Munich have good times to offer for gay travelers
Munich, Germany – is often overlooked by gay travelers because of Berlin’s infamous decadence. They love leather pants and closeted 19th-century Bavarian monarch Ludwig II. Munich has a throwback charm unique from artistic Berlin.
Dietmar Holzapfel, and his husband Josef Sattler, says hospitality in Munich has long extended to members of the LGBT community.
“Our former mayor Christian Ude was the patron of Pride 22 years ago, when other politicians didn’t dare do this. Munich was also the first city in Europe to host the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Alliance) convention.” He explained.
With an LGBT festivals almost every month, Munich is a party that never stops. Even Oktoberfest turns one massive tent over to gay brew enthusiasts.
You can find gay quarter, Glockenbachviertel, located not far from old city Altstadt, with lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
Holzapfel and Sattler’s joint are boasting sophisticated, modern rooms at reasonable prices and a fashionable bar/restaurant. Hotel Deutsche Eiche is overcrowded with LGBT travelers.
Sunbathing at the Isar River in warm weather is like a tradition in Munich, and also a good time for travelers. The Flaucher area is especially popular within gay community.
June 26, 2016
I choose you! This gay Pokémon proposal is too cute for words
One loved-up guy was planning to pop the question to his Pokémon-loving boyfriend.
Tumblr user Brett Graham became a true Pokemon Master when popping the question to his partner Max in a truly epic style.
Pokemon adventures begin with a single choice – usually between a a water type, fire type, and a grass type.
When Brett decided to propose to Max, he decided their life adventure should begin in the same way- custom-designing three ‘starter’ rings and Pokéballs to hold them.
He explained: “It took me a while to figure out the right way to propose to Max, but I’m pretty damned proud of what I came up with.
A ‘fire type’ starter which is black with a red gem, and a ‘water type’ starter with a mother of pearl inlay. “A ‘grass type’ starter with a wooden inlay.
“I’ve been scheming like a madman for months.
Brett added: “Max, for his part, has been telling me pretty much every day since we’ve started that he’s going to marry me. Somehow, I was still nervous when it came time to ask about making that official.
“At the beginning of every adventure, you need to pick a partner. I chose him. So, I figured if he said yes, he could decide what to wear on his finger.
Max picked a Fire type and of course said yes.
Next big surprise is already being planned by Brett.
He said of the other two rings: “He gets those, too. The significance of the choice is that whatever he picked as his official starter will ‘evolve’ at milestone anniversaries. I got plans.”
We’re just glad a rival didn’t come along and take the one of the other rings.
June 20, 2016
The United States has had a LOT of weddings since Supreme Court ruling
It was estimated that nearly one million Americans are in same-sex marriages by the pollster.
After the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that cemented same-sex marriage across all 50 states, a Gallup estimate this week estimated that 972,000 Americans are now in a same-sex marriage – with approximately 200,000 of those have been married fallowing the ruling.
Along with data from the Williams Institute estimating that 3.5% of Americans identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, the estimate was calculated using data from thousands of interviews with LGBT Americans before and after the ruling..
Since 26 of June there have been 96000 same-sex marriages ending in total of 972000 American’s in the same-sex marriages.
Gary J. Gates from Gallup suggested that the nationwide adoption of same-sex marriage would fundamentally change the face of lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships, saying “If those trends continue, marriage will soon overtake domestic partnerships as the more common relationship status among committed same-sex couples.”
Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 ruling forced all 50 states to recognise same-sex marriages and protect LGBT citizens’ right to marry in “mega-case” testimonies after which Supreme Court ruled in favour of marriage equality earlier this year.
June 11, 2016
CORRECTED-Family watches as gay rights battle hits world theaters in “Freeheld”
“It’s overwhelming, it’s painful, but overall it brought relief to know that everything that she fought for is going out to a wider audience,” said her sister Lynda Hester D’Orio.
Had Hester not died at age 49, her legacy would have been a “quiet, personal one” helping others, her sister said.
Now “Freeheld” has been turned into a feature film, with Oscar-winning actress Moore as Hester, the police officer reluctant to be in the limelight but set on getting justice for her partner, played by Page.
“She did not want to be the poster woman for gay marriage. She did not want to be the person out in front of the gay pride parade,” said her brother Jim Hester. “She was about doing what was right and what was fair.”
“It’s going to change some minds… but it also is going to make some people dig in their heels a little more deeply and become a little more mean-spirited and say bad things about Laurel and Stacie,” he said.
The fight over Hester’s pension seems almost antiquated given the advances in gay rights, said Wade, who made the “Freeheld” documentary.
“The country is really different than it was 10 years ago when she was fighting this, and it’s because of people like Laurel,” she said.
May 29, 2016
Arizona to pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case
PHOENIX – Lawyers who persuaded a judge nearly a year ago to overturn Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban will receive $200,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs in bringing the legal challenge.
Federal law lets those who prevail in civil rights cases seek compensation for the costs of bringing such lawsuits to court.
The decision on the Arizona law came after gay marriage bans were struck down in more than two dozen states.
Then, the U.S. Supreme Court declared this summer that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.
