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GLAAD President Herndon Graddick Resigns

GLAAD today announced the resignation of President Herndon Graddick.

GraddickSaid GLAAD Board of Directors Chair Thom Reilly in a press release: "GLAAD is very grateful for Herndon’s work championing LGBT rights, especially his work on behalf of the trans community. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to wish him the best."

Under Herndon's tenure, GLAAD began campaigns including a national call for the Boy Scouts of America to end their ban on gay scouts and scout leaders and announced a continuation of its commitment to incorporate bisexual and transgender people as well as allies from diverse backgrounds in GLAAD's mission, the organization reports.

Said Graddick: "I'm proud to leave GLAAD with a stronger, more efficient organization and an incredibly talented and experienced Board and staff. I'm happy the role I was able to play in advancing the need for our community to fully support the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters. Our movement is benefited by the leadership not only of heroes like Evan Wolfson, Chad Griffin, Mara Keisling, and Kate Kendell, but of the necessary and vital blogger and grassroots communities. I look forward to returning to a private life and supporting the fight from behind the scenes."

The organization adds:

GLAAD's Chief of Staff Dave Montez is serving as Acting President. In addition to continuing to lead GLAAD's development team, he will oversee GLAAD's staff on the ground in Dallas next week throughout the Boy Scouts of America's vote on whether to end their ban on gay scouts and leaders as part of GLAAD's Boy Scouts campaign. GLAAD staff members are continuing work to share stories in the media of marriage equality in advance of next month's Supreme Court decision as well as pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, increased trans visibility in the media, LGBT acceptance in professional sports, and building acceptance of LGBT people. 

GLAAD's Board plans to meet in NYC later this month to determine the next steps toward finding a leader.

Posted May. 17,2013 at 2:59 PM EST by in GLAAD, Herndon Graddick, News | Permalink | Comments (32)

Anti-Gay Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Accused of Smoking Crack in Video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has reportedly been caught on video smoking crack cocaine, the Toronto Star reports:

FordTwo Toronto Star reporters have viewed the video three times. It appears to show Ford in a room, sitting in a chair, wearing a white shirt, top buttons open, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. Ford is incoherent, trading jibes with an off-camera speaker who goads the clearly impaired mayor by raising topics including Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and the Don Bosco high school football team Ford coaches.

“I’m f---ing right-wing,” Ford appears to mutter at one point. “Everyone expects me to be right-wing. I’m just supposed to be this great.…” and his voice trails off. At another point he is heard calling Trudeau a “fag.” Later in the 90-second video he is asked about the football team and he appears to say (though he is mumbling), “they are just f---ing minorities.”

Gawker is raising money to purchase the video.

Ford is notoriously anti-gay. Snubbing the city's Pride parade is the least of his anti-LGBT accomplishments. The Globe and Mail listed many more of them in an article published in 2010:

Aug. 4, 2010: Mr. Ford endorses the views of a fundamentalist Christian pastor who said same-sex marriage could "dismantle" a "healthy democratic civilization." Appearing alongside Pastor Wendell Brereton, Mr. Ford says: "We're together. We have the same thoughts." He adds: "I support traditional marriage. I always have. But if people want to, to each your own. I'm not worried about what people do in their private life. I look out for taxpayers' money."

June 28, 2006: During a council debate on public-health grants for community-based AIDS-prevention programs, Mr. Ford says: "If you're not doing needles and you're not gay, you won't get AIDS, probably."

June 14, 2005: Mr. Ford questions the utility of grant programs for transgendered and transsexual people during a council debate. "I don't understand. No. 1, I don't understand a transgender, I don't understand, is it a guy dressed up like a girl or a girl dressed up like a guy? And we're funding this for, I don't know, what does it say here? We're giving them $3,210?"

June 13, 2001: Mr. Ford questions a grant for a video about homosexuality in Toronto's South Asian community, telling The National Post: "I have no problem giving money out to physically or mentally handicapped children or seniors, but spending $5,000 on this video is disgusting, it is absolutely disgusting to spend this amount of money on this, whatever it was called, video."

No doubt the city's LGBT community won't miss him.

Posted May. 17,2013 at 2:38 PM EST by in News, Toronto | Permalink | Comments (33)

Veteran UFC Fighter Nate Diaz Suspended for 'Faggot' Slur

UFC President Dana White has suspended veteran fighter Nate Diaz for calling another fighter a "faggot" on Twitter, a slur Diaz's manager said wasn't homophobic because "faggot" is slang "for being a little bitch," FOX Sports reports:

DiazDiaz dropped the offensive remark in a Twitter message in which he took up for fellow fighter Pat Healy, who earlier this week was stripped of his win and $130,000 in bonus money for testing positive for marijuana at UFC 159 last month in Newark, N.J. That fight against Jim Miller will go down as a no contest...

...Mike Kogan, Diaz’s manager, told that his client’s tweet wasn’t homophobic and was meant purely as an attack on Bryan Caraway, a fighter on the UFC 159 card who was awarded Healy’s Submission of the Night bonus worth $65,000. Diaz apparently took issue with Caraway’s lobbying on Twitter.

“Apologizing for what?” Kogan answered when asked if Diaz regretted the tweet. “He didn’t use that word in that sort of (homophobic) context. It’s a misunderstanding. If people are uneducated, that’s not my (expletive) fault. It’s slang for being a little bitch. The guy goes on Twitter and chases (UFC president) Dana (White) down like a little f** instead of picking up the phone.”

