Gay Travel Entrepreneur and Business Visionary: Charlie Rounds

January 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Charlie Rounds. Image via Passport.

Charlie Rounds. Image via Passport.

Small in stature but with a stare that could launch a thousand ships (and probably has, as he served as president of the legendary gay and lesbian cruise company RSVP Vacations for more than 21 years), Rounds is a force to be reckoned with. “Charlie has passion and is a smart, true business person. I admire his big ideas and creativity,” says Steve Roth, founder and president of Out Think Partners, an LGBT communications and marketing agency. Roth, a longtime friend and colleague from their RSVP days, recruited Rounds about a year and a half ago to join the agency and bring his decades of expertise to a rapidly evolving landscape.

“We saw changes happening so fast in the US,” says Roth, referring to the gay marriage momentum, which at press time is legal in 35 states. “We are far from done but headed in the right direction. Yet we were seeing the rest of the world go from bad to worse. International LGBT rights is the next frontier, so we started talking and asking ourselves how we could make a difference.”

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Gay Travel Entrepreneur and Business Visionary: Charlie Rounds  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Gay Travel Entrepreneur and Business Visionary: Charlie Rounds Mixx Gay Travel Entrepreneur and Business Visionary: Charlie Rounds Bookmark Gay Travel Entrepreneur and Business Visionary: Charlie Rounds  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Told Governor Bentley to Ignore Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban

January 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

In a letter dated January 27th and obtained by AL.com, Roy S. Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court wrote to Governor Robert Bentley to express his outrage over recent rulings striking down the state’s ban on marriage equality. Moore, who famously ignored a federal judicial order to remove a large sculpture of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building, continues to see the wisdom of ignoring binding orders from higher judicial authorities. “I ask you to continue to uphold and support the Alabama Constitution with respect to marriage,” Moore urged Governor Bentley, “both for the welfare of this state and for our posterity. Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.”

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s marriage ban in the case Searcy v. Strange, ruling that the marriage of plaintiffs Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand should be recognized under the federal constitution’s equality principle. The judge issued a second ruling striking down the marriage ban today, in response to a lawsuit filed by plaintiffs James Strawser and John Humphrey. The rulings are stayed until February 9th, and the matter is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Told Governor Bentley to Ignore Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Told Governor Bentley to Ignore Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban Mixx Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Told Governor Bentley to Ignore Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban Bookmark Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Told Governor Bentley to Ignore Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Gay Marriage Ban  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

British High-End Retailer Selfridges Ditches Clothing’s Sex and Opts for Gender-Neutral Fashions

January 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

The iconic high-end retailer, Selfridges, is revolutionizing the clothing industry by ditching gender-divided clothing sections and opting for three floors of gender-neutral clothing. The Oxford Street department store hopes that shoppers will get to explore fashions and themselves. Additionally, the store will update its mannequins and beauty products. “We want to take our customers on a journey where they can shop and dress without limitations or stereotypes,” Selfridges told The Times Of London. “A space where clothing is no longer imbued with directive gender values, enabling fashion to exist as a purer expression of ‘self.”’

 

Facebook Twitter Bookmark British High-End Retailer Selfridges Ditches Clothing’s Sex and Opts for Gender-Neutral Fashions  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg British High-End Retailer Selfridges Ditches Clothing’s Sex and Opts for Gender-Neutral Fashions Mixx British High-End Retailer Selfridges Ditches Clothing’s Sex and Opts for Gender-Neutral Fashions Bookmark British High-End Retailer Selfridges Ditches Clothing’s Sex and Opts for Gender-Neutral Fashions  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Life Sure Gets Better for Dan Savage as ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot Based on His Life

January 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook

Image via Facebook

With a slew of gay-fronted sitcoms getting the ax in recent years (Sean Saves the World, The New Normal, and, most likely, The McCarthys), it seems like a bold move for ABC to pick up a comedy based on the life of LGBT activist and journalist Dan Savage. The half-hour show will only be loosely based on his life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Adding that it will be: “a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist’s life. It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.”

Now, who do we think could pull off playing Savage?

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Life Sure Gets Better for Dan Savage as ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot Based on His Life  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Life Sure Gets Better for Dan Savage as ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot Based on His Life Mixx Life Sure Gets Better for Dan Savage as ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot Based on His Life Bookmark Life Sure Gets Better for Dan Savage as ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot Based on His Life  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Top Gay-Friendly Hotel Pools in the US

January 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
London West Hollywood

London West Hollywood

Considering gay travel is an annual $200 billion industry, hotels are vying for our “pink dollars” with dedicated marketing initiatives, partnering with gay travel organizations like IGLTA, and reaching out to the community with gay-themed events and packages. Ultimately, travelers are often guided by a property’s LGBT reputation, whether a gay stamp (like a TAG-approved hotel), affiliation (sponsor in the local gay pride), or amenities offered, like a separate gay concierge.

