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  • NOM: Chase Bank Doesn't Give A Shit About What Anti-Gay Hate Groups Think

    NOM: Chase Bank Doesn't Give A Shit About What Anti-Gay Hate Groups Think Brian Brown would like you to know that a whopping 5000 actual human type people have signed NOM's wildly viral boycott campaign against JPMorgan Chase. And therefore it's fucking bewildering that a multi-trillion dollar corporation with operations in dozens of nations hasn't suspended international trading to return his foot-stompy calls.It's been nearly a week since we announced our boycott and petition against JP Morgan Chase. Since then, over five thousand activists have signed up at www.VoidChase.com to demand answers and an apology from the bank for the invasive and inappropriate survey issued to employees that sought to discover whether they were in step with the bank's pro-LGBT agenda. But we still have not gotten any response from the bank about[…]

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  • PHOTOS: Hands Up, Pants Down

    This gallery can be found on the GayCities blog.

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  • Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

    Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause In a revealing interview with Salon, Donna Tartt once said, "I had a fairly well-known editor tell me that The Secret History would never be published because no successful book by a woman had ever been written from the point of view of a man, and that I would have to change it to a female narrator."Although it's tricky for both male and female writers to write from the point of view of the opposite gender, there have always been a number of tremendously talented and successful female authors who have not only risen to the challenge but, in doing so, have completely demolished deeply-embedded social codes that should not have existed in the first place.British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine[…]

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  • An Open Letter to Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy

    Dear Coach Dungy,My name is Anthony Nicodemo, and I am a high-school basketball coach who happens to be gay. After living in the closet for 35 years, a year ago I opted to be myself, and life has been awesome ever since.Yesterday I came across your comments regarding Michael Sam and how you would not have drafted him because you "wouldn't want to deal with all of it."Now, as a coach, I am in a different stratosphere when it comes to success. I have coached high school and college for 18 years, but I like to think that I have positively affected many of my student-athletes' lives.Why would you not want your players to be themselves? If you had a[…]

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  • Sinéad O'Connor Opens Up About Sexuality

    It's hard not to love controversial singer Sinéad O'Connor, and the artist recently opened up about her sexuality in a way that makes us love her even more.The iconic singer recently sat down with Pride Source to discuss a number of topics, including her relationship with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as well as her own sexuality. During the course of the discussion the interviewer referenced a quote from Entertainment Weekly in 2005 when the O'Connor claimed: "I'm three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay." When questioned what fraction of her is gay now, O'Connor responded:I don't believe in labels of any kind, put it that way. If I fall in love with someone, I wouldn't give a shit[…]

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  • Black Female Survival and the Myth of the White Gay Cultural Savior, or, Dear Anthony -- Stop It!

    Co-authored by Hashim Khalil Pipkin, writer and educatorAnthony,As you are well aware, an abundance of chatter has surrounded Sierra Mannie's "Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture" since its republishing on TIME magazine's website earlier this month. Full exposition aside, the article is a poignant indictment of a growing cultural practice of some gay white men flaunting the markers of stereotyped black womanhood. As is the case with any piece of cultural critique available digitally, equally large groves of praise and criticism have attached themselves to Mannie's article at the speed of a mouse-click, yours contributing to the latter. However, your piece of criticism, "'Bye Sierra': A Slightly Angry Queer Response to the Sierra Mannie Controversy," in particular, has[…]

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  • TOMORROW: World Premiere Of Pet Shop Boys' Alan Turing Opera In London

    TOMORROW: World Premiere Of Pet Shop Boys' Alan Turing Opera In London Tomorrow night at London's Royal Albert Hall, Pet Shop Boys will perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of their Alan Turing opera, A Man From The Future. Via the Guardian:"For one night only, I'm one of the BBC singers!" marvels Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant – he is adding his voice to the 18-strong chamber choir. "I can't imagine he'll blend in," deadpans his colleague Chris Lowe, who is usually found hiding behind a bank of synthesisers at their shows. He is worried about the lack of dry ice and lasers at the Royal Albert Hall. "The lights are always on [at classical concerts], aren't they? I personally am going to feel very exposed." It[…]

