As we…

October 2nd, 2012

As we enter October, the year 2012 symbolizes a year of change.  Some good, some difficult but all necessary.

While it is true that I have temporarily suspended the print version of Pittsburgh’s Out, www.outonline.com continues as a bigger force for the region’s LBGTQ community.   Not because it may be the only way to reach the region’s LGBTQ community, but because it reaches up to 100,000 views a week.

I don’t know if Cue Magazine will ever publish again due to the owner and publisher passing away last month, nor do I know if a new publication will emerge to replace Pittsburgh’s Out. I do know that my heart goes out to the Cue staff for the untimely death of Joe Christopher Cecchini . And, I do know that the past 26 years at Out have been incredible and I look forward to the years to come at OUT ONLINE Inc and www.outonline.com.

Official Notice:
Unfortunately, at this time, we have decided to temporary discontinue the print version of Pittsburgh’s Out and focus on our wildly popular online site, www.outonline.com.   An online version of the newspaper may be available being October, and the website will continue to have live and recorded videos, current local, national news, classifieds, chat and so much more.  With www.OutOnline.com advertising you can reach up to 10 times more exposure of your business than the two local LGBT publications at a fraction of the cost.  Our numbers are documented!  Our site has become the region’s largest and most read local LGBTQ source and we plan to offer even more.  This is the only way to reach LGBT consumers in the region in large numbers!

The newspaper has published in one form or another since 1973 and we welcome your business to continue to now reach our up to 100,000+ viewers on www.outonline.comOut has changed formats many times over the course of almost 40 years and with this change we offer many more potential customers for much less money.  Banner ads start as low as $50! 

After a month or so, we may consider the start of a newly refreshed Pittsburgh’s Out publication , but only with adding outside investments or donations from individuals or companies. No printed local LGBTQ publications.

Thank you for your understanding, consideration and years of support.  I look forward to a wildly successful business relationship (and friendship) with you well into the future!

Changes

December 16th, 2011

Hi everyone.  Happy Holidays!  I have been busy making some big changes for you starting with the website www.outonline.com.  OUT TV is getting a new look for U 2.  Be the U in Out.  We invite you to submit your video for consideration on our network.   You will not believe (or want to miss) what we have planned on OUT TV. 

www.outonline.com is the region’s largest LGBTQ website with up to 350,000 views per week and we plan to increase that drastically in the weeks and months to come.

It is almost time for the January 2012 issue of Pittsburgh’s Out to hit the streets.  Tuesday, December 20.

Tuesday, December 13 was my birthday. Thank you everyone that sent well wishes on Facebook and by email.  I truly appreciate you!  Ed got up at 4am and made me the most incredible breakfast I have ever had eaten.  He also made me a wonderful birthday dinner. 

Ed, I love you, more and more each year…thank U for being U and treating me so wonderfully.

I promised to get back into the routine of posting here.  I plan to post LGBTQ news, opinions and OUT TV information on here plus updates on my personal life.

Thanks again for letting me on your computer screen!

Keep Reading…

Tony

No Mullets in Iran or glamorous hairstyles like westerners, DADT, GLITTER-BOMBS, Gaga tweets 11 million for gay equality, Twins get better

June 17th, 2011

23 Anti-Gay House Republicans Want Obama to Let Them Delay Certification of ‘DADT’ Repeal

A group of 23 House Republicans, led by Rep. Duncan Hunter (pictured), who last month tried to impede repeal of the military’s gay ban by adding several anti-gay amendments to a Defense appropriations bill, now want special review of "pending legislative matters of policy and law" related to the measure before it is certified.

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Basically, since the amendments to the Defense bill did not work in delaying the ban from being repealed (the Senate did not adopt similar amendments) they are trying to find other ways. Anything they can do to stop gays from serving openly.

The Washington Blade reports:

Under the repeal law signed in December, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” won’t be off the books until the president, the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify the U.S. military is ready for open service. Training has been underway in the armed forces since February to prepare the military for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.  Gates recently said training has gone very well, and if law is signed by the end of this month, gays could serve openly as soon as September.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1PXHtLfKq


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vrVQ3xVB2BM

Do you know what a glitter bomb is?  Glitter bomb is the dumping of glitter on a person, usually anti-gay political figure.  The following video shows the glitter bombing of Tim Pawlenty, GOP presidential hopeful in San Francisco.  Mr Pawlenty was glitter-bombed by a protester with Code Pink, who shouted:

"Where’s your courage to stand for gay rights and women’s reproductive rights, Tim Pawlenty? Welcome to San Francisco. Home of gay hero Harvey Milk!"

