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Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Fred Phelps Dies After Lifetime Of Harassing Gay Community

Fred Phelps died Wednesday night at age 84. He spent his time on Earth leading the Westboro Baptist Church on a crusade against the LGBT and Jewish communities. Fred and his family members make up the majority of the church’s small membership. For years they’ve shouted Fred’s signature mantra, “God Hates Fags,” while holding up large anti-gay posters.

Reaction to Phelps’ death has been mixed in social media. Some were quick to mock Phelps:

 

Others used social media to direct people’s attention toward helping LGBT charities instead of hate, anger or mockery:

 

Yet, even after Phelps’ death, the most bombastic reactions from social media came from Westboro Baptist Church’s twitter account:

 

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New Video Takes ‘First Kiss’ To ‘First Gay Hug’

There are tons of “First Kiss” spoofs and parodies in every corner of the Internet. But we’ve found one video that goes beyond the laughs. “First Gay Hug” asks 15 homophobic people to simply hug a gay person. Its creators bill it as “a homophohic experiment.” You can watch it below:

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High School Censors Gay Student’s Coming Out Story In Yearbook

Taylor Ellis is a high school junior who was simply interviewed by the assistant editor at his school’s yearbook. The short profile was about Ellis coming out and finding acceptance in his community. However, trouble started when the school district’s superintendent forced the yearbook to remove the profile and “insisted that the piece was not ‘consistent with the mission of our school,’” Slate.com reports. The Human Rights Campaign is calling on Sheridan High School in Arkansas to stop censoring Taylor Ellis’ yearbook profile.

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Evangelist Franklin Graham Praises Putin For Tough Stance On Gays

Fred Phelps isn’t the only Baptist making headlines today. The son of evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for standing up against the LGBT community. ““In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” the Charlotte Observer reports Graham wrote, “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda. Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration’s lead. This is shameful.

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U.S. Sending Gay Experts To Uganda

Secretary of State John Kerry is arranging for “American experts on homosexuality” to meet with Ugandan leaders. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the “Kill the Gays” bill into law after “a panel of party members with medical backgrounds Museveni convened to study the cause of homosexuality presented a report concluding homosexuality is not an inborn trait,” Buzzfeed reports. He had previously said he would not sign the law if homosexuality was genetic. 

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Kylie Sexercizes You Up!

Kylie Sexercizes You Up!

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

In case you hadn’t noticed, Kylie Minogue just released her new album “Kiss Me Once.” The lead single is “Into The Blue” and her second single is “Sexercize” – a sensual pop song channeling a “Chocolate” and “Red Blooded Woman” vibe if you’re familiar with Kylie’s discography. In the video (below) Kylie is strutting all she’s got and proving that at 45 she has no problem in living up to both of the two words devoted to the song.

The song also has an entire website dedicated to itself. Sexercize.tv is a digital destination where art work, videos, GIFs and all things sexercistically cool. It will have you clicking away for hours.

One of the videos is an alternative version of her own video featuring only male underwear models, which is no doubt a way to please and thrill her loyal gay fan base. In the clip Kylie together with VFILES (another cool  and artsy digital destination) try to find out if they can cram all things associated with sexy into one man. Whether or not they succeed, you will have to find out for yourself by watching the video. One thing is certain though: You will feel the burn!

You can download Kylie’s Kiss Me Once right here.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Quotes Will Thrill And Shock You

Karl Lagerfeld’s Quotes Will Thrill And Shock You

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Karl Lagerfeld is still on top of his game – and that’s at age 80 (!). The fashion designer, photographer and publisher just celebrated another massive success heading uber luxury brand Chanel by showcasing the latest collection in a real life Chanel supermarket made especially for the Paris fashion week show. And he is currently revamping his personal brand Karl Lagerfeld with a new logotype, new flagship stores and two new fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld For Him and For Her. Pretty nice going for an 80-year-old.

As a person he has always been surrounded by mystery, and he has himself understood to fuel the fire of perplexity by walking on the edge between eclectic and eccentric – or maybe even genius and sociopath?

