Celebrity Kiwi chef Ross Burden has died unexpectedly from an infection picked up following treatment for cancer.
An obituary in the New Zealand Herald says "after a life of adventure, Ross died peacefully at Auckland City Hospital on 17 July 2014".
The New Zealand Masterchef host and self-taught cook worked for several well-known clients, including Princess Anne and comedian Joan Collins.
The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a form of leukemia a year ago.
He has been described as "a wonderful person" and "funny, charming and brilliant" on memorial page set up on the website Heaven Address.
"You lit up a room when you walked in; you sparkled your way through life and it has been such a pleasure to know you," one tribute says.
Another post reads: "What a huge loss for the world. I'll miss our lunches and fabulous chats, your wicked sense of humor, optimism and massive intellect."
Burden worked as a model early on in his career and was once voted one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. He later came out as gay. - Attitude
Exclusive: We have an exclusive insight from a Men's Health entrant for the next up and coming 'The Ultimate Men’s Health Guy 2014'. The entrant's name is Christiun Urquijo who is 54 years old, can't believe he has a beautiful tone to his beautiful face and long hair. Urquijo was born in Cali, Colombia on February 3rd, 1960. He is of Colombian, Spaniard and French extraction. (Bio info here)
Christiun tells me that he himself is finding it hard to get noticed from this process to get into the mainstream magazines like Men's Health.
Read more after the Jump.
Happy International Kissing Day - This special day recognition was first noticed and welcomed in the United Kingdom (UK). However, the day has now been adopted worldwide and is also known as National Kissing Day or Kissing Day.When I think about it, the concept of a kiss is everywhere in society and has many meanings. A first kiss. A formal kiss. A passionate kiss. A kiss goodbye.
Kissing Day aims to make us appreciate a kiss in its own right. No conventions, no social norms, just a kiss. Across the globe we embrace the kiss by embracing someone else.
Competition to hold the record for the longest kiss is rife - on 6-7 July 2005 the record was set in the UK at 31 hours and 30 minutes. Then on Valentine's Day 2009 Nikola Matovic and Kristina Reinhart from Germany set a new record of just over 32 hours.
On 13 February 2011, a Thai couple, husband and wife team Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat locked lips and began their quest to break the longest kiss record. After 46 hours and 24 minutes they claimed a new record for the longest kiss. Impressive!
Nonthawat Charoenkaesornsin and Thanakorn Sitthiamthong kissed their way to the title at an event in Pattaya, Thailand on 12-14 February 2012. But now the tables have turned and Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat successfully regained their crown on 12-14 February 2013 and the record for the longest kiss now stands at 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds - wow, that's some kiss!
Perhaps you can get some kissing tips from a friend before puckering up. Or delve into one of the many kissing guides that proclaim to make you the world's best kisser!
Think of your first kiss ... was it all you expected and a treasured memory or were you too nervous to really care?
Think of your sweetest kiss ... a kiss from your child? A thank you kiss from your closest friend? And think of all those supposedly meaningless kisses. Next time I kiss someone I will just think about how delightful it is and not about what it 'means'.
Find out more information about kissing records and why not see if you can beat them on International Kissing Day.
So what we have done is selected some of the finest images of same sex partners and or lovers kissing both gay and lesbian... Enjoy!
WOGP News - A big ups for an awesome marketing strategy from Burger King to side with inclusiveness during Gay Pride Month in June with one of the burger chains in San Francisco to lead the way with Pride.
Apparently when the San Francisco Burger King store launched its new equality wrapper to embrace diversity and acceptance it wasn't long until many of its loyal customers were not so happy about the move to show its support for gay pride.
The rainbow-wrapped burger was sold for a limited time at the 1200 Market Street Burger King in San Francisco, CA.
On July the 3rd when Burger King changed their Facebook page cover photo of the equality burger wrapper, it didn't take long until the first lot of Christian filled hate to be filled with their cherry picking from their bible's to spell out their ignorant hate.
