Mark Thompson Author

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and New York Travel Writers Association (NYTWA), Mark Thompson is an editor, journalist, and photographer whose work appears in various periodicals. The author of the novels Wolfchild (2000) and My Hawaiian Penthouse (2007), Mark has been awarded residencies at various artists’ colonies, including The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Blue Mountain Center. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies.

Exploring New York beyond the Five Boroughs

We seek out spectacular architecture, fab food and wine, splendid scenery and unforgettable art in New York — and we’re not talking about the city. Throughout my childhood,...

This is Why Tourists Adore Gay Amsterdam

Back in the 1980s, Amsterdam was the Sin City of Europe. it was the city where my boyfriend and I traveled whenever we needed respite from the Bible-bleating hegemony of the...

All the Reasons Why LGBTQ Tourists Need to See Lyon

In Lyon, there is a street named for Sister Bouvier, who delivered more than 100,000 babies during her decades-long tenure as a member of the hospital order at Hôtel-Dieu (or...

This Is Why You’ll Love the Baltic Beauty of LGBT-Friendly Estonia

It’s a country where a love of music meets a love of freedom, and it’s inviting you to join its people in celebrating a very big birthday. Twilight in Estonia At twilight, one...

This Is Why LGBT People Love to Visit Vancouver

From the movie magic of “Hollywood North” to the views of its soaring mountains, this is an adventure that shows why LGBT people love to visit Vancouver. Catch Vancouver Fever...

Montana Glamping: This Is How to Find Your Inner Gay Cowboy

Glamping — AKA “roughing it” with creature comforts — is one great way to create a memorable vacation. We headed to Montana’s big sky country, where some...

Colorado: This is What “California Dreaming” Was All About

Imagine standing on the corner of San Francisco’s Haight and Ashbury during 1967’s Summer of Love, casually sharing a joint with a time traveler from the present. Now imagine...

This Is How You Can Have a Fabulous Time in Gay Norway

We chart a chilly course across Norway to discover amazing art, natural wonders and plenty of places to have fun in the snow. In the United States, more than 4.7 million people...

New Orleans’ French Quarter is a Year-Round Mardi Gras for LGBT Tourists

The LGBTQ community is invited to party in a city where tradition triumphs over tragedy and every meal is cause for celebration. For anyone who has partied in New Orleans, it’s...

This Is Why You Will Love Gay Helsinki

It’s possible that the single most indulgent course I’ve ever eaten was on a tasting menu at a restaurant in Helsinki; that says a great deal about what you can expect from...

Not As Gay As It Used to Be, But Still Worth a Visit: San Francisco

We head to the Bay Area in search of cinema-worthy settings, celeb-quality accommodations, and even check out a low-key little sports event known as “The Super Bowl.”...

You’ll Absolutely Love the Continental Charm of Copenhagen

The American ambassador to Denmark introduces us to the unique hospitality of Copenhagen, where visitors can walk in the footsteps of The Danish Girl. One of the more popular...