Archive for ‘Queer News’

September 5, 2011

Accidental Bear Website has moved to its New Domain! Come Say “Hi”

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Big news! Until now we have been unable to capture the domain name accidentalbear.com, it had been held hostage, but now it is all our (evil laugh). From here, there is no stopping us!

Please make note of the change and if you have bookmarked us or have us on your lovely blogroll you will need to add our new URL. Much more outrageous, entertaining, fun,informative and sexy things coming your way. Come see us at our new location:

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September 4, 2011

National Suicide Prevention Week Sept 4 – 10: The Trevor Project “Talk To Me,” Campaign

by Accidental Bear

During National Suicide Prevention Week, join Kevin McHale and The Trevor Project for “Talk To Me,” a campaign for conversation. Visit our website to learn how you can participate.

And remember: If you or someone you know ever needs help, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. It’s free, confidential and available 24/7. Or visit http://www.TheTrevorProject.org.

And remember: If you or someone you know ever needs help, please call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. It’s free, confidential and available 24/7. Or visit http://www.TheTrevorProject.org.

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September 4, 2011

Today in SF CA: HUG A HUNK! Benefiting the Trevor Project at The Edge

by Accidental Bear

San Francisco’s bar The Edge will be hosting HUG A HUNK today, Sunday the 4th, benefiting The Trevor Project. This will also will be a platform for Ms Kylie Minono to continue her climb to become  Grand Duchess of San Francisco. This will be the perfect opportunity to go to a bar on sunday, help out a great cause and nestle up and get gratuitous man hugs from some hunks!

Join Kylie Minono as she continues her campaign for Grand Duchess of San Francisco and support the TREVOR PROJECT!
– Have your picture taken with the huggable HUNKS!

– Fierce show at 5 with your emcees, Sisters Eve Volution and Pat N’Leather bringing their Sister magic.

Open show, so bring a CD and show us what you have to support Trevor Project.

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September 3, 2011

PSA: Religion, It’s Like History Class Without the Facts

by Accidental Bear

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September 3, 2011

News: ‘World’s Heaviest Woman,’ ‘Sexual Immorality’ is an ‘Abomination’ Before God, Gay Characters On TV Saves Lives

by Accidental Bear

Green Day singer kicked off plane

OAKLAND, California – Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong says his sagging pants cost him a seat on a Southwest Airlines flight. The singer-guitarist for the San Francisco Bay area-based band sent a message to his Twitter followers on Thursday expressing his indignation at being tossed from an Oakland-to-Burbank flight for wearing his trousers too low. An ABC7 news producer who was on the same flight told the station that a flight attendant approached Armstrong before take-off and asked him to hike his pants higher. The producer, Cindy Qiu, says when Armstrong insisted he was just trying to get to his seat, he and a traveling companion were taken off the plane. Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins says in a statement that Armstrong was allowed to board the next flight.

Why Having ‘Too Many’ Gay Characters On TV Saves Lives

In a very delayed response to GLAAD’s media ratings, the Christian Post today complained thatthere are “too many” gay characters on TV, stopping just short of using the word “brainwashing” to describe the impact it has on the American public: Conservative bloggers and religious leaders say unfortunately, many Americans are willing to allow Hollywood to manipulate their family’s perspective on the world. Those who oppose same-sex marriage say there is a well-financed and detailed plan at work to change Americans’ opinions about homosexual and lesbian lifestyles through television programming.

  

DAVID WEPRIN: MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS A ‘CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE, NOT A RELIGIOUS ISSUE’ 

New York state Assemblyman David Weprin (D) voted for marriage equality earlier this summer, and now he’s vying for the congressional seat Anthony Weiner recently vacated. Asked about his vote, he said simply, “it’s a civil rights issue, not a religious issue,” adding that “as a legislator,” he votes on behalf of “all the people.” Watch it:

Cindy and Mike Jacobs Say there is No Such Thing as Private Behavior Because ‘Sexual Immorality’ is an ‘Abomination’ Before God

PFAW’s Right Wing Watch highlights a new video from evangelical right-wing activists Cindy and Mike Jacobs where the two argue that there is no such thing as private behavior because all “sexual immorality” is an “abomination” before God. They also compare homosexual behavior to putting the wrong “fuel” into your car. Watch the video:

