February 29, 2016

Canada may soon pardon man who went to prison in 60s for being gay

George Klippert to receive pardon for being convicted of being gay.Canada was not always the gay-friendly country it is today. There was a time when being gay could land someone in prison.
 
George Klippert, for example, was given a life sentence simply for being a homosexual. 
 
In 1960, the mechanic was convicted of 18 counts of "gross indecency" and spent four years in prison. In 1965, he was convicted of four additional counts of "gross indecency" for having consensual sex with other men. 
 
He was examined by two psychiatrists who found him to be an intelligent and affable man. However, they also concluded that he would likely attempt to have gay sex again if freed. The state had Klippert declared a "dangerous sex offender" who needed to be held behind bars to prevent him from re-offending. He was the first, and last, Canadian to receive a life sentence just for being gay.
 
The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the designation in a 3-to-2 ruling in 1967, causing a furor in Parliament and the press. A month later, then-justice minister Pierre Trudeau introduced legislation that decriminalized consensual sex between two men.
 
“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” he famously told reporters at the time, echoing a Globe and Mail editorial of the week before.  
 
Klippert was not released until 1972. Now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pierre's son, is pushing to get  him an official pardon. Sadly, Klippert died in 1996 at the age of 69 so will receive the pardon posthumously.
 
“Klippert’s case was instrumental in the government’s decision to decriminalise homosexual acts between consenting adults,” Trudeau said in statement on Sunday. “As Canadians, we know that protecting and promoting fundamental human rights must be an imperative for governments and individuals alike.
 
“This includes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation… but the fight to end discrimination is not over and a lot of hard work remains."
 
Trudeau said that similar cases will be reviewed to ensure others deserving of a pardon receive one as well.
 
Previous governments could have and should have done this, but it's nice to see that someone is willing to stand up and finally do the right thing.
 
Trudeau to urge pardon for man deemed a dangerous sex offender for being gay in 1960s [The Globe and Mail]


February 28, 2016

Grindr ... a good place for making friends?

GrindrA man took to Reddit - the online social news networking site that relies on user uploaded content - to open up about concerns he has with his relationship.

The issue: Grindr. His boyfriend of a year has admitted to using the hookup app, but claimed it is only to make new friends.

The concerned partner posted:
He's from overseas, and when I met him over the summer he had a lot of friends from his home country but unfortunately almost all of them had to go back home. ... 
 
I found out he was using Grindr when I saw that he'd been adding guys that I didn't know on Facebook who were obviously gay. When I asked him if he'd been using the app, he admitted to it and said that he was using it just to make friends and that his profile didn't have a picture, said he was partnered, and only looking for chats and friends.
 
I trusted him on this, and felt a bit at ease after talking to him but time and time again I'll start to feel uncomfortable about it. Whenever I brought it up again he'd say things like "you don't trust me, you should trust me etc...." and acts as if he's doing nothing wrong at all and that I'm the one being irrational. He's also super secretive over his phone.
 
... 
 
Out of curiosity I downloaded Grindr to find him, and like he said there was no picture on his profile and it said that he was looking for chats and friends which was reassuring. But I also found that whenever I wanted to see him but he 'felt like being alone', I'd check Grindr and he'd be on it pretty much all night, or he'd say he's going to bed but will spend hours on Grindr after that.
 
Well, that's quite the pickle. We know what we'd do in this situation, but were curious about what all of you thought.
 


February 25, 2016

UK: Shaman takes on developers for destroying gay saunas

Gay SaunaThe gay community in the UK has called upon some very powerful help in its battle against developers who are closing bathhouses to make room for straight bars and cafes.

Supporters of the recently closed Chariot’s in Shoreditch, England, gathered with a green-clad shaman in order to cast a spell that would turn the developers' offspring gay for the next 13 generations.
 
The ceremony included a 'magic potion,' a mixture of glitter and human semen.
 
"Queer ancestors come forth," the shaman chanted as he spilled the potion. "Stand strong beside us. Banish this evil from time and space.
 
"We’re cursing the descendants of these property developers to be queer for 13 generations – only for us to be queer is a blessing – so this is really just a blessing on this space, to make it sacred."
 
Because when you want to make a point, you call in the mystics with the sparkly cum.


February 23, 2016

Canadian PM to march in Toronto's Gay Pride Parade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau PrideFor the first time ever, Canada's biggest Pride parade will include a sitting Prime Minister.
 
