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Research Finds Gay Dads’ Brains Adapt For Optimal Parenting

Research Finds Gay Dads’ Brains Adapt For Optimal Parenting

By D. David Kinney

When a man and woman have a child their life completely changes, however, not all of the changes involve building on to the house and purchasing a crib. After having a child a woman’s amygdala (the part of the brain that processes emotion) becomes more active. The man’s brain also adapts and the parts of the brain associated with cognitive function become more active. This isn’t news. In fact, this biological adaption is sometimes cited by opponents of same-sex parenting as the reason why a child needs a mother and father.

But a new study from the National Academy of Sciences published on Memorial Day is blowing that theory out of the scientific waters. The study first looked at how the brains of straight women and straight men changed after they became parents. The pattern of changes they found matched what they expected to find in their hypothesis. However, the researchers then tested gay fathers’ brains. “The 48 gay fathers’ brain waves … responded similarly to both the heterosexual mom and dad,” TIME reported, “Their emotional circuits were as active as mothers’, and their cognitive circuits were as active as the fathers’. Researchers also found that the more time a gay father spent with the baby, the greater a connection there was between the emotional and cognitive structures.”

These changes aren’t actively controlled by the new parents. They’re biological tools we’ve developed over time to boost a child’s chance of survival. However, we now know that these changes aren’t rigidly linked to gender or sexual orientation. “Fathers’ brains are very plastic, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Bar-Ilan University, Ruth Feldman, told TIME, “When there are two fathers, their brains must recruit both networks, the emotional and cognitive, for optimal parenting.” This new research is exciting for gay parenting advocates because it suggests that gay dads can mentally provide for their children the same way an opposite-sex couple can.

Gay dads have been saying this for years and now the research agrees.

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Flöt Spa – Salaciously Splendid

Flöt Spa – Salaciously Splendid

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,

Come with me, and let’s seal ourselves in futuristic zero gravity pods.  As the hull doors are lowered upon us, we will lie suspended and silent, as though free of both time and space.  We will allow warm salt water baths to melt away our earthly concerns and leave us in a state of absolute euphoria.  

What may sound like a dream sequence or a Sci-Fi film backdrop is now a delightful reality in Midtown Atlanta.  Flöt Spa on Piedmont Avenue offers patrons the opportunity to spend 50 glorious minutes in one of the most tranquil environments imaginable – all at the price of a regular massage.  

Last week, I ventured into Flöt Spa to try firsthand what so many have been talking about.  Not entirely sure what to expect, I was quick to let the staff at Flöt know I was a newbie.  I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, but the professional team at Flöt put me at ease right away.  I was shown to my private room where my own Flöt capsule was ready and waiting.  As soon as I entered the warm water filled with Epsom salt and closed the pod door, I realized why everyone has been raving about Flöt.  The hour that followed was one of the most serene of my life; I found myself in the realm of complete relaxation.  Better still, after just the one session at Flöt, I noticed that muscle aches I’d had for months had completely disappeared.    

As I found myself descending back to reality, I imagined that there must be some health benefits associated with floating.  I decided to call a good friend of mine, Atlanta physician, Dr. John Ouderkirk of Piedmont Health & Wellness, to ask him if he would be willing to try Flöt and offer a professional opinion.   After very little persuasion, I must say, he agreed to try a session of floating.   Just like me, Dr. Ouderkirk found himself feeling completely rested after only one session.  He called me the same day and said, “That was an amazing experience.  I highly recommend Flöt sessions to reduce stress.”

If you have not yet had the chance to Flöt, I suggest you book your appointment before the waitlist becomes impossibly deep.  If you prefer to work your way up to a full Flöt session, you may also enjoy a massage or Reiki session at Flöt.  Whatever your preference, Flöt Spa offers affordable stress relief in a relaxed setting.  Be sure to check their website often for specials. 

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Photo Shoot: Fetish Fighter

Photo Shoot: Fetish Fighter

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

For this issue FENUXE paired up with ES Collection By Nir Zilberman to show you their latest camouflage collection with a slight fetish edge now available online at escollectionusa.com - as always incredibly sexy and a fantastic source of inspiration for anyone who wants to look good and feel even better in their underwear.

