Remember last year when Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” compared homosexuality to bestiality and terrorism and the world was rightfully outraged? Now, his son Willie Robertson has spoken out about the fiasco to Larry King. Willie told King that he doesn’t agree with some of his father’s hateful words: “We love everybody… In this business, there are a lot of people who are gay.” Still, Willie says he is still undecided as to whether homosexuality is a choice. Ugh. This is a step up from his father’s closed-minded attitude, but seriously? [Mediaite]
In 1983, the FDA put a policy in place that forbids any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The policy, which still stands today, was implemented at the height of the AIDS epidemic. The LGBT community was devastated by the virus, and gay men were at a higher statistical risk of contracting it despite the fact that any person, no matter their orientation or gender, could become infected. There were no reliable methods for screening blood donations for what was then often called “gay-related immune deficiency” (ugh), so the FDA opted to prevent gay men from contributing to the national blood supply altogether. People were dying left and right with no solution in sight, and the decision seemingly came from a panicked need to take any kind of preventative action within health officials’ realm of control. Still, at the time, it was prejudiced and hit the LGBT community with yet another socially acceptable form of discrimination. Today, this policy is downright egregious. Keep reading »
I fully support any charity organization that consists of hot men whose motto is “Proudly Getting Naked For Club And Community.” Meet The Warwick Rowers: a rowing team who are raising funds for their charity, Sport Allies, which advocates for the fight against bullying and homophobia in school and sport. These humble (and ridiculously hot) gents have generated sales for their cause by posing naked in team calendars and other products that serve as eye candy AND help raise awareness for LGBT rights in sport. Check out their 2015 calendar above to get a sneak peek at the goods, and don’t forget to order yours here!
Married couple Abby Sugar and Sylvie Lardeux launched the Play Out underwear line in 2011 because they were sick of only finding cliche feminine designs when they went underwear shopping. They found the designs on men’s undies more fun and wanted to make that aesthetic available to women. Sugar told the Daily Mail that once they released their first of their two cuts of the product, “we had a lot of men and genderqueer individuals very excited for our underwear as well, so we consciously design both cuts to fit all people.” Play Out is the first line in the world to do this! The company’s website furthers their inclusive ideals as it insists, “No matter your gender identification, we consciously design everything – from the styling, coloring, and both cuts – to be appealing to every gender. We have had people of all gender presentations and identifications wear both styles of underwear.” The founders are also working to evolve the site’s language and gender descriptors to more all-encompassing terms to ensure that shoppers from every walk of life feel welcome. The ultimate goal, Sugar told the Mail, is to offer a lingerie option that isn’t made specifically with the male gaze in mind. “We want people to feel cool, happy and sexy wearing our underwear – but to feel that way for themselves, and not necessarily to please someone else.” Awesome! [Daily Mail UK] [Image via Play Out]