PHOTO GALLERY: Queer on Holiday

Lynda Kubas / 35 / Tabacón Hotsprings, Arenal, Costa Rica

“Biromantic demisexual water-obsessed queer on holiday in Costa Rica, June 8, 2017.”

Resmiye and Gizem / 28, 22 / Çanakkale, Turkey

Tory Domena-Quinville / 32 / Mukwanago, WI

“With Heather Hogan at the A-Camp 8.0 ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ dance.”

Michelle and Lynne / Middling to High / Sorrento, Italy

“Windswept with Vesuvius in the background! We are from the UK and have spent more time in Italy these past six weeks than at home – probably just as well. Rome in May for the tennis – YES MARGARET COURT, WE’RE EVERYWHERE – and Sorrento for a week with my family in June. Molto Bene!!”

Lj / 28 / The Philippines

“I went on a quick holiday because it was a long weekend in celebration of a National Holiday. It was the Philippines’ Independence Day and I went on a solo (get it?) mini-road trip and it was fun and refreshing. (San Juan beach, San Fernando City, La Union).

The rest of the weekend was spent in my hometown (Dagupan City) with family and friends, who are basically family, who fed me home-cooked meals. It was a much-needed stress reliever, energy booster, and change in scenery for when this healing-from-a-break-up provincial girl goes back to the big city for work.

Jenna / 28 / Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

“In the bustling metropolis of New York City, it is easy to forget that the Atlantic Ocean is just a train ride away. Being a barista (or more generally, working in the service industry) means working when other folks generally aren’t. This is cool because it means we aren’t working when most folks are. I have never seen this beach so empty in the summer time. I think this was a Tuesday or Wednesday. It was a fun day!”

Pat Denbeau and Emma Madorsky / 31, 21 / Pacific Ocean

“This photo was taken while enjoying a weekend with Emma’s family. It was awesome to have one of those moments where you couldn’t love each other more captured.”

Grecia / 22 / Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

“A visit back home, where saguaros wave hello. Tiny desert witch/space cadet takes on astronomy (and 117 degree heat) in the Sonoran Desert, just before a big move to Chicago for graduate school takes over her life. Featured: a thrifted space camp t-shirt, resolving those wistful feelings of having never actually attended it.”

Madi/ Southeast Missouri

“I usually spend my weekends on my grandparents’ land down in rural Missouri. I will pack a bag and take the ATV all around the land and just explore nature. Its real nice for just relaxing and is what I do on my summer vacation.”

Hannah and Samantha / 27, 22 / Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

“Hannah and I live in Perth, Australia and made the 24 hour trek to San Fransisco to visit my parents. Even though I’m from the area, we decided to be embarrassing and go on a segway tour of Golden Gate Park with my mom. We are now pros.”

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  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!)


    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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