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ATLANTIS EVENTS Holds Anniversary Cruise. Crams Over 5000 People On Board During COVID

ATLANTIS EVENTS Holds Anniversary Cruise. Crams Over 5000 People On Board During COVID

Get onboard the biggest event of 2022 for Atlantis’ 30th Anniversary! 5500 guys. Superstar performers. Cutting edge productions. Legendary concerts. Mind-blowing parties. And you! All on the world’s largest and most spectacular ship. Sail from Miami on the new Oasis of the Seas with friends from around the world for a superstar-studded festival of endless fun and excitement unlike anything you’ve ever imagined.

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At a time when many cruises have been cancelled because of the recent surge in the Omnicron variant of the Coronavirus! But that didn’t stop Atlantis Events from holding their 30th LGBT Anniversary cruise. (aka gay party sex boat) And while many cruise lines capping capacity at 50% to 70%. Atlantis and Royal Caribbean who owns the ship decided that wasn’t needed. I mean it’s not like the Gay and LBT community hasn’t been through a pandemic/plague before.

I cannot tell you how disgusted I am at the greed of both Atlantis and RC for packing the ship. There were 712,051 cases of Covid19 reported in the United States yesterday alone. And while the Omincron variant is less severe it is still dangerous to people who have underlying conditions and who are immune deficient. This is not rocket science. But obviously GREED means more than the health and welfare of a community that has already lived through the ravages of one pandemic.

This cruise was literally for the day after the expiration of the CDC mandates and as you can see from the pictures above none remained in effect.

Omnicron is 3x’s more communicable than any variant before and this time we cannot protect ourselves with rubbers.

ATLANTIS Events should be ashamed and shunned. And just so they know will be following any cases that develop over the next 2 weeks from the cruise and reporting on them

Lets just hope the next variant isn’t called Homocron.

Greedy fucking bastards.

*Full disclosure: I myself am an avid cruiser and actually cruised in late November. There were only 800 passengers. It was 25% full and there was not one case of coronavirus reported onboard..

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January 12, 2022: Kiss A Ginger Day!

Every year January 12th. is my favorite holiday.

It’s Kiss a Ginger Day!

Fiery red hair, pale skin, and eyes of blue or green and smoking hot. These are the defining characteristics of some of the most amazingly attractive human beings in existence. They were once held as being holy as they were believed to have stolen the very fire of the Gods and imbued their crimson locks with it. Kiss A Ginger Day is your opportunity to steal a kiss from one of these amazingly attractive genetic rarities.

History of Kiss A Ginger Day

Kiss A Ginger Day was established in 2009 by Derek Forgie as part of a Facebook group, intended to offset the far less fun Kick A Ginger Day that takes place in November. After the events of this aggressive event, gingers everywhere were tormented and assaulted in schools all over the world.

Redheads are some of the rarest expressions of genetics in the world, true red only being present in 1-2% of the population. The range of colors that can be seen range from Burgundy to bright copper, with a few instances of an unfortunate bright orange in between. While in some parts of the world this color hair is disparaged, and the origin of such phrases as “like a red-headed stepchild”, the rest of the world has an undying love affair with them. Red hair dye is one of the most popular hair care products, and it comes in a wide array of colors, including some never found in nature.

As an interesting fact, while Ireland is heavily associated with red hair, those with red hair actually have an older origin. Red hair is a layover from the days of the Viking invasions, bring brought in from immigration and acts of heinous violence against the Vikings’ victims.

So go find a ginger today and offer him a kiss! 

Gingers are the exotic spice of life.

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Today January 12, 2017 Is Kiss A Ginger Day!

Fictional Gay History – January 6, 1854: Happy Birthday Sherlock! – The Mysterious Gay (Closet) Case of Sherlock Holmes & Watson

January 6, 1854 –  On this is the date, Arthur Conan Doyle tells us his most famous character Sherlock Holmes was born.  Although a figment of Doyle’s imagination, and despite many denials by literary historians Holmes friendship with his assistant Dr. Watson leaves very little to the reader’s imagination in many of his famous adventures. 

EXHIBIT 1:

We have these quotes which are taken verbatim from Dr Watson’s narrations.

The Yellow Face, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

One day in early spring he (Holmes) had so far relaxed as to go for a walk with me in the Park, where the first faint shoots of green were breaking out upon the elms, and the sticky spearheads of the chestnuts were just beginning to burst into their fivefold leaves. For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

“This gentleman,” said he, with a wave in my direction. “Is it discreet? Is it right? “Dr Watson is my friend and partner.” [said Holmes].

The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

“I moved my head to look at the cabinet behind me. When I turned again, Sherlock Holmes was standing smiling at me across my study table. I rose to my feet, stared at him for some seconds in utter amazement, and then it appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life. Certainly a grey mist swirled before my eyes, and when it cleared I found my collar-ends undone and the tingling after-taste of brandy upon my lips. Holmes was bending over my chair, his flask in his hand.”

