Gus Kenworthy, Ted Cruz, Rick Scott, Closing Ceremonies, Gay Ski Week, Joshua Rush: HOT LINKS

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TED CRUZ. “I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and the Republicans are, happily, the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge.

RICK SCOTT. Florida governor says no one under 21 will be allowed to purchase gun.

CLOSING CEREMONIES. Ivanka Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders arrive in South Korea: “Ms. Trump’s arrival was covered live on South Korean television. She emerged from Incheon International Airport to face a bank of television cameras that captured her every move. Later Mr. Moon hosted a Korean dinner for Ms. Trump, including kosher dishes for her and a short concert featuring traditional Korean instruments.”

APOLOGY. Quincy Jones is sorry for what he said about Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando

JUST BRILL. Trump proposes rating system on violent movies to stop gun violence.

DEPARTURES? HR McMaster and John Kelly may leave over tensions with Trump: ‘Asked about sources saying that either National Security Adviser McMaster or Chief of Staff Kelly, or both, might be leaving, White House spokesman Raj Shah on Thursday did not address the possibility. He said, “the president has full confidence in each member of the team.” Press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday that Trump “still has confidence in General McMaster.”

BURT MINOR. Illinois GOP candidate under fire for asking attorney general if she was a “lesbo”.

KENYA. Top court considers case to decriminalize homosexuality: “The fact that we are being heard is an indicator that our democracy has come of age,” said Eric Gitari, a Harvard-educated lawyer and founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, one of the organizations which brought forward the case in 2016.

PEACE + LOVE. Streaker interrupts speed skating event in PyeongChang.

JOSHUA RUSH. Andi Mack star says he feels the pressure playing Disney Channel’s first openly gay character: “I knew that I wanted to do it justice, because I knew that people were gonna end up seeing this and being like, ‘Wow, that’s me, I identify with that [and] I can be who I am now,’” the 16-year-old actor said. “But I also wanted to make sure that it’s not all-encompassing. Like that’s not all of Cyrus’ personality.”

PARK CITY. Elevation Utah gay ski week sees increased attendance: “The event is in its eighth year after another organizer staged a different gay ski week in Park City. Elevation Utah, ending on Sunday, is expected to draw between 1,000 and 1,200 people this year, up between 10 percent and 15 percent from 2017, said Tom Whitman, the founder and producer of the event.”

FRIENDS FOR LIFE. Gus Kenworthy says he and Adam Rippon will be BFFs until they die.

FRIDAY FLASH. Javier Marin Rd.

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Stephen Fry’s Prostate Cancer News Makes Clear What All Gay Men Should Do

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Body Conscious: Gay Men’s Health, Sex, and Self is a new regular twice-monthly feature from Towleroad covering the unique issues gay men face with regard to physical and mental fitness. 

Body Conscious Gay Men's Health, Sex, and SelfGay British author, actor, and host Stephen Fry was diagnosed with prostate cancer late last year and today revealed the diagnosis and his treatment in an intimate video. Fry said he’s currently cancer-free but will need more tests to be absolutely sure.

He also hopes his video will serve to educate other men about the importance of getting screened for this not uncommon form of cancer. Watch it above.

“I went around saying to myself, ‘I’ve got cancer. Good heavens, Stephen, you’re not the sort of person who gets cancer,’” said Fry in the clip. “I know it’s an old cliche but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you.”

He added: “For the moment I’m fit and well and happy and I just wanted to let you know because rumors had started to swirl.”

Fry described the process of having his biopsy, learning of his diagnosis, and the treatment that he’s gone through in hopes to educate other men. Fry said he was given a Gleason Score of 8, which was high enough to warrant treatment. The scale is used to rate the aggressiveness (1-10) of the cancer.

Fry said: “Here’s hoping I’ve got another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that’s a marvelous thing to be able to say, and I’d rather it didn’t go away.”

“So,” as Fry said in the start to his clip, how worried should you be about prostate cancer, when should you worry, and what should you do about it?

