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Nick Jonas Strips Down, Does His Best Marky Mark for 'Flaunt': VIDEO

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Tuesday we offered a preview of the new Nick Jonas cover story in Flaunt magazine's 'The Grind Issue' and we knew there were more images where that came from.

Today they were unleashed upon the web.

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And just for reference, Herb Ritts' series from 1992.

More, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Nick Jonas Flaunts His Six-Pack on 'Flaunt': PHOTO

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Nick Jonas, who has been training to play a boxer in the upcoming DirecTV series Kingdom, displays the results of his training on the cover of the upcoming issue of Flaunt.

Jonas, who is pushing a new album, recently appeared at a gay NYC nightclub, and soon after told HuffPost Live that he is thrilled at the attention he receives from his gay fans:

"I love it; I'm thrilled by that. I always had a pretty strong gay fan base, having been a theater kid...That's a community that I love and have embraced, and [they've] embraced me. I love them. They're so supportive."

Allow Nick (and his abs) to give back, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Midwest Flyers Magazine Defends, Quietly Removes Use Of 'FAGS' In Safety Article

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The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) has reached out to Midwest Flyers Magazine after the magazine published a safety article by Philip Mattison entitled “The Three FAGS Checklist of Floatplane Flying Could Save Your Life!"

FAGS in this case was an acronym for “Flaps, Airspeed, Gears and Seatbelts.” And the magazine’s editor Dave Weiman defended its use as such:

"We apologize if the acronym Mr. Mattison uses for his personal pre-landing checklist offended you in any way, but he created it as a tool so he would remember it. It was not used as a slang term to mean something else, nor in a derogatory sense…

"He is dead serious about the importance of using checklists, and his article was a public confession that he made a mistake that cost him his aircraft and nearly his life… We hope that the positive and constructive use of the acronym distracts from any negative connotation that may be associated with a similar slang term. The true definition of the word according to the dictionary supports the premise that even though checklists may be tedious, they are necessary."

Nevertheless, Steven Moore, Executive Director of the NGPA responded, “There is no difference in using this word than if you were to use any other derogatory remark to reference any other minority, and it is quite disturbing.”

Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation’s Programs and Communications Fellow, Alexandra Bolles, added her thoughts on Mr. Weiman’s defense of the acronym:

“Attempting to reassign the word does not erase the harm it has caused and the power it holds for people who are LGBT. Dave's attempt to discredit and invalidate LGBT readers' responses to the article is reminiscent of the argument [that saying ‘fags’ is okay because it’s also a word for cigarettes or a bundle of sticks].”

The headline of the online article now reads "Flying On Floats or Wheels…. Checklists Could Save Your Life!" It does not include any mention of "FAGS."


POZ Magazine Celebrates 'Unsung Heroes' Living with HIV in POZ 100 List

POZ Magazine, whose motto is "Health, Life and HIV," has compiled its own 100 list this year, a la Out. POZ's reminds us that there are people all across the country who deserve recognition as "unsung hero[es] in the fight against AIDS." While these folks may not have achieved celebrity status or appeared on national news or cable, they are vital and important voices within both the HIV-positive community,and the larger communities which they inhabit. 

POZ100POZ reports:

The individuals on this year’s list may not consider themselves to be heroes, but we do. Each person—in his or her own way—is taking a brave stand against the virus. They are fighting back. They do so, not because they’re seeking glory or accolades, but because fighting back is a means to their survival. 

This year’s list is made up of 100 HIV-positive people from around the country who are committed to ending the epidemic. And because they are living with the virus themselves, they often have a unique understanding of what needs to be done and how best to do it. They know what it’s like to be newly diagnosed and how it feels to deal with HIV-related stigma and discrimination. They understand the challenges of accessing care, treatment and support. They realize that by sharing their stories, they are not only inspiring others living with the virus, but also empowering themselves and the entire HIV community.

We hope that the people we spotlight on this year’s POZ 100 inspire you as much as they’ve inspired us. They have the power and the passion to effect change in the world. Meet the 2013 POZ 100…

The list includes people representing a wide variety of races, genders, occupations, and geographic locations. Congratulations to those nominated!

Check out POZ's 100 lists from 2010-2012 as well!  


Bryan Fischer: 'New Yorker' Promoting Child Abuse with Bert and Ernie Cover

AFA spokeshater Bryan Fischer cites the debunked Mark Regnerus study on gay parenting to accuse The New Yorker of promoting child abuse with its cover featuring Bert and Ernie.

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The cover features the two muppets, who according to Sesame Street "have no sexual orientation," cuddling romantically on a couch in a darkened room in front of a TV set picturing the Supreme Court, which of course has just issued a ruling overturning the federal definition of marriage as exclusively the union of one man and one woman.

This is shameless, using figures who are iconic to children to promote sexual deviancy. And worse, it is dangerous and irresponsible.

According to the most extensive research on the subject ever done, Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas concluded that adults who grow up in homosexual households fare worse on 77 of 80 outcomes compared to children raised in an intact biological family...

(cites a laundry list of false and debunked information)

...It is thus clear from the best in social research that being raised in a same-sex environment poses completely unacceptable risks to vulnerable young children.

By promoting same-sex marriage, and using Sesame Street to do it, the New Yorker staff in effect is promoting child abuse. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Meanwhile,  Flavorwire's Tyler Coates is upset about the cover for different reasons:

First of all, the notion that Bert and Ernie are gay lovers is ridiculous, and the propagation of the narrative is a childish statement that says more about the sexually obsessed and slightly homophobic tendencies of our culture. Homophobic? Absolutely: it’s a continuation of the idea that sexuality affects personality as much as it speaks of our obsession with outing the private lives of public individuals — in this case fictional characters that most of us grew up with. “Bert and Ernie are two boys who live together! They must be gay!” In what way is that not some borderline schoolyard obsession with the idea of two dicks touching each other? It isn’t nice when it’s aggressive, and it’s certainly not cute when it’s pushed upon two fictional characters in a supposedly charming attempt to symbolize an entire community’s struggle with acceptance and equality, even if the intentions are lighthearted and fun.

Because here’s the thing: there’s nothing particularly fun about being victimized and marginalized not just by the mainstream community but also within the community to which one belongs. There’s also nothing breezy about having one’s emotions manipulated or infantilized by a national publication whose primary goal is to sell copies of a magazine. You know what kind of image would have been nice to see on The New Yorker cover? Perhaps one of actual gay and lesbian couples. Were the magazine’s designers struggling to find one that anyone might recognize? How about Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, whose relationship was at the center of the case that determined DOMA was unconstitutional in the first place? Did they need help finding one?

In related news, Gawker notes that the image on the cover, which was submitted via Tumblr, has been around for awhile, though slightly altered for the SCOTUS ruling..

The TV screen has since been modified from a grainy Obama shot to a grainy Supreme Court portrait, as you can see. But otherwise, the design and ("Innocence. Lost.") spirit are the same.

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Jared Leto in Eye-popping Pink Drag for 'Candy': PHOTO

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Terry Richardson shot Jared Leto (or is that Katy Perry?) for the upcoming issue of Candy, the magazine "celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing, and androgyny in all its manifestations" from Madrid-based editor Luis Venegas.

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