From September 26-28, score something a little extra for your honey pot at Lucky Bear Weekend. This fully loaded let-loose weekend takes place each year primarily at the Blue Moon Las Vegas with daily pool parties, breakfasts, and after-after parties. But the event, which is primarily free, has plenty of time built in for you to experience Vegas on your own terms.
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Seattle is proud to announce Marry Me in Seattle, a celebration of marriage equality that includes special year-round, customized hotel packages and offerings for gay and lesbian couples. To kick it off, Seattle is giving away four First Wednensday Weddings to same-sex couples from out of state. From now until December. Weddings include air transportation, hotel, ceremonies, and receptions at iconic Seattle venues—with everything you need to start your happily ever after.
The person behind the hilarious ‘God’ Facebook and Twitter has now taken his almighty Internet power to help launch a campaign to spread the good word that God in fact does love gays. We’re all very much aware that the hate-group The Westboro Baptist Church has been spreading their malicious messages across the country that “God Hates Fags,” especially in their home base of Topeka, Kansas, and now God wants to do something about it. He/she has launched a crowdfunding website to help raise money to erect a billboard in Topeka that says “God Loves Gays.” “BEHOLD! God is tired of having hate-speech put into his mouth by bigots. Therefore, the LORD shall put up a billboard in Topeka, Kansas that declares to all that ‘God Loves Gays’!” the Indiegogo website says.
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There have been rumors spreading like wildfire that the power lesbian couple, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, is on the verge of splitting up. But, a new photo posted to Ellen’s Instagram proves that the Hollywood duo is stronger than ever. “Look what my wife did for our wedding anniversary,” DeGeneres wrote with a picture of the two smiling and sky-written six in the background.
Congrats you two! Cheers to many more years together!
Star center for the Phoenix Mercury, Brittney Griner, warmed hearts in the audience when she kneeled down on one knee and proposed to her girlfriend Glory Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. “Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!” Griner wrote under a picture she posted on Instagram. The widespread media attention to the very public engagement comes just months after the WNBA announced that it would actively market itself to the gay and lesbian community, and allowing their teams and athletes to participate in Pride events across the country. [WaPo]
Congrats to a gorgeous couple.
New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel as well as the trendy Dream Downtown may become the latest accommodation acquisitions for the Sultan of Brunei—owner of the Dorchester Collection. According to the UK-based The Times, the Sultan of Brunei is seen as the favorite to obtain three hotels—The Plaza Hotel and the Dream Downtown hotel in New York, as well as The Grosvenor House Hotel in London—for an estimated $2.2 billion. All three are being sold by the Sahara Group’s chairman, Subrata Roy, who is currently in prison.
The Sultan has faced an international backlash following his decision in May to begin implementing a horrific series of penal code reforms that could lead to the stoning of women and LGBT Bruneians.
HRC is continuing their call for a boycott of the Dorchester Collection, which owns hotels in the US like Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel. “The Sultan of Brunei could start executing women and LGBT people in Brunei as soon as next year,” said Ty Cobb, HRC’s Director of Global Engagement “The American profit stream that flows from his hotels back to his regime needs to stop. We urge all New Yorkers to have one simple and straight-forward message for the Sultan: take your business elsewhere.”
A vacation mecca off the sun-scorched coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is favored by gay and straight tourists looking for a budget break in the sun, but this Spanish island is steadily becoming more sleek and seductive with new five-star resorts, international restaurants, private gay yacht charters, and other fancy ambitions.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 1,800 miles south of mainland Spain, Gran Canaria and the other six Canary Islands are located outside the European tax zone, meaning goods such as alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, and electronics are generally cheaper here than in mainland Europe. The third largest of these islands, Gran Canaria has year-round sunshine, a popular gay nude beach, clothing-optional gay complexes, and dozens of gay bars in the twin resort areas of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. These factors altogether affirm Gran Canaria’s status as an affordable gay hotspot, attracting gay men and lesbians from places including the UK, Germany, and Scandinavia with the promise of cheap fun and sun.
Facebook has made a shocking donation to a reelection campaign in Utah that has many calling foul. The Internet juggernaut handed over a $10,000 donation to Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes—the same attorney general that’s fighting against legislation that would bring marriage equality to the state. “Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue – because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open internet.”
This is the second-largest donation that Reyes has received. Knowing that Facebook cannot take their money back, a petition has been launched to have Facebook donate to donate “an equal or great contribution” to his opponent Charles Stormont.
This weekend marked the Material Girl’s 56th birthday, and without a doubt she will be celebrating with a bang! Madonna still knows how to make headlines—from the release of her album MDNA to her controversial world tour that made headlines, especially her concert in St. Petersburg. After a few decades, Madonna continues to be one the world’s biggest entertainers and one of the most well-known LGBT icons—and she has the track record to prove it. She opened the doors for many present-day pop sensations such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and more.
Some of our favorite videos after the jump …