Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gay News Magazine Headlines (T24T-2)

News:

Members of the District's LGBT community are slamming the decision yesterday by D.C. Superior Court Judge Russell Canan to suspend the sentence of Metropolitan Police Department Officer Kenneth Furr, convicted in October of assault with a dangerous weapon and solicitation of prostitution. The convictions follow an Aug. 26, 2011, incident in which Furr flashed a gun and threatened to shoot two men outside a Chinatown-area CVS after Furr sexually propositioned their transgender female friend.

As Metro Weekly reported Thursday, Canan suspended 46 months of a 60-month sentence for the assault with a dangerous weapon charge; and suspended a 30-day sentence for the solicitation charge. The remaining 14-month sentence was applied to the 14 months served during Furr's arrest till the time of his conviction. Furr was acquitted of seven other charges in October.

The DC Trans Coalition, which had filed a community impact statement with Judge Canan prior to Thursday's sentencing, today released a statement critical of the proceedings.

''This result is the product of a legal system that constantly devalues trans people's lives,'' DCTC member Jason Terry said in the statement. ''Officer Furr's defense team actively sought to portray the victims as somehow deserving of this violence, and apparently they succeeded. If roles had been reverse and a trans woman had gotten drunk and flashed a gun at a police officer, the results would be drastically different.''

The DCTC release also cited data showing that members of the transgender community are reluctant to call authorities when in need of police assisatance, and that transgender people of color are more than two-and-a-half times more likely than other members of the LGBT community to face violence from police.

''Officer Furr exemplifies why this fear exists,'' Terry said. ''D.C.'s trans communities face blatant discrimination, harassment, and violence from police officers every day, yet when an officer drunkenly shoots at trans people, accountability seems to disappear.''

Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a program of The DC Center, joined with DCTC in criticizing Furr's sentence.

''GLOV stands in solidarity with community members in expressing outrage at the sentencing of MPD Officer Kenneth Furr,'' GLOV spokesman Hassan Naveed said in a statement released today. ''This appalling sentence devalues the lives of transgender people in our city and further perpetuates fear among the community in reaching out to police for needed services.''

Since October, Furr has been serving three years of supervised probation. Canan also ordered Furr to register as a gun offender, undergo substance-abuse treatment for alcohol, undergo anger-management therapy, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay $150 to the Victims of Violent Crime Fund.

In his statements during sentencing, Canan acknowledged that he had received a community impact statement from DCTC and said he was aware that members of the transgender community feel harassed by the police. He also granted that DCTC members were wary of the jury finding Furr not guilty on other charges related to Furr firing his weapon at the group, including two transgender women.

But Canan also said that while he understood the concerns of the transgender community, he did not believe the jury's verdict was based on any bias against transgender people. Rather, he said, while chastising Furr for a reckless use of alcohol and other behavior, it was more a case of the jury not believing there was sufficient evidence to convict Furr of the charges related to the shooting.

Canan further noted that Furr was not found ''innocent'' of the charges, but rather ''not guilty,'' and said that Furr was ''fortunate'' that none of the five in the car at the time of the shooting had died.

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News:

The status conference of a Herndon, Va., man accused of shooting a security guard at the D.C headquarters of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council (FRC) was continued Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and rescheduled to Feb. 6 after Floyd Lee Corkins's lawyer requested the continuance and made a motion to exclude the 21 business days between Jan. 7 and Feb. 6 from being used to compute the time in which a trial must begin under the Speedy Trial Act.

In granting the motion, U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts found that ''the ends of justice served by granting [the] defendant's motion outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial.'' Roberts said he was granting the continuance to allow the lawyers for both sides an adequate opportunity to conclude any plea negotiations and present the appropriate paperwork to support such a plea deal.

Corkins, who remains held without bond, pleaded not guilty after being indicted on 10 charges, including one count of committing an act of terrorism while armed, becoming the first defendant charged under that statute, which is a section of the District of Columbia's Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. The other counts against him include both federal and local charges ranging from interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition to aggravated assault while armed to attempted murder while armed.

Corkins, 28, of Herndon, is accused of entering FRC headquarters and shooting security guard Leonardo Reno ''Leo'' Johnson, 46, on Aug. 15, 2012. Corkins allegedly told Johnson, ''I don't like your politics,'' before the shooting. According to police reports, an injured Johnson was able to wrestle away the gun from the suspect and subdue him until Metropolitan Police Department officers arrived on scene. For those actions, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) honored Johnson with the inaugural Mayor's Medal of Honor.

Corkins had volunteered as a receptionist at The DC Center, the District's LGBT community center, prior to the shooting.

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The winner of an NPR storytelling competition will have you anxiously riding in a CRV with his moms.

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The 2013 International Academy of Web Television Award winners were announced at CES, and a handful of shows popular with LGBT viewers made the cut.

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Laura Calvo had been a leader in Oregon's LGBT political scene.

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Two out former southern California lawmakers are starting off 2013 with new roles. Lesbian former Democratic state Senator Sheila Kuehl announced Thursday her bid to return to elective politics. She is seeking an open Los Angeles County supervisor seat, becoming a political candidate for the first time since 2004. The first out lawmaker to serve [...]
 YEA for  Brooklyn dad Todd Schweikert!

The Boy Scouts is an antiquated sinking ship losing funding left and right! So Todd wanted to look for an alternative. 

