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04/23/2014

Eric Paul Leue On His Petition To Remove Weinstein From AHF

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In response to AHF president Michael Weinstein referring to Truvada as PrEP as a "party drug", Mr. LA Leather Eric Paul Leue created a petition on Change.org to have Weinstein removed from his position. Having drawn both commendation and condemnation for speaking against Weinstein and in favor of PrEP - with some condemnations levied at Leue more baseless than others - Leue took to Huffington Post to explain his background, his views, and why he chose to target Weinstein with a petition. His explanation is difficult to sum up in a single quote so the full editorial should be read regardless of whether one agrees with him or not, but in part:

The petition I launched is titled "Remove Weinstein." I have nothing against Weinstein as a person, nor do I mean to devalue his past achievements or the AHF in general. I simply question his role as a leader of an HIV organization and as an influential public figure on HIV issues.

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Dialogue would unite everyone over our common goal of preventing HIV transmission, providing accurate information to the public, and alleviating HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The question is: Why is Weinstein not interested in participating?

Posted Apr. 23,2014 at 7:30 PM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Truvada | Permalink | Comments (17)


NYT Reporter Jo Becker Defends Marriage Equality Book in Grilling from Ronan Farrow: VIDEO

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MSNBC host Ronan Farrow used a segment of his show to discuss NYT reporter Jo Becker's new book Forcing the Spring: The Fight for Marriage Equality which has come under heavy criticism for a narrative advocates have called absurd, distorted, and just plain wrong.

Becker is asked if she regrets any of the language she used, including comparisons of AFER's Chad Griffin to Rosa Parks, and starting the book with "this is how a revolution begins" as if the movement for marriage equality began when AFER took up the Prop 8 case.

Becker regrets none of it.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Apr. 23,2014 at 7:00 PM EST by in Books, Gay Marriage, Jo Becker, News, Proposition 8, Ronan Farrow | Permalink | Comments (12)


Five Hasidic Men Arrested for Beating of Gay Black Man in Brooklyn

In December we reported on the beating of Taj Patterson, who told police he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic men on the way home from a night out partying in Brooklyn. The case was originally investigated as a bias attack.

PattersonToday, five Hasidic men were arrested, the NY Daily News reports:

Aharon Hollender, 28, Abraham Winkler, 39, Mayer Herskovic, 21, Pinchas Braver, 19, and Joseph Fried, 25, were charged with gang assault and other counts, but not with any hate crimes, authorities said Wednesday.

“We simply cannot allow anyone walking on the streets of Brooklyn to be knocked to the ground, stomped and brutally beaten,” said Brooklyn district attorney Kenneth Thompson.

The group, at least two of whom belonged to a volunteer patrol called Shomrim, were looking for someone who vandalized cars in the area and stopped Patterson, prosecutors said.

Even though the vandalism report was unfounded, they allegedly started pummeling the victim, authorities said.

The men reportedly yelled "Stay down, faggot" as they beat the victim. Patterson suffered a broken eye socket, a torn retina, and cuts and bruises.

Posted Apr. 23,2014 at 6:28 PM EST by in Crime, New York, News | Permalink | Comments (27)


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1565

BRYAN FISCHER: It's "inexcusable" that the U.S. does not have Russian-style anti-gay laws.

LILY ALLEN: "Sheezus".

STRIKES: Where 26 asteroids recently hit Earth.

LEVI MICHAELS: Adult film actor answers questions.

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Posted Apr. 23,2014 at 5:30 PM EST by in News, Towleroad Guide to the Tube | Permalink | Comments (6)


News: Martin Ssempa, Tom Hardy, George Takei, Ohio

RoadCould anti-gay Ugandan pastor Martin "eat da poo poo" Ssempa be charged under the country's anti-homosexuality law?

2_kissRoadHow much gay sex should a novel have?

RoadPeople magazine actually chooses a worthy 'Most Beautiful Person'.

RoadGeorge Takei to be honored at GLAAD Awards; Kylie Minogue to perform: "Takei will receive GLAAD's Vito Russo Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality."

RoadOhio ballot measure to overturn gay marriage ban approved to begin gathering signatures: "The Ohio Ballot Board agreed Tuesday that the proposed 'Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment' contains a single constitutional amendment, clearing the way for the effort to move forward."