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  • Shocking Increase in HIV Infection Rate Among Young Gay, Bi Men

    While overall HIV infection rates have decreased nationwide, young gay men are seeing a frightening uptick in new infections, according to the CDC.read more

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  • Obama Is Using Malaysia Airlines Crash To Advance 'Radical Homosexual Agenda,' According To Bryan Fischer

    The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer fired off at President Barack Obama's response to the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine last week. Perhaps not surprisingly, Fischer pointed to the president's acknowledgement of the loss of a group of World Health Organization staffers, who were heading to a conference on HIV/AIDS research in Australia aboard the flight.Fischer, who is no stranger to anti-gay proclamations, took offense to Obama's vow that the U.S. will "continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose," which he interpreted as a nod to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. "What the president said was perfectly appropriate until he stood on the graves[…]

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  • TRAILER: The Imitation Game

    Opening on November 21st: In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal.

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  • Want To Win A Stay In The Most Luxurious Hotel In Sultry New Orleans? Here’s How.

    New Orleans is so frequently referred to by its evocative, euphemistic nickname “The Big Easy,” that it conjures visions of the life of leisure, sipping on a refreshing cocktail on a wrought-iron terrace of a stately old world mansion. But that’s only a small part of the charm of this southern metropolis. As anyone who has attended any […]

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  • No Florida Weddings Yet, Judge Rules

    The same judge who ruled against the state's marriage ban has denied a motion to issue licenses to same-sex couples immediately.read more

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  • Panic! at the Disco Counters Westboro Baptist Church Picket With Donation

    When members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket a recent Panic! at the Disco concert, the rock band countered the protesters' hatred by pledging to donate $1,000 to the Human Rights Campaign.read more

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  • Gay Porn Actor Bruno Knight Arrested At LAX With Half A Pound Of Meth Up His Butt

    Here’s a cautionary prostate tale for the kids. Gay porn actor Bruno Knight (real name Phillip Gizzie) was attempting to fly out of LAX on June 16th with half a pound of crystal meth shoved up his ass when things started going decidedly wrong. Go figure. The British native never made it on the plane back […]

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  • Florida Rep. David Jolly is the 8th GOP member of Congress to support marriage equality

    Florida Rep. David Jolly is the 8th GOP member of Congress to support marriage equality Freshman GOP Congressman David Jolly of Florida steps up to become the eighth sitting GOP member of Congress to endorse marriage equality.From the Washington Post:When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a Florida judge's decision last week to overturn the state's ban, Jolly said that his personal views on marriage are that it should be limited to one man and one woman. But, he added, states should not be defining the "sanctity" of marriage. “As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," said Jolly in a statement to The Post. "But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty.[…]

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  • Many Still Don't Realize Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

    As a primary care physician I routinely talk with patients about the hazards of smoking. But I must confess that I don't think of it as something we need to teach clinicians a lot about. For example, I included the subject in a talk I was giving on LGBT health at a VA hospital and was told they have a comprehensive anti-smoking program that applies to all. This is consistent with statistics showing the vast majority of clinicians know how to address smoking cessation and incorporate it into patient care. But smoking is a major LGBT health issue. Studies consistently show that LGBT people smoke at rates that are 35 to 200 percent higher than the general population. The U.S.[…]

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  • Child Star-Turned-Sexy Go-Go Boy Blake McIver Demands Respect For All Pocket Gays

    Blake McIver’s resume just keeps on growing. From child star, to go-go dancer, to pop vocalist, to his latest career move: essayist/pocket gay activist. The former Full House star has penned an article for the Huffington Post titled “The Trails and Travails of Life as a Pocket Gay.” In it, he ruminates on the struggles he’s faced as a result of his short stature. […]

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  • Straight Business Students Are Crashing Gay Job Fairs

    The job market is tough these days—so tough, in fact, that some business schools have been encouraging heterosexual students to attend career fairs for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students.

