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Cinnamon Heart-tini

Cinnamon Heart-tiniSkip the long stemmed roses, decadent chocolate, fragrant cologne, romantic dinner for two, and a candlelit massage. It’s time to turn up the heat and shake things up this Valentine’s Day! Rich in red colour and bursting with hot, spicy cinnamon flavour, the Cinnamon Heart-tini is just like the traditional Valentine candy treat.

The Cinnamon Heart-tini will get you and our Valentine warmed up for what is certain to be a fun, exciting, and sexy evening for two.

  • 1 ½ oz Stoli Premium Vodka
  • ½ oz Cinnamon Schnapps
  • ½ oz Grenadine

In a martini shaker half filled with ice, add Stoli Premium Vodka, schnapps, and grenadine. Pour into a cinnamon-sugar rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

You can make this cocktail even more candy-like by using Stoli Sticki!


Pride flag burned at UBC during OUTweek celebration

Pride flag burned at UBC after kick-off to OUTweekShortly after the pride flag raising ceremony, kicking off OUTweek at the largest university in British Columbia, the University of British Columbia (UBC), students and officials were shocked to discover the pride flag burned after being set on fire.

OUTweek, is an annual tradition at UBC. Celebrated from February 5-12, the eight-day celebration of the university’s LGBT community encompasses the flag raising ceremony, a march, and other educational and learning events for students, faculty, and staff on campus.

UBC officials learned the rainbow flag had been burned over the BC Family Day long weekend, after having been raised in at the Flagpole Plaza, located between the old Student Union Building (SUB) and Brock Hall. Both UBC security and the RCMP have been working together on the investigation.

“We are confident we have identified the person responsible for burning the rainbow flag, said Sara-Jane Finlay, Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion, UBC, in a written statement released today. “We believe this was an isolated incident. The University will continue to cooperate with the RCMP regarding their investigation.”

The university, which is well known for its values of equality, inclusion, and respect, condemns the incident as an act of hate. In response to the incident, the Pride Collective at UBC cancelled the annual march; however, other activities are continuing as planned.

“The Pride Collective stands together against the burning of the Pride rainbow flag and we are taking the necessary steps to support our members and organizers, as well as the larger communities,” said a statement released by the Pride Collective at UBC.

The City of Vancouver, an extremely active supporter of the LGBT community, raised the rainbow pride flag a City Hall earlier in the week in a show of solidarity.

No other threats or incidents of violence have been directed at UBC, the Pride Collective at UBC, or OUTweek activities.


Condom fatigue: how to reduce your risk of HIV infection

Condom fatigue: how to reduce your risk of HIV infectionWhile there are many effective methods in reducing the risk of HIV transmission during anal intercourse, some are more popular or more widely used than others. Condoms have been promoted as the most popular option for over 25 years, but condom fatigue has long set in. It’s time for public health to offer a more meaningful dialogue on other alternatives to reduce HIV transmission.

Current research suggests condoms are only up to 76% effective in preventing HIV infections during anal intercourse, whereas, Truvada as PrEP can reduce an individuals risk by over 99%. It’s also incredibly important for HIV negative people to know that having bareback sex with a partner who is undetectable is over 99% effective.

What you need to know about reducing your risk of HIV infection:

Condoms:

  • Inexpensive and widely accessible.
  • Protect against some STIs, but not all.
  • Most people do not like condoms and report sex is not as good with them.
  • It’s easy to lose and erection.
  • They reduce the feeling of intimacy and skin-on-skin touch.
  • Condoms break, slip off, or aren’t used properly.

Truvada as PrEP:

  • Incredibly effective in stopping HIV transmission when taken daily, as prescribed.
  • The reliability of information on HIV status from a partner is not a concern.
  • You do not have to worry about stealthing.
  • There is no disruption of sexual activity to stop to put on a condom.
  • Any kind of lubricant can be used.
  • Prescriptions can be expensive if not covered under insurance or other assistance plans.
  • Less than 2% of people experience side effects from taking Truvada.
  • It can take some effort to find a doctor informed about Truvada as PrEP an willing to prescribe it.
  • There is still the potential risk of getting other STIs.

Undetectable partners:

  • Most guys in developed nations who test positive are immediately treated with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to reduce their viral load count to an undetectable level.
  • A sense that positive undetectable guys are more fun to have sex with and are more open to exploring sexuality.
  • Guys are more open about their undetectable status as the community embraces and understands sexual health risks.
  • It is still possible to contract STIs.
  • You must trust your partner is undetectable and has had a recent viral load test to ensure an undetectable status.
  • You have to openly discuss HIV status with your partner.
  • Not all positive undetectable guys will have condomless sex with HIV negative partners.

