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The photographer at Broke Straight Boys writes,

I decided to bring back Drew to do a shoot with us. When he arrived I started out with him on the couch, and had him remind the viewers a little bit about himself. Drew is 19 years old, bi-sexual, and happened to be on his third shoot with us. He has done a solo scene, and then an oral scene. At the time of the oral shoot he didn’t want to go as far as doing anal, however for the shoot that I brought him in on doing I wanted him to go that far for us. When we talked on the phone to setup the shoot and I told him that I really needed something more to happen or I just wouldn’t be able to give him more work. His response was that if he got to pick the person than that would seal the deal. I asked him if he had someone in mind to pair him up with and he said Corey. (MORE)

Calling Corey into the room he took a seat on the couch next to Drew and confirmed everything. I ask Drew if he ever had girls play with his ass before, and he said yes. However, this was going to be the first time for a dick to actually go into his ass. As soon as we got pay out of the way, the two boys were ready to get started. I had them start with taking off their shirts. Drew was the first one to get down to his underwear, and Corey was soon to follow. Both reached inside their underwear to play with their dicks to get them hard. After a few minutes I asked Corey if he would give head to Drew, and he didn’t put up a fight. Leaning over he took Drew’s cock in his mouth, and got the cock rock hard from the oral. In switching, Drew seemed to be a little better at giving the head, and was deep-throating most of the time. Corey seemed to be watching Drew give him head most of the time, and when Drew’s head would get in the way Corey would tilt his head in the other directions. The two seemed to be hitting it off really well, and so when I asked if they were ready to start fucking I got a… (MORE)

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Ed Westwick’s K-Swiss ad goes live

Ed Westwick's K-Swiss ad goes live
Gossip Girl bad boy, Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) stars in a new updated version of the K-Swiss “Classic” shoe ad campaign that went live February. The series of campaigns will feature the 21-year-old British actor holding tennis balls, rackets and guitars. Check ‘em out after the jump.

Ed Westwicks K-Swiss ad goes live
Ed Westwicks K-Swiss ad goes live
Ed Westwicks K-Swiss ad goes live

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John Mayer is Best Male Pop Vocal + 2009 Grammy Awards Full List of Winners

John Mayer take the two trophies during the 2009 Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mayer won the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance awards.

See the 2009 Grammy Awards Full List of Winners


Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand

Best Rap Album: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Say”

Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read This Letter”

Best New Artist: Adele

Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Rich Woman”

Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Sugarland, “Stay”

Best R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson

Industry Icon Award: Clive Davis

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin (Death Magnetic, Home Before Dark, Mercy, Seeing Things, Weezer)

Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “Peaches En Regalia,” Zappa Plays Zappa, Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock

Best Metal Performance: Metallica, “My Apocalypse”

Best Hard Rock Performance: The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Gravity”

Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows

Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Chasing Pavements”

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Jingle All The Way

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Eagles, “I Dreamed There Was No War”

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books): Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth (Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood)

Best Contemporary R&B Album: Mary J. Blige, Growing Pains

Best R&B Song: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent” (Mikkel S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen and S. Smith, songwriters)

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Chrisette Michele Featuring will.i.am, “Be OK”

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton, “You’ve Got the Love I Need”

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Al Green Featuring John Legend, “Stay With Me (by the Sea)”

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Alicia Keys; ” Superwoman”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent”
Lil’ Wayne Frank Micelotta/Getty Images for MTV

Best Rap Song: Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major, “Lollipop” (D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer and R. Zamor, songwriters)

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Estelle Featuring Kanye West, “American Boy”

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z and T.I. Featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne, “Swagga Like Us”

Best Rap Solo Performance: Lil Wayne, “A Milli”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Natalie Cole, Still Unforgettable

Best Country Album: George Strait, Troubadour

Best Country Song: Sugarland, “Stay” (Jennifer Nettles, songwriter)

Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947

Best Country Instrumental Performance: Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner, “Cluster Pluck”

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Killing the Blues”

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Brad Paisley, “Letter to Me”
Carrie Underwood John Shearer/Getty Images

Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”

Best Reggae Album: Burning Spear, Jah Is Real

Best Hawaiian Music Album: Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho, Ikena

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand

Best Traditional Folk Album: Pete Seeger, At 89

Best Traditional Blues Album: B.B. King, One Kind Favor

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Dr. John and the Lower 911, City That Care Forgot

