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04/19/2007


Minnesota Lawmaker Claims HIV Is Spread Through Sweat, Among Other Lies: VIDEO

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Michelle Bachmann isn't the only crazy anti-gay lawmaker in Minnesota: Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, created and distributed a video called “Sodomy, Health, Money, and HF-826” that contains enough disinformation and lies to make the Bachmann's look informed and upstanding. Among the many insane claims are:

  • An enzyme in sperm causes AIDS when introduced to the digestive tract
  • Homosexual men have an average lifespan of 41 years
  • Words like "sexual orientation" and "gay," "lesbian," and "bisexual" are "triggers for the hormone dopamine in children like pornography in adults"
  • HIV can be spread through sweat, tears, and saliva

He doesn't explain why, if AIDS is caused by an enzyme in sperm introduced to the digestive tract, more straight women aren't afflicted with the disease, nor does he explain how the virus moves from the bloodstream into tear ducts, sweat glands, or salivary glands - environments that are completely inhospitable to the virus and would kill it in short order.

The lifespan statistic is a misquote of Paul Cameron's discredited research which made its estimate by only pulling data from San Francisco obituaries during the AIDS crisis, which is akin to claiming that if the average age of mortality for children under 18 in Tennessee is 4.7 then the average lifespan for children is 4.7 years.

Gruenhagen has been endorsed by the Republican Party of Minnesota for reelection this year. You can watch the videos of his insane claims AFTER THE JUMP...

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Testicular Cancer Ad Shows The Pain... Of Ball Waxing: VIDEO

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Testicular Cancer Canada's new viral video campaign shows 20 men getting their balls waxed in excruciatingly hilarious slow-mo.

We're not sure what waxing has to do with testicular cancer, but their website does offer some helpful tips on self-examination just so you can avoid any unecessary pain. After all, testicular cancer can be treated if detected early.

Testicular cancer campaigns always have a sexy sense of humor. Remember the testicle Christmas tree ornaments and the many sexy dudes who've stripped in previous campaigns?

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'You Should Know I'm a Man Before This Goes Too Far': VIDEO

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In a misguided attempt at cheekily demonstrating their new tagline, "The truth's not always easy," Truth In Advertising included a transphobic joke in their ad. The ad features individuals singing confessions about various thoughts, deeds, and misdeeds, one of which is a woman and a man on a bed presumably about to undress for sex. When the woman opens her mouth to sing, a man's voice is dubbed over, saying "You should know I'm a man before this goes too far."

Obviously, a transwoman is a woman, not a man, a distinction that can be lost on people who are more ignorant of trans culture and issues. This misstep would be bad enough on its own if it weren't for the fact that the setup that's played for laughs is the very nasty and pernicious stereotype that trans people - transwomen in particular - engage in deliberate deception to trick a straight cisgendered man into sleeping with them. This irrational fear leads to unnecessary hatred for trans people, sometimes with deadly consequences.

For their part, executive director Bonnie Patten released a public apology for the video and it's going through the review process.

While we attempted to use humor in our ad to engage consumers on the serious issue of misleading marketing, it was truly not our intention to negatively portray a transgender person. We sincerely apologize and are reviewing it now.

Reviews like these tend to lead to removals, so if you'd like to see the ad for yourself while it's still live, you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: And the ad has indeed been removed.

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Beards are So Hot Right Now That People are Paying $15,000 for Beard Implants: VIDEO

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Have you always wanted to grow a Grizzly Adams beard but can’t because of genetics? Well, there’s hope for you yet!

Meet Dr. Jamil Asaria, a plastic surgeon in the business of beard implants. He does about one beard implant for the folically-impaired a week. All it takes is $5,000 to $15,000, a 12-hour operation, a week of redness and swelling, a week of not shaving and voila — instant hipster-beard!

Beards have become quite stylish in the new millenium. There’s fonts made of beards, art made from beards, ramen bowls made of beards, beard clubs at high schools, beard magic tricks, beard porn (SFW) and even videos just featuring sexy dudes in beards all for your beard-loving enjoyment.

Of course, if you can’t grow a beard, you can always just buy this hat that comes with a beard attached.

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Nigerian Asylum Seeker Has Two Weeks To Prove She's A Lesbian Or Face Death: VIDEO

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Aderonke Apata (pictured above at right with her current fiancée) fled Nigeria 10 years ago when her family and girlfriend were murdered. Apata was sentenced to death for being gay. In fact, she has scars upon her head and back from where she’s been beaten and stabbed by boys in her community disgusted at her being a lesbian.

After having her pleas for asylum rejected twice by the United Kingdom, she now has just two weeks to convince the UK Home Office that she will be killed if sent back to Nigeria. In part, she has to prove that she’s actually a lesbian by enduring extensive, intrusive interviews about her sexual behavior (we’re talking questions about penetration, positions and what she does and does not enjoy in bed).

Apata says that some asylum seekers even go to the degrading extent of recording themselves having sex just to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are in fact gay.

On March 28th of this year, Home Secretary Teresa May announced that the UK asylum system will be reviewed and reformed so that questions focus on sexual orientation rather than behavior. But while that reform may help people in the future, there’s a petition asking the UK Home Office to grant her asylum now.

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Ricky Martin Reveals His #Jetlag Superhero Identities: VIDEO

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Life as an openly gay pop-singer is more than just hard work and tanning. It also involves jet lag and, if you're Ricky Martin, posting Instagram videos of yourself in superhero masks while watching cartoons.

We already knew that he was a hero to animals; maybe he's a hero to metropolis as well. Or maybe he should drink less coffee. Of course, this isn't the first time the singer has played with Instagram.

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