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04/01/2013

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1337

JOHN CORVINO: Love the sinner, hate the sin.

SAO PAULO: Girl pulled from subway tracks in dramatic rescue.

FOOD: What 2,000 calories looks like.

HOW TALL CAN MOUNTAINS BE?

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Posted Apr. 1,2013 at 4:30 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)


News: Uruguay, Buckwild, Amsterdam, Harvey Milk, Applebee's

RoadAthlete Ally receives $100,000 partial matching Arcus grant.

RoadUruguay and Colombia to take up marriage equality bills in coming days.

Drowning_droneRoadDrowning in the middle of an ocean? A drone could one day bring you a life preserver.

RoadStar of MTV's Buckwild Shain Gandeed dead at 21.

RoadAmnesty to challenge Northern Ireland's gay marriage ban in court. "Any legal action is likely to take place in Belfast – ironically, the first UK city to host a gay civil partnership ceremony when Shannon Sickles and Grainne Close sealed their union at Belfast City Hall in 2005."

RoadThe battle for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

RoadNorthern Ireland printing firm refuses to print gay magazine: "Danny Toner, the founder and editor of MyGayZine, an online magazine for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Northern Ireland, was hoping to produce the first print edition in June, to coincide with Belfast Pride. But after approaching a local printer for a quote he was 'hurt and embarrassed' to receive an email refusing to work with the magazine because of its readership."

RoadDomenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana fined $440 million over tax evasion in Italy.

RoadAndy Murray takes a shirtless victory swim.

LittmanRoadJewish Daily Forward profiles Jayson Littman, "mayor" of gay Jewish party scene. "Littman created his events group, He’bro, in 2007 after he realized that there were few social outlets for gay Jews."

RoadNew Jersey ACLU gets new leader, renews push for marriage equality: "Ofer said the group plans to mobilize supporters in swing districts statewide and lobby lawmakers they believe may vote to overturn the veto. They also plan to have town hall meetings, news conferences and rallies on the issue."

RoadAmsterdam plans to protest Vladimir Putin's visit with rainbow flag: “The [Amsterdam] College wishes to express its concern with the rainbow flag and the seven districts will ask to do the same,” a spokesperson for the city’s council is quoted by Carbonated as saying. ”Amsterdam is committed to an open and tolerant city where everyone can be who he is. The flag stands for diversity and gay acceptance.”

RoadIs Shia LaBeouf the ultimate Broadway troll?

RoadMale model fix: Mariano Ontanon.

PharesRoadWisconsin Applebee's reportedly told gay employee he couldn't return to work due to publicity surrounding a homophobic assault by a co-worker's husband.

RoadHarvey Milk to be subject of new concert piece by Andrew Lippa: "Producers said Monday that 'I Am Harvey Milk' — part choral, part theater — will be performed June 27-28 as part of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 35th Anniversary Celebration concert. Lipa, who wrote the music and lyrics for Broadway’s “The Addams Family” and the upcoming “Big Fish,” will play Milk. The 300-member chorus will be joined by Tony-winner Laura Benanti."

RoadCaroline Kennedy to be named U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

RoadAbidjan gay bar shuts: "It was one of the last nights Ivory Coast’s most prominent gay bar was open for business. It closed its doors this past weekend after an eight-year run as the main attraction of the city's gay scene, one of the most permissive in conservative West Africa. The bar was both a symbol of Ivory Coast's live-and-let-live approach to LGBT rights, as well as an occasional flashpoint highlighting latent homophobia among the general population."

Posted Apr. 1,2013 at 2:59 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (4)


NYC Pride Pier Dance Moves Back to an Outdoor Pier

NYC Pride's Dance on the Pier, moved indoors last year because of a pier that was not structurally sound, is now back outdoors, organizers announced today, and will now take place on Hudson River Park's Pier 26 in TriBeCa on Sunday, June 30.

PierdanceWrite the organizers:

NYC Pride is very excited about the move back to an outdoor venue. While last year’s Dance and Rapture were a great success and Pier 57 a phenomenal host, producing the event indoors was a detour from tradition necessitated by the loss of Hudson River Park’s Pier 54. Dancing unabatedly in full view of this great city is something that many of the events’ attendees have come to love and expect. It is with great pride that we bring the Dance and Rapture back outside to their rightful place in the sun.

