Global Halloween Cocktail: Cruzan Rum’s Black Widow

October 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Cruzan Rum

Image via Cruzan Rum

Get bewitched by this enchanting cocktail from Cruzan Rum, but be careful, this Cruzan Black Widow has a sting.  This dark concoction is blended with premium Cruzan Rum in Vanilla and Black Cherry flavors, making it a chilling addition to a Halloween soiree or equally enjoyable during a scary movie marathon to celebrate the occasion.

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass drizzled with chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry.

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Global Halloween Cocktail Music

October 31st, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Global Halloween Cocktail Music

Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

Still wondering what to put on your Halloween party playlist? Well, we couldn’t quite decide either, but we did manage to choose some great tunes in spite of our indecision. Here’s our own goodie bag of music that’s sure to cast a spell on your guest list!

Unearth all of them after the jump…

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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
Image via Twitter

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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