Gary Johnson, Northern Lights, Frontiers, Megyn Kelly, Adam Lambert, Oklahoma, Alex Newell: HOT LINKS

GARY ‘WHAT IS ALEPPO’ JOHNSON. Candidate doubles down on not being able to name a world leader he respects–


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AURORA BOREALIS. Reykjavik, Iceland turns off the lights to make for better viewing of the Northern Lights: “The city council released a statement saying street lights would be turned off in multiple sections of the city between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time and warning people to drive carefully.”


ctyqttfw8aaal2bSWEETIE, WHAT IS THIS? Megan Mullally talks the Will & Grace mini reunion: “The whole thing felt like we’d just gone on hiatus for a week and we’d just come back. It was just like no time had passed.”

INK. Mandy Moore explains why she has a sperm tattoo on her foot: “”Well, about 10 years ago, I was on tour with my band, because I also sing. And when you go city to city, you get a ‘day room’ and I was the only girl so I had my own room to shower in and all of the guys in my band shared a day room. Their one rule was nobody was allowed to do ‘that thing’ in the shower.”

14324201_10154466592400270_3790806101719101167_oLGBT MEDIA. Next Magazine and Frontiers shut down: “The staff of Multimedia Platforms Worldwide’s five publications, which include Next Magazine, Florida Agenda, and SoCal’s own queer mag Frontiers Magazine has been laid off, according to While Frontiers has yet to officially announce it will be shuttering, and its most recent issue currently appears online, the 35 year old magazine has yet to release printed editions this week.”

kellyconway-960x640COME ON, KELLYANNE. Megyn Kelly grills Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway over his treatment of women.

TIME WARP. FOX releases a new clip of their TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show featuring Adam Lambert as Eddie.

TEARING UP MY HEART. Meet the actor Lifetime has cast to play Justin Timberlake in their Britney biopic.

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-3-50-19-pmOKLAHOMA. Town of Norman passes pride resolution 6 years after a debate over a similar resolution led to a gay teen’s suicide: “[Zack] Harrington’s death — which took place amid a rash of suicides by LGBT people nationwide — inspired Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ viral “It Gets Better” speech, as well as a documentary about the gay teen’s life, “Broken Heart Land.” On Tuesday, for the first time since Harrington’s death, the Norman City Council again considered an LGBT History Month proclamation — with Zack’s parents, Nancy and Van, in attendance. This time, however, there was no debate, and the council approved the proclamation unanimously, with the mayor choking back tears as she read it.”

HIV/AIDS. CDC releases an Alex Newell music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options.


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Protests Planned in Philadelphia After Video Emerges of Gay Bar Owner Calling Black Guests ‘Niggers’ – WATCH

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A video has surfaced in which the owner of Philadelphia gay bar Icandy repeatedly refers to black patrons as “niggers.”

The owner of Icandy, Darryl DePiano, cannot be seen in the video but he is heard saying, “only niggers ask for drink passes.”

Here’s a transcript of the audio in the video, via PhillyMag: 

Guy No. 1: “And Ricky Peterson, nig, nig, nig, nig, niggers — everyone of them. (laughs) Does Ray ask you for drink passes — white, obnoxious white, but white?”

Guy No. 2: “No he’s never asked me.”

Guy No. 1: (laughs) “There you go, and he was definitely your real boyfriend. All three of them that ask you for drink passes are niggers.”

Background voice: whispers “oh my god” and the video ends.

DePiano confirmed on Facebook that it was him making the racist remarks in the video. He says the video was recorded approximately 3 years ago and that it does not reflect his “true feelings.”

DePiano wrote,

As Everyone is aware, there is a Video ciriculating that was recorded about 3 yrs ago of me using some Very Hurtful and Racist language in a time ofFrustration!! Although,I acknowledge that this type of Language and and actionare NEVER acceptable it truly does NOT reflect my true feelings. It is NEVER ever ever Ok to refer to anyone in this manne,but I did make this comment, and I have grown since then to be understanding and respectful to each and every individual. As many of you know me and know that i am always striving for diversity, and always willing to listen, learn and grow myself, my business, and my team. Again, this was an EXTREMELY Poor Choice I made on my own many years ago and i definitely learned and continue to learn each day. I SINCERELY and Truthfully Apologize to all my Friends, Valued Customers, and Everyone that I Hurt and Offended. It was NEVER my intention to do so. I Truly am SORRY, and PROMISE to continue to do better at respecting Everyone I love our whole Community, and will always do my part to make it a better place. I AM SOOO SORRY FOR MY STUPID AND OFFENSIVE ACTIONS!!

