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Is this New Soap Brand’s Logo and Name Referred to as ‘Detrimental to Public Order?’

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

A hand soap out of Taiwan’s new logo is, ironically, being called dirty, because of the company’s new logo that may refer to gay sex. The company, Soap Picker Studios, is being denied their trademark by the Intellectual Property Office because, according to the company’s owner, the name relates to “pick up the soap” and refers to “gay men’s sexual behavior.” She claims that the IPO said the product is “detrimental to public order or good morals.”

The creator of the logo, says that he knew the design would be provocative, as it includes a butt, but didn’t think it would break any laws.

Taiwan Law Blog says that it was denied because dropping the soap refers to sexual assault. “Whether trademarks should be denied for morality reasons and what standards should be applied are worthy of discussion, but to pretend that the name of the soap company does not, at best, make light of sexual assault is disingenuous,” the letter from the IPO to the company’s owner says.

Do you think the IPO is making mountains out of mole hills or is their legitimacy to their concern?

 

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Business Profile: Leon Avigad. Bulldozer. Storyteller. Empresario.

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Leon and Nitzan.

Image via Leon and Nitzan.

Leon Avigad’s business card bears three short words: “Bulldozer. Storyteller. Empresario.” It’s a fitting calling card for the Israeli hotel developer, whose wildly creative properties have launched an urban-chic renaissance among Tel Aviv’s once staid lodging scene. Avigad, who founded the Leopard boutique hotel development firm in 2003 after two decades of managing other people’s properties, doesn’t like to play by the rules. Why carry a business card that lists just a name and title when he can do something a little bit radical? With his hotels, Avigad says, he bulldozes and storytells all day.

Avigad, along with his partner Nitzan Perry, is an unabashed Francophile with a similar passion for America. His career trajectory reads like a standard ladder-climbing story, until you toss out the details: born in Tel Aviv, he got his start as bellboy at Jerusalem’s legendary King David, the five-star, British-Mandate-era monolith that has played host to kings, presidents, and no shortage of Israeli history. He then moved to concierge, shift leader and, after jumping ship to a competitor property, eventually became general manager.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Tell Delta to End the Transport of Exotic Animal Hunting Trophies

July 30th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Change.org

The world is outraged over the death of Cecil the lion. And rightfully so. The illegal killing of the beloved animal has called attention to the business of trophy hunting. And while the Internet calls for the swift justice of Dentist Walter J. Palmer, we have to remember that he is just one of the thousands of trophy hunters who pay to kill big-game animals on the continent.

A new petition online, focuses on preventing these trophy hunters from easily bringing their prize killings home, by demanding that airlines, particularly Delta ban the transport of exotic animal trophies.

Click here to find out more and sign the petition. 

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Mormon Church Might Disavow Boy Scouts Over Gay-Inclusive Policy Reform

July 29th, 2015 Chris Roney
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The Boy Scouts of America nixed its ban on openly gay adult leaders on Monday. Well, sort of.

The new policy grants church-sponsored units the capacity to appoint local unit leaders who coincide with their tenets, even if that means keeping positions out of reach for gay men.

Despite active efforts to acquiesce, the Mormon Church said in a statement it will reconsider its affiliation with the Scouts.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply troubled by today’s vote,” reads a statement issued just minutes after the Scouts announced the new policy. “When the leadership of the church resumes its regular schedule of meetings in August, the century-long association with scouting will need to be examined.”

Just two weeks ago, the Mormon Church intimidated that given the means to choose their own leadership, tie-ins with Boy Scouts of America could abide per usual. For many, the Church’s red-flag response came out of the blue, the New York Times reports.

“My assumption was that the concept voted on today had been fully vetted so as to avoid any unnecessary surprises,” said Jay Lenrow, a longtime volunteer scout leader in Baltimore who serves on the BSA’s national religious relationships committee.

“I can only say that I’m hopeful that when the leadership of the L.D.S. Church meets and discusses the issue, that they will find a way to continue to support scouting,” Mr. Lenrow continued.

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New Yorkers are Literally Freezing Themselves to Lose Weight and Look Beautiful

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

 

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The latest beauty trend in New York City is to withstand temperatures of minus 184 and minus 292 Fahrenheit. The process, called cryotherapy, involves a person signing up to sit in a six-foot-tall machine that pumps freezing air for just three minutes. The process, though, claims to “boost their metabolism, loosen their muscles, flatten their stomachs, reduce cellulite and allegedly burn up to 800 calories without moving a muscle,” according to the NY Post, who visited the trendy KryoLife spa.