  DNA Info reports:

Schweikert, a 33-year-old Windsor Terrace resident whose son goes to P.S. 154, researched several alternative scouting options, including groups like Camp Fire. He settled on the Baden-Powell Service Association to be the parent organization of his troop. Like other traditional scouting groups, BPSA teaches "woodcraft," or how to survive outdoors. BPSA troops also use what's called the "patrol method" to divide scouts into teams that each have a leader nominated by other scouts.

BPSA troops are open to both boys and girls, and unlike the Boy Scouts of America, there is less talk of God and religion in official scouting laws, Schweikert said. The troop welcomes kids as young as 5 years old, who are known as Otters. At age 8, scouts graduate to Timberwolves.

His 7-year-old son is a charter member of the 5th Brooklyn Scouts, which accepts boys, girls and all sexual orientations while believing that prejudice is best snuffed out like an untended campfire.

"The tipping point was the BSA's approach to gay scouts and the gay and lesbian parents," Schweikert wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "Any form of discrimination, no matter how small, is never ok and not something I can endorse and wish to teach to my children."

Schweikert told HuffPost that he has received a "great response from gay and lesbian parents, as well as straight."

Schweikert's troop, to be called the Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, will meet weekly at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West. The location is well-positioned for excursions to Prospect Park for "nature observation," but scouts will also embark on overnight camping trips and weekend hikes. The troop will learn classic scouting skills like knot-tying and community service projects, and they'll earn badges after they accomplish specific goals.

 YEA for  Brooklyn dad Todd Schweikert!

The Boy Scouts is an antiquated sinking ship losing funding left and right! So Todd wanted to look for an alternative. 

  DNA Info reports:

Schweikert, a 33-year-old Windsor Terrace resident whose son goes to P.S. 154, researched several alternative scouting options, including groups like Camp Fire. He settled on the Baden-Powell Service Association to be the parent organization of his troop. Like other traditional scouting groups, BPSA teaches "woodcraft," or how to survive outdoors. BPSA troops also use what's called the "patrol method" to divide scouts into teams that each have a leader nominated by other scouts.

BPSA troops are open to both boys and girls, and unlike the Boy Scouts of America, there is less talk of God and religion in official scouting laws, Schweikert said. The troop welcomes kids as young as 5 years old, who are known as Otters. At age 8, scouts graduate to Timberwolves.

His 7-year-old son is a charter member of the 5th Brooklyn Scouts, which accepts boys, girls and all sexual orientations while believing that prejudice is best snuffed out like an untended campfire.

"The tipping point was the BSA's approach to gay scouts and the gay and lesbian parents," Schweikert wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "Any form of discrimination, no matter how small, is never ok and not something I can endorse and wish to teach to my children."

Schweikert told HuffPost that he has received a "great response from gay and lesbian parents, as well as straight."

Schweikert's troop, to be called the Fifth Brooklyn Scouts, will meet weekly at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture on Prospect Park West. The location is well-positioned for excursions to Prospect Park for "nature observation," but scouts will also embark on overnight camping trips and weekend hikes. The troop will learn classic scouting skills like knot-tying and community service projects, and they'll earn badges after they accomplish specific goals.

So get this!~    

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has been accused of pushing an anti-Christian and pro-gay agenda in a new Super Bowl advert. 

The How I Met Your Mother favorite donned Tim Tebow-style under eye face paint for the advertisement, with the date of the NFL championship final etched on his cheeks. 

But he has been accused of ‘mocking Christianity’ in the promo, as it plays on the fact the New York Jets quarterback uses it as a device to print Bible verses. It says: ‘CBS, the television network airing the big game this year, is now using an outspoken homosexual actor to mimic Tim Tebow’s style of trumpeting messages in eyeblack on his face.

So is Tim Tebow is the only one allowed to put words under his eyes?

Furthermore, Neil put  NOTHING pro gay under his eyes. He could have put "Marriage Equality"  or something more pro gay. 

Have you seen Neils YouTube series PUPPET DREAMS? Produced with the Jim Henson Company’s “Henson Alternative” division, Neil’s Puppet Dreams premieres today on the Nerdist’s YouTube channel. While upcoming episodes promise drag queens, puppet sex, and a surprising amount of nudity â€" this ain’t a family webseries â€" the first episode features a simple fear of falling and a vividly illustrative song penned by co-creator and producer Janet Varney.

 It is MUST WATCH
Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and an all-around pioneering straight ally in the LGBT rights movement, has died at 92.

Manford died at her Daly City, Calif. home and had been in declining health for some time, daughter Suzanne Swan confirmed. 

One day in April 1972, Jeanne Manford received a call from the hospital. Her 21-year-old son, Morty, had been beaten at a Hilton Hotel in New York City. Witnesses later testified that his alleged attacker punched, stomped and kicked him as he lay on an escalator.

Morty Manford was gay. He had gone to the Hilton with other activists to storm a glitzy banquet attended by public officials and reporters in protest against what he viewed as the rampant bigotry and wanton neglect of gay rights.

Jeanne Manford, at front and center, marched alongside her son Morty Manford in a 1972 gay rights parade in New York City.

“I was furious,” Mrs. Manford later told an interviewer, recalling the incident. “I remember thinking, What right have they got to assault my son and the others? Why didn’t the police protect them? What kind of a police force do we have in New York?”

