Obama Celebrating Pride At White House, Porn Is Bad For Your Brain: Today In Gay

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President Obama will host a reception commemorating Pride Month at the White House, the Washington Blade is reporting. “On Monday, June 30, President Obama will host a reception at the White House in celebration of LGBT Pride Month,” said a White House spokesperson. “Additional details about the event, including media access, will be released at a later date.”

The President has hosted a Pride celebration at the White House all six years he has been in office.


Jeff_Palmer falcon gay pornA report out of Germany claims that men who watch a lot of porn have less gray matter and less activity in the area of the brain linked to rewards.

Researchers questioned 64 men, age 21 to 45, about how much porn they watched per week and tested their reactions to pornographic imagery.

According to their findings, the brain region activated when people view sexual stimuli is also less active in men who watch a lot of pornography.

Okay, but what do they consider a lot?


bowtie jesse tyler ferguson.jpgCelebrity couple Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita have launched a limited-edition Tony Awards bowtie as part of their Tie The Knot campaign for marriage equality.

Alas, it does not come with a pair of tickets to the Tonys.


medicareMedicare could begin to cover transgender-related procedures, after the Department of Health and Human Services ruled in favor of a 74-year-old veteran seeking gender-reassignment surgery.

The decision strikes down a longstanding DDS rule barring government health insurance from covering such procedures and establishes a precedent for other Medicare enrollees to file similar claims.

Currently, only California, Vermont, Oregon, Connecticut, Colorado and Washington, D.C., have laws banning insurance companies from excluding such procedures.

The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that “the high costs of gender-related surgeries and their exclusion from most health insurance plans render these life-changing … and medically necessary procedures inaccessible to most transgender people.”


Stonewall Riots, June 28, 1969 (2)The National Park Service has launched a campaign to identify and landmark places associated with LGBT history.  Currently, only the Stonewall Inn has national landmark status for it’s role in the evolution of gay rights.

“We know that there are other sites, like Stonewall , that have played important roles in our nation’s ongoing struggle for civil rights,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “[This] study will help ensure that we understand, commemorate and share these key chapters in our nation’s complex and diverse history.”

 

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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