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David Duran
David Duran is a freelance journalist and writer. His areas of coverage have included news,politics, business, entertainment, LGBT, and HIV. His main primary focus is travel, luxury, culinary and hospitality. He currently contributes to 11 national and international print and online publications.

Entries by David Duran

Rain and Thunder Can't Stop #LoveIsLove

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 4:15 PM


What was meant to be a mass beach wedding to celebrate marriage equality in Florida, on the normally sunny sands of Fort Lauderdale, quickly turned to a last-minute reorganization at the fabulous W Hotel across the street, where the champagne-toast reception was scheduled...

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Instagram Envy: Grand Wailea, Maui

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 8:16 AM

If you are like me, Instagram is part of your almost daily routine, especially when traveling. The whole point of Instagram is to show off some great shots and when on vacation, it's a way for users to boast a little about where they are. Now when visiting Hawaii, it's...

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Nation's First City Where Tourism Recognizes the 'T' in LGBT

(12) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 2:41 PM


There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country and much of us are learning exactly what it means...

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Don't Get Your Phone Wet -- HIV Shower Selfie Challenge

(41) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:36 AM

2014-11-22-showerjackwe.jpgJack Mackenroth

Jack Mackenroth is at it again! After a successful record breaking online campaign to raise money for Housing Works during their annual Braking AIDS Ride from Boston to New York City, he is keeping true to...

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Lady Gaga Takes Tel Aviv and Leaves Monsters Wanting More

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:59 AM


After a controversial direct flight on a private jet with an entourage of 100 from Dubai, Lady Gaga arrived to Tel Aviv and headed directly for the Ritz Carlton where she stayed in the penthouse suite, following the lead of Justin Timberlake, the...

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There's Street Art, Culture and Unique Places to Sleep: Berlin Is Where It's At

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:18 AM

I've always been drawn to art-dominated cities, and by that I mean young art. Cities dominated by creative types, a place where you see graffiti on a wall and admire its beauty and placement, because you realize it has a purpose and a story. Where walking down a small street...

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Your Package Is So Gay

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:24 PM


Philly Gaycation at Kimpton

So, the other day when booking a hotel stay in Philadelphia, I noticed they had a "gaycation" package offer for LGBT guests. There was no cost to the package and it included a donation for each night stayed to...

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AIDS/LifeCycle Gives Back

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:35 PM

AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) is currently underway and in keeping with tradition, on day 3 of the ride, cyclists stop in the small California town of Bradley. Food for the riders is always provided during the ride, but on this day, participants willingly pay for their lunch. Bradley has been...

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Everyone Has a Story, Equally as Important

(11) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:16 PM

Edna Flores-Lagunte with husband Richard Lagunte

At one of the lunch stops during AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC), I saw a woman eating her lunch, by herself. She just looked so sweet and she was wearing a tutu, so I could only assume that she...

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Nutella, Eataly and the Cronut!

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Plain and simple, (or better yet, spread on basically anything), Americans love Nutella. There's no question about it, we've been spooning out this delicious treat for years...50 actually. Nutella is celebrating their 50-year anniversary and the phenomenon of this hazelnut spread is continuing to prove it's place as a staple...

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An Evolved Opinion on Truvada

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:10 PM


I think that when Truvada as PrEP was first introduced, some, including myself were almost offended by how some within our community jumped at the opportunity to continue their unsafe sexual behavior practices by simply just taking a pill. I admit,...

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'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'?

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:53 PM

With the news spreading across the Web of the PARTNER study showing that no HIV-positive individual with an undetectable viral load has transmitted HIV within the first two years of the study, HIV-positive men are tossing out their condoms and celebrating. All online profiles are immediately being changed...

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British Underground Music by Way of Austin

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:19 PM


For fans of the UK underground music scene, Mark Stoney is a familiar name. He's known for his distinctive songwriting talent of the critically acclaimed and somewhat enigmatic multi-instrumentalist has been held in high regard among many in the know on both sides...

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Marla Mase Releases New EP

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 2:33 PM


At first listen, the EP is an odd mix of music styles. An eclectic funk, rock and experimental fusion. There is an almost spoken-word sound to parts of the tracks, in addition to an interesting use of instruments and sounds. Rock...

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Monks Of Mellonwah New Music

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 4:08 PM

When this band's name first came in front of me, I was expecting to hear some type of new music involving chanting monks from a far away land. The Monks of Mellonwah, are from far away, Sydney, Australia actually, but they are far from monks. Instead of chants, I was...

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The Death of HIV Activism?

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:48 AM

When I originally moved to San Francisco, after finally being relatively comfortable with my HIV status, I was ready to start making a difference. In my head, I would join the legions of activists who would line the streets demanding an end to HIV/AIDS. We would meet late at night...

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Positive or Negative, We Should All Aim to Be Equal (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Well, it's about time that something of this epic proportion came along to help the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV. And who better to charge the way than longtime HIV activist Jack Mackenroth, best known from his stint on Project Runway. But many of us know Jack as...

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Music City Is Evolving

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:11 PM

The South has evolved y'all. Ok, maybe that's speaking a bit prematurely, but on a recent visit to Music City, AKA Nashville, TN, what I found beyond the deep fried everything, was a city on the verge of being socially awesome for the gay community.

Nashvillians shocked the hell...

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A San Antonio Travel Alert?

(97) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:50 PM

The moment I read about this San Antonio travel alert issued by Get EQUAL Texas, I was shocked and truly confused. In San Antonio there is currently a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance being debated and waiting to be voted on, and it's possible that this media advisory...

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Bieber's Mom, Pattie Mallette Writes Book for Her 2 Million Kids

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Pattie Mallette, also know as "Justin Bieber's Mom," came to New York this week to meet with teens at Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter that aims to provide essential services to homeless and runaway teens. Mallette might be known for her pop star son, and...

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