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PRIDE Kickball: A Kick In The Grass

PRIDE Kickball: A Kick In The Grass

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,

Atlanta has long been known as the gay capital of the South, and it’s no secret that LGBT residents of the ATL are not afraid to show their PRIDE. In fact, this October will mark the 44th year that LGBT Atlantans and our supporters will take to the streets to celebrate our community and all of the fabulousness we embody. So, when the owners of Go Kickball decided it was time to create a PRIDE division, there was only one city considered to act as host to the flagship group of PRIDE players. This summer, Go Kickball is proud to bring you PRIDE Kickball!

Go Kickball was actually started right here in Atlanta as well. In 2005, a group of friends decided that it would be a good idea to develop a social activity where grown-ups could relive a few childhood memories while breathing in the great outdoors… and maybe downing a few beers in the process. Since its inception, Go Kickball has grown to a network of over 60,000 players in over 40 cities across the U.S. As the premier adult social experience, Go Kickball is an affordable and fun way to meet people and make new friends. Best of all, Go Kickball is still growing at an incredible pace. PRIDE Kickball is expected to follow suit and grow just as rapidly.  

Just like Go Kickball, PRIDE Kickball will feature 16 teams per league and eight week seasons. This summer, the first season kicks off in June right here in Piedmont Park. The registration fee of $62 includes a full season of playing (every Monday night for eight weeks), a team t-shirt, and an end-of-season tournament and closing party. Blake’s on the Park, our bar sponsor will also host post-game cocktail hours each week, including drink specials that are available only for PRIDE Kickball team members. The Spotted Dog Agency is leading the pack in signing up team captains You can contact them at 404-428-0497 for help getting your team started today.

PRIDE Kickball is now accepting registrations for the summer season and is open to anyone 21+ who is either LGBT or a proud supporter of the LGBT community. Registration information and other details can be found at http://www.gokickball.com/atlanta/. The Atlanta PRIDE league plays on Monday nights at Piedmont Park. Use code ‘pride’ when registering for the league. So, come on Atlanta, show your PRIDE and join PRIDE Kickball today!

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Bert’s Big Bike Ride – Atlanta Moon Ride

Bert’s Big Bike Ride – Atlanta Moon Ride

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento and Dean Boswell,

If you are in the know in Atlanta, you’ve likely heard of Bert’s Big Adventure. You probably also know that Bert Weiss of Q 100’s Bert Show started Bert’s Big Adventure in 2002 to offer an annual, memorable experience to children who endure chronic illness. Well listen up, my shrewd know-it-all friend.  What may be news to you is that last year an exciting fund-raiser now known as The Atlanta Moon Ride was implemented to support Bert’s Big Adventure.  The inaugural ride featured over 600 riders having a blast and raising money for a very worthy cause.  See for yourself what the excitement is all about:  

The successful Atlanta Moon Ride is now in its second year and, as Bert has said himself, promises to become an Atlanta institution. Now, we all know that when something is to be an Atlanta institution, it means a fabulous hello is in order from the LGBT community. Actually, it seems there were costumes last year, so how is it even possible that we’re late to this party?  I digress; we’re here now. Let’s talk about what we need to be doing to be prepared, shall we?  

This year’s ride is scheduled for Friday, June 13th. Don’t panic. There is still time for us to register and secure our places among the pack. Let’s really show the streets of Midtown Atlanta what it means to have the LGBT community show up to support a cause. Registration is simple and can be completed online. Even better, registration is a crazy affordable $25 (although there is an opportunity to make an additional donation to Bert’s Big Adventure at registration…so, dig deep into those bike shorts and dig out all that loose change, honey).  

Oh, and did I mention costumes? You and I both know that where there are costumes, there must be a costume contest.  So, let’s just settle down and get to it. The prize for the best costume is a one-night luxury stay at the W Hotel Midtown with Pool Cabana (fruit plate, champagne, flat screen – sorry, cabana boy not included) and dinner for two at Trace. Side note, ladies and gents – a full moon is already predicted for the evening of the ride, so you may feel free to keep yours covered. I am as disappointed as you are, but let’s focus on the mission at hand.    

After the ride: while the 6.5 mile loop both kicks off and culminates at Park Tavern, riders are also invited to an after party at Blake’s on the Park where drink specials and drag queens will be waiting to thank you for your support. Thanks in advance for what I know will be a great showing of support for the Atlanta Moon Ride and Bert’s Big Adventure.  

Don’t have a bicycle? Need help with costumes? Call the Spotted Dog Agency at 404-428-0497 and they will get you riding. 