The protester was then escorted away by security.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/pawlenty.html#ixzz1PXMaszG3


GLITTER-BOMB 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=g8OZsJokBB0

Newt Gingrich Hit by Glitter Attack from Gay Protester

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At a book-signing May, a gay activist poured a bucket of glitter over Newt Gingrich and his wife as they sat at a table at a Minnesota Family Council event, ABC News reports:

Said Nick Espinosa during the glitter bomb: "Feel the rainbow Newt.   Stop the hate.   Stop the anti-gay politics. It’s dividing our country and it’s not fixing the economy."

Said Newt after the attack. "Nice to live in a free country."

As Espinosa was kicked out, Newt’s security said: "So goes you, goes the rotting of our country. Have you ever seen us attend one of your events? Have we disturbed your events? Never. Peace be with you."

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/05/newtglitter.html#ixzz1PXO2CoZj


Lady Gaga Enlists Eleven Million ‘Little Monsters’ in NY Marriage Equality Battle

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Lady Gaga instructed her Twitter minions to get their paws to the phone this afternoon and call NY Senators in support of marriage equality.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/lady-gaga-enlists-eleven-million-little-monsters-in-ny-marriage-equality-battle.html#ixzz1PXPI5Xga


Iran Enforces Ban on Necklaces, ‘Glamorous Hairstyles’ on Men

The fashion police are out in force in Iran, the Guardian reports:

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Thousands of special forces have been deployed in Tehran’s streets, participating in the regime’s "moral security plan" in which loose-fitting headscarves, tight overcoats and shortened trousers that expose skin will not be tolerated for women, while men are warned against glamorous hairstyles and wearing a necklace.

The new plan comes shortly after the Iranian parliament proposed a bill to criminalize dog ownership, on the grounds that it "poses a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the west".

The Irna state news agency said the trend was aimed at combating "the western cultural invasion" with help from more than 70,000 trained forces, known as "moral police", who are sent out to the streets in the capital and other cities.

The ponytail and the mullet are particularly offensive, the paper notes.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/iran-enforces-ban-on-necklaces-glamorous-hairstyles-on-men.html#ixzz1PXRGP400

Here is what Iran is afraid of:

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Minnesota Twins plan "It Gets Better" video: "According to Chris Iles, Corporate Communications Manager for the Twins, the team’s ‘looking into’ making their own ‘It Gets Better’ video. ‘We’re in the process of finding appropriate players, lining up production needs, etc.,’
Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/gay-news-ryan-reynolds-beefcake-honored-with-fame-comic.html#ixzz1PXWJkOmF

Rapper Lil B “I’m Gay” on cover, NY Marriage Equality, Santorum has GAYS, HIV man wins, Hollywood is brainwashing America, Obama extends protections to gays, DADT end in September?

June 16th, 2011

New York Assembly Approves Marriage Equality in Vote of 80-63

After several hours of emotional debate, New York’s Assembly has approved the ‘Marriage Equality Act’ by a vote of 80-63.

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A similar bill has been submitted to the New York Senate. Senate Republicans conferenced for several hours today, emerging with no decision on whether there would be a vote. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said they would convene again today.

31 out of 32 Senators need to pass it and have committed to support the bill. All that stands between it now is one vote.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1PRFl4owf


Rapper Lil B Releases ‘I’m Gay’ Cover Art

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Rapper Lil B, who made headlines when he announced, "I’m going to do the most controversial thing in hip hop…i’m gonna show you that words don’t mean s**t. I’m gonna make an album called ‘I’m gay,’" has released the cover art for that album.

Complex posted the art, which shows a transition from slavery to freedom:

Lil B clarifies the I’m Gay album title with an ‘I’m Happy’ in parentheses. GLAAD released a statement to XXL magazine when Lil B announced his album title: "Lil B knows that words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil B’s album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way."

Lil B told MTV News that he was serious:

"I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it.I hope GLAAD sees that I’m taking initial steps to break barriers."

He also said that he had been receiving death threats since he made the announcement:

"People been hitting me up like, ‘I’m gonna bash your head in,’ ‘you f—-t,’ ‘I’m gonna kill you.’…I’m not gonna stop and I’m not scared of anybody on earth. That’s why I [titled the album I’m Gay] and nobody gonna stop me."

