<![CDATA[Blog - Post Feed]]>https://www.aromaromauk.co.uk/blog.html Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:55:09 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Six Most Popular Gay Prides and Largest LGBT Festivals]]>https://www.aromaromauk.co.uk/blog/six-most-popular-gay-prides-and-largest-lgbt-festivals.html Six Most Popular Gay Prides and Largest LGBT Festivals

Filled with great passion and love for the LGBT community, Aromaromauk unveils six of the most popular gay prides and largest LGBT festivals around.

Since they started in the United States the 1970s, gay pride parades have cropped up around the world. Now, you can find a Pride event in almost any city, in almost any country.

The success of parades has led to the creation of more LGBT-focused events. These include art events, gay sports events, and more.

Pride parades and festivals are often at the centre of week-long celebrations. Most people associate colourful rainbow flags and flamboyant revellers with Pride. Many events also seek to address the challenges facing the worldwide LGBT community.

We’ve picked six of the most popular LGBT events from around the world. Some of them are in far-flung corners of the world, while others let you stay closer to home.

1. Stay Close to Home with London Pride Festival

London Pride may not be the largest of all Pride parades, but it does have an illustrious history. It’s the premiere LGBT event in the UK, running each year for almost 50 years now.

The history of this event starts with the legalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. This happened in the late 1960s. The parade grew out of marches held by LGBT people and their supporters in the early 1970s.

The first UK Gay Pride Rally happened in 1972, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The London Pride Festival has changed over the years. In its early days, it focused mainly on marches. In the 1990s, it shifted to more of a festival format, which it maintains today.

Every July, you can see the British capital decked out in rainbow flags. It welcomes more than a million people to its largest LGBT party.

Thousands of people take part in the parade, marching down bustling Oxford Street. In fact, the parade has the distinction of being the only event that shuts down this iconic street.

London invites you to join other revellers in Trafalgar Square for continuing festivities. The range of musical acts always impresses. At one point, the festival was actually the largest free music festival in all of Europe.

The date is set for 6 July 2019, with more details about schedules and acts to follow. If you can’t make it out, you can always follow along with the festival’s chosen hashtag. Each year features a different hashtag to focus on issues facing the LGBT+ community.

2. Sao Paulo May Be the Largest Gay Pride

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo knows how to put on a party. Like other Latin American centres, it’s well-known for its flamboyant Carnival culture.

The city’s one-day Pride parade takes place long after Mardi Gras. The attendees are more than ready to break out elaborate costumes and sequins every June.

The event is still young, especially compared to some of the other festivals on this list. It started in 1997. It shot to fame 10 years later, when it attracted 3 million people to the streets of Brazil’s largest city.

With this record, Sao Paulo became the largest of all gay Prides. Attendance has gone up and down over the years. In 2013, the festival set a new record by attracting 5 million people.

One thing is clear. The festival has become a destination for LGBT people and their supporters.

The government provides funding for this event. Many politicians see it as an important way to connect with the LGBT community. You can expect dozens of rainbow-themed floats to make their way through the core of the city for years to come.

If you want to enjoy Sao Paulo’s unique take on Pride, the 2019 edition of the parade happens on 23 June. The festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021. If you can’t make it this year, you may want to save up for an exceptional extravaganza.

3. Madrid Pride is Europe’s Largest

When it comes to size, Madrid Pride is second only to Sao Paulo. Take a look at the 10-day itinerary. Once you have, it shouldn’t be hard to see why LGBT people and allies flock to the Spanish capital.

Madrid’s premiere gay Pride event had humble beginnings. It was founded in 1977. By the early 2000s, it was attracting millions of visitors.

In 2017, it brought 3.5 million people to the streets of Madrid as the festival went all in for its 40th anniversary.

The event packs in art installations, parties, performances, and open-air concerts. The parade itself heads through the famed gay barrio of Chueca. It then wraps up at Puerta de Alcala.

The Madrid festival also has a more serious side. It usually includes a summit running alongside the parades and dance parties.

This event attracts LGBT activists from around the world. It provides a platform to discuss the issues facing the worldwide LGBT community.

Other events include shows of solidarity and sporting events. This demonstrates how wide-reaching the Madrid festival is. It’s little wonder the Orgullo Gay de Madrid was selected as a site for both EuroPride and WorldPride in 2017.

Join millions of others and take part in the festivities yourself from 28 June to 7 July. The parade itself has yet to be confirmed, so you may want to block off the entire 10-day period.

4. Berlin is One of Europe’s Most Popular Prides

Although it’s not even the largest LGBT event in Germany, many people love the atmosphere of Berlin Pride. Hundreds of thousands attend the annual parade, held in late July.

