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Last week on The Voice, Karina Iglesias sang a battle-duet with Judith Hill, the early front-runner to win it all. Their coach, Adam Levine asked them to sing, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World,” and man did they sing it.
The performance garnered a standing ovation from all for judges, the audience, and television viewers nation-wide. This was, by far, the best duet of all of the seasons of The Voice and American Idol, for that matter.
Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and Adam Levine chose the former back-up singer to Michael Jackson, Judith Hill. However, because The Voice’s Steal rule, Shakira quickly jumped in and saved Karina from elimination.
We were as excited as Karina, who screamed, “Latina Power!” after hugging her new coach.
Catch Karina on The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC, read our original interview and update when she auditioned, and then watch the performance everyone is talking about.
On April 26, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (MGLFF) will open its curtain for the 15th year. The MGLFF is celebrated for its program of feature films, documentaries and short films by, about and of interest to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
The highlight of the festival will be Ally Award presentation to actor-author-director James Franco, for his career accomplishments and his unwavering support of the LGBT community. The presentation will take place on Saturday, April 27, at the Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in downtown Miami immediately preceding the film Out In The Dark at 9:15 p.m.
Ladies, there are plenty of films for us. Visit our preview of the can’t miss films of the week and for more information about the MGLFF or purchase tickets, please visit www.mglff.com. Don’t miss out, the Festival ends May 5.
Miami Beach Pride 2013 was an amazing sight. Imagine 80,000 people in your backyard celebrating their love. The event was a success thanks to the support and dedication of so many sponsors and volunteers that made the 5th annual event a success – and Boundmag.com didn’t miss a single beat, from block parties to pool parties, we were there (and the reason why we are all still sunburned and exhausted). Adam Lambert as the headliner for Sunday night was close to amazing. We loved him on Idol, and when we found out he was family it made us love him even more. Thank you Danny Hilton for being the appetizer – he bought it, cute, sexy, British and very talented. Danny Hilton you did us good. Thank you. Other incredible performers over the weekend included the stupid good DJ Theresa and Lady Bunny, as well as Crystal Waters and Lady M. Azucar Nightclub held its first ever high-heel race from 9th Street to 12th Street before the start of the parade - which, by the way, brought a record 173 floats down Ocean Drive all under the blessing of this year’s Grand Marshall Mayor Matti
If you can’t remember all the fun you had, check out the Miami Beach Gay Pride album under Event Pix.
Last month, we changed our profile pictures, we wore red, we marched in Washington, D.C. and across the U.S. If you missed the reason why, it was because the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard arguments for and against the constitutionality of defining marriage as a union between members of the opposite sex.
“Hollingsworth v. Perry,” which deals with the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 was the first case presented to SCOTUS, and, the next day, they heard “United States v. Windsor,” which challenges the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) definition of marriage.
We were all very excited about it, and for many of us who aren’t too familiar with the happenings of SCOTUS, we were expecting to hear a verdict. I mean, that’s how it normally works when you go before a judge when you get a traffic ticket. But, apparently, the highest court in the land doesn’t work that way. So, we wait.
Even though the cover of TIME magazine’s April 8th issue claims that “Gay Marriage Already Won,” we should really wait to get the verdict directly from the judges. But, things are looking good for us, 6 of the 9 judges are technically men in dresses, and the remaining 3 are women with short hair - and you know what that means.
It’s been 365 days since the launch of our little ezine. We gave birth 12 times to a dozen issues. We created a lesbian dictionary with more than 100 entries. We covered nearly 40 events and snapped 3,000 pictures. And, I can continue to bore you with statistics and number of unique visits, but none of the numbers I can mention are an accurate measure of the pure joy and excitement that we’ve experienced in making this endeavor a reality. No. A more accurate measurement is the wonderful women we meet at community events that thank us for creating this site. Or the work of our talented volunteer writers that make every issue a reality. Or the ridiculous giggle attacks that paralyze production at around 1 a.m. Or the day we interviewed Melissa Etheridge and couldn’t get a proper cell phone signal. Or the night we let Maggie drive us to an event and ended up at the parking lot of a strip mall. Or the impromptu dance party Janette organized in my hotel room (without my permission) during Girls in Wonderland.
