One might think that fleeing a warzone would be enough for people to leave their homophobic ways on the back burner; sadly, for Syrian refugees in the Netherlands, this is not the case.
A few gay refugees who were being held at an asylum center in Amsterdam have been moved because of homophobic attacks by other residents. According to reports, several gay men were spit on, called names and threatened.
Five gay men have already been moved to a new location after the Salvation Army, which runs the shelter, said it could not ensure the men's safety.
Some HIV-positive men recently took part in FS magazine's HIV Stripped Bare photo shoot as part of an initiative started by UK-based gay men's health charity Gay Men Fight AIDS (GMFA). The aim of the campaign is to battle the stigma men living with HIV and AIDS face day to day.
The models were also asked to read REAL - and horrible - messages that were sent to them on gay dating apps.
According to GMFA CEO Matthew Hodson: "The all too visible stigmatisation of people living with HIV discourages people from testing, or talking honestly about HIV, their risk and their testing history. In a very real sense, stigma helps to perpetuate HIV."
TV preacher Pat Robertson made a startling announcement the other day: Sodom was not destroyed by God because of butt sex.
Some have claimed that the Bible says God rained "fire and brimstone" down on Sodom, punishing the Sodomites after gangs of men tried to force themselves on angelic houseguests. This interpretation of the passage is used by fundamentalist Christians as evidence that God hates gays.
But homo-hating Robertson of the 700 Club now admits that using the term "Sodomites" to refer to same-sex couples just isn't accurate.
“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy," he read, then added, "Pride, the Bible says, idleness and abundance of bread, neither were they thankful… that was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.
“[God] didn’t talk about homosexuality.”
Yes, he'll probably claim later this week to have had a "brain fart" or "senior moment," but at least we now know that once every hundred years Robertson is capable of telling the truth.
Starbucks Coffee shops in Seattle will now be offering more than just your daily dose of caffeine; the chain worked with city police to help establish "safe spaces" in all of its stores to help victims of homophobic-based hate crimes.
All 2,000 Starbucks employees in Seattle have received special training. Victims of a hate crime can seek help in any of the city's 97 shops where they will be kept warm and safe, while staff contact the authorities.
Starbucks hopes to eventually create similar spaces in other cities across the US.
“We don’t have roving bands of people assaulting LBGTQ people as we did in the ’80s," explained openly gay constable Jim Ritter, who heads the city’s Safe Space push: “[But] the crimes are predatory, they’re picking somebody out of the herd. They’re cowards for the most part… They’re opportunistic, they do their damage and leave. They like operating in the shadows and Safe Place eliminates a lot of those shadows.”
“We’re already a part of our customers’ lives and this is another way to be part of the community," added Starbucks spokesperson Heather Jennings. “Anyone who needs a place to go to feel safe, to call the police, we want to be there for them.”
See, even major corporations can sometimes do the right thing.
The British government has introduced legislation to make amyl nitrates - better known to some as poppers - illegal.
The law will likely be passed before the New Year, and will make illegal the sale of “psychoactive substances,” with those who break the law facing up to seven years in prison.
Of course, poppers are not the only substances being target. Also on the list of soon to be banned agents: laughing gas, salvia and bath salts. Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine will remain exempt from the new law.
Gay groups Stonewall, MPG, and the National AIDS Trust all approached Home Office Minister Mike Penning to request that poppers also be exempted from the Psychoactive Substances Bill. The groups argued that poppers were “neither seriously harmful nor even psychoactive.”
“It was clear from the meeting that despite the concerns of the gay community, and lack of evidence that poppers really cause any more harm than alcohol consumption, the Home Office are determined to press ahead with a blanket ban that intends to pull in poppers," Simon Topham, Chief Executive of MPG, said.
A recent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [ACMD] report argued that amyl nitrates were “not seen to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to constitute a societal problem. Therefore we recommend they should not be banned. If in the future there is any evidence produced to the contrary, then ‘poppers’ should be removed from the exempted list or controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act.”
Minister Penning, however, seemed to indicate the ban would stand.
Poppers, as you know, are used to boost sexual experiences with a short-lived head rush, enhanced touch sensations and relaxed muscles (making anal sex easier).
Of course, poppers are not without their risk and, if taken, need to be handled with care. The use of poppers after taking drugs such as Viagra can cause blood pressure to drop to dangerous, potentially fatal, levels. People with heart and blood pressure issues should also avoid amyl nitrates. There has been rare cases which link overuse of poppers (with the active ingredient isobutyl nitrite) may cause serious eye damage.
Poppers were banned in Canada in 2013. Can the US be far behind?
If you sell poppers in the UK after Christmas, you could go to jail for seven years [Gay Star News]
A woman in Egypt is facing a year in jail for daring to suggest that watching porn is actually a positive thing.
Entsar Abdel Baset Ali Mohamad, a popular TV actress in the country, was accused of inciting immorality when she said that porn sites could help single men relieve tension.
