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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Small Cities In Conservative America Are Standing Up for LGBTQ Rights

Written by Letitia Stein

When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride. The married owners of Edna's hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity. Defying stereotypes in the U.S. culture wars over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, Wheeling is among a recent wave of small cities, many in parts of the country that voted for Republican President Donald Trump, to embrace these protections. "We told people this wasn't a bad place," said Lujano, 53, who was in the audience when the ordinance passed in late December. "Finally, this confirmed it."

About 50 U.S. municipalities in 15 states have added LGBTQ nondiscrimination measures since 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide. More than half of those cities and towns are located in counties that backed Trump in November's election, and all are in states he won. Local leaders say accepting diversity is not just the right thing to do, but needed to attract jobs and investment. They concede the measures alone may not land a Fortune 500 employer but argue the protections are necessary for smaller markets to appeal to many corporations with LGBTQ-friendly policies.

While the verdict remains out in Wheeling and other places with recently adopted protections, the cost of opposing LGBTQ advancement has run in the hundreds of millions of dollars in North Carolina. Last year the state lost major entertainment events and planned jobs expansions by PayPal and Deutsche Bank in the protests over a state law restricting bathroom access for transgender people.

In Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence's hometown of Columbus saw an all-Republican city council unanimously pass LGBTQ protections after he signed as governor a religion law in 2015 that was widely decried as discriminatory and prompted some conventions to go elsewhere. "Republicans don't speak with one voice on this issue," said Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop. "In a small town, you really do live with the laws that you create. It makes it all a little bit more real that we see some people - we actually know them - who might be affected."

Across the United States, 19 states have LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections that typically guard against being fired from jobs, kicked out of housing or denied services in places like restaurants or hotels. Reuters found that about four out of five cities with populations greater than 250,000 are covered with at least some protections. READ MORE

LGBT People Are More Likely To Be Incarcerated

Written by Carolyn Crist

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals are disproportionately incarcerated, mistreated and sexually victimized in U.S. jails and prisons, researchers say. Lead study author Ilan Meyer, the Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and his colleagues drew data from the 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey, which interviewed a representative sample of people in U.S. prisons and jails. Their analysis found that rates of incarceration for lesbian, gay and bisexual people were 1,882 per 100,000. That is more than three times the “already high” incarceration rate of 612 per 100,000 U.S. population, the authors write in the American Journal of Public Health. “Importantly, the data distinguishes between sexual orientation, sexual identity and sexual behavior,” Meyer said. “Not everyone who has had a same-sex experience identifies as gay, and we were able to look at several measures.” In total, sexual minorities - LGBT individuals or those who reported a same-sex sexual experience before arrival at the facility - represented 9.3 percent of all men in prison, 6.2 percent of men in jail, 42.1 percent of women in prison and 35.7 percent of women in jail. Sexual minorities were also more likely to experience solitary confinement and to report psychological distress. The data showed as well that sexual minorities were more likely than heterosexual prisoners to report sexual victimization as a child and to be incarcerated for violent sexual and nonsexual crimes rather than crimes related to property, drugs or parole violations. “This raises a lot of questions and a call-to-action for policy changes in both jails and prisons,” Meyer said. “In a similar way we’re discussing race and incarceration, the experience seems to be different across the whole criminal justice process for minorities.” In both prisons and jails, gay or bisexual men were also more likely than straight men to have sentences longer than 10 years in prison. “The burning question is: How did such a high proportion of LGB men and women end up incarcerated?” Meyer said. “Where is the root of this?” The study authors speculate that prejudice toward sexual minorities may lead to discriminatory treatment, from initial contact with law enforcement, such as overpolicing of sexual offenses. Also, family rejection, illegal drug use and community-level marginalization may increase the risk of incarceration. “We need to understand whether there are biases ingrained in our court system that lead to sexual minorities being handled in a different way,” Meyer said. “With race, this is nothing new, and now we’re seeing it’s also true for the sexual minority population.” READ MORE

Businessman Starts Scholarship Fund for Gay Students to Honor Pulse Nightclub Victims

An Orlando businessman is raising money for scholarships for gay students in order to honor the 49 patrons killed during the Pulse nightclub massacre. Barry Miller said the fund would award 10 scholarships each year, each worth $4,900. Students would have to self-identify as "out," attend an institution of higher learning fulltime and have a 3.0 GPA. Pulse survivors or family members of victims who died will be given special consideration. Miller is working with the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and the Central Florida Foundation on The 49 Fund. Gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando June 12, 2016. The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Treasure Chests: Sexy Gallery

Anyone up for a treasure hunt? Here's a collection of muscular chests that many of us would dive head first into!

Serving Pride: The Handbook for Your Queer History Dinner Party

Harvey Milk, Sally Ride, George Takei | Illustration by Allie Kolarik

I really like this new Kickstarter project from Geeks OUT called Serving Pride: The Handbook for Your Queer History Dinner Party. Here's an overview of what this exciting endeavor is about...

