British Airways to introduce non-binary gender option for passengers

British Airways Boeing 757-200

British Airways has joined other major airlines and will introduce a non-binary gender option for passengers.

When booking a flight, those not identifying as either male or female will find a new gender option to select.

British Airways follows suit

The largest airline in the UK has followed in the footsteps of US companies Delta, JetBlue, United, and American Airlines.

Air New Zealand has also announced they are going to provide gender-neutral options.

‘We know how important it is for all of our customers to feel comfortable and welcome no matter how they self-identify,’ a spokesman for British Airways said.

‘We are working to change our booking platform to reflect this,’ he also added.

‘A big move’

Six airlines confirmed on 15 February they are in the process of adding ‘undisclosed’ or ‘unspecified’ to their gender options. There may also be the optional title ‘Mx’.

The proposal received an enthusiastic welcome.

‘It’s a big move,’ Julia Ehrt, of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

‘Persons presenting as gender non-conforming or trans persons who might not have been able to change their name or gender markers in passports regularly have serious challenges in traveling,’ she also said.

‘That can range from being challenged about your gender marker or first name upon check-in or at security, through to outright denial of being able to board a plane.’

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Winter Party Festival is a red hot party that raises funds for LGBTI causes

The winter party festival miami gay causes

Everyone feels guilty if they party for a whole week. To get around these feelings, all you need to do is find events that let you cut loose while raising money for important causes. And if you need to cut really, really loose, you’ve got The Winter Party Festival.

The week-long celebration will be held on 27 February to 5 March on Miami Beach in order to raise funds for the LGBTI community locally and nationally. It’s organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force, who lobby the government for the betterment of queer people in the US.

The Winter Party Festival in Florida

Photo: National LGBTQ Task Force

The Winter Party Festival miami florida

Photo: National LGBTQ Task Force

However, when it’s party time, it’s less petitioning politicians and more barely clothed people dancing in one of the most LGBTI-friendly places in Florida.

The event has grown from its humble beginnings in 1994 as a huge dance party on the beach into a whole program of events. Expect everything from cocktail parties to stage shows to health advocacy programs… as well as a huge dance party on the beach.

Winter Party Festival in Miami Florida

Photo: National LGBTQ Task Force

The Winter Party Miami LGBT Trust

Photo: National LGBTQ Task Force

It also happens to be one of the more diverse queer parties. The Task Force and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau found 55% of all attendees in 2018 identified as non-white. Which is why this year’s theme is With Open Arms, meaning everyone is welcome to the event.

They’re also making efforts to make their talent more diverse, with more women on their setlist than ever. Sharon O Love, Anne Louise and MORABITO will be DJing for your pleasure.

LGBTQ Trust Winter Party florida

Photo: National LGBTQ Task Force

The funds don’t just go to the Task Force, but South Florida LGBTI organizations too. In 2018, they donated $215,000 (189366.63EUR) to the LGBTQ Community Fund at the Miami Foundation.

So when you’re doing shots surrounded by these beautiful people, remember you’re doing it for a good cause.

The Winter Party Festival is hosted on Miami Beach, Florida on  27 February to 5 March 2019. Tickets are from $20 to $1000 for VIP packages. 

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This guide to Dublin’s top eateries will be your (Panti) bliss

Dublin is a food capital. I know this, and finally find myself in the Irish capital, after following Irish travel bloggers GastroGays, who specialise in food: local recipes, produce and eateries.

Dublin is also home to the famous and trailblazing Queen of Ireland, drag queen Panti Bliss – hence my clever headline (in my opinion).

With my inspiration set, it was time to explore my own path and discover the greatest dishes on offer in the various restaurants and pubs around the center of the city.

In sight of a balanced experience, I spread myself over quick-eat Fish & Chips shops to fine dining establishments and everything in between.

Secret Food Tours offer a great way to pit-stop at wide range of eateries on your journey through Dublin is time is of the essence, and for us it was a 48-hour race.

As the name suggests, the stops on the food tour are secret, adding an element of mystery.

We’ve been allowed to share some of the possible stops to give you an idea of the tour style:

The Temple Bar is a famous sight in Dublin

The best Fish & Chips in Temple Bar

This might not set the best tone for the calibre of this feature, but sometimes hearty and familiar food is the way to go – and the twist at Burdocks blew us away.

Introducing: Battered Smoked Cod fried in beef lard, and chips.

Not often is the cod used in traditional battered fish smoked, and by god it was beautiful. Somehow making the fish tender, with a tendency to melt, this went down a treat.

Also, who can turn down some freshly fried chips drenched in salt and vinegar?

Pick up some local produce at Fallon & Byrne

One of the great benefits of Secret Food Tours is the free samples.

