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Empire State Building Will Shed Light on Endangered Species with Projections

July 30th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

“I’m a scale person—that’s what Louie likes about me,” Travis Threlkel, chief creative cffice and co-founder of Obscura Digital, told the New York Times. “It’s like the Guggenheim. That’s big, right? No, man. We did that from the back of a car with one projector on it. This one, I’ve got 40 giant cannons. And I wish I had more.”

On Saturday, using 40 stacked, 20-000 lumen projectors sitting atop a building on West 31st Street, the southern face of the Empire State Building will light up the night with digital images of endangered species in an effort to call attention to some of the planet’s most at-risk wildlife.

Threlkel, alongside filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, is the architect behind this “weapon of mass instruction,” which will illume a space 375 feet tall and 186 feet wide, a total of 33 floors, with moving pictures of ” a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin and manta rays,” along with a variety of creatures land and sea, the New York Times reports.

Psihoyos and Threlkel received clearance from the city just four weeks ago. In the last three years, the pairing has put on dozens of smaller projections, including one on the Guggenheim Museum. Their biggest display so far was last year on The United Nations building.

Don’t have a ticket to Saturday’s 27th Street rooftop viewing party? Don’t fret. Images should be clear within 20 blocks downtown of the Empire State Building. Beyond 14th Street, the grey, furry face of a giant koala bear shouldn’t be hard to miss. And beyond New York City, the events are also to be a part of Psihoyos’ upcoming documentary, “Racing Extinction,” which will premiere on the Discovery Channel in December.

“We’re going to try to create something beautiful. Not bum people out,” Threlkel explained. “Hopefully, this is one big domino. If we can tip it, it would be great.”

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Brazilian Couple Bares All to Protest Homophobia In The Streets Of Sao Paulo

July 30th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Chicos.cc

Photo via Chicos.cc

In a provocatively stark way to fight homophobia, one gay Brazilian couple took to the streets of São Paulo at 2 a.m. to pose in the buff and naked of prejudice in the midst of mounting brutality toward LGBTs in Brazil.

Accompanying the bare shots of real life boyfriends Felippe and Marlon, Chicos.cc photographers Fabio Lamounier and Rodrigo Ladeira write,

Of all the countless times I’ve been to São Paulo, none of them I skipped visiting the bright and grand Paulista Avenue. The biggest symbol of the city, also scene of several activists marches and conservative attacks; The place where the huge buildings shares space with the little businessmen; The city owns the traffic that nowadays is seen in all other major cities, but also the living beings that walk through its streets at their own time. The ave is under a pendulum between those opposites. Of all those countless times, however, today was my only and first time I’ve seen this avenue off the mightiness it carries: fragile, empty and cold – and, because of this, so human.

Felippe and Marlon, carrying just the adrenaline and courage, had the idea of this photography. This same adrenaline que covers our faces, shakes our hands and dilates time – Those little passe frighteningly seconds and excitingly endless. The few eyes wandering by the street multiply quickly, as well as the shoots, fear and sweat. We’ve made, in so little team, the shoot of un symbolic act, but most important a free act Being naked at the avenue shows off its own And Also the city weakness: We have to be utopian and rethink the city naked of its Prejudices, lovable even under the gray sky; complete just because of the diferences, and respectful of the diversity cause. It is to be one day. But the patience Also dilates the time: maybe tomorrow, who knows, days are no longer utopian, but just real.

Photo via Chicos.cc

Photo via Chicos.cc

In their own words, the couple added:

“Chicos. Ticos. Boys. We are all Chicos! Boys becoming men. Every day! Men who love other men. Marlon and I (OK, it seems like the name of the film), this is my love story. A love that was born via make-out and, two years later, became a free, intense love and the most sincere relationship I’ve ever had in my life.

In place of a sense of ownership, we establish a sense of freedom. We are free … but to keep loving takes more each day. When we began to meet each other’s friends and people close to us, everyone said, “Wow, but you are so different from each other.” Yes, we are different, and for this reason, we are complementary. Sizes, different proportions, and different taste. Wishes, dreams, and hunger for equal freedom.

