Archive for the ‘LGBT Travel’ Category

JetPride Takes Off

May 20, 2010

JetBlue, Joie de Vivre, and joined forces to present JetPride last week, the first U.S. commercial LGBT flight. JetPride spirited a flight of Long Beach Pride festival goers from SFO to Joie de Vivre’s Hotel Maya in Long Beach, with pink cocktails and in-flight witticisms offered by Australian entertainer and “air hostess” Pam Ann (with a little help from our own Chip Conley). (Photos courtesy Rick Andreoli,


Get Your JetPride On!

May 10, 2010

Oh, Monday joie…sadly ’tis raining buckets here in San Francisco, but the weather forecast calls for sunny days the rest of the week. Just in time to book your ticket for JetPride! There are still some seats left on JetBlue’s Friday, May 14th flight from San Francisco to Long Beach for this first-ever LGBT flight by a U.S. airline. Flight #1969 will celebrate forty-plus years of the gay rights movement and is bound for Long Beach’s LGBT Pride celebration, one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the state, if not the country. Australian entertainer Pam Ann will be on board as “air hostess,” pink cocktails will be served, and the skies will never be friendlier. Once in Long Beach, check in at Hotel Maya, one of Joie de Vivre’s newest SoCal properties. Their special JetPride package includes two tickets to Long Beach Pride, tickets to an exclusive private party sponsored by, and other goodies galore. To book the flight, call JetBlue at 888-538-2583/option 4 for and visit to book your stay at Hotel Maya.

The Castro Theatre

February 19, 2010
Our February “City Flavor” writing contest with Trazzler and the SFCVB is picking up steam with “LGBT Icons” as the third of five themes to inspire your literary muse. Our guest micro-essayist today is Brian Springfield, art director in our home office in San Francisco.
D.C. has its Capitol Building and Paris has its Eiffel Tower. To visitors to San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, the iconic landmark is the Castro Theatre. Built in 1922, the Castro Theatre is arguably the grandest place in San Francisco to see a movie. And not just the old classics – the Castro Theatre shows the full range of film formats, from classic black-and-whites, to current release 3D favorites. Occasionally, the theatre also plays host to special events that cater to the local LGBT audiences: recently, the stage has been graced by favorites Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers, and more drag queens than you can shake a feather boa at. So, if you visit the Castro, be sure to take in the move palace’s newly-renovated marquee -refurbished for the filming of “Milk,” the Harvey Milk biopic filmed locally in neighborhood. Or better yet, buy a ticket at the window, venture into the grand screening room, and sink into your plush velvet chair. Take in the music wafting from the organ, manned by a live organist before each show – the lights dim, the screen begins to glow, and you become part of history.