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#Instacute – The 30 Most Adorable Photos From Gay ‘Family Week’ in Provincetown


It's Family Week here in Provincetown - with Family Equality Council and COLAGE welcoming LGBTQ parents, children and friends from around the world to this beautiful beach town at the tip of Cape Cod.

With a schedule full of outdoor adventures, Chevy test drives, family dances, beach campfires, and pajama party movie nights, there've been plenty of activities to entertain kids and adults alike. 

We've picked out 30 of our favorite photos from the fun and festive week, which you can check out AFTER THE JUMP...

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at TLRD for more photos from Provincetown this summer. And if you're interested in finding out what this town will be up to throughout the month of August, click HERE.


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August Has Arrived: If You're Headed to Provincetown, Sign Up With Us at RSVPtown!

Is it August already? We've been having an amazing time meeting so many of our readers and making new friends in Provincetown this summer and wanted to remind those of you who are coming in August to sign up for Towleroad's Pop-Up Gay Summer Camp at RSVPtown because we'll have special deals from local merchants, plus more tickets and summer books to give away all the way through Labor Day weekend.

And if you're in town and haven't signed up please come by our Camp Cart in front of the Crown & Anchor at 247 Commercial Street and say hi, pick up a beach bag, and have a photo taken with your friends!

Some shows of interest this month: Channing

CAROL CHANNING AND TOMMY TUNE on August 7th at Town Hall Auditorium: "Two Broadway legends. One unforgettable night. Tony Award winners Carol Channing and Tommy Tune come together and make their Provincetown debut for an evening of conversation and stories. The performance will chronicle Ms. Channing’s phenomenal career, moderated by Nine Time Tony Award winner song and dance man Tommy Tune. Who can ask for anything more?"

AUDITION co-hosted by DRAG RACE WINNER BIANCA DEL RIO on August 5 at Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor: "Legendary performer Kevin Aviance and drag superstar Marti Gould Cummings have descended upon Provincetown to host AUDITIONS, a new weekly talent and variety show for the Cape’s most talented (and sometimes deliciously talentless) acts."

SANDRA BERNHARD on August 10th & 11th at Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor: "The Crown & Anchor is thrilled to welcome back Sandra Bernhard, in her own one-of-a-kind live show, 'Sandyland,' that sharply blends theatre, rock-n-roll and stand-up with a little burlesque & cabaret. Sandra will appear in the Paramount Room on Sunday, August 10th and Monday, August 11th, 2014, as part of her current national tour. A compelling performer who loves to engage her audience with personal provocative and deeply emotional content, 'Sandyland' is not to be missed."

LINDA EDER on August 18th & 19th at Paramount Room, Crown & Anchor: "Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky, securing her spot as one of America's most beloved singers and dynamic live performers."

We'll be giving away tickets so sign up at RSVPtown and indicate the week you're coming to be eligible.

Special thanks to Fred Schneider's Monster Blend and Breyting Community Roaster for keeping us wired at our weekly Towleroad Pop-Up Gay Summer Camp coffee meet-ups. You all may remember Fred Schneider from the B-52s. Now he's making his own coffee. Check it out and order some here!

Out friends at the Kiehl's store (250 Commercial Street) tell us that on August 9 and 10 you can get 15% off your purchase and Kiehl's will donate it to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. This is a discount available everywhere, not only in Provincetown!

LittlereefThis week's featured summer reading giveaway is LITTLE REEF (AND OTHER STORIES) by Michael Carroll.

From Key West to Maine, Michael Carroll’s debut collection of stories depicts the lives of characters who are no longer provincial but are not yet cosmopolitan. These women and their gay male friends are “B-listers” of a new, ironic, media-soaked culture. They live in a rich but increasingly divided America, a weirdly paradoxical country increasingly accepting of gay marriage but still marked by prejudice, religious strictures, and swaths of poverty and hopelessness. Carroll shows us people stunned by the shock of the now, who have forgotten their pasts and can’t envision a future.

We're also giving away copies of CARSICK: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters (Macmillan), THE TALKING DAY by Michael Klein (Sibling Rivalry Press), WASN'T TOMORROW WONDERFUL by Kenneth Walsh (Magnus Books), THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), PLAYING BY THE BOOK by S. Chris Shirley (Magnus Books), and JONATHAN, a journal of gay men's fiction also from Sibling Rivalry Press. Jonathan is a journal featuring short fiction by queer male writers.

