Luxury Elevator Shoe Company Opens in Milan

Italian shoemaker, Guidomaggi, is opening the world’s first luxury elevator shoe showroom (that’s a thing!) in Milan on December 1, 2016. Elevator shoes, if you don’t know, are ones that help elevate your height—up to three inches taller! And it’s done in a way that’s not noticeable, giving you that extra lift in both style and height.

Guidomaggi’s story starts with Guido Maggi who started his handcrafted, traditional shoe business in Italy after the first World War. From there, the business passed to Emanuele Briganti, a young man, who was inspired to increase his height from 5′ 9”, and in turn created the Guidomaggi elevator shoes. These height-increasing shoes are comfortable and easy to wear, adding up to three inches your height. The shoes are carefully designed with Italian craftsmanship and are surprisingly comfortable. There’s no noticeable “squishy” sound when walking thanks to the well-crafted insoles and attention to detail.

You’ll find sneakers, shoes and boots for casual, dress and formal wear available on the Guidomaggi website. There are even special styles for special occasions—with premium leather and other materials available.

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The Guidomaggi store opens December 1 in Milan at Via Fiori 18, just above the Hermès store. The Brera district of Milan, where the new shop is located, is one of the best stylish districts in Europe—home to some of the world’s best fashion designers.

Showcasing the Best of Contemporary Jerusalem

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Berlin-based travel blog Travels of Adam has partnered with Brown Hotels, Jerusalem’s official tourism site and other local businesses to showcase the contemporary side of the city with a contest for a trip to the city in 2017.

The grand prize represents a microcosm of Jerusalem has to offer modern travellers, with 3 nights in the new Brown Jerusalem Hotel, dinner at the kosher-fine dining Touro Chef Restaurant and a tour of the West Bank from alternative tour operator Abraham Tours.

Brown Hotels’ Tel Aviv properties are regulars atop lists of gay-friendly, boutique, design and luxury hotels in the city, and co-owner Leon Avigad says they are excited to bring their approach to Jerusalem’s accommodation sector.

“Our philosophy is to create the best hotels we can based on values of pluralism and open-mindedness that give all of our guests a sense of home, regardless of their race, gender or orientation, and we make a point of reaching out to every community we feel we have something to offer,” Avigad says.

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“But there’s no denying that we also think Jerusalem has so much to offer gay travelers, and if us opening a gives them a place in Jerusalem where they can feel at home in the city, then we’re certainly ecstatic to be a part of that.”

Travel blogger Adam Groffman maintains a series of hipster city guides aimed at the modern gay traveler that isn’t interested in specifically gay neighborhoods or hotels so much as what is cool, hip and gay-friendly.

“To me, Jerusalem is one of those cities that just surprises you and makes you fall in love with it — it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or whatever, and that’s what I’m trying to emphasize in my updated Hipster Guide to Jerusalem and the contest with Brown Hotels and Jerusalem Tourism,” says Groffman.

“Of course, you have all the history and culture that it’s famous for, but also a modern side that doesn’t get as much press — art galleries, a cool, kind of underground nightlife and so many creative minds and new ideas.”

Regarding the state of gay-friendly accommodation in Jerusalem he adds that “as a gay traveler, I’ve never had a problem finding friendly accommodation in Jerusalem. The Abraham Hostel is one of my favorite places to stay, but I think it’s a positive development for the city to have a hotel that’s known for being gay-friendly, where gay travelers know beyond a doubt that they are welcome and can feel comfortable.”

The contest is a prime opportunity for the city to showcase the many sides of modern Jerusalem, from luxury hospitality and fine dining to alternative tours, according to Spencer Ho of iTravelJerusalem.

“In a lot of ways Abraham Tours and the Abraham Hostel were the pioneers of contemporary tourism in Jerusalem, and I think the opening of Brown Jerusalem is a step forward in developing an accommodation sector ready to meet the needs and desires of this new generation of travelers from across the spectrum,” he says.

“They are a younger, more alternative and diverse crowd that want a unique experience whether they’re spending $25 a night on a dorm room or $250 on a room at a boutique hotel.

“Not only that, but many come from communities that haven’t always been part of our market, but must be going forward. You know, tens of thousands of gay tourists visit Tel Aviv every year, just 45-minutes away, but Jerusalem has never had a hotel that proudly says it serves gay travelers. Until now.

“The fact that travelers like Adam [Groffman] find as much to love in Jerusalem as they do in Tel Aviv, London, Berlin or Paris is a testament to the potential of the city to attract this new generation.”

More information about the Jerusalem travel contest here.

Fort Worth’s 18th Annual International LGBT Film Festival Opens This Weekend

This weekend, Fort Worth’s 18th annual International LGBT Film Festival, QCinema (Q18) opens. The festival will screen films for three days at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, premiering films from around the globe and presenting a live stand up performance from comedian Vicki Shaw, nightly receptions, an inaugural Filmmaker’s Lounge and Q&A’s with 12 filmmakers.

Festival director, Kathryn Omarkhail, says she is excited to screen the world premier of local Texas director, Wayo Benavides (Life’s A Drag) and to have so many films reaching out to the youth and trans community. “One of the best parts of a small independent film festival experience like ours, is not only the films you may not have the opportunity to see anywhere else on the big screen, but the opportunity for everyone to meet the filmmakers one-on-one without paying a hefty price tag, which is something the larger festivals can’t offer.”

Tickets may be purchased in advance at, Tickets to the City or onsite 30 minutes prior to screening time. Prices start at $5 for matinee screenings.

The full program is available online. Below are some selected trailers of some of the highlights premiering at this year’s festival.

QCinema Fort Worth

Hate Crime (2016)

Open (2016)

Fair Haven (2016)

EKAJ (2016)


New Gay Emojis Released in Time for Pride

It’s called Gmojiz (iOS only for now), and the new app is packed with hilarious stickers, sounds and gifs. They keyboard app-maker has done other focused emoji apps for sports teams and other brands, but this is their first attempt at the LGBTQ market.

The gay/lesbian stickers were designed by influential players in the LGBTQI+ community.

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Gay Love Sticker Emoji

You can see the app here:

The Lost Myth of Androgyny – London Art Show


London based Italian artist Fabio Esposito is running a Kickstarter campaign to put on an art show at the Art Academy’s Graduate Show in London this July. The show’s themes focus on androgyny. “I have met a few people in my life who were affected by Gender Dysphoria and, being a gay man myself, I could always relate on some levels to their suffering caused by feeling inadequate, out of place and even not complete in some way,” says the artist.

The series is titled The Lost Myth of Androgyny about a relatable reality where the agony of not feeling in your own skin is the protagonist. In a society where labelling is becoming the twisted norm, we are facing a reality where gender, identity and sexual orientation are becoming more and more fluid.

With ordinary yet unsettling scenarios, the paintings aim to weaken people’s phobias through representations of true pain, love and loss. There’s a particular uneasiness of these other-worldly photos, yet still a grounding that makes the scenes appear realistic and relatable. The scenes present the feelings we have regarding the transition and anxiety toward acceptance in regards to gender, sexuality and identity. Accepting who we are, our limits and our uniqueness can be as much rewarding as distressing. Ultimately it’s about loss and rediscovery as we skip through a version of ourselves to another.


The Kickstarter campaign runs for another week. Any proceeds over the required funds will be donated to the Gender Trust charity. Visit the Kickstarter page here.

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