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September 5, 2016

Gay Couple Thrown off London Bus under Vile Attack by Driver


Omar Okai claimed he and his boyfriend were kicked off the bus for being gay (Picture: Facebook/Omar Okai) 
  

A theatre director describes how he was kicked off a London bus after its driver launched a vile racist and homophobic tirade at him and his boyfriend.
Omar Okai said the “humiliating” incident happened after he had enjoyed an evening out with his boyfriend in central London on Friday.
He said the couple were left "shocked and disgusted" after the driver challenged them with an apparently innuendo-laden remark after they boarded the bus at the rear.
The 51-year-old, from Bethnal Green, alleged that the driver told them: "I bet you like it in the backdoor" during the confrontation near Tottenham Court Road station. 
Mr Okai and his Spanish partner Juan Salas Carranza, 36, have now formally complained to Transport for London and the police over the alleged incident.
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Behind the wheel: Omar Okai took a photograph of the bus and driver following the incident. (Omar Okai)
"We put our hands out to get the bus but he looked at us and pointed at something and just drove on," Mr Okai told the Standard. 
“We caught up with the bus at another stop. The front doors were closed but people were on the bus. The back door was open so we got on and go straight to the front and put our Oyster cards on the machine.
“He then said, the front doors were closed for a reason. We apologised and said ‘but we have paid, is it ok?’
“He just kept repeating, ‘how long have you been using buses in this country?’ I made it very clear I am British but he kept repeating it. It was really aggressive, it was vile.
“He then said, ‘why did you use the backdoor?’. We again apologised and he said, ‘I bet you like it in the backdoor anyway.’
“I kind of stopped and said, ‘what do you mean’. He said, ‘you heard’.
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Snapped: The bus driver who Omar Okai has reported as part of the alleged incident. (Omar Okai)
“He then pressed the button on the top of his bus panel and made this announcement. He said 'this bus is not going any further and people need to get off'. 
“It was in such a nasty way. We got off the bus but realised other passengers stayed on. He then opened the front doors and allowed another lady to enter and then he drove off.”
Mr Okai, who runs his own theatre company, said: “You don’t have to call me a poof and a queer to be homophobic. This on a bus in your own country in 2016, that’s disgusting.”   In a letter to TfL, he added: “I would like an explanation, not just an apology, as I will be taking it further. 
“This kind of behaviour is not acceptable in any shape or form in Great Britain and as a British citizen born here, I am not accepting it. My partnerand I were humiliated and intimidated, being made to leave the bus.
“In a multi-racial, poly-sexual society, this can't be allowed to pass. I use the transport system day in, day out and have never been so insulted.”
Transport for London said they are investigating what happened.
A spokesperson said: “We are concerned to hear of this incident and are investigating it with Tower Transit, the operator of the 25 bus route. 
“We expect the highest standard of public service from bus drivers."
Bus operator Tower Transit have also been contacted for comment.
Mr Okai also reported the alleged incident, which happened at around 10pm on Friday, to the Metropolitan Police. Scotland Yard have been contacted for comment. 
People have taken to social media to show their support for Mr Okai and applaud him for reporting the incident.
Steven Kavuma said on Twitter: "Absolutely disgusting. I hope his bus licence gets taken away."
Stephanie Sirr wrote: "Shocking treatment of two gay men on their way home. Feels like we’re going backwards".


August 6, 2016

Versace Launches Homoerotic Ad About New Men’s Fragrance


In the alluring video, Weber embraces sexual fluidity through flashes of homoerotic tension. In response to the video, designer Donatella Versace told WWD, “I love how Dylan Blue captures such an evocative world of Versace masculinity. I have always believed men should be strong, passionate, proud, expressive, unafraid.”

