WATCH: Things get very kinky in Michael Henry’s new video

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“When does sexual liberation become sexual degradation?” asks Michael Henry in a new video called “What’s Your Kink?” which we don’t recommend putting on when your mom asks if you’ve seen anything good lately, which is not to say the video isn’t great but we just don’t know how she’s going to like learning new vocabulary like “sploshing.”

Henry is joined by Jimmy Fowlie and Peter Kim for an exploration into kinks, and they cover everything from feet to food to hand-holding.

Related: WATCH: Michael Henry knows the secret to masc/femme dynamics in relationships

And while the general consensus is that it’s great to explore our deep-seeded (yeah we said it) desires, Henry touches on another deeper point: In a scene brimming with anonymous sexual indulgence, many guys do seem to have a problem connecting with actual intimacy.

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Kristin Chenoweth and Dolly Parton, Equinox, Rocko’s Modern Life, Diplo, Colton Haynes, Jupiter: HOT LINKS

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EQUINOX BOYCOTT. Rival gyms take advantage of Equinox owner’s support: ‘Gyms are sprinting at the opportunity to sign up new members after news broke that Equinox owner, billionaire Stephen Ross, is planning a fundraiser for President Donald Trump on Friday in Southampton, N.Y.’

WHITE KIDS. Trump seizes on Joe Biden gaffe to change the topic from his racist hatemongering: “Joe is not playing with a full deck. He made that comment, I said ‘whoa.’ This is not somebody you can have as your president, but if he got the nomination I’d be thrilled.”

UNLAWFUL. Pittsburg, CA man says city harassed him and destroyed property unlawfully: “A gay man has filed a federal civil rights suit claiming the city of Pittsburg unlawfully seized his property while placing him on a 72-hour mental health hold as part of a coordinated harassment effort over his sexual orientation. “

AMICABLE. Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham finalize divorce.

LADY GAGA. Threatened with “Shallow” lawsuit.

CHRISTOPHER BARNETT. Gay Republican former gubernatorial candidate arrested for shooting process server: ‘Audio recordings and multiple videos of the incident, which have since been released to the public and posted on The Tulsa World, show the process server holding up some papers and asking for “Christopher.” A man behind the door — allegedly Barnett — responds, “I’m sorry, you have the wrong house. Get off my property, or you’re gonna be dead.” The man leans in and asks the person to repeat himself, to which the man responds, “Get off my property, or you’re gonna be dead.”’

LA LUZ DE MIS OJOS. Ricky Martin shares first photo of daughter Lucia.

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JUPITER. NASA releases new Hubble Space Telescope view of largest planet. “This animation of a rotating Jupiter was assembled from a Hubble Space Telescope photographic mosaic of almost the entire planet. The resulting flat map was computer-projected onto a sphere to create a rotating globe (excluding the polar regions above 80 degrees latitude). Jupiter completes one rotation every 9.8 hours.”

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE. Netflix revival of cartoon will feature transgender story arc: “Rachel, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, was known as Ralph in the ’90s cartoon and Rocko needs to find her.”

ON THE RAG. This week on the gay magazines.

I MIGHT BE GAY. Diplo’s engine trouble confession….

TAYLOR SWIFT. Why she didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton. “Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together.”

PRANK OF THE DAY. Daniel Radcliffe, the alphabet, and a toy shop.

NEW TUNES OF THE DAY. Katy Perry “Small Talk”, Megan Thee Stallion “Hot Girl Summer”, Lana Del Rey “Season of the Witch”, and last but not least, Kristin Chenoweth covering “I Will Always Love You” with Dolly Parton.

FRIDAY FLASH. Obaid.

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‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ creator Joe Murray reveals why the revival needed a transgender character

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Rocko, Heffer and Filburt

Joe Murray likes the irreverent.

Almost 30 years ago, he launched his career by creating Rocko’s Modern Life, an animated series about a snarky wallaby and his friends that quickly became a cult hit. The show helped cement Nickelodeon’s NickToons block as a ratings winner, and propelled the network forward into the animation powerhouse it has become. After Rocko wrapped its fourth season, Murray went on to develop the hit shows Camp Lazlo and Let’s Go Luna, as well as the online animation network KaboingTV.

Now, Rocko and Murray are together again and irreverent as ever, reuniting for the Netflix revival film Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling. The movie follows the return of Rocko and his friends Heffer & Filburt to their native O-Town after a 20 year absence and struggling to adapt to all of society’s changes. To cope, Rocko launches a campaign to revive his favorite animated series, The Fatheads, only to discover that the creator of the show, Ralph Bighead (voiced by Murray), has become a recluse…and undergone gender transition.

How’s that for an update!?

Joe Murray managed to afford Queerty a few minutes on the eve of the film’s Netflix release to talk about how the world–and the show–have changed. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling streams on Netflix August 9.

Thanks for chatting with us. So at exactly what point did Nickelodeon call you up and decide that Rocko and his friends needed a revival?

It was late 2015 or early 2016 the discussions started. I was busy working on my pilot for my PBS show Let’s Go Luna and it was quite a shock that they called. It was the last call I was expecting to get.

How did you feel? Were you on board right away?

No, not exactly. I didn’t really know where Nickelodeon was coming from with it, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. I thought we said a lot with the original series and had such a great crew. What if we messed it up? I didn’t want any watered-down version of Rocko so a lot had to come together for me to move forward with it.

Rocko

That’s understandable So, in terms of story development then, how did you go about coming up with a way to get Rocko back to O-Town, and what the new film would look like?

Well, it turned out to be perfect that our last episode of the series had Rocko, Heffer and Filburt blasting off into space. So, I thought, well what if they have been floating around space for 20 years, and come back to O-town to find all of the changes of the new millennium. And the story kind of grew from there.

This then begs the most obvious question. You voice the character Ralph/Rachel, as you always have. When did you decide Ralph would become Rachel?

I wrote in the story that the creator of The Fatheads went through a change in the last 20 years, and it felt like a natural progression of character for Rachel to find herself. Since the whole special is about change, it felt like the only way to go. Rachel wanted to make her transition.

Were Nickelodeon and Netflix on board with this right away? I can’t think of too many other transgender cartoon characters.

Nickelodeon had their initial reluctance. I think I kind of caught them off guard with it.

That’s not surprising.

I said this is the story I really want to do. And they promised me we wouldn’t back off of anything the original Rocko would have done and then some. So, Chris Viscardi took it to the then president of Nickelodeon who signed off on it as long as we brought GLAAD into the picture to consult. I thought that was a great idea and we moved forward. By the time Netflix saw it, it was already baked in, but I can’t imagine they would have had reluctance.

Related: What to Watch: Secret conspiracies, Chicago-style love, queer rebels & ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ returns

Obviously, one of the major themes of the new story is the way the characters cope with change, almost to the point where the quest to revive The Fatheads becomes this sort of meta-comment on the movie itself. Rachel’s transition—and more importantly, the way Rocko and Mr. Fathead react to it—is something of a metaphor for that. Were you nervous about how fans of the show would react to Rachel’s coming out, or the way the show treats modern technology in general?

Well, the special was about change, so if anyone had any problem with the idea of change in all its forms, they are missing the point. Change happens. It’s the only thing that is for sure. Acceptance of impermanence is part of my Buddhist leanings. But just as Rocko gets upset that Rachel changed The Fatheads, there might be those that say I changed Rocko too much. But I doubt it. The way Rocko is structured, its designed for you to go along for the ride.

The other major element of that, of course, is the way several characters rail against Rachel and against The Fatheads revival. This mirrors much of the toxic fan reaction perpetrated by a small but noisy contingent of the audience. This is something we see with other reboots and revivals: Ghostbusters, Star Wars, She-Ra and the like. In a way, Rachel’s story is almost a preemptive rebuttal to that reaction. What is that toxicity about? Is it just a fear of change?

Nostalgia is a strange thing. It’s a celebration of something from the past, but if it’s presented to you in the present it is held up to very high scrutiny. People don’t like their memories f**ked with. But if someone is asking for some new content, they have to expect some new takes on it. We are all older with new stories to tell. The environment is different. Look at the positive change and progress the representation of the transgender community has gone through. Thank God we can move on and grow.

Agreed. Though as a creator yourself, I’m interested to know: do you think some of toxic fandom is a result of nostalgia addiction, or too many pandering shows/movies? Are audiences too used to too many in-jokes or too much fan service that somehow “validates” them?

I think there are many ways reboots and revivals are handled. Some are obviously for milking more money from the franchise. But some are done with the love of the characters and the fans who supported the show or movie. The Rocko special would not have happened without the fans of the show being quite active. The full seasons DVD of Rocko was a huge seller, and everyone made it known that there was still an appetite for it. As far as the fans themselves, I love them. My wife is a little afraid of them though.

