Gay Marriage

This Gay Couple Got Married While 121 Feet In The Air

An Australian couple got married in the cutest, weirdest, and most creative way.

Australians Logan Stojcevski and John Woods got married this past Thursday while riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

The two from Wollongong, New South Wales got engaged in 2015 even before marriage equality was made legal in Australia.

As soon as that happened, the two flew to Southern California because they knew they wanted to get married in a fun and exciting way.

“I’ve been a massive coaster fan all my life," said Stojcevski to KTLA Los Angeles, "Six Flags Magic Mountain is my favorite place in the world, so what a better place to get married, and on our favorite ride, Twisted Colossus.”

The Twisted Colossus, which opened in 1978 as just the Colossus, is a mainstay at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Its even been featured in the film National Lampoon’s Vacation.

As GayPopBuzz reports:

“Twisted Colossus it’s the craziest air-machine in California, the fastest, tallest and longest roller coaster!”

“Some crazy fans even consider it the eighth wonder of the world. Originally designed and built by International Amusement Devices… It was then renovated in 2015 by Rocky Mountain Construction to feature barrel roll inversions and a near-vertical drop.”

Apparently, the two officially tied the knot right before one of Twisted Colossus’s drops.

Congratulations to the crazy happy couple.

h/t: GayPopBuzz

Gay Couple Sues Printing Company For Sending Anti-Gay Pamphlets Instead Of Wedding Programs

A gay couple is suing a printing company that sent them anti-gay messages in their pamphlets instead of the gay wedding programs they paid them for.

The couple, who are currently residing in Australia, got married in Pennsylvania this past September.

At that time, they were horrified to find that the package that was supposed to contain information like the order of events, members of the wedding party, and lyrics to the Above & Beyond song Treasure actually contained “hateful, discriminatory and anti-gay messages” as the lawsuit explains.

One of those messages read, “Satan knows our flesh is weak. He preys upon our weaknesses to tempt us to sin. Satan can only influence us to want to sin. He cannot make us sin.”

Even worse, they received those messages just a day before their wedding.

 

 

31-year-old Heasley and 39-year-old Borg hope that their lawsuit, which was filed this Tuesday (Jan 16), will spread the message that “there will be consequences for acts of hate.”

“At first we thought it was simply a mistake, and we had accidentally received someone else’s order,” the pair wrote in an email to Yahoo! Lifestyle. “But once we saw the images and actually read a bit of the pamphlet, we quickly realized this wasn’t a simple or innocent error."

They added: “Both of our initial reactions were ones of shock … utter shock. The wording and imagery was aggressive, threatening, and deeply personally offensive. This was by far the most direct, personal, and aggressive act of homophobia either of us has experienced to date.”

Meanwhile, Vistaprint’s officials are saying they're currently conducting an internal investigation into the incident.

Sara Nash, a spokesperson for Vistapoint, also spoke to Yahoo and said:

“Vistaprint would never discriminate against customers for their sexual orientation. We pride ourselves on being a company that celebrates diversity and enables customers all over the world to customize products for their special events. We have just been made aware of this incident in the last few hours. We understand how upsetting it would be for anyone to receive materials such as these the night before their wedding and we have immediately launched an internal investigation. Until we have had the opportunity to complete our investigation, we cannot comment further.”

Panama’s Legalizing Gay Marriage!

Last week, we shared the news with you that a historic court ruling in Costa Rica could bring gay marriage to 20 different nations.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights decided in favor of marriage equality while ruling over a petition from two years ago.

Cosa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis told one source:

“The Western Hemisphere is rejoicing over the ruling in a marriage equality case out of Costa Rica. Not only is the ruling binding for the Central American country, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruling also sets precedent for 19 other countries who have agreed to abide by the court’s decisions.

The ruling is legally binding in Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay.”

That said, the compliance of those other countries isn’t necessarily guaranteed. Luckily, however, Panama has announced their decision to work with the ruling.

Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo announced on Tuesday to all sections of the government that they would be following the ruling.

“We are sure that with it we will be able to advance an agenda of equity and nondiscrimination even further,” added Saint Malo, according to TVN, a Panamanian television station.

“She is complying with the opinion itself that calls upon member states to adjust national law and practices to implement the full human rights protections for LGBTI people,” Iván Chanis Barahona, president of Fundación Iguales, a Panamanian advocacy group, told the Washington Blade on Wednesday from Panama City. “This decision of the Panamanian government is consistent with a long tradition of international support and respect of the inter-American human rights system, and Panama’s recognition of the binding, ipso facto jurisdiction of the court on all matters relating to the interpretation or application of the American Convention on Human Rights.”

