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Americans Split Over Gay Marriage Ruling According to AP Poll

July 22nd, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo by Lindsay Douglas

Photo by Lindsay Douglas

Don’t put your rainbow flag away just yet.

The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans near-evenly divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay marriage may have dwindled since earlier this year. The poll found that the majority of Americans believe that local officials with religious objections toward gay and lesbian couples should be “exempt from issuing licenses,” with 49 percent saying they should not be required to issue and 47 percent saying that they should be.

In regard to the Supreme Court’s decision, 39 percent of respondents were in favor, while 41 percent were against the ruling. The remaining 18 percent were neutral, or held no position. The AP poll suggests there has been no outpouring of support for marriage equality since the ruling. In reality, approval ratings appear to have dipped since April, when 48 percent said they were in favor of same-sex marriage.

When religious liberty, or the GOP’s dearly-beloved right to actively deny services to gay and lesbians, is in conflict with marriage equality, “56 percent of those questioned said protecting religious liberties should take precedence, while 39 percent said gay rights should come first,” AP wrote.

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European Court of Human Rights Rules All European Countries Should Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

July 21st, 2015 Daniela Mayer

Image via Passport Magazine

Image via Passport Magazine

This just in from HRC:

The European Court on Human Rights has ruled that all signatories to the European Convention of Human Rights, including countries like Turkey and Russia, where discrimination and violence against LGBT people has recently made headlines, should recognize same-sex partnerships. This ruling, which could impact 47 countries, and 800 million people, is a major step in granting greater rights and equality to LGBT people across Europe, and around the world.

The case, Oliary and Others v. Italy, was brought by plaintiffs urging Italy to recognize their legal partnerships that had been granted outside of Italy. While arguing that same-sex partnership recognition is a right, this ruling allows signatory countries to chose which form of recognition they wish confer. HRC calls on all country signatories to embrace full marriage equality.

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Gay Dating App Gains Ground in China

July 21st, 2015 Daniela Mayer
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Image via Passport Magazine

In 2006, the Chinese government’s “purify the Internet” campaign had Geng Le’s gay website, danlan.org, constantly changing servers just to stay afloat. Now, not even a decade later, the website is free to cover global gay news and he is CEO of one of China’s most popular gay dating apps “Blued.”

As reported by Mashable, Blued, which was started in 2012, has over 15 million users, and recently launched an English language version (with Spanish and Thai language versions coming soon).

That might make Blued significant competition for Grindr, whose 5 million monthly users sounds minimal when compared. Grindr isn’t going down without a fight though, and the company has recently partnered with the Beijing Gender Health and Education Institute to raise awareness of gay rights in China.

Only time will tell who will reign supreme as the top gay dating app, but we can’t really see the harm in having more options to choose from.

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Thomas Roberts Becomes First Out Evening News Anchor On Network TV

July 21st, 2015 Chris Roney
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Photo via Twitter

Thomas Roberts anchored NBC’s “Nightly News” over the weekend, becoming the first openly gay person to anchor an evening newscast on a major broadcast network.

Roberts, 42, told the Advocate that it was a “huge honor” to fill the post.

There are a handful of openly gay evening news anchors already on the air – MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, CNN Tonight’s Don Lemon, and of course, Anderson Cooper – but Roberts is the first to land one of the big three networks.

NBC News has featured a mixed bag of weekend anchors since Lester Holt absorbed Brian Williams’ spot, including Peter Alexander, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist.

In a March interview, the Advocate asked Roberts if he saw a nightly news anchor slot on the horizon. “They haven’t called yet. It would be historic, and I am willing and able,” he replied. “I’m working in the land of opportunity.”

Watch Saturday evening’s NBC Nightly News with Thomas Roberts below:

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Snap for Equality and Win First-Class Trips from Orbitz

July 20th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

 

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How do first-class flights and hotel stays around the US or Europe sound? All you have to do is take a video or photo of how you celebrate pride. So what exactly do you win? The Video grand prize: Choose from 2 business-class flights to Europe with hotel stay or 4 first-class flights within the US with hotel stay. Photo grand prize: 2 first-class flights within the US with hotel stay. ORB_SnapForEquality_Enter_img_428x385_20150625

For more information, visit Orbitz’s contest page. 