[Laughter]

Filburt, Heffer & Rocko with Rachel

Rocko’s message is quite powerful in that regard: be happy if the past was good, but let it be the past. There can be no future if things don’t evolve and change. I know in your past you have experienced both great success and great tragedy. For you personally then, how have you learned to let go of the past? How do you find your way forward, both as an artist, and as a person?

Yes, I feel I have had many chapters in my life. Some are very painful: death of my wife, my divorce. Some are amazing: my current marriage, and the birth of my 4 children. The one thing I did want to say with the Rocko special, that for the creators of shows, life is still in session and personal events are more important than doing a show. Some fans have trouble with that. But Rachel had her things she had to do. I had my things I had to do after Rocko. And life goes on. But everyone’s life stories have tragedy and success. It’s how we grow and how we have good stories to tell.

Any chance for more Rocko in the future?

I don’t know. I’ve made it clear that I’m open to talking about it. But a lot of stars would need to align for that to happen. I would say the chances lean to it not happening.

What’s next for you?

I’m still doing my PBS show Let’s Go Luna. I have several more episodes left on the latest order. But I’ve also just recently relocated my family to Belgium, so we are building a new life there, which includes getting involved with the European animation and television community. So, we will see what’s in store. I may have some more shows up my sleeve or I may retire on a farm. Who knows?

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling streams on Netflix August 9.


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mikenov on Twitter: #GeneralissimoSchatz The #Queenmaker: “Oh, #querida #madre, ¡finalmente puedo convertirte en la #reina!” Puerto Rico | #PuertoRico Puerto Rico News | #PuertoRicoNews #PuertoRicoNaziCoup2019 | Puerto Rico Nazi Coup 2019 Puerto Rico political crisis | #PuertoRicoPoliticalCrisis pic.twitter.com/E916jHEia0

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#GeneralissimoSchatz The #Queenmaker: “Oh, #querida #madre, ¡finalmente puedo convertirte en la #reina!”

Puerto Rico | #PuertoRico

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mikenov on Twitter: @DortaEnery No. Because her case looks fabricated, manufactured, used for political purposes by Leff of the FBI against Rossello. Michael.

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@DortaEnery No. Because her case looks fabricated, manufactured, used for political purposes by Leff of the FBI against Rossello.
Michael.


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mikenov on Twitter: Stupid, Brainless #FBIMAMABICHOS! Fire them all! Let these treacherous clowns beg on the streets! Investigate all of them! #PRISON, PRISON! P-R-I-S-O-N!! #FBI pic.twitter.com/uhhSQvjEqf

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Stupid, Brainless #FBIMAMABICHOS! Fire them all! Let these treacherous clowns beg on the streets! Investigate all of them!
#PRISON, PRISON! P-R-I-S-O-N!!
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What WNBA players are saying about their first-time appearance in ‘NBA 2K20’

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From left to right: Liz Cambage, Candace Parker, and Breanna Stewart | Via the NBA 2K official trailer

NBA 2K will introduce “franchise” and “season” modes for the WNBA, and will provide a huge platform for the growing the league.

Washington Mystics forward Aerial Powers is such a hardcore gamer that her teammates wish she’d either get her bags pre-checked or let them go through airport security first. Before every flight, they must watch her slowly pull out and place her Xbox One, plus its many wires and cords, on trays en route to road games.

But how else is Powers going play Call of Duty, NBA 2K19 and Apex Legends, three of her favorites?

“I need my games” mocks Natasha Cloud, one of Powers’ many non-gamer teammates.

Powers will soon see herself in one of the games she plays most, as NBA 2K, the biggest basketball video game franchise there is, will introduce the WNBA and all 12 of its teams in the 2020 edition available on Sept. 6. WNBA players have played as themselves in another basketball game, Electronic Arts’ NBA Live in 2018, but 2K is unanimously seen as the premiere hoops game.

“The graphics are a little bit better from what I saw,” Powers said. “The facial expressions are better, the hair is better. You can play online now. In ‘Live,’ you could only play whoever was around you or against the computer, so that’s dope.”

What separates 2K from ‘Live’ isn’t just the game’s popularity, but also the additional features it possesses. For the first time, gamers will be able to become a WNBA general manager and dip into the world of “what ifs.” In ‘Live,’ users could only “quick play” as one team against another, but 2K will feature WNBA “season” and “franchise” modes, allowing users to control an entire franchise, make trades and sign free agents, a spokesperson for the game told SB Nation. (It will not include the option to participate in fantasy drafts, a popular feature with the NBA.)