Justin Trudeau has been very vocal in his support for LGBT rights and has taken part in Pride festivities in the past, but tweeted he was excited to join Pride again, “this time as PM.”
 
“[It’s] big news around the world,” Pride Toronto’s executive director Mathieu Chantelois said. “Not only because he is probably the sexiest politician alive but also because there has never been a leader of a country to walk in a parade, at least not that we know of.”
 
“It’s a nice way to make history,” Chantelois added.
 
Along with Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau (the Toronto Centre Member of Parliament), Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (a lesbian) and Toronto Mayor John Tory are also slated to take part in the festivities. 
 
The Toronto Pride Parade takes place July 3. 


February 18, 2016

"Gays worse than animals" boxer loses Nike sponsorship

Manny PacquiaoBoxing champ Manny Pacquiao has learned quite quickly that nowadays there are consequences for being a small-minded big-mouthed homophobe.
 
The Filipino boxer has often hinted that he did not support equal rights for gays. However, over the weekend he really put his foot in his mouth.
 
As a candidate for the Philippine Senate, he was asked about his view on gay marriage.
 
"It's common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?" he said. "The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals."
 
He was quickly taken to task. Initially he said he stood by his comments, but later issued an "apology."
 
"I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals," he wrote on Instagram. "Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you."
 
One of his main sponsors, Nike, has now stated that it will no longer be working with the boxer. His clothing line has been removed from the company's website.
 
"We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent," Nike explained in a statement. "Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao."
 
In an interesting twist, Pacquiao's long-time promoter Bob Arum came out in support of Nike's decision.
 
He said: "Manny's remarks were offensive to many people ... Nike acted appropriately."
 
It often makes us wonder how such stupid people make it so far in life.


February 16, 2016

Ding-dong the witch is dead

We are glad Antonin Scalia is no longer a Supreme Court judge, though we'd just as soon he resigned as dropped dead. When an individual has used his substantial power to keep discriminatory and oppressive anti-gay laws on the books, we can't say we're sad to see him lose that power. 

Appointed to the US Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986, Antonin Scalia took every opportunity he had to keep gay Americans from gaining equal rights.

In the 1996 split decision, Romer v. Evans, the Supreme Court held that Colorado could not enact a state constitutional amendment that would bar gay men and lesbians from being covered by anti-discrimination laws. Scalia dissented, comparing homosexuality to horrible crimes:  " . . . I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible – murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals – and could exhibit even ‘animus’ toward such conduct,” he wrote.

In the same case he opined that anti-gay laws were no worse than laws disdisfavoring “drug addicts, or smokers, or gun owners, or motorcyclists.” 

In 2003, Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court struck down Texas's sodomy laws, thus making same-sex sexual activity legal in every US state. Dissenting, Scalia rejected the idea that outlawing gay sex violated the Constitution. Such a ban, “undoubtedly imposes constraints on liberty,” Scalia wrote, but “so do laws prohibiting prostitution” or “recreational use of heroin.” He equated sex between consenting same-same partners with sex crimes: "States continue to prosecute all sorts of crimes by adults in matters pertaining to sex: prostitution, adult incest, adultery, obscenity, and child pornography.”

Finally, in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that the right to  marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.  Scalia dissented and wrote that the decision illustrated "the Court's threat to American democracy." 

So, while we don't celebrate the death of Justice Scalia, we are certainly glad he no longer sits on the US Supreme Court. 


February 13, 2016

Music for every kind of Valentine's Day

Tomorrow is the big day for all you lovey-dovey couples and die hard romantics. Yes, it's Venereal Disease Day (also known as Valentine's Day)! 

So in honor of the big day, here are some songs that celebrate various forms of love.

True love: A Great Big World with "Hold Each Other"

Something happens when I hold him. He keeps my heart from getting broken.

 

First love: Matt Fishel with "The First Time"

And it was on that day I touched a guy for the first time.

 

Unrequited Love: Culture Club with "Do you Really Want to Hurt Me"

Do you really want to hurt me ... do you really want to make me cry.

 

Dumped (and no longer in love): Divine with "You Think You're A Man."

You think you're a man but you're only a boy.

 

Love? No, I'm just horny: Gay Pimp with "Soccer Practice."

I'm a dirty frat boy on a dirty soccer team ... Go into the locker room after wrestling.

 

Nope, still just horny: Sebastian Castro with "Bubble"

There’s a fine, fine line, in the horny mind ... I crossed mine In the locker room.


