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Tom Ford's New Men's Skincare Will Have You Feeling Dirty: PHOTOS

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Barcelona model Juan Betancourt reunites with designer Tom Ford for his new men's skincare and grooming campaign.

The line will be arriving this fall and will include a luxury cleanser, moisturizer, purifying mud mask, eye treatment, concealer, and bronzing gel. The launch will also add two new scents to Ford's Private Blend fragrance collection.

Check out more mesmerizing photos from the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Queerty]

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Posted Jul. 28,2013 at 7:31 PM EST by in Grooming, News, Tom Ford | Permalink | Comments (7)

Three Held For Questioning In Eric Ohena Lembembe Murder

The three were detained yesterday in relation to the brutal murder earlier this month.

The AFP reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef01910455ebc2970c-800wiThe three who were ordered held by criminal investigators in Yaounde are former colleagues of the activist, a lawyer close to the case told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

"We don't know what the police found," he added. Alice Nkom, lawyer for the Lembembe family, denounced what she called a botched investigation and cast doubt on the decision to question the three.

"Since we formulated reservations over how the investigation was conducted, they want to find any 'guilty ones,'" Nkom said. An officer close to the probe appeared to dismiss suggestions that the attack was homophobic. "We were at the scene of the murder. We have found a certain number of clues. There will be a rapid unfolding of events and people who believe it was a homophobic act risk being surprised," he said.

Posted Jul. 28,2013 at 5:21 PM EST by in Africa, Cameroon, Crime, Eric Ohena Lembembe | Permalink | Comments (4)

News: Tel Aviv, Anderson Cooper, Chris Colfer, Sean Hayes

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi The street in Queens where murdered gay rights activist Louis Rispoli lived for 32 years has been named after him: Louis Rispoli Way.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Anthony Weiner's campaign manager flees a sinking ship.

Telaviv6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Some disagreement surrounds the 2009 Barnoar tragedy in Tel Aviv: "Most gay men and lesbians, speaking in the news media or on social networks, are still adamant that the crime was driven by deep homophobia and deserves the distinction of a hate crime, an argument the indictment appears to accept."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Scott Thorson on his alleged romance with Michael Jackson: “It was short term because Michael became very big at the time and his management team thought it best that we didn’t go any further with our relationship."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Chris Colfer remembers Cory Monteith: "Love and miss you, buddy."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Man charged with beating a gay man with bicycle U-lock: "Santos Manuel Marquez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault by means of force causing great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury. Prosecutors also allege Marquez committed a hate crime. 'That is the subject of why the defendant didn’t want to be seen with the victim. He didn’t want people to think he was gay.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Co-founder of Russia's largest search engine Yandex succumbs to cancer at the age of 48.

6a00d8341c730253ef017742f270f9970d-800wi6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Anderson Cooper stalker being held in lieu of $75,000 bail: "Since 2008, Alex Hausner — described as a gay, Jewish white supremacist — has allegedly made unwelcome phone calls plus four attempts to see Cooper, last month trying to kick down the red, lacquered door to the posh, four-story West Village converted firehouse that Cooper shares with his hunky, bar-owner boyfriend."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Creator of upcoming Sean Hayes comedy on the tv show: “I think of this as a post-gay show where there is a gay man at the center but it’s not about his being gay.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi The Onion presents "Chick-Fil-A Debuts New Homophobic Sandwich."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Colin Farrell gets his yoga on.

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Newly married gay man allegedly attacked by man who "hates faggots": "'Next thing you know, he hit me upside the head.' He said he blacked out, but then woke up to a beating of 4 to 5 minutes filled with gay slurs...the man broke wine glasses on his head."

6a00d8341c730253ef0191046aeec2970c-800wi Three women complete their 101 mile walk to speak about LGBT rights.

Posted Jul. 28,2013 at 3:01 PM EST by in Anderson Cooper, Anthony Weiner, Chris Colfer, Colin Farrell, Cory Monteith, Crime, Michael Jackson, News, Russia, Tel Aviv | Permalink | Comments (14)

Louisiana Police Target, Arrest Gay Men

The Baton Rouge Advocate has published a distressing exposé which reveals that gay men have been arrested by police in Louisiana for simply agreeing to consensual sex. The Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has performed these undercover stings since 2011. The men have been charged, detained and, in some occasions, fined under the state's old sodomy laws which were invalidated when the U.S. Supreme ruled on Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.

The piece reveals: "There had been no sex-for-money deal between the two. The men did not agree to have sex in the park, a public place. And the count against the man was based on a part of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a decade ago."

The District Attorney has not pursued any of the cases:

BatonrougeDistrict Attorney Hillar Moore III said his office refused to prosecute each one of the cases because his assistants found no crime had occurred. After inquiries from the newspaper last week, he arranged to meet with Sheriff’s Office investigators to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court ruling.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, denied that investigators had been misapplying the anti-sodomy law, which remains among the state’s criminal statutes.

“This is a law that is currently on the Louisiana books, and the sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws passed by our Louisiana Legislature,” Hicks said. “Whether the law is valid is something for the courts to determine, but the sheriff will enforce the laws that are enacted.”

Moore noted that public sex acts and the solicitation of “unnatural carnal copulation” for money remain illegal. But those elements were lacking from these 12 cases, and most of the men were arrested after agreeing to have sex away from the park at a private residence.

“The Sheriff’s Office’s intentions are all good,” Moore said. “But from what I’ve seen of these cases, legally, we found no criminal violation.”

As Think Progress points out, no crimes are being committed:

Manchac Park, where the stings have largely taken place, has been known as a place where “cruising” for anonymous sex takes place, but neither talking about sex nor agreeing to sex are violations of obscenity laws.

When Lawrence was decided, then-Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub issued a statement asserting that the state’s anti-sodomy law could not be enforced, except in cases of prostitution and bestiality. Still, the law remains on the books, as it does in many other states.

The most recent arrest occurred on July 18.

Posted Jul. 28,2013 at 12:53 PM EST by in Louisiana, News | Permalink | Comments (37)

Queer Bookstore BGSQD Seeks Funding For Permanent Location

We first told about New York's The Bureau of General Services - Queer Division (BGSQD) last year. The queer bookstore (the only LGBT-exclusive one in Manhattan) and event space has been hosted at the Strange Loop Gallery since this past November but founders Greg Newton and Donnie Jochum are currently in search of funding for a permanent home. BGSQD will vacate Strange Loop on August 31. The new proposed location in the Lower East Side would add a cafe to the already eclectic cultural center.

Visit the fundraising page on IndieGogo for more information and watch a short Wes Anderson-inspired video about BGSQD featuring Newton and  Jochum, AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Jul. 28,2013 at 11:18 AM EST by in Books, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (6)

Mary Lambert Releases 'Same Love' Chorus Into Full Single: Listen

Mary Lambert has taken the chorus she sings in the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis monster hit "Same Love" and crafted it into a full four-minute song titled "She Keeps Me Warm."

Lambert says about the song: "...this song is not political. It’s not about oppression or marriage equality. This song is a love song."

Take a listen, AFTER THE JUMP.

Posted Jul. 28,2013 at 9:40 AM EST by in Macklemore, Music, Ryan Lewis | Permalink | Comments (11)


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