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In 2009, director J.J. Abrams transformed Star Trek into a true mainstream hit with his blockbuster movie reboot, earning $385 in worldwide box office and shattered the opening weekend IMAX record; with Star Trek Into Darkness about to hit theaters this Friday, he seems poised to do it again.In 2009, director J.J. Abrams transformed Star Trek into a true mainstream hit with... more
Happy Birthday TV Judge David Young! http://www.mrmedia.com/2007/12/judge-david-young-syndicated-tv-judge-mr-media-interview-part-1/#.UXhZl4Kt-H4Happy Birthday TV Judge David Young!... more
Here is the fourth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Liberty Law School’s Dean, J. Matt Barber, who shows his Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian love by supporting the Ugandan effort to invoke the death penalty for being gay.Here is the fourth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals... more
Back when Jason was a shy, retiring... oh, never mind! http://www.mrmedia.com/2009/06/jason-stuart-making-it-to-the-middle-comedian-mr-media-radio-interview/Back when Jason was a shy, retiring... oh, never mind!... more
Excerpt: "Some think football players like me should just keep our mouths shut and focus on the game. But we're people first, and football players a distant second. Football is a big part of what we do, but a very small part of who we are. And historically, sports figures like Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King and Muhammad Ali have been powerful agents for social change. That's why the messages athletes send — including the way they treat others and the words they use — can influence many people, especially children.
"Believe it or not, conversations about issues like gay marriage take place in locker rooms every day. In many respects, the football locker room is a microcosm of society. While there is certainly an element of bravado in our sport, football players are not the meatheads many think we are. For some of my friends who raise personal objections to marriage equality, they still recognize the importance of being accepting. And many of them also recognize that regardless of what they choose to believe or practice at home or at their church, that doesn't give them the right to discriminate. I am encouraged by how I've seen such conversations evolve."Excerpt: "Some think football players like me should just keep our mouths shut... more
RC Los Angeles Gala Honors Disney/ABC, Hosts Prop * Plaintiffs, Gov. Christine Gregorie, Rep. Mark Takano, Rob Reiner, DWTS Tom Bergeron, Actress Kerry Washington
http://www.examiner.com/article/2013-human-rights-campaign-los-angeles-gala-dinner-honoree-and-guests-announcedRC Los Angeles Gala Honors Disney/ABC, Hosts Prop * Plaintiffs, Gov. Christine... more
Bayli Silberstein, an 8th grade student in Florida, has been trying for a year to create a Gay-Straight Alliance, a student-led club to combat the name-calling and bullying she and her friends face at school. But in an attempt to stop Bayli from forming the Gay-Straight Alliance, the school board is considering banning ALL extracurricular clubs.
Help Bayli fight back!Bayli Silberstein, an 8th grade student in Florida, has been trying for a year to... more
Tim Tebow decides to do the right thing for professional reasons (but reserves the right to do the wrong thing later when nobody is paying attention) | Scholars and RoguesSo….you’ll go speak to the hatemongers as soon as everybody looks the other way for a second? The hell? Can somebody show me where it says in the Bible that you’re supposed to do good works for the Lord as long as it’s professionally expedient? (Hey, maybe this is what was going on with that whole “denied the Lord thrice” thing. I got your back, Jesus, but I got to look out for my family, hear what I’m saying?)So….you’ll go speak to the hatemongers as soon as everybody looks the... more
Indiana teacher wants straight prom because LGBT people have no 'purpose'
Nothing should be more clearly non-partisan than protecting women from violence. Opposing such a basic sentiment could not be more overtly shameful. Nevertheless, that is exactly what eight Republican Senators have done.Nothing should be more clearly non-partisan than protecting women from violence.... more
The need is clear: A full third of Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes; an even higher number will experience physical and emotional abuse. Lesbian and gay people will be brutalized at the same rate as general society -- approximately 27% -- but will have far bleaker prospects of finding help.
