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09/01/2014

What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Saved By The Bell' Scandals, Fox Finds 'Utopia' - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— We're so excited, we’re so excited, we’re so … scared for The Unauthorized Save By the Bell Story tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on Lifetime. I mean, we know it’s going to be terrible, but we’re hoping it’s the kind of terrible that you just want to watch over and over again. The TV movie takes a salacious look at the backstage drama that [allegedly] plagued the seemingly squeaky-clean cast.

Dancers, designers and more shows this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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GaymerX Is Back For A Third Round With a New Crowdfunding Campaign: VIDEO

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The team behind GaymerX, an LGBTQ-focused gathering of gamers, is back with a new Kickstarter and a mission to resurrect the popular convention. Now entitled GX3: Everyone Games, the the con’s organizers have decided to emphasize the fact that gamers of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome within the queer gaming space.

Gx3“The point of this Kickstarter is to continue our work with creating a convention that is different and awesome--weird and safe, but diverse space in the gaming community.” GaymerX CEO Matt Conn explains in the group’s crowdfunding video. "We've decided that we want to keep doing what we're doing. We know that this work is important."

Despite successfully raising funds to finance previous GaymerX events, Conn and co. ran into substantial last-minute expenses that would eventually put the future of the GaymerX brand in jeopardy.

Our first year, we didn't really know what we were doing and had to try to figure it out on the fly. Because of this, we hit a lot of unexpected roadblocks, expenses, and last minutes issues. With GaymerX2, we had a plan and knew what we wanted to do, but went with a venue that was extremely costly and overestimated attendance.

Having learned from previous years’ woes, GaymerX is focusing on raising funds in advance of booking a space for the convention. The Kickstarter’s $80,000 goal will cover about half of G3’s total cost of $159,500, the remainder of which the team hopes to raise via corporate sponsorships. Blizzard Entertainment Inc., the studio behind the popular World of Warcraft and Diablo series, has contributed $10,000 to the organization along with similar sponsorship from a number of other organizations. With 17 days left to go, G3’s Kickstarter has already raised over $58,000 dollars in the days leading up to the campaign’s September 18th’s deadline.

Take a look at G3: Everyone Games’s Kickstarter campaign video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 1,2014 at 4:27 PM EST by in Gaming, Kickstarter, Video Games | Permalink | Comments (4)


Jamaican Activist Fears Reprisals, Ends Legal Challenge To Anti-Sodomy Law - VIDEO

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A gay rights activist has withdrawn a legal challenge to Jamaica’s anti-sodomy laws after growing fears of violent backlashes, reports WTOP.com.

Last year, Javed Jaghai initiated a constitutional challenge to an 1864 law that bans sex between men.  He argued that the law fuels homophobia and violates a 2011 charter of human rights that guarantees a right to privacy.

Jaghai is the Education and Outreach Officer at the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays (J-FLAG).

As it stands, the law bans anal sex and sets a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and hard labor. Anything interpreted as "gross indecency" between men is punishable with two years in prison.

When Jaghai initiated the legal challenge in 2013, several church pastors led crowded revival meetings to oppose overturning the anti-sodomy law.

However, Jaghai has issued a statement saying he is no longer in a position to continue pursuing the case because of fears of a backlash against his family.

Janet Burak of New York-based advocacy group AIDS-Free World said the fear that pushed Jaghai to end his court challenge is "the same fear that keeps gay men in Jamaica underground, away from effective HIV testing, prevention treatment, care and support interventions.”

Although Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller spoke in favor of gay rights in 2012 and has vowed to put the anti-sodomy law to a "conscience vote," there has as yet been no movement in that area.

Watch Jaghai discuss human rights in Jamaica, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 1,2014 at 1:30 PM EST by in Caribbean, Jamaica, LGBT Rights, Portia Simpson-Miller, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (10)


Michael Sam Goes Unclaimed By 31 NFL Teams, Rams Pass On Offering Him Practice Squad Spot: VIDEO

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Michael Sam's prospects of becoming the first openly gay NFL player dimmed over the weekend - with Sam failing to be claimed by the other 31 NFL teams after being cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. The Rams also passed on signing Sam onto their team's 10-man practice squad.

