News Bites for November 6, 2014

Kenya's search for porn, NPH on NBC, and more...

Kenyans Google ‘Gay Porn’ Most

The African nation of Kenya tops the rankings of Google trends for the words, “gay sex pics” and “gay porn pics.” This is surprising considering a recent poll found that 92 percent of Kenyans oppose homosexuality. Additionally, sex deemed “against the order of nature” can carry a prison sentence of up to 21 years in Kenya. South Africa placed second in the rankings followed by Nigeria, Pakistan and India. The U.S. ranked seventh.

Anti-Gay Rally Draws Thousands

Pastors, politicians and celebrities gathered at Grace Christian Church in Houston last week to declare their disapproval of the LGBT community. Sponsored by the Tony Perkins-led hate group, Family Research Council, the rally featured children wearing T-shirts which read, “We the reserve the right to refuse service to homosexuals.” Among the attendees included former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and HGTV outcasts Jason and David Benham.

Gay Chamber Welcomes Cook’s Coming Out

The president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed Apple CEO Tim Cook to the community. Justin Nelson, president and co-founder of NGLCC, said Cook’s decision to come out as a gay man will certainly help the careers of future business leaders.

“It sends a strong message that being LGBT is not an impediment to your career,” said Nelson. “This news is incredibly important for young people, mid-level and even senior level management to show that we can bring our authentic selves to work.”

Cook identified as gay in an essay published by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, in which he wrote, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

For 12 years, the NGLCC has served as the business voice of the LGBT community, Nelson said, connecting businesses, corporations and government entities with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

NBC Hires NPH

The National Broadcasting Company is bringing Neil Patrick Harris back to series television as host of a comedy-variety series.

The new show is based on the successful British TV format “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” a London based program known for its undercover pranks.

NBC has yet to announce an official title or premiere date for its adaptation, which is slated for 10 episodes. The series, the network sources say, will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows and appearances by A-list stars. It will film in front of a live audience.

Harris, 41, has previously served as host of the Emmys and Tony Awards. It was recently announced that he will host the 2015 Academy Awards.

A versatile performer, Harris starred for nine seasons in the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” He recently wrapped up a Broadway stint in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and can currently be seen in the suspense major motion picture “Gone Girl.”

CNN To Air Gay Rodeo Special

On Sunday night, Nov. 9, the International Gay Rodeo Association takes the television spotlight on CNN as journalist Lisa Ling profiles the group for her program, “This Is Life.” SFGN readers may recall the rodeo came to Davie in April and sparked controversy, not over the participants’ sexuality, but due to the use of animals as entertainment.

For the CNN feature, Ling traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to film IGRA members in competition. Producers at CNN note this is one of Ling’s most moving documentaries as she examines how gay people perform in some of the most conservative sections of the country. The program airs at 10 p.m. EDT on CNN.

‘Will & Grace’ Star Gets Engaged

Sean Hayes, the American actor and producer, is reportedly engaged to his longtime boyfriend, composer Scott Icenogle. People Magazine revealed Hayes’ relationship status last week after his appearance on the CBS program, “The Talk” in which Hayes wore an engagement ring on his finger.

Hayes, 44, is perhaps best known for his role as flamboyant gay man Jack McFarland on the classic NBC sitcom “Will & Grace.” The series is known for breaking barriers in acceptance of gay people by modern society. Hayes won an Emmy Award for the role and has gone on to star in many films in addition to hosting the Tony Awards.

LGBT Community Housing Planned For Flagler Village

Principals with Phillips Development Companies of Palm Beach announced approval by the Flagler Village Community Association for a $55 million, LGBT-focused senior living rental community.

Phil Quattrone and Judd Chapman, owners of Pineapple Point Guesthouse, a gay men’s luxury resort in Fort Lauderdale, said they are merging the Pineapple brand of excellent customer service with the idea of senior housing for the LGBT community.

“Flagler Village is a happening and up and coming area,” said Quattrone.

The Pineapple House prototype calls for 92 independent living apartments, 56 assisted living units and 30 units for special needs assisted-living and dementia-care tenants.


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