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August 29, 2014

Review: LeAnn Rimes Musical Love Letter To Her Gay Fans

This is the cover art for LeAnn Rimes latest music album, and it features her hanging onto a sign in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles, and she is wearing a corset and stockings and she is screaming at the top of her lungs.

Dance Like You Don’t Give A...Greatest Hits Remixes

By Roy Steele

As much as I dislike “gay” stereotypes, there is one “gay” stereotype that I wholeheartedly subscribe to and embrace, and that’s the fact that like many other gay men, I love dance music (including electronic dance music, house, heavy house, tribal house, trance, dance pop, hip-hop, etc).

Now that I’ve confessed that I’m a dance music devotee, I will also tell you that I’m an unabashed and fearless dancer, who has elbowed and shoved and pushed my way onto crowded dance floors here in the United States, and on at least 4 or 5  continents around the world, much to the chagrin of those who stood in my way!

Have I told you how much I Iove dance music?

August 25, 2014

The Bible Is Gay Marriage Neutral. Please get it right.

An outline of a map of the mainland United States, with this text superimposed, the Human Rights Campaign launches Project One America, a gay equality campaign, in the deep south.

By Roy Steele

I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) last week and heard a terrific story, “Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South,” about the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and their fairly new cultural campaign to effect change in the deep south, called Project One America.

NPR’s National Correspondent Debbie Elliott was in Magnolia, Mississippi, and she interviewed openly gay City Alderman Mercedes Ricks.

August 23, 2014

SFPD Releases Video Footage In Gay Bashing Murder Probe

Bryan Higgins aka "Feather Lynn" memorial sign that was put up in my Duboce Triangle neighborhood.

San Francisco, California: Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a “person of interest” in the Bryan “Feather” Higgins homicide investigation.

A picture of the person of interest that the SFPD would like to speak with.

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) released video footage on Thursday, of a “person of interest” that they would like to speak with, in connection with the murderous gay bashing that claimed 31 year old Bryan “Feather” Higgins life.

The dashcam video is from a taxicab at the intersection of Church Street and Duboce Avenue.

[More photos and video can be found by clicking Read More]

August 20, 2014

Anyone With Half A Brain Knows “Ex-Gay” Ministries Are Doomed

A screenshot of the "Huffington Post" HUFFPO Gay Voices story that's entitled 'Anyone With A Brain' Realizes Gay People Shouldn't Be Treated Equally, 'Ex-Gay' Activist Claims, by Curtis M. Wong.

By Roy Steele

Every day we see a variation of this headline, “So and So” says that gay people shouldn’t get “special rights,” or “extra rights.” Sometimes a real brainiac will say “if gay people get rights, they’re taking away my rights, and that’s not right.” Of course the brainiac usually can’t articulate what rights are being “stolen,” but the media still reports that the comment was made.

When a state embraced marriage equality, no one’s rights were taken away. When a city passed a non-discrimination ordinance, no one’s rights were taken away. When a Fortune 500 corporation implemented a non-discrimination policy in their hiring practices, no one’s rights were infringed upon. When a school district adopted anti-bullying measures, no one’s civil rights were abridged.

Police Don’t Protect Us - They Protect Government From Us

Hundreds of Howard University students in Washington, DC pose for the camera with their arms up in surrender, for the hashtag don't shoot campaign.


By Rick Falvinge

A lot of this week in civil liberties has been about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. Police troops fired tear gas on a television crew. This mirrors the ongoing web censorship efforts.

The governments around the world are reacting the exact same way today as they did when the printing press arrived 500 years ago. There isn’t really anything new under the sun.

Then, as now, they were used to telling people what was true and what wasn’t, telling whatever story that fit whatever it was they wanted to do.

“Cannabis is dangerous. Tobacco is not harmful at all. Oh, and there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

August 17, 2014

Video: Lesbian Comic Annihilates Straight Male Heckler

Rising star lesbian comic Carmen Esposito standing on stage during her stand up act.

Is openly gay comic Cameron Esposito destined for stardom?

