Still on your juice cleanse for the beginning of the year? Don’t stop now, but don’t deny yourself a little end-of-the-month indulgence, either. The cocktail craftsmen at NYC’s KTCHN (the restaurant tucked inside the gay OUT Hotel) have the perfect way to booze while you detox. These four cocktails by Urban Greens are exclusively at KTCHN and the Out hotel and are made from organic, raw juices. We couldn’t pick a favorite, so here are all four!
Beet Smash: Hennessey, Urban Greens beet juice, muddled mint and orange
Café Green: Café Patron, Stoli Vanilla, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Urban Greens spinach juice
Greenhound: Grey Goose vodka, Cointreau, grapefruit juice, Urban Greens kale juice
Chialini: Champagne, St. Germain, Urban Greens pineapple pear chia juice
Singer/songwriter “Who Is Fancy” has released the song “Goodbye” as the first offering as a part of a recent partnership with Big Machine Label Group (Taylor Swift), Scooter Braun Projects, and Republic Records. But Who Is Fancy? His identity has not yet been revealed, but the artist has released three videos, all three are nearly identical, except they star three different people.
Check them out after the jump…
Leonard Nimoy, the actor who is most famous for portraying pointy-eared Spock on Star Trek, has died at the age of 83. During his just three seasons as the Vulcan science officer and first officer, Nimoy made the “Live long and prosper” gesture and line into a worldwide phenomenon. Nimoy embraced his role as Spock, attending fan expos, writing two autobiographies, and reprising his role in the series’ recent big-screen reboot.
Nimoy, despite not attending his costar George Takei’s wedding to his partner, discussed his support for same-sex marriage. Saying to Zap2Zit: “Absolutely NO on Prop 8 because I believe that gay people have every right to get married and share their lives. George and Brad have been together for many years. They have every right to be together in any way they choose. Prop 8 is completely unjust.”
Make your pilgrimage to the gay mecca of Palm Springs a little early this year for the first-ever Festival of the Desert. Enjoy music, arts, celebrations, and a culinary experience by lesbian chef Cat Cora (check out our profile of her here), all under the California sun.
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The Original GLBT Expo showcases products from GLBT-friendly and gay-owned companies and producers. This year’s event takes place this weekend on February 28-March 1 at the Javits Center in New York City. With dozens of vendors, including a giant wedding pavilion and the Passport Travel Show, there’s no reason not to go. After you’ve finished browsing through the exhibition, spend some time watching the evening entertainment. Dance groups, comedians, singers, and performers will grace the stage. In addition to some LGBT nightlife mainstays, there will also be numerous young artists trying to make in it the challenging world of NYC performance art. Come and support them.
And, don’t forget to come say hi to us!
Japan’s vibrant, spirited, and stimulating capital, Tokyo, is famously a city that never sleeps, but tonight it’s taking a gentle nap. My friend Mike and I wander the streets of Ginza, a renowned shopping district normally flooded with pedestrians on a Saturday night, though there’s nary a soul in sight. A handful of locals hugging each other tightly rush to a cab as the heavens above unleash a spatter of raindrops. It happens that we arrived on the eve of Super Typhoon Phanfone, which was hot on the heels of our flight from Los Angeles. A Super Typhoon is like a tropical storm on steroids, and, already, we knew it would wreak havoc on our vacation.
But, as it turns out, Tokyo is a resilient city. After a huge blow from the recession that lasted six strong years, and a fatal tsunami up north that also affected Tokyo’s economy, the city known for its sparkle and charm finally said enough. It took reign of its economy, opened its first hotel since the recession, and banged out myriad new attractions. The typhoon, interestingly, lasted only one full day; chased away by the famous rising sun that now gleamed over the city. Tokyo had unabashedly emerged from its power nap, fully recharged, and whole-heartedly committed to its agenda of returning to its iconic splendor.
As it is well documented that Jeb Bush has evolved on gay and lesbian marriage, media outlets are reporting that Bush is the “gay-friendly republican.” Buzzfeed described Bush’s likely 2016 campaign strategy.
“When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching equality for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay.”
Not so fast, HRC, decried in a press release, “At the end of the day, it isn’t rhetoric or hiring practices that count, it’s what a candidates stands for. A candidate who is truly committed to LGBT equality will support marriage equality and support protecting all LGBT Americans from discrimination. While the tone of Jeb Bush’s language and word choice may have changed, he hasn’t yet articulated different policies from when he opposed marriage equality and opposed discrimination protections as governor. There are more questions than answers on where Bush stands today.”
Despite the uncertainty of what a Bush run in 2016 will look like, it’s refreshing to see how far the entire political landscape has changed on marriage equality in just a few short years.
Despite some hurdles from Republicans, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, announced today that that the FCC voted in support of net neutrality—supporting President Obama’s demand that Internet providers not charge for faster speeds. According to the NYTimes:
The proposed rule change would reclassify broadband Internet services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, giving the FCC the authority to enforce rules preventing Internet providers from providing favorable treatment—such as faster speeds—to companies in exchange for money. In other words, Netflix or Hulu can’t pay to have their video delivered more quickly than a competing but smaller company. Perhaps more importantly, these rules also apply to mobile broadband, meaning that cell phone companies can’t decide to throttle or block data coming from certain services. The hope is to give all Internet companies, regardless of the size of their wallets, a fair shake at competing, and make sure that consumers have access to the content they want, without interference from providers.
Facebook will now allow users to add their own description beyond the pre-set options to accurately describe their gender identity. Users can also control with whom they share their gender identity, an important safety and privacy feature.
The change builds on the “Custom Gender” option introduced last year by Facebook, which provides users a list of more than 50 gender identities they can choose from to describe themselves while building their online profile at the site. The feature will now include a free-form field in which individuals who use Facebook in US English can self-identify with their own words.
“Facebook’s new free-form field for gender identity is a huge step forward for transgender, gender nonconforming and gender queer youth,” said GLSEN Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard. “The Internet is an essential source of resources, support and community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, and one of its most important ‘living rooms’ now better reflects their reality and self-understanding.”
The wind-chill factor may have been zero degrees outside on Monday night, but numerous dyed-in-the-wool Broadway musical theater fans, who may that morning have complained, “Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning,” nonetheless thought it worth their while to “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” and “Charleston” over to the Town Hall to hear two dozen singers “Say It with Music” in the latest edition of the popular Broadway by the Year series.