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The 10 Most Ambiguously Gay Eurovision Acts Ever

May 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen cap via Outlandic

Screen cap via Outlandic

Let’s be perfectly clear: To our knowledge, none of these singers is gay, openly or otherwise. But that doesn’t mean people haven’t wondered, whispered or wished. Some of these guys (and gals) have set off the world’s collective gaydar, some have sparked persistent gay rumors, some have actively flirted with gay audiences, and some have simply set gay hearts aflutter. We’ll leave it to you to figure out who’s who.

1  Shake It | Sakis Rouvas (Greece, 2004)
Stealing a page from the Paul Oscar playbook, sexy Sakis Rouvas surrounds himself with barely clad girls in the video for 2004 Greek entry “Shake It,” and yet still reads as deeply gay. Is it a shameless act of gay-baiting? We don’t really care, please just let us keep watching. One of Greece‘s biggest celebrities and an active supporter of LGBT rights, Rouvas took 3rd place with this song at Eurovision 2004. He returned in 2009 with “This Is Our Night”, which took 7th place in that year’s final.

 

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Global Cocktail: Watermelon Woo Woo

May 22nd, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Image via Q Drinks

Image via Q Drinks

As you raise a glass to honor the men and women who’ve served our country this Memorial Day, do it with a drink that tastes as sweet as freedom. Mix a pitcher of Watermelon Woo Woo with Q Drinks Ginger Beer for your beach day, barbecue, or family picnic and enjoy the three-day weekend!

INGREDIENTS:
– 6 ounces Q Ginger Beer
– 1 ounce gin
– 2 ounces watermelon juice
– 1/2 small lime, juiced
– Lime wedge, for garnish

METHOD:
– Place chunks of watermelon in a blender and blend well until watermelon is pureed. Strain over a fine mesh strainer into container. Save juice and discard pulp. Combine watermelon juice, gin and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with Q Ginger Beer and gently stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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A Taste Of Zurich: Follow Our Winner’s Travels!

May 22nd, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Image via Jeffrey Hartinger

Image via Jeffrey Hartinger

We partnered with SWISS and the Marriott Zurich to send one lucky winner on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Zurich, Switzerland. He’s officially touched down with his best friend in tow, and is taking us along with him every step of the way.

Follow his travels here on our special pop-up blog and keep your eye out for more awesome contests! You could be the next one eating your way through somewhere fabulous!

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Win Tickets to ‘It Shoulda Been You’ on Broadway

May 22nd, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Photo via 'It Shoulda Been You'

Photo via ‘It Shoulda Been You’

Here’s your chance to win two tickets to the new Broadway hit ‘It Shoulda Been You’ for use during the month of June! Enter here.

For a full review of this hilarious new show, check out the Broadway Blog. If you don’t want to roll the dice and enter our contest, get your hands on discounted tickets by clicking here, then select a performance date & enter code: LSP1

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Louisiana’s Anti-Gay Bill Receives Widespread Criticism

May 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

Louisiana is the latest state in the US to pass a religious freedom act that legally allows businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went against a vote in the state legislature to not advance the religious freedom bill and issued an executive ordered to pass a law that allows businesses to discriminate. Jindal, who has begun a presidential exploratory committee, has already received widespread criticism, as states like New York begin to ban non-essential travel to the state and even the city of New Orleans immediately issued a statement condemning the law.

New Orleans Tourism writes in a letter:

The New Orleans tourism industry, along with other state business sectors and leaders, after reviewing the Governor’s executive order, and consulting with constitutional law experts and executive counsels to former governors who are experts on executive orders, are certain that, based on the LouisianaConstitution and recent court rulings, the enactment of any substantive law changes made by the governor in his executive order are invalid and have no impact on Louisiana law.

This executive order is largely a political statement by our conservative governor in support of his national position on the issue. That is certainly his right. It is important for those who visit Louisiana to know that its effect in essence is that of a political campaign document.

Unlike expansive laws proposed and passed, then revisited, in Indiana and Arkansas due to the public and business outcry, the Louisiana law proposed was very narrow. The law would have prohibited the state from taking four specifically delineated actions such as revocation of business licenses or revocation of tax standing against individuals or businesses who take certain actions considered in compliance with their religious beliefs solely as relate to same sex marriage, whether for or against such marriages. Rep. Johnson also proposed amendments that would have specifically prohibited discrimination in the marketplace in the legislation.

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Help LGBT Homeless Youths and Get Your Tickets for Ali Forney Center’s ‘Night of a Thousand Judys’

May 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Ali Forney

Image via Ali Forney

Melissa Errico, Liz Callaway, Michael McElroy, Lauren Worsham, Rachel York, Randy Graff, Kim David Smith, and Danielle Grabianowski will headline the fifth annual “Night Of A Thousand Judys”—presented by The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre—on Monday, June 1. The Pride concert to benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that works to help homeless LGBT youths, will take place at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center. Called “a rambunctious, uproarious, unpredictable all-star concert” by the Wall Street Journal, “Night Of A Thousand Judys” will honor the iconic Judy Garland with special skits, tributes, and songs from her legendary career as movie star, recording artist and stage performer. There will be a pre-show VIP reception at 6:30 P.M. and the performance will begin at 8:00 P.M. The evening is written and hosted by Justin Sayre and directed by Peter James Cook.

