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US Government Spent Half-A-Million Dollars To Better Understand Grindr

US Government Spent Half-A-Million Dollars To Better Understand Grindr

 

By Dustin Shrader

Apparently, the government wants to understand the allure of a gay hookup being just a touchscreen away. Case and point, The National Institutes of Health gifted Columbia University almost $500,000 to “study” gay hookup apps like Grindr.

Around 60 gay men who use these apps were interviewed to “see if they lead to an increase in risky sexual behavior.”

“Given the expediency with which men are able to arrange sexual encounters using these applications, there is cause to question if, when, and how sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure occurs.

The overall study goal is to understand how sexual risk behaviors among MSM may be facilitated by the nature of GPS-enabled smartphone applications, the way they are used, and the process by which sexual partnering occurs via smartphone applications.”

Additional information was gathered concerning the “sexual-arousal levels” of gay app users to “investigate the sexual and emotional states (e.g., more/less urgency, arousal, impulsivity) that MSM experience when seeking or meeting sexual partners using smartphone applications.”

The titillating results will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

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ICYMI: Court Rules Against Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Ban

ICYMI: Court Rules Against Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Ban

 

By Dustin Shrader

Georgia’s neighboring southern state, sweet home Alabama is slowly but surely coming around to legalizing same-sex marriage within its borders. The Yellowhammer state has held a notorious intolerance for gay couples. On Friday, a federal court judge ruled the state’s prohibition unconstitutional, violating the 14th Amendment.

 Releasing a 10-page decision, the US District Judge issued summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff in the Callie V.S. Granade case. The finding outlined that Alabama’s current marriage laws “violated the couple’s right to due process and equal protection under the US Constitution.”

“There has been no evidence presented that these marriage laws have any effect on the choices of couples to have or raise children, whether they are same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples,” Granade writes. “In sum, the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama.”

Granade also suggests that Alabama’s outlawing of same-sex marriage is just as wholly unconstitutional as the atrocious Defense of Marriage Act the US Supreme Court ruled against in 2013.

“If anything, Alabama’s prohibition of same-sex marriage detracts from its goal of promoting optimal environments for children,” Granade writes. “Those children currently being raised by same-sex parents in Alabama are just as worthy of protection and recognition by the State as are the children being raised by opposite-sex parents. Yet Alabama’s Sanctity laws harms the children of same-sex couples for the same reasons that the Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act harmed the children of same-sex couples.”

Alabama marks the 37th state to outlaw a ban on same-sex marriage in the US.

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The Best Thing to Do Tonight in Midtown

The Best Thing to Do Tonight in Midtown

 

By Dustin Shrader

Had a long work week? Then why not start the weekend off early by heading over to the W!

W Atlanta – Midtown and Human Rights Campaign have partnered for their monthly Turn It Up For Change event in conjunction with Locals We Love. Get out and show your support for Marriage Equality tonight from 6:30-8:30 in the Living Room Bar. Complimentary bites from TRACE and complimentary valet parking will be available.  Locally loved, street performer Baton Bob will be in attendance providing his signature sashay and twirls for the masses!

It is surely to be a great night to remember!

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President Obama Makes History With Last Night’s SOTU Address

President Obama Makes History With Last Night’s SOTU Address

 

By Dustin Shrader

It appears 2015 will be the year of history-making firsts. In regards to the US Supreme Court’s upcoming decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationally, President Obama highlighted his continuing campaign for legal and social equality for the LGBT community in his State of the union address last night. During his remarks, the president used the terms “bisexual” and “transgender,” becoming the first to do so in a live State of the Union forum.

“That’s why we defend free speech, and advocate for political prisoners, and condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,” President Obama stated. “We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.

I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains; from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard,” he later continued. “I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states that seven in ten Americans call home.”

President Obama has never been shy speaking about his compassion and drive to aid the LGBT community’s fight for equality. In an interview conducted back in October, the president revealed to The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, he feels the constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all fifty states.

And the US Supreme Court’s pending decision, to be announced in June, will ultimately solidify or crumble the president’s opinion.

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Graphic Images Depict ISIS Executing Two Gay Men

Graphic Images Depict ISIS Executing Two Gay Men

 

By Dustin Shrader

Disclaimer: The following images may be considered disturbing.

Very upsetting news coming out of Iraq, the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS, released startling images showing two gay men being thrown to their deaths. Isis posted the photos via Titter, which now have gone viral. The men were convicted of sodomy by an Islamic court. Within the confines of the nation, sodomy is referred to as the crime “of the people by the Lot.”

In the photos, a crowd is seen gathering outside a building in Mosul, the largest city controlled by Isis. Within the series of shots, each convicted man is shown bound and then shoved over the edge, falling to the hard street below, directly in front of the mob.

 

 

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Supreme Court To Rule On Legalizing Gay Marriage Nation-Wide

Supreme Court To Rule On Legalizing Gay Marriage Nation-Wide

 

By Dustin Shrader

Big, big news for all LGBT couples everywhere! Due to gay marriage being allowed in 36 states the US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether gay couples will be able to marry all across the nation. In a statement via The New York Times,

“The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court’s announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June.

The justices ducked the issue in October, refusing to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That surprise action delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24 from 19, along with the District of Columbia.

