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Pete Buttigieg Turned Down Offer from Tom Ford to Personally Style Him

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg passed on an offer from designer Tom Ford to personally style the 2020 Democratic candidate, according to a new profile in Vogue: “Since Trump took office, he complains of a near-constant tension. He tries to feel hopeful. He believes that the greatest legacy of the current administration will be a […]

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Daniel Pantaleo, Elton John, The Morning Show, Lightning Strike, Berlin, Dirty Underwear: HOT LINKS

FIRED. NYPD finally fires officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner with a prohibited chokehold in 2014: ‘Pantaleo had not faced official sanction for his actions until now, only being placed on desk duty. The Justice Department in July declined to charge Pantaleo with violating Garner’s civil rights. A Staten Island grand jury in 2014 […]

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Ben Platt Will Do Anything it Takes to Be President in Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ — WATCH

The Politician, Ryan Murphy’s new dark comedy is a tale of ruthless political treachery, morality, fine-tuned image-crafting, and high school. Ben Platt plays Payton Hobart, a wealthy Santa Barbara high school student whose goal is to be president of the United States. His test kitchen for that run is Saint Sebastian High School, where he’ll […]

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Pulse Survivors Headlining ‘Ex-Gay’ ‘Freedom March’ 10 Minutes from Nightclub

Two survivors of the Pulse Nightclub massacre who say that they’re no longer gay are headlining an “ex-gay” “Freedom March” 10 minutes from where the mass shooting that killed 49 people took place. The march is set to take place on September 14. Newsweek reports: ‘The event is one of many such rallies put on […]

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Florida to Execute Killer of 6 Gay Men on Thursday

Gary Ray Bowles is set to become the 99th death row inmate executed in Florida in modern times and will die by lethal injection on Thursday for an eight-month killing spree that took the lives of six gay men. Bowles received the death penalty for the 1994 murder of Walter Hinton, but later confessed to […]

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CNN Tracks the ‘Meteoric Rise’ of Randy Rainbow: WATCH

CNN’s New Day profiled Randy Rainbow on Monday morning. John Berman sat down with our favorite political, “Emmy-nominated, national touring, A-level, lyrical-writing” musical theatre satirist and “all-around force of nature” to find out where he came from (Hooter’s), what makes him tick, and where he’s going: Said Rainbow: “As long as there’s news and controversy […]

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Magnum Apologizes for Ad Comparing ‘Guilty Pleasure’ of Ice Cream to Going to Prison for Being Gay

Magnum Ice Cream has apologized for an ad on Spotify which compared the “guilty pleasure” of eating one of its desserts to being arrested for being gay. Said the narrator in the ad, which aired in the UK: “A hug for my boyfriend—that’s my guilty pleasure.” And the punchline: “Because in my country, just a […]

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Town to Install Alarm and Hose-Equipped Public Toilets to Soak People Who Try to Have Sex

A town in Wales is spending £170,000 ($206K) to equip public toilets with alarms and water hoses in order to discourage people from using them for public sex. The Guardian reports on what’s going down in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl: ‘Violent movement sensors would automatically open the doors and sound high-pitched alarms, with […]

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Aaron Schock’s Beach Bro Says Former Congressman’s ‘Viewpoint Has Grown and Changed Significantly’

Instagram “influencer” Jeremy Cormier is speaking out after experiencing “bullying and personal hatred on a level that I would not wish on anyone” for posting an Instagram photo with disgraced former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock. View this post on Instagram Beach Bros ☀️🏖 A post shared by Jeremy Cormier (@jeremycormier) on Aug 9, 2019 at […]

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson Comes Out as Gay

Ottawa, Canada Mayor Jim Watson has come out as gay at age 58 in an essay in the Ottawa Citizen. Watson noted that he was elected to the Ottawa City Council at age 30 and called his coming out 40 years too late. Watson has served as mayor for nine years. “My reluctance has not […]

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A Cyberattack Could Wreak Destruction Comparable to a Nuclear Weapon

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but I think they’re missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging – and hackers are already laying the groundwork. With the U.S. and Russia pulling out of a key nuclear weapons pact – and beginning to develop new nuclear […]

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Greenland, Dave Salmoni, Miley Cyrus, Justin Carroll, Ghislaine Maxwell, Pete Buttigieg, Rashida Tlaib: HOT LINKS

GREENLAND. Trump wants to buy Greenland from Denmark. Denmark says it’s not for sale: “Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters that the notion had been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others […]

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Backstreet, London’s Longest-Running Gay Leather Bar, Saved from Bulldozer by Letter-Writing Campaign: ‘It Saved My Life’

The Backstreet, a 34-year-old leather bar in London’s East End, has been saved after dozens of men wrote in to the Tower Hamlets Council urging them to block development of the site into a high-rise, telling the council what the bar had meant to them over the years. The Guardian reports: ‘Dozens of men who […]

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Equinox Donates $1 Million to Charities in Bid to Quell Boycotts in Wake of Stephen Ross’s Trump Fundraiser

Equinox’s executive chairman on Thursday announced a $1 million donation to five charities in the wake of boycott calls over chairman Stephen Ross’s Hamptons fundraiser for Donald Trump. But it seems unlikely to stem the protests against a broad range of Ross’s holdings. Harvey Spevak distanced himself from Ross in an email to members, saying […]

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Delusional Gay Conservative ‘Log Cabin Republicans’ Endorse Trump for Re-election

Log Cabin Republicans, the gay conservative political group, has endorsed Donald Trump for re-election despite his administration’s ongoing attacks on the LGBTQ community. Write Robert Kabel and Jill Homan in a delusional endorsement in the Washington Post: ‘For LGBTQ Republicans, watching the 2016 GOP convention before Donald Trump took the stage was like a dream fulfilled. The […]

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