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Gay Travel: A Transcendental Guide to Key West
I arrive in Key West, Florida, with the haughty air of most first-time visitors from residences they imagine to be much more cosmopolitan. But, less than 24-hours after touchdown, I am sitting on a rooftop patio in a deck chair with my pants off enjoying a key lime margarita in one of the many clothing-optional cocktail lounges that dot our nation's southern-most terminus. Just like that, Key West has done its trick.

And though it is technically just inside our borders, there are times when Key West can seem as remote as the Mamanucuan island of Monuriki where Tom Hanks took up with Wilson in the 2000 film "Cast Away." Upon boarding an American Airlines flight from New York, my single carry-on is promptly confiscated and gate-checked by a haughty attendant. Several hours later, landing at the tiny, Key West International Airport after 10 p.m. on a connecting flight, my bag is carelessly lost and not seen for days.

Just trying to locate a Key West pharmacy open after dark is problematic enough, but by day two of having no fresh clothes to wear, I actually begin to physically resemble Hanks' "Cast Away" character. The choices for my three-night stay are clear: either hole up in the hotel robe hoping the complimentary bottles of red wine keep coming or revert to wild type and hit the town. The commanding views of the Gulf of Mexico are tempting, but embarrassingly, a single back-issue of Vogue is the only thing that wasn't gate-checked, so I choose life.

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Published on:  January 1, 2012

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