Oh the weather outside is frightful, but in the Refinery Hotel New York it is sure delightful, especially sitting with this super-warm hot toddy. The hotel that hosted last season’s Project Runway cast serves this delicious seasonal Water Tower Toddy on their uber-stylish roof bar (don’t worry it’s covered and very cozy especially during the holidays). But if you can’t make it to the Big Apple, we’ve got the recipe for you right here thanks to mixologist Alex Ott.
· 1 oz Oscalis Rare Alembic Brandy
· .5 oz lemon juice
· Liquefied honey
· Chamomile tea
In a mug or tempered glass, add all ingredients into the mixing glass, add Chamomile tea, and stir. Pour into mug or glass and garnish with lemon and cloves.
It seems like each year a new singer comes along to put their twist on the classic 1950s song Santa Baby, but it was Eartha Kitt who made the tongue-in-cheek jingle so popular during the holiday season of 1953. The song represented the post-war zeitgeist of America, and it has been a holiday staple ever since.
A few of the many singers who have performed the song include, Maria Muldaur, Everclear, RuPaul, Kate Ceberano, Taylor Horn, Shakira, Madonna, Jhene, Macy Gray, Natalie Merchant, Faith Evans, Boney James, Kylie Minogue, Ste van Holm, The Pussycat Dolls, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Mae West, Paloma Faith, and Taylor Swift.
More Santa Baby videos after the jump…
Uganda’s parliament on Friday passed an anti-homosexuality bill that punishes “aggravated homosexuality” with life imprisonment, the bill now goes to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who has said in the past that he does not favor the measure.Ugandan advocates decry that the bill was passed without any public notice and questions remain as to whether a sufficient quorum was achieved to pass the bill. “Representatives of the Ugandan government have launched a shameful sneak attack on their own people. If this bill becomes law, countless LGBT Ugandans will be condemned to violence or prison,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. “The United States government has a moral obligation to use every tool at its disposal to put a stop to this legislation.” The piece of legislation, previously dubbed Kill the Gays Bill, had previously included the death penalty as a possible sentence for those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.”
Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For December, we’ve got a very special (and seriously smart) package under the tree…
Name: Nicolas Maffey
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Current Show/Role: Turkish Delight (hand-balancer) and aerialist in Nutcracker Rouge by Company XIV.
The best part of the show I’m in now is: Without a doubt, the cast and crew. What makes Company XIV so unique is the integration of different talents. The circus artists, dancers, singers, designers, make-up artists are amazing at what they do, and when combined together, the result is extraordinary. Also, everyone is super fun, kind, and genuinely committed to our show. We love working together and the positive energy backstage helps me enjoy and give my all to the show.
The most challenging job in show business I ever had was: Being a nightlife performer definitely presents you with new challenges. Before doing Nutcracker Rouge I performed in several different venues and clubs in NYC. The energy that you usually get from the audience is very different, shows are really late, and you are working with a different crew every time, so each performance is completely different.
The Netherlands has finally adopted legislation that will protect its transgender community by allowing trans people to change their identity on official government documents without gender-reassignment surgery and end the barbaric requirement of forced sterilization. The law was easily passed on Wednesday (51-24) and applies only to persons 16 or older. Boris Dittrich, the Dutch advocacy director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch, spoke to LGBTQ Nation and said: “The new law is a huge step forward for transgender people who do not wish to alter their body but would like to obtain new ID papers…The old law required them to undergo gender reassignment surgery and they and be irreversibly sterilized,” he said. “That these requirements have been deleted makes a big difference in the daily lives of transgender Dutch people who needed to identify themselves with IDs that did not match their preferred gender.”
Many countries in Western and Northern Europe still require forced sterilization including Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, and Finland.
Students at Eastside Catholic High School in Washington State are literally sitting behind their Vice Principal who was forced retire after the school learned that he had married his longtime boyfriend. An original protest was planned for Friday, but when students learned that the much-loved Vice Principal Mark Zmuda had retired yesterday morning, word quickly spread calling for a protest. The small group of four that occupied the school’s commons quickly turned to over 100 who began a sit-in. Through text, Twitter, and Instagram neighboring Catholic school Holy Cross learned of the mass action and joined the fight filling their school auditorium. Soon, the parking lot swelled with media, and the school explained to the students that the decision for Mr. Zmuda to resign came from the Archdiocese. Student Caelan Colburn, who was part of the original protest, said of the community:
They need to stand up for what they believe in, whether it’s what the administration teaches or what the archdiocese preaches, being part of a progressive state like Seattle we’ve come to a point where we accept gay rights, accept homosexuals, and I think you ought to stand up for that no matter what anyone says. It’s your beliefs and you’re entitled to your own opinion. And today really showed that Eastside Catholic is a family and not only is a family but the entire community of Seattle Catholic schools are a family.
Figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano announced that he is gay before his trip with the US delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 1998 Olympic competitor said in a statement: “I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am.”
Boitano was announced as an athlete in the US’ delegation two days ago joining out athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. ”First and foremost I am an American athlete, and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness, and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations,” he added. According to many, the delegation is a message from Obama showing his disapproval over Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Today, in a unanimous decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the New Mexico Constitution requires the state to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. The court ruled that county clerks must issue marriage licenses to otherwise qualified same-sex couples and that the State of New Mexico must respect the marriages of all same-sex couples, including those who married before today’s decision.
Writing for the court, Justice Edward Chavez said that “barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution. We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law.”
With the Olympics a little over a month away, the Human Rights Campaign has pledged a sizeable donation hoping to support and inspire the LGBT community in Russia during the holiday season and into the New Year. The $100,000 announcement is featured in a video holiday card to the Russian LGBT community, compiling support and solidarity for their cause across social media. The video is set to singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s song “Blood Brothers.” The impressive donation is the result of hundreds of individual donations from the “Love Conquers Hate” campaign and will go to Freedom Fund. The campaign has been bolstered by participation from a diverse group of prominent celebrities, athletes and politicians with Matt Damon, Robin Thicke and Sarah Silverman joining the campaign this week.
“With less than two months until the Sochi Olympic Games, it’s time to harness the tidal wave of support for Russia’s LGBT community emerging around the world,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Now more than ever, we must expose the Russian government’s hateful campaign against its own people and support LGBT Russians enduring oppression and violence every day.”
Sweetie, Dahling! Grab a pack of smokes and a good bottle of Bollinger and get ready for a movie version of the hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous. While out on the road promoting her book Bonkers, Jennifer Saunders revealed to Gay Times that she is all for either a movie version or a return to television, but says her partner-in-crime
Patsy Joanna Lumley is gung-ho about a movie version.
Well Joanna really wants a film. I don’t think she’s up for a TV series. I think she wants… “Lovely film, South of France, darling. Lovely film in the South of France.” I’ve just got to think of a really, really good plot because that’s where films fall down, when they haven’t quite got the plot worked out and it’s just a series of sketches. Really good plot. Really good actors. And a fucking good lighting/camera man.