Every day the men of the men of Thunder from Down Under perform a risqué routine for hundreds of screaming ladies (and the occasional sprinkling of men) at their show at Excalibur in Las Vegas. Now, fans of the men from Oz can take them home and enjoy a new piece of Australian pie each month. The boys shared a behind-the-scenes video of what went down.
Watch after the jump…
The Department of Education in Ireland is currently looking to provide transgender students with both suitable uniforms and restroom facilities in an effort to create more inclusive environments. The Community and Social Support Minister Kevin Humphreys along with Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan hosted a committee that hoped to “…ensure transgender children are treated the very same way as other students.”
In Ireland, many public schools are single sex, which is a challenge when it comes to integrating the transgender population (which is estimated to be about 1% the entire Irish population).
The minister of education said: “The policies, practices and climate in schools can support and nurture young transgender students so that they do not feel isolated and alone…There are many areas that require discussion on this matter such as bullying, uniform issues, entry into or continuation in a single-sex school.”
The Gulf airline, Emirates, is bringing back the golden age of air travel. In their recent commercial featuring Jennifer Aniston, they display their newly added amenities for their first-class customers; showers and bars. That’s right, you can now board an Emirates plane, grab a martini, and head off to your decked-out shower.
The ad begins with Aniston, clad in a bathrobe with a loofah, going up to who appear to be some US-based airline flight attendants asking for directions to the showers. It only takes a second before the flight attendants burst out laughing exclaiming in a snotty tone that “there are no showers here, ma’am.” Fear not, for it turns out to only be a dream when Aniston wakes up on her plush bed and heads to the bar for a cocktail.
It doesn’t appear amusing for all parties involved in this development though. The three big U.S. airlines (United, American, and Delta) have asked the Federal Government to prevent any additional flights to the United States from the three big Gulf airlines (Emirates, Etidad, and Qatar). “American, United and Delta have urged the U.S. government to confront the United Arab Emirates and Qatar governments over subsidies they say have been received by Emirates Airline, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, giving the Gulf carriers an unfair advantage,” Aviation wrote.
Customers traveling from the United States to places that the Gulf airlines frequent are choosing to fly with airlines such as Emirates for their commodities and services that the American companies can’t compete with, leaving US airlines a smaller pool of customers.
Check out the commercial below…
Liza Minnelli didn’t want to disappoint her fans after her plane couldn’t land because of the extreme weather, so the star took an overnight 200-mile Uber ride to make her show in Wilmington, NC. Her connective flight from Charlotte couldn’t take off in the weather, and the next flight would have made her late for the North Carolina Symphony at Cape Fear Community College, so she took matters into her own hands. Minnelli and her collaborator Cortés Alexander took an Uber car for 200 miles. Minnelli’s rep told Page Six: “He drove all night and finally delivered Liza to her hotel at 6:30 A.M.”
Pennsylvania’s first out state legislator Brian Sims announced this morning that he is running for Congress. Sims will run in the 2nd Congressional District primary race.
Sims joins two other democrats, 9th Ward leader Dan Muroff and Lower Merion Township Commissioner Brian Gordon, in vying to unseat an 11-term incumbent, Rep. Chaka Fattah, a Democrat.
“They need a champion, someone who will stand up for justice, for equality, for women, to the NRA,” said Sims, a clear favorite among LGBT voters and progressives, Philly.com reports.
Fattah has remained unchallenged (for the most part) since 1994, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. But the Congressman is skating on thin ice after being indicted on corruption charges earlier this year. Fattah continues to deny allegations that he used public and charitable funds to give kickbacks to donors.
A YouTube video released today by the Sims campaign emboldens America’s mounting civil rights fronts.
“We face blatant racism on the presidential stage, hatred spun as faith, discrimination in the workplace, and bloodshed in our streets,” Sims says in the video. “I haven’t walked in everyone’s shoes, but I’ve logged enough miles in my own to know I’ll never back down.”
You can watch his campaign announcement video below:
Australia could see a record $710,000 if the country legalizes gay and lesbian marriage. According to the ANZ report, businesses that cater directly for weddings would benefit the most, but that an increase of international travelers (and domestic travelers) will benefit the economy as a whole. Within the first 12 months, the country could see an additional $355,000 or more (the study’s authors called the estimate conservative).
An average wedding in Oz sets couples back $36k and that’s without a honeymoon.
The figure shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for those in the know, figures have shown major boosts to countries and states that legalized gay marriage. [GSN]
Two gay couples have filed a lawsuit against Kansas in a federal court because the state refuses to change their children’s birth certificates to identify both same-sex parents. The state will only issue birth certificates listing a biological parent. Filed with the help of the ACLU, the lawsuit says that the state is disobeying the Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges.
Courts ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional in Nov. 2014.
Throughout a series of ads, Campbell Soups features “real life” families, and the inclusive series of spots features a gay couple and their son. The tagline “Made for Real, Real Life,” is the brands new campaign hoping to depict “real food that matters for life’s moments.”
According to AdAge:
Yin Woon Rani, Campbell’s VP-marketing activation, said the company wanted to show a diverse mix of American families in the spots and to add a “a wink and a smile” to the brand’s messaging. According to the company, Campbell’s brand products are already found in 88% of American households. Still, it needs to push shoppers to buy more, especially as other areas such as fresh foods continue to gain ground over packaged items. Campbell has acquired brands such as Bolthouse Farms and Plum, is working on removing more artificial colors and flavors and is cutting costs as it tries to gain a competitive edge in a rapidly changing environment.
Watch the ad after the jump…
The openly gay British singer Sam Smith openly admitted that the new theme song for James Bond Spectre took him only 20 minutes to write, but it’s a powerful ballad that will sit comfortably (though probably won’t stand out) with the long line of Bond James Bond anthems. The song, “Writings on the Wall,” premiered a couple weeks ago, and now we’ve got a video.
Watch the video after the jump…
More Than 35k Sign Petition Calling for Resignation of Church Official Responsible for Pope Francis’ Kim Davis Meeting
According to press reports, one man was likely responsible for Kim Davis’s invitation: Carlo Maria Vigano, a conservative church official who was appointed by Pope Benedict as Vatican ambassador to the United States (formally called the “apostolic nuncio”).
Having created an opportunity for right-wing evangelicals to dishonestly hijack the message of the pope’s visit to the United States, Vigano must now resign.