Day: July 9, 2013

Rendezvous 2013 Cheyenne WY

August 7, 2013toAugust 11, 2013

Cheyenne, WY

Rendezvous

Rendezvous is a 5-day campout at Medicine Bow National Forest, between Cheyenne and Laramie.

The Rendezvous Event provides a friendly, safe, GLBT-affirming environment for everyone, from everywhere.  Pitch a tent or bring an RV and join us for a week of making new friends, entertainment, and outdoor adventure.

Rendezvous is an experience you will not forget.

From laughing around the campfire with friends, old and new, and enjoying the crisp air and bright stars while cooking out, you’ll have fond memories for years to come.  That’s why so many people return to Rendezvous year after year.

Campground Information

Rendezvous is held at an unimproved campground in the Medicine Bow National Forest.  There is no running water and no electricity.  Please pack accordingly for camping in the wilderness.The roads are unimproved, so please drive accordingly and do not exceed 10 mph.

Can I bring my pet?
Absolutely! We love pets! But, when walking around, your pet should be on their leash and no pets are allowed at the entertainment events at the big top tent where shows and entertainment events occur.

Are there showers available?
Yes. Shower units are provided by Rendezvous and are available for $5 per shower.

Are there restrooms available?
Yes. Porto-johns are throughout the campsite and are well-maintained!

Is there a lake nearby?
Yes. North Crow Reservoir and Curt Gowdy State Park Lake are nearby; but not within walking distance. They are both several miles away, but accessible. On Friday, 1:15 pm – 4:45 pm, there will be a bunch of people from Rendezvous who will go to North Crow for canoeing (all equipment will be provided).

Can I build a campfire?
Yes. Campfires are allowed provided there are no fire bans imposed by the USFS or Albany County.

Where’s the nearest Walmart or Convenience Store in case I forget something?
The nearest Walmarts are both in Laramie and Cheyenne, but there is a gas station at exit 323 off of Rt 80, about 15 miles from the Rendezvous Campsite.

What should I bring?
Here is a comprehensive reminder list of items that you should/can bring:

Camping equipment
Axe or hatchet, Batteries, Blankets, Camp lantern, Chairs, Compact tool kit, Door mat, Flashlights, Folding table, Ground sheet – tarp, Heavy duty tape, Mat, cot, or air mattress & repair kit, Mirror, Pail, Pillows, Pocket knife, Rain coats, Rope & clothes pins, Sleeping bags, Small fire extinguisher, Small shovel, Sporting gear (fishing rod, life preservers, etc.), Tent – rain fly, stakes, Tent hammer or mallet, Toilet tissue, Wash basin, Waterproof matches, Waterproof tarpaulins

Clothing
Gloves, Hat, Jackets, Jeans, Pajamas (or just go naked), Shirts, Shoes, Shorts, Socks, Sweatpants, Sweatshirts, Underwear

Kitchen
Camp stove, Can/bottle opener, Grill, propane, charcoal, and/or firewood, Coffee pot, Cooking fork, tongs, spatula, Cooler, Cutting board, Dish pan & soap, Fire starter, Food, Fry pans, Grill top, Heavy duty aluminum foil, Ice pack, Insulated jug, Kitchen knives, Mixing/serving spoons, Mixing bowls, Mugs, glasses, Plastic garbage bags, Plates, eating utensils, Pot holders, Pot scrubbers, Sauce pans, Storage containers, Table cloth, napkins, Towels, paper towels, Water, Water container

Safety & health

First aid kit, Hand sanitizer, Insect repellant, Kleenex, Medications, Sunscreen, Toilet paper, Toiletries, Comb/brush, Cotton swabs, Deodorant, Floss, Lotion, Mouth rinse, Razor, Shampoo & conditioner, Tooth brush & paste, Wet wipes

Travel aids
Binoculars, Camera & film, Litter bags, Road maps, Sunglasses

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Gay Olympic Diver Matthew Mitcham Auctions Off Underwear

Olympic gold medalist and openly gay diver Matthew Mitcham auctioned off his undies at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

by Newsdesk | 9th July 2013

Matthew

The hunky Aussie was hosting the Closing Gala for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival when he decided to auction off his rather snazzy undies. The fetching patterned tiny lime green.

The pants sold for $1000. Whether they are being delivered clean is yet unclear.