So while you’re tasting local cheeses over the deli counter from county Galway and Waterford explore the halls here to find fresh produce, artisan chutneys, meats and alike.

Did you know honey is one of the biggest exports out of Ireland? You heard it here.

Now for the big players…

Dublin’s fine dining and high-end gastronomy options are on the sharp rise. While the city is fabulous for cafe culture, around the world street food and brunch the house down, I got the feeling the higher price-mark establishments had only recently bedded down roots here.

That said, the next two restaurants we visited prove Dublin was dying for them to arrive.

Glovers Alley: Art deco Miami meets French-inspired Irish gastronomy

That was a mouthful. But if I had to describe Glovers Alley in a bitesize chunk, that’s it.

Glovers Alley is the most exciting restaurant on the Dublin scene. The interior design alone is reason to visit: it’s sleek, sophisticated and uses my favorite shade of green throughout.

The nods to art deco Miami, circa 1925, are sublime and somehow work in contrast to the french-inspired cuisine, all while Dublin rests outside the window.

Glovers Alley is the axis of history, culture and cuisine.

One more thing: Who can deny the offer of a embellished gold, plush pink and olive green business card from a handsome maitre d’? I’m keeping it forever.

I got carried away, now to the food.

While the menu changes based on the fresh Irish produce in-season in the area, the options remain elegantly light but bountiful and offer an array of palette teasers for all tastes.

I’m a big fan of amuse-bouches, and of those we delightfully accepted – and by which I mean all of them – between each and every course were beautifully hand-crafted works of art.

The Chicken parfait between crisp macarons and chicken skin was impeccable.

The menu tastefully boasts its use of local produce, so with that in mind I chose my dishes in accordance and opted for the Dublin Bay Prawns to start and Suckling pig for main.

I think I have a thing about crispy skin?

To be able to inject French-influence without losing Irish heritage is somewhat an impossible thing to do without sacrifices being made somewhere, but this isn’t the case at Glovers Alley.

The desserts were equally impressive and the eclectic wine menu, deciphered for us by attentive and passionate serving staff, was a perfect accompaniment.

Glovers Alley isn’t somewhere to overlook to get a real taste of the evolving scene in Dublin.

Stack A Restaurant at Urban Brewing: A stone-walled heart with a lot of love to give

The manager at Stack A Restaurant is in love with his work and the art of beer brewing.
This was evident as he guided us around the incredible building. Having arrived in Dublin a mere few years ago, his eyes told us this is where his passion had led – and where he would stay.

How could we be surprised by that? Our passion for food led us to Dublin too. But, it was his energy that told us anything leaving that kitchen tonight would be exemplary of his devotion.

Housed in a working brewery, in the vault of a 200-year old Dublin Dockyard building – given new life in a sprawling cityscape – Stack A Restaurant has the wow factor.

The cavernous quality of the restaurant, at first, isn’t necessarily inviting or unwelcoming, but as warm-faced figures lead us to our table we get a real feel of the ethos at Stack A. The cold interior drives its unique atmosphere, and the staff bring its character.

Inspired by global journeys, by whom we’re unsure, the menu uses local produce – a running theme in Ireland’s gastronomy – to perfect its dishes.

I’m a meat eater, so any meat with a twist is for me. So when I see bacon powder, a sub-ingredient of the Pork Fillet and Pan-fried Atlantic Scallop appetizer, I have to have it.

I didn’t get much sense of bacon powder, but not being a main feature of the dish I should of expected as much, so that’s on me.

The Pork fillet, however, was so tender and sweet while the juxtaposition of the scallop, perfectly seared and warmed-through, made the dish as hearty as I could handle.

Staying on the hearty side of life – I’d calmed down after a few sips of specially chosen wine – of which the Sommelier here selects a range from around the world – I choose the ribeye.

Steak, for me, is the signpost of a kitchen’s skills – and this might be the Irish Beef origin talking, but with top ingredients like this, a top dish was made.

This thick and juicy cut surprised me by how easy it was to slice and how willing it was to allow me a side order of onion rings with no gastro-punishment later in the evening.

We left Stack A Restaurant with a shred of the love its manager has put into making it a culinary jewel in Dublin, and that’s enough to get us coming back for more.

Perfectly catered for special occasions – and even Wedding reception worthy – stumbling down into the basement of this centenary building was a big win for us.

Final thoughts on Dublin culinary culture….

So we managed to squeeze a lot of pit stops in our short time in Dublin. I have to say I’ve done food tours in Toronto, Nashville and now Dublin and I believe they are the best way to get a taste of the culinary culture in the destination of your choosing if you’re short on time.

However, it’s super important to take the time to visit a couple of restaurants for a fuller experience – even if time is escaping you – and give back a gesture of goodwill.

Dublin, we will be back – we never managed to get Brunch?! How did that happen?

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