Category Archives: Gay Marriage

Gay New York Subway Art

Metropolitan Transit Authority
The 72nd Street mural by Vik Muniz

A new subway line in New York, features a gay couple on a mosaic mural at one of its stations.

The mural will feature at 72nd Street station, on the platform for the new Second Avenue subway line.

The mural has been created by artist Vik Muniz, and shows real-life couple Thor Stockman and Patrick Kellogg. They are included as part of the Brazilian-born artist’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ mural project.

A statement from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) described the project: ‘For 72nd Street, Vik Muniz photographed more than three dozen “characters” who represent all of the unique and quirky kinds of people one encounters on the subway.

‘These photographs have been re-created in mosaic and installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance areas, populating the station with colorful New Yorkers of all stripes.’

Muniz told Associated Press about his use of the gay couple: ‘They are just people you would expect to see … You would expect to see men holding hands.’  READ  MORE  ABOUT  IT  HERE!

Will Gays Support Chick Fil A in New York?

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Does a companies belief, for better  of  for worse,  have any influence on your spending??

For some people, they don’t care. For other people, it’s a big deal.

 

Chick-fil-A plans to open its first New York franchise this summer, with more locations to come as the once controversial fast-food chain makes good on its urban expansion plan.

Fast food chain Chick-fil-A found itself embroiled in controversy a few years ago after an executive made comments construed as anti-gay. Now the restaurant, known for a conservative heritage, has announced plans to open its first franchise restaurant in New York this summer as part of a major push into big liberal cities.

The Atlanta-based privately owned restaurant operator will open a 5,000-square store on Avenue of the Americas at 37th Street, a five-minute walk from the Empire State Building and about half a mile north of Manhattan’s Chelsea district, an area with a high concentration of gays.

Such a venture might have been unthinkable in 2012, when then-Chief Operating Officer and current CEO Dan Cathy, the son of the company’s deeply religious father, told a Christian news organization that Chick-fil-A supported “the biblical definition of the family unit” and later saying that marriage equality was “inviting God’s judgment” on the United States.

Later that year, activists staged same-sex kiss-ins at some of Chick-fil-A’s 1,600 restaurants around the country in protest.

In a move to step away from the controversy, Cathy said he would  leave the discussion of marriage equality to “the politicians” with his eye on the bigger prize for Chick-fil-A: big city markets. “The next big thing is urbanization,” Cathy, told USA Today last year.

Will you buy Chick Fil A ??

THE GAYS movie by T.S. Slaughter

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Campy, Vulgar and FUN!  The GAYS   have arrived!

Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had.

Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!

 

 

The film is New York City-based T.S. Slaughter’s new gay-themed dark comedy“The Gays” (USA, 2014, 73 minutes). “The Gays” is T.S.’s second feature film, following his campy horror comedy, Skull & Bones (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).

The tagline of “The Gays — “The family that gays together, stays together” — sums up Slaughter’s satirical take on television sitcoms and cartoons of past decades based on American nuclear families ranging from the normal to the bizarre. Some other key features of the film:

 

  • “The Gays” is twisted, irreverent, and raunchy, appealing at once to gay men ages 18-80, young urban hipsters, and fans of edgy indie cinema generally.
  • The film’s outlandish Christmas scene positions “The Gays” to become cult classic viewing – and an unusual gift – for the winter holidays.
  • All the music in the film is performed by the filmmakers and their associates——and some of it is brand new.  In fact, the theme song was composed specifically for “The Gays.”
  • Lead actors Chris Tanner (Bob Gay-Paris) and Frank Holliday (Rod Gay) have both been well-known visual artists in New York City since the 70s; moreover, back then they were actually boyfriends – 30 years before reuniting to portray a married couple in “The Gays.”
  • Both Chris Tanner and Eugene the Poogene (He-Suk) are regularly featured performers at New York City’s LaMama Experimental Theater Company.

 

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THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says Slaughter.

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Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.

— T. S. Slaughter

TheGaysMovie.com

Gay Couples Kissing in Churches Photo Exhibit in New York

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I do not go to church – but I love to look at them!  And I was always told,

In the United States, each state regulates photography restrictions. State and local regulations vary, but all photographers, amateur and professional, must comply with them.

 

Typically, photography in public places is permitted, unless special equipment that allows the photographer to take pictures of private locations is used. For example, you can take a photo in a public park, but you cannot stand in that park and use a telephoto lens to take a picture of people inside their home.

