Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Don't Dare Compare Confederate Flags to Rainbow Flags; ISIS Throwing Gay Man Off A Roof; Anti-LGBT In Indonesia

Don't Dare Compare Confederate Flags to Rainbow Flags

This makes me as livid as when they compare gay marriage to abortion. They do that all the time and the two are not related at all. Some idiot on Fox news tried to compare the Confederate Flag to the Rainbow Flag in a lame attempt to prove a point, but she failed. The Confederate Flag is not a symbol of the fight for equality that took years to achieve. The Confederate Flag means something completely different and it's idiotic to compare it to the Rainbow Flag.

‘But you know what’s really interesting and really incredible irony here is the same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up,’ she said. ‘These two flags represent the exact same thing. That certain people groups are not welcome here. So if Nancy Pelosi wants to say that we’re going to start shutting down First Amendment rights of a certain group of people, then what happens the next time that the homosexuals want to walk through an American city and protest and counter protesters come out?’

Once again, so it's clear. I really don't care if you wave the Confederate Flag high above your head, or you shove it all the way up your ass. That's your right to free speech and your business. But do NOT compare the Confederate Flag to the Rainbow Flag.

Here's the rest. 

ISIS Throwing Gay Men Off A Roof

Last I heard, no one was throwing people who wave the Confederate Flag off a roof. But it's still happening to gays in some parts of the world. 

ISIS have unleashed horrifying images to show what it is like to be a gay man living in Syria under their regime.

The propaganda wing published the images to showcase a gay person being thrown off a roof, a thief getting his hand cut off, and a ‘non-believer’ being shot in the back.

You can check the rest out here. It comes with an adult content warning, though.

Anti-LGBT In Indonesia

Here's more about how gays are being treated in other parts of the world, which is the same way we were treated at one time in this country. With shame and hate and discrimination. 

Youth in Indonesia are faring the worst out of the rise of anti-LGBTI rhetoric in the country.
Despite the fact that homosexuality it is not illegal in Indonesia, there has been a rising sentiment against the LGBTI community over the past two years.

But it’s the youth baring the brunt of the campaign against LGBTI people according to a study in the Asia-Pacific Social Science Review.

There's more here.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Protesters Attack Confederate Statue; The British Brokeback Mountain: "God's Own Country" ; A Separate "Gay" Toilet In Italy

Protesters Attack Confederate Statue

This goes a lot deeper than statues. I hate censorship of any kind, but what these statues represent, evidently, stirs up so many emotions on both sides of the spectrum it's hard to draw an amicable conclusion.

The statue represented a Confederate soldier who fought in the Civil War and had “The Confederate States of America” inscribed on its front.

WNCN spoke to at least one protester who said the action was taken in response to the violent white supremacist rally that took place a few days ago in Charlottesville, Va.

“It needs to be removed,” organizer Loan Tran told the station. “These Confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country.” 

Here's the rest. It's definitely a sign of the times. As much as I dislike these statues and what they represent, removing them is a brand of censorship. In the same respect, I wouldn't want to look at them every day either. The comments with this one should be read.

The British Brokeback Mountain: God's Own Country

I've never been a fan of Brokeback Mountain...the book or the movie...not even from the beginning. So this movie isn't looking all that appealing to me right now, but I don't know much about it and I'm not going to comment until I find out more. As it stands now, this is what's being said...

The story revolves around a lonely young sheep farmer (Josh O’Connor) who idles away the days binging on booze and having casual flings… until a Romanian migrant worker played by Alec Secareanu enters his life, making everything sexy, confusing, and really quite dramatic. 

You can read the rest here. There are 4 comments, so far.

I think the director, Francis Lee, is gay, which makes the movie sound more appealing to me. You can read more about all this here. 

“When I wrote this script, I wasn’t seeing stories on screen that reflected where I came from; that’s not just as a gay man, but also as someone from a working-class background,” says Lee. “When you see working-class stories, it’s usually urban — estates, drugs, teen pregnancies. I didn’t think I’d seen a proper ­working-class depiction of a rural area.”

