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Virgin Airlines to ditch Melbourne to LA Route

Virgin-Australia-A330Virgin Australia has announced it will cease flying it's Melbourne to Los Angeles route in preference of adding extra Brisbane to Los Angeles services for it's Australian passengers.

No change will be made in the amount of passengers Virgin will fly to and from Australia - but the change sees Melbourne passengers needing to fly to either Sydney or Brisbane for a connecting flight to America if they choose the Virgin brand.

Virgin Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “We work closely with our alliance partner Delta Air Lines to review our trans-Pacific services and ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers and our commercial objectives.

“The changes announced today are a result of extensive market analysis. Having the right frequency is very important to corporate and leisure customers and moving to daily flights from Brisbane enables us to provide more choice and flexibility to those travelling to and from Queensland.

“Those travelling from Melbourne will still be able to travel to Los Angeles on one ticket with through-checked baggage, connecting through Sydney or Brisbane, and we are committed to providing competitive fares on these routes.

“North America is an extremely important market for Virgin Australia and we continue to work with our partner Delta Air Lines to enhance our customer offering on the trans-Pacific”, Ms Crompton said.

NYC to Couples: Stop Putting Padlocks on Our Bridge

CITYROOM-FLOATER-LOCKS-blog480New York city wants couples to stop putting padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge and claims the custom intended to symbolize eternal affection is causing damage to the span, according to a published report.

Maintenance crews have removed about 5,600 padlocks from the bridge since July, transportation officials tell the Daily News, which is nearly one padlock for every 5,989 feet of the span.

Transportation Department spokeswoman Nicole Garcia told the News the locks present a danger for people driving under the pedestrian walkway because they could potentially fall. She also said the locks cost a lot to remove, and costly repairs and modifications must be made to the 131-year-old bridge once they are.

"When a minor component such as a hand railing is impacted by the number or weight of the locks, these custom elements of this national landmark must be removed and a replacement must be newly fabricated, further increasing costs," Garcia told the paper.

The padlock ritual originated in Italy many years ago and was first spotted on the Brooklyn Bridge around 2010. Since then, couples have made it a point to clip their inscribed padlocks onto the span.

"It's a sign of our love," 31-year-old German tourist Krissie Walder told the News as she put a heart-shaped padlock on the bridge. "As long as this bridge is standing, our love will be too."

NYC’s Gayest Pride Week and Summer Must Do’s


So, you are headed to NYC for Pride this June - either from a block or two away, a subway or cab ride, or on a jetplane from the other side of the planet… in one of the world’s gayest cities its hard to remain focussed - especially at Pride time. All those gorgeous mo’s delicious dykes and terrific trans folk can haze up your gay compass - we thought we would list some of the essential things to do whilst in town.



1. Grab your app

Need we say more? this little beauty means you have the best of NYC right in your pocket anytime of the day or night. Hit the “nearby” icon to see whats around you or search for things in our city guide and expert services directory. You can even leave reviews of the places you have been to and earn member rewards points! TICK.


2. High Line Cruising

OK, go scare the tourists with a gaggle of other gays all walking this infamous attraction - its a beautiful way to see the city, get great photos and see some incredible NYC architecture. The eye candy through Chelsea and the meat packing district is an added bonus.

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3. Flaming Boys on Bars
Like your bar staff Coyote Ugly style? Then head up eight avenue to Flaming Saddles, where you will get a bar dance with your beer or cocktail. Its a hoot and a half - and a great place to meet before or after a dinner date.

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4. Go VIP Style
Dancing, killer tunes and a sea of bodies as far as you could handle… it’s the VIP Rooftop Party - an OFFICIAL NYC Pride Event. Perched atop the Hudson Terrace, you can boogie with a fabulous crowd, fabulous views (amazing views of the Hudson River and the Air and Space Museum) and some of the worlds best DJs. Its one of our favourites and you will love it - make sure you grab your tickets quick as it sells out fast.

RSVP ON GUIDETOGAY.COM for the latest news and more!

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5. Get Kinky On Broadway
You can’t go to NYC and not see a Broadway show - although there are a tonne to choose from (like the boys dancing up a storm in Newsies - woof) you can’t get any Gayer than the Tony Award winning KINKY BOOTS. Written By Cyndi Lauper its a rip roaring tale of equality, acceptance and high heels.

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6. Remember Your Childhood Off Broadway
Like your musicals a little bit off? Well off Broadway is the place for up and coming productions and we think BAYSIDE - The Musical is a real treat. It’s Saved by the bell - but in musical form - you may even recognise a face or two in the cast… (they have actual cast members from the TV show pop in for special runs!) its fast becoming THE MUST SEE off Broadway production, so be quick and arrange your tix in advance.



7. Underground Fun
So, why not kill two birds with one stone by visiting STUDIO 54 (yep thats right the iconic mega disco thats now a fabulous theatre) but head under it to their cabaret bar where the incredible International Order of Sodomites meets for their hilarious gatherings - its a cabaret and comedy show with a twist - here take a look.


8. Grab a new outfit or twenty
Fancy a bit of shopping to fill your wardrobe? Aside for the mega outlet at World Trade Centre, Century 21 (discount designer goods and cheap underwear!) We recommend heading up 8th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen to discover some great totally gay shopping experiences. From TAGG - where you can get great labels, party tickets and accessories, to an obsession of ours - Universal Gear - the store you can be lost in for days and days, NYC is a shoppers paradise.