The prostate gland is a small but sensitive gland located between the penis and the bladder. As with most cancers, the earlier prostate cancer is caught, the better it can be treated. Most prostate cancer occurs in men older than 50, with African-American men at greater risk than those of other races, according to the American Cancer Society.

They write:

Prostate cancer can often be found in its early stages by having a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, with or without a rectal exam. But many prostate cancers grow slowly and will never cause harm. The tests used today can often find prostate cancer, but many times they can’t tell if the cancer is truly dangerous. Finding and treating slow-growing cancers that are not dangerous to your health can lead to treatment side effects that you might not want, such as problems with your sex life or trouble controlling your urine.

Talk to a provider about the pros and cons of yearly prostate cancer screening starting when you’re 50. Talking about the benefits and limitations of testing can help you make an informed decision about whether to be tested. Gender identity should not keep you from having this conversation. If you’re African American or have a close relative who has/had prostate cancer when they were younger than 65, you should start having these discussions at age 45.

Prostate Cancer UK says that prostate issues are generally the same for all men whatever their sexual orientation. However, gay men differ from straight men in that, as anyone who has ever had anal sex can attest, the prostate plays a huge pleasure role.

As Jill Margo notes: “Without a prostate there is no ejaculation and no semen exchange, which has an important role in the sexual play between men who have sex with men. Without a prostate, the receptive partner in anal sex doesn’t get the benefit of having his prostate massaged, a process that augments orgasm. Without a prostate, the active partner might not have an erection rigid enough for penetrative anal sex. While men might recover some erectile function after surgery, vaginal penetration is generally easier.”

The three most common prostate issues are an enlarged prostate, prostatitis (an inflammation or infection of the gland) and prostate cancer.

Problems urinating could be a sign that you’re suffering from an enlarged prostate or prostatitis, but generally are not a symptom of prostate cancer.

For the latter, there are three tests that can be taken, a PSA test (as described above by the American Cancer Association), which detects the amount of prostate specific antigen in your blood. Everyone has a small amount, but it rises as you age. These tests are not always definitive, so it’s important to educate yourself about it first.

A digital rectal examination, in which a doctor feels the prostate to detect any abnormalities.

And a prostate biopsy. This is what Stephen Fry had after doctors decided he needed further tests. This is an invasive surgical procedure which removes a piece of the prostate to inspect it under a microscope.

As Fry said, you never think it will happen to you. So get checked and stay healthy.

Some resources for gay and bisexual men:

American Cancer Society – Cancer Facts for Gay and Bisexual Men
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer Canada

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Suit Designer Celebrates Gay Love and Faces Immediate Social Media Backlash: VIDEO

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A Dutch men’s fashion label has faced a social media backlash after a new advertising campaign featured men embracing and kissing.

Suitsupply, an international men’s tailoring brand, unveiled their campaign online and in its 91 stores across 22 countries earlier this week.

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However, while many people praised the campaign, not everyone was in agreement.

The BBC reports:

The company has received multiple, critical responses on social media for putting homosexual imagery in its adverts.

NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch newspaper, reported on Wednesday evening that the company has lost more than 10,000 followers on its Instagram profile after the publication of the adverts.

Before launching the campaign, Fokke de Jong, the founder and chief executive of the brand, said: “The attraction between people is an important part of fashion advertising.

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“A campaign featuring the attraction between men was long overdue and particularly relevant for our brand.”

De Jong admitted that the company might receive criticism.

“We do believe there is potential for negative impact, especially in countries where we have a significant presence, that are known for contrasting viewpoints.”

In 2016, the company was criticized for an advert featuring men playing around on giant, half-dressed women.

Last year, sister company Suistudio launched an advertising campaign showing powerful women using faceless naked men as props.

RELATED: Fashion Label ‘Roots’ for Sexual Expression in Ads That Have Anti-Gay Christians Enraged

Back in 2010, Suitsupply was told to remove posters from their display windows in a west London mall.

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US Postal Worker Hurls F-Bomb Gay Slur at Man After Failing to Deliver Package: WATCH

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A U.S. postal worker has been caught on camera hurling an F-bomb and a gay slur at a resident who approached her and told her he didn’t receive his package.

