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Statement Regarding Puerto Vallarta Party Boat Sinking December 31 2020

Statement Regarding Puerto Vallarta Party Boat Sinking December 31 2020

PV Delice wishes to communicate the positive resolution of the tragic event on December 31, 2020, in relation to the sinking of one of our gay party boat cruises in Puerto Vallarta, where fortunately there were no injured lives or health problems to regret. The PV Delice Cruise company thanks the competent authorities for their support, also the crew for their great professionalism, the media for keeping the citizens and of course our clients informed in a timely manner for their trust and understanding. 

Please note that many news articles are incorrectly reporting the sinking ship was chartered by Jeffrey Sanker of White Party Palm Springs. Please use this article as confirmation that Jeffrey Sanker of White Party PV did not charter the ship that sank December 31, 2020 in Puerto Vallarta. PV Delice who chartered it is a separate weekly boat cruise tour that operates in Puerto Vallarta that is in no way affiliated with Jeffrey Sanker and White Party PV. 

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Gay Republican attends Mar-A-Lago maskless party & then blames media for his fiancé’s firing / LGBTQ Nation

Gay Republican attends Mar-A-Lago maskless party & then blames media

Congressional hopeful George Santos (left) and his fiancé (right) at the Mar-A-Lago New Year's event, as shared on Instagram

Congressional hopeful George Santos (left) and his fiancé (right) at the Mar-A-Lago New Year’s event, as shared on InstagramPhoto: Screenshot

Out gay Trump-supporter George Santos has expressed his dismay at a report that led to the termination of his fiancé. He claims he had to flee his home because it was revealed that Santos and his fiancé attended a mask-less New Year’s Eve event at Mar-A-Lago.

The report relied on Santos’ own social media posts as a citation.

Related: Watch a boat of gay protocol-skirting partygoers sink into the ocean “like the Titanic”

“My fiancé & I had to leave our home this evening with our 4 dogs thanks to the @nytimes publishing of my Instagram showing me attending the #MarALago New Year’s Eve party,” Santos wrote on Twitter.

“My fiancé a pharmacist who worked [12 hour, 7 days] of shifts for 9 months was fired! The violence against us is real.”

Santos further blamed the New York Times on Instagram for his and his unnamed fiancé’s newfound problems. “@Nytimes you have exposed my family to danger,” he wrote in a caption for a screenshot of his tweet, “…and have striped [sic] one of us of our livelihood! This is unAmerican [sic].”

The Mar-A-Lago New Year’s Eve party is a tradition that the Trump family started prior to becoming President. The event was not cancelled this year, even in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With more than 500 scheduled to attend, critics believed it was going to be a “superspreader” event — such as the ones that infected several in Republican Party, possibly including the President.

The report that Santos refers to, “Without Trump, or Masks, Mar-a-Lago Partied On,” was published online by the Times on New Year’s Day. The paper (among other outlets) scoured the social media posts of several attendees, and contacted some anonymously, and found that virtually zero guests wore masks throughout the gala.

Santos nor his fiancé were identified in the report by name, but Santos’ Instagram post was used as a source for the report’s description of the event’s menu.

At the event, Santos and his fiancé were all smiles. They posed for pictures with prominent “Trump World” figures like Rudy Giuliani and impressed billionaire heiress Andrea Catsimatidis, who chairs the Manhattan Republican Party.

Guests were charged approximately $1,000 to attend. The Trump children, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Vanilla Ice and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell were among those in attendance.

The President and First Lady, however, chose at the last moment not to show.

“It was unclear why Mr. Trump flew back to Washington,” the Times reported, although the Daily Mail believes he was “forced” to return to the White House to work on COVID-19 relief. Instead, President Trump tweeted into the new year, sharing videos from One America News Network (OANN) and election-related conspiracies through the night and early morning.

In November, Santos lost his election for a seat in Congress representing the 3rd District of New York state. If he had been elected, Santos would have been the first out LGBTQ Republican ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I think that this president has done more for the community than his predecessors,” Santos claimed in October. He was one of only two out candidates in the GOP to receive an endorsement from the Log Cabin Republicans, who endorsed several anti-LGBTQ politicians alongside him.