Best Long Form Music Video: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

Best Short Form Music Video: Weezer, “Pork and Beans”

Best Classical Album: Weill, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Classical Crossover Album: The King’s Singers, Simple Gifts

Best Classical Contemporary Composition: John Corigliano, composer, Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan (JoAnn Falletta, conductor)

Best Classical Vocal Performance: John Corigliano, Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan

Best Small Ensemble Performance: Spotless Rose, Hymns to the Virgin Mary

Best Chamber Music Performance: Elliott Carter, Pacifica Quartet, String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Gloria Cheng, Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky, and Lutoslawski

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): Hilary Hahn, Schoenberg, Sibelius: Violin Concertos (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Best Choral Performance: Sir Simon Rattle, “Symphony of Psalms”

Best Opera Recording: Weill, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich, “Symphony No. 4,” Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago

Best Electronic/Dance Album: Daft Punk, Alive 2007

Best Dance Recording: Daft Punk, “Harder Better Faster Stronger”

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, The Fight of My Life

Best Traditional Gospel Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Down in New Orleans

Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Gaither Vocal Band, Lovin’ Life

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: CeCe Winans, Thy Kingdom Come

Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album: TobyMac, Alive and Transported

Best Gospel Song: Kirk Franklin, “Help Me Believe”

Best Gospel Performance: Mary Mary, “Get Up”

Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Song for Chico
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Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Chick Corea and Gary Burton, The New Crystal Silence

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Terence Blanchard, soloist, “Be-Bop”

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cassandra Wilson, Loverly

Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Randy Brecker, Randy in Brasil

Best New Age Album: Jack DeJohnette, Peace Time

Best Comedy Album: George Carlin, It’s Bad For Ya

Best Polka Album: Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, Let the Whole World Sing

Best Contemporary World Music Album: Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo, Global Drum Project

Best Traditional World Music Album: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Best Native American Music Album: Come to Me Great Mystery—Native American Healing Songs

Best Norteño Album: Los Tigres del Norte, Raíces

Best Banda Album: Joan Sebástian, No Es de Madera

Best Tejano Album: Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, Viva la Revolucion

Best Regional Mexican Album: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Amor, Dolor Y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera

Best Tropical Latin Album: José Feliciano, Señor Bachata

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: 45, Jaguares

Best Latin Pop Album: Juanes, La Vida…Es un Ratico

Best Musical Show Album: In the Heights

Best Musical Album for Children: They Might Be Giants, Here Come The 123s

Best Spoken Word Album for Children: Bill Harley, Yes to Running!

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Natalie Cole, “Here’s That Rainy Day” (Nan Schwartz, arranger)

Best Instrumental Arrangement: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, “Define Dancing” (From Wall-E) (Thomas Newman, arranger)

Best Instrumental Composition: “The Adventures of Mutt” (From Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Best Surround Sound Album: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Prelude to Khovanshchina

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: MGMT, “Electric Feel,” Justice Remix (Justice, remixers)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Raconteurs (Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell and Jack White III), Consolers of the Lonely

Best Historical Album: Art of Field Recording, Volume I: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music (Documented by Art Rosenbaum)

Best Album Notes: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Francis Davis, album notes writer)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: In Rainbows

Best Recording Package: Metallica, Death Magnetic (Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat and David Turner, art directors)

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, “Down to Earth” (From Wall-E)

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Juno

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What The Gay? Buck Hollywood!

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Michael Buckley of the YouTube sensation, What the Buck! show decided to answer his most asked comments: “Are you gay?”

Michael Buckley — "Sorry if I have been unclear with you on my sexuality? Love you! Mean it! Come on! LOL

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What the Buck?!

PS: Being Gay is AWESOME!

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Watch the video for his answer.  In true Buck Hollywood style, he’s about as gay as gay can be.  Well, almost!  I love Buck but I don’t think any of us really needed a confirmation on his sexual orientation.  Did we?  Then again, he’s a fun up-spirited kinda guy who never seems to have down moment.  So I say:  “You go boy…  Have fun with it!”

In case you missed it – In a recent interview with Bilerico, Buck says he’s known he was gay since he was four years old watching the Dukes of Hazzard.  Must have been Bo Duke and those tight (very tight) jeans.  But, at four?  Yikes!  And, they say we’re not born gay.  Please… 

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Congresswoman Lois Capps Introduces Legislation to Honor Lawrence King

Congresswoman Lois Capps representing California’s 23rd district has honored brutally murdered Lawrence King’s legacy. She has also introduced legislation to recognize him and a call for an end to violence and harassment of LGBT people.

