Nebraska Federal Judge Strikes Down State’s Gay Marriage Ban

March 2nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA - AUGUST 18: An empty State Supreme Court Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol building on August 18, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – AUGUST 18: An empty State Supreme Court Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol building on August 18, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Today Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality, requiring all state officials to treat same-sex couples equally for the purposes of marriage effective March 9In Waters v. Ricketts, the ACLU sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples, arguing last month that Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. HRC congratulates the ACLU and the courageous plaintiffs who made this victory possible.

With oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States just weeks away, the national drumbeat for marriage equality continues with this new ruling. A recent poll by the Human Rights Campaign revealed that, for the first time, a full 60 percent of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry.

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After Years of Rumors, Catwoman Comes Out as Bisexual

March 2nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
(Adam Hughes / DC Entertainment

(Adam Hughes / DC Entertainment

The writers of Catwoman have hinted for over a decade that the feisty feline anti-heroine, Selina Kyle, was bisexual, and now, head writers have finally confirmed that she is, in fact, bisexual. In Catwoman #39, the DC Comics star kisses Eiko Hasigaway. And as the head of Gotham’s Calabrese crime family and with war on the horizon, it seems that Catwoman has finally expressed her true feelings. “She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” said head weiters Genevieve Valentine. “The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen.”

 

 

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Global Cocktail: Urban Greens Premium Juice Cocktails

February 27th, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Urban Greens Premium Juice Cocktails

Urban Greens Premium Juice Cocktails

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

 

 

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Cocktail Music: Who Is Fancy?

February 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Who Is Fancy?

Who Is Fancy?

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.

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Leonard Nimoy, Famous for Playing Spock on ‘Star Trek’ Dies

February 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via s_bukley

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.”

Check out the New York Times obituary that expertly covers this fascinating man’s life and legacy. 

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Join Cat Cora and More for the Festival of the Desert in Palm Springs

February 27th, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. Image via Festival of the Desert

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora. Image via Festival of the Desert

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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Join ‘Passport’ Magazine this Weekend at the Original GLBT Expo in New York

February 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

Gay travel Expo

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!

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Gay Travel: What’s New in Tokyo, Japan

February 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

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.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Is Jeb Bush the Gay-Friendly Republican President?

February 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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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.

 

 

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Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Vows to Keep the Internet Free and Open

February 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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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.

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