The fashion icon added “I love that in today’s world, men feel able to reveal their true natures, to share their passions and their beliefs. It’s there in the fragrance, which is strong, fresh, seductive. It is there in the bottle design, which is powerful, distinctive. It is there in the beautiful, individual young men who feature in the campaign. It is there in the martial arts fighters who appear, and who prove their strength every day.” In a statement, Weber exposed his inspiration for the video saying, “I’ve been watching lots of movies lately where the actors are mixed martial arts fighters.”
“It seems like they are always proving themselves so that the women characters will fall in love with them. I thought it would be interesting to do some photographs and make a film that dealt with this kind of relationship. Many women I know really respect the sensitivity and vulnerability of men. I wanted to show that men can have these qualities while remaining very strong and disciplined — like great athletes — and still fall in love with the girl of their dreams.” Weber added.  

September 17, 2014

New Filter will stop excluding Gay Safe content from searches


                                                                           



A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.
For several years, top Web-filtering services have been resolving a security over-reach that conflated gay rights websites with child porn, blocking both from web surfers using safe-search software. Now Symantec, one of a handful of key players in the content-filtering market, is joining the push.
Online security firm Symantec told The Associated Press that while customers can still set their search to block offensive websites, there will no longer be an option to block websites just because they relate to sexual orientation.
“Making this change was not only the right thing to do, it was a good business decision,” said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Norton Business Unit, Symantec in a Tuesday announcement. “Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec’s values and the mission of our software.”
Symantec’s shift, which came after customers at an Au Bon Pain cafe and bakery blogged in January that the free Wi-Fi was blocking access to advocacy groups, is the latest in a series of Internet-filter revamps prompted after frustrated Web searchers found human rights campaigns and gay advocacy groups were being grouped together with child porn sites by some Web-content monitors, which then prevented users from clicking on them.
Internet filters are mandatory in most public schools and libraries, and they are frequently used as well by anyone offering Wi-Fi, from airports to cafes. They can limit students and patrons from browsing obscene or inappropriate content. But many of those filters have blocked appropriate and important content.
In 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union launched a “Don’t Filter Me” campaign specifically aimed at getting public schools to allow students to look at non-sexual websites about LGBT issues and organizations. ACLU attorney Joshua Block said that at the time, they had “a gazillion complaints” about Internet filters and little opposition, but in recent months, as many software firms have revised their systems, they’ve heard few grievances.
“Symantec is a little bit behind the curve on this,” said Block, who helped lead that campaign. “Most of the leading Internet-filtering companies have already eliminated these sorts of filters from their own systems.”
GLAAD, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy organization, along with The Trevor Project, a youth suicide prevention program, were among those that until now were blocked by Symantec’s software, and they are still blocked by several major systems.
GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said the change shows that “Symantec gets it.”
“It’s time that our software reflects our values, and that means filtering out discrimination,” she said Monday in advance of the announcement.
Web-filtering systems, including McAfee, Blue Coat, Websense and Netsweeper, divide millions of Web addresses into categories like nudity, marijuana, cults or war games and then allow the network owner to select what categories they want blocked from their systems.
Symantec’s Web-content database, which is used by its Web-content filtering and parental-control programs, dates to 1996 and is one of the largest in the industry, including billions of Web pages from around the world.
Symantec, the fourth-largest software company in the world, said the lifestyle-sexual orientation category has been removed from its databases, but that it’s still being implemented in some products. The Mountain View, California-based firm said it’s also taking a broader look at all of the categories in this database, and it will be eliminating any others that are similarly outdated.
( The Associated Press)