It's Official! Ricky Martin is Married!

It’s official boys—Ricky Martin is OFF THE MARKET and a married man! The 46-year-old singer and star of the upcoming American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace tied the knot in a very private way with hubby Jwan Yosef.

 

What a stellar night with a stellar man @goldenglobes

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Martin and Yosef started dating in 2016 via Instagram. Yosef is an artist and Martin an art collector who came across his art and got more than he bargained for by slipping into his DMs. In November 2017 the two were engaged—an announcement Martin made public on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

 

#AllBlack #TimeisUP #GoldenGlobes

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Martin told E! News during promotion of American Crime Story that the two have kept it a secret, but a big bash is in the works.

I'm a husband, but we're doing a heavy party in a couple of months, I'll let you know.

We exchanged vows, and we've swear [sic] everything, and we've signed all the papers that we needed to sign, prenups and everything.

It feels amazing! I can't introduce him as my fiancé. I can't. He's my husband. He's my man.

 

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Martin has previously expressed that when the time came for his wedding, it would be a multiple day affair with rehearsal, wedding, and recovery—and it looks like he and his new husband are sticking to the plan, but he didn’t share any further details about the celebration.

Doesn't this look like the most perfect family?!

 

Not your average door, not your average family @archdigest #architecturaldigest

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Celebrity Stylist Brad Goreski Marries Longtime Partner

After 16 years with his partner, celebrity stylist and co-host of the defunct Fashion PoliceBrad Goreski, married his husband, television producer Gary Janetti. Goreski, 40, and Janetti, 51, announced their engagement in 2014.

 

 

The two exchanged vows aboard a luxury Caribbean cruise ship the Seabourn Sojourn during a sunset ceremony. Guests included a list of celebrities and friends including Lea MicheleSarah Hyland, and Jenna Dewan Tatum. The grooms' families were also in attendance.

 

 

Congratulations to Brad and Gary!

 

Hunky Men, Australia, RuPaul, World Travel--All Part of Instinct's Best Nine of Instagram 2017

As December comes to an end, and we bid 2017 farewell, you may have noticed your Instagram feeds flooding with people’s Best Nine of 2017. This is each profile’s top liked images of the year that are posted as a retrospective of what has transpired in 2017.

Visit 2017 Best Nine to create your collage of memorable moments and trending pics.

As we look back on 2017, we can see that Instinct Magazine’s Best Nine includes a lot of our top stories and images that created buzz on social media and beyond.

Here’s a look at Instinct Magazine’s Best Nine of 2017 and the topics that you all liked the most! #2017bestnine


1. Australia Votes YES for Marriage Equality!

 

 

The hottest debate in Australia’s history resulted in a public survey where 61.6% voted in favor of legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in the land down under vs. 38.4% voted against. A huge win for a huge country that many already felt had legalized same-sex marriage.

This public vote led to parliament where the public vote held strong and the official vote made Australia the 24th country to legalize same-sex marriage!

Marriages even started before the necessary 30-day waiting period due to special circumstances.

Possibly some of the best news in a year that was full of tragedy, natural disaster, and sad social/political climate. Congratulations again to all the Aussies!


2. Meet the Man Hand-Knitting Jockstraps

 

 

When we found out about this guy from Southern California who has been hand-knitting jockstraps we couldn’t wait to share it with all our readers. JR Carrillo who runs Haus of Betch, first started knitting the sexy undies to win over someone he was crushing on. Learning how to knit a scarf quickly turned into making a jockstrap, which catapulted him into our thirsty Instagram feeds. It’s no wonder this sexy photo of one of his creations—and the hottie who’s wearing it—made it into our Best Nine of 2017.


3. Travel Thursday: Ready for That All Boys Trip to Palm Springs?

 

 

Palm Springs has been one of our favorite travel destinations of 2017. The desert oasis has a little something for everyone. It makes for a perfect romantic getaway or even if you just want to take a quick and fun trip with all the boys. You won’t want to leave! With awesome places to stay like the INNdulge and Tortuga del Sol and delicious places to eat like Trio Palm Springs, Peabody’s Café, Watercress Vietnamese Bistro or exploration like the Palm Springs Aerial tram, Oscar’s Cabaret or the Palm Springs Art Museum—it’s the best place to go during any season. But one of the best things about Palm Springs is their nightlife. So were we surprised when this cutie from Hunters Palm Springs made it to our Best Nine of 2017? Well—just look at him!


