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With Montreal currently hosting the Queer of the Year winner, there are lots of gay travel contests going on at the moment—and all around the world, too. Here’s a selection of some that I’ve found.

World Rainbow Hotels

World Rainbow Hotels recently relaunched their website and to celebrate they’re running a contest to win a 2-night stay at the Ellington Hotel in Berlin.

Lufthansa LGBT European Getaway for two

Lufthansa has long had a history of positive involvement with the LGBT community in Europe, even winning an award for “Most Gay-Friendly Travel Business” last spring from International Gay Lifestyle magazine.

More recently, Lufthansa has been expanding its marketing and communication with the LGBT community in North America. As one of its first steps, Lufthansa launched an LGBT-focused contest to send a lucky couple on a vacation to Europe. The contest includes free tickets to anywhere the airline’s more than 150 European destinations and a two-night stay plus breakfast at the Marriott in Cologne, Germany. Enter the contest here.

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I was more than a little curious to take a weekend trip to Budapest. Despite hearing repeatedly how beautiful and luxurious the city is, I’d heard plenty about Hungary—and specifically Budapest—as a gay destination. Though the city is supposed to be ultra-modern, trendy & hip, it’s still Eastern Europe and with that comes many stigmas. In fact, every year Budapestians have to fight for their right to have a gay pride. And yet, because of Budapest’s many charms, it’s still a popular destination for gay travelers. I decided to visit the city and see what it was like for myself.

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This article was originally posted here on Non-Breaking Space by Jerome, who is currently traveling through Eastern Europe & the Middle EastRead below to learn a little bit aobu the gay situation in Central Asia today.

My trip took me to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and to central Asia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and I’m now in Kyrgyzstan.

Homosexuality was legalized in 1998 in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, then followed Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2000, but is still illegal in Uzbekistan. To be more specific, what the law from the former Soviet Union mentions is anal sexual act between men. Women are not concerned. Today, only Georgia has a law specificaly banning discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation. Continue reading

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Because I’m currently planning a trip to Dallas in September, I thought I’d share some information on the Dallas, Texas pride. And as luck would have it, up until TODAY there’s a chance to win a trip to Dallas to catch the LGBT pride parade!

This September, the Dallas lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community will celebrate gay Pride with a weekend of activities leading up to the 29th annual Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. To commemorate, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Dallas CVB) is giving away a vacation package for two to visit Dallas during Pride weekend, September 14-17, 2012. For official rules and a chance to enter, visit www.facebook.com/glbtdallas and click on the “Sweepstakes” button before the end of the day, August 9, 2012.

“Dallas is a diverse, progressive destination with much to see and do for lesbian and gay travelers,” said Phillip Jones, president and CEO of the Dallas CVB. “Visitors in September have the opportunity to participate in our city’s Pride festivities, and it’s also a great time of year to experience Dallas’ world class arts, shopping, dining and entertainment options.”

The winner of the sweepstakes will receive round trip airfare to Dallas provided by American Airlines, corporate sponsor of the Dallas CVB; accommodations by the luxurious W Dallas – Victory, which includes breakfast for two at Craft Dallas; passes to Gay Day at Six Flags Over Texas, compliments of Dallas Voice; and VIP passes to Gaybingo Dallas, compliments of Resource Center Dallas.

Dallas Pride weekend offers several events that showcase the city’s friendly and diverse LGBT community. The highlight of the weekend is the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. Now in its 29th year, the parade is expected to include nearly 2,000 marching participants and draw more than 40,000 spectators from across the nation and around the world.

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By Joey Amato

St. Louis, commonly referred to as “The Gateway to the West” is home to some of the country’s most recognizable corporations including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Edward Jones Investments Energizer, and of course, the city’s most popular company, Anheuser-Busch. The city is also home to three professional sports teams: The St. Louis Cardinals, Blues and Rams and is one of the LGBT capitals of the mid-west.

Visitors arriving to St. Louis should take note of the MetroLink. The train system has two routes, is easy to navigate and is an inexpensive way to travel throughout the city. MetroLink connects Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to downtown as well as a host of other neighborhoods worth visiting including my personal favorite, Forest Park.

Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. Forest Park is home to the Art Museum, Science Center, Zoo, Jewel Box Greenhouse and History Museum, as well as a 7.5-mile biking, jogging and skating path. Most of these attractions are free of charge.

Downtown St. LouisThe St. Louis Zoo is home to 655 species of animals, many of them rare and endangered. Catch a glimpse of the cheetah, African black elephant, lion and penguin habitats while enjoying a leisurely day with friends and family. Later this year the zoo will open Sea Lion Sound, combining a spacious new sea lion habitat with the zoo’s popular Sea Lion Show.

A brisk walk through Forest Park will lead you to another great attraction, the St. Louis Art Museum. The museum is among the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art throughout history. Most notable are the Chinese, pre-Columbian and 19th & 20th Century Masters galleries. The museum building itself is an architectural masterpiece and a highlight of the park.

St. Louis’ most recognizable icon is without a doubt, The Gateway Arch, the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in downtown St. Louis.  The arch was completed in 1965 and at 630 feet, the stainless steel structure is the tallest man-made monument in the country.  The view from the top is a site that should not be missed.  Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Copenhagen Pride 14-19 August, 2012

The 2009 World Outgames really put Copenhagen on the international gay map when thousands of visitors came to compete and party in the Danish capital. Luckily the Copenhagen scene has only grown in size since.

Ninety percent of Copenhagen’s gay bars are located in close proximity to each other in the city centre and therefore easy for visitors to find and enjoy. Picking the perfect party can be tricky though since Copenhagen only sports a single gay night club. Instead, regular and one-off parties are thrown every single week in clubs, galleries and other venues throughout the city. The challenge for visitors (and locals alike) is to find them. The best English party resource is Gay Events Copenhagen on Facebook.

Copenhagen Pride Week is 5 days packed with gay-related events, concerts and of course the pride parade that culminates with tens of thousands of spectators joining the floats on “Pride Square” in front of city hall.

After recently securing both marriage and adoptions rights the annual gay pride is more about celebrating tolerance and diversity than a call for expanded rights. For the same reasons, the official and largest Pride Party “Pride With a Purpose” is set to benefit some of those LGBT’ers less fortunate than those living in tolerant Denmark. All proceeds will instead be used to provide personal safety alarms to gays in Uganda. Tickets for sale via http://allrightscph.com.