Gay news, Expedia opens gay store, Harvey Milk dayMoscow Pride satanic, Gay blood ban

22 05 2010

Travel site Expedia.com has opened a Gay Travel Store on their website since yesterday on http://www.expedia.com/daily/gaytravel/default.asp. They partner with International Gay&Lesbian Travel Association to help find and identify gay-friendly hotels all over the world. I just had a look and it is pretty cool except for the fact that with hotels in for instance NY or Amsterdam I do not understand why some hotels are listed as gay-friendly and others not…. What qualifies as being gay-friendly? I probably keep (small)luxury hotels of the world as my number 1 but this might be a good alternative.

Today is the first Harvey Milk Day. It is only an official holiday in California but all over the U.S there are parties and events. As most of you know he was the first elected openly gay official in the U.S and was killed shortly after. People that do not know the importance of Harvey, should watch the movie Milk or one of the documentaries made about his life. Celebrations in his beloved Castro neighborhood will be biggest but also in LA, San Diego and NY marches and events for equality will be held. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will kick off a fundraiser in SF on Market Street. Yesterday she promised DADT would be over by the end of the year. Hope she can keep her promise. Below Milk Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black about the importance of Harvey Milk.

For the 5th year in a row Moscow Gay Pride was banned by Mayor Yury Luzhkov. According to him it is satanic and he will do everything to stop the event May 29. Moscow authorities have also blocked the website promoting the pride, GayRussia.Ru. How democratic.

There might come an end to the FDA approved ban on gays giving blood donations. The Department of Health and Human services wants to hear presentations and engage in deliberations on the topic. Since september 1985 men who had sex with men(even once) were not allowed to donate. This change would be about time, there are tons of monogamous gay men who are HIV-negative and can donate.

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Gay news, Madonna awfully quiet, White Party with big stars, Equality march in LA

13 04 2010

Madonna has been in Malawi for a while now building a school for children and has adopted 2 kids from Malawi as well. With knowing her previous record of backing gay rights, especially in the 80’s and 90’s, I am unpleasantly surprised she has said nothing about the gay couple that has been arrested there after wanting to get married. One of the jailed men is critically ill in prison. He has been vomiting, and having chest pains and a cough. He is gotten no medial treatment or painkillers. Where is Madonna is this??, too busy fucking guys in their 20’s and working out??

The yearly White Party in Palm Springs looked like it was a fabulous event. Palm Springs itself is great and then having a party with celebrities like Britney, Ke$ha, Kim from the Real Housewives, lots of “girls” from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and numerous famous porn stars. Wish I would have been there!!

700 people have marched in LA this sunday demanding Social Security Benefits for gays. They started at the gay & lesbian centre and marched towards the Social Security Administration Office in Hollywood. One of the political leaders in attendance was Senator Barbara Boxer. The protest was the kick-off of the Rock For Equality campaign.