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  • Pastor whose church preaches against gay sex accused of soliciting another man

    LGBTQ Nation
    Staff Reports
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The victim told police that Pastor Gaylard Williams grabbed and squeezed his genitals, and then requested that he perform oral sex.
  • Supreme Court Rebuffs Florida — Marriages to Begin

    Advocate.com - Gay News | The Advocate | The World's Leading Source for LGBT News and Entertainment
    Matt Baume
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    It's more bad news for antigay Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, as the nation's highest court rejects her request to delay marriage equality in the Sunshine State after January 6. read more
  • Canadian Weblog Award Winner!

    alfred lives here
    Brahm Kornbluth
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Exciting times around here last night...This little blog alfredliveshere.com was a winner in the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards, coming in first in the LGBQT* category... woo hoo!530 Blogs were nominated across 26 categories. 34 Jurors read them all and then evaluated them according to ten criteria, selecting a short list and then the top three in each category.Uh, wait a sec... people actually read this thing? Holy crap.These are juried awards, and while alfred lives here has been shortlisted before, coming in first is a first... thanks so much to the wise mysterious…
  • TV: Best & Worst 2014...

    alfred lives here
    Brahm Kornbluth
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    With most TV shows having had their 'mid season finales" and now taking the holidays off, here is a purely objective look at the best and worst shows of the year...Best Returning Shows:ScandalThe sexy prime time soap about Washington fixer Olivia Pope went even crazier with secret spies and a murder in first family, and the constant twists and great acting by Kerry Washington and company make this series even better in season 4 than it was at the start. More happens in one episode here than in a month on other shows.The Good WifeA smart intriguing suspenseful drama that gets better with…
  • Conservative proposes new way for vendors to tell gay customers they don't care for them

    Good As You
    G-A-Y
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Conservative Princeton lecturer Russell Nieli is proposing a new approach for the bakers, florists, and assorted vendors who would prefer to turn away same-sex couples who seek their business, but who often find themselves running afoul of the law when they try. Nieli wants the vendors to do the job, but to be really, really objectionable about it. He writes, in part: I think there is a third way. Although it may not be acceptable to all in this situation, it would be acceptable to many. It is simply this: to obey the law and serve gay weddings, but to make it known publicly that you believe…
 
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  • Five Easy Tips For Nabbing The New Year’s Date Of Your Dreams

    Dan Tracer
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, it’s never fun to be the guy awkwardly darting his eyes around the room in search of a smooch. It’s even less fun to get a “courtesy smooch” from a close friend after they plant a passionate kiss on their lover’s lips. Finding dates is hard enough as it is, but NYE adds on extra pressure for single folk. We teamed up with our friends at Compatible Partners to offer these tips: 1. Become the confident person you’d want to date A whole new year quickly approaches. It’s a time to change, to…
  • Will The Obama Administration Challenge Cuba To Treat LGBTs Equally?

    JohnGallagher
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    So after half a century of Cold War posturing by both countries, the U.S. and Cuba have decided to get over themselves and normalize relations between the two countries. For most Americans, this amounts to an anti-climax; even young Cuban-Americans think the embargo against Cuba should be lifted. After all, if we can have diplomatic relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia, why not Cuba? But the Putin example raises an interesting question for the Obama Administration. Cuba is nowhere near as harsh as Russia in its treatment of LGBT citizens. But Cuba has a horrible record on human…
  • As Not Seen On TV: Holiday-Themed Bedroom Accessories You’re Missing Out On

    Graham Gremore
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to spread the joy than by giving your loved one a holiday-themed sexy toy. Lucky for him (and you!), there are no shortage of them out there. From peppermint flavored lube to dildos shaped like candy canes, you could stuff any stocking with x-rated trimmings. Here are some holiday-themed bedroom accessories guaranteed to keep your season merry and bright. Candy Cane Flavored Lube Not only does this lube come in an adorable teddybear-shaped bottle and will make your man taste like peppermint, but it’s packed with all sorts of…
  • By Letting Weddings Start In Florida, The Supreme Court Just Made It Clear That Marriage Equality Is A Done Deal

    JohnGallagher
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    On the surface, it seems like just one more piece of really good news. On Friday night, the Supreme Court refused to stop marriage equality in Florida, which means that weddings can start on Jan. 6. That’s a big deal for a lot of reasons: Florida is one of the most populous states without marriage equality, same-sex marriage is now officially in place in the South (following the Carolinas, and the inevitability of marriage equality is now stronger than ever. It’s also a thumb in the eye for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the thrice-married Republican who has made a career…
  • Vandals Spray Paint The Word “FAG” Across Bisexual Teen’s Front Door

    Graham Gremore
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo credit: Hannah Potes/Billings Gazette 18-year-old Cain Stacy, who identifies as bisexual, returned to his home in Billings, MT to find someone had sprayed the word “FAG” in red paint across his front door, the Billings Gazette reports. The incident happened last Thursday. Stacy says the paint was still wet when he returned from hanging out with a friend. Naturally, he was outraged. “I’ve been called a fag my whole life,” he said. But this is the first time someone has actually trespassed onto his property before. “This,” he said, pointing to the…
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  • Jewish Acappella Boys Celebrates Hanukkah With Cute 'Shake It Off' Parody: VIDEO

    Anthony Costello
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Six13, an Orthodox Jewish acappella group, is lighting menorahs and the internet on fire with its Taylor Swift-style tribute to Hanukkah to the tune of Shake It Off Watch the video to see the boys get down and deliver a Happy Hanukkah message, AFTER THE JUMP... 
  • Army Vet Gets 10 Years Probation For Brutal Attack On Two Gay Men In Downtown Austin: VIDEO

    John Wright
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    An Army veteran will serve 10 years of probation for brutally assaulting two gay men on Pride weekend in downtown Austin in 2012.  Lambert Borgardt (right), who pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault, must also complete 200 hours of community service. Borgardt faces trial on a second count of assault in connection with the attack next year.  Andrew Oppleman (above) and his friend, Nick Soret, were in line at a pizza truck near Austin's gay entertainment district on Sept. 21, 2012, when Borgadt reportedly thought Soret was checking him out. Borgardt became enraged and punched both…
  • Conchita Wurst Returns As Presenter And Host For 2015 Eurovision Contest

    Anthony Costello
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The glamorous Conchita Wurst, Austrian winner of 2014's Eurovision Song Contest, is returning to the song contest in a different capacity reports Pink News. Wurst is returning for the May 2015 contest as a presenter, and will also host the Green Room segment of the show, interviewing the current acts. Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer are taking up the main hosting roles during the event. Wurst is also set to perform 2014's winning song "Rise Like A Phoenix," during the 2015's Contest Grand Final. The 2015 Contest is set to take place in Vienna. Wurst also…
  • Supreme Court Denies Stay Request in Florida Gay Marriage Case, Marriage Equality Set to Begin January 5

    Kyler Geoffroy
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:47 pm
    In a one page order released Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request for an emergency stay on Judge Robert Hinkle's August ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The order indicates that Justices Scalia and Thomas would have granted the stay request. Earlier this month, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to extend Judge Hinkle's temporary stay on his ruling. With the Supreme Court now choosing not intervene in Florida, gay couples in the state are expected to be able to wed at the end of the day on…
  • Montana Teen Arrives Home To Find Anti-gay Slur Spray Painted On His Door

    Anthony Costello
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    A bisexual Montana teen found a gay slur spray painted on his trailer door after spending the night at a friend's house reports Billings Gazette. 18-year-old Cain Stacy arrived home in the early hours of the morning to find the slur "fag," still wet, painted on the front door of his trailer. Stacy is not so much upset about being called the slur, but is moreso upset that someone had the nerve to deface his family's property with it. Stacy's mother, Hiedi Hanna, lives next door and owns both properties. Hanna and Stacy reported the incident with police, but both are disappointed with how the…
 
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  • Saturday Art: Kinetic Sculpture by Alice Aycock

    Ruth Calvo
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
      Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock Maelstrom by Alice Aycock (Pictures courtesy of gigi-NYC at flickr.com.) The kinetic sculptures Alice Aycock has created include several on display in public spaces in New York City, including the above.   She has created a particular sculpture that was inspired by Hanukkah, or the other rendering of the holiday, Chanukah, which is now being celebrated.   As no commons picture is on file of the sculpture, I am linking it here, with a description below. The shining candles that celebrate Hanukkah inspired artist Alice Aycock in her kinetic sculpture that…
  • Late Night: The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Whoa, it is almost Christmas! This month just went on by. The Colbert Report ended yesterday as Stephen Colbert will move to CBS to take over Late Night. What’s your fondest memory of the show? International Politics Overall - Attorney Michael Ratner explains to The Real News the recent criminal complaint filed by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Germany against officials in the Bush administration relating to torture. - Russia invited Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to commemorate the victory of the Soviets over the Nazis, yet it may deal more with the…
  • The Double Jeopardy Clause does not prevent prosecuting Darren Wilson for murder

    Masoninblue
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision The Double Jeopardy Clause does not prevent prosecuting Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. The Double Jeopardy Clause is in the Fifth Amendment No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life…
  • Public’s Big New Focus on Race Relations

    Jon Walker
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup: Increased public concern about an issue doesn’t inherently mean significant positive policy change will happen, but public awareness is almost always a necessary precondition for real reform. Protests can draw the nation’s attention as they have recently on this issue.
  • NBC News Cites ‘Climate of Fear & Retaliation,’ Withholds Identity of Architect of CIA’s Defense for Torture

    Kevin Gosztola
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Screen shot of NBC News story on CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky NBC News published a story on a senior CIA official who is a “top al Qaeda expert” and a “key architect of the agency’s defense of its detention” and torture program for terrorism suspects. The official apparently developed “oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated” the effectiveness of torture. And, while the female official is singled out in the Senate intelligence committee’s summary of its CIA torture report, NBC News made the decision to protect her…
 
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  • Comment on 11.20.14 The Exchange’s Annual TRANS JAM Minneapolis MN by It Takes a Village

    It Takes a Village
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Check this out! Unbelievable. More events over at 3405 Chicago Ave South – Second Floor. http://vimeo.com/113145264
  • Comment on Religious Bigotry by maynard gust

    maynard gust
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Tom I really wish you were still nearby. I think you have an incredible perspective and I totally agree with what you are saying. I have now lived in southern California, Utah, Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. All of this has been over many different decades and things do and have changed. I have had the pleasure of working with open gay people before it became ok to be openly gay. Having had the experiences has really helped open my eyes to the diversity of people and have learned a great deal because of these friends. I respect and admire you and what you have accomplished. I wish we could…
  • Comment on 11.20.14 The Exchange’s Annual TRANS JAM Minneapolis MN by It Takes a Village

