Congratulations to Lance Bass and Michael Turchin! The sexy couple were married at the Park Plaza Hotel in Angeles last night where 300 guests gathered for the ceremony and celebration. According to the New York Times: Mr. Bass and Mr. Turchin met about four years ago at a birthday party in Palm Springs, Calif. “We spent an hour or more talking, then he hit me up on Facebook as younger people do,” Mr. Bass said. “We were attracted and became best friends before anything got romantic.”
We get excited just thinking about all the love and joy this beautiful gay couple will share with each other and the world! Hugs and kisses from all of us to Lance and Michael.
For more about their magical wedding, click here.
It seems like each year a new singer comes along to put their twist on the classic 1950s song Santa Baby, but it was Eartha Kitt who made the tongue-in-cheek jingle so popular during the holiday season of 1953. The song represented the post-war zeitgeist of America, and it has been a holiday staple ever since.
A few of the many singers who have performed the song include, Maria Muldaur, Everclear, RuPaul, Kate Ceberano, Taylor Horn, Shakira, Madonna, Jhene, Macy Gray, Natalie Merchant, Faith Evans, Boney James, Kylie Minogue, Ste van Holm, The Pussycat Dolls, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler, Mae West, Paloma Faith, and Taylor Swift.
More Santa Baby videos after the jump…
After listening to Great Uncle Lou’s 9,000th joke at the holiday table this year, you may want to sneak off and make yourself this passionate cocktail from Verona’s Palazzo Victoria. This finely sweet concoction definitely decks the halls with a perfect blend of sweet and bitter.
Add 2 ounces of green apple sorbet, 1.5 ounces of Campari bitter, .5 ounces of Passoa, and 1 passion fruit to a blender with 5-6 ice cubes. Pulse until ice is broken down then increase to medium speed until fully blended. Serve in short glass with lime garnish.
Still don’t have any plans for New Year’s? Take advantage of those last-minute Las Vegas deals and take part in a three-day LGBT festival, Evolve. Instead of the usual one-night, hat-wearing, horn-blowing, Champagne-flowing party at home, grab a group of friends and enjoy shows, receptions, dining, shopping, tours, and, of course, non-stop parties from December 30-1. Meet guests from over six continents as you mix and mingle at the VIP reception with Zumanity performers and then follow the crowd to the first-ever gay bar at a Las Vegas casino, Liaison Nightclub at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. The events culiminate at the Havana Nightclub on the 31st, where locals will join fellow Evolvers to usher in the New Year with DJs, special entertainment, celebrity guests, complimentary cocktails, and a VIP fireworks viewing on the patio. To dust off that hangover, relax or explore the Strip, and at night, enjoy a private viewing of Divas Las Vegas and then finish off the night at Share Nightclub.
A bill, HB 3022 , filed in the South Carolina legislature would prevent state judges from recognizing or upholding marriage rights for same-sex couples, and stipulates that judges who do not dismiss cases regarding these rights will be automatically removed from the case and not be paid. “This is a brazen political attack on the independence of the judicial branch, of the ‘end run’ variety. Judges can’t do their jobs when legislators threaten their livelihood for ruling on properly-presented legal cases. The legislative branch needs to respect the unique role of courts in protecting everyone’s rights, regardless of whether it’s politically popular or expedient to do so, ” Justice at Stake‘s Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg said in a statement:
The bill at issue states, “No state or local taxpayer funds or governmental salaries may be paid for an activity that includes the licensing or support of same-sex marriage.” It also declares, “No state or local governmental employee officially shall recognize, grant, or enforce a same-sex marriage license.” A portion of the bill pertaining specifically to judges states, “If a judicial officer violates this section, that judicial officer is disqualified from office pursuant to Section 19, Article V of the South Carolina Constitution, 1895.”
In a move that is the first of its kind, Hologram USA announces its partnership with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts to produce a full scale, long running hologram show featuring Liberace. While most recent hologram projects have been short one time appearances, this will be the first to use Hologram USA’s technology to present a life-like experience for fans in a feature length, live-show format. The show will use the same technology that created the famous Tupac Shakur Coachella hologram that sparked the demand for audience to experience HD, 3D performances by beloved deceased stars.