You can use these three risk reduction methods separately, or combined. For example, you can take Truvada as PrEP and have an undetectable partner. Or use condoms with undetectable partners. Or use Truvada as PrEP along with condoms.

It is also important to be educated on sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You should know how you can reduce your risk and be easily treated for STIs. Getting tested regularly is key for your sexual health. You should always know your HIV and STI status.

Public health has been slow to provide new information for individuals to make smart, educated, and informed decisions. The conversation needs to move to alternative options to reduce the risk of HIV and to make sex fun again. The message of using condoms is engrained, but with the advances of AVR’s, condoms aren’t the only method of risk reduction like they were during the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Besides, it is still possible to become HIV positive even while using only condoms.

Change can be difficult for some, especially when condoms have been the only message hear for decades. The time is now to talk to your doctor and understand that there are new and alternative ways to reduce your risk of HIV, that doesn’t rely on out-dated practices.


Diana Ross announces In The Name Of Love Tour

Diana Ross Name Of Love Tour

Since debuting with The Supremes back in 1961, Diana Ross has been an icon of the music industry. The music enchantress has performed hundreds of shows in front of thousands, if not millions of fans. This summer, the music legend will be hitting the road again on the Name Of Love Tour, which will be stopping at the River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Diana Ross started out as the lead singer for the world-renowned group, The Supremes. Together, they released twelve #1 hits including Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop! In The Name Of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, and You Keep Me Hanging On.

After leaving the group to pursue a solo career in 1970, she released a series of hits over the decades including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me In The Morning, Love Hangover, Upside Down, a duet with Lionel Richie, Endless Love, and the iconic song of the gay community, I’m Coming Out.

In addition to being an award-winning singer, Diana Ross was also an accomplished actress, receiving an Oscar nomination for her first film role as “Billy Holliday” in Lady Sings the Blues (1972). She later starred in Mahogany (1975) and The Wiz (1978). Her role as a woman living with schizophrenia in the 1994 television movie, Out of Darkness earned her glowing reviews and a Golden Globe nomination.

Tickets for Diana Ross at the River Rock Casino Resort in Vancouver are $139.50 (plus service charges) and go on sale on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:00am.

 


LGBT community could be recognized at the 2016 Oscar Awards

LGBT community could be recognized at the 2016 Oscar Awards

It is that time of year again. The Oscars! It the time when we watch celebrities get dressed up in penguin suits, drink, and laugh with (and at) them for the betterment of an establishment’s reputation at their choices of the best films of the year. Historically, LGBT films that have been lucky enough to win or be recognized by the awards have contained characters that have not survived till the final reel

This is, perhaps for reasons unknown other than the Academy appreciates when LGBT characters kick the bucket, seeing it as perhaps maintaining its identity in the face of heteronormative adversity. They never change, but die wholly who they are, unchanged by society’s demands.

Though the issue has been addressed by many, LGBT films, including this year’s snubbed Carol, will be acknowledged for its historical significance in bringing the queer voice to a heretronormative art form.

That aside, this Oscar season has proven to still contain one of the most diverse since 1983’s awards show. There are no “lesser of two evils” but rather the best of the best.

Here are HomoCulture’s choices for this year’s Oscar season. Comment below if you agree/disagree!

The Revenant has been receiving a lot of buzz, earning a spot as box-office frontrunner in the U.S. and even a Golden Globe for its star, Leonardo DiCaprio. It would come as no surprise it will win Best Actor and Best Cinematography. Its chilly widescreen shots rivaled its other Western epic, Tarentino’s, The Hateful Eight, in displaying how icy human nature can be. DiCaprio shines in a film that is full of darkness, nearly wordless the entire film and ennacting brutal acts of violence against co-star Tom Hardy, who should receive a deserved Best Supporting Actor statue.

The Best Actress category contains Hollywood’s hardest working stars, new and old, but the statue will more than likely go to Brie Larson for her heartbreaking portrayal as an abused mother raising her son in, Room, a film adaptation of Canadian author Emma Donoghue. Classic Hollywood veteran Charlotte Rampling is equally deserving for her extraordinarily subtle work in 45 Years, which was snubbed for Best Screenplay. In the Supporting Actress field, the most defined portrayal was Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl.

