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SUMMER

 

Hot Summer

LGBTQ Friendly Beach Towns

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

How LGBTQ Pride Will March On In 2021

Retrospective: Celebrities at Pride Events

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Summertime by Norah Jones

PFLAG: List of Camps for LGBTQ Youth

Fire Island Dance Festival

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Summer Season Explained

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens
Summertime is Here (1976)

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

 

Welcome Summertime
 

Welcome the summer with open arms and bare feet! The time of intense heat and humidity, tropical themes, and midsummer madness is here! Don your Hawaiian shirts, leis, shorts, and sandals! From Memorial Day to Independence Day, From Pride Month to Labor Day, the Summer Solstice is honored and celebrated with picnics, luaus, cookouts, parades, fireworks, and trips to the beach. Perhaps you'll find yourself surfing or sailing or just sipping pina coladas. This is the season of leisure, relaxation, and recreation. It is a time for reflection, recovery, and restoration. A time to regain our energy and refuel our passions.

 

 

LGBTQ Summer Band Camp

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

New Orleans: LGBTQ Festivals and Events

Auste and Sangaile

My Summer of Love

Summertime by Willie Nelson

Hot Summer

Summer of Mesa: Full Length Movie

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summer is Here by Eric Gadd

Travel Vlog: Sunny Days in California

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

Kevin and Moose: Long Hot Summer

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

Camp Brave Trails: LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Rainbow Camp Documentary

 

 

Season of Passion

 

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
-William Shakespeare

“Warm air throbbing with locust songs. Warm clouds screening the heaven's blue rifts. Warm sun shadowing overhead cloud drifts. Warm sky straining earth tethered at her cloud thongs. Far away a thrushes' choir trills. Far away the murmur of a river's rills. Drumming of the thunder fist. Coming of the rain mist. Peeping, creeping, leaping, sweeping o'er the weeping hot hills.”

-E.E. Cummings

“Today the Summer has come to my window with its sighs and murmurs; and the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove. I sing dedication to life in this silent and overflowing leisure.”
-Rabindranath Tagore

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
-Sam Keen

 

 

Month of LGBTQ Pride

 

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. In the LGBTQ community, it is one of the highlights of the summer season. It is a time of celebration, affirmation, solidarity, and empowerment.

 

LGBTQ Pride (or Gay Pride) is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBTQ rights movements and celebrations. Ranging from solemn to carnivalesque, pride events are typically held during June, which is LGBTQ Pride Month. Pride events typically include parades, marches, rallies, commemorations, concerts, community days, dance parties, and festivals.

 

 

New York City Pride

Provincetown LGBTQ Events

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Seattle Pride

Qords: LGBTQ Youth Music Camp in North Carolina

Summer Season Explained

Young Women Talk About Summertime

Chicago Pride Postponed

Summertime by Natalie King

Visit Florida: LGBTQ Getaway

Summer of Sangaile: Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

LGBTQ Friendly Beach Towns

Summer Reading: My Lesbian Beach Party

 

And That's Enough

 

she was radiance. shoulder blades and beaches. and orange headphones.
carsick saturdays and card games I could never win, just like her heart.
but I think I'm okay with that.

at least I played the game: poker face on, cards down.
and that's enough.

 



sometimes our calves would brush as we sat watching movies.
and that's enough.

I was awkward and she was graceful.
I was nothing and she was absolutely everything.

but for a summer she dealt me in.
and that's enough.

-Caroline Kaufman

 

Camp Camp: Summer Vacation for LGBTQ Adults

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

LGBTQ Denver

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

Summer Olympics: 100 LGBTQ Athletes

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summer of Love: London's LGBTQ Youth Scene

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens

My Summer of Love

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Summer Reading: Summer of Salt

 

 

Midsummer Madness

“Why this is very midsummer madness.”
-William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

“Summer Solstice happens about June 21. All things move in spirals, and I watch the year move in a spiral, right now spiraling up to the sun's climax. I celebrate summer and the heat of the gods.”
-Francesca De Grandis

“Tis wealth enough of joy for me In summertime to simply be.”
-Paul Laurence Dunbar

“For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.”
-William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

“Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August.”
-Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”
-Kellie Elmore

 

 

Hot Summer

Rainbow Camp Documentary

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

Summer Reading: Summer of Salt

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Summer of Mesa: Full Length Movie

Fire Island Dance Festival

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

My First Gay Summer: Mykonos, Greece

Young Women Talk About Summertime

PFLAG: List of Camps for LGBTQ Youth

Kevin and Moose: Long Hot Summer

Summer is Here by Eric Gadd

LGBTQ Friendly Beach Towns

Summertime by Norah Jones

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens
Auste and Sangaile

Summertime is Here (1976)

