Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commericial: Starbucks "Coffee Frenemies"

Starbucks first LGBT ad - "Coffee Frenemies"

Because even top RuPaul queens need caffeine.

Watch The Effect Of 18 Months Of Braces In Less Than A Minute

I had braces as a child. I sure wish it went as fast as this video does.

The young teen sure looks happy at the end, though, doesn't she?

(h/t kenneth-in-the-212)

Bible-Carrying "Christian" Screams Wild Rant At In-N-Out Burger

According to Raw Story, the man in the video above had been hanging around an In-N-Out Burger in Redding, California, most of the day holding the door open for customers with one hand and his Bible in the other.

At some point, said man became enraged that he had not been properly thanked by the restaurant employees for holding the door.

So he went berserk ripping plastic plants out of their planters while screaming:

“Am I gonna get busted? No!” the man shouts at the beginning of the video as customers leave their tables to get away from the commotion.

He goes on the vent loudly about the restaurant “bitching about someone holding a f*cking door for people,” which he claims to be doing because he’s a “f*cking Christian” who’s got to “stand up for other f*cking Christians.”

I don't think sounds very "Christ-like" but hey, I'm not an expert...

(via Raw Story)

Montana Newspaper To Attorney General On Same-Sex Marriage: "Accept The Inevitable"

Montana's Great Falls Tribune posted an op-ed today in support of marriage equality in the state and urging Attorney General Tim Fox to "accept the inevitable" and stop defending the discriminatory law:

One after another, federal appeals courts, including the 9th Circuit that covers Montana, have thrown out gay marriage bans in other states, and Montana’s position will be overturned. Why? Because that stance discriminates against gays, lesbians and others. It is unfair to these folks, regardless of some Americans who disapprove of their sexual orientation.

The issue of homosexuality and marriage was easier to deal with when some researchers and, frankly, charlatans tried to prove that people could be cured of their gay nature. In recent decades, science indicates that sexual orientation is more likely to be based in a person’s genetic makeup.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris will hear arguments Nov. 20 on a motion for summary judgment in a case filed this spring by four gay couples. We’d like to see [AG Tim] Fox at that hearing accept the inevitable and agree with the motion.

It’s time for the state of Montana to quit wasting taxpayers’ money and to accept gay marriage in Montana, even if churches can go their own way on this matter. Some people still want to make political points with this issue, but we say, it’s too late for that. It’s all over. Montana law should allow people committed to each other, whether straight or gay, to make their relationship legal and lasting.

(h/t JMG)

New Trailer: "The Avengers: Age of Ultron"

In a new trailer released for the upcoming Avengers sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," we get a glimpse of Marvel humor as the team socializes and attempts to lift Thor's hammer.

The film is due for release on May 1, 2015.

Kansas: Anti-Gay Wackadoos Phillip and Sandra Unruhs File Amicus Brief In State Marriage Case

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Last week, Kansas wackjobs Phillip and Sandra Unruhs were quickly swatted away after their attempt to intervene in the Kansas marriage equality case where they tried to say giving equal rights to gay and lesbian couples was tantamount to STEALING it from straight couples like themselves.

The judge quickly dismissed that weak assertion.

However, the Unruhs were allowed to file an amicus brief in support of denying gays the right to marry, and so today, we have their masterpiece of a brief.

Included in the 8 page filing are statements to the effect that:

• Since the Plaintiffs are lesbians, any ruling should not affect male same-sex couples
• Giving marriage rights to same-sex couples would discriminate against opposite-sex couples based on sex
• Marriage equality would result in the taking of property rights of heterosexual couples in violation of the 5th and 14th Amendments

It's not a long read, but pretty fascinating in it's illogic.

See the brief below:

Daniel Radcliffe Can Rap - Who Knew?

On last night's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Radcliffe revealed that he a big fan of rap music due to "an obsession with memorizing complicated, lyrically intricate and fast songs."

Fallon then threw down the gauntlet with a challenge to Radcliffe to attempt Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics."

Radcliffe jumps right in - with an American accent no less.

(h/t Towleroad)

New French Study Indicates Taking PrEP Just Before Sex Could Reduce HIV Infection By 80%

For months now, medical research studies have indicated that taking Truvada, an anti-HIV medication, on a regular basis could effectively deter infection of HIV by over 90%.

Those studies showed that taking the drup at least four days a week on a regular basis could provide effective protection.

Now a new study in France indicates that taking two pills of Truvada just two hours before sex and two single doses within the following 24 hours could reduce the rate of being infected by 80%.

Researchers closed the study early due to the high effectiveness of the drug.

