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Grindr and pop superstar, LGBTQ activist Pabllo Vittar partner to create and offer exclusive content to the Grindr community
LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Grindr and Brazilian drag queen, pop superstar and activist Pabllo Vittar announced a partnership to develop and offer exclusive content to the Grindr user community.
The partnership will include exclusive Grindr and Pabllo Vittar video content and the release of new music to Grindr users before it's available to the general public. Grindr and Vittar will also work together to identify a project to support the LGBTQ community as part of the campaign. The partnership comes as Grindr celebrates a decade of helping users in virtually every country in the world to connect, thrive, and express their authentic selves.
"Arguably the most famous drag queen in the world, Pabllo is an inspiration to millions of people around the world. She stands for authenticity and empowerment through her work and her personal convictions – virtues we celebrate here at Grindr every day," said Alex Black, product marketing manager, Grindr. "Ours is a natural partnership as Grindr continues to be on the cutting edge of culture and evolve to provide our users with new and rewarding experiences.
Gay Couples 73% More Likely to Be Denied By Mortgage Lenders Than Straight Couples: Study
A new study, looking at mortgage data from 1990 to 2015 finds that gay couples were 73% more likely to be denied in their mortgage applications than heterosexuals. And those who did get approved often faced higher rates.
On average, gay borrowers paid an extra 0.2% in interest and fees, adding up to an extra $86 million per year. Same-sex couples, however, do not present a higher default risk, said study authors Hua Sun and Lei Gao.
40-year-old man sues parents for throwing out his porn collection
A man is suing his parents after they destroyed his porn collection.
The plaintiff, named Charlie, lived with his parents in Michigan, Indiana for 10 months.
He had just gotten over a divorce. The lawsuit states he did work around his parents’ home in exchange for rent.
A domestic situation then forced him out in August 2017.
A few months later, his parents drove to his home in Indiana to give him some belongings.
Only one thing was missing: his $29,000 porn collection.
Gay Star News
The Most Popular Easter Candy in Every State, According to RetailMeNot
Each spring, supermarket candy aisles are flooded with sweet treats to fill our Easter baskets—especially with marshmallow Peeps, a holiday staple. RetailMeNot decided to investigate just how many people prefer Peeps to other Easter candy by asking over 1,000 Americans what their favorite Easter candy is—as it turns out, the marshmallow chicks and bunnies were pretty soundly beat. Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs ultimately came out on top, with 32 percent of the survey respondents preferring them; Cadbury Eggs also did pretty well, with 17 percent. That was followed by jelly beans, at 16 percent, and then chocolate bunnies, which came in at a shocking 10 percent. (Is everything we know a lie?) Finally, Peeps rolled in at just six percent, and apparently, 73 percent of the respondents said they don't like Peeps at all. RetailMeNot also pulled results to find the most popular Easter candy in every state, and again, Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs reign supreme—Tennessee and Virginia, however, are very firmly in camp Peeps.
Food and Wine
Gay adult studio Noir Male responds to allegations of “not catering” to the black community
Last week gay adult performer Jace Zhu stated that he had stopped working for the studio Noir Male (tagline: “Showcases Black Men As They Deserve To Be Seen) because he felt he was “being used to sell a product that doesn’t cater to our community.” A popular gay adult gossip blog followed up on Zhu’s comment by alleging that the studio has a 37-to-30 black-to-white performer ratio, a count that the studio says is inaccurate.
We reached out to Noir Male for comment and they’ve refuted several of the Zhu’s and the gossip blog’s assertions.
In an official statement give to Queerty, Noir Male wrote:
“We were slightly shocked by Jacen’s comments, but respect his personal and professional choices, and wish him the best. We have loved working with him and even tried to get him involved in the creative process when he voiced concerns in the past as to representation; however there was no continued follow through on his end. We always ask performers to come to us with any ideas or concerns; we want this to be a studio that performers are proud of and represent MOC (men of color) in a positive light.”
Housing's hidden crisis: Rural Americans struggle to pay rent
Housing has been famously unaffordable in expensive cities such as San Francisco for a while. But now in tiny towns and counties across the country, an increasing share of rural residents are struggling to pay their rents and mortgages.