    It Takes a Village
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    While other businesses were not allowed to have assembly, or parties and events on the second floor of 3405 Chicago Ave South, how is it the Exchange and Roxanne Anderson’s Cafe Southside have events up here? I can tell you how. Look closely and you will see City Council Member, Elizabeth Glidden’s assistant – Andrea Jenkins. This is an abuse of power. This is clearly the second floor space where It Takes a Village Second Hand store used to be. Because of the lack of exists (fire hazard) this space is not safe for groups to meet. The building as a whole is not zoned for…
  • Comment on “Annie” Prize Pack by Raymond Stone

    Raymond Stone
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    In it to WIN it! Thank You!
  • Comment on Finding “Happily Ever After” by Robin Miner-Swartz

    Robin Miner-Swartz
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    As one of Kent and Diego’s Michigan friends, I have to say the Twin Cities couldn’t be luckier to have them (and Lucas!) in their midst. They are tireless supporters of equality, and they are outstanding spokesmen for all of us. We miss them in Michigan terribly, but we know moving to Minnesota was absolutely the right decision for their family. Since they left Michigan, things have actually gotten harder (and worse) for the LGBT community. We look to the success Minnesota is having with great hope and aspiration. We’ll get there someday. In the meantime, we in Michigan…
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    BiMedia

  • Latest bi magazine out now!

    news
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    The latest issue of bisexual magazine BCN is out now.  You can order issue 127 or subscribe online here Features include: Becoming a parent and staying bi-visible News from Canada where new research backs bi groups Badges at BiCon – what are they for? This year’s BiCon debates Bi Visibility Day 2014 roundup And in BiMediaWatch: bisexuality in Witches of East End, Constantine and Gotham  
  • Bi News fix?

    news
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    After 8 years of bringing you bi news week in, week out, BiMedia is mostly on a long-deserved break at the moment. Latest bi news stories? Check www.bicommunitynews.co.uk
  • Meet bis in Bristol, London, Brum, Leeds, Manchester & Nottingham!

    news
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    There are lots of opportunities to meet other bisexuals around the UK this week! On Monday from 7pm Bristol BiVisible will be meeting at Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft: pop in and look for the table with the purple teapot. Tuesday sees bi meets in London and Birmingham.  In Birmingham Brum Bis meet at the LGBT Centre from 7.30pm. London‘s Bisexual Underground meet at the Blue Posts pub, 81 Newman Street, W1T from 6pm til late. A new up-and-coming bi group meets on Wednesday. Leeds‘ new bi group has its second meeting at the Mesmac centre from 7pm. Colchester bis meet at the Outhouse…
  • Bi Senator gets back in

    news
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    The only out bisexual in the USA’s Senate was re-elected yesterday. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema first won her seat in Arizona in 2012 with a 10,000 majority over her Republican rival. Yesterday in an election that saw a national swing away from her party, that rose to a 14,000 majority – despite a significantly lower turnout for midterms than in 2012 when the Presidential election was held at the same time.  
  • Marriage minister returns to Home Office

    news
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    The architect of the Same-Sex Marriage Act for England and Wales, Lynne Featherstone MP. is to return to the Home Office as part of today’s mini reshuffle. She said: “I am very happy to be returning to the Home Office. I am very proud of what I was able to achieve in my previous role there, not least introducing equal marriage, ending the fingerprinting of children and banning wheel clamping on private land.” Norman Baker MP’s resignation this morning prompted the changes. While the Same-Sex Marriage Act began in the Home Office under Lynne Featherstone and with the…
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    Comicality's Announcements

  • "Billy 385" Is Up

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/story/comicality/thesecretlifeofbillychase8
  • "Jesse-101" Chapter 16 Is Up!

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Enjoy! Rate! Review!   http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/story/comicality/jessie-101onlinecelebrity
  • "Billy #384" Is Up!

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    The newest "Billy Chase" chapter is up tonight, bringing us one step closer to the final ten chapters of Book 8! Don't miss what's comin'!   http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/story/comicality/thesecretlifeofbillychase8
  • I'll Be In The ChatterBox Tomorrow! :)

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Just a heads up, if you're interested! I'm going to the Comicality ChatterBox Chatroom tomorrow (Wed, Dec 10th) to have some fun with you guys for a few hours! I'll be there from 1PM until 5PM (Chicago time, of course!Check the Shack Forum for my little clock thingy to know when that is!)   http://www.voy.com/15900/   The chatroom is here: http://bit.ly/1zVbrcZ and if you feel like stopping in to say hello, we'd love to have ya! Cool?   Take care, and I hope to seezya soon!
  • "GFD: Resurrection" Gets Released As An eBook!

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    It has been over a year and a half of hard work that went into make this one as close to perfect as I possibly could! But it's finally finished! It published on Amazon just a few days ago, and this brand new version is sure to impress! Every line has been re-edited, every page reformatted, tons of new, never seen before, material...it's HUGE! This ebook covers the next THREE "GFD" chapters ("Resurrection", "Hunting Grounds", and "he Beauty And The Darkness"), and I waited to make sure that I could work on the next three chapters alongside this ebook for consistency sake. So look for the…
 
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  • Sex / Health / Fitness: Same Same's SEX SURVEY results!

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Over 2,000 Same Same readers told us all about their sex lives. Here's the results! How does what you've been up to compare with others?
  • Culture: Honouring our hero Tori Johnson

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    "Yesterday I read that Tori Johnson was gay. He’s one of the victims of the siege in Sydney, and likely its hero. Tori reportedly challenged the gunman twice to allow others to escape. His courage resulted in sacrifice."
  • Events: MELT: Brisbane's new celebration of queer arts and culture

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    From glam rockers to gold-medal Olympians, cabaret icons to LGBTI cinema, and so much more, Brisbane is set to embrace queer entertainment in February with the debut of MELT: A Celebration of Queer Arts and Culture.
  • Media: Bookshop Darlinghurst's top 10 bestsellers of 2014

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Looking for a great summer read? We asked The Bookshop Darlinghurst's manager Graeme Aitken to tell us what sold best this year at Sydney's very-much-loved LGBTI bookshop.
  • Music: The Musician Speaks with Jade Leonard

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Jade Leonard has blade the jump to the small screen and is bringing along some fantastic musical performers with her. A joy to be in the audience and sit behind the camera in the record of 'The Musician Speaks with Jade Leonard'
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    Good As You

  • Video: Voices from our pro-equality future (present?)

    G-A-Y
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    This video, filled with students from all walks of life voting unanimous support for marriage equality, comes from an unnamed high school in New Jersey: Sure, this comes from young people in a blue state. And yes, it's possible that some dissenters were left on the cutting room floor. But just listen to how passionately these young'uns speak on the subject, and how familiar the key issues are to them. This is a *huge* change from ten years ago; seismic change from twenty years ago. The younger generation is not interested in their grandparents' "culture war." They have actual social problems…
  • Anti-gay orgs continue to offend children of single parents, gay parents, more

    G-A-Y
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    NOM and an anti-LGBT organization out of Texas are pushing this photo meme for the holidays: No, children deserve love. Compassion. Care. An environment that can meet their needs and work toward their success. There are some truly horrible mothers and fathers who craft a backwards, detrimental, or even dangerous environment for their children. On the flip, there are some single parents who do miraculous work providing for their kids' every last need (and then some). Same goes for gay parents, who are often the most attentive and focused and doting of all. It is beyond offensive to suggest…
  • Apple CEO gives 'substantial' sum to HRC's southern state project; may or may not have used ApplePay

    G-A-Y
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Tim Cook, the out gay head of the company responsible for at least one of the devices likely in your house (if not pocket) right now, has made an undisclosed donation to the Human Rights Campaign's campaign to score LGBT rights victories in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Full details: Apple CEO Donating to Gay Rights Campaign in South [AP] Make History with HRC and Tim Cook [HRC] Thanks, Santa! In a related story, a man who opposes basic human rights for LGBT people just took a long and dramatic bite of an apple as he pondered his movement's inevitable fate.
  • Conservative proposes new way for vendors to tell gay customers they don't care for them

    G-A-Y
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Conservative Princeton lecturer Russell Nieli is proposing a new approach for the bakers, florists, and assorted vendors who would prefer to turn away same-sex couples who seek their business, but who often find themselves running afoul of the law when they try. Nieli wants the vendors to do the job, but to be really, really objectionable about it. He writes, in part: I think there is a third way. Although it may not be acceptable to all in this situation, it would be acceptable to many. It is simply this: to obey the law and serve gay weddings, but to make it known publicly that you believe…
  • NOM versus David Koch

    G-A-Y
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    NOM dares to go where few conservatives are willing to go. They are taking on the Koch brothers: Recently, the news reported that David Koch—the conservative boogeyman of the left—will be interviewed by ABC's Barbara Walters for her "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" special scheduled to air on Sunday. In the interview, he unequivocally states, "I'm basically a libertarian, and I'm a conservative on economic matters, and I'm a social liberal." It harkens back to a 2012 Politico article where he said, "I believe in gay marriage," pointing out that he openly supported legal abortion…
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  • Marilyn Manson - Deep Six

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    Recap via Stereogum:The video for Marilyn Manson’s crunching, seething new single “Deep Six” is about an undulating CGI black worm with Marilyn Manson’s face. Or maybe it’s about an undulating CGI black worm who swallows Marilyn Manson. Either explanation seems plausible. Also, that worm swallows a woman who doesn’t have any nipples. That’s pretty much all you need to know to figure out whether you should watch this strange and possibly upsetting video.
  • Some Analysis On Florida

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    Via Chris Johnson at Washington Blade: The refusal from the Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in Florida is noteworthy because although justices have denied similar requests to halt same-sex marriages in Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina and Kansas, they’ve never done so before in a state where a federal appeals court has yet to rule on the issue. The decision with regard to Florida could be a sign the Supreme Court is ready to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality no matter what the federal appeals courts decide in the interim. From Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed: While the decision…
  • Key West Bartenders Celebrate!

