175 posts categorized "FLORIDA"
GLAAD announces the premiere of “SWERLK,” a new song from Scissor Sisters and MDNR!
All proceeds from the summertastic, swishworthy single go to the Contigo Fund, which helps Pulse survivors. (The anniversary of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre is June 12.)
The backstory on “SWERLK” is here.
Keep reading for the lyric video ...
Via Crime Watch Daily: Juan Jose Cufino-Rodriguez was nearing the end of an extended trip to the U.S. — on which he'd met a new boyfriend — when he found himself in the path of Pulse gay nightclub shooter Omar Mateen on June 12, 2016.
The farewell party he was attending almost turned into his own funeral, as Mateen shot his hand nearly off in spite of Cufino-Rodriguez's pleas to stop, and in spite of his instinct to try to grab the gun away.
Instead, Mateen maintained his power over the weapon and shot both of Cufino-Rodriguez's legs.
I just fell to my knees. I thought he was going to shoot me in the head. But I lowered my head and he shot me in the spine and that's why I'm in this chair.
In a WKMG interview, Cufino-Rodriguez describes his plight:
Today, a year later, Juan only just departed the U.S. following his latest surgery. His short-term boyfriend is now his partner, and had been assisting him ever since the nightmare night.
His struggle is unimaginable, but his strength is an inspiration. If only he'd been able to get that gun — and how amazing that he had the strength to try.
On Monday, June 12, Gays Against Guns aka G.A.G. and several partnering LGBTQ clubs are staging a public event on the one-year anniversary of the slaughter at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, when Omar Mateen — a troubled man pledging allegiance to ISIL — shot to death 49 LGBTQ people and injured many others.
The event will be in honor of those lost, and will demand that gun laws be revised.
From a press release:
The Pulse Memorial Rally features appearances by Pulse survivor Keinon Carter; Lavender Light Gospel Choir; NYC Drag Queen of Soul and Kinky Boots star Crystal Demure; members of the Queer Urban Orchestra; youth acapella group Passing Notes; singers Judy Torres, Aaron Paul, Frenchie Davis, Corey Tut, and Anthony Lamont; Broadway star Felicia Finley; spoken word performers Miss Teary Man Made and Gia Man Made; dance group House of Duende; and many others. 49 veiled “Human Beings” will memorialize the victims, each of whose name will be read by community leaders. Patrons of 30 partnering LGBTQ bars and clubs, including Henrietta Hudson, Stonewall Inn, Rockbar, Ty’s, Duplex, Hangar, Boots and Saddle, Cubbyhole, Julius, Phoenix, Nowhere, Eastern Bloc, the Monster, Therapy, Marie’s Crisis, Ninth Avenue Saloon, Metropolitan, and Club Evolution, among others, will walk silently in groups to meet outside Stonewall Inn for a solemn yet ultimately celebratory event ending in a dance party with DJ's Christy Love and W. Jeremy. Afterwards, the public is invited to meet up at partnering bars throughout New York City for drink specials and community-building.
Shortly after the Pulse massacre, Univision aired a very strange interview with a man claiming to have been the gay lover of the killer, Omar Mateen.
You will recall the interview for the man's use of identity-obscuring prosthetics.
His story was apparently not believed by the FBI.
Now, a week ahead of the anniversary of the slayings, the same man has recorded a new interview with Univision's Maria Elena Salinas, revealing his true identity.
From a press release:
Attitude: Tyson Beckford stripped nude twice recently, including a butt shot in the desert that looks like dessert. (Work Unfriendly)
Towleroad: “Gay people need to die!” South Beach man claims anti-gay attack. Sounds really weird.
Shareblue: Watch Rob Blum (R-Iowa) melt down — in front of bewildered kids — at the very beginning of an interview on the topic of Trumpcare.
Kenneth in the (212): Kenneth is offering you something “blissfully perverse.”
Joe.My.God.: Surprise! Comey probably perjured himself in his Senate testimony when he claimed Huma Abedin forwarded Hillary's emails to her husband.
NPR: An org in Russia is working hard to help spirit gay men out of Chechnya:
Pulse, the site of the largest mass murder of LGBTQ people in U.S. history, is set to become a permanent national memorial.
Via ABC News:
Pulse owner Barbara Poma, serving as CEO and executive director of the onePULSE Foundation, which was established to create and maintain the new memorial as well as provide community grants and scholarships, announced plans for the memorial this morning, nearly 11 months after the June 12, 2016, nightclub attack that killed 49 people.
The creation of the memorial will involve input from the community, including survivors and victims' family members, Poma said at a press conference this morning outside the nightclub.
"The community most impacted by this horrible event in our history should determine the future of the Pulse site and how their loved ones and the events of that day should be memorialized," she said.
Gay Fleshbot: You can watch Nicholas Hoult take a damn shower. (Work Unfriendly)
YouTube @ Made by Google: Google Home ad shows gay daddies at home being all normal:
Boston Globe: The Globe calls on the U.S. and the world to pressure Russia to halt the anti-gay purge in Chechnya.
Towleroad: Gay cancer survivor brutally attacked for coughing too much.
Autostraddle: Chay Reed is murdered in Miami — the ninth trans woman of color murdered in 2017.
YouTube @ CNN: Hillary Clinton, called a fake friend by some LGBTQ hard-liners, continues speaking up for gay people, calling out the U.S. on Chechnya ...