The next year, with help from her family and other allies, Mrs. Manford founded a group now known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG. It began as a gathering of 20 people and today is one of the most prominent national organizations of relatives and other supporters of gays and lesbians. 

(Morty died in 1992 - from complications from AIDS).

"All of us -- people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies alike -- owe Jeanne our gratitude," PFLAG officials said in an email statement. "She paved the way for us to speak out for what is right, uniting the unique parent, family, and ally voice with the voice of LGBT people everywhere."

MATT DALLAS COMES OUT 
and gets engaged!

The former star of ABC Family's Kyle XY announced his engagement to musician Blue Hamilton via Twitter Jan. 6. "Starting off the year with a new fiance," the actor, 30, wrote. "A great way to kick off 2013!"

This is the first time Dallas has mentioned his homosexuality publicly.

Hamilton is a California-based singer-songwriter. The two have been quietly dating since 2009.

Dallas recently starred in the Hallmark Channel holiday movie Naughty or Nice. His other notable film and TV credits include Beauty & the Briefcase, Eastwick and You, Me & The Circus.

And The Arizona-born actor has also appeared in music videos for Katy Perry and James Blunt.


This is really remarkable!!

Abiding Truth Ministries founder Scott Lively sparked international outrage when he worked with anti-gay forces in Uganda to foster legislation that would impose the death penalty for homosexual activity. Lively author, attorney and activist, noted for his opposition to LGBT rights and his involvement in the ex-gay movement.

Why would an American citizen, stir up this crap for gays in another country?

The New York Times reported:

The lawsuit alleges that beginning in 2002, Mr. Lively conspired with religious and political leaders in Uganda to whip up anti-gay hysteria with warnings that homosexuals would sodomize African children and corrupt their culture. The Ugandan legislature considered a bill in 2009, proposed by one of Mr. Lively’s Ugandan contacts, that would have imposed the death sentence for homosexual behavior. That bill was at first withdrawn after an outcry from the United States and European nations that are among major aid donors to Uganda, but a revised bill was reintroduced last month.

Mr. Lively is being sued by the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda under the alien tort statute, which allows foreigners to sue in American courts in situations alleging the violation of international law. The suit claims that Mr. Lively’s actions resulted in the persecution, arrest, torture and murder of homosexuals in Uganda.



While the future of that bill is still up in the air, a Ugandan LGBT group is suing Lively for crimes against humanity in Massachusetts federal court.

Scheduled to begin Monday,  the case is believed to be the first use of the Alien Tort Statuteâ€"which gives American courts the right to hear human-rights cases brought by foreign citizens for conduct committed outside the USâ€"involving sexual orientation. This is really amazing!!






I love in ads when you are not sure what is being sold! These are underwear ads.

Photographer: Andrés Ramírez (www.andres-ramirez.com)

underwear & swimwear brands: AussieBum, Joe Snyder, Amu, Barcode, Modus Vivendi, Es Collection and Petit-Q.

with new hot Stunning model Ciudad Real (Spain). He's 21 years old, is 1.78 and weighs 78 kg. Promises and aims high to be one of the best models of Spain.  21!  and body to die for!  WOW!




I am not sure I get it....

But the men are always hot. 

The main protagonist was a gladiator-boxer type with a blonde Adonis coif and muscles galore.

These are not words that usually populate my mouth...”Thank You Donatella!”
Signora Versace took the season by its proverbial balls and swung them over her head in victory!

This is a collection that starts out looking like it is for the WWF set.

The video is 12"  long -
I mean  12 minutes  long. 
 WATCH















Can watching porn turn
straight men pro gay?
by Shaun Knittel
Best Gay News Magazine Staff Writer
 
Mark Regnerus, a sociology professor at the University of Texas, made headlines for publishing a controversial study (which many found flawed) that claimed children of gay parents were worse off than children of straight parents, is back in the spotlight for a new bizarre claim: He says that straight men who watch porn are more likely back same-sex marriage.
 
Regnerus summarized his study on the website for the Witherspoon Institute, an organization that’s linked to the National Organization for Marriage, by saying that porn “undermines the concept that in the act of sexual intercourse, we share our body and whole self ... permanently and exclusively.On the contrary, it reinforces the idea that people can share their bodies but not their inmost selves, and that they can do so temporarily and (definitely) not exclusively without harm."
 
According to the study, porn makes the viewer believe that sex has nothing to do with marriage, and this leads to straight men accepting gay marriage. "Of the men who view pornographic material ’every day or almost every day,’" Regnerus writes, "54 percent ’strongly agreed’ that gay and lesbian marriage should be legal, compared with around 13 percent of those whose porn-use patterns were either monthly or less often than that."
 
The Texas professor, however, does not discuss how porn impacts women. In fact, he claims that "women typically aren’t as into porn as men are, and yet women in general tend to support same-sex marriage more readily than do men. A recent Gallup poll noted that 56 percent of women favor it, while only 42 percent of men do. No, this theory is not about women."
 
Earlier this year, social scientists and scholars slammed Regnerus’ anti-gay parenting study, in which he said that children of same-sex parents were worse off than children from straight parents.
 
Reaction to his work was so ill-received that some claimed that he violated ethical standards when researching the study, called "New Family Structures Study," and officials from the University of Texas, where Regnerus teaches, launched an investigation. The result concluded the professor did not violate ethical standards nor break any rules.

