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 Advocate.com and PFLAG.org, 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.

November 10, 2014

They're gaaaaaaaaaaaay (friendly)

Tony gay pride
Popular cereal spokes-tiger, Tony, wants people to know that Kellogg is down with the LGBT community.
Kellogg recently sponsored the Atlanta Pride march. The company also took out an ad in the city's Pride Guide, which included the image (above) of Tony the Tiger and the company's pro-gay position.
It read: “At Kellogg, we’re an evolving culture that respects and accepts employees’ sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression so that all employees can be authentic and fully engaged.”
Even better, the Christian right is ever so pissed. The American Family Association (AFA) is even calling for a boycott, with one of its supporters asking if "Tony [is] now marketing a sexual lifestyle to children?" 
AFA's recent attempt to bring down Starbucks with a similar boycott was a smashing success ... not!

November 6, 2014

Pastor claims Starbucks flavors lattes with "semen of sodomites"

We told you about Starbucks' new online campaign that featured drag queens Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio. Well, one pastor isn't having it. Oh no!
Pastor James David Manning, of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, claimed that Starbucks was “ground zero” for Ebola being spread by “upscale sodomites." (Right, because there's nothing upscale gays like more than a deadly disease, except maybe teacup poodles and poppers.)
"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," he said. "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 think you’re having a good time."
A group of gay activists decided the best form of protest was to hand out free Starbucks in front of Manning's church. They didn't say what they used to flavor the free drinks.

November 4, 2014

BDSM community disavows Jian Ghomeshi

Jian GhomeshiIf you're Canadian, or an American who listens to NPR, you may be familiar with Jian Ghomeshi. He is the now former host of the popular radio show Q, in which prominent cultural and entertainment figures are interviewed.

As we mentioned last week, Ghomeshi was fired from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) after he was accused of being sexually aggressive with a former girlfriend. He claimed she was a jilted lover seeking revenge. He also admitted to being into "consensual" BDSM game play and argued that the CBC let him go because of his personal sexual interests.

Fast forward a few days and the story has become a lot more disturbing. Nine women, some anonymous and some not, have come forward with similar stories of abuse. According to police, three of the women's claims are now being investigated.

"These people have come forward. They've seen that other people are talking about it and it's brought it back up in their lives," Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins explained. "[Ghomeshi] has not been convicted of anything, these are allegations. We are trying to get all the information from our reportees — our victims — first, so that we have the best evidence to move forward."
Allegations from the women include being slapped and punched in the head repeatedly without warning. Most say that they neither discussed sex nor consented to being manhandled. Actress Lucy DeCoutere described being slapped and choked without warning. Another woman claims that after a date with Ghomeshi she went to his home and, once inside, he knocked her to the floor and began beating her. She started to cry, at which point he told her it was time to leave.
Others have talked about a teddy bear in his room that he turns away, saying "Big Ears Teddy shouldn't see this" before becoming aggressive.
He has also been accused of inappropriate activity at work. A former CBC employee said Ghomeshi told her “I want to hate fuck you.” She said she was ignored when she complained to CBC management. 
The fallout has been swift. Two PR firms have dropped him as a client, and a third has not yet spoken to the media. Lights, the Canadian pop band he managed, has also fired him.
The BDSM community is fuming that he dragged them into this messy situation.
"My biggest problem with Ghomeshi's defense is that he's trying to use the BDSM community, and the many years of education that we have put forward, as a cover for his abuse," dominatrix Margaret Corvid said. "Basically what he is trying to do is say everything that he's doing is consensual, and he's trying to distract people with a kink-phobia defense, when really what he is doing is just plain ol' garden variety horrific abuse."
She explained how people in the BDSM community are expected to behave:
When two people want to engage in some kinky play, first of all, they have a negotiation. They talk about their limits, they talk about things that might trigger them, things they want to enjoy and things they want to avoid. A lot of BDSM play has safe words ... but it goes way beyond safe words. Once people go into the play -- you have to remember, consent is revocable. Consent can change at any moment.
Because several of the allegations date back many years and are only now coming to light, the Ghomeshi affair has set off a national debate on the silence of abused women. 
Canadian actress alleges Jian Ghomeshi slapped and choked her at his home [The National Post]
Consent and education key to BDSM: Community [Canoe]
Professional Dominatrix: Jian Ghomeshi's Actions Don't Mesh With BDSM Rules [The Huffington Post]

October 29, 2014

That time when Sir Ian McKellen met the Warwick Rowers

Sir Ian McKellen and the Warwick Rowers
Sir Ian McKellen is one lucky guy. He was recently invited to the launch of the Warwick Rowers 2015 Calendar.
For the last couple of years, the hot lads have stripped down to raise money for Sport Allies, a charity they created to battle homophobia in sport.
"I was delighted to be asked, and more than happy to help the boys with the amazing work they are doing through Sport Allies," McKellen said. "Though I did ask them to make clear on the invitation that I would remain clothed throughout the event."
Warwick Rowers 2015
If you are not familiar with these guys, here's a British chap to explain who they are ...