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

 

 

Down to the Beach

 

Down to the beach, down to the beach, on a sunny day we go

Down to the beach, down to the beach, where a chilly sea breeze blows

Beach bags packed with sun screen lotions
Hands rubbing people’s backs in slow motion
Glistening oily bodies radiating with sensation

Down to the beach, to relax and unwind
Only there the ladies reveal their round saucy behinds
 

 

Down to the beach as never-ceasing waves play across the shores
People happily play dreading any rainy downpour

Down to the beach where young lovers closely nestle
As sand creatures cause the sand to bristle
 

Down to the beach where seagulls glide in the air with screams and whistles
Kids picking up shells and building stormy sand castles

Down to the beach, Down to the beach where mostly good vibes flow
We go whilst there is still sun without snow

-Lovina Sylvia Chidi

 

Hot Summer

LGBTQ Friendly Beach Towns

Summer Activities: Experts Rate the Risks

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

I Used to Be Cool by Bright Light Bright Light

How LGBTQ Pride Will March On In 2021

Retrospective: Celebrities at Pride Events

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Summertime by Norah Jones

PFLAG: List of Camps for LGBTQ Youth

Fire Island Dance Festival

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Summer Season Explained

Rainbow Camp: Summer Camp for LGBTQ Teens
Summertime is Here (1976)

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

 

Summertime Reflections

 

"As one of the four natural cycles, summer follows spring and foreshadows autumn. In this time of the year, we have a brief window of opportunity when days become hot and long, while nights are short and sweet. The sun shines its brightest and most intense and everything around is urging you to go outdoors. It is the best time to go on vacation, spend time near the sea, eat watermelon, and drink daiquiris. We find ourselves playing outdoor sports, partying with families and friends, going on picnics, and sunbathing. It is the season for watching baseball and fireworks and attending outdoor concerts under the stars. Nature is full of bright colors, the birds are singing, and everything around you is flourishing. Plants and trees are giving fruits, flowers are blooming, and you can smell amazing aromas in the air. And everyone seems to feel happier during the summer."

-Celebration of the Seasons, Earth's  Holidays

 

 

Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And oft’ is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

-William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

 



On the beach of dreams, we sit watching a never setting sun.
Never wondering how long our love will last, or how much time, we have.
Our dreams stretch out forever like our love my dear.
Our hearts beat as one whenever you are near.
Each day as the sun rises, I want to return to the beach.
The beach of dreams, which both of us share.
-David Harris

 

"As the lazy summer days unfold, we think of sitting around the pool, going for long walks, biking, reading fiction and hanging out with family or friends. What could be more refreshing than spending time with those we love and care about while at the beach? What about reflections? I find that summer is a great time for some quiet musing. It is a time to look at my activities over the first half of the year and envision how I want the next half of the year to unfold. I engage in long conversations with friends, ask more questions and spend more time in thought. Undoubtedly, those long, lazy summer days can be my most productive of the year, as I engage in contemplation and planning."
-Joyce Odidison, Interpersonal Wellness Services

 



"Reinvention, renewal, inspired ideas ... they all have time to breed just a little more during those lazy summer afternoons when you may be taking an extra walk, sitting on a beach, hopefully even holidaying somewhere wonderful. These are moments when we disconnect from the everyday moments that drive our every movement, the tasks and the chores of life, jobs, family, commitments and just take a deep breath — literally and metaphorically. When you take that deep breath, that pause, that moment of reflection, what do you do with that time? What could you do with that time? Are you using it in a quiet and important way to focus on you? It’s not such an odd question, really. Don’t we all get so caught up in the business of life, that we don’t stop to make sure we’re on the right trajectory? That time is yours — so use it wisely. Are you doing what you want? Inspiring yourself to have the greatness in your life you deserve? Loving the best way you can? Sharing the way you want Indulging in the things you love? Nurturing your passions? Every moment is a chance for Reinvention so never stop asking yourself if you’re happy and how to have more of what you want/need/love in your life."
-Kathi Sharpe-Ross, The Reinvention Exchange

 

 

 