Frankly, I hope this is good. I'd really love to see a gay movie that hasn't been white-washed.

A Separate "Gay" Toilet In Italy 

In Southern Italy, this has been creating its fair share of drama.

Somewhere, in a bathroom deep in Southern Italy, a bathroom sign has succeeded in causing a considerable ruckus among the LGBTQ community — particularly since it has three separate icons: a woman, a man, and a “gay.”

Here's the rest. One person commented and he thinks this was meant to be funny. I'm not so sure about that.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

People Charging Fans On Twitter To Follow Them; Nico Tortorella On Biphobia; A Dating App Without Racist Trash Talk

People Charging Fans On Twitter To Follow Them

Yesterday I spotted someone I follow on Twitter doing something I'd never seen before. And I don't know how long it's been around. He tweeted something with the hashtag, #onlyfans, and I clicked a link that led me to a twitter page where this person is charging fans to "follow" him. $10 a month. I know that doesn't sound like much, but seriously, It's Twitter. WTF is up with charging fans?

First, Twitter like most social media is free to use. You don't need to pay to follow someone. It might not be simple to get them to follow you back, but all you have to do is sign up and click "follow" and there you are. You can follow all their tweets for free.

At least that's how regular Twitter works, and has always worked, Evidently, there's a thing now where some people are charging people to follow them, In this particular case it's not a porn star. It's someone slightly well know in the LGBT community. And this is also someone who has done crowdfunding to support his "art" as well.

I'm just wondering when is this considered taking advantage of fans? Most authors I know...me included...give fans freebies all the time because we're so grateful to have our fans. And if you need to charge people to follow you, are you really famous or talented enough to warrant that kind of fandom?

I wouldn't pay to follow the Pope, let alone a small time recording artist who's mostly known for taking off his pants and other naked selfies. Besides, you can see all the nudity and porn on Twitter for free, too. But there seem to be people who are willing to pay to follow these people, so I guess there's a market for charging fans now.

Nico Tortorella On Biphobia

The only thing I know about Nico Tortorella is that he's on a TV show called Younger. I've never seen that TV show because it's not the kind of thing I would normally watch. And, I have no intention to ever watch it because it's been so painfully over promoted.

With that said, here's an interview promoting Tortorella and Younger, again.

Nico Tortorella would like me to take some of the “likes” out of his quotes. “Make me sound smarter,” he jokes. But as the openly bisexual Younger star chats, it becomes clear that intellectual retouching won’t be necessary. Tortorella is a thoughtful guy—he describes himself as “a seeker”—and he’s made a name for himself in the past few years by talking openly and passionately about gender and sexual fluidity. 

There's more here. 

A Dating App Without Racist Trash Talk

We've all been hearing about the racism that happens on dating apps like Grindr, so this is something different.

Have you ever wished you could just block all those horrible racist people you see on Grindr from your life? Well, now you can! 

Introducing Noir, a new dating app for POC and other “lovers of diversity” who are sick and tired of seeing all those “No blacks, no asians” bigots commonly found on apps like Grindr and Scruff.

Here's the rest. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Millennial Snowflakes and Queer Culture; Being Single Is Bad For Your Health; Ryan Field Books

Millennial Snowflakes and Queer Culture

I'm not sure what to make of this one, so I'm not even going to think about commenting. I'm only commenting on one point, below. To be honest, I don't like millennial bashing, and I don't like the word "snowflake."

“Queer culture. Is it endangered? Gasping its last? Just sad?” that’s what Cynthia Belmont, a professor at Northland College, wants to know.

Belmont teaches courses in feminist and queer theory. In a new op-ed published by Salon, she says in the last few years, she’s seen an uptick in students who seem to take offense at things that have defined LGBTQ culture for decades. 

