Celebrate Halloween by Donating to Help Our Upside-Down Friends, Bats!

October 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Bat World Sanctuary

Image via Bat World Sanctuary

This week is not only a time to celebrate Halloween, but it’s also the time of year to celebrate and raise awareness for the only flying mammal capable of sustained flight, bats. So much is misunderstood about these nocturnal creatures, so organizations like Bat World Sanctuary hope that they can not only educate the public about the importance of bats, but also protect the massive variety of Chiroptera that are found around the world. The stigma against bats, especially during Halloween, is quite extensive and many are unaware of the keystone benefits. Bats help control insect populations and many are vital for the survival of various plant species (through dispensing as well as pollinating).

Help Bat World Sanctuary by donating money here. They need resources to, provide permanent sanctuary for non-releasable bats, provide protection and conservation of wild bat colonies, promote humane treatment of bats in captivity, and train animal caregivers on the proper treatment of bats.

Check out the most adorable video of their rescue, Lil Drac after the jump…

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Hotel Therapy: Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

October 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

By Robert Adams

Earlier this year, my partner and I took our first trip to Asia. Our itinerary had us traveling to Phuket, Thailand from New York with a three-day layover in Hong Kong before returning to the USA. We had heard so much about this fascinating city, and we wanted to make the most of our short time there. A month before our trip, we booked a room at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, and I’m so glad we did. After spending eight nights in Phuket, where we fell in love with the people and the natural beauty of that paradisiacal part of Thailand, we needed something to help us with the transition back to “reality.”

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

 

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Washington D.C. Celebrates Halloween with Annual High Heel Race

October 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook via David Claypool.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has nothing on D.C.’s 17th Street High Heel Race that sees hundreds of drag queens sashaying down the street in this real-life Stiletto-sized tradition. More than a hundred glittered and costumed people raced down the crowd-filled artery for both fun and fierce competition at the 28-year-old tradition. This year, Scott Teribury, who was dressed like a school girl, dethroned drag queen Inertia, by speeding through the crowd of over 15,000 to take top prize. Teribury said he only tried on the heels yesterday and practiced running up a hill. By the end of the race, he couldn’t feel his toes. “I can’t feel my toes anymore. The struggle is real,” he told WTop.

 

 

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The Lust List: Dermablend Cover Creme

October 30th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Image via Dermablend.

Image via Dermablend.

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearalso known as Halloween! If you’re like many of our gay brothers, tomorrow you’ll shave off the scruff, slip on your favorite pumps, and paint your face to perfection. Many drag first-timers are unsure where to start when it comes to covering a five-o’clock shadow, so we’ll save you hours of watching YouTube tutorials and introduce you to the Holy Grail of beard cover-up, Dermablend. Happy Halloween, queen!

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Win a Trip to Fort Lauderdale Gay Days

October 30th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Image via IGLTA

Image via IGLTA

If you don’t have Thanksgiving plans yet, we thought of something more fun than a turkey dinner. Go soak up the sun in Fort Lauderdale during Gay Days courtesy of IGLTA! Here’s how:

IGLTA is giving away a six-night escape to Fort Lauderdale Gay Days, complete with a stay for two at W Fort Lauderdale, entry to all official Gay Days pool parties, Bliss SPA treatments, and bottle service at the Living Room or Whiskey Blue.

You have until November 15th to enter on the IGLTA Facebook page. Good luck!

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Exploring the Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest

October 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

It’s a good thing the Pacific Northwest’s cities are so bike-friendly—what better way to work off all the calories from the endless array of amazing restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and food trucks that await? One of North America’s most abundant regions, you can easily spend entire days here grazing on everything from quintessential Pacific Northwest fare and coastal seafood to far-flung international flavors and fusion. To get a diverse taste, we ate our way up from Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington to Vancouver, B.C. Here are some of the places you definitely need to try.

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Starbucks, OUTtv Bring the T in New Television Ad Featuring Drag Queens Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano

October 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

A collaboration between Canada’s LGBT television station OUTtv and Starbucks has resulted in a cutesy new ad for the Seattle-based coffee giant. The ad showcases RuPaul‘s Drag Race fan favorite Adore Delano and winner Bianca Del Rio solving an in-cafe tiff over skinny lattes. This is Starbucks’ first ad ever geared toward the lucrative LGBT market.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out in Moving Essay

October 30th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Twitter

CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, has finally revealed that he is gay, in an essay he penned in Businessweek. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” the head of the most valuable brand in the world. “Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.”

While it has long been known that the CEO was gay, he never spoke about it and received heavy criticism from gay rights organizations. Earlier this week, though, the CEO vocally criticized his home state of Alabama’s stance on gay rights by saying it is “too slow on equality for the LGBT community.”

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Taye Diggs, Andrew W.K., Lady Bunny, and Andy Rourke ‘Party Hard’ with Stoli in East Village

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli
Photos by Stoli

Last night, the timelessly trendy East Village nightlife hub, The Pyramid Club, played host to a select group of men, women, and everything in between to celebrate the launch of Stoli’s nationwide campaign to pay homage to the pioneering people and places shaping nightlife culture over the past 40 years. Professor of the Party Andrew W.K. greeted guests from the stage, and he even poured me a couple drinks from behind the bar. Lady Bunny, as always, effortlessly twirled to the Smith’s Andy Rourke who was DJing. “Everyone look, there is a drag queen in the room,” the big-haired diva shouted to the crowd. Taye Diggs was the surprise celebrity guest who was looking oh-so-mighty fine. “I’m a lesbian, and I’ve never felt or saw anything so fine in my life,” a lady outside told me. The ScenebyStoli Project chose Pyramid Club and the East Village, not only because of its character, but also because of its history as a venue for punk, rock, and drag performers, artists, and musicians since 1979.

Find out more about the new Stoli campaign by clicking here and check out where other parties will take place.

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‘It’s More Than a Halloween Costume’ Doctors of the World Encourage Halloween Ebola Jokesters to Donate Much-Needed Supplies

October 29th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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We know plenty of people out there who are going to use this Halloween to live out their Ebola doctor fantasies (we’ve even seen a sexy Ebola costume). But one organization, Doctors of the World, hopes that instead of capitalizing on the hysteria for gags, this Halloween should be used to raise awareness of the real needs of doctors who are risking their lives to combat the disease. “DONATE A REAL EBOLA SUIT. HELP SAVE LIVES. Donate a Glove. Donate a Boot. Donate a doctor,” says the Doctors of the World website.

Check out to see how you can contribute here. 

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