Its official name is Christopher Street Day. This name commemorates the Stonewall rebellion in New York City. The parade began in 1979, a decade after Stonewall.

The parade itself kicks off Berlin Pride. It sets out at noon from Kurfurstendamm. It makes its way through the streets of the German capital.

It finally wraps up at the Brandenburg Gate around two o’clock in the afternoon.

The Soul of Stonewall Award ceremony recognizes LGBT activists who continue the work that started in 1969. Pride Village is home to a wide variety of musical performances, acts, and more. World-famous DJs even get in on the act, delivering performances from the main stage.

Berlin Pride isn’t the only LGBT festival you can visit. A week before Berlin Pride, you can check out the Gay & Lesbian Stadtfest as well.

This year’s Stadtfest takes place on 20 and 21 July, marking its 27th anniversary. Berlin Pride kicks off 27 July.

5. Toronto Hosts Canada’s Largest Pride Event

Canada has something of a reputation. It recently legalised cannabis. Long before that, it decriminalised homosexuality in the late 1960s.

Police were still conducting raids on the LGBT community in the early 1980s. One of those raids was the catalyst for Toronto Pride. The parade has since evolved into Canada’s premier LGBT event.

The parade shuts down major city streets, including Church St. and Bloor St.

It makes its way to Yonge-Dundas Square at the heart of downtown. The square hosts performances and more. Pride also attracts politicians, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Although the parade is the most spectacular event, it’s only one of many in Toronto’s Pride month. For four years running, the capital of Ontario has decked itself out in rainbows for the month of June. The celebration incorporates many more events, including the Dyke March and Trans Pride.

It’s difficult to estimate just how many people come out to Pride month events. The Parade alone usually attracts more than a million people. It shows how Toronto is evolving into a world-class destination for LGBT people.

6. NYC is the Oldest of the Six

You can’t write a list about popular gay Pride festivals without including New York City. Although it may no longer be the largest, NYC’s parade is without a doubt the oldest event. All other Pride events take their cues from New York.

The very first Pride events grew out of the infamous Stonewall Riots. These happened in Greenwich Village in 1969. LGBT people clashed with police following yet another raid, this time at the Stonewall Inn.

The incident launched the modern LGBT rights movement.

In the wake of Stonewall, people continued protesting and agitating for their rights. This eventually turned into a march to mark the first anniversary of Stonewall. On 28 June 1970, marchers took to the streets, covering 51 blocks to Central Park.

Today, the New York City LGBT Pride March still passes by the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. The event attracts millions of participants to New York every June, rivalling both Sao Paulo and Madrid.

Officials expect the parade to be even bigger and better in 2019. This marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

WorldPride partnered with the State of New York to add more events and programming. Several organizations are volunteering to staff welcome centres. They'll also provide education to visitors who arrive in the weeks before the parade.

The NYC parade is expected to make history. It may set a record as the largest international LGBT pride celebration yet. If so, it may even eclipse Sao Paulo and Madrid.

If you make one trip this year, choose New York. Like other LGBT trailblazers before you, you’ll be making history.

Honourable Mentions

It’s difficult to create a list of just six entries when there are so many gay Prides and LGBT festivals. Each is unique and wonderful for its own reasons.

We’ve chosen these six festivals based on their size, but there are other festivals that are as large. This list includes parades held in Chicago, Illinois, and San Francisco.

Other notable events in Europe include Sweden Pride and Amsterdam Pride. Paris Pride deserves a mention too. Several destinations in Mexico host their own parades as well.

One up-and-coming parade takes place in Israel. Tel Aviv's Pride often makes top ten lists.

Other LGBT Events

Gay Pride parades and festivals are the best-known type of LGBT event. They’re hardly the only one though. As you travel the world, you’ll find plenty of other LGBT-focused events.

Many of these events happen in conjunction with Pride events. LGBT film festivals, for example, may take place during Pride festivities. In some cases, they may be scheduled in the days before or after a Pride event.

Arts festivals and performing arts events are part of many LGBT events calendars. Some cities and countries have started scheduling Pride “months,” much like Toronto. Clustering these events together can give you more reason to travel to one place or another.

It also improves visibility for LGBT people. The purpose of pride events is to make the community visible. They draw attention to issues facing queer people.

More events help further this aim. They also showcase the accomplishments and contributions of queer people in the arts, sports, and more.

More Choices

When you’re travelling, don’t limit yourself just to the largest Pride festivals. Get off the beaten path with unique entries like Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival.

Barcelona’s Circuit Festival is directed at a particular subset of gay men. Circuit parties can be found almost anywhere, from Bangkok to New Orleans. Orlando, Florida hosts “Gay Days” during June, which centres on Disney World.

