The largest and longest running LGBT Expo in the world, founded in 1993, celebrates diversity in business, education, politics, the arts, health, technology, media, travel, and non-profit sectors and of course Connextions Magazine will return as a Proud Sponsor!
The Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY will be transformed on March 12 & 13, 2016. The event features over 300 exhibiting companies, many of which are LGBT owned and operated, an engaging seminar series, live entertainment stage, LGBT Film series and much more! The 100,000+ square foot show floor also spotlights specific areas dedicated to some of the most most popular industries catering to the LGBT community including the Silvercar.com Travel Pavilion, Wedding Pavilion, Small Business Pavilion, Non-Profit Pavilion and the all new Family Pavilion.
Created for attendees of all ages and types this is a once a year event that should not be missed. Attendees have the option of two ticket levels, general admission and VIP admission. We like to say, general admission gets you into the event, VIP makes you a part of it! For a full description and breakdown of ticket types, and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Children under the age of 12 are free.
Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001.
NYC Up And Out ( a division of Connextions Magazine) is giving away tickets to attend this event - click here to enter contest - good luck!
Superstar Constantine Maroulis, star of “American Idol” and the Broadway smash “Rock of Ages,” joins the list of incredible performers at the Original LGBT Expo (http://thelgbtexpo.com), the nation’s largest and longest-running LGBT convention, coming to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, March 12th and 13th, representing BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE.
Constantine is appearing on behalf of BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE (http://broadwaysingsforpride.com), an LGBT-Broadway non for profit group which educates the public, raise awareness of the needs of LGBTQ youth, and support these young people so that they may reach their full potential through song.
A native of the area, Constantine first rose to rock star status in the fourth season of “American Idol.” After his run on the show ended in 2005, his music career continued to soar with his acclaimed starring role in the Broadway hit, “Rock of Ages,” which also earned him a Tony Award nomination. He has also appeared in musical productions of “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Rent,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Maroulis, who recently returned to “American Idol” in this, its final season, as a mentor, is headlining the main stage at the LGBT Expo on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm.
"I love my LGBT community and our fight for equal human civil rights,” said Maroulis who is appearing in support ofBroadway Sings For Pride. “I am very proud to stand with the LGBT community and support this amazing event."
“We’re really excited to have Constantine perform at the event,” added Jay Handy, Director of the LGBT Expo. “We’ve been huge fans since his first appearance on ‘American Idol,’ and are very proud to have him showing his support for the LGBT community.”
Maroulis is just one of many top performers from Broadway and beyond performing at the 23rd edition for the nation’s longest running LGBT event. The Original LGBT Expo’s entertainment stage is packed with a diverse and incredible list of performers. Joining Constantine on the schedule are top names from music, comedy and more, such as Niki Darling, Lovari, Lady Clover Honey, Paul Hallasy, Aris, Quanna, The Mighty JSE, T-Boy, Bebe Sweetbriar, Devonde, Ron B., Carmela Cann, Aaron Paul, Destiny Devine, and many others. All of these great acts are included free in every admission for all to enjoy.
A full schedule can be found at http://thelgbtexpo.com/schedule.
Following the massive success of the first drag convention in HERstory, RuPaul’s DragCon returns to Los Angeles Convention Center on May 7 & 8, 2016.
Tens of thousands are expected to attend this glitter-filled weekend that celebrates the art of drag and self-expression for all.
To accommodate the growing demand, floor space at DragCon will be tripled as compared to last May’s inaugural event.
Spearheaded by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, RuPaul’s DragCon provides a platform for fans – of all ages and backgrounds – to meet and interact with world-renowned celebrities and icons in a friendly and accessible environment.
The convention will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors, panel discussions, screenings, autographs, and photo opportunities.
Plus, attendees can shop ‘til they drop on a floor full of unique and custom shoes, apparel, art and many other fabulous products.
In addition to booths on the convention floor, there will be a wide range of programming, including, Q&A sessions with drag stars and icons, lip sync contests, drag herstory discussion groups, and fashion, make-up and styling work shops, for men and women.
“RuPaul’s DragCon is the place to find your tribe,” said RuPaul. “For all the super creative and super sensitive people out there who live in a world that says that you’re too much or that you don't fit in, DragCon says ‘Welcome home, baby.’”