On that fateful evening at the Miami Lakes Ale House when I agreed to take a risk and create this thing with two women I hardly knew, there was no way we could’ve predicted what this year had in store. Soon after creating this site, we realized that the “we” was well beyond us. No, the “we” was now a network of thousands of friends from all orientations and persuasions. A network that brought our little website to life. We did that together, and, for that I am grateful.
So, cheers to you. Thank you for being part of this adventure and making this little pipe dream a reality. Here’s to another year of being together. Because together we are BOUND.
It’s no secret
that men make more than women. What is secret is how much more. Most companies
will penalize you for even asking such a question. Enter the Paycheck Fairness
Act, introduced by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski. Click on the video to
learn why this legislation is so important, and then contact your Senator and
tell him or her that you deserve equal pay for equal work.
In many ways, the month of January reminds me of the first day of 4th grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Mir, stood in front of the class and informed us that we all had A’s and that it was up to us to keep it that way. The entire class ended up getting an A, but only because Mrs. Mir broke her hip and none of the 9 substitute teachers that cycled through the year ever recorded a single grade.
Every year, I start off with that same feeling of hope and determination to accomplish whatever stupid goal I’ve made my New Year’s resolution to be. But, half way through, I either lose steam or conveniently forget what my goal was. The truth is none of my accomplishments have been as a result of a New Year’s resolution. None. But, I also don’t want to be that guy that replies in the negative when someone asks me about my resolution. So, I’ve resolved to come up with a fake resolution. And, because it’s fake, I can be as ambitious as I want.
Here are a few New Year’s Resolutions I’ve come up with:
1. To gain three times my body weight in the hopes to become a break-out reality star on ‘The Biggest Loser,’ and have Jillian Michaels fall in love with me only to dump her in a horrible fight in the middle of the gym that will conveniently be caught on camera.
2. In order to expand my social life and add a little fun to my daily routine, I will teach my vagina to smoke. That way, I can be invited to more parties and meet new people.
3. Volunteer at my neighborhood strip club and help the exotic dancers with their homework.
4. Start a campaign to recruit more women to become lesbians by doing some serious outreach in colleges, churches, and establishments that sell smoothies.
Join me in making up some fake resolutions. Leave your comments.
As you may have noticed, BOUND went dark in December. That’s because one of our founders (not mentioning names) didn’t pay our light bill because she was sure the Apocalypse was going to get us. The other founder contracted the most horrible UTI ever bestowed upon a vagina. And, the third editor has bronchitis, and she ain’t got time for that - meaning the other two founders. Luckily, the eating out didn’t come from zombies, all vaginas are once again healthy, and we all finally found time for each other. We are working hard to bring you another kick-ass issue the second week of January, so we can ring in the New Year, not isolated, but once again BOUND.
Plain and simple: there is a war on women.
As if the blatant refusal of the Republican party to advocate for equal pay and the jaw-dropping condoning of rape wasn’t bad enough, in Florida, there is an Amendment on the ballot that is not only invasive, but disgusting.
Amendment 6 will allow politicians in Tallahassee to step in between women and their doctors. It is not for politicians to decide what should or should not be covered by someone’s health plan, or for them to take coverage away from people who already have it today.
Amendment 6 is deeply flawed and allows politicians to put a woman’s health in danger. Politicians will be able to intrude on personal medical decisions between a woman, her family, and her doctor.
If a pregnant woman’s health were threatened, Amendment 6 could ban insurance from covering medical care she needs to end a pregnancy and protect her health.
We all deserve access to health insurance plans that cover critical care we can count on, for us, for our sisters, for our best friends. Amendment 6 could leave the women we love to make difficult decisions in the case of a severe fetal abnormality, with the added stress of figuring out how to pay for the medical care she needs – even though she has insurance.