ASHEVILLE, N.C. — This laid back hamlet has made’s top five Pride destinations.

President Barak Obama has issued a proclamation and LGBT Americans are finding ways to show the world how to celebrate in a rainbow of ways.

CNN said that Blue Ridge Pride has grown tremendously since it started in 2009. It has a grassroots, hometown feel, “poignant given the recent amendment passed in North Carolina…’It’s a good time to show our support and solidarity in a state that’s had a setback,’ says Ed Salvato.” Salvato is a leading travel expert who also serves as editor-in-chief of Man About World, “a soon-to-launch gay travel magazine for the iPad.” He says to book early and to ask about Pride packages.

Other locations that made the list include: Boston, Mass.; Tel Aviv, Israel; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Atlanta, Ga.

Lainey Millen

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