August 20, 2012

Gay Couple Denied Right to Make Decisions Even with Domestic Partnership

Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center Las Vegas Nevada
CARSON CITY -- On the wall of their Henderson home, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli proudly display their certificate of domestic partnership.
Under a 2009 state law, the document gives them all the rights of married couples.
Or so they thought.
When Leon, 26, checked into Spring Valley Hospital on July 20 with complications in her pregnancy, she assumed that her partner Simonelli, 41, could make any necessary medical decisions if she suffered unforeseen problems.
But that's not what happened, they said. An admissions officer told them the hospital policy required gay partners to secure power of attorney before making any medical decisions for each other.
They protested, even offering to go home and return with their domestic partnership document. But they said the admissions officer told them that didn't matter - Simonelli would need a power of attorney. Considering Leon's condition, Simonelli wasn't in a position to argue or spend hours running to a law office. But the admission officer's words left them devastated in a moment that they already were under extreme stress.
Leon ended up losing her baby.
"I am usually a big fighter. But I was so emotionally upset. It was a very bad day for us," said Simonelli, a hotel parking valet and website designer. "We went there thinking we had the state's backing, and then we were told we were wrong. It didn't matter that we were registered domestic partners.
"It should matter."
A woman who identified herself as public relations representative at Spring Valley Hospital told a Review-Journal reporter in a phone interview that the hospital policy requires gay couples have power of attorney in order to make medical decisions for each other .
When asked if she was aware of Nevada's domestic partnership law, she accused the reporter of bias and hung up the telephone.
That law states: "Domestic partners have the same rights, protections and benefits, and are subject to the same responsibilities, obligations and duties under law, whether derived from statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, government policies, common law or any other provisions or sources of law, as are granted to and imposed upon spouses."
Gay marriage is prohibited in Nevada by constitutional amendment, so domestic partners are not considered legally married. But they have the same rights under law as married couples. The only difference is that employers do not have to provide health care benefits to gay couples, even if they are provided to married, heterosexual couples.
During hearings on the domestic partners bill, proposed by state Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, numerous gay couples testified that the law was needed in part because they had been denied the right to make medical decisions for their partners, or to stay with them in the hospital.
There is no specific penalty for businesses that discriminate against domestic partners. They can file complaints with Nevada Equal Rights Commission, which investigates and tries to reach an agreement with the business to follow the law.
Shelley Chinchilla, the administrator of the commission, said she knows of only one complaint filed by a domestic partner that accused a business of violating the law.
ADDING TEETH TO THE LAW
Assemblyman Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said he may propose a bill next year that would put more "teeth" in laws designed to stop discrimination against gay and transgender people. Those who discriminate against them need to be subject to penalties, he said.
"What really happens now if they deny your rights? Not much," he said. "We need a remedy."
Segerblom, a lawyer, wants a "private right of action" for those who believe they are victims of discrimination. That would allow them to hire lawyers to sue the offending businesses for damages.
"The first time this happens, other businesses will come around quickly," he said. "The word will get out."
Simonelli and Leon suggested two other changes that might help:
■ Requiring businesses to sign a statement saying they have read and will follow the domestic partner law.
■ Issuing a state ID card, like a driver's license, to domestic partners. Then they can show this card if a business wants proof of their legal relationship.
"If a straight couple says 'This is my husband,' no one questions it. I shouldn't have to prove who I am," Leon said. "But maybe the state could give us a little card or ID."
Segerblom said those aren't bad ideas, although he questions the fairness of requiring a domestic partner show a card when businesses just accept the word of other couples that they are married.
"People don't have to show their marriage certificate," he said. "They (domestic partners) should be treated like every other person. We need to make them comfortable that they have all the rights of others."
NO COMPLAINTS WILL BE FILED
Leon and Simonelli said they don't intend to file a complaint or lawsuit against Spring Valley Hospital. They just hope their problem will lead to more awareness of the domestic partnership law and for fair treatment of gay people.
Despite the problem during the admission process, they said they were treated excellently by the hospital doctors and nurses. Since the doctor knew the couple, she updated Simonelli periodically with what was happening when Leon was in surgery. Leon lost a lot of blood and was required to stay overnight, but did not need a transfusion.
But Leon said her doctor had to leave to attend another birth. During those 90 minutes, Simonelli wasn't told what was happening to her partner. She finally asked a nurse and was told Leon was in the recovery room. They questioned whether a heterosexual spouse would have had to wait that long before finding out what happened to his or her spouse.
SIX YEARS TOGETHER
Leon and Simonelli have been together for six years. Their parents and 99 percent of the people they encounter accept their relationship. Leon even received get-well cards from her clients, many of whom now ask her how Simonelli is doing.
"We understand there are people out there who are not going to welcome us with open arms," Simonelli said. "That it fine, but when it comes to a business, like a hospital, treat us fairly. When you step into a hospital, you are in a very vulnerable state."
Looking back, Leon is amused by one requirement imposed by the hospital.
When she checked in, she said, the administration officer asked for her insurance. She is insured through Simonelli's policy from her job at a Strip hotel. Leon said the hospital readily accepted the insurance, and the officer even asked for Simonelli's Social Security number.
"They wanted to be sure they would get paid," she said.
Contact reporter Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901.


