06/17/2015

Madonna Debuts New Music Video For 'Bitch, I'm Madonna' - WATCH

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Madonna's highly anticipated music video for "Bitch, I'm Madonna" was released this morning on Tidal. But the video has since leaked elsewhere.

Watch it (before it gets taken down), AFTER THE JUMP...

The video features Nicki Minaj as well as what appear to be teeny tiny cameos from Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus, Kanye, and Chris Rock. 

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These 'Dreamboys' Will Make Your 'Magic Mike' Dreams Come True: PHOTOS

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If you felt left out after seeing Channing Tatum and a group of a male strippers surprise an advance screening of Magic Mike XXL with their magical moves, you may want to head to London to catch the stripper sequel. 

The Dreamboys, a UK-based 'male strip troupe' will be giving audiences a one-off performance on Saturday, July 4 at London's Empire theater in Leicester Square. 

If you can't make it to England to see these boys and their bodies, check out some additional snaps of them showing off their money-makers, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-LGBT Groups are Making Inroads Across East Africa

BY JACOB KUSHNER and ANTHONY LANGAT / GlobalPost

East_africaNAIROBI, Kenya — Two years after Ugandan legislators proposed a law that would condemn active homosexuals to death, a precedent is spreading throughout the region.

In Kenya, one political party is now working to do the same after drafting a lengthy anti-homosexuality bill that it hopes Kenyan lawmakers will soon enact.

“For our local citizens it proposed life sentences. For the foreigners we propose stoning to death,” said Vincent Kidaha, President of Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party. “There is no African, no Kenyan who is born homosexual. It’s not natural.”

Across many parts of Africa, homophobic organizations as well as religious and political leaders are increasingly pushing an anti-gay agenda into the public discourse. This determined march against the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Africa contrasts with the movement in favor of equal rights that is underway in the US and Western Europe, capped last month by the vote in Ireland that overwhelmingly approved a referendum making same-sex marriage legal.

While there is a global wave in favor of gay rights, it has not reached all shores. Many countries still punish homosexual acts with prison time, torture and even death. And the place where the battle lines for the rights of LGBT individuals are most starkly drawn is in Africa, where 37 of the continent’s 54 countries consider homosexual acts criminal.

The fires of homophobia in Africa are fanned by the rhetoric of religious fundamentalists of both Christianity and Islam who at times incite mob violence and urge legislators to further penalize homosexual acts. This widespread persecution has caused refugee camps to fill with LGBT asylum seekers fleeing precarious livelihoods in their home countries. 

MugabeOne of the early pioneers of anti-gay sentiments by African governments was Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, who in the 1990s “berated ‘sodomists’ for ‘behaving worse than dogs and pigs’ and proclaimed a return to ‘traditional’ culture, saying, ‘We have our own culture, and we must rededicate ourselves to our traditional values that make us human beings,’” according to a 2011 report. “Mugabe proclaimed that homosexuals should not ‘have any rights at all.’”

These sentiments are now spreading as rapidly as ever across the region. Today, as Tanzania drafts a new constitution, anti-LGBT groups have lobbied to exclude protections for "gender" or anything that could be construed as protecting LGBT people.

Last year Gambian president Yahya Jammeh said, “LGBT can only stand for leprosy, gonorrhea, bacteria and tuberculosis,” then proceeded to compare gay people to vermin, The Economist reported.

In Nigeria, federal law classifies homosexuality as a felony, and in several provinces which had adopted sharia, or Islamic law, there is a death penalty for male homosexuals. A Nigerian priest known for his anti-gay advocacy was promoted in April to a high post in the Anglican Church, a move that drew praise from a similarly homophobic Anglican priest in Kenya. In Uganda, a foreign minister who supported the harsh anti-gay law there was chosen last year to become President of the UN General Assembly.

GitariEric Gitari (right), who heads the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Kenya, said the world has focused almost singularly on Uganda while missing the story in the rest of Africa.

“Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi — things are going on but not getting attention,” Gitari said.

