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Israeli Travel Group Offers First Ever Gay Tour of Auschwitz: VIDEO

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To mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, Hebro Travel, a new Israeli tour company serving “gay Jews and those who love us,” is to offer the first ever gay tour of Auschwitz, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

10616057_10152689450860552_4292009992408762534_nThe August Poland & Prague Pride Trip - which includes a Jewish heritage tour of the Schindler’s List route, visits to historic synagogues and stops at Auschwitz and Theresienstadt - will end with Prague’s Gay Pride festival.

Jayson Littman (right), the founder of Hebro Travel, says he has been asked “how can you go from touring concentration camps to celebrating Pride?”

The grandchild of Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz, Littman explains:

“I look at it the same way as Jewish trips that go from the camps to Israel to celebrate continuity.

“I knew I was touching on uncharted territory. I kept hearing, ‘Who wants to go on a trip like that?’ But many more people said it’s a wonderful idea. And surprisingly few people realize how many gay people were murdered in the Holocaust.”

With the trip still at the planning stage, he added:

“We’re working out details on the actual visits to the camps. It’ll probably involve laying a wreath, having a rabbi there from the local community, and inviting someone from the local LGBT population to speak as well.

“What’s been interesting is that every tour operator, Jewish or not, knows the Jewish stuff in these destinations. We’re having to fill in the blanks ourselves on some of the gay stuff.

“We’re showcasing how, after 70 years, Jewish life has blossomed, and gay life has gone through so many changes. An important part of this tour is appreciating the evolution of both communities, their contributions to society, and how governments around the world now welcome both minorities. Going to those places helps make that happen.”

Watch a video documenting Hebro's Israel and Tel Aviv Pride Trip 2014, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Horribly Abused Baby Orangutan Experiences Affection For The First Time on the Road to Recovery: VIDEO

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If there’s anything that can bring a tear to the eye of cynical LiveLeak commenters, its the mere suggestion of animal abuse.

This video of baby orangutan Budi is particularly hard to watch.

Rescued by International Animal Rescue (IAR) in Indonesia, for the first year of his life Budi was kept in a chicken cage and fed on nothing but condensed milk which was slowly killing him.

On arrival at IAR, Budi was in a critical condition, showed signs of severe malnutrition and screamed in pain every time he was moved by vets.

Budi is on the long road to recovery but IAR needs your donations.

Watch Budi at IAR, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Figure Skating Legend Toller Cranston Dies At 65: VIDEO

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Canadian figure skating legend Toller Cranston has died at the age of 65 in Mexico. The cause is yet unclear but is thought to be a heart attack, and no foul play is suspected in his death.

Cranston was known for inspiring generations of figure skaters with his creative sense of style, and in later years became one of the most sought-after choreographers. However, his performance aesthetic and reputation with judges during the Olympics was practically the inspiration for Stick ItHe was penalized for his flamboyant sense of style, and wrote in his book Zero Tollerance, "The judging world is an eternal Jurassic Park. There are always the same dinosaurs out there. They’re immune to the aging process. . . They simply refused to die."

The Canadian Press put together a brief remembrance video that you can watch AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Bryan Fischer Says The Gay Agenda Is Driven By The 'Unvarnished Energy Of Satan': WATCH

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Wingnut Bryan Fischer is having another go at the “directly demonic” “homosexual agenda”, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer, leader of anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, was responding to a caller on his radio broadcast yesterday who had taken umbrage with protesters at Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Saturday prayer rally.

Jindal's all-day prayer rally at Louisiana State University aimed to drum up evangelical support for a potential 2016 bid for the White House. 

Always first to shout loudest when challenged, the god-fearing caller claimed that the devil himself sent protesters to Jindal’s rally because he is really, really unhappy.

Fischer of course agreed wholeheartedly:

"I don't think you will ever find a more directly demonic energy than when you deal with the homosexual agenda.

“They're vicious. They are mean. You literally are staring into virtually the unvarnished energy of Satan himself when you come up against the forces that are pushing the homosexual agenda forward”.

Vicious. Mean. Unvarnished energy. Pot. Kettle. Black.

Listen to Fischer’s nasty outburst, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mike Huckabee: God Hasn't Given Us 'Permission' to Change the Definition of Marriage Yet - VIDEO

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Mike Huckabee is still at it.

The former Arkansas governor and failed presidential candidate is still spouting discrimination against gay marriage and general LGBT equality, likely to drum up some hard-right support for his probable 2016 presidential bid. Perhaps he's forgetting that it's no longer 2004 and the anti-gay animus that worked so well for Bush's campaign isn't going to fly so well a decade later. Like all good devout public figures, though, he hides behind the Bible to excuse his bigotry.

Appearing on The Jim Bakker Show, a Christian Television talk show, Huckabee states explicitly that he just follows, "a standard that was not ours, it was God's, and that for us to change it we would have to get permission." So, apparently, he'd be all about supporting the gays if that pesky ol' God would just let him.

Huckabee1Host Jim Bakker is quick to stroke Huckabee's ego, pointing out that he employs gay people and even invites them into his home, so he's not a "hater"; he treats them with "Southern respect." An apt description - "southern nice" often carries with it the implication of passive-aggression or backhandedness; see "bless your heart" - as Huckabee follows Bakker's assessment with assertions that conservatives need to get involved with the limiting and undermining of LGBT rights and equality.

Mike Huckabee: he'd love us if God would let him, but until then it's his sacred duty to make us as second-class as possible. You can watch him speak for himself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Former NFL Star Hines Ward on Gay Athletes: 'If You Can Help Me Win A Super Bowl, I'm All Up For It' - VIDEO

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Appearing as a guest on Meredith Vieira's talk show, former NFL wide receiver Hines Ward fielded a question on professional sports dealing with Michael Sam and gay athletes in general.

Said Ward in part:

"If you can help me win a Super Bowl, then I'm all up for it, 'cause that's what it all matters to me."

Speaking about locker room shenanigans, Ward pointed out he's recieved his fair share of teasing as a biracial person:

"I get teased all the time, you've got to have thick skin...It's just their ignorance about not knowing what a biracial person is all about, or what a gay person is all about."

You can watch the clip between Ward and Vieira AFTER THE JUMP...

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