Via AIDS Map:

In an extraordinary development, a second European scientific trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has had its randomised phase closed early due to high effectiveness, just two weeks after the UK PROUD trial did exactly the same thing. The investigators of the IPERGAY trial, which has six sites in France and one in Canada, announced today a “Significant breakthrough in the fight against HIV and AIDS” because IPERGAY had successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of its PrEP regimen.

IPERGAY’s early closure is significant not only because it adds confirmation that PrEP can be highly effective, but because it was testing an innovative, intermittent (“on-demand”) PrEP regimen. In this study, participants did not take PrEP daily, but only when they anticipated having sex. The regimen involved taking two pills of Truvada (tenofovir + emtricitabine) twelve hours before anticipated sex and then, if sex happened, two separate one-pill doses the following day. This extends the versatility of PrEP and provides an alternative regimen to daily dosing.

As this is still in research, folks on Truvada daily doses should NOT change their regimen without discussing with their doctors.

Did Maine Just Move Closer To The First Openly Gay US Governor?

This election cycle, Maine has been entrenched in a three way race for governor. The incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud have been locked in a very tight race, with Independent candidate Eliot Cutler polling at about 13 points.

Today, Cutler held a press conference where he stopped short of quitting the race but did make clear to voters that should they not think he can win on election day to “vote their conscience."

In other words, go with the guy who can win.

In that Cutler is a left-leaning candidate (former environmental lawyer and worked under the Carter Administration), most believe his support would go to Michaud. Should Michaud win, he would become the United States' first openly gay governor.

While the November 4 elections look bleak in many ways for Democrats, it could be history making for the LGBT community.

Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

North Carolina: NOM Runs LYING Ad Against Kay Hagen

The virulently anti-gay is dumping money into North Carolina's Senate race, but in doing so NOM is literally LYING by rewriting history and how the government works.

It's important to note that although NOM would like you think differently, Sen. Kay Hagen did not "handpick" the judge who ruled in favor of marriage equality bringing the freedom to marry to the state.

As a matter of fact, Judge Coburn was UNANIMOUSLY confirmed by the Senate. And that includes the vote from Hagen's fellow NC Senator Richard Burr (R).

Oh - and senators don't "handpick" any judge. Judges are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

But NOM hopes their ilk doesn't know how history or the government works.

(h/t Jeremy Hooper/Good As You)

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Drunk Homophobe From DFW Airport Incident Could Get Away With Only $1K Fine

McCleish Christmas Benham

Last week I reported on an incident at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport where a drunk homophobe attacked another traveler he assumed to be gay only to be stopped by a group of bystanders.

From Lone Star Q:

According to the report obtained by Lone Star Q, the man’s name is McCleish Christmas Benham, 27. He is currently charged with public intoxication and simple assault, both class-C misdemeanors each punishable by a maximum $500 fine, but no jail time.

However, if prosecutors choose to utilize Texas’ hate crimes law, they could enhance the assault charge to a class-B misdemeanor. Class-B misdemeanors are punishable by 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine per offense.

Pretty hard to imagine the prosecutors wouldn't charge the man with hate crime here since Benham was caught on video calling his victim a "queer."

But in Texas, folks aren't very concerned with protecting LGBT citizens, so don't hold your breath on that one..

If not, Benham could get away with a maximum of $1,000 fine and no jail time whatsoever.

Here's the arrest report:

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Marvel Announces "Phase 3" Films in Development

Carol Danvers - Captain Marvel

Pardon me as I geek out for just a second... :)

July 6th, 2018, will be the release date of the first Marvel superhero movie starring a female super hero - Captain Marvel.

The news comes via announcement today of Marvel's Phase 3 movies which will include Black Panther, the Inhumans, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity Wars and more sequels in the Captain America & Guardians of the Galaxy franchises.

• Captain America 3: Civil War on May 6th, 2016

• Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016

• Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5th, 2017

• Thor 3: Ragnarok on July 28th, 2017

• Black Panther on November 3rd, 2017

• Captain Marvel on July 6th, 2018

• Inhumans on November 2nd, 2018

• Avengers: Infinity War Part One in May 2018

• Avengers: Infinity War Part Two in May 2019

It's almost strange to note that so far there has not been a Marvel super heroine with her own film. Even Wonder Woman has gotten the nod from DC Comics for a 2017 film by now.

Also of interest is the character - having gone through several incarnations - began comic book life as a male, but the title was recently handed over to Carol Danvers in the comic book series and that's the version Marvel's going with for the film.

For those not familiar, Danvers powers include flight, super strength, and the ability to shoot energy bursts from her hands.

See you at the movies!

Concept art for Black Panther film coming in November 2017 from Marvel

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