Hard to believe, but summer and its slew of Pride events will be here faster than you can squeeze into your short shorts. But if you cant wait or like us, are in desperate need of Vitamin D head south to hotter climes where things are kicking off a little bit sooner.
Dinah Shore Week 2011 (March 30 April 3; www.dinahshoreweekend.com): Okay, not technically a Pride, but in lesbian terms, this week-long Palm Springs affair might as well be. Expect massive bashes and pool parties, plus Estelle, The Real L World, and lingerie football. STAY: Hotel Zoso (www.hotelzoso.com)
Phoenix Pride (April 8 17; www.azpride.org): Ten days of Pride in the Valley of the Sun feature an LGBT film festival, a local heroes awards ceremony, and the requsite festival and parade, all to the thematic tune of Do Ask. Do Tell. Be Proud. STAY: Hotel Valley Ho
Miami Beach Gay Pride (April 9 16; www.miamibeachgaypride.com): Surprisingly, considering South Beachs way gay rep, this is only the citys third Pride celebration. Bravos Andy Cohen leads the charge on a weeks worth of block parties, club nights, a parade down Ocean Drive, and of course, a festival plus plenty of tanned n toned, shirtless eye candy. STAY: Lords South Beach
Equality Forum (April 25 May 1; www.equalityforum.com): As much a robust international human rights conference as an LGBT celebration, Philadelphias signature festival is complemented by three concurrent events: Philly Black Pride (www.phillyblackpride.org), the Gay May Day Block Party (www.phillypride.org), and an exciting new citywide arts festival PIFA (www.pifa.org). STAY: Rittenhouse 1715
Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride (May 21 22; www.longbeachpride.com): Just a parade and a festival, many regard this relatively chill (despite being the second largest in the nation) O.C. pridefest as the best SoCal has to offer. STAY: Hotel Maya (www.jdvhotels.com)
Bear Pride 17 (May 26 30; www.bearpride.com): Big boys and the hirsute otters who love em take over Chicago Memorial Day weekend. STAY: theWit
Sizzle: Black Gay Pride (May 26 30; www.sizzlemiami.com, www.sizzleher.com): Supremely popular and just as wild, a circuit-weekend-turned-Pride hits South Beach with concurrent fests for both men and women of color. STAY: The Epic (www.epicmiami.com)
Gay Days (May 31 June 6; www.gaydays.com): Again, not really a Pride, but seeing all those red shirts mobbing Disney World in Orlando sure does warm the heart. Not to mention the crazy dance fests at night. STAY: Doubletree Resort (www.doubletreeorlandodrive.com)
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