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Cocktail Music: True Colors by Kesha

April 29th, 2016 Chris Roney
Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

Kesha has released a new single called ‘True Colors,” her own spin on a song originally done by master producer Zedd. After teaming up at Coachella this year for one of the festival’s biggest performances, Kesha is giving fans a new look at what the pair has been working on in-studio.
“True Colors” is the artist’s first new music release since her civil suit against former producer Dr. Luke shot her name into headlines, disallowing her to release any new music under her label, Sony Music. Making good of his promise to produce Kesha’s new music, Zedd’s latest co-release is already being called one of the best songs of the year.
“All my life, one page at a time, I’ll show you my, my true colors,” sings Kesha on the song’s chorus. Her true colors “ain’t no rainbow,” she says, but she sings them out nonetheless.
Listen to the new single, which Kesha called “a declaration of my truth,” below:

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Global Cocktail: Afternoon Delight at The James New York

April 29th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Afternoon Delight. Image via Passport.

Afternoon Delight. Image via Passport.

This week’s Global Cocktail is in honor of Robert J. Cooper, the founder of St-Germain liqueur, who passed away at 39. The spirits pioneer, who was told that his elderflower creation would never be successful, sold St-Germain to Bacardi after it exploded in popularity—being dubbed “bartender’s ketchup.”

Image via Bacardi/St- Germain

Take a deep inhale when you order this beautiful cocktail creation from The James New York because its floral essence screams New York springtime. The vodka, the grapefruit, and the elderflower work so perfectly you may end up singing “Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight!”

Directions
Build in  glass, stir with ice, add a splash of soda and garnish with a mint sprig and optional grapefruit slices.

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Gay Travel: A Guide to Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods

April 29th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
One of the City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmarks is the Love sculpture by artist Robert Indiana. The icon resides in JFK Plaza—more commonly known as Love Park—near City Hall and at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Built in the 1960s, this mixed-use urban space welcomes businesspeople on their lunch breaks and visitors who want to capture a signature Philly picture.

Image via Passport.

By Rich Rubin 

As someone who’s lived in Philadelphia for over a decade now, there’s one thing I can tell you with no hesitation: it’s a city of neighborhoods. While of course this applies to just about any city, it’s particularly marked in Philadelphia, where a few minutes’ stroll can bring you to a totally different atmosphere. Of course, there are things that united the city into a cohesive whole, including its combination of history and modernity, the gay-friendly quality that consistently lands it at the top of rankings by LGBT groups, and the immensely walkable nature of the “Center City” area, which is where we’ll spend most of our time. Set between two rivers, and only thirty blocks wide and about ten blocks long, with numbered streets going north/south and (mostly) tree-named streets east/west, the Philadelphia’s center city is a paradise for walkers. So let’s go on a tour of the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love, neighborhood by neighborhood. I think you’ll like the things we discover. I’m just sayin’. 

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…

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It’s Official, Colombia Becomes Latest Country to Grant Marriage Equality

April 29th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Civil Union of Elizabeth Castillo y Claudia Zea. Image via Colombia Diversa

Civil Union of Elizabeth Castillo y Claudia Zea. Image via Colombia Diversa

The Catholic, South American country of Colombia officially will recognize gay and lesbian marriages after the top court found no constitutional hurdles to allow marriage equality.  Six of the court’s nine judges approved the ruling by declaring “all people are free to choose independently to start a family in keeping with their sexual orientation…receiving equal treatment under the constitution and the law.”

Colombia already had civil unions in place, offering nearly all the same benefits of opposite-sex couples, and couples’ unions will be officially recognized as marriages. [BBC]

 

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Flush HB2! Ad Agency Hilariously Prints North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill on Toilet Paper

April 29th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Image via YouTube

Image via YouTube

A North Carolina–based ad agency ingeniously put North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “bathroom bill” HB2 on toilet paper to encourage citizens to “Flush HB2.”It makes great cocktail napkins, bookmarks, facial tissues. But you know what’s best to do with it!” McKinney said in a statement.

According to AdWeek:

Last month, McKinney chairman and CEO Brad Brinegar became one of more than 100 chief executives across the country to sign an open letter asking McCrory to repeal the new law. That group most prominently included Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Brian Chesky of Airbnb. The letter called HB2 “bad for North Carolina, bad for America, and bad for business.” Brinegar also recently appeared on CNN to speak out against a bill he called “regressive” and “reactionary.”