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JFK Goes to the Dogs as New York Airport Announces $48 Million ARK Terminal for Pets

July 19th, 2015 Joseph Pedro

Hot guy with dog

A new terminal at JFK is set to break ground at the New York airport to handle the more than 700,000 animals that fly through it. Called the ARK, the terminal is estimated to cost over $48 million. The ARK will handle all sorts of animals, hence the Noah’s Ark reference. Cows and horses will be sheltered in sleek climate-controlled stalls complete with showers. While dogs will enjoy “hotel suites” with flat screens. Additionally, the ARK will house more exotic pets like penguins, aardvarks, and monkeys. The 178,000-square-foot terminal will include barns, cages, racetracks, quarantine area, shows, and competition venues.

 

According to AP: “For dog owners, The ARK will offer a 20,000-square-foot luxury “resort” run by the company Paradise 4 Paws, complete with bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.” Dogs can watch flat-screen TVs and their owners can check in on them via webcam.”

 

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Cocktail Music: ‘OITNB’ Star Lea DeLaria’s ‘House of David’

July 17th, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo by DFree

Photo by DFree

As Carrie “Big Boo” Black, Litchfield’s larger than life, dildo-donning butch sweetheart, Lea DeLaria has become a breakout star on Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black. But apart from stealing scenes, Lea’s talent stretches far beyond laptop screens.

A venerated jazz singer in her own right, Lea holds the distinction of being the first out comic on late night. The 57-year-old comedienne’s latest album, House of David: delaria + bowie = jazz, hits shelves next week.

Her fifth album on the Warner Jazz label, House of David is composed of jazz renditions of 12 Bowie classics. including “Fame,” “Life on Mars,” “Golden Years,” “Suffragette,” and more.

“Bowie is not only a god of rock and arbiter of style, but he’s THE defining singer songwriter of the latter part of the 20th century,” Lea said in a press release. “From ‘Suffragette City’ to Labyrinth through Ziggy Stardust and The Hunger, his bold career choices and mind blowing artistic technique flies in the face of convention. He is quite simply a legend. David’s music lends itself perfectly to the language of Jazz. I hope he sees this album as the tribute to his genius that I mean it to be.”

Listen to Lea’s knockout rendition of “Modern Love” after the jump:

And watch her sing “Fame” with Conan.

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Global Cocktail: White Negroni

July 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Nothing says summer to us quite like a cold Negroni. The Italian cocktail is so on trend still that the New York Times devoted a whole piece to it.  And this creation adds a modern-day twist to the classic Italian cocktail. Adding white Vermouth, Dolce Italian Chicago has created the White Negroni.

Preparation 

Stir into glass over ice, garnish and serve.

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Gay Travel: Dream Time in the Berkshires

July 17th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

This April, my first return visit to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts in nearly 25 years began with me, my belle Beth and local friends Dr. Tom Kaegi and Kathy Corkins being chauffeured in a limo up a remote mountain road to find a former bordello and speakeasy recommended to me by an insider as “the center of the universe in the middle of nowhere.”

If that sounds like a strange coordinate for your Berkshires family trip, rest assured, the all-welcoming, kid-friendly, gay-owned Dream Away Lodge is your definitive off-the-beaten path beacon.

Hidden on a mountaintop above historic Becket (best known for pioneering dance school and performance center Jacob’s Pillow), the Lodge—or “Brigadoon” as owner Daniel Osman calls it—is not for overnight stays (yet), but certainly for dreaming with eyes wide open.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

 

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Watch: Airbnb Honors Caitlyn Jenner with ‘Transkind’ ESPY Ad

July 17th, 2015 Chris Roney
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Photo via Youtube

Room-sharing platform Airbnb aired a 60-second spot during Wednesday’s ESPYs Awards in honor of Caitlyn Jenner, who accepted the evening’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

The Angela Bassett–narrated ad, “Is Mankind?,” features a baby ambling toward a glass-paned door, culminating with the words “mankind,” “womankind,” “transkind,” and “humankind.”

Jenner’s July cover of Vanity Fair, in which she presented as a woman for the first time, shed new light on transgenders in mainstream media. Just over the duration of the award ceremony, corporate brands including Airbnb and Google aired ads centered around trans* people. But as the former Olympian went on to note in her remarkably poignant speech, the community by and large still faces tremendous obstacles.

“Is man kind? Are we good?,” Bassett asks. “Go see. Go look through their windows so you can understand their views, sit at their tables so you can share their tastes. Sleep in their beds, so you may know their dreams.”

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