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Gay couples from largest Native American tribe call for marriage equality
Tradition remains law here on the land of Navajo Nation, a Native American territory occupying parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
And the words of elders are treated as gospel.
But ahead of the US midterm elections on 6 November, national debates over same-sex marriage within indigenous communities are prompting the country’s largest Native American tribe to have a rethink.
Cruising for Inclusion
Jay couldn’t wait to attend the Naked Unicorn Party, the BYOB play party capping off Butchfest, a 2013 Dallas festival celebrating “lesbians and queers who identify as tomboys, butches, studs, bois, transmen genderqueers, two-spirits, and all other identities masculine of center.” He had attended a few other queer sex events before, but as a 42-year-old trans man with a limp, his trans identity and physical disability made it difficult for him to sexually engage others.
Others often assume Jay’s disability puts him in chronic pain, but it doesn’t. And as someone who identifies as “70 percent femme/female-attracted and 30 percent butch/masculine-attracted,” he doesn’t feel welcome in queer sex spaces. At one sex party, the host pointed to him as proof of the event’s inclusivity. As a result, he often feels physically and sexually awkward at these events and usually ends up watching as a voyeur.
Warwick Rowers include gay World Cup champ Robbie Manson in new calendar
The Warwick Rowers are including openly gay World Cup champion Robbie Manson in their latest calendar.
The big news here is that Warwick Rowers are welcoming an openly gay world champion to their calendar promotion. The sexual orientation of the individual rowers has almost never been discussed. So the fact that they would welcome a naked gay dude to the photo shoots and calendar says a lot about the actual inclusion of the members of the club.
Homosexuality still criminalized in much of the world
Criminal statutes banning homosexuality are on the books in 74 countries, eight of which include the death penalty, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
Former Writer Saw Bert And Ernie As 'Loving Couple,' Sesame Workshop Disagrees
New life was breathed into a perennial debate this week, when a former Sesame Street writer revealed that not only did he consider beloved characters Bert and Ernie to be a gay couple, but he used his own relationship as creative inspiration.
On Sunday, Queerty published an interview with Mark Saltzman, who worked on the show in the 1980s and 90s, asking him if he thought of Bert and Ernie as a gay couple.
"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman said. "So I don't think I'd know how else to write them, but as a loving couple."
As MeToo storms the world, some techies are forming men's groups to talk about their emotions...sometimes, they cry
Andrew Horn couldn't remember the last time he released his anger.
The 32-year-old founder of Tribute.co, a video montage platform recently dubbed by the New Yorker as "Hallmark 2.0," recalled throwing things and slamming doors – but never actually expressing his anger. So, one of the attendees in his men's-only meeting group handed him a pillow while the others encouraged him to scream into it. He let out a guttural release of primal rage.
"I felt a lot better," he explained.
Horn says the key to unlocking his emotions has been discovering "modern masculinity," a movement of men exploring their emotions in small group settings.
Rapper Socalled made amateur gay porn to celebrate his 40th birthday
He filmed it in his parents' house
Canadian rapper Socalled said he celebrated his 40th birthday by making gay porn.
The openly gay star claimed that instead of a mid-life crisis, he wanted a ‘mid-life celebration’. And that celebration involved porn.
Filmed in his parents’ house.
The star realized his parents were out of town for a month, so he wrote a script with the house as the setting. They’ve now been told, and apparently it’s ‘still sinking in’ for his dad.
The 40-year-old recruited two porn stars for the dad-upsettingly-named film ‘The Housesitter’: Valentin Braun, to play the love interest, and River Wilson, as the main character.
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Scientologists Used to Sell Bogus Meat to Poor People to Fund Their Training
Scientology is a supposed religion whose methods and organizational hierarchy just so happen to resemble a pyramid scheme. In spite of that (or perhaps because of it), the church L. Ron Hubbard founded has lured a number of acolytes over the years with the promise of “going clear.” And while all the Hollywood celebrities affiliated with Scientology can afford the escalating payments needed to get deeper into the organization, new reporting shows that less-famous followers had to sell mysterious meat to Californians in order to up their Operating Thetan levels.
The Daily Beast recently took a deep dive into Scientology’s surprising connection to the world of California meat sales in the '70s and '80s. Though not officially an arm of the church, the workforce of Scientologist-owned businesses like Mr. Sirloin and Tully’s Premium Meats drew disproportionately from the ranks of believers, giving them a chance to sell meat on commission in order to pay their way up the ladder.
Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood’s ‘Cultural Insensitivity’
Ken Jeong delighted audiences in “Crazy Rich Asians” as Papa Goh, the high-haired, nouveau riche father of the Goh family. But behind the laughter, a range of emotions welled behind the comedian, for the road to “Crazy Rich Asians” was a deeply emotional one. Even now, while doing press for the film, Jeong can’t help but get emotional talking about the impact of this feature film.
