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News: McKinney, Michelle Kwan, Surfers' Butts, Mars

RoadAn economics professor breaks down how the Empire built the Death Star.

Andre-hamann-shirtless-06102015-lead01-600x450 RoadMcKinney, Texas police officer who assaulted and threatened black teenagers leaving a pool party resigns. The local Chief of Police calls his actions "indefensible."

RoadObama administration to deploy 450 more troops to Iraq to combat ISIS. 

RoadDoes Joyce Carol Oates think this Jurassic Park photo is real? 

RoadHumpday hotness courtesy of German model André Hamman. 

RoadIan McKellen and Patrick Stewart share a smooch.

RoadAfter 26 years of marriage, Homer and Marge Simpson are calling it quits. And Lena Dunham is to blame. 

2015-06-03-16-36-10 RoadSpeaking of The Simpsons, The Simpsons game "Tapped Out" celebrates Pride month.

RoadMichelle Kwan joins the Clinton campaign.

RoadRaven Symone joins The View.

RoadGet ready, Pitches: Pitch Perfect 3 is in the works.

RoadJared Leto looks positively frightening as the Joker in Suicide Squad

RoadScientists are going to study surfers' butts to measure levels of pollution in the world's oceans. 

O-IMPACT-GLASS-MARS-900 RoadViolence against gays and lesbians is down while violence against trans women and LGBTQ people of color is on the rise. 

RoadPope Francis creates tribunal to judge cases where bishops are accused of failing to protect children in from predators within the Church.

RoadFranklin Graham: President Obama and the gays are to blame for the end of times. 

RoadNasa Orbiter finds glass on Mars.

Posted Jun. 10,2015 at 7:46 PM EST by in News | Permalink | Comments (8)

WATCH: Kids React To Caitlyn Jenner’s Transition

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SheKnows media held a group discussion with children regarding Caitlyn Jenner's transition as a part of its Hatch program series. Although the children expressed initial surprise upon learning of Jenner’s transition, the group expressed more compassion and empathy for the athlete than most adults in the media have.

Watch the kids discuss Jenner, AFTER THE JUMP...


Posted Jun. 10,2015 at 7:03 PM EST by in Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Transgender, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (11)

Photographer Jeff Sheng Debuts New Photo-Book of 202 'Fearless' Out LGBT Student Athletes


Back in 2012, we told you about photographer Jeff Sheng and his series of sportraits entitled Fearless showcasing out LGBT high school and college athletes. The photo series, which showed at Pride House at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, has now been brought together in a book containing 202 portraits taken by Sheng over a 13-year span between 2003 and 2015. In the book Sheng also opens up about his own experience as a closeted athlete in the 1990s. 

Before working on Fearless, Sheng gained attention for his portrait series that showed LGBT servicemembers still actively serving during the reign of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

Fearless, meanwhile, highlights the courage of the 202 young athletes Sheng photographed, underscoring the pivotal role they play in the current LGBT rights movement.

DerekOutSports spoke with one of the cover-boys, Derek Schell (who came out in 2013), about posing for Jeff's Fearless series:

"...when Jeff asked me to do a shoot with him, I was surprised. It was almost as if the whole process had come full circle. I was terrified and hidden and now I was in a position to wrap up a life-changing year as an openly gay college athlete."

Out former NBA player Jason Collins provides the afterword for the book, in which he commends the young athletes for their bravery:

“Coming out is one of the bravest actions that a person can take. The fact that these individuals are so young, still in high school and college, makes their decision to step forward even more remarkable. It gives us hope and makes us proud to see the next generation boldly embracing their true selves at such a young age. They are individuals that come from different races, religions, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their images displayed in this book are truly inspirational.”

Released just in time for Pride month, Fearless has pride ingrained in its very design with 8 different specialty athlete covers showcasing the diversity of the LGBT sports community. When stacked together, the 8 different book versions form a three-dimensional representation of the original 1978 LGBT pride flag. 

You can buy Fearless HERE.

And check out all 8 covers, AFTER THE JUMP...


Posted Jun. 10,2015 at 6:03 PM EST by in Jeff Sheng, News, Photography, Sportrait, Sports | Permalink | Comments (10)

Russia and Qatar May Lose 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals Due To Corruption Scandal


Concerns that international soccer federation FIFA has awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cup events to countries with severe anti-gay laws could be addressed - albeit indirectly - following corruption charges against the organization.

Many commentators and soccer fans were shocked two weeks ago when top FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland in a bribery case brought by US prosecutors.