 
The study surveyed about 3,000 18 to 39 year olds who were mostly raised by straight parents: 175 individuals said they had mothers who once had a same-sex relationship and 73 said their fathers were involved with someone of the same sex. The results claim that children from these parents are more likely to end up on welfare, be unemployed, and attend therapy as adults when compared to children from straight couples.
 
The initial study outraged LGBT rights organizations such as GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign and Family Equality Council, calling the paper flawed, misleading, and scientifically unsound.
 
In November, the professor admitted that his controversial study was flawed but still supported his findings. He told Focus on the Family’s Citizen Magazine that he would be more careful about the language he used in his findings in the future.
"I said ’lesbian mothers’ and ’gay fathers,’ when in fact, I don’t know about their sexual orientation; I do know about their same-sex relationship behavior." he said. "But as far as the findings themselves, I stand behind them."
I was born in 1960. 
There. I said it. 
I am 52! 

 I am not sure how old YOU are, our readers.  But I remember a time, BEFORE the internet. When gay men had to sneak around in bookstores trying to meet up. Or place ads in local magazine classifieds, to make a date. Then came phone sex. and phone personals. Times have changed kids!

I don't remember Stonewall, I was only 9, but  I certainly know my LGBT history and know what  it meant. One night in 1969. WOW. And look where we are today. I did not think I would EVER see gay marriage in my lifetime. But look how many states have embraced us!!

OUR president supports marriage equality! that is SO BIG! 

ABC News and the Washington Post showed in May that 53% of Americans believe gay marriage should be legal, with 39% of those people saying they feel "strongly" about that endorsement.

 Another survey found that a steady majority of Americans â€" 54-56% â€"  reject the once dominant notion that homosexuality is "morally unacceptable," up about 18 points since 2002.

FOUR STATES - voted against hate in November 2012. Over 50% of  Minnesotans voted against Amendment 1, a constitutional definition of marriage as "one man, one woman".

Washington  gave the green light to gay nuptials, the first time in American history marriage equality has been approved by popular vote, forever changing the face of marriage in this country. NINE STATES now have Marriage Equality - and Illinois plans to be 10th!

 Corporate America stood up FOR US! Microsoft;  Bill and Melinda Gates donated a total of $600,000 to the successful marriage equality fight in Washington, while  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife gave almost five times that: $2.5 million. Is that amazing, or what??? These are truly amazing times we are witnessing. + Already an outspoken advocate for equality, actor  Brad Pitt stepped it up by again donating $100,000 to same-sex marriage fights in four states, even as his mother argued against equality.


LEGALIZE LOVE with Google.
Always at the forefront of progressive battles,   their employees recorded a pro-marriage equality video earlier this year. Then  tech giant Google took its show of support on the road by  launching an international "Legalize Love" campaign in Poland and Singapore with sights on expanding into all the countries where it has offices. "We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office," said Google diversity chief Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe at the company's LGBT summit in London this summer.


Pop Music Gay Love - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, are blowing up after coming out and fighting for equality: the vocally pro-marriage artists' track "Same Love" became a gay marriage anthem months before their appearance with on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Oreo celebrated its 100th birthday as one of the most recognizable and beloved treats in the nation. It also celebrated gay pride by posting a picture of a rainbow-filled cookie with the caption "proudly support love," a quiet show of solidarity that hastily went viral on social media platforms.

Expedia and AmTrak courted gay travelers;  The Gap took a stand for marriage equality with their  clever "Be One" campaign.  J. Crew continued to feature same-sex couples in its catalogue.  Chevy and  Lexus both showed their pride, and  Red Hook Beer toasted its local marriage equality law in Washington State. Incredible stuff we are witnessing!

But one of the biggest shows of love for LGBT communities came from the 110-year old department store chain. JC Penney. WHO KNEW, Pennys would support LGBT people?!

  One Million Moms, a numerically misleading conservative group of maybe a few thousand, boycotted the retailer after it hired out entertainer Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

DeGeneres naturally spoke about it on her show, but JC Penney itself wanted to make clear where it stood. "We stand squarely behind Ellen as our spokesperson and that's a great thing," CEO Ron Johnson told CBS News. "She shares the same values that we do in our company. Our company was founded 110 years ago on the golden rule, which is about treating people fair and square, just like you would like to be treated yourself. And we think Ellen represents the values of our company and the values that we share." After a few other flair ups about Ellen, OMM finally called it quits. "We're moving on," they said. - OMM actually have had a very sad year. They have lost steam. Same as American Family Association (AFA). They used to call for boycotts, now no one really pays attention to them!  HA!

Speaking of bad years!  The century-old  Boy Scouts of America has little time to make a decision: apologize for and reverse discriminatory policies or find themselves passe.
For decades the Boy Scouts of America's policy prohibiting gay or lesbian leaders has been a stubborn and seemingly permanent piece of traditional discrimination. This year, cracks began to show and the organization is finally finding itself on the defensive, from both within and outside its own ranks. They seem to be a sinking ship!

They have been shamed  by Zach Wahls and other pro-equality scouts, were again publicly humiliated when celebrities and politicians alike,  rallied around Ryan Andresen, an 18-year old Scout denied Eagle status, the BSA was  criticized by the White House and has lost local chapters as well as funding from  high-profile backers Intel, the  Merck Foundation and  UPS.