Privately-owned museums, shopping malls, tourist attractions and other businesses may restrict photography as they please. And usually it is posted if you can not take pictures.

HOWEVER, different countries can have different rules. And if the photos are to be used in a public way and not just for personal use, then permission is always required.

The kisses seen around the world are coming to New York.

Spanish artist Gonzalo Orquin’s controversial series “Si, Quiero” is taking up residency in Manhattan’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art on April 30.

Orquin shocked the Vatican last fall with his photos of gay, lesbian and straight couples kissing inside Catholic churches in and around Rome. The artist was forced to cover up the pieces after the Vatican threatened legal action.

It was disappointing turn of events for Orquin, who considers himself a faithful Catholic.

See the photos in SoHo  thru June  at

Manhattan’s Leslie-Lohman Museum

where they will be on display in the windows, for all to see!

See the rest at NY Daily News

Gay Wedding Giveaway in New York City

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Once the question is popped, every engaged couple knows that the follow-up they’ll have to answer is, “How did it happen?”.

Duane Street Hotel, a boutique hotel in Tribeca, wants to know too. The hotel’s new Facebook contest, will award one lucky couple an NYC wedding based on their engagement story.

The contest launched on Valentine’s Day and ends on March 31, 2014. Entrants are asked to submit their proposal story on Duane Street Hotel’s Facebook page for a chance to win a complete wedding package, which includes everything but the city hall ceremony itself.

“With the declaration of DOMA as unconstitutional, and our proximity to the Manhattan Marriage Bureau, we have gotten a lot more weddings lately, especially with LGBT couples,” said Nicolas Daeppen general manager of Duane Street Hotel. “With this contest, we want to promote how fabulous getting married at City Hall really can be.”

The winner of the contest will receive overnight accommodations at the Tribeca lifestyle hotel, sparkling champagne upon arrival, a gift box of 12 pastel heart almond pound cake petits fours from Duane Park Patisserie adorned with the couple’s initials, two “I Got Married in New York City” t-shirts and American breakfast for two in the morning.

For the actual ceremony, the winner can visit the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Duane Street Hotel is one of the closest hotels to the bureau, just five blocks away. Renovated in 2009, the bureau is adorned with chandeliers, modern furnishings, and marble pillars.

Duane Street Hotel, an Independent Collection hotel, is a TAG-approved hotel and a member of IGLTA. The contest’s prize is a modified version of the hotel’s newly launched “I Do NYC” package, which is available for purchase and targeted toward couples getting married at Manhattan Marriage Bureau.

You can enter to win here by 3/31.

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BRIDEGROOM MOVIE in New York October 4th

BRIDEGROOM is the MUST SEE  LGBT Movie of the year!
Winner of countless festival awards!

OPENING  OCTOBER  4TH  at   QUAD CINEMA

It started with a heart wrenching video that went viral overnight. On May 7, 2012, the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of
documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his
partner entitled “It Could Happen To You.” This film, posted on YouTube,
received over 3.4 million views and has been translated into over 20
different languages. The impact of Shane’s YouTube video and the raw
nerve it touched, tells us this is an important story that needs to be
told.

With the incredible support from influential people like Brad and George
Takei and Neil Patrick Harris
, Bridegroom was successfully funded on
July 19, 2012 by over 6,500 people on Kickstarter.com becoming the most
funded documentary in the history of crowd funding, and released in the
fall of 2013.

BRIDEGROOM is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that
tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving
and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically
short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened
after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections
of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is
poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage
equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

This
is really, on one level, a wonderful, sad, heart-breaking yet
exhilarating and life-affirming story, and on another level, it’s a
story
about our nation’s struggle to take one more step in forming a more
perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance,

said former President Bill Clinton of the film.

Shane  Crone also added “BRIDEGROOM
 is not about revenge or politics. It is a film about love,
forgiveness, and about finding the courage to be who you are when the
world says you shouldn’t. This is my fairy tale, and Tom is, and always
will be, my happy ending.”

BRING KLEENEX!

OWN IT!  Pre-order Bridegroom NOW!

BRIDEGROOM Official site
Bridegroom on Facebook

*OWN Network will premiere the movie October 27th!
THE STIRRING DOCUMENTARY
BRIDEGROOM TO BE AVAILABLE
FOR ALL NETFLIX MEMBERS IN LATE OCTOBER

New Jersey becomes 14th State for Gay Marriage

…14!!  A New Jersey judge ruled on Friday
that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry, saying that not
doing so deprives them of rights that were guaranteed by the United
States Supreme Court in June.

