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Boston is ground zero for gay rights in the United States thanks to the Massachusetts legalization of gay marriage in May 2004; the GLBT community here is politically and socially active, and continues to grow. The epicenter of activity remains the picturesque South End, which enjoys the reputation of the country's oldest Victorian brick rowhouse district; pretty and distinctly quaint, it houses growing numbers of gays and young families. As real estate prices rose through the early 2000s, however, an increasing segment of the community has moved just south of the city to the burgeoning district of Dorchester. To the north of the Charles River, which wends its way from Boston Harbor westward, lies Cambridge, housing the state's two most famed universities, Harvard and MIT, along with the lesbian-ppopular residential streets of Somerville.
Most of the bars and clubs still cluster around the city's popular Theatre District just east of the South End (Popular nights include Dedo on Tuesdays, Club Cafe on Fridays, Buzz and Fritz on Saturdays and Chaps on Sundays), while the mixed area surrounding Fenway Park and the entertainment-laden Landsdowne Street include popular nights as well (Embassy on Thursdays, Machine/Ramrod on Fridays, Pink on Saturdays, and Avalon on Sundays). Other venues include Paradise in Cambridge (the puritan Boston equivalent of a strip club), Toast in Somerville, levi/leather bar The Alley in downtown, and renowned drag bar Jacques on the fringe of Chinatown. Boston's only after-hours venue is Rise, a two-floor, non-alcoholic membership club that is popular on Saturday nights.
There are currently no parties on the circuit hosted in Boston, but the annual Pride Week is highly attended by individuals from all over New England. The city enjoys two print publications - Bay Windows and in newsweekly (an HX Magazine publication). Online, EDGE Boston (EDGEboston.com) enjoys a large regional readership and hosts regular nightlife parties in town.
A few hours from Boston by ferry, plane or car lies Provincetown, MA, a popular gay resort on the tip of Cape Cod. In the summer, most GLBT Bostonians frequent this welcoming little fishing village to enjoy one of the country's top ten beaches, and a range of exciting restaurants and nightlife. More information on Provincetown can be found online at EDGEprovincetown.com or at the local business guild's website, Ptown.org.
Boston Phoenix: www.phx.com
Bay Windows: www.BayWindows.com
Boston Spirit: www.BostonSpiritMagazine.com
Pink Pages: www.pinkweb.com
Rainbow Times: www.therainbowtimesmass.com
Golden Rainbow Times: www.goldenrainbowtimesnewspaper.com
The combined buying power of the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adult population for 2015 is estimated at $917 billion, according to a new analysis by Witeck Communications.
Releasing the finding, Bob Witeck said, “Buying power – also known as disposable personal income (DPI) -- is not the same as wealth. It is a practical tool for economists and marketers, in particular, to signal the increasingly visible contributions made to our economy by America’s diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender individuals and households.”
Disposable personal income (DPI), according to economists, is the amount of money that individuals have available to spend and save after paying taxes and pension contributions to the government (roughly 86% of income). Witeck added, “To understand this estimate, it’s important to underscore that there is no evidence that same-sex households or LGBT people are more affluent or, on average, earn more than others. That is a stereotype, long …
One of the most common hurdles individuals and businesses have is the time they feel is involved in doing social media marketing, and simply adding another media such as Twitter into the mix might just sound overwhelming. Our goal is to show you how to make your current online marketing efforts more efficient time-wise, as well as how to take active yet simple steps in increasing their exposure. We'll also be showing you how to get your content noticed by our online editors and included in our #ILoveGay initiatives and outreach.
Here's our first tip... many of you are creating beautiful HTML e-mail newsletters. In order to truly get your message out there on Twitter, you should take these well-crafted e-mail newsletters and turn them into a blog post, whether on a separate blog such as Medium, BlogSpot or Tumblr, or as part of a series of articles on your website that is set up more like a blog (common with WordPress sites). Include at least one good image, if not more, in t…
Beginning next week, it seems the theme is all about LGBT Tourism! Starting on May 3rd, the global LGBT tourism industry will be descending upon St. Petersburg, FL for the IGLTA Convention, an incredible event bringing LGBT tourism professionals together from all around the world. We'll be there, and we look forward to connecting with many of you then... remember the hashtag is #IGLTA2017, and if you're really feeling into it, you can help make May 3-7, 2017 become an IGLTA #GayTravel hashtag takeover!!! http://www.pbwemail.com/pbm_iglta_2017.cfm
Then, on May 16th, as part of LGBT Week NYC, Community Marketing & Insights, in partnership with IGLTA, is bringing us the 3rd Annual Symposium on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality. Sponsored by the Argentina Tourism Office, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB and Israel's Ministry of Tourism and held at Google's Autumn Tech Room in Chelsea, this symposium features morning and afternoon sessions, lunch and a reception, all on-site …