PHOTO GALLERY: Queer on Holiday

Austin, Joyce, Terrell/ 29, 27, 28 / Three Sisters in Katoomba, Australia

“Celebrating after the 2nd annual International GAF (Gay AF) Caucus, an organization started in Ljubljana, Slovenia during a year-long trip that resulted in matching tattoos (not a cult, promise). Not pictured: wine, block of cheese, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”.”


Ali / 33 / Lisbon, Portugal

“I couldn’t afford to go back to San Francisco like I wanted this summer, but I somehow managed to pick the most San Franciscan city in Europe instead (seriously, look up the 25 de Abril Bridge and those hill gradients!). This photo was taken in a little courtyard we found by a church on my first day there, the pink flowers that’d dropped were all dried into the perfect confetti to throw around.”


Jamie / 29 / Maine

“This pic was taken at a pitstop at Allagash Brewery on our way to Acadia National Park last summer. My friends and i rented a large creepy house on top of a mountain with a old quarry as a swimming pool. We ate, drank, hiked, played board games and relaxed for a week. The weather was perfect and the air was clean. A nice change from dirty jersey. Here i am in my happy place trying some beer (I wound up drinking most of this beer and passing out in the car for a few hours as my friends drove…oops). My friends aren’t photography skilled so no cool action shot of me running up a mountain.”


Jen Nalbantyan / 32 / Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, GA

“My wife and I live in Chicago. We met nine years ago this month in Atlanta and (very) shortly thereafter took our first road trip through Savannah and on to Tybee Island (aka trashy tybee – if you know, you know). We decided to be nostalgic and revisit some old haunts. This is a picture of me which I’ve tentatively titled “Stussy draped in southern moss.””


Katrina / 34 / Bellingham, WA

“Post-Bellingham Pride, enjoying a sunny afternoon by the water in all my rainbow glory.”


Amanda and Jess / 29, 24 /Rochester, NY

“First couple’s vacation together! We went to the Museum of Play and the Owl House. We love reading Autostraddle together and separately.”


Fia / 27 / Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Playing tour guide at the Met is a favorite past time, followed by hot dogs and ice cream on the infamous steps. What better way to celebrate the anniversary of The Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler than with an in depth exploration of the Temple of Dendur?”


Shauns and Sam / 23 / Victoria By The Sea, Prince Edward Island, Canada

“We left Ireland to go exploring the East Coast of Canada, Sam’s childhood home, and found dinosaurs at the Discovery Centre in Halifax and hot chocolate in Victoria by the Sea with Sam’s trusty old polaroid in tow.”


Emma / 28 / Spain

“This is me buying olives in the central market in Valencia. I’m 28 and I’m a PhD student in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, in the Netherlands.”

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52 Comments

  1. I am trying to figure out who in this photoset has the Gayest Outfit and I can’t choose between the pastel unicorn ensemble or the fanny pack patch jacket!

    Also I want to have a Big Gay Supper Club.

  2. I’m so disappointed with myself for procrastinating on my submission. Oh well…. next time! Just imagine me having the time of my life in England and Italy last month.

    Carmen SanDiego! While rafting down the American River you were only 9 miles away from where I live. I’m always surprised when people who don’t live in El Dorado County go to Coloma willingly :P

  3. Y’all are so cute and gay! And there’s another Tess – there’s seemingly so few of us you don’t often see us out in the wild!!

  4. Olivia’s cheeky dog!

    Pat or Emma (whoever’s on the right)’s hair! You need to write that “how to swoop your bangs” article.

    I had never heard of segways, and here are two photos of them. Is this the newest queer thing?

    @carmensandiego wins for most adventurous! I’ve wanted to go to that Victoria Falls spot since I read about it last year. And that personal submarine, seriously?!?!

    So many good bathing suits! (I wasn’t going to say this after I remembered that I’m wearing one in mine, but you know what, it’s the first time I’ve owned a bathing suit I really like, so I’m saying it and including mine!)

    Iceland!!!

    Hyder, Alaska!!!

    I’m excited, can you tell. I love these galleries <3

  5. So good!! These galleries are so awesome! ❤

    I was sure I sent my photo in before the deadline but…it’s not there so apparently not ?

  6. I love all of the awesome vacation fashion (and your fabulous hair!) <333 Thanks everyone for sharing!

  7. Vacation? What’s that?
    Y’all are too cute and way gay! I love it.

    Me? My mIdlife career change and transition crushed any hope I had of doing anything remotely as cool as even a staycation.