“Entering its eighth season, RuPaul’s Drag Race is about to unleash it’s 100th drag queen contestant to the world. The intensity and loyalty of the fan base continues to explode,” said World of Wonder co-founder, Fenton Bailey. “RuPaul’s DragCon is the direct result of the fans demand for more, more, more!”
“The biggest surprise from last year’s DragCon was how much of a family event it is. Whether your family is San Francisco’s legendary drag group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, or you’re a tween girl superfan visiting with your Mom & Dad, there’s something for everybody at RuPaul’s DragCon,” said World of Wonder co-founder, Randy Barbato.
Tickets are currently on sale at RuPaulsDragCon.com starting at $50. VIP Experience tickets are also on sale. Fans can purchase photos and autographs at the show. For more info follow DragCon @RuPaulsDragCon, or Facebook.
About RuPaulRuPaul skyrocketed to international fame with the release of the album Supermodel of the World, which was followed by roles in over 50 films and television sitcoms, the host of The RuPaul Show (VH1), morning drive radio on WKTU & WNEW and currently hosts the podcast What’s the Tee? With Michelle Visage. RuPaul has been a spokesperson for WebEx, Rockport and was awarded a seven-year contract as the “first face of M.A.C. Cosmetics.” Wax portraits of RuPaul are displayed at Madame Tussauds in both NYC and San Francisco. RuPaul is the author of the autobiography Lettin' It All Hang Out and Workin' It. Released in 2014, “Born Naked" is RuPaul’s 10th and highest charting studio album to date. RuPaul is returning as a judge for the second season of the hit GSN series, Skin Wars. RuPaul is Executive Producer and Host of the global phenomenon "RuPaul's Drag Race" on Logo, entering its eighth hit season.
The Amsterdam Gay Pride festival is a spectacular party, which at the same time constitutes a powerful plea for the emancipation of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. Together with its partners, the Amsterdam Gay Pride Foundation organises and facilitates a nine-day festival offering a range of events from debate, art and theater to film, parties and sports.
The theme for 2015 is “Share”. To share is to multiply: shared joy is twice the joy and that is true for love too. Sharing does not just mean receiving: it also means accepting and giving. Under the motto “share love, love differences”, the organisation is inviting everyone to tell their story and share it with the world by using innovative technology: streaming video.
Pridestream.org will live-stream the entire Canal Pride experience by placing a 360-degree camera atop a boat, with virtual passengers aboard the boat, as it makes its way through the canals, it will stream both image and sound, so you can feel just like you are on the boat in person right there, you will get to hear the music on the boat and the cheering of the people along the canals. You can look all around you and live the experience as part of the Boat Parade from any device. In addition to the camera, the boat is equipped with LED screens showing videos of people all over the world who are letting everyone know that they are also a part of the celebrations from afar. For those living in countries in which Gay Pride is not accepted and celebrated, the website offers a number of privacy tools that enable people there to join the Parade safely and anonymously on August 1st.
The totally free Pridestream can be followed via pridestream.org Everyone is welcome on the Pridestream boat. There is room for everyone on the Pridestream. On pridestream.org people can record a video to show their Pride on the boat and share the initiative. On 1 August, we are inviting the whole world to get on board with the Pridestream.
‘The Pridestream boat is one of the pearls of the Boat Parade,’ enthuses Lucien Spee, CEO of the Amsterdam Gay Pride. ‘It's a truly special boat which represents a sense of freedom. Everyone can be cheered on, including those beyond Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Thanks to this boat, people will be able to experience this feeling everywhere and share it with everyone all over the world. It's a fantastic initiative which perfectly embodies the theme of this year's Amsterdam Gay Pride: share.’
— Lucien Spee
In the Netherlands, the Boat Parade has been an annual highlight on the event calendar for twenty years, with hundreds of thousands of people gathering in a celebration of freedom. Everyone should get the opportunity to experience that sense of freedom, no matter where in the world they are – especially those for whom it is impossible or do not have the liberty to celebrate diversity in their own country. That is why the Amsterdam Gay Pride, KPN and a group of creative agencies have all joined forces this year.
Experience the freedom of being your true self. Join the Amsterdam Canal Parade in a live full 360° view.
The Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (TGLFF) turns 30 this year - felice anniversario!
Giovanni Minerba has directed all the 30 Festivals which played an increasingly important role in both Italian and the international cinema. Social, political and economic changes marked the last three decades and the TGLFF every year has been able to read and interpret these changes creating a high-profile cultural moment for everybody and not only for people devoted to the issue. The Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, run since 2005 by the National Film Museum of Torino, takes place with the sponsorship of Mibac – General Directorates in charge of cinematography, of Regione Piemonte and of Comune di Torino, and is part of the schedule of official events of EXPO TO 2015, of Torino, European Capital of Sport 2015 and of Torino Meets Berlino.
THE PATRONESS OF THE EVENT – THE VERNISSAGE AND FINISSAGE
The actress Carolina Crescentini, who starred in the last film by Taviani brothers, is the opening night Patroness, which begins on April 29, at 9 pm. Irene Grandi is the special musical guest of the event which will end with the screening of 54: The director's cut by Mark Christopher (USA, 2015). During the closing night (May 4, at 9 pm) the winners will be awarded and Zibba, one of the most interesting among the new Italian songwriters, will be the musical guest. All the closing night will be a mix of rock, jazz, up-beat rhythms, and songwriter’s poetic songs. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks by Arthur Allan Seidelman (Hungary, 2014) will be screened at the event. With this film the wonderful, eighty-five-year-old Gena Rowlands gets back on-screen.
The TGLFF is one of the most prestigious international film exhibitions for the LGBT community. 30 Festivals, 115 film shows scheduled of which 49 are Italian previews, 5 European previews, 3 International previews, and 9 world premieres. The films presented come from over 30 countries: from the US to France, from Mexico to Philippines, from Senegal to South Africa.
Four prizes will be awarded. The Ottavio Mai Award, identified by a panel of three experts composed by the actor Lorenzo Balducci, Yair Hochner – the director of the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival - and the philanthropist Beatrice Merz – the president of International Award Mario Merz. One of the 30 feature films of the Festival will be awarded with the Audience Award. Then the Queer Award and the Best Short Award, with two panels composed by the students by the DAMS of the University of Turin and the Academy of Fine Arts of Turin. The director Sebastiano Riso will lead the young jury for the Queer Award, while the Anglo-French director Antony Hickling will supervise the jury for the Best Short Award.
The subjects of the films, both the competing ones and not, will touch from the great ethical, social and civil subjects to the analysis of the relationships in families and individuals. Among the non-competing films Boulevard by Dito Montiel (USA, 2014) stands out, it is the international preview of one of the latest film Robin Williams starred in before his death, last August. On the occasion of the Torino, European Capital of Sports 2015, the Festival focuses on sports. The films on this subject are: Drown by Dean Francis (Australia, 2014), about a gay surf champion victim of homophobic bullying; Fuori by Chiara Tarfano and Ilaria Luperini (Italia, 2015), with the hockey player from Turin Nicole Bonamino, 24 years old, as main character; she came out of the closet on the occasion of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and will attend the TGLFF.
In the official schedule of the Torino Meets Berlino 2015 there are two films: Praia do Futuro (Brazil, Germany, 2013) and the cult film Different from the Others (Germany, 1919) in the restored version by the Munich film Museum. Eat With Me (USA, 2014), first work of the director David Au, is the film dedicated by the TGLFF to EXPO TO 2015. It is the story of Emma: because of a crisis with her husband she moves at her son’s Elliot, a chef that she soon finds out to be gay; a witty comedy about the Sino-American community with, as the cherry on top, a cameo of George Takei, the legendary actor from Star Trek.
Also on the schedule is Dólares de Arena (Sand Dollars) by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán (Dominican Republic/Argentina/Mexico, 2014), with the masterful performance of Geraldine Chaplin.
THE TGLFF FOR CHILDREN
According to the Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, education is a right for everybody. Following this principle every year the schedule is organized in order to reach a wider public as heterogenic as possible. Against the belief that the LGBT world and children are two distant, incompatibles worlds, the TGLFF, in collaboration with the magazine Giovani Genitori and the Italian Rainbow Families Association, hosts for the second year in a row the initiative of the National Cinema Museum addressed to all the families with children: Cinema con bebè. On the morning of Sunday, May 3 the animated film by Rob Minkoff, Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be screened with a special formula, specially fitting for children and their parents: reduced volume, low lighting, changing tables, snacks, bottle warmers and stroller parking.
