Just imagine a handsome, young Mike Pence, playing his guitar, outgoing and friendly. Supports the Democratic Party, and gay rights.
Well, times have certainly changed.
A new report released by CNN, an ongoing profile series now on Veep highlights Mike Pence, his current religious beliefs and how it has shaped his personality as a young man, and his governing philosophy. CNN interviewed acquaintances and friends who knew Pence during his years at Hanover College. Detailing his character, his sudden religious “conversion” which turned a curious young man into a “rigid, condescending and exclusionary” politician.
Here a short list of the most shocking revelations from the report that details how Pence went from friendly to freaky.
Pence was once a Democrat.
Pence like his grandfather who was an immigrant supported the Democratic Party. He also was seen at campus parties, maintained friendships with classmates – this included women – and joined a fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. That appeared to change in 1978 after a religious epiphany.
Pence went through a “come to Jesus” moment.
While at Hanover, Pence became the leader with Vespers, a musical group playing Christian-themed music. It was at a Christian music festival that Pence underwent a religious awakening – in which he has described many times. According to CNN friends notices a shift in his personality as Pence became a “devoted” follower of God.
Pence began to rat out his frat brothers.
Beer and Fraternities go hand-in-hand and Phi Gamma Delta was no exception. Pence participated in many of their parties, and even wore a toga. However, after his religious conversion Pence managed to rat out his frat brothers after alerting a dean of students hiding kegs of beer in the Phi Gamma frat house.
There was a time Pence had female friends.
Lisa Koon who attended Hanover with Pence and knew him through the Vespers group enjoyed a warm friendship with Pence. That was until he found his religious “calling” and became more rigid and judgmental. She recalls on prayer group on a Vespers retreat Pence brought Koon to tears over her supposed “sinful” lifestyle, and condemning her for attending a frat party (Pence attended the same party). Koon soon found herself shunned by fellow Vespers, and angry over Pence’s judgment. Pence now will not dine with other women unless his wife is present (apparently she holds his balls).
He did have gay friends.
Trying to wrap our head around this one. But Pence was the first person a fellow student came out to and the student thought of Pence as a “mentor.” The gay man is anonymous in the CNN story but said Pence then labeled his as “an abomination” and proceeded to cut all contact with him after coming out. Fellow Hanover students confirmed the account. Scott Roos a fellow frat brother experienced a similar reaction after coming out.
Pence almost broke up with his now-wife.
In another reflection Scott Roos recalls Pence being disgusted over his then-friends (Karen) “sinful” lifestyle. Karen like many women lost her virginity before marriage, with Pence found disgusting. Well, Pence must have gotten over that one because he married her and they have three children. Roos believes Pence’s religiosity stems from political ambition: Pence told his “God told [Pence] he would be President.”
Now that your stomach has turned, we should suggest Pence enroll himself in conversion therapy…for not being such a judgmental douche and jerk.
Shane Cook who performs for Helix Studios has announced this week that he is battling cancer. He made the announcement on Twitter.
Cook posted a photo of himself and explained that he was “tired of being embarrassed about something I have no control over.”
He explained that he has been diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, which affects the immune system.
Shane also said that he has experienced some hair and muscle loss, but that he is doing well and expects to make a full recovery. He is also looking forward to getting back to work.
Shane has appeared in a number of Helix Studio scenes, including Will it Fit?, Dig In, and Afterparty Pound.
We wish him a speedy and full recovery!
Chris Watts appears to have a gay lover or at least according to a man who says he engaged in an ongoing sexual relationship with Watt’s for nearly a year.
Watts was charged with murdering his pregnant wife and two kids in Frederick, Colorado.
He buried his wife’s body in a shallow grave at his former boss’s yard, and his two daughter’s bodies were discovered submerged in crude oil drums nearby.
Watts managed to play the victim and made public pleas for the return of his family. He told police he killed his wife after she strangled their daughter because he told her he wanted a divorce.
He claims that they met on MeetMe a dating app and soon began an “instant” sexual relationship. “He reached out to me and messaged me,” the man alleged in the interview. “It was small talk. He told me his age. He had two daughters. He told me he was looking for a relationship in the long run.”
“I asked why his profile said straight. He said he was not out and not ready to be out as far as sexuality.”
Watts’s and this man maintained a relationship for approximately 10 months. “We had many conversations,” he said. “I asked him to make sure he’s not bisexual because he had two children. He told me he didn’t know.”
“At that moment he was attracted to me as a male.”
