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Christian Ex-gay Org Loses Court Battle Over London Bus Ads

BusCore Issues Trust — a Christianist group that sought to promote ex-gay therapy via London bus advertisements — have lost their appeal of a lower court ruling the absolved London Mayor Boris Johnson of any impropriety in banning their ads.

Making good on his 2008 pledge to make London the most “gay-friendly city in the world,” in 2012 Johnson banned the bus advertisements.

The ads read, “Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!” and were a parody of similar ads placed by the UK LGBT group Stonewall that read, “Some people are gay. Get over it!”

In retaliation, the group sued even going so far to accuse Johnson for banning the adverts to court the gay vote during the 2012 election. In 2013, a judge ruled narrowly in favor of Johnson’s ban


Henry And George, Together Over 50 Years, Featured In New Ohio Marriage Equality Ad: VIDEO

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Henry Hawley and George Vassos were married in New York City last October, on their 50th anniversary. Their commitment to each other is not recognized in their home state of Ohio, though, and they are looking to create change. The adorable couple is featured in a new advertisement from Why Marriage Matters Ohio, and if their easy chemistry and clear adoration of one another does not convince you of love's universality, perhaps nothing will.

Check out Henry and George's testimony, AFTER THE JUMP...

And head over to the Why Marriage Matters Ohio website to make a contribution to the cause.

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer: 'Ordinary Americans' Fed Up With LGBT Advertising - VIDEO

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Bryan Fischer has warned that advertisers face a backlash from "ordinary Americans" because of ads aimed at the LGBT community.

In recent months there has been a marked increase in LGBT-focused advertising.

A recent spot for Chevrolet which includes both same-sex and single parent families with the voice-over "while what it means to be family hasn't changed, what a family looks like has,” are representative of this shift towards LGBT-friendly advertising.

Speaking to Press Telegram, Bob Witeck, president of strategic communications firm Witeck Communications said:

“What we’re witnessing is the idea that you don’t have to isolate gay ads and messaging to markets only intended for gay people. Families all look different from the traditional family Americans grew up with 50 years ago. They are far more multiracial, more single parents, more gay couples raising kids. If you start leaving them out, you’re not only erasing gay people, but you’re also erasing people who are part of people’s family.”

However, Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis for fundamentalist Christian non-profit group The American Family Association, which maintains OneMillionMoms.com, argued:

“I think eventually this LGBT advertising push is gonna trigger a blowback from ordinary Americans. I think that ordinary Americans are getting fed up with having the homosexual agenda shoved down their throats when they’re watching TV with their families. What American families are gonna begin to react to is that they are recognizing that this is no longer about advertising a product. This is about propaganda for a sexually deviant lifestyle.”

Watch the gay-themed Chevrolet ad which may have aroused Fischer's furor, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Advertisers Actively Courting Gay Consumers: VIDEO

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The last 12 months has seen an increase in gay representation in mainstream advertising, according to NPR.

Ads such as a recent spot for Chevrolet which includes both same-sex and single parent families with the voice-over "while what it means to be family hasn't changed, what a family looks like has,” are representative of this shift.

According to Rich Ferraro, vice president of communications at GLAAD, “within the last year we've seen advertising come out of the closet, and now use LGBT families or LGBT individuals in campaigns that reach mainstream audiences.”

Speaking to NPR, Robert Klara, a staff writer for Adweek, said that the increase in advertising aimed at the LGBT community is representative of how competitive the marketplace is now:

"If you're not appealing to every minority community, be that racial or in terms of sexual orientation, you're missing out on market share."

Read NPR's report and watch the Chevrolet ad and a banned 1995 Guinness ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Schick Razor Ad Campaign Compares Thick Beards To Rodents On Your Face: PHOTOS

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On the one hand, the latest ad campaign for Schick razors is pretty brilliant. They collected men with prodigious, enviable beards and had stylists and/or Photoshop artists trim, weave, and shape the whiskers into remarkably lifelike small mammals curled around the models' chins. On the other hand, they're comparing having a full pelt of face-fur to having a rodent dangling from your nose and have accompanied the ads with the tag #FreeYourSkin.

Maybe my interpretation is off, but it seems like associating a beard with an adorable fluffy animal would actually encourage men to grow them out rather than shave them off. Whatever the intent, the beards are epic and the models aren't half bad either.

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Allstate Releases Gorgeous, Emotional Ad Featuring Gay Couple: VIDEO

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Last year Allstate launched an LGBT print ad campaign with the slogan "Being visible should never leave you feeling vulnerable" which featured a gay couple holding hands.

This year they have expanded that campaign to include a stunning animated film set to "Safe in My Hands," a new single from out singer-songwriter Eli Lieb.

Says Allstate on the campaign's page: “We believe everyone should be treated with respect and without judgment no matter who they love.”

It's well worth a minute and a half of your time today.

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