Want to get the word out about bullying? It helps to have shirtless hunks spreading the message: Speedo-clad dudes got wet and wild in Palm Springs at a recent car wash hosted by Boo 2 Bullying, a nonprofit that hosts unique events to raise awareness for the cause. Damn, we wish we lived in Southern California. And had a car.
HBO’s new gay dramedy, Looking, has started filming in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Dennis Rodman had us scratching our heads with his goodwill trip to North Korea, but the ex-baller misses his pal Kim Jong Un so much it looks like he’s returning to the country for Christmas—and bringing drag-queen gal pal drag queen Elaine Lancaster with him. In a Twitter exchange that she’s since deleted, Lancaster pondered whether such an excursion would help the cause of world peace. Apparently the State Department wasn’t so keen on the idea.
The Miami Herald quotes Lancaster:
“Perhaps I’m a bit naïve, but I thought if I could convince Rush Limbaugh to stop making disparaging comments about homosexuals on his radio talk show I’d be successful in getting to 28-year old dictator to set a fellow American free I guess I really don’t know the complexities that go on, but it doesn’t seem as if anyone is working or trying to gain freedom for Kenneth Bae.
I don’t want to make negative comments about our current administration, but It seems as if we have a lot more muscle to use to demand his release. I would never make a spectacle of myself, going to a communist country where I know known homosexuals are systematically executed. I may be dumb, but I’m not stupid. Dennis is my friend first and foremost, yet he has no idea what takes place under the rule of Kim Jong Un. I’m well aware of the atrocities that take place there almost daily I’m sure, but somebody needs to do something. We must engage our enemies and negotiate freedom.
Whether I go to North Korea in December or January with Dennis is at the wait-and-see. I will seek out the advice of people a lot wiser than I am. But my only reason for wanting to go is, if not me then who?! “
Hey, if Elton John can go to Russia, why not a drag-queen ambassador to North Korea?
It looks like Pennsylvania may be the next state to ban gay-conversion therapy. Woofy Rep. Brian Sims is introducing a bipartisan bill with other legislators, according to the AP. “[New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie] cited ‘a litany of potential ill effects of trying to change sexual orientation, including depression and suicide.’ California has also passed a similar law. Pennsylvania children deserve the same protection.”
Speaking of protection, according to a new survey, 10% of guys on Grindr have never gotten an HIV test.
Researchers at Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) surveyed more than 1,300 Grindr users and discovered that among younger men, the stats are even worse: 1 in 5 Grindr guys between the ages of 18-24 having never received an HIV test. (A third of the never-been-tested indicated they’ve had anal sex without a condom in the past three months.)
On the upside, 50% of those surveyed have had an HIV test in the past six months. (That number jumps to 70% for within the past year.) And guys who engage in risky sexual behavior were more likely to have been tested recently. There’s that silver lining.
Figure skater Johnny Weir won’t be skating in the Sochi Olympics after all. Weir had discussed the possibility of competing in the games, when he spoke out against a proposed boycott. ““It would be a slap in the face to the people that made me who I am, and gave me the opportunities to be who I am: an Olympian, first and foremost,” Weir told Keith Olbermann. “Before a gay man, before a white man, I am an Olympian and that’s what I worked for from age 12. And a boycott would negate all of that.”
Insiders say his decision is likely more based on the reality that Weir, 29, likely wouldn’t have qualified for the U.S. Figure Skating team more than on any political change of heart.
Tim Gunn, Project Runway‘s mentor extraordinaire, he never came out to his parents when they were alive: ”It was a very different time. It was a very different era,” Gunn, 6o, told Larry King last night on Hulu’s Larry King Now. “And I had a lot of fears about being gay, about what that actually meant. And I had already presented my family with a lot of disappointments and I didn’t feel that I wanted to present them with yet this [too].
Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross and his wife, Brittany, are the latest personalities to appear in the NOH8 campaign. The pro athlete recently told Outsports that supporting LGBT people is part of his faith as a Christian: “Being in sports, and being around all kinds of different people, you just want to accept everyone for who they are… We believe we as Christians should love everyone and show everyone love.”
Brittany added “We can all take things from the Bible and twist them however we want… There are a lot of confusing things in the Bible, and I think if anything is confusing and it promotes hate, then you’re taking it the wrong way. Being gay shouldn’t just be tolerated, it should be celebrated that people can embody who they truly are.”
Preach on, sister!