Watch Ellen's Too-Hot-for-TV Moments!

Scandalous things can happen on TV, sometimes they can even happen on a daytime show. Watch these too-hot-to-handle moments from Ellen's show! Watch the fun & sexy video below!

TMZ's Harvey Levin In Bed With Donald Trump

   Donald Trump (L) and Harvey Levin (R) 

Harvey Levin, founder of the popular gossip site TMZ, recently visited Donald Trump at The White House and some of Levin's staff are NOT happy about it. "A number of TMZ staffers are reportedly frustrated with the openly gay Levin’s ties to the new Republican administration," reports Greg Hernandez. The revelation about the relationship between these two high profile men explains the recent favorable coverage by TMZ of Donald Trump and family. Hernandez adds that "Levin’s roughly one-hour Oval Office visit was not noted on Trump’s public schedule and came a day after the president’s first address to a joint session of the US Congress. Trump’s chuminess with Levin comes at a time that he has declared war against most mainstream news organizations including CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post." Looks like Harvey Levin, an openly gay Jewish man, is a full-fledged quisling now. Shame on him.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Flashback Friday: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (VIDEO)

Today's Flashback Friday video features the handsome and sexy Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. In this behind the scenes video for the cover shoot of Details from March 2014, the actor talks about Season 4 of Game of Thrones, his childhood crush on Agnetha Fältskog from ABBA, his obsession with chocolate, and how co-star Gwendoline Christie would win in an arm wrestling match against him!
Watch the video below!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Legendary Bodies: John Pruitt

Physique model John Pruitt was one of the most iconic adult film stars, ever. Leather Archives and Musuem explains that they "...are working hard to digitize all [VHS] 1,000 tapes in the collections". This 22 minute video clip, Legendary Bodies 2: John Pruitt, is an example of their collection. Watch the video below (NSFW) 

Disturbing New Trend: 3 LGBT Community Centers Have Been Recently Vandalized!

At least three LGBT community centers have been vandalized in recent attacks that could be part of a national trend of rising hate seen since the election of Donald Trump as US president.

 Washington Blade reports:
In the last few weeks, vandals smashed a window at the office of Equality Florida in Orlando, the city where last year a shooter took the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub, and windows were smashed at the headquarters in Asbury Park of the New Jersey LGBT Garden State Equality. In Tulsa, Okla., 13 shots were fired from a pellet gun at the Equality Center on Monday just hours before a man came into the lobby yelling profanities and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric at front-desk staff. The trend of attacks on LGBT centers echoes anti-Semitic attacks since the inauguration of President Trump, who ran a campaign rooted in animosity toward minority groups, such as Muslims and immigrants. READ MORE
Trump also won with the support of white nationalists like David Duke, who as former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan has advocated anti-Semitic and racist ideology.

Will You Be Going to the 'Gaaays in Spaaace' Event in New York City on March 21, 2017?

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Anyone going to the Gaaays in Spaaace event in New York City on March 21, 2017?

The Gay Comic Geek will be there! In the video below he shares all the details: "It is an event celebrating sexual diversity in Sci-Fi genre at Hardware Bar. More specifically, this is about diversity in the Star Trek Universe. The event in NYC will be hosted by Paige Turner and will have guests Nana Visitor aka Commander Kyra from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Since I will be there, I’d want to meet anyone in the area if you attend. There will be a costume contest and lots of other fun."

You can purchase tickets HERE.

WATCH VIDEO: Will You Be Going to the 'Gaaays in Spaaace' Event in New York City on March 21, 2017? 

Erasing Queer Shame Through Classic Illustrations

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Written by Justin Moran

Félix D'Eon has long been fascinated with art history, reveling in everything from Edwardian fashion and the golden-era of American comics, to Japanese printmaking and children's book illustrations. Though visually enrapturing, the subject matter of these works never connected with D'Eon, who's a queer Chicano man, born in Mexico and raised in Southern California. Here, the artist saw an important opportunity.

By appropriating the aesthetic of classic illustrations and trading out straight subjects for his own LGBTQ characters, D'Eon found he could use an already established visual language to showcase queer communities in a celebratory light. His work features a multicultural spectrum of queer love, seduction and sex, all presented in an antiquitous format that aims to normalize and empower historically marginalized people. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE

Trump Is Hell-Bent on Destroying Unions

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Written by Barry Rubin

By appointing Phillip Miscimarra, an anti-union lawyer, as chair of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Donald Trump is taking another step in assembling his shock troops for destroying unions. What’s more, by appointing Miscimarra, Trump is taking another step toward packing the NLRB with members who would rule in favor of the companies he owns. In the past, the NLRB has cited Trump companies for breaking labor laws. National Public Radio (NPR) reports that “Like other business owners, President-elect Donald Trump has often had a strained relationship with labor unions, sometimes resulting in regulatory disputes and legal battles. Unlike the others, Trump will soon get to appoint the people who run the agency that hears many of those disputes, the National Labor Relations Board.” READ MORE

"Democracy Is, Most Assuredly, Not a Business"

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Thomas Countryman was the Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, a position he held after serving the United States for 35 years. In that role, he was "tasked with keeping WMDs from reaching terrorists, and restricting the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons." Below are the profound words Countryman said, last month, on the day of his forced retirement:
Our work is little understood by our fellow Americans, a fact that is sometimes exploited for political purpose. When I have the opportunity to speak to audiences across this amazing land, I explain “We do not have a Department of State – we do not have a foreign policy – because we love foreigners. We do it because we love Americans.”