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS: ALL GAYS ARE ‘PART OF THE PEDOPHILE MOVEMENT’

Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel and Liberty University School of Law had a chat today with fellow Liberty University law professor Judith Reisman about how GLSEN’s anti-bullying efforts are “sexualing children” and “running interference for the pedophile movement.” They agreed that all of the efforts of the LGBT movement (the “sexual anarchy” movement) are geared toward supporting “the pedophile movement.” Listen:

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Competition Brews To Become ‘World’s Heaviest Woman’ In Guinness World Records

A 32-year-old woman is attempting to become the heaviest woman ever, but her nearest competitor, a woman who holds the record of “World’s Fattest Mom,” is having a hard time letting go of her heavyweight claim to fame, even as she says she’s going on a dietSusanne Eman, a 728-pound woman in Casa Grande, Ariz., is attempting to get into Guinness World Records as the “World’s Heaviest Woman,” and hopes to reach her goal by the time she’s 41. The 2012 edition of the book will be released later this month. The last woman to hold the title, 1,200-pound.

Man Arrested In Ohio For Having Sex With Neighbor’s Pool Raft: Police

It’s one thing to feel romantic with a partner in a swimming pool, it’s another to treat a pool toy like an inflate-a-mate — especially in public. That’s a lesson Edwin Charles Tobergta is learning the hard way. Police in Hamilton, Ohio arresting the 32-year-old man for allegedly getting nasty with a neighbor’s pink inflatable raft in an alley on Sunday,The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The neighbor allegedly spotted Tobergta on top of the floatation device with his pants “down around his ankles,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Glenn Beck: Term ‘Colored’ Is ‘Not A Bad Thing,‘ ‘African American’ Is ‘Ridiculously Stupid’ (AUDIO)

Glenn Beck blasted the use of the term “African American” in favor of “black” and “colored” on his radio show on Tuesday. The radio host was reflecting on his Restoring CourageGlennbeck rally in Jerusaleum, where he said the term African American did not apply. He asked his co-host Pat Gray, “Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t you feel ridiculously stupid everywhere in Africa, in Europe, in South America, in Jerusaleum when you would say the words African American?” Beck asked, “Now how can people be one thing in one country and nowhere else in the world?” (Perhaps because the term “African American” only applies to people from the United States?)

September 2, 2011

News: Alaska Earthquake 2011, ‘GAY PANIC’ WINS, GLAAD Announces ‘Amplifier’ Advertising Award Winners

by Accidental Bear

GLAAD ANNOUNCES ‘AMPLIFIER’ ADVERTISING AWARD WINNERS

GLAAD has announced the winners for its Amplifier Awards, celebrating LGBT-inclusiveness in television, print, outdoor, and social media advertising. See the full list at GLAAD’s website, but here are the television campaign winners (Google Chrome/”It Gets Better,” Absolut Vodka/RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Expedia/TripOut):

 

 

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MISTRIAL IN LAWRENCE KING CASE — ‘GAY PANIC’ WINS

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case against Brandon McInerney, who at age 14 shot his openly gay classmate Lawrence King in the back of the head twice. The jury voted seven to five of finding McInerney guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, essentially a win for the “gay panic” defense McInerney’s lawyers put forth. GLSEN responded to the mistrial, saying, “The central facts remain the same: homophobia killed Larry King and destroyed Brandon McInerney’s life, and adults failed both young men because of their own inability to deal forthrightly and compassionately with the multiple challenges they each faced.” Watch a local news report from KTLA about the trial’s conclusion:

Chaz Bono: “The Negative Comments Are Motivating”

CHAZ BONO DWTS TROPHY LEAD X390 (GETTY FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COMWith the simultaneous publication of Transition,his memoir, and release ofBecoming Chaz, his documentary, transgender activist Chaz Bono was seemingly everywhere last May, including on the cover of  The Advocate. On Tuesday, when the announcement was made that Bono will appear on the next season of ABC’sDancing With the Stars, it seemed like a win-win for everyone. The network will likely see a new audience for the 13th season of its hit dance competition series. More important, Bono will able to represent trans people on a bigger platform than ever and on a weekly basis. He has potential to shatter expectations and transcend labels.

