Taye Diggs, Andrew W.K., Lady Bunny, and Andy Rourke ‘Party Hard’ with Stoli in East Village

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli

Last night, the timelessly trendy East Village nightlife hub, The Pyramid Club, played host to a select group of men, women, and everything in between to celebrate the launch of Stoli’s nationwide campaign to pay homage to the pioneering people and places shaping nightlife culture over the past 40 years. Professor of the Party Andrew W.K. greeted guests from the stage, and he even poured me a couple drinks from behind the bar. Lady Bunny, as always, effortlessly twirled to the Smith’s Andy Rourke who was DJing. “Everyone look, there is a drag queen in the room,” the big-haired diva shouted to the crowd. Taye Diggs was the surprise celebrity guest who was looking oh-so-mighty fine. “I’m a lesbian, and I’ve never felt or saw anything so fine in my life,” a lady outside told me. The ScenebyStoli Project chose Pyramid Club and the East Village, not only because of its character, but also because of its history as a venue for punk, rock, and drag performers, artists, and musicians since 1979.

Find out more about the new Stoli campaign by clicking here and check out where other parties will take place.

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‘It’s More Than a Halloween Costume’ Doctors of the World Encourage Halloween Ebola Jokesters to Donate Much-Needed Supplies

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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We know plenty of people out there who are going to use this Halloween to live out their Ebola doctor fantasies (we’ve even seen a sexy Ebola costume). But one organization, Doctors of the World, hopes that instead of capitalizing on the hysteria for gags, this Halloween should be used to raise awareness of the real needs of doctors who are risking their lives to combat the disease. “DONATE A REAL EBOLA SUIT. HELP SAVE LIVES. Donate a Glove. Donate a Boot. Donate a doctor,” says the Doctors of the World website.

Check out to see how you can contribute here. 

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Passport Concierge: Adam Tidd, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

Adam Tidd has 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry, the last ten years of which have been with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He began working for the hotel group in Grande Lakes Orlando as a senior meeting and special events manager. “In 2008, I moved home to Boston for a promotion as the director of meetings and special events at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common,” he said. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead (3434 Peachtree Rd. Tel: 404-237-2700. www.ritz-carlton.com) became his home in 2010, and he has served as the hotel’s associate director of meetings and special events. When asked why he chose the hotel in Buckhead he replied: “The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is an iconic hotel within our brand. We are celebrating 30 years this year.” And he’s right. The towering property exudes that Ritz-Carlton luxurious style with its well-appointed rooms, amenities like a spa and pool with skylights, as well as the brand’s signature customer service, something Tidd shows off when he gives us an insider’s look into the best places to drink, eat, visit, and have fun in the always exciting city of Atlanta.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

 

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National Organization for Marriage Donating $200k This Week to Defeat Democrats in NC and AR

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via NOM

Image via NOM

The National Organization for Marriage announced the formation of a new Super PAC to campaign against US Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mark Pryor (D-AR), and to oppose other Republican candidates who, in their words, “abandon support for marriage,” according to a press release from the bigoted organization. “The National Organization for Marriage Victory Fund will spend $200,000 this week in just the North Carolina and Arkansas Senate contests,” said Brian Brown, President of NOM. “Today we’re announcing the launch of a powerful new television ad that puts marriage front and center in the race, contrasting the leadership of Thom Tillis in getting the North Carolina marriage amendment on the ballot with Kay Hagan’s opposition to it. Moreover, Hagan was the person who hand-picked the federal judge who invalidated the North Carolina marriage amendment without so much as giving voters a day in court.”

Let’s fight back against this hate-fueled political donation. Click here to donate to Hagen’s campaign and click here to donate to Pryor’s.

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Watch: Ellen DeGeneres Scares Jake Gyllenhaal Silly with Creepy Drag Doll

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

Let’s get over Hump Day together by starting our day with this hilarious video of Jake Gyllenhaal getting scared stupid by prankster Ellen DeGeneres. Yesterday, dreamy Gyllenhaal came to the Ellen show to talk about his latest movie Nightcrawler, and in the process of talking about his reasoning behind taking dark roles, an extremely creepy man dressed as a doll pops out.

Warning: watching this video after the jump may make you watch all of Ellen’s Halloween-time prank videos…

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‘Will and Grace’ Star Sean Hayes Confirms Engagemet to Scott Icenogle

October 28th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

Sean Hayes has always remained mum concerning his private life. The star wasn’t technically out until a 2010 interview—that’s four years after the last episode of Will and Grace. Hayes, though, has revealed to PEOPLE, that he is in fact engaged to LA-based music producer Scott Icenogle. The Sean Saves the World lead, sparked rumors of his engagement after arriving on set of CBS’ The Talk wearing a ring on his left ring finger. “Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time,” Hayes’s rep said.

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Dolly Parton Says Her Christian Fans Should Stop Judging Her LGBT Fans

October 28th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Dolly Parton isn’t one to keep her opinions to herself. Last year she voiced her support for gay marriage by telling a journo that gay people “should suffer just like us heterosexuals,” and now the pint-sized singer/actress/icon has revealed in an interview with Billboard that she not only appreciates and loves her LGBT fan, but says that her Christian fanbase (particularly the ones who visit Dollywood) shouldn’t pass judgement on gays—because that in itself is a sin.

Excerpt from Billboard.com below:

Dollywood attracts lots of church groups, but it has also become a draw for the LGBT community. What does that say about you?

It’s a place for entertainment, a place for all families, period. It’s for all that. But as far as the Christians, if people want to pass judgment, they’re already sinning. The sin of judging is just as bad as any other sin they might say somebody else is committing. I try to love everybody.

You have a large gay following. To what do you attribute that?

They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I’ve struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood. I’ve had to go against all kinds of people through the years just to be myself. I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love. I don’t think we should be judgmental. Lord, I’ve got enough problems of my own to pass judgment on somebody else.

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Cartoon Network Makes History by Airing Gay Couple, But Kiss is Censored

October 28th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube.

Screen Shot via YouTube.

Cartoon Network, a network geared toward children, has made television history for briefly showing a gay couple on its television show Clarence. Although featuring the characters is historic in and of itself, the series’ writer, Spencer Rothbell, revealed that the clip was censored in order to a green light to air the episode from the network. In the scene, two men meet at a restaurant. They were originally supposed to kiss each other on the lips and then one was supposed to give the other flowers, Rothbell revealed in a tweet.. “It’s such a minor throwaway moment, but I guess it’s better than nothing. Maybe one day the main character can be gay and it won’t be a big deal,” he said.

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In the VIP Lounge with John Lithgow

October 28th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image Nigel Parry

Image Nigel Parry

John Lithgow may be well on his way to another Oscar nomination (or first win) for his role in Director Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange. In the film, he and Alfred Molina portray Ben and George, a Manhattan gay couple of 39 years whose marriage inadvertently results in their loss of a home together. Shedding light on an unfortunate consequence facing some LGBT individuals employed by religious institutions when they legally tie the knot. The film showcases a warm, sweet, nuanced performance by Lithgow who was honored with an HRC Equality Award in May.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Win a Thai Dream Job Helping Elephants on an All-Expenses-Paid Trip

October 27th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via World Elephant Day

Image via World Elephant Day

The Tourism Authority of Thailand together with DreamJobbing are giving away a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity to become a wildlife volunteer. The all-expense-paid opportunity will see one lucky winner enjoy a two-week trip throughout Thailand where he or she will care for elephants and help support responsible elephant tourism.

All you have to do is upload a short video and encourage your social media pals to vote for you.

Click here to apply.

 

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