A new "gay match-making" app has taken off in China, amassing a little over 2 million users in the least year according to Al Jazeera. Blued has already become more popular than Grindr, an app that is perhaps most prevalent in the United States. "I use Grindr, but people in China use it so little," said Clint Wang. Jack'd, a gay dating/hook-up app created in Belgium and popular in larger Chinese cities like Shanghai, is oft referred to by its "Chinese name jie ke di, which literally translates to a place where a sex worker finds his or her John." Still, Blued has outpaced Jack'd and Grindr, gaining preeminence in "China's second- and third-tier cities."
However, the release of the figures estimating Blued's popularity comes on the heels of China's government controlled news agency expressing concern that apps such as Blued will increase China's rate of HIV infection. However, the CEO of Blued, Geng Le, does not agree with the government's characterization of the risk:
[Le told Al Jazeera that he] feels his company is part of the solution, not the problem, to China's HIV/AIDS epidemic. "We have helped the government spread education to combat the HIV/AIDS information."
"If HIV/AIDS is an issue, it's because of bad sexual practices," like unprotected sex, and misinformation, Geng said, not apps themselves.
Tom Myers, spokesman and general counsel at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Washington, D.C., echoed Geng's opinion.
"It sounds funky to me,” he said. “I'd have to see what evidence the (Xinhua) report is relying on."
"What drives the epidemic in the U.S. and in most of the world is people who have HIV and don't know they have HIV," said Myers, adding that finding treatment allows people with HIV to become up to 96 percent non-infectious. "That's a better success rate than condoms."
Geng estimates that there are 13 million gay men in China and Blued hopes to reach 10 million smartphones across the country.
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 10:27 PM EST by Sean Mandell in China, Grindr, News |
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Yesterday we brought you up to speed on a court case out of Colorado that was essentially asking whether a cake-making shop can refuse service to same-sex couples because of the shop owner's religious beliefs. The answer, according to a Colorado judge, was a resounding "no."
The judge ruled that the Lakewood bakery in question "unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake."
David Mullins and Charlie Craig who in July 2012 went to Denver's Masterpiece Cake Shop, owned by Jack Phillips, looking for a cake to celebrate the couple's upcoming nuptials.
From the ACLU:
"Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration," said Mullins. "No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are. We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today's decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado."
"While we all agree that religious freedom is important, no one's religious beliefs make it acceptable to break the law by discriminating against prospective customers," said Amanda C. Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. "No one is asking Masterpiece's owner to change his beliefs, but treating gay people differently because of who they are is discrimination plain and simple."
Phillips admitted he had turned away other same-sex couples as a matter of policy. The Colorado Civil Rights Division's [CCRD's] decision noted evidence in the record that Phillips had expressed willingness to take a cake order for the "marriage" of two dogs, but not for the commitment ceremony of two women, and that he would not make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding celebration "just as he would not be willing to make a pedophile cake."
No word on whether Phillips will keep his pledge to close his cake shop if forced to bake a gay wedding cake.
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 7:32 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Denver, Discrimination, News |
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Last November, Washington's Referendum 74 passed in a "clear win" for marriage equality, making the Evergreen State the first in the Pacific Northwest to legalize gay marriage. According to the AP, more than 7,000 same-sex couples were married in Washington State in the last year, the first year in which it was legal for same-sex couples to legally do so:
So far, most of the state's same sex marriages, 62 percent, were between two women.
The top five counties where same sex marriages took place are King, Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. Garfield County is the only county where no same sex marriages were performed.
As previously reported, the state's LGBT friendly marriage laws have also helped to drive tourism as many people from nearby Oregon as well as other parts of the county are coming to Washington to make it official. Roughly 25% of the gay couples who were married in Washington this past year came from out of state. Of those, the largest contingent was comprised of Oregonians.
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 6:51 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Gay Marriage, News, Washington |
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Many of you may be familiar with Drew Droege's series of shorts that feature the comedian as Chloe Sevigny, dishing about her most recent obsessions.
However, it's recently come to my attention that Droege has another web series out there on the interwebs, "Hollywood Acting Studio." The series follows Droege as Professor Lafrange, a washed-up Hollywood hopeful now giving acting lessons at a California community college. His syllabus? "Students learn the pillars of the craft, such as auditioning, green-screen acting, crying, and more."
The full series is available online.
The series also features the dishy Daniel Vincent Gordh (pictured right).
Watch episode six, "How to film a sex scene," and catch one more shot of Gordh AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 6:06 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Drew Droege, News |
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With Australia's High Court deciding to postpone its ruling on the legality of the Australian Capitol Territory's same-sex marriage law, gay couples in Canberra have already begun tying the knot this weekend. In an emotional ceremony at midnight on Saturday, Alan Wright (left) and Joel Player (middle) became the first same-sex couple to say 'I do.' The Canberra Times reports:
"To have it finally legalized, it's a big step for us in our relationship, so we're just wanting to get it done," Mr Player said before the ceremony.
Mr Wright said the decision to get married in the middle of the night was made not for a grab at history, but to fulfill the words of their celebrant Sharyn Gunn [pictured above right] - who performed the couple's commitment ceremony.
"She said the minute it becomes legal, you two are going to be the first I marry," he said.
Mr Player, 30, said he viewed each of the couples making their vows under the ACT's landmark marriage equality law this weekend as the first, but the couple had embraced the prominence of being "12.01" to promote the message of acceptance.
"We're doing it at midnight because that's what we want to do...but at the same time we sort of took it in our stride to use it as a bit of marriage equality shining at the same time, and helping get the voice out there that we are no different," he said.
"It's a bloody giant leap forward for Australia."
Photo credit: Karleen Minney
Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 4:40 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Australia, Gay Marriage, News |
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With the number of athletes coming out in other sports steadily increasing, you might be surprised with the fact that there has yet to be an openly gay surfer on the professional tour. A new Kickstarter-funded documentary, OUT in the line-up, is looking to uncover this long-standing taboo of homosexuality in surfing.
Synopsis via the film's website:
OUT in the line-up follows the story of two gay surfers who unite to bring the issue out into the open. Together they embark on a global journey to hear the perspectives of people from all corners of the surfing community including former world champion Cori Schumacher, big wave rider Keala Kennelly and former US Congressman Barney Frank. As their journey unfolds, they uncover a culture of fear, secrecy and exclusion but are also inspired to affect change by connecting people, provoking discussion and looking to surfing's grassroots values of freedom of spirit and love for the ocean.
The film is currently in the final stages of production and is looking to raise the funds needed to launch on the international festival circuit in early 2014.
Check out the debut trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...
And to find out more, visit the film's Kickstarter page HERE.
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Posted Dec. 6,2013 at 3:52 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Kickstarter, News, Surfing |
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