Married Pinoy gay in San Francisco escapes deportation

A Filipino gay man in San Francisco in the United States was spared from being deported to the Philippines and being separated from his life partner, thanks to a new policy that recognizes same-sex marriage as a family tie. According to a report of the Contra Costa Times, the case against Raul Sinense was temporarily closed and the deportation proceedings against him were stopped on August 16.

NOM’s Idea Of “Excellent” Analysis: Calling Homosexuality An “Addictive,” “Learned” Behavior

In an August 31 blog entry, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Ruth Institute posted aninterview between Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.tv, and George Gilder, a conservative author and commentator. While the interview covered a wide range of topics, the Ruth Institute was particularly impressed with Gilder’s “analysis of marriage abolition via redefinition,” calling it “excellent”:

Alaska Earthquake 2011: Quake Strikes Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands Region

Alaska Earthquake 2011ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean prompted a brief tsunami warning early Friday morning for Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The warning was canceled after only a small wave was recorded in the community of Atka, Alaska. “In Atka, they had a little bump of a wave, but nothing of any kind of a destructive power. Just a wave,” said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security. The earthquake struck at about 2:55 a.m. AKDT, and there were no initial reports of injuries or damage, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The World’s Worst City To Live In Is …

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A top research group on Thursday rated Zimbabwe’s capital as the worst of 140 world cities in which to live. The British-based Economist Intelligence Unit said its researchers excluded cities in Libya, Iraq and other war zones. Harare, where power and water outages occur daily, scored a 38 percent “livability rating,” the group said. The group said the threat of civil unrest and the availability of public health care and public transport in Harare were intolerable. Energy and water supplies were undesirable, it said, calling phones and Internet services uncomfortable. Zimbabwe formed a shaky coalition government in 2009 after years of political violence and economic meltdown. Melbourne and Vienna were rated the two easiest cities to live in.

September 1, 2011

Man Attacked Outside of Salt Lake City Gay Club

by Accidental Bear

A 20-year-old Salt Lake City gay man was attacked and hospitalized last Friday night as he left the downtown club, Club Sound. Dane Hall was in the hospital for four days, lost six teeth and his jawbone was broken in three places. This is a dirty rotten shame on the human race! Mike Enders

 

Hall said he left Club Sound, which is gay-themed on Friday nights, and crossed the street to the corner of 600 West and 200 South in Salt Lake City, when four men approached him and began yelling gay slurs. He was then punched in the back of the head and knocked to the ground. One of the assailants grabbed his shirt and began punching him in the face, he said. After Hall fell to the ground again, the attacker grabbed him, placed his open mouth over the street curb and stomped on the back of head, knocking out six teeth in a move commonly referred to as ‘curb checking,’ which can result in death in many cases. Two other assailants kicked him repeatedly in the stomach, Hall said. The attackers called him a ‘fag’ and took his identification and $40, he said.

“I could have died. And a piece of bone from my jaw was jammed into my brain, to make things worse,” Hall said in email correspondence because his jaw is still wired shut after the attack. “If anyone has any information leading to the arrest I am offering a $10,000 reward.”

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September 1, 2011

News: Satanic Panic, Using ‘Sugar Daddies,’ Transgender Children, Bacteria Lurk in doctors’, nurses’ Nniforms

by Accidental Bear

Sex For Tuition: Gay Male College Students Using ‘Sugar Daddies’ To Pay Off Loan Debt

College Students Sugar Daddy Sugar Baby GayNEW YORK — Three years ago, during his junior year at New York University, Kirk met with a financial aid officer to plead a familiar case: his inability to manage the yearly payments on his $50,000 tuition bill. Once again, the school official reminded Kirk that in order to register for next semester’s courses, he needed to come up with another $8,000 — or risk expulsion. Kirk nearly divulged his secret to the loan officer, finally letting her know exactly what he had resorted to in a desperate attempt to finance his education. Midway through college, Kirk had begun turning tricks in order to pay for school.

Op-ed: The Culture of Satanic Panic

The superstition that helped convict three innocent men in West Memphis is the same concept still used against LGBT people — a phenomenon called Satanic panic. I’m not sureWEST MEMPHIS THREE X390 (W. MEMPHIS POLICE DEPT) | ADVOCATE.COM what it was that brought the name into my head. Maybe it was God. Maybe it was one of my synapses misfiring. For some reason, Rebecca Brown popped into my head not long ago. Brown wrote two books, He Came to Set the Captives Free and Prepare for War.  My mother insisted that I read both when I was in junior high school. The books told the story of Brown and her “associate,” Elaine, and their self-described journey through Satanism.

