Archive | August, 2010

Who Knew? – Toxic Relationships: Bug Chasers and Gift Givers

Posted on 26 August 2010

-Most of us spend our lives avoiding contracting even the slightest germ, much less an infective virus. We live in a world of hand sanitizer stations at shopping centers and medicine cabinets filled with multi-vitamins and some sort of natural tea product. So it may be unimaginable that there are individuals intentionally seeking out diseases, hoping they will be lucky enough to get bitten by “the bug.” They are called “bug chasers.” This term usually refers to a sub-culture of gay men that intentionally seek to get infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

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Gay Panic as Advertising

Posted on 26 August 2010

-In what has to be the most offensive ad campaign I’ve seen in a long time, Key Biscayne’s Academy Of Martial Arts RDCA in Florida has decided the best way to sell their karate classes is to use gay panic.

The print ads, created by ad agency Zubi, feature young boys doing “feminine things” like wearing their mother’s high heels or playing with make-up. The cure for this “shocking” behavior and the best way to “man up” your obviously burgeoning queer kid? Super butch Karate classes.

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To Love and Hope and Disconnect

Posted on 26 August 2010

- I feel like the soul of my not-yet- deceased great grandfather inhabits my body from time to time. While I’m sure that my ancient patriarchal family member of three generations prior wouldn’t care to hear me talk about him being dead (yet), the old man inside me is just begging to complain about those crazy kids today with their goddam Internet.

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Fort Lauderdale Hosts Health Summit

Posted on 19 August 2010

-Over 300 Expected to Attend Event – The ninth annual Southeast Regional Gay Men’s Health Summit will be held August 25 through 30, 2010 at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel. This year’s Southeast Regional is being held in conjunction with the biennial National Gay Men’s Health Summit which this year chose Fort Lauderdale for its location.

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Former Manhunt Employee Feels Transgender Discrimination

Posted on 19 August 2010

Partner Fights for Dating Website Owner to “Make it Right” – In September 2008, A.J. Spellman was so excited to begin working at Online Buddies, LLC, the parent company for Manhunt.com, one of the most popular gay dating and hookup websites all over the United States. Spellman was hired as a Customer Service Representative, which would allow him to help take care of his disabled fiancée, Bri Crofton.

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Justin Flippen

Posted on 19 August 2010

Candidate for State Representative, District 92 – Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Justin Flippen is running in the Democratic primary for District 92, Florida State Representative. Earlier this week I had an opportunity to ask Justin a few questions.

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Gay Marriage Put On Hold

Posted on 19 August 2010

California Gay Couples Continue to Wait – On Monday, August 16, 2010, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put an emergency stay to prevent the issuing same-sex marriage licenses in the state of California which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 18.

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The Sleeping Giant Roars

Posted on 19 August 2010

-Matty’s on the Drive Celebrates 2nd Anniversary – The place has been called the “sleeping giant on the drive.” It appears the sleeping pussy cat has awoken and its roar is being heard up and down Wilton Drive and a far. Matty’s on the Drive, named after founder Matt Auslander, is stirring the pot and, from all reports, the community is responding and loving it (Excuse us McDonalds).

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Who Knew? A Bed’s Tale

Posted on 19 August 2010

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So what are you missing that might put you in danger of becoming one of the three hundred million plus people in the world that contract “Sarcoptes Scabiei Var. Hominis” or more commonly referred to as “scabies”? This infestation of the skin by human itch mites has the possibility of burrowing into the layers of the skin, causing an irritable rash while laying its eggs. And this is one sexually transmitted disease (STD) you can contract even with your clothes on.

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Shadowood II – One of Fort Lauderdale’s Less Known

Posted on 19 August 2010

-Founded by Richard Colbert back in 1994, Shadowood II has been providing services to homeless men and women living with HIV/AIDS. Many of these homeless individuals are also victims of violence once they have informed their loved ones of their status. Accredited for excellence and professional standards by Broward County, Florida, Shadowood II has assisted over 5,000 men and women since 1994. Currently about 55 clients look to Shadowood II for their shelter, food and day to day care.

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