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In the VIP Lounge with Sir Patrick Stewart

June 29th, 2015 Comments off
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

We know and love Sir Patrick Stewart for his turns as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, and as best buddy and frequent co-star, with Sir Ian McKellen. In fact, the pair’s series of playfully queer photo tweets, taken all over NYC while appearing in Broadway’s Waiting For Godot last year, led to an overzealous reporter incorrectly “outing” Stewart in The Guardian. In fact, McKellen married Stewart! He officiated at the 2013 marriage to his third wife, Sunny Ozell.

Playing gay, after all, is a happy occasion for Stewart, who was knighted in 2010. His first post-Trek role was that of Sterling, the good-humored and sassy boyfriend to Bryan Batt in 1995’sJeffrey, Paul Rudnick’s daring rom-com about love in the age of AIDS. He appeared in a 2003 episode of hit TV sitcom Frasier, “The Doctor Is Out,” as a gay opera director with a crush on Kelsey Grammar, and 2015 saw release of indie drama Match, in which he stars as a bisexual Julliard dance instructor forced to confront a man who may be his bastard child.

While promoting Match in New York City, Stewart joined us in the VIP Lounge for a round of dish and scoops about his life, McKellen, and, of course, travel.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

Kids Agree ‘All Dreams Are Equal’ in Esurance #EqualDreams Video

June 24th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Esurance

Photo via Esurance

“Sometimes children can make complex issues so simple,” says Brian Shembeda, EVP and Creative Director at Leo Burnett Chicago. “Their words, as heard in the video, help us understand why equality is important. Because all children deserve the same right to pursue their dreams.”

“#EqualDreams,” an adorable short film and homage to marriage equality, coincides with Esurance’s long-standing loyalty to its LGBT clientele by illustrating, in a series of vignettes, that all dreams are equal, no matter who their dreamer may be. The short, set at a Chicago wedding, features young attendees who sound off on their imaginative musings over what their own wedding day may be like.

“At my wedding, all my friends and family and my doggies, and my friends and family’s doggies, and my cousin’s doggies, will be there,” says Ruby, a young, smiley attendee sporting a frilly pink bow and sparkly pink nails. “And it’s gonna be the best day of my life.”

With a toothy grin, another attendee, a young boy, says, “When I kiss the bride, it’s gonna both be exciting and disgusting.”

But other, older interviewees weren’t always so hopeful that wedding bells would be chiming in their futures.

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New York City’s Stonewall Inn Now Protected Under Landmark Status

June 23rd, 2015 Comments off
Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Stonewall Inn, the location of the world-famous Stonewall riots, as an individual landmark, today. The unanimous vote from the committee is historical as it is the first landmark in the city designated for its place in LGBT history.

The Stonewall Inn is currently located in Greenwich Village Historic District, but with the the vote, the Commission recognizes it as an individual New York City Landmark. [7]

300,000 People Protest Gay Marriage in Rome

June 23rd, 2015 Comments off
Photo by Cristina Muraca

Photo by Cristina Muraca

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome this past Saturday to protest gay marriage and the teaching of gender theories in school.

Working under the false notion that providing children with information will “turn” them rather than teach them acceptance or tolerance, bystanders were quick to voice their opinions against gay marriage.

As reported by Breitbart News Network, 41-year-old doctor Giuseppe Ripa had this to say, “In my children’s schools they are talking about families made up of two fathers or two mothers, without asking parents’ permission… It’s dangerous and wrong.”

Yet, it doesn’t seem like the protest will ultimately affect Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose push for a legalized same-sex unions is what initially sparked the protest.

In order to keep pace with the rest of Europe, Italy’s left-wing government is currently working to legalize same-sex unions by the end of July.

Watch Incredibly Moving HIV/AIDS Video Out of Thailand

June 23rd, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

A video that was posted by the World Bank of Thailand’s Facebook page, shows the importance of understanding a modern-day HIV/AIDS diagnosis. The video, which shows a gay couple, who finds out that one partner is gay, follows along as one partner begins to understand anti-viral medications and the importance of getting tested.

