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If Virgin America’s safety demonstration videos weren’t enough to catch your attention, maybe Michael Tongko’s coordinated safety dance routine will. The flight attendant delighted passengers who were on their way from Las Vegas to San Francisco. Tongko’s moves have been praised by the Internet as well as Virgin who decided to put the secretly recorded video on their main webpage.
Check it out after the jump…
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It’s that time of the year again, when GLAAD announces its nominations for the GLAAD Media Awards. This is GLAADs 25th year recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community. Among the nominees: Netflix’s smash hit Orange is the New Black; ABC Family’s The Fosters, BBC America’s Orphan Black; HBO’s Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon; Blue Is the Warmest Color; Dallas Buyers Club; Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan; Bridegroom about Shane Bitney Crone and the death of his partner.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.
You can check out all of the nominations over at GLAAD.org.
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Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend the right way at San Francisco’s Annual Bear Weekend, an informal, but infamous gathering where furry revelers come to bare it all and show off their scruff. Celebrations past have included DJed dance parties, fabulous drink specials, group spa and fitness ventures, and bare-chested contests. From February 14-17, join this fuzzy collective of bears, cubs, otters, and chubs as they continue the beloved, resurrected traditions of the International Bear Rendezvous, an event that saw its glory days from 1992 until 2011.
Want to see more events happening throughout February and March? Check out our World Beat section.
Categories: California, Events, San Francisco bear events, bear weekend, california, cubs, Gay Bars, gay bears, gay clubs, gay events, hairy men, san francisco
Tel Aviv-Jaff Municipality will unveil a brand-new monument dedicated to the gay and trans community who were persecuted by the Nazis. Shaped like the pink triangle—a symbol used to identify gay prisoners—the English, German, and Herbrew monument will be located outside the municipality’s LGBT Community Center in Meir Park (Gan Meir). During the Nazi regime, an estimated 15,000 were placed into concentration camps for their sexuality or for their gender identity and were often the target of cruel experiments. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said: “This monument reminds us all how important it is for us to respect every human being. It is only natural that such a reminder will exist in Tel Aviv-Yafo – a city that warmly embraces all groups and minorities.” [JP] via [Haaretz]
Currently Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Sydney, and San Francisco have memorials dedicated to the LGBT community persecuted under Nazism.
Categories: History amsterdam, berlin, Cologne, gay, holocaust, Israel, lesbian, nazis, pink triangle, san francisco, sydney, Tel Aviv
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There’s a new show debuting on HBO soon, and (gasp!) you might actually recognize a few themes from your own life in this one.
It’s called Looking, and the premise is three 30-something gay friends living in San Francisco: Frankie J. Alvarez (Agustín), Murray Bartlett (Dom) and Jonathan Groff (Patrick). The characters are distinctly different and broadly relatable:
“Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement; aspiring artist Agustín, 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group’s oldest member — longtime waiter Dom, 39 — is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.” [from HBO]
What will they be doing? “Living and loving,” as broadly defined by HBO but really, your guess is as good as ours. HBO just released a 20-second teaser of the series, prompting plenty of speculation and excitement about the specifics.
Looking premieres at 10:30 P.M. on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 following Girls.
Watch the teaser after the jump…
Contributing Editor Jim Gladstone offers a sneak peek at the Broadway-bound Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Jessie Mueller (photo: Nathan Johnson)
Singer-songwriter Carole King sewed up her status as a smart, sensitive, women’s lib-era icon with the classic 1971 album,Tapestry. The theatrical version of her life story— currently in a pre-Broadway run in San Francisco—is more of a patchwork affair. The show is enormously entertaining thanks to the outstanding cast’s performances of hits by King, her first husband Gerry Goffin, and their compatriot songwriting couple Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, but Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is also stiltedly dutiful to the formulas of standard-issue celebrity biography and the contemporary jukebox musical.
Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…
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Matt Nathanson has just sung his way back into our hearts (please, as if he ever even left in the first place) with his brand new video for “Kinks Shirt.” This bouncy love song, dedicated to a stripper clad in a t-shirt and a couple of feathered fans, had us clapping along all the way to the end. His hazy daydream of the life he shares with that girl in the “Kinks Shirt” takes a surprising and heart-warming turn when it’s revealed that she is actually a he. But it’s what happens next that makes Matt Nathanson one of our favorite allies.
The trans community is already buzzing about Matt’s positive portrayal of transgender people, but this isn’t the first time he’s made a hit dedicated to his LGBT devotees. The San Francisco-based singer/dad/all around perfect man released “Modern Love” in the middle of last year. This equality anthem is, as he puts it, a celebration of everything he loves about his city.
Watch the “Kinks Shirt” and “Modern Love” videos after the jump…
Categories: Gay Travel, Global Cocktails, Music, Transgender, Video bisexual, cocktail music, gay, gay love, gay travel, Kinks Shirt, Matt Nathanson, Modern Love, passport magazine, san francisco, transgender
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The first openly gay man to run for political office, Jose Julio Sarria, passed away yesterday. Before Harvey Milk, Sarria, ran for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961 where he was ultimately defeated, though, his campaign made history. Sarria, who was best known around San Frnacisco as Empress Jose I, The Widow Norton, was a colorful figure around the Bay Area. After taking the title of Empress he instated the Imperial Court System. Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk’s nephew wrote on Facebook saying: “He paved the way for my uncle, Harvey Milk, to run for public office by being the first openly gay man to put his name on the 1961 ballot and was right there to support Harvey’s first campaign in 1973.” [HuffPo]
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This Sunday, June 23, City Lights Booksellers and Publishers in San Francisco, celebrates 60 years of opening its doors as a haven for progressive literary minds and their avid cohorts.
The celebratory events will begin with an open house featuring live jazz music and flash readings by some of San Fran’s own local authors and poets. Nostalgic film footage, special discounts, and some surprises will also honor the landmark’s longevity, which is a highly significant achievement for any bookseller.
The much-adored touchstone of San Fran, which helped launch a cultural revolution, will also be embraced in a series of upcoming events at venues throughout the city all year. Included are workshops, hosted events in Kerouac Alley, and a traveling photo exhibition of gay radical poet, Allen Ginsberg in partnership with the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Keep reading Christopher Ludgate’s piece after the jump…
Categories: Books, California, Events, Gay Travel, San Francisco allen ginsberg, City Lights, City Lights Booksellers and publishers, Elaine Katzenberger, Gay Books, gay bookstores, Gay San Francisco, gay travel, Howl, san francisco