At dawn, bare footed, viewing as far as eyes can reach,
the water's edge advances and recedes along the beach.
Before me I see a carpet of half-buried shells of sea-creatures,
tide washed and rippled in sodden sand along the beach.
I move, exploring, sodden sand oozing between my toes,
beyond me the wavelets breaking on the sand along the beach.
Behind me, my wandering trail is blurred and indistinct,
as the water's edge advances and recedes along the beach.
At mid-day, on the soft dry sand behind the water's edge,
undressed worshippers lie in the sun that beats down along the beach.
At night, the moon's reflection at the water's edge
resembles sea serpents playing in the wavelets along the beach.
-Michael Williams

 

New York City Pride

Provincetown LGBTQ Events

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Seattle Pride

Qords: LGBTQ Youth Music Camp in North Carolina

Summer Season Explained

Young Women Talk About Summertime

Chicago Pride Postponed

Summertime by Natalie King

Visit Florida: LGBTQ Getaway

Summer of Sangaile: Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

LGBTQ Friendly Beach Towns

Summer Reading: My Lesbian Beach Party

 

 

“With summer sweat and passions seething, the primal dance of earth's deep breathing,
We welcome you, sweet Summer's muse, with wild abandon and kicked-off shoes.
Through glaring sun and tropic rains, our spirits soar free and unrestrained.
Naked across the fields traverse, immodest souls in glee perverse
Regale the steamy season's air and lay their inhibitions bare.
The heaving waves of roaring ocean, the bustling streets of raw emotion,
Nature's sensuous ebb and flow, the cabaret and striptease show
Join the raucous celebration, fraught with zeal and titillation.”
-Celebration of the Seasons, Earth's  Holidays

 

Hampton Beach

 

The sunlight glitters keen and bright,
Where, miles away, lies stretching to my dazzled sight
A luminous belt, a misty light, beyond the dark pine bluffs and wastes of sandy gray.
The tremulous shadow of the Sea! Against its ground of silvery light, rock, hill, and tree,
Still as a picture, clear and free, with varying outline mark the coast for miles around.

On—on—we tread with loose-flung rein, our seaward way,
Through dark-green fields and blossoming grain,
Where the wild brier-rose skirts the lane, and bends above our heads the flowering locust spray.

Ha! like a kind hand on my brow comes this fresh breeze,
Cooling its dull and feverish glow, while through my being seems to flow
The breath of a new life, the healing of the seas!

 



Now rest we, where this grassy mound, his feet hath set
In the great waters, which have bound, his granite ankles greenly round
With long and tangled moss, and weeds with cool spray wet.

Goodbye to pain and care! I take mine ease today.
Here where these sunny waters break, and ripples this keen breeze, I shake
All burdens from the heart, all weary thoughts away.

I draw a freer breath, I seem like all I see— Waves in the sun—the white-winged gleam—
Of sea-birds in the slanting beam— And far-off sails which flit before the south-wind free.

So when time’s veil shall fall asunder, the soul may know.
No fearful change, nor sudden wonder, nor sink the weight of mystery under,
But with the upward rise, and with the vastness grow.

And all we shrink from now may seem no new revealing;
Familiar as our childhood’s stream, or pleasant memory of a dream
The loved and cherished past upon the new life stealing.

 



Serene and mild the untried light may have its dawning;
And, as in summer’s northern night the evening and the dawn unite,
The sunset hues of time blend with the soul’s new morning.

I sit alone; in foam and spray, wave after wave breaks on the rocks which, stern and gray,
Shoulder the broken tide away, or murmurs hoarse and strong through mossy cleft and cave.

What heed I of the dusty land and noisy town?
I see the mighty deep expand from its white line of glimmering sand
To where the blue of heaven on bluer waves shuts down!

In listless quietude of mind, I yield to all
The change of cloud and wave and wind and passive on the flood reclined,
I wander with the waves, and with them rise and fall.

But look, thou dreamer! —wave and shore in shadow lie;
The night wind warns me back once more to where, my native hill-tops o’er,
Bends like an arch of fire the glowing sunset sky.

So then, beach, bluff, and wave, farewell!
I bear with me no token stone nor glittering shell,
But long and oft shall memory tell of this brief thoughtful hour of musing by the sea.

-John Greenleaf Whittier

 

Summertime by Willie Nelson

Fire Island Dance Festival

Young Women Talk About Summertime

Summer Season Explained

Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato

LGBTQ Friendly Beach Towns

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Summer of Sangaile: Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid

LGBTQ Summer Band Camp

New Orleans: LGBTQ Festivals and Events

My Summer of Love

Hot Summer

Info: LGBTQ Fun, Leisure, Recreation, Vacation

Summer Reading: Summer of Salt

Camp Brave Trails: LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Summer is Here by Eric Gadd

Rainbow Camp Documentary

Earth's Holidays: Celebration of the Seasons

 

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