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August 7, 2011

VIDEO: PROTESTERS PICKET GOV. RICK PERRY’S PRAYER RALLY IN HOUSTON

by Accidental Bear

  via thinkProgress

Yesterday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Gov. Rick Perry hosted “The Response,” a prayer rally with evangelical pastors like John Hagee, Jim Garlow, and David Barton. Like Perry, many of the leaders of the rally have espoused a hate ideology, demonizing the LGBT community, programs for the poor, and Muslim Americans. Outside the event, a large contingent of protesters made their voices heard. Individuals from the group GetEqual, along with protesters from groups supporting the separation of church and state waved signs outside the stadium. ThinkProgress also spoke with Jeff, a local teacher demonstrating against Perry’s abismal record on K-12 education. Watch it:

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August 5, 2011

Hair Ball of the Day: You Asked for Hairy, You Got it!

by Accidental Bear

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August 3, 2011

Hump Day Headlines: It Gets Better — Even for Adventists, BRAZIL’S ‘STRAIGHT PRIDE,’ ‘VALUES’ IOWA BUS TOUR…

by Accidental Bear

NPR’s Featured ‘Ex-Gay’ Guest Commits Over $200,000 To Dangerous, Unscientific Ex-Gay ‘Coachings National Public Radio has yet to apologize for the platform it provided Rich Wyler on Monday to spout as many lies about sexual orientation as he could fit into the segment. NPR featured Wyler for being ex-gay and allowed him to testify about all the promise he believes reparative therapy offers to people not happy with their same-sex attractions, despite the fact that there is scientific consensus that ex-gay therapy is harmful and ineffective. But NPR made another big journalistic mistake besides its inappropriate framing of ex-gay therapy — the story neglected to mention that Wyler makes his entire living off of providing ex-gay therapy to vulnerable and insecure men he convinces to try to change.

It Gets Better — Even for Adventists While activists within the denomination are trying to change its policies, the official Adventist position is not accepting of LGBT people. That position, as spelled out on the denomination’swebsite, is that sexual activity is reserved for marriage between a man and a woman and that “God’s Word does not countenance a homosexual lifestyle.” The church characterizes homosexuality as “a manifestation of the disorder and brokenness in human inclinations and relations caused by sin coming into the world.”

HIV Rates Up Significantly for Young Black Gay, Bi Men On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released newBLACK AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN X390 (PHOTOS) | ADVOCATE.COMstatistics on HIV infections from 2006 to 2009, and while the rate remained relatively stable, alarming trends emerged among men who have sex with men, especially African-American MSM.                                                                                                                                        

BRAZIL’S LARGEST CITY MAY HOST ‘STRAIGHT PRIDE’ DAY  Lawmakers in São Paulo, Brazil have “advanced a measure that would establish a “Straight Pride’ Day” in the country’s largest city. The bill, which seeks to address some of the “privileges” afforded to the gay community, is currently “awaiting the approval from Gilberto Kassab, the city’s mayor.” Brazil offers same-sex couples many of the same benefits as opposite-sex couples, but does not recognize marriage equality. Last month, however, a judge allowed a same sex-couple to wed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           PAWLENTY AND SANTORUM JOIN HATE GROUP’S ‘VALUES’ IOWA BUS TOUR The Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage, and Susan B. Anthony List, along with Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), are chartering an anti-gay, anti-choice “Values Voter” bus tour across Iowa next week. GOP presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum have already committed to participating in the tour and Michele Bachmann and others are expected to join as well. The hate-driven tour will hit 22 cities over four days, passing through 47 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

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August 1, 2011

I’m in Love with Twin Lesbians Tegan and Sara: Live In Concert Newport Folk 2011 (Audio of concert)

by Accidental Bear

Listen to live concert HERE

Tegan and Sara perform at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.

Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin usually traffic in fizzy, punky pop music, so it’s a refreshing twist to see them pop up at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I. The smart and outspoken pair will throw an extra curveball when they show their faces Saturday: They’re translating their spiky music into acoustic arrangements. The mission is to highlight the sturdy songcraft behind Tegan and Sara’s cultishly adored music, without sacrificing any of the hard-earned potency. Here’s hoping the pair unsheathes some new stuff, too, since it hasn’t put out a new record since 2009’s Sainthood. Via NPR


August 1, 2011

Queers that have Your Back: Journalists Honored for Work in Media, Activism

by Accidental Bear

William Dorr Lambert Legg, DON MICHAELS, MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE X390 (SOURCED) | ADVOCATE.COMThe National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association announced Monday that it will induct Don Michaels, William Dorr Lambert Legg, and Michelangelo Signorile into its Hall of Fame.

Michaels, Legg, and Signorile will be honored at an awards ceremony at the 2011 National Convention and 8th annual LGBT Media Summit in Philadelphia on Aug. 27.

The NLGJA, which was founded in 1990, is the leading professional network for LGBT journalists in the United States, and is recognized around the world. More information on the organization can be found here.

August 1, 2011

Accidental Bear Takes a Casual Walk Thru Dore Alley Street Fair: Video Evidence

by Accidental Bear

There are some things in life you shouldn’t pass up while your heart is still ticking and body is still willing. One of those events is San Francisco’s Dore Alley Street Fair “Up Your Alley.” You never know who you may run into with their pants down. Leather, Bears and flogging, oh my.

July 29, 2011

PSA: Dad’s Slutty New Shorts are Really a Bear Magnet”

by Accidental Bear

July 28, 2011

Interview: Artist Ed Luce Schools Me on his Comic The Wuvable Oaf

by Accidental Bear

Ed Luce the artist and writer of the luvable Wuvable Oaf comics just schooled me in The Wuvable Oaf’s history and was patient to give me a crash course in Wuvable Oaf 101. Now I will be abundantly ready to rub elbows with and chuckle about good ole’ issues #1 & #2 with Wuvable Oaf super fans tomorrow night at the release party for issue #3 in San Francisco’s Mission District. In anticipation I will have the Pointer Sister’s hit “I’m so Excited” on repeat for the next 24 hours.

Ed Luce’s first comic book project, Wuvable Oaf is a “fairy” tale chronicling one big, scary lookin’ dude’s search for cute little “mans” in a city that looks suspiciously like San Francisco.

The Oaf has also made appearances in the UK’s Gay Times Magazine, Italy’s PISSZINEInstinct MagazineWhite Crane Journal, Prism Comics 2008 Guideand on the chests of hunky dudes n’ sassy ladies all over the world, in the form of his very own t-shirts.

While currently pouring his energy into the comics world, Ed also leaves a lengthy trail of art debris behind him, including recent published features in Bearflavouredartists’ catalog and LA gay men’s health magazine Corpus. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries, museums, store windows and bathrooms from San Diego to Buffalo to Paris. http://www.wuvableoaf.com

San Francisco Wuvable Oaf #3 Release Party!  

Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM
Goteblüd, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Signing and Wuvable Oaf Art Exhibition Reception with Ed
plus the debut of a new “Wuvable Oaf” print!

Accidental Bear’s Mike Enders & The Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce bear-rake it down for you (Get it? Break it down? Oh, just read the damn interview):

Accidental Bear: Wuvable Oaf is such a  cuddly name. Was that the intention behind naming him that?

Ed Luce: Wow…after three years of comics and shirts, no one has ever asked me that!  Well, at first it was just meant as a commentary on the character’s speech pattern, which I imagined to be mildly baby talkish.  In a deep bass tone, of course.  But as the comic evolved, it also made sense as a unique name, easily searchable on the web.

A B: Where was your energy going to before the creation on the Oaf?

Ed: I was a painter for nearly ten years before the Oaf was ever born.  In some ways, he’s an extension of that work, in a different format and genre.   My work was already very cartoony, using bits and pieces from Popeye, Sluggo of Nancy, He-man and G.I. Joe in a sort of smorgasbord of hyper-masculinity.  The Oaf sprung directly out of that soup, moving from the canvas to the page pretty effortlessly.

A B: The release for Wuvable Oaf is this Friday the 29th. How old is the Oaf since you first put him on paper?

