Sunday, August 20, 2017

Podcast: Texas "Bathroom Bill" Dies In Special Session; Kesha Dedicates "Rainbow" to LGBTs


In this week’s podcast:

• The special session of the Texas legislature closed this week without passing a proposed anti-transgender bathroom bill

• A Missouri lawmaker thinks there’s a difference between human beings and the gays

• Kesha penned an open letter to LGBTs explaining the title track to her new album, Rainbow

Those stories and more on this episode of The Randy Report

LGBT Teen Suicide Front & Center In Logic's Evocative Music Video "1-800-273-8255"


Dark societal pressures come down heavy on a gay teenager in the new video from Logic titled, "1-800-273-8255."

The title is the actual phone number of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, where those in crisis can find confidential support.

The haunting short film tells the story of a gay teen (played by Coy Stewart) who is slowly coming to terms with his sexuality and his burgeoning relationship with another boy (Modern Family's Nolan Gould).

But the two boy's fathers (played by Don Cheadle and Matthew Modine) are not down with the gay thing, and life begins to spiral out of control.

Throughout the song, Alessia Cara and Khalid are featured offering positive counterpoint to the teen's turmoil.

The track appears on Logic's new album, Everybody, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Watch the evocative video below.

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A Terrifying Secret From The Life Of A Meth Addict

(photo via Mark King)

Award-winning health and HIV/AIDS journalist, Mark King shares a decade old secret from his days of meth addiction.

He is sitting across from me and we are naked. Seconds earlier, we had both injected ourselves with meth. The pounding rush of the drug is in full force and the possibilities feel endless. I’m looking forward to the sexual promises we had made to one another when we chatted online. Desperately. Now.

But even in my delirium, I have the feeling that something is off. I am blinking through watery eyes and have begun to focus on him. He is staring at me, his gaze fixed with an intense and completely unexpected contempt.

And there is a gun in his hand. A gun a gun a gun a gun.

“You’re not who you say you are,” he says, softly and suspiciously. He trembles from the impact of the meth. As he speaks, the gun the gun the gun is moving this way and that, pointed mostly in my direction.

I have no response. I don’t know what he is capable of, or if the gun is loaded, if he will pull the trigger, if this is a sadistic sex game. I met the man maybe an hour ago. I wonder if you can die of fright.

Read the full personal essay over at Queerty.

Mark is a recovering addict and is the author of the blog My Fabulous Disease. I highly recommend checking out more of his inspiring and powerful writing.

Donald Trump Covers Der Spiegel


Der Spiegel ("The Mirror"), Germany's weekly newsmagazine, and one of Europe's most widely read, puts their version of Donald Trump on the cover with the caption, "The true face of Donald Trump."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Boston Hate Rally Met With Tens Of Thousands Of Counter-Protesters


From CNN:

Thousands of counterdemonstrators marched Saturday in downtown Boston in response to a self-described free speech rally that had sparked concerns of possible violence.

The largely peaceful march and rally came one week after racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly.

Amid a heavy police presence, men, women and children from diverse backgrounds showed up Saturday morning to march from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury to Boston Common, the nation's oldest park.

Some carried signs with messages such as "No Trump. No KKK. No racist USA" and "Americans against hate." At times, they chanted "Hey hey, ho ho, white supremacy has got to go" and "Black lives matter."

Police maintained a buffer zone between marchers and rally participants -- averting major incidents except for occasional clashes and shouting matches between the counterprotesters and supporters of President Donald Trump.






Out Music: Superfruit "Heartthrob"


Superfruit keeps the hits coming with their latest new retro music video for their 90s-themed party track “Heartthrob.”

Amid a candy-colored sleepover, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying crush hard on ’90s Tiger Beat poster boys like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Nineties heartthrob
Frosted tips and a middle part
TigerBeat said he's off the charts
Nineties heartthrob


Complete with sparkly phones, John Stamos posters, cucumber face masks and matching pajamas, Grassi and Hoying capture the spirit of those pre-Internet years.

"Heartthrob" is the latest in a series of Superfruit videos from their debut EP, Future Friends - Part One.

Over the past several weeks I've shared other tracks from the EP: "Imaginary Parties," "Worth It (Perfect)," "Vacation" and "Bad 4 Us."

Watch below.

A Man Plants A Tree Every Day For 37 Years


Um, wow.

Jadav Payeng has planted a tree in the same place everyday for 37 years.

Take a look at what he's accomplished. This is awesome.

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