Gay travel journos tour Dallas, eat too much and have too much fun

IMG_1588For a number of years, gay journalists from around the world (and the U.S.) have descended on North Texas to get a taste for what it’s like to live in, and visit, Dallas as a gay person. Ya know, if you don’t live here, you can imagine outsiders might think “Red State haters” and “George W. Bush’s hometown” more than “largest DIFFA fundraiser, Black Tie Dinner and gay church in the world,” so we need to welcome them and put on our best Stetson and tallest stilettos to show them what it’s like. (We expect they will write copious positive reviews of their experience to share with their audiences.) And based on my poll, mission accomplished.

Seven journos braved the trip that exposed them to life here. Paul (from Holland, second from left), returns to Dallas after having been here last five years ago. Fellow Amsterdam resident Edwin (center) remarked that he could move here permanently, given the chance.

It’s interesting how others see our city, as well. All were impressed by the “ample” parking (are they crazy?) and some were agog that the line dancers at the Round-Up Saloon could actually “click” their boots when they stomped around the dance floor. They also seemed to enjoy the ample food, which is always a huge part of press tours. They got to dine at Stephan Pyles’ Stampede 66, Henry’s Majestic, Dish and Meso Maya; and took cocktail classes at Cook Hall and with Leann Berry at Komali. That was just the start: They got massages at Green Lotus Spa; they took excursions to NorthPark Center, the Arts District, Oak Cliff and Klyde Warren Park; ventured to the museums and even took in Gaybingo on Saturday night, in addition to exploring the gayborhood and its nightlife.

It only took three days to do all this, and lots more; Steven Lindsey — himself a travel journalist (and frequent Dallas Voice contributor) — organizing a full but not overwhelming experience for them. So keep an eye out for stories appearing in Curve, The Out Traveler, Man About World and other gay pubs around the world in the coming months.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Local out rapper Infidelix drops a couple of songs before heading to Amsterdam

Bryan Rodecker AKA Infiidelix has dropped a couple of new songs before heading out to Amsterdam to film the video for his “Weed Song.” Unfortunately, the Denton-based artist is not going on a label’s dime, he and his beau have been saving to do this so it’s part vacation, part business, but Rodecker told me he’s scored some gigs already.

“We are really going there to have fun, but I refuse to travel without performing,” he said. “So in return I booked myself shows every night we’re there from open mic to hip-hop to poetry. You could say I’m going there for a bunch of reasons.”

Indeed. Not only is he planning the trip to film his music video, he’s been dabbling in spoken word and poetry and is making plans to film those performances as well.

“We are gonna try to shoot as many vids as possible. I really wanna film some poetry, a gay travel blog and a weed and hotel blog.” he said.

Because weed is legal in Amsterdam and, well, Infidelix, has his vices. Plus, Amsterdam is on his travel bucket list. In the meantime, enjoy that song and “The Darkness,” also a new track, after the jump. You can also see some of his spoken word work on his YouTube Channel here.

—  Rich Lopez

AMSTERDAM: Hundreds March In Protest Of Rise In Anti-Gay Violence

Led by well-known drag performers, hundreds marched in Amsterdam today in protest of the city’s recent rash of violence against LGBT citizens. The rally was organized by the LGBT group Right To Feel Safe. Posters with the details of each of the attacks were affixed to street poles at the incidents’ locations along the march route. A fuller account of today’s action can be found in Dutch here.

(Tipped by JMG reader Tim)

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright