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Ireland Votes Yes on Gay Marriage!

May 23rd, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

It’s been a long drawn-out campaign for marriage equality in Ireland, but same-sex marriage passed by a much larger majority than previous controversial votes in the country such as the divorce referendum. Many high-profile Irish and international figures came out in support of the yes side such as former-President Mary McAleese (who’s son is gay), Collin Farrel (has a gay brother), George Takei, and Stephen Fry. Unexpectedly, even several priests and nuns such as Sr. Stan went against palpal teaching to support the referendum. The yes campaign had claimed that the referendum would be passed by talking directly to people, especially older people in rural areas of the county who may not know any gays or lesbians. Advocates organized a widespread door-to-door canvassing drive throughout the country. The importance of this result should not be underestimated. Homosexually was only decriminalized in 1993. Now, this small but proud nation has become the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage through a public referendum. Ireland, we salute you.

For more about this historic vote Click Here.

Now, where to stay, visit, and party in Dublin? 

World’s Best Mom Takes Out India’s First-Gay Matrimonial Ad for her Son

May 20th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via IceMaiden/Facebook via GSN

An Indian mother has taken out the country’s first-ever same-sex matrimonial ad on behalf of her gay son, Harish Iyer. The ad appeared in May 19th’s version of the Mid-Day newspaper appearing under two male engagement rings. “Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”) who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred),” it said. Mid-Day was the only paper to allow the ad, it was reportedly rejected by Times of India, the Hindustan Times, and the dna website. The ad was primarily rejected because of gay sex being re-criminalized in a 2013 court ruling. “My mom worries about me too much,’ Iyer told the paper. Adding: “She is constantly thinking that I am getting old, will be alone, and all those concerns a mother has. So, she and I had a discussion last week and decided to go ahead with placing a matrimonial ad looking for a gay person.”

“My mum called me this morning saying three people have responded so far. She asked me what to do next, how to proceed, so I told her, ‘proceed like you would have if you were looking for a girl for me’,” says Harish. “I will take my time before I give my nod. I am an animal lover and would want my partner to be one. And I am going to have the last word in who I choose because I am going to be living with him, not my mother. Having said that, it is my mom who has led me into finding someone for myself.” [GSN]

 

Texas is Advancing Anti-Gay Bill That Would Ban Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

May 11th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

The Texas House is set to vote on Tuesday on House Bill 4105, which would directly challenge a Supreme Court ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional—despite a majority of Texas voters who believe that discrimination against the LGBT community is a problem. HB 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, would forbid state and local officials from granting, enforcing, or recognizing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. If passed, litigation over this bill could delay the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Texas for months or even years even if the Supreme Court strikes down the state’s marriage ban. The full House is scheduled to vote on this bill Tuesday.

Oregon Passes Gay-Conversion Therapy Ban, Governor Expected to Sign into Law

May 7th, 2015 Comments off
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The Oregon State Senate passed HB 2307 a new bill that will prevent medical practitioners from performing the mentally and physically damaging practice of gay-conversion therapy. The bill was supported overwhelmingly by the State House last month, and now it moves on to be signed into law by Governor Kate Brown. When signed, the law will be one of only five jurisdiction in the US where this kind of potentially deadly medical practice is illegal. New York, California, New Jersey, and D.C.

 

Federal Judge Quickly Dismisses Nebraska Woman’s ‘Sue All the Gays’ Lawsuit

May 7th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Indiegogo

A federal judge quickly has ruled that a Nebraska woman will not be allowed to sue all the gays in the world on behalf of “God and his son, Jesus Christ.” Judge John Gerrard quickly dismissed the lawsuit saying: “The United States Federal Courts were created to resolve actual cases and controversies arising under the Constitution and the laws of the United States, a federal court is not a forum for debate or discourse on theological matters.” [Omaha]

 

VIP Lounge: With ‘Top Chef’ Gregory Gourdet

May 7th, 2015 Comments off

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It was another cutthroat season on Bravo’s Top Chef as contestants battled it out in Boston and beyond for the $125,000 grand prize and, more importantly, bragging rights. Chef Gregory Gourdet, the openly gay chef from Departure restaurant (www.departureportland.com) in Portland, Oregon, was a lead contender throughout the season, but fell just short of snagging the win in the grand finale in Mexico. While he may not have walked away with the accolades and title, Gourdet proved himself a fierce competitor and role model to thousands of gay youth pursuing careers in the culinary arts.

The native New Yorker picked up his passion for cooking from a college roommate while studying at the University of Montana. Gourdet quickly started plotting his culinary career and moved back to New York City to work in the restaurant industry before enrolling at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, where he was the first student to land an internship with the Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant group. That experience eventually led to his Chef de Cuisine role at Restaurant 66, Vongerichten’s modern Chinese eatery, where Gourdet developed his passion for Asian ingredients—a trademark for many of his dishes on Top Chef.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

Nebraska Woman Sues All the Homosexuals Listing ‘God and His Son, Jesus Christ’ as Plaintiffs

May 6th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Nebraska

A woman in Nebraska has filed a lawsuit against all homosexuals listing the plaintiffs as “God and His Son, Jesus Christ.” The woman, Sylvia Ann Driskell, hopes to sue all gay people on the entire planet based on the argument that gay people are breaking “religious and moral laws.” The case, listed on the docket as Driskell v. Homosexuals, hopes to settle once and for all for the 66-year-old whether homosexuality is a sin or not. Citing Bible verses and Webster’s Dictionary, the seven-page petition states: “That homosexuality is a sin and that they the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet.” [NBC]

Let’s see how far this case goes.

Petition Demands Facebook be Banned from Pride Festivals Over ‘Real Name’ Policy that Blocks Drag Queens from Using Stage Names

May 6th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Change.org

After drag queens across the country found out last fall that their accounts would be deleting because they weren’t using their real names, Facebook still hasn’t changed their real-name policy. As a result, the same queens who protested the decision have created a social-media campaign of their own using #NoPrideForFacebook in addition to a petition demanding that Facebook and its employees lose their right to march in both New York City and San Francisco Prides.

Sign the petition here. 

 

JetBlue to Begin Charter Flights from New York to Havana, Cuba

May 5th, 2015 Comments off
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that JetBlue Airways together with Cuba Travel Services will be the first airline to fly charter flights from New York City directly to Havana, Cuba. The announcement comes after Cuomo’s recent trade mission to Cuba that also included Jet Blue CEO Robin Hayes and other New York business leaders. “Our Global NY initiative and our trade mission to Cuba are all about opening the door to new economic opportunities, and JetBlue’s exciting announcement today is proof that our approach is delivering results for New York businesses,” Governor Cuomo said. “By leading one of the first state trade missions to Cuba as the United States reestablishes diplomatic relations, we placed New York State businesses at the front of the line for new prospects in Cuba, that will in turn support jobs and economic activity here at home. I commend JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes for his leadership in making JetBlue the first major carrier to announce a direct flight from New York to Cuba in this new era between our nations.”

The Havana flight will leave on Friday nights out of JFK beginning on July 3.

Travelers, though, still won’t be able to directly book a flight without going through the appropriate agency. [NYS]

Find out more about LGBT travel to Cuba by reading out feature. 

Treat Your ‘Mommie Dearest’ to a Drag-Tastic Mother’s Day at W Downtown

May 5th, 2015 Comments off

 

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Image via W Hotels

While we hope your relationship is better than Joan Crawford and Christina Crawford’s was, W New York—Downtown is bringing back cult-classic Mommie Dearest for unique Mother’s Day, but with a twist. The movie will air with “Drag Mommies” reenacting some of the films most memorable moments for hotel guests and visitors on May 10. Those travelers and New Yorkers away from their mommy for the holiday can come down to the hotel to get some motherly advice and share special drink offers and be catered to by our resident “Drag Mommies”  for the day.

Book through  W Hotels Mommie Dearest Link and treat your mom or just yourself to a weekend you all won’t soon forget. Special services including:  themed cocktails, advice session from  W’s onsite Drag Mommie for the day, special room-service offerings, and a creative turn-down service service.

Additionally,  W Hotels New York (that includes Times Square, Union Square, Hoboken, and and Downtown) is offer a special 40% discount on your second night’s stay over the weekend of May 9-10.