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At the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle this week, an enormous 800 square foot LGBT Pride flag was raised in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride.
Starbucks hold a ranking of 90 of 100 points with HRC. Their only short coming is
Does not offers equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care.
Seattle Pride Communications Director Adam McRoberts applauded the gesture in a press release:
“We are thrillled that Starbucks is showing their support for the LGBT community in this very big, very public way. The flag flying over their headquarters will welcome thousands of visitors coming to seattle to celebrate Pride this week and is a testament to the support Starbucks has shown the LGBT community over the years.”
HOT! One of Chicago’s top interior designer and event planners, Ramsey Jay Prince has set up a permanent shop, J PRINCE STUDIO, on North Broadway in Chicago, and has something for everyone.
But with the power in the internet and his sexy male models and clothes, orders are now coming in from around the country!
Has has shorts and tanktops, swimwear and sportswear – but its SEQUINS making everybody sparkle!
Sequined Hoods and Shorts are currently his top items. Fabrics are limited and always changing!
Check out whats online and call more for info, colors and sizes that are available right now!!
J Prince Studio
3744 N Broadway
Chicago IL 60613
Tuesday – Saturday : 11am – 7pm
Sunday and Monday by appointment only
You may want to eat these soaps… But Don’t!
For real though, these soaps smells divine. They are like a big comforting hug! Lots of oils and creative concoctions. Like the Tom Collins Scrub! Yes, based on the cocktail!
“We are two guys from Chicago who make amazing soaps and bath products! It all started when we decided to look at the ingredients of our commercial soaps & cleaning products. After some research we decided to rid our home of them and make our own. We learned that all you REALLY need to clean almost anything is some combination of soap and water. Logically, we began to make our own soaps, and it turns out, we are pretty good at it. Our friends started asking us to buy our REAL soaps to replace their commercial “soaps,” so we set up a shop on etsy and now you can too.
We use the traditional cold-process method to produce small-batch, handmade artisan soaps. To us, REAL means natural. We don’t use any dyes, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. Each bar is hand cut and cared for to bring you a personal, REAL experience.
If you want to try our REAL. soaps, you can order some here in our ETSY shop“
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Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, & Instagram! @realsoaps
A friend of mine told me about these, now I am hooked! MAGIC PADS! The Magic Pads is the world’s newest and most revolutionary product illuminating the road to perfect skin!
Using a unique blend of Glycolic and Salicylic Acids combined with Aloe and vitamin e. No fragrance, no parabens, no unnecessary nonsense.
The Magic Pads is designed to destroy acne, clear breakouts, smooth skin, PLUS they tighten pores, exfoliate, tone, clarify and fight aging as well as moisturize all is one swift swoop of the pad.
Little Goddess Cosmetics blogger said, “I had the pleasure of speaking with the creator of The Magic Pads, Rob Harmon (who besides being a skin care wizard, is also a makeup artist on the hit Broadway musical, Wicked) and when I asked him why he decided to create these, he basically said he wanted a product that worked without all the unnecessary ingredients and was affordable for the people who really needed it.
$20 a jar – well worth it!
December 1st marks the
25th observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is fittingly “Shared Responsibility:
Strengthening results for an AIDS-free generation.” More than 1.1 million people are
infected with HIV in the United States and 20% more may be infected without
knowing it. An
interactive map details reported diagnoses across
the country according to race, economics, gender and age. STD testing, prevention and education is
key in the fight against this epidemic.
ribbon lapel pin for AIDS awareness. This furthered Margo’s reputation
as a visionary, socially aware and iconic jewelry designer. Margo’s
sleek, versatile designs are elegant with an edge, captivating and sexy.
Her passion for inventiveness and signature “of the moment we live in”
comes through eloquently in every aspect of her jewelry. Visit
the new Margo Manhattan boutique on 88th and Madison and explore her
collections or commission a special piece for you or your loved ones.
cross-promotion with Joe Boxer via Draftfcb in Chicago—swaying their
sacks to chime out their own impressive version of the holiday standard.