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
  • Pam Bondi Has The Florida Sadz

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    "Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the stay will end on Jan. 5." - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, via press release.
  • BREAKING: Florida! Florida! Florida!

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    UPDATE: I just spoke with Key West plaintiff Aaron Huntsman: "I'm so thrilled to have been part of the process that hopefully has ended marriage inequality in Florida once and for all."UPDATE II: The ACLU reacts via press release. This is a thrilling day for all Florida families. As we explained to the Court, every day that the ban remains in place, couples are suffering real harms. We are grateful that the Court recognized that, and that as a result, those days are finally coming to an end. Now that the last-ditch efforts of Governor Scott and Pam Bondi to delay implementation of Judge…
 
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  • Comment on 11.20.14 The Exchange’s Annual TRANS JAM Minneapolis MN by It Takes a Village

    It Takes a Village
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Check this out! Unbelievable. More events over at 3405 Chicago Ave South – Second Floor. http://vimeo.com/113145264
  • Comment on Religious Bigotry by maynard gust

    maynard gust
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Tom I really wish you were still nearby. I think you have an incredible perspective and I totally agree with what you are saying. I have now lived in southern California, Utah, Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. All of this has been over many different decades and things do and have changed. I have had the pleasure of working with open gay people before it became ok to be openly gay. Having had the experiences has really helped open my eyes to the diversity of people and have learned a great deal because of these friends. I respect and admire you and what you have accomplished. I wish we could…
  • Comment on 11.20.14 The Exchange’s Annual TRANS JAM Minneapolis MN by It Takes a Village

    It Takes a Village
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    While other businesses were not allowed to have assembly, or parties and events on the second floor of 3405 Chicago Ave South, how is it the Exchange and Roxanne Anderson’s Cafe Southside have events up here? I can tell you how. Look closely and you will see City Council Member, Elizabeth Glidden’s assistant – Andrea Jenkins. This is an abuse of power. This is clearly the second floor space where It Takes a Village Second Hand store used to be. Because of the lack of exists (fire hazard) this space is not safe for groups to meet. The building as a whole is not zoned for…
  • Comment on “Annie” Prize Pack by Raymond Stone

    Raymond Stone
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    In it to WIN it! Thank You!
  • Comment on Finding “Happily Ever After” by Robin Miner-Swartz

    Robin Miner-Swartz
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    As one of Kent and Diego’s Michigan friends, I have to say the Twin Cities couldn’t be luckier to have them (and Lucas!) in their midst. They are tireless supporters of equality, and they are outstanding spokesmen for all of us. We miss them in Michigan terribly, but we know moving to Minnesota was absolutely the right decision for their family. Since they left Michigan, things have actually gotten harder (and worse) for the LGBT community. We look to the success Minnesota is having with great hope and aspiration. We’ll get there someday. In the meantime, we in Michigan…
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  • My Weekend Crush

    Dorothy Snarker
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Right, so I need to talk with someone else who watched “Ascension.” The three-night miniseries on Syfy was as brief as it was confounding. Still one of its most welcome attributes was the presence of Lauren Lee Smith, our beloved Soup Chef from “The L Word.” I didn’t recognize her for a second with that white-blonde short hair. (Yeah, I miss the red.) But I certainly enjoyed her presence, and I greatly enjoyed that they made her of the homogay persuasion (even if her lesbianism was only in discussion, and not any action we could see). The show also featured a very good Tricia Helfer…
  • Wizarding While Gay

    Dorothy Snarker
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    So this week J.K. Rowling went on a bit of a Twitter tear answering fan questions. And the question of representation an diversity in Hogwarts came up. She confirmed that people of every religion/belief/non-belief system are represented in Hogwarts (except Wiccans – aw, no Willow?) As far as individual affirmations went, she confirmed the presence of a Jewish wizard. And she also affirmed the presence of LGBT students. I mean, there’s a gay headmaster already.This news is glorious, obviously. I respect Rowling, her work and the universe of good it has created immensely. But, and sadly…
  • Plot Points

    Dorothy Snarker
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    My continued apologies for the tardy postings. I am in the midst of recapping two shows and working my full time job and trying to be a somewhat social human being this holiday season. So something has to bah humbug, and that is timely blog posts. But, fear not. Only one more (sniffle) The Fall recap this season and then I will just be down to normal busy instead of ughwhatmakeitstop busy. Until then, please enjoy these screencaps from the last Lost Girl recap. I swear, sometimes I have no fucking idea what these writers are doing, but damn if it doesn't look pretty.Read the full Ep. 502 Lost…
  • Last Fall

    Dorothy Snarker
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Can you believe there is only one episode of “The Fall” left? Can you? I can’t. I won’t. I feel like it has been forever since the show started, but it was only five short episodes ago. While last season was a slow boil, this season has been a breathless tight-wire act. I didn’t know how this show could become even more taut and fraught with stomach-knotting tension, with so little of what is traditionally considered “action.” But it has. And somehow it has also gotten a lot smart, which – again – seems impossible. And, once again, I give much of the credit to Gillian…
  • Kiss This

    Dorothy Snarker
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hey, want to see two hot ladies make out? No, not like that. This is serious. This is for JOURNALISM! The New York Times magazine gathered 18 actors together to share 9 kisses in celebrations of…of, please, like you need a reason. You’ve got to hand it to The Gray Lady, who else can get a bunch of celebrities to kiss for no good reason? Among them were Jenny Slate and Rosario Dawson. Kristen Stewart is among the other lip lockers, alas, not with a lady as the universe intended. (There’s also a fellas kiss, for the fellas. Equality!) You can see all the kisses here. Or just replay Jenny…
 
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    AMERICAblog News

  • PO’d kangaroo takes down drone (seriously)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This is pretty great. A drone was checking out some kanagaroos in Australia, until the kangaroo — baby kanga in tow — finally got supremely ticked off and took the drone out. It’s a pretty amazing video. See it below.
  • Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast (video)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Last night was Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast on the Colbert Report. As you know, Colbert is moving over to take David Letterman’s spot on The Late Show. Here are the various segments, including a rather interesting one in which seemingly every guest (or practically every guest) that Colbert has had on over the years came back for a final group song. There’s everyone. And I mean everyone. Enjoy.
  • The Banality of Bitter: “A Christmas Carol” revisited

    John Aravosis
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Channel-surfing last night, I stumbled upon Patrick Stewart’s TV-version of “A Christmas Carol” (not his one-man show). Watching Scrooge visit with the Ghost of Christmas Past for the umpteenth time in my life, I had a bit of unexpected insight. As you get older, you get bitter. Or at least you run the risk. It’s something I never appreciated at all when I was younger. Now, I get it. Not to say that I’ve become bitter. But rather, that entering my sixth decade of life (I’m 51) I’ve begun to understand how it is that people become bitter, in a way I…
  • It’s time to modernize our rape laws

    Jeneva Burroughs Stone
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    All citizens would be better served if felony rape were changed from a general intent crime to one of criminal intent. My suggested definition — to inflict physical and/or emotional damage on another person by forcing that person to engage in sexual act — is only a place to begin. Without a criminal intent, prosecutors cannot legally examine an alleged rapist’s mindset. (This is a follow-up to my earlier piece about the problems surrounding the current legal definition of “rape.”) Researchers such as David Lisak have been studying rape mentality for years, including…
  • Sony pulls movie “The Interview” after cyber-attack, terror threats by North Korea

    John Aravosis
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Thanks, North Korea. Now all I can think about is seeing a movie I had no intention of seeing. You see, apparently North Korea, the most repressive place on the entire planet, has collectively freaked out over Sony’s new comedy “The Interview,” about the assassination of North Korean leader-for-life Kim Jong Un. The film stars James Franco and Seth Rogan. Pull the film, or the puppy dies.(Seth Rogan and James Franco in the film, “The Interview.”) In response, the North Korean government launched a cyber-attack on Sony, releasing the private medical records of…
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    MsQueer

  • We’ve Come a Long Way, But Keep Your Hiking Shoes

    DJ
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:22 pm
    As we approach the ending of 2014, there is a lot for which to be grateful as LGBTQ Persons. Marriage Equality still has its fight on in some states, but the battle has been won in others, and truly – I see this as going the same way the ERA did years ago. Popular opinion of the vast majority of the population in America shows support for Gay Marriage, or at the very least…indifference as to the need to oppose it. We’re almost there. Of course we know from humankind’s history that you can legislate prejudice away, but eliminating it as a practice is quite another…
  • Free Webinar Nov 22nd – Remaining Calm in a World of Chaos

    DJ
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    http://nomw.parishas-world.com/maintain-calm/   It has  been my privilege to work with Parisha Taylor for almost 30 years. She’s the Real Deal. I invite you to consider listening to this free webinar on Saturday, November 22nd. If you can’t attend at the designated times, you’ll still be able to get the link to the recorded audio.  – MsQueer From the web page at http://nomw.parishas-world.com/maintain-calm/ “If you’re experiencing lack, stress, overwhelm, sadness or dread, then it’s time to make a change. It’s time to reconnect with Source, and with…
  • I’m Back!