And while the treatment has been around since the late 70s (it was used in Japan to treat athritis), a new batch of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Derek Hough, Mandy Moore, Bobbi Brown, Yoko Ono, and Daniel Craig have all used the machines. Christiano Ronaldo has even bought his own at-home $50k machine!

So how much does a session cost? One 180-second-long treatment costs $90, a five-minute cryofacial, $45.

 

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Gay Speed Skater Blake Skjellerup Marries in Gorgeous Hawaiian Ceremony

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Blake Skjellerup.

Image via Blake Skjellerup.

Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup tied the knot with his boyfriend Saul Carrasco. The gorgeous couple shared the exciting news on social media yesterday, showing off pictures from their Hawaiian wedding.

Thirty-year-old Blake Skjellerup represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, but didn’t qualify for last year’s Sochi games, although he was active in raising awareness against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

His advocacy for LGBT people in sports continued at the Gay Games in Cleveland where he served an official ambassador, inspiring people of all genders and sexual orientations to compete in sport.

#BlakeandSaul #wedding #love #Hawaii

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Gay Travel: Betting on Atlantic City

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Atlantic City.

Image via Atlantic City.

It hasn’t been an easy couple of years for Atlantic City, the world-famous seaside resort area that hugs the southeastern coast of New Jersey. Headline after headline spelled D.O.O.M in bright casino lighting for the city, but just as the lights began to fade to black, Atlantic City’s resident casinos and population began to pave a new path—with or without gambling.

The death-knell came after casinos began falling like dominos. Probably the biggest shock came after Revel, a $2.4 billion casino, shut its doors. Once seen as the saving grace for the boardwalk and the area’s dying gambling culture, the casino’s ultra-high cost and delayed opening, alleged bad business decisions, and a major lack of community integration/understanding, killed the casino off within two years. This was in addition to the closing of the Showboat Casino Hotel, a 23-year-old hotel; Atlantic Club, a 34-year-old institution; Trump Plaza, a 24-old, though recently renovated property; all of which made headlines spelling the demise of the once-great vacationland. As news spread across the nation, Atlantic City gained a Detroit-like reputation (an analogy used by the city’s openly gay and openly republican mayor, Don Guardian).

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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‘I Am Cait’ Scores Gold in the Ratings

July 29th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Photo via Youtube

Photo via Youtube

It seems the American public can’t get enough of Caitlyn Jenner as the Olympian has proved to be ratings gold. In addition to drawing massive audiences to the Diane Sawyer interview and the two-part Keeping Up With the Kardashians special, the transgender icon’s new reality show on the E! network, I Am Cait, brought in record numbers for the cable network.

The show, which follows the day-to-day routine of Caitlyn, brought in over 2.7 million people — making it the third-largest premiere for E!. Making up over half of the audience were the coveted 18-49-year-0ld demographic.

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Video of the Week: Saving a Humpback Whale!

July 29th, 2015 Robert

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People can accomplish so much when they care enough about one another and other living things. Watch this incredible video and prepare to be inspired!

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Court Rules Pharmacies Can’t Refuse Medications on Religious Grounds

July 28th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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A federal appeals court decision handed down on Thursday says that pharmacies cannot on religious grounds deny customers medicine. If the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs it would have permitted pharmacies to refuse to fill prescriptions based on religious grounds. In this course case, it would have allowed the pharmacy in question to deny emergency contraceptives and potentially allowed them to deny things including “diabetic syringes, insulin, HIV-related medications, and Valium.”

According to ThinkProgress: “[The case] Stormans v. Wiesman concerned a Washington state rule that permits individual pharmacists to refuse to fill a particular prescription “so long as another pharmacist working for the pharmacy provides timely delivery,” but does not generally allow the pharmacy itself to refuse to deliver a prescription “even if the owner of the pharmacy has a religious objection.” Intervenors in the case, who joined on the side of the state officials defending the rule, include an HIV-positive man and a woman with AIDS who feared that they would be denied “timely access to their prescription medications” if the court sided with these plaintiffs.”

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