Many of the comments have been thrown at us towards the gay community with remarks like 'Libtard, Liberal Agenda, F*ggots, Against Biblical Marriage, Trailer Trash, Burn in Hell Sodomites, Aids Burger, Pedophiles' just to name a few.
One of the biggest questions that is always playing with my mind is 'Why are hateful Christians so worried about who sleeps with who when a company/business wants to support diversity and or equality?" It is by far 100% none of these religious peoples business what people get up to in their bedroom whether gay or straight.
Here are some screenshots of the so called Burger King's comment feed of Christian hate:
WOGP News - Instagram recently removed a photo and some say it’s because it was an image of two men kissing,Gay Star News reports.
Alberto Guzman posted a pic of him and his husband, Janeiro Boffill, from their wedding day 13 years ago to celebrate Pride on June 29. The image included the hashtags #happy #gaypride #equalrights #tilldeathdousapart and #wearethesame.
The pro-gay message didn’t stop Instagram users from flagging the photo as "inappropriate," however and it was later removed by the picture-sharing social media app.
According to Instagram’s community guidelines, users are not allowed to share images that show nudity or mature content.
"I posted this photo of my wedding yesterday and Instagram took it off my album for being ’inappropiate’ [sic] and on gay pride day of all days," Guzman wrote on his Instagram account.
Guzman’s friends commented, protest Instagram’s decision to delete the photo with one saying: "These are my friends @titoguhair and @janeirobofillmakeup. They posted this pic yesterday on Instagram. They’ve been together 13 years and are legally married for 2 months. This is the kiss that sealed their wedding vows. Vows that under state and federal protection offer them 1500 rights and responsibilities. @instagram we expect an apology for taking this pic down and flagging it as inappropriate. PLEASE REPOST PLEASE REPOST PLEASE REPOST! #thisisgaypride #instagram #equalrights #nothingmorenothingless #equality"
Instagram officials apologized for removing the photo, however, and have since put the image back online.
"When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake," an Instagram spokesperson told The Huffington Post Tuesday. "In this case, we wrongly removed content and rectified the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for any inconvenience."
Just remember Instagram is a subsidiary of Facebook as Facebook, Inc purchased the photo/video sharing site in April 2012.
Poll: Do you think a removal of a loved ones kissing image by Instagram/Facebook is wrong?
WOGP News - Over the past few days there has been some real dirty deeds in the American justice system over the balance of power of who controls who when it comes to woman's reproductive rights and lgbt rights.
Apparently when the SCOTUS announced the final verdict and ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in which this company is based on religious values now has the right to refuse contraceptives to their female staff on their (ACA) Obamacare Healthcare Insurance plans.
This has now opened up Pandora's Box with now the first test of the 1st Amendment clause of ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof.") with the possibility that many more companies that are based on religious values to come forward in which they could deny certain rights to other minority groups.
But it didn't take long until other religious organizations wanted in on the SCOTUS ruling with Hobby Lobby's win, apparently a group of religious leaders have sent letters to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.
The letter, first reported by The Atlantic, was sent on Tuesday by 14 representatives, including the president of Gordon College, an Erie County, Pa., executive and the national faith vote director for Obama for America 2012, of the faith community.
"Without a robust religious exemption," they wrote, "this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom."
The leaders noted that the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act included a religious exemption:
Our concern about an executive order without a religious exemption is about more than the direct financial impact on religious organizations. While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality. We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this issue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.
The White House announced in June that Obama would issue an executive order forbidding contractors that receive federal funding from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender equality after the House had stymied ENDA. The White House declined to comment to The Atlantic on the Tuesday letter and did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.
The letter didn't mention the Hobby Lobby decision directly. But one of the signees, Michael Wear, the Obama 2012 veteran, told The Atlantic that the court decision meant the administration would need to address such concerns.
"The administration does have a decision to make whether they want to recalibrate their approach to some of these issues," he said.
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