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Will Indiana’s Law Allow Business Owners to Discriminate? Watch Governor Pence Dodge Question Eight Times on National TV

March 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

Not once or twice, but eight times Indiana Governor Mike Pence avoided a “Yes or No” question about whether or not Indiana’s new religious freedom bill would legally protect business owners from discriminating against gays and lesbians. The brutal interview yesterday morning on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos showed the governor’s true colors. The HRC has created a great video that highlights the each time the gov ignored the question.

Stephanopoulos asked multiple straightforward questions, and Pence repeatedly refused to answer whether the law would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers or whether discrimination against LGBT Hoosiers should be illegal.  Pence did indicate that he would not advocate for adding sexual orientation as a protected class under the state’s civil rights laws, that they “weren’t going to change” SB 101, although it may be “clarified.”

You can watch the full interview after the jump…

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Angie’s List Stops Indiana Expansion Due to Anti-Gay “Religious Freedom” Law

March 28th, 2015 Robert
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Screen shot via www.facebook.com/angieslist

Angie’s List is letting the anti-gay bigots in Indiana know that she does not support their so-called “Religious Freedom” law. This well-known and respected company may even move out of Indiana altogether. Read the report below from CNN that takes a closer look at what’s is going on in Indiana and why companies like Apple, Eli Lilly, NCAA, GEN CON and others have had enough of discriminatory legislation.

Click here to find out what’s really going on in Indiana.

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Celebrating Romance, Travel, and the Joy of Life with Daniel Boulud & Friends

March 28th, 2015 Robert
Chef Daniel Boulud

Chef Daniel Boulud

Global superstar chef marries his young bride at fabulous hilltop Tuscan-style mansion, then whisks her away to a fairytale lakeside hotel in northern Italy for their honeymoon.

That’s how celebrity toque Daniel Boulud celebrated his marriage to Katherine Gage in 2013, first tying the knot at the Relais & Chateaux Glenmere Mansion in Chester, N.Y. before jetting off to the Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda in historic Gargano.

This week, Chef Boulud was joined by Chef Geoffroy Deconinck of Glenmere and Chef Stefano Baiocco of Villa Feltrinelli in preparing a five-course lunch to remember the occasion at Boulud’s two Michelin-starred Daniel on New York’s Upper East Side.

Chef Baiocco, Markus Odermatt, Chef Boulud, Alan Stenberg, Chef Deconinck

Chef Baiocco, Markus Odermatt, Chef Boulud, Alan Stenberg, Chef Deconinck

With Alan Stenberg, co-owner of Glenmere (along with Daniel DeSimone, both of whom I once profiled for Passport) and Markus Odermatt, general manager of the 1892 Villa Feltrinelli (formerly Mussolini’s summer home) attending the intimate gathering of friends and gourmands, we were treated to an unprecedented culinary adventure enlivened by stories of romance, travel, and the joy of life.

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Watch: Love Can Find You in Great Britain

March 27th, 2015 Tyler Neasloney
Image via Visit Britain

Image via Visit Britain

It’s no surprise that Britain has been courting gay and lesbian travelers for decades, but their latest campaign can’t help but make us want to book a flight. Each of the three powerfully romantic videos showcases how a city can create unexpected connections.

Watch what happens when two perfect strangers are brought together by destiny. On holiday in beautiful, beachside Brighton, England, a young man’s lost event ticket could set him on the path to finding the love of his life. With time running out, will fate bring these two strangers back together for their storybook ending?

Follow the rest of their story, and see what else gay Great Britain has to offer here.

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Global Cocktail: Snow Leopard’s Conservation Martini

March 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Snow Leopard

Image via Snow Leopard

Drinking for a good cause? Now that’s something we can get behind. Snow Leopard Vodka, which just came to the States via the UK, will donate 15 percent of all profits to conservation projects in countries including Mongolia, China, India, and Kyrgyzstan where the snow leopard lives. The vodka is delicious to boot. It’s made with spelt grain—a grain that’s five times more expensive than the grains used in other vodkas.

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Cocktail Music: Italy’s Santiago

March 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

Italy may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of business men having a steamy gay extramarital affair, but artist Santiago has released a che bello video that has us booking the next flight to Rome. “The Antidote and the Poison” is the artist latest video off his recently released album. Find out more about him from his FB page. [Outlandic]

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Religious Freedom Bill Passes in Arkansas, Tell Gov. Hutchinson to Veto Bill

March 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

Arkansas senate today passed H.B. 1228, an Indiana-style bill that will open the door to discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women, and other minority groups across the state. After a formal procedural hurdle that will bring the will back to Congress, the bill will arrive on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk, who is expected to sign the bill into law despite major pressure from big-name corporations like Wal-Mart, Apple, and the Arkansas Municipal League. According to HRC: “Yesterday, following the enactment of a similar bill in Indiana, a wave of high-tech companies like Yelp and Salesforce—precisely the kinds of investment Governor Hutchinson has said he hopes to attract to the state—have condemned this kind of legislation.”

Contact Gov. Hutchinson and tell him how detrimental this bill will be for the people and economy of Arkansas.

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Fire Sweeps Through Fire Island’s Cherry Grove, Grove Hotel Reportedly Destroyed

March 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Twitter User @Stringernews

A fire swept through Cherry Grove, the LGBT center of Fire Island, and damaged multiple buildings. The early-morning fire began at 1:30 A.M. at the intersection of Bayview Walk and Holly Walk. Among the buildings reportedly lost was The Grove Hotel, the largest hotel and home to the Miss Fire Island Pageant, the Ice Palace, homes, and a section of the boardwalk. [Metro]

We’ll keep you updated when we know exactly what kind of damage was done.

 

 

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Federal Judge Denies Family Medical Leave for Married Gay Spouses

March 27th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

US District Judge Reed O’Connor blocked a recent rule change to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from the Department of Labor (DOL), preventing legally married same-sex couples in Texas from exercising their FMLA rights. Because of the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in United States v. Windsor, DOL made a policy change from a “state of residence” rule to a “place of celebration” rule regarding marriage recognition. This change allows legally married same-sex couples access to their FMLA benefits no matter what state they live in. The DOL announcement stated: “The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the FMLA so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take FMLA leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. This will ensure that the FMLA will give spouses in same-sex marriages the same ability as all spouses to fully exercise their FMLA rights.” [HRC]

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Swedish Dictionary Adds Gender-Neutral Pronoun

March 26th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport.

The official dictionary of Sweden will introduce a new gender-neutral pronoun next month as a way to address a person without revealing the person’s gender. In Swedish, han refers to he and hon refers to she, and now hen can replace either. The new edition of the Swedish Academy’s SAOL will include 13,000 new words.

According to The Guardian: “The word “hen” was coined in the 1960s when the ubiquitous use of “han” (he) became politically incorrect, and was aimed at simplifying the language and avoiding the clumsy “han/hon” (s/he) construction.”

The word has been used since 2000 by the country’s transgender community.

 

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