A collection of famous quotes from the designer through the years published by thoughcatalog.com reveals the either/or being that is Karl Lagerfeld. Some quotes are rules to live by for anyone who wants to achieve something in the world or simply honest statements like:

“The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder”

“I’m a working-class person, working with class”

“My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves”

Quotes that are fitting of a creative genius driven by indisputable talent. And then there are statements like:

“My only ambition in life … is to wear size 28 jeans”

“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life”

“If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don’t believe in it”

“I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it”

Quotes that speak of a visionary tyrant with sociopathic tendencies… Either way Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy and legend is already larger than life.

If you desire to speak ‘Karl’, well, there’s an app for that! Along with the launch of the two fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld has launched emotiKarl – a series of emojis for your smartphone. You can download the app right here and, of course, directly on your phone.

Also, check out the full list of famous quotes here and take a look at his new fragrance Karl Lagerfeld For Him (out now) along with a few emoji emotiKarls below.

Will you be speaking Karl?

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AIDS No Longer Ranks In Top 10 Cause Of Death In NYC

AIDS No Longer Ranks In Top 10 Cause Of Death In NYC

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Although the ranking itself is dreary, it does provide the LGBT community with some good news. Because for the first time since 1983 where the HIV/AIDS epidemic was exploding, AIDS is no longer listed among the top ten causes of death in 2012 in New York City according to NYC Health Commissioner Mary Bassett.

The reason for this is due to better medicine, treatment and effective preventative campaigning for protected sex. This means that the number of new HIV infections, which is around 3,000 per year in the New York area, has remained steady or even declined slightly from year to year.

Although this good news does not mean that there isn’t still a lot of work do, it is a hopeful sign for a brighter future – perhaps with no HIV/AIDS? United Nations officials have already given their optimistic prognosis saying that the global HIV/AIDS epidemic could be over by 2030 as a result of medical advances, treatment, control and prevention of the virus.

source: nydailynews.com, queerty

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New Skyscrapers Coming To Midtown

New Skyscrapers Coming To Midtown

By D. David Kinney

Three new skyscrapers are coming to 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta, international design firm Arguitectonica announced Friday. The 650 million dollar project is called 98 14th Street and the buildings will sit nestled between the 1180 Peachtree building and One Atlantic Center.

The design firm not only hopes to change the Atlanta skyline, but they want to change Midtown, too. “Bringing residential is what’s going to change Midtown,” Bernadro Fort-Brescia, a founder of Aqquitectonica, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The three towers will reportedly include “high-rise residential towers, stores, restaurants, and a hotel.”

Ready to move in? Hold up just a bit. The deal isn’t done yet. “The development group’s attorneys —Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP — say they hope to buy the site by April 30,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle pointed out. Moreover, the projected finish date is the year 2020.

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Get The Latest Brief About Boxers

Get The Latest Brief About Boxers

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

You know how you used to be able to say a lot about a guy from his underwear? You know the old ‘boxers or briefs’ question? Well, today that line is totally blurred because it’s not about either or anymore – there is plethora of styles out there from boxer to the tiniest briefs and everything in between. Add to the equation that boxer shorts have been denounced to being almost solely for sleeping in, because compared to underwear that actually cups, cuddles and even enhances your junk, the almost commando feel of boxers is one most guys can do without – plus boxers do such a lousy job at ‘concealing your weapon’ if you suddenly find yourself ‘at arms’ (insert not so subtle wink-wink here…).

Then again, there are advantages to boxer shorts because they do provide you with a freer feeling where everything isn’t strapped in by stretchy cotton or nylon… If only your package was better… erm, packaged.

To the rescue: 2EROS with their new boxer shorts with front cup lining! You get sexy, low-cut boxer shorts with a comfortable front lining, which will keep everything in place, so you get the comfort of the boxer with the cupping of a brief. And that, might we add, is both a flattering look and extremely comfortable at the same time!

You can head over to Boy Next Door, which carries 2EROS, or head over to 2eros.com to check out even more styles. And as an added bonus we’ve included a few extra sexy shots of models in 2EROS boxer shorts below. See how that front cup lining works wonders? Enjoy!

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

From Georgia being one of the largest consumers of gay porn in America to South Carolina cutting college funding because professors assigned gay themed books, it’s a busy week for gay news headlines. Here are the seven headlines we’re discussing at FENUXE’s editorial meeting today: Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia // Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial // South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books // Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out // Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade // Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players // ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State

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Only Mississippi and Louisiana Watch More Gay Porn Than Georgia

“Pornhub discovered that every single state in the South watches [gay] porn at a higher percentage than the average of states where gay marriage is legal,” Buzzfeed announced on Wednesday. Mississippi  watches the most gay porn. It is closely followed by Louisiana in second and Georgia in third.

