Passport Concierge: Vassilis Maliotas and Mihalis Kavros, Geranium Hotel, Mykonos, Greece

January 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Vassilis on Left Mihalis on Right

A stay at the cheerful, chilled-out Geranium Hotel (www.geranium-hotel.com in Mykonos, Greece comes complete with live entertainment in the form of Vassilis Maliotas and Mihalis Kavros, the bickering, bantering, and altogether adorable frontmen at this men-only oasis.

“We’re partners in running this place,” explains Kavros, before curling his upper lip in mock repulsion and declaring: “But not partner-partners!”

His charming accent reveals both his native Athens upbringing and English lessons taught by Brits.

“We’re both terribly single,” adds Maliotas with a mock-wistful downward glance and a flutter of his hand. “Our hearts have been broken.”

Keep reading to find out where to eat, drink, sunbathe, and did we say drink in Mykonos, Greece. 

 

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Irish Televised Gay Sports Documentary Has a Surprising Coming Out

January 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Donal Og Cusack. Image via Facebook.

Donal Og Cusack. Image via Facebook.

A three-time All Ireland–winning Cork hurler, Donal Og Cusack, was one of the first high-profile sports personalities to come out in Ireland, and in a recently televised documentary, he looked at how much life has changed for gay people in Ireland since the de-criminalization of homosexuality, which happened in 1993. He talks to professionals in the sports industry about “coming out.” The program highlighted a nine-time All Ireland, Cork Irish football player, Valerie Mulcahy, who openly discussed her sexuality in the hopes of inspiring others. “When I was younger, I didn’t want to be gay,” she says. Now, the well-adjusted openly gay player hopes to change attitudes.

This is just one of the many specials about LGB people airing in Ireland ahead of the national referendum on gay marriage (the first national gay marriage vote in the world). Ireland, by law, is required to give 50% airtime to both sides of the debate.

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Legislation Introduced in Nebraska to End Discrimination and Give Adoption Rights to Gay Couples

January 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

Nebraska State Senators Adam Morfeld, Sara Howard, and Jeremy Nordquist have introduced and sponsored LGBT rights legislation. Three bills—presented separately—would prohibit LGBT workplace discrimination, allow loving same-sex couples to become foster parents, and give access to second parent adoption.

The HRC comments: “A welcome mat must be dropped at Nebraska’s front door step to tell the nation our state is a place for all people. It is imperative that LGBT people have legal protections, and a fair chance  to reach their goals and desires, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, “ said HRC Nebraska Field Organizer Drew Heckman. “As a native of the Cornhusker State, I encourage and strongly urge the Nebraska legislature to advance equality. This is a critical moment to move our state forward.”

 

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Do New Kids on the Block’s Jonathan Knight and Partner Have the Right Stuff to Compete on ‘The Amazing Race’

January 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via CBS.

Image via CBS.

This season of the multi-Emmy-winning The Amazing Race is set to add even more drama into the mix when they introduce half the contestants to their race partner at the starting line for the ultimate blind date around the world. The 26th season will also feature established couples, including our growing-up heartthrob Jonathan Knight. The openly gay singer from New Kids on the Block, whose brother is Jordan Knight, will compete with his boyfriend Harley Rodriguez.

The race begins February 25th on CBS. 

 

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Gay Travel: Our Favorite Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires

January 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport

by Rich Rubin

I’m going to take you on a tour of several places, places with names like Recoleta, San Telmo, Palermo, and La Boca. They’re all very different in atmosphere and appearance, and to visit these various places feels like you’ve taken a whole series of trips. The thing is, they’re all part of Buenos Aires, for this major metropolis feels more than anywhere I’ve been like a series of small towns in one, loosely connected to form a big city that’s exciting, dynamic, a little daunting, and incredibly satisfying. I could never list all the neighborhoods, so we’ll concentrate on my favorites.

