Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights
LGBT rights will be discussed by Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin in an open dialogue.
Sir Elton John fell victim to a hoax earlier this year after he asked Putin, despite his large fallowing in Russia.
After he was subjected to a hoax call from a fake Putin, the real Putin got in touch to discuss LGBT rights – and offered to meet with the singer in future.
Sir Elton said: “I’ve talked to him on the telephone – we’re trying to arrange a date when I can go to Moscow and talk to him.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had to go above and beyond to convince Sir Elton that the real Putin did want to talk, after the hoax call.
He said: “At first [Sir Elton John] hesitated.
“We decided to ask Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko to get in touch with the musician and tell him about the phone call.
“In the beginning, Yakovenko had certain problems to explain to the musician that he was really the Russian ambassador and that the real president of Russia wanted to talk to him.”
Sir Elton added: “I feel very honoured that he wants to see me and he’s put the olive branch out and it’s essential that I do go over there and just put my foot in the water and see what we can do change the situation for LGBT people in Russia.
“Even though the Russians say it’s great it is very very, it’s not great at all. But you know, as I said, I want to try and knock the wall down a little bit, so I will be trying to go and see him.
“He was very pleasant on the phone, he apologised for the fake interview I did. He was very genial and I was very very impressed.”
June 13, 2016
High school teacher arrested after being caught watching gay porn in class
A ninth grade teacher has been arrested in Florida on Monday (2 November) after he was caught watching gay porn in class.
A reading teacher at Mulberry High School in Tampa Bay,Vadi Velez-Gonzalez, was reported by four students who saw the explicit images on his iPhone.
One student approached Velez-Gonzalez’s desk to ask a question and saw the porn on his phone.
She walked past his desk again few minutes later, pretending throw something in the trash while secretly filming him.
She shared the recorded video on Snapchat and the whole school had seen it.
Three other students saw the same images on Velez-Gonzalez’s phone and said everything to school authorities.
Velez-Gonzalezis charged with four counts of showing obscene materials to minors and four counts of using his phone to commit a felony.
‘You can do that, just not at school when you have kids in your class because that’s just nastiness,’ Destiny Potter.
Velez-Gonzalez is being held at Polk County Jail on an $8,000 bond and he has been placed on administrative leave.
‘The last place he needs to be is a school for our children,’ said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
‘We believe he knew exactly what he was doing. He was exposing ninth grade children to very nasty pornography.’
June 12, 2016
The United States has had a LOT of weddings since Supreme Court ruling
It was estimated that nearly one million Americans are in same-sex marriages by the pollster.
After the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that cemented same-sex marriage across all 50 states, a Gallup estimate this week estimated that 972,000 Americans are now in a same-sex marriage – with approximately 200,000 of those have been married fallowing the ruling.
Along with data from the Williams Institute estimating that 3.5% of Americans identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, the estimate was calculated using data from thousands of interviews with LGBT Americans before and after the ruling..
Since 26 of June there have been 96000 same-sex marriages ending in total of 972000 American’s in the same-sex marriages.
Gary J. Gates from Gallup suggested that the nationwide adoption of same-sex marriage would fundamentally change the face of lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships, saying “If those trends continue, marriage will soon overtake domestic partnerships as the more common relationship status among committed same-sex couples.”
Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 ruling forced all 50 states to recognise same-sex marriages and protect LGBT citizens’ right to marry in “mega-case” testimonies after which Supreme Court ruled in favour of marriage equality earlier this year.
June 11, 2016
Sam Smith: ‘I’ve never had a boyfriend’
Sam Smith said that he’s never had a boyfriend.
During the press tour for Spectre the 23-year-old, British singer has opened up about his dating life in an interview.
‘I’ve never had a boyfriend so I don’t really know any different, which I think is very lucky actually. I’m still learning on what’s right and what’s normal in dates,’ he said.
‘I think with anyone, you have to learn how to trust people and there’s different challenges and hurdles in my life now but I’m trying to remain as normal as I was before.’
Asked if he was ready for a relationship, Sam said: ‘Is anyone ready for a relationship? Who knows? I’ve been single for 23 years so I don’t know. It’s going to take something.’
He was previously linked to dancer Jonathan Ziezel, but their relationship has never been confirmed. He only ever referred to him as ‘someone he was seeing’, and stopped seeing him in January of this year.
Last year Sam caused controversy among his gay fans when he said to them that they should ‘delete Grindr as it’s ruining romance’.
And when he came out, he said that his debut album In The Lonely Hour was written about his unrequited love for another man.
June 10, 2016
Out Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy apologizes for Native American chief costume
‘Didn’t realize I was being offensive and didn’t mean to marginalize or appropriate Native American culture’
The best freeskier in the world Gus Kenworthy had four different costumes for Halloween.
The fourth costume got him into a little bit of trouble on social media.
Kenworthy, who, last month, came out as a gay man publicly, posted a photo on Instagram of himself costumed as a Native American chief with the caption: ‘Halloween costume number four – two and three weren’t worth posting… Anddd for everyone giving me grief, I don’t really understand why this is racist or cultural appropriation – it’s Halloween! Just having fun! :)’
Kenworthy deleted photo, after grief didn’t stop and backslash grew to so high degree ,so he decided to apologize.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘Didn’t realize I was being offensive & didn’t mean to marginalize or appropriate Native American culture. Sorry! Pic deleted.’
Kenworthy previous costumes were a slutty mouse and a sexy cop , they were less controversial then this one.
Last year Kenworthy, 24, won an Olympic silver medal in Sochi, Russia. He is considered the best free skier in the world , he is a three-time world champion. He waited until he reached the top of his sport and became best before coming out publicly.
