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via Queerty by Lester Brathwaite on 2/26/13
llama-kevinKevin McCaffery tends to llamas and dozens of other animals on his animal sanctuary, but times got rough after he was fired from his job at a daycare center in Ashland, Kentucky for being gay.
According to BuzzFeed, he was mocked and teased by co-workers who called him twinkle toes until he was forced to resign. Though he sued for wrongful termination, and the judge agreed he had been mistreated, McCaffery’s case was thrown out of court since Kentucky discrimination laws don’t protect LGBT employees…which is exactly why we need the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
McCaffery’s 18-acre sanctuary, LLA-Nanny Farms, is home to llamas, cats, dogs, chickens, donkeys and pigs, many of which are strays. After losing his job, Kevin’s biggest fear was how to feed and take care of his animals:
My unemployment has run out and now I am on food stamps just to have something to eat. I had to change my feed for my animals to a cheaper kind just so that I can provide for them. I am at the mercy of everyone to help feed them anymore. I had to go apply for assistance to try to pay my electric bill today. I have been applying for jobs everywhere. I did get a response from a new preschool/daycare in Lexington. I hope and pray that it works out. I don’t know how I will travel to Lexington everyday and keep up with the farm work, but I’ll cross that bridge if it happens.
Luckily, after BuzzFeed broke his story, a Go Fund Me page was started to help Kevin with some of his expenses, with nearly 400 supporters raising over $11,000 in just two days. McCaffery took to Facebook to express his gratitude:
I would like to take a moment and thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the love that everyone has shown for me and the animals. I appreciate your words of encouragement and understanding. I apologize for not being able to respond to each and every email that I have received. At the present time I do not have internet at home and have to rely on McDonald’s for internet services. As most of you are aware I have numerous animals that their daily care requires me to be there pretty much twenty-four seven. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. They are the love of my life and I wouldn’t change any of it.
You can donate to Kevin and hs furry friends at LLA-Nanny Farms here.