Buenos Aires takes some energy to explore, as it’s spread out, with a semi-workable subway system (I’d suggest a taxi or your own two feet for most explorations) and a frenetic pace that will keep you on your toes. You’ll find plenty of places, though, to relax and take it easy. With an enviable coffeehouse culture, a collection of lovely restaurants, and some surprisingly calm areas amid the bustle, there’s always time to refresh and renew among the chaos.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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Lifetime Cruiser: One Woman Has Spent Seven Years Aboard a Crystal Cruise

January 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro

An 86-year-old Florida woman gave up her five-bedroom home and has embarked on an endless holiday aboard a cruise ship. Paying nearly $164,000 each year to stay afloat, Florida-widow Lee Wachtsetter, has been on the Crystal Serenity for seven years and doesn’t regret a minute of it. “My husband introduced me to cruising…Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser and taught me to love cruising. During our 50-year marriage, we did 89 cruises. I’ve done nearly a hundred more and 15 world cruises,” Wachstetter told the Asbury Park Press. “The day before my husband died of cancer in 1997, he told me, ‘Don’t stop cruising.’ So here I am today living a stress-free, fairy-tale life.”

Find out more over at The Asbury Press.

 

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Transphobic ‘InTouch’ Bruce Jenner Cover Sparks Online Outcry: Demand that ‘InTouch’ Apologize

January 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via InTouch

Image via InTouch

We told you last week about the new cover of supermarket-rag InTouch that featured a Photoshopped image of Bruce Jenner wearing makeup and in a woman’s outfit. The magazine hasn’t apologized for the dehumanizing and distasteful cover.

A new petition from Care2 is quickly gaining traction online, you can click here to sign too.

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GLAAD Announces its 2015 Media Award Nominees! Full List Here

January 21st, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

GLAAD announced today the nominees for the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to the world. “For nearly 30 years, the GLAAD Media Awards have raised the bar for inclusion in news and entertainment, transforming LGBT representation in media and moving the dial for acceptance across the globe,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “It’s been a remarkable year for equality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the visibility LGBT people have gained across media. This year’s nominees, including expanded categories in Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series, reflect the widening diversity of LGBT images and storylines that are closing the gap to full acceptance.”

Among the nominees: Amazon Instant Video’s smash hit Transparent; ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder; HBO’s Game of Thrones, Looking, and The Normal Heart; Academy Award–nominee The Imitation Game and Golden Globe–nominee Pride; Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina; Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, both documentaries about transgender people; Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel for Nick News with Linda Ellerbee and Good Luck Charlierespectively; To Russia with Love, Oprah Prime, and Outsports.com for interviews with out athletes; MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry; and Sam Smith for his critically acclaimed album In the Lonely Hour.

Check out a video of the nominees after the jump…

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Will Paris’ Mayor Sue Fox News for False Reporting?

January 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook.

Paris’ mayor, Anne Hidalgo, revealed to CNN that she plans on filing a lawsuit against Fox News after the “news agency” falsely aired coverage on “no-go zones” for people who are not non-Muslims. Hidalgo said that the controversial segment is an insult to the city of Paris: “When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed…The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced,” maire de Paris said.

In the aired segment, Fox insisted that zones in Paris and other European cities exist where no non-Muslims are “allowed.” The network aired maps of alleged no-go zones around Paris and even said that Birmingham, UK is a no-go zone—drawing ire from more European leaders. [CNN]

 

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Gay Marriage Gets Big Push in Ireland with Heartfelt Message from Colin Farrell

January 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via CinemaFestival

True Detective‘s star and Irish-born actor, Colin Farrell, made an emotional plea to his fellow Irishmen when appeared on Claire Byrne Live to support same-sex marriage in Ireland. Farrell talks about his brother Eamon’s rough childhood. “I remember [my brother] coming home with blood on his shirt, and he got plenty of beatings and he got just called names continuously…so he had a very, very, very tough time, a lot of cruelty, like real, absolute shameful cruelty that was placed upon him,” Farrell said.

Previously the star penned a letter urging the people of Ireland to support same-sex marriage ahead of a referendum in the spring.  “My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay. Yes, he chose to wear eyeliner to school and that probably wasn’t the most pragmatic response to the daily torture he experienced at the hands of school bullies,” he writes. “But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative.” Read his full letter here. 

The same-sex marriage referendum, the first of its kind in the world, will take place in the spring. Currently, well over half the country now supporting marriage equality (with 67% supporting a referendum allowing civil marriage)

Watch the entire interview after the jump…

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