Some 45% of those seeking refuge at a shelter were turned away, and 55% who sought restraining orders against abusers were denied. Undocumented women in the United States risk being held hostage by abusive spouses who lord citizenship over them as a means of control. These same husbands often threaten deportation and separation from children if their wives seek help or report abuse.The need is clear: A full third of Native American women will be raped in their... more
By Jeremy J. Nuttall, Today, TheTyee.ca
Dignity House aims to model an alternative: retirement living for LGBT community.
Alex Sangha envisions place where lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited and transgendered people can retire together without fear of bullying by other seniors.
Growing old can be daunting enough, but can be made even more worrisome for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited and transgendered community.
Often, checking into a retirement home can be like taking a time machine back to the days when homosexuals were underground and didn't risk letting people know about their sexuality.
To be accepted and to escape bullying from other rest home residents or even staff, many elderly homosexuals simply choose to go back into the closet.
But Alex Sangha says it doesn't have to be that way.
As part of a Master's in Social Work at Dalhousie University (Canada), B.C. resident Sangha has undertaken an initiative to open a rest home catering to the LGBT community and its allies.
"We want to welcome everyone, but we want to create homophobic/transphobic-free place for everyone," said Sangha.
Since he first announced the project and received some media coverage in September he has managed to raise more than $37,000 -- $12,000 more than his original target -- and has received individual donations from across the continent.
The largest portions of the donations came from the United Way and the Vancity Community Foundation, but it hasn't just been the money that's rolling in, said Sangha.
"We have put out a call for applications to set up a dignity house advisory committee," he said recently. "We wanted up to 10 community members, but we already have 17 people, including the four on the committee who have applied."
The committee eventually came to hold 22 members who will get started on the project in late January.
Now the next step is to conduct a study on the feasibility of the project, with the ultimate goal to open the "Dignity House" seniors' home.
Dignity through segregation?
The project has received some criticism from the public with some people alleging a rest home for a particular community amounts to segregation.
UBC professor of social work Brian O'Neill said that's not the case and such a home is needed for LGBT seniors who feel forced to live in isolation or deal with bigotry if they were openly gay at their rest homes.
"I've been out since I was 20," said O'Neill, who is gay himself. "I don't want to have to go back into the closet if I had to go into a long-term care facility."
Though he said he wouldn't have a problem with going to a traditional rest home, he understands how many could object to it.
"The bit of research that I've done around this… is that these institutions have been basically and still are largely organized on the assumption that everybody is heterosexual," he said.
The dynamic can make LGBT seniors feel out of place or even unwanted.
A place to feel safe
That feeling of being out of place has led to high rates of depression in the elderly LGBT community said Catherine Kohm of the Haro Park Centre, a care campus for the elderly in the West End.
"We hear a lot about bullying in the younger population, but I think it's any generation," said Kohm, explaining what LGBT people can face in rest homes.
She said her facility has become an eclectic one as many elderly LGBT people live in the West End, but pointed out there are also immigrants and other marginalized groups living at the centre without conflict.
Kohm said she has one female resident who dresses in men's clothes and goes by a man's name because she feels comfortable enough to live openly at the centre.
It's that kind of openness Sangha said he wants to foster -- rejecting any accusations the home will segregate LGBT people from the rest of the community.
"People say 'that's discrimination, that's segregation, why are they so special?'" said Sangha.
"There is affordable housing for every demographic under the sun," Sangha continues. "Gay and lesbian people are one of the most discriminated groups in society. If anyone ever needed a special place for them so they can live and be safe and live in dignity, it is gays and lesbians."
