Our friend Bishop V. Gene Robinson received wonderful coverage in the NYT yesterday, but get to know the first openly gay bishop much better from our profile.
Just as bad management can ruin a branch of the finest hotel, airline, or restaurant group, it can cause damage within what some regard as the biggest business of them all: organized religion. Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who could be dubbed a regional manager (of the Episcopal Church, specifically), is doing his part to re-brand his institution and reach out to those alienated by experiences with bad management.
“What I love is I get a chance to talk to LGBT people who have been treated horribly by the church or mosque or synagogue or whatever, and say, ‘Give God another chance,’” he shares. “God hasn’t gotten this wrong. The church has—just as it got slavery wrong, using scripture to justify slavery and the denigration and subjugation of women. So I get to say to people give God another chance. And, oh, by the way, the church or mosque you left because of how they treated you may not be the one that’s there now because we’re growing and changing, too, and you can find a welcoming place.” (…)
Travel Warning: Indonesia
Two US based hotels bombed in Jakarta, the Marriott and Ritz Carlton. Eight people are reported dead while 50 injured. Of these, 18 were foreigners, according the AP. The US has not updated their travel advisories, but the Australian and New Zealand governments have.
“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Indonesia due to the very high threat of terrorist attack,” the Australian Foreign Ministry said on its Web site. Those in Indonesia were warned to exercise “extreme caution.”
Before you travel, be sure to check the US Bureau of Consular Affairs website which provides the most up-to-date travel advisories.
Congratulations VIP Bryan Batt
Congratulations to the cast of Mad Men for their impressive 16 Emmy nominations. Of course we have to make any excuse we can to post a photo of our super dreamy August VIP Bryan Batt.
“Nobody peered into the crystal ball and saw how huge a hit AMC’s Mad Men was going to be…especially not the cast, who love doing this scrappy, quirky TV show about 1960’s Manhattan advertising movers and shakers (and those that support them). Bryan Batt, who plays closeted art director Salvatore Romano, is a standout among a superb ensemble. The charismatic, out actor was already familiar to Broadway audiences from treading the boards in Beauty and the Beast and Jeffrey (the filmed version of which allowed him to reprise his role as Darius), Seussical, and Forbidden Broadway among several others. When he’s not working in New York or LA, Bryan and his partner Tom Cianfichi oversee their unique New Orleans housewares shop on Magazine Street called Hazelnut (www.hazelnutneworleans.com). On hiatus before Mad Men’s season three, Bryan chatted with us in the VIP Lounge.” (…)
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Asbury Park: Road Trip 8
Currently it is 87°F in New York City with 50% humidity. As we leave the office, board our trains and busses home to our not air conditioned apartments, we may question why we live in this city. Pondering this urban dilemma, we’ll remember that it’s summer. Summers are happy. Time for the beach, boys, and Slurpees and what better place than New Jersey to get all these fine July accessories. This weekend, tri-state area gays flock south to Asbury Park, New Jersey for their infamous Road Trip 8 party. Asbury has quite a rough history. It was once the queen of East Coast resort towns, but after some bad luck, it looked more like a vacant lot, rather than a tourist destination. Today, with the help of some homo-fication, it is bouncing back to its former self. Gay-owned business like the “Campy…Sexy…Cool…” novelty store Etc, and a sleuth of new gay bars like Paradise and Georgie’s have brought new life and energy to the area.
Nothing embodies the city’s revival quite like the Road Trip party. The three-day party attracts a diverse group of gays and lesbians. Guidos, skaters, and muscle heads party side by side at the weekends most popular events. The Friday kick-off party Lost at Sea and the fashion show hosted by Amanda Lepore are musts. Recover on Saturday on the beach and when the hangover is just about gone, the party Dance on the Beach starts at 7 P.M. Don’t Leave to Early on Sunday, stick around for the tea dance.
How to go:
Take the NJ Transit train from New York Penn Station. Travel to the Asbury Park Station. Will take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Where to Stay:
Mikell’s Big House Bed and Breakfast this gay-friendly hotel is not your average bed and breakfast. Modern interior with large rooms and as the website promises, “No Doilies!” Weekend packages range from $160-$260.
Hotel Tides epitomizes the rebirth of Asbury Park. Any gay visitor will take delight in the beautifully renovated hotel. Enjoy an art gallery, pool, restaurant, and spa. Rooms range from $950$295
For more gay happenings in Asbury Park check out their gay travel website, Gay Asbury Park.
Pull up a beach chair, pour a refreshing frozen margarita, and enjoy this song. Afterward, give in and book an amazing tropical getaway. How about a relaxing trip to Puerto Vallarta?
Hotels Not to PASS Up
Stockholm’s first boutique hotel, Hotel Rival, continues to show that it is still a force to be reckoned with in this thriving Scandinavian city. The interior is so chic, it is hard to stop gawking at all the details. Admire everything from the light-up bathroom handles to the terracotta pots purchased from an exhibit at the Millesgården. (Carl Milles’ famous home.) Rich reds add a sense of sophistication and combined with ultra-modern art creates a fresh, youthful feel to the 99-room hotel. With band performances, shows, dances, a cocktail lounge, and a killer bistro, the hotel in itself rivals Stockholm’s energy.
What brings the hotel Rival to our attention now? Check out the talented staff of the hotel welcome you to the website with a riveting performance of our new favorite song “2nd Best to None.” Another way of utilizing an attractive staff. We wonder if they took some advice from our friends at Air New Zealand .
11891 Stockholm, Sweden
TEL: +46 8 545 789 00
Summer Prices – $102-$147
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