• DEAN NELSON (he/him) CRDE, LLD

LGBTQ Travel - Pride 2021

As pride month of June comes to a close, there are still many LGBTQ events and destinations where to travel to in the coming months. As the global vaccine rollout for COVID-19 continues and more destinations navigating a safe re-opening more in-person events are coming to the gay travel calendar.

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Here are some of the events coming up that I think are particularly interesting:


July 3-11 - Munich Gay Pride | CSD München

CSD München (Christopher Street Day, aka Munich Pride) is one of the largest events of the LGBTQ community in southern Germany with more than 60 events (both virtual and in-person) over the nine-day PrideWeek. Germany has lifted most travel restrictions for "Green status countries." Pride continues throughout the month with other incredible German cities hosting annual celebrations in Frankfurt Pride (CSD Frankfurt 2021) runs July 16-18, Stuttgart Pride (CSD Stuttgart 2021) from July 16 - August 1st, Berlin Pride (CSD Berlin 2021) July 23-25.

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July 10-18 - San Diego Pride

SD Pride 2021 kicks off Pride in southern California with a variety of in-person events from pool parties, pride run/walk, picnics drag performances and dance events.

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July 29 - August 2 - Vancouver Pride

Vancouver Pride takes place with limited in person events and the annual Pride Parade will be a hybrid of both virtual and in-person. Special events, art exhibits, drag performances, lounges and bars with limited capacity will be open as part of British Columbia's phase three of re-opening continues.

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July 31 - August 8 - Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride takes place with limited in-person events and the annual Canal Parade is postponed until 2022. Some of the parties and event access may have restrictions such as proof of a Negative PCR test and/or vaccination passport. Amsterdam Pride is one of my favourite pride festivals as the city comes alive with roaming street parties, some of the most incredible circuit parties and taking in some of the arts and other entertainment along the way.

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August 7-14 - Southern Caribbean Pied Piper on Celebrity Summit

Join our friends at Pied Pieper with their Pride Cruise sailing August 7-14, 2021.

You will love this exotic itinerary roundtrip from St. Maarten to the beautiful ports in Tortola, St. Lucia, and Barbados!

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August 12-22 - Copenhagen World Pride

Copenhagen will be Covid-safe and ready to host WorldPride 2021

WorldPride in Copenhagen and Malmö will be a rainbow-coloured pride party that will exceed your expectations. The action-packed eleven-day festival will be filled with special events such as art exhibitions, music performances, VIP receptions, human rights debates, sporting events, and out-of-this-world parties. All information and plans for online and in-person covid-safe events can be found at copenhagen2021.com/worldpride

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August 16-24 - Out Adventures Kenya Safari

Join our friends at Out Adventures as they explore the incredible culture and wildlife of Kenya with highlights including the great wildebeest migration and spotting the Big Five in Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve.

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October 31 - November 7 - Bliss Halloween Cruise

Take Halloween out to sea in 2021 with Atlantis' biggest West Coast gay cruise yet! Atlantis celebrates 30 years of all-gay vacations with their first-ever sailing on the spectacular Norwegian Bliss from Los Angeles to Mexico’s most beautiful beaches and gay-friendly destinations.

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September 1-6 - Wild N Queer Kayak Expedition

Join a small group of gay outdoor enthusiasts for the Wild N Queer third annual kayak trip with Mark as we explore the stunning and warm waters of Desolation Sound.

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September 17-19 - Anaheim (LAX) GayDays at Disneyland

Gay Days Anaheim is a "mix in," meaning gay people and straight people mingle together; the park is open to the general public so that our chosen families are mixing with the families of the other guests. Also like Orlando's Gay Day, we wear RED shirts to identify one another and show our numbers.

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September 30 - October 8 - Out Adventures in Colombia

From its soaring capital to its shimmering Caribbean coast, this tour immerses you in everything Colombia is famous for. The journey begins in the high altitude city of Bogotá where we’ll explore its graffitied streets by day and shake our arepas in its largest gay bar by night. In Tayrona National Park we’ll venture into the humid jungle photographing howler monkeys, tamarinds, toucans and other exotic fauna. To wrap up our adventure we’ll melt into Cartagena’s laid-back Caribbean lifestyle.

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