Ed: The first time the character appeared with that name above his head was in a paper doll design I did for a theme show at the Trunk Space Gallery in Phoenix.  I believe it was fall of 2006, so he’ll technically be five years old this fall!   The shirt appeared one year later, followed by the first comic in the summer of 2008.

A B: Could you give a quick rundown of what someone might expect if they are picking up The Wuvable oaf for the first time?

Ed: I’ve toyed around with many descriptions over the years…none of which ever really work for me.  Lately, I’ve been calling it “the gay comic for everyone else”, somewhat jokingly.  I feel it’s from an undeniably queer perspective but is written and constructed to be all-inclusive.  I don’t shy away from the gay, anyone that has ever seen the book can testify to that.  But I try to speak in terms, both visually and textually, that don’t alienate any one group from appreciating the narrative.  I feel I achieve that easily enough with an absence of explicit sex scenes.  It’s important to me that hetero folks identify with the Oaf and his pals too, and I think boners don’t always work well in that capacity.  But otherwise, it’s ostensibly a love story, about someone who thinks he’s impossible to love.

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July 27, 2011

We Peeled Back Chloe’s Mask and Found Comedian Drew Droege | Rib-tickling Interview

by Accidental Bear

Like peeling a banana peel to get the the sweet- sticky inside, I set out on a mission. I wanted to rock climb down into the depth’s of Chloe’s soul. Some of us are in denial that Chloe is not a real person but a well crafted character. In order to scale that dark, elegant cob-webby soul I had to track down the hilarious comedian Drew Droege who plays Chloe “I like toast” Sevigny. Move over Amy Sedaris, Drew is here. Researching Drew’s background I found myself crippled with laughter. His conversational skills hit a magic yellow note  which causes some to pee themselves.

” Drew Droege is a delightful comedy sprite who brings us a heaping spoonful of Glitter in the Garbage each week. He teaches improv at The Groundlings, rocks out in the band The Discount Cruise to Hell, and plays one of the world’s most beloved fantastical creatures in Planet Unicorn. If you google Chloe Sevigny, one of the first results is one of Drew’s videos gently teasing the fashion-designer-actress-model-weirdo. Listen to Glitter in the Garbage each Thursday on Earwolf!” Drew on FACEBOOK 

Drew , lets talk and keep things real: 

Accidental Bear: To get things going, I want to spring out of the gate and first ask about your band The Discount Cruise to Hell? I am laughing on the inside and out. Or should I be crying?  

Drew Droege: Hahah – first of all, I LOVE that this is your first question for me.  The Discount Cruise to Hell is a glitter-glam-gore-cabaret that’s designed to be your cruise ship entertainment after you’ve died and been condemned to Hell.  Fun, right?  I’ve honestly never regretted a single show, because it’s so free and balls-out.  When we miss a note, we scream “Fuck you!  You’re in Hell!”  Awesome.  Sometimes I play a dead 8-year-old chorus boy from the 20s named Lil Jackie Stardust (ie. “Day of the Locust”), and sometimes I play the King of the Lotus Eaters (from “The Odyssey”).  Yeah, it’s super pretentious and stupid at the same time.  My favorite.

A B:  I have to talk about the pink elephant in the room, Chloe. After our interview with Chloe, more often than not, people talk to me in metaphors and emulate her every move. Chloe, who, what, where and why?

Drew:  Chloe came to me as a happy accident – I tried on a wig for something else and realized that I looked like her.  This was many years ago, and she was SUPER indie at the time. So, many (most) audiences didn’t get it at all.  But I love the real person and her style is so remarkably insane, so I LOVE playing her.  I don’t think it would be a hit if I hated the real Chloe.  And then I created this crazy voice and metaphorical jargon for her, to make her more of an original character.  

