With no warning, the Instagram account for the Warwick Rowers was removed until further notice. The collegiate rowing club is best known for their fundraising photo shoots announced the sudden move on Monday.
Every year the rowing club puts out a risqué calendar and the proceeds go towards a group that combats homophobia in sports. The account was taken down without warning after a series of photos were deleted. They wrote: “As you may have noticed, our Instagram account has been permanently deactivated without any reason communicated to us. And we’re hoping this is a mistake and are waiting for them to allow us back on the platform to keep spreading our message.”
According to Instagram’s content guidelines, photos that display “sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks” will be removed from the platform.
But the photos were deleted before the account was shut off. The group’s social media manager is careful to keep content within Instagram’s’ policy, some photos will show a glimpse of pubic hair, something of a “gray” area.
Angus Malcolm the project’s founder stated: “We have a policy of requiring models to have fairly natural pubic hair on the grounds that shaved crotches reflect an unrealistic and hyper-sexualized aesthetic that promotes unhealthy relationships with our natural bodies. But whatever your position on this, the clue is in the name. Pubic hair is not part of the genitals. It’s hair.”
The rowing teams YouTube channel was suspended in 2016, it has been reactivated.
Instagram has not commented on the team’s ban.
Orrin Hatch the Republican senator from Utah gave a surprising speech in which he praised LGBTQ youth. Senator Hatch took to the floor of the United States Senate on Wednesday to give a speech in support of both Pride Month and young LGBTQ people. He began his speech referencing LGBTQ people who commit suicide each year.
“I rise today to address a public health issue that has in its wake left a trail of tragedy and shattered lives,” he opened. “A suicide epidemic has touched all sectors of our society. But the problem is particularly acute among LGBT youth who experience bullying and discrimination at every turn.”
He also touched on LGBTQ people who are estranged from their families because of their sexual or gender identity. Furthermore, he indicated that the rate of suicide among LGBTQ teens is a matter of “national attention.” Senator Hatch stated: “No one should ever feel less because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. LGBTQ youth deserve our unwavering love and support, and they deserve validation and not only assurance that there is a place for them in this society, but that it is far better off because of them.”
Hatch went even further when he stated; “These young people need us — and we desperately need them. We need their light to illuminate the richness and diversity of God’s creations. We need the grace, beauty and brilliance they bring to the world.”
Senator Hatch also said that Americans regardless of political parties should treat everyone with “dignity and respect,” and no matter where they stood on the “cultural issues of the day.”
He continues to say: “These young men and women deserve to feel loved, cared for and accepted for who they are. I don’t think they chose to be who they are, they’re born to be who they are. And we have to understand that. They deserve to know that they belong and that our society is stronger because of them.”
Senator Hatch has not always been an ally of the LGBTQ community. He supported the Defense of Marriage Act in the 1990s which prohibited same-sex couple’s form receiving federal marriage benefits. In 2013 he was against same-sex marriage, but he did support civil unions.
It appears that Senator Hatch has come to an awaking, he also is opposed to Trump’s proposed transgender ban in the military and is in support of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which bans firing refusal to hire anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Sometimes you come across someone while not that well known but for some reason interests you. Lord Vigor is an extremely interesting person and very soft spoken but once you start talking he is open and honest about his life and what he does. Now I know you’re wondering who is Lord Vigor and what does he do?
The wonderful part of doing a blog is that I can select people who just interest me. I became aware of Lord Vigor when I received a poster for Phoenix Bar, in which Dallas Steele and Lord Vigor were going to be dancing. I have to admit that I never heard of him and doing several internet searches turned up nothing, except his personal trainer/massage business.
Lord Vigor (I never asked him about the name) lives in Dallas, but his path to where he is today is unique. We tend to focus on men who are “gay” and have always been “gay”, but what about someone for years lived somewhat a double life, having had several relationships with women. “I thought I was expected to be with women, I liked men, but I was in the closet.”
Lord Vigor grew up in conservative El Paso, TX which he admits had its downside. “It was hard to find someone who understood what I was going through, to find that place of acceptance.” After college he would work in a gay bar as a waiter and DJ, it was at this point he wanted and lived the typical “gay lifestyle”. But at the same time he was getting tired of the “gay drama” and so he started dating women again, “I just couldn’t take all the drama, the games that some play, so I decided to date women.”
But it would be his move in 2003 to Dallas that Lord Vigor decided that he needed a new life, a fresh start one could say. This would begin his journey to fully live as a gay man but on his own terms. “I wanted a new life, something different, unique, to find a job that I wanted, and especially to grow.”
After doing several social work jobs, Lord Vigor understood that it wasn’t going to pay the bills and he needed to do something. He began doing massages on the side, and that grew into a steady clientele, which he admits it’s better pay and more flexible hours. He does not apologize for being gay and at times getting paid for sex, he appears to be comfortable between the straight and gay world. “I have no shame in what I do, and it’s my life to live,” he stated.
“I am sexually open, honest about who I am and I’m not going to lie about it,” he stated. He prefers to have a small group of men to explore with, men that he knows and understand each other. I asked him about bathhouses and he admits that doesn’t like going to them, “it seems strange to go and just have anonymous sex men you don’t know,” he says. But that leads me to ask bathhouse no but escorting yes!
Regardless of what you think about Lord Vigor if you sit down and just talk to him, you start to understand that he really is a cool guy. There isn’t this sense of “I’m better than you” or this stuck up attitude that most men in his position would give you. He really understands who he is as a person, and isn’t afraid to be himself. You get the impression that he just want to be open about his life, sex and to enjoy his life.
I have to say I enjoyed this interview, to get to someone with a different journey to finding himself. Before you ask, no I did not ask him for a massage, which would’ve been unprofessional!
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Every time I think of bullying I get images of junior high. Being called names, pushed around during recess, or teased on the school bus. Adults just simply say “it’s just kids being kids,” and thinking it minor incident and short-term consequences. However, this is not just an issue of childhood. There has several research studies that the effects of bullying can persist into adulthood, affecting both the victim and the bully, sometimes for the rest of their lives.
Just think about it the very act of bullying is dangerous, produces strong feelings of fear, shame embarrassment, and guilt. Bullies have to use threats to keep their victim quite, the same way abusers silence their targets.
Research has shown, even short-term effects of bullying are likely to exhibit some of the following symptoms; unhappy in school, becomes withdrawn, increased anxiety and depression.
There are some serious long-term consequences if the bullying continues for a prolonged period of time. Here are some of the effects; greater risk of depression, lower self-esteem, loss of confidence, problems with family, difficulty in maintaining a stable relationship, problems with alcohol and drugs, and self-destructive behaviors. Many of these symptoms are the same as those seen in people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders.
Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine have found a strong connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide in children. They found most of the test subjects had thoughts of suicide, homicidal thoughts and difficulty relating to people and family. But what they found is that the effects of bullying aren’t just limited to the victims, however – they have found that six out of ten kids identified as bullies in middle school are convicted of a crime by the time they reach 24. What was most disturbing was that children whose teachers reported severe persistent bullying at 7, 11 and 16 have more than double the risk of chronic widespread pain in adulthood compared with children without behavior problems.
Compounding the issue of bullying is cyberbullying, which has emerged in the past decade. It’s estimated that about 10% of adolescents in grades 7-9 are victims of internet bullying. This is a major issue because the victim is never left along – the abuse continues during morning, noon and night. Victims can be continuously bullied via SMS and websites and once posted the insults can be extremely difficult to remove and finding the person behind the bullying is often difficult to identify.
Psychologists believe that it’s important to understand how bullying affects people in adulthood and it’s vital to understand that even when we turn 18 and leave school we don’t leave all these experiences behind us. Instead, we tend to carry them with us, affecting almost every area of our lives.
It’s not often that you come across someone who right in the middle of his life changes careers and in such an extreme way. Dallas Steel managed to move from being a TV news anchor/reporter to becoming a major porn star and escorting. He has managed to move from TV to porn and you could credit the seamless transition by understanding how he thinks.
He admits that he has always been a show-off and has always been comfortable with showing off his body and exploring his sexual side. “It’s really about being who you are and being comfortable with yourself in all aspects of your life.”
Dallas knew from an early age that he wanted to be on TV and a anchor/reporter. He started first doing radio then moved to TV news and he was only 23. He worked in Bakersfield, CA; Beaumont, TX; Naples-Fort Myers, FL and Dallas, TX. He would win two Emmy nominations while in Dallas and several regional awards. Between all of this he managed to do some bodybuilding and competed, and if you saw him in person you could see why.