February 10, 2016

It's AirBNB for kinky folk

KinkBNBFinally, you can rent out your place without hiding your leather, whips and chains. KinkBNB has arrived and is marketing itself as the sex-positive AirBNB.
 
Like AirBNB, the home-sharing site allows people to book a place to stay when on vacation, or rent out their own home to others. But not only do the listings tell you if they include gardens or swimming pools, they will also detail bondage rooms, sex furniture or toys they have available.
 
According to the website:
"We founded KinkBNB in 2015 as [a] service and marketplace to find fun locations and share accommodations with accepting people.
 
"As an online service, KinkBNB can go anywhere you want to go. Whether you are traveling across country or wanting a local adventure, KinkBNB can help connect you. Many sites offer to connect you to regular rooms, but KinkBNB specializes in adult play rooms, or accommodations with the open minded. And the perfect place [to] share your own fantasy!"
"Helping people share their spaces is a great modern way to build community, far more reaching than ever before", KinkBNB's Marketing Director Ryan Galiotto explained. "And think of the poor underused play spaces!"
 
First, you must request a code and be approved. 
 
Hopefully there's a very strict "clean between use" policy.
 


February 6, 2016

UN creates LGBT stamps to battle homophobia around the world

UN releases gay themed stamps
 
You may not have known this, but the United Nations actually has a division dedicated to stamps. And on Thursday it announced that it has created a series of stamps designed to promote LGBT equality worldwide.
 
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) created six commemorative stamps as part of the UN Free & Equal campaign, a UN initiative for LGBT equality launched and led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Two are English, two are French and two are German.
 
"We live in a world where even though (developed) nations have embraced marriage equality (and) LBGT equality, we still have a far, far, far way to go," explained Sergio Baradat, the artist who designed the stamps. "There are some countries in the world right now where not only are we not celebrated or respected, but we are beaten and killed. And I thought that it would be a wonderful opportunity using art, to use postage stamps as a vehicle – using art to change hearts and minds."
 
He said the designs were inspired by the Art Deco style of Miami, Florida.
 
The series is co-sponsored by the permanent missions of Argentina, Australia, Chile, El Salvador, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay, the delegation of the European Union, in addition to OHCHR and UNPA.
 
You can purchase the six stamps online here or patiently wait for one of your snail-mail pen pals to send you a letter with one of the stamps on it. 


February 4, 2016

Survey says: lots of gay Brits have had open relationships

gay threesomesA recent survey in the UK has found that many gay men have had an open relationship.
 
The survey was conducted by FS Magazine and the gay men’s health charity GMFA (Gay Men Fighting AIDS), and found that of the 1,006 men questioned, 41% of men have had, or are currently in, an open relationship.
 
And of those men, 75 percent said that open relationships were "great."
 
Francis argued that an open relationship worked for him and his partner of 10 years.
 
“We tried monogamy, he cheated. We tried again, same result," he said. "We had a grown-up series of conversations over time and saw therapists separately. We decided that we valued our relationship above all else, but also felt it was an important part of being gay men to celebrate our sexuality with others.
 
“We agreed to threesomes together and it has been great.”
 
“Most gay people will have grown up encountering attitudes that told them that they were not ‘normal’, outside of convention," explained Matthew Hodson, CEO of GMFA: “It’s not a surprise that many gay and bisexual people seek sexual satisfaction and relationship set ups that are outside of the norm.”
 
However, Hodson warned that couples need to ensure they are playing safe. “If you’re used to having unprotected sex with your main partner it may be difficult to regain the condom habit when you have sex with others," he said. “This isn’t to suggest that such risks can’t be managed – clearly some couples do this very well, but it’s a challenge which requires excellent communication, honesty and trust to meet.”
 
Not everyone in the survey saw open relationships in a positive light. Men currently part of a monogomous couple often saw open relationships as bad. 33% said open relationships were not real relationships. 
 
Currently single gay men had similar views, with 29% believing gay men have open relationships because they simply can’t be monogamous.
 
Ian Howley, editor of FS magazine, argued that open relationships should not be judged. “If we can break down the stigma and stereotyping of open relationships, then gay men who are in monogamous relationships and may be thinking about having sex with someone who is not their partner, might be more open to having an honest talk with their partner about their needs and desires.
 
“If you’ve made fidelity the foundation of your love it can lead to partners not being entirely honest about what’s going on outside of the marital bed – and that’s when the risks start getting serious.”
 
Contrary to what Howley says, fidelity as a foundation of a relationship is neither a good nor a bad thing. It is up to both individuals to work out what they feel is right and go from there. 
 