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  • RUSSIA: St. Petersburg Court Rules That Local LGBT Group Is A Spy Organization

    A court in St. Petersburg today ruled that Coming Out, a local Russian LGBT rights group, is a de facto spy organization because it receives funding from outside the country. Via Buzzfeed:The group is one of hundreds of human rights organizations that has had this label slapped on them or been taken to court by government officials for failing to register voluntarily under a 2012 law that requires NGOs who receive funding from abroad to declare themselves “foreign agents.” The Justice Ministry registered five new groups as foreign agents this week alone. Coming Out had been fighting the designation in court for 16 months. “[Printing] the label ‘foreign agent’ on all the public materials of the organization would be a[…]

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  • One court rules against Obamacare, another court rules in favor

    One court rules against Obamacare, another court rules in favor On the same day that the Fourth Circuit of Appeals ruled in favor of government subsidies for people signing up for Obamacare health coverage, a second appeals court in the District of Columbia has ruled against such subsidies.The DC Circuit Court seems to have determined it's ruling on what appears to bethe equivalent of a typo.Via Vox:The plaintiffs rely on an unclearly worded sentence in the law to argue that Congress never intended to provide subsidies in federally-run exchanges and so the subsidies that are currently being provided in those 36 states are illegal and need to stop immediately.This is plainly ridiculous. The point of Obamacare is to subsidize insurance for those who can't afford it. The point of the[…]

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  • PHOTOS: Get Ready To Rule With The Clash Of The PUMP! Titan Collection

    Get ready to feel like a god in the newest Titan collection from PUMP! The collection of briefs, jockstraps and boxer briefs has a strong and bold appearance featuring Grecian shades of blues. The boys in blue show off the underwear’s masculine side and of course, they look as ripped as Hercules. The wide waistband […]

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  • Today In Christian Love™: Popular Religious News Site Says Gays Are Possessed By Putrid-Smelling Demons And Are Worse Than Pigs

    Today In Christian Love™: Popular Religious News Site Says Gays Are Possessed By Putrid-Smelling Demons And Are Worse Than Pigs "Here's the raw, naked truth: Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid-smelling demon that other demons don't even like to hang around it. A genuine prophet of God told me that the Lord allowed him to smell this demon spirit, and he got sick to his stomach. And yet as humans, many embrace this demon. Yes, you heard me right: Being gay is demonic. There is an account in the Bible where Jesus casts 2,000 demons out of a man. The demons came out screaming and begged Jesus to send them into the pigs. The pigs didn't want them, so they ran down a steep hill and were drowned in the sea. Pigs have more sense[…]

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  • Nelsan Ellis Opens Up About Luke Grimes' Alleged 'True Blood' Departure Over Gay Role

    Finally someone said what we've all been thinking.When "True Blood" star Luke Grimes reportedly quit rather than play a gay role opposite Nelsan Ellis in the cult favorite television show, the irony seemed pretty apparent. "True Blood" is without a doubt one of the queerest shows currently on television, and one couldn't help but wonder what Grimes thought he was getting himself into when he initially came on as a cast member.Now, Ellis is opening up about his own thoughts surrounding Grimes' departure -- and he has a few choice words for the actor. When asked by New York Magazine's Vulture site if he'd had the opportunity to "talk to or bond" with Grimes, Ellis responded in part, "I didn't,[…]

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  • A Guide To Gay Culture Shame, Courtesy Of 'The Meeting' Star Justin Sayre

    In his latest video clip for HuffPost Gay Voices, writer-actor Justin Sayre sounds off on what he describes as "bottom-of-the-barrel" staples of gay culture, like the "Real Housewives" reality franchise and 1990s nostalgia. "You used to be the arbiters of style," Sayre proclaims in the clip, which was shot at a recent installment of his variety show, "The Meeting," which is slated to play Los Angeles on July 25 and 26. "Does anybody in this room know who Balenciaga was? No!" True to form, his cultural observations are both irreverent and hilarious.Sayre's "International Order of Sodomites" (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for "The Meeting," honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Previous editions[…]