During the night time show Nafsana, which she hosts, she pointed out that XXX material could help single men "cool down."
"He who fears falling into sin prohibited by religion can cool down by watching porn films," she explained at the time.
Porn might even help educate men, she added.
"Most Egyptian men know nothing about how to have a real sexual encounter, therefore they must watch porn to learn how to act during their first time," she said. "These films, in addition to books, help explain sexual relationships to many men before marriage which will prepare them for marriage."
Er, let's hope they don't expect their first sexual encounter with a virgin wife to be anything like Big Tit Whores 3.
She then admitted to watching adult films, herself.
Egypt's attorney general Nabil Sadiq was not amused and ordered prosecutors to investigate. They have decided to conduct a criminal hearing against Entsar for religious contempt. If the case goes to trial and she is found guilty, she could spend 12 months behind bars.
She said that she is "not afraid because I did not say or do anything wrong."
"I detected a state of many people who resort to sexual films and books before marriage; it is not my problem that we are a society that likes to bury its head in the sand."
Unfortunately, the Sex Police still rule in much of the world.
Actress faces jail in Egypt for inciting immorality [Daily Mail]
Almost three months ago, Homeland Security raided the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com, arresting CEO Jeffrey Hurant and six of his employees.
Attorney Kelly Currie said they were being charged with running an “internet brothel.” If convicted, they each face a maximum of five years behind bars and fines of $250,000.
Hurant has said little about the arrest. However, this week he posted a message on Facebook asking for help.
"This ordeal has been devastating for me, my family, my ex-employees and all the people my company has helped through the years," he wrote. "I am very grateful for all the support I have gotten from friends far and wide throughout the crisis. I count my blessings every day."
He pointed out that he has not been convicted of any crime, yet the government has frozen all of his assets. This, he said, is making financing his defense difficult.
He has set up a legal fund for help, and said that he needs to raise $250,000. So far the site has raised just over $10,000.
Hurant's father included his own message on the funding site.
"While I'm not personally gay, I've always loved and accepted my son," he said "Over the past 20 years I've come to understand that Rentboy was a place for people to post classified ads, no different from those that appeared in The Village Voice, NY Magazine, and other publications that ran similar ads in 1997. I assumed that our right to free speech protected those ads.
"I came to believe that Jeffrey ran a business that helps people to live better and offers better safety to vulnerable people who need it."
The company also held a sale on Craigslist over the weekend trying to sell off pretty much everything that was not seized by authorities, including furniture, office equipment and Rentboy.com memorabilia.
Wow, who knew that grown men selling sex was the biggest issue plaguing America?
He claimed he had been drugged by someone at the shoot and had no recollection of actually sucking cock or fucking ass. DawgPound, the production company behind the video, threatened to sue Mack over the claim he had been drugged.
Well, Mack has taken some time to work through his personal demons and is ready to tell the truth. Yes, he knowingly appeared in the video. No, he was not drugged. And, by the way, he is indeed bisexual.
From the statement he released yesterdayt:
This is an issued public apology from my heart. I want to address a few situations with the first being the false claims I made about being drugged during the [DawgPound] adult film. I have never spoke[n] negatively about the company that produced the film although the claim to have been given a drug by someone [on] set was a lie. I was completely aware and fully conscious during the film.
The second situation, which further explain[s] the first, concerns my lifestyle. I did participate in the adult film because at the time I needed money but also because I am a bisexual man. Meaning I enjoy safely being intimate with whomever I choose.
Lastly, I would like to address the reason I lied. My life was completely destroyed once it had been outed that I participated in a gay film. I selfishly tried to cover the truth and remain in denial, rather than accept the fact that I was leading a double life secretly.
There are other men and women that are set up in the similar situations and I just hope I can be [an] inspiration to ... just be you. The extreme taboo and harsh criticism of living a same sex lifestyle, especially as an African American male, makes it hard to be completely honest and comfortable within yourself. But I had to remember that I am a champ & I can fight and will fight through this. I am more than my sexual orientation. To all of my supporters I thank you dearly.
We certainly wish him the best, especially now that he no longer has to hide his true self. And we certainly wouldn't be disappointed if he made a few more videos!
Professional boxer Yusaf Mack once appeared in an all-male porn video. But he isn't gay. In fact, he can't even be called gay-for-pay because, according to him, he was not only tricked into doing it, he was drugged!
It started last year when he was contacted through Facebook and offered a role in an x-rated film. He said that because he had 10 kids to feed, he accepted the $4,500 offer.
The 35-year-old claimed he was told it was for a heterosexual video. There were even boobies on set. But when he was given a drink and a pill to help relax, he blacked out. He now claims he doesn't even remember shooting the scene, "waking up" several hours later in Philly on a train home.
"My whole life, I’ve been what they call a whoremonger. I love females," he said. "The only time I touch a man is when I’m in the ring fighting." (Well, except for that one time ...)
