Well what can be said? Only in New Orleans could you walk around wearing a jockstrap and it's completely normal. However the title is a little misleading. There is just one scene where he's in a jockstrap, but he doesn't walk through the streets in one. Maybe other publications should watch the video.
Happy almost-Thanksgiving, guys! Here is the lost-but-not-forgotten “Walking” Music Video we shot in New Orleans all the way back in May! My original idea didn’t quite pan out, but John Lavin (Director and Editor) did an amazing job with a lot of the silliness we captured! And after thinking on it for the last few months, I’ve decided a lot of you would probably still get a kick out of all the fun and behind the scenes silliness we had on the single day we shot all of this ? So here is our cornucopia of crazy just in times for Thanksgiving! :D
WHAT DO YO THINK? HERE'S THE VIDEO.
Since 2013 at least 102 transgender people have been the victim of fatal violence in the United States alone according to a new report by The Human Rights Campaign in conjunction with the Trans People of Color Coalition.
Released last week, the report says that of the recorded findings at least 25 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2017, which makes it the deadliest year for transgender people in a decade. Fatal violence against transgender people is on the rise with highest rates toward trans women in the Black and African American communities.
The highest number of transgender deaths were reported in California and Louisiana, at 10 each, followed by Texas at 9 deaths, and Ohio at 8.
The report states that the increase in violence is: “fueled by anti-LGBTQ prejudice, racism, too-easy access to guns, and increasing political attacks on the transgender community at both the state and federal level,” with half of LGBTQ youth saying in a post-2016 election youth survey conducted by The Human Rights Campaign, that they have taken steps to hide who they are since the election.
In the past 12 months, 325 trans and gender-diverse people were reported murdered globally, according to website Transgender Europe, with a total of 2609 trans and gender-diverse people reported killed in 71 countries between January 2008 and September 2017.
We attempted to contact the NOPD liaison regarding the two unsolved murders of transgender women, we were directed to their website.
Author: Troy Murphy. November 21, 2017. DNA Magazine
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Tonight at the Golden Lantern the Southern Decadence Grand Marshals Princesse Stephaney, Coca J Mesa and Persana Shoulder awarded $6,716.00 to both NOAGE and Dodwell House. The money given was raised during the summer before the Southern Decadence parade.
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This past Saturday NOAGE a support organization for LGBT seniors in New Orleans and surrounding areas held their annual benefit. NOAGE provides support, assistance, social functions for the LGBT seniors in our community. They provide educational seminars for area health care facilities; to help educate others on the the needs of LGBT seniors.
NOAGE Goes on Safari was held at the Cajun Ballroom within the Swamp Exhibit at Audubon Zoo. It was really an amazing event. This is a source funds for NOAGE, they also present the Trailblazing Award, an award given to someone who has impacted and has effected change within the LGBT community through public and political action and the NOAGE Community Impact Award, given to individuals who have made a positive impact on the LGBT community.
This years recipient was Liz Simone. Her journey stared in the late 1970's where she became a political activist concerning feminist issues. She was instrumental in the organization of W.A.V.A.W. (Women Against Violence Against Women). She would also be up front in center in the 1980's as she assumed a leading role in the organizing of Take Back the Night March. LAGPAC which formed in 1980 would ask Ms. Simone to sit on its Board of Directors, remembering that this organization was in its infancy. This would start Ms. Simone on a road to active political activity in local city government. A means to let the LGBT community to understand that local politicians needed the vote of member of the LGBT community. 1984 would see the conception of the Coming Out Support Group, a free service to the Lesbian and Gay community and in 1997 the group later expanded to serve the transgender population. Throughout her life Ms. Simone worded to assist the LGBT community, hosting workshops to mental health professionals and education to assist them in understanding the LGBT community and how to best deal with our population. We salute you Ms. Liz Simone for your dedication, support, and passion!
Rip Naquin and Marsha Delain are the recipients of the NOAGE Community Impact Award. An award that is given to individuals that have contributed to the LGBT community throughout the years and have made a positive impact within the community.
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Recently HRC suspends Walmart's CEI score. The conclusion was that while Walmart might have a LGBT policy, it isn't enforced. Reports show that Walmart did little to nothing to protect LGBT employee's from discrimination. For awhile it was unclear why Walmart received such a high score on the CEI index. One theory is that Walmart like many companies only seek to attract LGBT dollar's and really don't care one way or the other about issues in the LGBT community.
It appears that HRC's reticence to modify its application or enforcement of polices says volumes about the power corporations have over the LGBT movement Recently HRC was asked to sign a letter demanding Nissan to take a neutral position on recent union elections at Nissan. HRC refused to sign the letter.
The Human Rights Campaign finally acknowledged the retail giant is not treating its employees — including LGBT employees — humanely. Jerame Davis says HRC should have made this point much sooner.
An article written by Jerame Davis and Michele Kessler they highlighted issues not only with HRC's CEI scoring but how corporation have a hold over HRC and other community leader. Just because they sponsor pride events, create floats doesn't mean that companies are treating or actively combating LGBT discrimination in the workplace.
