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Bruce Jenner Interview: The 12 Top Moments!

April 25th, 2015 Robert
Screen Shot via ABC News

Screen Shot via ABC News

Just in case you didn’t see the Bruce Jenner Interview with Diane Sawyer. Here’s a link to 12 of the top moments during his TV appearance. Watch the video here.

For an in-depth perspective of what this means to Bruce Jenner and others, read the comprehensive report from the HRC on the next page.
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Cocktail Music: Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears ‘Tom’s Diner’

April 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Twitter

Legendary disco-era DJ/producer Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album Déjà Vu already made waves last week with the release of his song with Sia, and now he’s the number-one trending topic on Twitter thanks to a collaboration with none other than Britney Spears—the cover of “Tom’s Diner.” This is Moroder’s first album in 30 years, and he was partly inspired by his work with Daft Punk in 2013. While many details about the album have been kept secret, in recent weeks we learned the track list (which features songs by Britney Spears, Kelis, and Kylie Minogue). And today, the Moroder gods granted us our first listen of Tom’s Diner.

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The OUT Hotel’s Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner Host Ted Cruz Days Before Cruz Introduces Extreme Anti-Gay Policies

April 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz introduced two radically extreme anti-LGBT bills to try to stop nationwide marriage equality, just a few days after attending an odd reception held at gay hoteliers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner—owners of the OUT Hotel in NYC. Cruz’s bills as reported by Bloomberg “would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action” and “bar federal courts from further weighing in on the marriage issue until such an amendment is adopted.” Ted Cruz’s latest radical stunt follows his participation at a head-scratching gay reception in his honor in Manhattan. “By introducing this heinously anti-LGBT constitutional amendment, Ted Cruz has forced other presidential candidates to take a position,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “Trying to garner support in a field of candidates from the far right, Cruz has no problem using LGBT equality as a wedge issue against fellow Republicans, even as the far majority of Americans strongly support marriage equality. While Cruz is clearly a radical anti-LGBT candidate, the question here is where do his fellow senators stand on these anti-LGBT bills…looking at you Senators Rubio and Paul.”

Cruz’s contempt for LGBT equality certainly can’t be glossed over by attending a gay Manhattan reception. Whether the issue is marriage or protection from discrimination, Sen. Ted Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.

Maybe the NYC community should take note of this. The next time we’re invited to The OUT, we may have to rethink our invitation.

Both Ian and Mati released statements after the jump…

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Gay Travel: Culinary Capital, Washington D.C.

April 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

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Thankfully, one conversation in town that all political parties can agree on is that the nation’s capital has been transformed into a deliciously diverse draw for gourmands of all stripes.

“When I arrived here from New York in 2002, the story was fine-dining, corporate chains, and big boxes,” says Brooklyn-born Jamie Leeds, chef-owner of the highly acclaimed Hank’s Oyster Bar. “There were few home-spun eateries, and not a single neighborhood seafood restaurant.”

That was then. In the years since, Leeds and her peers have completely reinvented the culinary scene, not just at the neighborhood level, but in ways as deeply layered as Washington itself.

Championed by chefs, restaurateurs, hotels, relief organizations, and other stakeholders, it’s a culinary love fest founded on D.C. essentials such as advocacy, fundraising and community-building. Animated by passion, commitment, caring, and true esprit de cuisine, the result is positive change at the human level, both in terms of elevating the city’s gastronomic appeal—the cuisine and cocktails are sensational, attracting eager patronage from locals and visitors alike—and in the deeper vein of transforming neighborhoods while supporting and even saving lives. In D.C., food truly comforts.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online. 

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New Wells Fargo Ad Shows Lesbians Learning Sign Language to Adopt

April 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via YouTube

A new ad from the national bank branch Wells Fargo shows a lesbian couple learning sign language in order to adopt a child. The ad, part of nine different television commercials released across the country, is said to be the first of its kind for a national bank. “The notion of all of these ads is really telling stories to create a sense of togetherness,” said Jamie Moldafsky, chief marketing officer for Wells Fargo. She continued to say that the nine ads were meant to reflect the increasing diversity of Wells Fargo’s customers. “Our hope is that in doing this we can talk to our customers more and engage with them about what’s important to them,” Moldafsky said.