People started behaving differently around him. A friend later showed him some clips from the sexy all-male threesome.
Well, he doesn't seem afraid of fucking ass or sucking cock in these pics.
Mack claimed he has yet to see the whole video. He also has no idea who "tricked" him into shooting it in the first place because he can't access his own Facebook page to find out. Um, okay.
Who did he model for? DawgpoundUSA.com, which is known for black man-on-man action. A quick google search on the production company would have revealed exactly what kind of action he was in for.
He only did the one video. His stage name: Philly.
"All my real friends who really know me, know I like females," Mack added. "I’m still me."
Boxer who appears in X-rated sex tape says he was drugged [Philly.com]
You all remember the lovely Kim Davis, don't you? She's the Rowan County clerk who refused to sign the marriage licenses of same-sex couples, thereby denying them the legal right to wed.
A judge told her she needed to start signing the licenses. She said no. She went to jail for contempt of court. She was released once the other clerks in her office started following the judge's orders.
Of course, many people on the left said Kim Davis should be expected to do her job and didn't have the right to cry for a religious exemption. But she's also being attacked by other churchy types.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke out this week against the Kentucky-based clerk.
“Office holders remain free to draw upon their personal beliefs and motivations and advocate their positions in the public square," he argued. "But when acting as public officials they are not free to apply personal convictions — religious or other — in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices. A county clerk’s recent invoking of religious reasons to justify refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples violates this principle.”
“We may have cultural differences, but we should not have ‘culture wars,'” added Oaks. “On the big issues … both sides should seek a balance, not a total victory. For example, religionists should not seek a veto over all non-discrimination laws that offend their religion, and the proponents of non-discrimination should not seek a veto over all assertions of religious freedom.”
This is quite the position, considering the Mormon Church was one of the major backers of the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 in California.
Even more surprising: the Westboro Baptists Church (WBC), the biggest caricature of Christian-based homophobia ever to exist, has an issue with Davis.
The WBC said Davis was nothing but a hypocrite, because she had children during an affair and has been married multiple times.
"This woman wants to say that her sin isn’t as grievous as the same-sex marriage sin," said spokesdemon Shirley Phelps-Roper. "It’s all sin. It’s all awful. But her sin enabled that sin. When you look up, and all the Christians have given over the moral high ground, what voice do they have left?"
Phelps-Roper even said Davis should protest gay marriage on her own time.
Police in Malaysia have declared that the planned "Love and Sex with Robots" conference cannot take place in the country.
The event was planned for November 16th to 19th just outside of Kuala Lampur. However, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the organizer had been told that the conference did not have the needed governmental approval to take place.
"It's already an offence in Malaysia to have anal sex, what more intercourse with robots," Bakar explained. "Don't try to be ridiculous."
He added that there is "nothing scientific about having sex with machines," and that "it's not our culture. We can take action against the organiser if they choose to hold the event."
(Sounds like someone had a bad experience with a toaster!)
The official website for the conference included the Tourism Ministry logo. However, the ministry claimed that it does not support the event.
Professor Adrian David, a co-chair for the event, challenged the Inspector-General's assertion that the conference promoted sex between humans and robots. He said this event was nothing more than a discussion among members of the academia. He said the focus of the gathering was to explore topics such as robot emotions, humanoid robots, clone robots, entertainment robots, robot personalities, teledildonics and intelligent electronic sex hardware.
A human-like robotic sex partner might be kind of hot, but we'd settle for a vibrator that can also make breakfast in the morning!
Malaysia Bans International Sex Robot Symposium [Reason]
Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Washington, during the 1950s. As a teenager, Pat began to understand he was gay—something he thought he was hiding well. But one day, after performing at a school assembly, Pat learned that his father could see him much more clearly than he realized.
The audio and animation was combined by Dave Isay who recently won the $1 million TED Prize for his work recording the stories of everyday people for posterity.
David Berger, an openly gay German theologist and former employee of the Vatican, has confirmed what we all suspected: many priests are gay. In fact, Berger claimed that at his old job almost 50 percent of the priests were more interested in men than women.
"In the Vatican, I experienced the number of gay men to be even higher [than average]," he said. "I guess around half [of the men working there]."
Berger suggested that homosexuals can actually become the best priests.
" ... You have the advantage of having many gay men with a guilty conscience. They do their best to be especially smart, loyal to the Pope and hard working," he said. "Which is why they have the best chances for a career and, through this, get into the Vatican.
"There, they find a network of gay men in which people help each other out."
Of course, the unwritten rule is that one must never ever come out as gay. Berger worked as an academic at the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in Vatican City, but when he revealed he was gay he was promptly fired.
Thanks to several gay porn producers, it's easy to imagine just what sex with a priest looks likes!
The exact moment Father Yates found God! [See gallery here!]
Some priests prefer exorcism by orgasm! [See gallery here!]
You know that'll taste better than a communion wafer!
[Pic from GD Photo Arts. See Paddy O'Brian's galleries here!]