Monday, July 16, 2018

The New York Times' Homophobic Trump/Putin Joke; Pose the TV Show: LGBT Ball Culture; Harry Styles Says He's "A Little Bit Gay"

The New York Times' Homophobic Trump/Putin Joke

This was pretty bad and I left a few of my own comments about this kind of homophobia on Twitter today. Apparently, though, the straight people at the NYT didn't think there was anything wrong with it.

Following Donald Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the New York Times tweeted an animated video today that was originally released last month titled Trump and Putin: A Love StoryThe whole joke is — as you might have guessed from the title — that Trump and Putin are gay.

One woman summed it all up for me with a quick tweet.

Stop this shit. Gay men are not a punchline.

You can check this one out, here.


Pose the TV Show: LGBT Ball Culture

We started watching the FX TV series called, Pose, and I realize I know absolutely nothing about what's considered "Gay Ball Culture."

So if you're like me and you don't know anything about it here's a quick explanation from Wiki...

Ball culture, the house system, the ballroom community and similar terms describe an underground LGBT subculture in the United States in which people "walk" (i.e., compete) for trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Some who walk also dance; others compete in dragcategories, designed to emulate other genders and social classes. Most participants in ball culture belong to groups known as "houses".

Here's the wiki link. And here's a link to the FX network about Pose. I'm enjoying it so far. It's a Ryan Murphy production and you'll see a few familiar faces, too. The music is excellent. 

Harry Styles Says He's "A Little Bit Gay" 

There's an old episode of The Golden Girls where Dorothy's son comes to visit her and he announces that he's engaged. But there's a twist. He tells Dorothy that the woman he's engaged to is... Lorraine is kind of black. Then Dorothy saysWhat does that mean, kind of black? That's, uh That's like being kind of Spanish. Of course Dorothy doesn't care about the race issue, she's more concerned about the age difference because the woman is a good deal older than her son. But that's what this comment from Harry Styles reminded me of. 

You know, either you are or you aren't.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=the-golden-girls-1985&episode=s03e23
Kind of black.
What does that mean, kind of black? That's, uh That's like being kind of Spanish.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view_episode_scripts.php?tv-show=the-golden-girls-1985&episode=s03e23


The former One Direction heartthrob was giving the final concert of his solo tour in Inglewood, California over the weekend when he noticed a fan’s sign that read “I’m gay and I love you”.
In response, he said: “I love you as well, thank you for coming… and I mean, we’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?”
Here's more. This might sound like something small to some of you, but tell this to the people in other countries I post about where you can still go to jail for being gay...or worse. 


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Casual Sex Isn't For All Gay Men; Australian Newspaper and Transphobic Headline; Voting On Abortion In the US

Casual Sex Isn't For All Gay Men

Here's another one that's breaking the stereotypes. This article came about as a result of the young guy who wound up in the hospital after giving some guy with a 10 inch penis fellatio.

But what about gay guys who aren’t into random Grindr hookups or the potential for having their airways ruptured by complete strangers? Where do they fit into the gay community?
A few months ago, 25-year-old Liam told GQ that, despite being in his sexual prime, he hasn’t had sex in over a year.
Here's more. It goes on to prove that NOT all gay men like or have casual random sex. Frankly, I think there are more guys who don't like casual sex than there are guys willing to rupture their airways with a total stranger's penis. 
Australian Newspaper and Transphobic Headline
I see this happen almost every day. I see it happen with straight people, and I see it happen with people from within the LGBT+ community. There are still people who do not understand trans people. 
However, with that said, this one is particularly bad. I thought we were at least beyond this kind of thing. Apparently, not this publication. 
It’s a story about Scarlett Johansson stepping down from a role in which she was due to play a transgender man. She was cast in Rupert Sanders’ new movie Rub and Tug earlier this month, which saw her playing the real-life figure of Dante ‘Tex’ Gill.
The Sunday Telegraph headline read: ‘Scarlett dumps tranny film role.’
You can read the rest here. I find this very frustrating, so I can't even imagine how trans people feel. 

Voting On Abortion In the US
From what I gather, this is all speculation.
The idea of the US voting on abortion came up during an interview with President Trump, and his replies were broad and general. 
“I think [Kavanaugh] is going to be confirmed and someday in the distant future there could be a vote,” he said.
He also said there's a good chance there won't be a vote. You can read this one, here. 

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

More Men Having Unwanted Sex With Women; Tweets About Scarlett Johansson Stepping Down From Rub and Tug; Outlawing the Gay Panic Defense

More Men Having Unwanted Sex With Women

According to a recent study, more men are now having unwanted sex with women to prove they aren't gay.

