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Gay & Lesbian Calendar of Events - 2014

Last year proved a great year for the LGBTQ community with powerful strides made in several areas - civic, legal and cultural. Our truth continues to resonate with our families, communities and governments around the world and we're not slowing down in 2014 either.

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Gay & Lesbian Events Calendar
Steven Talbott

Nothing illustrates the efforts, causes and community quite like a calendar of top gay & lesbian events scheduled to take place this year. From pride festivals to fundraisers and over-the-top parties and celebrations, you should definately consider these events as you plan your vacations, getaways and travel adventures for 2014.

Most event listings below include a link to the official website of the event where you can find detailed information to help you plan your travel. I recommend seeking the professional services of your gay or lesbian travel professional who will plan every detail based on your needs. There are hundreds of gay travel experts with personal experience, destination knowledge and supplier relationships that can equate to some pretty awesome perks and upgrades for you.

Calendar of Gay, Lesbian Bisexual, Transgender Events, Parties & Festivals of 2014

February 25 – March 5, 2014: Sitges Carnival

Spain+ Vienna
Acknowledged by the straight and gay press as Spain's wildest party, the Sitges Carnival entertains even the most demanding visitor. Its most popular days see the streets of the fishing village cum popular gay resort packed with around 250,000 revellers.

February 27 – March 2, 2014: Fetish Pride Italy
Italy + Rome
Rome goes leather and rubber for 5 days of fetish fun all over the city.

February 27 – March 4, 2014: Karneval
Germany + Cologne
THE event of the year in Cologne. It sets the whole city completely out of normal order for almost a week, starting on Thursday morning and ending at early Wednesday morning.

February 28 – March 4, 2014: Carnaval
Brazil + Bahia + Salvador
Very popular carnaval celebration.

February 28 – March 4, 2014: Carnival Rio
Brazil + Bahia + Rio De Janeiro
The world most famous Carnival is creating an exploding vibe along Rio. With different gay club and street parties (Ipanema) and of course the world famous samba parades at the Sambadrome.

February 28 – March 4, 2014: Gay Mardi Gras
USA + Louisiana + New Orleans
Gay Mardi Gras at New Orleans is a gay carnival festival in the famous French Quarter. Mardi Gras day or Fat Tuesday is the traditional day for masking.

March 1-2, 2014: Pridefest South Florida
USA + Florida + Fort Lauderdale
PrideFest South Florida is the annual celebration and tribute to the LGBT community and its unique culture. It is taking place at the very popular The War Memorial Auditorium and Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale.

March 5-10, 2014: Winter Party Miami
USA + Florida + Miami
Winter Party Festival is a celebration of social and cultural events (including art, dance, music, food/wine) benefiting the gay community. The week of events culminates with The Beach Party, a dance party attended by over 4,500 visitors in South Beach.

March 7-16, 2014: Carnival
Spain +Gran Canaria
The Maspalomas Carnival is an annual festival, taking place at the infamous Yumbo Center. It's mixed, but due to the dominant gay crowds, as Yumbo is the Gay Centre of Gran Canaria, it has a firm pink element to it. All the gay bars and clubs host special events.

March 12-16, 2014: Elevation Mammoth Gay Ski Week
USA + California + Mammoth Lakes
Yearly gay ski week in Mammoth California with about 2000 gays attending.

March 20-23, 2014: Amsterdam Bear Pride
The Netherlands + North Holland + Amsterdam
Amsterdam Bear Pride celebrate its first event from 20-23th March 2014 in Amsterdam. Many venues and parties are joining the Amsterdam Bear Pride. Book now your trip to Amsterdam and don't miss the party of the year.

March 22-29, 2014: European Gay Ski Week
France + Alpe de Huez
The European Gay Ski Week is now held in the resort of Alpe d'Huez. Expect a week of snow fun, and various gay parties and activities.

March 22-29, 2014: European Snow Pride
France + Tignes
The European Snow Pride 2014: Europe's most incredible winter sports festival gathering hundreds of gay guys from all over Europe and beyond. A gay ski week taking place in the gay friendly, world class and snowsure resort of Tignes, in the Espace Killy.

March 22-29, 2014: Gay Snow Happening
Austria + Sölden
International gay ski event at Sölden, Austria. With different parties and events throughout the week.

March 23-30, 2014: LA Fetish Pride
USA + California + Los Angeles
Los Angeles Leather Pride is a full week of sizzling leather and fetish events, including parties and the Mr Leather election.

