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Saint at Large LOVEBALL and Stonewall Anniversary Concert

2 exciting events – one night!

Stonewall: 40th Anniversary Commemorative Concert & Benefit

Sat 27 Jun 2009


Presented By:
The Saint At Large

Run Time:   2 hours

OUTmusic in assocation with   The Saint At Large present
STONEWALL: The 40th Anniv. Commemorative Concert & Benefit

Nokia Theatre – 1515 B’way
8 PM Sat., June 27th til 10 PM

Ticket provides access to LOVE BALL ACCESS BEFORE 9:00 PM ONLY

Gay Pride Weekend   Saturday, June 27, 2009     10 pm until dawn     Nokia Theatre Times Square

Music by: Alyson Calagna and Chris Cox
Opening DJ Vjuan Allure
Commentator: Jack Mizrahi
Lights by: Guy Smith    TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

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Gay Pride New York City


NEW YORK CITY GAY PRIDE is one the best in the country!  And this year is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.  June 20th – 28th.



42nd St. & 6th Ave. @ Bryant Park  with  Marga Gomez
Saturday, June 20th, 2009, 2:00 – 6:00 PM

Garden Party is NYC’s official kick-off to Pride Week, raising much-needed funds that allow the Center to keep its doors open 365 days a year. Started in 1984 with 1,000 donors and friends and one catering company. Nowadays, Garden Party attracts over 2,300 friends and supporters and features 40 food participants. Our celebrity chefs this year include Rebecca Charles (Pearl Oyster Bar), Dave Pasternak (Esca), and Daniel Angerer (Klee Brasserie). And back as the Event Chair this year is Gourmet Editor-in-Chief, Ruth Reichl!

As one of the biggest  LGBT tasting festival in the country, Garden Party is definitely a tasty treat you will not want to miss this year. Monday, June 22, 2009 on Pier 54 for delicious food from some of New York’s finest and greatest culinary destinations and food purveyors. 6pm – 10pm. Open Bar.  Garden Party Tickets online!

RAPTURE   Womens Dance
Pier 54, 13th St @ the West Side Highway – Hudson River Park
Saturday, June 27th, 2009, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
Music by DJ Susan Levine
In its sixth year. Located on Pier 54, this has become a staple Pride event for women in New York City


Peter Rauhofer’s infamous “Work” party has grown significantly over the past several years making its way around the globe with grand-scale events everywhere from Rio to Paris to Miami. On Saturday, June 27, the Grammy Award-winning DJ brings his “Work” party back to where it all started and makes it bigger than ever for New York Pride with “We Can!” at Manhattan’s massive Roseland Ballroom. We Can!” is set to be one of the biggest Saturday Night Pride events New York has ever experienced. 

Peter Rauhofer has been playing internationally to packed houses for years but New Yorkers know him best from his legendary Saturday night residency at the now-shuttered Roxy nightclub where he regularly attracted throngs of muscled men, house music devotees and celebrity drop-ins such as Madonna and Beyoncé. “Since Roxy closed it’s doors, the big room experience that New York always had no longer really exists” Rauhofer says. “That’s why I really felt the need to throw this Pride event as it’s the perfect time to bring that experience back to New York”.   

No stranger to New York Pride events or spinning alongside Rauhofer, Israeli DJ sensation Offer Nissim will usher in his unique brand of high-energy, fresh tracks. Also debuting new material will be Nissim main Diva Maya, an Israeli star in her own right, who will hit the stage for a late-night powerhouse performance that’s set to leave gay revelers gasping. “This will be a huge production with professional dancers and some surprises,” Maya says of her show.

“This is going to be one of the most impressive events New York has ever seen for Pride,” Rauhofer adds. “There is a lot of production going on behind-the-scenes to ensure this is an experience no one in attendance will forget!” 

Picking up the afterhours portion of the party will be veteran disc jock, big-room maestro and longtime production partner of Ralph Falcon, Oscar G. “Ralph and I are releasing solo albums right now, so this was a perfect time for me to step out and deliver a deep, tribal set at the We Can! event to wrap things up in grand style,” Oscar says. 

