Posts tagged ‘Utah’

July 18, 2011

Handpicked News: Military Gay Couples, Overturn Teaching Gay History, AIDS Conference Rome, Who Killed the Curator

by Accidental Bear

AP PhotoMuseum scavenger hunts ask who killed the curator NEW YORK (AP) — An assistant museum curator who questioned the authenticity of a Leonardo da Vinci has been murdered – but before he died he left a code in his appointment calendar and a cryptic trail of clues connected to secrets in works of art that point to the killer. Now, would-be gumshoes must figure out what drove one of four suspects to kill him. Was it greed? Fame? Lust? Or revenge? That’s the plot of Murder at the Met, a murder-mystery scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York run by Watson Adventures, a private company offering a series of such games at 27 museums in seven U.S. cities.

Push begins to overturn teaching gay history in CA SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — A family advocacy group is already challenging a new

California law that adds lessons about gays to social studies classes. Paulo Sibaja of the Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Institute said he started the process Friday for a statewide vote to overturn the bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown a day earlier.

Military gay couples won’t enjoy benefits SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gay service members from Army soldiers to Air Force officers are planning to celebrate the official end of the military’s 17-year policy that forced them to hide their sexual orientation with another official act – marriage. A 27-year-old Air Force officer from Ohio said he can’t wait to wed his partner of two years and slip on a ring that he won’t have to take off or lie about when he goes to work each day once “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed. He plans to wed his boyfriend, a federal employee, in Washington D.C. where same-sex marriages are legal.

Utah Democratic Party elects openly gay chairman SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Democratic Party has voted overwhelmingly in favor of electing as its new chairman an art dealer believed to be the first openly gay leader of a political party in the state. Jim Dabakis, a co-founder of Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center, was elected Saturday during the party’s state convention in Salt Lake City. Dabakis said his sexual orientation never came up during the nomination process.“The whole gay thing just simply did not surface as an issue,” he told the Salt Lake Tribune. “People are broad-minded in Utah, and they want to know if you can do the job or not.”                                                              

AIDS conference opens in Rome ROME (AP) — The head of the United Nations AIDS program called Sunday for an increase in access to drugs that help treat orAP Photo prevent the spread of the disease, saying it is “morally wrong” to keep millions of people off lifesaving medication. Michael Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, said the gap in access to HIV treatment should be closed both within and between countries. Sidibe called for better delivery on the ground, a reduction in the number of years it now takes to turn scientific discoveries into actual progress for the poor, and increased cooperation among states, pharmaceutical companies and international organizations.

Tom Sellner, Owner Of Cricket Hollow Zoo, Attacked By Tiger During Feeding


  

July 12, 2011

Handpicked News: Polygamous Family, Bill Maher Talks, New Restroom Policy, Distributing Pedophile Mascot

by Accidental Bear

New Restroom Policy for Denny’s in Maine LEWISTON — The corporate owner of Denny’s restaurants in Maine has reversed its restroom policy in an agreement with a transgender customer, and now permits all customers to use restrooms consistent with their gender identities. The change, according to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders attorney Janson Wu, “is common sense.” The agreement, reached in March and announced on Monday, is the result of a lawsuit brought by Brianna Freeman against the chain’s Auburn restaurant after Freeman was denied access to the women’s restroom there.            

Study: Sexuality in Lesbians is Based on Genes Gay men are more likely to show nonconforming traits than lesbians during childhood, according toFemale woman symbol gender x390 (fair) | Advocate.com a new study by Queen Mary University in London. Research following children to adulthood shows that that 50%-80% of gender non-conforming boys become gay. Meanwhile, only about one-third of non-conforming girls become lesbians.

 

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Looks to Gay Rights for Lawsuit The polygamous family featured on the showSister Wives on TLC is using a groundbreaking gay rights case to challenge Utah’s antibigamy law. Kody Brown is legally married to one wife, but three others are his “spiritual wives.” However, state law establishes that married people cannot purport to marry or cohabit with another person, NPR reports. While the state of Utah is now considering whether to bring charges against them, the family has moved to Nevada, and is bringing their case to a federal court.

 

Bill Maher Talks Palin vs. Bachmann On Piers Morgan (VIDEO)

Woman Accused Of Cutting Off Estranged Husband’s Penis Catherine Kieu Becker of Garden Grove reportedly prepared dinner for herWoman Cuts Off Penis
husband and put a poisonous substance or drug in his food to make him drowsy, reports KTLA. While the man was sleeping, Becker allegedly tied him to the bed. When he awakened, Becker cut his penis off with a knife and threw it into the garbage disposal, turning it on as she did so.

 

The Mankini & Other Beach Trends We’d Like To See Banned (PHOTOS) We’d like to take a moment to commend the Newquay Safe Partnership, a non-profit group cracking down on indecency in the British town of Cornwall. The group’s latest victory, according to the Telegraph? The confiscation of a mankini, one of the most visually offensive items of beachwear ever invented (we blame you, Borat).

Arizona Lawmaker Explains Pointing Gun At ReporterPHOENIX (AP) — A gun-toting Arizona state senator is on the defensive, drawing criticism after reports emerged that she pointed her raspberry-pink semi-automatic pistol at a reporter while demonstrating its laser sight during a recent interview. It’s not the first time that Republican Sen. Lori Klein of Anthem has made headlines in connection with a personal weapon.

Apple Stops Distributing Pedophile Mascot The iPhone app Dancing Cuddle Bear is no more. Apple had approved the free game, consisting of a very
(very!) kid friendly plush bear dancing to 11 hip hop tracks. But now it’s gone. Why daddy? Why? 
It turns out the creature in question is the infamous Pedobear, an internet meme so ancient it dates past 4chan all the way back to its Japanese predecessor 2channel, before it evolved into an icon used as a symbol and tongue in cheek warning about internet pedophiles, especially on 4chan’s /b/. After some coverage of the “creepy” app on The Smoking Gun, Apple has apparently pulled Dancing Cuddle Bear from the app store, making it once again safe for concerned parents and people who don’t like to see women’s filthy hot bare ankles.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

May 21, 2011

Acting Sexy Now Illegal in Utah

by Accidental Bear

Fuck! There goes my whole road trip idea for the summer. I was going to swing into Utah for a few days, walk the streets swishing my hips desperately from side to side, suck on the straw of my black cherry 7-11 slurpie on the corner as if my life hung on every last drop and then go hang out in the park as I playfully rub raspberry flavored whip cream on my nipples as I let all the dogs in the park and their owners lick it off. All non-sexually of course.~ AB
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via Gawker

by Max Read — Despite being home to the sexist national park (Arches) and the sexiest salt water lake (Great Salt Lake), Utah doesn’t want you to think of it as a sexy state. And so, in an attempt to make it easier for police to arrest prostitutes, the state has gone ahead and outlawed acting sexy altogether.

Two Utah escort services have filed a lawsuit against a new state law that broadens the legal definition of solicitation to include exposing genitals and touching yourself sexually, arguing that police can now arrest just about anyone who is acting in a sexy manner — like strippers or escorts. As attorney Andrew McCullough points out, “most girls who touch their breasts are not telling you they’re open for sex.”

Now, obviously, there are ways to act sexy without “touching yourself sexually.” But this isn’t the Victorian era! Basically the only way to find a husband or wife these days is to show up at a bar and aggressively touch yourself, sexually. Does Utah really want to make that illegal?