RoadReligious right says poll limited to Republicans shows 'American people' oppose marriage equality: "Two conservative groups are pushing back on moves by the GOP to drop opposition to same-sex marriage from party platforms, releasing a poll of base voters taken last month that found in favor of defining marriage 'only' as between a man and a woman. The poll, commissioned by groups led by conservatives Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins, runs counter to a wide variety of opinion polls that show movement on the question of same-sex marriage, with more voters favoring it than opposing it."

RoadHere's the first set photo from Pitch Perfect 2.

FrancoRoadIs James Franco corrupting art?

RoadThe governor of Nigeria's Delta state warns of gay teen cult: "Uduaghan told worshipers at Warri’s First Baptist Church that gay youths aged 16 to 18 were renting rooms in apartments close to Enerhen Junction and prostituting themselves to men through the cult. ‘These are our sons and men come to sleep with them,’ Uduaghan said, according to Nigerian media."

RoadMarried lesbian 'throuple' in Massachusetts expecting first child together: "Doll, 30, and Brynn, 32, had been together for 2-and-a-half years when they decided to spice up their relationship with an additional partner."

RoadAP: GOP activists pushing party on gay marriage.

RoadCould a deadly asteroid be coming soon? "None of the 26 asteroids in Brown's data was big enough to destroy a city, because of their size and composition and because all exploded high in the atmosphere. But Lu says this database of harmless asteroids can be extrapolated to shed light on the frequency of their fearsome cousins. The results suggest that a city-killer strikes once a century, though Lu says he wouldn't be surprised if the true rate were actually less worrisome, perhaps once every 150 or 200 years or less frequent still."

RoadSeann William Scott's t-shirt can't contain him.

HardyRoadTom Hardy nervous about playing Elton John: "I can’t hold a tune to save my life.”

RoadSouthern Baptist pastor compares resisting gay marriage in the church to resisting slavery in the South: "Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1861," said Greear at the ERLC summit. "And back then, I'm sure the politically correct people were like, 'You're just creating a lot of waves that are unnecessary, just preach the Gospel.'"

RoadPoll disappoints scientists: "About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright disbelieve that the earth is warming, mostly a result of man-made heat-trapping gases, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old or that life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection, though most were at least somewhat confident in each of those concepts. But a narrow majority — 51 percent — questions the Big Bang theory."

RoadGay Indian student granted asylum in Australia: "When the man last ­returned to his home city of ­Hyderabad in India in 2011, he claimed that his father locked him in a bedroom and pressured him to enter into an arranged marriage. He alleged that his male cousins also assaulted him, twisting his nose and holding a knife against his throat. The student claimed that he was also threatened by a local Islamic cleric. The student escaped his family home with the help of a female friend. He hid in her house until he got a return ticket to reach Australia."

Posted Apr. 23,2014 at 4:01 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (13)


Pew Looks at Global Views on the Morality of Homosexuality

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Pew has released a new survey that looks at global attitudes on eight topics often discussed as moral issues, homosexuality among them.

The survey found that homosexuality, along with gambling and extramarital affairs, were the three issues deemed “morally unacceptable” by the largest number of respondents.

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 11.11.19 AMPew reports:

Half or more in most of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable. Nine-in-ten or more hold this view in seven nations. However, Europeans are much less likely to say homosexuality is unacceptable – this is especially true in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Britain, and Italy, where about 20% or fewer express this opinion.

In the United States, 37% of respondents believe that homosexuality is “morally unacceptable,” 23% believe it is “morally acceptable,” and 35% believe homosexuality is not a issue of morality.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey also found that Republicans are more likely to view many of these issues as unacceptable.

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 11.13.24 AMThere are partisan divides in the U.S. on 5 of the 8 questions between Republicans and Democrats. This tracks with each party’s views on social issues, with Republicans generally considered more socially conservative and Democrats as more socially liberal. For instance, while 68% of Republicans believed that abortion is morally unacceptable, only 39% of Democrats said the same. Similar gaps appeared on the issues of homosexuality, premarital sex, and divorce. There was a smaller partisan gap on extramarital affairs, with little partisan differences on gambling, contraceptives, and alcohol — all of which are generally seen as morally acceptable or not a moral issue by Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

Check out all the survey's findings here

Posted Apr. 23,2014 at 3:25 PM EST by in News, Polls | Permalink | Comments (5)



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