EXHIBIT 2:

And let us not forget the Holmes story “The Three Students” where Watson states that he and Holmes had left London quickly and secretly for reasons which could not be gone into. This story is set in 1895 which is the same year that Oscar Wilde was on trial for “gross indecency”.  Some people argue that Doyle had Holmes fled London for fear of being dragged into the scandal.

VERDICT:

Is elementary my dear Watson.

GAY!

Happy Birthday Sherlock you old Queen!

Gay History – January 1, 1967: The Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles Raided

On New Year’s Day in 1967, undercover officers arrested 14 patrons of the Black Cat Tavern, one of a number of gay bars that lined Sunset Boulevard at the time.  The bar attracted a largely working class clientele and was nestled among a number of businesses friendly to gay men and lesbians.

According to Tangents – a local gay newspaper – “The Black Cat was happy and hooping” before undercover police arrived and started beating patrons as they were ringing in the New Year: “There were colored balloons covering the ceiling … and three glittering Christmas trees”  Moments later, “all hell broke loose.” 

That night the Black Cat was packed, the barroom strung with Christmas lights. A trio called the Rhythm Queens was performing, and when the costume contest concluded at New Faces

As the clock stuck midnight balloons tumbled from the ceiling. The Rhythm Queens belted out “Auld Lang Syne,” and for a moment there was time to grab a kiss. But not all the revelers were there for the same party. At five minutes after midnight, plainclothes policemen began swinging clubs and pool cues, dragging patrons out the door and into the street. They pulled the bartender over the bar, lacerating his face on broken glass. Two patrons ran across Sanborn and took cover in the crowd at New Faces, where Circus of Books now stands. Officers followed, breaking one bartender’s nose, leaving another with a ruptured spleen. Sixteen people were arrested that night—six of them charged with lewd conduct, also known as kissing.

Two of the men arrested for kissing were later convicted under California Penal Code Section 647 and registered as sex offenders. The men appealed, asserting their right of equal protection under the law, but the U.S. Supreme Court did not accept their case.

On February 11, 1967 hundreds of people;  gays, lesbians, bisexuals, drag queens and straight allies gathered outside the Black Cat to protest police antagonism, harassment, and violence toward the city’s gay and lesbian community.

Witness accounts indicate the demonstration was peaceful, if not a little tense because of heavy police monitoring.

While the Stonewall Riots of 1969 is the milestone that we commemorate and remember to mark of our liberation.  There are lesser remembered protests and pickets that happened before Stonewall that were just as important to our visibility and our fight for our rights that should always be remembered.

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50 years ago the first major gay rights demonstration happened in Silver  Lake - Curbed LA

Gay History - December 28, 1888: Famous German Director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu) is Born

Gay History – December 28, 1888: German Director F. W. Murnau of “Nosferatu” Fame is Born

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was born December 28th, 1888. An openly gay German director, he is best known for his work  Nosferatu, and on the film Sunrise, widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. 

Born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe in the Bielefeld, Province of Westphalia. Plumpe would take the pseudonym of “Murnau” from the town of that name near Lake Staffel, south of Munich, where he lived for a time.

Murnau studied philology at the University in Berlin and later art history and literature in Heidelberg, where director Max Reinhardt saw him at a students’ performance and decided to invite him to his actor-school.

He then joined the Imperial German Flying Corps and flew missions in northern France for two years; surviving eight crashes without severe injuries. After landing in Switzerland, he was arrested and interned for the remainder of the war in a POW camp.

Murnau returned to Germany where he soon established his own film studio with actor Conrad Veidt. His first feature-length film, The Boy in Blue, a drama inspired by the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting, was released in 1919.

Murnau’s homosexuality, would have been more or less accepted in his Berlin artistic circles of the day. Germany, indeed, was one of the gay-friendlier spots in the world until the Nazis took power

Murnau’s most famous film is Nosferatu, a 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The release would be the only one by Prana Film because the company declared itself bankrupt in order to avoid paying damages to Stoker’s estate (acting for the author’s widow, Florence Stoker) after the estate won a copyright infringement lawsuit. Apart from awarding damages, the court ordered also all existing prints of the film to be destroyed. However, one copy had already been distributed globally. This print, which has been duplicated time and again has made Nosferatu an early example of a cult horror film.

Murnau emigrated to Hollywood in 1926, where he lives his life as an out gay man and joined the Fox Studios and made Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), a movie often cited by scholars as one of the greatest of all time. Released in the  Sunrise was not a financial success, but received several Oscars at the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. In winning the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production it shared what is now the Best Picture award with the movie Wings. In spite of this.

A week prior to the opening of the his film Tabu, Murnau drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles, California in a hired Rolls-Royce. The young driver, a 14-year-old Filipino servant, crashed the car against an electric pole. Murnau who was only 42, suffered a head injury and died in a hospital the next day, in nearby Santa Barbara.

But that is not the end of the story for the man who brought the first and most famous vampire movie to the silver screen.

In July of 2015 skull of F. W. Murnau was stolen from his resting place from a cemetery outside of Berlin. The German tabloid B.Z. reported that investigators had found wax residue in the tomb and “could therefore not rule out occult” motives for the theft.

