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WATCH: Toronto's LGBT Water Polo Team Strips Down And Gears Up For Stockholm Eurogames

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Toronto’s LGBT Triggerfish Water Polo team released a promo video featuring teammates in and out of their skivvies and in drag ahead of the 2015 Stockholm Eurogames on Aug. 5-9. The team, which is composed of both men and women, is set to play multiple daily matches throughout the competition, and the team intends on claiming victory.

The video, which centers around various teammates meeting up for practice, has everything you could ask for from teammates in campy drag to gratuitous shots of male players changing into speedos; the Triggerfish team has all their angles covered.

Watch the team in action, both in and out of the pool, AFTER THE JUMP...

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What to Do on a Weekend in Montreal Outside the Gay Village: TRAVEL

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Montreal’s Gay Village has boys, booze, and clubs open past dawn. But if you want to start your mornings with legendary Montreal bagels and end your night at a lo-fi electro dance party before drifting home, spend a weekend in Montreal’s Mile End. It’s laid-back and welcoming to LGBT tourists and the tattooed, bike-riding, book-toting, locally-sourced goodness might have you wanting to stick around just a little longer.

Friday night:

Dine at Sparrow (5322 St-Laurent) for high-end pub fare by way of India and Morocco. The space feels like a British living room owned by a family of adventuring rugby player explorers circa 1930. If the weather isn’t cooperating, curl up on the windowside sofas and linger with a drink from a menu that repeatedly tops Montreal’s best cocktail lists. IMG_2362

Afterward, head to the Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC). It’s not in Mile End, but the museum’s Les Nocturnes du MAC, on select Fridays throughout the year, are worth the trip. Check out French artist Sophie Calle’s Voir la mer, a short film capturing people’s first time seeing the sea, take a guided tour of the museum’s collection, hit the bar, and enjoy the DJs and video installations. This year’s Nocturnes are scheduled for April 10, June 16, and November 6.

Saturday:

Hit up one of Mile End’s two Montreal-style bagel shops, St-Viateur or Fairmount (263 St-Viateur and 74 Fairmount—both have their rabid acolytes), or grab a bag of croissants at Boulangerie Guillaume (5132 St-Laurent). Get your carb fix during an easy hike to the top of Mont Royal, the city’s namesake peak and Mile End’s neighbor, for perfect views out over the city and the St. Lawrence River.

7651417566_974f545ee0_zIf you went too hard Friday night (the Gay Village is, after all, a short walk from MAC) or don’t feel like hiking, spend the day gallery hopping. Galerie Yves Laroche (6355 St. Laurent), Occurrence (527 Av. Du Parc), Galerie d’Avignon (88 Laurier O), Articule (262 Fairmount O), and Centre Clark (5455 Av. de Gaspé) feature installation, performance and traditional work. At Monastiraki (5478 St-Laurent) you can pick up antiques and knick-knacks, or grab super-affordable limited edition prints and works on paper.

More on Saturday, and Sunday, and an extra tip, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Activist Bill Whatcott Leaves Canada To Bring Hate To The Philippines: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Christian activist Bill Whatcott has moved to the Philippines after claiming that he was forced to leave Canada.

Last year, Whatcott and fellow wingnut Peter LaBarbera were arrested at the University of Regina, Canada for displaying materials the university described as "graphic" and against the institution’s policy.

Whatcott was also sued after he claimed that LGBT activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system.

Praising his good works in the name of god, Whatcott said:

“My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future. Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.

“I have pretty much given the last quarter century of my life to fighting for a Judeo Christian vision for Canada, especially in the areas of life, sexuality and family.

“While the path I chose was somewhat controversial, devastating to my secular career prospects in Canada, and indeed a path that rendered me a pariah in the eyes of many, I am quite happy with some of what I accomplished.   

“My efforts in defending Canada against the homosexual onslaught has been less successful in my view, perhaps more costly on a personal level, though these efforts have not been completely in vain.”

Whatcott estimates he handed out at least half a million anti-gay fliers in Canada since 2002. This material claimed that public schools were enabling the “recruitment” of children. One pamphlet said that children would be taught “how wonderful it is for two men to sodomize each other.”