Five Things ‘Nightline’ Could Have Done Better In Its Special On Transgender Children

Last night, ABC’s Primetime Nightline ran an hour-long special on transgender identities, focusing in particular on the experiences of transgender young people. Overall, the special was positive and affirming, but it also fell into some journalistic traps and missed some important opportunities to highlight challenges the transgender community faces. Here are five critiques of last night’s special. 1. FALSE BALANCE: One of the five segments focused on an adult individual named Charles Kane, who transitioned to female and then back to male. Claiming that he regrets his transition, he had disparaging things to say about the transgender experience, including calling puberty blockers for young trans people “brainwashing.” His experiences are unfortunate, but not representative, and he has absolutely no expertise in transgender health to be critiquing other people’s transitions. His inclusion was unnecessary, irrelevant, and represented false balance .

Santorum Says Criticism Of His Views On Homosexuality Is ‘An Act Of Bigotry’

In an interview that aired on CNN last night, Piers Morgan pressed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on his views opposing marriage equality, including his suggestion of agay “jihad” against him. Santorum tried to avoid answering whether he believes homosexuality is a sin, but confirmed that as a Catholic, he subscribes to the Catholic Church’s teachings that indeed it is a sin. Asked how he would respond if one of his sons came out, Santorum said he would be supportive of what he sees as a “very difficult and troubling time in their life,” going on to say he “knows a lot of gay people” and some of them continue to “struggle” even after coming out and “admitting” their identities.

SF CA: Lyon-Martin Health Services no taking trans patients

Lyon-Martin Health Services, the pioneering San Francisco clinic that has served women and transgender people for more than 30 years, will start accepting new patients today – eight months after it nearly closed due to financial problems. The clinic’s board of directors voted in late January to shut down the health center, but Lyon-Martin’s patients and supporters decided to put up a fight. They raised more than $500,000 within a matter of months while the clinic’s staff worked internally to stabilize operations, cut expenses and find additional revenue sources for the Market Street clinic.

 Arizona Mother, Blew Marijuana Smoke In Her Baby’s Mouth To Calm Her Down, Police Say

A 21-year-old mother was arrested by Gilbert, Az., Police on Saturday after she allegedly tried to calm her infant daughter by blowing marijuana smoke in the girl’s mouth. WitnessCallaway footage allegedly shows Jessica Callaway on Friday telling her 10-month-old to, “shut the f*** up before I kick you in the mouth,” as she repeatedly hits the baby to get her to stop crying, The Arizona Republic reported. Callaway, whose Facebook page is “loaded with postings about pot and parties,” according to ABC-15, told police that she was frustrated because she was “having trouble finding an outfit to wear out that night.”

Harmful bacteria could lurk in doctors’, nurses’ uniforms, study says

Doctor's white coatThink your doctor’s white coat is as clean as a whistle? It might not be. A study finds that dangerous germs could be lurking onnurses‘ and doctors’ uniforms. Researchers from Shaare Zedek Medical Centerin Jerusalem cultured three spots on the uniforms of 75 nurses and 60 physicians working in a 550-bed hospital. Potential pathogens (also known as infectious agents, or germs) were found on 63% of the uniforms, and antibiotic resistant bacteria were found on samples from 14% of nurses’ uniforms and 6% of doctor’s uniforms. Eight of those cultures grew methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA.

August 31, 2011

Film: QUEENS & COWBOYS: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo Has Made It’s Financial Production Goal!

by Accidental Bear

“An honest to God rodeo with just a little more panache.”

“QUEENS & COWBOYS: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo” will chronicle the 2011 season of the International Gay Rodeo Association through the lens of a straight, city-raised filmmaker. Roping and riding in 15 rodeos across north America this year alone, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals in October. And along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book.

But it’s more than just cowboys and rodeos. The film will expose the world to the unsung LGBT community of both the old and new west.  Examining where our country currently stands on the issue of gay rights, this uniquely American subject will explore how far we’ve come, and what challenges we still have ahead.