    DJ
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve written any posts here, and there have been many exciting developments, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage in 32 states now! Yes, there have been some set-backs, but we are definitely moving forward in the right direction. So time to ‘pick up the pen” again, so to speak, because this is a particularly challenging time for all. I will be sharing information regarding spiritual development as well as political concerns. Just be cause we’re getting some rights doesn’t mean we’ve got our shit together! So for…
  • Wealth is not the enemy. We NEED LGBTQ Leaders with Financial Literacy

    DJ
    4 Mar 2013 | 8:37 pm
    This FREE call is for you if you’re on a spiritual journey and you want to: • Experience unlimited abundance – but as you keep trying, and failing, to do so, your confidence continues to plummet • Rediscover your inner passion – and ignite it so you can tirelessly pursue the life you truly want and deserve (because right now, you feel like you’re just wandering – or spinning your wheels) • Develop your personal power so you can define and achieve exactly what you want in life, so you can move forward with purpose and passion • Feel empowered and powerful – rather…
  • We Can Make It Together – Deb Adler debuts “Because You Believe” *

    DJ
    24 Dec 2012 | 6:35 pm
    This song was written in 1999, but it couldn’t be more “right on time” — “Because You Believe” is about knowing that we as human beings can come together and “make it” – because we believe we can. View it at YouTube. Please “Like” it. Share it. Help it go viral. The world needs its message, especially now…. http://youtu.be/dKWMHHQE-88 Thanks! *©1999 Deborah Adler. All rights Reserved.
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    Mombian

  • Texas Teen with Two Moms Speaks Out for Marriage Equality

    Dana
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Texas is not the most progressive of states, as most of us know. All the more reason, then, to admire 16-year-old Mason Marriott-Voss, who spoke recently about his two moms to a Freedom to Marry town hall at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. Like Zach Wahls, whose speech to the Idaho House about his two moms went viral twice, Marriott-Voss is a member of his school’s debate team, and knows how to charm a crowd. He shared a bit about himself and his two siblings, and noted, “My parents are too busy helping us with finals to be eroding society.” Later, he asserted,…
  • Finding a Little Light

    Dana
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve been lighting the Hanukkah candles with my 11-year-old son this week and thinking about how we all could use a little light right now. Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Jr., Tamir Rice, and others who would likely not have been shot and killed if they were White. The massacre of over 100 children in Pakistan. The deeply saddening story of a 14-year-old boy who was executed in South Carolina over 70 years ago for a murder he didn’t commit — he was exonerated yesterday. It’s easy to become disheartened. There are no simple answers. It is hard to find hope at this, the…
  • Norman Rockwell Painting Redone with Jewish Two-Mom Family

    Dana
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” is a classic painting of an American family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Tylenol has given the painting a new twist, however, by using its setting to profile several diverse families, including one with two moms. Published in 1943, the original painting was one of four inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech. The family looks like it came right out of Leave It to Beaver — White and well off, with a grandfather and grandmother presiding at the head of the table. In its new…
  • For Hanukkah, Here’s a Funny Jewish Lesbian Mom Talking About Her Family

    Dana
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    A very Happy Hanukkah to all of you starting your celebrations tonight! In honor of the occasion, here’s a very funny video of Jewish comedian and lesbian mom Judy Gold talking about her family. (There’s an odd black-and-white segment about a minute and a half in, apparently some skit from the original show this aired on. Skip ahead from there 30 seconds or so and Judy’s back.) And if you missed it last year, make sure to check out the rockin’ version of “I Had a Little Dreidel,” sung by another Jewish lesbian mom, Julie Silver. The post For Hanukkah,…
  • Top 10 Quotes About Children from Marriage Equality Judges

    Dana
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Here are some of the best statements about children and same-sex parents from the judges ruling on marriage equality this year. They made me cheer — and sometimes laugh with delight. Let’s start by recalling the quote from 2013 that was quoted by many others in 2014, from the U.S. Supreme Court Windsor decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act: [DOMA] humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples. The law in question makes it even more difficult for the children to understand the integrity and closeness of their own family and…
 
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    Gay travel

  • Be Prepared When Traveling Abroad

    bestgaytravel
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    It is important to be prepared and to expect the unexpected wherever in the world you may be. By preparing carefully you can prevent serious and costly problems for you and your family or loved ones. Country travel advice and advisories – Get country-specific information on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues. No matter where in the world you intend to travel, make sure you check http://travel.state.gov/ for valuable information. Travel documents – Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a…
  • Best Way to Pack….Roll Clothes

    bestgaytravel
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    I just tried this recently and it works!   Why did I not know this?! Roll, Roll, Roll your clothes....Roll, don’t fold your garments.  Rolling takes up far less space, and allows you to more easily organize your bag.  This tip came from sailors who have very limited space for personal gear, so they know! The New York Times asked flight attendants how they manage to pack over 40 garments in one suitcase, and it all boils down to one trick: roll your clothes to save space and avoid wrinkles. Any feedback on this???     ShareThe post Best Way to Pack….Roll Clothes appeared…
  • Gay Palm Springs Deals

    bestgaytravel
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    $99 Deals! RESERVE NOW Come to Gay Palm Springs, California. INNdulge Palm Springs, a resort hotel for gay men offers clothing optional / nude sunbathing. Pool and Jacuzzi open 24 hours. One of the best gay hotels  and gay resorts in Palm Springs, California.   INNdulge Palm Springs (760)327-1408 INNdulgeReservations@gmail.com www.INNdulge.com ShareThe post Gay Palm Springs Deals appeared first on Gay travel.
  • Gay Travel Around The World

    bestgaytravel
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    25 must see cities in your lifetime! From Paris to Prague – From  San Francisco to New York – Shanghai  to Dubai! Take a look at these breathtaking travel photos and see whats next on your list. (NOTE – NOT ALL OF THESE  PLACES  ARE  GAY  FRIENDLY – BUT MOST ARE)   Book your next trip with the help of Dave at Donovan Travel!  1-800-942-1280 ShareThe post Gay Travel Around The World appeared first on Gay travel.
  • Gay Travel Tips For Europe

    bestgaytravel
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe. GETA’s new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries. Using countries like Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Russia as case studies of how society and laws might treat LGBTI people differently, GETA advises: ‘It is for individual LGBT travelers to decide what countries they wish to…
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    The Bilerico Project

  • PLEASE UPDATE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

    Bilerico Project Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This Feed and Email Newsletter Have MovedYou Must Update Your Subscription Using One of the Links Below UPDATE: If you are still receiving this notice in your Daily Digest, please be sure to subscribe to the new edition using one of the options below, then hit the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of this email. If you're getting this through a feed reader, simply remove your subscription to this feed after you've added the correct one. Thanks! On Wednesday October 9, 2013, this feed and newsletter will no longer be active and you will need to update your subscription. This is a one-time-only…
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    The Bilerico Project

  • PLEASE UPDATE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

    Bilerico Project Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This Feed and Email Newsletter Have MovedYou Must Update Your Subscription Using One of the Links Below UPDATE: If you are still receiving this notice in your Daily Digest, please be sure to subscribe to the new edition using one of the options below, then hit the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of this email. If you're getting this through a feed reader, simply remove your subscription to this feed after you've added the correct one. Thanks! On Wednesday October 9, 2013, this feed and newsletter will no longer be active and you will need to update your subscription. This is a one-time-only…
 
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    Gay travel

  • Be Prepared When Traveling Abroad

    bestgaytravel
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    It is important to be prepared and to expect the unexpected wherever in the world you may be. By preparing carefully you can prevent serious and costly problems for you and your family or loved ones. Country travel advice and advisories – Get country-specific information on safety and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions and other important travel issues. No matter where in the world you intend to travel, make sure you check http://travel.state.gov/ for valuable information. Travel documents – Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a…
  • Best Way to Pack….Roll Clothes

    bestgaytravel
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    I just tried this recently and it works!   Why did I not know this?! Roll, Roll, Roll your clothes....Roll, don’t fold your garments.  Rolling takes up far less space, and allows you to more easily organize your bag.  This tip came from sailors who have very limited space for personal gear, so they know! The New York Times asked flight attendants how they manage to pack over 40 garments in one suitcase, and it all boils down to one trick: roll your clothes to save space and avoid wrinkles. Any feedback on this???     ShareThe post Best Way to Pack….Roll Clothes appeared…
  • Gay Palm Springs Deals

    bestgaytravel
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    $99 Deals! RESERVE NOW Come to Gay Palm Springs, California. INNdulge Palm Springs, a resort hotel for gay men offers clothing optional / nude sunbathing. Pool and Jacuzzi open 24 hours. One of the best gay hotels  and gay resorts in Palm Springs, California.   INNdulge Palm Springs (760)327-1408 INNdulgeReservations@gmail.com www.INNdulge.com ShareThe post Gay Palm Springs Deals appeared first on Gay travel.
  • Gay Travel Around The World

    bestgaytravel
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    25 must see cities in your lifetime! From Paris to Prague – From  San Francisco to New York – Shanghai  to Dubai! Take a look at these breathtaking travel photos and see whats next on your list. (NOTE – NOT ALL OF THESE  PLACES  ARE  GAY  FRIENDLY – BUT MOST ARE)   Book your next trip with the help of Dave at Donovan Travel!  1-800-942-1280 ShareThe post Gay Travel Around The World appeared first on Gay travel.
  • Gay Travel Tips For Europe

    bestgaytravel
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe. GETA’s new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries. Using countries like Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Russia as case studies of how society and laws might treat LGBTI people differently, GETA advises: ‘It is for individual LGBT travelers to decide what countries they wish to…
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    gay new york

  • THE GAYS New York Premiere

    bestgaynewyork
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Announcing the New York premiere of T.S. Slaughter’s  new comedy feature, THE GAYS Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 10pm Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, NY Admission: $10 – includes a complimentary copy of the DVD!! Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and…
  • The Red Ball New York

    bestgaynewyork
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In celebration of World AIDS Day, The NYC Department of Heath is hosting the Red Ball at BPM (516 w 42nd Street) on Monday, December 1st.  The Health Department, in conjunction with the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, will unveil a new report that shows new HIV diagnoses are at an all-time low. From 6pm-11pm, the Health Department will host a free World AIDS Day event to give New Yorkers the opportunity to learn more about HIV/AIDS. Inspired by New York City¹s House Ballroom culture, the Health Department and its community partners will host The RED (Remembering/Empowering/Doing)…
  • #We Are All Clean HIV Challenge

    bestgaynewyork
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    THIS IS BRILLIANT! Could this be the HIV equivalent to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? We think so. The concept is the brainchild of well-known HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth who has partnered with Moovz, the leading global gay social app, to launch the project. It’s genius in its simplicity. We are now a selfie-obsessed culture and Mackenroth urges everyone to take a special selfie for an important cause. “I was inspired by the use of the word ‘clean’, especially common in gay culture, to describe oneself as STI/STD free. Indirectly this implies that HIV-positive people are somehow…
  • New York Pier 55 Project

    bestgaynewyork
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    GOTHAMIST has the scoop on Pier 55 this week! A crumbling old Hudson River pier once used by ocean liners like the Lusitania will be torn down and replaced by a 2.7 acre park on the water featuring rolling hills and an outdoor amphitheater. Mayor de Blasio is expected to reveal further details about the park at a press conference this morning, but the Hudson River Park Trust has revealed that the park will be largely financed by a foundation formed by the billionaire couple Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg. “New York has always reminded me of Venice, so I am happy the time has come to…
  • 4 Moons in New York City

    bestgaynewyork
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The Mexican LGBT drama Four Moons (Cuatro Lunas) will be playing at The Quad on November 21, 2014  in New York City! (Available on DVD/VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant) December 2, 2014).   Directed by Sergio Tovar Velarde, Four Moons stars Antonio Velázquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, César Ramos, Gustavo Egelhaaf, Alonso Echánove, and Juan Manuel Berna. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. The film tells four different stories about love and self-acceptance: a boy secretly attracted to his male cousin; two college students starting a secret relationship; a couple wasted due to…
 
 
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    alfred lives here

  • TV: Best & Worst 2014...

