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VACAYA’s Proposal for Cruising as a Community

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VACAYA’s Proposal for Cruising as a Community

Published in NEWNOWNEXT: We talk a good talk about the strength of a more unified community. Over the decades we’ve added letters to the movement to create a more diverse, welcoming, and clear representation of who we are. But though we’ve become more inclusive in our language, inclusiveness hasn’t necessarily applied to our travels.

Take the gay cruise as an example. There are cruises that focus on lesbians, gay men, bears, party boys, families, drag-queen enthusiasts, and even an upcoming Golden Girls cruise (it’s not specifically gay, but c’mon!). Can’t we all just vacation together?

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These monuments honor LGBTQ history around the world

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These monuments honor LGBTQ history around the world

Published in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: This June marks the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Stonewall riots, the June 1969 uprising that galvanized the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States and beyond. Each year, Pride month honors those who stood at Stonewall, as well as countless others who have fought for equality throughout history.

But beyond the rainbow-themed summer parties, parades, and marches that usher in the June festivities, the rich and complex stories of LGBTQ history are honored at permanent sites around the world.

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Top 10 Magical, Surprising, and Revolutionary Spots in Philadelphia

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Top 10 Magical, Surprising, and Revolutionary Spots in Philadelphia

For Fathom: A recent trip to the City of Brotherly Love inspired me to think about some more of the city’s newer or more unusual sights. What do you do, after all, once you’ve seen the Liberty Bell, taken a selfie by the Rocky statue, and eaten your cheesesteak? Seriously, though, Philly has fabulous murals and street art, new museums, and great neighborhoods to discover: here’s a quick look at some highlights.

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Eat and Drink Your Way Around Philly’s Sizzling Food Scene

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Eat and Drink Your Way Around Philly’s Sizzling Food Scene

For Fathom:  For this story, I explored how millennials and immigrants — whether from New York or around the globe — are bringing fresh energy to the city and also inspiring chefs to up their games. With Philly’s restaurants scooping up awards and national press, I took a look at places both newer and longtime, offering cuisines including Israeli and Lebanese, Malaysian and West African, New American and French.

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Golden Age reborn at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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Golden Age reborn at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

A goldfinch lives at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam—a goldfinch trained to draw water from a well with a tiny bucket. Painted by Rembrandt’s pupil Carel Fabritius in 1654 (and made even more famous by the eponymous Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of 2014), the goldfinch recalls the city’s 17th-century Golden Age when goldfinches were popular companions in the private gardens of Amsterdam’s canal houses—and therein one good reason why the reproduction of Fabritius’s famous trompe-l’œil painting hangs at Goldfinch Brasserie alongside the hotel’s luxuriant tulip garden.

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The Sky’s the Limit for NYC Skyscraper Restaurant SAGA

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The Sky’s the Limit for NYC Skyscraper Restaurant SAGA

Ambitious plans are in the works for Crown Shy’s sister restaurant

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Guadalajara: In the LGBTQ Spotlight

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Guadalajara: In the LGBTQ Spotlight

When in 2015, the governments of the Mexican state of Jalisco and its capital Guadalajara began a bid to host the Gay Games in 2022, they unwittingly set the city on a path to LGBTQ-awakening.

For Guadalajara, the three-year bid process signified a shift in focus for a government that had not previously engaged the LGBTQ tourism market…

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Chefs are Reinventing the Elotes Wheel

Street Treat

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Chefs are Reinventing the Elotes Wheel

Mexican street corn is showing up on restaurant tables far and wide

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Weekends in the Windy City

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Weekends in the Windy City

Don’t limit Chicago to business only. It’s a great city for a weekend getaway.

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The French Laundry: Training Ground for Top Toques

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The French Laundry: Training Ground for Top Toques

Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is one of the most influential restaurants in America. Its alumni have fanned out to open their own restaurants and raise the culinary bar throughout the country. Here six recount their experiences at the feet of the master.

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