Thursday, May 31, 2018

World Gay Otter Day Stuns Them; Transgender Student In Rancho Mirage Shows "True Colors"; A Gay Gag-worthy Photo Shoot; First Trans Man Andrew Christian Model

World Gay Otter Day Stuns Them 

You should have seen the straight people on social media scratching their heads on World Otter Day this Wednesday.  And I'm not talking about right wing homophobic conservatives who hate us already. I'm talking about the left wing liberals who think they know everything there is to know about being gay, and they can't wait to "splain" it to us.

Of course the term "otter" is used so often in gay culture gay people couldn't resist using it with a #WorldOtterDay hashtag as much as they could on Wednesday.

But on a more somber note, there actually are valid reasons to celebrate World Otter Day that have nothing at all to do with being gay, and I support them all. But the term is still a part of gay culture.

For those of you who don't know what a gay otter is, here's a definition from Urban Dictionary.

A gay man who is very hairy all over his body, but is smaller in frame and weighs considerably less than a bear.

I'm sure many still don't know, so don't say anything. Let's not ruin things for them. They like to think of us as pet poodles. 

Transgender Student In Rancho Mirage Shows "True Colors"

I love linking to sources that are local to Palm Springs, CA, where Tony and I have a home. And this publication I'm linking to right now is always fascinating, honest, and shares positive LGBT news with their mainstream readers. In fact, this publication is my favorite to follow on Twitter. I know I'm getting real news, not fake news.

In any event, here's a story about a trans high school student who produced a short film that's been well received so far.

But in the past four years, 17-year-old Delgado has learned to navigate the complexities of identity. During his freshman year, when he still identified as female, he came out as a lesbian. Four years later, the graduating senior, who was born as Jasmine Delgado, is now introducing the world to Jayden through film.

You can read more about the film, here. 

A Gay Gag-worthy Photo Shoot

The headline states that everyone's gagging over this photo shoot. 

The guys from HBO’s Insecure just posed for GQ’s latest spread and they have everyone feeling a 
little, well, parched.

Here's more. I haven't seen Insecure yet, but these photos are actually pretty good.

First Trans Man Andrew Christian Model

LGBTQIA history was made once again this week. This time it's pop culture history.

Meet Jesse Diamond. The San Diego-based personal trainer just become the first trans man to be featured in an Andrew Christian underwear campaign.
Diamond appears in the underwear giant’s annual Proud campaign. In an interview with Gay Star Newsthe 27-year-old says his new gig “a dream come true.”
You can check it out, here. This guy is really good looking. But be warned about the comment section with this one. There are a few losers who decided to leave their unsolicited opinions. And they are really insulting and trans-phobic.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Psychiatrist Compares Gay Sex To Orgasm After Sniffing Underwear; Reactions To Roseanne Cancellation; Pro Wrestler's Romantic Gay Birthday Song

Psychiatrist Compares Gay Sex To Orgasm After Sniffing Underwear

It's hard to believe that a doctor would say something like this, but it happened in Ghana and I've seen it trending in several places. This all came about because activists in Ghana are calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality and not everyone is on board with that.

Osei but also picked the fetish of sniffing underwear to compare gay sex to, an act that has amused activists.

Here's the link. It's really a very serious article and he compares gay sex to much worse than sniffing underwear. You should check it out to see what's happening on the global front.

Reactions To Roseanne Cancellation

All politics aside, I can't remember seeing anything as racist as what Roseanne tweeted in a very long time. And I've seen a great deal on Twitter. So I have to admit that it passes me by when I see people trying to defend her words.

They’ve reacted to the cancellation as one might expect: by accusing ABC of silencing conservative voices and freaking out that freedom of speech is officially DEAD and calling for everyone to #standwithroseanne and #boycottABC!

Here's more. They show examples of the tweets. There are comments. 

Pro Wrestler's Romantic Gay Birthday Song

Here's a great story about a pro wrestler and his boyfriend. Frankly, I don't think there can ever be enough of these stories. 

Don’t be fooled by his tough exterior, inside pro wrestler Anthony Bowens is a total softy.
For his boyfriend Michael Pavano’s 24th birthday, Bowens wanted to do something extra special. So he wrote, composed, and recorded a love song called “How We Met”, a smooth R&B jam about, well, how they met.
You can check this out, here. There's a photo of them, and you can check out the video. 

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Monday, May 28, 2018

The History of the Word "Gay"; Gay Couple Stabbed For Holding Hands; Antarctica Gets Pride Celebration

The History of the Word Gay

There's a headline making the rounds this week that suggests there was a time when the word gay stopped meaning "happy" and started to mean "same sex relationships," and it's not totally correct. It's just clickbait to advertise something dumb (fake news), and it makes light of something that is fundamental to gay culture. The word gay is not just about same sex relationships. That's only part of it. 

So here's the most basic definition. This is always what the word gay meant to me. I never knew anything else. 

In the 1960s, gaybecame the word favored by homosexual men to describe their sexual orientation. By the end of the 20th century, the word gay was recommended by major LGBTgroups and style guides to describe people attracted to members of the same sex.

But there's even more to it than just this. There's the pride factor, and fighting for dignity and respect. It wasn't easy to get people to stop referring to us as "homosexual," or worse..."queers." The word took on a whole new meaning at one point, and relationships are only a small part of that. 

GLAAD went so far as to post this, and this is why, if you notice, you rarely see the word homosexual used anymore unless there's no other word to use or it's being used as a pejorative.

Please use gay or lesbian to describe people attracted to members of the same sex. Because of the clinical history of the word "homosexual," it is aggressively used by anti-gay extremists to suggest that gay people are somehow diseased or psychologically/emotionally disordered – notions discredited by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s. Please avoid using "homosexual" except in direct quotes. Please also avoid using "homosexual" as a style variation simply to avoid repeated use of the word "gay." The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post restrict use of the term "homosexual" (see AP & New York Times Style).

And here's an excellent link that even goes into more detail about the word "gay." I didn't know it dated back to the 1950s. I thought it was more like the 60s or 70s. 

By 1955, the word gay now officially acquired the new added definition of meaning homosexual males.  Gay men themselves seem to have been behind the driving thrust for this new definition as they felt (and many still do), that “homosexual” is much too clinical, sounding like a disorder.  As such, it was common amongst the gay community to refer to one another as “gay” decades before this was a commonly known definition (reportedly homosexual men were calling one another gay as early as the 1920s).

Oddly, though, I couldn't find much information about this one.

Gay Couple Stabbed For Holding Hands

This is still happening, sadly.

And it happened in the US in a place where you'd think you'd be fairly safe.

An unidentified attacker verbally abused a gay couple, then stabbed them in the neck, back and hand.
Christopher Giovanni Huizar, 19, and Gabriel Enrique Roman, 23, went out on Saturday night (26 May) to the Church Nightclub in Denver, Colorado.

Here's more.  They sound as though they plan to move forward and stay strong.

Antarctica Gets Pride Celebration

We often take pride celebrations for granted in large urban areas, but not everyone gets to celebrate pride. So this is nice to see.

A group of ten LGBTI people working on Antarctica, decided to celebrate the first Pride at the South Pole.
The ten people are working on the United States’ McMurdo Station about 850 miles (1368kms) from the South Pole.,’
Here's more. I love this, and I know I won't get any clickbait awards for linking to it, but I think it's one of the most inspirational things I've seen all week. There's so much hope and love there.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kathy Griffin Is Hoping For A US Comeback Tour; Matchmaker Helping Gay Farmers Hook Up; Trans Man Wins Mr. Gay Denmark

Kathy Griffin Is Hoping For A US Comeback Tour

I'm not totally sure if this is a real interview, or if it's an advertorial promoting Kathy Griffin's newest tour, Laugh Your Head Off. Frankly, I don't care. I was never her biggest fan, and I never will be. Not even when she was on Fashion Police. And that had nothing at all to do with the whole Trump/head thing on the Internet.

With that said, I'm linking to this because I'm curious to see how she will be received in the US after what happened with the Trump thing on the Internet.

It's a long interview, and this is only part of the answer. The most interesting thing is how she avoids the question entirely. In fact, that may be the funniest thing she's done in years.

Why are US audiences ready for your comeback? What has changed between May 2017 and now? 

Pretty soon after the picture, I called my stand-up agent and I said, “Are there actual cities in countries overseas where they’re going to want someone to come over and talk shit about Trump?” Two weeks later I had 15 countries and 23 cities. That was really important because of course the audiences over there were receptive. They don’t think Fox News is real. Although can I tell you, Fox News was on in every country I went to. How much of a bummer is that?

You can read more here.  And the comments are interesting. 

Matchmaker Helping Gay Farmers Hook Up

I know someone who's been in the closet all his life and he also lives in a rural area in the Midwest. He's a middle aged gay virgin who would love to meet other guys, but he doesn't have access to anything even remotely related to gay life where he lives. And he's one of the nicest people I've ever met online. So I'm hoping someone does something like this here in the US, too. 

Don’t be thrown by the name, “The Farmer Wants A Wife” matches single country folk of all orientations–men seeking men, men seeking women, women seeking women, and everything in between.
The dating service launched in Ireland just last year and has already proven to be a huge success. It may soon be expanding across the U.K.
Here's more to the story. 

Trans Man Wins Mr. Gay Denmark

This was nice to read.

Denmark has made history after a Danish trans man was crowned Mr Gay Denmark 2018.
The Scandinavian country, which has been criticised in the past for “lagging behind” in LGBTI rights, changed the tide of history by voting a transgender male as its new Mr Gay icon.

Here's more. It goes into a lot more detail about his personal journey, too. 

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Grindr Goes Down and Gay Twitter Explodes; George Takei Wishes Accuser Peace; People In US Identifying As LGBT Hits Record High

Grindr Goes Down and Gay Twitter Explodes

This is amusing.

In the wee early hours of May 22, Grindr unexpectedly went down. Many users couldn’t log on. Naturally, they had a meltdown.

You can check out some of the tweets here

One user compared it to the apocalypse. 

George Takei Wishes Accuser Peace

The person who accused George Takei of  a sexual assault that allegedly happened many years ago has back tracked...completely. One of the things he said is that it may have been a "misunderstanding."

And George Takei reacted swiftly. 

‘As many of you know, this has been a very difficult period for myself and my husband Brad as we have dealt with the impact of these accusations,’ he wrote.
‘We are happy to see that this nightmare is finally drawing to a close.’
I'm not the biggest fan of George Takei, but it had nothing to do with this. What happened to him was awful and it should never have happened in the first place. And I think we're living in very difficult, scary times. 

People In US Identifying As LGBT Hits Record High
I've been predicting this for a long time. 
The number of Americans who openly identify as LGBT has hit a record high after increasing for the sixth year in a row, according to a new study.
I predict that it's even going to climb higher. And that's because so many are still in the closet and can't come out for their own valid, important personal reasons. 
I also predict the gay stereotypes will start to diminish as well. We're not all the way you see us portrayed by the media and Hollywood. And more and more of us are speaking up about that. 

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