Outsports' Jim Buzinski reports on Sam's current situation:

With the Rams out of the picture for now, the number of teams possible to pick up Sam has dwindled. He plays defensive end in a 4-3 system, and that is used by only half the teams. Of that half, most teams are already set at defensive line, so Sam would need to find a team that has a need for his skills. [...]

If Sam fails to be signed to a practice squad this week, he can work out on his own and be ready in case a team needs his services during the season. He can also explore playing in the Canadian Football League, which would at least get him playing time. Teams must announce practice squad acquisitions by 4 p.m. each day, and with the season starting in less than a week, it appears highly unlikely Sam will be on an NFL team this week.

Buzinski also pointed out that, according to NFL data site Pro Football Focus, Sam was rated the 44th best out of 100 defensive ends in a 4-3 scheme - making his inability to secure a practice squad spot puzzling. Previously, Outsports stated that if the other 31 NFL teams passed on Sam - who led the Rams in tackles and sacks in the four-game preseason - homophobia would be a contributing factor

Others, such as Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood, placed blame on ESPN's continuous (and, at times, sensational) coverage of Sam's preseason. 

Last week, Rams' head coach Jeff Fisher praised Sams' preseason performance, saying "I believe he can play in this league." Sam himself was also pleased with his performance and said he was "very confident" he would make an NFL roster. 

Watch an ESPN segment with NFL analyst and former coach Herman Edwards sharing his advice for Sam, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 1,2014 at 12:30 PM EST by in Michael Sam, NFL, Sports | Permalink | Comments (47)


Human Rights Commission Condemns Attack On Gay Bar In New Zealand

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The Human Rights Commission has condemned an alleged violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in Wellington, New Zealand on August 22nd, reports TVNZ One News.

Steven Mawhinney, a bar manager at the Ivy Bar, said a group of men came into the venue without realising "what sort of bar it was.”

Mawhinney initially made the men leave but they returned soon after, reportedly throwing cans of alcohol at patrons.

An argument then broke out and when Mr Mawhinney tried to intervene, he was set upon by the group.

Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley said New Zealand's excellent human rights record is worthless if such blatant homophobia is still taking place.

"We value our freedom in New Zealand and that includes being able to live our lives free from fear. Respect for others is a founding principle of human rights - you don't pick and choose who deserves dignity and who doesn't."

According to Stuff.co.nz, police arrested a 23-year-old man on the night of the incident and charged him with two counts of common assault. The man was released on bail and was due to appear in the Wellington District Court last Friday.

Earlier this year, a 30-year-old Minneapolis gay man was beaten unconscious in a brutal attack after leaving a gay bar.

Posted Sep. 1,2014 at 11:30 AM EST by in Gay Bar, New Zealand, News | Permalink | Comments (0)


San Diego Man Charged With Willfully Exposing Boyfriend To HIV - VIDEO

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The San Diego City Attorney's Office has charged a 29-year-old man with knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend to HIV, who is now testing positive. Thomas Guerra has also been accused of infecting 24 other men with HIV, reports Gawker.

Guerra's unnamed accuser said that he was messaged by a man on Facebook who told him of Guerra’s HIV positive status.

The accuser also said that he discovered a number of text messages on Guerra's phone allegedly implicating him:

"Texts where he's stating he's negative to people then bragging to others about giving people his 'positive load.’ It's crude, it's...I don't know how someone could treat another individual like that."

Guerra, who is also known as Ashton Chavez, currently faces a maximum of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. However, his alleged victim is hopeful that additional text message records could prompt prosecutors to upgrade the case to a felony, punishable with up to eight years in prison.

Watch an ABC 10 News report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 1,2014 at 10:30 AM EST by in AIDS/HIV, California, Health, Law Enforcement, News, News Clips, San Diego, Video | Permalink | Comments (61)


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