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GayFest! Lights Up Philadelphia’s LGBT Theater Calendar

August 2nd, 2015 Robert
From White Plains with Frank Schierloh and Connor Feimster

From White Plains with Frank Schierloh and Connor Feimster

Philadelphia once again becomes a summer haven for gay arts, as GayFest! , the city’s LGBT theater festival, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lineup of plays and “one night stands” that cast a rainbow aura over the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love. With almost 30 performances in all, GayFest! will be held August 7-22 as local theater company Quince Productions dons its LGBT hat.

According to Producing Artistic Director Rich Rubin: “Five years ago, when the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival ceased existence, we decided to jump in and fill the gap, because Philadelphia shouldn’t be without an LGBT theater festival. They (whoever `they’ are) told us we were nuts, it was too ambitious, it would never succeed, etc. etc. But here we are five years later, and still going strong.”

As has become the tradition, the festival opens with an import, this one brought in from Los Angeles by way of New York: At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper. In this one-man tour de force performance, Leeper plays five characters over five decades of the bar “The Flash”: closeted married man, drag queen, club kid, bar owner, and lesbian activist. It’s a mini-history of gay lives over fifty years. Just wait for that moment when all five characters interact over the years (we won’t say more because we don’t want to spoil anything!).

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Cocktail Music: Priory’s Just-Released Music Video for a Soon-to-Be LGBTQ Anthem

July 31st, 2015 Daniela Mayer
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Image via Facebook

Fresh off their North American tour with Kaiser Chiefs, the Portland-based electropop duo Priory, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears, have just released the music video for their song ‘Put ‘Em Up’ off their debut album Need To Know.

Rush wrote the song about watching his brother’s struggle with being gay in a conservative and religious family, and the black and white video, which starts with a stirring quote from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, does a fantastic job revealing how those in the LGBTQ community work to blend in with hetero-cisgendered society.

Rush had this to say on the video, “When we made the video, we wanted to show regular people doing regular things in an anonymous fashion until they came together in a place of mutual acceptance where everyone had a chance to be free to be whatever they were on the inside or outside.”

Check out the moving video from this soon-to-be anthem after the jump…

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Global Cocktail: Hakkasan’s Ling Ling Collins

July 31st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Hakkasan

Image via Hakkasan

Ling Ling is a new experience from the now-global Hakkasan, which opened n Mykonos, Greece on July 1. Located in the center of the old town in Mykonos, Ling Ling borrows from the key elements of Hakkasan to create an experience that expertly suits the island life, and, of course, the late-night revelry visitors to Mykonos have come to expect. Inspired by the Izakaya concept, Ling Ling encourages guests to discover Hakkasan’s cuisine differently. Reinvented presentations of smaller plates provide the opportunity to share and try a variety of the Cantonese-style dishes. The perfect accompaniment to a superlative drinks menu; the bar is being invigorated with summer cocktails and a wine list from the award winning team in London.

We got the recipe for our favorite cocktail, so you can try it home.

Directions

Add cubed ice to the top. Shake and double strain into the serving glass over fresh ice Top up with soda water.

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Celebrate National Orgasm Day with 5 Health Benefits of Climaxing

July 31st, 2015 Daniela Mayer
Image via Passport Magazine

Image via Passport Magazine

According to a 2012 Durex Sex Survey of 1,000 American adults, half of people are dissatisfied with their bedroom “escapades” and 37% feel that their time between the sheets ends too quickly.

We at Passport feel this is unacceptable, so in honor of National Orgasm Day, we’re going to share with you some health reasons compiled by LELO on why you should be having more orgasms, because, frankly, you can figure out the other reasons for yourself.

 

  1. Orgasms are a great natural stress relief and can even relieve pain

Orgasms cause the brain to release the hormone oxytocin, aka the love molecule, which induces feelings of optimism, increased self-esteem, and trust. Studies have shown that a rise in oxytocin levels can relieve pain caused from headache, cramps, and overall body aches, so maybe consider a quickie instead of just popping an ibprofen.

  1. Orgasms boost the immune system

According to the British Medical Journal, there is a strong correlation between orgasms and mortality rates. Apparently, those who orgasm two times a week or more can add up to eight years to their life by boosting immune system, heart health, and even “brain power.”

