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Global Cocktail: Merchant’s Sour

August 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Photo Jason Malihan)

Photo Jason Malihan)

Ingredients

1 1/2 denizen rum merchants reserve
3/4 disaranno amaretto
1 peach puree
3/4 lemon
1 egg white
1/2 simple
2 dash fee brothers peach bitters

Created by Francis Verrall, Spigolo this deliciously indulgent cocktail is a mix of the finer things in life. Sweet, savory, and a whole lot of fun when you gulp a couple of these down.

Direction

Dry shake, then shake with ice. Pour over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a peach fan.
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Cocktail Music: Carly Rae Jepsen

August 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via FlyLife

Image via FlyLife

We have to admit, we never thought Canadian Pop Tart Carly Rae Jepsen would ever get past her infectious “Call Me Maybe” days, but the 29-year-old longtime ally of the LGBT community has come out swinging with her latest album E·MO·TION. You can tell that she didn’t rush into this recording as the often upbeat girl-seeks-boy songs are both catchy, melodic, insightful, but, above all, pure pop confection.

We’ve put a couple of the songs from the album after the jump..

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Gay Travel: Betting on Atlantic City

August 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Atlantic City.

Image via Atlantic City.

It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Atlantic City, the world-famous seaside resort area that hugs the southeastern coast of New Jersey. Headline after headline spelled D.O.O.M in bright casino lighting for the city, but just as the lights began to fade to black, Atlantic City’s resident casinos and population began to pave a new path—with or without gambling.

The death-knell came after casinos began falling like dominos. Probably the biggest shock came after Revel, a $2.4 billion casino, shut its doors. Once seen as the saving grace for the boardwalk and the area’s dying gambling culture, the casino’s ultra-high cost and delayed opening, alleged bad business decisions, and a major lack of community integration/understanding, killed the casino off within two years. This was in addition to the closing of the Showboat Casino Hotel, a 23-year-old hotel; Atlantic Club, a 34-year-old institution; Trump Plaza, a 24-old, though recently renovated property; all of which made headlines spelling the demise of the once-great vacationland. As news spread across the nation, Atlantic City gained a Detroit-like reputation (an analogy used by the city’s openly gay and openly republican mayor, Don Guardian).

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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E-Commerce Website PayPal Endorses Equality Act

August 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook

Image via Facebook

The major e-commerce website PayPal has become the latest company to announce support for the newly introduced Equality Act, a landmark federal bill that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBT people from discrimination in many of the most important aspects of their lives.

In a statement on its website highlighting its long-time support for domestic partnership benefits, PayPal said, “On an even more fundamental level, we believe everyone deserves to live without fear of discrimination or retaliation for simply being who they are. The provisions in the Equality Act that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity will bring us another important step closer to the day when these rights are fully enjoyed by all.”

 

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Ellen Page Fires Back at Straight Actors Being Called ‘Brave’ for Playing Gay

August 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube @HRC Gala.

Screen Shot via YouTube @HRC Gala.

Ellen Page has called reporters and the public for calling straight actors brave for portraying gay or lesbian characters. In an interview, the openly lesbian star said: “I don’t really get that, because our job is to read something on a page…I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be.” The 28-year-old is set to star in an upcoming film where she portrays a lesbian dying of cancer.

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World Eats: Las Vegas, Nevada

August 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Andrea Bar Barbara Kraft.

Andrea Bar Barbara Kraft.

In case you haven’t noticed, Las Vegas has turned itself into a must-visit dining destination, attracting some of the world’s greatest chefs who are opening up spectacular new restaurants each year to the delight of the 40 million annual travelers to this desert oasis. From Gordon Ramsay, Hubert Keller, and Bobby Flay, to Wolfgang Puck and Giada De Laurentiss the choices are endless. Here are some of my top choices for discerning gourmands headed to Las Vegas. Bon appétit!

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

 

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Ricky Martin Pens Scathing Op-Ed Over ‘Power that Trump Pretends to Have Over Latinos’

August 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube.

Screen Cap via YouTube.

Ricky Martin has penned an honest, heartfelt, and bitter op-ed to Donald Trump over his stance on Latinos in Billboard magazine.

“The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil.

When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?

From the beginning his intention was transparent: basically tell barbarities and lies to remain relevant in the public opinion, for votes or simply to stay on the media’s radar.

Yesterday’s episode against journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most beloved and respected Latinos in world media, has gotten to the point of enough is enough.

Jorge Ramos was doing HIS JOB as a journalist at a press conference in which he appeared freely and democratically, representing one of the most important Latin television networks in the world and with the same right to freely exercise his profession as all other journalists.

Keep reading over at Billboard.

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Rapper Tyler the Creator is Barred from Entering the UK for Five Years for Anti-Gay Lyrics

August 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook and Tumblr

Image via Facebook and Tumblr

The UK proves that there is a price to pay for discriminating against the LGBT community. Rapper Tyler the Creator told fans that he had to cancels shows in the UK, because he wasn’t allowed into the country. The 24-year-old liberally used anti-gay lyrics in his 2011 album Goblin, and by liberally we mean he used the word “faggot” a total of 213 times.

The rapper is upset by the decision and says that he shouldn’t be held accountable for lyrics he used four years ago. His manager explained that he had received a letter saying that Tyler would not be allowed in the country for three to five years:  “what I do know is tyler is part of an argument that is counter to who he has become. how do you punish someone for growing up?’

In the above picture, Tyler wrote a mini-essay about his usage of words and symbols to convey messages. (You can read it here.)

What do you think?

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Oxford Dictionary Adds Gender-Neutral Mx Title

August 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Justin Vivian Bond famously goes by Mx. Image via Facebook

Justin Vivian Bond famously goes by Mx. Image via Facebook

Earlier this year the Oxford Dictionary added the word cisgender into the Oxford English Dictionary, and now the board has approved the title Mx. as a title for a person who doesn’t fit into traditional male or female roles (Mr., Ms, Mrs.). The honorific is defined as “a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female.’ Originating in around 70s, Mx can be widely used in forms, banks and government institutions in the UK.”

The Oxford Dictionary keeps a record of all words that permeate into the English lexicon, and is not an authority on the English language. Other words that were added this year include Wine O’Clock, fat-shame, butt dial, and Redditor.

 

 

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Religious Objections No Excuse for Public Servants Not to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

August 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has denied a request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky to issue a stay on a lower court’s ruling that orders her to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses—including to same-sex couples—regardless of her religious objections to marriage equality. US District Judge David Bunning had temporarily stayed his order directing her to do so while Davis appealed his decision to the Sixth Circuit.

“Public servants have a responsibility to serve the entire public, including LGBT people,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs.  “Freedom of religion is important, and Ms. Davis has the fundamental right to believe what she likes, but as a public servant she does not have the right to pick and choose which laws she will follow or which services she will provide. If Ms. Davis feels as though she cannot fulfill her responsibilities, she should resign her public position.”

The fight isn’t over yet, Clerk Kim Davis wants to petition the Supreme Court for stay on marriage ruling. Though it seems unlikely the Supreme Court will take her case.

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