“Honoring and remembering the life of Lawrence “Larry” King.

Whereas Larry King was a 15-year-old boy from Oxnard, California, who was shot by a fellow student during computer class on February 12, 2008 and died in the hospital two days later;

Whereas the police classified the murder as a hate crime;

Whereas at least 179 vigils have been held in all fifty states in memory of Lawrence King since his death on February 14, 2008;

Whereas a record number of more than 18,000 students from a record number of more than 6,500 middle and high schools registered as participants in the 12th annual National Day of Silence, which was held in memory of Lawrence King, to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender name-calling, bullying and harassment;

Whereas one year after an act of hate in Oxnard, CA, vigils are being organized across the country in memory of Lawrence King, calling for an end to violence and harassment directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in schools;

Whereas more than 85 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students report being verbally harassed at school by their peers because of their sexual orientation; and more than 66 percent because of their gender expression;

Whereas more than 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students report being physically harassed by their peers because of their sexual orientation; and more than 30 percent because of their gender expression;

Whereas more than 20 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students report being physically assaulted by their peers at school because of their sexual orientation; and nearly 15 percent because of their gender expression;

Whereas every child should be guaranteed an education free from name-calling, bullying, harassment and discrimination regardless of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression:

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring) –

That Congress honors the life and remembers and condemns the murder of Lawrence King;

encourages efforts to address anti-lesbian, -gay, -bisexual and -transgender name-calling, bullying, harassment and discrimination on school campuses;

encourages trainings to enable school staff to identify and address anti-lesbian, -gay, -bisexual and -transgender name-calling, bullying, harassment and discrimination effectively and in a timely manner;

encourages the implementation of age-appropriate, inclusive curricula to help students understand and respect difference within the school community and society as a whole;

encourages each State, city, and local education authority to adopt laws and policies to prohibit name-calling, bullying, harassment and discrimination against students, teachers and other school staff regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression” (Congresswoman Lois Capps).

Please take this opportunity to thank the congresswoman for championing equality.

http://www.house.gov/capps/contact/send_an_email.shtml

Washington, D.C.
1110 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3601
Fax: (202) 225-5632

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“Artush and Zaur” – gay love story between Armenian and Azerbaijani published in Baku


Alekper Aliyev, editor-in-chief of kultura.az, has published, as he put it, his “most scandalous” novel “Artush and Zaur” in Baku. It’s a gay love story between an Azeri and Armenian, a sort of partial deconstruction of Ali and Nino (a heterosexual love story of Azeri Ali and Georgian Nino) having instead Azeri and Armenian male lovers against the backdrop of the emerging Karabakh conflict.

The main characters, Artush and Zaur were born and raised in Baku, went to the same school, shared desks in the classroom. At some point boys became sexually attracted to each other… These were the early years of the Karabakh conflict.

The war separates them. Artush moved to Armenia, Zaur remained in Baku. Already adults they meet again – in Tbilisi. They indulge in memories, fall in love and even get married with the help of a Dutch pastor, a confidant of the wife of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili …

In his interview, the author argues that Azeris and Armenians share similar kitchen, music and mentality. “Armenians are closer to us than, say, Georgians” due to the influence of the Persian culture.

Alekperov says that one of the reasons of writing this novel was to expose the absurdity of all wars in the South Caucasus a la Kusturica. He believes he has the full right to do so as he lost his older brother during the Karabakh war in 1994.

“We are now engaged in information wars with Armenians over the dolma and balaban, even though all our efforts should be aimed at addressing global challenges. Our people must find the wisdom, courage and determination to put an end once and for all of the frozen conflict. We need joint efforts to create all necessary conditions for peaceful coexistence between the two neighbours on this small plot of land, in this God-cursed region called “The South Caucasus”. Frankly, it’s a bit hard to believe that this would happen”.

“During the World War II in Moscow there were concerts of German classical music; works of German composers were heard on the radio; even studies on German philosophers were carried out… Can you imagine for Kara Karaev to be performed in Armenia, or Khachatryan – in Azerbaijan? This is completely impossible! And this has a simple explanation – the more primitive the man, the more aggressive he is.”

