When Trevor Harper and his partner were asked to share their faith story in front of the First United Methodist Church, no one in the congregation expected a proposal. But as the speech went on, it became more and more apparent that Harper was getting ready to pop the question. “We were asked to share our faith story in front of our congregation at First United Methodist Church of Austin,” the couple said in a statement about the event. “This is a church that has welcomed us and changed our lives. All are welcome, no exceptions,” he adds. “After nine years together, I couldn’t think of a better way to ask him to be my husband. Your sexuality does not define your right to live a spiritual, Christ-filled life. We are instructed to love and it is that simple. We are blessed beyond our wildest imagination,” he concluded
The reaction from this supportive church in Austin, Texas? A rousing applause.
There currently is a divide within the Methodist Church on gay marriage and gay pastors.
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Federal agents raided the New York offices of Rentboy.com as part of a money laundering and prostitution sting. Earlier this afternoon, seven employees including the CEO, Jeffrey Hurant, were taken into custody. Department of Homeland Security and New York Police Department officers, raided the offices and removed boxes with unknown contents.
The website is famous for its massive database of over 10,500 men from cities worldwide who pay to be listed on the website. Men can search the database to find a rent boy or masseur that fits their particular needs. The big-money business has brought in nearly $10 million in proceeds between 2010-2015.
Feds have seized some $1.4 million from six bank accounts, but primarily prostitution between state lines has been cited as the reason for the raid.
“As alleged, Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Kelly Currie said in a statement.
“The facilitation and promotion of prostitution offenses across state lines and international borders is a federal crime made even more egregious when it’s blatantly advertised by a global criminal enterprise,” Glenn Sorge, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York, said in a statement.
As if shopping at Spirit Halloween wasn’t faux pas enough, the retailer behind New York City’s pop-up costume stores has confirmed that it will carry a Caitlyn Jenner costume just in time for Halloween this year, the New York Daily News reports.
“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her,” says Trisha Lombardo, the company’s head of PR and marketing.
“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes. We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that,” Lombardo went on to tell The Huffington Post.
Still, is the costume really meant to be an homage to Caitlyn Jenner, or is this just another ploy to cash out on? Vincent Villano of the National Center for Transgender Equality isn’t sold, either.
“There’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters,” he told the Huffington post on Friday.
A woman who attempted to bring a nearly $200 bottle of cognac on her flight, decided to down the entire thing in order to avoid having to hand it over to security. The bottle of Rémy Martin XO Excellence was bought in the US, but because it was not checked, it violated China’s 100ml carry-on limit when she tried to transfer planes at Beijing Capital International Airport.
The woman (Zhao), reportedly began aggressively shouting and then, shortly after, collapsed on the floor. A police officer told the South China Morning Post: “She was so drunk… she couldn’t even stand up herself. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest.” [Yahoo!]
How do first-class flights and hotel stays around the US or Europe sound? All you have to do is take a video or photo of how you celebrate pride. So what exactly do you win? The Video grand prize: Choose from 2 business-class flights to Europe with hotel stay or four first-class flights within the US with hotel stay. Photo grand prize: 2 first-class flights within the US with hotel stay.
This year, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning musical Rent will mark its 20th birthday by returning to where it began—New York. The story about love and loss among a group of friends in 90’s New York will begin showing Sep. 23 at Long Island City’s Secret Theater. Presented by 5th Floor Theatre Company (Debbie Does Dallas, Urinetown, Assasins) and directed by Nick Brennan, the musical is expected to draw heavy crowds.
The musical originally opened on January 25, 1996 at New York Theatre Workshop before hitting the Great White Way in April that same year.
Tennis heartthrob Rafael Nadal shows the world some major love in his latest ad for Tommy Hilfiger. The 29-year-old Spanish champion strips down in a locker room, pulling his underwear off, and finally throwing them in our faces. ¡Ay Dios mio, que bello!
Check it out after the jump…
by Nick Malgieri
Some Viennese classics such as the famous Sachertorte, invented by Eduard Sacher early in the 19th century, are still marketed by the hotels and coffeehouses where they were created. Many other sweets also have a long history closely entwined with the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the reign of Emperor Franz-Josef and non-conformist Empress Elizabeth, who it is said would drink no coffee other than that prepared at Demel, conveniently close to the Imperial Palace.
It was at that time that Julius Meinl first conceived the idea of selling pre-roasted coffee to the public, and was so successful that the Meinl empire continues to flourish.
James Franco has long been an ally to the LGBT community—if we look at his past movie roles—and has also hinted at his not-so-straight-and-narrow sexuality. He famously told Dot429 in an interview: “Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay.”
His latest Instagram (above) makes us think his curiosity is getting the best of him.
Ellen’s resident hot gardner and Magic Mike: XXL actor and for this Arbor Day, he decided to celebrate by spreading seeds out to the audience. The sexual reference was not lost on Ellen.
Watch after the jump…