Monday, July 27, 2009

Brazil - The place to go

So close and easy to get to, yet unknown to most Americans, Brazil is fast becoming the new go-to getaway for savvy travelers seeking something totally different. In increasing numbers gay visitors are discovering in Brazil a vast country with countless treasures, from music and cuisine to art and architecture to a budding gay culture and a pulse-quickening undercurrent of same-sex attraction (a welcome departure from our more rigid definitions of gay versus straight).

Just do the math: With an exchange rate of over three reals to the dollar, it's also an incredibly inexpensive time for Americans to visit. This winter forget that tired old gay resort. Dust off your passport, brush up on your Portuguese and head to Brazil. Begin your discovery with our primer on the top destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.

Rio de Janeiro's setting is one of the most spectacular of any city œ the blue-green South Atlantic Ocean laps a wide expanse of white beaches, abutting the lush greenery of a semitropical forest. Superimpose a pulsating city and a vibrant nightlife and culture for a complete view of Rio's offerings. The city underwent a major facelift for the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development a few years ago, making now one of the best times ever to visit. A renovated airport, a speedy new route from airport to city, a bicycle path along the beachfront, spruced-up parks and an increased police presence in tourist areas are the major improvements.

Of course, Rio is famous for its Carnival. Besides the fantastic spectacle of the parade itself, there are lots of street parties and balls during the days before and after the main event. The gay ball is O Grande Gala Gay (official gay ball). This was once the gay event to go to, but it has taken a turn to the more commercial side, attracting a mostly straight audience in search of the exotic drag queens and transvestites that fill the ball to capacity.

There are a lot of other alternative gay neighborhood parades (Blocos and Bandas) such as Banda de Ipanema and Banda da Carmen Miranda, that wind around the Suburb of Ipanema, a dazzling cacophony of samba bands, exotic drag queens and beautiful Brazilian men and women.

These bands are followed by a big crowd singing and dancing samba on the streets of Ipanema from midafternoon (immediately after beach time œ attire consisting of swimming suits, bikinis or shorts) until late at night, ending up in one of the popular neighborhood bars, Bofetadaat Farme de Amoedo Street.

The Banda da Carmen Miranda leaves only once, on the Sunday preceding Carnival week. They crown the gay Queen and King of the parade, usually TV stars or other Brazilian celebrities. The most fun float of the Banda is from the Le Boy nightclub, with a huge crowd following it back to the door of the club in Copacabana at 10 p.m. The Banda de Ipanema leaves twice during the event, on the Saturday and Tuesday of Carnaval.

Its Ok to BE gay

LZ Granderson
Special to CNN

Far from flowing rainbow flags, the sound of Lady Gaga and, quite honestly, white people, stands a nightclub just outside of Wicker Park in Chicago, Illinois, by the name of The Prop House.

The line to get in usually stretches down the block, and unlike many of the clubs in Boystown and Andersonville, this one plays hip-hop and caters to men who may or may not openly identify as gay, but without question are black and proud.

And a good number of them are tired of hearing how the gay community is disappointed in President Obama, because they are not.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Whats going on in Philly

A Philadelphia sports legend -- Roman High grad turned All-Pro receiver and 2007 Super Bowl ring-owner Marvin Harrison -- has been caught up in the city's gun mayhem.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison has been accused of being involved in a recent shooting at a Philadelphia area bar he owns.

WIP radio in Philadelphia reported that police uncovered a gun registered to Harrison in connection with the incident.

According to the radio station, a fist-fight broke out when Harrison escorted a man out of his bar, called Playmakers. When the man fled, gunfire was exchanged and the man's car was struck by a bullet and his hand was grazed.

Neither Harrison or anyone else has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The facts are still unfolding -- my newsroom sources tell me the shooting was not in the bar but outside, and that Harrison turned over the gun voluntarily. Stay tuned. After this is adjudicated one way or the other, millionaire (presumably) Harrison might want to consider a different off-season hobby than running a bar in one of his hometown's grittier neighborhoods.

Lost My Cell Phone

Heys Guys just so you know, I have lost my cell last night .
Please send me an-email on here if you need to contact me
Thanks again . lets meet up soon . Big kiss.
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Hey, thanks for visiting my personal blog.

I decided to share with everyone that my life is not just working. As every single human been I need some fun right?

Anyhow, I was born in Brazil 1982, my father was 100% German and my Mother 100% Brazilian, so now you can guess what I look like right, lol HOT STUFF lol. No really, I am just a simple guy, who works really hard to be independent and not need the support of my parents. I came from a really simple family, for you to have an idea I lived in a small farm near Brazilia de capital of Brazil until about I was 15 years old.

We came to the US in 1999, after my family worked really hard and made some money on real stated near Boston they decided to move back to Brazil, as I was gay and did not want to live my life in Brazil decided to live on my own. I am doing pretty well as far as making honest money and paying my bills on time. As you all know life is not easy .

So from now on I will keep you guys updated and let you know what’s going on with me today and tomorrow. I now live in Philly there is a lot going on here now.

Keep checking for updates, this is going to be very entertaining. Lots of new things will be shared with you .

Feel free to leave your comment or send me an-email to get to you know you better .

When I am not working on my computer doing the marketing for my sites and blogs, I like to spend some time for myself, like going to the gym everyday.

This is my personal page - Where i will be taking my time to share whats is going on arount Philly and What I will be doing over the weekend