April 14, 2015

Clinton campaign ad hit with "18+" rating in Russia

Hillary Clinton ad features gay coupleOn Sunday, Hillary Clinton finally announced that she was running to be the Democrat's candidate for the presidency in 2016. No one was surprised.

Her first campaign ad was also released. It contained the image of a same-sex couple holding hands. How sweet!

However, over in Russia, the ad was considered too adult for some. It was hit with an "18+" age rating while airing on Russia's Dozhd TV channel.
A spokesman for Dozhd explained that the age warning was essential to ensure the station did not run afoul of Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, which bans any promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to minors. The station said that it would have faced a large fine for failing to comply.
In response, Nate Johnson tweeted:
Nate Johnson tweet about Russia
In related news, Putin is still a major prick.

April 12, 2015

AIDS Healthcare Foundation accused of major scam

AIDS Healthcare FoundationA whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), one of the major players in HIV and AIDS medical care, claiming it has scammed up to 12 states for about $20 million a year for the past 4 years.  
The allegations are being made by three former managers of the AHF, including Shawn Loftis (who worked in porn as Collin O'Neal). The three filed suit last week claiming the company actually paid employees and patients kickbacks - $100 and $50 respectively - for any new HIV+ patient referrals. AHF could then claim to be helping more HIV+ individuals in need, resulting in bigger payouts from programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS grant programs.
“[AHF President Michael] Weinstein also directed a patient financial incentive of $50 to those falling out of care to induce them to return to AHF medical care and also a financial incentive of up to $50 every few months to remain in AHF care, as well as an additional financial ‘bonus’ at the end of one year of such care,” the suit said.
Weinstein said the lawsuit lacked merit.
"Not only has AIDS Healthcare Foundation done nothing wrong, our pro-active approach to finding and linking HIV-positive individuals to lifesaving care and treatment is critical to stopping HIV in this country," Weinstein argued in a statement.
AHF is responsible for over 350,000 patients in 36 countries. Of course, in the porn world AHF is better known as a major force in pushing for mandatory condom use in porn films, such as its successful push for a condom law in LA County.  
“For those people who have asked me where Weinstein gets the money to wage his multimillion-dollar personal vendetta against the porn industry ... now you know,” Diane Duke, head of the adult trade group Free Speech Coalition, said.
“Clearly for Michael Weinstein it has been all about fame and fortune at the expense of AHF's clients and people in need of HIV education and services,” she added. “That Weinstein would misuse tens of millions in federal funds earmarked HIV prevention and treatment is shocking and atrocious.” 
Whistleblower Suit Spurs Questions Over AHF's Anti-porn Campaign [Xbiz]
Former AIDS Healthcare Foundation Managers File Whistleblower Act Claims Against Nation's Largest HIV/AIDS Medical Company for Patient Referral Kickback Scheme  [Morningstar News]

April 7, 2015

California's "Sodomite Suppression Act" gets company

shellfishA (so-called) Christian activist hates gays so much that he submitted a ballot initiative in California that would punish gays with death.
Matt McLaughlin, a lawyer, filed the "Sodomite Suppression Act" to instill "Biblical" values by introducing the death penalty for homosexuality. He said the law is based on Leviticus 20:13, which states: “If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death."
“This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,” California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement, asking the court to relieve her from the obligation to process the proposal. “If the Court does not grant this relief, my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism."
Activist Joe Decker of San Jose has his own way of pointing out the absurdity of the bill, but proposing one of his own. It is based on the same part of the Bible and is called the "Shellfish Suppression Act."
Leviticus 11:12 states: “Whatsoever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.”
According to the "Shellfish Suppression Act":
Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.
Any person who willingly consumes or sells shellfish is guilty of a felony, and shall be fined $666 thousand per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.
Another initiative, the "Intolerant Jackass Act," has also been introduced. It states: “Any person, herein known as an ‘Intolerant Jackass’, who brings forth a ballot measure that suggests the killing of gays and/or lesbians, whether this measure is called the Sodomite Suppression Act or is known by some other name, shall be required to attend sensitivity training for at least three (3) hours per month for twelve (12) consecutive months.”
Before any of the proposals can actually be voted on they require a signatures from 5% of voters (or approximately 350,000 people). Luckily, this means gays and shellfish are probably safe. Sadly, it also means the number of intolerant jackasses in the state will stay the same.

April 4, 2015

Bigotry rewarded in Indiana

What a strange turn of events. 

It all started when the government of Indiana decided to pass the "Religous Freedom Restoration Act," largely seen as giving permission to wedding-related businesses in the state to refuse service to gay couples if the owners don't believe in same-sex marriage.

Governor Mike Pence had to defend the law and claimed their was no intent to use it to discriminate against gay people. Under intense pressure from businesses and rights organizations the law was passed but with an amendment specifically stating that service could not be refused to someone because of their sexual orientation. 