“I think it’s gonna bring more excitement to people who game,” Powers said. “People who don’t game, but like the WNBA, are going to get into it. And the people who don’t like the WNBA, you know we’ve got haters out there, but a lot of them play games, so I feel like a lot of them are gonna be like, ‘Let me see what they’re working with,’ especially when they go against other people.”

Through the beginning weeks of the WNBA’s training camp and the regular season, 2K face-scanned the players and head coaches for all 12 teams, taking stationary pictures in an all-white, soundproof van in an attempt to get the face metrics right. That’s come with mixed results.

“I just know that everybody’s saying we look ugly,” Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell told SB Nation. “Our faces don’t match how we actually look.

“I’ve played with DeMar DeRozan,” she continued. “I was like, ‘OK, I know for a fact that’s DeMar DeRozan.’ But when I see us, I’m like ‘Who the hell is that?’”

Las Vegas Aces all-star Liz Cambage posted pictures on her Instagram mocking 2K’s render of her. Later, she tweeted: “Excuse me @NBA2K you forgot my eyelash extensions.”


NBA 2K is far from the first sports video game that gets animation and image backlash. Last year, Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird went on the Players’ Tribune Twitter account to point out NBA Live’s issues.

And who could forget the meme-ing of Evan Fournier’s 2K17 face scan.

Other new features for WNBA players inside the 2K game remain a mystery. The players SB Nation spoke to hadn’t played the game yet and were learning about it at the same time the public did. The first 2K trailer featuring WNBA players went live Aug. 8.

In a press release, NBA 2K said many of the top stars in the league were brought in to the 2K studios to have their bodies scanned for animations including the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart, the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson and the Atlanta Dream’s Maite Cazorla. Those scans will allow the game to recreate the players’ shot, passing and running mechanics to perfection. Mystics superstar Elena Delle Donne, the runaway 2019 MVP favorite, told SB Nation that she was not fully scanned. Only two players ratings have been released as of Aug. 9: Stewart (95 overall) and Parker (93).

It does not appear 2K will incorporate prominent WNBA broadcasters for pregame and halftime shows, like they do with TNT’s Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith on the men’s side. Both ESPN’s LaChina Robinson and Ryan Ruocco confirmed to SB Nation they were not scanned for the game.

Still, inclusion in the 2K series provides a huge platform for a growing WNBA. NBA 2K19 sold 9 million copies worldwide, so at the very least, this game will give all 144 players a chance to have their name read and their game seen by a direct (and growing) target audience: hoops fans.

“That’s super dope for us,” Cloud said. “It’s a dream for us to be in the game too. We talk about evening the playing field, and this is giving us different opportunities to be seen in a different light. It shows a progression of us growing as a league, as players, as teams. It’s all part of the progression.”

For hardcore gamers like Powers, the WNBA addition to 2K20 provides a new opportunity to stream, too. She’s already bought a capture card and a webcam to go along with her Xbox. To her teammates’ dismay, those pieces will add to the growing number of electronics slowing down airport security when the Mystics are in town.

But before we’re able to watch Powers’ play as herself on Twitch, she must solve one problem that her non-gamer teammates can’t help with.

“I just need somebody to help me set it up.”


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Couldn’t Be Me: Was it wrong to ditch the birth of my child to go coach football?

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In this week’s advice column: When is it OK to bail on a family event, and when is it ABSOLUTELY not.

Welcome to Couldn’t Be Me, a weekly advice column where I solicit your personal dilemmas and help out as best as I can. Have something I can help you with? Find me @_Zeets.

We’ve all ditched important events in our lives. Bailing on an event that matters to someone you care about is ostensibly awful, but it’s an admittedly satisfying feeling to be free of a dreaded obligation. Sometimes you have more important things to do, or you just don’t want to go. Other times, the reasons are more complicated.

And sometimes, you leave your wife in the hospital after she gives birth to go coach a football game because you’re a terrible person. Or you avoid a Christmas party with family members who support a cruel president to protect your own sanity.

This week, we tackle the wide range of reasons we blow off family events, and at what point is the decision truly wrong.


Adam:

I’m a football coach. The sport is my life. It’s always been my life. It’s the passion that everything else around me is built on. I’ve dedicated most of my waking hours in my childhood and adult life to the sport. Now, some people think that this passion has consumed me and that it is unhealthy. The example that they use is that after my wife gave birth, I asked her, “You good?” while her organs were still out after her C-section. And when she said, “Yes,” I left to get back to my football team. Without even cutting the umbilical cord. Even my quarterback was shocked.

