A bar in the Latin Quarter of Montréal has come under allegations of homophobia after kicking out a gay couple because a security guard spotted them kissing. As CTV News reports, Universite de Montréal student Gabriel Dion says that while many heterosexual couples were seen making out in the bar, he and his companion were singled out because they are gay:
"We started making out, and hugging each other and that's it," he told CTV Montreal.
Dion said he and the man moved into a stairway for privacy.
"We definitely know some people are not comfortable with that, especially in a straight bar, so we tried to be as discreet as possible. But then a security guard came in and just told us to leave," he said.
The bouncer wouldn't let him and the other man their get their bags before leaving, so they had to ask friends to bring the bags outside, he said.
"I definitely felt disrespected. I felt that there was a lot of prejudice, basically," he said.
However, bar owner Maurice Bourassa insists he did not kick Dion and his partner out because they were gay but rather because they “were in a staircase that's used as a fire escape and therefore must be kept clear at all times” and, according to Bourassa, “the men were conducting themselves inappropriately, with one man lying on top of the other. Their behaviour, he says, was more appropriate for a bedroom than a public place.”
You can watch a news report from CTV on the incident HERE.
Posted Sep. 2,2014 at 6:40 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Discrimination, Montréal, News |
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has announced the 3 judge panel that will hear challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada: Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald M. Gould and Marsha S. Berzon. All three were appointed by Democrats and, as Equality on Trial points out, are considered to be "some of the most liberal appeals court judges in the country":
Judge Stephen Reinhardt, nominated by President Carter, is a highly respected liberal judge, known for writing the opinion in the Prop 8 case when it came before the Ninth Circuit; Judge Reinhardt also wrote the opinion inSmithKline Beecham v. Abbott Labs, which held that a heightened level of judicial scrutiny is required for laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation, and that jurors can’t be discriminated against on that basis.
Judge Marsha Berzon, nominated by President Clinton, once clerked for Justice William Brennan, and is considered to be a solidly liberal judge. She joined Judge Reinhardt’s opinion in SmithKline as well.
The third judge on the panel is Judge Ronald Gould, also nominated by President Clinton. Judge Gould wrote the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Witt v. Dept. of Air Force, challenging Major Margaret Witt’s discharge from the military on the basis of her sexual orientation under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. That decision held that heightened scrutiny is required under the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, and it led to an eventual ruling that Witt’s discharge was unconstitutional.
The appeals court’s decisions in SmithKline and Witt had already ensured a more difficult path to victory in the cases for the state officials and groups defending the same-sex marriage bans. This panel makes it even less likely, though not impossible, the bans would be upheld.
The 9th Circuit assigns cases to judges on a random basis.
You'll recall that when the Prop. 8 case came before Judge Reinhardt, he denied a request that he recuse himself from the case because his wife, head of the Southern California chapter of the ACLU, was "an outspoken opponent of Proposition 8 and taken part in legal proceedings to overturn the voter-approved law."
The cases are set to be heard on Setpember 8th.
Posted Sep. 2,2014 at 6:07 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Gay Marriage, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, News |
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Michael Sam, who was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, looks set to join the Dallas Cowboys practice squad if he passes a physical exam, NFL.com reports:
The Dallas Cowboys plan to bring the free-agent defensive end in for a physical on Wednesday, a team source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. If the rookie passes, Sam will be added to the team's practice squad...
...The Cowboys spent Tuesday calling their own players to gauge reaction to making Sam a Cowboy. With the Rams out of the picture, Dallas looms as a solid fit for last year's SEC o-Defensive Player of the Year because of the team's 4-3 scheme and a desperate need for help on defense.
ESPN and CBS Sports confirmed the reports...
Sam's pre-season showing (2.5 sacks, including Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns) was nothing to scoff at, leading some to speculate that homophobia in the NFL was to blame for the Rams snub.
Posted Sep. 2,2014 at 5:17 PM EST by Andy Towle in Dallas, Football (American), Michael Sam, News, NFL, Sports |
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Thrill seekers will be pleased to know that Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio will be unveiling the world’s first 4-D roller coaster in 2015. What exactly does that mean, you ask? KFOR reports:
The theme park described ["BATMAN: The Ride"] as the ‘most exciting thrill ride’ in its 22-year history.
This interactive roller coaster is aimed to make riders feel like they’re flying, just like batman in Gotham City.
The world’s first one-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology features six smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips, and gives guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track.
After being lifted up 10 stories with their feet dangling, riders will then be whipped around and be flipped over and over with a tightly packed series of gravity-defying twists.
Park president Martin Bozer adds, “The unanticipated tumbling will add even more thrills as riders travel along the dipping and swirling track.”
My stomach is turning already.
Check out a concept video that demonstrates just how terrifying/thrilling the ride looks to be, AFTER THE JUMP…
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Posted Sep. 2,2014 at 5:00 PM EST by Sean Mandell in News |
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Giant rubber duckie no longer in residence in LA harbor.
$2.8 million NIH study looks at "how sexual minorities grapple with weight": “Compared with exclusively heterosexual males, heterosexual males with prior same-sex partners and bisexual males were more likely to self-perceive as overweight despite being of healthy weight or underweight,” the study found. “Compared with exclusively heterosexual females, lesbians and bisexual females were more likely to self-perceive as being of healthy weight or underweight despite being overweight or obese.”
Gay social networking app Scruff launches new feature "Benevolads" that seeks to "connect non-profit organizations that work with the LGBT community with SCRUFF’s worldwide base of more than 7 million members."
Gay Britney Spears super-fan David LeCoers gets surprise letter from Britney after giving her his own letter detailing how her music helped save him from suicide: "The letter explained how [Britney] helped me get through a real tough period in my life these past couple of months, and I wanted to end it all but she made me strong." While [Britney] had her bodyguard chase LeCoers down to get his snail mail address, he probably didn't expect a personal letter from her. But he got one, and he posted it on Instagram to share."
CeeLo Green seems to have an incredibly disturbing definition of rape.
Hollywood had a terrible summer at the box office, hitting an 8 year low.
Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani calls out conservative Italian political party for using a photograph he took to advocate against gay rights when the photograph was taken for a gay rights campaign. Toscani says the political party did not have his permission to use the photograph: "The Brothers of Italy party, which has 9 MPs in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, published a photo of two same-sex couples holding a baby to Twitter last week with the caption 'A baby is not a whim – no adoption for the gays'...According to the Local, Toscani said: 'Why would you use one of my pictures for such a thing?'"
Hacker leaks naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst and other famous females on 4chan. FBI investigates.
Time asks: "Where all the hacked pictures of men?"
Film festival entries provide a look at LGBT life in China: "What’s it like to be LGBT in China? 'I would say in big cities, like Beijing and Shanghai, people are more open. But in small towns, people are not,' says Echo Xie, a native of Beijing who has lived in D.C. since moving here a few years ago to study at American University."
Magic Mike XXL begins filming.
Laverne Cox to guest star on season 2 of MTV's Faking It, the show that follows a pair of straight high school girls who pretend to be a lesbian couple to become popular.
Map shows all the devices in the world connected to the internet.
Tom Cruise is allegedly looking for a new girlfriend again.
Joan Rivers is still on life support.
Arrow offers up new teaser trailer for season 3.
Rufus Wainwright glad he had a daughter because he “would hate to be attracted to a son”: “‘I don’t think it would happen,’ he apparently laughed in response. ‘[It's just that] when I’m old and he is 35 and gorgeous…Well he would probably look like me. And I would be like, ‘Oh my God! I’m falling in love with myself!’”
ICYMI, your weekly Male Model Monday fix.
Out lesbian country singer Chely Wright crowdfunding next album on Kickstarter.
Brad and Angelina were married in France this past weekend, despite their 2006 comments that they “[would] consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able.”
Posted Sep. 2,2014 at 4:20 PM EST by Sean Mandell in News |
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British actor and soon-to-be Cucumber star Freddie Fox stripped down to his skivvies to take the ALS ice bucket challenge, making sure to also nominate Cucumber's creator, Russell T. Davies (who also created the original Queer as Folk). Davies' latest TV endeavor follows a 46-year old man (Vincent Franklin) going through a break-up who then falls for a younger man, played by Fox. Fox also appears in the film Pride, which follows the unlikely friendship formed between miners and LGBT activists during the 1984 mineworkers strike in Britain.
Watch Fox get wet, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Posted Sep. 2,2014 at 2:19 PM EST by Andy Towle in News, Russell T. Davies |
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