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  • Everyday Sexism Isn't So Subtle When It Happens To Men

    While it shouldn't take a gender-swapped video to illustrate just how skewed our treatment of women is, this one certainly does the trick. A new video from Buzzfeed titled "If Men Were Women" shows every day scenarios -- but the genders of those involved are reversed.One scene shows men patiently waiting for a woman to escort them home safely from a party. In another, a woman is patronizingly impressed by a man's stand up routine, reversing a familiar back-handed compliment: "It's hard to find a dude that's funny!" The video closes with a little boy somberly looking at a picture of past U.S. presidents -- all of whom are women. It's not a very encouraging picture for young boys who[…]

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  • Mantiques: Parker Stevenson

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  • Pastor Bert Ferias: Gays are possessed by putrid-smelling demons even pigs don't like

    Pastor Bert Ferias: Gays are possessed by putrid-smelling demons even pigs don't like Pastor Bert Ferias has written a particularly vicious  op-ed for Charisma News.Apparently, Charisma News is a very popular website among the Christian crowd.Check out his loving, Christ-like words:"Here's the raw, naked truth: Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid-smelling demon that other demons don't even like to hang around it. "A genuine prophet of God told me that the Lord allowed him to smell this demon spirit, and he got sick to his stomach. "And yet as humans, many embrace this demon. Yes, you heard me right: Being gay is demonic. "There is an account in the Bible where Jesus casts 2,000 demons out of a man. The demons came out screaming and begged Jesus to[…]

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  • True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Sounds Off On Actors Ridiculously Afraid To Play Gay

    I mean, I can say I’m not going to make a comment, but I just think that, you’re an actor, you’re an actor on a show that’s True Blood, we’re all sitting there going, ‘You quit your job because … really?’ I’m just… I’m over him. You quit your job because you don’t want to play […]

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  • The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

    In the past couple decades, LGBTQ people have made huge steps forward into the world of media. Why is this important? Well, my thoughts are that the media -- for however it represents a virtual reality rather than actual reality -- both reflects our current attitudes and heavily influences them. Where would we be if landmark shows such as Will & Grace -- amongst many others -- hadn't brought explicit messages and characters to mainstream audiences? Furthermore, Laverne Cox is having a huge impact on the visibility, understanding of, and acceptance of trans people and issues in our culture right now. (PS, would someone please start a petition to have Cox be hired as one of the new regular co-hosts[…]

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  • Maryland to Provide Transition Care to Trans State Employees

    Just months after the passage of sweeping, statewide nondiscrimination statute protecting transgender people, Maryland announces that trans state employees will no longer face discrimination in insurance.read more

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  • Chad Allen: Marathon Man

    Chad Allen: Marathon Man Chad Allen has been breaking hearts and barriers since he debuted on the TV series Our House as a teen and later as young adult on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Long before it was in vogue to do so, he came out publicly and has been a vocal advocate for gay and human rights, and particularly for people living with HIV. This fall, Allen takes this advocacyto the next level, when he will participate in the 2014 Sydney Marathon, raising over $10,000 for AIDS Project Los Angeles helping to save the lives of men and women living with HIV.How did you get involved with AIDS Project Los Angeles?I have been involved with AIDS Project Los Angeles as an actor/fundraiser for[…]

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  • The Craziest Penises Found In Nature Will Make You Rethink All Junk

    Maybe your member has you strutting around town with hubris equivalent to a Wall Street tycoon in a Maserati. Well, guess what, it’s not that special. Or perhaps you think what you’re packing is a little off, opting to always turn off the lights when things get intimate. Guess what, it’s definitely not that weird. As evidenced in […]

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  • The Incredible Story Of How Some Cookie Kindness Rescued This LGBT Charity