There are some factors that are not LGBT specific, but they still convince thousands of gay travelers to book a room. One of these, although it’s seldom used as sole selling point, is having a gay-friendly pool, which has become important for the LGBT community in deciding which hotel to book.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Top Gay-Friendly Hotel Pools in the US  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Top Gay-Friendly Hotel Pools in the US Mixx Top Gay-Friendly Hotel Pools in the US Bookmark Top Gay-Friendly Hotel Pools in the US  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Don’t Like Gay Sex on TV? Michael Urie Says Don’t Watch

January 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

Michael Urie has a lot to say about the steamy year of gay-sex-filled television we’ve all got to witness this year. The former Ugly Betty star made a simple statement in response to Billy Crystal who made headlines saying that gay scenes went “…a little too far for my tastes” and that he did want it rubbed in his face.  Urie’s response to Crystal and people like him: Don’t watch.  “I don’t think it’s overexposed. If gay sex on TV is too much for you, change the channel and don’t watch it, it’s not for you…I think there is far too much football on TV. But I’m not going around saying they should take football off the air; I’m changing the channel,” he told NewNowNext.

Check out Michael Urie in our VIP Lounge. 

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Don’t Like Gay Sex on TV? Michael Urie Says Don’t Watch  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Don’t Like Gay Sex on TV? Michael Urie Says Don’t Watch Mixx Don’t Like Gay Sex on TV? Michael Urie Says Don’t Watch Bookmark Don’t Like Gay Sex on TV? Michael Urie Says Don’t Watch  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Two Cases Rule Against SaksFifth Avenue: Transgender People Can’t be Discriminated Against

January 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Sak's facebook

Image via Sak’s facebook

In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today SaksFifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the same case affirmatively stating that Title VII covers transgender people. This is the first time that the Department has made clear that Title VII prohibits any type of discrimination against transgender people, not just discrimination based on gender stereotypes.

Find out more about the case after the jump…

Read more…

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Two Cases Rule Against SaksFifth Avenue: Transgender People Can’t be Discriminated Against  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Two Cases Rule Against SaksFifth Avenue: Transgender People Can’t be Discriminated Against Mixx Two Cases Rule Against SaksFifth Avenue: Transgender People Can’t be Discriminated Against Bookmark Two Cases Rule Against SaksFifth Avenue: Transgender People Can’t be Discriminated Against  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Chinese Man Files First-Ever Gay Discrimination Lawsuit

January 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen cap via YouTube

Screen cap via YouTube

A video that showed Nanshan police intervening in a fight between two gay men became an Internet meme thanks to one of the men’s little red hat and snappy attitude.  The attention, even got the man signed to a talent agency, but the man, Mu Yi, has said that the video involuntarily outed him, because of the viral nature of the video and is now suing his company who fired him because of the video. This is the first time someone is believed to have sued China’s first-ever sexual-orientation discrimination lawsuit. “Worst thing of all, when I was on break, the company lowered my salary substantially, which is clearly discrimination against me. I can find another job but the discrimination is unbearable. That’s why I decided to file the lawsuit,” Mu said. [Shanghaist]

You can see the video after the jump and one of the remixes made (OK it’s kind of awesome)…

Read more…

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Chinese Man Files First-Ever Gay Discrimination Lawsuit  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Chinese Man Files First-Ever Gay Discrimination Lawsuit Mixx Chinese Man Files First-Ever Gay Discrimination Lawsuit Bookmark Chinese Man Files First-Ever Gay Discrimination Lawsuit  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Get Inspired with Our 2015 International Gay and Lesbian Cruise Calendar

January 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passort

Image via Passort

Passport presents our annual Cruise Calendar, an expansive list of the world’s best gay and lesbian cruise voyages for 2015. From brand g to family-friendly r Family Vacations, our list of cruises will sure to inspire (especially if you’re snowbound!).

 Check out our complete 2015 Cruise Calendar over at Passport magazine online by clicking here.
Facebook Twitter Bookmark Get Inspired with Our 2015 International Gay and Lesbian Cruise Calendar  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Get Inspired with Our 2015 International Gay and Lesbian Cruise Calendar Mixx Get Inspired with Our 2015 International Gay and Lesbian Cruise Calendar Bookmark Get Inspired with Our 2015 International Gay and Lesbian Cruise Calendar  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!

Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Gay Marriage Ban

January 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

US District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled in favor of equality, striking down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Granade, appointed by President George W. Bush, stated in her ruling:

There is no law prohibiting infertile couples, elderly couples, or couples who do not wish to procreate from marrying. Nor does the state prohibit recognition of marriages between such couples from other states. The Attorney General fails to demonstrate any rational, much less compelling, link…the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama. [HRC]

 

 

Facebook Twitter Bookmark Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Gay Marriage Ban  at del.icio.us Google Bookmarks Digg Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Gay Marriage Ban Mixx Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Gay Marriage Ban Bookmark Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama’s Gay Marriage Ban  at YahooMyWeb Bookmark using any bookmark manager! Print this article! E-mail this story to a friend!