Now, my wife supports my obsession with the game, and I’m probably never going to change, but is there something wrong with what I did? Football is my life. The only way to be the best is to think about it 24/7. I just don’t see the problem that other people do.

CBM:

That’s fucking ridiculous and I’m glad you found one of the only women in the world who would allow you to run back to a football field while her guts were hanging out after an operation to bring your child into the world. Even writing that hasn’t helped me comprehend how wild that scenario is. “You good?” is what you ask a friend when they trip while walking, not a spouse who got her stomach cut open.

Now I’m thinking of all the other inappropriate times to ask someone, “You good?”

Imagine instead of symbolically burning down the Iron throne, Drogon walked over to the body of Daenerys, nudged her with his nose, and then, in a surprisingly child-like but clear voice, said, “Hey mom, you good? I’m just going to go fly around for a bit, I’ll be back later.”

Or:

[Scene: The crucifixion of Jesus]

Jesus, looking up to the sky: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Jesus, looking at one of the thieves: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Jesus, to his mother, Mary: “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.”

Jesus, looking to the sky again: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus, before receiving a wetted sponge: “I thirst.”

Jesus, announcing the end of his earthly life: “It is finished.”

Jesus, announcing his reunion with God: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.”

Judas, arriving late: “Yo, you good? You seem alright. Nice abs too, have you been working out? Look, I’m just going to go buy some things in the market. Take care of yourself.”

Anyway, no, that’s absurd. I understand the sports myth that to achieve true greatness you must care about the job above everything else. But that idea is extremely poisonous, wrong, and tends to produce the worst kind of human beings. It’s the sporting version of the asshole genius trope that appears in art and STEM.

More great people have also been nice in this world than the opposite, but that damn idea that being an asshole correlates with intense genius just hasn’t died. You don’t have to be Kobe Bryant or Doctor House. You can stay with your wife and spend time with your child, and still be great at your job.

In the words of Guile from Street Fighter: “Go home and be a family man.”


Hugo:

I’m from Brazil and now we have a president who is even worse than Trump. The guy, Bolsonaro, is a dictator wannabe, a racist, misogynist, and xenophobe (even among the Brazilians from other regions).

He was elected last year, in October.

Anyway, I’m from a kinda small/medium town called Teresópolis. A place where 80 percent of the population voted for this guy. My family is among them.

I always loved Christmas and always tried to do everything to spend my time with my dad’s family (my parents divorced when I was three years old), even if I have lived a thousand miles away from them for the last half decade.

But last Christmas was different. To avoid confrontation and stress, I blew off Christmas and didn’t return home in time for the party, just two days later. Nobody told me anything about it, but I think everybody knew why I wasn’t there.

Even now, I don’t know if I did the right thing. Should I have appeared and argued with everyone there? Should I tried to go to just withstand all the shitstorm to be with them? I really love my dad and everyone from my family, but I just didn’t find the strength to go.

What would you do in my place, man?

CBM:

This problem has become common in the last few years, and it’s often reframed in an empty manner as a mere disagreement of opinion. So that when you ask a question such as, “Should I stop talking to family members who are in support of a president who is racist, bigoted, xenophobic, and is implementing policies that will harm the most vulnerable in society,” someone will inevitably chide you for failing to be civil with people who have “different political views than you.”

This is, of course, an effort to pretend that politics are merely a game of opinions and civility — of thought exercises — and not real policies and structures that affect the lives of human beings.

I’m sympathetic to having to choose between family and morality. That’s an incredibly difficult position to be in. That is your family, and it seems that until this moment in time, there hadn’t been any real political divide among you — or if there was, it had never been so wide. They raised you, and you are forever attached to them.

And of course, it’s easy for someone like me to make suggestions from a distance. While I personally have no time for people who support bigots, I at least don’t have to fight my family on the issue, and I won’t be the one who deals with the particular loneliness that comes from ostracizing yourself from family.

But I think you’ve already made your decision. Or at least, you know what you can’t withstand. As important as family is, seeing someone you care about support a cruel man like Bolsonaro can change how you view that person forever. It has changed the way I view soccer players who I used to love, for example, so I can only imagine what you would go through.

Supporting people like Bolsonaro isn’t just a matter of “different political opinions”; it’s a fundamental disagreement on who matters in the world and who doesn’t, on who deserve to have their lives and dignity preserved. For me, that’s not something that can be compromised. I imagine that you know you can’t be within the same space as those family members because the cruelty of the president is so absurd that it demands a response at every step. I don’t think that you should try to withstand the shitstorm, because the only way that ends is with you lashing out once the situation becomes unbearable.