Outrage emerged on social media over the video and DePiano’s response. Some have called for a boycott of the club.




A protest is planned for this evening outside Icandy organized by the Black & Brown Workers Collective.

Thursday’s protest comes on the heels of a previous protest in Philadelphia’s gayborhood which called out Icandy for its racist dress code.

Medium writer Joshua Scott Albert reports: 

Last week there was a protests in the Gayborhood led by the Black and Brown Workers Collective. They made a few stops, one of which was ICandy, a popular gay bar in the Gayborhood. They were protesting ICandy’s blatantly racist dress code policy that prohibits patrons from entering wearing Timberlands. Not Uggs. Not Boots. Timberlands.


Philadelphia Gay News recently reported on the controversy surrounding the dress code at ICandy:

“In the spring, some patrons of ICandy said they had been denied entrance because they were wearing Timberland boots; many saw it as a way to keep black people out of the bar. General Manager Jeff Sheehan told PGN at the time that a miscommunication between management and a member of the door staff led to the problem, when in fact, ‘There are no brand-specific bans at all.’ The dress code is clean, neat and casual, Sheehan said.”

However, many of iCandy’s former patrons have not seen the dress code as an issue of “miscommunication.”

PhillyMag notes that nearby Philadelphia gay bar Woody’s has also been accused of having a racist dress code, and that “enforcement of Gayborhood bar dress codes that target urban fashion trends has seemingly become more frequent in the past year.”

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GOP Candidate for Utah Senate Trolls Woman Mourning Gay Teen Who Committed Suicide 

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A Republican candidate for the Utah state Senate went viral on Reddit after trolling a woman on Facebook who was mourning the death of a gay teenager who committed suicide.

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-07-40-pmBraxton Taylor tragically took his own life at the young age of nineteen. And as NNN reports, “People close to the case…have called Taylor’s death an ‘LGBT suicide’ on various ‘ex mormon’ websites.

The story of Taylor’s death got an ugly postscript after a woman who lived near Taylor shared the boy’s obituary on Facebook. As Raw Story notes, the woman wrote, “This beautiful boy lived in Kaysville and shared the same zip code as I do. He attended the same jr. high school as my children, and was just nineteen years old.”

Utah Senate hopeful Jason Christensen (R) then commented on that post, writing that he hopes God forgives Taylor for the sins of “homosexuality” and “murder.”

Wrote Christensen, “Yes this is sad, and hopefully God will have mercy on both sins that this boy committed. The sins of homosexuality and the sins of murder.”

When challenged by a commenter on calling Taylor a murderer, Christensen responded, “When you take a life what you call it? It’s still murder.”

The woman who shared the obituary fired back at Christensen, saying, “Jason Christensen get off my thread now. Not able to block you now but will asap. How dare you! Get the hell off!”

But Christensen didn’t leave it there. He added, “Read the scriptures, stop denying the scriptures,” he replied. “I do feel bad for him and his sins. But one must recognize what’s sins and what is not sin. One must live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not the Gospel of the Devil.”


After making his Twitter private, Christensen later posted on Facebook, “Don’t you love how intolerant the left actually is?”


You can read Taylor’s obituary here.

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CA Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Mandating PrEP Education for HIV-Negative Test Recipients

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require that HIV-negative people who are tested for the virus to receive information from their medical care provider or the person administering the test about the availability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), information they were not heretofore required to receive.

This is the first legislation of its kind to be passed in any state. Advocates hope the new information will massively reduce the number of new HIV cases.

Writes the Los Angeles LGBT Center in a press release:

PrEP has been shown to be up to 99% effective at preventing HIV transmission. PEP involves taking anti-HIV medications as soon as possible after a potential exposure to reduce the risk of becoming HIV-positive. According to a 2015 survey of gay and bisexual men by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, only 1 in 10 respondents had ever used PrEP and nearly 85% had never talked to their doctor about PrEP.

