In Venice for the Biennale – A Place for Meaningful Art

Last month, I posted a blog about the Refinery29’s 29Rooms exhibition in Brooklyn which I guess is some sort of art exhibition, but not really. It was 100% designed for Instagram photos. The exhibition actually kind of infuriated me because it was “art” designed for commercialized narcissism. And while it was fun, it just wasn’t very special. I’m a firm believer that art in itself can be fun. It can also be interactive AND meaningful, …

The transformative effect of a fresh, new look (and a great haircut)

I arrived at the Art+Autonomy salon a few minutes before my scheduled hair appointment. In Soho, a black-framed glass door led to a stairwell, up one floor and a warm welcome at the front desk. Slipping on an oversized robe, I took my seat at the salon chair. An offer for a drink (beer, wine, coffee, tea) and I was ready for my consultation and a new hair style. There’s a special joy from …

The Wm. Mulherins’ Sons Hotel in Philadelphia is a designer’s dream

When my Uber first pulled up in front of the hotel, I knew I was in the right place. A red-bricked building with a large sign proudly proclaiming this as Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. I walked inside to find a restaurant and marble-top bar relatively quiet before the lunch crowd would…

Foods you can’t miss in Philly (besides cheesesteak)

Okay, I’m just going to come out and say it: the Philadelphia cheesesteak is over. Done. Tried and tested, it’s time for some of Philadelphia’s other famous foods to get the attention they deserve. The Philly cheesesteak has become synonymous with Philadelphia as a city. The famous food dates back to the early 20th century and today it’s simply just a part of the everyday culture. Locals continue to love and regularly eat…

A night of expanded reality at 29Rooms in Brooklyn — or not

Last weekend, the newest round of the 29Rooms exhibition from Refinery29 opened in Brooklyn. The 29Rooms exhibition is described as an “immersive festival of culture and creativity where artists, visionaries, and partners bring ideas to life through interactive installations, performances, and activities rooted in storytelling and self-expression.” But, truthfully: it&#…

Highlights from Fierté Montreal Pride 2018 in 28 photos

Montreal Pride (in French: Fierté Montréal) is a two week event that takes place each August. It’s Canada’s biggest queer event and the city turns to a rainbow-filled haven during the festival. Drag superstars, international queer musicians, performers and porn stars travel from around the world for the event—making it one of the world’s most popular LGBTQ festivals. The Montreal Pride was only founded in 2007 but it’s grown astronomically thanks to the headlining performers and the draw of Montreal as a city. My Canadian friends often quote Montreal …

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Sending Mail

SPONSORED – Here’s a little secret. I’m kind of obsessed with sending mail. I’m not always good at—I’ve missed a lot of holidays when I could’ve sent greeting cards. But when I remember, I love sending mail home to my family, or to my friends abroad—or…

Five ways to visit Amsterdam

Fact: Amsterdam is one of Europe’s prettiest cities. Not just because it’s relatively compact and has a history, but because the city is full of surprises. From the magical atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage canals, to the famous Pink Point LGBT memorial, the brownstone cafes and the romantic parks and walkways that …

Don’t buy a Rainbow Bagel this Pride Month

Okay, I don’t want to rain on your parade (even if it’s a pride parade), but I just wanted to share a little pet peeve of mine. As many of you might know, this month is Pride Month. I’m not sure if that’s an official designation or not, because while President Obama made proclamations each June during his presidency, of course nothing has happened since. But we persist, because well, we deserve a month at the very least. During Pride Month each year, approximately one gazillion companies change their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter …

5 essential travel tech gadgets for your next trip

Listen, I can see you rolling your eyes already. (That’s because I kind of am, too). Travel and technology go hand-in-hand, and it’s a tired topic to be honest, but here’s the thing: there’s always something new! Personally, I’m all about that digital detox experience. I still buy the odd paperback travel guidebook even. (Let’s be honest—it’s usually for an Instagram flat-lay photo.) But…

My experience as a gay travel writer

It was 2012. I’d just visited Jordan for the third time. While I was in Amman, I did as any other tourist these days does: I looked up cool things to do. And as a gay traveler, I looked for anything gay. Almost immediately, a guy on Grindr suggested a bar/café—the gay hotspot of the city. Now, I’d been to …

A weekend in Philadelphia’s gayborhood

For years my friends have been trying to convince me to visit Philadelphia. So many of my college friends either moved out to Philly at one point, or went there for extended summers to create art and write music. It’s always been that place I knew I needed to visit, but seemed so inconsequential. So when I got a last minute invitation …

Europe’s Top 10 Best Countries for LGBTQ Rights

Since 2009, the ILGA-Europe has released an annual ranking of European countries and the legal and policy situations for LGBTQ people in those countries. The 2018 Rainbow Index and Map (released today) examined the laws and policies from 49 European countries using a set of 58 criteria. Ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, …

Why Gay Pride Still Matters

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia—IDAHOT. I wanted to take the occasion to share my thoughts about gay pride and why I believe it still matters. Pride is a powerful thing. It’s a terribly strong emotion. Honestly, you can be proud about anything—from your nationality to your ethnicity, your gender to your sexuality. …