With a history of acceptance and openness, it’s no surprise that Stockholm is widely considered the LGBT capital of Scandinavia. The first country in the world to declassify homosexuality as an illness in 1979, Sweden legalized gay marriage in 2009.
Seventy-two dogs bayed in the gloaming, as the horizon glowed a frosty blue. We were one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle where the temperature was minus fifteen degrees Celsius - and we were heading deeper into the tundra: to the IceHotel.
The biggest Pride festival in Scandinavia, Stockholm Pride 2011 celebrated "Openness" with an exuberant parade and a three-night party marked by a surfeit of extraordinary specimens from a city long heralded for its stunning beauty.
What's different about New Orleans a decade since Katrina is a newfound infatuation from those who survived the storm and those who were drawn there in the aftermath. If America is a melting pot, then New Orleans is a big pot of tasty gumbo.