In response to the brutal murder of 26-year-old trans woman Jennifer Laude, Moovz CEO Liav Eliash has issued a statement:
“Our duty as a global online community is to stand for the rights of the LGBT and to increase the awareness of the public and make them understand that everyone is FREE and EQUAL to live in a safe environment regardless of one’s gender identity or sexual orientation. This tragic killing of Jennifer Laude is beyond imaginable. No one has the right to take someone’s life based on gender identity. Therefore, our strong global team together with our users will stand with the Filipino LGBT groups by all means until the justice is served!”
Moovz brand ambassador Chris Salvatore has commented on Facebook as well.
Modus Vivendi is launching its 2015 campaign, featuring its Pride Line. Check out the gallery images above of Adam Phillips and Alex Cannon, shot by Gavin Harrison (with styling/assistance by Ant Tatton).
An especially choice photo is after the jump...
Via Entertainment Weekly (October 24, 2014): The men of Kingdom flaunt their tattoos, a sure way to convert even those of you who hate ink into fans.
So Bryan Singer has decided to father a son with his female friend. Seems like a great idea.
No, that’s not what his lovers will seductively call him (call it a gut feeling but we don’t think he’s into that). He’s expecting his first child with Queer As Folk actress Michelle Clunie.
Bryan’s rep Simon Halls told E! News:
“Best friends for 25 years, mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together. The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two.”
In even more shocking news, E! also reports that Michelle is not acting as surrogate, meaning the two conceived naturally.
Bryan told Out earlier this year:
“I’m quite bisexual. In the last five years, I’ve had two girlfriends—one for two years, one for eight months…In the end, it’s probably going to be a guy. I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer.”
Funny how we’ve never once heard of him trotting around town with a woman, but hey, maybe that’s just media bias for you. Or, you know, maybe not.
It’s worth noting that Halls also announced the pregnancy in the same way you’d expect a big-budget blockbuster to be teased:
“I can confirm that Michelle Clunie and Bryan Singer are happily expecting a baby together in early 2015,” he told press.
Coming soon to a delivery room near you.
What do you get for that child of any age who has everything? How about a playset that celebrates Cruising, the notorious 1980 film about the hunt for a serial murderer in Manhattan’s underground S/M community? Live out your hungry hunter fantasy with the Cruising Electric Playset from Ramjac. This game has it all: all the back alley action you crave, the dark streets, a handsome stranger, and there’s even an up-to-date hanky code!
If only it were real. According to Andrea James, a friend of Queerty, this is an awesome short film from director Brumby Boylston that was shown before her own documentary Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy at New York’s queer film festival this past summer.
Regardless, start your engines and enjoy the video below.
H/t Boing Boing
Pop princess Ariana Grande has a big "Problem" with the Catholic church's intolerance regarding gays, specifically when it comes to her out brother (and recent Big Brother cast member), Frankie Grande. In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Grande said that "when my brother was told that God didn’t love him I was like, ‘OK, that’s not cool'."r
The Grande siblings have since traded in their rosaries for Kabbalah bracelets. They discovered their new spiritual practice (which famously includes other diva believers like Madonna and Britney) a few years back when checking out a Kabbalah center that had just opened near their home in Florida. Now the singer says it's the key to her success and sense of well-being. “Since then, my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way," she said. "I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I’ve learned through Kabbalah, I really do."r
Grande has come to her older half-brother's defense before, notably when he was attacked by Internet trolls over his bad-boy role on Big Brother back in August. Frankie, a singer and showman in his own right, is set to make his Broadway debut next month as he joins the cast of the 80s jukebox musical Rock of Ages.