I don’t know that you will be able to look at your family the same way even after Bolsonaro is gone, and perhaps that is just an unfortunate part of adult life. Sometimes your morals and heart don’t align with the morals and hearts of people who are close to you. It’s your right to sever those relationships when that happens, or do your best to preserve what’s good about those relationships even if it means sacrificing tradition.


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Antonio Brown’s feet look like a horror show. Here’s why.

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A simple procedure went wrong. What happens now?

Each year an unexpected star emerges from Hard Knocks, and this season it’s Antonio Brown’s feet — which are a horror show. The show never really outlined what precisely was wrong with Brown’s feet outside of him suffering “an injury,” but now we know.

Brace yourself, because you’re about to see them and I’m not going to be responsible for what happens when you do.


via @ab, Instagram

Some quick observations about Brown’s feet.

  • Brown’s big toes look like Goombas from Super Mario Bros.
  • It’s like he’s wearing a skin suit, and the feet tore.
  • If the floor is lava then these feet are baklava.

I’m needing to tell jokes to cope with this. Give me this, OK?

Seriously, what is happening here?

Brown reported to training camp with the Raiders and team doctors discovered he was suffering from serious frostbite on his feet. Over time this has resulted in the skin sloughing off his feet in sheets, as seen above — and that has led to him being able to participate very minimally in training camp thus far.

There’s no firm timetable on when Brown can return to the field, as he’s been referred to a foot specialist to treat the injury.

How did Brown get frostbite on his feet?

Many athletes are now opting for Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) as a means to either supplement traditional ice baths, or replace them entirely. This involves standing in a sealed room and being exposed to extremely cold, dry air for a period of 2-3 minutes. Temperatures are normally below -100 degrees, with liquid nitrogen and refrigerated air being used to blast the person receiving treatment.

The efficacy of this treatment is relatively unknown. While WBC has been around since the 1970s in Japan, its rise to prominence to treat athletes has really only started in the last 5-10 years. The belief is that WBC operates similarly to ice baths or ice-pack therapy, but at a much more pronounced level — treating minor injuries like muscle sprains and skin lesions quickly.

However, there are obvious risks associated too. Naturally the body isn’t meant to sustain these kind of temperatures, so precautions are typically taken to avoid any lasting damage. This includes the subject wearing a headband to cover the ears, a mask to avoid directly breathing in the cold air, and special dry socks or shoes, designed to provide a layer between the body and the ground.

It’s here where Brown went wrong:

According to a report from Pro Football Talk, Brown entered the cryochamber without appropriate footwear. This caused the frostbite, which is now a serious concern for the Raiders as the regular season draws near.

What is the timetable for his recovery?

This is the tricky part. It’s unclear when precisely Brown suffered the frostbite, but judging from the photo on his Instagram this is more serious that Stage 1 frostbite (sometimes referred to as “frostnip”). In cases of Stage 1 frostbite the skin typically takes on a reddish hue, often peeling similarly to a sunburn. This can last a few days, up to several weeks until full sensation returns to the affected area.

What makes frostbite diagnosis tricky is that no two cases are identical. However, the photo tends to support the idea that Brown has Stage 2 frostbite, which is characterized with either blistering, or hardened skin — which cracks and peels off. The real risk here is that Brown has done damage to the blood vessels in his feet, which, according to the Summit Medical Group, can take up to six weeks to be revealed.

Brown has participated in just one practice out of 11 this summer, but Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Raiders expect him to return soon and that the injury is mostly a “non-issue” for the team.

Hopefully the damage is minor and Brown will be back on the field before too long.


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Popular radio host who came out on live air last month says his family has quit talking to him

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Iain Lee radio host

Iain Lee is a popular radio host, comedian, and reality TV personality for the U.K. Last month, he made a big reveal about his sexuality.

After surviving a bad car accident, Lee explained, he began seeing a psychotherapist, who helped him realize he was bisexual.

“He’s helped me realize that I’m probably bisexual. So, I guess, I’m coming out,” he said. “This is me coming out, I suppose, is how they would call it, at the age of 46, and I’m terrified by it.”

He went on to talk about how he first began experimenting with “significantly older men” when he was a teenager, though he’s since come to identify those experiences as sexual abuse.

“I’ve been reminded of a lot of stuff that kind of started when I was about 14 or 15 years old, and would involve me basically engaged in sexual acts with significantly older men,” Lee recalled.