Of the screeplays this year, each was written with such a distinct style & voice, they are all revolutionary in their own right. For Adapted Screenplay, Nick Hornby’s Brooklyn sits with Howard’s End and Women In Love, in the pantheon of Hollywood adaptations that surpass its source material. Hornby’s script is full of old Hollywood traditions but never comes across as campy or melodramatic. His delicate treatment of its characters and sheer love for the time and place gives Brooklyn a heart most films today have searched for, but do not find. The same can be said about Inside Out, which deserves the Best Original Screenplay. Heart is at the center of all films nominated, but Brooklyn and Inside Out find it early on and present us with that warm fuzzy feeling we love.

Best Picture is a tough one but Spotlight has received acclaim for its all-around entertaining and heartbreaking account of the Boston Globe’s mission to prove a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The film is a deftly accurate look into the world of journalism (the film is based on the Globe’s actual investigations which earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize) and the ethics behind seeking the truth. It is a film that will be talked about for years to come and challenges even the most narrow minded of viewers to look at the world in a deep, realistic way.

Canada is highly represented in this year’s Oscars including:

  • Spotlight actress Rachel McAdams (best supporting actress).
  • Documentary short filmmakers Adam Benzine (for Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah) and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness).
  • Toronto R&B singer-songwriter The Weeknd and his Canadian songwriting collaborators Stephan Moccio, Ahmad Balshe, Jason (Daheala) Quenneville share an original song nomination for Earned It from the film Fifty Shades of Grey.
  • The team of Canadians who worked on The Revenant, such as visual effects artist Cameron Waldbauer, set decorator Hamish Purdy, sound technician Chris Duesterdiek (up for sound mixing), makeup and hair artist Robert Pandini.
  • Sound technician Paul Massey (up for The Martian’s sound mixing).
  • Animated short nominee Richard Williams (shares in nomination for Prologue with Imogen Sutton).

Tune into the Oscars on February 28, 2016!


Can a porn star become a fashion model?

Can a porn star become a fashion model?Who doesn’t love porn stars? Everyday new and faces are popping up and others quietly fade away. It is about time these sexy, talented, and incredibly hot models are seen a new light. Every imagined what these men could do with fashion? The boundaries are endless. There is a big change coming from the LGBT community and fashion world. Many porn actors already have the physique and the structured face, practically making them fashion models already. Lets take this one step further and show the lengths porn stars have the potential to go.

Youth struggle with acceptance from their community, especially LGBT youth. They look for places that are safe, secure, and trusted. Those places are hard to find. But as you get older, and begin to discover yourself, there are a number of different areas you can explore, including adult entertainment.

Many men spend countless hours enjoying men on screen. These men are more than just porn actors. They are fashion models. They are gorgeous, have perfect bodies, and could sell almost anything. So the question is, can a porn star be a high fashion model too?

Can a porn star become a fashion model?YES! Being in the industry, there is a lot of versatility when it comes to modeling. No pun intended. An easy and obvious example is becoming an underwear model. Their amazing chiseled bodies make them ideal. What brand wouldn’t want them wearing their sexy designs? These men are more than just a fantasy. The impact they leave in the fashion community is remarkable.

It’s important to remember that porn actors are real people too. Sure, they have sex for work, and it’s a tougher job than most people imagine, but they are also incredibly influential people.

Take Dylan Knight for example. He’s an adorable and charming model who knows how to own any set. He knows how to work a camera, have fun, and laugh both on and off camera. His sexy body is easy photographed, which shines through in both his work in gay porn and in fashion photography.

Porn actors are influential. It’s time we see more of them. With aspiring photographers chomping at the bit, looking to build their portfolios, and help create new, exciting, and edgy ways to showcase both the models and fashion, the possibilities are endless.

If you are an adult entertainer interested in getting into fashion modeling, make sure you and your photographer are on the same page before the shoot starts. These images could become some of the hottest pics you will take. Be bold. Be daring. Be you.


Stoli Blueberi Mule

Stoli Blueberi Mule

This winter, raise your game, and your mule! The copper cup craze has hit bars across North America as people discover, or re-discover, the snappy zing that comes from the zesty ginger beer cocktail, the mule. It’s easy to make at home, with just four simple ingredients. You can literally make a Stoli Blueberi Mule in under 30 seconds. It’s a crowd pleaser at any party and can be ordered at almost every top quality lounge, bar, or night club.

  • 2 oz Stoli Blueberi Vodka
  • Ginger beer
  • Fresh lime
  • 6 Frozen blueberries

Fill a copper cup full of ice. Pour in Stoli Blubberi Vodka. Top with ginger beer, a squeeze of fresh lime, and garnish with frozen blueberries.


