Thursday, March 11, 2021

Queer Rodeo, Sexual Favors & The Clergy, The Republican Intelligence Deficit, Prince Harry, MAGA Rioter & MORE!

Meet the Stars of the Queer Rodeo Circuit ‘We Are America’s True Colors’ “One of the great powers of the queer rodeo is its ability to disrupt America’s tribal dichotomies that cannot contain who we really are—liberal versus conservative, urban versus rural, ‘coastal elite’ versus ‘middle America.’ It’s incredibly rare to find a community that actually embraces both ends of the spectrum.”

Gay Russian Priest Claims Clergy Sleep With Superiors For Promotions Alexander Usatov was an orthodox Russian priest in Rostov and Novocherkassk diocese until he quit his position a year ago. After facing harassment for coming out, Usatov was forced to leave the church. The amount of bullying he was subjected to from his colleagues and superiors made him flee the country out of fear for his safety. In an article published by Snob, he said that he was able to flee to the Netherlands with the help of LGBT+ activists in EU. Russia has in recent times seen increasing attacks against the LGBTQI community. A survey last year had reported that one in five Russians advocated eliminating LGBTQI people. In 2020, Australian ambassador Graeme Meehan and top diplomats from the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand had called on Russia to protect the rights of the country’s LGBTQI citizens.

Improving Mental Health in Older Adults Living With HIV
Older adults who are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) often experience higher levels of anxiety, loneliness and depression. Now, with lockdown and social distancing measures in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these levels have been exacerbated. Mindfulness is a form of meditation in which the goal is to become fully aware of the present moment and to not judge one’s thoughts as good or bad. Mindfulness has been used as a therapy and has been demonstrated to lower levels of both anxiety and depression. A recent study sought to explore if an online mindfulness based intervention could improve the mental health of older adults living with HIV. Findings from the study showed that after 25 days of the intervention, the participants demonstrated reduced levels of depression and reduced levels of anxiety in comparison to the control group.

MAGA Rioter Wants To Be Tried In Texas Because DC Is Prejudiced Against Racists Jenny Cudd — the Texas florist who bragged about having helped to break down Nancy Pelosi's door during the Capitol riots, and whom a judge allowed to go on a Mexican vacation while out on bail — is now asking to have her trial moved from Washington DC to Texas. Why? Because people in Washington DC will think she's racist and want to punish her for that by sending her to jail, even if she isn't guilty of the things she was videotaped doing. According to her lawyers, people who would serve on her jury would be motivated to find her guilty because of "cancel culture." Just like Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head, who are both currently serving life sentences at the Oh My God That Is Not A Thing Institute.

John Epping and Greg Smith

A Win For Inclusivity In The Sport Of Curling (Canada) It was a monumental moment that might have gone unnoticed by the average curling fan, but meant the world to people who support inclusivity in sports. On Tuesday, Ontario’s John Epping took on Newfoundland’s Greg Smith in a preliminary-round game at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary. It marked the first time that two skips [captain of the team], who are openly members of the LGBTQ community, faced one another in the Canadian men’s curling championship. Epping is openly gay and is married to Tom Shipton, while Smith identifies as bisexual. “Representation is so important,” said Smith, a 24-year-old from St. John’s. “I don’t think people value how important that is. John is a great friend of mine and this is the first time I got to play him. Having two openly LGBTQ+ skips play against each other, at the highest level of any sport, is incredible. “Growing up I didn’t think I’d see people that reflected myself, who were open and proud about that, in sports.”

Mesmerizing Digital Art Exhibition ‘Immersive Van Gogh’ Coming To Las Vegas The spectacular digital art exhibition invites audiences to “step inside” the legendary works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement, and imagination. The hour-long, timed-entry​, walk-through experience is designed with health and safety as a priority. Capacity will be limited in accordance with the City of Las Vegas’ safety protocols.

What Queer Culture Teaches About Communicating  “Queer people build consent into their conversations and give choices,” explains Shawny Sena, a psychotherapist in Minneapolis who works exclusively with queer folks. Part of the habit of asking for consent comes from the sensitivity developed during the AIDS epidemic, when many queer people established a standard for it. Asking for consent to queer folks in the 90s was a matter of life and death, as it is now. Even younger queers, who weren’t around in the way back, picked up this habit because it’s been passed down through queer culture.

Lesbian Woman Married Against Her Will in India Given Police Protection Over ‘Conversion Therapy’ Threats A 23-year-old lesbian woman in India has been given court-ordered police protection after she was forced to marry a man against her will and then threatened with being “cured” of her sexual orientation by her family. A Delhi court on Wednesday ordered police to provide “complete” protection to the young woman from persecution and harassment, stating in its ruling that an adult woman cannot be forced to stay with either her own or her husband’s family against her wishes.

Le Village de MontrĂ©al Asks for "Gay" To Be Dropped From Neighborhood's Name Le Village de MontrĂ©al is suggesting it wants the word “gay” dropped from the neighbourhood’s name. In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday, The Village says dropping the term “gay” would be a way to be more inclusive to everyone in the LGBTQ2+ community.


Republicans Learn ‘A Counterintuitive Lesson’ from Trump Losing Republicans lost nearly 7.1 million voters in the 2020 election. Ahead of the election GOP voter registration was falling with Independents outnumbering the party for the first time. After the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, GOP voter registration fell even more, with Trump supporters who wanted nothing to do with the GOP and moderates not wanting to be associated with a party that attempted to overthrow an election. Republicans in the House and Senate have taken that to mean they should double down on Trumpism and oppose every piece of legislation brought by Democrats.

Prince William Speaks Out Following Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Bombshell Interview

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