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1PRICHspZ


VIDEO (36SEC)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V2muG0j6qCk

Rick Santorum Tells Don Lemon He Has Gay Friends

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Hard to believe but Rick "frothy mix" Santorum is yet again claiming that he is not a homophobe. This time he tells interviewer Don Lemon that he had just spent time with a gay friend a couple of days beforehand.  Hmmm, Interesting…

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/12/#ixzz1PRSBGDQ7

Rise Of Same-Sex Adoptions Deflates Right-Wing Talking Point On Marriage

http://equalitymatters.org/blog/201106150008

Adoptions by gay and lesbian couples are on the rise across the U.S., despite significant legal obstacles that leave many of these couples and their families unprotected.

A June 13 New York Times article reports that, according to new census data, a growing number of same-sex couples are starting families even if they can’t legally marry.


HIV man wins cut in jail term

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Michael Neal, an HIV-positive Melbourne man who willfully tried to infect others, has 19-year sentence slashed by seven years: "Neal’s trial heard allegations he had unprotected sex without telling his partners he had HIV and arranged ‘conversion parties’ to infect people. He mainly met his victims at gay venues, on gay websites or at gay beats."

Michael Neal, 52, was sentenced in 2009 to a minimum 14 years in what police believed was a world-first conviction.

On Wednesday, Victoria’s Court of Appeal partly upheld his appeal against conviction and sentence after finding the trial judge had erred in some of his directions to the jury.

His case led to the downfall of Victoria’s chief health officer Dr Robert Hall, after the Victorian government said it should have been told about Neal sooner.

The jury heard Neal had worn a genital piercing so it was easier to infect people and told a psychiatrist he had a dark side and enjoyed infecting others.

He told one victim who had seen a report that 100 Victorians had been diagnosed with HIV that he was "responsible for most of that".

The appeal judges set aside Neal’s original jail term and resentenced him to 12 years’ jail, to serve a minimum of nine years.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/secretary-of-education-arne-duncan-issues-guidance-to-schools-urging-them-not-to-oppose-gay-straight-alliances-i-also-urge-s.html#ixzz1PRMY4cG2


 

Pat Robertson: Hollywood Forcing Straight Actors to Play Gay Roles

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On the 700 Club, Pat Robertson speaks to conservative writer Ben Shapiro about his new book, which accuses gays of "brainwashing Hollywood," Right Wing Watch reports.

Says a confounded Robertson: “…the American people overwhelmingly vote for traditional marriage between a man and a woman, what is it with Hollywood, I mean they are inserting gays one after another, as a matter of fact straight actors are being forced to play gay roles.”

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/robertson.html#ixzz1PRQPwAhX


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Obama to extend protections to gay couples under Medicaid: "Under the new guidance, dated June 10, states have the option to allow healthy partners in a same-sex relationship to keep their homes while their partners are receiving support for long-term care under Medicaid, such as care in a nursing home."
Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/10/#ixzz1PRbLtjqx


Defense Secretary Gates Suggests ‘DADT’ Repeal Could Be Certified This Month

In an interview with the AP, Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested that "if the top officers of each service recommend moving ahead on the repeal before the end of the month" he would endorse it:

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The move to end the ban on gay services could be one of Gates’ final acts as defense chief.

More than a million U.S. troops have been trained on the new law that repealed the 17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the armed services, and Gates said the instruction has gone well.

“I think people are pretty satisfied with the way this process is going forward,” he said. “I think people have been mildly and pleasantly surprised at the lack of pushback in the training.”

If the repeal is certified by the end of the months, troops could be serving openly as soon as September.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/13/#ixzz1PRd44Aq2

Splash!, Pride In The Streets, Pride March, Pride Festival; Pittsburgh Pride 2011

June 14th, 2011

SPLASH 2011

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MACY’S PRIDE EVENT – MISS LAWERENCE WASHINGTON FROM HOUSEWIVES OF ALANTA – BRAVO, TONY MOLNAR-STREJCEK AND JOHN COLOMBO FROM PITTSBURGH’S OUT. DOWNTOWN MACY’S..  FRIDAY

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PRIDE IN THE STREET PHOTOS.  HEADLINE PATTI LABELLE.