Please remember that Kickstarter is all or nothing – if we don’t reach our goal by August 31st at 9PM/pst, we don’t get any funds! So any help is appreciated – whether that’s $1, sending this Kickstarter link to one person or just pressing “Like” on Facebook. Regardless, thank you for taking the time to support this project!

UPDATE: Goal has been met. Yeee-haaw!

 For more information on the IGRA, visit www.igra.com

August 30, 2011

Ben Cohen Shares Bed with a Bearded Hunk

by Accidental Bear

Ben CohenGay-straight alliance Ben Cohen wil do what it takes to make sure bullying stops. He jumps in the sac with his photographer Bret Grafton who is a bit confused as to which side of the camera he is supposed to be on at their morning photo shoot. I will let your dirty mind fill in the blanks. I am sorry Ben but you are kind of a tease, don’t change a thing

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August 30, 2011

News: Recriminalize Homosexuality, Choi’s Trial, Romney Too Gay Friendly, Bigamist and Pedophiles are ‘Waiting in the Wings’

by Accidental Bear

AFA’S BRYAN FISCHER: RECRIMINALIZE HOMOSEXUALITY

Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the American Family Association (which hosted Rick Perry’s prayer rally), called today for the recriminalization of homosexuality. Though laws against “sodomy” were found unconstitutional in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas, Fischer said there is “no reason why it cannot be a criminal offense once again.”

NORTH CAROLINIANS RALLY AGAINST MARRIAGE EQUALITY: BIGAMISTS AND PEDOPHILES ARE ‘WAITING IN THE WINGS’

The debate over inserting a constitutional amendment into North Carolina’s constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage isn’t until next month, but proponents of the measure are already organizing in support of the effort. Gregory Phillips of the Fay Observer has this report from yesterday’s small protest: “Ana Maria Blevins, who organized the protest and brought two of her children… said the amendment is necessary because without it, bigamists and pedophiles are ‘waiting in the wings,’ ready to take advantage of any court rulings that challenge the existing law, she said. The demonstrators, several of whom attend church together, objected to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. ‘You do what you want in your own bedroom, but you don’t have a right – a small percentage of the population – to redefine marriage for the rest of us,’ said Heather Harrison. ‘It’s all designed to shove down our throats a lifestyle that is totally against God’s word.’”

Rick Perry Doesn’t Like Romney Because He’s Too Gay Friendly

Perry, who proudly wears an Eagle Scout pin on his lapel, has harshly criticized Romney for a decision made while he ran the Olympics not to allow Boy Scouts to be official volunteers during the games. “Several years have gone by, and neither Mitt Romney nor anyone else who served as an official of the 2002 Winter Olympics has given a clear and logical explanation of why the door to volunteerism was shut on a willing ‘army’ of Boy Scout volunteers,’’ Perry wrote in his 2008 book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For.’’

Choi’s Trial Ends Day One, With More to Come Tuesday

While former Lt. Dan Choi has already spent a day in federal court for the charge of failing to obey a lawful order by a police officer, things are moving at a pace that left Choi’schoi.jpg defense guessing that the bench trial may take three days.  Choi, who has gained a national reputation as a prominent figure in the fight against the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, was arrested with 12 other activists on Nov. 15, 2010, after the group chained themselves to the White House fence to protest the Obama administration’s lack of action on repealing the military policy. Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which was repealed in late December 2010, members of the military could be investigated and discharged on the suspicion that they were homosexuals.

 ARMY AND AIR FORCE BASES WILL DISTRIBUTE GAY RIGHTS MAGAZINE

With the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell only three weeks away, OutServe Magazine is expanding its outreach to LGBT servicemembers. In addition to a new interactive website, the magazine now has distribution rights on Air Force and Army bases, which means it will be on the shelves of military exchanges for the first time. The Sept. 20 issue will commemorate the repeal with profiles of nearly 100 gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers.

GLAAD on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ casting Chaz Bono: ‘Tremendous step forward’

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation doesn’t typically weigh in on the latest round of celebrities on Dancing with the Stars, but then it’s not every season that a transgender and an openly gay man decide to tango under the mirror ball. As a result, GLAAD lauded ABC for including Chaz Bono and Carson Kressley in the 13th season“With both gay and transgender contestants represented on this upcoming season, ABC will send viewers a strong message about the diversity within the LGBT community,” said Herndon Graddick, senior of director of programs for GLAAD, in a statement. “At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture. Appearing on such a high-profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light.”

