National Airport restaurant accused of anti-gay bias

By : LOU CHIBBARO JR. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVEGeorge Curtis claims he was harassed, threatened with assault, demoted, and later fired by the Good Stuff Eatery in National Airport. (Photo courtesy Curtis)

A gay former manager at the Good Stuff Eatery restaurant at Reagan National Airport charges in a discrimination complaint that he was harassed, threatened with assault, demoted, and later fired by the restaurant’s district manager because of his sexual orientation, race, and status as a “nonconforming” male.

George Curtis, 29, of Oxon Hill, Md., told the Washington Blade the alleged harassment and discriminatory action took place in December 2017 before and after he raised concerns with management about broken equipment and a crumbling wall in the restaurant’s kitchen next to a food table that he considered to be unsanitary.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski to open restaurant in New York

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” food and wine expert Antoni Porowski is bringing his culinary creations from Netflix to the public.

Porowski revealed the secret venture in a “Queer Eye” cast interview with 92nd Street Y.

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Florida restaurant owner verbally attacks trans, lesbian customers

By : Jeremy Williams
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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. | Owners of a South Florida restaurant are apologizing after one of them verbally attacked a transgender customer and then called a lesbian customer “disgusting.”

Bill Harrell, one of the owners of the Country Roads Cafe in Lehigh Acres, approached the table of Melissa Bellows June 4. According to a Facebook post by Bellows, he began to make fun of a transgender woman who was sitting at another table saying “you know that’s a boy dressed as a girl.”

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Four LGBTQ Central Florida and Tampa Bay chefs on finding their tribe in the restaurant life

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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The idiom “love is love” became a rallying cry throughout the LGBTQ community since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in 2015. But for these four gay and lesbian chefs in Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg, food is love.

Most of them grew up cooking at the feet of their families. Jeannie Pierola, chef and owner of the Edison Food + Drink Lab in Tampa, learned from her Spanish and Cuban grandmothers. Top Chef Seattle alum and executive chef at St. Pete boîtes BellaBrava and Stillwaters Tavern, Jeffrey Jew, learned from his father and half-Chinese grandfather.

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Many big restaurant chains give dirty money to right-wing, reactionary causes, We show you the places to eat hate-free!

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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Early last year, I found myself on a yacht off the coast of Isla Mujeres with a group of older adults far beyond my own socio-economic status.

The presidential primaries were ramping up and our evening was winding down – champagne had flowed freely and words came easier than they should have. One woman explained her voting strategy this way, no nuance, an open and shut case: “I vote with my wallet.”

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Jason Lambert has used the success of The Hammered Lamb to help LGBT charities

By : Dylan Drobet
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Orlando – Growing up, Jason Lambert had his fair share of nicknames—Lamb Chops, Lambskin, J-Lamb, Lambo, Lambertini. The list goes on and Lambert knew when he opened his restaurant two-and-a-half years ago—The Hammered Lamb in Ivanhoe village—it had to have ‘Lamb’ in the name.

“I was out with some friends and we were discussing several names for the bar when my friend Jordan said, ‘What about The Hammered Lamb?’ and it stuck,” Lambert says. “Right after that I had another friend, Patrick Fatica, design the logo and the branding began.”

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OUT & About at K Restaurant

By : Patrick O'Connor
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With Come Out With Pride events well underway, one of the events that helped jump start a week of celebrating 10 years of pride was OUT & About at K Restaurant. Owner Chef Kevin Fonzo prepared a four-course meal for an evening of fine dining at the award-winning K Restaurant.

With wine pairing — selections provided by Rex Goliath — and entertainment for the event, it was definitely a fun-filled evening to toast to.

Follow the jump for more photos from this event.

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