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Global Cocktail: Brighton Beets at Bar 54

November 20th, 2015 Comments off
Brighton Beets, Photo via Edmund DeGuzman

Brighton Beets, Photo via Edmund DeGuzman

Talk about unlikely pairings. This beet-infused vodka cocktail is the creation of Master NYC mixologist (and out lesbian!) Julie Reiner. Part of the new seasonal cocktail menu at New York’s highest rooftop bar, the Brighton Beets is one of 17 libations offered this winter Bar 54 at the Hyatt Times Square. Sip it as you take in the unbeetable views from 54 stories above Manhattan.

Julie brings over 20 years of mixology experience to the Hyatt, and operates the Clover Club, her own gourmet cocktail lounge in Brooklyn.

Brighton Beets

1 oz Beet infused Vodka

1 oz Tanqueray gin

.5 oz lemon juice

.5 oz Cointreau

.5 oz Fonsecca ruby port

.5 simple syrup

Muddled Mint

Crushed Ice

Combine ingredients in a shaker and strain over crushed ice into tall glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and sprig of mint.

AT&T Celebrates Three Years of Live Proud

November 12th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via AT&T Live Proud

Photo via AT&T Live Proud

Legendary activists Edith Windsor and Larry Kramer stopped by the VIP Barefoot Bubbly Toast at the OUT100 celebration at Guastavino's on November 11, 2015 in New York City (Michael Simon, StarTraks)

Edith Windsor and Larry Kramer at the OUT100.(Michael Simon, StarTraks)

Last night marked the end of another successful AT&T Live Proud campaign at Guastavino’s in New York City. AT&T’s yearly campaign is the brand’s key initiative to raise awareness of LGBT issues, empower those in the community and their allies, and, of course, spread LGBT Pride.

This year, contestants were asked to submit a short video with the theme ‘This is Me.’ Four winners were whisked away to New York City to attend the annual star-studded OUT100 Gala.

The lucky four, Michelle, Neal, Mark, and Taryn, from Washington, California, Minnesota, and Brooklyn respectively, were selected from thousands of entrants, each with a heartfelt and inspiring video submission. In the past, AT&T has partnered with superstar Adam Lambert for Live Proud (check out our interview with him about his role), and the brand is already gearing up for next year’s giveaway. Keep your eyes open for AT&T Live Proud in 2016. You could be the next one getting the royal treatment!

For more information on AT&T Live Proud and to watch fan submissions click here.

New York Chosen to Host WorldPride 2019 to Coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

October 21st, 2015 Comments off
Carlotta Gurl speaks at the Stonewall Inn in NYC. Image via Vancouver Tourism

Carlotta Gurl speaks at the Stonewall Inn in NYC. Image via Vancouver Tourism

The birthplace of the modern-day gay rights movement, New York City, has been chosen to hose WorldPride in 2019. WorldPride, which began in 2000 by Paul Stenson of InterPride, will coincide with Stonewall 50, the 50th anniversary of the riots on Christopher Street that ultimately lead to the first pride rally the following year. The two-month celebration will have a theme of “Millions of Moments of Pride.”

WorldPride has taken place in Rome, London, Madrid, Toronto, and, in 2017, Madrid.

We were fortunate enough to be in London and Toronto for WorldPride.


Global Cocktail: Pink Lotus Cocktail at The Peninsula New York

October 2nd, 2015 Comments off


PNY Pink cocktail

Pink Lotus Cocktail

Gotham Lounge at Peninsula New York is serving a Pink Lotus cocktail for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. When you head over to this epicenter of cool in New York, you can also catch the art installation on the façade of the building that is being officially lit up this week.

In a shaker with ice, combine Absolut vodka, brandied cherry syrup, lemon juice and a splash of yellow Chartreuse. Shake, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist or color coordinating flower if you have one.

Pink Lotus Cocktail at The Peninsula New York

The Peninsula New York

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Allow Irish LGBT Group to March for the First Time

September 29th, 2015 Comments off
Image via littleny

Image via littleny

The St. Patrick’s Day committee has agreed to allow an Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 2016 parade while carrying a banner after a vote to grant Lavender and Green Alliance, an LGBT Irish group from Queens, NY, a permit. Allowing the group to march marks the first time in an Irish LGBT group is able to openly march. The committee, last year, decided to end the ban on parade participants from marching as openly gay under a banner, when they allowed Out@NBCUniversal to march. But, this will  be the city’s first gay Irish group participating and a signal that more LGBT groups will be allowed to participate this year.

The group’s cofounder Brendan Fay said: “We have been on a long and winding road to equality, a road marked by painful exclusion and years of protests and arrests. With this decision, we are transformed from cultural outsiders to insiders who can share in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a vital expression of our heritage and culture.”

In recent years, the parade’s organizers have come under heavy fire from politicians from both the United States and Ireland as well as sponsorship.

Last year, Outvets became the first LGBT group to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day after a two-decade ban. []


Tear it Down: New York’s LaGuardia Once-Dubbed ‘Third World’ to be Rebuilt Under $4 Billion Plan

July 28th, 2015 Comments off
Image via Port Authority

Image via Port Authority

It was just last year that Vice President Joe Biden called New York’s LaGuardia Airport “Third World,” a description that every traveler who has crossed through the beyond-repair airport has thought. Yesterday, though, Biden and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the airport will be torn down and rebuilt into a state-of-the-art airport—a transportation hub worthy of the late, great Mayor La Guardia. The $4 billion project will reduce flight delays, add public transportation (including an AirTrain and ferry service), among a slew of other improvements.  “This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time. And now we’re going to get it,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “There is no way to fix this. We need to literally tear it down and rebuild it. It’s not a plan, not a sketch, not a dream, not a vision, it is actually happening. New York had an aggressive, can-do approach to big infrastructure in the past — and today, we’re moving forward with that attitude once again.”