TheTorino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is online at: www.tglff.it
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Join Connextions Magazine, the Travel & Lifestyle Magazine for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Travelers, on the Third Annual New York Travel Festival, featuring workshops, panel discussions and presentations focusing on hot-button and trending travel topics. The two-day festival takes place on April 18 and April 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Manhattan, NY.
This event is created for Industry professionals and savvy travelers who may want to enter the travel industry, to gather and share wisdom about a host of community-prompted subjects from tourism targeting people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBT market, to issues surrounding ethical, sustainable and local/regional travel. There will also be expert-led sessions and consultations about taking a sabbatical or pursuing a career in the travel industry and demos of the latest virtual-reality technology and experience.
DISCOVERY AND DIALOGUE Saturday, April 18 (150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY)
Day 1 provides opportunities for travelers and travel professionals to enhance their knowledge of travel trends and niche groups. Offerings include:
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SPECIAL LGBT TRAVEL SEMINAR
What Gay Travel Gets Right: How Other Niches Can Learn From LGBT Marketing
Saturday, April 18 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Limited Capacity seats available
LGBT travel is one of the fastest-growing and most buoyant niches in the travel industry today. But success hasn’t come by accident. In this fast-paced session, we’ll address some of the most successful marketing and communication tactics that destinations and suppliers have used to reach LGBT travelers, and how these strategies can work for other niches too.
Bringing together leading voices from the LGBT travel space, the panel will address the following:
• What has made LGBT travel marketing strategies successful?
• How can these tactics work for other niches in the travel industry?
• What tactics won’t work, or need to be adjusted for different audiences?
• Is it possible to group a bunch of niches together in a marketing plan and have success?
• How is niche travel marketing evolving?
• What are the hottest new ways that niche marketing is affecting travel?
The LGBT Community’s Largest & Longest-Running Expo Returns To The Jacob Javits Center in New York City
On Saturday, February 28 & Sunday, March 1 the Original LGBT Expo marks the 22nd anniversary of the largest and longest-running LGBT convention in the world, but the first under new event producers Life Out Loud Events. “We’ve been tasked with not only maintaining an already amazing event,” said Jay Handy, Director of Life Out Loud Events, “but also enhancing it and breathing new, younger life into it, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
And what an amazing experience this will be! For the 5th year in a row Connextions Magazine, The Travel & Lifestyle Magazine for the LGBT Traveler since 2010, will sponsor the LGBT Expo. MVP, Editor of Connextions Magazine says, "This year, just like the LGBT Expo, we are returning with new experiences for our booth." For starters, we will be showcasing our latest issue titled: Love Around the World. On Sunday afternoon (2:30 - 3:15), Connextions Magazine will present a seminar titled: Travel Like an Expert: From Extreme Adventures to Family Getaways. Lastly, we have partnered with several brands, hotels and resorts to giveaway lots of raffle prizes.
Here's a list of some of the prizes we will be giving away:
So make sure to visit our Connextions Magazine booth this weekend for a chance to win!
The LGBT Expo is from 12 pm - 6 pm on Saturday, February 28 and March 1, convention goers attending the event will be treated to 100,000 square feet and over 300 participating companies and exhibitors, including long-time and first-time sponsors of the event such as Delta Airlines, MetLife, Pella Windows, Uber, Key West, ZIRH, .LGBT and the Village Voice. The show also features over 40 musical and dance acts on the entertainment stage, 10 hours of engaging seminars and a full schedule of screenings and Q&A session in a video lounge.
Brand new to this year’s event is a VIP ticket option. VIP ticket holders will receive an LGBT Expo tee shirt, shoulder bag, various free and discount products and services from the events exhibitors and sponsors, as well as free entry into any of the nightly VIP after parties.
The Official LGBT Expo After Parties will be taking place all weekend long in the city that never sleeps at hotspots like XL Nightclub and the Phoenix Bar.
