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Welcome Letter................................. 07 Introduction ...................................... 11 Partners ............................................ 14 Attractions: Parks Til You Drop......... 16 Calendar/Gay Events ........................ 21 Experience Orlando’s Flip Side ........ 24 Visitor Scoops: ................................. 28 Go Out For Nightlife or Dining........... 34 Partners (continued)......................... 40

“There has always been a gay cachet around Walt Disney World, but Orlando also has many welcoming attractions, restaurants, nightclubs and neighborhoods beyond the familiar theme parks that appeal to gay and lesbian travelers.” —John Tanzella, President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Visit Orlando and OrlandoGayTravel.com are both proud members of IGLTA International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

2013-2014 ORLANDO GAY AND LESBIAN TRAVEL GUIDE PUBLISHED BY VISIT ORLANDO, CONVERGE, AND WATERMARK MEDIA, INC.

ORLANDOGAY.COM TRAVEL

Converge Orlando, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c6 public membership corporation doing business as orlandogaytravel.com. The mission is to promote Orlando to the LGBT traveler and market Central Florida as the gay-friendly community it is. www.orlandogaytravel.com Mikael Frank Audebert, Executive Director Paul David Queen, Vice President of Marketing

The mission of Visit Orlando, as the industry’s leader, is to brand, market and sell the area globally as the premier leisure, convention and business destination for the continual economic benefit of the community. www.VisitOrlando.com/corporate Danielle Courtenay, Chief Marketing Officer Brian Martin, Corporate Communications Director EDITOR | Steve Blanchard

ART DIRECTOR | Jake Stevens

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The Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotels features everything you could want for your Orlando stay. Relax outdoors on our beautifully landscaped pool deck. Sink into your surroundings and enjoy the stylish and sophisticated ambiance of Malabar. Dine al Fresco and enjoy the comfortably cool atmosphere and simply delicious cuisine. Located just minutes from Orlando International Airport and less than 15 miles to world famous attractions; you are close enough to enjoy everything the area has to offer yet far enough away to escape and relax.

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rlando is now �irmly established as a major destination for gay and lesbian visitors. In fact, Central Florida now regularly ranks in “top ten” in the number of gay visitors. Orlando offers many alternatives to LGBT travelers— popular gay events, a growing live music and fun club scene, arts, concerts and �ilm festivals—and of course the theme scene, parks. There are charming neighborhood districts and a vibrant downtown as well as the country’s second largest number of hotel rooms. You can travel to Orlando year after year and never run out of different memorable experiences.

In the last three years, The Advocate has included Orlando in its top five list of the "Gayest Cities in America". It mentions the obvious places such as Chelsea, West Hollywood, Boystown and Provincetown with their long histories of gay culture and safe havens. What is wonderful about the list, especially in the case of Orlando, is honoring "the per capita queerness of some less expected locales." 2013 - 2014 O R L A N D O G AY A N D L E S B I A N T R AV E L G U I D E

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Premier Apartment Living in Orlando The Ashford at Altamonthe Springs AshfordatAltamonteSprings.com 407.291.1577 Springs Colony LiveInAltamonteSprings.com 407.682.3399 Key Isle at Windermere KeyIsleApartments.com 407.993.3000

Mission Bay MissionBayApts.com 407.679.6880 Sun Key SunKeyApts.com 407.677.8884

Enclave at Lake Underhill TheEnclaveAtLakeUnderhill.com 407.894.0608

Tradition at Alafaya LiveInOviedo.com 407.971.3400

Estates at Maitland Summit EstatesAtMaitlandSummit.com 407.875.1220

Twelve Oaks at Windermere TwelveOaksWindermere.com 407.297.9099

Verona at Valencia Park VeronaValenciaPark.com 407.292.7575

Valencia Plantation ValenciaPlantation.com 407.381.5076

Savannah at Park Central LiveSavannahPC.com 407.367.3402

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HOTELS GALORE! A long list caters to LGBT visitors

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Orlando offers an amazing choice of accommodations in all price ranges. Choose from 4-star luxury hotels and fullservice resorts to rental condominiums, boutique hotels or comfortable reasonably priced options. In total, there are more than 115,000 guest rooms in Orlando. Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia consumers give Orlando hotels more Four- and Five-star ratings than any other destination. More than 20 hotels are rated as accommodating to gay and lesbian visitors. Seven of those properties are supporters of this Guide and are listed below as “Partner Hotels”. We hope you will support them, as they support LGBT tourism to Orlando and local gay and lesbian organizations. THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES ARE PROUD MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS OF CONVERGE ORLANDO, YOUR LGBT CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU. AS SUCH, THESE ARE LISTED IN OUR ANNUAL GUIDE. WE HOPE YOU’LL SUPPORT THEM, AS THEY SUPPORT LGBT TOURISM TO ORLANDO, AND ITS COMMUNITY. BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY:

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Crowne Plaza

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304 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 843-8700 DowntownCrowne.com Experience the Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown Hotel. Located off I-4 in downtown Orlando, this address provides easy access to everything to see and do in Orlando. The urban, chic Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown is close distance to downtown’s entertainment venues.

DoubleTree by Hilton SIGNATURE MEMBER

60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard Orlando, FL 32804 (407) 425-4455 DoubleTreeOrlando Downtown.com The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown hotel overlooking Lake Ivanhoe near the downtown business district delivers an upscale Orlando hotel experience in a convenient location just off of I-4, as well as a complimentary shuttle service to surrounding downtown businesses and cultural venues.

Grand Bohemian SIGNATURE MEMBER

325 S Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 313-9000 or (888) 213-9110 GrandBohemianHotel.com AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel in downtown Orlando. 247 guest rooms, including 35 suites with opulent décor and artwork. 24-hour fitness center, roof-top pool, restaurant & lounge. No smoking, highly rated, elegant atmosphere.

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Parliament House SIGNATURE MEMBER

410 N Orange Blossom Trail (at South St) 32805 ParliamentHouse.com 130 recently remodeled guest rooms on two floors surrounding a large courtyard with pool. The complex also included 6 bars including disco, poolside bar, piano bar, video bar, and C/W bar. Gay managed, exclusively LGBT, popular, food service. INTERNATIONAL DRIVE AREA

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227 N Eola Drive (at Robinson) Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 481-8485 or (888) 481-8488 EOInn.com Lovely high style 17 room boutique hotel in downtown Orlando, adjacent Thornton Park. Rooftop terrace, sundeck, hot tub and cafe on-site. Gay/straight mix, no smoking.

1122 Arrezzo Way – Orlando (407) 465-2600 Hilton.com/GoOut Inspired by the beauty and ambience of Tuscany, this distinguished resort in the heart of Orlando provides easy access to the region’s top attractions. Within minutes of Walt Disney World® Resort, Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive treats guests to extraordinary amenities and an ideal setting for fun and relaxation.

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he reason Orlando continues to be the #1 vacation destination is the attractions. Of the top ten most visited theme parks in the country, six are here. Of the top ten of any attractions in the US, two are here. The best known is Walt Disney World® Resort, located in Lake Buena Vista about 20 miles southwest of Orlando via Interstate 4. The Disney experience encompasses six distinct parks—Magic Kingdom® Park; Epcot®; Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park; Disney’s Hollywood Studios®; Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Other world renowned area attractions include Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld Parks and Resorts®. Like the other parks, Universal includes Universal Studios Florida® Theme Park and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® Theme Park (where you can experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™). SeaWorld includes SeaWorld® Orlando and adjacent Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark and Discovery Cove. 2013 - 2014 O R L A N D O G AY A N D L E S B I A N T R AV E L G U I D E

EXCITEMENT! The theme park capitol of the world.

“The heart and soul of Orlando and its raison d’être are the giant, world-renowned theme parks punctuating the region. That’s why you probably came here with your family as a kid, and they’re an equally valid reason for a visit as an adult. Water parks and roller coasters, entertainment from corny to cool, a surprisingly authentic global experience and brilliant flashes of cutting-edge technology wow even the most jaded queens.” —ManAboutWorld, 2012

“Orlando stands out, especially for lesbians with kids. The massive Epcot theme park requires an entire day to experience, if not more, and adult foodies will appreciate the authentic International Food and Wine Festival held there in the fall. The Magic Kingdom will thrill the little ones, but if you have teens and tweens, Universal Orlando is a must do, if only for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which will delight even the most jaded adult). If you are here in October and your kids are old enough to handle some Halloween horror, Pride at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is a real scream and not for the faint of heart.” —Curve Magazine, April 2013 2013 - 2014 O R L A N D O G AY A N D L E S B I A N T R AV E L G U I D E

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SOAK UP THE SUN, MINGLE AND HAVE FUN Lounge poolside, indulge in a cocktail, play a round of golf or relax with a blissful massage. And being just minutes from Orlando’s world-famous shopping, theme parks and attractions, Rosen Shingle Creek is the place to be during Gay Days.

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-town is known for the two very popular events. In fact, Orlando is the most popular LGBT place in the country during a full week in late spring, culminating on the �irst weekend of June. The smorgasbord of events, pool parties, concerts and special days at the attractions is nonstop fun and excitement for both men and women. Take your pick of One Magical Weekend, Girls in Wonderland or Gay Days®, three separate events that run simultaneously and cater LGBT visitors of different ages and interests. Come Out With Pride, the largest LGBT-organized event in Florida, is another fun week-long event. In 2013 the dates are October 1-6. During

the week are concerts, performances, parties and exhibitions of interest to our community. Come Out With Pride Orlando culminates in festival

WEEK-LONG CELEBRATIONS!

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Three Web sites are your LGBT source

Spring and fall feature not-to-miss events

around Lake Eola Park in downtown on Saturday October 6. There are vendors, food and beverage tents, entertainment on the main stage and live music throughout the park. Don’t miss the parade and the closing with spectacular �ireworks. The most authoritative sources for more information about these and other LGBT events are www.orlandogaytravel.com, www.visitorlando.com/lgbt & www.watermarkonline.com.

LGBT travelers should know that over 200 uniquely gay activities are held throughout the year in Orlando that gives you alternatives every week to choose from, including:  Performances by gay artists, musicians and comedians  Men and women circuit parties  Plays and concerts featuring LGBT content  Gay themed balls, festivals and t-dances

 Pool and waterpark parties  Bear events  Amateur gay and lesbian athletic competitions  LGBT meetings and conferences  Assorted drag, divas and decadence

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f your time is not spent at the theme parks during the day (almost every visitor spends some time at their favorite) there’s a ton of other things to do, explore or experience. From some of the top department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales to one of the largest outlet locations in the southeast, Orlando shopping has something for every taste and budget. Outdoor activities, including gay amateur sports, hot air ballooning and eco-tours, abound. And don’t forget Central Florida is a mecca for golfers with over 170 courses and over 20 golf academies.

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There are many less known areas, each with their own individual vibe and charm. Lake Eola Park, with its massive signature fountain, is downtown and a great place to stroll

and shop. Don’t miss the adjacent Thornton Park with its restaurants with outside seating for great people watching. Lake Ivanhoe is home for antique shops. Loch

Haven Park houses the Orlando Museum of Art, the Mennello Museum of American Folk Art and the Orlando Science Center. College Park has a great gay following with its many

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“Orlando is home to a large international LGBT population base — many of whom work in the hospitality industry. (Read: Orlando is a gay magnet for those in the service and hospitality industries.) Throw in all the creative geniuses needed to entertain straight America — well, Orlando is gayer than you might think.” —Jeff Guaracino, Philadelphia Gay News, 2012

Orlando restaurants. Winter Park, Mount Dora, Kissimmee each offers an eclectic mix of shops and dining alternatives. And a short drive to the east are coastal beaches, most notably Cocoa, New Smyrna and Daytona. Beach driving and parking directly adjacent the Atlantic is a tradition that has been preserved to the present day. So pack your lotion and cooler for a relaxing day in the sun. Want other ideas? Consider:

Nature parks are as abundant in Orlando as thrill rides. If viewing wildlife, hiking or bicycling is your thing, consider visiting Jay Blanchard Park Trails, Wekiva Springs State Park or Little Big Econ State Forest. You have dozens of other great alternatives to consider too. Finding a place to work out is easy. Most major hotels and resorts have exercise facilities often available to non-guests for a

fee. The Gym Downtown is a huge new retro gym that is open 24 hours a day. Club Orlando also has a popular full range gym. Orlando has 20 destination spas— something you wouldn’t expect in the epicenter of theme parks. Many are world class. Make some time to pamper yourself. Check out the Kennedy Space Center which is only 45 minutes from Orlando. Spend several hours touring launch areas, seeing giant rockets or “training” in space�light simulators.

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Orlando’s best kept secret? “Our many unique neighborhoods and business districts, like trendy Thornton Park, historic Mount Dora or charming Winter Park.” Something every visitor should do? “Go to at least one theme park and test yourself on its most popular or thrilling ride.”

Best spot in Orlando to BE ROMANTIC? “Walking around Lake Eola and pausing to watch the fountain and people with dogs.” Where to go to GET AWAY FROM THE CROWD? “Leisurely stroll through Leu Gardens to see the bamboo forest, the Camellias and the formal rose garden.”

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Something every visitor should do? “Visit the Morse Museum in Winter Park to see the collection of Tiffany glass then walk the shops of tree-lined Park Avenue.” Favorite spot in Orlando to SHOP? “Mall at Millenia is amazing with its �lagship Macy’s, Neiman, Saks and Bloomingdales + 150 more luxury and high fashion shops.”

Favorite place in Orlando to PEOPLE WATCH? “Epcot's World Showcase, where you can watch romantic couples, parents with kids having fun, or a group of friends over drinks and conversation.” Where to go in Orlando to GRAB A BITE? “Try anyplace with authentic Cuban Sandwiches or Asian/ Middle Eastern cuisine or �ind a one-of-a-kind food truck.”

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Still not sold on how amazing Orlando is? Then listen to the locals themsevles tell you just how many wonderful things await on your incredible O-town getaway.

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Orlando’s best kept secret? “The thriving performing arts scene with the Fringe Festival, Broadway in Orlando tour, Mad Cow Theater and Orlando Repertory Theater.” Favorite spot in Orlando to SHOP? “The Outlet Malls can't be beat for clothing and accessories, jewelry, electronics and shoes! Especially during clearance season.”

Where to go in Orlando to GRAB A BITE? “One of Orlando's many taprooms, especially Oblivion or Knarly Barley. The beer selections are amazing and better than typical "craft" beer offerings.”

Best spot in Orlando to BE ROMANTIC? “The Enzian Theater's Eden Bar is always special. The ambiance is very romantic and you can go inside to catch an interesting �lick and a bite to eat.”

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Something every visitor should do? “Check out the scene. Go to a gay club, comedy act or concert. Think of timing a visit during the festivities the �irst weekend of June or the Pride Festival in Early October.” Favorite place in Orlando to PEOPLE WATCH? “Sidewalk brunch at Hue or Wildside BBQ in Thornton Park or claim a seat on an outdoor patio on Church Street.” Where to go in Orlando to GRAB A BITE? “Hit one of the dining districts, like Restaurant Row on Sand Lake, Mills 50 district, Winter Park or Pointe Orlando.”

Where to go to GET AWAY FROM THE CROWD? “Since the coast is so close, a jaunt over to New Smyrna or Daytona where you can drive to your own secluded spot on the beach.”

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rlando entertainment includes over a dozen gay clubs from the simple to the sublime—depending if you want a low-key neighborhood lounge to multi-bar entertainment complex. Several lavish mainstream shows operate daily in the tourist district. Downtown Disney® and Universal’s CityWalk are also fun destinations to shop, hear music and dine. There several week-long LGBT celebrations in the late spring and fall (see Calendar on page 29) that are a “must” for gay and lesbian travelers to experience. And throughout the year, there are circuit parties, pool bashes, concerts and festivals.

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Going out for the evening often starts with a movie or theater performance before a late dinner or clubbing. A great art-house theater called The Enzian

in Winter Park is a favorite because of their frequent LGBT-themed �licks. They also sponsor the annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The Florida Film Festival is

one of the largest outside of California, attracting budding �ilmmakers from around the world. Locals and visitors alike love the dramatic arts. Orlando

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Couple leisurely dines at one of Orlando’s many street-side cafes.

Dining is chock full of theaters and performance venues including the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre, Theatre Downtown, The Osceola Center for the Arts, Winter Park Playhouse, Theatre Winter Haven, and Seaside Music Theatre. In addition, the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center brings national tours through town on a regular basis. Each spring, local theatres and downtown venues play host to the Orlando International Fringe Festival, which draws touring companies from all around the world, as well as readings and fully staged productions of new and unknown plays by local artists.

“Discussion of Orlando cuisine sometimes focuses on the plethora of chain restaurants. With more than 56 million visitors to feed every year, they are a vital alternative. But Central Florida is also home to a diverse and vibrant culinary scene filled with talented chefs and independently owned restaurants. Think every cuisine: French, Italian, Cuban, German, Mexican/Latin, Asian and Middle Eastern. You’ll find them in the neighborhoods of Thornton Park and College Park, or along Park Avenue in Winter Park. There are some delightful gay-owned and oriented eateries too. As a LGBT visitor, you’ll find these establishments to be welcoming, comfortable places to dine where everyone shares a common love for good food.” —Noted Food Critic Scott Joseph www.ScottJosephOrlando.com