And more shame - Two other  "institutions"  from very different genres, fast food chain  Chick-fil-A and  the Salvation Army, are also feeling the heat of our more inclusive culture. Chick-fil-A was "exposed" for donating millions of dollars to anti-gay causes. Much like Cracker Barrell in the 80's, straight and gay people now boycott the chicken chain.

 The Salvation Army has taken heat for a number of years now,  and  finding itself increasingly criticized for its anti-gay sentiment:  the UC Berkeley student government recently demanded the school give the charity the boot, and  Current TV's Stephanie Miller issued an apology after giving allowing a Salvation Army official to misrepresent his organization's views on air.

And I salute the straight allies who supported this year. How cool was that?! Brendon-Ayanbadejo. Gotta love that guy.  Since 2009, Ayanbedejo has advocated for legalizing same-sex marriage. His advocacy rather suddenly became a cause célèbre in September 2012, after Maryland State Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. wrote an August 29, 2012 letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, on official Maryland State letterhead, demanding that Bisciotti "take the necessary action ... to inhibit such expressions from your employee." Burns' letter went on to state that, "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing." Burns' letter was widely criticized, not least because of its obvious disregard for Ayanbadejo's right to free speech. According to The Washington Post, the Ravens acknowledged receiving the letter but had no further comment.

Shortly after the Burns letter was delivered, Ayanbedejo publicly announced that he had no intention of remaining silent on an issue of conscience and public importance. Ayanbadejo has since said that he has received widespread support in the world of football.

 Among others, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a scathing response to Burns, while the Ravens also publicly sided with Ayanbadejo.

Minnesota Vikings football player Chris Kluwe  charted his own course, becoming an instant legend, when he wrote a letter to anti-gay Maryland lawmaker Emmett C. Burns that equality "won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster" after Burns criticized fellow football player Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens for supporting love. Kluwe reiterated that "lustful cockmonster" message in an ad for Minnesotans for Equality.  GQ magazine named both men "honorary gays of the year," which in and of itself speaks volumes about the men's magazine's evolution.


And then there was  Zach Wahls. Wahls technically hit the scene in 2011, when the then-19-year old made an impassioned speech defending his two moms before the Iowa State House, but 2012 was the year Wahls grew into his own, regularly appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and David Letterman's Late Night, campaigning for President Obama's reelection effort, speaking before the Democratic National Committee.

What a year, right?  It's like a huge wave and it's going to hit shore soon. And I believe WE WILL SEE our EQUAL RIGHTS, very soon. It's a great time to be gay. But remember, there will always be haters. So be safe. I don't care where you live. Remember we have haters.



God’s word: Gay is good!
By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay News Magazine Staff Writer
 
You are not going to believe this â€" In an effort to resolve “longstanding interpretive ambiguity in key Bible passages regarding homosexuality,” a new version of the classic King James Bible is now available on Amazon.com.
 
Dubbed The Queen James Bible, the new version is laying claim to be the first ever Gay-friendly version of the Holy Scriptures.
 
The bent Bible - emblazoned with a large rainbow cross on the front cover - is described as a “big, fabulous Bible” that draws its name from King James I of England, who was behind the venerable 1611 translation (substantially revised in 1769) that is still widely used throughout the English-speaking world.
 
According to the new Bible's publisher, the King was “a well-known Bisexual - though he did marry a woman, his many gay relationships were so well-known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as ‘Queen James.’”
 
The new version updates several passages from the original that address homosexuality, but otherwise faithfully follows the KJV.
 
Its website explains that “homosexuality was first overtly mentioned in the Bible in 1946 in the Revised Standard Version. There is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to this - only interpretations have been made.”
 
 The new edits, the publisher says, are only “for interpretive clarity” and they “all confirm that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality, and therefore renders such interpretations impossible.”
 
The author is listed on Amazon as “God,” and “Jesus Christ” is listed as a contributor.
 
“You can't choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus,” say publishers. “Now you can choose a Bible, too.”
 
Not surprisingly, the arrival of The Queen James Bible has ruffled some feathers in the conservative Christian community.
 
“Few, if any, English translations use the actual words 'homosexuality' or 'homosexual.' But the history of English translation shows that versions have consistently used other language to refer to what we would call homosexual relationships,” Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College and a professional Bible translator, told The Christian Post.
 
The Huffington Post reports that Catholic Online also slammed the Queen James Version as seeking to “legitimize the homosexual equivalency movement” by changing the Bible's language so that it reads “in a fashion different from [the] original intent.”
 
About $35 at AMAZON The Queen James Bible

Information about the new Bible can be found online at www.queenjamesbible.com.

Calling all Artists! $500 contest for a 2013 Poster!


"Out in the Park" at Six Flags Great America returns in 2013 with a BANG!  

A private LGBT event featuring unlimited riding of  ALL  Six Flags Great America's amazing rides (X-Flight, Superman, Batman, etc.) , live music by an internationally sought after DJ who calls Chicago home, Matthew Harvat, delivering a complete party-celebration dance area everyone can enjoy! Plus some surprise celebrity guests and niche entertainment venues!

BestGayChicago.com and (Sponsor) are excited to return with an all new LGBT Celebratory event and fundraiser at Six Flags Great America. "We are very excited to be asked to return this year to Six Flags Great America and their excitement in allowing us this unique opportunity to produce such an awesome private event for our community at their park,” said Derrick Sorles, owner of BestGayChicago.com. "We are proud to have another charity this year  benefiting from the event."
 