It is the first time a court has struck down a state’s refusal to
legalize same-sex marriage as a direct result of the Supreme Court
ruling, and with lawsuits pending in other states, it could presage
other successful challenges across the country.   
     The decision was a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who vetoed a bill
passed by the Legislature last year that would have allowed same-sex
couples to marry. His office said it would appeal to the state’s highest
court. And he is likely to seek a stay preventing same-sex marriages
from beginning on Oct. 21, as the judge ordered.

 

Read more at NY TIMES

TONIGHT! Boycott AMWAY at CITI Field

Citi Field is a stadium located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens.  BOYCOTT  AMWAY

Can Gay Marriage in New York Help Fight AIDS?

When same-sex relationships are valued, gay men will be less likely to engage in risky behavior

An HIV positive writer at New York Daily News said, “Research has already demonstrated that to curtail ongoing new HIV
infections, we must effectively merge behavioral and biomedical
approaches with changes in laws and policies that improve the lives of
gay men. Marriage equality is surely one such structural change that
will help us combat this disease.


With the overturning of DOMA, gay people can, more than ever, be truly
seen as equal and valued by others. Consequently, we will also see more
value in ourselves — something we do not talk about enough in the larger
LGBT community, but is a reality we must acknowledge in fighting HIV.”

Read more: By Perry Halkitis

Gay Marriage Bureau Takeover in New York City

This is pretty cool!   40+  years  ago….June 4, 1971. Less than two years after the Stonewall uprising, a group of men and women from the Gay Activists Alliance
(GAA) walked into the New York City Marriage License Bureau carrying
coffee urns and boxes of cake to hold an engagement party for two male
couples and to protest the “slander” of City Clerk Herman Katz, who had
threatened legal action against same-sex “holy unions” being performed
— yes, already then, in 1971 — by the Church of the Beloved Disciple,
which had a largely gay congregation.
There was a great article with some awesome vintage video yesterday at the Atlantic!
 

Marriage Equality Rally Sunday March 24th, 2013

Next week,  the Supreme Court will hold historic hearings on
DOMA and Proposition 8.
These cases – which
challenge the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
and California’s Proposition 8 – are fundamentally about whether LGBT
Americans can enjoy the same freedoms and opportunities as everyone
else.

March 24, 25,  26 and 27, there will be rallies happening around the US.

 In New York, there is a march this weekend, on Sunday March 24 starting at 1 pm:

On Sunday, March 24, marriage equality
supporters will march from the historic Stonewall Inn to Washington
Square Park
to express support and solidarity with those who fight for
marriage equality across the country, and especially before the Supreme
Court. At Washington Square Park, supporters will rally for freedom for
everyone—including our gay and lesbian family members, friends,
co-workers, and neighbors. The rally will feature flag dancers, singers,
and speeches.

Marriage Equality USA, GLAAD, Gay Men’s
Health Crisis, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Stonewall Democrats of
New York City, Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Democratic
Leadership for the 21st Century, Equality Beyond Gender, New York State
Democrats, NYC for Action, Dignity New York, Chelsea/West Village for
Change,The Bronx LGBTQ Center, Heritage Of Pride, Henrietta Hudson,The
LGBT Community Center, Manhattan Young Democrats, LAMBDA Legal, Brooklyn
Community Pride Center, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn,
Greater NYC for change, Shelter of Peace, Congregation Beit Simchat
Torah, Camp Highlight, Democracy for New York City, NYU Law Democrats,
Democracy for America, Empire State Pride Agenda, The Queens Pride
Center, The Anti-Violence Project, AM 1600 WWRL, Imperial Court of New
York, Montclair State University LGBT Center, Middle Collegiate Church,
JQY, The Global Gender and Sexuality Project at The New School and The
Stonewall Inn are together for this one.

March
from Stonewall to Washington Square Park to Strike down DOMA and send a
message to the Supreme Court that all marriages are equal!!
ALSO   TUESDAY  MARCH   26th
Inter Faith Rally   5pm.  57 Bethune Street, the courtyard (West Village)
This is the second night
of Passover. We hope that the early hour it is being held will allow
anyone attending a seder the ability to do both.
 Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

Gay Couple to Film Movie about Abandoned Baby on the Subway

Imagine seeing an abandoned baby laying in a subway station?!

The New York Times
warmed hearts around the web  last Thursday, when it published the
first-person account of a gay couple who found a day-old infant in a
subway station, took the baby home, and ended up adopting and raising
the boy. 

