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Chasing Sunsets

Far lung fun in Key West, Florida.

When it comes to a getaway that is unique, exotic, hedonistic, relaxing, and oh-so-gay, you can’t beat the Florida Keys and in particular, Key West. Drive there or ly there—either way you’ll be a world away from the world’s troubles. That diverse mix of Victorian, Conch, and Bahamian culture can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Charming bed-and-breakfasts, blue ocean, booze aplenty (and boats with booze!), this is one of my favorite places for fun—and romance, too. Because, those sunsets mean that every day is a chance to celebrate the passage of time in the ultimate spectacle of ephemeral natural beauty—with somebody special.

You’ve probably heard about the gay guesthouses for men but my pick for women is the Gardens Hotel, a lovely oasis on Angela Street, within easy walking distance of Key West’s infamous golden mile, Duval Street. Rich in history and architecture, the Gardens Hotel houses 23 guest suites set amidst a lush tropical garden and inground pool. A former private estate, the property has meandering grounds and lush, tropical landscaping that is always a pleasure to come home to. (gardenshotel.com)

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One of the most direct ways to be authentic is to demand visibility, and one of the most immediate ways to achieve that is through personal style. Fashion is an increasingly important form of expression for queer women. Recently, Nats Getty, a high-profile artist and LGBTQ rights activist—and the out-and-proud heir to the Getty fortune—launched her own label, Strike Oil. When I met Nats in New York she told me the motto of the label was Rise Early, Work Hard, Strike Oil. It’s a saying from the man who built the Getty empire, but Nats has repurposed it as a mantra for what she refers to as “the differents”—those of us who never truly fit in. Resourcefulness is, no doubt, a road to reward, but for Nats, and for so many of us, our sense of personal advancement is tied to the broader LGBTQ community. Strike Oil, with its colorful, street-inspired designs, channels Nat’s rebelliousness to help build a platform for LGBTQ individuals and to send a message to us to wear our identities proudly. So this spring, I hope you go out there and “strike oil” in whatever aspect of your life needs it the most..