We want Americans to sleep the sleep of the righteous, knowing that the smallest fraction of their tax dollar goes to ease poverty and reduce injustice. We want them to know that our consular officers are the first of many lines of defense against those who would come to the US with evil purpose. We want the families of America’s heroes – our servicemen – to know that their loved ones are not put into danger simply because of a failure to pursue non-military solutions.

Business made America great, as it always has been, and business leaders are among our most important partners. But let’s be clear, despite the similarities. A dog is not a cat. Baseball is not football. And diplomacy is not a business. Human rights are not a business. And democracy is, most assuredly, not a business.

Cowboy Adonis at the Beach

Summer is coming, guys! I love these pics of this handsome "Cowboy Adonis" showing off his ripped abs, dick bulge and arm pits!

When Coming Out Goes Better Than You Thought

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Coming out of the closet as a gay or bisexual man can be a really crazy time for anyone, but clearly not as "crazy as shirts" (!). Check out this funny video below, "When Coming Out Goes Better Than You Thought".

WATCH VIDEO: When Coming Out Goes Better Than You Thought

Beyond Prejudice: A Masculinity Problem or How We Can Prevent Anti-LGBT Violence

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Written by Dominic Parrott

In the United States, public support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has increased in recent years. These changes are associated with increased visibility of openly gay characters on television, the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, violence against sexual minorities remains a major public health problem in the U.S. and internationally. A recent study concluded that approximately 50 percent of LGBT adults experience bias-motivated aggression at some point. For every highly publicized act of violence toward sexual minorities, such as the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, there are many more physical and verbal assaults, attempted assaults, acts of property damage or intimidations which are never reported to authorities, let alone publicized by the media. What spurs on these acts of violence? Can we do anything to prevent them? Fortunately, an extensive body of social science research exists that identifies perpetrators’ motivations and suggests ways we can reduce the likelihood of these acts of aggression toward sexual minorities. READ MORE

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

We Are Now On Facebook!

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I'm happy to announce that you can now follow Stonewall Gazette on Facebook!


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Shirtless Hunks in Blue Jeans

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Men showing off their muscular physiques while wearing nothing but blue jeans is definitely a hot look, don't you think?

WATCH: "I Want A Bear" by DaddyB

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Independent singer-songwriter DaddyB's single, "I Want A Bear", is dance-tastic. Visit his official site: HERE.

World OutGames Miami 2017

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This summer thousands of participants, spectators and thought leaders from around the globe will converge on Miami for World OutGames IV. The World OutGames will take place starting Friday, May 26 and end on Sunday, June 4, 2017. This 10-day event will bring to life more than 450 events across three areas: Sport, Culture and Human Rights. Learn more about participating, volunteering and attending World OutGames Miami by visiting their official website here.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Autopsy Reveals How George Michael Died

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Late pop music superstar George Michael died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled. According to a statement provided to the media, the singer passed away with a weakened heart and a damaged liver. "As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries," Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, said in a statement. "No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy."

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Meet The Studly Caylan Hughes!

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Handsome, hunky ginger-stud, Caylan Hughes, has a delicious spread in Satellite Magazine. Photographer Wander Aguiar captures the muscle hunk in all his red-haired glory.

Cinema's First Gay Love Story

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Written by Daniel Wenger

There is only one hopeful scene in “Different from the Others,” a silent picture from 1919 that is widely considered the first feature film about gay love. In it, a gaunt, handsome man plays the piano in his Berlin drawing room. He is Paul Körner, a violin virtuoso, and, in his silk housecoat, surrounded by heavy drapery and Grecian statuettes, he appears to live a life that is resplendent but lonely. Then an unlikely event sets him on a new course: a young music student has come calling. Kurt Sivers, round-faced, excitable, has seen all of Paul’s concerts, and he approaches the master nervously, hands clutched to his chest. “My deepest wish would come true if you were willing to be my teacher!” an intertitle reads. Paul responds by offering Kurt his great open palm. Their alliance, a perfect meeting of passion and pedagogy, seems indivisibly strong—but, by the end of the film, we have learned that it is otherwise, owing to the self-hatred and cruelty that homosexual love can inspire, even in Weimar Berlin. READ MORE

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