Maybe until HRC can actually do something for the LGBTQ community instead of pandering to corporations we should suspend our donations.
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Sexy is defined by a personal perceptive of what attracts us to another person. So I looked over photographer Austin Wondo's pictures that were showcased in Queerly of what he considers sexy. Now don't get me wrong the images are worth looking at; however, for the most part it was just well built men in skimpy underwear. There were some men with average to husky builds, but they were far few. I'm not sure there were 85 types displayed!
What do you think? Would you say a wide rage of "body types" are represented?
You always hear that Walt Disney is the most magical place on Earth. Before I never gave going to Disney much thought. Like so many you have this preconceived idea that Disney is just for kids, and how much fun was I really going to have. Well, I can say that Disney did not disappoint.
I have a friend who is a devoted Disney fan, and after three years finally talked me into going for Halloween. At first, I wasn’t sure, but gave in and made my reservations, booked my flight and packed my only pair of tennis shoes.
At first making the reservations can be confusing, therefore, I highly recommend using a Disney vacation planner for your first time. Booking the hotel room wasn’t hard, but you want to make sure you get park hoppers. Park hoppers allow you to go from one park to another as many times as you want, so if you visit Epcot, but want to go to the Magic Kingdom on the same day you can. The meal plans, in my opinion, aren’t necessary for just one person, but for a family, you might find it more convenient.
So, I’m going to break down each park (there are four) and my experience.
This park was inspired by Walt Disney, it opened in October 1982 and is the second of four parks built. This is a massive park, and spans 300 acres, and is dedicated to human achievement (technological innovation and international culture) Epcot is divided into two sections: eight pavilions make up Future World and 11 world nations of the World Showcase.
This was the first park I visited, and I was there for the International Food and Wine Festival. Aside from that which I barely paid attention to, I was stunned by the World Showcase. From Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Morocco you go from one country to the other. The France section took my breath away. I really looked as if I was in France, the architecture, lights, and shops are amazing. Then you slowly move from one country to another I just couldn’t believe the scope of how life like it was. Of course, no visit would be complete without a ride on the famous monorail.
Epcot is a must see.
Where do I start, when I walked up to the entrance I thought this isn’t going to go well. My first impression was this is a zoo, I could see this at home. Once again, I was completely blown away. This is my favorite of all the parks if I’m going, to be honest, I was the most impressed with the Animal Kingdom park. You’re going to move from the Africa Butterfly exhibit, the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, Expedition Everest, Pandora, World of Avatar (you have to get fast passes and experience this ride).
Animal Kingdom opened April 1998 (Earth Day), and is the largest theme park in the world, it has more than 580 acres. The park is centered around the natural environment and conservation. One of the first things you’re going to see is the Tree of Life (an artificial baobab tree, and is 145 feet tall), and you must see the tree at night, the show is amazing and worth wild.
Plan to spend an entire day exploring the park, it’s worth the time.
Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world. Walt Disney
The third park I visited and it’s a time warp back into the “hay day” of glamorous Hollywood in the 1930’s and 40’s. It spans 135 acres and was dedicated to showing innovations in business, film, music, theatre, and television. Originally the park was called Disney-MGM Studios. However, the name was changed to Hollywood Studio’s after MGM didn’t renew its license agreement.
Regardless of its name you can’t help but be intrigued by this park. You walk through a time warp of Hollywood history; the buildings are built perfection. There is one restaurant that is a replica of a 1940’s kitchen, from the curtains, tables to the floor. Even the front counter is typical kitchen counter. Coming to the park is Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is a multimedia gallery that showcases the dream of Walt Disney. Here you can see 3-D buildings along with other historical artifacts used by Walt Disney to create his vision.
Hollywood Studios is a cool experience and it’s fun.
THE MAGIC KINGDOM
This is the main attraction for many visitors to Disney World. Opening October 1971, it is the first theme park at the resort. Based on Disneyland all its attractions are centered around Cinderella’s Castle. The park is dedicated to the fairy tales of Disney.
You first enter Main Street and trust me you will be overwhelmed. Main Street is a replica of a typical turn of the century 1900 town. From the storefronts to the costumes and uniforms worn by cast members. However, it’s the castle that took my breath away. The sheer size of the building is incredible.
So, what do you see or experience? There are several areas of the park; Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. Each section has its own unique attractions and rides. These were my must see and do rides and attractions; Space Mountain, Walt Disney Carousel of Progress, Dumbo, It’s a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now understand that some of these attractions are older, for example, the Carousel of Progress is from the 1964 Worlds Fair, and takes you on a journey from the turn of the century to the present. While it’s not a fast or exciting ride I came to appreciate the vision of Walt Disney and how Disney strives to move forward.