There are also events for other identities, such as lesbians and transgender people. LGBT tech summits and family-friendly LGBT events are becoming ever-more popular.

What’s clear from this is that you have no shortage of events to attend and places to explore. The only limits are your pocketbook and your imagination.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to Poppers 2019: What Are Poppers and How Do You Use Them?]]>https://www.aromaromauk.co.uk/blog/your-guide-to-poppers-what-are-poppers-and-how-do-you-use-them.html While global attitudes to cannabis are changing, other recreational substances are coming under greater scrutiny, both in the UK and abroad.

In 2016, the UK Government banned many 'legal highs' such as spice, laughing gas and mephedrone. As a result, there was a lot of discussion about what other recreational drugs would be covered in the ban, including a substance known as 'poppers'.

Various media outlets were unsure whether poppers would be part of the ban, while many members of the public were unsure as to what poppers even were.

Despite poppers receiving some media interest at that time, there is still a lot of misconception surrounding their use, legality and safety.

If you've never used poppers before, it's likely you have lots of questions about them. To help you out, we're here with all the answers in this ultimate guide to understanding poppers.

What Are Poppers?

Poppers are liquid substances in the group of chemicals called alkyl nitrates. In the past, poppers were amyl nitrates, but now isopropyl nitrate and butyl nitrate are more common.

Poppers were first available in the 1800s as amyl nitrates and were for treating angina (chest pains). They used to be sold in glass vials which made a popping noise when crushed. This is where the name 'poppers' comes from.

Nowadays, poppers are available in small 10-30 ml bottles and are typically sniffed or inhaled for use as a recreational drug. Because of their distinctive aroma, poppers are marketed as room deodorizers, room aromas and air fresheners.

What Do Poppers Do?

When inhaled, poppers relax the smooth muscles in your body. These include the sphincter muscles in your anus, causing you to loosen up after inhalation. Because of this effect, poppers have been popular in the gay community for decades.

Smooth muscles surround the body's blood vessels, so when they relax, your blood vessels dilate. This then causes an increase in heart rate and blood flow throughout the body. As a result, users experience a feeling of euphoria, often described as a 'head rush' or 'high', not dissimilar to the feeling of 'coming up' after taking MDMA.

Many users also report experiencing tingling sensations throughout the body, as well as reduced inhibitions. Poppers can also increase sexual pleasure when used before and during sex. And some users claim that they help increase libido and prolong erections.

Who Uses Poppers?

Because of the way poppers relax the body's smooth muscles, they are often used in preparation for sex. These muscle-relaxing effects help to facilitate both anal and vaginal sex. For this reason, the use of poppers has long been linked to the LGBT community.

But poppers have also been used as a recreational substance in clubs for many years. In the '70s and '80s, many gay men would inhale poppers at gay clubs as a way to enhance the music and get high. And during the '90s, poppers were common throughout the growing rave scene.

But nowadays, poppers are popular with a variety of different groups. As such, many straight people use poppers as a recreational substance, both during sex and as a way to enhance enjoyment on nights out.

Research supports that people of all sexual orientations, races and ages use poppers. One study involving British medical students found that 10 percent of participants had used poppers at least once.

And a French study showed that the use of poppers increased dramatically between 2000 and 2010. Poppers ranked second only to cannabis and were popular among both adults and teenagers.

How to Use Poppers

If you've never seen or experienced poppers then you might be wondering how to use them.

Although we've explained how many people use them by inhaling them directly from the bottle, you should not use poppers in this way. Instead, you should open the bottle and leave the poppers to stand. This allows the aromas to develop for inhalation within the room as a way to deliver their effects.

Our Recommendations

All our different types of poppers produce an intense effect that you're sure to love as much as our regular customers.

But if you're new to poppers then we want to ensure that you get the best first experience possible. So, here are some of our recommendations when it comes to choosing the best of our selection for your specific desires:

- For Relaxation and Liberation

If you're looking for poppers that help you loosen up and feel free, then Amsterdam Gold is for you.

Just like the city, this bottled Amsterdam will inspire friendship, tolerance and love. From the first use, you'll feel liberated from all tensions and ready for a good time.

This is a great choice for enjoying at casual house parties as another way to enhance the fun you and your friends are having. Of course, if you had another kind of party in mind, the liberating effect these poppers provide also makes for a great sexual experience.

- For an Intense Sexual Experience

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This powerful room aroma is ideal for couples who want to experiment and reach new levels of pleasure. After all, we could all use some XXX-tra excitement in our lives!