The unidentified man explained that in the beginning, Watt’s lied and claimed he was single. As the relationship progressed he admitted he was married, but that he and his wife “didn’t have sex anymore.”
“I asked why he lied to me. He told me he knew he wouldn’t have a chance with me if he told me he was married. He told me what I wanted to hear. He knew I had good morals.”
The man further stated that Watts explained that his wife was an abusive partner and their marriage was miserable.
“He told me his wife was verbally and emotionally abusive,” he alleges. “He told me he didn’t love her. She didn’t love him. I knew something was wrong at home. If nothing was wrong, he wouldn’t have pursued me.”
“I could see in his eyes he was very unhappy.”
When asked if he thought Chris had committed the crime, he responded, “no and yes.”
“You never really know what someone is capable of and the way he portrayed himself as the victim and made me feel sympathy for him,” he said. “Sociopath’s can easily lead to different lives and different emotions.”
“I hope he gets convicted and I hope he stays in prison for the rest of his life.”
One thing that comes along with Southern Decadence is the hot performers (dancers) and Bennett Anthony is no exception. At least in my opinion.
I always find it interesting to interview porn stars because you get a chance to hear about their lives and on the surface, most think their lives are fun and glamorous. But as I’ve written before most never appreciate the hard work that goes into their profession.
Bennett Anthony grew up in Conway, South Carolina, a small conservative town located in the Southeast portion of the state. Bennett says he really didn’t have any issues being gay in high school even though he was out. He portrayed himself as hyper-masculine, playing sports and shying away from his feminine side, however, he did manage to date his high school gym coach.
His journey to becoming a porn star is interesting. After being contacted through Scruff to do an underwear photoshoot at Gay Day’s (Disney), he decided at that time he was going to fuck a porn star, put it out there and become “famous” and move to California. This was his way to get out of South Carolina.
Anthony admits that he’s never found the work hard, in fact, he says it quite easy. “I get to fuck a guy for 8 hours and get paid $2,000.00 for doing it, what is there to complain about?” He said. He recalls his first scene, which was done with Johnny Rapid as easy and laid back, and looking at the scene we can see why. While he will top or bottom, he has been cast mostly as a top, which he doesn’t mind and does both bareback and safe sex scenes. “A huge turn off for me are people who complain about everything, and I’m here just to do a job, so let’s do it,” he says.
With regards to his personal life, he understands that is can be a challenge to have someone who is not in the business, but he believes that if there is complete honesty and openness you can make the relationship healthy. “We talk about everything and don’t have unrealistic expectations about who we are,” Anthony stated.
Recently he moved back to Charleston, South Carolina to reground himself. He admits that he lost himself getting caught up in the club scene and letting his guard down. So going home was a way to “re-find” himself, and it appears that he has. So moving back to California is an option, but this time he's more grounded and secure.
Regardless of what he does I get the feeling that he will succeed. You can catch Bennett at The Phoenix Bar during Southern Decadence and especially at the XXL Party.
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A former Napa County jailhouse guard has claimed he was driven out of his job and ended up in a mental hospital after relentless anti-gay harassment from colleagues and supervisors. Now here’s the deal, he isn’t gay.
41-year-old Dante Michelucci was a correctional officer for Napa County from 2007 until April 2018. Despite being married and straight, he claims that he was the target of homophobic abuse from his colleagues.
It started just over a year ago when his coworkers “decided he was gay” and then started using anti-gay slurs.
The alleged harassment escalated over the months. Michelucci’s locker was “littered” with photoshopped pictures of him at Pride parades, and frequently asked how many blowjobs he had performed that day.
When he reported the abuse to supervisors, the lawsuit states, “he was labeled a snitch, and his coffee cup (was) spit into.” He was also “mocked” for complaining about being bullied and told the harassment was a sign that his colleagues “liked him.”
“The hostile work environment became so pervasive that (Michelucci) was hospitalized” with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, the suit continues.
Michelucci claims that he suffered from Bell’s Palsy, a temporary facial paralysis caused by trauma or damage.
“He had a breakdown,” Michelucci’s attorney, David Poore, says.
Michelucci was also placed on medical leave. He has since filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco, he is seeking punitive damages and unspecified damages.
Nine-year-old Jamel Myles took his own life this past Thursday after being bullied at school. His mother believes that he was bullied for being gay.
Leia Piece told Fox 21 Denver that she found her son dead at their home, only four days after he started Joe Shoemaker Elementary School, he was a fourth grader.
While on summer break, Jamel came out to his mother while driving. “I thought he was playing. “So I looked back because I was driving and he was all curled up, so scared. And I said, ‘I still love you,’” she stated.
