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Multicultural Travel News – June is LGBTQ Pride Month and more

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2023
Multicultural Travel News – June is LGBTQ Pride Month and more
News Briefs:
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Asbury Park, NJ
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Santa Fe, NM
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Norfolk, VA
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Providence, RI
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Brooklyn, NY
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Athens, GA
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Florida’s Paradise Coast
  • Where to Go This Pride Month – Columbus, OH
  • Discover Mississippi’s Essential Civil Rights Experiences and Commemorate Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers this June
  • Jewish Heritage Travel in Poland Oct 2-11, 2023
  • Spacious Skies Campgrounds Partners with Black Folks Camp Too in Latest Example of Fast-Growing Company’s Culturally Conscious Focus
News Briefs
Where to Go This Pride Month – Asbury Park, NJ
Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park, New Jersey is an iconic Jersey Shore town with a rich history and vibrant LGBTQ community. While the town host events year-round, summertime is when it comes alive with festivals, concerts, and of course, gorgeous beach days. The LGBTQ community is credited for revitalizing the city and making it a place where people could be themselves. The rich history of the city helped to shape it into what it is today, with a thriving LGBTQ community, dynamic music scene and some of the best beaches in New Jersey. Fuel up at LGBTQ-owned eateries like indoor or outdoor dining at Moonstruck, quick-serve noodles as you like them from Pasta Volo and tasty lunch and breakfast bites from Chat & Nibble. Follow your days on the beach or along the boardwalk by energetic nights on the town at Georgie’s Bar or back at your home base at Paradise in The Empress or The St. Laurent Social Club.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe offers a unique and inspired destination for gay travelers. You won’t find a particular gayborhood, or even a specific gay bar for that matter. Santa Fe’s lack of a visible gay scene is one of its best features, because it allows the community to feel at home no matter where they are; it is all about being able to appreciate the fine things in life all together as one community: art, food, and culture. That said, Santa Fe’s artistic community is open and welcoming and LGBT travelers will feel right at home here – the city elected its first openly gay mayor in 2014. All throughout June there will be events like Disco parties, Queer Prom, Drag Bingo and more with the shining star of the month being PRIDE on the Plaza and the PRIDE drive parade, both held on June 24th.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Norfolk, VA
Norfolk, VA June is a lively month in Norfolk, with festivals and events galore. Visitors pour into Norfolk to experience the nation’s only Pride Boat Parade. Private boats of all sizes are encouraged to participate in the decorated boat parade offering colorful and inspiring themes and making the parade an experience to remember. The boat parade is just one of the exciting events at PrideFest, the City of Norfolk’s largest one-day festival, featuring entertainment, vendors, and fun activities for all ages. For more information and to register a boat for the parade, visit here.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Providence, RI
Providence, RI Rhode Island’s capital city, Providence, is known for its hot food scene, spectacular art, and vibrant LGBTQ+ community, making it the perfect place for queer travelers and allies alike to enjoy a weekend getaway. The unofficial gaybourhood of Providence is the artsy downtown and Wickenden Street, a road in the southern part of the city that is filled with antique shops and an old New England vibe is bustling with things to do. The downtown area offers a walkable mix of pubs and clubs, perfect for a bar hopping experience that will be lit all year long. June is LGBTQ+ Pride month and coincidentally the city is often called the gayest capital city, making it the perfect place to celebrate. Rhode Island’s Annual PrideFest Celebration & Illuminated Night Parade is always a vibrant, festive event held in downtown Providence. A celebration of love, respect and joy, Pride is considered one of Providence’s signature events.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Brooklyn, NY
Celebrate Pride Month this June at Ursula Brooklyn, a queer-owned bakery and cafe created by Chef Eric See in 2021 with the initial goal of bringing his grandmother Ursula’s New Mexican cuisine to Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Restaurant goers can look forward to select menu items benefiting the community, as well as a queer speed dating event upcoming at Ursula’s new Bed-Stuy location on June 12th at 6:30pm. Ursula will also be participating in The Infatuation’s Pride Bake Sale featuring the restaurant’s rosewater concha to benefit the Queer Food Foundation and help support those impacted by food insecurity in the LGBTQ+ community. Chef Eric, who is committed to cultivating an LGBTQ+-friendly environment for workers and guests alike, relocated and opened Ursula’s new Bed-Stuy location in April. As he and his team worked to re-open their fan-favorite New Mexican concept into a larger space with more service capabilities, they also documented their journey across the second season of Opening Soon, a podcast that shines a light on the ins and outs and ups and downs of operating a restaurant – hosted by the founders of the premium hospitality workwear brand Tilit. Over the season’s twelve-episode arc, Eric shares insights on how he pulled together enough capital to open his second location, how he navigated NYC’s competitive commercial real estate market, and how he intentionally supported the LGBTQ+ community throughout the process. For example, Eric ensured that 80% of his staff were queer, hired queer interior designers to decorate the Bed-Stuy location, and brought on queer cocktail and wine consultants to design the drink menu, and he continues to buy from queer-owned spirit and beer companies. Visitors to Ursula this June can enjoy standout menu items like green chile fried chicken sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and stuffed sopapillas in an LGBTQ+-friendly setting.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Athens, GA
Athens, GA Athens, Georgia offers a variety of LGBTQ+ events that cater to both locals and visitors throughout the year. From queer trivia nights and drag shows at Hendershots (the home of Athens’ longest-running drag haus Athens Showgirl Cabaret), the highly anticipated Boybutante Ball, the Classic City has something for everyone. The ultimate celebration, the Athens Pride & Queer Collective Pride Parade, taking place on June 3, kicks off the start of Pride Month. The event, full of pride, love and support is a testament to the diversity, creativity and acceptance of the Athens community.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Florida’s Paradise Coast
Florida’s Paradise Coast (Naples, Marco Island, Everglades) In June, the destination will be hosting Naples Pride 2023 at Cambier Park. The event will take place on Saturday, June 10th from 11 am-5 pm to celebrate diversity and unity. The event will be family-friendly and open to the public with musicians, speakers, food and drink vendors and more. The Naples Pride Fest brings over 5,000 attendees every year to celebrate equality and empower the Southwest Florida LGBTQ+ community.
