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This Week! ‘Passport’ and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Host Hollyween San Francisco

October 27th, 2015 Comments off



We’ve moved New York’s wildly popular Halloween charity ball across the country to San Francisco for what promises to be the biggest Hollyween yet! Join Passport and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for a night of cocktails, auctions, and dancing to benefit the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.

Hollyween will take over Madame Tussauds San Francisco on Thursday October 29th. Enjoy the open bar courtesy of Stoli and Barefoot and a variety of hors d’oeuvres all night long. For guests coming from out of town, Hotel Zephyr is offering a special Hollyween package. Guests who book the package will receive 15-40% off the room rate, one VIP ticket to Hollyween, discounted tickets to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and (bonus!) Hotel Zephyr will donate 10% of all package proceeds to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.

Come join over 350 of your closest ghoul-friends at Hollyween in San Francisco! This event sells out every year, so don’t wait to get your tickets here.

Trick and Sleep at Hotel Zephyr, San Francisco for ‘Passport’ Magazine’s Hollyween Party

October 9th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Hotel Zephyr

These days it seems the words “upscale” and “uptight” go hand-in-hand. However Hotel Zephyr brings a playful, maritime twist to the upscale hotels in the Golden Gate City.

You won’t find white gloves at this property but rather concierges in custom hoodies and designer jeans, ping-pong tables, shuffleboard courts and dart boards throughout the property designed for tech-savvy millennials and happenin’ hipsters who want to actually hang out in the 9,999-square-foot outdoor lounge–The Yard, which includes multiple fire pits, a shuffleboard court and life-sized games such as Connect Four and Jenga.

Given San Francisco’s status at the US capital for tech, it’s no surprise this hotel has an open-door policy for web and software developers looking to test their newest apps. This “Zephyr Lab” concept as they call it serves as a platform for start-ups to bring in their relevant travel/hotel technology and, by doing so make Hotel Zephyr guests’ experience run seamlessly when on-property and in the city.

Find out a special package where you can receive up to 15-40% off a room and a VIP ticket to our Hollyween party by clicking here. 

Celebrate Hollyween with ‘Passport’ in San Francisco

August 19th, 2015 Comments off

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Hollyween is moving to the West Coast! Join the Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation and Passport for the annual charity costume ball this year at Madame Tussauds San Francisco. Dress up and enjoy the open bar, hors d’ouevres, silent auction, and fabulous luxe travel package giveaways.


International Order of Sodomites is in Session: Prolific ‘Queer Quipster’ Justin Sayre Talks New Shows

July 31st, 2015 Comments off
Justin Sayre

Justin Sayre

by Jim Gladstone

Perhaps the most prolific queer quipster working today, Justin Sayre has been writing a new set’s worth of comedy material nearly every month since 2011, when he first presented his topical live act, The Meeting of the International Order of Sodomites (iOS) in New York back in 2011.

Sayre’s shows mix wicked riffs on current issues—from gay marriage and parenthood to the unbearable whiteness of Lookingwith homages to timeless gay icons, from Judy Garland to Julie Andrews.

Now a staple of queer Manhattan night life, running at Joe’s Pub between October and May, iOS Q represents just a fraction of Sayre’s output—he relocated to Los Angeles to join the writing staff of Two Broke Girls and has a much-needed young adult book—Huskyabout an overweight gay kid being published next month.

For each ‘meetings’ of iOS— which also features guest musical performances—Sayre develops all new material, much of which is filmed in performance and posted to the internet shortly afterward.

“I never mind that the material is out there,” says Sayre, “I like the challenge of doing something new – to always do something creative and move the conversation forward.”

“I see the web as a gift,” Sayre notes, “Its gotten my work out there, and I also take it as a good challenge. When I do a new show, it really has to be new. An audience being familiar with your material can be a trap if they like what you did in the past and want you to do it over and over. I hope I’m building an audience that wants to hear my voice and my perspective, not specific routines.”

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Urine-Proof Paint Fires Back at Public Urinators in San Francisco

July 27th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Youtube

In an effort to teach public urinators a lesson, San Francisco is painting its walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint, the Bay Area’s KPIX reports. The new, freshly-painted walls stay clean and dry by instantly repelling liquid, which for offenders, means spraying urine right back at them.

“We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru tells SFGate. “Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.”