Predictably, this book caused a stir and shock in Azeri forums and blogs, with plenty of hateful and homophobic comments. Some accused the author in treason and betrayal of national interests. Others claimed (with irony) that Azerbaijan now has its very own Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk.

“Who f**ked who?” – this is one of the first and apparently principal questions being discussed in forums and blogs (both Azeri and Armenian), each side wishing for ‘his guy’ to f**k ‘the enemy’. I got an impression that this question worried them more than even the fact of the main characters being gay. They are kind of ready to ‘forgive’ and ‘forget’ gay part of the story, as long as ‘their guy’ is ‘the man’ meaning he is ‘doing the enemy’. For them, it’s only black or white. What if they are “versatile” (which allegedly the case in the novel)? This would crush the ‘hopes’ from both sides :) Anyways…

There is only one bookstore in Baku which sells this book. Guess, what the name of that bookstore?.. “Ali and Nino”. Some in Azeri forums even suggested buying all the copies of the book and burning it in front of the bookstore. There were even rare voices advocating for the application of the “Shariat law” towards the author.

The topic itself proved to be so controversial that quite a few discussion forums and reports about the book got removed or self-censored from some Azeri forums and web sites, including day.az and kultura.az.

If you discount the nationalities and sexuality of the main characters, the plot may seem pretty routine and unremarkable. However, against the backdrop of nationalism and intolerance in the region, the very fact of the novel that tells about the love story between an Armenian and Azeri, a gay love story between an Armenian and Azeri, makes it a double taboo breaking.

Look forward to reading the book in Russian when it gets published there (as far as I understand, it’s being negotiated with the Russian publishers). Only then I would be able to properly review it. Till then… Hopefully, these displays of hate and intolerance won’t evolve into something more dangerous and physical towards the author. Only the bravest among us are ready to break taboos. Alekper Aliyev is one of them.

*Thanks to the readers of my blog for passing the info about the novel.

Below are selected relevant links of blogs and forums which were used to prepare this post.

Azeri forums:
1; 2; 3; 4; 5.

Azeri blogs:
1; 2.

Armenian blog:
1.

Other blogs/sites:
admarginem; GV.

Interview with the author:
Novosti-Azerbaijan

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GLBT News Headlines (T4T-6)

Mickey Rourke and Courtney Love were spotted canoodling Monday according to insiders from The Mirror. Reports speculate the two met up in secret and had an awesome evening. “Let’s just say they didn’t stop at holding hands and a chaste peck on the cheek.”

After making comment to several people, including his, “loving partner and fiance, Michael,” Rev. Scott Jones led the state House daily prayer. When Democratic Rep. Al McAffrey moved to make the prayer part of the House record, Republican Rep. John Wright proceeded to object and call for a house vote.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at the Manchester Grand Hyatt this weekend. The hotel is owned by major contributor to Yes on 8, Doug Manchester. Groups are urging Clinton to change the speaking engagements location and respect the San Diego hotel Boycott.

HE MAY LOVE YOU, BUT OUR CURRENT IMMIGRATION POLICY LOVES HIM NOT:  HRC and Immigration Equality, a national group aimed at ending LGBT discrimination in immigration law, lauded today’s introduction of the Uniting American Families Act.  The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), will provide lesbian and gay Americans the same opportunity [...]

The one-year anniversary of the tragic anti-LGBT shooting of Oxnard, California teenager Lawrence King by a classmate has sparked congressional action.  Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) will introduce a concurrent resolution in the U.S. House to honor the life of King. Here is the text of the resolution that will be introduced by Congresswoman Capps: CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Honoring and remembering [...]

The city that never sleeps certainly is not sleeping when it comes to marriage equality. On Tuesday night, 18 people both straight and LGBT, decided to take local action to help secure the votes to pass a marriage equality bill in the New York State Senate.  Adam Suellentrop and his roommate Thad Wilson graciously opened their [...]

The Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office denied the request of five gay and lesbian couples to be issued Utah marriage licenses.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office denied the request of five gay and lesbian couples to be issued Utah marriage licenses. A constitutional amendment approved in 2004 prohibits gay marriages in Utah.

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and CAMP Rehoboth will co-present the biannual gay- and lesbian-themed film series Another Take. The event kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, with the quietly profound “Ciao.”