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PITTSBURGH PRIDE MARCH AND FESTIVAL PHOTOS.  ATTENDANCE 60,000+

Video (5min). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_GA89pfRoI&feature=player_embedded#at=61

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More sports “It Gets Better” videos coming, Rick Santorum Discusses Google Problem: ‘There are Vile People Out There Who Do Horrible Things’, Gay Pride

June 11th, 2011

Gay Man Killed in Puerto Rico is Third LGBT Person Murdered There in 72 Hours, 18th in Past 18 Months

Michael Lavers at EDGE reports on some extremely disturbing events in Puerto Rico over the last 72 hours:

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“Primera Hora” reported yesterday that Ramón “Moncho” Salgado was found dead along the side of a highway in Humacao on the island’s eastern coast.

Thomas J. Bryan Picó, executive director of la Fundación Gaviota, told the newspaper that Salgado was a 46-year-old gay man who lived in Humacao. “Primera Hora” reported that Salgado’s body showed signs of blunt trauma.

Bryan pointed out that Salgado is the third LGBT Puerto Rican who has been found dead in 72 hours. As EDGE reported late Monday, June 6, a transgender woman was found shot to death in a Santurce intersection. Karlota Gómez Sánchez’s body was discovered roughly 48 hours after Alejandro Torres Torres was found stabbed to death in Ponce.

In the past year and a half, 18 LGBT individuals have been killed in Puerto Rico, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/gay-man-killed-in-puerto-rico-is-third-lgbt-person-murdered-there-in-72-hours-18th-in-past-18-months.html#ixzz1Os59nGdn


Seattle Mariners to Make ‘It Gets Better’ Video

The Seattle Mariners are the latest baseball franchise to announce they’ll make an "It Gets Better’ Video, USA Today reports:

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By Thursday, more than 3,000 fans signed a Mariners petition started by Tacoma, Wash.-resident Eric Williams, an openly gay Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq before his service contract ended June 3.

Williams, 22, says the message would have transformed his youth had he heard it as a 10-year-old growing up in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

"I had nobody, there were no gay people in my area. There were a few sit-com characters and that was it," Williams said. "Seeing this project that puts big names and regular faces out there and tells kids that it does get better is such an awesome thing."

The Mariners deny they were convinced by the petition, however.

"It was something that was on our radar since the Giants’ video," said Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale.

Just last week, the Boston Red Sox joined the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs in announcing it would contribute videos to the anti-bullying project.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/seattle-mariners-to-make-it-gets-better-video.html#ixzz1Os8RpOVa


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Wingnuts Say Indianapolis Police Will be ‘Howled at by Homosexuals’ in Force’s First Gay Pride Parade

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The wingnuts at the Indiana Family Institute are upset that the Indianapolis police force will have a presence in the Gay Pride parade for the first time this year, FOX59 reports:

"The majority of Hoosiers and probably the majority of folks in Indianapolis if they actually went to the Gay Pride Parade and see the activities that goes on there would be shocked to see our taxpayer dollars going to have our men and women in uniform through the police and fire department march in that kind of a parade," says Ryan McCann of The Indiana Family Institute.

McCann says our officers are hired to protect and serve, not to endorse an alternative lifestyle. "They don’t sign up for gay pride parades and all that entails with men in police uniforms being howled at by homosexuals."

The parade happens this Saturday at 10 am.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/indy.html#ixzz1Os9mlfP6


It’s gay pride in Pittsburgh and here are some photos from around town celebrating…

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Pride 2011 Advocacy Rally

-Stuart Milk, nephew of politician and activist Harvey Milk, and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation.

-Zach Wahls, a 19-year old student from Iowa who spoke before the Iowa House of Representatives in February about his two moms.

-Steve Herforth  and Peter Karlovich

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Rick Santorum Discusses Google Problem: ‘There are Vile People Out There Who Do Horrible Things’

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Chuck Todd asked presidential hopeful Rick Santorum about his Google problem this morning, Think Progress reports.

Said Santorum: "Unfortunately, there are vile people out there who do horrible things."

Todd asks Santorum if he thinks Google has any responsibility for the indexing of his name: "I would suggest that if they have done other things to stop this kind of vile activity and filth on the internet that they should apply it equally to me and everybody else."

