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Here’s How You Can Fly to Fiji For $800 or Less

June 30th, 2015 Daniela Mayer
Via Passport Magazine.

Via Passport Magazine.

To those of you dreaming of an exotic getaway without breaking the bank, good news is here – but you need to act fast.

Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) is celebrating its birthday with a special treat; Round trip flights to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia for $800 or less.

If you’re shipping out from somewhere other than L.A. or Honolulu you will have to pay for the extra legs of your flight separately, but as a somewhat frequent traveler to the Pacific, I can attest that these are probably the cheapest tickets you will find.

The sale is only through July 1, aka tomorrow, so don’t wait to book!

For more information or to book tickets visit Fiji Airways sale website.

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America the Vacation-less

June 30th, 2015 Daniela Mayer
Via Passport Magazine.

Via Passport Magazine.

America; a nation of workaholics that dream of vacationing but never actually seem to travel far from their desks.

While the American gay community enjoys traveling frequently – according to Community Marketing Inc.’s 2014 poll, 39% of the LGBT community purchased a vacation in the last 12 months, while 46% planned to purchase a vacation in the next 12 months – it seems that more than a few of their hetero-cisgendered counterparts are missing out.

A recent survey by TravelZoo found that 69% of Americans plan vacations during the workday, however, according to the Huffington Post, 42% of Americans didn’t utilize even one of their vacation days in 2014.

While this disparity may in part be due to a higher disposable income in the gay community, it’s nonetheless obvious that the American people are desperate to leave the office, even if they never do.

Get up and go somewhere already! We know of a good place to start…

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It Takes Two to Tango: NYPD Cop Dirty Dances at NYC Pride

June 29th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Youtube (Paige Ponzeca)

Photo via Youtube (Paige Ponzeca)

After Friday’s landmark SCOTUS ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage across all fifty states, New York City Pride was bound to have one the best parades of the year, and by the looks if it, everyone was getting into the spirit.

The now-viral video that’s making rounds on the Web, titled, “NYPD gets down during NYC pride,” depicts a hunky NYPD officer bumping and grinding with a marcher during Sunday’s Pride festivities.

Aaron Santis, the purple-shirted Casanova himself, told Buzzfeed News that his efforts to dance up on cops had been unreciprocated all day until he met an NYPD officer who was ready to tango.

“I didn’t expect him to get into it as much as he did,” Santis said. “The crowd just loved it and I think it made him want to dance more.”

Following their dance, Santis left the officer with a kiss on the cheek before marching on.

“It was such a fun moment. He was such a good sport and I’m so glad he decided to dance.”

Watch the video after the jump…

Read more…

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Presbyterian Church Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage, Celebrates Pride

June 29th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

The Presbyterian Church (USA) made a watershed decision last March to formally recognize gay marriage, allowing same-sex couples to wed in its own congregations.

Last Sunday, the clergy officially amended its Constitution accordingly, redefining marriage as “a commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman,” the New York Times reports.

Approved by an overwhelming majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, the amendment fell right on the heels of the US Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights ruling last week, which legalized same-sex marriage across all fifty states.

The Presbyterian Church, with its some 1.8 million members and nearly 10,000 congregations, rose to the forefront of LGBT inclusivity in recent years after its 2011 decision to ordain openly gay clergy in same-sex relationships.

The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, hailed the ruling, “a legal victory that reflects the grace of God, as well as the equality of all citizens,” in a letter to parishioners.

“As we give thanks for this decision, let us give thanks for all those who have worked so hard to see this day of justice. This was the culmination of years of struggle by those who pushed for a more inclusive church and nation, including many members of our own faith community.”

The 1,200-strong Greenwich Village congregation went on to encourage its members to lay out blankets on their lawn to enjoy the Pride festivities after mass had concluded, adding, “we hope to see you Sunday as we serve, cheer on the parade, and continue to show God’s love for all people from this corner of 12th Street and 5th Avenue.”

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In the VIP Lounge with Sir Patrick Stewart

June 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

We know and love Sir Patrick Stewart for his turns as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, and as best buddy and frequent co-star, with Sir Ian McKellen. In fact, the pair’s series of playfully queer photo tweets, taken all over NYC while appearing in Broadway’s Waiting For Godot last year, led to an overzealous reporter incorrectly “outing” Stewart in The Guardian. In fact, McKellen married Stewart! He officiated at the 2013 marriage to his third wife, Sunny Ozell.