The housing affordability crisis is spreading to rural communities such as Aroostook County, Maine, and Malheur County, Oregon, where the share of residents who are severely burdened by housing costs has surged since the housing crash of 2006 to 2010, according to the County Health Rankings. Other researchers are also calling attention to the issue, with Pew's Stateline finding that one of four of the country's most rural counties have seen a rise in severely cost-burdened households -- those that spend more than half their income on housing.
Fifty years ago, the most urgent issue for rural communities was substandard housing, such as whether residents relied on outhouses rather than indoor plumbing, noted Lance George, director of research and information at the Housing Assistance Council, a nonprofit focusing on rural housing. But affordability now ranks as the top housing concern among rural residents, he said.
The homeless man whose story raised $400,000 was sentenced for taking part in the hoax
A homeless Philadelphia man who was found guilty of helping to scam GoFundMe donors out of nearly $400,000 was sentenced for conspiracy to commit theft by deception in New Jersey on Friday.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr. was sentenced to a five-year special probation period for participating in what turned out to be a viral hoax.
He pleaded guilty to the charge in March.
According to the story that was presented in 2017, New Jersey resident Kate McClure ran out of gas and was stranded on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. A homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., supposedly saw her and gave her his last $20 for gas.
San Jose to hang rainbow flags at airport Chick-fil-A in support of LGBTQ rights
A California city that last year approved the addition of a Chick-fil-A at its local airport now wants to send a message of support to LGBTQ people as the opening date for the fast-food restaurant nears.
The San Jose City Council voted 11-0 on Tuesday to hang rainbow flags in support of LGBTQ people and pink, blue and white flags for transgender rights at or near a Chick-fil-A due to open in May at San Jose International Airport.
Rosemary Barnes, a spokeswoman for the airport, said it will decide where to place the flags.
The council's vote comes as two other cities around the country have blocked Chick-fil-A from opening at their airports over concerns that the restaurant chain has a record of supporting anti-gay organizations.
A definitive guide to tipping at restaurants, because we know you have questions
Paying the check at the end of a meal can make you sweat when you’re trying to figure out what to tip. Do you move the decimal over? Add a zero to the first number on the check? Call your mom for help? While there are plenty of ways to decide how much to tip at restaurants, there are a few etiquette and cultural rules you’ll want to follow to make sure you’re tipping properly. Unfortunately, some customers choose to make their own rules.
A recent Twitter post from CNBC on this topic caused an uproar: it offered a “hack” diners could use to save money, but ultimately, the trick amounted to tipping your server less. As you can imagine, this didn’t go well on Twitter. With more than 5 million views and 7,000 comments, people obviously had thoughts on the matter.
Some on Twitter said there were better ways to save money that didn’t involve skimping on the tip:
Man pleads guilty after attacking gay man then bragging about it online
A man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after attacking a gay man and then bragging about it on social media.
24-year-old Brandon Michael Wiley is from Lewisburg, Tennessee, reports the Daily News Journal.
Last summer, Wiley entered MJ’s Sports Bar and Grill on Broad Street in Murfreesboro.
He initially claimed a 39-year-old gay man ‘grabbed his junk and molested him,’ according to a report filed with Murfreesboro police.
But that story didn’t line up with video evidence, say police.
Gay Star News
Portland Man Sentenced for Threatening to Kill Gay Men
Virginia man arrested for secretly filming nude men at a spa, then selling the videos
Trans woman arrested & sexually harassed by jail staff for hours over a $15 traffic ticket
Omar Sharif Jr. challenges Sultan of Brunei to execute his son if gays should be stoned to death
Stars Help L.A. LGBT Center Open Campus for Youth and Seniors
The Los Angeles LGBT Center Sunday opened the first phase of its Anita May Rosenstein Campus, a two-acre complex in Hollywood designed to serve LGBTQ youth and seniors, making it the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility.
The opening was celebrated with a six-hour block party featuring celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with guided tours and musical performances by Betty Who, VINCINT, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Alexandra Billings.
