The USA's highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is being awarded posthumously to assassinated San Francisco gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, among others. Also to receive the award at a White House ceremony on August 12th is former tennis player Billie Jean King. "Milk encouraged lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens to live their lives openly and believed coming out was the only way they could change society…Continue
HotelChatter.com, a daily web magazine by Condé Nast Digital, has released its recommendations for the five must-see hotel pools of summer 2009 that will have any gay (or non-gay) traveler wanting to get wet. Read…Continue
For the second year running, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission is allowing the city's Gay Pride Parade to take place this coming Saturday without any specific restrictions, although there are likely to be counter demonstrations staged by religious groups opposed to it The chairwoman of the Commission Rena Shepherd is quoted by BBC News as saying it was "very clear" that the…Continue
Added by Tim on July 30, 2009 at 12:30 —
"Ryanair is delighted to open 39 new routes to/from the Canary Islands in October which will allow us to bring more low fares, more competition and choice to even more consumers/visitors of the Canary Islands."
This will be made up of 16 new routes to Gran Canaria, 15 to Lanzarote and 8 to Tenerife (now 16 in total). The company says it's because the Spanish authorities have dramatically reduced airport taxes.
Vogue Evolution are hoping that their distinctive dance style will make them winners in the next series of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew: but what will also capture public attention is the fact that they're the first openly-gay crew to take part. In fact, they're very much out and proud, and want to "empower Black and…Continue
Added by Tim on July 28, 2009 at 20:05 —
The Desert Gay Tourism Guild’s Palm Springs Summer Splash 2009 has a new partner – Alaska Airlines. Summer Splash 2009 is the current featured promotion Alaska Airlines' special LGBT micro-site: www.alaskaair.com/gaytravel. Gay travelers booking reservations by August 7, 2009, and completing travel by September 30, 2009, will receive a 10% discount on Alaska Airline's or Horizon Air's service to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP).… Continue
The Associação Brasileira de Gays, Lésbicas, Bissexuais, Travestis e Transexuais – ABGLT - is a national network of 203 organisations, and the largest GLBT network in Latin America. This week, the United Nations Economic and Social Council has swept aside objections from 19 countries and granted it official status.
This means that representatives from the association can… Continue
Added by Tim on July 28, 2009 at 15:30 —
France's most popular commercial TV channel, TF1, tonight launches a new reality show called Mon Incroyable Fiancé, in which two contestants have to pass themselves off as gay and in love in order to win 100,000 €. As tetu.com remarks, it remains to be seen… Continue
Added by Tim on July 28, 2009 at 15:00 —
One of the greatest names in contemporary dance, Merce Cunningham (seen above in a film portrait for his 2007 Rockefeller award), has died peacefully at his home in New York. He was 90, and still working as a choreographer. For many years he lived with his partner, composer John Cage.
It would be hard to over-estimate Cunningham's impact on the world of dance. Judith Mackrell's appreciation of him in… Continue
LGBT activists in Australia are calling for rallies in support of same-sex marriage in major cities across the country to coincide with the National Conference of the Australian Labor Party. More at… Continue
Added by Tim on July 26, 2009 at 19:30 —
Just a day before Washington State's domestic partnership legislation was due to come into force, it looks as though anti gay marriage campaigners (aka the Faith and Freedom Political Action Committee) have gathered enough signatures to get the measure put on ice until a public vote in November. The delay may affect as many as 5,700 couples who had already put in for registration.… Continue
Added by Tim on July 26, 2009 at 18:30 —
The finals of the Mr Gay Europe contest are being held in Oslo in August, and Norway's own contestant is aiming to break the mould of gay beauty pageants. Walter Heidkampf is a senior member of staff in an LGBT health organisation, and is old enough to be the father of most of the other contestants, who are overwhelmingly in their twenties. He's 49, and he's HIV-positive. He believes that the moment… Continue
Not much de nouveau in sociologist Martine Gross's comparative study of gay and straight families, but it doesn't provide any ammunition for those who say two gay men or two lesbians aren't fit to raise children.
The research shows that gay parents tend to instill much the same kind of values and behaviour as straight parents, but that when it comes to household chores and bringing up the children, gay couples are much better at sharing out tasks… Continue
Added by Tim on July 25, 2009 at 22:44 —
Bloggers David Badash and David Mailloux are calling for a nationwide Kiss-In at 2.00 pm EDT....as one of them says... "I’ll be honest, I’m not one to engage often in public displays of affection. It’s not a moral issue for me – I say if you want to give your better half a kiss, or hold their hand while walking down the street, go for it. Lord knows, this world could use a lot more love, and a lot more people seeing people display acts of love,…Continue
Added by Tim on July 25, 2009 at 20:41 —
Lima has had a reputation of being a conservative city, but all those things are changing now. The city is getting better in terms of tolerance to gay and lesbian communities and the gay scene, by and large, gay life in Peru, is growing up brightly. It is possible to find more gay clubs, gay bars, gay saunas, darkrooms, video pubs, and lodgings (for sexual encounters) than ten years ago.
The gay area is divided into two districts. Downtown Lima… Continue
Added by omar on July 25, 2009 at 18:00 —
With airfare and hotel prices seemingly dropping everyday, now is a great time to travel. From dusty cowboys to white-wearing circuit boys, here are seven sizzling excuses to head out of town before the end of 2009... Read…Continue