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Texas Lawmakers Push Forward Dangerous Anti-Gay Legislation

April 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Frontpage.

Texas lawmakers have pushed forward extreme anti-LGBT legislation, despite warnings from major corporations, technology leaders, and child advocacy organizations of the dangerous consequences. HB 4105 – a bill that takes direct aim at stopping marriage equality in Texas – passed through the House State Affairs Committee yesterday. HB 3864—a bill that would enshrine into Texas law special anti-LGBT discrimination rights for child welfare providers based on the “provider ’s sincerely held religious beliefs”—passed through the House Juvenile Justice and Family Affairs Committee last Wednesday. Both bills are part of more than 20 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation being considered by the Texas legislature.

Making it abundantly clear that these anti-LGBT bills undermine their core values and set dangerous precedents that stifle investment and economic growth, dozens of major corporations – including major Texas employers like PepsiCo, parent company of Frito Lay, and American Airlines – have joined HRC in condemning these bills as bad for business. Signing on to HRC’s Equality is Our Business pledge, these corporations are calling on public officials to defeat or abandon efforts to enact these harmful pieces of legislation.

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Last Day to Help Fund EuroPride Riga

April 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via RocketHub

From June 15-21, the beautiful and historic city of Riga, Latvia will host EuroPride 2015—the first time that EuroPride is taking place in a former Soviet republic. The organizers of this year’s event are planning for one of the best EuroPrides ever, including the Baltics’ longest Pride parade march, an LGBT film festival called “Black Carnation,” a Tom of Finland exhibition and a host of other great activities.
But they’re also facing a number of challenges due to their pioneering efforts to bring EuroPride to Russia’s doorstep.  The local government has not provided any financial contributions of any kind, corporate support—a mainstay in the US and Western Europe—has failed to materialize, and anti-gay groups are trying to complicate their efforts.
To offset that lack of support, the organizers just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them cover some of the costs involved in putting on such a massive event.

 

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Watch: For the First Time 102-Year-Old Sees Herself Dancing During the Harlem Renaissance

April 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via YouTube.

While in bed at a nursing home, Alice Barker received the treat of a lifetime. For the first time in the 102-year-old’s life, she was able to see herself dancing on film. Barker was a prolific dancer during the Harlem Renaissance—performing along the likes of Sinatra, Gene Kelley, and Bojangles Robinson. The surprisingly sharp centenarian recalls this fascinating time in American history.

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Transgender South Carolina Teen Ignites Change at State’s DMV

April 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Chase. Image via TheState.

Chase. Image via TheState.

Regardless of your gender, all South Carolina residents who want to wear makeup in their driver’s licenses now can thanks to a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen. Chase Culpepper was outraged when she was told to remove her makeup before taking her photo. “From Day 1, all that I wanted was to get a driver’s license that looks like me,” Culpepper said during a news conference Wednesday. “And, now, that I can finally have my photo taken with makeup, my new license will reflect that.” After a lawsuit, the state’s DMV has officially changed their policy, and as part of the settlement, she’ll be allowed to retake her photo—with makeup. All DMV employees will be trained, and allow patrons to take their photos in how they appear on a day-to-day basis. “…even when their hair, makeup or clothing doesn’t match the DMV’s expectations of how a man or woman should look.” [TheState]

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Oklahoma Drafts Legislation Allowing Clergy to Choose Whether to Marry Gay and Lesbian Couples

April 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 87-8 and Senate 38-5 to approve a bill that would prevent clergy from marrying gay and lesbian couples. According to the AP: “The bills protect clergy members and others authorized to perform weddings from being required to perform them if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. They also shield churches from being required to participate in the ceremonies.”

“E. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, no person who is authorized by law to perform or solemnize a marriage shall be required to perform or solemnize any marriage in violation of his or her right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. No church or qualified church-controlled organization, as defined pursuant to 26 USC 3121, shall be required to participate in a ceremony performing or solemnizing a marriage in violation of the religious beliefs of such church or qualified church-controlled organization.”

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