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Jun 29 2016
6-PACK — I Want Muscles + Hillary On Orlando + Caitlyn's Nuanced Praise For Trump, Dems + Trump Has A 1 In 5 Chance Of Being Prez + Mac & Cheese Kid's Woes + Meet Brian Sims! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureAbove: Attila Toth flexes his wares on Instagram.

*widget boy cultureHillary contributes passionate op ed to local paper on Orlando shooting: “I’ll never stop fighting for your right to live freely, openly, and without fear.”

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn thinks Trump would be good for women, praises his response to HB2 ... though concedes Hillary and Obama are clearly good for LGBT people.

*widget boy cultureThanks for making this attack line possible, Bernie: Depression-bait Trump states that Bernie “hates” Hillary. Trump has a 20% chance of becoming prez. That's high.

Luke-gatti-mugshot(Image via Amherst Police Department)

*widget boy cultureYou might actually feel sorry—instead of contempt—for Luke Gatti, the infamous “Mac & Cheese Kid,” when you read this.

*widget boy cultureHere's your chance to meet Brian Sims. I would love to meat him:

Brian-sims-bear-week-in-provincetownBear apparent (Image via Troup Consulting)

 
A Tribute To The Orlando 49 Comments (0)

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Ryan Murphy has directed a Human Rights Campaign-themed video featuring 49 stars describing the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. The names include Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Chris Pine, Matt Bomer (pictured above) and many more.

It's a sobering remembrance not to be missed ...

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Jack'd On Theory Mateen Could Have Deleted All Traces Of Membership: All Profile Info Since November 2014 Has Been Kept Comments (0)

When several gay men in Orlando volunteered that they thought they'd seen or even interacted with mass shooter Omar Mateen on various gay dating apps—immediately setting into motion the narrative that he was a self-hating closet case—I was skeptical. The witnesses didn't strike me as liars (the one who gave an interview on TV in makeup did), but they didn't sound that sure, and there is a wealth of information out there on how people mix these kinds of things up, even those who are “sure.”

The FBI has since noted that there is no evidence at all that Mateen was gay, or that he ever joined a gay dating app, JackdAppIcon-2xeven to do research. That would imply that the witnesses are simply mistaking him for someone else, which is not hard to grasp—it's hard to positively ID people you chatted with or just saw on an app for a short time. Pictures are not the same as flesh, and one picture of someone may look totally different from another.

I was struck by the conspiracy-drenched denials of at least one witness, who insisted his version of reality trumped anything the FBI could unravel.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Kevin West, 29, a Navy veteran and Pulse regular, said Mateen messaged him on Jack’d and also said he recognized him entering the club on the night of the shooting. After the attack, West turned his phone and app passwords over to police and FBI investigators. He said Mateen didn’t reveal his name, but he recognized him from the photo Mateen had posted on the app, which matched one of the gunman released after the shooting.

On Thursday, he dismissed federal investigators’ doubts.

“No one is lying about him being on there,” West said of the gay apps, adding that “once you have the app and delete your profile, it’s gone.”

I received this statement from Jack'd regarding the possibility of old profiles being gone forever:

When Online Buddies purchased Jack'd it was built so deleted profiles were in fact deleted and info was not kept.  

Our developers made many changes to the original Jack'd code and one of the changes is that we no longer delete that information. Those changes went live in November of 2014. That means we have kept all profile info (email address, etc) of any account created since then.
 
So there you have it—even if Mateen had been on Jack'd (one of the apps witnesses claimed he'd been on), it was clearly recently, certainly since 2014, and the FBI would know that by now, even if he'd deleted his profile.
 
Jun 26 2016
Shooting Off Her Mouth Comments (0)

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A never-seen sketch from Inside Amy Schumer tackles gun control with pitch-black comedy ...

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Jun 23 2016
FBI: No Evidence Mateen Had Gay Lovers Comments (0)

IMG_7032*Outside Stonewall in NYC (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

My first thought when we heard those gay men in Orlando claiming they recognized shooter Omar Mateen from Grindr, and that multiple friends had seen him on other apps, was that it sounded too good to be true, like an answer to a question that has been created rather than discovered.

It's s not that they seemed like liars (the one who claims he cuddled with Mateen does, in fact, seem like a damn liar), but more like it was a situation ripe for mistaken-identity assertions.

Now, in spite of a spate of similar stories—including the preposterously fake-seeming one involving a man who would only appear on TV in makeup out of fear ISIS would kill him—the L.A. Times reports the FBI is saying there is zero evidence Mateen was on any gay apps, let alone had any gay lovers.

This guy exemplifies the problem:

Kevin West, 29, a Navy veteran and Pulse regular, said Mateen messaged him on Jack’d and also said he recognized him entering the club on the night of the shooting. After the attack, West turned his phone and app passwords over to police and FBI investigators. He said Mateen didn’t reveal his name, but he recognized him from the photo Mateen had posted on the app, which matched one of the gunman released after the shooting.

On Thursday, he dismissed federal investigators’ doubts.

“No one is lying about him being on there,” West said of the gay apps, adding that “once you have the app and delete your profile, it’s gone.”

More power to him that he told his version of events to the FBI, but when the FBI comes back and casts doubt on his version, it's laughable for him to claim a profile on a gay app disappears forever once deleted. 100% for sure, if Mateen had an account—let alone one with his face—on Jack'd, Jack'd could produce that info should it be so required.

There's no shame in being wrong, but there is shame in being adamant that you're right when you're wrong. It's not helpful in the slightest.