One business, Memories Pizza, went on record as saying it would not cater a gay wedding because its owners say homosexuality is against their religion. The pizza joint was flooded with complaints and negative reviews on social media. The right wing media picked up the story of the establishement's "victimization" and started a Go Fund Me campaign to "relief the financial loss endured by the proprietor's stand for faith."   Donations flooded in, with over $750,000 donated in the first day. 

So bigotry does get rewarded. Just goes to show, the Internet can be used for great good and for great ill.

March 25, 2015

$325,000 fine for newscast that accidentally included penis pic

FCCThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) means business. The FCC has announced it plans to fine WDBJ $325,000 for showing “graphic sexual images” during an evening newscast.
Way back in 2012, the Roanoke, Va. CBS station aired a story about a former adult film star who was volunteering for a local rescue squad. The station used naughty images of the actress from a porn website for the story.
The image was of the starlet sucking on her finger in a provocative manner. However, the screenshot included more of the website, with other video options pictured to the side. And one of the images was of a nude male, erect penis exposed.
Complaints flooded in, though the station said it was all much ado about nothing. It argued that the “extremely fleeting and partial image of a penis during a news story” was not bad enough to be seen as a violation of broadcast rules.
The Commission, moving like molasses, has just announced it will hit the station with “the maximum available penalty” for violating federal laws prohibiting indecent programming. This will actually be the biggest fine ever levied for a single incident broadcast on one station.
“Our action here sends a clear signal that there are severe consequences for TV stations that air sexually explicit images when children are likely to be watching,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.
Finally, the evil penis pushers of WDBJ have been put in their place!

March 18, 2015

Gay porn models in Ghana threatened with jail time and torture

GhanaThanks to local news sources, young men in Ghana who have appeared in gay porn films are now being hunted down. They face jail time, abuse and torture if caught.
Many of the men are jobless or students from the University of Ghana. Their work was uncovered by StarrFMonline and Breeze FM, both of which called for an end to the "festering underground gay porn movie industry." The news outlets blamed "foreign producers" for the problem.
Now the Bureau of National Investigations, the government's internal intelligence agency, is trying to find the young men. 
"People are aware that the society frowns upon it," said Gary Nimako, an anti-gay lawyer. "They have engaged in an illegality and they must be arrested."
"We are trying to get all of the men to safety and out of the country," said an anonymous gay activist. "This is a terrifying situation for all involved."
Same-sex acts between men are illegal in Ghana. The punishment is up to 3 years in prison if found guilty.
Ghana: Lawyer calls for arrest of students in gay porn movies [Pink News]

March 15, 2015

Twitter says no to "revenge porn"

Twitter says no more "revenge porn"If you are an ass and want to post naughty pics of your ex, don't do it on Twitter. The popular social media site has updated its Terms of Use policy, and is banning the practice of sharing images of tits and dicks that aren't yours to share.

Twitter made the change official on Wednesday, prohibiting "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."
"It is a gratifying move, one sorely needed and appreciated," explained University of Maryland law professor Danielle Keats Citron, author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. "Twitter's approach strikes a good balance: Victims can report revenge porn as abuse and then have to confirm that it is an image featuring them that they don't want online. This protects victims so long as moderators move quickly and insulates against false claims by anti-porn activists."
Reddit made a similar change last month.
It seems that "revenge porn" types are persona non grata on the Internet, and owners of sites that peddle in such imagery have faced serious consequences.
Craig Brittain, the owner of IsAnybodyDown, settled with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and was forced to destroy all images and personal contact information he collected from victims. And Hunter Moore, the creator of IsAnyoneUp.com, recently pled guilty to charges of hacking and identity theft; he is awaiting sentencing.
The guys who founded UGotPosted.com, Eric Chanson and Kevin Bollaert, each have been ordered to pay $450,000 in civil damages to a woman whose nude photos - of her as a minor - had been posted. Bollaert may also get a 20 year prison stay.
Twitter bans 'revenge porn' [USA Today]

March 12, 2015

Homophobe's church may lose its hate filled sign

The terribly homophobic ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem, NYC may be about to lose its anti-gay sign.
The issue is not that the sign is often filled with anti-gay nonsense - like "Jesus would stone homos" - but that the large sign was put up without a permit. 
In fact, the church has been charged with five violations for altering its landmarked premises on 123rd Street and Lenox Avenue without permission.
“Please keep in mind that the Commission cannot legally regulate the content of a sign, however, permits must be obtained for the installation of signage on landmark properties," explained Damaris Olivo of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “The commission’s first priority is to work with property owners to adjust violations.
“Usually the property owner works with staff to resolve the violations. In this instance unfortunately we have to issue a Notice of Violation because the property owner has not been cooperative. If the sign is not removed, the building’s owners could face increasing levels of fines.”
Pastor James David Manning runs the church. He's the nutter who claims Starbucks flavors its coffee with semen.
He claimed: “The thing that I was not aware of is that… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. It’s the absolute truth. They’re using male semen, and putting it into the blends of coffees that they sell. My suspicion is that they’re getting their semen from sodomites. Semen flavours up the coffee, and makes you thinks you’re having a good time.”
Here's hoping his church is forced into bankruptcy soon!