Screenwriter Peter Mercurio opens his story, FOUND,  with a scene
from  his wedding to his husband Danny, a social worker, last July,
noting that their son, Kevin, was proudly standing beside his dads as
they tied the knot. But the story began 12 years earlier, writes
Mercurio.

Danny Stewart found the baby boy in a New York City subway station in
August 2000, according to The New York Times. He has described how he
found what he believed to be a doll abandoned on a stairway in a subway
station. However, upon closer inspection he realized it was a living
breathing baby boy.

“Danny called me that day, frantic,” recounts Mercurio.
“‘I found a baby!’ he shouted. ‘I called 911, but I don’t think they
believed me. No one’s coming. I don’t want to leave the baby alone. Get
down here and flag down a police car or something.’ By nature Danny is a
remarkably calm person, so when I felt his heart pounding through the
phone line, I knew I had to run.”

“When I got to the A/C/E subway exit on Eighth Avenue,
Danny was still there, waiting for help to arrive. The baby, who had
been left on the ground in a corner behind the turnstiles, was
light-brown skinned and quiet, probably about a day old, wrapped in an
oversize black sweatshirt.

Later that year, the future of the baby was being discussed in court,
and Stewart was asked to appear to testify about the circumstances of
finding the baby.

However, as proceedings continued the judge suddenly asked, “Would you be interested in adopting this baby?”

Even
though Stewart was put on the spot and had not asked his partner, he
replied in the affirmative to the judge. Later he would tell Mercurio
about what he had agreed to, and his partner was initially furious about
not being consulted about such a decision.

However, the couple
soon realized that this could be their only chance to adopt a baby
together, and they agreed to push forward to adopt the baby boy.

In
an amazing twist, the couple was authorized and given custody of the
child with just 36 hours notice, and they were living together before Christmas that year.

The
couple renamed the boy Kevin – he was initially named “Baby ACE” as he
was found at a subway station connecting the A, C and E lines.

Twelve years later, in 2011, the couple decided to participate in a wedding ceremony after gay marriage
was legalized in New York state. The couple contacted the judge who had
granted them custody of Kevin more than a decade before, asking her to
officiate their wedding – to which she immediately agreed.

Mercurio, a playwright, is now turning their story into a new film called “Found.”

Read More at Advocate and Christian Post

Hottie Sam Champion to Marry Rubem Robierd New Years Eve in New York City

Exciting news for “Good Morning America” personality Sam Champion —
he’s set to tie the knot with longtime boyfriend Rubem Robierb New Years Eve in New York City.

The New York Times broke the news
of the weather anchor’s engagement in October  subtly, in a story about
MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts’ wedding to Patrick Abner, which took place
Sept. 29 in New York. “We’re getting married New Year’s Eve in Miami,”
Champion, 51, told the Times.

Added Robierb, a Brazilian-born photographer: “We’ll do it [in New York] officially, and then have a party in Miami.”

In what could be seen as the continuation in a trend of public figures subtly coming out, the Times also reports that it was Champion’s first public acknowledgement of his sexuality.

In October, when first announced, EVERYONE was sending the couple congrats!  It is such a great time to be witnessing right now – this wonderful acceptance of marriage equality!!

After the announcement, congratulations and well wishes began to come in via Twitter.

ABC News’ President Ben Sherwood (@SherwoodBen) tweeted Congratulations @SamChampion & Rubem Robeirb — thrilled for both of you — wishing the very best.

George Stephanopoulos (@GStephanopoulos): So
happy for you @SamChampion – A big family hug
from me, @AliEWentworth and the girls!

Josh Elliot (‏@JoshElliottABC): Congrats, to the best
friend and colleague imaginable….

Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer): and everybody here
celebrating Sam’s happiness

Dan Abrams (@danabrams): Congrats
to @samchampion
on his upcoming wedding! Nice to see great things happen to great people.

Bill Ritter (‏@billritter7): l@SamChampion love you sammy.. mazel
tov!

ABC News 7 anchor Liz Cho (@LizCho7): Mazel Tov! So thrilled for you and Rubem.

Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga): Congratulations Sam!!

John Berman ( ): Mazel Tov!! All the best 2 u both!