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In any business or personal relationship, maintaining balance and perspective is a fundamental key to success — just ask this successful couple.
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via Gay Voices by The Huffington Post on 2/26/13
This week, the contestants were forced to face their fears on "The Biggest Loser." For Gina, that meant spending 20 minutes locked inside a coffin. Joe had to face his fear of sharks, while Danni got up on a stage and sang in front of people. But it was Gina who had a breakthrough while conquering her claustrophobia.
Jillian Michaels thought the coffin was appropriate because she said the show is what's standing between Gina and an early grave. It's because Gina has tried to quit the show countless times already, only to be talked down by one of the trainers, that this was an appropriate exercise.
It worked, too, as Gina found a new appreciation -- very late in the game -- for the opportunity being presented to her. Gossip & Gab couldn't believe it took getting locked into a coffin for her to get it. But Buddy TV was proud of the progress she's made over the past weeks.
Jeff and Jackson spent the week off campus, living apart in a house. Nevertheless, everyone had great numbers on the scale. Gina was lucky to get immunity, because she had great numbers but still had the lowest percent of weight lost in the house. As the biggest loser so far this season, she would have surely been eliminated.
As it was, Jackson fell below with Alex and it was Alex who got the boot. She, however, went home and absolutely killed it on her own. And then there were five. And those five made it to "Makeover Week!"
See their transformations on "The Biggest Loser," kicking off next Monday at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.
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via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 2/26/13
For the last few years, Josh Duhamel has been flirting around the edge of major stardom, without ever quite jumping onto the a-list. His latest film is the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, which hits UK cinemas on March 1st,
The release of the romantic movie is a good excuse to dig out some hot shots of the 39-year-old, including three nudes of him, taken early in his career. Duhamel got his first break in 1999 when she scored the role of Leo du Pres in the US soap All My Children, before going primetime in 2003 with the James Caan TV show, Las Vegas.
Josh made his big screen debut playing the title role in Win A Date With Tad Hamilton, following that by appearances in the Transformers movies, and the romantic comedies When In Rome, Life As We Know It and New Year’s Eve.
While none of this has led him to true movie star status, he’s still getting lead roles and is always good to look at. It’s little surprised Hollywood keeps using him, because as well as his looks, he can be a very good actor if given the right material. Let’s hope we see more of him (preferably with his shirt off) in the future.
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via Queerty by Dan Avery on 2/26/13
Screen Shot 2013-02-26 at 1.46.36 AMA director at a UK luxury-goods store claims he embezzled nearly $280,000 to pay off his now-ex wife, who was blackmailing him over his secret gay life.
Christopher Brown, 55, claimed he used the money he siphoned from upscale retailer Dawson’s to pay off his then-wife, Mandy, in 1997. She had apparently discovered her husband had been calling gay chat lines.
Mandy supposedly threatened to out her husband unless he agreed to an “outrageous spending limit.” The money went to pay for private school for their son, as well as fancy restaurants, hotels and a trip to Florida, according to Mr. Murphy’s attorneys.
Murphy’s wife denies her husband’s version of the story.
Mr. Murphy, who now lives in France with his male companion, plead not guilty to four counts of theft. Nonetheless he was found guilty, and is serving a two-year-prison term. He claimed he only “borrowed” the money, and repaid more than $180,000 over two years.
“You chose to siphon off cash from company business accounts to fund your own financial expenditure,” proclaimed Judge Recorder James Watson ”‘I do take into account the pressures upon your life and the shame of being unable to admit to yourself your sexuality.”
Mr. Brown initially refused to return to Britain for questioning., but was eventually arrested in France in 2011.
“Only the stability of Dawsons helped it to weather the financial storm,” said Detective Constable Andrew Stuckes. “Mr Brown had to be forced to return from abroad and has now, rightly, been held to account for his actions.”
Brown’s lawyer tried to claim his client was acting fairly morally: “He didn’t believe he was acting dishonestly; some of the stolen funds were repaid. It was a very unusual set of circumstances; he was a loyal and decent employee for years.”
Yeah, right up until he embezzled almost a third of a million dollars.

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via The Guardian's Facebook Wall by The Guardian on 2/26/13
Eurozone crisis: Italian political deadlock sends markets tumbling, as poll result indicates disenchantment with austerity and, some argue, Italy's whole political system.

Follow the latest economic and political reaction with Graeme Wearden's live blog:


Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

via WickedGayBlog.com by WickedGayBlog.com on 2/26/13
You get to instantly change just 1 thing about yourself physically, what would it be? This would be "in an instant", like a magic wish...no surgery.

Would you make your nose smaller, your penis bigger, drop 20 lbs, grow a full head of hair, thicker legs, etc....

via WickedGayBlog.com by WickedGayBlog.com on 2/26/13

via Queerty by Lester Brathwaite on 2/26/13
dov-hikindFor his Purim party, New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind decided to dress up as a 70s basketball star — an afro wig, sunglasses, an orange jersey and a lack of common sense.
Hikind went in full-on blackface — with the help of a professional makeup artist, no less — and explained his choice to the Observer:
“I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you know, maybe some of these basketball players. Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player,” Mr. Hikind explained. “It was just a lot of fun. Everybody just had a very, very good time and every year I do something else. … The fun for me is when people come in and don’t recognize me.”
As the Jewish holiday involves elaborate costumes, Hikind didn’t find anything wrong with his get-up. The New York Post reports:
Earlier today, a defiant Hikind said his costume wasn’t wrong, insisting he doesn’t have a “prejudiced bone” in his body. “Yes, I wore a costume on Purim and hosted a party. Most of the people who attended also wore costumes,” Hikind wrote on his blog today. “Everywhere that Purim was being celebrated, people wore costumes. It was Purim. People dress up.”
If Hikind doesn’t have a prejudiced bone in his body, he must have had it recently removed. Back in 2007, Hikind likened gay marriage to incest; in 2010 he attempted to have gay Holocaust victims banned from a planned memorial in his district; then in 2011 he mocked New York’s pending same-sex marriage legislation with a picture of Lady Gaga.
So it should come as no surprise that Hikind offered a half-assed apology, claiming he was sorry if anyone was offended and that if he had the chance to do it all again, he would “certainly” find “another costume to wear.” Of course, before anyone pointed out to him how inappropriate his costume was, Hikind was singing a different tune :
“I came out and I wiped my face and I still had stuff on my face. It’s going to take me a while,” the assemblyman explained. “But it’s all worth it, I would do it again in a minute.”
That tune, by the way, was “Mammy.
Photo: Facebook via NY Post
(h/t: Joe. My. God.)