As you may recall, Santorum has compared same-sex marriage to sex with dogs, has said that it’s "common sense" to keep gays from marrying and adopting children, wants to reinstate the ban on gays in the military, and has said that gays shouldn’t have the "privilege of government benefits" offered to heterosexual couples, yet Santorum claims he’s not a homophobe.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/vilesantorum.html#ixzz1OsKc6eGt

Queer Beer Here! AFA’s Bryan Fisher, Gay Flag in Pgh, Gay Shower Video, Gay Cupcakes, Target share plunged

June 9th, 2011

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Queer Beer’ flies off the shelves in Winnipeg, Canada: "Half Pints Brewing Co. produced the beer to celebrate the upcoming Pride Winnipeg festival, but the beer’s launch at two city liquor stores Thursday proved so popular that the festival’s entire bottled supply was gone within hours."
Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1Om8Hli00


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AFA’s Bryan Fischer Will Bet You Everything He’s Got That Gays Will Ultimately Demand Reinstatement of ‘DADT’

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American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer tries to explain that the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" will ultimately lead to gays demanding the reinstatement of "DADT" so they won’t be forced serve in the military.

Right Wing Watch explains:

As Fischer sees it, with the repeal of DADT, gays will no longer enlist in the military because a) gays don’t really want to be soldiers and b) they know they won’t be able to use being gay as an excuse to get out of the military.

At the same time, the repeal of DADT will also cause straights to stop enlisting in the military because they don’t want to have to serve with gays, which will mean that there will be such a drop-off in enlistments that the government will be forced to institute a draft.

At that point, the gays will demand reinstatement of "DADT".

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/fischerdadt.html#ixzz1OmFDjWMQ


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The rainbow flag is now flying on the City-County building in downtown Pittsburgh.  Photo supplied by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.

Update of events:  Tonight is Splash on Mt Washington; Friday is Pub Crawl, Saturday with Pride in the Streets starring Patti Labelle and Ryan W and Sunday the Pride March starts at 12 noon followed by the festival from 1-6pm.  www.pittsburghpride.org or pick up the current issue of Pittsburgh’s Out for details about these events.

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Be it further resolved that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby declare June 3 through June 12, 2011 to be "Pittsburgh Pride Week" in the City of Pittsburgh.

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Therefore be it resolved that I, Luke Ravenstahl, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, believe that the acceptance of diversity and equality go hand-in-hand with peace and harmony, not only in Pittsburgh but across the nation. I do hereby declare one day in the month of June, namely June 12, 2011, "Pittsburgh Pride Day" here in our most livable City of Pittsburgh.



In celebration of Pride week, we give you this video for viewing pleasure.  Enjoy Baby!


Target CEO Hit with Questions About Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Political Giving at Annual Meeting

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel was hammered with questions about its political donations to MN Forward on Wednesday and its support of an amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota at the company’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Reuters reports

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Bill de Blasio, New York City public advocate and trustee of the New York City employees retirement system, which holds about $50 million in Target shares, said on Tuesday that he is "deeply concerned" when he sees those pension investments used unwisely.

A number of shareholders at Wednesday’s meeting echoed his comments, repeatedly asking Steinhafel about the donation. Target has changed its review process for donations since the MN Forward donation, but some shareholders would like to see a more explicit apology and broader change from the company.

When asked specifically about the marriage amendment, Steinhafel said, "Our position at this particular time is that we are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view…We’re a retail store, we welcome everybody…We have a broad team-member base, every shape and size and color.

Target shares plunged 21.7 percent from the beginning of 2011 through Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1OmRHkzkt


Catholic School Bans Rainbows Because It Doesn’t Want Gay-Straight Alliance Showing ‘Pride’

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The St Joseph Catholic Secondary School told the school’s unofficial Gay-Straight Alliance that it couldn’t display any rainbows at an anti-homophobia event on June 3, so the students responded by making rainbow cupcakes, Canada’s Xtra reports:

Leanne Iskander, 16, who founded the school’s “unofficial” gay-straight alliance in March, tells Xtra the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board put the kibosh on displaying any rainbows at their information booth.

“We brought signs and posters with rainbows, and we were told that we can’t put them up,” says Iskander, who was recently named the 2011 honored dyke and youth grand marshal.

The teacher who delivered the news told Iskander the decision came from the board. “The board wasn’t there, but they knew about the event,” she says.

Since rainbows couldn’t be displayed openly and proudly, the students baked rainbows into the cupcakes by dying the batter in a rainbow of colours. The cupcakes were sold for 50 cents each, raising about $200 for charity.