“This went on for quite a while, and I’ve always had a lot of confusion around it, because I started putting myself in these positions so that these things would happen again.”

Now, he says, revealing that part about himself to the world has cost him his relationship with several family members.

In a heartbreaking social media post this week, Lee said he’s been having difficultly sleeping after certain members of his family have severed ties with him.

“Slept badly,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Full of resentment at how some family members have completely cut me off after I told my story of being abused as an 8 and 14 year old and also about my sexuality.”

“Childish, disappointing and very sad. I expected more from family when strangers have been so kind.”

During a recent appearance on Good Morning Britain, Lee talked openly about the “shame” he used to feel about both his abuse and about being bisexual, but he said he’s in “in a great place” since coming out to the world.

“It has lifted a huge weight and nearly everyone has been brilliant and it’s not a big thing, it’s not like I am now going to go around and start queening up and going out with loads of guys and stuff,” he said.

“That’s not what it’s about, it’s about saying I have done this stuff in the past that I have had a lot of shame around and actually I don’t need to be ashamed about it. I am in a great place. My life has changed.”

Sadly, Lee’s experience with his family is not uncommon.

A 2016 study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that many bisexual men remain closeted for fear of being labeled as gay, becoming targets of violence, or being disowned by their families.

Another 2016 study by Vanderbilt University found that bisexuals reported the highest levels of psychological distress among the LGB community, with much of this due to feeling ostracized and isolated from friends and family.

Related: A Heartbreaking Look At Why So Many Bisexual Men Remain Closeted


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Stephen Colbert to straight dudes: “Caring for the earth is butch as hell”

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Late night host Stephen Colbert has lashed out against straight men who don’t recycle because they think it makes them look gay.

Colbert referenced a recent study that revealed the anti-recycling attitude among straight men in his Thursday night broadcast, greeting the news with his usual indignation and razor wit.

“Really?” Colbert croaked. “Really, men? Is there no limit to straight male fragility? … Besides who said gay people suddenly have a reputation for being environmentally conscious? Have you seen the aftermath of a Gay Pride parade?”

Related: Watch a roomful of people laugh in the face of a “Straight Pride” organizer

As queer people, we admit: Colbert has a point.

“Now straight men think the way they bag their groceries indicates their sexual orientation?” Colbert asked. ‘It’s gonna make checking out at the grocery store a little more interesting. ‘Uh sir, did you bring your own bag today?’ ‘Uh, did I bring my own bag? Um…I mean once when I was in college, but uh, it was college and it was a fraternity thing.’”

“This isn’t just toxic masculinity, this is literally toxic,” he added.”And as a ruggedly heterosexual male, I feel responsibility to convince my fellow hairy-chested man men that caring for the earth is butch as hell.”

Frankly, we agree. And if it indeed does take adding breasts to recycle bins to get straight men to recycle, we can deal with that too.


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Guess which former antigay GOP congressman is posing shirtless on a beach with a gay Instagrammer?

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Beach Bros ???

A post shared by Jeremy Cormier (@jeremycormier) on

Former antigay Rep. Aaron Schock has popped up again shirtless with a gay companion, this time on a beach in Malibu.

The reveal came courtesy of Jeremy Cormier, a New York-based Instagrammer whose feed consists mostly of shirtless pictures in various scenic locales. Cormier posted the pic, which he also tagged to Schock’s own Instagram.

Related: Twitter has a lot to say about that video of Aaron Schock stuffing dollars into a go-go boy’s briefs

We have to wonder if Cromier knows about Schock’s long anti-gay record. Schock was a reliable antigay vote while serving as U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district from 2009 until 2015. To add insult to injury, Schock has been living a seemingly out-gay life, all while refusing to address the damage he’s inflicted on the LGBTQ community.

Among his political positions, he voted against adding ‘sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability’ to the federal hate crime protection groups, against the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

His politics at one time earned him a 0 percent approval rating from the Human Rights Campaign for his opposition to LGBTQ equality.

For Cromier’s sake, we hope he’s just ignorant of the company he’s keeping. And since his social media presence appears as well-maintained as his six-pack, he may want to rethink how his latest share is going to play with other queer Instagram users.


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GoFundMe page launched to cover hospital expenses for man’s never-ending Viagra nightmare

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Danny Harrop-Griffiths in a hospital bed

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for a Berlin man who’s been sitting in the hospital for nearly two weeks with a never-ending erection.