That’s some musical junk right there. It caps an offbeat year for
agency and client, stretching from “Ship My Pants” through last week’s evil-filled “Boardroom” spot. Sometimes it’s just better to be on the naughty list.
Manna is Home of the best vegan organic
Gluten Free breads, vegan organic yeast-free sprouted breads, raw
organic trail mixes, artisan sourdough breads, organic nut butters,
organic Kale Chips and organic ingredients.
Manna Organics, LLC is a family owned and operated bakery. All products are vegan, kosher, organic and carefully hand-made. Their signature product is the fully sprouted MANNA BREAD®,
cake-like, free of salt, no oils, no sweeteners, no leavening agents.
Manna bread is moist and delicious, high in protein and fiber. Sold in
the USA and Canada, in the Frozen Foods section.
I LOVE the organic nut butters. These unique artisan spreads are handmade in small batches and are deliciously perfect right off the spoon. Coconut Cashew is my favorite!
Everyone has heard that KALE is good for you, but not everyone knows what to do with it. Fret no more! At Manna Organics, their kale chips are the most delectable solution to adding more nutrient-dense foods to your diet.
We love kale because it is high in iron, calcium, Vitamin A, K, and
C, as well as a powerful antioxidant boost and an anti-inflammatory
The highest quality organic, locally grown kale is lovingly mixed by hand with the purest ingredients.
So flavorful and satisfying, you will hardly be aware of anything but
how these kale chips nourish the body and delight the senses. Believe
us when we say these will become your new guilt-free addiction! Flavors like Mocha, Cheese, Curry and Pizza Margherita!
DID YOU KNOW…….
As of 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) developed national standards and started the National Organic Program http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop for organic food production and handling.
USDA Organic labeling is broken down into 4 subcategories.
- 100% Organic (contains 100% organic ingredients. E.g. a piece of fruit)
- Organic (Contains 95% or more organic ingredients)
- Made With Organic Ingredients (70% or more organic ingredients)
- < 70% Organic Ingredients ( < 70% organic ingredients)
All Manna Organics products contain between 95% and 100% organic and are therefore certified “Organic” by Quality Assurance International (QAI), which means that an organic certification organization, accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture, has validated that products labeled as “organic” meet the defined organic standards.
cool £15,500 GBP (approximately $24,943 USD) on a made-to-order basis.
Furthermore, Jeff Koons has designed limited edition Dom Perignon boxes,
pictured above, to celebrate his collaboration with the champagne
lot of collectors, people who are already involved with my work, will
give these as gifts to their friends.” A bargain when you consider the
recent news that Koons’s Balloon Dog is estimated to sell at auction this November for $35 to $55 million.
“Pasta und Liebe für alle!” (Pasta and love for all) reads the caption on the photo posted to Facebook (above). The company also spoke with Adweek:
“We just wanted to spread the news that Bertolli welcomes everyone, especially those with an empty stomach.”
Adweek notes that the company has produced gay-themed ads in the past.
of Italy’s biggest advertisers, and for many years has used the image of
a happy family living in an idealised version of the Italian
countryside, with the slogan: “Where there’s Barilla, there’s home.”
of respect but because we don’t agree with them. Ours is a classic
family where the woman plays a fundamental role,” Barilla, 55, said in
an interview with Radio 24 on Wednesday.
In the interview, Barilla said he opposed adoption by gay parents,
but was in favor of allowing gay marriage, which is not legal in Italy.
His comment about advertising was in response to a direct question about
whether he would ever feature a gay family in his company’s
If gays “like our pasta and our advertising, they’ll
eat our pasta, if they don’t like it then they will not eat it and they
will eat another brand,” he said.
Aurelio Mancuso, head of gay
rights group Equality Italia, said Barilla’s comments were an “offensive
provocation” and called for a boycott of the company’s pasta, sauces
“We accept the invitation from the Barilla owner to
not eat his pasta,” Mancuso said. Many Italians used social media to
voice support for a boycott.
JUST when you think you have heard it all! Wine and your favorite movie snack have joined forces (cue in
celebratory orchestra music) to bring you the perfect drunkie munchie
to sneak into your next movie outing.