There is no word yet on where the show will take place or when it’s expected to hit the stage, but the show is also expected to traverse the US.
Never mind frightful, the weather outside is polar-vortex frigid. Insulate yourself in style with the Explorer Jacket from Victorinox. Light enough for everyday wear yet warm enough for those blustery winter days, this jacket is everything you need to see you through to the spring. We’re giving the Explorer points for style, too. Made from eco-friendly Swiss Schoeller Stretch Nylon, this jacket will last for years. It’s perfect for all those international gay ski weeks coming up. There’s still time to write to Santa, though if we were him, we’d probably just keep the jacket for ourselves.
The Explorer Jacket from Victorinox, $595.oo. Swissarmy.com
They say it is better to give than to receive, but donating to a charity that is close to your heart is a way that everyone wins. Do it in the name of a loved one, who really doesn’t need another snowflake sweater or coffee table book. Here is just the tip of the iceberg of some of our favorite charitable organizations that can help your (tax-deductible) dollars reach the world.
Ali Forney Center works to protect LGBTQ youths from homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood. www.aliforneycenter.org
amFar is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. www.amfar.org
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and delivering emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters.www.care.org
The Cousteau Society is an organization that serves to raise funds for ocean exploration, research, and conservation. www.cousteau.org
Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is an international humanitarian aid organization providing emergency medical assistance to populations in danger. www.msf.org
Feeding America feeds the hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engages our country in the fight to end hunger. www.feedingamerica.org
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. www.glsen.org
God’s Love We Deliver in New York and Project Angel Food in Los Angeles began by serving the HIV-affected communities, and nationally (with a focus on seniors) Meals on Wheels, all deliver healthy, nutritious meals to those housebound or disabled by illness or other circumstances.www.glwd.org, www.angelfood.org, www.mowaa.org
Heifer International—Buy a farm animal to gift to poor villages to end hunger and increase sustainability. www.heifer.org
Lambda Legal is committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. www.lambdalegal.org
ONE (International fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease—AIDS, malaria, etc.)www.one.org
OneNationWorkingTogether is a national network for jobs, justice (including GLBT) and education for all. www.onenationworkingtogether.org
Rainbow World Fund is an all-volunteer, international, humanitarian service agency based in the LGBT and friends community. RWF’s mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief. www.rainbowfund.org
Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. www.rainforest-alliance.org
Ricky Martin Foundation advocates for the well being of children around the globe in critical areas such as social justice, education, and health with particular focus on child exploitation as a consequence of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. www.rickymartinfoundation.org
Service Members Legal Defense Network is a watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America’s military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity www.sldn.org
Sierra Club is the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the US, working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. Their Disaster Response helps clean the Gulf after the BP oil spill. www.sierraclub.org
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. www.thetrevorproject.org
Water.org draws attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and helps fight this immense problem—one community at a time. www.water.org
World Wildlife Fund is the world’s leading conservation organization working in 100 countries.www.wwf.org
Thinking about taking Great Grandma Edna’s holiday gravy with you aboard your flight this week? Think again. The TSA has released their list of holiday items to put in your checked bag, to leave at home, or to ship ahead. And number-one on that list… Edna’s sauce.
Other prohibited items include:
• Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
• Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams, and salad dressings)
• Maple Syrup
• Oils and vinegars
• Salad dressing
• Snow globes (those less than 3.4 oz, about the size of a tennis ball are allowed)
• Wine, liquor, and beer
Note: You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening. By additional screening they mean Uncle John’s Pumpkin Cheesecake is going to be break food for airport employees. [TSA]
It’s no secret that we love Vancouver. A vibrant city in the middle of pristine Canadian wilderness, this coastal gem is true paradise north of the border. We’re giving away a dream vacation in this Northwestern oasis…get ready to fall in love!
Stay at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites and explore everything Vancouver has to offer from its vibrant West End, just steps away from the world-famous Stanley Park and English Bay beaches. Every one of the spacious guest rooms features a private balcony—and many offer stunning panoramic views of the city, waterways or North Shore mountains. Unwind at the 18,000-square foot fitness centre, including an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.
Find out more after the jump…