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via WickedGayBlog.com by WickedGayBlog.com on 2/26/13
In a Monday op-ed piece for the Washington Post, the lead strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign complained that the Republican presidential candidate didn’t lose the election because of the "technological gap" between the candidates, but because of his candidate’s negative stance on social issues, particularly like gay marriage.

"I don’t think it’s very controversial to suggest that a candidate who favors gay marriage and free contraception might have more appeal to a younger demographic," Stuart Stevens wrote. "Does anyone want to argue that free contraception is seen as a more pressing issue to your average 21 year old than to a 55-year-old voter, or that there are more gay rights organizations on college campuses than in VFW halls?" Full story here!

via Queerty by Chris Kelly on 2/26/13
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The shadow of the double elimination looms large over the remaining contestants as they enter the workroom to review the fresh banalities lipsticked onto the mirror. Roxxxy in particular is feeling the pressure. She thought for sure that a daily dose of Rolaskatox would grant her immortality, but the only recipe for legendary longevity is Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent, darling.
In what is fast becoming a trend, no one expresses regret that the eliminated ladies aren’t there anymore. With two less people around, there’s that much more room to hurl insults, so Jade and Alyssa fill the space with longer, sharper claws. A word to the wise, Ms. Jolie: Alyssa might not have a 26-inch waist, but you might not either in ten years, so maybe keep your body shaming to yourself. The thing these young kids forget about being 22 is that it only lasts a year.
Providing a much-needed break from the antagonism, the jaunty credits sequence jumps in, followed by an equally jaunty SheMail, and then an even jauntier real live RuPaul. She’s dressed like the bellhop in a 1940s farce and comes bearing fittingly zany news: the girls will be customizing fleece garments (referred to here as “cuddlers” because they could afford to buy Snuggies but not to call them by name, apparently) for a step-and-repeat “Who Wore It Best?” challenge.
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Visiting judge Ian Drew, senior editor of Us Weekly, picks the wrong winner in all three groups. Sure, it was clever of Detox to dress as Pizzazz from Jem and the Holograms, but Coco was serving truly eye-catching fashion. Roxxxy’s bustier is cute, but Alaska paired her giraffe print with a lion head! (She must have a whole closet full of Carrot Top’s castoffs. Party City indeed.) And everyone sucked on the pink team, but at least Jinkx made me laugh with her arthritic shuffle as the lost Olsen Triplet.
And speaking of the Olsons, who are celebrities: this week’s main challenge is the Snatch Game! (Segue. Nailed it.) “Who are you doing?” is asked repeatedly with the breathless excitement usually reserved for “Who’s taking you to prom?” Well, I asked Dan Hall, but he was already going with Rebecca Schulman, that slut. And I’m doing a pop star with no discernible personality, obviously. You are too? This’ll be great.
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The lineup that player/judges Julie Brown and Downtown Julie Brown are subjected to ends up being awfully listless. Ivy’s Marilyn Monroe, Jade’s Taylor Swift, and Alyssa’s Katy Perry can barely get the editor’s attention. Lineysha either sucks or is a secret genius, I can’t tell. Heeding Ru’s advice not to go forward with what would have been a nuclear disaster of a Michelle Obama impersonation, she opts instead for a flailing, English-challenged Celia Cruz. The look might have been busted, but the portrayal turned her linguistic liability into a strength. There’s debate among my friends as to whether “flip my hair back to front” was intentional, but regardless, it got a belly laugh out of me.