August 29, 2011

In Case You Missed it: Cold Star- Acceptance of Your Own and Others Sexual Identity| Video

by Accidental Bear

A boy experiences new desires while watching a man at an indoor swimming pool. Forced up the diving platform by a rowdy gang, he receives unexpected help. Cold Star is a mixture of short and music video. A hybrid, that connects the emotions of a short with beats and lyrics of music. The film is an appeal for acceptance of your own and others sexual identity.

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August 28, 2011

Sunday Fluff: Anderson Cooper Visits Google, Grizzly Attack, Double-Amputee Sprinter, Hudson Taylor…

by Accidental Bear

Anderson Cooper visits Google’s NYC office to discuss his new daytime talk show and answer questions from YouTube fans around the world moderated by Steve Grove. This event took place on August 24, 2011, as part of the @Google Talks series.

Hudson Taylor Wants To Make It Better

Straight ally Hudson Taylor, an All-American wrestler known for his gay rights advocacy, tells Thomas Roberts he wants to do more than tell LGBT kids it gets better — he wants to make it better. Taylor also acknowledges that his pledge to fight against homophobia and transphobia in sports has “put a bit of a target” on his back, but says he’s “on a mission to unite people.” Watch the video below. Sign Taylor’s pledge against bullying at AthleteAlly.com

Hurricane Irene 2011: Tropical Storm Rages On Across East Coast

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By SAMANTHA GROSS and MITCH WEISS, Associated Press

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that Irene has lost hurricane strength and made landfall on New York’s Coney Island. Forecasters say Irene’s winds have fallen to 65 mph. They say Irene should move over New England by the afternoon. Officials also warn that isolated tornadoes are possible in the northeast throughout the morning.

Yellowstone Hiker Death: Grizzly Attack Suspected In Yellowstone Hiker Death

GrizzlyYELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Rangers investigated Saturday whether a Michigan man was the victim of a grizzly attack in Yellowstone National Park or if the bear had come upon the hiker’s body after he died. The man was found Friday morning by two hikers on the Mary Mountain Trail, which runs northeast of the park’s iconic Old Faithful geyser. Investigators found grizzly bear tracks and scat near the man, but were not immediately sure whether the grizzly caused the man’s death or disturbed his body after he died. “Bears are opportunistic when it comes to food sources,” Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said.

Oscar Pistorius, Double-Amputee Sprinter, Reaches 400 Semifinals At World Championships

DAEGU, South Korea — With a strong finishing kick on his carbon-fiber blades, double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius swept past several able-bodied runners in the 400 meters Sunday to qualify for the semifinals at the world championships. It also claimed another historic breakthrough for Paralympic athletes.

August 27, 2011

News: Lower Income LGBT, Cyndi Lauper, Pro-Bullying Campaign, Deputy’s groin grab…

by Accidental Bear

Cyndi Lauper Opens Housing for LGBT Youth

Cyndi Lauper speaks to a crowd at the True Colors tour on May 31, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Next month, Cyndi Lauper‘s 1986 hit “True Colors” takes on new meaning when the True Colors Residencefor homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) youth opens in Harlem on September 1.

In New York City, a very disproportionate number (up to 40 percent), of homeless youth identify as L.G.B.T. Even more disturbing are reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to for help. This is shocking and inexcusable!— Cyndi Lauper

SMILING AT SOMEONE OF THE SAME GENDER ON A CHRISTIAN DATING SITE

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Why Lower Income Gays And Lesbians Are Unlikely To Marry

Rutgers sociology professor Arlene Stein reminds us that while many middle-class gay and lesbian couples in New Jersey may be celebrating the spread of marriage equality just across the Hudson (or entering into civil unions in the Garden State), lower-income community members are far less interested about joining the institution.