He would end his newscaster career while working in Florida, it was explained that people didn’t seem to like him. But he is very open that he thought that it could have been because he was openly gay and working in a very conservative part of the country. “You have to understand they (Producers) have you by the balls, literally and I was tired of it,” he stated. I got the feeling he really wanted to live his life on his own terms. To get rid of the unrealistic expectations that being in the news business placed on him.
He would move back to Michigan where his partner lived, the two had been commuting just about every weekend. They would then make the move to Dallas, TX where Dallas lives today. It would be there that his life would be altered in ways he never imaged. His partner would die from an “accidental overdose”, out of respect to Dallas I’m not going to go any further. As we spoke of his partner you can still see it has a profound effect on him, and that he still thinks of him.
It was at the encouragement of a friend (Dallas was bartending at the time) that he should apply to do porn. Dallas took a chance and applied with both Colt and Titan, considering Dallas secretly always wanted to do porn he thought why not “it’s something I’ve always thought about doing,” he stated. Both studios within a week would contact him. His first job would be with director Kristopher Weston of Colt, and his very first scene was a solo and outside.
His first shoot was with Dirk Caber for Titan Men. “It was my first, while I was nervous and it might show, I don’t regret the scene and I look at it proudly.” He knows that in order to create an amazing scene it’s all about the individual(s) he’s with. Dallas looks at it this way, “it’s all about whom I’m with, they are the most important person in my life at that moment and that makes an incredible scene.”
With regards to escorting there doesn’t seem to be any sign of embarrassment when talking about it. I didn’t probe into this aspect of his life because if you want to know more….I’ll leave it at that!
I get the impression that Dallas isn’t ashamed of what he does, either porn or escorting. ”Having a great body doesn’t make me better than anyone else,” and “you can’t win to lose, there will always be someone that doesn’t like what you’re doing.” Either way, I was impressed with him, his laid-back attitude and his approach to life.
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The Guardian has posted a confessional published by an unnamed man who opens up about what sex is like with someone with autism, “a homosexual man in my mid-50s diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism.”
Explains in detail what it’s like for him:
“Informal environments such as higher education and work, I come across as reasonably normal, pleasant, chatty if a bit shy and wary, and unusually sympathetic (albeit in a detached way, as if I were a professional counselor). Outside of work, I am introverted, a creature of habit, mistrustful of people, preferring seclusion and personal autonomy. People regard me as remote and eccentric. A comfortable level of social interaction consists of talking for a couple of hours over dinner, a few times a year, within a small circle of trusted friends. I do not bond emotionally with anyone, including immediate family.”
And it’s the “not bonding emotionally with anyone” part that can make sex a little, well, tricky.
He has a heightened fear of disease contagion and admits that even casual contact with people repulsive, and it’s for this reason he avoids any intimate relationships. He does state that he is a person with sexual needs even given his challenges, so does he meet those needs? “In the least risky, least effortful manner,” he writes. “Solitary masturbation, one to three times a day.”
He furthermore has come to look at his situation as a “biological urge” but understands that “The aspiration for love and sex is not universal,” and “Nor is it exclusively people with a low sex drive who choose a solitary life.”
h/t: The Guardian
This past Saturday the Los Angeles Fire Marshall and the LAPD had to shut down an LA Pride event after the street party hit capacity at approximately 10PM, with thousands still waiting to get in. As a police helicopter flew over the venue informing the hordes of people waiting at the festival entrance that they would not be getting inside. “By order of the fire marshal, this venue is now closed. You need to leave the area right now,” could be heard from loudspeakers.
People took to Twitter to show their displeasure:
“#LAPride was so horrible. Waited almost 2 hours in line only for the line to stop at the gate due to full capacity,” one person tweeted.
“#LAPride needs to learn how to run a safe and secure pride because this has got to be the most unstable pride yet,” another person wrote on Twitter.
LA Pride usually throws a Friday night event but was scrapped this year, so it is unclear if the number of people on Saturday was a result of that, and tickets were oversold.
During NBC Los Angeles 11 PM newscast described the response by sheriff’s deputies a “huge” and stating the area was “an absolute mess.” It was also reported: “People were trying to get into the event any way they could. They were trying to jump fences,” reported Gil Leyvas. “Two to three-hundred people that tried to push their way in assaulted one of the sheriff’s deputies, and that prompted even more response.”
