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KLM Launches New York Pop-Up Shop

June 25th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via KLM

Image via KLM

Enjoy a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines experience without ever taking off the ground in New York. From Today, June 25-Saturday, June 27, the public is invited to stop by Open House Gallery located at 201 Mulberry Street to be transported into a world of interactive airline fun complete with activations and giveaways. The Pop Up Shop opens each day at 11:00 A.M., and it is capped off with a free Heineken happy hour and live DJ set beginning at 5:00 P.M. each evening.

KLM Pop-up Storefront. Image via KLM

KLM Pop-up Storefront. Image via KLM

Visitors will have many chances to enjoy free treats mirroring KLM’s onboard offerings, get KLM-branded goodies, and win round-trip tickets to Amsterdam through raffles and activations like a cycle for (Flying Blue) miles contest, DJ music booth, and an interactive photo booth. Visitors to this family-friendly space will be treated to a “waffle happy hour” each day from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., featuring free Dutch coffee and stroopwafels for every guest. The KLM Pop Up Shop will also feature a special, interactive experience each day, such as a live painting and screen-printing by Dutch artist Merijn Hos, and a stroopwafel cooking demo by Eat Dutch Waffles.

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Dallas Red Foundation, Heats Up the Summer with a Poolside Fashion Show

June 25th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook

Image via Facebook

Heat up your summer and join The Dallas Red Foundation for their Annual Poolside Fashion Show. One of the most talked-about annual events is about to turn up the heat in 2015 with more fashion, more models, and more excitement. This year, guests can purchase the styles right off the runway. After enjoying the open bar by Equality Vodka, you may just find yourself doing a little shopping under the influence, but don’t worry, the money from the event on July 25 goes toward those affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Kids Agree ‘All Dreams Are Equal’ in Esurance #EqualDreams Video

June 24th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Esurance

Photo via Esurance

“Sometimes children can make complex issues so simple,” says Brian Shembeda, EVP and Creative Director at Leo Burnett Chicago. “Their words, as heard in the video, help us understand why equality is important. Because all children deserve the same right to pursue their dreams.”

“#EqualDreams,” an adorable short film and homage to marriage equality, coincides with Esurance’s long-standing loyalty to its LGBT clientele by illustrating, in a series of vignettes, that all dreams are equal, no matter who their dreamer may be. The short, set at a Chicago wedding, features young attendees who sound off on their imaginative musings over what their own wedding day may be like.

“At my wedding, all my friends and family and my doggies, and my friends and family’s doggies, and my cousin’s doggies, will be there,” says Ruby, a young, smiley attendee sporting a frilly pink bow and sparkly pink nails. “And it’s gonna be the best day of my life.”

With a toothy grin, another attendee, a young boy, says, “When I kiss the bride, it’s gonna both be exciting and disgusting.”

But other, older interviewees weren’t always so hopeful that wedding bells would be chiming in their futures.

Keep reading and watch the video after the jump…

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Hillary Clinton Releases Powerful Video Ahead of Gay Marriage Decision

June 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

“The story of America is a story of hard fought hard won progress and it continues today. New chapters are being written by men and women who believe all of us, not just some, but all should have the chance to live up to our god given potential. This progress was not easily won, people fought and organized and campaigned in public squares and private spaces to change not only laws but hearts and minds.”

 

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California Judge Rules Sodomite Suppression Act is Unconstitutional

June 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via receivers.og

Today, Judge Raymond M. Cadei of the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California, prevented a proposed ballot initiative known as the “Sodomite Suppression Act” from moving forward in a ruling calling it “patently unconstitutional on its face.”

Today’s decision from Judge Cadei is in response to a request from California Attorney General Harris seeking judicial authorization to not issue a title and summary for the so-called “Sodomite Suppression Act.” By not doing so, the horrific proposal is prevented from advancing to the next stage in California’s ballot measure process.

 

If the were to have ever passed, it would have criminalized same-sex relations and threatened those convicted with death. [HRC]

 

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Is Smash’s Fictional Musical ‘Bombshell’ Headed to the Great White Way ?

June 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Katharine McPhee in ‘Bombshell’ (Photo: Jay Brady/The Actors Fund via The Broadway Blog.)

Katharine McPhee in ‘Bombshell’ (Photo: Jay Brady/The Actors Fund via The Broadway Blog.)

Is Broadway ready for Marilyn Monroe? Following the well-received Actors Fund benefit that featured the music of Bombshell from the NBC television series Smash, Universal Stage Productions has begun development on Bombshell as a musical for the stage.

The announcement was made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, who run Universal Stage Productions together.

In the wake of the June 8 benefit concert, the New Yorker proclaimed Bombshell “the best Broadway musical that doesn’t exist,” and the New York Post said, “Technically there was never a Marilyn Monroe musical, but after a production like this, maybe there should be.”

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

 

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London Rolls Out Rainbow Train to Add to Its Rainbow Fleet

June 24th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Transport of London

Image via Transport of London

London already has its rainbow taxi and bus and now, as the city inches closer to pride, the Transport of London has rolled out a decked-out rainbow-hued train.

According to the chair of Transport of London:

The wrapping of the [Docklands Light Railway] train completes a trio of our rainbow themed projects this year to celebrate London’s diversity.  We’re extremely grateful that Barclays [bank] has paid for the train to be wrapped in our iconic design. This is another great example of two organizations working together to celebrate their LGBT staff and customers.

We think after following this rainbow, visitors to London will find a lot more than just a leprechaun.

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New York City’s Stonewall Inn Now Protected Under Landmark Status

June 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Stonewall Inn, the location of the world-famous Stonewall riots, as an individual landmark, today. The unanimous vote from the committee is historical as it is the first landmark in the city designated for its place in LGBT history.

The Stonewall Inn is currently located in Greenwich Village Historic District, but with the the vote, the Commission recognizes it as an individual New York City Landmark. [7]

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300,000 People Protest Gay Marriage in Rome

June 23rd, 2015 Daniela Mayer
Photo by Cristina Muraca

Photo by Cristina Muraca

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome this past Saturday to protest gay marriage and the teaching of gender theories in school.

Working under the false notion that providing children with information will “turn” them rather than teach them acceptance or tolerance, bystanders were quick to voice their opinions against gay marriage.

As reported by Breitbart News Network, 41-year-old doctor Giuseppe Ripa had this to say, “In my children’s schools they are talking about families made up of two fathers or two mothers, without asking parents’ permission… It’s dangerous and wrong.”

Yet, it doesn’t seem like the protest will ultimately affect Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose push for a legalized same-sex unions is what initially sparked the protest.

In order to keep pace with the rest of Europe, Italy’s left-wing government is currently working to legalize same-sex unions by the end of July.

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Watch Incredibly Moving HIV/AIDS Video Out of Thailand

June 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

A video that was posted by the World Bank of Thailand’s Facebook page, shows the importance of understanding a modern-day HIV/AIDS diagnosis. The video, which shows a gay couple, who finds out that one partner is gay, follows along as one partner begins to understand anti-viral medications and the importance of getting tested.

Click here to watch it on Facebook.

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