Posted May. 17,2013 at 2:20 PM EST by in Dana White, Gay Slurs, News, Sports, UFC | Permalink | Comments (20)

The OXD Mirror: New Music For 5.17.13



The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based collective created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.  


Avec feat. Jake Shears: 'Disappearer'

Just because Scissor Sisters announced its indefinite hiatus last year doesn't mean its members have stopped making music. We've already showcased Del Marquis' Slow Knights project (which, by the way, is performing live this weekend), and now Scissor Sisters lead singer, Jake Shears, is featured as the guest vocalist on Avec's debut single, 'Disappearer.' Consisting of UK's Doorly and Dave Spoon (Shadow Child), Avec is a new collaboration that's sure to make waves on the house music scene. The toe-tap inducing, infectious track is laden with house pianos and Shears' signature falsettos that only enhance the frenzied production.


Holy Ghost! - 'Dumb Disco Ideas'

DFA duo Holy Ghost! are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore effort, Dynamics, which releases this fall and 'Dumb Disco Ideas' is the lead single from this hotly anticipated album. The song’s quirky lyrics, hyper-electronic synths and cheery cowbell is in line with their signature nu-disco sound. This eight minute dancefloor ditty is chock-full of dry drums, a two-note bass line, percussion, hand claps, and unexpected arrangements making it one of their most sophisticated productions and a promising sign of things to come.


Hurts - 'Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)'

UK-based Hurts has been on my radar ever since French label/tastemaker Kitsuné featured the Arthur Baker remix of their first single, ‘Wonderful Life,’ on one of their esteemed compilations. Their 2010 album Happiness, released to much fanfare, is blissfully sublime. Naturally, the world has been eager to hear new material from them as their recently released sophomore effort, Exile, does not disappoint. ‘Blind,’ the second single off of the critically acclaimed album, is a somber, haunting ballad that plays to Hurts’ strengths: namely lead singer Theo Hutchcraft’s vocals. The song is given a classic house rework via Chicago house music legend Frankie Knuckles and his frequent collaborator, noteworthy producer and keyboardist Eric Kupper, as they add massive piano chords and a fierce kick drum that will ignite the dancefloor.



Viceroy & French Horn Rebellion - 'Friday Nights (Bronx Dub Remix)'

California’s Viceroy and Brooklyn’s French Horn Rebellion have teamed up to create ‘Friday Nights,’ an ode to burgeoning bromances that steadily grow throughout the week, but go sour come Friday night (We’ve all heard the story: you go out with your friends all week, and then on Friday night it’s: “maybe, it depends on how my "date" goes"). While the original song is great with its 80′s, tropical vibe, this dub version by Bronx really stands out for me. As any "dub" remix, the lyrics are basically stripped from song, and I prefer this approach – the focus shifts from the lyrics to the addictive, melodic house production that makes the song incredibly dance friendly.


Blondie - 'Heart of Glass (Oliver & Thee Mike B Remix)'

California based disco and house outfit Oliver released this free download as a thank you for their fans when they hit 10K on Twitter last week and it’s already one of the most played remixes on my iPod. Blondie’s disco classic ‘Heart of Glass’ is a track we’ve all grown up with and loved, and this refreshing, groovy remix gives it a nice summery update that's perfect poolside.


Touch Sensitive - 'Pizza Guy'

'Pizza Guy' is Australia-based Touch Sensitive's follow up single to the amazingly addictive and successful 'Real Talk' (where he collaborated with Anna Lunoe). This song is a much more subdued affair, though it stays true to the Australian synth pop sound with funky basslines, chopped up vocals and cascading arpeggios that give fill out the lush production.


(OXD) curates and recommends music events to the gay community in NYC—in an effort to move the focus of the nightlife scene beyond the promoter and venue and to the music itself. OXD's goal is to educate, entertain, engage and empower the gay audience to reclaim their ability to question and experience the unknown. The OXD Mirror will serve to showcase tunes that are definitely off-the-beaten-path but rightfully deserve the attention of the gay ear.

This week's post was written and curated by Ru Bhatt. Check out more of his music picks on his podcast, The Ru-Mix and on Made In Brazil.

Be sure to check out these tracks and more on our Spotify Playlist. For more information on OXD, check out our website and accompanying blog at, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: @OccupyTheDisco.

Posted May. 17,2013 at 1:20 PM EST by in Jake Shears, Music, Music Recommendations, Occupy the Disco, Ru Bhatt, Scissor Sisters | Permalink | Comments (1)

Adam Lambert, Jessie J, and Angie Miller Sing 'Titanium', 'Domino' on Last Night's 'Idol' Finale: VIDEO


Another bright spot from last night's American Idol finale.


And don't miss Jennifer Hudson and Candice Glover's performance of "Inseparable" here.

Check out Jennifer Hudson and Candice Glover's performance of "Inseparable" here.American Idol Finale ~ Angie Miller, Adam... by HumanSlinky

Posted May. 17,2013 at 12:48 PM EST by in Adam Lambert, American Idol, Jessie J, Music, News | Permalink | Comments (10)

Some Very Close-Up Footage of a Grizzly Bear: VIDEO


Including dental exams.


Shot on a GoPro camera bin Alaska by a videographer shooting for the BBC. Turn on the HD.

Posted May. 17,2013 at 12:33 PM EST by in Nature, News | Permalink | Comments (13)


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