Last week, the right-wing freaked out over subpoenas sent to Houston area pastors for "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."r
HERO, is Houston's LGBT-inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance and the subpoenas, which were acknowledged to be too broad by Mayor Annise Parker and were issued by outside attorneys working for the city pro bono, were being used to find out if there were specific instructions from area pastors to their congregations about how to fill out the petitions for putting the ordinance up for public referendum.r
It’s one thing to want to persuade somebody to believe like you do, that’s what Christianity is about, to bring the Gospel message and say this is good news and we’d like you to accept it. It’s something else to take the arm of the government to force somebody to do something that is against, contrary to their religion, and that’s what these homosexuals are trying to do. They are trying to force people who are Christians to marry them or else face jail, to make cakes honoring them or else go to jail and give their sermons over and divulge their innermost thoughts or go to jail, that’s the kind of thing we’re dealing with.
These people are terrorists, they’re radicals and they’re extremists...
Added Pat: "What’s being done in Houston is a gay—the woman they elected is a homosexual, she’s a lesbian, and she’s trying to force pastors to conform to her beliefs."r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
“Human rape whistle” Antoine Dodson became somewhat of an underground gay celebrity with his “Hide your kids, hide your wife” platform, until May of last year when he revealed he was “no longer into homosexuality” and had become a Black Hebrew Israelite. It’s a natural progression.
He’s also accepted paychecks and the hope of more fame by appearing on Tosh.0 multiple times, where he knows he’s repeatedly subjecting himself to national ridicule. Anything to sell T-shirts, we guess.
Here’s some highlights from his most recent interview:
Tosh: How has your life changed from being on my show?
Antoine: A whole lot. I have a girlfriend.
T: That’s very confusing. What’s his name?
T: Have you told your family you’re back in the closet?
A: When I told my family I was back in the closet, they kind of believed it.
T: I hope you become gay again.
You can watch all the awkwardness here:
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Alaska's lone congressman Don Young, the House of Representatives' longest serving Republican member, made comments recently at a Wasilla, Alaska high school that have been labeled 'hurtful' by the school's principal Amy Spargo. Alaska Dispatch News reports that many present at the assembly where Young spoke to students found Young's comments on suicide and gay marriage to be both offensive and disrespectful.r
Young was asked by teacher Carl Swick about Alaska's high rates of suicide and domestic violence and what particularly he is doing to curb these trends. Young began talking about the role of alcohol and depression in these instances and then, according to witnesses, commented that suicide shows a lack of support from friends and family:r
"When I heard 'a lack of support from family' and I heard 'a lack of support from friends,' I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped as well," Spargo said. "It just isn't true in these situations. It's just such a hurtful thing to say."r
Both Spargo and Swick say a friend of the victim, moved by emotion, shouted at Young, “He had friends. He had support.”r
“The kid said, ‘It’s depression -- you know, a mental illness,' ” Spargo recalled. As she remembers, Young replied, “ ‘Well, what, do you just go to the doctor and get diagnosed with suicide?’ ”r
At some point during the exchange, several school staffers say, the congressman also used either the words "---hole” or “smartass.”r
Young’s office issued a statement about his conduct Tuesday evening in response to a request from Alaska Dispatch News.r
“Congressman Young was very serious and forthright when discussing the issue of suicide, in part because of the high number of tragedies that affect Alaskan youth. He discussed what he believes are leading causes of youth suicide in our state and shared some suggestions for helping family members and friends who are dealing with suicidal thoughts,” spokesman Matt Shuckerow wrote in an email. “In no way did Congressman Young mean to upset anyone with his well-intentioned message. In light of the tragic events affecting the Wasilla High School community, he should have taken a much more sensitive approach.”r
Later in the assembly, student Zachary Grier asked Young about his position on same-sex marriage:r
“I asked why is it so bad in your eyes?” Grier said.r
As Spargo described it, Young answered, “You can’t have marriage with two men. What do you get with two bulls?”r
Witnesses say Young then said something about a lot of "bullshazzle" or some word resembling the more familiar obscenity.r
“At that point I was heading for the microphone," the principal said. "It was time to be done.” The hour was up, she said, and the tone of the discussion was getting argumentative.r
Afterwards, Young spoke with Spargo on his way out and, according to Spargo, said of the student who spoke up about their friend who had recently comitted suicide, "That boy needs to learn some respect."