Here's more. I will say one thing. Queer culture is not the same thing as gay culture. There's nothing wrong with identifying as queer, but I don't identify as queer, and I never will identify as queer, and I like to make that distinction clear to people who don't always understand there is diversity in the LGBTQ community. I identify as a gay man, not queer...and I say that with love and respect to anyone who does identify as queer.

Being Single Is Bad For Your Health

If you were worried that you haven't seen enough dumb articles with ridiculous studies, this should ease your mind.

Here’s some happy news! A groundbreaking new study has determined that loneliness and isolation have a greater impact on a person’s life chances than their weight.

The study was led by Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Utah. Researchers looked at more than 200 cases and found that, while obesity increases a person’s chances of an early death by 30%, loneliness can increase it by a whopping 50%. 

There's more here. As usual, the people who took the time to comment left better content than the article.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Is Gay Culture Harming Straight Men? An App For Trash Talking Your Friends; Aaron Carter Weeps At Gay Club

Is Gay Culture Harming Straight Men?

Of course that's rhetorical, but there really is a conservative who believes that gay culture has harmed straight men. But then again, I've seen a lot of outrageous (and wrong) things from conservatives ever since Trump tweeted about transgenders in the military, most of which I've read on Facebook. They look at LGBT people with the limited knowledge they have learned from the media and Hollywood, but not as their equals. And they treat us differently.

Once again, just like Trump's transgender ban, this is a weak argument that can be disputed ten different ways.

“I’m here to talk about how gay rights and the acceptance of gay culture in the mainstream is harming men on a personal level,” Bera writes in a bizarre new op-ed that would almost be comical if he weren’t being serious.

Bera says thanks to the “misguided fury” of the 1960s, gay people have become “intimately entwined with the mainstream,” and that’s harmful to straight men. 

Here's the rest. It's worth reading...even as dismal as it is.

An App For Trash Talking Your Friends

I love most things about technology, but I'm not so sure I like this.

It's an app designed to let people trash talk their friends, anonymously. So no one gets hurt and someone gets a chance to vent. At least that's the intention.

Unfortunately, there are drawbacks...

The app, which was launched a little less than a year ago, was created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-AbidinTawfiq, who originally started it for Arab employees to vent about their bosses without getting in trouble. But it has since taken a slightly different direction.

It didn’t take long for people to begin using it so shit talk directly to their friends faces. The app doesn’t tell them who sent the message, nor does it allow them to reply. 

You can read a few examples, here. 

Aaron Carter Weeps At a Gay Club

Aaron Carter had a very emotional experience recently. And, it was his first performance at a gay club since coming out as bisexual.

“I just want to say thank you so much for all your love and your support with the LGBTQ community and my announcement… It means a lot. Yes, I am a bisexual man, so…”

So began Aaron Carter’s Thursday night performance at Hamburger Mary’s  — a venue close to his hometown in Brandon, Florida. 

Here's the rest. Tony and I once looked into a franchise with Hamburger Mary's, but decided against it because we weren't sure it would work in New Hope. I still don't think New Hope would have been the right venue for it. New Hope is a little trendy, with gourmet take out and health food stores. But I'm glad to see they're still around.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trans Woman and Husband Sue Amazon; Straight Guys In Gay Bathhouses; Wealthy, Creepy Political Donor's Deadly Fetish

Trans Woman and Husband Sue Amazon

This kind of thing really bothers me, to the point of spitting nails lately. I think it was Trump's discriminatory tweets about the transgender military ban that infuriated me the most...to reach this point. And the misinformation about transgender people that have followed his tweets are repulsive. Trump gave idiots permission to promote idiocy.

This couple only wanted to work for Amazon because they thought it was LGBT friendly. Evidently, not so much.

The couple’s complaint alleges that they were the targets of slurs and sexual harassment. She was called “shemale” and “crossdresser,” and he received crude comments about their sex life. Both of them were called “faggots.” Employees looked over the stall divider when she used the bathroom. Coworkers threatened to beat them up.

