March 15, 2015

Twitter says no to "revenge porn"

Twitter says no more "revenge porn"If you are an ass and want to post naughty pics of your ex, don't do it on Twitter. The popular social media site has updated its Terms of Use policy, and is banning the practice of sharing images of tits and dicks that aren't yours to share.

Twitter made the change official on Wednesday, prohibiting "intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."
"It is a gratifying move, one sorely needed and appreciated," explained University of Maryland law professor Danielle Keats Citron, author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. "Twitter's approach strikes a good balance: Victims can report revenge porn as abuse and then have to confirm that it is an image featuring them that they don't want online. This protects victims so long as moderators move quickly and insulates against false claims by anti-porn activists."
Reddit made a similar change last month.
It seems that "revenge porn" types are persona non grata on the Internet, and owners of sites that peddle in such imagery have faced serious consequences.
Craig Brittain, the owner of IsAnybodyDown, settled with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and was forced to destroy all images and personal contact information he collected from victims. And Hunter Moore, the creator of, recently pled guilty to charges of hacking and identity theft; he is awaiting sentencing.
The guys who founded, Eric Chanson and Kevin Bollaert, each have been ordered to pay $450,000 in civil damages to a woman whose nude photos - of her as a minor - had been posted. Bollaert may also get a 20 year prison stay.
Twitter bans 'revenge porn' [USA Today]

March 12, 2015

Homophobe's church may lose its hate filled sign

The terribly homophobic ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem, NYC may be about to lose its anti-gay sign.
The issue is not that the sign is often filled with anti-gay nonsense - like "Jesus would stone homos" - but that the large sign was put up without a permit. 
In fact, the church has been charged with five violations for altering its landmarked premises on 123rd Street and Lenox Avenue without permission.
“Please keep in mind that the Commission cannot legally regulate the content of a sign, however, permits must be obtained for the installation of signage on landmark properties," explained Damaris Olivo of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “The commission’s first priority is to work with property owners to adjust violations.
“Usually the property owner works with staff to resolve the violations. In this instance unfortunately we have to issue a Notice of Violation because the property owner has not been cooperative. If the sign is not removed, the building’s owners could face increasing levels of fines.”
Pastor James David Manning runs the church. He's the nutter who claims Starbucks flavors its coffee with semen.
He claimed: “The thing that I was not aware of is that… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. It’s the absolute truth. They’re using male semen, and putting it into the blends of coffees that they sell. My suspicion is that they’re getting their semen from sodomites. Semen flavours up the coffee, and makes you thinks you’re having a good time.”
Here's hoping his church is forced into bankruptcy soon!

March 4, 2015

Average penis is smaller than you think

Average penis size smaller than you thinkIf you have a six-inch cock, you can now tell men on Grindr that you are above average! A new study has found that the average penis size is smaller than we all thought.

Researchers combined seventeen different studies, with information about more than 15,500 men, and found that the average length of an erect penis is 5.16 inches, and 3.6 inches when flaccid. This undermines claims that a 6-inch penis is the norm.
The work was completed by scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The research exposed penis lengths as small as 1.9 inches when erect up to 8.3 inches. Obviously there were no porn stars in this study.
Psychiatrists who were involved in the study said this might help men who suffer from “small penis anxiety.”
“We believe these graphs will help doctors reassure the large majority of men that the size of their penis is in the normal range," Dr David Veale of King’s College London said. “We will also use the graphs to examine the discrepancy between what a man believes to be their position on the graph and their actual position or what they think they should be.”
Last year, another study found that one in five men is unsatisfied with the size of their penis.
Veale added: "It is a hidden problem. Men are more likely to seek solutions on the internet with lotions potions, extenders or surgery."
Study reveals average penis size for men [CBC]

March 2, 2015

Gays at CPAC not that hard to find

CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) took place this past week. It's where the extremely right-wing - like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum - gather to talk about all the things they hate. (Like gay marriage, gay rights, Obama and liberals.)

