Some might say gay-dating app Grindr has its finger on the pulse of what many gay men want (and, some would argue, need). As such, the all-male social network app surveyed its users in the U.S, U.K. and Australia to find out a few of their favorite things from 2013 and what predictions they have for 2014 on a wide range of topics like, "biggest celebrity train wreck, the hottest gadget, and the next celebrity to come out of the closet."
The results are in AFTER THE JUMP...
Paralyzed Out Gay World Champion Gymnast Kalon Ludvigson Returns Home, Seeks New Rehabilitation Center
Back in October we told you about Out Gay World Champion gymnast Kalon Ludvigson and his embattled recovery after suffering an injury at a gymnastics camp that left him paralyzed. In September Kalon was moved to Craig Hospital in Colorado to seek special rehabilitative care. Now, according to an update posted to his Facebook page earlier this week, Kalon will be leaving Craig Hospital and returning home while he searches for other rehabilitation centers:
He will be leaving Craig Hospital on December 13th, and after traveling to a couple different cities, he will be returning home to Idaho, just in time for Christmas. Kalon is looking at a couple different rehabilitation centers throughout the country to possibly start in January 2014. But, that has not been finalized. [...]
Kalon is in a manual wheelchair with power assisted wheels. He is able to transfer in and out of his chair with minimal assistance. Which is a huge improvement from when he arrived at Craig.
Is there still a hope for more recovery? Sure, there is always hope! Kalon is a fighter, and hopefully he can keep his fighting spirit as times are getting tougher.
As things change and life continues to move forward, its difficult to look towards the future and know what it holds. Kalon will have to build a new house that is adaptive to his needs as a quadriplegic [...] Kalon wishes everyone a very happy holiday season and big thanks to everyone for continuing to support him!Sphere: Related Content
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases challenging the Affordable Care Act. The last time that happened, the Court determined by a bare 5-4 majority that the so-called individual mandate, the requirement that everyone has to buy health insurance or pay a tax, was constitutional. Next year, the Court will consider whether corporations can refuse to provide insurance plans that include contraception if doing so would violate the religious beliefs of those corporations' owners.
This matters, not just to those of us in need of health care and not just to those of us who work for companies run by religious people. It matters to all LGBT Americans because the scope of this particular religious exemption could affect the scopes of other religious exemptions.
The cases -- Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius -- will determine the breadth of the religious exemption from Obamacare. Unfortunately, the pretext of religious freedom has gained much traction of late in justifying continued discrimination. And this Court's conservative majority has set itself up to strike a blow against equality.
AFTER THE JUMP, I will construct the argument I expect the Court's conservatives will use to expand the religious exemption. I will show how that argument is deeply flawed. And then I will show how dangerous it is for the LGBT community.
Amidst congratulations to British diver Tom Daley on his recent coming out, Lady Gaga recently shared her feelings on the Olympics, in particular why she's advocating for a boycott of Sochi. From The Independent:
“I don’t think that we should be going to the Olympics at all,” she told Alan Carr on his Channel 4 show Chatty Man.
“I mean, I would never take anything away from [the athlete’s] hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to send money and economy in the way of a country that doesn’t support gays.”
“They pepper spray and beat them in Russia,” she added.
Despite the fact that Daley, a diver, does not compete in the Winter Olympics, she continued: “It made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in in Russia, and for the world to send their finest for the Olympics… I can’t, it just feels so wrong and sad. I hate saying that, because I’m so excited for those like Tom Daley to go and to win and to rejoice.”
Asked whether she would ever go back to the country for a visit, she said: “I don’t think I’m even allowed in anymore because I screamed ‘I’m gay, arrest me’ on stage last time I was there, so…”
Last December, amidst fears that her show would prominently feature "gay propaganda," Gaga told a crowd in Moscow, "You can be gay in my house."Sphere: Related Content
As many of you may know, come January 1 it will be legal to purchase marijuana in Colorado. Stephen Colbert, meanwhile, is none to pleased with this because, he argues, marijuana leads to that "other moral sinkhole slowly swallowing America": gay marriage.
As Colbert put its, if "you've got the munchies bad enough, you'll put anything in your mouth."
Watch Colbert discuss Satan's oregano AFTER THE JUMP...
Arguably, the LGBT-themed creative projects on Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites represent the next wave in up-and-coming queer art. So from time-to-time we'll take a look at what's currently fundraising and highlight a few projects that seem worthwhile.
While funding online projects does have its risks, each successfully funded LGBT art project has the potential to highlight the true diversity of our community while shattering outdated stereotypes about us and our passions.
See three projects worth checking out AFTER THE JUMP...