The new Comedy Central show Adam Ruins Everything is the new viral sensation thanks to the hysterical way the host, Adam Conover, dissects common misconceptions about life in the US. Conover became super-popular from a sketch by the same name on CollegeHumor.com has released an incredible segment on the false sense of security that the TSA makes travelers feel.
Watch as he completely exposes the falsities of the TSA after the jump…
Just a short drive north of San Francisco is Sonoma County, a vast and diverse landscape that includes everything from vineyards to redwoods, from pounding surf to leafy plazas. Every little town has its own character, from the laid-back LGBT environs of Russian River towns like Guerneville to tony Healdsburg, hippie-ish Sebastopol, artsy/agricultural Petaluma, and historic Sonoma, and the land between them is as powerfully beautiful and unimaginably varied as the towns. I’m warning you ahead of time, I’m going to be waxing poetic before this story is over, because that’s the kind of feeling Sonoma County gives rise to: it’s a poetic kind of place.
Well that all sounds amazing, I hear you saying, but how do you actually get there, and what’s there once you arrive? The scenic route is Highway 1, one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. As soon as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the scenery begins to get spectacular, and as it twists and turns along the coast, it’s pretty sublime (though not exactly quick). This time, though, I head straight up Highway 101, saving the delights of the coast for later, and within forty-five minutes I’m in Petaluma, the nearest Sonoma County town.
Hot and sizzle! So many new calendars to gush over like the Thunder From Downunder and the new Nashville Grizzlies Gay Rugby Calendar! Out and ready for purchase, this fundraising calendar supports “the only gay and inclusive rugby team in Nashville,” says Thomas Hormby, the Grizzlies Board Secretary.
Halfway through their season, the Grizzlies aim to raise money in order to keep their inclusive team affordable for players of all “sexual orientations, backgrounds, and experience levels.” Though the saucy pictures in the calendar alone are reason enough to purchase it, the all-inclusive attitude and motto is enough to drive it home. Whats more is that for the first time in years, they are playing straight teams from all over the South and, in doing so, are promoting a safe environment for people of all backgrounds.
Don’t miss these boys roughing about at the Bingham Cup in Nashville, TN in May 2016. This world championship of gay rugby, the biggest tournament in the world for gay and inclusive teams, will be hosted by the Grizzlies and will be the first time it has ever been hosted in the South. Registration has begun and players from all over the world have already signed up. With expectations of around 45 teams and 1,500 players, next years tournament is sure to be a good ol’ time.
Buy your calendars here to support the team!
By far this season’s favorite contestant on America’s Next Top Model (yes, it’s still on the air) is the ridiculously handsome Nyle DiMarco, and now this piece of perfection has come out as sexually fluid in a Q&A on Twitter. While he struggled during the first half of this season, DiMarco is currently making a killer comeback, landing himself in the Tyra Suite on more than one occasion.
But while DiMarco has had to come out of his shell as a model to impress the judges, he’s also had to overcome a major obstacle—he’s deaf. While his handicap has never set him back in life, he’s struggled on the reality TV program with living 24/7 with non-Signing people.
On the show, though, he has never discussed his sexuality, but when a curious fan asked if he were into boys or girls, he said he was “fluid” and then linked to the website Everyday Feminism.
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) September 25, 2015
More LGBT history is being made in the world of sports after Chris Burns, a Division 1 basketball coach came out in an interview in OutSports, making him the first D1 coach to be openly gay. Burns, an assistant coach for men’s basketball at Bryant University (go Bulldogs), decided that it was time to come out because of society’s changing attitude toward the LGBT community.
“There is no greater feeling than being a part of something bigger than just you. That’s what has always made sports so special for me,” he said. “Since I started telling people in college basketball over the last few months, I’ve realized my fears were far worse than reality. I’ve realized that people, for the most part, are human beings first. For a guy who’s relatively cynical and can be negative, the reactions of people in my sport and in my life have shut me right up and reenergized my hope in the human spirit, in empathy.
“I didn’t like looking in the mirror before I started on testosterone. Now I’m happy with what I see.” says Jamie Raines, 21, a student and YouTube personality who took to photographing his transition three years ago.
Jaime intended to take a selfie for every day of his first year on T, but kept it up for three. Now, he has a full beard to show off and a lot to be happy about, Buzzfeed News reports.
Fourteen hundred selfies later, Jaime produced a short film using the photos from his project. When a TV producer caught wind, Jaime was added to the roster of a new documentary for Channel 4 about transgender men, Girls to Men.
What advice would Jaime impart to other trans guys on the cusp of testosterone treatment? Jaime told Buzzfeed when prompted: “Patience is your best friend with transitioning and it’s good to surround yourself with a community or friends and family that will support you—either online or in real life. Ask questions of people who’ve already gone through it. It feels like it takes ages for things to start happening but then when it does start everything changes really quickly. Now people are surprised when I tell them I’m trans. I had a job interview recently and when I told them they thought I was going to transition from male to female!
Watch Jaime’s video three years in the making after the jump:
Malta, a country without same-sex marriage, has been ranked #1 for LGBTI rights in Europe. The International Lesbian-Gay Association placed the island nation above the UK, Belgium, and Sweden. According to the table (after the jump), Malta grants LGBTI people 89% of their total rights. As of 2013, the Maltese government has introduced civil unions and gender quantifying laws that shot them to the top of the list.
At the bottom of the list is Azerbaijan (5%), followed closely by Russia (8.35%), and Turkey (8.9%).
Check out the list after the jump…
Isle of Man Leader Reveals He’s Gay, But When Will the British Crown Dependency Get Marriage Equality ?
The leader of the Isle of Man, Allan Bell, said that he’s been in a 21-year-long relationship with a man. Although he has never come out publicly, Bell insists that he hasn’t kept his private life in the closet, he just insists that no one has asked. “People know that I’m gay. I’ve never made a secret of it, but no one has ever asked me,” Bell said.
The Isle of Man is located in the Irish sea, and is considered a British Crown Dependency, but is self-governing. It was only in 1992 that homosexuality was decriminalized, but plans are in motion to catch the Isle of Man up with the English-speaking world by introducing same-sex marriage legislation. Bell hopes to introduce a gay and lesbian marriage bill before the end of his 2015-2016 term.
Currently civil unions are given and same-sex marriages performed legally in other parts of the world are recognized.
Every day the men from Thunder from Down Under perform a risqué routine for hundreds of screaming ladies (and the occasional sprinkling of men) at their show at Excalibur in Las Vegas. Now, fans of the men from Oz can take them home and enjoy a new piece of Australian pie each month. The boys shared a behind-the-scenes video of what went down.
Watch after the jump…
The Department of Education in Ireland is currently looking to provide transgender students with both suitable uniforms and restroom facilities in an effort to create more inclusive environments. The Community and Social Support Minister Kevin Humphreys along with Minister of Education Jan O’Sullivan hosted a committee that hoped to “…ensure transgender children are treated the very same way as other students.”
In Ireland, many public schools are single sex, which is a challenge when it comes to integrating the transgender population (which is estimated to be about 1% the entire Irish population).
The minister of education said: “The policies, practices and climate in schools can support and nurture young transgender students so that they do not feel isolated and alone…There are many areas that require discussion on this matter such as bullying, uniform issues, entry into or continuation in a single-sex school.”