Santos presented himself as a far-right choice with a platform that included ending bail reform, increased funding for the police, less gun control, partial privatization of Social Security, and building a wall between Mexico and the U.S. His website says he supports marriage equality.

LGBTQ equality or protections against discrimination weren’t mentioned when he shared his platform on Ballotpedia, but preventing “churches and synagogues from ever being mandated upon by the government” was.

Santos claimed that he had been the victim of voter fraud and called on the “FBI,CIA,DOJ” to intervene on his behalf to stop “ILLEGAL VOTES.” Eventually, though, he conceded. He has already refiled to run again in 2022.

Early in 2020, during his campaign, Santos contracted COVID-19. He later told the Island Now that he “had probably the worst two weeks of my life as an adult.” Noting that he stayed with his fiance while quarantining, Santos added that “nobody would come near me thinking I was still viral.”

“That said, I survived coronavirus,” he boasted.

Santos did not clarify why he had to immediately vacate his home, why the Times was responsible for it, or what violence he faced as a result. The Times has not issued a response.

The Twitter world, however, was not merciful in response to Santos’ claims. Some replies assumed his fiancé was a woman, with one tweet saying “she deserves to be fired” for attending the gala.

Further criticisms of Santos’ actions were equally not as kind, even from other LGBTQ people. Journalist and Senior Advisor at the Justice Collaborative, Chris Geidner, replied on Twitter: “Wait, do I have this right?

“You’re a guy running for Congress, and you’re upset that the paper that covers your district is … covering your campaign-oriented Instagram account?”

Geidner later tweeted — after seeing some of Santos’ political positions — “I’m — Oh.”

Circuit party shut down by police after thousands of maskless men attend

circuit party in Rio de Janeiro

The circuit party was attended by 2,000 shirtless, maskless men. (G1)

A circuit party in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was shut down by police and firefighters after thousands of maskless men attended as the city’s COVID cases soar.

The Festa Revolution gay circuit party took place on Tuesday (29 December) at Faro Beach Club in the city’s Leblon district, on the same day that coronavirus deaths in Rio de Janeiro alone reached more than 14,600.

Around 2,000 people were packed on the dance floor and partying without masks when police burst in to shut the event down, having received complaints that the event was violating COVID-19 rules.

According to GloboNews, the organisers, Revolution Party, had said that all coronavirus safety protocols would be followed when they advertised the event, but none of the participants were wearing masks.

Some members of the LGBT+ community were shocked by the event, with one sharing a video of the thousands of party-goers on Twitter and writing: “My God! Look at the Coronafest that is happening RIGHT NOW in Rio!

“Revolution by Rosane Amaral [the promoter]. Won’t anyone do anything?”

According to Diario do Rio, Rio City Hall said the event had not been authorised, and that it was found to have breached three rules; it did not have a health license, social distancing was not implemented and masks were not used.

Another unauthorised party at the same venue had to be shut down in November, and now Faro Beach Club could face losing its license and closing down, and well as having to pay fines.

Vox journalist Alex Abad-Santos shared a video of the party being shut down and wrote: “Not the police shutting down the rio circuit party.”

“For the record I love dancing with shirtless homos,” he added. “I can’t wait to hang out with everyone at the big homosexual dance party when we’re all vaccinated in 2021.”

Revolution Party, however, has insisted it did nothing wrong. Writing on Instagram, the circuit party organisers insisted: “Faro Beach Club has all the licenses imposed by responsible bodies to operate LEGALLY.

“It is absurd to question the legality of the house without hard evidence. The event followed the required sanitary protocols such as temperature measurement and availability of hand sanitiser.

“Our legal department is taking care of all the news that is based on fallacies and that do not align with the truth.”

