Sunday Funday Is Drinking Stoli Vodka in Vegas With Her Two Moms

Happy Sunday Funday, pop tarts!


Stoli Hearts Queers, Giving Queers Money

Stoli is giving $300,000 to the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s Leadership LAB (Learn, Act, Build) Program. Here’s to hoping the next generation of LGBT leaders like vodka pineapples.

“Because we at Stoli – and all corporations that support equality – have a responsibility to help make a difference, we have been working with our long-standing partners in the LGBT community to evaluate opportunities to make a significant and strategic investment in the global future of the LGBT movement,” Esposito wrote in The Advocate. “And that’s why we have decided to partner with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center by pledging $300,000 over the next three years to support a program that stands out for its potential to narrow this divide: its Leadership LAB initiative.”


Thanks, Obama

President Obama has used the word “gay” in public over 250 times, which makes him an amazing advocate for gay rights in the eyes of the HRC.

Lush Loves the Gay Skin You’re In

Lush, the all-natural beauty supply store for the most pretentious people in your life, will be standing up for same-sex love this Valentine’s Day to protest the Sochi Olympics and my refusal to indulge my obsession with bar soap inside the confines of their stores. GET INTO IT!


In Malaga, Spain, protestors reacted to remarks from the church that being gay is a “defect” by kissing each other’s defective faces, and it was cute.


Marriage, Schmarriage: The Round-Up

+ Melanie and Vanessa are fighting for gay marriage in Florida because they love being Momma and Mommy.

+ Mark Herring, Virginia’s Attorney General, will be joining the forces to challenge the state’s marriage equality ban.

+ The Attorney General of Nevada is “reevaluating” her office’s prior defense of the state’s same-sex marriage ban, giving me hope for a Vegas wedding in my future.

+ Same-sex marriage is something I’d expect to happen on a “fashionably late” schedule, but in Britain it’s headed over two weeks in advance.

+ The TSA will now screen same-sex couples together just like their straight counterparts. It’s better together!

+ Meet Sabrina Franco, the 4-year-old who urged Australia’s Prime Minister to “let girls marry girls.”


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  1. That Stoli grant is nice and all, but I’d feel better about it if it was going to a substance abuse treatment program run by that center instead. I mean, how many times has Autostraddle posted statistics about how alcoholism and drug addiction disproportionately affect LGBT folks? Seems like a treatment program would be apropo.

    (This is also why I’m a little uncomfortable with all the alcohol recipes and odes to booze on this site. But you do you, so….)

  2. Yey good company lush! Huge fan, a few of my friends work there and are super committed to making your body feel amazing through the use of things that smell awesome and feel great.

    • I have rather mixed feelings as far as lush is concerned.
      There were several reports in german media about douchebag-y ways to put employees under pressure, there was some talk about cult-like methods in order to make them join in in nude protests (for the sheer sake of marketing, of course) and, to make things worse, female employees were told to hold products in front of their boobs when talking to male customers, to let their gaze linger noticeable upon the male crotch and then try to talk the male customer into buying larger units of products by saying something like “but bigger/larger is always nicer”.
      Maybe that is just a problem in the german branch of lush, but still it leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

      • Wow! That is hideous. Here in merry old England my buds who work there are definitely the kind of women branded as “scary hippy feminists” and who would be the first to slam that kind of shit…they wouldn’t stand for it. I’ve never seen them up sell to folk or be pushy or provocative…they are however helpful and give good advice on skin/hair type. That German sitch is super disturbing.

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