Gay Marriage Comes to Montana After District Judge’s Ruling

November 20th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Freedom2Marry

Image via Freedom2Marry

US District Judge Brian Morris ruled in favor of marriage equality yesterday. The ruling comes after another ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in cases out of Idaho and Nevada. The circuit court holds jurisdiction over Montana, as well as Alaska and Arizona. In yesterday’s decision, Morris overturned Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, officially making it the 34th state in the US with gay and lesbian marriage. “Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome,” he wrote in the ruling.

 

 

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Help the Miami LGBT Visitor Center this Give Miami Day!

November 19th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Give Miami Day

Today is Give Miami Day! Celebrate by donating to one of our favorite cultural organizations in Miami that serves not only as a resource for Miami’s local LGBT community, but for visiting gay and lesbian travelers.

Click here or the picture above. 

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Andrew Cuomo Cancels Massive Free Health Care Clinic ‘Expo’ in New York City

November 19th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Stan Brock - Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

Stan Brock – Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

On Black Friday thousands were expected to arrive as early as 5 A.M. at New York’s Jacob Javits Center to take part in a day of free health care. Thanks to the organization, RAM, which once only catered to help those in the developing world, individuals and families would be able to receive medical care even without insurance. Accustomed to creating pop-up clinics across the United States, the organization’s biggest pop-up would have taken place at the convention center after Thanksgiving (with 500 dentists, 2,500 volunteers). The event, though, was canceled just two weeks before it was scheduled. The Office of Governor Cuomo decided not to issue a waiver that would have allowed these dedicated doctors to practice medicine in New York State (a piece of paperwork that governors throughout the United States have issued).

According to HuffPo:

Waiving this provision was entirely at the Governor’s discretion. The offices of Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine (both of whom who have seen RAM clinics firsthand), and Chuck Schumer called Cuomo and the NY Public Health Department directly to petition for the clinic to go forward. The reason provided to RAM for the clinic being scuttled: New Yorkers have all the health care they need.

You can click here to message Governor Cuomo.

Learn more about RAM and an upcoming documentary by clicking here. 

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Find Out Who This Year’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ is…

November 19th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

And the “Sexiest Man Alive” is (according to PEOPLE)….

People

People

Chris Hemsworth (just a third of the beauty of the Hemsworth brothers) has taken the crown from Adam Levine (last year’s winner) to be named the “Sexiest Man Alive,” for PEOPLE magazine’s annual issue. The 31-year-old Australian actor (g’day mate) has a big year in store for us with The AvengersBlackhat, and In the Heart of the Sea. “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now,'” he said.

 

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Watch: How to Trick Americans into Speaking with an Accent

November 19th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

Screen Cap via Buzzfeed

Screen Cap via Buzzfeed


Most Americans can fumble through a few awkward words or sentences in various English accents. “Put the shrimp on the barbie,” “top of the morning to you,” and, of course, “hello gov’na,” are just a few that really steer a multi-accent conversation in the direction of awkward laughter. Buzzfeed created an amusing video in which they make a group of Americans say a seemingly senseless selection of words.

Watch after the jump as they try to figure out what they are saying and in which accent…

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Funny Lady Kathy Griffin to Replace Funny Legend on ‘The Fashion Police’

November 19th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

Rumors have been busting out of the seams since the tragic death of comedic legend Joan Rivers’ replacement on her much-hyped chit-chat gossip-insult show The Fashion Police. And while it was long-rumored that sharp-tongued Kathy Griffin, who makes her living insulting celebrities, was the replacement, it finally seems like Griffin is in late-stage talks to join the E! show. While there hasn’t been an official announcement, it’s all but set in stone according to US Weekly and TMZ who both have close sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

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Inebriated Canadian Birds Get Put in the Drunk Tank

November 18th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

Image via CandL

Image via CandL

Drunken birds that have been flying erratically throughout the Yukon will be placed in mini-drunk tanks to help them sober up before taking to the air again. The birds, particularly the Bohemian waxwing, gobble up way too many fermented berries that are slightly alcoholic. The birds end up getting into accidents and are taken to little drunk tanks where they are forced to sober up before being returned into the wild. “There are many, many records of waxwings drinking themselves almost to death by eating more fermenting berries than their bodies can handle,” said Derek Matthews, chair of the Vancouver Avian Research Centre. “They either die from ruptured livers, or by flying quasi-drunkenly into plate-glass windows.”

Drunk accidents tend to occur when the birds crash into windows. To prevent this, people in the Yunkon also put decals of hawks on their windows.

 

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German Town Tricks Neo-Nazis Into Raising Money Against Their Own Organization

November 18th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via TheLcal

Each year a group of neo-Nazis have marched in Wunsiedel—a southeastern German town—where Adolf Hilter’s deputy, Rudolf Hass, was once buried. The march has always been “ignored” by the town locals, but this year they welcomed them with confetti and banners. No, they weren’t supporting their far-right extremist views, this November 15, each meter the neo-Nazis marched, businesses and locals donated $12.50 to a nongovernmental organization “making it easier for neo-Nazis to leave behind their hateful politics” called Exit Germany. Once the marchers realized what was happening, they continued to march instead of disbanding raising money against themselves. [TheLocal]

 

 

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Mini Moso Bag by Moso Natural

November 18th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Mini Moso

Image via Mini Moso

How many times have you dreaded opening up your suitcase after you’ve arrived home from a long trip? Still-damp bathing suits, late-night club smell, or even a food-or-drink-stained shirt—all placed in your luggage and sealed for hours (or even days). A new all-natural product, Mini Moso Bag, is getting ready to take the ick out of picking through your dirty, sometimes smelly suitcase. These small, beanbag-like pouches, which can be placed into your suitcase, will dehumidify to prevent moisture, mildew, or even mold, as well as absorb and filter odor and bacteria. And unlike commercial “air fresheners,” these are fragrance-free, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. The magic works by filtering the air through 100% sustainable bamboo charcoal, and they last for up to two years. Don’t limit yourself to placing them in just a suitcase—try them in closets, cars, gym bags, and your home. $9.95 for 2. www.mosonatural.com

Find out about more products for the consummate traveler in our Special Effects section…

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe Loves Gay Tourism, Virginia to Launch LGBT Tourism Task Force

November 18th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

Now that marriage equality has reached Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced at a press conference that the state will launch its first-ever LGBT Tourism Task Force. “I’ve been very vocal on the topic,” McAuliffe told the Times-Mirror. “As I mentioned, I came right out on day one and did an executive order on adoption, and I‘m really promoting the causes to make sure that Virginia is open and welcoming,” he said. Virginia will be showcased to the gay market as a gay-friendly state to both live and visit. While there is no word yet on who will be included in the committee or who will lead it, McAuliffe hopes to make up some lost time when it comes to courting the affluent LGBT tourism market. “You can no longer say that Virginia is not open [to LGBT travelers]. We have obviously lost business to other states… but we are all-in now,” said McAuliffe. “When it comes to investing in tourism, this will be a great return.” [Metro] [Loud]

 

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