Don’t fill up on too many mimosas this Saturday while you’re watching the Kentucky Derby, especially when you have a drink that’s as deliciously vibrant as all those wonderful hats. A little bit naughty and nice, the Fascinator is a well-balanced mid-day cocktail—perfect for a day at the races.
Add water, whisky, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake, shake, shake, and pour into a tall glass. Add a dash of sugar, and garnish (like a fascinator) with mint leaves.
Conrad Sewell is a dynamic new singer-songwriter from Brisbane, Australia whose debut single “Hold Me Up” was released on March 10 via Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment. Entertainment Weekly calls the track an “upbeat, anthemic, just-about-impossible-to-not-get-swept-away-in pop track,” while wrote: “It’s a huge song with an instantly hummable chorus.” Conrad’s first NYC show earlier this year had Rolling Stone calling Conrad a “Rising star” and likened elements of his performance to everyone from Sam Smith, Pharrell, and Queen.
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It may not be a Nine to Five reboot, but movie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting for a new Netflix original comedy. The duo, are set to star in a new show Grace and Frankie about longtime rivals who find out that their husbands are in love with each other. If that’s not bad enough for the two, it’s then announced that their exes will be tying the knot! The show, created by Marta Kauffman whose most famous for Friends, will air 13 episodes next year. Netflix released a teaser of the show and the release date, next Friday!
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Two days after the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign joined with the legal team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that challenged California’s ban on marriage equality to highlight key testimony from Hollingsworth v. Perry which shows that marriage between same-sex couples has a lengthy history, stretching back thousands of years.
“The fact that gays and lesbians form loving, committed, and stable relationships is not new,” said Ted Boutrous, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who played a critical role in the Prop 8 case. “During the Prop. 8 trial we introduced into evidence testimony from the proponents’ own experts recognizing that same-sex marriages have existed for centuries. A decision affirming for all the freedom to marry both dignifies gay and lesbian couples and honors the history of marriage.”
During the first ever trial challenging a same-sex marriage ban – Proposition 8 in California – proponents of the discriminatory legislation called Katherine Young, a professor of religious studies at McGill University, as an expert witness.
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Yasss! A new movie called Chocolate City is about to add a whole lot of sweetness to the male-stripper movie plate. The story, a young and broke college student needs to make some fast cash in order to impress a girl at school. But enough about the plot, this film a pretty rock-hard cast, too: Ginuwine, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Tyson Beckford, Robert Ri’chard, and Michael Jai White, and for the ladies, Carmen Electra and Vivica A. Fox.
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There is a billboard on a nondescript stretch of freeway just south of George Bush International Airport in Houston that reads, “Wherever you go, God listens.” This must be true because during my weekend stay in America’s fourth largest city I am wanting for great food, interesting cultural attractions and a superabundance of hot and friendly Texan men and, wouldn’t you know it, I receive all three in spades.
Houston is a curious place. The largest city in the United States without any formal zoning regulations has the disorienting effect of giving visitors the impression of a mini skyline in any direction their eyes might wander, outward from which spread a jumble of strip malls, clogged freeways, leafy green spaces, bland high rises, gated communities, cramped McMansions, and neighborhoods without central cores. Its urban plan is a tangled mess you want to straighten out like that of a child with a mop of unmanageable hair.
To show solidarity with Bruce Jenner, people around the world are painting their nails. Bruce Jenner, who came out as transgender in a recent interview with Diane Sawyer, has faced some tough critics. Paparazzi and rags have consistently poked fun of the Olympic Gold Medalist’s changes—particularly his painted nails. In the interview, Jenner told Sawyer that one of his goals after coming out is “to be able to have my nail polish on long enough that it actually chips off.” This statement prompted an Australian radio station, KIIS 106.5, to begin a campaign called #PaintYourNailsForBruce. They even went as far as setting up a mobile nail salon outside the Central Railway Station in Sydney.
Members of the New York State Assembly passed a bipartisan bill to protect youths from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. Much of the unity in the assembly is thanks to Assembly Sponsor Deborah J. Glick and Speaker Carl Heastie who moved swiftly to pass the bill through the chamber. Because of this bill’s bipartisan support and a recent statement from President Obama denouncing the practice, there is hope that the state senate will pick up the bill, and it will ultimately reach Governor Cuomo’s desk.
Gay Chorus Diplomacy? Mariela Castro Invites Washington D.C.’s Gay Men’s Chorus to Sing with Gay Cuban Chorus
Call it Pink Diplomacy or Gay Chorus Diplomacy. With a statement to Cuban media, Mariela Castro (daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro) has invited the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) to sing with a newly formed gay Cuban chorus during their historic visit to Cuba this July. The tour, which is being conducted in partnership with Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), will mark the first time a gay chorus has toured the country and the first time YFU has hosted an adult exchange program anywhere in the world.