October 22, 2014

Teacher fired for vintage erotic films

A 73-year-old instructor at a Montreal private high-school has been fired after it was discovered that she appeared nude in several films in Europe -- over forty years ago.  

Laurent-Auger’s early films date back to to the 1960s and ’70s when she was a struggling young actress who had just graduated from theatre school in Montreal and moved to Paris. The dismissal occured after students discovered some of her films online. 

Brébeuf College defended its dismissal of Laurent-Auger, stating "... the fact that these films were shot 40 years ago doesn’t change their bold and suggestive – even explicit – character.”  The archival power of the Internet had brought the “erotic portion of her career into the present,” and the students’ discovery of their teacher’s films affected the atmosphere in class, the school claimed. 
“This is petty and small-minded,” Laurent-Auger responded. “We’re in the year 2014, not 1950.”
She said the films in which she performed were not porn, but part of an artistic trend of openness in the film world in the 1960s and ’70s. “I would never do pornography,” she said. “We called them light, erotic films, and they have nothing to do with the kinds of things you see today.”
It does seem somewhat heavy handed to us. What do you think? 

Montreal teacher, 73, loses job over film nudity more than 40 years ago [Globe and Mail]

October 13, 2014

Huckabee and NOM threaten to divorce Republicans over gay marriage

Mike HuckabeeAccused by some of not taking a strong enough stand against same-sex marriage, the Republican Party may lose two of its staunchest supporters.
Last week, Mike Huckabee - who has tried and failed to secure the Republican presidential nomination in the past - complained: "I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue. If Republicans want to lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and abdicate on this issue and while you’re at it go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter either. Because at that point, you’ll lose me.
"I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this."
The anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage promised to follow Huckabee.
“Governor Huckabee is right," said NOM leader Brian Brown. "If more Republican leaders do not speak up and join the fight, then millions of conservatives will abandon them and join with officials who will fight. Marriage is on the line in our country, and it’s time for people to get off the bench and into the battle.
“We refuse to follow the leaders in Washington as if we were sheep expected to dutifully support candidates whose positions are an insult to conservatives and will severely damage the nation.”
Because you know that if they can't win using one of the two main political parties, they'll do so much better as Independents.
National Organisation for Marriage threatens to cut ties with Republican party [PinkNews]

October 7, 2014

Emphasizing the cock in cockpit

Happy pilotLast year, Air Canada pilots were told to stop bringing porn into the cockpit. Pilots were warned in a memo that they faced criminal charges or could be fired because of the inappropriate material.
At the time, Air Canada said the problem was mostly found on Las Vegas flights, with pilots bringing home obscene business cards picked up in that city.
"Air Canada has a strict zero tolerance policy to protect its employees against harassment of any kind, including inappropriate materials that may offend co-workers," airline spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick explained. "Air Canada took immediate corrective action to adapt its pilot training accordingly and regularly reminds employees that such materials are not tolerated in the workplace."
This week, straight porn website Brazzers offered the same pilots free lifetime memberships. 
"On behalf of everyone who has joined the mile-high club on one of your aircrafts, thank you," a company release said. "We are beyond ecstatic that you love pornography so much, but flight safety should be your number one concern. Don’t worry, we’re not mad, just a bit disappointed you didn’t reach out to us first to lend a helping hand.
"The solution is simple: You like porn, we make porn. We'll take care of the cock, you take care of the pit."
There's a catch, however; in order to redeem the offer, pilots must reveal themselves by tweeting to Brazzers’ Twitter account. We're sure they'd love nothing more than to let friends and family know how desperate they are for free porn.
Brazzers Offers Air Canada Pilots Free Membership For Life [Huffington Post]
We Got Your Wings Covered [TMZ]

October 2, 2014

Highlights from Folsom Fair 2014 with mr Pam

Porn stars, kinksters and other sexually adventurous and expressive folk took to the streets again this year for the Folsom Fair. mr Pam, a gay porn director, shares the highlights. Prepare to be sexually liberated!