November 10, 2014
Popular cereal spokes-tiger, Tony, wants people to know that Kellogg is down with the LGBT community.
Kellogg recently sponsored the Atlanta Pride march. The company also took out an ad in the city's Pride Guide, which included the image (above) of Tony the Tiger and the company's pro-gay position.
It read: “At Kellogg, we’re an evolving culture that respects and accepts employees’ sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression so that all employees can be authentic and fully engaged.”
Even better, the Christian right is ever so pissed. The American Family Association (AFA) is even calling for a boycott, with one of its supporters asking if "Tony [is] now marketing a sexual lifestyle to children?"
AFA's recent attempt to bring down Starbucks with a similar boycott was a smashing success ... not!
November 6, 2014
We told you about Starbucks' new online campaign
that featured drag queens Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio. Well, one pastor isn't having it. Oh no!
Pastor James David Manning, of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, claimed that Starbucks was “ground zero” for Ebola being spread by “upscale sodomites." (Right, because there's nothing upscale gays like more than a deadly disease, except maybe teacup poodles and poppers.)
"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," he said. "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 think you’re having a good time."
A group of gay activists decided the best form of protest was to hand out free Starbucks in front of Manning's church. They didn't say what they used to flavor the free drinks.
November 4, 2014
If you're Canadian, or an American who listens to NPR, you may be familiar with Jian Ghomeshi. He is the now former host of the popular radio show Q, in which prominent cultural and entertainment figures are interviewed.
As we mentioned last week, Ghomeshi was fired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) after he was accused of being sexually aggressive with a former girlfriend. He claimed she was a jilted lover seeking revenge. He also admitted to being into "consensual" BDSM game play and argued that the CBC let him go because of his personal sexual interests.
Fast forward a few days and the story has become a lot more disturbing. Nine women, some anonymous and some not, have come forward with similar stories of abuse. According to police, three of the women's claims are now being investigated.
"These people have come forward. They've seen that other people are talking about it and it's brought it back up in their lives," Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins explained. "[Ghomeshi] has not been convicted of anything, these are allegations. We are trying to get all the information from our reportees — our victims — first, so that we have the best evidence to move forward."
Allegations from the women include being slapped and punched in the head repeatedly without warning. Most say that they neither discussed sex nor consented to being manhandled. Actress Lucy DeCoutere described being slapped and choked without warning. Another woman claims that after a date with Ghomeshi she went to his home and, once inside, he knocked her to the floor and began beating her. She started to cry, at which point he told her it was time to leave.
Others have talked about a teddy bear in his room that he turns away, saying "Big Ears Teddy shouldn't see this" before becoming aggressive.
He has also been accused of inappropriate activity at work. A former CBC employee said Ghomeshi told her “I want to hate fuck you.” She said she was ignored when she complained to CBC management.
The fallout has been swift. Two PR firms have dropped him as a client, and a third has not yet spoken to the media. Lights, the Canadian pop band he managed, has also fired him.
The BDSM community is fuming that he dragged them into this messy situation.
"My biggest problem with Ghomeshi's defense is that he's trying to use the BDSM community, and the many years of education that we have put forward, as a cover for his abuse," dominatrix Margaret Corvid said. "Basically what he is trying to do is say everything that he's doing is consensual, and he's trying to distract people with a kink-phobia defense, when really what he is doing is just plain ol' garden variety horrific abuse."
She explained how people in the BDSM community are expected to behave:
When two people want to engage in some kinky play, first of all, they have a negotiation. They talk about their limits, they talk about things that might trigger them, things they want to enjoy and things they want to avoid. A lot of BDSM play has safe words ... but it goes way beyond safe words. Once people go into the play -- you have to remember, consent is revocable. Consent can change at any moment.
Because several of the allegations date back many years and are only now coming to light, the Ghomeshi affair has set off a national debate on the silence of abused women.
Canadian actress alleges Jian Ghomeshi slapped and choked her at his home
[The National Post]
Consent and education key to BDSM: Community
Professional Dominatrix: Jian Ghomeshi's Actions Don't Mesh With BDSM Rules
[The Huffington Post
October 29, 2014
For the last couple of years, the hot lads have stripped down to raise money for Sport Allies, a charity they created to battle homophobia in sport.
"I was delighted to be asked, and more than happy to help the boys with the amazing work they are doing through Sport Allies," McKellen said. "Though I did ask them to make clear on the invitation that I would remain clothed throughout the event."
If you are not familiar with these guys, here's a British chap to explain who they are ...
October 22, 2014
A 73-year-old instructor at a Montreal private high-school has been fired after it was discovered that she appeared nude in several films in Europe -- over forty years ago.