By Roy Steele

I was reading a gay blog and this one particular post said something like “you have to look at this video now because this is a gay comedian who is very funny and will make you laugh so hard so watch it now and you will laugh until your belly hurts” blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

I’m a rebel and when I’m told I have to do something, my first reaction is to do the opposite. If a blogger is tells me I have to watch a video, I usually don’t. I will read the text that accompanies the video, and will read any comments, so that I can assess whether it really is a “must see” video, and then I move on. That’s why I never mandate that any visitor to this blog has to watch my videos.

Since that particular blog demanded that I watch a video, my inner rebel kicked in and I said "hell no," and I didn’t click play.

August 16, 2014

A Gay Bashing Murderer Is On The Loose In San Francisco

An aerial photo above Duboce Park in San Francisco, California

News Brief: Bryan “Feather Lynn” Higgins died on Wednesday, a teenager’s eye donation was rejected because he was gay, and an Arizona State University football player came out.

By Roy Steele

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: An unidentified severely beaten and unconscious man was found last Sunday morning in my Duboce Triangle neighborhood.

He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) used social media to engage the public, and asked for help in identifying the victim.

The Anti-Gay Governor Of Texas Is Charged With 2 Felonies

Texas governor Rick Perry in an orange hued suit.

This story will be filed in the “it couldn’t happen to a nicer anti-gay guy” department. Texas governor Rick Perry hasn’t learned that karma is a bitch, but he’s going to learn now.

By Roy Steele

AUSTIN, TEXAS:  On Friday, a Travis County Texas grand jury indicted anti-gay governor Rick Perry on two felony counts, for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Abuse of official capacity carries a sentence of 5 - 99 years in prison, and coercion of a public servant carries a sentence of 2 - 10 years.

Let me fill you in on why "Prick Perry" was indicted.

August 14, 2014

Robin Williams Death Spurs Discussions About Depression

A black and white photograph of Robin Williams with his year of birth, 1951, and his year of death, 2014, which was posted on the apple.com website.
SOURCE: Apple.com --- Remembering Robin Williams

By Roy Steele

Be aware of these suicide warning signs, and consult with these resources to reach out for help.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA: There are times in our lives when we hear bad news that is so tragic, that it’s hard to fathom or comprehend. When I first saw the headline that Robin Williams died in my news feed online, I closed the tab in my browser, and prayed that being nearsighted distorted my reading comprehension, and that the beloved comic was safely ensconced in his Marin County home.

Robin Williams, 63, tragically died on Monday. According to Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd, the preliminary cause of death was asphyxiation, as a result of suicide.

July 30, 2014

Anti-Gay Discrimination Is Flourishing In America

A handwritten sign that says discrimination is a crime.

By Roy Steele

I’m a gay man who has experienced discrimination in the workplace in the past, and I’ve seen other gay co-workers castigated too, because of their sexual orientation. Maybe you’ve witnessed anti-gay discrimination.

Discrimination on every level is wrong, and until our political leaders make the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) a priority, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people will continue to be victims of discrimination.

Discriminating against "queers" is ingrained in our culture. That’s why ineffective leaders like Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), don’t believe that anti-gay discrimination is a problem that requires legislative action.

July 25, 2014

Gay Travel: 3 Destinations To Escape The Summer Heat

A summer sunset with the sun lowering in the distance.

When the city streets sizzle, it’s time to get the heck out of town.

Crowded urban centers are really the last place you want to be at the height of summer heat.  If you’re anything like me, you’d rather be somewhere close to a large body of water, a breezy back porch and gorgeous views.

And you’d much prefer if that idyllic place was friendly to gay travelers.  So, for your vacationing pleasure, we’re highlighting 3 of the most gay-friendly vacation spots in the country.  Read on to find out what makes them special and a few of our suggestions of what to do when you’re there.

July 24, 2014

Gay Marriage: Clela Rorex Is A Super Hero

Sue Larson (L) and her friend Clela Rorex (R)

AUDIO: Clela Rorex, a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson about issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 1975.
I read about Clela Rorex a few weeks ago, and her story made me tear up, and I nearly cried. This four minute audio story is amazing. Imagine it’s 1975, and two gay men come to your office to get a marriage license.

Clela Rorex tells the story to her friend Sue Larson, and you can listen to it, and read the transcript, if you click on “READ MORE.” 