The festival organizers released a statement late Saturday that “anyone turned away will be able to use their ticket for Sunday’s event/concert.”
Several resignations of top-level employees of a non-profit organization in Baton Rouge has taken center stage. It appears that the chief executive officer of the organization claims that he eligible to receive a “finders fee” for donations made to the organization according to The Advocate.
Tim Young, CEO of Open Health Care Clinic and HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two reported to The Advocate that in his compensation package, approved by the board, has been suspended until there is a complete review. In its current form, Young would have received a commission depending on the amount of the donation. For example, he would receive $200,000 for donations between $7 million and $10 million or $2,500 for donations between $50,000 and $100,00.
Kimberly Hood, who is the former chief operations and compliance officer, told the board that such a compensation could place the organizations tax-status in jeopardy. She said the arraignment is nothing more than a “kickback.”
The group’s chief information officer has resigned along with the chief medical officer, chief financial officer, and the compliance offer. Fundraising experts told The Advocate that this situation is problematic and even prohibited.
If you are a bottom expect to pay more than tops, well at least at a New York gay sex club. It appears organizers will be charging $65 entry for a bottom and just $25 for tops.
Bottoms are not too pleased about having to pay 50%. Many are questioning the disparity in the admission price and just how it will be enforced. Then there is the question of those guys that are versatile.
A promoter for the event tells Gay Star News the pricing was needed for “a huge ratio of tops to bottoms.” Furthermore, he explains “The way the party works is that bottoms volunteer as a cumdump, they are placed into position for the entirety of the party and stay there as long as they want,” and we wanted to keep the party more manageable for obvious safety reasons. So we used a smaller and therefore more expensive (per capita) space.”
However, many are expressing concern of “top privilege”, which has become a concern in the gay community. But the promoter is defending the gap by stating: “That’s also part of what the bottoms are paying more for,” he says, “a guaranteed high number of tops.”
Nick Bertke, better known as ‘Pogo’ released a video in which he explained why he hates gay people and went so far as to cheer the Pulse nightclub massacre went viral yesterday. Well, it appears that he’s now backtracking in an attempt to address the outrage he provoked by releasing a distasteful video.
Bertke claims in the video, as well as past blog posts were about evils of feminism were an attempt to “grind the gears” of individuals on the internet who are prone to requiring trigger warnings and draw them out (I’m still not sure what the hell that is supposed to mean). Bertke stated; “The things I said in this video I think have deserved the reception that the video has had…I love confusing people…Then I took it too far [and created the ‘fagottron’ video].”
He further added: “There is no pinch of salt big enough to be taken with what I have said. It’s all good and well for me to open a valve and to draw people out into the open – people I don’t like, you know, hypocrites etcetera, but I feel very strongly that it’s been very naive behavior on my part. If I’m going to tuck my tail between my legs and admit anything it’s that these posts and these videos and these things I’ve made for the sake of being edgy have not contributed to any productive conversation.”
But let’s not forget that Mr. Bertke is a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos and other alt-right and conservative figures. “I like some of the things people like Milo Yiannopoulos say, but I don’t like the way he says them. He’ll get up in front of a crowd of people and bash the indigenous people of Australia. He’ll speak in a very sort of derogatory, very provocative way, and I’ve often found myself thinking, ‘is that productive?'”
He hoped the video didn’t cause anyone (especially gay) people to want to kill or harm themselves: “It has never been my intention to hurt people.” He added: “Apparently I hate gay people…Many of my friends and supporters are gay. There is definitely a degree of irony.”
Typical that he would suggest you refer to his family for moral clarification and to somehow absolve himself of the words he used to describe gay individuals and that this is a process of him growing up. “if you ask my family members, and closest friends, they’ll all tell you the same thing, ‘Nick’s just being an asshole’…It’s a part of me that I think is slowly growing up…if you have recognized the jokes you have my deepest appreciation,” he stated.
The simple fact is that words have meaning and those meanings have a direct impact on those around you. This video was done in poor taste, extremely upsetting to those who lived through the Pulse shootings. Furthermore to claim this was done in some attempt to “wake” people up and provoke discussion is simply an excuse for your lack of sympathy and appreciation for human life.