Pierce said her son wanted to dress less masculine. ”Can I be honest with you?’,” she remembered. “And I was like ‘Sure’, and he’s like, ‘I know you buy me boy stuff because I’m a boy, but I’d rather dress like a girl.'”
She also explained that her son was eager to tell his new classmates because he was proud of who he was, however, it appears that his openness had some tragic consequences.
“Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him,” recalled Pierce. “My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me.”
The Denver Police are currently investigating the death as a suicide, and the Denver Public School district sent out a letter informing parents of extra social workers and crisis teams at all schools.
Pierce wants to spread awareness about bullying and the harm it can do to individuals. “We should have accountability for bullying. I think the child should. Because the child knows it’s wrong. The child wouldn’t want someone to do it to them. I think the parent should be held because obviously the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they’re treating them like that,” she urged.
Currently, there are 50 states that have some sort of anti-bullying laws. But it has been reported that most of the laws are notoriously difficult to implement at ground level and just as impossible to ensure that all school districts follow through or adhere to the policies.
The National Center for Educational Statistics in 2016 reported that one out of every five students report being bullied, down by 8% since the organization began collecting data in 2005.
Of the students bullied, data reveals that 13% were victims of verbal abuse, 12% were the basis of rumors, 5% felt excluded on a regular basis and 5% endured physical abuse.
The data shows that the most frequent forms of bullying are based on ethnicity, disability, appearance, sexual orientation, gender, and religion.
It appears that Facebook has been accused of micotargeting conversion therapy ads promoting “sexual purity” to young gay users in the United Kingdom. In a recent investigation by the Telegraph, ads were found selling the idea that gay people might be turned straight. The ad “Why am I seeing this ad?” suggested that users were interested because they were interested in “gender issues.”
This is one of the ads, titled “Homosexuality Was My Identity,” and supposedly targeted to users who liked LGBTQ pages:
It is suggested that gayness is something to be overcome with the help of Jesus.
Tessa Ann Schwarz, who identifies as a lesbian, is one person who saw the ad.
“I don’t know why Facebook has permitted this group to target LGBTQ people, who have intentionally sought out community and education amongst peers, for shaming and hatred masked as love,” she told the Telegraph.
Alistair Ryder was shown an ad for the book Evangelical Man, Same-Sex Attraction, which is supposed to be a fun summer read and promotes celibacy. “There was nothing overtly homophobic about the ad I saw itself,” Ryder said, “but it was written in a way to try to appeal to people who may be depressed or self-loathing due to their sexuality.”
Now Facebook does not hand-approve such ads, and that’s the problem – how can Facebook regulate its automated targeted ad market, since it’s fully-automated?
Ryder and Schwarz both flagged the ads as inappropriate. At that time a moderator took action and removed them as they violated Facebook’s ad policy that bans any ad “that discriminates against harasses, provokes or disparages people.”
Griff Ferris of the UK civil rights group Big Brother watch say the process has some major flaws. “Targeted advertising is aggressive and manipulative, using the personal and private information to exploit people’s innermost fears, desires, and prejudices,” he told the Telegraph. “Therefore it must be restricted to protect people’s rights.”
MLB player Daniel Murphy 100% disagrees with the gay lifestyle, debuted for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, just five days before the Cub’s LGBTQ Pride night this Sunday.
On Thursday Murphy was asked to clarify his remarks he made in 2015, regarding former MBL player Billy Bean. It would appear little has changed.
Said Murphy: “What I would say to that is that I’ve been able to foster a really positive relationship with Billy Bean since that time. I’m really excited to continue to cultivate that relationship that we’ve built. Billy, his job I think is Ambassador for Inclusion with Major League Baseball is a vital role so that everyone feels included, not only in our industry in baseball but in all aspects of life. Again, I hope that anyone that comes to Wrigley Field feels welcome. That’s my hope. That’s the hope of Major League Baseball. And speaking with Billy Bean — again, like I said, the relationship that we’ve been able to forge — that’s what he’s trying to do. I think that’s what we’re trying to do as an industry. We want people to feel welcome, whatever walk of life that might be.”
When asked if he had a message to any fans conflicted with his presence on the team, Murphy responded: “Oh dear. I would hope that you would root for the Cubs.”
