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Las Vegas named top LGBT destination

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an American online travel guide providing LGBT travelers with information on inclusive destinations and companies -- has revealed its pick of the year's best travel providers. Winners include the US city of Las Vegas, crowned "Destination of the Year."

The "Gay Travel Awards," an American website hopes to encourage more travel firms to consider the inclusiveness of their services and amenities for LGBT travelers.

This first list of winners sees Las Vegas crowned "Destination of the Year" for LGBT travelers. The USA is particularly well represented in the line-up of winners. Other US hotspots for LGBT inclusiveness include South Beach's 12th Street Beach in Miami, crowned "Beach of the Year." In fact, Florida appears to be a prime destination for LGBT travelers, with Fort Lauderdale's Ritz-Carlton hotel named the "Best Luxury Hotel" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual travelers.

"Gay Bar of the Year" goes to The Abbey, West Hollywood, whereas travellers in search of relaxation can head to Napa Valley in California, where The Meadowood Spa is named gay-friendly "Spa of the Year."

Prize-winning destinations in Europe include the Spanish city of Madrid, scooping "Gay Pride of the Year," and the continent's top gay-friendly hotel in the Austrian Alps.


The full list of Gay Travel Awards categories and winners:

Airline, Commuter: Cape Air

Airline, International: Virgin Atlantic

Airline, US: Southwest

Beach of the Year: 12th Street Beach, South Beach, Miami

Bed & Breakfast of the Year: The Candleberry Inn on Cape Cod

Cruise Line of the Year: Royal Caribbean International

Destination of the Year: Las Vegas

Event of the Summer: Out in the Vineyard

Event of the Winter: Whistler Gay Pride & Ski Festival

Gay Bar of the Year: The Abbey West Hollywood

Gay Pride of the Year: Madrid

Gayborhood of the Year: Zona Romantica, Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Collection of the Year: Starwood Hawaii

Luxury Hotel, Europe: Hotel Alpine Palace, Austria

Luxury Hotel, US: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Hotel of the Year: ME Cabo

Hotel, Wedding: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Spa of the Year: The Meadowood Spa in the Napa Valley

Theater/Show of the Year: "Hamilton"

Tour Operator of the Year: (tie) HE Travel & Oscar Wilde Tours


NYC Pride 2010 Essential Events

  • Published in Events is personally in the big apple this year for Pride and we will be bringing you the hottest pics and coverage from the best events... as with all prdie events around the globe, there are sooo many events on, we decided to let you in on the "must attend" events of the season...


Central Park, Summer Stage
Saturday, June 19 from 4pm–8pm. FREE

Come and join at the Pride Rally, with special guests, Martha Wash, Arie Gold, Billie Meyers, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Lt. Dan Choi, The Cast Of Hair and hosted by Bruce Vilanch

EVENT HAS HAPPENED: Visit our photo galleries here


Hex Hector At Splash

Splash, 50 W 17 St.
Saturday, June 26 $10 before 11, $15 before midnight, $20 after midnight.

He is a grammy award winning DJ and a total Pride Legend. Hex will be spinning tracks for the crew at Splash - oh and a massive audience of music lovers. A great crowd and one of the "must see" DJs in the world makes this a New York experience like no other. Not only for visitors, but for the locals too!


Work: Welcome 2 Menhattan

Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), 212-343-9090, Saturday, June 26 from 10pm–noon. $80–$150.

The name of the Pride edition of superstar DJ Peter Rauhofer’s monthly dance makes it pretty clear who it’s aimed at. In addition to the Austrian spinner, the party features sets from DJs Ana Paula, Stephan Grondin and Marco Da Silva. An all sexy, all party boy circuit style party that will keep you pumping to the wee hours of Sunday morning - just in time to rock up to 5th Ave and March March March...


Pride March

Fifth Avenue down to Christopher Street Sunday, June 27 from 11am. FREE.

Comemorating the Stonewall riots, the march is a massive daytime parade/march for celebration and equal rights. A political struggle showcased with glitter and muscle, the New York Pride Parade is a massive route, heading all the way down from Central Park to Christopher street. There are so many vantage points, but if your wanting to come and hang with the crew, we will be near the New York City Library on 5th... see you there and show us your... Pride!


Dance On Pier: Dance 24

Pier 54, 13th St @ the West Side Highway - Hudson River Park
Sunday, June 27th, 2010, 4:00 - 10:30 PM, Fireworks

$75 in advance/$100 general admission.

The British electro duo are totally freaking awesome - tearing up Pride celebrations all over the globe, from Sydney's Mardi Gras - the next rainbow event on their worldwide DJ domination is New York City, and what better place to hang than the iconic Party on The Pier, run by Heritage Of Pride.

The Freemasons are no strangers to gay music (even though the boys are cutey straighty one eighties!) — they’ve reworked tracks for everyone from Beyoncé to Kylie, and spun at the White Party in Palm Springs. They’re headlining Heritage of Pride’s official dance this year, with an opening set from DJ Steven Oliveri and from what we hear, a stellar special suprise guest!

Like Mardi Gras Party in Sydney - this is THE iconic event to head too for New York Pride if you want to party party party with Pride.

Destination: Pride

Pacha, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), 212-209-7500,
Sunday, June 27 from 10pm–8am; $40 in advance/$50 general admission

While DJs Tony Moran, Manny Lehman and Mario Calegari and Aussie pussy powerhouse drag diva DJ, Kitty Glitter are taking turns at this A-list dance, gay-fave DJ Susan Morabito will be pulling an all-nighter, spinning from 10pm–8am upstairs in Pachita.


There you have it - the must attend events list for New York Pride 2010! See you there! Or see you in our galleries!

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