Naked Party / Queerty TV

Naked Party / Queerty TV

Michael and Michael get naked with strangers… what could possibly go wrong?

www.MichaelAndMichaelAreGay.com
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Created & Written by Michael J. Feldman and Michael Rachlis
Directed by Annika Kurnick & Ian Alda
DP/Editor: Russell Lee Cramer
Produced by Mikhail Makeyev

Co-Producers:
Malcolm Barrett, Russell Lee Cramer, Nunzio Fazio, and Annika Kurnick

Associate Producers: Fanny Pierre & Stuart Pomper

Edited by Russell Lee Cramer

Production Designer: Brianna Johnson

Stunt Coordinator: Aimee Jo Sears

Starring:
Michael Goldstein … Michael J. Feldman
Michael Rosenblatt … Michael Rachlis
Greg … Kit Williamson
Justin … Blake Cooper Griffin
Jason … Peter Stickles
George LeSass … Navaris Darson
Peter … Jimmy Fowlie
Chuck … Christian Lee Herrod
Darrin … Jared North
Spencer … Adrian Anchondo
Parasite Guy … Phil Walker
Friend of Parasite Guy … Jordon Sorenson
Partygoer Who Met Delta Burke … Michael Bernardi
Marvelous Mrs. Mazel Guy … Reginald Middleton
Defender of Blind Peter … Derek Ocampo
Other Defender of Blind Peter … Shane Billings

Naked Party Attendees: DeAndre Rashard, Andre Taylor, Randy Salviejo, Trevor Glenn Barber, Zackary Dean Gurnavage, Daniel Richard Flohr, Matthew Aaron Campbell, Eric Sarich, Luke Vinciguerra

First Assistant Director: Matt Marlin

Second Assistant Directors: Martin Elicea, Irina Storozhenko

First Assistant Camera: Walter Dandy

Second Assistant Camera: Raul Martinez

Steadicam Operator: Di Lio

Art Director: Amanda Hume

Costume Designer: Chanele Casaubon

Make-Up / Hair: AJ Bourque

Music Director / Sound Design / Sound Mixing: John Spiker and Nate Scott

Colorist: Russell Lee Cramer

Assistant Editor: Aristides Zamora

Sound Mixing / Boom Op: Corey Baker

Script Supervisor: Emily Blake

Gaffer: Alex Dumas

Key Grip: Ben Sherman

Best Boy Grip: Michael Gray

Best Boy Electric: Sydney Bennett

Grips: Casey Rich, Joseph Guttierez, Jim Lovaglio

Opening Titles: Mathew Francis

Theme Music
Lizzy Loeb, Christina Loeb, and Michael Garner
Courtesy of Desert Palms Music

End Credit Music: “Shake It” by Della Swiss

Production Assistants: Harrison Kemp, Michael Martino, Jamel Northern

Alternate Grip: Andy Bean

Craft Services: Debbie Jhoon

Set Photography & Videography: Alon Borten, Pat Sheehan
Daria Suvorova

Special Thanks
Robin Goldberg & Bruce Giuliano, Arnold Rachlis & Ruti Braier, Ronald & Shelley Feldman, Parv Cheena, Terri Bernardi, Erica Copeland, David Silverstone, Kevin Biegel, Jocelyn Towne, Peter Stickles & Michael Carbonaro, Benjamin Roth, Andrew & Amanda Weeks, Matthew Tevenan, Brandon Icarus & Jen Liu, Matthew Seidhoff & Rick Rankin, Theresa Rife, Fanny Pierre & Jess McKay, Frank Kwok, John Elder, Carlos Saavedra & Kevin Blanchette, Tina Huang & Mickey Pentecost, Faye Kolhonen, Chris Schmidt, Paul Grellong & Laura Stupsker, Stuart Pomper, Adam Rachlis, Debbie Jhoon, Dom Burgess, Seed & Spark, Velvet Green Music.