They also told AdFreak that they created the ad “because we value equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights … and we don’t care which [bathroom] you feel most comfortable using.” Additionally, they spoke of the project: “We tried to create something that could stand as a visual for what many North Carolinians think about the bill,” added group creative director Will Chambliss. “We hope people read it and then, well, you know the rest.”

Watch the ad agency give a swirlie to the the North Carolina legislature after the jump…

Also after the jump, watch a news clip with McKinney CEO speak out against the bill…

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Seth Meyers is Spot On in His Take Down of Transgender Bathroom Bills

April 29th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Image via YouTube

Image via YouTube

Seth Meyers tore into recent legislation in Mississippi and North Carolina that are being called “bathroom bills,” and give us life with his seven-minute diatribe about the absurdity of it all.

“Now there are any number of problems with these laws, and aside from the fact that they’re hateful and discriminatory, they’re also unenforceable. When asked how they would enforce North Carolina law, spokesman for one local police department said, ‘So that means people have to go to the bathroom with birth certificates? Yeah, that was curious to me.’ And another said, ‘We don’t have police officers sitting at public bathrooms all day long.’ … But the most absurd impact of these kind of bathroom bills is you’re actually forcing transgender woman, who are women, and transgender men, who are men, to use the wrong bathroom.”

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What Happens When Princess/General Leia Airs Her Dirty Laundry at a Gay Bar?

April 29th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

The famous bar scene in “Star Wars” has constantly been parodied, and now the super-popular YouTube channel The Ryan and Amy Show, decided to create their own version of the scene by turning Mos Eisley Cantina into The Outer Rim, and the gay geeks are eating it up. Amy plays a girl who just can’t seem to figure out that the gay galaxy dwellers are just not into her.
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Hey Mamma, Hey Mamma Look… Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein Join Cast of NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

April 28th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Jennifer Hudson Hairspracy

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Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG, and Grammy Award–winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award–winner and Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!, the network’s next live Broadway musical holiday event following the success of The Wiz Live!

Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who received extraordinary reviews for his television direction of “Grease Live!” Rudzinski was also the TV director for Dancing With the Stars from 2005-14.

Harvey Fierstein, who is also writing the teleplay, will play Edna Turnblad, a role he created and won a Tony Award for in the stage version of the musical. The quintessential Edna, Fierstein portrayed the character for the show’s first two years of its seven-year run at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway.

Hudson, who will play Motormouth Maybelle, is currently completing a run in the acclaimed revival The Color Purple.

Tune in December 7.

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Watch Caitlyn Jenner ‘Make Statement’ by Peeing in Trump Towers

April 28th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Caitlyn jenner

Screen Grab via Facebook

The hate-to-love love-to-hate Caitlyn Jenner tried to make a statement by using the restroom in a Trump-owned building. The now-canceled I Am Cait star filmed herself walking into Trump International Hotel And Tower in New York City yesterday and taking up GOP frontrunner Donald Trump on his statement that transgender persons could use the restroom in any one of his properties. The 66-year-old said in a video: “Last week Donald Trump said I could take a pee anywhere in a Trump facility…So, I am going to go take a pee in the ladies room.’

After using the ladies’ room, she takes a shot at Ted Cruz while looking right into the camera, “Thank you Donald, I really appreciate it. And by the way Ted (Cruz), nobody got molested.”

Jenner has come under fire for remaining a Republican, despite the parties abhorrent rhetoric toward the transgender community.

 

Watch the video here. 

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Oklahoma Court Says Oral Sex isn’t Rape if the Victim is Unconscious

April 28th, 2016 Joseph Pedro
Oklahoma court ruling

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In what reality is Oklahoma living in? A disturbing and dangerous ruling from an Oklahoma court declared that it doesn’t violate state law if oral sex is performed on a victim who is completely unconscious.

Can we even believe that this is up for debate? A unanimous ruling by the state’s criminal appeals court agreed that a 17-year-old was not at fault when performing oral sex on a 16-year-old girl who had a blood alcohol level of over .30.

According to the Guardian:

“Forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation,” the decision read. Its reasoning, the court said, was that the statute listed several circumstances that constitute force, and yet was silent on incapacitation due to the victim drinking alcohol. “We will not, in order to justify prosecution of a person for an offense, enlarge a statute beyond the fair meaning of its language.”

This ruling is the perfect example of how misunderstood rape is in our culture. This legalized victim blaming is a testament to our country’s rape culture, but should be a wakeup call that we’re not protected our youth, especially young girls.

Find out what others have to say over at The Guardian. 

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