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VACAYA Includes the Kink Community.

Dane de Bruin in leather. Sexy man in leather on gay cruise
Photo courtesy of Gabriel Goldberg and VACAYA

As I crossed the gangway to board the Celebrity Cruises’ Summit for VACAYA’s maiden voyage this summer, the Scissor Sisters serenading over the speakers reassured me that “a kiki is a party for calming all your nerves.” I took it as welcome foreshadowing that the first large-scale LGBTQ+ travel company to launch in decades had taken the initiative to musically score my journey from the moment I boarded. Yes, h-h-honey, they were serving and working and turning out VACAYA’s inaugural kiki.

I instantly became giddy with anticipation. This was my first gay cruise. Somehow, I’d made it this long — a seasoned gay man in his 40s — without ever specifically sailing with my community. 

What was different now? VACAYA is setting out to change the existing model of queer travel. From its inception, it set the lofty goal of serving the entire LGBTQIAPK community. On its website it clearly explains and creates an alphabet soup utopia that welcomes (in its words): “Lesbian, Gay, Transgender/Transsexual, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Ally, Pansexual/Polyamorous and Kink.”

As VACAYA co-founder Patrick Gunn said, “If you believe love is love, you belong on our vacations.” And we did. Though the largest percentage of guests was men, they were men of all ages, shapes and sizes — another coup for inclusivity. And from my conversations with the topless ladies splashing in the pool and my new friends from East Lansing, Michigan, Jennifer and Johanna, who I met at the ship’s ice cream parlor, all shared in the joyous excitement.

On the first day, VACAYA organized meetups for every flavor and proclivity of our inclusive spectrum. From pansexual to trans to straight ally guests, everyone had the opportunity to meet their like-minded neighbors for the next seven days. However, to make friends all one had to do was step out of the stateroom. In my many years attending gay events, I can’t remember being surrounded by a more engaging, welcoming crowd. 

And, truly, it was a run-your-own-race kind of experience…

Read my full article on the Bay Area Reporter

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Gay Daddy Day, NYC

Celebrate Father’s Day in New York City with your favorite Chorus Boy or Leather Daddy.   Sunday June 20th, offers colorful shows on each end of the gay spectrum.

First, those looking to “adopt” can enjoy some sexy razzle-dazzle at Broadway Bares 20: Strip-opoly.  This popular yearly event brings together some of the hottest male and female dancers from Broadway and beyond in a modern burlesque variety show.  Talent and beauty make a great combination; add philanthropy and you make your papa proud.  Bares is a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a non-profit organization commited for over 20 years to helping men and women living with HIV/AIDS.  Held at Roseland Ballroom in Midtown, the show—performed at 9:30pm and 12:00am—is a mostly club-style event with a limited amount of VIP seats.   From General Admission ($55) to Benefactor ($650), these tickets helped raise over $800,000 at last year’s show.  Swoon for a great cause as more than 200 beautiful Broadway Babies strip for charity.

If your favorite colors of the rainbow are Black & Blue, then spend the day at the largest outdoor leather and fetish street festival on the east coast, Folsom Street East.  Over the past 13 years, Folsom Street East has celebrated sexual diversity and expression, while raising money for organizations such as The LGBT Community Center, the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, and God’s Love We Deliver.  The block party held on 28th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue, between 2-8pm, promises to “bring the kink onto the streets of NYC.”  More for the brutish than the prudish, the $10 suggested donation allows you entry into… well, an outdoor fair of flesh, fetish and frolic with porn stars, musical performances, and lots of beer.  A bit apprehensive?  Don’t be.  Folsom Street East is an open-minded, friendly event for papas who don’t preach.

Photo by Michael Prestia

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