Where to Go This Pride Month – Columbus, OH
This year marks the 41st anniversary of Columbus’s Pride Month traditions, where now over 700,000 visitors gather throughout the region to celebrate the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival and March. Festivities and fundraisers are held all month long, including a Pride Brunch, Pride March, Pride Festival & Resource Fair and more.
Discover Mississippi’s Essential Civil Rights Experiences and Commemorate Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers this June
Mississippi, known as an essential American Civil Rights destination, will honor the life and legacy of one of the state’s most notable freedom fighters, Medgar Evers, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his brutal murder. June 6 – 12 in Jackson, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute will welcome visitors for a full week of commemorative experiences to remember Evers’ heroic sacrifice, including:
–         A self-guided Medgar Evers Justice Tour tracing Evers’ footsteps
–         Courage and Justice Film Festival
–         Evers Parade, celebrating the life of Medgar, Myrlie and Charles Evers
–         A remembrance ceremony and moment of silence at the national monument
Organized by Evers’ daughter, Reena Evers-Everette, these events immediately precede Juneteenth celebrations state-round and are an ideal bookend to a Civil Rights Road Trip through the state exploring the Mississippi Freedom, Blues and Literary Trails. For more information visit
Jewish Heritage Travel in Poland Oct 2-11, 2023
Over the last several years, Jewish Life Television Host Brad Pomerance has headlined the network’s global travel series Air Land & Sea, where the JLTV team voyages around the world to uncover the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people near and far. Brad is now hosting a ten-day journey to Poland in October 2023 which will include visits to Krakow, Lodz, Lublin, and Warsaw, and one of Brad’s ancestral hometowns, Chmielnik. Noted Polish Historian Dr. Tomasz Cebulski, a highly-respected expert in the history of Polish Jewry, will join Brad during the entire voyage. Travelers will not only discover the history of the Jews of Poland, but will meet Polish Jews that are helping to revitalize Polish Jewry today. Participants will meet members of Krakow’s Jewish community who are supporting Ukrainian refugees displaced after last year’s Russian invasion. Brad invites you to consider joining him on this trip. For more information visit Jewish Heritage Travel in Poland –
Spacious Skies Campgrounds Partners with Black Folks Camp Too in Latest Example of Fast-Growing Company’s Culturally Conscious Focus
Spacious Skies Campgrounds (SSC) has become the first private campground company to partner with Black Folks Camp Too (BFCT), an organization that promotes the outdoor lifestyle to campers of all experiences and backgrounds. All of the 14 Spacious Skies campgrounds are now “Unity Blaze Certified,” which acknowledges the campgrounds’ commitment to the Unity Blaze motto: “Treat Everyone, Everywhere, Equally.” “Our mission is to offer campers fun, relaxing and authentic campground experiences no matter your race, age or gender,” said Ali Rasmussen, co-founder of Spacious Skies Campgrounds. “Partnering with Black Folks Camp Too is a natural extension of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all of our guests feel comfortable and welcome camping with us while they explore the abundant recreational offerings in each location.” The partnership with Black Folks Camp Too is the latest example of how Spacious Skies Campgrounds is paving new ground in campground management. In just two years, the company has grown to 14 campgrounds, established a loyalty program, developed a Fall Color Trail and Spring Bloom Trail to celebrate the seasonal beauty in each location, promoted staff unity through teambuilding retreats and other initiatives, created themed weekends to highlight seasonal and local/regional events and offerings, partnered with RVShare for on-site rentals to encourage new-to-camping travelers to try out the RV lifestyle, launched infrastructure enhancements at new campgrounds and much more. “Becoming the first Unity Blaze Certified private campground company is an achievement that we are celebrating company-wide,” said Rasmussen. “Black Folks Camp Too is making considerable headway in promoting unity in outdoor hospitality and recreation, and as a new partner we pledge to support their groundbreaking efforts in every campground we own and operate.” For more information, visit
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Multicultural Travel News newsletter (MTN) covers travel news of interest to ethnic and niche travelers and those who market to them. We write about destinations that interest multicultural travelers or have outreach campaigns to travelers of Hispanic, African American, Asian American and other cultural backgrounds; women; LGBT travelers and people with disabilities.

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