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!

September 26, 2014

IOC adds anti-discrimination rule for all future Olympic hosts

Gay olympics

Hoping to avoid the embarrassment that was the Sochi Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city. In 2014, the IOC was heavily criticized for not taking a stronger stand against Russia after the country introduced anti-gay laws, calling into question the organization's choice.

As part of the new contract, a host city would be required to commit to the part of the official Olympic Charter that states: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement."
Gay rights group All Out said the move was "a significant step."
"(It) sends a clear message to future host cities that human rights violations, including those against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, will not be tolerated," argued Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director of All Out. "This is a particularly important moment for the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens who face discrimination and persecution not only in Russia but in countries all over the world."
Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of Athlete Ally, added: "By adopting a non-discrimination clause into its host city contracts, the IOC is showcasing its own realization that we must protect the rights of every athlete to live free and openly."
Call us skeptical, but are we the only ones concerned that sexual orientation isn't actually written into the contract? This gives the IOC a little too much wiggle room to award the Games to potentially homophobic hosts in the future.
Olympic anti-discrimination clause introduced after Sochi gay rights row [The Guardian]

September 16, 2014

From Russia, with hate

BullshitA sad little conference attended by sad little people was recently held in Moscow. It brought together groups who hate gays so much that they want to prohibit people from talking about homosexuality in a positive light.
At the "Large Family and Future of Humanity" conference a resolution was passed calling for lobbyists around the world “to work for the adoption of legislative bans on all types propaganda concerning homosexual relationships” in order to “uphold the interests of children” across the world. (It's okay if kids go hungry, as long as they never have to see two men kiss!)
The resolution also supported a study on “the negative social and psychological effects of raising children in same-gender couples," to help stop same-sex couples from adopting.
The event was hosted by Russian businessman Vladimir Yakunin, a close advisor to Vladimir Putin. In attendance were several US-based groups, including the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the National Organisation for Marriage.
In related news, the area surrounding the event had to be evacuated because of the unbearable stench of bullshit.
Moscow Takes a Break From Ukraine Fighting to Hate on Gays Some More [New York Magazine]
Moscow Forum Sends Out Urgent Appeal For More 'Gay Propaganda' Bans [On Top Magazine]

September 13, 2014

Straight best buds get married to win radio contest

Straight buds get gay-married in New Zealand.Straight friends Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh tied the knot in New Zealand in order to win a radio contest.
The contest was sponsored by The Edge radio station. The station was looking for "two best mates who would be prepared to take advantage of New Zealand’s same-sex marriage laws to prove the depths of their ‘bromance.’"
"The point of this competition is that men marrying each other is still something they think is worth having a laugh at,’ said gay-rights activist Joseph Habgood. "Maybe on the day that statistics around mental health for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex) people are better, when high schools are safe places for LGBTI youth, we can look back on all this and laugh -- but competitions like this don't bring that day any closer."
Matt and Travis said there was no intent to offend anyone with the stunt.
"We are not here to insult anyone," McIntosh said. "We are here to do our own thing and travel our own path… It's just seeing how far two good mates would go to win a trip to the Rugby World Cup."
All that's left is to consummate the union. Hope they bought lots of lube!
Marriage of two straight men for radio competition angers gay rights group [The Guardian]

September 4, 2014

First gay group to march in NYC St. Paddy's Day Parade

Rainbow LeprechaunExpect to see a few rainbow flags amongst all the green in next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.

Until now, the annual event would not allow an openly gay group to march. Every year gay groups would ask, and every year they were told no. But threat of a commercial boycott has helped turn things around.
This year OUT@NBCUniversal, the LGBT group of TV network NBC, will be part of the parade. NBC airs the parade, which may be why organizers were willing to let this one group in.
“Organizers have diligently worked to keep politics—of any kind—out of the Parade in order to preserve it as a single and unified cultural event," said Craig Robinson of NBCUniversal. "Paradoxically, that ended up politicizing the Parade. This grand cultural gem has become a target for politicization that it neither seeks nor wants because some groups could join the march but not march with their own banner."
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio actually boycotted this year's parade for not being inclusive. He said the parade's organizing committee was moving in the right direction. “What we do know is it’s a step forward," he said. "This is progress. What I’ve called for for a long time is an inclusive parade. This is a city of inclusion.”
He would not commit, however, to marching next year until he knew further details about the new policy.
“It’s about time," added GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis "Discrimination has no place on America’s streets, least of all on Fifth Avenue."
Hooray! A single group from a company intimately related to the parade gets to take part. It seems like a rather small, and extremely safe, gesture for the organizers to make. When other gay groups have the same chance to be included, then we'll be impressed.
Organizers lift gay ban in NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade [The Globe and Mail]
Gay Group to March in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade [Wall Street Journal]