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.

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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PlanetRomeo Goes Global with New Update

PlanetRomeo has been connecting guys all over the world for almost 13 years, but now the original gay dating site is undergoing its biggest transformation to date. Gone are the endless blue pages, now replaced with a far more modern design aimed at making gay dating easier than ever before.

PlanetRomeo Beta Update

For the first time, PlanetRomeo’s beta site is open to everyone. Optimized for mobile use and designed to give users a smooth and simple dating experience, the new look on PlanetRomeo allows you to easily browse unlimited guys all over the world. While well-loved features such as footprints and advanced search filters are here to stay, new tools such as a travel feature and activity stream are now available to users too.

The PlanetRomeo Beta is always improving, but for guys looking to find dates, friends or love at home or abroad, there aren’t many better websites out there. Whether you’re spending the summer traveling or staying at home, try the updated PlanetRomeo to chat, meet and date guys from all over the world.

Try the PlanetRomeo Beta at

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A new gay travel feature is a part of the PlanetRomeo Beta
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The new chat screen on PlanetRomeo

The Striking World of Burlesque (PHOTOS)

Burlesque is its own unique form of art—one that often leaves a lasting impression. The stage presence of a burlesque performance is often unique and hard-to-mimic. Ask anyone who’s been to a burlesque show and they’ll often laugh and cry trying to retell about the performance, but it’s never as good as the original.

In a new book from indie publishers Book the Film, this uniqueness is perfectly captured in a striking series of photographs. The coffee table book, Burlesque, features page-after-page of the men and women famous for burlesque performances. From the sultry looks to the pouty lips, the photographs really jump off the page. You won’t want to miss your next local burlesque performance after seeing these photographs!

Domino Barbeau by John Fox
Domino Barbeau by John Fox
Immodesty Blaize by Magnus Hastings
Immodesty Blaize by Magnus Hastings
LouLou D'vil by Shimona Henry
LouLou D’vil by Shimona Henry
Roxi D'Lite by Roxi D'Lite Photography
Roxi D’Lite by Roxi D’Lite Photography
Vicky Butterfly by Maria S. Varela
Vicky Butterfly by Maria S. Varela
Tigger by Roxi D'Lite
Tigger by Roxi D’Lite

The BURLESQUE Coffee Table Book will be released in the US and CANADA at the end of March solely through this site, and will be available in bookstores in June throughout the European markets.