The queer factor: Being queer at Burning Man is more asset than liability. Almost 25% of attendees self-identify as gay or bisexual. Woman-focused events are as plentiful as men's. Gay marquee-name theme camps have been on the playa for nearly a decade, including Jiffy Lube, Avalon, and AstroPups.
Do take: Airtight, fashionable goggles; de rigueur cowboy hat and sarong combo; dust-proof plastic bags for all clothes, cameras, etc.; beater bicycle with bike lock; a sense of humor; and a cabal of friends to share the experience.
Don't take: Boring street clothes and designer labels; bad eco juju glitter and feathers; CD players (the dust ruins them); friends who can't handle harsh weather and dirt.
For Web links to maps and updated info, including this year's queer theme camps, queer BM history, and a guide to doing high drag in the high desert, visit OutTraveler.com.
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 5, 2005|
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