Laurent-Auger’s early films date back to to the 1960s and ’70s when she was a struggling young actress who had just graduated from theatre school in Montreal and moved to Paris. The dismissal occured after students discovered some of her films online.
Brébeuf College defended its dismissal of Laurent-Auger, stating "... the fact that these films were shot 40 years ago doesn’t change their bold and suggestive – even explicit – character.” The archival power of the Internet had brought the “erotic portion of her career into the present,” and the students’ discovery of their teacher’s films affected the atmosphere in class, the school claimed.
“This is petty and small-minded,” Laurent-Auger responded. “We’re in the year 2014, not 1950.”
She said the films in which she performed were not porn, but part of an artistic trend of openness in the film world in the 1960s and ’70s. “I would never do pornography,” she said. “We called them light, erotic films, and they have nothing to do with the kinds of things you see today.”
It does seem somewhat heavy handed to us. What do you think?
Montreal teacher, 73, loses job over film nudity more than 40 years ago [Globe and Mail
October 13, 2014
Accused by some of not taking a strong enough stand against same-sex marriage, the Republican Party may lose two of its staunchest supporters.
Last week, Mike Huckabee - who has tried and failed to secure the Republican presidential nomination in the past - complained: "I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue. If Republicans want to lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and abdicate on this issue and while you’re at it go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter either. Because at that point, you’ll lose me.
"I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this."
The anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage promised to follow Huckabee.
“Governor Huckabee is right," said NOM leader Brian Brown. "If more Republican leaders do not speak up and join the fight, then millions of conservatives will abandon them and join with officials who will fight. Marriage is on the line in our country, and it’s time for people to get off the bench and into the battle.
“We refuse to follow the leaders in Washington as if we were sheep expected to dutifully support candidates whose positions are an insult to conservatives and will severely damage the nation.”
Because you know that if they can't win using one of the two main political parties, they'll do so much better as Independents.
National Organisation for Marriage threatens to cut ties with Republican party
October 7, 2014
Last year, Air Canada pilots were told to stop bringing porn into the cockpit. Pilots were warned in a memo that they faced criminal charges or could be fired because of the inappropriate material.
At the time, Air Canada said the problem was mostly found on Las Vegas flights, with pilots bringing home obscene business cards picked up in that city.
"Air Canada has a strict zero tolerance policy to protect its employees against harassment of any kind, including inappropriate materials that may offend co-workers," airline spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick explained. "Air Canada took immediate corrective action to adapt its pilot training accordingly and regularly reminds employees that such materials are not tolerated in the workplace."
This week, straight porn website Brazzers offered the same pilots free lifetime memberships.
"On behalf of everyone who has joined the mile-high club on one of your aircrafts, thank you," a company release said. "We are beyond ecstatic that you love pornography so much, but flight safety should be your number one concern. Don’t worry, we’re not mad, just a bit disappointed you didn’t reach out to us first to lend a helping hand.
"The solution is simple: You like porn, we make porn. We'll take care of the cock, you take care of the pit."
There's a catch, however; in order to redeem the offer, pilots must reveal themselves by tweeting to Brazzers’ Twitter account. We're sure they'd love nothing more than to let friends and family know how desperate they are for free porn.
Brazzers Offers Air Canada Pilots Free Membership For Life
We Got Your Wings Covered
October 2, 2014
Porn stars, kinksters and other sexually adventurous and expressive folk took to the streets again this year for the Folsom Fair. mr Pam, a gay porn director, shares the highlights. Prepare to be sexually liberated!
September 26, 2014
Hoping to avoid the embarrassment that was the Sochi Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city. In 2014, the IOC was heavily criticized for not taking a stronger stand against Russia after the country introduced anti-gay laws, calling into question the organization's choice.
As part of the new contract, a host city would be required to commit to the part of the official Olympic Charter that states: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement."
Gay rights group All Out said the move was "a significant step."
"(It) sends a clear message to future host cities that human rights violations, including those against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, will not be tolerated," argued Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director of All Out. "This is a particularly important moment for the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens who face discrimination and persecution not only in Russia but in countries all over the world."
Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of Athlete Ally, added: "By adopting a non-discrimination clause into its host city contracts, the IOC is showcasing its own realization that we must protect the rights of every athlete to live free and openly."
Call us skeptical, but are we the only ones concerned that sexual orientation isn't actually written into the contract? This gives the IOC a little too much wiggle room to award the Games to potentially homophobic hosts in the future.
