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Surprising Study Finds Gay, Bi Teens More Likely To Get Pregnant Than Straight Peers

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A study survey of 10,000 New York City teens over the course of three years revealed that gay and bisexual teens are twice as likely to get pregnant over their heterosexual peers reports nydailynews.com. The survey study conducted through the Center for Disease Control measured sexual orientation in two different ways: how an individual behaves sexually and how an individual labels their sexuality. 

The study found that women who identify as bisexual or lesbian, along with women who chose not to label their sexuality but admitted to sleeping with men and women, were more likely to experience a pregnancy than the 14.3 percent of heterosexual female students and 10.8 percent of heterosexual male students who experience one. The same results apply to men who identify as gay, bisexual or admit to sleeping with both men and women. 

It's unclear why the rates are higher among LGB youth however, the possibility of LGB youth hiding their true orientations through entering heterosexual relationships combined with a lack of proper sexual education is listed as a possible reason for the higher LGB youth pregnancy rate.


Federal Judge Again Tosses Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Airline Over Sex Toy Taped To Luggage

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A federal judge has again thrown out a gay couple's lawsuit against United Airlines alleging that a baggage handler removed a sex toy from their bag and taped it to the outside to humiliate them. 

Last week we told you how the lawsuit from Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger was finally headed to trial four years after the incident. But after three days of testimony, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt granted summary judgment to the airline. 

The Houston Chronicle reports: 

Hoyt decided that the plaintiffs never proved their case, which remains a "whodunit," the judge noted, because no one with TSA or United was revealed as the definite perpetrator in the mystery of the rifled and manipulated bag.

"If you have two operatives and you do not eliminate one of those operatives by clear and convincing evidence, then you cannot go to judgement. There's nothing to submit to the jury – especially in light of the fact that you didn't sue both of them," Hoyt explained from the bench.

"You have not presented clear and convincing evidence that TSA did not handle these bags and cause the situation that occurred. … In fact we know TSA handled these bags. We know that they scan them and in many instances they go into bags."

The couple's attorney says he plans to appeal Hoyt's decision. Hoyt initially threw out the case in 2012, only to have it reinstated by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In case you're wondering, United Airlines maintains a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.  


Gay Couple's Lawsuit Against Airline Over Sex Toy Taped To Their Luggage Finally Heads To Trial

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Four years after baggage handlers removed a sex toy from a gay couple's luggage and taped it to the outside of one of their bags, their federal lawsuit against Continental Airlines is finally going to trial this week. 

The Houston Chronicle reports: 

Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger filed the suit after a trip to Costa Rica in May 2011. They returned to the United States on a Continental flight through Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, cleared customs and rechecked their bags for the domestic trip home to Norfolk, Va.

Upon retrieving their belongings, they discovered an unexpected object taped between the zipper of one piece of luggage: A purple sex toy. The Virginia couple's 2012 federal lawsuit, filed in Houston, alleges that the device had been removed purposefully from the duffle and slathered with a greasy, foul-smelling substance to embarrass them. The petition claims the airline's baggage handlers intentionally inflicted emotional distress and invaded their privacy by searching through their luggage.

Reports about the incident, with many featuring photos of the sex toy, went viral after the couple's lawsuit was filed. From an NBC News story in 2012: 

Onlookers began laughing when they saw the bag, causing the men severe emotional trauma, according to the lawsuit.

Bridgeman speculated an airline employee went through the bag — which was closed with a simple zipper — found the sex toy, saw that it belonged to a man and decided to humiliate the owner.

“I absolutely, fervently believe that this was intentional,” Bridgeman, 34, told NBC News. “It was very sick and it was very wrong and it was just maliciously taped to the top and targeted because we’re gay.”

A district judge initially dismissed the case, but it was reinstated by an appeals court. Continental's new parent company — United Continental Holdings — has continued to unsuccessfully attempt to get it thrown out. From the Chronicle:  

The lawsuit claims that Bridgeman and Borger "experienced extreme shock and horror" when they saw their toy exposed and "when observing the surprised and/or laughing faces of numerous onlookers in the baggage claim area."

The men, who are in their 30s, claim that they experienced "such a high degree of shock and embarrassment that they felt compelled to call two friends to come to the airport to assist them."

According to court records, Bridgeman, a real estate agent, and Borger, an architect, report that the incident caused them severe emotional distress that resulted in anxiety, paranoia, sleeping difficulties and body weight fluctuations.


Dan Savage Makes A Compelling Argument Against Sexual Monogamy on StarTalk: WATCH

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In his many years of doling out frank and sex-positive relationship advice, there’s one idea that Dan Savage has repeatedly revisited in the hopes of making his fans’ love lives better: human monogamy just isn’t all that natural. So many couples struggle with the fact that sexual desire for other people doesn’t just go away once they enter into committed monogamous relationships. The issue, Savage reasons, stems from the fact that most societies have failed to differentiate between social monogamy and sexual monogamy. In the latest episode of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, Savage outlines how historically we’ve held human sexuality up to unrealistic standards that have done more harm than good.

“All of these birds we used to look to and think ‘why can’t we be monogamous like birds,” Savage lays out. [We assumed] they would mate for life and we would measure our failure as humans to live up to the standards set by these damned birds. Well along comes genetic testing and we find out that these birds are screwing around with each other constantly.”

Listen to more of Savage’s interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson and get Bill Nye's take on the evolution of human sexuality AFTER THE JUMP...

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Internet Tells Instagram: #FreeTheEggplant, After Social Network Decides It's a Bit Suggestive

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A recent update to Instagram’s search functionality gave users the ability to turn hashtagged emoji into platform-wide queries.

Emoji, for the folks unfamiliar with the popular symbols, are little sticker-like icons that are basically a step up from old-school emoticons. Now, for instance, if you wanted to search for pictures that had been captioned with smiley faces, salsa dancers, or sushi, you can plug those corresponding emoji into Instagram’s search bar and get back results.

Interestingly enough, though, of the dozens of emoji that you can ask Instagram to search for one of the most popular symbols is conspicuously missing--the purple eggplant.

Many emoji, like words, have come to carry multiple meanings that might not immediately be obvious. A cup of tea, for example, isn’t always just a cup a tea--it can also refer to (spilling) tea or to the popular internet meme featuring Kermit the Frog sipping Lipton. The purple eggplant, commonly used to make jokes about sex, has become synonymous with penises. Fans of the eggplant suspect that Instagram’s removed it from the list of searchable emoji in an attempt to keep adult content off of the platform, or to at least make it more difficult to search for.

Naturally, Instagram users are fighting back in the way that makes the most sense: flooding Instagram with eggplant emoji. Styled after #freethenipple, a widespread internet campaign urging social networks from censoring pictures of women’s nipples, #freetheeggplant wants to do the same for the digital aubergine. While the campaign may seem a bit silly--remember, this isn’t about bringing more penises to Instagram--the underlying message about the censorship of peoples’ bodies is a worthwhile one.

(h/t Bustle)


Two Denver TSA Agents Fired For Conspiring To Feel Up Good Looking Passengers

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Two TSA agents posted at Denver International Airport have been fired after it was discovered that they had worked out a scheme allowing one of the agents to grope unsuspecting male passengers as they passed through security checkpoints. TSA authorities were first alerted to the situation earlier this year thanks to an anonymous tip. An investigation of the two agents revealed that a clever--though troubling--system where the male agent would identify male passengers he found attractive at which point his female accomplice would flag them to be pulled aside for pat-down inspections.

During its investigation of the pair, TSA officials observed the male agent patting down unwitting passengers’ groins and buttocks with his bare hands, which is strictly forbidden according to TSA regulations. Both of the agents, whose names have not been released to the public, have been fired from their jobs. According to a third TSA employee from the same airport, however, their “game” wasn’t exactly a well kept secret.

“There was more people that knew it was going on,” another employee, who asked to remain anonymous, explained to a local CBS affiliate. “They made it seem like a game, they were having fun with it…I had heard them saying it was just a game. It’s a really sick game to play.”

The female agent who confessed to her participation in the scheme admitted to having lure at least ten passengers into the ploy.

"These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable," TSA officials asserted in a public statement. "TSA has removed two officers from the agency."

While it’s been established that numerous passengers were knowingly groped by TSA employees, the Denver District Attorney’s office finds itself in an interesting position regarding what to do with them. As it stands now none of the men who were touched have come forward expressing any concerns. It’s unclear whether any of the men knew what was being done to them. The one man that the TSA investigation observed being touched hasn’t reached out to the TSA and so the organization isn’t technically able to file any type of charges.


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