In Kenya, a contradiction exists between the new, 2010 constitution and the country’s preexisting penal code. The constitution “guarantees to all Kenyans the rights to life, liberty, security of person, and privacy” and “protects individuals' freedom of expression, association and assembly, and movement” in addition to outlawing discrimination, as summarized by Human Rights Watch.

At the same time Section 162 of the penal code prescribes up to 14 years imprisonment to people who engage in “acts of gross indecency” and “against the order of nature” — often interpreted to mean gay sex.

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Posted Jun. 17,2015 at 10:57 AM EST by in Africa, Burundi, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe | Permalink | Comments (8)


At This Thai School, Transgender Students Now Get Uniforms of Their Own

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Two "ladyboy"options presented by the university. (image Bangkok University)

By PATRICK WINN / GlobalPost

BANGKOK, Thailand — Getting dressed for class is straightforward for university students across much of Asia. By school decree, guys wear slacks, girls wear skirts and both wear white button-up shirts.

It’s less simple for transgender students. They often face a choice between violating gender-based dress codes or violating their sense of self.
 
But one of Thailand’s top universities has a refreshing solution.
 
As long you don’t dress like a slob, the school says, you can wear whichever uniform you like.
Bangkok University — Thailand’s oldest private college — recently rolled out guidelines for appropriate dress under four categories: boy, girl, “tomboy” and “ladyboy.”
 
Under these rules, any student can pick between female or male uniforms with no repercussions. There are still rules: don’t wear flip flops, don’t show too much skin and tuck in your shirt. If you choose to wear the male uniform, sport a tie. If you choose to wear the female uniform, wear a dress that hangs below the knees.
We’re ready for our transgender students to come and learn,” the school explains on its Facebook page. “Just dress in a neat fashion.”
 
The university posted these images as guidelines:
 
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The college's "Tomboy" offering. (image Bangkok University)

The word “tomboy” carries a different connotation in Thai culture. The word “tom” in Thai can be loosely translated as “butch lesbian.”

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Country Star Kacey Musgraves Enlists Nashville Drag Queens To Launch New Album: VIDEO

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Last year, we told you how country music star Kacey Musgraves' pro-gay anthem, "Follow Your Arrow," was named song of the year at the Country Music Awards. 

On Monday, Musgraves held a launch party for her new album, "Pageant Material," at a Nashville gay bar, Play, with the help of some local drag queens.  

KTIC Radio reports: 

Musgraves2The drag queens performed most of the tracks from Kacey’s album, including the lead single, “Biscuits.” In between the performances, Kacey took the stage to introduce each song while decked out in a black, sequined jacket and satiny, black hot pants.

As for the venue of her party, Kacey has been a regular at Play ever since she moved to Nashville several years ago. She went to a few gay bars while living in Austin, Texas, but none of them compared with the drag shows she saw in Music City.

“Whenever I came here, I just fell in love with it,” Kacey says. “So, it’s kind of cool to come back and have an event here like this. A country music event at a drag bar. I mean, it’s kind of brilliant. I can’t wait to see what the girls are wearing. I’m pretty sure they’re tucking and taping right now getting ready.”

Referring to "Follow Your Arrow," Musgraves told KTIC Radio:

“I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say that they can walk a little bit taller because they’re a big country music fan and now they have something that really resonates with what they’re going through. I see gay couples at my shows and they feel like they can be themselves, like, holding each other and singing, and that just makes me feel really good. I really am proud of that.”

Watch video of Musgraves' remarks to kick off Monday's pageant, as well as a performance of the lead single "Biscuits," AFTER THE JUMP… 

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Posted Jun. 17,2015 at 9:51 AM EST by in Drag Queens, Kacey Musgraves, Music, Nashville, Tennessee | Permalink | Comments (3)


Jon Stewart and the Men of 'The Daily Show' are Really Excited About Donald Trump's Presidential Bid: WATCH

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On last night's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart delved into the pure comedy gold that is Donald Trump's presidential bid. Said Stewart, "Thank you, Donald Trump for making my last six weeks my best six weeks. He is putting me in some kind of comedy hospice."

In the end though, Stewart and his male correspondents got a little too excited about the 'The Donald' entering the Republican race.

Watch as the guys get worked up, AFTER THE JUMP...

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