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Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Site Will Send Your Gay Wedding Date To SCOTUS Ahead Of Marriage Ruling: VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson's tietheknot.org is allowing users to create custom wedding invitations and then sends their invitations to every member of the Supreme Court.

As the Supreme Court decides on gay marriage over the next couple of months, the site aims to show the justices just how much their decision on the matter affects real lives by sending every single invitation they receive to every justice including Ruth Bader Ginsberg herself.

The card builder isn't running yet, but users can submit their email and the site will notify them later when it's up and running.

Watch the cute ad for the site, aiming to make a statement before the big decision in June, AFTER THE JUMP

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Gay Tech Bears Share Their Plans For JebBushForPresident.com With Rachel Maddow: VIDEO

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As you may or may not know, visiting JebBushforPresident.com doesn't take you to the kind of website you were likely expecting, and that's thanks to a pair of tech bears who laid claim to the domain back in 2008. Rachel Maddow caught wind of their project and invited them to her show for an interview. After highlighting the Twitter antics of Ethan Czahor, the misogynistic excuse for a human being that Bush hired to be the CTO for his online campaign presence, Maddow dove into the interview with CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater about themselves and their plans for JebBushforPresident.com.

As mentioned in our previous coverage, they intend to use the domain - which they bought for $8 - to educate people on LGBT issues in the U.S. and what lives of gay couples are like. Weirdly enough the Jeb Bush campaign never approached the men to try and buy the domain off of them.

You can watch the interview with Maddow and the bears AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Social Networking App Hornet Helps Users Find HIV Clinics

HornetAs mobile social networks like Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder continue to grow in popularity, the developers behind the apps race to add new features to entice users to their services. Hornet, a San Francisco-based relative newcomer to the game, is banking on a commitment to public health in order to expand its userbase. Typically used to help gay men find one another using their phones’ geo-location functionality, Hornet can now also assist its users in locating nearby HIV clinics.

Incorporating a locator tool developed by AIDS.gov, Hornet’s app will display the 10 closest clinics that administer HIV screening and counseling. Additionally, Hornet’s profile creator will emphasize the importance of knowing one’s status. Along with height, weight, and eye color, Hornet will provide users with the ability to designate their HIV status, as a part of its “Know Your Status” campaign. Once a user designates the date of their last HIV test, the application will automatically remind them to get tested again after a designated amount of time.

VentureOut Fund Seeks To Invest in LGBT-led Startups

VentureOut-Logo-with-text-300x200Launch Angels, a Boston area venture capital firm, is looking to breathe life into fledgling startups helmed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender founders with its VentureOut Fund. Much of the innovation that comes out of Silicon Valley is a direct result of angel investing, VC funding, and mentorship within startup incubators. Currently in the process of raising $2 Million from some 15-20 investors, VentureOut hopes to connect with 15-20 startups currently in their seed stage.

Affinity funding, the idea of investors partnering together around a central idea or purpose, has been Launch Angels CEO Shereen Shermak’s primary focus in guiding the firm. Currently Launch Angels has focused primarily on mobile and consumer companies, but it’s looking to diversify its portfolio.


“So many more folks are out of the closet in the business world than were even five years ago,” Said Greg Wiles, the managing director of the VentureOut Fund. According to Wiles, funds like VentureOut would have languished in the recent past, considering that the world of venture capitalist is composed of primarily straight, white men.

VentureOut, says Wiles, wants to set its fund apart by reaching out to those founders who might have an amazing idea, but perhaps not as much experience with the startup world. Moreover, the fund sees the potential in tapping into the closely-knit, grassroots-y social networks that are often the driving force behind social causes spearheaded by LGBT organizations.

Browser Plugin Reveals Who Is Funding Your Congressperson


Money perpetually plays shenanigans in politics and it can be hard to keep track of who is funded by which organizations and lobbyists. 16-year-old self-taught coder Nicholas Rubin decided to make things a little bit easier by creating Greenhouse, a web browser plugin that will fetch campaign contribution data and display it on screen when you mouse over a Congressperson's name on a webpage. Rubin's motivation for creating the app: 

Exactly one hundred years ago, in Harper's Weekly, Louis Brandeis made the frequently quoted statement that "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants." Brandeis's preceding sentence in the article may be less well known, but it is equally important: "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases." I created Greenhouse to shine light on a social and industrial disease of today: the undue influence of money in our Congress. This influence is everywhere, even if it is hidden. I aim to expose and publicize that disease through technology that puts important data where it is most useful, on websites where people read about the actions, or inaction, of members of Congress every day.

The app pulls data from OpenSecrets.org, and while it still needs a little tweaking - it sometimes mistakenly highlights close matches for names and doesn't always recognize names depending on a site's formatting - it's an immensely informative plugin for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Senator Al Franken Steps Up Fight To Save Net Neutrality: VIDEO


We are in danger of losing Net Neutrality now that the FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering letting internet and cable providers create data "fast lanes" for companies willing to shell out the money for it, relegating everyone else to crippled bandwidth. Net Neutrality, for those unfamiliar, essentially states that ISPs can't discriminate in terms of allocating bandwidth to specific sites, that speed is only influenced by the bandwidth capacity and location of the ISPs servers.

Losing Net Neutrality means that providers could charge extra for unimpeded access to sites like YouTube, or that Comcast (for example) could reduce access to Amazon Instant Video to a crawl in order to make the content on NBC - whom they own - more palatable.

Senator Al Franken is taking a stand against the potential loss of Net Neutrality and has a petition up to call for the FCC Chair to either abide by President Obama's promise to defend Net Neutrality, or to step down from his position. As of this writing, the petition has 90% of the required signatures needed.

You can watch a slightly gaming-centric rundown of Net Neutrality by Extra Credits and Senator Franken's call to action AFTER THE JUMP...

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