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Combined Gay News Headlines (T5T-1)

OH SNAP — We miss certain celebrities when their movie projects are no longer on our radar, and they slip into invisibility. Thankfully Brandon Routh has eight projects in various stages of production.Read the rest of Even Without the Lyrca, Brandon Routh is Still Dreamy Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Tagged: Brandon Routh, Oh Snap

Our new favorite person on The Real World: Brooklyn? Ryan. He’s the straight Iraqi veteran who’s taken a keen interest in all things Katelynn, the MTF transgender roommate, who until last night’s episode had come out to everyone but the straight guys (and Devon, but that got taken care of too). But then Ryan approached [...]

"I am in very good health," says former Met and Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar. Interesting words coming from a man who was just slapped with a $15 million lawsuit by his ex-girlfriend that claims he had unprotected sex with her while infected with AIDS.Read the rest of Did a HIV-Positive Roberto Alomar Put [...]

Well, there’s only two more days to Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means! It’s flower time for lots of people. If you’re looking for a flower or a gift for someone special then please don’t forget one of QF’s sponsors: Chase Flower Shop. They are located in the Tower District, they do offer [...]

Vagina Monologues 2009 Transgender Piece Included! Saturday, February 14 @ 7:00pm Sunday, February ebruary 15 @ 7:00pm Doors Open at 6:00pm Fresno State Satellite Student Union Students $5 – General Public $10 Click on Flyer for More Info

http://www.towleroad.com/2009/02/san-diego-theat.html (I picked this up off of the ever topical Towlerload)

Ion Theater, a small company in San Diego, has packed up and moved out of its space in protest of their landlord's hefty donations to Proposition 8:

” Last year, company Chairman Terrence R. Caster – whose company owns the A-1 Self Storage network as well as the Stadium Industrial Park where Ion was located – gave nearly $700,000 in support of Proposition 8. The initiative passed Nov. 4. 'We don't mean him any malice; we don't mean him any harm,' Ion executive artistic director Claudio Raygoza said of Caster. 'We understand he was expressing his rights as a citizen in a democracy.' But, Raygoza added, 'We couldn't sleep at night knowing we were funneling money to an organization that was seeking aggressively to prohibit people's rights.' The five-year-old Ion is known for its strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion in its programming; Paris and Raygoza, the company's founders, are also partners in life. Raygoza said the two didn't realize until late last year that the theater's landlord was one of Proposition 8's biggest financial backers. Caster became the target of a heated campaign by the gay community after his donations and those of family members were publicized.”

The company is now looking for a permanent home.

 

 

To which I say, right on. The reactions from the commenters from the originally sourced article further indicate the obliviousness and the general purpose apathy some (can we assume it to be the majority?) display. “Proposition 8 is over and you lost, deal with it.” This level of calousness should not be suprising, this eagerness to disconnect from the human comparibility of this situation same sex couples find themselves in should not be shocking. But it invariably is. 

 The supposition that “the People have spoken” and the inclination to hide behind religious doctrine does little to assauge the insufficient, unjust decision made to disrupt thousands of California couples is wrongheaded and frankly anti-democratic. As though the will of the people was somehow an ineffable, unbiased entity. I submit that its entirely possible the will of the people can be wrong and through that can infringe the rights of less empowered minority groups due to such essentialist biases.

In the case of the Ion Theatre group, this action, though subtle is a tremendous display. As American citizens and consumers, there are two distinct ways to make our voices heard; our dollar and our vote. Ion Theatre group's decision not to patronize an orginzation that as they put it was “funneling money to an orginization that was seeking agressivley to prohibit people's rights”, is entirely within their own rights as informed consumers. Boycotting is a very useful part of the civil rights process, and one that was put to impressive effect here. The fact that naysayers want us to “get over it” and “move on” is more evidence that the proverbial apple cart is still in need of more upset. What Proposition 8 has taught me is that the Religious right is not mutually exclusive with the moral high ground. In this instance, scriptural plattitudes aren't enough to justify the eagerness to limit the rights of others.  We've got the moral high ground and the tactful actions of the Ion Theatre group in this case has further ensured we keep it.

Freedom To Marry, San Diego, 2009 - Media ReleaseThe joint media release from Marriage Equality USA and the San Diego Equality Campaign began as follows:
Local same-sex couples will request marriage licenses at the County Clerk’s Office on National Freedom to Marry Day, as part of a planned action co-sponsored by Marriage Equality USA San Diego (MEUSASD) and the San Diego Equality Campaign (SDEC).