    Brahm Kornbluth
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    With most TV shows having had their 'mid season finales" and now taking the holidays off, here is a purely objective look at the best and worst shows of the year...Best Returning Shows:ScandalThe sexy prime time soap about Washington fixer Olivia Pope went even crazier with secret spies and a murder in first family, and the constant twists and great acting by Kerry Washington and company make this series even better in season 4 than it was at the start. More happens in one episode here than in a month on other shows.The Good WifeA smart intriguing suspenseful drama that gets better with…
  • Canadian Weblog Award Winner!

    Brahm Kornbluth
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Exciting times around here last night...This little blog alfredliveshere.com was a winner in the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards, coming in first in the LGBQT* category... woo hoo!530 Blogs were nominated across 26 categories. 34 Jurors read them all and then evaluated them according to ten criteria, selecting a short list and then the top three in each category.Uh, wait a sec... people actually read this thing? Holy crap.These are juried awards, and while alfred lives here has been shortlisted before, coming in first is a first... thanks so much to the wise mysterious…
  • This tweet made my day...

    Brahm Kornbluth
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Thank you Andrea Martin...!.@alfredliveshere thank you Brahm for the lovely review of my book, and the fabulous company you put me with, Andy Cohen and Amy Poehler!— Andrea Martin (@iamandreamartin) December 13, 2014_____________________________________________ www.alfredliveshere.com ... Alfie says thanks for subscribing!
  • Andy Cohen, Andrea Martin, Amy Poehler...

    Brahm Kornbluth
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Andy Cohen, Andrea Martin, Amy Poehler, a rabbi, and monk who has taken a vow of silence walk into a bar... Okay I have no idea on the punchline there, but those first three would make it funny, not to mention the rabbi and the monk would keep it interesting.Andy Cohen, Andrea Martin and Amy Poehler... these three celebs (or two celebs and a wannabe) all have new sort-of-memoir-type books out and I have read them all.What can I tell you? I like like my reading fast and light.I read them, so you don't have to... here's a quick guide:Andy Cohen, The Andy Cohen DiariesCohen is a TV…
  • Alberta Pauses On Helping Gay Kids...

    Brahm Kornbluth
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    While we all have our own stress and drama, especially at this time of year, last week was one to think beyond our own lives... Man it was a tough week to be a citizen of the world with so many tragedies out there... no charges for the white cop in New York whose illegal chokehold led to death of unarmed black man... a 12-year old in California committed suicide after enduring bullying for being a male cheerleader... Peter Pan Live. Here in Alberta, the alleged redneck Texas province where I live, when it comes to supporting gay kids in schools, we had almost progress and then real…
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    The Bilerico Project

  • BREAKING: SCOTUS Declines to Stop Florida Marriages

    John M. Becker
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This just in: the U.S. Supreme Court has just denied Florida's request for a stay of a federal district court ruling striking down the state's marriage discrimination amendment. Justice Clarence Thomas, who handles such requests from the 11th Circuit, referred the matter to the full Court. Thomas and Scalia said they would have granted the stay, but a majority of their colleagues did not agree. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinckle handed down the ruling on August 21, but temporarily stayed it until the end of the day on January 5, 2015. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sought to extend the…
  • Pat Robertson: Gays Will Die Because They Can't Make Babies

    John M. Becker
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    "You know, those who are homosexual will die out because they don't reproduce. You know, you have to have heterosexual sex to reproduce. Same thing with that church: it's doomed, it's going to die out because it's the most nonsensical thing I've heard in a long time." -- Right-wing crackpot televangelist Pat Robertson, answering a viewer's question on the 700 Club. The viewer was asking whether she should stay in a church whose members weren't allowed to date, and Robertson said she should leave because that church is going to die out, just like those queers. Watch: Pat Robertson: Gays Will…
  • Revealed: The Apology the Salvation Army Won't Release

    Bil Browning
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday Queerty exposed two internal Salvation Army USA documents that lays out exactly how the religious org planned to battle the negative publicity from my campaign to get them to apologize for their anti-LGBT past. After reading the memos describing their plan for a "strategy of containment" that includes whitewashing their past, confusing potential donors, and refusing to take responsibility for their horrendous history of discrimination, it seems appropriate to release exactly what they don't want revealed: the public apology that the church leadership refuses to issue. In two…
  • Michele Bachmann: I Outsmarted, 'Defeated' Progressives

    John M. Becker
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Michele "Pray Away the Gay" Bachmann, the former presidential candidate and outgoing Tea Party Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, took some time during an interview with "birther" website WorldNetDaily to reflect on her tenure in Congress and reveal what it is she's most proud of. No, it's not her legislative accomplishments -- she's had almost none of those, bless her heart -- it's the way she uses "evidence-based arguments" to defeat the "false premises" of liberals, who "don't argue from a logical, linear point of view" and can only "argue from emotionalism." "That's the best way to…
  • WI School District OKs Trans-Inclusive Athletic Policy

    John M. Becker
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    On Monday, the school board in Baraboo, Wisconsin -- a small city of about 12,000 people in the south-central part of the state -- voluntarily adopted a transgender-inclusive athletic policy. Wheeler News Service reports: Baraboo has become one of the first Wisconsin school districts to approve an athletic policy for transgender students. There was emotional testimony on all sides Monday night, before the School Board voted 4-3 to change its co-curricular activity policy to guard against discrimination. It follows WIAA guidelines from 2013, which call for equal opportunities for all students…
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    Seasons of Pride

  • Site Manager Apartment Community

    Kelly Riker
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Hollywood, CA Our client is a leading property developer that manages more than 17,000 units of high-quality housing. They are now seeking a Site Manager to join their team in Hollywood. If you have a proven track record of successfully managing an apartment complex, this is an excellent opportunity to undertake an exciting new role and enhance your skill-set with a successful housing business. What’s more, as this is the nation’s first affordable LGBT housing development with units set aside for seniors with HIV/aids, homeless or at risk of homelessness, you will have the chance to work…
  • LPN St Paul Meridian Behavioral Health

    Kelly Riker
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Meridian Behavioral Health – Saint Paul, MN Meridian Behavioral Health, LLC, is a leading provider of behavioral health care services in Minnesota, operating a large network of chemical dependency treatment facilities in the Saint Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area and northern Minnesota. Our programs deliver an expansive set of services to hundreds of clients daily. We’re looking for talented, experienced and passionate professional to enhance our team. Our goal is to attract and retain the best! We are currently searching for a part-time (0.4 FTE) LPN to work in our Latitudes…
  • LGBT Training and Leadership Institute Coordinator

    Kelly Riker
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Long Island GLBT Network – LIGALY; The Center; SAGE-LI; EEGO and Equality – LI Bay Shore, NY Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc. (LIGALY) has an immediate opening for an LGBT Training and Leadership Institute Coordinator. The LGBT Training and Leadership Institute (TLI) Coordinator will lead and manage education and training programs designed to increase LGBT cultural competency, reduce stigma and bullying, and overall create safer and more supportive spaces for LGBT people. The position also includes a unique opportunity to establish and develop a national LGBT domestic…
  • LVN Case Manager Los Angeles LGBT Center

    Kelly Riker
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Hollywood, CA Under the supervision of the Manager of Nurse Case Management Services, the LVN Case Manager will collaborate with other healthcare providers in developing, implementing care plans. The LVN Nurse Case Manager will outreach and ensure that clients living with HIV/AIDS are aware of services available. The LVN will work in collaboration with RN Case Manager Supervisor and team with assessments, and to implement, monitor, and maintain a program, under OAPP guidelines. This will include, but not be limited to referral process, authorization process, billing, and contracts. The LVN…
  • Lambda Legal Law Student Internship

    Kelly Riker
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Lambda Legal – New York, NY Lambda Legal seeks a Law Student Intern in its New York City Headquarters to work primarily with the Staff Attorney focused on intersectional work. The intern will be exposed to, and contribute to, active litigation related to prisoner’s rights and fair courts, among other things. Lambda Legal Law Student Internship Fall and/or Spring Semester Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) people and those with HIV, through impact litigation,…
 
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    Gay Travel Information (and more)!

  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – Quebec, Canada

    gaytravelinformation
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Fairmont Le Château Frontenac / 1 rue des Carrières /Québec, Canada / 1-866-540-4460 This past December my partner and I had the pleasure of reviewing Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. It has always been a dream of mine to experience this opulent hotel, so I was truly grateful for the opportunity.   Wide eyed and jaw to … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Cabeau

    gaytravelinformation
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Cabeau – Innovative Travel Pillows and Comfort  I have been eager to spotlight Cabeau’s travel pillow / travel kit since receiving my own earlier this month!  Cabeau (pronounced CAH-bo), founded in 2009, is your one-stop shop destination for innovative travel pillows, comfort products, and on-the-go gear. Cabeau’s goal is to provide a comfortable and restful experience to commuters … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Hotel | The Betsy – Miami Beach, FL

    gaytravelinformation
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    Gay Travel Blog | Gay Travel Information | The Betsy Hotel | The Betsy Miami Beach | Gay Travel | Gay Friendly The Betsy / 1440 Ocean Drive / Miami Beach, FL 33139 / 1-866-792-3879   The Betsy, a boutique hotel located on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami offers up one of the best … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Gola

    gaytravelinformation
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Gola - Styles of yesteryear combined with today’s most sought after trends.  The holiday’s are upon us and I could think of no better gift than that of new sneakers — not just ANY sneakers, mind you — Gola sneakers!  Oh. How. I . Love. Sneakers.  One of my absolute favorite brands, Gola, feeds my sneaker … Continue reading →
  • Gay Friendly Business Spotlight – Kikkerland

    gaytravelinformation
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    KIKKERLAND – MAKING PEOPLE SMILE FOR OVER 20 YEARS!  The Holidays are upon us and if you are (gulp) anything like me you are constantly searching for that gift that will either a.) shock the pants off of someone b.) cause an uncontrollable fit of laughter or c.) cause an uncontrollable fit of laughter while the … Continue reading →
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    The L Stop

