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Kentucky Activists Outraged Over Gay Conversion Billboard: VIDEO

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A billboard in Louisville, Kentucky is causing controversy because of its anti-gay message. The billboard reads: "Not everyone who is gay is happy. You have options." Sponsored by Abba's Delight, a faith-based organization which helps people "who are uncomfortable with their same-sex attractions," the billboard suggests that gay conversion therapy is possible. 

My Fox Orlando reports:

The founder of the group that created the Billboard, Daniel Mingo, denies that the ad targets homosexuality. "This specifically targets people who have same-sex attractions that are unwanted," said Mingo.

Mingo maintains that the billboard is not aimed at people whose same-sex attractions bring them happiness, but his tone is tinged with moralism. Mingo's own experience found him "[walking] away from homosexuality" based on his faith. 

Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign, is outraged by the advertisement and believes that it targets the gay community with anti-gay propaganda.

"To suggest that this organization is going to help someone is an exact obfuscation of the truth, it's the opposite; they're going to harm 90 percent of the people that walk in and out of their door," said Hartman.  "An organization like this really needs to be shut down."

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Gay Couple Shown In Bell Canada Superbowl Commercial: VIDEO

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Bell Canada is gearing up for the Olympics and making sure that you know that with their service you can catch every single moment on any device you own in any location at any time. To illustrate this point, the ad jumps from scenario to scenario, from ships to restaurants to a guy on a ski lift to a cozy living room where two men share a celebratory kiss.

Yes, right in the middle of the ad a male couple lean in for what is unambiguously a display of homosexual affection. The shot is brief, but no more so than the majority of other couples and families that the ad cycles through.

The gay kiss comes in at the 0:23 mark, and you can enjoy this little bit of inclusive marketing AFTER THE JUMP...

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London Mayor Accused Of Banning 'Ex-Gay' Group's Bus Ads To Court Gay Vote

BorisjohnsonA London Christian organization, The Core Issues Trust, was infuriated when now mayor Boris Johnson (right) banned a series of gay conversion therapy advertisements which had appeared on public transportation. Johnson, able to exact the ban because of his position as chairman of the Transport for London commission, is now being investigated after Core Issues accused him of acting "for an improper use," namely to gain the gay vote in his campaign for mayor. The Core Issues Trust ads read, "Not Gay! Ex-Gay, Post-Gay and Proud. Get over it!" and were a response to pro-gay group Stonewall's own bus advertisements carrying the familiar moniker: "Some people are gay. Get over it!"

BBC News reports:

...ruling on the charity's appeal, the Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said evidence had been produced of "an email which unequivocally states that the mayor 'instructed' TfL to pull the advertisement" just before the 2012 mayoral elections.

He said the need for examination of the role of the mayor was even greater because the email sent on 12 April 2012 "shows that the mayor's office contacted the Guardian (newspaper) immediately, apparently in order to make political capital out of the story".

Arrangements had also been made for the mayor to appear the following day at a hustings organised by Stonewall.

The judge said: "This is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs."

BusadIf Johnson is cleared of the "improper use" charge, the judge's initial decision to ban the anti-gay advertisements will stand. The Core Issues Trust is not going down without a fight, though:

Dr Mike Davidson, who leads The Core Issues Trust, said he would write to the mayor to ask for all emails linked to the ban, "current and potentially deleted", to be made available to his lawyers.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre which supported the trust, said: "In a mature democracy both sides of a debate should be heard but it seems that Boris Johnson, Transport for London and Stonewall are intent to shut down the Christian side of the debate by fair means or foul.

"It is a great relief that the Master of the Rolls has ruled to hold to account arbitrary use of the exercise of power by a public authority".

Transport for London reported that it would supply any further evidence needed in court.


New British Ad Nonchalantly References Gay Identity, Gets Slammed With Conspiracy: VIDEO

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A new advertisement for British bank NatWest walks in the shoes of a pair of identical twin sisters. They may look the same, and NatWest may take care of both of their finances, but these two are different in a few ways. To start, one is gay and the other is straight.  