GLAAD (@glaad): Congrats
to @SamChampion
of @GMA
on his engagement to Rubem Robierb! http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-congratulates-abcs-sam-champion-his-engagement
@ABC

Eyewitness News (@eyewitnessnyc): WABC-TV
would like to congratulate @SamChampion and Rubem Robierb on
their engagement!They plan to wed later this year

Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts): Hey
@SamChampion
congrats to YOU and Rubem – can’t wait to dance at your wedding. Love ya buddy!
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/fashion/weddings/patrick-abner-and-thomas-roberts-vows.html?ref=weddings  

Gay Marriage Brought $259 Million to New York City in 1 Year!

One year after passing the Marriage Equality Act, which allows gay
couples to legally marry, New York City has made an estimated $259
million off marriage license applications, money spent by out-of-city
guests on hotel rooms and the wedding industry in general, the Huffington Post reported. 

In a statement regarding the recent economic impact report, Mayor
Bloomberg said: “Marriage equality has made our city more open,
inclusive and free – and it has also helped to create jobs and support
our economy. New York has always been a great place to get married and
since the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, we’re welcoming more and
more couples, their families and friends from around the country and
the world.”

According to Bloomberg news,
at least 8,200 gay-marriage licenses were issued in New York,
accounting for more than 10 percent of the 75,000 wedding licenses
issued in the city in the past year.

Read more and watch the video of New York City council member Christine Quinn shared marrying her partner.

New York Couple for Toronto Gay Pride Parade Wedding

Tourism Toronto and Pride Toronto are hosting a New York City based contest, marrying one lucky LGBTQ couple during Toronto’s 2012 Pride Festival.

 

Toronto’s Pride Festival is among the largest in the world, attracting an estimated one million people with visitors from all over the globe. This year’s festival starts on June 22 and concludes with the marquee event, the Toronto Pride Parade, on July 1. The winning couple will receive an exclusive wedding gift from Tourism Toronto, including two round trip Executive Class airline tickets from New York City to Toronto on Air Canada, wedding attire, hotel accommodations at the luxurious Windsor Arms Hotel, ground transfers, marriage ceremony as part of the Pride Parade, and more, valued at more than $20,000.

If you and your partner want to be the ones saying, “I do,” on a float at
the Toronto Pride Parade, then take a photo on top of the giant wedding cake
at 166 8th Avenue in New York from June 1-3, 11am-11pm to enter.

 

“Toronto is the first jurisdiction in North America to conduct same sex marriages and continues to be one of the hottest destinations for gay couples,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. “We are proud of the decade long legacy of gay marriage in Toronto.” Kevin Beaulieu, Executive Director, Pride Toronto said “Pride Toronto is pleased to once again partner with Tourism Toronto inviting people to join us in Canada’s largest celebration of LGBTQ history, courage, and diversity. Our marketing partnership with Tourism Toronto is building momentum in out of town markets as we move towards our World Pride celebrations in 2014.”

If you know someone in NEW YORK interested, TELL THEM!

New York Gay Couple Dies Just Weeks Apart

You have no doubt heard the expression, died of broken heart….
you never know if it is true? or a coincidence?

When same-sex marriage
became legal in New York last year, Chris Alexander (pictured)  married Shaun O’Brien, the
celebrated character dancer with the New York City Ballet.

They had been
together for more than 60 years and died less than two weeks apart —
Mr. Alexander on March 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at age 92;
 —  Mr.
O’Brien on Feb. 23 at 86.
They shared a Victorian house in Saratoga
Springs.

“If there is a cause of death, it’s a broken heart,” his friend Jane
Klain said in confirming Mr. Alexander’s death. “It’s as simple as
that.”

Mr. Alexander, who left no immediate survivors, had lived with Mr.
O’Brien in Saratoga Springs since 1993.

 Each afternoon at 4:30 they had
an ice cream party.
How sweet is that?!

   

Royal Asscher LGBT Night of Diamonds and Champagne March 29

Diamonds and Champagne (and Vodka!) event.

        
THURSDAY    March 29, 2012.

Royal Asscher of America

           10 West 46th Street, Suite 1005

Spring is in the air is so is gay marriage, right?

During the event, view  diamond collections  and sip on  a drink (or two;).

As a
company, Royal Asscher has been an advocate for many important causes and they embrace the gay community and show their  support for gay rights and
especially gay marriage, which is  the theme of this  event
.

RSVP   here…ROYALASSCHER

VLADA is New and Improved

 Hello New York!

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you the many excited things coming up at Vlada Lounge, but first let me thank you for being a loyal customer for the last 6 years and making Vlada the best vodka bar in NYC (New York Magazine, Best Of New York issue). I believe you will be excited to learn what our little Russian elves have been up to and the ways in which Vlada is expanding for the new 2012/2013 season.

