Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

News and Pop Culture Round-Up

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Why Are Doctors Not Asking Gay Patients Questions About Sexual History?

When a patient goes to see a doctor for the first time, their medical history is often one of the very first things discussed. We’ve all filled out forms or answered questions about our allergies, previous surgeries, and family history of certain illnesses. By having this information, doctors can provide better care for patients. But, talking to your physician specifically about your sexual history and your current habits can be an uncomfortable subject. The LGBTQ+ community in particular faces unique challenges when it comes to both relating to their doctor and also getting the best care possible. MORE

The Indonesian Air Force Won’t Accept LGBT Recruits

The Indonesian Air Force has stated it won’t accept LGBT recruits because it believes that homosexuality is a mental illness. The air force’s stance is not supported by leading medical and mental health bodies. Homosexuality was in fact removed as a mental disorder by the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 1990. MORE

Radio Host James O'Brien Decimates Anti-LGBT Caller With One Question

Discussing homosexuality and religion on his LBC radio show in the UK, host James O'Brien shut down a "Christian" caller named Daniel with just one question. "Just tell me the things that Jesus said about it." MORE

Court Ruling Brings Marriage Equality to the Western Hemisphere

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that marriage equality should be recognised without discrimination. The court holds jurisdiction over all countries who are signatories to the American Convention of Human Rights, and will see same-sex marriage become legal in a number of Latin and North American nations. The ruling is a result of a motion presented by Costa Rica, who requested the court’s opinion on their obligation to offer property rights to same-sex couples. While the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and parts of Mexico already recognise equal marriage, others including Bolivia, Cuba, Honduras, Peru, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic will have to start work on enacting new laws. MORE

Today in 1958: U.S. Supreme Court Issues 1st Ruling Ever On a Gay Issue

One, Inc. v. Olesen 355 U.S. 371, issued today January 13, in 1958, is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision for LGBT rights in the United States. It was the first U.S. Supreme Court ruling to deal with homosexuality and the first to address free speech rights with respect to homosexuality. MORE

Kylie Minogue Shines in Throwback Aussie Comedy, Swinging Safari

Director Stephan Elliot made his mark on the landscape of Australian cinema with his iconic film The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. His latest offering Swinging Safari is an ode to a bygone era of key parties, kitsch and the kind of broad comedy that is the hallmark of his work. Swinging Safari captures the events of a brief moment in time where three families implode, dissolve, and evolve. It’s like opening up a time capsule to a time when handing out birth control pills, KFC buckets and killing pets as life lessons, all counted as good parenting. It stars Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie and Jeremy Sims as the parents of the unruly gang of unsupervised teenagers that rule the cul-de-sac. MORE

WATCH - Official Trailer - Swinging Safari

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Pumping Up The Jam 1990 Style

Written by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

I remember buying so many compilation CD's back in the 1990's like this one from Rhino Records. Billboard Top Hits: 1990 featured 10 mega hits. All of the songs reached the top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Friday, January 12, 2018

News and Pop Culture Round-Up

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Andrew Christian Shared Tom Daley’s Leaked Nude Pics

Underwear brand Andrew Christian just sunk pretty low in their latest marketing stunt. The underwear company, with a strong gay focus and following, decided that their latest email blast would make a big splash if they included Tom Daley’s leaked pictures. It looks like someone at Andrew Christian, who’s classy as ever, thought they would get some attention for the brand using these pics. MORE

Video: This Is What Trump Supporters Think About His "Shithole Countries" Comment
While half the country (and much of the world) is appalled at Donald Trump's now-infamous "shithole countries" comment regarding folks coming to the U.S. from places like Haiti and Africa, this clip has gone viral on Facebook. MORE

Openly Gay TV Producer, Bryan Fuller Boards Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles TV Series
Bryan Fuller is trading gods for vampires. The writer and producer, who exited as showrunner of Starz’s American Gods last fall, has officially joined the team bringing Anne Rice’s best-selling novels The Vampire Chronicles to television. Rice’s son (and fellow author) Christopher Rice announced the news in a Facebook post Thursday. “It’s our great pleasure to officially announce that Bryan has become a member of the creative family working to bring the story of the vampire Lestat to television,” he wrote, after sharing a story describing Fuller’s lifelong interest in Rice’s vampire novels. MORE

Virginia: Two Bills Introduced To Ban 'Ex-Gay' Therapy
Two Democrats have introduced bills that would prohibit therapies that attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Virginia. James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, a group that promotes LGBT rights, said in a statement issued Tuesday that his organization is “grateful to Sen. Surovell and Del. Hope for making a bill to ban conversion therapy an early part of their legislative agendas.” MORE

Shirtless Muscle Bears Pump n Hump in the Snow
While most of the country is locked in an artic deep freeze, apparently muscle bears don’t hibernating. In fact they are making the most of the polar playground by lifting shirtless. (Not that we’re complaining in the least, but WTF???) WATCH VIDEO

Trump, The Porn Star and the $130,000 Hush Money
The Wall Street Journal (a conservative newspaper I shall note) is reporting Stephanie Clifford, an adult film performer whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, agreed to a $130,000 payment to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter. MORE

The Worst Movies of 2017
Congrats, 2017! You have given us a cornucopia of bad films! Here is The Reelness’ 10 Worst Films of 2017, with a special shout out to Scarlett Johansson for making our naughty list twice. You go, ScarJo! MORE

Everything You Need to Know About Buying and Smoking Recreational Marijuana in California
Even if the rest of 2018 is complete sh*t, at least marijuana is now legal in California. As of Jan. 1, adults 21 and over are legally permitted to purchase recreational marijuana across the state. This means you can walk into a dispensary and even have weed delivered to you without feeling like you're doing something wrong. As the future of cannabis expands into variety of areas from fitness and wellness to culinary experiences, it's only a matter of time until the stoner stereotype completely dissipates. MORE

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The Battle of the Bette Davis Impersonators!

Written by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

I'd always enjoyed watching female impersonator Charles Pierce perform his Bette Davis routine. Pierce had wit and good comedic timing (see him perform in a video at the end of this post). Imagine my surprise when I came across the entertaining video, The Battle of the Bette Davis Impersonators, from J. D. Doyle, the curator of Queer Music Heritage!