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05/22/2015

Ashers Bakery Google Profile Displays Image Reading 'Keep Calm And Kill Faggots"

AshersThe Google Maps team has come under close scrutiny in the past few weeks following a series of distasteful images and redirects found embedded in various Google Maps locations. The problems first began back in April when users reported finding a watermark depicting Google’s iconic Android mascot urinating on Apple’s logo.

Weeks later it was discovered that typing the phrase “house ni**a” into the popular map search engine returned directions to the White House. Google has disavowed having any idea where these offensive embeds might have come from, and assured the public that it’s looking into the matters. Unfortunately, but it would appear as if it’s happened again, this time taking potshots at gay people.

Search results for Ashers Bakery, the Irish Bakery that came under fire for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake, now return a riff on the Keep Calm meme that reads “Keep Calm And Kill Faggots.” Unlike the other search results that appear to have been embedded into the very fabric of Google’s search algorithm, these images were likely attached to the Bakery’s profile as the result of an unknown Google user.

Posted May. 22,2015 at 6:30 PM EST by in Discrimination, Ireland | Permalink | Comments (1)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1742

COLDPLAY: The Game of Thrones musical

BILL MURRAY: Teaser for upcoming Netflix Xmas special

TIME MACHINES: Can they be built?

GATOR VS TRUCK: The gator wins

  

  

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Posted May. 22,2015 at 5:30 PM EST by in Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (0)


New Study Sheds Light On Truvada's Ability To Prevent HIV Infection After One Week of Dosing

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A new study into Truvada’s efficacy as a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has found that the drug is most effective at preventing HIV contraction after a person has been taking the drug for a full week. The study also further detailed just how effective PrEP proved to be at reducing the risk for HIV infection. One of the major arguments against PrEP’s use has been the belief that at risk populations like drug users might not take their medication regularly enough to benefit from its protection.

According to the study’s findings, subjects exhibited risk reductions ranging between 75 and 91 percent after a single day’s dosage. After three days, risk reduction rose to somewhere between 95 and 97 percent, and after five to seven days the drug proved to be 98-99% effective. Apparently risk reduction remains well above 90 percent after a week going off of Truvada, presumably because of the drug’s presence within people’s bloodstream.

“High PrEP activity for MSM was achieved by approximately 1 week of daily dosing,” the study’s authors explained. “Although effective intracellular drug concentrations persist for several days after stopping PrEP, a reasonable recommendation is to continue PrEP dosing for 4 weeks after the last potential HIV exposure, similar to recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis.”

It’s important to point out that while the study’s findings applied specifically to people who were taking Truvada at regularly scheduled intervals from day to day. Current trials looking into the drug’s ability to prevent HIV infection when taken immediately before sex are still ongoing but have yet to provide similar results.

Read more about the study’s findings here and here.

(h/t Joe.My.God)

Posted May. 22,2015 at 5:00 PM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Health, PrEP, Truvada | Permalink | Comments (10)


Sunny D's Latest Ad Is A Blast From The 90s Past: WATCH

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The 90s were a magical time to be a kid. Acid washed denim overalls were en vogue, En Vogue topped the charts, and the advertising for kids’ snacks were on point. The original ad for Sunny Delight managed to capture everything about the 90s that made being a kid fun: the fashion, the slang, the hair - it was the perfect introduction to a drink that swore up and down that it was healthy for you:

 

In an age of free range, organic kid snacks that have jumped onto the modern health wave, Sunny D’s stuck to its guns with that same classic orange drink. Sunny D’s latest commercial hammers home the idea that while the looks of the bottle may have changed, the juice inside will take you right back to your childhood. Check out that same group of kids from the 90s commercial still running their that poor woman’s house in hot pursuit of some Sunny D AFTER THE JUMP

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Posted May. 22,2015 at 4:30 PM EST by in Food & Drink | Permalink | Comments (2)


News: Hillary Clinton, Eiffel Tower, Magic Mike XXL, Joe Jonas, Belize

Road State Department releases hundreds of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi. 

CooperRoad First look at Bradley Cooper and the rest of the returning "teenagers" for Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp.