Last year, FIFA was accused of failing to properly address homophobic and racist chants at World Cup fixtures in Brazil.

Russia and Qatar are slated to hold the 2018 and 2022 events respectively.

However, according to The New York Post, a top FIFA official said that the events could be moved to alternative host countries because of bribe accusations.

Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said “if evidence should emerge that the awards to Qatar and Russia only came about thanks to bought votes, then the awards could be invalidated.”

In January, out gay soccer player Robbie Rogers said FIFA is sending a message that gay people’s “lives don’t matter.”

Last month, former NBA player Jason Collins attacked FIFA's Russia and Qatar World Cup plans because of anti-gay laws in both countries.

Meanwhile, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup has been suspended amidst the investigation into corruption at FIFA.

Posted Jun. 10,2015 at 5:15 PM EST by in Qatar, Robbie Rogers, Russia, Sports, World Cup | Permalink | Comments (10)

Dallas Clerk To Extend Hours, Requests Overtime Pay For Employees If SCOTUS Legalizes Gay Marriage


Same-sex couples will be able to marry right away in the nation's ninth-largest city if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of nationwide marriage equality. 

Last week we told you how some county clerks in Texas, including Dallas County's, appeared to be hiding behind the state's Vital Statistics Unit when it comes to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. 

The marriage license application forms, which are generated by the state, say "male" and "female." And some clerks said they'd be reluctant to change them on their own if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of nationwide marriage equality, which could allow Republican state officials to delay same-sex marriages in many places. 

However, since then, Dallas County Clerk John Warren, a Democrat, has changed his mind. 

From The Texas Observer

Warren wrote in an email Wednesday that he contacted the Texas Department of State Health Services about the forms last week, but had not heard back, so he came up with an alternative strategy in consultation with the Dallas County DA’s office.

“When the Supreme Court issues its opinion, I will immediately meet with counsel to make sure we understand the opinion,” Warren said. “Since I feel that it will [be] in the positive, I will be ready to issue license[s]. I’ve already sent a briefing over to our commissioner’s court regarding overtime pay for my staff as well as addressed the need to have security not lock the building at its normal 5:00/5:30 scheduled time.”

Warren came out in favor of same-sex marriage in 2013. He joins his counterparts in Bexar County (San Antonio) and Travis County (Austin) in saying he'll issue licenses to same-sex couples without waiting for the Vital Statistics Unit to modify the forms. 

However, as we mentioned the other day, the clerk in Texas' largest city, Houston, says he'll follow anti-gay Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton's guidance. Which means same-sex couples who want to marry in Houston could be waiting for a long time. 

Posted Jun. 10,2015 at 4:53 PM EST by in Dallas, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Texas | Permalink | Comments (16)

John Waters Says 'Gay is Not Enough Anymore' in RISD Commencement Speech: VIDEO

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Check out this viral clip of John Waters' RISD commencement speech from May 30. In it, the filmmaker touches on some of his favorite topics: from his hatred of separatism to his love of contemporary art.

If you're familiar with Waters' public speaking, moments of the speech will feel like a "greatest hits." Saying that the separatism inherent in identity politics is for "losers," Waters advised young people to "refuse to isolate themselves":

Gay is not enough anymore. It’s a good start, but I don’t want my memoirs to be in the gay section near true crime at the back of the bookstore next to the bathrooms. No! I want it up front with the best-sellers. And don’t heterosexual kids actually receive more prejudice in art schools today than the gay ones? Things are a-changing. It’s a confusing time.

Waters' particular brand of irreverent wisdom was in fine form as he addressed the room of young artists, imploring them: "Don't hate all rich people," and describing his personal definition of what it is to be truly "rich." Said the filmmaker:

[Rich people are] not all awful. Believe me, I know some evil poor people, too. We need some rich people: Who else is going to back our movies or buy our art? I’m rich! I don’t mean money-wise. I mean that I have figured out how to never be around assholes at any time in my personal and professional life. That’s rich. And not being around assholes should be the goal of every graduate here today. It’s OK to hate the poor, too, but only the poor of spirit, not wealth. A poor person to me can have a big bank balance but is stupid by choice – un-curious, judgmental, isolated and unavailable to change. I’m also sorry to report there’s no such thing as karma. So many of my talented great friends are dead and so many of the fools I’ve met and loathed are still alive. It’s not fair, and it never will be.

Check out the entire 12-minute speech AFTER THE JUMP...



Posted Jun. 10,2015 at 3:45 PM EST by in Gay Quotes, John Waters, Rhode Island, Video | Permalink | Comments (24)


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