Posts tagged ‘Cyndi Lauper’

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

 Will lead to this, via FailBlog

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.

 

 

March 7, 2011

Cyndi Lauper Cheers Up the Stranded at Airport

by Accidental Bear

Wouldn’t it be amazing if anytime you were stuck in a sticky situation like long lines at Safeway or the post office or perhaps stuck in traffic that a super star musical icon would show up. I imagine sitting there at DMV with number 98 in my hand and they are still calling out the something teens, when all of the sudden Cyndil Lauper drops from the sky and sings to me True Colors. With events like that people wouldn;t need to do hard drugs anymore to soften the pain of “life”.

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“Cyndi Lauper is proving that she can still have fun!

Over the weekend, the 80s pop star, dressed in dark sunglasses and a headdress, grabbed a PA microphone at Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires and performed her hit song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”

Her impromptu singing was reportedly in an effort to help airport staff calm the delayed passengers. The performance seemed to do just that as fans gathered around Lauper singing, smiling and snapping photos. “www.etonline.com

 

January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne Dies

by Accidental Bear

Taped to walls as a queer kid were the typical BOP Magazine pin-ups , Duran Duran, Corey Hart, Cyndi Lauper and so on. I also had a fitness section with photos of body builders (now we know I just had then to stare at their man lumps in their banana hammocks). I distinctly remember  a poster I had of Jack LaLanne. Maybe this was my attempt to display some normalcy amongst my ” sissy room”. I’d lie in bed and stare at Jacks poster for hours admiring the strength. Between me and you I would also pose in the mirror in all sorts of contorted poses I saw in body building magazines. I grew up in a jock house hold, so it was covered in sports magazine. These also came very handy when puberty hit ( wink wink). So, to you Jack LaLanne, your impact on lives spread much deeper than you could ever imagine. Thank you from my queer youth of the 80s.

Fitness Legend Jack LaLanne Dies

Jack Lalanne, Who Helped America Get in Shape for Over 80 Years, Dies at 96

Via ABC NEWS

Fitness legend Jack LaLanne, who spent nearly 80 years helping Americans get in shape, died Sunday at the age of 96. He was a workout pioneer and cultural icon whose brawny physique and enthusiasm set the bar high for so many television diet-gurus who followed his lead.

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LaLanne’s agent Rick Hersh told the Associated Press that he died Sunday at his Morro Bay home from respiratory failure caused by pneumonia.

Elaine LaLanne, who often appeared on television with her husband, said in a statement that “I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for.”

He was best known for his fitness show “The Jack LaLanne Show” which started in 1951 as a local program on San Francisco’s ABC Television station and then went nationwide in 1959. He debuted exercises that just required a chair and towel—no special equipment. LaLanne greeted his audiences in their living rooms with his trademark uniform, a shiny jumpsuit, on ABC for over 20 years.

“I tell the truth, I practice what I preach. I’m helping people to a better life,” LaLanne said.

He launched his first fitness club in Oakland, Calif. in 1936. This club included weight training for women and athletes, notions which were revolutionary because of the belief that weight training made an athlete slow and “muscle bound” and made a woman look masculine. LaLanne also invented many of the machines we still use today.

Upon hearing of the legend’s death Sunday, Richard Simmons gave LaLanne full credit for inspiring his work.

“He could get a crowd going and when we traveled together he was just so much fun to be with him and we had a lot of laughter together,” Simmons said.

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