PHOTO GALLERY: Queer on Holiday

Emily / 23 / New York, NY

“My family went to Zion Canyon in Utah in the middle of June during a heat wave. There were stunning views the whole time but because I’m from the east coast I spent the whole vacation complaining about the 113 degrees, so here I am atop the canyon clearly thinking more about my problems than this breathtaking image. My sister is both more chipper and significantly more active so she kept making us stop to take pictures and I would gripe every time and she would say we’d come to appreciate all the photos in the end and well she was right.”

Korrine Wojcik / 31 / Kalamazoo, MI

“I found this adorable shot of my friends and I having what we call a “day-cation” at Lake Michigan in South Haven, Michigan.”

Caissa / 27 / Troy, OH

“My partner and I drove from Minnesota to Ohio last month to see her best friend get married. It was incredibly casual and incredibly fun (the superhero theme didn’t hurt either). And I got to wear a tuxedo t-shirt!

We went outside after the party and found a train track, where we both took pictures. She took this one of me, and I haven’t felt this powerful in a long time.”

Mary Anne / 17 / Northern Michigan

“This is me being super stoked about seeing a rainbow on one of the last days of pride month and subsequently making my friends take about a thousand pictures of me with it.”

Madison and Hope Rorschach / 22, 21 / Fort Worth, TX

“We got married on Saturday, July 22! There’s a picture of us during the ceremony, when our INCREDIBLE officiant Mey Rude began reading a personal message from Brittani Nichols, followed by messages from Yvonne, Rachel, Heather, and Riese. Then our first dance, which was to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. The group shots are of all the queers in attendance. The smaller group is wedding party queers plus Mey and Cecelia, and the bigger group is of every queer person I could find. Immediately after these pictures, we went and danced to “Let’s Have a Kiki” by the Scissor Sisters. Naturally we had memorized and practiced the dance for it in the months leading up to this.”

Claire and Claire / 23 / Grand Canyon, AZ

Yvonne Marquez and Gloria Delgadillo / 26 / San Francisco, CA

“My partner and I decided to visit the Bay area because it has a good mix of city life and nature, which is the perfect combination of things we want out of a vacation. We hiked for three solid hours at Muir Woods, saw Be Steadwell in concert in Berkeley, ate at a bomb-ass vegetarian Mexican restaurant, Gracias Madre, walked all over Chinatown and the Castro, checked out mural art in the Mission District, chilled at Dolores Park, had so much fun at a queer dance party in Oakland, and explored Pier 39. But my all-time favorite part of our vacation was when we took the bus to Baker’s Beach to get an excellent view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was sunny and the weather was perfect! Gloria and I hung out on the beach all day and people watched. In my day-to-day life, I don’t really ever get to pause to take in a moment because there’s just so much to do! At Baker’s Beach, I sat looking out at the ocean and just felt grateful to be there, feeling the sand underneath my feet and sitting on a log with the woman I love the most. If I’m being completely honest, I was also grateful I wasn’t staring at a computer screen.”

Harley / 21 / Ontario County Park, NY

“I’m a 21 year old butch mechanical engineer, and this shot was taken while I was relaxing from a long week of work at Johnson and Johnson and an even longer week of chasing women.”

Maggie / 23 / Ocean City, MD

“My partner took this photo while we were at on vacation at our favorite restaurant called On the Bay, which is ironic because it’s actually on the ocean side of the city. We shared a pitcher of beer and then went to the boardwalk where they won a giant Pikachu from a claw machine!”

Stephanie / 24 / Ocean City, MD

“Just me flexin’ during a quick beach getaway with my family. Applying for jobs sucks hard so I’m trying to have fun whenever I can.”

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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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