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Guinness Beer Commercials Teaches Men How To Hug Without Looking Gay


Guinness beer fans the flames of homophobia with its new St. Patrick’s Day commercial with a lesson on how men can hug other men without looking … gay. (Because arching your butt backwards in an A-frame hug doesn’t draw more attention to it at all!) I know this commercial is a “joke” as far as 12-year-old-boy-humor is concerned. Alas, giving men a hard time for showing affection because they may look gay is neither funny nor original.

I mean, really: The lessons for men about maleness in this commercial are about as subtle as a piece of poster board that simply says “Lite beer = fa**ot.” Hey, Guinness, don’t steal that. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Oprah Talks To Transgender Model Lea T


Lea T has modeled for Givenchy and smooched Kate Moss on the cover of LOVE magazine: now the world’s most famous male-to-female transgender model is dishing the dirt on Oprah‘s couch. Er, armchair. I didn’t know this before, but Lea T was born Leandro Cerezo in Italy to a soccer star father and Catholic mother. I’m sure they are swelling with pride … at least until Oprah asked, “How do you, if I may ask, how do you hide your penis? You must have to strap that thing down in there?” Aaaaand scene. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

James Franco: “Maybe I’m Gay”

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““It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white. It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality. There are lots of other reasons to be interested in gay characters than wanting myself to go out and have sex with guys. And there are also lots of other aspects about these characters that I’m interested in, in addition to their sexuality. So, in some ways it’s coincidental, in other ways it’s not. I mean, I’ve played a gay man who’s living in the ’60s and ’70s, a gay man who we depicted in the ‘50s, and one being in the ‘20s. And those were all periods when to be gay, at least being gay in public, was much more difficult. Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”

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Rugby Star Gareth Thomas Can Play On Our Team Any Day

“I became the master of playing the straight man,” says professional rugby player Gareth Thomas on “Ellen.” The 36-year-old Welshman, who plays for the Crusaders in Europe’s Super League, is apparently the only openly straight gay male athlete who plays for a major pro team. Is that true? Is that even possible? Either way, Thomas, who was previously married and went to great lengths to keep his sexuality a secret from his teammates, opens up about his struggles and how he finally came clean. In other news, he looks great in a pair of jeans. [ONTD] Keep reading »

Would You Defend A Gay Kid Coming Out To His Mom?

In the following clip from the ABC show “What Would You Do?” a teenage boy comes out to his mom and she berates him mercilessly. Will a good Samaritan step in and say something to the irate and upset mother? Or will people simply consider the exchange a private matter? It’s a tough question–about the dueling right of a family to handle issues privately, and the desire to step in to protect a hurting child. So what would you do? [ABC via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Is Your Boyfriend Bisexual?

I just found out (via some totally sane Internet stalking) that my boyfriend used to have a thing with a guy. We’ve only been dating a few weeks. Should I be concerned? Should he have told me? How do I bring this up? Read more Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

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Today’s Lady News: Cindy McCain Says Our Government Treats Gays Like “Second Class Citizens”

  • Cindy McCain joined this NOH8 campaign video alongside Slash, Dr. Drew, Kat Von D, and other celebs to speak out against bullying of gay youths. Most importantly, Cindy McCain says bullies are only taking their cues from the government! Yes, Cindy McCain actually said, “Our government treats the LGBT community like second-class citizens.” What the hell is she still doing with Senator John McCain if this is how she feels? That’s going to be one awkward dinner table conversation tonight. [YouTube]
  • Sapphire has sold a sequel to Push (which became “Precious”) to Penguin called The Kid. [Jezebel]
  • Here are 50 shows in 50 states supporting the Girls Rock Camp Alliance! [Seattlest]

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Portia De Rossi Might Be Part Of A “Dancing With The Stars” Same-Sex Dance Couple

If you’ve been missing a weekly dose of Portia de Rossi — and her harrowing new memoir, Unbearable Lightness, isn’t enough — then it might just be your lucky day. It seems openly gay Portia is at the top of the list of stars that producers of “Dancing With the Stars” are hoping to get for a new same-sex dancing couple. Insane multitasker Ryan Seacrest leaked the news to Portia on his radio show earlier this week, surprising her. She said she wouldn’t rule it out. “I’m not gonna pass, let me think about it,” she said. “I used to be a ballet dancer. It’s not completely a pass. You never know.” If she does choose to appear on “DWTS,” she’ll be following openly gay Israeli sportscaster Gili Shem Tov, who danced in a same-sex match on the Israeli version of the show. Would you like to see Portia on “Dancing With the Stars”? [Fox News] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Aussies Won’t Let Lesbian Teen Take Her GF To School Dance

  • Hannah Williams, 16, of Melbourne, Australia, says she can’t bring her 15-year-old girlfriend Savannah Supski to the school’s formal dance, but that she could bring a male date instead. Girl, you should call up Constance McMillen, that Mississippi lesbian who got the ACLU to sue her school district and won! [Queerty]
  • Rev. Flip Benham, a conservative pastor in North Carolina, was found guilty yesterday of stalking abortion providers. Benham is responsible for putting up posters which read “WANTED” over the faces of doctors who do abortions and give out addresses. Benham claimed the posters were allowed under free speech, but doctors said the Wild West-style posters are a threat. [Charlotte Observer]
  • For the first time ever, more women than men earned doctoral degrees during the ’08-’09 school year. The ladies also earned six out of ten master’s degree that year. [Washington Post]

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