 

Much like Lindsay Lohan (girl, did you see her on SNL?!) we have given Vlada a face lift: classy new furniture, a fantastic staff comprised of some of the sexiest, smartest, and talented men in New York, and added new flavors to our extensive, home-made, organic, infused vodka menu. All in all, I’d say we pulled it off better than she did. To continue with the Russian theme, we have made some delicious additions to our food menu. Be sure to try some of my favorites: Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev, Siberian Pelmeni, Poached Salmon, Blini with Caviar, and several Traditional Russian Salads created by the award winning, original chef from the Russian Samovar. Check out photos of the new menu here.


 

As owner of the only Authentic Russian Gay Bar outside of Moscow, equality for the gay community has always been my highest priority. Minutes after the gay marriage law passed in New York I became an Ordained Minister so I could marry same sex couples at our beautiful and elegant upstairs event space. We’ve had many successful and beautiful ceremonies in 2011 and I anticipate many more to come! Please email vlada@ministervlada.com if you or someone you know is looking to tie the knot in a memorable way. We have also expanded into highend catering, so we are able to fulfill any and all requests for parties of any size. Please email vlada@vvscatering.com for all catering inquiries.

 

You can also take advantage of our all new upstairs for private events of all shapes and sizes! From fundraisers to birthday parties to Russian language classes, our upstairs is ideal for your party. The space comes with its own private floor, ipod connection and CD players, projector, piano, available microphones, artwork from community artists, and much more! Email billy@vladaloungeny.com or ernie@vladaloungeny.com to set up your event today. Centrally located at 331 West 51st street (Between 8th and 9th avenue), we’re a short walk from the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, and R trains, and close enough to have a drink at 7:45 PM and still make the entr’acte at Wicked.

 

For a limited time we are offering a 20% discount on our select services to make your experience even more memorable. Call Billy, Ernie, or Vlada Von Shats at 212-974-8030 and let’s have a meaningful date (we like to cuddle).

 

Peace & Love,

Vlada Von Shats

Billy Hannon, Jr.

Ernie Cote

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New York Gay Couple get Letter from Obama

Apparently President Obama sent Matt Katz and his husband a letter after they were married, congratulating him. The letter is on Matt’s Facebook page.

Buzzfeed writes:

They have no idea why they received the card.

Matt says, “I’m not sure why the letter
got sent to us. Aaron and I were married on July 24th at Borough Hall.
However, we had our wedding ceremony on July 23rd at my dad’s house the
day before. Maybe word got out that we were outlaws for a day
?”

It will be interesting to see if more letters surface….


Party at Priscilla with their unique Concierge Services

THIS PAST JUNE, New York rejoiced and celebrated the passing of the legalization of Gay Marriage!

At Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, at the Palace Theatre, one evening after a performance, a young man and his boyfriend took the stage. Clutching the mic,
voice and hands trembling, Yuri Rodriguez attempted a speech. “Ever
since I met you,” he said, “I’ve never been happier and I’ve never felt
so much love and—”

Rather than gush further, Mr. Rodriguez fell to one knee and whipped
out a ring. He had been nervous, he explained last week, not just that
Stephen Troiano might decline his proposal but that “somebody in the
audience might yell something stupid.” He had nothing to fear. The
crowd went mad, and roared with applause!

This summer, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert began offering a
series of wedding packages through its “concierge service.”
  How cool is that?!  For a
nominal fee, couples can arrange on-stage engagements, wedding
receptions, bachelorette parties or a “dance-on” cameo at the top of the
second act.

PRISCILLA has proved they are much more than just a play.
It’s a party. It’s a celebration!

Make it a proposal to remember... Take your honey up on stage after the
show and pop the question in front of the cast and audience! At
PRISCILLA, we’re all about the grand gestures!

Start married life off in style! Every Monday, newly hitched couples can
make their Broadway debut together with featured “dance-on” roles
during a number in PRISCILLA’s 2nd Act.

Book a Holiday Party at Priscilla.

Add a cast album for each member of your party for only $10 per person.

Make your group look a bit more glam with feather boas for $3 per person.

Holiday Cheer – Group members get drink tickets at $10 per drink, per person, with $9 refills.

There are lots of ways to make your event special.  Check out the amazing and talented Concierge Services at Priscilla!

Maybe I can propose to Nick Adams……..

Priscilla on Broadway 

Priscilla Concierge Services