This year we’re introducing The LGBT Expo Mobile Scavenger Hunt. The hunt, which is 100% free, leads you through the twists and turns of the LGBT Expo exhibit floor to take photos, check in, answer trivia and scan QR codes, all while getting points for each task completed. The highest scorer overall will receive $500 in cold hard cash, while other runners-up will receive free VIP tickets to next year’s event. To participate, download the Scavity app (https://www.scavify.com). When you get to the Javits Center the day of the event, search for the “LGBT Expo” and join the hunt. From there, complete as many tasks as you can to win.
The stage will also feature a very special Lifetime Achivement Award presentation to writer Michael Musto presented by Briah, Bruno and Nicole of this season’s “Real World: Skeletons.” To see a full list and schedule of events visit: http://thelgbtexpo.com/schedule.
The Engayged Wedding Expo, sponsored by EnGAYgedWeddings, is a melting pot of all the latest and greatest products and services catering to the LGBT wedding industry. From choosing the right person to officiate your nuptials, to the photographer, florist and venue, the LGBT Wedding Expo is your one-stop-shop to help you plan your perfect day. It will also feature a wedding on Saturday.
Also returning this year is the Passport Magazine Travel Expo. Browse from dozens of travel vendors showcasing the best products, services, and destinations from around the globe. Participating vendors include: Florida Keys, Visit St. Petersburg, Aeromexico, Cambria Hotel & Suites, St. Pet, I LOVE NY, Mohegan Sun, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Vermont Gay Tourism and dozens more.
Life Out Loud Events is pleased to continue the tradition of giving back to the LGBT Community by donating over $100,000 worth of exhibit space, in the Non-Profit Pavilion and complimentary tickets to various organizations and volunteers. Exhibitors within the pavilion include Cheer New York, Gay Officers Action League, Gay Mens Health Crisis, Independent Adoption Center of NY, MCCNY Charities, Inc., Live Love Dance, New York City Anti-Violence Project, New York City Fire Department, SAGE, Sirens Woman’s Motorcycle Club of New York City, and the Visiting Nurse Service Of New York. Another not for profit, the LGBT Youth Organization, Our Youth, will be hosting the official LGBT Expo after party on Sunday.
All of this info, schedules and much more is now available on the Expo’s official website.
Tickets are now available for both days of the Original LGBT Expo.
What do you get when you mashup Comic-Con, BeautyCon and Hello Kitty Con? RuPaul’s DragCon, of course. It’s the first ever convention that celebrates “the art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all” and will launch May 16-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
RuPaul’s DragCon will kick off the Gay Pride season with a fierce new twist. DragCon creators expect several thousand attendees to experience a glittering weekend with the largest ever gathering of drag queens and gay icons. The convention will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors, panel discussions, screenings, autographs, and photo opportunities.
Spearheaded by RuPaul and World of Wonder, RuPaul’s DragCon will give a platform for fans – gay and straight - to meet and interact with world famous drag queens and other celebrity guests in a fan friendly environment. DragCon will include a wide range of programming:
· “Everything You Wanted to Know about Tucking but Were Afraid to Ask,”
· “Lady MacBeth to Lady Gaga: Drag in the Mainstream”
· “Drag King Makeovers”
· “A Drag Revolution: Stonewall Riots”
· “Padding 101: Dude, Where’s My Mattress?”
· “Weaves, Waffles, and Wig Water”
There will also be Q&A sessions with the queens themselves, as well as fashion, make-up and styling workshops (“She-crets of a Drag Queen”) for men and women. Attendees can expect to shop the floor for shoes, apparel, art and many other fabulous products.
“I am thrilled to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Los Angeles,” said RuPaul. “DragCon is not just a showcase for the most talented drag queens in the world. It’s a chance for all lovers of drag culture – young and old, gay and straight - to come together, to inspire each other, and to let their freak flags fly high.”