The popular and endearing gay web series is back with its season 3 finale that sees the gay-straight duo of Nick and Ed being abandoned by their last remaining creation/creature, the Monster. The two are then forced to come to terms with whether their partnership is working out.r
Like any good finale, the show makes sure to end on a high note, tying up the season with an original musical number.r
Check out the latest hijinks from creator Noam Ash, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Two to three gunmen have attacked the Canadian Parliament, the War Memorial and possibly a mall in Ottawa, Canada, killing one soldier who was on guard at the national War Memorial according to USA Today. CNN reports:r
The Canadian government has informed the United States that one shooter is dead in Ottawa, a senior U.S. official said. So far, there is "no indication the shooter has ties to violent Islamic extremism," but it is still extremely early in the investigation, the source said.r
In response to the ongoing situation at Canada's Parliament, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has increased its alert posture, CNN has learned. That means that it has increased the number of planes on a higher alert status ready to respond if needed. NORAD and Canadian authorities are in contact, an official told CNN.r
Police officers rushed to secure the Parliament building and move occupants to safety as they hunted for what Canadian news reports said were possibly two or three assailants, in what had the appearance of a coordinated attack.r
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that one assailant was killed. The condition of the soldier who was shot was not immediately clear. Witnesses reported earlier they believed the soldier had been killed.r
Marc Coucy, a representative of the Ottawa Police Service, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that officers were looking for “multiple suspects” in shootings at three locations.r
The shootings came amid heightened concern about terrorist attacks in Canada, two days after a radical jihadist convert ran over two soldiers at a suburban Montreal strip mall, killing one of them. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, an outspoken critic of the Islamic State movement and other militant groups, has been considering the introduction of new antiterrorism legislation.r
The shootings began about 10 a.m., just as the leaders of Parliament were holding their weekly meetings, suggesting the possibility of deliberate timing. Many of the lawmakers were rushed into secure rooms in the basement by guards.r
Watch a terrifying video of a firefight taking place in the halls of Parliament, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Mister Rogers biographer Michael G. Long really doesn’t like being asked if the beloved TV personality was gay, and by the looks of his recent article ‘Wasn’t he gay?’, he must get asked a lot.
Long breaks down why people question Fred Rogers’ sexuality — he was the opposite of “machismo,” a “model of male softness and sensitivity.” He kept close company with gay men, counting them among some of his closest friends. And his core message — “I like you just the way you are” — does have a gay-friendly, queer-friendly application.
Long does an excellent job breaking these factors down, and offers thoughtful analysis on what it says about society to make assumptions based on them.
He concludes that there’s “no publicly available evidence that Rogers engaged in gay sex. None. Zip. Zilch. Nothing there.”
But Long’s frustration comes off as a bit misplaced. The way he tells it, there is something inherently wrong with the question. It’s as if asking whether Rogers was gay tarnishes his legacy in some way while at the same time feeding society’s wrongs, when really people sometimes just “read gay” to other people.
Sure, it may have something to do with stereotypes, but stereotypes don’t exist in a vacuum. Long writes, “wait a second: Lots of gay men are tough guys — muscular, aggressive, and downright rough. So the mere fact that Rogers was the opposite of macho really proves nothing about his sexual orientation.”
Absolutely right, but there are lots of gay men who are the exact opposite (and everywhere in between). If Mister Rogers sends someone’s gaydar flying, does that necessarily mean that they’re buying into flawed stereotypes on sexuality?
Going off of evidence, there is nothing to suggest Mister Rogers was gay — that much is clear. Especially since he eventually advised Francois Clemmons, who played the role of Officer Clemmons, to come out. Surely if he had counseled his friend to be open about his sexuality, he too would have dropped not-so-subtle hints if he was gay.
But who knows, maybe he was a little gay. Does it really make any difference? (No.) Is is offensive to ask? (No.)