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March 5, 2012

The Gayest City in America is in Mormon Territory

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Banks can’t tell the difference between a gay dollar and a straight dollar. Why should anyone else?
That was the overriding message at the Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s premiere event, a business expo held this weekend on the topmost floor of Zions Bank in downtown Salt Lake City.
“I am a lesbian in this community, and it’s a great way to build alliances and improve our presence,” said LeAnna Porter, designer and owner of Mountain Desert Landscape Design.
Nevertheless, and despite Salt Lake City’s recent ranking by leading gay magazine The Advocate as “the gayest city in America,” there was a sense among the expo’s almost two dozen participants that proclaiming your business savvy and sexual orientation at the same time still carries unwarranted costs — even in a state where “industry” is the motto.
“A lot of people still see gays and lesbians as ‘those people,’ not the owner of a pet store, a businessperson or the doctor that takes care of their children,” said Sasha Polak, chamber treasurer, parent of five, and owner with her partner of Pumps & Pants, a photography business catering to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. “Developing the chamber shows the community that we’re people they can trust, value, and that they can do business with.”
Incorporated in January, the chamber’s formation marked the end of a six-year road for Michael Aaron, owner of the LGBT biweekly publication QSaltLake and now chamber president. Previously, Aaron had formed a business alliance named after his publication. With the formal name change and, most importantly, he said, the right group of people ready to “grab the rails,” the idea took off.
The new chamber is also one of the few gay and lesbian business organizations nationwide that crosses county boundaries to encompass an entire state. Marketing studies over the years have shown that gay and lesbian consumers have more discretionary income and higher levels of education than the general population, but there’s also gay, lesbian and transgendered consumers at every household income level, Aaron said.
He’s most proud that “ally” straight-owned businesses count for more than half of the chamber’s current membership. Many were on display at Saturday morning’s expo, following a ribbon-cutting Friday, including Winder Farms and Brown Brothers Catering of Provo.

December 17, 2011

Gay Community ] Traveling more this year than Ever before


I am interested in anything happening with the gay  community from mundane to deluxe. I like this report coming out and I think it should be read and shared. The part that I find interesting is that younger LGTB and more affluent ones have always traveled. The only thing that is different is what some companies have known. You know the one that started advertising to the gay community years back. That is, the gay community spans from globe to globe in all areas of consumerism.
What have not been known is what the gay community was doing…because so many of us were closeted. Now that more and more gays and lesbians are coming out,  the industries are able to track what it is that we are doing. It is a good thing. That’s because that give us consumer power, consumer power means money power, money is politicians, politicians make the laws.
I think you know where I am headed..so I’ll just leave it here and let you go over the report.   adamfoxie*
Community Marketing, Inc., based in San Francisco, has released its 16th Annual LGBT Tourism reportwhich showed that the LGBT community is traveling more.The study was compiled from responses from self-identified gay and lesbian consumers who read LGBT publications, visit LGBT websites, and attend LGBT events. There were 10,000 responses.
A few key findings of the report are that the LGBT community increased its travel in 2011 by 1 to 3 percent. In 2010 and 2009 LGBT travel was down. 
New York City continues to be a U.S. top destination for LGBT travelers. Other top destinations are San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans and MiamiProvincetown, Key West and Palm Springs scored extremely well considering these cities’ size.
A few other fact gleaned from the report were that 85 percent of gay males and 77 percent of lesbians responding to the survey owned a passport; 54 percent of gay men used their passports in the last year. LGBT travelers are more interested in urban and warm weather travel than eco travel. Gay men lean more this way than lesbians.
Also, survey results show the mid-range market is the biggest group among LGBT travelers, followed by economy/budget, and then luxury. Although the LGBT travel community likes budget travel only about a third indicated they stay at economy hotels because they are low income. Most said they would rather spend their money to travel more often and on local attractions or restaurants.

