Ross Mathews, George Carrancho, Sean Franklin and the Prancing Elites
(Photo Courtesy of Kris Connor/Getty Images for Marriott International)
Marriott International continued its support of marriage equality and its LGBT-friendly social-media campaign, #LoveTravels , this weekend at Capital Pride in Washington, DC. As part of Pride weekend and Marriott’s campaign, TV personality Ross Mathews officiated a gay wedding for George Carrancho and Sean Franklin, a couple of nearly 10 years who met in their home state of Texas and now live in New York. Thousands of spectators were watching because the ceremony was held atop Marriott’s float in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday.
A host on Live From E! and former regular on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Ross chatted with me before the big event about marriage equality, Marriott’s #LoveTravels campaign and all things travel, including his most memorable trip as a child.
#LoveTravels Billboard Wrap at JW Marriott Washington DC, featuring Jason Collins
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins courted press today at Freedom Plaza to show off his billboard, draped on the JW Marriott Hotel located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Downtown Washington, DC. The Brooklyn Nets center was part of the Marriott International initiative to officially kick off its #LoveTravels campaign — just a couple days from the start of DC’s annual Capital Pride weekend.
According to Marriott’s Senior Marketing Director, Kristine Friend, this multicultural campaign mirrors the company’s commitment to diversity and their mission statement, “to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel.” READ MORE
Marriott International plans to remove pornographic movies from its pay-per-view menu. The company wants to pull the plug on skin flicks, starting with its new properties opening in the next few years. After several years of raking in a wad of revenue, Marriott’s earnings are now, um well, limp.
Over the past few years, the hotel chain has noticed a drop in porn and pay-per-view consumption. According to USA Today, one of the reasons for the decrease is that business travelers check into hotels and bring their own entertainment, including Netflix DVDs, an iPod Touch or a laptop.
In a released statement, Marriott is “working with in-room entertainment providers and technology vendors to transition to the next generation of in-room entertainment.” What does that mean? We’re not sure, but for now, we suggest you B.Y.O.P. — bring your own porn.
Do you watch pay-per-view entertainment at hotels? Tell us what you think about Marriott’s new ban.