Reason TV headed to the convention to look for gay people and get their take on being conservative and queer. The tool of choice: Grindr.
"For conservatives if they are going to be able to win an election, they are going to need to get younger voters," said one 19-year-old gay man. "And to do that they need to be more socially liberal. Essentially, they need to shift libertarian."
The sentiment is in step with a June 2014 Reason-Rupe poll of millennials that found 53 percent of millennials would support a presidential candidate who was both socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

February 19, 2015

Party planned for (not so) well-endowed men

Big Small Penis PartyAnt Smith doesn't have a big cock. In fact, at 4 inches erect, it is smaller than average. But rather than let his teeny weeny get him down, the 48-year-old Brit is planning the first ever ‘Big Small Penis’ party to celebrate “tiny todgers, compact cocks, wee willies, mini members, and dinky dicks."
“I think it’s really important to maintain a balanced sense of fun," he explained. "That’s why I’m creating a celebratory party. I’ve got various thoughts on what is a good and what is a bad small penis joke. And I do think humour is a great healer. So I’ll just say ‘keep laughing’.”
There is a cover charge, based upon each inch of your manhood. Women are welcome (and, we assume, free). 
For Smith, documentaries like Unhung Hero and My Penis and I don't do enough for men with little between the legs. "They tend to take a very ‘oh my god I have this problem how do I fix it’ sort of approach," he complained. "And that’s fundamentally misguided. We actually need to be taking the ‘we are what we are, let’s celebrate diversity’ approach. For the last two years there’s been a small penis pageant in New York, [but] that’s a relatively small affair.”
Of course, Smith is lucky because he has a supportive wife. "The fact that she loves me helped me come to terms [with my body]."
They'll likely be serving half-ounce cocktails and mini-sausages at the event. The party takes place on March 7 in London (you can find out more information here.)
You can read Ant Smith's poem about being a short-dicked man after the jump ...

> CONTINUE READING Party planned for (not so) well-endowed men

February 5, 2015

Giant cock greets Toronto subway riders

TTC phallic sign

In Toronto, Canada, an odd sign was posted in one of the city's subway stations. But almost as soon as it went public, it came right back down.

"Everybody who had seen the sign, it led some to believe it looked like a very phallic-looking symbol and we don't want any of our maps to be misconstrued, so we're in the midst of replacing it," Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross said. He claimed no actual complaints from the public were received.
But how was an obviously phallic image approved in the first place? (Complete with shaded tip!)
Ross said the TTC would be looking into the issue, but said the sign was probably the result of a rush job to get it completed on time.
"I'm told that map was erected in December when we were putting up Next Vehicle Arrival signs," he said. "The person who designed the sign did not seek proper approval and the process was not followed."
It could have been worse. A second sign was also designed, but above the same phallic image were the words; "Welcum to the TTC. Enjoy the ride!" 

February 2, 2015

Coca-Cola and Michael Sam take on the haters

Michael Sam has experienced firsthand how the Internet be used to fuel ignorance and hate. Watch as he channels this negativity into positivity and provides great advice for how to #MakeItHappy.

February 1, 2015

RuPaul has a few words for drag hating Mary Cheney

After seeing a promo for RuPaul's Drag Race (Premiering March 2 on Logo TV) Mary Cheney (daughter of Dick) likened drag to black face. RuPaul saw this as a teachable moment. Time for a Drag Herstory lesson. Learn it, and learn it well.

January 22, 2015

Major UK Internet provider starts blocking porn sites

A major Internet service provider (ISP) in the UK has just advised customers that all "adult content" will now be automatically blocked. Sky told its 5.3 million users that over the next few weeks, they will start seeing notices to "opt-in" when trying to view adult material online.
Sky says this is part of a push to make the Internet safer for minors. However, brand director Lyssa McGowanin said that the opt-in process would not be difficult.
"What we’re doing now is simply making sure that the automatic position of Sky Broadband Shield is the safest one for all – that’s ‘on’, unless customers choose otherwise," she explained. "So how will it work? When trying to visit a website deemed unsuitable for children under the age of 13 during the day, customers will see a page reminding them to make a choice about filtering.
"At this point, they can accept the current setting, change their protection levels or simply turn Sky Broadband Shield off."
Users will have to log in to their Sky profile page to change the settings. Forget your password and you won't be wanking off tonight!
Last year Prime Minister David Cameron asked Internet service providers to make online filtering mandatory. It looks like he might be getting his wish.
One major issue: sites that are not adult in nature are often blocked by these filters. In the past, universities, libraries, public schools and private filtering software companies have all come under fire for blocking non-adult gay sites like and, because terms like "gay" and "queer" and "lesbian" are often used as markers for censoring XXX content. LGBT youth seeking support could find their search that much more difficult.
Of course, now that Sky has acted it won't be long before other British ISPs follow suit.
Sky Broadband Shield: Porn-blocking filter is 'switched on'  [The Independent]