This wine-infused popcorn is meant to be paired with the wine it’s made
with, which is probably a hint that you can’t get drunk off the popcorn
bars, Big Awesome Cookies, toffee, gourmet drinking chocolate, homemade
marshmallows & southern candied pecans from ShopSucre.com.
friends, and coworkers! Desserts and sweet treats that are handmade by
the best chocolatiers and nationally renowned Executive Chef Tariq
Sucré Sweet Boutiques and Confection Studio are located in New
Orleans, Louisiana and offer the definitive dessert and confection
Founded by Chef/Restaurateur/Entrepreneur Joel Dondis and pastry Chef
Tariq Hanna in 2007, Sucré has quickly become a cherished local
landmark in a city with a rich culinary history.
Sucré offers guests a variety of confectionary delights, all made in their New Orleans based confection studio. From French macaroons
to salted caramel cupcakes to petit red velvet cakes – each offering is
confectionary perfection. Gelato is homemade using first-cut Louisiana
cane sugar, milk from local dairies and the finest ingredients. Artisan chocolates are made celebrating local flavors such as the Blangé – a white chocolate ganache with banana and rum enrobed in white gourmet chocolate
or the Meuniére – brown butter folded into white chocolate ganache
enrobed in dark chocolate or the Chicory – New Orleans’ favorite coffee
folded into a dark chocolate ganache enrobed in dark chocolate. Hot drinking chocolate features homemade marshmallows flavored with Tahitian vanilla. Visitors to Sucré can stay to enjoy dessert or they can take home their own chocolate gifts.
If you’re in the mood to try some of the world’s best chocolate almond toffee,
let Sucré treat you to its delectable crunchy butter almond toffee,
enrobed in dark chocolate and adorned with delicate roasted almond
slivers. Go ahead; indulge your sweet tooth – without the guilt!
Discover what many New Orleans locals already know: Sucré Southern Candied Pecans
are an irresistible treat for any day of the week. Throw your own
unforgettable Mardi Gras party, wherever you live in the United States!
Just be sure that whoever gets the invite knows where to order their own
authentic, delicious king cake & macarons… right here at Sucré.
Sucré sees a bright future of growth in the expansion of the Sucré – A
Sweet Boutique concept in the New Orleans region and beyond, the
continued growth of Shop Sucre and the spread of the Sucré brand through gourmet stores across the country.
Pride is more than a day of parades and parties. Pride is something you live everyday and carry with you everywhere that you go.
And now you can show your pride every time you take out your wallet with
the CARD.com LGBT Pride Debit Visa card. The LGBT Pride Debit Visa card
gives you all the perks of both a credit card and a checking account –
but without the fees – regardless of your credit standing.
Use it wherever Visa is accepted, withdraw funds at thousands of ATMs,
conveniently load money with Western Union, PayPal, bank transfers,
MoneyPak, direct deposit of wages or federal benefits payments.
24/7/365, it’s always available whenever you need it. Your card gives
you everything you need, with no minimum balance or bank history
requirements, and your LGBT Pride Prepaid Debit Visa card is FDIC
insured for the full balance on the card with zero liability protection –
just like other credit products. Carry the card that affirms your
pride. The LGBT Pride Prepaid Visa Debit card from CARD.com.
for HIV-1 and HIV-2. It’s an oral swab test that doesn’t require blood.
It’s completely private. And it’s based on the same HIV test that
healthcare professionals have used since 2004.
learning your HIV status. Find out in just 20 minutes in the comfort and
privacy of your own home. The results are completely confidential.
response to fighting the HIV virus. No blood required. Healthcare
professionals have used oral tests for HIV since 2004.
Gunsmoke meets Tom of Finland!
If your mother comes to visit, these may not be sheets for her…
Vice Merchants, a rebelliously luxe bedding company, has released “Cowpokes,” a full line of sheets, pillowcases and throws aimed at gay men. Made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton, 400 thread count, fine Sateen bedding fabric, “Cowpokes” features a ranch scene of playfully undressed men engaging in acts of whimsical outdoor fun and farm work, while frolicking in the buff! Illustrated by K. Commodore, cows, horses and tractors further set the scene as hot men work hard and play hard in the foreground.
