There's a new top-level domain in town, and it's .HIV.
The domain was created to help raise awareness and funds for projects around the world that want to end the transmission of HIV and AIDS.
"Imagine simply using .HIV as you use .COM. Each time you visit website.HIV, buy a ticket on movies.HIV, or shop at store.HIV, a small donation would reach HIV and AIDS projects,” said Carolin Silbernagl, co-founder of .HIV and CEO of the dotHIV Registry.
What makes this domain unique is that every time a user clicks on a .HIV website, dotHIV will donates 0.1¢ to help support HIV projects across the globe. These micro-donations do not come at further expense to the user or the website owner.
The creators hope that big name brands will set up a .HIV page with their brand name, and then redirect visitors to their standard .com page.
"No need to run an extra website, the content remains the same, only now it has a social benefit," dotHIV explained. "This "Digital Red Ribbon" not only helps generate web traffic but shows social responsibility as well as commitment to digital innovation. And it involves the website visitors: Every click on a .HIV domain is doing good."
The money from the registration of the .HIV address is used to cover the per click donation, and such registrations will cost around $200 per year. Non-profits, however, can obtain a .HIV address for free.
Some big names have already signed on to the project, including Microsoft, Twitter, and Amazon.
The BBC announced that it has commissioned what it said would be Britain’s first sitcom series to focus on a transgendered character.
The six-part series will follow the love story of 26-year-old Leo and 40-something trans woman Judy.
Leo, having suffered through one of the worst days of his life, bumps into Judy and is immediately attracted to her.
The BBC explained: “They bond over drinks and, unfazed by the fact that there’s a bit of an age gap between them, arrange to meet the following evening. Leo’s mother is unhappy that he’s having dinner with an older woman. But Leo doesn’t care what she thinks; he knows that he’s just met someone very special.”
Rebecca Root (pictured), who is transgendered in real life, plays Judy. She wrote in a blog post about the series: “Judy decides to do the ‘Big Reveal’ on the first date with Leo," she wrote. "He quietly processes the information and then just gets on with the meal. ‘Would you like a starter?’ he asks. No questions about her body. No inappropriate comments about the toilet. Just so.
"This episode makes no more bones about Judy’s gender than had she confessed to liking Fleetwood Mac (which she did in an early draft). I was over the moon to get the part.”
The show will air on BBC2 in the UK. No release date has been given.
BBC to Air Britain’s First Transgender Sitcom Series [HRC Blog]
BBC2 commissions Britain's first transgender sitcom Boy Meets Girl [The Independent]
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is launching an ad campaign citing several studies that conclude anti-HIV drug Truvada is far from the panacea many sexually active gay men had hoped for. The reason: a significant proportion of people on the drug fail to take it every day, as directed.
"The bottom line is that people won’t adhere and take the pill,” Michael Weinstein, president of AHF, told BuzzFeed. “That’s what studies have shown. If this catches on as a public health strategy, that means there are going to be people who will take Truvada irregularly and some will be infected, and some develop drug resistance.”
In May, the Centres for Disease Control issued clinical guidelines on PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV transmission, saying that if taken daily along with using condoms, it is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. It recommended that doctors with patients at high risk of infection should consider PrEP as part of their HIV prevention strategy, including regular HIV and STD testing and condom use. In July, the World Health Organization announced a similar recommendation, saying men who have sex with men should consider PrEP as an additional method of preventing HIV infection.
In other words, no health agency recommends using Truvada instead of condoms and many Truvada users aren't taking the drug properly anyway.
Jason Adonis is returning to adult - yet again. Apparently he just can't resist the siren call of the glamorous world of gay porn, exotic dancing and the "private meetings" that his manager, David Forest, arranges for him.
According to the press release:
"After a few years off, the hunky Mid-West heartthrob returns to the adult world where he’ll be available for movies, internet, live appearances and private meetings. He has been re-signed by David Forest’s The Premiere Artists for exclusive management and booking in all areas. His private meetings will be coordinated by Forest’s Meet The Stars.
"He finally realizes that he loves doing the movies … he loves the attention he gets. He’s a sensational LIVE performer and gets off pleasing crowds, yet, has really only done shows in Chicago, NY/Boston and a few cities in Florida. He needs to make up for lost time. He wants to do club gigs all the time. AND …his private meetings are always successful and he enjoys meeting his fans that way. He’s overcome the paranoia that clients are all out to get him.
"Jason’s initial 10 years in the adult business (2002-2012) saw him as a Jet Set, Falcon, AMG and Raging Stallion exclusive, appearing in 30 films. He also did a handful of live appearances (Chicago, Boston, NYC and Florida). In confirming his re-association with Forest (they worked together in 2010-11), Adonis states, 'I’m ready for one last run with a mature head this time.' Adonis, 34, continues to make his home in Chicago.