The video's appearance has been troubling to some, including YouTube user Gavin Rolph whose slightly-revised upload is embedded after the jump.  

Opposing Views reports:

A YouTube user who goes by the handle of "Gavin Rolph" uploaded the video (below) and slammed it as "Blatant NWO Homosexual Social Programming." The NWO apparently stands for "New World Order.

Rolph adds several of his own anti-gay derogatory comments in texts above the ad, notes GoodAsYou.org.

After declaring "The Media is of the Devil," Rolph added a strange clip that compares Prince William and President Obama to the actor who played the devil in "The Bible" miniseries.

Ironically, anti-gay proponents often use the example of identical twins who share the same DNA, but do not share the same sexual orientation, as proof that homosexuals are not "born gay."

However, it appears that Rolph missed his opportunity.

Sometimes cute, pleasant, and inoffensive just cannot be left alone. For those viewers uninterested in conspiracy theories, the advertisement proves to be a light-hearted and simple take on homosexuality. 

Watch the sisterly love, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Epic Advertisement For Gay Portuguese Film Festival Glams Up 'Braveheart': VIDEO

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Mel Gibson and his warriors may have worn a lot of makeup in "Braveheart," but you've never seen a bunch of Scots glammed up quite like this! 

The Queer Lisboa Film Festival, running from September 20-28th, has produced a loud and proud advertisement, titled "Pride Heart," that parodies Gibson's famous pre-battle speech. But this time, there are a lot more feathers. 

Buzzfeed reports:

Every September, Lisbon hosts Queer Lisboa, “the sole Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films.”

And every year, for several years now, Queer Lisboa comes out with an epic promo video ad.

Last year, it was “The Death of the Gay Cliche.” In 2010, it was “Mister Pink,” a brilliant redo of the famous scene from Reservoir Dogs.

Now this year, William Wallace gradually gets more flamboyant (as do his charges) as he gets into his pride speech.

Watch the funny, moving, and seriously epic ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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HIV Testing Billboards Targeting Minority Communities Cause A Stir In LA

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African-Americans account for 14% of the population and half of the more than 1 million cases of HIV in the United States, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among all MSM (men who have sex with men), African Americans account for the highest number of new HIV infections. 

One advocacy group in the Los Angeles area, In The Meantime Men, is seeking to remedy that problem, and recently released a billboard ad encouraging HIV testing among African-American MSM. These billboards, up until recently, depicted two shirtless black men embracing each other, along with the slogan, "Our Love is Worth Protecting .... We Get Tested," and were strategically placed in areas with higher demographic concentrations of African American residents. However, due to recent controversy, these ads have been replaced with a much more generic alternative, which simply contains the word "HOMOPHOBIA" in bold letters with an "X" through it.  

Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, explained in an interview with the LA Times how his community responded to the group's original ads.

"The immediate reaction of the community was shock...It showed how we have commonly dealt with homosexuality in the community, which is 'Don't ask, don't tell,' a silence that doesn't condemn or affirm."

HIV TestHIV Prevention advocates argue that this mindset is one of the reasons why men in African-American communities refuse to get themselves tested. For gay and bisexual black men, advocates say that the act of getting tested might "out" them to the rest of their community, whereas straight black men might refuse to be tested for fear of being perceived as gay. Jeffrey King, executive director of In The Meantime Men, argues that this very mindset is the exact reason why the group chose to release their ads in the first place, "to address one of the key factors in why we're seeing high rates of HIV, especially among gay black men."

"Nobody wants to talk about the fact that our kids are having sex and a large part of them are gay and are having sex with each other...One of the key reasons we're seeing HIV rates as high as they are is linked to homophobia in the community."

While stigma is just one of the many factors contributing to increased infection rates, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health in Los Angeles County, has agreed that stigma does play a role in African American communities, where MSM  "suffer from stigma, discrimination, from a reduced rate of acceptance for their same-sex orientation, and they also have historically had less access to healthcare...It's been a very serious problem, and we've been aware of it for years."


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