In preparation for the marketing campaign for Chicago's 2nd Annual "Out In The Park"  2013, BestGayChicago.com is seeking  artists anywhere, interested in creating a prize-worthy poster and postcard design promoting the 2013 Six Flags Great America Celebration.

500 Posters and 30,000 Postcards will be printed and distributed in Chicagoland, Wisconsin, parts of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana!  Plus we'll have ads and banners on websites everywhere including Facebook. Your name will be on everything, giving the artist amazing exposure!

This was last year's poster:



  • The competition is open to all interested artists and graphic designers.
  • All submissions must be received before the deadline to be considered in the competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions entered.
  • There is no cost to submit.
  • Entries will be accepted from individuals, collaborative teams, or design firms, with prize money being split between the entrants listed on the submission.
All interested artists are asked to complete and submit their work for review and judging before 5pm, March  1st, 2013.


The winning design as chosen by BestGayChicago.com will receive $500 and 2 tickets to the "Out In The Park" at Six Flags Great America 2013 Celebration ($80.00 Value).


There are also prizes of $39 complementary "Out In The Park" tickets from BestGayChicago.com for their other favorites and Facebook fan favorite art designs. BestGayChicago.com and the artist(s) will share equal rights to the uses of the image.

*This was the BACK of last years postcard - we'll be looking to totally redesign the back, with much less information:
 


Information the artists need to know:

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, (from 9pm - 1am), the park will be closed to the general public for this private event. ALL the rides will be open. There will be NO LINES to ride rides - ride as much as you want. Ticketholders will  enjoy the music of DJ Matthew Harvat as it is heard live throughout most the park. Matthew will do what he does best as he creates a signature dance area experience never seen before at Six Flags Great America. This amazing event welcomes all LGBT friendly folks from the five surrounding states coming together to pride-fully celebrate on this once-a year extremely special Saturday night!

Tickets for admission to the park are $39 includes FREE PARKING!  A portion of all  tickets sold will benefit (Charity TBD 2/1/13).

Example below of artwork retooled for ad:



BestGayChicago.com is looking for artwork and a design that immediately grab your attention visually and look like something REALLY FUN that you feel compelled to buy a ticket for , grab some friends and get out and have a BLAST!

Entries must include:
  • OUT IN THE PARK official logo
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"Twilight" actor Bronson Pelletier has allegedly been DRINKING  and  DOING DRUGSâ€"a bit too much lately. .

The 25-year-old star caused a scene at West Hollywood's Gym Bar December 8, "hopping from person to person, group to group and making everyone feel very uncomfortable," reports TMZ. When Pelletier, who witnesses say appeared wasted, refused to leave, staffers called the police.

Officers initially arrested Pelletier for public intoxication, but after they searched him, they discovered the source of his unbridled energyâ€"cocaine and methamphetamine.

On Monday, December 17, Pelletier was arrested again at Los Angeles International Airport after allegedly peeing in public. The star reportedly caused a disturbance aboard his plane before takeoff and was booted from his flight. Deemed too intoxicated to fly, Pelletier was asked to wait in the terminal for another flight, which is where he decided to drop trou and relieve himself. He was arrested for public intoxication.

Pelletier pleaded not guilty to both possession charges on December 11 and is due in court January 17.   Bronson has now spoken up about the situations and is claiming that he was setup and that neither of the events happened!  He claimed that a random man bought him drinks at the airport and then later snitched on him to have him kicked off the plane!

Just who was this drink-buying stranger? Well, according to Bronson's reps, they think he was an "obsessed fan!"

In case the Twihard within you fails to recognize him, Pelletier plays the character of Jared in the vampire film franchise, a Quileute shape-shifter.



HOT HOT HOT!!!!!

I am not a big rap fan - but this caught my attention!


“MEAT” is the debut effort from the ‘out’ recording artist ROB.B. After a summer in the studio and the release of a string of abundantly popular teaser tracks, ROB.B is launching his highly anticipated mixtape. Buzz surrounding the release includes his rendition of Rick Ross’s “You The Boss,” featuring the hip-pop vixen Nicki Minaj,as well as his viral smash remix to Rihanna’s summer hit “Birthday Cake.” Ready to unleash this fifteen-track explosion, ROB.B assures that there is something for everyone’s listening pleasures and perversions. ROB.B is known for is controversial imagery and continues his radical trend with an eye catching nude cover, showing off his meat and baring it all to his fans. ROB.B turns contemporary hip-hop’s ‘no-homo’ stigma on its head, and is sure to make the most conservative listener a little ROB.Bi curious.

“After a year of working on something so close to me, I am so insanely glad to have this mixtape out there and off my chest â€" I mean that literally, I put my heart into this.” â€" ROB.B


From his most confident moments to the most personal insecurities, ROB.B truly breaks down stereotypes as the mixtape progresses through its fifteen tracks. From foreplay to tragedy, this gay rapper lays it all out on the table. ROB.B shows that ‘out’ rap isn’t all about the eyeliner and or the societal repression, but instead brings a real sense of personality to every lyric. Without flaw, ROB.B juxtaposes raw syntax with lyrical versatility, never abandoning his forceful, unapologetic individuality. His take on sexuality and its role in the hip-hop world is something yet to be explored by other artists, gay or straight. This is not a mixtape to miss.