The bill was co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and APLA Health and introduced by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson).

Said Thompson: “We are extremely pleased that Governor Brown has signed this bill into law. This is one of several proposals the governor has supported to increase information about and the availability of PrEP and PEP, and we thank him for his continued leadership on this issue. AB 2640 is a crucial step toward raising awareness about effective HIV prevention tools, reducing new infections, and ending the epidemic in California.”

Said Los Angeles LGBT Center Medical Director Dr. Robert Bolan of the new law:

“With the stroke of his pen, Governor Brown has played a significant and groundbreaking role in helping to fight HIV in the state that ranks second in the nation in cumulative AIDS cases. Those most at risk of HIV infection deserve to know about all the options to stay negative, including PrEP and PEP. By signing AB 2640, Governor Brown is helping to promote options that have the potential to change the course of the epidemic in California and significantly reduce the HIV infection rate here.”

Added Gipson:

“It is estimated that 1 in 2 Black gay men and 1 in 4 Latino gay men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime if infection rates continue to rise. This is unconscionable. Women of color and transgender individuals are also among the groups at greatest risk for HIV. We now have effective tools like PrEP and PEP that can help end the HIV epidemic, but that won’t happen unless people know about them. With the signing of AB 2640, we are now doing more to make sure that people know about the tools available to protect themselves.”

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Haiti Cancels First LGBT Film Festival Following Death Threats and Police Pressure: VIDEO


Haiti’s first LGBT film festival has been cancelled following threats of death and arson.

Members of Kouraj, Haiti’s leading LGBT group, said death and arson threats were made by phone and on social media. Jean Danton Leger, commissioner of Port-au-Prince, said the Massimadi festival was blocked to protect public morals.

jean-renel-senatusRELATED: Haitian Anti-Gay Marriage Protesters Kill Two Men, Threaten To Burn Down Parliament: VIDEO

Adding to the pressure on organizers, Senator Jean Renel Senatus (right) wrote on Facebook that the Massimadi festival “aims to promote homosexuality in our country” and poses “great danger” to Haitian families. Senatus also congratulated one of the hosts of the festival for pulling out, adding that the money saved should be spent on education.


According to Reuters, the president of Kouraj, Charlot Jeudy, said organizers are “worried about the security of the members of the [LGBT] community who live in this country.” Jeudy added that the festival was banned “precisely because there has been a verbal ban by the government commissioner of Port au Prince, Jean Danton Leger.”


In July, Senatus launched a war against television shows “advocating homosexuality.” Targeting Glee specifically, he said:

“I want to send a signal to the Haitian families that are in danger today. Fathers and mothers should observe an outstanding vigilance during the holidays. We want to draw their attention to these serials that promote bad manners, to the contrary of morality.”

The Massimad festival, which has also been held in Brussels and Montreal, aims to raise awareness of homophobia in African and Caribbean communities.

Watch a report on the 2014 Montreal Massimadi festival below.

(Senatus image via Facebook. Massimadi image via Twitter).

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Killer Who Sexually Assaulted, Shot Teen Lesbian Couple in Texas Sentenced to Life in Prison – VIDEO


A jury in San Patricio County, Texas has found David Malcolm Strickland guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to life in prison.

stricklandStrickland brutally shot and sexually assaulted a teenage lesbian couple in Texas back in 2012. Strickland attacked 19-year-old Mollie Olgin and 18-year-old Kristene Chapa when he came upon them at a park in Portland, Texas, not far from Corpus Christi. He blindfolded them with duct tape, sexually assaulted them, and then shot them in the head execution style, leaving them for dead.

The pair were later found by a couple who were at the park on a birdwatching trip. Olgin died of her injuries but Chapa miraculously survived and has undergone intensive therapy over the last several years. However, she has been left permanently scarred, both physically and emotionally, by the attack.

Chapa was in the courthouse when Strickland’s conviction was announced.

“I was very shocked at first. I didn’t know what to expect exactly, I was hoping that they (the jury) would see all the evidence that we had and they would go our way. (It was) very emotional.. I wanted to just burst out in tears,” Chapa told KRIS 6 news.

