Keith Brooks-Bekkestrom was attacked in a park in Oslo, Norway by two men who approached him on a bench and asked if he was gay. Brooks-Bekkestrom sais he was confused about why they asked him but replied 'yes' when they did.
The two men then proceeded to attack him and when he fought back to defend himself a third man approached and struck him in the head with a bottle. Another man who was in the park with his family came to help and the attackers fled, according to media reports.
The man helped Brooks-Bekkestrom wash his wounds in a fountain and call police.
Said Brooks-Bekkestrom to Norwegian media: "They had to sew a deep wound, so I have a pain in my head. They had to sew over my eye, and I have a wound on his arm. I do not feel safe here anymore, it will take some time."
Wrote Brooks-Bekkestrom yesterday on Facebook: "I'm very happy to report that today's hearing at the Oslo Courthouse went incredibly smoothly. The three men who attacked me were not present in the courtroom. I was required to describe the incident to a prosecutor, defense lawyers and judges, with help of an interpreter. We will see how the case continues, but I have to show my deep appreciation to Alexander Aronsen,Martin Phillip Fjellanger, Sebastian Forbes, and the American embassy representative (c/o Ashley Rainey Donahey) who were with me the entire hearing, along with Eirik Willyson, who came as well. And of course, all of you in spirit. It meant a great deal to me that you were there, and that I was not alone."
Brooks-Bekkestrom also wrote a note to Towleroad: "A lot of people have perceptions about Norway and Scandinavia being safe for LGBT people, but this illustrates that homophobia exists everywhere and that there is still much work to be done around the world."
Posted Jul. 26,2014 at 4:30 PM EST by Andy Towle in Crime, News, Norway, Oslo |
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Is the bromance becoming a showmance? Whatever we call it, the relationship between Big Brother 16 contestants Frankie and Zach (aka ‘Zankie’) continues to heat up with the two almost locking lips and confessing that they are in love with each other.
BigBrotherDish has the transcript of how things went down on the live feed:
July 25, 12:55pm, Camera 2. HoH Room. Frankie and Zach.
Zach: What up, Frankie?
Frankie jumps into bed to spoon Zach.
Frankie: I'm like falling in love with you a little bit.
Zach: Are you? I'm in love with you.
Frankie: A little bit.
Zach: I'm in love with you, without a doubt.
Check out a GIF play-by play of Zankie’s love confession and, as a bonus, watch Frankie give Cody’s butt a deep tissue massage, AFTER THE JUMP…
(GIFs via AllBBUpdates and Zankie)
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Posted Jul. 26,2014 at 3:30 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Big Brother, Frankie Grande, Gay Media, News, Television, Video |
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The folks over at “Game of Awkward” put together a re-edit of some of the more savory and suggestible male homosocial moments on Game of Thrones, paying particular attention to the relations between the men of the Night’s Watch (fear not, Peter Dinklage fans, Tyrion makes a cameo or two as well).
With an oath that requires its soldiers to take no wives and father no children, there hardly seems anything awkward about a little man on man mischief on the wall.
Watch the men of Castle Black get up close and personal, AFTER THE JUMP…
Continue reading "Gay Men Of The Night’s Watch: VIDEO"
Posted Jul. 26,2014 at 2:30 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Game of Thrones, News, Television |
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A new study released Wednesday from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law found that Texas could make $180 million if it granted same-sex couples the right to marry. KENS-5 San Antonio reports that part of the boon that could hit the Lone Star State would be attributed to an influx of couples from neighboring states where same-sex marriage is illegal:
The study predicts that more than 23,000 same-sex couples in Texas would marry within three years if the state allowed them to. The legalization of gay marriage would mean a surge in gay weddings, the study estimates, creating a nearly $15 million boost to sales tax revenue over three years. The economic impact would likely be greater if Texas extended marriage rights to gay couples ahead of neighboring states like Louisiana and Oklahoma, because the state could become a wedding destination for same-sex couples, said Christy Mallory, one of the study's authors. But chances are slim that conservative Texas lawmakers would allow same-sex marriage unless the courts force states to do so.
The Williams Institute previously found that Utah could add over $15 million to its economy by legalizing same-sex marriage. Other studies have looked at the cost of anti-gay laws and homophobia, including one recent study that estimated homophobia costs India $31 billion annually.
Still, some conservatives in Texas argue against the logic from the UCLA study:
Jonathan Saenz, executive director of the socially conservative group Texas Values, said the study used a model that wouldn't apply to Texas.
"For 10 straight years, Texas has been ranked as the top state for business. It's no surprise that Texas has also defined marriage as between one man and one woman in its constitution during these same 10 years, since 2005," Saenz said. "California, a state that performs homosexual marriages, is ranked as one of the five worst states for business in 2014. Case closed."
Mallory, however, cautioned against this reading of the statistics, saying,
“[business rankings’ take into account a variety of factors that contribute to the state's overall economy, and do not negate our findings that marriage would boost spending in the wedding and tourism industries.”
Regardless of the case for equality, the likelihood of Texas voluntarily legalizing same-sex marriage is unfortunately bleak. Just this year, the state’s Republican party (which has essentially had a monopoly on all elected statewide offices for the past twenty years) decided the best way to mitigate anti-gay language enshrined in the state party’s platform was to endorse gay conversion therapy.
Still, gay marriage may yet come to Texas despite Republican opposition. A recent poll showed that a majority of Texans support marriage equality and three judges have found that Texas' ban on same-sex marriage (passed in 2005) to be unconstitutional.
Posted Jul. 26,2014 at 1:30 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Gay Marriage, News |
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In a piece over at the loony conservative rag WorldNetDaily, columnist Carl Jackson defended Tony Dungy’s remarks that Michael Sam would be a distraction for an NFL team, saying that Dungy “had the courage to say what everyone else thought about the rookie pick.”
“Make no mistake about it: Tony Dungy is being crucified by some of his colleagues in sports media not because they disagree with him, but like Tim Tebow, because of whom and what he represents – Christ, common sense, decency and objective truth. For immoral behavior to be accepted in any culture, moral behavior as well as the source of that moral behavior (Jesus Christ) must be demonized.
Do you realize Tony Dungy has been the only NFL analyst truly “tolerant” of Michael Sam’s lifestyle, despite his Christian worldview? He’s the only national analyst that has publicly treated Michael Sam “fairly and equally.” Why? He’s judged Michael Sam based on his capabilities and not his sexuality. Isn’t this what the LGBT community claims they want – fairness and equality?
Jackson also accused the political left and their “triune gods” (minorities, women and gays) of “emasculating” the NFL as evidenced by the league's use of pink apparel for breast cancer awareness, the exhortation of an openly gay male in “an otherwise super masculine sport” and now the “demonization of a coach that epitomizes what it means to be a real man.”
To find out more on what it means to be a "real man" in Jackson's bizarre, backward world, read his column here.
[via Right Wing Watch]
Posted Jul. 26,2014 at 12:30 PM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in Michael Sam, News, Tony Dungy |
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The newly named director of player development for the New York Giants, David Tyree, a former National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spokesman who has a history of making anti-gay remarks, reportedly told Wade Davis, Executive Director of The You Can Play Project, he would support “any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way [he] could.” According to NBC Sports, Davis shared Tyree's disclosure on his blog, TheMMQB.com. Davis, a former NFL player himself, recently opened up about his experience living in the closet while being a professional football player.
Towleroad readers will remember that Tyree attracted attention for his remarks on marriage equality, saying equality would signal “the beginning of our country sliding toward…anarchy” and that it would “be the moment our society loses its grip with what is right.” A previous advocate for gay conversion therapy, Tyree also once said that, "I don't want my kids to think homosexuals are normal.”
Davis says he has engaged in an extended conversation with Tyree, one he says suggests that Tyree has already changed his views on many issues having to do with the LGBT community. Davis admits that he was not at first inclined to cut Tyree any slack for his previous anti-gay remarks. However, upon meeting Tyree at an event to educate players, coaches and management on LGBT issues, Davis was caught off guard by how he was greeted:
He approached me, introduced himself, offered his hand and said, “I want you to know I really respect what you do.” After having the opportunity to speak with David, I realized he is on a journey when it comes to understanding the LGBT community. He is evolving. Just as my mother did. Just as some of our most well-known supporters did. Just as I did.
During the current media firestorm surrounding Giants’ hiring of David, I paused to reflect on my initial resistance toward him and asked myself, Can we create the space for all individuals to evolve? […]
Let me be very clear: I am not defending the hurtful things David said in the past. Nor am I saying his journey is complete. I am strongly defending his right, his ability, and most importantly his apparent willingness to grow as a person. And I will be working closely with him to help him along on this journey. I am hopeful that the outcome will be a positive one.
I spoke with David last night, and he asked me to quote him in this piece. He said, “My interactions with Wade over the past few months are much more representative of my current beliefs toward the gay community than some tweets from several years ago. Christianity teaches us love, compassion, and respect for our fellow man, and it is in that light that I will continue to work with Wade and others to better serve the gay community. I would absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way I could. And I will continue to stay in touch with Wade to ensure I am aware of the right ways to do that.”
As I come to learn more about David and begin a deeper friendship with him, I’m going to talk to him about the serious and vile treatment that is conversion therapy—of which he has been a vocal proponent—and how those words have been the source of destruction for many LGBT individuals. But those honest and productive conversations can’t be had without first building a foundation for a relationship to rest on [...] We will be able to talk about how to support LGBT players. We will be able to talk about how his faith encourages him to be loving and inclusive of the LGBT community. We will be able to talk about why the things he has said were so hurtful to so many people. We will, simply put, be able to talk to each other despite our differences. And we will be able to support each other as we continue to do the most important work, the work that we must do on ourselves.
You can read Davis' full post on Tyree HERE.
Posted Jul. 26,2014 at 11:30 AM EST by Sean Mandell in David Tyree, Football (American), News, Sports, Wade Davis |
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