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.

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...

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 LGBT Tourists Adore 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...

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...

This Is How Wine Led a Gay Man to 3 European Paradises

As a university student in the South of France in the years before the euro, it took me only four francs to buy a bottle of vin de table — and another two from my roommate for a...

Prague and Its Gay Scene

The capital of the Czech Republic boasts a surprisingly bustling gay scene in a wonderland of art and architecture, where the beautifully old meets the entirely new. The heroine...

Traveling in Style to Great Britain for the Holidays

Want to spend a jolly holiday living like royalty? we head to Britain to unwrap an itinerary fit for a queen. Some years ago, while flipping through a magazine during a flight to...

How Karl Lagerfeld Helped Reinvent a City

When Karl Lagerfeld returns to Hamburg, people take notice. As an arbiter of luxury and indulgence, few people are more influential than the Hamburg-born kaiser of couture who...

Sausage Fest: Where to Get What’s Best in Berlin

If you’re lucky enough to recall the edgy glamour of 1970s New York, when the city was bankrupt but sizzling hot and teeming with creative energy, then it’s likely...

Montana Glamping: Where You Go to Find Your Inner Cowboy

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