Leather bulldog harness; an essential part of ever gay mans wardrobe

Leather Bulldog Harness

A leather harness is an essential part of every gay mans wardrobe. Harnesses are worn by guys all the time. They are worn at massive circuit party events, local pubs, dance clubs, fetish house parties, street festivals, and to Pride parades. They are universal and attract a lot of attention. If you’re considering investing in your first leather harness, or looking to add to your collection, the leather bulldog harness is a must-have.

Leather Bulldog Harness

A leather bulldog harness frames the upper torso, making your chest, pecs, and shoulders stick out. The heavy duty look of the harness should fit both snug and comfortable. The thick, soft leather straps wrap over the shoulders and under the pits, with a solid strap across the front, connected with metal rings. It’s a masculine look any many would be proud to wear.

Leather Bulldog Harness

Quality made leather bulldog harnesses, like the one from The Stockroom, are made with adjustable snaps and nickel-plated buckles. This allows the harness to be adjusted and taken on/off quickly and easily. Heavy duty rivets keep the harness held together tightly, no matter how hard you are being pulled around by your partner during the roughest play.

Leather Bulldog Harness

A bulldog leather harness can be worn with a pair of blue jeans, leather gauntlet, and black boots for a casual look out at the bar with friends, or with a jockstrap and pair of knee socks for a dirty night in the bedroom. If you have other leather gear, like wrist restraints, tethers, and other straps, you can attach them all together for even more fun. You can get really creative and come up with a variety of looks.

Leather Bulldog Harness

If you don’t already have one, get a leather bulldog harness now! It is one of the most versatile pieces you can add to your collection because it can be worn in so many ways, in many different situations.


Randy Harrison to star in national tour of Broadway show, Cabaret

Randy Harrison Cabaret

Do you remember the adorable character, Justin Taylor, from the hit  Showtime TV series, Queer As Folk? In the American version, the character was played by the sweet and innocent looking, Randy Harrison. He wasn’t just a flash-in-the-pan on a cable show either.

Since his career-breaking debut role, Randy Harrison has built up an impressive reputation with several theatre shows. The openly gay actor has appeared in Wicked on Broadway, and off-Broadway productions including The Singing Forest, Antony, and Cleopatra and Edward II.

Randy Harrison has serious acting talent and he performing in the new national tour of the hit Broadway show, Cabaret. Randy will be playing the role of the Emcee as the show goes on a 20-city tour that is running January 26 – November 13, 2016.

If you have a chance to get to the show, you must go see it.


Whistler Pride and Ski Festival celebrates another successful year

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

Thousands of men and women descended on Whistler for eight incredible days, celebrating sport, culture, and diversity. From January 23-31, the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival hosted a exciting line-up of entertainment and events, with stunning performances from some of the biggest names in the LGBT community.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

Each day of the festival guided ski and snowboard tours were held, showing off all the hidden secrets of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. At the end of each afternoon, skiers, snowboarders, and non-skiers gathered for an après ski party, complete with DJ’s, snacks, and drinks.

What did you miss?

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

On Wednesday night, America’s frostiest ice queens, Bianca Del Rio, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, and Varla Jean Merman, hosted Oh Snow She Didn’t, a winter themed comedy show. It was a blast. Afterwards the four queens posed for photos with many of the guests.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

Things heated up Thursday night as guys stripped down to their speedos at the annual Splash pool party. Guys were lounging in the hot tubs, making out in the sauna, and flirting in the pools, while enjoying drinks and awesome deep beats by DJ Del Stamp pounding off the walls. It was an awesome night.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

Friday night Furrocious was the main party, with guys dressed up in hot and sexy military gear at the Whistler Conference Centre. The party went late into the night, with DJ Phil B pounding out thunderous beats to keep the dance floor moving. The other big party was White Out at Garfinkles, with a sea of guys dressed all in white, dancing the night away.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

Saturday afternoon, dozens of skiers and snowboards made their way down Whistler mountain carrying pride flags. A large crowd made their way through Whistler Village in a march with a giant 25 foot long pride flag and dozens of pride flags, chanting “Happy Pride”.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

The entire week long celebration wrapped up with the much anticipated Snowball. The massive closing party event, held at the Whistler Conference Centre, was the pinnacle moment everyone had waited for. DJ Bret Law opened the night with an incredible set, followed by a spectacular live performance by international dance performer, Flava.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016

If you ski or snowboard, enjoy magical winter getaways, relaxing days at the spa and boutique shopping, combined with an incredible line-up of outstanding nightlife and entertainment, you have to put Whistler Pride and Ski Festival on your calendar for 2017. It’s also recommended that you make your reservation now at the host hotel, the Aava Whistler, which is always fully booked for the next year’s gay ski week before the current ski season is even over. These guys go all-out to put together a well organized, exciting, and fun weeklong celebration and one of the best ski resorts in the world!

