Brown is known for his pro-LGBT advocacy. Last week, he outlawed the "gay panic" defense in court. In August, he signed a bill that will provide unprecedented protections for transgender students in California.r
The new law means that starting in 2015, public utilities in the state will be required to extend to LGBT certified business owners existing provisions already granted to those owned by ethnic minorities, women, and disabled veterans.r
The law - which came about through testimony and advocacy by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) - is believed to be the first bill of its kind in the United States. It defines an “LGBT business enterprise” as one that is at least 51% owned by an LGBT person or persons, or, in the case of any publicly owned company, at least 51% of the stock is to be owned by a LGBT individual or individuals.r
Justin Nelson, NGLCC co-founder and president of NGLCC, said:r
"Gov. Brown has further added to his impressive record on economic development and LGBT issues with his signing of this bill into law. We are very proud of the hard work of our team, all seven of our California Local Affiliate Chambers, our certified LGBT business owners, the California Small Business Association and other allied organizations that made this law not only our priority, but also their priority. We also are grateful for the wide support of this law from diverse business communities and the unwavering and consistent support from AT&T and Southern California Edison.”r
NGLCC co-founder and CEO Chance Mitchell added:r
“The LGBT business community owes a huge debt of gratitude to [lead sponsors] Assemblyman Gordon and Sen. Leno for their hard work in passing this bill that will have real impact on the lives of LGBT California business owners and the many Californians employed by them.”
Jules Verne had quite the vivid imagination, taking readers around the world, to the the bottom of the sea and to the center of the earth. His style of sci-fi was a major influencer on the steampunk aesthetic, but we’re conjuring that even a man of his superior vision couldn’t have predicted Evan Butterfield’s Gentlemen of Steampunk photo series.
Or perhaps we underestimate him.
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A racy fully-nude photo set allegedly showing Billy Reiliech, Ellen’s beautiful new gardener, has been making the rounds on Tumblr this week.
The identification was first made by user 1nducement, who simply tagged Billy’s name on an already-existing photo set. The set includes 10 photos featuring one full head shot, two semi-clothed selfies taken in a mirror, five full-body and full-ass shots taken in the kitchen, and two amazing dick pics taken in bed.
Billy doesn’t have any tattoos or other identifying marks below-the-neck on his front side, so you’ll have to settle for identifying him by the stunning similarities between this dude’s body and Billy’s. If you look closely, the man in the photos below kneeling in front of the stove has a back tattoo exactly where Billy’s is.
Though we can’t find any SFW photos showing Billy in this kitchen, we definitely found photos of him standing in this exact same bathroom on his Instagram page.
So if that whole Magic Mike XXL audition doesn’t work out for him, we have a few ideas of where he could take his talents…
Some photos have been cropped – check out the uncensored NSFW shots on Tumblr.
[rating=5]Cert: tbc • Ger/Bel: 86 min • Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion • July 2, 2014
Before The Last Curtain Falls explores the lives of a troupe of elderly drag artists. It’s a beautifully made, tender tribute to the lives of others.
"What the film draws back the curtain on is exactly what is at stake for these human beings when it comes to living their somewhat difficult lives, negotiating changing and fluid social attitudes, and their own internalised homophobia."
You Want the Night.
Sleep Thieves talk about how far they’ve come since their beginning, how they feel like a "new band" and what it means to them to make music.
"Whether you’re playing to 10 or 3,000 people, you should be singing as if you’re in front of the one most important person in your life."
The number of LGBT characters on TV rise over the past year
In case you forgot what Nick Jonas’ beautiful abs look like since last week, take a long, hard look at them on the cover of Flaunt magazine’s Grind issue.
Nick teased the photo below on Instagram last night, promising a “full feature out later this week.”
Nick’s abs seem to be doing just fine since the last time we saw them glazed with sweat on the stage at a Manhattan gay club, but — did he grow some hair? We think he grew a little happy trail for us. God bless.
In the wake of the release of his cookbook, the pastry chef dishes on the best parks, eateries, and other sweet spots in the city he calls home.