April 5-6, 2014: Phoenix Gay Pride
USA + Arizona + Phoenix
The Phoenix LGTB gay pride festival.

April 11-13, 2014: Miami Beach Gay Pride
USA + Arizona + Phoenix
The gay pride of Miami Beach. The parade route will run from 5th to 15th Street on Ocean Drive, ending at the Miami Beach Pride Festival and Expo.

April 13-15, 2014: Songtran Thai New Year
Thailand + Bangkok
Songkran is a Thai traditional New Year which starts on April 13 every year and lasts for 3 days. It is also known as the "Water Festival" as people believe that water will wash away bad luck. With that in mind, it is not hard to understand why the streets outside Silom, where all the gay bars are, are packed

April 15-22, 2014: Easter Leather Week
Germany + Berlin
Berlin turns into fetish for the wildest and most kinky Week ever. Gays from all over Europe pack there leather, rubber, skingear, uniform or other fetish clothing and fly to Berlin for the BLF | ECMC Leather & Fetish WEEK.

April 16-21, 2014: Bearcelona
Spain + Barcelona
International Bears weekend in Barcelona, with themed parties, buffets, saunas and tours.

April 20, 2014: Gay Easter Parade
USA + Louisiana + New Orleans
Benefit gay parade through the French Quarter.

April 24-27, 2014: Claw Leather Awareness
USA + Ohio + Cleveland
The Cleveland Leather Awareness is an annual charity leather weekend in Cleveland, with different warehouse parties, auctions, fetish parties, a vendor mart, field trips and banquets.

April 25-28, 2014: White Party Palm Springs
USA + California + Palm Springs
White Party Palm Springs has evolved into the most widely recognized gay celebration on the planet and attracts more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe.

April 26, 2014: Kings Day
The Netherlands + Amsterdam
With Willem Alexander and Maxima becoming King and Queen of Holland in 2013, the traditional Dutch national holiday Queensday, has become King's Day (Koningsdag in Dutch).

April 30 – May 4, 2014: Sleazy Madrid
Spain + Madrid
SLEAZYMADRID is the main Spanish gathering of international fetish men which takes place in the country´s capital during MayDay weekend.

May 6-10, 2014: Eurovision Song Contest
Denmark +Copenhagen
The most watched, loved, hated, talked about, campiest, overdressed song contest in the world: Eurovision. After Danish singer Emelie de Forest won in 2013 with her Teardrops, Copenhagen Denmark will host the 59th edition of Eurovision Songcontest in 2014.

May 6 – June 8, 2014: Capital Pride
USA + Washington, D.C.
Gay pride festival of Washington with the gay pride parade on Saturday and the Pride Festival on Sunday.

May 9-12, 2014: Purple Party
USA + Texas + Dallas
Annual gay circuit party weekend with several parties at different venues and an international DJ line up. All profits go the HIV/AIDS charity.

May 17, 2014: The Belgian Pride
Belgium + Brussels
3 days of party, parade, brunch, breaking a world record, culture, shopping, debates, conferences and more in the heart of Europe.

May 18, 2014: NY Aids Walk
USA + New York +New York City
Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

May 19-26, 2014: Gay Pride Maspalomas
Spain + Gran Canaria
Maspalomas Gay Pride has become the second largest gay event of Spain (after the one in Madrid). For a week, different cultural and political activities and drag shows are held on the island.

May 22-26, 2014: Memorial Weekend
USA + Florida + Pensacola
The summer Circuit starts in Pensacola Beach, Florida each year with a weekend of summer fun. With a big beach event and Abracadabra at the Pensacola Civic Center. The weekend offers top tier Circuit talent.

May 23-26, 2014: International Mr Leather
USA + Illinois + Chicago
The world's hottest leathermen will come together to compete for the title of International Mr. Leather, in Chicago.

May 24-25, 2014: Birmingham Gay Pride
United Kingdom + Birmingham
Gay pride weekend at Birmingham. It's certainly a weekend to remember and with over 70,000 visitors to the event each year.

May 29 – June 1, 2014: Amsterdam Fetish Pride
The Netherlands +Amsterdam
Amsterdam celebrates Fetish Pride. Many bars, clubs, shops, restaurant and enterprise are participating the Amsterdam Fetish Pride.

May 31, 2014: FierteOurs Bear Pride
France + Paris
International gay bear and their admirers festival. With the election of Mr. Bear.