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Abbott Laboratories Wanted Gay Juror Off Jury For HIV Drug Trial

Can you be dismissed as a juror because of your sexual orientation? Abbott Laboratories (you may know them as the makers of Androgel, Norvir, Humira, Ensure nutritional supplements, Selsun Blue, etc.) and SmithKline Beecham are currently involved in a lawsuit over HIV drug marketing and pricing. “A lawyer for Abbott wanted to keep one prospective juror off the jury because he is gay. Lawyers for SmithKline Beecham objected, and to shorten a long story, the matter wound up before the 9th Circuit,” NPR is reporting. The 9th Circuit ruled that a juror cannot be dismissed because of their sexual orientation. “The 9th Circuit said it based its ruling on U.S. v. Windsor — the case in which the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act — and that classifications based on sexual orientation must be subjected to ‘heightened scrutiny,’” NPR explained. This is a major step forward for the LGBT community. Anti-gay laws will have a hard time getting past heightened scrutiny. If this precedent holds water then the government must show that any existing or new anti-gay law is necessary and fair to the LGBT community. This ruling could help put the final nail in the coffin for gay marriage bans.

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South Carolina Cuts College Funding After Professors Assign Gay Books

The House of Representatives in South Carolina has “approved nearly $70,000 in cuts to two public universities on Wednesday in retaliation over reading material containing homosexual themes,” Fox News is reporting. The College of Charleston asked students in its “College Reads!” program to read “Fun Home” and the University of South Carolina asked students to read “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio.” The first book is graphic memoir written by Alison Bechdel who is a lesbian. She is also the author of the “Dykes to Watch Out For” comic strip. Bechdel explores growing up with a closeted father and her own coming out. The second book was co-written by an associate professor at the university, Ed Madden, and gay rights activsit Candace Chellew-Hodge. The book was born from Madden’s radio show “Rainbow Radio: The REAL Gay Agenda” that airs on Air America in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Actor Who Plays Hodor On “Game of Thrones” Comes Out

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays the lovable and loyal Hodor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” came out to the world during an interview this week with winteriscoming.net.  The interviewer asked: “I have some friends in the gay community, “bears” as they’re wont to call themselves, who hold you on a pretty high pedestal. One good friend of mine (I’ve known since we were in the 5th grade together) says your bear following is “extensive.” Is this something you’re aware of?” Nairn responded: “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha. I AM aware of it, yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99% or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that. I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, cos it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”

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Still No Gays In Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Allied War Veterans Council, the group that organizes and sponsors the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will once again ban gay veterans “from making any reference to sexual orientation during the parade.” Groups annually fill out applications to participate in the parade. They create banners with their group name and march through Boston during the parade with bagpipes keeping their beat. But the no gay rule makes it functionally impossible for the group LGBT Veterans for Equality to participate in the same way. MassEquality, a group that advocates for the gay community in Massachusetts, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh had been working with the Allied War Veterans Council for weeks so that gay veterans could participate. He was able to convince the parade organizers to allow 20 gay veterans to march in the parade. However, the Boston Globe is reporting that LGBT Veterans for Equality won’t participate because the rules would force them to hide who they are and what their group stands for.

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Major League Soccer Wants To Help Gay Players

Major League Soccer has decided to “expand training for players and will post a Player Code of Conduct in home and visitor locker rooms underscoring that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not allowed,” the Huffington Post reports, “The new measures are part of the league’s “Don’t Cross the Line” anti-discrimination initiative, which launched last year.” It has been a little over a year since Robbie Rogers, who now plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy as a winger and second striker, announced that he was gay.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit In Florida For Gay Couples Married Out-Of-State

Eight gay couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states,” the AP announced on Thursday. The gay couples are asking for a federal judge to declare Florida’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages unconstitutional. This case asks the court to consider a different legal question from the gay marriage case previously filed this year. It asked a federal judge to strike down Florida’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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VIDEO: Gay Marriage On Graham Crackers

VIDEO: Gay Marriage On Graham Crackers

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Remember how Coca-Cola introduced a gay family in their Superbowl ad? Although it was just a glimpse, the fact that a major corporation actually included a gay family was (and is) huge. Now Honey Maid is upping the ante by unveiling their “This Is Wholesome” campaign, which features a gay family and their two kids. The sweet clip about ‘Dad and Papa’ is a ‘documentary’ clip from the actual ad set to air soon on TV. The new campaign will feature all types of families and puts out a powerful message.