Danny Harrop-Griffiths checked into a local hospital after a late-night hookup gone terribly, terribly wrong.

“I was partying at a club, and I took a Viagra before I went,” he tells Pink News.

While there, he says, “I met a nurse, who I went home with, who ended up injecting an erection enhancer into my c*ck. I thought, why not, what could possibly go wrong?”

Turns out, a lot could go wrong. And it did.

Harrop-Griffiths ended up with a 10-day erection that still hasn’t completely gone down.

Two days into it, he was “screaming in pain,” so he checked himself into the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a condition called priapism, which is basically a painful, never-ending erection that can lead to permanent tissue damage to the penis.

According to the the American Urological Association, priapism is a relatively uncommon disorder but can be unpredictable and is considered a medical emergency.

Pink News reports:

Medical experts tried a number of excruciating treatments in order to try and reduce the swelling, driving needles through the side of his penis five times to try and remove blood.

Doctors also tried pushing a plastic nail down his urethra without anaesthetic, which Harrop-Griffiths says was “ten out of ten on the pain scale,” to no avail.

The desperate clinicians even resorted to emergency surgery, taking a vain from his leg to try and draw the blood away.

However, Harrop-Griffiths still has his erection after a week and a half, and remains in hospital, hooked up to a blood thinner.

“Some days I wake up and I just cry about how stupid I was, about what I’ve lost, about what’s going to happen to me,” he says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever have sex again.”

Harrop-Griffiths’ friends launched a GoFundMe page to help cover his mounting medical costs. So far, they have raised about €300 of the €5,000 goal.

“It’s uncertain whether he’ll have another natural erection ever again,” the page reads. “Doctors give him less than 50% odds.”

“He’s been waiting 11 days for blood clots to drain from his penis. It may take another 3-5 days. t’s likely that his penis is now permanently damaged.”

“I don’t know how much it’s going to cost to get my penis working how it used to be working,” Harrop-Griffiths laments. “Sex is very important to me. … I need all the help I can get.”


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mikenov on Twitter: 10:57 AM 8/9/2019 – We will do it very easily, Mr. Leff: we will analyze you! We will keep you under the microscope. trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/08/09/105…

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10:57 AM 8/9/2019 – We will do it very easily, Mr. Leff: we will analyze you! We will keep you under the microscope. trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/08/09/105…


mikenov on Twitter


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Gay Man Runs for President of Tunisia, a First for Arab World: WATCH

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In a first for Tunisia and the Arab world, a gay man is running for president.

France24 reports: “Liberal Party leader Mounir Baatour, an openly gay lawyer, announced on Thursday he would stand in Tunisia’s presidential elections, marking a first for the Arab world. Baatour’s candidacy marks ‘a first which will without doubt be a benchmark in history’, his party said. A lawyer at the Court of Cassation, Tunisia’s highest court, the Liberal Party leader presents himself as a defender of LGBT rights. But ahead of his announcement, a petition signed by 18 groups who campaign for those rights warned his candidacy would represent a ‘danger’ for their communities.”

The post Gay Man Runs for President of Tunisia, a First for Arab World: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.


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Remember the ‘anonymous gay footballer? Rugby star Gareth Thomas says he’s real.

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Gareth Thomas (left) with UK PM David Cameron

Controversy continues over the now-deleted Twitter account of an anonymous British footballer who was set to come out several weeks ago. Now out-gay rugby player Gareth Thomas has says the two have had contact.

Thomas, the star of the upcoming documentary Gareth Thomas v Homophobia: The Legacy about his own battles with homophobia in pro sports, confirmed to The Daily Star that he had spoken with the player on the phone, which seems to confirm that the Twitter account was not a hoax as some have speculated.

Related: So about that ‘anonymous footballer’ coming out on Twitter…

“Away from the cameras,” Thomas says, “I reached out to him and offered him my support and gave him my number and he called me. I never asked him his name but he told me the club he played for. He is a young kid who had an understanding of who he was but didn’t have an understanding of where he fitted in.”

Thomas also confirms that the player deleted the Twitter account after becoming overcome by fear. “There is vitriol towards him because he has decided that he is not ready for it,” Thomas says. “But it is his decision to make.”

The anonymous Twitter account first appeared earlier this year and posted periodic updates saying he would reveal his identity July 24. Instead, the user deleted the account after posting “I thought I was strong enough. I’m not.”

Gareth Thomas knows a thing or two about homophobia in the world of sports. He came out in 2009: the first-ever pro-rugby player to do so.


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