Cocktail Music: Adore Delano’s ‘Hello, I Love You’

August 1st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook.

Adore Delano has become a gay household name after landing in the top three of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but before making it to the top three as a drag queen, Adore was famous for her singing as Danny Noriega on American Idol. Adore’s latest song, “Hello, I Love You” from her debut album Till Death Do Us Party, seems like it could have been pulled straight from the sugary pop confections of a multitude of Top 40 singers.

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Global Cocktail: The Maritime and La Bottega’s La Primavera

August 1st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

We have just the cure for Lana del Rey’s summertime sadness, all she has to do is pop on over to La Bottega at the Maritime Hotel in New York City and order up one of these delicious cocktails. The La Primavera (OK we know it means spring) is surely being sucked down as we type this by the hoards of fashionistas at the always-trendy hotel. For those who want to enjoy this at home, making this cocktail couldn’t be easier—mix all ingredients together and either shake or stir!

 

 

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Boy Scouts: Gay Adults Aren’t Predators, But We Don’t Want Them as Leaders

August 1st, 2014 Gabriel Charles Tyler
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Image via Passport.

Tico Perez, the national commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), said that his organization will not be permitting gay adult leaders anytime soon in an interview this week with IndefinitelyWild. In March 2013, BSA’s national council members voted to allow out gay scouts to participate in the organization. The new policy, which lifts the ban on gay youths, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. “The end goal for the movement is to serve more boys. To give every boy in America the opportunity and blessing to be a Boy Scout,” Perez said. “It made no sense to continue to deny that to our young people.”

While LGBT youth have been welcomed into the BSA, the organization still prohibits the participation of gay adults, including gay scouts past the age of 18. In April, the BSA revoked the membership of Geoff McGrath, a 49-year-old Eagle Scout and scoutmaster of a Seattle-area troop, after its officials learned he was gay, according to a NBC News report. When asked about the BSA’s policy barring gay adults, Perez reiterated the views of Robert Gates, the BSA’s current president. Gates, the former US secretary of defense who oversaw the end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, told the AP that he “would have supported having gay Scoutmasters,” in an interview last May. Perez said that the issue of allowing gay men to serve as leaders has never been about “predators or pedophilia,” maintaining that the organization’s focus is its youth members, not adults. “We decided to allow our young people to have access to the movement and to not address the adult issue yet,” Perez said.

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Gay Travel: Paso Robles Wine Country

August 1st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

Paso Robles is one of California’s (and the country’s) fastest wine-growing regions, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in an unspoiled setting of vineyard-covered hills that rise and plunge down to one of the state’s most stunning stretches of coast.

“Paso WHAT?” I hear you say. Well, come with me and we’ll explore this region, a real up-and-comer in the wine world, with a developing sophistication that still takes the residents by surprise. The town of Paso Robles is surrounded on all sides by excellent wineries on its gently rolling, emerald-clad hills, and it’s just a short drive away from such charming coastal villages as Cambria, Morro Bay, and Cayucos, and major attractions like Hearst Castle.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Enter to Win a Taste of Zurich: Five-Night Business-Class Trip to Zurich

August 1st, 2014 Joseph Pedro

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Did our latest Culinary Issue get your mouth watering for a taste of Switzerland?  Well, now’s your chance to enter our contest to win:

1) Two business-class ticket on Swiss International Air Lines to the city of Zürich.

2) Three gourmet meals by three acclaimed Swiss chefs

3) Five nights at Marriott Zürich

And it’s as easy as filling out THIS form. 

Want to enter more than once? Refer your friends to enter, and we’ll increase your odds.

 

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Ugandan Court Invalidates Country’s Archaic Anti-Gay Law

August 1st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Allout

A Ugandan court today has invalidated the country’s anti-gay bill that was signed into law earlier this year by claiming that it is illegal, because the parliament passed the law during a “session that lacked a quorum.” And while the decision was not handed down as a result of human-rights violations (as we would have hoped), activists in the court house erupted into cheers. Many, though, caution that the state may appeal the decision in the Supreme Court, and legislatures can reintroduce the bill. Uganda has been at the center of international  discourse concerning human-rights violations toward the lesbian and gay community after they passed a law that would jail men who have homosexual sex for up to a lifetime. [AP]

 

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Watch: Disney Releases First Teaser for Adaptation of Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’

July 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Meryl Streep in 'Into the Woods' Picture Released in September via Disney.

Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’ Picture Released in September via Disney.

Disney has released the much-anticipated teaser trailer for their visually wicked retelling of Stephen Sondheim musical, Into the Woods. Along with releasing a teaser photo of Meryl Streep as an unrecognizable Witch, the entertainment giant is drumming up giant-sized creatives to get the word out. But they won’t need to do too much promotion with the musical’s already cult-like following and a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Exclusive! Meet the Cast of ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

July 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro

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Nearly 80 years after it took The Great White Way by storm, You Can’t Take It With You—the timeless comedic three-act play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart—will start previews on August 26 at the Longacre Theatre. Passport reporter Marcus Scott sat down with members of the cast and creative team of the now-iconic stage play during a one-hour photo call prior to rehearsal to talk about the play, its messages, family, race relations and the legacy of the celebrated show.

“This is play is that is very insulated,” Crystal A. Dickinson (who plays Rheba) proclaimed. “So everything takes place within this house and it seems to me that family has found a way to live in love and joy and in peace in the midst of whatever is going on outside the door. It’s a very interesting play because you don’t even get a sense of what’s going on outside of the door. Maybe that’s why won the Pulitzer.”

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Watch: Ohio Pulls at Heartstrings with Gay Marriage Featuring Couple in 50-Year Relationship

July 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube.

Screen Shot via YouTube.

An ad supporting same-sex marriage will begin airing in Ohio—the first time a marriage-equality ad will be shown since November 2004 when Ohio’s took up a vote on gay marriage. While there isn’t expected to be a vote in November’s elections this year, Why Marriage Matters Ohio says the ad’s purpose is to educate. The 30-second spot introduces Ohionians to Henry Hawley and George Vassos of Chagrin Falls near Cleveland. “Attitudes in Ohio and across the country are changing fast as communities are coming together to have very serious conversations about the meaning of family, fairness and the future,” Michael Premo, campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, said in a statement. “Our hope is that sharing Henry and George’s story of love and commitment will accelerate those conversations and further increase support for marriage equality in Ohio.”

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The Lust List: Chef Johnny Iuzzini’s Eclairs at Le Meridien

July 31st, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Chef Johnny Iuzzini and Le Meridien Éclairs. Photo via Le Meridien

Chef Johnny Iuzzini and Le Meridien Éclairs. Photo via Le Meridien

When a luxury hotel group enlists a world-famous pastry chef to create a custom, international line of éclairs you don’t ask questions; you just eat. Beach bodies be damned!

The product of an ongoing collaboration between Chef Johnny Iuzzini, a James Beard Foundation award winner, and Le Meridien, this collection of eight signature éclairs will reflect the unique flavors, local ingredients, and heritage of select Le Meridien destinations around the world. Each unique recipe will be released over the next 12 months as Chef Iuzzini completes a global culinary tour. We had a chance to sample the San Francisco–inspired éclair—a blueberry and caramelized corn-filled shell smothered in a honey glaze, crystallized almonds, honeycomb, and fennel pollen—and it was nothing short of spectacular. Don’t believe us? We watched a squad of petite NYC twentysomethings in heels devour an entire platter with the gusto of a champion hotdog eater. The proof really is in the pudding.

For a taste of the éclairs, stop by one of the nearly 100 Le Meridien properties in over 40 countries.

 

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