4. We’re Going North to Learn More About ‘The French One’ – Bruno Costa

 

 

In this feature article one of our favorite sites, MR JOEL, we learned about Bruno Costa—who is known on Instagram as the_french_0ne. He is a social media influencer, model, and super sexy! In this article we learned about what inspires him, what are some of his fashion must-haves and how he uses social media to make us all drool. That’s why  this piece of eye candy made it onto our Best Nine of 2017!


5. Kathy Griffin Bares All in Shocking New Photos!

 

 

2017 has been an intense year that has seen protests and demonstrations of all kinds. One of the most vocal and controversial celebrities of 2017, who has been very public about her opinion of our current president, is Kathy Griffin. From her photo with a decapitated Donald Trump head to her feuds with Andy Cohen and ex-BFF Anderson Cooper, Kathy has been all over the place this year. But nothing could possibly compare to the photos she released when she shaved her head in support of her sister who was undergoing chemotherapy earlier this year.


6. RuPaul’s Drag Race Receives Emmy Nomination for Best Reality Show

 

 

After 11 seasons (9 seasons and 2 All-Stars seasons), RuPaul’s Drag Race was nominated for an Emmy for Best Reality Show this year! Although the show didn’t take home the win, RuPaul did win for best host again this year, proving that we still want more of Mama Ru! The last few years have been pivotal for LGBTQ representation in mainstream media and RPDR has been a pioneer in the drag game as well as creating dialogue about LGBTQ issues—all with wigs and death drops! RPDR and all its alumni are some of our favorite topics to discuss here on Instinct and can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for these queens and their fans!


7. Study Reveals the Average Age Gay Men Are Getting Married!

 

 

We love to analyze studies on Instinct Magazine and one of our favorite of this year discussed the average age at which gay men were getting hitched! The Knot conducted a survey with almost a thousand LGBTQ married couples to find out the details! After the survey, they discovered the average marriage age for gay men is 46! Should I have waited until then?! Check out the rest of the results HERE. This image of two men celebrating their nuptials made it to our Best Nine of 2017 because in a world full of negativity, its beautiful to see that love, and commitment, is still alive and well.


8. Travel Thursdays – Miami Beach is Red Hot This April With Tons of LGBT Events

 

 

Another of our favorite locations for travel in 2017 was Miami! We visited throughout the year and found that the city was thriving with LGBT events in the month of April. It was enough for us to return to the Whisper Out Loud event later in the year at the W Miami where we were greeted by this pair of hunky fine specimens providing welcome drinks to everyone at the Meet and Greet! See why we love Miami?! Get there—fast!


9. Travel Thursday: We Are Still Recovering From Our Trip to Israel and Tel Aviv Pride

 

 

Enough said! Now, over six months later—we are STILL recovering from Instinct’s trip to Tel Aviv Pride. The excitement of the festival, wrapped in the beauty and rich history of the city was an unforgettable trip that made for great photographic evidence and the best Instagram shots! The trip was enough to make up multiple articles because there was too much to talk about. Just check out Travel Thursday: An American Bear in Israel. Are Tel Aviv & Jersusalem Safe for LGBT American Travelers? To see what we mean. Do you now understand why this cutie with rainbow suspenders made our Best Nine of 2017? We are still trying to figure out who he is because one of our writers wants to marry him.


As 2017 comes to an end, at Instinct Magazine we are eternally grateful for our readers. You all are the reason for sharing these LGBTQ narratives and without the dialogue with all of you, it wouldn’t be the same. We look forward to what 2018 has in store—and look forward to bringing you the best and up-to-date from the LGBTQ world! Check us out on Instagram to make it happen!

Country With The World’s Oldest Tortoise, That’s Also Gay, Legalized Gay Marriage

Back in October, we shared the news with you that the oldest living animal in the world, a 186-year-old tortoise named Johnathon might be gay.

After years of wondering why he and his mate Frederica didn’t reproduce, one veterinarian discovered that Frederica was actually a male.

Since then, Johnathon and Fredrick have been enjoying their time out in the open and it seems the island country of St. Helena is ready to support them in the best of ways.

St. Helena’s legislative council just voted in favor of same-sex marriage with nine votes for and two votes against.

This vote arrived after a gay couple applied to marry earlier this year. But due to the island’s unclear law towards same-sex marriage, a call for public opinion was summoned by the Legislative Council to decide what to do.

Cruyff Bucley, a member of the council said to St Helena Online, “This bill ushers in a new level of respect for minority groups.”

