When I first arrived in Germany the country was still divided between East and West. I arrived in Frankfurt as required and on time. When I arrived in Frankfurt it was my first time being away from the home shores of the United States and it was intimidating to me. I had never been this far from Roanoke, VA. I was just eighteen and scared to death to experience anything that adventurous my first night so I stayed in the barracks. We were processed into the European theater and I was surprised by how quick the Army had this done.
Once upon a time I lived in a big house. Actually, I've lived in a few big houses.
My wife and I didn't start off living in a big house, we worked our way to one.
This story is based on a vacation long-past, before the virus made travel frightening. It is a map of the unappreciated parts of gritty San Francisco, for those who are willing to look.
Chris and I spent Saturday afternoon painting the walls at the back of our house. The old red brick now brightened up with the Alpine Blue masonry paint which took five weeks to travel from Darwen to Altrincham and finally to us. We're getting lots of jobs done during the lockdown, jobs which might have still been ideas if we weren't restricted to internet shopping and staying at home. I've never seen the cutlery drawers so neat before.
CW: Sea Story. Expect Coarse Language, Sexual Objectification, Terrible Fashion Choices.
I hit a milestone in my transition today. Not a small one, either. But in order to understand this milestone I have to take you back a bit.
Kuala Lumpur – Where a trans woman can be in a public bathroom, fixing her lipstick in the mirror next to a Muslim woman adjusting her headscarf, without either woman feeling uncomfortable or threatened.
Marked as one of the most belligerent and happening events for queer men and women from across the globe, the Mardi Gras is unlike something you’ve ever seen before.
Havana, is a faster-paced city that is somewhat different than the stereotypical Caribbean islands. With the taxi speeding down the Malecon to take tourists around the city, it is a city that, thanks to some of the steps being taken, may open their doors to travelers from the United States and around the world. But there are a few things that you need to know as a potential tourist.
Curacao as an island that is home to a diverse population of people who speak a diverse number of languages. As a part of the Lesser Netherland Antilles, residents of the island not only speak Dutch, but Portuguese, as well as Papiamento, and local creole language that derived from African and Portuguese languages. Even with that in mind, tourism is a major source of income for the island. Although it is less reliant on it than many other Caribbean islands, making this a destination that welcomed some 1.7 million guests to their sandy beaches in 2015; it is still an island that has more to offer than the standard tourism hallmarks. From Curacao Carnival to the Foam Party, or Full Moon Party at Kokomo Beach there is something for everyone to take part in.
Every year, as I plan my travel plans, I try to seek out destinations that have a strong LGBT-accepting community, that are off of the beaten path, but are still a popular destination. Thailand was no different. I booked my trip with the full intention of taking in as much of the LGBT Bars, Nightlife, and events surrounding Songkran and Thai New Year, and managed to mix that all in while seeing the classic sites of this country and culture including the temples, street markets, and of course a side trip all the way to Phuket for Patong Beach.
In my last post I talked all about the first part of our trip, how we’ll be traveling down the West Coast and through the southern states, and our preconceived notions of how the southern states treat people in the LGBTQ+ community.
My posts over the next two months are going to be a little different from my normal posts. My wife and I are going on our honeymoon, and we are taking a seven week long road trip around the country. While we are on the road, I have a few things in mind that I want to note. One of the main things that I would like to approach is how my wife and I will be treated and how we will feel in each state and/or region, as we will be traveling as a Lesbian couple. While we have done our research to ensure that the specific places in the country we want to travel to are going to be safe, I also want to talk about the different preconceived notions that we have for each place where we may not feel as safe, and I want to note if those biased perceptions are true or not.