New York City Pride Week
06/19/05--06/26/05 The most dynamic
city on earth hosts, naturally, the most dynamic of
pride celebrations, complete with a parade (half a million
people strong), a mothers march against AIDS, a gay
regatta with Stonewall Sails, dances on Pier 54, and
the 25th anniversary celebration of the New York City
Gay Men's Chorus. Four gay neighborhoods vie for the
title of the city's queerest: the West Village,
where the Stonewall Riots kicked off the modern gay
rights movement; Chelsea, with its trendy boys,
restaurants, and shops; the East Village, where
you'll find no-frills bars and tattooed homos;
and Hell's Kitchen, with its new gay bars and restaurants.
The Places to Stay
Chelsea Pines Inn 317 W. 14th St., (212) 929-1023.
Top-rated B&B in an 1850 row house. Belvedere
Hotel 319 W. 48th St., (212) 245-7000. Gay-friendly
boutique hotel near Times Square.
The Place to Play
The Phoenix 447 E. 13th St., (212) 477-9979.
Deliciously dark, cruisy East Village bar. Roxy 515 W.
18th St., (212) 645-5156. Huge, eternally popular
dance party on Saturdays.
Hotter Than July
7/27/05--07/31/05 Hotter Than July
in Detroit is one of the premier black GLBT pride
celebrations in North America, featuring entertainment,
spiritual activities, an educational forum, a jazz
brunch, and a pride picnic among other events. Motown
has long been a significant gay metropolis with a
distinctive local African-American queer culture, so
it's fitting that this grassroots social
project should be a model for many black pride
celebrations around the world. The city, home of the
American automobile industry, Madonna, and techno
music, has gay hot spots in both the downtown area and
nearby suburbs, and it's mere minutes from Canada,
where same-sex couples can get legally hitched.
The Places to Stay
Hilton Garden Inn 351 Gratiot Ave., (313) 967-0900.
Downtown host hotel.
The Place to Play
Numbers 17518 Woodward Ave., (313) 868-9145. Dance
club featuring late hours, driving beats, and a
racially diverse crowd. Temple 344 W. Nine Mile Rd.,
(248) 414-7400. Newly renovated upscale nightspot in
The Place to Eat
Twingo's 4710 N. Cass Ave., (313) 832-3832.
Gay-owned restaurant, offering nouvelle French food
and live jazz. Sweet Lorraine's 333 E.
Jefferson Ave., (313) 223-3933. Self-described "world
06/17/05--06/27/05 This all-Europe
pride festival takes place in Oslo, in the land of the
midnight sun. Join more than 50,000 revelers for this 10-day
celebration of arts and culture, including some
colossal parties. See www.europride.no for details.
Dancing on the Bay
7/3/05 Revel in the hot bodies of summer
at the 10th annual Fire Island Pines benefit for the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center
in New York. For tix go to www.gaycenter.org.
Best Little Hoedown in Texas
06/29/05--07/04/05 This country and
western dancing competition in Dallas--benefiting the
Resource Center of Dallas, the AIDS Resource Center, the
Food Pantry, and Youth First Texas--will have
you dancing so hard your feet might catch fire. To
register go to www.hoedown2005.com.
7/3/05--07/10/05 July is too hot for
clothes. This all-nude event by International Men
Enjoying Naturism at Camp Ramblewood in northern Maryland
includes body painting, oil wrestling, a talent show,
a crafts fair (Ouch! Watch those macrame knots!),
an erotic food workshop (Don't ask us), massage
classes, and aerobics. Register at www.imeninc.com,
and pack light!
Ben Patrick Johnson Book Reading
7/7/05 A Different Light Bookstore in West
Hollywood will host out author Ben Patrick Johnson as
he reads from his new work of fiction, Third and
Heaven, on Thursday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. For more
information, visit www.ADifferentLightBookstore.com.