Click here to watch it on Facebook.

IBM Calls Off Ribbon-Cutting to Rebut Gov. Jindal’s Executive Order

June 22nd, 2015 Comments off
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Technological leviathan IBM nixed a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new National Service Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today in opposition toward Governor Bobby Jindal’s refractory “religious freedom” executive order.

In an April letter, IBM executives articulated their “strong opposition” to Louisiana’s “Marriage and Conscience Act,” writing that “a bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company’s values.”

IBM went on to beseech Jindal not to contribute to lawful discrimination toward LGBT people, as reported by WAFB, but Jindal would do just that.

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World’s Littlest Country Legalizes Gay Marriage

June 22nd, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

The Pitcairn Islands, the least-populated national jurisdiction in the world, quietly legalized same-sex matrimony last month among its 56 residents.

Encompassing four volcanic islands in the South Pacific – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno – Pitcairn is the last and only British Overseas Territory in the region. Most natives of the archipelago’s second-largest isle, Pitcairn, can trace their ancestry back to the mutineers of the British navy vessel Bounty, or to the Tahitians that traveled with them at the close of the eighteenth century.

The new mandate, Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership Ordinance 2015, went into effect on May 15, granting islanders the ability to wed their same-sex partners – that is, if the island boasted any same-sex couples.

Pitcairn Deputy Governor Kevin Lynch said Monday that the law was recommended by British authorities following legalizations last year in England, Wales, and Scotland, respectively.

According to The Independent, the tiny nation “has made the move despite having a population of 48 and no gay couples looking to wed,” with locals citing that there was “no reason not to.”

The same-sex sanction was “unanimously approved by the local council” according to Pitcairn’s deputy governor, and could attract same-sex couples, especially Australians, who are unable to marry in their own country, to set sail for these sandy shores, which enjoy year-round warm weather, but are only accessible by boat.

Belgium’s Largest Protestant Church to Allow Gay Clergy

June 22nd, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

The largest Protestant Church in Belgium will allow openly gay men and women to become clergy members. The United Protestant Church of Belgium has allowed women to become clergy members and has officiated gay and lesbian weddings, but now church officials have voted to allow gay persons to become clergy.

“I hope that everyone realizes that we are talking about human beings like you and me,”church president Steven Fuite told the Synod.

A Woman is Set to Appear on the Ten-Dollar Bill, but Who?

June 18th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via US Treasury.

It’s been a long time since a woman has graced US mint. While the failure of the one-dollar coin saw Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawe go into retirement, the last woman to appear on paper currency was, believe it or not, Pocahontas who made a limited appearance in the mid-19th century. Now, the US treasure has announced that a woman will be featured on the ten-dollar bill. The redesign will be unveiled in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. The government agency hopes to use social media to find out what the public thinks the bill should look like and who should appear on it. The only requirements: that it’s a deceased woman who embodies democracy.  [WaPo]

 

 

China’s Largest Website Alibaba Helps Gay Chinese Couples Get Married in the US

June 18th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

Alibaba, China’s largest shopping platform, has thrown their weight behind gay and lesbian marriage by launching a Valentine’s Day contest in which seven lucky same-sex Chinese couples won a trip to West Hollywood, California to get married. The contest, which first appeared on Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace (like eBay) had the website’s users voting for their favorite couples. Visitors looked through short videos of the couples that explains how they met and why they want to get married. The winning seven pairs were brought to the US thanks to a bedding company called Bliss. There is no recognition of same-sex marriage in China, but the tech firms celebration of marriage equality is seen as a major step for the country’s LGBT population.

West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey Horvath officiated the wedding ceremonies at a city library for six gay and one lesbian couple. “We’re so honored and happy to have them in West Hollywood,” Horvath said. “We’ve long been a community committed to equal rights for all people, and advancing and protecting the rights especially of our LGBT community.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-west-hollywood-marries-seven-contest-winning-gay-couples-from-china-2015-6#ixzz3dQv5unCj
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-west-hollywood-marries-seven-contest-winning-gay-couples-from-china-2015-6#ixzz3dQutA1hP