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Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Laverne Cox and other LGBTI celebs kick off summer

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Anderson Cooper and partner Benjamin Maisani are in Venice, Italy

Anderson Cooper and his longtime partner Benjamin Maisani took off for Venice, Italy for the Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer.

While the CNN anchor left New York City behind, fellow New Yorker Neil Patrick Harris stayed in town and took son Gideon to a Yankees baseball game then later went to dinner with husband David Burtka at Jerry Seinfeld’s house where Howard Stern was among the guests.

Orange is The New Black actress Lea DeLaria is in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday with friends. Speaking of birthdays, Laverne Cox celebrated her 33rd birthday on Monday (29 May) by seeing the sights in London.

Also in Europe are Ricky Martin in Barcelona, Spain, with fiancee Jwan Yosef while Elton John and husband David Furnish are in Florence, Italy.

Meanwhile, such out stars as Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are enjoying time outdoors in the sun in California while ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez and husband Tommy DiDario enjoyed a Walt Disney World Resort weekend in Orlando, Florida.

Here are some Memorial Day weekend Instagram pics and celebrities enjoying some time off.