  1. People who orgasm 4 or more times a week may look up to seven years younger

A survey of 3,500 people by Dr. David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist and former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, found that people who had more orgasms looked younger. According to Weeks, a vigorous sex life was the second most important determinant, after physical activity, in determining how young a person looked. I guess that’s what puts the O in Botox.

  1. Semen has antidepressant properties

Just about every woman has heard this at some point (normally when trying to be convinced of the benefits of unprotected sex or fellatio), but there may be some truth to it. A study from the State University of New York found women who regularly have unprotected sex are less depressed. One theory has to do with semen containing a variety of hormones, like mood-elevating estrogen and oxytocin, cortisol, melatonin, anti-depressant prolactin, thyrotropin releasing hormone and serotonin. With that said, this shouldn’t be the main rationale in such decisions, so please be safe, especially if having unprotected sex.

  1. Orgasms help fight insomnia

Although sleepiness post-coitus is typically attributed to me, orgasms can have a similar affect on both sexes. The release of various chemicals upon climax, like oxytocin and vasopressin, as well as melatonin, which helps regulate sleep. Besides this, its pretty understandable to be tuckered out after a solid, pleasurable, work out.

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

July 31st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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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Chief Rabbi Visits Gay-Pride Stabbing Victims in Jerusalem

July 31st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Shutterstock.

A glimpse of hope comes a day after the horrific stabbing of six pride marchers in Jerusalem. Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern visited the victims speaking to those injured and denouncing the tragic attacks as “totally contrary to the Torah.” He told the press that “This is a day for prayer for the injured and for unity…Differences of opinion and dispute are legitimate and will continue but raising ones hand against ones fellow is forbidden. ”

He continued by assuring the LGBT community that the religious community “does not and will not tolerate such acts,” and “people who believe in the fear of heaven are very distant from these deeds.

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Gay-Friendly Apple Emojis May Get Deleted in Russia

July 31st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via iPhone

Screen Cap via iPhone

While most of the world has embraced Apple’s introduction of those cute LGBT-friendly emojis, the higher ups in Russia see them as breaking their anti-gay propaganda law and want the tech giant to delete them.

According to Vocativ: “The federal group responsible for patrolling Russian media wrote a letter to “Young Guard of United Russia,” the youth wing of the “United Russia” political party, requesting the group’s members investigate emojis posted to social media platforms. Gay emojis might violate the countrywide ban on ‘gay propaganda,’ according to Roskomnadzor.”

The gay and lesbian emojis were released this April along with more inclusive emojis that represent persons of all ethnicities.

 

 

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Priority List: 8 Travel Tips for Gay-Family Getaways

July 31st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

by H. Luiz Martinez

Traveling with my little family has always been a pleasurable experience. I believe it’s because of the research and preparation we’ve done prior to booking any trip. I’ve compiled a checklist of sorts that will help you when planning for your vacation. The last thing you want to do is have your family feel uncomfortable or have a holiday ruined because you did not take the time to prepare. Being welcome as an LBGT family makes for a vacation that you will cherish forever.

1. Go Beyond Gay Family Friendly Logos

When searching for amazing gay family getaways, it is important to understand that “gay friendly” may differ from gay “family” friendly. Some people may be okay with same-gender couples, but may be intolerant of same-gender couples with children. Call hotels and resorts and explain that you are a LGBT Family and would like to know how you may be received. You’d be surprised how honest (positively or negatively) they may respond. I learned that national and international registries boasting “gay family friendly” travel destinations may not be entirely accurate. I’ve also learned that resorts and/or hotels can pay to be on some of these registries, no matter if they have had “sensitivity training” (as they call it in the service industry) towards LGBT Families. You should also know that any travel website can put up a “gay family friendly” logo just to attract travelers. Ask friends, check forums, and review sites to see what others have experienced when staying at these hotels/resorts.

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Empire State Building Will Shed Light on Endangered Species with Projections

July 30th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

“I’m a scale person—that’s what Louie likes about me,” Travis Threlkel, chief creative cffice and co-founder of Obscura Digital, told the New York Times. “It’s like the Guggenheim. That’s big, right? No, man. We did that from the back of a car with one projector on it. This one, I’ve got 40 giant cannons. And I wish I had more.”

On Saturday, using 40 stacked, 20-000 lumen projectors sitting atop a building on West 31st Street, the southern face of the Empire State Building will light up the night with digital images of endangered species in an effort to call attention to some of the planet’s most at-risk wildlife.

Threlkel, alongside filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, is the architect behind this “weapon of mass instruction,” which will illume a space 375 feet tall and 186 feet wide, a total of 33 floors, with moving pictures of ” a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin and manta rays,” along with a variety of creatures land and sea, the New York Times reports.

Psihoyos and Threlkel received clearance from the city just four weeks ago. In the last three years, the pairing has put on dozens of smaller projections, including one on the Guggenheim Museum. Their biggest display so far was last year on The United Nations building.

Don’t have a ticket to Saturday’s 27th Street rooftop viewing party? Don’t fret. Images should be clear within 20 blocks downtown of the Empire State Building. Beyond 14th Street, the grey, furry face of a giant koala bear shouldn’t be hard to miss. And beyond New York City, the events are also to be a part of Psihoyos’ upcoming documentary, “Racing Extinction,” which will premiere on the Discovery Channel in December.

“We’re going to try to create something beautiful. Not bum people out,” Threlkel explained. “Hopefully, this is one big domino. If we can tip it, it would be great.”

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Brazilian Couple Bares All to Protest Homophobia In The Streets Of Sao Paulo

July 30th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Chicos.cc

Photo via Chicos.cc

In a provocatively stark way to fight homophobia, one gay Brazilian couple took to the streets of São Paulo at 2 a.m. to pose in the buff and naked of prejudice in the midst of mounting brutality toward LGBTs in Brazil.

Accompanying the bare shots of real life boyfriends Felippe and Marlon, Chicos.cc photographers Fabio Lamounier and Rodrigo Ladeira write,

Of all the countless times I’ve been to São Paulo, none of them I skipped visiting the bright and grand Paulista Avenue. The biggest symbol of the city, also scene of several activists marches and conservative attacks; The place where the huge buildings shares space with the little businessmen; The city owns the traffic that nowadays is seen in all other major cities, but also the living beings that walk through its streets at their own time. The ave is under a pendulum between those opposites. Of all those countless times, however, today was my only and first time I’ve seen this avenue off the mightiness it carries: fragile, empty and cold – and, because of this, so human.

Felippe and Marlon, carrying just the adrenaline and courage, had the idea of this photography. This same adrenaline que covers our faces, shakes our hands and dilates time – Those little passe frighteningly seconds and excitingly endless. The few eyes wandering by the street multiply quickly, as well as the shoots, fear and sweat. We’ve made, in so little team, the shoot of un symbolic act, but most important a free act Being naked at the avenue shows off its own And Also the city weakness: We have to be utopian and rethink the city naked of its Prejudices, lovable even under the gray sky; complete just because of the diferences, and respectful of the diversity cause. It is to be one day. But the patience Also dilates the time: maybe tomorrow, who knows, days are no longer utopian, but just real.

Photo via Chicos.cc

Photo via Chicos.cc

In their own words, the couple added:

“Chicos. Ticos. Boys. We are all Chicos! Boys becoming men. Every day! Men who love other men. Marlon and I (OK, it seems like the name of the film), this is my love story. A love that was born via make-out and, two years later, became a free, intense love and the most sincere relationship I’ve ever had in my life.

In place of a sense of ownership, we establish a sense of freedom. We are free … but to keep loving takes more each day. When we began to meet each other’s friends and people close to us, everyone said, “Wow, but you are so different from each other.” Yes, we are different, and for this reason, we are complementary. Sizes, different proportions, and different taste. Wishes, dreams, and hunger for equal freedom.

We chose to pose together on Avenida Paulista. The same place where lampadada, an act of intolerance against gays and against humanity, happened. We were naked: free of clothes, prejudices or fears. Clicks representing an ideal world in which we can walk together hand in hand, embrace each other or kiss without fear. A world where we can be ourselves and do what gives us more pleasure. Love!

The “lampadada Avenida Paulista” happens every day in different corners of São Paulo, Brazil, and the world, unfortunately. Lampadadas in the form of insults, physical and psychological abuse. We are attacked for being gay, for being ourselves. Chicos who love other Chicos, Johns, Pedros, Caios, Rodrigos, Josephs, Ricardos, Thiagos and many others. And this has to stop! Stop so that love can continue freely.”

For the rest of the photos, including the NSFW ones, click here.

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