Carnival Week is coming!

Sign up at RSVPtown so you won't miss anything, and make sure to indicate which weeks you are coming to be eligible for special giveaways!

Growl Over These 100 Hairy, Sexy, Blissed-Out Instagram Pics from 'Bear Week' in Provincetown: PHOTOS


Bear Week in Provincetown is underway and the nation's furriest gay crowd has come together on this glorious spit of land at the tip of Cape Cod to eat, dance, drink, romance, and share a lot of big sweaty bear hugs. We've rounded up 100 of the woofiest shots you'll find on Instagram.

Perhaps you'll spot a lawmaker, skin care mogul, blogger, or p*rnstar in the crowd.

Check em all out, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if YOU are at Bear Week in Provincetown come to Towleroad's coffee meet-up on Friday from 9-11:30 am at the Central House restaurant at the Crown & Anchor (247 Commercial) and meet literary legend Armistead Maupin and Joe.My.God blogger Joe Jervis who are our special guests, along with Andy Towle and Michael Goff.

And be sure to follow us on Instagram at TLRD!


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Towleroad Pop-Up Summer Camp in Provincetown: Bear Week is Here!


We've been having an amazing time in Provincetown! Follow us on Instagram at TLRD where we have been posting some of our favorite photos from our Camp Cart at the Crown & Anchor and around town.

Headed here for BEAR WEEK?

MaupinMake sure to sign up at RSVPtown because we have a whole bunch of tickets and special summer books to give away, plus a deluxe Kiehl's gift box with a generous range of products perfect to groom all that fur. And everyone who signs up can stop by our Camp Cart and say hello, pick up a beach bag featuring deals from local merchants, our Towleroad 'Ptown Hacks' booklet, and a deluxe sample from Kiehl's. And have one of our Camp Counselors Patrick or Elliott take your photo with friends.

Sign up now because we're picking winners tomorrow!

Congrats to Towleroad readers Kenton L., Stephen T., Alan S., Colin S., Ross D., Austin D. Stephen S. James L. Steve N. Michael T. and Brad L. who won our giveaways last week.


Those who sign up at RSVPtown have a chance to win tickets to see literary legend Armistead Maupin tell tales from his years as a writer along with some readings from his latest works on July 13th or July 18th.

We also have tickets to Mauled: The Bears of Comedy on July 14, Peter Bisuito's My Big Funny Peter on July 16, and the Atomic Bombshells on July 17th.


To kick your summer reading schedule into high gear we're giving away some of this year's hottest books.

This week's featured book is CARSICK: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, by John Waters. "A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo." We have five copies to give away!

We're also giving away copies of THE TALKING DAY by Michael Klein (Sibling Rivalry Press), THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and JONATHAN, a journal of gay men's fiction also from Sibling Rivalry Press. Jonathan is a journal featuring short fiction by queer male writers.

You are ONLY eligible for giveaways if you've signed up at RSVPtown and for THE WEEKS YOU INDICATED you would be in Provincetown on your RSVPtown sign up. All giveaways will be drawn at random from those eligible.


Celebrate Kiehl's in Provincetown with Kiehl's President Chris Salgardo at a special party on TUESDAY, JULY 15, at 2 pm at their new shop at 200 Commercial Street! The first 25 customers in line win a special gift card valued up to $500. With complimentary healthy skin checks, and refreshments. Chris will make a special donation! Don't miss it!


And if you're in town SATURDAY JULY 12, try to make it over to Sixty Special Gallery at 145 Commercial St. for the opening of our friend Tom Ward's show of Caravaggio-channeling  self-polaroids from 1994. Reception is at 7pm and the show is up until August 3.


Join us for our weekly Friday morning coffee meet-up on JULY 18 from 9 - 11 am at the Central House restaurant at The Crown & Anchor Inn. This week's guest is our friend and fellow blogger Joe Jervis who writes Joe.My.God! Come meet Joe along with Towleroad's Andy Towle and Michael Goff and enjoy some coffee to start your Friday!

And thanks to David Mixner for joining us at this week's coffee!




Andrew Sullivan Faces Off With Prop 8 Plaintiffs, 'Case Against 8' Filmmakers: VIDEO


The HBO documentary The Case Against 8, which chronicles the legal challenge to California’s Proposition 8, debuted on television earlier this week and also made an appearance last weekend at the Provincetown International Film Festival. Blogger and activist Andrew Sullivan sat down with two of the Prop. 8 plaintiffs, Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, along with filmmakers Ryan White and Ben Cotner (our Jacob Combs interviewed them here) for a panel discussing the film. Sullivan challenged the panel, taking issue with what he saw as “propaganda.”