A PERCY RUTHERFORD PRODUCTION

Danika reviews Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen – The Lesbrary

Susan reviews The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia

Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

Codi is in a rut. She has two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, and they’ve been doing the same things since they became friends in the 6th grade. Now she’s 17, and she’s sick of sitting in the basement and watching movies. All three of them are determined to make a change this summer, and maybe get their first kisses (Codi is a lesbian, Martiza is bi, and JaKory is gay). The only problem is that Maritza and JaKory seem to still see the shy, homebody Codi that she was as a kid, and don’t seem to believe that she can be anyone different. When Maritza calls Codi, drunk, and begs her to pick her up from a party, Codi reluctantly agrees. She doesn’t expect to run into one of the “cool kids” kissing another guy in the shadows outside. Ricky asks Codi to not tell anyone about the kiss, and she is drawn into his friend group–including Lydia, who she immediately crushes on. Now Codi is having a whole different summer, with partying, drinking, and skinny-dipping–and not telling her best friends anything about it.

I had a bit of a conflicted relationship with this book. I love that it’s a queer YA book about friendship, including having a bunch of different queer friends. I don’t think we see enough stories where queer people are friends and not just love interests. Codi’s attitude is completely understandable: she feels trapped by her best friends’ expectations of her, so she breaks out of them and doesn’t let them in. At the same time, though, Maritza and JaKory both encourage her to break out of her rut and she refuses, but then she gets angry at them for thinking that she’s in a rut.

She also judges herself for not partying, being a “real” teenager. Maybe me being a 30 year old teacher hurt my enjoyment of this book, but I was frustrated by the idea that the only right way to be a teenager is to act out a teen movie. Maybe I’m defensive because I’ve never been a drinking or partying type. This isn’t a flaw in the writing: it is acknowledged later in the book that there is no one right way to be a teenager, and that you shouldn’t feel like you have to act out some image of being a teenager.

Mostly, I just found it painful to watch Codi make these long, drawn-out mistakes. Her motivation is understandable, and it’s believable, but watching her sabotage some of her most important and long-lasting relationships wasn’t fun, especially when they could be solved with a few conversations. Codi and her friends are all complex and flawed characters, which means that they do hurt each other and make mistakes. I just didn’t find it personally enjoyable to go through chapter after chapter of Codi lying (or lying by omission) to her best friends.

My favourite part was the romance. Codi and Lydia become closer as friends, and then we see that dance around each other of not knowing if the other is interested or even if they’re straight. It felt real to me, seeing the slow, nervous progression of their relationship, including misunderstandings. Codi’s flustered reactions are all-too-relatable. They also have sweet, meaningful conversations–just the kind of exchanges I’d expect from the beginnings of a flirtation between two teenage girls. Their romance was definitely what I enjoyed the most.

The ending felt a little neat to me, especially considering how messy and drawn-out the tensions were between so many characters. There’s a bit of a time jump to explain this, but even still, I would have liked to see this honest conversation earlier so that we had more time to deal with the fallout. I understand why lots of people enjoy this one: it’s a great friendship book, it has a sweet romance, and it looks at the expectations and social pressures of being a teenager. Unfortunately, that plot element of Codi continually choosing to mislead her best friends soured the reading experience for me.

Republican Party renews attacks on us just in time for pride

Republican Party renews attacks on us just in time for

“Gays for Trump” at rally in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday, May 7 (via NPR)

The Republican National Convention has announced its 2020 platform will feature renewed opposition to marriage equality, LGBTQ rights, and will endorse conversion therapy.

The New York Times reports that the tone-deaf announcement (which comes during pride month and during renewed queer activism in solidarity with Black Lives Matter) is a move to repackage the party’s 2016 platform as new, rather than adopting fresh positions. The move also comes at a time when the RNC has tried to promote Trump as the most pro-queer President in history.

The Times reports “The 2016 platform that is being renewed was the result of messy debates in Cleveland, the host city of the Republican convention four years ago, during which a group of renegade delegates tried but failed to strip out language opposing gay marriage and condoning conversion therapy for L.G.B.T.Q. youths.”

“The platform made a steadfast case against same-sex marriage and called for a constitutional amendment overturning the 2015 Supreme Court decision that struck down laws defining marriage between one man and one woman,” the Times also notes. “And it blames ‘the current President’ for seeking to expand workplace protections to include L.G.B.T.Q. people.”

via Queerty