For a few years, Icelandair has offered a 48-hour “stopover” in Iceland free of charge for US passengers continuing on to Europe. In a new two-minute video, Icelandair surprises Kat, a photographer from Seattle who is traveling to London, with an epic 48-hour stopover as she embarks on her own surprise journey around Iceland reconnecting with her love of food. Once she recovers from the initial shock of her welcome, Kat is taken on a gastronomical journey. From cooking organic lamb and rye bread in a geothermal hot spring, to picking wild crowberries and brambleberries, to relaxing in a secret geothermal lagoon, Kat has the time of her life and is forever changed by her trip.
From now until the end of the year, Icelandair plans on surprising more people arriving in Keflavik Airport. You can nominate someone by clicking here.
Watch Kat’s video after the jump…
One of the most provocative and iconic objects of desire will be explored in the exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, on view at The Brooklyn Museum September 10-February 15, 2015. Featuring more than 160 historical and contemporary high heels from the 17th century through the present, the exhibition examines the mystique and transformative power of the elevated shoe and its varied connections to fantasy, power, and identity. The exhibit, divided into six thematic sections, will include pieces by renowned designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik, Brian Atwood, and, of course, Christian Louboutin.
This October 24, join Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria as she hosts the Ali Forney Center’s annual Fall Gala A Place at the Table. This year’s event will celebrate the 12th anniversary of Ali Forney Center’s work to protect and empower homeless LGBT youths, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Guests are invited to the Lower East Side hotspot Capitale, where a silent auction along with passed hor’douvres, a fabulous dinner (really!), award show, live auction, and finally a VIP after party. The evening consistently welcomes New York’s most generous crowd who all come together to take care of those most vulnerable. Additional celebrity guests to be announced soon.
This just in from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today applauded the United Nations’ top human rights body for approving a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, calling it an important step forward toward progress for equality and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles—that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of IGLHRC. “This resolution puts the UN on a trajectory to address the discrimination and violence LGBT persons suffer daily across the world.”
“The council is confirming that LGBT people have universal human rights,” said Stern. “We know, of course, that the struggle is long, and that we will need the Council to focus on the violations we suffer for many years to come. But for now, we celebrate that the majority of States stood with us to declare, unequivocally, that human rights are for everyone, everywhere.”
Mary Lambert, the featured singer and songwriter of the gay-rights anthem sung by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore “Same Love,” finally has a new single that’s worthy of her talent. The openly lesbian talent has released the song as the lead single from her forthcoming debut album, Heart on My Sleeve.
Check out the adorable video after the jump…
Producers Bruce Cohen, Robb Nanus, Jessica Leventhal, Bruce Robert Harris, and Jack W. Batman will be bringing Tony- and Grammy Award–nominee Andrew Lippa’s oratorio, I Am Harvey Milk, to the New York Stage for a one-night-only performance on October 6th at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Starring Mr. Lippa as Harvey Milk and Tony- and Emmy Award–winner Kristin Chenoweth as the Soprano soloist, I Am Harvey Milk will feature the Orchestra of St Luke’s and introduce the 120 member All Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Part choral work, part theater piece this theater experience is an emotional celebration of an American hero. It weaves the story of Harvey Milk’s life—from boyhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California to his assassination.
Tickets for the New York premiere of I Am Harvey Milk are now available here. Tickets start at $40 with premium seats, including access to a VIP reception, starting at $500.
Facebook is getting ready to delete the profiles of drag queens because of their new policy that doesn’t allow fake names to be used on the social media website. While some have already had their pages deleted (meaning hundreds of thousands of fans gone), Facebook has reactivated the deleted accounts to give them time to come clean about who they really are. “We’ve decided to temporarily reactivate the profiles of several hundred members of the LGBT community whose profiles were recently deactivated,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “This will give them a chance to decide how they’d like to represent themselves on Facebook. Over the next two weeks, we hope that they will decide to confirm their real name, change their name to their real name, or convert their profile to a Page.”
RuPaul has lent her voice to the opposition of the new policy by telling the Hollywood Reporter: “In showbiz, there’s no such thing as bad publicity as long as they spell your name right,” RuPaul tells THR. “But it’s bad policy when Facebook strips the rights of creative individuals who have blossomed into something even more fabulous than the name their mama gave them.”
Freedom to Marry hopes to capitalize on the near 40 rulings across the country affirming marriage for gay couples, by releasing a new national television ad called “It’s Time.” The ad summarizes the blatant injustice of not allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. The thirty-second ad airs on Sunday morning network news shows in the Washington, D.C. market and on cable news next week.
Check it out after the jump…
Fall is officially here, which means it’s time again to slip into a sweater, stay inside, and curl up with a good book…-themed cocktail. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist is a Friday favorite here at Passport HQ, so we were thrilled to hear that the author is releasing a second book, Hickory Daiquiri Dock, at the end of the year.
Before we can take HDD for a test run, let’s take a moment to revisit the gem that is Tequila Mockingbird. This book is a booze- and pun-filled trip through the classics with drinks like Gin Eyre (mint, gin, lemon juice, sugar, and bitters), Love in the Time of Kahlúa (light rum, Kahlúa, cream, and spices), and The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose (mint, lemonade, Grey Goose, and cucumber). Each cocktail is as entertaining as it is delicious, and every recipe is accompanied by a dust-jacket recap of the drink’s literary namesake. Drinking never sounded so…smart.
Ellen DeGeneres took casting the new Magic Mike into her own hands when she had her in-studio gardener, Nick, audition to replace Matthew McConaughey in the latest sequel. Typical DeGeneres, made Nick take off his shirt while cleaning leaves and then proceeded to call up Warner Brothers’ Preside of Creative Development Greg Silverman and force him to let Nick do a screen test immediately.
Check it out after the jump…