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Pack Up Because An LGBTQ Touring Company Is Offering A "Call Me By Your Name" Tour

Are you a fan of Call Me By Your Name? Well, it might be time to live out the movie you so wonderfully enjoy.

Quiiky Tours is the first Italian company to specialize in LGBTQ-themed travel. According to NewNowNext, the company has announced that they’re now offering a Call Me By Your Name themed tour.

Call Me By Your Name was an Oscar winning film from last year that focused on a Jewish-Italian boy named Elio (played by Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet) as he explored his sexuality and fell in love with a man, 24-year-old graduate student Oliver played by Armie Hammer, for the first time.

Now, fans of the movie can explore the real-life backdrops from scenes in the movie like Milan, Crema, Garda Lake, Verona, Venice, and Bergamo.

Fans will be able to sit at the same table where Elio and Oliver relaxed in Crema’s Duomo Square. They’ll also get to take bicycle tours in the Lodi countryside before dancing to “Love My Way” in Bergamo. Heads up though, you won't be able to visit the villa where Elio's family lived because that building's being sold.

If this all sounds interesting to you, here’s some info you'll need to know before you start planning your tour.

Tour prices start at €1,990 (about $2,300) per person. That price includes 9 days and 8 nights in Italy, hotel stays, car rental for driving around, 8 buffet breakfasts, a guided tour through most of the cities and towns, entrance to museums, entrance to archeological sites, wine tastings, and other accommodations.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can click here to start your Call Me By Your Name tour.

h/t: NewNowNext

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Oklahoma Due To Anti-LGBT Law

On the first day of Pride Month 2018, it was announced that California is banning state-funded and state-sponsored travel to yet another state as a result of discriminatory legislation.

On Friday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra made the announcement in a statement obtained by USA Today.

Under a 2017 CA law, the state’s attorney general is required by to keep a list of all states subject to a travel ban because of “laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

The Oklahoma bill in question, signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin last month, allows adoption and foster care agencies to reject same-sex couples on the grounds of religious beliefs.

"California taxpayers are taking a stand against bigotry and in support of those who would be harmed by this prejudiced policy," said Becerra.

Michael McNutt, a spokesperson for Fallin, defended the Oklahoma law later on Friday. "There appears to be more and more Californians sharing our values as we are seeing more Californians move to Oklahoma,” he said in a statement. "With our state’s economy being as strong as it is, we won’t miss a few Californians traveling on state business showing up in our state.”

An anti-LGBTQ+ adoption bill similar to the one in Oklahoma was signed into law in Kansas two weeks ago by Governor Jeff Colyer. Kansas has already been subjected to a California travel ban on the grounds of the 2017 anti-discrimination law, along with Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

California’s Oklahoma travel ban will go into effect June 22.

h/t: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/06/02/california-bans-travel-oklahoma-due-discriminatory-lgbt-law/666320002/

Travel Thursday: Providence, Rhode Island is Your Next Great Getaway

Late in 2017, Instinct Magazine profiled Providence, Rhode Island as a "gay mecca" of sorts, as their LGBT nightlife is one of the best in the country. Now, its time to focus on what else this wonderful city has to offer, which happens to be one of the few major ones where a car really isn't needed (to a certain degree).

As someone who went to school there for five years, its a city that I'm very familiar with and have come to grow and love as time has gone by. The city of Providence itself is always "under construction" as they are consistently building upon itself to make it one of the go to cities that anyone in the world should visit. Sure, New York City and Boston are wonderful, but there's nothing wrong with going in between those two big slices of bread and enjoying the meat and cheese qualities that Provi brings (not sure if that analogy made sense, but just go with it).

For one, the Amtrak train station is located right in the heart of downtown Providence. Immediately when you exit you will see Providence Place Mall (one of the biggest in the Northeast) in front of you, and an assortment of large scale buildings that is reminiscent of big cities like New York City and Chicago. Something that those cities don't have that Providence does is a rustic and more down to earth quality to it due to its rich and vibrant colors and peaceful vibes that make it a lot less hectic to travel through compared to the others.

It's hard to figure out where to begin so let me help you navigate the city. There are three important parts to Providence that are a must when you visit. For one, there is downtown. Downtown is generally a college-focused area, as many schools like Johnson & Wales University and Rhode Island School of Design are located here. That doesn't make it a plethora of annoying college kids per se, but you will definitely find many of them strolling through downtown as you yourself navigate through the variety of wonderful boutique shops, restaurants and fabulous nightlife that includes some wonderful LGBTQ establishments.

One restaurant that are worth the recommendation and then some include Oberlin, which highlights some incredibly delicious and sharable modern American food like their Crispy Sunchokes, Sweet Potato Ravioli and more. If you head more to the west end of Providence, which is about a 5-10 minute walk from downtown, then you can find a great brunch eatery in Nick's on Broadway that will give you all that you need for this type of a meal including their amazing Buttermilk Hotcakes. Yum. 

Federal Hill is another fabulous area to head to while in Providence, as it's Italian background is seen throughout the area and especially at the restaurants you will dine at. A great example of this is Massimo, which is literally described as an "Italy to Table" type of experience that includes some mouthwatering dishes like their Bruschetta con Prosciutto and so much more. 

 

Finally, the College Hill area of Providence where Brown University is happens to be such an incredible part of this fascinating city. If there is one street that you must walk down, it is Thayer Street, which houses some of the best freaking restaurants i have ever been to. The area itself is superbly gorgeous, and a great spot to chill in during the summer time as it gets a ton of foot traffic. Located right around this area is PVDonuts, which houses some of the best donuts I have ever had (and most creative), including their scrumptious Birthday Cake Donut.

Going to Providence goes beyond eating (I love food as you can tell) and into many other facets that makes this city great. Want to go shopping? Providence Place Mall, as mentioned earlier, is a huge shopping mall that has all the stores you could possibly imagine under one roof. The Dunkin Donuts Center hosts a variety of concerts and events, including my husband Thomas Rhett in September.

If you go to Providence towards the fall, then WaterFire will definitely be something you will want to stop by and see, as the city literally becomes lit up with beautiful orange and yellow colors that make the area look stunning at night. If you are a history or a zoo kind of guy or gal, then the RISD Museum or the Roger Williams Park Zoo is your place to go. Essentially, this city has it all, its up to you though to get there and see for yourself just how wonderful it is. 

For more information on Providence, please check out their official site

5 Gay Bars You Must Visit When Visiting NYC

Gay bars run the muck in Manhattan, and even though several iconic locations have closed down over the years, there are still plenty that are open and thriving in the city that never sleeps.

New York City is still one of the most amazing places for the LGBTQ community to visit and live in, as there is always something going on for all of us to enjoy.  But where are the best spots to go to when it comes to experiencing all you can for a great night out in Manhattan?  Take a look at five places that we think you will enjoy the most during your next trip to NYC. 

Boxers: 37 W. 20th Street & 742 9th Avenue 

Boxers is one of the few gay sports bars in Manhattan, just on a much larger scale space wise and they have two locations in Chelsea & Hell’s Kitchen.  Boxers has become quite the staple in The Big Apple, as it hosts a huge crowd nightly due to its clean atmosphere, smoking hot shirtless bartenders, great food (including Brunch) and so much more.  With fun events like “Music Video Mondays” and great happy hour deals throughout the week, Boxers has easily become one of the biggest and most known gay bars in New York City over a short period of time.  More info here.

Therapy Lounge: 348 W. 52nd Street 

Open for almost 15 years, Therapy is a bi-level and super friendly establishment that hosts some of the best drag parties during the week and an all-night extravaganza called Insomnia Fridays with DJ AJ Sanchez to kick off the weekend. Boxers and Therapy have one major thing in common that sets them apart from the other gay bars in the area: they serve food, like... really, really good food.  So if you want to eat a delicious cobb salad while kicking back and enjoying a fabulous drag show, then Therapy is the place to be. More info here.

The Eagle NYC: 554 W. 28th Street

If there is ever a place to go to in NYC where the word “leather” and “gay bar” intertwine with one another so beautifully, then the Eagle is the place to go.  Dimly lit, raw, unfiltered and uninhibited describe what this location is all about.  They have nights dedicated to all sorts of fetishes like feet, jockstraps, hankies and so much more that will require an R rating once you walk into this well-known establishment.  Consider this your updated version of the Al Pacino classic, Cruising.  More info here.

Ty's: 114 Christopher Street

Ty’s is a Christopher Street institution that has been around for almost fifty years, which is quite impressive given how lots of locations open and close within a couple of months on the island of Manhattan.  Ty’s attracts an older, bearish crowd who happen to have the baseball cap-worn-jeans-fitted tee look down.  Keeping in tradition with the older mindset, a lot of their events are geared towards a more mature crowd, such as celebrating the birthdays of Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and The Cure musician Robert SmithMore info here.

Gym Sportsbar: 167 8th Avenue

Gym is an important location to include on the list, as it’s practically the last gay bar on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.  This particular avenue used to be the location for several incredible gay bars, many of which have gone their way of the dodo bird, but Gym has remained open for a variety of reasons.  It is a great starting off spot to get your night going, and their Happy Hour drink specials are simply fantastic.  It also creates a fun and friendly environment throughout, with a great basement space for those who want a quieter and more intimate setting.  More info here