We chose to pose together on Avenida Paulista. The same place where lampadada, an act of intolerance against gays and against humanity, happened. We were naked: free of clothes, prejudices or fears. Clicks representing an ideal world in which we can walk together hand in hand, embrace each other or kiss without fear. A world where we can be ourselves and do what gives us more pleasure. Love!

The “lampadada Avenida Paulista” happens every day in different corners of São Paulo, Brazil, and the world, unfortunately. Lampadadas in the form of insults, physical and psychological abuse. We are attacked for being gay, for being ourselves. Chicos who love other Chicos, Johns, Pedros, Caios, Rodrigos, Josephs, Ricardos, Thiagos and many others. And this has to stop! Stop so that love can continue freely.”

For the rest of the photos, including the NSFW ones, click here.

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Horrifying Knife Attack at Jerusalem Gay Pride

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Jerusalem Gay Pride. Image by ChameleonsEye

Jerusalem Gay Pride. Image by ChameleonsEye

A man that is being described as “ultra-Orthodox Jewish” is responsible for stabbing several men and women at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade. The attacker Yishai Schlissel, was arrested only after stabbing six people. It came to light that the man was recently released from prison after carrying out the same attack at 2005’s gay-pride parade. In total, six people were hurt, two seriously. Yishai Avior told the station in an eyewitness account: “People ran in every direction to take cover. Where I was standing there were three people on the ground bleeding. There was immense panic and shock.”

DailyMail has photos and videos of exactly went on during today’s events. 

 

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Is this New Soap Brand’s Logo and Name Referred to as ‘Detrimental to Public Order?’

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

A hand soap out of Taiwan’s new logo is, ironically, being called dirty, because of the company’s new logo that may refer to gay sex. The company, Soap Picker Studios, is being denied their trademark by the Intellectual Property Office because, according to the company’s owner, the name relates to “pick up the soap” and refers to “gay men’s sexual behavior.” She claims that the IPO said the product is “detrimental to public order or good morals.”

The creator of the logo, says that he knew the design would be provocative, as it includes a butt, but didn’t think it would break any laws.

Taiwan Law Blog says that it was denied because dropping the soap refers to sexual assault. “Whether trademarks should be denied for morality reasons and what standards should be applied are worthy of discussion, but to pretend that the name of the soap company does not, at best, make light of sexual assault is disingenuous,” the letter from the IPO to the company’s owner says.

Do you think the IPO is making mountains out of mole hills or is their legitimacy to their concern?

 

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Business Profile: Leon Avigad. Bulldozer. Storyteller. Empresario.

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Leon and Nitzan.

Image via Leon and Nitzan.

Leon Avigad’s business card bears three short words: “Bulldozer. Storyteller. Empresario.” It’s a fitting calling card for the Israeli hotel developer, whose wildly creative properties have launched an urban-chic renaissance among Tel Aviv’s once staid lodging scene. Avigad, who founded the Leopard boutique hotel development firm in 2003 after two decades of managing other people’s properties, doesn’t like to play by the rules. Why carry a business card that lists just a name and title when he can do something a little bit radical? With his hotels, Avigad says, he bulldozes and storytells all day.

Avigad, along with his partner Nitzan Perry, is an unabashed Francophile with a similar passion for America. His career trajectory reads like a standard ladder-climbing story, until you toss out the details: born in Tel Aviv, he got his start as bellboy at Jerusalem’s legendary King David, the five-star, British-Mandate-era monolith that has played host to kings, presidents, and no shortage of Israeli history. He then moved to concierge, shift leader and, after jumping ship to a competitor property, eventually became general manager.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Tell Delta to End the Transport of Exotic Animal Hunting Trophies

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Change.org

Image via Change.org

The world is outraged over the death of Cecil the lion. And rightfully so. The illegal killing of the beloved animal has called attention to the business of trophy hunting. And while the Internet calls for the swift justice of Dentist Walter J. Palmer, we have to remember that he is just one of the thousands of trophy hunters who pay to kill big-game animals on the continent.

A new petition online, focuses on preventing these trophy hunters from easily bringing their prize killings home, by demanding that airlines, particularly Delta ban the transport of exotic animal trophies.

