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Chelsea Manning Named Honorary Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride, But Will it Backfire on Organizers Again?

April 17th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

For a second year in a row, Chelsea Manning has been named an honorary grand marshal of San Francisco Pride. The decision to name her as a grand marshal this year is surprising after last year’s decision to revoke the title from her after she was convicted by a military court. According to the pride’s board president Gary Virginia, the reason that she was named an honorary marshal this year is to help “repair a rift the controversy created.” Manning, according to the Huffpo, released a statement that said: “As a trans woman, I appreciate the Pride movement’s significant role in bringing together diverse communities and elevating the public profile of the fight for queer rights,” she stated. “I have always enjoyed attending Pride celebrations given the opportunity, and I’m deeply honored to receive this title.”

This year, San Francisco Pride will take place June 28-29.

 

Misterbnb: New School Lodging for LGBT People and Allies

April 11th, 2014 Comments off
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You’ve probably heard the buzz about the web service Airbnb—a cursory glance at Google News will show that the website is a hot topic. While San Francisco has made headlines for its banning of the DIY apartment-rental service, Airbnb is becoming increasingly popular as an option in lieu of expensive hotel rates. But convenient, affordable, and hyped as the service may be, some people (even those outside SF) have hangups about the website. Like any connection we make over the Internet, Airbnb involves an x-factor — the person at the other end of the wireless connection.

Misterbnb, a web service launched last spring, takes an Airbnb-esque approach to finding lodging, but it tailors its service to LGBT people and their allies, helping to assure users their experience will be an open and respectful one. As co-found Matthieu Jost puts it: “I realized the limitations of apartment rental sites. I could sometimes notice how apartment owners felt uncomfortable with me staying with my boyfriend.”

If you’ve been dying to try Airnbnb but felt concern like Jost’s holding you back, Misterbnb might be the right choice for you. The service is available worldwide.

Harvey Milk Stamp Design Revealed

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off
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Image via USPS via Linns.

Activists who launched a campaign back in 2011 to have Harvey Milk’s image on a United States Postal Service stamp got their wish after the USPS unveiled the stamp. The “Forever” stamp is set to be released on Harvey Milk Day—May 22. The stamp honors the San Francisco politician who is largely credited as the first openly gay person to be elected to public office. [Linns]

Gay Travel: San Francisco’s Unique Boutiques

March 25th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Passport.

San Francisco is known for its quirkiness and originality, and the city’s often offbeat approach to life extends to its hotel scene as well. Indeed, few other destinations this size has such an intriguing array of unique hotel options. In the City by the Bay, it’s easy to make your next stay a truly different experience.

In San Francisco, even the larger, locally based hotel groups pride themselves on being different. Most hotel companies, after all, go for a rather cookie-cutter approach to the hospitality experience, with ambiance, furniture, and décor that’s more or less the same in every property, regardless of whether you’re in Des Moines, Dubuque, or Dubrovnik. Not so with the hotels based in San Francisco. They may not be global brands, but these companies work to make each hotel unique. So whether you’re checking into a Kimpton, Joie de Vivre, or Personality Hotels property, you can choose a setting that suits your style.

Kimpton Hotels, which was rated one of the best places to work for LGBT people by the Human Rights Campaign in 2013, is among the experts at creatively interpreting the hospitality experience. Kimpton also hosts same-sex weddings, LGBT non-profit events, and business meetings. The company’s loyalty program also allows you to check LGBT for special offerings specific to the community.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine.

 

Video of the Week: Put Your Hands in the Air for Virgin America’s Dancing Flight Attendant

March 10th, 2014 Comments off
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

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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GLAAD Announces 2014 Media Award Nominations

January 30th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Facebook.

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.

 

San Francisco’s Annual Bear Weekend

January 16th, 2014 Comments off
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Image via Passport

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. 

Tel Aviv to Erect Monument Dedicated to Gay Holocaust Victims

January 7th, 2014 Comments off
Photo by Moti Milrod via Haaretz.

Photo by Moti Milrod via Haaretz.

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.

Teaser for ‘Looking’: New HBO Series About Gay Friends in San Francisco

November 11th, 2013 Comments off
Looking

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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…

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Review: ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

October 15th, 2013 Comments off

Contributing Editor Jim Gladstone offers a sneak peek at the Broadway-bound Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Jessie Mueller (photo: Nathan Johnson)

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…