I was there for Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party, and if you have the chance to go, GO! I was blown away by the Halloween production. The castle is transformed with a spectacular light show, and the production of the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular is a must see, then there is the Boo-to-You parade. Growing up in New Orleans I have seen my fair share of floats, but these floats just seem to glide on the ground. You can always dress up in costumes (cannot cover the face). And let me just say this, I was standing in the front near the park entrance when the first performance of Hocus Pocus was done, and you can’t hear the music from the stage, how they do this is an amazing mystery to me. Make sure you go see the Haunted Mansion during the day, then stop by at night. Disney completely transforms the mansion, trust me you want to see this.
I highly suggest you purchase your tickets early for the Halloween Party.
Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. Walt Disney
It was six amazing days exploring Disney World. I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything. You really want to plan your trip, the parks you want to spend more time at and the attractions you want to see. Plan on doing a lot of walking, buy a good pair of shoes.
Now I want to talk about different aspects of Disney World, from the hotel I stayed, cost of food, and transportation.
There are several resorts to choose from, you can stay at the Disney Yacht Club for about $493 per night, the Dolphin Resort or Pop Century for about $175 per night. I stayed at the Pop Century Resort, its’s themed from the 1950’s thru the 90’s. My room wasn’t fancy, but it was comfortable. What I really love about staying at a Disney Resort is that you can get buses from the resort directly to any of the parks, and from one park to another one. If I remember correctly they run every 20 minutes. Each section has a pool and laundry facilities. But if you’re on a budget or traveling with a large group, you might want to explore staying off Disney property and using a cheaper hotel nearby, most have shuttle buses to the parks.
Dining at Disney World is one of my biggest disappointments. It is not cheap, for example, I got two donuts, an orange juice and it was $8.55, then lunch one pulled pork burger, fries and drink at a cost of $15.00. I couldn’t get over the cost of dining at Disney. It seems to me a little expensive. However, Disney does offer food plans, so maybe if you’re traveling with family or a group this might be a more cost-effective alternative. Just don’t be shocked by the cost. I did dine at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (Magic Kingdom) and it was worth it, the food is delicious, the portions are good, and the service is right on point (reservations suggested).
Would I go back again? Yes, I would. In fact, I want to go back for next Halloween. Understand that I only saw a small portion of each park. It might take a few more trips to see everything. So, here are a few tips:
So, I highly recommend a Disney vacation, just let your inner child out and let them play. Even it’s just for a few days.
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In 2015 after performing a miracle before an assembly of dignitaries the Big Easy Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at their Exequatur proclaimed Princesse Stephaney a Saint. Our beloved Princesse would now be known as "the Patron Saint of Bitches and Barmaids" and lover of all creatures great and small.
Saint Princesse Stephaney is doing the good work by creating Saintly candles to support four area no kill shelters. You can show your support by purchasing one of these magnificent candles.
Scented $15.00 each $5.00 going to one of the four charities.
If you would like to purchase a candle, you can contact Saint Princesse Stephaney directly by email: email@example.com. Stop by Mags (940 Elysian Fields Ave.) 11:00AM - 7:00PM weekends or through Facebook at: Danny Starnes.
thank you for your support of these local charities and more!
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Most gay men understand what's it like to be bullied as a youth. I remember the constant bullying from 6th thru 12th grades. It was every day, and how I survived it I'll never know. This bullying followed me well into late my 20's, it changed how I viewed people in social scenes, and I spent years trying to run from those feelings.
It wasn't until I went to complete my masters degree that I realized how ill prepared I was to deal with most social situations. I was withdrawn, quite and very shy I didn't make friends easily, and in public social settings I was a total "wall flower". I didn't think that I was good enough for anyone, I wasn't attractive and I had little self-worth for myself. I felt completely isolated, here I was hundreds of miles from home. My parents lived in New Orleans and here I was at the University of Michigan.
It wasn't until I was in the last term of my masters degree that I sought help from Mr. Nickolas, he was my adviser and I remember going into his office and the lowest point I ever felt. I couldn't understand why after all these years I still felt the same way. How could what happened in school still affect me? What was wrong with me?
What I had to do was face my past and stop trying to run from it. Learn to love, respect myself and understand that I was stronger than I ever thought. It would take two years of therapy to completely understand what happened, and to leave that in my past.
Today I reflect on that time of my life and know that I will never allow anyone to hurt me that way again. It's the reason I am so direct, blunt and honest. Never again will I cede control of my life to anyone for any reason. Bullying has affects that last much longer and effects our lives in ways we never think of.
How do we deal the bullying? How do we protect and help those in need?
Ditch the Label a anti-bulling website has some good advice on how to deal the bullying. It's worth reading.
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Two former employees of Outpost Pines have alleged sexual harassment against it's manager Mario Priola. In an interview with the New York Post, Rapuano-Novella one of the complainants states that Priola was "relentless" in his sexual overtures, which eventually drove him to quit his job.
Even before he started his job, Rapuano-Novella received inappropriate text and was asked to send explicit photo. In the suit it is alleged that Priola would asked him to sleep over and "grope his penis". It appears that when brought to the attention of HR, they response was that "there was nothing they could do".
My opinion regarding this matter is simple. No one should have to endure any form of sexual harassment. There is no excuse for this behavior. Some of the comments on Queerly were quite interesting.
What are your thoughts?
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