  • Q-We’re Calendar 2015 Teaser

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Q-were is back and has released their 2015 edition of their queer erotica calendar! The slogan has pulled forward as their permanent slogan, “Get Happy! Get Naked!” Buy a calendar! Q-were, a diverse fun, erotic fine art calendar geared toward the LBTPQQIA community. This calendar not only functions as a fine art but a centerpiece to create dialogue that encourages and promotes sexual and gender expression, illustrating and empowering queer bodies. Q-we’re 2013 Centerfold   Q-we’re 2014 Centerfold   Q-we’re 2015 Centerfold   The Q-were Presale…
  • #Hashtag the Series releases Season 2 Trailer

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    View the trailer for Season 2 of the Chicago-based fan favorite #Hashtag. Written by/co-starring Caitlin Bergh and Laura Zak, the new season finds best friends Liv and Skylar trying to reconcile the impulse to over-share with a chance at true connection. While Skylar combats heartbreak by pursuing internet fame, Liv juggles her IRL girlfriend with an online flirtation that’s about to get just as real. They may have mastered the #follow, but will they #fail at the follow through? Season two premieres January 18.2015 on tellofilms.com! You May Also Like: Ten Best International Marriage…
  • #GetCovered with Howard Brown Health Center and AIDS Foundation of Chicago

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Need health care, but missed out enrolling earlier this year? No worries, the Health Insurance Marketplace reopened on November 15 and Get Covered Illinois, Howard Brown Health Center and AIDS Foundation of Chicago are here to help. This Saturday, December 13, at 4025 N. Sheridan Road from 1-5pm, staff members from all three organizations will help find the best plan for you. Kristin Keglovitz Baker, Chief Operating Officer for Howard Brown Health Center, told The L-Stop that while participants can enroll in a plan that day, they can also expect to be educated about the Health Insurance…
  • Queer Artist Sam Kirk to represent Chicago at Miami’s International Art Basel Show

    admin
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Sam Kirk splits her time between Chicago and Brooklyn, but she will be representing her hometown of Chicago this December during an exhibit with Red Bull at SCOPE for Miami’s annual Art Basel International showcase. Sam Kirk and Tubs are the two artists who received the curatorial vote during the Chicago Red Bull Canvas Cooler, and Joseph “Sentrock” Perez was later selected as the people’s choice vote. This win afforded them the chance to unveil their latest work at Art Basel, an honor for artists of all dominions. Among her paintings to be exhibited is a piece titled…
  • 10 Quotes that make Wanda Sykes Awesome

    admin
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    As if we didn’t love Wanda Sykes enough, here’s 10 more reasons she’s been an awesome celeb who speaks her mind as well as makes us have a ripping good laugh… Check out Wanda Sykes at the Chicago Theatre on October 18th. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win 2 tickets to the show! Tickets still available now! You May Also Like: Queer Artist Sam Kirk to represent Chicago at Miami’s International Art Basel Show Dana Goldberg Does Chicago Reeling 32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival
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    Kage Alan Blog

  • The Ingredients of a Damn Good Story

    Kage
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    I remember reading eighteen years ago when I first started submitting query letters that if a story I’d written couldn’t interest whoever was reading it at a publisher or literary agent’s office in the first chapter—or even the first couple of paragraphs—it would be rejected. That seemed like an awful lot of pressure to put on a writer. What if the piece was quite long and had a slow buildup? Worse yet, if you couldn’t catch their attention in a paragraph or two in the query letter alone, you wouldn’t even get to the part where they read a chapter of your story. It makes a whole…
  • That Annoying Matter of POV During Sex

    Kage
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Discovering at the age of twenty-eight that one has a sense of humor does tend to put one a tad bit behind the times. And when one uses that sense of humor in one’s writing, it becomes very easy to write that way all the time, especially in fiction. You see, a character’s point of view can often be as important to the comedy as the dialogue he or she has. Dialogue works on one level and their POV works on another. A third layer to that can be another character’s POV that’s shared at the same time, though in separate paragraphs. I know. Editors are cringing the world over at my saying…
  • The Face of Gay 61 (Katy)

    Kage
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Anti-gay politicians, religious leaders and everybody else who falls under the category of “others” sometimes like to justify their actions by using the words “for the children.” It’s annoying and it’s not for the children. But don’t take my word for it. Why not hear from someone out there who isn’t gay, lesbian or transgender? Why not hear from someone who may not even have a child who’s gay, lesbian or transgender? Welcome to Katy’s Face of Gay. The Face of Gay 61 (Katy) In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling denying North…
  • Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Should Have Been Ayelet Waldman

    Kage
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Several of the blog idea sites I check out from time to time when I’m stuck for a topic suggest taking on something controversial. That typically doesn’t appeal to me because I’m not fond of controversy for the sake of controversy. However, in this case, I think there’s something fairly fun I can do with it. You see, I saw an article on CNN.com yesterday about Time Magazine naming their ‘Person of the Year’. I just happen to feel it’s in error. Yes, it’s true. Time Magazine blundered their choice for ‘Person of the Year’ for 2014. Well, true-ish. It should have been The…
  • Bonding With Characters You’ve Written

    Kage
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Something very odd happened over the weekend. The deadline for the Butt Riders on the Range story is fast approaching and I took a day off from having dad with me in order to complete my first draft. Our stories are supposed to be around 10k. Mine was at 18k when I sat down Saturday morning and ended up at 22k by the time day was done. I completed the first draft and was horrifically underwhelmed. At what, exactly? As with all first drafts, I tend to put every single friggin’ idea into them, then see what sticks as the story progresses. I’ll sometimes go back and futz—yes, futz—with…
 
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    Warfare: The Delightful and Dreary Sides of Gay Life

  • Santa's Baby

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:36 am
    Are you in the holiday mood yet? Jackie Beat sings her scandalous parody of Santa Baby, in a video by Austin Young!
  • Demonic Possession & Homosexuality: Are you possessed?

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Those who are friends with me on Facebook know of my secret obsession with the television programs The Haunted and A Haunting.  The scariest episodes of which are the ones featuring demonic possession.  These programs scare me so much that not so long ago I got frightened by my own shadow in the shower, almost peed myself and screamed like a little girl as a result.  So imagine my surprise when I learned this week that I too might be possessed by a demon.  I might be possessed and not even know about it and to make things even worse - you might be possessed too!My old…
  • Clown Porn: The Circus is Cuming to Town!

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:22 am
    You know what they say about men with big feet, is the same true of clowns? Well, just the other day this disturbing conundrum was forced into my psyche by one of my loyal and well meaning blog readers. This led me teetering down an upsetting path of discovery of just how bizarre human sexual fetishes can be. I never knew it existed and now that I do, my coulrophobia has spring into overdrive!I have written about strange sexual fetishes before: Golden showers, Belgium Chocolate, S&M, Scarfing, Furring, Fisting, to mention but a few. They are weird, unhygienic, could possibly be dangerous…
  • I don’t want to research vaginas.

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    They say it takes a village to raise a child.  And whoever said that was not kidding.  Parenting is hard.  You find yourself questioning yourself constantly.  Am I doing the right thing? Am I handling this situation correctly?  Am I going to do psychological damage to my kid requiring me to pay a shit load of money for therapy for him when he is sixteen?  Mostly, I ask myself these questions when I am at my wits end.You know those times when the world almost ended because your little bundle of joy lost his dummy and wants back it now.  When you try to dress…
  • When Pussy Attacks!

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:38 am
    My husband and I share our house with four pussies. They are furry, sometimes cuddly but beneath their angelic and sweat demeanour there lurks a darkside. A darkside so malevolent and vicious it’s best strangers approach our kitties with caution or face the dreadful consequence – being mauled! You see our furred critters are emotional and dangerous little souls and every now and again their tempers and tantrums take me by surprise and I left me wondering, why do I share my house killers. Killer Pussy will eat anything she can lay her little paws on. If it is not guarded,…
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    The Randy Report

  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Admits Defeat On Same-Sex Marriage

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Via press release, virulently anti-gay Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued this statement on the US Supreme Court's denial of request to keep same-sex marriage from beginning in Florida January 6th:"Tonight, the United States Supreme Court denied the State’s request for a stay in the case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Regardless of the ruling it has always been our goal to have uniformity throughout Florida until the final resolution of the numerous challenges to the voter-approved constitutional amendment on marriage. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has now spoken, and the…
  • SCOTUS Denies Florida Request For Extension Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Stay

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Florida's Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi has spent months fighting rulings in favor of overturning her state's ban on same-sex marriage.In fact, she recently asked the US Supreme Court to extend the current stay on one of those rulings as the case awaits it's turn at the 11th Circuit Court. Color me shocked, but that request was just denied.Although Justice Clarence Thomas (who oversees such requests for the 11th Circuit) referred the matter to the full court - which decided against extending the stay - both he and Justice Scalia noted that they would have granted the extension. Here's…
  • DJ Calvin Harris Transforms For Armani

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Calvin Harris is one of the highest-paid DJs in the world. I constantly see huge billboards with his face all over Las Vegas where he frequently takes the party late into the night.DJ-ing around the world, collaborating with folks like Kylie and Rihanna, among many others), he was recently asked to take part in a photo shoot for the new Armani spring campaign. The transformation from before to after is pretty fab. You can see the Before pic above - now check out Calvin's amazing "after party."Hey Mr. DJ!(h/t OUT)
  • The Warwick Rowers Serenade You With Christmas Carols (In Their Underwear)

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Five members of the Warwick Rowers serenade you with Christmas carols (in their underwear) and explain the history of their best-selling calendar.So, you may not tune in for the carols but the vision (and view) of the calendar can't be beat.Purchase their 2015 calendar and support their cause through Sport Allies - a program that reaches out to young people challenged by bullying, homophobia or low self-esteem in the sports world.(h/t WOW)
  • Sir Ian McKellan Teaches Cookie Monster To "Resist"

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:56 pm
    From the clip description:You shall not pass! Please resist!The word resist means to control yourself and stop yourself from doing something you really want to do, though that's not a word that Cookie Monster really understands. Ian McKellen demonstrates. How fab that we have had Sesame Street and all the amazing celebrities who drop by to teach kids on so many levels. It really is charming.
 