Watch The Daily Show rip the piss out of Whatcott in 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Feel Free to Call This Sweater 'Gay' Because It's Made from 100 Percent Homosexual Hair: VIDEO

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This sweater is so gay.

You can totally say that, because this sweater is here to teach you a lesson.

SweaterActivists at the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity created this garment out of 100% homosexual hair from more than 100 people. It's making its debut during Toronto Fashion Week.

"The idea for the sweater was born from a desire to educate and encourage everyone to use 'gay' the correct way," said Jeremy Dias, director of the CCGSD. "We want the conversation that surrounds the gay sweater to inspire those who are using 'gay' in a detrimental way to both realize the negative impact their words and actions are having and change their behavior."

Watch how the sweater was made and see people on the street react, try it on, and express their delight or disgust, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Canadian Gay Teen's Father Describes Son's Coming Out As 'Worse Than Death'

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A Canadian gay teenager has received an outpouring of support online after he posted screenshots in which his father allegedly described the news of his son’s coming out as “worse than death,” reports The Independent.

The screenshots of messages, which 15-year-old Tyler says his father sent via Facebook, say the teen had brought “shame and embarrassment” on his family and should “stay away.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 10.00.57The messages continued:

"You embarrass me from all the people I knew. I'm going to puke. Whatever you do it reflects on me. People will ridicule me, insult me, and I might turn out to be a criminal. I have enough of all this b******t.

"You are trying to ruin me. This is worse than death.

"You f**k!!!

"We took care of you since you were a baby. We loved you, took care of you when you’re sick. Lost many days and nights in all your fifteen years. Now this is what we get in return, shame and embarrassment.

"'If only you didn't reject God and His teachings in your life you could have been strong enough to stay from evil and scum that surrounds you.

"Stay away."

Of his father’s unbelievable reaction, Tyler wrote:

"My dad’s reaction to me coming out. Can’t even say it to my face.

"This is terrible please find someone in your life who cares, they’re there I promise.

"This physically hurts to read wow."

However, Tyler has received support from people on social media who have shared and commented on his story.

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 10.01.17Although Tyler’s mother and sisters have been supportive, he has not spoken to his father since the homophobic tirade.

"I haven't heard from my father at all. I moved out to my aunts' house a few weeks after he sent the messages.

"He sent them a week after I came out during December, and I haven't spoken to him since then. The rest of my family were kind of blown away by how much attention [the screenshots] have drawn.

"I initially just posted them in anger and disappointment to my Tumblr blog because that is usually where I vent and rant about stuff. I never thought that it was going to [escalate] like this."


New PrEP Studies Show 86% Reduction In HIV Transmission Rates, Even As 'On-Demand' Treatment

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Truvada taken as an HIV preventative is shown to be an incredibly effective way of stopping the spread of HIV. In 2014 the iPrEx OLE study showed that when taken between 3 and 7 times a week, seroconversions were close to 0%. A new study from Britain called PROUD has come out with some slightly different numbers, but numbers that are still encouraging: 86% of the men studied were protected by a Truvada regimen. Not as great as 99.99%, but still a good notch better than the 76% offered by condoms alone. Naturally, the best results are achieved when multiple prevention tools are used in tandem, and condoms plus PrEP make for an even more solid barrier.

Here's where things get interesting: the IPERGAY study out of Canada and France showed that the 86% efficacy can be achieved even when taken "on-demand", which is defined here as once 2 to 24 hours prior to sex and once after.

These "on-demand" results could completely change everything, as both cost and potential side effects are some of the biggest concerns voiced against Truvada. The cost per pill is still somewhere in the neighborhood of $50, unsubsidized, so it's still not within everyone's reach, but being able to drop $100 without insurance for a preventative measure broadens the reach far beyond the standard of uninsured or underinsured people going without because they can't pony up $3k+ for a month's supply. Also, while the side-effects of the pill are minimal and typically reversible, just two pills could provide the needed benefit without being enough to make most of those side effects kick in.

Stand by for Michael Weinstein to rehash his accusation that Truvada is a party drug...though if Truvada is a party drug, does that make condoms party balloons?


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