July 23, 2014

Dan Savage Is A Gay Idiot: OOPS He Did It Again

Sex columnist Dan Savage
I’m a gay man and I’m almost 50. I watched my peers when I was a very young adult fuck themselves to death. 
Dan Savage --- Death, Sex & Money Podcast

By Roy Steele

I really don’t know what to think of Dan Savage. I think that his heart is in the right place mostly, and that largely he’s been a good ambassador for the LGBT movement. He’s handsome, smart and articulate. He doesn’t shy away from verbal tussles, and he’s not afraid to call out religious hypocrisy when he sees it. Those are all pluses in my book.

Dan’s take down of Rick ‘Sicko’ Santorum is legendary, and that action alone will hold a special place in my heart forever.

Then there’s the controversy that seems to follow him everywhere. He has a habit of opening mouth and inserting his own foot fairly often, and that’s where he gets a big fat demerit.

July 22, 2014

Violence Murder And War Create Preventable Tragedies

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 wreckage, Violence and War in the Gaza Strip, and NYPD Police brutality

By Roy Steele

MH 17 Crash, Gaza Strip Violence, NYPD Police Brutality, Innocent Woman Murdered in Detroit, are all in the news. These deaths are preventable. Who has the balls to do anything about it?

Over the past few days the 24 news cycle has been understandably consumed with news about Malaysian Airlines flight 17, that was destroyed in a missile attack, last week over eastern Ukraine. At the same time, the world is boiling with conflict and death.

July 20, 2014

3 Gay Cheers! RuPaul’s Drag Race Wins TV Critics Award

Two executives accepted the TCA Award for "RuPaul's Drag Race"

By Roy Steele

I don’t know about you, but when I looked at the Primetime Emmy Award nominations for 2014, and didn’t see RuPaul’s Drag Race nominated in any category, I was pissed off and disappointed. Over the years, RuPaul’s Drag Race  has developed into a great show that’s consistently funny, full of emotion, and one of the most entertaining shows on television. Critics love it, both straight and gay audiences love it, and the Primetime Emmy Awards shun the show.

Last night the Television Critics Association (TCA) handed out their awards for the 2013 - 2014 TV season in Beverly Hills, at its 30th Annual TCA Awards presentation. The award for outstanding achievement in reality programming went to RuPaul’s Drag Race!

July 17, 2014

TV Talk: The ‘Gaytastic’ Emmy’s, Chrisley’s Cool & Stritch Signs Off

LGBT 2014 Primetime Emmy Award nominees

By Roy Steele

The Gaytastic Emmy’s

The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced last week and they are gaytastic!

Laverne Cox made history as the first transgender performer to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy, for her portrayal of Sophia Bursett on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

July 13, 2014

Gay American Icon Actor George Takei: It’s Takei’s Time

George Takei is the subject of the film "To Be Takei"

By Spencer Blohm

For 77 year old actor and Hollywood/LGBT icon George Takei, life hasn’t always been easy – in fact, it often still isn’t. However this, dare I say it, “senior citizen,” appears to be just hitting his stride. He has become a media darling, is beloved by his fans, reigns as an internet superstar, and has even revived his career in the meantime.

George Takei’s incredible life story is the subject of a new documentary from director Jennifer Kroot called To Be Takei. The film is exclusively being run as part of a special that DirecTV offers from July 3rd through August 5th, before being released more widely.

July 10, 2014

Sarah Palin Is A Gay Man In Drag

RuPaul as Sarah Palin

Is Sarah Palin a gay man in drag? I doubt it. Is she a lesbian? Probably not, and I’ve been struggling with semantics over the last few days, about how to characterize her stupidity.

I’m committed to always telling the unvarnished truth, and go to great lengths to research every news story before I write about it, or offer an opinion.

July 7, 2014

Gay News This Week: Employment Discrimination & Marriage Equality

Anti-gay discrimination is cowardly, ungodly, and downright immoral.

Religious Organizations Want Permission to Discriminate

By Roy Steele

Washington, D.C. --- On the eve of President Obama signing an Executive Order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a new study found that 23% of LGBT employees applying for work to federal contractors are less likely to receive a call-back from a potential employer, than their straight counterpart.

