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Bear Spoof Of GoDaddy's Bodybuilder Ad: VIDEO

BearDance parody

Last week web host provider GoDaddy deviated a bit from their normal marketing method of using scantily-clad women to sell their hosting services with a commercial featuring scantily-clad male bodybuilders sprinting to the tanning salon. The guys behind BearDance took the idea and ran with it for a cute spoof to advertise their March party.

Whether you like 'em brawny or fluffy we've embedded both so you can compare the spoof to the original AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 3,2014 at 9:30 PM EST by in Bears, Satire, Video | Permalink | Comments (21)

Queer Nation To Protest Outside New York Russian Consulate During Opening Ceremonies

Queer Nation Homophobic Olympics

Queer Nation has issued a press release calling for a protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City to take place at noon this Friday, timed to line up with the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Olympics.

"'Vladimir Putin,' Russia’s president, will appear at the protest outside the Russian consulate at 9 E. 91st in Manhattan, where he is expected to desecrate an Olympic flag," the group writes.

You can read the press release in full AFTER THE JUMP...

From Queer Nation:New York, NY (January 30, 2014) —

Members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, will mark the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City at noon on February 6.

“Gay bashing is not an Olympic sport,” said Scott Wooledge, a member of Queer Nation. “The International Olympic Committee, the Olympic sponsors, including Coke, P&G, and McDonald’s, and the athletes who are competing in Russia have refused to support human rights -- so we will. The Russian government is on notice that the start of the Olympics is not the end of this fight."

"Vladimir Putin," Russia’s president, will appear at the protest outside the Russian consulate at 9 E. 91st in Manhattan, where he is expected to desecrate an Olympic flag.

Last June, the Russian government enacted legislation that effectively bans any pro-LGBT statement in public or private and on the Internet. In July, a law banning adoptions of Russian children by people from any jurisdiction that allows same sex marriage took effect. Last year, the Russian parliament considered legislation that would allow the government to remove children from a household headed by a gay or lesbian parent. While that legislation has been withdrawn ahead of the Olympics, activists believe the parliament will reintroduce it after the Games are over.

That legislation’s passage has been followed by unprecedented, effectively state-sanctioned violence against LGBT people, who have been harassed, arrested, beaten, raped, tortured, and killed. Activists had called for a boycott of Sochi and for the Games to be moved from Russia, citing its abysmal human rights record, including its attacks on LGBT Russians.

The protest is the latest in a series of high-profile protests launched by Queer Nation dating to July 2013. They include December 12 actions at two NBC employee Christmas parties and earlier confrontations with Moscow government officials at meetings promoting US investment in Russia. The group has also targeted supporters of Putin performing at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall as well as “Russia Day” at the New York Stock Exchange.

Queer Nation has also targeted corporate sponsors of the Olympics, most notably Coca-Cola and McDonalds, through pointed, successful social media campaigns.

"Putin's anti-gay campaign has made him an international pariah," continued Wooledge. "Overturning these laws and ensuring the rights of LGBT Russians is the only way for him to begin to repair that damage to his reputation on the world stage."

Queer Nation is a direct action group dedicated to ending discrimination, violence and repression against the LGBT community.

Posted Feb. 3,2014 at 8:54 PM EST by in Queer Nation, Russia, Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin | Permalink | Comments (6)

Police Arrest 44 LGBT Activists in Protest at Idaho Senate Chamber: VIDEO


Police arrested 44 LGBT activists including former state Senator Nicole LeFavour as they demanded inclusion in the state's anti-discrimination laws, the Statesman reports:

“We are here to insist the Idaho Legislature finally add four words, 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity,' to Idaho’s Human Rights Act to prevent the suicides, beatings, loss of jobs, evictions and the fear that too many gay and transgender Idahoans live with every day," the group said in a news release. "We do this for those who live in fear and those who may despair this year if no one speaks for them."

Various figures were given throughout Monday for how many protesters were involved, but Idaho State Police said they arrested 44 people and cited each for trespassing.

The last arrest came after 11 a.m., when former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, was taken into custody after the Senate voted to suspend its rule that allows former members to be on the Senate floor.

Protesters wore 'Add the Words IDAHO' t-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands.

Watch KTVB's report on the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...


Posted Feb. 3,2014 at 8:21 PM EST by in Discrimination, Idaho, News | Permalink | Comments (13)

Denial of ‘Second Parent’ Adoption Puts Same-Sex Couples Parental Rights in Jeopardy


Earlier this month, in a ruling that rocked the worlds of same-sex couples and attorneys alike, a Brooklyn court denied the non-biological mother of a child born to a married lesbian couple the right to legally adopt her child.

VaughnThis seemingly arcane quadrant of family law matters because this process of adoption has, traditionally, been the only legal tool protecting gay families when they travel to marriage discrimination states. A biological parent has parental rights, obviously. But her non-married cohabitant, which is how marriage discrimination states look at same-sex spouses, is not considered a parent. She is considered a stranger even though she helps feed, raise, and care for the child.

But in a world of marriage equality, this form of adoption seems unnecessary. Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court Judge Margarita López Torres reasoned that New York recognizes the couple’s marriage and the names of both mothers appear on the child’s birth certificate. Thus, the judge wrote in her decision, the non-biological mother is already the legal parent of her child.

The “purpose and effect" of adoption is “…to create a new legal relationship where one did not previously exist. Adoption is not utilized for, nor…is it available to reaffirm, an already existing parent/child relationship.”

That makes sense. But, as we discuss below, the decision represents ideals over reality and endangers families run by same-sex couples.


Lopez-torresIn her decision, Judge López Torres acknowledged the couple’s purpose in seeking the second-parent adoption—to establish the non-biological mom’s parental relationship to the child should the family travel to places where same-sex marriage is not recognized and same-sex couples are not recognized as parents. She was even “mindful of the uncertainty occasioned by the tectonic shifts occurring in the geography of our culture’s definition of ‘family.’”

In fact, the concern is more than theoretical to the mothers. According to a New York Times report, the non-biological mom, Amalia C., has family in Florida and Nicaragua, neither of which recognize same-sex marriage. Were birth mother Melissa C. to be incapacitated or killed while the family was visiting one of those locales, Amalia’s parentage of and right to make decisions for their child might very well be called into question or denied.

The couple’s concerns are among the reason that most family law and fertility attorneys advise same-sex couples to obtain a court order of parentage, even if both their names are listed on their child’s birth certificate, even if their marriage is legal and fully recognized in their home jurisdiction. It isn’t overkill; it is a necessary layer of protection in a discriminatory world.

NyJudge López Torres questioned whether a jurisdiction that refused to recognize a New York-sanctioned same-sex marriage would honor a second-parent adoption granted a same-sex partner. Her concern is misplaced. In the United States, even in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage or parentage orders are not recognized, adoptions are afforded full faith and credit under the law. Marriages are not. So, even marriage discrimination states are likely to recognize adoptions. And that is why it remains essential that same-sex parents be offered the “supplemental” protection of adoption.

A court order of adoption provides legal protections to both parents and child. A second-parent or step-parent adoption order serves to document the child’s parentage in the event a couple later separates and one partner seeks to be relieved of his or her obligation to provide financial support to the child.

Judge López Torres appears to have based her decision on a heart-felt conviction that married same-sex couples should be treated just like any other married couple, and on the long-standing legal presumption that a child born into a marriage is the legitimate child of both partners. It is a compelling and egalitarian argument, an affirmation of equal rights for LGBT people. Problem is, we’re just not there yet. There are too many places where LGBT people do not have full equality, and where same-sex relationships are denied any legitimacy; indeed, places where whipping out your same-sex marriage certificate might even land you in jail or put your life in danger.

In our increasingly mobile and globalized world, to expect a family to huddle in place in a jurisdiction that grants them legitimacy, never venturing to other states or countries, would be a true denial of equal rights. In seeking to affirm their equality, Judge López Torres’ decision instead denied the Brooklyn family the legal protection and security they deserve and that, until we gain full continuity in the law, in the U.S. and internationally, we must continue to advise same-sex parents to seek.


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Richard Vaughn is a lawyer and Co-Founder of the International Fertility Law Group. Along with his husband, Tommy Woelfel, the proud father of twin boys (pictured, in top photo) through surrogacy and egg donation.

Ari Ezra Waldman is a professor of law and the Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School and is concurrently getting his PhD at Columbia University in New York City. He is a 2002 graduate of Harvard College and a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School. Ari writes weekly posts on law and various LGBT issues.

Posted Feb. 3,2014 at 7:30 PM EST by in Ari Ezra Waldman, Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, Gay Parents, Law - Gay, LGBT, News, Surrogacy | Permalink | Comments (18)

What To Watch This Week on TV: 'Walking Dead' Returns, 'Looking' Picks Up - VIDEO


Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— It's a big week for superhero fans this week. On Tuesday at 8 p.m., Marvel legend Stan Lee makes his inevitable cameo on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then, if you're more of a DC Comics fan, Katrina Law (Spartacus) makes her debut on Arrow as a member of the League of Assassins Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the CW.

More picks and clips, including Hannah's latest humiliation on Girls and what's to come on LookingAFTER THE JUMP...


— Internet nerds, rejoice! Everyone's favorite cat, Lil BUB, is joined by Amy Sedaris and Andrew W.K. in the slumber party-themed Lil BUB's Special Special. Sure, it's not the most cerebral entertainment, but not everything can be The Wire, or whatever. Kick back with BUB Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Animal Planet.



— When we last left the survivors on The Walking Dead, their numbers were thinned by an all-out assault on their prison hideout. We pick up Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC with Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) navigating their new (somehow even more bleak) reality.



— Fellow "mediaists" may find Hannah's story hit too close to home Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO. With her book deal all but dead, she takes a job writing advertorial at a major magazine. It doesn't take long for her to find more than a few ways to humiliate herself starting on day one.



— If you've been waiting for HBO's Looking to pick up steam, this week's fourth installment may (finally) pique your interest. Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) engages in a new project with a sex worker, while Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is forced into close quarters with his boss (Russell Tovey) pulling an all-day working session. Plus, more Scott Bakula! Tune in for the latest developments Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on HBO.

Posted Feb. 3,2014 at 6:50 PM EST by in Film and TV, Frankie J. Alvarez, Jonathan Groff, Lena Dunham, Looking, Stephen Amell, Television | Permalink | Comments (5)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1510

VOGUE KNIGHTS: A short documentary on ball culture at Escuelita in Hell's Kitchen.

NO SCRUBS: Live looping.

IMPLOSION: Massive tower in Frankfurt, Germany goes down.

BILL CUNNINGHAM: Super Bowl madness.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 3,2014 at 5:50 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (2)


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