Gay Philly

Have you ever gotten lost — only to find yourself in a magical world of cobblestone roads, rainbows and artisanal chocolate? It happened to me once.

Mother Nature had sent her spoiled brat of a child, Tropical Storm Irene, to pummel the East Coast in August of 2011. Irene’s seasonal tantrum diverted my family from a return trip home from a summer vacation in Northern Michigan, and we were waylaid in Chicago.

Images on social media revealed a climacteric situation. Irene had knocked out electricity, downed wires and flooded basements. Kind neighbors assured us that our basement only held about an inch of water, nothing that […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Blog

Sweet Savannah

The southern gem Savannah is sweet in every way. First, you’ll have a hard time selecting a dish from the city’s famous and bountiful dessert trays. Sweet potato pie, banana bread pudding and piles of fresh pecan pralines: Savannah’s dessert delicacies are unmatched. Treats are just icing on the red velvet cake, however. A visit to Savannah is enticing because it offers an abundance of natural, historic and cultural activities for a sweet weekend getaway for you and your partner, family or friends.

I visit Savannah about once a year because this Georgian city is stunningly gorgeous, decidedly quirky and easy to enjoy. I adore […]

By |March 20th, 2014|Blog

Spring Fever On Broadway

Oh sure, there are plenty of reasons to visit New York in the spring: Central Park is especially lovely when the weather starts to turn, and so are the Bronx Zoo and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. But if you ask me, the best thing about the city this time of year has absolutely nothing to do with the outdoors.

That’s because spring is the most exciting time on Broadway.

Here’s why: The official Broadway season — which covers the 40 theaters specifically designated as “Broadway houses” in midtown Manhattan — runs from June to May. Each season’s Tony Awards are typically bestowed in June, honoring the […]

By |March 11th, 2014|Blog

Married in Canada

“It’s only a ten-hour drive,” Gabriella informed me, as if using the word ‘only’ would somehow redirect me from the ten hours of hell we’d surely face. Driving to Southampton, Ontario, from New Jersey was not my first choice — or second.

“Ten hours?!? With two small boys? Don’t you love me anymore?” I accused.

Gabriella dismissed my suggestion that spending ten hours in a car with two very lively kids would be considered wartime torture in many other parts of the world. “It’ll be fun!” she assured me. “We’ll stop along the way — maybe spend a night in Niagara Falls.”

I instantly recalled my 8-year-old […]

By |March 7th, 2014|Blog

A Gay Ol’ Time

From long-suffering city to emerging queer playground, Newark progresses toward LGBT inclusivity.

Newark, New Jersey, has a checkered past. From the crippling race riots in 1967, to the shady dealings of former Mayor Sharpe James and last fall’s headline-making crime wave, Brick City’s less than stellar reputation is well-known and very well documented.

But spend some time in New Jersey’s largest city, and you’ll see that amid the urban revitalization (there’s a Whole Foods market slated to open in the heart of downtown in 2016 — as sure a sign as any that gentrification is in full swing), there’s also a community of energetic LGBT leaders […]

By |March 4th, 2014|Blog