The Overpass Bridges In Montrose Will Light Up Rainbow Monday Night For #Pulse And Pride Week In Houston
(HOUSTON) — The Montrose bridges turn rainbow tonight for remembrance of Pulse Nightclub shooting as the Houston-Montrose communities honor the victims.
The Montrose Management District has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2017 Pride season. “Our new LED bridge light system will shine as a colorful reminder that our community is enriched by the incredible diversity and freedom we celebrate year-round,” Claude Wynn, Chairman of the Montrose Management District said. “We are proud to recognize one of the many diverse groups who call Montrose their center.”
The seven Montrose bridges that span US 59 into Montrose will be lit in a multi-color display resembling rainbows. Tonight, the one-year anniversary for Pulse Nightclub, will be a solemn reminder of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
On June 18 the bridges will be relit in the same colors for eight days for Pride Week.
Equinox Celebrates Pride Month With Short Film Adding 26 Letters To LGBTQ+
It’s Pride around the U.S. and many national companies are sharing their LOVE for the LGBTQ+ communities
(NEW YORK) In celebration of Pride month, Equinox gym has released a new short film, “LGBTQAlphabet: Six Letters Will Never Be Enough,” that expands the definition of LGBTQ into a full alphabet with 26 distinct opportunities to proudly communicate who you are and how you love.
Equinox has been a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community and Pride around the world, but this year they wanted to make an even more powerful contribution. They worked with NYC’s LGBT Community Center to produce the short film. Take a peak at the video above.
Interlaced into it are voices from members of The Center, who express how they identify themselves in the queer community and as citizens in the world. 26 words, from Ally to Ze | Zir are brought to life in authentic, brave and meaningful ways.
The video is a continuation of Equinox’s “Commit to Something” narrative and further explores the theme of identity specifically reflecting the diversity of the LGBTQ community.
Palm Springs Gets Steamy For LGBT Summer Travelers! Legendary Playground Is A Paradise.
(PALM SPRINGS) Are you and the boys looking for a place to blow off steam this summer? Have you considered Palm Springs?
Since the 1920s, Palm Springs has been the desert playground for gay men. 50s-era stars like Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter made the town their second home because it allowed them to escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and enjoy sexual freedom without fear of being outed. It is that same sexual freedom that continues to be a popular draw for gay travelers today.
It used to be that things cooled off in the Springs during the hot summer months. Not anymore. “We’re keeping the party going through the off-season,” says Jon Jackson, owner of INNdulge, one of the area’s leading gay resorts. He and his partner purchased the hotel with its epic mountain views six years ago. Since then, they have made significant improvements to the property, including completely refurnishing the entire interior.
“There’s so much to do here. Tons of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. There are also golf courses, spas, and of course, the springs!”
Palm Springs is a hiker’s paradise with numerous hidden trails along the Coachella Valley. The shopping cannot be beat, with major retailers in Downtown Palm Springs and on El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert.
Days in Palm Springs are sultry while nights are balmy. To help beat the heat, Jackson chills the magnificent kidney-shaped pool at INNdulge during the hot summer months.
The pool is the centerpiece of his hotel’s impressive courtyard that features immaculately landscaped lawns and walkways with large modern figure sculptures by artist Mavis McClure.
“Our spontaneous midnight pool parties attract lots of sexy men from all over town,” Jackson says. “It probably helps that next to the pool is a 24-hour, 12-man keyhole whirlpool spa.”
The fact that INNdulge is a clothing optional resort probably helps lure guys in, too.
Beginning June 11, INNdulge is offering rooms for only $99. The deal is valid through September 15, Sunday-Thursday, in the hotel’s non-pool Superior rooms. Discounts on poolside rooms and weekend stays are also available. Visit their website.
Artist Raph Solo Releases New Music Video Titled Love Lives
(NEW YORK) Artist Raph Solo has released a brand new music video that shows a different side to the out artist. He dances! “It’s all very tongue-and cheek,” he laughs. “I hope fans like the choreography and chutzpah.”
In “Love Lives”, Raph Solo boldly declares that he is no less equal than any other person for who he is or who he loves.
“I have worked very hard to gain the self-respect and acceptance I enjoy today,” he explains. “It’s been a difficult journey but I’m finally at a point where I know that I don’t need anyone’s approval to feel comfortable in my own skin.”
Just a few years ago, Raph admits he fought his feelings for men and even underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure himself of his homosexuality. In the end, it was even more damaging to Solo and his self-esteem. “It made me feel like a failure because no matter how hard I tried, I could not change my feelings.”
“Love Lives” was written and produced by Raph. The song is an R&B, modern pop groove; melodic with an edgy tech feel. He says he wasn’t originally planning to release the song. He recorded it on his birthday as a special gift to himself. Ultimately, however, Raph felt its message was an important one and that it reflected his current state of artistry. “I wanted to take my sound onto the streets and into the clubs,” he says.
Born to Lebanese/Chilean parents on the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, West Africa, Raph Solo is a singer, songwriter and music producer. He has released three full-length albums, including last summer’s THE ANONYMOUS ICON, featuring “Star” and “Good Morning London”.
Today, Raph is a proud gay man in a loving relationship with an English man from the East Midlands who shares his core values and beliefs.
Raph Solo’s “Love Lives” is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Visit his website. Follow Raph Solo on Twitter and Facebook.