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Josh Rimer is a travel YouTuber and Mr. Gay Canada 2019.

He has traveled extensively, both for his YouTube channel and with his fiancé Heath.

Both thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, so they decided it was the perfect place for their destination wedding.

Things started to go wrong as soon as they decided on a venue, however.


The couple chose the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center, a Marriott-owned resort, in the notably gay-friendly city. Not expecting any major issues, Josh filled out the hotel's online booking for weddings and waited to hear back.

Despite trying to book an all-inclusive wedding package with 40-45 guests attending (all also staying at the resort), Josh never heard back from the Sheraton.

When he called the hotel directly and asked to speak to someone about booking a wedding, he had a heck of a time just getting to speak to a live person. Multiple voicemails were left unanswered.

When Josh finally did get to talk to a live person, they took his email address and promised to send him information about their wedding services. That information never came.

Growing ever more frustrated after weeks of trying to get his questions answered, Josh called back once again. He eventually got the information sent to him and called back with some follow-up questions.

Over the course of that conversation, Josh mentioned that it was a same-sex wedding—intending only to point out that they would need two grooms' boutonnieres rather than the usually-included boutonniere and bouquet.

The hotel employee's response was as bizarre as it was homophobic. They told Josh that the Sheraton didn't specialize in same-sex weddings, so could not host their service and reception.

In a follow up email, that sentiment was repeated.

The hotel told Josh that their hotel staff was "not specialized to carry out" a same-ex wedding, and recommended that the couple seek a booking at another resort.

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Shortly after receiving the email, Josh decided to share their story on YouTube.

He shared his confusion at how a hotel could possibly need to specialize in gay weddings.

"What do you mean specialize? Why do you need to specialize in gay weddings? There's not much to specialize, other than it's going to be a groom and a groom instead of a bride and a groom."
"I don't know if she thinks we're going to show up in speedos with go-go dancers, and we expect the officiant to be wearing leather chaps? This is just a normal wedding, it just happens to be with two guys."

Our wedding venue canceled because we're gay youtu.be

The couple have since received an apology from the Marriott corporate office, but received no additional contact from the resort itself.

They aren't stuck trying to find another venue, however. Word of Josh and Heath's negative experience with the Sheraton reached Marriott-competitor Hilton. The hotel chain quickly offered the couple the use of their nearby Hilton property in Puerto Vallarta—free of charge.

Josh said Hilton is planning "the wedding of my dreams."

Vendors have also come forward to offer their services for free.

"When they sent us the write-up of everything that's going to be included, everything said 'groom and groom'. Hallelujah!"

Marriott has since released a statement about Josh and Heath's negative experience with their company.

"Marriott is greatly concerned about the experience reported by Mr. Rimer."
"Marriott has long been committed to providing an environment where all are welcome including our LGBTQ guests and their loved ones."
"When we learned about this matter, we immediately contacted Mr. Rimer and expressed our sincerest apologies for his experience."

Apologies are nice, but what is Marriott doing to ensure their locations stop discriminating?

Equality doesn't hurt anyone.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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