The New York Post has the highlights of what’s to come: 

  •  A new, unified terminal that will be 600 feet closer to the Grand Central Parkway, providing 240 percent more space for runways and flight operations.
  • High-speed ferry service that will have boats docking at the existing Marine Terminal.
  •  Passenger access to their gates via raised pedestrian bridges, high enough for aircraft to taxi underneath.
  • A state-of-the-art, post-9/11 security system that will be three times as large as the current operation, slashing wait times.
  • Nearby roads reconfigured to improve access for passengers and reduce traffic.
  • A new Central Hall with increased space for high-end amenities including retail shops and a 200-room boutique hotel.
  • An increase in passengers from roughly 27 million in 2014 to 35 million when it’s finished.
  • Creation of 8,000 construction jobs and 18,000 permanent jobs both at the airport and in businesses that service the airport. “Middle-class jobs. Jobs you can raise a family on,” Biden said.


Celebrate Summer with the Ali Forney Center in New York City

July 9th, 2015 Comments off

Image via Passport

Despite the statistics that there are over 4,000 homeless youth in New York City, of which over 1,000 are LGBT, New York State continues to reduce funding for the organizations that help this segment of the population. The nation’s largest resource for these young men and women is The Ali Forney Center, which has been housing LGBT youth since 2002. This organization has proven itself as the safety net for many who are in desperate need of shelter and care. Support this vital organization at The Ali Forney Center’s 2nd Annual OASIS event on July 20. Join others at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for cocktails on the pier and bid on an array of auction items. The evening includes an open bar courtesy of Chopin Vodka, a raffle prize of a trip for two to Amsterdam provided by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Wyndham Rewards, music by DJ JonJon Battles, an extensive silent auction, and RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Alaska Thunderfet.

Don’t wait to get tickets. 

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]

The Out Hotel’s Mati Weiderpass Defends Meeting with Ted Cruz by Calling Gays ‘Extremists’

May 11th, 2015 Comments off
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

In a new op-ed in the Observer, Mati Weiderpass, one half of the gay duo who own The Out NYC and other properties, once again is trying to clean up after it was revealed that he and his business partner hosted what was initially described as a fundraiser for Sen. Ted Cruz. In the op-ed, Weiderpass says that it wasn’t a fundraiser and that it was just a dialogue, and calls the criticism he has received for hosting the meeting as “attacks from gay extremists…” It shouldn’t take long for a casual reader to feel once again insulted by Weiderpass as he makes this comment in his opening paragraph.

Since hosting a discussion with Texas Senator Ted Cruz in my home, I have been inundated with hateful, biased social media messages, and attacks from gay extremists (do I dare say the word?) who demand inclusion, but do not believe in dialogue. I know in my heart that these attacks do not represent the rich culture and diversity of the gay community. Yet, in our community, as in so many others, the most vocal often dominate the conversation. I hope this op-ed will help heal wounds and continue necessary progress and discussion.

He continues by drawing parallels between his “dialogue” and a dialogue between a Jewish leader and a Muslim.

It is amazing that my businesses are being boycotted by some because I hosted a discussion with an elected official. Not a fundraiser. Not an endorsement. A dialogue. What would we say if the Jewish community organized a boycott of a business leader who hosted a private discussion with an important Muslim politician? We know the answer. I am a longtime leader of my community – and proud of who I am and what I have accomplished.

He continues to try to turn the tables on the community by saying he’s a community leader, he’s the one trying for change, and the LGBT community is “small and intolerant.”

His editorial discusses the importance of reaching across the aisle to Republicans and people of all faiths and nationalities to impact change through freedom of speech—and we understand this valid point. But calling the LGBT community extremists for also using this right that you so treasure, to engage in dialogue with a company that many thought to be at the forefront of LGBT rights in New York City, is an egregious, small-minded way of rebuilding trust.


Global Cocktail: Da Claudio’s Red Hot Ruby Punch

January 9th, 2015 Comments off
The Red Hot Ruby Punch

The Red Hot Ruby Punch

We know you have this Sunday marked in your calendar, right? If you don’t, get on that! It’s National Hot Toddy Day. And with these temperatures (colder than Mars), you’re going to want to warm up. But since, you won’t be venturing to far out there this weekend, you may want to spend a couple of hours creating this delectably sweet punch from Jason Cousins of Da Claudio— a recently opened restaurant in NYC’s Financial District.


Completely peel four oranges, avoiding the white pith. Add orange peels to a mixing bowl with raw sugar and muddle, grinding the sugar into the oils.  (Reserve the orange fruit for juicing.) Let stand for 30 minutes while the sugar pulls the oils from the peels. Stir in 16 oz of boiling water until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove orange peels and add spice bag. Let sit while preparing the remaining ingredients. Add TINCUP, PAMA liqueur, port wine, and orange juice to a 3.5 quart or larger slow cooker. Pour in the orange sugar mixture and keep warm on low heat. Ladle and serve, garnishing with a clove-studded orange disk and a cinnamon stick.