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Hundreds Gather To Protest Virginia 'Ex-Gay' Billboard - VIDEO


Hundreds of people gathered at the Gay Community Center of Richmond yesterday to show their support for the city’s LGBT community after a billboard supporting “ex-gay” therapy was erected in the Virginia city by anti-gay activist group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), reports

PfoxPFOX claimed that the billboard with the words “Nobody is born gay”, which was based on dodgy interpretations of two studies that purportedly deny the existence of a “gay gene”. 

Attending Sunday’s demonstration of support, Richmond resident and mother of two Terra Courtland said it was important for gay families to “show we’re just like everybody else, just trying to raise our kids and live here.”

Another resident, Jason Coast, who identified himself as a straight ally, said “if some of us are being discriminated against, then we all are.”

Following the erection of the billboard, which is set run through the holiday season, Virginia Del Patrick Hope released information about a bill he plans to bring before the 2015 General Assembly to combat ex-gay therapy on minors. The damaging practice has already been banned in New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C.

“Out and proud” gay model Kyle Roux has spoken of his shock at being used for the billboard.

Watch a report on the PFOX billboard, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tide Gets Personal in New Commercial Featuring Gay Couple Bickering About Laundry: VIDEO


Tide's latest commerical airing in Canada is an advertising ode to one of the more mundane aspects of gay life - laundry habits. The ad features a gay couple playfully bickering about household laundry etiquette before ending with each guy poking fun at a past "mistake" of the other - one unfortunate "ex" included.

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last month, Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati-based consumer products group that makes Tide, came out in support of marriage equaltiy. 

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Nasty Pig's Gay Underwear Ad Is Apparently Too 'Edgy' for Time Warner Cable: VIDEO


Citing the 30 second spot's "edgy" content, Time Warner has pulled Nasty Pig's new, homoerotic commercial for its underwear line. The ad had already aired four times on the gay-themed Logo channel and was scheduled to run on TBS, Lifetime, and late night on Cartoon Network before being yanked.

Speaking with Gawker's Rich Juzwiak, Tara Wolf, whose Wolf Media Inc. handled the ad buy, said:

I've had my own company since 1998, I've been doing advertising since 1992. I've never had somebody not tell me exactly what the problems are. I've never just had them flat out reject like that. That's what bothered me. The hair went up on the back of my neck, like, this is wrong. It felt like homophobia to me. I didn't understand why they just didn't tell me what the problems were so that I could give them an alternate solution."

Added Nasty Pig CEO David Lauterstein:

Nastypig1"I just wanted to make a commercial that represented my brand and the customers we sell to. We never intentionally made this commercial with the thought of being banned just to get press. We gave them plenty of time to offer edits as we knew this commercial might be strong for television. You can't do stuff like this for press. That's why there's an approval process. You can't do sensational things on non-live TV. That's why they have a standards board, to prevent situations like this."

Update: TWC has released a statement on the ad's removal:

"Proper guidelines were not followed in this instance; we made a mistake. We are sorry and we will work with this client to make it right."

Watch the "edgy" ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Model Featured on 'Ex Gay' Virginia Billboard Is Neither 'Ex-Gay' Nor a Twin: VIDEO


Richmond, Virginia's new "Nobody Is Born Gay' sign from 'ex-gay' activist group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) has drawn the ire of the model featured on the billboard, who says he's quite happy being gay and not actually a twin like the sign would have people believe. 

Richmond's WWBT reports:

RouxSpeaking via Skype, Kyle Roux said he was shocked his image was used. Especially since he calls himself an "out and proud" gay man. 

"I was obviously quite shocked, so that why I decided to send you guys an email saying hey, I'm that guy in that billboard," Roux said.

Roux hasn't thought about that photo shoot in nearly a decade. He says the pictures used on the billboard were part of a stock photo shoot he did. Roux signed away the rights and was told the pictures would be used in commercial and corporate ads and brochures. [...]

"It's actually quite a big thing that there is this kind of discrimination and borderline hate speech going on, you know," he said.

Roux says he's worried about teens struggling with their sexuality, and he hopes to empower others. 

DoyleChristian Doyle, a self-professed 'ex-gay' and former board member of PFOX also chimed in on the story, saying Roux is irrelevant to what the billboard is trying to accomplish.

"The issue isn't the photo on a the billboard, but the actual science." 

And by "actual science" Doyle presumably means "thoroughly discredited, pseudo-scientific soul poison"

Watch a segment of Roux's interview with WWBT, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dancing Diva Brendan Jordan Strikes a Pose in New American Apparel Ad


Everyone's favorite spontaneous Las Vegas showstopper Brendan Jordan is back in the spotlight in a new American Apparel ad showing off some of Brendan's fiercest poses. 

From the ad:

Brendan is from Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s half Peruvian (his dad was born and raised in Peru) and he learned Spanish from his extended family that helped care for him. He enjoys taking photos, shopping and collecting Disney memorabilia. In the future Brendan hopes to have his own TV show and design a clothing line. His biggest inspirations are his great grandmother Lucy and Lady Gaga. We were inspired by Brendan after seeing his fearless act of spontaneity and applaud his efforts with the LGBTQ community. His favorite styles of ours include the Clear PVC Circle Skirt and anything high-waisted.

Check out the full ad (which includes Brendan working it in the circle skirt) as well as an American Apparel video featuring the diva-in-training AFTER THE JUMP...

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Procter & Gamble Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO


For the first time in its history, Cincinnati-based consumer products group Procter & Gamble (P&G) is openly supporting same-sex marriage, reports

This may not be great news for right wing anti-gay zealots. Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group Family Research Council, last week hinted at a possible boycott of Apple after CEO Tim Cook came out.

Procter & Gamble says that it has embraced LGBT employees for more than 20 years and same-sex marriage has become an important enough issue to its workers that it is taking a public stand.

Deborah P. Majoras, P&G's chief legal officer and executive sponsor to GABLE, the company's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-allied employee group, said:

"We have always supported our employees and fostered a culture of inclusion and respect – this includes the right to marry whomever they choose and to have that union legally recognized.”

William Gipson, P&G's chief global diversity officer, added that being LGBT-inclusive is “not a political statement, but a statement of support for our employees."

P&G’s announcement of its support for same-sex marriage comes a week after the city of Cincinnati won top score for inclusion by Human Rights Campaign (HRC). P&G also received a perfect score this year from HRC for its inclusion policies.

Terry Kelly, principal and investment adviser at Cincinnati-based investment management firm Bartlett, said that although P&G's latest stand could anger some consumers, the company has already weighed those risks.

Back in 2007, P&G supported the first kiss between two same-sex teenagers on soap As The World Turnswhich you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

Back in August, advocacy group the Bilerico Project called on people to boycott P&G, the biggest television advertiser in Russia. P&G was also a Worldwide Olympic Partner and a sponsor of the controversial 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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