Click here to find out more and sign the petition. 

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Mormon Church Might Disavow Boy Scouts Over Gay-Inclusive Policy Reform

July 29th, 2015 Chris Roney
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The Boy Scouts of America nixed its ban on openly gay adult leaders on Monday. Well, sort of.

The new policy grants church-sponsored units the capacity to appoint local unit leaders who coincide with their tenets, even if that means keeping positions out of reach for gay men.

Despite active efforts to acquiesce, the Mormon Church said in a statement it will reconsider its affiliation with the Scouts.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote,” reads a statement issued just minutes after the Scouts announced the new policy. “When the leadership of the church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with scouting will need to be examined.”

Just two weeks ago, the Mormon Church intimidated that given the means to choose their own leadership, tie-ins with Boy Scouts of America could abide per usual. For many, the Church’s red-flag response came out of the blue, the New York Times reports.

“My assumption was that the concept voted on today had been fully vetted so as to avoid any unnecessary surprises,” said Jay Lenrow, a longtime volunteer scout leader in Baltimore who serves on the BSA’s national religious relationships committee.

“I can only say that I’m hopeful that when the leadership of the L.D.S. Church meets and discusses the issue, that they will find a way to continue to support scouting,” Mr. Lenrow continued.

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New Yorkers are Literally Freezing Themselves to Lose Weight and Look Beautiful

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

 

CryoYourMind #ZimmerIceLab I'm at it again!! @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/1twG6 #liketkit

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The latest beauty trend in New York City is to withstand temperatures of minus 184 and minus 292 Fahrenheit. The process, called cryotherapy, involves a person signing up to sit in a six-foot-tall machine that pumps freezing air for just three minutes. The process, though, claims to “boost their metabolism, loosen their muscles, flatten their stomachs, reduce cellulite and allegedly burn up to 800 calories without moving a muscle,” according to the NY Post, who visited the trendy KryoLife spa.

And while the treatment has been around since the late 70s (it was used in Japan to treat athritis), a new batch of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Derek Hough, Mandy Moore, Bobbi Brown, Yoko Ono, and Daniel Craig have all used the machines. Christiano Ronaldo has even bought his own at-home $50k machine!

So how much does a session cost? One 180-second-long treatment costs $90, a five-minute cryofacial, $45.

 

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Gay Speed Skater Blake Skjellerup Marries in Gorgeous Hawaiian Ceremony

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Blake Skjellerup.

Image via Blake Skjellerup.

Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup tied the knot with his boyfriend Saul Carrasco. The gorgeous couple shared the exciting news on social media yesterday, showing off pictures from their Hawaiian wedding.

Thirty-year-old Blake Skjellerup represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, but didn’t qualify for last year’s Sochi games, although he was active in raising awareness against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

His advocacy for LGBT people in sports continued at the Gay Games in Cleveland where he served an official ambassador, inspiring people of all genders and sexual orientations to compete in sport.

#BlakeandSaul #wedding #love #Hawaii

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Gay Travel: Betting on Atlantic City

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Atlantic City.

Image via Atlantic City.

It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Atlantic City, the world-famous seaside resort area that hugs the southeastern coast of New Jersey. Headline after headline spelled D.O.O.M in bright casino lighting for the city, but just as the lights began to fade to black, Atlantic City’s resident casinos and population began to pave a new path—with or without gambling.

The death-knell came after casinos began falling like dominos. Probably the biggest shock came after Revel, a $2.4 billion casino, shut its doors. Once seen as the saving grace for the boardwalk and the area’s dying gambling culture, the casino’s ultra-high cost and delayed opening, alleged bad business decisions, and a major lack of community integration/understanding, killed the casino off within two years. This was in addition to the closing of the Showboat Casino Hotel, a 23-year-old hotel; Atlantic Club, a 34-year-old institution; Trump Plaza, a 24-old, though recently renovated property; all of which made headlines spelling the demise of the once-great vacationland. As news spread across the nation, Atlantic City gained a Detroit-like reputation (an analogy used by the city’s openly gay and openly republican mayor, Don Guardian).

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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