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13-Year-Old Arrested for Attack on Cleveland Gay Bar, Possibly its Patrons: VIDEO

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Last week we reported on a gay man beaten by a group of youth outside the Cocktails Lounge gay bar in Cleveland. Jared Fox was sliced by his glasses, his eardrum ruptured, and his face bloodied and bruised.

CocktailsNow, a 13-year-old boy is under arrest after the bar released surveillance video showing a large group of youths targeting the bar by throwing rocks, some the size of small canteloupes, over the fence at its patrons, FOX8 reports:

“I kicked open the gate and I ran out when I ran out all the kids scattered,” [bar patron Ric] Scardino said.
He said two kids came back and confronted him.

“The one with the white shirt had a broom in his hand and he told me what he was gonna do with; he was gonna beat me with the broom and what he was gonna do to me with the broom afterwards,” he said.
That’s when Scardino pulled out his mace.

“They thought this was a gun. They saw the black and they said the (bleep)’s got a gun and they took off running,” he said.

Police are trying to determine if the 13-year-old was involved in both incidents. However, Scardino says there have been at least three other attacks.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stoli Struggles To Rebuild Its Relationship With The Gay Community

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In the wake of human rights violations taking place in Russia, many LGBT rights advocates have chosen to focus their outrage and efforts towards a boycott of Russian vodka, perhaps the most noteworthy of these being the brand Stolichnaya. Previously, protesters have dumped Stoli vodka in the streets as well as interrupted an event sponsored by Stoli in New York City. Stoli's parent company, SPI, has already spoken out against Russian anti-gay laws and expressed its support of the international and Russian LGBT communities.

Now, Stoli is attempting to go even further to quell the animosity built up within the LGBT community. Joe. My. God. recently published a press release sent by Gay Cities, which had this to say:

"In lieu of the national Stoli boycott by some in the LGBT community, GayCities has convinced SPI (Stoli's parent company) to donate $5 for each person whom RSVP's and attends The Most Original Stoli Guy Live in San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas and D.C. The participating charities include local chapters of Equality CA, Equality Texas and the HRC, all whom will be present at the events to accept the donation. GayCities is currently in discussions with SPI to select an international beneficiary that works directly in affecting change for LGBTs in Russia. The organization will be revealed live at The Most Original Stoli Guy finale, which GayCities will stream live from NYC this September."

Original Stoli GuyUnfortunately, the above statement may have been released a bit prematurely, since many of the advocacy organizations listed above are now denying any partnership with Stoli for this promotion. Joe. My. God. subsequently published these statements. First, there's Equality California:

"Equality California denies participating in this promotion and says they never even responded to the publicist who sent the above press release. "

Next comes the HRC:

"The Human Rights Campaign is not participating in The Most Original Stoli Guy events and is not accepting any donations related to these events or otherwise from Stoli. The press release indicating our participation was flat out wrong and the event organizers have unfortunately not provided any information to substantiate their claim."

Finally, we have Equality Texas:

"Equality Texas does not have any relationship with Stoli Vodka or GayCities. We do not have local chapters, and we have no involvement in the Dallas event planned for August 17th. Equality Texas would not accept donations from Stoli."

It seems as though Stoli and SPI have a lot more work to do if they wish to be in the good graces of the gay community. 


NEWS: Weiner Mistress, Zimmerman Juror, Kidnapping Sentence, Gaga, Backtreet, More Boycotts, Mind Control

Road Leathers InterviewUS Citizenship and Immigration Services posted an FAQ page for those looking for answers on same-sex marriage, and how the recent ruling on DOMA affects petitions and benefits for same-sex spouses. 

RoadSydney Leathers, one of the women with whom Anthony Weiner engaged in expicit exchanges online, tells Inside Edition that she feels "manipulated"

RoadWhen asked about his newborn nephew, Prince Harry promises to "make sure he has fun". Given some of his prior escapades, we're not sure whether to be supportive or worried.

RoadAriel Castro, abductor of the three women in Cleveland who escaped earlier this year, plead guilty to charges of rape and kidnapping, among others. As part of a plea deal, Castro has agreed to serve life in prison without parole, and all of his assets will be forefited. Said Castro: "I knew I was pretty much going to get the book thrown at me."

RoadZimmerman juror B29 gives an interview to ABC News, and agrees that he "got away with murder"

Road The cast and crew of Glee gather to hold a memorial service for Cory Monteith. Those in attendance include Ryan Murphy, Lea Michele, Harry Shum, Dianna Agron, and Jacob Artist. Glee will also be airing a tribute episode to Monteith this season. 

Road Lars Von Trier released some VERY work-unfriendly teaser materials for his upcoming film Nymphomaniac. Let's just say that Shia LaBeouf is doing everything to leave his family-friendly, post-Disney reputation behind. 

Road Lady Gaga will reportedly be releasing her first single from ARTPOP at the MTV VMAs.

Road Adult entertainment entrepreneur and gay news columnist Michael Lucas comes out as HIV-negative and as a user of theantiretroviral drug Truvada in Out magazine. He also asks why the drug and other forms of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) aren't playing a larger role in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 

Road  Dump StoliThe Backstreet Boys debut their new song "Make Believe".

Road New Jersey United for Marriage held a launch rally for its campaign to bring marriage equality to the Garden State. They were joined by "Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action Fund, American Unity Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, and Garden State Equality." 

Road Garrett Hedlund reportedly passes on the chance to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation for Fifty Shades of Grey, since he did not want to be locked into a trilogy. He's not the first young leading man to turn down the role, either. 

Road A man reportedly broke into Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's car and tried to steal their iPads. Police were called and were able to retreive the stolen items. 

Road Gay bars in San Francisco are currently participating in a boycott on Russian vodka to protest the country's recent human rights atrocities. The most recent of these bars are Hi Tops and Moby Dick Bar

Road The Lincoln Memorial has been vandalized with green paint

Road Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being held thanks to allegations that plotted attacks with the help of Hamas

Road Scientists at MIT have reportedly found out how to create artificially implanted memories, and have already successfully tried it out on mice. 


Texas Bar Changes Ownership, Kicks Out Gay Patrons: VIDEO

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The Red Room opened as a gay bar in Austin, but according to former bartender Josh Moon the new owners decided they wanted to re-identify as a straight bar. Last Friday, they began kicking out gay people.

According to Moon, he and the other bartenders were told that Red Room is no longer a gay bar and he allegedly overheard a security guard explicitly telling potential customers, "This is not a gay bar anymore, you're not welcome. You can't come in."

The owners of Red Room, speaking through a lawyer, claimed that a private party who had rented out the bar for the night were the ones who made the "no gays allowed" decision, something they had a legal right to do, though a Facebook invite for the event called it a "Grand Opening", not a private function. 

Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification is illegal in Austin under City Code § 5-2-4 subsection (B), and thus could result in legal trouble for the bar if they are found to be in violation. A video of the news report from KHOU can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mexico Elects First Gay Mayor In Rough Northern State

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Benjamin Medrano, a 47-year old singer and gay bar owner, has been elected Mayor of Fresnillo, a city in Mexico's northern Zacatecas region known for drug violence, ten gallon hats and heaping amounts of Machismo, the AP reports:

"Somewhat? Very machisto, I would say," Medrano says of his region. "I am going to be mayor of a township (roughly equivalent to a U.S. county) where there are 258 villages full of tough country people, who don't necessarily have much information on what's happening elsewhere, and have even less of an automatic sympathy with their gay mayor."

"But," he notes," It's not like I'm going to paint city hall pink, either."

Gay rights groups in Mexico heralded Medrano's win as an important step forward for the country. Though many high ranking elected officials have been rumored to be gay, Medrano is the highest profile openly gay politician to be elected to office to date. Concerned by the turf war that has grown increasingly bloody in Zacatecas, Medrano campaigned on a public-safety platform that would increase cooperation between federal and local police while also trying to root out corrupt cops bought off by the cartels.

Though gay rights causes, including the legalization of same-sex marriage, have advanced in Mexico as of late, Medrano is not always in lockstep with other Mexican LGBT advocates and activists:

A Roman Catholic, [Medrano] says "I wish the church had a different view, but I cannot go against doctrine ... I respect my church, and I don't want to dig any deeper beyond what's permitted and what is appropriate."

"I'm not in favor of gay marriage, I don't share that view, because we are still very small town ... in short, we're not prepared, in my view," he said. "Not yet, anyway, because we have strong roots in our religion, and in our customs."

But he criticizes gay politicians who refuse to come out, saying he's "very proud to be the first openly gay mayor in this country."

Some speculate that Medrano's more conservative stance on gay rights issues along with his reputation as a respected singer helped him garner the favor of the people of Fresnillo.

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Barcelona Bars Raided During Pride

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Pride ended poorly for the patrons of La Bata de Boatiné and El 23, two bars in Barcelona, Spain. At 3am on June 29th the gay bar La Bata de Boatiné was raided by about 20 Mossos, the civilian police force, as they broke down the door to the bar. According to News Vine, the Mossos wore bulletproof vests and masks but no identification, which is illegal in Spain. The Mossos in turn only asked for the ID of the bar owner, Miquel, and performed a cursory search for drugs with a police dog, which found nothing. Customers found the raid to be unecessary and violent, and done only to intimidate. Miquel told the El Diario newspaper: 

[...]he believes the tactics used by the agents were due to "homophobia" otherwise "it makes no sense to have all this police presence just to ask me for a document," especially when the bar passed a city inspection only four months ago.

The night went even worse for El 23, the straight bar next door. One of the patrons, Sergi Boal, complained loudly during the raid and as a result was kept in the bar as the rest of the patrons were escorted out. When left alone with the Mossos, things allegedly turned violent as Boal was then grabbed by the throat, called cowardly scum, and beaten until the thought he "was going to die." They examined the contents of his wallet and then left. It is suspected that because El 23 shares an address with La Bata de Boatiné that the Mossos thought it was a gay bar as well. This suspicion is supported by one of the Mossos calling one of Boal's friends a "maricón," which as we learned from the holy Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez is a slur that generally translates as "faggot." Across town other gay bars such as El Cangrejo were the victim of similar raids.

El Diario's sources at the Mossos and at the city police force Guardia Urbana say that these incidents were routine and merely a coincidence that they happened at a bunch of gay bars during Pride. Barcelona city counselor Mercè Homs offered a weak "apology" for any "inappropriate attitudes." Bar owners are considering legal action and liberal political parties are asking for investigations. The Mossos would do well to look at the history they are repeating that happened at Stonewall or, more recently, The Rainbow Lounge and the fallout that they may well be bringing down on their own heads.


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