Summer is officially here, and the time is now for gays to make their annual pilgrimage to our favorite sandy meccas. Us homos have staked our towels on some of the best beach real estate in America, where boys run wild and the mimosas are bottomless (and so are some of the boys).
Below, check out NewNowNext’s roundup of North America’s best gay beaches, from Florida to California, Rehoboth to P-Town.
We’re sure you can handle the heat. Just don’t forget your suntan lotion.
Source: 10 Best Gay Beaches In The World
NEW YORK / TORONTO — The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League today announced a historic partnership with the You Can Play Project that formalizes and advances their long-standing commitment to make the NHL the most inclusive professional sports league in the world.
“The NHL sets the standard for professional sports when it comes to LGBT outreach and we are incredibly grateful for their help and support,” said Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, the founder of the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization that fights homophobia in sports. “We will work with League and NHLPA officials, teams and players to ensure that we create a more inclusive hockey community at all levels.”Said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: “Our motto is ‘Hockey Is For Everyone,’ and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way. While we believe that our actions in the past have shown our support for the LGBT community, we are delighted to reaffirm through this joint venture with the NHL Players’ Association that the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.”
“NHL players have supported the You Can Play Project since its inception, which we are pleased to formalize and expand upon with today’s announcement,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “The players believe our partnership with the NHL and You Can Play will foster an inclusive hockey environment from the grassroots level to the professional ranks.”
The official partnership with You Can Play includes a significant commitment to education and training for teams, players, media and fans plus the production and broadcast of more public service announcements.
via NHL, NHLPA announce partnership with You Can Play Project – NHL.com – News.
Three Democratic senators have reversed their stance on the Defense of Marriage Act in the past three days before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the law that limits marriage to one man and one woman.
Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., John “Jay” Rockefeller, D-W.V., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said today and Sunday that they no longer support a federal law banning gay marriage. The Supreme Court plans to hear oral arguments in a case challenging that law Wednesday, after it considers a law banning same-sex marriage in California Tuesday.
McCaskill made the announcement on her Tumblr blog Sunday.
“I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry,” McCaskill wrote. “Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.”
via Senators Abandon ‘Discriminatory’ DOMA Before Supreme Court Arguments – ABC News.
The essence of what makes Curaçao so unique and wonderful is its postcard-perfect capital of Willemstad, its array of local/international dining, isolated beaches, and is reflexive gay-friendliness.
On the GLBT front, the Get Wet weekend, the year’s big gay/lesbian event, has undergone a major increase in visibility, and what began seven years ago as a little party on a boat has become eight days of fun, with revelers from the Caribbean and beyond. While not geared toward the tourists like such events often are, Get Wet is attracting more and more of them, while maintaining its very Curaçaoan flair.
“Like a little village that grows into a city,” remarks Jared Sprock of Gay Plasa, the local GLBT group that organizes Get Wet, “it maintains its local core.” Get Wet, held in late September/early October, is now a series of events, from dance gatherings, meet-and-greet evenings, and films at the local help center Pink House to the famous Madame Janette party.
via Gay Travel Curacao | What’s New In | Passport Magazine.
I am Sean Kennedy’s mother, Elke Kennedy, and I am reaching out to other moms who might or might not accept of the fact that their son or daughter is gay. Most of you do not know what it is like to receive a phone call like I got at 4:30 a.m. telling me that something had happened to my child.
The worst thing every mother dreads hit me two days after Mother’s Day in 2007. On that day, May 16, 2007, my youngest son, Sean, was taken away from me by hate because of his sexual orientation. When I got to the hospital that morning, I had the sickening feeling in my stomach that this was serious. When I finally got to see my son, he was already on life support. His hands were so cold; I wanted to warm him up. I told him that everything would be all right now, because Mom was here. I prayed to God to please let him be OK, and to let me take Sean’s place, because he hadn’t been able to live his life. Of course, it doesn’t work that way, and we hoped and waited for the next 17 hours that Sean would be all right. But it wasn’t meant to be that way. We gathered at Sean’s bed in a state of complete exhaustion and shock as we were told that he was brain-dead. Sixty young people had been with us at the hospital all day and night, telling me so many stories about Sean, about how they loved him and needed him. Now I had to go out there and tell these young people that their friend had died, but that he would live on in others, because he’d donated his organs. Each of the kids got to go back and say their goodbyes. It was so difficult to hear their goodbyes and see all their emotions.
Now I had to plan his memorial service, and our church told us that we could have the service there. Then, that Friday, after everything had been communicated to family and friends and the newspaper, we received a phone call telling us that the elders of the church had decided that we could not have the service there after all, because Sean was gay. After many phone calls back and forth, they allowed us to have the service there in the end. However, afterwards, we were no longer welcome at the church
via Elke Kennedy: This Mother’s Day, Let’s Stand Together to Protect Our LGBT Children.