The six-second video by Murmansk city council representatives Oleg Guz and Almaz Gismeyev - which has since been deleted - depicted several cartoon figures resembling Wurst gathering a sign reading “There will be a parade!” The video then shows Guz and Gismeyev shaking hands while a voice-over announces their names and the slogan “Against Loudmouths and Gays.”r
Although GayRussia.eu said that Guz and Gismeyev uploaded the video themselves, it is unclear whether it was an official campaign video for the upcoming municipal elections on Sept. 14.r
Prosecutors in the city are investigating the video for evidence of incitement to hatred.r
Check out Conchita Wurst's showstopping winning Eurovision performance, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Amid signs that some marketers are ready to target LGB people in China, lobby group Shanghai LGBT Professionals has organized China’s apparent first conference on advertising to the gay community, reports Ad Age.r
The conference comes during increased visibility of adverts aimed at LGBT people. One such ad for Spring Tour, a major Chinese travel agency, depicts a male couple and a female couple sharing beds with the tagline "Take your gay best friend to visit Hong Kong.”r
Baidu, the Chinese search engine, recently released an ad showing a young lesbian couple who appeared with a caption reading, "Everybody has the right to choose their happiness."r
Shanghai LGBT Professionals also worked with 20 partners to arrange a survey of the LGB community.r
The survey found that only 3 percent of gay and bisexual men and 5 percent of lesbians and bisexual women identified themselves as "completely out”; relatively few LGB people are out to their bosses, colleagues and family members; and companies' support for LGBT causes, legal protection and progressive employment policies was their number one influencer on purchasing decisions.r
Back in June we reported that there has also been an upswing gay representation in mainstream advertising in the U.S.
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The internet is a scary place — that’s a scientific fact. Too often we’ve reported on online hookups that go from hot to hellish, and they have even resulted in death. And while these extremes are rare, there are a number of other bad outcomes that can and do happen when people decide to have a quick tryst from a website or app.
The safest thing to do is just avoid it altogether, but it seems clear that semi-anonymous hook-ups aren’t disappearing any time too soon. So with that in mind, here are six tips for staying safe and sane when you get the urge for digital cruising:
1. Shed the shame
The number one problem when it comes to hooking up online is the shame factor. All too often guys compartmentalize their lives so that acting out on lust and desire is relegated to that “dirty little secret” part of the self. Just look at how many “headless torso” profiles are out there. Try putting your best face forward. We are who we are, and sexual desire is a part of being human. When you’re out in the open, you’ll tend to make better decisions that more accurately reflect the whole you, and in turn put yourself in safer situations.
This can be tough. Spontaneity can be very sexy, and being asked “so what are you into?” can be a bit of a drag. But look at the situation objectively — you’re about to meet someone you don’t know and get very intimate very quickly. You’ll do yourself a favor by opening up lines of communication. “I only play safe.” “I’m positive.” “Do you have any toys?” “When were you last tested?” These are all entirely appropriate questions during the chatting stage, and how the other person reacts to honest talk may speak volumes about whether you actually want to meet in the flesh.
3. Try the truth(ish)
There is nothing worse than showing up for a hookup and having to do a double-take when the guy who answers the door looks absolutely nothing like his photos. Look, anyone who’s playing the field online is going to engage in some amount of deception. We try to present the best possible image of ourselves, it only makes sense. But be reasonable. A photo from eleven months ago when you were ten pounds lighter? Go for it. Saying you’re 29 when you’re 31? Unnecessary, but hey we aren’t going to judge. Using a photo taken during the last millennium? Please.
4. Meet in public
Not enough guys actually do this one, and we get that it’s a bit harder when it’s 2 a.m. (which isn’t a great idea to begin with), but meeting in public will do more than just give you an “out” if you need one. When you meet in public, it’ll feel very “real.” And that’s a good thing, because it is real.
5. Talk first
A 10-minute conversation will tell you so much about a person, and you owe it to yourself to make sure that you aren’t dealing with someone crazy. It doesn’t have to be a deep conversation, but just by chatting a bit you’ll pick up on body language, chemistry and overall sanity. Your pants can wait a few minutes to come off.
5. Don’t be afraid to bail
If something feels wrong, trust your instincts. Let your analytical mind be louder than your horniness. Bailing can be super awkward (less so if you meet in public), but there is absolutely no need to feel obligated when negotiating hooking up. The sex may be casual, but the decision to have it certainly isn’t. A simple, “I’m sorry, but I need to leave” will do. You don’t owe this person anything.
6. Stock up
This is so easy. Just bring condoms with you, and never rely on the other person to supply them. When things escalate and you realize they don’t have any on hand, you won’t ever have to have that “should I or shouldn’t I?” moment.