“Since back in the Roxy Days throughout the last ten years I’ve always spun the main Saturday night pride party,” Rauhofer concludes, “It’s the right time to bring that experience back especially since people from all over the world come together for Pride weekend and want to celebrate on a grand scale.”


Peter Rauhofer presents We Can! 10pm-10am Saturday, June 27 at Roseland Ballroom in New York (239 West 52nd Street between Seventh & Eighth Avenues). Advance tickets available at Visit for more info. 


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Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. & West 14th St.
Sunday, June 28th, 2009, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

THE MARCH!   With  Cleve Jones.
From 5th Ave. & 52nd St. to Christopher & Greenwich St.
Sunday, June 28, 2009, Noon – End
Moment of Silence: 2:00 PM

DANCE ON THE PIER  Pier 54, 13th St @ the West Side Highway – Hudson River Park
Sunday, June 28th, 2009, 4:00 – 10:30 PM, Fireworks
Featuring the music of Phillip Kimball, Jack Reina, and Corey Craig.
The Dance on the Pier was born out of a time when LGBT persons could not dance openly and proudly together. It is a protest set to music, a celebration set to the western skyline and a reminder of how far we’ve come.


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FREE Gay Mens Bootcamp June 13 and June 20 @ Christopher Street Pier

Gay in New York ??

and looking to get toned while meeting other like-minded guys? 

Come join the gay boot camp at “boy beach” in the west village!  Burn about 800 calories on a Saturday morning with a bunch of sweaty guys on the Christopher Street Pier – for free! Space is limited so don’t waste another second and sign up today!

New York just got a little more fabulous- and a little more fit! A brand new workout craze has hit the city and this time its just for men- Gay men! Laura Miranda’s Gay Men’s Boot Camp is a new outdoor weight loss program complete with fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training.

The First and only boot camp program devoted entirely to gay men. A homo must! Looking for a way to get buff quick and meet other gay men in New York? Gay Men’s Boot Camp is ready to get you ripped and ready for the boys of summer.

These patented, exclusive, gut-busting, muscle moves are guaranteed to get you fit, toned and rock hard, just in time for summer. A few highlights include: Fire Island Abs in Four Weeks: the best five exercises to get your summer abs in check! Tight Asses are Bad: Well they are when it comes to flexibility. Adding a few simple stretches to your daily grind can, over time, really change the shape, look and feel of your musculature. The Boys of summer are coming- Enlist Now! Gay Men’s Boot Camp gives new meaning to the term drill sergeant. Regardless of your fitness level or work out personality you still have the right to bear arms!

Where: Christopher Street Pier West Village, NYC

Dates: Saturdays, 6/13 and 6/20        Time: 8 – 9 AM

What to bring: yourself, a few friends and a water bottle!
Register: send an email to

For more information, visit: GAY MENS BOOTCAMP

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Take MTA to Fire Island and Get A 3 Way


Men, Men and more Men all crammed onto a little island!  And getting there, just got a little cheaper! We love a deal!

This summer you can save  $14 on your 3-way! 

 Take the Long Island Railroad to Sayville, a colonial Taxi to the harbor, and the Ferry to Fire Island….in one transaction. Suddenly arriving at Fire Island is as easy as three in one.  The cost is $30 round trip, or about a $14 less than the three separate fares.

Time has no meaning on Fire Island (just remember your ferry & train times). You’ll think you’ve entered a different world. Lay on the beach, and let yourself go. Push your toes through the warm sand. Relax, dine and dance, and indulge yourself. One of the greatest places on the island – it’s outrageous fun. The shops and restaurants are all brilliantly colored and built on multi-levels. You can find something for everyone to do.

MTA  $30 round trip  specials  Now through September 7
Packages subject to same-day taxi use (but we’ve used the return ticket many days later)
Offer not valid Fridays after 5:30 p.m.       The Pines     Cherry Grove

Now,  if I just had a place to stay……

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From Barcelona, Spain to New York City – The Hottest Gay Swimsuits and Underwear this Side of Chelsea!

Gay Beach Season
is just weeks away!

and if you want something NO ONE ELSE has yet, this hot new line from Barcelona is what you need! 


Previously only available in Spain, it is spreading worldwide this year, but still in limited quantities.

Now going into its fourth  year of production they will be unveiling the 2010  underwear collection this fall in the US. I just got back from Barcelona and bought a couple of the swimsuits from the 2009 collection – VERY HOT! Clean lines, fresh styles, bold color combinations and amazing fit!

This swimwear and underwear for men, is honestly some of the hottest styles we have seen with PERFECT construction and craftsmanship. Made in Barcelona, “ES tries to be unique, different and fresh in a market that is fast and more brands are joining this fast market every day. Made in Barcelona with the best fabrics that we can get from the EU market but still we can be competitive with any other brand out there on quality, price,design and delivery.”


Their designs have a wonderful cut to them, accenting your body perfectly!  I purchased some of  their men’s underwear and men’s swimwear, and they fit comfortable and like a glove!  Many of the swimsuits  features the “Pack Up” system which can easily be removed if aren’t in the mood for extra padding however is perfect for giving you that perfect “beach bulge” if you want it! It does not make your package look HUGE or anything. But it just accentuates your own package nicely and provides a wonderful  smooth fit.

One of the great things about ES Collection Swimwear is the high quality of craftsmanship.  With extras like the metal grommet holes and the plastic tips on the drawstring you’ll never have to “fish” out the drawstring. They also use high quality zippers, rubber logos, and just overall high quality finishing.

Word of advice for  Americans – As for sizing, I would suggest, if ordering from the US, order 1 size larger than usual. Both my partner and I are 32-33″ waist, and would normally buy  Medium – but  their Large fits perfect.  I always find European clothes run smaller than most US brands are labeled.

And who doesn’t love a  SALE!  Each collection features “X” number of pieces in so many sizes. Each year when the new collection is launched, anything that did not sell from the previous collection, is marked down! So when you visit their website ES COLLECTION, make sure you check out the SALE OUTLET.

MUST SEE – VIDEO of the NEWEST ES STYLES and all of their HOT models!

If you are visiting Barcelona, stop by their main store and see the entire collection on display.
Consell de Cent, 218  and right around the corner is ES4U, the outlet store at Casanova, 56!

They also have a shop at 35007 Las Palmas de G.C., Carnary Islands and soon will  have stores in Bilbao, Valencia, and Madrid!
And of course, you can order worldwide via their ES COLLECTION site!

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RAINBOW PILGRIMAGE – New York City Tourism Embraces Gay Stonewall Anniversary

(Photo – Announcing a new marketing campaign aimed at gay tourists were George A. Fertitta, chief executive of NYC & Company, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, and Rosie Mendez, a Manhattan councilwoman.)

New York City is a great place to be gay in, that’s for sure. We have come a long way, but still have a long ways to go. New York City boasts an abundance of destinations that not only shed light on the LGBT past, but continue offering entertainment, education and opportunities for work relating to the community.

In the New York Times  today  SEWELL CHAN  reports,

Announcing a new marketing campaign under the slogan “Rainbow Pilgrimage,” tourism officials said on Tuesday that the new marketing campaign would seek to portray a visit to New York “as a ‘rite of passage’ for the gay and lesbian traveler.”

City officials found little remarkable in using an event associated with violence and resistance as the centerpiece of a marketing campaign.


“I don’t think it’s ironic; I think it’s significant,” Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who is openly gay, told reporters at a news conference Tuesday announcing the campaign. “You know, 40 years ago a group of people said, ‘Enough was enough.’ And they struck back against police officers. They struck back against unfair treatment. They quite frankly did what they felt they had to do. And it created the modern L.G.B.T. civil rights movement.”

I don’t know….I kind of feel like the city is trying to make money off the gay community. Like we are being exploited for the Gay  $$$. 

Get equal  LGBT rights and gay marriage passed!

Give us respect. Give us equality.

Will the tourism board be working with groups like Heritage of Pride and The Center
It sounds like they created this campaign without the imput of the gay community….
I hope in the coming months, we see this as a  good thing.


Read the full gay tourism piece by Sewell at New York Times

A great historical piece on Stonewall from Columbia

COMING  TO  NEW  YORK?  The campaign  includes travel packages that can be booked online.
Best Prices on Gay Travel Packages!

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