When a homophobic killer armed with an assault rifle perpetrated one of the worst mass shootings in United States history in an Orlando gay bar this month, the reassuring idea that such places are sanctuaries was upended for many of us. Gay bars are supposed to be refuges from intolerance; judgment-free zones that are, for many people, the only public places you can be truly, essentially, you. If recent events are any indication, L. But here, the same day the Orlando massacre took place, a man was arrested on his way to the Los Angeles Pride festival with several assault rifles and the makings of an explosive device in his car; though his motives were not clear, we can assume he is not a pacifist. In the ensuing days, officials in Oakland, Calif. As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people make summer travel plans, or even plans to attend pride celebrations in our own cities, how important is safety when deciding where to go in a post-Orlando world?
Gay Orlando Steps Out
Orlando's Oldest Gay Resort. - Review of Parliament House Resort, Orlando, FL - TripAdvisor
Orlando is known mainly for Disney World but there are a lot of exciting happenings beyond the Magic Kingdom. I consider the city, Downtown in particular, to be very gay friendly. With a good club scene and plenty of awesome places to eat, Orlando is a fun place to visit and an even better place to call home. Welcome to Thornton Park, the area inhabited mainly by the gays of Orlando. It is located in the heart of Downtown within walking distance to Lake Eola where Pride is held every year. Orlando Pride is more tame than many of the other Pride parades in Florida, it is sponsored by Disney and offers a family-friendly experience. It is held around Lake Eola in the middle of Downtown.
Orlando's Oldest Gay Resort. - Parliament House Resort
That's not surprising: the club, actually several bars and a hotel rolled into one sprawling complex, has become a definitive destination in Orlando, though not quite in the mold of Walt Disney World, just a minute drive away. At one of the Parliament House's bars, male dancers perform in little more than their skivvies. At another, a more rough-and-tumble Western-minded crowd holds sway. And at the complex's small Footlight Theater, drag queens take the stage, including one seemingly pregnant female impersonator who gives "birth" to the musical strains of "I'm Every Woman. In other words, this is Orlando gone gay.
We partnered with Experience Kissimmee to create the perfect summer kick-off trip. Our goals were to find the perfect balance between the youthful theme park energy and battery recharging relaxation. Yes, that lesbian Disney trip should be on your itinerary complete with your cute tee and Mickey ears.