“We’re exhibitionists. It’s natural, really. Organic, as we say.”
We can’t argue with that logic! The world-famous Warwick Rowers (you know, those naked ones) turned up Tuesday night at BPM in the OUT Hotel for the launch of their 2015 charity calendar.
Same drill as last year—a portion of the calendar’s proceeds will go to Sports Allies, a project to challenge homophobia and promote diversity in sports. We’ll take several, please.
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For the first time in history, a person has visited all 201 countries in the world…without every stepping foot on an airplane. By bus, by taxi, by train, and by foot, Graham Hughes managed to travel 160,000 miles in 1,426 days and did all with just $100 a week. He began in Liverpool on New Year’s Day in 2009 and entered his final country yesterday, South Sundam. “I think I wanted to show that the world is not some big, scary place, but in fact is full of people who want to help you,” he said. [DM]
The United States Continues to Violate LGBTQ Detainees Fundamental Human Rights in the Immigration Detention System
Yesterday, the UN celebrated 64 years of their International Human Rights Day. The U.N. LGBTQ Core Groups, which include the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission along with many other groups, hosted an event, which supported all families and family members. Dreamers and LGBTQ Immigrants rallied outside in solidarity with the U.N. to denounce the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) use of solitary confinement tactics in immigration detention. Such tactics leave LGBTQ immigrants vulnerable to the inhumane and dysfunctional U.S. detention system. Carlos Padilla, National Coordinator of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, a program of United We Dream said: “As we commemorate International Human Rights Day, we must continue to hold the United States and in particular DHS and ICE accountable for their negligence in protecting LGBTQ immigrants human rights in the immigration detention system…It is on this day that we are reminded of our fundamental rights as humans to seek asylum from persecution in other countries. We strive for the day when LGBTQ immigrants will not be subjected to arbitrary detention, torture, or degrading treatment, all which is clearly stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Regrettably, LGBTQ detainees continue to be subjected to inhumane conditions once placed in the dysfunctional detention system.
Come evenings, restaurant and bar La Fundación Mezcalería (465 Calle 56.www.facebook.com/iafundacion), in Mérida’s historic centro, is a hive of social activity, especially on weekends. It’s Friday night, just past midnight, and a line of mostly 20-30-somethings, quite a few of them queer, eagerly waits to pay the admission fee and gain entry. Having arrived a half-hour ago, I’m already inside, sucking down a fruity and chilled mezcal cocktail from a mason jar.
A massive rally will be held in London to protest the recent ban on certain sex acts from being performed in porn. The rally, which will be held at the Old Palace Yard won’t be your typical sign-holding and chanting gathering as participants plan on a mass face sitting—one of the sex acts that has been deemed unacceptable. Along with face sitting (which has been called life threatening) other sex acts include “Spanking, caning, aggressive whipping, penetration by any object “associated with violence,” physical or verbal abuse (regardless of if consensual), urolagnia (known as “water sports”), role-playing as non-adults, physical restraint, humiliation, female ejaculation, strangulation, facesitting, and fisting.”
The world of interior design is getting a makeover thanks to Noa Santos and Will Nathan of Homepolish (www.homepolish.com), a fully integrated online interior design firm that foregoes the high cost commission-based model and, instead, charges a flat fee for services ranging from a simple consultation to complete renovation. The co-founders are capitalizing on the interest of homeowners and renters alike to create a well-thought living space with a wow factor that doesn’t necessarily break the bank.
Nathan, who serves as Homepolish’s co-founder and president, discovered Santos through press coverage of his one-man design firm when he relocated to New York City from San Francisco. The front-end developer was riding the tech wave with BuzzFeed, having previously worked in the financial industry. With a chunk of change in his pocket, he was ready for a new life and new look, but found that most of the interior designers he met were outside of his budget and looking to steamroll his new apartment into their own creative vision—and then he met Santos.
TIME magazine’s often controversial selection of a “Person of the Year” wasn’t given to one specific person this year, but to the men and women who make up the front line in the fight against Ebola. Often villinaized (especially here in the US), everyone from the doctors to the pilots who have worked and are continuing to work were given this special honor. TIME explains:
Which brings us to the hero’s heart. There was little to stop the disease from spreading further. Governments weren’t equipped to respond; the World Health Organization was in denial and snarled in red tape. First responders were accused of crying wolf, even as the danger grew. But the people in the field, the special forces of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Christian medical-relief workers of Samaritan’s Purse and many others from all over the world fought side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams.
This year has been filled with awkward kisses, breaking iPhones, and social experiments, but the video of the year, according to YouTube, belongs to a cute little dog that petrified unknowing passers-by with a spider costume. The list also includes a nun’s performance on the Italian version of “The Voice”, a performance by a kid hip-hop duo on “Britain’s Got Talent,”and Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial, but the winner is Mutant Giant Spider Dog that amassed more than 114 million views. And that was just the viral videos, the highest viewed music video belonged to Katy Perry’s “Darkhorse” with its 717 million views.
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Delta Air Lines is introducing five new fare classes beginning March 1. For the lowest of the low, the “Basic Economy” won’t allow passengers to pre-select their seats, change reservations, or get a refund. Want anything more than that—you’ll have to pay. The chart above helps break down the new pricing strata that will begin in March. Now, first class will be divided into both “First Class” for domestic and “Delta One” (formally Business Elite) for long-haul international and some cross-country flights. Economy will be broken into three sections beginning with Delta Comfort+ (formally known as Economy Comfort), Main Cabin, and Basic Economy. The only difference between the latter two is that if you purchase a domestic Main Cabin ticket, you’ll be able to get to choose your seat and for long-haul international.