It's true his head is more mature now, but wasn't that baby face the main reason we fell in lust with him a decade ago?
Jimmy Kimmel has a great bit on his late night show where celebrities read out some of the mean tweets people have posted about them. Not to be outdone, gay porn company Men.com decided to have its stars do the same.
Although some of these are mean, we've certainly read meaner.
Hairy stud Shawn Wolfe was last week's leader of the pack and now moves on to the quarter-finals!
This means you get three new hotties to vote for this week. Johnny Rapid has proven that there's no dick too big for him to ride. Markie More will fuck or get fucked, just as long as he's part of the action. And Trenton Ducati has no problem keeping up with all the newbies in the biz.
Click the pics to see each contender's galleries, then vote for your favorite. Choose wisely, as only one stud can move on to the quarter-finals!
Johnny Rapid: Just like his name, he's fast and furious!
Markie More: Totally versatile, he can give and take with the best of them!
Trenton Ducati: This gay porn veteran knows how to make his partners squirm and squirt!
Singer Sam Smith, who recently came out as a gay man, would like you to stop using hook-up apps like Grindr.
The 22-year-old says that apps like Grindr - and straight apps like Tinder - are destroying romance.
"No offence to people who go on Tinder but I just feel like it’s ruining romance, I really do," he said. "We’re losing the art of conversation and being able to go and speak to people and you’re swiping people."
He said the apps redirect our focus towards superficial things like hair and body type, and that things that really matter, like personality, aren't being considered.
"From my experience the most beautiful people I’ve been on dates with are the dumbest, so why would I swipe people who are 'unattractive' when I could potentially fall in love with them?" he added.
He said he's currently dating a guy he found without using an app, though he doesn't say who or how they met. Of course, being a bestselling artist probably doesn't hurt when looking for potential suitors.
God has finally had enough of the crazy antics of the "God hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church. He has taken to crowdfunding site IndieGoGo to raise the money needed to put a "God Loves Gays" billboard in the home town of the anti-gay organization.
In just 10 days, the campaign has reached over $40,000 (of its $50,000 goal). Any additional money will be used to erect other gay-positive billboards around the US.
In return for donations, supporters will get bumper stickers, limited edition t-shirts or posters saying "God Loves Gays" signed by God himself.
"A mean lie has been put into the world for thousands of years," explained God on the campaign's website. "The time has come to right this wrong. ... God loves gay, lesbian and transgendered people. God loves ALL people!
"Therefore, the LORD shall put up a billboard in Topeka, Kansas that says 'God Loves Gays.' The time has come to fight back. With love!"
The first billboard has already been booked and will be unveiled on September 8 in Topeka.
The unknown comedian behind the Facebook page The Good Lord Above is helping God out with the campaign. We're sure Jesus would approve.
Openly gay musician Doug Locke has released his new single, "#ThisCouldBeUs."
In the music video, Locke's older self reconnects with one of his former flames, which brings back memories of their youth together.
"We all have those former loves that, while life may have led us in different directions, we find ourselves reminiscing over, daydreaming about what could have been," Locke said. "I'm a firm believer that once you give a person a piece of your heart, you never truly get it back."
On Friday, Gawker Media announced that it will now review all user comments before they are posted.
The decision was made after Gawker-owned site Jezebel, a feminist blog, complained that its parent company was not doing enough to deal with the issue of "violent pornography" and "gory images of bloody injuries" that were being uploaded by commenters on a daily basis.
"This practice is profoundly upsetting to our commenters who have the misfortune of starting their day with some excessively violent images, to casual readers who drop by to skim Jezebel with their morning coffee only to see hard core pornography at the bottom of a post about Michelle Obama, and especially to the staff, who are the only ones capable of removing the comments and are thus, by default, now required to view and interact with violent pornography and gore as part of our jobs," Jezebel staff wrote on their site. "None of us are paid enough to deal with this on a daily basis."
Gawker's publishing platform, Kinja, was designed to make it easy for users to comment on stories and provide tips to Gawker's editors while remaining anonymous. It is considered one of the main reasons the site has become so successful.
"Gawker's leadership is prioritizing theoretical anonymous tipsters over a very real and immediate threat to the mental health of Jezebel's staff and readers," Jezebel editors claimed.
After Jezebel's complaint went public, Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read announced that comments will now require approval. The new policy to review all comments before they go live affects all of Gawker Media's online properties, including Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel and io9.
Gawker Responds To Jezebel Staff Complaints ... About Violent Pornographic Comments [Business Insider]