We’ll, not exactly.

Freedom To Marry San Diego Ministers 2009Meet San Diego’s genderqueer couple who were the only San Diego couple to take vows in front of the San Diego County Administration Building complex this morning as part of the National Freedom to Marry Day — Missy Luber and Connor Green.

Missy identifies by male, female, and gender neutral pronouns. Missy Luber and Connor GreeneZe and partner Connor Green (Connor identifying as male, and “somewhere between transgender and genderqueer”) recently moved from the Pacific Northwest down to San Diego, and decided to participate in San Diego’s National Freedom to Marry Day event by attempting to obtain a marriage license from the San Diego County Clerk. As expected, their licence request was turned down as a result of Proposition 8.

But, Missy and Connor decided to have a ceremony on the courthouse steps anyway. The ceremony officiant was Sara Beth Brooks, the Executive Chair of the San Diego Equality Campaign. Sara Beth publicly identifies as a bisexual.

Many of us tend to believe that same sex marriage is just an issue reserved Missy Luber, Connor Greene, And Ceremony Officiant Sara Beth Brooksfor the lesbian and gay subcommunities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This really isn’t true. Not only do bisexual and transgender people work towards marriage equality for lesbian and gay people, but they work on marriage equality issues for themselves as well.

We need to remember that bisexual people often would like to marry their same sex partners, Missy Luber and Connor Greene Marriage Certificateas well as that a significant portion of people who identify as transsexual, genderqueer, and/or transgender want to marry partners that their home state considers a same sex partner.

During this Marriage Equality Week, take a moment to consider — to remember — marriage equality is more than just a lesbian and gay issue. Marriage equality is an issue that applies to the entire, broad LGBT community, and sometimes the people who are in the front of the room fighting for marriage equality aren’t lesbian and gay people, but they are often still LGBT community people — such as was the case here in San Diego today.

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Related:
* Blogswarm for Freedom to Marry Week
* A Look At The Grassroots: Interview Of San Diego Equality Campaign’s Sara Beth Brooks
* Another Look At The Grassroots: An Interview Of Danielle Askini
* Marriage Equality Beyond Just Gays And Lesbians
* Taking A Short Break To Think About Freedom To Marry
* Writing A Toast; Being A Maid Of Honor
* Coming out transgender in same-sex relationships

Surf over to read Bil Browning’s piece “Keeping whites and colors separate: The ‘U-Washee‘” over at The Bilerico Project. The image at right is just one of several signs up at an Indiana laundromat.
Racism is ingrained in the Midwest; we’ve normalized it.  Take, for example, my earlier post on Tony Zirkle, the Hoosier Republican congressional candidate who spoke at a dinner honoring Hitler’s birthday.  (He also publicly advocated for racial segregation.)  Zirkle lost, of course, but the fact that he had no problem publicly stating his racism - without thinking that others would object - shows just how commonplace overt racism can be here.

One of the best examples is the “U-Washee” in Richmond, Indiana.  The laundromat is, literally, built on racist stereotypes of Chinese people and no one gives it a passing glance. It’s 1940′s era cartoon stereotype mascot, what Margaret Cho calls “feng shui hong kong fooey font,” and the extra “ee”s at the end of words in the business’s name and posted notices all combine to form one hellish timewarp into a past  America most areas have forgotten but we tend to accept as typical – and no one utters a peep.

…The reader who sent in these photos described his encounter at the laundromat. While he was taking the pictures, another customer walked up to him to ask, “You’re not from around here, are you?” It wasn’t meant in a threatening manner, but more of a bemused “Well, this is Indiana…” general excuse.

Of course we saw plenty of racist imagery during the last election cycle —  apparently none of the people who came up with this garbage had a second thought about whether it was offensive:

 

 

The election exposed what a sad state of affairs and denial our country is in when it comes to race. Don’t get me wrong — I never thought I’d live to see a black man elected POTUS, but I don’t think this sort of progress has changed minds like those of the proprietor of the Indiana laundromat, who didn’t think anyone might be offended by the Asian stereotypes hanging on the wall. The fact is there are parts of the country — and it’s not restricted to the boonies — where people of different races (and classes, for that matter), mingle socially. Because of anti-discrimination laws, most people today encounter and work with POC, but socially, not so much. Clearly if the owner of the laundromat was close friends with someone Asian, those signs wouldn’t be up there.

