by Jason Heidemann
It’s an afternoon of pure bliss that happens deep in the secluded heart of the waterways that are part the majestic black and red mangroves of bucolic and sparsely populated Sugarloaf Key. The only sounds on this journey are the steady, reliable swoosh of the paddle as it dives into the water on both sides of your board propelling you along at a graceful, steady clip. Your friends for the day are a likeminded band of adventurers along with sting rays, barracuda, grouper, nurse sharks, jellyfish, and other creatures of the sea. There’s literally nothing standing between you and nature—not even a swimsuit. That’s because this is Nomadic SUP, a gay-owned tour operator in Key West whose handsome and strapping owner, Cody White, leads daily, clothing-optional standup paddleboard tours through the Mangroves. We took a tour with White and later sat down with him to talk about leading gay men and women on the perfect Key West adventure—sans clothing.
An official from the Vatican has denounced Ireland’s vote in favor of gay marriage by calling the referendum a “defeat for humanity.” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who is the Vatican’s secretary of state said at a conference in Rome: “I was deeply saddened by the result…The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.”
According to a new study, a daily orgasm is not only good for your health, it’s great for your health. Researchers from Harvard Medical School have found that male orgasms actually reduce the risk of prostate cancer. After an 18-year study, researchers found that men 40-49 who ejaculated 21 or more times a month had a 22% lower occurrence of the cancer, compared to men who said they only orgasmed four-seven times a month.
Hey, we’ll trust Harvard on this one.
Vice President Joe Biden took time to write an op-ed in the Advocate to praise Ireland’s marriage referendum. President Obama (who is of Irish ancestry) hasn’t commented yet. “Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality,” he wrote. “They recognized the fundamental truth that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, and that there can be no justification for the denigration or persecution of anyone because of who they love or who they are,” Biden continued.
Passengers on a flight that was diverted because of bad weather to Knoxville received an unexpected surprise, and it wasn’t the surprise layover. The pilot of the Delta flight decided to turn the miserable situation into an impromptu pizza party. “We circled in the air for a while (and) then the captain said we were diverting to Knoxville because of storms over the airport in Atlanta,” passenger Khoury Ashooh told the DailyMail. The pilot ordered pizza to the plane and had it delivered by a baggage car. It was an immediate PR boom for Detlta for an otherwise miserable day. “We are sitting on a runway stuck on a @Delta flight because of weather,” tweeted @RileyVasquez. “So they’re throwing us a pizza party!”
Cher proves that the reinvention queen can still pull off an astonishing runway-ready look in her new ad campaign with Marc Jacobs. The 69-year-old is no stranger to fashion, she’s been in ad campaigns since the 60s (can’t you tell by the face she is giving?). The photo was shot by David Sims, and shows off Jacobs’ “moody” collection inspired by Diana Vreeland’s apartment.
The youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award, Tatum O’Neal, told PEOPLE that she is dating women. The Paper Moon actress revealed to the magazine: “I like women…I definitely have been dating mostly women recently. Though she shied from saying she was a lesbian by saying of her sexuality: “I’m not one or the other.”
“I think women are the most amazing creatures on earth…They’re gentle, and also more intelligent than the men that I’ve met recently. I don’t have a steady right now, but I look forward to it,” the 51-year-old actress aid.
O’Neal has three children.
The highly anticipated Absolutely Fabulous movie is set to begin filming this fall. So, grab the Bollinger and try not to get too drunk till then, or in the spirit of Patsy Stone and Eddie drink it all and come to when the movie’s out. Jennifer Saunders told the British show Loose Women that the script is complete, but she was mum about any plot details. She told the girls: “We’re [shooting] in London and we might go to the South of France. I’m hoping we go to the South of France… I’m waiting for the budget. It could be anywhere — if it’s a big budget it will be the Bahamas…I’ve got another deadline on May 8th … and then we’ll probably do it in the autumn.” [TT]
According to the same-sex marriage campaign in Australia, Equal Marriage Rights Australia, more than nine million people have seen the organization’s call to action for marriage equality after the Irish vote. Now, LGBT activists in the country are capitalizing on this momentum by staging a massive rally. This Sunday, at Taylor Square in Sydney at 2 P.M. over 1,400 people are expected to demand gay marriage.
Greenland Becomes Latest Nation to Approve Gay Marriage and Adoption Rights. Now Where to Tie the Knot?
Home to the most northern Pride celebration, Greenland’s parliament has unanimously approved gay and lesbian marriage. The country, which is independent of Denmark though autonomously tied to the Kingdom of Denmark, adopted the Danish legislation recognizing same-sex marriage. Greenland already had same-sex unions in law because of Danish legislation in 1996.
Couples can begin to marry October 1.