Sangha said the project will start small, but hopes to have resources to accommodate 50 to 75 people to start, depending on the feasibility study. He said he's already received a phone call from a woman wanting to apply to live in the facility, but he had to explain it hasn't been built yet.By Jeremy J. Nuttall, Today, TheTyee.ca Dignity House aims to model an alternative:... more
One might think that, given their disastrous fate on Tuesday, Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians would back off their continuous stream of hatred toward and encouragement of violence against LGBT people. Sadly, if one did think that, one would be wrong.One might think that, given their disastrous fate on Tuesday, Republican Supply-side... more
Well, that was anticlimactic. We listened to a grueling (for voters) 4-year long campaign during which we witnessed the worst political spectacle of the epoch. If, "liar, liar, pants on fire" meant anything, there wouldn't be a pair of Levis left on the planet. The country immersed itself in a boiling cauldron of rancor so deep there is no word in English to adequately describe it. And yet, after all that, we have essentially the same balance of power as before.Well played America, well-played.
It's time for a few observations and maybe a little advice. For the "mandate" crowd, winning an election by the skin of your teeth does not a mandate make. For the "it's imponderable we lost" crowd, no it isn't. You acted like a bunch of jackwads. For the "gridlock will finally break" crowd, what makes you think reelecting largely the same people who are already bought and paid for is going to break gridlock?
But since the nation is populated with a large ignorati caucus, let's break it down real simple like:Well, that was anticlimactic. We listened to a grueling (for voters) 4-year long... more
Brad Pitt has always been a strong advocate for LGBT rights, but his latest move might be his most profound yet.
As the LA Times is reporting, the Academy Award-nominated actor is donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) National Marriage Fund, which is focused on supporting initiatives in four states where same-sex marriage legislation will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Pitt's donation will be split evenly among Maine, Maryland and Washington, where ballot measures seek to legalize gay marriage, as well as Minnesota, where LGBT advocates are fighting an amendment which would effectively ban same-sex couples from tying the knot in the state's constitution.
"It's unbelievable to me that people's lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days," Pitt is quoted as saying on the HRC website. "In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples -- our friends and neighbors -- are worthy of the same protections as everyone else."
He then noted, "Every person's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is enshrined in our country's Declaration of Independence, but powerful, well-funded groups are flooding the airwaves with lies trying to take away those rights from certain people...and we can't stand for it."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/brad-pitt-hrc-gay-marriage-campaign-donation-_n_2049092.htmlBrad Pitt has always been a strong advocate for LGBT rights, but his latest move might... more
Cecil Chao Sze-tung is Hong Kong’s perennial playboy. Call him the city’s Hugh Hefner, minus the pajamas and add a pair of shades.
Never married, real estate and shipping tycoon Chao, 76, has been a staple of the Hong Kong tabloid and social rags since the 1970s. For over 40 years he’s proudly paraded what seems to be an endless supply of female arm candy in front of the flashing bulbs.
Tales of his romantic dalliances are tabloid staples. He once boasted about having slept with over 10,000 women. Just last year the septuagenarian Chinese Casanova, as to prove his virility has not been dashed by time, posed in a magazine photo spread surrounded by young bikini-clad models.
He has fathered three children from three different women.
He has thumbed his nose at the institution of marriage. Until this week.
Chao’s respect for a traditional marriage was prompted by his daughter Gigi, 33, being quoted recently in the Beijing press saying she had married her long-time girlfriend Sean Eav earlier this year in Paris. Hong Kong currently still does not legally recognize same-sex marriages.
Rather than accepting his daughter’s decision, Chao has announced a dowry-bounty of sorts: HK$500 million ($65 million US Dollars) to the man who can woo his lesbian daughter away from her wife.Cecil Chao Sze-tung is Hong Kong’s perennial playboy. Call him the city’s... more
By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE – Yesterday I saw that Kevin McClatchy came out as gay. My mom was a rabid Pirates fan. She was as crazed as they come for her team through good and bad seasons. I grew up with Bob Prince’s voice as the back ground music to my summer nights. My mom passed away a few years ago at the age of 91. I doubt very much if she would have cared one way or the otherBy Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE – Yesterday I saw that Kevin McClatchy came out as... more
I found this interesting and was surprised there was no article already posted.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3323846/Sperm-cells-created-from-female... more