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450 E. COMPTON STREET ORLANDO, FL 32806 407-425-5005 WWW.THECLUBS.COM .THECLUBS.COM

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482 ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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FLORIDA’S TURNPIKE

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• Sunday ∙ SundayFunday • $1.00 Lit’s • Monday ∙ Martini Madness $ 00 1. Well Martinis, $2.00 Smirnoff Martini’s • Tuesday ∙ SIN Tuesday (Service industry night) $ 00 2. Regular Beers $5.00 Premium Shots Late night Happy Hour 12am–2am • Wednesday ∙ No Willpower Wednesday Happy Hour all night • Thursday ∙ Video Ther apy w/DJB Ecclectic Mix of Music Video and comedy Skits $ 00 3. Smirnoff You Call it • Friday ∙ Best Happy Hour in Town DJB Spinning all of your favorite mixes • Saturday ∙ Skyy High Energy $ 00 4. Skyy Vodk a You Call It DJB Spinning all of your favorite mixes• Hottest Male Dancers Every Night 6pm–2am • Happy Hour ∙ 4pm–8pm $ 00 2. Wells $4.00 Calls $ 00 5. Martinis $1.00 off beers • OPEN Monday–Saturday ∙ 4pm–2am Sunday ∙ 2pm–2am • 2 BARS PLUS LOCKER ROOM AND PATIO BAR • FULL LIQUOR • PLENTY OF PARKING A s A lways Ne v er a Cov er

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PROVINCETOWN Like Nowhere Else Winner Best Gay Resort Town!

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SunTrust proudly supports the LGBT community.

Stop in, call 8OO.SUNTRUST or visit suntrust.com SunTrust Bank, Member FDIC. Š 2013 SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust is a federally registered service mark of SunTrust Banks, Inc. How Can We Help You Shine Today? is a service mark of SunTrust Banks, Inc.

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BE YOURSELF!

Enjoy Florida’s most burgeoning LGBT community

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HOTELS (CONTINUED) DISNEY AREA

Hilton Grand Vacations Parc Soleil SIGNATURE MEMBER

11272 Desforges Avenue – Orlando/Lake Buena Vista (407) 465-4000 Hilton.com/GoOut With an unsurpassed setting in the vacation capital of Orlando, this exquisite new property is the most expansive Hilton Grand Vacations Club resort in Florida. The resort is ideally situated on 52 acres of sprawling grounds, centrally located to the most celebrated attractions in the region.

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Boheme Restaurant at Grand Bohemian Hotel SIGNATURE MEMBER

Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown SIGNATURE MEMBER

1805 Hotel Plaza Boulevard – Orlando/ Lake Buena Vista (407) 828-8888 HIorlando.com The newest and most exciting Disney World accommodations can be found at the Holiday Inn located in the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort. Best of all, we’re within easy walking distance of Downtown Disney, an Orlando, Florida, favorite for unforgettable dining and entertainment. Featured in Curve Magazine and The Advocate, Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Downtown is host to several LGBT events throughout the year and certified LGBT friendly by Converge Orlando.

25 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 313-9000 GrandBohemianHotel.com/ TheBoheme Cuisine: AAA Four-Diamond restaurant known for power breakfasts and Sunday jazz lunch. Steaks, seafood, extensive wine list.

Hamburger Mary’s SUSTAINING MEMBER

110 W Church Street (at Garland), Orlando, FL 32801 (321) 319-0600 HamburgerMarys-Orlando.com Cuisine: Gay owned. Entertainment. American, breakfast, brunch, burgers, grill, salads, sandwiches

2013 - 2014 O R L A N D O G AY A N D L E S B I A N T R AV E L G U I D E

“Orlando’s enthusiasm is highlighted at the always-hopping LGBT nightclub Revolution. Staffed by tanned, attractive representatives of Orlando’s vibrant community, the expansive space is regularly filled to capacity with LGBT folks of all shapes, orientations, and identities. And those seeking a nostalgic, campy charm simply must visit Parliament House, the historic former Rodeway Inn that’s been a gay operated landmark for more than 30 years, complete with affordable hotel rooms, seven bars, and a theater starring Orlando’s most colorful drag queens. With an unexpectedly large and thriving LGBT community and some fantastic weather, Orlando is a welcoming tropical paradise all year long.” Wild Side & Grill

—The Advocate, 2013

SIGNATURE MEMBER

700 E. Washington Street, Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 872-8665 WildsideBBQ.com Cuisine: Casual atmosphere, BBQ, pulled pork sandwiches, baby back ribs, salads.