Here's the rest. It's interesting because Amazon has the TV show, Transparent, which has an excellent transgender story line.  I'll be following this one.

Straight Guys In Gay Bathhouses

I don't mean to sound glib, but this one didn't shock me one bit. It's about a guy who worked in a gay bathhouse and now he's talking about what it was like to work there

Of course, bathhouses have since become almost exclusively a venue for men to congregate with sex in mind. Some men, though, really do come to unwind. Some are straight and comfortable enough to brush off advances. These guys want to visit the sauna, get in, get out and get home. Of course, the overwhelming majority want to get in, get off, get out and get home. 

There's more here. It's an interesting piece that goes into a lot more detail. 

Wealthy, Creepy Political Donor's Deadly Fetish

Here's more proof that politics is a dark, filthy game. It's about the death of  26 year old, Gemmel Moore, and a high profile Democratic Party donor and activist, Ed Buck.

Nixon claims the wealthy liberal activist has a fetish for getting young Black men high, and he used her son to meet other guys. 

“[Buck] would have my son to go out to… Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and how [they] would react and take pictures of them.”

Here's more. 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Tom of Finland Biopic; Big Brother Mocking Trans People; Transgender News: Amazon's Transparent Premiere On August 9th

The Tom of Finland Biopic

In the course of any given day I think most people in the LGBTQ+ community experience some kind of disappointment. But then a friend comes along and shares something like this and you feel energized all over again. This is about gay culture at its most intense, and I'm proud of it. I applaud it without apology, and I don't care what anyone else thinks about that.

I've been waiting for the Tom of Finland biopic since I first heard about it, and when I saw this review I wanted to share it with others who've been waiting, too. And maybe, possibly, open up a few horizons for those who don't know anything about gay culture.

In any event, here's part of a review for the Tom of Finland biopic...

Ever since the bulbous, gorgeous gay erotica of one-time underground icon Tom of Finland crossed over from the locked drawer to the coffee table, it has been plagued by the same old line of discourse. Is it art or is it porn? Dome Karukoski's straightforwardly titled biopic "Tom of Finland" makes pleasingly short work of that tedious question: It's both, of course.

You can read the rest here.  

Big Brother Mocking Trans People

I'm actually surprised Big Brother is still on TV. We used to watch it back in the day, when cell phones had flip tops and people still recorded TV shows on video tapes. Every season I still check it out, but I can never get into it. We lost track of it a while ago, somewhere around the time a BB house guest slammed Dumbledore for being gay, and I think this is one of the main reasons why. 

Nobody expects the cast of Big Brother to raise the bar of TV intellect, but a recent transphobic incident on Season 19 shows a particular disregard for empathy. 

During Sunday night’s live feed, contestants Jason Dent and Cody Nickson spend a soak session debating the gender of a contestant from a previous season.

Here's what was said, in part...

Later in the conversation when Graf uses a “she” pronoun, Dent interjects: “Okay, but it was a he. Was it a he first, or a she first?” 

It’s one thing to misgender out of ignorance, but it doesn’t take an emotional genius to know people shouldn’t be referred to as “it.” 

There's more here.   

It only devolves even more.

Transgender News: Amazon's Transparent Premiere On August 9th

Here's something about the premiere of the new TV show on Amazon titled, Transparent. It's a show about family that learns their father is transgender...and how difficult it is for the father to tell them. You an read more about that here.

And now it's going to be on cable TV, on Sundance.

Each weekly block of Transparent will air beginning at 10 PM ET on SundanceTV. The cable channel will work through the show’s first two seasons chronologically, airing three episodes each Wednesday before reaching a two-episode conclusion on September 20. Along the way, viewers — perhaps those who have always been interested in Transparent, but lack Amazon Prime subscriptions — will be able to follow the respective journeys of trans woman Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), her ex-wife, and her three adult children.

Here's the rest. 

I'll be passing on Big Brother this summer, again, but I did set the DVR for Transparent. And so should you.

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