They are very high quality and soft, as me and my man, rolled around in the hay, on them this past weekend!
“We’re enthusiastic to expand our brand to cater to the gay community,” Jake Katz, president of Vice Merchants said. “’Cowpokes’ is a design unlike any other that allows gay men to spice up their bedroom in a subtle, yet enticing and playful manner. With these sheets, every night can feel like a sweaty day with the boys on the ranch.”
Vice Merchants is a company that believes your bedding should be as sexy and as much fun as bedtime activities. The company specializes in fine bedding that brings edgy, richly hued graphics created by illustrators.
They worked with Brooklyn-based artist K. Commodore has an M.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, to create these fun sheets. Her work is known for its insightful and witty look at human sexuality, and has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States and Europe.
When asked, What was the motivation behind the fun farm setting???
Artists Katie Commodoresaid,” We all got together to brainstorm the next pattern and decided to go with a traditional toile. My art has always been about usurping traditional mediums or styles and using them as a vehicle for portraying sexuality. So the idea of taking a traditional toile and using fun homoerotic imagery made perfect sense! Traditional toile, which first became fashionable in the 16th century, has images of pastoral scenes; what’s more pastoral than cowboys and farm hands???
She says that some other scenarios considered as well, “Oh Yes! Some of which we will make in the future! But there are only so many drawings I can work on at once!”
“Cowpokes” is available in all sheet sizes with prices ranging from $99 for a Twin Long Sheet set to $235 for a King Sheet set. The print is also available in duvet and sham sets, bed skirts, and throw pillows. A complete nine-piece bedding set can be purchased in Full for $399; Queen for $439; King (and California King) for $499.
You won’t find these at Macy’s but you can order them now, discreetly online. And they will be shipped in a plain brown box. VIce Merchants.
Legendary club kid, doll maker, makeup artist, costumer, and penis-sculpture enthusiast JoJo Baby costars with his clubbing companion, Sal-E, in Bernard Colbert’s lush new 12″ x 12″ coffee-table book Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e
For 17 years, Bernard has been perfecting his craft, working in the field of commercial and advertising photography.
‘In the vibrant community where I live and work, I find what I have
always been searching for- a sublime energy. Nightlife activity blends
with the arts and diversity of self expression abounds. Here, I can
freely pursue my dream: to document and celebrate that spark within,
which defines the unique nature of our human experience.’
performance artists JoJo Baby and Sal-E use their bodies as canvases to
become inspired and whimsical conceptual characters, executed with
expert skill using original, theatrical makeup and costumes. In more
than 100 portraits, photographer Bernard Colbert rigorously captures
these two performance artists in genius moments as psychedelic Hindi
gods, comic book villains, fantastical creatures, astronauts, and much,
Colbert’s stunning portraits document these delightful
transformations over a five-year period and are the same body of work
featured in the Clive Barker documentary titled JoJo Baby. Through
Colbert’s collaboration with JoJo and Sal, viewers can experience a
front row seat to an ongoing show which has been entertaining club goers
in Chicago for two decades. This is a portfolio for the visually
adventuress and fans of true creative vision.
Every Monday night, JoJo Baby with friend Sal-E have gone to work as
hosts of Chicago’s largest and longest running house-music dance party,
the Boom Boom Room, which is currently on hiatus from its usual location
at Green Dolphin St., 2220 N. Ashland Ave., while the building
undergoes renovation. It took the duo hours to prepare, and Colbert was
there every week to capture the endlessly entertaining process. He said
he usually only had 10 to 15 minutes to photograph them before they went
“Sometimes they would show up and I would look at what they were
wearing and try and quickly comprehend what they were up to, because
sometimes it’s high concept and it’s not obvious right away,” Colbert
said. “It’s interesting right away, but it’s like, ‘What the heck is
going on?’ So I scramble and try and make it happen.”
Colbert, who took courses in commercial photography at Columbia from
1989–1991, said he loves portrait photography and has been drawn to
performers such as models, musicians and athletes—people who are both
interesting and like being photographed.