For more photos from Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016, visit the HomoCulture Facebook page.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2016


What you should do when a hook-up tells you they are HIV poz

What you should do when a hook-up tells you they are HIV pozThere is an incredible amount of unnecessary stigma about HIV. For decades there has been fear of the virus. Education programs and messaging always related HIV and death. Those days are over. HIV is not a death sentence. In fact, most people who are living with HIV and on treatment lead completely normal lives. These tips will help you know what you should do when a hook-up tells you they are HIV positive:

Acknowledge the information

HIV poz guys never know how a person will react to the news when they disclose to a new partner their HIV status. These conversations are not easy to have. Each person has a different level of knowledge of HIV. The fact that your partner is telling you their HIV status is important. Take it seriously.

Thank for them disclosing

Your partner was respectful of your sexual health. Openly disclosing their HIV status allows for open communication and dialogue. Thank your partner for disclosing their status and for caring about your sexual health.

Be honest

If you are scared, uncertain, or unknowledgeable about HIV, that’s ok. Your partner who has disclosed their status will be able to talk to you openly about it. If you aren’t comfortable with sexual activities together, talk about your concerns.

Get educated

Be proactive and talk to your health care professional about HIV. Just because your partner his HIV positive doesn’t mean that they can transmit the infection. Know what it means to be HIV positive undetectable. You should also talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a highly effective once-daily pill that you can take to reduce your risk of contracting HIV by up to 99%.

By following these tips you shouldn’t be concerned your when your hook-up tells you they are HIV poz.


What is edging?

What is edging? It’s a cold, wet, Saturday afternoon. You’ve been home all day, bored with nothing to do. You hop on Grindr and start talking to a few guys. One guy you’ve sparked up a conversation with starts talking about how he’s been ‘edging’ for hours, and you have no idea what the hell he’s talking about.

What is edging?

Edging is when you spend and extended length of time, bringing yourself close to the point of ejaculation, but stop abruptly and purposefully just before it happens.

Why do guys edge?

Edging allows for a greater build of a climax. It also extends the opportunity for sexual pleasure over a long period of time. For many guys, once they ejaculate, they are done with sexual play. It’s common to spend hours watching porn, fantasizing, and/or remembering past sexual encounters while edging.

Edging could be by yourself or with a partner. It can be done through masturbation, oral sex, and even intercourse. Edging is a solution many partners use if one frequently ejaculates early. It provides a greater sense of control. It can also be used during BDSM as a way to control your partner, bringing them to the point of orgasm, without allowing them to finish.

Orgasms reached after a long edging session are often larger and more powerful, and provider a greater sense of sexual relief.


Style meets luxury in the new Lincoln MKX

Lincoln MKX

Finding time to relax and unwind can be difficult. Rushing to the gym for an early morning workout before work, conference calls on the drive to work, weekend road trips to visit family or to go skiing; it’s a lot to manage. Don’t forget errands like picking up the groceries and a new outfit for your upcoming trip. When you’re constantly on the go, in high social demand, and always want to be on point, you want a vehicle that makes you look great, has high performance, class, and offers you luxury you deserve. It’s time to be introduced to the Lincoln MKX.

Lincoln MKX

This isn’t just another SUV. The Lincoln MKX is where style meets luxury, but is also extremely functional, helping you get through you life’s most important moments.

Lincoln MKX

From the exterior, at first glance, it’s a piece of beauty that commands attention. The wide wheel base, low stance, and comfortable height, give the impression of momentum and power. These same features, combined with large alloy wheels with wide tires, a hard-working drive terrain, and a powerful eco-boost engine, make the Lincoln MKX one of the easiest vehicles to drive in any road condition. Whether you are driving through the city, up a mountain pass to your favourite ski resort, or for a Sunday drive out in the country to get farm-fresh goodness, it’s a dream to drive.

Lincoln MKX

Why is the Lincoln MKX such a great drive?

Heated and air conditioned leather seats, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters with a six speed select-shift auto transmission, an all-in-one front-to-back sun and moon roof, massaging (yes massaging!) driver and passenger seats, and a heated steering wheels are just a few of the incredible features that make the Lincoln MKX a great drive for both the driver and passengers.

Lincoln MKX

In addition to all these great features, you can sit back and enjoy the drive with the help of the on-board audio and touch-display navigation system. Sync’d with your Bluetooth device, you have an ultra-smart vehicle. Music, telephone, navigation, reverse camera, and more, are all at your fingertips.

Lincoln MKX

And you’ll be safe!

The Lincoln MKX has important safety feature to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe and sound. This includes features like a forward sensing system that automatically alerts the drive to a collision from the front, rear, or sides. It also has lane-control sensors, which help the driver stay between the lines by sensing the road lines and if the driver starts to ever-so-slightly cross the line, the systems encourage the driver to get back into the lane.

If you’re busy, always on the go, need productivity and reliability, but want to do it in with style and class, it’s time to check out the new Lincoln MKX. It won’t surprise you; it’ll amaze you!

Lincoln MKX


Winter Symphony

Winter Symphony

It’s the dead middle of winter. You have a group of friends coming over to enjoy an evening of cocktails and conversation. Everything is set, from bite-size canapés to quiet jazz music playing softly in the background. You’ve put on your favourite shirt and best jeans. As guests start to arrive, you know it’s going to be an exciting evening.

While you could serve a classic cocktail at your winter evening soirée, as the host of the party you want a drink that is fast and easy to make, but is as complex and sophisticated as your guests. Introducing the Winter Symphony. This cocktail captures the complex seasonal flavours, with layers of mint, anise, and citrus, while held together by the slightest touch of absinthe, rounding out the experience.

Make your winter evening cocktail party a memorable one by serving your guests a winter gin cocktail, the Winter Symphony.

  • 2 ½ oz gin
  • ¼ oz maraschino liqueur
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ¼ oz lime juice
  • 1 oz mint tea simple syrup
  • Absinthe

In a mixing glass, add gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon and lime juice, and mint tea simple syrup. Stir. Spritz a small amount of absinthe into a rocks glass, and then fill with ice. Pour in gin mix. Garnish with fresh lemon peel and star anise.


5 hook-up safety tips

5 hook-up safety tips

As the use of geo-location based networking apps skyrocket, it has become increasingly easier to hook up. Random guys show up at your door, come in, and in less than 15 seconds you’re both naked and in the heat of the moment. But without warning you could be in a very dangerous situation. You could be sexually abused, physically assaulted, tied up and robbed, or worse. Here are five hook-up safety tips that you need to know to avoid an unforeseen situation:

Get to know each other

Before you agree to meet up, talk and get to know each other. Exchange pictures, talk about common interests, physical descriptions, and other things to build credibility and trust between each other. There’s no obligation to meet right away.

Meet in public

Instead of giving out your home address and having a random stranger enter your home, ask to meet in a public location. Meeting in public allows you to physically see each other, and be seen by others. Predators tend not to want to meet in public, and this could be warning signal for you.

Protect your identity

Keep your personal information private. This goes beyond not giving out your home address, birth date, social insurance number, etc. It also includes making sure your wallet, keys, passport, and other valuables are hidden and out of sight.

Leave a trail

If you have concerns about meeting someone new, either in public, at their house, or at your own home, you can protect yourself by leaving information in an easily accessible location in the case that something does go wrong. For instance, you can leave a note on your kitchen counter with the details about who you are meeting, the meeting location, the approximate time, description of the person, and if you have it, their contact information.

Get photos

The more photos, the better. You want to be confident that the person you are talking with is the person they are claiming to be. More photos will allow you to judge if it’s a real person, or an imposter or impersonator. If the person is reluctant to send photos or claims to be discrete, you do not need to go forward with meeting. It’s not uncommon for guys to also use old and out-of-date, or deceiving photos. Be cautious.

In addition to these tips and pieces of advice it is important to know that if you’re not comfortable or ready to meet, it is perfectly acceptable to politely decline or ask to postpone until you feel better about the situation. Your safety is most important.

 


