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Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer Show Off Their Magic Mike XXL Moves at LA Pride: VIDEO

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Channing Tatum joined by Magic Mike XXL co-star Matt Bomer, served up some sexiness at Los Angeles Pride parade this past weekend. 

Watch them strut their stuff, AFTER THE JUMP...

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LA County Hoping to 'Dramatically Reduce New HIV Infections' With PrEP Distribution Plan

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In a move that's sure to stick in the craw of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Michael Weinstein, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this past Tuesday passed a motion authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (pictured) that aims to implement a program for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) distribution to counter the spread of HIV.

"PrEP is not a silver bullet, it’s not a panacea, but it is another tool that we need to offer our county residents who are at high risk of contracting HIV," Kuehl said. She added that the PrEP, combined with other HIV prevention tools, will make it possible to "dramatically reduce new HIV infections."

An estimated 1,850 men and women became infected with HIV in Los Angeles county last year - down slightly from 2013's 1,913 new infections - and while condoms can help curtail the spread of infection, PrEP has proven itself to be an invaluable tool that is underutilized in the fight against HIV. The Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs are developing strategies to cope with the obstacles that stand in the way of a PrEP regimen, including education and awareness, distribution, and cost.

A network of public and private clinics would be able to provide significant geographical coverage of the Los Angeles county and help diminish the issues of patient awareness of the program and the ability to distribute the drug. There does not yet seem to be a strategy in place to address the cost, but it is feasible that Los Angeles would adopt strategies similar to San Francisco where patients meeting certain criteria can acquire the medication at a deeply discounted rate, including discounts up to 100% for specific cases.

You can also read Weinstein's AHF press release reaction to the news here


Longtime Activist David Mixner Receives Honorary Degree, Takes One-Man Show on the Road: VIDEO

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Longtime activist David Mixner recently received an honorary degree in public service from Washington College, addressing the Class of 2015 at its 232nd Commencement:

“It is an honor to be the first openly LGBT person to stand in this spot. I stand before you as a man who, at age 69, is on the verge of at last achieving the American dream. … When I was your age, I did not think I would ever participate in that dream. It was against the law for me to adopt a child, to marry, to run for office, and to go into most public accommodations with the person I loved...I can’t tell you how great it is to breathe the air of freedom.”

Mixner spoke to the graduates about the importance of facing their fears as they go forward in life:

“It is OK to be afraid. But it’s not OK to live in fear. Fear is an excuse for inaction. It’s the people who walk through their fear who create the change we need.”

Watch Mixner's inspiring speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

OhhellnoThis June 11, Mixner is bringing his acclaimed one-man show 'Oh Hell No' to Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre for one night to benefit the Point Foundation, with other cities across the U.S. to follow. The Los Angeles show, which is a journey through Mixner's life of activism in civil rights, peace protests, and LGBT rights, also features acclaimed performers Chris Bolan, Dave Koz, Rory O’Malley and Emily Swallow. Towleroad is proud to serve as the national media sponsor for the show.

You can find out about L.A. ticket information HERE and read about the NY show here, as well as an interview I did previewing it last October.

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Gay Couple Behind Viral Dodger Stadium 'Kiss Cam' Reveal Their Identity: VIDEO

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The gay couple who shared a kiss on Dodger Stadium's Kiss Cam that garnered vocal support from the crowd and later quickly spread throughout the Internet have finally revealed their identity. Couple Steven and Rick Simone-Friedland, who committed to each other in 1999 and later legally wed in a Van Nuys courthouse in 2013, were asked by a camerawoman at the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Saturday if they wanted to appear on the Kiss Cam; Rick agreed, but Steven expressed some trepidation about the crowd's possible reaction:

Dodger"I turned to my husband, I turned to Rick, and I said 'You know, this could go badly. This could not go well,' but then we did it, because we thought it would be just so fun to do, and then we heard the crowd — and that was really unexpected, and beautiful, and affirming.

"All we did was kiss. What made everyone's day was the crowd reaction … I don't think anybody was expecting that reaction … I kiss my husband every single day. That's not the big deal. The big deal is what happened immediately after. That's just the most amazing thing."

Video of the lovely couple's smooch went viral, with the two receiving national recognition including a special mention on Conan and appearing in an interview last night on Lawrence O'Donnell's program The Last Word. 

Watch the two discuss their experience before and after the smooch occurred with Lawrence O'Donnell, AFTER THE JUMP...

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(Top photo via Facebook)

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Crowd Cheers Gay Kiss Cam Moment at Dodger Stadium: VIDEO

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It used to be that kiss cam operators would train their cameras on two presumably heterosexual men to try and get an 'icky' laugh out of stadium crowds (the practice was condemned by many, including Dodgers (then A's) pitcher Brandon McCarthy,) for being homophobic.

But there was no "ick factor" reaction from the crowd when it happened at a Dodgers game this week. It wasn't LGBT night either. That's June 19.

Watch (at 00:28 seconds), AFTER THE JUMP...

(via reddit)

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Are All Men Dogs? — VIDEO

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Rumer Willis, Skylar Astin, Tyler Oakley, Lance Bass, Courtney Act, Brad Goreski, Darren Criss, and Robbie Rogers voice dogs in this commentary about cruising featuring Kyle Krieger and directed by Jake Wilson.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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