The combination of unplanned imagination and spontaneity kept Colbert
continually inspired. He said the most successful images captured an
indescribable magic that would often occur.
“It was something that would elevate it from an interesting time to
really high art, and it’s something that fascinates me,” Colbert said.
“It feels elusive, but when you find that you can do it time and time
again, it’s really fun to keep trying to do it.”
“TASCHEN books are almost designed to be collectible.
It’s very common for a TASCHEN book to gain value almost instantly.”
Since the TASCHEN adventure began in 1980, it has been our goal to make
the greatest books in the world. Whatever the subject and whatever the
retail price—from $10 to $10,000—we strive to produce, design, and
package each of our books beautifully, with a great deal of care and
attention to detail. The collectors who buy a limited edition book early
on will have, in addition to a rare and exceptional book, the added
benefit of seeing their asset appreciate; our collector’s editions have
been known to have their value multiply, in some cases reaching ten
times their original price.
book. Of course, it was just a regular edition. Nothing super collectible. But I loved the titles and topics they published.
Lovers of beautiful books adore Taschen. A publisher of art books, Taschen
was created by Benedikt Taschen in 1980 in Cologne, Germany. It was
originally centered on comics only, when the then-18-year-old Taschen
found himself with an enormous collection of new, rare and collectible
comics, and decided to set up a (25 meters square) shop to display and
sell them. It went so well that by the end of the 1980s, Taschen titles
could be found in multiple languages at prices reasonable enough to make
art more accessible to everyone.
Now, 39 years after its inception, the company’s mission has long
been to publish innovative, beautifully designed art books at prices
that don’t alienate or limit the audience, and they have seven offices
employing over 150 staff. Taschen is well known for its abundant,
gorgeous coffee-table art books, its impressive selection of comics and
graphic novels, and for never shying away from potentially controversial
subject matter, sexuality in particular. While many of their
publications run to design, décor and artist profiles, many taboo or
underground artistic subjects like sexual fetishism and erotica have
been brought more into mainstream notice and availability thanks to
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people, and limited state protections, corporate America has taken the
lead on fair workplace policies. That sentence might make one say,
“Thank goodness for corporations,” but the truth is that it also puts a
burden on the LGBT consumer. We must seek out and support businesses that treat LGBT employees and their families with dignity and respect.
But how do we do that when businesses don’t post their employment
policies in their windows, and even if they did, who wants to read a
manual before walking into a store?
LGBT equality, and it’s only a click away. The Human Rights Campaign
Foundation publishes the Corporate Equality Index annually. The CEI
rates the entire Fortune 1,000, the AmLaw 200 (the nation’s top
law firms) and other businesses on their equal employment opportunity
policies, employee benefits, organizational LGBT competency and their
public commitment to equality and responsible corporate citizenship. An
easy search at hrc.org/cei will
show you exactly which companies have shown a commitment to their LGBT
workers, and just as importantly, which companies have failed this large
segment of the workforce.
For more than 4,000 years, coconut water has been revered as a natural
source of nutrition, wellness, beauty and hydration. In times of famine
and war, coconut water has been used as an intravenous fluid and saved
many lives. It’s the only natural substance that can be safely injected
into the human blood stream. Now modern science has validated its
effectiveness, especially as a natural sports drink.
ZICO contains the five electrolytes that support your body with what it needs to stay hydrated and perform at your best. One ZICO has more potassium than a banana – 15 times more than most sports drinks – to prevent cramping. Drink ZICO before or during a workout for the natural energy you need for optimal performance. After a workout, ZICO replenishes and re-hydrates you to aide recovery.
It comes in it’s natural form – and several cool flavors; like Chocolate, Pineapple and Mango.
ZICO Chocolate also
contains 30% less sugar than most flavored coconut waters and 60% less
sugar and calories than leading chocolate milks, making it great for the
whole family. Plus, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and a good source of
iron. Enjoy in a 14 oz bottle or mix in smoothies for an added treat. – I added a dash of milk to mine and added my protein powder after a workout and it was an awesome decadent chocolate smoothie!
On the Zico website, there are kinds of great recipes.
Look for it locally or buy it online