Speaking of unhelpful, Cord Cedeno is so sure he's right, he has no qualms about floating a massive, anti-gay conspiracy theory, which in his mind is more likely than him being mistaken about the face of the person he messaged with on Grindr YEARS previously (he also claims to have seen Mateen in Pulse a few months before the shooting. He must be great with faces.):

Cord Cedeno, 23, another Pulse regular, insisted he saw Mateen at Pulse months before the shooting and messaged with him on Grindr for a short time, but eventually blocked him because he would only send photos and say “Hi.” Cedeno said he has no reason to doubt accounts from other Pulse regulars who have said they had seen Mateen visit the club in the past.

 “The FBI obviously is trying to cover up their information,” he said of gay men who reported being contacted by Mateen. “I can go take a lie detector test. I know for a fact Omar messaged me.”

Cedeno said he did not contact police to tell them about his contact with Mateen, because some of his friends who did had their phones taken and were told not to talk to reporters. He said he doesn’t trust the FBI to investigate Mateen, given they questioned him in 2013 and again in 2014, placed him on a terrorist watch list but then removed him from the list.

“They let him go. They let him do this massacre. They could have arrested him. It just does not add up,” Cedeno said.

I'm not saying Cedeno is a liar, but he does not sound very certain in this now-famous interview. He sounds like he's immersed in gossip, and saying, “I know it for a fact!” is not the same as knowing something for a fact. It also sound and looks very much like the reporter is unintentionally leading him: 

The most solid (if it can be called that) evidence that Mateen might've had gay issues is that his wife's current fiancé says she told him she had that impression.

That's it.

I think the narrative of Mateen as self-hating homo (perhaps more so due to his Muslim, if not particularly devoutly Muslim, background) left him fatally conflicted has really been baked into the legend of Pulse by now, and while it is a handy talking point when it comes to the gay-rights agenda, I wonder if it will ever fade away if the feds eventually announce that definitively, Mateen was never on any apps and that no evidence exists he ever so much as hooked up with a guy.

People will believe what they want to believe, and a lot can be learned from what they want to believe, just not anything about the crime in question.

 
Scores Of Music-Industry A-Listers Sign Letter Demanding Gun Control Comments (0)

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Billboard has assembled an impressive list of music-industry names for a cover and open letter demanding that Congress act on gun control.

In the preamble, the publication links music, gay rights (the rainbow imagery) and the all-too-easy access to guns in the U.S. in making the point that change is necessary to protect the “life-affirming ritual” of dancing.

(Disappointed Madonna didn't sign on, and am hoping she isn't still of the mind that “guns don't kill people, people kill people.”)

 
Jun 22 2016
6-PACK — House Dems Stage Sit-In + Canadian Police Sorry For Bathhouse Raids + Trump's Speech Is Lie After Lie + Trump's MAD MEN Debacle + Little Marco On The Run + Tebow Visits Roommate Wounded At Pulse! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureWE SHALL OVERCOME THE NRA: House Dems stage sit-in over lack of gun-control progress.

*widget boy cultureToronto Police Service formally apologizes for 1981 gay-bathhouse raids.

*widget boy cultureTrump gives big, big speech attacking “world-class liar” Clinton—and it's filled with lies.

*widget boy cultureTrump's cash-poor campaign paid some shill company $$$. Try to act surprised.

*widget boy cultureRubio launches Senate re-election bid, uses the occasion to bash his party's presumptive nominee for prez.

*widget boy cultureNoted religious zealot Tim Tebow puts aside stance on gay issues, meets up with former teammate injured at Pulse.

 

 

My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me. Tebow has always been an awesome person.

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Flame Con Goes Gun-Free Out Of Respect For Orlando Victims Comments (0)

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An e-mail from Flame Con:

Last week, we lost 49 members of our queer community in what has become an all too common tragedy in this country.

In the days since that event, Geeks OUT has been spending a lot of time talking to the management and staff of the hotel that will be hosting Flame Con about the safety of our attendees. We have also been reaching out to concerned fans. In response to the massacre at Pulse in Orlando, we plan to bolster Flame Con’s security, and will be working with local law enforcement to ensure that even outside of the con, there will be people looking out for us.

Acknowledging the shock and trauma and grief our community is experiencing right now, we feel the need to go even further in making Flame Con a safe space for us all.

As a show of solidarity with victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, their families, and anyone else affected by homophobic gun violence, Flame Con is asking you to leave your toy guns at home.

Because guns are not toys. Guns are not accessories that can be flaunted in public without inherently making light of their intended use—while simultaneously making many people deeply uncomfortable.

If you bring a toy gun to Flame Con, no matter how unrealistic it might look or feel, you will be asked to check it.

Can you do a successful cosplay of Black Widow or Vash the Stampede without a gun? We think you can! If your cosplay isn’t quite complete without a gun, we’ll help you adapt to our new policy by providing some creative alternatives to traditional guns that you can pose with. Your cosplay at Flame Con will help our community make a strong, colorful statement against gun violence, and our culture’s toxic love of firearms.

Spread the word! Flame Con will not allow the following items:

Any weapon of any kind—bladed or projectile—that looks or feels real.

Any kind of gun or simulacrum of a firearm, no matter how fake it looks.

Any prop that is heavy, hard, or sharp enough to injure a person (Err on the side of caution) ...

... At Geeks OUT, we are committed to creating spaces that are safe—both physically and emotionally. Join us in making Flame Con a place where we can all enjoy ourselves!

 


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