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    My Gay Travel Guide

  • Gay Villages Around the World

    Sam Wood
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Knowing where the gay villages of a city or region you’re visiting can make a big difference to how much interaction with other gay travellers and locals you might have on your travels. Having never been to any in North America or Asia, I cannot comment on those, but here are five of my favourites from elsewhere. Vinohrady, Prague Prague may be one of Eastern Europe’s most gay-friendly cities, and Vinohrady is the place to be to experience the city’s thriving gay scene. Vinohrady, Prague Soho, London Centred around Old Compton Street, Soho may be one of Europe’s oldest gay villages…
  • Daniel Mora Photography

    David Quilaguy
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Berlin is a city that where you hear thousands of stories a day. Some of them are so interesting that you can’t stop listening to them. Meeting this story tellers keeps you informed and aware that some of us still care about the community. I got the chance to meet Daniel Mora, an expath from the US living in Berlin. He’s a supporter of the LGBT community and has something to tell us… Daniel, please tell us when you decided to start supporting the LGBT community. My project on equal rights came about during the 2012 USA presidential election. There was so much hate speech…
  • Gay Friendly Bariloche, Argentina

    Sam Wood
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Argentina is undoubtedly one of the most gay friendly countries in South America, if not the most. The capital, Buenos Aires, is of course the centre for gay life in the country with many gay cafés, clubs, saunas, hotels and events for the LGBT community. But outside the capital, there are other places which are particularly gay friendly, such as Bariloche, the main town in the country’s lake district just a 2.5 hour flight southwest of Buenos Aires, and also reachable by weekly train from the eastern city of Viedma. Situated on Nahuel Huapi Lake, one of Argentina’s largest lakes, and at…
  • Trans Rights Around the World

    Sam Wood
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Much of the focus of the LGBT community seems to be on the G. Maybe that’s just how it seems to me because of the circles I move in, and that I’m a gay man, so I, like anyone, am naturally more likely to notice what is most immediately relevant to me first. As such, much of the news I monitor around the LGBT community relates to marriage equality and anti-discrimination laws that affect homosexuals and bisexuals. The struggles trans people face on a day to day basis, while perhaps in some ways similar to what cis-gendered non-heterosexuals experience, are nonetheless unique. So, let’s…
  • WHY GAYS AND LESBIANS DONT LIKE EACH OTHER

    David Quilaguy
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Some gays and lesbians denied the fact that they had some measure of hatred to each other while some admit that truly their relationship with their fellow lesbian or gay doesn’t go smoothly. One of the lesbians whose name will not be disclose remarked that “they started [the gay], we were gonna fight and we are gonna end it”. This statement shows that even they themselves are aware of hatred or dislike that existed between the two groups. While this might not be applicable to all gay – lesbian relationship, this may be the reason why many denied the fact that there is no such…
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    thomascwaters.com

  • KYS, Stigma, HIV, and Hornet

    Thomas Waters
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I received an email today regarding HIV and stigma partly in reply to a series of posts I wrote about HIV back at the end of November: 2014, HIV and the Gay Community Who deserves HIV/AIDS? HIV and accountability HIV and PrEP The email came from Sean Howell, CEO at Hornet,Read More
  • Guest Post: What’s it like coming out in different areas of the country?

    Thomas Waters
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Blogger’s note: a few weeks ago, I received a request from someone who wanted to write a guest blog post for my blog, and the post that resulted from that request is below. I have not used guest blog posts at all, and I was hesitant at first but decidedRead More
  • Are you a good trans ally?

    Thomas Waters
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Controversy is swirling regarding Kate Pierson’s new song, “Mister Sister,” and there is perhaps much that can be said about that. But to do so feels as if one might be wading into a whole lot of ugly. So, I was pleased to see a post in my news feedRead More
  • Is coming out easier in 2014?

    Thomas Waters
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The linked article and video are worth your time so I’m hoping you take some time to read and watch. I saw this on Facebook, and it prompted me to post about something that has been on my mind for a while. Do you think it is any easier forRead More
  • HIV and PrEP

    Thomas Waters
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    One of the biggest developments since they first determined that HIV was the retrovirus that causes AIDS, was the development of a prophylaxis that uses two drugs currently used to treat HIV. However, in the case of PrEP, the drug is taken once a day, and everyday to prevent theRead More
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    GayNZ.com

  • New push for independent Ellis inquiry

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    A fresh bid has been launched for an independent inquiry into the Peter Ellis case.
  • Hamilton to celebrate a 'Mary Xmas'

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hamilton Pride and Love Your Condom have helped organise a Christmas party tonight, and all are welcome – with just a gold coin donation required for entry.
  • NZ singled out for stabilised HIV rates

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    As we buck worldwide trends of rising HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men, New Zealand has been singled out by the prestigious Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
  • UK group claims quake 'destroyed' Wgtn

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    A right-wing fringe group in the UK has questioned whether marriage equality in New Zealand led to the “destruction of Wellington” in an earthquake.
  • Uni to fund trans students' name changes

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    Auckland University will cover the costs for transgender students to legally change their names, as a stop gap measure till it can update its admin system so it recognises preferred names only.
 
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    Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents » Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

  • Will Pittsburgh Save Xmas?

    Sue Kerr
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Holiday toy drives are complicated beasts, sayeth this veteran of ten plus years of coordinating drives. On the one hand, donating gifts for children at the holidays seems very much in line with the holidays themselves. It makes sense that kids deserve presents and that sharing our excess is a very holiday-ish thing to do. […]
  • 24 Year Old Trans Woman of Color Keymori Johnson Murdered in Georgia

    Sue Kerr
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    Three days after the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez in Los Angeles, a Georgia woman became the 13th trans woman of color known to be murdered in 2014. *I know this number is disputed so please feel free to leave a comment or email me with corrections. Keymori  Shatoya Johnson was 24 years old living in […]
  • Win Tickets to Two Off The Wall Theater Holiday Productions

    Sue Kerr
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Off The Wall Theater has taken the holidays by storm with two distinct productions running simultaneously. And you can win passes right here. The theme of female empowerment rules in both productions. The play OR, tells the story of Aphra Behn:  poet, spy, and one of the world’s first professional female playwrights.  Set in Restoration […]
  • Strep Throat. Seriously? Let the Whining Begin.

    Sue Kerr
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I couldn’t speak again today so I went to MedExpress this afternoon. I wrote down all of my symptoms and meds and so forth on my tablet. Thank God for that. So now I have strep throat and a sinus infection. The good news is that I don’t appear to have bronchitis or pneumonia, but […]
  • Merry Christmas: My Dog Beat Cancer

    Sue Kerr
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Today, Xander wagged his tail for the first time since surgery. A full butt-wiggling wagging, not just a tepid little twitch. He’s not permitted to bound into the yard until his stitches are removed, but he’s got some bounding energy in that tail wag. I took a call from an unfamiliar number without thinking about […]
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    A Summer Full Of Peaches

  • When is a stomach virus not a virus? When it’s a brain tumour.

    Carley
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    As a joke, it’s not very funny, right? It’s even less funny when it’s real life. Today marks a momentous day; the end of three months of anxiety, of crossed-fingers and desperate prayers. It marks the end (hopefully) of three years of phone calls from my mum, worried and baffled. It’s the day I finally manage to write out the words which have been petrifying my family for the last 71 days. My brother has a brain tumour.  The last two and a half months have been the hardest of my … Continue reading →
  • Gratitude, lately

    Carley
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    If this year has taught me anything, it is that you should never be too busy to stop, take a breath and just appreciate all you have in your life. These are just a handful of the things I am grateful for right now. I know it’s not quite thanksgiving yet, but anything you guys are particularly grateful for, this month? Carley
  • Fear of ostracism

    Carley
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    In my last post, I suggested that there might be more than one reason that I’ve been reluctant to blog recently. It’s something that’s been bothering me for a while, and more than that, something which has felt like an unbreachable wall between myself and some of the people that I’d normally go to with my concerns. I know that quite often, confronting fear is the only way to combat it’s power, and so I’m nervously tapping these words into a screen. I’ve been putting off blogging about my life … Continue reading →
  • Dipping my toes back into the water

    Carley
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Confession: when I received the email reminding me that the A Summer Full Of Peaches domain was due for renewal, I thought about ignoring it. Not actively stating that I didn’t want to blog anymore, but instead just letting it lapse, disappear quietly into the ether. It was more than just a passing thought – particularly now that my job as warden in one of the University halls makes me even more aware of what I’m putting out into the internet. And yet, when it came down to it, I … Continue reading →
  • Moving forward

    Carley
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    I genuinely do not know where 2014 is going; June is more than half over, and that means we’re already halfway through the year. It also means that it’s now been more than six months since Stacey and I broke up, and I am finding it easier to talk about how my life has changed. My parents split up when I was a teenager, and one of the lessons my mum drilled into me in the following months and years was that I should never feel obliged to stay in … Continue reading →
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    Confessions of a Boy Toy

  • 21 Kickass Screen Performances of 2014

    Oscar Raymundo
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    21. Evan Peters in X-Men: Days of Future Past   20. Scarlet Johansson in Under the Skin   19. Adore Delano in RuPaul’s Drag Race   18. Jordan Gavaris in Orphan Black   17. Amy Schumer in Inside Amy Schumer   16. Jonathan Groff in Looking   15. Gina Rodriguez in Jane the Virgin   […] The post 21 Kickass Screen Performances of 2014 appeared first on Confessions of a Boy Toy.
  • Meet Australia’s First Out Gay Bobsledder

    Oscar Raymundo
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Yum alert! Winter sports are sure to heat up this year with one super sexy athlete in the mix. Simon Dunn is the first openly gay guy to represent Australia in bobsledding, the high-speed sport of racing down narrow ice tracks in sleds. Dunn has recently found Instagram fame as a certified hottie with a great beard, […] The post Meet Australia’s First Out Gay Bobsledder appeared first on Confessions of a Boy Toy.
  • Tom Ford’s Golden Penis

    Oscar Raymundo
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The handsome designer has a reputation for being quite cocky, but this is taking it to another level. Tom Ford is now selling a gold penis pendant necklace for $800. The necklace comes in small, medium and large for you size queens, and you can get it in silver too if a silver cock is […] The post Tom Ford’s Golden Penis appeared first on Confessions of a Boy Toy.
  • How Not to Have a Hot Tub Threesome

    Oscar Raymundo
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:52 pm
    If you ever were curious about initiating a hot threesome in a hot tub, this might just cool you off the idea. After meeting at a gay bar in Spartanburg, South Carolina, three men continued partying in a nearby hot tub. The merrymaking went awry, however, when two of the men began fighting over which one was the […] The post How Not to Have a Hot Tub Threesome appeared first on Confessions of a Boy Toy.
  • Confessions from Straight Dudes Who Love Gay Porn

    Oscar Raymundo
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Porn is where all fantasies and fetishes should feel free to flourish. So I find nothing questionable with how many straight men recently confessed to watching gay porn on this Reddit thread, which asked, “Do any straight guys watch gay porn as a fetish rather than an aspect of your sexual orientation?” After all, straight […] The post Confessions from Straight Dudes Who Love Gay Porn appeared first on Confessions of a Boy Toy.
 