June 30, 2014

Gay Pride Monday: This Week’s Top Three Gay News Stories

Sunday's Gay LGBT Pride Parade included the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band and Apple, Inc. employees

By Roy Steele

1. GAY LGBT PRIDE - The Morning After In San Francisco

Civic Center Station crowds in the stairwell
San Francisco, California --- Getting around San Francisco can be hard during the best of times. When you add Google I/O, and Gay PRIDE to the mix, forget it. Getting around the city has been a nightmare.
I don’t hang out in bars and clubs, and I try to avoid big events, because I have an aversion to raucous crowds, and I hate the pushing and shoving, and endless search for a familiar face in a sea of strangers.
When nearly two million people descend on your city for a celebration of epic proportions, the last thing you want to do is dive into the middle of it.
Yet that’s exactly what I did, and it was breast-tacular!

June 28, 2014

TV Talk: Critics’ Awards Go To Fargo and Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black cast members accepting the Best Comedy Series Award.

THREE GAY CHEERS for Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Andre Braugher, Laverne Cox, and RuPaul

Los Angeles, California - The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) handed out their Critics’ Choice awards for the 2013 - 2014 television season last week, and the Netflix hit dramedy series Orange Is The New Black,  and the FX crime drama Fargo,  were the big winners of the night, receiving three awards each.

Allison Janney was honored twice. She won an award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, for the CBS sitcom Mom, and for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series, for Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

June 24, 2014

LGBTQ Pride Preview: Seattle

Seattle Gay Pride Guide 2014

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - Seattle - June 26 to June 29, 2014
Seattle Gay Pride Logo
Producer: Seattle PRIDE
Theme: Generations of Pride
Seattle PRIDE welcomes the entire Seattle community and region for the Seattle Pride Parade, presented by T-Mobile and BECU, on June 29 at 11:00am along 4th Avenue, downtown.
Celebrating 40 Years of Seattle Pride, this year’s parade promises to be the best yet, with a long list of prominent community members and organizations participating in this year’s celebration. This year’s parade theme, Generations of Pride, aims to celebrate the history of the Northwest's LGBT rights movement and advance the ongoing progress the LGBT community has made since first coming out in 1974, the year of the inaugural Seattle Pride celebration.

LGBTQ Pride Preview: San Francisco

San Francisco Gay Pride Guide

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - San Francisco - June 25 to June 29, 2014
The 44th Anniversary of San Francisco Pride
Producer: San Francisco Pride
Theme: Color Our World With Pride

San Francisco Pride has been said to be "one of the last remaining pride events that can truly be called a rite of passage."
The SF Pride Celebration will be held over the weekend of June 28 and 29, 2014, in downtown San Francisco in Civic Center at the foot of San Francisco's historic City Hall where Harvey Milk once stood and addressed Pride-goers more than thirty years ago.

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: New York City

New York City Gay Pride Guide 2014

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - New York City - June 27 to June 29, 2014
New York City Pride Logo
Tagline: “Yesterday’s Struggle is Today’s Heritage”
Theme: “We have won when we’re one.”

In a historic first, New York-area Boy Scouts will be among the groups leading 14,000 people down Manhattan's 5th Avenue on Sunday at the 44th Annual NYC Pride March, where they will speak out against the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory ban on gay adults.

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: Chicago

Chicago Gay Pride Guide 2014

Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - Chicago - June 27 to June 29, 2014
Chicgo Pride Logo
Producer: Chicago Pride GLBT Committee
Theme: Generations Of Pride

Historically, in the 1970's and 1980's, Pride events were concentrated during "Pride Week" in Chicago, as well as other cities nationwide. However, as the communities grew, there was a realization both locally, and nationally, that Chicago Pride Week needed to be expanded to "Pride Month" in order to accommodate the abundance of events. Spacing events over an entire month allows potential participants the choice of selecting events that they want to attend at their leisure.

LGBTQ Gay Pride Preview: Twin Cities

Twin Cities Gay Pride Guide 2014
Pride Guide: LGBT Gay PRIDE Celebration - Minneapolis and St. Paul - June 26 to June 29, 2014

Producer: Twin Cities Pride
Theme: Free To Be

Margaret Cho brings her trademark raunchy, socially relevant, and politically-charged comedy to Orchestra Hall, kicking off the official four-day Twin Cities Pride Celebration weekend. The show is intended for Mature Audiences only.

