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Pornhub, the go-to source for Internet porn, has been able to give us some interesting insights into the world’s naughty-time habits thanks to its widespread use and curious staffers. It’s latest data gives us some interesting information about little-known North Korea. The country, though it ranks 238th in overall Pornhub users, seems to only last one minute and 48 seconds on the website (though this is most likely do to their shoddy Internet access). But the most interesting bit of statistics come in the searches. In addition to looking up things like “Hillary Clinton” and “Destroy Bush,” the number-one searched term is Kim Jung-Un! They sure do have a thing for their fearless leader.
Arkansas’ senate passed this week H.B. 1228, an Indiana-style bill that will open the door to discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state. After a formal procedural hurdle, the bill will be on its way to Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk. The state, though, is facing Indiana-style protest. A letter from top executives at Acxiom—one of Arkansas’ largest employers and a leading generator of tax revenue in the state—to Governor Asa Hutchinson calling on him to veto H.B. 1228.
The letter, signed by CEO Scott Howe and Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Jerry C. Jones, is pointed in its criticism of the bill:
“Simply stated, this bill inflicts pain on some of our citizen and disgrace upon us all. This bill will have the practical effect of excluding parents, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, friends, and neighbors from pursuing normal, everyday life, that straight citizens take for granted. That is not what Arkansas should stand for; we should be an ever forward-thinking state that strives for tolerance and inclusion of everyone, regardless of their differences.”
Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal, CEO of Affirm, chairman of Yelp and Glow, and director at Yahoo!, also condemned Arkansas’ discriminatory H.B. 1228.
Indiana Governor Backtracks, Change to Anti-Gay Law Must Be On His Desk By End of Week. But is it Enough?
Because of national backlash against the Religious Freedom Law that allows for legal discrimination against gays and lesbians, Governor of Indiana Mike Pence, asked for legislation to be sent to his desk this week that makes clear that the law cannot be used to deny services to anyone. However, Pence did not offer specifics to his request and did not offer support for LGBT non-discrimination protections. Pence said he wants to see on his desk “legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give the right to deny services to anyone.” He continued, “I’m determined to address this this week and to move forward as a state.”
This may not go far enough. LGBT organizations, including the HRC, want Pence to sign “Fairness for All Hoosiers Act” that would:
- Update the state’s civil rights laws against discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations to provide protections for LGBT Hoosiers.
- Clarify that the recently enacted Indiana religious discrimination law cannot be used to allow discrimination prohibited under state or local laws.
A legal brief filed to the US Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage in Ohio shows that the state’s attorney general believes that gays are already too powerful therefore they shouldn’t have the right to marry. The conservative logic comes from Attorney General Mike DeWine who says that the 14th Amendment in his brief.
Heightened scrutiny does not apply because there is no fundamental right to the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages. Such a right would conflict with our Nation’s traditions in two ways,” the brief states. “All States denied the asserted right to same-sex marriage until recently. And a right to ‘protection and recognition’ falls outside the general right to privacy within which the specific marriage right sits. Nor has a new consensus emerged for a new right. Even today, a majority of States would adhere to marriage‟s traditional definition absent federal judicial mandates. And an international perspective does not change the analysis.
The real gem comes when DeWine says that governmental support for gay marriage is evidence that the gay and lesbian community, have not been “relegated to such a position of political powerlessness.” Therefore discrediting the Supreme Court’s previous rulings.
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Southeastern Oklahoma State University for Firing Gender-Transitioning Professor
The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southeastern) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of her sex and retaliating against her when she complained about the discrimination. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in December 2014 that the Department of Justice takes the position that Title VII’s prohibition against sex discrimination is best read to extend the statute’s protection to claims based on an individual’s gender identity, including transgender status.
Find out more from the State Department after the jump…
In a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and a GOP 2016 frontrunner, embraced the widely denounced and discriminatory anti-LGBT legislation that Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law last Thursday. He’s not the only one, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and another GOP 2016 potential candidate, said he doesn’t believe in “gay rights” because doing so would be giving rights based on “behavior.” While the national backlash against the harmful measure has been swift and brutal—and as Pence and Indiana lawmakers who supported the law have said they’re seeking to “clarify” it—Bush (and Paul) spoke up to defend the law. Their support comes as many private-sector leaders have denounced the legislation and others like it, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.
In the interview Bush said: “I think, if you, if they actually got briefed on the law that [sic] they wouldn’t be blasting this law. I think Governor Pence has done the right thing.”
The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention kicks off in Los Angeles next week with travel professionals from across the world coming together at the Montage Beverly Hills to raise money for the IGLTA Foundation—an arm of IGLTA that provides scholarships, marketing assistance for emerging destinations, and conducts research. On April 8, from 7-9 P.M., guests will enjoy refreshments on the gorgeous terrace of Montage Beverly Hills (a member of Preferred Pride), where playful old-school Hollywood glam meets modern-day sophistication.
Between mingling with fellow guests including Looking‘s Daniel Franzese, a silent auction of five timeless Elizabeth Taylor prints will benefit both the Foundation and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Lucky party-goers have the chance to walk away with raffle prizes including a two-night stay at the Hôtel Villa Rivoli, a charming property in the center of Nice, France; a Pullman Cabin aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express Train on the Singapore to Bangkok journey, presented by Belmond; a two-night stay at the luxurious Belmond Charleston Place in the heart of downtown Charleston, South Carolina; and a $2,000 Delta Vacations gift certificate.
Celebrate the LGBT community at Asia’s largest Pride event, Phuket Pride from April 19-26. Pride week will consist of 25 events over eight days including three sporting events, an educational film screening, a sunset beach party, street parties in Sol Paradise, a charity auction, pool party, a charity dinner and wine tasting, and a grand Pride parade through the streets of Patong watched by thousands. And with this year’s theme, “Freedom to Live,” you’ll find that in the Land of Smiles, you’ll feel perfectly free to enjoy the LGBT community.
It’s seems like Bruce Jenner, who is reportedly undergoing a gender transition, is the butt of many jokes, despite never publicly announcing that he is transgender. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped comedians like Jamie Foxx from making fun of Jenner. At last night’s televised I Heart Radio Award Foxx MCed the evening and opened up by saying. “”We got some groundbreaking performances, here too, tonight,” Foxx said. “We got Bruce Jenner, who will be doing some musical performances. He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself,” said Foxx with a picture of Jenner on the screen. “I’m just busting your balls—while I still can.”
This type of humor is dangerous, especially during a concert-type awards show where many high school- and middle school-aged kids watch. Luckily his joke was poorly received, particularly by the celebrities in the audience. Perez Hilton immediately fired back saying: “Boo! Shame on you #iHeartAwards for allowing @iamjamiefoxx to be transphobic on national television! Those #BruceJenner jokes were wrong!!!”
Watch the clip after the jump…