This month 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 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. Make plans to visit these eight monuments to a heroic heritage…
The world of travel moves fast! Let’s keep up–together. On Fridays, Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:
“Let me help you with that”
*Sometimes you just want need a young man to lather up the sunscreen on hard-to-reach spots. Going beyond the complimentary shampoo and conditioner, hotels are enticing with free amenities like a personal tanning butler in South Beach, a pet goldfish in San Francisco, and a Rolls-Royce in Beverly Hills. (via USA Today)
*According to Claire Danes, Israelis “work very hard, worry very hard and play hard and well.” The recent Emmy winner talks about filming “Homeland” in Tel Aviv, and poses for photos throughout Israel’s party capital. (via NY Times)
*Results are in: more international visitors are coming to the United States and UK gay men travel twice as much as their straight countrymen. (via eTurboNews and Unicorn Booty)
*You can now leave your flask at home, Princess. For the first time since opening forty years ago, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will serve wine and beer. (via USA Today)
*Explore the coral reefs of Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii without getting wet. Google launches underwater Street View as a new virtual map of the oceans. (via Boing Boing)
*The phrase “Nice rose bush!” can have several meanings when 600 people explore nature au naturel during clothing-optional days at Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, England. (via NY Times)
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