KTRK Houston reports:

“That’s why I can’t stand you… mother f****** gay fa****,” a woman identified as a USPS worker can be heard saying in a video recorded by Brian Henley.

In the confrontation this week, the United States Postal Service employee postal worker ended the rant apparently trying to knock the phone from Henley’s hand.

“I was shocked. I was upset,” he said.

Henley said he approached the mail carrier at the mail center in his complex.

He said he has just received a text notification that his package couldn’t be delivered, even though he was at his townhome at the time and the mail carrier never tried to deliver it.

Henley said that he too used strong language but he was “frustrated” because the mail carrier didn’t bother going to his door: “I was standing about five feet from the carrier when she made that update in the system.”

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Chat Logs Reveal How Neo-Nazi Group Celebrated Killing of Gay Jewish College Student

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Late last month, ProPublica reported that the California man accused of killing a gay and Jewish University of Pennsylvania student was an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of Atomwaffen Division, one of the country’s most notorious extremist groups. The news about the murder suspect, Samuel Woodward, spread quickly throughout the U.S., and abroad. Woodward was accused…

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Missouri GOP Governor Gets Felony Indictment Over Nude Photo of Mistress

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Missouri’s GOP Governor Eric Greitens has been arrested and hit with a felony indictment “for allegedly taking and transmitting a non-consensual photo of his partly nude lover” shortly before the campaign that got him elected in 2016.

The Post-Dispatch reports:

Greitens, a Republican, declared his innocence in a written statement, and alleged the indictment is a “misguided political decision” by a “reckless liberal prosecutor.” Gardner is a Democrat.

Greitens’ legal team immediately filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, on grounds that any activity Greitens engaged in was “consensual.”

Judge Rex M. Burlison allowed Greitens’ release on a personal recognizance bond that permits him to travel freely throughout the United States.

Last month, Greitens admitted to having the extramarital affair but denied accusations that he blackmailed his mistress with revenge porn.

News of the affair broke when local St. Louis news station KMOV aired a segment, backed up by audio, featuring a tape recording made by the then-husband of the mistress confessing to the affair with Greitens.

In the recording, the woman says that Greitens took a photograph of her after tying her to a piece of exercise equipment in the basement, blindfolding her, and partially undressing her. He then allegedly told her “You’re never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere.”

Said Greitens and his wife Sheena in the statement: “A few years ago, before Eric was elected governor, there was a time when he was unfaithful in our marriage. This was a deeply personal mistake. Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together, honestly and privately.  While we never would have wished for this pain in our marriage or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s mercy, Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger. We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”

Sheena Greitens released a second statement on her own: “We have a loving marriage and an awesome family. Anything beyond that is between us and God. I want the media and those who wish to peddle gossip to stay away from me and my children.”

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NY GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney: Many Mass Murderers ‘End Up Being Democrats’

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Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) told a talk show host that many people that commit mass murders end up being Democrats, but didn’t present any evidence to back her claims.

Said Tenney: “Yeah, well, obviously there is a lot of politics in it, and it’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but the media doesn’t talk about that either.”

Anthony Brindisi, who is opposing Tenney in the 2018 elections, denounced her remarks: “First, Claudia Tenney said that Democrats are un-American. Now, she is saying, “so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.” These are shameful comments coming from an elected official. Claudia Tenney has disrespected the office she holds. Inserting politics into a national tragedy is beyond the pale and disgusting. She should apologize today to spare our region any more national embarrassment.”

Tenney later released a statement claiming the remarks were taken out of context: “I am fed up with the media and liberals attempting to politicize tragedies and demonize law-abiding gun owners and conservative Americans every time there is a horrible tragedy. While we know the perpetrators of these atrocities have a wide variety of political views, my comments are in response to a question about the failure to prosecute illegal gun crime. I will continue to stand up for law-abiding citizens who are smeared by anti-gun liberal elitists.”

Tenney also later said she did not regret the remarks, which prompted Brindisi to reply: “It is very troubling, but our Congresswoman is in a very dark place. Doubling down today on her grotesque comments after the horrific Florida shooting. I hope she can find the light. We all hope.”

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