Official: ROB.B

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Legendary club kid, doll maker, makeup artist, costumer, and penis-sculpture enthusiast JoJo Baby costars with his clubbing companion, Sal-E, in Bernard Colbert's lush new  12" x 12" coffee-table book Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e (Schiffer).

Bernard’s lifelong passion is to capture high energy, emotionally charged portraits of interesting people.

For 17 years, Bernard has been perfecting his craft, working in the field of commercial and advertising photography.


'In the vibrant community where I live and work, I find what I have always been searching for- a sublime energy. Nightlife activity blends with the arts and diversity of self expression abounds. Here, I can freely pursue my dream: to document and celebrate that spark within, which defines the unique nature of our human experience.'

GETTING INTO FACE is a visual feast in the tradition of 1990s club kids. See performance artists JoJo Baby and Sal-E use their bodies as canvases to become inspired and whimsical conceptual characters, executed with expert skill using original, theatrical makeup and costumes. In more than 100 portraits, photographer Bernard Colbert rigorously captures these two performance artists in genius moments as psychedelic Hindi gods, comic book villains, fantastical creatures, astronauts, and much, much more.

 Colbert's stunning portraits document these delightful transformations over a five-year period and are the same body of work featured in the Clive Barker documentary titled JoJo Baby. Through Colbert's collaboration with JoJo and Sal, viewers can experience a front row seat to an ongoing show which has been entertaining club goers in Chicago for two decades. This is a portfolio for the visually adventuress and fans of true creative vision.

Every Monday night, JoJo Baby with friend Sal-E have gone to work as hosts of Chicago’s largest and longest running house-music dance party, the Boom Boom Room, which is currently on hiatus from its usual location at Green Dolphin St., 2220 N. Ashland Ave., while the building undergoes renovation. It took the duo hours to prepare, and Colbert was there every week to capture the endlessly entertaining process. He said he usually only had 10 to 15 minutes to photograph them before they went on stage.

“Sometimes they would show up and I would look at what they were wearing and try and quickly comprehend what they were up to, because sometimes it’s high concept and it’s not obvious right away,” Colbert said. “It’s interesting right away, but it’s like, ‘What the heck is going on?’ So I scramble and try and make it happen.”

Colbert, who took courses in commercial photography at Columbia from 1989â€"1991, said he loves portrait photography and has been drawn to performers such as models, musicians and athletesâ€"people who are both interesting and like being photographed.

The combination of unplanned imagination and spontaneity kept Colbert continually inspired. He said the most successful images captured an indescribable magic that would often occur.

“It was something that would elevate it from an interesting time to really high art, and it’s something that fascinates me,” Colbert said. “It feels elusive, but when you find that you can do it time and time again, it’s really fun to keep trying to do it.”



Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e


"TASCHEN books are almost designed to be collectible.
It's very common for a TASCHEN book to gain value almost instantly."

â€"Richard David, Abebooks

Since the TASCHEN adventure began in 1980, it has been our goal to make the greatest books in the world. Whatever the subject and whatever the retail priceâ€"from $10 to $10,000â€"we strive to produce, design, and package each of our books beautifully, with a great deal of care and attention to detail. The collectors who buy a limited edition book early on will have, in addition to a rare and exceptional book, the added benefit of seeing their asset appreciate; our collector’s editions have been known to have their value multiply, in some cases reaching ten times their original price. 

Here are a few examples:


I was in South Beach in 2000, at the Delano gift shop, and saw the Helmut Newton book with the stand! It was magnificent. I WANTED IT SO BAD - but I just could not afford it at the time. WHO KNEW it would SOAR in Value!!!

I think I bought my first Taschen book, in the 1980s. It was a Tom of Finland book.  Of course, it was just a regular edition. Nothing super collectible. But I loved the titles and topics they published. 

Lovers of beautiful books adore Taschen. A publisher of art books, Taschen was created by Benedikt Taschen in 1980 in Cologne, Germany. It was originally centered on comics only, when the then-18-year-old Taschen found himself with an enormous collection of new, rare and collectible comics, and decided to set up a (25 meters square) shop to display and sell them. It went so well that by the end of the 1980s, Taschen titles could be found in multiple languages at prices reasonable enough to make art more accessible to everyone.

Now, 39 years after its inception, the company's mission has long been to publish innovative, beautifully designed art books at prices that don't alienate or limit the audience, and they have seven offices employing over 150 staff. Taschen is well known for its abundant, gorgeous coffee-table art books, its impressive selection of comics and graphic novels, and for never shying away from potentially controversial subject matter, sexuality in particular. While many of their publications run to design, décor and artist profiles, many taboo or underground artistic subjects like sexual fetishism and erotica have been brought more into mainstream notice and availability thanks to Taschen.


  I am saving my pennies TODAY!


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Naked Men in the Desert

Clothing is Forever Optional

 

HOW COOL IS THIS?! 
Scientists May Have Finally Unlocked Puzzle of Why People Are Gay

US NEWS broke the story - Scientists may have finally solved the puzzle of what makes a person gay, and how it is passed from parents to their children.

A group of scientists suggested Tuesday that homosexuals get that trait from their opposite-sex parents: A lesbian will almost always get the trait from her father, while a gay man will get the trait from his mother.

The hereditary link of homosexuality has long been established, but scientists knew it was not a strictly genetic link, because there are many pairs of identical twins who have differing sexualities. Scientists from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis say homosexuality seems to have an epigenetic, not a genetic link.

