We here at Grindr are making our bow into the jet-setting world of gay travel today as we announce the winners of our first annual Grindr Gay Travel Awards.
First off, we owe a big thanks to our users because it was you guys who selected most of our winners. And we know you’re the experts, after all — you’ve told us about how Grindr is an essential part of your travel kit. So to those of you who clicked “More” and took our poll after seeing our broadcast message asking you about the gayest locales: We appreciate your participation.
Besides presenting awards to the democratically voted best gay hot spots, the Grindr team has decided to honor two cities in particular as the Best Destinations to Get Married. Provincetown, Mass., is our stateside selection. We’re giving P-town the nod because Massachusetts was the first U.S. state to legalize gay marriage way back in 2004. Buenos Aires, Argentina, is our international pick; we chose the city because we wanted to commend Argentina for being the first Latin American nation to legalize gay marriage.
Additionally, we’re regaling Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the title of Best Gay Pride Celebration. After all, the Guinness Book of World Records named Sao Paulo’s celebration as the biggest pride parade in the known universe in ’06. Kinda can’t argue with that one.
This week, Grindr is in Florinopolis, Brazil, at the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association‘s Annual Global Convention to present those and the rest of our Grindr Gay Travel Awards, and we’ve got a lot of categories and a lot of cities to honor. So without further adieu, the envelope, please …
Gayest U.S. City: New York
Gayest International City: London
Best U.S. Gay Beach: Miami
Best International Gay Beach: Rio de Janeiro
Best U.S. Gay Resort: Palm Springs, Calif.
U.S. City With the Best Gay Festivals: San Francisco
International City With the Best Gay Festivals: Sydney
Hottest U.S. Grindr Guys: Los Angeles
Hottest International Grindr Guys: Tel Aviv
So to all of our winners, congratulations, and stay gay … and to everyone else, remember: There’s always next year, so if you haven’t started yet, get gay already!