PREVIOUSLY: Trial Begins For Suspect In Brutal Rape, Murder Of Teen Lesbian Couple In Texas

Mollie’s sister, Megan Olgin, said of Mollie’s death, “She was only 19. She didn’t get to live her life. He took that away from her.” Olgin went on to say, “I’m just  happy that it’s finally over. The jury saw the evidence and now finally there’s justice. It doesn’t bring her back. But at least he can pay for what he did.”


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In closing arguments, Strickland’s attorneys tried to convince the jury that the first suspect in the case was the gunman, claiming there was more evidence indicating he was involved, not Strickland. There was also more commentary about the police interrogation video in which the defendant admitted to the crimes, then told a Texas Ranger he was making it all up. Attorneys also cast doubts on the handling of evidence in the case, highlighting that officers in Portland were fired or demoted as a result of the investigation.

The Prosecution countered with an admission that the first suspect was a strongly considered, until a letter was dropped off two years after the shootings. The letter contained details never released to the public. The fact that portions of the letter were found on Strickland’s personal computer left little doubt as to the origins. A ballistics expert also told the court that bullet fragments found at the crime scene match samples taken from Strickland’s .45 caliber Glock.

chapaolgin2Chapa testified at Strickland’s trial and says she was able to identify him despite the fact that he was wearing a mask when he attacked her.

Chapa said she wasn’t bothered by facing Strickland in court, “Because he’s a coward.” She added,”David Strickland put his head down and wouldn’t look at me, so what does that mean to you? Did you see him in the courtroom? He didn’t do anything.”

Chapa was also able to talk to Strickland after his conviction and enumerated the many things he stole from her that night in 2012.

Previously, county prosecutors were concerned anti-gay bias could negatively impact the jury. Strickland was not charged with a hate crime.

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Actor Nico Tortorella and Instastud Kyle Krieger Talk About Their Relationship – LISTEN


Actor Nico Tortorella and hairstylist/Instastud Kyle Krieger open up about their relationship in a new episode of Tortorella’s podcast, The Love Bomb.

Tortorella, who stars on the TV series Younger (which had its season premiere last night), opens the podcast by declaring that “gay is normal, gay is love, and anybody who thinks otherwise can go f*ck themselves.” However, Tortorella does not identify as gay. He’s sexually fluid, meaning he occasionally dates boys.

“So sometimes I date boys, not because I’m gay necessarily but because I’m confident. Because I’m self-aware,” he explains.

In Tortorella’s “conversation with a man I love named Kyle,” Tortorella and Krieger talk publicly for the first time about their relationship. They discuss how they met on Instagram, became pen pals of sorts, and then began a 6 month romantic affair.

“It was pretty much game on from the beginning…it just worked from the beginning,” Tortorella explains.

PREVIOUSLY: Nico Tortorella Shares His Most Revealing Pickup Line with Kyle Krieger – WATCH

Kriegers says that his relationship with Tortorella was the first time he had experienced love in a long while. “I was just worried that those feelings had disappeared for me,” he says.

And though the two are no longer together, they remain close.

Krieger talked about the podcast on his Instagram, writing,

After our breakup I wanted to just hide forever but @nicotortorella asked me to be on his Podcast #TheLoveBomb so I did. It was a healing experience to say the least. We talked about so much.. social media, character flaws, insecurity, dating, falling in and out of love, sex, sobriety, and a lot of other things I never thought I’d say publicly.

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As for Tortorella’s sexuality, he told Elle magazine:

Look, a lot of people don’t think that the way that I live my life is a real thing, that it exists, that having a broad spectrum of sexual orientation is even possible. I get told all the time on social media. God forbid you open up a Reddit article. But it comes with it, you know? I’m not trying to redefine sexuality or humanity or say that my answer is right and yours is wrong. I’m just happy with who I am. I am driven by love and I have been in love with a handful of different people, men and women. It’s like, if you go to a bookstore and you know exactly what kind of book you want, you have to look it up in the system because it’s in a specific section of the bookstore. I fit into a handful of sections in the bookstore.

RELATED: Nico Tortorella Speaks Out About Reaction to News of His Sexual ‘Fluidity’

Listen to Tortorella and Krieger talk about their relationship, below.


And check out some more Instagrams the pair have shared.

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