May 31, 2014: Lifeball
Austria + Vienna
The biggest European Charity event concerning the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Lifeball gateres around 40.000 visiters outside the Vienna Cityall for a fashion show. holder of the Lifeball pass enter the Cityhall after this, were the party will start and excentric even kinky party people enjoy live acts, international DJs and the rich buffets.

June 3-10, 2014: Disney Gay Days
USA + Florida + Orlando
Since 1991, gay men and lesbians from around the world have converged in and around Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the Disney Gay Days, an entire weekend of exciting events centered around area theme parks and attractions.

June 5-8, 2014: One Mighty Weekend
USA + Florida + Orlando
Johnny Chisholm returns with One Mighty Weekend. Three nights with the biggest circuit party DJs at Arabian Nights, during Disney Gay Days.

June 6-8, 2014: Los Angeles Pride
USA + California + Los Angeles
Thousands of gay pride festival attendees are expected in the heart of West Hollywood (LA) to revel amongst world-class headlining entertainment.

June 6-8, 2014: Razzle Dazzle
USA + Texas + Dallas
Razzle Dazzle is a fun-filled gay pride celebration early June. The festival includes in- and outdoor parties and charity fundraisers, pub crawls, a Wine & Dog Walk, a fair, Tea Dances, and a Mr. and Miss Razzle Dazzle Dallas party.

June 6-16, 2014: Boston Pride
USA + Massachusetts + Boston
Boston Gay pride festival.

June 7, 2014: Honolulu Gay Pride
USA + Hawaii + Honolulu
The Annual Honolulu Gay Pride Parade.

June 7-8, 2014: Motor City Pride
USA + Michigan + Detroit
Motor City Pride is a volunteer-driven event celebrating the lives of Michigan’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender citizens. A weekend packed with multiple events including a family picnic, golf outing, Commitment Ceremony, parade, and beer garden.

June 8-13, 2014: Tel Aviv Gay Pride
Israel + Tel Aviv
Think rainbow colors, funky music and dancing in the streets -the annual Gay Pride Parade, now in its tenth year, once again lent glamor to the streets of Tel Aviv.

June 11-15, 2014: Key West Gay Pride
USA + Florida + Key West
Join us for Key West Pride and enjoy dance parties, drag shows, bike tours, water excursions, a street fair, and even a parade through town. Our Miss Pride, Mr Pride and Ms Pride competitions are infamous for their fun and their skin. Make your plans now to attend Key West Pride.

June 12-15, 2014: Sitges Gay Pride
Spain + Sitges
Sitges, the popular gay destination south of Barcelona, has now its own gay pride. With a big street parade on Saturday.

June 13-21, 2014: Shanghai Pride
China + Shanghai
Shanghai gay pride festival with a main event and after party on the last Saturday.

June 14, 2014: Vienna Gay Pride
Austria + Vienna
As every big European City, vienna has its annual Gay Pride. The highlight of Vienna Pride will be the Rainbow Parade on the Saturday along the Vienna Ringstrasse. It will culminate at the "Pride Party", which will be held in various Vienna clubs.

June 14-15, 2014: Portland Pride
USA + Oregon + Portland
Gay pride festival of Portland, Oregon

June 14-15, 2014: Stadtfest Berlin
Germany + Berlin
Under the slogan »Equal Rights for the Unequal«, Berlin´s Rainbow Fund will present its annual Lesbian and Gay Festival - Europe's largest - this coming June. As usual, it´s being held in the traditional gay stomping ground around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg.

June 14-29, 2014: Gay Pride Dublin
Ireland + Dublin
Gay Pride Dublin is the Climax of three pride weeks, with the big parade on the last Saturday, right through the Irish capital.

June 19-22, 2014: Gay Pride Week / CSD Berlin
Germany + Berlin
Christopher Street Day is Berlin's gay pride. It is the end of Pride Week / CSD Berlin. The big parade on the last Saturday of Pride week will follow a route from the Kurfurstendamm to the Siegesäule. At night a big Pride party will close CSD.

June 20-22, 2014: Gay Pride New Orleans
USA + Louisiana + New Orleans
The New Orleans gay pride, with the parade on Sunday.

June 20-29, 2014: Europride
Norway + Oslo
Europride 2014 will take place at the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

June 20-29, 2014: Skeive Dager (Oslo gay pride)
Norway + Oslo
The yearly gay and lesbian festival in Oslo.

June 20-29, 2014: WorldPride at Toronto
Canada + Ontario + Toronto
Toronto welcomes the world as we celebrate the international LGBTTIQQ2SA community and advocate for equality around the world.

June 28, 2014: Cleveland Pride
USA + Ohio + Cleveland
The Cleveland Gay Pride Leading

June 28-29, 2014: San Francisco Gay Pride
USA + California + San Francisco
San Francisco has got a two-day Celebration and a Parade. The Two-Day Celebration takes place at San Francisco's Civic Center area on Saturday and Sunday

June 28-29, 2014: Seattle Gay Pride
USA + Washington + Seattle
Gay pride festival of Seattle

June 28-29, 2014: Twin Cities Pride
USA + Minnesota + Minneapolis
After the NYC & San Francisco Twin City Pride in Minneapolis is the third largest pride festival in the national with aprox 450,000 people attending every year and this year marks are 41st year since it started.

June 28 – July 5, 2014: Independence Weekend
USA + Massachusetts + Provincetown
P-Town's Hottest July 4th Celebration at the premier nightclub complex The Crown & Anchor. More nights and more DJs, 8 days, 8 different DJs.

July 3-6, 2014: Gay Pride (Orgullo Madrid)
Spain + Madrid
The gay pide - or Orgullo in Spanish - in Madrid is one of the biggest and most popular prides in Europe. The parade is attended by 1.500.000 people every year. The street parties at Plaza Chueca attracted 300.000 people.

July 4-6, 2014: Cologne Gay Pride
Germany + Cologne
The very popular gay pride / CSD Christopher Street Day in Cologne (Köln / Koeln) which attracts hundred of thousands of gay men and women from all over Europe.

July 7-13, 2014: Fetish Week London
United Kingdom + London
London's own gay fetish week. With a host of special events and bar nights taking place throughout the week, plus 6 official Fetish Week parties, you can be sure that this is the one week that you won’t want to miss.

July 12-20, 2014: CSD Munich
Germany + Munich
The Munich / München gay pride offers a street parade with street party afterwards. Check out the website for the full line up of events and gay parties around town.

July 18-20, 2014: CSD Frankfurt
Germany + Frankfurt
The CSD (Gay pride) of Frankfurt is traditionally held during the second half of July. Check out the gay pride's website for the full program of events and parties in the economical capital of Germany.

July 18 – 20, 2014: Sand Blast Weekend
USA + New Jersey + Asbury Park
Annual gay circuit beach festival at Asbury Park, New Jersey (40 miles south of New York).

July 18 – 27, 2014: CSD Stuttgart
Germany + Stuttgart
The CSD (Gay Pride) of Stuttgart

July 21, 2014: Roze Maandag
The Netherlands + Holland + Tillburg
One of the biggest gay events in Holland, the Roze Maandag is a special gay Monday on the biggest fairground of Europe. Many special parties all over town, and many, many gay guys on the streets. Roze Maandag is not to be missed!

July 25 – August 2, 2014: Belfast Gay Pride Festival
United Kingdom + Belfast
The gay pride festival of Belfast, with events, parties and the main parade on Saturday

July 27, 2014: Up Your Alley
USA + California + San Francisco
San Francisco gay street fair. The fair is located in San Francisco's SoMa district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets, the adjoining block of Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper Streets and on to Tenth St.

July 31 – August 3, 2014: Amsterdam Gay Pride
The Netherlands + Amsterdam
Amsterdam Gay Pride / We Are Proud Amsterdam is one of the most special and the biggest pride events around the world. During the first weekend of August, you can always enjoy a series of circuit parties, street parties and (of course) the world's only gay Canal Parade.

August 3, 2014: Vancouver Gay Pride
Canada + British Columbia + Vancouver
The Vancouver Gay Pride Parade will start in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The Parade begins at 12:00, on Sunday at Robson and Thurlow, heads West down the hill to Denman street, follows Denman to Pacific and Beach Avenue and finishes at the Sunset Beach Festival Site.

August 9-16, 2014: 2014 Gay Games
USA + Ohio + Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio USA was awarded with the 2014 Gay Games. More than 15.000 jocks, gay and lesbian men and women are expected to compete in several sports. Cleveland's 2014 Gay Games IX Sports & Cultural Festival is scheduled to take place Aug. 9-16, 2014. The event will feature 30 sports, four cultural events, opening and closing ceremonies, and community and cultural events throughout the region.

August 12-17, 2014: Dunas Festival
Spain + Gran Canaria
The Dunas Festival is a gay socio-cultural festival wich the meaning is to enhance meetings and exchanges proposing a week of activities going from theme nights to pool parties, including restaurants dinners, cocktails, shows, gay boat cruise, exhibition, excursion... The cultural part of it is in french but everything else is open to everybody.

