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Weekend Roundup: Hottest Travel Spots for Gay Families

Headed to Family Week in Ptown this year? Or is a family-friendly cruise more your speed? Whatever your preference, we're talking all things summer travel plan this weekend for gay men and their families. Check out our favorite family-friendly vacation spots, along with other travel-related hot topics in our latest weekend roundup:


Sign Up For an LGBT Family Camp!

This summer gay dads and their kids can enjoy camps specifically for their families: LGBT camps together with your kids or an LGBT camp for just your kids! Check out the different options and decide which one you and your family might like to attend. We bet everyone will have an awesome time and make friends for life!

 


Provincetown Family Week

Family week in Ptown is fast approaching! The annual festival---the largest gathering of LGBTQ families in the world---has family-friendly activities planned all week. It takes place July 29th-Aug. 5th this year. Book your accommodations soon! Spaces fill up fast.

 


Where are the Travel Ads for Gay Dads?

Glitter, sweaty boys, and fruity drinks are nice and all, but not exactly what we're looking for when we take our kids on vacation. (At least before bedtime...) So where are the travel ads that speak to LGBTQ families? Robert Taylor tackles the issue in this week's essay.

 

 


R Family Vacations

Started by Rosie O'Donnell and her then-partner Kelli Carpenter, R Family Vacations has been providing LGBTQ-friendly family cruises since 2003. The company has two vacations coming up this July: to Mexico and Alaska. Check out their website for availability and other info!

 

 


Take Your Tots on Globetrotting Adventure!

Organized tours not your thing? Get some inspiration from nomadic dads Michael and Floyd who took their 10-month-old twins on a worldwide adventure! You can follow this family’s adventures via their Instagram account, Facebook page, and stay tuned for Michael and Floyd’s book!

 

 

 


Next Weeks Guide: Gay Dads in the Media

Gay dads are ready for their closeup, Mr. Demille. Or so it would seem with the number of gay dads on T.V. lately! It got us wondering...What do you think of the representation of gay dads in media? Sound off at dads@gayswithkids.com.

 

 

 

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