24 hours in Stockholm: the perfect day in the Swedish capital

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Stockholm is one of those destinations we can never get enough of – new stores, restaurants and exhibitions pop up like daisies all year round.

Visitors could easily explore its streets for two weeks straight and still not see it all. However, that doesn’t deter us from wanting to get a taste of Sweden’s ‘open city’ every now and then!

Thanks to Stockholm’s excellent underground railway, it’s perfectly possible to dash around town and tick off several must-see places in a single day. Need some inspiration as to what to see (and where to be seen)?

You’ve come to the right place.

Wake up at Nobis Hotel

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Frankly, there are worse hotels to base yourself at | Photo: Nobis Hotel

Early morning, she wakes up, knock, knock, knock on the door! Now obviously you can’t just wake up anywhere. With its effortlessly designed rooms that make visitors feel right at home, Nobis Hotel is a sound choice for the sophisticated queer you are. Well, before nightfall, anyways!

The hotel’s refinement is no coincidence: its interiors were created by Claesson Koivisto Rune, the Swedish design company whose work has been popping up on everyone’s Instagram feeds.

Tuck into Nobis’ enviable breakfast buffet and make friends with the hotel’s friendly concierges James and Jonathan, whose mission is to make your every wish (within reason…) come true.

Get cultured at Fotografiska

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Fotografiska plays host to some of Sweden’s most talked about art exhibitions | Photo: Fotografiska

No, not like kombucha. Fotografiska is Stockholm’s only art institution entirely devoted to photography. Opened in 2010, the gallery has quickly made a name for itself, showcasing local newcomers alongside international powerhouses: Annie Leibovitz, David LaChapelle and Inez & Vinoodh have all exhibited here.

Commendably, Fotografiska’s shows tend to question the status quo, offering new perspectives and – unsurprisingly – drawing in the city’s LGBTI population.

Head there before June 10th to see Jesper Waldersten’s ‘All Over’ exhibition, which has opened to rave reviews! If all that culture gets you hungry, don’t worry: Fotografiska’s on-site restaurant serves Stockholm’s most photographable (obviously!) lunch.

Shop in Bibliotekstan

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Did anyone say ‘shopping’? | Photo: Bibliotekstan

Gucci, Gucci, Louis, Louis, Fendi, Fendi, Prada – and then there are all the Swedish designers like Filippa K and Rodebjer. Walk off your luscious Fotografiska meal with a thirty-minute stroll to Stockholm’s prime shopping destination of Bibliotekstan.

The area around Biblioteksgatan street (that’s not the same word, by the way) has been home to stellar shopping for a whopping 134 years.

Needless to say, Bibliotekstan’s stores know the drill when it comes to selling. So if you’re looking to make that black Amex burn (give us a call), you’ll be just fine here. Shoppers able to say Bibliotekstan fifty times in five seconds get 50% off.

Dine at Riche

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When it comes to artsy restaurants, Riche sets the bar high | Photo: Riche

Untie your tongue (did you really try?) and saunter down nearby Birger Jarlsgatan, one of Stockholm’s grandest streets, to arrive at Riche just in time for dinner.

The lively restaurant describes itself as ‘the heart of all things fun in the city’ and it’s easy to see why: Stockholm’s cool kids convene here every Saturday night to dine and drink together until 2 am.

While we’d happily order Riche’s divine baked turnip with pickled pumpkin, coco beans and ginger every night, there’s an extensive menu catering to all tastes. Also, the hip eatery boasts a drool-worthy wine list – Rosé all the way!

Dance at King Kong

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King Kong – what better place to show off that new outfit you bought in Bibliotekstan? | Photo: King Kong, Facebook

Still standing? Make your way down to King Kong in Mariatorget to celebrate a fabulous day in the Swedish capital alongside what we think might be half of its queer population. No seriously, this place gets packed!

King Kong is exclusively hosted on Saturdays by none other than the dynamic duo of Peter & Erik Present – you’ll have heard of them if you’ve researched Stockholm’s LGBTI nightlife. Schlager and Eurovision classics send dancing queens and drag queens into a frenzy here, often blowing first-time visitors away (hold on to your wig, sister).

Whatever you do, don’t head back to your snug bed at the Nobis Hotel before they’ve played ABBA’s Dancing Queen: it’s an offense around here.

This article was sponsored by Stockholm LGBT.

For more LGBT+ travel inspiration from the world’s most Open City, visit www.StockholmLGBT.com or follow the conversation on social media at #stockholmlgbt

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Inside The Dinah Shore, the wildest festival for lesbian and bi women

Every year thousands of lesbians, bisexuals, queers, trans women, nonbinary and allies converge on Palm Springs, California for the notorious five-day event known as The Dinah Shore.

