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Five trips you can take to mark Thanksgiving this year / GayCities Blog

Five trips you can take to mark Thanksgiving this year

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Thanksgiving, like the rest of the 2020 holiday season, is going to be very different this year. Everyone is encouraged to do as little traveling as possible to help slow the spread of coronavirus. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual journey or enjoy a local beauty spot. Here are five suggestions for how to take your mind away from home.

Head for an outdoor gay hangout with a friend for a picnic

If you’re blessed to live somewhere like Miami, spending a few hours on the gay beach at 12th Street (on South Beach) is a low-risk way of marking Thanksgiving – and plenty of local restaurants are serving takeaway orders.

San Francisco’s Dolores Park offers a gay ‘urban beach’ in its southwest section, while Rehoboth Beach in Delaware offers its LGBTQ-friendly ‘Poodle Beach’ section. If there’s no gay outdoors hangout nearby, pick a local beauty spot you’ve not visited before, or try to hunt down some stunning fall scenery. Keep a social distance if heading out with a friend from a different household and respect local COVID prevention measures.

Immerse yourself in a travel book by a gay writer

Calum McSwiggan and his travel memoir: Eat, Gay, Love
Calum McSwiggan and his travel memoir: Eat, Gay, Love (Photo: Twitter)

Check out The Black Penguin by Andrew Evans, in which the author travels from Washington DC to Antarctica, largely by bus, and comes out to his Mormon family in the process. Tim Anderson’s acclaimed Tune in Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries, follows the US writer’s time in Asia. British broadcaster Sue Perkins, of The Great British Baking Show fame, has published East of Croydon: Travels through India and South East Asia, while Eat, Gay, Love is a new travel memoir by fellow Brit, Calum McSwiggan (above).

Enjoy a classic, queer road-trip movie

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The queer road trip movie has become its own sub-genre, with such journeys offering plenty of opportunity for personal development, drama, intrigue and romance. Classics include The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), in which three drag queens cross the Australian outback. Felicity Huffman was Oscar-nominated for her role in Transamerica (2005), in which she plays a trans woman on a journey to meet the son she never knew she had. Director Gregg Araki’s The Living End (1992) has been described as a gay Thelma and Louise, in which two young, HIV-positive men hit the road after one kills a homophobic police officer.

Related: 10 awesome queer road trip flicks to inspire your future travel fantasies

Join a virtual tour

Michael Venturiello of Christopher Street Tours offers gay bar history lessons online via Airbnb
Michael Venturiello of Christopher Street Tours offers gay bar history lessons online via Airbnb (Photo: Airbnb)

Both Airbnb and Amazon Explore (in beta testing in North America), now offer a wide range of virtual tours. On Airbnb, join a drag queen cocktail masterclass courtesy of ‘Sangria and Secrets with Drag Queens’, educate yourself on how to make pasta with Italian chefs, learn to sing a festive song with a Broadway performer, or enjoy a virtual tour and history lesson about some of New York’s most famed gay bars.

There are now literally hundreds of experiences to choose from – with YouTube also offering a huge array of far-flung walking tours and cookery lessons.

Start planning your next vacation on Black Friday

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Lastly, although travel options are limited right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning a trip for next year. Airlines are offering some of their cheapest deals as they try to tempt travelers back, and many are going even lower with their Black Friday deals.

It’s now widely expected that coronavirus vaccines will be rolled out during the first half of 2021, so don’t expect these cheap deals to last forever. You could book yourself a bargain getaway if you act now.

Gay Puerto Vallarta A Top Destination For Thanksgiving 2020

puerto vallarta thanksgiving gay events

puerto vallarta thanksgiving gay events

Gay Puerto Vallarta Is A The Top Destination For Thanksgiving Holiday 2020 Travel. For the sixth consecutive year, Mexico is the most popular travel destination for Americans during Thanksgiving Holiday with Puerto Vallarta at No 3 (moving up 4 places from last year).  According to Allianz, Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since COVID-19 began with safety protocols like restricted capacity at resorts that enable proper social distancing helping make travelers feel safe.

Get ready to kick off Thanksgiving Week with BRAWNY BEAR WEEKEND. Brian Kent Productions and Mantamar Beach Club join forces to bring you an epic Weekend you won’t soon forget spanning THREE DAYS and featuring FOUR international DJs at TWO stunning venues. Prepare yourself for mind blowing sunsets, amazing music, bears of all shapes, colors and sizes and lazing on the dazzling sandy beaches. 

White Party PV Thanksgiving Weekend Nov 27-30 2020 DJ’s Anne Louise, Nina Flowers and Isis Muretech headline White Party PV Thanksgiving 2020.  

ALL VENUES ARE FOLLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO OPERATE**  Events are limited capacity, temperature checks, hand sanitization, shoe sanitization, and masks are required to enter all venues. If you are not comfortable being around others during this time, please do not attend.

See the rest of the upcoming gay events in Puerto Vallarta here.

This weekend, prepare to serve some gayness with your Thanksgiving / Queerty

This weekend, prepare to serve some gayness with your Thanksgiving

A person cutting a cake

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Flying Turkey: Lez-Bomb

This delightful Thanksgiving comedy didn’t get enough attention when it debuted two years ago. Writer/director Jenna Lorenzo stars as Lauren, a thriving lesbian professional who invites her girlfriend (Caitlin Mehner) home to meet the family on Thanksgiving. There’s just one problem: she’s not out to her family. What begins as a slightly awkward Thanksgiving buffet of eccentric relatives (including Bruce Dern & Cloris Lechman and Bruce Dern as Lauren’s grandparents, and Steve Guttenberg as her nutty uncle) turns into a full-on circus when Lauren’s friend Austin (Brandon Michael Hall) shows up, and the family mistakes him as her boyfriend.

Lez Bomb doesn’t have the high production value usually associated with this caliber of performers, though it does benefit from a very funny script and Lorenzo’s calm professionalism behind the camera. As a director, she knows how to get the most out of her cast. Pair that with a hearty side of queer affirmation, and the resulting comedy is a very entertaining one. With Thanksgiving coming up next week, we recommend it as an appetizer to real-life holiday shenanigans. Critics often label movies that fail to take off a “turkey.” In this case, the turkey certainly does fly.

Streams on Tubi, Amazon, YouTube and VUDU.