August 14-17, 2014: Tropical Heat Key West
USA + Florida + Key West
Tropical Heat is Key West’s hottest event for men. What can you do during four days of all-male themed parties and adult-oriented entertainment? Find out on this tropical island that exudes tropical heat.

August 15-17, 2014: Ascension Fire Island
USA + New York + Fire Island Pines
Beach Party Weekend at the Fire Island Pines, NY. 3 Days of world class parties in the nation's premier gay resort.

August 16-22, 2014: Carinval
USA + Massachusetts + Provincetown
Carnival celebrations at the East Coast top summer gay resort. Parties and festivities all week long.

August 20-24, 2014: XLsior
Greece + Mykonos
LifeZONE Events is proud to present for a new edition of the most Glamorous International Dance Festival of the summer, the XLsior Festival in Mykonos. The Best European events in one of the most beautiful island in the world promise to make unforgettable summer holidays.

August 22-25, 2014: Manchester Gay Pride
United Kingdom + Manchester
Manchester Gay Pride is maybe not that well known, but it is one of the best in Europe! All bars and clubs are located in the Gay Village around Canalstreet. During pride the whole block is sealed off.

August 22 – September 1, 2014: Calgary Gay Pride
Canada + Alberta + Calgary
The Calgary gay pride last a week with various events, the highlight is the parade on Sunday and the street party afterwards at Shaw Millennium Park grounds.

August 27 – September 1, 2014: Southern Decadence
USA + Louisiana + New Orleans
Southern Decadence is Labor Day Weekend in the New Orleans French Quarter. With gay parties in and around the famous Bourbon Street, shows, and the Southern Decadence Parade on Sunday and the closing party at the Bourbon Pub.

August 28-31, 2014: Pink Lake Festival
Austria + Wörthersee
Wörthersee will play host to the PINK LAKE Festival. As the summer draws to a close, Carinthia and the Wörthersee Region. With the expected visitors from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, England and other countries, this festival is certain to become a great international event.

August 30 – September 1, 2014: Splash Days
USA + Texas + Austin
Labour Day Weekend gay weekend with several circuit, beach and pool parties.

September 2-8, 2014: Gay Days Las Vegas
USA + Nevada + Las Vegas
The Las Vegas event will include a Travel-Retail Expo, pool parties, and events all around town with a portion of proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.

September 4-7, 2014: Bears on Ice
Iceland + Reykjavik
This four day bears event will kick off with an Opening Party on Thursday. On Friday we´ll go on a Geothermal sightseeing tour to see shooting geysers and Iceland´s most beautiful waterfall and Friday night we´ll make sure everyone will get their top off at the BEARS ON ICE Furry Friday party. We will also go on a trip to the world famous geothermal Blue Lagoon and in the evening we´ll make sure everyone dances their ass off at the Saturday Central Party. BEARS ON ICE finishes with Sunday Farewell Brunch.

September 5-6, 2014: Las Vegas Pride
USA + Nevada + Las Vegas
Las Vegas Gay Pride Parade is Friday & Festival is Saturday noon to 10pm. @ 500 so. Grand Central Prkwy. Maybe it is a gamble... Parade starts on 4th street at west charlston and goes along 4th street to Ogden. The main stage is at bridger just 2 blocks south of freemnot street experience.

September 5-14, 2014: International Bears Week
Spain + Sitges
Bears Stiges presents annual international bear meetings, with several parties and events.

September 21, 2014: Dallas Gay Pride
USA + Texas + Dallas
One of the biggest pride celebrations on the southern half of the USA.

September 21, 2014: Folsom Street Fair
USA + California + San Francisco
The Folsom Street Fair takes place during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week, eight days of leather at the end of September. This is a week's worth of intense activity, with the Folsom Street Fair being the crowning finale to a festive time!

September 29 – October 5, 2014: Orlando Pride
USA + Florida + Orlando
Orlando Pride is a week long celebration starting Monday October 1 with a film festival continuing on to nightly events and official parties, leading to the main street festival, parade, stage entertainment and fireworks on Saturday. Main event at 100 N. Rosalind avenue

October 11-12, 2014: Atlanta Pride
USA + Georgia + Atlanta
Gay pride of Atlanta

October 13-19, 2014: Maspalomas Fetish Week
Spain + Gran Canaria
The Maspalomas Gay Fetish Week is a yearly event by several bars and clubs, with parties and events in and around the Yumbo centrum.

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