“I think I would have laughed if someone said that in five years I was going to be in a competition to be on the cover of Men’s Health magazine,” says Aydian Dowling, a transgender male blogger. “I would be like, ‘No way would you be putting me shirtless on a magazine!’ ” Dowling is currently leading in online votes for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guide Search. The 27-year-old New York native has been hitting the gym. “I started bodybuilding because I wanted my outer body to feel more masculine like my inner soul does, so I started training and it really just changed my whole life,” he says. “I started to feel better. You’re forced in front of a mirror to make sure that you’re doing an exercise properly, and after five days a week in front of a mirror, you start to get used to your body. You start to appreciate it.” He decided to share his fitness obsession with other transgender individuals via a YouTube Collaboration BeefHeads Fitness.
After an article that appeared in Buzzfeed called out Hillary Clinton for not taking a clear enough stance on same-sex marriage, particularly when it comes to the Supreme Court’s upcoming same-sex marriage case, a spokesperson for Hillary gave the following statement:
“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” Hillary’s spokesperson, Adrienne Elrod, told BuzzFeed.
As we all know by now, Ireland is set to vote on same-sex marriage this May 22nd, in an historic vote—the first national referendum anywhere. In the country’s latest Vote Yes ad, LGBTA people are encouraged to ask their families to join them at the polling station. Along with the tear-jerking soundtrack, lovely message, and eye candy, we say this is a win for all of Ireland.
Check it out after the jump…
Verizon’s Chairman & CEO Lowell C. McAdam, Executive Vice President & President of Operations John G. Stratton, and Executive Vice President & President of Product Innovation & New Businesses Marni M. Walden added their names to a historic statement calling for a comprehensive non-discrimination protection for LGBT people. The news comes as more than 100 anti-LGBT bills make their way through state legislators across the country. The leaders from Verizon join over 120 other prominent leaders in the tech industry who have taken the unprecedented stance of calling for an end to anti-LGBT legislation and for nationwide protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
See the full list and the statement after the jump…
A Russian television station that aired Hillary Clinton’s campaign ad marked the family-friendly spot with an 18+ rating because of the country’s draconian anti-gay propaganda laws. In the ad, a gay couple is seen holding hands, so the station, TV Rain, said it was simply following the “law.” “There are no legal precedents for this law, so we just don’t know what comes under this law and (what) doesn’t,” a TV Rain spokesperson told CNN. “Therefore, fearing to break the law—especially given the high attention to TV Rain from the supervising authorities—we decided to put a marker (on the video).
Are you ready for this? Broadway Bares, the unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday, June 21, 2015, with Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque, a show inspired by the golden age of Broadway.
More than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City will take to the stage at Hammerstein Ballroom for two sensational shows at 9:30 pm and midnight. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased online at broadwaycares.org. VIP tickets include open bar and reserved table seats from special viewing areas. Also available are the exclusive “Stripper Spectacular” package, which includes a reserved table seat at either show, admission to a private cocktail party with Director Jerry Mitchell, a backstage tour, and more; and the “Producers’ Circle,” which includes the “Stripper Spectacular” offerings plus unprecedented access all weekend long. Last year’s Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! raised a staggering $1,386,105.
Check out the sexy promo video for Broadway Bares: Top Bottoms of Burlesque after the jump…
Tell Shell “Hands off the Arctic” by signing a new Change.org petition.
Royal Dutch Shell’s efforts to drill in the U.S. Arctic have been plagued by mistakes and problems. Yet after years of failure, Shell recently requested that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) retroactively suspend its leases.
If BSEE grants the request, the deadline for Shell’s leases would be extended by five years – giving Shell the opportunity to prolong the Arctic’s exposure to drilling danger for free.
In 1984, I became committed to protecting our planet’s oceans after my family and I moved to Santa Monica Canyon, about ten blocks from the Pacific. At the time I was starring on the show “Cheers” and was taking a walk with my daughters on the beach when we came to a sign that read: “Water polluted, no swimming.” I didn’t know how to explain to them why the beach was closed. That was my call to do whatever I could to protect our oceans.
Shell already has a dangerous track record, and if it’s allowed five more years to drill on the leases in question, the Arctic’s polar bears, ice seals, belugas and many other iconic inhabitants will be thrust further in harm’s way. The oil industry cannot adequately contain or clean a spill in the Arctic Ocean, and a single accident could cause serious harm to the sensitive ocean environment and the communities and wildlife that depend on it.
Shell is the only oil company still actively exploring drilling in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. If BSEE denies Shell’s request for an extension, it will deal a major blow to Shell’s efforts.
Polar bears and hundreds of other majestic creatures depend on a healthy Arctic Ocean for survival, but their habitat is at risk. If the federal government continues to allow Shell to explore and drill in this wild and wonderful environment, we can be sure that spills will follow.
Just because Shell has spent a lot of money trying doesn’t mean the government should bend the rules to accommodate them or any other company.
by Matthew Wexler
Born and raised in Hawaii with an American father and Swedish mother, Sean Naughton studied international relations at the University of Oregon before moving to Sweden. He has now called Stockholm home for over 23 years. After several years of working in restaurants and bars in management, he made the switch to the hotel side of the hospitality industry. Sean has been a member of the Rival Hotel (Mariatorget 3. Tel: +46-0-8-545-789-24.www.rival.se) team since the property opened in 2003. Considered Stockholm’s first boutique hotel, the Rival features an art deco design, 700-seat theater, and popular restaurant and bar. For the past five years, Sean has held the position of concierge, drawing on his love and knowledge of Stockholm to help visitors make the most out of their stay. His blog, The Stockholm Tourist (www.stockholm-tourist.blogspot.com), has received over one million page views since its inception in 2010 and has become a practical online tool for visitors planning their trip to the city. Sean has been a proud member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or for three years and is a board member of concierge union’s Swedish chapter.
When traveling to Spain, you should feel as stylish as the country. On board Iberia Airlines‘ brand-new Business Class cabin on long-haul flights, you’ll not only get a level of sophistication and style, but also a taste of Spanish hospitality at its best. Among the main features of their new Business Class are the seats that turn into 6.5-foot-long flat beds, and each of the seats has direct access to the aisle and offers more privacy and space.
Enjoy entertainment on 15-inch-plus screens while you eat from menus curated by four of the most famous Spanish chefs: Paco Roncero, Dani Garcia, Tono Perez, and Ramon Freixa. The wine list too is carefully selected and features only Spanish wines (three red and two white), and they are changed every three months. When you arrive in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, or Sao Paulo, the perks don’t end there. There is also a free limousine service from the airport to your hotel.
Celebrate National Pet Day By Booking a New Pet-Friendly Room at Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia
Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia celebrated National Pet Day this weekend by launching new pet-friendly rooms. Marnie The Dog, beloved social-media sensation was on site to welcome the hotel’s first pet guests as they check in to a guest room outfitted with new pet amenities. When the guests brought Fido along to the new pet-friendly rooms they were greeted by food and water bowls with placemats, pet beds, bones upon request, and a room-service menu featuring dishes like Doggie Meatloaf and Pampered Pooch Rice and Lamb Casserole. Rooms were also equipped with maps highlighting dog-friendly parks, walking trails, nearby pet stores. and more.