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

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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

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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

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

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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Starbucks Brings Drag Queens Together: VIDEO

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Drag Race stars Adore Delano and Bianca del Rio come to a peace accord with the help of a couple of skinny lattes in a new advertising collaboration between Starbucks and Canada's OUTTV.

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Kazakh Students Sue Ad Agency For 'Moral Damages' Over Gay Kiss Poster

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And they won.

In a move that seems designed to suggest that Sacha Baron Cohen wasn't being 100% satirical about Kazakhstan, a group of students and teachers filed suit over the Pushkin-Kurmangazy gay kiss poster citing 'moral damages'. The financial penalties for offending the delicate sensibilities of the Kurmangazy national conservatory students and teachers make the original fines levied by the local government look like pocket change: $188,000.

CEO Dariya Khamitzhanova says that the fine for this poster - which offends loosely defined "moral values" and was designed for an advertising competition - will ruin the company. She lambasted the students and teachers, saying that they did nothing to earn the money and that none of them even appeared in court. The ad agency appealed the decision, but were denied.


Google's New Android Ad Features Blink-and-You'll-Miss-It Gay Marriage Proposal: VIDEO

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Google is rolling out the latest version of its popular Android operating system codenamed “Lollipop” along with a new tagline: “Android: Be Together. Not The Same.”

The tagline is a direct response to competitors who have criticized the the company’s phone OS for being fragmented. In a new ad for Android, however, Google is owning that technological diversity and translating it into real world metaphors.

“Good things happen when everybody’s invited,” Google SVP of Android and apps Sundai Pichai wrote in a blog post. “And the best part is that every time someone new joins in, things get more interesting, unexpected, and wonderful for all of us.”

The ad, which is composed mainly of crowdsourced footage from YouTube, features Alex Unick proposing to his fiancée Zach Udko. Though the clip of the proposal is quick, it’s a visible continuation of Google’s commitment to LGBT-inclusive advertisement. Last year, Mountain View-based company reached across the globe to help gay and lesbian couples in France and Chile get married by connecting them to a Belgian mayor who would officiate their weddings via Google Hangout.

Watch Google’s newest LGBT-inclusive ad AFTER THE JUMP...

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