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SYDNEY Park, there’s the Sydney Marriott, which has posh room and is steps from gay scene. Just a short walk from Oxford, the boutique-y, gaywelcoming Kirketon Hotel is hip yet moderately priced, its room TVs with DVD and CD players—guests also receive free passes to a nearby gym. If you’re seeking a little extra leg room, try the nearby Vibe Hotel, whose spacious, brightly colored, and relatively affordable studio rooms have kitchenettes. In a similar vein, Quest Apartments is ideal for longer stay. Units at this property near Kings Cross (a 10-minute walk from Oxford Street) have kitchens and beautiful modern furnishings, and the staff is top-notch.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

This massive celebration began in 1978 and takes place over about four weeks and includes a huge launch party, a Mardi Gras Film Festival, several big parties, and the incredibly colorful Mardi Gras Parade. New this 2010, Mardi Gras began holding its massive Mardi Gras tk party a week after the parade (as opposed to directly after it, as it has in the past). More than a half-million observers and tourists have come to watch the parade in past years, and the party can draw another 15,000 revelers. Log on to for a full description of events as well as tickets. Andrew Collins covers gay travel for the New York Times-owned website and is the author of Fodor’s Gay Guide to the USA. He can be reached care of this publication or at

“(In) the Naughty Aughties ... even celebrities—who’d long built up a wall of privacy by hiding behind lying publicists—couldn’t help Tweeting their every thought, caught up in the universal need to connect, to emit, to admit, and to bore.” — Gay Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, Dec. 29.

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ACCESSline, Iowa's LGBT Newspaper, February 2010 Issue, Volume 24 No 2  

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