F. W. Murnau’s head has never been found.

Similar incidents have taken place in the past, according to local media reports.

Happy Homodays! Christmas Classic Redux!- Eartha Kitt Sings “Santa Baby” in 1954 and 1999 (VIDEO)

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“I used to have a lot of fun with this song.  Then Madonna sang it.” – Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was one of a kind.

She is sorely missed.

Eartha Kitt sings “Santa Baby” original color Widescreen – 1954.

Eartha Kitt sings “Santa Baby” in a live performance 1999.

Gay History – December 18, 1980: New York State Court of Appeals Strikes Down Sodomy Law

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With the state of New York and especially New York City being such a mecca of progressive ideals its hard to believe that it was not until December 18, 1980 that New York became the twenty-fourth state in the nation to legalize homosexuality.  The Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, struck down the New York’s consensual sodomy law in a 5-2 decision. The court ruled that the law violated Constitutional rights to privacy and equal protection, noting that the law banned anal and oral sex only when those acts were performed by unmarried couples. Married couples were exempt under the law. Writing for the majority, Judge Hugh Jones wrote:

“We express no view as to any theological, moral or psychological evaluations of consensual sodomy. It is not the function of the Penal Law or our governmental policy to provide for the enforcement of moral or theological values. …the People have failed to demonstrate how government interference with the practice of personal choice in matters of intimate sexual behavior out of view of the public and with no commercial component will serve to advance the cause of public morality or do anything other than restrict individual conduct and impose a concept of private morality chosen by the State.”

The Court concluded its ruling by stating:

“In sum, there has been no showing of any threat, either to participants or the public in general, in consequence of the voluntary engagement by adults in private, discreet, sodomous conduct. Absent is the factor of commercialization with the attendant evils commonly attached to the retailing of sexual pleasures; absent the elements of force or of involvement of minors which might constitute compulsion of unwilling participants or of those too young to make an informed choice, and absent too intrusion on the sensibilities of members of the public, many of whom would be offended by being exposed to the intimacies of others. Personal feelings of distaste for the conduct sought to be proscribed by New York Penal Law § 130.38 and even disapproval by a majority of the populace, if that disapproval were to be assumed, may not substitute for the required demonstration of a valid basis for intrusion by the State in an area of important personal decision protected under the right of privacy drawn from the United States Constitution – areas, the number and definition of which have steadily grown but, as the Supreme court has observed, the outer limits of which it has not yet marked.

Happy Homodays! – WATCH: Donna Summer Sings “O Holy Night” – The Solid Gold Christmas Special (1982) – Video

Introduced by the dreamy and big bulged 80’s star Rex Smith, La Diva herself Donna Summer performs one of, if not the most outstanding  covers of the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” ever.

TX GOP Dan Crenshaw Trashes Greene & Gaetz's Freedom Caucus. Calls Them "Performance Artists and Grifters"

TX GOP Dan Crenshaw Trashes Greene & Gaetz’s Freedom Caucus. Calls Them “Performance Artists and Grifters”

Look’s like the GOP is beginning to splinter as Texas GOP Rep Dan Crenshaw is breaking from the EXTREME right of certain members of the Republican party and is trying to distance himself a bit more center and away from the Freedom Caucus and GANG GREENE.

There are two types of members of Congress: there is performance artists and there is legislators. Performance artists are the ones who get all of the attention, the ones you think are more conservative because they know how to say slogans real well.

They know how to recite the lines that they know our voters want to hear. What you hear so often is not true. It’s not true. We have grifters in our midst. I mean in the conservative movement.

Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart. We’re worried about what people are doing to do to us, what people are going to infringe upon us, that’s the nature of conservatism.

GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw

Dan Crenshaw in an asshole, but he is kinda hot. Maybe he and Adam Kinsinger could get together and do some Daddy GOPorn when their political careers are over.

Gay & Lesbian History: December 5 -The 1600’s: Irish Bishop Busted for Buggery and the Lusty Lesbians of The New World

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1640 – The good bishop of Waterford and Lismore of the Church of Ireland Bishop John Atherton was one of the loudest and most anti-gay proponents for a new law making homosexuality a capital crime.  After the laws passage Bishop Atherton himself was accused of buggery with a man, John Childe, his steward and  proctor. They were tried under a law that Atherton himself had helped to institute. They were both condemned to death, and Atherton was executed in Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Reportedly, he confessed to the crime immediately before his execution, although he had proclaimed his innocence before that  Atherton became the second person to be hanged under his own law. Some things never change.

1642 – The Essex County Court in Salem, Massachusetts recorded the following: “Elizabeth Johnson, servant to Mr. Jos. Yonge, to be severely whipped and fined 5 li. (pounds) for unseemly practices betwixt her and another maid; for stubbornness to her mistress answering rudely and unmannerly, and also for stopping her ears with her hands when the Word of God was read…” This brief mention of “unseemly practices” is believed to be the first recorded legal prosecution of lesbians in America