February 3, 2016

Politician wants porn declared a "public health crisis" in Utah

U.S. Senator Todd WeilerState Senator Todd Weiler has filed a resolution seeking to have porn declared a "public health crisis" in Utah.
 
His resolution, introduced last Friday, states that X-rated material is causing unhappy marriages, addiction, overly sexual teens and prostitution.
 
"Legislature and the Governor [must] recognize the need for education, prevention, research and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of our state and nation," his resolution declared.
 
"I have read books and I have experts tell me pornography is more difficult to overcome than cocaine," he added in a recent interview.
 
Psychology Today said the resolution was based on pseudoscience that "[had] no place in governmental action."
 
We assume that, should the resolution pass, this would be just the first step in Weiler's crusade. However, if he intends to seek an outright prohibition on porn in his state, he'll have to deal with the pesky First Amendment. Oh, and that new invention: the Internet.

While Weiler is a conservative Mormon, he says he won't attempt to stop people from touching themselves. 
"My resolution does not deal with masturbation, I think that's beyond the scope of what I'm doing," he said. "We're not going to outlaw masturbation in Utah."


February 2, 2016

"Sodomite semen" pastor about to lose his church

James Manning rom ATLAHPastor James David Manning (pictured) is a nasty piece of work.  
 
He has posted signs outside his Harlem based church like “Jesus would stone homos” and that gay allies deserve cancer. He has also made videos claiming that Starbucks flavors its coffee with jizz from homosexuals. 
 
Well, karma is a bitch. The ATLAH World Missionary Church is now going to be sold at a public foreclosure auction next month because of unpaid debts totaling $1.02 million. Much of the debt is from unpaid water and sewer bills (bills which he claims he is not obligated to pay because his church is exempt).
 
There are also nine federal tax liens against the church, totaling over $355,000.
 
So creditors took ATLAH to court, and the church was given until last April to pay its debts. It didn't.
 
Could things get better? You bet! The LGBTI youth homeless charity the Ali Forney Center has announced that it was raising funds to buy the property.
 
"When the ATLAH story broke, immediately I heard from neighbors: wouldn’t it be amazing if an LGBT group could acquire the property?" said Stacy Parker Le Melle, a Harlem resident. "What if it were the Ali Forney Center? We all knew that this would be poetic justice.
 
"We need to care for those kicked out of homes, often on religious-based grounds. We need to care for those most vulnerable to ATLAH’s hate speech."
 
“To allow our young people to be cared for and protected in a place where they’ve been exposed to such cruelty and hatred, it would be symbolically a great triumph,” Carl Siciliano, executive director of The Ali Forney Center, added.
 
“We certainly anticipate that we could provide a long-term housing program there for as many as 20 young people."
 
If you want to help, you can support the youth charity buy the property here.


January 31, 2016

Giving a good "brojob"

The big thing these days is straight men hanging with straight men. Okay, that's nothing new, except when said straight men are helping one another get off. It's called a brojob, and it's a real thing!

But before you bag yourself a hetero's cock, remember these rules ...


January 26, 2016

Refugees in Austria being told to respect LGBT community

Pamphlet for refugeesThe Austrian government is welcoming new refugees with a pamphlet designed to explain Western values, including progressive views on homosexuality, consent and respect.
 
The pamphlets are actually an official response to the mass sexual assaults alleged to have taken place throughout Germany on New Year's Eve. Victims who were cornered, molested and robbed said that the men were North African migrants and newly arrived Syrian refugees.
 
The hand-out was designed to explain cultural norms and expectations in Europe. One image shows two men kissing and two women kissing with a big green check mark. The image of a man groping a woman has a red cross through it.
 
Another panel explains freedom of belief. "Freedom is important in Austria. Every person in Austria can have their own point of view. But freedom has its limits. One does not have the right to offend the dignity of another."
 
Switzerland is planning a similar brochure for newcomers.
 
"We want to show that there is zero tolerance for sexual harassment," explained a spokesperson. "The tenor will be: 'When you get here, you have to abide by our rules.
 
"We want to showcase our rules of conduct to the refugees and thereby also convey that we take seriously the concerns of the people. Basically, it is a deepening of what was already conveyed to them in the transit centres."
 
It's a start, but it will take more than a few images on a piece of paper to change hundreds of years of strongly held religious and cultural views. (It probably wouldn't hurt if everybody in Europe, newcomer or not, was given a copy of the hand-out as a reminder of how to be a decent human being.)

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