And of course additional special guests like The Skivvies, Cyrille Aimee, Adam Kantor, Julie Hill, Josh Sharp, and Aaron Jackson, and others may just show up—last year Joan Rivers popped in for the VIP reception.

Click here to get your tickets. 

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Gay Travel: What’s New in Gay and Trendy Chicago, Illinois

May 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Chicago-Opening-Sprerad-by-Richard-Cavalleri

Image via Passport

by Jason A. Heidemann

The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette (1545 N Damen Ave. Tel: 773-645-4060. www.doveschicago.com) in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness. On a bustling weekday afternoon each one will be flattened by Midwestern butts—which are arguably more voluminous during the winter months. Dee Dee Warwick’s “A Fool for Love” is playing on a record player, not on the vintage Select-O-Matic 100 jukebox hiding in the corner, which works only about half of the time. Meanwhile, gratuitous wood paneled walls give the whole place a kind of 70s dive bar vibe and provides the requisite cue that we are deep in the heart of hipster country. But the real draw at this newly opened throwback diner from superstar chef Paul Kahan (Big Star, the Publican) is the menu whose Tex-Mex inspired standouts include smoked brisket with avocado, pico de gallo, chicarones and green chile vinaigrette rolled into a large flour tortilla, or chicken fried chicken drenched in chorizo verde gravy and topped with sweat peas and pearl onions. It is joints like this that remind the world why Chicago is everyone’s kind of town.

There is much to be excited about in Chicago these days. Yes, it’s still cold December through March (and sometimes November and April), yes the crime rate is higher than residents would like it to be (although way down overall when measured against previous decades), and yes the Cubs still suck (but does anybody really honestly care?). On the other hand, a spate of enchanting new public parks are slated for 2015 arrival (two of which are profiled below), neighborhoods like the West Loop, Fulton Market, Pilsen, and Logan Square that were quiet a mere decade ago are now chockablock with bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the city’s queer scene has gotten so big that Boystown on weekend summer nights rivals places like the French Quarter and Ybor City in terms of exuberant revelry.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Give OUT Day Aims to Support Gay Community with Mass Donations Today!

May 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via GiveOutDay.org

Image via GiveOutDay.org

Today, thousands across the country are mobilizing to support the LGBT community by donating to one of over 500 non-profits for Give OUT Day. “Less than 5% of the LGBTQ community gives to an LGBTQ cause according to research from the Horizons Foundation and Movement Advancement Project,” says Bolder Giving’s Executive Director Jason Franklin. “Give OUT Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ nonprofits and elevate the level of LGBTQ philanthropy.”

It’s easy too. All you have to do is visit Give OUT Day’s website and search for a non-profit of your choice. Donations are expected to pour in today from 12:00 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. so get your wallets ready and give back! In the past two years, the movement helped raise over 1,016,623.00

 

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World’s Best Mom Takes Out India’s First-Gay Matrimonial Ad for her Son

May 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Photo via IceMaiden/Facebook via GSN

Photo via IceMaiden/Facebook via GSN

An Indian mother has taken out the country’s first-ever same-sex matrimonial ad on behalf of her gay son, Harish Iyer. The ad appeared in May 19th’s version of the Mid-Day newspaper appearing under two male engagement rings. “Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”) who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred),” it said. Mid-Day was the only paper to allow the ad, it was reportedly rejected by Times of India, the Hindustan Times, and the dna website. The ad was primarily rejected because of gay sex being re-criminalized in a 2013 court ruling. “My mom worries about me too much,’ Iyer told the paper. Adding: “She is constantly thinking that I am getting old, will be alone, and all those concerns a mother has. So, she and I had a discussion last week and decided to go ahead with placing a matrimonial ad looking for a gay person.”

“My mum called me this morning saying three people have responded so far. She asked me what to do next, how to proceed, so I told her, ‘proceed like you would have if you were looking for a girl for me’,” says Harish. “I will take my time before I give my nod. I am an animal lover and would want my partner to be one. And I am going to have the last word in who I choose because I am going to be living with him, not my mother. Having said that, it is my mom who has led me into finding someone for myself.” [GSN]

 

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First Look New Amy Winehouse Documentary

May 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

In this chilling first look in to the new documentary about the late-singer Amy Winehouse’s life, we get snippets of an interview with the singer. “I don’t. I don’t think I’m gonna be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it. I would probably go mad,” she tells the interviewer. The documentary, which is being touted by critics, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Check out the trailer for AMY after the jump…

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