Levi’s leads on HIV education, Bill Donohue defends the Spanish Inquisition, Zac Efron up for new High School Musical movie
Teen Wolf has unveiled some casting news. Confusingly, Flowers In the Attic‘s Mason Dye has been cast as Garrett, while Ender’s Game star Khylin Rhambo has been cast as the “gay freshman with a sense of humor” lacrosse player Mason . Time to hit the gym, boys!
Levi’s has always been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights, and their corporate policies extend to HIV/AIDS advocacy. They have an extensive program for training employees on the spread, prevention, and stigma of HIV, have programs to cover 100% of HIV medical expenses worldwide, and successfully lobbied governments around the world for changes in treatment and coverage. It’s a model program.
We mentioned that Chipotle was suing Frank Ocean for their advance on the “Pure Imagination” commercial. Frank seems to have decided to put it all behind him – with prejudice. Check out the check he just sent them.
The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue is upset a lot. He’s upset about media coverage of Catholics, gays, St. Patrick’s Day, and now Cosmos, since they badmouthed the Spanish Inquisition, which he says is just misunderstood. “Because the Inquisition brought order and justice where there was none, it actually ‘saved uncounted thousands of innocent (and even not-so-innocent) people who would otherwise have been roasted by secular lords or mob rule.’”
Rep. Michele Bachmann is still upset that gay bullies got Governor Jan Brewer to veto the Right To Discriminate law, because we’re oppressing her religious freedom. “There’s nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure. And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community, they have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and so they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t. If you want take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process and you don’t intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours.”
Also Sia Furler is not happy that Sarah Palin used her song “Titanium” to walk off at CPAC this weekend.
For all that Las Vegas holds, there’s still no major gay nightclub in a strip casino. But all that’s about to change as nightclub owner Victor Drai creates Liaison at Bally’s. He could have turned it into another straight club, but decided Vegas didn’t need one. “[The gay community] has always been treated like second class in this town. It’s something we wanted to offer—a dedicated space.”
Uruguayan President José Mujica says that same-sex marriage is nothing new in the world. “We apply a very simple principle: to recognize the facts. Abortion is as old as the world… Same-sex marriage, please, it’s older than the world. We had Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, please. To say it is modern? Please. It’s older than all of us. It is a matter of objective reality. For us, not to legalize it would torture some people unnecessarily.”
What your favorite Star Trek says about you. I’m very much a ST:TNG person, which basically seems to mean that I’m some hippy flower child. And if I interpret the descriptions correctly, if you loved Deep Space Nine, you’re basically Daria.
United Methodist Bishop Martin McLee announced that the church was dropping the case against Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, who they charged for officiating at his son’s gay wedding. Further, Bishop McLee pleaded for the church to stop all prosecutions related to LGBT ministry. “I call for and commit to cessation of trials”
Zac Efron says that he’d totally be up for doing a new High School Musical movie. Can we just merge that with his frat in Neighbors for a raunchy college party musical?
Ann Rice once said that she was done with the world of The Vampire Chronicles. But on her son Christopher’s webcast, she announced that on October 28 Prince Lestat would be published. She’s already finished the book. Is everyone ready for this? And can Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt still get away with playing ageless vampires in the movie adaptation?
It’s fairly well known that I’m a geek. I’ve also become a bit obsessed with the gym the past couple of years. So when reader Carlos tweeted me that I needed this new shirt for the gym, I was hooked:
But of course I wanted to know where the shirt came from once I ordered it, and the related shirt. It’s the brainchild of Jeremy Agapitos, who writes Flex Comics, a webcomic about the gym and his nerdy pursuits. It came from this set of panels:
As you can see, the Unicorn Beast trumps the gym rat every time, plus does it with style. As for where such as idea came from, Jeremy tells me “Unicorns aren’t the frail, oppressed, delicate creatures people expect them to be. They’re strong, powerful, & here to kick some gorilla ass. Also I think there’s room among the Bears, Otters, and wolves for a gym addicted unicorn.” I love this idea – I was the scrawny, nerdy gay boy in gym class, and for decades those memories kept me from working out. I finally overcame that, and the Unicorn Beast seems a great way to display that. Plus it’s funny as hell, and will make some guys at the gym uncomfortable. Meanwhile, I get to read Flex Comics everyday and laugh my ass off, which will probably slow my quest for a bubble butt like the characters in the comic. I just have to wait a few weeks to get the gym rat panel on a shirt. Check it out!
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is a new childrens’ book by Daniel Errico, and it’s a classic. Humble pumpkin farmer becomes a brave knight and slays the dragon (spoiler alert), and then he marries the handsome prince. Yep, prince. The book and the animation below are both gorgeous, but it’s been catching some predictable heat from conservative groups, which means that it’s time for gays across the country to buy a copy and donate it to your local library.
I’m fairly sure that this is grounds for divorce if you’re married, but if you’ve got a roommate that’s hard to wake up, a giant dog, and a laser pointer, you’ve now got the world’s best alarm clock.
Ray Quinn, who was a runner up on The X-Factor, secured the win in Dancing One Ice with this surf routine. Ice is just frozen water, right? So surfing makes sense. Plus it let him shed his shirt, which I’m sure didn’t hurt his score at all.
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