Coco does a stellar Janet look, complete with the cruelest nose contouring you’ve ever seen, but Chad Michaels managed to change costumes and still tell jokes at the same time, so she has some sharp stilettos to fill. Detox fares slightly better with her filthy Ke$ha antics, but fake urinating near Tamar Braxton is maybe not as gut-busting hilarious as she might have hoped. Also, we’re all in agreement that she faked it? Just making sure.
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Speaking of which: Roxxxy, how are you gonna call out Little Edie Beale as too obscure when you’re doing Tamar Braxton? Did Braxton Family Values get a Criterion DVD that I missed? Still, her wild, vivacious energy is worthy of cut-rate reality TV. Like, other than Drag Race. Alaska’s Lady Bunny has the mouth of a trucker, and oddly the husky voice to match, but she knows the power of personality and is one of the only standouts. It’s clear from the moment we hear Grey Gardens, however, that Ms. Monsoon’s revolutionary costume makes her the staunchest woman around.
This week’s runway is literally fish themed. Less misogyny, more zoology! During catwalk prep, the girls share a heartwarming moment of united purpose. Well, all of them except Jinkx, since their purpose is to tear her to shreds. No amount of foundation can hide seething jealousy, and the fact that being funny is suddenly important leads everyone to pick on the new frontrunner for delivering all humor and no look. Jinkx is too busy crying or falling asleep or not being able to swim to give them much of a comeback. Time to grow a MILF-y Jewish backbone, you basket of never-again-mentioned personal differentiators.
Of course, there’s no need to say anything when the results speak for themselves. Sure, Roxxxy’s pantsless blazer look makes the judges drool and there’s lots to love about Alaska’s mermaid dress (accessorized with an actual trout because SERIOUSLY, hon, did you think you were going on Let’s Make a Deal?!), but they’re both washed away by the Monsoon. She earns herself a jewelry prize that looks like it’s made of discarded plastic and nightmare chemicals. Everyone who handles it probably needs a Silkwood Scrubdown afterward.
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Ivy’s delicious goldfish frock can’t hide the fact that she’s one bland cracker, but she remains safe. The bottom two this week are Detox, whose impersonation of a loofah sponge is polarizing, and Lineysha, who consistently kills it fashion-wise but can’t quite hang when the gift of gab is required. It’s a brutal lip sync, and while I think Team Puerto Rico brought the heat implied by Cher’s disco anthem “Take Me Home” (she’s singing about sleeping with a dude she just met, guys), the former Ms. Icunt unleashes a vicious twirl that reveals an even more vicious tuck. If she were an actual undersea creature, that would be how she killed her prey. On dry land, it’s how she makes them sashay away.
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If you’re a D-lister on a game show panel, you’ll never win an Oscar, but you might clean up at the AWARD AWARDS!
To Ian Drew, I present the Liza Minnelli Combination Wedding Ring/Touch-Up Scalpel, because I’m going to guess that a picture of his face is what David Gest’s cake-decorator-turned-plastic-surgery-intern used as a reference.
Michelle Visage has won A New Stylist And A Mirror because I love her dearly but this garish retro nonsense ensemble was a mistake.
And last and certainly least, Santino Rice gets a Free Career Consultation. The frequency of his commentary has dwindled each week, and I’ll be shocked if they aren’t phasing him out so they can replace him next season.

ON UNTUCKED: Putting Alyssa, Coco, and Jade alone in a room is cruel to both the participants and the viewing audience. If they’re not going to put weapons in the Interior Illusions Lounge so these ladies can kill each other, they should at least send me one so I can kill myself. Once the whole group reconvenes, Detox is in a snit because Lineysha said she wanted to go home to see her “friend.” Because yeah, that’s totally crazy, not to want to be around this group of delightful sunshine people 24/7. Whatever was she thinking?

