PASSPORT Concierge: Hiram L. Cabral, W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island

August 27th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

Since childhood Hiram L. Cabral has been passionate about art and design, and what started as a hobby eventually became his college career. He studied audio/video technology and communication, specializing in graphic design. While waiting tables at a restaurant for six years during college (moving between the main island of Puerto Rico and Vieques every week), a golden opportunity presented itself when he landed his dream job: a W Insider at W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, one of the most design-centric resorts in the country.

“My experience in the restaurant industry and my studies in design and communication ultimately mapped out my future at W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island,” says Cabral. “I knew immediately that I identified with the brand’s interest in art, fashion, and pop culture, all of which were reinforced by my past experience in the hospitality industry.”

Born and raised on Vieques, Cabral couldn’t have found a better work environment: W Vieques is one of the most gay-friendly resorts on the island. As an openly gay W Insider at the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, Hiram represents the energy of the hotel that embraces the LGBT community.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online. 

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Man Who Flew to the Wrong Grenada (or is it Granada?) Loses Court Case

August 27th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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You may remember the story of Dr. Edward Gamson. He was the one who booked his flight by phone to the Caribbean Island of Grenada instead of Granada, Spain. He wasn’t completely in the dark about his blunder, as when he noticed the plane was heading west instead of east after a layover in London, he immediately asked the flight attendant. But even though British Airways offered new “free of charge” flights for him and his travel companion, plus 50,000 miles, Gamson said that the cost of the mix-up cost him over $34,000. Unfortunately, the judge didn’t see it Gamson’s way and immediately dismissed the case. 

 

 

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‘Dr. Who’ Lesbian Kiss Causes Controversy

August 27th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via BBC

Screen Cap via BBC

A groundbreaking, sci-fi lesbian kiss on the long-running Doctor Who has caused controversy for the BBC. OfCom (the UK’s Office of Communications) logged complaints after a lizard woman named Madame Vastra gave a big-ole’ smooch to her human wife Jenny Flint. According to the Independent: “The moment came about when Jenny holds her breath to escape clockwork droids who can sense humans by their exhalations. As she struggles to breathe, Madame Vastra helps keep her alive with her own oxygen.” While the two have been together in the show for three years, this was their first on-screen kiss, which had some of the seven million viewers claiming the show now has a “blatant gay agenda.”

 

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Transgender-Focused Children’s Book Sheds Light on These Special Young People

August 27th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Dial.

“From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” a new picture book that explores a transgender child’s story reads. Based on the real-life story of Jazz Jennings, the O Network put Jazz in the spotlight as a transgender girl. The book continues: “She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.”

The book, written by Jessica Herthel is the director of the Stonewall National Education Project and Jazz, is set to be release on September 4. 

 

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Flight Fight…Over Legroom!

August 26th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Knee Defender

Next time you decide to take drastic measures over a bit of legroom, you may want to think again. An airplane from Newark, New Jersey, bound to Denver, was diverted after two passengers got into a heated debate over legroom. One passenger decided to bring aboard a travel gadget called the Knee Defender—a gadget that prevents the person in front from reclining—and the result was a sky-high blow up when a female passenger alerted a flight attendant of the device that’s illegal to use on all major US carriers. When the man refused to cooperate, the woman threw a cup of water. While details of the exact incident have been kept under wrap, the argument got heated enough that the plane was forced to divert to Chicago where the two were taken off the plane. The only statement from the airline read: “United flight 1462, a Boeing 737 aircraft en route from Newark to Denver, diverted to Chicago O’Hare after a disturbance involving two passengers. Authorities met the aircraft, removed the two passengers and the flight continued to Denver shortly afterwards. We do not allow customers to use devices that prevent seats from reclining.”

 

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Gay Travel: World Eats, New York City

August 26th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Beauty and Essex. Image via Passport

Beauty and Essex. Image via Passport

by Amy Nordrum and Joseph Pedro

No matter where you live, it’s worth visiting New York City at least once a year if only to be able to talk about the newest restaurants and hottest food trends from experience. It really makes no difference whether you long for New York street food or prefer to chase down Michelin stars. Though classic New York staples like bagels as big as your head and dollar-a-slice pizza are here to stay, much of the flavor of New York comes from the rotating cast of characters who are constantly reinventing the city’s cuisine. The choices here highlight some of the city’s most exciting and creative chefs, as well as the meticulously prepared dishes served by the world’s most venerable restaurateurs.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Court Hears Oral Arguments Seeking to End Gay Marriage Bans in Indiana and Wisconsin

August 26th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in lawsuits seeking to strike down discriminatory marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The three-judge panel included Richard Posner, Ann Claire Williams, and David F. Hamilton. Attorneys from Lambda Legal argued on behalf of five plaintiff couples from Indiana and attorneys from The American Civil Liberties Union argued on behalf of thirteen plaintiff couples from Indiana and Wisconsin. “As public support for marriage equality continues to swell across the nation, we are excited to be here today, making the case for Indiana and Wisconsin couples who simply want the freedom to marry and make that public, lifetime commitment to the ones they love,” said James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. “We believe that, every day, we are one step closer to that freedom being extended to all loving couples, and the ACLU will not stop working until we make marriage equality a reality in every state in the country.”

Find out about each of the cases from the ACLU after the jump…

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The Emmy’s Big Gay Wins

August 26th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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If you didn’t have a spare three hours to tune into last nights Emmy Awards, don’t worry, we’ve got the low down on what went down. It was another LGBT-heavy year for the award show as Modern Family (again) took home best Comedy Series, Jim Parson (again) took home best Comedy Actor, Jane Lynch won for Best Reality Show Host for Hollywood Game Night, and The Normal Heart took home best movie. The most poignant moment came when Larry Kramer (the author behind The Normal Heart) joined the assemble to accept the best movie award.

Check out the full list after the jump…

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Gay Days Disney Anaheim, California to Mix Things Up in October

August 25th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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“Things get so mixed up in Wonderland,” Alice sighed. That is sort of the motto during Gay Days Disney when the wholesome family theme park gets turned on its head as thousands of GLBT Mickey lovers storm the Magic Kingdom to enjoy each of the parks as well as tons of fairytale parties. Meanwhile, things get a little steamy at the annual Wonderland party, which raises money for the Point Foundation. Don’t be the only one not in Neverland from October 3-5. www.gaydaysanaheim.com

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Matt Bomer Join Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

August 25th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Openly gay White Collar star Matthew Bomer has been added to the cast of also openly gay Ryan Murphy’s wildly popular American Horror Story: Freak Show. The actor, who was also in Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, is set to play a character that is “warped,” according to Murphy. This year’s miniseries will focus on the lives of a carney troupe in the 1950s, and, according to The Hollywood Reporter it will include Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters.”

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