Broadway Across Canada announces 2016-2017 season

Another season of the most popular and hit Broadway shows are scheduled to tour across Canada. Broadway Across Canada recently announced Newsies, Kinky Boots, Cinderella, and Book of Mormon, will be part of the 2016-2017 line-up coming to the Queen Elisabeth Theatre in Vancouver.   Newsies: July 5-10, 2016 This show is filled with heart-pounding number after another. It’s a high energy explosion of song and dance. Based on real-life events, Newsies tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a story about fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are.   Kinky Boots: Feb 7-12, 2017 Inspired by real events, Kinky Boots features the songs by Grammy and Tony award-winning artist, Cyndi Lauper. The musical celebrates the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. The story takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factor in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Prince, the main character, struggles to live up to his father’s expectations and continue to run the family business. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives , in the form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of sturdy new stilettos.   Cinderella: April 11-16, 2017 The contemporary take on the classic tale, this production features an orchestra, transformations, and moments you’ll love, including the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball, and more, along with some new twists. This hilarious and romantic Broadway show is for everyone who has ever had a wish, a dream, or a really great pair of shoes!   Book of Mormon: August 23-September 4, 2016 Returning to Vancouver, the Book of Mormon is an outrageous musical comedy that follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries who are sent across the world to spread the Good Word. This musical has quickly become an international sensation!   Season tickets for Broadway Across Canada are now available for renewal, and on-sale for the general public starting April 4 online or by calling 1-866-542-7469. Season ticket prices vary depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase.

Another season of the most popular and hit Broadway shows are scheduled to tour across Canada. Broadway Across Canada recently announced Newsies, Kinky Boots, Cinderella, and Book of Mormon, will be part of the 2016-2017 line-up coming to the Queen Elisabeth Theatre in Vancouver.

Newsies: July 5-10, 2016

This show is filled with heart-pounding number after another. It’s a high energy explosion of song and dance. Based on real-life events, Newsies tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a story about fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are.

Kinky Boots: Feb 7-12, 2017

Inspired by real events, Kinky Boots features the songs by Grammy and Tony award-winning artist, Cyndi Lauper. The musical celebrates the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. The story takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factor in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Prince, the main character, struggles to live up to his father’s expectations and continue to run the family business. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives , in the form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of sturdy new stilettos.

Cinderella: April 11-16, 2017

The contemporary take on the classic tale, this production features an orchestra, transformations, and moments you’ll love, including the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball, and more, along with some new twists. This hilarious and romantic Broadway show is for everyone who has ever had a wish, a dream, or a really great pair of shoes!

Book of Mormon: August 23-September 4, 2016

Returning to Vancouver, the Book of Mormon is an outrageous musical comedy that follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries who are sent across the world to spread the Good Word. This musical has quickly become an international sensation!

Season tickets for Broadway Across Canada are now available for renewal, and on-sale for the general public starting April 4 online or by calling 1-866-542-7469. Season ticket prices vary depending on performance, seat location, and date of purchase.


Beware of these 3 blowjob risks

Beware of these 3 blowjob risks

Oral sex is one of the most common activities between sexual partners. It’s considered lower-risk; however, when it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), there are some simple things you can put into your sexual health tool kit to help reduce your risk of getting an infection. So before you go sucking another dick, follow these three blowjob risks:

STI’s

It’s easy to contract an sexually transmitted infection (STI) though oral sex. If you have any cuts, abrasions, abscesses, or inflammation, hold off on sucking dick. Open sores inside your mouth are easy entry points for infections. Risk is even increased after brushing your teeth and/or flossing. If you have any of these situations, don’t do it.

Examine it

A quick physical look at your partner’s junk could help you avoid getting an STI. If he has any open sores or lesions, leave it alone.

Talk

Too many people aren’t open or are embarrassed to talk to their partner about sexual transmitted infections. Before giving that next blowjob, talk openly about the last time you were each tested last, and your sexual health history so you can make informed decisions about your pending risks. Be honest.

Getting tested regularly will also help reduce your risk of transmitting STI’s to other partners. By getting tested, you can be certain if you do or do not have an STI. For people who have multiple sexual partners it is recommended to get tested every three months. Of course, you should check with your physician or health care provider if you have questions, concerns, or need to get tested.


The 2016 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Awards

The 2016 Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Awards

The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), comprised of over 130 professional critics and entertainment journalists nationwide, recently announced the award winners of the best in LGBT movies and television of 2015. The Association, which holds a roster of over 130 television and film journalists & critics was established in 2009, championing the wildest and wisest of TV & film criticism. John Griffiths, of US Weekly, serves as its president.

The week previous to the award winner announcements, GALECA added actress Jane Fonda, veteran star of the film classics Klute, Coming Home, 9 to 5 as well as the past year’s Youth and ongoing Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie, to their Timeless Star list, a career achievement kudos that also includes Sir Ian McKellen, George Takei, Betty White, Chloris Leachman and Fonda’s Grace costar Lily Tomlin.

GALECA is an established non-profit organization that generates camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, champions constructive film and TV criticism, and elevates entertainment journalism. Panels, screenings, events and its occasional “Ten Best” lists, GALECA also strives to remind the world that the LGBT-munity has a significant history of helping improve pop culture at large. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what’s campy?

