay- or lesbian-designated bars in Sri Lanka. LGBT-friendly venues include the Agency and Rhythm and Blues.
* Your Should Know Homosexual acts are still illegal in Sri Lanka, yet the city nonetheless boasts a vibrant queer community. "Apart from this, Colombo is a shopper's paradise for designer clothing at unbelievable prices," Flamer-Caldera adds. "Visit Odel Shop and Cotton Collection while you're in Colombo."
FOREIGN DESTINATION: STOCKHOLM EUROPRIDE
JULY 25-AUGUST 3
StockholmPride.org/en/Know/Buy-tickets (The site's only English page as of press time)
* How to Get There Scandinavian Airlines/SAS (FlySAS.com) offers three classes, including Economy Extra, featuring roomier seats and personal electric outlets.
* Where to Stay No shortage of design-centric boutique gems here. The thoroughly modern Hotel Rival (Rival.se) is housed in a former movie theater, close to many LGBT bars, and owned by Benny Andersson of ABBA. Hotel Hellsten (Hellsten.se/eng) marries rustic Swedish and modern flourish. The brand-new Hotel Stureplan (HotelStureplan.se/ en) hearkens back to old Swedish style in a 19th-century building. And Nordic Light, which offers in-room light therapy (as in rays of light). is gorgeously chic (NordicLightHotel.se/en).
* Where to Eat Luxurious and pricey Fredsgatan (a.k.a. F12) earned a Michelin star for chef Melker Andersson's sublime taste combinations; stunning decor and fresh seasonal New Swedish with an Asian accent at Pontus; L Word-type lesbians are drawn to Roxy for Mediterranean fusion and drinks; and bar-restaurant Malar Paviljongen is a gay fave.
* Where the Action Is The Old Town district's Chokladkoppen cafe is unbeatable for pastry, coffee, and cute gay waiters. GOken is all about camp and cocktail values. Disco bunnies proceed to Lino and Club G. And on Sunday nights the Patricia yacht hosts Stockholm's queerest party with an arsenal of Eurovision Song Contest tunes on board.
* You Should Know Stockholm is so LGBTQ-friendly, it's redundant to dub any of the previously mentioned spots "LGBTQ-friendly." One of Sweden's most famous lesbians, model turned pop star turned hot clothing designer Efva Attling, has a must-visit namesake shop in the hip Sodermalm hood. And to really go local, try a fried herring from the Nystekt Stromming stand.
FOREIGN DESTINATION: REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Highlights: Entertainers Carole Pope, Stereo Total, and Swivel
* How to Get There Icelandair (Icelandair.com), is very stopover-friendly, so Reykjavik can be your destination to or from other Scandinavian cities.
* Where to Stay Roomy apartment-hotel complex Room With a View (RoomWithAView.is) is ideally located smack-dab in the city Center along the parade route, with many rooms having lovely views to boot; or IcelandAir Hotels (IceHotels.is).
* Where to Eat Gay-owned traditional Danish-Style restaurant Jomfruin (the Virgin), and the excellent mostly fish restaurant Via Tjornina is popular both with gays and international celebrities.
* Where the Action Is Q Bar draws both gays and lesbians, while leather/fetish bar MSC-Iceland is strictly male-only. Other popular nightspots include Organ and Nasa.
* You Should Know If you're feeling all Anthony Bourdain--y chaiienge yourself with the traditional Icelandic delicacy, hakarl cubes of fermented shark meat buried for months in shallow ground. "People should not eat it without a few shots of Brennivin," advises Reykjavik Pride's Heimir Mar Petursson, "the Icelandic vodka with the nickname 'Black Death.'"
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Date:||Jun 17, 2008|
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