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    Bama Boi Blues

  • This Movie is Gay, like really Gay - "The Gays" (2014) Movie Review

    Kevin T
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:08 am
    "The Gays" cast members from left to right - Mike Russnak (Alex Gay); Frank Holliday (Rod Gay); Flip Jorgensen (Tommy Gay); Chris Tanner (Bob Gay-Paris)Just in time for the holiday season comes a stocking stuffer like no other! Words cannot truly express my initial reaction after watching writer/director TS Slaughter's 2014 gay-themed dark comedy, "The GaysFor lack of better words to describe the overall movie, it's really really gay, but that's the whole theme of the film, I think.I take that back. You can describe the "The Gays" as incredibly raunchy because of the…
  • Nativity of Naivete (Lecture 3 - Ego Slip)

    Kevin T
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Recently, it occurred to me that I began my master class exposition on being Gay, Black, and American a little over three years ago when I wrote "Triple Consciousness: Being Gay, Black, and American (Breakdown)," which to this day remains as one of my favorite posts on this blog. To get the full scoop on that essay, I implore you to read the prologue first, followed by the breakdown. Two years later, I began a series of "lectures" entitled Nativity of Naivete, which allowed me to apply my experiences as a gay black male on a deeper level of consciousness.Since writing Lecture 1, followed…
  • Real Fucking Talk

    Kevin T
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:52 am
    It's late in the a.m., and I've spent the last few hours at my desk browsing the net and thinking.Not only do I suffer from Clinical Depression, I also have a bad case of insomnia. My mind wonders hours and hours without a peaceful break because of all the thoughts scrambling everything around in my head. My emotions go from okay to worried in a matter of seconds, and the only thing I can think of is security.I quit my job back in January, and I've been smart and blessed enough to maintain my life since quitting. I still have my apartment, I still have food to eat, and I have people in my…
  • How We Met - Part Five/Finale

    Kevin T
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    So far, we discussed treading squishy peanut hulls around my toes, partaking in a hotel threesome of card games, with an uninvited gigantic roach, and escaping childish behavior at the museum. All this involved my soon-to-be-dude-in-progress and his friend.Now, you may ask, "Bama, did you ever get alone time with your STBDIP? And what's with the extra friend?" Well, you're finally going to find out now, so here:As I said in the previous posts, I had a devil may care attitude about interacting with either of them. My thinking was if they came along with me to the movies, cool, and if they…
  • How We Met - Part Four

    Kevin T
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Prior to leaving the hotel room, the guys wanted to know what my plans were for Saturday. I told them that I had planned to go to the Birmingham Museum to check out a few exhibits, then hit up the theater to go see Scott Pilgrim vs the World. I guess it sounded like a decent plan to them, so they inquired about tagging along.I told them they were grown ass men, so they could do whatever they wanted. Listen, I was over and done with everything, and the only thing that was somewhat holding me together was the antidepressants and my need to have something to look forward to, which was the museum…
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  • A big lesbian crush on Steven Colbert

    shannon
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    BY JENNIE MCNULTY Lesbian.com I heard a story on NPR the other day. Keep reading, I know sometimes excruciatingly pompous things follow that sentence but, please, read on. The story was about all the new classifications for people on dating sites. “Sapiosexual” was the one that stuck out. That is the term for people who are attracted to people based on a high level of intelligence. I’m definitely one of those (Stay with me). I’m not saying I am smart, I’m saying I’m attracted to people with smarts. So I guess I’m a lesbo-sapiosexual. And, this brainiac-lover is incredibly sad…
  • as the FREAK takes you: Crowdfunding, diversity and responsibility

    shannon
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    BY FRANCESCA LEWIS Lesbian.com We hear about so many crowdfunding projects these days, you might be tempted to overlook this one. It’s not for the movie sequel to a beloved TV show, it’s not for a trailblazing singer with legions of fans and it has nothing to do with potato salad. Most of you have probably supported a campaign or two, but how do you choose? Are you more drawn to help fund your faves, donate to social justice causes, pledge for the tees/posters/custom handmade signed and numbered schwag? Right now, crowdfunding functions best when an audience already exists for…
  • Lesbian Christian singer Jennifer Knapp faces the music

    shannon
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    BY HEATHER SMITH Lesbian.com In 2003, Jennifer Knapp had a successful career as a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter. She had sold over a million albums. She had a Grammy nomination and several Dove Awards. However, she was not enjoying her success the way one would expect. She was exhausted, going through what she described as a “crisis of confidence.” She walked away from music and virtually disappeared. Four years ago, Knapp returned with an announcement that would test the loyalty of her fans and provoke many conservative Christians. She was a lesbian. She released an album…
  • Lesbian duo releases ‘Take Me to Heaven’

    shannon
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    BY BRIA & CHRISSY LESBIAN.COM We are so happy to announce our first music video from our debut album “Take Me To Heaven” was released this Sunday, December 14. The long anticipated video will highlight a love story between two women. BriaAndChrissy have been making YouTube videos for a little over two years, in this short time between their two channels they have accumulated 60 million views and 350 thousand followers. They are a real life couple who create music and videos to help inspire people, be it about their sexuality, depression, anti-bullying or suicide prevention.
  • Great holiday gifts from lesbian-owned companies

    shannon
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    BY LESBIAN.COM Looking for a unique gift filled with good karma for the lesbians in your life? Well, look no further. We’ve put together a list of great holiday gifts from fabulous lesbian companies. WOLFE VIDEO                                           LUCKY DOG LEATHER TOMBOYX SEE JANE RUN THAT GAY SITE SOUL NUMBERS JEWELRY
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  • Gay Man Killed In Sydney Siege Hailed As National Hero

    rukkle
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    The manager of the Lindt cafe who was fatally shot during a siege in Sydney is being praised as a hero who helped others trapped in the cafe to escape. The post Gay Man Killed In Sydney Siege Hailed As National Hero appeared first on rukkle.
  • Gay Couple Star In Laundry Detergent TV Commercial

    rukkle
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    A same-sex couple’s banter over laundry detergent and “past mistakes” is the focus of this TV commercial from Procter and Gamble. The post Gay Couple Star In Laundry Detergent TV Commercial appeared first on rukkle.
  • Cucumber, Banana, Tofu – A First Look At The UK’s New Gay TV Series

    rukkle
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:17 am
    Beginning early next year, Cucumber, Banana, Tofu are the names of the UK’s new gay-themed TV shows. The post Cucumber, Banana, Tofu – A First Look At The UK’s New Gay TV Series appeared first on rukkle.
  • New Survey Reveals Same-Sex Couples Are Less Likely To Divorce

    rukkle
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    A new survey has found that same-sex married couples are less likely to divorce than their straight counterparts. The post New Survey Reveals Same-Sex Couples Are Less Likely To Divorce appeared first on rukkle.
  • YouTuber Connor Franta Comes Out

    rukkle
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Connor Franta has come out as gay in a new video published on his YouTube channel. The post YouTuber Connor Franta Comes Out appeared first on rukkle.
 
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  • Closing arguments made in case of alleged attack on MLA’s office

    Jeremy Hainsworth
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The man accused of assaulting Spencer Chandra Herbert’s constituency assistant was obsessed with the Pride flag at the West End Community Centre and wouldn’t let the issue go because he was not allowed to speak to the MLA, the Crown prosecutor told a provincial court judge during the trial of Michael Melvin Williams Dec 19.The result was violence, prosecutor Mark Jetté told Judge David St Pierre. Williams is charged with assault and mischief under $5,000.“It’s true I had a pet peeve about the rainbow flag at the library,” Williams testified. Williams told the…
  • Nova Scotia court hears final arguments in TWU case

    Niko Bell
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The decision in Trinity Western University’s lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Barristers Society will have national importance for law in Canada, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Jamie Campbell said Dec 19.“This is not just a matter between two parties, but a matter that is of fundamental importance to our legal system,” he said in response to testimony from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.Campbell was presiding over the fourth and final day of a hearing on whether the Nova Scotia Barristers Society (NSBS) can block Trinity Western graduates from articling in Nova…
  • Reinventing Curaçao

    Danny Glenwright
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Emlyn Peters leans against the nondescript tree and raises a hand to protect his eyes from the prodigious sunshine elbowing its way through the branches. He points upward at a human figure carved into the variegated trunk. The tree’s splotchy olive-coloured bark resembles an army-issue camouflage pattern, but the relief-like carving inside is a smooth mahogany.Curaçao artist Mac Alberto has whittled several of these human-like forms into a row of wayaka trees outside the historic Fort Amsterdam in downtown Willemstad, the capital of this tiny Caribbean island. Peters, a local history…
  • Remembering Paul Willis

    Serafin LaRiviere
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As a lawyer, community leader and accomplished violinist, Paul Willis was a man for whom time rarely stood still.“He was just always doing something,” recalls Alex Vujcuf, Willis’s partner of six years. “Paul donated so much of his time and money to many organizations, and he really cared about people and causes. In my eulogy at the church, I talked about how there was rarely a spot open in his day timer. Always, always on the go.”It is certainly to this tireless energy that we owe so much in paying tribute to Paul Willis. As one of the founding members of the…
  • The costumes of Alice Through the Looking Glass

    Adrienne Ascah
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We’re all dressing up for holiday parties but probably not in anything so spectacular as the costumes in Alice Through the Looking Glass.Bretta Gerecke, an award-winning designer, created Alice’s costumes and sets in collaboration with Jillian Keiley, the play’s director. Due to its popularity, the play has an extended run at the National Arts Centre until Jan 3.“We met in Newfoundland, and we spent four days kind of locked away just imagining what this world could be,” Gerecke says. “We really did it together, and the goal was to just imagine the most…
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