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June 2017

Keith Haring: Radiant Child – An Evening of Art, Entertainment, and Musings

June 30, 2017 By Rachel Stevenson Imagine a one-hour intimate, interactive, and inspiring one-man show with subtle humor, lessons in both art and LGBT-history, and a glimpse into the life of a progressive gay artist who embraced his HIV/AIDS diagnosis with love and opportunity to touch the lives of many. That’s what you experienced if you attended Jeff Norton’s Keith Haring: Radiant Child at the Catherine Hickman Theatre in Gulfport, FL on Thursday evening. Chad Jacobs (Keith Haring) shares an Andy Warhol story. (Image…

12 Great New Books To Bring To The Beach This Summer

A good beach read might be as ubiquitous a summer staple as sunscreen, but what makes a book a beach read is harder to define. Should it be fast-paced? High energy? Physically light? (Never mind emotionally ― tears are just salt water, anyway!) True, the label can be used as condescendingly as “chick lit,” but what’s wrong with beach reading? The fact is, we’re all just looking for the right book to keep us turning pages instead of drowsing off on the sand this summer, and that’s a perfectly valid quest. In practice, it…

Fire Emblem Echoes signals a change in how Nintendo writes gay characters

This more empathetic writing of a gay character isn’t something I expected from Echoes, given that romance is dialed back in the title compared to the two previous entries in the series, as well as the franchise’s bumpy track record when it comes to writing gay characters.Many older entries in the franchise have pairings that fans have argued may be gay because of in-game dialogue and implications drawn from epilogues, but none of these characters have their sexualities canonically confirmed (Ike and Soren and Lucius and…

Harvard Law Professor: If Joe Scarborough’s Allegations Are True, Then The President Committed A Federal Offense

There are some interesting tidbits from in these series tweets: Joe Scarborough has a paper trail implicating the President in a federal crime. New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman has confirmed it was Jared Kushner who delivered the threat to Joe Scarborough. As per Laurence Tribe, the preeminent Harvard University Law Professor, if the allegations asserted against the President are true, then he is guilty of  18 U.S. Code § 872 – Extortion by officers or employees of the United States: “Whoever, being an…

Grindr Asks Judge To Toss Lawsuit By Man Who Claims He’s Been Accosted By 1,000 Men At Work And Home

by Adam Salandra 32m ago A New York actor sued Grindr after his ex-boyfriend reportedly used a fake profile to lure men to his home to harass him, but the gay dating app is now asking the judge to dismiss the claims. Matthew Herrick’s lawsuit stems from his reports in February that he had been confronted by over 1,000 aggressive men at home and work after his ex used a fake profile to solicit users who were interested in violent sexual interactions and exploring rape fantasies. Grindr is…

The Best Small Crossover SUV

Our pick 2017 Kia Soul + (Plus) Wrapped in a boxy, utilitarian exterior, the Kia Soul costs the least yet gives up nothing in interior comfort or cargo space, and its options list includes a number of inviting features you might not expect for this price. You might be wondering: The Kia Soul? It’s a funky-looking wagon. Is it even a crossover SUV? Whatever you call it, we think the Soul easily fills the needs of most buyers in this category. The midlevel Plus trim,…

Teen Pilot McKenzie Morgan Crashed Near Amelia Earhart Cabin

Dateline's "Into the Wild" (NBC) The Dateline episode “Into the Wild” investigates the 2013 disappearance of McKenzie Morgan, a 17-year-old girl who was training to become a pilot. After three weeks of training, she took off from her last test, her second solo flight (five hours including three landings) before getting her pilot’s license. She comes from a family of pilots: her uncle lent her his Cessna 172 and her grandfather paid for her flying lessons. But Mackenzie, a natural according to her

Gloria Carter, Blue Ivy’s Grandma, Comes Out As a Lesbian on Jay Z’s “4:44”

Sometime between last night and this morning, Shawn Carter, also known as Jay Z, the husband of famed performer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, released his thirteenth album, 4:44 (maybe the time The Twins were born???). I’m sure the whole thing’s great, but what I’m excited about is the track titled “Smile” where his mother, Gloria Carter, comes out as a lesbian. It’s been known in queer circles of color that Jay Z was raised by a lesbian. In fact, while I can’t find anything confirming that it’s been talked…

Finding Palisades Venture Capital

Several Los Angeles-area venture capitalists have been trying to learn more about Palisades Venture Capital, a stealthy group that recently announced a $20 million investment in Gamemine (sub-based mobile gaming platform) and a $5 million deal for BlockFraud (mobile billing fraud prevention). The firm's website does not identify any team members, and its original version stole some boilerplate from Spark Capital. Plus, the firm's name is very familiar to the old moniker of a veteran…

Why Did Kenya Ban These 7 Cartoons As Too Gay For Kids?

Last week, Kenya’s Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned seven cartoons on Nickelodeon, Disney XD and Cartoon Network for intending “to introduce children to deviant behavior” including Adventure Time, Steven Universe, The Legend of Korra, Loud House Hey Arnold!, Clarence and Star vs the Forces of EvilAccording to channel24.co.za, KFCB says:“Kenya’s constitution only recognizes marriage between people of the opposite sex. From these references to the Kenya Constitution 2010, it is clear that homosexuality is not part of…

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