Playing gay, after all, is a happy occasion for Stewart, who was knighted in 2010. His first post-Trek role was that of Sterling, the good-humored and sassy boyfriend to Bryan Batt in 1995’sJeffrey, Paul Rudnick’s daring rom-com about love in the age of AIDS. He appeared in a 2003 episode of hit TV sitcom Frasier, “The Doctor Is Out,” as a gay opera director with a crush on Kelsey Grammar, and 2015 saw release of indie drama Match, in which he stars as a bisexual Julliard dance instructor forced to confront a man who may be his bastard child.

While promoting Match in New York City, Stewart joined us in the VIP Lounge for a round of dish and scoops about his life, McKellen, and, of course, travel.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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UK Teens Invent Chameleon Condom That Tests For STDs

June 29th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

Still want a red-hot sex life?

Isaac Newton Academy pupils Daanyaal Ali, 14, Muaz Nawaz, 13, and Chirag Shah, 14, scored top marks at the Teen Tech Awards in London this week, along with cash prizes and a trip to Buckingham Palace, for their rapid color-changing “smart condom.”

The slick rubber, dubbed the S.T. EYE, would use built-in bacterial indicators to detect STDs, emitting colors like “green for chlamydia,” “yellow for herpes,” and “blue for syphilis,” the pubescent posse explained.

“We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors,” said Ali in a press statement. “We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before.”

More than 100 young inventors competed in the 2015 TeenTech Awards in London on Tuesday, where prototypes included “an e-water tap for Africa” and “sunglasses to monitor epilepsy,” according to TeenTech. The Ilford crew took home the coveted top prize in Healthcare, Daily Mail UK reports, and have already been approached by condom manufacturers.

A TeenTech spokesperson says the mini technicolor raincoat is still “very much a concept and… not a finalized design,” according to the Daily Dot, so it may be a while before these rubbers reach your local drug store.

In the interim, you can find out your true colors by getting tested the old fashioned way.

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Global Equality Cocktail: The Vesper Stonewall

June 26th, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
The Vesper Stonewall. Image via Passport

The Vesper Stonewall. Image via Passport

 

 

It’s finally happened. Same-sex marriage is legal in the U.S. Join the rest of gay America tonight and raise a glass to long-awaited EQUALITY!

The Vesper Stonewall
Created by Jaime Rios, Bartender, Top of the Standard & Tavern on the Green
1.5 parts Lillet Rosé
1 part Tanqueray (or other juniper forward gin)
.25 parts Campari
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir for about 20 seconds with Kold Draft ice (or ten seconds with smaller ice).  Strain into rocks glass with “whisky stones” or large cube of ice.  Garnish with lemon twist.
This twist on the classic Vesper Martini embraces the triple berry flavors of the vodka. The ‘whisky stones’ not only visually pay tribute to the legendary Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement in NYC, but they also keep the drink cold without adding extra dilution. Here’s to history!
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Cocktail Music: Christian Falk, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique

June 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via FlyLIfe

Image via FlyLIfe

Comprised of Robyn, Markus Jägerstedt, and the-late Christian Falk, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique have premiered the first song from their forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled mini-album, which will be released later this summer.

This love letter to early 90’s house music, entitled Love Is Free,” features New York–based, Mad Decent-affiliated Maluca, and was debuted as the “Hottest Record” with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. The track can now be heard HERE and is available now.

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Come Out for LA’s World-Famous Gay Film Festival, Outfest

June 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
"Stuff" Image via Facebook

“Stuff” Image via Facebook

With an appropriately campy turn of phrase, the Los Angeles Times called Outfest “More than just a film festival, it’s a full-on happening.” Well, this happening just happens to be the largest of its kind in the US. The ten-day festival celebrates the best in LGBT cinema with screenings of films from around the world. Special events and parties take place throughout the festival and the opening night gala is your chance to shine—go get red-carpet ready for this amazing event.

Check out the full calendar of events from July 9-19. 

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French Foreign Minister Urges French Citizens Not To Turn Up Their Noses At Tourists

June 26th, 2015 Daniela Mayer

 

Via Passport Magazine.

Via Passport Magazine.

The French are notoriously stereotyped as rude, but apparently this may be hurting their tourism industry. With Britain and Spain on the verge of surpassing France’s rank as the top touristic country, the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, began a campaign to encourage French citizens to be more polite towards travelers in order to bolster interest in tourist attractions throughout the country.

Yet, while many applaud these efforts, some show more compassion for the French, and others, distaste in tourists. In a recent Huffington Post article, the managing editor of Yahoo Travel, Jo Piazza, said she felt that all tourists should be more respectful when traveling.

“There should always be an effort made to try to speak the local language, even if you know you’re going to mangle it. There should be a certain level of decorum.”

And so next time you happen to be in France, tuck away your selfie-stick and attempt to speak French so that, maybe, the local baker will actually smile at you.

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