The Dinah Shore has existed as a haven for lesbians and bisexual women since its inception in 1991. Women flock here for the euphoric sense of community and a non-stop party with music, dance acts, drinks and special acts.

However, Dinah Shore – hosted on 4 April until 8 April in 2019 – has slowly transformed into one of the best music festivals in the US, with powerhouse acts on their line up every year.

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Enter Dinah

Thursday through Sunday, The Dinah is split up into two halves of the day. The first half is the world-famous pool party at the Hilton Hotel.

From 10am to sundown, DJs keep the crowd and the famous Dinah Dancers – a collection of dancers from all over the map who are as aesthetically pleasing as they are talented – moving. They keep the vibe fun, flirty, and upbeat.

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The stage hosts the likes of Rosa Garcia from The Real L Word and Kaycee Clark-the winner of Big Brother. They’ll keep the ladies entertained before stage acts like Kodie Shane, Bri Steves, Dorian Electra, and Kiana Lede take over. These powerful acts cement exactly why the Dinah Shore has become one of the best lesbian music festivals.

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The second part of the day takes us just down the road to The Palm Springs Convention Center, where they host the truly epic parties. This year, the Friday party kicked off with comedy acts Chaunte Wayans, and the hilarious Fortune Feimster. The Friday night’s theme was The Black and White Ball, followed by Saturday’s theme of The Hollywood Party.

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Everyone dressed to impress and once the main stage opened, we were led into a neon-soaked room. The Dinah Dancers, accompanied by the best DJs, ignited the evening with hard hitting beats and hypnotic hips. Leikeli47 stormed the stage Friday night to an absolutely ridiculous crowd of women ready to party and dance. With her signature ski-mask on and booming beats, she brought the house down.

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Saturday provided one of the true highlights, with Grammy award-winning artist, Daya, leading the audience on a pulse-pounding montage of all her hits. Don’t Let Me Down and Sit Still Look Pretty were the show stoppers. But her new single, Insomnia, was a great surprise that got the crowd jumping. Once the acts finished, the Dinah DJs and Dancers took us into the early hours of the morning each night.

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It’s the community

It’s hard to say what the best part of the weekend was. There were too many moments, too many incredible acts, too many great songs, too many wonderful people to pick just one.

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But there are a few takeaways from this weekend. Firstly, The Dinah Shore is one of the best weekends dedicated to the lesbian and bisexual community in the world. From the workers keeping everything running smoothly and safely, to the Dinah Dancers and DJ’s working their butts off all weekend to ensure everyone is having a good time.

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Also, the musical guests giving their a-game on stage. And The Dinah Shore attendees, who made the atmosphere so welcoming it felt like no one was a stranger.

Ultimately, the kindness, love, and inclusivity in Palm Springs was something I’ve never experienced. Strangers became acquaintances, acquaintances became friends, and friends became family, and I, for one, am excited to do it again next year!

All words and photos by Megan Williams.

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NBA player publicly supports 11-year-old son at LGBTI pride

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Though he couldn’t be there in person, NBA player Dwyane Wade made sure his 11-year-old son Zion felt supported at the Miami Beach Pride parade on Sunday (7 April).

Wade, who plays for the Miami Heat, announced he’d be retiring after the 2018-19 season. It was his basketball career that kept him from joining in the Pride festivities, as he had a game in Toronto, but he posted his support on social media.

He first posted a photo on his Instagram stories of Zion and stepmom Gabrielle Union. Wayne captioned the post: ‘We support each other with Pride!’

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Wade’s post of his son and wife at Miami Pride | Photo: Instagram @dwyanewade

Zion also attended with friends and his siblings, younger sister Kaavia and older brother Zaire, a 17-year-old basketball player who wants to follow in the footsteps of his father.

Wade posted another photo of Zion surrounded by his family and friends. He wrote on the photo: ‘Zion had his on [sic] cheering section today. Wish i was there to see you smile kid!’

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Zion with his friends and family | Photo: Instagram @dwyanewade

Many people praised Wade’s support of his son attending an LGBTI pride event.

The importance of parental support

Regardless of how Zion identifies, having the support of his parents, family, and friends in attending an event like Pride is crucial.

Numerous studies have shown that LGBTI youth are more at risk for mental health problems like suicide ideation and suicide attempts, as well as discrimination and bullying.

This is amplified more for LGBTI youth of color.

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 71% of all victims of anti-LGBTI homicides in 2017 were people of color. Of these victims of color, a majority (60%) were black.

Black LGBTI people, especially men, are also at higher risks for being affected by HIV. They further face disproportionate amounts of harassment and experiences with police brutality and misconduct.

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