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The Unexpected Story of a Gay Dentist Who Became Provincetown's Entertainment Impresario: VIDEO

Provincetown, Massachusetts has a longtime reputation for attracting visionary and enterprising individuals to its scenic shores at the tip of Cape Cod. Its history as an arts colony, its spectacular natural setting, and its appeal as a tourism mecca for gay and lesbian travelers have made it a cultural hotspot where creators, curators, and connectors come together each summer to work and live, exchange ideas, and just relax.

Towleroad and LEXUS have been bringing you their stories in our AskTell ACT series. Last week we featured the story of Towleroad founder Andy Towle's relationship with 'Ptown'. The week before we spoke with our friend Josh Patner at his Loveland boutique. And you can't miss the story of Rob and Loic, a gay binational couple who fell in love, quit their jobs, and opened their dream restaurant in town.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Today we're pleased to bring you the story of Rick Murray,  who moved to Provincetown full time more than two decades ago amid the HIV hysteria surrounding medical professionals in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Rick, a dentist at the time, decided to shut down his practice before moving to the Cape; not only were things being made difficult for those in his profession at the time, but he wanted to keep his patients safe, as it was uncertain in the early days of the crisis how HIV was transmitted.

Rick moved to Ptown and opened Mussel Beach Health Club and took ownership of The Crown & Anchor Inn.

It's hard to miss The Crown & Anchor Inn in Provincetown. The lively, colorful, and historic complex at the center of the town's Commercial Street is flanked in the afternoon by an assortment of Broadway performers and drag queens hawking their various shows and in the evening provides a street soundtrack of show tunes and tinkling melodies that waft to the street from the piano bar in its lobby. It's also a restaurant, a prime nightclub and must-not-miss party experience for those visiting over the 4th of July or other summer holiday weekends. Towleroad partnered with the Crown for our Summer Camp last year.

In the video above, Rick tells us how he made the show go on for The Crown and his own career. We hope you enjoy it.

And don't miss our earlier videos in this series:
> This Gay Couple Found Love, Quit Their Jobs, and Opened Their Dream Restaurant in Ptown
> Fashion Exec Left the Rat Race and Opened the Ideal Boutique in Provincetown
> Towleroad's Founder Extols the 'Unlimited Inspiration' He found in Provincetown

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Towleroad's Founder Extols the 'Unlimited Inspiration' He Found In Provincetown: VIDEO

Artists and writers have flocked to Provincetown "not just because it’s an amazingly beautiful place, but because people felt free to be themselves," says Towleroad’s own founder and editor, Andy Towle, who first landed there in 1991 for a writing fellowship at the town's Fine Arts Work Center, returning for inspiration from the culture, history, art, and people every summer for the past 23 years.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Towleroad spent much of last summer in 'Ptown' and got to know some of the people whose dreams have been brought to life by this unique place, and whose visions are helping make it the most popular destination in the country for LGBT vacationers.

Towleroad and LEXUS have been bringing you their stories in our AskTell ACT series. Last week it was our friend Josh Patner and his Loveland boutique. The week before we brought you the story of Rob and Loic, a gay binational couple who fell in love, quit their jobs, and opened their dream restaurant.

Today we’re especially pleased to present our own Andy Towle who prior to starting Towleroad ten years ago was a published poet, professional photographer, magazine editor, and a bartender at New York’s famous Splash Bar and Ptown's Boatslip. All of that along with a Stanford graduate writing fellowship and regular time in Provincetown is perhaps the most optimal resume for what we try to do on this site, presenting news of, by and for the LGBT audience.

Towleroad was at the forefront of the "blogging craze" ten years ago and has evolved into the most widely-read and respected gay news site online. As Andy says in the video, Towleroad has "allowed us to reach out with news to a lot of different people" over the years and we hope to do so for many more.

We hope you enjoy this opportunity to get to know our founder a little better in the video above.

And don't miss our earlier videos in this series:
> This Gay Couple Found Love, Quit Their Jobs, and Opened Their Dream Restaurant in Ptown
> Fashion Exec Left the Rat Race and Opened the Ideal Boutique in Provincetown

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This Gay Couple Found Love, Quit Their Jobs, and Opened Their Dream Restaurant in Provincetown: VIDEO

Provincetown, Massachusetts has a longtime reputation for attracting visionary and enterprising individuals to its scenic shores at the tip of Cape Cod. Its history as an arts colony, its spectacular natural setting, and its appeal as a tourism mecca for gay and lesbian travelers have made it a cultural hotspot where creators, curators, and connectors come together each summer to work and live, exchange ideas, and just relax.

RCF_LGBT_300x250_STATIC_112014Towleroad spent last summer in 'Ptown' and got to know some of the people whose dreams have been brought to life by this unique place, and whose visions are helping make it the most popular destination in the country for LGBT vacationers.

Towleroad and LEXUS are excited to bring you their stories over the next few weeks in our AskTell ACT series.

Today we'd like you to get to know Rob and Loic, a binational married couple who met in Provincetown and two years ago decided to pursue Rob's passions as a chef and Loic's ambitions as a business owner, renovating a restaurant in the center of town.

Their restaurant, The Canteen, has since become a go-to destination for foodies and tourists alike, hungry for its lobster rolls and fried brussels sprouts, its quaint backyard a serene oasis amid the chaos of the town's main drag, Commercial Street.

In the video above, Rob and Loic explain how they made their dreams a reality in the place they now call home.

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Towleroad Reader Travel Survey: Miami and Fort Lauderdale

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Are you someone who knows MIAMI or FORT LAUDERDALE either as a local or because you've visited recently or do so frequently? Please HELP US OUT.

Two weeks ago, we published a general travel survey. Thanks to all of you who filled it out. It was incredibly helpful in letting us know about what kinds of articles you would like to read, and also the places you are interested in.

We promised then that we would be following up with some surveys on specific destinations. Our first two are Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

We're hoping we can get to know what you love about these places and pass it along in future posts.

So please, tell us all about it by taking the surveys below, and thanks in advance!

MIAMI survey HERE.

FORT LAUDERDALE survey HERE.


New Greek Justice Minister Promises Legal Recognition For Same-Sex Couples

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 4.37.56 PMGreece’s new left-wing government is promising to grant same-sex couples legal status reports ABC News. Greece’s Justice Minister Nikolaos Paraskevopoulos, who just took office on Jan. 27, addressed parliament on Monday saying that civil partnerships, which were first legislated in 2008, would extend to gay couples but did not provide a timeframe for when the changes would occur.

The pledge comes two weeks after Greece’s left-wing Syriza party ousted conservatives in a general election and formed a coalition government with a right-wing, anti-bailout party, one which in the past has opposed awarding gay partners legal status. In 2013, the Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights awarded plaintiffs damages after they successfully challenged the Greek state over civil partnerships law.


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