    The Incredible Story Of How Some Cookie Kindness Rescued This LGBT Charity A little cookie kindness can go a long way. The air conditioning unit at Planting Peace's Equality House, which is located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound in Topeka, Kansas, broke last week as temperatures hit the high-80s and mid-90s. The nonprofit contacted some local repair companies, but it was told a fix would cost $3,000, an unaffordable sum. So, the humanitarian organization decided to make some more calls in the hopes of getting a different response. A-Way Heating, Cooling and Electric, which is based in Topeka, answered the call and sent out a technician to the rainbow-hued house. After a few hours, the problem was fixed. When it came time to take a look at the[…]

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  • Basement Jaxx - Never Say Never

    Via Stereogum: About a month ago, UK dance duo Basement Jaxx shared the towering disco-house track “Never Say Never,” the third single from their upcoming album Junto. Today, it’s been given a spectacularly insane video thanks to writer/director Saman Kesh. In a world where 72% of humans have stopped dancing, Jaxx Industries sets out to “stimulate the world to dance again” by inventing and perfecting the Bluetooth-enabled, iTunes sync-able TW3RK-BOT, complete with self-lubricating, machine-washable Jaxx Buttocks.Possibly not office-friendly.

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  • Allyson Robinson, Transgender Activist, Talks Military, Trans Rights

    Now that President Obama has signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people among federal contractors, transgender activists are wondering if he’ll get around to doing something else he could do with the stroke of a pen: ending the the ban on transgender people serving opening in the military, which is simply a Pentagon regulation, not a law that would require a vote by Congress to repeal. And they’re wondering if the rest of the LGBT movement, and its leadership, will hold our political leaders’ feet to the fire on the issue.“It’s important to remind folks that the repeal of 'don’t ask, don’t tell' (DADT), the 1992 law that prevented gay and lesbian people from serving openly in[…]

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  • Artist Turns Entire “Spongebob” Cast Into Hot Young Twinks

    If you didn’t find Spongebob Squarepants sexually attractive before today, things are about to change. An intensely creative fan of Nickelodeon’s highest-grossing animated television series has reimagined the entire cast as starry-eyed twinks, albeit in a much less sexual way than most of these fan-generated art projects end up. Previous scandal has revealed that Spongebob is […]

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  • Need To Know: GOP Court Kills Obamacare + Death Of A Bear Model + Pornstar Makes An Ass Of Himself + Beyoncé NOT Divorcing + Do You Have A Lame Claime To Fame? + MORE!

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  • FLORIDA: US Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) Becomes Eighth Sitting GOP Member Of Congress To Back Same-Sex Marriage

    FLORIDA: US Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) Becomes Eighth Sitting GOP Member Of Congress To Back Same-Sex Marriage US House Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) has become the eighth sitting GOP member of Congress to endorse marriage equality.When asked by The Washington Post whether he supports gay marriage, in light of a Florida judge's decision last week to overturn the state's ban, Jolly said that his personal views on marriage are that it should be limited to one man and one woman. But, he added, states should not be defining the "sanctity" of marriage. “As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," said Jolly in a statement to The Post. "But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the[…]

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  • Beefcake Model And Bear Icon Chris Miklos Dead At 40

    Chris Miklos, beefcake model and Modern Bear muse, has reportedly died of an unconfirmed heart attack in Dallas, Texas this week. He was 40 years old. Miklos became a noted fixture in the gay bear community for his modeling work, which shed light on the beauty of what used to be a largely underrepresented group […]

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  • Fox News wing nut Todd Starnes is mad President Obama is Christian

    Fox News wing nut Todd Starnes is mad President Obama is Christian Starnes seriously tweeted the above after President Obama signed the executive order banning workplace discrimination for LGBT federal employees.Obama, a practicing Christian, is not allowed to say "Amen" when he wants to?Religious oppression!  Todd Starnes is practicing religious oppression!(h/t JMG)

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