Olympic anti-discrimination clause introduced after Sochi gay rights row
September 16, 2014
A sad little conference attended by sad little people was recently held in Moscow. It brought together groups who hate gays so much that they want to prohibit people from talking about homosexuality in a positive light.
At the "Large Family and Future of Humanity" conference a resolution was passed calling for lobbyists around the world “to work for the adoption of legislative bans on all types propaganda concerning homosexual relationships” in order to “uphold the interests of children” across the world. (It's okay if kids go hungry, as long as they never have to see two men kiss!)
The resolution also supported a study on “the negative social and psychological effects of raising children in same-gender couples," to help stop same-sex couples from adopting.
The event was hosted by Russian businessman Vladimir Yakunin, a close advisor to Vladimir Putin. In attendance were several US-based groups, including the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the National Organisation for Marriage.
In related news, the area surrounding the event had to be evacuated because of the unbearable stench of bullshit.
Moscow Takes a Break From Ukraine Fighting to Hate on Gays Some More
[New York Magazine
Moscow Forum Sends Out Urgent Appeal For More 'Gay Propaganda' Bans
[On Top Magazine
September 13, 2014
Straight friends Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh tied the knot in New Zealand in order to win a radio contest.
The contest was sponsored by The Edge radio station. The station was looking for "two best mates who would be prepared to take advantage of New Zealand’s same-sex marriage laws to prove the depths of their ‘bromance.’"
"The point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something they think is worth having a laugh at,’ said gay-rights activist Joseph Habgood. "Maybe on the day that statistics around mental health for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex) people are better, when high schools are safe places for LGBTI youth, we can look back on all this and laugh -- but competitions like this don't bring that day any closer."
Matt and Travis said there was no intent to offend anyone with the stunt.
"We are not here to insult anyone," McIntosh said. "We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path… It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup."
All that's left is to consummate the union. Hope they bought lots of lube!
Marriage of two straight men for radio competition angers gay rights group
September 4, 2014
Expect to see a few rainbow flags amongst all the green in next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.
Until now, the annual event would not allow an openly gay group to march. Every year gay groups would ask, and every year they were told no. But threat of a commercial boycott has helped turn things around.
This year OUT@NBCUniversal, the LGBT group of TV network NBC, will be part of the parade. NBC airs the parade, which may be why organizers were willing to let this one group in.
“Organizers have diligently worked to keep politics—of any kind—out of the Parade in order to preserve it as a single and unified cultural event," said Craig Robinson of NBCUniversal. "Paradoxically, that ended up politicizing the Parade. This grand cultural gem has become a target for politicization that it neither seeks nor wants because some groups could join the march but not march with their own banner."
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio actually boycotted this year's parade for not being inclusive. He said the parade's organizing committee was moving in the right direction. “What we do know is it’s a step forward," he said. "This is progress. What I’ve called for for a long time is an inclusive parade. This is a city of inclusion.”
He would not commit, however, to marching next year until he knew further details about the new policy.
“It’s about time," added GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis "Discrimination has no place on America’s streets, least of all on Fifth Avenue."
Hooray! A single group from a company intimately related to the parade gets to take part. It seems like a rather small, and extremely safe, gesture for the organizers to make. When other gay groups have the same chance to be included, then we'll be impressed.
August 26, 2014
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.
August 13, 2014
An openly gay man in Los Angeles is suing his doctor after his homosexuality was listed as a "chronic problem."
Matthew Moore, 46, is also suing the Torrance Memorial Physician Network for failing to remove the offensive diagnosis from his medical records.
"It was infuriating. It was painful," he said. "It was another attempt by this doctor and this medical group to impose their agenda of discrimination and hate onto a gay patient."
He said his doctor defended her notes, claiming that the medical community was still split on whether being gay was, or was not, a chronic condition.
"We would like to unequivocally state that the Torrance Memorial Physician Network does not view homosexuality as a disease or a chronic condition, and we do not endorse or approve of the use of Code 302.0 as a diagnosis for homosexuality," Torrance Health Association Senior Director Heidi Assigal wrote following a formal complaint from Moore. The Association promised the error would be corrected.
Moore's records were only amended slightly, but his gayness was still listed as a chronic problem. He decided to sue for the intentional infliction of emotional distress and libel.
The lawsuit also claims that the defendants "engaged in a pattern of deceit and medical record doctoring in an attempt to establish that they had earlier removed and retracted the defamatory content, when in fact they had not removed and retracted the defamatory content until the latter part of May 2014."
"I don’t want any gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual ever to hear from a doctor that their normal and healthy sexuality is anything other than that," said Moore.
Lawsuit Filed After Doctor Lists Homosexuality as "Chronic Condition"
[NBC Los Angeles