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04/19/2007


Los Angeles Seventh Grader Makes Poignant Stop-Motion Movie In Support Of Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Scarlett Dennis, a 7th grader from Los Angeles, has created an artistic statement in support of same-sex marriage that demands to be seen. HuffPost reported on the young artist, whose minute-long stop-motion animated film, "The Story of Larry and Gerald," is a poignant and emotional call for gay rights. Larry and Gerald refuse to compromise their love, despite the protests they meet along the way, and something tells us that Ms. Dennis will be a similarly staunch advocate and ally for years to come.

The YouTube description (reportedly from Scarlett's teacher) reads:

I teach 7th grade in Los Angeles. We have just finished our semester in Health and it has culminated in Activism Projects in which the students pick a cause they care about that we have covered in class and make a creative project to inspire others to think differently and more progressively about our world. Enjoy!

Way to go, Scarlett!

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'Dumb Starbucks' Parody Coffee Shop Brews Up Four-Hour Lines in L.A.: VIDEO

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Long lines are forming at a "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop at 1802 Hillhurst in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The shop looks and feels like a regular Starbucks but the word "dumb" precedes every branded item sold there. And the whole thing feels a bit like a Banksy stunt.

Head inside the store and listen to some interviews with customers and the dumb barristas, AFTER THE JUMP...

Long lines are forming:

It has its own Twitter account which has been tweeting out photos, like this one of the menu:

Here's its legal FAQ:

Head inside the store and listen to some interviews with customers and the dumb barristas.

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Sings for Russia: VIDEO

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles uploaded a beautiful video yesterday:

One of the largest gatherings of LGBT people in Russian history occurred when the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performed in Moscow in 1999. Here's the climax of that landmark event in Tchaikovsky Hall, where tears flowed on both sides of the footlights. Watch the LGBT communities from Russia and the US unite for the first time, holding hands without fear of oppression or reprisal.

Our message to the world: We Shall Overcome.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hey Coach Jason Kreis! New York Wants A Gay Soccer Player!

Jason_kreisBY DAVID MIXNER

By 2015, New York City will have a new major league soccer team owned by the famous Manchester City. This will be the second in the area with the New Jersey Bulls playing in Harrison, New Jersey. In an announcement this month, the New York City FC presented Jason Kreis (right) as the new coach for the franchise. Now the process of picking the players and ironing out the logistics of where the team will play in NYC.

Kreis has an incredible opportunity to break the glass ceiling here in New York City. The Big Apple has never had an openly gay player in any of its major male sports franchises. While the Los Angeles Galaxy has snapped up out athlete Robbie Rogers and former World Cup German player Thomas Hitzlsperger (below) recently came out of the closet, the time has come for Major League Soccer to embrace the momentum and show the rest of the leagues the way.

T_hitzlspergerOne can't help but wonder what would happen to Hitzlsperger if he was still playing. After the Russians host the Olympics, they will be hosting the World Cup in 2018 and that will be followed by one in Qatar.

In a Guardian/Observer editorial after the German player's coming out, the paper stated:

Now, everyone agrees that a footballer's sexuality should not be a big deal in 2014, but FIFA's response still felt a little casual. Enthusiastically backing Hitzlsperger seemed like an open goal for the organisation, particularly with its recent patchy record on gay rights. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, which has introduced laws to ban gay "propaganda"; four years later, the tournament moves to Qatar, where homosexuality is still punished with a prison sentence.

There is genuine speculation that players and spectators will be vetted by a Kuwaiti-engineered "gay test" in 2022. When Sepp Blatter, the Clouseau-esque president of Fifa, was asked in 2010 about the issue, he smiled and suggested that homosexual football fans would just have to "refrain from sexual activity" in Qatar. Pushed further last June, he deflected: "What you are speaking about… this is going into ethics and morals." But venturing into these thorny areas is exactly what Fifa should be doing. After years of punishing racism with ineffectual fines, Blatter recently suggested he would be getting tough: deducting points from clubs, eliminating them from competitions. Why should homophobia be any different?

KreisThe Wall Street Journal reports on the new franchise in New York City:

"As he goes about building his first NYCFC side, Kreis will have the enviable resources of Manchester City at his disposal, including a 36-strong scouting team—14 of whom are, significantly, in South America—and the option to loan players from the Manchester City development system. But he will still need all of his powers of good housekeeping as he negotiates the MLS salary cap and a rule book that forces a competitive parity his new bosses are unfamiliar with."

The time has come for New York City to get ahead of the game! With a 36 member scouting team, surely New York City FC should be able to find one great gay soccer player. Really, it can't be that difficult. Coach Kreis has not only the opportunity to make history in New York City but to build a powerful new fan base for his club.

For heaven's sake, don't make New Yorkers go to the stadium and cheer Los Angeles Galaxy because we have no openly gay soccer player in New York. Can you imagine, Sir, how hard that will be for us?

Do the right thing from day one of this club and find a top notch openly gay player that will lead our team to victory, fill the stands with new fans and make all New Yorkers proud to wear that player's jersey.

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Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. Parodies Kmart's Joe Boxer Ad: VIDEO

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With their own version of "Jingle Bells".

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Previously...
Kmart Studs Play 'Jingle Bells' with Their Balls in New Holiday Ad: VIDEO [tlrd]

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Out Singer Sia Donating Proceeds From Eminem Collaboration To LA Gay And Lesbian Center: LISTEN

SiaSia, the out Australian belter most famous for her "Titanium" collaboration with David Guetta, has gotten flack recently for appearing on Eminem's new album.

The rapper, whose songs contain homophobic rhetoric including liberal use of the word "faggot", recently told Rolling Stone: "...the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all."

As a response to the criticism of Eminem, Sia has decided to donate proceeds from their collaboration, "Beautiful Pain," to programs benefiting homeless LGBT youth at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. 

SheWired reports:

Australia native Sia told N.Y. based D.J. and writer Keo Nozari via Twitter that she was under the impression that Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady was performance art, and a thing of the past, asserting that she does not believe that Eminem is actually homophobic. But, as AfterEllen pointed out, lyrics off of “Rap God” from The Marshall Mathers LP2 would prove otherwise with hateful sentiments like, “Break a motherf--ker’s table over the back of a couple off faggots and crack it in half,” and “You fags think it’s all a game till I walk a flock of flames off a plank, and tell me what in the f--k are you thinking.”

Sia told Nozari via Twitter, “I guess my only hope at this point is that beautiful pain will do more good than rap god does harm.” She added, “I feel powerless. I thought Slim Shady had been put to bed. Now what’s done is done on my end.”

Sia's contribution to the Lesbian and Gay Center will reportedly help support a 50-bed shelter, GED preparation and job placement, meal, clothing, and medical services, and counseling. 

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