LGBT events get a high draw, with guests staying on average of three nights in a hotel. For those under 35-year “Gay Pride” events are still a big travel motivator. Those older than 35 may not travel to another city for the event.
LGBT people don’t penalize communities and people because of national or state laws. Only about a third of gay men and lesbians are inclined to not travel to destinations with anti-gay bias. A destination’s reputation for anti-gay violence is more of a deterrent.  The top four motivators in choosing one hotel over another are the hotel’s location, price, free Wi-Fi internet access and the hotel’s gay-friendly reputation.
Approximately 3 percent of gay men and 19 percent of lesbians said they have children under 18 living at home. In that case they are more interest in family travel than LGBT travel.   travelagentcentral.com 





December 16, 2011

FaceBook Mile High Club } Your Ex Can Choose to Fly Next to You


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Hey is this the Dungeons and Dragons red-eye to Boston?
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The Mile High Club Just Went Public

If you thought your personal space was already at a minimum while flying, it's about to get a whole lot worse. A major airline has announced it will let fliers use Facebook to find people they want to sit next to, which means that ex you've been avoiding could finally have their chance to corner you for a few hours.
KLM Airlines says it will launch its new "Meet and Seat" service sometime next year, which will allow ticket-holders the opportunity to use their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to find someone with similar interests that they can sit next to on their flight.
Of course, just because you "liked" Toddlers and Tiaras on Facebook doesn't mean you're automatically chained to a seat next to some creep with an encyclopedic knowledge of reality shows. The service is completely optional and you can choose whether or not your profile is available publicly.
And while a good match has sky-high potential for a great plane ride, the chances of you getting stuck next to a salesman who has memorized your LinkedIn contacts makes it way too risky.
I'll take the random chance encounter with a beautiful woman over social network assigned seating any day.




November 25, 2011

The New Nasty Pig Ad Campaign } NaStY!

  

 

BY JORDAN SHAVAREBI  out.com

 
Sometimes, you need more than a strong cup of coffee and some gay gossip to get you through a rainy Wednesday. Sometimes, you need a ridiculously hot stud wearing clothes by a label called Nasty Pig, striking poses that show off more than his incredibly hot tattoos and showing us around his crummy New York apartment while in his underwear.
Below is the video for Nasty Pig’s “Do You” campaign—via The Sword—showcasing its new line of “Dominant Jeans.” Carlos Arias is the man behind the camera, and Matthew DeLaGarza is the boy (in his modeling debut) that you’ll want to stalk hardcore shortly after viewing. Did we mention that, when not spreading for Nasty Pig, he’s a windshield deliveryman? Attention: Really terrific porn plot forming.
Nasty Pig is doing well for its nasty self. Their window displays, created by stylist Polar Buranasatit, were recently nominated by Racked.com as the Best Store Windows in New York City for 2011.
Creative Director Frederick Kearney designed the styles featured.
Now, let’s all go get matching snout rings.


October 19, 2011

URGENT RENEWAL NOTICE: Men’s health Magazine


  • This is self explanatory. But let me just ad that I have been a customer of men’s health for a long time. Now they want to send me a gift if I renew early; "mind-blowing orgasms and treat her to the same.”

    I responded with a question. Unless I get a satisfactory answer, they lost a customer. Will let you know if I get a response. If I don’t I will resend to their CEO.
    Adam


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