Some folks over at BuzzFeed challenged their gay male co-workers, who "don't know anything about vaginas", to explain how popular feminine hygiene products work. In particular, the boys looked at tampons, pads and the diva cup. The results? "Literally, no idea." "I still don't understand why it does that." "I don't know what you do with this."r
Watch as the boys struggle to put it all together, AFTER THE JUMP...r
A full-page advertisement in Sunday's issue of the Minnesota Star Tribune had a deeply transphobic and infuriatingly close-minded message to put across to readers. Depicting two shower heads in a locker room, the ad asks: "A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU ok with that?" The image is in reference to a policy to be discussed this week by the Minnesota State High School League which would allow transgender students to join sports teams based on their gender identity.r
Not only does the ad completely deny transgender students' gender identification (by referring to a person who identifies as female as "male"), it was also paid for by an entity titled the Minnesota Child Protection League, casting a sinister light on an already maligned minority group.r
My Fox 9 Twin Cities reports:r
It remains unknown if any transgender athletes have been barred from sports in Minnesota, but the state's high school league believes it's only a matter of time. In fact, ever since Dr. Renee Richards decided to play women's tennis nearly 40 years ago, the sports world has wrestled with transgender issues. The International Olympic Committee and NCAA both have similar policies in place...r
Those like Autumn Leva, of the Minnesota Family Council, say they share the concerns about locker rooms, privacy, and the "fundamental fairness" cited in the [Minnesota] draft.r
"We segregate teams for a reason -- for safety reasons, for privacy reasons," she said. "Now, you have a biological male to female taking the place of a female student. That becomes really problematic."r
Yet, the MSHSL says that's why they need a policy -- to be ahead of the ball for when schools encounter such a scenario. The draft aims to provide schools a framework for identifying trans athletes and guidelines for working with doctors who may be administering hormone therapy that would equalize the playing field.r
Many Minnesotans were outraged by the transphobic advertisement. CityPages.com reported about several subscribers' tweets on the issue, including "Well that's the end of me buying the Star Tribune" and "Why did @StarTribune publishers amplify that hate?" The paper has reportedly stated that the advertisement "met all the requirements of [their] ad policy."r
A disturbing story to say the least. We will keep our fingers crossed for a vote in favor of the policy this Thursday.r
Check out news coverage of the story, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Ben Affleck spoke with MTV recently about his penis' onscreen debut in the upcoming David Fincher film, Gone Girl. Explaining that though he "tries to get it in in every movie" this particular film called for him to bare it all to show "the seedy underbelly of his character." Affleck also cautions audiences to keep in mind, "It was a very cold set."r
Watch the interview, and find out about "IMAX Penis", AFTER THE JUMP...r
Affleck's male prowess previously set tongues wagging after CBS Producer Chuck Lorre, referring to concerns about Affleck playing the Dark Knight in the Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman, told a story about using the urinal next to Affleck at an event: "Yes I peeked. And yes, Comic Con, he can play Batman."rr
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The defendants, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan, 24-year-old Kathryn Knott, and 24-year-old Philip Williams, are accused of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy. The December court date was granted because attorneys for the accused “requested more time before [the] preliminary hearing”:
Despite the charges they face, the suspects -- through their attorneys -- insist the gay couple instigated the fight when one of them threw the first punch, and that gay bashing was not the motive
"With respect to my client, he was not the aggressor," said Fortunato Perri, an attorney for Williams. "[He] did not initiate anything and only became involved in the incident after one of the purported victims in the case punched one of the girls in the face."
Despite the defendants’ claim that they were not the instigators, reports have abounded that the fight was preceded by homophobic slurs hurled against the victims by the defendants. You’ll also recall the social media sleuthing done by activist Scott Wooledge who dug into accused attacker Kathryn Knott’s Twitter account and found a history of homophobic remarks.
The accused attackers have all been released on bail. They will not face hate crimes charges as Pennsylvania law does not offer hate crime protections on the basis of sexual orientation. However, that may be about to change if State Rep. Brian Sims and State Sen. Jim Ferlo have their way.
Watch a news report on the latest update out of Philadelphia, AFTER THE JUMP…
In the video for Maroon 5's latest song, "Animals", band front-man Adam Levine bares the skin and ink we have all come to know. However, in this instance, Levine adds an element of stalker / creepster and a lot of fake blood in meat lockers to mix things up.r
BONUS: Andy Cohen recently shared his experience of seeing the video for the first time, offering some humorous commentary on the rather curious video. Check out Andy's take a la The People's Couch and the original music video itself, AFTER THE JUMP...r
ABOVE: mr Pam hits Folsom Street Fair...and it hits back!
Nothing makes me smile harder than a homophobe in tears.
Reviewing sexual positions on Yelp!
Kirsten Dunst short is best thing she's done in years.
Kelly Rowland to play Donna Summer?
More press for my new book—please pledge if you can.
Obamas should move to a doorman building...
UNSAFE SEX: Gay porn actor murder trial under way.
Minneapolis gay couple shot by religious nutjob.
Tyler Perry and his “girlfriend” (snort!) are expecting a son.
Bruce Jenner is transitioning. Just accept it.
2nd Obamacare enrollment period begins November 15!
“Nick the Gardener”'s abs get their own spin-off show.
Ebola hits the U.S. via Dallas.
Interview with out artist/illustrator Drew Green.
Jessa Duggar links Darwin to the Holocaust to abortion because God.
Koch Brothers trying to buy Latinos' votes.
Getting intimate with Britney Spears.
Police chief's daughter screamed slurs and hit bashing victim in the face.