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July 27, 2011

Handpicked Queer Headlines: ‘Intolerance’ Among Gays, End Gay Blood Ban, LGBT Education Law…

by Accidental Bear

Truth Wins Out on FRC’s Claim of ‘Intolerance’ Among Gays  Earlier this week, Family Research Council president TonyDADT TONY PERKINS X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM Perkins slammed Truth Wins Out, the group that recently went undercover at Marcus Bachmann’s Minnesota clinic to investigate reparative therapy rumors (rumors it confirmed). In an op-ed, Perkins called the subsequent media coverage a “drummed-up controversy” and wrote of Truth Wins Out, “These self-styled apostles of ‘tolerance’ should try practicing a little themselves.”                                                                                                                                                                    

BLOOD SEX AND THE FDA X390 (MARIO WAGNER) | ADVOCATE.COMWill Latest Attempt to End Gay Blood Ban Work? The U.S. department of Health and Human Services is once again looking at changing its policy that bans men who have sex with men from donating blood. The HHS described the current policy as “suboptimal” and asked a group of experts, known as the Blood, Organ, and Tissue Safety Working Group, to look into ways of changing it. As it stands, any man who had sex with another man since 1977 cannot donate blood. A new policy could allow certain gay or bisexual men, possibly those who have abstained from homosexual sex for a certain time, to donate.                                                                                                                                                                                  Group Targets California’s LGBT Education Law The Fair Education Act (SB 48), authored by State Sen. Mark Leno and signed into lawMARK LENO X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, requires social science curriculum to include the historical contributions of LGBT people, and has been criticized by the group Stop SB 48 “as selective treatment of history by requiring that only events that reflect positively on people in the LGBT community may be discussed.”

Jon Stewart Exposes Don Lemon’s Aversion to CNN’s Silly Antics: VIDEO

Lemon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rick Santorum Pledges To ‘Go To New York’ And Repeal State’s Same-Sex Marriage Law At a campaign stop in Ankeny, Iowa, Rick Santorum reiterated his criticism of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for saying he was “fine” with New York enacting a same-sex marriage law and pledged to personally fight for its repeal. “I am not, as some in this race have said, OK with New York doing what they’re doing. What New York did was wrong. I will oppose it and I will go to New York, if necessary, to help overturn it,” he said. He also predicted that marriage equality would undermine “every traditional value in this country” and said that the nation has fought wars to protect that idea. AUDIO

 

ANTI-GAY CHRISTIAN GROUPS CAN NO LONGER PROFIT OFF APPLE  After a Change.org petition gathered more than 22,000 signatures, Apple has removed their iTunes store from the Christian Values Network (CVN). When customers make purchases through CVN, a donation is made to the religious charity of the customer’s choice, and anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council use the service to raise money. Companies like Microsoft, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, and BBC America have all recently removed their stores from the network.

July 25, 2011

President Obama: Don’t Force Lt. Dan Choi and Other Gay Soldiers to Pay for their DADT Discharges

by Accidental Bear

Please sign this petition at change.org. Why is common sense so hard for some people?

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Lt. Dan Choi served his country with honor in Iraq as an American infantry officer in the U.S. Army. But in June 2010, Lt. Choi was officially discharged from the Army, after coming out as gay on an episode of the Rachel Maddow Show. Now, months after being discharged for violating the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the Department of Defense wants to charge Lt. Choi more than $2,500, to make up the cost of “the unearned portion” of his enlistment bonus.

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July 25, 2011

TYLER ROBINSON: Rocking the Nerdy ‘White Boy Soul’

by Accidental Bear

NewNowNext has held down this guy and asked him the who, what and Whys of his future and beyond. I am all ears. Here is the juice they squeezed out of him:

America was impressed and a little taken aback when singer Tyler Robinson came out to his dad on the NBC show The Voice. The kid’s got courage! He’s also got talent, with a style he calls “white boy soul.”

Now that the show is over and he has moved on, NewNowNext checked in with the adorable redhead to see what’s going on now and in the future. He has an EP expected out by the end of the year, and he’ll likely be performing locally or touring as well. Check him out!