This year, the 1950s-set lesbian romance, Carol, surprised with a rare GALECA sweep, with wins for Film of the Year, Director of the Year (Todd Haynes), Screenplay of the year (Phyllis Nagy) and LGBTQ Film of the Year. In addition, Cate Blanchett, star of the ‘50s-set lesbian romance, earned Film Performance of the Year — Actress for her titular turn. Haynes also was also hailed as Wilde Artist of the Year (named for the group’s patron saint Oscar Wilde). As for Film Performance of the Year — Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant prevailed. Blanchett previously won a Dorian Award for Blue Jasmine.

Director Sean Baker’s Tangerine, the drama of a clique of transgender women navigating the mean streets of Hollywood, took Unsung Film of the Year, while George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was deemed Visually Striking Film of the Year. Amy, the unvarnished account of the rise and fall of soulful singer Amy Winehouse, won Documentary of the Year.

In television categories, Fargo and Orange is the Black tied for TV Drama of the Year. Transparent won for TV Comedy of the Year, with star Jeffrey Tambor winning his second Dorian for TV Performance of the Year — Actor. Empire’s Taraji P. Henson was victorious in the Actress category (her series landed as Campy TV Show of the Year).

Taking a stand in less traditional categories, GALECA members chose edgy comic and society button-pusher Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer) as Wilde Wit of the Year. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won TV Current Affairs Show of the Year. Campy Flick victor: Magic Mike XXL.

GALECA’s annual, Hasty Pudding-esque Winners Toast is set for Sunday, March 6, in Los Angeles, California. Past GALECA toasts have drawn Lea DeLaria, Transparent’s Melora Hardin, famed marriage rights activists Jeff Carrillo and Paul Katami, The Comeback’s Robert Michael Morris and trailblazing actor Wilson Cruz.


Oh snow she didn’t!

Oh snow she didn’t!Things are going to get really chilly and really silly and four of North America’s frostiest ice queens bring their blizzard of attitude for Oh Snow She Didn’t!, a night of music and comedy at Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, Wednesday, January 27 in Whistler, B.C.

Bianca Del Rio, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, and Varla Jean Merman combine their skills, talent and creativity in a variety show will have you melting over their blizzard of beauty and fiery attitude. These four incredibly talented queens are well known for their appearances on daytime and primetime television, performances on and off Broadway, and one evening winning season six of the hit LOGO television show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Tickets for Oh Snow She Didn’t comedy show, featuring cabaret and song parodies, start at just $50CDN. Front row VIP table seating is available for $120CDN. With the low Canadian dollar, it makes Whistler Pride and Ski Festival a ridiculously awesome value for Americans looking for a last minute winter getaway.

The Oh Snow She Didn’t show, recently featured on Breakfast Television, will be held at the Whistler Conference Centre on Wednesday, January 27. Doors open at 7:00pm. Show starts at 8:00pm.


Come out for a mountain of fun at Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Looking for an incredible deal on a last minute gay-friendly ski vacation? It’s time to pack your bags and get your tickets to Whistler Pride and Ski Festival! The week long gay ski week and pride events make it one of the largest and friendliest winter pride events in North America.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

From January 23 – 31, 2016, Whistler proudly rolls out the rainbow carpet and welcomes men and women from over 25 countries to celebrate diversity at over a dozen events. Whistler Pride and Ski Festival showcases true Canadian hospitality with a line-up of events including a comedy show featuring four ice queens, long john, cowboy/cowgirl, and varsity theme nights, a sexy pool party, and a gigantic Snowball dance party.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

Named the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine, Whistler Blackcomb is the ultimate ski vacation destination. Boasting an incredible 8,176 acres (3,308 hectares) of skiing and riding, and an average annual snowfall of over 10 metres (33 feet), the resort makes for an amazing experience. For skiers and boarders, Whistler Pride and Ski Festival will have an army of ski guide volunteers to show you around the mountain and the hidden gems on the mountain.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

But what if you don’t ski? No problem! Whistler offers plenty of other non-ski activities including ice skating, snow tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, spa retreats, and boutique shopping.

Tickets for Whistler Pride and Ski Festival start at just $20CDN for events and $119CDN for passes. An incredible exchange of about 40%, means American guests dollars will go event further in Whistler, making it an outrageous deal for a last-minute ski vacation. Plus with thousands of on mountain beds in a full service mountain village, Whistler has plenty of accommodation (including host hotel, Aava Whistler), dining, and activity options.


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