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State Department Condemns Severe 'Aggravated Homosexuality' Law in Gambia: VIDEO

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The U.S. has condemned the decision of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh to approve a severe new law imposing life imprisonment for homosexual acts, reports ABC.

The law went into effect on October 9th. Homosexual acts had already been punishable with up to 14 years in prison.

The AP reported last week:

“It criminalizes ‘aggravated homosexuality’, which targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV or AIDS. Suspects can also be charged with aggravated homosexuality for engaging in homosexual acts with someone who is under 18, disabled or who has been drugged. The term also applies when the suspect is the parent or guardian of the other person or is 'in authority over' him or her."

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c70bfab2970b-300wiThe term “aggravated homosexuality” was borrowed from a Ugandan anti-gay law signed earlier this year that was eventually ruled unconstitutional.  More extreme anti-gay laws are expected to be enacted in Uganda shortly.

In a statement issued on Monday, State Department Director of Press Relations Jeff Rathke said:

"We are dismayed by President Jammeh's decision to sign into law legislation that further restricts the rights of L.G.B.T. individuals and are deeply concerned about the reported arrests and detention of suspected L.G.B.T. individuals in The Gambia.”

Rathke also voiced concerns about reports of recent arrests in Gambia of at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and nine women accused of committing homosexual acts.

Last week, Amnesty International accused Gambian security forces of resorting to beatings and the threat of rape and other abuses if the detainees did not confess.

Gambian officials have declined to comment on the new law or the arrests.

Watch a Young Turks report on Gambia's anti-gay law, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Spoofs Taylor Swift In Thanksgiving Themed 'Shake and Bake' - VIDEO

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In honor of Thanksgiving week, Daniel Franzese has posted a food-and-family themed "Shake It Off" spoof on YouTube called "Shake and Bake." The video features Mean Girls-fave Franzese leading a bevvy of boy and girl dancers in some hot moves involving chicken, Ziplock bags and, of course, Shake n' Bake. There is even a Taylor Swift drag-a-like who Franzese pushes out of the way to get the song started. He also shows off some sexy moves himself, including some Thanksgiving-themed twerking.  

The music video is Franzese's second collaboration with Beyonce spoofer Adrian Anchondo (pictured below), who was likely responsible for the fun choreography and diversely sexy group of dancers. (Take notice of a young Jake Gyllenhall-esque chorus boy in a tight 'n revealing leotard @1:40). Their first project together was an October spoof of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" that has received nearly a million hits on YouTube.

Recently, Franzese joined the cast of HBO's Looking and is featured in some teaser scenes from the upcoming Season 2. You can watch the full "Shake and Bake" spoof (along with a special guest appearance by one of his Looking co-stars playing a Pilgrim) AFTER THE JUMP...

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Panti Bliss Erupts Over Anti-Gay Abuse Of Friend In Dublin Store - VIDEO

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Irish drag artist Panti Bliss, aka Rory O’Neill, has shared on Facebook how a heroic shop assistant in Dublin dealt with one customer hurling anti-gay slurs at another, reports The Journal.

 

Panti came to worldwide attention earlier this year when she made an impassioned speech at the Abbey Theatre against homophobia. That speech came about after O’Neill called out a number of well known Irish figures who he said are homophobes because of their anti-gay activism. The activists sued state broadcaster RTE and were awarded damages.

There’s been an inevitable backlash against the story of the shop assistant leaping to the defense of Rory’s friend but Panti has softened their coughs as only she can.

Wrote Bliss on Facebook:

So the story of my friend Colm who was called a 'faggot' in Spar yesterday has gone viral overnight, and while the vast majority of the responses have been lovely and positive, poor Colm has also had to deal with lots of abuse online - from people calling him a liar, to the people who claim it's his own fault for not dressing how they think he should. Because apparently the problem isn't that some asshole called him a faggot while he was minding his own business in his local shop, but that some faggots refuse to dress how assholes in shops think they should.
Dolly give me strength!

Heroic #SparGuy as yet remains unidentified.
 
Watch Panti's Abbey Theatre speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lesbian Couple's North Carolina Home Labeled with Anti-gay Slur on Google Maps: VIDEO

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North Carolina Teen Google Maps His House and Finds Anti-Gay Slur on Home Address: VIDEO

A 17-year-old teen found a nasty surprised when he Google mapped his Canton, North Carolina home reports The Advocate. Dakota Bonham, son of Jennifer Mann and Jodie Mcdaniel, switched to street view and found their home address renamed to "Fagits live here." The couple expressed shock and surprise and say that they've never encountered any hostilities from neighbors in the four years they've lived on Hilltop Farm Road. The couple contacted Google to remove the heinous, albeit misspelled slur from the site.

Said Mann:

"My son was on Google Maps at school when he (searched) 'street view' for our address and it said, 'Fagits live here.'"

"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me?' I tried to contact Google, but I was put on hold forever and ever and ever. This day and time, with people and hate, you just can't live your life."

Google finally took action when The Asheville-Citizen Times asked Google to remove the slur on behalf of Mann and McDaniel. The description stayed on the site for at least a month before it was finally removed on Wednesday.

McDaniel previously had a window sticker of two pink deer face to face, and that decal was visible from the street when the Google street mapping car came by last summer reports Asheville-Citizen TimesIt's unclear who authorized the change; it's possible that the change was created and authorized through Google Map Maker by fellow peers as Google only moderates "high-profile," features however, Map Maker's guidelines do state that obscene and profane content is not allowed. 

Bonham, who has two other siblings ages 23 and 15, expressed disgust over the discovery.

Said Bonham:

"I was just like, 'What the hell?' It's just kind of messed up. They should kind of grow up a little bit."

Watch Mann and McDaniel's interview with WLOS-TV News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Team Norway's 2014 Curling World Champions Show Off Icy-Hot Talent: VIDEO

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Currently snowed in? Let the teammates of Norway's curling team warm you up with an icy-hot talent exhibition where they put on pants using only their toned legs and slippery ice. Briefs, muscles, shimmying and over-sexualized curling moves; just another reason why curling is quickly turning into a cool and surprisingly hot sport to watch during the winter olympics.

Watch the 2014 Curling World Champions shake it out in this ad for Comfyballs, a sponsor of the Norwegian curling team, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jimmy Kimmel Takes #CutestSelfieEver With One Direction: VIDEO

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The boys of One Direction stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night to help Kimmel take the "Cutest Selfie Ever." Kimmel enlisted the help of the teenage heartthrobs, but the host felt the boys alone weren't cute enough; cue the reinforcements of puppies, teacup kittens, tiny ballerinas, stuffed animals, a unicorn and even Guillermo himself to capture the most sickeningly sweet selfie ever. 

Even Louis Tomlinson appeared in good spirits on the show considering he angrily tweeted a UK reporter last week for insinuating the singer is gay in a tweet the reporter posted. However, it was Niall Horan who decided to go diva this week, donning a tiara from Kimmel's prop box;

Watch the boys mug for the camera AFTER THE JUMP...

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