The best way to celebrate Fat Tuesday in classic New Orleans style is to indulge in decadent foods. Pop @ Pod in New York’s Midtown East understands this, and, for Mardi Gras, they offer a selection of specialty cocktails, inspired by the spirit of Mardi Gras. Check out one of these specialty cocktails, the Creole Lady, made with Captain Morgan and Myers’s rum.
2 oz House Rum
1 oz Captain Morgan
1 oz Myers’s Rum
Dash Pineapple Juice
1 oz OJ
Put all ingredients into a shaker, shake, and strain over ice
Following a Kentucky court’s decision that the state will recognize gay marriages from other states and countries, the state’s government has been fraught with disagreement. While Governor Steve Beshear plans to appeal the decision, State Attorney General Jack Conway sees this issue differently.
Conway is refusing to appeal the decision, saying if he did, “[he] would be defending discrimination, and that [he] will not do.”
As a result, Governor Beshear has not dropped his charge, and he will hire extra-governmental legal assistance—outside council from independent lawyers—in lieu of Attorney General Conway.
It’s a major blow to the fight against gay marriage in Kentucky, but the effect of Governor Beshear new strategy remains to be seen.
After good news came today that Jason Collins has received a second ten-day contract from the Brooklyn Nets and also received a standing ovation at Barclay’s Stadium during his first home game, the NBA announced that all proceeds from Jason Collins’ jersey sales will be given to GLSEN and the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The NBA has pledged to donate at least $100,000 to these two organizations through sales. Remember, the NBA is having a difficult time keeping up with the demand for the jersey, so hurry up and purchase yours.
The Walt Disney Company has become toe latest Boy Scouts of America sponsor to cut ties with the organization over their discriminatory policy that bans gays and lesbians from becoming leaders. “It has recently come to our attention that the grant program titled ‘Ears to You’ provided by Walt Disney World (WDW,) to their employees, will be discontinued for Scouting volunteers,” said Robert Utsey, Central Florida Council board president of Scouts for Equality, “We recognize that many Scout Units have received financial support over the last several years from this grant opportunity and are sad to see it go. The National BSA Council has reached out to WDW to try to resolve the situation, however, according to WDW, their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support.” Disney now joins Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Major League Soccer, Merck, Intel, and UPS to withdraw financial support to the organization. [MSNBC]
Somebody get a hose and cool us off! A recently posted video by firefighters in the French city of Lille shows a firehouse getting down to Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2012 hit “Call Me Maybe.” The half-naked men supposedly created the video to poke fun at themselves while wishing someone a happy birthday—in the end, though, this video makes it everyone’s birthday.
Take a look at the video after the jump…
Catch the Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, or Pink Film Days, from March 13-23 in the Westerpark neighborhood of one of Europe’s most progressive cities. The festival features over 100 films from top filmmakers in the Netherlands and abroad, and is held in a former coal gas plant that is now a community center. Selected films are meant to portray the current state of gay and lesbian culture throughout the world, with lively debates and lectures to complement on-screen performances.
Check out some previews after the jump…
Holy Crap! I’ve got John Boehner’s hands!” My partner, Bob, and I had been so busy leading up to this trip to Maui and neighboring islands that we got a little giddy rushing around at the end. The night before our departure, we decided at the spur of the moment to go get (our first ever) spray tans just before the shop closed. Others with more tan expertise will tell you about putting lots of blocker on your hands before stepping into the booth—I wish they’d told me. The next morning, on the way to the airport, my hands were a shocking shade of pumpkin orange, much like representative Boehner. The irrepressible laughter that came from this goof set the tone for our entire trip—this was to be an excursion of reaching out and exploring a new destination as well as turning in and connecting in renewed ways—the perfect blend of romance and adventure.
Close your eyes and think of the word paradise. What do you see? I’m willing to bet it looks a lot like Maui. The bar for idyllic vacations is set pretty high when you are visiting the Hawai‘ian Islands. They provide for so many of us, the iconic imagery of a getaway in paradise. Such great expectations might easily lead to disappointment, but Maui pulls a fast one and exceeds our expectations.
This year’s Academy Awards may go down in history as the gayest awards show ever, and we loved every second of it. Not only was it hosted by the adorably awkward Ellen DeGeneres, but we also had some major wins for Dallas Buyers Club as well as performances by Pink,
Adele Dazeem Idinia Menzel, and Bette Midler.
Check out our top moments from last night after the jump!
A Massachusetts LGBT group has had enough of a discriminatory policy that bans LGBT groups from marching in Boston’s world-famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade. MassEquality met yesterday with Boston’s Mayor Walsh as well as Congressman Stephen Lynch to discuss full participation in this year’s annual parade. A statement from Executive Director Kara Coredini read: “As we do every year, MassEquality applied to march openly in this year’s Parade. And as in prior years, that application was rejected. However, on Mayor Walsh’s urging, Parade organizers agreed to meet with MassEquality and the Mayor to discuss this year’s application. Last night we met with Congressman Stephen Lynch, Mayor Walsh, and Parade organizer Phil Wuschke and discussed our concerns. MassEquality was joined by members of the LGBT community, one of whom marched with GLIB twenty years ago. We made it clear to the Parade organizers that we would only march if LGBT people are able to march openly and honestly.
Keep reading after the jump…
After a lengthy hiatus, witty-Brit Lily Allen is back in the music headlines, dropping singles left and right. Most recently, she announced the cheeky Kanye West–indebted title of her forthcoming LP, Sheezus. If recent songs Allen has released from the album are any indication of what’s to come, the album will be great. “Hard Out Here” was a viral sensation, “Air Balloon” was deemed by blog Popjustice, “Cher Lloyd doing MIA”
The singer’s most recent new track, “L8 CMMR,” was created especially for HBO’s hit show Girls, and it was featured on this week’s episode. It’s bouncy fun, yet a low-key and unobtrusive listen. On the show, it plays during a shopping spree, and it’s hard to imagine a better context.
Check out the lyric video after the jump.