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    How America’s Smallest State Played a Huge Role in the Gay Rights Movement

How America’s Smallest State Played a Huge Role in the Gay Rights Movement

It may be America’s smallest state, but Rhode Island has played an awfully big role in the gay rights movement. In fact, you can draw a line from two of our biggest recent victories — nationwide marriage equality and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — to events in “Little Rhody.”

But that historical impact isn’t always obvious. Just take Newport, the impossibly charming little town where you can tour legendary mansions like the Breakers or shop at the Drawing Room, a gay-owned antiques store that even Barbra Streisand has visited. These days, it’s a perfect getaway spot, but in 1919, Newport housed a […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Blog

What A Beach

I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from last winter. When I open the door to go outside, I’m still surprised to find that I’m greeted by a wave of heat and humidity, not the sharp sting of frigid temperatures and biting winds.

But we did survive the winter and summer is upon us. Finally! The heat has beckoned us to shed our protective winter skins of coats and scarves, gloves and hats. Finally, our collective cabin fever has broken and we can go outside and enjoy the weather! To that end, many of us, at some point, will break free from our […]

By |August 11th, 2015|Blog

Honeymoon at Home

With the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage across the US, honeymoons stateside are becoming even more attractive and many of these popular destinations are connected by Amtrak. Several hotels and resorts have created packages and incentives to attract the LGBT newlyweds. According to John Tanzella, President of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), “We celebrate a great victory for equality and love today, as the United States becomes the twentieth country in the world to grant nationwide marriage rights to same-sex couples. When a country legally supports its LGBT citizens, we know the positive impact transcends borders. Global gay and […]

By |July 30th, 2015|Blog

Leave It Better

My love of travel started during glorious field trips and camping excursions with my intrepid Girl Scout troupe. We diligently worked on the requirements to earn our badges by exploring national forest preserves, natural wonders and historic visitor attractions that were within a few hours of our home in St. Louis. It wasn’t a huge perimeter, but those trips throughout the Midwest opened the world to me.

I was quite the badge hound, to be sure. By collecting leaves, studying photography or delving into Civil War history, I learned that tourism can be actively engaging instead of a passive endeavor. I also loved the campsite […]

By |July 23rd, 2015|Blog

Picnic in the Park

Check out these National Picnic Month tips on planning a casual outdoor dining experience.

Nothing quite screams summer like spreading a cushy blanket across a grassy knoll or curling up beneath a shady tree to nosh, people-watch and soak up the summer sun.

We’re talking picnics, people!

And what better place to sunbathe and dine al fresco than in the green pastures of a public park?

In honor of National Picnic Month, we offer tips on what to pack, and suggest five picturesque parks in which to lay out your spread, whether you’re picnicking solo during your lunch break or putting together a well-planned affair for a large […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Blog