  8. Rhiannon – Donegal Ireland – whoa cute photo! Like straight out of a magazine or a book!

    Madison and Hope Rorschach – Fort Worth, TX – OMG congrats! You both look amazing and the photos are gold!

    Dijana, Octavia, Ella – Hamilton Island, Australia – lovely photo! Love Octavai’s shirt!!

    YES to more photos from ‘Straya!! And hopefully more from the Philippines and Asia!!

    General observation – there are a lot of us who have visible tattoos! LOL I mean mine weren’t that obvious in the photos I sent…but I love all of your tattoos!!!

    LOVE ALL OF THE PICS!! :) :)

  9. So, my occupation was not included because I guess a lot of y’all didn’t fill that out? Mine was good though: “Wedding Planner / QueerGirl’s Mirror twin”

    I just needed you all to appreciate that

  10. I cried at like every single one of these photos. Ya’ll are so beautiful and stunning and brilliant and badass and these photo galleries are so important and necessary. It gives me LIIIFE to see ya’ll living your vibrant, queer lives. <3 x 1000000!

  11. I sent in my picture from the Central Market in Valencia at like 2:00am after getting back from Spain and I totally forgot that I had some other amazing pictures to share! I really want to add this one because it was my first solo holiday ever, and every time I look at it, I appreciate life more:

    and this one because I lived in Florida for 8 years and never appreciated it until I learnt that it’s great for kayaking:

  12. Aww… reading Neil Gaiman, white water rafting, climbing, hiking, having a beer, wistfully staring out into beautiful landscapes – all things I like to do. And now I want to be friends with all you beautiful people.

  13. ‘Lesbian Lake’ and ‘Rainbow Falls’. This is SO GAY (and SO CUTE).

    Also, ‘…driving to meet up with pals in some of the wildest areas in Montana and playing around in them (the places not the pals)’ had me laughing so hard it made my dog jump (he is basically a cat so he’s very offended).

  14. Swooning over the Lexa cabin pic (miss y’all!!!) and loving the dune buggy /mad max comment XD

  15. Oh no, I definitely thought I submitted a cropped version of my photo without the markers of being Snapchat screenshot! ?

  16. I’m feeling the love for my wonderfully gay hometown. Maybe we should do a meet up in San Francisco next year around Pride…

  17. WHAT A BUNCH OF CUTIES. OMG. Like several people have said already, I have crushes on all of you now.

    Yoooo I’m moving to Portland so Lesbian Lake is going on my list of places to go. I’m so jealous of everyone who can travel and stuff, cause I’m not only broke but also don’t drive, so that makes things harder. I am going to take a couple of day trips to my grandparents’ tiny hometown while I work on a family archive project, so maybe I’ll take some pictures of me being obnoxiously queer there. It’s rural Georgia, so that should be fun.

    I second the vote for a tattoo gallery!! Geneva, I’m obsessed with your sleeve. It’s incredible.

    Also, Emma from CT and Megan from FL, you are both 100% style goals. Emma, is that your truck? HEART EYES. Also I want your entire outfit and to be your best friend.

    Megan, you are a majestic tacky queer, which is a term I am coining right now and it is the highest compliment. I aspire to your level of unabashed tackiness. I have a matching fanny pack and visor, which are both hot pink and were purchased several years apart but which I definitely intend to wear together. I also want your BEES hat.

  18. Carmen Sandiego sure does live up to her name.

    Also good job Aussies for finding somewhere actually WARM

  19. You’re all so adventurous and fabulous.
    I can’t believe there are only 49 comments though. This would have to be my favourite series yet. Have great lives people.

  20. It took me a few days to open this gallery bc I was worried I would have too much FOMO, I was supposed to be heading to Vancouver tomorrow night with my family but my mom isn’t feel well enough to make the trip so we’ve cancelled it and are heading next week to the Berkshires (3 hour drive vs 6 hour flight) as a small consolation.

    Anyhoo, overshare aside Im glad I got over hesitation and clicked through–so much love to all of the queers in all of the amazing spots. I also loved seeing my hometown (NYC) featured in so many posts. People hate on summer in NY but there are so many free events and a new expanded ferry system that have really improved the whole summer in the city thing.

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