Do you have your costume picked out for Halloween yet?
How about joining Towleroad at Halloween New Orleans for a weekend of festive, sexy, and spooky events from October 23-26?
Halloween New Orleans is one of the largest and most amazing party events of the season and the weekend, now in its 31st year, is one of the only 100% donation/volunteer event weekends left in the U.S.. Project Lazarus, a home in New Orleans which provides healthcare and support services for men and women with AIDS, is the sole beneficiary of all the funds that are raised.
Meet up with us! We'll be there and don't want you to miss a thing! "RSVPnola" with us AFTER THE JUMP and we'll keep you in-the-know with insider tips, a guide to special events, and information you can use for your weekend in the Big Easy.
Sign up AFTER THE JUMP and be sure to look for our camp cart at the events and all weekend on Bourbon Street in front of OZ to get some great free stuff and have your official pictures taken. We're holding a costume contest with the photos shot by our team so find us and make sure we get your photo.
Here are this year's events and you can get tickets at this link:
Thursday: The Lazarus Ball
Presented by Boomtown Casino New Orleans
US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at WWII
Music and Food
Black Tie Preferred
Friday: Casual/Dance/Club Night
Presented by VIP Magazine
VIP Lounge for Hosts and Patrons
Saturday: Main Event!
Costume Contest & Parade (costumes required)
Massive Dance Party with DJ Tristan Jaxx
Theme: “Descent” (a journey through the underground) 10pm-4am
VIP Lounge for Hosts and Patrons
Sunday: Brunch and Second Line
House of Blues
Jazz and Gospel Entertainment
Second Line from HOB to corner of Bourbon and St. Ann
All events are open bar.
"RSVPnola" with us AFTER THE JUMP and we'll keep you in-the-know with insider tips, a guide to special events, and information you can use for your weekend in the Big Easy.
Miley Cyrus facing a fine and possible jail time for "disrespecting" the Mexican flag at one of her concerts in Monterrey (by having one of her dancers spank her with it).
Thanks to Christians unhappy with the separation of church and state, a Orange County, Florida school will be forced to allow the distribution of The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities following a court ruling declaring that religious pamphlets of all kinds could be distributed in school rooms to children.
Is Teen Wolf 's LGBT inclusion really just "queer-baiting"? For a generation that has never known a time when LGBT people were not represented on the small screen in some form, limited visibility and queer subtext are no longer enough to hold their interest.The continued teases that a character might be bisexual with no payoff, the same-sex romances that end as quickly as they begin with little development, the disappearance of gay characters without explanation, and the absence of any well-developed LGBT character four seasons into a show that appeared to bank heavily on its queer appeal early on have left vocal fans howling.
Darrell Hammond has been chosen as the late Don Pardo's replacement as announcer for Saturday Night Live. Hammond was an SNL cast member from 1995-2009 and was best known for his impersonations of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, Regis Philbin, Chris Matthews, and Sean Connery.
New South Wales introduces bill to clear the records of men convicted of having gay sex under historical laws.
Is the left-wing unhappy with Hillary Clinton's potential run for president and her positions on foreign policy, Wall Street, and climate change?
A bill mandating LGBT-inclusive sex education in schools is working its way through the British Parliament.
Avril Lavigne and Nickleback's Chad Kroeger are calling it quits.
Matthew McConaughey and his semi-clothed body will sadly not be returning for the Magic Mike sequel.
Arrow star Colton Haynes is positively oozing with sex appeal in Diesel's new ad campaign.
Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat for the upcoming Lifetime TV movie about the perpetually grouchy feline.
California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in response to raging wildfires across the state.
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A group of Texas county sheriffs and law enforcement officers have filed a brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week in support of marriage equality, The Texas Tribune reports:
“Gay and lesbian law enforcement officers and other first responders put on their uniforms, place themselves in harm’s way to protect and defend our communities, and swear to uphold our laws without prejudice or bias,” said the letter, filed by Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, more than 50 other Texans working in law enforcement and a coalition of city police departments from around the country.
The brief continues:
They serve our communities with equal distinction, skill, and bravery. But Texas denies these men and women the equal dignity and respect they deserve. Texas does not treat them equally in their day-to-day work, nor, tragically, even when they make the ultimate sacrifice.
Last week, lawyers representing same-sex couples int the case of De Leon v. Perry filed briefs asking the Fifth Circuit to uphold a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The court is expected to hear arguments in the case in the coming months.
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Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) is courting controversy for remarks made at a recent town hall meeting in response to a question asking whether or not he supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act - which would protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace.
"It's like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property… If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?"
Backlash was swift, with gay rights groups and even the Charlotte Observer calling out Pittenger's stance. The paper wrote an op-ed Tuesday saying Pittenger's flawed argument could've been made for racial discrimination in the past.
Watch a NBC Charlotte news report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...
"The statutes are clear, that Americans are well protected already. We should fully enforce current laws against discrimination. I hear America's cry for more jobs and a stronger economy, not more federal regulations added to the vast maze of federal regulations we have already. That can only stifle the ability of entrepreneurs to create new businesses and new jobs. It's incredibly hard to operate or start a business already, and I don't think America is begging for more obstacles to an economic recovery. Where does it stop? Is the next regulation going to prohibit a layoff even during an economic downturn? Will the next law mandate full employment? Where does the government's role in dictating our daily lives end? That's the debate we should be having."
Contrary to Pittenger's idiotic follow-up statement's implications, North Carolina and 28 other states continue to have no protections for LGBT people facing discrimination in the workplace.
An ENDA discharge petition being pushed by Rep. Jared Polis currently has the support of 75 lawmakers - all of whom are Democrats.
Anti-gay troll Scott Lively is speaking out against the HRC's newly released report titled The Export of Hate - which exposes some of America's most vitriolic anti-gay activists and their work promoting bigotry abroad.
Naturally, the report provides extensive coverage of Lively's international efforts in Uganda, Europe, and Russia - but Lively just sees it as the HRC putting a "hit" on him and the other big name bigots in the U.S.
I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list. That might have sounded a bit paranoid in years past, but post-Corkins it is just cold hard fact that some “gay” activists are incited to murder by inflammatory leftist rhetoric. The HRC knows that, and yet their rhetoric in this Exporting Hate publication is MORE inflammatory than the SPLC’s rhetoric the drove Corkins over the edge!
Because I am a Bible-believing Christian I am not afraid of death. But neither am I volunteering for martyrdom. As of today I am for the first time going to start taking precautions against the possibility of being assassinated by agents of the LGBT movement. For one thing, I will no longer publicize my travel schedule in advance.
And I am demanding a retraction and public apology from both HRC and SPLC. To both of them I insist: STOP INCITING HATE BEFORE YOU GET PEOPLE KILLED!!!!!
There's a sad irony to Lively's last sentence, considering the abundance of hate he has incited abroad that has undoubtedly contributed to actual deaths - those of innocent LGBT people.
You can read his vile column in full, HERE.
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Earlier this week we reported that diva Annie Lennox would soon be out with her first non-holiday studio album in 7 years, a set of covers that includes Screaming Jay Hawkins' 1956 classic "I Put a Spell on You".
Hawkins classic has been covered before by Nina Simone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bryan Ferry, Sonique, and Jeff Beck feat. Joss Stone but Lennox's version will certainly rank among the best.
Listen and watch her perform it, AFTER THE JUMP...
Hear Lennox talk about the upcoming album, Nostalgia, HERE.