June 23, 2014

LGBT GAY PRIDE: Even Vladimir Putin Would Be Welcomed

LGBT Gay Pride Festival Nashville, Tennessee June 14, 2014.

Two weeks ago I was reading someone’s blog post about gay pride and being “politically correct.” [bold emphasis my own]

I believe this nation has had all it can stand where political correctness is concerned.

Correctness? Who came up with that one anyway?

Do you want to know what it was that got me started on this tirade?

Tonight, in my hometown, there’s a Capital Pride Parade.

The “Capital Pride Parade” the writer mentions is in Des Moines, Iowa, and the parade disrupted his evening commute home, which caused him to have a tirade about the event, LGBT people, and gay pride.

Can you imagine a PRIDE parade igniting a tirade in someone? While I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist, I think his comment would suggest that this man has more issues than just a “gay pride” parade.

Regardless, the comment also highlights that in spite of our success in courtrooms and the political arena, we have lots of work to do. That’s why it’s important for OUR community, or the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities where we live, to come out and support the annual PRIDE Parades and Festivals that organizers work so hard to produce year after year.

I said that “we connect with our friends, our neighbors, our families, our allies, and our acquaintances, to celebrate our LGBT community. This exercise gives us a very public platform to remind the world that we’re here, and we’re not going anywhere.”

LGBT Gay Pride Parade in Paradise - Key West.
What I didn’t write about is the fact that most of the PRIDE celebrations wouldn’t succeed without the support of the entire community, which includes local government and infrastructure, including police, fire, and emergency services personnel.

It’s a collaborative effort between straight and LGBT people alike, that produce these celebrations, we’ve come to know as PRIDE. And there’s a nationwide trend in every city across the country, to make each event more family friendly.

What I’ve come to realize is that these public events aren’t just for us, they are for everyone in our community.

Writer Veronica Valli wrote an excellent blog post about TexAss governor Rick Perry and his ignorant remarks equating alcoholism and homosexuality, and I encourage everyone to read it. [CLICK HERE] She said:

I don’t want to get into a liberal/conservative argument here, but by doing a little Google research it’s evident that alcoholism is in fact a disease and homosexuality is an innate sexual preference.

Neither alcoholism or homosexuality is a ‘choice.’

I was thinking about this when I happened to be in Nashville last weekend. It was their annual gay pride celebration so my husband and I decided to go along. It was a very family friendly event and along with our 2-year-old we had a blast.

Veronica and her family had a blast! Kudos to Nashville PRIDE for producing what looks and sounds like a fantastic event.

We often live in our segregated LGBT world, and “straight” America doesn’t understand or comprehend what PRIDE means, and some find it a threat. If they’d open their eyes and actually look and see, they’d find a small minority community celebrating love with a raucous parade. They would discover a family friendly community festival, with food and drinks and music and local organizations, attended by their friends and neighbors.

Whether you have gaydar or not, you are welcome at every gay PRIDE parade and festival in the country. Even Vladimir Putin would be welcomed (in fact, he needs to go).

I assure you that you’ll cheer, laugh, applaud, and perhaps sneer, and at some point you might find yourself shedding a tear.

It’s those pesky feelings we have that make humans unique, which is why I implore everyone to go take a peek.


Brooklyn LGBT Gay Pride Parade June 14, 2014.
Unless you are on a small screen mobile device, when you’re looking at a PRIDE photo gallery on the pages following this blog post, click on the full screen icon in the upper right hand corner, for the best view and optimum size.

I wanted to post these photo galleries so that everyone could see them, straight and gay alike. 

The PRIDE Photo Galleries are curated from Flickr and Instagram photos of various PRIDE celebrations and parades around the country. 

I know that photos and videos consume a tremendous amount of bandwidth, and that’s why I created separate html5 PRIDE photo galleries for each city, because it cuts down on the load time for each page.

If someone sees a photo of theirs that they want taken down, please contact me and I will honor your request.

I want to extend a special thanks to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, for allowing me to use some of their photos of Boston PRIDE. I also want to thank photographer Patrick Lentz of Patrick Lentz Photography and Design, for giving me permission to use his PRIDE photos.

Happy PRIDE month! And don’t forget to LIVE OUT LOUD.

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