Manhattan, NYC Gay & Lesbian Travel Guide in New York City, NY

Author: 
Mark Haines
Curator: 
Declan Goode
Manhattan is one of five New York Boroughs and is comprised of neighborhoods that are essentially cities within a city. Manhattan's many neighborhoods are not named according to any particular convention. Some are geographical (the Upper East Side), or ethnically descriptive (Little Italy). Others are acronyms, such as TriBeCa (for "TRIangle BElow CAnal Street") or SoHo ("SOuth of HOuston"), or the far more recent vintages NoLIta ("NOrth of Little ITaly") and NoMad ("NOrth of MADison Square Park "). Harlem is a name from the Dutch colonial era after Haarlem, a city in the Netherlands. Alphabet City comprises Avenues A, B, C and D, to which its name refers.

Times Square in New York City at nightTwo neighborhoods are of particular interest to Gay and Lesbian people, Greenwich Village, site of the Stonewall Riots and Chelsea, stereotyped for its legendary gym bunnies.

Greenwich Village is generally known as an important landmark on the map of bohemian culture. The neighborhood is known for its colorful, artistic residents and the alternative culture they propagate. Due in part to the progressive attitudes of many of its residents, the Village has traditionally been a focal point of new movements and ideas, whether political, artistic, or cultural. This tradition as an enclave of avant-garde and alternative culture was established by the beginning of the 20th century when small presses, art galleries, and experimental theater thrived. In the mid 1960's Greenwich Village became the center of Gay and Lesbian Culture in New York, eventually leading to police raids on Gay bars and specifically the Stonewall Inn, a bar frequented by drag queens. The police raid at the Stonewall Inn sparked riots that are considered to be the beginning of the modern LGBT human rights movement.

Stonewall Inn New your City Greenwich VillageNew York's other gay neighborhood, Chelsea, is a melting pot of cultures. Above 
23rd Street, by the Hudson River, the neighborhood is post-industrial, featuring the newly-hip High Line that follows the river all through Chelsea. Eighth Avenue is a center for LGBT-oriented shopping and dining, and from 20th to 22nd street between Ninth and Tenth avenue, mid-nineteenth century brick and brownstone townhouses are still occupied, a few even restored to single family use.
New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Party at 404
New York Fashion Week held it's Kick-Off Party at 404 in Manhattan. The party, thrown by Micah Blehm and Entire Magazine, featured collections by designers Bradley Douglas Jordan and Oscar Utierre with Joe Simpson's client Jonathan Keith as the star male model.

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Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Although research and support for the HIV/AIDS community has come a long way since the 80s and 90s, a great deal of ignorance and stigma still exists—even within the gay community. With celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Danny Pintauro (Who’s the Boss?) recently bringing HIV/AIDS into the entertainment headlines, perhaps now is the perfect time for a new, more enlightened conversation on the subject.

Mark’s List spoke with adult film star Rocco Steele, who has experienced his fair share of ups and downs with addiction and living with HIV.  He has, however, used these personal experiences as a catalyst to promote HIV awareness and education. Read the full interview after the Jump: Adult Film Star Rocco Steele Tackles HIV Stigma

Five Steps for Keeping the Peace at the Holiday Table

‘Tis the season of peace and goodwill to all – except maybe toward Uncle Abner when he starts his annual rant about politics or when childless Aunt June begins dispensing parenting advice while pointedly eyeing your toddler, who just threw a piece of biscuit across the room.

It’s all fun and games until someone loses their temper and what started as a festive gathering could end in tears, notably yours, unless you’re prepared! Ultimately, you can’t control other people’s behavior, but you can control your own, and that’s the whole ballgame. Read the full article: Five Steps for Keeping the Peace at the Holiday Table

Florida's Gay and Lesbian Beaches

We've given our Florida Gay Beaches Guide a makeover. Florida is surrounded by some of the best beaches in the world. From the cool to the touch quartz sand of Siesta Key to world famous beaches in cities like Fort Lauderdale, St Petersburg and Miami, there is something for everyone. You'll find our guide right here: Florida Gay and Lesbian Beach Guide

Florida's Best Clothing Optional Gay Men's Resorts

Life in the tropics is all about beating the heat. And what better way cool off than to hang out poolside without clothing? Florida has dozens of clothing optional resorts, but which ones are the best? Here's the Mark's List take on the 5 best (in no particular order).