According to the Huffington Post, San Francisco Public Works has racked up 375 requests to steam-clean urine-soaked walls since the beginning of this year. Peeing in public has long been punishable by fines of up to $100, which ultimately do little to curb the problem.

Crews have painted a total of 10 walls so far in San Francisco, and according to KPIX, the city intends to keep the paint coming. So, public whizzers, beware. And dog owners, be warned: You might want to map a new route for dog walking, unless you want each day to end in a bath for your pooch.

San Francisco High School to be First to Offer Course on LGBT Studies

July 6th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

A high school in San Francisco will be the first in the nation to offer a course on LGBT issues. The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts will offer the course starting in the fall, and it will concentrate on LGBT history and literature, terminology, and media portrayals.

“I’m excited to teach the class because, in San Francisco, at SOTA, students should be learning these stories; they’re ‘their’ stories,” teacher Lyndsey Schlax said on the school’s Facebook page. “So much is changing in America, and the world, for LGBTQ individuals… I get to teach this history as its [SIC] happening. It can’t get much more exciting than that!!!” [Seventeen]

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Come Out for LA’s World-Famous Gay Film Festival, Outfest

June 26th, 2015 Comments off
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“Stuff” Image via Facebook

With an appropriately campy turn of phrase, the Los Angeles Times called Outfest “More than just a film festival, it’s a full-on happening.” Well, this happening just happens to be the largest of its kind in the US. The ten-day festival celebrates the best in LGBT cinema with screenings of films from around the world. Special events and parties take place throughout the festival and the opening night gala is your chance to shine—go get red-carpet ready for this amazing event.

Check out the full calendar of events from July 9-19. 

Win Two Tickets to ‘Seed Money’ in San Francisco

June 18th, 2015 Comments off
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Witness the fleshy, flashy career of Falcon Studios founder Chuck Holmes at an exclusive screening of Seed Money: The Chuck Homes Story on Sunday June 21 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco.

Click here to enter, contest ends tomorrow! 

James Franco and Zachary Quinto Kiss, ‘Magic Mike,’ and Many More Surprises at San Francisco’s LGBT Film Festival

June 16th, 2015 Comments off
Image via Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story .

Image via Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story .

James Franco and Zachary Quinto will make out. The history of Falcon studios will be celebrated. Tab Hunter will share tales of gay Hollywood hunkdom, and Magic Mike XXL will have a special preview screening at the Castro Theater. These are just a few of the more salacious anticipated highlights of the 39th annual edition of Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Festival, opening this Thursday and running through Pride Day on June 28.

The largest and most extensive—over 170 shorts and features—festival of its kind worldwide, Frameline 39 offers eye-opening, little-seen perspectives on our lives with films from over 30 countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kenya.  And even in many films produced in the US and Western Europe, says Frameline Executive Director Frances Wallace, “We’re starting to see a real shift in subject matter as society changes. Years ago, we saw many more coming out stories, and of course they will always be there, but now we’re seeing films that deal with out gay athletes, international immigration, the complications that digital culture brings to our lives, and more complex views of transgender characters…As LGBTQ stories and characters make their way into more and more mainstream releases, part of Frameline’s mission is to find films and filmmakers who continue to find aspects of our lives that are less represented.”

Tickets are now available online for all ten days of festival programming.

Here’s your chance to win two tickets to this Sunday’s showing of Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story. Witness the flashy and fleshy story of the founder of Falcon Studios. Enter here!

Jim Gladstone gives us the scoop on what to see during the week after the jump…

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Orange is the New Wax: Madame Tussauds Honors First Transgender Figure, Laverne Cox

June 8th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Spritz

In honor of Pride, Madame Tussauds revealed today that Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox will join the ranks of well-known celebrities, major leaguers, and distinguished historical icons as the first ever transgender person to be honored with a life-size wax figure.

An outspoken advocate of the trans* community, Laverne Cox is unprecedented as the first trans* woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television program with her breakout role as inmate Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, returning to laptops everywhere later this week for its third season.

Ms. Cox landed the cover of TIME magazine last year with the iconic “Transgender Tipping Point,” and has forged ahead to become the first trans* woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s TRANSForm Me, earning a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Reality Program,” the title of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year, as well as a SAG Award and Emmy nomination, among others honors.

Read what Cox has to say about the honor on the next page…
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