Part of Bil’s reference to “normalized” racism in the Midwest is due to the social divide; how many of you have truly diverse social circles?  It takes effort and desire to expand your life experience by being socially inclusive; quite frankly associating with people who are more like you than less like you is the default of the majority of us. Is it lazy? Yes, but obviously the path of least resistance is human nature. What disturbs me is the lack of curiosity I’ve seen in too many people; they don’t see learning about and learning from people from a different culture or race on a personal level has value for them. Staying in a comfort zone of homogeneity clearly has more value.

How do we own up to and fight our natural impulses in order to better ourselves — and our country? Can we rid society of the scourge of racism?

Several LGBT & allied student groups at Portland State University have put together what’s shaping up to be a fantastic day of trans-specific events this Mondayt groups at Portland State University have put together what’s shaping up to be a fantastic day of trans-specific events this Monday, February 16th.  The best part?  The day’s activities, titled “F to eMbody,” are free and open to the public!   Here are all the details: Workshop“A workshop that emphasizes how deeply [...]

This post come from Bill Michtom – dedicated volunteer in our Portland office.

Give children a voice in the legislature by taking part in Stand for Children’s Presidents Day Rally to Protect Kids and Schools.

Sky diving and base jumping are not for everyone. However, for certain people, the more risk and adrenaline involved in an activity, the better! What draws some people to daredevil behavior while others shy away from it? Psychologists Jane E. Joseph, Xun Liu, Yang Jiang and Thomas H. Kelly from the University of Kentucky, along [...]

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International Gay News Headlines (T25T-3)

A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK’s asylum system. Yesterday it was confirmed that Pegah Emambakhsh will be allowed to remain in the UK.

The Hungarian Government has approved a new bill on registered partnerships. It replaces a previous law on registered partnership that was struck down by the Constitutional Court.

The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and this year Same Same is doing something that’s never been done before – we’re opening up a temporary gay bar that’s only open for the week of Mardi Gras, and then closes down forever.

Californian prosecutors have argued that a 15 year old boy who shot his gay classmate twice in the head in a classroom deserves to be tried as an adult.

Lead Singer of the original Village People, Victor Willis — (the one who dressed as the policeman), is suing the current line-up of the group for $1 million (US) over image issues.


Jamaica Gleaner
Gay likely for May 2 Jamaica Invitational
Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica - 3 hours ago
Donald Quarrie, athletes liaison for the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet, hinted yesterday that American world champion Tyson Gay
Organisers to spend more for May 2 JII Meet Jamaica Observer
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MiamiHerald.com
Steve Rothaus
MiamiHerald.com, FL - Feb 10, 2009
Rothaus covers gay and lesbian issues in South Florida. Steve joined The Herald in 1985, while a journalism major at Florida International University.
International News
Seattle Gay News, WA - 16 hours ago
The Alwaqt report was translated by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Meanwhile, Bahrain's government reportedly blocked access to


Jamaica Gleaner
Gay likely for May 2 Jamaica Invitational
Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica - 3 hours ago
Donald Quarrie, athletes liaison for the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet, hinted yesterday that American world champion Tyson Gay
Organisers to spend more for May 2 JII Meet Jamaica Observer
all 3 news articles

MiamiHerald.com
Steve Rothaus
MiamiHerald.com, FL - Feb 10, 2009
Rothaus covers gay and lesbian issues in South Florida. Steve joined The Herald in 1985, while a journalism major at Florida International University.
International News
Seattle Gay News, WA - 16 hours ago
The Alwaqt report was translated by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Meanwhile, Bahrain's government reportedly blocked access to

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a compliant against a ‘Right to Life’ ad which claimed The Green Party supported same-sex marriage.

The trailer for the Topps’ film has been revealed, showing the twins talking about their coming out and the struggle for gay law reform in the ’80s.

“How do I tell my parents?” “Are they going to hate me?” “I’m in love with my gay best mate what do I do?”? these are just a few of the questions LGBT help service OUTLine NZ expects to receive on its new text message service, launched this week.

SAN DIEGO — Ion Theatre, a small but well-regarded young theater company, has vacated its performance space in what it calls a protest of the property owner’s personal contributions to Proposition 8, the November ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. “It is with a very heavy heart that we make this decision,” said Glenn C. [...]

The Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce will be discussing the potential economic effects of gay marriage Tuesday.  The group, which is affiliated with the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, will discuss a bill sponsored by Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, that would permit gay marriage, said Scarborough Chamber President Bob Nadeau. The Portland Regional Chamber is trying [...]

Gays-rights proponents and opponents ramped up their rhetoric for and against Jon Huntsman Jr. on Wednesday — two days after Utah’s Republican governor revealed that he backs civil unions and other rights for same-sex couples. “After that initial shock, I was incredibly impressed with him,” said gay-rights advocate Jacob Whipple, who staged a candlelight vigil [...]

The Big Gay Out 09 will reflect the diversity of New Zealand’s rainbow communities in the entertainment and events taking place this Sunday, 8 February from 12.00 till 7.30pm, in Coyle Park Pt Chevalier, Auckland.

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News: Devolution, Pepsi, Octo-Mommy, Twitter, Michelle Obama

road.jpg Californians Against Hate founder Fred Karger meets with John Garff, president of Salt Lake City-based Ken Garff Automotive Group, against which CAH has called a boycott: “The California group has called for a boycott of 53 Garff dealerships across six states, including California and Utah, in retaliation for a $100,000 campaign donation made by Katharine Garff, matriarch of the Garff family, in support of Proposition 8, last year’s successful initiative to ban same-sex marriage. Karger and John Garff said they had agreed to keep the substance of their settlement discussions confidential for now, but both confirmed that Karger was drafting a proposal for steps the company might take to resolve the boycott, following the pair’s meeting late Wednesday at Garff offices.”

Australopithecusroad.jpg In honor of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday today, devolve yourself. According to them, this is what I would have looked like 3.7 million years ago.

road.jpg Check out Octo-mommy’s nine months pregnant belly, but make sure you’re not eating your lunch.

road.jpg Grand Rapids, Michigan decides not to air anti-gay infomercial targeting “radical homosexual agenda” after complaints, call from HRC.

road.jpg Too much twittering dampens Twitter awards in Brooklyn: “Fueled by vanilla and turquoise martinis (the later named a ‘fail whale’ martini after the turquoise graphic that shows up on Twitter when the site is overloaded), the sneaker-clad crowd kept talking — and sending Twitter messages through their iPhones — as the winners got up to give their 140-character acceptance speeches. Even the hip-hop artist MC Hammer, who arrived to present some awards, couldn’t quiet the crowd down.”

road.jpg Pepsi’s elaborate logo strategy revealed.

road.jpg More pics: Britney starts off as happy homemaker in video for song about f.u.c.k.-ing.

Michelleobamaroad.jpg Michelle Obama becomes second first lady to pose for the cover of Vogue.

road.jpg Gossip lead singer Beth Ditto poses nude on the cover of Love magazine.

road.jpg Ex- NY Met Roberto Alomar in AIDS lawsuit: “Baseball great Roberto Alomar has full-blown AIDS but insisted on having unprotected sex, his ex-girlfriend charged Tuesday in a bombshell lawsuit. The shocking claim was leveled by Ilya Dall, 31, who said she lived with the ex-Met for three years and watched in horror as his health worsened…In April 2005, Alomar told Dall he was suffering from erectile dysfunction and confided “he was raped by two Mexican men after playing a ballgame in New Mexico or a Southwestern state when he was 17,” the suit says…” PLAYS into worst HIV stereotypes

road.jpg Joe Torre hopes baseball players would feel free to come out of the closet: “I just hope that an active player, if that’s the case, can feel free to do that. That’s all I can say. But I don’t know. Obviously, you have 25 players in the clubhouse, and, you know, it’s going to be tough for everybody to feel as maybe I do. But I’d like to believe our country is turning in that direction.”

Pattinsonhairroad.jpg Twilight diaries: Robert Pattinson spent eight hours in the chair to achieve “long, timeless hair…”

road.jpg Florida: ACLU sues Nassau County Schools to allow Gay-Straight Alliance.

road.jpg Queercents: how to do a wedding on a budget.

road.jpg Brazil’s first gay cruise is a hit: “Freedom On Board, the first ever Brazilian gay cruise, departed from Santos in São Paulo last Friday and got back on Monday morning. The cruise was fully booked with 1,700 people, and a bigger one is already in the works for 2010.”

road.jpg Same-sex marriage opponents launch website in Maine.

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