In Key West check out New Orleans House and Island House. New Orleans House is located on Duval Street, right in the middle of all of the action. You can count on a great time poolside or in Key West's biggest Gay nightclub, Bourbon Street Pub. Island House is located on a quieter side street and offers amazing rooms, many of them opening onto the pool and patio. There's also an amazing pool side cafe serving up some of the best food (and libations) on the Island. In Fort Lauderdale, we suggest you get your Gay clothing optional groove on at The Grand Resort and Spa, which offers an upscale atmosphere with amenities that include spa services, poolside cabana bars and plenty of tanning lotion to keep your booty from burning. In Central Florida you can head out into the woods and catch some all over rays at the Sawmill Camping Resort. Sawmill offers cabins and plenty of places to park RVs or pitch tents. There's also a large heated pool, a dance hall, restaurant, several themed bars and plenty of trails to go "hiking" on.



Kelly Clarkson Talks Confronting Anti-LGBT Parents

During her 15-year career as your friendly pop spirit-lifter, Kelly Clarkson has prescribed a cheap alternative to therapy: anthemic pick-me-ups like “Since U Been Gone” and “People Like Us,” songs that impel a transcendental, fist-raised state. Due, in part, to her simply being so damn cool, Clarkson – who drowned the world in their own tears right along with her own as she was crowned the inaugural “Idol” winner in 2002 – tells me she feels so compelled to stick up for her LGBT besties she literally wants to go door-to-door and talk some sense into her friends’ homophobic parents. Read the full story: Kelly Clarkson Confronting Anti-LGBT Parents

10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

Adult film star Hunter Vance returned to Miami in 2017 to celebrate Floppy Rooster's 3rd Anniversary. We caught up with Hunter Vance to talk about his life a an adult film actor, anti-bullying and some of his new business ventures. Read the full interview: 10 Questions With Adult Film Star Hunter Vance

YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

YouTube star Davey Wavey has amassed quite a YouTube following over the last eight years—some 300 million views in all.  Described by Davey as “the best job in the world,” he gets to experience life and travel around the world dishing a variety of humorous, sexually-charged topics, including “How to Give Brojobs,” “Are Virgins Hot,” and “Can You Make a Straight Guy Gay?” But it’s not just all about sex with Davey—he has also captured stories focusing on AIDS and the older generation’s perspective.  Mark’s List recently spoke with Davey about his YouTube success, his top five favorite videos, his affinity for underwear, childhood obesity and what you can expect to see in 2016: YouTube Star Davey Wavey Talks Top 5 Favorite Videos

HOT LIST: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

South Florida is fortunate to boast a wide variety of amazing restaurants, diners and cafes to satisfy every palate and every budget. It’s pretty much impossible to narrow the best ones down to 100, so let’s just call these some of the favorites. Find out which restaurants made the list: Fort Lauderdale's Top 100 Restaurants

Spas & Gay Massage In Wilton Manors

From chair massages to full body rubs, getting your knots and kinks worked out has never been easier in Wilton Manors. Wilton Manors original Gay spa at the Cabanas Guesthouse was joined by 78 Degrees Spa on Wilton Drive a few years ago. More recently Chi Spa opened in the Dixie Village, followed by Green Jade Mens Spa on Wilton Drive a few weeks ago. Wilton Manors Spas are of course all very Gay friendly, if not entirely Gay staffed. The spas offer a wide variety of services from Swedish and deep tissue massage to harder to find modalities such as Shiatsu barefoot therapy. Click on the underlined link for appointment links and more information.

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