Particularly, Sullivan was concerned with how the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) along with its co-founder, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, were portrayed, calling the film “a PR campaign for AFER, for Chad Griffin” and “a PR campaign for this case and against anyone else’s.”

Out Magazine reports:

From the first moments of the discussion, the room was thick with tension. It’s easy to understand the anxiety given Sullivan’s first-out-of-the-gate lambasting of Jo Becker, the journalist also embedded in the legal proceedings, who wrote the book Forcing the Spring. Sullivan (and many other journalists with an historical eye for the fight for marriage equality) excoriated Becker, AFER, and now-HRC president Griffin for attempting to sideline the 30 years of equality struggles, calling Griffin a “Rosa Parks” figure, and essentially suggesting that the fight for marriage equality began and ended with AFER’s case. It was immediately apparent that Sullivan viewed this film in much the same manner that he viewed the Becker book...

What was described as a discussion with filmmakers ultimately ended up being quite one-sided. Sullivan said, “The unfairness is that the people who were involved in [United States v. Windsor, the case in which SCOTUS determined that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional] that worked to achieve the real result, barely even exist in this movie,” said Sullivan, “that the entire other groups who’ve been planning and working on this for 25 years are depicted in thus movie as ornery obstacles to the vision of Chad Griffin.”

As the air grew rancorous, one of the plaintiffs from Hollingsworth v. Perry, Sandra Stier, commented, 

"One of the things that saddened me is within our movement there is huge disagreement over whose story is more valid, whose story should get more attention, who tried harder, who’s been a bigger contributor,” she continued while Sullivan shook his head in disagreement. “I would just like to say to all of you is that Sandy and I set out to make a contribution to the degree we were able to make one." 

Sullivan also took to his blog to discuss the film, noting that in his view, The Case Against 8 is,

“a movie not about a civil rights moment, he argues, but about “the values of show business and mass marketing.” And when you’re marketing something, you show no wrinkles or flaws. You carefully stage every single thing to advance the product.”

You can watch the full discussion between Sullivan and the Case Against 8 filmmakers and Prop 8 plaintiffs, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Towleroad's Pop-Up Gay Summer Camp in Provincetown: See You Starting Next Week


Congrats to Towleroad readers Ryan P. from San Diego and Stuart S. from New York City who won our first giveaway of Platinum Passes to INDEPENDENCE week at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown next week.

Sign up now at RSVPtown if you're coming any time this summer.

LifeguardIf you're heading up to Ptown next week we'll be out front at the Crown from 12-5 starting on July 2. Please stop by and say hello, pick up a beach bag, and have your photo taken with friends.

And next week we're also having an Independence Day Towleroad coffee MEET-UP at the Crown & Anchor on Friday, July 4 from 9:30-11 AM. So, those of you who are early risers and also those of you doing the walk of shame back to your hotels, please stop by the Central Station Restaurant and say hi to Andy Towle and Michael Goff and have some coffee and a light bite with us to start off your 4th of July!

We're also giving away a few more tickets to next week's shows and parties, and we'll be drawing those winners tomorrow, so be sure to sign up if you haven't already at RSVPtown!

Tomorrow we'll be drawing for:

2 Tickets to the all-new Beach Party with DJ Abel on July 2 from 12-7 pm.

2 tickets to see Leslie Jordan for his shows on June 30 and July 1.

2 tickets to see Dina Martina on July 2.

2 tickets to Miss Richfield 1981 on July 3.

2 tickets to Audition with Kevin Aviance and Marti Gould Cummings on July 3.

For those of you wanting to buy tickets to any of the Crown events, discount tickets are still available until Saturday when they go up to full price.

We'll also be giving away a few books to help get your summer reading into gear: John Waters' Carsick, Michael Cunningham's The Snow Queen,  poet Michael Klein's The Talking Day, as well as gay blogger Kenneth Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? and S. Chris Shirley's novel Playing by the Book.

Carsick  Day Walsh Cunningham Playing

You are ONLY eligible for giveaways for THE WEEKS YOU INDICATED you would be in Provincetown on your RSVPtown sign up. All giveaways will be drawn at random from those eligible.


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