What’s so cool about this clip is that the product – Honey Maid graham crackers – is almost absent from the video. Chances are you completely missed the product placement when first viewing the clip. The ad is more about showcasing the values of the company and showing their support for gay and equal rights.

And what’s really cool is that the video is so unpolitical and just shows a happy family, which happens to be gay. You can watch the actual ad below and the little ‘documentary’ specifically about the gay family. Even though both clips are in fact advertisements, they’re sweet, reassuring and touchingly powerful.

Source: slate.com

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Obama Goes Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis

President Barack Obama sat down with venerable host Zach Galifianakis for a webisode of “Between Two Ferns With Galifianakis” and it is hilarious. The Funny or Die video was uploaded on Tuesday and is already on track to becoming a viral sensation with over 3.9 million views in less than 24 hours. Check it out below:

That was pretty darn funny. Now on to the stories making headlines around Atlanta and the world:

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South Carolina Soccer Team Signs Gay Player

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny, a South Carolina team in the National Premier Soccer League, announced that Swedish soccer star Anton Hysén is joining them for the 2014 season. “The Mutiny are very excited to have Anton joining us this year,” the Mutiny’s sporting director told the Advocate, “A player of his caliber, with his international experience, will bring a positive change to the Mutiny. The Myrtle Beach area is in for a real treat with this team and will have the opportunity to see professional soccer played at a very high level.”

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Methodists Stop Denominational Case Against Clergyman Who Performed Same-Sex Marriage

CNN is reporting that the Untied Methodist Church announced on Monday that they will no longer pursue denominational charges against the New York clergyman who officiated a same-sex wedding. Reverend Thomas Ogletree officiated his son’s marriage in October of 2012 and was quickly charged by the church afterward.

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Ugandan Gay Rights Advocates Take “Kill The Gays” Bill To Court

Gay rights advocates in Uganda have “petitioned Uganda’s Constitutional Court in a case challenging the validity of the country’s new anti-gay measure,” the AP is reporting. The petition was filed on Tuesday by the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

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Michele Bachmann Says Gays “Bullied The American People”

Michelle Bachman went on the radio and unleashed on gay bullies in response to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoing the discriminatory “religious freedom restoration act.” “There’s nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure,” the Boston Spirit quotes Bachmann saying, “And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.”

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New Polls Shows Young Republicans Support Gay Marriage

A new poll from the Pew Research Center published on Monday shows that 61% of conservatives age 18 to 29 support gay marriage. The same poll found that only 27% of conservatives over the age of 50 support gay marriage.

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How To Kiss A Complete Stranger

How To Kiss A Complete Stranger

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Have you ever met someone and within moments you felt the urge to kiss? Or experienced that special moment when suddenly the chemistry between you and someone else changes and somehow the next logical thing would be to kiss – even if you’ve just met them?

Independent amateur filmmaker Tatia Pilieva has captured the human interaction and connection between two complete strangers who were instructed to do nothing else but share a first kiss. The wonderful three and a half minute long video shows us a condensed version of communication that immediately leads to intimacy – and somehow it works!

Despite the initial awkwardness where all participants are visibly uncomfortable, they use introductions, small talk and disarming little jokes to create a bubble of confidentiality in order to move on to the matter at hand – the kiss!

And once they lock lips, the barriers come down and we witness how two complete strangers can actually share an extremely intimate moment with each other. After the kiss it is obvious that the people involved experience an immediate bond with their kissing partner, one jokingly asking “what was your name again?” Others even want more physical contact by saying “I feel like I should hug you,” and (directed at the camera) “can we make out more?”

Whether the moment of immediate intimacy will lead to more kisses or perhaps even a more profound connection (dare we say love?) only time will tell. However, the video stands alone as a heartwarming testament to the fact that it is possible to obtain a beautiful and intimate connection with other people – even complete strangers!

Source: The Independent, boredpanda.com

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