Scheduled to appear are RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Michelle Visage, Big Freedia, Coco Peru, James St. James, Peaches Christ, Chi Chi LaRue, Hot Chocolate, and Courtney Stodden, as well as the crowned queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bianca del Rio, Jinkx Monsoon, Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles, Raja, Tyra Sanchez, and Bebe Zahara Benet. Plus, more Drag Race royalty including Jujubee, Alyssa Edwards, Latrice Royale, Detox, Willam, Ivy Winters, Katya, Morgan McMichaels, Kandy Ho, Jade Sotomayor, Trinity K. Bonet, Alisa Summers, Victoria "Porkchop" Parker, Darienne Lake, Tatiana, Laganja Estranja, Mariah Balenciaga,Jasmine Masters, Sasha Belle, Shannel, Jiggly Caliente, Yara Sofia, Kelly Mantle, Mystique Summers Madison, Jessica Wild, Mimi Imfurst, Honey Mahogany, Venus D Lite, Stacy Layne Mathews, Tempest Du Jour, Gia Gunn, Joslyn Fox, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Tammie Brown, Jade Jolie, and Ongina. Many more names will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are currently on sale at www.rupaulsdragcon.com starting at $30. VIP Experience tickets are also on sale. Fans can purchase photos and autographs at the show. For more info follow DragCon @RuPaulsDragCon, or Facebook /RuPaulsDragCon.
The new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres Monday, March 2 at 9 PM on Logo TV, and the series currently airs in over 200 countries worldwide.
This morning 100 LBGT and straight couples from across the country and around the world said "I DO" in a mass wedding hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). The city of Fort Lauderdale is consider to be "The Gay Capital of Florida" by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Travelers. The affair, titled "Love is Love," is the city's way to celebrate the recent overturn of the marriage equality ban in Florida, which became legal on January 6, 2015, despite the opposition from some politicians - in the end LOVE WON!
The many couples who registered to participate in this historic event, included participants from all over the United States: New York, Ohio, New Mexico, Texas, Boston, San Francisco, North Carolina, Illinois, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee, Missouri and Florida, as well as couples from other parts of the world, such as South America and Europe, which reflects the universal love and acceptance that the “Love is Love” wedding represents.
“The stories of the couples who registered for the wedding celebration touched our hearts and make this event so personal and special,” said Nicki E. Grossman, president and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Marriage equality is celebration enough. But watching so many couples of all loves walk down the aisle to the beach will be the proverbial icing on the wedding cake.”
Former *NSYNC member and newlywed, Lance Bass was the official “Love is Love” ambassador during what was supposed to be a sunrise beach wedding, however, mother nature decided to sprinkle a bit of rain and the festivities had to be moved indoors. The W Fort Lauderdale Hotel hosted the happy couples and since it's Florida, rice throwing was not in the cards, instead beach balls were used to celebrate the happy occasion. The wedding and marriage vow renewal ceremonies were presided over by Reverend Dr. Durrell Watkins, senior minister, of the Sunshine Cathedral.
Lance Bass and Michael Turchin, who married on December 20 last year, celebrated the Greater Fort Lauderdale special day with lucky couples representing 18 U.S. states, as well as London, Italy, and South America. Tonight, the couple will relive their own wedding, as Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding special premieres on E! tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This will be the first time that American television will air a wedding between two men.
Some of the lucky couples who participated in the Love is Love Wedding include:
Second Chance at Love: Canton, OH
When Jerry lost his partner, Steve, his world was over. Certainly, he thought, he would never get another chance at love. But it was the moving obituary Jerry wrote for Steve that lead to the greatest love of his life – Jeff. By chance, Jeff had read the obituary and knew he would be with the “survivor” in that story one day. That one day came when Jerry took a chance to respond to a “personal” advertisement from Jeff, and the two met in real life more than 14 years ago. “I will always believe that Steve arranged this because there has never been a more perfect love than Jeff and I,” Jerry said.
Snowbirds Flying in From Italy, via Momperone 3, Santa Mana di Galena, ITALY
Philip and his partner have been together for 18.5 years, but never married in their current residence in the United Kingdom, and are prohibited from doing so in their home, Italy. After beginning to “winter” in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Philip chose to marry in a destination that “represents and resolves issues we have with not being able to marry in Italy.”
Déjà Vu: Fort Lauderdale, FL
More than 25 years ago, Stephen Kuttner saw a photo in a magazine of the man he wanted to “have in my life one day.” After an accidental introduction in 2003, Stephen Kuttner met, fell in love with, and proposed to that very same man. Stephen and his husband, Sandy Allen, became domestic partners in Florida in 2009, and later flew to New York to tie the knot in 2011. Decades later, the couple is looking forward to renewing their vows on the same beaches where their paths first crossed so many years ago.
All photos courtesy of: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images for Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
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