To conclude our series of why us Manhattanites should visit the amazing Coastal Fairfield County in Connecticut, we saved the best for last when it comes to overall fun, excitement and smiles all around. Where can you experience an amazing day filled with the most interesting and beautiful animals, happiness, colors, and more? This is the beautiful Maritime Aquarium, which is located smack dab in the middle of the breathtaking town of Norwalk. We spent an amazing day there and toured the entire premises, and were only left with great memories and several reasons why you should visit. [Read more…] about Travel Idea! Why You Should Check Out The Maritime Aquarium
Manhattan Digest has gotten quite a lot of travel miles under its belt so far in 2016. We have given you the best of the best in where you should go across the continental United States, including San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Well, now that the warmer weather is here, we are encouraging all our old and new readers to get out of the city on the weekends and see what else this country has to offer! What is even better, is that there is a location that is only an hour commute away from New York City on Metro North, with tons of fantastic activities, restaurants, hotels and more to enjoy with your friends and family. This is the Coastal Fairfield County area of Connecticut, where we visited this past weekend. [Read more…] about A Manhattanite in Coastal Fairfield County- Where to Stay?
I had the pleasure of running into a personal hero of mine, former Project Runway and Volttage co-founder Jack Mackenroth, at the gym we both go to. We got to talking and above being an amazing guy and inspiration he further introduced me to the work that he was doing in HIV awareness both locally and nationally. I was delighted when he invited me to his event called “HIV Equal”. This was part of the LGBT Health and Wellness event that took place specifically at the World Health Clinicians headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut. This event was designed to bring awareness to HIV and HIV testing, specifically in younger generations. During this event, we saw the “HIV Equal” photo campaign be launched, where several celebrities and gay icons had their photos on display in support of this amazing cause. Some of the celebrities in the photos included AIDS activist Peter Staley, legendary drag queen Bianca Del Rio and Tony Award winner Billy Porter from “Kinky Boots”.
You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to have an event like this. I was fortunate enough to meet a ton of men and women from all sorts of backgrounds be it gay, bisexual, straight, transgender and so on and so forth who came together to help this fantastic cause. We were all photographed by legendary photographer Thomas Evans, holding up signs that give us a unique spin on what our status is. My status. Writer. You can be anything you want in this situation, but as long as it is something that describes your support for this cause, it makes it a great thing.
“Our goal is to photograph people from all walks of life who support ending HIV stigma, regardless of their personal HIV status. We launched the campaign with celebrities, politicians, artists and many recognizable faces in order to draw attention to our mission, but we plan to include everyone since HIV affects us all,” Mackenroth explains. “HIV Equal goes a step further to include testing so that everyone photographed knows their status. We need to take care of ourselves and each other, as well as to reignite the global conversation about HIV to stop the spread of misinformation, fear and judgment.”
I can’t forget about the amazing host for the day, drag superstar Titania and DJ T-Boy who kept playing some of my personal favorites on top of the great food that was provided. The whole mission of the day wasn’t about campy fun, food and drink and dancing though, it was about a cause for a disease that more people need to educate themselves about. We are living in a world today where this disease is treatable, and I hope that at the young age of 27 that we are able to conquer this disease and find a cure for this in my lifetime. For more information on this cause, hit up HIV Equal.