You're standing in front of your Family and Friends prepared to make your dreams of a lifetime come true. It's at that moment that you are grateful that you have a professional guiding your ceremony. The Supreme Court has finally ruled upon this issue. Now is the time to plan your perfect LGBT Wedding. I have been performing Commitment Ceremonies since the beginning, and I am so pleased this has opened up for everyone to marry the one they Love. Contact Reverend Jacqui Weiks, Your LGBT Wedding Officiant
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Celebrate LGBTQ / LGBT Community!
Roam if you want to. You’ve got time to spend and frequent flier miles burning a hole, so take some time to celebrate with a whole year of LGBTQ / LGBT community events. Hey, we made history in 2015. Let’s get together and enjoy it.
Las Vegas, NV | Sin City Shootout
This event, held at the Tropicana, is billed as the largest annual LGBT sporting event in the world. And it’s not just for the softball and bodybuilding crowds. There’s also kickball, dodgeball, darts, and bowling. You might have hidden talent from your schoolyard days or honed from Saturday nights in your favorite local pub.
New Orleans, LA | Gay Mardi Gras
The LGBTQ / LGBT community and Mardi Gras go together like Priscilla and feather boas. Costume yourself, party under the rainbow banner, and don’t miss the Gay Mardi Gras bead toss at Ambush Palace at 828 Bourbon Street. You show, they throw. Or you could just get some beignets and chicory and browse antique row. That’s fun too.
New York | St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March in March. Do you feel a pang of envy when you hear your elders talk about fighting for LGBTQ / LGBT community rights? Take heart, there’s still discrimination to face down. If you want in, this is your chance. The St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers lifted the ban on LGBTQ groups last year and in 2016 will allow two LGBTQ groups to march.
Miami Beach, FL | Gay Pride Parade
There are a lot of Pride parade options, but in Miami Beach you get a beach party and a festival and all the glory of the local LGBTQ / LGBT community in South Beach. In 2014 there were over 100K people at the Miami Beach Pride fest. They host a 5K, a children’s area, and tons of entertainment. Engaged? There’s even a wedding chapel.
San Francisco | Harvey Milk Day
Travel to mecca and pay homage to the trailblazer turned martyr. Before Dan Savage’s “it gets better” campaign for LGBTQ / LGBT community teens, there was Harvey Milk saying “give ‘em hope.” Visit the Castro—ground zero of the fight for equality—and be sure to go to Milk’s camera store, Castro Camera, which is now (fittingly) a center for human rights.
Orlando, FL | Gay Days at Disney & Orlando
Red shirts abound in this unofficial 6-day LGBTQ / LGBT community gathering at the happiest place on earth. This event has been going on since 1991 and counts upwards of 30K visitors in red. If you’ve been thinking of treating the kids or indulging the kid in you, now’s the time.
Provincetown, MA | Family Week
P-town is always fun. No matter when you go. But if you’ve got kids, family week is especially fun with events and programs for LGBTQ / LGBT community parents and kids. Alternative: There is so much to do in July, might as well take the whole month and be sure to hit the Invasion of The Pines on Fire Island and the Outfest film festival in Los Angeles.
Black Rock City, NV | Burning Man
Set up camp in the Gayborhood, Gayburbs, or Gayburbia and radically express yourself (after you’ve read all of the rules for how to behave properly at this festival). If you’re new to Burning Man, the Queer Burners are there to help you acclimate. With camps that identify as Queer, GayLesbian, x-Gender, Sex Positive, and Peaceful Quiet, you’ll find a safe haven.
Las Vegas, NV | Gay Days
Gambling, shows, pool parties, and a discounted rate at the Luxor for the LGBTQ / LGBT community … why not? The organizers of Gay Days at Disney and Orlando have started the same tradition in Las Vegas. In true Vegas style, they went commercial with an expo for merchandise, giveaways, and raffles. But, hey, it’s Vegas, baby. You can do what you want.
Key West, FL | Fantasy Fest
If you haven’t been to Fantasy Fest, put it on your bucket list. Each year a new Halloween theme is chosen and Key West explodes for 10 days with costumes, parties and a street fair. The parade is always worth watching. So are all the people, especially the ones who get airbrushed in full body paint. Sure, you’ll miss Halloween in San Francisco, but it’s worth it.
Indianapolis, IN | LGBT Film Festival
What’s LGBTQ / LGBT community travel without a film festival? There are a lot of great ones in the US—San Francisco, NYC, LA, Austin, and Philadelphia to name just a few. But November can be dreary. Sitting in a theater for hours on end—jumping into other worlds and great stories—is just the remedy. Alternative: Thanksgiving hit White Party Week in Miami.
Atlanta, GA | New Year’s Eve Peach Drop
Forget Time’s Square and the ball and the crowds and the bitter cold. The LGBTQ / LGBT community is alive and well in Atlanta with an active roster of events throughout the year from Pride and Black Pride parades to MondoHomo in May. So, spend the last minutes of the year watching the peach drop in Atlanta, the gem of the gay South.
Roam Around the World
If you have travel tips and locations of interest to the LGBTQ / LGBT community, let us know for our travel section. We’re always looking for great places to go and things to do.