The campus includes 100 beds for homeless youth, a new Senior Community Center, a Youth Drop-In Center, and the Ariadne Getty Foundation Youth Academy. It will also house the organization’s headquarters, being relocated from the McDonald/Wright Building, which will be transformed entirely into a health center. The second phase of the campus, scheduled to open in mid-2020, will have 99 units of affordable housing for seniors and 25 supportive housing apartments for youth.
Taylor Swift made a major donation to an LGBTQ group to fight Tennessee’s ‘slate of hate’ laws
Attorney General will investigate hostile work environment & issues LGBTQ nondiscrimination order
Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife
On a summer’s day in 2017, in gardens near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, an unusual drag show took place. A lot of work had gone into the costumes, but these were not of the kind you’d expect: there were no rhinestones or wigs. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The models didn’t represent buildings of any great distinction, but to members of the audience they were a familiar lineup: the Black Cap, the Joiners Arms, the Glass Bar, the Lesbian and Gay Centre. They were London’s queer spaces, past and present.
The event had been organised by the architecture academics Ben Campkin and Lo Marshall as a riff on the famous 1931 Beaux Arts Ball in New York, at which attendees dressed as the Chrysler building and the Waldorf Astoria hotel. They have been analysing the changing landscape of the queer community in London since 2016, and dragged up once again in front of the press at the Whitechapel Gallery to mark the opening of Queer Spaces: London, 1980s–Today.
More than 80 women sue San Diego hospital alleging secret camera recordings
More than 80 women have filed a lawsuit against Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa alleging they were secretly recorded while undergoing medical procedures in labor and delivery operating rooms.
Patients were filmed without their consent in three private rooms from July 2012 to June 2013, according to the lawsuit filed last week in San Diego County Superior Court. The women allege hidden cameras filmed approximately 1,800 patients undergoing medical procedures — including births, dilatation and curettage to resolve miscarriages, and hysterectomies.
This pastor allegedly drugged & brutally raped two men before going home to his wife
Police in Michigan are accusing a pastor of using drugs to lure two young men into his home and office and then sexually assaulted them.
Christopher Cox, 41, is the pastor of Long Lake Church in Traverse City. He was arraigned yesterday and told that he was being charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault and one drug trafficking count.
One of the victims, who is 19 and homeless, said that several weeks ago Cox was looking for a “drug buddy” and told the victim to come home with him for drugs and sex with women.
The victim said that he smoked meth with Cox and took CBD shots, and Cox gave him GHB. The probable cause statement says that he was incapacitated for several hours, during which Cox raped him repeatedly.
This Republican pled guilty to paying two young boys for sex multiple times. Now he denies it all.
Catholic Bishops Fund Anti-Choice ‘Clinics’ Set to Receive Trump Title X Funding
You would think that the crisis over clerical abuse roiling the Catholic Church for the past few years would be an “all hands on deck” moment in terms of the resources and attention of the Catholic hierarchy. You would also think that given the revelations about predatory behavior reaching to the very highest levels of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the systemic misogyny of the church’s leadership, which last week prompted the entire staff of the Vatican women’s magazine to resign, the hierarchy might back down on its insistence that contraception and abortion were to blame for many of society’s ills and turn its attention inward.
You would be wrong.
Apparently the Catholic hierarchy still has time to find ways to attempt to undercut access to birth control and abortion. As the New York Times reported last Friday, the Trump administration is funneling $5.1 million in federal Title X family planning funding to a Southern California-based chain of faith-based anti-choice medical clinics called Obria. Obria is the more millennial-friendly name given to the former Birth Choice crisis pregnancy centers founded by Kathleen Eaton Bravo, a Catholic woman who pioneered the idea of creating a “medical model” corporate-sounding anti-abortion clinic to siphon money away from Planned Parenthood.
The Obria clinics keep the features of crisis pregnancy centers, including the lure of free or low-cost pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, which lure women with unintended pregnancy in the door to hear a pitch about the horrors and dangers of abortion, but add just enough primary care services—STD testing, prenatal care, and well-women visits—to qualify for Medicaid and some private insurance reimbursement, and now, with the aid of the Trump administration, actual Title X family planning funding.
Abortion Bans Are a Call to Action—Not a Reason to Give Up