St Joseph Catholic Secondary School is in Missassauga, Ontario.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/catholic-school-bans-rainbows-because-it-doesnt-want-gay-straight-alliance-showing-pride.html#ixzz1OmXVGsao


VIDEO (1.31MIN)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ApOWWb7Mqdo#at=42

Woman Tattoos All Her Facebook Friends on Her Arm

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Here is hoping none of her 152 friends unfriend her.  How long would it take to tattoo my 3045 friends from Facebook? 

Maybe I should stick to the 3 actual friends I personally know on Facebook.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/woman-tattoos-all-her-facebook-friends-on-her-arm-video.html#ixzz1OmaNutqo

NOT GAY ENOUGH! GAY CURE

June 8th, 2011

The gay who wasn’t gay enough.   Check out this recruiting video from Muddy York RFC.  Wanna join?

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German Doctors Advertise Gay ‘Cure’ On Website

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A Catholic medical group in Germany called the Union of Catholic Physicians is offering a "gay treatment" on its website (screenshot above). Weekly news magazine Spiegel reports:

The religious association, which calls itself the "voice of the Catholic medical community," writes on its website that while "homosexuality is not an illness," a host of treatments are available to keep such "inclinations" at bay.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/german-doctors.html#ixzz1OVFYGghw

Sarah Palin knows her history, the kiss, Santorum+Westboro= Frothy MIx, Gay Days Protest in Orlando, Florida

June 6th, 2011

Palin Explains Why Her Paul Revere Remarks Were Correct

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FOX News Sunday, Sarah Palin told Chris Wallace that her remarks in a Boston bakery explaining that Paul Revere "warned the British" were correct, and it was a "gotcha" question that was thrown at her. Now Palin supporters are working to back up her idiocy.

Said Palin in the bakery:

"He who warned, uh, the … the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringin’ those bells and, um, by makin’ sure that as he’s ridin’ his horse through town to send those warnin’ shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free … and we were gonna be armed."

Palin explains to Wallace:

"Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that ‘hey, you’re not going to take American arms, you are not going to beat our own well-armed persons individual private militia that we have.’"

Palin supporters are trying to legitimize Palin’s false claims by changing the Wikipedia page on Paul Revere to support them.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/palinexplains.html#ixzz1OVAGrxud


Troops Who Disagree with Military Policy on Gays Must Complete Enlistment ‘Like Everybody Else’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Marines in Afghanistan that troops won’t be able to opt-out of their enlistment just because they disagree with gays serving openly in the military.

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Gates made the remarks on a farewell trip to Afghanistan.

The U.S. Army recently launched a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ website with narration, scripts, frequently asked questions, plans and service-specific material.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1OVB0opcE


Rick Santorum Announces Run for President

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Rick Santorum announced that he’s entering the 2012 presidential race this morning on Good Morning America.

In the network interview, Santorum accused President Barack Obama of having a weak foreign policy, saying he doesn’t feel he has stood up sufficiently to Iran and asserting he has done too little to speak out against Syrian President Bashir Assad for the violence there.

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Said the former Senator with the Google problem: "We are ready to announce that we are going to be in this race and we’re in it to win."

As you may recall, Santorum has compared same-sex marriage to sex with dogs, has said that it’s "common sense" to keep gays from marrying and adopting children, wants to reinstate the ban on gays in the military, and has said that gays shouldn’t have the "privilege of government benefits" offered to heterosexual couples, yet Santorum claims he’s not a homophobe.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1OVBMfH4k


Robert Pattinson Kisses Taylor Lautner at MTV Movie Awards

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After winning ‘Best Kiss’ with co-star Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards last night, Robert Pattinson decided to offer something else. He headed to the audience to find Taylor Lautner.

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Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1OVC65hc9


Michele Bachmann Encourages More Anti-Gay Legislation

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In a prelude to what is expected to be an announcement for a run at the presidency, tea party favorite Michelle Bachmann spoke at the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition on Friday.

She and the audience celebrated the news that the unfair marriage amendment will go on the ballot in Minnesota in 2012.