Jesse Ford is a PhD student in sociology at New York University. She recently conducted a study where she interviewed men who say they’ve had unwanted, nonconsensual sex with women.
“The goal was to dig deeper into the experiences of these men: how the sex unfolded, why they didn’t want it in the first place and why they didn’t just say, ‘No.’” Ford explains.
Here's more. It's an interesting piece that gets into the difference between unwanted sex and assault, and how men will have sex with women just to prove they aren't "unmanly." In other words, the stereotype that all men want nothing but sex that's been promoted forever, is what motivates these men to have unwanted sex. I find that fascinating...this myth that all men want nothing but sex might not be all that true after all. 
Tweets About Scarlett Johansson Stepping Down From Rub and Tug
In spite of the fact that some people simply will never understand why Scarlett Johansson brilliantly and eloquently backed out of playing a trans character, there have been plenty of Tweets in response. 
After the news of Johansson bowing out of the role, the LGBTI community on Twitter not only rejoiced, but threw some shade as well. Here are the best tweets about ScarJo’s departure from Rub & Tug.
You can read them, here.  I've already seen this discussion come up in other areas since Johansson decided to step down from the part. Even from gay men. And I think this discussion is going to continue until everyone "gets" it. 
Outlawing the Gay Panic Defense
I'm hoping they outlaw this completely. It's a ridiculous law. 
The defence – which allows criminals to get more lenient sentences after violent attacks – is based around the suggestion that a perpetrator was “panicked” into committing a violent crime due to an unwanted advance from a gay person.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Scarlett Johansson Deserves A Huge Round of Applause; Indonesian Gay Couple Flogged 80 Times In public; Hackers Recording Nasty Things Through Your Web Cam

Scarlett Johansson Deserves A Huge Round of Applause

This is something you don't see happening all the time...in fact, never.

Scarlett Johansson announced she would be playing a trans character, and then social media went wild with criticism. Apparently, Johansson thought it over and she decided to back out of the role and she gave this statement.

“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson said in a statement to Out magazine. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive.”

I think that deserves a huge round of applause. She "gets" it. And she's honest about it. She understands why there was so much controversy and she understands why this entire topic goes a lot deeper than actors acting. Understanding is the most important aspect of this entire conversation. 

You can read the rest here. I knew there would be some kind of an awakening eventually.  There had to be. Now I hope it starts spilling over into book publishing, because no other industry with straight white privilege has culturally appropriated LGBT people more than book publishing has. Just because a straight white author can write fiction in a genre that's focused on any marginalized group of people doesn't mean they should be writing it.   

Indonesian Gay Couple Flogged 80 Times In public

More disturbing news on the global front. It's sad to see things like this still happening. But it shows how far we still have to go. 

Authorities flogged a gay couple more than 80 times each in Indonesia’s conservative province Aceh on Friday (13 July).
According to a report by ABS-CBN News, the men were part of a group of 15 who were flogged in front of a vocal crowd.
Here's the rest. Flogging gay men for having gay sex has been an ongoing practice there. 


Hackers Recording Nasty Things Through Your Web Cam

I've heard about this happening before. 

Someone is watching everything you’ve been doing online, and wow. Just wow.
That’s essentially the pitch of a terrifying new online scam, and you shouldn’t become the next victim!
Here's more. Take the time to read the rest of this one. It's worth it. 


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Man Gives Fellatio To 10 Inches Penis Winds Up Hospitalized; Franklin Graham Tells Jimmy Carter Jesus Would Kill Gay People; Sex Scandal In Pakistan

Man Gives Fellatio To 10 Inches Penis Winds Up Hospitalized

This is one of the oddest stories I think I've ever read. What on earth was he trying to do with that thing?

Alanis estimated the penis to be between 10-10.5 inches. “My poor little throat afterwards was demolished,” Alanis recalled, describing how he ruptured his airway performing the blowjob—although he said he “finished him off,” went home, and only realised something was seriously wrong the next morning. 

Here's the rest, with a photo of the guy.  It's totally SFW. 

Franklin Graham Tells Jimmy Carter Jesus Would Kill Gay People

When I saw this trending earlier today I stopped and looked twice. This truly is one of the most rotten things I've heard anyone say in a long time. 

Responding to former President Jimmy Carter’s statement that Jesus would support same-sex marriage, Trump supporter and supposed Christian, Franklin Graham launched a blistering attack on Facebook.
Jesus wouldn’t bless gay couples, the far right minister says. Instead, God would kill them all.
You can read this one, here. What's even scarier is that there are millions of people who follow and agree with wing nuts like Franklin Graham. 

Sex Scandal In Pakistan 

This one has all the makings of a good miniseries. 
In the book, Reham claims her ex-husband, who she married (and divorced) in 2015, has had several gay encounters. She points to one friend in particular, a man by the name of Moby, who she says had a “live-in relationship” with Khan, despite the fact that Moby was married to a woman.
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