NEWS: Bed And Breakfast Owner Loses Appeal Over Gay Refusal

B&B owner Susanna Wilkinson loses her appeal after being sued by two gay men for refusing to allow them to share a double bed.

By Newsdesk | 9th July 2013

Mr. Black and Mr. Morgan were refused a double bed after they booked and paid a deposit for a double room at Mrs Wilkinson’s B&B in Cookham, Cornwall.

Upon arrival Mrs Wilkinson, a Christian, refused the couple to share a double bed on the grounds that the two were not married, saying that her religious beliefs determined her decision.

The couple, decided to take the owner to court on grounds of unlawfully discriminating against them and successfully sued Ms. Wilkinson, she was ordered to pay over £3500 in damages last year.

The BBC are reporting that Mrs Wilkinson’s lawyers ‘argued that a person offering bed and breakfast in their own home was entitled to refuse to allow people who were not married or in a civil partnership to share a double bed.

The couple are not in a civil partnership. In these circumstances, there was no direct or indirect discrimination.’

Ms. Wilkinson appealed the decision but her challenged was dismissed by the Court of Appeal, however it did give permission for Mrs Wilkinson to appeal to the Supreme Court, which is due to be heard on 9th October 2013.

NEWS: Lawson Get Naked

'Brokenhearted' singers, Lawson pose for a hot naked shoot for Cosmopolitan, to raise awareness of male cancer.

by Newsdesk | 9th July 2013

Antonio Petronzlo | Cosmopolitian

Andy Brown, Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts collectively known as Lawson have shed some clothes in an effort to raise attention of male cancer for August's issue of Cosmo (on sale now)

The shoot was for Cancer Research.

Speaking to the magazine lead singer Brown said:

"I think the lads have probably seen my penis more than they've seen their own," as they shot the centrefold photo.

Want to see more? Head on over to www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/lawson

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MANCHESTER: Spread The Sparkle

As different cities up and down the country are gearing up and winding down from pride events, it’s an entirely different scene in Manchester’s village.

By Barry Heap | 9th July 2013

Sparkle is The National Transgender Celebration and is open to anyone who identifies as trans.. This year will mark the 9th annual Sparkle celebration, taking place over the weekend of 12th- 14th of July with different events planned in and around the village to applaud and fundraise.

Unlike Manchester Pride, it is a free event and does not require tickets or wristbands to attend. The Highlight being the Sparkle in the Park main stage in Sackville Gardens which is hosted by Chelsea Attonley, for the fifth year and features a selection of different performers such as Amy Michelle Morris, who identifies as a “tranny who plays a guitar”, T-girl group The Supreme Fabulettes and drag king act The Chameleonz. The stage runs throughout the day with the main event in the evening being the converted Miss Sparkle 2013 contest and closing with the coronation ceremony. There are two categories in the beauty contest, Miss Sparkle 2013 and Miss Golden Sparkle 2013 for contestants over 50 years of age.

Traditionally Sparkle has focused on the male to female section of the trans community however this year there is special focus given to the female to male side too with the launch of BUFF. The Chameleonz section on the main stage sees the first time a drag king act has peformed at the event. The BUFF event is being held in conjunction with Sparkle with its own club night and brunch. Another first sees four of the Village’s leading ladies joining forces on the same stage.

Loose “Women” Sparkle 2013 features Belinda Scandal, Misty Chance, Billie Jean and Nana taking on the current events of the day and performing in a fund raising event at the Showbar. Aside from the events and performances, there are talks and workshops held at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and market stalls within the village offering a mix of clothing, jewellery, advice and support aimed at the transgender community.

Sparkle has an important place within the gay community as it seeks to support and celebrate the diversity within. It can be the case with pride events that the LGBT banner is used and thought to be all-encompassing for everyone. However it would be naive to think that everybody’s needs and desires are the same. Trans-phobia does exist within the gay community, with so many guys trotting out the “straight acting” phrase on online profiles, it feels important that anyone not wishing to “act” a certain way or just wishing to express who they truly are inside are given the space and freedom to do so.

If you’re curious or wish to join in, why not head down to Manchester next weekend and help spread the sparkle, it doesn’t just get better for some, it gets Fabulous.

Further information and listings can be found at www.sparkle.org.uk and buffmanchester.wix.com/buff

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