- For Maximum Effect

Our most premium bottle of poppers is, without a doubt, Potent Blue.

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Are Poppers Legal in the UK?

Although the legal status of poppers came into question following a ban on certain substances in 2016, poppers are legal in the UK.

The Psychoactive Substances Act, which came into force in the UK in April 2016, made it illegal to supply drugs that have a direct effect on mental processes, unless that particular drug is declared exempt.

While many different 'legal highs' were banned as a result of the bill, there were exemptions for food, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. But the Government initially thought that poppers would be included in the ban.

Conservative MP Crispin Blunt reacted to this speculation by openly talking about using poppers himself, declaring that banning supply would be "fantastically stupid". He added that a ban would astonish the gay community while also driving the supply underground.

In the end, poppers were not included in the ban. This is because it was decided that they have a 'peripheral' effect on the brain rather than a direct effect.

To have been included, poppers would have had to be found capable of creating a psychoactive effect. But the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) said poppers, "do not fall within the scope of the current definition of a psychoactive substance".

Are Poppers Safe?

There are some potential negative side effects from using poppers, although these are often mild or very rare.

Side Effects of Poppers

The most common short-term side effects are headaches and feeling lightheaded. And in some cases, inhaling poppers directly from the bottle can cause users to feel dizzy or faint.

Using poppers over an extended period of time can cause eye damage, although this is rare and may be reversible so more research is needed. Intense inhaling may also result in crusty skin around your nose or skin lesions.

High doses of poppers can also cause the fatal condition methemoglobinemia. This condition causes blood to stop carrying oxygen around the body, similar to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. But methemoglobinemia is more likely to be as a result of ingesting poppers than inhaling their aroma.

As well as the risk of methemoglobinemia, ingesting poppers can cause blindness, brain damage, organ failure and/or death. You should never ingest poppers and doing so is not safe under any circumstances. It might seem obvious, but some people have done this, although this is often by accident.

Contraindications

Poppers pose minimal risks for healthy individuals. But there are certain groups of people who should not use poppers.

For example, you should not use poppers if you have a heart condition or abnormal blood pressure. This is because poppers lower blood pressure and increase heart rate, which could be dangerous.

And, there may be added risks involved with taking poppers for people with glaucoma or anemia.

It can also be dangerous to use poppers in combination with some medications, including Viagra. This is because both Viagra and poppers cause a drop in blood pressure. The combination can result in a stroke, heart attack or even death.

Other Dangers Associated with Poppers

While poppers are safe when used as intended, incorrect use or experimentation with poppers can be dangerous.

Due to the solvents they contain, poppers can cause chemical burns on the skin. If you get liquid from a bottle of poppers on your skin you should wash it off as fast as possible.

Likewise, if you get poppers in your eye, you should flush out the liquid with plenty of water straight away. If the discomfort continues, seek medical advice.

Poppers are also highly flammable, so you should be very careful when using poppers around open flames and lit cigarettes.

Some people choose to dip an unlit cigarette into a bottle of poppers and then inhale the liquid through the cigarette. You should discard these cigarettes after use. Mistakenly lighting a cigarette soaked in poppers could result in getting burned.

This method of inhalation also carries the added risk of aspiration, where the liquid is sucked into the lungs. If you have inhaled poppers through a cigarette and feel a burning or choking sensation afterward, get medical help as soon as possible.

How Long will Poppers Stay in my System?

The immediate effect of poppers tends to last between two and five minutes after inhalation.

That said, how long the effects last and how long poppers stay in your system depends on other factors. These include how much you've taken, whether you've eaten or not, your size, and other drugs (including alcohol and cigarettes) you may have taken.

For example, continuous use of poppers during a short space of time can cause you to feel lightheaded or 'spaced out' for longer. This is especially the case if you are also drinking alcohol, smoking or have taken other drugs.

In terms of the pharmacology of poppers, as a nitrate, their half-life is around one to two hours. But if you are due to take a drug test, you should avoid using poppers for at least 72 hours before the test.

Where Can I Buy Poppers?

The most common places you can buy poppers are in sex shops, 'head shops', and from online stores.

But you may also find them for sale in clubs, tobacconists, music stores, joke shops, market stalls and clothes shops. Prices start from around £4 for one bottle, although it is often cheaper to buy several bottles in bulk. Or, if you're new to poppers, you might like to try a mixed multi-pack to experiment with different aromas.

Your Guide to Poppers

Thanks to this comprehensive guide, you should now feel fully informed about what poppers do and how to use them.

And, whether you're looking to try poppers for the first time or you're an experienced user looking to re-stock, the most important thing is that you've come to the right place.

For more information on poppers, feel free to contact us with any questions or queries.

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