“It’s bigger than us,” Jeong said. “This movie is bigger. I have a very modest, small role in this movie, yet, I’ve never felt so culturally emotional about it.”
Twitter Is Tired of Hollywood's Gayface
Disney has received a boatload of criticism for casting a straight actor, Jack Whitehall, in a gay role in Jungle Cruise.
A source confirmed to The Sun that the 30-year-old actor landed "a dream role" in the part, a character described as "hugely effete, very camp and very funny." As the first clearly gay role in a Disney film, it is also historic.
Many queer people in the entertainment industry took to Twitter to express exasperation in response to the news of the "dream role," which many felt should have gone to a gay or bi actor.
"I know we are supposed to be happy about this but the second outreach to the LGBTQ community is another camp character played by a straight guy," wrote Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese. "Why must we always take our spoonful of sugar with a lemon?"
"How about an openly gay actor/comedian playing the first openly gay “very Camp” character in a Disney film. Baby steps I guess. FUCK BABY STEPS. THIS IS BULLSHIT," stated Sex and the City actor Mario Cantone.
NAACP slams Trump as 'racist'
Racial and ethnic tensions remain high in the U.S. one year after President Donald Trump ignited controversy by initially failing to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis following a deadly clash in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The NAACP’s president, Derrick Johnson, spoke with POLITICO recently and weighed in on Trump, his administration and the state of race relations. Trump has declined to meet with civil rights leaders, Johnson said, even though the NAACP has repeatedly invited him to address its members, both as a candidate and as president. (The nonpartisan organization has met with every U.S. president, as well as many candidates for the office, since Harry S. Truman in 1947.)
While Trump did meet with the leaders of historically black colleges and universities in 2017 and 2018, as well as with African-American faith leaders and the Congressional Black Caucus, Johnson described the encounters as “basic photo opportunities.”
Victor Blackwell rips Trump's tweet on racism
16 Things I Learned From Having Sex With Trans Men
Before I went to college, I was closeted. I barely count those eighteen years as part of life. Why would I? That wasn't me — not really. The most interesting places I've lived — Zambia, South Africa, London — happened during that time, and those experiences were wasted on someone with no cognizance, no words yet. In high school, the only person I knew who was like me was a punk — a mean lesbian with spike collars and pink hair. She teased me outside the lunchroom. I know she had to be tough — ours was a private Christian school with 200 students, and she was out.
In time, she softened. She said hey to me. Then she graduated and disappeared. A few years later, I learned that she transitioned. Dae found his truth, came out as transgender and found his queer family in a city not far from there. We are still friends today. While our journeys are different, we both more or less found the things we needed — the right words to call ourselves, the chosen families we belonged in — at the same time. Dae has become a remarkably handsome man, and in many ways, he was my first sign that others were out there — back when I simply knew I was "other" and that was all I had.
Other sexy trans men came later — casual hookups and kinky playmates — who taught me some of my most important lessons about being queer. Here are some of them.
LGBTQ&A Podcast: Scott Turner Schofield on ‘Superficial Male Privilege’
Bringing a Community Together Through Tacos
Keith Garrett went from selling drugs to selling tacos, burritos and quesadillas at his food truck, All Flavor, No Grease. Living on one of the most dangerous blocks in South L.A., Garrett began to bring together all flavors of people over his mother’s famous tacos. Now, he’s helped broker a ceasefire between rival gangs in the neighborhood, all through his signature Americanized-Mexican food. Sometimes, the best way to peace is through the stomach.
Great Big Story
Grindr Suggests It Will Tackle Sexual Racism with 'Kindr'
The LGBTQ dating app Grindr sent out a cryptic message on its social media accounts this week, suggesting it will be tackling sexual racism with a new program called Kindr.
"It's time to play nice. Dropping September 2018," the company tweeted last Friday. The message also linked to a website: Kindr.grindr.com.
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New study finds no significant improvement in film inclusion over past decade
The numbers are in. The numbers are abysmal. The most appalling findings are detailed helpfully in all-caps, like a presidential missive about how YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES: “NO PROGRESS FOR FEMALES ON SCREEN IN FILM IN OVER A DECADE.”
This is a typical takeaway from the Annenberg Inclusion Institute’s annual study on inclusion in film, produced by researchers Dr. Stacy L. Smith (you may remember her as the coiner of the “inclusion rider”), Marc Choueiti, and Dr. Katherine Pieper. Their data quantifies diversity and representation in the 100 top-grossing films of the year; this year’s study digs into both the 2017 numbers on their own and as part of a massive overview of 11 years in cinema. The resulting work, “Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, LGBT & Disability from 2007 to 2017,” is…not exactly uplifting reading.