Cocktail Music: Lana Del Rey’s New Single, ‘West Coast’

April 18th, 2014 Jake Folsom
Image via Facebook

Image via Facebook

Earlier this week, news came from the notorious Coachella music festival that pop sensation Lana Del Rey debuted a new track during her festival set. Fresh from the California desert, the single is (fittingly) entitled “West Coast,” and it’s available for listen on YouTube. The track is an early cut from Del Rey’s upcoming LP, Ultraviolence.

“West Coast” is a quintessentially Del Rey song, a typical example of the artist’s sultry, atmospheric brand of rock & roll— it’s no wonder David Lynch is a fan.

While Del Rey is known perhaps best for her high impact music videos, you’ll have to wait for that; according to her YouTube channel, the video for “West Coast” is “coming soon.” Check the official audio out via YouTube after the jump…

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Gay Sex in Brunei? You’ll Be Stoned to Death if You Do

April 18th, 2014 Jake Folsom

Brunei

Last February, activists called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA due to the hotel’s ownership by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, the leader of a country where homosexuality is illegal. Recently, the situation in Brunei has become even more dire, with a UN-condemned (and Sultan-sponsored) law that would make gay sex punishable by stoning to death.

According to a report by FrontiersLA.com, Gay activist Cleve Jones and others are asking the public to boycott any of the hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, including the entire Dorchester Collection which is under his control.

We reached out to the Dorchester Collection, and we received a copy of their official statement:

Here at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States.

Dorchester Collection’s Code emphasizes equality, respect and integrity. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees.

The anti-gay laws in Brunei must be condemned by one and all. Whatever it takes, boycotts, seizure of property, and/or the freezing of assets, we must not allow the Sultan of Brunei to murder gay people for expressing their love.

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Newport’s Fifth-Annual Born this Way Prom

April 18th, 2014 Jake Folsom
Lady Gaga image by  vipflash

Lady Gaga image by vipflash

The fifth-annual Born This Way Prom will be held next weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. While many LGBT youth feel alienated at big high school dances, this yearly event seeks to provide a welcoming environment and alternate “coming-of-age event” for any queer youngster, “no questions asked.” Tickets are free for both prom attendees and adult volunteers (parents should be warned, the event is alcohol free).

Thanks to the great venue (Easton’s Beach Rotunda) this event includes rides on a beach-side carousel from 6:30pm-8:30pm, dancing and music from DJ Butch until 11:30pm, and free food. The event will be held Friday, April 25th from 6:30-11:30pm at Easton’s Beach Rotunda in Newport.

 

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Four Hotels for a Gay-Friendly Spring Break

April 18th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Quinn's Pool at Marco Island Beach Resort. Photo via Marriott

Quinn’s Pool at Marco Island Beach Resort. Photo via Marriott

Some cities just do Spring Break better than others. Sophomore year is over, so skip the beach bacchanals that you’ll find south of the border, and try someplace with all the fun but twice the class (and closer to home). While you’re at it, kick back in a room with one of the world’s most gay-friendly hotel companies.

Marriott is ready for you to come “Be You, With Us.” We’ve done the hard part and chosen four of the brand’s most LGBT-welcoming properties to make your Spring Break easier than ever. Miami, San Diego, Orlando, and Marco Island, Florida have all the sun, the shopping, and, oh yes, the boys.

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Win a VIP Outfest Package in Los Angeles

April 18th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Photo via Outfest

Photo via Outfest

If attending a 10-day festival packed with films, discussions, and parties sounds like a good start to your July, then go ahead and enter this contest.

Five questions, an email, and your address is all it takes. It’s so simple, we think even Dorothy and Morgan from RKOBH could handle it. Hashtag: What are you waiting for?

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Gay Travel: Finding Fjord Norway from Stavanger to Bergen

April 18th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

My bare feet are trying to solidly cling to a cold wooden dock. The snowcapped-mountain wind whips through the fjord as if the mountains are collectively sighing, and the gale hits my pale skin turning it cheek-pinched pink. I clutch the hand of my friend, Laura, creating such pressure it’s as if we’re gripping a knuckleball. Moody dark skies serve as the backdrop to floating ghost-like clouds that shield the mountaintops as their shadows dance against the uneven terrain. “We can do this,” Laura utters. A circus-crowd gasp is heard from a group of onlookers. “Ready?” I ask looking out at the foreboding scene as we take a step toward the ice-cold water. Another collective gasp gives us that extra push off the dock.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online.

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White House Invites Lesbian Plantiffs to the Traditional Easter Egg Roll

April 18th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Equality Florida

Image via Equality Florida

President Obama invited both Melanie and Vanessa Alenier and their son to partake in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The invite, though, may be controversial to some as the Alenier’s are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit for marriage equality in Florida. They are one of six couples that joined Equality Florida Institute to file a lawsuit against the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. “Melanie and I have worked so hard to build and protect our family, but nothing can come close to matching the protections that marriage provides. Our family is in need of those protections just like other families. We want our son to understand that his family is secure and just as respected as any other family part of our community here in Florida,” Vanessa said when they initially filed the lawsuit.

The day of fun, this year on Easter Monday, invites families from all over the country to play games on the White House lawn with the First Family. The Alenier’s aren’t the first same-sex couple to attend the event, last year Obama extended an invite to a same-sex military family.

 

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Five Egg-shaped Airbnb Homes for Easter and Spring

April 17th, 2014 Tyler Neasloney
Airbnb Egg-shaped homes

Airbnb Egg-shaped homes

We had our Easter egg hunt a few days early to find some of the most ova-the-top (heh) egg-shaped homes out there. From Greenland to California, these homes are Airbnb-approved and ready to host you, your peeps, and all the chocolate bunnies you can handle.

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What Storm is Coming to Season 2 of ‘Orange is the New Black?’

April 17th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Screen Shot via YouTube

Screen Shot via YouTube

“There’s a storm coming,” the trailer for season 2 of the record-breaking Netflix series Orange is the New Black promises. And, judging by the trailer, we’re in for one hell of a season filled with lesbian love affairs, waring inmates, life-threatening illness, and all the crazy we’ve come to expect.

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Chelsea Manning Named Honorary Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride, But Will it Backfire on Organizers Again?

April 17th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
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Image via Facebook.

For a second year in a row, Chelsea Manning has been named an honorary grand marshal of San Francisco Pride. The decision to name her as a grand marshal this year is surprising after last year’s decision to revoke the title from her after she was convicted by a military court. According to the pride’s board president Gary Virginia, the reason that she was named an honorary marshal this year is to help “repair a rift the controversy created.” Manning, according to the Huffpo, released a statement that said: “As a trans woman, I appreciate the Pride movement’s significant role in bringing together diverse communities and elevating the public profile of the fight for queer rights,” she stated. “I have always enjoyed attending Pride celebrations given the opportunity, and I’m deeply honored to receive this title.”

This year, San Francisco Pride will take place June 28-29.

 

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