Said Bachmann: “Marriage is under siege like no other time in America." She then proceeded to encourage others to introduce similar amendments to their states that would ban same-sex marriage.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1OVDIxOuG


Anti-Gay Group Flies Gay Day ‘Warning’ Over Disney World

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A conservative group in Florida has made it their mission to "warn" the people of Orlando about Saturday’s annual Gay Day at Disney World. The hateful Florida Family Association (FFA) says that gays and lesbians lead "immoral lifestyles" and has spent $7,000 to fly banners that read "Warning Gay Day at Disney 6/4" over Orlando for two full days.

From the FFA site:

"Florida Family Association wants to warn these families about this offensive event before they arrive at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday. This airplane banner is our best effort to accomplish that goal…Florida Family Association has asked Disney officials to require Gay Day to be held after hours, like Grad Night or Night of Joy, to avoid offending unsuspecting families who traveled thousands of miles expecting a normal day."

The group currently has looped video of the flyover playing on the home page of its site. They are also urging a ridiculous boycott of the Doubletree by Hilton, the official hotel for Gay Day because The FFA believes they are "sanctioning the celebration of the homosexual, lesbian and transgender lifestyles."

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/disney-world.html#ixzz1OVE4WEqQ


German Doctors Advertise Gay ‘Cure’ On Website

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A Catholic medical group in Germany called the Union of Catholic Physicians is offering a "gay treatment" on its website (screenshot above). Weekly news magazine Spiegel reports:

The religious association, which calls itself the "voice of the Catholic medical community," writes on its website that while "homosexuality is not an illness," a host of treatments are available to keep such "inclinations" at bay.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/german-doctors.html#ixzz1OVFYGghw


Westboro Baptist Church Brings Anti-Gay Hate to NBA Play-offs

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The Westboro Baptist Church has a new target: the NBA and its commissioner David Stern.

The group protested outside the Miami Heat—Dallas Mavericks play-offs game on Sunday, KDAF reports:

But demonstrators didn’t get much support from the fans. "I feel really bad for the kids. Adults have their reasons to have signs up. The kids feel like forced upon", said spectator Shantanu Rangnekar.

"It’s absolutely sad and ridiculous holding a sign saying god hates f*gs”, said spectator Dawn Fisher.

But one man rallied the crowd with his own on counter-protest. "Gay or straight god will love you gay or straight, gay or straight. John 3:16; whosoever believes in him. Not republican, not democrats not straight people, whosoever believes in him, the unidentified man said.

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1OVUNgzXy

San Francisco Giants say “It Gets Better”, Red Sox’s next?, FlAG Drama, Methodist Clergy plan to marry gays against church’s will, Denver Airport is evil?, Santorum news and Miley Cyrus dislike for him, Gays in relationships at higher risk for HIV, and much more

June 3rd, 2011

Pride Flag Drama: Some Upset at Richmond Bank’s ‘Commitment to Values of Acceptance and Inclusion”

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Richmond’s Federal Reserve Bank is flying the Pride Flag for the month of June at the request of PRISM, an LGBT employee group, but some wingnuts are already complaining, though the Richmond bank is a private institution.

Said Sally Green said, chief operating officer at the bank: "We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen. We are flying the ‘Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion."

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1O7TXqQfE


San Francisco Giants Release ‘It Gets Better’ Video

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The San Francisco Giants yesterday released their "It Gets Better" video, becoming the first professional sports organization to show their support for the campaign and take a stand against bullying.

The Giants’ participation followed an online petition initiated by gay activist Sean Chapin which gathered more than 6,000 signatures.

Incredible! 

http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/watch-san-francisco-giants-release-it-gets-better-video.html


12-Year-Old Petitions Red Sox for ‘It Gets Better’ Video

Taking a cue from activist Sean Chapin (whose campaign inspired a pledge from the SF Giants to create an ‘It Gets Better’ video), 12-year-old Sam Maden has launched a petition campaign in memory of his uncle to get the Boston Red Sox to do the same.

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Writes Sam in the petition letter:

Every day, gay and lesbian teens in Middle School and High School are made fun of and bullied. It’s sad that some of them are bullied so badly, they decide to commit suicide. Recently, a petition much like this one was created to ask the San Francisco Giants to make an "It Gets Better" video. The Giants announced that they will make a video against bullying. We can do the same.

My name is Sam, I am 12 years old and my two friends and I really like the Boston Red Sox. If we can get a lot of signatures from our peers and teachers, we can possibly have the Red Sox make a video too!

