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DotHIV Top Level Domain Generates Funding For HIV Orgs One Click At A Time

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dotHIV is the charitable top level domain that wants to generate funding for groups fighting HIV one click at a time. The “Digital Red Ribbon”, as the Berlin-based organization describes it, is designed to draw money from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) based on the number of clicks directed at domain addresses ending in “.hiv.” Every click generates a donation of 0.1¢ drawn directly from the $17/month registry fees that domain administrators pay for the ownership of their specific .hiv website.

“Imagine simply using .HIV as you use .COM. Each time you visit website.HIV, buy a ticket on movies.HIV, or shop at store.HIV, a small donation would reach HIV and AIDS projects,” explained co-founder of dotHIV and CEO of the TLD dotHIV Registry Carolin Silbernagl in a press release.

Silbernagl envisions major brands with a  demonstrated interest in raising awareness in the fight against HIV, like those involved in Product(RED), using dotHIV to generate money even when products aren’t actually purchased. Rather than creating entire websites that would exist in connection to a .hiv top level domain, administrators would be able to have the .hiv address immediately redirect a web browser to their primary domain to the same donation-creating effect.

dotHIV opened registration up to brands last week and saw immediate adoption from a number of high-traffic websites. Amazon, Instagram, tumblr, and LinkedIn have reportedly registered their respective .hiv domains, joining thjnk.hiv, a collaborative domain shared by POZ magazine and the German ad agency thjnk.

“Worldwide, approximately 35 million people are living with HIV. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people use the Internet - .hiv unites them all.” said Ina von Rosenstiel, dotHIV’s managing director. “Companies and organizations over the world can use .hiv as their ‘Digital Red Ribbon,’ as a symbol of solidarity and one that contributes to organizations helping people living with HIV.”

Watch dotHIV’s introductory explainer video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mexican State Of Coahuila Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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By a vote of 19-1, the Congress of the Mexican state of Coahuila has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote came down yesterday and, as Rex Wockner reports, Coahuila is the first Mexican state to legalize same-sex marriage through its state legislature: 

CoThe new law, which alters more than 40 parts of the state's Civil Code, takes effect in one week.

According to reports, the law says, "Marriage is the free union with full consent of two people, which has as its objective to realize community life where both [people] seek respect, equality and mutual aid, and make in a free, responsible, voluntary and informed way reproductive decisions that fit their life project, including the possibility of procreation or adoption." [...]

The law's "exposition of motives" says it "puts an end to the restrictions and limitations imposed on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, travesti, transgender and intersex community, which constitute a constitutional and international violation."

Same-sex marriage is currently also legal in two other Mexican states, the Federal District (which includes Mexico city) and Quantana Roo. Coahuila borders the U.S. state of Texas. 

Watch a Spanish language news clip on the new legislation approving same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sam Tsui, Max, and Kurt Schneider Cover 'Bang, Bang': VIDEO

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YouTuber Sam Tsui got together with Max and Kurt Schneider to cover "Bang, Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, giving the summer hit the boy band treatment.

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Brazil Presidential Candidate Reverses Support For Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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Marina Silva, who is expected to oust Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil in an October election, has backtracked on an earlier promise to support same-sex marriage, reports Yahoo! News.

In May, Brazil authorized notaries to begin approving same-sex marriages nationwide.

Silva is an ecologist and evangelical Christian who holds conservative views on abortion and same-sex marriage.  Last Friday, her campaign team published a manifesto that included a direct pledge to “back proposals defending civil marriage.” However, the following day her team sent out a “clarification” removing the word “marriage” and asserting that she will “defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.”

Blaming an “editorial error,” Silva said the text published was not the text which had been discussed.

According to Telesur, the new version of the text also substitutes the objective of “eliminating obstacles to child adoption for homo-affective couples" with demanding “equal treatment to couples who adopt.”

However, Silva reiterated that she remains “committed to the defense of the lay state, defence of personal freedom and the respect of religious freedom. The lay state is there to defend the interests of all, the interests of those who believe or do not, independent of their social standing or sexual orientation."

Although Rousseff called Silva's government manifesto “adventurous, obscurantist, and backward,” the incumbent previously backtracked on a plan to distribute anti-homophobia kits to schools.

Watch an interview with Silva, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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OutSports Founder Cyd Zeigler Talks Michael Sam And The NFL's Homophobia

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Founder of OutSports Cyd Zeigler sat down with the NFL Network to discuss the St. Louis Rams' decision to cut Michael Sam and not offer him a position on the team's practice squad. Commenting on how much Sam's sexuality has influenced his current position, Zeigler commented, “I don’t believe [Sam's] not at the St. Louis Rams because he is gay. I believe he is not in the NFL because he is gay.” You'll recall that once Sam was cut from the Rams' roster, the 31 other teams in the NFL had 24 hours to either add Sam to their roster or their practice squad. No team chose to do so, leaving Sam's prospects in the NFL uncertain. 

When asked whether the media played a role in Sam's ultimately not being offered a position by an NFL Team, Zeigler made sure to bring up the now notorious report by ESPN on Sam's showering habits in the Rams locker room:

"I think the media played a big role. Last week’s report by ESPN about his showering habits hurt him. I think that it was going so well for a few weeks in the preseason, we were just talking about Michael Sam the football player then all of a sudden last week it was a big reminder of the power of him being gay in the locker room and how much people want to talk about that. And that’s sad to me...He has to [end up on a team’s practice squad]. 

Though Sam faces an uphill battle getting on another team’s practice squad after failing to make the Rams’ squad, Zeigler believes that his talent and ability merit a spot on an NFL team: “If he is not on at least a practice squad in the next couple of weeks right now we have to say that the NFL has a big problem with homophobia."

However, Zeigler still has faith that Sam will ultimately find a place in the NFL, commenting that the organization is in his eyes, "a meritocracy” and that Sam will ultimately find a home on an NFL team for one simple reason: “Sam is too good.”

You can watch Zeigler's interview HERE


Human Rights Commission Condemns Attack On Gay Bar In New Zealand

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The Human Rights Commission has condemned an alleged violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in Wellington, New Zealand on August 22nd, reports TVNZ One News.

Steven Mawhinney, a bar manager at the Ivy Bar, said a group of men came into the venue without realising "what sort of bar it was.”

Mawhinney initially made the men leave but they returned soon after, reportedly throwing cans of alcohol at patrons.

An argument then broke out and when Mr Mawhinney tried to intervene, he was set upon by the group.

Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley said New Zealand's excellent human rights record is worthless if such blatant homophobia is still taking place.

"We value our freedom in New Zealand and that includes being able to live our lives free from fear. Respect for others is a founding principle of human rights - you don't pick and choose who deserves dignity and who doesn't."

According to Stuff.co.nz, police arrested a 23-year-old man on the night of the incident and charged him with two counts of common assault. The man was released on bail and was due to appear in the Wellington District Court last Friday.

Earlier this year, a 30-year-old Minneapolis gay man was beaten unconscious in a brutal attack after leaving a gay bar.


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