Hugh Hefner, Florida’s Jennifer Carroll, and more … The Most Talked About Stories on the Web
New Men’s Underwear Will Make Your Booty Look Like Channing Tatum’s
The back-breaking squats you do at the gym are a thing of the past. A new Italian men’s underwear maker says they can make your butt look like one of those you drooled over while watching “Magic Mike.” D. Hedral‘s lift-and-separate underwear comes in different sizes depending on how much junk in the truck you got. You pick your waist size (S, M or L) and the size of your booty, and the website calculates what pair of briefs will grant you a tush that will turn heads. According the website, the “secret” is a Y-shaped angle-fit seam in the fabric that provides perkiness and contouring. Depending on your butt size, you can choose 135° for a “slim” derriere, 115° for a medium one, or 95° for a “full” rump. Prices range between $28 to $45 dollars. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Backs Marriage Equality In Party Platform
A group of California Democratic politicians are pushing to include support for gay marriage as part of the Democratic Party’s official platform. And Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is at the forefront of the effort, the Huffington Post reports. “Yes, I think that we will have a plank in the platform that reflects the President’s position on marriage equality,” she said. “I support marriage equality as a part of the platform.” Besides her, 27 members of the California Democratic congressional delegation have now signed on to Freedom to Marry’s letter urging the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee to adopt the position.
Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Comments Spark National Backlash
It started with an accusation. A staffer working under Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll opened her boss’ door and found the politician in a compromising position with her travel aide, who was allegedly in between Carroll’s legs. Carroll got in front of the television cameras to deny the lesbian accusation–what she actually did was throw a match into a gas task: “black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that,” she said. The inflammatory comment outraged lesbians nationwide. A Twitter hashtag by the name of #ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike was started to repudiate the Republican politician. That actually inspired SFGN to gather lesbian couples’ photos for a spread in this issue (page 16).
Gay Soldiers Parade in Uniforms, But Only This Time
It’s a historic event, even if it’s a one-time event. The Defense Department allowed gay soldiers to march wearing their uniforms during the San Diego Gay Pride parade on July 20. The Associated Press reports The Pentagon said the allowance is only for this year’s parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that. The Defense Department policy says personnel cannot march in parades in uniform unless they receive approval from their commanding officers or other Pentagon-approved authorities. Still, gay troops were ecstatic. “It was absolutely thrilling last year to walk down the street,” the 47-year-old Air Force recruiter Joanna Gasca said. “But this year – to be able to march in uniform – wow! I’m speechless.” Last year, San Diego’s gay pride parade had the nation’s largest contingency of active-duty troops participate before the military lifted its ban on openly gay service members. About 200 service members last year wore T-shirts with their branch’s name.
No Bed & Breakfast for Gay Couple? $4,500 Fine
There are few places as cozy as a bed and breakfast, that is, if you’re not gay. Back in 2009, the owners of a B&B in British Columbia refused to grant a gay couple a reservation, citing their religious views prohibited them from renting the room to gays. A Canadian tribunal fined the owners $4,500 for not allowing the gay couple into their residence, which was actually a business because of the commercial activity taking place, the Vancouver Sun reported. This isn’t the first time a B&B owner’s religious beliefs spilled over into their business practices and was deemed discriminatory. In February, a Christian couple running a bed and breakfast in England was ordered them to pay a gay couple about $5,600, for refusing them service, the Guardian reported.
Gay Mormon Husband Says He’s Happily Married To A Woman
Josh Weed is a Mormon. He’s also gay. And his wife and three children are totally cool about it. It seems weird, but he calls himself a “traditionalist” and having a wife and children is the gay lifestyle he chose, Weed said in a “Nightline” interview. Weed came out publicly as gay in a 6,000-word blog posting on his website — with his wife Laurel’s blessing. “I am Mormon,” wrote Josh. “I am married to a woman. I am happy every single day. My life is filled with joy. I have a wonderful sex life. And I’ve been married for ten years, and plan to be married for decades more to come to the woman of my dreams.” And he goes on: “I want to point out that because I am gay, any lifestyle I choose is technically a ‘gay lifestyle’… my hope is that other gay people will be as accepting of my choices as they hope others would be of their choices.”
Hugh Hefner, Gay Rights Pioneer
Who would have thought? The biggest womanizer in the history of mankind is also pro-gay. In an upcoming documentary about his life, the Playboy founder reveals that in his earlier years he was an advocate for gay inclusiveness. According to The Advocate, when Esquire rejected a science-fiction short story by Charles Beaumont that depicted a world where heterosexuals were in the minority, Hefner accepted the piece and published it in a 1955 edition of Playboy, then still a relatively new publication. Hefner recently told The Daily Beast he doesn’t mind gay marriage. “Without question, love in its various permutations is what we need more of in this world,” he said. “The idea that the concept of marriage will be sullied by same-sex marriage is ridiculous. Heterosexuals haven’t been doing that well at it on their own.” The documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel premieres in September.
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