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July 24, 2011

The Pride is a Comic Book Series Created by Joe Glass and Gavin Mitchell: Help Support & Fund

by Accidental Bear

Hey all, there’s literally just 11 days left to help the comic. We really need everyone to get involved please, then we can make sure the print run is large and able to spread far and wide. Please, whatever you can do to support, please fund, spread the word. We really need the help. Thanks

FIND OUT HOW HERE

 

About the pitch

Have you ever felt misrepresented? Or not represented at all? Have you ever thought the media makes you out to be something you’re not? A joke, a monster, a danger, or worse? Well, FabMan has. So he’s forming his own brand of superhero team…one with an LGBT twist. THE PRIDE are coming to show you what they got; they’re here to savethe world; they’re here for everyone!

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July 21, 2011

“Barbarians” Raid Marcus Bachmann’s Office: Fab-u-lous!

by Accidental Bear

This is totally FAB! I can say that, I’m gay (did you know?)

 

(via www.advocate.com)

A group of glitter-wielding “barbarians” showed up this morning at one of Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinics and asked for his special form of help.

“We came to see Marcus. We need to be disciplined,” members of the group told a woman who met them in the lobby. But she wasn’t amused, not even by their barbaric headbands and leopard-print outfits.

“I’m sorry, but I do need to ask you to leave,” the woman answers in a video clip of the protest. “This is a private business.”

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July 20, 2011

Handpicked News: Small Penis? You May Be a Bottom, Al Franken Destroys, Gays and Republicans Both Love Subway…

by Accidental Bear

Gays and Republicans Both Love Subway (thank god, I was concerned) According to a recent study from YouGov BrandIndex that asked consumers about positive or negative gossip on current brands, members of both parties ranked Subway as one of the brands with the most positive buzz over the last six months. Others ranking highly were Ford, Amazon, and Netflix. For the first time, the survey also tracked brands’ images among LGBT consumers. Their top brands during the first six months of 2011? YouTube, Google, Netflix, and Amazon were the highest rated. LGBT people also ranked Apple, iPhone, and iPad in the top 10 of the technology-dominated list, and they loved Subway too.

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Small Penis?
You May Be a Bottom 
Turns out Republicans and gay men do have something in common: They’re both unhappy with a new study the National Institutes of Health subsidized in order to find out if a gay man’s penis size has any correlation to his sexual health According to The Daily Caller, the Hunter College Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies Training research, titled “The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex With Men,” was initiated in 2006 and surveyed 1,065 gay men. Among its key findings: Those gay men who felt they had small or inadequate penis sizes were more likely to become “bottoms,” or anal-receptive, while gay men with larger penises were more likely to identify themselves as “tops,” or anal-insertive. Another discovery from the research: Men with smaller penises were more likely to be psychologically troubled than those with larger genitalia. The goal of the study was to understand the “real individual-level consequences of living in a penis-centered society.”

Bill O’Reilly: News Corp Being Attacked By ‘Vicious’ Opponents Exploiting Hacking ScandalBill Oreilly
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 Bill O’Reilly said that the phone hacking scandal is being exploited by “vicious” opponents of News Corp with an ideological agenda. O’Reilly was speaking on his Tuesday show to Nile Gardner, a British member of the Heritage Foundation. O’Reilly noted that the scandal was a serious one, and said that any guilty journalists should be prosecuted. But then, he said that the scandal was being over-hyped.

Iraq: Obama Administration Debates Continued Troop Presence In Face Of Withdrawal Deadline (I’m Confused?) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is facing a major political and strategic dilemma as it debates a continued troop presence in Iraq after this year’s deadline for withdrawal passes. Several Iraq experts and former defense officials, including people who were involved in the formulation of the original 2008 agreement that permitted American troops to remain in Iraq, said the administration appears to be wary of the consequences of leaving Iraq in full, or with too few troops left in place – and is in the process of seeking a new pact with the Iraqi government.

FRANKEN DESTROYS FOCUS ON THE FAMILY WITNESS, EXPOSES MISUSE OF HHS STUDY (VIDEO) During this morning’s Senate DOMA hearings, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) destroyed Focus on the Family’s Tom Minnery’s argument that children are better off with opposite-sex parents by demonstrating how Minnery misrepresented an HHS study. The study — which Minnery cited to oppose marriage equality — actually found that children do best in two-parent households, regardless of the parents’ gender. Watch it: