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Kansas City Royals Marketing Executive Matt Schulte Comes Out as Gay - VIDEO

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Matt Schulte, marketing coordinator for Major League Baseball team Kansas City Royals, has come out in an interview with Outsports. 

As the Royals made their unexpected run through the playoffs this year, Schulte began exploring the idea of coming out. Through conversations with other out gay people in sports he saw a side of sports that was inclusive of gay people.

As team victories mounted this year and the elusive World Series drew near, his confidence grew and he began to find inner pride in a way he had never experienced before.

Although coming out to his father and stepmother had been a positive experience, doing so in the macho environment of Major League Baseball was a whole different matter.

"To walk into my boss's office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I'm still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, 'I'm gay.'"

Still not knowing how to address the topic with co-workers and friends, he decided to share his story publicly via Outsports.

Watch Matt talk about his lifelong connection with Kansas City Royals, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continuing a positive recent trend, professional strongman Rob Kearney came out earlier this year as did Sky Sports presenter Mark McAdam.

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Procter & Gamble Comes Out In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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For the first time in its history, Cincinnati-based consumer products group Procter & Gamble (P&G) is openly supporting same-sex marriage, reports Cincinnati.com.

This may not be great news for right wing anti-gay zealots. Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group Family Research Council, last week hinted at a possible boycott of Apple after CEO Tim Cook came out.

Procter & Gamble says that it has embraced LGBT employees for more than 20 years and same-sex marriage has become an important enough issue to its workers that it is taking a public stand.

Deborah P. Majoras, P&G's chief legal officer and executive sponsor to GABLE, the company's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-allied employee group, said:

"We have always supported our employees and fostered a culture of inclusion and respect – this includes the right to marry whomever they choose and to have that union legally recognized.”

William Gipson, P&G's chief global diversity officer, added that being LGBT-inclusive is “not a political statement, but a statement of support for our employees."

P&G’s announcement of its support for same-sex marriage comes a week after the city of Cincinnati won top score for inclusion by Human Rights Campaign (HRC). P&G also received a perfect score this year from HRC for its inclusion policies.

Terry Kelly, principal and investment adviser at Cincinnati-based investment management firm Bartlett, said that although P&G's latest stand could anger some consumers, the company has already weighed those risks.

Back in 2007, P&G supported the first kiss between two same-sex teenagers on soap As The World Turnswhich you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

Back in August, advocacy group the Bilerico Project called on people to boycott P&G, the biggest television advertiser in Russia. P&G was also a Worldwide Olympic Partner and a sponsor of the controversial 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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Donnie Swaggart Says Gay Rights Activists Want To Behead Christians - VIDEO

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The war on Christianity continues apace in la-la land.

Donnie Swaggart, the son of disgraced Pentecostal pastor Jimmy Swaggart, has compared LGBT activists with ISIS, according to Right Wing Watch.

Speaking on a “Christian” television panel discussion dedicated to the controversy in Houston, Texas, after Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed materials from a handful of pastors as part of a lawsuit anti-gay activists had filed in an effort to overturn a local anti discrimination ordinance, Swaggart said that, like ISIS, those seeking equality for gay people in the U.S. would publicly behead Christians if they could get away with it.

"All of this is to shut the Bible up. They want the Bible gone. And I'm going to make a statement: These people that are trying to do this in Houston, the only difference between them and ISIS, those thugs in Iraq, is those here cannot chop our heads off. That's the only difference. The heart is the same. The heart is the same. If they could silence us that way to intimidate others, that's exactly what they would do.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d05dd2cf970cOddly, this isn’t the first time an American “Christian” has claimed that gay people are fond of beheading their religious brethren. Back in August, recently elected Colorado Republican wingnut Gordon Klingenschmitt accused Democrats of lacking a sense of humor after he sent an email which said that Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) will “join ISIS in beheading Christians.”

Swaggart’s comments had been highlighted by Right Wing Watch but the preacher’s media outfit SonifeTV have had the clip removed claiming copyright infringement. Right Wing Watch has filed a counterclaim arguing that the clip is protected under fair use.

Right Wing Watch has also made the clip available at another source, which you watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEW MUSIC: Cash+David, Never Mind The Baubles, Bent Cousin, Wonderful Humans, Nieves, Draag

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New Music, brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, will generally avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.

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Cash+David: ‘Bones’

Cash + David is London-based duo Tim Ross (Cash) and Liz Lawrence (David).

Tim and Liz have described their music as like “singing ‘Like A Virgin’ in a desert karaoke booth, with Sleigh Bells on percussion and M83 on guitars”.

Fast carving out a niche for themselves with their dark, downtempo electro pop, the duo are also gaining attention for their striking visuals as much as their gorgeous sad pop music.

Watch the beautiful performance-based video for their latest track ‘Bones.’

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Never Mind the Baubles - Small Bear’s 2014 Christmas Album

Never-Mind-The-Baubles-Small-Bears-2014-Christmas-AlbumIt’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid.

Recording one off alternative Christmas songs has become a major thing in recent years and now a lot of independent record companies are getting in on the act with yearly compilations.

Possible best-in-show this year is Isle of Man label Small Bear’s ‘Never Mind the Baubles’ 2014 Christmas Album.

Have a listen to album standout track 'Happy Christmas (Alan McGee Is An Arse)' by The Bordellos, a thing of real beauty that channels Aled Jones with Half Man Half Biscuit and a touch of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Campaign Launched To Save Irish Gay Bull From Slaughterhouse - VIDEO

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An Irish animal rights group has launched a campaign to save a gay bull from the slaughterhouse, reports Pink News.

#savebenjy2A farmer in County Mayo bought the bull for breeding last year but was left disappointed when he he realised that Benjy is more interested in other bulls.

The farmer said:

“At first I didn’t take seriously that the bull could be gay, but after seeking advice I know this can happen. The bull is now too old to castrate and turn into a bullock so I will keep him for the factory.”

However, when Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) highlighted Benjy’s plight, TheGayUK launched a crowdfunding campaign to save his life.

 

With 23 days left, the campaign has so far raised nearly $6,000 and an animal sanctuary in England has offered to care for Benjy for the rest of his life.

ARAN’s John Carmody said:

“The plight of little Benjy is hitting the hearts and households of Irish society with the reality of what will face this innocent boy if someone somewhere doesn’t step in. As a gay man myself, I know only too well what it is like to be treated indifferently, that’s why I hope we can give Benjy a second chance in life whilst helping to bring attention to the problems facing all gay people everywhere around the world, and of course the many other Benjy’s that are brought to slaughter on a daily basis who are not so lucky.”

Watch TheGayUK’s fundraiser video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Homophobe Cardinal Raymond Burke Stirs Up Anti-Gay Hate In Ireland - VIDEO

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Speaking at a conference on "the Catholic family" in Limerick, Ireland last month, anti-gay conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke said he would refuse holy communion to any politician who has been supportive of same-sex marriage, reports RTE.

Burke, who in the past has said that anti-gay discrimination is "perfectly good and just," was last month demoted as head of the Vatican's "supreme court" by Pope Francis.  

Unsurprisingly, Burke was not willing to discuss his demotion but he was more than happy to call on the pope to clarify his position of same-sex marriage and on divorced people.

Burke's comments follow a recent meeting of Catholic bishops that broached the subject of homosexuality but failed to reach consensus following a backlash from conservatives.

At the conference, Burke declined to comment on an Irish referendum on same-sex marriage expected in early 2015.

Watch a short report followed by a longer interview with the grumpy Burke here.


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