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5 Stars From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Performing Tonight At Burkhart’s Pub

5 Stars From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Performing Tonight At Burkhart’s Pub

By D. David Kinney

There will be talent in spades at Burkhart’s Pub tonight as 5 stars from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” take the stage for a special edition of FEMME FATALE! You’ve seen them battle it out on TV and now is the chance to see them perform live in Midtown. Join Sonique (Season 2), Phoenix (Season 3), Nicole Paige Brooks (Season 2), Mariah Paris Balenciaga (Season 3) and Trinity K. Bonet (Season 6).

The show is sponsored by Bubbles Salon and starts at 11 p.m. For more information, click here.

 

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Today Is Official Harvey Milk Day

Today Is Official Harvey Milk Day

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Today officially marks Harvey Milk Day in honor of the gay rights activist who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in California in 1977. He only held this position for 11 months when he was shot and killed by his political opponent Dan White who had lost to Milk the year before. Dan White also assassinated mayor George Moscone during the same incident. 

Harvey Milk Day was inaugurated in 2009 after governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 had denied the request to honor the gay rights activist on this day, which also happens to be Milk’s birthday. Schwarzenegger felt that a celebration shouldn’t be of national proportions, but ought to be confined within local communities, which of course was protested widely.

Milk was posthumously inducted into the California Hall of Fame after being portrayed by Sean Penn in the film Milk, and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama this year. Sean Penn also received an Oscar for portraying Milk, who by many has been described as a martyr and visionary for gay rights.

If you are not familiar with Harvey Milk’s story we at FENUXE highly recommend you watch the movie Milk starring Sean Penn and James Franco, which by sources close to Milk has been described as an accurate depiction of the gay rights activist.

No doubt Harvey Milk has been a major force in how far gay rights have come today and for that he should be duly honored.

Source: pinknews.co.uk, NYinExile

 

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CDC Launches ‘Start Talking. Stop HIV’ Campaign

CDC Launches ‘Start Talking. Stop HIV’ Campaign

By D. David Kinney

Atlanta’s very own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new campaign on Wednesday called Start Talking. Stop HIV. The goal is to foster dialogue between gay and bisexual men about HIV risk and prevention by highlighting “real-world gay and bisexual men talking openly with their partners and sharing their experiences about HIV.”

It’s a bold step forward by the CDC, and the campaign’s timing is spot on after last week’s major announcement that the CDC now recommends health-care providers consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to patients at risk of contracting HIV. If you’d like to learn how PrEP works, click here.

According to the CDC, “Research suggests that communication leads to behaviors, such as testing and HIV status disclosure, that can help reduce HIV risk. However, important conversations about HIV do not occur within many relationships due to fear of discrimination.”

For more information about the CDC’s new Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign, click here.

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Who Are You Voting For?

Who Are You Voting For?

By D. David Kinney

With a marriage equality victory in Oregon yesterday and news today that Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional, it’s a great day to go vote! But who are you going to vote for when you get inside the booth? Here is a list of local candidates endorsed by Georgia Equality:

State Senate:

District 22 – Harold V. Jones II (D)

District 36 – Nan Orrock (D)

District 38 – Horacena Tate (D)

District 42 – Kyle Williams (D)

District 44 – Gail Davenport (D)

State House:

District 39 – Erica R. Thomas (D)

District 54 – Bob Gibeling (D)

District 58 – Simone Bell (D)

District 60 – Keisha Waites (D)

District 74 – Roberta Abdul Salaam (D)

District 85 – Karla Drenner (D)

District 86 – Michele Henson (D)

District 91 – Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D)

District 105 – Tim Hur (D)

District 113 – Ram Dickerson (D)

Fulton County Commission:

District 7 – Robert Pitts (D)

District 2 – Eric Broadwell (R)

District 4 – Joan Garner (D)

District 5 –  Brenda Muhammad (D)

State School Superintendent:

Alisha Thomas Morgan (D)

Allen Fort (R)

 

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Work Distraction: ‘Gay Of Thrones’ With Margaret Cho

Work Distraction: ‘Gay Of Thrones’ With Margaret Cho

By D. David Kinney

“Games of Thrones” and Margaret Cho have joined swords for an absolutely hilarious episode recap! Ms. Cho needs no introduction and we’re already obsessed with #GOT so let’s get straight to the video:

 

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