Halloween is considered one of the best holidays in New Orleans. For the LGBT Community, it’s about sharing its love of showmanship, and culture.
Halloween New Orleans for 35 years has been one of the most successful events in New Orleans. The sole mission of HNO is to raise money for Project Lazarus an organization that provides health care, support services, and housing for those living with HIV/AIDS (both men and women). HNO has raised approximately $4.5 million for Project Lazarus, 100% of all donations go directly to Project Lazarus, and is one of the few donation/volunteer events left in the United States.
HNO weekend is something to experience, after attending last year’s event at the House of Blues I was amazed at the transition. There are few events that impress me, however, I can’t stress how this one truly did. You come to realize that behind the scenes there is a lot of work put into this event. Each year they select a different theme, and according to Dustin Woehrmann, President of the HNO Board “the planning and execution of the Halloween event is planned right down to the smallest detail.” Furthermore “It’s about having fun, but also raising money for Project Lazarus, which is getting harder to do each year. We must reach a younger crowd and that can be difficult.”
But make no mistake HNO works hard to raise what money they can, last year they raised approximately $30,000 for Project Lazarus. For the board, it’s not just about raising money, but a desire to foster a supportive community here in New Orleans. HNO will also host mini-events during the year to keep the group engaged.
Most people know that I’m not a fan of large LGBT parties. It’s been my experience that most turn into another boring circuit party, with stuck up half-dressed men, loud music, overpriced drinks and me wondering what the hell I'm doing here. However, for some reason, the HNO Halloween Party was different for me, maybe because I was there to take pictures, but I was impressed with the creative costumes and the effects were impressive (did I say that already?) either way I look forward to next year’s events.
For more information visit: Halloween New Orleans
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The University of Wisconsin is currently dealing with a scandal involving Grindr, along with nearly 100 sex scandals. A male student who attends the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has claimed an instructor has contacted him repeatedly on Grindr seeking a hook-up, it has also been alleged that the instructor touched the student during class.
It is against university policy for professors and students to have personal relations. Also, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 could possibly raise legal issues. However, this is not an isolated incident according to an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The found that between 2014 and 2017 have has been almost 100 complaints of sexual misconduct against students, from harassment to assault. Just about half of those complaints have been investigated and substantiated, which resulted in an employee being warned and/or required to complete sexual harassment awareness training.
UW System President Ray Cross stated: “We are focused on changing the culture on our campuses and beyond so victims feel empowered to come forward,” and “We have been implementing real, tangible approaches at our institutions to continue tackling these challenges.”
Move over big retail beauty products, Bianca Del Rio is breaking the mold and taking on the beauty industry. Ms. Del Rio, has expanded her brand to include makeup. OK, it;s the makeup removing industry. The Bianca Remover was announced yesterday on social media and is now available through Amazon.
Del Rio stated:
THE BIANCA REMOVER For years everyone has been asking HOW DO YOU TAKE OFF THAT FACE?! I REMOVE HER! So I collaborated with my friends at @themagicpads to bring you THE BEST MAKEUP REMOVER YOU WILL EVER USE!!! Launches today on @amazon and themagicpads.com #thebiancaremover #getyourstoday if you have any questions, drop them below! I will follow up with you soon!
Amazon describes the product as the world’s first coconut oil makeup remover. The website reads:
Amazon describes the product as the world’s first coconut oil makeup remover. The website reads:
Bianca Del Rio launches into the beauty industry with the most revolutionary beauty product the world has seen in years. The world’s first Coconut Oil makeup remover will remove your most stubborn lip colors, foundations, creams, powders and even waterproof eye makeup. All-natural, Not tested on animals, Vegan, No fragrances, preservatives, petrochemicals
Richie Anderson a profession football player and BBC presenter came out as gay to his teammates. He decided to come out while filming BBC's One Show. He discusses being gay with Paul Elliott, who is a member of the Football Association (FA) Inclusion Advisory Board. The program is meant to review several angles of being gay in the football world.
Rickie also explores the topic with a football manager who is gay and manages two teams, one team all the players are straight and the a Birmingham team where the players are gay.
Mr. Anderson admits that he has been out to family and friends for several years, and wanted to record the moment he came out to his teammates. “My friends know and my family know, but as soon as I’m on a football pitch, it just feels like a taboo,” says Anderson. It was his fear of being rejected by his teammates that kept him silent and he stated on the One Show film “It’s homophobia in football. And the reason why that means a lot to me is that I’m a gay footballer. I just wanted to be open and honest because with you lot, it’s just been class.”
You can catch the program on BBC one or watch the moment below.
Two openly gay captains were wed at West Point on January 13, 2018. 26-year old Vincent Franchino married 20 year-old Daniel Hall, this is a historic first for the military academy. they were married at the West Point Cadet's Chapel and the wedding marks a another historic first for the famed U.S. military academy.