Via bosguy, who writes: "Apparently the idea came after his 43 year old uncle Chris died unexpectedly. Chris had given Sam a necklace from the Trevor Project, and according to Sam’s mother, Sam wears it every day in memory of his uncle."

To sign the petition go to http://www.change.org/petitions/boston-red-sox-please-make-an-it-gets-better-video?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&alert_id=PPLXGhzmOM_StoYVNjBMZ

http://www.towleroad.com/2011/06/12-year-old-petitions-red-sox-for-it-gets-better-video.html


Methodist Clergy Pledge to Marry Same-Sex Couples in Minnesota

A group of Methodist clergy have come together in support of same-sex marriage, WJON reports:

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"During their annual conference in St. Cloud, about 40 Minnesota United Methodist clergy have signed a statement saying they would marry any couple who came to them, including same-sex couples. Reverend Bruce Robbins of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis read the statement yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. He said he initially had about a dozen of his colleagues sign the statement, by last night that number had grown to 40. The statement was a voluntary action and not a part of the annual conference."

Bishop Sally Dyck noted that "church discipline does forbid same-sex marriage, and clergy who perform them could lose their conference membership, or clergy credentials."

Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1O7Vl0aZw


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This next video is meant more for a joke, but could it be a sign that the end of the world is coming? 

William Tapley analyzes the art and architecture at the Denver International Airport for you. 

Perhaps if he came to Pittsburgh International he would discover an airport that is underused and looks like the premature ejaculation of the darting US Airlines of which dumped its load and headed off to Philadelphia?


SUBJECT OF THE DAY!

Study shows new prevention efforts need to address young gay couples

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This week IMPACT published a new study in the journal Health Psychology that found that young gay and bisexual men in serious relationships have nearly eight times the rate of unprotected sex as compared to when they are in casual relationships.

The findings provide a new direction for prevention efforts in this population who account for nearly 70 percent of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in adolescents and young adults in the United States and who also have the highest increase in new infections. Below are some excerpts from my interview with the Health Sciences Editor at Northwestern University.

“Being in a serious relationship provides a number of mental and physical health benefits, but it also increases behaviors that put you at risk for HIV transmission,” said Dr. Brian Mustanski, associate professor in medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of a paper on the research. “Men who believe a relationship is serious mistakenly think they don’t need to protect themselves.”

About 80 percent of gay young men who are HIV positive don’t know it, because they aren’t being tested frequently enough, he noted. “It isn’t enough to ask your partner his HIV status,” Mustanski said. “Instead, both people in a serious, monogamous couple relationship should go and receive at least two HIV tests before deciding to stop using condoms.” 

New research shows HIV prevention programs should be directed toward serious relationships rather than the current focus on individuals who hook up in casual relationships.

The study findings along with recent Centers for Disease Control data showing the majority of HIV transmissions occur in serious relationships.

More info and source:  http://www.impactprogram.org/?p=422


Miley Cyrus Condemns Rick Santorum’s Anti-Gay Ways

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According to Politico:

Miley Cyrus isn’t a fan of Urban Outfitters after stories emerged alleging that the store has copied jewelry designs, so she pointed out that the company’s president had contributed to Santorum. “IF WE ALLOW GAY MARRIAGE NEXT THING U KNOW PEOPLE WILL BE MARRYING GOLD FISH’ – Rick Santorum UO contributed $13,000 to this mans campaign” tweeted Cyrus, mocking Santorum for some earlier remarks regarding gay marriage.

She also wrote about Urban Outfitters and Santorum: “Not only do they steal from artists but every time you give them money you help finance a campaign against gay equality.” It may not be the best news for Santorum, who is expected to launch his campaign next week since Cyrus has over a million Twitter followers.

http://www.towleroad.com/2011/05/miley-cyrus.html


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Rachel Maddow On Rick Santorum And His Own Man And Dog Encounter

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Rick Santorum, famous for his "man on dog" remarks about same-sex marriage, recently shared a story about a dog who peed on his leg during a campaign stop. Rachel Maddow wants Santorum to know that if he’s trying to distance himself from that remark, he’s doing a lousy job.

Said Maddow: "Mr. Santorum is trying to undo what started as his man-on-dog problem with a new stump speech about a man and a dog. And a warm sensation."

Watch the rest of Maddow’s commentary about "frothy mix" and the "serious barrier" that his googled name presents to his very likely presidential campaign.

http://www.towleroad.com/2011/05/santorum.html