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300,000 People Protest Gay Marriage in Rome

June 23rd, 2015 Daniela Mayer
Photo by Cristina Muraca

Photo by Cristina Muraca

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome this past Saturday to protest gay marriage and the teaching of gender theories in school.

Working under the false notion that providing children with information will “turn” them rather than teach them acceptance or tolerance, bystanders were quick to voice their opinions against gay marriage.

As reported by Breitbart News Network, 41-year-old doctor Giuseppe Ripa had this to say, “In my children’s schools they are talking about families made up of two fathers or two mothers, without asking parents’ permission… It’s dangerous and wrong.”

Yet, it doesn’t seem like the protest will ultimately affect Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whose push for a legalized same-sex unions is what initially sparked the protest.

In order to keep pace with the rest of Europe, Italy’s left-wing government is currently working to legalize same-sex unions by the end of July.

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Watch Incredibly Moving HIV/AIDS Video Out of Thailand

June 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Screen Cap via YouTube

A video that was posted by the World Bank of Thailand’s Facebook page, shows the importance of understanding a modern-day HIV/AIDS diagnosis. The video, which shows a gay couple, who finds out that one partner is gay, follows along as one partner begins to understand anti-viral medications and the importance of getting tested.

Click here to watch it on Facebook.

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Listen to Janet Jackson’s First Single in Six Years

June 23rd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook

R&B diva Janet Jackson has surprised us with her first song in six years, and it’s a sexy-as-hell jam called “No Sleeep.” This year is expected to be a big one for the 49-year-old who is releasing a full-length album and embarking on a world tour. Her last single was 2009’s “Make Me.”

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IBM Calls Off Ribbon-Cutting to Rebut Gov. Jindal’s Executive Order

June 22nd, 2015 Chris Roney
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Technological leviathan IBM nixed a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new National Service Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today in opposition toward Governor Bobby Jindal’s refractory “religious freedom” executive order.

In an April letter, IBM executives articulated their “strong opposition” to Louisiana’s “Marriage and Conscience Act,” writing that “a bill that legally protects discrimination based on same-sex marriage status will create a hostile environment for our current and prospective employees, and is antithetical to our company’s values.”

IBM went on to beseech Jindal not to contribute to lawful discrimination toward LGBT people, as reported by WAFB, but Jindal would do just that.

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Happy Birthday Cyndi Lauper!

June 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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One of our favorite singers/actresses/activists, Cyndi Lauper, turns 62 today. Time after time, this gay icon has shown versatility in everything that she does. She has shown her true colors by supporting numerous LGBT charities, like the MAC Aids Fund, True Colors Fund, and her work with LGBT youth. Girl, just have fun today and enjoy all your accomplishments!

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World’s Littlest Country Legalizes Gay Marriage

June 22nd, 2015 Chris Roney
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

The Pitcairn Islands, the least-populated national jurisdiction in the world, quietly legalized same-sex matrimony last month among its 56 residents.

Encompassing four volcanic islands in the South Pacific – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno – Pitcairn is the last and only British Overseas Territory in the region. Most natives of the archipelago’s second-largest isle, Pitcairn, can trace their ancestry back to the mutineers of the British navy vessel Bounty, or to the Tahitians that traveled with them at the close of the eighteenth century.

The new mandate, Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnership Ordinance 2015, went into effect on May 15, granting islanders the ability to wed their same-sex partners – that is, if the island boasted any same-sex couples.

Pitcairn Deputy Governor Kevin Lynch said Monday that the law was recommended by British authorities following legalizations last year in England, Wales, and Scotland, respectively.

According to The Independent, the tiny nation “has made the move despite having a population of 48 and no gay couples looking to wed,” with locals citing that there was “no reason not to.”

The same-sex sanction was “unanimously approved by the local council” according to Pitcairn’s deputy governor, and could attract same-sex couples, especially Australians, who are unable to marry in their own country, to set sail for these sandy shores, which enjoy year-round warm weather, but are only accessible by boat.

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Belgium’s Largest Protestant Church to Allow Gay Clergy

June 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Passport.

The largest Protestant Church in Belgium will allow openly gay men and women to become clergy members. The United Protestant Church of Belgium has allowed women to become clergy members and has officiated gay and lesbian weddings, but now church officials have voted to allow gay persons to become clergy.

“I hope that everyone realizes that we are talking about human beings like you and me,”church president Steven Fuite told the Synod.

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Gay Travel: What’s New in Gay and Trendy Chicago, Illinois

June 22nd, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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by Jason A. Heidemann

The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette (1545 N Damen Ave. Tel: 773-645-4060. www.doveschicago.com) in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness. On a bustling weekday afternoon each one will be flattened by Midwestern butts—which are arguably more voluminous during the winter months. Dee Dee Warwick’s “A Fool for Love” is playing on a record player, not on the vintage Select-O-Matic 100 jukebox hiding in the corner, which works only about half of the time. Meanwhile, gratuitous wood paneled walls give the whole place a kind of 70s dive bar vibe and provides the requisite cue that we are deep in the heart of hipster country. But the real draw at this newly opened throwback diner from superstar chef Paul Kahan (Big Star, the Publican) is the menu whose Tex-Mex inspired standouts include smoked brisket with avocado, pico de gallo, chicarones and green chile vinaigrette rolled into a large flour tortilla, or chicken fried chicken drenched in chorizo verde gravy and topped with sweat peas and pearl onions. It is joints like this that remind the world why Chicago is everyone’s kind of town.

There is much to be excited about in Chicago these days. Yes, it’s still cold December through March (and sometimes November and April), yes the crime rate is higher than residents would like it to be (although way down overall when measured against previous decades), and yes the Cubs still suck (but does anybody really honestly care?). On the other hand, a spate of enchanting new public parks are slated for 2015 arrival (two of which are profiled below), neighborhoods like the West Loop, Fulton Market, Pilsen, and Logan Square that were quiet a mere decade ago are now chockablock with bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the city’s queer scene has gotten so big that Boystown on weekend summer nights rivals places like the French Quarter and Ybor City in terms of exuberant revelry.

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Cocktail Music: Conchita Wurst’s ‘Conchita’

June 19th, 2015 Chris Roney
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Photo via Facebook

The unstoppable Conchita Wurst, winner of Eurovision’s 2014 Song Contest, has gone platinum with her self-titled album, Conchita.

The Vienna-born drag diva’s new album quickly shot to Number One in her home country of Austria, gaining Top 1o traction in twelve countries and reaching the Top 30 in 15 others.

“We are very pleased with Conchita and congratulate for this wonderful success,” said Dietmar Lienbacher of Sony Music. “To achieve a Platinum Award in such a short time can only work with remarkable artists and personalities.”

Conchita took to Twitter after the announcement, which took her by surprise during a Eurovision 2015 press conference, to thank her fans.

“Really? Platinum? … that’s more or less what I thought at this moment. Thank you”

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Global Cocktail: Fathers’ Day Sloe Waltz

June 19th, 2015 Joseph Pedro
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We may not have turned out to be exactly what our dads were hoping for when we were born, but let’s hear it for those fathers who have embraced us and loved us (and occasionally forced us to go fishing or catch a football). This Fathers’ Day—it’s on Sunday guys don’t forget—let’s have a drink on behalf of all the daddies out there. We’ve picked this delicious martini, yesterday was also National Martini Day. You can treat your dad (or yourself) to this yummy guy at Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC.

 

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