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via Queerty by Dan Avery on 2/26/13
no vacancyA gay couple looking forward to a romantic weekend in London were shocked when the clerk at their hotel insisted they take twin beds instead of the double room they booked.
Manchester couple Nick Hurley, 22, and Gavin Maclean, 28, had made reservations at the Thistle City Barbican hotel in East London, but when they arrived Saturday night, the receptionist couldn’t seem to wrap his head around the fact that the men were more than traveling companions.
Hurley claimed the clerk’s behavior was homophobic, and referred to the encounter as ”bullying.” He recounted the incident to the BBC:
He said: “When we got there, we tried to check in, and the receptionist looked at us and said ‘are you sure you want a double room or do you want single beds?’”
“He had obviously seen it was two guys. We said ‘we’ve booked a double and we’d quite like one’.
“He then looked at us and said ‘are you sure you don’t want single beds?’
“He insisted on repeating that question,” Mr Hurley said.
“He said we’ll have to put you in a family room, with single beds. There were no doubles left in the hotel.
This isn’t the first time LGBT guests have had trouble at British accommodations: In 2010, a gay-male couple sued owners of a B&B in Cookham, Berkshire, for refusing their reservation. And in 2011, owners of the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall appealed the $5,700 fine they were slapped with for turning away a gay couple.
A representative for Thistle Hotels said a simple mix-up was to blame this time—there were indeed no double rooms available for Saturday—and offered Hurley and Maclean two nights free at any Thistle hotel in the country.
Of course, he used the age-old non-apology, “We apologize for the way they feel.”

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via Gay/Lesbian News on 2/26/13
A male go-go dancer and a bar manager helped fend off a man who tried to attack patrons with an ax at a gay bar in Phoenix, Ariz.

via Gay/Lesbian News on 2/26/13
In a Monday op-ed piece for the Washington Post , the lead strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign complained that the Republican presidential candidate didn't lose the election because of the "technological gap" between the candidates, but because of his candidate's negative stance on social issues, particularly like gay marriage.

via Gay/Lesbian News on 2/26/13
A British gay man who claims his wife was blackmailing him over his sexual orientation has been sent to jail for two years for stealing more than $250,000 from his employer, U.K. national tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail reports.

via Big Gay Picture Show by Tim Isaac on 2/26/13
zane-holtzThere might not be any big names attached to The Curse Of Downers Grove, but the movie is certainly attaching a very attractive cast. Bella Heathcote, Penelope Mitchell, Lucas Till, Jill Hennessy and Kevin Zegers are already set to star, and now Variety reports they’ve been joined by Zane Holtz.
Although not that well known, the model and actor has appeared in the likes of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief and the TV series, Make It Or Break It. His profile may rise this year as he’s shot the lead roles in the upcoming independent movies, Wind Walkers and Another Stateside.
Derick Martini (Lymelife) is directing the indie thriller, which is about a supposed curse that takes the life of one high school student every year, and a high school senior’s growing paranoia that it might be them. The script comes from Hick helmer Martini and Bret Easton Ellis, based on Michael Hornburg’s 2001 novel.
Holtz with play the meth-loving sidekick of Zeger’s character.
Zane Holtz Joins The Curse Of Downers Grove from Big Gay Picture Show

via Gay News - New York's Facebook Wall by Gay News - New York on 2/26/13
CUNY Welcomes Jew-Hating Gay Activists - FrontPage Magazine

CUNY Welcomes Jew-Hating Gay Activists
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According to conference coordinator, gay activist, and CUNY professor Sarah Shulman, “pinkwashing” is part of the “growing global …

CUNY Welcomes Jew-Hating Gay Activists - FrontPage Magazine

via Gay News - New York's Facebook Wall by Gay News - New York on 2/26/13
First Cup: Tuesday - ESPN (blog)

First Cup: Tuesday
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Conley became the franchise's all-time steals leader Sunday when he passed Rudy Gay during a 76-72 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Already holding the Grizzlies' single-season record for …

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