Arizona lawmakers approved a state law barring same-sex marriages in 1996.
Seven years later, an Arizona appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the law.
Voters in 2008 amended the Arizona Constitution to include a ban.
May 27, 2016
Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple
Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple
Owners of bakery refuse to pay $135,000 to a same-sex couple who were denied service, despite having raised more than $500,000 via crowdfunding
The bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer more than two years ago. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
The couple closed the Gresham store in 2013 and now operate the business from home.
“It’s difficult to understand the Kleins’ unwillingness to pay the debt when they have, very publicly, Wednesday.
“They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order.”
A lawyer for the Kleins, Anna Harmon, told the Oregonian she couldn’t comment about her clients’ actions, citing the ongoing litigation.
A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It provides an exemption for religious organizations, but the agency ruled that exemption does not allow private businesses to discriminate against potential customers.
May 26, 2016
Gay party gone wrong in Edo
Gay party was organised in a hotel in Oben community, off Sapele road in Benin City on Tuesday night degenerated into a free for all over allegations that a partner belonging to a particular young man was caught in a compromised position with another male during the party.
It would be recalled that this Act sponsored by Senator Domingo Obende then representing Edo North Senatorial District was one of the few private sponsored bills and were passed and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in the last Senate.
“We have been suspecting the management of this hotel for some time now because the last time some girls who are lesbians held a party here. We were shocked that no single male was in attendance.”
“But today, I wanted to go and buy a drink at the hotel when a young man walked up to me at the gate and told me that his people have taken over the place. I was shocked to notice that he was putting on tight leggings and wearing red lipstick and wig, so I left the place immediately.”
“It was later in the night that we heard loud noise and saw some boys fighting over another boy thereby attracting the neighbourhood,” the source said.”
It was, however, gathered that before police men on patrol could arrive the scene, most of the boys had absconded.
May 23, 2016
Taipei organizes mass couples gey wedding this year
It is officially promised by government! There will be mass weddings for gey couples in Taipei!
That mass wedding tradition was held for many years but it was only opened to ‘men and women complying with the requirements of civil law marriage.’
Mass weddings for gay couples is official promised by Taipei government.
Xu Lin-min Taipei citiy’s bureau of social affairs and gander equality office’s secretary said that he will have to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside or separately.
Chien Chih-chieh who is secretary-general of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights was interviewed questioning this matter and she said “This is not news” – for the Liberty Times.
‘Gay people are also citizens of Taipei. I do not understand why you need to hold a separate gay mass wedding,’ she said.
Two mass weddings are announced for May and October with quota of 100 couples.
April 24, 2016
A Restaurant Allegedly Kicked Out Gay Couple on Their Anniversary
A gay couple in Ireland is saying that a Dublin restaurant kicked them out midway through their anniversary dinner because nearby customers couldn’t stomach same-sex hand-holding. One of them wrote an angry, anonymous letter, which was published in the Irish magazine GCN:
“My partner and I were in a Dublin city centre restaurant celebrating our second anniversary and we were being physically tactile with each other. Not kissing the faces of each other or anything, but holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes. A waiter came to our table and told us that customers at another table were complaining about us. He suggested that we stop showing each other physical affection.
We asked to see a manager, who said something similar, adding that he had no problem with gay people. When we said we had every right to show each other affection, the manager said that it was unfortunate that other customers were uncomfortable, and suggested that we leave. He told us we wouldn’t be charged for our meal.”
The writer says that they both felt humiliated by the whole thing, and pretty disappointed in Ireland, too: “We like to think of Ireland as a place where gay people are fully accepted and respected, especially since the landslide passing of the same-sex marriage referendum, but if my experience last week is anything to go by, this is still a surface image.”
February 24, 2016
Gerard Ryan And Kelly Explore Queer Relationships Unusual Settings
The Glass House, the iconic modernist building located in New Canaan, Conn., was part of the home of architect Philip Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, for more than 40 years until they died in 2005. Now, its intimate history has led performance duo Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly — who themselves have been involved in each other’s lives creatively and romantically for more than a decade — to develop a series of site-specific performance pieces they’ve titled Modern Living.
“Johnson had been living there since 1949, two decades before Stonewall,” Kelly explains. “He and Whitney eventually lived there in this sort of gay domestic partnership, and they gathered a community of mostly closeted gay people from the art world — Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, Warhol, Lincoln Kirstein — for social events. It was very queer.”
Beginning in January 2016, the pair will begin to articulate the idea of “queered” spaces in West Hollywood’s Schindler House, another modernist architectural touchstone (designed by Rudolph Schindler as an experiment in cooperative living between two families), and other key modernist homes, such as the Breuer House in the Hudson Valley, and the de Menil in Houston. So far, all of Gerard and Kelly’s works have probed the idea of intimacy as a fluid concept that changes over time.
“That’s part of the project of queerness — questioning those narratives of how one should live one’s life or spend one’s time,” Gerard says. “It’s political for us. The model of marriage can be very constricting and cause a lot of problems for how one lives one’s life. We think this alternate concept is a necessary story that needs to be told.”
February 5, 2016