“We wanted this year’s dance events to be more than just memorable; we wanted them to be historic. With Supreme Court decisions looming and major changes on the horizon, we felt it was our duty to bring these events back in line with their original intention: to be a celebration of acceptance, love and community, outdoors, for all to see! We look forward to creating another world-class dance experience that our attendees will love,” said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride.

“Not only are we thrilled that the event will be back outdoors, but the space is roughly forty feet wider than our previous outdoor venue. Hudson River Park Trust is currently wrapping up massive renovations on Pier 26 and it’s still in close proximity to Christopher Street and the many historic locations that are so important to our community. We are very happy with the move and look forward to a host of future events on this amazing new pier,” said Mo George, Dance Director of NYC Pride.

Dance on the Pier DJs this year are Dave Audé and Oscar G. with an opening set from Luis Perez.

Posted Apr. 1,2013 at 2:32 PM EST by in Gay Pride, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (13)


Gay Military Family at the White House Easter Egg Roll: PHOTO

Evansnethers

Via Outserve-SLDN's Facebook page:

Army Captain Zachary Evans-Nethers and his husband Marshall Evans-Nethers and their kids at today's White House Easter Egg Roll.

Writes the group: "Excited to see Outserve - SLDN members and families at today's Easter Egg Roll at The White House!"

Posted Apr. 1,2013 at 1:31 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Military, News | Permalink | Comments (9)


New Gay Magazine Goes Online to Avoid Oppressive Attitudes, State Media Rules in Singapore

The publisher's of Singapore's Element magazine are hosting its website in the U.S. and selling it online only to get around oppressive social attitudes and media restrictions in the conservative southeast Asian nation, the WSJ reports:

ElementElement launches later this month, billing itself as the “voice of gay Asia.” Its first issue features interviews with dancers at gay clubs in Thailand and profiles of gay-friendly luxury resorts in Asia, keeping with the regional focus of the magazine. Advertisers already include fashion label Paul Smith, and Avalon, a glamorous nightclub at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands casino resort....

Published by Singapore-based independent media company Epic Media, the magazine aims to have 10,000 digital subscribers and possibly a Mandarin version to tap into the Chinese market next year.

Element is working around media rules in Singapore. Print magazines distributed in the city-state require a license through the government’s Media Development Authority, which regulates and censors media content. The online world, by comparison, is regulated with a “light touch,” circumventing many of the same license applications mandatory in printed content.

The bi-monthly magazine will only be available Apple and Android app storesa nd cost $1.99 an issue.

Posted Apr. 1,2013 at 1:15 PM EST by in Gay Media, News, Singapore | Permalink | Comments (7)


HRC Apologizes for Mistreatment of Trans Activists and Undocumented Queer Immigrants at SCOTUS Marriage Arguments: VIDEO

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The Human Rights Campaign today posted an apology for its mistreatment of trans activists and undocumented queer immigrants during last week's Supreme Court marriage hearings.

Writes HRC's Fred Sainz, Vice President, Communications and Marketing:

In the midst of a tremendously historic week for our community, two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week have caused pain in the community.  In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove the trans pride flag from behind the podium, and in another, a queer undocumented speaker was asked to remove reference to his immigration status in his remarks.

HRC joined in a coalition statement on Friday apologizing for these incidents and the individuals involved have personally offered their apologies to those affected.  But to be perfectly clear, HRC regrets the incidents and offers our apologies to those who were hurt by our actions.  We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future.  Through both our legislative and programmatic work, HRC remains committed to making transgender equality a reality.

HRC's statement, which follows apologies from the United for Marriage Coalition (HERE) and a statement from GetEQUAL (HERE) comes after reports of the two incidents surfaced on the internet. The blog Transition Transition demanded an apology for the flag removal incident, and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) posted a video asking for one as well.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Apr. 1,2013 at 12:32 PM EST by in Human Rights Campaign, Immigration, News, Supreme Court, Transgender | Permalink | Comments (66)



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