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February 7, 2012 | By David Colker
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A continent may divide them, but HBO's "Girls" will have to shove over and cede some of the Frank New Voice limelight to "Looking," the network's charming and deceptively significant new half-hour series that premieres Sunday about a trio of gay men living in San Francisco. What at first seems like your standard (if R-rated) banter-heavy, young-urbanites-seek-love/meaning tale, this time told from a gay perspective, quickly proves to have a truer heart and loftier ambitions. Yes, creator Michael Lannan is clearly determined to depict and discuss male homosexuality with the same semi-erotic-realism that has become commonplace among heterosexual sex scenes - We're here, we're queer, we're copulating on screen, get used to it. TRAILERS: Winter TV 2014 Having established this (again and again and once more for good measure)
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2010 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
Bert and Ernie are not gay. In their 31 years on "Sesame Street," they've never marched in a Pride parade or plastered a rainbow sticker on Oscar the Grouch's trash can. Sesame Workshop has always contended that they're just friends who happen to live together and sleep side by side in well-tailored pajamas. And yet, because of a comment on "Sesame Street's" Twitter account, some are claiming that Bert is officially out of the closet. On June 11, the mono-browed Muppet tweeted about the premiere of the recent "A-Team" remake.
OPINION
April 4, 2013
Re "Justices ponder gay marriage," Editorial, April 2 Same-sex marriage has been overpoliticized and over-intellectualized. What we're really addressing is the question of whether there should be a law dictating what marriage is. Laws are generally made to keep bad things from happening to good people. In the case of gay marriage, the opponents say that legalizing same-sex unions will lead to heterosexual marriages being diminished. Those who oppose marriage equality deserve the benefit of the doubt; they should send letters to the Supreme Court documenting the thousands of traditional marriages that have been destroyed by gay marriage.
NEWS
December 15, 2002 | Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press Writer
Paris tourism officials want to give new meaning to the term "Gay Paree." The French capital has always wooed visitors with its reputation for fine dining and high fashion, and Paris continually cashes in on its mystique as the city of romance. Now it has a new strategy: selling Paris as a destination for gay travelers. "We want to create a gay-friendly spirit across the whole city," said Laurent Queige, a city official and project organizer.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian and Kathleen Hennessey
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.
TRAVEL
June 6, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Six journeys to Libya After a five-year hiatus, Travcoa, a tour operator based in El Segundo that specializes in personalized luxury trips, will return to Libya in September with six journeys. For years the company has kept a wait list of clients eager to see the North African country, spokesman Perry Lungmus said. Each 13-day trip, titled "Libya: The Forbidden Sahara," is limited to 18 participants. Prices start at $6,995 per person, based on double occupancy. The itinerary takes travelers from Tripoli to the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Sabratha, Apollonia and Leptis Magna.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
April 4, 2013
Re "Justices ponder gay marriage," Editorial, April 2 Same-sex marriage has been overpoliticized and over-intellectualized. What we're really addressing is the question of whether there should be a law dictating what marriage is. Laws are generally made to keep bad things from happening to good people. In the case of gay marriage, the opponents say that legalizing same-sex unions will lead to heterosexual marriages being diminished. Those who oppose marriage equality deserve the benefit of the doubt; they should send letters to the Supreme Court documenting the thousands of traditional marriages that have been destroyed by gay marriage.
BUSINESS
December 5, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Coast Repertory recently held a special evening for Orange County's gay community. The Costa Mesa theater offered "Hay Fever," by gay playwright Noel Coward, followed by a Champagne reception with director William Ludel. The event was advertised in a publication that circulates in the gay community, and it drew a larger-than-usual crowd at the 500-seat theater.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian and Kathleen Hennessey
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.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2012 | By David Colker
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.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2011 | Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
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.
OPINION
October 20, 2008
How many adults would want to relive their high school years, a time too commonly pervaded with social posturing and rejection, taunts and even occasional assaults against teens who don't fit in? That's especially true for gay and lesbian teenagers, who are more likely to be bullied at school and play hooky out of pure dread of the place.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2001 | JOSH FRIEDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meyers Pride Value, a small Beverly Hills-based "socially directed" mutual fund that invests solely in gay-friendly companies, is about to have a coming-out party of sorts. Meyers Pride is being sold to Citizens Advisers Inc., one of the oldest money managers in the socially directed investing business, in a move expected to help the $15-million no-load fund expand its distribution. "Citizens gets a broader menu of products, and we get to focus on what we do best--managing money," said Shelly J.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2010 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
Bert and Ernie are not gay. In their 31 years on "Sesame Street," they've never marched in a Pride parade or plastered a rainbow sticker on Oscar the Grouch's trash can. Sesame Workshop has always contended that they're just friends who happen to live together and sleep side by side in well-tailored pajamas. And yet, because of a comment on "Sesame Street's" Twitter account, some are claiming that Bert is officially out of the closet. On June 11, the mono-browed Muppet tweeted about the premiere of the recent "A-Team" remake.
TRAVEL
June 6, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Six journeys to Libya After a five-year hiatus, Travcoa, a tour operator based in El Segundo that specializes in personalized luxury trips, will return to Libya in September with six journeys. For years the company has kept a wait list of clients eager to see the North African country, spokesman Perry Lungmus said. Each 13-day trip, titled "Libya: The Forbidden Sahara," is limited to 18 participants. Prices start at $6,995 per person, based on double occupancy. The itinerary takes travelers from Tripoli to the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Sabratha, Apollonia and Leptis Magna.
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