CONCERT VENUES / NIGHTLIFE DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

Thornton Park District

Pulse Orlando

Representing Restaurants & Retailers in Thornton Park ThorntonParkDistrict.com

1912 S Orange Avenue (at Kaley Street) Orlando, FL 32806 (407) 649-3888 PulseOrlando.com Dance club with a younger crowd. Several separate rooms each with a different high-tech atmosphere. Theme nights

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Hard Rock Cafe SIGNATURE MEMBER

6050 Universal Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819 HardRock.com/Live2 Enjoy Classic American cuisine including legendary burgers and sandwiches, chicken and ribs, steaks, salads and desserts, plus a full bar. Non-stop music videos play throughout the restaurant whose walls are adorned with an amazing collection of rock memorabillia including rare artifacts from KISS, Elvis, and The Beatles. Located adjacent to the world’s largest Hard Rock Live® at Universal CityWalk®.

SIGNATURE MEMBER

Revolution Nightclub SIGNATURE MEMBER

375 S Bumby Avenue (at South Street) Orlando, FL32803 (407) 228-9900 RevolutionOrlando.com Several bars, nightclub, women’s night on Saturdays, go-go dancers, shows, patio.

WEST DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

Parliament House SIGNATURE MEMBER

410 N Orange Blossom Trail (at South St) 32805 (407) 425-7571 ParliamentHouse.com Legendary venue for 37 years. A “must” for visitors.  Six bars including disco/nightclub, poolside bar, piano bar, video bar, bear and C/W bar. INTERNATIONAL DRIVE AREA

Hard Rock Live SIGNATURE MEMBER

6050 Universal Boulevard Orlando, FL 32819 HardRock.com/Live2 Catch all the biggest names in music and comedy at the “Coliseum of Rock ‘n Roll,” Hard Rock Live® Orlando, is a 3,000-person concert/party venue where performers such as Velvet Revolver, Jewel, Beck 311, Nelly and others have rockd the house. At Universal CityWalk® adjacent to Hard Rock Cafe.

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Body and Soul: The Human Presence in Art from the OMA Collection On View Through August 11, 2013

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011, ceramic birds and figures, metal flowers, gramophone, wig, beads, metal armature, appliquĂŠd, knitted and crocheted fabric on mannequin, 112 1/2 x 58 x 47 1/2 in., Purchased with funds provided by the Acquisition Trust.

2416 North Mills Ave Orlando, FL 32803 www.omart.org

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HEALTHY IS HOT

LIFE IS TOO MUCH FUN NOT TO BE HEALTHY. OIC IS LEADING THE WAY IN CUTTING EDGE HIV AND HEPATITIS TREATMENT. FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING, COUNSELING AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES. WE WANT TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY, SO THE THOUGHT OF MISSING THE GOOD TIMES IN LIFE NEVER ENTERS YOUR MIND.

Edwin DeJesus, MD, FACP Medical Director

Exciting new research opportunities for HIV and

Roberto Ortiz, MD

Hepatitis patients. If you are

Federico Hinestrosa, MD Gerald Horton, MD Terry Wilder, ARNP Jeff Garrett, ARNP

eligible, you will receive

ORLANDO IMMUNOLOGY CENTER

study drugs, labs, and medical treatment related to the study at no cost.

1701 North Mills Avenue Orlando, FL 32803 Tel: (407) 647-3960

407-363-3555 M A L L AT M I L L E N I A . C O M

NEIMAN MARCUS BLOOM IN GDALE’ S MACY’S AND 150 WORLD CLASS STORES INCLUDING LOUIS VUITTON SAINT LAURENT PARIS PRADA ROLEX SALVATORE FERRAGAMO HUBLOT DAVID YURMAN GUCCI EMPORIO ARMANI TAG HEUER APPLE BROOKS BROTHERS TUMI MAC H&M BOSS STORE SEPHORA FINISH LINE THE ART OF SHAVING KIEHL’S J.CREW COACH ABERCROMBIE & FITCH LACOSTE GAP SONY ILORI BANANA REPUBLIC DIESEL HOLLISTER CO. LULULEMON ATHLETICA BLUE MARTINI BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE THE CAPITAL GRILLE THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

THE MALL AT MILLENIA ORLANDO, FLORIDA


2013-2014 Orlando Gay and Lesbian Travel Guide