June 9, 2016
Matt Bomer calls campaign against Houston’s HERO ordinance ‘horrifying’
Former Texan Matt Bomer thinks there’s something as horrifying as his series American Horror Story: Hotel: the campaign against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
‘The messages being broadcast across Houston attacking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in an attempt to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) go beyond misleading – they’re horrifying,’
‘These malicious ads, funded with a lot of money from anti-equality opponents, slander innocent people with slogans like “no men in women’s bathrooms” and imply transgender Houstonians want non-discrimination protections as a means to abuse children.
‘You and I know this is NOT true,’ Bomer adds. ‘But our opponents are running these deplorable messages in order to deceive voters heading into the November 3rd election. I grew up in the Houston suburbs, and it’s terrible to see what’s happening in my former backyard to try to repeal necessary non-discrimination protections.’
‘I know, Halloween is right around the corner…and an election in Houston is probably the last thing on your mind,’ Bomer writes. ‘But if we don’t fight for these non-discrimination protections — to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, military status, religion, and 10 other traits — the fourth largest city in the country is going to be a much scarier place.’
June 8, 2016
Cyber-bullied Thai-German gay couple get married
A Thai-German gay couple that was cyber-bullied after those photos of them holding each others hands went viral have got married in Germany.
The former creative director of a Thai modeling agency Noparuj Kaendi , posted photos of his wedding to model Thorsten Mid on Instagram.
This time, the photos got hundreds of good and congratulatory messages from well-wishers and are trending in Southeast Asia.
The couple is together for two years now and the couple wore navy suits at their wedding in Aachen, Germany.
‘Foreigners are fond of pets,’ one wrote.
‘I now believe that potions work,’ said another, commenting on the perceived disparity their looks, while another told Mid to ‘wake up, boy.’
However, others came to their defense and Facebook fan pages gave full support for the couple.
‘I’m not a famous actor nor a public person who knows how to handle criticism… I’m just ME,’ Kaendi said at the time.
‘We’re just another average couple working hard to get to be together.’
June 6, 2016
Boy George: ‘I slept with Prince’
Boy George has said he has slept with Prince.
During the show’s live audition stage the Voice coach made the claim in front of a studio audience, bringing production to a halt.
‘[It] sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming,’ an insider told The Sun.
Boy George talked with the other UK Voice coaches Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson and singer Paloma Faith on the subject of who they’d all duetted with in the past.
The gay singer-songwriter said: ‘I have duetted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.’
Paloma responded: ‘Well OK, if we’re throwing big soul names out there I’ve performed with Prince.’
To which Boy George replied: ‘Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince.’
The crowd went wild, the source said: ‘Production staff had to come up on stage and speak to them.
‘After that, Boy George started backtracking saying that he hadn’t really slept with Prince and that, he just had his poster on his wall in reality.
‘But as far as the crowd were concerned the cat was already out of the bag.’
The Voice UK returns in January on BBC 1.
June 4, 2016
Man called homophobic slur and then attacked for holding his penis while sleeping
A 56-year-old was victim of a homophobic attack for doing nothing except holding his penis while sleeping in Jamaica.
After it reported ,Randy Livingston, 54, Janil Barette, 25 and Wayne Richards, 19, all from Kingston, appeared in court ,they beat up and injured the 56-year-old man, called him a ‘batty man’.
In a community center on 5 September, around 6.30am the man was sleeping ,when Livingston saw him sleeping with his hands inside his shorts.
‘Wha kinda ting dat you a do?’ he said ,adding ‘Lef de area.’.
When the man said that he would call the police, other men got together with Livingston in his alleged attack.
The men said it was a ‘batty man’ thing to hold onto your genitals in your sleep, adding that he was a ‘dog’.
When the 56-year-old rapidly ran from the room, they caught him. One of the men with the Livingston forced him unconscious, using a stick to beat him on the head.
When the man regained consciousness in a police station, he immediately reported the incident.
Barette was charged with assault causing bodily harm, while Livingston and Richards were charged with unlawful wounding.
The men will return to court on 16 November, because they all pleaded not guilty.
The case will continue.
June 3, 2016
This is what happened when a gay guy was contacted by his school bully on Scruff years later
John Paul Brammer freelance writer, based in Washington DC, went home to rural Oklahoma to visit his hometown.
And when he was chatting to guys on Scruff, he got a message from a familiar face.
‘“Hi,” the message read. Curious, John Paul responded. “What’s up?” A few minutes passed. “I think you know me lol.”’
Blank profile said ‘went to school together’.
‘“We did?” John Paul replied, on edge. “Who are you?”
‘“You probably don’t like me… haha. I was a little mean to you.”’
‘I think it was the casual way he joined in on the harassment that made me hate him. The way after someone called me “faggot” he would parrot them, ally himself with them, use me to form solidarity with others,’ he said.
The profile asked: ‘Are you mad?’
‘Yes,’ John Paul responded, then asking him if he remembered anything he’d done.
‘No lol,’ he said. ‘But I was a real asshole back then.’
‘I thought about it, and when I calmed down, I reached a conclusion I didn’t expect,’
‘This person wasn’t the one-dimensional villain I’d made him out to be. All this time, he’d been closeted. Just like me. Yes, he had hurt me. Yes, he was wrong to hurt me. But I realized he was a victim too. In the town he and I had grown up in, being gay was seen as one of the worst things you could be. You might as well not even be human.
‘When he saw me getting pushed or getting my books smacked out of my hands or getting slurs thrown my way, he must have been relieved it wasn’t him.
‘And I can’t forgive that. But I can understand it.’
‘”Want to fool around?”, John Paul said.
‘No,’ John Paul responded. ‘Have a good life, man.’
June 2, 2016