Modern Manners

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Take Our 2016 Holiday Etiquette Quiz

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Steven Petrow is the author of Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding and writes on this website every month as Hilton’s Modern Manners expert. [callout thumbnail=""] For a manners experts like me, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are definitely “high season.” I probably get more questions from confused folks in these weeks than any other time of the year (except possibly in the months before a couple’s wedding). How will

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9 Best Travel Apps for Business or Pleasure

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Whether for business or pleasure, we have the best travel apps for you! If you’re like me, I’ll bet you're planning trips for the upcoming holidays, maybe some business junkets, and even starting to dream about next year’s vacations. I always try to use the latest apps that do anything to make my life easier, so I can spend more time on what really matters — and that goes double for travel. Fortunately, there are many new and updated apps available for those of us on the go. Here a

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Ask Steven

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Steven Petrow is the author of Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding and writes on this website every month as Hilton’s Modern Manners expert. This year he’ll be answering your questions about LGBT life, especially weddings, engagements, and anniversaries. Send him your questions at: stevenpetrow@gmail.com. [callout thumbnail=""] Two brides ask: Are our parents expected to pay for our wedding?   Q: My fiancée and I grew up knowing that

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Ask Steven

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Steven Petrow is the author of Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding and writes on this website every month as Hilton’s Modern Manners expert. This year he’ll be answering your questions about LGBT life, especially weddings, engagements, and anniversaries. Send him your questions at: stevenpetrow@gmail.com. [callout thumbnail=""] The heat is on same-sex couples: When are you getting married? Q: When the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marr

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Ask Steven

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Steven Petrow is the author of Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding and writes on this website every month as Hilton’s Modern Manners expert. This year he’ll be answering your questions about LGBT life, especially weddings, engagements, and anniversaries. Send him your questions at: stevenpetrow@gmail.com. [callout thumbnail=""] Who pays for the engagement rings when there are two brides? Q: My girlfriend and I are planning to get married

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Ask Steven

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Steven Petrow is the author of Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding and writes on this website every month as Hilton’s Modern Manners expert. This year he’ll be answering your questions about LGBT life, especially weddings, engagements, and anniversaries. Send him your questions at: stevenpetrow@gmail.com. [callout thumbnail=""] A quick note before I answer your questions: Late in March North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2, better

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Ask Steven

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Steven Petrow is the author of Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners and The New Gay Wedding and writes on this website every month as Hilton’s Modern Manners expert. This year he’ll be answering your questions about LGBT life, especially weddings, engagements, and anniversaries. Send him your questions at: stevenpetrow@gmail.com. [callout thumbnail=""] “I now pronounce you wife and wife” The correct way to address married same-sexers Q: I was searching onlin

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Holiday Cards and Invitations

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This December one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received is: “What’s the proper way to address holiday cards and party invitations to same-sex couples?” In fact, more people than ever are asking that question because, as UCLA’s Williams Institute reported last month, 96,000 LGBT couples have married since the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality in June. That’s one in 10 of all U.S. marriages. That’s a lot of us, for sure. Questions about same-sex couples de

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Questions about transgender people don’t only come from straight folks.

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Whether we identify as gay, lesbian, bi or straight, most of us still don’t know anyone who identifies as transgender. A new GLAAD/Harris Interactive poll reported that only 16% of Americans said they personally knew anyone who is transgender. Unfortunately, there is no data for the percentage of gays and lesbians who know someone who identifies as trans but it is certainly still a minority of us. And the questions I receive from my gay and lesbian Washington Post readers reflect confusion and

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Atlanta Pride 2015: We Are Family

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No doubt about it, the 45th annual Atlanta Pride Festival was historic. Drawing more than 200,000 people downtown over the weekend of October 9-11, this year’s celebration was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, ever. It also held a special meaning for many participants, because it was the first pride event held since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, finally bringing marriage equality to Georgia. Stationed at the Hilton booth, I handed out hundreds of marriage equ

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