Long thought to have some sort of hereditary link, a group of scientists suggested Tuesday that homosexuality is linked to epi-marks â€" extra layers of information that control how certain genes are expressed. These epi-marks are usually, but not always, "erased" between generations. In homosexuals, these epi-marks aren't erased â€" they're passed from father-to-daughter or mother-to-son, explains William Rice, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Santa Barbara and lead author of the study.


Do you realize how exciting this is?

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The Merck Foundation became the latest corporate leader to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

 The Merck Foundation announced that it will suspend all funding to the BSA and will consider funding the organization again when the BSA ends the discriminatory ban. The Merck Foundation joins other BSA sponsors including the Intel Foundation and the UPS Foundation in choosing to provide financial support to only those organizations that align with the company’s non-discrimination policy.

In a statement on Merck’s site, they explained:

The BSA's policy of exclusion based on sexual orientation directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines.  The Foundation re-evaluated funding for the BSA when the organization restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation.  Merck Foundation has notified the BSA of this decision.

As part of the broader review of funding decisions in 2013, the Foundation is currently assessing all current and future funding commitments to ensure that it is not funding organizations with policies contrary to its own.

UPS has also PULLED FUNDING!  And Verizon is now being asked to stop, as well. 

MORE  AT GLAAD



IF YOU can't see Lady Bunny 
at a club near you, 
this holiday season, 
you can always watch 

(BEWARE - some are NSFW!)
Mainstream comics’ 
introduces a gay couple (kind of)

By Shaun Knittel

Best Gay News Magazine Staff Writer

 

Marvel Comics has announced a renewed focus on its Avengers comics. The company is set to release a spin-off about a team of teenage superheroes called, Young Avengers. 

 

Queerty reports, “Joining Kid Loki, Miss America and Marvel Boy are Wiccan and Hulkling, one of mainstream comics’ most prominent (and cutest) gay couples.

 

Wiccan and Hulking were actually a part of an earlier Young Avengers title created by gay screenwriter Allan Heinberg) that was sadly canceled some time back.”

Writer Kieron Gillen says, they will be the “core romantic couple of Young Avengers.”

“Wiccan will make a big mistake,” warns Gillen, “that threatens his relationship with the shape shifting Hulkling.”

“Do they have Grindr in the Marvel Universe?” asks Queerty.

“Fundamentally, 'Young Avengers' used to be about being sixteen," said Gillen, who also gave a brief summary of how the character grew up in the original series. "I wanted to do something different. Instead of being a book about being 16, it's a book about being 18. It's about approaching the world on your own terms." Gillen stated he plans to explore the superhero convention from top to bottom. "Most of the books that have 'Avengers' in the title is about the ideal. It's about super heroism and living as one of Earth's Mightiest Mortals. … It's a book about optimism and how optimism tends to get crushed."

Gillen characterized the book as "very natural," saying, "There's nothing that is less cool than desperately grasping to be cool."

He wants to focus on the full range of teenage problems through a superhero lens. 


Seattle Issues First Same Sex Marriages Licenses After Nov. Election 

by Shaun Knittel

Big Gay News Magazine Staff Writer

 On December 5, Governor Chris Gregoire (D-WA) and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified Referendum 74, the marriage equality bill that makes same-sex marriage legal in the state . 

"This is a very important and historic day in the great state of Washington. For many years now, we've said, 'One more step. One more step.' This is our last step," Gregoire said. "To the couples that are here today that will finally be treated with the equality they've deserved for many years, congratulations to each of you."

On midnight, December 6, King County Executive Dow Constantine signed the first same-sex marriage license in Washington State for Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen at the King County Recorder's Office in Seattle, Washington. The office opened at 12:01 a.m. to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time after Washington voters chose to legalize same-sex marriage in November's election… 

Dozens of gay and lesbian couples attained their marriage licenses.  King County, the state's biggest county, opened the doors to its auditor's office shortly after midnight.

King County Executive Dow Constantine said, “People who have been waiting all these years to have their rights recognized should not have to wait one minute longer."

In Seattle, the mood was festive. 

Volunteers distributed everything from roses and coffee to fruit. Champagne was poured. Different groups of men and women serenaded the waiting line, one to the tune of "Going to the Chapel."

According to the Associated Press, “Hundreds of people,” (many of whom had waited all night and had lined up hours earlier” shaik snaking around the downtown Seattle building on a chilly December night.

 

"We knew it was going to happen, but it's still surreal," said Amanda Dollente, who along with her partner, Kelly Middleton, began standing in line at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Among those getting marriage licenses was Dan Savage, who said, “It's been a long fight but it ain't over. We still have to fight (the Defense of Marriage Act) and there's 41 other states were same-sex couples aren't allowed to marry."

Savage plans to marry his partner on Sunday in a ceremony at City Hall.

 Washington has a three-day waiting period, so the first same-sex marriages can't be performed in the state until Sunday. Several members of the clergy have volunteered to perform marriages at three locations, on Sunday. They are also planning to perform weddings later in the week, particularly on Wednesday, which carries the notable date of 12-12-12

Washington will be the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriages. Maine will follow on Dec. 29 and Maryland on Jan. 1 as the result of votes in those states on similar ballot measures. The other six states (by order of adoption) are Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. Washington, D.C. also allows gays and lesbians to marry.



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