FRC Continues Pro-Bullying Campaign, Seeking To Overturn FAIR Education Act And Erase Same-Sex Families

These couples became the cause célèbre of the religious right when they objected to their kids reading books portraying same-sex couples, like King & King. David Parkerwas even arrested for trespassing at his children’s school, protesting that he couldn’t opt his son out of learning about same-sex families. Watch the videos:

 

How Global Warming Is Making Hurricane Irene Worse

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category Two storm, and is expected to track a path of destruction up the densely populated Atlantic coast, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordering the first-ever mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas of the city. As the U.S. government report “Global Climate Change Impacts in the US” summarized in 2009, warming of the oceans is causing Atlantic hurricanes to become more intense and dangerous.

Ron Paul On Abortion: A Libertarian, As Long As You Don’t Think Women Count As People

Two sources of pushback on my post on Ron Paul’s anti-freedom view of abortion rights. Ann Althouse chooses for some reason to dispute that Ron “respecting the God-given right to life—for those born and unborn” Paul wants to ban abortion. Since she’s apparently incapable of reading between the lines of such proposals as “Defining life as beginning at conception by passing a Sanctity of Life Act’” she might be interesting in some other quotations from Congressman Paul such as

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Whoopi Goldberg adopts kitten thrown from car on NYC bridge

A kitten tossed from a moving car on New York City’s Verrazano Bridge has found a home with Whoopi Goldberg. “The View” co-host posted a video of the cat, nicknamed Vinny, on her Facebook page. It shows the adorable gray kitten grooming himself and batting a feather toy with his paw.

Owner put naked yogurt-store employee inside box, D.A. says

A Monterey Park yogurt shop owner is facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges for abducting a female employee and keeping her inside a box in a soundproof room,Lee prosecutors said Friday. Robert Yachen Lee alleged lured the employee to a storage room above O My Yogurt on south Atlantic Boulevard early Wednesday, knocked her unconscious and then — after removing her clothing and dressing her in an adult diaper — placed her in a box, authorities said.

Deputy’s groin grab reasonable, sheriff says

A deputy’s move to grab the testicles of a man who was resisting arrest was reasonable given the circumstances, albeit unorthodox, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

 

 

August 26, 2011

News: Trevor Project Honored, Gadhafi had Gay Porn, Gay Men in the Military, Video of Bachman’s Glitter Baptism

by Accidental Bear

Update Video Flashmob Converts “Marcus Bachmann” in Glitter Baptism at Clinic

New Jersey School Bans Book With Lesbian, Gay Scenes

NORWEGIAN WOOD TWEAK X390 (COVERS) | ADVOCATE.COMTurns out high school students in one New Jersey district won’t be reading Norwegian Wood this fall. Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s celebrated novel about Tokyo college life in the 1960s was banned by the Monroe Township Schools in Williamstown after a public outcry over its supposed inappropriateness. “Some of the language is inappropriate,” said Chuck Earling, superintendent of Monroe Township Schools. “We were not trying to create controversy. We were just trying to get students to read.”

Trevor Project Honored at White House

WHITE house x390 (getty) | advocate.comThe Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention program aimed at LGBT young people, was honoredtoday at the White House as part of the Obama administration’s Champions of Change initiative. David McFarland, the Trevor Project’s interim executive director and CEO, accepted the honor and met with administration officials to discuss priorities in suicide prevention prior to National Suicide Prevention Week, which begins September 4.

Gay Porn Found During Raid on Gadhafi Home

LIBYAN REBEL IN TRIPOLI COMPOUND X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COMA gay porn DVD titled Boyz Tracks was discovered among the possessions of Libyan leader Mu’ammar Gadhafi’s son Al-Saadi when looters raided his home, reports Associated Press. Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli over the weekend and looters immediately raided the Gadhafi family’s luxurious compound of mansions, removing expensive cars, clothing, and bottles of alcohol. One rebel interviewed by AP says they “are not condoning looting of private property, and only allow the wrecking of symbols of the Gadhafi family’s abuse of power.”

An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military

As “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” comes to an end, we sent Chris Heath to interview dozens of gay servicemen from the past and present to find out what life was really like as America’s military struggled with its last great identity crisis. On a day to come very soon—September 20, 2011—a serviceman’s sexuality will no longer be grounds for dismissal from the U.S. Armed forces. These are the voices explaining what it has been like to be a gay man1 in the American military over the previous seventy or so years, from World War II veterans in their late eighties to young servicemen on active duty.

 Dallas Voice makes fun of fictional characters with questionable sexual orientations: