26 different dogs and a cat enjoy cooling off in the Pacific after a day making a stop-motion video at Malibu Dog Training.
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Posted Dec. 13,2013 at 11:01 AM EST by Andy Towle in News, Pets |
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British boxer Amir Khan shows off his "Morning face lol :/ #beard -#tired" on Instagram.
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Posted Dec. 13,2013 at 10:58 AM EST by Andy Towle in Amir Khan, Boxing, News |
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While the GOP is spending its time on bills that would give individuals the right to discriminate against LGBT Americans, the other side of the isle has been working to end the stigma and discrimination that impact all Americans living with HIV/AIDS, gay or otherwise. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) has recently authored the "Repeal HIV Discrimination Act," which calls for an inter-agency wide review of state and federal laws targeting people living with HIV and AIDS. The Guardian reports:
His proposed federal legislation is targeted at 32 U.S. States that retain laws making it illegal to not declare HIV status to sexual partners, regardless of whether there is a risk of transmission. Thirteen of these states also criminalize non-sexual acts, such as spitting, even though transmission by saliva is now thought impossible in such cases.
Coons, a member of the Senate judiciary committee, said such policies unfairly stigmatize the disease by applying differing legal standards for people with HIV, who can still be prosecuted for deliberate transmission of the virus under other criminal laws.
"It's simply not fair that someone having been diagnosed with a chronic, treatable medical condition should automatically be subject to a different set of criminal laws," he said.
"A disturbing number of state and local criminal laws pertaining to individuals with HIV/AIDS are rooted not in science, but outdated fear. Rather than recognizing that HIV/AIDS is a treatable medical condition, these laws perpetuate the idea that HIV is a deadly weapon and people with HIV are dangerous criminals."
Additionally, the bill requires federal agencies, like the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, to review current laws and policies regarding the handling of individuals living with HIV/AIDS
The House companion bill was introduced back in May by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). While Coons says he's hoping to have a Republican co-sponsor "very shortly," congressional staff are privately pessimistic about the prospects of either bill gathering sufficient bipartisan support to make smooth progress.
Posted Dec. 13,2013 at 10:25 AM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in AIDS/HIV, Discrimination, News |
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FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly's assertion yesterday that Santa and Jesus are white were like a sack of toys coming down the chimney for Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, who noted that Kelly's statement about Santa is the official slogan of oppression:
"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable, doesn't mean it has to change."
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Posted Dec. 13,2013 at 9:54 AM EST by Andy Towle in Jon Stewart, Megyn Kelly, Santa Claus, Stephen Colbert |
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Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood is now the Vice President in Season 2 of Netflix's House of Cards, which received four Golden Globe nominations yesterday to add to its collection of PGA, WGA, and SAG award nods.
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Posted Dec. 13,2013 at 9:06 AM EST by Andy Towle in Kevin Spacey, News, Television |
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Queer Nation protested outside NBC's Sports Department holiday party outside a restaurant on East 30th street in NYC yesterday. The banner was sewn by Gilbert Baker, the creator of the Rainbow Flag.
Earlier in the day, the group hit the Today show holiday party.
The group explained its actions in a press release:
Charging that NBC is misinforming its viewers about the dire circumstances of LGBT Russians ahead of its broadcast of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, LGBT activists will demand that NBC tell the truth about Russia and its anti-LGBT laws.
“NBC has dispatched Olympic commentator Johnny Weir and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, two openly gay men, to soft-pedal the Russian government’s anti-LGBT bigotry,” said Ken Kidd, a member of Queer Nation NY, an LGBT rights group. “LGBT Russians have been vilified, assaulted, tortured, murdered, and fired from their jobs by the Russian government and by Russian thugs. It’s past time for NBC to report the facts about Russia.”
NBC, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars for the broadcast rights for the Sochi Olympics, said in a Dec. 3 statement, "As we’ve previously stated, NBC will cover all newsworthy issues as they are relevant to the Games, including the LGBT law.” The following events have transpired since then; NBC has reported on none of them:
- Dec. 5: New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli asks 10 Olympic sponsors to oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.
- Dec. 6: At his Moscow concert, Elton John condemns Russia's anti-LGBT laws.
- Dec. 8: German President Joachim Gauck declares he will boycott the Olympics over Russian human rights violations.
- Dec. 10: European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says she will boycott Olympics over Russian human rights violations.
- Violence against LGBT Russian continues unabated and Russian government does nothing.
Weir and Roberts cover the Olympics for NBC. Roberts hosted the Nov. 9 Miss Universe pageant that was held in Moscow and broadcast on NBC; in Moscow, he made comments that minimized the harm of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. Weir, who also works for the Russian consulate in New York City, has consistently praised Russia and defended one of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws at a recent appearance at Barnard College.
A story on Americablog revealed yesterday that Weir's bio claimed that he worked for the Russian consulate, a detail that was scrubbed immediately after the story came out.
The scrubbing was followed by a statement from Weir and his publicist saying that the figure skater had never worked for the Russian government.
Weir also tweeted: "I have never worked at or for a Russian consulate. I don't know where people get this stuff. XO"
Queer Nation also released a video yesterday, Olympic Jive, highlighting the Russian anti-gay laws and denouncing the IOC and its sponsors for standing by and doing nothing.
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Posted Dec. 13,2013 at 8:41 AM EST by Andy Towle in Johnny Weir, NBC, News, Olympics, Queer Nation, Russia, Sochi Olympics |
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