Both serve as Apache helicopter pilots at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas - they were married in uniform and exited the chapel under a archway of sabers held by other West Point attendees. Hall used his own saber to cut their wedding cake, a gift from his grandparents.
The two met in August 2009, Hall was a senior and Franchino was a freshman. They reportedly began dating in February 2012 just five months after the official repeal of the U.S. ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual military service-members known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Due to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy they couldn't admit their mutual attraction when they first met. “Through mutual friends at West Point, they each learned the other was gay,” Hall said, “and though we were attracted to one another, we couldn’t say or do anything about it.”
Hall would become Franchino's mentor in a program pairing younger cadets with other older ones on a desired career path. After the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the couple would share their relationship online with their families.
According to the men they have been called "faggots" while holding hands in public. Their biggest worry is when they serve apart at separate locations. Both would try to date other people for awhile instead of having a long-distance relationship, but they would eventually reunited.
Tegan Zayne a adult gay porn star accused Topher DiMaddio of rape this past Sunday via a lengthily Twitter post. He stated the reason for his post was to address a serious issue in the gay adult industry that is often ignored.
In his post Zayne relays a story that revolves around a scene both actors filmed for CockyBoys two years ago. Zayne claims that DiMaggio strongly pressured him to have sex the night before the scene was filmed. Zayne stated “belittled and degraded” by the experience and was “told how I’m such a girl.” Further more he's seen a lot of stories come out about the #metoo thing,” and “but it’s (sic) feels like no one cares about the male victims, or the sex workers. As someone else said “rape doesn’t exist in this line of work”, and it couldn’t be more true.”
DiMaggio denies the event ever occurred and stated to QueerMeNow (don't look up this link at work) “He’s crazy and twists stories. He was so happy to film with me even the next day. It’s sad. I’m not going to give it any attention.” CockyBoys released a statement "Tegan Zayne did not tell them about the alleged rape the day after, and his post today is the first time they’ve heard the allegation.”
Tegan Zanye did post a tweet that mentioned the rape, but he just released a detailed acocunt this past Sunday.
HERE IS THE COCKY BOY SCENE THEY FILMED
Lost home videos were discovered by Geoff Story, a filmmaker from St. Louis. Telling Nancy Fowler from St. Louis Public Radio he explained that he stumbled upon them 20 years ago at an estate sale of the Buddy Walton.
Walton often referred to as St. Louis' "hairdresser to the stars", including Eleanor Roosevelt and Ethel Merman if they happened to pass through St. Louis, but was also known for having lavish pool parities at his home.
“These men are still in their 20s in the sun, swimming, like they always will,” Story says. “There’s a real sweet pain, and when you watch it, there’s a happiness but you can’t believe it’s so long ago and you can’t touch it–it’s gone.”
Finding the footage inspired the idea for a documentary, which lead Story to set out and find gay men who were alive in the 1940's and talking to them about their experiences and lives. Story's new film Gay Home Movie, which he is currently working on, give us a rare look into an invisible world when LGBT individuals were forced to love and live in the dark. His documentary has already sparked the interest of gay Hollywood exec Brain Graden. “It speaks to a wide array of people on a very deep level,” Graden tells Fowler. “What are the chances someone would go to an estate sale and pick up these canisters of old footage? It’s almost like these men are trying to talk to us from beyond the grave.”
h/t: St. Louis Public Radio
There is no doubt that Olympic gymnast are down right hot, especially the men - OK, some might think that the wrestlers or divers are right up on top as well. So as the Winter Olympics are approaching (the 2020 Summer Games are two years away), you'll just have to get you fix watching this video of three shirtless and sexy, British athletes backflipping into a pair of athletic shorts.
The video features Nile Wilson (British Olympic medal-winning gymnast), along with fellow gymnast Ashley Watson and Luke Stoney. Two men hold a pair of shorts open for their teammate to backflip into.
Amazing, they complete seven flips into the shorts, sticking the landing each time. My personal favorite is the final flip, when muscle-bear Watson flips into into the shorts and the three men triumphantly flex and grunt - while playful, damn it's HOT!
It's no wonder the video has been viewed more than 4 million times since being posted by Wilson on Saturday.
HERE IS THE VIRAL GYMNAST VIDEO. ENJOY!
Gus Kenworthy admits he was terrified about coming out and the consequences in 2015. The American skier decided to allow himself the freedom and was prompted by the outpouring of support, which he found unexpected.
Kenworthy, would win a Olympic silver medal at the Sochi game in the ski slopestyle, and came out in a cover story for ESPN, and thus become the first openly gay action sports athlete to do so.
At his winter base in Colorado he told Reuters by telephone that “I had set myself up for the worst case scenario,” and “I thought I was going to be turned against and become this pariah.” He has already told his family and close friends who are all very supportive. Their support is the very reason he would come as out as homosexual, along with wanting to be an inspiration to young men and women who might be to scared to come out. “I knew I would feel so much better because I was being authentic and maybe it would help kids going through the same transition as me,” said Kenworthy.