9. Bar Hop
NYC may be a bit daunting at first due to the size of the place, but once you realise where you are, its not hard at all to jump from area to area… We recommend starting your night at G Lounge down in Chelsea. Grab a drink from the topless bar staff have a boogie, then head on up eight avenue (see a trend developing here) and head down to BPM at the Out Resort (formerly known as XL) BPM was where the infamously had a wild pride week night out a few years back - we were not surprised RuPaul’s Drag Race star Bianca Del Rio crowned our Lisa as the best Liza Minelli impersonator when she was up against a gaggle of gays for the crown! Its a great place… you can also try Therapy and Industry (conveniently on the same street directly opposite each other) for some incredible cocktails and dancing. And of course, don’t forget to pop down to Christopher Square for The Stonewall Inn - birthplace of our gay civil rights movement. There are plenty of other bars and clubs on our City Guides that are well worth checking out - so grab your app and start planning!


10. Eat Eat and Eat

If you are on a liquid diet for pride week - you can still go to these suggested restaurants, as they all have a great bar service, but for those of us that like a feed, why not try NIZZA’s on Ninth, an italian that is to DIE FOR. They have an incredible gluten free menu and their Peach Belini’s are the bomb!

If you are into Burgers, try 5 Napkin Burgers on Ninth or pop across to Rockerfeller Centre for amazing faire at Bills Bar and Burger.

Of course, there is the fabulously cute LaFlaca down on Grand Street on the lower East Side - great new mexican food and an awesome bar (plus you may want to check our member rewards section for a real treat!)

When you are down on the Lower East Side, make sure you pop in to Katz Deli for the touristy thing (I’ll have what she’s having).

You could bust the bank in NYC eating all over, but if you love a great Thai meal with funky surrounds and a great bar, then Thai Select is our go to choice. Cheap and fabulous!

Another option for a great brunch is Market on 9th. You may know it from the “where’s my fucking cheese fries” scene from TRICK, the fabulously gay movie with J.P.Pitoc and Tori Spelling. (Its not the only famous movie scene restaurant around - but it serves up a mean Bellini!)


11. Touristy Stuff

So you want to grab your brand new expensive camera and take some snap shots, then head to Times Square and pose for the traditional “I have arrived” shot. There are not so many cars these days - so lots of tourists, and lots of folks selling comedy tickets and bus tours… then you can either head up the Empire State Building OR up Rockerfeller Centre for Top Of The Rock (our preference) to shoot the NYC Skyline and get incredible views.

Jump on a Circle Line Cruise for another perspective of NYC (ticketed) - or try the Staten Island Ferry

A walk through central park is a great afternoon out - grab a hotdog from a street vendor and soak up the NYC Summer.

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12. Girls Girls Girls

So lovely ladies are everywhere in NYC during Pride week - it’s a lesbian love-in all over town! From the incredible TEAZE Dance Party on Pride Saturday (An official NYC Pride event) or join in on the New York City Dyke March, it’s a protest, not a parade. Both events are on the Saturday of Pride weekend.

Get your tickets to TEAZE here - or win them in our VIP Trip to NYC Competition.


13. Be charitable

Our community loves giving back - so why not do it whilst you are being thoroughly entertained and copping an eyeful at one of the most amazing shows you will see, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS production “Broadway Bares” - its a strip show on an epic scale with hundreds of sexy performers doing massive production shows - raising millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS… so head along and bring a fistful of notes to make it rain!

Broadway Bares event info

pride fb post wintrip14. Don't forget to GRAB THE GTG APP

There's so much more to see and do - all found on our City Guides and expert services directories - all now available in your pocket on our FREE app!
Leave your reviews of places, or even set up a listing.

Earn Member Rewards points for using it too! is an official media partner of NYC Pride - join the official NYC Pride Group on for up to the minute information during pride week - including notifications through our app - so you dont miss out on a thing!

Enjoy NYC and HAPPY PRIDE 2014! xxx

Virgin Atlantic crew cause social media backlash

virgin-atlanticA member of a Virgin Atlantic flight crew (a stewardess) has caused the airline embarrasment over it's treatment of one of its passengers, after being called out on twitter by fellow traveller, rapper Angel Haze.

The pansexual rapper tweeted her experience with a Virgin Atlantic worker while boarding a flight.

It sounds like someone she was in line with (and possibly knew) was referred to as “sir,” aka misgendered on purpose, by a steward, who then laughed about it... not good for a company with a great LGBTIQ friendly reputation.


There has been no official statement or response to enquiries from Virgin Atlantic at time pf publication - should they respond, we will update this story.

Cruise Liner Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Mardi Gras

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The globally iconic passenger ship, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, sailed into Sydney Harbour this morning, adorned with one of the world's leading drag performers, Vanity Faire, and a massive "tail" banner celebrating today's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Australia's most populous LGBTQI City.

The QEII is no stranger to the Harbour City, but this is the first time the liner has participated in such an event.

Ensuring all Sydneysiders embrace the spirit of the event, Destination NSW have also arranged for a rainbow welcome, with pylons on both side of the Harbour Bridge draped in 30-metre high rainbow flags proclaiming “Happy Mardi Gras”.

Sydney's Mardi Gras parade kicks off tonight at 7pm - rain hail or shine.
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