The group’s 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance For Marriage started on August 27th and runs until October 5th, the day before the Supreme Court begins its next session and hears the first in a series of same-sex marriage appeals cases.r
However, not wanting to expend too much energy on hatred, the group announced “we are asking the entire Body of Christ to join us for this feast – giving up physical food isn’t necessary – but feeding on the spiritual food provided is vital.”r
Watch the group’s apocalyptic fast introductory video, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
Can we hit the pause button on summer after seeing this photo shoot from Adrian C. Martin? The famed photographer showcases Australian underwear brand, Atelier DT, on four extremely sexy and stacked models. Airam Amador, Eric Jurado, Fede Averame, and Javier Morales look as if they have taken full advantage of the previous summer months with their perfectly toned bodies and sun-kissed skin. Posing in paradise, the tanned skin of the models really helps the crisp white and fun prints of the underwear pop out in the photos. Continue to check these boys out while you can to help preserve your summer.
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It’s that time of year again. The start of the new academic year. All across the country, young men and women are kissing their high school sweethearts goodbye and heading off to college, where they will embark on the best and simultaneously worst four years of their lives.
Leaving for university can be both an exciting and a scary time, but it’s a necessary rite of passage most young people make sooner or later. Earlier this summer, video blogger David Levitz offered his advice on how to be gay in college. We thought we’d add our own two cents by compiling a list of necessary items every gay man should bring with him to his dorm.
Scroll down for 10 essentials you definitely don’t want to forget this school year…
You are about to share a bathroom with straight dudes. While that may sound hot, the reality is somewhat different. As you will soon learn, the washroom habits of heterosexual males can be alarming at best and downright frightening at worst. Dorm bathrooms are crawling with all sorts of unspeakable things, so a pair of shower sandals are an absolute must. You will wear them at all times when in the bathroom. We repeat: You will wear them at all times.
As fun as dorm life can be, there will be moments when all you want is to be by yourself and block out the heavy metal preferences of your next door neighbor, but it will be impossible because you’re living in a communal residence hall. They will also come in handy when you want to watch gay porn on your computer without your roommate hearing.
A pair of fashionable sweats are an absolute must. They’re nice to curl up in at night, but are also easy to throw on in the morning when you’re running late for class. And, depending on how well you rock, you may even be able to pull off wearing them to a house party. Believe it or not, there will come a day when you can no longer get away with wearing sweatpants (at least not in public). Enjoy the perks being gay and young while you can.
A cellphone stocked with all the latest gay apps
Congratulations! If you are in college it means you are likely 18 years or older, which means you’ve finally reached the age required to create a Grindr profile. So what are you waiting for? Sometimes it can be tricky locating other gay people, especially if you go to a big school and you need them zero feet away just when you need it. Apps like Grindr take away the guessing game that can go badly wrong in the age of “spornosexuals”. They make finding like-minded men as easy as they will likely be once you’ve actually located them. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily need to hook up. You can use the apps simply to make new friends in a time when having a solid social circle is more important than getting laid. Although college sex can be great fun, too. (It can also be good for your mental health.)
Extra sheets (in addition to your extra sheets)
Speaking of college sex… Most people recommend bringing two sets of sheets. You might even want to splurge on a third. The truth is your sheets will very likely be getting a lot of, um, use, and not just for sex. If we remember correctly, sleeping actually may be the #1 collegiate pastime.
The perfect pillow
While we’re on the subject of bedding, dorm room mattresses are notoriously uncomfortable. To make up for this, consider investing in a nice pillow. And by “investing” we mean actually investing. (No cheap $5 pillows from Target.) $40 or $50 may seem like a lot to drop on a single pillow, but the long-term luxury it will provide will be well worth the dough. Not only will your pillow offer you a soft place to rest your weary head, but it can also serve as something to snuggle up with on those lonesome evenings when your head is stuck in a book.
If sleeping is the #1 collegiate pastime, then partying is the #2. Keeping a well-stocked supply of hangover remedies (Ibuprofen, Alka-seltzer, etc.) will ensure that your Saturday night is just as lively as your Friday night was.
A shower caddy
These babies make running to the shower (in your shower sandals!) so much easier. No need to worry about fumbling with shampoo bottles or accidentally dropping your luffa on the hallway floor that only gets vacuumed twice a month. All you have to do is grab your caddy and go. Your products (which are no doubt far superior to and more expensive than your straight roomie’s) are neatly contained and easily accessible. Just be sure to get a waterproof shower caddy that dries quickly so it doesn’t slime up on you.
Condoms are one of the easiest things to locate on a college campus, second only to beer and marijuana. Unless you’re attending a conservative Christian university, where even hetero “premarital sex” is considered sin, Health Services will provide you with enough free condoms to last a lifetime. What they probably won’t supply, however, is lube. So bring plenty of the condom compatible, water-based variety with you. In fact, you might consider investing in a jumbo-sized bottle that will last you through the school year. (Or at least first semester.)
Last but certainly not least are antibacterial wipes. Many dorm rooms are not equipped with sinks. A container of Wet Ones are handy for any number of sticky situations.