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Straight Arizona Student Denied Right to Be Prom Queen Says He's Standing Up for LGBT Students: VIDEO


River Flanary, a straight high school student in Tempe, Arizona, ran for prom queen and won after receiving the most votes of any of the candidates on a write-in ballot. Flanary designed his own dress for the occasion, but school officials are saying he can't attend. Flanary says his rights have been violated, CBS5 reports:

When CBS 5 News asked him why he wanted to run he said, "I guess you could say that I am standing up for those who maybe weren't bold enough to stand up before and maybe putting that courage in their hearts a little."

He said he is talking about homosexuals, bi-sexuals or transgender students, but the Tempe School District is being very clear that a prom ballot is a write-in ballot that asks students to write in names of girls for queen and names of boys for king.

"If they want to challenge the way the ballots are written, that would need to be addressed, and it wasn't," said Linda Littell with the Tempe Union High School District.


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Posted Apr. 17,2012 at 6:29 PM EST by in Arizona, Discrimination, News | Permalink | Comments (50)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1106

THE ICE CREAM TRUCK OF LOVE: Creamy goodness in Oz.

ONE DIRECTION: Sits down with Fifi and Jules.

END BULLYING: A serious video from Andy Pandy.

MAKE IT BETTER: Duke University students and faculty speak out against Amendment One.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Apr. 17,2012 at 5:12 PM EST by in Australia, Bullying, Gay Marriage, News, North Carolina, One Direction, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (7)

News: Tupac Shakur, Orange County, Mark Salling, Spokane

RoadHow gay couples get screwed on tax day.

RoadNYT Room for Debate: Is support for gay rights still controversial?

ShakurRoadTupac hologram may go on tour.

RoadJose Canseco: Global warming could have saved Titanic!

RoadOrange County vice principal who ejected gay student from pageant after saying he hoped to get married one day is removed from campus: "Vice Principal Joe Abell was assigned to Fullerton Joint Union School District offices as administrators continue to assess the incident, Superintendent George Giokaris said."

RoadAnn Romney: Seamus loved riding on the top of the car. “He would see that crate and, you know, he would, like, go crazy because he was going with us on vacation."

RoadSignorile: Gay panic at the White House.

RoadCatholics protest Castro Theatre screening of documentary about Terrance McNally's play Corpus Christi: "I strongly protest against the showing of the blasphemous play Corpus Christi,which includes a Christ-like figure who reportedly has sexual relations with his apostles, and of the movie which promotes it, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption. The Person of Jesus Christ is Sacred and untouchable. To portray Him as a homosexual, or even to insinuate it, is an unspeakable blasphemy which I reject with all my soul."

RoadEmile Hirsch mugs for his own camera at Coachella.

UrbanoutfittersRoadOne Million Moms in uproar about women kissing in Urban Outfitters catalog (even though the company is owned by a right-winger).

RoadSurvey: Approximately 20% of gay men in Taiwan have attempted suicide. "About 30 per cent have considered taking their own lives, and of these 18 per cent have actually tried to kill themselves, according to the survey sponsored by Gender/Sexuality Rights Association of Taiwan and other groups."

RoadGay teen who attempted suicide recovering in Ohio.

RoadWilliams Institute: Transgender voters disenfranchised by voter ID laws. "Over 25,000 transgender American citizens may face stiff barriers to voting in the November 2012 election, according to the report 'The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters,' released last week by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s law school. This is, by any measure, the portion of the electorate that is among the most marginalized and stigmatized, and hence probably most in need of the right to have a say in who governs their lives. But discussions on both sides of voter ID laws tend to leave out transgender citizens in discussions about who would be most adversely impacted."

RoadNOM's 'Dump Starbucks' campaign is a flop internationally, too.

SallingRoadNo-hawk: Mark Salling Blained-out on the Glee set.

RoadPat Robertson pushes "ex-gay" reparative therapy for woman's lesbian daughter.

RoadGrace, the black lab who stood by her dead companion on the highway, has been adopted.

RoadNew international trailer for Spider-man released.

RoadNessun Dorma, a film by Ronald Genato.

RoadPortions of the surface of Mars are made of glass.

RoadSpokane City Council overflows at debate over resolution supporting Washington's marriage equality law: "About 70 people had testified by around 10 p.m., when City Council President Ben Stuckart announced everyone who signed up had spoken. He asked if anyone else wanted to speak and a couple dozen raised their hands, extending testimony late into the night. Early testimony was dominated by opponents of gay marriage. Later testimony tilted heavily in support."

Posted Apr. 17,2012 at 3:39 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (22)

Ladies of 'The View' Discuss 'Pejazzling' and Manscaping: VIDEO


The NYT recently addressed the trend of men getting Brazilian bikini waxes, and "pejazzling", in which rhinestones in the shape of "stars and dolphins are affixed" to areas on and around the male member.

The ladies of The View took up the topic today.


Posted Apr. 17,2012 at 2:47 PM EST by in Grooming, News, The View | Permalink | Comments (8)

It Doesn't Get Better: VIDEO


For homophobes, that is.

The latest video from FCKH8 features YouTube celebrities Shane Dawson, Glozell, Miles Jai, Chris Thompson, and Tyler Oakley mocking the hypocrisy of anti-gay groups with FCKH8's trademark brand of filthy language and sass.


Posted Apr. 17,2012 at 2:28 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (41)

Canadian Activist Beaten to Death Outside Halifax Gay Bar

A psychiatric patient "suffering from paranoid schizophrenia" is in police custody and is expected to be charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ryan Raymond Taavel, a Halifax, Nova Scotia gay activist, CBC reports:

TaavelRyan Raymond Taavel was former chairman of Gay Pride week events and a well-known editor for Wayves magizine. He also worked for the Shambala Sun Magazine. A vigil is being organized in his honour Tuesday night.

He was found lying in the street bleeding at 2:39 a.m. local time by a passing motorist who called Halifax Regional Police. Taavel died at the scene.

He and a friend had just left Menz Bar, a popular Halifax gay bar, when they got into an argument and fight with a much larger man. Two witnesses have told police the attacker used homophobic slurs during the beating and one eye witness told CBC News that he repeatedly slammed Taavel's head into the street where the victim was found by police and later pronounced dead by paramedics.

A witness, who only wants to be identified as James, told CBC News that he saw a large man attack two smaller men, who appeared to be friends. One victim fled and the attacker then slammed the other man's head into the street.

Taavel's attacker was reportedly on unescorted leave from a psychiatric hospital.

More at Halifax newspaper The Coast.

Posted Apr. 17,2012 at 1:50 PM EST by in Canada, Crime, News, Nova Scotia | Permalink | Comments (23)


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