January 21, 2015

The history of gay dolls

In this fully poseable episode of HOMEWERQ, Mike and Matinga discuss homosensual dolls and action figures. It's actually very interesting!

January 12, 2015

What kind of porn did people look for in 2014?

The folks over at PornHub - an adult video aggregator - have been watching to see what kind of porn the world's XXX lovers have been searching for. The answers are not all that surprising.

Of course, from the data PornHub could collect, the US is the big leader in porn searches. The UK and Canada lag quite a bit behind in second and third.

So what seems to be of most interest to the horny masses? Lesbianism. (Really? When will people learn to appreciate the beauty of man-on-man action?)

December 31, 2014

Thatcher wanted to ban sex toys!

Margaret ThatcherApparently the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher was not a fan of sex toys.
As the British Prime Minister, she thought about using the country's anti-pornography laws to ban dildos and other sex aids in an attempt to protect the public. (Elizabeth, watch out for that vibrator; it could kill you!)
According to documents from the National Archives released this week, Thatcher discussed the possibility with anti-obscenity campaigner Mary Whitehouse. The PM even received support from then Home Secretary Leon Brittan, who said there was a “strong case” to be made for extending the legislation to ban sex toys.
“Some of the items in circulation are most objectionable, including some which can cause physical injury,” a note from Brittan read. "There is a strong case for bringing sex aids fully within the scope of the ‘deprave and corrupt’ test in the 1959 [Obscene Publications] Act. However, certain conceptual difficulties in extending an act designed only to deal with pornography would need to be overcome."
This is the same anti-porn law that was used to successfully ban Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1960, which was seen as "obscene" with elements that were "such as to tend to deprave and corrupt."
Could it have been a random encounter with a large fist-shaped dildo that convinced her to reconsider?
Margaret Thatcher considered banning sex toys in UK [Gay Star News]

December 16, 2014

Tom Ford's penis necklace

Tom Ford Penis PendantDesigner Tom Ford has released a controversial new necklace for the true penis lovers out there. It's a cock-themed pendant that resembles a cross.
The penis pendant is being sold for the low, low price of $790 and comes (no pun intended) in your choice of gold and silver, and your choice of size (small, media or large. No, there is no life-sized option!).
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is not impressed. “When we learned of this item, I said to the staff that I bet this guy Tom Ford is a homosexual," he said. "I was right. He even thinks he’s married.”
Of course, Ford is married to his 66-year-old partner Richard Buckley. Maybe he should send Donohue one for Christmas!

December 10, 2014

The Olympics just became a little more gay-friendly

This week, the International Olympic Committee added a non-discrimination clause into the Olympic charter that includes lesbians, gays and bisexuals, making it difficult for homophobic countries to host future games.
"The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status," the Charter now reads.
The change was in response, in large part, to the controversy that followed the Winter Olympics in Russia, where all "gay propaganda" is banned.
“Now it is signed and sealed that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are welcome in the Olympic movement and will be protected," explained Andre Banks, Executive Director and co-founder of All Out. "This gain was made possible because of the global outcry, including from hundreds of thousands of All Out members, about Russia’s anti-gay law at the time of the Sochi Olympics.”
A press release from All Out noted that transgender athletes and fans are not listed. It read: "In the week before the vote, All Out members called on the IOC to go one step further and also include protection on grounds of “gender identity”, which would have protected transgender athletes, spectators and fans too. IOC members did not vote on this proposal today so this amendment will not be made to the Charter."
Of course, this doesn't mean countries with terrible anti-gay records will be denied the right to host future games; it just means they will have to promise to be nice to the LGB community while the games are being held.