This is what Murphy said to the NJ Advance Media in 2015:
“I disagree with his lifestyle. I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent…
“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree with the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”
Bean was asked about Murphy’s comments after receiving emails asking how he felt about the “gay lifestyle” comments. This is how he responded:
“After reading his comments, I appreciate that Daniel spoke his truth. I really do. I was visiting his team, and a reporter asked his opinion about me. He was brave to share his feelings, and it made me want to work harder and be a better example that someday might allow him to view things from my perspective, if only for just a moment.
“I respect him, and I want everyone to know that he was respectful of me. We have baseball in common, and for now, that might be the only thing. But it’s a start.
“The silver lining in his comments is that he would be open to investing in a relationship with a teammate, even if he “disagrees” with the lifestyle. It may not be perfect, but I do see him making an effort to reconcile his religious beliefs with his interpretation of the word lifestyle. It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others.”
Bill Gubrud creator of Out at Wrigley told Block Chub Chicago: I just don’t like the man at all. Honestly, when someone says they don’t like the gay lifestyle, what they’re saying is, ‘I think it’s gross when two guys are having sex together.’ And that’s exactly what Daniel Murphy meant. There weren’t many openly gay sports fans [during the first Gay Day in 2001] because of the fear of retribution, of going to a ballpark and all that …. Stupid comments like that from Daniel Murphy, there’s no place in society for anything like that.”
Outsports writer Cyd Zeigler wrote: ‘I have never advocated for chasing every single Christian person out of sports who “disagrees” with the fact that I’m married to my husband. But when someone decides to publicly elevate the anti-gay environment of the sports world, it’s up to him to fix that. That Murphy hasn’t done that, and that the Cubs would sign him days before Out At Wrigley, is disappointing.’
34-year-old Rep. Shevrin Jones of Florida came out as gay and he doesn’t care what others think or say about it.
The Florida Democrat in an interview with the Miami Herald explained he came out to his family about five years ago. He divorced his wife in 2015 and admits he still loves her. Over the past few year’s he has spent time doing some quiet soul searching. “She and I were friends for 10 years at school,” he explains. “When I married her, I loved her then. But I loved her too much to continue to lie to her and lie to my family.”
It was the unexpected death of his older brother that sparked him to reflect on his life. “I was like, that could have been me,” Jones says. “I could drop dead living behind the scenes of something that could have helped someone else. I started living my truth just a little bit more.”
Jones was out to close colleagues, friends, and family, it wasn’t until the recent wave of LGBTQ politicians running for office that he was ready to speak out publicly about his sexuality.
He sought the advice of former state Rep. Joe Saunders who serves as the political director at Equality Florida and had his name officially added to the roster of endorsements of openly gay politicians.
Jones, was first elected in 2012, isn’t sure how his coming out will impact his re-election, but isn’t worried about it. “Mark my words: Now that I’m living my truth if I am never elected again, I’m OK with that,” he tells the Herald.
He further states, “Because there are so many people right now who are in office, in places of high stature, who are not living truthful lives and they sleep with that lie on a daily basis. If me living my truth is a reason to vote against me or vote me out, then I’m OK with that.”
Shelly Fitzgerald had been employed at the Catholic school was dismissed after 15 years of employment. A parishioner requested a public copy of her marriage license and then sent it to administrators. It appears that Roncalli staff gave her only three options: resign, wait to be fired or divorce.
"Archbishop Thompson ultimately makes the decision on whether or not Ms. Fitzgerald is allowed to hold her position," Roncalli junior Anna Clodfelter said in a statement released by students. "Our focus from this point on will be calling on Archbishop Thompson to do what is right."
The school released this statement in its defense (comes across as a load of crap):
"As role models for students, the personal conduct of every teacher, guidance counselor and administrator and staff member, both at school and away from school, must convey and be supportive of the teachings of the Catholic Church. These teachings include, but are not limited to: honoring the dignity of each human life from conception to natural death, care for God’s creation, and the belief that all persons are called to respect human sexuality and its expression in the Sacrament of Marriage between a man and a woman as a sign of God’s love and fidelity to His Church."
Students concerns for LGBTQ youth expressed shock at the school’s callousness.
"We were able to convey our concerns on the mental health of students who either identify with the LGBT community or connect with Ms. Fitzgerald as their guidance counselor," student Madison Aldrich said in a statement. "Many students consider Ms. Fitzgerald’s office their 'safe place.' How will LGBT students feel if they see adults firing adults based on who they love?”
The school claims its anti-LGBTQ policy is "clearly defined in school employee contracts and ministerial job descriptions."
Fitzgerald took to social media and said she felt “had to stay hidden and quiet from my friends or risk losing my job... I ask that you pray for my family, for change in the world, and know I have absolutely loved my job for the past 15 years.”