Largely as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s failure to act in October, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage has since grown to 36, and more than 70 percent of Americans live in places where gay couples can marry.

The pace of change on same-sex marriage, in both popular opinion and in the courts, has no parallel in the nation’s history.”

The LGBT community has gained immense momentum over the past year regarding civil right acceptance. Despite such positive change, Georgia is still one of the states yet to legalize gay marriage. The Supreme Court’s new decision feels like a long time coming. History in the making right here, folks!

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Is Naya Rivera bisexual?

Is Naya Rivera bisexual?

 

By Dustin Shrader

Looks like Glee actress Naya Rivera is taking a leaf out of her on-screen alter ego’s book. Naya has been filling in for host Rosie Perez on The View this week, while Rosie is performing a stint on Broadway. On the latest episode, Rosie O’Donell brought up the interesting facts behind a new study, which outlines bisexual women’s health problems. “New research found that women who are bisexual are more likely to suffer from mental health problems than lesbians,” O’Donell explained.

Immediately, Naya exclaimed, “You know what Rosie no wonder I’m crazy. That just solves it all!”

Hmmm, really? Now that could explain a lot.

This isn’t the first headline making comment Naya has made on the talk show. A couple days ago, the brunette beauty suggested showering multiple times a day is mainly a “white people thing,” while “ethnic” people shower less. Not surprisingly, Twitter trolls do what they do best and let her have it, citing Naya’s comments as rude or disparaging to people of color.

As there have never been any rumors regarding Naya’s sexuality, she is married to a man after all (fellow actor Ryan Dorsey); one does wonder, is she joking or is there something she is dying to tell us?

What do you think Fenuxe readers?

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VIDEO: Meryl Streep Gives Us Life with RuPaul Impression

VIDEO: Meryl Streep Gives Us Life with RuPaul Impression

 

By Dustin Shrader

Obviously, there is nothing the legendary Meryl Streep cannot do.  After an impressive career spanning decades, the Academy-Award winner has proven time and time again her talent is undeniable and as viewers we shouldn’t be surprised anymore. But good ‘ole Meryl still keeps on giving.

During a recent press conference for the smash, Disney musical Into the Woods, Miranda Priestly herself recounted a tale of visiting Stephen Sondheim’s home to further discuss a song he was composing specifically for her. Unfortunately, the song will only appear on the DVD version once the movie finishes its respective theater run.

Yet, the unheard song is not what has the people fawning over Meryl’s acting abilities. The actress revealed that Mr. Sondheim gave her some classic advice all of us Drag Race watching queens know all too well. Sondheim iterated one of RuPaul’s most quoted lines and Meryl’s reenactment convincingly puts the wig on the head. Check out the clip below to see her channel the original Supermodel of the World.

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The Advocate honors Atlanta in its “Queerest Cities in America 2015″ list

The Advocate honors Atlanta in its “Queerest Cities in America 2015″ list

 

By Dustin Shrader

The city of Atlanta has been bestowed with a well-received accolade. Popular, LGBT publication The Advocate, dubbed Atlanta the No. 2 spot in its annual list of “Queerest Cities in America.” By using its own distinctive equation, Advocate focuses on finding the most unpredictable, gay-friendly cities in the nation.

The list is comprised of 15 cities, highlighting such locations such as Washington, DC, Boulder, CO, Salt Lake City, UT and West Palm Beach, FL. The Advocate highlights Atlanta  for its diversity through, “five gay Jewish organizations, a Muslims for Progressive Values Unity Mosque, a Black and White Men Together group, a massive support system for people living with HIV/AIDS, a Gay Fathers of Atlanta club and recreational groups like two LGBT choirs and a gay gun club.”

Naturally, Atlanta also has one of the hippest gay bar scenes with hot-spots spread out all across Midtown. A classy favorite, the Piedmont “gayborhood,” where one has a plethora of restaurants and bars to choose. A few of these include the well-known 10th & Piedmont, Blake’s on the Park, Ten, The Flying Biscuit and G’s. From a political standpoint, Advocate recognized Atlanta for its nondiscrimination laws, which protect the LGBT community against gender identity and sexuality.

Atlanta is a city of fluid acceptance and free expression. Home to the Southeast’s largest Pride Ceremony, Atlanta is the heartbeat for the South’s gay population.

Photo Credit: The Advocate

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Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre is On a Roll!

Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre is On a Roll!

 

By Dustin Shrader

On a local news front, Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre has a big announcement for the New Year. Their new theatre space just opened in Candler Park right across from the delicious bar and eatery, Ration and Dram. The company intends to produce a number of theatre projects to be unveiled at the new location. The light and witty Pizza Man, a satire about the vengeance of two women while exploring their failed professional and personal relationship and their lackluster sex lives. The comedy is hailed to be a saucy good time! Pizza Man will run Jan. 22 – Feb. 15.  Also, the highly praised The Shape of Things, written by award-winning playwright Neil LaBute follows the story of Adam who changes in a major way after sparking a romance with art student, Evelyn. Adam’s group of friends seems to be freaked out by his transformation.

Pinch ‘n’ Ouch has plans to conduct a film festival and acting classes within their new space, as well. And their most recent production of Wall Street Wedding was named “Best World Premiere of 2014” by ArtsAtl.com. 2015 couldn’t be shaping up more nicely for everyone over at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch!

Photo Credit: www.pnotheatre.org

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