June 6, 2012 |
At a gay rights dinner last year in New York City, when President Obama listed gay-friendly policies he had enacted, hecklers shouted, "Marriage!" At a similar event Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, nearly a month after the president embraced gay marriage, there was no heckling. Instead, 600 supporters at the LGBT Leadership Council event rose to their feet as one, chanting, "Four more years!" L.A.'s gay community turned out in force to celebrate the man who has been dubbed the nation's "first gay president.
February 7, 2012 |
Put gay and Groupon together and what do you get? Gaypon, of course. It's one of the many online coupon companies trying to attract a niche audience. Gaypon, which launched last year in the Detroit area and is seeking to add more national and regional deals, basically operates in the manner of Groupon -- it offers pre-bought, limited-time deals on various goods and services. But the company only sells coupons from entrepreneurs and firms known to be gay/lesbian-friendly.
January 9, 2012 |
Picking up where they finished hours before, the Republican presidential hopefuls sparred across two states Sunday as they vied to slow front-runner Mitt Romney ahead of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. At a pugnacious morning debate in New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum took shots at Romney's performance as Massachusetts governor and his depiction of himself as a businessman first and politician second. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., smarting from a Saturday night exchange over his service as President Obama's ambassador to China, chided Romney for failing to appreciate Huntsman's sense of duty.
July 21, 2011 |
As a wedding planner, Bernadette Coveney Smith does a bit of everything for her clients. She tracks down vegan wedding cakes. She hunts for venues that welcome flower-bearing dogs. She helps body-conscious brides find the perfect dress — and sometimes even the perfect tux. Smith's specialty is same-sex marriages, a business that can be as complicated as love itself as a wedding day draws near. "Anyone can plan a party. What I'm doing is completely different," said Smith, who opened the country's first gay-focused wedding planning business, It's About Time, in Boston in 2004 after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
May 1, 2011 |
Shine A Novel Lauren Myracle Amulet Books: 359 pp., $16.95, ages 14 and up When it comes to sex and drugs, teen interest and parental tolerance tend to run in opposite directions. Simultaneously titillating and taboo, alluring yet off-limits, underage sex and illegal drug use are an irresistible combination that is a sort of calling card for Lauren Myracle, a young adult author who has not only topped the New York Times bestseller list with her blunt depictions of modern adolescence but also the American Library Assn.'s list of most challenged books for "ttyl," "ttfn" and "l8r, g8r," a trilogy written in text messages.
April 8, 2011 |
John Duran likes shopping at Target, but he hasn't walked through its doors since last summer. As a gay public official, Duran believes he must support a boycott against the retailer by gay rights activists. "I am one of those people now that no longer shops at Target," said Duran, West Hollywood's mayor pro tem. "I just can't in good conscience be seen there. " Real estate agent Tom Kraynak also stayed away from the retail chain — for a while. But he was among several gay shoppers at the West Hollywood Target recently who said it was time to move on. "We boycotted for a while," said Kraynak, 47. "But that only lasted for so long because we had to go to Target.