March 4, 2015

Average penis is smaller than you think

Average penis size smaller than you thinkIf you have a six-inch cock, you can now tell men on Grindr that you are above average! A new study has found that the average penis size is smaller than we all thought.

Researchers combined seventeen different studies, with information about more than 15,500 men, and found that the average length of an erect penis is 5.16 inches, and 3.6 inches when flaccid. This undermines claims that a 6-inch penis is the norm.
The work was completed by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The research exposed penis lengths as small as 1.9 inches when erect up to 8.3 inches. Obviously there were no porn stars in this study.
Psychiatrists who were involved in the study said this might help men who suffer from “small penis anxiety.”
“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range," Dr David Veale of King’s College London said. “We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be.”
Last year, another study found that one in five men is unsatisfied with the size of their penis.
Veale added: "It is a hidden problem. Men are more likely to seek solutions on the internet with lotions potions, extenders or surgery."
Study reveals average penis size for men [CBC]

March 2, 2015

Gays at CPAC not that hard to find

CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) took place this past week. It's where the extremely right-wing - like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum - gather to talk about all the things they hate. (Like gay marriage, gay rights, Obama and liberals.)

Reason TV headed to the convention to look for gay people and get their take on being conservative and queer. The tool of choice: Grindr.
"For conservatives if they are going to be able to win an election, they are going to need to get younger voters," said one 19-year-old gay man. "And to do that they need to be more socially liberal. Essentially, they need to shift libertarian."
The sentiment is in step with a June 2014 Reason-Rupe poll of millennials that found 53 percent of millennials would support a presidential candidate who was both socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

February 19, 2015

Party planned for (not so) well-endowed men

Big Small Penis PartyAnt Smith doesn't have a big cock. In fact, at 4 inches erect, it is smaller than average. But rather than let his teeny weeny get him down, the 48-year-old Brit is planning the first ever ‘Big Small Penis’ party to celebrate “tiny todgers, compact cocks, wee willies, mini members, and dinky dicks."
“I think it’s really important to maintain a balanced sense of fun," he explained. "That’s why I’m creating a celebratory party. I’ve got various thoughts on what is a good and what is a bad small penis joke. And I do think humour is a great healer. So I’ll just say ‘keep laughing’.”
There is a cover charge, based upon each inch of your manhood. Women are welcome (and, we assume, free). 
For Smith, documentaries like Unhung Hero and My Penis and I don't do enough for men with little between the legs. "They tend to take a very ‘oh my god I have this problem how do I fix it’ sort of approach," he complained. "And that’s fundamentally misguided. We actually need to be taking the ‘we are what we are, let’s celebrate diversity’ approach. For the last two years there’s been a small penis pageant in New York, [but] that’s a relatively small affair.”
Of course, Smith is lucky because he has a supportive wife. "The fact that she loves me helped me come to terms [with my body]."
They'll likely be serving half-ounce cocktails and mini-sausages at the event. The party takes place on March 7 in London (you can find out more information here.)
You can read Ant Smith's poem about being a short-dicked man after the jump ...

> CONTINUE READING Party planned for (not so) well-endowed men

February 5, 2015

Giant cock greets Toronto subway riders

TTC phallic sign

In Toronto, Canada, an odd sign was posted in one of the city's subway stations. But almost as soon as it went public, it came right back down.

"Everybody who had seen the sign, it led some to believe it looked like a very phallic-looking symbol and we don't want any of our maps to be misconstrued, so we're in the midst of replacing it," Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross said. He claimed no actual complaints from the public were received.
But how was an obviously phallic image approved in the first place? (Complete with shaded tip!)
Ross said the TTC would be looking into the issue, but said the sign was probably the result of a rush job to get it completed on time.
"I'm told that map was erected in December when we were putting up Next Vehicle Arrival signs," he said. "The person who designed the sign did not seek proper approval and the process was not followed."
It could have been worse. A second sign was also designed, but above the same phallic image were the words; "Welcum to the TTC. Enjoy the ride!" 

February 2, 2015

Coca-Cola and Michael Sam take on the haters

Michael Sam has experienced firsthand how the Internet be used to fuel ignorance and hate. Watch as he channels this negativity into positivity and provides great advice for how to #MakeItHappy.

February 1, 2015

RuPaul has a few words for drag hating Mary Cheney

After seeing a promo for RuPaul's Drag Race (Premiering March 2 on Logo TV) Mary Cheney (daughter of Dick) likened drag to black face. RuPaul saw this as a teachable moment. Time for a Drag Herstory lesson. Learn it, and learn it well.