Hon. Chrstine Scipio-o’Nean added, “We cannot discriminate. We must not, and we must strive to ensure equality.”

Now, gay couples within the 4,500 people on the island will be able to marry in only a matter of weeks.

Bermuda Abolished Gay Marriage (After 6 Months Of Legalizing It)

Last month, we reported to you that Bermuda's government was considering banning gay marriage despite only legalizing it earlier this year.

Gay marriage came to the island in May after gay couple Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche (shown above) fought several court battles to gain its legalization.

That said, the government wasn't ready to stop and the Minister of Home Affairs, named Walton Brown, introduced the “Domestic Partnership Bill.”

That bill, though unable to affect already married couples, now makes it so that any new couples can only get “domestic partnerships” and not an actual marriage. (Plus, straight couples can opt for these partnerships instead of marriage too).

The government supports the bill by saying domestic partners will supposedly keep all the legal rights that married couples do, and the government gets to keep its definition of marriage.

The bill was officially approved this past weekend by the Bermuda House with 24 votes for the bill and 10 against it.

The passed bill, now called the "Domestic Partnerships Act 2017" has been a divisive topic since its introduction.

Though Walton Brown was open to hearing citizens and politicians share their thoughts on the topic, the many differing views (like the five hours of debate on the day of the House voting) did not stop the bill's passing.

Progressive Labour Party backbencher Lawrence Scott said the bill gives “the LGBTQ community the benefits it has been asking for”, but maintains “the traditional definition of marriage”.

Adding: “As it stands now, they can have the name marriage but without the benefits. But after this Bill passes, they have the benefits and just not the name marriage. The benefits are what they really want.”

Shadow home affairs minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin spoke against the bill. She says that its wrong for the government to take away a right that was only given a couple months ago.

“I don’t like to accept that it is OK for us to treat our sisters and brothers differently, whether fair or unfair, to treat them differently under similar circumstances.”

In addition, this doesn't just affect Bermuda's citizens, but its frequent traveler base as well.

Several cruises set for Bermuda have booked weddings with same-sex couples that will now need to be canceled.

Calvin Harris Fans Want Him To Stick To His Australian Marriage Equality Promise

Fans are urging DJ and Record Producer Calvin Harris to come through with a promise he made five years ago.

Harris allegedly promised fan, and fellow DJ, Filip Odžak that if Australia made gay marriage legal, he would remix a “2 Become 1” by the Spice Girls.

Odžak says that he met Harris while backstage at Sydney’s Steroesonic festival five years ago. That’s when the two made a deal that was sealed with a handshake.

He explained further on a radio show that the deal started when the two talked about their future weddings.

“I don’t know how it came up, but we were talking about what your bridal dance would be,” he said.

“I said – being a lifelong devoted Spice Girls fan – that mine would be 2 Become 1.

“Then we got on to the topic of why it wouldn’t happen, because there is no gay marriage yet.

“He was in shock. ‘No! I thought it was totally legal in Australia’.

“Somehow we just made the pact,” Filip Odžak then says he asked Calvin Harris to do the remix, “When they finally legalize it, you can do a remix for me.”

Thankfully, Australia has now made same-sex marriage legal in the country.

Now, fans are gathering on twitter for Harris to be true to his alleged promise and come out with a remix of the 1996 hit Spice Girls song.

Australian Kid Campaigners Take a Stance for Same-Sex Marriage

The debate for same-sex marriage in Australia has created one the greatest divisions in their history. For a country that many feel is open-minded and progressive, it is surprising to know that same-sex marriage is not already law of the land.

With Australia’s same-sex marriage survey closing on November 7th, many have taken to different campaigns urging voters to help in the passing of this law. Results from the survey are due on November 15th when we will know if Australia joins the ranks of the 24 other countries around the world who have already legalized same-sex marriages.

One point of view that has gotten much attention is of the Australian youth. Both positive and negative opinions have risen from a video that journalist Patrick Abboud has hosted via The Feed SBS Viceland featuring kid campaigners from Australia that has posed their perspective on this very important political and social issue. The video depicts a young boy, six-year-old Archie, who is shown spreading love by placing rainbow flags in mailboxes as he rides his bicycle from home to home. This interview with Archie is juxtaposed with protests by religious groups who are against the Australian same-sex law. The video also leads to rural Australia to show a teenager, Jim, who has taken his platform for same-sex marriage to Instagram—asking Aussies to put on some rainbow socks and snapping their pic.

Here’s the video that is making waves with controversy.

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