“I thought it would maybe help other people, either in professional sports or amateur sports or even just in communities where they felt isolated and scared to be themselves.” Gus Kenworthy
Minutes after the new breaking, Kenworthy's phone was blowing up. “I thought it would maybe help other people, either in professional sports or amateur sports or even just in communities where they felt isolated and scared to be themselves.” He says that the decision lead to what he calls "headspace" going into competitions, and that he no longer had to compartmentalize his life which allowed him to be himself, thus contributing to a greater since of freedom and confidence.
This would mean a big change for Kenworthy going into the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month, as he feel more confident and relaxed." Kenworthy is known by many as the "gay skier". But he's not running from the tag, instead he has embraced it and hopes to serve as an inspiration for LGBT people around the world. As Kenworthy says, he can be a gay man at the top of the world, an Olympic gold medalist, then he would prove so many people wrong," Nothing would make me happier, he said. Furthermore ”The Olympics is a cool opportunity to represent our country, which is amazing, but I have another community I am competing for and that is the LGBT community.
”There are all these stereotypes and stigmas that people have associated in their mind over time but nothing breaks barriers down more than visibility or representation. Gus Kenworthy
As per tradition, Kenworthy would visit the White House along with the rest of the U.S> Olympic team to meet then President Barack Obama. He describes the experience as "thrilling", however, if he is invited to the White House this time around he states he would politely decline. “I am very proud to represent the U.S. but I don’t stand by (U.S. President Donald) Trump and his cabinet and their policies,” said Kenworthy.
”I do not want to feign approval for policies that are in place and things that are being pushed at the moment, by going. If I was invited I would decline my spot.”
THE SENIOR CORNER - JIM MEADOWS 1/12/2018
Happy New Year! It's hard to believe, but 2018 is already upon us, and maybe you're starting to think about New Year's Resolutions. Too often, that phrase gets us thinking about ways we haven't quite measured up somehow. Have no fear; there are no diet tips here! I believe we're better served by adding new, fun things to our lives than by beating ourselves up. And broadening your social circle is one of the best things you can do for your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Research has suggested that the health risks of social isolation and loneliness are comparable to or even greater than those brought on by obesity, physical inactivity, violence, and substance abuse. According to a 2015 meta-analysis, social isolation, loneliness, and living alone increase the likelihood of death by about 30%. And SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) reports that LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone, to be single and childless, and to be estranged from their biological families than their straight and cisgender peers.
So what can we do about it? For many LGBT people, bars have long been the first thing we think of when looking for a place to socialize, but there are a lot more options out there. Here are six:
1) Get the Party Started. The simplest solution may be the one nearest at hand: Dig out your old black book. If you've fallen out of touch with friends and are feeling lonelier for having done so, chances are that some of them feel the same way. Why not throw a Mardi Gras party to get everybody (re)acquainted?
2) Volunteer. You've been talking about doing this for years. 2018 is the year to follow through! Volunteer work is number one on my list of the best ways to bring some great new people into your life. There are a number of LGBT organizations that could definitely use your help: NOAGE, PFLAG, and the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans are just a few. However, there are countless worthy causes that could use your help. The best resource I've found is VolunteerMatch. You can search by location and by the type of organizations you'd like to help. I really can't recommend this enough.
3) Meet-Up Groups. Common interests make for the best of friends. Whether you're looking for a book club, a discussion group, or a cooking class, there's almost certainly a meet-up group for that near you. Check out MeetUp.com to find the one you're looking for.
4) Take a Class. The New Orleans Lifelong Learning Cooperative (NOLLC) is a life-long learning community offering cultural and educational enrichment through classes and discussion groups. To find out more about their offerings, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to subscribe to their newsletter.
5) Join a Team. Stonewall Sports is a community-based LGBTQIA non-profit sports organization. They host several sports leagues in New Orleans, including kickball, volleyball, and dodgeball (shout-out to the Dirty Dianas!). Getting involved with a sports team is a great way to meet new friends and to have fun while getting in shape. (Be sure to check with your physician before starting any type of fitness program.)
6) NOAGE Events. NOAGE has regular social events for LGBT older adults and their allies, including Coffee Talks, Movie Nights, a Potluck Club, and more. The best way to stay informed about NOAGE events is to subscribe to our newsletter. To subscribe, click HERE and scroll down until you see the subscribe box or email us at email@example.com. You can also find out about our events on Facebook.
If you'd like to try some of the above ideas out, but just aren't able to get out of the house for one reason or another, we've got volunteers who would love to come visit you. Our number is (504)517-2345. It might seem like you're alone, but it doesn't have to be that way. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
I hope some of these ideas have got you excited for some of the good things - and good friends - that this year can bring to you. May 2018 be your best year ever!