Road Petition calling on TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation allegations grows to over 12,000 signatures.   

Road Joe Jonas gets naughty with Adam Levine on Instagram.

Road Reese Witherspoon cast as Tinkerbell in Tink, Disney's upcoming live adaption of the Neverland fairy. 

Road Northern Ireland Assembly won't punish the country's former Health Minister Jim Wells for claiming gay parents are more likely to abuse children than straight parents. 

Road Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak to pen book about their relationship

EiffelRoad Eiffel Tower staff on strike to demand more help dealing with pickpokets in the area. 

Road The religious right is unsurprisingly furious with Boy Scouts President Robert Gates' call for the organization to end its ban on gay adults

Road Yet another Antarctic ice mass is becoming destabilized. "Thursday in Science, researchers from the University of Bristol in Britain, along with researchers from Germany, France and the Netherlands, reported on the retreat of a suite of glaciers farther south from Larsen B and C along the Bellingshausen Sea, in a region known as the Southern Antarctic Peninsula."

Road Baltimore grand jury indicts all six police officers who had been charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Road Released emails show Florida's then-Governor Jeb Bush struggling to explain his opposition to gay adoption.

Road India's first gay matrimonial ad courts controversy for having caste requirement. 

MikeRoad Brad Pitt's World War Z sequel gets June 9, 2016 release date

Road The gang's all here in the new Magic Mike XXL poster.

Road CBS has already scrapped David Letterman's Late Show set. 

Road NYT looks at the lonely fight against Belize's anti-gay laws. "Belize has never had an inciting incident to catalyze a movement, like the 1969 Stonewall uprising. There is no annual Gay Pride parade. No member of government or other prominent figure has ever come out. No gay bars or ritual “safe spaces” exist as places for people to meet, just carefully organized house parties and private encounters on Facebook. The L.G.B.T. community in Belize, with the exception of a dedicated corps of organizers and supporters, remains timid, fractured and apolitical. Unibam itself has only 128 members, in part because of people’s concern that their names could be made public."

Road Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) likens Chris Christie's support for the PATRIOT Act to "political pornography."

Road Longtime activist Cleve Jones pens op-ed marking Harvey Milk's 85th birthday. "As I look back over the decades, I marvel at the progress our community has made in achieving our rights and know that Harvey would be proud. And as we wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality, I know that Harvey would remind us that our struggle is not yet won — no matter what the court decides."

Posted May. 22,2015 at 3:30 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (2)


Texas Church Reverses Course After Relegating Gay Couple To Side Chapel For Son's Ceremony: VIDEO

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Earlier this month, we told you how a church in Florida had agreed to allow a gay couple's child to be baptized after initially turning them away, igniting a weeklong national firestorm.

Apparently, a church in Austin, Texas wanted to avoid a similar controversy.

Rich Jones and Adrian Mertz have both attended Shoreline Church since before they were married last year. They've continued to attend with their 4-year-old adopted son, Santino, and say they've been welcomed. 

But when Jones and Mertz requested to hold a dedication ceremony for Santino at the church, they were told it would have to be in a side chapel rather than the main sanctuary. The topic of homosexuality was too sensitive, church officials said, and the congregation wasn't ready to deal with it. 

However, after a reporter from a local TV station contacted the church about turning away Jones and Mertz, officials quickly changed their mind. 

From KVUE-TV

The congregation issued this statement:

"We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused the Mertz family regarding the dedication of their child to God. We understand how our attempt to make a reasonable accommodation was misguided and hurtful. It is our intent to uphold human dignity, and in this regard we have failed. We are reaching out to the family to invite them to our next baby dedication."

Mertz and Jones were beside themselves with joy upon receiving the news. ... 

"Honestly I am just so happy and glad that we stepped out on faith. We've come to realize in order to expect change, you have to be part of the change and this just shed light on what Shoreline is really all about," said Mertz.

Santino's dedication is now set for June in the main chapel with all the other children. 

Watch KVUE-TV's report, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Posted May. 22,2015 at 3:00 PM EST by in Austin, Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Religion, Texas | Permalink | Comments (9)


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