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Palm Springs Gets Steamy For LGBT Summer Travelers

Palm Springs Gets Steamy For LGBT Summer Travelers

Palm Springs Gets Steamy For LGBT Summer Travelers! Legendary Playground Is A Paradise.

(PALM SPRINGS) Are you and the boys looking for a place to blow off steam this summer? Have you considered Palm Springs?

Since the 1920s, Palm Springs has been the desert playground for gay men.  50s-era stars like Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter made the town their second home because it allowed them to escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and enjoy sexual freedom without fear of being outed.  It is that same sexual freedom that continues to be a popular draw for gay travelers today.

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It used to be that things cooled off in the Springs during the hot summer months.  Not anymore.  “We’re keeping the party going through the off-season,”  says Jon Jackson,  owner of INNdulge, one of the area’s leading gay resorts.  He and his partner purchased the hotel with its epic mountain views six years ago.   Since then, they have made significant improvements to the property, including completely refurnishing the entire interior.

“There’s so much to do here. Tons of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.  There are also golf courses, spas, and of course, the springs!”

Palm Springs is a hiker’s paradise with numerous hidden trails along the Coachella Valley.  The shopping cannot be beat, with major retailers in Downtown Palm Springs and on El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert.

Days in Palm Springs are sultry while nights are balmy.  To help beat the heat, Jackson chills the magnificent kidney-shaped pool at INNdulge during the hot summer months.

The pool is the centerpiece of his hotel’s impressive courtyard that features immaculately landscaped lawns and walkways with large modern figure sculptures by artist Mavis McClure.

Palm-Springs-Gets-Steamy-For-LGBT-Summer-Travelers2-682x1024 Palm Springs Gets Steamy For LGBT Summer Travelers“Our spontaneous midnight pool parties attract lots of sexy men from all over town,” Jackson says.  “It probably helps that next to the pool is a 24-hour, 12-man keyhole whirlpool spa.”

The fact that INNdulge is a clothing optional resort probably helps lure guys in, too.

Beginning June 11, INNdulge is offering rooms for only $99.   The deal is valid through September 15, Sunday-Thursday, in the hotel’s non-pool Superior rooms.  Discounts on poolside rooms and weekend stays are also available.  Visit their website.

Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

Artist Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives

(NEW YORK) Artist Raph Solo has released a brand new music video that shows a different side to the out artist.   He dances! “It’s all very tongue-and cheek,” he laughs. “I hope fans like the choreography and chutzpah.”

In “Love Lives”, Raph Solo boldly declares that he is no less equal than any other person for who he is or who he loves.

“I have worked very hard to gain the self-respect and acceptance I enjoy today,” he explains.  “It’s been a difficult journey but I’m finally at a point where I know that I don’t need anyone’s approval to feel comfortable in my own skin.”

Just a few years ago, Raph admits he fought his feelings for men and even underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure himself of his homosexuality.  In the end, it was even more damaging to Solo and his self-esteem.   “It made me feel like a failure because no matter how hard I tried, I could not change my feelings.”

“Love Lives”  was written and produced by Raph.  The song is an R&B, modern pop groove; melodic with an edgy tech feel.  He says he wasn’t originally planning to release the song.  He recorded it on his birthday as a special gift to himself.  Ultimately, however, Raph felt its message was an important one and that it  reflected his current state of artistry.   “I wanted to take my sound onto the streets and into the clubs,” he says.

Born to Lebanese/Chilean parents on the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, West Africa, Raph Solo is a singer, songwriter and music producer.  He has released three full-length albums, including last summer’s THE ANONYMOUS ICON, featuring “Star” and “Good Morning London”.

Today, Raph is a proud gay man in a loving relationship with an English man from the East Midlands who shares his core values and beliefs.

Raph Solo’s “Love Lives” is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Visit his website.  Follow Raph Solo on Twitter and Facebook.

LGBT Journalist, Video Producer Named Victim Of Terrorist Attack In Manchester

LGBT Journalist, Video Producer Named Victim Of Terrorist Attack In Manchester

A Self-Proclaimed Journalist, Video Producer Identified As One Of The Victims Of The Manchester Terrorist Attack That Killed 22 Concert Goers!

(LONDON) — A boyfriend, a self-proclaimed journalist, and producer of social media videos has been identified as a victim of the Manchester Terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 22 concertgoers and injuring 59.

Martyn Hett, 29, has been identified by Manchester police as the one of the victim in one of England’s most deadly terrorists attacks in history. His partner has taken to social media paying tribute.

LGBT-Journalist-Video-Producer-Named-Victim-Of-Terrorist-Attack-In-Manchester1-300x300 LGBT Journalist, Video Producer Named Victim Of Terrorist Attack In Manchester“We got the news last night that our wonderful, iconic and beautiful Martyn didn’t survive,” Hett’s partner, Russell Hayward, said. “I’m in a really bad way so please forgive if I don’t reply.

Hett, who had appeared on TV shows ‘Come Dine With Me’ and ‘Tattoo Fixers,’ was a digital public relations manager Rumpus PR. Hett was headed to the United States after the concert for a two-month vacation.

Russell called his partner his “best friend in the whole world.”

Pride Houston Seeking Volunteers For Pride Celebration

Pride Houston Seeking Volunteers For Pride Celebration

Houston’s Largest LGBT Non-Profit Seeking Volunteers For LGBT Pride Celebration

(HOUSTON) — On Saturday, June 24th, one of the largest Pride event in the nation will take over Downtown Houston, and it can only happen with the help of many volunteers.

This year, expected to be the largest in Houston history, has several open roles and volunteer shifts available. They include: Stage, Family Fun Zone, Arts and Crafts, Route Monitors, Logistics and many more.

If you would like to volunteer for one or more shifts during the Houston Pride Festival or Pride Parade, and help light up the streets in Downtown Houston click here.

Volunteer orientations dates are as follows.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd – 7-8 PM:  Room 106 Montrose Center
  • Wednesday, May 24th – 7-8 PM:  Room 106 Montrose Center
  • Thursday, May 25th  – 7-8 PM:  Room 106 Montrose Center
  • Saturday, May 27th – 12-1 PM: Room 106 Montrose Center
  • Saturday, May 27th – 2-3 PM:   Room 106 Montrose Center
  • Sunday, May 28th  – 12-1 PM: Room 107 Montrose Center
  • Sunday, May 28th  – 2-3 PM:   Room 107 Montrose Center

Email us at volunteer@pridehouston.org